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Document Number: 2014-22164
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Administrative Law Judges (OALJ) is giving notice that it proposes to create a new system of records pursuant to the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a). The EPA is implementing the Case Records System, which is a system of records, to manage its administrative adjudicatory proceedings. The Case Records System is a docketing, filing, case tracking, and document management system used to store and manage documents relevant to administrative adjudicatory proceedings before the OALJ. Litigants, administrative law judges (ALJs), and other interested parties may submit a variety of documents to the system, including pleadings, motions, briefs, exhibits, orders, hearing transcripts and initial decisions.
Document Number: 2014-22162
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) (collectively, the Services), are holding a 1-day workshop to provide a forum for stakeholders to offer scientific and technical feedback on the interim approaches that were issued in November 2013 by EPA, USDA, and the Services in response to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report entitled, ``Assessing Risks to Endangered and Threatened Species from Pesticides.'' The workshop is an opportunity for stakeholders and agencies to continue their dialogue on the technical aspects of implementing the NAS recommendations, building upon public meetings held in November and December 2013, April 2014, and the implementation of the enhanced stakeholder engagement process that was finalized in March 2013. The workshop is not designed to, or intended to be a decisionmaking forum; consensus will not be sought or developed at the meeting. This meeting furthers the agencies' goal of developing a consultation process for pesticide impacts on listed species that is efficient, inclusive, and transparent.
Document Number: 2014-22159
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-09-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of butanedioic acid, 2-methylene-, polymer with 2,5-furandione, sodium and ammonium salts, hydrogen peroxide- initiated when used as an inert ingredient in a pesticide formulation. Technology Sciences Group Inc. on behalf of Specialty Fertilizer Products LLC. submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) requesting an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of butanedioic acid, 2-methylene-, polymer with 2,5-furandione, sodium and ammonium salts, hydrogen peroxide-initiated on food or feed commodities.
Document Number: 2014-22157
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing plans to hold an information and stakeholder input session on September 22, 2014 in New York City, New York to discuss implementation of the ``Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act of 2014'' (WIFIA). A second session will be held on September 23, 2014 in New York City if registration for the first day exceeds room capacity. Additional information and stakeholder input sessions will be held in locations around the country through December, 2014. Locations and dates for the additional sessions will be announced when they become available. WIFIA is an innovative financing mechanism for water-related infrastructure of national or regional significance. It was signed into law on June 11, 2014 as Public Law 113-121. EPA will be providing an overview of the statute, assistance options and terms, and ideas for implementing the program. EPA would like participants to discuss project ideas and potential selection criteria; opportunities, challenges, and questions about implementation; and future stakeholder engagement. The intended audience is municipal, state, and regional utility decision makers; private finance sector representatives; and other interested organizations and parties.
Document Number: 2014-22154
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA's) approval of the State of Oklahoma's request to revise/modify certain of its EPA-authorized programs to allow electronic reporting.
Document Number: 2014-22049
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-09-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a November 14, 2011, request by Indiana to revise the state implementation plan (SIP) to incorporate the open burning provisions in Title 326 of the Indiana Administrative Code (IAC), Article 4, Rule 1 (326 IAC 4-1), Open Burning Rule. EPA is approving this rule for attainment counties and is taking no action on the rule for Clark, Floyd, Lake and Porter counties which are nonattainment or maintenance areas for ozone (O3) or particulate matter (PM).
Document Number: 2014-22047
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-09-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a November 14, 2011, request by Indiana to revise the state implementation plan open burning provisions in Title 326 of the Indiana Administrative Code (IAC), Article 4, Rule 1 (326 IAC 4-1), Open Burning Rule. EPA is proposing to approve this rule for attainment counties and take no action on the rule for Clark, Floyd, Lake and Porter counties which are nonattainment or maintenance areas for ozone or particulate matter.
