[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 154 (Wednesday, August 10, 2011)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 49391]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-20208]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

40 CFR Part 52

[EPA-R05-OAR-2008-0448; FRL-9450-2]


Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; 
Minnesota; Rules Update

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Proposed rule.

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SUMMARY: EPA is proposing to take several actions on a revision to the 
Minnesota State Implementation Plan (SIP) which updates Minnesota's 
rules in the SIP. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) 
submitted the SIP revision to EPA on May 5, 2008. EPA is proposing to 
approve the majority of MPCA's submittal, which will result in 
consistent enforceability of rules at the state and Federal levels. EPA 
is proposing to defer action on two sections of Minnesota's rules 
related to the state's operating permit program. Finally, EPA is 
proposing to disapprove the state's request to remove the Minneapolis/
St. Paul vehicle inspection and maintenance program from the Minnesota 
SIP. These actions are approvable because they are consistent with the 
Clean Air Act (CAA) and EPA regulations.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before September 9, 2011.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-R05-
OAR-2008-0448, by one of the following methods:
    1. http://www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line instructions for 
submitting comments.
    2. E-mail: [email protected].
    3. Fax: (312) 408-2279.
    4. Mail: Doug Aburano, Chief, Control Strategies Section, Air 
Programs Branch (AR-18J), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 77 West 
Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois 60604.
    5. Hand Delivery: Doug Aburano, Chief, Control Strategies Section, 
Air Programs Branch (AR-18J), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 77 
West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois 60604. Such deliveries are 
only accepted during the Regional Office normal hours of operation, and 
special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed 
information. The Regional Office official hours of business are Monday 
through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding Federal holidays.
    Please see the direct final rule which is located in the Final 
Rules section of this Federal Register for detailed instructions on how 
to submit comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christos Panos, Environmental 
Engineer, Attainment Planning and Maintenance Section, Air Programs 
Branch (AR-18J), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5, 77 
West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois 60604, (312) 353-8328, 
[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 adverse comments. A 
detailed rationale for the approval is set forth in the direct final 
rule. If no adverse comments are received in response to this rule, no 
further activity is contemplated. If EPA receives 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 this 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: July 29, 2011.
Susan Hedman,
Regional Administrator, Region 5.
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