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Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2017-03689
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
VNT1 Protein in Potato; Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: 2017-03580
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of VNT1 protein in potato when used as a plant-incorporated protectant. J.R. Simplot Company submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), requesting a permanent exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of VNT1 protein in potato under FFDCA.
Air Plan Approval; TN: Non-interference Demonstration for Federal Low-Reid Vapor Pressure Requirement in Middle Tennessee
Document Number: 2017-03579
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-02-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Tennessee, submitted through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), on November 21, 2016. This SIP revision was submitted in support of the State's request that EPA change the federal Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) requirements for Davidson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson, and Wilson Counties (hereinafter referred to as the ``Middle Tennessee Area'' or ``Area''). Tennessee's November 21, 2016, SIP submittal revises its maintenance plan for the Middle Tennessee Area for the 1997 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) and demonstrates that relaxing the federal RVP requirements in this Area would not interfere with the Area's ability to meet the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act). Specifically, Tennessee's SIP revision concludes that relaxing the federal RVP requirement from 7.8 pounds per square inch (psi) to 9.0 psi for gasoline sold between June 1 and September 15 of each year in the Area would not interfere with attainment or maintenance of the NAAQS or with any other CAA requirement. EPA is proposing to determine that Tennessee's November 21, 2016, SIP revision is consistent with the applicable provisions of the CAA.
Proposed Further Delay of Effective Date for Partial Approval and Partial Disapproval of Attainment Plan for the Idaho Portion of the Logan, Utah/Idaho PM2.5
Document Number: 2017-03577
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-02-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with the Presidential directive as expressed in the memorandum of January 20, 2017, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled ``Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,'' and the Federal Register document published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) on January 26, 2017, the EPA is proposing to further delay the effective date for Partial Approval and Partial Disapproval of Attainment Plan for the Idaho Portion of the Logan, Utah/Idaho PM2.5 Nonattainment Area until April 20, 2017.
Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; State of Texas; Regional Haze and Interstate Visibility Transport Federal Implementation Plan
Document Number: 2017-03478
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-02-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In the January 4, 2017 Federal Register, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requested comments by March 6, 2017 on a proposed rule pertaining to Clean Air Act requirements for regional haze and interstate visibility transport. This proposal would promulgate a Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) to address the Clean Air Act requirement for eligible electric generating units (EGUs) in Texas to install and operate the Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART). This proposal would also disapprove a portion of the Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP) that evaluated BART for Particulate Matter (PM) at EGUs. In addition, this proposal reconsiders earlier disapprovals of portions of several SIP revisions submitted to satisfy the requirement to address interstate visibility transport for six National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), newly proposing that they be disapproved and that the proposed EGU BART FIP would satisfy any FIP obligation for interstate visibility transport that would follow from those disapprovals. EPA is extending the public comment period for this proposal until May 5, 2017.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; State Review Framework (Renewal)
Document Number: 2017-03484
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``State Review Framework (Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 2185.06, OMB Control No. 2020-0031) 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, 2017. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register 81 FR 70421 on October 12, 2016 during a 60- day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 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.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Environmental Impact Assessment of Nongovernmental Activities in Antarctica (Renewal)
Document Number: 2017-03483
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``Environmental Impact Assessment of Nongovernmental Activities in Antarctica (Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 1808.08, OMB Control No. 2020-0007) 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 March 31, 2017. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (81 FR 68412) on October 4, 2016 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 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.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Confidentiality Rules (Renewal)
Document Number: 2017-03482
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``Confidentiality Rules (Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 1665.13, OMB Control No. 2020-0003) 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, 2017. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (81 FR 62883) on September 13, 2016, during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 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.
Notification of a Public Meeting of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) Sulfur Oxides Panel
Document Number: 2017-03469
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) Sulfur Oxides Panel to peer review EPA's Integrated Science Assessment (ISA) for Sulfur OxidesHealth Criteria (Second External Review DraftDecember 2016) and Review of the Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Sulfur Dioxide: Risk and Exposure Assessment Planning Document (External Review Draft).
Pesticide Experimental Use Permit; Receipt of Application; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-03462
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces EPA's receipt of an application 279-EUP- U from FMC Corporation requesting an experimental use permit (EUP) for the use of malathion. The Agency has determined that the permit may be of regional and national significance. Therefore, because of the potential significance, EPA is seeking comments on this application.
