2016

DEC Proposed Regulations & SIP - Fairbanks North Star Borough Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5)


DEC adopted regulations and amendments to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) to address Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5) within the Fairbanks North Star Borough (FNSB) Nonattainment Area. The regulations incorporate elements of local FNSB ordinances into the SIP to comply with federal Clean Air Act requirements. The public review period lasted 56 days and included open houses in Fairbanks and North Pole and hearings in Fairbanks, Anchorage, and Juneau. DEC considered all comments received during the comment period when choosing to adopt the final regulations and SIP amendments. The proposed and adopted regulations and SIP amendments are posted below. The adopted regulations and SIP amendments will undergo legal review at the Department of Law before finalization.

 

Adopted Regulation and SIP Amendment Documents:

  • EPA Transmittal Letter - 11/22/16
  • Filing Certification - 10/26/16
  • Adoption Order - 09/07/16
  • Adopted Regulation Amendments
  • SIP Section III.D.5.03 - Nonattainment Area Boundary and Design Episode Selection
  • SIP Section III.D.5.07 - Control Strategies
  • SIP Section III.D.5.11 - Emergency Episode Plan
  • SIP Appendix III.D.5.03 - Nonattainment Area Boundary and Design Episode Selection
  • SIP Appendix III.D.5.12 - Assurance of Adequacy
  • Response to Comments
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    Proposed Regulation and SIP Amendment Documents:

  • Public Notice (June 2nd, 2016)
  • Proposed Regulation Amendments
  • SIP Section III.D.5.03 - Nonattainment Area Boundary and Design Eisode Selection
  • SIP Section III.D.5.07 - Control Strategies
  • SIP Section III.D.5.11 - Emergency Episode Plan
  • SIP Appendix III.D.5.03 - Nonattainment Area Boundary and Design Episode Selection - Attachment B
  • Economic Analysis
  • Important Points:

    Updating regulations to
    match local ordinances

  • Air Quality Zones
  • Lower visible emission limits
    (solid fuel fired devices)
  • More prohibited burn items
  • No re-installation of used devices
  • Ability to call burn curtailments during air quality episodes