Document Number: 2014-22045
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-09-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On August 12, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a direct final notice of partial deletion and a proposed notice of intent for partial deletion for Operable Unit 4, Upper California Gulch; Operable Unit 5, ASARCO Smelters/Slag/Mill Sites; and Operable Unit 7, Apache Tailing Impoundment, of the California Gulch Superfund Site from the National Priorities List. The EPA is withdrawing the final notice of partial deletion due to adverse comments that were received during the public comment period. After consideration of the comments received, if appropriate, EPA will publish a notice of partial deletion in the Federal Register based on the parallel notice of intent for partial deletion and place a copy of the final partial deletion package, including a Responsiveness Summary, if prepared, in the Site repositories.
Document Number: 2014-22029
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-09-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving, as a revision to the Arizona state implementation plan, a request from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality to redesignate the Phoenix- Mesa ozone nonattainment area to attainment of the 1997 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS or ``standard'') because the request meets the statutory requirements for redesignation under the Clean Air Act. EPA is also approving the State's plan for maintaining the 1997 ozone standard in the Phoenix-Mesa area for 10 years beyond redesignation, and the inventories and related motor vehicle emissions budgets within the plan, because they meet the applicable requirements for such plans and budgets.
Document Number: 2014-22027
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit an Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The ICR, entitled: ``Pesticide Program Public Sector Collections (FIFRA Sections 18 and 24(c))'' and identified by EPA ICR No. 2311.02 and OMB Control No. 2070-0182, represents the renewal of an existing ICR that is scheduled to expire on May 31, 2015. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection that is summarized in this document. The ICR and accompanying material are available in the docket for public review and comment.
Document Number: 2014-22019
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-09-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action under the Clean Air Act to approve revisions to the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District portion of the California State Implementation Plan submitted by the California Air Resources Board. These revisions concern pre-construction review of new and modified stationary sources located within the District. The revisions are intended to remedy deficiencies the EPA identified when granting limited approval and limited disapproval to the rules in 2010, and to add requirements for pre-construction review of new and modified sources of fine particulate matter (PM2.5).
Document Number: 2014-21830
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-09-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In this supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPR), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is supplementing and revising what it previously proposed as its response to a petition for rulemaking filed by the Sierra Club (the Petition). By notice published on February 22, 2013, the EPA proposed its response to the Petition's requests concerning treatment of excess emissions in state rules by sources during periods of startup, shutdown or malfunction (SSM). Subsequent to that proposal, a federal court ruled that the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) precludes authority of the EPA to create affirmative defense provisions applicable to private civil suits. As a result, in this SNPR the EPA is proposing to apply its revised interpretation of the CAA, but only with respect to affirmative defense provisions in state implementation plans (SIPs). For specific affirmative defense provisions identified in the Petition, we are revising the basis for the proposed findings of substantial inadequacy and SIP calls or proposing new findings of substantial inadequacy and SIP calls. For specific provisions that the EPA has independently identified, including SIP provisions in states not included in the February 2013 proposal notice, we are proposing new findings and SIP calls.
Document Number: 2014-22062
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of the combined Final 2012 and Preliminary 2014 Effluent Guidelines Program Plans and EPA's 2012 and 2013 Annual Effluent Guidelines Review Reports. This notice solicits public comment and input on the Preliminary 2014 Plan and the 2012 and 2013 Annual Review Reports. The Clean Water Act (``CWA'' or ``Act'') requires EPA to biennially publish a plan for new and revised effluent guidelines, after public notice and comment, which identifies any new or existing industrial categories selected for effluent guidelines rulemaking and provides a schedule for such rulemaking. EPA typically publishes a preliminary plan upon which the public is invited to comment, and then publishes a final plan about a year later.
Document Number: 2014-22061
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with section 113(g) of the Clean Air Act, as amended (``Act''), notice is hereby given of a proposed consent decree, to address a lawsuit filed by WildEarth Guardians: WildEarth Guardians v. McCarthy, Civil Action No. 1:13-dv-02748-RBJ (D. Co.). On October 28, 2013, WildEarth Guardians filed a complaint alleging that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had failed to perform its nondiscretionary duties to make findings that certain states had failed to submit required State Implementation Plans (SIPs) regarding the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) adopted by EPA for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in January 2010. On January 24, 2014, WildEarth Guardians filed an amended complaint adding two additional states to the list for which it claimed EPA had failed to perform this nondiscretionary duty. The complaint requested that the court order EPA to make such findings. Under the terms of the proposed consent decree, EPA would agree to make those findings by November 15, 2014.
