[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 199 (Monday, October 15, 2012)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 62479-62480]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-25168]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

40 CFR Part 52

[EPA-R04-OAR-2008-0177; FRL-9740-8]


Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Portion of 
York County, South Carolina Within Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, North 
Carolina-South Carolina 1997 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area; 
Reasonable Further Progress Plan

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Proposed rule.

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SUMMARY: EPA is proposing to approve portions of two state 
implementation plan (SIP) revisions, submitted by the South Carolina 
Department of Health and Environmental Control, on August 31, 2007, and 
April 29, 2010, to address the reasonable further progress (RFP) plan 
requirements for the 1997 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality 
standards (NAAQS) for the portion of York County, South Carolina that 
is within the bi-state Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill 1997 8-hour ozone 
nonattainment area. The Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, North Carolina-
South Carolina 1997 8-hour ozone nonattainment area (hereafter referred 
to as the ``bi-state Charlotte Area'') is

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comprised of Cabarrus, Gaston, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Union and a 
portion of Iredell (Davidson and Coddle Creek Townships) Counties in 
North Carolina; and a portion of York County in South Carolina. EPA is 
also providing the status of its adequacy determination for the motor 
vehicle emissions budgets (MVEB) for volatile organic compounds that 
were included in South Carolina's RFP plan. Further, EPA is proposing 
to approve these MVEB. This proposed action is being taken pursuant to 
section 110 of the Clean Air Act. EPA will take action on North 
Carolina's RFP plan for its portion of the bi-state Charlotte Area, in 
a separate action. In the Final Rules Section of this Federal Register, 
EPA is approving the State's implementation plan revision as a direct 
final rule without prior proposal because the Agency views this as a 
noncontroversial submittal and anticipates no adverse comments.

DATES: Written comments must be received on or before November 14, 
2012.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-R04-
OAR-2008-0177 by one of the following methods:
    1. www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line instructions for 
submitting comments.
    2. Email: R4-RDS@epa.gov.
    3. Fax: (404) 562-9019.
    4. Mail: ``EPA-R04-OAR-2008-0177,'' Regulatory Development Section, 
Air Planning Branch, Air, Pesticides and Toxics Management Division, 
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4, 61 Forsyth Street SW., 
Atlanta, Georgia 30303-8960.
    5. Hand Delivery or Courier: Lynorae Benjamin, Chief, Regulatory 
Development Section, Air Planning Branch, Air, Pesticides and Toxics 
Management Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4, 61 
Forsyth Street SW., Atlanta, Georgia 30303-8960. 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 to 4:30, excluding federal 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: Sara Waterson, Regulatory Development 
Section, Air Planning Branch, Air, Pesticides and Toxics Management 
Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4, 61 Forsyth 
Street SW., Atlanta, Georgia 30303-8960. The telephone number is (404) 
562-9061. Ms. Waterson can be reached via electronic mail at 
waterson.sara@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On March 12, 2008, EPA issued a revised 
ozone NAAQS. See 73 FR 16436. The current action, however, is being 
taken to address requirements under the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS. 
Requirements for the South Carolina portion of the bi-state Charlotte 
Area under the 2008 ozone NAAQS will be addressed in the future. For 
additional information see the direct final rule which is published in 
the Rules Section of this Federal Register. 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 on this document. Any parties 
interested in commenting on this document should do so at this time.

    Dated: October 2, 2012.
A. Stanley Meiburg,
Acting Regional Administrator, Region 4.
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