Integrated Science Assessment for Oxides of Nitrogen and Sulfur-Environmental Criteria, 75716-75717 [E8-29347]

Download as PDF jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES 75716 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 240 / Friday, December 12, 2008 / Notices Dining Facilities would be Constructed in three of the four Cantonment Areas, Fort Benning, GA, Comment Period Ends: 01/26/2009, Contact: Bob Ross, 703–602–2878. EIS No. 20080507, Final EIS, FHW, CA, CA–76 Corridor Project, Transportation Improvements from Melrose Drive to South Mission Road, San Diego County, CA, Wait Period Ends: 01/16/2009, Contact: Susanne Glasgow, 619–688–0100. EIS No. 20080508, Draft EIS, COE, OH, Lorain Harbor. Ohio Federal Navigation Project, Dredged Material Management Plan, Implementation, Lorain Harbor, Lorain County, Ohio, Comment Period Ends: 01/30/2009, Contact: William Butler, 716–879– 4268. EIS No. 20080509, Final EIS, IBR, ND, Northwest Area Water Supply Project, To Construct a Biota Water Treatment Plant, Lake Sakakawea, Missouri River Basin to Hudson Bay Basin, Divide, Williams, Burke, Renville, Bottineau, Pierce, McHenry, Ward, Mountrail and McLean Counties, ND, Wait Period Ends: 01/12/2009, Contact: Alicia Waters, 701–221– 1206. EIS No. 20080510, Final EIS, STB, 00, Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railroad (Finance Docket No. 35087) Proposed Acquisition by Canadian National (CN) Railway and Grand Trunk Corporation to connect all Five of CN’s Rail lines, Chicago, Illinois and Gary, Indiana, Wait Period Ends: 01/ 12/2009, Contact: Phillis JohnsonBall, 202–245–0304. EIS No. 20080511, Final Supplement, USN, 00, Developing Home Port Facilities for Three NIMITZ-Class Aircraft Carriers in Support of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, New Circumstances and Information to Supplements (the 1999 FEIS) Coronado, CA, Wait Period Ends: 01/12/2009, Contact: Robert Montana, 619–556–8509. EIS No. 20080512, Final EIS, USN, 00, Atlantic Fleet Active Sonar Training Program, To Provide Mid- and HighFrequency Active Sonar Technology and the Improved Ext ended Echo Ranging (IEER) System during Atlantic Fleet Training Exercises, Along the East Coast of United States (U.S.) and in the Gulf of Mexico, Wait Period Ends: 01/05/2009: EPA Approved a Reduce Wait Period because of Compelling Reasons of National Policy Pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1506.10(c). Contact: Todd Williamson, 757–322–8162. Amended Notices EIS No. 20080469, Draft EIS, FTA, HI, Honolulu High-Capacity Transit VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:56 Dec 11, 2008 Jkt 217001 Corridor Project, Provide HighCapacity Transit Service on O’ahu from Kapolei to the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Waikiki, City and County of Honolulu, O’ahu, Hawaii, Comment Period Ends: 01/07/ 2009, Contact: Ted Matley, 415–744– 3133. Revision to FR Notice Published 11/21/2008: Correction to the Federal Agency. EIS No. 20080497, Draft EIS, STA, 00, Alberta Clipper Pipeline Project, Application for a Presidential Permit to Construction, Operation and Maintenance of Facilities in ND, MN and WI, Comment Period Ends: 01/ 30/2009, Contact: Elizabeth Orlando, Esq., 202–647–4284. Revision to FR Published 12/05/2008: Extending Comment Period from 01/20/2009 to 01/30/2009. EIS No. 20080498, Final EIS, NOA, CA, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Management Plan, Implementation, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, CA, Wait Period Ends: 01/05/2009, Contact: Chris Mobley, 805–966–7107 ext. 465. Revision to FR Notice Published 12/ 05/2008: Correction to Status from Final Supplement to Final. Dated: December 9, 2008. Robert W. Hargrove, Director, NEPA Compliance Division, Office of Federal Activities. [FR Doc. E8–29491 Filed 12–11–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL–8750–6] Integrated Science Assessment for Oxides of Nitrogen and Sulfur— Environmental Criteria AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice of Availability. SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is announcing the availability of a final document entitled, ‘‘Integrated Science Assessment for Oxides of Nitrogen and Sulfur— Ecological Criteria,’’ and the supplementary annexes (EPA/600/R–08/ 082F). The document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within EPA’s Office of Research and Development as part of the review of the secondary National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for oxides of nitrogen and sulfur. EPA’s secondary NAAQS are based on ecological and welfare