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State Implementation Plan for Ozone - Hearing Report, August 1, 1997

Hearing Report, August 1, 1997

ALBANY, NEW YORK 12233-1550

In the Matter

- of -

a proposed New York State Implementation

Plan for Ozone; Phase I Alternative

Attainment Demonstration - Meeting the 1996
15% and 1999 9% Rate of Progress
Requirements for the New York and Lower Orange
County Metropolitan Area.

Hearing Report

- by -

John H. Owen
Administrative Law Judge


A Public Hearing and Public Meeting was held on the proposed revision to the New York State Implementation Plan for Ozone (SIP) at the New York City Planning Department, 22 Reade Street, New York, New York on May 15, 1997.

The Notice of Public Hearing and Public Meeting was published in Newsday, on April 9, 1997 in the Queens, Nassau and Suffolk editions; in the New York Post, on April 9, 1997 and on April 9, 1997 in the Garnett Suburban Newspapers: The Daily Item, Port Chester, New York, The Daily Times, Mamaroneck, New York, The Standard-Star, New Rochelle, New York, The Daily Argus, Mount Vernon, New York, The Herald Statesman, Yonkers, New York, The Citizen Register, Ossining, New York, The Reporter Dispatch, Central Edition, Rockland Journal-News, Nyack, New York, The Star, Peekskill, New York, The Reporter Dispatch, Northern Edition, and The Reporter Dispatch, Putnam Edition.

The Hearing

At the hearing Denny Escarpeta, an Environmental Engineer with the Department of Environmental Conservation's Division of Air Resources explained that in order to fulfill one of the requirements for a complete New York State Implementation Plan submitted to the federal Environmental Protection Agency, the Department must provide an opportunity for public comments before submittal. Mr. Escarpeta then gave a brief summary of what is in the 1997 State SIP for ozone.

The only other speaker at the hearing was Peter Iwanowicz, representing Environmental Advocates based in Albany, New York. Mr. Iwanowicz contended that the SIP revision is deficient in one key area, namely, the inspection and maintenance program for vehicles excludes the Lower Orange County Metropolitan Area which is part of a severe non-attainment area.

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