Request for Applications for the IRS Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities
The Internal Revenue Service, Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division, is requesting applications for membership to serve on the Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT). Applications will be accepted for the following vacancies which will occur in May 2006: Two (2) employee plans; two (2) exempt organizations; two (2) Indian tribal governments; one (1) tax exempt bonds, and one (1) Federal, state and local governments. To ensure appropriate balance of membership, final selection from qualified candidates will be determined based on experience, qualifications, and other expertise. Due Date: Written applications or nominations must be received on or before November 25, 2005. Application: Applicants may use the ACT Application Form on the IRS Web site (http://www.irs.gov) or may send an application by letter with the following information: Name; Other Name(s) Used and Date(s) (required for FBI check); Date of Birth (required for FBI check); City and State of Birth (required for FBI check); Current Address; Telephone and Fax Numbers; and E-mail address, if any. Applications should also describe and document the proposed member's qualifications for membership on the ACT. Applicants should also specify the vacancy for which they wish to be considered.
Proposed Collection; Comment Request for Form 1127
The Department of the Treasury, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). Currently, the IRS is soliciting comments concerning Form 1127, Application For Extension of Time For Payment of Tax.
Proposed Collection; Comment Request for Announcement 2005-XX
The Department of the Treasury, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13(44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). Currently, the IRS is soliciting comments concerning Announcement 2005-XX, Management S Corporation/ESOP Settlement Initiative.
Agency Information Collection Activities Under OMB Review
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3521) this notice announces that the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Department of Veterans Affairs, has submitted the collection of information abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The PRA submission describes the nature of the information collection and its expected cost and burden; it includes the actual data collection instrument.
Proposed Information Collection Activity: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of a currently approved collection and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on the information needed to support a claim for disability benefits based on an accidental injury.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Comment Request; Master Appraisal Reports
The proposed information collection requirement described below will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act. The Department is soliciting public comments on the subject proposal.
Privacy Act of 1974; Notice of a Computer Matching Program
In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a), as amended by the Computer Matching and Privacy Protection Act of 1988 (Pub. L. 100-503), and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Guidelines on the Conduct of Matching Programs (54 FR 25818; June 19, 1989); and OMB Bulletin 89-22, ``Instructions on Reporting Computer Matching Programs to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Congress and the Public,'' HUD is issuing a public notice of its intent to conduct a recurring computer matching program with the VA to utilize a computer information system of HUD, the Credit Alert Interactive Verification and Reporting System (CAIVRS), with VA's debtor files. This match will allow prescreening of applicants for loans issued by or guaranteed by the Federal government to ascertain if the applicant is delinquent in paying a debt owed to or insured by the Federal government for HUD or VA direct or guaranteed loans. Before granting a loan, the lending agency and/or the authorized lending institution will be able to interrogate the CAIVRS debtor file and verify that the loan applicant is not in default on a Federal judgment or delinquent on direct or guaranteed loans of participating Federal agencies. The CAIVRS database contains delinquent debt information from the Departments of Agriculture, Education, Veteran Affairs, the Small Business Administration, and judgment lien data from the Department of Justice. Authorized users do a prescreening of CAIVRS to determine a loan applicant's credit status with the Federal government. As a result of the information produced by this match, the authorized users may not deny, terminate, or make a final decision on any loan assistance to an applicant or take other adverse action against such applicant, until an officer or employee of such agency has independently verified such information.
Pipeline Safety: Meetings of the Pipeline Safety Advisory Committees
This notice announces public meetings of PHMSA's Technical Pipeline Safety Standards Committee (TPSSC) and Technical Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Standards Committee (THLPSSC) to discuss regulatory issues.
Airworthiness Directives; Cessna Model 500, 501, 550, S550, 551, and 560 Airplanes
The FAA is revising an earlier proposed airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Cessna Model 500, 501, 550, S550, 551, and 560 airplanes. The original NPRM would have required revising the airplane flight manual (AFM) to prohibit use of the wing fuel boost pumps for defueling under certain conditions; installing a placard; doing other specified investigative and corrective actions as necessary; and modifying the boost pumps. The original NPRM also would have required the subsequent removal of the AFM revision and placard. The original NPRM resulted from a report of a chafed electrical wiring harness, which was arcing inside the fuel tank. This action revises the original NPRM by identifying certain service information not identified in the original NPRM. We are proposing this supplemental NPRM to prevent potential fuel vapor ignition in a fuel tank, which could result in explosion and loss of the airplane.
