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This revision amends the maintenance plans’ 2009 and 2018 PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 motor vehicle emissions budgets (MVEBs) by reallocating a portion of the plans’ safety margins which results in an increase in the MVEBs. The revised plan continues to demonstrate maintenance of the 8-hour national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) for ozone. EPA is approving this SIP revision to the West Virginia maintenance plan for Charleston in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA). DATES: This rule is effective on March 14, 2008 without further notice, unless EPA receives adverse written comment by February 13, 2008. If EPA receives such comments, it will publish a timely withdrawal of the direct final rule in the Federal Register and inform the public that the rule will not take effect. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID Number EPA– R03–OAR–2007–1010 by one of the following methods: A. www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments. B. E-mail: febbo.carol@epa.gov. C. Mail: EPA–R03–OAR–2007–1010, Carol Febbo, Chief, Energy, Radiation and Indoor Environment Branch, Mailcode 3AP23, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III, 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103. D. Hand Delivery: At the previouslylisted EPA Region III address. Such deliveries are only accepted during the Docket’s normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information. Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA–R03–OAR–2007– 1010. EPA’s policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change, and may be made available online at www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. 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Electronic files should avoid the use of special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses. Docket: All documents in the electronic docket are listed in the www.regulations.gov index. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, i.e., CBI or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, is not placed on the Internet and will be publicly available only in hard copy form. Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically in www.regulations.gov or in hard copy during normal business hours at the Air Protection Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III, 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103. Copies of the State submittal are available at the West Virginia 2157 Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Air Quality, 601 57th Street, SE., Charleston, WV 25304. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Martin Kotsch, (215) 814–3335, or by e-mail at kotsch.martin@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Throughout this document whenever ‘‘we’’, ‘‘us’’, or ‘‘our’’ is used, we mean EPA. sufficient buffer to account for unforseen future growth or significant changes in the planning assumption data which was used in developing the original MVEBs in its November 2005 submission. Table of Contents I. Background II. Summary of West Virginia’s SIP Revision and EPA’s Review III. Final Action IV. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews On January 8, 2007, the State of West Virginia submitted to EPA a formal revision to its State Implementation Plan (SIP). The SIP revision proposes new MVEBs to reflect the reallocation of a portion of the differences (safety margins) between the total base year and total projected 2009 and 2018 emissions which produces an increase in the MVEBs. The base year is 2004 for the Charleston area. By increasing the MVEBs, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) is ensuring that transportation conformity can be demonstrated in the Charleston area. The January 8, 2007 submittal, while increasing the MVEBs still ensures maintenance of the NAAQS for ozone for the Charleston area. Tables 1 and 2 and the discussion that follows describes the basis of the new MVEBs for the Charleston area. I. Background On July 11, 2006 (71 FR 39001) EPA redesignated the Charleston area of West Virginia to attainment for the 8-hour ozone NAAQS. For the Charleston area, the redesignation included approval of an 8-hour ozone maintenance plan, which identifies on-road MVEBs for VOCs and NOX, which are ozone precursors, which are then used for transportation planning and conformity purposes. Subsequently after the SIP approval by EPA, West Virginia discovered that the MVEBs which were included in the previously approved maintenance plan did not provide a II. Summary of West Virginia’s SIP Revision and EPA’s Review 2009 and 2018 Motor Vehicle Emission Budgets TABLE 1.—CHARLESTON AREA REALLOCATION OF SAFETY MARGIN TO THE MVEBS 2004 base year 2009 projection 2018 projection Current MVEBs in the Approved Maintenance Plan (Tons/Day) VOC ............................................................................................................................................. NOX .............................................................................................................................................. 16.1 26.4 11.6 19.8 7.2 8.2 16.1 26.4 12.9 22.9 7.5 9.5 Proposed MVEBs in the Revised Maintenance Plan (Tons/Day) VOC ............................................................................................................................................. NOX .............................................................................................................................................. TABLE 2.