[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 153 (Friday, August 8, 2014)]
[Page 46436]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-18819]



[EPA-R09-OAR-2014-0485; FRL-9914-85-Region 9]

Adequacy Status of Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets in Submitted 
8-Hour Ozone Attainment Plan for Sacramento Metro; California

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

ACTION: Notice of adequacy.


SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is notifying the 
public that the Agency has found that the motor vehicle emissions 
budgets (MVEBs) for ozone for the years 2014, 2017, and 2018 in the 
Sacramento Regional 8-Hour Ozone Attainment Plan and Reasonable Further 
Progress Plan, 2013 SIP Revisions (``2013 Sacramento Ozone Plan'') are 
adequate for transportation conformity purposes. The 2013 Sacramento 
Ozone Plan was submitted to EPA on December 31, 2013 by the California 
Air Resources Board (CARB) as a revision to the California State 
Implementation Plan (SIP) and includes an attainment demonstration for 
the 1997 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard. Upon the 
effective date of this notice of adequacy, the Sacramento Area Council 
of Governments and the U.S. Department of Transportation must use the 
MVEBs for future conformity determinations.

DATES: This finding is effective August 25, 2014.

Air Division AIR-2, 75 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, CA 94105-3901, 
(415) 972-3963 or [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Throughout this document, whenever ``we,'' 
``us,'' or ``our'' is used, we mean EPA.
    Today's notice is simply an announcement of a finding that we have 
already made. EPA sent a letter to CARB on July 25, 2014 stating that 
the MVEBs for oxides of nitrogen (NOX) and volatile organic 
compounds (VOCs) in the submitted 2013 Sacramento Ozone Plan for the 
years of 2014, 2017, and 2018 are adequate. The adequate MVEBs are 
provided in the following table:

                        Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets in the 2013 Sacramento Ozone Plan
                                                     NOX                                    VOC
            Budget year                 2014         2017         2018         2014         2017         2018
Tons per average summer weekday...           49           39           37           23           18           17

    Receipt of the MVEBs in the 2013 Sacramento Ozone Plan was 
announced on EPA's transportation conformity Web site on May 20, 2014. 
We received no comments in response to the adequacy review posting. The 
finding is available at EPA's transportation conformity Web site: 
    Transportation conformity is required by Clean Air Act section 
176(c). EPA's conformity rule requires that transportation plans, 
transportation improvement programs, and projects conform to SIPs and 
establishes the criteria and procedures for determining whether or not 
they do conform. Conformity to a SIP means that transportation 
activities will not produce new air quality violations, worsen existing 
violations, or delay timely attainment of the national ambient air 
quality standards.
    The criteria by which we determine whether a SIP's MVEBs are 
adequate for conformity purposes are outlined in 40 CFR 93.118(e)(4) 
which was promulgated in our August 15, 1997 final rule (62 FR 43780, 
43781-43783). We have further described our process for determining the 
adequacy of submitted SIP budgets in our July 1, 2004 final rule (69 FR 
40004, 40038), and we used the information in these resources in making 
our adequacy determination. Please note that an adequacy review is 
separate from EPA's completeness review, and should not be used to 
prejudge EPA's ultimate approval action for the SIP. Even if we find a 
budget adequate, the SIP could later be disapproved.

    Authority: 42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.

    Dated: July 25, 2014.
Jared Blumenfeld,
Regional Administrator, Region IX.
[FR Doc. 2014-18819 Filed 8-7-14; 8:45 am]