Importation of Meat That Originates in an FMD Region and Is Cured or Cooked in Another Region
We are proposing to amend the animal and animal product import regulations by adding provisions for the importation of cured or cooked shelf-stable meat derived from ruminants or swine that originate in a region where rinderpest or foot-and-mouth disease exists if the meat is cured or cooked in another region. This action would provide for the importation of these commodities while continuing to protect the U.S. ruminant and swine populations against incursions of rinderpest and foot-and-mouth disease.
Privacy Act of 1974; Computer Matching Program
Section 421(a)(1) of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 862(a)(1)) includes provisions regarding the judicial denial of Federal benefits. Section 421 of the Controlled Substances Act, which was originally enacted as section 5301 of the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, but amended and redesignated as section 421 of the Controlled Substances Act by section 1002(d) of the Crime Control Act of 1990, Public Law 101-647 (hereinafter referred to as ``Section 5301'') authorizes Federal and State judges to deny certain Federal benefits (including student financial assistance under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA)) to individuals convicted of drug trafficking or possession. In order to ensure that HEA Title IV student financial assistance is not awarded to individuals subject to denial of benefits under court orders issued pursuant to section 5301, the Department of Justice and the Department of Education implemented a computer matching program. The 18-month computer matching agreement (CMA) was recertified for an additional 12 months on December 18, 2004. The 12-month recertification of the CMA will automatically expire on December 18, 2005. The Department of Education must continue to obtain from the Department of Justice identifying information regarding individuals who are the subject of section 5301 denial of benefits court orders. The purpose of this notice is to announce the continued operation of the computer matching program and to provide certain required information concerning the computer matching program. In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a), as amended by the Computer Matching and Privacy Protection Act of 1988 (Pub. L. 100-503), Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Guidelines on the Conduct of Matching Programs (see 54 FR 25818, June 19, 1989), and OMB Circular A-130, the following information is provided: 1. Names of Participating Agencies. The Department of Education (ED) (recipient agency) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) (source agency). 2. Purpose of the Match. This matching program is designed to assist ED in enforcing the sanctions imposed under section 5301. 3. Authority for Conducting the Matching Program. Under section 5301, ED must deny Federal benefits to any individual upon whom a Federal or State court order has imposed a penalty denying eligibility for those benefits. Student financial assistance under Title IV of the HEA is a Federal benefit under section 5301 and ED must, in order to meet its obligations under the HEA, have access to information about individuals who have been declared ineligible under section 5301. The President's plan for immediate implementation of section 5301 (Pub. L. 100-690), as transmitted to the Congress on August 30, 1989 in accordance with section 5301(g), directed DOJ to act as an information clearinghouse for Federal agencies. While DOJ provides information about section 5301 individuals who are ineligible for Federal benefits to the General Services Administration (GSA) for inclusion in GSA's List of Parties Excluded from Federal Procurements and Nonprocurement Programs, DOJ and ED have determined that matching against the DOJ database is more efficient and effective than access to the GSA List. The DOJ database has specific information about the Title IV, HEA programs for which individuals are ineligible as well as the expiration of the debarment period, making the DOJ database more complete than the GSA List. Both of these elements are essential for a successful match. 4. Categories of Records and Individuals Covered by the Match. ED will submit for verification, records from its Central Processing System files (Federal Student Aid Application File (18-11-01)), the social security number (SSN), and other identifying information for each applicant for HEA Title IV student financial assistance. ED will use the SSN, date of birth, and the first two letters of an applicant's last name for the match. The DOJ Denial of Federal Benefits Clearinghouse System (DEBAR) (OJP-0013) contains the names, social security numbers, dates of birth, and other identifying information regarding individuals convicted of Federal or State offenses involving drug trafficking or possession of a controlled substance who have been denied Federal benefits by Federal or State courts. This system of records also contains information concerning the specific program or programs for which benefits have been denied, as well as the duration of the period of ineligibility. DOJ will make available for the matching program the records of only those individuals who have been denied Federal benefits under one or more of the Title IV, HEA programs. 5. Effective Dates of the Matching Program. The matching program will become effective on December 19, 2005; or 40 days after a report concerning the matching program has been transmitted to OMB and transmitted to the Congress along with a copy of the CMA; or 30 days after publication of this notice in the Federal Register, whichever date is last. The matching program will continue for 18 months after the effective date of the CMA and may be extended for an additional 12 months thereafter, if the conditions specified in 5 U.S.C. 552a(o)(2)(D) have been met. 6. Address for Receipt of Public Comments or Inquiries. Ms. Marya Dennis, Management and Program Analyst, U.S. Department of Education, Federal Student Aid, Union Center Plaza, 830 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20202-5454. Telephone: (202) 377-3385. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339. Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape or computer diskette) on request to the contact person listed in the preceding paragraph.
