Revisions to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands State Implementation Plan, Update to Materials Incorporated by Reference, 44478-44481 [05-15326]

Download as PDF 44478 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 148 / Wednesday, August 3, 2005 / Rules and Regulations I 46. In § 81.345 the table titled ‘‘Utah— Ozone (1-Hour Standard)’’ is amended by adding footnote 2 to read as follows: § 81.345 * * * * Utah—Ozone (1-Hour Standard) 2 * * * Hour Standard)’’ is amended by adding footnote 2 to read as follows: * § 81.354 * * * * * The 1-hour ozone standard is revoked effective June 15, 2005 for all areas in Utah. The Salt Lake City area is a maintenance area for the 1-hour NAAQS for purposes of 40 CFR part 51 subpart X. 2 51. In § 81.350 the table titled ‘‘Wisconsin—Ozone (1-Hour Standard)’’ is amended by adding footnote 4 to read as follows: I 47. In § 81.346 the table titled ‘‘Vermont—Ozone (1-Hour Standard)’’ is amended by adding footnote 2 to read as § 81.350 Wisconsin. follows: * * * * I § 81.346 * * * * * Vermont—Ozone (1-Hour Standard) 2 * * * * * 2 The 1-hour ozone standard is revoked effective June 15, 2005 for all areas in Vermont. 48. In § 81.347 the table titled ‘‘Virginia—Ozone (1-Hour Standard)’’ is amended by adding footnote 3 to read as follows: I § 81.347 * Virginia. * * * * * * 4 The 1-hour ozone standard is revoked effective June 15, 2005 for all areas in Wisconsin. The Door Co., Kewaunee Co., Manitowoc Co., Sheboygan, and Walworth Co. areas are maintenance areas for the 1hour NAAQS for purposes of 40 CFR part 51 subpart X. 52. In § 81.351 the table titled ‘‘Wyoming—Ozone (1-Hour Standard)’’ is amended by adding footnote 2 to read as follows: I § 81.351 * * Wyoming. * * * Northern Mariana Islands—Ozone (1Hour Standard) 2 * * * * * The 1-hour ozone standard is revoked effective June 15, 2005 for all areas in Northern Mariana Islands. 2 I 56. In § 81.355 the table titled ‘‘Puerto Rico—Ozone (1-Hour Standard)’’ is amended by adding footnote 2 to read as follows: * * Puerto Rico. * * * Puerto Rico—Ozone (1-Hour Standard) 2 * * * * * The 1-hour ozone standard is revoked effective June 15, 2005 for all areas in Puerto Rico. 2 I 57. In § 81.356 the table titled ‘‘Virgin Islands—Ozone (1-Hour Standard)’’ is amended by adding footnote 2 to read as follows: § 81.356 * * Virgin Islands. * * * Virgin Islands—Ozone (1-Hour Standard) 2 * Wyoming—Ozone (1-Hour Standard) 2 * * The 1-hour ozone standard is revoked effective June 15, 2005 for all areas in the Virgin Islands. * * * * 49. In § 81.348 the table titled ‘‘Washington—Ozone (1-Hour Standard)’’ is amended by adding footnote 2 to read as follows: I § 81.348 * * * * * * * * 53. In § 81.352 the table titled ‘‘American Samoa—Ozone (1-Hour Standard)’’ is amended by adding footnote 2 to read as follows: I * * * American Samoa—Ozone (1-Hour Standard) 2 * * * * * 54. In § 81.353 the table titled ‘‘Guam—Ozone (1-Hour Standard)’’ is amended by adding footnote 2 to read as follows: I * The 1-hour ozone standard is revoked effective June 15, 2005 for all areas in Washington. The Portland-Vancouver AQMA and Seattle-Tacoma areas are maintenance areas for the 1-hour NAAQS for purposes of 40 CFR part 51 subpart X. § 81.353 * Guam. * * * * 50. In § 81.349 the table titled ‘‘West Virginia—Ozone (1-Hour Standard)’’ is amended by adding footnote 2 to read as follows: Guam—Ozone (1-Hour Standard) 2 § 81.349 I I * West Virginia. * VerDate jul<14>2003 * * * * * * The 1-hour ozone standard is revoked effective June 15, 2005 for all areas in Guam. 2 55. In § 81.354 the table titled ‘‘Northern Mariana Islands—Ozone (1- * 15:20 Aug 02, 2005 * Jkt 205001 PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4700 * * I 58. Subpart E is removed. [FR Doc. 05–15218 Filed 8–2–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P 40 CFR Part 52 [CMNI 124–NBK; FRL–7938–6] * 2 The 1-hour ozone standard is revoked effective June 15, 2005 for all areas in American Samoa. 2 * ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY American Samoa. * * 2 The 1-hour ozone standard is revoked effective June 15, 2005 for all areas in Wyoming. * Washington—Ozone (1-Hour Standard) 2 * * * 2 § 81.352 Washington. * * * Northern Mariana Islands. * The 1-hour ozone standard is revoked effective June 15, 2005 for all areas in Virginia except Northern Shenandoah Valley Region (Winchester City and Frederick County) and Roanoke areas. The NorfolkVirginia Beach-Newport News and Richmond Areas are maintenance areas for the 1-hour NAAQS for purposes of 40 CFR part 51 subpart X. * * Virginia—Ozone (1-Hour Standard) 3 3 * * § 81.355 * Wisconsin—Ozone (1-Hour Standard) 4 Vermont. * * The 1-hour ozone standard is revoked effective June 15, 2005 for all areas in West Virginia except the Eastern Pan Handle Region (Berkeley and Jefferson Counties). The Charleston, Greenbrier Co., HuntingtonAshland, and Parkersburg areas are maintenance areas for the 1-hour NAAQS for purposes of 40 CFR part 51 subpart X. 2 Utah. * West Virginia—Ozone (1-Hour Standard) 2 Sfmt 4700 Revisions to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands State Implementation Plan, Update to Materials Incorporated by Reference Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Final rule; notice of administrative change. AGENCY: SUMMARY: EPA is updating the materials submitted by the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands that are incorporated by reference (IBR) into the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands State Implementation Plan (SIP). The regulations affected by this update have been previously submitted by the E:\FR\FM\03AUR1.SGM 03AUR1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 148 / Wednesday, August 3, 2005 / Rules and Regulations territorial agency and approved by EPA. This update affects the SIP materials that are available for public inspection at the Office of the Federal Register (OFR), Office of Air and Radiation Docket and Information, and the Regional Office. DATES: Effective Date: This rule is effective on August 3, 2005. ADDRESSES: SIP materials that are incorporated by reference into 40 CFR part 52 are available for inspection at the following locations and online at EPA Region IX’s Web site: Air Division, Environmental Protection Agency, Region IX, 75 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, CA 94105–3901. Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Room B–102, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW., (Mail Code 6102T), Washington, DC 20460. Office of the Federal Register, 800 North Capitol Street, NW., Suite 700, Washington, DC. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Julie A. Rose, EPA Region IX, (415) 947– 4126, rose.julie@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Table of Contents I. Background A. State Implementation Plan History and Process B. Content of Revised IBR Document C. Revised Format of the ‘‘Identification of Plan’’ Section in Subpart FFF D. Enforceability and Legal Effect E. Notice of Administrative Change II. Public Comments III. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews I. Background A. State Implementation Plan History and Process Each State is required to have a SIP that contains the control measures and strategies that will be used to attain and maintain the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). The control measures and strategies must be formally adopted by each State after the public has had an opportunity to comment on them. They are then submitted to EPA as SIP revisions on which EPA must formally act. Once these control measures are approved by EPA after notice and comment, they are incorporated into the SIP and are identified in part 52, Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans, Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (40 CFR part 52). The actual State regulations that are approved by EPA are not reproduced in their entirety in 40 CFR part 52, but are ‘‘incorporated by reference,’’ which means that the VerDate jul<14>2003 15:20 Aug 02, 2005 Jkt 205001 citation of a given State regulation with a specific effective date has been approved by EPA. This format allows both EPA and the public to know which measures are contained in a given SIP and insures that the State is enforcing the regulations. It also allows EPA and the public to take enforcement action should a State not enforce its SIPapproved regulations. The SIP is a living document that the State can revise as necessary to address the unique air pollution problems in the State. From time to time, therefore, EPA must take action on SIP revisions containing new and/or revised regulations as being part of the SIP. On May 22, 1997 (62 FR 27968), as a result of consultations between EPA and OFR, EPA revised the procedures for incorporating by reference federallyapproved SIPs. EPA began the process of developing (1) a revised SIP document for each State that would be incorporated by reference under the provisions of 1 CFR part 51; (2) a revised mechanism for announcing EPA approval of revisions to an applicable SIP and updating both the IBR document and the CFR, and (3) a revised format of the ‘‘Identification of plan’’ sections for each applicable subpart to reflect these revised IBR procedures. The description of the revised SIP document, IBR procedures, and ‘‘Identification of plan’’ format are discussed in further detail in the May 22, 1997, Federal Register document. B. Content of Revised IBR Document The new SIP compilations contain the Federally-approved portion of regulations submitted by each State agency. These regulations have all been approved by EPA through previous rule making actions in the Federal Register. The compilations are stored in hard covered folders and will be updated, usually on an annual basis. Each compilation contains two parts. Part 1 contains the regulations and Part 2 contains nonregulatory provisions that have been EPA-approved. Each part consists of a table of identifying information for each regulation and each nonregulatory provision. The table of identifying information corresponds to the table of contents published in 40 CFR part 52 for each State and Territory. The Regional EPA Offices have the primary responsibility for ensuring accuracy and updating the compilations. The Region IX EPA Office developed and will maintain the compilation for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. A copy of the full text of each State’s current compilation will also be maintained at the Office of the Federal Register and PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 44479 EPA’s Air Docket and Information Center. C. Revised Format of the ‘‘Identification of Plan’’ Section in Subpart FFF In order to better serve the public, EPA is revising the organization of the ‘‘Identification of plan’’ section to include additional information that will make it clearer as to what provisions constitute the enforceable elements of the SIP. The revised ‘‘Identification of plan’’ section will contain five subsections: (a) Purpose and scope, (b) Incorporation by reference, (c) EPA approved regulations, (d) EPA approved source specific permits, and (e) EPA approved nonregulatory provisions such as transportation control measures, statutory provisions, control strategies, monitoring networks, etc. D. Enforceability and Legal Effect All revisions to the applicable SIP become federally enforceable as of the effective date of the revisions to paragraph (c), (d), or (e) of the applicable ‘‘Identification of plan’’ found in each subpart of 40 CFR part 52. To facilitate enforcement of previously approved SIP provisions and provide a smooth transition to the new SIP processing system, EPA is retaining the original ‘‘Identification of plan’’ section, previously appearing in the CFR as the first section of part 52 for subpart FFF, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. E. Notice of Administrative Change Today’s rule constitutes a ‘‘housekeeping’’ exercise to ensure that all revisions to State programs that have occurred are accurately reflected in 40 CFR part 52. State SIP revisions are controlled by EPA regulations at 40 CFR part 51. When