[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 64 (Friday, April 3, 2015)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 18177-18179]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-07774]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

40 CFR Parts 50, 51, and 93

[EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0691; FRL-9925-73-OAR]
RIN 2060-AQ48


Fine Particulate Matter National Ambient Air Quality Standards: 
State Implementation Plan Requirements

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice of public hearing and extension of comment period.

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SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a 
public hearing to be held for the proposed rule titled, ``Fine 
Particulate Matter National Ambient Air Quality Standards: State 
Implementation Plan Requirements'' which published in the Federal 
Register on March 23, 2015. The hearing will be held on Wednesday, 
April 29, 2015, in Washington, DC The EPA is also announcing extension 
of the comment period for the proposed rule to May 29, 2015, to allow 
for sufficient time after the public hearing for commenters to submit 
comments.

DATES: Public Hearing. The public hearing will be held on April 29, 
2015, in Washington, DC Please refer to SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for 
additional information on the public hearing. Comments. Comments must 
be received on or before May 29, 2015.

ADDRESSES: Public Hearing. The April 29, 2015, public hearing will be 
held at the EPA, William Jefferson Clinton East Building, Room 1117A, 
1201 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20004. Identification is 
required. If your driver's license is issued by Alaska, American Samoa, 
Arizona, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, 
New York, Oklahoma, or the state of Washington, you must present an 
additional form of identification to enter (see SUPPLEMENTARY 
INFORMATION for additional information on this location).
    Comments. Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-
OAR-2013-0691, by one of the following methods:
     http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line 
instructions for submitting comments.
     Email: [email protected].
     Mail: Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center, 
Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0691, Environmental Protection 
Agency, Mailcode: 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 
20460. In

