Environmental Protection Agency September 4, 2008 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Georgia; Prevention of Significant Deterioration and Nonattainment New Source Review Rules
Document Number: E8-20388
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-09-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to partially approve and disapprove portions of revisions to the Georgia State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of Georgia in three submittals dated October 31, 2006, March 5, 2007, and August 22, 2007. The proposed revisions modify Georgia's Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Nonattainment New Source Review (NNSR) permitting rules in the SIP to address changes to the federal New Source Review (NSR) regulations, which were promulgated by EPA on December 31, 2002, and reconsidered with minor changes on November 7, 2003 (collectively, these two final actions are referred to as the ``2002 NSR Reform Rules''). The proposed revisions include provisions for baseline emissions calculations, an actual-to-projected-actual methodology for calculating emissions changes, options for plantwide applicability limits, and recordkeeping and reporting requirements. EPA is proposing to approve Georgia's NSR rule revisions, with the exception of one NNSR provision. EPA is proposing to disapprove the State's incorporation of ``baseline emissions calculations'' into the Georgia NNSR provisions for the generation of Emissions Reductions' Credits to be used as offsets.
Outer Continental Shelf Air Regulations Consistency Update for Florida
Document Number: E8-20385
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-09-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to update a portion of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Air Regulations. Requirements applying to OCS sources located within 25 miles of states' seaward boundaries must be updated periodically to remain consistent with the requirements of the corresponding onshore area (COA), as mandated by section 328(a)(1) of the Clean Air Act (``CAA'' or ``the Act''). The portion of the OCS air regulations that is being updated pertains to the requirements for OCS sources for which the State of Florida will be the designated COA. The effect of approving the OCS requirements for the State of Florida is to regulate emissions from OCS sources in accordance with the requirements onshore. The change to the existing requirements discussed below is proposed to be incorporated by reference into the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and is listed in the appendix to the OCS air regulations. This proposed action is an annual update of the Florida's OCS Air Regulations. These rules include revisions to existing rules that already apply to OCS sources.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maryland; NOX
Document Number: E8-20000
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-09-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Maryland. This revision pertains to regulations for emission limitations at 15 Maryland power plants. The intended effect of this action is to approve, with one exception, Maryland's regulation which establishes statewide tonnage caps for emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOX) and sulfur dioxide (SO2) from 15 coal-fired electric generating units (EGUs). The exception pertains to a portion of the rule that Maryland requested EPA take no further action on. The provision, which EPA has determined has no impact on the rule that is being finalized today, will be withdrawn in a separate notice. This SIP action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maryland; NOX
Document Number: E8-19999
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-09-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is withdrawing a portion of a proposed rule pertaining to a State of Maryland State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision that establishes tonnage caps for emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOX) and sulfur dioxide (SO2) from 15 coal-fired electric generating units. The proposed rule was published on January 10, 2008 (73 FR 1851). EPA is withdrawing a provision of the rule that Maryland requested we take no further action on. EPA has determined that the provision has no impact on the remainder of the rule, which is being finalized by separate document. This SIP action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).