[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 82 (Friday, April 27, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 25087-25088]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-10098]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

40 CFR Part 60

[EPA-HQ-OAR-2009-0559; FRL-9664-9]
RIN 2060-AP90


Denial of Reconsideration Petitions on Standards of Performance 
for New Stationary Sources and Emission Guidelines for Existing 
Sources: Sewage Sludge Incineration Units

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Denial of petitions for reconsideration.

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SUMMARY: The EPA is providing notice that it has denied two petitions 
for reconsideration of a final rule published in the Federal Register 
on March 21, 2011. The rule established new source performance 
standards and emission guidelines for sewage sludge incineration units 
located at wastewater treatment facilities designed to treat domestic 
sewage sludge, and was issued pursuant to the EPA's authority under 
Clean Air Act section 129 to regulate solid waste incineration units. 
After publication of the rule, the EPA received petitions for 
reconsideration of the final rule from the National Association of 
Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) (dated May 24, 2011) and the Sierra Club 
(dated May 20, 2011). After carefully considering the petitions and 
supporting information, in reaching a decision on the petitions, EPA 
Administrator Lisa P. Jackson denied the petitions for reconsideration 
on April 6, 2012, in separate letters to the petitioners. EPA denied 
the petitions because they fail to meet the procedural test for 
reconsideration under CAA section 307(d)(7)(B), and/or are not of 
central relevance to the outcome of the rule, both of which are 
necessary conditions precedent to granting reconsideration. The letters 
explain in detail EPA's reasons for the denials.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Amy Hambrick, Sector Policies and 
Programs Division (E143-03), Office of Air Quality Planning and 
Standards, Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, 
North Carolina 27711; telephone number: (919) 541-0964; fax number: 
(919) 541-3470; email address: hambrick.amy@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. How can I get copies of this document and other related information?

    This Federal Register notice, the petitions for reconsideration, 
and the letters denying the petitions for reconsideration are available 
in the docket that the EPA established for the ``Standards of 
Performance for New Stationary Sources and Emission Guidelines for 
Existing Sources: Sewage Sludge Incineration Units'' under Docket ID 
No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2009-0559. The document identification numbers for the 
petitions for reconsideration are: Sierra Club, EPA-HQ-OAR-2009-0559-
0173; and NACWA, EPA-HQ-OAR-2009-0559-0174 (petition). The document 
identification number for EPA's response letters are EPA-HQ-OAR-2009-
0559-0181. All documents in the docket are listed on the 
www.regulations.gov Web site. Although listed in the index, some 
information is not publicly available, e.g., confidential business 
information or other information whose disclosure is restricted by 
statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, is not 
placed on the Internet and will be publicly available only in hard copy 
form. Publicly available docket materials are available either 
electronically through www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the EPA 
Docket Center (Air Docket), EPA/DC, EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 
Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC. The Public Reading Room is open 
from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal 
holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is (202) 
566-1744 and the telephone number for the Air Docket is (202) 566-1742.
    This Federal Register notice, the petitions for reconsideration and 
the letters denying the petitions can also be found on the EPA's Web 
site at http://www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/129/ssi/ssipg.html. The ``Standards 
of Performance for New Stationary Sources and Emission Guidelines for 
Existing Sources: Sewage Sludge Incineration Units'' rules were 
published in the Federal Register on March 21, 2011, at 76 FR 15372.

II. Judicial Review

    Any petitions for review of the letters denying the petitions for

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reconsideration described in this Notice must be filed in the Court of 
Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit by June 26, 2012.

List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 60

    Environmental protection, Administrative practice and procedure, 
Air pollution control, Intergovernmental relations, Reporting and 
recordkeeping requirements.

    Dated: April 18, 2012.
Lisa P. Jackson,
Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2012-10098 Filed 4-26-12; 8:45 am]
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