[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 45 (Tuesday, March 8, 2011)]
[Page 12730]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-5189]



[Regional Docket Nos. V-2009-1, FRL-9276-7]

Clean Air Act Operating Permit Program; Objection to State 
Operating Permit for U.S. Steel-Granite City Works

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice of final order on petition to object to Clean Air Act 
operating permit.


SUMMARY: This document announces that the EPA Administrator partially 
granted and partially denied a petition from the Interdisciplinary 
Environmental Clinic at the Washington University School of Law 
submitted to EPA on behalf of the American Bottom Conservancy 
(Petitioner) to object to the operating permit issued by the Illinois 
Environmental Protection Agency to the U.S. Steel--Granite City Works 
    Sections 307(b) and 505(b)(2) of the Clean Air Act (Act) provide 
that a petitioner may ask for judicial review in the United States 
Court of Appeals for the appropriate circuit of those portions of the 
petition which EPA denies. Any petition for review shall be filed 
within 60 days from the date this notice appears in the Federal 
Register, pursuant to section 307 of the Act.

ADDRESSES: You may review copies of the final order, the petition, and 
other supporting information at the EPA Region 5 Office, 77 West 
Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois 60604. If you wish to examine 
these documents, you should make an appointment with Genevieve Damico 
at least 24 hours before visiting the Region 5 offices. Additionally, 
the final order for the USS petition is available electronically at: 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Genevieve Damico, Acting Chief, Air 
Permits Section, Air Programs Branch, Air and Radiation Division, EPA, 
Region 5, 77 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois 60604, (312)353-

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Act affords EPA a 45-day period to 
review, and object, as appropriate, to Title V operating permits 
proposed by State permitting authorities. Section 505(b)(2) of the Act 
authorizes any person to petition the EPA Administrator within 60 days 
after the expiration of the EPA review period to object to a Title V 
operating permit if EPA has not done so. A petition must be based only 
on objections to the permit that were raised with reasonable 
specificity during the public comment period provided by the State, 
unless the petitioner demonstrates that it was impracticable to raise 
issues during the comment period, or the grounds for the issues arose 
after this period.
    On October 1, 2009, the Petitioner submitted a petition requesting 
that EPA object to the USS Title V permit pursuant to section 505(b)(2) 
of the Act and 40 CFR 70.8(d). Petitioner alleged that (1) the permit 
fails to include all applicable permits and permit requirements; (2) 
the permit fails to provide periodic monitoring sufficient to assure 
compliance; (3) the permit lacks compliance schedules to remedy all 
current violations; (4) the permit unlawfully exempts emissions during 
startup, shutdown, and malfunctions; (5) the permit fails to include 
compliance assurance monitoring requirements; and (6) numerous permit 
provisions are not practically enforceable.
    On January 28, 2011, the Administrator issued an order partially 
granting and partially denying the petition. The order explains the 
reasons behind EPA's conclusion.

    Dated: February 28, 2011.
Susan Hedman,
Regional Administrator, Region 5.
[FR Doc. 2011-5189 Filed 3-7-11; 8:45 am]