EPA receives a formal SIP revision request, the Agency must publish the proposed revision in the Federal Register and provide for public comment before approval. II. Public Comments EPA has determined that today’s rule falls under the ‘‘good cause’’ exemption in section 553(b)(3)(B) of the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) that, upon finding ‘‘good cause,’’ authorizes agencies to dispense with public participation; and section 553(d)(3), which allows an agency to make a rule effective immediately (thereby avoiding the 30-day delayed effective date otherwise provided for in the APA). Today’s rule simply codifies provisions that are already in effect as a matter of law in Federal and approved State programs. Under section 553 of the E:\FR\FM\03AUR1.SGM 03AUR1 44480 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 148 / Wednesday, August 3, 2005 / Rules and Regulations APA, an agency may find good cause where procedures are ‘‘impractical, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest.’’ Public comment is ‘‘unnecessary’’ and ‘‘contrary to the public interest’’ since the codification only reflects existing law. Immediate notice in the CFR benefits the public by removing outdated citations. III. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews A. General Requirements Under Executive Order 12866 (58 FR 51735, October 4, 1993), this action is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ and is therefore not subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget. This rule is not subject to Executive Order 13211, ‘‘Actions Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use’’ (66 FR 28355, May 22, 2001) because it is not a significant regulatory action under Executive Order 12866. Because the agency has made a ‘‘good cause’’ finding that this action is not subject to notice-and-comment requirements under the Administrative Procedure Act or any other statute as indicated in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section above, it is not subject to the regulatory flexibility provisions of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C 601 et seq.), or to sections 202 and 205 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (UMRA) (Pub. L. 104–4). In addition, this action does not significantly or uniquely affect small governments or impose a significant intergovernmental mandate, as described in sections 203 and 204 of UMRA. This rule also does 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), nor will it 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 rule also is not subject to Executive Order 13045 (62 FR 19885, April 23, 1997), because it is not economically significant. This rule does not involve technical standards; 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. The rule also does not involve special consideration of environmental justice related issues VerDate jul<14>2003 15:20 Aug 02, 2005 Jkt 205001 as required by Executive Order 12898 (59 FR 7629, February 16, 1994). In issuing this rule, EPA has taken the necessary steps to eliminate drafting errors and ambiguity, minimize potential litigation, and provide a clear legal standard for affected conduct, as required by section 3 of Executive Order 12988 (61 FR 4729, February 7, 1996). EPA has complied with Executive Order 12630 (53 FR 8859, March 15, 1998) by examining the takings implications of the rule in accordance with the ‘‘Attorney General’s Supplemental Guidelines for the Evaluation of Risk and Avoidance of Unanticipated Takings’’ issued under the executive order. This rule does not impose an information collection burden under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). EPA’s compliance with these statutes and Executive Orders for the underlying rules are discussed in previous actions taken on the State’s rules. B. Submission to Congress and the Comptroller General 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. Section 808 allows the issuing agency to make a rule effective sooner than otherwise provided by the CRA if the agency makes a good cause finding that notice and public procedure is impracticable, unnecessary or contrary to the public interest. Today’s action simply codifies provisions which are already in effect as a matter of law in Federal and approved State programs. 5 U.S.C. 808(2). As stated previously, EPA has made such a good cause finding, including the reasons therefore, and established an effective August 3, 2005. 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. These corrections to the ‘‘Identification of plan’’ for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are not a ‘‘major rule’’ as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804(2). C. Petitions for Judicial Review EPA has also determined that the provisions of section 307(b)(1) of the Clean Air Act pertaining to petitions for judicial review are not applicable to this PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 action. Prior EPA rulemaking actions for each individual component of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands SIP compilation had previously afforded interested parties the opportunity to file a petition for judicial review in the United States Court of Appeals for the appropriate circuit within 60 days of such rulemaking action. Thus, EPA sees no need in this action to reopen the 60-day period for filing such petitions for judicial review for these ‘‘Identification of plan’’ reorganization actions for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 52 Environmental protection, Air pollution control, Carbon monoxide, Incorporation by reference, Intergovernmental relations, Particulate matter, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Sulfur oxides. Dated: June 24, 2005. Laura Yoshii, Acting Regional Administrator, Region IX. Part 52, chapter I, title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations is amended as follows: I PART 52—[AMENDED] 1. The authority citation for part 52 continues to read as follows: Authority: 42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq. Subpart