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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 17-1001


Proposed Infrastructure State Implementation Plan Revision; Clean Air Act Section 110(a)(2)(D)(i)(I) Applicable Requirements for the 2012 Annual Fine Particulate Matter National Ambient Air Quality Standard; Public Hearing

[47 Pa.B. 3433]
[Saturday, June 17, 2017]

 The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) is proposing to revise the Commonwealth's State Implementation Plan (SIP) to address the requirements of section 110(a)(1) and (2) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) (42 U.S.C.A. § 7410(a)(1) and (2)) for the 2012 Annual Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). Section 110(a)(1) and (2) of the CAA directs each state to develop and submit to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) a plan that provides for the implementation, maintenance and enforcement of the NAAQS, including the 2012 annual PM2.5 NAAQS. This type of SIP revision is commonly referred to as an infrastructure SIP.

 On July 15, 2014, the Commonwealth submitted an infrastructure SIP revision to the EPA for the 2012 PM2.5 NAAQS. The submittal addressed requirements in section 110(a)(2)(A), (B), (C), (D)(i)(II), (D)(ii), (E)—(H) and (J)—(M) of the CAA and was approved by the EPA. See 80 FR 26461 (May 8, 2015). The Department did not address section 110(a)(2)(D)(i)(I) of the CAA, dealing with interstate transport, in its July 15, 2014, SIP revision. On March 17, 2016, the EPA released guidance entitled ''Information on the Interstate Transport 'Good Neighbor' Provision for the 2012 Fine Particulate Matter National Ambient Air Quality Standards under Clean Air Act Section 110(a)(2)(D)(i)(I).'' Therefore, this infrastructure SIP revision addresses the Prong 1 (significant contribution) and Prong 2 (interference with maintenance) requirements in section 110(a)(2)(D)(i)(I) of the CAA for the 2012 annual PM2.5 NAAQS.

 The Department is seeking public comment on the proposed CAA Section 110(a)(2)(D)(i)(I) infrastructure SIP revision for the 2012 PM2.5 NAAQS. The proposed SIP revision is available on the Department's web site at

 The Department will hold three public hearings, if requested, to receive comments on the proposal. The hearings will be held concurrently at 10 a.m. on July 18, 2017, at the Department's Southeast Regional Office, 2 East Main Street, Norristown, PA; Southcentral Regional Office, 909 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA; and Southwest Regional Office, 400 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, PA.

 Persons wishing to present testimony should contact Roma Monteiro, P.O. Box 8468, Harrisburg, PA 17105 at (717) 787-9495 or to reserve a time. Witnesses will be limited to 10 minutes and should provide two written copies of their comments at the hearing.

 If no person has expressed an interest in testifying at the hearings before July 17, 2017, the hearings will be cancelled. The Department will provide public notice on the Bureau of Air Quality webpage at if any of the hearings are cancelled. Persons may also contact the Department to find out if any of the hearings are cancelled by contacting Roma Monteiro at (717) 787-9495 or

 Persons with a disability who wish to attend a hearing and require an auxiliary aid, service or other accommodation to participate in the proceeding should contact Roma Monteiro at (717) 787-9495 or 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 July 20, 2017. Commentators are encouraged to submit comments using the Department's eComment system at or by e-mail to Written comments can be submitted to the Policy Office, Department of Environmental Protection, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P.O. Box 2063, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2063. Use ''Infrastructure SIP for PM2.5'' as the subject line in written communication.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 17-1001. Filed for public inspection June 16, 2017, 9:00 a.m.]

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