[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 129 (Wednesday, July 8, 2009)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-16079]
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
40 CFR Parts 80, 85, 86, 94, 1027, 1033, 1039, 1042, 1043, 1045,
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Public Hearing for the Category 3 Marine Rule
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
ACTION: Notice of public hearings.
SUMMARY: The EPA is announcing a public hearing to be held for the
proposed rule ``Control of Emissions from New Marine Compression-
Ignition Engines at or Above 30 Liters per Cylinder'' (the proposed
rule is hereinafter referred to as the ``Category 3 Marine Rule''),
which will be published separately in the Federal Register. There will
be two hearings, one held in New York, NY, on August 4, 2009, and one
held in Long Beach, CA on August 6, 2009.
In a separate notice of proposed rulemaking, EPA is proposing
emission standards for new marine diesel engines with per cylinder
displacement at or above 30 liters (called Category 3 marine diesel
engines) installed on U.S. vessels, under section 213 of the Clean Air
Act (CAA or ``the Act''). The proposed engine standards are equivalent
to the nitrogen oxides (NOX) limits recently adopted in the
amendments to Annex VI to the International Convention for the
Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL Annex VI) and are based on
the position advanced by the United States Government as part of those
international negotiations. The near-term standards for newly-built
engines would apply beginning in 2011. Long-term standards would begin
in 2016 and are based on the application of high-efficiency
aftertreatment technology. We are also proposing a change to our diesel
fuel program that would forbid the production and sale of marine fuel
oil above 1,000 ppm sulfur for use in the waters within the proposed
U.S. ECA and internal U.S. waters and allow for the production and sale
of 1,000 ppm sulfur fuel for use in Category 3 marine vessels.
The proposal is part of a coordinated strategy to ensure that all
ships that affect U.S. air quality meet stringent NOX and
fuel sulfur requirements. In addition, on March 27, 2009, the U.S.
Government forwarded a proposal to the International Maritime
Organization (IMO) to amend MARPOL Annex VI to designate an Emission
Control Area (ECA) off U.S. coasts. If this proposed amendment is not
timely adopted by IMO, we intend to take supplemental action to control
emissions from vessels affecting U.S. air quality.
The proposed regulations also include technical amendments to our
motor vehicle and nonroad engine regulations. Many of these changes
involve minor adjustments or corrections to our recently finalized rule
for new nonroad spark-ignition engines, or adjustments to other
regulatory provisions to align with this recently finalized rule. Our
coordinated strategy also includes proposed regulations to implement
MARPOL Annex VI pursuant to the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships.
DATES: The public hearings will be held on Tuesday, August 4, 2009 in
New York, NY, and on Thursday, August 6, 2009, in Long Beach, CA. If
you would like to speak at a public hearing, please notify the contact
person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT at least ten days
before the hearing. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for other detailed
information regarding the public hearings for the Category 3 Marine
ADDRESSES: The hearings will be held at the following two locations:
New York Marriott Downtown, 85 West Street, New York, NY 10006; and
Westin Long Beach, 333 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90802.
Written comments on the proposed rule may also be submitted to EPA
electronically, by mail, by facsimile, or through hand delivery/
courier. Please refer to the notice of proposed rulemaking for the
addresses and detailed instructions for submitting written comments.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amy Kopin, U.S. EPA, Office of
Transportation and Air Quality, Assessment and Standards Division
(ASD), Environmental Protection Agency, 2000 Traverwood Drive, Ann
Arbor, MI 48105; telephone number: (734) 214-4417; fax number: (734)
214-4050; e-mail address: [email protected]; or Assessment and
Standards Division Hotline, telephone number: (734) 214-4636.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The proposal for which EPA is holding the
public hearing will be published separately in the Federal Register. A
pre-publication copy of the notice of proposed rulemaking is available
on the following Web site: http://www.epa.gov/otaq/oceanvessels.htm.
Public Hearings: The public hearings will provide interested
parties the opportunity to present data, views, or arguments concerning
the proposed rule. The EPA may ask clarifying questions during the oral
presentations, but will not respond to the presentations at that time.
Written statements and supporting information submitted during the
comment period will be considered with the same weight as any oral
comments and supporting information presented at the public hearings.
Written comments must be received by the last day of the comment
period, as specified in the proposal of the Category 3 Marine Rule.
The public hearings will be held on August 4, 2009 in New York, and
August 6, 2009, in Long Beach, CA. These hearings will both start at 10
a.m. local time and continue until everyone has had a chance to speak.
If you would like to speak at a public hearing, please notify the
contact person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT at least
ten days before the hearing. Verbatim transcripts of the hearings and
written statements will be included in the rulemaking docket.
How Can I Get Copies of This Document, the Proposed Rule, and Other
The EPA has established a docket for this action under Docket ID
No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2007-0121. When the proposed rule is published in the
Federal Register, a complete set of documents related to the proposal
will be available for public inspection at the EPA Docket Center,
located at 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room 3334, Washington, DC,
between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal
holidays. A reasonable fee may be charged for copying. Documents are
also available through the electronic docket system at http://www.regulations.gov. Please refer to the notice of proposed rulemaking
for detailed information on accessing information related to the
The EPA has also developed a Web site for the proposed rule. A copy
of the notice of proposed rulemaking (which is essentially the same as
the proposal that will be published) was posted on the EPA Web site
prior to publication in the Federal Register. The EPA Web site for the
rulemaking, which includes information about the public hearings, can
be found at: http://www.epa.gov/otaq/oceanvessels.htm.
Dated: June 25, 2009.
Margo T. Oge,
Director, Office of Transportation and Air Quality.
[FR Doc. E9-16079 Filed 7-7-09; 8:45 am]
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