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Implementation Work Group: Documents

Guidance for Tracking Progress Under the Regional Haze Rule
(http://www.epa.gov/ttnamti1/files/ambient/visible/tracking.pdf)

Guidance for Estimating Natural Visibility Conditions Under the Regional Haze Program
(http://www.epa.gov/ttn/amtic/files/ambient/visible/natural.pdf)

Reasonable Progress 4 Factor Evaluation Project
§308(d)(1) of the Regional Haze Rule requires States to set reasonable progress goals toward meeting a national goal of natural visibility conditions in Class I areas by the year 2064. The first reasonable progress goals will be established for the planning period 2008 to 2018. The Regional Haze Rule identifies four factors which should be considered in evaluating potential emission control measures to meet visibility goals. As listed in §308(d)(1)(i) these four factors are as follows:

  1. Cost of compliance
  2. Time necessary for compliance
  3. Energy and non-air quality environmental impacts of compliance
  4. Remaining useful life of any existing source subject to such requirements

The purpose of this project is to provide to those WRAP States who requested it, help in evaluating these four factors for additional control measures (beyond BART). States participating in this project include AK, AZ, CO, ID, ND, NM, SD, WA & WY (NV observing). These States first requested evaluation of a series of General Source Categories, while five (CO, ND, NM, SD & WY) also identified specific Stationary Sources located within their respective states for which they wanted a detailed control evaluation conducted. As contained in the Scope of Work for this project (12/10/08 DOC or PDF) the list of General Source Categories consisted of the following:

  1. Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines and Turbines
  2. Oil & Gas Exploration & Production Field Operations
  3. Natural Gas Processing Plants
  4. Coal or Oil Fired Industrial Boilers (six category bins by size, then by age)
  5. Wood Fired Industrial Boilers
  6. Gas Fired Industrial Boilers
  7. Cement Manufacturing Plants
  8. Sulfuric Acid Manufacturing Plants
  9. Pulp & Paper Plant Lime Kilns
  10. Petroleum Refinery Process Heaters

The Specific Sources requested for evaluation are contained in the “2008-12_4 Factor Point Source List (RV1)” spreadsheet XLS (12/08/08)

Project Reports

Draft Report for the General Source Categories PDF (04/20/10, 4 MB)*

* Chapter 6 Tables Corrected from Previous 05/04/09 Version

Draft Reports for Specific Individual Facility Reports

  • Colorado PDF (05/22/09, 1.8 MB)
  • New Mexico PDF (05/05/09, 1 MB)
  • North Dakota PDF (05/18/09, 1MB)
  • South Dakota PDF (05/19/09, 1MB)
  • Wyoming PDF (05/06/09, 1MB)

Report Comments
The WRAP States participating in the Reasonable Progress Four Factor Evaluation Project have solicited comments from stakeholders on the reports produced by the project contractor, and comments have been posted below as received. The States plan to respond to their own facility specific comments individually, and will consider all comments in the development of their Reasonable Progress proposals for their SIP’s. Response to these comments will be documented in the docket during the Public Review of the SIP’s.

Colorado

  • Black Hills Corporation: E-Mail PDF
  • Cemex Cement: E-Mail PDF
  • Colorado Utilities Coalition: E-Mail PDF, Letter PDF
  • Suncor: E-Mail PDF, Letter PDF

New Mexico

  • Navajo Refining: E-Mail PDF, Letter PDF

North Dakota

  • Basin Electric: Letter PDF
  • Dakota Gasification: Letter PDF
  • Hess Corporation: E-Mail PDF
  • Otter Tail Power: E-Mail PDF, Report PDF , Spreadsheet XLS

South Dakota

  • Black Hills Power & Light: E-Mail PDF

General

  • WEST Associates: E-Mail PDF, Letter PDF

Guidance for Setting Reasonable Progress Goals Under the Regional Haze Program

Guidance for Setting Reasonable Progress Goals Under the Regional Haze Program (rev. 06/1/07) PDF (1.2 MB)
The purpose of this document is to provide guidance to States in setting reasonable progress goals (RPGs) as part of their regional haze state implementation plans (SIPs) and in deciding those measures necessary to meet these goals. We emphasize that this document is merely guidance and that States or the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may elect to follow or deviate from this guidance, as appropriate. The ultimate determination of whether a given SIP submission by a State meets the statutory requirements of sections 169A and 169B of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and the regional haze regulations at 40 CFR 51.300 - 309 will be accomplished through notice and comment rulemaking in which the facts and circumstances of each State submission will be evaluated by EPA.

