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corrupt the English language???...(just kidding!!)
[Federal Register: June 18, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 117)]
[Rules and Regulations]
>From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
40 CFR Part 70
Clean Air Act Final Source Category Limited Interim Approval of
the Operating Permits Program; Michigan
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
ACTION: Final interim approval.
SUMMARY: The EPA is promulgating source category limited (SCL) interim
approval of the operating permits program revision submitted by the
State of Michigan for the purpose of complying with Federal
requirements for an approvable State program to issue operating permits
to all major stationary sources, and to certain other sources.
EFFECTIVE DATE: July 18, 1997.
ADDRESSES: Copies of the State's submittal and other supporting
information used in developing the final SCL interim approval are
available for inspection during normal business hours at the following
location: EPA Region 5, Air and Radiation Division (AR-18J), 77 West
Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois 60604.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Beth Valenziano, Permits and Grants
Section (AR-18J), EPA, 77 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois
60604, (312) 886-2703. E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I. Background and Purpose
Title V of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 (title V), and the
implementing regulations at 40 CFR part 70 require that States develop
and submit operating permits programs to EPA. The EPA's program review
occurs pursuant to section 502 of the Clean Air Act (Act) and the part
70 regulations, which together outline criteria for approval or
disapproval. Where a program substantially, but not fully, meets the
requirements of part 70, EPA may grant the program interim approval.
On June 24, 1996, EPA proposed interim approval of Michigan's
operating permits program (61 FR 32391). In that notice, EPA recognized
Michigan's 4 year permit issuance schedule for purposes of determining
fee schedule sufficiency, but EPA could not propose SCL interim
approval of the 4 year schedule because it had not been approved into
the State's regulations. At the time, the State rules provided for a 3
year issuance schedule, in accordance with 40 CFR 70.4(b)(11)(ii).
However, EPA proposed SCL interim approval in the alternative, so that
EPA would have the authority to finalize SCL interim approval if
Michigan were able to submit revised rules that included the 4 year
issuance schedule prior to EPA's final action on Michigan's program.
See 61 FR 32393-32394.
On January 10, 1997, EPA finalized interim approval of the State
program (62 FR 1387). The final approval became effective on February
10, 1997. In that document, EPA did not grant SCL interim approval
because Michigan was not able to submit its rule revisions in time to
be included in the final action. However, EPA noted that it would act
on Michigan's request for SCL interim approval once the State submitted
its revised regulations as a part 70 program revision. See 62 FR 1390.
The EPA received Michigan's revised program submittal requesting
SCL interim approval on April 18, 1997. The request was submitted by
the Governor's designee, the Director of the Michigan Department of
Environmental Quality (MDEQ). The submittal included the State's
revised operating permit program regulations, as well as information
documenting its procedurally correct adoption. In this document, EPA is
taking final action to promulgate SCL interim approval of the operating
permits program for the State of Michigan.
II. Final Action and Implications
A. Analysis of State Submission
Michigan's initial part 70 program submittal to EPA, dated May 15,
1995, included a request for SCL interim approval of its 4 year permit
issuance schedule. On July 17, 1995 and October 30, 1995, Michigan
supplemented its initial submittal with additional program
documentation, including support information for the SCL interim
approval request. On April 9, 1997, Michigan submitted its revised
operating permit program rules that were needed for EPA to act on the
State's SCL interim approval request.
SCL interim approval allows EPA to approve a State operating
permits program that establishes an initial permit issuance schedule up
to 2 years past the 3 year phase in period required by 40 CFR
70.4(b)(11)(ii). To approve such a permitting schedule, a State must
demonstrate compelling reasons why it cannot permit initial part 70
sources in 3 years. In addition, a State must demonstrate that the
extended issuance schedule substantially meets the requirements of part
70 by permitting 60 percent of the sources and 80 percent of the
emissions during the first 3 years of the program. See the August 2,
1993 memorandum from John S. Seitz, Director, Office of Air Quality
Planning and Standards, entitled ``Interim Title V Program Approvals''.
Michigan's July 17, 1995 and October 30, 1995 supplemental program
submittals met these requirements, as outlined in the proposed interim
approval of Michigan's program (61 FR 32393-32394).
However, as discussed above, EPA could not grant Michigan SCL
interim approval as part of its initial action on the State program
because the State's operating permit program regulations provided for a
3 year permit issuance schedule. In other words, because the State
rules currently met the 3 year issuance requirement, SCL interim
approval was not warranted. Now that Michigan has submitted revisions
to its rules that provide for the 4 year schedule, EPA is taking this
action to approve the State's SCL interim approval request.
