Delegation of Authority to the Commonwealth of Virginia To Implement and Enforce Additional or Revised National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants Standards and New Source Performance Standards, 55886 [2018-24483]

Download as PDF 55886 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 217 / Thursday, November 8, 2018 / Notices Dated: November 2, 2018. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2018–24449 Filed 11–7–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL–9986–25–Region 3] Delegation of Authority to the Commonwealth of Virginia To Implement and Enforce Additional or Revised National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants Standards and New Source Performance Standards Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice of delegation of authority. AGENCY: On September 25, 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent the Commonwealth of Virginia (Virginia) a letter acknowledging that Virginia’s delegation of authority to implement and enforce the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAPs) and New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) had been updated, as provided for under previously approved delegation mechanisms. To inform regulated facilities and the public, EPA is making available a copy of EPA’s letter to Virginia through this notice. DATES: On September 25, 2018, EPA sent Virginia a letter acknowledging that Virginia’s delegation of authority to implement and enforce Federal NESHAPs had been updated. ADDRESSES: Copies of documents pertaining to this action are available for public inspection during normal business hours at the Air Protection Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III, 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103– 2029. Copies of Virginia’s submittal are also available at the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, 1111 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Riley Burger, (215) 814–2217, or by email at burger.riley@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On February 22, 2018, Virginia notified EPA that Virginia had updated its incorporation by reference of Federal NESHAPs to include many such standards, as they were published in final form in the Code of Federal Regulations dated July 1, 2017. On daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:51 Nov 07, 2018 Jkt 247001 September 25, 2018, EPA sent Virginia a letter acknowledging that Virginia now has the authority to implement and enforce the NESHAPs as specified by Virginia in its notice to EPA, as provided for under previously approved automatic delegation mechanisms. All notifications, applications, reports, and other correspondence required pursuant to the delegated NESHAPs must be submitted to both the EPA, Region III and to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, unless the delegated standard specifically provides that such submittals may be sent to EPA or a delegated State. In such cases, the submittals should be sent only to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. A copy of EPA’s letter to Virginia follows: Michael G. Dowd, Director, Air Division, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, P.O. Box 1105, Richmond, Virginia 23218 Dear Mr. Dowd: The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has previously delegated to the Commonwealth of Virginia (Virginia) the authority to implement and enforce various federal New Source Performance Standards (NSPS), National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP), and National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Source Categories (MACT standards) which are found at 40 CFR parts 60, 61 and 63, respectively. In those actions, EPA also delegated to Virginia the authority to implement and enforce any future federal NSPS, NESHAP or MACT Standards on the condition that Virginia legally adopt the future standards, make only allowed wording changes, and provide specified notice to EPA. In a letter dated February 22, 2018, Virginia submitted to EPA revised versions of Virginia’s regulations which incorporate by reference specified federal NSPS, NESHAP and MACT standards, as those federal standards had been published in final form in the Code of Federal Regulations dated July 1, 2016. Virginia committed to enforcing the federal standards in conformance with the terms of EPA’s previous delegations of authority and made only allowed wording changes. Virginia stated that it had submitted the revisions ‘‘to retain its authority to enforce the NSPSs and NESHAPs under the delegation of authority granted by EPA on August 27, 1981 (46 FR 43300) and to enforce the MACT standards under the delegation of authority granted by EPA on January 26, 1999 (64 FR 3938) and January 8, 2002 (67 FR 825).’’ Virginia provided copies of its revised regulations which specify the NSPS, NESHAP and MACT Standards which it had adopted by reference. Virginia’s revised regulations are entitled 9 VAC 5–50 ‘‘New and Modified Stationary Sources,’’ and 9 VAC 5–60 ‘‘Hazardous Air Pollutant Sources.’’ These revised regulations have an effective date of February 21, 2018. PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Based on Virginia’s submittal, EPA acknowledges that EPA’s delegations to Virginia of the authority implement and enforce EPA’s NSPS, NESHAP, and MACT Standards have been updated, as provided for under the terms of EPA’s previous delegation of authority actions, to allow the Virginia to implement and enforce the federal NSPS, NESHAP and MACT standards which Virginia has adopted by reference as specified in Virginia’s revised regulations 9 VAC 5–50 and 9 VAC 5–60, both effective on February 21, 2018. Please note that on December 19, 2008, in Sierra Club v. EPA,1 the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated certain provisions of the General Provisions of 40 CFR part 63 relating to exemptions for startup, shutdown, and malfunction (SSM). On October 16, 2009, the Court issued a mandate vacating these SSM exemption provisions, which are found at 40 CFR 63.6(f)(1) and (h)(1). Accordingly, EPA no longer allows sources the SSM exemption as provided for in the vacated provisions at 40 CFR 63.6(f)(1) and (h)(1), even though EPA has not yet formally removed these SSM exemption provisions from the General Provisions of 40 CFR part 63. Because Virginia incorporated 40 CFR part 63 by reference, Virginia should also no longer allow sources to use the former SSM exemption from the General Provisions of 40 CFR part 63 due to the Court’s ruling in Sierra Club v. EPA. EPA appreciates Virginia’s continuing NSPS, NESHAP and MACT standards enforcement efforts, and also Virginia’s decision to take automatic delegation of additional or updated NSPS, NESHAP and MACT standards by adopting them by reference. This notice acknowledges the update of Virginia’s delegation of authority to implement and enforce NESHAP, NSPS, and MACT. Dated: October 31, 2018. Cristina Fernandez, Director, Air Protection Division, Region III. [FR Doc. 2018–24483 Filed 11–7–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC); Correction Notice is hereby given of a change in the meeting of the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC); November 15, 2018, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., EST, and November 16, 2018, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., EST which was published in the Federal Register on 1 Sierra Club v. EPA, 551 F.3rd 1019 (D.C. Cir. 2008). E:\FR\FM\08NON1.SGM 08NON1

