[Federal Register Volume 68, Number 44 (Thursday, March 6, 2003)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 10661-10662]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 03-5321]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

40 CFR Part 62

[Region 2 Docket No. NJ57-251a, FRL-7459-4]


Approval and Promulgation of Plans for Designated Facilities; New 
Jersey; Delegation of Authority

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Direct final rule.

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SUMMARY: The EPA is approving the New Jersey Department of 
Environmental Protection's (NJDEP) request for delegation of authority 
to implement and enforce the Federal Plan for Large Municipal Waste 
Combustors (MWC). On November 12, 1998, EPA promulgated the Federal 
Plan to fulfill the requirements of sections 111(d)/129 of the Clean 
Air Act for MWCs. The Federal Plan addresses the implementation and 
enforcement of the emissions guidelines applicable to existing large 
MWC units located in areas not covered by an approved and currently 
effective state plan. The Federal Plan imposes emission limits and 
control requirements for existing MWC units with individual capacity to 
combust more than 250 tons per day of municipal solid waste which will 
reduce the designated pollutants: particulate matter, opacity, sulfur 
dioxide, hydrogen chloride, oxides of nitrogen, carbon monoxide, lead, 
cadmium, mercury, and dioxins and dibenzofurans. On January 24, 2001, 
EPA and NJDEP signed a Memoranda of Agreement which is intended to be 
the mechanism for the transfer of authority between the EPA and the 
NJDEP and defines the policies, responsibilities, and procedures 
pursuant to the Federal Plan for large MWCs.

DATES: This direct final rule is effective on May 5, 2003 without 
further notice, unless EPA receives adverse comment by April 7, 2003. 
If EPA receives such comment, EPA will publish a timely withdrawal in 
the Federal Register informing the public that this rule will not take 
effect.

ADDRESSES: All comments should be addressed to: Raymond Werner, Chief, 
Air Programs Branch, Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2 Office, 
290 Broadway, 25th Floor, New York, New York 10007-1866.
    Copies of New Jersey's request for delegation or the Memoranda of 
Agreement are available at the following addresses for inspection 
during normal business hours: Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2 
Office, Air Programs Branch, 290 Broadway, 25th Floor, New York, New 
York 10007-1866.
    New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Air 
Pollution Control, 401 East State Street, Trenton, New Jersey 08625.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kirk J. Wieber, Air Programs Branch, 
Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2 Office, 290 Broadway, 25th 
Floor, New York, New York 10007-1866, (212) 637-3381.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

What Are the Clean Air Act Requirements?

    On December 19, 1995 (60 FR 65387), EPA adopted emission guidelines 
(40 CFR part 60, subpart Cb) for existing Municipal Waste Combustor 
(MWC) units. Section 129 of the Clean Air Act (Act) requires states 
with existing MWC units subject to the guidelines, including New 
Jersey, to submit plans to EPA that implement and enforce the emission 
guidelines. The state plans were due on December 19, 1996. If a state 
with existing MWC units did not submit an approvable plan within 2 
years after promulgation of the guidelines (i.e., December 19, 1997), 
the Act requires EPA to develop, implement, and enforce a Federal Plan 
for MWC units in that state. This Federal Plan for large MWCs (40 CFR 
part 62, subpart FFF) was promulgated by EPA on November 12, 1998 (63 
FR 63191). Because New Jersey does not have an approved State plan 
regulating existing large MWCs, they are subject to the Federal Plan 
requirements.

What Was Submitted by New Jersey and How Did EPA Respond?

    On November 9, 1999, New Jersey Department of Environmental 
Protection (NJDEP) submitted to EPA a request for delegation of 
authority from EPA to implement and enforce the Federal Plan for 
existing large MWCs. On January 17, 2001, EPA prepared and signed a 
Memoranda of Agreement (MOA) between the EPA and the NJDEP that defines 
the policies, responsibilities, and procedures pursuant to 40 CFR part 
62, subpart FFF and 40 CFR part 60, subpart Cb, by which the Federal 
Plan for large MWCs will be administered by both the NJDEP and EPA. The 
MOA is meant to be the mechanism for the transfer of authority between 
the EPA and the NJDEP. A copy of the MOA is available upon request.
    On January 24, 2001, Robert C. Shinn, Commissioner NJDEP, signed 
the MOA, therefore agreeing to the terms and conditions of the MOA and 
accepting responsibility to implement and enforce the policies, 
responsibilities, and procedures of the Federal Plan for large MWCs.

What Action Is EPA Taking?

    Pursuant to 40 CFR 62.14100, ``Scope and Delegation of Authority,'' 
EPA is approving the NJDEP's request for delegation of authority to 
implement and enforce the MWC Federal Plan and to adhere to the terms 
and conditions prescribed in the MOA. The purpose of this delegation is 
to acknowledge NJDEP's ability to implement a program and to transfer 
primary implementation and enforcement responsibility from EPA to NJDEP 
for existing large MWCs. While NJDEP is delegated the authority to 
implement and enforce the MWC Federal Plan, nothing in the delegation 
agreement shall prohibit EPA from enforcing section 111(d) of the Act 
or the Federal Plan for large MWCs.

