[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 115 (Tuesday, June 16, 2015)]
[Pages 34407-34408]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-14790]




Clean Air Act Operating Permit Program; Petition for Objection to 
State Operating Permit for Valero Refining--Meraux, LLC in Louisiana

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice of final action.


SUMMARY: Pursuant to Clean Air Act (CAA) Section 505(b)(2) and 40 CFR 
70.8(d), the EPA Administrator signed an Order, dated May 29, 2015, 
denying the petition asking EPA to object to an operating permit issued 
by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality for the Meraux 
petroleum refinery (Title V operating permit number 2500-00001-V5). The 
EPA's May 29, 2015 Order responds to the petition submitted by the 
Concerned Citizens Around Murphy, represented by the Tulane 
Environmental Law Clinic, on April 3, 2012. Sections 307(b) and 
505(b)(2) of the CAA provide that a petitioner may ask for judicial 
review of those portions of the Orders that deny issues raised in the 
petition by the United States Court of Appeals for the appropriate 
circuit. Any petition for review shall be filed within 60 days from the 
date this notice appears in the Federal Register, pursuant to section 
307(b) of the Act.

ADDRESSES: You may review copies of the final Order, the petition, and 
other supporting information at EPA Region 6, 1445 Ross Avenue, Dallas, 
Texas 75202-2733.
    EPA requests that if at all possible, you contact the individual 
listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section to view copies of 
the final Orders, petitions, and other supporting information. You may 
view the hard copies Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 
p.m., excluding Federal holidays. If you wish to examine these 
documents, you should make an appointment at least 24 hours before the 
visiting day. Additionally, the final May 29, 2015 Order is available 
electronically at: http://www.epa.gov/region07/air/title5/petitiondb/petitions/meraux_response2012.pdf.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kyndall Cox at (214) 665-8567, email 
address: [email protected] or the above EPA, Region 6 address.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The CAA affords EPA a 45-day period to 
review, and object, as appropriate, to a title V operating permit 
proposed by a state permitting authority. Section 505(b)(2) of the CAA 
authorizes any person to petition the EPA Administrator, within 60 days 
after the expiration of this review period, to object to a title V 
operating permit if EPA has not done so. Petitions must be based only 
on objections to the permit that were raised with reasonable 
specificity during the public comment period provided by the state, 
unless the petitioner demonstrates that it was impracticable to raise 
these issues during the comment period or unless the grounds for the 
issue arose after this period.
    EPA received the petition from the Concerned Citizens Around Murphy 
(CCAM) on April 3, 2012 (2012 Petition), which is the second petition 
that EPA received from CCAM concerning this facility's title V permit. 
EPA previously received a petition from CCAM regarding the 2009 Meraux 
Title V Modification Permit (2009 Permit) on December 10, 2009 (2009 
Petition), and responded to that petition in a prior order (2011 Order) 
that granted in part and denied in part the request for an objection. 
Within 90 days after that

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order, the LDEQ issued a response to EPA's title V order (2011 LDEQ 
Response). The 2012 Petition requests that the Administrator object to 
the 2009 Permit on the general basis that ``(the) LDEQ has not shown 
the facility's emissions will not trigger Prevention of Significant 
Deterioration (PSD) requirements.'' More specifically, the 2012 
Petition contends that the netting analysis LDEQ conducted for the 
BenFree Unit project and used to determine that the project did not 
trigger PSD review was incomplete because it only included emissions 
from normal operations to the North Flare. The 2012 Petition states 
that the netting analysis calculations ``should have included emergency 
emissions'' unless such emissions are subject to ``legally and 
practicably enforceable limits.'' The 2012 Petition also contends that 
LDEQ failed to issue a revised permit that satisfies the EPA's 
objections in the 2011 Order. The Order issued on May 29, 2015 responds 
to the 2012 Petition and explains the basis for EPA's decisions.

    Dated: June 5, 2015.
Ron Curry,
Regional Administrator, Region 6.
[FR Doc. 2015-14790 Filed 6-15-15; 8:45 am]