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Download as PDF mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 249 / Tuesday, December 30, 2014 / Notices of a sustainability framework and new sustainability indicators, as well as the online format as a tool to communicate to scientists, policy makers and public audiences. The SAB undertook this review at the request of the EPA’s Office of Research and Development. Information about this advisory activity can be found on the Web at http:// yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/ fedrgstr_activites/ROE%202014?Open Document. The second Chartered SAB review will focus on an SAB draft report reviewing the EPA’s draft Environmental Justice Technical Guidance. The EPA developed the guidance to assist agency staff on how to assess disproportionate environmental and public health impacts of proposed rules and actions on minority, low income and indigenous populations in a variety of regulatory contexts. 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AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6 Water Quality SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 78431 Protection Division is today proposing for public comment the reissuance of a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System general permit (NMG010000) for discharges from eligible owners/operators of existing concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), in New Mexico, except those discharges on Indian Country. CAFOs discharging on Indian Country would be required to apply for an individual permit. This permit was originally issued with an effective date of September 3, 2009, and an expiration date of September 2, 2014. Conditions from the 2009 permit are continued with the following changes proposed as part of this reissuance: (1) Removing eligibility for coverage for ‘‘New sources’’ under the proposed permit, (2) adding on-site rainfall measurement and record keeping, and (3) adding requirement for paperless submittal of application documents (NOIs and NMPs). DATES: Comments must be submitted in writing to EPA on or before March 2, 2015. ADDRESSES: Comments should be submitted to Ms. Evelyn Rosborough via email: rosborough.evelyn@epa.gov, or may be mailed to Ms. Evelyn Rosborough, Environmental Protection Agency, Water Quality Protection Division (6WQ–NP), 1445 Ross Ave., Suite 1200, Dallas, TX 75202. DATES: Public Meeting: An informal public meeting is scheduled. The meeting will include a presentation on the proposed permit followed by the opportunity for questions and answers. Written, but not oral, comments for the administrative record will be accepted at the public meeting. Date: February 10, 2015. Time: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Place: Eastern New Mexico State University—Roswell, Occupational Technology Center, Seminar Room 124, 20 West Mathis, Roswell, New Mexico 88202–6000. Public Hearings: No public hearing is scheduled at this time; however, interested persons may request a public hearing pursuant to 40 CFR 124.12 concerning the proposed permit. Requests for a public hearing must be sent or delivered in writing to the same address as provided above for public comments prior to the close of the comment period. Requests for a public hearing must state the nature of the issues proposed to be raised in the hearing. Pursuant to 40 CFR 124.12, EPA shall hold a public hearing if it finds, on the basis of requests, a significant degree of public interest in a public hearing on the proposed permit. E:\FR\FM\30DEN1.SGM 30DEN1 78432 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 249 / Tuesday, December 30, 2014 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES If EPA decides to hold a public hearing, a public notice of the date, time and place of the hearing will be made at least 30 days prior to the hearing. Any person may provide written or oral statements and data pertaining to the proposed permit at the public hearing. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A copy of the proposed permit, fact sheet, and this Federal Register Notice may be found on the EPA Region 6 Web site: http:// www.epa.gov/region6/water/npdes/ cafo/index.htm, or obtained by contacting Ms. Rosborough via email at rosborough.evelyn@epa.gov or 214–665– 2145. The Agency’s current administrative record on the proposal is available for examination at the Region’s Dallas offices during normal working hours by providing Ms. Rosborough 24 hours advance notice. When the final general permit is issued, notice will be published in the Federal Register. The final general permit will be effective on the date specified in the Federal Register and expires five years from that date. 