Adequacy Status of Submitted State Implementation Plans (SIP) for Transportation Conformity Purposes: 5 Percent Increment of Progress Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets for the Portland Maine 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area, 51352-51353 [05-17202]

Download as PDF 51352 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 167 / Tuesday, August 30, 2005 / Notices Docket Numbers: ER01–931–008; ER01–931–009; ER01–930–008; ER01– 930–009. Applicants: Panda Gila River, L.P.; Union Power Partners, L.P. Description: Panda Gila River Power, L.P. and Union Power Partners, L.P. submits response to the Commission’s deficiency letter issued 8/12/05 in Docket No. ER99–2342–004, et al. Filed Date: 08/18/2005. Accession Number: 20050823–0172. Comment Date: 5 p.m. eastern time on Thursday, September 08, 2005. Docket Numbers: ER02–1600–004. Applicants: Green Mountain Energy Company. Description: Green Mountain Energy Company submits revisions to its FERC Electric Tariff, Original Volume No. 1 , to include the change in status language required by the Commission’s Order No. 652 and the market behavior rules language. Filed Date: 08/19/2005. Accession Number: 20050823–0146. Comment Date: 5 p.m. eastern time on Friday, September 09, 2005. Docket Numbers: ER05–1322–000. Applicants: Xcel Energy Operating Companies. Description: Xcel Energy submits compliance tariff pages to the Xcel Energy Operating Companies the Fourth Revised Sheet No. 9, First Revised Sheet no. 168.1, Original Sheet No. 329 and Original Sheet Nos. 345 to 446 to its Joint Open Access Transmission Tariff, First Revised Volume No. 1. Filed Date: 08/12/2005. Accession Number: 20050815–0216. Comment Date: 5 p.m. eastern time on Tuesday, September 06, 2005. Docket Numbers: ER05–1365–000. Applicants: Premcor Power Marketing LLC. Description: Premcor Power Marketing, LLC submits notice of cancellation of its FERC Electric Tariff, Original Volume No. 1, First Revised Sheet Nos. 1–5, Superseding Original Sheet Nos. 1–5 to be effective 8/31/05. Filed Date: 08/19/2005. Accession Number: 20050823–0144. Comment Date: 5 p.m. eastern time on Friday, August 26, 2005. Docket Numbers: ER05–1377–000. Applicants: Idaho Power Company. Description: Idaho Power Company submits an amendment to its Market Based Rate Tariff, FERC Electric Tariff Original Volume No. 6, to be effective 10/18/05. Filed Date: 08/18/2005. Accession Number: 20050822–0082. Comment Date: 5 p.m. eastern time on Thursday, September 08, 2005. Any person desiring to intervene or to protest in any of the above proceedings VerDate Aug<18>2005 15:17 Aug 29, 2005 Jkt 205001 must file in accordance with Rules 211 and 214 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (18 CFR 385.211 and 385.214) on or before 5 p.m. eastern time on the specified comment date. It is not necessary to separately intervene again in a subdocket related to a compliance filing if you have previously intervened in the same docket. Protests will be considered by the Commission in determining the appropriate action to be taken, but will not serve to make protestants parties to the proceeding. 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E5–4721 Filed 8–29–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [R01–OAR–2005–ME–0006; FRL–7962–5] Adequacy Status of Submitted State Implementation Plans (SIP) for Transportation Conformity Purposes: 5 Percent Increment of Progress Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets for the Portland Maine 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice of adequacy determination. AGENCY: SUMMARY: In this action, EPA is notifying the public that we have found the on-road motor vehicle emissions budgets contained in the Portland Maine marginal 8-hour ozone nonattainment area 5 Percent Increment of Progress SIP adequate for transportation conformity purposes. As a result of our finding, the motor vehicle emissions budgets from the submitted SIP revision must be used for future conformity determinations in the Portland Maine area. DATES: These motor vehicle emissions budgets are effective September 14, 2005. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The essential information in this notice will be available at EPA’s conformity Web site: http://www.epa.gov/oms/transp/ conform/adequacy.htm. You may also contact Mr. Donald O. Cooke, Air Quality Unit, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA New England Regional Office, One Congress Street, Suite 1100 (CAQ), Boston, MA 02114– 2023, telephone number (617) 918– 1668, fax number (617) 918–0668, email cooke.donald@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: By letters dated June 9, 13 and 14, 2005, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (ME DEP) submitted to EPA its State Implementation Plan Revision for Portland Maine’s 15 Percent Rate of Progress Plan; 5 Percent Increment of Progress Plan; Motor Vehicle Emissions Budget; and 2002 Base Year Emission Inventory. As the 1-hour ozone standard was revoked on June 15, 2005, and the Portland Maine 1-hour ozone nonattainment area covers a different geographic area than the Portland Maine 8-hour ozone nonattainment area, EPA has not taking action to determine the adequacy of the 1-hour motor vehicle emission budgets, nor is EPA approving the 1-hour budgets for conformity purposes. The 2007 volatile organic compounds (VOC) and nitrogen oxides (NOX) motor vehicle emissions budgets E:\FR\FM\30AUN1.SGM 30AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 167 / Tuesday, August 30, 2005 / Notices associated with the Portland Maine 8hour ozone 5 Percent Increment of Progress SIP are 20.115 tons per summer weekday of VOC and 39.893 tons per summer weekday of NOX. These 2007 budgets cover Sagadahoc County and portions of York, Cumberland, and Androscoggin Counties. On July 12, 2005, the availability of these budgets was posted on EPA’s website for the purpose of soliciting public comments. The comment period closed on August 11, 2005, and EPA received no comments. Today’s notice is simply an announcement of a finding that we have already made. EPA New England sent a letter to Maine Department of Environmental Protection on August 12, 2005, finding that the 2007 MOBILE6.2 motor vehicle emissions budgets for the Portland Maine 8-hour ozone nonattainment area