Release of Draft Integrated Review Plan for the Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Sulfur Dioxide, 14035-14036 [2014-05381]

Download as PDF tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 48 / Wednesday, March 12, 2014 / Notices was published in the Federal Register (70 FR 59848) and codified as part 3 of title 40 of the CFR. CROMERR establishes electronic reporting as an acceptable regulatory alternative to paper reporting and establishes requirements to assure that electronic documents are as legally dependable as their paper counterparts. Subpart D of CROMERR requires that state, tribal or local government agencies that receive, or wish to begin receiving, electronic reports under their EPA-authorized programs must apply to EPA for a revision or modification of those programs and obtain EPA approval. Subpart D provides standards for such approvals based on consideration of the electronic document receiving systems that the state, tribe, or local government will use to implement the electronic reporting. Additionally, § 3.1000(b) through (e) of 40 CFR part 3, subpart D provides special procedures for program revisions and modifications to allow electronic reporting, to be used at the option of the state, tribe or local government in place of procedures available under existing programspecific authorization regulations. An application submitted under the subpart D procedures must show that the state, tribe or local government has sufficient legal authority to implement the electronic reporting components of the programs covered by the application and will use electronic document receiving systems that meet the applicable subpart D requirements. On January 14, 2010, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) submitted an application titled ‘‘Regulatory Services Portal (RSP)’’ for revisions/modifications of its EPAauthorized programs under title 40 CFR. EPA reviewed NJDEP’s request to revise/modify its EPA-authorized programs and, based on this review, EPA determined that the application met the standards for approval of authorized program revisions/ modifications set out in 40 CFR part 3, subpart D. In accordance with 40 CFR 3.1000(d), this notice of EPA’s decision to approve New Jersey’s request to revise/modify its following EPAauthorized programs to allow electronic reporting under 40 CFR parts 51 Subpart A, 51 Subpart I, 51 Subpart I, 70.5 and 70.6, 63.7480–7575 and 63.11193– 11237, 70.5 and 70.6, 70.6(a)(3)iii(A) & (c)5, 122.21, 142.10(a–h), 171.1 et seq., 261–270 and 273, 262.56(a), 262.42, 262.55, 264.72(b) and 265.72(b), 264.75, 270.11 and 270.42, 370, 372, and 403.12i., is being published in the Federal Register: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:51 Mar 11, 2014 Jkt 232001 Part 52—Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans Part 63—National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Source Categories Part 70—State Operating Permit Programs Part 123—EPA Administered Permit Programs: The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Part 142—National Primary Drinking Water Regulations Implementation Part 171—Certification of Pesticide Applicators Part 257—Criteria for Classification of Solid Waste Disposal Facilities and Practices Part 262—Standards Applicable to Generators of Hazardous Waste Part 272—Approved State Hazardous Waste Management Programs Part 370—Hazardous Chemical Reporting: Community Right-To-Know Part 372—Toxic Chemical Release Reporting: Community Right-To-Know Part 403—General Pretreatment Regulations for Existing and New Source of Pollution NJDEP was notified of EPA’s determination to approve its application with respect to the authorized programs listed above. Dated: March 4, 2014. Jeffrey Wells, Acting Director, Office of Information Collection. [FR Doc. 2014–05391 Filed 3–11–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OAR–2013–0566; FRL–9907–85– OAR] Release of Draft Integrated Review Plan for the Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Sulfur Dioxide Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice of availability and public comment period. AGENCY: On or about March 17, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making available for public review the draft titled, Integrated Review Plan for the Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Sulfur Dioxide (draft IRP). This document contains the plans for the review of the air quality criteria for sulfur oxides and the national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) for sulfur dioxide (SO2). The primary SO2 NAAQS provides for the protection of public health from exposure to sulfur oxides in ambient air. DATES: Comments should be submitted on or before April 17, 2014. ADDRESSES: This document will be available primarily via the Internet at SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00059 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 14035 the following Web site: http:// www.epa.gov/ttn/naaqs/standards/so2/ s_so2_index.html. Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OAR–2013– 0566, by one of the following methods: • www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments. • Email: a-and-r-Docket@epa.gov. • Fax: 202–566–9744. • Mail: Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460. Please include a total of two copies. • Hand Delivery: 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Room 3334, Washington, DC, EPA Docket Center, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Room 3334, Washington DC. Such deliveries are only accepted during the Docket’s normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information. Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OAR–2013– 0566. The EPA’s policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online at 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 www.regulations.gov (or email). The www.regulations.gov Web site is an ‘‘anonymous access’’ system, which means the EPA will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an email comment directly to the EPA without going through www.regulations.gov, your email address will be automatically captured 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, the 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 the EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, the 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. For additional information about the EPA’s public docket, visit the E:\FR\FM\12MRN1.SGM 12MRN1 14036 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 48 / Wednesday, March 12, 2014 / Notices EPA Docket Center homepage at http: //www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm. Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the 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 copyrighted material, will be publicly available only in hard copy. Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically in www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center, EPA/DC, William Jefferson Clinton Building, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC. The Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is 202– 566–1744, and the telephone number for the Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center is 202–566–1742. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Michael J. Stewart, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Mail Code C504–06, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; telephone number: 919–541– 7524; fax number: 919–541–0237; email address: stewart.michael@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES I. General Information A. What should I consider as I prepare my comments for the EPA? 1. Submitting CBI. Do not submit this information to the EPA through www.regulations.gov or email. Clearly mark the part or all of the information that you claim to be CBI. For CBI information in a disk or CD–ROM that you mail to the EPA, mark the outside of the disk or CD–ROM as CBI and then identify electronically within the disk or CD–ROM the specific information that is claimed as CBI. In addition to one complete version of the comment that includes information claimed as CBI, a copy of the comment that does not contain the information claimed as CBI must be submitted for inclusion in the public docket. Information so marked will not be disclosed except in accordance with procedures set forth in 40 CFR part 2. 2. Tips for Preparing Your Comments. When submitting comments, remember to: • Identify the rulemaking by docket number and other identifying information (subject heading, Federal Register date and page number). • Follow directions—The agency may ask you to respond to specific questions VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:51 Mar 11, 2014 Jkt 232001 or organize comments by referencing a Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part or section number. • Explain why you agree or disagree; suggest alternatives and substitute language for your requested changes. • Describe any assumptions and provide any technical information and/ or data that you used. • If you estimate potential costs or burdens, explain how you arrived at your estimate in sufficient detail to allow for it to be reproduced. • Provide specific examples to illustrate your concerns, and suggest alternatives. • Explain your views as clearly as possible, avoiding the use of profanity or personal threats. • Make sure to submit your comments by the comment period deadline identified. II. Information Specific to This Document Two sections of the Clean Air Act (CAA) govern the establishment and revision of the NAAQS. Section 108 (42 U.S.C. 7408) directs the Administrator to identify and list certain air pollutants and then to issue air quality criteria for those pollutants. The Administrator is to list those air pollutants that in her ‘‘judgment, cause or contribute to air pollution which may reasonably be anticipated to endanger public health or welfare;’’ ‘‘the presence of which in the ambient air results from numerous or diverse mobile or stationary sources;’’ and ‘‘for which . . . [the Administrator] plans to issue air quality criteria . . .’’ Air quality criteria are intended 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 . . .’’ 42 U.S.C. 7408(b). Under section 109 (42 U.S.C. 7409), the EPA establishes primary (health-based) and secondary (welfare-based) NAAQS for pollutants for which air quality criteria are issued. Section 109(d) requires periodic review and, if appropriate, revision of existing air quality criteria. The EPA is also required to periodically review and, if appropriate, revise the NAAQS based on the revised criteria. Section 109(d)(2) requires that an independent scientific review committee ‘‘shall complete a review of the criteria . . . and the national primary and secondary ambient air quality standards . . . and shall recommend to the Administrator any new . . . standards and revisions of existing criteria and standards as may be appropriate. . . .’’ Since the early 1980’s, this independent review PO 00000 Frm 00060 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 function has been performed by the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC). Presently, the EPA is reviewing the primary NAAQS for SO2.1 The draft document, announced today, has been developed as part of the planning phase for the review. This phase began with a science policy workshop to identify issues and questions to frame the review.2 Drawing from the workshop discussions, the draft IRP has been prepared jointly by EPA’s National Center for Environmental Assessment, within the Office of Research and Development, and EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, within the Office of Air and Radiation. The draft IRP presents the current plan and specifies the schedule for the entire review, the process for conducting the review, and the key policy-relevant science issues that will guide the review. This document will be available on the EPA’s Technology Transfer Network (TTN) Web site at http:// www.epa.gov/ttn/naaqs/standards/so2/ s_so2_index.htmlhttp://www.epa.gov/ ttn/naaqs/standards/pb/s_pb_ index.html, accessible in the ‘‘Documents from Current Review’’ section under ‘‘Planning Documents.’’ The draft IRP is being made available for CASAC review and for public comment. Comments should be submitted to the docket, as described above, by April 17, 2014. Information about the CASAC review meeting on this planning document, including the dates and location, will be published as a separate notice in the Federal Register. The final IRP will be prepared after considering comments from CASAC and the public. This draft document does not represent and should not be construed to represent any final EPA policy, viewpoint or determination. Dated: March 6, 2014. Mary E. Henigin, Acting Director, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards. [FR Doc. 2014–05381 Filed 3–11–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P 1 The EPA’s call for information for this review was issued on May 10, 2013 (78 FR 27387). 2 The EPA held a workshop titled, ‘‘Kickoff Workshop to Inform EPA’s Review of the Primary SO2 NAAQS’’ on June 12–13, 2013 (78 FR 27387). E:\FR\FM\12MRN1.SGM 12MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 48 (Wednesday, March 12, 2014)]
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[Pages 14035-14036]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-05381]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0566; FRL-9907-85-OAR]


