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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 16-1023


Pennsylvania's 2016 Annual Ambient Air Monitoring Network Plan; Available for Public Comment

[46 Pa.B. 3140]
[Saturday, June 18, 2016]

 On October 17, 2006, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated final amendments to the National ambient air monitoring requirements for criteria pollutants in 40 CFR Parts 53 and 58 (relating to ambient air monitoring reference and equivalent methods; and ambient air quality surveillance). See 71 FR 61236 (October 17, 2006). The EPA's final rule requires state and local agencies to enhance air monitoring to ''improve public health protection and better inform the public about air quality in their communities.'' Under 40 CFR 58.10 (relating to annual monitoring network plan and periodic network assessment), air quality state and local monitoring agencies must adopt an annual air monitoring network plan and make the plan available for public inspection for at least 30 days prior to final submission to the EPA Regional Administrator. The plan, which is due July 1, 2017, must include a statement of purpose for each monitor and evidence that siting and operation of each monitor meets Federal requirements. The EPA may also provide an opportunity for review and comment prior to approving or disapproving a state's monitoring network plan.

 On June 18, 2016, the 2016 Annual Ambient Air Monitoring Network Plan (Plan) will be made available for public comment on the Department of Environmental Protection's (Department) web site at The Plan has been updated to address changes that have been made in the Commonwealth's ambient air monitoring network and to identify changes that are anticipated to occur in the remainder of 2016 and in 2017.

 The public is invited to submit comments on the Plan. Comments must be received by the Department on or before July 18, 2016. Comments submitted by facsimile will not be accepted. Comments, including comments submitted by e-mail, must include the originator's name and address. Commentators are urged to submit com-ments using the Department's online eComment at Written comments should be submitted by e-mail to or by mail to the Policy Office, Department of Environmental Protection, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P.O. Box 2063, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2063. Use ''Annual Monitoring Network Plan'' as the subject line.

Acting Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 16-1023. Filed for public inspection June 17, 2016, 9:00 a.m.]

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