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[FRL-9986-25-Region 3]


Delegation of Authority to the Commonwealth of Virginia To 
Implement and Enforce Additional or Revised National Emission Standards 
for Hazardous Air Pollutants Standards and New Source Performance 
Standards

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice of delegation of authority.

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SUMMARY: On September 25, 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency 
(EPA) sent the Commonwealth of Virginia (Virginia) a letter 
acknowledging that Virginia's delegation of authority to implement and 
enforce the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants 
(NESHAPs) and New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) had been updated, 
as provided for under previously approved delegation mechanisms. To 
inform regulated facilities and the public, EPA is making available a 
copy of EPA's letter to Virginia through this notice.

DATES: On September 25, 2018, EPA sent Virginia a letter acknowledging 
that Virginia's delegation of authority to implement and enforce 
Federal NESHAPs had been updated.

ADDRESSES: Copies of documents pertaining to this action are available 
for public inspection during normal business hours at the Air 
Protection Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III, 
1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103-2029. Copies of 
Virginia's submittal are also available at the Virginia Department of 
Environmental Quality, 1111 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Riley Burger, (215) 814-2217, or by 
email at [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On February 22, 2018, Virginia notified EPA 
that Virginia had updated its incorporation by reference of Federal 
NESHAPs to include many such standards, as they were published in final 
form in the Code of Federal Regulations dated July 1, 2017. On 
September 25, 2018, EPA sent Virginia a letter acknowledging that 
Virginia now has the authority to implement and enforce the NESHAPs as 
specified by Virginia in its notice to EPA, as provided for under 
previously approved automatic delegation mechanisms. All notifications, 
applications, reports, and other correspondence required pursuant to 
the delegated NESHAPs must be submitted to both the EPA, Region III and 
to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, unless the 
delegated standard specifically provides that such submittals may be 
sent to EPA or a delegated State. In such cases, the submittals should 
be sent only to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. A 
copy of EPA's letter to Virginia follows:

