[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 12 (Thursday, January 19, 2012)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 2677-2679]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-957]



40 CFR Part 81

[EPA-HQ-OAR-2008-0476; FRL-9619-4]

EPA Responses to State and Tribal 2008 Ozone Designation 
Recommendations; Extension of Public Comment Period

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Proposed rule; extension of public comment period.


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SUMMARY: The EPA is announcing the extension of the public comment 
period for the EPA's responses to state and tribal ozone designation 
recommendations for the 2008 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality 
Standards. The EPA sent the responses directly to the states and tribes 
on or about December 9, 2011. On December 20, 2011 (76 FR 78872, FRL-
9608-6), the EPA published a notice in the Federal Register that the 
EPA had posted the responses on its Internet Web site and the EPA 
invited public comment. In the notice, the EPA stated that public 
comments must be received on or before January 19, 2012. The EPA has 
received several requests from stakeholders for additional time to 
prepare their comments. Some of the requesters noted that the original 
30-day comment period fell across two federal holidays. Taking that 
into consideration, the EPA is extending the comment period until 
February 3, 2012. The EPA intends to make final designation 
determinations for the 2008 ozone standards in spring 2012.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before February 3, 2012. Please 
refer to SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for additional information on the 
comment period.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-OAR-
HQ-2008-0476, by one of the following methods:
     http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions 
for submitting comments.
     Email: a-and-r-docket@epa.gov. Attention Docket ID No. 
     Fax: (202) 566-9744. Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-
     Mail: Air Docket, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2008-
0476, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code: 6102T, 1200 
Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460.
     Hand Delivery: EPA Docket Center, 1301 Constitution Avenue 
NW., Room 3334, Washington, DC. Such deliveries are only accepted 
during the Docket's normal hours of operation, and special arrangements 
should be made for deliveries of boxed information.
    Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-
2008-0476. The EPA's policy is that all comments received will be 
included in the public docket without change and may be made available 
online at www.regulations.gov, including any personal information 
provided, unless the comment includes information claimed to be 
confidential business information or other information whose disclosure 
is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider 
to be confidential business information or otherwise protected through 
www.regulations.gov or email. The www.regulations.gov Web site is an 
``anonymous access'' system, which means the EPA will not know your 
identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of 
your comment. If you send an email comment directly to the EPA without 
going through www.regulations.gov, your email address will be 
automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is 
placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet. If you 
submit an electronic comment, the EPA recommends that you include your 
name and other contact information in the body of your comment and with 
any disk or CD-ROM you submit. If the EPA is unable to read your 
comment and cannot contact you for clarification due to technical 
difficulties, the EPA may not be able to consider your comment. 
Electronic files should avoid the use of special characters, any form 
of encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses. For additional 
information about the EPA's public docket, visit the EPA Docket Center 
homepage at http://www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm. For additional 
instructions on submitting comments, go to the SUPPLEMENTARY 
INFORMATION section of this document.
    Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the 
www.regulations.gov index. Although listed in the index, some 
information is not publicly available, i.e., 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 in www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the EPA Docket 
Center, EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Avenue 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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general questions concerning this 
action, please contact Carla Oldham, U.S. EPA, Office of Air Quality 
Planning and Standards, Air Quality Planning Division, C539-04, 
Research Triangle Park, NC 27711, telephone (919) 541-3347, email at 
oldham.carla@epa.gov. For questions regarding the EPA Region 1, please 
contact Richard Burkhart, U.S. EPA, telephone (617) 918-1664, email at 
burkhart.richard@epa.gov. For questions regarding the EPA Region 2, 
please contact Bob Kelly, U.S. EPA, telephone (212) 637-3709, email at 
kelly.bob@epa.gov. For questions regarding the EPA Region 3, please 
contact Maria Pino, U.S. EPA, telephone (215) 814-2181, email at 
pino.maria@epa.gov. For questions regarding the EPA Region 4, please 
contact Jane Spann, U.S. EPA, telephone (404) 562-9029, email at 
spann.jane@epa.gov. For questions regarding the EPA Region 5, please 
contact Edward Doty, U.S. EPA, telephone (312) 886-6057, email at 
doty.edward@epa.gov. For questions regarding the EPA Region 6, please 
contact Guy Donaldson, U.S. EPA, telephone (214) 665-7242, email at 
donaldson.guy@epa.gov. For questions regarding the EPA Region 7, please 
contact Lachala Kemp, U.S. EPA, telephone (913) 551-7214, email at 
kemp.lachala@epa.gov. For questions regarding the EPA Region 8, please 
contact Scott Jackson, U.S. EPA, telephone (303) 312-6107, email at 
jackson.scott@epa.gov. For questions regarding the EPA Region 9, please 
contact John J. Kelly, U.S. EPA, telephone (415) 947-4151, email at 
kelly.johnj@epa.gov. For questions regarding EPA Region 10, please 
contact Claudia Vaupel, U.S. EPA, telephone (206) 553-6121, email at 


I. General Information

A. What should I consider as I prepare my comments for the EPA?

    1. Submitting Confidential Business Information. Do not submit this 
information to the EPA through www.regulations.gov or email. Clearly 
mark the part or all of the information that you claim to be 
confidential business information. For confidential business 
information in a disk or CD ROM that you mail to the EPA, mark the 
outside of the disk or CD ROM as confidential business information and 
then identify electronically within the disk or CD ROM the specific 
information that is claimed as confidential business information. In 
addition to one complete version of the comment that includes 
information claimed as confidential business information, a copy of the 
comment that does not contain the information

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claimed as confidential business information must be submitted for 
inclusion in the public docket. Information so marked will not be 
disclosed except in accordance with procedures set forth in 40 CFR part 
2. Send or deliver information identified as confidential business 
information only to the following address: Roberto Morales, U.S. EPA, 
Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Mail Code C404-02, 
Research Triangle Park, NC 27711, telephone (919) 541-0880, email at 
morales.roberto@epa.gov, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2008-0476.
    2. Tips for Preparing Your Comments. When submitting comments, 
remember to:
     Identify the rulemaking by docket number and other 
identifying information (subject heading, Federal Register date and 
page number).
     Follow directions.
     Explain why you agree or disagree; suggest alternatives 
and substitute language for your requested changes.

B. Where can I get a copy of this document and other related 

    The EPA has established a docket for the ozone designations 
rulemaking for the 2008 ozone standards at EPA-HQ-OAR-2008-0476. In 
addition, the EPA has established a Web site for the ozone designations 
rulemaking at www.epa.gov/ozonedesignations. The Web site includes the 
state and tribal designation recommendations, information supporting 
the EPA's preliminary designation decisions, as well as the rulemaking 
actions and other related information that the public may find useful.

    Dated: January 12, 2012.
Mary E. Henigin,
Acting Director, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards.
[FR Doc. 2012-957 Filed 1-18-12; 8:45 am]