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Federal Highway Funding Assistance Limitations and Emissions Offset Requirements; Illinois

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Federal Highway Funding Assistance Limitations and Emissions Offset Requirements; Illinois

William H. Sanders II
Environmental Protection Agency
March 3, 1994


[Federal Register Volume 59, Number 42 (Thursday, March 3, 1994)]
[Unknown Section]
[Page 0]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 94-4981]


[[Page Unknown]]

[Federal Register: March 3, 1994]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

40 CFR Part 52

[IL83-2-6284; FRL-4845-6]

 

Federal Highway Funding Assistance Limitations and Emissions 
Offset Requirements; Illinois

AGENCY: United States Environmental Protection Agency.

ACTION: Proposed rule; withdrawal; cancellation of the public hearings.

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SUMMARY: On January 24, 1994, the United States Environmental 
Protection Agency (USEPA) published a proposed rule proposing to impose 
sanctions on Illinois under the discretionary authority granted USEPA 
under the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (amended Act) for failure by 
the State to meet its commitment to adopt and submit a basic and 
enhanced motor vehicle inspection and maintenance (I/M) State 
Implementation Plan (SIP) revision as required by the amended Act for 
the Chicago and East St. Louis ozone nonattainment areas. The Illinois 
General Assembly passed the legislation required to support such a SIP 
revision and on January 18, 1994, Illinois Governor Edgar signed the 
legislation. Because of this favorable action, USEPA is withdrawing the 
January 24, 1994 proposed rule initiating the process to impose 
discretionary sanctions. The USEPA is also canceling the previously 
announced hearings scheduled for March 2, 1994, in Chicago and on March 
4, 1994, in Collinsville.

DATES: The public hearings scheduled for March 2, 1994 and March 4, 
1994 are canceled.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Francisco J. Acevedo, Environmental 
Engineer, Regulation Development Section, Regulation Development Branch 
(5AR-18J), United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5, 77 
West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois 60604, (312) 886-6061.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On January 24, 1994 (59 FR 3540), USEPA 
published a proposed rule proposing to impose sanctions on Illinois 
under the discretionary authority granted USEPA under section 110(m) of 
the amended Act for failure by the State to meet its commitment to 
adopt and submit a basic and enhanced motor vehicle I/M SIP revision as 
required by the amended Act for the Chicago and East St. Louis ozone 
nonattainment areas. The USEPA had notified Illinois by letter dated 
December 30, 1993, of its finding that Illinois had failed to submit 
the required SIP revision.
    The Illinois General Assembly subsequently passed the legislation 
required to support such a SIP revision and on January 18, 1994, 
Illinois Governor Edgar signed the legislation. Because of this 
favorable action, USEPA is withdrawing the January 24, 1994, proposed 
rule initiating the process to impose discretionary sanctions. The 
USEPA is also canceling the previously announced hearings scheduled for 
March 2, 1994, in Chicago and for March 4, 1994, in Collinsville. This 
withdrawal terminates the discretionary sanctions process initiated by 
the January 24, 1994, proposed rule. The mandatory sanctions process 
under Section 179 of the Act initiated by USEPA's December 30, 1993, 
finding that Illinois failed to submit the required SIP revision is not 
affected by this action. Under that process, USEPA must impose 
sanctions within 18 months of that December 30, 1993, finding of 
failure to submit unless Illinois adopts and formally submits a 
complete I/M SIP revision within 18 months of that failure to submit 
finding.

    Dated: February 22, 1994.
William H. Sanders II,
Acting Regional Administrator.
[FR Doc. 94-4981 Filed 3-1-94; 12:12 pm]
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