SIP Withdrawal Request Available Online for Public Comment
November 6, 2018 – The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality is proposing to request withdrawal of a portion of the State Implementation Plan (SIP) currently approved by EPA. The portion proposed for withdrawal addresses the authority of Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) with respect to the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) program, and was originally approved by EPA on February 14, 1996. Its inclusion in the SIP has created confusion regarding the authority to issue PSD permits in Lincoln and Lancaster county; the authority for issuing PSD permits lies with the State of Nebraska, and LLCHD has the authority to implement and enforce the state’s PSD program, with oversight from NDEQ.
During the 30-day public comment period, written comments regarding this request may be submitted to the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) at NDEQ.AirQuality@nebraska.gov or to the mail address below. All comments received through 3:30 PM on December 7, 2018 will be considered.
Upon finalization, NDEQ will submit the SIP Withdrawal Request to EPA Region 7 for review and approval as required by the CAA.
The draft request is provided below.
Comments may be submitted to:
Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
Air Quality Division
ATTN: Tracy Wharton
P.O. Box 98922
Lincoln, NE 68509-8922
(See attached file: SIP - request for removal - 2 Nov 2018.docx)