Office of Research and Development; Ambient Air Monitoring Reference and Equivalent Methods: Designation of a New Equivalent Method, 4294-4295 [2016-01560]

Download as PDF 4294 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 16 / Tuesday, January 26, 2016 / Notices the docket. EPA solicits additional information during the public notice of the draft 2016 PGP that will allow for a more accurate cost analysis, and will update the cost impact analysis as appropriate, for the final permit. V. Executive Order 12866: Regulatory Planning and Review and Executive Order 13563: Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review The draft 2016 PGP is not a significant regulatory action and was therefore not submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. VI. Executive Order 13175: Consultation and Coordination With Indian Tribal Governments mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES This action does not have tribal implications as specified in E.O. 13175. It will neither impose substantial direct compliance costs on federally recognized tribal governments, nor preempt tribal law. EPA directly implements the NPDES Program, including the proposed 2016 PGP, in Indian Country; therefore, in compliance with the EPA Policy on Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribes, EPA consulted with tribal officials early in the process to permit tribes to have meaningful and timely input into the renewal of the 2016 PGP. To gain an understanding of, and where necessary, to address tribal implications of the draft 2016 PGP, EPA conducted the following activities: • October 28, 2015—EPA mailed notification letters to tribal leaders initiating consultation and coordination on the renewal of the PGP. The initiation letter was posted on the tribal portal Web site at http://tcots.epa.gov. • November 19, 2015—EPA held an informational teleconference open to all tribal representatives, and reserved the last part of the teleconference for official consultation comments. Seven tribal officials participated. EPA also invited tribes to submit written comments on the draft 2016 PGP. The presentation was posted on the tribal portal Web site at http://tcots.epa.gov. Although EPA did not receive any comments during the formal consultation period, EPA encourages tribes to participate in the public review process by submitting comments through regulations.gov. EPA will consider the comments and address them in the final action. Authority: Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq. VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:57 Jan 25, 2016 Jkt 238001 Dated: January 14, 2016. H. Curtis Spalding, Regional Administrator, EPA Region 1. Dated: January 14, 2016. Joan Leary Matthews, Director, Clean Water Division, EPA Region 2. Dated: January 14, 2016. Jose C. Font, Division Director, Caribbean Environmental Protection Division, EPA Region 2. Dated: January 13, 2016. Jon M. Capacasa, Director, Water Protection Division, EPA Region 3. Dated: January 13, 2016. James D. Giattina, Director, Water Protection Division, EPA Region 4. Dated: January 13, 2016. Tinka G. Hyde, Director, Water Division, EPA Region 5. Dated: January 14, 2016. William K. Honker, P.E., Director, Water Division, EPA Region 6. Dated: January 14, 2016. Karen A. Flournoy, Director, Water, Wetlands and Pesticides Division, EPA Region 7. Dated: January 14, 2016. Darcy O’Connor, Acting Assistant Regional Administrator, Office of Partnerships and Regulatory Assistance, EPA Region 8. Dated: January 13, 2016. Tomas Torres, Director, Water Division, EPA Region 9. Dated: January 14, 2016. Daniel D. Opalski, Director, Office of Water and Watersheds, EPA Region 10. [FR Doc. 2016–01564 Filed 1–25–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL–9941–73–ORD] Office of Research and Development; Ambient Air Monitoring Reference and Equivalent Methods: Designation of a New Equivalent Method Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice of the designation of a new equivalent method for monitoring ambient air quality. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated, in accordance with 40 CFR part 53, one new reference method for measuring concentrations of PM10 in the ambient air. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00050 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Vanderpool, Exposure Methods and Measurement Division (MD–D205– 03), National Exposure Research Laboratory, U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711. Email: Vanderpool.Robert@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with regulations at 40 CFR part 53, the EPA evaluates various methods for monitoring the concentrations of those ambient air pollutants for which EPA has established National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQSs) as set forth in 40 CFR part 50. Monitoring methods that are determined to meet specific requirements for adequacy are designated by the EPA as either reference or equivalent methods (as applicable), thereby permitting their use under 40 CFR part 58 by States and other agencies for determining compliance with the NAAQSs. A list of all reference or equivalent methods that have been previously designated by EPA may be found at http://www.epa.gov/ ttn/amtic/criteria.html. The EPA hereby announces the designation of one new reference method for measuring concentrations of a new equivalent method for measuring pollutant concentrations of PM10 in the ambient air. These designations are made under the provisions of 40 CFR part 53, as amended on August 31, 2011 (76 FR 54326–54341). The new equivalent method for PM10 is an automated monitoring method utilizing a measurement principle based on sample collection by filtration and analysis by beta-ray attenuation and is identified as follows: EQPM–1215–226, ‘‘Met One Instruments, Inc. E–BAM + Beta Attenuation Mass Monitor ¥ PM10 FEM Configuration,’’ configured for 24 1-hour average measurements of PM10 by beta attenuation, using a glass fiber filter tape roll (460130 or 460180), a sample flow rate of 16.67 liters/min, with the standard (BX–802) EPA PM10 inlet (meeting 40 CFR 50 Appendix L specifications) and equipped with 9250 ambient temperature sensor. Instrument must be operated in accordance with the E–BAM + Particulate Monitor operation manual, revision 1 or later. This designation applies to PM10 measurements only. The