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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 14-198


Proposed State Implementation Plan Revisions; Redesignation Requests and Maintenance Plans for Cumberland, Dauphin, Lebanon and York Counties Attaining the 1997 Annual and 24-Hour 2006 Fine Particulate Matter Standards; Public Hearing

[44 Pa.B. 541]
[Saturday, January 25, 2014]

 Particulate matter (PM) includes both solid and liquid particles suspended in the air. Fine particle pollution describes particulate matter that is less than or equal to 2.5 micrometers in diameter (PM2.5). PM2.5 concentrations above the Federal health-based standard pose a serious human health threat. With significant improvements in air quality in Cumberland, Dauphin, Lebanon and York Counties, these nonattainment areas now meet the 1997 and 2006 PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). Therefore, the Department of Environmental Protection (Department) intends to submit requests to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to redesignate these areas to attainment.

 The Department is seeking public comment on the three redesignation requests and proposed revisions to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) containing the 2007 comprehensive inventory and maintenance plans demonstrating that the areas can maintain the 1997 and 2006 PM2.5 health-based NAAQS for the next 10 years as required under section 175A(a) of the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C.A. § 7505a(a)). Upon the EPA approval, the maintenance plans will also establish new motor vehicle emission budgets for transportation conformity purposes.

 The requests to redesignate the areas to attainment and the proposed SIP revisions are available on the Department's web site at (choose ''Air,'' choose ''Bureau of Air Quality,'' choose ''Regs/Plan,'' choose ''Clean Air Plans'') or through the contact persons listed as follows.

 The Department will hold a public hearing to receive comments on the proposal on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at 10 a.m. at the Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market Street, Room 105, Harrisburg, PA. Persons wishing to present testimony at the hearing should contact Alex Haas, P. O. Box 8468, Harrisburg, PA 17105, (717) 787-9495 or to reserve a time. Witnesses should keep testimony to 10 minutes and should provide two written copies of their statements at the hearing.

 If by Monday, February 24, 2014, no person has expressed an interest in testifying at the hearing, the hearing will be cancelled. The Department will provide public notice if the hearing is cancelled on the Bureau of Air Quality web page at Persons may also contact the Department to find out if the hearing is cancelled by contacting Alex Haas at (717) 787-9495 or

 Persons with a disability who wish to attend the hearing and require an auxiliary aid, service or other accommodation to participate in the proceeding should contact Alex Haas at the previously listed phone number and e-mail address. TDD users may contact the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at (800) 654-5984 to discuss how the Department can best accommodate their needs.

 The Department must receive comments no later than February 28, 2014. Written comments should be sent to the attention of Nancy Herb, Bureau of Air Quality, P. O. Box 8468, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8468 or Use ''Harrisburg/York PM2.5 Redesignation'' as the subject line in written communication and specify which document the comments are addressing.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 14-198. Filed for public inspection January 24, 2014, 9:00 a.m.]

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