Air Quality Designations for the 2012 Primary Annual Fine Particle (PM2.5, 61136-61142 [2016-21338]

Download as PDF 61136 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 172 / Tuesday, September 6, 2016 / Rules and Regulations will be enforced from 8:45 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. B.D. Falk, Commander, U.S. Coast Guard, Acting Captain of the Port Charleston. [FR Doc. 2016–21272 Filed 9–2–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Part 81 [EPA–HQ–OAR–2012–0918; FRL–9951–91– OAR] Air Quality Designations for the 2012 Primary Annual Fine Particle (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for Areas in Georgia and Florida Environmental Protection Agency. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is establishing air quality designations in the United States (U.S.) for the 2012 primary annual fine particle (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for three areas in Georgia and 62 counties in Florida. When the EPA designated the majority of areas in the country in December 2014, and March 2015, the EPA deferred initial area designations for several locations, including these areas, because the EPA could not determine using available data whether the areas were meeting or not meeting the NAAQS, but we believed that forthcoming data in 2015 would allow the EPA to make that determination. Georgia and Florida have recently submitted complete, quality-assured, and certified air quality monitoring data for 2015 for the areas identified in this notice, and based on these data, the EPA is designating these areas as unclassifiable/attainment for the 2012 primary annual PM2.5 NAAQS. DATES: This final rule is effective on October 6, 2016. ADDRESSES: The EPA has established a docket for this action under Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OAR–2012–0918. All documents in the docket are listed in the http://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 ehiers on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:06 Sep 02, 2016 Jkt 238001 materials are available either electronically in http:// www.regulations.gov. In addition, the EPA has established a Web site for the rulemakings to initially designate areas for the 2012 primary annual PM2.5 NAAQS at: https://www3.epa.gov/pmdesignations/ 2012standards/index.htm. This Web site includes the EPA’s final area designations for the PM2.5 NAAQS, as well as state and tribal initial recommendation letters, the EPA’s modification letters, technical support documents, responses to comments and other related technical information. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general questions concerning this action, please contact Carla Oldham, U.S. EPA, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Air Quality Planning Division, C539–04, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711, telephone (919) 541–3347, email at oldham.carla@ epa.gov. The Region 4 contact is Madolyn Sanchez, U.S. EPA, Air Regulatory Management Section, Air Planning and Implementation Branch, Air, Pesticides and Toxics Management Division, 61 Forsyth Street SW., Atlanta, Georgia 30303–8960, telephone (404) 562–9644, email at sanchez.madolyn@ epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background On December 14, 2012, the EPA promulgated a revised primary annual PM2.5 NAAQS to provide increased protection of public health from fine particle pollution (78 FR 3086; January 15, 2013). In that action, the EPA strengthened the primary annual PM2.5 standard from 15.0 micrograms per cubic meter (mg/m3) to 12.0 mg/m3, which is attained when the 3-year average of the annual arithmetic means does not exceed 12.0 mg/m3. Section 107(d) of the Clean Air Act (CAA), 42 U.S.C. 7407(d), governs the process for initial area designations after the EPA establishes a new or revised NAAQS. Under CAA section 107(d), each governor is required to, and each tribal leader may, if they so choose, recommend air quality designations, including the appropriate boundaries for ‘‘nonattainment’’ areas, to the EPA by a date which cannot be later than 1 year after the promulgation of a new or revised NAAQS. The EPA considers these recommendations as part of its duty to promulgate the area designations and boundaries for the new or revised NAAQS. If, after careful consideration of these recommendations, the EPA believes that it is necessary to modify a state’s PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 recommendation and intends to promulgate a designation different from a state’s recommendation, the EPA must notify the state at least 120 days prior to promulgating the final designation and the EPA must provide the state an opportunity to demonstrate why any proposed modification is inappropriate. These modifications may relate either to an area’s designation or boundaries. On December 18, 2014, the Administrator of the EPA signed a final action promulgating initial designations for the 2012 PM2.5 NAAQS for the majority of the U.S., including areas of Indian country (80 FR 2206 FR; January 15, 2015). That action designated 14 areas in six states, including two multistate areas, as nonattainment for the 2012 PM2.5 NAAQS. The EPA also designated three areas, including the entire state of Illinois, as ‘‘unclassifiable’’ because the ambient air quality monitoring sites in these areas lacked complete data for the relevant period from 2011–2013. In the absence of complete monitoring data, the EPA could not determine, based on available information, whether these areas meet or do not meet the NAAQS, and also could not determine whether these areas contribute to a nearby violation. Consistent with the EPA’s ‘‘Policy for Establishing Separate Air Quality Designations for Areas of Indian Country’’ (December 20, 2011), the EPA designated the lands of the Pechanga ˜ Band of Luiseno Mission Indians in Southern California as an unclassifiable/ attainment area separate from its adjacent/surrounding state areas. Except for the 10 areas discussed in the next paragraph, the EPA designated all the remaining state areas and areas of Indian country as unclassifiable/ attainment. The EPA deferred initial area designations for 10 areas where available data, including air quality monitoring data, were insufficient to determine whether the areas met or did not meet the NAAQS, but where forthcoming data were likely to result in complete and valid air quality data sufficient to determine whether these areas meet the NAAQS. Accordingly, the EPA stated that it would use the additional time available as provided under section 107(d)(1)(B) of the CAA to assess relevant information and subsequently promulgate initial designations for the identified areas through a separate rulemaking action or actions. The 10 deferred areas included: Eight areas in the state of Georgia, including two neighboring counties in the bordering states of Alabama and South Carolina; the entire state of Tennessee, excluding three counties in E:\FR\FM\06SER1.SGM 06SER1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 172 / Tuesday, September 6, 2016 / Rules and Regulations the Chattanooga area; the entire state of