Air Quality: Revision to the Regulatory Definition of Volatile Organic Compounds-Exclusion of 2-amino-2-methyl-1-propanol (AMP), 17088-17091 [2014-06789]

Download as PDF 17088 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 59 / Thursday, March 27, 2014 / Proposed Rules the human environment. This proposed rule involves establishing a safety zone for a fireworks display launch site and fallout area and is expected to have no impact on the water or environment. This zone is designed to protect mariners and spectators from the hazards associated with aerial fireworks displays. This rule is categorically excluded from further review under paragraph 34 (g) of Figure 2–1 of the Commandant Instruction. A preliminary environmental analysis checklist supporting this determination and a Categorical Exclusion Determination are available in the docket where indicated under ADDRESSES. We seek any comments or information that may lead to the discovery of a significant No. Date environmental impact from this proposed rule. 107–295, 116 Stat. 2064; Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1. List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 165 Harbors, Marine safety, Navigation (water), Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Security measures, Waterways. For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard proposes to amend 33 CFR part 165 as follows: ■ PART 165—REGULATED NAVIGATION AREAS AND LIMITED ACCESS AREAS 1. The authority citation for part 165 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1231; 46 U.S.C. Chapter 701, 3306, 3703; 50 U.S.C. 191, 195; 33 CFR 1.05–1, 6.04–1, 6.04–6, 160.5; Pub. L. 2. At § 165.506, in the Table to § 165.506, make the following amendments: ■ a. Under ‘‘(d) Coast Guard Sector North Carolina—COTP Zone,’’ suspend entry 2, from 5:30 p.m. on July 4, 2014 to 1 a.m. on July 5, 2015. ■ b. Under, ‘‘(d) Coast Guard Sector North Carolina—COTP Zone,’’ add entry 15, which will be enforced from 5:30 p.m. on July 4, 2014 to 1 a.m. on July 5, 2014, to read as follows: § 165.506–T05–0148 Safety Zones; Fifth Coast Guard District Fireworks Displays, Cape Fear River, Wilmington, NC. * Location * * * * Regulated area (d) Coast Guard Sector North Carolina—COTP Zone * 15 ................ * July 4–5, 2014 ... * * * * * Cape Fear River, Wilmington, NC, All waters of the Cape Fear River within a 300 yard radius of the fireSafety Zone. works launch barge in approximate position latitude 34°14′17″ N longitude 077°57′11″. Dated: March 16, 2014. S.R. Murtagh, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port. [FR Doc. 2014–06837 Filed 3–26–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Part 51 [EPA–HQ–OAR–2013–0775; FRL–9906–72– OAR] RIN 2060–AR92 Air Quality: Revision to the Regulatory Definition of Volatile Organic Compounds—Exclusion of 2-amino-2methyl-1-propanol (AMP) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Proposed rule. AGENCY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to revise the regulatory definition of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) under the Clean Air Act (CAA). This proposed revision would add 2-amino-2-methyl-1propanol (also known as AMP; CAS number 124–68–5) to the list of compounds excluded from the regulatory definition of VOCs on the basis that this compound makes a negligible contribution to tropospheric sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:58 Mar 26, 2014 Jkt 232001 ozone formation. In the ‘‘Rules and Regulations’’ section of this Federal Register, we are making this same amendment as a direct final rule without a prior proposed rule. If we receive no adverse comment, we will not take further action on this proposed rule. DATES: Comments must be received on or before May 27, 2014. Public Hearing: If anyone contacts the EPA requesting a public hearing concerning the proposed regulation by April 11, 2014, we will hold a public hearing on April 28, 2014. If a public hearing is held, it will be held at 10 a.m. at Building C on the EPA campus in Research Triangle Park, NC, or at an alternate site nearby. Please refer to SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for additional information on the comment period and the public hearing. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA–HQ– OAR–2013–0775, by one of the following methods: • Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments: www.regulations.gov. • Email: a-and-r-Docket@ epamail.epa.gov, Attention Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OAR–2013–0775. • Fax: 202–566–9744, Attention Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OAR–2013– 0775. • Mail: Docket ID No. EPA–HQ– OAR–2013–0775, Environmental PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Protection Agency, Mail Code: 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460. • Hand Delivery: EPA Docket Center, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1301 Constitution Avenue NW., William Jefferson Clinton West Building, Room: 3334, Mail Code: 28221T, Washington, DC 20460, Attention Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OAR–2013–0775. 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– 0775. 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 E:\FR\FM\27MRP1.SGM 27MRP1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 59 / Thursday, March 27, 2014 / Proposed Rules 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 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, i.e., 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 Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OAR–2013– 0775, EPA/DC, William Jefferson Clinton West 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 is (202) 566–1742. