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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 16-2000


Pennsylvania's 2016 Annual Ambient Air Monitoring Network Plan; Revision to Appendix E; Available for Public Comment

[46 Pa.B. 7393]
[Saturday, November 19, 2016]

 On October 17, 2006, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated final amendments to the National ambient air monitoring requirements for criteria pollutants in 40 CFR Parts 53 and 58 (relating to ambient air monitoring reference and equivalent methods; and ambient air quality surveillance). See 71 FR 61236 (October 17, 2006). The EPA's final rule requires state and local agencies to enhance air monitoring to ''improve public health protection and better inform the public about air quality in their communities.'' Under 40 CFR 58.10 (relating to annual monitoring network plan and periodic network assessment), air quality state and local monitoring agencies must adopt an annual air monitoring network plan and make the plan available for public inspection for at least 30 days prior to final submission to the EPA Regional Administrator.

 The Department published notice of the availability of the 2016 Annual Ambient Air Monitoring Network Plan (Plan) for a 30-day public comment period at 46 Pa.B. 3140 (June 18, 2016). The Plan included a statement of purpose for each monitor and evidence that siting and operation of each monitor meets Federal requirements. The EPA may also provide an opportunity for review and comment prior to approving or disapproving a state's monitoring network plan.

 On November 19, 2016, a revised version of Appendix E of the Plan will be made available for public comment on the Department's web site at The Plan has been revised to address changes that have been made to the plans of the seven facilities that were proposing to undergo the monitoring pathway to meet the air quality characterization requirement outlined in the EPA's SO2 Data Requirements Rule.

 The public is invited to submit comments on this revised version of Appendix E. Comments must be received by the Department on or before December 19, 2016. Written comments should be sent to the attention of Nicholas Lazor, Chief, Division of Air Quality Monitoring, Bureau of Air Quality, P.O. Box 8468, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8468 or Use ''Annual Monitoring Network Plan—Revision to Appendix E'' as the subject line.

Acting Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 16-2000. Filed for public inspection November 18, 2016, 9:00 a.m.]

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