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List: Partial Deletion of the North Penn Area 6 Superfund Site
Document Number: 2017-03467
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On December 23, 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a Notice of Intent for Partial Deletion (81 FR 94295) and a direct final Notice of Partial Deletion (81 FR 94262) for the North Penn Area 6 Superfund Site located in Lansdale Borough, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, from the National Priorities List. The EPA is withdrawing the direct 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 docket EPA-HQ-SFUND-1989-0008, accessed through the http://www.regulations.gov Web site and in the Site repositories.
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List: Partial Deletion of the North Penn Area 6 Superfund Site
Document Number: 2017-03464
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-02-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region III published in the Federal Register of December 23, 2016, a Notice of Intent for Partial Deletion of the North Penn Area 6 Superfund Site from the National Priorities List. The notice referenced the incorrect Docket ID Number. This notice provides the correct Docket ID Number.
Release of Risk and Exposure Assessment Planning Document for the Review of the Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Sulfur Oxides
Document Number: 2017-03432
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is conducting a periodic review of the air quality criteria and the primary National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for Sulfur Oxides (SOX). On or about February 16, 2017, the EPA will make available for public review the document titled Review of the Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Sulfur Oxides: Risk and Exposure Assessment Planning Document (REA Planning Document). This plan presents considerations and the proposed approach for conducting quantitative analyses of sulfur dioxide (SO2) exposures and health risks in this NAAQS review. This planning document is intended to facilitate consultation with the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) and public comment on plans for such quantitative analyses.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Publicly Owned Treatment Works
Document Number: 2017-03431
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-02-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On December 27, 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule titled, ``National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP): Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW).'' The EPA is extending the comment period on the proposed rule that was scheduled to close on February 27, 2017, by 30 days until March 29, 2017. The EPA is making this change based on one request for additional time to prepare comments on this proposed rule.
Washington State Department of Ecology Prohibition of Discharges of Vessel Sewage; Final Affirmative Determination
Document Number: 2017-03353
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Regional Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10, has determined that adequate facilities for the safe and sanitary removal and treatment of sewage from all vessels are reasonably available for all marine waters of Washington State inward from the line between New Dungeness Lighthouse and the Discovery Island Lighthouse to the Canadian border, and fresh waters of Lake Washington, Lake Union, and connecting waters between and to Puget Sound. This notice constitutes EPA's final determination on the petition submitted by the Washington State Department of Ecology on July 21, 2016, pursuant to Section 312(f)(3) of the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. 1322, for a determination that adequate facilities for the safe and sanitary removal and treatment of sewage from all vessels are reasonably available for the waters of Puget Sound. This determination does not itself constitute the designation of a no-discharge zone, rather, the State of Washington may now in its discretion finalize its proposed designation in accordance with state law and take the steps it deems appropriate to implement and enforce the discharge prohibition.
Statutory Requirements for Substantiation of Confidential Business Information (CBI) Claims Under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA); Delay of Effective Date
Document Number: 2017-03352
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with the Presidential directive as expressed in the memorandum of January 20, 2017, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled ``Regulatory Freeze Pending Review'', this action delays until March 21, 2017, the effective date of the Federal Register Notice entitled ``Statutory Requirements for Substantiation of Confidential Business Information (CBI) Claims Under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)'', published in the Federal Register on January 19, 2017 (82 FR 6522, FRL-9958-34).
Air Plan Approval; Ohio; Removal of Gasoline Volatility Requirements in the Cincinnati and Dayton Areas
Document Number: 2017-03082
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-02-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) on December 19, 2016, concerning the state's gasoline volatility standards in the Cincinnati and Dayton areas. The revision removes the 7.8 pounds per square inch (psi) low Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) fuel requirements for the two areas as a component of the Ohio ozone SIP. The submittal also includes a section 110(l) demonstration as required by the Clean Air Act (CAA) that addresses emission impacts associated with the removal of the program.
