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Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2019-12595
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-06-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Ortho-Pthalaldehyde; Receipt of Application for Emergency Exemption, Solicitation of Public Comment
Document Number: 2019-12533
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-06-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has received a specific exemption request from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to use the pesticide ortho-phthalaldehyde (OPA, CAS No. 643-79-8) to treat the coolant fluid of the internal active thermal control system of the International Space Station to control aerobic/microaerophilic bacteria in the aqueous coolant. The applicant proposes the use of a new chemical which has not been registered by EPA. Therefore, in accordance with the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), EPA is soliciting public comment before making the decision whether to grant the exemption.
Determination of Attainment by the Attainment Date for the 2008 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards; Phoenix-Mesa, Arizona
Document Number: 2019-12517
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-06-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to determine that the Phoenix-Mesa ozone nonattainment area (``Phoenix NAA''), which is classified as ``Moderate'' for the 2008 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS or ``standards''), attained the NAAQS by its Moderate area attainment date of July 20, 2018. This determination is based on complete, quality-assured, and certified data for 2015-2017. This proposed action is necessary to fulfill the EPA's statutory obligation to determine whether ozone nonattainment areas attained the NAAQS by the attainment date.
Request for Nominations: Scientific Peer Reviewers; Potential Approaches for Characterizing the Estimated Benefits of Reducing PM2.5
Document Number: 2019-12487
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-06-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites the public to nominate scientific experts to be considered as peer reviewers for the EPA-drafted report titled, ``Potential Approaches for Characterizing the Estimated Benefits of Reducing PM2.5 at Low Concentrations''. A nominee, if selected, will assess the accuracy, content, and interpretation of findings of the report, ensuring that they are factual and scientifically sound. The peer review will provide input to EPA regarding the merits of the technical approaches.
Amendment to Emergency Release Notification Regulations on Reporting Exemption for Air Emissions From Animal Waste at Farms; Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act
Document Number: 2019-12411
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-06-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or the Agency) is amending the release notification regulations under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) to add the reporting exemption for air emissions from animal waste at farms provided in section 103(e) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA). In addition, EPA is adding definitions of ``animal waste'' and ``farm'' to the EPCRA regulations to delineate the scope of this reporting exemption. This amendment maintains consistency between the emergency release notification requirements of EPCRA and CERCLA in accordance with the statutory text, framework and legislative history of EPCRA, and is consistent with the Agency's prior regulatory actions.
Approval of Air Quality Implementation Plans; New York; Infrastructure Requirements for the 2008 Ozone, 2010 Sulfur Dioxide, and 2012 Fine Particulate Matter National Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2019-12181
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-06-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve certain elements of New York's State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions, submitted to demonstrate that the State meets the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the 2008 Ozone; 2010 Sulfur Dioxide; and 2012 particulate matter of 2.5 microns or less (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). Section 110(a) of the CAA requires that each state adopt and submit for approval into the SIP a plan for the implementation, maintenance and enforcement of each NAAQS promulgated by the EPA.
Air Plan Approval; Illinois; Sulfur Dioxide
Document Number: 2019-12412
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-06-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a request submitted by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) on February 6, 2018 to revise the Illinois State Implementation Plan (SIP) under the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the 2010 sulfur dioxide (SO2) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). IEPA is specifically requesting EPA approval to amend Illinois' SIP for the 2010 SO2 NAAQS to account for two variances recently granted by the Illinois Pollution Control Board (IPCB) to Calpine Corporation (Calpine) and Exelon Generation, LLC (Exelon).