effects. PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DATES: The document will be available on or about December 12, 2008. ADDRESSES: The ‘‘Integrated Science Assessment for Oxides of Nitrogen and Sulfur—Environmental Criteria’’ will be available primarily via the Internet on the National Center for Environmental Assessment’s home page under the Recent Additions and Publications menus at https://www.epa.gov/ncea. A limited number of CD–ROM or paper copies will be available. Contact Ms. Ellen Lorang by phone (919–541–2771), fax (919–541–5078), or e-mail (lorang.ellen@epa.gov) to request either of these, and please provide your name, your mailing address, and the document title, ‘‘Integrated Science Assessment for Oxides of Nitrogen and Sulfur— Environmental Criteria’’ (EPA/600/R– 08/082F), to facilitate processing of your request. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For technical information, contact Tara Greaver, Ph.D., NCEA [telephone: 919– 541–2435; facsimile: 919–541–5078; or e-mail: greaver.tara@epa.gov]. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 108(a) of the Clean Air Act directs the Administrator to identify certain pollutants that ‘‘may reasonably be anticipated to endanger public health and welfare’’ and to issue air quality criteria for them. These air quality criteria are to ‘‘accurately reflect the latest scientific knowledge useful in indicating the kind and extent of all identifiable effects on public health or welfare which may be expected from the presence of [a] pollutant in the ambient air. * * *’’ Under section 109 of the Act, EPA is then to establish NAAQS for each pollutant for which EPA has issued criteria. Section 109(d) of the Act requires subsequent periodic review and, if appropriate, revision of existing air quality criteria to reflect advances in scientific knowledge on the effects of the pollutant on public health and welfare. EPA is also to revise the NAAQS, if appropriate, based on the revised air quality criteria. Oxides of nitrogen and sulfur are two of six principal (or ‘‘criteria’’) pollutants for which EPA has established air quality criteria and NAAQS. EPA periodically reviews the scientific basis for these standards by preparing an Integrated Science Assessment (ISA) (formerly called an Air Quality Criteria Document). The ISA and supplementary annexes, in conjunction with additional technical and policy assessments, provide the scientific basis for EPA decisions on the adequacy of a current NAAQS and the appropriateness of new or revised standards. The Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee E:\FR\FM\12DEN1.SGM 12DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 240 / Friday, December 12, 2008 / Notices jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES (CASAC), an independent science advisory committee established pursuant to section 109 of the Clean Air Act and part of the EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB), provides independent scientific advice on NAAQS matters, including advice on EPA’s draft ISAs. EPA formally initiated its current review of the criteria for oxides of nitrogen and sulfur in December 2005 (70 FR 73236) and May 2006 (71 FR 28023) respectively, requesting the submission of recent scientific information on specified topics. In the initial stages of the criteria reviews, EPA recognized the merit of integrating the science assessment for these two pollutants due to their combined effects on atmospheric chemistry, deposition processes, and environment-related public welfare effects. In July 2007 (72 FR 34004), EPA held a workshop to discuss, with invited scientific experts, initial draft materials prepared in the development of the ISA and supplementary annexes for oxides of nitrogen and sulfur. EPA’s ‘‘Draft Plan for Review of the Secondary National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Nitrogen Dioxide and Sulfur Dioxide’’ was made available in September 2007 for public comment and was discussed by the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) via a publicly accessible teleconference consultation on October 30, 2007 (72 FR 57568). EPA made its Draft Plan available on EPA’s Web site: https://www.epa.gov/ttn/ naaqs/standards/no2so2sec/cr_pd.html. The draft ‘‘Integrated Science Assessment for Oxides of Nitrogen and Sulfur—Environmental Criteria; First External Review Draft’’ was released for review on December 21, 2007 (72 FR 72719). The CASAC reviewed the first draft document at a public peer review meeting on April 2–3, 2008. EPA addressed comments from the CASAC and the public in the