[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 35 (Friday, February 21, 2020)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 10070-10074]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-02612]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

40 CFR Part 52

[EPA-R04-OAR-2019-0391; FRL-10005-22-Region 4]


Air Plan Approval; MS; Revisions to the State Implementation Plan 
Approved by EPA Through Letter

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Final rule; notification of administrative change.

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SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final 
action on administrative changes to the Mississippi State 
Implementation Plan (SIP). The changes consist of recodification of 
Mississippi's regulations, which EPA previously approved through Letter 
Notices. EPA has determined that this action falls under the ``good 
cause'' exemption in the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). This 
exemption in the APA authorizes agencies to dispense with public 
participation and to make an action effective immediately, thereby 
avoiding the 30-day delayed effective date otherwise provided for in 
the APA.

DATES: This action is effective February 21, 2020.

ADDRESSES: EPA has established a docket for this action under Docket 
Identification No. EPA-R04-OAR-2019-0391. All documents in the docket 
are listed on the www.regulations.gov website. Although listed in the 
index, some information is not publicly available, i.e., Confidential 
Business Information or other information whose disclosure is 
restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted 
material, is not placed on the internet and will be publicly available 
only in hard copy form. Publicly available docket materials are 
available either electronically through www.regulations.gov or in hard 
copy at the Air Regulatory Management Section, Air Planning and 
Implementation Branch, Air and Radiation Division, U.S. Environmental 
Protection Agency, Region 4, 61 Forsyth Street SW, Atlanta, Georgia 
30303-8960. EPA requests that if at all possible, you contact the 
person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section to 
schedule your inspection. The Regional Office's official hours of 
business are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding 
Federal holidays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tiereny Bell, Air Regulatory 
Management Section, Air Planning and Implementation Branch, Air and 
Radiation Division, Region 4, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 61 
Forsyth Street SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303-8960. Ms. Bell's telephone 
number is (404) 562-9088. Ms. Bell can also be reached via electronic 
mail at [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. What is being addressed in this document?

    EPA is taking final action on administrative changes to the 
Mississippi SIP. On May 23, 2016 \1\ and

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November 21, 2016, Mississippi submitted SIP revisions that recodify 
the State of Mississippi's Air Pollution Control (APC) Regulations 
formerly known as APC-S-1, APC-S-2, APC-S-3 and APC-S-5 to 11 
Mississippi Administrative Code (MAC), Part 2, Chapter 1, 11 MAC, Part 
2, Chapter 2, 11 MAC, Part 2, Chapter 3 and 11 MAC, Part 2, Chapter 5, 
respectively. EPA has determined that the revisions are minor SIP 
changes without any substantive changes, and that they comply with all 
applicable requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and EPA regulations 
concerning such SIP revisions. EPA approved these revisions through 
Letter Notices to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality 
(MDEQ) dated June 14, 2017 and July 20, 2017, consistent with the 
procedures outlined in both EPA's Notice of Procedural Changes on SIP 
processing published on January 19, 1989 at 54 FR 2214 and a memorandum 
dated April 6, 2011 entitled ``Regional Consistency for the 
Administrative Requirements of State Implementation Plan Submittals and 
the Use of Letter Notices'' from Janet McCabe, Former Deputy Assistant 
Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation to the EPA Regional 
Administrators.
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    \1\ On May 23, 2016, MDEQ submitted a SIP revision that included 
the renumbering and reformatting of Mississippi's PSD regulations. 
On May 9, 2017, MDEQ submitted a supplemental letter to the May 23, 
2016 SIP revision requesting EPA to recodify Mississippi's Air 
Pollution Control Regulation APC-S-5 to Mississippi Administrative 
Code (MAC), Title 11, Part 2, Chapter 5. This regulation was renamed 
on July 22, 2013.
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II. What action is EPA taking?

