Adequacy Status of Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets for Transportation Conformity Purposes; CT, 24859-24860 [2017-11222]

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AGENCY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is notifying the public that it has found that the 2017 motor vehicle emission budgets for the Greater Connecticut ozone nonattainment area for the 2008 national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) for ozone are adequate for transportation conformity purposes. As a result of our finding, Connecticut must use these motor vehicle emissions budgets for future transportation conformity determinations. These budgets were contained in the January 17, 2017 attainment demonstration State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the Greater Connecticut ozone nonattainment area for the 2008 ozone NAAQS. DATES: This finding is effective June 15, 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ariel Garcia, Air Quality Planning Unit, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Region 1 Regional Office, 5 Post Office Square, Suite 100 (mail code: OEP05–2), Boston, MA 02109–3912, telephone number (617) 918–1660, fax asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with RULES SUMMARY: 16:13 May 30, 2017 Jkt 241001 06/04/79, 44 FR 31980 .......... (c)(18). 02/09/13 07/10/14, 79 FR 39333 .......... 02/09/13 07/10/14 ................................. Amended sections 123.22(a) 123.22(b), 123.22(c), 123.22(d), and 123.22(e). New section. 02/09/13 07/10/14, 79 FR 39333 .......... New section. 3/20/72 5/31/72, 37 FR 10842 ............ (c)(1). 8/11/75 10/27/90 * [FR Doc. 2017–10919 Filed 5–30–17; 8:45 am] VerDate Sep<11>2014 10/01/78 Combustion units—Sampling and testing. Combustion units—Recordkeeping and reporting. Sulfur Oxides—Combustion Units. Primary zinc smelters ............ Monitoring requirements ........ * 4/30/76, 41 FR 18077 ............ 6/30/93, 58 FR 34911 ............ (c)(14). (c)(81). * * number (617) 918–0660, email garcia.ariel@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Throughout this document whenever ‘‘we,’’ ‘‘us,’’ or ‘‘our’’ is used, we mean EPA. Today’s action is simply an announcement of a finding that we have already made. EPA Region 1 sent a letter to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) on March 20, 2017 stating that the 2017 motor vehicle emissions budgets (MVEBs) for the Greater Connecticut nonattainment area for the 2008 ozone NAAQS are adequate. CT DEEP submitted the budgets on January 17, 2017, as part of its attainment demonstration SIP for the Greater Connecticut nonattainment area for the 2008 ozone NAAQS. This submittal was announced on EPA’s conformity Web site, and received no comments. (See https://www.epa.gov/state-and-localtransportation/adequacy-review-stateimplementation-plan-sip-submissionsconformity. Once there, click on ‘‘What SIP submissions are currently under EPA adequacy review?’’) The 2017 MVEBs, in tons per summer day (tpsd), for volatile organic compounds (VOC) and oxides of nitrogen (NOX) for Greater Connecticut, are as follows: 2017 ADEQUATE MOTOR VEHICLE EMISSIONS BUDGETS GREATER CONNECTICUT AREA VOC (tpsd) NOX (tpsd) 15.9 22.2 Year 2017 ......... Transportation conformity is required by section 176(c) of the Clean Air Act. EPA’s conformity rule requires that transportation plans, programs, and projects conform to state air quality PO 00000 Frm 00035 Additional explanation/ § 52.2063 citation EPA approval date Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 * * implementation plans and establishes criteria and procedures for determining whether or not they do. Conformity to a SIP means that transportation activities will not produce new air quality violations, worsen existing violations, or delay timely attainment of the national ambient air quality standards. The criteria by which we determine whether a SIP’s motor vehicle emissions budgets are adequate for transportation conformity purposes are outlined in 40 CFR 93.118(e)(4). We have described our process for determining the adequacy of submitted SIP budgets in our July 1, 2004, conformity final rule preamble starting at 69 FR 40038, and we used the information in these resources while making our adequacy determination. Please note that an adequacy review is separate from EPA’s completeness review, and it also should not be used to prejudge EPA’s ultimate approval of the SIP. Even if we find a budget adequate, the SIP could later be disapproved. Connecticut’s January 17, 2017 SIP revision also includes 2017 MVEBs for the Connecticut portion of the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-CT (Southwest Connecticut) nonattainment area for the 2008 ozone NAAQS. However, we are not able to evaluate the budgets for the Southwest Connecticut nonattainment area at this time since Connecticut DEEP has not yet submitted its reasonable further progress and attainment demonstration SIPs for this area. EPA will not take action, nor make an adequacy determination, on MVEBs for the 2008 ozone standard for the Southwest Connecticut nonattainment area, until a SIP revision meeting the requirements for reasonable further progress or an attainment demonstration is submitted for that nonattainment area. E:\FR\FM\31MYR1.SGM 31MYR1 24860 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 103 / Wednesday, May 31, 2017 / Rules and Regulations List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 52 Environmental protection, Air pollution control, Carbon monoxide, Incorporation by reference, Intergovernmental relations, Lead, Nitrogen dioxide, Ozone, Particulate matter, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Sulfur oxides, Volatile organic compounds. Authority: 42 U.S.C. 7401–7671q. Dated: April 10, 2017. Deborah A. Szaro, Acting Regional Administrator, EPA New England. [FR Doc. 2017–11222 Filed 5–30–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Part 52 [EPA–R03–OAR–2017–0064; FRL–9962–77– Region 3] Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Revisions to Allegheny County Health Department Rules Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Direct final rule. AGENCY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania state implementation plan (SIP). The revisions pertain to administrative and definition amendments made to Allegheny County Health Department’s (ACHD) Rules and Regulations Article XXI, Air Pollution Control. The amendments updated the name of the Bureau of Environmental Quality to the Bureau of Environmental Health and revised the definition of ‘‘County Executive’’ to agree with the definition in the Allegheny County Home Rule Charter. EPA is approving these revisions to Article XXI in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA). DATES: This rule is effective on July 31, 2017 without further notice, unless EPA receives adverse written comment by June 30, 2017. If EPA receives such comments, it will publish a timely withdrawal of the direct final rule in the Federal Register and inform the public that the rule will not take effect. