Clean Energy Incentive Program Design Details; Extension of Comment Period
On June 30, 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule titled, ``Clean Energy Incentive Program Design Details.'' The EPA is extending the comment period on the proposed rule, which was scheduled to close on September 2, 2016, by 60 days until November 1, 2016. The EPA is making this change to allow for requested tribal consultation in response to the proposed rule.
Air Plan Approval; Alabama; Cross-State Air Pollution Rule
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving portions of the October 26, 2015, State Implementation Plan (SIP) submittal from Alabama concerning the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR). Under CSAPR, large electricity generating units (EGUs) in Alabama are subject to Federal Implementation Plans (FIPs) requiring the units to participate in CSAPR's federal trading program for annual emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOX) and one of CSAPR's two federal trading programs for annual emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2). This action approves the incorporation into Alabama's SIP of the state's regulations requiring Alabama EGUs to participate in new CSAPR state trading programs for annual NOX and SO2 emissions integrated with the CSAPR federal trading programs, replacing the corresponding FIP requirements. These CSAPR state trading programs are substantively identical to the CSAPR federal trading programs except with regard to the provisions allocating emission allowances among Alabama units. EPA is approving the portions of the SIP revision concerning these CSAPR state trading programs because these portions of the SIP revision meet the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) and EPA's regulations for approval of a CSAPR full SIP revision replacing the requirements of a CSAPR FIP. Under the CSAPR regulations, approval of these portions of the SIP revision automatically eliminates Alabama units' obligations to participate in CSAPR's federal trading programs for annual NOX and SO2 emissions under the corresponding CSAPR FIPs addressing interstate transport requirements for the 1997 and 2006 Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). Approval of these portions of the SIP revision fully satisfies Alabama's good neighbor obligation under the CAA to prohibit emissions which will significantly contribute to nonattainment or interfere with maintenance of the 1997 and 2006 PM2.5 NAAQS in any other state. This approval also addresses the judicial remand of the federally-established CSAPR Phase 2 SO2 budget for Alabama. EPA is not acting at this time on the portion of Alabama's SIP submittal intended to replace Alabama units' obligations to participate in CSAPR's federal trading program for ozone-season NOX emissions under a separate CSAPR FIP.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality State Implementation Plans; California; San Joaquin Valley; Moderate Area Plan for the 2006 PM2.5
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving elements of the state implementation plan revisions (SIP) submitted by California to address Clean Air Act requirements for the 2006 fine particulate matter (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standards in the San Joaquin Valley Moderate PM2.5 nonattainment area. These SIP revisions are the 2012 PM2.5 Plan, submitted March 4, 2013, the 2014 Supplement, submitted November 6, 2014, and the motor vehicle emission budgets for the 2006 PM2.5 NAAQS submitted November 13, 2015. The EPA is disapproving interpollutant trading ratios identified in the SIP submission for nonattainment new source review permitting purposes because the ratios are not supported by a sufficient technical demonstration.