On August 26, 2020, The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) proposed a revision to Florida's State Implementation Plan (SIP) under the Clean Air Act to approve portions of previously submitted Infrastructure SIP (ISIP) amendments, to reflect the full approval of Florida’s Greenhouse Gas (GHG) New Source Review (NSR) permitting regulations SIP, in 40 CFR Part 52, Subpart K. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) previously disapproved certain elements of Florida’s submitted ISIP amendments because, at that time, DEP did not have a fully-approved Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) program as it relates to regulation of GHG. The ISIP elements that DEP requested to be approved into Florida’s SIP were as follows:
Sections 110(a)(2)(C), 110(a)(2)(D)(i)(II) Prong 3, and 110(a)(2)(J) infrastructure elements for Florida’s 2008 Ozone Infrastructure SIP;
Sections 110(a)(2)(C) and 110(a)(2)(J) infrastructure elements for Florida’s 1997 Ozone Infrastructure SIP;
Section 110(a)(2)(D)(i)(II) Prong 3 infrastructure elements for Florida’s 2006 Fine Particulate Matter Infrastructure SIP; and
Section 110(a)(2)(D)(i)(II) Prong 3 infrastructure elements for Florida’s 1997 Fine Particulate Matter Infrastructure SIP.
The DEP submitted Florida’s GHG NSR SIP to EPA on December 13, 2013. The EPA approved Florida’s GHG NSR SIP on May 19, 2014 (79 Fed. Reg. 28,607). Concurrent with EPA’s final approval, EPA rescinded the GHG PSD Federal Implementation Plan for Florida. Therefore, DEP requested that EPA approve the elements listed above in Florida’s 1997 and 2008 Ozone Infrastructure SIPs and 1997 and 2006 Fine Particulate Matter Infrastructure SIPs. DEP resubmitted these elements for EPA approval. Final approval was published in the Federal Register on July 7, 2021.
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