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Ozone (1997 8-Hour NAAQS) Attainment Demonstration for NY Metro Area - Final Proposed Revision

The following is the content of a letter and associated attachments sent to the Regional Administrator at the USEPA, Region 2, Alan J. Steinberg. The letter was signed on February 8, 2008 by J. Jared Snyder, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Air Resources, Climate Change and Energy.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (Department) is submitting a final state implementation plan (SIP) revision entitled ''New York State Implementation Plan for Ozone (8-Hour NAAQS) -Attainment Demonstration for New York Metro Area". The Department continues to demonstrate attainment of the 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) in 2012. This submittal meets all of the requirements of a serious ozone non-attainment area, including an attainment demonstration and requisite rate of progress demonstration through 2012. It is being submitted pursuant to section 182 of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments.

On April 15, 2004 EPA designated as "nonattainment" areas throughout the country that exceeded the health-based standards for 8-hour ozone. The New York - N. New Jersey - Long Island, NY-NJ-CT area, which includes the New York State counties of Suffolk, Nassau, Richmond, New York, Kings, Queens, Bronx, Westchester and Rockland, was designated nonattainment with a moderate classification. The New York - N. New Jersey - Long Island, NYNJ-CT non-attainment area also includes counties in the states of Connecticut and New Jersey.

On August 9, 2007, the Department proposed an ozone SIP revision that underwent a public review process. A Notice of Public Hearing was published in the Environmental Notice Bulletin, Newsday, New York Post and The Journal News on August 29, 2007. A public hearing was held in New York City on October 2, 2007. The Department accepted written comments until the close of business on October 10, 2007. Comments were received from the United States Environmental Protection Agency and Manufacturers of Emission Controls Association.

Furthermore, the Department has analyzed the preliminary 2007 ozone data and determined that attainment prior to 2012 is unlikely. As a result, under separate cover, the Department is requesting a voluntary reclassification to "serious" in accordance with CAA section 181(b)(3). This is consistent with the 2012 attainment data put forth in the August 9, 2007 proposal and this February 2008 final proposed revision.

The following documents are enclosed:

  1. Copies of the Public Notices published in the Environmental Notice Bulletin, Newsday, New York Post and The Journal News on August 29, 2007.
  2. Legislative Hearing Transcript
  3. Responsiveness Summary
  4. February 2008 Final Proposed Revision: New York State Implementation Plan for Ozone-8-Hour NAAQS - Attainment Demonstration for New York Metro Area

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Robert D. Bielawa, P.E or Mr. Matthew Reis, P.E. at (518) 402-8396.

Ozone (1997 8-Hour NAAQS) Attainment Demonstration for NY Metro Area - Final Proposed Revision (PDF) (4.70 MB, 876 pgs)


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