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1 Air Quality Strategies & Standards Update Joseph Paisie Air Quality Strategies & Standards Division, Office of Air Quality Planning & Standards, EPA WESTAR Fall Business Meeting, San Diego, CA September 22, 2005

2 2 PM2.5 Implementation Program

3 3 PM 2.5 Implementation Schedule September 8, 2005: Proposed implementation rule signed by Administrator Summer/Fall 2006: Finalize implementation rule December 2007: Regional haze implementation plans due April 2008: PM 2.5 SIPs due EPA encourages States to coordinate development of regional haze and PM 2.5 plans and intends to review these plans together

4 8-hour Ozone and PM2.5 Nonattainment Areas Designated Nonattainment PM2.5 only* Both 8-hour Ozone and PM2.5* 8-hour Ozone Only * For PM2.5, the designated partial county areas are shown as actual boundaries designated. OAQPS,AQSSD April 28, 2005

5 5 PM 2.5 Implementation Rule Issues Attainment dates Classifications PM 2.5 precursors Modeling and attainment demonstration Reasonably available control technology (RACT) Reasonably available control measures (RACM) Reasonable further progress (RFP) New source review

6 6 Attainment Dates State attainment demonstrations and SIP revisions are due April 2008 Attainment demonstrations need to provide the supporting analysis for State adoption of measures that will result in the area attaining the standard “as expeditiously as practicable” Attainment date is no later than five years from date of designation (e.g., April 2010) Extensions of 1-5 years are possible Attainment determination would be based on most recent 3 calendar years (e.g., 2007-2009 for April 2010 attainment date)

7 7 Classifications Option 1: No classification system Keeps it simple under subpart 1 Option 2: Moderate & serious classifications Request comment on criteria for two-tier system (examples: attainment date within 5 years or not; design value threshold)

8 8 Coverage of PM 2.5 Precursors Atmospheric chemistry leading to PM 2.5 formation is complex Proposed approach for PM 2.5 implementation and new source review: PM 2.5 direct emissions (includes organic carbon, elemental carbon, and crustal material) and SO 2 must be addressed NO x must be addressed in all areas, unless the State and EPA provide a demonstration finding that NO x is not a significant contributor in a specific area. VOC and ammonia would not be addressed, unless EPA or the State provides a demonstration that VOC or ammonia is a significant contributor in a particular area.

9 9 Modeling and Attainment Demonstrations All nonattainment areas need to submit an attainment plan having appropriate modeling according to PM 2.5 modeling guidance One-atmosphere modeling recommended (ozone, PM, haze) Years to model: coordinate with ozone and regional haze attainment & reasonable progress dates to the extent possible Mid-course reviews will be required on a case-by-case basis through SIP approval process Check progress in 2010 and 2013; if not on track, conduct new modeling and evaluate new measures

10 10 Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) RACT is the lowest emission limit that a source is capable of meeting with available control technology, considering technological and economic feasibility. Option 1: RACT required for all stationary sources with the potential to emit (pte) more than 100 tpy of direct PM 2.5 or any precursor Also requesting comment on thresholds of 70 and 50 tpy Option 2: RACT required for stationary sources only to the extent it is needed for expeditious attainment or to meet RFP Option 3: Option 2 for areas with attainment dates within 5 years Option 1 for areas with attainment dates > 5 years

11 11 Reasonably Available Control Measures (RACM) A RACM demonstration must show that the State has adopted all reasonable measures needed to attain the standard as expeditiously as practicable and meet RFP The demonstration should show that there are no additional measures available that would advance the attainment date or contribute to RFP. In determining RACM for an area, the state must consider the cumulative impact of implementing the available measures and whether such measures taken together would advance the attainment date. Limited RACM analysis for areas with attainment dates of April 2010 or earlier

12 12 Reasonable Further Progress (RFP) RFP: annual incremental reductions in emissions for purpose of ensuring timely attainment Baseline emission inventory year is 2002 RFP plan due with attainment demonstration in 2008

13 13 PM 2.5 and New Source Review NSR applies upon effective date of PM 2.5 designations PM 2.5 rule includes changes to NSR program OAQPS April 5, 2005 guidance memo addresses interim period from effective date of designations to date of final rule Key Points Use PM 10 major NSR program as surrogate, using either Appendix S or State’s SIP-approved PM 10 program Major stationary source: potential to emit 100 tpy of PM 10 (including condensable emissions) Offset ratio: 1 to 1 Significant emissions rate for modifications: 15 tpy of PM 10 Precursors not included in applicability for PM 2.5 major NSR program at this time Until final NSR rules for PM 2.5 are issued, address NO x under NSR program for ozone or PSD program for NO 2 NAAQS, address VOC under NSR if area is also an ozone nonattainment area, and address SO 2 under PSD program for the SO 2 NAAQS.

