The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed a proposed rule on May 29, 2013, regarding implementation of the 2008 ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). The proposal primarily addresses nonattainment area state implementation plan (SIP) requirements, including requirements pertaining to attainment demonstrations, reasonable further progress, reasonably available control technology, reasonably available control measures, new source review requirements, emission inventories, and the timing of SIP submissions and of compliance with emission control measures in the SIP. EPA previously designated the entire state of Florida as attainment/unclassifiable. The proposal also provides that upon its finalization and publication the 1997 ozone NAAQS will be revoked. Finally, the proposal also includes anti-backsliding requirements applicable to areas in nonattainment under prior 1997 or 1-hour ozone standards. Comments on EPA’s proposal will be due 60 days after publication of the proposal in the Federal Register, which is expected in the near future.
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