Air quality implementation plans; approval and promulgation; various States: Nevada,

 
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[Federal Register: January 3, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 1)]

[Rules and Regulations]

[Page 11-18]

From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

40 CFR Part 52

[EPA-R09-OAR-2006-0590; FRL-8260-1]

Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Revisions to the Nevada State Implementation Plan; Requests for Rescission

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Final rule.

SUMMARY: EPA is taking final action to approve certain revisions to the Nevada State Implementation Plan (SIP) and to disapprove certain other revisions. These revisions involve rules and statutory provisions for which the State of Nevada is requesting rescission. EPA is also taking final action to approve certain updated statutory provisions submitted by the State of Nevada as replacements for outdated statutory provisions in the applicable plan. These actions were proposed in the Federal Register on August 28, 2006. The intended effect is to rescind unnecessary provisions from the applicable plan, retain necessary provisions, and approve replacement provisions for certain statutes for which rescissions are disapproved.

DATES: Effective Date: This rule is effective on February 2, 2007.

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ADDRESSES: EPA has established docket number EPA-R09-OAR-2006-0590 for this action. The index to the docket is available electronically at http://regulations.gov and in hard copy at EPA Region IX, 75 Hawthorne

Street, San Francisco, California. While all documents in the docket are listed in the index, some information may be publicly available only at the hard copy location (e.g., copyrighted material), and some may not be publicly available in either location (e.g., CBI). To inspect the hard copy materials, please schedule an appointment during normal business hours with the contact listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Julie A. Rose, EPA Region IX, (415) 947-4126, rose.julie@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Throughout this document, ``we,'' ``us'' and ``our'' refer to EPA.

Table of Contents

  1. Proposed Action II. Public Comments and EPA Responses III. EPA Action IV. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews

  2. Proposed Action

    On August 28, 2006 (71 FR 50875), EPA proposed approval of certain revisions to the Nevada SIP and disapproval of certain other revisions. These revisions involve rules and statutory provisions previously approved into the Nevada SIP but for which the State of Nevada is requesting rescission. EPA also proposed approval of certain updated statutory provisions submitted by the State of Nevada as replacements for outdated statutory provisions in the applicable plan. Our August 28, 2006 proposed rule represents one of a series of rulemakings we are conducting on a large SIP revision submitted by the State of Nevada on January 12, 2006 in which the State requests approval of numerous new or amended rules and statutory provisions and requests rescission of numerous other rules and statutory provisions in the existing SIP. Our August 28, 2006 proposed rule sets forth our evaluation and proposed action on the vast majority of the rescission requests included in the State's January 12, 2006 SIP revision submittal.

    In our August 28, 2006 proposed rule, we made final approval of those requests for rescission that we proposed to approve contingent upon the receipt of certain public notice and hearing documentation from the State of Nevada. The appropriate documentation has been submitted for the provisions listed below in table 1, and we are taking final action on them today.\1\ A separate final rule will be published for the remainder of the provisions for which rescission was requested (and proposed for approval) after the public notice and hearing documentation has been submitted. A third final rule will be published for the rescission of the Federal implementation plan promulgated by EPA at 40 CFR 52.1475 (c), (d) and (e), which was also proposed for rescission in our August 28, 2006 proposed rule.

    \1\ Table 1 in this notice differs from the corresponding table in the proposed rule in that it does not include 12 rules or statutory provisions for which the State has not yet provided documentation related to public participation and for which final action is being deferred pending receipt of this documentation from the State. These 12 rules or statutory provisions are listed in table 4 of this notice. In addition, we are finalizing the proposed rescission of the Federal implementation plan at 40 CFR 52.1475(c), (d), and (e), which relates to the former Kennecott Copper Company smelter located in White Pine County, in a separate notice.