Thiamethoxam; Pesticide Tolerance
Document Number: 2017-03075
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes a tolerance for residues of thiamethoxam in or on bananas. Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC requested this tolerance under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2015
Document Number: 2017-03070
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Draft Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2015 is available for public review. Annual U.S. emissions for the period of time from 1990 through 2015 are summarized and presented by source category and sector. The inventory contains estimates of carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFC), perfluorocarbons (PFC), sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), and nitrogen trifluoride (NF3) emissions. The technical approach used in this report to estimate emissions and sinks for greenhouse gases is consistent with the methodologies recommended by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and reported in a format consistent with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) reporting guidelines. The Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2015 is the latest in a series of annual, policy-neutral U.S. submissions to the Secretariat of the UNFCCC. EPA requests recommendations for improving the overall quality of the inventory report to be finalized in April 2017, as well as subsequent inventory reports.
Allocations of Cross-State Air Pollution Rule Allowances From New Unit Set-Asides for the 2016 Compliance Year
Document Number: 2017-03069
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing notice of emission allowance allocations to certain units under the new unit set-aside (NUSA) provisions of the Cross- State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) federal implementation plans (FIPs). EPA has completed final calculations for the second round of NUSA allowance allocations for the 2016 compliance year of the CSAPR NOX Annual, SO2 Group 1, and SO2 Group 2 Trading Programs. EPA has posted spreadsheets showing the second- round 2016 NUSA allocations of CSAPR NOX Annual, SO2 Group 1, and SO2 Group 2 allowances to new units as well as the allocations to existing units of the remaining CSAPR NOX Annual, SO2 Group 1, and SO2 Group 2 allowances not allocated to new units in either round of the 2016 NUSA allocation process. EPA will record the allocated CSAPR NOX Annual, SO2 Group 1, and SO2 Group 2 allowances in sources' Allowance Management System (AMS) accounts by February 15, 2017.
Extension of Public Comment Period: Draft Human Health Recreational Ambient Water Quality Criteria and/or Swimming Advisories for Microcystins and Cylindrospermopsin
Document Number: 2017-03067
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is extending the comment period for the Draft Human Health Recreational Ambient Water Quality Criteria and/or Swimming Advisories for Microcystins and Cylindrospermopsin. In response to stakeholder requests, the comment period will be extended for an additional 31 days, from February 17, 2017 to March 20, 2017.
Extension of Public Comment Period: Draft Field-Based Methods for Developing Aquatic Life Criteria for Specific Conductivity
Document Number: 2017-03066
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is extending the comment period for the Draft Field-Based Methods for Developing Aquatic Life Criteria for Specific Conductivity. In response to stakeholder requests, the comment period will be extended for an additional 62 days, from February 21, 2017 to April 24, 2017.
Revisions to Procedure 2-Quality Assurance Requirements for Particulate Matter Continuous Emission Monitoring Systems at Stationary Sources
Document Number: 2017-03063
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Because the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) received an adverse comment, we are withdrawing the direct final rule titled, ``Revisions to Procedure 2Quality Assurance Requirements for Particulate Matter Continuous Emission Monitoring Systems at Stationary Sources.''
Response to December 9, 2013, Clean Air Act Section 176A Petition From Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont
Document Number: 2017-03041
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-02-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing that a public hearing will be held for the proposed action titled, ``Response to December 9, 2013, Clean Air Act Section 176A Petition from Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont,'' which published in the Federal Register on January 19, 2017. The hearing will be held on March 14, 2017, in Washington, DC. The EPA is also announcing extension of the comment period for the proposed action to April 13, 2017, to allow sufficient time after the public hearing for the submission of comments.
Trichloroethylene (TCE); Regulation of Certain Uses Under Toxic Substances Control Act; Extension of Comment Periods
Document Number: 2017-02965
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-02-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA issued two proposed rules under section 6 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to prohibit the manufacture (including importers), processing, and distribution in commerce of trichloroethylene (TCE) for use in aerosol degreasing, for use in spot cleaning in dry cleaning facilities, and for use in vapor degreasing; to prohibit commercial use of TCE for aerosol degreasing, for spot cleaning in dry cleaning facilities, and for use in vapor degreasing; to require manufacturers (including importers), processors, and distributors, except for retailers of TCE for any use, to provide downstream notification of these prohibitions throughout the supply chain; and to require limited recordkeeping. This document extends the comment periods for both proposed rules by an additional 30 calendar days each. A commenter requested additional time to submit written comments for the proposed rules. EPA is therefore extending the comment period in order to give all interested persons the opportunity to comment fully.
