Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans and Designation of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes; North Carolina; Redesignation of the Charlotte; 1997 8-Hour Ozone Moderate Nonattainment Area to Attainment, 72036-72040 [2013-28099]

Download as PDF 72036 * * Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 231 / Monday, December 2, 2013 / Rules and Regulations * * * [FR Doc. 2013–28654 Filed 11–29–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Parts 52 and 81 [EPA–R04–OAR–2013–0129; FRL–9903–37– Region–4] Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans and Designation of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes; North Carolina; Redesignation of the Charlotte; 1997 8Hour Ozone Moderate Nonattainment Area to Attainment Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: EPA is taking final action to redesignate the portion of North Carolina that is within the bi-state Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, North Carolina-South Carolina 8-hour ozone nonattainment area (hereafter referred to as the ‘‘Area,’’ ‘‘North Carolina portion of the bi-state Charlotte Area,’’ ‘‘North Carolina portion of the Area,’’ or ‘‘Metrolina nonattainment area’’) to attainment for the 1997 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS), and to approve the maintenance plan for the Area. The State of North Carolina, through the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Air Quality (NC DAQ), submitted the redesignation request and maintenance plan on November 2, 2011. The State supplemented the redesignation request and maintenance plan on March 28, 2013, extending the maintenance plan to the year 2025 and updating the sub-area motor vehicle emission budgets (MVEBs) for nitrogen oxides (NOX) and volatile organic compounds (VOC) for the years 2013 and 2025 for the North Carolina portion of the Area. EPA’s approval of NC DAQ’s redesignation request is based on the determination that North Carolina has met the criteria for redesignation to attainment set forth in the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act). EPA finalized action to redesignate the South Carolina portion of the Area, including approval of South Carolina’s maintenance plan for the sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:14 Nov 29, 2013 Jkt 232001 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS, in a separate action. DATES: This rule will be effective on January 2, 2014. ADDRESSES: EPA has established a docket for this action under Docket Identification No. EPA–R04–OAR– 2013–0129. All documents in the docket are listed on the www.regulations.gov Web site. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, i.e., Confidential Business Information 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 through www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the Regulatory Development 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. EPA requests that if at all possible, you contact the person 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 Federal holidays. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jane Spann or Sara Waterson of the Regulatory Development Section, in the Air Planning Branch, Air, Pesticides and Toxics Management Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4, 61 Forsyth Street SW., Atlanta, Georgia 30303–8960. Ms. Spann may be reached by phone at (404) 562–9029, or via electronic mail at spann.jane@epa.gov. Ms. Waterson may be reached by phone at (404) 562–9061, or via electronic mail at waterson.sara@ epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Table of Contents I. What is the background for the actions? II. What are the actions EPA is taking? III. Why is EPA taking these actions? IV. What are the effects of these actions? V. Final Action VI. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews I. What is the background for the actions? On November 2, 2011, North Carolina requested redesignation of the North PO 00000 Frm 00050 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Carolina portion of the bi-state Charlotte Area to attainment for the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS. The bi-state Charlotte Area consists of Cabarrus, Gaston, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Union, and a portion of Iredell County (Davidson and Coddle Creek Townships), North Carolina; and a portion of York County, South Carolina. The redesignation request included three years of complete, quality-assured ambient air quality data for the 1997 8hour ozone NAAQS for 2008–2010, indicating that the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS had been achieved for the Area. Under the CAA, nonattainment areas may be redesignated to attainment if sufficient, complete, quality-assured data is available for the Administrator to determine that the area has attained the standard and the area meets the other CAA redesignation requirements in section 107(d)(3)(E). Subsequently, on November 15, 2011 (76 FR 70656), EPA determined that the bi-state Charlotte Area attained the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS. The determination of attaining data was based upon complete, quality-assured and certified ambient air monitoring data for the 2008–2010 period, showing that the Area had monitored attainment of the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS. On March 28, 2013, North Carolina submitted a supplemental SIP revision to the redesignation request and maintenance plan that extends the final year of the maintenance plan to 2025. Specifically, this revision updates emissions data, emissions projections, MVEBs, and safety margins to 2025. Additionally, it provides updated ozone design values for the bi-state Charlotte Area. EPA reviewed quality-assured ozone monitoring data from ambient ozone monitoring stations in the Charlotte Area, as recorded in Air Quality System (AQS), and summarized the 3-year average of the annual fourth highest daily maximum 8-hour average (i.e., design value) for each monitor for 2008– 2010, 2009–2011, and 2010–2012 in Tables 1, 2, and 3 below. The 2008– 2010 design values demonstrate that the Area attained by its attainment date, and the 2009–2011 and 2010–2012 design values demonstrate that the bi-state Charlotte Area continues to meet the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS. Preliminary data indicate that the Area continues to attain with 2011–2013 data. E:\FR\FM\02DER1.SGM 02DER1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 231 / Monday, December 2, 2013 / Rules and Regulations 72037 TABLE 1—2008–2010 DESIGN VALUE CONCENTRATION FOR THE CHARLOTTE AREA* FOR THE 1997 8-HOUR OZONE NAAQS [Parts per million (ppm)] 4th highest 8-hour ozone value Location County 2008 Lincoln County Replacing Iron Station. Garinger High School ........................ Westinghouse Blvd ............................ 29 N at Mecklenburg Cab Co. ........... Rockwell ............................................. Enochville School .............................. Monroe Middle School ....................... 3-Year design values Monitor ID 2009 2010 2008–2010 Lincoln ................. 