    The majority of the provisions in table 1 represents defined terms that, although approved by EPA and therefore made part of the applicable SIP, are not relied upon by any rule or statutory provision in the existing applicable SIP or in any rule or statutory provision included in the SIP revision submitted on January 12, 2006 and thus are unnecessary and appropriate for rescission. For the other SIP provisions listed in table 1, we proposed approval of the State's rescission requests because we found them to be unnecessary because they are not needed generally in a SIP under CAA section 110(a)(2) or under 40 CFR part 51 or because there are other federally enforceable provisions that would provide equivalent or greater control. Our proposed rule and related Technical Support Document (TSD) contain more information on these SIP provisions and our evaluation of the related rescission requests.

    Table 1.--SIP Provisions for Which the State's Rescission Request Is Approved

    SIP provision

    Title

    Submittal date Approval date

    NAC 445.440......................................... Aluminum equivalent... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.442......................................... Anode bake plant...... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.443......................................... Asphalt concrete plant 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.446......................................... Barite dryer.......... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.451......................................... Basic oxygen process 10/26/82

    03/27/84 furnace. NAC 445.453......................................... Bituminous coal....... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.454......................................... Blast furnace......... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.455......................................... Blowing tap........... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.456......................................... Brass or bronze....... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.459......................................... Calcium carbide....... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.460......................................... Calcium silicon....... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.461......................................... Capture system........ 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.462......................................... Charge chrome......... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.463......................................... Charge period......... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.465......................................... Coal preparation plant 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.466......................................... Coal processing and 10/26/82

    03/27/84 conveying equipment. NAC 445.467......................................... Coal refuse........... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.468......................................... Coal storage system... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.469......................................... Coke burn-off......... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.474......................................... Commercial fuel oil... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.475......................................... Complex source........ 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.476......................................... Condensate............ 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.481......................................... Control device........ 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.483......................................... Copper converter...... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.484......................................... Custody transfer...... 10/26/82

    03/27/84

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    NAC 445.485......................................... Cyclonic flow......... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.487......................................... Diesel fuel........... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.489......................................... Direct shell

    10/26/82

    03/27/84 evacuation system. NAC 445.490......................................... Drilling and

    10/26/82

    03/27/84 production facility. NAC 445.491......................................... Dross reverberatory 10/26/82

    03/27/84 furnace. NAC 445.493......................................... Dust handling

    10/26/82

    03/27/84 equipment. NAC 445.494......................................... Dusts................. 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.495......................................... Electric arc furnace.. 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.496......................................... Electric furnace...... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.497......................................... Electric smelting 10/26/82

    03/27/84 furnace. NAC 445.498......................................... Electric submerged arc 10/26/82

    03/27/84 furnace. NAC 445.502......................................... Equivalent P2O5 feed.. 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.503......................................... Equivalent P2O5 stored 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.509......................................... Ferrochrome silicon... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.510......................................... Ferromanganese silicon 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.511......................................... Ferrosilicon.......... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.514......................................... Fossil fuel-fired 10/26/82

    03/27/84 steam generating unit. NAC 445.515......................................... Fresh granular triple 10/26/82

    03/27/84 superphosphate. NAC 445.518......................................... Fuel gas.............. 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.519......................................... Fuel gas combustion 10/26/82

    03/27/84 device. NAC 445.522......................................... Furnace charge........ 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.523......................................... Furnace cycle......... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.524......................................... Furnace power input... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.526......................................... Granular diammonium 10/26/82

    03/27/84 phosphate plant. NAC 445.527......................................... Granular triple super- 10/26/82

    03/27/84 phosphate storage facility. NAC 445.528......................................... Heat time............. 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.529......................................... High-carbon

    10/26/82

    03/27/84 ferrochrome. NAC 445.530......................................... High level of volatile 10/26/82

    03/27/84 impurities. NAC 445.531......................................... High terrain.......... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.532......................................... Hydrocarbon........... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.534......................................... Isokinetic sampling... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.539......................................... Low terrain........... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.543......................................... Meltdown and refining. 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.544......................................... Meltdown and refining 10/26/82

    03/27/84 period. NAC 445.546......................................... Molybdenum............ 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.547......................................... Molybdenum processing 10/26/82

    03/27/84 plant. NAC 445.551......................................... Nitric acid production 10/26/82

    03/27/84 unit. NAC 445.566......................................... Petroleum liquids..... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.567......................................... Petroleum refinery.... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.568......................................... Pneumatic coal-