Michael G. Dowd, Director, Air Division, Virginia Department of 
Environmental Quality, P.O. Box 1105, Richmond, Virginia 23218

    Dear Mr. Dowd: The United States Environmental Protection Agency 
(EPA) has previously delegated to the Commonwealth of Virginia 
(Virginia) the authority to implement and enforce various federal 
New Source Performance Standards (NSPS), National Emission Standards 
for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP), and National Emission 
Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Source Categories (MACT 
standards) which are found at 40 CFR parts 60, 61 and 63, 
respectively. In those actions, EPA also delegated to Virginia the 
authority to implement and enforce any future federal NSPS, NESHAP 
or MACT Standards on the condition that Virginia legally adopt the 
future standards, make only allowed wording changes, and provide 
specified notice to EPA.
    In a letter dated February 22, 2018, Virginia submitted to EPA 
revised versions of Virginia's regulations which incorporate by 
reference specified federal NSPS, NESHAP and MACT standards, as 
those federal standards had been published in final form in the Code 
of Federal Regulations dated July 1, 2016. Virginia committed to 
enforcing the federal standards in conformance with the terms of 
EPA's previous delegations of authority and made only allowed 
wording changes.
    Virginia stated that it had submitted the revisions ``to retain 
its authority to enforce the NSPSs and NESHAPs under the delegation 
of authority granted by EPA on August 27, 1981 (46 FR 43300) and to 
enforce the MACT standards under the delegation of authority granted 
by EPA on January 26, 1999 (64 FR 3938) and January 8, 2002 (67 FR 
825).''
    Virginia provided copies of its revised regulations which 
specify the NSPS, NESHAP and MACT Standards which it had adopted by 
reference. Virginia's revised regulations are entitled 9 VAC 5-50 
``New and Modified Stationary Sources,'' and 9 VAC 5-60 ``Hazardous 
Air Pollutant Sources.'' These revised regulations have an effective 
date of February 21, 2018.
    Based on Virginia's submittal, EPA acknowledges that EPA's 
delegations to Virginia of the authority implement and enforce EPA's 
NSPS, NESHAP, and MACT Standards have been updated, as provided for 
under the terms of EPA's previous delegation of authority actions, 
to allow the Virginia to implement and enforce the federal NSPS, 
NESHAP and MACT standards which Virginia has adopted by reference as 
specified in Virginia's revised regulations 9 VAC 5-50 and 9 VAC 5-
60, both effective on February 21, 2018.
    Please note that on December 19, 2008, in Sierra Club v. EPA,\1\ 
the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia 
Circuit vacated certain provisions of the General Provisions of 40 
CFR part 63 relating to exemptions for startup, shutdown, and 
malfunction (SSM). On October 16, 2009, the Court issued a mandate 
vacating these SSM exemption provisions, which are found at 40 CFR 
63.6(f)(1) and (h)(1).
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    \1\ Sierra Club v. EPA, 551 F.3rd 1019 (D.C. Cir. 2008).
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    Accordingly, EPA no longer allows sources the SSM exemption as 
provided for in the vacated provisions at 40 CFR 63.6(f)(1) and 
(h)(1), even though EPA has not yet formally removed these SSM 
exemption provisions from the General Provisions of 40 CFR part 63. 
Because Virginia incorporated 40 CFR part 63 by reference, Virginia 
should also no longer allow sources to use the former SSM exemption 
from the General Provisions of 40 CFR part 63 due to the Court's 
ruling in Sierra Club v. EPA.
    EPA appreciates Virginia's continuing NSPS, NESHAP and MACT 
standards enforcement efforts, and also Virginia's decision to take 
automatic delegation of additional or updated NSPS, NESHAP and MACT 
standards by adopting them by reference.

    This notice acknowledges the update of Virginia's delegation of 
authority to implement and enforce NESHAP, NSPS, and MACT.

    Dated: October 31, 2018.
Cristina Fernandez,
Director, Air Protection Division, Region III.
[FR Doc. 2018-24483 Filed 11-7-18; 8:45 am]
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