[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 91 (Thursday, May 10, 2018)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-09785]
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Allocations of Cross-State Air Pollution Rule Allowances From New
Unit Set-Asides for 2018 Control Periods
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
ACTION: Notice of data availability.
SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing notice
of the availability of data on emission allowance allocations to
certain units under the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) trading
programs. EPA has completed preliminary calculations for the first
round of allocations of allowances from the CSAPR new unit set-asides
(NUSAs) for the 2018 control periods and has posted spreadsheets
containing the calculations on EPA's website. EPA will consider timely
objections to the preliminary calculations (including objections
concerning the identification of units eligible for allocations) before
determining the final amounts of the first-round allocations.
DATES: Objections to the information referenced in this notice must be
received on or before June 11, 2018.
ADDRESSES: Submit your objections via email to [email protected].
Include ``2018 NUSA allocations'' in the email subject line and include
your name, title, affiliation, address, phone number, and email address
in the body of the email.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions concerning this action
should be addressed to Kenon Smith at (202) 343-9164 or
[email protected] or Jason Kuhns at (202) 564-3236 or
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under each CSAPR trading program where EPA
is responsible for determining emission allowance allocations, a
portion of each state's emissions budget for the program for each
control period is reserved in a NUSA (and in an additional Indian
country NUSA in the case of states with Indian country within their
borders) for allocation to certain units that would not otherwise
receive allowance allocations. The procedures for identifying the
eligible units for each control period and for allocating allowances
from the NUSAs and Indian country NUSAs to these units are set forth in
the CSAPR trading program regulations at 40 CFR 97.411(b) and 97.412
(NOX Annual), 97.511(b) and 97.512 (NOX Ozone
Season Group 1), 97.611(b) and 97.612 (SO2 Group 1),
97.711(b) and 97.712 (SO2 Group 2), and 97.811(b) and 97.812
(NOX Ozone Season Group 2). Each NUSA allowance allocation
process involves up to two rounds of allocations to eligible units,
termed ``new'' units, followed by the allocation to ``existing'' units
of any allowances not allocated to new units.
This notice concerns preliminary calculations for the first round
of NUSA allowance allocations for the 2018 control periods. Generally,
the allocation procedures call for each eligible unit to receive a
first-round 2018 NUSA allocation equal to its 2017 emissions as
reported under 40 CFR part 75 unless the total of such allocations to
all eligible units would exceed the amount of allowances in the NUSA,
in which case the allocations are reduced on a pro-rata basis.
The detailed unit-by-unit data and preliminary allowance allocation
calculations are set forth in Excel spreadsheets titled
``CSAPR_NUSA_2018_SO2_1st_Round_Prelim_Data,'' available on EPA's
website at https://www.epa.gov/csapr/new-unit-set-aside-notices-data-availability-nusa-noda-cross-state-air-pollution-rule. Each of the
spreadsheets contains a separate worksheet for each state covered by
that program showing, for each unit identified as eligible for a first-
round NUSA allocation, (1) the unit's emissions in the 2017 control
period (annual or ozone season as applicable), (2) the maximum first-
round 2018 NUSA allowance allocation for which the unit is eligible
(typically the unit's emissions in the 2017 control period), (3)
various adjustments to the unit's maximum allocation, many of which are
necessary only if the NUSA pool is oversubscribed, and (4) the
preliminary calculation of the unit's first-round 2018 NUSA allowance
Each state worksheet also contains a summary showing (1) the
quantity of allowances initially available in that state's 2018 NUSA,
(2) the sum of the first-round 2018 NUSA allowance allocations that
will be made to new units in that state, assuming there are no
corrections to the data, and (3) the quantity of allowances that would
remain in the 2018 NUSA for use in second-round allocations to new
units (or ultimately for allocation to existing units), again assuming
there are no corrections to the data.
Objections should be strictly limited to the data and calculations
upon which the NUSA allowance allocations are based and should be
emailed to the address identified in ADDRESSES. Objections must
include: (1) Precise identification of the specific data and/or
calculations the commenter believes are inaccurate, (2) new proposed
data and/or calculations upon which the commenter believes EPA should
rely instead to determine allowance allocations, and (3) the reasons
why EPA should rely on the commenter's
proposed data and/or calculations and not the data referenced in this
EPA notes that an allocation or lack of allocation of allowances to
a given unit does not constitute a determination that CSAPR does or
does not apply to the unit. EPA also notes that under 40 CFR 97.411(c),
97.511(c), 97.611(c), 97.711(c), and 97.811(c), allocations are subject
to potential correction if a unit to which allowances have been
allocated for a given control period is not actually an affected unit
as of the start of that control period.
(Authority: 40 CFR 97.411(b), 97.511(b), 97.611(b), 97.711(b), and
Dated: April 30, 2018.
Reid P. Harvey,
Director, Clean Air Markets Division, Office of Atmospheric Programs,
Office of Air and Radiation.
[FR Doc. 2018-09785 Filed 5-9-18; 8:45 am]
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