    10/26/82

    03/27/84 cleaning equipment. NAC 445.572......................................... Potroom............... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.573......................................... Potroom group......... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.576......................................... Primary aluminum

    10/26/82

    03/27/84 reduction plant. NAC 445.577......................................... Primary control system 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.578......................................... Primary copper smelter 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.579......................................... Primary lead smelter.. 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.580......................................... Primary zinc smelter.. 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.582......................................... Process gas........... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.583......................................... Process upset gas..... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.586......................................... Product change........ 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.587......................................... Proportional sampling. 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.591......................................... Refinery process unit. 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.593......................................... Reid vapor pressure... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.594......................................... Reverberatory furnace. 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.595......................................... Reverberatory smelting 10/26/82

    03/27/84 furnace. NAC 445.598......................................... Roof monitor.......... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.600......................................... Run-of-pile triple 10/26/82

    03/27/84 superphosphate. NAC 445.602......................................... Secondary control 10/26/82

    03/27/84 system. NAC 445.603......................................... Secondary lead smelter 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.604......................................... Shop.................. 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.605......................................... Shop opacity.......... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.608......................................... Silicomanganese....... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.609......................................... Silicomanganese

    10/26/82

    03/27/84 zirconium. NAC 445.610......................................... Silicon metal......... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.611......................................... Silvery iron.......... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.614......................................... Sinter bed............ 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.615......................................... Sintering machine..... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.616......................................... Sintering machine 10/26/82

    03/27/84 discharge end. NAC 445.619......................................... Smelting.............. 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.620......................................... Smelting furnace...... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.626......................................... Standard

    10/26/82

    03/27/84 ferromanganese.

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    NAC 445.629......................................... Steel production cycle 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.631......................................... Storage vessel........ 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.632......................................... Structure, building, 10/26/82

    03/27/84 facility or installation. NAC 445.634......................................... Sulfuric acid plant... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.635......................................... Sulfuric acid

    10/26/82

    03/27/84 production unit. NAC 445.636......................................... Superphosphoric acid 10/26/82

    03/27/84 plant. NAC 445.637......................................... Tapping............... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.638......................................... Tapping period........ 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.639......................................... Tapping station....... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.640......................................... Thermal dryer......... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.641......................................... Thermit process....... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.642......................................... Total fluorides....... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.643......................................... Total smelter charge.. 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.644......................................... Transfer and loading 10/26/82

    03/27/84 system. NAC 445.645......................................... Triple superphosphate 10/26/82

    03/27/84 plant. NAC 445.646......................................... True vapor pressure... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.648......................................... Vapor recovery system. 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.652......................................... Weak nitric acid...... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.654......................................... Wet-process phosphoric 10/26/82

    03/27/84 acid plant. Article 2.7.4....................................... Confidential

    12/10/76

    08/21/78 Information. Articles 2.10.1 and 2.10.1.1........................ Appeal procedures..... 01/28/72

    05/31/72 Articles 2.10.1.2, 2.10.2 and 2.10.3................ Appeal procedures..... 10/31/75

    01/09/78 Article 3.3.4....................................... Stop orders........... 01/28/72

    05/31/72 Article 4.3.4....................................... Emissions from any 01/28/72

    05/31/72 mobile equipment. Article 7.2.5....................................... Basic Refractory...... 11/05/80

    06/18/82 Article 7.2.9....................................... Sierra Chemical Co.... 11/05/80

    06/18/82 Article 8.1......................................... Primary Non-Ferrous 06/14/74

    02/06/75 Smelters. Articles 8.1.1, 8.1.2, & 8.1.4...................... Primary Non-Ferrous 10/31/75

    01/09/78 Smelters. Article 8.3.4....................................... Basic................. 11/05/80

    06/18/82 Article 16.3.1.2.................................... Regulations

    12/29/78

    06/18/82 controlling cement (Applying to Portland cement plants). Articles 16.3.2, 16.3.2.1, & 16.3.2.2............... Standard of

    12/29/78

    06/18/82 particulate matter for clinker cooler (Applying to Portland cement plants). Article 16.15....................................... Primary lead smelters. 12/29/78

