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Proposed Certification that the Commonwealth's Existing Emission Statement Program Addresses the 2015 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard State Implementation Plan Requirements Rule

[49 Pa.B. 5762]
[Saturday, October 5, 2019]

 The Commonwealth is proposing to submit a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to certify that the Commonwealth's previously approved emission statement regulation in 25 Pa. Code Chapter 135 (relating to reporting of sources) applies Statewide and covers the Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City, PA-NJ-MD-DE nonattainment areas for the 2015 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) and is sufficient for purposes of the emission statement requirement for the 2015 ozone NAAQS. After consideration of comments received, the Department of Environmental Protection (Department) will finalize and submit the SIP revision to the EPA for approval.

 Section 182(a)(3)(B) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) (42 U.S.C.A. § 7511a(a)(3)(B)) requires states to develop emission reporting programs, called emission statement programs, for volatile organic compounds and nitrous oxides. The required state program and associated regulation define how states obtain emissions data directly from facilities and report it to the EPA. The Commonwealth's previously approved emission statement rule in force for the 2008 ozone NAAQS and the 1-hour ozone NAAQS covers all portions of the nonattainment areas for the 2015 ozone NAAQS and is sufficient for purposes of the emissions statement requirement for the 2015 ozone NAAQS. The EPA previously approved the Commonwealth's Statewide Emission Statement Program, which meets the requirements under section 182(a)(3)(B) of the CAA, at 60 FR 2881 (January 12, 1995). No further changes are necessary to the Emission Statement Program requirements to comply with the 2015 ozone NAAQS.

 The proposed SIP revision and supporting documents are available on the Department's web site at www.ahs.dep.pa.gov/eComment or by contacting Amanda Rodriguez at amarodrigu@pa.gov or (717) 787-9495.

 The Department will provide the opportunity for three public hearings to receive comments on the proposal as follows:

 • November 5, 2019, at 10 a.m. at the Department's Southeast Regional Office, Schuylkill River Conference Room, 2 East Main Street, Norristown, PA.

 • November 6, 2019, at 1 p.m. at the Department's Southwest Regional Office, Waterfront A Conference Room, 500 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, PA.

 • November 6, 2019, at 1 p.m. at the Department's Southcentral Regional Office, Susquehanna Conference Room A, 909 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA.

 Persons wishing to present testimony at the hearing should contact Amanda Rodriguez, P.O. Box 8468, Harrisburg, PA 17105, (717) 787-9495 or amarodrigu@pa.gov to reserve a time. Speakers will be limited to 5 minutes and should provide two written copies of their comments.

 If by noon on Friday, November 1, 2019, 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 Amanda Rodriguez at amarodrigu@pa.gov or (717) 787-9702 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 Amanda Rodriguez at the previously listed information. 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 November 8, 2019. Commenters are encouraged to submit comments using the Department's online eComment tool at www.ahs.dep.pa.gov/eComment or by e-mail to ecomment@pa.gov. Written comments can be mailed to the Policy Office, Department of Environmental Protection, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P.O. Box 2063, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2563. Use ''Certification of Pennsylvania's Existing Emission Statement'' as the subject line in written communication.

PATRICK McDONNELL, 
Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 19-1480. Filed for public inspection October 4, 2019, 9:00 a.m.]



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