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Final Revision - PM2.5 (Annual NAAQS): NY Metropolitan Area, October 27, 2009

The following is the content of a letter and associated attachments sent to the Acting Regional Administrator at the USEPA, Region 2, George Pavlou. The letter was signed on October 27, 2009 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 proposed state implementation plan (SIP) revision entitled "New York State Implementation Plan for PM2.5 (Annual NAAQS): Attainment Demonstration for the New York Metropolitan Area."

On April 5, 2005, EPA designated as "nonattainment" areas throughout the country that exceeded the health-based standards for PM2.5. 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, Orange, Westchester and Rockland, was designated non-attainment. The New York - N. New Jersey - Long Island, NY-NJ-CT non-attainment area also includes counties in the states of Connecticut and New Jersey.

Pursuant to CAA sections 110(a)(1) and (2), states are required to address basic State Implementation Plan (SIP) requirements related to the attainment of new or revised National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQSs), including emission inventories, monitoring and modeling to assure attainment, maintenance and enforcement of the standards. SIPs meeting the requirements of CAA sections 110(a)(1) and (2) must be submitted within three years after promulgation of a new or revised standard. This submission satisfies these requirements.

This submission has undergone the required public review process in which a public hearing and the opportunity for public comment were held. The public hearing took place on July 10, 2008.

The following documents are enclosed:

  1. Copies of the Public Notices published in Newsday, New York Post, The Journal News and the Environmental Notice Bulletin on June 4, 2008.
  2. Legislative Hearing Transcript
  3. Responsiveness Summary
  4. The attainment demonstration for the annual PM2.5 standard, including attainment of the standard by 2010, submitted pursuant to section 182 of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Diana Rivenburgh at (518) 402-8396.

Proposed Revision to the New York State Implementation Plan for PM2.5 (Annual NAAQS): New York Metropolitan Area (PDF) (4.62 MB, 496 pgs)

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