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EPA/AR RIN: 2060-AR34 Publication ID: Fall 2013 
Title: Implementation of the 2008 National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone: State Implementation Plan Requirements 
Abstract: This final rule will address a range of implementation requirements for the 2008 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone, including requirements pertaining to attainment demonstrations, reasonable further progress, reasonably available control technology, reasonably available control measures, nonattainment new source review, emission inventories, and the timing of State Implementation Plan submissions and compliance. Other issues also addressed in this final rule are the revocation of the 1997 ozone NAAQS for purposes other than transportation conformity; anti-backsliding requirements that would apply when the 1997 NAAQS are revoked; and routes to terminate the section 185 fee program. 
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 50; 40 CFR 51; 40 CFR 70; 40 CFR 71 
Legal Authority: 42 USC 7409; 42 USC 7410; 42 USC 7511 to 7511f; 42 USC 7601(a)(1) 
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need: This rule is needed to establish requirements for what states must include in their state implementation plans (SIPs) to bring nonattainment areas into compliance with the 2008 ozone NAAQS. There is no court-ordered deadline for this final rule. However, the CAA requires the nonattainment area plans addressed by this rule to be developed and submitted by states within 2 to 3 years after the July 20, 2012 date of nonattainment designations.

Summary of the Legal Basis: CAA Section110

Alternatives: The proposed rule included several alternatives for meeting implementation requirements, including but not limited to options for SIP submittal dates, NOx substitution for VOC in RFP SIPs, alternative baseline years for RFP and alternatives for addressing anti-backsliding requirements once the 1997 ozone NAAQS has been revoked. Additionally the EPA is solicited comments on a number of topics, including alternative approaches to achieving RFP, RACT flexibility and alternate revocation dates for the 1997 ozone NAAQS.

Anticipated Costs and Benefits: The annual burden for this information collection averaged over the first 3 years is estimated to be a total of 120,000 labor hours per year at an annual labor cost of $2.4 million (present value) over the 3-year period or approximately $91,000 per State for the 26 State respondents, including the District of Columbia. The average annual reporting burden is 690 hours per response, with approximately 2 responses per State for 58 State respondents. There are no capital or operating and maintenance costs associated with the proposed rule requirements. Burden is defined at 5 CFR 1320.3(b).

Risks: Ozone concentrations that exceed the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) to can cause adverse public health and welfare effects, as discussed in the March 27, 2008 Final Rule for NAAQS for Ozone (73 FR 16436).

Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  06/06/2013  78 FR 34177 
NPRM Comment Period Extended  07/24/2013  78 FR 44485 
Final Rule  05/00/2014   
Additional Information: Docket #:EPA-HQ-OAR-2010-0885
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, State, Tribal 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Karl Pepple
Environmental Protection Agency
Air and Radiation
C539-01,
Research Triangle Park, NC 27711
Phone:206 553-1778
Fax:919 541-0824
Email: pepple.karl@epa.gov

Megan Brachtl
Environmental Protection Agency
Air and Radiation
C539-01,
Research Triangle Park, NC 27711
Phone:919 541-2648
Fax:919 541-5315
Email: brachtl.megan@epa.gov

 
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