    This action merely recodifies in 40 CFR 52.1270(c) the 
administrative amendments approved by EPA through its June 14, 2017 and 
July 20, 2017 Letter Notices to MDEQ.\2\ EPA has determined that this 
action falls under the ``good cause'' exemption in section 553(b)(3)(B) 
of the APA. This exemption authorizes agencies to dispense with public 
participation when the agency for good cause finds that notice and 
public procedure would be impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to 
the public interest. In addition, section 553(d)(3) allows an agency 
to, for good cause, make an action effective immediately, thereby 
avoiding the 30-day delayed effective date otherwise provided in the 
APA.
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    \2\ EPA did not act on the following rules in the State's 
November 21, 2016, submittal because they are not approved into the 
SIP: Rule 1.6, ``New Sources,'' paragraphs B and C; Rule 1.8, 
``Provisions for Hazardous Air Pollutants''; and, Rule 1.12, 
``Provisions for Existing Hospital/Infectious Waste Incinerators.'' 
In addition, EPA did not act on changes included in the submittal 
that the State did not request be incorporated into the SIP, 
specifically changes to: Rule 1.1, subparagraphs (C)(1) and (2); 
Rule 1.2, definition of ``Air Quality Action Day''; Rule 1.3, 
subparagraphs (G)(4) and (5); Rule 1.6, paragraphs (2) and (3); and 
the removal of language from the ``Emergency'' level for coal or 
oil-fired process steam generating facilities under Rule 3.5, Table 
1, Section 2.
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    With respect to the SIP revision described above, this 
administrative action simply recodifies provisions which are already in 
effect as a matter of law in Federal and approved state programs. 
Public comment for this administrative action is ``unnecessary'' 
because the revisions are administrative and non-substantive in nature. 
Immediate notice of this action in the Federal Register benefits the 
public by providing the public notice of the updated Mississippi SIP. 
Approval of these revisions will ensure consistency between state and 
federally-approved rules. EPA has determined that these changes will 
not relax the SIP or adversely impact air quality.

III. Incorporation by Reference

    In this document, EPA is finalizing regulatory text that includes 
incorporation by reference. In accordance with requirements of 1 CFR 
51.5, EPA is finalizing the incorporation by reference of State of 
Mississippi's APC Regulations formerly known as APC-S-1, APC-S-2, APC-
S-3 and APC-S-5 to: 11 MAC, Part 2, Chapter 1, 11 MAC, Part 2, Chapter 
2, 11 MAC, Part 2, Chapter 3 and, 11 MAC, Part 2, Chapter 5, 
respectively. These regulations were state effective July 25, 2013. EPA 
has made, and will continue to make, these materials generally 
available through www.regulations.gov and at the EPA Region 4 Office 
(please contact the person identified in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 
CONTACT section of this preamble for more information). Therefore, 
these materials have been approved by EPA for inclusion in the SIP, 
have been incorporated by reference by EPA into that plan, are fully 
federally enforceable under sections 110 and 113 of the CAA as of the 
effective date of the final rulemaking of EPA's approval, and will be 
incorporated by reference in the next update to the SIP compilation.\3\
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    \3\ 62 FR 27968 (May 22, 1997).
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IV. Final Action

    EPA is taking final action on administrative changes to the 
Mississippi SIP. The changes consist of recodification of Mississippi's 
regulations, which EPA previously approved through Letter Notices. On 
May 23, 2016 and November 21, 2016, Mississippi submitted SIP revisions 
that recodify the State of Mississippi's Air Pollution Control (APC) 
Regulations formerly known as APC-S-1, APC-S-2, APC-S-3 and APC-S-5 to 
11 Mississippi Administrative Code (MAC), Part 2, Chapter 1, 11 MAC, 
Part 2, Chapter 2, 11 MAC, Part 2, Chapter 3 and 11 MAC, Part 2, 
Chapter 5, respectively.

V. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews

    Under the CAA, the Administrator is required to approve a SIP 
submission that complies with the provisions of the Act and applicable 
Federal regulations. See 42 U.S.C. 7410(k); 40 CFR 52.02(a). Thus, in 
reviewing SIP submissions, EPA's role is to approve state choices, 
provided that they meet the criteria of the CAA. These actions merely 
approve state law as meeting Federal requirements and do not impose 
additional requirements beyond those imposed by state law. For that 
reason, these actions:
     Are not significant regulatory actions subject to review 
by the Office of Management and Budget under Executive Orders 12866 (58 
FR 51735, October 4, 1993) and 13563 (76 FR 3821, January 21, 2011);
     Are not Executive Order 13771 (82 FR 9339, February 2, 
2017) regulatory actions because SIP approvals are exempted under 
Executive Order 12866;
     Do not impose an information collection burden under the 
provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.);
     Are certified as not having significant economic impacts 
on a substantial number of small entities under the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.);
     Do not contain any unfunded mandate or significantly or 
uniquely affect small governments, as described in the Unfunded 
Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-4);
     Do not have federalism implications as specified in 
Executive Order 13132 (64 FR 43255, August 10, 1999);
     Are not economically significant regulatory actions based 
on health or safety risks subject to Executive Order 13045 (62 FR 
19885, April 23, 1997);
     Are not significant regulatory actions subject to 
Executive Order 13211 (66 FR 28355, May 22, 2001);
     Are not subject to requirements of Section 12(d) of the 
National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995 (15 U.S.C. 272 
note) because application of those requirements would be inconsistent 
with the CAA; and
     Do not provide EPA with the discretionary authority to 
address, as appropriate, disproportionate human health or environmental 
effects, using practicable and legally permissible