FFF—Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’’ 2. Section 52.2920 is redesignated as § 52.2921 and the Section heading and paragraph (a) are revised to read as follows: I § 52.2921 Original identification of plan. (a) This section identified the original ‘‘Implementation Plan for Compliance With the Ambient Air Quality Standards for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ and all revisions submitted by the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands that were federally approved prior to June 1, 2005. * * * * * I 3. A new § 52.2820 is added to read as follows: § 52.2920 Identification of plan. (a) Purpose and scope. This section sets forth the applicable State implementation plan for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands under section 110 of the Clean Air Act, 42 U.S.C. 7401–7671q and 40 CFR part 51 to meet national ambient air quality standards. (b) Incorporation by reference. E:\FR\FM\03AUR1.SGM 03AUR1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 148 / Wednesday, August 3, 2005 / Rules and Regulations (1) Material listed in paragraphs (c) and (d) of this section with an EPA approval date prior to June 1, 2005, was approved for incorporation by reference by the Director of the Federal Register in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. Material is incorporated as it exists on the date of the approval, and notice of any change in the material will be published in the Federal Register. Entries in paragraphs (c) and (d) of this section with EPA approval dates after June 1, 2005, will be incorporated by reference in the next update to the SIP compilation. (2) EPA Region IX certifies that the rules/regulations provided by EPA in the SIP compilation at the addresses in paragraph (b)(3) of this section are an exact duplicate of the officially promulgated State rules/regulations which have been approved as part of the State implementation plan as of June 1, 2005. (3) Copies of the materials incorporated by reference may be inspected at the Region IX EPA Office 44481 at 75 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, CA 94105; the Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room B108, Washington, DC; or the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call (202) 741–6030, or go to: http:// www.archives.gov/federal_register/ code_of_federal_regulations/ ibr_locations.html. (c) EPA approved regulations. TABLE 52.2920.—EPA APPROVED COMMONWEALTH OF THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS REGULATIONS Title/subject Effective date Authority ............................................................. Purpose and Policy ............................................ Policy ................................................................. Definitions (a—www) ......................................... Permitting of New Sources And Modifications (A—M). Registration of Existing Sources (A—D) ........... Sampling, Testing and Reporting Methods (A— D). Prohibition of Air Pollution ................................. Control of Open Burning Control of Visible Emissions Control of Emissions from Motor Vehicles Control of Fugitive Dust and Other Particulate Matter Control of Incineration Control of Process Industries Process Weight Rate Control of Sulfur Oxides From Fuel Combustion Variances to Prohibition of Air Pollution Fees (A—B) ....................................................... Public Participation (A–E) .................................. Enforcement (A—E) ........................................... Severability ........................................................ Effective Date .................................................... Certification ........................................................ 01/19/1987 01/19/1987 01/19/1987 01/19/1987 01/19/1987 11/13/1987, 11/13/1987, 11/13/1987, 11/13/1987, 11/13/1987, 01/19/1987 01/19/1987 11/13/1987, 52 FR 43574 11/13/1987, 52 FR 43574 01/19/1987 11/13/1987, 52 FR 43574 01/19/1987 01/19/1987 01/19/1987 01/19/1987 01/19/1987 01/19/1987 11/13/1987, 11/13/1987, 11/13/1987, 11/13/1987, 11/13/1987, 11/13/1987, State citation Air Pollution Control Regulations: Part I ...................... Part II ..................... Part III .................... Part IV ................... Part V .................... Part VI ................... Part VII .................. Part VIII ................. Paragraph A ... Paragraph B ... Paragraph C ... Paragraph D ... Paragraph E ... Paragraph F ... Table VIII–1 .... Paragraph G ... Part Part Part Part Part Part Paragraph H ... IX ................... X .................... XI ................... XII .................. XIII ................. XIV ................. EPA approval date 52 52 52 52 52 52 52 52 52 52 52 FR FR FR FR FR FR FR FR FR FR FR Explanation 43574 43574 43574 43574 43574 43574 43574 43574 43574 43574 43574 (d) EPA approved State source specific requirements. Name of source None ............................. Effective date Permit number EPA approval date Explanation ....................................................................... (e) [Reserved]. Direct final rule; correcting amendments. ACTION: [FR Doc. 05–15326 Filed 8–2–05; 8:45 am] ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY BILLING CODE 6560–50–P 40 CFR Part 52 SUMMARY: EPA is taking direct final action to correct an error in the instructions amending the Code of Federal Regulations in the notice which approved the removal of Oregon’s control technology guidelines for perchloroethylene (perc) dry cleaning systems and related definitions and provisions, published on December 1, [R10–OAR–2005–OR–0005; FRL–7944–1] Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Oregon; Correcting Amendment Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). AGENCY: VerDate jul<14>2003 15:20 Aug 02, 2005 Jkt 205001 PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\03AUR1.SGM 03AUR1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 148 (Wednesday, August 3, 2005)]
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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