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Souad Benromdhane, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Health and Environmental Impacts Division, Mail Code C539–07, Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; telephone: (919) 541– 4359; fax number: (919) 541–5315; email address: benromdhane.souad@ epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with RULES Table of Contents I. General Information A. Why is the EPA using a direct final rule? B. Where can I get a copy of this document and other related information? C. What should I consider as I prepare my comments for the EPA? D. How can I find information about a possible public hearing? II. Proposed Rule III. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews A. Executive Order 12866: Regulatory Planning and Review and Executive VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:58 Mar 26, 2014 Jkt 232001 Order 13563: Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review B. Paperwork Reduction Act C. Regulatory Flexibility Act D. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act E. Executive Order 13132: Federalism F. Executive Order 13175: Consultation and Coordination With Indian Tribal Governments G. Executive Order 13045: Protection of Children From Environmental Health and Safety Risks H. Executive Order 13211: Actions That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution or Use I. National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act J. Executive Order 12898: Federal Actions To Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations I. General Information A. Why is the EPA using a direct final rule? We are publishing a direct final rule in the ‘‘Rules and Regulations’’ section of this Federal Register because we view this action as a noncontroversial action and anticipate no adverse comment. B. Where can I get a copy of this document and other related information? In addition to being available in the docket, an electronic copy of this proposal will also be available on the World Wide Web. Following signature by the EPA Administrator, a copy of this action will be posted on the EPA’s Web site www.epa.gov/ttn/oarpg/new/html. C. What should I consider as I prepare my comments for the EPA? 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. D. How can I find information about a possible public hearing? Public Hearing: If anyone contacts the EPA requesting to present oral testimony at a public hearing PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 17089 concerning the proposed regulation by April 11, 2014, we will hold a public hearing on April 28, 2014. If a public hearing is held, it will be held at 10 a.m. at Building C on the EPA campus in Research Triangle Park, NC, or at an alternate site nearby. Persons interested in presenting oral testimony must contact Sherry Russell, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Health and Environmental Impacts Division, Mail Code C504–02, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; telephone: (919) 541– 0306; fax number: (919) 541–2464; email address: russell.sherry@epa.gov, no later than April 11, 2014. Persons interested in attending the public hearing if one is held must also call Ms. Russell to verify the time, date and location of the hearing. If no one contacts Ms. Russell by April 11, 2014 with a request to present oral testimony at the hearing, we will cancel the hearing. To find out if a hearing has been requested, please check the EPA’s Web site www.epa.gov/ttn/oarpg/new/ html for further information, or contact Ms. Sherry Russell at russell.sherry@ epa.gov. II. Proposed Rule This proposed action would revise the EPA’s regulatory definition of VOCs for purposes of preparing SIPs to attain the NAAQS for ozone under title I of the CAA, by adding AMP to the list of compounds excluded from the regulatory definition of VOCs on the basis that this compound makes a negligible contribution to tropospheric ozone formation.1 We have explained our reasons for this action in the preamble to the direct final rule. The regulatory text for the proposal is identical to that for the direct final rule published in the ‘‘Rules and Regulations’’ section of this Federal Register. For further supplementary information, the detailed rationale for the proposal and the regulatory revisions, see the direct final rule published under ‘‘Rules and Regulations’’ of this Federal Register. If we receive no adverse comment, we will not take further action on this proposed rule. If we receive adverse comment, we will withdraw the direct final rule, and take further action on this proposed rule. We would address all public comments in any subsequent final rule based on this proposed rule. We do not intend to institute a second comment period on this action. Any parties interested in commenting must do so at this time. For further 1 2-amino-2-methyl-1-propanol (AMP) is also known as Isobutanolamine and CAS No. 124–68– 5. E:\FR\FM\27MRP1.SGM 27MRP1 17090 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 59 / Thursday, March 27, 2014 / Proposed Rules information, please see the information in the ADDRESSES section of this document. III. