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Document Number: 2014-25278
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-10-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to partially approve and partially disapprove several State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of California pursuant to the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act) for the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for ozone, fine particulate patter (PM2.5), lead (Pb), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), and sulfur dioxide (SO2). We refer to such SIP revisions as ``infrastructure'' SIPs because they are intended to address basic structural SIP requirements for new or revised NAAQS including, but not limited to, legal authority, regulatory structure, resources, permit programs, and monitoring necessary to assure attainment and maintenance of the standards. In addition, we are proposing to reclassify certain regions of the state for emergency episode planning purposes with respect to ozone, NO2, SO2, and particulate matter (PM). Finally, we are proposing to approve into the SIP several state provisions addressing CAA conflict of interest requirements into the California SIP and an emergency episode planning rule for Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District (APCD) for PM. We are taking comments on this proposal and, after considering any comments submitted, plan to take final action.
Document Number: 2014-24753
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-10-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving revisions to California's State Implementation Plan (SIP) for Imperial County that address Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements concerning ozone precursor emissions inventories of volatile organic compounds and oxides of nitrogen. These emissions inventories were submitted by California to meet CAA requirements for Imperial County, which was designated as a moderate nonattainment areas under the 1997 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard.
Document Number: 2014-24752
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-10-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a revision to the Imperial County portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). This revision concerns Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements for volatile organic compounds and oxides of nitrogen emissions inventories in areas designated nonattainment for the 1997 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). We are proposing to approve the 2002 volatile organic compound and oxides of nitrogen emissions inventories as submitted by Imperial County and California.
Document Number: 2014-25144
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92- 463, notice is hereby given that the Good Neighbor Environmental Board (Board) will hold a public teleconference on October 30, 2014 from 11:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Due to budgetary issues, EPA is announcing this teleconference with less than 15 calendar days public notice. The meeting is open to the public. For further information regarding the teleconference and background materials, please contact Ann-Marie Gantner at the number provided below. Background: The Good Neighbor Environmental Board is a federal advisory committee chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, PL 92-463. By statute, the Board is required to submit an annual report to the President and Congress on environmental and infrastructure issues along the U.S. border with Mexico. Purpose of Meeting: The purpose of this teleconference is to discuss and approve the Board's Sixteenth Report, which focuses on ecological restoration in the U.S.-Mexico border region. General Information: The agenda and teleconference materials will be available at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket ID: EPA-HQ-OA- 2014-0001. General information about the Board can be found on its Web site at http://www2.epa.gov/faca/gneb. If you wish to make oral comments or submit written comments to the Board, please contact Ann-Marie Gantner at least five days prior to the teleconference. Written comments should be submitted at http:// www.regulations.gov under Docket ID: EPA-HQ-OA-2014-0001. Meeting Access: For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, please contact Ann-Marie Gantner at (202) 564-4330 or email at gantner.ann-marie@epa.gov. To request accommodation of a disability, please contact Ann-Marie Gantner at least 10 days prior to the meeting to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.
Document Number: 2014-25135
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-10-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of metrafenone in or on multiple commodities that are identified and discussed later in this document. Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Document Number: 2014-25132
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-10-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of polyoxyalkylated sorbitan fatty acid esters with C6 through C22 aliphatic alkanoic and/or alkenoic fatty acids, branched or linear, the resulting polyoxyalkylene sorbitan esters having a minimum molecular weight of 1,300 when used as an inert ingredient in a pesticide chemical formulation. Spring Trading Company, on behalf of Croda, Inc., 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 polyoxyalkylated sorbitan fatty acid esters with C6 through C22 aliphatic alkanoic and/ or alkenoic fatty acids, branched or linear, the resulting polyoxyalkylene sorbitan esters having a minimum molecular weight of 1,300 on food or feed commodities.
Document Number: 2014-24996
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-10-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving changes to North Dakota's State Implementation Plan (SIP). On January 23, 2013, the Governor of North Dakota submitted to EPA revisions to several chapters of the North Dakota SIP. These revisions included the removal of subsections 33-15- 03-04.4 and 33-15-05-01.2.a(l) of the North Dakota Administrative Code (NDAC). In this action, EPA is approving the removal of these subsections from the SIP because it is consistent with Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements. The State's submission corrects certain deficiencies related to the treatment of excess emissions from sources. EPA will address the remaining revisions from North Dakota's January 23, 2013 submission in other actions.
