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Pesticides; Certification of Pesticide Applicators Rule; Delay of Effective Date
Document Number: 2017-10541
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-05-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On January 4, 2017, EPA published a final rule revising the regulation concerning the certification of applicators of restricted use pesticides (RUPs). The original effective date of March 6, 2017 was extended to March 21, 2017 by rule issued January 26, 2017, and subsequently extended to May 22, 2017 by rule issued March 20, 2017. In accordance with the Presidential directives 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 principles identified in the April 25, 2017 Executive Order ``Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America,'' EPA solicited public comments on May 15, 2017 about a possible further delay of the effective date of the January 4, 2017 revisions to the Certification of Pesticide Applicators rule until May 22, 2018. With this action, EPA is making an interim extension of the effective date until June 5, 2017 in order to consider and respond to public comments received in regard to the proposed May 22, 2018 extension.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Texas; El Paso Carbon Monoxide Limited Maintenance Plan
Document Number: 2017-10486
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-05-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is withdrawing a direct final rule published on March 21, 2017 because a relevant adverse comment was received. The rule pertained to EPA approval of the required second carbon monoxide (CO) maintenance plan for the El Paso, Texas CO maintenance area as a revision to the Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP). In a separate subsequent final rulemaking EPA will address the comment received.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Louisiana; Volatile Organic Compounds Rule Revision and Stage II Vapor Recovery
Document Number: 2017-10485
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-05-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is withdrawing a direct final rule published on March 23, 2017 because relevant adverse comments were received. The rule pertained to EPA approval of Louisiana State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions controlling emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and changing the Stage II gasoline vapor recovery rule. In a separate subsequent final rulemaking EPA will address the comments received.
Air Quality Designations for the 2012 Primary Annual Fine Particle (PM2.5
Document Number: 2017-10245
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-05-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is establishing air quality designations in the United States (U.S.) for the 2012 primary annual fine particle (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for the remaining undesignated areas in the state of Tennessee. When the EPA designated the majority of areas in the country in December 2014, and March 2015, the EPA deferred initial area designations for several locations, including all of the state of Tennessee except three counties in the Chattanooga area, because the EPA could not determine using available data whether the areas were meeting or not meeting the NAAQS. However, we believed that forthcoming data in 2015 would allow the EPA to make that determination. Tennessee has now submitted complete, quality-assured, and certified air quality monitoring data for 2015 for the areas identified in this document, and based on these data, the EPA is designating these areas as unclassifiable/attainment for the 2012 primary annual PM2.5 NAAQS.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2017-10235
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Louisiana; Regional Haze State Implementation Plan
Document Number: 2017-10108
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-05-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a portion of a revision to the Louisiana State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of Louisiana through the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) on February 10, 2017, that addresses regional haze requirements for the first planning period. LDEQ submitted this SIP revision to address deficiencies identified by the EPA in a previous action. The EPA is proposing to approve the majority of the SIP revision, which addresses the CAA requirement that certain categories of existing major stationary sources built between 1962 and 1977 procure and install the Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART), while deferring action on LDEQ's BART determination for a single facility. Specifically, the EPA is proposing to approve most of LDEQ's BART evaluations and conclusions for Louisiana's BART-eligible electric generating unit (EGU) sources and to approve LDEQ's sulfur-dioxide (SO2) and particulate-matter (PM) emission limits for those sources that are subject to BART. The EPA is also proposing to approve Louisiana's reliance on the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) trading program for ozone-season nitrogen oxides (NOX) as a permissible alternative to source-specific NOX BART emission limits. This action is being taken under sections 110 and 169A of the CAA.
State of North Dakota Underground Injection Control Program; Class VI Primacy Approval
Document Number: 2017-10001
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-05-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes to issue a rule approving an application from the state of North Dakota under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) to implement an underground injection control (UIC) program for Class VI injection wells located within the state, except those on Indian lands.
