The Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule for Model Years 2021-2026 Passenger Cars and Light Trucks; Extension of Comment Period, 48578-48581 [2018-20962]

Download as PDF 48578 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 187 / Wednesday, September 26, 2018 / Proposed Rules number of small entities. See 5 U.S.C. 605(b). As explained above, this rule is ministerial in nature and does not impose any additional regulatory burdens. rescind 29 CFR part 34 in its entirety as follows: H. Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 ■ This proposed rule is not a major rule as defined by Section 804 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996. This proposed rule will not result in an annual effect on the economy of $100,000,000 or more; a major increase in costs or prices; or significant adverse effects on competition, employment, investment, productivity, innovation, or on the ability of the United States-based companies to compete with foreignbased companies in domestic and export markets. Signed at Washington, DC, on September 13, 2018. Bryan Slater, Assistant Secretary, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management, Department of Labor. 1. Remove and reserve part 34, consisting of §§ 34.1 through 34.53. I. Executive Order 13175 (Indian Tribal Governments) This proposed rule does not have tribal implications under Executive Order 13175 that would require a tribal summary impact statement. The proposed rule would not have substantial direct effects on one or more Indian tribes, on the relationship between the Federal government and Indian tribes, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities between the Federal government and Indian tribes. J. Executive Order 12630 (Government Actions and Interference With Constitutionally Protected Property Rights) This NPRM is not subject to Executive Order 12630 because it does not involve implementation of a policy that has takings implications or that could impose limitations on private property use. K. Executive Order 12988 (Civil Justice Reform) daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS The NPRM was drafted and reviewed in accordance with Executive Order 12988 and will not unduly burden the Federal court system. The NPRM was: (1) Reviewed to eliminate drafting errors and ambiguities; (2) written to minimize litigation; and (3) written to provide a clear legal standard for affected conduct and to promote burden reduction. List of Subjects in 29 CFR Part 34 Implementation of the Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Requirements of the Job Training Partnership Act of 1982, as Amended (JTPA). For the reasons set forth in the preamble, the Department proposes to VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:23 Sep 25, 2018 Jkt 244001 PART 34—[REMOVED AND RESERVED] [FR Doc. 2018–20409 Filed 9–25–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P A request was received by the Commission asking that the comment period for the advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) be extended to allow ‘‘extra time . . . to coordinate a response to the [notice] among various labor unions and employee advocacy groups.’’ To make the ANPRM comment process as inclusive as possible, the Commission has extended the comment period for the ANPRM (83 FR 45366) to November 16, 2018. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Dated: September 18, 2018. Heather L. MacDougall, Chairman. [FR Doc. 2018–20859 Filed 9–25–18; 8:45 am] OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH REVIEW COMMISSION BILLING CODE 7600–01–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 29 CFR Part 2200 Revisions to Procedural Rules Governing Practice Before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission 40 CFR Parts 85 and 86 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. ACTION: Advance notice of proposed rulemaking; extension of comment period. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration On September 7, 2018, the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission solicited recommendations for amendments to the Commission’s rules of procedure. The comment period, which was set to expire on October 9, 2018, has been extended to November 16, 2018. DATES: The comment period for the advance notice of proposed rulemaking (83 FR 45366) is extended. Submit comments on or before November 16, 2018. [NHTSA–2018–0067; EPA–HQ–OAR–2018– 0283; FRL–9984–62–OAR; NHTSA–2017– 0069] AGENCY: SUMMARY: You may submit comments by any of the following methods: • Email: rbailey@oshrc.gov. Include ‘‘Advance notice of proposed rulemaking, 29 CFR part 2200’’ in the subject line of the message. • Fax: 202–606–5417. • Mail: One Lafayette Centre, 1120 20th Street NW, Ninth Floor, Washington, DC 20036–3457. • Hand Delivery/Courier: same as mailing address. Instructions: All submissions must include your name, return address, and email address, if applicable. Please clearly label submissions as ‘‘Advance notice of proposed rulemaking, 29 CFR part 2200.’’ FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ron Bailey, via telephone at 202–606–5410, or via email at rbailey@oshrc.gov. ADDRESSES: PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 49 CFR Parts 523, 531, 533, 536, and 537 RIN 2127–AL76; RIN 2060–AU09 The Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule for Model Years 2021–2026 Passenger Cars and Light Trucks; Extension of Comment Period Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. ACTION: Proposed rule; extension of comment period. AGENCY: This document extends the comment period for a proposed rule published in the August 24, 2018 issue of the Federal Register entitled The Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule for Model Years 2021– 2026 Passenger Cars and Light Trucks and also extends the comment period for NHTSA’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement that accompanies it. This extension is shorter than that requested by several parties, and those requests are accordingly denied. DATES: The comment period for the proposed rule published August 24, 2018, at 83 FR 42986, is extended. The comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement accompanying that proposed rule and SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\26SEP1.SGM 26SEP1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 187 / Wednesday, September 26, 2018 / Proposed Rules daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS published on NHTSA’s website is also extended. Comments on both documents should be received on or before October 26, 2018. ADDRESSES: You may send comments, identified by Docket No. EPA–HQ– OAR–2018–0283 and/or NHTSA–2018– 0067, by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for sending comments. • Fax: EPA: (202) 566–9744; NHTSA: (202) 493–2251. • Mail: Æ EPA: Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), Air and Radiation Docket, Mail Code 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460, Attention Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OAR–2018– 0283. In addition, please mail a copy of your comments on the information collection provisions for the EPA proposal to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Attn: Desk Officer for EPA, 725 17th St. NW, Washington, DC 20503. Æ NHTSA: Docket Management Facility, M–30, U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building, Ground Floor, Rm. W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: Æ EPA: Docket Center (EPA/DC), EPA West, Room B102, 1301 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC, Attention Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OAR–2018– 0283. Such deliveries are only accepted during the Docket’s normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information. Æ NHTSA: West Building, Ground Floor, Rm. W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and docket number or Regulatory Information Number (RIN) for this rulemaking. All comments received will be posted without change to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. For detailed instructions on sending comments and additional information on the rulemaking process, see the ‘‘Public Participation’’ heading of the proposed rule (83 FR at 43470). Docket: For access to the dockets to read background documents or comments received, go to http:// www.regulations.gov, and/or: • For EPA: EPA Docket Center (EPA/ DC), EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460. 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 Public Reading Room is (202) 566–1744. • For NHTSA: Docket Management Facility, M–30, U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building, Ground Floor, Rm. W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. The Docket Management Facility is open Requester Date submitted Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM). Attorneys General of the States of California, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia, and the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. National Coalition for Advanced Transportation (NCAT). Environmental Law and Policy Center .. August 24, 2018 .... Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), Conservation Law Foundation, Earthjustice, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Public Citizen, Sierra Club, and Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Minnesota Department of Transportation. Consumer Federation of America ......... August 30, 2018 .... VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:24 Sep 25, 2018 Jkt 244001 August 27, 2018 .... August 29, 2018 .... August 30, 2018 .... 