2018-12072. Air Plan Approval; Nebraska; Revisions to Title 115 of the Nebraska Administrative Code; Rules of Practice and Procedure  

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    AGENCY:

    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION:

    Proposed rule.

    SUMMARY:

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of Nebraska on August 28, 2014. This proposed action will amend the SIP to revise title 115 of the Nebraska Administrative Code “Nebraska Rules of Practice and Procedure.” The proposed revisions to title 115 update the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality's (NDEQ) rules of practice and procedure to incorporate legislative changes that have been made to the State's Administrative Procedure Act and the public record laws.

    DATES:

    Comments must be received on or before July 5, 2018.

    ADDRESSES:

    Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-R07-OAR-2018-0307 to https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Once submitted, comments cannot be edited or removed from Regulations.gov. The EPA may publish any comment received to its public docket. Do not submit electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Multimedia submissions (audio, video, etc.) must be accompanied by a written comment. The written comment is considered the official comment and should include discussion of all points you wish to make. The EPA will generally not consider comments or comment contents located outside of the primary submission (i.e. on the web, cloud, or other file sharing system). For additional submission methods, the full EPA public comment policy, information about CBI or multimedia submissions, and general guidance on making effective comments, please visit https://www2.epa.gov/​dockets/​commenting-epa-dockets.

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    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Greg Crable, Environmental Protection Agency, Air Planning and Development Branch, 11201 Renner Boulevard, Lenexa, Kansas 66219 at (913) 551-7391, or by email at crable.gregory@epa.gov.

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    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Throughout this document “we,” “us,” and “our” refer to EPA. This section provides additional information by addressing the following:

    I. What is being addressed in this document?

    II. Have the requirements for approval of a SIP revision been met?

    III. What action is EPA taking?

    IV. Incorporation by Reference

    V. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews

    I. What is being addressed in this document?

    EPA is proposing to amend Nebraska's SIP to include revisions to title 115 of the Nebraska Administrative Code. The last revision to title 115—Rules of Practice and Procedure was approved into the Nebraska SIP in 1994 (60 FR 372). Since that time, the legislature has amended the Administrative Procedure Act and the public record laws which impose additional requirements on NDEQ. NDEQ has adopted the revisions to title 115 and has requested EPA amend the SIP.

    This action proposes to revise chapter 1, Definitions of Terms; chapter 2, Filings and Correspondence; chapter 3, Public Records Availability; chapter 4, Public Records Confidentiality; chapter 5, Public Hearings; chapter 7, Contested Cases; chapter 8, Emergency Proceeding Hearings; chapter 9, Declaratory Rulings; and chapter 10, Rulemaking. This action proposes to revise the chapter titles for chapters 2, 4, 8, 9 and 10. No revisions are being made to chapter 6, Voluntary Compliance. Chapter 11, Variances, is being deleted. The proposed revisions to title 115 are numerous and can be found in the August 28, 2014 State submission which is part of the docket.

    Specifically, the changes to chapters 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 and 10 conform regulatory language to the Attorney General's model rules. Revisions to chapters 3 and 5 better describe the procedures already in place by practice for obtaining public records and public hearings on permit decisions or fact-finding hearings that are required by law. Revisions to chapter 4 clarify the procedures for asserting a claim of confidentiality trade secrets. Finally, chapter 11 is being deleted from title 115 because it is duplicative and found in chapter 33 of title 129.

    EPA is proposing approval of these revisions as they are not fundamentally different from a procedural standpoint from existing rules. These revisions do not impact air quality. The revisions do not revise emission limits or procedures, nor do they impact the state's ability to attain or maintain the Start Printed Page 25978National Ambient Air Quality Standards.