37–109–0004 0.079 0.065 0.072 0.072 Mecklenburg ........ Mecklenburg ........ Mecklenburg ........ Rowan ................. Rowan ................. Union ................... 37–119–0041 37–119–1005 37–119–1009 37–159–0021 37–159–0022 37–179–0003 0.085 0.073 0.093 0.084 0.082 0.080 0.069 0.068 0.071 0.071 0.073 0.067 0.082 0.078 0.082 0.077 0.078 0.071 0.078 0.073 0.082 0.077 0.077 0.072 *An ozone monitor is located in York County, SC; however, it is outside of the nonattainment area. This monitor is monitoring attainment of the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS. TABLE 2—2009–2011 DESIGN VALUE CONCENTRATION FOR THE CHARLOTTE AREA* FOR THE 1997 8-HOUR OZONE NAAQS [ppm] 4th highest 8-hour ozone value Location County 2009 Lincoln County Replacing Iron Station. Garinger High School ........................ Westinghouse Blvd ............................ 29 N at Mecklenburg Cab Co. ........... Rockwell ............................................. Enochville School .............................. Monroe Middle School ....................... 3-Year design values Monitor ID 2010 2011 2009–2011 Lincoln ................. 37–109–0004 0.065 0.072 0.077 0.071 Mecklenburg ........ Mecklenburg ........ Mecklenburg ........ Rowan ................. Rowan ................. Union ................... 37–119–0041 37–119–1005 37–119–1009 37–159–0021 37–159–0022 37–179–0003 0.069 0.068 0.071 0.071 0.073 0.067 0.082 0.078 0.082 0.077 0.078 0.071 0.088 0.082 0.083 0.077 0.078 0.073 0.079 0.076 0.078 0.075 0.076 0.070 *An ozone monitor is located in York County, SC; however, it is outside of the nonattainment area. This monitor is monitoring attainment of the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS. TABLE 3—2010–2012 DESIGN VALUE CONCENTRATION FOR THE CHARLOTTE AREA* FOR THE 1997 8-HOUR OZONE NAAQS [ppm] 4th highest 8-hour ozone value Location County 2010 Lincoln County Replacing Iron Station. Garinger High School ........................ Westinghouse Blvd ............................ 29 N at Mecklenburg Cab Co. ........... Rockwell ............................................. Enochville School .............................. Monroe Middle School ....................... 3-Year design values Monitor ID 2011 2012 2010—2012 Lincoln ................. 37–109–0004 0.072 0.077 0.076 0.075 Mecklenburg ........ Mecklenburg ........ Mecklenburg ........ Rowan ................. Rowan ................. Union ................... 37–119–0041 37–119–1005 37–119–1009 37–159–0021 37–159–0022 37–179–0003 0.082 0.078 0.082 0.077 0.078 0.071 0.088 0.082 0.083 0.077 0.078 0.073 0.080 0.073 0.085 0.080 0.077 0.075 0.083 0.077 0.083 0.078 0.077 0.073 sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with RULES *An ozone monitor is located in York County, SC; however, it is outside of the nonattainment area. This monitor is monitoring attainment of the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS. This rulemaking does not address requirements for the bi-state Charlotte Area that was designated nonattainment for the 2008 8-hour ozone NAAQS. Requirements for the bi-state Charlotte 2008 8-hour ozone nonattainment area will be addressed in the future. NC DAQ chose to establish sub-area MVEBs based on geographical areas that correspond to the Metropolitan VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:14 Nov 29, 2013 Jkt 232001 Planning Organization (MPO) and/or Rural Planning Organization (RPO) boundaries. Accordingly, NC DAQ established MVEBs for the CRMPO (Cabarrus and Rowan Counties), for the Gaston Urban Area MPO and Lake Norman RPO (Gaston, Iredell, and Lincoln Counties), and for the MUMPO and Rocky River RPO (Mecklenburg and Union Counties) geographical areas. PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 II. What are the actions EPA is taking? In today’s rulemaking, EPA is approving: (1) North Carolina’s 1997 8hour ozone maintenance plan as amended by the State’s March 28, 2013 supplemental SIP submittal (such approval being one of the CAA criteria for redesignation to attainment) for the North Carolina portion of the Area, including the sub-area MVEBs; and (2) E:\FR\FM\02DER1.SGM 02DER1 72038 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 231 / Monday, December 2, 2013 / Rules and Regulations North Carolina’s redesignation request to change the legal designation of the North Carolina portion of the Area from nonattainment to attainment for the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS. The maintenance plan meets the requirements of section 175A and is designed to demonstrate that the North Carolina portion of the Area (as part of the bi-state Charlotte Area) will continue to attain the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS through 2025. EPA’s approval of the redesignation request is based on EPA’s determination that North Carolina meets the criteria for the North Carolina portion of the Area for redesignation set forth in CAA section 107(d)(3)(E), including EPA’s determination that the North Carolina portion of the Area has attained the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS. EPA’s analyses of North Carolina’s redesignation request and maintenance plan are described in detail in the July 26, 2013, proposed rule. See 78 FR 45152. EPA did not receive any comments, adverse or otherwise, on the July 26, 2013, proposed rule to redesignate the North Carolina portion of the bi-state Charlotte Area to attainment for the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS. EPA finalized the adequacy determination for the MVEBs on August 13, 2013. See 78 FR 49265. EPA finalized approval of South Carolina’s request to redesignate the South Carolina portion of the Area, including approval of South Carolina’s maintenance plan for the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS, in a separate action. See 77 FR 75862. Consistent with the CAA, the maintenance plan that EPA is approving also includes 2013 and 2025 sub-area MVEBs for NOX and VOC for the North Carolina portion of the Area. EPA informed the public that the 2013 and 2025 sub-area MVEBs are adequate for transportation conformity on August 13, 2013. See 78 FR 49265. Tables 4 through 6 below provide the NOX and VOC subarea MVEBs in kilograms per day (kg/ day),1 for 2013 and 2025. TABLE 4—CABARRUS-ROWAN MPO MVEBS (kg/day) 2013 2025 sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with RULES NOX Emissions On-Road Mobile Emissions .............................. Safety Margin Allocated to MVEBs .......................... 19,838 9,961 1,984 1,992 1 The conversion to kilograms used the actual emissions reported in the MOVES model. The conversion was done utilizing the ‘‘CONVERT’’ function in an EXCEL spreadsheet. VerDate Mar<15>2010 21:06 Nov 29, 2013 Jkt 232001 TABLE 4—CABARRUS-ROWAN MPO MVEBS—Continued (kg/day) 2013 NOX Conformity MVEBs ... 