Arkansas: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revisions, 64721-64722 [2014-25725]

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[FR Doc. 2014–25968 Filed 10–30–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Part 271 [EPA–R06–RCRA–2014–0366; FRL–9918– 55–Region–6] Arkansas: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revisions Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ACTION: Proposed rule AGENCY: The State of Arkansas has applied to EPA for Final authorization of the changes to its hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). EPA proposes to grant Final authorization to the State of Arkansas. In the ‘‘Rules and Regulations’’ section of this Federal Register, EPA is authorizing the changes by an immediate final rule. EPA did not make a proposal prior to the direct final rule because we believe this action is not controversial and do not expect comments that oppose it. We have explained the reasons for this authorization in the preamble to the direct final rule. Unless we get written comments which oppose this authorization during the comment period, the direct final rule will become effective on the date it establishes, and we will not take further action on this proposal. If we receive comments that oppose this action, we will withdraw SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\31OCP1.SGM 31OCP1 64722 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 211 / Friday, October 31, 2014 / Proposed Rules the direct final rule and it will not take effect. We will then respond to public comments in a later final rule based on this proposal. You may not have another opportunity for comment. If you want to comment on this action, you must do so at this time. DATES: Send your written comments by December 1, 2014. ADDRESSES: Send written comments to Alima Patterson, Region 6, Regional Authorization Coordinator, (6PD–O), Multimedia Planning and Permitting Division, at the address shown below. You can examine copies of the materials submitted by the State of Arkansas during normal business hours at the following locations: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, 8101 Interstate 30, Little Rock, Arkansas 72219–8913, (501) 682–0876, and EPA, Region 6, 1445 Ross Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75202–2733, phone number (214) 665–8533 ; or Comments may also be submitted electronically or through hand delivery/courier; please follow the detailed instructions in the ADDRESSES section of the direct final rule which is located in the Rules section of this Federal Register. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alima Patterson (214) 665–8533. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: For additional information, please see the direct final rule published in the ‘‘Rules and Regulations’’ section of this Federal Register. Dated: August 22, 2014. Samuel Coleman, Acting Regional Administrator Region 6. [FR Doc. 2014–25725 Filed 10–30–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Chapter I [EPA–HQ–OPPT–2014–0684; FRL–9918–27] Discarded Polyvinyl Chloride; TSCA Section 21 Petition; Reasons for Agency Response Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Petition; reasons for Agency response. asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS AGENCY: This document announces the availability of EPA’s response to a petition it received under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The TSCA section 21 petition was received from the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) on July 29, 2014. The petitioner requested that EPA initiate rulemaking under TSCA to address risks related to SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:59 Oct 30, 2014 Jkt 235001 polyvinyl chloride (PVC), vinyl chloride, and phthalates used as plasticizers. The petitioner alternatively requested that EPA initiate rulemaking under TSCA to require additional toxicity testing of these chemical substances. After careful consideration, EPA has denied the TSCA section 21 petition for the reasons discussed in this document. The TSCA section 21 petition was accompanied by an independent petition for EPA to take action under the authority of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). EPA continues to review the petitioner’s requests for action under RCRA. DATES: EPA’s response to this TSCA section 21 petition was signed October 24, 2014.. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For technical information contact: Paul Lewis, Chemical Control Division (7405M), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460–0001; telephone number: (202) 564–6738; email address: lewis.paul@epa.gov. For general information contact: The TSCA-Hotline, ABVI-Goodwill, 422 South Clinton Ave., Rochester, NY 14620; telephone number: (202) 554– 1404; email address: TSCA-Hotline@ epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. General Information A. Does this action apply to me? This action is directed to the public in general. This action may, however, be of interest to those persons who produce, or who use PVC, vinyl chloride, or phthalates used as plasticizers, or substitutes for such chemical substances. Since many other entities may also be interested, the Agency has not attempted to describe all the specific entities that may be affected by this action. B. How can I access information about this TSCA section 21 petition? The docket for this TSCA section 21 petition, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA–HQ– OPPT–2014–0684, is available at http://www.regulations.gov or at the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics Docket (OPPT Docket), Environmental Protection Agency Docket Center (EPA/DC), West William Jefferson Clinton Bldg., Rm. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Public Reading Room is (202) 566–1744, and the telephone number for the OPPT Docket is (202) 566–0280. Please review the visitor instructions and additional information about the docket available at http://www.epa.gov/dockets. II. TSCA Section 21 A. What is a TSCA section 21 petition? Under TSCA section 21 (15 U.S.C. 2620), any person can petition EPA to initiate a rulemaking proceeding for the issuance, amendment, or repeal of a rule under TSCA section 4, 6, or 8 or an order under TSCA section 5(e) or 6(b)(2). A TSCA section 21 petition must set forth the facts that are claimed to establish the necessity for the action requested. EPA is required to grant or deny the petition within 90 days of its filing. If EPA grants the petition, the Agency must promptly commence an appropriate proceeding. If EPA denies the petition, the Agency must publish its reasons for the denial in the Federal Register. 15 U.S.C. 2620(b)(3). A petitioner may commence a civil action in a U.S. district court to compel initiation of the requested rulemaking proceeding within 60 days of either a denial or the expiration of the 90-day period. 15 U.S.C. 2620(b)(4). B. What criteria apply to a decision on a TSCA section 21 petition? Section 21(b)(1) of TSCA requires that the petition ‘‘set forth the facts which it is claimed establish that it is necessary’’ to issue the rule or order requested. 15 U.S.C. 2620(b)(1). Thus, TSCA section 21 implicitly incorporates the statutory standards that apply to the requested actions. In addition, TSCA section 21 establishes standards a court must use to decide whether to order EPA to initiate rulemaking in the event of a lawsuit filed by the petitioner after denial of a TSCA section 21 petition. 15 U.S.C. 2620(b)(4)(B). Accordingly, EPA has relied on the standards in TSCA section 21 and in the provisions under which actions have been requested to evaluate this TSCA section 21 petition. III. TSCA Sections 6 and 4 Of particular relevance to this TSCA section 21 petition are the legal standards regarding TSCA section 6 rules and TSCA section 4 rules. A. TSCA Section 6 Rules To promulgate a rule under TSCA section 6, the EPA Administrator must find that ‘‘there is a reasonable basis to conclude that the manufacture, processing, distribution in commerce, use, or disposal of a chemical substance or mixture . . . presents or will present an unreasonable risk.’’ 15 U.S.C. E:\FR\FM\31OCP1.SGM 31OCP1

