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EPA Expands Public Input for New Source Review Program
Release Date: 02/13/2003
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(02/13/03) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that it is extending the comment period on its proposed rule to provide a regulatory definition of “routine maintenance, repair and replacement”for the New Source Review (NSR) Program. During this time, the agency will hold five public hearings across the country. The November, 2002 proposed rule would offer facilities greater flexibility to improve and modernize their operations in ways that will reduce energy use and air pollution.
“We are taking this action today to provide additional opportunity for comment and participation,” said EPA Administrator Christie Whitman. “I believe that full public participation is key to our review of the NSR program.” The current schedule for comments is due to end on March 3. Today’s action extends the comment period by 60 days; the closure for the extended comment period will be May 2, 2003. The details for the five public hearings will soon be announced in a Federal Register Notice.
The Federal Register notice on the comment extension and public hearing will be published in the near future. Comments on NSR may be submitted to EPA electronically, by mail, by facsimile, or through hand delivery/courier. Additional information and copies of the proposed rule are available on the Web at: https://www.epa.gov/nsr/ .