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Notice of Public Comment Period and Hearing - Regional Haze Five-Year Progress Report

Friday, December 11, 2015


The District of Columbia’s Regional Haze Five-Year Progress Report

Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held on Monday, February 22, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. in Room 555 of the Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) headquarters at 1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor, in Washington, D.C. 20002. This hearing provides interested parties an opportunity to comment on the proposed revision to the District of Columbia’s (District) State Implementation Plan (SIP), found at 40 C.F.R. Part 52 Subpart J, to meet requirements of the Regional Haze Rule (64 Fed. Reg. 35714).  More specifically, the progress report must fulfill requirements of Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.) Part 51, Sections 102, 103, 308(g), 308(h), and 308(i). Once the District has completed its procedures, the proposed revisions to the SIP will be submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for approval.

The District’s Regional Haze SIP was approved by EPA and became effective on March 5, 2012 (77 Fed. Reg. 5191; February 2, 2012).  EPA’s Regional Haze Rule requires states to review their Regional Haze SIPs every five years to determine whether the goals previously set are still reasonable, whether reasonable measures have been implemented to meet those goals, and what additional measures will be implemented in the next five to ten years. 

Comments on the proposed SIP revision must be submitted, in writing, no later than thirty (30) days after the date of publication of this notice in the D.C. Register to Ms. Jessica Daniels, Department of Energy & Environment, Air Quality Division, 1200 First Street, NE, 5th Floor, Washington, DC. 20002 or sent electronically to [email protected]. Copies of the proposed SIP revision are attacjed below and may also be obtained between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 pm. at the address listed above for a small fee to cover the cost of reproduction.