Florida; and areas of Indian country located in these areas. In the action published on January 15, 2015, the EPA also described a process by which we would evaluate any complete, quality-assured, certified air quality monitoring data from 2014 that a state submitted for consideration before February 27, 2015 (80 FR 2209). The EPA stated that it would evaluate whether, with the inclusion of certified 2014 data, the 3-year design value for 2012–2014 suggests that a change in the initial designation would be appropriate for an area. If the EPA agreed that a change in the initial designation would be appropriate, the EPA would withdraw the designation announced in the January 15, 2015, action for such area before the effective date and issue another designation reflecting the inclusion of 2014 data (80 FR 2209). In the follow-up designation action, published on April 15, 2015 (80 FR 18535), the EPA designated five areas in the state of Georgia, including two neighboring counties in the bordering states of Alabama and South Carolina, that were initially deferred in the EPA’s January 15, 2015, rulemaking. In the same action, the EPA changed the designation of one area in Ohio, two areas in Pennsylvania, one area shared between Indiana and Kentucky, and one area shared between Kentucky and Ohio. Following that action, designations remained deferred for three areas (covering 14 counties) in Georgia, the entire state of Tennessee (covering 92 counties, excluding three counties in the Chattanooga area), the entire state of Florida (covering 67 counties), and areas of Indian country located in those areas. ehiers on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with RULES II. Purpose and Designation Decisions Based on 2013–2015 Data The purpose of this action is to announce and promulgate initial area designations of unclassifiable/ attainment for the 2012 PM2.5 NAAQS for three areas in Georgia,1 62 counties in Florida, and Indian country located at least partially in these areas. All of these areas were initially deferred in the EPA’s January 15, 2015, rulemaking.2 Since then, the states of Georgia and Florida submitted to the EPA complete, 1 The areas in Georgia are Albany (Dougherty County); Atlanta (Bartow, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, and Paulding Counties); and Brunswick (Glynn County). 2 See also the technical support documents for the deferred Georgia and Florida areas in the rulemaking docket, documents numbered EPA– HQ–OAR–2012–0918–0324 and EPA–HQ–OAR– 2012–0918–0156 (Georgia); and EPA–HQ–OAR– 2012–0918–0323 and EPA–HQ–2012–0918–0332 (Florida). VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:06 Sep 02, 2016 Jkt 238001 quality-assured, and certified air quality monitoring data from 2013–2015 for these deferred areas. These data provide the EPA with sufficient information to promulgate initial designations for the three areas in Georgia, 62 counties in Florida, and the associated areas of Indian country at issue in this action. Air quality data collected and submitted to the EPA for 2013–2015 for these areas indicate that the areas are attaining the 2012 PM2.5 NAAQS and are not causing or contributing to a violation of the NAAQS in a nearby area. Therefore, the EPA is designating the three areas in Georgia as unclassifiable/attainment. Also, consistent with the EPA’s practice in prior rounds of initial area designations for the 2012 PM2.5 NAAQS, EPA is designating 62 counties in Florida as unclassifiable/attainment.3 Areas of Indian country located in these areas are also being designated as unclassifiable/attainment. These designations are consistent with Georgia’s and Florida’s recommended area designations and boundaries for these areas for the 2012 PM2.5 standard. The tables at the end of this final rule (amendments to 40 CFR 81.310—Florida and 40 CFR 81.311—Georgia) list all areas for which the EPA has promulgated an initial designation in each of these two states. Areas of Indian country located in the listed areas are included in the designated area. III. Environmental Justice Considerations The CAA requires the EPA to determine through a designation process whether an area meets or does not meet any new or revised national primary or secondary ambient air quality standard. This action includes initial designation determinations for several areas of the U.S. for the 2012 annual PM2.5 NAAQS. Area designations ensure that the public is properly informed about the air quality in an area and that, in locations where air quality does not meet the NAAQS, the relevant state authorities are required to initiate appropriate air quality management actions under the CAA to ensure that all those residing, working, attending school or otherwise present in those areas are protected, regardless of minority and economic status. 3 The EPA has used a weight-of-evidence evaluation to determine an appropriate designation for counties that are adjacent to areas that remain undesignated. See Docket No. EPA–HQ–OAR– 2012–0918–0324, Georgia Deferred Area Memorandum, discussing certain types of counties ‘‘most likely to contribute to a violation of the NAAQS’’. PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 61137 IV. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews A. Executive Order 12866: Regulatory Planning and Review and Executive Order 13563: Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review This action is exempt from review by the Office of Management and Budget because it responds to the CAA requirement to promulgate air quality designations after promulgation of a new or revised NAAQS. B. Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) This action does not impose an information collection burden under the PRA. This action fulfills the nondiscretionary duty for the EPA to promulgate air quality designations after promulgation of a new or revised NAAQS and does not contain any information collection activities. C. Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) This designation action under CAA 107(d) is not subject to the RFA. The RFA applies only to rules subject to notice and comment rulemaking requirements under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), 5 U.S.C. 553, or any other statute. Section 107(d)(2)(B) of the CAA explicitly provides that designations are exempt from the notice and comment provisions of the APA. In addition, designations under section 107(d) are not among the list of actions that are subject to the notice and comment procedures of CAA section 307(d). D. