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United States General Accounting Office Office of the General Counsel
Washington, DC 20548
July 8, 1999
The Honorable John H. Chafee
The Honorable Max Baucus
Ranking Minority Member
Committee on Environment and Public Works
United States Senate
The Honorable Thomas J. Bliley, Jr.
The Honorable John D. Dingell
Ranking Minority Member
Committee on Commerce
House of Representatives
Subject: Environmental Protection Agency: Regional Haze Regulations
Pursuant to section 801(a)(2)(A) of title 5, United States Code, this is our report on a
major rule promulgated by Environmental Protection Agency, entitled "Regional
Haze Regulations" (RIN: 2060-AF32). We received the rule on June 1, 1999. It was
published in the Federal Register as a final rule on July 1, 1999. 64 Fed. Reg. 35714.
The final rule calls for states to establish goals and emission reduction strategies for
improving visibility in all 156 mandatory Class I national parks and wilderness areas.
Specific provisions are included in the rule allowing nine western states to
implement the recommendations of the Grand Canyon Visibility Transport
Commission within the framework of the national regional haze program.
Enclosed is our assessment of the EPA's compliance with the procedural steps
required by section 801(a)(1)(B)(i) through (iv) of title 5 with respect to the rule.
Our review indicates that the EPA complied with the applicable requirements.
If you have any questions about this report, please contact James W. Vickers,
Assistant General Counsel, at (202) 512-8210. The official responsible for GAO
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