Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans for Air Quality Planning Purposes; Georgia: Early Progress Plan for the Atlanta 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area, 9260 [E8-2709]

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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 34 (Wednesday, February 20, 2008)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 9260]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-2709]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

40 CFR Part 52

[EPA-R04-OAR-2007-0150-200711(b); FRL-8528-7]


Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans for Air Quality 
Planning Purposes; Georgia: Early Progress Plan for the Atlanta 8-Hour 
Ozone Nonattainment Area

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Proposed rule.

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SUMMARY: On December 31, 2006, the State of Georgia, through the 
Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural 
Resources, submitted a voluntary State Implementation Plan (SIP) 
revision requesting approval of an Early Progress Plan for the sole 
purpose of establishing motor vehicle emission budgets (MVEBs) for the 
Atlanta 8-hour ozone nonattainment area. The Atlanta 8-hour ozone 
nonattainment area is comprised of the following twenty counties: 
Barrow, Bartow, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, 
Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Newton, 
Paulding, Rockdale, Spalding and Walton counties in their entireties 
(hereafter referred to as the ``Atlanta 8-Hour Ozone Area''). EPA is 
proposing to approve Atlanta's Early Progress Plan, including the new 
regional MVEBs for nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds for 
2006. This proposed approval of the Early Progress Plan for the Atlanta 
8-Hour Ozone Area is based on EPA's determination that Georgia has 
demonstrated that the SIP revision containing these MVEBs, when 
considered with the emissions from all sources, shows some progress 
toward attainment from the base year (i.e., 2002) through an interim 
target year (i.e., 2006). In the Final Rules Section of this Federal 
Register, EPA is approving the SIP revision as a direct final rule 
without prior proposal because the Agency views this as a 
noncontroversial submittal and anticipates no adverse comments. A 
detailed rationale for the approval is set forth in the direct final 
rule. If no significant, material, and adverse comments are received in 
response to this rule, no further activity is contemplated. If EPA 
receives adverse comments, the direct final rule will be withdrawn and 
all public comments received will be addressed in a subsequent final 
rule based on this proposed rule. EPA will not institute a second 
comment period on this document. Any parties interested in commenting 
on this document should do so at this time.

DATES: Written comments must be received on or before March 21, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-R04-
OAR-2007-0150, by one of the following methods:
    1. http://www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line instructions for 
submitting comments.
    2. E-mail: Benjamin.lynorae@epa.gov.
    3. Fax: (404) 562.9019.
    4. Mail: EPA-R04-OAR-2007-0150, Air Quality Modeling and 
Transportation Section, Air Planning Branch, Air, Pesticides and Toxics 
Management Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4, 61 
Forsyth Street, SW., Atlanta, Georgia 30303-8960.
    5. Hand Delivery or Courier: Lynorae Benjamin, Air Quality Modeling 
and Transportation Section, Air Planning Branch, Air, Pesticides and 
Toxics Management Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 
Region 4, 61 Forsyth Street, SW., Atlanta, Georgia 30303-8960. Such 
deliveries are only accepted during the Regional Office's normal hours 
of operation. The Regional Office's official hours of business are 
Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 4:30, excluding federal holidays.
    Please see the direct final rule which is located in the Rules 
section of this Federal Register for detailed instructions on how to 
submit comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lynorae Benjamin, Air Quality Modeling 
and Transportation Section, Air Planning Branch, Air, Pesticides and 
Toxics Management Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 
Region 4, 61 Forsyth Street, SW., Atlanta, Georgia 30303-8960. The 
telephone number is (404) 562-9040. Ms. Benjamin can also be reached 
via electronic mail at Benjamin.lynorae@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: For additional information, see the direct 
final rule which is published in the Rules Section of this Federal 
Register.

    Dated: February 6, 2008.
J.I. Palmer, Jr.,
Regional Administrator, Region 4.
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