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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 97-1745


Proposed Revision to the State Implementation Plan; Ozone Attainment Plan; Pittsburgh-Beaver Valley Ozone Nonattainment Area; Public Hearing

[27 Pa.B. 5652]

   The Department of Environmental Protection proposes to submit to the Environmental Protection Agency an attainment plan for ozone for the Pittsburgh-Beaver Valley Ozone Nonattainment Area as an amendment to the Pennsylvania State Implementation Plan (SIP). This area includes Allegheny, Armstrong, Butler, Beaver, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland Counties.

   Since air pollution coming into Pennsylvania substantially interferes with the Commonwealth's ability to attain the health-based air quality standard for ozone, Pennsylvania has filed a petition under section 126 of the Federal Clean Air Act (act) requesting that EPA impose emission limitations on large upwind sources of NOx emissions. In addition, the Federal Environmental Protection Agency has determined that transport of ozone from mid-west and southern states significantly contributes to nonattainment of the ozone National ambient air quality standards (NAAQS), or interferes with maintenance of the NAAQS, in Pennsylvania and has proposed emission reductions under section 110 of the act to address this transport issue. Final action by EPA is essential to reduce the amount of air pollution entering Pennsylvania.

   In addition to proposing reductions in interstate transport, Pennsylvania has adopted local emissions reduction measures. These local emission reduction measures include: (a) nitrogen oxides control on large fossil-fuel fired combustion sources, (b) controls on gasoline pumps to reduce gasoline vapors (Stage II), (c) clean gasoline requirement; and (d) the low enhanced vehicle emission test and repair program with a gas cap pressure test, additional anti-tampering provisions and increased emphasis on repair technician training.

   The Department will hold one public hearing to receive comments on the proposed SIP amendment. The public hearing will be held at 1 p.m. on December 2, 1997 at the Department of Environmental Protection's office at 400 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, PA.

   Persons wishing to present testimony at the hearing should contact Vicki Walters at (717) 787-9495 or at P. O. Box 8468, Harrisburg, PA 17105 to reserve a time to present testimony. Persons who do not reserve a time to testify will be able to testify after pre-registered witnesses. Each witness must keep oral testimony to 10 minutes. Please submit three written copies of the oral testimony at the hearing. Each organization should designate one witness to present testimony on its behalf.

   Persons interested in submitting written comments should send the comments to J. Wick Havens, Chief, Division of Air Resource Management, P. O. Box 8468, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8468. Written comments must be received by the close of business December 5, 1997. Copies of the proposed revision may be obtained from Mr. Havens at the above address or by telephone at (717) 787-4310 (e-mail: This proposal is also available on the DEP Web site at (choose Public Participation Center/Proposals Open for Comment). The proposal is also available for inspection at the DEP office at 400 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (contact Joseph Pezze at (412) 442-4161.

   Persons with a disability who wish to attend the hearing and require an auxiliary aid, service or other accommodation to participate in the proceeding should contact Mr. Havens at the above address or telephone number; or for TDD users, the AT&T Relay Service at (800) 654-5984 to discuss how the Department can best accommodate their needs.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 97-1745. Filed for public inspection October 31, 1997, 9:00 a.m.]

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