second external review draft document, ‘‘Integrated Science Assessment for Oxides of Nitrogen and Sulfur—Environmental Criteria; Second External Review Draft,’’ which was released for public comment on August 12, 2008 (72 FR 46908). The second draft was reviewed by the CASAC at a public meeting on October 2–3, 2008. EPA has considered comments by CASAC and by the public in preparing this final ISA. Dated: December 4, 2008. Rebecca Clark, Acting Director, National Center for Environmental Assessment. [FR Doc. E8–29347 Filed 12–11–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:56 Dec 11, 2008 Jkt 217001 ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–New England Region I—EPA–R01– OW–2008–0875; FRL–8751–3] Maine Marine Sanitation Device Standard—Receipt of Petition AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice—Receipt of Petition. SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that a petition has been received from the state of Maine requesting a determination by the Regional Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, that adequate facilities for the safe and sanitary removal and treatment of sewage from all vessels are reasonably available for the waters of Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Wells. DATES: Comments due by January 12, 2009. Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA–R01– OW–2008–0875, by one of the following methods: https://www.regulations.gov, Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments. • E-mail: rodney.ann@epa.gov. • Fax: (617) 918–0538. Mail and hand delivery: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency—New England Region, One Congress Street, Suite 1100, COP, Boston, MA 02114– 2023. Deliveries are only accepted during the Regional Office’s normal hours of operation (8 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays), and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information. Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA–R01–OW–2008– 0875. EPA’s policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online at https:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through https:// www.regulations.gov, or e-mail. The https://www.regulations.gov Web site is an ‘‘anonymous access’’ system, which means EPA will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an e-mail comment directly to EPA without going through https:// www.regulations.gov your e-mail address will be automatically captured ADDRESSES: PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 75717 and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet. If you submit an electronic comment, EPA recommends that you include your name and other contact information in the body of your comment and with any disk or CD–ROM you submit. If EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, EPA may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid the use of special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses. Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the https:// www.regulations.gov index. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, e.g., CBI or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copy-righted material, will be publicly available only in hard copy. Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically in https:// www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency—New England Region, One Congress Street, Suite 1100, COP, Boston, MA 02114–2023. Such deliveries are only accepted during the Regional Office’s normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information. The Regional Office is open from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number is (617) 918–1538. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ann Rodney, U. S. Environmental Protection Agency—New England Region, One Congress Street, Suite 1100, COP, Boston, MA 02114–2023. Telephone: (617) 918–1538, Fax number: (617) 918– 0538; e-mail address: rodney.ann@epa.gov. Notice is hereby given that a petition has been received from the State of Maine requesting a determination by the Regional Administrator, U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, pursuant to section 312(f)(3) of Public Law 92–500 as amended by Public Law 95–217 and Public Law 100–4, that adequate facilities for the safe and sanitary removal and treatment of sewage from all vessels are reasonably available for the Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Wells area. The proposed no discharge area for the KENNEBUNK/KENNEBUNKPORT/ WELLS: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\12DEN1.SGM 12DEN1

