Final NPDES General Permit Modification for Discharges From the Oil and Gas Extraction Point Source Category to Coastal Waters in Texas and Onshore Stripper Well Category East of the 98th Meridian (TXG330000), 56576-56577 [2014-22470]

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[FR Doc. 2014–22483 Filed 9–19–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL–9916–93–Region–6] Final NPDES General Permit Modification for Discharges From the Oil and Gas Extraction Point Source Category to Coastal Waters in Texas and Onshore Stripper Well Category East of the 98th Meridian (TXG330000) Environmental Protection Agency. ACTION: Final decision of NPDES general permit modification. AGENCY: The Director of the Water Quality Protection Division, for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6 today announces issuance of SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\22SEN1.SGM 22SEN1 asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 183 / Monday, September 22, 2014 / Notices the final permit modifications for the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general permit (TXG330000) regulating discharges from oil and gas wells in the Coastal Subcategory in Texas and in the Stripper Subcategory which discharge into waters in Texas. These modifications would restore coverage eligibility for certain inland discharges that existed in the previous permit and require freshwater whole effluent toxicity species for discharges to freshwater receiving waters. EPA proposed the draft permit modification in the Federal Register on December 2, 2013. EPA Region 6 has considered all comments received and makes few significant changes to the proposed permit. A copy of the Region’s responses to comments and the final permit may be obtained from the EPA Region 6 internet site: http:// www.epa.gov/region6/water/npdes/ genpermit/index.htm. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Evelyn Rosborough, Region 6, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1445 Ross Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75202–2733. Telephone: (214) 665–7515. DATES: This permit modification is effective on September 22, 2014, and expires July 6, 2017. In accordance with 40 CFR 23, this permit shall be considered issued for the purpose of judicial review on October 6, 2014. Under section 509(b) of the CWA, judicial review of this general permit can be held by filing a petition for review in the United States Court of Appeals within 120 days after the permit is considered issued for judicial review. Under section 509(b)(2) of the CWA, the requirements in this permit may not be challenged later in civil or criminal proceedings to enforce these requirements. In addition, this permit may not be challenged in other agency proceedings. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Changes from the proposed permit modification include: 1. Add ‘‘no visible sheen’’ limit to produced water discharges to inland waters; 2. Replace acute 48-hour toxicity freshwater testing with acute 24-hour toxicity LC–50 freshwater and remove the cease discharge requirement; and 3. Set October 1, 2017, deadline to comply with the acute Toxicity LC–50 limit. Other Legal Requirements A. State Certification Under section 401(a)(1) of the CWA, EPA may not issue an NPDES permit until the State in which the discharge VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:07 Sep 19, 2014 Jkt 232001 will occur grants or waives certification to ensure compliance with appropriate requirements of the CWA and State law. The Railroad Commission of Texas issued the 401 certification on May 30, 2014. B. Other Regulatory Requirements When EPA issued the general permit in 2012, EPA had conducted evaluations required by Coastal Zone Management Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, MagnusonStevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, Historic Preservation Act, Paperwork Reduction Act, and Regulatory Flexibility Act. The scope of today’s permit modification action does not trigger requirements for new evaluations for compliance with those regulatory requirements. Dated: September 11, 2014. William K. Honker, Director, Water Quality Protection Division, EPA Region 6. [FR Doc. 2014–22470 Filed 9–19–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL–9916–98-Region 10] Re-Proposal of the NPDES General Permit for Oil and Gas Geotechnical Surveying and Related Activities in Federal Waters of the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Reopening of public comment period for the re-proposal of the Geotechnical General Permit. AGENCY: On August 15, 2014, EPA provided public notice on the reproposal of a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Oil and Gas Geotechnical Surveys and Related Activities in Federal Waters of the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas (Permit No. AKG–28–4300), and established a comment deadline of September 15, 2014. In response to a request from the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission to reopen the comment period deadline, EPA is reopening the comment period to September 30, 2014. DATES: Comments. The public comment period for the Geotechnical General Permit re-proposal is reopened until September 30, 2014. EPA will only consider comments on the re-proposed permit provisions. Comments submitted previously on the initial draft Geotechnical General Permit need not SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 56577 be resubmitted; comments addressing permit provisions or issues beyond the scope of this re-proposal will not be considered. Comments must be received by or post-marked no later than midnight Pacific Standard Time on September 30, 2014. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods. Include your name, address, telephone number, the General Permit number (AKG–28–4300) and a concise statement of the basis and facts supporting the comment. Mail: Send paper comments to Erin Seyfried, Office of Water and Watersheds, Mail Stop OWW–130, 1200 6th Avenue, Suite 900, Seattle, WA 98101–3140. Email: Send electronic comments to R10geotechpermit@epa.gov. Fax: Fax comments to the attention of Erin Seyfried at (206) 553–0165. Hand Delivery/Courier: Deliver comments to Erin Seyfried, Office of Water and Watersheds, Mail Stop OWW–191, 1200 6th Avenue, Suite 900, Seattle, WA 98101–3140. Call (206) 553–0523 before delivery to verify business hours. Viewing and/or Obtaining Copies of Documents. A copy of the re-proposed Geotechnical General Permit, the Fact Sheet, which explains the proposal in detail, and the revised Ocean Discharge Criteria Evaluation (ODCE) may be obtained by contacting EPA at 1 (800) 424–4372. Copies of the documents are also available for viewing and downloading at: http:// yosemite.epa.gov/r10/water.nsf/ npdes+permits/DraftPermitsAK http:// yosemite.epa.gov/r10/water.nsf/ npdes+permits/arctic-gp See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for other document viewing locations. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Erin Seyfried, Office of Water and Watersheds, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10, Mail Stop OWW–191, 1200 6th Avenue, Suite 900, Seattle, WA 98101–3140, (206) 553– 1448, seyfried.erin@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: EPA seeks public comment only on the following proposed changes: (1) Inclusion of seasonal prohibitions on wastewater discharges specific to the 3–25 mile lease deferral area in the Chukchi Sea; (2) Clarification of drilling fluid testing requirements (Discharge 001); (3) Clarification of Environmental Monitoring Program requirements and inclusion of language regarding preexisting baseline data; (4) Revision of sampling frequencies for fecal coliform and total residual chlorine (Sanitary Wastewater, Discharge 003); and (5) E:\FR\FM\22SEN1.SGM 22SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 183 (Monday, September 22, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 56576-56577]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-22470]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[FRL-9916-93-Region-6]