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews A. Executive Order 12866: Regulatory Planning and Review and Executive Order 13563: Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review This action is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under the terms of Executive Order 12866 (58 FR 51735, October 4, 1993), and is therefore not subject to review under Executive Orders 12866 and 13563 (76 FR 3821, January 21, 2011). B. Paperwork Reduction Act This action does not impose an information collection burden under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq. Burden is defined at 5 CFR 1320.3(b). It does not contain any recordkeeping or reporting requirement. sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with RULES C. Regulatory Flexibility Act The Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) generally requires an agency to prepare a regulatory flexibility analysis of any rule subject to notice and comment rulemaking requirements under the Administrative Procedure Act or any other statute unless the agency certifies that the proposed rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. Small entities include small businesses, small organizations and small governmental jurisdictions. For purposes of assessing the impacts of this notice on small entities, small entity is defined as: (1) A small business that is a small industrial entity as defined in the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) size standards. (See 13 CFR 121.); (2) A governmental jurisdiction that is a government of a city, county, town, school district or special district with a population of less than 50,000; and (3) A small organization that is any not-for-profit enterprise which is independently owned and operated and is not dominant in its field. After considering the economic impacts of today’s proposed rule on small entities, I certify that this action will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. In determining whether a rule has a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities, the impact of concern is any significant adverse economic impact on small entities, since the primary purpose of the regulatory flexibility analyses is to VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:58 Mar 26, 2014 Jkt 232001 identify and address regulatory alternatives ‘‘which minimize any significant economic impact of the rule on small entities.’’ 5 U.S.C. 603 and 604. Thus, an agency may certify that a rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities if the rule relieves regulatory burden, or otherwise has a positive economic effect on all of the small entities subject to the rule. This proposed rule would remove AMP from the regulatory definition of VOCs and thereby relieve users of the compound from requirements to control emissions of the compound. We have therefore concluded that today’s proposed rule would relieve regulatory burden for all affected small entities. We continue to be interested in the potential impacts of the proposed rule on small entities and welcome comments on issues related to such impacts. D. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act This action contains no federal mandates under the provisions of Title II of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (UMRA), 2 U.S.C. 1531– 1538 for state, local or tribal governments or the private sector. The action imposes no enforceable duty on any state, local or tribal governments or the private sector. Therefore, this action is not subject to the requirements of sections 202 and 205 of the UMRA. This action is also not subject to the requirements of section 203 of UMRA because it contains no regulatory requirements that might significantly or uniquely affect small governments. This proposed rule would remove AMP from the regulatory definition of VOCs and thereby relieve users of the compound from requirements to control emissions of the compound. E. Executive Order 13132: Federalism This action does not have federalism implications. It will not have substantial direct effects on the states, on the relationship between the national government and the states or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government, as specified in Executive Order 13132. This proposed rule would remove AMP from the regulatory definition of VOCs and thereby relieve users of the compound from requirements to control emissions of the compound. Thus, Executive Order 13132 does not apply to this rule. In the spirit of Executive Order 13132, and consistent with the EPA policy to promote communications between the EPA and state and local governments, the EPA specifically solicits comment PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 on this proposed rule from state and local officials. F. Executive Order 13175: Consultation and Coordination With Indian Tribal Governments This action does not have tribal implications, as specified in Executive Order 13175 (65 FR 67249, November 9, 2000). It would not have substantial direct effects on tribal governments, on the relationship between the federal government and Indian tribes or on the distribution of power and responsibilities between the federal government and Indian tribes, as specified in Executive Order 13175. This proposed rule would remove AMP from the regulatory definition of VOCs and thereby relieve users of the compound from requirements to control emissions of the compound. Thus, Executive Order 13175 does not apply to this rule. G. Executive Order 13045: Protection of Children From Environmental Health and Safety Risks This action is not subject to EO 13045 (62 FR 19885, April 23, 1997) because it is not economically significant as defined in EO 12866. While this proposed rule is not subject to the Executive Order, the EPA has reason to believe that at higher concentrations ozone has a disproportionate effect on active children who play outdoors (62 FR 38856; 38859, July 18, 1997). The EPA has not identified any specific studies on whether or to what extent AMP may affect children’s health. The public is invited to submit comments or identify peer-reviewed studies and data, of which the EPA may not be aware, that assess results of early life exposure to the chemical compound herein. H. Executive Order 13211: Actions That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution or Use This action is not a ‘‘significant energy action’’ as defined in Executive Order 13211, (66 FR 28355, May 22, 2001) because it is not likely to have a significant adverse effect on the