Technical Correction to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter, 53097-53098 [2016-19033]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 155 / Thursday, August 11, 2016 / Proposed Rules § 206.107(a). The criteria for assigning a HECM loan to the Commissioner in § 206.107(a) would remain, thereby still precluding the mortgagee from assigning the HECM loan if the loan or the mortgagee’s servicing of the loan does not meet the criteria. Therefore, the proposal would require the mortgagee to assign the mortgage to the Commissioner at the given threshold unless the loan or the mortgagee’s servicing of the loan does not meet the assignment criteria. HUD is soliciting public comment solely on this proposal for a period of 30 days. Dated: August 9, 2016. Genger Charles, General Deputy Assistant Secretary for Housing. [FR Doc. 2016–19255 Filed 8–10–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Part 50 [EPA–HQ–OAR–2016–0408; FRL–9950–46– OAR] RIN 2060–AS89 Technical Correction to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Proposed rule. AGENCY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing revisions to correct an equation in an appendix in the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for Particle Pollution. In the ‘‘Rules and Regulations’’ section of the Federal Register, we are approving the correction as a direct final rule without a prior proposed rule. If we receive no adverse comment, we will not take further action on this proposed rule. Equation 2 describes an intermediate step in the calculation of the design value for the annual PM2.5 (particles with an aerodynamic diameter less than or equal to a nominal 2.5 micrometers) NAAQS. This proposed action would correct a scrivener’s error in one of the equations used to calculate an annual mean PM2.5 concentration, to properly account for cases where a site does not have four complete quarters of data and passes one of two substitution tests. This change accurately reflects the intended calculation of the annual mean PM2.5 design value and is consistent with the text elsewhere in the appendix. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:14 Aug 10, 2016 Jkt 238001 Written comments must be received by September 12, 2016. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA–HQ– OAR–2016–0408, to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Once submitted, comments cannot be edited or withdrawn. The 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. The EPA will generally not consider comments or comment contents located outside of the primary submission (e.g., on the Web, Cloud, or other file sharing system). For additional submission methods, the full EPA public comment policy, information about CBI or multimedia submissions, and general guidance on making effective comments, please visit http://www2.epa.gov/dockets/ commenting-epa-dockets. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Brett Gantt, U.S. EPA, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Air Quality Assessment Division, Air Quality Analysis Group (Mail Code: C304–04), Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; telephone number: (919) 541– 5274; fax number: (919) 541–3613; email address: gantt.brett@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DATES: I. Why is the EPA issuing this proposed rule? This document proposes a revision in appendix N to correct a scrivener’s error in an intermediate equation in the calculation of the annual PM2.5 design value to properly account for cases where a site does not have four complete quarters of data in a specific year and passes the minimum quarterly value substitution test. We have published a direct final rule approving the revisions to appendix N in the ‘‘Rules and Regulations’’ section of this Federal Register because we view this as a non-controversial action and anticipate no adverse comment. We have explained our reasons for this action in the preamble of the direct final rule. If we receive no adverse comment, we will not take further action on this proposed rule. If we receive adverse comment, we will withdraw the direct PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 53097 final rule, and it will not take effect. We would address all public comments in any subsequent final rule based on this proposed rule. We do not intend to institute a second comment period on this action. Any parties interested in commenting must do so at this time. For further information, please see the information provided in the ADDRESSES section of this document. II. Does this action apply to me? This action applies to you if you are calculating the annual PM2.5 design value for a site which does not have four complete quarters of data for a specific year and passes the minimum quarterly value substitution test. III. Environmental Justice The EPA has determined that this proposed rule will not have disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects on minority or low-income populations because it does not affect the level of protection provided to human health or the environment. This rule does not relax the calculation of the annual PM2.5 NAAQS design values and, therefore, will not cause decreases in the design values used to designate and classify nonattainment areas and assess progress towards meeting the NAAQS. IV. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews For a complete discussion of the administrative requirements applicable to this action, see the direct final rule in the ‘‘Rules and Regulations’’ section of this Federal Register. List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 50 Air pollution control, Carbon monoxide, Lead, Nitrogen dioxide, Ozone, Particulate matter, Sulfur oxides. Dated: August 3, 2016. Gina McCarthy, Administrator. For the reasons stated in the preamble, the Environmental Protection Agency proposes to amend title 40, chapter I of the Code of Federal Regulations as follows: PART 50—NATIONAL PRIMARY AND SECONDARY AMBIENT AIR QUALITY STANDARDS 1. The authority citation for Part 50 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq. 2. In appendix N to part 50, in section 4.4, Equation 2 is revised to read as follows: ■ E:\FR\FM\11AUP1.SGM 11AUP1 53098 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 155 / Thursday, August 11, 2016 / Proposed Rules * * * * * 4.4 Equations for the Annual PM2.5 NAAQS * * * (b) * * * * submitted provisions as inconsistent with federal laws and regulations for the permitting of PM2.5. The EPA is proposing this disapproval under section 110 and part C of the Clean Air Act (CAA). Written comments must be received on or before September 12, 2016. DATES: * Submit your comments, identified by Docket No. EPA–R06– OAR–2012–0263, at http:// www.regulations.gov or via email to wiley.adina@epa.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Once submitted, comments cannot be edited or removed from Regulations.gov. The 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. The 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 Ms. Adina Wiley, (214) 665– 2115, wiley.adina@epa.gov. For the full EPA public comment policy, information about CBI or multimedia submissions, and general guidance on making effective comments, please visit http://www2.epa.gov/dockets/ commenting-epa-dockets. Docket: The index to the docket for this action is available electronically at www.regulations.gov and in hard copy at the EPA Region 6, 1445 Ross Avenue, Suite 700, Dallas, Texas. While all documents in the docket are listed in the index, some information may be publicly available only at the hard copy location (e.g., copyrighted material), and some may not be publicly available at either location (e.g., CBI). ADDRESSES: Where: ¯ Xy = the annual mean concentration for year y (y = 1, 2, or 3); nQ,y = the number of complete quarters Q in year y; and ¯ Xq,y = the mean for quarter q of year y (result of equation 1). * * * * * [FR Doc. 2016–19033 Filed 8–10–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Part 52 [EPA–R06–OAR–2012–0263; FRL–9950–35– Region 6] Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Oklahoma; Disapproval of Prevention of Significant Deterioration for Particulate Matter Less Than 2.5 Micrometers— Significant Impact Levels and Significant Monitoring Concentration Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Proposed rule. AGENCY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to disapprove severable portions of the February 6, 2012, Oklahoma State Implementation Plan (SIP) submittal that establish certain de minimis thresholds for particulate matter less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter (PM2.5) in the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permitting requirements. Specifically, we are proposing to disapprove provisions that adopt and implement the PM2.5 significant impact levels (SILs) and significant monitoring concentration (SMC); both of which were vacated by a federal court and subsequently removed from federal PSD regulations. We are proposing to disapprove the sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:14 Aug 10, 2016 Jkt 238001 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Adina Wiley, (214) 665–2115, wiley.adina@epa.gov. To inspect the hard copy materials, please schedule an appointment with Ms. Adina Wiley or Mr. Bill Deese at 214–665–7253. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Throughout this document wherever ‘‘we,’’ ‘‘us,’’ or ‘‘our’’ is used, we mean the EPA. PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 I. Background A. CAA and SIPs Section 110 of the CAA requires states to develop and submit to the EPA a SIP to ensure that state air quality meets National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). These ambient standards currently address six criteria pollutants: Carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, lead, particulate matter, and sulfur dioxide. Each federally-approved SIP protects air quality primarily by addressing air pollution at its point of origin through air pollution regulations and control strategies. The EPA approved SIP regulations and control strategies are federally enforceable. B. Prior Federal Action Under Section 165(a) of the CAA, a major source may not commence construction unless the source has been issued a permit and has satisfied certain requirements. Among those requirements, the permit applicant must demonstrate that emissions from construction or operation of the facility will not cause, or contribute to, air pollution in excess of any increment, NAAQS, or any other applicable emission standard of performance. This statutory requirement has been incorporated into federal regulations at 40 CFR 51.166(k)(1). Moreover, to support this analysis, PSD permit applications must contain air quality monitoring data representing air quality in the area affected by the proposed source for the 1-year period preceding receipt of the application. This statutory requirement has been incorporated into federal regulations at 40 CFR 51.166(m)(ii)–(iv). In 2010, the EPA promulgated regulations for SIPs concerning PSD permitting for PM2.5 which included two voluntary screening tools: SILs and SMCs. 75 FR 64864 (Oct. 20, 2010). The SILs are screening tools that states with PSD SIPs apply in the issuance of a PSD permit to demonstrate that the proposed source’s allowable emissions will not cause or contribute to a violation of the NAAQS or increment. The SMC has been used to exempt sources from the requirement in the CAA to collect preconstruction monitoring data for up to 1 year before submitting a permit application in order to help determine existing ambient air quality. 78 FR 73699 (Dec. 9, 2013). Sierra Club filed a petition for review of the PSD regulations containing the PM2.5 SILs and SMC with the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (the Court). On January 22, 2013, the Court issued an opinion granting a request from the EPA E:\FR\FM\11AUP1.SGM 11AUP1 EP11AU16.003</GPH> Appendix N to Part 50—Interpretation of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for PM2.5