Final NPDES General Permit Modification for Discharges From the 
Oil and Gas Extraction Point Source Category to Coastal Waters in Texas 
and Onshore Stripper Well Category East of the 98th Meridian 
(TXG330000)

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

ACTION: Final decision of NPDES general permit modification.

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SUMMARY: The Director of the Water Quality Protection Division, for the 
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6 today announces issuance 
of

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the final permit modifications for the National Pollutant Discharge 
Elimination System (NPDES) general permit (TXG330000) regulating 
discharges from oil and gas wells in the Coastal Subcategory in Texas 
and in the Stripper Subcategory which discharge into waters in Texas. 
These modifications would restore coverage eligibility for certain 
inland discharges that existed in the previous permit and require 
freshwater whole effluent toxicity species for discharges to freshwater 
receiving waters.
    EPA proposed the draft permit modification in the Federal Register 
on December 2, 2013. EPA Region 6 has considered all comments received 
and makes few significant changes to the proposed permit. A copy of the 
Region's responses to comments and the final permit may be obtained 
from the EPA Region 6 internet site: http://www.epa.gov/region6/water/npdes/genpermit/index.htm.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Evelyn Rosborough, Region 6, U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency, 1445 Ross Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75202-
2733. Telephone: (214) 665-7515.

DATES: This permit modification is effective on September 22, 2014, and 
expires July 6, 2017. In accordance with 40 CFR 23, this permit shall 
be considered issued for the purpose of judicial review on October 6, 
2014. Under section 509(b) of the CWA, judicial review of this general 
permit can be held by filing a petition for review in the United States 
Court of Appeals within 120 days after the permit is considered issued 
for judicial review. Under section 509(b)(2) of the CWA, the 
requirements in this permit may not be challenged later in civil or 
criminal proceedings to enforce these requirements. In addition, this 
permit may not be challenged in other agency proceedings.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Changes from the proposed permit modification include:
    1. Add ``no visible sheen'' limit to produced water discharges to 
inland waters;
    2. Replace acute 48-hour toxicity freshwater testing with acute 24-
hour toxicity LC-50 freshwater and remove the cease discharge 
requirement; and
    3. Set October 1, 2017, deadline to comply with the acute Toxicity 
LC-50 limit.

Other Legal Requirements

A. State Certification

    Under section 401(a)(1) of the CWA, EPA may not issue an NPDES 
permit until the State in which the discharge will occur grants or 
waives certification to ensure compliance with appropriate requirements 
of the CWA and State law. The Railroad Commission of Texas issued the 
401 certification on May 30, 2014.

B. Other Regulatory Requirements

    When EPA issued the general permit in 2012, EPA had conducted 
evaluations required by Coastal Zone Management Act, National 
Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, Magnuson-Stevens 
Fishery Conservation and Management Act, Historic Preservation Act, 
Paperwork Reduction Act, and Regulatory Flexibility Act. The scope of 
today's permit modification action does not trigger requirements for 
new evaluations for compliance with those regulatory requirements.

    Dated: September 11, 2014.
William K. Honker,
Director, Water Quality Protection Division, EPA Region 6.
[FR Doc. 2014-22470 Filed 9-19-14; 8:45 am]
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