NSSGA is seeking to limit the negative effect of natural events can have on operators to meet national air quality standards. The association submitted comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) proposed rule that clarifies requirements of states to demonstrate nonattainment of air quality standards due to natural events on 1 February.
The rule makes it easier, in some ways, for states to exclude air quality data that could mistakenly lead to nonattainment and result in more stringent permit limits for operators. Yet, NSSGA offered several suggested revisions, including clarification of EPA’s administration of state requests and high wind event requirements. NSSGA also urged EPA to work more closely with the states during this process, as they have criticised EPA for lack of consultation in the rulemaking process
This proposed rule is particularly important to Western states where dust storms and forest fires can lead to air pollution levels persistently exceeding the national ambient air quality standards. Nonattainment can lead to states setting stringent air permit conditions to compensate for ambient conditions and this can limit production for operators.
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