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EPA/AR RIN: 2060-AS00 Publication ID: Spring 2015 
Title: Revisions to Ambient Monitoring Quality Assurance and Other Requirements 
Abstract: Quality assurance (QA) and other ambient monitoring requirements have become increasingly complex based on factors such as revisions to the national ambient air quality standards and the introduction of new networks such as NCore and Near-road monitoring. This complexity has increased the burden on state and local agencies who must comply with the requirements as well as the EPA Regions and Headquarters staff that must interpret the regulations and provide supplemental explanatory guidance. This action will reduce the compliance burden on states by identifying opportunities for efficiency in the implementation of QA regulations and also by clarifying rule language to more clearly articulate minimum technical requirements. In addition to proposing a simplified structure for QA requirements described in the CFR, this action will address other common-sense revisions that have been suggested by states or EPA staff in the areas of data reporting and certification, annual monitoring network plans, and network design including nonsource monitoring for lead. The overall goal of this rule is the identification of opportunities for monitoring agency burden reduction while maintaining the current high quality of the resulting ambient data. 
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 58   
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq. Clean Air Act   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  09/11/2014  79 FR 54355   
Final Rule  07/00/2015 
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:
Lewis Weinstock
Environmental Protection Agency
Air and Radiation
Research Triangle Park, NC 27711
Phone:919 541-3661
Fax:919 541-1903