Hexythiazox; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2017-02481
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of the ovicide/miticide hexythiazox in or on beet, sugar, root, and beet, sugar, dried pulp and establishes tolerances associated with regional registrations for residues on Bermuda grass, forage and Bermuda grass, hay. This regulation also modifies the existing tolerances associated with regional registrations in or on alfalfa, forage; and alfalfa, hay. Gowan Company requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). The regulation also removes the existing time-limited tolerance for residues on beet, sugar, root because it is superseded by the new beet, sugar, root tolerance and removes the tolerance for residues ``Fruit, citrus group 10'' of 0.35 ppm because it is superseded by the existing tolerance for ``Fruit, citrus group 10-10'' of 0.6 ppm.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2017-02805
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Certain New Chemicals or Significant New Uses; Statements of Findings for November 2016
Document Number: 2017-02596
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Section 5(g) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requires EPA to publish in the Federal Register a statement of its findings after its review of TSCA section 5(a) notices when EPA makes a finding that a new chemical substance or significant new use is not likely to present an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment. Such statements apply to premanufacture notices (PMNs), microbial commercial activity notices (MCANs), and significant new use notices (SNUNs) submitted to EPA under TSCA section 5. This document presents statements of findings made by EPA on TSCA section 5(a) notices during the period from October 25, 2016 to November 30, 2016.
Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; General Administrative Requirements for Assistance Programs
Document Number: 2017-02595
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ``General Administrative Requirements for Assistance Programs'' (EPA ICR No. 0938.21, OMB Control No. 2030-0020) 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, 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 June 30, 2017. 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.
Uniform National Discharge Standards for Vessels of the Armed Forces-Phase II Batch One: Delay of Effective Date
Document Number: 2017-02594
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-08
Agency: Department of Defense, Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with the Presidential directive as expressed in the memorandum of January 20, 2017, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled ``Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,'' this action temporarily delays until March 21, 2017, the effective date of the rule entitled Uniform National Discharge Standards for Vessels of the Armed ForcesPhase II Batch One, published in the Federal Register on January 11, 2017.
Air Plan Approval; Wisconsin; NOX
Document Number: 2017-02530
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a revision to Wisconsin's state implementation plan (SIP), revising portions of the State's Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and ambient air quality programs to address deficiencies identified in EPA's previous narrow infrastructure SIP disapprovals and Finding of Failure to Submit (FFS). This SIP revision request is consistent with the Federal PSD rules and addresses the required elements of the fine particulate matter (PM2.5) PSD Increments, Significant Impact Levels (SILs) and Significant Monitoring Concentration (SMC) Rule. EPA is also approving elements of SIP submissions from Wisconsin regarding PSD infrastructure requirements of section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the 1997 PM2.5, 1997 ozone, 2006 PM2.5, 2008 lead, 2008 ozone, 2010 nitrogen dioxide (NO2), 2010 sulfur dioxide (SO2), and 2012 PM2.5 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.
Pesticide Product Registration; Receipt of Applications for New Uses
Document Number: 2017-02483
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has received applications to register pesticide products containing active ingredients not included in any currently registered pesticide products. Pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is hereby providing notice of receipt and opportunity to comment on these applications.
Receipt of Information Under the Toxic Substances Control Act
Document Number: 2017-02482
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is announcing its receipt of information submitted pursuant to a rule, order, or consent agreement issued under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). As required by TSCA, this document identifies each chemical substance and/or mixture for which information has been received; the uses or intended uses of such chemical substance and/or mixture; and describes the nature of the information received. Each chemical substance and/or mixture related to this announcement is identified in Unit I. under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Propamocarb; Pesticide Tolerance
Document Number: 2017-02479
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes a tolerance for residues of propamocarb in or on potato. Bayer CropScience requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Receipt of Information Under the Toxic Substances Control Act
Document Number: 2017-02478
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is announcing its receipt of information submitted pursuant to a rule, order, or consent agreement issued under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). As required by TSCA, this document identifies each chemical substance and/or mixture for which information has been received; the uses or intended uses of such chemical substance and/or mixture; and describes the nature of the information received. Each chemical substance and/or mixture related to this announcement is identified in Unit I. under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
2,4-D; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2017-02477
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes a tolerance for residues of 2,4-D in or on cotton, gin byproducts and amends the existing tolerance on cotton, undelinted seed. Dow AgroSciences requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Receipt of Several Pesticide Petitions Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities
Document Number: 2017-02475
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-02-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document announces EPA's receipt of several initial filings of pesticide petitions requesting the establishment or modification of regulations for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities.
