Clean Air Act Operating Permit Program; Petition for Objection to State Operating Permit for Bio Energy in Hopkinton NH, 75751-75752 [E6-21528]

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The overall labor costs are higher because the pollution levels must be recorded and compliance reports sent to the appropriate regulatory authority. Dated: December 8, 2006. Richard T. Westlund, Acting Director, Collection Strategies Division. [FR Doc. E6–21501 Filed 12–15–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [A–1–FRL–8257–9] Clean Air Act Operating Permit Program; Petition for Objection to State Operating Permit for Bio Energy in Hopkinton NH Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice of final order on petition to object to a modification to a state operating permit. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice announces that the EPA Administrator has responded to a citizen petition requesting that EPA object to a Clean Air Act (‘‘CAA’’ or ‘‘the Act’’) title V operating permit modification issued by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (‘‘New Hampshire DES’’). Specifically, the Administrator has granted in part and denied in part the petition submitted by the Residents Environmental Action Committee of Hopkinton, the Conservation Law Foundation, and the Physician Petitioners (collectively referred to herein as ‘‘Petitioners’’) requesting that the Administrator object to the permit modification issued to Bio Energy, LLC of Hopkinton, New Hampshire. Pursuant to section 505(b)(2) of the Act, the petitioner may seek judicial PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 75751 review of any portion of the petition which EPA denied in the United States Court of Appeals for the appropriate circuit. Any petition for review shall be filed within 60 days from the date this notice appears in the Federal Register, pursuant to section 307 of the Act. ADDRESSES: Copies of the final order, petition, and other supporting information are available at the Office of Ecosystem Protection, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA New England Regional Office, One Congress Street, Suite 1100, Boston, MA. EPA requests that if at all possible, you contact the contact listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section to schedule your inspection. The Regional Office’s official hours of business are Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 4:30 excluding legal holidays. The final order is also available electronically at: http://www.epa.gov/region07/programs/ artd/air/title5/petitiondb/ petitiondb2003.htm. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ida E. McDonnell, Air Permits, Toxics, and Indoor Programs Unit, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA New England Regional Office, One Congress Street, Suite 1100 (CAP), Boston, MA 02114–2023, telephone number (617) 918–1653, fax number (617) 918–0653, e-mail mcdonnell.ida@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: EPA approves State and local permitting authorities to administer the operating permit program set forth in title V of the CAA, 42 U.S.C. 7661–7661f. New Hampshire DES administers a fully approved title V program. The Act affords EPA a 45-day period to review, and object to as appropriate, operating permits proposed by State permitting authorities. Section 505(b)(2) of the Act authorizes any person to petition the EPA Administrator within 60 days after the expiration of this review period to object to state operating permits not in compliance with the CAA, if EPA has not already done so. Petitions must be based only on objections to the permit that were raised with reasonable specificity during the public comment period provided by the State, unless the petitioner demonstrates that it was impracticable to raise such issues during the comment period or the grounds for the issues arose after this period. On October 21, 2003, the Petitioners submitted a petition requesting that EPA object to the issuance of the modified title V permit pursuant to section 505(b)(2) of the Act. The Petitioners raised four broad objections to the issuance of the modified permit: E:\FR\FM\18DEN1.SGM 18DEN1 75752 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 242 / Monday, December 18, 2006 / Notices (1) NH DES failed to provide adequate notice of the proposed permit modification to the public; (2) NH DES failed to perform adequate air quality modeling analyses in its assessment of the proposed permit modification; (3) The modified permit does not contain requirements applicable to ‘‘incinerators’’ under the CAA and federal and state regulations; (4) The modified permit does not contain state hazardous waste management requirements. On October 27, 2006, the Administrator issued an order partially granting and partially denying the petition. EPA grants the Petitioners’ request that EPA object to the issuance of the modified permit for failure to provide adequate public notice of the proposed modification, and directs New Hampshire DES to reissue the draft modified permit for public comment. EPA denies the petition with respect to all other allegations. The order explains EPA’s rationale for concluding that NH DES must reopen the draft modified permit for public comment. The order also explains EPA’s rationale for denying the Petitioners’ remaining claims. Dated: December 8, 2006. Robert W. Varney, Regional Administrator, EPA New England. [FR Doc. E6–21528 Filed 12–15–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL–8252–7] Ecological Benefits Assessment Strategic Plan Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 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Several factors contribute to this challenge, including limited understanding of: (1) The linkages among policies, stressors, and ecosystem services; (2) the linkages within and between ecosystems; and (3) the linkages between ecological and economic systems. EPA developed the Ecological Benefits Assessment Strategic Plan to improve our understanding of these linkages. The Ecological Benefits Assessment Strategic Plan was authored by a crossAgency workgroup under the general direction of a steering committee representing offices involved with ecological benefits assessment. The plan describes the challenges currently faced by EPA in conducting comprehensive and rigorous ecological benefits assessments. It encourages a model of interdisciplinary participation in benefits assessments and research, and it promotes collaboration among economists, ecologists, and other natural and social scientists to facilitate identification and characterization of the important ecological benefits of Agency actions. The Plan also identifies strategic actions focusing on: institutional arrangements that foster interdisciplinary analyses and provide analysts with appropriate guidance and tools; interdisciplinary research that directly supports ecological benefits assessments, including broad methodological development and specific studies about resources, stressors, localities, and policies; and PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 coordination of efforts with external partners. The Ecological Benefits Assessment Strategic Plan also describes mechanisms to facilitate adaptive implementation of the strategic actions, including periodic adjustments to reflect advances in knowledge. 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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 242 (Monday, December 18, 2006)]
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[FR Doc No: E6-21528]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[A-1-FRL-8257-9]


