[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 87 (Friday, May 4, 2012)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 26474]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-10460]

Proposed Rules
                                                Federal Register

This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of 
the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these 
notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in 
the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules.


Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 87 / Friday, May 4, 2012 / Proposed 

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40 CFR Part 52

[EPA-R03-OAR-2011-0889; FRL-9666-4]

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; 
Maryland; Approval of 2011 Consent Decree to Control Emissions From the 
GenOn Chalk Point Generating Station; Removal of 1978 and 1979 Consent 

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Proposed rule.


SUMMARY: EPA proposes to approve State Implementation Plan (SIP) 
revisions submitted by the Maryland Department of the Environment 
(MDE). These revisions approve specific provisions of a 2011 Consent 
Decree between MDE and GenOn to reduce particulate matter (PM), sulfur 
oxides (SOX), and nitrogen oxides (NOX) from the 
GenOn Chalk Point generating station (Chalk Point). These revisions 
also remove the 1978 and 1979 Consent Orders for the Chalk Point 
generating station from the Maryland SIP as those Consent Orders have 
been superseded by the 2011 Consent Decree. In the Final Rules section 
of this Federal Register, EPA is approving the State's SIP submittal as 
a direct final rule without prior proposal because the Agency views 
this as a noncontroversial submittal and anticipates no adverse 
comments. A detailed rationale for the approval is set forth in the 
direct final rule. If no adverse comments are received in response to 
this action, 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adverse comments, the direct final rule will be withdrawn and all 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. Any parties interested in commenting on this action should do 
so at this time.

DATES: Comments must be received in writing by June 4, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID Number EPA-
R03-OAR-2011-0889 by one of the following methods:
    A. www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions for 
submitting comments.
    B. Email: [email protected].
    C. Mail: EPA-R03-OAR-2011-0889, Marcia L. Spink, Associate Director 
for Policy and Science, Air Protection Division, Mailcode 3AP00, U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency, Region III, 1650 Arch Street, 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103.
    D. Hand Delivery: At the previously-listed EPA Region III address. 
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-R03-OAR-
2011-0889. 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 (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is 
restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to 
be CBI or otherwise protected through www.regulations.gov or email. The 
www.regulations.gov Web site is an ``anonymous access'' system, which 
means 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 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, 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 EPA cannot read your 
comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for 
clarification, 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.
    Docket: All documents in the electronic docket are listed in the 
www.regulations.gov index. Although listed in the index, some 
information is not publicly available, i.e., CBI 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 during normal business hours at the Air Protection 
Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III, 1650 Arch 
Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103. Copies of the State submittal 
are available at the Maryland Department of the Environment, 1800 
Washington Boulevard, Suite 705, Baltimore, Maryland 21230.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marcia L. Spink, Project Officer, 
(215) 814-2104, or by email at [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: For further information, please see the 
information provided in the direct final action, with the same title, 
that is located in the ``Rules and Regulations'' section of this 
Federal Register publication.

    Dated: April 16, 2012.
W.C. Early,
 Acting Regional Administrator, Region III.
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