supply, distribution or use of energy. This proposed rule would remove AMP from the regulatory definition of VOCs and thereby relieve users of the compound from requirements to control its emissions. I. National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act Section 12(d) of the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995 (‘‘NTTAA’’), Public Law 104–113, section 12(d), (15 U.S.C. 272 note) directs the EPA to use voluntary E:\FR\FM\27MRP1.SGM 27MRP1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 59 / Thursday, March 27, 2014 / Proposed Rules consensus standards in its regulatory activities unless to do so would be inconsistent with applicable law or otherwise impractical. Voluntary consensus standards are technical standards (e.g., materials specifications, test methods, sampling procedures and business practices) that are developed or adopted by voluntary consensus standards bodies. The NTTAA directs the EPA to provide Congress, through OMB, explanations when the agency decides not to use available and applicable voluntary consensus standards. This rulemaking does not involve technical standards. Therefore, the EPA has not considered the use of any voluntary consensus standards. J. Executive Order 12898: Federal Actions To Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations Executive Order (EO) 12898 (59 FR 7629, Feb. 16, 1994) establishes federal executive policy on environmental justice. Its main provision directs federal agencies, to the greatest extent practicable and permitted by law, to make environmental justice part of their mission by identifying and addressing, as appropriate, disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects of their programs, policies and activities on minority populations and low-income populations in the United States. The EPA has determined that this proposed rule will not have disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects on minority or low-income populations because it would not affect the level of protection provided to human health or the environment. List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 51 Environmental protection, Administrative practice and procedure, Air pollution control, Ozone, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Volatile organic compounds. Dated: March 21, 2014. Gina McCarthy, Administrator. [FR Doc. 2014–06789 Filed 3–26–14; 8:45 am] sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with RULES BILLING CODE 6560–50–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:58 Mar 26, 2014 Jkt 232001 ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Part 52 [EPA–R03–OAR–2012–0248; FRL–9908–47– Region 3] Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Carbon Monoxide Second Limited Maintenance Plan for the Pittsburgh Area Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Proposed rule. AGENCY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which consists of a second limited maintenance plan for the carbon monoxide (CO) Pittsburgh Area (‘‘the Pittsburgh Area’’ or ‘‘the Area’’) in Allegheny County, formerly designated as a CO nonattainment area. In the Final Rules section of this Federal Register, EPA is approving the Commonwealth’s SIP submittal as a direct final rule without prior proposal because the Agency views this as a noncontroversial submittal and anticipates no adverse comments. A detailed rationale for the approval is set forth in the direct final rule. If no adverse comments are received in response to this action, no further activity is contemplated. If EPA receives adverse comments, the direct final rule will be withdrawn and all public comments received will be addressed in a subsequent final rule based on this proposed rule. EPA will not institute a second comment period. Any parties interested in commenting on this action should do so at this time. DATES: Comments must be received in writing by April 28, 2014. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID Number EPA– R03–OAR–2012–0248 by one of the following methods: A. www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments. B. Email: Fernandez.cristina@epa.gov. C. Mail: EPA–R03–OAR–2012–0248, Cristina Fernandez, Associate Director, Office of Air Program Planning, Mailcode 3AP30, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III, 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103. D. Hand Delivery: At the previouslylisted EPA Region III address. Such deliveries are only accepted during the Docket’s normal hours of operation, and SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 17091 special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information. Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA–R03–OAR–2012– 0248. 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 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 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, 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 electronic docket are listed in the www.regulations.gov index. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, i.e., CBI or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, is not placed on the Internet and will be publicly available only in hard copy form. Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically in www.regulations.gov or in hard copy during normal business hours at the Air Protection Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III, 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103. Copies of the State submittal are available at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Air Quality Control, P.O. Box 8468, 400 Market Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17105 and at the Allegheny County Health Department, Bureau of Environmental Quality, Division of Air Quality, 301 E:\FR\FM\27MRP1.SGM 27MRP1