Request for Nominations of Candidates for EPA's Science Advisory Board Economic Guidelines Review Panel
Document Number: 2019-12410
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-06-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office invites nominations of environmental economists to be considered for appointment to the SAB's Economic Guidelines Review Panel.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; District of Columbia; Administrative Corrections and Emissions Statements Certification for the 2008 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard
Document Number: 2019-12294
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-06-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving two state implementation plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the District of Columbia (the District). Under the Clean Air Act (CAA), states' SIPs must require stationary sources in ozone nonattainment areas to report annual emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOX) and volatile organic compounds (VOC). The District formally submitted, as a SIP revision, a statement certifying that the District's existing SIP- approved emissions statements program satisfies these CAA requirements for the 2008 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). Upon review of the District's submittal, EPA noted minor discrepancies between the District's SIP-approved provisions, including the provision containing the District's emissions statements requirements, and the current edition of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (DCMR) referenced in the District's submittal. Therefore, to correct these minor discrepancies and update the District's SIP, the District also formally submitted a revised edition of the sections of the DCMR which addresses the discrepancies. EPA is proposing to approve the District's SIP with the current edition of these SIP-approved provisions. EPA is also proposing to approve the District's emissions statements program certification for the 2008 ozone NAAQS. EPA is proposing to approve these SIP revisions in accordance with the requirements of the CAA.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2019-12300
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-06-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (Privacy Act), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing notice of a new system of records, EPA ServiceNow (SNOW). SNOW is a Cloud-Based Software as a Service (SaaS) Information Technology Service Management platform used for agency incident and problem management.
Chemform, Inc., Superfund Site Pompano Beach, Florida; Notice of Settlement
Document Number: 2019-12296
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-06-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has entered into a settlement agreement with Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and Smith International, Inc. concerning the Chemform, Inc., Superfund Site located in Pompano Beach, Florida. The settlement addresses recovery of CERCLA costs for a cleanup action performed by the EPA at the Site.
Notification of Request for Nominations to the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council
Document Number: 2019-12295
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-06-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to its National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC). The NEJAC was chartered to provide advice regarding broad, cross-cutting issues related to environmental justice. This notice solicits nominations to fill approximately seven (7) new vacancies for terms through November 2020. To maintain the representation outlined by the charter, nominees will be selected to represent: Academia (3 vacancies); community-based organizations (2 vacancies); non-governmental organizations (1 vacancy) and tribal governments and indigenous organizations (1 vacancy). Vacancies are anticipated to be filled by November 2019. Sources in addition to this Federal Register Notice will be utilized in the solicitation of nominees.
Air Plan Approval; Maine; Reasonably Available Control Technology for the 2008 Ozone Standard
Document Number: 2019-12269
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-06-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of Maine for purposes of implementing the 2008 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The revisions consist of a demonstration that Maine meets the requirements of reasonably available control technology (RACT) for volatile organic compounds (VOCs), set forth by the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act), with respect to the 2008 Ozone standards. Additionally, we are proposing to approve a related regulation that limits air emissions of VOCs from certain industrial sources that use organic solvents in cleaning activities, and to withdraw several previously approved source-specific RACT requirements for sources that have ceased operation. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act.
Air Plan Approval; Missouri; Revision to Reference Methods Rule
Document Number: 2019-12219
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-06-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing approval of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Missouri on January 14, 2019. The revision submitted by the state is an amendment to a rule relating to reference methods for determining ambient air/atmosphere data and information necessary for the enforcement of air pollution control regulations throughout Missouri. The revision is administrative in nature and either incorporates by reference or updates state rules to match Federal regulations. This revision does not have an adverse effect on air quality. The EPA's proposed approval of this rule revision is being done in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Air Plan Approval; Missouri; Revision to Emission Data, Emission Fees and Process Information Rule
Document Number: 2019-12217
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-06-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing approval of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) and Operating Permits Program revision submitted by the State of Missouri on January 15, 2019. The revisions add definitions, removes language referring to outdated emission fees, and updates incorporations by reference in the rule. The revision is administrative in nature and does not have an adverse effect on air quality. The EPA's proposed approval of this rule revision is being done in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Ohio: Proposed Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revisions
Document Number: 2019-12180
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-06-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Ohio has applied to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for final authorization of changes to its hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), as amended. EPA has reviewed Ohio's application and has determined that these changes satisfy all requirements needed to qualify for final authorization. Therefore, we are proposing to authorize the State's changes. EPA seeks public comment prior to taking final action.
