Proposed Consent Decree, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit, 26752-26753 [2014-10691]

Download as PDF 26752 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 90 / Friday, May 9, 2014 / Notices availability is being announced today, Policy Assessment for the Review of the Lead National Ambient Air Quality Standards, presents analyses and staff conclusions regarding the policy implications of the key scientific and technical information that informs this review. The PA is intended to ‘‘bridge the gap’’ between the relevant scientific evidence and technical information and the judgments required of the EPA Administrator in determining whether to retain or revise the current standards. The PA builds upon information presented in the Integrated Science Assessment for Lead prepared for this review by the EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) as well as scientific and technical assessments from prior Pb NAAQS reviews, including quantitative risk and exposure assessments developed in the last review. A draft of the PA document was released for CASAC review and public comment in January 2013 (78 FR 2394), and was the subject of a CASAC review meeting on February 5–6, 2013 (78 FR 938). In preparing the final PA, EPA has considered comments received from CASAC and the public on the earlier draft document. This final PA document will be available through the agency’s Technology Transfer Network (TTN) Web site at http://www.epa.gov/ttn/ naaqs/standards/pb/s_pb_index.html. This document may be accessed in the ‘‘Documents from Current Review’’ section under ‘‘Policy Assessments.’’ Dated: May 2, 2014. Mary E. Henigin, Acting Director, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards. [FR Doc. 2014–10679 Filed 5–8–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL–9910–61–OGC] Proposed Consent Decree, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice of proposed consent decree; request for public comment. AGENCY: In accordance with section 113(g) of the Clean Air Act, as amended (‘‘CAA’’), notice is hereby given of a proposed partial consent decree to address lawsuits filed by the States of New York, Connecticut, Maryland, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont; the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; and Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (collectively ‘‘State Plaintiffs’’); the ehiers on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:53 May 08, 2014 Jkt 232001 American Lung Association, Environmental Defense Fund, Clean Air Council and Environment and Human Health, Inc. (collectively ‘‘Environmental Plaintiffs’’); and interveners the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (‘‘Association Plaintiff’’) in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia: State of New York, et al. v. McCarthy, No. 13–1553 and consolidated case No. 13–1555 (D. D.C). Plaintiffs each filed a complaint alleging that EPA failed to perform a nondiscretionary duty to review, and, if necessary, revise the new performance standards for new residential wood heaters, at least every eight years. The consent decree would require EPA to sign a notice to take final action by February 3, 2015. DATES: Written comments on the proposed consent decree must be received by June 9, 2014. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID number EPA– HQ–OGC–2014–0363, online at www.regulations.gov (EPA’s preferred method); by email to oei.docket@epa.gov; mailed to EPA Docket Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mailcode: 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460–0001; or by hand delivery or courier to EPA Docket Center, EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. Comments on a disk or CD– ROM should be formatted in Word or ASCII file, avoiding the use of special characters and any form of encryption, and may be mailed to the mailing address above. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Scott Jordan, Air and Radiation Law Office (2344A), Office of General Counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone: (202) 564–7508; fax number (202) 564–5603; email address: jordan.scott@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Additional Information About the Proposed Consent Decree The proposed consent decree would settle claims by the State and Environmental Plaintiffs in deadline suits alleging that EPA failed to perform a nondiscretionary duty pursuant to section 111(b)(1)(B) of the Act, 42 U.S.C. 7411(b)(1)(B) to review, and, if necessary, revise, the new source performance standards for new residential wood heaters at least once every eight years. The Association Plaintiff has not agreed to settle its PO 00000 Frm 00043 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 claims against EPA and does not join in this Consent Decree. The proposed consent decree would require EPA, by February 3, 2015, to sign a Federal Register notice taking final action with respect to the Wood Heater NSPS Standards, 40 CFR part 60, Subpart AAA, with such modifications as EPA deems appropriate under CAA section 111(b)(1)(B), 42 U.S.C. 7411(b)(l)(B). Under the proposed consent decree, once EPA has met its obligations, and the parties have resolved any claims for litigation costs, the State and Environmental Plaintiffs and EPA agree that this consent decree shall constitute a complete and final settlement of all claims that the State and Environmental Plaintiffs asserted against EPA, in State of New York, et al. v. EPA, Case No. 1:13–cv–1553–GK (and consolidated case). For a period of thirty (30) days following the date of publication of this notice, the Agency will receive written comments relating to the proposed consent decree from persons who were not named as parties or intervenors to the litigation in question. EPA or the Department of Justice may withdraw or withhold consent to the proposed consent decree if the comments disclose facts or considerations that indicate that such consent is inappropriate, improper, inadequate, or inconsistent with the requirements of the Act. Unless EPA or the Department of Justice determines that consent to the consent decree should be withdrawn, the terms of the decree will be affirmed. II. Additional Information About Commenting on the Proposed Consent Decree A. How can I get a copy of the consent decree? Direct your comments to the official public docket for this action under Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OGC–2014– 0363 which contains a copy of the consent decree. The official public docket is available for public viewing at the Office of Environmental Information (OEI) Docket in the EPA Docket Center, EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC. The EPA Docket Center 