—CHARLESTON AREA TOTAL EMISSIONS (POINT, AREA AND MOBILE) BEFORE AND AFTER REALLOCATION OF SAFETY MARGIN TO THE MVEBS (TONS/DAY) 2004 base year 2009 projection 2018 projection Current Total Emissions in the Approved Maintenance Plan VOC ............................................................................................................................................. NOX .............................................................................................................................................. 52.3 129.4 46.8 102.4 45.1 80.6 52.3 129.4 48.1 105.5 45.4 81.9 Proposed Total Emissions in the Revised Maintenance Plan rmajette on PROD1PC64 with RULES VOC ............................................................................................................................................. NOX .............................................................................................................................................. For the Charleston, West Virginia 8hour ozone maintenance area addressed herein, the WVDEP recalculated the 2009 and 2018 MVEBs using revised VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:18 Jan 11, 2008 Jkt 214001 planning data which became available after the original maintenance plan was submitted to EPA on November 30, 2005. The 2009 and 2018 MVEBs for PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 VOCs and NOX emissions listed above in Table 1 under the Proposed MVEBs in the Revised Maintenance Plan section E:\FR\FM\14JAR1.SGM 14JAR1 2158 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 9 / Monday, January 14, 2008 / Rules and Regulations rmajette on PROD1PC64 with RULES will serve as the new MVEBs for transportation conformity planning. As shown in Table 1, the State has proposed reallocating some of the previous safety margin into the MVEBs for both VOCs and NOX. The remaining surplus emissions have been reserved as residual safety margins in the total maintenance budgets to ensure continued maintenance of the 8-hour ozone NAAQS. To explain how the safety margins are determined and allocated, the VOC emissions for the Charleston area may be used as an example. In Table 2, listed under the Current Total Emissions in the Approved Maintenance Plan section, the total 2004 base year VOC emissions are 52.3 tons/day (tpd), which is the maximum amount of VOC emissions consistent with maintenance of the 8-hour ozone NAAQS. The total projected 2009 emissions are 46.8 tpd, which provides a 5.5 tpd VOC safety margin (i.e., the ozone NAAQS would continue to be maintained if total VOC emissions increased as much as 5.5 tpd above the projected 2009 emissions of 46.8 tpd). In the Proposed Total Emissions in the Revised Maintenance Plan section the total projected emissions for 2009 would be increased by 1.3 tpd through the increase in the allowable mobile emissions for VOC while still leaving a safety margin of 4.2 tpd. Therefore, even with the reallocation of some of the current safety margin into the MVEBs, the State of West Virginia has left a safety margin for any other unforseen growth. III. Final Action EPA is approving West Virginia’s January 8, 2007 SIP revision submittal which amends the 8-hour ozone maintenance plans for the Charleston area. These revisions amend the maintenance plans’ 2009 and 2018 MVEBs to reflect the reallocation of a portion of the plans’ safety margins which results in an increase in the MVEBs. EPA is approving this SIP revision to the maintenance plan for the Charleston area because the January 8, 2007 submittal continues to demonstrate maintenance of the 8-hour ozone NAAQS. EPA is publishing this rule without prior proposal because the Agency views this as a noncontroversial amendment and anticipates no adverse comment, since no significant adverse comments were received on the SIP revision at the State level. However, in the ‘‘Proposed Rules’’ section of today’s Federal Register, EPA is publishing a separate document that will serve as the proposal to approve the SIP revision if adverse comments are filed. This rule will be effective on March 14, 2008 VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:18 Jan 11, 2008 Jkt 214001 without further notice unless EPA receives adverse comment by February 13, 2008. If EPA receives adverse comment, EPA will publish a timely withdrawal in the Federal Register informing the public that the rule will not take effect. EPA will address all public comments in a subsequent final rule based on the proposed rule. EPA will not institute a second comment period on this action. Any parties interested in commenting must do so at this time IV. 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 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 state law 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 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 a state rule implementing a Federal requirement, and does not alter PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 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 approves a state rule implementing a Federal standard. In reviewing SIP submissions, EPA’s role is to approve state choices, provided that they meet the criteria of the CAA. 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 CAA. 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.). 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. 