40 CFR Part 52

[CMNI 124-NBK; FRL-7938-6]


Revisions to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands 
State Implementation Plan, Update to Materials Incorporated by 
Reference

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Final rule; notice of administrative change.

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SUMMARY: EPA is updating the materials submitted by the Commonwealth of 
the Northern Mariana Islands that are incorporated by reference (IBR) 
into the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands State 
Implementation Plan (SIP). The regulations affected by this update have 
been previously submitted by the

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territorial agency and approved by EPA. This update affects the SIP 
materials that are available for public inspection at the Office of the 
Federal Register (OFR), Office of Air and Radiation Docket and 
Information, and the Regional Office.

DATES: Effective Date: This rule is effective on August 3, 2005.

ADDRESSES: SIP materials that are incorporated by reference into 40 CFR 
part 52 are available for inspection at the following locations and 
online at EPA Region IX's Web site:
    Air Division, Environmental Protection Agency, Region IX, 75 
Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, CA 94105-3901.
    Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center, U.S. Environmental 
Protection Agency, Room B-102, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW., (Mail 
Code 6102T), Washington, DC 20460.
    Office of the Federal Register, 800 North Capitol Street, NW., 
Suite 700, Washington, DC.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Table of Contents

I. Background
    A. State Implementation Plan History and Process
    B. Content of Revised IBR Document
    C. Revised Format of the ``Identification of Plan'' Section in 
Subpart FFF
    D. Enforceability and Legal Effect
    E. Notice of Administrative Change
II. Public Comments
III. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews

