Significant New Use Rule on Certain Chemical Substances; Removal of Significant New Use Rules, 76897-76898 [2012-31403]

Download as PDF 76897 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 250 / Monday, December 31, 2012 / Rules and Regulations OHIO PM2.5 (ANNUAL NAAQS) Designation a Designated area Date 1 * * * * * Huntington-Ashland, OH. Adams County (part). Monroe Township. Sprigg Township. Gallia County (part). Addison Township. Cheshire Township. Lawrence County. Scioto County ................................................................................................................................................... * * * * * * * 12/31/12 * Type Attainment. * a Includes Indian Country located in each county or area, except as otherwise specified. 1 This date is 90 days after January 5, 2005, unless otherwise noted. * * * * number: (202) 564–9232; email address: Moss.Kenneth@epa.gov. For general information contact: The TSCA-Hotline, ABVI-Goodwill, 422 South Clinton Ave. Rochester, NY 14620; telephone number: (202) 554– 1404; email address: TSCAHotline@epa.gov. * [FR Doc. 2012–31276 Filed 12–28–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Parts 9 and 721 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: [EPA–HQ–OPPT–2011–0941; FRL–9369–8] I. Does this action apply to me? RIN 2070–AB27 A list of potentially affected entities is provided in the Federal Register of September 21, 2012 (77 FR 58666) (FRL–9357–2). If you have questions regarding the applicability of this action to a particular entity, consult the technical person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Significant New Use Rule on Certain Chemical Substances; Removal of Significant New Use Rules Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: ebenthall on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with II. What rules are being removed? EPA is removing significant new use rules (SNURs) promulgated under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for four chemical substances which were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs). EPA published these SNURs using direct final rulemaking procedures. EPA received notice of intent to submit adverse comments on these rules. Therefore, the Agency is removing these SNURs, as required under the expedited SNUR rulemaking process. EPA intends to publish in the near future proposed SNURs for these four chemical substances under separate notice and comment procedures. DATES: This final rule is effective December 31, 2012. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For technical information contact: Kenneth Moss, Chemical Control Division (7405M), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460–0001; telephone SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 01:38 Dec 29, 2012 Jkt 229001 In the Federal Register of September 21, 2012 (77 FR 58666), EPA issued several direct final SNURs, including SNURs for the chemical substances that are the subject of this removal. These direct final rules were issued pursuant to the procedures in 40 CFR part 721, subpart D. In accordance with § 721.160(c)(3)(ii), EPA is removing these rules issued for four chemical substances which were the subject of PMNs P–07–204, P–10–58, P–10–59, and P–10–60, because the Agency received notice of intent to submit adverse comments without sufficient time to respond prior to the effective date of the rules. EPA intends to publish proposed SNURs for these chemical substances under separate notice and comment procedures. For further information regarding EPA’s expedited process for issuing SNURs, interested parties are directed to 40 CFR part 721, subpart D, and the Federal Register of July 27, 1989 (54 FR 31314). The record for the direct final PO 00000 Frm 00089 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 SNURs for the chemical substances that are being removed was established at EPA–HQ–OPPT–2011–0941. That record includes information considered by the Agency in developing this rule and the notice of intent to submit adverse comments. III. How do I access the docket? To access the electronic docket, please go to http://www.regulations.gov and follow the online instructions to access docket ID number EPA–HQ– OPPT–2011–0941. Additional information about the Docket Facility is provided under ADDRESSES in the Federal Register of September 21, 2012 (77 FR 58666). If you have questions, consult the technical person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. IV. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews This final rule removes existing regulatory requirement and does not contain any new or amended requirements. As such, the Agency has determined that this removal will not have any adverse impacts, economic or otherwise. The statutory and executive order review requirements applicable to the direct final rule were discussed in the Federal Register of September 21, 2012 (77 FR 58666). Those review requirements do not apply to this action because it is a removal and does not contain any new or amended requirements. V. Congressional Review Act (CRA) The Congressional Review Act, 5 U.S.C. 801 et seq., generally provides that before a rule may take effect, the agency promulgating the rule must submit a rule report, which includes a copy of the rule, to each House of the Congress and to the Comptroller General E:\FR\FM\31DER1.SGM 31DER1 76898 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 250 / Monday, December 31, 2012 / Rules and Regulations of the United States. EPA will submit a report containing this rule and other required information to the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the Comptroller General of the United States prior to publication of the rule in the Federal Register. This rule is not a ‘‘major rule’’ as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804(2). DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR List of Subjects AGENCY: 40 CFR Part 9 ACTION: Environmental protection, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. SUMMARY: 40 CFR Part 721 Environmental protection, Chemicals, Hazardous substances, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. Dated: December 17, 2012. Maria J. Doa, Director, Chemical Control Division, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics. Therefore, 40 CFR parts 9 and 721 are amended as follows: PART 9—[AMENDED] 1. The authority citation for part 9 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 7 U.S.C. 135 et seq., 136–136y; 15 U.S.C. 