Presentation on theme: "EPA Preliminary Designations for the 24-hour PM 2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standard Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee (AQTAC) September 18,"— Presentation transcript:
EPA Preliminary Designations for the 24-hour PM 2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standard Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee (AQTAC) September 18, 2008 Tim Leon Guerrero
EPA Preliminary Designations for the 24-hour PM 2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standard Background PA DEPs proposed PM 2.5 Designations 2007 Annual and 24-Hour Design Values EPA Preliminary Designations Knowlton Township in Warren County, NJ Mercer County, PA State College, PA
PM 2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standards PM 2.5 NAAQS promulgated by EPA in Annual standard – 15 ug/m 3 Twenty-four hour standard – 65 ug/m 3 EPA designated 17 counties and 4 partial counties in PA as nonattainment areas for the annual PM 2.5 standard; effective on April 5, Attainment demonstrations were due to EPA in April PA DEP and Allegheny County Health Department working on SIP submittals. SIP submittals affected by CAIR vacatur. States must attain the annual standard by April 2010.
PM 2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standards On October 17, 2006EPA lowered the 24- hour PM 2.5 standard to 35 μg/m 3. December 28, 2007 The Commonwealth submitted designation recommendations to EPA. August 20, 2008 EPAs responds to states designation recommendations. December 18, 2008 EPA issues final 24-hour PM 2.5 designations.
PM 2.5 Nonattainment Area Recommendations The Department tried to maintain consistency between the current annual PM 2.5 nonattainment areas and its recommendations for the 24-hour PM 2.5 standard. Most of the current annual nonattainment areas do not meet the revised 24-hour standard; two additional areas meet the annual but not the revised 24-hr standard (State College, Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton) in A total of 20 counties and 3 partial counties do not attain the revised 24-hour PM 2.5 standard (44 counties attain and parts of 3 counties attain). Recommendation package available on the Departments website:
EPA Recommendations August 2008 August 19, 2008: EPA Modifications to State and Tribal Recommendations for Areas Not Meeting the 24-Hour Fine Particle Standard Established in 2006 See; Changes from PA DEPs December 2007 Recommended 24-Hour PM 2.5 Nonattainment Areas EPA did not include Knowlton Twp, Mercer County, NJ in the Allentown- Bethlehem-Easton Nonattainment Area (NJ DEP). State College classified as Attainment ( hr PM2.5 Design Value 35.0 ug/m 3 ). Mercer County (part of the Youngstown-Warren, OH MSA) classified as unclassifiable due to data completeness considerations (EPA Technical Analysis). Monongahela Township in Greene County is included in the Pittsburgh-Beaver Valley Nonattainment area (consistent with 1997 nonattainment area boundaries) Reading Nonattainment Areas 2007 design values may not be valid due to monitor relocations. Valid design values from the current monitor location may not be complete until 2010.
Timeline Milestone1997 PM 2.5 Primary NAAQS2006 PM 2.5 Primary NAAQS Promulgation of StandardJuly 1997Sep Effective Date of Standard Sep. 1997Dec. 18, 2006 State Recommendations to EPA Feb (based on monitoring data) Dec. 18, 2007 (based on monitoring data) Final Designations Signature Dec. 2004No later than Dec. 18, 2008* Effective Date of Designations April 2005Typically no later than 90 days after publication in the Federal Register SIPs DueApril years after effective date of designations Attainment DateApril 2010 (based on monitoring data) No later than 5 years after effective date of designations Attainment Date with Extension Up to April 2015No later than 10 years from effective date of designations * In the event the Administrator has insufficient information to promulgate the designations by December 18, 2008, the date of final designations may be extended up to one year, but no later than December 18, PM 2.5 Timelines