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Public Hearing: Proposed Visibility State Implementation Plan

Date and Time:
Wednesday, December 29, 2021
6:00 pm

Location:


, Delaware
Details:

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.


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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.


Docket #2021-R-A-0019

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Public Hearing Officer

Lisa A. Vest
DNREC Office of the Secretary
89 Kings Highway
Dover, DE 19901

Transcript

Public Hearing Transcript

DNREC Exhibits

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.

Public Comments

Sierra Club, National Parks Conservation Association, Delaware Audubon Society, and Earthjustice (1/13/22)

Mike Gordon, EPA (1/13/22)



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