Draft Guidance for Reporting of Chemical Substances When Manufactured or Processed as Nanoscale Materials; Notice of Availability and Request for Comment
Document Number: 2017-09998
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-05-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
With this document, EPA is announcing the availability of and requesting public comment on the draft guidance document, entitled: ``Guidance on EPA's Section 8(a) Information Gathering Rule on Nanomaterials in Commerce''. This guidance provides answers to questions the Agency has received from manufacturers (includes importers) and processors of certain chemical substances when they are manufactured or processed at the nanoscale as described in a final rule that appeared in the Federal Register of January 12, 2017. That rule involves one-time reporting for existing discrete forms of certain nanoscale materials, and a standing one-time reporting requirement for new discrete forms of certain nanoscale materials.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maryland; Revisions and Amendments to Regulations for Continuous Opacity Monitoring, Continuous Emissions Monitoring, and Quality Assurance Requirements for Continuous Opacity Monitors; Correction
Document Number: 2017-09492
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-05-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document corrects an omission in the rule language of a final rule pertaining to changes and amendments to Maryland regulations for continuous opacity monitoring (COM or COMs) and continuous emissions monitoring (CEM or CEMs) and to an amendment adding requirements for quality assurance and quality control as they pertain to COMs. EPA approved these revisions to the COMs and CEMs requirements in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Texas; Clean Air Act Requirements for Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance, Nonattainment New Source Review and Emission Statements
Document Number: 2017-09474
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-05-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Texas for the 2008 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). The SIP revision being approved describes how CAA requirements for vehicle inspection and maintenance (I/M), nonattainment new source review (NNSR) and emission statements are met in the Houston-Galveston- Brazoria ozone nonattainment area (HGB area) for the 2008 ozone NAAQS. EPA is also making a ministerial correction to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) to accurately reflect approved SIP revisions that pertain to Texas I/M provisions.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Texas; Clean Air Act Requirements for Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance, Nonattainment New Source Review and Emission Statements
Document Number: 2017-09473
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-05-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Texas for the 2008 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). The SIP revision being proposed for approval describes how CAA requirements for vehicle inspection and maintenance (I/M), nonattainment new source review (NNSR) and emission statements are met in the Houston-Galveston-Brazoria ozone nonattainment area (HGB area) for the 2008 ozone NAAQS. EPA is also proposing to make a ministerial correction to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) to accurately reflect approved SIP revisions that pertain to Texas I/M provisions.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Oklahoma; Revisions to Minor New Source Review Permitting Program
Document Number: 2017-09470
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-05-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving severable portions of revisions to the Oklahoma New Source Review (NSR) State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of Oklahoma on February 14, 2002 (the February 14, 2002, SIP submittal). This action addresses revisions to the Oklahoma Administrative Code (OAC), Title 252, Chapters 4 and 100, concerning the State's Minor New Source Review air permitting program.
Pesticides; Certification of Pesticide Applicators Rule; Extension of Effective Date
Document Number: 2017-09386
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-05-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On January 4, 2017, EPA published a final rule revising the regulation concerning the certification of applicators of restricted use pesticides (RUPs). The original effective date of March 6, 2017 was extended to March 21, 2017 by rule issued January 26, 2017, and subsequently extended to May 22, 2017 by rule issued March 20, 2017. In accordance with the Presidential directives 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 principles identified in the April 25, 2017 Executive Order ``Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America,'' EPA is proposing to further delay the effective date of the January 4, 2017 revisions to the Certification of Pesticide Applicators rule until May 22, 2018.
Chemical Substances When Manufactured or Processed as Nanoscale Materials; TSCA Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements
Document Number: 2017-09683
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-05-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is hereby extending the effective date of the final rule that appeared in the Federal Register of January 12, 2017, and established final reporting and recordkeeping requirements for certain chemical substances when they are manufactured or processed at the nanoscale as described in that rule.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2017-09680
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Air Plan Approval; ID, Updates to Incorporations by Reference
Document Number: 2017-09543
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-05-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes to approve the portions of Idaho's April 28, 2016 State Implementation Plan submittal (SIP submittal) that update the incorporation by reference of federal air quality regulations. We note that this action does not address the changes Idaho withdrew related to transportation conformity requirements.
Air Plan Approval; ID, Updates to Incorporations by Reference
Document Number: 2017-09542
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-05-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve, and incorporate by reference, portions of Idaho's April 28, 2016, State Implementation Plan submittal (SIP submittal) that update the incorporation by reference of federal air quality regulations. We note that this action does not address the changes Idaho withdrew related to transportation conformity requirements.
