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Redesignation Request & Maintenance Plan for the 1997 Annual and 2006 24-Hour PM2.5 NAAQS - Final Submission

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 27, 2013 by Joseph J. Martens, Commissioner.

DEC is hereby submitting a redesignation request and maintenance plan for the 1997 annual and 2006 24-hour fine particulate matter (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) pertaining to the New York portion of the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-CT nonattainment area. This redesignation request is being submitted pursuant to section 107(d)(3)(D) of the Clean Air Act (CAA). Also included is a maintenance plan that provides for continued maintenance of these NAAQS through 2025, as required by CAA section 175A.

This proposed revision to the New York State Implementation Plan (SIP) demonstrates that the New York metropolitan area first came into attainment of both the annual and 24-hour NAAQS in 2009 (with design values based on 2007-2009 monitored air quality data). Subsequent design values have also been below both standards. These reduced ambient air concentrations are the result of permanent and enforceable measures enacted by DEC and EPA, which are detailed in the document.

In light of the January 4, 2013 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, additional information has been added to the redesignation request and maintenance plan to affirm that they comply with the requirements of CAA Part D, Subpart 4. The control measures relied upon for attainment of the NAAQS primarily focused on reductions from sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides, the pollutants that most significantly contribute to secondary PM formation; volatile organic compounds also contribute to a lesser extent, while ammonia is not considered a significant precursor. By attaining the PM2.5 NAAQS through the targeted emissions reductions of these precursors, DEC has satisfied the provisions of CAA section 189(e). Attainment of the NAAQS in this expeditious manner also demonstrates that the Reasonably Available Control Measure requirements for PM2.5 and significant precursors have been satisfied.

The proposed redesignation request and maintenance plan underwent a public review process. On February 6, 2013, a Notice of Public Hearing was published in the Environmental Notice Bulletin and in newspapers in the affected area. A public hearing was held in Long Island City on March 26, 2013. The comment period closed on April 2, 2013; comments were received only from EPA.

Enclosed with this proposed SIP revision are the following:

1. Notice of Public Hearing as published in the Environmental Notice Bulletin on February 6, 2013
2. Copies of the Proofs of Publication of the proposal in local newspapers (available upon request)
3. Hearing Report for the public hearing held in Long Island City, NY on March 26, 2013 (available upon request)
4. Copy of transcript from the public hearing PDF (1.46 MB,15 pgs)
5. Response to comments received regarding the submission PDF (20 kb, 4 pgs)
6. Disk containing New York State on-road air emission inventory data (available upon request)

Complete Redesignation Request and Maintenance Plan - Final Proposed PDF (1.6 MB, 52 pgs)
Appendix A - EPA Determination of NYMA Attainment of the 1997 Annual PM2.5 NAAQS PDF (77 KB, 5 pgs)
Appendix B - EPA Determination of NYMA Attainment of the 2006 24-Hour PM2.5 NAAQS PDF (190 KB, 7 pgs)
Appendix C - NYMA 2011 Design Values for the Annual and 24-Hour PM2.5 NAAQS PDF (111 KB, 4 pgs)
Appendix D - New York State On-Road Motor Vehicle Emission Budget MOVES Technical Support Documentation PDF (597 KB, 99 pgs)
Appendix E - Road Dust Estimation for Paved and Unpaved Roads PDF (71 KB, 17 pgs)
Appendix F - Technical Support Document for the Development of the 2007 Emission Inventory for Regional Air Quality Modeling in the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Region; ver. 3.3 PDF (2.56 MB, 151 pgs)
Appendix G - Technical Support Document for the Development of the 2017/2020 Emission Inventories for Regional Air Quality Modeling in the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Region; ver. 3.3 PDF (3.75 MB, 163 pgs)
Appendix H - Technical Support Document for the Development of the 2025 Emission Inventory for PM Nonattainment C PDF (978 KB, 110 pgs)
Appendix I - Nonpoint Source Emissions Sample Calculations PDF
(73 KB, 11 pgs)
Appendix J - Projected Emission Reductions from New Control Strategies PDF (75 KB, 4 pgs)
Corrections to PM10 Inventory Values for New York State's PM2.5 Redesignation Request and Maintenance Plan PDF (229 KB, 5 pgs)


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