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 OEI Docket is (202) 566– 1752. An electronic version of the public docket is available through www.regulations.gov. You may use the www.regulations.gov to submit or view E:\FR\FM\09MYN1.SGM 09MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 90 / Friday, May 9, 2014 / Notices ehiers on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES public comments, access the index listing of the contents of the official public docket, and to access those documents in the public docket that are available electronically. Once in the system, key in the appropriate docket identification number then select ‘‘search’’. It is important to note that EPA’s policy is that public comments, whether submitted electronically or in paper, will be made available for public viewing online at www.regulations.gov without change, unless the comment contains copyrighted material, CBI, or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Information claimed as CBI and other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute is not included in the official public docket or in the electronic public docket. EPA’s policy is that copyrighted material, including copyrighted material contained in a public comment, will not be placed in EPA’s electronic public docket but will be available only in printed, paper form in the official public docket. Although not all docket materials may be available electronically, you may still access any of the publicly available docket materials through the EPA Docket Center. B. How and to whom do I submit comments? You may submit comments as provided in the ADDRESSES section. Please ensure that your comments are submitted within the specified comment period. Comments received after the close of the comment period will be marked ‘‘late.’’ EPA is not required to consider these late comments. If you submit an electronic comment, EPA recommends that you include your name, mailing address, and an email address or other contact information in the body of your comment and with any disk or CD–ROM you submit. This ensures that you can be identified as the submitter of the comment and allows EPA to contact you in case EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties or needs further information on the substance of your comment. Any identifying or contact information provided in the body of a comment will be included as part of the comment that is placed in the official public docket, and made available in EPA’s electronic public docket. 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. Use of the www.regulations.gov Web site to submit comments to EPA electronically is EPA’s preferred method VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:53 May 08, 2014 Jkt 232001 for receiving comments. The electronic public docket system is an ‘‘anonymous access’’ system, which means EPA will not know your identity, email address, or other contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. In contrast to EPA’s electronic public docket, EPA’s electronic mail (email) system is not an ‘‘anonymous access’’ system. If you send an email comment directly to the Docket without going through www.regulations.gov, your email address is automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the official public docket, and made available in EPA’s electronic public docket. Dated: April 30, 2014. Lorie J. Schmidt, Associate General Counsel. [FR Doc. 2014–10691 Filed 5–8–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OPP–2013–0442; FRL–9906–48] White Paper on Development of Community Water System Drinking Water Intake Percent Cropped Area Adjustment Factors for Use in Drinking Water Exposure Assessments; Notice of Availability Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Environmental Protection Agency uses computer modeling to estimate human exposure to pesticides in drinking water. An input parameter for these exposure models is the percentage of a water supply’s watershed area to which pesticides may be applied, a metric which EPA refers to as the ‘‘percent cropped area’’ (PCA). Recently, EPA has developed delineations of watersheds for surface water intakes of community water systems throughout the continental United States and has used this dataset to develop a corresponding dataset of watershed-specific PCAs. Development of this Community-Water System— Drinking Water Intake dataset is described in a draft white paper, which has been updated based on peer review comments. EPA is making this updated version available for public review and comment. DATES: Comments must be received on or before July 8, 2014. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA–HQ–OPP–2013–0442, by one of the following methods: SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 26753 • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Do not submit electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. • Mail: OPP Docket, Environmental Protection Agency Docket Center (EPA/ DC), (28221T), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460–0001. • Hand Delivery: To make special arrangements for hand delivery or delivery of boxed information, please follow the instructions at http:// www.epa.gov/dockets/contacts.html. Additional instructions on commenting or visiting the docket, along with more information about dockets generally, is available at http://www.epa.gov/dockets. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jim Carleton, Environmental Fate and Effects Division (4304T), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460–0001; telephone number: (703) 347–0335; fax number: (703) 347–8011; email address: carleton.jim@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. General Information A. Does this action apply to me? You may be potentially affected by this action if you are required to conduct testing of chemical substances under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), or the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Since other entities may also be interested, the Agency has not attempted to describe all the specific entities that may be affected by this action. If you have any questions regarding the applicability of this action to a particular entity, consult the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. B. What should I consider as I prepare my comments for EPA? 1. Submitting CBI. Do not submit this information to EPA through 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 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 E:\FR\FM\09MYN1.SGM 09MYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 90 (Friday, May 9, 2014)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-10691]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[FRL-9910-61-OGC]