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methods, under Executive Order 12898 (59 FR 7629, February 16, 1994).
    The SIP is not approved to apply on any Indian reservation land or 
in any other area where EPA or an Indian tribe has demonstrated that a 
tribe has jurisdiction. In those areas of Indian country, the rule does 
not have tribal implications as specified by Executive Order 13175 (65 
FR 67249, November 9, 2000), nor will it impose substantial direct 
costs on tribal governments or preempt tribal law.
    The Congressional Review Act, 5 U.S.C. 801 et seq., as added by the 
Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996, generally 
provides that before a rule may take effect, the agency promulgating 
the rule must submit a rule report, which includes a copy of the rule, 
to each House of the Congress and to the Comptroller General of the 
United States. EPA will submit a report containing this action and 
other required information to the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of 
Representatives, and the Comptroller General of the United States prior 
to publication of the rule in the Federal Register. A major rule cannot 
take effect until 60 days after it is published in the Federal 
Register. This action is not a ``major rule'' as defined by 5 U.S.C. 
804(2).
    Under section 307(b)(1) of the CAA, petitions for judicial review 
of this action must be filed in the United States Court of Appeals for 
the appropriate circuit by April 21, 2020. Filing a petition for 
reconsideration by the Administrator of this final rule does not affect 
the finality of this action for the purposes of judicial review nor 
does it extend the time within which a petition for judicial review may 
be filed, and shall not postpone the effectiveness of such rule or 
action. This action may not be challenged later in proceedings to 
enforce its requirements. See section 307(b)(2).

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: January 28, 2020.
Mary S. Walker,
Regional Administrator, Region 4.

    Title 40 CFR part 52 is amended as follows:

PART 52--APPROVAL AND PROMULGATION OF IMPLEMENTATION PLANS

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1. The authority for citation for part 52 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.

Subpart Z--Mississippi

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2. In Sec.  52.1270, paragraph (c) is revised to read as follows:


Sec.  52.1270   Identification of plan.

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    (c) EPA Approved Mississippi regulations.

