[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 34 (Tuesday, February 21, 2012)]
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[FR Doc No: 2012-3702]
Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 34 / Tuesday, February 21, 2012 /
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
40 CFR Part 97
Revisions to Federal Implementation Plans To Reduce Interstate
Transport of Fine Particulate Matter and Ozone
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
ACTION: Proposed rule.
SUMMARY: EPA is proposing additional revisions to certain portions of
the Transport Rule (Federal Implementation Plans: Interstate Transport
of Fine Particulate Matter and Ozone and Correction of SIP Approvals,
published August 8, 2011). The final Transport Rule limits the
interstate transport of emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOX)
and sulfur dioxide (SO2) that contribute harmful levels of
fine particle matter and ozone in downwind states. After the final rule
was published, it was brought to our attention that there are some
incorrect data assumptions that affect a few states' budgets or new
unit set-asides in the rule text. On October 14, 2011, EPA proposed
revisions to the final Transport Rule based on this new information and
sought comment on additional unit-level information addressing post-
combustion pollution control equipment and operational requirements
necessitating non-economic generation of a unit. EPA is finalizing the
earlier specifically proposed revisions in a separate action. EPA has
reviewed the information provided in comments addressing the topics
described above and proposes to determine that the unit-level
adjustments described in the preamble to the direct final are merited.
DATES: Written comments must be received by March 22, 2012.
ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-
OAR-2009-0491, by mail to: Air and Radiation Docket and Information
Center, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Mailcode: 2822T, 1200
Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460. Comments may also be
submitted electronically or through hand delivery/courier by following
the detailed instructions in the ADDRESSES section of the direct final
rule published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gabrielle Stevens, U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency, Clean Air Markets Division, MC 6204J, Ariel Rios
Building, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460, telephone
(202) 343-9252, email at [email protected]. Electronic copies
of this document can be accessed through the EPA Web site at: http://epa.gov/airmarkets.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This document proposes to take action on
certain portions of the Transport Rule. We finalized a rule to address
discrepancies in unit-specific modeling assumptions that affect the
proposed calculation of Transport Rule state budgets in Florida,
Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Texas
and Wisconsin, as well as new unit set-asides in Arkansas and Texas
(see 76 FR 63860, October 14, 2011). We are issuing a direct final
rule, in parallel with this proposal published elsewhere in this issue,
based on comments received on the Revisions Rule proposal, to amend the
August 8, 2011, final regulation (76 FR 48208) by correcting annual
NOX budgets in Georgia, Kansas, Missouri, New York, Ohio,
and Texas; ozone-season NOX budgets in Arkansas, Georgia,
Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Texas;
SO2 budgets in Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Nebraska, New York,
Ohio, and South Carolina; and new unit set-aside budgets in Arkansas,
Louisiana, and Missouri.
We have explained our reasons for this action in the preamble to
the direct final rule. If we receive no significant adverse comment, on
the direct final rule, EPA will withdraw the relevant portions of the
rule and timely notice of the withdrawal will be published in the
Federal Register. We would address all relevant public comments in any
subsequent final rule based on this proposed rule.
We do not intend to institute a second comment period on this
action. Any parties interested in commenting must do so at this time.
For further information, please see the information provided in the
ADDRESSES section of this document.
Dated: February 7, 2012.
Lisa P. Jackson,
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