48579 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: EPA: Christopher Lieske, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, Assessment and Standards Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 2000 Traverwood Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105; telephone number: (734) 214– 4584; fax number: (734) 214–4816; email address: lieske.christopher@ epa.gov, or contact the Assessment and Standards Division, email address: otaqpublicweb@epa.gov. NHTSA: James Tamm, Office of Rulemaking, Fuel Economy Division, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590; telephone number: (202) 493– 0515. On August 24, 2018, NHTSA and EPA published in the Federal Register a document titled ‘‘The Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule for Model Years 2021–2026 Passenger Cars and Light Trucks.’’ 83 FR 42986. The public comment period for the proposed rule was scheduled to end on October 23, 2018. Additionally, the public comment period for NHTSA’s DEIS was scheduled to end on September 24, 2018. Eighteen requests to extend the comment period have been received by the agencies’ dockets as of the time of this writing, as follows: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Docket ID No. Length of extension requested NHTSA–2018–0067–2158; OAR–2018–0283–0790. NHTSA–2018–0067–2567; OAR–2018–0283–0792. EPA–HQ– NHTSA–2018–0067–2872; OAR–2018–0283–0794. NHTSA–2018–0067–2728; OAR–2018–0283–0892. NHTSA–2018–0067–3278; OAR–2018–0283–0797. EPA–HQ– EPA–HQ– EPA–HQ– EPA–HQ– 120 days for comment period as a whole. 120 days for comment period as a whole. 120 days for comment period as a whole. 120 days for comment period as a whole. 120 days for comment period as a whole. August 30, 2018 .... NHTSA–2018–0067–3580; OAR–2018–0283–0798. EPA–HQ– 180 days for comment period as a whole. September 5, 2018 NHTSA–2018–0067–3400; OAR–2018–0283–0872. EPA–HQ– 120 days for comment period as a whole. PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 E:\FR\FM\26SEP1.SGM 26SEP1 48580 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 187 / Wednesday, September 26, 2018 / Proposed Rules Requester Date submitted Docket ID No. Length of extension requested National Governors Association (NGA), Environmental Council of the States (ECOS), National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA), Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies (AAPCA), National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO). Georgetown Climate Center .................. September 5, 2018 EPA–HQ–OAR–2018–0283–0871 ........ 120 days for comment period as a whole. September 6, 2018 At least 120 day comment period. Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (Alliance). City of Los Angeles ............................... September 6, 2018 American Lung Association ................... September 9, 2018 32 U.S. Senators 1 ................................. September 2018. September 2018. September 2018. September 2018. 10, NHTSA–2018–0067–3610; EPA–HQ– OAR–2018–0283–0873. NHTSA–2018–0067–3619; EPA–HQ– OAR–2018–0283–0876. NHTSA–2018–0067–4159; EPA–HQ– OAR–2018–0283–0893. NHTSA–2018–0067–3615; EPA–HQ– OAR–2018–0283–0875. Received by mail .................................. 10, Received by mail .................................. 12, EPA–HQ–OAR–2018–0283–0885 ........ 18, Received by mail .................................. September 18, 2018. September 19, 2018. Received by mail .................................. At least 120 days as a whole. Received by mail .................................. At least 120 day comment period. New York Department of Environmental Conservation. South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). Edison Electric Institute (EEI), National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA), and American Public Power Association (APPA). New York University School of Law Institute for Policy Integrity. Alliance to Save Energy ........................ September 7, 2018 Not less than 120 day comment period. 120 days for comment period as a whole. At least 120 day comment period. 120 days for a comment period as a whole. 120 days for a comment period as a whole. Not less than 120 day comment period. 120 days for comment period as a whole. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS 1 Kamala D. Harris (D, CA); Dianne Feinstein (D, CA); Charles E. Schumer (D, NY); Edward J. Markey (D, MA); Sheldon Whitehouse (D, RI); Jeffrey A. Merkley (D, OR); Richard Blumenthal (D, CT); Patrick Leahy (D, VT); Chris Van Hollen (D, MD); Ron Wyden (D, OR); Catherine Cortez Masto (D, NV); Tina Smith (D, MN); Richard J. Durbin (D, IL); Mazie K. Hirono (D, HI); Benjamin L. Cardin (D, MD); Michael F. Bennet (D, CO); Jeanne Shaheen (D, NH); Margaret Wood Hassan (D, NH); Maria Cantwell (D, WA); Tammy Duckworth (D, IL); Cory A. Booker (D, NJ); Tammy Baldwin (D, WI); Jack Reed (D, RI); Patty Murray (D, WA); Kirsten Gillibrand (D, NY); Bernard Sanders (D, VT); Elizabeth Warren (D, MA); Thomas R. Carper (D, DE); Robert Menendez (D, NJ); Christopher A. Coons (D, DE); Bill Nelson (D, FL); Amy Klobuchar (D, MN). Many of these requesters also asked that the agencies