Document Number: 2014-22060
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a meeting of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council (Council), as authorized under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). The meeting is scheduled for November 6 and 7, 2014. The Council typically considers various issues associated with drinking water protection and public water systems. During this meeting, the Council will focus discussions on the approaches to regulating groups of carcinogenic volatile organic chemicals, harmful algal blooms, climate and drinking water issues and other program topics. In addition, the Council will also discuss options for compliance schedules relative to the Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule.
Document Number: 2014-22057
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ``National Volatile Organic Compound Emission Standards for Aerosol Coatings'' (EPA ICR No. 2289.03, OMB Control number 2060-0617) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). Before doing so, the EPA is soliciting public comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below. This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through January 31, 2015. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
Document Number: 2014-22055
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ``National Volatile Organic Compound Emission Standards for Architectural Coatings,'' (EPA ICR No. 1750.07, OMB Control No. 2060-0393) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). Before doing so, the EPA is soliciting public comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below. This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through February 28, 2015. An agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
Document Number: 2014-22044
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
There will be a 4-day meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) to consider and review Integrated Endocrine Activity and Exposure-based Prioritization and Screening.
Document Number: 2014-22039
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is required under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to publish in the Federal Register a notice of receipt of a premanufacture notice (PMN); an application for a test marketing exemption (TME), both pending and/or expired; and a periodic status report on any new chemicals under EPA review and the receipt of notices of commencement (NOC) to manufacture those chemicals. This document covers the period from February 1, 2014 to March 31, 2014.
Document Number: 2014-22037
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is required under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to publish in the Federal Register a notice of receipt of a premanufacture notice (PMN); an application for a test marketing exemption (TME), both pending and/or expired; and a periodic status report on any new chemicals under EPA review and the receipt of notices of commencement (NOC) to manufacture those chemicals. This document covers the period from April 1, 2014 to June 30, 2014.
Document Number: 2014-21973
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-09-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing notice that it has responded to a petition for reconsideration and amended rulemaking of certain provisions of the final rule, ``Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) for Particulate Matter Less Than 2.5 Micrometers (PM2.5)Increments, Significant Impact Levels (SILs) and Significant Monitoring Concentration (SMC),'' published on October 20, 2010. The final rule set forth provisions identifying the maximum allowable increases in ambient pollutant concentrations (``increments'') for PM2.5, modifying the definitions for the baseline dates and the baseline area, and adding two screening tools known as SILs and an SMC for PM2.5. On December 23, 2013, the EPA received a petition for reconsideration pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA) and for an amended rulemaking pursuant to the Administrative Procedures Act, from the state of North Carolina. The EPA considered the petition for reconsideration and amended rulemaking, along with information contained in the rulemaking docket, in reaching a decision on the petition. The EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy denied the petition for reconsideration and amended rulemaking in a letter to the Attorney General of North Carolina dated August 28, 2014. The letter documents the EPA's reasons for the denial and can be found in the rulemaking docket.
Document Number: 2014-21811
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-09-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing that the period for providing public comments on the July 9, 2014, proposed rule titled ``Standards of Performance for Grain Elevators'' is being extended by 30 days.
Document Number: 2014-21943
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under the state operating permit programs compliance certification requirements, facilities subject to the Title V operating permit program are required to submit compliance certifications to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the permitting authority. EPA is providing notice that submittal of Title V compliance certifications to the Region 5 authorized State permitting authorities, except Michigan, fulfills the reporting requirements. This allows for EPA and the delegated State agencies to meet air quality goals while streamlining reporting requirements and eliminating the duplication of paperwork by regulated facilities.
Document Number: 2014-21842
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has submitted the following information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.): Submission of Unreasonable Adverse Effects Information Under FIFRA Section 6(a)(2) (EPA ICR No. 1204.12, OMB Control No. 2070-0039). The ICR, which is available in the docket along with other related materials, provides a detailed explanation of the collection activities and the burden estimate that is only briefly summarized in this document. EPA did not receive any comments in response to the previously provided public review opportunity issued in the Federal Register on February 5, 2014 (79 FR 6897). With this submission, EPA is providing an additional 30 days for public review.
