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H.494

Introduced by   Representative Jewett of Ripton

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Conservation; air emission standards

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to require the secretary of natural resources to update the air emission control standards at appropriate intervals, and, in determining whether to update particular standards, to consider the advantages of early effective dates by means of rulemaking of more limited scope, or, at a later time, in a single comprehensive amendment that revises a larger number of standards at the same time.  The bill also proposes to establish a statutory standard for zinc oxide and zinc chloride, in addition to the standards that exist in rules.

AN ACT RELATING TO UPDATING AIR EMISSION STANDARDS

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  10 V.S.A. § 558 is amended to read:

§ 558.  EMISSION CONTROL REQUIREMENTS

The secretary may establish such emission control requirements, by rule, as in his the secretary’s judgment may be necessary to prevent, abate, or control air pollution. The requirements may be for the state as a whole or may vary from area to area, as may be appropriate to facilitate accomplishment of the purposes of this chapter, and in order to take necessary or desirable account of varying local conditions  At appropriate intervals, the secretary shall revise and update one or more standards established under this chapter.  In this process, the secretary shall give due consideration to whether the benefits of an early effective date for a single standard, or a few standards, justify amending those individual standards in a rule amendment of more limited scope, as they are determined ready to be updated, as opposed to a later, more comprehensive amendment that revises a larger number of individual standards.

Sec. 2.  10 V.S.A. § 559 is added to read:

§ 559. STATUTORY EMISSIONS STANDARDS

In addition to existing emission control standards established by rule of the secretary, the following standards shall apply:

(1)  zinc oxide also shall be a category II air contaminant and shall be subject to emissions standards that allow a maximum of 1 μg/m3 (micrograms per cubic meter), annual arithmetic mean.

(2)  zinc chloride also shall be a category II air contaminant and shall be subject to emissions standards that allow a maximum of 1 μg/m3 (micrograms per cubic meter), annual arithmetic mean.



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