[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 109 (Thursday, June 7, 2007)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 31492-31493]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E7-10766]



40 CFR Part 52

[EPA-R06-OAR-2007-0386; FRL-8321-8]

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; 
Texas; Revision to the Texas State Implementation Plan Regarding a 
Negative Declaration for the Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturing 
Industry Batch Processing Source Category in El Paso County

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Proposed rule.


SUMMARY: Section 172(c)(1) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) requires areas 
that are not attaining a National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) 
to reduce emissions from existing sources by adopting, at a minimum, 

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available control technology (RACT). EPA has established source 
categories for which RACT must be implemented. If no major sources of 
volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions in a particular source 
category exist in a nonattainment area, a State may submit a negative 
declaration for that category. Texas submitted a State Implementation 
Plan (SIP) revision which included negative declarations for certain 
source categories in the El Paso 1-hour ozone standard nonattainment 
area. EPA previously approved the State's declaration that no major 
sources existed for 9 source categories in the El Paso area. In the 
approval EPA neglected to approve the negative declaration for the 
synthetic organic chemical manufacturing industry (SOCMI) batch 
processing category in the El Paso area. EPA is proposing to approve 
this negative declaration for the El Paso 1-hour ozone standard 
nonattainment area.

DATES: Written comments must be received by July 9, 2007.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be mailed to Mr. Carl Young, Acting Chief, Air 
Planning Section (6PD-L), Environmental Protection Agency, 1445 Ross 
Avenue, Suite 1200, Dallas, Texas 75202-2733. Comments may also be 
submitted electronically or through hand delivery/courier by following 
the detailed instructions in the ADDRESSES section of the direct final 
rule located in the rules section of this Federal Register.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeffrey Riley, Air Planning Section 
(6PD-L), Environmental Protection Agency, Region 6, 1445 Ross Avenue, 
Suite 700, Dallas, Texas 75202-2733, telephone 214-665-8542; fax number 
214-665-7263; e-mail address [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In the final rules section of this Federal 
Register, EPA is approving the State's SIP submittal as a direct final 
rule without prior proposal because the Agency views this as a 
noncontroversial submittal and anticipates no relevant adverse 
comments. A detailed rationale for the approval is set forth in the 
direct final rule. If no relevant adverse comments are received in 
response to this action, no further activity is contemplated. If EPA 
receives relevant adverse comments, the direct final rule will be 
withdrawn and all public comments received will be addressed in a 
subsequent final rule based on this proposed rule. EPA will not 
institute a second comment period. Any parties interested in commenting 
on this action should do so at this time. Please note that if EPA 
receives adverse comment on an amendment, paragraph, or section of the 
rule, and if that provision may be severed from the remainder of the 
rule, EPA may adopt as final those provisions of the rule that are not 
the subject of an adverse comment.
    For additional information, see the direct final rule which is 
located in the rules section of this Federal Register.

    Dated: May 21, 2007.
Richard E. Greene,
Regional Administrator, Region 6.
[FR Doc. E7-10766 Filed 6-6-07; 8:45 am]