Ozone Transport Commission Notice of Public Comment Period

Maine Department of Environmental Protection

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10/30/2019 10:42 AM EDT

The Ozone Transport Commission (OTC) opened a public comment period on a proposed recommendation it has developed under Section 184(c) of the Clean Air Act (CAA). The OTC's recommendation proposes a control measure to establish daily control technology optimization requirements and daily nitrogen oxide (NOx) emission limits at coal-fired electricity generating units (EGUs) in Pennsylvania to help bring areas of the Ozone Transport Region (OTR) into attainment with the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone by CAA mandated dates. If, after public comment, the OTC approves the recommendation, it will be submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under CAA Section 184(c).

The OTC developed its recommendation in response to a petition filed by the State of Maryland. Under Section 184(c) of the CAA, any State within the OTR may petition the OTC to develop, after notice and opportunity for public comment, recommendations for additional control measures to be applied within all or a part of the OTR if the OTC determines such measures are necessary to bring any area in the OTR into attainment by the dates provided by the CAA.

Established under the provisions of Sections 176A and 184 of the CAA, the OTC is comprised of the States of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area that includes the District of Columbia and a portion of Virginia.

For more information, visit https://otcair.org/ to view:

  • OTC Notice on Public Comment Period - October 18, 2019
  • Recommendation for Establishing Daily Limits for Coal Fired EGUs in Pennsylvania
  • October 18, 2019 - Marylands Petition to OTC under Clean Air Act Section 184(c)