2025 21,822 11,953 conformity. For required regional emissions analysis years involving 2013 and prior to 2025, the applicable budgets will be the new 2013 sub-area MVEBs. For required regional emissions analysis years that involve 2025 or beyond, the applicable budgets will be the new 2025 sub-area MVEBs. VOC Emissions III. Why is EPA taking these actions? EPA has determined that the North 9,863 5,425 Carolina portion of the Area has attained the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS 986 1,085 and has also determined that all other 10,849 6,510 criteria for the redesignation of the North Carolina portion of the Area from TABLE 5—GASTON URBAN AREA nonattainment to attainment of the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS have been met. MPO/LAKE NORMAN RPO MVEBS See CAA section 107(d)(3)(E). One of (kg/day) those requirements is that the North Carolina portion of the Area has an 2013 2025 approved plan demonstrating maintenance of the 1997 8-hour ozone NOX Emissions NAAQS. EPA is taking final action to On-Road Mobile Emisapprove the maintenance plan for the sions .............................. 19,957 10,360 North Carolina portion of the Area as Safety Margin Allocated to meeting the requirements of sections MVEBs .......................... 2,211 2,181 NOX Conformity MVEBs ... 22,168 12,541 175A and 107(d)(3)(E) of the CAA. EPA is also approving the new NOX and VOC sub-area MVEBs for the years 2013 and VOC Emissions 2025 as contained in North Carolina’s On-Road Mobile Emismaintenance plan for the North Carolina sions .............................. 10,442 5,815 portion of the Area because these subSafety Margin Allocated to area MVEBs are consistent with MVEBs .......................... 1,168 1,232 maintenance of the 1997 8-hour ozone VOC Conformity MVEBs .. 11,610 7,047 NAAQS in the Area. The detailed rationale for EPA’s findings and actions TABLE 6—MECKLENBURG-UNION are set forth in the July 26, 2013, proposed rulemaking and in other MPO/ROCKY RIVER RPO MVEBS discussion in this final rulemaking. (kg/day) On-Road Mobile Emissions .............................. Safety Margin Allocated to MVEBs .......................... VOC Conformity MVEBs .. IV. What are the effects of these actions? Approval of the redesignation request NOX Emissions changes the legal designation of the On-Road Mobile EmisNorth Carolina portion of the Area from sions .............................. 57,198 30,391 nonattainment to attainment for the Safety Margin Allocated to 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS. EPA is MVEBs .......................... 4,303 5,337 modifying the regulatory table in 40 NOX Conformity MVEBs ... 61,501 35,728 CFR 81.334 to reflect a designation of attainment for the affected counties. VOC Emissions EPA is also approving, as a revision to On-Road Mobile Emisthe North Carolina SIP, the State’s plan sions .............................. 26,250 14,769 for maintaining the 1997 8-hour ozone Safety Margin Allocated to NAAQS in the North Carolina portion of MVEBs .......................... 2,002 2,609 the Area through 2025. The VOC Conformity MVEBs .. 28,252 17,378 maintenance plan includes contingency measures to remedy possible future North Carolina has chosen to allocate violations of the 1997 8-hour ozone a portion of the available safety margin NAAQS, and establishes NOX and VOC to the NOX and VOC MVEBs for 2013 subarea MVEBs for the years 2013 and and 2025 (45.20 tpd and 107.38 tpd of 2025 for the North Carolina portion of the NOX 2013 and 2025 safety margins the Area. remain, respectively, and 19.96 tpd and V. Final Action 27.95 tpd of the VOC 2013 and 2025 safety margins remain, respectively). EPA is taking final action to approve In this action, EPA is also approving the redesignation and change the legal these NOX and VOC sub-area MVEBs for designation of the North Carolina the purposes of transportation portion of the Area from nonattainment PO 00000 2013 Frm 00052 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 2025 E:\FR\FM\02DER1.SGM 02DER1 72039 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 231 / Monday, December 2, 2013 / Rules and Regulations to attainment for the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS. Through this action, EPA is also approving into the North Carolina SIP the 1997 8-hour ozone maintenance plan for the North Carolina portion of the Area, which includes the new NOX and VOC sub-area MVEBs for 2013 and 2025 for the North Carolina portion of the Area. VI. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews Under the CAA, redesignation of an area to attainment and the accompanying approval of the maintenance plan under CAA section 107(d)(3)(E) are actions that affect the status of geographical area and do not impose any additional regulatory requirements on sources beyond those required by state law. A redesignation to attainment does not in and of itself impose any new requirements, but rather results in the application of requirements contained in the CAA for areas that have been redesignated to attainment. Moreover, the Administrator is required to approve a SIP submission that complies with the provisions of the Act and applicable Federal regulations. 42 U.S.C. 7410(k); 40 CFR 52.02(a). Thus, in reviewing SIP submissions, EPA’s role is to approve state choices, provided that they meet the criteria of the CAA. Accordingly, these actions merely approve state law as meeting Federal requirements and do not impose additional requirements beyond those imposed by state or federal law. For these reasons, these actions: • Are not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget under Executive Order 12866 (58 FR 51735, October 4, 1993); • do not impose an information collection burden under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.); • are certified as not having a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.); • do not contain any unfunded mandate or significantly or uniquely affect small governments, as described in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (Public Law 104–4); • do not have Federalism implications as specified in Executive Order 13132 (64 FR 43255, August 10, 1999); • are not an economically significant regulatory action based on health or safety risks subject to Executive Order 13045 (62 FR 19885, April 23, 1997); • are not a significant regulatory action subject to Executive Order 13211 (66 FR 28355, May 22, 2001); • are not subject to requirements of Section 12(d) of the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995 (15 U.S.C. 272 note) because application of those requirements would be inconsistent with the CAA; and, • do not provide EPA with the discretionary authority to address, as appropriate, disproportionate human health or environmental effects, using practicable and legally permissible methods, under Executive Order 12898 (59 FR 7629, February 16, 1994). In addition, this rule does not have tribal implications as specified by Executive Order 13175 (65 FR 67249, November 9, 2000), because the SIP is not approved to apply in Indian country located in the State, and EPA notes that it will not impose substantial direct costs on tribal governments or preempt tribal law. 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 action 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. A major rule cannot take effect until 60 days after it is published in the Federal Register. This action is not a ‘‘major rule’’ as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804(2). 