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Clean Air Act Operating Permit Program; Petition on State Operating Permit for Newark Bay Cogeneration Partnership LP
Document Number: 2019-22328
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator signed an Order dated August 16, 2019, responding to a petition related to a Clean Air Act (CAA) title V operating permit issued by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to Newark Bay Cogeneration Partnership LP for the Newark Bay Cogeneration facility located in Essex County, New Jersey, Operating Permit No. BOP160001, PI No. 07617.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2019-22293
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Approval of Source-Specific Air Quality Implementation Plans; New Jersey
Document Number: 2019-22108
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-10-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving the source-specific revisions to the New Jersey State Implementation Plan (SIP) for 8-hour ozone for Paulsboro Refining, Buckeye Port Reading Terminal, Buckeye Pennsauken Terminal, and Phillips 66 Company's Linden facility. The current source-specific SIP revision addresses the Reasonably Available Control Technology for volatile organic compounds (VOC) for external floating roof tanks. The intended effect of this revision is to address the Federal and state regulatory obligations for external floating roof tanks that store VOC with vapor pressure three (3) or more pounds per square inch absolute to be equipped with a domed roof.
Significant New Use Rules on Certain Chemical Substances (19-3.F)
Document Number: 2019-21720
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-10-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing significant new use rules (SNURs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for 31 chemical substances which were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs). Eight of these chemical substances are subject to TSCA Orders issued by EPA and the remaining 23 of these chemical substances received a ``not likely to present an unreasonable risk'' determination. This action would require persons who intend to manufacture (defined by statute to include import) or process any of these 31 chemical substances for an activity that is proposed as a significant new use to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing that activity. Persons may not commence manufacture or processing for the significant new use until EPA has conducted a review of the notice, made an appropriate determination on the notice, and has taken such actions as are required by that determination.
Notice of Disclosure Under a Protective Order, In re: Gold King Mine Release, Case No. l:18-md-02824-WJ (D.N.M.)
Document Number: 2019-22209
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing notice of disclosure of potential confidential business information (CBI) in litigation. In accordance with 40 CFR 2.209(d), this notice is being provided to inform affected businesses that, via the U.S. Department of Justice, EPA may disclose confidential business information or information claimed to be confidential business information (collectively referred to as ``CBI'') to the parties and the court in In re: Gold King Mine Release that occurred on August 5, 2015, in San Juan County, Colorado, Case No. l:18-md-02824 (D.N.M.), to the extent required to comply with the discovery obligations of the United States in the litigation.
Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Emission Control System Performance Warranty Regulations and Voluntary Aftermarket Part Certification Program (Renewal)
Document Number: 2019-22208
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ``Emission Control System Performance Warranty Regulations and Voluntary Aftermarket Part Certification Program (Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 0116.12, OMB Control No. 2060-0060) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. Before doing so, 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 May 30, 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.
North Carolina: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revisions
Document Number: 2019-22207
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-10-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is granting North Carolina final authorization for changes to its hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The Agency published a proposed rule on August 23, 2019, and provided for public comment. One comment was received in support of the EPA's proposed authorization. The comment is addressed in this final authorization. No further opportunity for comment will be provided.
Air Plan Approval; SC; 2010 1-Hour SO2
Document Number: 2019-21956
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-10-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving South Carolina's June 25, 2018, State Implementation Plan (SIP) submission pertaining to the ``good neighbor'' provision of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) for the 2010 1-hour sulfur dioxide (SO2) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). The good neighbor provision requires each state's implementation plan to address the interstate transport of air pollution in amounts that contribute significantly to nonattainment, or interfere with maintenance, of a NAAQS in any other state. In this action, EPA has determined that South Carolina's SIP contains adequate provisions to prohibit emissions within the State from contributing significantly to nonattainment or interfering with maintenance of the 2010 1-hour SO2 NAAQS in any other state.
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: 2019-21955
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-10-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving 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.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; District of Columbia; Reasonably Available Control Technology State Implementation Plan for Volatile Organic Compounds Under the 2008 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard
Document Number: 2019-21861
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-10-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a revision to the District of Columbia's (the District) state implementation plan (SIP) submitted on August 29, 2018. The District's SIP revision satisfies the volatile organic compound (VOC) reasonably available control technology (RACT) requirements under the 2008 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). The District will address RACT for nitrogen oxides (NOX) in a separate SIP submission. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Significant New Use Rules on Certain Chemical Substances; Technical Correction
Document Number: 2019-21716
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-10-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA issued a final rule in the Federal Register of August 20, 2019 for 145 chemical substances that were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs). For the chemical substances that were the subjects of PMNs P-17-33, P-17-87, P-17-88 and P-17-101, EPA inadvertently listed incorrect Chemical Abstract Service (CAS) Registry Numbers. This document is being issued to correct these errors.