Under the Tribal Authority Rule, 40 CFR part 49, Tribes have the authority to seek “treatment as a State” for purposes of administering certain CAA programs, including the regional haze program. Whether Tribes seek this authority or not, EPA encourages Tribes to participate in the regional planning efforts to address visibility and to consult with neighboring States as they develop their regional haze SIPs. We hope that this guidance will provide Tribes with an understanding of the process for establishing RPGs that will assist them in the consultation process.

Reasonable Progress Demonstration Case Study for Saguaro Wilderness Area (from the Arizona Regional Haze Stakeholder Meeting on 01/22/07) PDF (1.9 MB) or PPT (3.3 MB)

AMC Letter to EPA on IMPROVE
Letter from AMC to EPA upper managers opposing proposed reduction of IMPROVE monitoring network at this time (08/22/06) PDF

Q&A Document from EPA Regarding Regional Haze Rule and BART Implementation (08/03/06) DOC or PDF

  • BART Exemption Q&A (08/24/06) DOC

EPA Checklist for Regional Haze SIPs (08/04/06) DOC or PDF

EPA Releases Draft Guidance for Setting Reasonable Progress Goals (11/28/05) PDF or WPD

  • WRAP Comments On Draft Guidance (02/10/06) PDF

State/Tribal Timelines

  • Alaska (09/09/05) XLS
  • Arizona DOC
  • California Draft Planning Process Chart (06/19/06) XLS
  • California Draft Critical Path Table (06/23/06) DOC
  • Colorado XLS
  • Nevada (May 2006) XLS
  • North Dakota (06/29/06) DOC
  • Oregon DOC
  • Utah (06/30/06) DOC
  • Generic Process Chart (05/30/06) XLS

State/Tribal Rules

  • Idaho Regional Haze Rule, proposed (08/02/06) PDF
  • North Dakota BART Rule, as approved by ND Air Pollution Advisory Council (07/17/06) DOC

Class I Area Profiles

  • Draft Profile Template (July 2006) DOC
  • Colorado Profiles HTML

State/Federal Protocol

  • Draft State/Federal Protocol (05/06/06) DOC
  • Utah Comments on the Draft WRAP State and Federal Protocol (07/19/06) DOC

SIP/TIP Template

  • Draft 308 Regional Haze SIP Template (06/02/06) DOC

BART Clearinghouse

  • WRAP BART Clearinghouse
    For several years through 2009 the WRAP maintained a BART Clearinghouse and updated that clearinghouse with BART information as States promulgated their individual BART Rules, made preliminary BART determinations, required BART analyses from “Subject to BART” sources, and reviewed those analyses for making decisions on final BART control requirements. As this was a labor intensive effort to gather and summarize this BART information, and as WRAP funding is being reduced, the Implementation Workgroup determined that this effort was more demanding than could be sustained. Thus they gave direction to WRAP staff to “freeze” the BART Clearinghouse with the December 10, 2009 update of the BART Summary Spreadsheet and Detailed Discussion Document. As an alternative, the WRAP is providing website links to the individual State Regional Haze pages and where available, to those States’ BART determination pages, such that interested parties can get BART information directly from the States. The “frozen” December 10th Clearinghouse Update and the new State BART links are accessed from the “SIP Status Summary – BART” link found in the blue banner in the upper left of the WRAP homepage, and reside at the following address: http://www.wrapair.org/forums/ssjf/bart.html.