Air Plan Approval; North Carolina; Repeal of Transportation Facilities Rules
Document Number: 2017-09540
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-05-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality through the Division of Air Quality on September 16, 2016, for the purpose of removing the statewide transportation facilities rules. The state provided a Clean Air Act section 110(l) noninterference demonstration for the removal of these rules. EPA is proposing to approve this SIP revision because the State has demonstrated that it is consistent with the Clean Air Act.
Air Plan Approval; North Carolina Repeal of Transportation Facilities Rules
Document Number: 2017-09539
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-05-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking action to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision, submitted by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality through the Division of Air Quality (DAQ) on September 16, 2016, for the purpose of removing the statewide transportation facilities rules. The State provided a Clean Air Act section 110(l) noninterference demonstration establishing that removal of the North Carolina transportation facilities rules will not interfere with the maintenance of the 8-hour carbon monoxide standard or any other national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). EPA is approving this SIP revision because the DAQ has demonstrated that it is consistent with the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act).
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Alaska: Infrastructure Requirements for the 2010 Nitrogen Dioxide and 2010 Sulfur Dioxide Standards
Document Number: 2017-09533
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-05-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Whenever a new or revised National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) is promulgated, each state must submit a plan for the implementation, maintenance and enforcement of such standardcommonly referred to as infrastructure requirements. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving the May 12, 2015 Alaska State Implementation Plan (SIP) submission as meeting the infrastructure requirements for the 2010 nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and 2010 sulfur dioxide (SO2) NAAQS.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; West Virginia; Infrastructure Requirements for the 2012 Fine Particulate Standard
Document Number: 2017-09504
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-05-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving portions of a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of West Virginia. Whenever new or revised national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) are promulgated, the Clean Air Act (CAA) requires states to submit a plan to address basic program elements, including, but not limited to, regulatory structure, monitoring, modeling, legal authority, and adequate resources necessary to assure implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of the NAAQS. These elements are referred to as infrastructure requirements. The State of West Virginia made a submittal addressing the infrastructure requirements for the 2012 fine particulate matter (PM2.5) NAAQS, and EPA is approving portions of this SIP revision in accordance with the requirements of the CAA.
Air Plan Approval; Georgia: Heavy Duty Diesel Requirements
Document Number: 2017-09494
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-05-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Georgia on January 25, 2016, for the purpose of removing the requirements for heavy duty diesel engines (HDDE), which bar the sale/ lease or import in the State of Georgia of any new HDDE that were not certified by the California Air Resources Board to meet the emission standards of the California HDDE rules. The removal of this rule will prevent regulatory confusion and make it clear that the more stringent EPA emission standards for HDDE are applicable. EPA is proposing to approve this SIP revision because the State has demonstrated that it is consistent with the Clean Air Act.
Air Plan Approval; Georgia: Heavy Duty Diesel Requirements
Document Number: 2017-09493
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-05-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving changes to a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Georgia on January 25, 2016, for the purpose of removing the requirements for heavy duty diesel engines (HDDE), which bar the sale/ lease or import in the State of Georgia of any new HDDE that were not certified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to meet the emission standards of the California HDDE rules. The removal of this rule will prevent regulatory confusion and make it clear that the more stringent EPA emission standards for HDDE are applicable. EPA is approving this SIP revision because the State has demonstrated that it is consistent with the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act).
Flonicamid; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2017-09592
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-05-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of flonicamid in or on multiple commodities which are identified and discussed later in this document. In addition, this regulation revokes the established tolerance for vegetable, fruiting, group 8-10 that is superseded by this action. Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR- 4) and ISK Biosciences Corporation requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Notice of Approval of Underground Injection Control Program; Occidental Chemical Corporation, Wichita, Kansas
Document Number: 2017-09591
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hereby giving notice of approval of the modification of an existing no migration petition (petition) by Occidental Chemical Corporation (Occidental) under the 1984 Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.
Fluazinam; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2017-09590
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-05-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes a tolerance for residues of fluazinam in or on tea, dried. ISK Biosciences Corporation requested this tolerance under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Receipt of Information Under the Toxic Substances Control Act
Document Number: 2017-09561
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-11
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.