Endangered Species; File No. 1475
Notice is hereby given that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FFWCC), Florida Marine Research Institute (Richard E. Matheson, Principal Investigator), 1481 Market Circle, Unit 1, Port Charlotte, FL 33953 has been issued a permit to take smalltooth sawfish, Pristis pectinata, for purposes of scientific research.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Fisheries; Suspension of Minimum Atlantic Surfclam Size Limit for Fishing Year 2006
NMFS suspends the minimum size limit of 4.75 inches (120 mm) for Atlantic surfclams for the 2006 fishing year. This action is taken under the authority of the implementing regulations for this fishery, which allow for the annual suspension of the minimum size limit based upon set criteria. The intended effect is to relieve the industry from a regulatory burden that is not necessary, as the majority of surfclams harvested are larger than the minimum size limit.
Fisheries off the West Coast States and in the Western Pacific; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement or Environmental Assessment for Fishing Conducted Under the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan
NMFS, in cooperation with the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council), announces its intention to prepare an EIS or an EA in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to assess the impacts of the 2007-2008 Pacific Coast groundfish fishery specifications and management measures on the human, biological, and physical environment.
Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold its 129th meeting to consider and take actions on fishery management issues in the Western Pacific Region.
Office of Fossil Energy; Transalta Energy Marketing Corp., Husky Gas Marketing Inc., Cinergy Marketing & Trading, LP, Cinergy Canada, Inc., Conocophillips Company, Enterprise Products Operating L.P., Oxy Energy Canada, Inc., Oxy Energy Canada, LLC, TXU Portfolio Management Company, L.P., Wisconsin Public Service Corporation, Portland General Electric Company, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Public Utility District No. 1 of Clark County, Washington, Emera Energy Services, Inc., Tristar Producers Services of Texas, L.P., Energia de Baja California, S. de R.L. C.V.; Orders Granting and Vacating Authority To Import and Export Natural Gas, Including Liquefied Natural Gas
The Office of Fossil Energy (FE) of the Department of Energy gives notice that during August and September 2005, it issued Orders granting and vacating authority to import and export natural gas, including liquefied natural gas. These Orders are summarized in the attached appendix and may be found on the FE Web site at http:// www.fe.doe.gov (select gas regulation). They are also available for inspection and copying in the Office of Natural Gas Regulatory Activities, Docket Room 3E-033, Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585, (202) 586-9478. The Docket Room is open between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
Notice of Proposed Tariff Change
The Southwestern Power Administration (Southwestern) is revising its Open Access Transmission Service Tariff (Tariff). Southwestern's existing Tariff was approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) on May 13, 1998. Southwestern intends to update certain Tariff provisions from its original Tariff filing to reflect the agreement executed between Southwestern and the Southwest Power Pool Regional Transmission Organization (SPP RTO), and to further clarify the limitation Southwestern has in the use of generation from facilities owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Publication of this Federal Register notice announces a public meeting and an opportunity for informal comment on Southwestern's revised Tariff prior to filing with the Commission.
Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board, Oak Ridge Reservation
This notice announces a meeting of the Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board (EMSSAB), Oak Ridge Reservation. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. No. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of this meeting be announced in the Federal Register.
Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board, Idaho National Laboratory
This notice announces a meeting of the Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board (EMSSAB), Idaho National Laboratory. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of this meeting be announced in the Federal Register.
Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board, Fernald
This notice announces a meeting of the Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board (EMSSAB), Fernald. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of this meeting be announced in the Federal Register.
State Energy Advisory Board
This notice announces a meeting of the State Energy Advisory Board (STEAB). The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Public Law 92-463; 86 Stat. 770), requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register.
Notice of Government Owned Inventions Available for Licensing
The inventions listed below are owned in whole by the U.S. Government, as represented by the Department of Commerce. The inventions are available for licensing in accordance with 35 U.S.C. 207 and 37 CFR part 404 to achieve expeditious commercialization of results of federally funded research and development.
