U.S. EPA Proposes Making Revisions to the Petition Provisions of the Clean Air Act Title V Permitting Program
On August 24, 2016 the U.S. EPA proposed making revisions to the petition provisions of the Clean Air Act (CAA) Title V permitting program. Per EPA this change covers five key areas, each of which should increase stakeholder access to and understanding of the petition process and aid the EPA’s review of petitions.
1. First, EPA is proposing regulatory provisions that provide direction as to how petitions should be submitted to the agency.
2. Second, EPA is proposing regulatory provisions that describe the expected format and minimum required content for Title V petitions.
3. Third, the proposal clarifies that permitting authorities are required to respond to significant comments received during the public comment period for draft title V permits and that they are required to provide that response with the proposed title V permit to the EPA for the agency’s 45-day review period.
4. Fourth, EPA is providing more guidance for various stakeholders to help ensure title V permits have complete administrative records and follow the requirements of the CAA.
5. Fifth, to increase familiarity with the post-petition process, this proposal presents information on the agency’s interpretation of certain title V provisions of the CAA and its implementing regulations regarding the steps following an EPA objection in response to a title V petition.
Comments must be received on or before October 24, 2016 and can be submitted at http://www.regulations.gov referencing Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2016-0194.
If anyone contacts EPA requesting a public hearing on or before 6 September, 2016, EPA will hold a public hearing.
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