EPA gives early approval to comment procedures for Texas air plan

30 November 2012 22:30  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Friday its proposal to approve revisions that clarify public information procedures for the Texas clean air plan.

Texas’ State Implementation Plan (SIP) outlines air quality standards according to the federal Clean Air Act, and the revisions apply to new and existing facilities that are major or minor sources of pollution, the EPA said.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) revised the SIP to include two opportunities for public comment – when a facility applies for a permit and again when the TCEQ submits a proposed permit.

The second notice will include extended technical documents to allow interested trade groups and citizens to have more information, making the permitting process more transparent, the EPA said.

Notice of the proposal will be published in the Federal Register in seven to 10 days.

The EPA will allow a 60-day period for public comment before making its decision.

By: Tracy Dang
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