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NYS Implementation Plan Revision for Regional Haze: Second Implementation Period

The following is the content of a letter and associated attachments sent to the Regional Administrator at the USEPA, Region 2, Peter D. Lopez. The letter was signed on May 8, 2020 by J. Jared Snyder, Deputy Commissioner, Office of Climate, Air & Energy.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is hereby submitting for approval by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) a revision to the New York State Implementation Plan (SIP) entitled "New York State Implementation Plan Revision for Regional Haze; Second Implementation Period."

This SIP revision has been developed pursuant to 40 CFR Section 51.308 to meet the requirements of the EPA's Regional Haze rules as mandated by the Clean Air Act. This SIP revision addresses all of the elements required by 40 CFR Section 51.308, including the establishment of reasonable progress goals and the long-term strategy. In addition, this SIP revision addresses regional planning and State and Federal Land Manager coordination, and contains a commitment to provide future plan revisions and adequacy determinations as necessary.

As required pursuant to 40 CFR Section 51.308(i) regarding coordination between States, Tribes and the Federal Land Managers, a draft of the proposed SIP revision was provided to the Federal Land Managers at the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for review and comment prior to holding any public hearing.

This document has undergone the required public review process in which the opportunity for public comment was held. The following documents are enclosed:

  1. Copies of the Public Notices published in Environmental Notice Bulletin on August 7, 2019 and September 4, 2019 for the start and extension of the public comment period, respectively;
  2. Response to Public Comments (PDF); and,
  3. New York's Final Implementation Plan for Regional Haze: Second Implementation Period (PDF - appendices available upon request).

Should you have any questions regarding this submission, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Steven Flint, Director of DEC's Division of Air Resources at (518) 402-8452.

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