hold additional public hearings to allow more opportunities for oral presentation of public comments, in additional locations. Specifically: • NESCAUM requested a public hearing be held in a central location in a Northeast state that has adopted California’s greenhouse gas (GHG) standards and zero emissions vehicle (ZEV) program for light-duty vehicles and ZEV, such as Hartford, CT or Boston, MA; • The Attorneys General requested that EPA (alone or with NHTSA) hold an additional hearing in Sacramento specifically on the California waiver withdrawal proposal, as well as holding additional hearings on the proposal in Los Angeles, Washington, DC, either Portland, OR or Seattle, WA, somewhere in New York State, and Baltimore, MD; • Georgetown Climate Center also requested that a public hearing be held in Sacramento specifically on the California waiver withdrawal proposal, as well as holding hearings in Los Angeles and Washington, DC, and in other states that have adopted California’s vehicle standards; VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:24 Sep 25, 2018 Jkt 244001 • The City of Los Angeles requested that a public hearing be held in Los Angeles, and supported the requests from other parties to hold additional hearings elsewhere around the country; • The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Minnesota Department of Transportation requested that the agencies provide workshops like EPA did during development of the Clean Power Plan rule to help states and other stakeholders understand and comment on the content of the proposal and the agencies’ modeling and analyses; and • SCAQMD supported the requests from other parties to hold additional hearings. A separate request to hold a public hearing in Oregon was submitted by the Democratic members of the U.S. Congressional Delegation from Oregon.2 This request did not include a request for an extension of the comment period.3 2 Specifically, U.S. Senators Jeffrey A. Merkley and Ron Wyden, and U.S. Representatives Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici, Peter DeFazio, and Kurt Schrader. 3 Docket No. EPA–HQ–OAR–2018–0283–0894. PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 In addition to requesting extension to the comment period on the proposal, the Attorneys General, the 32 U.S. Senators, the Alliance, ELPC, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Consumer Federation of America, NCAT, CBD et al., SCAQMD, and New York University School of Law’s Institute for Policy Integrity also requested extensions of the comment period for NHTSA’s DEIS, to align the end of that comment period with the (extended) comment period for the proposal. In support of their requests for longer comment periods and additional public hearings (for those who requested them), all requesters cited the breadth and depth of the record to review, the changes from prior analyses conducted on the same topic, and the importance of the proposal in terms of its potential effects on the U.S. economy, safety, health, and the environment. Several requesters also stated that EPA had provided a 120-day comment period for its Clean Power Plan rule. The requests for extension of the comment period for the proposal to 120 days (or 180 days, in the case of the E:\FR\FM\26SEP1.SGM 26SEP1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 187 / Wednesday, September 26, 2018 / Proposed Rules Minnesota requesters) and for additional public hearing locations are denied. Automakers will need maximum lead time to respond to the final rule, and extending the comment period and holding additional public hearings (which would also cause the comment period to be extended) are inconsistent with provision of maximum lead time. We recognize, however, that the original schedule for the proposed rule public comment period did not reflect the Clean Air Act requirement that the record of proceedings allowing oral presentation of data, views, and arguments on a proposed rule be kept open for thirty days after completion of the proceeding to provide an opportunity for submission of rebuttal and supplementary information. 42 U.S.C. 7607(d)(5). Because the final ‘‘proceeding allowing oral presentation of data, views, and arguments,’’ is expected to be the September 26, 2018 public hearing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the comment period for the proposed rule is being extended by 3 days to Friday, October 26, 2018. To provide additional flexibility to commenters, NHTSA is also extending the public comment period for the DEIS by 32 days to Friday, October 26, 2018. The agencies believe that this amount of time should be adequate for commenters to comment meaningfully on the proposal and on NHTSA’s DEIS. Issued on September 21, 2018 in Washington, DC, under authority delegated in 49 CFR 1.95 and 501.5 Heidi R. King, Deputy Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Dated: September 21, 2018. William