September 28, 2016
On September 1, 2016 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it is completing the process for a federally implemented clean air plan for Arkansas. The plan will reduce regional haze in Arkansas and Missouri to help meet federal Clean Air Act requirements. The announcement comes after several months of negotiations between EPA and Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ).
EPA says all wilderness areas included in the plan have already shown some improvement in visibility, one of the major goals of the federal regional haze rule.
The Clean Air Act’s regional haze rule requires states to make progress toward achieving natural visibility conditions in some of the nation’s most treasured wilderness areas. States must submit plans for achieving these progress goals by reducing harmful emissions of nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, and particulate matter.
The federal plan would cut about 68,500 tons of SO2 emissions per year and 15,100 ton of NOx per year, which will better protect the parks and the refuge areas from hazy conditions, while also providing health and environmental benefits.
When state implementation plans do not meet federal requirements, EPA works with states to address deficiencies so that a new state plan can replace the federal plan.
This action will provide for better visibility for the Caney Creek Wilderness Area, Upper Buffalo Wilderness Area, Hercules-Glades Wilderness Area and Mingo National Wildlife Refuge.
What this means to you
An EPA Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) is a federally implemented plan to achieve attainment of air quality standards and is used only as a backstop when a state is unable to develop an adequate State Implementation Plan. State plans must meet progress goals by reducing harmful emissions of nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, and particulate matter.
MIRATECH can help
Contact MIRATECH for help meeting stationary engine emission limits for NOx and Particulate Matter.