|The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is proposing Revisions to
New Jersey's Ozone and Carbon Monoxide State Implementation Plans (SIPs) - Meeting the
Requirements of the Regional NOx Cap Program and Establishment of
Transportation Conformity Budgets.
A public hearing is scheduled on the DEP's
proposal on September 28, 1999 at 10:00 a.m. at:
Written comments relevant to the proposal may be submitted until close
of business September 30, 1999, to :
The proposed SIP revision demonstrates how New Jersey will meet the state-wide oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emission budget (herein referred to as a NOx cap) for 2007 that was established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) in its NOx SIP Call published in the Federal Register on October 27, 1998. The USEPA established such NOx emission caps in 23 jurisdictions to mitigate the interstate transport of ozone and ozone precursors such as NOx. It is expected that the NOx reductions necessary to meet the cap will reduce the formation of ozone in the atmosphere and thereby have significant public health benefits. To attain this cap New Jersey is relying primarily on the reduction in NOx emissions to be obtained through the implementation of New Jersey's NOx Budget Program. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued a stay on the USEPA's SIP Call rulemaking. However, notwithstanding its prior decision to remand the eight (8)-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS), it left the one-hour ozone standard intact. Therefore, it is still necessary for New Jersey to demonstrate attainment with this standard.
The New Jersey NOx Budget Program, along with other NOx emission controls in place and expected to be in place in New Jersey, will limit statewide NOx emissions to 99,965 tons per ozone season, by the year 2007. This is below the USEPA-established statewide NOx budget cap level of 100,133 tons. Reporting systems are in place that will produce data which will be publicly available and which can be used to monitor progress towards this goal.
Additionally, the proposed SIP contains transportation conformity emission limits or "budgets" that are consistent with the attainment demonstration in the Phase 2 ozone and carbon monoxide SIP that was previously submitted to the USEPA . These transportation conformity budgets pertain both to the 1-hour ozone and carbon monoxide NAAQS. In respect to the ozone NAAQS, the proposed total motor vehicle emission budgets for the three metropolitan planning organizations would be 126 tons per day of VOCs and 288 tons per day of NOx in the attainment years (2005 in southern New Jersey and 2007 in northern New Jersey), which would be a reduction from 262 tons per day of VOCs and 395 tons per day of NOx in 1999. In respect to the carbon monoxide NAAQS, the budget for carbon monoxide would be 690 tons per day in the five-county area. This transportation conformity budget for carbon monoxide is being proposed in anticipation of the USEPA's approval of the State's repeal of its oxygenated gasoline rules at N.J.A.C. 7:27-25.