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EPA/RODENVER RIN: 2008-AA02 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Federal Implementation Plan for Existing Oil and Natural Gas Sources; Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation in Utah 

Promulgating these Federal regulations will address an important initial step to fill the "regulatory gap" with regard to controlling VOC emissions from oil and natural gas production operations on Indian country lands within the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation, an area within the Uinta Basin which has been experiencing wintertime ozone levels that exceed the National Ambient Air Quality Standards. However, the EPA does not intend, nor does it expect, this gap-filling regulation to impose significantly different regulatory burdens than those imposed by the rules of the Utah Department of Environmental Quality's Division of Air Quality (UDAQ) for operations in the surrounding areas. This rule is intended to formally "level the playing field." In other words, the EPA intends that the public within the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation receive equivalent air quality protections as the public outside the Reservation while oil and natural gas production operations within the Reservation are regulated in a similar fashion as those operations subject to the UDAQ requirements. This rule would apply to any person who currently owns or operates or plans to own or operate an existing oil and natural gas production facility within the exterior boundaries of the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation. The primary stakeholders are the oil and natural gas operators on the Reservation, the Ute Indian Tribe, State of Utah, and the public.

Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 49   
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 7601-7627   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/00/2016 
Final Rule  06/00/2017 
Additional Information: Docket #:EPA-R08-OAR-2015-0709
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, State, Tribal 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
Sectors Affected: 21 Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Claudia Smith
Environmental Protection Agency
Regional Office Denver
1595 Wynkoop Street, Mail Code: R08-OPRA,
Denver, CO 80202
Phone:303 312-6520

Chris Stoneman
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Air and Radiation
MD-15, C304-01,
Research Triangle Park, NC 27711
Phone:919 541-0823
Fax:919 541-0072