Air Plan Approval; AK: Adoption Updates and Permitting Rule Revisions
Document Number: 2019-12178
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-06-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes to approve revisions to the Alaska State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted on October 25, 2018. The revisions adopt changes to federal emissions factors and modeling guidelines, update pre-construction permitting of stationary sources, and fix typographical and grammatical errors. Upon final approval, the Alaska SIP will include provisions for electronic permit applications, online notice of draft permits, revised modeling guidelines, and updated fine particulate matter requirements in nonattainment areas. The EPA also proposes to approve the submitted revisions as meeting major source pre-construction permitting requirements for the Fairbanks North Star Borough fine particulate matter nonattainment area.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; State of Utah; Revisions to the Utah Division of Administrative Rules; R307-101-3
Document Number: 2019-12157
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-06-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing approval of revisions to the Utah Administrative Code (UAC), specifically R307-101-3 submitted by the State of Utah on October 13, 2016. This submittal requests a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision to change the date of the referenced Code of Federal Register (CFR) from July 1, 2014, to July 1, 2015. This action is being taken under section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act).
Significant New Use Rules on Certain Chemical Substances (19-2.B)
Document Number: 2019-12115
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-06-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing significant new use rules (SNURs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for 8 chemical substances which are the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs). This action would require persons to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing manufacture (defined by statute to include import) or processing of any of these 8 chemical substances for an activity that is designated as a significant new use by this proposed rule. If this proposed rule is made final, persons may not commence manufacture or processing for the significant new use until they have submitted a Significant New Use Notice, and EPA has conducted a review of the notice, made an appropriate determination on the notice, and has taken any actions as are required as a result of that determination.
Public Water System Supervision Program Revision for the State of Utah
Document Number: 2019-12182
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-06-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Public notice is hereby given that the state of Utah has revised its Public Water System Supervision (PWSS) Program by adopting federal regulations for the Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR) that correspond to the National Primary Drinking Water Regulations (NPDWR). The EPA has reviewed Utah's regulations and determined they are no less stringent than the federal regulations. The EPA is proposing to approve Utah's primacy revision for the RTCR. This approval action does not extend to public water systems in Indian country. Please see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION, Item B.
Air Plan Approval; Arizona; Maricopa County Air Quality Department
Document Number: 2019-12177
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-06-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the Maricopa County Air Quality Department (MCAQD) portion of the Arizona State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from graphic arts and from coating of wood furniture and fixtures. We are proposing to approve two local rules to regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act). We are taking comments on this proposal and plan to follow with a final action.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Montana; Incorporation by Reference Updates
Document Number: 2019-12156
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-06-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of Montana on August 6, 2018. The revisions include an update to incorporate by reference the 2016 version of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and 2015 version of the United States Code (U.S.C.) within the Adminstrative Rules of Montana (ARM) that are part of the Montana SIP. The revisions also include administrative changes that consolidate the ARM's references to the CFR and U.S.C. and remove two CFR exemptions from incorporation by reference into the ARM. Additional revisions remove incorporation by reference of certain EPA standards for which the state already has delegated authority from the EPA, and correct an internal reference in the ARM.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Asbestos: Notice of Final Approval for an Alternative Work Practice Standard for Asbestos Cement Pipe Replacement
Document Number: 2019-12085
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-06-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document announces our approval of an alternative work practice (AWP) under the Clean Air Act (CAA) in response to a request to use new technology and work practices developed for removal and replacement of asbestos cement (A/C) pipe, which is regulated under the National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Asbestos. This approval specifies the operating conditions, notifications, work practices, disposal, recordkeeping and reporting requirements that must be followed to demonstrate compliance with the NESHAP for Asbestos and the approved AWP.
