DEQ received a request from Oregon Associated Industries to extend the public comment period for the proposed air quality permitting, Heat Smart, and gasoline dispensing facility updates, which had been scheduled to close on Aug. 14, 2014. DEQ is extending the public comment period for this rulemaking until Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. to provide additional time for comment.
This is DEQ’s second update to its initial proposal issued June 16, 2014. In DEQ’s first update issued July 9, 2014, DEQ extended the comment deadline from July 31, 2014 to Aug. 14, 2014, added public hearings which occurred July 16, 2014, and provided information about recent action by the U.S. Supreme Court.
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DEQ proposes rule revisions to:
- Clarify and update air quality rules
- Update particulate matter emission standards
- Change permitting requirements for emergency generators and small natural gas or oil-fired equipment
- Establish two new state air quality area designations, “sustainment” and “reattainment,” to help areas avoid and more quickly end a federal nonattainment designation
- Designate Lakeview as a state sustainment area while retaining its federal attainment designation
- Change the New Source Review preconstruction permitting program
- Modernize methods allowed for holding public hearings and meetings
- Re-establish the Heat Smart woodstove replacement program exemption for small commercial solid fuel boilers regulated under the permitting program
- Remove annual reporting requirements for small gasoline dispensing facilities
DEQ plans to take the final proposal including any modifications made in response to public comments to the Environmental Quality Commission for decision at the commission's January 2015 meeting. If adopted, DEQ will submit the rules to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a revision to the State Implementation Plan as required by the Clean Air Act.
Questions? Contact Jill Inahara at 503-229-5001 or firstname.lastname@example.org. In Lane County, contact Max Hueftle at 541-736-1056 or email@example.com.
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