    06/18/82 Articles 16.15.1 to 16.15.1.2....................... Standard for

    12/29/78

    06/18/82 Particulate Matter (Applying to primary lead smelters). Articles 16.15.2 to 16.15.2.2....................... Standard for Opacity 12/29/78

    06/18/82 (Applying to primary lead smelters). Articles 16.15.3 to 16.15.3.2....................... Standard for Sulfur 12/29/78

    06/18/82 (Applying to primary lead smelters). Article 16.15.4..................................... Monitoring Operations 12/29/78

    06/18/82 (Applying to primary lead smelters). NAC 445.723......................................... Existing copper

    10/26/82

    03/27/84 smelters. NAC 445.815......................................... Molybdenum processing 09/14/83

    03/27/84 plants. NAC 445.816(2) (a), (b), (c), (e), (f), (g), (h), Processing Plants for 09/14/83

    03/27/84 and (i).

    Precious Metals. Section 13(15) and (19) of Senate Bill No. 275...... [State commission of 01/28/72

    05/31/72 environmental protection--review recommendations of hearing board and delegation].

    As noted above, in our August 28, 2006 proposed rule, we proposed to disapprove the State's request to rescind certain rules and statutory provisions from the existing SIP. These rules and statutory provisions are listed in table 2 below. We believe that retention of these provisions is appropriate to satisfy certain specific requirements for SIPs under CAA section 110(a)(2) or that retention is appropriate because the State has not provided sufficient documentation to show that rescission would not interfere with continued attainment of the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) as required under CAA section 110(l).

    Table 2.--SIP Provisions for Which the State's Rescission Request Is Disapproved

    SIP provision

    Title

    Submittal date Approval date

    NAC 445.436......................................... Air contaminant....... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.570......................................... Portland cement plant. 10/26/82

    03/27/84 Article 1.171....................................... Single source......... 12/10/76

    08/21/78 NAC 445.630......................................... Stop order............ 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.660......................................... Severability.......... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.663......................................... Concealment of

    10/26/82

    03/27/84 emissions prohibited. NAC 445.665......................................... Hazardous emissions: 10/26/82

    03/27/84 Order for reduction or discontinuance. NAC 445.696......................................... Notice of violations; 10/26/82

    03/27/84 appearance before commission. NAC 445.697......................................... Stop Orders........... 10/26/82

    03/27/84 NAC 445.764......................................... Reduction of

    10/26/82

    03/27/84 employees' pay because of use of system prohibited. NAC 445.816(3), (4) & (5)........................... Processing Plants for 09/14/83

    03/27/84 Precious Metals.

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    NRS 445.451*........................................ State environmental 12/29/78

    07/10/80 commission: Creation; composition; chairman; quorum; salary, expenses of members; disqualification of members; technical support. NRS 445.456*........................................ Department designated 12/29/78

    07/10/80 as state air pollution control agency. NRS 445.473*........................................ Department powers and 12/29/78

    07/10/80 duties. NRS 445.476*........................................ Power of department 12/29/78

    07/10/80 representatives to enter and inspect premises. NRS 445.498*........................................ Appeals to commission; 12/29/78

    07/10/80 Notice of appeal. NRS 445.499*........................................ Appeals to commission; 12/29/78

    07/10/80 Hearings. NRS 445.501*........................................ Appeals to commission: 12/29/78

    07/10/80 Appealable matters; commission action; rules for appeals. NRS 445.526*........................................ Violations: Notice and 09/10/75

    01/24/78 order by director; hearing; alternative procedures. NRS 445.529*........................................ Violations: Injunctive 12/29/78

    07/10/80 relief. NRS 445.576*........................................ Confidential

    09/10/75

    01/24/78 information: Definitions; limitations on use; penalty for unlawful disclosure or use. NRS 445.581*........................................ Power of department 12/29/78

    07/10/80 officers to inspect, search premises; search warrants. NRS 445.596*........................................ Private rights and 12/29/78

    07/10/80 remedies not affected. NRS 445.598*........................................ Provisions for

    12/29/78

    07/10/80 transition in administration. NRS 445.601*........................................ Civil penalties; fines 12/29/78

    07/10/80 not bar to injunctive relief, other remedies; disposition of fines.

