The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final action on November 3, 2017 (FR Vol. 82, No. 212) to deny a petition to add states to the ozone transport region (OTR) for the purpose of addressing interstate transport of ozone and attainment of the OTR states to the 2008 ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). The petition was submitted by the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont to expand the OTR by adding nine states to the region. In its decision the EPA stated that it believes that other Clean Air Act (CAA) provisions (such as the "good neighbor" provisions as implemented via the Cross State Air Pollution Rule) provide a better pathway for states and the EPA to develop a remedy that is effective for addressing attainment of the 2008 ozone NAAQS in the OTR states.

Should you have any questions regarding the EPA's final decision, please call the Trinity's New England Office at (508) 630‑2136.