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2601–2671; 21 U.S.C. 331j, 346a, 348; 31 U.S.C. 9701; 33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq., 1311, 1313d, 1314, 1318, 1321, 1326, 1330, 1342, 1344, 1345(d) and (e), 1361; E.O. 11735, 38 FR 21243, 3 CFR, 1971–1975 Comp. p. 973; 42 U.S.C. 241, 242b, 243, 246, 300f, 300g, 300g–1, 300g–2, 300g–3, 300g–4, 300g–5, 300g–6, 300j–1, 300j–2, 300j–3, 300j–4, 300j–9, 1857 et seq., 6901–6992k, 7401–7671q, 7542, 9601–9657, 11023, 11048. § 9.1 [Amended] 2. The table in § 9.1 is amended by removing the entries ‘‘§ 721.10509’’ and ‘‘§ 721.10515’’ under the undesignated center heading ‘‘Significant New Uses of Chemical Substances.’’ ■ PART 721—[AMENDED] 3. The authority citation for part 721 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 15 U.S.C. 2604, 2607, and 2625(c). § 721.10509 ebenthall on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with ■ 4. Remove § 721.10509. § 721.10515 ■ [Removed] [Removed] 5. Remove § 721.10515. [FR Doc. 2012–31403 Filed 12–28–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 01:38 Dec 29, 2012 Jkt 229001 Office of the Secretary 43 CFR Part 2 RIN 1093–AA15 Freedom of Information Act Regulations Office of the Secretary, Interior. Final rule. This rule revises the regulations that the Department of the Interior (the ‘‘Department’’) follows in processing records under the Freedom of Information Act (‘‘FOIA’’). The revisions clarify and update procedures for requesting information from the Department and procedures that the Department follows in responding to requests from the public. The revisions also incorporate clarifications and updates resulting from changes to the FOIA and case law. Finally, the revisions include current cost figures to be used in calculating and charging fees and increase the amount of information that members of the public may receive from the Department without being charged processing fees. DATES: Effective January 30, 2013. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Why We’re Publishing This Rule and What It Does A. Introduction The regulations are being revised to update, clarify, and streamline the language of procedural provisions, and to incorporate certain changes brought about by the amendments to the FOIA under the OPEN Government Act of 2007, Public Law 110–175, 121 Stat. 2524. Additionally, the regulations are being updated to reflect developments in the case law and to include current cost figures to be used in calculating and charging fees. The revisions also incorporate changes to the language and structure of the FOIA regulations in order to improve the Department’s FOIA performance. More nuanced multitrack processing can be found at § 2.15. Partial fee waivers are expressly permitted under § 2.45. Revisions of the Department’s fee schedule can be found at §§ 2.42, 2.49(a)(1), and Appendix A. The duplication charge for physical records or scanning records increased from thirteen to fifteen cents a page. The amount at or below which the Department will not charge a fee increased from $30.00 to $50.00. On September 13, 2012, the Department published a proposed rule PO 00000 Frm 00090 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 in the Federal Register (77 FR 56592) and requested comments over a 60-day period ending on November 13, 2012. All comments received were considered in drafting this final rule. B. Discussion of Comments Six commenters responded to the invitation for comments, including one commenter from a subcomponent of a Federal agency and five commenters from non-Federal sources. While most of the commenters generally supported the proposed changes, they identified thirty specific issues or recommendations, which the Department addressed as follows: The Final Rule Should Include More Information in Its Introductory Section One commenter suggested that § 2.1 discuss how to submit a FOIA request (and also expressed concern that the regulations might only allow FOIA requests to be submitted to the Department electronically). Because § 2.3 directly addresses where to send a FOIA request (and specifically discusses where to find the physical and email addresses of each bureau’s FOIA Officer), the Department has not adopted this suggestion. The Final Rule Should Not Create Unnecessary Burdens for Requesters One commenter suggested that requiring requesters to ‘‘write directly to the bureau that you believe maintains those records’’ in § 2.3(b) was overly burdensome and creates barriers to access, because requesters may not know where the records are maintained. However, § 2.3(d) specifically notes that ‘‘[q]uestions about where to send a FOIA request should be directed to the bureau that manages the underlying program or to the appropriate FOIA Public Liaison, as discussed in § 2.66.’’ Therefore, the Department does not believe § 2.3 is unduly burdensome and has not amended it. The Final Rule Should Provide Examples of How Requesters Can Reasonably Describe the Records They Seek One commenter suggested that examples of how requesters can reasonably describe the records they seek be added to § 2.5(b), and the Department has adopted this suggestion. The Final Rule Should Not Use the Ambiguous Phrase ‘‘Does Not Hear From You’’ One commenter suggested, in the context of § 2.5, that the use of ‘‘does not hear from you’’ was ambiguous. The Department has adopted this suggestion E:\FR\FM\31DER1.SGM 31DER1