    Note: Asterisk (*) indicates applicable SIP provisions for which replacement provisions are being approved (see table 3, below).

    Also as noted above, in our August 28, 2006 proposed rule, we proposed to approve certain submitted statutory provisions to supersede the corresponding outdated provisions noted with an asterisk in table 2 above. These submitted statutory provisions are listed in table 3, below. In its January 12, 2006 SIP revision submittal, NDEP requests EPA to approve new statutory provisions to replace any outdated State statutory provisions for which EPA determines that the rescission request should not be approved. Thus, consistent with the State's request, we are approving 14 specific statutory provisions, submitted by NDEP in Appendix III-E of the January 12, 2006 SIP revision submittal, to replace the corresponding statutory provisions in the applicable SIP (see table 3, below). In general, we find that the current statutory provisions listed in table 3 essentially mirror the corresponding outdated provisions in the applicable SIP and thus would not relax any existing requirement.\2\

    \2\ Because the current statutory provisions essentially mirror the outdated provisions, we view our approval of the current statutory provisions as a re-codification and, as such, we are not taking action to remedy pre-existing deficiencies in the applicable SIP. We note, however, that one of the provisions, NRS 445B.200 (``Creation and composition; chairman; quorum; compensation of members and employees; disqualification; technical support''), does not meet the related SIP requirements (CAA section 110(a)(2)(E)(ii) and CAA section 128) and could be the subject of some future EPA rulemaking, such as one under CAA section 110(k)(5).

    Table 3.--Submitted Provisions Which Are Approved as Replacements for Outdated Provisions in the Applicable SIP

    Submitted provisions

    Title

    Submittal date

    NRS 445B.200............. Creation and

    01/12/06 composition; chairman; quorum; compensation of members and employees; disqualification; technical support. NRS 445B.205............. Department designated as 01/12/06 state air pollution control agency. NRS 445B.230............. Powers and duties of 01/12/06 department. NRS 445B.240............. Power of representatives 01/12/06 of department to enter and inspect premises. NRS 445B.340............. Appeals to commission: 01/12/06 notice of appeal. NRS 445B.350............. Appeals to commission: 01/12/06 hearings. NRS 445B.360............. Appeals to commission: 01/12/06 appealable matters; action by commission; regulations. NRS 445B.450............. Notice and order by 01/12/06 director; hearing; alternative procedures. NRS 445B.460............. Injunctive relief....... 01/12/06 NRS 445B.570............. Confidentiality and use 01/12/06 of information obtained by department; penalty. NRS 445B.580............. Officer of department 01/12/06 may inspect or search premises; search warrant. NRS 445B.600............. Private rights and

    01/12/06 remedies not affected. NRS 445B.610............. Provisions for

    01/12/06 transition in administration. NRS 445B.640............. Levy and disposition of 01/12/06 administrative fines; additional remedies available; penalty.

  3. Public Comments and EPA Responses

    EPA's proposed action provided a 30-day public comment period. During this period, we received comments from Jennifer L. Carr and Michael Elges, Division of Environmental Protection, State of Nevada Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, by letter dated September 25, 2006. We summarize the comments and provide our responses in the paragraphs that

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    follow. Note that some of the comments in the September 25, 2006 letter are directed at a different EPA proposed rule also related to the State's January 12, 2006 SIP submittal and published the same week as the August 28, 2006 proposed rule. See 71 FR 51793 (August 31, 2006). Comments on the August 31, 2006 proposed rule are addressed in a separate final action published on December 11, 2006 at 71 FR 71486.

    Comment #1: The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) recognizes that EPA has made final approval of the rescission requests contingent upon receipt of public notice and hearing documentation from the State of Nevada and believes that it has now provided the required documentation for all of the applicable rescission requests except for 12. NDEP also comments that EPA should state that the public notice and hearing documentation submitted on February 16, 2005 was used to support the proposed rulemaking.