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. This rule is not a ‘‘major rule’’ as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804(2). C. Petitions for Judicial Review Under section 307(b)(1) of the CAA, petitions for judicial review of this action must be filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the appropriate circuit by March 14, 2008. 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 to approve the revised motor vehicle emission budgets for the 8-hour Charleston Maintenance Plan may not E:\FR\FM\14JAR1.SGM 14JAR1 2159 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 9 / Monday, January 14, 2008 / Rules and Regulations be challenged later in proceedings to enforce its requirements. (See section 307(b)(2).) Dated: December 27, 2007. William T. Wisniewski, Acting Regional Administrator, Region III. List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 52 I Environmental protection, Air pollution control, Incorporation by reference, Nitrogen dioxide, Ozone, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Volatile organic compounds. Name of nonregulatory SIP revision * 8-Hour Ozone Maintenance Plan for the Charleston, WV Area. PART 52—[AMENDED] 1. The authority citation for part 52 continues to read as follows: I § 52.2520 * Authority: 42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq. State submittal date Identification of plan. * * (e) * * * * [FR Doc. E8–263 Filed 1–11–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Part 52 [EPA–R03–OAR–2007–1149; FRL–8515–4] Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Virginia; Fredericksburg and Shenandoah National Park 8-Hour Ozone Areas Movement From the Nonattainment Area List to the Maintenance Area List Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Direct final rule. rmajette on PROD1PC64 with RULES AGENCY: SUMMARY: EPA is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Virginia State Implementation Plan (SIP) that was submitted on August 14, 2007 by the Commonwealth of Virginia. The revisions move the Fredericksburg and the Shenandoah National Park 8Hour Ozone Areas from the Nonattainment Area list to the Maintenance Area list. EPA is approving these revisions to move the Fredericksburg 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area (Spotsylvania County, Stafford County, and Fredericksburg City) and the Shenandoah National Park 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area (portions of VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:53 Jan 11, 2008 * 11/30/05 * Jkt 214001 * 7/11/06 71 FR 39001 * Frm 00017 Fmt 4700 * * Sfmt 4700 * Additional explanation 1/14/08 [Insert page number where the document begins]. the park located in Page and Madison Counties) from the list of nonattainment areas to the list of maintenance areas in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA). DATES: This rule is effective on March 14, 2008 without further notice, unless EPA receives adverse written comment by February 13, 2008. If EPA receives such comments, it will publish a timely withdrawal of the direct final rule in the Federal Register and inform the public that the rule will not take effect. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID Number EPA– R03–OAR–2007–1149 by one of the following methods: A. www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments. B. E-mail: fernandez.cristina@epa.gov. C. Mail: EPA–R03–OAR–2007–1149, Cristina Fernandez, Chief, Air Quality Planning Branch, Mailcode 3AP21, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III, 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103. D. Hand Delivery: At the previouslylisted EPA Region III address. Such deliveries are only accepted during the Docket’s normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information. Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA–R03–OAR–2007– 1149. EPA’s policy is that all comments received will be included in the public PO 00000 * EPA approval date 01/08/07 * * Charleston Area (Kanawha and Putnam Counties). 2. In § 52.2520, the table in paragraph (e) is amended by revising the entry for the 8-Hour Ozone Maintenance Plan for the Charleston, WV Area at the end of the table to read as follows: I 40 CFR part 52 is amended as follows: Applicable geographic area * Subpart XX—West Virginia * Action includes approval of the following new motor vehicle emission budgets (MVEBs): 22.9 tons day (tpd) for 2009 and 9.5 tpd for 2018 for NOX and 12.9 tpd for 2009 and 7.5 tpd for 2018 for VOC. * * docket without change, and may be made available online at www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through www.regulations.gov or e-mail. The www.regulations.gov Web site is an ‘‘anonymous access’’ system, which means EPA will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an e-mail comment directly to EPA without going through www.regulations.gov, your email address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet. If you submit an electronic comment, EPA recommends that you include your name and other contact information in the body of your comment and with any disk or CD–ROM you submit. If EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, EPA may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid the use of special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses. 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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 9 (Monday, January 14, 2008)]
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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