Judges Panel of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. app. 2, notice is hereby given that the Judges Panel of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award will meet Monday, November 14, 2005, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday, November 15, 2005, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday, November 16, 2005, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Thursday, November 17, 2005, and Friday, November 18, 2005, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Judges Panel is composed of ten members prominent in the field of quality management and appointed by the Secretary of Commerce. The purpose of this meeting is to review and make recommendations regarding the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award program, processes, and procedures within the guidelines set forth by the Baldrige Program's Board of Overseers.
This rule amends the passport regulations to incorporate changes related to introduction of the electronic passport. The rule defines ``electronic passport,'' includes a damaged electronic chip as an additional basis for possible invalidation of a passport and provides for no fee issuance of a replacement passport if an electronic chip fails.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection, Comment Request
To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, we are inviting comments on a collection of information that we will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The title of this information collection request (ICR) is ``30 CFR Part 227Delegation to States; 30 CFR Part 228Cooperative Activities with States and Indian Tribes; and 30 CFR Part 229 Delegation to States.'' We changed the title of this ICR to clarify the regulatory language we are covering under 30 CFR parts 227, 228, and 229 and to reflect OMB approval of consolidation of two ICRs, titled: 1010-0087: 30 CFR Part 228Cooperative Activities with States and Indian Tribes; and 1010-0088: 30 CFR Part 227Delegation to States. In the two ICRs, much of the general information was repeated and cross referenced. This consolidated ICR 1010-0087 eliminates that duplication of effort and redundancy of data and, also, includes 30 CFR part 229 information collection burden hours, which were not included in the previous information collections (1010-0087 and 1010-0088).
Oil and Gas and Sulphur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)-Plans and Information-Protection of Marine Mammals and Threatened and Endangered Species
MMS is extending to January 6, 2006, the comment period of the proposed rule titled, ``Oil and Gas and Sulphur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)Plans and InformationProtection of Marine Mammals and Threatened and Endangered Species'' published on September 6, 2005 (70 FR 52953). The previous deadline for comments was November 7, 2005. This notice will extend the original 60-day comment period to 120 days. This extension is necessary because of damage caused in the New Orleans area by Hurricane Katrina and the Louisiana/Texas area by Hurricane Rita and subsequent flooding. The extension will provide additional time to the oil and gas industry for reviewing and preparing comments to the rule as it recovers from these disasters.
Office of the Commissioner; Cost-of-Living Increase and Other Determinations for 2006
The Commissioner has determined (1) A 4.1 percent cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits under title II of the Social Security Act (the Act), effective for December 2005; (2) An increase in the Federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) monthly benefit amounts under title XVI of the Act for 2006 to $603 for an eligible individual, $904 for an eligible individual with an eligible spouse, and $302 for an essential person; (3) The student earned income exclusion to be $1,460 per month in 2006 but not more than $5,910 in all of 2006; (4) The dollar fee limit for services performed as a representative payee to be $33 per month ($64 per month in the case of a beneficiary who is disabled and has an alcoholism or drug addiction condition that leaves him or her incapable of managing benefits) in 2006; (5) The national average wage index for 2004 to be $35,648.55; (6) The Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) contribution and benefit base to be $94,200 for remuneration paid in 2006 and self-employment income earned in taxable years beginning in 2006; (7) The monthly exempt amounts under the Social Security retirement earnings test for taxable years ending in calendar year 2006 to be $1,040 and $2,770; (8) The dollar amounts (``bend points'') used in the primary insurance amount benefit formula for workers who become eligible for benefits, or who die before becoming eligible, in 2006 to be $656 and $3,955; (9) The dollar amounts (``bend points'') used in the formula for computing maximum family benefits for workers who become eligible for benefits, or who die before becoming eligible, in 2006 to be $838, $1,210, and $1,578; (10) The amount of taxable earnings a person must have to be credited with a quarter of coverage in 2006 to be $970; (11) The ``old-law'' contribution and benefit base to be $69,900 for 2006; (12) The monthly amount deemed to constitute substantial gainful activity for statutorily blind individuals in 2006 to be $1,450, and the corresponding amount for non-blind disabled persons to be $860; (13) The earnings threshold establishing a month as a part of a trial work period to be $620 for 2006; and (14) Coverage thresholds for 2006 to be $1,500 for domestic workers and $1,300 for election workers.
National Pollution Prevention and Toxics Advisory Committee (NPPTAC); Notice of Public Teleconference
Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C. App.2 (Public Law 92-463), EPA gives notice of a public teleconference of the National Pollution Prevention and Toxics Advisory Committee (NPPTAC). The purpose of the teleconference is to provide advice and recommendations to EPA regarding the overall policy and operations of the programs of the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT). The meeting is open to the public. However, due to limited space, seating will be on a first come basis.