Clean Air Act Operating Permit Program; Petition for Objection to 
State Operating Permit for Bio Energy in Hopkinton NH

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice of final order on petition to object to a modification 
to a state operating permit.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces that the EPA Administrator has responded 
to a citizen petition requesting that EPA object to a Clean Air Act 
(``CAA'' or ``the Act'') title V operating permit modification issued 
by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (``New 
Hampshire DES''). Specifically, the Administrator has granted in part 
and denied in part the petition submitted by the Residents 
Environmental Action Committee of Hopkinton, the Conservation Law 
Foundation, and the Physician Petitioners (collectively referred to 
herein as ``Petitioners'') requesting that the Administrator object to 
the permit modification issued to Bio Energy, LLC of Hopkinton, New 
Hampshire.
    Pursuant to section 505(b)(2) of the Act, the petitioner may seek 
judicial review of any portion of the petition which EPA denied in the 
United States Court of Appeals for the appropriate circuit. Any 
petition for review shall be filed within 60 days from the date this 
notice appears in the Federal Register, pursuant to section 307 of the 
Act.

ADDRESSES: Copies of the final order, petition, and other supporting 
information are available at the Office of Ecosystem Protection, U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency, EPA New England Regional Office, One 
Congress Street, Suite 1100, Boston, MA. EPA requests that if at all 
possible, you contact the contact listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 
CONTACT section to schedule your inspection. The Regional Office's 
official hours of business are Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 4:30 
excluding legal holidays. The final order is also available 
electronically at: http://www.epa.gov/region07/programs/artd/air/
title5/petitiondb/petitiondb2003.htm.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ida E. McDonnell, Air Permits, Toxics, 
and Indoor Programs Unit, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA New 
England Regional Office, One Congress Street, Suite 1100 (CAP), Boston, 
MA 02114-2023, telephone number (617) 918-1653, fax number (617) 918-
0653, e-mail mcdonnell.ida@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: EPA approves State and local permitting 
authorities to administer the operating permit program set forth in 
title V of the CAA, 42 U.S.C. 7661-7661f. New Hampshire DES administers 
a fully approved title V program. The Act affords EPA a 45-day period 
to review, and object to as appropriate, operating permits proposed by 
State permitting authorities. Section 505(b)(2) of the Act authorizes 
any person to petition the EPA Administrator within 60 days after the 
expiration of this review period to object to state operating permits 
not in compliance with the CAA, if EPA has not already done so. 
Petitions must be based only on objections to the permit that were 
raised with reasonable specificity during the public comment period 
provided by the State, unless the petitioner demonstrates that it was 
impracticable to raise such issues during the comment period or the 
grounds for the issues arose after this period.
    On October 21, 2003, the Petitioners submitted a petition 
requesting that EPA object to the issuance of the modified title V 
permit pursuant to section 505(b)(2) of the Act. The Petitioners raised 
four broad objections to the issuance of the modified permit:

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    (1) NH DES failed to provide adequate notice of the proposed permit 
modification to the public;
    (2) NH DES failed to perform adequate air quality modeling analyses 
in its assessment of the proposed permit modification;
    (3) The modified permit does not contain requirements applicable to 
``incinerators'' under the CAA and federal and state regulations;
    (4) The modified permit does not contain state hazardous waste 
management requirements.
    On October 27, 2006, the Administrator issued an order partially 
granting and partially denying the petition. EPA grants the 
Petitioners' request that EPA object to the issuance of the modified 
permit for failure to provide adequate public notice of the proposed 
modification, and directs New Hampshire DES to reissue the draft 
modified permit for public comment. EPA denies the petition with 
respect to all other allegations. The order explains EPA's rationale 
for concluding that NH DES must reopen the draft modified permit for 
public comment. The order also explains EPA's rationale for denying the 
Petitioners' remaining claims.

    Dated: December 8, 2006.
Robert W. Varney,
Regional Administrator, EPA New England.
[FR Doc. E6-21528 Filed 12-15-06; 8:45 am]
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