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Adopted Part 257 Rural Area Flexibility Analysis

6 NYCRR Part 257, subparts 257-2 through 257-10, list the New York State Air Quality Standards (SAQS) promulgated by the Department over several decades. A number of these SAQS are outdated and have been superseded by Federal air quality standards and will be repealed or revised. Several of the required test methods are also outdated and they have been replaced with new language allowing the testing methodology to evolve as analytical methods improve.

The Division of Air Resources proposes to revise or repeal portions of this regulation to achieve parity with federal standards and support the Department's mission to preserve and protect air quality.

Types and Estimated Number of Rural Areas

6 NYCRR Part 257 pertains to all facilities in New York and therefore to all facilities located in rural counties (less than 200,000 people) and towns (less than 150 people per square mile). The extent to which rural areas are affected would depend on the specific type(s) of emission sources located in the rural area. However, the proposed revisions are not anticipated to have any disproportional impacts on rural communities.

Reporting, Record Keeping and Other Compliance Requirements

No additional record keeping, reporting, or other requirements would be imposed on local rural governments or facility owners that would be different from any other applicable individuals or corporations complying with New York State air pollution regulations.


The Costs of this regulation are negligible on the public and regulated community. Changes in the required test methods will allow for the most up to date technology however this will not incur new costs because the regulated entities have already employed the new methodologies over the years. There will be no additional costs on small businesses, local government or rural areas. The costs to the State and Department are confined to the normal administrative costs of proposing or modifying departmental regulations.

Minimizing Adverse Impacts

The revision to 6 NYCRR Part 257 is not expected to impede job growth in rural areas or cause an undue burden on local rural communities. The proposed rule changes are designed to minimize any redundant air monitoring requirements for the agency.

Rural Area Participation

The Department plans on holding a public hearing during the proposal stage of the rulemaking. Interested persons from rural communities may attend this hearing. Additionally, there would be a public comment period in which interested parties who are unable to attend a public hearing can submit written comments on the proposed regulation.

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