Document Number: 2014-24968
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's Benefits of Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments to Soybean Production document, and opens a public comment period on that document. The Agency has conducted this assessment as part of its ongoing re-evaluation of clothianidin, imidacloprid, and thiamethoxam under the registration review program. Registration review is EPA's periodic review of pesticide registrations to ensure that each pesticide continues to satisfy the statutory standard for registration, that is, that the pesticide can perform its intended function without causing unreasonable adverse effects on human health or the environment. Through this program, EPA considers both potential risks and benefits of pesticides. This assessment examines the use of clothianidin, imidacloprid, and thiamethoxam seed treatments in terms of the extent of use and the pests targeted in order to characterize overall benefits to soybean production nationwide.
Document Number: 2014-24782
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-10-22
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 2010 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2), 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: 2014-24586
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to remove certain chemical substances from the current listing of inert ingredients approved for use in pesticide products because the inert ingredients are no longer used in any registered pesticide product.
Document Number: 2014-24347
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-10-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing technology-based pretreatment standards under the Clean Water Act (CWA) for discharges of pollutants into publicly owned treatment works (POTWs) from existing and new dental practices that discharge dental amalgam. Dental amalgam contains mercury in a highly concentrated form that is relatively easy to collect and recycle. Dental offices are the main source of mercury discharges to POTWs. Mercury is a persistent and bioaccumulative pollutant in the environment with well-documented neurotoxic effects on humans. Mercury pollution is widespread and comes from many diverse sources such as air deposition from municipal and industrial incinerators and combustion of fossil fuels. Mercury easily becomes diffuse in the environment and mercury pollution is a global problem. Removing mercury from the waste stream when it is in a concentrated and easy to handle form like in waste dental amalgam is an important and commonsense step to take to prevent that mercury from being released back into the environment where it can become diffuse and a hazard to humans. The proposal would require dental practices to comply with requirements for controlling the discharge of mercury and other metals in dental amalgam into POTWs based on the best available technology or best available demonstrated control technology. Specifically, the requirements would be based on the use of amalgam separators and best management practices (BMPs). Amalgam separators are a practical, affordable and readily available technology for capturing mercury and other metals before they are discharged into sewers and POTWs. EPA is also proposing to amend selected parts of the General Pretreatment Regulations to streamline oversight requirements for the dental sector. EPA expects compliance with this proposed rule would reduce the discharge of metals to POTWs by at least 8.8 tons per year, about half of which is mercury. EPA estimates the annual cost of the proposed rule would be $44 to $49 million.
Document Number: 2014-25002
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA), Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office is announcing a teleconference of the SAB's Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards (STAA) Committee to discuss draft recommendations for the chartered SAB regarding the Agency's 2013 and 2014 STAA recipients. The STAA Committee teleconference will be closed to the public.
Document Number: 2014-25001
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Document Number: 2014-24989
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-10-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This Determination of Acceptability expands the list of acceptable substitutes for ozone-depleting substances under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program. This action lists as acceptable additional substitutes for use in the refrigeration and air conditioning, foam blowing, and fire suppression and explosion protection sectors.
Document Number: 2014-24930
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-10-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving changes to Wyoming's State Implementation Plan (SIP). On February 10, 2014, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ) submitted to EPA revisions to the Wyoming SIP. These revisions included the removal of an exemption from Wyoming Air Quality Standards and Regulations (WAQSR) Chapter 3, section 2(d). In this action, EPA is approving the revision of this provision into the SIP because the revision is consistent with Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements. The revision will correct certain deficiencies related to the treatment of excess emissions from sources. EPA will address the remaining revisions from Wyoming's February 10, 2014 submission in a separate action.
Document Number: 2014-24899
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-10-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve two State Implementation Plan (SIP) submissions from the State of Nebraska. EPA is approving elements of a SIP submission from the State of Nebraska that addresses the applicable requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) section 110 for the 2008 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for Lead (Pb). Section 110(a) of the CAA 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. EPA is also approving an additional SIP submission from the State of Nebraska that addresses section 128 of the CAA and supports requirements associated with infrastructure SIPs.
