[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 9 (Thursday, January 14, 2016)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 1935-1936]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-00426]



40 CFR Part 52

[EPA-R07-OAR-2015-0587; FRL 9940-98-Region 7]

Approval of Missouri's Air Quality Implementation Plans; Early 
Progress Plan of the St. Louis Nonattainment Area for the 2008 Ozone 
National Ambient Air Quality Standard

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Proposed rule.


SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to 
approve revisions to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by 
the State of

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Missouri consisting of the Early Progress Plan and motor vehicle 
emissions budgets (MVEBs) for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and 
oxides of nitrogen (NOX) for the St. Louis Nonattainment 
area under the 2008 8-hour National Ambient Air Quality Standard 
(NAAQS). On August 26, 2013, EPA received from the Missouri Department 
of Natural Resources (MDNR) an Early Progress Plan for the St. Louis 
area showing progress toward attainment under the 2008 Ozone NAAQS. 
This submittal was developed to establish MVEBs for the St. Louis 8-
hour ozone nonattainment area. This approval of the Early Progress Plan 
for the St. Louis 8-hour ozone nonattainment area fulfills EPA's 
requirement to act on the MDNR SIP submission and to formalize that the 
MVEB is approved, and when considered with the emissions from all 
sources, demonstrates progress toward attainment from the 2008 base 
year through a 2015 target year. EPA found these MVEBs adequate for 
transportation conformity purposes in an earlier action on March 5, 

DATES: Comments on this proposed action must be received in writing by 
February 16, 2016.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-R07-
OAR-2015-0587, to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online 
instructions for submitting comments. Once submitted, comments cannot 
be edited or removed from Regulations.gov. The EPA may publish any 
comment received to its public docket. Do not submit electronically any 
information you consider to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) 
or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. 
Multimedia submissions (audio, video, etc.) must be accompanied by a 
written comment. The written comment is considered the official comment 
and should include discussion of all points you wish to make. The EPA 
will generally not consider comments or comment contents located 
outside of the primary submission (i.e. on the web, cloud, or other 
file sharing system). For additional submission methods, the full EPA 
public comment policy, information about CBI or multimedia submissions, 
and general guidance on making effective comments, please visit.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steven Brown, Environmental Protection 
Agency, Air Planning and Development Branch, 11201 Renner Boulevard, 
Lenexa, Kansas 66219 at 913-551-7718, or by email at 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In the final rules section of this Federal 
Register, EPA is approving the state's SIP revision as a direct final 
rule without prior proposal because the Agency views this as a 
noncontroversial revision amendment and anticipates no relevant adverse 
comments to this action. A detailed rationale for the approval is set 
forth in the direct final rule. If no relevant adverse comments are 
received in response to this action, no further activity is 
contemplated in relation to this action. If EPA receives relevant 
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 action. EPA will not institute a second comment 
period on this action. Any parties interested in commenting on this 
action should do so at this time. Please note that if EPA receives 
adverse comment on part of this rule and if that part can be severed 
from the remainder of the rule, EPA may adopt as final those parts 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. Again, please note that EPA found 
these MVEBs adequate for transportation conformity purposes in an 
earlier action (March 5, 2014, 79 FR 12504).

List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 52

    Environmental protection, Air pollution control, Carbon monoxide, 
Incorporation by reference, Intergovernmental relations, Lead, Nitrogen 
dioxide, Ozone, Particulate matter, Reporting and recordkeeping 
requirements, Sulfur oxides, Volatile organic compounds.

    Dated: December 23, 2015.
Mark Hague,
Regional Administrator, Region 7.
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