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Regulatory SIP Revisions
Title V Annual Emission Fee: A revision to Pennsylvania’s State Implementation Plan set forth at 40 CFR 52.2020 and to the Title V Program Approval codified in 40 CFR Part 70, Appendix A concerning amendments to 25 Pa. Code Chapter 127 has been submitted to the Regional Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region III for approval. The revision implements an increased Title V annual emission fee in § 127.705 of $85 per ton of “regulated pollutant” for up to 4,000 tons of emissions of each regulated pollutant beginning with emissions occurring in calendar year 2013 and payable by Sept. 1, 2014.
Proposed SIP Revision: Portable Fuel Container Repeal:
The comment period is now closed for this proposed SIP revision. Raw data files are available upon request.
Since no one expressed an interest in testifying at the public hearing for this SIP by Jan. 9, 2014, the hearing has been cancelled.
Revision to Pennsylvania’s State Implementation Plan for Regional Haze
The Regional Haze Rule (40 CFR 51.308) requires States to establish goals and strategies for improving visibility in all of the country’s 156 Class I national parks and wilderness areas.
Appendix C – VISTAS, Shenandoah Group Contribution Assessment (May 2007) (PDF 1.4MB)
Appendix D – WV and VA Emails; Agendas for FLM Conference Calls; FLM MOU (PDF)
Appendix E – Baseline and Natural Background Visibility Conditions: Considerations and Proposed Approach to the Calculation of Baseline and Natural
Background Visibility Conditions at MANE-VU Class I Areas (December 2006) (PDF)
Appendix F – 2002 Baseline Emissions Inventory (MS XL Available from firstname.lastname@example.org)
Appendix H – 2018 Projected Emissions Inventory (MS XL Available from email@example.com)
Appendix I – MANE-VU CALPUFF Modeling Results for Pennsylvania BART Sources (MS XL Available from firstname.lastname@example.org)
Particulate matter (PM) is the general term used for a mixture of solid particles and liquid droplets found in the air. Fine particles are those that are less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter (PM2.5). Fine particles may be emitted directly by a source or formed in the atmosphere.
The federal government set a National Ambient Air Quality Standard for PM2.5 to protect public health in 1997 and revised the standard in 2006. For areas that do not meet the standard, the state must submit a State Implementation Plan (SIP) to the EPA that outlines the measures that will be taken to attain the health-based PM2.5 standard. States may also submit maintenance plans to the EPA that detail how the state will assure the standard will continue to be met for the next 10 years.
Proposed Maintenance Plan (SIP Revision) and Redesignation Request for the 1997 and 2006 PM2.5 Standards: Philadelphia Area Please note: The Department did not receive a request for a public hearing on this revision. As a result, the proposed hearing for 1pm on June 12, 2014, at the PA DEP Southeast Regional Office is cancelled. Written comments will be accepted until COB June 13, 2014.
Proposed Revisions to the Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets in the State Implementation Plan for the Philadelphia PM2.5 Nonattainment Area The department had sought comment on revisions that update the motor vehicle emissions budgets contained in the "State Implementation Plan: Pennsylvania Portion of the Philadelphia-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE 1997 Fine Particulate Matter Nonattainment Area." The comment period ended December 17, 2012.
Ground-level ozone pollution occurs when hydrocarbons and nitrogen
oxides bake in the sun. These gases come from unburned fuel and
solvents, car exhaust, factory stack emissions and homeowners' and
individuals' activities. The federal government set a National
Ambient Air Quality Standard for ozone to protect public
health. For areas that do not meet the standard, the state must
submit a State Implementation Plan (SIP) to the EPA that outlines
the measures that will be taken to attain the health-based ozone
standard. States may also submit maintenance
plans to the EPA that detail how the state will assure the standard
will continue to be met for the next 10 years.
Proposed SIP Revision: Motor Vehicle Emission Budget Revisions for the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton (ABE) Ozone Maintenance Area
The comment period is now open for this proposed SIP revision. As of 12 noon Jan. 21, 2014, no member of the public requested a public hearing for this proposed SIP revision. As a result, the public hearing is cancelled.
