Particulate matter

Air Plan Approval; Wisconsin; 2015 Ozone Standard

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving rules submitted by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) as a revision to its State Implementation Plan (SIP). The submitted rules incorporate the 2015 primary and secondary National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone. In addition, WDNR included several updates to ensure implementation of the ozone NAAQS, in areas currently or formerly designated as nonattainment for any ozone standard, in a manner consistent with Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements.

Publication Date: 
Wednesday, February 1, 2023 - 4:00am

Air Plan Approval and Limited Approval-Limited Disapproval; California; Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District; Stationary Source Permits; New Source Review

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing approval, and a limited approval and limited disapproval of a revision to the Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District (AVAQMD or ``District'') portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). The EPA is proposing to take action on nine rules submitted on August 3, 2021. We are proposing approval of three rules, and limited approval and limited disapproval of six rules.

Publication Date: 
Monday, January 30, 2023 - 4:00am

Reconsideration of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter

Based on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) reconsideration of the air quality criteria and the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter (PM), the EPA proposes to revise the primary annual PM<INF>2.5</INF> standard by lowering the level. The Agency proposes to retain the current primary 24-hour PM<INF>2.5</INF> standard and the primary 24-hour PM<INF>10</INF> standard.

Publication Date: 
Friday, January 27, 2023 - 4:00am

Air Plan Approval; IA; Electronic Submittal of Air Quality Information

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the Iowa State Implementation Plan (SIP) and the Operating Permit Program for the State of Iowa. The revisions require the electronic submittal of air emissions reporting, construction permit applications, and Title V permit applications, and make administrative updates. These revisions do not impact the stringency of the SIP or have an adverse effect on air quality. The EPA's proposed approval of this rule revision is being done in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

Publication Date: 
Tuesday, January 24, 2023 - 4:00am

Air Plan Approval; AK; Adoption and Permitting Rule Updates

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the Alaska State Implementation Plan submitted on May 16, 2022, and August 11, 2022. The revisions proposed for approval update Alaska's adoption by reference date for Federal regulations relied upon for implementation of the air program, including permitting requirements and air pollution test methods.

Publication Date: 
Wednesday, January 18, 2023 - 4:00am

Second 10-Year Maintenance Plan for the Indian Wells Valley PM10

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve the ``Indian Wells Valley Second 10-Year PM<INF>10</INF> Maintenance Plan'' (``Indian Wells Second Maintenance Plan'' or ``Plan'') as a revision to the state implementation plan (SIP) for the State of California. The Indian Wells Second Maintenance Plan includes, among other elements, a base year emissions inventory, a maintenance demonstration, contingency provisions, and motor vehicle emissions budgets for use in transportation conformity determinations.

Publication Date: 
Wednesday, January 18, 2023 - 4:00am

Determination of Attainment by the Attainment Date, Clean Data Determination, and Approval of Base Year Emissions Inventory for the Imperial County, California Nonattainment Area for the 2012 Annual Fine Particulate Matter NAAQS

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is determining that the Imperial County, California fine particulate matter (PM<INF>2.5</INF>) nonattainment area (``Imperial PM<INF>2.5</INF> nonattainment area'') attained the 2012 annual PM<INF>2.5</INF> national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS or ``standard'') by its December 31, 2021 ``Moderate'' area attainment date. This determination is based upon ambient air quality monitoring data from 2019 through 2021.

Publication Date: 
Wednesday, January 11, 2023 - 4:00am

Air Plan Partial Approval and Partial Disapproval; AK, Fairbanks North Star Borough; 2006 24-Hour PM2.5

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve in part and disapprove in part the state implementation plan (SIP) revisions, submitted by the State of Alaska (Alaska or the State) to address Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) requirements for the 2006 24-hour fine particulate matter (PM<INF>2.5</INF>) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) in the Fairbanks North Star Borough PM<INF>2.5</INF> nonattainment area (Fairbanks PM<INF>2.5</INF> Nonattainment Area). Alaska made these submissions on December 13, 2019, and December 15, 2020.

Publication Date: 
Tuesday, January 10, 2023 - 4:00am

Air Plan Approval; NC; Miscellaneous NSR Revisions and Updates; Updates to References to Appendix W Modeling Guideline

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing the approval of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision, submitted by North Carolina on April 13, 2021. Specifically, EPA is approving updates to the incorporation by reference of Federal new source review (NSR) regulations and federal guidelines on air quality modeling in the North Carolina SIP.

Publication Date: 
Thursday, January 5, 2023 - 4:00am

Air Plan Approval; Arizona; Maricopa County; Power Plants

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a revision to the Maricopa County Air Quality Department's (MCAQD or County) portion of the Arizona State Implementation Plan (SIP). The revision addresses Arizona's reasonably available control technology (RACT) SIP obligations for the Phoenix- Mesa ozone nonattainment area that is classified as Moderate nonattainment for the 2008 ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS).

Publication Date: 
Friday, December 30, 2022 - 4:00am

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