Document Number: 2014-21819
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-09-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve elements of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) submission from the State of Kansas addressing the applicable requirements of Clean Air Act (CAA) section 110 for the 2008 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for Lead (Pb), which requires that each state adopt and submit a SIP to support implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of each new or revised NAAQS promulgated by EPA. These SIPs are commonly referred to as ``infrastructure'' SIPs. The infrastructure requirements are designed to ensure that the structural components of each state's air quality management program are adequate to meet the state's responsibilities under the CAA.
Document Number: 2014-21573
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-09-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Wyoming. The revision affects Wyoming's Air Quality Standards and Regulations (WAQSR) regarding ambient standards for nitrogen oxides (NOX) and for ozone. This action is being taken under section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Document Number: 2014-21572
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-09-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Wyoming. The revision affects Wyoming's Air Quality Standards and Regulations (WAQSR) regarding ambient standards for nitrogen oxides (NOX) and for ozone. This action is being taken under section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Document Number: 2014-21823
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), Public Law 92-463, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hereby provides notice that the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) will meet on the dates and times described below. All meetings are open to the public. Members of the public are encouraged to provide comments relevant to the specific issues being considered by the NEJAC. For additional information about registering for public comment, please see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Due to limited space, seating at the NEJAC meeting will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
Document Number: 2014-21821
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces EPA's approval of the State of North Dakota's request to revise/modify certain of its EPA-authorized programs to allow electronic reporting.
Document Number: 2014-21817
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to its National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC). The NEJAC was chartered to provide advice regarding broad, crosscutting issues related to environmental justice. This notice solicits nominations to fill approximately eight (8) vacancies for terms through June 15, 2017. To maintain the representation outlined by the charter, nominees will be selected to represent: Academia (1 vacancies); grassroots community-based organizations (1 vacancy); non-governmental/environmental organizations (2 vacancies); State government agencies (1 vacancy); business and industry (1 vacancy) and indigenous community-based organizations (2 vacancies). Vacancies are anticipated to be filled by May 2015. Sources in addition to this Federal Register Notice also may be utilized in the solicitation of nominees.
Document Number: 2014-21812
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with section 122(i) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, as amended (``CERCLA''), 42 U.S.C. 9622(i), notice is hereby given of a proposed administrative settlement concerning the EXPLO Systems, Inc., Superfund Site, Camp Minden, Webster Parrish, Louisiana. The settlement requires the two (2) settling parties to pay a total of $111,800 as payment of past response costs to the Hazardous Substances Superfund. The settlement includes a covenant not to sue pursuant to section 107 of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 9607. For thirty (30) days following the date of publication of this notice, the Agency will receive written comments relating to this notice and will receive written comments relating to the settlement. The Agency will consider all comments received and may modify or withdraw its consent to the settlement if comments received disclose facts or considerations which indicate that the settlement is inappropriate, improper, or inadequate. The Agency's response to any comments received will be available for public inspection at 1445 Ross Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75202-2733.
Document Number: 2014-21810
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Document Number: 2014-21808
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Document Number: 2014-21807
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-09-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes a tolerance for residues of sulfentrazone in or on apple. The Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Document Number: 2014-21682
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-09-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving certain elements of New York's State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted to demonstrate that the State meets the requirements of section 110(a)(1) and (2) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the 2010 National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for nitrogen dioxide (NO2). Section 110(a) of the CAA requires that each state adopt and submit a SIP for the implementation, maintenance and enforcement of each NAAQS promulgated by the EPA and is commonly referred to as an infrastructure SIP.
Document Number: 2014-19758
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-09-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This action proposes revisions to ambient air monitoring requirements for criteria pollutants to provide clarifications to existing requirements to reduce the compliance burden of monitoring agencies operating ambient networks. This proposal focuses on reorganizing and clarifying quality assurance requirements, simplifying and reducing data reporting and certification requirements, clarifying the annual monitoring network plan public notice requirements, revising certain network design criteria for nonsource lead monitoring, and addressing other issues in part 58 Ambient Air Quality Surveillance Requirements.