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA) This action does not contain any unfunded mandate as described in UMRA, 2 U.S.C. 1531–1538 and does not significantly or uniquely affect small governments. The action implements mandates specifically and explicitly set forth in the CAA for the 2012 PM2.5 NAAQS (40 CFR 50.18). The CAA establishes the process whereby states take primary responsibility for developing plans to meet the 2012 PM2.5 NAAQS. E. Executive Order 13132: Federalism This action does not have federalism implications. It will not have a 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. E:\FR\FM\06SER1.SGM 06SER1 61138 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 172 / Tuesday, September 6, 2016 / Rules and Regulations F. Executive Order 13175: Consultation and Coordination With Indian Tribal Governments This action has tribal implications. However, it will neither impose substantial direct compliance costs on federally recognized tribal governments, nor preempt tribal law. Areas of Indian country are being designated unclassifiable/attainment as part of this action. The EPA offered consultation to tribal officials under the EPA Policy on Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribes early in the process to designate areas for the 2012 PM2.5 NAAQS to permit them to have meaningful and timely input. In letters dated May 29, 2014, the EPA encouraged tribes to participate in the designations process, request consultation, and submit recommendations. The EPA again offered the opportunity for consultation in letters sent on August 19, 2014. The Seminole Tribe of Florida, which has areas of Indian country affected by this designation action, did not request consultation, nor did they provide a recommendation for designations. Therefore, the EPA did not initiate the consultation process with the tribe for this designation action. G. Executive Order 13045: Protection of Children From Environmental Health and Safety Risks The EPA interprets Executive Order 13045 as applying to those regulatory actions that concern environmental health or safety risks that the EPA has reason to believe may disproportionately affect children, per the definition of ‘‘covered regulatory action’’ in section 2–202 of the Executive Order. This action is not subject to Executive Order 13045 because it does not establish an environmental standard intended to mitigate health or safety risks. H. Executive Order 13211: Actions That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution or Use ehiers on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with RULES This action is not subject to Executive Order 13211, because it is not a significant regulatory action under Executive Order 12866. VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:06 Sep 02, 2016 Jkt 238001 I. National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act (NTTAA) This rulemaking does not involve technical standards. J. Executive Order 12898: Federal Actions To Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations The EPA believes the human health or environmental risk addressed by this action will not have potential disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects on any population, including any minority, low-income or indigenous populations because it does not affect the level of protection provided to human health or the environment. The results of this evaluation of environmental justice considerations is contained in Section III of this preamble titled, ‘‘Environmental Justice Considerations.’’ K. Congressional Review Act (CRA) This action is subject to the CRA, and the EPA will submit a rule report to each House of the Congress and to the Comptroller General of the U.S. This action is not a ‘‘major rule’’ as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804(2). L. Judicial Review Section 307(b)(1) of the CAA indicates which Federal Courts of Appeal have venue for petitions of review of final actions by the EPA. This section provides, in part, that petitions for review must be filed in the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit: (i) When the agency action consists of ‘‘nationally applicable regulations promulgated, or final actions taken by the Administrator,’’ or (ii) when such action is locally or regionally applicable, if ‘‘such action is based on a determination of nationwide scope or effect and if in taking such action the Administrator finds and publishes that such action is based on such a determination.’’ This final action designating areas across the U.S. for the 2012 annual PM2.5 NAAQS is ‘‘nationally applicable’’ within the meaning of CAA section 307(b)(1). At the core of this final action is the EPA’s interpretations of the definitions of nonattainment, attainment and unclassifiable under section 107(d)(1) of the CAA, and its application of those interpretations to PO 00000 Frm 00040 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 areas across the country. For the same reasons, the Administrator is also determining that the final designations are of nationwide scope and effect for the purposes of CAA section 307(b)(1). This is particularly appropriate because, in the report on the 1977 Amendments that revised section 307(b)(1) of the CAA, Congress noted that the Administrator’s determination that an action is of ‘‘nationwide scope or effect’’ would be appropriate for any action that has a scope or effect beyond a single judicial circuit. H.R. Rep. No. 95–294 at 323, 324, reprinted in 1977 U.S.C.C.A.N. 1402–03. Here, the scope and effect of this final action extends to numerous judicial circuits since the designations apply to areas across the country. In these circumstances, CAA section 307(b)(1) and its legislative history calls for the Administrator to find the action to be of ‘‘nationwide scope or effect’’ and for venue to be in the D.C. Circuit. Thus, any petitions for review of final designations must be filed in the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit within 60 days from the date final action is published in the Federal Register. List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 81 Environmental protection, Air pollution control, National parks, Wilderness areas. Dated: August 30, 2016. Gina McCarthy, Administrator. For the reasons set forth in the preamble, 40 CFR part 81 is amended as follows: PART 81—DESIGNATIONS OF AREAS FOR AIR QUALITY PLANNING PURPOSES 1. The authority citation for part 81 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 42 U.S.C. 7401, et. seq. Subpart C—Section 107 Attainment Status Designations 2. Section 81.310 is amended by revising the table entitled ‘‘Florida— 2012 Annual PM2.5 NAAQS (Primary)’’ to read as follows: ■ § 81.310 * E:\FR\FM\06SER1.SGM * Florida. * 06SER1 * * Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 172 / Tuesday, September 6, 2016 / Rules and Regulations FLORIDA—2012 ANNUAL PM2.5 NAAQS [Primary] Designation Classification Designated area 1 ehiers on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with RULES Date 2 Statewide: Alachua County. Baker County ........................... Bay County .............................. Bradford County ...................... Brevard County ....................... Broward County. Calhoun County ....................... Charlotte County ..................... Citrus County ........................... Clay County ............................. Collier County .......................... Columbia County ..................... DeSoto County ........................ Dixie County ............................ Duval County ........................... Escambia County .................... Flagler County ......................... Franklin County ....................... Gadsden County ..................... Gilchrist County. Glades County ......................... Gulf County ............................. Hamilton County ...................... Hardee County ........................ Hendry County 3 ...................... Hernando County .................... Highlands County .................... Hillsborough County ................ Holmes County ........................ Indian River County ................. Jackson County ....................... Jefferson County ..................... Lafayette County ..................... Lake County ............................ Lee County .............................. Leon County ............................ Levy County ............................ Liberty County ......................... Madison County ...................... Manatee County ...................... Marion County ......................... Martin County .......................... Miami-Dade County. Monroe County ........................ Nassau County ........................ Okaloosa County ..................... Okeechobee County ................ Orange County ........................ Osceola County ....................... Palm Beach County. Pasco County .......................... Pinellas County ....................... Polk County ............................. Putnam County ........................ St. Johns County ..................... St. Lucie County ...................... Santa Rosa County ................. Sarasota County ...................... Seminole County ..................... Sumter County ........................ Suwanee County ..................... Taylor County .......................... Union County ........................... Volusia County ........................ Wakulla County ....................... Walton County ......................... 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VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:06 Sep 02, 2016 Jkt 238001 PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\06SER1.SGM 06SER1 61139 61140 2 This Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 172 / Tuesday, September 6, 2016 / Rules and Regulations date is October 6, 2016, unless otherwise noted. the Seminole Tribe of Florida Big Cypress Indian Reservation in its entirety. 3 Includes * * * * * 3. Section 81.311 is amended by revising the table entitled ‘‘Georgia— ■ 2012 Annual PM2.5 NAAQS (Primary)’’ to read as follows: § 81.311 * * Georgia. * * * GEORGIA—2012 ANNUAL PM2.5 NAAQS [Primary] Designation Classification Designated area 1 ehiers on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with RULES Date 2 Statewide: Appling County ..................... Atkinson County ................... Bacon County ....................... Baker County ........................ Baldwin County .................... Banks County ....................... Barrow County ...................... Bartow County ...................... Ben Hill County .................... Berrien County ..................... Bibb County .......................... Bleckley County .................... Brantley County .................... Brooks County ...................... Bryan County ........................ Bulloch County ..................... Burke County ........................ Butts County ......................... Calhoun County .................... Camden County ................... Candler County .................... Carroll County ...................... Catoosa County .................... Charlton County ................... Chatham County .................. Chattahoochee County ......... Chattooga County ................ Cherokee County ................. Clarke County ....................... Clay County .......................... Clayton County ..................... Clinch County ....................... Cobb County ........................ Coffee County ...................... Colquitt County ..................... Columbia County .................. Cook County ......................... Coweta County ..................... Crawford County .................. Crisp County ......................... Dade County ........................ Dawson County .................... Decatur County .................... DeKalb County ..................... Dodge County ...................... Dooly County ........................ Dougherty County ................ Douglas County .................... Early County ......................... Echols County ...................... Effingham County ................. Elbert County ........................ Emanuel County ................... Evans County ....................... Fannin County ...................... Fayette County ..................... Floyd County ........................ Forsyth County ..................... Franklin County .................... Fulton County ....................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:06 Sep 02, 2016 October 6, 2016 ........ 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Jeff Davis County ................. Jefferson County .................. Jenkins County ..................... Johnson County ................... Jones County ....................... Lamar County ....................... Lanier County ....................... Laurens County .................... Lee County ........................... Liberty County ...................... Lincoln County ...................... Long County ......................... Lowndes County ................... Lumpkin County ................... McDuffie County ................... McIntosh County .................. Macon County ...................... Madison County ................... Marion County ...................... Meriwether County ............... Miller County ........................ Mitchell County ..................... Monroe County ..................... Montgomery County ............. Morgan County ..................... Murray County ...................... Muscogee County ................ Newton County ..................... Oconee County .................... Oglethorpe County ............... Paulding County ................... Peach County ....................... Pickens County .................... Pierce County ....................... Pike County .......................... Polk County .......................... Pulaski County ..................... Putnam County ..................... Quitman County ................... Rabun County ...................... Randolph County .................. Richmond County ................. Rockdale County .................. Schley County ...................... Screven County .................... Seminole County .................. Spalding County ................... Stephens County .................. Stewart County ..................... Sumter County ..................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:06 Sep 02, 2016 October 6, 2016 ........ October 6, 2016 ........ October 6, 2016 ........ October 6, 2016 ........ 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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 172 (Tuesday, September 6, 2016)]
[Rules and Regulations]
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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