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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 250 (Monday, December 31, 2012)]
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[FR Doc No: 2012-31403]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

40 CFR Parts 9 and 721

[EPA-HQ-OPPT-2011-0941; FRL-9369-8]
RIN 2070-AB27


Significant New Use Rule on Certain Chemical Substances; Removal 
of Significant New Use Rules

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: EPA is removing significant new use rules (SNURs) promulgated 
under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for four chemical 
substances which were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs). EPA 
published these SNURs using direct final rulemaking procedures. EPA 
received notice of intent to submit adverse comments on these rules. 
Therefore, the Agency is removing these SNURs, as required under the 
expedited SNUR rulemaking process. EPA intends to publish in the near 
future proposed SNURs for these four chemical substances under separate 
notice and comment procedures.

DATES: This final rule is effective December 31, 2012.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For technical information contact: 
Kenneth Moss, Chemical Control Division (7405M), Office of Pollution 
Prevention and Toxics, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 
Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: 
(202) 564-9232; email address: Moss.Kenneth@epa.gov.
    For general information contact: The TSCA-Hotline, ABVI-Goodwill, 
422 South Clinton Ave. Rochester, NY 14620; telephone number: (202) 
554-1404; email address: TSCA-Hotline@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Does this action apply to me?

    A list of potentially affected entities is provided in the Federal 
Register of September 21, 2012 (77 FR 58666) (FRL-9357-2). If you have 
questions regarding the applicability of this action to a particular 
entity, consult the technical person listed under FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT.