L. Wehrum, Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation, Environmental Protection Agency. [FR Doc. 2018–20962 Filed 9–21–18; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 4910–59–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 48 CFR Parts 1503 and 1552 daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS [EPA–HQ–OARM–2015–0657; FRL–9936– 63–OARM] Environmental Protection Agency Acquisition Regulation (EPAAR); Scientific Integrity Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Proposed rule. AGENCY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing a proposed rule to address scientific integrity SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:24 Sep 25, 2018 Jkt 244001 requirements in the creation of a contract clause for inclusion in solicitations and contracts when the contractor may be required to perform, communicate, or supervise scientific activities or use scientific information to perform advisory and assistance services. This clause will complement the EPA scientific integrity policy to ensure all scientific work developed and used by the Government is accomplished with scientific integrity. DATES: Comments must be received on or before November 26, 2018. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA–HQ– OARM–2015–0657; FRL–9936–63– OARM, at https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Once submitted, comments cannot be edited or removed from Regulations.gov. The EPA may publish any comment received to its public docket. Do not submit electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Multimedia submissions (audio, video, etc.) must be accompanied by a written comment. The written comment is considered the official comment and should include discussion of all points you wish to make. The EPA will generally not consider comments or comment contents located outside of the primary submission (i.e. on the web, cloud, or other file sharing system). For additional submission methods, the full EPA public comment policy, information about CBI or multimedia submissions, and general guidance on making effective comments, please visit: http://www2.epa.gov/dockets/ commenting-epa-dockets. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Holly Hubbell, Policy, Training, and Oversight Division, Acquisition Policy and Training Service Center (3802R), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 202–564– 1091; email address: hubbell.holly@ epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. General Information 1. Submitting Classified Business Information. Do not submit CBI to EPA website https://www.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 PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 48581 addition to one complete version of the comment that includes information claimed as CBI, a copy of the comment that does not contain the information claimed as CBI must be submitted for inclusion in the public docket. Information so marked will not be disclosed except in accordance with procedures set forth in 40 CFR part 2. 2. Tips for Preparing Your Comments. When submitting comments, remember to: • Identify the rulemaking by docket number and other identifying information (subject heading, Federal Register date and page number). • Follow directions—The Agency may ask you to respond to specific questions or organize comments by referencing a Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part or section number. • Explain why you agree or disagree, suggest alternatives, and substitute language for your requested changes. • Describe any assumptions and provide any technical information and/or data that you used. • If you estimate potential costs or burdens, explain how you arrived at your estimate in sufficient detail to allow for it to be reproduced. • Provide specific examples to illustrate your concerns, and suggest alternatives. • Explain your views as clearly as possible, avoiding the use of profanity or personal threats. • Make sure to submit your comments by the comment period deadline identified. II. Background The Agency’s policy on scientific integrity was based on a Presidential Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies, Subject Line: Scientific Integrity, Dated: March 9, 2009. The memo directs the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to work with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and agencies to develop policies to ensure all scientific work developed and used by the Government is done so with scientific integrity. This proposed rule requires the Contractor to ensure that all personnel within its organization, subcontractors and consultants, that perform, communicate, or supervise scientific activities or use scientific information to perform advisory and assistance services under the specified contract, have read and understand their compliance responsibilities regarding the EPA’s Scientific Integrity Policy. E:\FR\FM\26SEP1.SGM 26SEP1

