[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 46 (Tuesday, March 10, 2015)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 12607]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-05259]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

40 CFR Part 52

[EPA-R01-OAR-2014-0275; A-1-FRL-9924-18-Region 1]


Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; 
Rhode Island; Transportation Conformity

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

ACTION: Proposed rule.

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SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to 
approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the 
State of Rhode Island on February 21, 2014. This revision includes a 
regulation adopted by Rhode Island that establishes procedures to 
follow for transportation conformity determinations. Conformity to the 
purpose of the SIP means that transportation activities will not cause 
new air quality violations, worsen existing violations, or delay timely 
attainment of the national ambient air quality standards. The intended 
effect of this action is to propose to approve Rhode Island's 
transportation conformity regulation into the Rhode Island SIP. This 
action is being taken in accordance with the Clean Air Act.

DATES: Written comments must be received on or before April 9, 2015.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-R01-
OAR-2014-0275 by one of the following methods:
    1. www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line instructions for 
submitting comments.
    2. Email: [email protected]. Fax: (617) 918-0047.
    3. Mail: EPA-R01-OAR-2014-0275, Anne Arnold, U.S. Environmental 
Protection Agency, EPA New England Regional Office, 5 Post Office 
Square--Suite 100, (Mail code OEP05-2), Boston, MA 02109-3912. Hand 
Delivery or Courier. Deliver your comments to: Anne Arnold, Manager, 
Air Quality Planning Unit, Office of Ecosystem Protection, U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency, EPA New England Regional Office, 5 
Post Office Square--Suite 100, (Mail code OEP05-2), Boston, MA 02109-
3912. Such deliveries are only accepted during the Regional Office's 
normal hours of operation. The Regional Office's official hours of 
business are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding 
legal holidays.
    Please see the direct final rule which is located in the Rules 
Section of this Federal Register for detailed instructions on how to 
submit comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Anne Arnold, Air Quality Planning 
Unit, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA New England Regional 
Office, 5 Post Office Square--Suite 100, (Mail code OEP05-2), Boston, 
MA 02109-3912, telephone number (617) 918-1047, fax number (617) 918-
1047, email [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: February 4, 2015.
H. Curtis Spalding,
Regional Administrator, EPA New England.
[FR Doc. 2015-05259 Filed 3-9-15; 8:45 am]
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