14 14 PM 2.5 Implementation Rule - Other Issues Technical overview – chemistry, sources, ambient data Transportation conformity and general conformity Contingency measures Innovative program mechanisms PM 2.5 source test methods / condensibles Improved monitoring techniques to reduce emissions Emission inventories Tribal issues

15 15 For more information … PM 2.5 designations and the proposed PM 2.5 Implementation Rule are available at: Technical information is located at: Contacts: Rich Damberg, Amy Vasu, Joe Paisie, Raj Rao, (NSR issues)

16 16 BART

17 17 Regional Haze/BART Current Timeline Feb 2005: DC Cir. in CEED vacates “WRAP Annex Rule” due to BART-related provisions Court remanded trading programs for WRAP states June 15, 2005: Final BART Rule Sept. 2005: CEED + UARG file “intent to sue” November 8, 2005: Final BART Trading & WRAP Annex rule Dec 17, 2007: Regional Haze SIPs due

18 18 3 Steps in Determining BART Is a source BART-eligible? Major sources >250 tons per year Built between 1962 and 1977 26 source categories, including EGUs & industrial boilers, kraft pulp mills, and refineries Is the source reasonably anticipated to cause or contribute to regional haze in any Class I area? If so, the source is subject to BART Determined through modeling of individual source visibility impacts For sources subject to BART, make a BART determination CAA lays out five factors in determining what controls, if any, should be applied Factors include cost, visibility impacts, remaining useful life, energy impacts, non-air-quality environmental impacts

19 19 BART Guidelines Package Overview How to determine if a source meeting initial CAA criteria is “reasonably anticipated to cause or contribute to haze” – i.e. is subject to BART How to determine what BART is at a particular source – i.e., how to apply the 5 CAA factors States have a a fair amount discretion in making BART determinations Determination that Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) is “better than BART” and thus can substitute for BART for EGUs in the CAIR states Presumptive limits for EGUs > 200 MW

20 20 WESTAR Conference – August 2005 EPA staff attended and discussed BART requirements Remaining questions: Technical/modeling issues: Modeling the 98 th percentile day Modeling for 750 MW power plants 0.5 deciview threshold, 1.0 deciview threshold– differences and use in setting permit limits Trading issues, esp. “What is incentive to do alternative trading program?” Need to estimate what BART controls will be, in order to compare trading to case-by-case BART Continuing legal challenges to implementing BART rule without individual source assessment

21 21 For more information: EPA staff currently working to assemble a Q&A document covering the most common concerns about BART – draft expected fall 2005 EPA contacts: Todd Hawes ( Kathy Kaufman ( Joe Paisie (

22 22 8-Hour Ozone NAAQS Implementation Rule: Phase 2

23 23 Phase 2 Ozone Implementation Rule Key issues addressed Attainment Demonstration & Modeling provisions Reasonable Further Progress (RFP) requirements Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) New Source Review (NSR)

24 24 Other Issues Covered in Rule/Preamble Transport (long-range) Reformulated Gasoline Contingency Measures RACM Applicability to Ozone Transport Region (OTR) Clean Air Development Communities Optimal mix of controls – PM2.5 & O3 Emission Inventory Ambient Monitoring Timing after redesignations (attainment to nonattainment) Relevance to tribal areas CMAQ funding discussion Relationship of 8-hr O3 SIP and Title V Permit Program Will need an Information Collection Request (ICR)

25 25 Timing of Phase 2 Rule Rule currently under review by OMB Administrator’s signature expected fall 2005 Publication in Federal Register expected 2-3 weeks after signature

26 26 2005 Air Innovations Conference 349 attendees 33 States, 49 local agencies, and 11 tribes represented 9 sessions with 75 presentations and 23 exhibitors “Financing Innovative Programs” and “On the Horizon” most popular Announced new guidance on SIP credit for bundled measures Supports States’ use of voluntary and emerging measures Air Innovations Website: Breakout sessions suggested increased emphasis on: Future policy and guidance to support innovative measures Multi-pollutant control strategy development Promoting co-benefits of innovative measures Providing incentives for voluntary programs Planning for next year’s conference has begun

27 27 Air Strategy Assessment Program (ASAP) PC-based screening tool that allows users to: Identify and compare the cost-effectiveness of alternative multi- pollutant emissions control strategies Assess air quality and health impacts of emissions reductions from particular source sectors Compare costs and benefits across control strategies

28 28 ASAP (continued) ASAP is an integrated tool that links 3 analytical components: AirControlNET – existing tool that evaluates multi-pollutant control strategies (emissions reductions and costs) Response Surface Model – new tool for predicting the air quality impacts of emissions reductions BenMAP – existing model that calculates health benefits associated with air quality improvements ASAP is used via a user-friendly graphical interface with a report generator to review, interpret, and share outputs.

29 29 ASAP Development Schedule Current work Develop demo version of ASAP for conducting O3 assessments for Eastern US (to be released for beta testing late 2005) Near-Future Work Develop PM version of ASAP for national assessments as part of PM NAAQS Review proposal RIA (Dec 2005) Develop multi-pollutant version for Final PM NAAQS Review RIA (Fall 2006) Future Work and Applications (2006 & beyond) Provides template for others to develop targeted regional and/or local assessment capabilities

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