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addition, please mail a copy of your comments on the information 
collection (ICR) provisions to the Office of Information and Regulatory 
Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Attn: Desk Officer for 
EPA, 725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503.
     Hand Delivery: Air and Radiation Docket and Information 
Center, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0691, Environmental 
Protection Agency in the EPA Headquarters Library, Room No. 3334 in the 
EPA Docket Center, located at William Jefferson Clinton Building West, 
1301 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20004. Such deliveries are 
only accepted during the Docket's normal hours of operation, and 
special arrangements should be made for delivery of boxed information.
    Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-
2013-0691. The EPA's policy is that all comments received will be 
included in the public docket without change and may be made available 
online at http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal 
information provided, unless the comment includes information claimed 
to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information 
whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information 
that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through http://www.regulations.gov or email. The http://www.regulations.gov Web site 
is an ``anonymous access'' system, which means the EPA will not know 
your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body 
of your comment. If you send an email comment directly to the EPA 
without going through http://www.regulations.gov, your email address 
will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that 
is placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet. If 
you submit an electronic comment, the EPA recommends that you include 
your name and other contact information in the body of your comment and 
with any disk or CD-ROM you submit. If the EPA cannot read your comment 
due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, 
the EPA may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic files 
should avoid the use of special characters, any form of encryption and 
be free of any defects or viruses. For additional information about the 
EPA's public docket visit the EPA Docket Center homepage at http://www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm. For additional instructions on 
submitting comments, go to the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of 
this document.
    Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the http://www.regulations.gov index. Although listed in the index, some 
information is not publicly available, e.g., CBI or other information 
whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such 
as copyrighted material, will be publicly available only in hard copy. 
Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically 
in http://www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the Air and Radiation 
Docket and Information Center in the EPA Headquarters Library, Room No. 
3334 in the William Jefferson Clinton Building West, located at 1301 
Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460. The Public Reading Room 
is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding 
legal holidays. The phone number for the Public Reading Room is (202) 
566-1744.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you would like to speak at the 
public hearing, please contact Ms. Pamela Long, U.S. Environmental 
Protection Agency, OAQPS, Air Quality Planning Division, (C504-01), 
Research Triangle Park, NC 27711, telephone (919) 541-0641, fax number 
(919) 541-5509, email address [email protected], no later than April 27, 
2015. If you have any questions relating to the public hearing, please 
contact Ms. Long at the above number.
    Questions concerning the March 23, 2015, proposed rule should be 
addressed to Mr. Rich Damberg, U.S. EPA, Office of Air Quality Planning 
and Standards, State and Local Programs Group, (C539-04), Research 
Triangle Park, NC 27711, telephone number (919) 541-5592, email at 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The proposal for which the EPA is holding 
the public hearing was published in the Federal Register on March 23, 
2015, (80 FR 15340), and is available at: http://www.epa.gov/airquality/particlepollution/actions.html and also in docket EPA-HQ-
OAR-2013-0691. The public hearing will provide interested parties the 
opportunity to present data, views, or arguments concerning the 
proposal. 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 that are submitted during 
the comment period will be considered with the same weight as any oral 
comments and supporting information presented at the public hearing. 
Written comments must be postmarked by the last day of the comment 
period. The proposed rule states that the public comment period will 
close on May 22, 2015. However, because the public record must remain 
open at least 30 days beyond the date of the public hearing, the EPA is 
extending the public comment period to May 29, 2015.
    The public hearing will convene at 9:00 a.m. and end at 6:00 p.m. 
(Eastern Daylight Saving Time). The EPA will make every effort to 
accommodate all individuals interested in providing oral testimony. A 
lunch break is scheduled from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. Please note 
that this hearing will be held at a U.S. government facility. 
Individuals planning to attend the hearing should be prepared to show 
valid picture identification to the security staff in order to gain 
access to the meeting room. The REAL ID Act, passed by Congress in 
2005, established new requirements for entering federal facilities. 
These requirements took effect July 21, 2014. If your driver's license 
is issued by American Samoa, Arizona, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, 
Minnesota, New Hampshire or New York, you must present an additional 
form of identification to enter the federal building where the public 
hearing will be held. Acceptable alternative forms of identification 
include: federal employee badges, passports, enhanced driver's licenses 
and military identification cards. For additional information for the 
status of your state regarding REAL ID, go to http://www.dhs.gov/real-id-enforcement-brief. In addition, you will need to obtain a property 
pass for any personal belongings you bring with you. Upon leaving the 
building, you will be required to return this property pass to the 
security desk. No large signs will be allowed in the building, cameras 
may only be used outside of the building, and demonstrations will not 
be allowed on federal property for security reasons.
    If you would like to present oral testimony at the hearing, please 
notify Ms. Pamela Long, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, OAQPS, 
Air Quality Planning Division, (C504-01), Research Triangle Park, NC 
27711, telephone (919) 541-0641, fax number (919) 541-5509, email 
address [email protected], no later than 4:00 p.m. EDT on April 27, 
2015. Ms. Long will arrange a general time slot for you to speak. The 
EPA will make every effort to follow the schedule as closely as 
possible on the day of the hearing.
    Oral testimony will be limited to 5 minutes for each commenter. The 
EPA encourages commenters to provide the EPA with a copy of their oral 
testimony

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electronically (via email) or in hard copy form. The EPA will not 
provide audiovisual equipment for presentations unless we receive 
special requests in advance. Commenters should notify Ms. Long if they 
will need specific equipment. Commenters should also notify Ms. Long if 
they need specific translation services for non-English speaking 
commenters.
    The hearing schedule, including the list of speakers, will be 
posted on the EPA's Web site http://www.epa.gov/airquality/particlepollution/actions.html prior to the hearing. Verbatim 
transcripts of the hearing and written statements will be included in 
the docket for the rulemaking.

How can I get copies of this document and other related information?

    The EPA has established a docket for the proposed rule ``Fine 
Particulate Matter National Ambient Air Quality Standards: State 
Implementation Plan Requirements'' under Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-
0691 (available at www.regulations.gov). The EPA has made available 
information related to the proposed rule at this Web site: http://www.epa.gov/airquality/particlepollution/actions.html.

    Dated: March 26, 2015.
Stephen D. Page,
Director, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards.
[FR Doc. 2015-07774 Filed 4-2-15; 8:45 am]
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