WSR 04-03-099

DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY


[ Filed January 20, 2004, 4:04 p.m. ]


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Including Spokane County Air Pollution Control Authority Regulations in Washington's State Implementation Plan



Local air pollution control agencies periodically submit air quality 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 Spokane County Air Pollution Control Authority (SCAPCA) regulations in the SIP.

Chapter 173-400 WAC, General regulations for air pollution sources, applies to sources statewide unless a local air quality agency or the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) has adopted its own new source review rule applicable within its jurisdiction. Local air quality agencies may have supplemental rules as long as they are as stringent as the WAC. For this reason, ecology will receive comments on including in the SIP various SCAPCA general source-related provisions.

The proposed changes are necessary to achieve alignment of state and federal air quality rules for stationary sources. Moreover, they clarify requirements for existing and new stationary sources of air pollution by eliminating conflicts with chapter 70.94 RCW and 40 C.F.R. Part 51. When incorporated into the SIP, the rules reduce the number of duplicative applicable state and local regulations.

Ecology will also receive comments on various administrative changes to SCAPCA regulations in the SIP. These include editorial changes and removing sections no longer applicable.

Ecology will receive comments on adopting, amending and removing the following SCAPCA regulations in the SIP: Adding Regulation I, Article I, Regulation I, Article II, Regulation I, Article IV, including Exhibit "R," Regulation I, Article V, Regulation I, Article VI, Sections 6.02, Regulation I, Article VI, Section 6.05; removing Regulation II, Article IV, Section 4.01.

The hearing is scheduled as follows: Thursday, March 4, 2004, 8:30 a.m., Spokane County Public Works Building, Lower Level Hearing Room, West 1026 Broadway, Spokane, WA 99201.

For a SIP hearing, only comments on whether or not to include the changes in the SIP are considered. Written comments must be postmarked no later than March 25, 2004, and should be sent to Brett Rude, Department of Ecology, P.O. Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98504-7600.

For more information about the updates or the SIP process prior to the hearing, please contact Melissa McEachron, (360) 407-6860, or Brett Rude, (360) 407-6847.

If you need special accommodations, please contact Barbara Nelson at (509) 477-4727, ext. 116, by February 23, 2004.

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