Document Number: 2014-21414
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces to the public the availability of an Order (stipulated injunction) issued by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington that, among other things, would reinstitute streamside no-spray buffer zones to protect endangered or threatened Pacific salmon and steelhead in California, Oregon, and Washington. The stipulated injunction, issued on August 15, 2014, settles litigation brought against EPA by the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP) and others. These buffers were originally established by the same court in prior litigation brought against EPA by the Washington Toxics Coalition (WTC) and others. Like the original buffer zones, the limitations in this stipulated injunction are part of a court order but are not to be enforceable as labeling requirements under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). The no-spray buffer zones will apply to the pesticides carbaryl, chlorpyrifos, diazinon, malathion, and methomyl. These buffers will remain in place until EPA implements any necessary protections for Pacific salmon and steelhead based on reinitiated consultations with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). EPA is reevaluating these pesticides in connection with its current FIFRA registration review process and the stipulated injunction reinstitutes the buffers in the interim.
Document Number: 2014-21408
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 are finalizing the NPDES Small Vessel General Permit (sVGP) to authorize discharges incidental to the normal operation of non-military and non-recreational vessels less than 79 feet in length. EPA is finalizing the sVGP, which has an effective date of December 19, 2014, to authorize discharges from vessels less than 79 feet in length, because the law imposing a moratorium against NPDES permitting of these discharges expires on December 18, 2014. That law generally provides that no NPDES permits shall be required for discharges (except discharges of ballast water) incidental to the normal operation of vessels less than 79 feet and all commercial fishing vessels. EPA provided notice of the availability of the draft permit and accompanying fact sheet for public comment in the Federal Register on December 8, 2011.
Document Number: 2014-21402
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ``Final National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Small Vessel General Permit for Discharges Incidental to the Normal Operation of Vessels Less than 79 Feet'' (EPA ICR No. 2504.01, OMB Control No. 2040NEW) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). Before doing so, EPA is soliciting public comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below. This is a request for approval of a new collection. An Agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
Document Number: 2014-21306
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-09-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a Texas State Implementation (SIP) revision for control of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from storage tanks. The revision implements additional controls in the Dallas-Fort Worth 1997 ozone nonattainment area (DFW area); modifies control requirements in the DFW area, the Houston-Galveston-Brazoria ozone nonattainment area (HGB area), the Beaumont-Port Arthur area (BPA area) and El Paso, Gregg, Nueces and Victoria Counties; and makes non-substantive changes to VOC control provisions that apply in Aransas, Bexar, Calhoun, Matagorda, San Patricio and Travis Counties. In addition, EPA finds that the SIP revision implements serious area reasonable available control technology (RACT) controls for the VOC storage source category in the DFW area and continues to implement severe area RACT for this source category in the HGB area as required by the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Document Number: 2014-21305
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-09-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a Texas State Implementation (SIP) revision for control of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from storage tanks. The revision implements additional controls in the Dallas-Fort Worth 1997 ozone nonattainment area (DFW area); modifies control requirements in the DFW area, the Houston-Galveston-Brazoria ozone nonattainment area (HGB area), the Beaumont-Port Arthur area and El Paso, Gregg, Nueces and Victoria Counties; and makes non-substantive changes to VOC control provisions that apply in Aransas, Bexar, Calhoun, Matagorda, San Patricio and Travis Counties. In addition, EPA is proposing to find that the SIP revision implements serious area reasonable available control technology (RACT) controls for the VOC storage source category in the DFW area and continues to implement severe area RACT for this source category in the HGB area as required by the Clean Air Act.
Document Number: 2014-21307
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR) ``Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles'' (EPA ICR No. 2394.03, OMB Control No. 2060- 0678), to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through February 28, 2015. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register on September 15, 2011 during a 60- day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 60 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. An Agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
Document Number: 2014-21299
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces upcoming public meetings of the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC). The EPA established the CAAAC on November 19, 1990, to provide independent advice and counsel to EPA on policy issues associated with implementation of the Clean Air Act of 1990. The Committee advises on economic, environmental, technical, scientific and enforcement policy issues.