Access to Confidential Business Information by Versar, Inc. and Its Identified Subcontractors
Document Number: 2017-09560
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has authorized its contractor and subcontractors, Versar, Inc. of Springfield, VA; Abt Associates of Bethesda, MD; Brown Glove Consulting Group of Fairfax, VA; EnDyna, Inc. of McLean, VA; Essential Software, Inc. of Potomac, MD; Syracuse Research Corporation of North Syracuse, NY; and Wilkes Technologies, Inc. of Bethesda, MD, to access information which has been submitted to EPA under all sections of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Some of the information may be claimed or determined to be Confidential Business Information (CBI).
Certain New Chemicals; Receipt and Status Information for February 2017
Document Number: 2017-09559
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-11
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, 2017 to February 28, 2017.
Access to Confidential Business Information by Artic Slope Mission Services, LLC
Document Number: 2017-09557
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has authorized its contractor, Artic Slope Mission Services, LLC (ASMS) of Beltsville, MD, to access information which has been submitted to EPA under all sections of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Some of the information may be claimed or determined to be Confidential Business Information (CBI).
Access to Confidential Business Information by Artic Slope Mission Services, LLC
Document Number: 2017-09556
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has authorized its contractor, Artic Slope Mission Services, LLC (ASMS) of Beltsville, MD, to access information which has been submitted to EPA under all sections of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Some of the information may be claimed or determined to be Confidential Business Information (CBI).
Access to Confidential Business Information by Eastern Research Group, Inc. and Its Identified Subcontractors, Avanti Corporation and BeakerTree Corporation
Document Number: 2017-09555
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has authorized its contractors and subcontractors, Eastern Research Group Inc (ERG) of Lexington, MA; Avanti Corporation of Alexandria, VA; and BeakerTree Corporation of Fairfax, VA, access to information which has been submitted to EPA under all sections of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Some of the information may be claimed or determined to be Confidential Business Information (CBI).
Public Water Supply Supervision Program; Program Revision for the State of Idaho
Document Number: 2017-09537
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that the State of Idaho has revised its approved State Public Water Supply Supervision Primacy Program. Idaho has adopted regulations analogous to the Environmental Protection Agency's Revised Total Coliform Rule. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that these revisions are no less stringent than the corresponding federal regulations. Therefore, EPA intends to approve these State program revisions. By approving these rules, EPA does not intend to affect the rights of federally recognized Indian tribes nor does it intend to limit existing rights of the State of Idaho.
Office of Research and Development; Ambient Air Monitoring Reference and Equivalent Methods: Designation of One New Equivalent Method
Document Number: 2017-09534
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated, in accordance with applicable Federal regulations, one new equivalent method for measuring concentrations of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in ambient air.
Petition for Objection to State Operating Permit; NY; Seneca Energy II, LLC
Document Number: 2017-09509
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to Clean Air Act (CAA) section 505(b)(2) and Agency regulations, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator signed an Order, dated December 9, 2016, denying a petition filed by the Concerned Citizens of Seneca County, Inc. (September 9, 2013) asking the EPA to object to the Title V operating permit issued by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to Seneca Energy II, LLC for the Seneca Energy Landfill Gas-to-Energy facility (Energy Facility) located in Seneca Falls, Seneca County, New York; (Permit No. 8-4532-00075-00029). Sections 307(b) and 505(b)(2) of the CAA provide that the petitioner may ask for judicial review by the United States Court of Appeals for the appropriate circuit of those portions of the Order that deny objections raised in the petition.
Notice of Proposed NPDES General Permit; Proposed NPDES General Permit for New and Existing Sources and New Dischargers in the Offshore Subcategory of the Oil and Gas Extraction Category for the Western Portion of the Outer Continental Shelf of the Gulf of Mexico (GMG290000)
Document Number: 2017-09508
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Water Division Director of Region 6 today proposes to reissue the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit No. GMG290000 for existing and new sources and new dischargers in the Offshore Subcategory of the Oil and Gas Extraction Point Source Category, located in and discharging to the Outer Continental Shelf offshore of Louisiana and Texas. The discharge of produced water to that portion of the Outer Continental Shelf from Offshore Subcategory facilities located in the territorial seas of Louisiana and Texas is also authorized by this permit. This draft permit proposes to retain, with certain modifications, the limitations and conditions of the existing 2012 issued permit (2012 permit). The 2012 permit limitations conform with the Oil and Gas Offshore Subcategory Guidelines and contain additional requirements to assess impacts from the discharge of produced water to the marine environment, as required by section 403(c) of the Clean Water Act.
