July is active month for EPA with numerous air quality approvals and proposed approvals.

August 1, 2019

July was a busy month for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approvals and proposed approvals of state, territory or local air district implementation plans and/or updates to plans designed to meet or make progress toward attainment of national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS).

  • On July 26, 2019 EPA announced its approval of Oklahoma’s State Implementation Plan (SIP) that reflects updates to state regulations addressing air quality requirements. This action promotes cooperation between Oklahoma and EPA, resulting in the state’s rules becoming federally enforceable.
  • On July 26, 2019, EPA announced it has approved the District of Columbia’s request to redesignate the District to attainment for the 2008 federal ozone standard under the Clean Air Act. In 2012, the Washington, DC-MD-VA area was designated nonattainment for the 2008 federal National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone under the Clean Air Act.
  • On July 19th EPA announced it has published a notice in the Federal Register approving the proposal by the Kalispel Tribe to redesignate lands within the exterior boundaries of the Kalispel Indian Reservation in Washington to Class I under the Clean Air Act.
  • On July 11th EPA announced it recently approved revisions to the state of New Mexico’s clean-air plan for the city of Albuquerque-Bernalillo County minor New Source Review (NSR) program for construction permits. EPA is also converting the earlier conditional approval of the minor NSR Preconstruction permitting program to full approval.
  • On July 9th EPA announced a proposal of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Ohio EPA to formally redesignate the Columbus area to attainment of the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone. Recent air monitoring data show the Columbus area now meets the national standard set to protect public health.
  • On June 28, EPA announced it approved Oklahoma’s Regional Haze five-year report that found that the state is making reasonable progress towards preventing future impairment of visibility caused by human-made pollution in the Wichita Mountain Wilderness Area.

What this means to you
Over the past 30 days EPA has announced numerous approvals of, or proposals to approve, actions to meet national ambient air quality standards in Oklahoma, Washington DC-MD-VA, Washington’s Kalispel Indian Tribe, New Mexico’s City of Albuquerque/Bernalillo County and the city of Columbus, Ohio.

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