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 January 31, 2014. Filing a petition for reconsideration by the Administrator of this final rule does not affect the finality of this action 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 may not be challenged later in proceedings to enforce its requirements. See section 307(b)(2). List of Subjects 40 CFR Part 52 Environmental protection, Air pollution control, Incorporation by reference, Intergovernmental relations, Nitrogen dioxide, Ozone, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Volatile organic compounds. 40 CFR Part 81 Environmental protection, Air pollution control. Dated: November 14, 2013. A. Stanley Meiburg, Acting Regional Administrator, Region 4. 40 CFR parts 52 and 81 are amended as follows: PART 52—[APPROVAL AND PROMULGATION OF IMPLEMENTATION PLANS] 1. The authority citation for part 52 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq. Subpart II—North Carolina 2. Section 52.1770(e) is amended by adding an entry ‘‘1997 8-hour ozone Maintenance Plan for the North Carolina portion of the bi-state Charlotte Area’’ at the end of the table to read as follows: ■ § 52.1770 * Identification of plan. * * (e) * * * * * EPA-APPROVED NORTH CAROLINA NON-REGULATORY PROVISIONS sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with RULES Provision State submittal date/ effective date * * * 1997 8-hour ozone Maintenance Plan for the North Carolina portion of the bi-state Charlotte Area. * November 2, 2011, and supplemented on March 28, 2013. VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:14 Nov 29, 2013 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 EPA approval date Federal Register citation * 12/2/13 * [Insert citation of publication]. E:\FR\FM\02DER1.SGM 02DER1 Explanation * 72040 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 231 / Monday, December 2, 2013 / Rules and Regulations PART 81—[DESIGNATION OF AREAS FOR AIR QUALITY PLANNING PURPOSES] 3. The authority citation for part 81 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq. 4. In § 81.334, the table entitled ‘‘North Carolina-1997 8-Hour Ozone NAAQS (Primary and Secondary)’’ is by revising the entries for ‘‘CharlotteGastonia-Rock Hill, NC–SC,’’ ‘‘Cabarrus County,’’ ‘‘Gaston County,’’ ‘‘Iredell County (part) Davidson Township, ■ Coddle Creek Township,’’ ‘‘Lincoln County,’’ ‘‘Mecklenburg County,’’ ‘‘Rowan County,’’ and ‘‘Union County’’ to read as follows: § 81.334 * * North Carolina. * * * NORTH CAROLINA-1997 8-HOUR OZONE NAAQS [Primary and secondary] Designated a Category/classification Designated area Date 1 Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC–SC ............. Cabarrus County .............................................. Gaston County ................................................. Iredell County (part) Davidson Township, Coddle Creek Township. Lincoln County ................................................. Mecklenburg County ........................................ Rowan County ................................................. Union County ................................................... * * Date 1 Type This This This This action action action action is is is is effective effective effective effective 12/2/13 12/2/13 12/2/13 12/2/13 ....................... ....................... ....................... ....................... Attainment. Attainment. Attainment. Attainment. This This This This action action action action is is is is effective effective effective effective 12/2/13 12/2/13 12/2/13 12/2/13 ....................... ....................... ....................... ....................... Type Attainment. Attainment. Attainment. Attainment. * * * * * a Includes Indian Country located in each county or area, except as otherwise specified. 1 This date is June 15, 2004, unless otherwise noted. 2 Effective April 15, 2008. 3 November 22, 2004. 4 Attainment date extended to June 15, 2011. * * * * * [FR Doc. 2013–28099 Filed 11–29–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Parts 52 and 81 [EPA–R04–OAR–2012–0986; FRL–9903–32– Region 4] Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans and Designation of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes; Georgia; Redesignation of the Atlanta 1997 8-Hour Ozone Moderate Nonattainment Area to Attainment Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: EPA is taking final action to approve a request submitted on April 4, 2012, from the State of Georgia, through the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GA EPD), to redesignate the Atlanta, Georgia, ozone nonattainment area (hereafter referred to as the ‘‘Atlanta Area,’’ or ‘‘Area’’) to attainment for the 1997 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The Atlanta Area consists of Barrow, Bartow, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:14 Nov 29, 2013 Jkt 232001 Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Newton, Paulding, Rockdale, Spalding and Walton Counties in their entireties. EPA’s approval of the redesignation request is based on the determination that Georgia has met the criteria for redesignation to attainment set forth in the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act). Additionally, EPA is approving, as a revision to the Georgia State Implementation Plan (SIP) a maintenance plan for the 1997 8-hour ozone standard for the Atlanta Area, including new 2024 motor vehicle emission budgets (MVEBs) for nitrogen oxides (NOX) and volatile organic compounds (VOC). In this final notice, EPA also responds to comments received on EPA’s February 4, 2013, proposed rulemaking. DATES: This rule will be effective on January 2, 2014. ADDRESSES: EPA has established a docket for this action under Docket Identification No. EPA–R04–OAR– 2012–0986. All documents in the docket are listed on the www.regulations.gov Web site. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, i.e., Confidential Business Information 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 PO 00000 Frm 00054 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 available either electronically through www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the Regulatory Development 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. EPA requests that if at all possible, you contact the person 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 Federal holidays. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jane Spann or Sara Waterson of the Regulatory Development Section, in the Air Planning Branch, Air, Pesticides and Toxics Management Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4, 61 Forsyth Street SW., Atlanta, Georgia 30303–8960. Ms. Spann may be reached by phone at (404) 562–9029, or via electronic mail at spann.jane@epa.gov. Ms. Waterson may be reached by phone at (404) 562–9061, or via electronic mail at waterson.sara@ epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Table of Contents I. What is the background for these final actions? II. What are the actions EPA is taking? III. What are EPA’s responses to comments? IV. Why is EPA taking these actions? V. What are the effects of these actions? E:\FR\FM\02DER1.SGM 02DER1