Appendix C – Maintenance Plan Update for the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton 1997 Eight-Hour Ozone Maintenance Area: Motor Vehicle Emission Budget Revisions Using MOVES2010a (PDF)
Appendix C-1 – Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton Area; An Explanation of Methodology (PDF)
Appendix C-2 – Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton Area Emission Summary Tables (PDF)
Appendix C-3 – Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton Area MOVES Sample Input Files (PDF)
Proposed SIP Revision to Update Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Ozone Nonattainment AreaSince no one expressed an interest in testifying at the public hearing for this SIP by Nov. 27, 2013, the hearing was cancelled.
Redesignation Requests, Maintenance Plans and 2002 Base Year Inventories
Once an area has attained a National Ambient Air Quality Standard, a state may request that EPA redesignate the area to attainment. In order to qualify for redesignation, a state must submit a maintenance plan, demonstrating that the area can continue to attain the standard for at least ten years after redesignation to attainment. Appendices to all documents are available upon request by contacting the Division of Air Resource Management at 717-787-9495. Pa. Bulletin Notice
Carbon monoxide is a byproduct of the incomplete burning of fuels. Industrial processes contribute to carbon monoxide pollution levels, but the principal source of carbon monoxide in most large urban areas is vehicle emissions. Peak carbon monoxide concentrations typically occur during the colder months of the year when automotive emissions are greater and nighttime inversion conditions are more frequent. The EPA has established a National Ambient Air Quality Standard for CO to protect public health.
Reducing Sulfur Dioxide (SO2)
Sulfur dioxide is a gaseous pollutant that is emitted primarily by industrial furnaces or power plants burning coal or oil containing sulfur. The major health effects associated with high exposures to sulfur dioxide include effects on breathing and respiratory illness symptoms. The environmental effects include plant damage, visibility impairment, acid rain and damage to structures. The EPA has established a National Ambient Air Quality Standard for SO2 to protect public health.
Final Warren County SIP Revision - Conewango Township, Pleasant Township, Glade Township, and City of Warren, Warren County SO2 Maintenance Plan and Redesignation Request (5/04)
Lead that is emitted into the air can be inhaled or, after it settles out of the air, can be ingested. Once in the body, lead is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream and results in a broad range of health effects, especially affecting children. Lead concentrations in ambient air above the Federal National Ambient Air Quality Standard pose a serious human health threat.
SIP Revision for Lower Beaver Valley: The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is seeking public comment on a State Implementation Plan revision which demonstrates how the Lower Beaver Valley Area (Potter, Vanport and Center townships) will attain the 2008 Lead National Ambient Air Quality Standard by the prescribed attainment date, Dec. 31, 2015. A public hearing will be held at DEP’s southwest regional office on Sep. 3, 2014 at 1 PM. Comments are due to the Department no later than Sep. 5, 2014.
Vehicles emit a number of harmful air pollutants that have the
potential to adversely affect people's respiratory systems. These
chemicals and particles are particularly dangerous for children,
the elderly and those with existing respiratory problems such as
asthma. As people increasingly depend on their cars and drive more
and more miles, it is important that the vehicles' exhaust systems
become cleaner. The following plans aim to reduce air pollution
resulting from automobiles and other vehicles to help Pennsylvania
attain the health-based ozone standard.
State Implementation Plan Revision Incorporating the Amended Pennsylvania Clean Vehicles Program. DEP has submitted to EPA for approval a revision to the State Implementation Plan (SIP). The SIP revision incorporates the recently amended Pennsylvania Clean Vehicles (PCV) program requirements.
Technical Appendices are available upon request. Please call (717)787-9495.
Allegheny County Health Department
The Allegheny County Health Department maintains information on SIP revisions it has developed. See their page at: Air Quality Regulations
The Allegheny County Board of Health is seeking comments on several changes to its regulations, some of which will then be submitted to EPA as a revision to the State Implementation Plan. The county will accept comments through Jan. 9, 2013. Information on the public comment period is available under “Hot Topics”. The proposed SIP revision is available under “Currently Proposed SIP Revisions".
Final SIP Revision to incorporate New Source Review regulations. Submitted to the EPA June 25, 2012.
The Philadelphia County Dept. of Health, Air Management Services Division maintains information on SIP revisions it is developing at this page, under "Public Meetings & Notices". Below are prior submittals they have provided us.
SIP Revision for RACT for Philadelphia County Under the 8-Hour Ozone Standard