application for equivalent method determination for the PM10 method was received by the Office of Research and Development on November 19, 2015. This monitor is commercially available from the applicant, Met One Instruments, Inc., 1600 Washington Blvd., Grants Pass, OR 97526. E:\FR\FM\26JAN1.SGM 26JAN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 16 / Tuesday, January 26, 2016 / Notices Representative test monitors have been tested in accordance with the applicable test procedures specified in 40 CFR part 53, as amended on August 31, 2011. After reviewing the results of those tests and other information submitted by the applicant, EPA has determined, in accordance with Part 53, that these methods should be designated as a reference or equivalent method. As a designated equivalent method, this method is acceptable for use by states and other air monitoring agencies under the requirements of 40 CFR part 58, Ambient Air Quality Surveillance. For such purposes, the method must be used in strict accordance with the operation or instruction manual associated with the method and subject to any specifications and limitations (e.g., configuration or operational settings) specified in the designated method description (see the identification of the method above). Use of the method also should be in general accordance with the guidance and recommendations of applicable sections of the ‘‘Quality Assurance Handbook for Air Pollution Measurement Systems, Volume I,’’ EPA/ 600/R–94/038a and ‘‘Quality Assurance Handbook for Air Pollution Measurement Systems, Volume II, Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Program,’’ EPA–454/B–13–003, (both available at http://www.epa.gov/ttn/ amtic/qalist.html). Provisions concerning modification of such methods by users are specified under Section 2.8 (Modifications of Methods by Users) of Appendix C to 40 CFR part 58. Consistent or repeated noncompliance with any of these conditions should be reported to: Director, Exposure Methods and Measurements Division (MD–E205– 01), National Exposure Research Laboratory, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711. Designation of this equivalent method is intended to assist the States in establishing and operating their air quality surveillance systems under 40 CFR part 58. Questions concerning the commercial availability or technical aspects of the method should be directed to the applicant. Dated: January 19, 2016. Jennifer Orme-Zavaleta, Director, National Exposure Research Laboratory. [FR Doc. 2016–01560 Filed 1–25–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:57 Jan 25, 2016 Jkt 238001 ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–SFUND–2010–0763; FRL–9941– 70–OEI] Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Hazardous Chemical Reporting: Emergency and Hazardous Chemical Inventory Forms (Tier I and Tier II) (Renewal) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ‘‘Hazardous Chemical Reporting: Emergency and Hazardous Chemical Inventory Forms (Tier I and Tier II) (Renewal)’’ (EPA ICR No. 2436.03, OMB Control No. 2050– 0206) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through March 31, 2016. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (80 FR 62526) on October 16, 2015 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. An Agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. DATES: Additional comments may be submitted on or before February 25, 2016. SUMMARY: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID Number, EPA– HQ–SFUND–2010–0763, to (1) EPA online using www.regulations.gov (our preferred method), by email to superfund.docket@epa.gov or by mail to: EPA Docket Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460, and (2) OMB via email to oira_submission@omb.eop.gov. Address comments to OMB Desk Officer for EPA. EPA’s policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes profanity, threats, information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. ADDRESSES: PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 4295 Sicy Jacob, Office of Emergency Management, Mail Code 5104A, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 564–8019; fax number: (202) 564–2620; email address: jacob.sicy@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Supporting documents which explain in detail the information that the EPA will be collecting are available in the public docket for this ICR. The docket can be viewed online at www.regulations.gov or in person at the EPA Docket Center, WJC West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC. The telephone number for the Docket Center is 202–566–1744. For additional information about EPA’s public docket, visit http://www.epa.gov/ dockets. Abstract: Sections 311 and 312 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) apply to the owner or operator of any facility that is required to prepare or have available a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for a hazardous chemical under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and its implementing regulations. Under section 311 of EPCRA, these facilities are required to submit MSDS to the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), and the local fire department for each hazardous chemical stored on-site in a quantity greater than the reporting threshold. Section 312 of EPCRA requires owners and operators of facilities to annually report the inventories of those chemicals reported under section 311. EPA is required to publish two emergency and hazardous chemical inventory forms, ‘‘Tier I’’ and ‘‘Tier II,’’ for use by these facilities. On July 13, 2012, EPA further revised these forms to add some new data elements that would be useful for local emergency planners and responders. In ICR 2436.02, EPA estimated that after the initial reporting of the new data elements, it would only take 0.25 hours per facility to review the new data elements and revise if necessary. New data elements added to page one of the Tier II form included contact information for facility emergency coordinator; Tier II information; whether facility is manned or unmanned; if the facility is subject to EPCRA Section 302 or CAA Section 112(r) (Risk Management Program) etc. Form Numbers: 8700–29 and 8700– 30. Respondents/affected entities: Facilities with hazardous chemicals FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: E:\FR\FM\26JAN1.SGM 26JAN1

