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4.0 Federal Land Manager Coordination

40 CFR Section 51.308(i) requires coordination between States, Tribes and the Federal Land Managers (FLMs). As a part of the development of this SIP, opportunities have been provided by MANE-VU for FLMs to review and comment on each of the technical documents developed by MANE-VU as well as this document. New York State provided agency contacts to the Federal Land Managers as required (pp. 35747-48 of the 1999 Regional Haze Rule).

As required by Section 51.308(i)(2), New York State provided the FLMs an opportunity for consultation, in person and at least 60 days prior to holding any public hearing on an implementation plan or plan revision, and also provided the FLMs the opportunity to provide their:

  • Assessment of the impairment of visibility in any Class I areas,
  • Recommendations for states containing Class I areas on the development of reasonable progress goals, and
  • Recommendations on the development and implementation of strategies to address visibility impairment.

A copy of the draft SIP was provided to the FLMs for their review. New York State received comments regarding this SIP from the FLMs after their review. The FLM's comments and New York State's responses are included in Appendix B, Summary of Federal Land Manager Comments and Responses, of this plan, in accordance with 40 CFR 51.308(i)(3).

Section 51.308(i)(4) requires procedures for continuing consultation between the State and FLMs on the implementation of the visibility protection program. The FLMs must be consulted in the following instances:

  • Development and review of implementation plan revisions,
  • Review of 5-year progress reports, and
  • Development and implementation of other programs that may contribute to impairment of visibility in Class I areas.

The Department commits to continue to coordinate and consult with the FLMs during the development of future progress reports and plan revisions, as well as during the implementation of programs having the potential to contribute to visibility impairment in the mandatory Class I areas. New York State will consult with the FLMs on the status of the following implementation items:

  • Implementation of emissions strategies identified in the SIP as contributing to achieving improvement in the worst-day visibility,
  • Summary of major new source permits issued,
  • Status of State actions to meet commitments for completing any future assessments or rulemakings on sources identified as likely contributors to visibility impairment, but not directly addressed in the most recent SIP revision,
  • Any changes to the monitoring strategy or monitoring stations status that may affect tracking of reasonable progress,
  • Work underway for preparing the 5-year review and/or 10-year revision.
  • Items for FLMs to consider or provide support for in preparation for any visibility protection SIP revisions (based on a 5-year review or the 10-year revision schedule under EPA's Regional Haze Rule), and
  • Summaries of topics (discussion meetings, emails, other records) covered in ongoing communications between the State and FLMs regarding implementation of the visibility program.

These consultations will be coordinated with the designated visibility protection program coordinators for the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service. The frequency and the form of the consultation will be determined during the initial contacts after the approval of this document.

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