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Rural Area Flexibility Analysis 6 NYCRR Subpart 225-2 and Part 200

Types and Estimated Numbers of Rural Areas Affected

Proposed 6 NYCRR Subpart 225-2 (Proposed Subpart 225-2) is not expected to have a substantial adverse impact on rural areas in New York State. The proposed rulemaking will apply statewide and thus all stationary sources that fire waste fuels in New York State will be equally affected.

Rural areas are defined as rural counties in New York State that have populations of less than 200,000 people, towns in non-rural counties where the population densities are less than 150 people per square mile, and villages within those towns.

Compliance Requirements

The Department is proposing to repeal Existing 6 NYCRR Part 225-2 Fuel Composition and Use - Waste Fuel (Existing Subpart 225-2) and replace it with Proposed 6 NYCRR Subpart 225-2, Fuel Composition and Use - Waste Oils (Proposed Subpart 225-2). Proposed Subpart 225-2 regulates the burning of waste oils in combustion, incineration, and process sources throughout New York State. Proposed Subpart 225-2 establishes applicability criteria, composition limits, and permitting requirements for waste oils; establishes monitoring, recordkeeping, and reporting requirements for facilities that are determined eligible to burn waste oil; and allows for the burning of waste oils in space heaters at automotive maintenance/service facilities. If finalized, Proposed Subpart 225-2 will be included as a component of the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for New York State (NYS), as required by the Clean Air Act. Also, as part of this rulemaking, the Department is adding the definition for "residual oil" to 6 NYCRR Part 200 (Part 200). No new compliance requirements will be incurred by stationary sources subject to the provisions of the proposed rule.

Costs

There will be no additional costs associated with Proposed Subpart 225-2.

The removal of the 99 percent combustion efficiency limit will save regulated facilities money ($1,000.00 to $5,000.00 per test) by eliminating the requirement to periodically test combustion efficiency.

Minimizing Adverse Impact

The Department does not expect any adverse impacts on rural areas. Proposed Subpart 225-2 is a statewide regulation. Its requirements are the same for all facilities, and rural areas are impacted no differently than other areas in the state.

Rural Area Participation

During the drafting of Proposed Subpart 225-2, the Department held both a stakeholder conference call with staff from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection on February 14, 2014 and a stakeholder meeting with an attendee from the New York Association of Service Stations and Repair Shops on February 18, 2014. The Department solicited comments on the proposed rule from the stakeholders. The stakeholders asked questions but provided no specific comments. In addition, the Department will hold public hearings on Proposed Subpart 225-2 at various locations in New York State which will be open to representatives from rural areas.


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