The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed revisions to 40 C.F.R. 80.27 to relax the current ozone-season Reid vapor pressure (RVP) standard for six Florida counties. 40 C.F.R. 80.27 currently imposes an ozone-season RVP standard of 9.0 psi statewide, except in Broward, Duval, Hillsborough, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, and Pinellas Counties, which are currently subject to a more stringent ozone-season RVP standard of 7.8 psi due to having been previously designated as nonattainment areas for the 1979 1-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). EPA’s proposed revisions follow its recent approval of certain revisions to Florida’s state implementation plan, which included, among other things, an identical relaxation of the ozone-season RVP standard.
Procedurally, EPA has published its revisions as both a proposed rule and a direct final rule without a prior proposed rule. If EPA does not receive any adverse comments, the direct final rule will become effective on May 30, 2014, without further notice and the proposed rule will be withdrawn. If, however, EPA does receive adverse comments, the direct final rule will be withdrawn and all comments will be addressed in a subsequent final rule. EPA will not institute a second comment period on this action, and any parties interested in commenting must do so at this time. Comments are due by April 30, 2014.
For additional information, contact Andrew Holway.