Privacy Act of 1974: Notice of New System of Records
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (the Commission), under the requirements of the Privacy Act of 1974, 5 U.S.C. 552a, is publishing a description of a new system of records.
Federal Agency Hazardous Waste Compliance Docket (Federal Docket Management System #-SFUND-2005-0004)
Section 120(c) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA), as amended by the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA), requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish a Federal Agency Hazardous Waste Compliance Docket. The docket is to contain certain information about Federal facilities that manage hazardous waste or from which hazardous substances have been or may be released. (As defined by CERCLA section 101(22), a release is any spilling, leaking, pumping, pouring, emitting, emptying, discharging, injecting, escaping, leaching, dumping, or disposing into the environment.) CERCLA requires that the docket be updated every six months, as new facilities are reported to EPA by Federal agencies. The following list identifies the Federal facilities to be included in this twenty-first update of the docket and includes facilities not previously listed on the docket and reported to EPA since the last update of the docket, 69 FR 75951, December 20, 2004, which was current as of September 13, 2004. SARA, as amended by the Defense Authorization Act of 1997, specifies that, for each Federal facility that is included on the docket during an update, evaluation shall be completed in accordance with a reasonable schedule. Such site evaluation activities will help determine whether the Federal facility should be included on the National Priorities List (NPL) and will provide EPA and the public with valuable information about the facility. In addition to the list of additions to the docket, this notice includes a section that comprises revisions (that is, corrections and deletions) of the previous docket list. This update contains 3 additions and 12 deletions since the previous update, as well as numerous other corrections to the docket list. At the time of publication of this notice, the new total number of Federal facilities listed on the docket is 2,282.
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, Ventura County Air Pollution Control District
EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (VCAPCD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from surface cleaning operations. We are proposing to approve local rules to regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act).
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, Ventura County Air Pollution Control District
EPA is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (VCAPCD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from surface cleaning operations. We are approving local rules that regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act).
Meeting of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council-Notice of Public Meeting
Under section 10(a)(2) of Public Law 92-423, The Federal Advisory Committee Act, notice is hereby given for a meeting of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC or Council). This Council was authorized by the Safe Drinking Water Act in 1974 (42 U.S.C. 300f et seq.) to support the Environmental Protection Agency in performing its duties and responsibilities related to the national drinking water program. The principal items on the Agenda for this meeting include: A report from the Council's Working Group on the near- term efforts to revise performance measures and indicators for the drinking water program; a presentation and discussion of the water program's sustainable infrastructure initiative; an update on the implementation of the recommendations in the Report on Water Security Practices, Incentives, and Measures, which the Council sent to EPA's Administrator in June 2005. Other EPA drinking water program activities will be addressed if sufficient time is available.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; CO; PM10
EPA is taking final action to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Colorado on July 31, 2002, for the purpose of redesignating the Lamar, Colorado area from nonattainment to attainment for particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter less than or equal to a nominal 10 micrometers (PM10) under the 1987 standards. The Governor's submittal, among other things, documents that the Lamar area has attained the PM10 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), requests redesignation to attainment and includes a maintenance plan for the area demonstrating maintenance of the PM10 NAAQS for ten years. EPA is approving this redesignation request and maintenance plan because Colorado has met the applicable requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA), as amended. Upon the effective date of this approval, the Lamar area will be designated attainment for the PM10 NAAQS. This action is being taken under sections 107, 110, and 175A of the Clean Air Act.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans: NC: Approval of Revisions to the Control of Visible Emissions Rule
EPA is taking final action to approve the Control of Visible Emissions portion of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted to EPA, by the State of North Carolina, on December 14, 2004. EPA is approving changes to the opacity standards for sources required to install, operate and maintain continuous opacity monitoring systems (COMs). These changes do not increase the number of exceptions or the number of minutes per day for exceptions, but allow the aggregation of the daily exceptions. At this time, we are not taking final action on the remaining portions of the SIP revision submitted by the State on December 14, 2004.
Shasta Lake Water Resources Investigation, Shasta and Tehama Counties, CA
The Bureau of Reclamation will hold an additional public scoping meeting to solicit input on the scope of the environmental document, alternatives, concerns, and issues to be addressed in the EIS to be prepared. The notice of intent to prepare the EIS and notice of public scoping meetings was published in the Federal Register on October 7, 2005 (70 FR 58744).