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Proposed State Implementation Plan Revision; Attainment Demonstration for the Beaver Nonattainment Area for the 2010 Sulfur Dioxide National Ambient Air Quality Standard; Public Hearing

[47 Pa.B. 3922]
[Saturday, July 15, 2017]

 The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) is seeking public comment on a proposed State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision which demonstrates how the Beaver nonattainment area will attain the 2010 1-hour Federal National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for Sulfur Dioxide (SO2). Short-term exposure to SO2 has been linked to adverse respiratory conditions in humans.

 On June 22, 2010, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated a revised primary NAAQS for SO2 of 75 parts per billion, which went into effect on August 23, 2010. See 75 FR 35520 (June 22, 2010). On August 5, 2013, the EPA designated four areas in this Commonwealth as nonattainment for the 2010 1-hour SO2 NAAQS, including the Beaver nonattainment area. See 78 FR 47191 (August 5, 2013). These nonattainment designation areas were effective on October 4, 2013. See 78 FR 47191, 47192. The political subdivisions encompassing the Beaver nonattainment area include: Industry Borough, Shippingport Borough, Midland Borough, Brighton Township, Potter Township and Vanport Township. Section 192(a) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) (42 U.S.C.A. § 7514a(a)) requires SO2 nonattainment areas to attain the 2010 NAAQS as expeditiously as practicable, but no later than 5 years from the effective date of the EPA's 2013 designations, which is October 4, 2018.

 The proposed SIP revision meets the requirements necessary for an approvable SIP revision as set forth in section 192 of the CAA, sections 110, 172 and 191 of the CAA (42 U.S.C.A. §§ 7410, 7502 and 7514) and 40 CFR 51.102 (relating to public hearings), including a base year emission inventory, reasonable further progress toward attainment, installation of reasonably available control measures/technology, dispersion modeling demonstrating attainment in 2018, approved New Source Review program and contingency measures. To this effect, the Department has drafted Consent Order and Agreements with FirstEnergy Generation, LLC and Jewel Acquisition, LLC to incorporate control measures, emission limits and contingency measures applicable to the facilities into a Federally-enforceable vehicle. After consideration of comments received from the public, the SIP revision will be finalized and submitted to the EPA for approval.

 The proposed SIP revision is available on the Department's web site at www.ahs.dep.pa.gov/eComment or by contacting Roma Monteiro at (717) 787-9495 or rmonteiro@pa.gov.

 The Department will hold a public hearing to receive comments on the proposal on August 15, 2017, at 10 a.m. in the Waterfront A and B Rooms, Southwest Regional Office, 500 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Persons wishing to present testimony should contact the Department no less than 24 hours in advance of the public hearing to reserve a time. Reservation requests should be directed to Roma Monteiro, P.O. Box 8468, Harrisburg, PA 17105, (717) 787-9495 or rmonteiro@pa.gov to reserve a time. Speakers will be limited to 5 minutes and should provide two written copies of their comments.

 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 rmonteiro@pa.gov. 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 August 18, 2017. Commentators are encouraged to submit comments using the Department's eComment system at www.ahs.dep.pa.gov/eComment or by e-mail to ecomment@pa.gov. Written comments may be submitted to the Policy Office, Department of Environmental Protection, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P.O. Box 2063, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2063. Use ''Beaver 2010 SO2'' as the subject line in written communication.

PATRICK McDONNELL, 
Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 17-1172. Filed for public inspection July 14, 2017, 9:00 a.m.]



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