Document Number: 2014-24895
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-10-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the state of Nebraska to address the requirements of section 110(a)(1) and (2) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the 2008 Lead (Pb) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) and the inclusion into the SIP, of Nebraska's conflict of interest provisions. 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 or revised by the EPA. On October 18, 2011, the Nebraska Department of Environemtal Quality (NDEQ) submitted a revision to Nebraska's SIP which describes the State's provisions for implementing, maintaining, and enforcing the standards listed above. In addition, NDEQ submitted on March 11, 2014, a request to include conflict of interest provisions into the Nebraska SIP. These revisions are necessary to properly implement, maintain and enforce the 2008 Pb NAAQS and also recognizes the state's request to include Nebraska's conflict of interest provisions into the SIP.
Document Number: 2014-24866
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-10-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of Missouri on May 8, 2012, related to a Missouri rule titled ``Control of Emissions from Hand-Fired Equipment.'' Today's action approves a revision to the Missouri SIP that allows the burning of discarded clean wood in non-residential (commercial owned and operated) heating devices, with restrictions to ensure environmentally-sound operation, in the St. Louis metropolitan area.
Document Number: 2014-24864
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-10-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the state of Missouri on May 8, 2012, related to a Missouri rule titled ``Control of Emissions from Hand-Fired Equipment.'' This SIP revision provides a rule to allow the burning of discarded clean wood in non-residential (commercial owned and operated) heating devices, with restrictions to ensure environmentally-sound operation, in the St. Louis metropolitan area.
Document Number: 2014-24860
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-10-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving the State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of Iowa for the purpose of approving the 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013 updates to the Linn County Air Quality Ordinance. EPA is approving Iowa's request to include revisions to the Linn County Air Quality Ordinance, Chapter 10, because the revisions improve the stringency of the Iowa SIP.
Document Number: 2014-24858
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-10-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the state of Iowa for the purpose of approving the 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013 updates to the Linn County Air Quality Ordinance. EPA is proposing approval of Iowa's request to include revisions to the Linn County Air Quality Ordinance, Chapter 10, because the revisions improve the stringency of the Iowa SIP.
Document Number: 2014-24781
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-10-21
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) sections 110 for the 2008 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for Ozone (O3), 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: 2014-24762
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-10-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the applicable state implementation plan for the State of Nevada submitted by the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection. The revisions include amended State rules related to applications for, and issuance of, permits for stationary sources, but not including review and permitting of major sources and major modifications under parts C and D of title I of the Clean Air Act. EPA is taking action under the Clean Air Act obligation to take action on State submittals of revisions to state implementation plans. The intended effect of the approval is to fix deficiencies in the previously-approved version of the permitting rules and to ensure that new or modified stationary sources do not interfere with attainment or maintenance of the national ambient air quality standards.
Document Number: 2014-24761
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-10-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve two revisions to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of Missouri on May 8, 2012 and October 17, 2013, related to a Missouri rule titled ``Restriction of Emissions of Particulate Matter from Industrial Processes.'' These SIP revisions are administrative and provide the following: Updates an outdated reference in the current SIP approved rule; provides a hierarchy of compliance measurement approaches requested by EPA; provides a clarification on applicability; and, deletes redundant definitions.
Document Number: 2014-24760
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-10-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of Missouri on May 8, 2012, and October 17, 2013, related to a Missouri rule titled ``Restriction of Emission of Particulate Matter from Industrial Processes.'' This action amends the SIP in four ways. The first is it updates an outdated reference in the current SIP approved rule. Second, it provides a hierarchy of compliance measurement approaches for Particulate Matter (PM) emissions from industrial processes. Third, it provides a clarification on applicability of the provisions. And fourth, it deletes redundant definitions.
Document Number: 2014-24468
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-10-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the applicable state implementation plan for the State of Nevada submitted by the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection. The revisions include amended State rules related to applications for, and issuance of, permits for stationary sources, but not including review and permitting of major sources and major modifications under parts C and D of title I of the Clean Air Act. EPA is taking action under the Clean Air Act obligation to take action on State submittals of revisions to state implementation plans. The intended effect of the proposed approval is to fix deficiencies in the previously-approved version of the permitting rules and to ensure that new or modified stationary sources do not interfere with attainment or maintenance of the national ambient air quality standards.
Document Number: 2014-24759
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-10-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a revision to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the State of Missouri. This final action will approve Missouri's SIP for the lead National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) nonattainment area of Herculaneum, Missouri. EPA proposed approval of this plan on July 24, 2014. The applicable standard addressed in this action is the lead NAAQS promulgated by EPA in 2008. EPA believes Missouri's SIP satisfies the applicable requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) identified in EPA's 2008 Final Rule and will bring the area into attainment of the 0.15 micrograms per cubic meter (ug/m\3\) lead NAAQS in the Herculaneum, Missouri area. In this action, EPA is also finalizing its approval of a revision to the Missouri SIP related to the 2007 Consent Judgment which was previously approved into the Missouri SIP for the 1978 lead NAAQS.