I. Background

A. State Implementation Plan History and Process

    Each State is required to have a SIP that contains the control 
measures and strategies that will be used to attain and maintain the 
national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). The control measures 
and strategies must be formally adopted by each State after the public 
has had an opportunity to comment on them. They are then submitted to 
EPA as SIP revisions on which EPA must formally act.
    Once these control measures are approved by EPA after notice and 
comment, they are incorporated into the SIP and are identified in part 
52, Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans, Title 40 of the 
Code of Federal Regulations (40 CFR part 52). The actual State 
regulations that are approved by EPA are not reproduced in their 
entirety in 40 CFR part 52, but are ``incorporated by reference,'' 
which means that the citation of a given State regulation with a 
specific effective date has been approved by EPA. This format allows 
both EPA and the public to know which measures are contained in a given 
SIP and insures that the State is enforcing the regulations. It also 
allows EPA and the public to take enforcement action should a State not 
enforce its SIP-approved regulations.
    The SIP is a living document that the State can revise as necessary 
to address the unique air pollution problems in the State. From time to 
time, therefore, EPA must take action on SIP revisions containing new 
and/or revised regulations as being part of the SIP. On May 22, 1997 
(62 FR 27968), as a result of consultations between EPA and OFR, EPA 
revised the procedures for incorporating by reference federally-
approved SIPs. EPA began the process of developing (1) a revised SIP 
document for each State that would be incorporated by reference under 
the provisions of 1 CFR part 51; (2) a revised mechanism for announcing 
EPA approval of revisions to an applicable SIP and updating both the 
IBR document and the CFR, and (3) a revised format of the 
``Identification of plan'' sections for each applicable subpart to 
reflect these revised IBR procedures. The description of the revised 
SIP document, IBR procedures, and ``Identification of plan'' format are 
discussed in further detail in the May 22, 1997, Federal Register 
document.

B. Content of Revised IBR Document

    The new SIP compilations contain the Federally-approved portion of 
regulations submitted by each State agency. These regulations have all 
been approved by EPA through previous rule making actions in the 
Federal Register. The compilations are stored in hard covered folders 
and will be updated, usually on an annual basis.
    Each compilation contains two parts. Part 1 contains the 
regulations and Part 2 contains nonregulatory provisions that have been 
EPA-approved. Each part consists of a table of identifying information 
for each regulation and each nonregulatory provision. The table of 
identifying information corresponds to the table of contents published 
in 40 CFR part 52 for each State and Territory. The Regional EPA 
Offices have the primary responsibility for ensuring accuracy and 
updating the compilations. The Region IX EPA Office developed and will 
maintain the compilation for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana 
Islands. A copy of the full text of each State's current compilation 
will also be maintained at the Office of the Federal Register and EPA's 
Air Docket and Information Center.

C. Revised Format of the ``Identification of Plan'' Section in Subpart 
FFF

    In order to better serve the public, EPA is revising the 
organization of the ``Identification of plan'' section to include 
additional information that will make it clearer as to what provisions 
constitute the enforceable elements of the SIP.
    The revised ``Identification of plan'' section will contain five 
subsections: (a) Purpose and scope, (b) Incorporation by reference, (c) 
EPA approved regulations, (d) EPA approved source specific permits, and 
(e) EPA approved nonregulatory provisions such as transportation 
control measures, statutory provisions, control strategies, monitoring 
networks, etc.

D. Enforceability and Legal Effect

    All revisions to the applicable SIP become federally enforceable as 
of the effective date of the revisions to paragraph (c), (d), or (e) of 
the applicable ``Identification of plan'' found in each subpart of 40 
CFR part 52. To facilitate enforcement of previously approved SIP 
provisions and provide a smooth transition to the new SIP processing 
system, EPA is retaining the original ``Identification of plan'' 
section, previously appearing in the CFR as the first section of part 
52 for subpart FFF, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

E. Notice of Administrative Change

    Today's rule constitutes a ``housekeeping'' exercise to ensure that 
all revisions to State programs that have occurred are accurately 
reflected in 40 CFR part 52. State SIP revisions are controlled by EPA 
regulations at 40 CFR part 51. When EPA receives a formal SIP revision 
request, the Agency must publish the proposed revision in the Federal 
Register and provide for public comment before approval.