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

40 CFR Parts 52 and 81

[EPA-R04-OAR-2013-0129; FRL-9903-37-Region-4]


Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans and Designation 
of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes; North Carolina; 
Redesignation of the Charlotte; 1997 8-Hour Ozone Moderate 
Nonattainment Area to Attainment

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: EPA is taking final action to redesignate the portion of North 
Carolina that is within the bi-state Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, 
North Carolina-South Carolina 8-hour ozone nonattainment area 
(hereafter referred to as the ``Area,'' ``North Carolina portion of the 
bi-state Charlotte Area,'' ``North Carolina portion of the Area,'' or 
``Metrolina nonattainment area'') to attainment for the 1997 8-hour 
ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS), and to approve 
the maintenance plan for the Area. The State of North Carolina, through 
the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, 
Department of Air Quality (NC DAQ), submitted the redesignation request 
and maintenance plan on November 2, 2011. The State supplemented the 
redesignation request and maintenance plan on March 28, 2013, extending 
the maintenance plan to the year 2025 and updating the sub-area motor 
vehicle emission budgets (MVEBs) for nitrogen oxides (NOX) 
and volatile organic compounds (VOC) for the years 2013 and 2025 for 
the North Carolina portion of the Area. EPA's approval of NC DAQ's 
redesignation request is based on the determination that North Carolina 
has met the criteria for redesignation to attainment set forth in the 
Clean Air Act (CAA or Act). EPA finalized action to redesignate the 
South Carolina portion of the Area, including approval of South 
Carolina's maintenance plan for the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS, in a 
separate action.

DATES: This rule will be effective on January 2, 2014.

ADDRESSES: EPA has established a docket for this action under Docket 
Identification No. EPA-R04-OAR-2013-0129. All documents in the docket 
are listed on the www.regulations.gov Web site. Although listed in the 
index, some information is not publicly available, i.e., Confidential 
Business Information 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 through www.regulations.gov or in hard 
copy at the Regulatory Development 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. EPA requests that if at all possible, you contact the 
person 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 Federal 
holidays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jane Spann or Sara Waterson of the 
Regulatory Development Section, in the Air Planning Branch, Air, 
Pesticides and Toxics Management Division, U.S. Environmental 
Protection Agency, Region 4, 61 Forsyth Street SW., Atlanta, Georgia 
30303-8960. Ms. Spann may be reached by phone at (404) 562-9029, or via 
electronic mail at spann.jane@epa.gov. Ms. Waterson may be reached by 
phone at (404) 562-9061, or via electronic mail at 
waterson.sara@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Table of Contents

I. What is the background for the actions?
II. What are the actions EPA is taking?
III. Why is EPA taking these actions?
IV. What are the effects of these actions?
V. Final Action
VI. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews

I. What is the background for the actions?

    On November 2, 2011, North Carolina requested redesignation of the 
North Carolina portion of the bi-state Charlotte Area to attainment for 
the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS. The bi-state Charlotte Area consists of 
Cabarrus, Gaston, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Union, and a portion of 
Iredell County (Davidson and Coddle Creek Townships), North Carolina; 
and a portion of York County, South Carolina. The redesignation request 
included three years of complete, quality-assured ambient air quality 
data for the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS for 2008-2010, indicating that the 
1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS had been achieved for the Area. Under the CAA, 
nonattainment areas may be redesignated to attainment if sufficient, 
complete, quality-assured data is available for the Administrator to 
determine that the area has attained the standard and the area meets 
the other CAA redesignation requirements in section 107(d)(3)(E).
    Subsequently, on November 15, 2011 (76 FR 70656), EPA determined 
that the bi-state Charlotte Area attained the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS. 
The determination of attaining data was based upon complete, quality-
assured and certified ambient air monitoring data for the 2008-2010 
period, showing that the Area had monitored attainment of the 1997 8-
hour ozone NAAQS.
    On March 28, 2013, North Carolina submitted a supplemental SIP 
revision to the redesignation request and maintenance plan that extends 
the final year of the maintenance plan to 2025. Specifically, this 
revision updates emissions data, emissions projections, MVEBs, and 
safety margins to 2025. Additionally, it provides updated ozone design 
values for the bi-state Charlotte Area.
    EPA reviewed quality-assured ozone monitoring data from ambient 
ozone monitoring stations in the Charlotte Area, as recorded in Air 
Quality System (AQS), and summarized the 3-year average of the annual 
fourth highest daily maximum 8-hour average (i.e., design value) for 
each monitor for 2008-2010, 2009-2011, and 2010-2012 in Tables 1, 2, 
and 3 below. The 2008-2010 design values demonstrate that the Area 
attained by its attainment date, and the 2009-2011 and 2010-2012 design 
values demonstrate that the bi-state Charlotte Area continues to meet 
the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS. Preliminary data indicate that the Area 
continues to attain with 2011-2013 data.