Document Number: 2014-24582
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-10-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), as amended in 1996, requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to make regulatory determinations every five years on at least five unregulated contaminants. A regulatory determination is a decision about whether or not to begin the process to propose and promulgate a national primary drinking water regulation (NPDWR) for an unregulated contaminant. These unregulated contaminants are chosen from the Contaminant Candidate List (CCL), which SDWA requires the agency to publish every five years. EPA published the third CCL (CCL 3) in the Federal Register on October 8, 2009. This notice presents the preliminary regulatory determinations and supporting rationale for 5 of the 116 contaminants listed on CCL 3. The agency is making preliminary determinations to regulate one contaminant (i.e., strontium) and to not regulate four contaminants (i.e., 1,3-dinitrobenzene, dimethoate, terbufos and terbufos sulfone). EPA seeks comment on these preliminary determinations.
Document Number: 2014-24757
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA Office of the Science Advisor announces a public meeting of the Human Studies Review Board to advise the Agency on the ethical and scientific reviews of EPA research with human subjects.
Document Number: 2014-24744
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces two public teleconferences of the SAB Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee Augmented for the Review of the Draft Trimethylbenzenes Assessment (CAAC-TMB Panel) to discuss its draft report concerning EPA's draft Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) Toxicological Review of Trimethylbenzenes (August 2013 Revised External Review Draft).
Document Number: 2014-24742
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-10-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to partially approve and partially disapprove the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submittal from Washington, received September 22, 2014, demonstrating that the SIP meets the infrastructure requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) promulgated for ozone on March 12, 2008, and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) on January 22, 2010. The CAA requires that each state, after a new or revised NAAQS is promulgated, review their SIP to ensure that it meets the infrastructure requirements necessary to implement the new or revised NAAQS. Washington certified that the Washington SIP meets the infrastructure requirements of the CAA for the ozone and NO2 NAAQS, except for those requirements related to the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permitting program currently operated under a Federal Implementation Plan (FIP), certain elements of the regional haze program currently operated under a FIP, and specific requirements related to interstate transport which will be addressed in a separate submittal. The EPA is proposing to find that Washington's SIP is adequate for purposes of the infrastructure SIP requirements of the CAA with the exceptions noted above. The EPA is proposing to find that the SIP deficiencies related to PSD permitting and regional haze, however, have been adequately addressed by the existing EPA FIPs and, therefore, no further action is required by Washington or the EPA for those elements. The EPA will address the remaining interstate transport requirements in a separate action.
Document Number: 2014-24734
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Document Number: 2014-24726
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In this notice, EPA is notifying the public that EPA has found that the Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets (MVEBs) in the Delaware portion of the Philadelphia-Wilmington-New Jersey 1997 and 2006 fine particulate matter (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) Maintenance Plans, submitted as a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), are adequate for transportation conformity purposes.
Document Number: 2014-24723
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-10-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to partially approve and partially disapprove the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submittal from Washington demonstrating that the SIP meets the infrastructure requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) promulgated for fine particulate matter (PM2.5) on July 18, 1997, October 17, 2006, and December 14, 2012 (collectively the PM2.5 NAAQS). The CAA requires that each state, after a new or revised NAAQS is promulgated, review their SIP to ensure that it meets the infrastructure requirements necessary to implement the new or revised NAAQS. On September 22, 2014, Washington certified that the Washington SIP meets the infrastructure requirements of the CAA for the PM2.5 NAAQS, except for those requirements related to the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permitting program currently operated under a Federal Implementation Plan (FIP), certain elements of the regional haze program currently operated under a FIP, and specific requirements related to interstate transport which will be addressed in a separate submittal. The EPA is proposing to find that Washington's SIP is adequate for purposes of the infrastructure SIP requirements of the CAA with the exceptions noted above. The EPA is proposing to find that the SIP deficiencies related to PSD permitting and regional haze, however, have been adequately addressed by the existing EPA FIPs and, therefore, no further action is required by Washington or the EPA for those elements. The EPA will address the remaining interstate transport requirements in a separate action.
