Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Connecticut; Regional Haze
On March 26, 2012, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed to approve a revision to the Connecticut State Implementation Plan (SIP) that addresses regional haze for the first planning period from 2008 through 2018. The SIP was submitted by the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (now known as Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection or ``CT DEEP'') on November 18, 2009, with additional submittals on February 24, 2012 and March 12, 2012. In the March 26, 2012 rulemaking, pursuant to CT DEEP's request under parallel processing, EPA proposed approval of Connecticut's proposed regulation establishing an intra- state nitrogen oxides (NOX) trading program. This rule was designed to serve as a Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) replacement rule and was one component of the State's alternative to Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART) plan. Connecticut is, however, along with the other eastern States, continuing to implement CAIR. On November 23, 2012, CT DEEP submitted a letter withdrawing the State's February 24, 2012 parallel processing request of its CAIR replacement rule. In today's action, EPA is supplementing our March 26, 2012 proposal to include the proposed approval of Connecticut's alternative to BART plan based in part on Connecticut's CAIR rule, as originally submitted by the State on November 18, 2009.
Proposed Settlement Agreement Pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, as Amended by the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986; in Re: Bay State Plating and Polishing Inc., Superfund Site, Located in Lawrence, MA
In accordance with the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation, and Liability Act, as amended (``CERCLA''), notice is hereby given of a Proposed Settlement Agreement under Section 122(h) of CERCLA, between the United States, on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA'') and Pacific Mills Acquisition, LLC (the ``Settling Party'') with respect to the Bay State Plating and Polishing Inc. Superfund Site (the ``Site''). EPA completed a removal action at the Site in 2005 incurring a total of approximately $600,500. Pursuant to the Proposed Settlement Agreement, the Settling Party agrees to pay EPA $300,000 in exchange for EPA to release a lien on property owned by the Settling Party. The Settling Party has demonstrated a limited ability to pay and this Proposed Settlement Agreement represents a fair and reasonable compromise of EPA's past costs. For thirty (30) days following the date of publication of this notice, the Agency will receive written comments relating to the Proposed Settlement Agreement. EPA will consider all comments received and may modify or withdraw its consent to the Settlement Agreement if comments received disclose facts or considerations which indicate that the settlement is inappropriate, improper, or inadequate. EPA's response to any comments received will be available for public inspection at 5 Post Office Square, Boston, MA 02109.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Colorado; Revisions to New Source Review Rules
EPA is taking final action to approve revisions adopted by the State of Colorado on December 15, 2005, to Regulation No. 3 (Air Pollutant Emission Notice and Permitting Requirements). Colorado submitted the request for approval of these rule revisions into the State Implementation Plan (SIP) on August 21, 2006. The revisions remove repealed provisions in Regulation No. 3 that pertain to the issuance of Colorado air quality permits; the revisions also implement other minor administrative changes and renumbering. The intended effect of this action is to take final action to approve the rules that are consistent with the Clean Air Act (CAA.) This action is being taken under section 110 of the CAA.