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. EPA will seek certification from the New Mexico Environment Department prior to issuing a final permit. B. Endangered Species. Endangered Species Act Section 7(a)(2) consultation between EPA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service concluded in May 29, 2009, with USFWS concurring with EPA’s biological evaluation that reissuance of the 2009 New Mexico CAFO general permit ‘‘might affect but would be unlikely to adversely affect’’ several aquatic and aquatic dependent species federally listed in the state. This draft permit continues those conditions of eligibility for applicants in Bernalillo, Chavez, Eddy, Sandoval, San Juan and Valencia Counties that were developed in consultation and made part of the 2009 general permit. EPA has reviewed listings since 2009 of new species and critical habitat and has determined that reissuance of the permit with the prior agreed conditions is not likely to adversely affect any listed threatened or endangered species or designated critical habitat. EPA will meet its responsibility to fulfill the section 7 of the ESA requirements prior to reissuance of this general permit. C. Historic Preservation. EPA determined, under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:42 Dec 29, 2014 Jkt 235001 1966 (NHPA), that issuance of the 2009 general permit was a federal undertaking without adverse effects. EPA finds no changes to this determination and will ensure that its NHPA Section 16 obligation is fulfilled regarding reissuance of the general permit. E. Regulatory Flexibility Act. The Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601 et seq., requires that EPA prepare a regulatory flexibility analysis for regulations that have a significant impact on a substantial number of small entities. The permit reissuance proposed today is not a ‘‘rule’’ subject to the Regulatory Flexibility Act. EPA prepared a regulatory flexibility analysis on the promulgation of the 2003 NPDES Permit Regulation and Effluent Limitation Guidelines and Standards for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) on which many of the permit’s effluent limitations are based. In 2013, EPA completed review of the Guidelines and Standards pursuant to section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) and concluded that (1) there is a continued need for the CAFO regulations, and (2) revisions to minimize the regulations’ impacts on small entities are not warranted at this time. Authority: Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq. Dated: December 18, 2014. William K. Honker, Director, Water Quality Protection Division, EPA Region 6. [FR Doc. 2014–30519 Filed 12–29–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–R04–OAR–2014–0510 and EPA–R04– OAR–2014–0487; FRL–9920–93–OAR] Notice of Issuance of Final Air Permits for Statoil Gulf Services, LLC and Anadarko Petroleum Corporation Environmental Protection Agency. ACTION: Notice of final actions. AGENCY: This notice is to announce that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) air quality permit numbered OCS–EPA–R4012–M1 for Statoil Gulf Services, LLC (Statoil) on August 14, 2014, and an OCS air quality permit numbered OCS–EPA– R4015 for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (Anadarko) on September 16, 2014. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The final permits, the EPA’s response to public comments for these permits, if applicable, and supporting information are available at http:// www.epa.gov/region4/air/permits/ index.htm. These materials are also available for review at the EPA Regional Office and upon request in writing. The EPA requests that you contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section to schedule an inspection or to submit a written request for copies of these materials. The Regional Office’s official hours of business are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. excluding Federal holidays. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Please contact Ms. Heather Ceron, Air Permits Section Chief, Air Planning Branch, Air, Pesticides and Toxics Management Division, Region 4, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 61 Forsyth Street SW., Atlanta, Georgia 30303–8960. The telephone number is (404) 562–9185. Ms. Ceron can also be reached via electronic mail at ceron.heather@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On July 9, 2014, EPA Region 4 requested public comments on a preliminary determination to issue an OCS air permit modification for Statoil’s existing OCS air quality permit numbered OCS– EPA–R4012. During the public comment period, which ended on August 8, 2014, the EPA received no comments. On June 20, 2014, EPA Region 4 requested public comments on a preliminary determination to issue an OCS air quality permit for the Anadarko EGOM (Eastern Gulf of Mexico) project. The EPA received a total of 14 comments from 1 commenter (Anadarko) during the public comment period, which closed on July 21, 2014. The EPA reviewed each comment received for the Anadarko EGOM project and prepared a Response to Comments document. Since no comments were received for the Statoil project, a Response to Comment document was not prepared. After consideration of the expressed view of all interested persons, the pertinent federal statutes and regulations, the applications and supplemental information submitted by the applicants, and additional material relevant to the applications and contained in the Administrative Records, the EPA made final determinations in accordance with 40 CFR parts 55 and 71 to issue final air permits. The EPA must follow the administrative procedures in 40 CFR part 124 used to issue PSD permits ADDRESSES: E:\FR\FM\30DEN1.SGM 30DEN1

