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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-32919
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-12-30
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The NRC invites public comment about our intention to request the OMB's approval for renewal of an existing information collection that is summarized below. We are required to publish this notice in the Federal Register under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 35). Information pertaining to the requirement to be submitted: 1. The title of the information collection: ``DOE/NRC Form 742C, Physical Inventory Listing.'' 2. Current OMB approval number: 3150-0058. 3. How often the collection is required: DOE/NRC Form 742C is submitted annually following a physical inventory of nuclear materials. 4. Who is required or asked to report: Persons licensed to possess specified quantities of special nuclear or source material. 5. The number of annual respondents: For DOE/NRC Form 742C, there are approximately 360 respondents annually. 6. The number of hours needed annually to complete the requirement or request: 1,440. 7. Abstract: Each licensee authorized to possess special nuclear material totaling more than one gram of contained uranium-235, uranium- 233, or plutonium, or any combination thereof, is required to submit DOE/NRC Form 742C data. NRC uses this information to fulfill its responsibilities as a participant in US/IAEA Safeguards Agreement and various bilateral agreements with other countries and to satisfy its domestic safeguards responsibilities. Submit, by February 28, 2011 comments that address the following questions: 1. Is the proposed collection of information necessary for the NRC to properly perform its functions? Does the information have practical utility? 2. Is the burden estimate accurate? 3. Is there a way to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected? 4. How can the burden of the information collection be minimized, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology? A copy of the draft supporting statement may be viewed free of charge at the NRC Public Document Room, One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Room O-1 F21, Rockville, MD 20852. OMB clearance requests are available at the NRC worldwide Web site: http:// www.nrc.gov/public-involve/doc-comment/omb/index.html. The document will be available on the NRC home page site for 60 days after the signature date of this notice. Comments submitted in writing or in electronic form will be made available for public inspection. Because your comments will not be edited to remove any identifying or contact information, the NRC cautions you against including any information in your submission that you do not want to be publicly disclosed. Comments submitted should reference Docket No. NRC-2010-0348. You may submit your comments by any of the following methods. Electronic comments: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket No. NRC-2010-0348. Mail comments to NRC Clearance Officer, Tremaine Donnell (T-5 F53), U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001. Questions about the information collection requirements may be directed to the NRC Clearance Officer, Tremaine Donnell (T-5 F53), U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, by telephone at 301- 415-6258, or by e-mail to INFOCOLLECTS.Resource@NRC.GOV.
Departmental Offices; Privacy Act of 1974, as Amended
Document Number: 2010-32918
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-12-30
Agency: Department of the Treasury, Department of Treasury
In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, the Departmental Offices, U.S. Department of the Treasury (``Treasury'') gives notice of the establishment of one Privacy Act System of Records.
Carolina Power & Light Company; H. B. Robinson Steam Electric Plant, Unit No. 2; Exemption
Document Number: 2010-32917
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-12-30
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
2011 Special 301 Review: Identification of Countries Under Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974: Request for Public Comment and Announcement of Public Hearing
Document Number: 2010-32916
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-12-30
Agency: Office of the United States Trade Representative, Trade Representative, Office of United States, Executive Office of the President
Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974 (Trade Act) (19 U.S.C. 2242) requires the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to identify countries that deny adequate and effective protection of intellectual property rights (IPR) or deny fair and equitable market access to U.S. persons who rely on intellectual property protection. (The provisions of Section 182 are commonly referred to as the ``Special 301'' provisions of the Trade Act.). The USTR is required to determine which, if any, of these countries should be identified as Priority Foreign Countries. Acts, policies, or practices that are the basis of a country's identification as a Priority Foreign Country can be subject to the procedures set out in sections 301-305 of the Trade Act. In addition, USTR has created a ``Priority Watch List'' and ``Watch List'' to assist the Administration in pursuing the goals of the Special 301 provisions. Placement of a trading partner on the Priority Watch List or Watch List indicates that particular problems exist in that country with respect to IPR protection, enforcement, or market access for persons relying on intellectual property. Trading partners placed on the Priority Watch List are the focus of increased bilateral attention concerning the problem areas. USTR chairs an interagency team that reviews information from many sources, and that consults with and makes recommendations to the USTR on issues arising under Special 301. Written submissions from interested persons are a key source of information for the Special 301 review process. In 2011, USTR through the Special 301 Committee will conduct a public hearing as part of the review process. USTR is hereby requesting written submissions from the public concerning foreign countries' acts, policies, or practices that are relevant to the decision on whether a particular trading partner should be identified as a priority foreign country under Section 182 of the Trade Act or placed on the Priority Watch List or Watch List. Interested parties, including foreign governments, who want to testify at the public hearing must submit a request to testify at the hearing and a short hearing statement. The deadlines for these procedures are set out below. DATES: The schedule for the 2011 Special 301 review is set forth below.