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

40 CFR Parts 85 and 86

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

49 CFR Parts 523, 531, 533, 536, and 537

[NHTSA-2018-0067; EPA-HQ-OAR-2018-0283; FRL-9984-62-OAR; NHTSA-2017-
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RIN 2127-AL76; RIN 2060-AU09


The Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule for 
Model Years 2021-2026 Passenger Cars and Light Trucks; Extension of 
Comment Period

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic 
Safety Administration.

ACTION: Proposed rule; extension of comment period.

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SUMMARY: This document extends the comment period for a proposed rule 
published in the August 24, 2018 issue of the Federal Register entitled 
The Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule for Model 
Years 2021-2026 Passenger Cars and Light Trucks and also extends the 
comment period for NHTSA's Draft Environmental Impact Statement that 
accompanies it. This extension is shorter than that requested by 
several parties, and those requests are accordingly denied.

DATES: The comment period for the proposed rule published August 24, 
2018, at 83 FR 42986, is extended. The comment period for the Draft 
Environmental Impact Statement accompanying that proposed rule and

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published on NHTSA's website is also extended. Comments on both 
documents should be received on or before October 26, 2018.

ADDRESSES: You may send comments, identified by Docket No. EPA-HQ-OAR-
2018-0283 and/or NHTSA-2018-0067, by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for sending comments.
     Fax: EPA: (202) 566-9744; NHTSA: (202) 493-2251.
     Mail:
    [cir] EPA: Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Docket Center (EPA/
DC), Air and Radiation Docket, Mail Code 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania 
Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-
2018-0283. In addition, please mail a copy of your comments on the 
information collection provisions for the EPA proposal to the Office of 
Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB), Attn: Desk Officer for EPA, 725 17th St. NW, Washington, DC 
20503.
    [cir] NHTSA: Docket Management Facility, M-30, U.S. Department of 
Transportation, West Building, Ground Floor, Rm. W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590.
     Hand Delivery:
    [cir] EPA: Docket Center (EPA/DC), EPA West, Room B102, 1301 
Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-
OAR-2018-0283. Such deliveries are only accepted during the Docket's 
normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for 
deliveries of boxed information.
    [cir] NHTSA: West Building, Ground Floor, Rm. W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. 
Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name 
and docket number or Regulatory Information Number (RIN) for this 
rulemaking. All comments received will be posted without change to 
http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information 
provided. For detailed instructions on sending comments and additional 
information on the rulemaking process, see the ``Public Participation'' 
heading of the proposed rule (83 FR at 43470).
    Docket: For access to the dockets to read background documents or 
comments received, go to http://www.regulations.gov, and/or:
     For EPA: EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), EPA West, Room 3334, 
1301 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460. 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 Public Reading 
Room is (202) 566-1744.
     For NHTSA: Docket Management Facility, M-30, U.S. 
Department of Transportation, West Building, Ground Floor, Rm. W12-140, 
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. The Docket Management 
Facility is open between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through 
Friday, except Federal holidays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: EPA: Christopher Lieske, Office of 
Transportation and Air Quality, Assessment and Standards Division, 
Environmental Protection Agency, 2000 Traverwood Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 
48105; telephone number: (734) 214-4584; fax number: (734) 214-4816; 
email address: [email protected], or contact the Assessment 
and Standards Division, email address: [email protected]. NHTSA: 
James Tamm, Office of Rulemaking, Fuel Economy Division, National 
Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, 
Washington, DC 20590; telephone number: (202) 493-0515.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On August 24, 2018, NHTSA and EPA published 
in the Federal Register a document titled ``The Safer Affordable Fuel-
Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule for Model Years 2021-2026 Passenger Cars 
and Light Trucks.'' 83 FR 42986. The public comment period for the 
proposed rule was scheduled to end on October 23, 2018. Additionally, 
the public comment period for NHTSA's DEIS was scheduled to end on 
September 24, 2018.
    Eighteen requests to extend the comment period have been received 
by the agencies' dockets as of the time of this writing, as follows:

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                                                                                           Length of extension
              Requester                     Date submitted           Docket ID No.              requested
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Northeast States for Coordinated Air   August 24, 2018........  NHTSA-2018-0067-2158;    120 days for comment
 Use Management (NESCAUM).                                       EPA-HQ-OAR-2018-0283-0   period as a whole.
                                                                 790.
Attorneys General of the States of     August 27, 2018........  NHTSA-2018-0067-2567;    120 days for comment
 California, Connecticut, Delaware,                              EPA-HQ-OAR-2018-0283-0   period as a whole.
 Iowa, Illinois, Maine, Maryland,                                792.
 Massachusetts, Minnesota, New
 Jersey, New York, North Carolina,
 Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island,
 Vermont, Washington, and the
 District of Columbia, and the
 Secretary of the Pennsylvania
 Department of Environmental
 Protection.
National Coalition for Advanced        August 29, 2018........  NHTSA-2018-0067-2872;    120 days for comment
 Transportation (NCAT).                                          EPA-HQ-OAR-2018-0283-0   period as a whole.
                                                                 794.
Environmental Law and Policy Center..  August 30, 2018........  NHTSA-2018-0067-2728;    120 days for comment
                                                                 EPA-HQ-OAR-2018-0283-0   period as a whole.
                                                                 892.
Center for Biological Diversity        August 30, 2018........  NHTSA-2018-0067-3278;    120 days for comment
 (CBD), Conservation Law Foundation,                             EPA-HQ-OAR-2018-0283-0   period as a whole.
 Earthjustice, Environmental Defense                             797.
 Fund (EDF), Natural Resources
 Defense Council (NRDC), Public
 Citizen, Sierra Club, and Union of
 Concerned Scientists (UCS).
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency     August 30, 2018........  NHTSA-2018-0067-3580;    180 days for comment
 and Minnesota Department of                                     EPA-HQ-OAR-2018-0283-0   period as a whole.
 Transportation.                                                 798.
Consumer Federation of America.......  September 5, 2018......  NHTSA-2018-0067-3400;    120 days for comment
                                                                 EPA-HQ-OAR-2018-0283-0   period as a whole.
                                                                 872.

