Tuesday, April 2, 2024

EPA Sends AERR Final Rule to OMB

Yesterday, the OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) announced that it had received a final rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on “Revisions to the Air Emission Reporting Requirements (AERR)”. The notice of proposed rulemaking on this action was published on August 9th, 2023.

According to the Fall 2023 Unified Agenda entry for this rulemaking:

“On August 8, 2023 (88 FR 54118), the EPA proposed new requirements to improve the quality and completeness of HAP emissions data from stationary sources and all pollutant emissions from prescribed fires. Specifically, the EPA is proposing to require certain sources report information regarding emission of hazardous air pollutants (HAP); certain sources to report criteria air pollutants, their precursors and HAP; and to require State, local, and certain tribal air agencies to report prescribed fire data. Further, EPA is considering how best to quantify emissions from intermittent sources such as backup generators; how to obtain data from permitted facilities in Indian Country when a Tribe is not required to report emissions data; and how to address known data gaps, streamline processes, and improve data quality, documentation, and transparency for nonpoint and mobile sources. The proposed revisions also include changes for reporting data on airports, rail yards, commercial marine vessels, locomotives, and nonpoint sources. This proposed action would allow for EPA to annually collect (starting in 2027), hazardous air pollutant (HAP) emissions data for point sources in addition to continuing the criteria air pollutant and precursor (CAP) collection in place under the existing AERR. The proposed amendments would ensure that EPA has sufficient information to identify and solve air quality and exposure problems and ensure that communities have the data needed to understand significant environmental risks that may be impacting them.”

I will not be covering this rulemaking in any depth, but it is a significant enough rule that I will be announcing the eventual publication in my ‘Short Takes’ post for that day.

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