Security Zones; Moored Cruise Ships, Port of San Diego, CA
Document Number: 2010-32914
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-12-30
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary security zone regulation from December 21, 2010, through June 20, 2011. The security zones created by this rule will encompass all navigable waters extending from the surface to the sea floor, within a 100 yard radius around any cruise ship that is moored at any berth within the San Diego port area inside the sea buoys bounding the Port of San Diego. This temporary final rule is necessary to provide for the safety of the cruise ship, vessels, and users of the waterway. Entry into these security zones will be prohibited unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port (COTP) San Diego, or his or her designated representative. This rule will also suspend paragraph (b)(2) of 33 CFR 165.1108, a related regulation.
Proposed Information Collection Renewals
Document Number: 2010-32913
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-12-30
Agency: Peace Corps, Agencies and Commissions
The Peace Corps has submitted the following three (3) information collections to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for extension under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. This notice invites the public to comment on the renewal of three information collections: World Wise Schools Conference Online Registration Form (OMB 0420-0541); Speakers Match: Online Request for a Speaker Form (OMB 0420-0539); and Correspondence Match Educator Online Enrollment Form: Educator Sign Up Form (OMB 0420-0540). Peace Corps invites comments on whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for proper performance of the functions of the Peace Corps, including whether the information will have practical use; the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the information to be collected; and ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of automated collection techniques, when appropriate, and other forms of information technology.
Technical Correction: Completion of Entry and Entry Summary-Declaration of Value
Document Number: 2010-32912
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-12-30
Agency: Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) periodically reviews its regulations to ensure that they are current, correct, and consistent. As a result of this review process, CBP has determined that a correction to part 141 of title 19 of the CBP Regulations (19 CFR part 141) is necessary to reflect that the underlying statutory authority for Sec. 141.61(g) has expired and that this regulation is no longer necessary. Accordingly, part 141 of the CBP regulations is amended by removing the obsolete regulation.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Testing Successful Health Communications Surrounding Aging-Related Issues From the National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Document Number: 2010-32911
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-12-30
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health
Under the provisions of Section 3507(a)(1)(D) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the National Institute on Aging, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request for review and approval of the information collection listed below. This proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on 09-27-2010 at 08:45:00 (http://federalregister.gov/a/2010-24277, Vol. 75, No. 187, Page: 59723-59724 (2 pages); Document Citation: 75 FR 59723; Document Number: 2010-24277) and allowed 60-days for public comment. One comment was received from an organization who requested to be considered as a contractor for NIA's project. No other public comments were received. The National Institutes of Health may not conduct or sponsor, and the respondent is not required to respond to, an information collection that has been extended, revised, or implemented on or after October 1, 1995, unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. Proposed Collection: Title: Testing successful health communications surrounding aging-related issues from the National Institute on Aging (NIA). Type of Information Collection Request: New. Need and Use of Information Collection: This study will support NIA's mission ``to communicate information about aging and advances in research on aging to the scientific community, health care providers, and the public.'' The primary objectives of this study are to: Assess audiences' trusted/preferred sources for information, knowledge, attitudes, behaviors, and other characteristics for the planning/development of health messages and communications strategies; Pre-test health messages and outreach strategies while they are in developmental form to assess audience response, including their likes and dislikes.