    II. Have the requirements for approval of a SIP revision been met?

    The state submission has met the public notice requirements for SIP submissions in accordance with 40 CFR 51.102. The revised title 115 chapters were placed on public notice on January 30, 2004, and a public hearing was held by the NDEQ on March 5, 2004. During the public hearing NDEQ received three comments. NDEQ addressed each of the comments and made no change to the rule based on comments received. The submission also satisfied the completeness criteria of 40 CFR part 51, appendix V. In addition, as explained above, and as demonstrated in the documents in the docket, the revisions meet the substantive SIP requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA), including section 110 and implementing regulations.

    III. What action is EPA taking?

    EPA is proposing to approve the title 115 SIP revision submitted by the State of Nebraska on August 28, 2014. We are processing this as a proposed action because we are soliciting comments on this proposed action. Final rulemaking will occur after consideration of any comments.

    IV. Incorporation by Reference

    In this action, EPA is proposing to include in a final EPA rule regulatory text that includes incorporation by reference. In accordance with requirements of 1 CFR 51.5, EPA is proposing to incorporate by reference the Nebraska Regulations described in the amendments to 40 CFR part 52 set forth below. EPA has made, and will continue to make, these materials generally available through https://www.regulations.gov and at the EPA Region 7 Office (please contact the person identified in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this preamble for more information).

    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. 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. 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 of 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).

    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).

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    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
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    Dated: May 25, 2018.

    James B. Gulliford,

    Regional Administrator, Region 7.

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    For the reasons stated in the preamble, EPA proposes to amend 40 CFR part 52 as set forth below:

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    PART 52—APPROVAL AND PROMULGATION OF IMPLEMENTATION PLANS

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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 CC Nebraska

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    2. Amend § 52.1420(c) by:

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    a. Revising the entries for 115-1; 115-2; 115-3; 115-4; 115-5; 115-7; 115-8; 115-9; and 115-10; and

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    b. Removing the entry for 115-11.

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    The revisions read as follows:

    Identification of plan.
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    EPA-Approved Nebraska Regulations

    Nebraska citationTitleState effective dateEPA approval dateExplanation
    STATE OF NEBRASKA
    Department of Environmental Quality
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    Title 115—Rules of Practice and Procedure
    115-1Definitions of Terms6/8/2004[date of final publication in the Federal Register] [final Federal Register citation]
    115-2Petition for Declaratory Order6/8/2004[date of final publication in the Federal Register] [final Federal Register citation]
    115-3Public Records Availability6/8/2004[date of final publication in the Federal Register] [final Federal Register citation]
    115-4Confidentiality for Trade Secrets6/8/2004[date of final publication in the Federal Register] [final Federal Register citation]
    115-5Public Hearings6/8/2004[date of final publication in the Federal Register] [final Federal Register citation]
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    115-7Contested Cases6/8/2004[date of final publication in the Federal Register] [final Federal Register citation]
    115-8Intervention in a Contested Case6/8/2004[date of final publication in the Federal Register] [final Federal Register citation]
    115-9Ex Parte Communications Prohibited6/8/2004[date of final publication in the Federal Register] [final Federal Register citation]
    115-10Petition for Rulemaking6/8/2004[date of final publication in the Federal Register] [final Federal Register citation]
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    [FR Doc. 2018-12072 Filed 6-4-18; 8:45 am]

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Document Information

Published:
06/05/2018
Department:
Environmental Protection Agency
EntryType:
Proposed Rule
Action:
Proposed rule.
Document Number:
2018-12072
Dates:
Comments must be received on or before July 5, 2018.
Pages:
25977-25979 (3 pages)
Docket Numbers:
EPA-R07-OAR-2018-0307, FRL-9979-13-Region 7
SectionNoes:
52.1420
Topics:
Air pollution control, Carbon monoxide, Environmental protection, Intergovernmental relations, Lead, Nitrogen dioxide, Ozone, Particulate matter, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Sulfur oxides, Volatile organic compounds
PDF File:
2018-12072.pdf
Supporting Documents:
» NE submission received Sept 2 2014
CFR: (1)
40 CFR 52.1420