[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 197 (Friday, October 13, 2017)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Page 47640]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-22103]



40 CFR Part 52

[EPA-R04-OAR-2017-0385; FRL-9969-29-Region 4]

Air Plan Approval: SC: Multiple Revisions to Air Pollution 
Control Standards

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Withdrawal of direct final rule.


SUMMARY: Due to the receipt of an adverse comment, the Environmental 
Protection Agency (EPA) is withdrawing the August 16, 2017, direct 
final rule that approves portions of the South Carolina state 
implementation plan (SIP) revisions for miscellaneous rules covering 
air pollution control standards. EPA will address the comment in a 
subsequent final action based upon the proposed rulemaking action, also 
published on August 16, 2017. EPA will not institute a second comment 
period on this action.

DATES: The direct final rule published at 82 FR 38828, on August 16, 
2017, is withdrawn, effective October 13, 2017.

Management Section, Air Planning and Implementation Branch, Air, 
Pesticides and Toxics Management Division, U.S. Environmental 
Protection Agency, Region 4, 61 Forsyth Street SW., Atlanta, Georgia 
30303-8960. The telephone number is (404) 562-8726. Mr. Wong can also 
be reached via electronic mail at [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On August 16, 2017 (82 FR 38828), EPA 
published a direct final rule approving SIP revisions submitted by the 
State of South Carolina, through the South Carolina Department of 
Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC). EPA took a direct final 
action to approve portions of the October 1, 2007, July 18, 2011, June 
17, 2013, August 8, 2014, August 12, 2015, July 27, 2016, and November 
4, 2016, submissions that revise Regulation 61-62.5, Standard No. 1--
``Emissions From Fuel Burning Operations'' and Regulation 61-62.5, 
Standard No. 4--``Emissions From Process Industries.''
    In the direct final rule, EPA explained that the Agency was 
publishing the rule without prior proposal because the Agency viewed 
the submittal as a non-controversial SIP amendment and anticipated no 
adverse comments. Further, EPA explained that the Agency was publishing 
a separate document in the proposed rules section of the Federal 
Register to serve as the proposal to approve the SIP revision should an 
adverse comment be filed. EPA also noted that the rule would be 
effective generally 30 days after the close of the public comment 
period, without further notice unless the Agency received adverse 
comment by the close of the public comment period. EPA explained that 
if the Agency received such comments, then EPA would publish a document 
withdrawing the final rule and informing the public that the rule would 
not take effect. It was also explained that all public comments 
received would then be addressed in a subsequent final rule based on 
the proposed rule, and that EPA would not institute a second comment 
period on this action.
    EPA received one adverse comment from a single Commenter on the 
direct final rule on both the changes to Regulation 61-62.5, Standard 
No. 1 and to Standard No. 4. As a result of the comment received, EPA 
is withdrawing the direct final rule approving the aforementioned 
changes to the South Carolina SIP at Regulation 61-62.5, Standard No. 1 
and Regulation 61-62.5, Standard No. 4. EPA will address the comment in 
a separate final action based on the proposed action also published on 
August 16, 2017 (82 FR 38874). EPA will not open a second comment 
period for this action.

List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 52

    Environmental protection, Air pollution control, Incorporation by 
reference, Intergovernmental relations, Particulate matter, Reporting 
and recordkeeping requirements.

    Dated: September 29, 2017.
Onis ``Trey'' Glenn, III,
Regional Administrator, Region 4.

Accordingly, the amendments to 40 CFR 52.2120(c) published on August 
16, 2017 (82 FR 38828), which were to become effective October 16, 
2017, are withdrawn.

[FR Doc. 2017-22103 Filed 10-12-17; 8:45 am]