VASRD Improvement Forum-Updating Disability Criteria for the Genitourinary System, Digestive System, Dental Conditions, and Infectious Diseases, Immune Disorders and Nutritional Deficiencies
Document Number: 2010-32909
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-12-30
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) and Veterans Health Administration (VHA) will co-host the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD) Improvement Forum Updating Disability Criteria for the Genitourinary System, Digestive System, Dental Conditions, and Infectious Diseases, Immune Disorders and Nutritional Deficiencies. The purpose of the VASRD Improvement Forum is to capture public comment and current medical science information from presentations made by subject matter experts. VA plans to use this information to update the sections of the VASRD that pertain to the following four body systems: (1) Infectious Diseases, Immune Disorders and Nutritional Deficiencies (38 CFR 4.88-4.89), (2) the Digestive System (38 CFR 4.110-4.114), (3) the Genitourinary System (38 CFR 4.115-4.115b) and (4) Dental and Oral Conditions (38 CFR 4.150). Specifically, diagnostic code descriptors and evaluation criteria will be discussed. Contingent upon available capacity and time, individuals wishing to make oral statements will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.
National Institute of Mental Health; Notice of Closed Meetings
Document Number: 2010-32907
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-12-30
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health
National Medal of Technology and Innovation Call for 2011 Nominations
Document Number: 2010-32906
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-12-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Patent and Trademark Office
The Department of Commerce (United States Patent and Trademark Office) is accepting nominations for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation (NMTI). Since establishment by Congress in the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980, the President of the United States has awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation (initially known as the National Medal of Technology) annually to our nation's leading innovators. If you know of a candidate who has made an outstanding, lasting contribution to the economy through the promotion of technology or technological manpower, you may obtain a nomination form from: http://go.usa.gov/1dU.
Airworthiness Directives; Air Tractor, Inc. Models AT-802 and AT-802A Airplanes
Document Number: 2010-32905
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-12-30
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are revising an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for Air Tractor, Inc. (Air Tractor) Models AT-802 and AT-802A airplanes. That AD currently requires you to repetitively inspect (using the eddy current method) the two outboard fastener holes in both of the wing main spar lower caps at the center splice joint for cracks and repair or replace any cracked spar, and changes the safe life for certain serial (SN) ranges. This AD retains the actions of AD 2010-17-18 and reduces the applicability from all serial numbers beginning with SN- 0001 as required by the previous AD to SN-0001 through SN-0269. This AD was prompted by our evaluation of a comment from David Ligon, Air Tractor, and our determination that we should reduce the applicability from that already required by the previous AD. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct cracks in the wing main spar lower cap at the center splice joint, which could result in failure of the spar cap and lead to wing separation and loss of control of the airplane.
Changes in Flood Elevation Determinations
Document Number: 2010-32903
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-12-30
Agency: Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security
This interim rule lists communities where modification of the Base (1% annual-chance) Flood Elevations (BFEs) is appropriate because of new scientific or technical data. New flood insurance premium rates will be calculated from the modified BFEs for new buildings and their contents.
Changes in Flood Elevation Determinations
Document Number: 2010-32902
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-12-30
Agency: Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security
This interim rule lists communities where modification of the Base (1% annual-chance) Flood Elevations (BFEs) is appropriate because of new scientific or technical data. New flood insurance premium rates will be calculated from the modified BFEs for new buildings and their contents.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-48; Introduction
Document Number: 2010-32901
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-12-30
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Defense
This document summarizes the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) rules agreed to by DOD, GSA, and NASA in this Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2005-48. A companion document, the Small Entity Compliance Guide (SECG), follows this FAC. The FAC, including the SECG, is available via the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Repeal of the Small Business Competitiveness Demonstration Program
Document Number: 2010-32900
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-12-30
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Defense
DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to remove FAR coverage of the Small Business Competitiveness Demonstration Program, to meet the requirements of section 1335 of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010.