II. What rules are being removed?

    In the Federal Register of September 21, 2012 (77 FR 58666), EPA 
issued several direct final SNURs, including SNURs for the chemical 
substances that are the subject of this removal. These direct final 
rules were issued pursuant to the procedures in 40 CFR part 721, 
subpart D. In accordance with Sec.  721.160(c)(3)(ii), EPA is removing 
these rules issued for four chemical substances which were the subject 
of PMNs P-07-204, P-10-58, P-10-59, and P-10-60, because the Agency 
received notice of intent to submit adverse comments without sufficient 
time to respond prior to the effective date of the rules. EPA intends 
to publish proposed SNURs for these chemical substances under separate 
notice and comment procedures.
    For further information regarding EPA's expedited process for 
issuing SNURs, interested parties are directed to 40 CFR part 721, 
subpart D, and the Federal Register of July 27, 1989 (54 FR 31314). The 
record for the direct final SNURs for the chemical substances that are 
being removed was established at EPA-HQ-OPPT-2011-0941. That record 
includes information considered by the Agency in developing this rule 
and the notice of intent to submit adverse comments.

III. How do I access the docket?

    To access the electronic docket, please go to http://www.regulations.gov and follow the online instructions to access docket 
ID number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2011-0941. Additional information about the 
Docket Facility is provided under ADDRESSES in the Federal Register of 
September 21, 2012 (77 FR 58666). If you have questions, consult the 
technical person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

IV. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews

    This final rule removes existing regulatory requirement and does 
not contain any new or amended requirements. As such, the Agency has 
determined that this removal will not have any adverse impacts, 
economic or otherwise. The statutory and executive order review 
requirements applicable to the direct final rule were discussed in the 
Federal Register of September 21, 2012 (77 FR 58666). Those review 
requirements do not apply to this action because it is a removal and 
does not contain any new or amended requirements.

V. Congressional Review Act (CRA)

    The Congressional Review Act, 5 U.S.C. 801 et seq., generally 
provides that before a rule may take effect, the agency promulgating 
the rule must submit a rule report, which includes a copy of the rule, 
to each House of the Congress and to the Comptroller General

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of the United States. EPA will submit a report containing this rule and 
other required information to the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of 
Representatives, and the Comptroller General of the United States prior 
to publication of the rule in the Federal Register. This rule is not a 
``major rule'' as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804(2).

List of Subjects

40 CFR Part 9

    Environmental protection, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

40 CFR Part 721

    Environmental protection, Chemicals, Hazardous substances, 
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

    Dated: December 17, 2012.
Maria J. Doa,
Director, Chemical Control Division, Office of Pollution Prevention and 
Toxics.
    Therefore, 40 CFR parts 9 and 721 are amended as follows:

PART 9--[AMENDED]

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1. The authority citation for part 9 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  7 U.S.C. 135 et seq., 136-136y; 15 U.S.C. 2001, 
2003, 2005, 2006, 2601-2671; 21 U.S.C. 331j, 346a, 348; 31 U.S.C. 
9701; 33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq., 1311, 1313d, 1314, 1318, 1321, 1326, 
1330, 1342, 1344, 1345(d) and (e), 1361; E.O. 11735, 38 FR 21243, 3 
CFR, 1971-1975 Comp. p. 973; 42 U.S.C. 241, 242b, 243, 246, 300f, 
300g, 300g-1, 300g-2, 300g-3, 300g-4, 300g-5, 300g-6, 300j-1, 300j-
2, 300j-3, 300j-4, 300j-9, 1857 et seq., 6901-6992k, 7401-7671q, 
7542, 9601-9657, 11023, 11048.


Sec.  9.1  [Amended]

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2. The table in Sec.  9.1 is amended by removing the entries ``Sec.  
721.10509'' and ``Sec.  721.10515'' under the undesignated center 
heading ``Significant New Uses of Chemical Substances.''

PART 721--[AMENDED]

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3. The authority citation for part 721 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 15 U.S.C. 2604, 2607, and 2625(c).


Sec.  721.10509  [Removed]

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4. Remove Sec.  721.10509.


Sec.  721.10515  [Removed]

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5. Remove Sec.  721.10515.

[FR Doc. 2012-31403 Filed 12-28-12; 8:45 am]
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