Proposed BPA One-Hour Ozone Redesignation Request and Maintenance Plan and 1997 Eight-Hour Ozone Second 10-Year Maintenance Plan SIP Revision

On October 17, 2018, the commission approved for proposal the Beaumont-Port Arthur (BPA) Redesignation Request and Maintenance Plan for the One-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area and Second 10-Year Maintenance Plan for the 1997 Eight-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area SIP revision (Non-Rule Project No. 2018-027-SIP-NR). The SIP revision would include a request that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) redesignate the BPA area (Hardin, Jefferson, and Orange Counties) to attainment for the one-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) and provide a maintenance plan that will ensure the area remains in attainment of the NAAQS through 2032. The SIP revision would include a request that the EPA also consider this plan as a second 10-year maintenance plan for the one-hour standard. The SIP revision would also include a second 10-year maintenance plan for the 1997 eight-hour ozone NAAQS.

The public comment period will open on October 19, 2018 and close on November 19, 2018. A public hearing will be held on November 19, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. at the Homer E. Nagel Conference Room, South East Texas Regional Planning Commission, 2210 Eastex Freeway, Beaumont. For additional information, please visit the BPA: Latest Ozone Planning Activities webpage.

SIP Revision to Remove Anti-Tampering and Early Action Compact (EAC) Low Income Repair Assistance Program (LIRAP)

On October 17, 2018, the commission adopted a SIP Revision to Remove Anti-tampering and EAC LIRAP (Non-Rule Project No. 2018-006-SIP-NR). The SIP revision removes Chapter 114, Subchapter B, and Section 114.86 from the SIP. Neither set of rules is a Federal Clean Air Act SIP requirement, and neither was adopted into the SIP with associated emissions reductions. Along with the SIP revision, this action withdraws from consideration four adopted amendments to the anti-tampering rules that are still pending action by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

For additional information, please visit the SIP Hot Topics webpage.

Infrastructure and Transport SIP Revisions for the 2015 Ozone Standard

On August 8, 2018, the commission adopted two revisions to the Texas SIP for the 2015 ozone NAAQS: the 2015 Ozone NAAQS Infrastructure SIP Revision (Non-Rule Project No. 2017-040-SIP-NR) and the 2015 Ozone NAAQS Transport SIP Revision (Non-Rule Project No. 2017-039-SIP-NR). Infrastructure and Transport SIP revisions for the 2015 ozone NAAQS are due to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by October 1, 2018.

For additional information, please visit the Air Pollution from Ozone webpage.

Executive Director’s Recommended DFW 2008 Eight-Hour Ozone Standard Nonattainment Area RACT Update SIP Revision

On April 4, 2018, the commission will consider approval of the Executive Director’s recommended revision to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the DFW nonattainment area for the 2008 eight-hour ozone standard and a voluntary Agreed Order with TXI Operations, LP. The proposed Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) 2008 Eight-Hour Ozone Standard Nonattainment Area Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) Update SIP revision (Non-Rule Project No. 2017-001-SIP-NR) would address the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s final conditional approval of RACT for nitrogen oxides for the DFW 2008 eight-hour ozone standard nonattainment area through a voluntary Agreed Order No. 2017-1648-SIP (Non-Rule Project No. 2018-010-SIP-NR), with TXI Operations, LP.

For additional information, please visit the Dallas-Fort Worth: Ozone Latest Planning Activities webpage.