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA–R03– OAR–2017–0064 at https:// www.regulations.gov, or via email to rehn.brian@epa.gov. For comments submitted at Regulations.gov, follow the asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:13 May 30, 2017 Jkt 241001 online instructions for submitting comments. Once submitted, comments cannot be edited or removed from Regulations.gov. For either manner of submission, EPA may publish any comment received to its public docket. Do not submit electronically any information you consider to be confidential business information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Multimedia submissions (audio, video, etc.) must be accompanied by a written comment. The written comment is considered the official comment and should include discussion of all points you wish to make. EPA will generally not consider comments or comment contents located outside of the primary submission (i.e. on the web, cloud, or other file sharing system). For additional submission methods, please contact the person identified in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section. For the full EPA public comment policy, information about CBI or multimedia submissions, and general guidance on making effective comments, please visit http://www2.epa.gov/dockets/ commenting-epa-dockets. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sara Calcinore, (215) 814–2043, or by email at calcinore.sara@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On December 15, 2016, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania submitted, on behalf of Allegheny County, a formal revision to the Pennsylvania SIP. I. Background The SIP revision consists of administrative and definition amendments to ACHD’s Rules and Regulations Article XXI, Air Pollution Control. These amendments were submitted by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) as a formal revision to the Pennsylvania SIP, on behalf of Allegheny County. The regulations were adopted by the ACHD. II. Summary of SIP Revision and EPA Analysis The December 15, 2016 SIP revision submittal includes amended versions of ACHD’s Rules and Regulations Article XXI, Air Pollution Control, section 2101.07 paragraph (a), Administration and Organization—Administration, and section 2101.20, Definitions. Pennsylvania requests that EPA approve this submittal so that these amended regulations become part of the Pennsylvania SIP. The amendment to section 2101.07 paragraph (a) changed the name of the ‘‘Allegheny County Health Department Bureau of PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Environmental Quality’’ to the ‘‘Allegheny County Health Department Bureau of Environmental Health.’’ The amendment to section 2101.20 updates the definition of ‘‘County Executive’’ from the ‘‘Chief Executive of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania’’ to ‘‘the Chief Executive of Allegheny, Pennsylvania, as defined in the Allegheny County Home Rule Charter.’’ EPA’s review of this material indicates the December 15, 2016 submittal is approvable as it meets requirements of the CAA under section 110(a) and contains only minor administrative changes to regulations that were previously included in the Pennsylvania SIP. None of these changes affects emissions of air pollutants, and none of the changes will interfere with any applicable requirement concerning attainment of reasonable further progress or any other applicable requirements in the CAA. Thus, EPA finds the revision approvable specifically for section 110(1) of the CAA. III. Final Action EPA is approving the Pennsylvania SIP revision for Allegheny County, which was submitted on December 15, 2016. EPA is publishing this rule without prior proposal because EPA views this as a noncontroversial amendment and anticipates no adverse comment. However, in the ‘‘Proposed Rules’’ section of today’s Federal Register, EPA is publishing a separate document that will serve as the proposal to approve the SIP revision if adverse comments are filed. This rule will be effective on July 31, 2017 without further notice unless EPA receives adverse comment by June 30, 2017. If EPA receives adverse comment, EPA will publish a timely withdrawal in the Federal Register informing the public that the rule will not take effect. EPA will address all public comments in a subsequent final rule based on the proposed rule. EPA will not institute a second comment period on this action. Any parties interested in commenting must do so at this time. Please note that if EPA receives adverse comment on an amendment, paragraph, or section of this rule and if that provision may be severed from the remainder of the rule, EPA may adopt as final those provisions of the rule that are not the subject of an adverse comment. IV. Incorporation by Reference In this rule, EPA is finalizing regulatory text that includes incorporation by reference. In accordance with requirements of 1 CFR 51.5, EPA is finalizing the incorporation E:\FR\FM\31MYR1.SGM 31MYR1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 103 (Wednesday, May 31, 2017)]
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[FR Doc No: 2017-11222]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

40 CFR Part 52

[EPA-R01-OAR-2017-0158; A-1-FRL-9961-72-Region 1]


Adequacy Status of Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets for 
Transportation Conformity Purposes; CT

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

ACTION: Notice of adequacy.