                                      EPA-Approved Mississippi Regulations
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                                                  State
    State citation         Title/subject     effective date    EPA approval date            Explanation
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  11 MAC Part 1--Chapter 5 Mississippi Environmental Quality Permit Board: Regulations Regarding Administrative
                      Procedures Pursuant to the Mississippi Administrative Procedures Act
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Rule 5.1.............  Description of             5/11/2018  10/4/2018, 83 FR      .............................
                        Mississippi                           50014.
                        Environmental
                        Quality Permit
                        Board.
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11 MAC Part 2--Chapter 1 Air Emission Regulations for the Prevention, Abatement, and Control of Air Contaminants
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Rule 1.1.............  General.............       6/25/2018  10/4/2018, 83 FR      Except paragraphs (C)(1) and
                                                              50014.                (2), which EPA has not
                                                                                    approved into the SIP.
Rule 1.2.............  Definitions.........       7/25/2013  2/21/2020, [Insert    Except the definition of
                                                              citation of           ``Air Quality Action Day,''
                                                              publication].         which EPA has not approved
                                                                                    into the SIP.
Rule 1.3.............  Specific Criteria          7/25/2013  2/21/2020, [Insert    Except paragraph (G)(4),
                        for Sources of                        citation of           which is state effective
                        Particulate Matter.                   publication].         February 9, 2009, and
                                                                                    paragraph (G)(5), which is
                                                                                    not approved into the SIP.
Rule 1.4.............  Specific Criteria          7/25/2013  2/21/2020, [Insert    .............................
                        for Sources of                        citation of
                        Sulfur Compounds.                     publication].
Rule 1.5.............  Specific Criteria          7/25/2013  2/21/2020, [Insert    .............................
                        for Sources of                        citation of
                        Chemical Emissions.                   publication].
Rule 1.6.............  New Sources.........       7/25/2013  2/21/2020, [Insert    Except paragraphs (2) and
                                                              citation of           (3), which EPA has not
                                                              publication].         approved into the SIP.
Rule 1.7.............  Exceptions..........       7/25/2013  2/21/2020, [Insert    .............................
                                                              citation of
                                                              publication].
Rule 1.9.............  Stack Height               7/25/2013  2/21/2020, [Insert    .............................
                        Considerations..                      citation of
                                                              publication].
Rule 1.10............  Provisions for             7/25/2013  2/21/2020, [Insert    .............................
                        Upsets, Startups,                     citation of
                        and Shutdowns.                        publication].
Rule 1.11............  Severability........       7/25/2013  2/21/2020, [Insert    .............................
                                                              citation of
                                                              publication].
Rule 1.14............  Provision for the          7/25/2013  2/21/2020, [Insert    .............................
                        Clean Air                             citation of
                        Interstate Rule.                      publication].
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  11 MAC Part 2--Chapter 2 Permit Regulations for the Construction and/or Operation of Air Emissions Equipment
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Rule 2.1.............  General Requirements       7/25/2013  2/21/2020, [Insert    .............................
                                                              citation of
                                                              publication].
Rule 2.2.............  General Standards          7/25/2013  2/21/2020, [Insert    .............................
                        Applicable to All                     citation of
                        Permits.                              publication].
Rule 2.3.............  Application For            7/25/2013  2/21/2020, [Insert    .............................
                        Permit To Construct                   citation of
                        and State Permit To                   publication].
                        Operate New
                        Stationary Source.
Rule 2.4.............  Public Participation       7/25/2013  2/21/2020, [Insert    .............................
                        and Public                            citation of
                        Availability of                       publication].
                        Information.
Rule 2.5.............  Application Review..       7/25/2013  2/21/2020, [Insert    .............................
                                                              citation of
                                                              publication].
Rule 2.6.............  Compliance Testing..       7/25/2013  2/21/2020, [Insert    .............................
                                                              citation of
                                                              publication].
Rule 2.7.............  Emission Evaluation        7/25/2013  2/21/2020, [Insert    .............................
                        Report.                               citation of
                                                              publication].
Rule 2.8.............  Procedures for             7/25/2013  2/21/2020, [Insert    .............................
                        Renewal of State                      citation of
                        Permit To Operate.                    publication].
Rule 2.9.............  Reporting and              7/25/2013  2/21/2020, [Insert    .............................
                        Recordkeeping.                        citation of
                                                              publication].
Rule 2.10............  Emission Reduction         7/25/2013  2/21/2020, [Insert    .............................
                        Schedule.                             citation of
                                                              publication].
Rule 2.11............  General Permits.....       7/25/2013  2/21/2020, [Insert    .............................
                                                              citation of
                                                              publication].
Rule 2.12............  Multi-Media Permits.       7/25/2013  2/21/2020, [Insert    .............................
                                                              citation of
                                                              publication].
Rule 2.13............  Exclusions..........       7/25/2013  2/21/2020, [Insert    .............................
                                                              citation of
                                                              publication].
Rule 2.14............  CAFOs...............       7/25/2013  2/21/2020, [Insert    .............................
                                                              citation of
                                                              publication].
Rule 2.15............  Options.............       7/25/2013  2/21/2020, [Insert    .............................
                                                              citation of
                                                              publication].
Rule 2.16............  Permit Transfer.....       7/25/2013  2/21/2020, [Insert    .............................
                                                              citation of
                                                              publication].
Rule 2.17............  Severability........       7/25/2013  2/21/2020, [Insert    .............................
                                                              citation of
                                                              publication].
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           11 MAC Part 2--Chapter 3 Regulations for the Prevention of Air Pollution Emergency Episodes
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Rule 3.1.............  General.............       7/25/2013  2/21/2020, [Insert    .............................
                                                              citation of
                                                              publication].
Rule 3.2.............  Definitions.........       7/25/2013  2/21/2020, [Insert    .............................
                                                              citation of
                                                              publication].
Rule 3.3.............  Episode Criteria....       7/25/2013  2/21/2020, [Insert    .............................
                                                              citation of
                                                              publication].
Rule 3.4.............  Emission Control           7/25/2013  2/21/2020, [Insert    .............................
                        Action Programs.                      citation of
                                                              publication].
Rule 3.5.............  Emergency Orders....       7/25/2013  2/21/2020, [Insert    Except the removal of
                                                              citation of           language from the
                                                              publication].         ``Emergency'' level for coal
                                                                                    or oil-fired process steam
                                                                                    generating facilities under
                                                                                    Rule 3.5, Table 1, Section
                                                                                    2, which is state effective
                                                                                    June 3, 1988.
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        11 MAC Part 2--Chapter 5 Regulations for Prevention of Significant Deterioration for Air Quality
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Rule 5.1.............  Purpose of this            5/28/2016  8/8/17 (82 FR 37015)  The version of Rule 5.1 in
                        Regulation.                                                 the SIP does not incorporate
                                                                                    by reference: (1) The
                                                                                    provisions amended in the
                                                                                    Ethanol Rule (published in
                                                                                    the Federal Register May 1,
                                                                                    2007) to exclude facilities
                                                                                    that produce ethanol through
                                                                                    a natural fermentation
                                                                                    process from the definition
                                                                                    of ``chemical process
                                                                                    plants'' in the major NSR
                                                                                    source permitting program
                                                                                    found at Sec.
                                                                                    52.21(b)(1)(i)(a) and
                                                                                    (b)(1)(iii)(t), or (2) the
                                                                                    provisions at Sec.
                                                                                    52.21(b)(2)(v) and
                                                                                    (b)(3)(iii)(c) that were
                                                                                    stayed indefinitely by the
                                                                                    Fugitive Emissions Interim
                                                                                    Rule (published in the
                                                                                    Federal Register March 30,
                                                                                    2011).