40 CFR Part 52

[EPA-R03-OAR-2007-1010; FRL-8515-6]


Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; 
West Virginia; Revised Motor Vehicle Emission Budgets for the 
Charleston 8-Hour Ozone Maintenance Area

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Direct final rule.

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SUMMARY: EPA is taking direct final action to approve a State 
Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of West 
Virginia. The revision amends the 8-hour ozone maintenance plan for the 
Charleston area. This revision amends the maintenance plans' 2009 and 
2018 motor vehicle emissions budgets (MVEBs) by reallocating a portion 
of the plans' safety margins which results in an increase in the MVEBs. 
The revised plan continues to demonstrate maintenance of the 8-hour 
national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) for ozone. EPA is 
approving this SIP revision to the West Virginia maintenance plan for 
Charleston in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act 
(CAA).

DATES: This rule is effective on March 14, 2008 without further notice, 
unless EPA receives adverse written comment by February 13, 2008. If 
EPA receives such comments, it will publish a timely withdrawal of the 
direct final rule in the Federal Register and inform the public that 
the rule will not take effect.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID Number EPA-
R03-OAR-2007-1010 by one of the following methods:
    A. www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions for 
submitting comments.
    B. E-mail: febbo.carol@epa.gov.
    C. Mail: EPA-R03-OAR-2007-1010, Carol Febbo, Chief, Energy, 
Radiation and Indoor Environment Branch, Mailcode 3AP23, U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency, Region III, 1650 Arch Street, 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103.
    D. Hand Delivery: At the previously-listed EPA Region III address. 
Such deliveries are only accepted during the Docket's normal hours of 
operation, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of 
boxed information.
    Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-R03-OAR-
2007-1010. EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included 
in the public docket without change, and may be made available online 
at www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, 
unless the comment includes information claimed to be Confidential 
Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is 
restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to 
be CBI or otherwise protected through www.regulations.gov or e-mail. 
The www.regulations.gov Web site is an ``anonymous access'' system, 
which means EPA will not know your identity or contact information 
unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an e-
mail comment directly to EPA without going through www.regulations.gov, 
your e-mail address will be automatically captured and included as part 
of the comment that is placed in the public docket and made available 
on the

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Internet. If you submit an electronic comment, EPA recommends that you 
include your name and other contact information in the body of your 
comment and with any disk or CD-ROM you submit. If EPA cannot read your 
comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for 
clarification, EPA may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic 
files should avoid the use of special characters, any form of 
encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses.
    Docket: All documents in the electronic docket are listed in the 
www.regulations.gov index. Although listed in the index, some 
information is not publicly available, i.e., CBI or other information 
whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such 
as copyrighted material, is not placed on the Internet and will be 
publicly available only in hard copy form. Publicly available docket 
materials are available either electronically in www.regulations.gov or 
in hard copy during normal business hours at the Air Protection 
Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III, 1650 Arch 
Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103. Copies of the State submittal 
are available at the West Virginia Department of Environmental 
Protection, Division of Air Quality, 601 57th Street, SE., Charleston, 
WV 25304.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Martin Kotsch, (215) 814-3335, or by 
e-mail at kotsch.martin@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Throughout this document whenever ``we'', 
``us'', or ``our'' is used, we mean EPA.