Changes in Flood Elevation Determinations
Document Number: 2010-32899
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-12-30
Agency: Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security
This interim rule lists communities where modification of the Base (1% annual-chance) Flood Elevations (BFEs) is appropriate because of new scientific or technical data. New flood insurance premium rates will be calculated from the modified BFEs for new buildings and their contents.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Personal Identity Verification of Contractor Personnel
Document Number: 2010-32895
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-12-30
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Defense
DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to provide additional regulatory coverage to reinforce the requirement of collecting from contractors all forms of Government-provided identification once they are no longer needed to support a contract.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Terminating Contracts
Document Number: 2010-32893
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-12-30
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Defense
DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to clarify the applicability of procedures regarding the termination of contracts to the acquisition of commercial items.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Payrolls and Basic Records
Document Number: 2010-32892
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-12-30
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Defense
DoD, GSA, and NASA have adopted as final, with one change, the interim rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to revise the FAR clause, Payrolls and Basic Records. This revision implements a Department of Labor rule that protects the privacy of workers.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-48; Small Entity Compliance Guide
Document Number: 2010-32888
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-12-30
Agency: General Services Administration, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Defense
This document is issued under the joint authority of DOD, GSA, and NASA. This Small Entity Compliance Guide has been prepared in accordance with section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996. It consists of a summary of rules appearing in Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2005-48, which amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). Interested parties may obtain further information regarding these rules by referring to FAC 2005-48, which precedes this document. These documents are also available via the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov.
NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) Strategic Plan FY 2011-FY 2015
Document Number: 2010-32886
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-12-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (noaa), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) is seeking comments on the revised draft OER STRATEGIC PLAN Fiscal Year (FY) 2011-2015, submitted to meet the requirement for program direction under Public Law 111-11, Section 12104(b). The draft OER STRATEGIC PLAN describes the vision, mission, core activities, and organization of the Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.
North American Free Trade Agreement, Article 1904 NAFTA Panel Reviews; Request for Panel Review
Document Number: 2010-32883
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-12-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
On December 22, 2010, the Government of Mexico filed a First Request for Panel Review with the United States Section of the NAFTA Secretariat pursuant to Article 1904 of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Panel Review was requested of the final determination by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding Sales at Less Than Fair Value on Seamless Refined Copper Pipe and Tube from Mexico and the People's Republic of China. This determination was published in the Federal Register (75 Fed. Reg. 71070), on November 22, 2010. The NAFTA Secretariat has assigned Case Number USA-MEX-2010-1904-03 to this request.
North American Free Trade Agreement, Article 1904 NAFTA Panel Reviews; Request for Panel Review
Document Number: 2010-32881
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-12-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
On December 22, 2010, IUSA, S.A. de C.V. (``IUSA'') and Nacional de Cobre, S.A. de C.V. (``Nacobre''), and their U.S. affiliates Cambridge-Lee Industries LLC and Copper and Brass International filed a First Request for Panel Review with the United States Section of the NAFTA Secretariat pursuant to Article 1904 of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Second and Third Requests for Panel Review were filed by GD Affiliates S. de. R.L. de C.V., and its U.S. affiliate GD Copper (U.S.A.), and the Government of Mexico, respectively. Panel review was requested of the final determination by the U.S. International Trade Commission that an industry in the United States is threatened with material injury by reason of imports of Seamless Refined Copper Pipe and Tube from China and Mexico. This determination was published in the Federal Register (75 FR 71,146), on November 22, 2010. The NAFTA Secretariat has assigned Case Number USA- MEX-2010-1904-02 to these requests.
Notice of Receipt of Complaint; Solicitation of Comments Relating to the Public Interest
Document Number: 2010-32866
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-12-30
Agency: International Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Notice is hereby given that the U.S. International Trade Commission has received a complaint entitled In Re Certain Game Devices, Components Thereof, and Products Containing the Same, DN 2776; the Commission is soliciting comments on any public interest issues raised by the complaint.