Certain New Chemicals or Significant New Uses; Statements of Findings for January-March 2019
Document Number: 2019-12083
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-06-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Section 5(g) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requires EPA to publish in the Federal Register a statement of its findings after its review of TSCA section 5(a) notices when EPA makes a finding that a new chemical substance or significant new use is not likely to present an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment. Such statements apply to premanufacture notices (PMNs), microbial commercial activity notices (MCANs), and significant new use notices (SNUNs) submitted to EPA under TSCA section 5. This document presents statements of findings made by EPA on TSCA section 5(a) notices during the period from January 1, 2019 to March 31, 2019.
Certain New Chemicals or Significant New Uses; Statements of Findings for October 2018
Document Number: 2019-12081
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-06-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Section 5(g) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requires EPA to publish in the Federal Register a statement of its findings after its review of TSCA section 5(a) notices when EPA makes a finding that a new chemical substance or significant new use is not likely to present an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment. Such statements apply to premanufacture notices (PMNs), microbial commercial activity notices (MCANs), and significant new use notices (SNUNs) submitted to EPA under TSCA section 5. This document presents statements of findings made by EPA on TSCA section 5(a) notices during the period from October 1, 2018 to October 31, 2018.
Certain New Chemicals or Significant New Uses; Statements of Findings for November and December 2018
Document Number: 2019-12080
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-06-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Section 5(g) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requires EPA to publish in the Federal Register a statement of its findings after its review of TSCA section 5(a) notices when EPA makes a finding that a new chemical substance or significant new use is not likely to present an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment. Such statements apply to premanufacture notices (PMNs), microbial commercial activity notices (MCANs), and significant new use notices (SNUNs) submitted to EPA under TSCA section 5. This document presents statements of findings made by EPA on TSCA section 5(a) notices during the period from November 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018.
Modifications to Fuel Regulations To Provide Flexibility for E15; Modifications to RFS RIN Market Regulations
Document Number: 2019-11653
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-06-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is adopting a new statutory interpretation and making corresponding regulatory changes to allow gasoline blended with up to 15 percent ethanol to take advantage of the 1-pound per square inch (psi) Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) waiver afforded under the Clean Air Act (CAA). In doing so, EPA is finalizing an interpretive rulemaking which defines gasoline blended with up to 15 percent ethanol as ``substantially similar'' to the fuel used to certify Tier 3 motor vehicles. Finally, EPA is making regulatory changes to modify certain elements of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) compliance system, in order to improve functioning of the renewable identification number (RIN) market and prevent market manipulation.
Reconsideration of the Area Designation for the 2010 1-Hour Sulfur Dioxide (SO2
Document Number: 2019-12064
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-06-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to reconsider the nonattainment designation under the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the Williamson County, Illinois area for the 2010 1-hour sulfur dioxide (SO2) primary national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). On June 30, 2016, the EPA Administrator signed a final action that designated the Williamson County, Illinois area as nonattainment based on a review of available information. On September 12, 2016, Southern Illinois Power Cooperative (SIPC), the owner of the largest source of SO2 emissions in the area (the Marion Power Station), submitted to the EPA an updated modeling analysis that characterized SO2 air quality in the area at the time of the final designation action. The EPA has reviewed that modeling and concludes the available information demonstrates that, as of the date of the Administrator's signature on the final action, the Williamson County, Illinois area was not violating the 2010 1-hour SO2 NAAQS and was not contributing to a NAAQS violation in a nearby area. Therefore, the EPA is proposing to change the initial designation of Williamson County, Illinois, from nonattainment to attainment/ unclassifiable.
Clean Air Act Operating Permit Program; Petitions on State Operating Permits for Algonquin Gas Transmission LLC
Document Number: 2019-12062
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-06-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator signed an Order dated April 30, 2019, responding to eight petitions and two other submittals related to two Clean Air Act (CAA) title V operating permits issued by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) to Algonquin Gas Transmission LLC for two of its facilities, namely the Southeast Compressor Station located in Putnam County, New York, Operating Permit NO. 3-3730-00060/00013 and the Stony Point Compressor Station located in Rockland County, New York, Operating Permit NO. 3-3928-00001/00027.