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National Governors Association (NGA),  September 5, 2018......  EPA-HQ-OAR-2018-0283-08  120 days for comment
 Environmental Council of the States                             71.                      period as a whole.
 (ECOS), National Association of
 Clean Air Agencies (NACAA),
 Association of Air Pollution Control
 Agencies (AAPCA), National
 Association of State Energy
 Officials (NASEO).
Georgetown Climate Center............  September 6, 2018......  NHTSA-2018-0067-3610;    At least 120 day
                                                                 EPA-HQ-OAR-2018-0283-0   comment period.
                                                                 873.
Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers   September 6, 2018......  NHTSA-2018-0067-3619;    Not less than 120 day
 (Alliance).                                                     EPA-HQ-OAR-2018-0283-0   comment period.
                                                                 876.
City of Los Angeles..................  September 7, 2018......  NHTSA-2018-0067-4159;    120 days for comment
                                                                 EPA-HQ-OAR-2018-0283-0   period as a whole.
                                                                 893.
American Lung Association............  September 9, 2018......  NHTSA-2018-0067-3615;    At least 120 day
                                                                 EPA-HQ-OAR-2018-0283-0   comment period.
                                                                 875.
32 U.S. Senators \1\.................  September 10, 2018.....  Received by mail.......  120 days for a comment
                                                                                          period as a whole.
New York Department of Environmental   September 10, 2018.....  Received by mail.......  120 days for a comment
 Conservation.                                                                            period as a whole.
South Coast Air Quality Management     September 12, 2018.....  EPA-HQ-OAR-2018-0283-08  Not less than 120 day
 District (SCAQMD).                                              85.                      comment period.
Edison Electric Institute (EEI),       September 18, 2018.....  Received by mail.......  120 days for comment
 National Rural Electric Cooperative                                                      period as a whole.
 Association (NRECA), National
 Association of Manufacturers (NAM),
 Electric Drive Transportation
 Association (EDTA), and American
 Public Power Association (APPA).
New York University School of Law      September 18, 2018.....  Received by mail.......  At least 120 days as a
 Institute for Policy Integrity.                                                          whole.
Alliance to Save Energy..............  September 19, 2018.....  Received by mail.......  At least 120 day
                                                                                          comment period.
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\1\ Kamala D. Harris (D, CA); Dianne Feinstein (D, CA); Charles E. Schumer (D, NY); Edward J. Markey (D, MA);
  Sheldon Whitehouse (D, RI); Jeffrey A. Merkley (D, OR); Richard Blumenthal (D, CT); Patrick Leahy (D, VT);
  Chris Van Hollen (D, MD); Ron Wyden (D, OR); Catherine Cortez Masto (D, NV); Tina Smith (D, MN); Richard J.
  Durbin (D, IL); Mazie K. Hirono (D, HI); Benjamin L. Cardin (D, MD); Michael F. Bennet (D, CO); Jeanne Shaheen
  (D, NH); Margaret Wood Hassan (D, NH); Maria Cantwell (D, WA); Tammy Duckworth (D, IL); Cory A. Booker (D,
  NJ); Tammy Baldwin (D, WI); Jack Reed (D, RI); Patty Murray (D, WA); Kirsten Gillibrand (D, NY); Bernard
  Sanders (D, VT); Elizabeth Warren (D, MA); Thomas R. Carper (D, DE); Robert Menendez (D, NJ); Christopher A.
  Coons (D, DE); Bill Nelson (D, FL); Amy Klobuchar (D, MN).