II. Public Comments

    EPA has determined that today's rule falls under the ``good cause'' 
exemption in section 553(b)(3)(B) of the Administrative Procedures Act 
(APA) that, upon finding ``good cause,'' authorizes agencies to 
dispense with public participation; and section 553(d)(3), which allows 
an agency to make a rule effective immediately (thereby avoiding the 
30-day delayed effective date otherwise provided for in the APA). 
Today's rule simply codifies provisions that are already in effect as a 
matter of law in Federal and approved State programs. Under section 553 
of the

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APA, an agency may find good cause where procedures are ``impractical, 
unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest.'' Public comment is 
``unnecessary'' and ``contrary to the public interest'' since the 
codification only reflects existing law. Immediate notice in the CFR 
benefits the public by removing outdated citations.

III. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews

A. General Requirements

    Under Executive Order 12866 (58 FR 51735, October 4, 1993), this 
action is not a ``significant regulatory action'' and is therefore not 
subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget. This rule is 
not subject to Executive Order 13211, ``Actions Concerning Regulations 
That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use'' (66 FR 
28355, May 22, 2001) because it is not a significant regulatory action 
under Executive Order 12866. Because the agency has made a ``good 
cause'' finding that this action is not subject to notice-and-comment 
requirements under the Administrative Procedure Act or any other 
statute as indicated in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section above, it 
is not subject to the regulatory flexibility provisions of the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C 601 et seq.), or to sections 202 
and 205 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (UMRA) (Pub. L. 
104-4). In addition, this action does not significantly or uniquely 
affect small governments or impose a significant intergovernmental 
mandate, as described in sections 203 and 204 of UMRA. This rule also 
does 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), nor will it 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 rule also 
is not subject to Executive Order 13045 (62 FR 19885, April 23, 1997), 
because it is not economically significant. This rule does not involve 
technical standards; 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. The rule also does not involve special 
consideration of environmental justice related issues as required by 
Executive Order 12898 (59 FR 7629, February 16, 1994). In issuing this 
rule, EPA has taken the necessary steps to eliminate drafting errors 
and ambiguity, minimize potential litigation, and provide a clear legal 
standard for affected conduct, as required by section 3 of Executive 
Order 12988 (61 FR 4729, February 7, 1996). EPA has complied with 
Executive Order 12630 (53 FR 8859, March 15, 1998) by examining the 
takings implications of the rule in accordance with the ``Attorney 
General's Supplemental Guidelines for the Evaluation of Risk and 
Avoidance of Unanticipated Takings'' issued under the executive order. 
This rule does not impose an information collection burden under the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). EPA's 
compliance with these statutes and Executive Orders for the underlying 
rules are discussed in previous actions taken on the State's rules.

B. Submission to Congress and the Comptroller General

    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. Section 808 allows the issuing agency to 
make a rule effective sooner than otherwise provided by the CRA if the 
agency makes a good cause finding that notice and public procedure is 
impracticable, unnecessary or contrary to the public interest. Today's 
action simply codifies provisions which are already in effect as a 
matter of law in Federal and approved State programs. 5 U.S.C. 808(2). 
As stated previously, EPA has made such a good cause finding, including 
the reasons therefore, and established an effective August 3, 2005. 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. These corrections to the 
``Identification of plan'' for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana 
Islands are not a ``major rule'' as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804(2).

C. Petitions for Judicial Review

    EPA has also determined that the provisions of section 307(b)(1) of 
the Clean Air Act pertaining to petitions for judicial review are not 
applicable to this action. Prior EPA rulemaking actions for each 
individual component of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana 
Islands SIP compilation had previously afforded interested parties the 
opportunity to file a petition for judicial review in the United States 
Court of Appeals for the appropriate circuit within 60 days of such 
rulemaking action. Thus, EPA sees no need in this action to reopen the 
60-day period for filing such petitions for judicial review for these 
``Identification of plan'' reorganization actions for the Commonwealth 
of the Northern Mariana Islands.

List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 52

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

    Dated: June 24, 2005.
Laura Yoshii,
Acting Regional Administrator, Region IX.

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Part 52, chapter I, title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations is 
amended as follows:

PART 52--[AMENDED]

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

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

Subpart FFF--Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands''

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2. Section 52.2920 is redesignated as Sec.  52.2921 and the Section 
heading and paragraph (a) are revised to read as follows:


Sec.  52.2921  Original identification of plan.