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                          Table 1--2008-2010 Design Value Concentration for the Charlotte Area* for the 1997 8-Hour Ozone NAAQS
                                                                [Parts per million (ppm)]
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                                                                                                  4th highest 8-hour ozone value           3-Year design
                                                                                         ------------------------------------------------     values
                 Location                              County               Monitor ID                                                   ---------------
                                                                                               2008            2009            2010          2008-2010
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Lincoln County Replacing Iron Station.....  Lincoln.....................     37-109-0004           0.079           0.065           0.072           0.072
Garinger High School......................  Mecklenburg.................     37-119-0041           0.085           0.069           0.082           0.078
Westinghouse Blvd.........................  Mecklenburg.................     37-119-1005           0.073           0.068           0.078           0.073
29 N at Mecklenburg Cab Co................  Mecklenburg.................     37-119-1009           0.093           0.071           0.082           0.082
Rockwell..................................  Rowan.......................     37-159-0021           0.084           0.071           0.077           0.077
Enochville School.........................  Rowan.......................     37-159-0022           0.082           0.073           0.078           0.077
Monroe Middle School......................  Union.......................     37-179-0003           0.080           0.067           0.071           0.072
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*An ozone monitor is located in York County, SC; however, it is outside of the nonattainment area. This monitor is monitoring attainment of the 1997 8-
  hour ozone NAAQS.


                          Table 2--2009-2011 Design Value Concentration for the Charlotte Area* for the 1997 8-Hour Ozone NAAQS
                                                                          [ppm]
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                                                                                                  4th highest 8-hour ozone value           3-Year design
                                                                                         ------------------------------------------------     values
                 Location                              County               Monitor ID                                                   ---------------
                                                                                               2009            2010            2011          2009-2011
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Lincoln County Replacing Iron Station.....  Lincoln.....................     37-109-0004           0.065           0.072           0.077           0.071
Garinger High School......................  Mecklenburg.................     37-119-0041           0.069           0.082           0.088           0.079
Westinghouse Blvd.........................  Mecklenburg.................     37-119-1005           0.068           0.078           0.082           0.076
29 N at Mecklenburg Cab Co................  Mecklenburg.................     37-119-1009           0.071           0.082           0.083           0.078
Rockwell..................................  Rowan.......................     37-159-0021           0.071           0.077           0.077           0.075
Enochville School.........................  Rowan.......................     37-159-0022           0.073           0.078           0.078           0.076
Monroe Middle School......................  Union.......................     37-179-0003           0.067           0.071           0.073           0.070
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*An ozone monitor is located in York County, SC; however, it is outside of the nonattainment area. This monitor is monitoring attainment of the 1997 8-
  hour ozone NAAQS.


                          Table 3--2010-2012 Design Value Concentration for the Charlotte Area* for the 1997 8-Hour Ozone NAAQS
                                                                          [ppm]
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                                                                                                  4th highest 8-hour ozone value           3-Year design
                                                                                         ------------------------------------------------     values
                 Location                              County               Monitor ID                                                   ---------------
                                                                                               2010            2011            2012         2010--2012
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Lincoln County Replacing Iron Station.....  Lincoln.....................     37-109-0004           0.072           0.077           0.076           0.075
Garinger High School......................  Mecklenburg.................     37-119-0041           0.082           0.088           0.080           0.083
Westinghouse Blvd.........................  Mecklenburg.................     37-119-1005           0.078           0.082           0.073           0.077
29 N at Mecklenburg Cab Co................  Mecklenburg.................     37-119-1009           0.082           0.083           0.085           0.083
Rockwell..................................  Rowan.......................     37-159-0021           0.077           0.077           0.080           0.078
Enochville School.........................  Rowan.......................     37-159-0022           0.078           0.078           0.077           0.077
Monroe Middle School......................  Union.......................     37-179-0003           0.071           0.073           0.075           0.073
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*An ozone monitor is located in York County, SC; however, it is outside of the nonattainment area. This monitor is monitoring attainment of the 1997 8-
  hour ozone NAAQS.

    This rulemaking does not address requirements for the bi-state 
Charlotte Area that was designated nonattainment for the 2008 8-hour 
ozone NAAQS. Requirements for the bi-state Charlotte 2008 8-hour ozone 
nonattainment area will be addressed in the future.
    NC DAQ chose to establish sub-area MVEBs based on geographical 
areas that correspond to the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) 
and/or Rural Planning Organization (RPO) boundaries. Accordingly, NC 
DAQ established MVEBs for the CRMPO (Cabarrus and Rowan Counties), for 
the Gaston Urban Area MPO and Lake Norman RPO (Gaston, Iredell, and 
Lincoln Counties), and for the MUMPO and Rocky River RPO (Mecklenburg 
and Union Counties) geographical areas.

II. What are the actions EPA is taking?

    In today's rulemaking, EPA is approving: (1) North Carolina's 1997 
8-hour ozone maintenance plan as amended by the State's March 28, 2013 
supplemental SIP submittal (such approval being one of the CAA criteria 
for redesignation to attainment) for the North Carolina portion of the 
Area, including the sub-area MVEBs; and (2)

