Air Plan Approval; Minnesota; Inver Hills SO2, 4905 [2016-01576]


[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 18 (Thursday, January 28, 2016)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 4905]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
[FR Doc No: 2016-01576]



40 CFR Part 52

[EPA-R05-OAR-2015-0366; FRL-9941-52-Region 5]

Air Plan Approval; Minnesota; Inver Hills SO2

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Proposed rule.


SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to 
approve a revision to the Minnesota sulfur dioxide (SO2) 
State Implementation Plan (SIP) for Northern States Power Company's 
Xcel Energy-Inver Hills Generating Plant, located in Inver Grove 
Heights, Minnesota. The revision, submitted by the Minnesota Pollution 
Control Agency on May 1, 2015, incorporates a more stringent limit for 
the sulfur content of the fuel used at the facility, and modifies the 
fuel analysis requirements to meet the more stringent limit. These 
revisions will not result in an increase in SO2 emissions at 
the facility.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before February 29, 2016.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-R05-
OAR-2015-0366 at or via email to For comments submitted at, 
follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Once submitted, 
comments cannot be edited or removed from For either 
manner of submission, EPA may publish any comment received to its 
public docket. Do not submit electronically any information you 
consider to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other 
information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Multimedia 
submissions (audio, video, etc.) must be accompanied by a written 
comment. The written comment is considered the official comment and 
should include discussion of all points you wish to make. EPA will 
generally not consider comments or comment contents located outside of 
the primary submission (i.e. on the Web, cloud, or other file sharing 
system). For additional submission methods, please contact the person 
identified in the For Further Information Contact section. For the full 
EPA public comment policy, information about CBI or multimedia 
submissions, and general guidance on making effective comments, please 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Charles Hatten, Environmental 
Engineer, Control Strategies Section, Air Programs Branch (AR-18J), 
Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5, 77 West Jackson Boulevard, 
Chicago, Illinois 60604, (312) 886-6031,

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In the Final Rules section of this Federal 
Register, EPA is approving Minnesota's SO2 SIP submittal 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 EPA does not receive adverse comments in response 
to this rule, no further activity is contemplated. If EPA receives 
adverse comments, EPA will withdraw the direct final rule and will 
address all public comments received in a subsequent final rule based 
on this proposed rule. EPA will not institute a second comment period. 
Any parties interested in commenting on this action should do so at 
this time. Please note that if EPA receives adverse comment on an 
amendment, paragraph, or section of this rule, and if that provision 
can be severed from the remainder of the rule, EPA may adopt as final 
those provisions of the rule that are not the subject of an adverse 
comment. For additional information, see the direct final rule which is 
located in the Rules section of this Federal Register.

    Dated: January 13, 2016.
Susan Hedman,
Regional Administrator, Region 5.
[FR Doc. 2016-01576 Filed 1-27-16; 8:45 am]