The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) will hold a public hearing on a proposed Visibility State Implementation Plan (Docket #2021-R-A-0019). Public comment period closed.
Event Number: 2349 508 0655
Dial-in Number: 1-408-418-9388
Closed-captioning available by request if made at least 7 days before the event.
The federal Clean Air Act mandates protection of visibility in Class I federal areas, such as national parks, forests and wilderness areas. Under the 1999 Regional Haze Rule, states are required to develop a series of State Implementation Plans (SIPs) to reduce visibility impairment; with the express intent that, by 2064 the visibility in the Class I areas will be returned to natural conditions. States are required to develop a series of SIPs to address visibility impairment in Class I areas and make reasonable progress toward achieving natural visibility conditions. This proposed SIP covers the 2nd implementation period of 2018 – 2028.
The proposed SIP may be inspected online starting Dec. 1, 2021 in the Delaware Register of Regulations or in person, by appointment only, by contacting Renae Held at 302-739-9402 or by email at Renae.Held@delaware.gov.
The Department will accept public comment through the close of business on Jan. 13, 2022. Comments will be accepted in written form via email to DNRECHearingComments@delaware.gov, using the online form at de.gov/dnreccomments, or by U.S. mail to the address below.
Lisa A. Vest
DNREC Office of the Secretary
89 Kings Highway
Dover, DE 19901
Exhibit 1: Environmental Protection Agency’s Regional Haze Rule. “Regional haze program requirements.” 40 Code of Federal Regulations § 51.308. July 1, 2019. Pages 316-320.
Exhibit 2: Register Notice for the proposed revision to “Delaware’s Visibility State Implementation Plan”, published in Delaware Register of Regulations on December 1, 2021.
Exhibit 3: Affidavit and legal notice in the November 21, 2021 Delaware State News.
Exhibit 4: Affidavit and legal notice in the November 21, 2021 News Journal.
Exhibit 5: Hearing notice on the State of Delaware Public Meeting Calendar, December 13, 2021.
Exhibit 6: Legal notice as posted on the website for DNREC Public Notices, dated November 21, 2021.
Exhibit 7: Proposed Visibility State Implementation Plan (with Appendices)
Exhibit 8: DNREC Public Hearing Presentation.
Mike Gordon, EPA (1/13/22)