2018-11217. Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Louisiana; 2008 8-Hour Ozone Maintenance Plan Revision for Baton Rouge  

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    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


    Final rule.


    Pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a Louisiana State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision revising the 2008 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) maintenance plan for the five-parish Baton Rouge area. The revised maintenance plan allows for relaxation of the Federal Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) requirements in the Baton Rouge area. EPA has determined that relaxation of the RVP requirement would not interfere with attainment or maintenance of the NAAQS or with any other CAA requirement.


    This rule is effective on June 25, 2018.


    The EPA has established a docket for this action under Docket ID No. EPA-R06-OAR-2018-0111. All documents in the docket are listed on the http://www.regulations.gov website. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, e.g., 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 http://www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the EPA Region 6, 1445 Ross Avenue, Suite 700, Dallas, Texas 75202-2733.

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    Wendy Jacques, 214-665-7395, jacques.wendy@epa.gov.

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    Throughout this document “we,” “us,” and “our” means the EPA.

    I. Background

    The background for this action is discussed in detail in our April 13, 2018 proposal (83 FR 16017). In that document we proposed to (1) approve a revision to the 2008 8-hour ozone NAAQS maintenance plan for the Baton Rouge area (Ascension, East Baton Rouge, Iberville, Livingston, and West Baton Rouge Parishes) and (2) determine that relaxation of the RVP requirement in the maintenance plan would not interfere with the attainment or maintenance of the NAAQS or with any other CAA requirement. While we did not receive any relevant adverse comments regarding our proposal, we did receive a letter of support from the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association, and a comment letter from U.S. Senators John Kennedy and Bill Cassidy and U.S. Representative Garrett Graves requesting that we act expeditiously to finalize our proposed approval of the SIP revision. As stated in our proposed rule, we found the State's submission meets all applicable CAA requirements, thus we are finalizing the approval of this SIP revision as proposed.

    II. Final Action

    We are approving the January 31, 2018 revision to the 2008 8-hour ozone NAAQS maintenance plan for the five-parish Baton Rouge area. We have determined that relaxation of the RVP requirement in the maintenance plan will not interfere with the attainment or maintenance of the NAAQS or with any other CAA requirement. This action is being taken under section 110 of the Act.

    III. 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. 42 U.S.C. 7410(k); 40 CFR 52.02(a). Thus, in reviewing SIP submissions, the EPA's role is to approve state choices, provided that they meet the criteria of the CAA. Accordingly, this action merely approves state law as meeting Federal requirements and does not impose additional requirements beyond those imposed by state law. For that reason, this action:

    • Is not a “significant regulatory action” 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);
    • Is not an Executive Order 13771 (82 FR 9339, February 2, 2017) regulatory action because SIP approvals are exempted under Executive Order 12866;
    • Does not impose an information collection burden under the provisions Start Printed Page 24227of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.);
    • Is certified as not having a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.);
    • Does 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);
    • Does not have Federalism implications as specified in Executive Order 13132 (64 FR 43255, August 10, 1999);
    • Is not an economically significant regulatory action based on health or safety risks subject to Executive Order 13045 (62 FR 19885, April 23, 1997);
    • Is not a significant regulatory action subject to Executive Order 13211 (66 FR 28355, May 22, 2001);
    • Is 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
    • Does not provide EPA with the discretionary authority to address, as appropriate, disproportionate human health or environmental effects, using practicable and legally permissible methods, under Executive Order 12898 (59 FR 7629, February 16, 1994).

    In addition, 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 and will not impose substantial direct costs on tribal governments or preempt tribal law as specified by Executive Order 13175 (65 FR 67249, November 9, 2000).

    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 Clean Air Act, petitions for judicial review of this action must be filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the appropriate circuit by July 24, 2018. 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).)

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    List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 52

    • Environmental protection
    • Air pollution control
    • Incorporation by reference
    • Intergovernmental relations
    • Nitrogen dioxide
    • Ozone
    • Reporting and recordkeeping requirements
    • Volatile organic compounds
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    Dated: May 21, 2018.

    Anne Idsal,

    Regional Administrator, Region 6.

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    Title 40 CFR part 52 is amended as follows:

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

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

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    Subpart T—Louisiana

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    2. In § 52.970(e), the second table titled “EPA Approved Louisiana Nonregulatory Provisions and Quasi-Regulatory Measures” is amended by adding an entry at the end for “2008 8-hour Ozone NAAQS Revised Maintenance Plan” to read as follows:

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    Identification of plan.
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    EPA Approved Louisiana Nonregulatory Provisions and Quasi-Regulatory Measures

    Name of SIP provisionApplicable geographic or nonattainment areaState submittal/ effective dateEPA approval dateExplanation
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    2008 8-hour Ozone NAAQS Revised Maintenance PlanBaton Rouge Area1/31/20185/25/2018, [Insert Federal Register citation]
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    [FR Doc. 2018-11217 Filed 5-24-18; 8:45 am]

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Document Information

Effective Date:
Environmental Protection Agency
Final rule.
Document Number:
This rule is effective on June 25, 2018.
24226-24227 (2 pages)
Docket Numbers:
EPA-R06-OAR-2018-0111, FRL-9978-44-Region 6
Air pollution control, Environmental protection, Intergovernmental relations, Nitrogen dioxide, Ozone, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Volatile organic compounds
PDF File:
Supporting Documents:
» LA061.02 Louisiana; Baton Rouge Ozone Maintenance Plan Revision for Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) Relaxation, submitted to EPA January 30, 2018 (LA-146). 80 pages 17.6 MB y4dX
CFR: (1)
40 CFR 52.970