[Federal Register Volume 68, Number 106 (Tuesday, June 3, 2003)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 33041]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 03-13701]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

40 CFR Part 52

[MD131-3091b; FRL-7503-8]


Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; 
Maryland; Amendments to the Control of Volatile Organic Compounds from 
Chemical Production and Polytetrafluoroethylene Installations

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Proposed rule.

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SUMMARY: EPA proposes to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) 
revisions submitted by the State of Maryland. The revisions consist of 
amendments to Maryland's air pollution control regulations governing 
specific processes on volatile organic compound (VOC) requirements that 
initially included organic chemicals and are being expanded to include 
inorganic chemicals and polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) products. In the 
Final Rules section of this Federal Register, EPA is approving the 
State's SIP submittal as a direct final rule without prior proposal 
because the Agency views this as a noncontroversial submittal and 
anticipates no adverse comments. A detailed rationale for the approval 
is set forth in the direct final rule. If no adverse comments are 
received in response to this action, no further activity is 
contemplated. If EPA receives adverse comments, the direct final rule 
will be withdrawn and all public comments received will be addressed in 
a subsequent final rule based on this proposed rule. EPA will not 
institute a second comment period. Any parties interested in commenting 
on this action should do so at this time.

DATES: Comments must be received in writing by July 3, 2003.

ADDRESSES: Written comments should be addressed to Makeba A. Morris, 
Branch Chief, Air Quality Planning and Information Services Branch, 
Mailcode 3AP21, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III, 1650 
Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103. Copies of the documents 
relevant to this action are available for public inspection during 
normal business hours at the Air Protection Division, U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency, Region III, 1650 Arch Street, 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103; and the Maryland Department of the 
Environment, 1800 Washington Blvd., Suite 730, Baltimore, Maryland 
21230.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Betty Harris, (215) 814-2168, at the 
EPA Region III address above, or by e-mail at harris.betty@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: For further information, please see the 
information provided in the direct final action for Maryland's 
amendments to the control of VOCs from chemical production and PTFE 
installations, that is located in the ``Rules and Regulations'' section 
of this Federal Register publication. Please note that if EPA receives 
adverse comment on an amendment, paragraph, or section of this rule and 
if that provision may be severed from the remainder of the rule, EPA 
may adopt as final those provisions of the rule that are not the 
subject of an adverse comment.

    Dated: May 20, 2003.
Abraham Ferdas,
Acting Regional Administrator, Region III.
[FR Doc. 03-13701 Filed 6-2-03; 8:45 am]
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