Air Plan Disapproval; AL; Prong 4 Visibility for the 2008 8-Hour Ozone Standard
Document Number: 2017-02303
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is disapproving the visibility transport (prong 4) portion of a revision to the Alabama State Implementation Plan (SIP), submitted by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM), addressing the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) infrastructure SIP requirements for the 2008 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The CAA requires that each state adopt and submit a SIP for the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of each NAAQS promulgated by EPA, commonly referred to as an ``infrastructure SIP.'' Here, EPA is specifically disapproving the prong 4 portion of Alabama's August 20, 2012, 2008 8-hour ozone infrastructure SIP submission. All other applicable infrastructure requirements for this SIP submission have been addressed in separate rulemakings.
Board of Scientific Counselors Homeland Security Subcommittee; Notification of Public Meeting and Public Comment
Document Number: 2017-02426
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92- 463, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hereby provides notice that the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Homeland Security Subcommittee (HSS) will host a public meeting at the EPA's Main Campus Facility, 109 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 15, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. All times noted are Eastern Time and are approximate. The primary discussions will focus on effective and efficient tools, strategies and methods to characterize and assess exposure and decontamination following a biological contamination incident. There will be a public comment period on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 from 4:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. For information on registering to attend the meeting or to provide public comment, please see the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below. Due to unforeseen administrative circumstances, EPA is announcing this meeting with less than fifteen calendar days notice.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2017-02339
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Aquatic Life Criteria for Cadmium in Oregon
Document Number: 2017-02283
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is establishing a federal Clean Water Act (CWA) aquatic life criterion for freshwaters under the state of Oregon's jurisdiction, to protect aquatic life from the effects of exposure to harmful levels of cadmium. In 2013, EPA determined that the freshwater acute cadmium criterion and freshwater acute and chronic copper criteria that Oregon adopted in 2004 did not meet CWA requirements to protect aquatic life in the state. Since that time, the state adopted revised criteria for copper (which EPA is approving in parallel with this final rulemaking), but has not adopted a revised acute criterion for cadmium and thus EPA is establishing a federal freshwater acute criterion for cadmium that takes into account the best available science, EPA policies, guidance and legal requirements, to protect aquatic life uses in Oregon.
Approval and Disapproval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Interstate Transport for Wyoming
Document Number: 2017-02197
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action on portions of six submissions from the state of Wyoming that are intended to demonstrate that the State Implementation Plan (SIP) meets certain interstate transport requirements of the Clean Air Act (Act or CAA). These submissions address the 2006 and 2012 fine particulate matter (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), 2008 ozone NAAQS, 2008 lead (Pb) NAAQS, 2010 sulfur dioxide (SO2) NAAQS and 2010 nitrogen dioxide (NO2) NAAQS. The interstate transport requirements under the CAA consist of four elements (or prongs): Significant contribution to nonattainment (prong 1) and interference with maintenance (prong 2) of the NAAQS in other states; and interference with measures required to be included in the plan for other states to prevent significant deterioration of air quality (prong 3) or to protect visibility (prong 4). Specifically, the EPA is approving Wyoming's submissions for interstate transport prongs 1 and 2 for the 2008 Pb and 2010 NO2 NAAQS, and approving prong 1 and disapproving prong 2 for the 2008 ozone NAAQS. The EPA is also approving interstate transport prong 4 for the 2008 Pb and 2010 SO2 NAAQS, and disapproving prong 4 for the 2006 PM2.5, 2008 ozone, 2010 NO2 and 2012 PM2.5 NAAQS.