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Rule 5.2.............  Adoption of Federal        5/28/2016  8/8/17 (82 FR 37015)  The version of Rule 5.2 in
                        Rules by Reference.                                         the SIP does not incorporate
                                                                                    by reference: (1) The
                                                                                    provisions amended in the
                                                                                    Ethanol Rule (published in
                                                                                    the Federal Register May 1,
                                                                                    2007) to exclude facilities
                                                                                    that produce ethanol through
                                                                                    a natural fermentation
                                                                                    process from the definition
                                                                                    of ``chemical process
                                                                                    plants'' in the major NSR
                                                                                    source permitting program
                                                                                    found at Sec.
                                                                                    52.21(b)(1)(i)(a) and
                                                                                    (b)(1)(iii)(t), or (2) the
                                                                                    provisions at Sec.
                                                                                    52.21(b)(2)(v) and
                                                                                    (b)(3)(iii)(c) that were
                                                                                    stayed indefinitely by the
                                                                                    Fugitive Emissions Interim
                                                                                    Rule (published in the
                                                                                    Federal Register March 30,
                                                                                    2011).
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                    11 MAC Part 2-11 Regulations for Ambient Air Quality Nonattainment Areas
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Rule 11.1............  General.............       9/26/2015  1/12/2016, 81 FR      .............................
                                                              1321.
Rule 11.2............  Definitions.........       9/26/2015  1/12/2016, 81 FR      .............................
                                                              1321.
Rule 11.3............  Emissions Statement.       9/26/2015  1/12/2016, 81 FR      .............................
                                                              1321.
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                                         Mississippi State Constitution
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Article 4 Section 109  Interest of Public         9/27/2012  4/8/2013 78 FR 20795  .............................
                        Officers in
                        Contracts.
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                                                Mississippi Code
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Section 25-4-25......  Persons required to        9/27/2012  4/8/2013 78 FR 20795  .............................
                        file statement of
                        economic interest.
Section 25-4-27......  Contents of                9/27/2012  4/8/2013 78 FR 20795  .............................
                        statement of
                        economic interest.
Section 25-4-29......  Filing dates for           9/27/2012  4/8/2013 78 FR 20795  .............................
                        statement.
Section 25-4-101.....  Declaration of             9/27/2012  4/8/2013 78 FR 20795  .............................
                        public policy.
Section 25-4-103.....  Definitions.........       9/27/2012  4/8/2013 78 FR 20795  .............................
Section 25-4-105.....  Certain actions,           9/27/2012  4/8/2013 78 FR 20795  .............................
                        activities and
                        business
                        relationships
                        prohibited or
                        authorized;
                        contacts in
                        violation of
                        section voidable;
                        penalties.
Section 49-2-5.......  Commission on               7/1/2016  10/4/2018, 83 FR      .............................
                        Environmental                         50014.
                        Quality.
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