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Utah Wasatch Front Range PM-2.5 Air Pollution Control Plan
Up for Public Comments to Utah Department of Environmental Quality

The public comment period is presently open until October 31 on the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Air Quality PM-2.5 air pollution control State Implementation Plan under the Clean Air Act.

Here is the Salt Lake City multi-county area nonattainment PM-2.5 Plan:

Here is the Provo area nonattainment PM-2.5 plan:

Here is the technical support documents for the present
draft proposals:

Selected other matters with comment deadlines of October 31 and DEcember 2 at this site are also pertinent and related to the Draft Utah State Implementation Plan for PM-2.5.

Along the Wasatch Front, severe PM-2.5 occurs during cold conditions with large scale high pressure systems.  One modeled episode lasted 44 days.

The UDEQ-DAQ draft PM-2.5 control plan does not comply with EPA and Clean Air Act requirements and merits significant public criticism for insufficient reasonable further progress and the delay of the attainment date for the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for 24 hour PM-2.5 until 2019.....Although UDEQ-DAQ's feckless planning failed to include the proper method of making a demonstration.

UDEQ-DAQ has many enforceability, monitoring and accountability problems with its air pollution control and permitting program.

During a recent review I found that UDEQ-DAQ's rule for new major sources of air pollution in areas that don't meet health standards are illegal under the Clean Air Act because they do not ensure such emission sources are subject to Lowest Achievable Emission Rate limitations.   EPA Region 8 must not allow these rules to be formally approved.

Sun Oct 27, 2013 at  1:15 PM PT: One other quick Utah Note....

UDEQ-DAQ has allowed the Holly Refinery in Woods Cross to operate for the last 17 years without having a Title V operating permit as required under the Clean Air Act.    

Holly was required to apply for a Title V operating permit in 1996, but UDEQ-DAQ never issued Holly a Title V permit.   As a result, UDEQ-DAQ has illegally (under the Clean Air Act) allowed Holly to operate without providing for the compliance certification, emission monitoring and source accountability requirements that a Title V permit holder addresses and complies with.

Sun Oct 27, 2013 at  1:38 PM PT: The situation with the Utah Department of Environmental Quality air program is so bad that the review of the entire matter would be a meritorious and needed project for the Inspector General's office of the U.S. EPA at D.C. headquarters.

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