[Federal Register Volume 63, Number 247 (Thursday, December 24, 1998)]
[Pages 71286-71287]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 98-34148]



Proposed Implementation Guidance for the Revised Ozone and 
Particulate Matter (PM) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) 
and Regional Haze Program

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice of extension of comment period.


SUMMARY: The EPA is hereby extending by 22 days, the closing date of 
the public comment period regarding EPA's notice of availability 
published November 27, 1998 at 63 FR 65593. The original comment period 
was to close on December 28, 1998. The new closing date will be January 
19, 1999.

DATES: Comments. All comments regarding EPA's notice of availability 
issued on November 27, 1998 must be received by EPA on or before close 
of business January 19, 1999.

ADDRESSES: Comments should be submitted (in duplicate, if possible) to: 
Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center (6101), Attention: 
Docket No. A-95-38, Category IV-I, U.S. Environmental Protection 
Agency, 401 M Street SW, Room M-1500, Washington, DC 20460, telephone 
(202) 260-7548, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, 
excluding legal holidays. A reasonable fee may be charged for copying. 
Comments and data may also be submitted electronically by following the 
instructions under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION of this document. No 
confidential business information (CBI) should be submitted through e-

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general questions on the document 
or for specific questions and comments on the ozone portion of this 
guidance, contact Mr. John Silvasi, U.S. EPA, MD-15, Research Triangle 
Park, NC 27711, telephone (919) 541-5666, e-mail address 
``[email protected]''; for specific questions and comments on the PM 
portion of this guidance, contact Mr. Larry Wallace, U.S. EPA, MD-15, 
Research Triangle Park, NC 27711, telephone (919) 541-0906, e-mail 
address ``[email protected]''; and for specific questions and 
comments on the regional haze portion of this guidance, contact Mr. 
Rich Damberg, U.S. EPA, MD-15, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711, 
telephone (919) 541-5592, e-mail address ``[email protected]''.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The purpose of this guidance is to set forth 
EPA's current views on the issues identified above. These issues will 
be addressed in future rulemakings as appropriate, e.g., actions 
approving or disapproving SIP submittals. In those rulemakings, EPA 
plans to propose to take a particular action based in whole or in part 
on its views of the relevant issues, and the public will have an 
opportunity to comment on EPA's interpretations during the rulemakings. 
When EPA issues final rules based on its views at that time, those 
views will be binding on the States, the public, and EPA as a matter of 
    Electronic Availability--A World Wide Web (WWW) site has been 
developed for overview information on the NAAQS and the ozone, PM, and 
regional haze implementation process. The Uniform Resource Location 
(URL) for the home page of the web site is http://ttnwww.rtpnc.epa.gov/
implement. The proposed implementation guidance can be accessed through 
this web site in a table entitled ``Major Action Items to Reinvent 
Ozone and PM NAAQS and Regional Haze Implementation.'' The URL for the 
table is http://ttnwww.rtpnc.epa.gov/implement/actions.htm. For 
assistance with these web sites, the TTN Helpline is (919) 541-5384. 
For those persons without electronic capability, a copy of the proposed 
implementation guidance may be obtained from Ms. Tricia Crabtree, U.S. 
EPA, MD-15, Air Quality Strategies and Standards Division, Research 
Triangle Park, NC 27711, telephone (919) 541-5688).
    The official record for this proposed guidance, as well as the 
public version, has been established under docket number A-95-38 
(including comments and data submitted electronically as described 
below). A public version of this record, including printed, paper 
versions of electronic comments, which does not include any information 
claimed as CBI, is available for inspection from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 
p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The official 
proposed rulemaking record is located at the address in ADDRESSES at 
the beginning of this document. Electronic comments can be sent 
directly to EPA at: A-and-

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R-D[email protected]. Electronic comments must be submitted as an 
ASCII file avoiding the use of special characters and any form of 
encryption. Comments and data will also be accepted on disks in 
WordPerfect file format or ASCII file format. All comments and data in 
electronic form must be identified by the docket number A-95-38. 
Electronic comments on this proposed rule may be filed online at many 
Federal Depository Libraries.

    Dated: December 17, 1998.
John S. Seitz,
Director, Office of Air Quality, Planning and Standards.
[FR Doc. 98-34148 Filed 12-23-98; 8:45 am]