Document Number: 2014-24646
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is issuing a notice of receipt of request for amendments by registrants to delete uses in certain pesticide registrations. FIFRA provides that a registrant of a pesticide product may at any time request that any of its pesticide registrations be amended to delete one or more uses. FIFRA further provides that, before acting on the request, EPA must publish a notice of receipt of any request in the Federal Register.
Document Number: 2014-24596
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-10-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's requests to redesignate to attainment the Harrisburg-Lebanon-Carlisle-York nonattainment areas (hereafter ``the Areas'') for the 1997 annual and 2006 24-hour fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). This proposed approval is contingent upon the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (D.C. Circuit Court) granting EPA's motion to lift the stay of the Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) that the D.C. Circuit Court issued on December 30, 2011. EPA is proposing to find that the attainment of the Areas is in part due to the emissions reductions resulting from the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) in Pennsylvania and in the states upwind of Pennsylvania. Thus, if the D.C. Circuit Court lifts the stay of CSAPR and grants EPA's motion to begin implementation of CSAPR on January 1, 2015, those emission reductions originally required under CAIR will be made permanent and enforceable through the implementation of CSAPR. In addition to the redesignation requests, EPA is also proposing to determine that the Areas continue to attain the 1997 annual and the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS. Furthermore, EPA is proposing to approve as revisions to the Pennsylvania State Implementation Plan (SIP), the associated maintenance plans to show maintenance of the 1997 annual and 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS through 2025 for the Areas. The maintenance plans include the 2017 and 2025 PM2.5 and nitrogen oxides (NOX) mobile vehicle emissions budgets (MVEBs) for the Areas for the 1997 annual and the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS which EPA is proposing to approve for transportation conformity purposes. EPA is also initiating the process to determine if these budgets are adequate for transportation conformity purposes. In addition, EPA is proposing to approve as revisions to the Pennsylvania SIP, the 2007 base year emissions inventory for the Areas for the 1997 annual and the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS. EPA's proposed approvals of the maintenance plans and MVEBs for the Areas are also contingent upon the lifting of the CSAPR stay by the D.C. Circuit Court.
Document Number: 2014-24510
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-10-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing approval of revisions to the Clark County Department of Air Quality (Clark or DEQ) portion of the Nevada State Implementation Plan (SIP). This action was proposed in the Federal Register on July 23, 2014, and concerns seven Clark County permitting related rules submitted by Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP). Final approval of these rules makes these rules federally enforceable and corrects program deficiencies identified in previous EPA rulemaking.
Document Number: 2014-24492
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-10-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the California Air Resources Board portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from consumer products. We are approving a local rule that regulates these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).
Document Number: 2014-24491
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-10-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the California Air Resources Board Portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from consumer products. We are proposing to approve a local rule that regulates these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).
Document Number: 2014-24464
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-10-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency on January 17, 2014, concerning the state's gasoline vapor recovery requirements. The SIP revision phases out the Stage II vapor recovery program requirements in the Illinois portion of the Chicago ozone nonattainment area as a component of the Illinois ozone SIP. The SIP revision also includes amendments to the state's permitting regulations applicable to storage tanks and fuel dispensing, including repealing the Stage I vapor recovery registration provisions due to overlapping Federal notification requirements and state tracking systems for gasoline dispensing operations. Finally, the SIP revision includes other clarifying and clean-up amendments at 35 Ill. Adm. Code Parts 201, 218, and 219. The submittal also includes a demonstration under section 110(l) of the Clean Air Act that shows there are no emissions impacts associated with the removal of the program.
Document Number: 2014-24462
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-10-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) on January 17, 2014, concerning the state's gasoline vapor recovery requirements. The revision phases out the Stage II vapor recovery (Stage II) program requirements in the Illinois portion of the Chicago ozone nonattainment area (NAA) as a component of the Illinois ozone SIP. The SIP revision also includes amendments to the state's permitting regulations applicable to storage tanks and fuel dispensing, including repealing the Stage I vapor recovery (Stage I) registration provisions due to overlapping Federal notification requirements and state tracking systems for gasoline dispensing operations. Finally, the SIP revision includes other clarifying and clean-up amendments at 35 Ill. Adm. Code Parts 201, 218, and 219. The submittal also includes a demonstration under section 110(l) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) that shows there are no emissions impacts associated with the removal of the program.
