[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 243 (Monday, December 20, 2010)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 79302-79304]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-31885]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

40 CFR Part 81

[EPA-R06-OAR-2010-0412; FRL-9240-8]


Determination of Nonattainment and Reclassification of the 
Dallas/Fort Worth 1997 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area; Texas

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: EPA is finalizing its determination that the Dallas/Fort Worth 
(DFW) moderate 8-hour ozone nonattainment area failed to attain the 
1997 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS or 
standard) by June 15, 2010, the attainment deadline set forth in the 
Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) and Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) for 
moderate nonattainment areas. This final determination is based on 
EPA's review of complete, quality assured and certified ambient air 
quality monitoring data for the 2007-2009 monitoring period that are 
available in the EPA Air Quality System (AQS) database. As a result of 
this final action, the DFW area will be reclassified by operation of 
law as a serious ozone nonattainment area for the 1997 8-hour ozone 
standard on the effective date of this rulemaking. The new attainment 
date for the DFW area is as expeditiously as practicable, but not later 
than June 15, 2013. The State of Texas must submit State Implementation 
Plan (SIP) revisions addressing requirements for ``serious'' areas no 
later than one year after the effective date of this rulemaking.

DATES: This rule is effective on January 19, 2011.

ADDRESSES: EPA established a docket for this action under Docket ID No. 
EPA-R06-OAR-2010-0412. All documents in the docket are listed at http://www.regulations.gov. Although listed in the index, some information is 
not publicly available, e.g., 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 
through http://www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the Air Planning 
Section (6PD-L), Environmental Protection Agency, 1445 Ross Avenue, 
Suite 700, Dallas, Texas 75202-2733. The file will be made available by 
appointment for public inspection in the Region 6 Freedom of 
Information Act (FOIA) Review Room between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 
4:30 p.m. weekdays except for legal holidays. Contact the person listed 
in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT paragraph below or Mr. Bill 
Deese at 214-665-7253 to make an appointment.

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Please make the appointment at least two working days in advance of 
your visit. There is a fee of 15 cents per page for making photocopies 
of documents. On the day of the visit, please check in at the EPA 
Region 6 reception area at 1445 Ross Avenue, Suite 700, Dallas, Texas.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Carrie Paige, Air Planning 
Section, (6PD-L), Environmental Protection Agency, Region 6, 1445 Ross 
Avenue, Suite 700, Dallas, Texas 75202-2733, telephone (214) 665-6521; 
fax number 214-665-6762; e-mail address paige.carrie@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Throughout this document, ``we,'' ``us,'' 
and ``our'' means EPA. This supplementary information section is 
arranged as follows:

I. What action is EPA taking?
II. What is the effect of this action?
III. Final Action
IV. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews

I. What action is EPA taking?

    We are finalizing our determination that the DFW 8-hour ozone 
moderate nonattainment area failed to attain the 1997 8-hour ozone 
NAAQS by the applicable attainment date. This determination is based on 
quality-assured and certified ambient air monitoring data for the years 
2007-2009. These data show that the DFW area was violating the 1997 8-
hour ozone standard at the time of the June 15, 2010 attainment 
deadline.
    As a result of this action, the DFW area will be reclassified by 
operation of law as a serious ozone nonattainment area for the 1997 8-
hour ozone standard on the effective date of this rulemaking.
    The rationale for this action is explained in the Notice of 
Proposed Rulemaking (NPR) published on August 9, 2000 (75 FR 47746) and 
will not be restated here. No comments were received on the NPR.

II. What is the effect of this action?

    The DFW area will be reclassified by operation of law as a serious 
ozone nonattainment area for the 1997 8-hour ozone standard on the 
effective date of this rulemaking. The serious area attainment date for 
the DFW area is as expeditiously as practicable, but not later than 
June 15, 2013.
    The revised SIP for the DFW area must include all the requirements 
for serious ozone nonattainment area plans, such as: (1) Attainment and 
reasonable further progress demonstrations (CAA section 182(c)(2), 40 
CFR 51.908 and 40 CFR 51.910); (2) an enhanced monitoring program (CAA 
section 182(c)(1) and 40 CFR 58.10); (3) an enhanced vehicle inspection 
and maintenance program (CAA section 182(c)(3) and 40 CFR 51.350); (4) 
clean fuel vehicle programs (CAA section 182(c)(4)); (5) transportation 
control (CAA section 182(c)(5)); (6) a 50 ton-per-year major source 
threshold (CAA section182(c) and 40 CFR 51.165); (7) more stringent new 
source review requirements (CAA section 182(c)(6) and 40 CFR 51.165); 
(8) special rules for modification of sources (CAA sections 182(c)(7) 
and 182(c)(8), and 40 CFR 51.165); (9) contingency provisions (CAA 
section 182(c)(9)); and (10) increased offsets (CAA section 182(c)(10) 
and 40 CFR 51.165).\1\ See also the requirements for serious ozone 
nonattainment areas set forth in section 182(c) of the Act. All 
applicable controls required to demonstrate attainment by June 15, 2013 
shall be implemented no later than March 1, 2012.
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    \1\ For a list of the serious area requirements already in place 
in the DFW area, see the proposed rulemaking (75 FR 47746).
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    In addition, the requirements of section 182(b)(3) relating to 
Stage II gasoline vapor recovery shall apply, provided EPA has not 
determined that onboard vapor recovery (ORVR) is in widespread use in 
the motor vehicle fleet and waived the section 182(b)(3) 
requirement.\2\
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    \2\ See the proposed rulemaking for additional information (75 
FR 47746).
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III. Final Action

    Pursuant to section 181(b)(2) of the Act, EPA is making a final 
determination that the DFW 8-hour ozone nonattainment area failed to 
attain the 1997 8-hour ozone standard by June 15, 2010, the attainment 
date for moderate ozone nonattainment areas. Thus, the DFW area will be 
reclassified by operation of law as a serious ozone nonattainment area 
for the 1997 8-hour ozone standard on the effective date of this 
rulemaking.
    The submittal of the serious area SIP revisions will be due to EPA 
no later than one year after the effective date of this rulemaking; 
except that the required SIP revision for Stage II vapor recovery will 
be due to EPA no later than two years after the effective date of this 
rulemaking, pursuant to section 182(b)(3)(A) of the Act. All applicable 
controls required to demonstrate attainment by June 15, 2013 shall be 
implemented no later than March 1, 2012.