40 CFR Part 81

[EPA-HQ-OAR-2012-0918; FRL-9951-91-OAR]


Air Quality Designations for the 2012 Primary Annual Fine 
Particle (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standard 
(NAAQS) for Areas in Georgia and Florida

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is establishing air 
quality designations in the United States (U.S.) for the 2012 primary 
annual fine particle (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality 
Standard (NAAQS) for three areas in Georgia and 62 counties in Florida. 
When the EPA designated the majority of areas in the country in 
December 2014, and March 2015, the EPA deferred initial area 
designations for several locations, including these areas, because the 
EPA could not determine using available data whether the areas were 
meeting or not meeting the NAAQS, but we believed that forthcoming data 
in 2015 would allow the EPA to make that determination. Georgia and 
Florida have recently submitted complete, quality-assured, and 
certified air quality monitoring data for 2015 for the areas identified 
in this notice, and based on these data, the EPA is designating these 
areas as unclassifiable/attainment for the 2012 primary annual 
PM2.5 NAAQS.

DATES: This final rule is effective on October 6, 2016.

ADDRESSES: The EPA has established a docket for this action under 
Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2012-0918. All documents in the docket are 
listed in the http://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 in http://www.regulations.gov.
    In addition, the EPA has established a Web site for the rulemakings 
to initially designate areas for the 2012 primary annual 
PM2.5 NAAQS at: https://www3.epa.gov/pmdesignations/2012standards/index.htm. This Web site includes the EPA's final area 
designations for the PM2.5 NAAQS, as well as state and 
tribal initial recommendation letters, the EPA's modification letters, 
technical support documents, responses to comments and other related 
technical information.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general questions concerning this 
action, please contact Carla Oldham, U.S. EPA, Office of Air Quality 
Planning and Standards, Air Quality Planning Division, C539-04, 
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711, telephone (919) 541-3347, 
email at oldham.carla@epa.gov. The Region 4 contact is Madolyn Sanchez, 
U.S. EPA, Air Regulatory Management Section, Air Planning and 
Implementation Branch, Air, Pesticides and Toxics Management Division, 
61 Forsyth Street SW., Atlanta, Georgia 30303-8960, telephone (404) 
562-9644, email at sanchez.madolyn@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    On December 14, 2012, the EPA promulgated a revised primary annual 
PM2.5 NAAQS to provide increased protection of public health 
from fine particle pollution (78 FR 3086; January 15, 2013). In that 
action, the EPA strengthened the primary annual PM2.5 
standard from 15.0 micrograms per cubic meter ([mu]g/m\3\) to 12.0 
[mu]g/m\3\, which is attained when the 3-year average of the annual 
arithmetic means does not exceed 12.0 [mu]g/m\3\.
    Section 107(d) of the Clean Air Act (CAA), 42 U.S.C. 7407(d), 
governs the process for initial area designations after the EPA 
establishes a new or revised NAAQS. Under CAA section 107(d), each 
governor is required to, and each tribal leader may, if they so choose, 
recommend air quality designations, including the appropriate 
boundaries for ``nonattainment'' areas, to the EPA by a date which 
cannot be later than 1 year after the promulgation of a new or revised 
NAAQS. The EPA considers these recommendations as part of its duty to 
promulgate the area designations and boundaries for the new or revised 
NAAQS. If, after careful consideration of these recommendations, the 
EPA believes that it is necessary to modify a state's recommendation 
and intends to promulgate a designation different from a state's 
recommendation, the EPA must notify the state at least 120 days prior 
to promulgating the final designation and the EPA must provide the 
state an opportunity to demonstrate why any proposed modification is 
inappropriate. These modifications may relate either to an area's 
designation or boundaries.
    On December 18, 2014, the Administrator of the EPA signed a final 
action promulgating initial designations for the 2012 PM2.5 
NAAQS for the majority of the U.S., including areas of Indian country 
(80 FR 2206 FR; January 15, 2015). That action designated 14 areas in 
six states, including two multi-state areas, as nonattainment for the 
2012 PM2.5 NAAQS. The EPA also designated three areas, 
including the entire state of Illinois, as ``unclassifiable'' because 
the ambient air quality monitoring sites in these areas lacked complete 
data for the relevant period from 2011-2013. In the absence of complete 
monitoring data, the EPA could not determine, based on available 
information, whether these areas meet or do not meet the NAAQS, and 
also could not determine whether these areas contribute to a nearby 
violation. Consistent with the EPA's ``Policy for Establishing Separate 
Air Quality Designations for Areas of Indian Country'' (December 20, 
2011), the EPA designated the lands of the Pechanga Band of 
Luise[ntilde]o Mission Indians in Southern California as an 
unclassifiable/attainment area separate from its adjacent/surrounding 
state areas. Except for the 10 areas discussed in the next paragraph, 
the EPA designated all the remaining state areas and areas of Indian 
country as unclassifiable/attainment.
    The EPA deferred initial area designations for 10 areas where 
available data, including air quality monitoring data, were 
insufficient to determine whether the areas met or did not meet the 
NAAQS, but where forthcoming data were likely to result in complete and 
valid air quality data sufficient to determine whether these areas meet 
the NAAQS. Accordingly, the EPA stated that it would use the additional 
time available as provided under section 107(d)(1)(B) of the CAA to 
assess relevant information and subsequently promulgate initial 
designations for the identified areas through a separate rulemaking 
action or actions. The 10 deferred areas included: Eight areas in the 
state of Georgia, including two neighboring counties in the bordering 
states of Alabama and South Carolina; the entire state of Tennessee, 
excluding three counties in

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the Chattanooga area; the entire state of Florida; and areas of Indian 
country located in these areas.
    In the action published on January 15, 2015, the EPA also described 
a process by which we would evaluate any complete, quality-assured, 
certified air quality monitoring data from 2014 that a state submitted 
for consideration before February 27, 2015 (80 FR 2209). The EPA stated 
that it would evaluate whether, with the inclusion of certified 2014 
data, the 3-year design value for 2012-2014 suggests that a change in 
the initial designation would be appropriate for an area. If the EPA 
agreed that a change in the initial designation would be appropriate, 
the EPA would withdraw the designation announced in the January 15, 
2015, action for such area before the effective date and issue another 
designation reflecting the inclusion of 2014 data (80 FR 2209).
    In the follow-up designation action, published on April 15, 2015 
(80 FR 18535), the EPA designated five areas in the state of Georgia, 
including two neighboring counties in the bordering states of Alabama 
and South Carolina, that were initially deferred in the EPA's January 
15, 2015, rulemaking. In the same action, the EPA changed the 
designation of one area in Ohio, two areas in Pennsylvania, one area 
shared between Indiana and Kentucky, and one area shared between 
Kentucky and Ohio. Following that action, designations remained 
deferred for three areas (covering 14 counties) in Georgia, the entire 
state of Tennessee (covering 92 counties, excluding three counties in 
the Chattanooga area), the entire state of Florida (covering 67 
counties), and areas of Indian country located in those areas.