Document Number: 2014-21298
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Document Number: 2014-21297
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of three final documents titled Policy Assessment for the Review of the Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (PA); Health Risk and Exposure Assessment for Ozone (HREA); and Welfare Risk and Exposure Assessment for Ozone (WREA). The PA, HREA, and WREA have been prepared by staff in the EPA's Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS) as part of the Agency's ongoing review of the primary (health-based) and secondary (welfare-based) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for ozone (O3). The PA presents analyses and staff conclusions regarding the policy implications of the key scientific and technical information that informs this review of the O3 NAAQS. The HREA and WREA present analyses of O3 exposures and risks.
Document Number: 2014-21295
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with section 113(g) of the Clean Air Act, as amended (``CAA'' or the ``Act''), notice is hereby given of a proposed consent decree to address a lawsuit filed by the Sierra Club in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia: Sierra Club v. McCarthy, Civil Case No. 1:14-cv-00222 (D.D.C.). On February 17, 2014, Plaintiff filed a complaint which alleged that Gina McCarthy, in her official capacity as Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA''), failed to perform a mandatory duty to promulgate a Federal Implementation Plan (``FIP'') for Montana's Prevention of Significant Deterioration (``PSD'') program to properly regulate nitrogen oxides as an ozone precursor. The proposed consent decree would establish a deadline for EPA to take this action.
Document Number: 2014-21293
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Environmental Financial Advisory Board (EFAB) will hold a public meeting on October 28-29, 2014. EFAB is an EPA advisory committee chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) to provide advice and recommendations to EPA on creative approaches to funding environmental programs, projects, and activities. The purpose of this meeting is to hear from informed speakers on environmental finance issues, proposed legislation, and EPA priorities; to discuss activities, progress, and preliminary recommendations with regard to current EFAB work projects; and to consider requests for assistance from EPA offices. Environmental finance discussions and presentations are expected on the following topics: Small Water Systems in Puerto Rico; Financing Small Community/Rural Brownfields Site Remediation; Certified Green Bonds; Leveraging Technology and Finance; and Financial Capability Assessment Framework. The meeting is open to the public; however, seating is limited. All members of the public who wish to attend the meeting must register in advance no later than Friday, October 17, 2014.
Document Number: 2014-21291
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with Section 122(i) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, as amended (``CERCLA''), notice is hereby given by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA''), Region 2, of two proposed settlement agreements pursuant to Sections 106 and 122 of CERCLA, for Removal Action by Bona Fide Prospective Purchaser (``Settlement Agreements''), entered into by and between EPA, Region 2, LSG 363 Bond Street LLC and LSG 365 Bond Street LLC (``Purchasers'') (collectively, the ``Parties'') under CERCLA. Under the Settlement Agreements, the Purchasers agree to perform a removal action and pay certain response costs in connection with the Gowanus Canal Superfund Site (``Site'') located in Brooklyn, Kings County, New York and properties located at 388 Carroll Street, 363 Bond Street, and 365 Bond Street, Brooklyn, New York (collectively, the ``Properties''). The Settlement Agreements include a covenant by EPA not to sue or to take administrative action against the Purchasers pursuant to Sections 106 and 107 of CERCLA, with regard to the Existing Contamination, as defined in the Settlement Agreements. For thirty (30) days following the date of publication of this notice, EPA will receive written comments relating to the Settlement Agreements. EPA will consider all comments received and may modify or withdraw its consent to the Settlement Agreements if comments received disclose facts or considerations that indicate that the proposed Settlement Agreements are inappropriate, improper or inadequate. EPA's response to any comments received will be available for public inspection at EPA Region 2 offices, 290 Broadway, New York, New York 10007-1866.
Document Number: 2014-21202
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Document Number: 2014-21109
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-09-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of sulfuric acid (CAS Reg. No. 7664-93-9), when used as an inert ingredient, in antimicrobial formulations, on food-contact surfaces in public eating places, dairy-processing equipment, and food-processing equipment and utensils. Exponent, Inc., on behalf of Ecolab, Inc., submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), requesting establishment of an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of sulfuric acid.