The Territory of the United States Virgin Islands: Notification of Tentative Determination of Adequacy of the U.S. Virgin Islands Municipal Solid Waste Landfill Permit Program; Public Hearings and Public Comment Period
Document Number: 2019-12044
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-06-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) has requested that EPA consider approving its Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Subtitle D municipal solid waste landfills (MSWLF) Permit Program and with this action, EPA is proposing a Tentative Determination of Adequacy of the USVI MSWLF Permit Program. Although RCRA does not require EPA to hold a hearing on any determination to approve a State/Tribe's MSWLF program, the Region has scheduled three public hearings on this tentative determination. Details appear below in the DATES section.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2019-12032
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-06-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Receipt of Several Pesticide Petitions Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals In or On Various Commodities (April 2019)
Document Number: 2019-11930
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-06-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document announces the Agency's receipt of several initial filings of pesticide petitions requesting the establishment or modification of regulations for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities.
Pesticide Product Registration; Receipt of New Use Applications in April 2019
Document Number: 2019-11929
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-06-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has received applications to register new uses for pesticide products containing currently registered active ingredients. Pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is hereby providing notice of receipt and opportunity to comment on these applications.
National Priorities List; Correction
Document Number: 2019-11759
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-06-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On May 15, 2019, the Environmental Protection Agency published a final rule which added seven new sites to the National Priorities List (NPL) and changed the name of an NPL site. That document inadvertently contained a typographical error, citing Table 1 (General Superfund Section) in the instructions to make the site name change rather than Table 2 (Federal Facilities Section). This document corrects the final rule.
Michigan: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revisions
Document Number: 2019-11895
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-06-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is granting Michigan final authorization for changes to its hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The Agency published a proposed rule on October 10, 2018, and provided for public comment. No comments were received on the proposed revisions. No further opportunity for comment will be provided.
Proposed Reissuance of NPDES General Permits for Aquaculture Facilities in Idaho Excluding Facilities Discharging Into the Upper Snake-Rock Subbasin (IDG131000) and Aquaculture Facilities Located in Indian Country in Idaho (IDG133000)
Document Number: 2019-11815
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-06-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Director of the Water Division, EPA Region 10, is proposing to reissue two aquaculture National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permits; Aquaculture Facilities in Idaho Excluding Facilities Discharging into the Upper Snake-Rock Subbasin, and Aquaculture Facilities Located in Indian Country in Idaho. As proposed, the General Permits will authorize discharges of wastewater from cold water and warm water Concentrated Aquatic Animal Production facilities (also referred to as CAAPs or ``hatcheries''). The permits will largely replace and combine the NPDES General Permit for Cold Water Aquaculture Facilities in Idaho (not subject to Wasteload Allocations) (IDG131000) and the NPDES General Permit for Aquaculture Facilities in Idaho (subject to Wasteload Allocations) (IDG130000) but will exclude facilities discharging within the Upper Snake-Rock Subbasin. The EPA is not taking action on coverage for facilities that discharge within the Upper Snake-Rock Subbasin under IDG130000 at this time; those facilities with coverage will remain covered under IDG130000. Coverage for facilities under IDG130000 that are not within the Upper Snake-Rock Subbasin will be terminated once coverage under IDG131000 or IDG133000 is available. In addition, with this reissuance, the EPA is separating out discharges from aquaculture facilities located in Indian County in Idaho under a separate General Permit number (IDG133000). This will facilitate the transfer of IDG131000 to the State of Idaho in 2020 as part of the phased implementation of Idaho's administration of the NPDES Program. EPA will remain the permitting authority for IDG133000.