II. Purpose and Designation Decisions Based on 2013-2015 Data

    The purpose of this action is to announce and promulgate initial 
area designations of unclassifiable/attainment for the 2012 
PM2.5 NAAQS for three areas in Georgia,\1\ 62 counties in 
Florida, and Indian country located at least partially in these areas. 
All of these areas were initially deferred in the EPA's January 15, 
2015, rulemaking.\2\ Since then, the states of Georgia and Florida 
submitted to the EPA complete, quality-assured, and certified air 
quality monitoring data from 2013-2015 for these deferred areas. These 
data provide the EPA with sufficient information to promulgate initial 
designations for the three areas in Georgia, 62 counties in Florida, 
and the associated areas of Indian country at issue in this action. Air 
quality data collected and submitted to the EPA for 2013-2015 for these 
areas indicate that the areas are attaining the 2012 PM2.5 
NAAQS and are not causing or contributing to a violation of the NAAQS 
in a nearby area. Therefore, the EPA is designating the three areas in 
Georgia as unclassifiable/attainment. Also, consistent with the EPA's 
practice in prior rounds of initial area designations for the 2012 
PM2.5 NAAQS, EPA is designating 62 counties in Florida as 
unclassifiable/attainment.\3\ Areas of Indian country located in these 
areas are also being designated as unclassifiable/attainment. These 
designations are consistent with Georgia's and Florida's recommended 
area designations and boundaries for these areas for the 2012 
PM2.5 standard. The tables at the end of this final rule 
(amendments to 40 CFR 81.310--Florida and 40 CFR 81.311--Georgia) list 
all areas for which the EPA has promulgated an initial designation in 
each of these two states. Areas of Indian country located in the listed 
areas are included in the designated area.
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    \1\ The areas in Georgia are Albany (Dougherty County); Atlanta 
(Bartow, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Forsyth, 
Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, and Paulding Counties); and Brunswick 
(Glynn County).
    \2\ See also the technical support documents for the deferred 
Georgia and Florida areas in the rulemaking docket, documents 
numbered EPA-HQ-OAR-2012-0918-0324 and EPA-HQ-OAR-2012-0918-0156 
(Georgia); and EPA-HQ-OAR-2012-0918-0323 and EPA-HQ-2012-0918-0332 
(Florida).
    \3\ The EPA has used a weight-of-evidence evaluation to 
determine an appropriate designation for counties that are adjacent 
to areas that remain undesignated. See Docket No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2012-
0918-0324, Georgia Deferred Area Memorandum, discussing certain 
types of counties ``most likely to contribute to a violation of the 
NAAQS''.
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III. Environmental Justice Considerations

    The CAA requires the EPA to determine through a designation process 
whether an area meets or does not meet any new or revised national 
primary or secondary ambient air quality standard. This action includes 
initial designation determinations for several areas of the U.S. for 
the 2012 annual PM2.5 NAAQS. Area designations ensure that 
the public is properly informed about the air quality in an area and 
that, in locations where air quality does not meet the NAAQS, the 
relevant state authorities are required to initiate appropriate air 
quality management actions under the CAA to ensure that all those 
residing, working, attending school or otherwise present in those areas 
are protected, regardless of minority and economic status.

IV. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews

A. Executive Order 12866: Regulatory Planning and Review and Executive 
Order 13563: Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review

    This action is exempt from review by the Office of Management and 
Budget because it responds to the CAA requirement to promulgate air 
quality designations after promulgation of a new or revised NAAQS.

B. Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA)

    This action does not impose an information collection burden under 
the PRA. This action fulfills the non-discretionary duty for the EPA to 
promulgate air quality designations after promulgation of a new or 
revised NAAQS and does not contain any information collection 
activities.

C. Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA)

    This designation action under CAA 107(d) is not subject to the RFA. 
The RFA applies only to rules subject to notice and comment rulemaking 
requirements under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), 5 U.S.C. 
553, or any other statute. Section 107(d)(2)(B) of the CAA explicitly 
provides that designations are exempt from the notice and comment 
provisions of the APA. In addition, designations under section 107(d) 
are not among the list of actions that are subject to the notice and 
comment procedures of CAA section 307(d).

D. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA)

    This action does not contain any unfunded mandate as described in 
UMRA, 2 U.S.C. 1531-1538 and does not significantly or uniquely affect 
small governments. The action implements mandates specifically and 
explicitly set forth in the CAA for the 2012 PM2.5 NAAQS (40 
CFR 50.18). The CAA establishes the process whereby states take primary 
responsibility for developing plans to meet the 2012 PM2.5 
NAAQS.

E. Executive Order 13132: Federalism

    This action does not have federalism implications. It will not have 
a 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.

