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Conflict of Interest SIP Provisions - Notice of Public Hearings and Public Comment Periods

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD
ON AIR QUALITY ISSUES

Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held on Monday, March 11, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. in Room 555 at 1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor, in Washington, D.C. 20002. This hearing provides interested parties an opportunity to comment on a revision to the District of Columbia’s (District) State Implementation Plan (SIP).  The District is proposing to revise the SIP to remove certain conflict of interest provisions at 40 C.F.R. Chapter 1, Subpart J, Section 52.470(e) called the “Revision for conflict of interest procedures [CAA Section 128 SIP],” which was approved by EPA on June 1, 1984 (49 Fed. Reg. 22810), as originally identified at: § 52.515(c)(24).  The District will replace sections 1-1461, 1-1462, and 1-1471 of the D.C. Code, 1981 Edition; D.C. Law 4-23; sections 3(l) through (n) of D.C. Law 4-88; and Organization Order No. 112 in the SIP with sections 101 through 225 of the “Board of Ethics and Government Accountability Establishment and Comprehensive Ethics Reform Act of 2011”, as amended. D.C. Official Code §§ 1-1161.01 and 1-1162.25 (2012 Supp.); D.C. Law 19-124 (effective April 27, 2012); 59 DCR 1862, Notice ID 2058939 (March 9, 2012).

Once the District has completed its procedures, the proposed revision to the SIP will be submitted to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for approval to meet the requirements of § 128 and § 110(a)(2)  of the federal Clean Air Act (CAA) for all criteria pollutants. 

Although this SIP revision is being proposed simultaneously with a second SIP revision to address requirements for the 2008 lead (Pb) national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS), its purpose is to meet requirements for all criteria pollutant NAAQS.

Copies of the proposed SIP revision are available for public review during normal business hours at the offices of the District Department of the Environment (DDOE), 1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20002.

Interested parties wishing to testify at this hearing must submit in writing their names, addresses, telephone numbers and affiliation, if any, to Mr. William Bolden at the DDOE address above or at william.bolden@dc.gov by 4:00 p.m. on March 11, 2013. Interested parties may also submit written comments to Ms. Jessica Daniels, Monitoring and Assessment Branch, Air Quality Division, DDOE, at the same address or by email at jessica.daniels@dc.gov. Questions about this SIP revision should be directed to Mr. Rama S. Tangirala by phone at 202-535-2989 or email at rama.tangirala@dc.gov, or Ms. Daniels at 202-741-0862 or jessica.daniels@dc.gov. No comments will be accepted after March 11, 2013.