IV. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews

    Under the Clean Air Act, the Administrator is required to approve a 
SIP submission that complies with the provisions of the Act and 
applicable Federal regulations. 42 U.S.C. 7410(k); 40 CFR 52.02(a). 
Thus, in reviewing SIP submissions, EPA's role is to approve State 
choices, provided that they meet the criteria of the Clean Air Act. 
Accordingly, this action merely approves State law as meeting Federal 
requirements and does not impose additional requirements beyond those 
imposed by State law. For that reason, this action:
     Is not a ``significant regulatory action'' subject to 
review by the Office of Management and Budget under Executive Order 
12866 (58 FR 51735, October 4, 1993);
     Does not impose an information collection burden under the 
provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.);
     Is certified as not having a significant economic impact 
on a substantial number of small entities under the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.);
     Does not contain any unfunded mandate or significantly or 
uniquely affect small governments, as described in the Unfunded 
Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-4);
     Does not have Federalism implications as specified in 
Executive Order 13132 (64 FR 43255, August 10, 1999);
     Is not an economically significant regulatory action based 
on health or safety risks subject to Executive Order 13045 (62 FR 
19885, April 23, 1997);
     Is not a significant regulatory action subject to 
Executive Order 13211 (66 FR 28355, May 22, 2001);
     Is not subject to requirements of Section 12(d) of the 
National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995 (15 U.S.C. 272 
note) because application of those requirements would be inconsistent 
with the Clean Air Act; and
     Does not provide EPA with the discretionary authority to 
address, as appropriate, disproportionate human health or environmental 
effects, using practicable and legally permissible methods, under 
Executive Order 12898 (59 FR 7629, February 16, 1994). In addition, 
this rule does not have Tribal implications as specified by Executive 
Order 13175 (65 FR 67249, November 9, 2000), because the SIP is not 
approved to apply in Indian country located in the State, and EPA notes 
that it will not impose substantial direct costs on Tribal governments 
or preempt Tribal law.
    The Congressional Review Act, 5 U.S.C. 801 et seq., as added by the 
Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996, generally 
provides

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that before a rule may take effect, the agency promulgating the rule 
must submit a rule report, which includes a copy of the rule, to each 
House of the Congress and to the Comptroller General of the United 
States. EPA will submit a report containing this action and other 
required information to the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of 
Representatives, and the Comptroller General of the United States prior 
to publication of the rule in the Federal Register. A major rule cannot 
take effect until 60 days after it is published in the Federal 
Register. This action is not a ``major rule'' as defined by 5 U.S.C. 
804(2).
    Under section 307(b)(1) of the Clean Air Act, petitions for 
judicial review of this action must be filed in the United States Court 
of Appeals for the appropriate circuit by February 18, 2011. Filing a 
petition for reconsideration by the Administrator of this final rule 
does not affect the finality of this action for the purposes of 
judicial review nor does it extend the time within which a petition for 
judicial review may be filed, and shall not postpone the effectiveness 
of such rule or action. This action may not be challenged later in 
proceedings to enforce its requirements. (See section 307(b)(2).)

List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 81

    Environmental protection, Air pollution control, National parks, 
Wilderness areas.

    Dated: December 12, 2010.
Al Armendariz,
Regional Administrator, Region 6.
    40 CFR part 81 is amended as follows:

PART 81--[AMENDED]

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1. The authority citation for part 81 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.



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2. In Sec.  81.344 the table entitled ``Texas--Ozone (8-hour 
Standard)'' is amended by revising the entries for Dallas-Fort Worth, 
TX and adding a new footnote 5 at the end of the table to read as 
follows:


Sec.  81.344  Texas.

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                                         Texas--Ozone (8-Hour Standard)
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                                              Designation \a\                     Category/classification
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Dallas-Fort Worth, TX:
    Collin County...............  ..................  Nonattainment.....  (\5\).............  Subpart 2/Serious.
    Dallas County...............  ..................  Nonattainment.....  (\5\).............  Subpart 2/Serious.
    Denton County...............  ..................  Nonattainment.....  (\5\).............  Subpart 2/Serious.
    Ellis County................  ..................  Nonattainment.....  (\5\).............  Subpart 2/Serious.
    Johnson County..............  ..................  Nonattainment.....  (\5\).............  Subpart 2/Serious.
    Kaufman County..............  ..................  Nonattainment.....  (\5\).............  Subpart 2/Serious.
    Parker County...............  ..................  Nonattainment.....  (\5\).............  Subpart 2/Serious.
    Rockwall County.............  ..................  Nonattainment.....  (\5\).............  Subpart 2/Serious.
    Tarrant County..............  ..................  Nonattainment.....  (\5\).............  Subpart 2/Serious.
 
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\a\ Includes Indian Country located in each county or area, except as otherwise specified.
\1\ This date is June 15, 2004, unless otherwise noted.
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\5\ Effective January 19, 2011.
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