BART Modeling

Consultation

  • WRAP RFP: "Analysis of Regional Haze State and Federal Implementation Plans for Tribal Implications/Issues" (09/15/06) PDF
  • FLM Recommendations on SIP Contents and Consultations (08/01/06) PDF
  • WRAP Comments on Draft EPA Guidance (08/07/06) DOC or PDF
  • Sample Contribution Matrix for Supporting the Consultation Process (06/15/06) PPT
  • Draft EPA Guidance on Consultation (06/20/06) DOC
    Comments Due August 7

Links to State Tribal Regional Haze Websites

Archived Documents

WRAP Technical Status Report PDF or DOC (10/1/07)
The September version of this report continues the series of periodic updates, as a tool to help planners and air managers stay up to date on the status of WRAP technical work to support regional haze planning efforts. Information in the report includes:

  • Section A - Access and content of existing data nodes;
  • Section B - Progress updates for key existing and planned work product deliverables from Forums and Workgroups, summarized from the project descriptions of the most current WRAP Workplan (PDF);
  • Section C - The 2007 Technical Analysis Plan; and
  • Section D - Highlights and brief descriptions of selected specific analyses and projects related to regional haze planning accomplished in the past few months.

WRAP Technical Status Report PDF or DOC (6/8/07)
The June version of this report continues the series of periodic updates, as a tool to help planners and air managers stay up to date on the status of WRAP technical work to support regional haze planning efforts. Information in the report includes:

  • Section A - Access and content of existing data nodes;
  • Section B - Progress updates for key existing and planned work product deliverables from Forums and Workgroups, summarized from the project descriptions of the most current WRAP Workplan (PDF);
  • Section C - The 2007 Technical Analysis Plan; and
  • Section D - Highlights and brief descriptions of selected specific analyses and projects related to regional haze planning accomplished in the past few months.

WRAP Technical Status Report PDF or DOC (3/23/07)
The March version of this report continues the series of periodic updates, as a tool to help planners and air managers stay up to date on the status of WRAP technical work to support regional haze planning efforts. Information in the report includes:

  • Section A - Access and content of existing data nodes;
  • Section B - Progress updates for key existing and planned work product deliverables from Forums and Workgroups, summarized from the project descriptions of the most current WRAP Workplan (see: PDF or DOC);
  • Section C - The 2007 Technical Analysis Plan; and
  • Section D - Highlights and brief descriptions of selected specific analyses and projects related to regional haze planning accomplished in the past few months.

WRAP Technical Status Report PDF or DOC (7/14/06) - The July version of this report is the fourth in a series to provide periodic updates, as a tool to help planners and air managers stay up to date on the status of WRAP technical work to support regional haze planning efforts. It contains a summary of:

  • Section A - Access and content of existing data nodes;
  • Section B - Progress updates for key existing and planned work product deliverables from Forums and Workgroups, summarized from the project descriptions in the current WRAP Workplan Update for 2005-07 (a workplan update for 2006-08 is in preparation for the September 13-14 WRAP Board Meeting, and a prioritized budget has been discussed by the Planning Team in June, with review and approval planned for a July Planning Team call);
  • Section C - The Technical Support System website design and functions; and
  • Section D - Highlights and brief descriptions of selected specific analyses and projects related to regional haze planning accomplished in the past few months.

Brief descriptions of projects and products are included in this report. Hot links to appropriate WRAP web pages, and references to work plans and the WRAP strategic plan are included for reference. Updates to this report are under the supervision of the Technical Oversight Committee. It is a living document, and any recommendations and suggestions on content and format are welcome. Please contact Tom Moore with your comments and suggestions.

AMC Implementation Workgroup-Draft Work Plan PDF or DOC (01/12/04)

Clearview Newsletter (Regional Haze/WRAP Activity Update):

  • February-March 2007 Clearview PDF or DOC
  • December 2006 Clearview PDF or DOC
  • July 2006 Clearview PDF or DOC
  • May-June 2006 Clearview PDF or DOC
  • April 2006 Clearview PDF or DOC
  • January 2006 Clearview PDF or DOC
  • December 2005 PDF or DOC
  • November 2005 PDF or DOC
  • September - October 2005 PDF or DOC
  • August 2005 PDF or DOC
  • July 2005 PDF or DOC
 

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