Notice of action: The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is announcing an opportunity for public review and comment on a proposed demonstration showing that certain data gathered during June and July of 2008 were affected by exceptional events and therefore should not be used to make determinations regarding National Ambient Air Quality Standards. The exceptional events were the wildfire in the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in Hyde County, North Carolina and the wildfire in the Great Dismal Swamp Wildlife Refuge in Suffolk, Virginia. These exceptional events impacted fine particulate and ozone monitoring data across the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Purpose of notice: DEQ is seeking comments on the overall demonstration.
Public comment period: February 4, 2009, to March 5, 2009.
Description of proposal: The proposed demonstration provides meteorological, photographic, and other evidence of air pollution generated by the wildfires. The proposed demonstration also provides evidence of the air pollution impacts on ozone and fine particulate monitors at various times in June and July of 2008 as well as in various areas across the Commonwealth.
Federal information: This notice is being given to satisfy the public participation requirements of federal regulations (40 CFR 50.14).
How to comment: DEQ accepts written comments by e-mail, facsimile transmission, and postal mail. IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED, WRITTEN COMMENTS MUST INCLUDE THE FULL NAME, ADDRESS, AND TELEPHONE NUMBER OF THE PERSON COMMENTING AND BE RECEIVED BY DEQ BY 5:00 P.M. ON THE LAST DAY OF THE COMMENT PERIOD (MARCH 5, 2009). Due to problems with the quality of facsimile transmissions, commenters are encouraged to provide the signed original by postal mail within one week.
To review proposal:
The proposal and any supporting documents are available on the DEQ Air Monitoring Division web site: http://www.deq.virginia.gov/airmon/
The documents may also be obtained by contacting the DEQ representative named below. The public may review the documents between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. of each business day until the close of the public comment period at the following locations: 1) DEQ Main Street Office, 8th Floor, 629 E. Main Street, Richmond, Virginia, 804-698-4070 and 2) DEQ Air Monitoring Division, 4949-C Cox Road, Glen Allen, Virginia (804) 527-5184