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

40 CFR Part 51

[EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0775; FRL-9906-72-OAR]
RIN 2060-AR92


Air Quality: Revision to the Regulatory Definition of Volatile 
Organic Compounds--Exclusion of 2-amino-2-methyl-1-propanol (AMP)

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Proposed rule.

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SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to 
revise the regulatory definition of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) 
under the Clean Air Act (CAA). This proposed revision would add 2-
amino-2-methyl-1-propanol (also known as AMP; CAS number 124-68-5) to 
the list of compounds excluded from the regulatory definition of VOCs 
on the basis that this compound makes a negligible contribution to 
tropospheric ozone formation. In the ``Rules and Regulations'' section 
of this Federal Register, we are making this same amendment as a direct 
final rule without a prior proposed rule. If we receive no adverse 
comment, we will not take further action on this proposed rule.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before May 27, 2014.
    Public Hearing: If anyone contacts the EPA requesting a public 
hearing concerning the proposed regulation by April 11, 2014, we will 
hold a public hearing on April 28, 2014. If a public hearing is held, 
it will be held at 10 a.m. at Building C on the EPA campus in Research 
Triangle Park, NC, or at an alternate site nearby. Please refer to 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for additional information on the comment 
period and the public hearing.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-
OAR-2013-0775, by one of the following methods:
     Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments: 
www.regulations.gov.
     Email: a-and-r-Docket@epamail.epa.gov, Attention Docket ID 
No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0775.
     Fax: 202-566-9744, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-
2013-0775.
     Mail: Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0775, Environmental 
Protection Agency, Mail Code: 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., 
Washington, DC 20460.
     Hand Delivery: EPA Docket Center, U.S. Environmental 
Protection Agency, 1301 Constitution Avenue NW., William Jefferson 
Clinton West Building, Room: 3334, Mail Code: 28221T, Washington, DC 
20460, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0775. 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-
2013-0775. 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

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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 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, i.e., 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 Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-
2013-0775, EPA/DC, William Jefferson Clinton West 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 is (202) 566-1742.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Souad Benromdhane, Office of Air 
Quality Planning and Standards, Health and Environmental Impacts 
Division, Mail Code C539-07, Environmental Protection Agency, Research 
Triangle Park, NC 27711; telephone: (919) 541-4359; fax number: (919) 
541-5315; email address: benromdhane.souad@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Table of Contents

I. General Information
    A. Why is the EPA using a direct final rule?
    B. Where can I get a copy of this document and other related 
information?
    C. What should I consider as I prepare my comments for the EPA?
    D. How can I find information about a possible public hearing?
II. Proposed Rule
III. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews
    A. Executive Order 12866: Regulatory Planning and Review and 
Executive Order 13563: Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review
    B. Paperwork Reduction Act
    C. Regulatory Flexibility Act
    D. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act
    E. Executive Order 13132: Federalism
    F. Executive Order 13175: Consultation and Coordination With 
Indian Tribal Governments
    G. Executive Order 13045: Protection of Children From 
Environmental Health and Safety Risks
    H. Executive Order 13211: Actions That Significantly Affect 
Energy Supply, Distribution or Use
    I. National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act
    J. Executive Order 12898: Federal Actions To Address 
Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income 
Populations

I. General Information

A. Why is the EPA using a direct final rule?

    We are publishing a direct final rule in the ``Rules and 
Regulations'' section of this Federal Register because we view this 
action as a noncontroversial action and anticipate no adverse comment.

B. Where can I get a copy of this document and other related 
information?

    In addition to being available in the docket, an electronic copy of 
this proposal will also be available on the World Wide Web. Following 
signature by the EPA Administrator, a copy of this action will be 
posted on the EPA's Web site www.epa.gov/ttn/oarpg/new/html.

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

    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.

D. How can I find information about a possible public hearing?

    Public Hearing: If anyone contacts the EPA requesting to present 
oral testimony at a public hearing concerning the proposed regulation 
by April 11, 2014, we will hold a public hearing on April 28, 2014. If 
a public hearing is held, it will be held at 10 a.m. at Building C on 
the EPA campus in Research Triangle Park, NC, or at an alternate site 
nearby. Persons interested in presenting oral testimony must contact 
Sherry Russell, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Health 
and Environmental Impacts Division, Mail Code C504-02, Research 
Triangle Park, NC 27711; telephone: (919) 541-0306; fax number: (919) 
541-2464; email address: russell.sherry@epa.gov, no later than April 
11, 2014. Persons interested in attending the public hearing if one is 
held must also call Ms. Russell to verify the time, date and location 
of the hearing. If no one contacts Ms. Russell by April 11, 2014 with a 
request to present oral testimony at the hearing, we will cancel the 
hearing. To find out if a hearing has been requested, please check the 
EPA's Web site www.epa.gov/ttn/oarpg/new/html for further information, 
or contact Ms. Sherry Russell at russell.sherry@epa.gov.