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F. Executive Order 13175: Consultation and Coordination With Indian 
Tribal Governments

    This action has tribal implications. However, it will neither 
impose substantial direct compliance costs on federally recognized 
tribal governments, nor preempt tribal law. Areas of Indian country are 
being designated unclassifiable/attainment as part of this action.
    The EPA offered consultation to tribal officials under the EPA 
Policy on Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribes early in the 
process to designate areas for the 2012 PM2.5 NAAQS to 
permit them to have meaningful and timely input. In letters dated May 
29, 2014, the EPA encouraged tribes to participate in the designations 
process, request consultation, and submit recommendations. The EPA 
again offered the opportunity for consultation in letters sent on 
August 19, 2014. The Seminole Tribe of Florida, which has areas of 
Indian country affected by this designation action, did not request 
consultation, nor did they provide a recommendation for designations. 
Therefore, the EPA did not initiate the consultation process with the 
tribe for this designation action.

G. Executive Order 13045: Protection of Children From Environmental 
Health and Safety Risks

    The EPA interprets Executive Order 13045 as applying to those 
regulatory actions that concern environmental health or safety risks 
that the EPA has reason to believe may disproportionately affect 
children, per the definition of ``covered regulatory action'' in 
section 2-202 of the Executive Order. This action is not subject to 
Executive Order 13045 because it does not establish an environmental 
standard intended to mitigate health or safety risks.

H. Executive Order 13211: Actions That Significantly Affect Energy 
Supply, Distribution or Use

    This action is not subject to Executive Order 13211, because it is 
not a significant regulatory action under Executive Order 12866.

I. National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act (NTTAA)

    This rulemaking does not involve technical standards.

J. Executive Order 12898: Federal Actions To Address Environmental 
Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations

    The EPA believes the human health or environmental risk addressed 
by this action will not have potential disproportionately high and 
adverse human health or environmental effects on any population, 
including any minority, low-income or indigenous populations because it 
does not affect the level of protection provided to human health or the 
environment. The results of this evaluation of environmental justice 
considerations is contained in Section III of this preamble titled, 
``Environmental Justice Considerations.''

K. Congressional Review Act (CRA)

    This action is subject to the CRA, and the EPA will submit a rule 
report to each House of the Congress and to the Comptroller General of 
the U.S. This action is not a ``major rule'' as defined by 5 U.S.C. 
804(2).

L. Judicial Review

    Section 307(b)(1) of the CAA indicates which Federal Courts of 
Appeal have venue for petitions of review of final actions by the EPA. 
This section provides, in part, that petitions for review must be filed 
in the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit: (i) When 
the agency action consists of ``nationally applicable regulations 
promulgated, or final actions taken by the Administrator,'' or (ii) 
when such action is locally or regionally applicable, if ``such action 
is based on a determination of nationwide scope or effect and if in 
taking such action the Administrator finds and publishes that such 
action is based on such a determination.''
    This final action designating areas across the U.S. for the 2012 
annual PM2.5 NAAQS is ``nationally applicable'' within the 
meaning of CAA section 307(b)(1). At the core of this final action is 
the EPA's interpretations of the definitions of nonattainment, 
attainment and unclassifiable under section 107(d)(1) of the CAA, and 
its application of those interpretations to areas across the country. 
For the same reasons, the Administrator is also determining that the 
final designations are of nationwide scope and effect for the purposes 
of CAA section 307(b)(1). This is particularly appropriate because, in 
the report on the 1977 Amendments that revised section 307(b)(1) of the 
CAA, Congress noted that the Administrator's determination that an 
action is of ``nationwide scope or effect'' would be appropriate for 
any action that has a scope or effect beyond a single judicial circuit. 
H.R. Rep. No. 95-294 at 323, 324, reprinted in 1977 U.S.C.C.A.N. 1402-
03. Here, the scope and effect of this final action extends to numerous 
judicial circuits since the designations apply to areas across the 
country. In these circumstances, CAA section 307(b)(1) and its 
legislative history calls for the Administrator to find the action to 
be of ``nationwide scope or effect'' and for venue to be in the D.C. 
Circuit.
    Thus, any petitions for review of final designations must be filed 
in the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit within 60 
days from the date final action is published in the Federal Register.

List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 81

    Environmental protection, Air pollution control, National parks, 
Wilderness areas.

    Dated: August 30, 2016.
Gina McCarthy,
Administrator.

    For the reasons set forth in the preamble, 40 CFR part 81 is 
amended as follows:

PART 81--DESIGNATIONS OF AREAS FOR AIR QUALITY PLANNING PURPOSES

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

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

Subpart C--Section 107 Attainment Status Designations

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2. Section 81.310 is amended by revising the table entitled ``Florida--
2012 Annual PM2.5 NAAQS (Primary)'' to read as follows:


Sec.  81.310  Florida.

