2019-18336. Air Plan Approval; Arizona; Maricopa County Air Quality Department  

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    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


    Final rule.


    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve revisions to the Maricopa County Air Quality Department (MCAQD) portion of the Arizona State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from graphic arts and from coating of wood furniture and fixtures. We are approving local rules that regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).


    This rule will be effective on September 26, 2019.


    The EPA has established a docket for this action under Docket ID No. EPA-R09-OAR-2019-0105. All documents in the docket are listed on Start Printed Page 44702the https://www.regulations.gov website. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, e.g., Confidential Business Information (CBI) 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 through https://www.regulations.gov, or please contact the person identified in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section for additional availability information.

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    Nicole Law or Robert Schwartz, EPA Region IX, 75 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, CA 94105, (415) 947-4126 or (415) 972-3286, law.nicole@epa.gov or schwartz.robert@epa.gov.

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

    Table of Contents

    I. Proposed Action

    II. Public Comments and EPA Responses

    III. EPA Action

    IV. Incorporation by Reference

    V. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews

    I. Proposed Action

    On June 10, 2019 (84 FR 26804), the EPA proposed to approve the following rules into the Arizona SIP.

    Local agencyRule No.Rule titleAmendedSubmitted
    MCAQD337Graphic Arts08/17/201101/15/2014
    MCAQD342Coating Wood Furniture and Fixtures11/02/201606/22/2017

    We proposed to approve these rules because we determined that they comply with the relevant CAA requirements. Our proposed action contains more information on the rules and our evaluation.

    II. Public Comments and EPA Responses

    The EPA's proposed action provided a 30-day public comment period. During this period, we received one comment. This comment generally expressed support for the EPA's proposed action. The commenter also stated that “the exception in the SIP to exempt Indian reservation land and areas where the EPA does not have jurisdiction is a concern.”

    We understand the comment to refer to the EPA's discussion of Executive Order 13175, specifically, the EPA's statement that “the SIP is not approved to apply on any Indian reservation land or in any other area where the EPA or an Indian tribe has demonstrated that a tribe has jurisdiction.” The EPA typically uses such statements in actions regarding state SIP submittals to explain the non-applicability of the SIP on tribal lands. The State of Arizona submitted the rules in this action to apply only on lands where the State and relevant local agency have jurisdiction. The commenter's concerns regarding the inapplicability of the SIP in areas where the EPA or an Indian tribe has jurisdiction does not bear upon whether the rules that are the subject of our action meet the applicable requirements for approval of a SIP submission. Therefore, we do not find that the comment provides a basis for the EPA to change its assessment of the submitted rules or our proposal to approve them.

    III. EPA Action

    No comments were submitted that change our assessment of the rules as described in our proposed action. Therefore, as authorized in section 110(k)(3) of the Act, the EPA is fully approving these rules into the Arizona SIP.

    IV. Incorporation by Reference

    In this rule, the EPA is finalizing regulatory text that includes incorporation by reference. In accordance with requirements of 1 CFR 51.5, the EPA is finalizing the incorporation by reference of the MCAQD rules described in the amendments to 40 CFR part 52 set forth below. Therefore, these materials have been approved by the EPA for inclusion in the SIP, have been incorporated by reference by the EPA into that plan, are fully federally enforceable under sections 110 and 113 of the CAA as of the effective date of this final rulemaking, and will be incorporated by reference in the next update to the SIP compilation.[1] The EPA has made, and will continue to make, these documents available through www.regulations.gov and at the EPA Region IX 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 Clean Air Act, 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 Clean Air Act. 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 Clean Air Act; and
    • Does not provide the EPA with the discretionary authority to address, as Start Printed Page 44703appropriate, 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 the 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. The 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 October 28, 2019. 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
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    Dated: August 14, 2019.

    Deborah Jordan,

    Acting Regional Administrator, Region IX.

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    Part 52, chapter I, title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations 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 D—Arizona

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    2. Section 52.120 is amended in paragraph (c), Table 4, under the table headings “Post-July 1988 Rule Codification” and “Regulation III—Control of Air Contaminants,” by revising the entries for “Rule 337” and “Rule 342” to read as follows:

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    Identification of plan.
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    Table 4—EPA-Approved Maricopa County Air Pollution Control Regulations

    County citationTitle/subjectState effective dateEPA approval dateAdditional explanation
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    Post-July 1988 Rule Codification
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    Regulation III—Control of Air Contaminants
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    Rule 337Graphic ArtsAugust 17, 2011August 27, 2019, [INSERT Federal Register CITATION]Submitted on January 15, 2014.
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    Rule 342Coating Wood Furniture and FixturesNovember 2, 2016August 27, 2019 [INSERT Federal Register CITATION]Submitted on June 22, 2017.
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    1.  62 FR 27968 (May 22, 1997).

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Document Information

Effective Date:
Environmental Protection Agency
Final rule.
Document Number:
This rule will be effective on September 26, 2019.
44701-44703 (3 pages)
Docket Numbers:
EPA-R09-OAR-2019-0105, FRL-9998-76-Region 9
Air pollution control, Environmental protection, Intergovernmental relations, Nitrogen dioxide, Ozone, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements
PDF File:
Supporting Documents:
» C. MCAQD email 10-11-18
» B17. Wisconsin AM481
» B16. Wisconsin Rule 422.125
» B15. Texas Rule 115.421
» B14. SMAQMD Rule 463
» B13. SDAQMD Rule 67.16
» B12. SCAQMD Rule 1136
» B11. FRAQMD Rule 3.20
» B10. EPA CTG Flexible Package Printing
» B9. EPA CTG Guide to Wood Furniture CTG
CFR: (1)
40 CFR 52.120