    Response #1: With the exception of the 12 provisions listed in table 4 below for which documentation is pending, we find that the State has now provided sufficient documentation for the applicable rescission requests and thereby met the contingency placed on their proposed approval in our August 28, 2006 proposed rule.

    Table 4.--SIP Provisions for Which State's Request for Rescission Was Proposed for Approval But for Which Final Action Is Pending Receipt of Documentation of Public Participation

    Submittal Approval SIP (or FIP) provision

    Title

    date

    date

    NAC 445.477.............................................. Confidential information... 10/26/82 03/27/84 NAC 445.554.............................................. Nuisance................... 10/26/82 03/27/84 NAC 445.596.............................................. Ringelmann chart........... 10/26/82 03/27/84 NAC 445.617.............................................. Six-minute period.......... 10/26/82 03/27/84 NAC 445.662.............................................. Confidential Information... 10/26/82 03/27/84 NAC 445.695.............................................. Schedules for compliance... 10/26/82 03/27/84 NAC 445.698.............................................. Appeal of director's

    10/26/82 03/27/84 decision: Application forms. NAC 445.700.............................................. Violations: Manner of

    10/26/82 03/27/84 paying fines. NAC 445.844.............................................. Odors...................... 10/26/82 03/27/84 NRS 445.401.............................................. Declaration of public

    12/29/78 07/10/80 policy. NRS 445.466.............................................. Commission regulations:

    12/29/78 07/10/80 Notice and hearing. NRS 445.497.............................................. Notice of regulatory

    12/29/78 07/10/80 action: Requirement; method; contents of notice.

    We also agree that an explanation of the extent of reliance of our proposed rule on the February 16, 2005 SIP submittal is warranted. On February 16, 2005, NDEP submitted a large revision to the applicable Nevada SIP. The February 16, 2005 SIP submittal includes new and amended rules and statutory provisions as well as requests for rescission of certain rules and statutory provisions in the existing SIP. The February 16, 2005 SIP submittal also contains documentation of public participation (i.e., notice and public hearing) and adoption for all of the submitted rules through the hearing on November 30, 2004 held by the State Environmental Commission. The February 16, 2005 SIP submittal also includes documentation of public participation for 16 of the requested rule rescissions.

    On January 12, 2006, NDEP submitted an amended version of the February 16, 2005 SIP submittal. The January 12, 2006 SIP submittal contains updated regulatory materials including new and amended rules adopted by the State Environmental Commission on October 4, 2005 but otherwise contains the same materials as the earlier submittal with the exception of the documentation of public participation. The January 12, 2006 SIP submittal only contains documentation of public participation for rule amendments adopted by the State Environmental Commission on October 4, 2005 but did not re-submit the public participation documentation included in the earlier submittal. Therefore, the January 12, 2006 SIP submittal supersedes the earlier SIP revision submittal dated February 16, 2005 for all purposes except for the documentation of public participation for adoption dates from November 30, 2004 and earlier. The January 12, 2006 SIP submittal did not include public participation documentation for any of the requested rescissions.

    Upon request by EPA for documentation of public participation for the requested rescissions, NDEP indicated where such documentation could be found in the materials submitted as part of the February 16, 2005 SIP submittal and also provided documentation for public hearings held by the State Environmental Commission on August 28-29, 1985 during which the vast majority of the rules for which the State has requested rescission were repealed. NDEP also provided an explanation for all of the other rules and statutory provisions proposed for rescission that were not already documented in the February 16, 2005 SIP submittal or the materials for the August 28-29, 1985 public hearings (except for the 12 listed in table 4). Taken collectively, the documentation provided by NDEP is sufficient to meet the related public participation requirements under CAA section 110(l) and for us to remove the contingency in our proposed rule for all of the provisions for which rescission was requested and proposed for approval (except, as noted, for the 12 listed in table 4).

    Comment #2: NDEP disagrees with the statements made in EPA's TSD (for the August 28, 2006 proposed rule) regarding the rescission of Nevada Air Quality Regulation (NAQR) article 7.2.9. NDEP states that a new lime kiln located on the previous site of Sierra Chemical Company's lime kiln in Lincoln County would be subject to a new emission limit rather than the limit in NAQR article 7.2.9.