Recommended Human Health Recreational Ambient Water Quality Criteria or Swimming Advisories for Microcystins and Cylindrospermopsin
Document Number: 2019-11814
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-06-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces the release of final Recommended Human Health Recreational Ambient Water Quality Criteria or Swimming Advisories for Microcystins and Cylindrospermopsin. These are the recommended concentrations of the cyanotoxins microcystins and cylindrospermopsin in recreational waters protective of human health while swimming or participating in primary contact recreational activities on the water. The recommended values found in this document supplement the 2012 Recreational Water Quality Criteria to provide further public health protection for potentially hazardous conditions found in ambient recreational waters. This document was released for 90-day public comment in the Federal Register on December 16, 2016. The EPA has considered the comments, revised the draft document, as appropriate, and published this final document to provide recommendations for states and authorized tribes interested in establishing water quality standards (WQS) under the Clean Water Act (CWA). Alternatively, these same values can be used as the basis for swimming advisories in recreational waters to protect the public. States and authorized tribes may also wish to consider using these values as both WQS and swimming advisory values.
Air Plan Approval; OR: Infrastructure Requirements for the 2015 Ozone Standard
Document Number: 2019-11765
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-06-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Whenever a new or revised National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) is promulgated, the Clean Air Act (CAA) requires states to submit a plan for the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of the standard, commonly referred to as infrastructure requirements. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality's (ODEQ) State Implementation Plan (SIP), submitted on September 25, 2018, as meeting infrastructure requirements for the 2015 ozone NAAQS. In addition, the EPA is approving the addition of an Oregon Administrative Rule to the SIP, submitted as part of the Cleaner Air Oregon SIP submission on December 11, 2018. This rule identifies the November 2018 edition of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) as the CFR version referred to throughout the state's rule.
Air Plan Approval; Texas; Control of Air Pollution From Motor Vehicles
Document Number: 2019-11761
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-06-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The revisions remove rules from the Texas SIP that address vehicle anti-tampering requirements and the Low Income Repair Assistance Program for certain participating counties.
Air Plan Approval; Texas; Control of Air Pollution From Motor Vehicles
Document Number: 2019-11760
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-06-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving revisions to the Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The revisions remove rules from the Texas SIP that address vehicle anti-tampering requirements and the Low Income Repair Assistance Program for certain participating counties.
Penthiopyrad; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2019-11676
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-06-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of penthiopyrad in or on multiple commodities that are identified and discussed later in this document. In addition, this regulation removes certain established penthiopyrad tolerances that are superseded by new tolerances established in this final rule. Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Air Plan Approval; AK: Interstate Transport Requirements for the 2015 Ozone Standard
Document Number: 2019-11764
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-06-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Clean Air Act requires each State Implementation Plan (SIP) to contain adequate provisions prohibiting emissions that will have certain adverse air quality effects in other states. On October 25, 2018, the State of Alaska made a submission to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address these requirements for the 2015 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The EPA is proposing to approve the Alaska SIP as meeting the requirement that each SIP contain adequate provisions to prohibit emissions that will significantly contribute to nonattainment or interfere with maintenance of the 2015 ozone NAAQS in any other state.
SIP Call Withdrawal and Air Plan Approval; NC: Large Internal Combustion Engines NOX
Document Number: 2019-11758
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-06-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 (Region 4) is proposing to approve a portion of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the state of North Carolina, through the North Carolina Division of Air Quality (NC DAQ), in a letter dated June 5, 2017, which changes North Carolina's SIP-approved rule regarding nitrogen oxides (NOX) emissions from large internal combustion engine sources. In so doing, Region 4 is first considering adopting an alternative policy regarding startup, shutdown, and malfunction (SSM) exemption provisions in SIPs that departs from EPA's 2015 national policy on this subject and, accordingly, if that policy is adopted, is also proposing to withdraw the SIP call issued to North Carolina for exemptions contained in the existing SIP-approved provisions for SSM events.