    (a) This section identified the original ``Implementation Plan for 
Compliance With the Ambient Air Quality Standards for the Commonwealth 
of the Northern Mariana Islands' and all revisions submitted by the 
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands that were federally 
approved prior to June 1, 2005.
* * * * *

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3. A new Sec.  52.2820 is added to read as follows:


Sec.  52.2920  Identification of plan.

    (a) Purpose and scope. This section sets forth the applicable State 
implementation plan for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana 
Islands under section 110 of the Clean Air Act, 42 U.S.C. 7401-7671q 
and 40 CFR part 51 to meet national ambient air quality standards.
    (b) Incorporation by reference.

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    (1) Material listed in paragraphs (c) and (d) of this section with 
an EPA approval date prior to June 1, 2005, was approved for 
incorporation by reference by the Director of the Federal Register in 
accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. Material is 
incorporated as it exists on the date of the approval, and notice of 
any change in the material will be published in the Federal Register. 
Entries in paragraphs (c) and (d) of this section with EPA approval 
dates after June 1, 2005, will be incorporated by reference in the next 
update to the SIP compilation.
    (2) EPA Region IX certifies that the rules/regulations provided by 
EPA in the SIP compilation at the addresses in paragraph (b)(3) of this 
section are an exact duplicate of the officially promulgated State 
rules/regulations which have been approved as part of the State 
implementation plan as of June 1, 2005.
    (3) Copies of the materials incorporated by reference may be 
inspected at the Region IX EPA Office at 75 Hawthorne Street, San 
Francisco, CA 94105; the Air and Radiation Docket and Information 
Center, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1301 Constitution Avenue, 
NW., Room B108, Washington, DC; or the National Archives and Records 
Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this 
material at NARA, call (202) 741-6030, or go to: http://
www.archives.gov/federal_register/code_of_federal_regulations/ibr_
locations.html.
    (c) EPA approved regulations.

                                  Table 52.2920.--EPA Approved Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Regulations
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                                                                  Effective
           State citation                   Title/subject            date               EPA approval date                        Explanation
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Air Pollution Control Regulations:
    Part I.........................  Authority.................   01/19/1987  11/13/1987, 52 FR 43574               ....................................
    Part II........................  Purpose and Policy........   01/19/1987  11/13/1987, 52 FR 43574
    Part III.......................  Policy....................   01/19/1987  11/13/1987, 52 FR 43574               ....................................
    Part IV........................  Definitions (a--www)......   01/19/1987  11/13/1987, 52 FR 43574               ....................................
    Part V.........................  Permitting of New Sources    01/19/1987  11/13/1987, 52 FR 43574               ....................................
                                      And Modifications (A--M).
    Part VI........................  Registration of Existing     01/19/1987  11/13/1987, 52 FR 43574               ....................................
                                      Sources (A--D).
    Part VII.......................  Sampling, Testing and        01/19/1987  11/13/1987, 52 FR 43574
                                      Reporting Methods (A--D).
    Part VIII......................  Prohibition of Air           01/19/1987  11/13/1987, 52 FR 43574               ....................................
                                      Pollution.
        Paragraph A................  Control of Open Burning
        Paragraph B................  Control of Visible
                                      Emissions
        Paragraph C................  Control of Emissions from
                                      Motor Vehicles
        Paragraph D................  Control of Fugitive Dust
                                      and Other Particulate
                                      Matter
        Paragraph E................  Control of Incineration
        Paragraph F................  Control of Process
                                      Industries
        Table VIII-1...............  Process Weight Rate
        Paragraph G................  Control of Sulfur Oxides
                                      From Fuel Combustion
        Paragraph H................  Variances to Prohibition
                                      of Air Pollution
    Part IX........................  Fees (A--B)...............   01/19/1987  11/13/1987, 52 FR 43574               ....................................
    Part X.........................  Public Participation (A-E)   01/19/1987  11/13/1987, 52 FR 43574               ....................................
    Part XI........................  Enforcement (A--E)........   01/19/1987  11/13/1987, 52 FR 43574               ....................................
    Part XII.......................  Severability..............   01/19/1987  11/13/1987, 52 FR 43574               ....................................
    Part XIII......................  Effective Date............   01/19/1987  11/13/1987, 52 FR 43574               ....................................
    Part XIV.......................  Certification.............   01/19/1987  11/13/1987, 52 FR 43574               ....................................
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    (d) EPA approved State source specific requirements.

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                                                                  Effective
           Name of source                   Permit number            date               EPA approval date                        Explanation
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None...............................  ..........................  ...........  ....................................  ....................................
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    (e) [Reserved].

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