    Response #2: We agree. Although we proposed approval of the State's request for rescission of NAQR article 7.2.9, our discussion and evaluation of the rescission request as set forth in the TSD presumes incorrectly that the emission limit in NAQR article 7.2.9 would apply to a new kiln at this location. The stated presumption is incorrect because a new kiln at this location would be treated as a new emission unit under NDEP's new source review rules. As such, the unit-specific limit in NAQR article 7.2.9 would not apply and has become obsolete (see letter from William Frey, Senior Deputy Attorney General, State of Nevada, dated July 11, 2006). In this notice, we are taking final action to approve the State's request for rescission of NAQR article 7.2.9.

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    Comment #3: NDEP acknowledges that EPA is deferring action on NAC 445.694 and intends to respond to EPA's suggestion of providing further explanation as to why the provision can be rescinded.

    Response #3: We appreciate NDEP's willingness to submit additional justification for the rescission of NAC 445.694 (``Emission discharge information'') and plan to review it when it is submitted.

  4. EPA Action

    No comments were submitted that change our assessment of our proposed action. Therefore, as authorized in section 110(k)(3) of the Clean Air Act, and in light of documentation for public participation provided by the State of Nevada, EPA is finalizing the approval of the State's request for rescission of the rules and statutory provisions listed in table 1, above, and the disapproval of the State's request for rescission of the rules and statutory provisions listed in table 2, above. EPA is also approving the submitted statutory provisions listed in table 3, above, into the Nevada SIP as replacements for the corresponding outdated provisions listed in table 2.

    EPA is not taking final action on 12 of the provisions for which the State requests rescission and for which EPA proposed approval on August 28, 2006 (as listed in table 4, above) but will do so upon receipt of public participation documentation from the State. Lastly, we will be taking final action on our proposed rescission of the Federal implementation plan at 40 CFR 52.1475 (c), (d), and (e), which is related to the former Kennecott Copper Company smelter located in White Pine County, in a separate notice.

  5. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews

    Under Executive Order 12866 (58 FR 51735, October 4, 1993), this action is not a ``significant regulatory action'' and therefore is not subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget. For this reason, this action is also not subject to Executive Order 13211, ``Actions Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use'' (66 FR 28355, May 22, 2001). This action merely approves or disapproves certain State requests for rescission and approves certain replacement provisions as meeting Federal requirements and imposes no additional requirements beyond those imposed by state law. Accordingly, the Administrator certifies that this rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.). Because this rule rescinds, retains or approves pre- existing requirements under state law and does not impose any additional enforceable duty beyond that required by state law, it 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).

    This rule also does not have tribal implications because it will not have a substantial direct effect on one or more Indian tribes, on the relationship between the Federal Government and Indian tribes, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities between the Federal Government and Indian tribes, as specified by Executive Order 13175 (65 FR 67249, November 9, 2000). This action also does not have Federalism implications because it does not have substantial direct effects on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government, as specified in Executive Order 13132 (64 FR 43255, August 10, 1999). This action merely approves or disapproves certain State requests for rescission and approves certain replacement provisions implementing a Federal standard, and does not alter the relationship or the distribution of power and responsibilities established in the Clean Air Act. This rule also is not subject to Executive Order 13045 ``Protection of Children from Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks'' (62 FR 19885, April 23, 1997), because it is not economically significant.

    In reviewing SIP submissions, EPA's role is to approve state choices, provided that they meet the criteria of the Clean Air Act. In this context, in the absence of a prior existing requirement for the State to use voluntary consensus standards (VCS), EPA has no authority to disapprove a SIP submission for failure to use VCS. It would thus be inconsistent with applicable law for EPA, when it reviews a SIP submission, to use VCS in place of a SIP submission that otherwise satisfies the provisions of the Clean Air Act. Thus, the requirements of section 12(d) of the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995 (15 U.S.C. 272 note) do not apply. This rule does not impose an information collection burden under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.).

