Public Notice of Draft Five-Year Regional Haze Progress Report

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Public Notice of Draft Five-Year Regional Haze Progress Report State Implementation Plan Revision

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency today published notice in the State Register of a proposed progress report on a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision.  Comments and requests for a public meeting on the proposed revision are being accepted.  The proposed progress report SIP revision and related notice can be viewed on the MPCA Public Notice Webpage.

The progress report is intended to fulfill one of Minnesota’s responsibilities under the Clean Air Act and Regional Haze Rule. Minnesota’s original Regional Haze SIP revision was submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in December 2009 and addresses visibility impairment in the state’s Class I Federal Areas -- Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Voyageurs National Park -- and Minnesota’s contribution to visibility impairment in Isle Royale National Park in Michigan.  

This proposed progress report is meant to demonstrate that Minnesota’s Regional Haze SIP revision is being implemented appropriately and that reasonable progress is being made toward the visibility improvements originally projected in the SIP. The progress report does not modify Minnesota’s Regional Haze SIP strategy, but rather assesses its progress in the five years since its original submittal to EPA.