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Significant U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Notices & Rulemakings

11.01.2011

7/13/11

76 FR 41088

Final Rule.  EPA approved Kentucky’s “infrastructure” submission under the 1997 8-hour ozone standards, submitted by the Kentucky Division for Air Quality (DAQ) to EPA on December 13, 2007.  The approval took effect on August 12, 2011.  See article in this issue of the Greenebaum Air Quality Letter.

7/18/11

76 FR 42052

Final Rule. EPA announced that it was withdrawing the residual risk and technology review portions of the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAPs) for emissions from Petroleum Refineries.  The NESHAP for Petroleum Refineries was originally signed on January 16, 2009. The partial withdrawal became effective August 17, 2011.

7/20/11

76 FR 43136

Final Rule.  EPA disapproved Kentucky’s September 8, 2009 SIP submission intended to meet the requirements for interstate transport for the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS.  See article regarding promulgation of CSAPR in the second quarter 2011 issue of the Greenebaum Air Quality Letter.

7/20/11

76 FR 43490

Final Rule. EPA announced that it was deferring, for three years, the application of PSD and Title V permitting requirements for sources of biogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from bioenergy and other biogenic stationary sources.  The action took effect on July 20, 2011.  See article in second quarter 2011 issue of the Greenebaum Air Quality Letter.

8/1/11

76 FR 46084

Proposed Rule.  EPA announced proposed changes to the Secondary NAAQS for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and sulfur dioxide (SO2). See article in this issue of the Greenebaum Air Quality Letter.

8/4/11

76 FR 47392

Proposed Rule.  EPA proposed to amend certain provisions of the Mandatory Reporting of GHG Rule in order to correct certain technical and editorial errors discovered since the rule’s publication and to clarify and propose amendments to certain portions of the rule.  Industries affected by the proposal include: the petroleum and natural gas industry, underground coal mining, industrial wastewater treatment, suppliers of industrial greenhouse gases, industrial waste landfills, and geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide.  See article in the second quarter 2011 issue of the Greenebaum Air Quality Letter.

8/9/11

76 FR 48758

Proposed Rule.  EPA and the Department of Transportation announced a supplemental notice of intent to adopt vehicle GHG emission standards for light-duty vehicles (passenger cars and light-duty trucks) for the 2017–2025 model years. The agencies announced that they anticipated issuing a final rule by July 31, 2012.

8/23/11

76 FR 52738

Proposed Rule.  EPA proposed amendments to the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) and NESHAPs for the Oil and Natural Gas Sector.  Pursuant to an extension of the original public comment period, public comments are now being accepted through November 30, 2011.

8/25/11

76 FR 53057

Final Rule.  EPA deferred the reporting deadline for data elements used by direct emitter reports as inputs to the emission equations under the Mandatory GHG Reporting Rule.  The deferral took effect on September 9, 2011.  See article in this issue of the Greenebaum Air Quality Letter.

8/31/11

76 FR 54294

Final Rule. As required by a court order governing the agency’s completion of a review of the NAAQS for carbon monoxide (CO), EPA announced that it was retaining the existing primary NAAQS for CO.  EPA further announced that no secondary standards for CO were appropriate at this time.  The final rule took effect October 31, 2011.  See article in this issue of the Greenebaum Air Quality Letter.

9/7/11

76 FR 55542

Final Rule. EPA announced that the tri-state Huntington-Ashland, West Virginia-Kentucky-Ohio, PM2.5 nonattainment area has attained the 1997 annual PM2.5 NAAQS by its attainment date of April 5, 2010.  The final rule took effect on October 7, 2011.  See article in this issue of the Greenebaum Air Quality Letter.

9/7/11

76 FR 55544

Final Rule.  EPA announced that the bi-state Louisville, Kentucky-Indiana PM2.5 nonattainment area has attained the 1997 annual PM2.5 NAAQS by the applicable attainment date of April 5, 2010.  The final rule took effect on October 7, 2011.  See article in this issue of the Greenebaum Air Quality Letter.

9/9/11

76 FR 56010

Proposed Rule.  EPA proposed technical revisions to the Electronics Manufacturing and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Systems source categories of the GHG Reporting Rule.  The agency took public comments on the proposal through October 24, 2011.  See article in this issue of the Greenebaum Air Quality Letter.

9/15/11

76 FR 57106

Final Rule.  EPA and the Department of Transportation announced the final fuel consumption and CO2 emission standards for heavy-duty vehicles, including: combination tractors, heavy-duty pickup trucks and vans, and vocational vehicles.  The final rule also included EPA’s final nitrous oxide and methane emission standards for all heavy-duty engines and pickup trucks and vans.  The standards will be voluntary in 2014 and 2015 model years, and will be mandatory beginning with the 2016 model year.

9/19/11

76 FR 57913

Final Rule/Withdrawal of Direct Final Rule.  EPA announced that it was withdrawing the direct final rule, originally published on June 12, 2008, establishing NESHAPs for the Plating and Polishing area source category due to adverse comment.  EPA had previously (on June 20, 2011) proposed amending certain provisions of the direct final rule.  The existing proposed standard remains pending.

9/27/11

76 FR 59542

Final Rule.  EPA amended the calculation and monitoring provisions in the Electronics Manufacturing portion of the GHG Reporting Rule for the largest semiconductor manufacturing facilities.  The amendment will also extend two deadlines related to the use of best available monitoring methods (BAMM).  The final rule took effect on September 30, 2011.  See article in this issue of the Greenebaum Air Quality Letter.

9/27/11

76 FR 59533

Final Rule.  EPA finalized amendments related to the use of BAMM for the Petroleum and Natural Gas Systems source category for the GHG Reporting Rule.  The final rule took effect September 30, 2011.  See Article in this issue of the Greenebaum Air Quality Letter.

10/14/11

76 FR 63878

Proposed Rule.  EPA proposed revisions to the NSPS for Nitric Acid Plants.  The proposed revisions include a change to the NOx emissions limit, which applies to each nitric acid production unit commencing construction, modification, or reconstruction after October 14, 2011.  The proposed revisions also include additional testing and monitoring requirements.  Comments on the proposal are due by November 24, 2011.

10/21/11

76 FR 65458

Proposed Rule.  EPA proposed to approve redesignation of the Kentucky portion of the Cincinnati-Hamilton, Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana PM2.5 nonattainment area to attainment for the 1997 annual PM2.5 NAAQS, and to approve a proposed SIP revision containing a maintenance plan for the Kentucky portion of the same area.  Comments on the proposal are due by November 21, 2011.

10/24/11

76 FR 65653

Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.  Pursuant to an Executive Order issued by the President on January 18, 2011, EPA requested public comment on its proposed approach to its periodic evaluation of the NSPS program.  EPA is accepting comments on its proposal through November 23, 2011.

 


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