    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 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 rule 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 March 5, 2007. Filing a petition for reconsideration by the Administrator of this final rule does not affect the finality of this rule 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 52

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

    Dated: December 14, 2006. Keith Takata, Acting Regional Administrator, Region IX.

    0 Part 52, Chapter I, Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulation is amended as follows:

    PART 52--[AMENDED]

    0 1. The authority citation for part 52 continues to read as follows:

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

    Subpart DD--Nevada

    0 2. Section 52.1470 is amended by adding paragraphs (b)(2), (c)(7)(i), (c)(11)(i), (c)(12)(i), (c)(14)(ix), (c)(22)(iii), (c)(25)(iii), (c)(26)(i)(B), and (c)(56)(i)(A)(8) to read as follows:

    Sec. 52.1470 Identification of plan.

    * * * * *

    (b) * * *

    (2) Previously approved on May 31, 1972 in paragraph (b) and now deleted without replacement: Articles 2.10.1, 2.10.1.1, 3.3.4, 4.3.4, and Section 13, Nos. 15 and 19 of Senate Bill No. 275. * * * * *

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    (c) * * *

    (7) * * *

    (i) Previously approved on February 6, 1975 in paragraph (7) and now deleted without replacement: Article 8.1. * * * * *

    (11) * * *

    (i) Previously approved on January 9, 1978 in paragraph (11) and now deleted without replacement: Articles 2.10.1.2, 2.10.2, 2.10.3, 8.1.1, 8.1.2, and 8.1.4. * * * * *

    (12) * * *

    (i) Previously approved on August 21, 1978 in paragraph (12) and now deleted without replacement: Article 2.7.4. * * * * *

    (14) * * *

    (ix) Previously approved on June 18, 1982 in paragraph (14)(viii) and now deleted without replacement: Article 16: Rules 16.3.1.2, 16.3.2, 16.3.2.1, 16.3.2.2, 16.15, 16.15.1, 16.15.1.1, 16.15.1.2, 16.15.2, 16.15.2.1, 16.15.2.2, 16.15.3, 16.15.3.1, 16.15.3.2, and 16.15.4. * * * * *

    (22) * * *

    (iii) Previously approved on June 18, 1982 in paragraph (22)(ii) and now deleted without replacement: Articles 7.2.5, 7.2.9, and 8.3.4. * * * * *

    (25) * * *

    (iii) Previously approved on March 27, 1984, in paragraph (25)(i)(A) and now deleted without replacement: Nevada Administrative Code (NAC) sections: 445.440, 445.442-445.443, 445.446, 445.451, 445.453-445.456, 445.459-445.463, 445.465-445.469, 445.474-445.476, 445.481, 445.483-445.485, 445.487, 445.489-445.491, 445.493-445.498, 445.502-445.503, 445.509-445.511, 445.514-445.515, 445.518-445.519, 445.522-445.524, 445.526-445.532, 445.534, 445.539, 445.543-445.544, 445.546, 445.547, 445.551, 445.566-445.568, 445.572-445.573, 445.576- 445.580, 445.582-445.583, 445.586-445.587, 445.591, 445.593-445.595, 445.598, 445.600, 445.602-445.605, 445.608-445.611, 445.614-445.616, 445.619-445.620, 445.626, 445.629, 445.631-445.632, 445.634-445.646, 445.648, 445.652, 445.654, and 445.723. * * * * *

    (26) * * *

    (i) * * *

    (B) Previously approved on March 27, 1984, in paragraph (26)(i)(A) and now deleted without replacement: Nevada Administrative Code (NAC) sections 445.815 (paragraphs (1), (2)(a)(1)-(2), and (3)-(5)) and 445.816 (paragraph (2)(a)-(c) and (e)-(i)). * * * * *

    (56) * * *

    (i) * * *

    (A) * * *

    (8) Title 40, Chapter 445B of Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS)(2003): Sections 445B.200, 445B.205, 445B.230, 445B.240, 445B.340, 445B.350, 445B.360, 445B.450, 445B.460, 445B.570, 445B.580, 445B.600, 445.610, and 445.640. * * * * *

    [FR Doc. E6-22408 Filed 12-29-06; 8:45 am]

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