New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND AVAILABILITY:

PROPOSED RULEMAKING REGARDING THE ENHANCED INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAM (N.J.A.C. 7:27-15 and N.J.A.C. 7:27B-5)/PROPOSED STATE IMPLEMENTATION PLAN (SIP) REVISION

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (the Department) recently filed a proposal that would modify the State's enhanced I/M program. The program modifications include changing the start date for mandatory on-board diagnostic (OBD) inspections from January 1, 2001, to January 1, 2003 and establishing the framework for a "phase-in" of these inspections. Other proposed changes include continuation of the initial emission standards beyond their current end date of December 31, 2001 and the addition of a number of "interim" standards, effective January 1, 2003, in place of the current "final" standards. The proposal would also eliminate references to the evaporative pressure and purge tests and would add new OBD inspection procedures. Finally, consistent with rulemaking by the New Jersey Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV), the proposal would change the test to be used for certain vehicles registered as school buses and inspected by the DMV's school bus inspection unit. Those school buses that would have been tested biennially (every other year) with the dynamometer-based ASM5015 test would instead be tested twice a year with a 2500 rpm test. This proposal is reflected in a proposed revision to the State's Enhanced I/M Program SIP that was forwarded to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on December 31, 2001. The proposed SIP revision also reflects that portion of the DMV's proposed school bus rulemaking relating to the emissions inspection of school buses otherwise subject to the enhanced I/M program requirements.

The Department's proposal will appear in the January 22, 2002 New Jersey Register; the DMV's proposal is scheduled for publication in February, 2002. These proposals and the proposed SIP revisions are now available for inspection, as described more fully below.

A public hearing concerning the proposed SIP revisions, the Department's proposal and the relevant portions of the DMV's proposal is scheduled as follows:

Monday, February 25, 2002 at 10:00 a.m.
First Floor Public Hearing Room
Department of Environmental Protection
401 E. State Street
Trenton, New Jersey

This hearing is being held in accordance with the provisions of Section 110 (a)(2) of the Clean Air Act, 42 U.S.C. 7410; the Air Pollution Control Act(1954), N.J.S.A. 26:2C; and the Administrative Procedure Act, N.J.S.A. 52:14B. Written comments may be submitted by close of business February 28, 2002, to:

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Stacey Roth, Esq.
ATTN: DEP Docket No. 39-01-12/246
Office of Legal Affairs
PO Box 402
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0402

The following are options for obtaining a copy of the proposals/proposed SIP revision:

  1. Visit the DEP's website at: www.state.nj.us/dep/aqm, where Air Quality Management rules, proposals, adoptions and SIP revisions are available. The Department's Enhanced I/M Program proposal/proposed SIP revision can be viewed or downloaded from the following url: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/aqm/whatsnew.htm .

  2. Look for the Department's proposal in the January 22, 2002, issue of the New Jersey Register. The DMV's proposal will be in the February 19, 2002 New Jersey Register.

  3. Go and inspect the proposals/proposed SIP revision during normal office hours at any of these locations:

DEP
Public Information Center, 1st Floor
401 E. State Street
Trenton, New Jersey 08625
DEP Bureau of Enforcement
Northern Region
1259 Route 46 East
Parsippany, N.J. 07054-4191
DEP Bureau of Enforcement
Central Region
Horizon Center, P.O. Box 407
Robbinsville, N.J. 08625-0407
DEP Bureau of Enforcement
Southern Region
2 Riverside Drive
Suite 201
Camden, N.J. 08103

DEP Bureau of Enforcement
Metropolitan Region
2 Babcock Place
West Orange, N.J. 07052-5504

 

Atlantic City Public Library
1 North Tennessee Avenue
Atlantic City, N.J. 08401

 

Trenton Public Library
120 Academy Street
Trenton, N.J. 08608

 

Penns Grove/ Carney's Point Public Library Association
222 South Broad Street
Penns Grove, N.J. 08069

 

Newark Public Library
5 Washington Street
P.O. Box 630
Newark, N.J. 07102-0630

 

New Brunswick Free Public Library
60 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, N.J. 08901

 

Burlington County Library
3 Pioneer Blvd. and Woodlane Rd.
Mt. Holly, N.J. 08060

Ellen Calhoun
Library of Science and Medicine, Rutgers University
P.O. Box 1029
Piscataway, N.J. 08855-1029

 

Joint Free Public Library
Morristown & Morris County
1 Miller Road
Morristown, N.J. 07960

 

Freehold Public Library
28 East Main Street
Freehold, N.J. 07728

 

Burlington City Library
23 West Union Street
Burlington, N.J. 08016

 

Camden Free Public Library
418 Fredericks Street
Camden, N.J. 08103

 

Perth Amboy Public Library
193 Jefferson Street
Perth Amboy, N.J. 08861

 

Somerville Public Library
35 W. End Avenue
Somerville, N.J. 08876

 

Toms River Public Library
101 Washington Street
Toms River, N.J. 08753-7625
 

 

  1. Request a copy of the proposals and/or the proposed SIP revision by calling Lori McGee at (609) 777-1345, by e-mailing her at lmcgee@dep.state.nj.us, or by mailing or faxing the attached form to her as indicated on the form.

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS: For additional help in getting access to New Jersey's SIPs or for information about what they mean, call the DEP Bureau of Air Quality Planning at (609) 292-6722. For information about the Department's rule proposal, call the DEP Bureau of Regulatory Development at (609) 777-1345. Questions regarding the DMV's proposal can be directed to the DMV at (609) 777-1408.

MAIL OR FAX THIS RULE PROPOSAL REQUEST FORM TO:



Ms. Lori McGee
DEP, Office of Air Quality Management
401 E. State Street
P.O. Box 418
Trenton, N.J. 08625-0418
phone: (609) 777-1345
fax: (609) 633-6198
lmcgee@dep.state.nj.us

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