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North Carolina's redesignation request to change the legal designation 
of the North Carolina portion of the Area from nonattainment to 
attainment for the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS. The maintenance plan meets 
the requirements of section 175A and is designed to demonstrate that 
the North Carolina portion of the Area (as part of the bi-state 
Charlotte Area) will continue to attain the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS 
through 2025. EPA's approval of the redesignation request is based on 
EPA's determination that North Carolina meets the criteria for the 
North Carolina portion of the Area for redesignation set forth in CAA 
section 107(d)(3)(E), including EPA's determination that the North 
Carolina portion of the Area has attained the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS. 
EPA's analyses of North Carolina's redesignation request and 
maintenance plan are described in detail in the July 26, 2013, proposed 
rule. See 78 FR 45152. EPA did not receive any comments, adverse or 
otherwise, on the July 26, 2013, proposed rule to redesignate the North 
Carolina portion of the bi-state Charlotte Area to attainment for the 
1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS. EPA finalized the adequacy determination for 
the MVEBs on August 13, 2013. See 78 FR 49265. EPA finalized approval 
of South Carolina's request to redesignate the South Carolina portion 
of the Area, including approval of South Carolina's maintenance plan 
for the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS, in a separate action. See 77 FR 75862.
    Consistent with the CAA, the maintenance plan that EPA is approving 
also includes 2013 and 2025 sub-area MVEBs for NOX and VOC 
for the North Carolina portion of the Area. EPA informed the public 
that the 2013 and 2025 sub-area MVEBs are adequate for transportation 
conformity on August 13, 2013. See 78 FR 49265. Tables 4 through 6 
below provide the NOX and VOC sub-area MVEBs in kilograms 
per day (kg/day),\1\ for 2013 and 2025.
---------------------------------------------------------------------------

    \1\ The conversion to kilograms used the actual emissions 
reported in the MOVES model. The conversion was done utilizing the 
``CONVERT'' function in an EXCEL spreadsheet.

                    Table 4--Cabarrus-Rowan MPO MVEBs
                                (kg/day)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                          2013     2025
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                              NOX Emissions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
On-Road Mobile Emissions..............................   19,838    9,961
Safety Margin Allocated to MVEBs......................    1,984    1,992
NOX Conformity MVEBs..................................   21,822   11,953
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                              VOC Emissions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
On-Road Mobile Emissions..............................    9,863    5,425
Safety Margin Allocated to MVEBs......................      986    1,085
VOC Conformity MVEBs..................................   10,849    6,510
------------------------------------------------------------------------


          Table 5--Gaston Urban Area MPO/Lake Norman RPO MVEBs
                                (kg/day)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                          2013     2025
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                              NOX Emissions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
On-Road Mobile Emissions..............................   19,957   10,360
Safety Margin Allocated to MVEBs......................    2,211    2,181
NOX Conformity MVEBs..................................   22,168   12,541
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                              VOC Emissions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
On-Road Mobile Emissions..............................   10,442    5,815
Safety Margin Allocated to MVEBs......................    1,168    1,232
VOC Conformity MVEBs..................................   11,610    7,047
------------------------------------------------------------------------


          Table 6--Mecklenburg-Union MPO/Rocky River RPO MVEBs
                                (kg/day)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                          2013     2025
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                              NOX Emissions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
On-Road Mobile Emissions..............................   57,198   30,391
Safety Margin Allocated to MVEBs......................    4,303    5,337
NOX Conformity MVEBs..................................   61,501   35,728
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                              VOC Emissions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
On-Road Mobile Emissions..............................   26,250   14,769
Safety Margin Allocated to MVEBs......................    2,002    2,609
VOC Conformity MVEBs..................................   28,252   17,378
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    North Carolina has chosen to allocate a portion of the available 
safety margin to the NOX and VOC MVEBs for 2013 and 2025 
(45.20 tpd and 107.38 tpd of the NOX 2013 and 2025 safety 
margins remain, respectively, and 19.96 tpd and 27.95 tpd of the VOC 
2013 and 2025 safety margins remain, respectively).
    In this action, EPA is also approving these NOX and VOC 
sub-area MVEBs for the purposes of transportation conformity. For 
required regional emissions analysis years involving 2013 and prior to 
2025, the applicable budgets will be the new 2013 sub-area MVEBs. For 
required regional emissions analysis years that involve 2025 or beyond, 
the applicable budgets will be the new 2025 sub-area MVEBs.

III. Why is EPA taking these actions?

    EPA has determined that the North Carolina portion of the Area has 
attained the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS and has also determined that all 
other criteria for the redesignation of the North Carolina portion of 
the Area from nonattainment to attainment of the 1997 8-hour ozone 
NAAQS have been met. See CAA section 107(d)(3)(E). One of those 
requirements is that the North Carolina portion of the Area has an 
approved plan demonstrating maintenance of the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS. 
EPA is taking final action to approve the maintenance plan for the 
North Carolina portion of the Area as meeting the requirements of 
sections 175A and 107(d)(3)(E) of the CAA. EPA is also approving the 
new NOX and VOC sub-area MVEBs for the years 2013 and 2025 
as contained in North Carolina's maintenance plan for the North 
Carolina portion of the Area because these sub-area MVEBs are 
consistent with maintenance of the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS in the Area. 
The detailed rationale for EPA's findings and actions are set forth in 
the July 26, 2013, proposed rulemaking and in other discussion in this 
final rulemaking.

IV. What are the effects of these actions?

    Approval of the redesignation request changes the legal designation 
of the North Carolina portion of the Area from nonattainment to 
attainment for the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS. EPA is modifying the 
regulatory table in 40 CFR 81.334 to reflect a designation of 
attainment for the affected counties. EPA is also approving, as a 
revision to the North Carolina SIP, the State's plan for maintaining 
the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS in the North Carolina portion of the Area 
through 2025. The maintenance plan includes contingency measures to 
remedy possible future violations of the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS, and 
establishes NOX and VOC subarea MVEBs for the years 2013 and 
2025 for the North Carolina portion of the Area.

V. Final Action

    EPA is taking final action to approve the redesignation and change 
the legal designation of the North Carolina portion of the Area from 
nonattainment

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to attainment for the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS. Through this action, EPA 
is also approving into the North Carolina SIP the 1997 8-hour ozone 
maintenance plan for the North Carolina portion of the Area, which 
includes the new NOX and VOC sub-area MVEBs for 2013 and 
2025 for the North Carolina portion of the Area.