Release of Draft Integrated Review Plan for the Primary National 
Ambient Air Quality Standard for Sulfur Dioxide

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice of availability and public comment period.

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SUMMARY: On or about March 17, 2014, the Environmental Protection 
Agency (EPA) is making available for public review the draft titled, 
Integrated Review Plan for the Primary National Ambient Air Quality 
Standard for Sulfur Dioxide (draft IRP). This document contains the 
plans for the review of the air quality criteria for sulfur oxides and 
the national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) for sulfur dioxide 
(SO2). The primary SO2 NAAQS provides for the 
protection of public health from exposure to sulfur oxides in ambient 
air.

DATES: Comments should be submitted on or before April 17, 2014.

ADDRESSES: This document will be available primarily via the Internet 
at the following Web site: http://www.epa.gov/ttn/naaqs/standards/so2/s_so2_index.html.
    Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-
0566, by one of the following methods:
     www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line instructions for 
submitting comments.
     Email: a-and-r-Docket@epa.gov.
     Fax: 202-566-9744.
     Mail: Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center, 
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 2822T, 1200 
Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460. Please include a total of 
two copies.
     Hand Delivery: 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Room 3334, 
Washington, DC, EPA Docket Center, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Room 
3334, Washington DC. Such deliveries are only accepted during the 
Docket's normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be 
made for deliveries of boxed information.
    Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-
2013-0566. The EPA's policy is that all comments received will be 
included in the public docket without change and may be made available 
online at 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 www.regulations.gov 
(or email). The www.regulations.gov Web site is an ``anonymous access'' 
system, which means the EPA will not know your identity or contact 
information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you 
send an email comment directly to the EPA without going through 
www.regulations.gov, your email address will be automatically captured 
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, the 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 the EPA cannot read your comment due to technical 
difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, the 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. For additional information about the EPA's public 
docket, visit the

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EPA Docket Center homepage at http://www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm.
    Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the 
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 copyrighted material, will be publicly available only in hard copy. 
Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically 
in www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the Air and Radiation Docket 
and Information Center, EPA/DC, William Jefferson Clinton Building, 
Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC. The Public 
Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through 
Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public 
Reading Room is 202-566-1744, and the telephone number for the Air and 
Radiation Docket and Information Center is 202-566-1742.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Michael J. Stewart, Office of Air 
Quality Planning and Standards, Mail Code C504-06, U.S. Environmental 
Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; telephone number: 
919-541-7524; fax number: 919-541-0237; email address: 
stewart.michael@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. General Information