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SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is notifying the 
public that it has found that the 2017 motor vehicle emission budgets 
for the Greater Connecticut ozone nonattainment area for the 2008 
national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) for ozone are adequate 
for transportation conformity purposes. As a result of our finding, 
Connecticut must use these motor vehicle emissions budgets for future 
transportation conformity determinations. These budgets were contained 
in the January 17, 2017 attainment demonstration State Implementation 
Plan (SIP) for the Greater Connecticut ozone nonattainment area for the 
2008 ozone NAAQS.

DATES: This finding is effective June 15, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ariel Garcia, Air Quality Planning 
Unit, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Region 1 Regional 
Office, 5 Post Office Square, Suite 100 (mail code: OEP05-2), Boston, 
MA 02109-3912, telephone number (617) 918-1660, fax number (617) 918-
0660, email garcia.ariel@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Throughout this document whenever ``we,'' ``us,'' or ``our'' is 
used, we mean EPA.
    Today's action is simply an announcement of a finding that we have 
already made. EPA Region 1 sent a letter to the Connecticut Department 
of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) on March 20, 2017 
stating that the 2017 motor vehicle emissions budgets (MVEBs) for the 
Greater Connecticut nonattainment area for the 2008 ozone NAAQS are 
adequate. CT DEEP submitted the budgets on January 17, 2017, as part of 
its attainment demonstration SIP for the Greater Connecticut 
nonattainment area for the 2008 ozone NAAQS. This submittal was 
announced on EPA's conformity Web site, and received no comments. (See 
https://www.epa.gov/state-and-local-transportation/adequacy-review-state-implementation-plan-sip-submissions-conformity. Once there, click 
on ``What SIP submissions are currently under EPA adequacy review?'')
    The 2017 MVEBs, in tons per summer day (tpsd), for volatile organic 
compounds (VOC) and oxides of nitrogen (NOX) for Greater 
Connecticut, are as follows:

 2017 Adequate Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets Greater Connecticut Area
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                                                             NOX (tpsd)
                                               VOC (tpsd)
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Year 2017...................................         15.9          22.2
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    Transportation conformity is required by section 176(c) of the 
Clean Air Act. EPA's conformity rule requires that transportation 
plans, programs, and projects conform to state air quality 
implementation plans and establishes criteria and procedures for 
determining whether or not they do. Conformity to a SIP means that 
transportation activities will not produce new air quality violations, 
worsen existing violations, or delay timely attainment of the national 
ambient air quality standards.
    The criteria by which we determine whether a SIP's motor vehicle 
emissions budgets are adequate for transportation conformity purposes 
are outlined in 40 CFR 93.118(e)(4). We have described our process for 
determining the adequacy of submitted SIP budgets in our July 1, 2004, 
conformity final rule preamble starting at 69 FR 40038, and we used the 
information in these resources while making our adequacy determination. 
Please note that an adequacy review is separate from EPA's completeness 
review, and it also should not be used to prejudge EPA's ultimate 
approval of the SIP. Even if we find a budget adequate, the SIP could 
later be disapproved.
    Connecticut's January 17, 2017 SIP revision also includes 2017 
MVEBs for the Connecticut portion of the New York-Northern New Jersey-
Long Island, NY-NJ-CT (Southwest Connecticut) nonattainment area for 
the 2008 ozone NAAQS. However, we are not able to evaluate the budgets 
for the Southwest Connecticut nonattainment area at this time since 
Connecticut DEEP has not yet submitted its reasonable further progress 
and attainment demonstration SIPs for this area. EPA will not take 
action, nor make an adequacy determination, on MVEBs for the 2008 ozone 
standard for the Southwest Connecticut nonattainment area, until a SIP 
revision meeting the requirements for reasonable further progress or an 
attainment demonstration is submitted for that nonattainment area.

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List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 52

    Environmental protection, Air pollution control, Carbon monoxide, 
Incorporation by reference, Intergovernmental relations, Lead, Nitrogen 
dioxide, Ozone, Particulate matter, Reporting and recordkeeping 
requirements, Sulfur oxides, Volatile organic compounds.

    Authority: 42 U.S.C. 7401-7671q.

    Dated: April 10, 2017.
Deborah A. Szaro,
Acting Regional Administrator, EPA New England.
[FR Doc. 2017-11222 Filed 5-30-17; 8:45 am]
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