Proposed Consent Decree, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice of proposed consent decree; request for public comment.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with section 113(g) of the Clean Air Act, as 
amended (``CAA''), notice is hereby given of a proposed partial consent 
decree to address lawsuits filed by the States of New York, 
Connecticut, Maryland, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont; the 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts; and Puget Sound Clean Air Agency 
(collectively ``State Plaintiffs''); the American Lung Association, 
Environmental Defense Fund, Clean Air Council and Environment and Human 
Health, Inc. (collectively ``Environmental Plaintiffs''); and 
interveners the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (``Association 
Plaintiff'') in the United States District Court for the District of 
Columbia: State of New York, et al. v. McCarthy, No. 13-1553 and 
consolidated case No. 13-1555 (D. D.C). Plaintiffs each filed a 
complaint alleging that EPA failed to perform a nondiscretionary duty 
to review, and, if necessary, revise the new performance standards for 
new residential wood heaters, at least every eight years. The consent 
decree would require EPA to sign a notice to take final action by 
February 3, 2015.

DATES: Written comments on the proposed consent decree must be received 
by June 9, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID number EPA-HQ-
OGC-2014-0363, online at www.regulations.gov (EPA's preferred method); 
by email to oei.docket@epa.gov; mailed to EPA Docket Center, 
Environmental Protection Agency, Mailcode: 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania 
Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; or by hand delivery or courier to 
EPA Docket Center, EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., 
Washington, DC, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 
excluding legal holidays. Comments on a disk or CD-ROM should be 
formatted in Word or ASCII file, avoiding the use of special characters 
and any form of encryption, and may be mailed to the mailing address 
above.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Scott Jordan, Air and Radiation Law 
Office (2344A), Office of General Counsel, U.S. Environmental 
Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; 
telephone: (202) 564-7508; fax number (202) 564-5603; email address: 
jordan.scott@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Additional Information About the Proposed Consent Decree