VI. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews

    Under the CAA, redesignation of an area to attainment and the 
accompanying approval of the maintenance plan under CAA section 
107(d)(3)(E) are actions that affect the status of geographical area 
and do not impose any additional regulatory requirements on sources 
beyond those required by state law. A redesignation to attainment does 
not in and of itself impose any new requirements, but rather results in 
the application of requirements contained in the CAA for areas that 
have been redesignated to attainment. Moreover, the Administrator is 
required to approve a SIP submission that complies with the provisions 
of the Act and applicable Federal regulations. 42 U.S.C. 7410(k); 40 
CFR 52.02(a). Thus, in reviewing SIP submissions, EPA's role is to 
approve state choices, provided that they meet the criteria of the CAA. 
Accordingly, these actions merely approve state law as meeting Federal 
requirements and do not impose additional requirements beyond those 
imposed by state or federal law. For these reasons, these actions:
     Are not a ``significant regulatory action'' subject to 
review by the Office of Management and Budget under Executive Order 
12866 (58 FR 51735, October 4, 1993);
     do not impose an information collection burden under the 
provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.);
     are certified as not having a significant economic impact 
on a substantial number of small entities under the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.);
     do not contain any unfunded mandate or significantly or 
uniquely affect small governments, as described in the Unfunded 
Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (Public Law 104-4);
     do not have Federalism implications as specified in 
Executive Order 13132 (64 FR 43255, August 10, 1999);
     are not an economically significant regulatory action 
based on health or safety risks subject to Executive Order 13045 (62 FR 
19885, April 23, 1997);
     are not a significant regulatory action subject to 
Executive Order 13211 (66 FR 28355, May 22, 2001);
     are not subject to requirements of Section 12(d) of the 
National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995 (15 U.S.C. 272 
note) because application of those requirements would be inconsistent 
with the CAA; and,
     do not provide EPA with the discretionary authority to 
address, as appropriate, disproportionate human health or environmental 
effects, using practicable and legally permissible methods, under 
Executive Order 12898 (59 FR 7629, February 16, 1994).

In addition, this rule does not have tribal implications as specified 
by Executive Order 13175 (65 FR 67249, November 9, 2000), because the 
SIP is not approved to apply in Indian country located in the State, 
and EPA notes that it will not impose substantial direct costs on 
tribal governments or preempt tribal law.
    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 action 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. A major rule cannot 
take effect until 60 days after it is published in the Federal 
Register. This action is not a ``major rule'' as defined by 5 U.S.C. 
804(2).
    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 January 31, 2014. Filing a petition for 
reconsideration by the Administrator of this final rule does not affect 
the finality of this action 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 may not be challenged later in proceedings to 
enforce its requirements. See section 307(b)(2).

List of Subjects

40 CFR Part 52

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

40 CFR Part 81

    Environmental protection, Air pollution control.

    Dated: November 14, 2013.
A. Stanley Meiburg,
Acting Regional Administrator, Region 4.

    40 CFR parts 52 and 81 are amended as follows:

PART 52--[APPROVAL AND PROMULGATION OF IMPLEMENTATION PLANS]

0
1. The authority citation for part 52 continues to read as follows:

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

Subpart II--North Carolina

0
2. Section 52.1770(e) is amended by adding an entry ``1997 8-hour ozone 
Maintenance Plan for the North Carolina portion of the bi-state 
Charlotte Area'' at the end of the table to read as follows:


Sec.  52.1770  Identification of plan.

* * * * *
    (e) * * *

                              EPA-Approved North Carolina Non-Regulatory Provisions
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                                    State submittal date/   EPA approval      Federal Register
             Provision                  effective date          date              citation          Explanation
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                                                  * * * * * * *
1997 8-hour ozone Maintenance Plan  November 2, 2011, and         12/2/13  [Insert citation of    ..............
 for the North Carolina portion of   supplemented on                        publication].
 the bi-state Charlotte Area.        March 28, 2013.
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PART 81--[DESIGNATION OF AREAS FOR AIR QUALITY PLANNING PURPOSES]

0
3. The authority citation for part 81 continues to read as follows:

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


0
4. In Sec.  81.334, the table entitled ``North Carolina-1997 8-Hour 
Ozone NAAQS (Primary and Secondary)'' is by revising the entries for 
``Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC,'' ``Cabarrus County,'' ``Gaston 
County,'' ``Iredell County (part) Davidson Township, Coddle Creek 
Township,'' ``Lincoln County,'' ``Mecklenburg County,'' ``Rowan 
County,'' and ``Union County'' to read as follows:


Sec.  81.334  North Carolina.

* * * * *

                                     North Carolina-1997 8-Hour Ozone NAAQS
                                             [Primary and secondary]
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                   Designated \a\                     Category/classification
          Designated area          -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                           Date \1\                 Type             Date \1\          Type
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-   This action is         Attainment.            ..............  ..............
 SC.                                 effective 12/2/13.
Cabarrus County...................  This action is         Attainment.            ..............  ..............
                                     effective 12/2/13.
Gaston County.....................  This action is         Attainment.            ..............  ..............
                                     effective 12/2/13.
Iredell County (part) Davidson      This action is         Attainment.            ..............  ..............
 Township, Coddle Creek Township.    effective 12/2/13.
Lincoln County....................  This action is         Attainment.            ..............  ..............
                                     effective 12/2/13.
Mecklenburg County................  This action is         Attainment.            ..............  ..............
                                     effective 12/2/13.
Rowan County......................  This action is         Attainment.            ..............  ..............
                                     effective 12/2/13.
Union County......................  This action is         Attainment.            ..............  ..............
                                     effective 12/2/13.
 
                                                 * * * * * * *
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\a\ Includes Indian Country located in each county or area, except as otherwise specified.
\1\ This date is June 15, 2004, unless otherwise noted.
\2\ Effective April 15, 2008.
\3\ November 22, 2004.
\4\ Attainment date extended to June 15, 2011.

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