[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 127 (Monday, July 2, 2012)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 39205-39206]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-16045]



40 CFR Parts 50, 51, 52, 53, and 58

[EPA-HQ-OAR-2007-0492; FRL-9694-8]

Public Hearings for Proposed Rules--National Ambient Air Quality 
Standards for Particulate Matter

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Announcement of public hearings.


SUMMARY: The EPA is announcing two public hearings for the proposed 
rule titled, ``National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate 
Matter,'' that is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 
June 29, 2012. The hearings will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 
and Sacramento, California.
    In this rulemaking, the EPA is proposing to make revisions to the 
primary and secondary national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) 
for particulate matter (PM) to provide requisite protection of public 
health and welfare, respectively, and to make corresponding revisions 
to the data handling conventions for PM and ambient air monitoring, 
reporting, and network design requirements. The EPA is proposing 
changes to the Air Quality Index (AQI) to be consistent with the 
proposed primary standards. In addition, the EPA is proposing revisions 
to the prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) permitting program 
with respect to the proposed NAAQS revisions.

DATES: The public hearings will be held on July 17, 2012, in 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and on July 19, 2012, in Sacramento, 
California. Please refer to SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for additional 
information on the public hearings.

ADDRESSES: The hearings will be held at the following locations:
    1. PHILADELPHIA: William J. Green Federal Building, 600 Arch 
Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106, 215-813-2583.
    2. SACRAMENTO: California Air Resources Board, 1001 ``I'' Street, 
Sacramento, CA 95814, 916-322-2990.
    Written comments on these proposed rules may also be submitted to 
EPA electronically, by mail, by facsimile, or through hand delivery/
courier. Please refer to the proposal for the addresses and detailed 
    A complete set of documents related to the proposed rule is 
available for public inspection at the EPA Docket Center, located at 
1301 Constitution Avenue NW., Room B102, Washington, DC between 8:30 
a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. A 
reasonable fee may be charged for copying. Documents are also available 
through the electronic docket system at www.regulations.gov.
    The EPA Web site for the rulemakings, which includes the proposal 
and information about the public hearings, can be found at: http://www.epa.gov/air/particlepollution/actions.html.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you would like to speak at the 
public hearings or have questions concerning the public hearings, 
please contact Mr. Alan Rush at the address given below under 
    Questions concerning the ``National Ambient Air Quality Standards 
for Particulate Matter'' proposed rule should be addressed to Ms. Beth 
Hassett-Sipple, U.S. EPA, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, 
Health and Environmental Impacts Division, (C504-06), Research Triangle 
Park, NC 27711, telephone number (919) 541-4605, email hassett-sipple.beth@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The proposed rule for which EPA is holding 
the public hearings is scheduled to be published in the Federal 
Register on June 29, 2012, and is available on the following Web site: 
http://www.epa.gov/air/particlepollution/actions.html. The public 
hearings will provide interested parties the opportunity to present 
data, views, or arguments concerning the proposed rule. The EPA may ask 
clarifying questions during the oral presentations, but will not 
respond to the presentations at that time. Written statements and 
supporting information submitted during the comment period will be 
considered with the same weight

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as any oral comments and supporting information presented at the public 
hearings. Written comments must be postmarked by the last day of the 
comment period, August 31, 2012, as specified in the proposed rule.
    The two public hearings will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 
and Sacramento, California. The public hearings will begin each day at 
9 a.m. (local time) and continue into the evening until 9 p.m. (local 
time). The EPA will make every effort to accommodate all speakers that 
arrive and register before 9 p.m. The EPA is scheduling lunch breaks 
from 12:30 until 2 p.m. and dinner breaks from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. If 
you would like to present oral testimony at the hearings, please notify 
Mr. Alan Rush (6301A), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of 
Air Quality Planning and Standards, Ariel Rios Building, 1200 
Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; email rush.alan@epa.gov 
(preferred method for registering), (202) 564-1658. He will arrange a 
general time slot for you to speak. The EPA will make every effort to 
follow the schedule as closely as possible on the day of the hearings.
    Oral testimony will be limited to five (5) minutes for each 
commenter to address either or both proposals. We will not be providing 
equipment for commenters to show overhead slides or make computerized 
slide presentations unless we receive special requests in advance. 
Commenters should notify Mr. Rush if they will need specific equipment. 
Commenters should also notify Mr. Rush if they need specific 
translation services for non-English speaking commenters. The EPA 
encourages commenters to provide written versions of their oral 
testimonies either electronically on computer disk or CD-ROM or in 
paper copy.
    The hearing schedules, including lists of speakers, will be posted 
on EPA's Web pages for the proposals at: http://www.epa.gov/air/particlepollution/actions.html prior to the hearings. Verbatim 
transcripts of the hearings and written statements will be included in 
the rulemaking docket.

How can I get copies of this document and other related information?

    The EPA has established the official public docket for the 
``National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter'' under 
Docket Number EPA-HQ-OAR-2007-0492. The EPA has also developed a Web 
site for the proposed rule at the address given above. Please refer to 
the proposed rule, which is scheduled to be published in the Federal 
Register on June 29, 2012, for detailed information on accessing 
information related to this proposal.

    Dated: June 22, 2012.
Mary E. Henigin,
Acting Director, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards.
[FR Doc. 2012-16045 Filed 6-29-12; 8:45 am]