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For Immediate Release
December 22, 2021

Contact

Lisa Camire, SIP Planning Analyst
(603) 271-4848 | lisa.j.camire@des.nh.gov
Catherine Beahm, SIP Planning Administrator
(603) 271-6793 | catherine.a.beahm@des.nh.gov

NH Regional Haze State Implementation Plan Periodic Comprehensive Revision

Public Comment Period

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES
AIR RESOURCES DIVISION
CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE

NOTICE OF PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD AND OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC HEARING

In accordance with New Hampshire Code of Administrative Rules, Env-A 204.01(b) and Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Section 51.102, notice is hereby given that the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, Air Resources Division (the Department) has prepared, and intends to submit to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a revision to New Hampshire’s State Implementation Plan (SIP) to meet the requirements of the federal Clean Air Act, section 169A, pertaining to visibility protection for Federal Class I Areas. The federal requirements that New Hampshire and other states must meet are contained in Title 40: Protection of Environment, Part 51 – Requirements for Preparation, Adoption, and Submittal of Implementation Plans, Subpart P – Protection of Visibility (40 CFR 51.300-309).  

New Hampshire’s SIP revision provides a plan consistent with the national goal of restoring natural visibility conditions to Federal Class I Areas by 2064.  Components of the plan include an assessment of baseline, current and natural visibility conditions, the state’s long term strategy to address regional haze, reasonable progress goals for attaining the visibility conditions that are projected to be achieved by the end of the implementation period, and an assessment of the current monitoring strategy. This document also contains elements to fulfill progress report requirements. 

The Department hereby solicits comment on this SIP revision and has scheduled a public hearing on this SIP revision.  Comments must be submitted in writing or by email to Lisa Camire, Air Resources Division, NH Department of Environmental Services, P.O. Box 95, Concord, NH  03302-0095; email Lisa.J.Camire@des.nh.gov.

In accordance with 40 CFR 51.102, the Department will hold a hearing at the time and location indicated below. As a result of a public request to extend the comment period, the public hearing scheduled for January 11, 2022 has been rescheduled to the date below. In addition, the comment period will no longer end on January 11, 2022 and has been extended to February 25, 2022.

PUBLIC HEARING
Wednesday, February 23 2022, at 1:30 p.m.
Department of Environmental Services, Room 208C
29 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301

The public hearing will also be held virtually through WebEx meeting software. To obtain the WebEx link, meeting number and password go to: https://www.des.nh.gov/events or contact Lisa Camire at Lisa.J.Camire@des.nh.gov. Participants may also call into the meeting. Call-in number: 1-415-655-0001; Access Code: 2300 644 9092.

All comments on the proposed SIP submission must be received by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 25, 2022 to be entered into the record.

A copy of the draft SIP, without attachments, is available for public inspection at the Department’s offices at 29 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH, during regular working hours from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The draft SIP is also posted on the NHDES website:

Draft SIP            Appendix U
Appendices A-C            Appendix V
Appendices D-J            Appendix W
Appendices K-T            Appendix X

Craig A Wright
Director, Air Resources Division
NH Department of Environmental Services