WSR 03-05-091

DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY


[ Filed February 19, 2003, 11:04 a.m. ]


Hearing Notice


State Implementation Plan Revision


Including Puget Sound Clean Air Agency Regulations in the State Implementation Plan



Background: Local air pollution control agencies periodically submit air quality plan updates and regulations to the Department of Ecology (ecology) for inclusion in Washington's state implementation plan (SIP). The SIP is a statewide plan for meeting federal health-based standards for certain air pollutants.

Ecology will hold a public hearing to receive comments on including Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) maintenance plan updates (ozone and carbon monoxide) and new and amended regulations into the SIP.

Maintenance Plan Updates:

Ozone Maintenance Plan: Updates for ozone include:

Continuation of the voluntary low RVP gasoline program.

Implementation of a voluntary coating program to increase the purchase and use of low-VOC paints.

Continuation of the Washington state vehicle inspection and maintenance program in an enhanced form.

Improvement to the current gasoline vapor recovery program through increased educational and enforcement efforts.

Initiation of a voluntary program of distributing lower emitting portable gasoline cans, and with partners, continuation of an enhanced voluntary program of replacing gasoline lawn mowers.

Ozone Contingency Measures: If needed due to a quality-assured violation of the national ambient ozone standard, a regulatory program requiring enhanced storage tank vapor recovery systems at gasoline stations would take effect the following May 1, after public notice. Also if needed due to a quality-assured violation of the national ambient ozone standard, an open burning ban would be in effect during the months of July and August. The existing ozone contingency measure of a mandatory reduction in gasoline volatility would remain in place.

Carbon Monoxide Contingency Measures: If needed due to quality-assured violations of the national ambient carbon monoxide standard, local transportation system improvements would be made or the regulatory, region-wide, ethanol-based Oxygas program would be reinstituted during the winter period.

The Federal Clean Air Act requires states to have plans in place to address the possibility of future violations of federal air standards. PSCAA's Section 8.07 of Regulation I and Section 2.10 of Regulation II and amended Section 2.09 of Regulation II establish contingency measures in the event of future violations of the federal standards for ozone and carbon monoxide involving restrictions on summer outdoor burning and further emissions reductions from gasoline marketing.

Regulations and Amendments:

NEW SECTIONS:

&sqbul; REG 1, Section 8.06 establishes an Outdoor Burning Ozone Contingency Measure.

&sqbul; REG 2, Section 2.10 establishes a Gasoline Station Ozone Contingency Measure.

AMENDATORY SECTION:

&sqbul; REG 2, Section 2.09 establishes an Oxygenated Gasoline Carbon Monoxide Contingency Measure and Fee Schedule.

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency Board approved the ozone and carbon monoxide maintenance plan updates and adopted the associated contingency measures (Section 8.06 of Regulation I, Section 2.10 of Regulation II and amended Section 2.09 of Regulation II) on December 19, 2002.

Hearing Schedule: PSCAA, 110 Union Street, Suite 500, Seattle, WA, on Thursday, March 27, 2003, at 9:15 a.m.

For ecology's purposes, comments must be limited to including the PSCAA maintenance plan updates and contingency measure regulations in the SIP. Written comments must be postmarked no later than April 19, 2003, and should be sent to Brett Rude, Department of Ecology, P.O. Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98504-7600.

For More Information: For more information about the content of the regulations, prior to the hearing, please contact John Anderson (Puget Sound Clean Air Agency), (206) 689-4051.

If you have special accommodation needs, please contact the agency receptionist at Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, (206) 689-4010 (voice) or (800) 833-6388 (TTY) by March 20, 2003.

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