    Many of these requesters also asked that the agencies hold 
additional public hearings to allow more opportunities for oral 
presentation of public comments, in additional locations. Specifically:
     NESCAUM requested a public hearing be held in a central 
location in a Northeast state that has adopted California's greenhouse 
gas (GHG) standards and zero emissions vehicle (ZEV) program for light-
duty vehicles and ZEV, such as Hartford, CT or Boston, MA;
     The Attorneys General requested that EPA (alone or with 
NHTSA) hold an additional hearing in Sacramento specifically on the 
California waiver withdrawal proposal, as well as holding additional 
hearings on the proposal in Los Angeles, Washington, DC, either 
Portland, OR or Seattle, WA, somewhere in New York State, and 
Baltimore, MD;
     Georgetown Climate Center also requested that a public 
hearing be held in Sacramento specifically on the California waiver 
withdrawal proposal, as well as holding hearings in Los Angeles and 
Washington, DC, and in other states that have adopted California's 
vehicle standards;
     The City of Los Angeles requested that a public hearing be 
held in Los Angeles, and supported the requests from other parties to 
hold additional hearings elsewhere around the country;
     The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Minnesota 
Department of Transportation requested that the agencies provide 
workshops like EPA did during development of the Clean Power Plan rule 
to help states and other stakeholders understand and comment on the 
content of the proposal and the agencies' modeling and analyses; and
     SCAQMD supported the requests from other parties to hold 
additional hearings.
    A separate request to hold a public hearing in Oregon was submitted 
by the Democratic members of the U.S. Congressional Delegation from 
Oregon.\2\ This request did not include a request for an extension of 
the comment period.\3\
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    \2\ Specifically, U.S. Senators Jeffrey A. Merkley and Ron 
Wyden, and U.S. Representatives Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici, 
Peter DeFazio, and Kurt Schrader.
    \3\ Docket No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2018-0283-0894.
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    In addition to requesting extension to the comment period on the 
proposal, the Attorneys General, the 32 U.S. Senators, the Alliance, 
ELPC, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Consumer Federation of 
America, NCAT, CBD et al., SCAQMD, and New York University School of 
Law's Institute for Policy Integrity also requested extensions of the 
comment period for NHTSA's DEIS, to align the end of that comment 
period with the (extended) comment period for the proposal.
    In support of their requests for longer comment periods and 
additional public hearings (for those who requested them), all 
requesters cited the breadth and depth of the record to review, the 
changes from prior analyses conducted on the same topic, and the 
importance of the proposal in terms of its potential effects on the 
U.S. economy, safety, health, and the environment. Several requesters 
also stated that EPA had provided a 120-day comment period for its 
Clean Power Plan rule.
    The requests for extension of the comment period for the proposal 
to 120 days (or 180 days, in the case of the

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Minnesota requesters) and for additional public hearing locations are 
denied. Automakers will need maximum lead time to respond to the final 
rule, and extending the comment period and holding additional public 
hearings (which would also cause the comment period to be extended) are 
inconsistent with provision of maximum lead time. We recognize, 
however, that the original schedule for the proposed rule public 
comment period did not reflect the Clean Air Act requirement that the 
record of proceedings allowing oral presentation of data, views, and 
arguments on a proposed rule be kept open for thirty days after 
completion of the proceeding to provide an opportunity for submission 
of rebuttal and supplementary information. 42 U.S.C. 7607(d)(5). 
Because the final ``proceeding allowing oral presentation of data, 
views, and arguments,'' is expected to be the September 26, 2018 public 
hearing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the comment period for the 
proposed rule is being extended by 3 days to Friday, October 26, 2018. 
To provide additional flexibility to commenters, NHTSA is also 
extending the public comment period for the DEIS by 32 days to Friday, 
October 26, 2018. The agencies believe that this amount of time should 
be adequate for commenters to comment meaningfully on the proposal and 
on NHTSA's DEIS.

    Issued on September 21, 2018 in Washington, DC, under authority 
delegated in 49 CFR 1.95 and 501.5
Heidi R. King,
Deputy Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
    Dated: September 21, 2018.
William L. Wehrum,
Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation, Environmental Protection 
Agency.
[FR Doc. 2018-20962 Filed 9-21-18; 4:15 pm]
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