Center for Substance Abuse Prevention; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2010-32858
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-12-30
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-32846
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-12-30
Agency: National Science Foundation, Agencies and Commissions
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has submitted the following information collection requirement to OMB for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13. This is the second notice for public comment; the first was published in the Federal Register at 75 FR 65527, and no comments were received. NSF is forwarding the proposed renewal submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance simultaneously with the publication of this second notice. The full submission may be found at: http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. Comments regarding (a) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of burden including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; or (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology should be addressed to: Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs of OMB, Attention: Desk Officer for National Science Foundation, 725-17th Street, NW., Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503, and to Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 295, Arlington, Virginia 22230 or send e-mail to splimpto@nsf.gov. Comments regarding this information collection are best assured of having their full effect if received within 30 days of this notification. Copies of the submission(s) may be obtained by calling 703-292-7556.
Electronic Tariff Filings; Notice of Technical Conference
Document Number: 2010-32843
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-12-30
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Wagon Wheel Associates; Notice of Availability of Environmental Assessment
Document Number: 2010-32842
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-12-30
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company; Notice of Application
Document Number: 2010-32836
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-12-30
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Fisheries Off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan; Amendments 20 and 21; Trawl Rationalization Program; Allocations for the Start of the 2011 Fishery
Document Number: 2010-32833
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-12-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS issues this rule to implement an interim reduction to the 2010 harvest level for sablefish, issue revised quota pounds for individual fishing quota (IFQ) species, revise the calculation for the Pacific halibut trawl bycatch mortality limit for the trawl rationalization program; and adjust the trawl Rockfish Conservation Areas (RCAs) and landing allowances for non-IFQ species and Pacific whiting for the start of the 2011 groundfish fishery.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Snapper-Grouper Fishery Off the Southern Atlantic States; Amendment 17B
Document Number: 2010-32831
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-12-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS issues this final rule to implement Amendment 17B to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (FMP), as prepared and submitted by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council). This final rule establishes annual catch limits (ACLs) and accountability measures (AMs) for eight snapper-grouper species in the FMP that are undergoing overfishing, and for black grouper, which was recently assessed and determined to not be undergoing overfishing or overfished; modifies management measures to limit total mortality of those species to the ACL; and adds ACLs, annual catch targets (ACTs), and AMs to the list of management measures that may be amended via the framework process. The intent of this final rule is to address overfishing of eight snapper-grouper species while maintaining catch levels consistent with achieving optimum yield.
Federal Property Suitable as Facilities To Assist the Homeless
Document Number: 2010-32792
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-12-30
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
This Notice identifies unutilized, underutilized, excess, and surplus Federal property reviewed by HUD for suitability for possible use to assist the homeless.
Determinations Concerning Need for Error Correction, Partial Approval and Partial Disapproval, and Federal Implementation Plan Regarding Texas Prevention of Significant Deterioration Program
Document Number: 2010-32786
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-12-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is correcting its previous full approval of Texas's Clean Air Act (CAA) Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) program to be a partial approval and partial disapproval. The state did not address, or provide adequate legal authority for, the program's application to all pollutants that would become newly subject to regulation in the future, including non-National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) pollutants, among them greenhouse gases (GHGs). Further, EPA is promulgating a federal implementation plan (FIP), as required following the partial disapproval, to establish a PSD permitting program in Texas for GHG-emitting sources. EPA is taking this action through interim final rulemaking, effective upon publication, to ensure the availability of a permitting authority EPAin Texas for GHG-emitting sources when they become subject to PSD on January 2, 2011. This will allow those sources to proceed with plans to construct or expand. This rule will expire on April 30, 2011. EPA is also proposing a notice-and-comment rulemaking that mirrors this rulemaking.
Determinations Concerning Need for Error Correction, Partial Approval and Partial Disapproval, and Federal Implementation Plan Regarding Texas Prevention of Significant Deterioration Program; Proposed Rule
Document Number: 2010-32785
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-12-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to correct its previous full approval of Texas's Clean Air Act (CAA) Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) program to be a partial approval and partial disapproval and is proposing a Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) for Texas. This action is based on EPA's determination that Texas's PSD program is flawed because the state did not address how the program would apply to all pollutants that would become newly subject to regulation in the future, including non-National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) pollutants, among them greenhouse gases (GHGs). The partial disapproval requires EPA to promulgate a FIP and so EPA is also proposing a FIP in order to assure that GHG-emitting sources in Texas are able to proceed with plans to construct or expand. In the ``Rules'' section of this Federal Register, we are taking this action including the FIP through an interim final rule that is effective immediately.