Indaziflam; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2019-21715
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-10-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of indaziflam in or on the tropical and subtropical fruit (edible peel) group 23 and tropical and subtropical fruit (inedible peel) group 24. Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Human Studies Review Board; Notification of Public Meetings
Document Number: 2019-22107
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of the Science Advisor announces two separate public meetings of the Human Studies Review Board (HSRB) to advise the Agency on the ethical and scientific review of research involving human subjects.
Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Performance Evaluation Studies on Wastewater Laboratories (Renewal); EPA ICR No. 0234.13, OMB Control No. 2080-0021
Document Number: 2019-22106
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ``Performance Evaluation Studies on Wastewater Laboratories'' (EPA ICR No. 0234.13, OMB Control No. 2080-0021) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. Before doing so, 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 May 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.
Air Quality Plans; Tennessee; Infrastructure Requirements for the 2015 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard
Document Number: 2019-21862
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-10-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submission, provided by the State of Tennessee, through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), through a letter dated September 13, 2018, for inclusion into the Tennessee SIP. This proposal pertains to the infrastructure requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) for the 2015 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). Whenever EPA promulgates a new or revised NAAQS, the CAA requires that each state adopt and submit a SIP for the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of each NAAQS promulgated by EPA. TDEC certified that the Tennessee SIP contains provisions that ensure the 2015 8-hour ozone NAAQS is implemented, enforced, and maintained in Tennessee. EPA is proposing to determine that portions of Tennessee's SIP submission satisfy certain required infrastructure elements for the 2015 8-hour ozone NAAQS.
Revocation of Significant New Uses of Fatty Acid Amide
Document Number: 2019-21717
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-10-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is revoking the significant new use rule (SNUR) promulgated under section 5(a)(2) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for a chemical substance which was identified generically as fatty acid amide and was the subject of premanufacture notice (PMN) P- 13-267. EPA issued a SNUR based on the PMN designating certain activities as significant new uses. EPA has received a significant new use notice (SNUN) and test data for the chemical substance and is revoking the SNUR based on the information in the SNUN submission.
Air Plan Approval; Missouri; Revocation of Kansas City Area Transportation Conformity Requirements Plans
Document Number: 2019-21701
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-10-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a revision to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the State of Missouri. This final action will amend the SIP to remove the transportation conformity rule for the Kansas City AreaClay, Platte and Jackson Counties.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Iron and Steel Foundries Residual Risk and Technology Review
Document Number: 2019-20422
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-10-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This action presents the proposed results of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) residual risk and technology review (RTR) required under the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for major source Iron and Steel Foundries, initially promulgated in 2004 and amended in 2008. Pursuant to the CAA, this action also presents the proposed results of the technology review for the NESHAP for area source Iron and Steel Foundries, initially promulgated in 2008. In this proposed action, the EPA is also proposing to remove exemptions for periods of startup, shutdown, and malfunction (SSM) and specify that the emissions standards apply at all times; require electronic reporting of performance test results and compliance reports; and make minor corrections and clarifications for a few other rule provisions for major sources and area sources. Implementation of these proposed rules is not expected to result in significant changes to the emissions from iron and steel foundries, human health, or environmental impacts associated with those emissions. However, this action, if finalized, would result in improved monitoring, compliance, and implementation of the existing standards.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Generic Maximum Achievable Control Technology Standards Residual Risk and Technology Review for Ethylene Production
Document Number: 2019-19875
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-10-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing amendments to the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP): Generic Maximum Achievable Control Technology Standards. The source category addressed in this action is Ethylene Production. The EPA is proposing decisions concerning the residual risk and technology review (RTR), including proposing amendments pursuant to technology review for storage vessels and heat exchange systems. The EPA is also proposing amendments to correct and clarify regulatory provisions related to emissions during periods of startup, shutdown, and malfunction (SSM), including removing general exemptions for periods of SSM, adding work practice standards for periods of SSM where appropriate, and clarifying regulatory provisions for certain vent control bypasses. Lastly the EPA is proposing to add monitoring and operational requirements for flares; and add provisions for electronic reporting of performance test results and reports and Notification of Compliance Status (NOCS) reports. We estimate that these proposed amendments will reduce hazardous air pollutants (HAP) emissions from this source category by 62 tons per year (tpy).