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 155 (Thursday, August 11, 2016)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 53097-53098]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-19033]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

40 CFR Part 50

[EPA-HQ-OAR-2016-0408; FRL-9950-46-OAR]
RIN 2060-AS89


Technical Correction to the National Ambient Air Quality 
Standards for Particulate Matter

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Proposed rule.

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SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing 
revisions to correct an equation in an appendix in the National Ambient 
Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for Particle Pollution. In the ``Rules 
and Regulations'' section of the Federal Register, we are approving the 
correction as a direct final rule without a prior proposed rule. If we 
receive no adverse comment, we will not take further action on this 
proposed rule. Equation 2 describes an intermediate step in the 
calculation of the design value for the annual PM2.5 
(particles with an aerodynamic diameter less than or equal to a nominal 
2.5 micrometers) NAAQS. This proposed action would correct a 
scrivener's error in one of the equations used to calculate an annual 
mean PM2.5 concentration, to properly account for cases 
where a site does not have four complete quarters of data and passes 
one of two substitution tests. This change accurately reflects the 
intended calculation of the annual mean PM2.5 design value 
and is consistent with the text elsewhere in the appendix.

DATES: Written comments must be received by September 12, 2016.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-
OAR-2016-0408, to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting 
comments. Once submitted, comments cannot be edited or withdrawn. The 
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. The EPA will generally not consider comments or comment 
contents located outside of the primary submission (e.g., on the Web, 
Cloud, or other file sharing system). For additional submission 
methods, the full EPA public comment policy, information about CBI or 
multimedia submissions, and general guidance on making effective 
comments, please visit http://www2.epa.gov/dockets/commenting-epa-dockets.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Brett Gantt, U.S. EPA, Office of 
Air Quality Planning and Standards, Air Quality Assessment Division, 
Air Quality Analysis Group (Mail Code: C304-04), Research Triangle 
Park, NC 27711; telephone number: (919) 541-5274; fax number: (919) 
541-3613; email address: gantt.brett@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Why is the EPA issuing this proposed rule?

    This document proposes a revision in appendix N to correct a 
scrivener's error in an intermediate equation in the calculation of the 
annual PM2.5 design value to properly account for cases 
where a site does not have four complete quarters of data in a specific 
year and passes the minimum quarterly value substitution test. We have 
published a direct final rule approving the revisions to appendix N in 
the ``Rules and Regulations'' section of this Federal Register because 
we view this as a non-controversial action and anticipate no adverse 
comment. We have explained our reasons for this action in the preamble 
of the direct final rule.
    If we receive no adverse comment, we will not take further action 
on this proposed rule. If we receive adverse comment, we will withdraw 
the direct final rule, and it will not take effect. We would address 
all public comments in any subsequent final rule based on this proposed 
rule.
    We do not intend to institute a second comment period on this 
action. Any parties interested in commenting must do so at this time. 
For further information, please see the information provided in the 
ADDRESSES section of this document.

II. Does this action apply to me?

    This action applies to you if you are calculating the annual 
PM2.5 design value for a site which does not have four 
complete quarters of data for a specific year and passes the minimum 
quarterly value substitution test.

III. Environmental Justice

    The EPA has determined that this proposed rule will not have 
disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental 
effects on minority or low-income populations because it does not 
affect the level of protection provided to human health or the 
environment. This rule does not relax the calculation of the annual 
PM2.5 NAAQS design values and, therefore, will not cause 
decreases in the design values used to designate and classify 
nonattainment areas and assess progress towards meeting the NAAQS.

IV. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews

    For a complete discussion of the administrative requirements 
applicable to this action, see the direct final rule in the ``Rules and 
Regulations'' section of this Federal Register.

List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 50

    Air pollution control, Carbon monoxide, Lead, Nitrogen dioxide, 
Ozone, Particulate matter, Sulfur oxides.

    Dated: August 3, 2016.
Gina McCarthy,
Administrator.

    For the reasons stated in the preamble, the Environmental 
Protection Agency proposes to amend title 40, chapter I of the Code of 
Federal Regulations as follows:

PART 50--NATIONAL PRIMARY AND SECONDARY AMBIENT AIR QUALITY 
STANDARDS

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1. The authority citation for Part 50 continues to read as follows:

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

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2. In appendix N to part 50, in section 4.4, Equation 2 is revised to 
read as follows:

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Appendix N to Part 50--Interpretation of the National Ambient Air 
Quality Standards for PM2.5

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4.4 Equations for the Annual PM2.5 NAAQS
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    (b) * * *
    [GRAPHIC] [TIFF OMITTED] TP11AU16.003
    
Where:

Xy = the annual mean concentration for year y (y = 1, 2, or 3);
nQ,y = the number of complete quarters Q in year y; and
Xq,y = the mean for quarter q of year y (result of equation 1).
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