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EPA/AR RIN: 2060-AQ06 Publication ID: Spring 2010 
Title: ●Amendments to the Protocol Gas Verification Program, and Minimum Competency Requirements for Air Emission Testing 
Abstract: This rule amends two provisions in 40 CFR part 75 (emission monitoring for cap and trade programs): (1) a Protocol Gas Verification Program (PGVP) to better ensure the accuracy of calibration gases used by affected sources and regulatory agencies; and (2) minimum competency requirements for Air Emission Testing Bodies (AETB) also known as stack test companies, when performing stack testing under 40 CFR part 75. These two provisions were originally published in the FR as a final rule on January 24, 2008, but EPA was sued on both provisions. The amendments are described below. The old PGVP provision was alleged to have violated the Miscellaneous Receipts Act by improperly augmenting EPA's appropriation in arranging for payment of a formerly Agency funded audit program with private funds and a key document was not in the docket. The amended PGVP provision remedies these averred deficiencies by providing for payment to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which has statutory authority to receive such funds and by ensuring that all relevant material will be placed in the docket. The old AETB provision was alleged to have placed enforceable competency requirements on affected sources that did not have total control over implementing those requirements, and did not provide sufficient time for power plants with in-house stack test teams to comply. The amended AETB provision relies on certain documentation provided at the time of stack testing as sufficient proof of validity of test data that otherwise meets the requirements of part 75 and extends the compliance deadline. 
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 72.2 (Revision); 40 CFR 75.4 (Revision); 40 CFR 75.6 (Revision); 40 CFR 75.21 (Revision); 40 CFR 75.22 (Revision); 40 CFR 75.47 (Revision); 40 CFR 75.53 (Revision); 40 CFR 75.57 (Revision); 40 CFR 75.58 (Revision); 40 CFR 75.59 (Revision); 40 CFR 75.62 (Revision); 40 CFR 75.63 (Revision); 40 CFR 75.64 (Revision); 40 CFR 75 Appendix A (Revision); 40 CFR 75 Appendix B (Revision); 40 CFR 75 Appendix E (Revision) 
Legal Authority: 42 USC 7601 and 7651, et seq 
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  04/00/2010   
Final Action  08/00/2010   
Additional Information: SAN No. 5409; EPA Docket information: EPA-HQ-OAR-2009-0837.
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
John Schakenbach
Environmental Protection Agency
Air and Radiation
6204J,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 343-9158
Email: Schakenbach.John@epamail.epa.gov

Ragan Tate
Environmental Protection Agency
Air and Radiation
2344A,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 564-7382
Email: Tate.Ragan@epamail.epa.gov

 
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