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[FRL-9941-73-ORD]


Office of Research and Development; Ambient Air Monitoring 
Reference and Equivalent Methods: Designation of a New Equivalent 
Method

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice of the designation of a new equivalent method for 
monitoring ambient air quality.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the Environmental Protection 
Agency (EPA) has designated, in accordance with 40 CFR part 53, one new 
reference method for measuring concentrations of PM10 in the 
ambient air.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Vanderpool, Exposure Methods 
and Measurement Division (MD-D205-03), National Exposure Research 
Laboratory, U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711. 
Email: Vanderpool.Robert@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with regulations at 40 CFR 
part 53, the EPA evaluates various methods for monitoring the 
concentrations of those ambient air pollutants for which EPA has 
established National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQSs) as set 
forth in 40 CFR part 50. Monitoring methods that are determined to meet 
specific requirements for adequacy are designated by the EPA as either 
reference or equivalent methods (as applicable), thereby permitting 
their use under 40 CFR part 58 by States and other agencies for 
determining compliance with the NAAQSs. A list of all reference or 
equivalent methods that have been previously designated by EPA may be 
found at http://www.epa.gov/ttn/amtic/criteria.html.
    The EPA hereby announces the designation of one new reference 
method for measuring concentrations of a new equivalent method for 
measuring pollutant concentrations of PM10 in the ambient 
air. These designations are made under the provisions of 40 CFR part 
53, as amended on August 31, 2011 (76 FR 54326-54341).
    The new equivalent method for PM10 is an automated 
monitoring method utilizing a measurement principle based on sample 
collection by filtration and analysis by beta-ray attenuation and is 
identified as follows:
    EQPM-1215-226, ``Met One Instruments, Inc. E-BAM + Beta Attenuation 
Mass Monitor - PM10 FEM Configuration,'' configured for 24 
1-hour average measurements of PM10 by beta attenuation, 
using a glass fiber filter tape roll (460130 or 460180), a sample flow 
rate of 16.67 liters/min, with the standard (BX-802) EPA 
PM10 inlet (meeting 40 CFR 50 Appendix L specifications) and 
equipped with 9250 ambient temperature sensor. Instrument must be 
operated in accordance with the E-BAM + Particulate Monitor operation 
manual, revision 1 or later. This designation applies to 
PM10 measurements only.
    The application for equivalent method determination for the 
PM10 method was received by the Office of Research and 
Development on November 19, 2015. This monitor is commercially 
available from the applicant, Met One Instruments, Inc., 1600 
Washington Blvd., Grants Pass, OR 97526.

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    Representative test monitors have been tested in accordance with 
the applicable test procedures specified in 40 CFR part 53, as amended 
on August 31, 2011. After reviewing the results of those tests and 
other information submitted by the applicant, EPA has determined, in 
accordance with Part 53, that these methods should be designated as a 
reference or equivalent method.
    As a designated equivalent method, this method is acceptable for 
use by states and other air monitoring agencies under the requirements 
of 40 CFR part 58, Ambient Air Quality Surveillance. For such purposes, 
the method must be used in strict accordance with the operation or 
instruction manual associated with the method and subject to any 
specifications and limitations (e.g., configuration or operational 
settings) specified in the designated method description (see the 
identification of the method above).
    Use of the method also should be in general accordance with the 
guidance and recommendations of applicable sections of the ``Quality 
Assurance Handbook for Air Pollution Measurement Systems, Volume I,'' 
EPA/600/R-94/038a and ``Quality Assurance Handbook for Air Pollution 
Measurement Systems, Volume II, Ambient Air Quality Monitoring 
Program,'' EPA-454/B-13-003, (both available at http://www.epa.gov/ttn/amtic/qalist.html). Provisions concerning modification of such methods 
by users are specified under Section 2.8 (Modifications of Methods by 
Users) of Appendix C to 40 CFR part 58.
    Consistent or repeated noncompliance with any of these conditions 
should be reported to: Director, Exposure Methods and Measurements 
Division (MD-E205-01), National Exposure Research Laboratory, U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 
27711.
    Designation of this equivalent method is intended to assist the 
States in establishing and operating their air quality surveillance 
systems under 40 CFR part 58. Questions concerning the commercial 
availability or technical aspects of the method should be directed to 
the applicant.

    Dated: January 19, 2016.
Jennifer Orme-Zavaleta,
Director, National Exposure Research Laboratory.
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