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Volume 40 - Issue 21 - May 27, 2021

State of Kansas

Department of Health and Environment

Notice of Hearing

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), Division of Environment, Bureau of Air, is proposing to revise the State Implementation Plan (SIP). The SIP revision addresses section 169A of the Clean Air Act (CAA) with respect to regional haze and the regional haze rule, title 40 code of federal regulations (CFR) §51.308. This is the second of six ten-year plans required under the CAA and evaluates progress made in implementation measures included in the currently approved regional haze SIP.

The SIP revision will be submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for review and approval. Regional haze is caused by air pollutant emissions which obscure important scenic vistas at class I federal parks and wilderness area. States are required to revisit regional haze SIPs every ten years and evaluate progress every five years. Kansas is committed to implement its long-term strategy to improve visibility through requirements to limit sulfur and nitrogen oxide emissions from large sources through the use of existing control equipment.

KDHE provided federal land managers the opportunity for consultation and comment on the proposed revision on November 19, 2020 in accordance with title 40 CFR §51.308(i)(2). Their comments and KDHE’s responses are included in this proposed SIP.

Any member of the public may request a hearing or submit comments regarding this proposal. If requested, KDHE will hold a remote public hearing at 1:00 pm June 28, 2021. Comments should be submitted no later than 4:00 p.m. June 28, 2021, and request for hearing no later than 4:00 p.m. June 17, 2021, to kdhe.boaregsipcomments@ks.gov. If no request for a hearing is received on or before June 10, 2021, the hearing will be canceled. Information on the status of the hearing, and details concerning the hearing format and timing will be posted on the KDHE Bureau of Air public notice website at https://www.kdheks.gov/bar/publicnotice.html as of June 22, 2021. Phone inquiries regarding the status of the hearing may be made to Douglas Watson at 785-296-0910.

The proposed SIP revision does not include any rule-making action. Details concerning this revision can be viewed at the KDHE Bureau of Air public notice website cited above or obtained by contacting Douglas Watson at 785-296-0910 or Douglas.Watson@ks.gov.

Any individual with a disability may request accommodations in order to participate in the public hearing and may request the proposed plan in accessible format by contacting Douglas Watson at 785-296-0910 or Douglas.Watson@ks.gov. In order to facilitate efforts to provide an accommodation, please request all accommodations as soon as possible following publication of this notice.

Lee A. Norman, M.D.
Secretary

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