A. What should I consider as I prepare my comments for the EPA?

    1. Submitting CBI. Do not submit this information to the EPA 
through www.regulations.gov or email. Clearly mark the part or all of 
the information that you claim to be CBI. For CBI information in a disk 
or CD-ROM that you mail to the EPA, mark the outside of the disk or CD-
ROM as CBI and then identify electronically within the disk or CD-ROM 
the specific information that is claimed as CBI. In addition to one 
complete version of the comment that includes information claimed as 
CBI, a copy of the comment that does not contain the information 
claimed as CBI must be submitted for inclusion in the public docket. 
Information so marked will not be disclosed except in accordance with 
procedures set forth in 40 CFR part 2.
    2. Tips for Preparing Your Comments. When submitting comments, 
remember to:
     Identify the rulemaking by docket number and other 
identifying information (subject heading, Federal Register date and 
page number).
     Follow directions--The agency may ask you to respond to 
specific questions or organize comments by referencing a Code of 
Federal Regulations (CFR) part or section number.
     Explain why you agree or disagree; suggest alternatives 
and substitute language for your requested changes.
     Describe any assumptions and provide any technical 
information and/or data that you used.
     If you estimate potential costs or burdens, explain how 
you arrived at your estimate in sufficient detail to allow for it to be 
reproduced.
     Provide specific examples to illustrate your concerns, and 
suggest alternatives.
     Explain your views as clearly as possible, avoiding the 
use of profanity or personal threats.
     Make sure to submit your comments by the comment period 
deadline identified.

II. Information Specific to This Document

    Two sections of the Clean Air Act (CAA) govern the establishment 
and revision of the NAAQS. Section 108 (42 U.S.C. 7408) directs the 
Administrator to identify and list certain air pollutants and then to 
issue air quality criteria for those pollutants. The Administrator is 
to list those air pollutants that in her ``judgment, cause or 
contribute to air pollution which may reasonably be anticipated to 
endanger public health or welfare;'' ``the presence of which in the 
ambient air results from numerous or diverse mobile or stationary 
sources;'' and ``for which . . . [the Administrator] plans to issue air 
quality criteria . . .'' Air quality criteria are intended 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 . . .'' 42 U.S.C. 7408(b). Under section 
109 (42 U.S.C. 7409), the EPA establishes primary (health-based) and 
secondary (welfare-based) NAAQS for pollutants for which air quality 
criteria are issued. Section 109(d) requires periodic review and, if 
appropriate, revision of existing air quality criteria. The EPA is also 
required to periodically review and, if appropriate, revise the NAAQS 
based on the revised criteria. Section 109(d)(2) requires that an 
independent scientific review committee ``shall complete a review of 
the criteria . . . and the national primary and secondary ambient air 
quality standards . . . and shall recommend to the Administrator any 
new . . . standards and revisions of existing criteria and standards as 
may be appropriate. . . .'' Since the early 1980's, this independent 
review function has been performed by the Clean Air Scientific Advisory 
Committee (CASAC).
    Presently, the EPA is reviewing the primary NAAQS for 
SO2.\1\ The draft document, announced today, has been 
developed as part of the planning phase for the review. This phase 
began with a science policy workshop to identify issues and questions 
to frame the review.\2\ Drawing from the workshop discussions, the 
draft IRP has been prepared jointly by EPA's National Center for 
Environmental Assessment, within the Office of Research and 
Development, and EPA's Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, 
within the Office of Air and Radiation. The draft IRP presents the 
current plan and specifies the schedule for the entire review, the 
process for conducting the review, and the key policy-relevant science 
issues that will guide the review. This document will be available on 
the EPA's Technology Transfer Network (TTN) Web site at http://www.epa.gov/ttn/naaqs/standards/so2/s_so2_index.htmlhttp://www.epa.gov/ttn/naaqs/standards/pb/s_pb_index.html, accessible in the 
``Documents from Current Review'' section under ``Planning Documents.''
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    \1\ The EPA's call for information for this review was issued on 
May 10, 2013 (78 FR 27387).
    \2\ The EPA held a workshop titled, ``Kickoff Workshop to Inform 
EPA's Review of the Primary SO2 NAAQS'' on June 12-13, 
2013 (78 FR 27387).
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    The draft IRP is being made available for CASAC review and for 
public comment. Comments should be submitted to the docket, as 
described above, by April 17, 2014. Information about the CASAC review 
meeting on this planning document, including the dates and location, 
will be published as a separate notice in the Federal Register. The 
final IRP will be prepared after considering comments from CASAC and 
the public. This draft document does not represent and should not be 
construed to represent any final EPA policy, viewpoint or 
determination.

    Dated: March 6, 2014.
Mary E. Henigin,
Acting Director, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards.
[FR Doc. 2014-05381 Filed 3-11-14; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 6560-50-P