are adequate and must be used for transportation conformity determinations. Transportation conformity is required by section 176(c) of the Clean Air Act. EPA’s conformity rule, 40 CFR part 93, requires that transportation plans, programs, and projects conform to state air quality implementation plans and establishes the criteria and procedures for determining whether or not they do. Conformity to a SIP means that transportation activities will not produce new air quality violations, worsen existing violations, or delay timely attainment of the national ambient air quality standards. The criteria by which we determine whether a SIP’s motor vehicle emission budgets are adequate for conformity purposes are outlined in 40 CFR 93.118(e)(4). Please note that an adequacy review is separate from EPA’s completeness review, and it also should not be used to prejudge EPA’s ultimate approval of the SIP. Even if we find a budget adequate, the SIP could later be disapproved. List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 52 Environmental protection, Air pollution control, Intergovernmental relations, Nitrogen dioxide, Ozone, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Volatile organic compounds. Authority: 42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq. Dated: August 20, 2005. Robert W. Varney, Regional Administrator, EPA New England. [FR Doc. 05–17202 Filed 8–29–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P VerDate Aug<18>2005 15:17 Aug 29, 2005 Jkt 205001 ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL–7962–7] Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC); Notification of Advisory Meeting of the CASAC Ambient Air Monitoring and Methods (AAMM) Subcommittee Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee’s (CASAC) Ambient Air Monitoring and Methods (AAMM) Subcommittee to conduct a peer review on the Federal Reference Method (FRM) for thoracic coarse particulate matter (PM10–2.5) and a consultation on various PM monitoring-related issues. DATES: The meeting will be held Wednesday, September 21, 2005, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (eastern time), and Thursday, September 22, 2005, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (eastern time). ADDRESSES: The meeting will take place at the Marriott Durham Civic Center Hotel, 210 Foster Street, Durham, NC 27701. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public who would like to submit written or brief oral comments (5 minutes or less), or wants further information concerning this meeting, should contact Mr. Fred Butterfield, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board (1400F), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; via telephone/ voice mail: (202) 343–9994; fax: (202) 233–0643; or e-mail at: butterfield.fred@epa.gov. General information concerning the CASAC or the EPA Science Advisory Board can be found on the EPA Web site at: http:// www.epa.gov/sab. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: CASAC and the AAMM Subcommittee: The CASAC, which comprises seven members appointed by the EPA Administrator, was established under section 109(d)(2) of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) (42 U.S.C. 7409) as an independent scientific advisory committee, in part to provide advice, information and recommendations on the scientific and technical aspects of issues related to air quality criteria and national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) under sections 108 and 109 of the Act. The CASAC, which is PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 51353 administratively located under the SAB Staff Office, is a Federal advisory committee chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended, 5 U.S.C., App. The SAB Staff Office established the CASAC AAMM Subcommittee in early 2004 as a standing subcommittee to provide the EPA Administrator, through the CASAC, with advice and recommendations, as necessary, on topical areas related to ambient air monitoring, methods and networks. The Subcommittee complies with the provisions of FACA and all appropriate SAB Staff Office procedural policies. Background: Under section 108 of the CAA, the Agency is required to establish NAAQS for each pollutant for which EPA has issued criteria, including particulate matter (PM). Section 109(d) of the Act subsequently requires periodic review and, if appropriate, revision of existing air quality criteria to reflect advances in scientific knowledge on the effects of the pollutant on public health and welfare. The Agency is also to revise the NAAQS, if appropriate, based on the revised criteria. EPA is currently reviewing the NAAQS for PM. As part of this review, the Agency is considering potential NAAQS for thoracic coarse particulate matter (PM10–2.5). Further information on EPA’s ongoing PM NAAQS review is available at the following URL: http:// www.epa.gov/ttn/naaqs/standards/pm/ s_pm_index.html. In conjunction with the review of the PM NAAQS, EPA is evaluating potential monitoring methods for measurement of PM10–2.5. The Agency’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS), within EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation (OAR), has requested that the CASAC conduct a peer review of the Federal Reference Method (FRM) for PM10–2.5 to provide independent scientific advice on the appropriateness of this method for being the basis of comparison in approving coarse-particle continuous monitors. The FRM for PM10–2.5 will establish the basis for approval of continuous-monitoring methods in a performance-based measurement system process. In addition, OAQPS has asked the CASAC to conduct a consultation to the Agency on: Fine particle (PM2.5) FRM optimization and equivalency criteria for continuous monitors; and PM10–2.5 methods evaluation, network data quality objectives (DQOs), and equivalency criteria for continuous monitors. The CASAC AAMM Subcommittee provided advice and recommendations for this ongoing work at a July 22, 2004 consultative meeting on PM10–2.5 methods and DQOs. 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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 167 (Tuesday, August 30, 2005)]
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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[R01-OAR-2005-ME-0006; FRL-7962-5]