As addressed in the final interim approval of Michigan's operating
permits program (62 FR 1390), EPA is finalizing SCL interim approval
without reproposing the action because the 4 year permit issuance
schedule in the State's final rules is identical to the 4 year schedule
that EPA proposed for SCL interim approval in the alternative. The only
comment EPA received on that proposal pertaining to the SCL interim
approval issue was a request from MDEQ to clarify the requirements for
submitting a program revision once the State rule revisions were final.
B. Final Action
The EPA is promulgating SCL interim approval of Michigan's 4 year
initial permit issuance schedule in accordance with MDEQ's April 9,
1997 request. This action only revises the status of Michigan's program
from interim approval to SCL interim approval, and does not otherwise
change EPA's final interim approval as published on January 10, 1997.
In addition, this action does not affect the interim approval
expiration date of February 10, 1999. Although Michigan's April 9, 1997
submittal included other regulatory revisions in addition to the
changes to the State's permit issuance schedule, EPA is not acting on
those changes at this time. As addressed in MDEQ's April 9, 1997
submittal, MDEQ and EPA will continue to work together to resolve the
State's interim approval issues, and will address these additional
program revisions at a later date.
III. Administrative Requirements
A. Official File
Copies of the State's submittal and other information relied upon
for the final SCL interim approval are maintained in the official file
at the EPA Regional Office. The file is an organized and complete
record of all the information submitted to, or otherwise considered by,
EPA in the development of this final SCL interim approval. The official
file is available for public inspection at the location listed under
the ADDRESSES section of this document.
B. Executive Order 12866
The Office of Management and Budget has exempted this action from
Executive Order 12866 review.
C. Regulatory Flexibility Act
The EPA's actions under section 502 of the Act do not create any
new requirements, but simply address operating permits programs
submitted to satisfy the requirements of 40 CFR part 70. Because this
action does not impose any new requirements, it does not have a
significant impact on a substantial number of small entities.
D. Unfunded Mandates
Under section 202 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995,
signed into law on March 22, 1995, EPA must prepare a budgetary impact
statement to accompany any proposed or final rule that includes a
Federal mandate that may result in estimated costs to State, local, or
tribal governments in the aggregate, or to the private sector, of $100
million or more. Under section 205, EPA must select the most cost
effective and least burdensome alternative that achieves the objectives
of the rule and is consistent with statutory requirements. Section 203
requires EPA to establish a plan for informing and advising any small
governments that may be significantly or uniquely impacted by the rule.
The EPA has determined that the final SCL interim approval action
promulgated today does not include a Federal mandate that may result in
estimated costs of $100 million or more to State, local, or tribal
governments in the aggregate, or to the private sector. This Federal
action approves pre-existing requirements under State or local law, and
imposes no new Federal requirements. Accordingly, no additional costs
to State, local, or tribal governments, or to the private sector,
result from this action.
Under 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A) as added by the Small Business
Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996, EPA submitted a report
containing this rule and other required information to the U.S. Senate,
the U.S. House of Representatives and the Comptroller General of the
General Accounting Office prior to publication of the rule in today's
Federal Register. This rule is not a ``major rule'' as defined by 5
List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 70
Environmental protection, Administrative practice and procedure,
Air pollution control, Intergovernmental relations, Operating permits,
and Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.
Dated: June 5, 1997.
David A. Ullrich,
Acting Regional Administrator.
Part 70, title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations is amended as
1. The authority citation for part 70 continues to read as follows:
Authority: 42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.
2. In appendix A to part 70 the entry for ``Michigan'' is amended
by revising paragraph (a) to read as follows:
Appendix A to Part 70--Approval Status of State and Local Operating
* * * * *
(a)(1) Department of Environmental Quality: received on May 16,
1995, July 20, 1995, October 6, 1995, November 7, 1995, and January 8,
1996; interim approval effective on February 10, 1997; interim approval
expires February 10, 1999.
(2) Interim approval revised to provide for a 4 year initial permit
issuance schedule under source category limited (SCL) interim approval,
pursuant to the Department of Environmental Quality's request
received on April 18, 1997. SCL interim approval effective on July 18,
* * * * *
[FR Doc. 97-15852 Filed 6-17-97; 8:45 am]
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