Availability of the IRIS Assessment Plan for Inorganic Mercury Salts
Document Number: 2019-21957
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a 30- day public comment period associated with release of the IRIS Assessment Plan for Inorganic Mercury Salts. This document communicates information on the scoping needs identified by EPA program and regional offices and the IRIS Program's initial problem formulation activities. Specifically, the assessment plan outlines the objectives for the IRIS assessment and the type of evidence considered most pertinent to address the scoping needs. EPA is releasing this IRIS Assessment Plan for a 30-day public comment period in advance of a public science webinar planned for December 5, 2019. The Agency encourages the public to comment on all aspects of the assessment plan, including key science issues.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Integrated Iron and Steel Manufacturing Facilities Residual Risk and Technology Review; Reopening of Comment Period
Document Number: 2019-21827
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-10-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On August 16, 2019, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule titled ``National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Integrated Iron and Steel Manufacturing Facilities Residual Risk and Technology Review.'' The EPA is reopening the comment period on the proposed rule that originally closed on September 30, 2019. The comment period will remain open to allow additional time for stakeholders to review and comment on the proposal.
Significant New Use Rule on Certain Chemical Substances; Partial Withdrawal (PMN P-13-270)
Document Number: 2019-21719
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-10-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is withdrawing part of a proposed rule, published in the Federal Register on January 7, 2015, that proposed significant new use rules (SNURs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for certain chemical substances. This withdrawal covers only the portion of the proposed rule that would have established a SNUR for the chemical substance generically described as aromatic dibenzoate, which was the subject of premanufacture notice (PMN) P-13-270. EPA has received test data for this chemical substance and based on its review is withdrawing the proposed SNUR for the chemical substance.
Significant New Use Rules on Certain Chemical Substances (19-6.B)
Document Number: 2019-21718
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-10-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing significant new use rules (SNURs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for seven 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 seven chemical substances for an activity that is designated as a significant new use by this proposed rule. This action would further require that persons 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 under TSCA and has taken any risk management actions as are required as a result of that determination.
Air Plan Approval; Indiana; Infrastructure SIP Requirements for the 2012 PM2.5
Document Number: 2019-21552
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-10-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving elements of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) submission from Indiana regarding the infrastructure requirements of section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the 2012 annual fine particulate matter (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). The infrastructure requirements are designed to ensure that the structural components of each state's air quality management program are adequate to meet the state's responsibilities under the CAA. This action pertains specifically to infrastructure requirements concerning interstate transport provisions. EPA did not receive any adverse comments in response to its July 30, 2019 proposal to approve this submission.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Updated CEQ-EPA Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators and the President's Environmental Youth Awards Application (Revision)
Document Number: 2019-21833
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ``Updated CEQ-EPA Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators and the President's Environmental Youth Awards Application (Revision)'' (EPA ICR No. 2524.03, OMB Control No. 2090-0031) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. This is a proposed revision of the ICR, which is currently approved through April 30, 2022. 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.
Announcement of the Board of Directors for the National Environmental Education Foundation
Document Number: 2019-21832
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The National Environmental Education and Training Foundation (doing business as The National Environmental Education Foundation or ``NEEF'') was created by Section 10 of Public Law 101-619, the National Environmental Education Act of 1990 (NEEA) as a private 501(c)(3) non- profit organization. It was established by Congress as a common ground upon which leaders from business and industry, all levels of government, public interest groups, and others can work cooperatively to raise a greater national awareness of environmental issues beyond traditional classrooms. Per NEEA, the EPA Administrator appoints and reappoints eligible individuals to serve on NEEF's Board of Directors. The Administrator announces the following four-year appointments to NEEF's Board of Directors, effective 90 days after publication of this notice: Jeniffer Harper-TaylorSiemens Foundation (Re- appointment) Jennifer LoveRoyal Caribbean International Lori A. McFarlingDiscovery Education Steve SikraProctor & Gamble Additional considerations: As an independent foundation, NEEF is different from the Agency's several federal advisory committees and scientific boards, which have their own appointment processes. Because NEEA gives complete discretion to the Administrator in appointing members to NEEF's Board of Directors, EPA is taking additional steps to ensure all prospective members are qualified to serve on the Board and represent diverse points of view. In early 2019, EPA's Office of the Administrator formed an internal review panel comprised of senior EPA career officials tasked with verifying the qualifications of all future members of the NEEF Board of Directors selected by the Administrator. All new Board appointees underwent review by the panel prior to publication of this notice. These appointees will join the current Board members. Information on the Board members is available on NEEF's public website: https://www.neefusa.org/about-neef/board. In December 2018, NEEF signed a first-time Memorandum of Understanding with the (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew R. Wheeler to establish increased coordination between EPA and NEEF on key EPA initiatives including but not limited to EPA's Recycling Initiative, Trash Free Waters Program, Winning on Reducing Food Waste initiative, and the Healthy Schools Initiative.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; RCRA Subtitle C Reporting Instructions and Forms
Document Number: 2019-21831
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to submit the information collection request (ICR), ``RCRA Subtitle C Reporting Instructions and Forms'' (EPA ICR No. 0976.19, OMB Control No. 2050-0024) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). 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 May 30, 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.