Adequacy Status of Submitted State Implementation Plans (SIP) for 
Transportation Conformity Purposes: 5 Percent Increment of Progress 
Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets for the Portland Maine 8-Hour Ozone 
Nonattainment Area

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice of adequacy determination.

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SUMMARY: In this action, EPA is notifying the public that we have found 
the on-road motor vehicle emissions budgets contained in the Portland 
Maine marginal 8-hour ozone nonattainment area 5 Percent Increment of 
Progress SIP adequate for transportation conformity purposes. As a 
result of our finding, the motor vehicle emissions budgets from the 
submitted SIP revision must be used for future conformity 
determinations in the Portland Maine area.

DATES: These motor vehicle emissions budgets are effective September 
14, 2005.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The essential information in this 
notice will be available at EPA's conformity Web site: http://
www.epa.gov/oms/transp/conform/adequacy.htm. You may also contact Mr. 
Donald O. Cooke, Air Quality Unit, U.S. Environmental Protection 
Agency, EPA New England Regional Office, One Congress Street, Suite 
1100 (CAQ), Boston, MA 02114-2023, telephone number (617) 918-1668, fax 
number (617) 918-0668, e-mail cooke.donald@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: By letters dated June 9, 13 and 14, 2005, 
the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (ME DEP) submitted to 
EPA its State Implementation Plan Revision for Portland Maine's 15 
Percent Rate of Progress Plan; 5 Percent Increment of Progress Plan; 
Motor Vehicle Emissions Budget; and 2002 Base Year Emission Inventory. 
As the 1-hour ozone standard was revoked on June 15, 2005, and the 
Portland Maine 1-hour ozone nonattainment area covers a different 
geographic area than the Portland Maine 8-hour ozone nonattainment 
area, EPA has not taking action to determine the adequacy of the 1-hour 
motor vehicle emission budgets, nor is EPA approving the 1-hour budgets 
for conformity purposes. The 2007 volatile organic compounds (VOC) and 
nitrogen oxides (NOX) motor vehicle emissions budgets

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associated with the Portland Maine 8-hour ozone 5 Percent Increment of 
Progress SIP are 20.115 tons per summer weekday of VOC and 39.893 tons 
per summer weekday of NOX. These 2007 budgets cover 
Sagadahoc County and portions of York, Cumberland, and Androscoggin 
Counties. On July 12, 2005, the availability of these budgets was 
posted on EPA's website for the purpose of soliciting public comments. 
The comment period closed on August 11, 2005, and EPA received no 
comments.
    Today's notice is simply an announcement of a finding that we have 
already made. EPA New England sent a letter to Maine Department of 
Environmental Protection on August 12, 2005, finding that the 2007 
MOBILE6.2 motor vehicle emissions budgets for the Portland Maine 8-hour 
ozone nonattainment area are adequate and must be used for 
transportation conformity determinations.
    Transportation conformity is required by section 176(c) of the 
Clean Air Act. EPA's conformity rule, 40 CFR part 93, requires that 
transportation plans, programs, and projects conform to state air 
quality implementation plans and establishes the criteria and 
procedures for determining whether or not they do. Conformity to a SIP 
means that transportation activities will not produce new air quality 
violations, worsen existing violations, or delay timely attainment of 
the national ambient air quality standards. The criteria by which we 
determine whether a SIP's motor vehicle emission budgets are adequate 
for conformity purposes are outlined in 40 CFR 93.118(e)(4). Please 
note that an adequacy review is separate from EPA's completeness 
review, and it also should not be used to prejudge EPA's ultimate 
approval of the SIP. Even if we find a budget adequate, the SIP could 
later be disapproved.

List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 52

    Environmental protection, Air pollution control, Intergovernmental 
relations, Nitrogen dioxide, Ozone, Reporting and recordkeeping 
requirements, Volatile organic compounds.

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

    Dated: August 20, 2005.
Robert W. Varney,
Regional Administrator, EPA New England.
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