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Notice of Air Quality Comment Period and Hearing - Sulfur Content Requirements for Fuel Oil

Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held on July 28, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. in Room 555 at 1200 First Street, N.E., 5th Floor, in Washington, D.C. The regulation was proposed in the D.C. Register on June 20, 2014 (61 DCR 006214; Notice ID 4959336). According to the proposed rulemaking, stakeholders have 30 days from posting in the D.C. Register to comment on the proposed rulemaking. The District Department of the Environment (DDOE) will accept comments on the proposed rulemaking until the public hearing date on July 28, 2014. This hearing provides interested parties an opportunity to comment on the District’s proposed rulemaking and proposed submittal of the rulemaking to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision. Once finalized, the regulation will be submitted to the EPA as a SIP Revision in accordance with 40 C.F.R. Part 51.

As mentioned in the proposed rulemaking on June 20, 2014, Title 20 (Environment) of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (DCMR), Chapter 8, is being revised to phase in new sulfur content limits by 2016 and 2018 and to add new recordkeeping and reporting requirements. Chapter 5 is being revised to adopt new sampling, testing, and measurement requirements for fuel oil. The rulemaking also proposes to ban the use of number five (No. 5) and heavier fuel oils for use in the District. The District agreed to pursue many of these requirements to make reasonable further progress toward reducing regional haze under the federal Regional Haze Rule. Reductions will also reduce emissions of particulate matter.

The proposed regulation is available for public review during normal business hours at the offices of the District Department of the Environment (DDOE), 1200 First Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20002, and attached below. Interested parties wishing to testify at this hearing must submit in writing their names, addresses, telephone numbers, and affiliation, if any, to Mr. William Bolden at DDOE by 4:00 p.m. on July 28, 2014. Interested parties may also submit written comments to Ms. Jessica Daniels, DDOE Air Quality Division, at 1200 First Street, NE, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20002, or by email at [email protected]. No written or email comments will be accepted after July 28, 2014. For more information or to find out if the public hearing has been canceled, contact Ms. Jessica Daniels at 202-741-0862 or by email.