Notice of action: The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is announcing an opportunity for public comment on a proposed revision to the Commonwealth of Virginia State Implementation Plan (SIP). The SIP is a 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. If adopted, the Commonwealth intends to submit the regulation or a portion thereof to the EPA as a revision to the SIP in accordance with the requirements of § 110(a) of the federal Clean Air Act.
Regulations affected: The regulation of the board affected by this action is as follows: Regulation for the Control of Motor Vehicles in Northern Virginia, 9VAC5-91 (Revision VV2).
Purpose of notice: DEQ is seeking comment on the issue of whether the regulation amendments which became effective in 1998 should be submitted as a revision to the SIP.
Public comment period: March 12 to April 11, 2012.
Public hearing: A public hearing may 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 on 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.
Public comment stage: The regulation amendments were adopted by the State Air Pollution Control Board on September 11, 1997, with an effective date of January 1, 1998. Since the amendments have already been adopted, DEQ is accepting comment only on the issue cited above under "purpose of notice" and not on the content of the regulation amendments.
Description of proposal: In essence, the proposed revision consists of amendments to existing regulation provisions concerning the Regulation for the Control of Motor Vehicles in Northern Virginia. The major provisions of the proposal consist of the repeal of the following provisions: 9VAC5-91-40, establishment of regulations; 9VAC5-91-60, hearings and proceedings; 9VAC5-91-80, variances; and 9VAC5-91-110, procedural information and guidance. These provisions were moved from 9VAC5-91 into a new chapter 9VAC5-170, Regulation for General Administration.
Federal information: This notice is being given to satisfy the public participation requirements of federal regulations (40 CFR 51.102) and not any provision of state law. Except as noted below, the proposal will be submitted as a revision to the Commonwealth of Virginia SIP under §110(a) of the federal Clean Air Act in accordance with 40 CFR 51.104. 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 documents received are part of the public record.
To review regulation documents:
The proposal and any supporting documents are available on the DEQ Air Public Notices for Plans web site: http://www.deq.state.va.us/air/permitting/planotes.html
. The documents may also be obtained by contacting the DEQ representative named below. The public may review the documents between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm 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, VA 804-698-4070, and 2) DEQ Northern Regional Office, 13901 Crown Court, Woodbridge, VA 703-583-3800.