    The proposed consent decree would settle claims by the State and 
Environmental Plaintiffs in deadline suits alleging that EPA failed to 
perform a nondiscretionary duty pursuant to section 111(b)(1)(B) of the 
Act, 42 U.S.C. 7411(b)(1)(B) to review, and, if necessary, revise, the 
new source performance standards for new residential wood heaters at 
least once every eight years. The Association Plaintiff has not agreed 
to settle its claims against EPA and does not join in this Consent 
Decree. The proposed consent decree would require EPA, by February 3, 
2015, to sign a Federal Register notice taking final action with 
respect to the Wood Heater NSPS Standards, 40 CFR part 60, Subpart AAA, 
with such modifications as EPA deems appropriate under CAA section 
111(b)(1)(B), 42 U.S.C. 7411(b)(l)(B). Under the proposed consent 
decree, once EPA has met its obligations, and the parties have resolved 
any claims for litigation costs, the State and Environmental Plaintiffs 
and EPA agree that this consent decree shall constitute a complete and 
final settlement of all claims that the State and Environmental 
Plaintiffs asserted against EPA, in State of New York, et al. v. EPA, 
Case No. 1:13-cv-1553-GK (and consolidated case).
    For a period of thirty (30) days following the date of publication 
of this notice, the Agency will receive written comments relating to 
the proposed consent decree from persons who were not named as parties 
or intervenors to the litigation in question. EPA or the Department of 
Justice may withdraw or withhold consent to the proposed consent decree 
if the comments disclose facts or considerations that indicate that 
such consent is inappropriate, improper, inadequate, or inconsistent 
with the requirements of the Act. Unless EPA or the Department of 
Justice determines that consent to the consent decree should be 
withdrawn, the terms of the decree will be affirmed.

II. Additional Information About Commenting on the Proposed Consent 
Decree

A. How can I get a copy of the consent decree?

    Direct your comments to the official public docket for this action 
under Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OGC-2014-0363 which contains a copy of the 
consent decree. The official public docket is available for public 
viewing at the Office of Environmental Information (OEI) Docket in the 
EPA Docket Center, EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., 
Washington, DC. The EPA Docket Center 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 OEI Docket is (202) 566-
1752.
    An electronic version of the public docket is available through 
www.regulations.gov. You may use the www.regulations.gov to submit or 
view

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public comments, access the index listing of the contents of the 
official public docket, and to access those documents in the public 
docket that are available electronically. Once in the system, key in 
the appropriate docket identification number then select ``search''.
    It is important to note that EPA's policy is that public comments, 
whether submitted electronically or in paper, will be made available 
for public viewing online at www.regulations.gov without change, unless 
the comment contains copyrighted material, CBI, or other information 
whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Information claimed as CBI 
and other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute is not 
included in the official public docket or in the electronic public 
docket. EPA's policy is that copyrighted material, including 
copyrighted material contained in a public comment, will not be placed 
in EPA's electronic public docket but will be available only in 
printed, paper form in the official public docket. Although not all 
docket materials may be available electronically, you may still access 
any of the publicly available docket materials through the EPA Docket 
Center.

B. How and to whom do I submit comments?

    You may submit comments as provided in the ADDRESSES section. 
Please ensure that your comments are submitted within the specified 
comment period. Comments received after the close of the comment period 
will be marked ``late.'' EPA is not required to consider these late 
comments.
    If you submit an electronic comment, EPA recommends that you 
include your name, mailing address, and an email address or other 
contact information in the body of your comment and with any disk or 
CD-ROM you submit. This ensures that you can be identified as the 
submitter of the comment and allows EPA to contact you in case EPA 
cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties or needs further 
information on the substance of your comment. Any identifying or 
contact information provided in the body of a comment will be included 
as part of the comment that is placed in the official public docket, 
and made available in EPA's electronic public docket. 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.
    Use of the www.regulations.gov Web site to submit comments to EPA 
electronically is EPA's preferred method for receiving comments. The 
electronic public docket system is an ``anonymous access'' system, 
which means EPA will not know your identity, email address, or other 
contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. 
In contrast to EPA's electronic public docket, EPA's electronic mail 
(email) system is not an ``anonymous access'' system. If you send an 
email comment directly to the Docket without going through 
www.regulations.gov, your email address is automatically captured and 
included as part of the comment that is placed in the official public 
docket, and made available in EPA's electronic public docket.

    Dated: April 30, 2014.
Lorie J. Schmidt,
Associate General Counsel.
[FR Doc. 2014-10691 Filed 5-8-14; 8:45 am]
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