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 211 (Friday, October 31, 2014)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 64721-64722]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-25725]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

40 CFR Part 271

[EPA-R06-RCRA-2014-0366; FRL-9918-55-Region-6]


Arkansas: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management 
Program Revisions

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

ACTION: Proposed rule

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SUMMARY: The State of Arkansas has applied to EPA for Final 
authorization of the changes to its hazardous waste program under the 
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). EPA proposes to grant 
Final authorization to the State of Arkansas. In the ``Rules and 
Regulations'' section of this Federal Register, EPA is authorizing the 
changes by an immediate final rule. EPA did not make a proposal prior 
to the direct final rule because we believe this action is not 
controversial and do not expect comments that oppose it. We have 
explained the reasons for this authorization in the preamble to the 
direct final rule. Unless we get written comments which oppose this 
authorization during the comment period, the direct final rule will 
become effective on the date it establishes, and we will not take 
further action on this proposal. If we receive comments that oppose 
this action, we will withdraw

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the direct final rule and it will not take effect. We will then respond 
to public comments in a later final rule based on this proposal. You 
may not have another opportunity for comment. If you want to comment on 
this action, you must do so at this time.

DATES: Send your written comments by December 1, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Send written comments to Alima Patterson, Region 6, Regional 
Authorization Coordinator, (6PD-O), Multimedia Planning and Permitting 
Division, at the address shown below. You can examine copies of the 
materials submitted by the State of Arkansas during normal business 
hours at the following locations: Arkansas Department of Environmental 
Quality, 8101 Interstate 30, Little Rock, Arkansas 72219-8913, (501) 
682-0876, and EPA, Region 6, 1445 Ross Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75202-
2733, phone number (214) 665-8533 ; or Comments may also be submitted 
electronically or through hand delivery/courier; please follow the 
detailed instructions in the ADDRESSES section of the direct final rule 
which is located in the Rules section of this Federal Register.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alima Patterson (214) 665-8533.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: For additional information, please see the 
direct final rule published in the ``Rules and Regulations'' section of 
this Federal Register.

    Dated: August 22, 2014.
Samuel Coleman,
Acting Regional Administrator Region 6.
[FR Doc. 2014-25725 Filed 10-30-14; 8:45 am]
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