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Augusta, Maine 04333
207/624-7650
FAX 207/287-6545

May 16, 2001
as posted in 5 daily Maine newspapers

NOTICE OF STATE RULE-MAKING

Public Input for Proposed and Adopted Rules

Notices are published each Wednesday to alert the public regarding state agency rule-making. You may obtain a copy of any rule by notifying the agency contact person. You may also comment on the rule, and/or attend the public hearing. If no hearing is scheduled, you may request one -- the agency may then schedule a hearing, and must do so if 5 or more persons request it. If you are disabled or need special services to attend a hearing, please notify the agency contact person at least 7 days prior to it. Petitions: you can petition an agency to adopt, amend, or repeal any rule; the agency must provide you with petition forms, and must respond to your petition within 60 days. The agency must enter rule-making if the petition is signed by 150 or more registered voters, and may begin rule-making if there are fewer. You can also petition the Legislature to review a rule; the Executive Director of the Legislative Council (115 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333, phone 207/287-1615) will provide you with the necessary petition forms. The appropriate legislative committee will review a rule upon receipt of a petition from 100 or more registered voters, or from "...any person who may be directly, substantially and adversely affected by the application of a rule..." (Title 5 Section 11112). World-Wide Web: Copies of the weekly notices and the full texts of adopted rule chapters may be found on the World-Wide Web at: http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/rcn/apa/.


PROPOSALS

AGENCY: 06-096 - Department of Environmental Protection
RULE TITLE: Ch. 100, Definitions Regulation; Ch. 115, Major and Minor Source Air Emission License Regulations; and Ch. 140, Part 70 Air Emission License Regulations (Amendments)
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 2001-P121
CONCISE SUMMARY: The Department is proposing to amend Chapters 100, 115 and 140 of the Department's regulations to address remaining requirements for federal approval of Maine's Title V Operating Permit Program. These changes include enhancing EPA and public participation review process for minor license revisions, incorporating provisions in Chapter 140 whereby a facility may make changes with a simple 7-day advance notice if the changes do not result in an increase in emissions, removing certain activities from the list of insignificant (exempt) activities contained in Appendix B to Chapter 115 and Chapter 140, incorporating the latest federal air quality modeling requirements, and amending the Chapter 100 definitions to include definitions consistent with federal requirements for the construction or reconstruction of hazardous air pollutant (HAP) sources and maximum available control technology (MACT) determinations.
The proposed amendments will also establish provisions in Chapter 115 and Chapter 140 requiring an applicant to notify any affected federal land manager and Indian governing body of all major modifications or new major source license applications and provide at least 30 days for comment.
Copies of these rules are available upon request by contacting the Agency contact person listed below. Pursuant to Maine law, interested parties must be publicly notified of the proposed rulemaking, the public hearing and be provided an opportunity for comment. Any party interested in providing public comment can testify at the public hearing or provide written comments before the end of the comment period. All comments should be sent to the Agency Contact person.
THIS RULE WILL NOT HAVE A FISCAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 38 MRSA 585 and 585-A
PUBLIC HEARING: June 7, 2001, 1:00 p.m., Holiday Inn, Augusta, Maine
DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: June 18, 2001
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Jeff Crawford
AGENCY NAME: Bureau of Air Quality, Department of Environmental Protection
ADDRESS: State House Station 17, Augusta, ME 04333
TELEPHONE: (207) 287-2437


AGENCY: 06-096 - Department of Environmental Protection
RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Ch. 375, No Adverse Environmental Effect Standard of the Site Location Law: Section 9, Buffer Strips
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 2001-P122
CONCISE SUMMARY: To ensure consistency between regulatory programs, the proposed rule eliminates the discrepancies between gravel pit performance standards. Specifically, the rule repeals the gravel pit buffer standards required under the Site Location Law and replaces them with the buffer standards contained in the Performance Standards for Excavations, 38 MRSA 490-D.
THIS RULE WILL NOT HAVE A FISCAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 38 MRSA 341 -D
PUBLIC HEARING: June 7, 2001, 2:00 p.m., Holiday Inn / Ground Round, Civic Center Drive, Augusta, Me 04330
DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS, June 28, 2001. Comments may be submitted by mail at the, address below, by fax at (207) 287-7191 or by e-mail at mark.n.stebbins@maine.gov. To ensure consideration, comments must include your name and the organization you represent, if any.
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Mark Stebbins
AGENCY NAME: Bureau of Land & Water Quality, Department of Environmental Protection
ADDRESS: 17 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333
TELEPHONE: (207) 287-7810


AGENCY: 65-407 - Public Utilities Commission
RULE TITLE OR SUBJECT: Ch. 140, Utility Service Area and Infrastructure Maps
PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 2001-P123
CONCISE SUMMARY: This rule requires certain public utilities to develop, maintain, and file with the Commission maps of their service area and key infrastructure. This rule further establishes standards for the content and format of those maps.
THIS RULE WILL NOT HAVE A FISCAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 35-A MRSA 104, 111, 112, 301, 307, 2102-2105 and 2110
PUBLIC HEARING: June 7, 2001 at 1:00 p.m., Hearing Room, 242 State Street, Augusta, Maine
DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: June 21, 2001
AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Mary Broad
AGENCY NAME: Public Utilities Commission
ADDRESS: 242 State Street, Station 18, Augusta, Maine 04333-0018
TELEPHONE: (207) 287-1396


ADOPTIONS

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