Agencies

[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 240 (Friday, December 12, 2008)]
[Notices]
[Pages 75716-75717]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-29347]


-----------------------------------------------------------------------

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[FRL-8750-6]


Integrated Science Assessment for Oxides of Nitrogen and Sulfur--
Environmental Criteria

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice of Availability.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is announcing the 
availability of a final document entitled, ``Integrated Science 
Assessment for Oxides of Nitrogen and Sulfur--Ecological Criteria,'' 
and the supplementary annexes (EPA/600/R-08/082F). The document was 
prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) 
within EPA's Office of Research and Development as part of the review 
of the secondary National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for 
oxides of nitrogen and sulfur. EPA's secondary NAAQS are based on 
ecological and welfare effects.

DATES: The document will be available on or about December 12, 2008.

ADDRESSES: The ``Integrated Science Assessment for Oxides of Nitrogen 
and Sulfur--Environmental Criteria'' will be available primarily via 
the Internet on the National Center for Environmental Assessment's home 
page under the Recent Additions and Publications menus at https://
www.epa.gov/ncea. A limited number of CD-ROM or paper copies will be 
available. Contact Ms. Ellen Lorang by phone (919-541-2771), fax (919-
541-5078), or e-mail (lorang.ellen@epa.gov) to request either of these, 
and please provide your name, your mailing address, and the document 
title, ``Integrated Science Assessment for Oxides of Nitrogen and 
Sulfur--Environmental Criteria'' (EPA/600/R-08/082F), to facilitate 
processing of your request.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For technical information, contact 
Tara Greaver, Ph.D., NCEA [telephone: 919-541-2435; facsimile: 919-541-
5078; or e-mail: greaver.tara@epa.gov].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 108(a) of the Clean Air Act directs 
the Administrator to identify certain pollutants that ``may reasonably 
be anticipated to endanger public health and welfare'' and to issue air 
quality criteria for them. These air quality criteria are to 
``accurately reflect the latest scientific knowledge useful in 
indicating the kind and extent of all identifiable effects on public 
health or welfare which may be expected from the presence of [a] 
pollutant in the ambient air. * * *'' Under section 109 of the Act, EPA 
is then to establish NAAQS for each pollutant for which EPA has issued 
criteria. Section 109(d) of the Act requires subsequent periodic review 
and, if appropriate, revision of existing air quality criteria to 
reflect advances in scientific knowledge on the effects of the 
pollutant on public health and welfare. EPA is also to revise the 
NAAQS, if appropriate, based on the revised air quality criteria.
    Oxides of nitrogen and sulfur are two of six principal (or 
``criteria'') pollutants for which EPA has established air quality 
criteria and NAAQS. EPA periodically reviews the scientific basis for 
these standards by preparing an Integrated Science Assessment (ISA) 
(formerly called an Air Quality Criteria Document). The ISA and 
supplementary annexes, in conjunction with additional technical and 
policy assessments, provide the scientific basis for EPA decisions on 
the adequacy of a current NAAQS and the appropriateness of new or 
revised standards. The Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee

[[Page 75717]]

(CASAC), an independent science advisory committee established pursuant 
to section 109 of the Clean Air Act and part of the EPA's Science 
Advisory Board (SAB), provides independent scientific advice on NAAQS 
matters, including advice on EPA's draft ISAs.
    EPA formally initiated its current review of the criteria for 
oxides of nitrogen and sulfur in December 2005 (70 FR 73236) and May 
2006 (71 FR 28023) respectively, requesting the submission of recent 
scientific information on specified topics. In the initial stages of 
the criteria reviews, EPA recognized the merit of integrating the 
science assessment for these two pollutants due to their combined 
effects on atmospheric chemistry, deposition processes, and 
environment-related public welfare effects. In July 2007 (72 FR 34004), 
EPA held a workshop to discuss, with invited scientific experts, 
initial draft materials prepared in the development of the ISA and 
supplementary annexes for oxides of nitrogen and sulfur. EPA's ``Draft 
Plan for Review of the Secondary National Ambient Air Quality Standards 
for Nitrogen Dioxide and Sulfur Dioxide'' was made available in 
September 2007 for public comment and was discussed by the Clean Air 
Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) via a publicly accessible 
teleconference consultation on October 30, 2007 (72 FR 57568). EPA made 
its Draft Plan available on EPA's Web site: https://www.epa.gov/ttn/
naaqs/standards/no2so2sec/cr_pd.html. The draft ``Integrated Science 
Assessment for Oxides of Nitrogen and Sulfur--Environmental Criteria; 
First External Review Draft'' was released for review on December 21, 
2007 (72 FR 72719). The CASAC reviewed the first draft document at a 
public peer review meeting on April 2-3, 2008. EPA addressed comments 
from the CASAC and the public in the second external review draft 
document, ``Integrated Science Assessment for Oxides of Nitrogen and 
Sulfur--Environmental Criteria; Second External Review Draft,'' which 
was released for public comment on August 12, 2008 (72 FR 46908). The 
second draft was reviewed by the CASAC at a public meeting on October 
2-3, 2008. EPA has considered comments by CASAC and by the public in 
preparing this final ISA.

    Dated: December 4, 2008.
Rebecca Clark,
Acting Director, National Center for Environmental Assessment.
 [FR Doc. E8-29347 Filed 12-11-08; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 6560-50-P