Proposed Revision to the Infrastructure State Implementation Plan for the 2015 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard; Public Hearing
[50 Pa.B. 1623]
[Saturday, March 14, 2020]
The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) is seeking public comment on a proposed revision to the Commonwealth's State Implementation Plan (SIP) to address applicable 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 2015 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS).
On October 1, 2015, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated revisions to the 8-hour ozone NAAQS. The EPA lowered the standard from 0.075 parts per million (ppm) promulgated in 2008 (see 73 FR 16436 (March 27, 2008)) to 0.070 ppm in 2015 (see 80 FR 65291 (October 26, 2015)). Section 110(a)(1) and (2) directs each state to develop and submit to the EPA a plan that provides for the implementation, maintenance and enforcement of the NAAQS within 3 years after promulgation of a new or revised primary or secondary NAAQS. This type of SIP revision is commonly referred to as an ''infrastructure SIP.''
The Commonwealth's proposed infrastructure SIP revision for the 2015 ozone NAAQS addresses the infrastructure SIP elements of section 110(a)(2)(A)—(C), (D)(i)(II), (D)(ii), (E), (F)(i)—(iii), (G), (H) and (J)—(M) of the CAA. The Department does not address the section 110(a)(2)(D)(i) element of the CAA in this SIP revision relating to interstate transport of pollution affecting attainment and maintenance of the 2015 ozone NAAQS as per the EPA's September 2013 ''Guidance on Infrastructure State Implementation Plan (SIP) Elements under Clean Air Act Sections 110(a)(1) and 110(a)(2).'' This requirement will be addressed by the Department in another SIP revision.
This proposal is available on the Department's web site at www.ahs.dep.pa.gov/eComment/.
The Department will provide the opportunity for three public hearings to receive comments on the proposed SIP revision as follows:
• April 15, 2020, at 1 p.m. at the Department's Southwest Regional Office, Waterfront A Room, 400 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
• April 17, 2020, at 10 a.m. at the Department's Southcentral Regional Office, Susquehanna Room A, 909 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110.
• April 17, 2020, at 10 a.m. at the Department's Southeast Regional Office, Schuylkill River or Delaware River Room, 2 East Main Street, Norristown, PA 19401.
Persons wishing to present testimony should contact Amanda Rodriguez, P.O. Box 8468, Harrisburg, PA 17105, (717) 787-9702 or email@example.com to reserve a time. Witnesses will be limited to 10 minutes and should provide two written copies of their comments.
If by 12 p.m. on Monday, April 13, 2020, no person has expressed an interest in testifying at the respective hearings, those hearings will be cancelled. Public notice will be provided on the Bureau of Air Quality's webpage at www.dep.pa.gov/Business/Air/BAQ/Pages/default.aspx if the hearings are cancelled. Persons may also contact the Department to find out if the hearings are cancelled by contacting Amanda Rodriguez at (717) 787-9702 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Amanda Rodriguez at email@example.com or (717) 787-9702. TDD users may contact the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at (800) 654-5984 or (800) 654-5988 (voice users) to discuss how the Department can best accommodate their needs.
The Department must receive comments no later than Monday, April 20, 2020. Commentators are encouraged to submit comments using the Department's online eComment tool at www.ahs.dep.pa.gov/eComment or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Written comments can be submitted by mail to the Policy Office, Department of Environmental Protection, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P.O. Box 2063, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2563. Use ''2015 Ozone Infrastructure SIP'' as the subject line in written communication.
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 20-392. Filed for public inspection March 13, 2020, 9:00 a.m.]
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