Proposed State Implementation Plan Revision; Regional Haze Five-Year Progress Report; Public Hearings
[48 Pa.B. 1624]
[Saturday, March 17, 2018]
The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) is seeking public comment on a proposed State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision consisting of a Regional Haze Five-Year Progress Report. The proposed SIP revision evaluates progress made in implementing the measures included in the Commonwealth's Regional Haze SIP revision, which was submitted to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on December 20, 2010, and which received a limited approval by the EPA (see 77 FR 41279 (July 13, 2012) and 77 FR 48061 (August 13, 2012)) and a limited disapproval by the EPA (see 77 FR 33642 (June 7, 2012)). This proposed SIP revision is submitted in accordance with the visibility and regional haze provisions of sections 169A and 169B of the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA) (42 U.S.C.A. §§ 7491 and 7492) and the Federal Regional Haze Rule in 40 CFR 51.308 (relating to regional haze program requirements).
This proposed SIP revision is intended to address the requirements for periodic reports evaluating progress towards the Reasonable Progress Goals established for mandatory Class I areas where visibility may be impacted by sources in this Commonwealth (40 CFR 51.308(g)). In accordance with 40 CFR 51.308(h)(1), the proposed SIP revision includes a negative declaration that further revision of the 2010 Regional Haze SIP is not needed at this time to achieve established goals for visibility improvement and emissions reductions.
The Regional Haze Rule in 40 CFR 51.308(i) requires states to consult with the Federal Land Managers (FLM) at least 60 days prior to the scheduled public hearing on the proposed Regional Haze SIP revision. Section 169A(d) of the CAA requires states to include a summary of the conclusions and recommendations of the FLMs in the notice to the public. The FLMs were provided an opportunity for consultation with the United States National Park Service and the United States Department of Agriculture's Forest Service providing comments to the Department; the United States Department of the Interior's Fish and Wildlife Service did not comment. A copy of all comments submitted by the FLMs to the Department, and the Department's responses, is available in Appendix N of the proposed SIP revision.
The proposed SIP revision is available on the Department's web site at www.ahs.dep.pa.gov/eComment. The Department is seeking public comment on this proposed SIP revision.
The Department will hold three public hearings to receive comments on the proposed SIP revision:
• April 19, 2018, at 10 a.m. at the Department's Southwest Regional Office, 400 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, PA.
• April 19, 2018, at 10 a.m. at the Department's Southeast Regional Office, 2 East Main Street, Norristown, PA.
• April 20, 2018, at 10 a.m. at the Department's Southcentral Regional Office, 909 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA.
Persons wishing to present testimony at a hearing should contact Kaylene Wance, P.O. Box 8468, Harrisburg, PA 17105, (717) 787-9257 or email@example.com to reserve a time. Speakers will be limited to 10 minutes and should provide two written copies of their comments. Persons who do not reserve a time will be able to testify as time allows.
If by 12 p.m. on Monday, April 16, 2018, 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 http://www.dep.pa.gov/Business/Air/BAQ/Pages/default.aspx if the hearing is cancelled. Persons may also contact Kaylene Wance at (717) 787-9257 or firstname.lastname@example.org to find out if the hearing is cancelled.
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 Kaylene Wance. 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 April 20, 2018. Commentators are encouraged to submit comments using the Department's eComment system at www.ahs.dep.pa.gov/eComment or by e-mail to email@example.com. Written comments may be mailed to the Policy Office, Department of Environmental Protection, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P.O. Box 2063, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2063. Use ''Regional Haze Five-Year Progress Report'' as the subject line in written communication.
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 18-404. Filed for public inspection March 16, 2018, 9:00 a.m.]
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