Table of Contents

I. Background
II. Summary of West Virginia's SIP Revision and EPA's Review
III. Final Action
IV. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews

I. Background

    On July 11, 2006 (71 FR 39001) EPA redesignated the Charleston area 
of West Virginia to attainment for the 8-hour ozone NAAQS. For the 
Charleston area, the redesignation included approval of an 8-hour ozone 
maintenance plan, which identifies on-road MVEBs for VOCs and 
NOX, which are ozone precursors, which are then used for 
transportation planning and conformity purposes. Subsequently after the 
SIP approval by EPA, West Virginia discovered that the MVEBs which were 
included in the previously approved maintenance plan did not provide a 
sufficient buffer to account for unforseen future growth or significant 
changes in the planning assumption data which was used in developing 
the original MVEBs in its November 2005 submission.

II. Summary of West Virginia's SIP Revision and EPA's Review 2009 and 
2018 Motor Vehicle Emission Budgets

    On January 8, 2007, the State of West Virginia submitted to EPA a 
formal revision to its State Implementation Plan (SIP). The SIP 
revision proposes new MVEBs to reflect the reallocation of a portion of 
the differences (safety margins) between the total base year and total 
projected 2009 and 2018 emissions which produces an increase in the 
MVEBs. The base year is 2004 for the Charleston area. By increasing the 
MVEBs, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) 
is ensuring that transportation conformity can be demonstrated in the 
Charleston area. The January 8, 2007 submittal, while increasing the 
MVEBs still ensures maintenance of the NAAQS for ozone for the 
Charleston area.
    Tables 1 and 2 and the discussion that follows describes the basis 
of the new MVEBs for the Charleston area.

                      Table 1.--Charleston Area Reallocation of Safety Margin to the MVEBs
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                                                                                       2009            2018
                                                                  2004 base year    projection      projection
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                            Current MVEBs in the Approved Maintenance Plan (Tons/Day)
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VOC.............................................................            16.1            11.6             7.2
NOX.............................................................            26.4            19.8             8.2
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                            Proposed MVEBs in the Revised Maintenance Plan (Tons/Day)
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VOC.............................................................            16.1            12.9             7.5
NOX.............................................................            26.4            22.9             9.5
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   Table 2.--Charleston Area Total Emissions (Point, Area and Mobile) Before and After Reallocation of Safety
                                         Margin to the MVEBs (Tons/Day)
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                                                                                       2009            2018
                                                                  2004 base year    projection      projection
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                            Current Total Emissions in the Approved Maintenance Plan
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VOC.............................................................            52.3            46.8            45.1
NOX.............................................................           129.4           102.4            80.6
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                            Proposed Total Emissions in the Revised Maintenance Plan
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VOC.............................................................            52.3            48.1            45.4
NOX.............................................................           129.4           105.5            81.9
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    For the Charleston, West Virginia 8-hour ozone maintenance area 
addressed herein, the WVDEP recalculated the 2009 and 2018 MVEBs using 
revised planning data which became available after the original 
maintenance plan was submitted to EPA on November 30, 2005. The 2009 
and 2018 MVEBs for VOCs and NOX emissions listed above in 
Table 1 under the Proposed MVEBs in the Revised Maintenance Plan 
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will serve as the new MVEBs for transportation conformity planning.
    As shown in Table 1, the State has proposed reallocating some of 
the previous safety margin into the MVEBs for both VOCs and 
NOX. The remaining surplus emissions have been reserved as 
residual safety margins in the total maintenance budgets to ensure 
continued maintenance of the 8-hour ozone NAAQS.
    To explain how the safety margins are determined and allocated, the 
VOC emissions for the Charleston area may be used as an example. In 
Table 2, listed under the Current Total Emissions in the Approved 
Maintenance Plan section, the total 2004 base year VOC emissions are 
52.3 tons/day (tpd), which is the maximum amount of VOC emissions 
consistent with maintenance of the 8-hour ozone NAAQS. The total 
projected 2009 emissions are 46.8 tpd, which provides a 5.5 tpd VOC 
safety margin (i.e., the ozone NAAQS would continue to be maintained if 
total VOC emissions increased as much as 5.5 tpd above the projected 
2009 emissions of 46.8 tpd). In the Proposed Total Emissions in the 
Revised Maintenance Plan section the total projected emissions for 2009 
would be increased by 1.3 tpd through the increase in the allowable 
mobile emissions for VOC while still leaving a safety margin of 4.2 
tpd. Therefore, even with the reallocation of some of the current 
safety margin into the MVEBs, the State of West Virginia has left a 
safety margin for any other unforseen growth.