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[FRL-9921-07-Region 6]


Draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) 
General Permit for Discharges From Horse, Cattle and Dairy Concentrated 
Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) in New Mexico (Except Indian Country)

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

ACTION: Notice of proposed permit reissuance.

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SUMMARY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6 Water Quality 
Protection Division is today proposing for public comment the 
reissuance of a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System general 
permit (NMG010000) for discharges from eligible owners/operators of 
existing concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), in New Mexico, 
except those discharges on Indian Country. CAFOs discharging on Indian 
Country would be required to apply for an individual permit.
    This permit was originally issued with an effective date of 
September 3, 2009, and an expiration date of September 2, 2014. 
Conditions from the 2009 permit are continued with the following 
changes proposed as part of this reissuance: (1) Removing eligibility 
for coverage for ``New sources'' under the proposed permit, (2) adding 
on-site rainfall measurement and record keeping, and (3) adding 
requirement for paperless submittal of application documents (NOIs and 
NMPs).

DATES: Comments must be submitted in writing to EPA on or before March 
2, 2015.

ADDRESSES: Comments should be submitted to Ms. Evelyn Rosborough via 
email: rosborough.evelyn@epa.gov, or may be mailed to Ms. Evelyn 
Rosborough, Environmental Protection Agency, Water Quality Protection 
Division (6WQ-NP), 1445 Ross Ave., Suite 1200, Dallas, TX 75202.

DATES: Public Meeting: An informal public meeting is scheduled. The 
meeting will include a presentation on the proposed permit followed by 
the opportunity for questions and answers. Written, but not oral, 
comments for the administrative record will be accepted at the public 
meeting.
    Date: February 10, 2015.
    Time: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    Place: Eastern New Mexico State University--Roswell, Occupational 
Technology Center, Seminar Room 124, 20 West Mathis, Roswell, New 
Mexico 88202-6000.
    Public Hearings: No public hearing is scheduled at this time; 
however, interested persons may request a public hearing pursuant to 40 
CFR 124.12 concerning the proposed permit. Requests for a public 
hearing must be sent or delivered in writing to the same address as 
provided above for public comments prior to the close of the comment 
period. Requests for a public hearing must state the nature of the 
issues proposed to be raised in the hearing. Pursuant to 40 CFR 124.12, 
EPA shall hold a public hearing if it finds, on the basis of requests, 
a significant degree of public interest in a public hearing on the 
proposed permit.

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If EPA decides to hold a public hearing, a public notice of the date, 
time and place of the hearing will be made at least 30 days prior to 
the hearing. Any person may provide written or oral statements and data 
pertaining to the proposed permit at the public hearing.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A copy of the proposed permit, fact sheet, 
and this Federal Register Notice may be found on the EPA Region 6 Web 
site: http://www.epa.gov/region6/water/npdes/cafo/index.htm, or 
obtained by contacting Ms. Rosborough via email at 
rosborough.evelyn@epa.gov or 214-665-2145. The Agency's current 
administrative record on the proposal is available for examination at 
the Region's Dallas offices during normal working hours by providing 
Ms. Rosborough 24 hours advance notice. When the final general permit 
is issued, notice will be published in the Federal Register. The final 
general permit will be effective on the date specified in the Federal 
Register and expires five years from that date.

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. EPA will seek 
certification from the New Mexico Environment Department prior to 
issuing a final permit.
    B. Endangered Species. Endangered Species Act Section 7(a)(2) 
consultation between EPA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
concluded in May 29, 2009, with USFWS concurring with EPA's biological 
evaluation that reissuance of the 2009 New Mexico CAFO general permit 
``might affect but would be unlikely to adversely affect'' several 
aquatic and aquatic dependent species federally listed in the state. 
This draft permit continues those conditions of eligibility for 
applicants in Bernalillo, Chavez, Eddy, Sandoval, San Juan and Valencia 
Counties that were developed in consultation and made part of the 2009 
general permit. EPA has reviewed listings since 2009 of new species and 
critical habitat and has determined that reissuance of the permit with 
the prior agreed conditions is not likely to adversely affect any 
listed threatened or endangered species or designated critical habitat. 
EPA will meet its responsibility to fulfill the section 7 of the ESA 
requirements prior to reissuance of this general permit.
    C. Historic Preservation. EPA determined, under Section 106 of the 
National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA), that issuance of the 
2009 general permit was a federal undertaking without adverse effects. 
EPA finds no changes to this determination and will ensure that its 
NHPA Section 16 obligation is fulfilled regarding reissuance of the 
general permit.
    E. Regulatory Flexibility Act. The Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 
U.S.C. 601 et seq., requires that EPA prepare a regulatory flexibility 
analysis for regulations that have a significant impact on a 
substantial number of small entities. The permit reissuance proposed 
today is not a ``rule'' subject to the Regulatory Flexibility Act. EPA 
prepared a regulatory flexibility analysis on the promulgation of the 
2003 NPDES Permit Regulation and Effluent Limitation Guidelines and 
Standards for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) on which 
many of the permit's effluent limitations are based. In 2013, EPA 
completed review of the Guidelines and Standards pursuant to section 
610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) and concluded that (1) 
there is a continued need for the CAFO regulations, and (2) revisions 
to minimize the regulations' impacts on small entities are not 
warranted at this time.

    Authority: Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq.

    Dated: December 18, 2014.
William K. Honker,
Director, Water Quality Protection Division, EPA Region 6.
[FR Doc. 2014-30519 Filed 12-29-14; 8:45 am]
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