[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 184 (Monday, September 23, 2013)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 58266]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-22871]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

40 CFR Part 81

[EPA-R09-OAR-2008-0467; FRL-9901-12-Region 9]


Designation of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes; 
California; San Joaquin Valley, South Coast Air Basin, Coachella 
Valley, and Sacramento Metro Ozone Nonattainment Areas; 
Reclassification

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Withdrawal of proposed rule.

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SUMMARY: EPA is withdrawing a proposed action to reclassify the Indian 
country pertaining to the Morongo Band of Mission Indians (Morongo 
Reservation) from ``severe-17'' to ``extreme'' for the 1997 eight-hour 
ozone standard.

DATES: The proposed rule published on August 27, 2009 (74 FR 43654) is 
withdrawn with respect to the Morongo Reservation on September 23, 
2013.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ken Israels, Grants and Program 
Integration Office (AIR-8), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 
Region IX, (415) 947-4102, israels.ken@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On August 27, 2009 (74 FR 43654), EPA 
published a proposed rule to grant requests by the State of California 
to reclassify four nonattainment areas for the 1997 8-hour ozone 
standards and to reclassify Indian country in keeping with the 
classifications of nonattainment areas within which they are located. 
On May 5, 2010 (75 FR 24409), EPA finalized the action as proposed 
except that EPA deferred reclassification of Indian country pertaining 
to the Morongo Band of Mission Indians (Morongo Reservation) and the 
Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians (Pechanga Reservation) in 
keeping with the state's request for the South Coast Air Basin. On 
January 2, 2013 (78 FR 51), EPA proposed to revise the boundaries of 
the South Coast Air Basin nonattainment area to designate the Morongo 
Reservation as a separate air quality planning area for the 1997 8-hour 
ozone standards. In the January 2, 2013 proposed rule, EPA indicated 
that, if the Agency finalizes the January 2, 2013 proposed rule, as 
proposed, EPA would withdraw the August 27, 2009 proposed rule to the 
extent that the 2009 proposed rule relates to the Morongo Reservation. 
In the Rules section of this Federal Register, EPA is finalizing its 
January 2, 2013 proposed rule, as proposed. In light of final Agency 
action on the January 2, 2013 proposal, EPA is withdrawing the August 
27, 2009 proposed reclassification of the Morongo Reservation for the 
1997 8-hour ozone standard. This withdrawal is being taken under Clean 
Air Act sections 301(a) and 301(d)(4).

List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 81

    Environmental protection, Air pollution control, Intergovernmental 
relations, National parks, Ozone, Wilderness areas.

    Dated: September 4, 2013.
Jared Blumenfeld,
Regional Administrator, Region IX.
[FR Doc. 2013-22871 Filed 9-20-13; 8:45 am]
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