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DEQ Accepting Public Comment on the Proposed Redesignation of the Yellowstone County SO2 Nonattainment Area

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is inviting public comment on a proposed Request for Redesignation of the Yellowstone County SO2 nonattainment area and a proposed Yellowstone County attainment area Maintenance Plan.

Thursday, July 16, 2015/Categories: Department of Environmental Quality/Tags:

Helena — The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is inviting public comment on a proposed Request for Redesignation of the Yellowstone County SO2 nonattainment area and a proposed Yellowstone County attainment area Maintenance Plan. The proposal will be submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a revision to the Montana State Implementation Plan (SIP).

On August 5, 2013, a portion of Yellowstone County near the City of Billings was designated nonattainment for the 2010 revised National Ambient Air Quality Standards or NAAQS for sulfur dioxide (SO2).  The designation became final on October 4, 2013.  Since that time, the nonattainment area has attained the SO2 NAAQS and DEQ has demonstrated that the area will maintain compliance according to the Maintenance Plan. The proposed SIP submittal and supporting documents are available for review on the DEQ’s website at: http://deq.mt.gov  A paper copy may be requested by contacting DEQ at 406-444-3490.

DEQ will be accepting public comment on the proposal for 30 days beginning Monday, July 13, 2015, through Wednesday, August 12, 2015, and will hold a public hearing regarding the proposal on August 4, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. in Room 45 of the Lee Metcalf Building located at 1520 E. 6th Ave, Helena.

Interested parties may provide written or oral comment during the scheduled public hearing or submit their comments in writing to Stephen Coe, DEQ Air Quality Bureau, P.O. Box 200901, Helena, MT 59621; by faxing them to the attention of Stephen Coe at 406-444-1499; or by email at: scoe@mt.gov  Comments must be received by Wednesday, August 12, 2015.

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