Air Plan Approval; Ohio; Volatile Organic Compound Control Rules
Document Number: 2017-09506
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-05-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes to approve, under the Clean Air Act (CAA), a November 18, 2015, State Implementation Plan (SIP) submittal from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency consisting of adjustments and additions to volatile organic compound (VOC) rules in the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC). The changes to these rules are based on an Ohio-initiated five-year periodic review of its VOC rules and a new rule to update the VOC reasonably available control technology (RACT) requirements for the miscellaneous metal and plastic parts coatings source category for the Cleveland-Akron-Lorain area (``Cleveland area'') consisting of Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, and Summit counties. Additionally, EPA proposes to approve into the Ohio SIP an oxides of nitrogen (NOX) emission limit for Arcelor-Mittal Cleveland that Ohio is using as an offset in its CAA section 110(l) anti-backsliding demonstration for architectural aluminum coatings.
Delegation of New Source Performance Standards and National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for the States of Arizona and Nevada
Document Number: 2017-09496
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-05-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve updates to the Code of Federal Regulations delegation tables to reflect the current delegation status of New Source Performance Standards and National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants in Arizona and Nevada.
Delegation of New Source Performance Standards and National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for the States of Arizona and Nevada
Document Number: 2017-09495
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-05-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to update the Code of Federal Regulations delegation tables to reflect the current delegation status of New Source Performance Standards and National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants in Arizona and Nevada.
Air Plan Approval; TN: Non-Interference Demonstration for Federal Low-Reid Vapor Pressure Requirement in Shelby County
Document Number: 2017-09491
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-05-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a noninterference demonstration that evaluates whether the change for the Federal Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) requirements in Shelby County (hereinafter referred to as the ``Area'') would interfere with the Area's ability to meet the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act). Tennessee submitted through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), on April 12, 2017, a noninterference demonstration on behalf of the Shelby County Health Department requesting that EPA change the RVP requirements for Shelby County. Specifically, Tennessee's noninterference demonstration 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 Shelby County would not interfere with attainment or maintenance of the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS or standards) or with any other CAA requirement.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Texas; Revisions to Emissions Banking and Trading Programs and Compliance Flexibility
Document Number: 2017-09472
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-05-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving revisions to the Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP) Emissions Banking and Trading Programs submitted on July 15, 2002; December 22, 2008; April 6, 2010; May 14, 2013; and August 14, 2015. Specifically, we are approving revisions to the Texas Emission Credit, Mass Emissions Cap and Trade, Discrete Emission Credit, and Highly Reactive Volatile Organic Compound Emissions Cap and Trade Programs such that the Texas SIP will include the current state program regulations promulgated and implemented in Texas. We are also approving compliance flexibility provisions for stationary sources using the Texas Emission Reduction Plan submitted on July 15, 2002; May 30, 2007; and July 10, 2015.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Texas; Revisions to Emissions Banking and Trading Programs and Compliance Flexibility
Document Number: 2017-09471
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-05-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP) Emissions Banking and Trading Programs submitted on July 15, 2002; December 22, 2008; April 6, 2010; May 14, 2013; and August 14, 2015. Specifically, we are proposing to approve revisions to the Texas Emission Credit, Mass Emissions Cap and Trade, Discrete Emission Credit, and Highly Reactive Volatile Organic Compound Emissions Cap and Trade Programs such that the Texas SIP will include the current state program regulations promulgated and implemented in Texas. We are also proposing to approve compliance flexibility provisions for stationary sources using the Texas Emission Reduction Plan submitted on July 15, 2002; May 30, 2007; and July 10, 2015.
