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State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions that satisfy the Oil and Natural Gas Industry Control Techniques Guidelines (CTG)

Posted by [email protected] on Nov. 20, 2020     

October 30, 2020.  U.S. EPA is finding that California, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas failed to meet the Clean Air Act deadline to submit complete State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions that satisfy the Oil and Natural Gas Industry Control Techniques Guidelines (CTG) reasonably available control technology requirement for the 2008 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS).  The required SIP revisions were due on October 27, 2018, and apply to certain nonattainment areas and the states in the ozone transport Region (OTR).

Once this action becomes effective, two sanctions clocks will start. These clocks and/or sanctions will be stopped once the state makes a complete SIP submission for the CTG.

  1. Eighteen months after the effective date of this finding, a 2 to 1 offset ratio for the nonattainment New Source Review (NSR) permitting program will go into effect, such that for every one unit of VOC or NOx emissions a new or modified source would contribute to the area, two units would have to be reduced before a pre-construction permit would be granted for the source. 
  2. Six months after the date of offset sanctions, highway funding may be withheld in nonattainment areas. For the OTR states, such highway sanctions would only apply in nonattainment areas in the state. If the OTR state does not contain any nonattainment areas, then the highway sanctions would not apply in that state.

EPA is committed to working with California, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas to expedite the development and submission of their state plan revisions and to ensure continued progress toward cleaner air.

A pre-publication version of the rule and a summary fact sheet are available online at: https://www.epa.gov/ground-level-ozone-pollution/2008-ozone-national-ambient-air-quality-standards-naaqs-nonattainment

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