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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 14-2563


Proposed State Implementation Plan Revision; Base Year Inventory for the Lyons Nonattainment Area for the 2008 Lead National Ambient Air Quality Standards; Public Hearing

[44 Pa.B. 7789]
[Saturday, December 13, 2014]

 Lead that is emitted into the air can be inhaled or, after it settles out of the air, ingested. Once in the body, lead is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream and results in a broad range of health effects, including effects on the blood, central nervous system, cardiovascular and immune systems and kidneys. Children are especially affected by lead exposure. Lead concentrations in ambient air above the Federal National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) pose a serious human health threat.

 On October 15, 2008, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated a more stringent lead NAAQS of 0.15 micrograms per cubic meter and established an identical secondary standard. In November 2010, the EPA designated the Lyons Area as nonattainment for the 2008 NAAQS. The nonattainment boundaries for the Lyons Area include the Kutztown Borough, Lyons Borough, Maxatawny Township and Richmond Township in Berks County. A revision to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) demonstrating attainment of the 2008 lead NAAQS, as expeditiously as practicable but no later than 5 years after the effective date of the designations (December 31, 2015), was due to the EPA by June 30, 2012.

 Based on 2011-2013 quality assured, quality controlled and certified ambient monitoring data, the EPA has proposed to determine that the Lyons Area is monitoring attainment of the 2008 lead NAAQS. See 79 FR 46211 (August 7, 2014). The issuance of a final ''Clean Data'' determination by the EPA will suspend certain planning requirements including the attainment demonstration, reasonably available control measures, a reasonable further progress plan and contingency measures. Submission of the base year inventory to the EPA will satisfy the SIP requirements for the Lyons Area, as long as the area continues to attain the 2008 lead NAAQS.

 The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) is seeking public comment on the SIP revision containing the comprehensive 2011 base year inventory required under section 172(c)(3) of the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA) (42 U.S.C.A. § 7502(c)(3)) for a nonattainment area. The Commonwealth's proposed SIP revision for the Lyons Area is available on the Department's web site at (select ''Air,'' then ''Bureau of Air Quality,'' then ''Regulations and Clean Air Plans,'' then ''State Implementation Plan'') or through the following contact persons.

 The Department has scheduled a public hearing to receive comments on the proposal on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at 10 a.m. in Room 105, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17105. Persons wishing to present testimony at the hearing should contact Alex Haas, Bureau of Air Quality, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P. O. Box 8468, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8468, (717) 787-9495, to reserve a time. Witnesses should keep testimony to 10 minutes or less and should also provide two written copies of their statement at the hearing.

 If by Monday, January 12, 2015, no person has expressed an interest in testifying at the hearing, the hearing will be cancelled. The Department will provide public notice on the Bureau of Air Quality webpage at (select ''Air,'' then ''Bureau of Air Quality'') if the hearing is cancelled. Persons may also contact the Department to find out if the hearing is cancelled by contacting Alex Haas, (717) 787-9495,

 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, (717) 787-9495, 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 January 15, 2015. Written comments should be sent to the attention of Deb Wehr, Bureau of Air Quality, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P. O. Box 8468, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8468, Use ''Lyons Inventory'' as the subject line in written communication.

Acting Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 14-2563. Filed for public inspection December 12, 2014, 9:00 a.m.]

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