30-Day Public Comment Period and Hearing

PHOENIX — The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) opens a 30-day public comment period today, September 28, 2015, for the proposed State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision for the Regional Haze Rule (RHR), 5-Year Progress Report. The report addresses the RHR requirement under the Clean Air Act to submit a report describing progress in achieving reasonable progress goals to improve visibility in federally designated Class I areas in Arizona, as well as nearby states that may be affected by emissions from sources in Arizona.

The Class I areas include Grand Canyon National Park, the Petrified Forest Park and Sycamore Canyon Wilderness area.

A public hearing will be held on Tuesday, October, 27, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. in the ADEQ Building, Conference Room 3100B, 1110 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85007. All interested parties will be given an opportunity to submit their comments, data, and views both verbally and in writing.

Written comments shall state the name and mailing address of the person, be signed by the person, their agent or attorney, and clearly set forth reasons why the SIP revision should or should not be finalized. Grounds for comment are limited to whether the SIP revision meets the criteria spelled out in federal air pollution control laws or rules.

If you are unable to attend the public hearing, your written comments should be addressed, faxed, or e-mailed to Justine E. Miller, miller.justine@azdeq.gov, (602) 771-6723, Air Quality Division, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, 1110 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85007. Comments submitted via U.S. Postal Service, FedEx, or UPS must be postmarked on or before October 28, 2015.

Copies of the revisions’ proposal are available for review, Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., in the ADEQ Records Center, 1110 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85007, (602) 771-4712. The proposal can also be accessed through ADEQ’s Website (PDF). The final SIP revision will be submitted to EPA following consideration of all comments received during the public notice period.