WSR 04-05-038


[ Filed February 12, 2004, 9:46 a.m. ]


Including Puget Sound Clean Air Agency Regulations in the 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 Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) 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 PSCAA 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 receive comments on adopting, amending and removing the following PSCAA regulations in the SIP:

ADD: Regulation I, Sections 3.25 and 6.01.

AMEND: Regulation I, Sections 1.07, 3.04 (except (e)), 6.03, 6.09, 6.10, 9.03 (except (d) & (e)), 9.04, 9.08, and 12.03 (except (b)(2)).

REMOVE: Regulation I, Sections 6.04, 6.06, 6.07, and 6.08.

The board of directors of PSCAA will conduct a public hearing on this issue. The board is expected to adopt the changes following the local hearing. Ecology's public hearing on including the changes in the SIP will follow. (Note: PSCAA locally amended Regulation I, Section 3.25 on September 25, 2003 and Section 6.10 on July 12, 2001. Having been previously adopted locally, ecology will receive comment on adding Regulation I, Sections 3.25 and 6.10 to the SIP at this time.) The hearing is on Thursday, March 25, 2004, at 9:15 a.m., Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, 110 Union Street, Suite 500, Seattle, WA.

For a SIP hearing, only comments related to including and/or removing the PSCAA regulations in or from the SIP can be considered. Written comments must be postmarked no later than April 1, 2004, and should be sent to Brett Rude, Department of Ecology, P.O. Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98504-7600.

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

If you need this information in an alternate format, please contact the agency receptionist at Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, (206) 689-4010, by March 18, 2004. If you are a person with a speech or hearing impairment, call (800) 833-6388 (TDD).

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