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    The EPA is publishing this rule without prior proposal because the 
Agency views this as a noncontroversial submittal and anticipates no 
adverse comments. However, in the proposed rules section of this 
Federal Register publication, EPA is publishing a separate document 
that will serve as the proposal to approve the plan revision should 
adverse comments be filed. This rule will be effective May 5, 2003 
without further notice unless the Agency receives adverse comments by 
April 7, 2003.
    If the EPA receives adverse comments, then EPA will publish a 
timely withdrawal in the Federal Register informing the public that the 
rule will not take effect. EPA will address all public comments in a 
subsequent final rule based on the proposed rule. The EPA will not 
institute a second comment period on this action. Any parties 
interested in commenting must do so at this time.

Statutory and Executive Order Reviews

    Under Executive Order 12866 (58 FR 51735, October 4, 1993), this 
action is not a ``significant regulatory action'' and therefore is not 
subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget. For this 
reason, this action is also not subject to Executive Order 13211, 
``Actions Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy 
Supply, Distribution, or Use'' (66 FR 28355, May 22, 2001). This action 
merely approves state law as meeting Federal requirements and imposes 
no additional requirements beyond those imposed by state law. 
Accordingly, the Administrator certifies that this rule will not have a 
significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities 
under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.). Because 
this rule approves pre-existing requirements under state law and does 
not impose any additional enforceable duty beyond that required by 
state law, it does not contain any unfunded mandate or significantly or 
uniquely affect small governments, as described in the Unfunded 
Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-4).
    This rule also does not have tribal implications because it will 
not have a substantial direct effect on one or more Indian tribes, on 
the relationship between the Federal Government and Indian tribes, or 
on the distribution of power and responsibilities between the Federal 
Government and Indian tribes, as specified by Executive Order 13175 (65 
FR 67249, November 9, 2000). This action also does not have Federalism 
implications because it does not have substantial direct effects on the 
states, on the relationship between the national government and the 
states, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the 
various levels of government, as specified in Executive Order 13132 (64 
FR 43255, August 10, 1999). This action merely approves a state rule 
implementing a Federal standard, and does not alter the relationship or 
the distribution of power and responsibilities established in the Act. 
This rule also is not subject to Executive Order 13045 ``Protection of 
Children from Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks'' (62 FR 
19885, April 23, 1997), because it is not economically significant.
    In reviewing plan submissions, EPA's role is to approve state 
choices, provided that they meet the criteria of the Act. In this 
context, in the absence of a prior existing requirement for the State 
to use voluntary consensus standards (VCS), EPA has no authority to 
disapprove a plan submission for failure to use VCS. It would thus be 
inconsistent with applicable law for EPA, when it reviews a plan 
submission, to use VCS in place of a plan submission that otherwise 
satisfies the provisions of the Act. Thus, the requirements of section 
12(d) of the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995 
(15 U.S.C. 272 note) do not apply. This rule does not impose an 
information collection burden under the provisions of the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.).
    The Congressional Review Act, 5 U.S.C. 801 et seq., as added by the 
Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996, does not 
apply because this action is not a rule, as that term is defined in 5 
U.S.C. 804(3).
    Under section 307(b)(1) of the Act, petitions for judicial review 
of this action must be filed in the United States Court of Appeals for 
the appropriate circuit by May 5, 2003. Filing a petition for 
reconsideration by the Administrator of this final rule does not affect 
the finality of this rule for the purposes of judicial review nor does 
it extend the time within which a petition for judicial review may be 
filed, and shall not postpone the effectiveness of such rule or action. 
This action may not be challenged later in proceedings to enforce its 
requirements. (See section 307(b)(2).)

List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 62

    Environmental protection, Air pollution control, Intergovernmental 
relations, Municipal waste combustors, Reporting and recordkeeping 
requirements.

    Dated: February 21, 2003.
Jane M. Kenny,
Regional Administrator, Region 2.

    Part 62, chapter I, title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations is 
amended as follows:

PART 62--[AMENDED]

    1. The authority citation for part 62 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 42 U.S.C. 7401-7671q.

Subpart FF--New Jersey

    2. Part 62 is amended by adding Sec.  62.7603 and an undesignated 
heading to subpart FF to read as follows:

Metals, Acid Gases, Organic Compounds and Nitrogen Oxide Emissions From 
Existing Large Municipal Waste Combustors With the Capacity To Combust 
Greater Than 250 Tons Per Day of Municipal Solid Waste


Sec.  62.7603  Identification of plan--delegation of authority.

    (a) On November 9, 1999, the New Jersey Department of Environmental 
Protection (NJDEP) submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency 
(EPA) a request for delegation of authority to implement and enforce 
the Federal Plan (40 CFR part 62, subpart FFF) for Large Municipal 
Waste Combustors (MWC).
    (b) Identification of sources: The Federal Plan applies to existing 
facilities with a MWC unit capacity greater than 250 tons per day of 
municipal solid waste.
    (c) On January 17, 2001, EPA prepared and signed a Memoranda of 
Agreement (MOA) between the EPA and the NJDEP that defines the 
policies, responsibilities, and procedures pursuant to 40 CFR part 62, 
subpart FFF and 40 CFR part 60, subpart Cb, by which the Federal Plan 
for large MWCs will be administered by both the NJDEP and EPA. On 
January 24, 2001, Robert C. Shinn, Commissioner NJDEP, signed the MOA, 
therefore agreeing to the terms and conditions of the MOA and accepting 
responsibility to enforce and implement the policies, responsibilities, 
and procedures of the Federal Plan for large MWCs.

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