Notice of action: The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is announcing an opportunity for public comment on a proposed plan to attain and maintain the national ambient air quality standard for ozone in the Northern Virginia Ozone Nonattainment Area. The Commonwealth intends to submit the plan as a revision to the Commonwealth of Virginia State Implementation Plan (SIP) in accordance with the requirements of §110(a) of the federal Clean Air Act. The SIP is the plan developed by the Commonwealth in order to fulfill its responsibilities under the federal Clean Air Act to attain and maintain the ambient air quality standards promulgated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Act.
Purpose of notice: DEQ is seeking comments on the overall plan, and on the issue of whether the plan demonstrates Virginia's ability to implement EPA's new source review permitting program for ozone nonattainment areas.
Public comment period: March 20 to April 20, 2017.
Public hearing: A public hearing will be conducted if a request is made in writing to the contact listed below. In order to be considered, the request must include the full name, address and telephone number of the person requesting the hearing and be received by DEQ by the last day of the comment period. Notice of the date, time, and location of any requested public hearing will be announced in a separate notice, and another 30-day comment period will be conducted.
Description of proposal: The proposed revision consists of a certification that Virginia's existing NNSR program, covering the Washington, DC-MD-VA nonattainment area for the 2008 ozone NAAQS, is at least as stringent as the requirements at 40 CFR 51.165 for ozone and its precursors, as amended by the March 6, 2015 final rule, "Implementation of the 2008 National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Ozone: State Implementation Plan Requirements" (80 FR 12264). The nonattainment area consists of the Counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William; and the Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas, and Manassas Park
Federal information: This notice is being given to satisfy the public participation requirements of federal regulations (40 CFR 51.102). It is planned to submit all provisions of the proposal as a revision to the Commonwealth of Virginia SIP.
How to comment: DEQ accepts written comments by email, fax, and postal mail. In order to be considered, comments must include the full name, address and telephone number of the person commenting and be received by DEQ on the last day of the comment period. All materials received are part of the public record.
To review proposal: The proposal and any supporting documents are available on the DEQ Air Public Notices for Plans web site: http://www.deq.state.va.us/Programs/Air/PublicNotices/airplansandprograms.aspx. The documents may also be obtained by contacting the DEQ representative named below. The public may review the documents between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm of each business day until the close of the public comment period at the following DEQ locations: 1) DEQ Main Street Office, 8th Floor, 629 E. Main St, Richmond VA, 804-698-4070 and 2) Northern Regional Office, 13901 Crown Court, Woodbridge VA, 703-583-3800.