Air Plan Approval; KY; Jefferson County Existing and New VOC Storage Vessels Rule Changes
Document Number: 2019-11757
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-06-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the Jefferson County portion of the Kentucky State Implementation Plan (SIP), submitted by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, through the Energy and Environment Cabinet (Cabinet), through a letter dated March 15, 2018. The revisions were submitted by the Cabinet on behalf of the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District, also referred to herein as Jefferson County) and make minor ministerial amendments to applicability dates and standards for both existing and new storage vessels for volatile organic compounds (VOC). EPA is proposing to approve the changes because they are consistent with the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act).
Clean Data Determination; Salt Lake City, Utah 2006 Fine Particulate Matter Standards Nonattainment Area
Document Number: 2019-11702
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-06-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to make a clean data determination (CDD) for the 2006 24-hour fine particulate matter (PM2.5) Salt Lake City, Utah, (UT) nonattainment area (NAA). The proposed determination is based upon quality-assured, quality-controlled, and certified ambient air monitoring data for the period 2016-2018, available in the EPA's Air Quality System (AQS) database, showing the area has monitored attainment of the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). Based on our proposed determination that the Salt Lake City, UT NAA is currently attaining the 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS, the EPA is also proposing to determine that the obligation for Utah to make submissions to meet certain Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act) requirements related to attainment of the NAAQS for this area is not applicable for as long as the area continues to attain the NAAQS.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; State of Utah; Revisions to Nonattainment Permitting Regulations
Document Number: 2019-11700
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-06-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the state of Utah on March 27, 2014, and August 7, 2018. The submittals revise the portions of the Utah Administrative Code (UAC) that pertain to the issuance of Utah air quality permits for major sources in nonattainment areas. The intended effect of this proposed action is to bring Utah's nonattainment new source review (NNSR) permitting program in line with federal requirements. This action is being taken under section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act).
Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Federal Implementation Plan for Oil and Natural Gas Well Production Facilities, Fort Berthold Indian Reservation (Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation), North Dakota (Renewal)
Document Number: 2019-11699
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-06-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ``Federal Implementation Plan for Oil and Natural Gas Well Production Facilities, Fort Berthold Indian Reservation (Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation), North Dakota (Renewal).'' (EPA ICR No. 2478.03, OMB Control No. 2008-0001) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). Before doing so, the EPA is soliciting public comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below. This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through January 31, 2020. 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.
Notice of Receipt of Requests to Voluntarily Cancel Certain Pesticide Registrations and Amend Registrations To Terminate Certain Uses
Document Number: 2019-11675
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-06-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is issuing a notice of receipt of requests by the registrants to voluntarily cancel certain pesticide product registrations and to amend certain product registrations to terminate uses. EPA intends to grant these requests at the close of the comment period for this announcement unless the Agency receives substantive comments within the comment period that would merit its further review of the requests, or unless the registrants withdraw their requests. If these requests are granted, any sale, distribution, or use of products listed in this notice will be permitted after the registrations have been cancelled and uses terminated only if such sale, distribution, or use is consistent with the terms as described in the final order.
Air Plan Approval; New Mexico; City of Albuquerque-Bernalillo County; New Source Review (NSR) Preconstruction Permitting Program
Document Number: 2019-11662
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-06-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the applicable New Source Review (NSR) State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the City of Albuquerque-Bernalillo County. The EPA is proposing to approve a newly adopted Minor New Source Review (MNSR) permitting regulation to waive permitting requirements for certain sources, and to create new procedures for authorizing construction and modification of certain sources in a related amendment to another regulation.
Air Plan Approval; AK; Updates to Curtailment Program
Document Number: 2019-11620
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-06-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing approval of revisions to the Alaska State Implementation Plan (SIP) that were submitted by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC). These revisions update and strengthen ADEC's regulation of residential wood smoke emissions, especially the curtailment program as it applies to the Fairbanks fine particulate matter nonattainment area. No comments were received on this action.