Approval of Air Quality State Implementation Plans; Nevada; Infrastructure Requirements To Address Interstate Transport for the 2008 Ozone NAAQS
Document Number: 2017-02191
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) to address the interstate transport requirements of Clean Air Act (CAA) with respect to the 2008 ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). We are approving the portion of the Nevada SIP pertaining to requirements prohibiting significant contributions from Nevada to nonattainment or interference with maintenance in another state.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; State of Utah; Revisions to Nonattainment Permitting Regulations
Document Number: 2017-02189
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is taking final action to conditionally approve all but one of the State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of Utah on August 20, 2013, with supporting administrative documentation submitted on September 12, 2013. These submittals revise the Utah Administrative Code (UAC) that pertain to the issuance of Utah air quality permits for major sources in nonattainment areas. The EPA is not taking final action on the portion of the August 20, 2013 submittal that revised rule R307-420 at this time. The EPA is taking final action to conditionally approve the other revisions because, while the submitted revisions to Utah's nonattainment permitting rules do not fully address the deficiencies in the state's program, Utah has committed to address additional remaining deficiencies in the state's nonattainment permitting program no later than a year from the EPA finalizing this conditional approval. Upon the EPA finding of a timely meeting of this commitment in full, the final conditional approval of the SIP revisions would convert to a final approval of Utah's plan. This action is being taken under section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA) (Act).
Findings of Failure To Submit State Implementation Plan Submittals for the 2008 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS)
Document Number: 2017-02188
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finding that 15 states and the District of Columbia have failed to submit State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions in a timely manner to satisfy certain requirements for the 2008 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) that apply to nonattainment areas and/or states in the Ozone Transport Region (OTR). As explained in this action, consistent with the Clean Air Act (CAA) and EPA regulations, these findings of failure to submit establish certain deadlines for the imposition of sanctions, if a state does not submit a timely SIP revision addressing the requirements for which the finding is being made, and for the EPA to promulgate a Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) to address any outstanding SIP requirements.
Approval and Promulgation of State Implementation Plans; Interstate Transport for Utah
Document Number: 2017-02187
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action on a portion of a January 31, 2013 submission and a December 22, 2015 supplemental submission from the State of Utah that are intended to demonstrate that the Utah State Implementation Plan (SIP) meets certain interstate transport requirements of the Clean Air Act (Act or CAA) for the 2008 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The interstate transport requirements under the CAA consist of four elements: Significant contribution to nonattainment (prong 1) and interference with maintenance (prong 2) of the NAAQS in other states; and interference with measures required to be included in the plan for other states to prevent significant deterioration of air quality (prong 3) or to protect visibility (prong 4). Specifically, the EPA is approving interstate transport prong 1 for the 2008 ozone NAAQS.
Air Plan Approval; AK, Fairbanks North Star Borough; 2006 PM2.5
Document Number: 2017-02193
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-02-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve state implementation plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of Alaska (Alaska) to address Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) requirements for the 2006 24-hour fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) in the Fairbanks North Star Borough Moderate PM2.5 nonattainment area (FNSB NAA). Alaska submitted an attainment plan on December 31, 2014, and made additional submissions and provided clarifying information to supplement the attainment plan for the area in January 2015, March 2015, July 2015, November 2015, March 2016, November 2016, and January 2017 (hereafter, the initial submission and all supplemental and clarifying information will be collectively referred to as ``the FNSB Moderate Plan'').
Notification of Public Advisory Committee Meeting
Document Number: 2017-02146
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-01
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 will hold a public meeting on Thursday, February 9 and Friday, February 10, 2017 in Imperial Beach, California. The meeting is open to the public. Due to unforeseen administrative circumstances, EPA is announcing this meeting with less than 15 calendar days notice.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2017-01887
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Delay of Effective Date for 30 Final Regulations Published by the Environmental Protection Agency Between October 28, 2016 and January 17, 2017
Document Number: 2017-01822
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-01-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with the Presidential directive as expressed in the memorandum of January 20, 2017, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled ``Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,'' this action temporarily delays until March 21, 2017, the effective date of the regulations listed in the table below. EPA identified 30 regulations that meet those criteria.