Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
Air Pollution Control Board

General Notice
General Notice - State Implementation Plan Revision - Amended Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets
Date Posted: 3/23/2016
Expiration Date: 5/19/2016
Submitted to Registrar for publication: YES
31 Day Comment Forum closed. Began on 4/18/2016 and ended 5/19/2016

Notice of action: The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking comments and announcing a public hearing on a proposed revision to the Commonwealth of Virginia State Implementation Plan (SIP).  The Commonwealth intends to submit amended motor vehicle emissions budgets (MVEBs) as a revision to the Virginia SIP in accordance with the federal Clean Air Act.  The SIP is the plan developed by the Commonwealth in order to fulfill its responsibilities under the Act to attain and maintain the ambient air quality standards promulgated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Purpose of notice: DEQ is seeking comments on the amended MVEBs for the Northern Virginia portion of the Metropolitan Washington, DC-MD-VA PM2.5 Maintenance Area, which consists of the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas, and Manassas Park.

Public comment period: April 18 to May 19, 2016.

Public hearing: A public hearing will be conducted in Conference Room 1, DEQ Northern Region Office, 13901 Crown Court, Woodbridge, Virginia, at 10:00 am on May 10, 2016.  A map and directions maybe found at

Description of proposal: This revision consists of amendments to the 1997 annual primary fine particulate (PM2.5) maintenance plan for the Washington DC-MD-VA PM2.5 Maintenance Area.  These revisions include changes to on-road MVEBs for very fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and nitrogen oxides (NOX) based on the EPA-approved MOVES2014 model.  The MVEBs are being revised in order to meet commitments in the area's PM2.5 maintenance plan.

Federal information: This notice is being given to satisfy the public participation requirements of federal regulations (40 CFR 51.102).  The proposed amendments and any supporting technical documents will be submitted as a revision to the SIP under § 110(a) of the federal Clean Air Act in accordance with 40 CFR 51.104.

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 no later than the last day of the comment period.  Both oral and written comments are accepted at the public hearing.  DEQ prefers that comments be provided in writing, along with any supporting documents or exhibits.  Comments must be submitted to Doris A. McLeod, Air Quality Planner, Department of Environmental Quality, 629 E. Main St, PO Box 1105, Richmond, Virginia 23218 (phone 804-698-4197, fax 804-698-4510, email  All materials received are part of the public record.

To review the proposal: The proposal and any supporting documents are available on the DEQ Air Public Notices for Plans web site (  The documents may also be obtained by contacting the DEQ representative named above.  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) 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.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Doris A. McLeod  / Air Quality Planner
Address: 629 East Main Street
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, 23218
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)698-4197    FAX: (804)698-4510    TDD: ()-