Document Number: 2014-24658
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-10-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of West Virginia pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA). Whenever new or revised National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) are promulgated, the CAA requires states to submit a plan for the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of such NAAQS. The plan is required to address basic program elements, including, but not limited to regulatory structure, monitoring, modeling, legal authority, and adequate resources necessary to assure attainment and maintenance of the standards. These elements are referred to as infrastructure requirements. The State of West Virginia has made a submittal addressing the infrastructure requirements for the 2010 sulfur dioxide (SO2) NAAQS.
Document Number: 2014-24651
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92- 463, notice is hereby given that the Mobile Sources Technical Review Subcommittee (MSTRS) will meet on December 9, 2014. The MSTRS is a subcommittee under the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee. This is an open meeting. The meeting will include discussion of current topics and presentations about activities being conducted by EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality. The preliminary agenda for the meeting and any notices about change in venue will be posted on the Subcommittee's Web site: http://www.epa.gov/air/caaac/ mobile_sources.html. MSTRS listserver subscribers will receive notification when the agenda is available on the Subcommittee Web site. To subscribe to the MSTRS listserver, send an email to Etchells.elizabeth@epa.gov.
Document Number: 2014-24648
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On July 21, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent the State of West Virginia (West Virginia) a letter acknowledging that West Virginia's delegation of authority to implement and enforce National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) and New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) had been updated, as provided for under previously approved delegation mechanisms. To inform regulated facilities and the public of West Virginia's updated delegation of authority to implement and enforce NESHAP and NSPS, EPA is making available a copy of EPA's letter to West Virginia through this notice.
Document Number: 2014-24641
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On July 29, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent the Commonwealth of Virginia (Virginia) a letter acknowledging that Virginia's delegation of authority to implement and enforce National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) and New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) had been updated, as provided for under previously approved delegation mechanisms. To inform regulated facilities and the public of Virginia's updated delegation of authority to implement and enforce NESHAP and NSPS, EPA is making available a copy of EPA's letter to Virginia through this notice.
Document Number: 2014-24493
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-10-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve elements of a state implementation plan (SIP) submission by Indiana regarding the infrastructure requirements of sections 110(a)(1) and (2) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the 2008 lead (Pb) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). 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. The proposed rulemaking associated with today's final action was published on August 19, 2013, and EPA received one comment letter during the comment period, which ended on September 18, 2013. The concerns raised in this letter, as well as EPA's responses, will be addressed in this final action.
Document Number: 2014-24353
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-10-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve some elements and disapprove other elements of a state implementation plan (SIP) submission from Illinois regarding the infrastructure requirements of section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the 2008 ozone, 2010 nitrogen dioxide (NO2), and 2010 sulfur dioxide (SO2) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). 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. Illinois already administers Federally promulgated regulations that address the disapprovals described in this rulemaking. Therefore, the state will not be obligated to submit any new or additional regulations as a result of this final disapproval. The proposed rulemaking associated with this final action was published on July 14, 2014, and EPA received one comment letter during the comment period, which ended on August 13, 2014. The concerns raised in this letter, as well as EPA's responses, will be addressed in this final action.
Document Number: 2014-24350
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-10-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve elements of a state implementation plan (SIP) submission from Ohio regarding the infrastructure requirements of section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the 2008 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). 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. The proposed rulemaking associated with today's final action was published on July 25, 2014, and EPA received one comment pertaining to infrastructure for the 2008 ozone NAAQS during the comment period, which ended on August 25, 2014. The 2008 lead (Pb), and 2010 Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2), and 2010 Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) infrastructure SIPs were also addressed in the proposed rulemaking but will be addressed in a separate final rulemaking.
Document Number: 2014-24346
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-10-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the purpose of addressing the State Boards' requirements for all criteria pollutants of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). In the Final Rules section of this Federal Register, EPA is approving the Commonwealth's SIP submittal as a direct final rule without prior proposal because the Agency views this as a noncontroversial submittal and anticipates no adverse comments. A detailed rationale for the approval is set forth in the direct final rule. If no adverse comments are received in response to this action, no further activity is contemplated. If EPA receives adverse comments, the direct final rule will be withdrawn and all public comments received will be addressed in a subsequent final rule based on this proposed rule. EPA will not institute a second comment period. Any parties interested in commenting on this action should do so at this time.
Document Number: 2014-24340
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-10-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve a revision to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania State Implementation Plan (SIP). The SIP revision addresses the State Boards' requirements for all criteria pollutants of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). EPA is also approving a related infrastructure element from Pennsylvania's September 24, 2012 SIP submittal for the 2008 Lead NAAQS. EPA is approving this SIP revision in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).