Action To Ensure Authority To Issue Permits Under the Prevention of Significant Deterioration Program to Sources of Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Federal Implementation Plan
Document Number: 2010-32784
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-12-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is establishing a federal implementation plan (FIP) to apply in each of seven states that have not submitted by their established deadline a corrective state implementation plan (SIP) revision to apply their Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) program to sources of greenhouse gases (GHGs). This action will ensure that a permitting authorityEPAis available in these states as of January 2, 2011, when PSD becomes applicable to GHG-emitting sources, to issue preconstruction PSD permits and thereby facilitate construction or expansion. The seven states are: Arizona: Both Pinal County and Rest of State (excluding Maricopa County, Pima County, and Indian Country), Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Oregon, and Wyoming. This action is related to EPA's recently promulgated final rule, published on December 13, 2010, which we call the GHG PSD SIP call, and in which EPA made a finding of substantial inadequacy and issued a SIP call for these seven states and several others on grounds that their SIPs do not apply the PSD program to GHG-emitting sources.
Limitation of Approval of Prevention of Significant Deterioration Provisions Concerning Greenhouse Gas Emitting-Sources in State Implementation Plans; Final Rule
Document Number: 2010-32766
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-12-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This action is another in a series of steps EPA is taking to implement the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) program for greenhouse gas (GHG)-emitting sources. EPA is finalizing its proposed rulemaking to narrow its previous approval of State Implementation Plan (SIP) PSD programs in 24 states that apply to GHG-emitting sources. Specifically, EPA is withdrawing its previous approval of those programs to the extent they apply PSD to GHG-emitting sources below the thresholds in the final Tailoring Rule, which EPA promulgated by Federal Register notice dated June 3, 2010. Having narrowed its prior approval, EPA asks that each affected state withdraw from EPA consideration the part of its SIP that is no longer approved. The states for whose SIPs EPA is narrowing approval are: Alabama, California, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Action To Ensure Authority To Implement Title V Permitting Programs Under the Greenhouse Gas Tailoring Rule
Document Number: 2010-32757
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-12-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The final greenhouse gas (GHG) Tailoring Rule includes a step- by-step implementation strategy for issuing Federally-enforceable permits to the largest, most environmentally significant sources beginning January 2, 2011. In this action, EPA is finalizing its proposed rulemaking to narrow EPA's previous approval of State title V operating permit programs that apply (or may apply) to GHG-emitting sources. Specifically, in this final rule, EPA is narrowing its previous approval of certain State permitting thresholds for GHG emissions so that only sources that equal or exceed the GHG thresholds established in the final Tailoring Rule would be covered as major sources by the Federally-approved programs in the affected States. By raising the GHG thresholds that apply title V permitting to major sources in the affected States, this final rule will reduce the number of sources that will be issued Federally-enforceable title V permits and thereby significantly reduce permitting burdens for permitting agencies and sources alike in those States.
Yuri I. Montgomery, Respondent; Final Decision and Order
Document Number: 2010-32563
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-12-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security, Industry and Security Bureau
Nonfederal Oil and Gas Development Within the Boundaries of Units of the National Park System; Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for a Proposed Revision
Document Number: 2010-32545
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-12-30
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Notice is hereby given in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and Council on Environmental Quality regulations that the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service (NPS), will prepare a programmatic environmental impact statement (EIS) on proposed revisions to existing regulations governing the exercise of nonfederal oil and gas rights within the boundaries of units of the National Park System. The current regulations have been in effect for over thirty years and have not been substantively updated during that period. The EIS will analyze a range of reasonable alternatives for regulating nonfederal oil and gas development and the potential environmental impacts on park resources such as threatened and endangered species, water resources, soils, vegetation, wetlands, air resources, night skies, wildlife, cultural resources, and soundscapes. Effects on oil and gas operators, visitor experience and public safety, adjacent lands, and park operations will also be analyzed.