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Regional Haze Five-Year Progress Report for 2010-2015

The following is the content of a letter and associated attachments sent to the Regional Administrator at the USEPA, Region 2, Judith A. Enck. The letter was signed on June 16, 2015 by Joseph J. Martens, Commissioner.

On behalf of the Governor of the State of New York, I am submitting for approval by the United States Environmental Protection Agency the "New York State Implementation Plan for Regional Haze: Five-Year Progress Report for 2010-2015."

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) developed this Five-Year Progress Report State Implementation Plan (SIP) as required by 40 CFR 51.308 to meet the requirements of EPA's Regional Haze rules under the Clean Air Act. This Five-Year Progress Report SIP addresses all of the elements required by 40 CFR 51.308(g) and 51.308(h), including status of control strategies in the Regional Haze SIP, emissions reductions from Regional Haze SIP strategies, visibility progress, emissions progress, assessment of changes impeding progress, assessment of current strategy, review of monitoring strategy, and determination of adequacy.

As required by 40 CFR 51.308(i), DEC provided a draft of the "New York State Implementation Plan for Regional Haze: Five-Year Progress Report for 2010-2015" on December 1, 2014 to the Federal Land Managers (FLM) at the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for review and comment in advance of the public comment period.

This document has also undergone the required public review process in which an opportunity for public comment was provided. The public comment period commenced on March 4, 2015 with publication in the Environmental Notice Bulletin on March 4, 2015 and it ended on April 3, 2015, with only a few minor non-technical comments.

The following documents are enclosed:

1. copies of the letters sent to FLM on December 1, 2014 (PDF) (3.48 MB, 10 pgs);

2. copies of the e-mails sent to FLM on December 2, 2014 (PDF) (676 kB, 5 pgs);

3. a copy of the Public Notice published in the Environmental Notice Bulletin on March 2015 (PDF) (38 kB, 2 pgs);

4. Assessment of Public Comments (PDF) (77 kB, 2 pgs), and

5. New York's Final "New York State Implementation Plan for Regional Haze: Five-Year Progress Report for 2010-2015." (PDF) (3.97 MB,104pgs)

Please call Division of Air Resources Director David Shaw at (518) 402-8452 if you have any questions.


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