Tolerances and Exemptions for Pesticide Chemical Residues in Food
Document Number: 2017-09487
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-05-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
State and Local Assistance
Document Number: 2017-09486
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-05-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Cross-Media Electronic Reporting: Authorized Program Revision Approval, State of Vermont
Document Number: 2017-09448
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces EPA's approval of the State of Vermont's request to revise its National Primary Drinking Water Regulations Implementation EPA-authorized program to allow electronic reporting.
Cross-Media Electronic Reporting: Authorized Program Revision Approval, State of Colorado
Document Number: 2017-09447
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces EPA's approval of the State of Colorado's request to revise certain of its EPA-authorized programs to allow electronic reporting.
Air Plan Approval; Kentucky; Infrastructure Requirements for the 2012 PM2.5
Document Number: 2017-09392
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-05-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve portions of the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submission, submitted by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Energy and Environment Cabinet, Department for Environmental Protection, through the Kentucky Division for Air Quality (KDAQ), on February 8, 2016, to demonstrate that the Commonwealth meets the infrastructure requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) for the 2012 Annual Particulate Matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). The CAA requires that each state adopt and submit a SIP for the implementation, maintenance and enforcement of each NAAQS promulgated by EPA, which is commonly referred to as an ``infrastructure'' SIP. KDAQ certified that the Kentucky SIP contains provisions that ensure the 2012 Annual PM2.5 NAAQS is implemented, enforced, and maintained in Kentucky. EPA is proposing to determine that Kentucky's infrastructure submission, submitted on February 8, 2016, addresses certain infrastructure elements for the 2012 Annual PM2.5 NAAQS.
Determinations of Attainment by the Attainment Date, Determinations of Failure To Attain by the Attainment Date and Reclassification for Certain Nonattainment Areas for the 2006 24-Hour Fine Particulate Matter National Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2017-09391
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-05-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making final determinations of attainment by the attainment date and determinations of failure to attain by the attainment date for ten nonattainment areas currently classified as ``Moderate'' for the 2006 24-hour fine particulate matter (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). Specifically, the EPA is determining that seven areas attained the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS by December 31, 2015, based on complete, quality-assured and certified PM2.5 monitoring data for 2013 to 2015. The EPA is also determining that three areas failed to attain the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS by December 31, 2015. Upon the effective date of such determinations of failure to attain the NAAQS, these three areas will be reclassified as ``Serious'' for the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS by operation of law. States with jurisdiction over these nonattainment areas reclassified to Serious are required to submit State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions that comply with the statutory and regulatory requirements for 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS nonattainment areas classified as Serious. In this action, the EPA is not making any final determination regarding its proposed determination for the Logan, Utah-Idaho, nonattainment area.
Air Quality Plans; Tennessee; Infrastructure Requirements for the 2012 PM2.5
Document Number: 2017-09390
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-05-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submission, submitted by the State of Tennessee, through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), on December 16, 2015, to demonstrate that the State meets the infrastructure requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) for the 2012 annual fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). The CAA requires that each state adopt and submit a SIP for the implementation, maintenance and enforcement of each NAAQS promulgated by EPA, which is commonly referred to as an ``infrastructure SIP submission.'' TDEC certified that the Tennessee SIP contains provisions that ensure the 2012 Annual PM2.5 NAAQS is implemented, enforced, and maintained in Tennessee. EPA is finalizing its determination that Tennessee's infrastructure SIP submission, provided to EPA on December 16, 2015, satisfies certain required infrastructure elements for the 2012 Annual PM2.5 NAAQS.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Virginia; Removal of Stage II Gasoline Vapor Recovery Requirements for Gasoline Dispensing Facilities
Document Number: 2017-09387
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-05-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Virginia. The revision includes regulatory amendments that allow gasoline dispensing facilities (GDFs) located in Northern Virginia, Fredericksburg, and Richmond that are currently required to install and operate vapor recovery equipment on gasoline dispensers (otherwise referred to as Stage II vapor recovery, or simply as Stage II) to decommission that equipment by January 2017. In prior rulemaking actions, EPA already approved Virginia's demonstrations that decommissioning Stage II is consistent with the Clean Air Act (CAA) and EPA guidance. The intended effect of this action is to approve Virginia's revised petroleum transfer and storage regulation to allow for decommissioning of Stage II equipment.