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(note: name change) Revision to Florida?s Ozone Maintenance Plan & Request for Uniform Statewide Summertime Reid Vapor Pressure Standard - Proposed SIP Revision
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is requesting the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to allow for the statewide use of 9.0 pounds per square inch (psi) Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) gasoline beginning in the summer of 2014 and to approve revisions to Florida's ozone maintenance plan (which is a part of the State Implementation Plan or SIP) that account for the use of 9.0 psi RVP gasoline beginning in the summer of 2014. The Notice of Opportunity to Submit Comments and Request Hearing posted below applies to the latter request.
Federal regulations currently impose a summertime RVP standard of 9.0 psi in 61 of Florida's 67 counties and a summertime RVP standard of 7.8 psi in the six Florida counties once designated as nonattainment areas for the 1979 1-hour ozone NAAQS (i.e., Broward, Duval, Hillsborough, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, and Pinellas counties). These regulations came about in the late 1980's as a strategy to reduce ozone levels via the reduction of mobile source anthropogenic VOC emissions in all areas of the country. In its implementation of these regulations, EPA contemplated that states with former nonattainment areas that have been redesignated attainment could initiate a change in the RVP standard from 7.8 psi to 9.0 psi through their maintenance plans, by accounting for the different RVP standard and demonstrating maintenance.
DEP has conducted scientific research and mobile source emissions modeling that shows there is no need for the 7.8 psi RVP standard in Florida's maintenance counties because the standard has an insignificant effect on air quality and ozone levels in Florida, and no effect on the state's ability to maintain the 1997 ozone NAAQS. The standard also constrains Florida's economy in that it increases gas prices and the potential for gasoline shortages during hurricane season.
Final SIP Submittal - August 15, 2013Final SIP Submittal, August 15, 2013
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Pre-Hearing SIP Submittal - July 1, 2013
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