II. Proposed Rule

    This proposed action would revise the EPA's regulatory definition 
of VOCs for purposes of preparing SIPs to attain the NAAQS for ozone 
under title I of the CAA, by adding AMP to the list of compounds 
excluded from the regulatory definition of VOCs on the basis that this 
compound makes a negligible contribution to tropospheric ozone 
formation.\1\ We have explained our reasons for this action in the 
preamble to the direct final rule. The regulatory text for the proposal 
is identical to that for the direct final rule published in the ``Rules 
and Regulations'' section of this Federal Register. For further 
supplementary information, the detailed rationale for the proposal and 
the regulatory revisions, see the direct final rule published under 
``Rules and Regulations'' of this Federal Register.
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    \1\ 2-amino-2-methyl-1-propanol (AMP) is also known as 
Isobutanolamine and CAS No. 124-68-5.
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    If we receive no adverse comment, we will not take further action 
on this proposed rule. If we receive adverse comment, we will withdraw 
the direct final rule, and take further action on this proposed rule. 
We would address all public comments in any subsequent final rule based 
on this proposed rule.
    We do not intend to institute a second comment period on this 
action. Any parties interested in commenting must do so at this time. 
For further

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information, please see the information in the ADDRESSES section of 
this document.

III. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews

A. Executive Order 12866: Regulatory Planning and Review and Executive 
Order 13563: Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review

    This action is not a ``significant regulatory action'' under the 
terms of Executive Order 12866 (58 FR 51735, October 4, 1993), and is 
therefore not subject to review under Executive Orders 12866 and 13563 
(76 FR 3821, January 21, 2011).

B. Paperwork Reduction Act

    This action does not impose an information collection burden under 
the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq. 
Burden is defined at 5 CFR 1320.3(b). It does not contain any 
recordkeeping or reporting requirement.

C. Regulatory Flexibility Act

    The Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) generally requires an agency 
to prepare a regulatory flexibility analysis of any rule subject to 
notice and comment rulemaking requirements under the Administrative 
Procedure Act or any other statute unless the agency certifies that the 
proposed rule will not have a significant economic impact on a 
substantial number of small entities. Small entities include small 
businesses, small organizations and small governmental jurisdictions.
    For purposes of assessing the impacts of this notice on small 
entities, small entity is defined as: (1) A small business that is a 
small industrial entity as defined in the U.S. Small Business 
Administration (SBA) size standards. (See 13 CFR 121.); (2) A 
governmental jurisdiction that is a government of a city, county, town, 
school district or special district with a population of less than 
50,000; and (3) A small organization that is any not-for-profit 
enterprise which is independently owned and operated and is not 
dominant in its field.
    After considering the economic impacts of today's proposed rule on 
small entities, I certify that this action will not have a significant 
economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. In 
determining whether a rule has a significant economic impact on a 
substantial number of small entities, the impact of concern is any 
significant adverse economic impact on small entities, since the 
primary purpose of the regulatory flexibility analyses is to identify 
and address regulatory alternatives ``which minimize any significant 
economic impact of the rule on small entities.'' 5 U.S.C. 603 and 604. 
Thus, an agency may certify that a rule will not have a significant 
economic impact on a substantial number of small entities if the rule 
relieves regulatory burden, or otherwise has a positive economic effect 
on all of the small entities subject to the rule. This proposed rule 
would remove AMP from the regulatory definition of VOCs and thereby 
relieve users of the compound from requirements to control emissions of 
the compound. We have therefore concluded that today's proposed rule 
would relieve regulatory burden for all affected small entities. We 
continue to be interested in the potential impacts of the proposed rule 
on small entities and welcome comments on issues related to such 
impacts.

D. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act

    This action contains no federal mandates under the provisions of 
Title II of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (UMRA), 2 U.S.C. 
1531-1538 for state, local or tribal governments or the private sector. 
The action imposes no enforceable duty on any state, local or tribal 
governments or the private sector. Therefore, this action is not 
subject to the requirements of sections 202 and 205 of the UMRA.
    This action is also not subject to the requirements of section 203 
of UMRA because it contains no regulatory requirements that might 
significantly or uniquely affect small governments. This proposed rule 
would remove AMP from the regulatory definition of VOCs and thereby 
relieve users of the compound from requirements to control emissions of 
the compound.

E. Executive Order 13132: Federalism

    This action does not have federalism implications. It will not have 
substantial direct effects on the states, on the relationship between 
the national government and the states or on the distribution of power 
and responsibilities among the various levels of government, as 
specified in Executive Order 13132. This proposed rule would remove AMP 
from the regulatory definition of VOCs and thereby relieve users of the 
compound from requirements to control emissions of the compound. Thus, 
Executive Order 13132 does not apply to this rule. In the spirit of 
Executive Order 13132, and consistent with the EPA policy to promote 
communications between the EPA and state and local governments, the EPA 
specifically solicits comment on this proposed rule from state and 
local officials.

F. Executive Order 13175: Consultation and Coordination With Indian 
Tribal Governments

    This action does not have tribal implications, as specified in 
Executive Order 13175 (65 FR 67249, November 9, 2000). It would not 
have substantial direct effects on tribal governments, on the 
relationship between the federal government and Indian tribes or on the 
distribution of power and responsibilities between the federal 
government and Indian tribes, as specified in Executive Order 13175. 
This proposed rule would remove AMP from the regulatory definition of 
VOCs and thereby relieve users of the compound from requirements to 
control emissions of the compound. Thus, Executive Order 13175 does not 
apply to this rule.

G. Executive Order 13045: Protection of Children From Environmental 
Health and Safety Risks

    This action is not subject to EO 13045 (62 FR 19885, April 23, 
1997) because it is not economically significant as defined in EO 
12866. While this proposed rule is not subject to the Executive Order, 
the EPA has reason to believe that at higher concentrations ozone has a 
disproportionate effect on active children who play outdoors (62 FR 
38856; 38859, July 18, 1997). The EPA has not identified any specific 
studies on whether or to what extent AMP may affect children's health. 
The public is invited to submit comments or identify peer-reviewed 
studies and data, of which the EPA may not be aware, that assess 
results of early life exposure to the chemical compound herein.

H. Executive Order 13211: Actions That Significantly Affect Energy 
Supply, Distribution or Use

    This action is not a ``significant energy action'' as defined in 
Executive Order 13211, (66 FR 28355, May 22, 2001) because it is not 
likely to have a significant adverse effect on the supply, distribution 
or use of energy. This proposed rule would remove AMP from the 
regulatory definition of VOCs and thereby relieve users of the compound 
from requirements to control its emissions.

I. National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act

    Section 12(d) of the National Technology Transfer and Advancement 
Act of 1995 (``NTTAA''), Public Law 104-113, section 12(d), (15 U.S.C. 
272 note) directs the EPA to use voluntary

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consensus standards in its regulatory activities unless to do so would 
be inconsistent with applicable law or otherwise impractical. Voluntary 
consensus standards are technical standards (e.g., materials 
specifications, test methods, sampling procedures and business 
practices) that are developed or adopted by voluntary consensus 
standards bodies. The NTTAA directs the EPA to provide Congress, 
through OMB, explanations when the agency decides not to use available 
and applicable voluntary consensus standards. This rulemaking does not 
involve technical standards. Therefore, the EPA has not considered the 
use of any voluntary consensus standards.

J. Executive Order 12898: Federal Actions To Address Environmental 
Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations

    Executive Order (EO) 12898 (59 FR 7629, Feb. 16, 1994) establishes 
federal executive policy on environmental justice. Its main provision 
directs federal agencies, to the greatest extent practicable and 
permitted by law, to make environmental justice part of their mission 
by identifying and addressing, as appropriate, disproportionately high 
and adverse human health or environmental effects of their programs, 
policies and activities on minority populations and low-income 
populations in the United States.
    The EPA has determined that this proposed rule will not have 
disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental 
effects on minority or low-income populations because it would not 
affect the level of protection provided to human health or the 
environment.

List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 51

    Environmental protection, Administrative practice and procedure, 
Air pollution control, Ozone, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, 
Volatile organic compounds.

    Dated: March 21, 2014.
Gina McCarthy,
Administrator.
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