III. Final Action

    EPA is approving West Virginia's January 8, 2007 SIP revision 
submittal which amends the 8-hour ozone maintenance plans for the 
Charleston area. These revisions amend the maintenance plans' 2009 and 
2018 MVEBs to reflect the reallocation of a portion of the plans' 
safety margins which results in an increase in the MVEBs. EPA is 
approving this SIP revision to the maintenance plan for the Charleston 
area because the January 8, 2007 submittal continues to demonstrate 
maintenance of the 8-hour ozone NAAQS. EPA is publishing this rule 
without prior proposal because the Agency views this as a 
noncontroversial amendment and anticipates no adverse comment, since no 
significant adverse comments were received on the SIP revision at the 
State level. However, in the ``Proposed Rules'' section of today's 
Federal Register, EPA is publishing a separate document that will serve 
as the proposal to approve the SIP revision if adverse comments are 
filed. This rule will be effective on March 14, 2008 without further 
notice unless EPA receives adverse comment by February 13, 2008.
    If EPA receives adverse comment, EPA will publish a timely 
withdrawal in the Federal Register informing the public that the rule 
will not take effect. EPA will address all public comments in a 
subsequent final rule based on the proposed rule. EPA will not 
institute a second comment period on this action. Any parties 
interested in commenting must do so at this time

IV. 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 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 state law 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 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 a state rule implementing a Federal 
requirement, 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 approves a state rule implementing a Federal 
standard.
    In reviewing SIP submissions, EPA's role is to approve state 
choices, provided that they meet the criteria of the CAA. 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 CAA. 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.).

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. 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. This rule is not a 
``major rule'' as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804(2).

C. Petitions for Judicial Review

    Under section 307(b)(1) of the CAA, petitions for judicial review 
of this action must be filed in the United States Court of Appeals for 
the appropriate circuit by March 14, 2008. 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 to approve the revised motor vehicle emission budgets for 
the 8-hour Charleston Maintenance Plan may not

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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, Nitrogen dioxide, Ozone, Reporting and recordkeeping 
requirements, Volatile organic compounds.

    Dated: December 27, 2007.
William T. Wisniewski,
Acting Regional Administrator, Region III.

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40 CFR part 52 is amended as follows:

PART 52--[AMENDED]

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

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

Subpart XX--West Virginia

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2. In Sec.  52.2520, the table in paragraph (e) is amended by revising 
the entry for the 8-Hour Ozone Maintenance Plan for the Charleston, WV 
Area at the end of the table to read as follows:


Sec.  52.2520  Identification of plan.

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    (e) * * *

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   Name of non- regulatory SIP         Applicable       State submittal                           Additional
            revision                geographic area          date         EPA approval date       explanation
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8-Hour Ozone Maintenance Plan     Charleston Area              11/30/05  7/11/06 71 FR 39001
 for the Charleston, WV Area.      (Kanawha and
                                   Putnam Counties).
                                                               01/08/07  1/14/08 [Insert      Action includes
                                                                          page number where    approval of the
                                                                          the document         following new
                                                                          begins].             motor vehicle
                                                                                               emission budgets
                                                                                               (MVEBs): 22.9
                                                                                               tons day (tpd)
                                                                                               for 2009 and 9.5
                                                                                               tpd for 2018 for
                                                                                               NOX and 12.9 tpd
                                                                                               for 2009 and 7.5
                                                                                               tpd for 2018 for
                                                                                               VOC.
 
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