[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 49 (Tuesday, March 13, 2012)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 14715]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-5763]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

40 CFR Part 52

[EPA-R01-OAR-2011-0118; A-1-FRL-9644-5]


Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; 
Rhode Island; Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) for the 
1997 8-Hour Ozone Standard

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Proposed rule.

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SUMMARY: The EPA is proposing to approve four State Implementation Plan 
(SIP) revisions submitted by the Rhode Island Department of 
Environmental Management (RI DEM). These revisions demonstrate that the 
State of Rhode Island meets the requirements of reasonably available 
control technology (RACT) for oxides of nitrogen (NOX) and 
volatile organic compounds (VOCs) set forth by the Clean Air Act (CAA) 
with respect to the 1997 8-hour ozone standard. The intended effect of 
this action is to propose approval of Rhode Island's RACT demonstration 
and the submitted regulations. Additionally, EPA is proposing to 
approve Rhode Island's negative declarations for several categories of 
VOC sources. This action is being taken in accordance with the CAA.

DATES: Written comments must be received on or before April 12, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-R01-
OAR-2011-0118 by one of the following methods:
    1. www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line instructions for 
submitting comments.
    2. Email: arnold.anne@epa.gov.
    3. Fax: 617-918-0047.
    4. Mail: ``EPA-R01-OAR-2011-0118,'' Anne Arnold, U.S. Environmental 
Protection Agency, New England Regional Office, Office of Ecosystem 
Protection, Air Quality Planning Unit, 5 Post Office Square--Suite 100, 
Mail Code OEP05-02, Boston, MA 02109-3912.
    5. Hand Delivery or Courier: Deliver your comments to: Anne Arnold, 
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, New England Regional Office, 
Office of Ecosystem Protection, Air Quality Planning Unit, 5 Post 
Office Square--Suite 100, Mail Code OEP05-02, Boston, MA 02109-3912. 
Such deliveries are only accepted during the Regional Office's normal 
hours of operation. The Regional Office's official hours of business 
are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding legal 
holidays.
    Please see the direct final rule which is located in the Rules 
Section of this Federal Register for detailed instructions on how to 
submit comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Mackintosh, U.S. Environmental 
Protection Agency, New England Regional Office, Office of Ecosystem 
Protection, Air Quality Planning Unit, 5 Post Office Square--Suite 100, 
Mail Code OEP05-02, Boston, MA 02109-3912, telephone 617-918-1584, 
facsimile 617-918-0584, email mackintosh.david@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In the Final Rules Section of this Federal 
Register, EPA is approving the State's SIP revisions 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 rule, 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. 
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.
    For additional information, see the direct final rule which is 
located in the Rules Section of this Federal Register.

    Dated: February 9, 2012.
H. Curtis Spalding,
Regional Administrator, EPA New England.
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