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                                        Florida--2012 Annual PM2.5 NAAQS
                                                    [Primary]
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                                               Designation                            Classification
      Designated area \1\       --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                    Date \2\               Type              Date \2\              Type
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Statewide:
    Alachua County.............
    Baker County...............  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Bay County.................  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Bradford County............  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Brevard County.............  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Broward County.............
    Calhoun County.............  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Charlotte County...........  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Citrus County..............  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Clay County................  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Collier County.............  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Columbia County............  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    DeSoto County..............  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Dixie County...............  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Duval County...............  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Escambia County............  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Flagler County.............  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Franklin County............  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Gadsden County.............  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Gilchrist County...........
    Glades County..............  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Gulf County................  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Hamilton County............  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Hardee County..............  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Hendry County \3\..........  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Hernando County............  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Highlands County...........  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Hillsborough County........  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Holmes County..............  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Indian River County........  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Jackson County.............  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Jefferson County...........  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Lafayette County...........  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Lake County................  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Lee County.................  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Leon County................  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Levy County................  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Liberty County.............  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Madison County.............  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Manatee County.............  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Marion County..............  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Martin County..............  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Miami-Dade County..........
    Monroe County..............  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Nassau County..............  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Okaloosa County............  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Okeechobee County..........  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Orange County..............  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Osceola County.............  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Palm Beach County..........
    Pasco County...............  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Pinellas County............  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Polk County................  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Putnam County..............  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    St. Johns County...........  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    St. Lucie County...........  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Santa Rosa County..........  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Sarasota County............  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Seminole County............  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Sumter County..............  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Suwanee County.............  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Taylor County..............  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Union County...............  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Volusia County.............  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Wakulla County.............  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Walton County..............  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
    Washington County..........  ..............  Unclassifiable/
                                                  Attainment.
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\1\ Includes areas of Indian country located in each county or area, except as otherwise specified.

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\2\ This date is October 6, 2016, unless otherwise noted.
\3\ Includes the Seminole Tribe of Florida Big Cypress Indian Reservation in its entirety.

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3. Section 81.311 is amended by revising the table entitled ``Georgia--
2012 Annual PM2.5 NAAQS (Primary)'' to read as follows:


Sec.  81.311  Georgia.

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                                                            Georgia--2012 Annual PM2.5 NAAQS
                                                                        [Primary]
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                                                                   Designation                                             Classification
         Designated area \1\          ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                     Date \2\                            Type                 Date \2\                  Type
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Statewide:
    Appling County...................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Atkinson County..................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Bacon County.....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Baker County.....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Baldwin County...................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Banks County.....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Barrow County....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Bartow County....................  October 6, 2016....................  Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Ben Hill County..................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Berrien County...................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Bibb County......................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Bleckley County..................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Brantley County..................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Brooks County....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Bryan County.....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Bulloch County...................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Burke County.....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Butts County.....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Calhoun County...................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Camden County....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Candler County...................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Carroll County...................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Catoosa County...................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Charlton County..................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Chatham County...................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Chattahoochee County.............                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Chattooga County.................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Cherokee County..................  October 6, 2016....................  Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Clarke County....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Clay County......................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Clayton County...................  October 6, 2016....................  Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Clinch County....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Cobb County......................  October 6, 2016....................  Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Coffee County....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Colquitt County..................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Columbia County..................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Cook County......................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Coweta County....................  October 6, 2016....................  Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Crawford County..................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Crisp County.....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Dade County......................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Dawson County....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Decatur County...................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    DeKalb County....................  October 6, 2016....................  Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Dodge County.....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Dooly County.....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Dougherty County.................  October 6, 2016....................  Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Douglas County...................  October 6, 2016....................  Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Early County.....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Echols County....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Effingham County.................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Elbert County....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Emanuel County...................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Evans County.....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Fannin County....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Fayette County...................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Floyd County.....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Forsyth County...................  October 6, 2016....................  Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Franklin County..................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Fulton County....................  October 6, 2016....................  Unclassifiable/Attainment....

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    Gilmer County....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Glascock County..................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Glynn County.....................  October 6, 2016....................  Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Gordon County....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Grady County.....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Greene County....................
    Gwinnett County..................  October 6, 2016....................  Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Habersham County.................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Hall County......................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Hancock County...................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Haralson County..................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Harris County....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Hart County......................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Heard County.....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Henry County.....................  October 6, 2016....................  Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Houston County...................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Irwin County.....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Jackson County...................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Jasper County....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Jeff Davis County................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Jefferson County.................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Jenkins County...................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Johnson County...................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Jones County.....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Lamar County.....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Lanier County....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Laurens County...................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Lee County.......................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Liberty County...................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Lincoln County...................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Long County......................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Lowndes County...................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Lumpkin County...................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    McDuffie County..................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    McIntosh County..................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Macon County.....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Madison County...................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Marion County....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Meriwether County................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Miller County....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Mitchell County..................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Monroe County....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Montgomery County................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Morgan County....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Murray County....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Muscogee County..................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Newton County....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Oconee County....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Oglethorpe County................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Paulding County..................  October 6, 2016....................  Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Peach County.....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Pickens County...................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Pierce County....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Pike County......................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Polk County......................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Pulaski County...................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Putnam County....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Quitman County...................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Rabun County.....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Randolph County..................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Richmond County..................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Rockdale County..................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Schley County....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Screven County...................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Seminole County..................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Spalding County..................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Stephens County..................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Stewart County...................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Sumter County....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....

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    Talbot County....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Taliaferro County................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Tattnall County..................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Taylor County....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Telfair County...................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Terrell County...................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Thomas County....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Tift County......................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Toombs County....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Towns County.....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Treutlen County..................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Troup County.....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Turner County....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Twiggs County....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Union County.....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Upson County.....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Walker County....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Walton County....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Ware County......................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Warren County....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Washington County................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Wayne County.....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Webster County...................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Wheeler County...................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    White County.....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Whitfield County.................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Wilcox County....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Wilkes County....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Wilkinson County.................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
    Worth County.....................                                       Unclassifiable/Attainment....
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\1\ Includes areas of Indian country located in each county or area, except as otherwise specified.
\2\ This date is April 15, 2015, unless otherwise noted.

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[FR Doc. 2016-21338 Filed 9-2-16; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 6560-50-P