Delegation of Authority to the Commonwealth of Virginia To Implement and Enforce Additional or Revised National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants Standards and New Source Performance Standards
Document Number: 2019-21830
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On September 12, 2019, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent the Commonwealth of Virginia (Virginia) a letter acknowledging that Virginia's delegation of authority to implement and enforce the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAPs) and New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) had been updated, as provided for under previously approved delegation mechanisms. To inform regulated facilities and the public, EPA is making available a copy of EPA's letter to Virginia through this notice.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NESHAP for Phosphoric Acid Manufacturing and Phosphate Fertilizers Production (Renewal)
Document Number: 2019-21809
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), NESHAP for Phosphoric Acid Manufacturing and Phosphate Fertilizers Production (EPA ICR Number 1790.09, OMB Control Number 2060-0361), to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through January 31, 2020. Public comments were previously requested, via the Federal Register, on May 6, 2019, 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 neither conduct nor sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
Product Cancellation Order for Certain Pesticide Registrations
Document Number: 2019-21713
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces EPA's order for the cancellations, voluntarily requested by the registrants and accepted by the Agency, of the products listed in Table 1 and Table 1A of Unit II., pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). This cancellation order follows a March 5, 2019 Federal Register Notice of Receipt of Requests from the registrants listed in Table 2 of Unit II. to voluntarily cancel these product registrations. In the March 5, 2019 notice, EPA indicated that it would issue an order implementing the cancellations, unless the Agency received substantive comments within the 180-day comment period that would merit its further review of these requests, or unless the registrants withdrew their requests. The Agency did not receive any comments on the notice. Further, the registrants did not withdraw their requests. Accordingly, EPA hereby issues in this notice a cancellation order granting the requested cancellations. Any distribution, sale, or use of the products subject to this cancellation order is permitted only in accordance with the terms of this order, including any existing stocks provisions.
Cyromazine; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2019-21542
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-10-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of cyromazine in or on multiple commodities which are identified and discussed later in this document. The Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Chlorantraniliprole; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2019-21541
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-10-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of chlorantraniliprole in or on palm, oil. FMC Corporation requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Clothianidin; Pesticide Tolerance for Emergency Exemptions
Document Number: 2019-21540
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-10-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes a time-limited tolerance for residues of clothianidin in or on rice, grain. This action is in response to EPA's granting of an emergency exemption under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) authorizing use of thiamethoxam on rice. Emergency use of thiamethoxam on rice results in potential clothianidin (a major metabolite of thiamethoxam) residues that when combined with the residues from legal use of clothianidin on rice, require an increase in the tolerance for residues of clothianidin in rice. Although there is an existing regulation establishing a maximum permissible level for residues of clothianidin in or on rice, grain at 0.01 ppm, this rule would establish a new, time-limited maximum permissible level at 0.5 ppm for clothianidin in or on rice, grain. The time-limited tolerance expires on December 31, 2024. This action is also associated with the utilization of a crisis exemption under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) authorizing use of thiamethoxam on rice.
Thiamethoxam; Pesticide Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions
Document Number: 2019-21539
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-10-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes time-limited tolerances for residues of thiamethoxam in or on rice. This action is in response to EPA's granting of an emergency exemption under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) authorizing use of the pesticide on rice. This regulation establishes a maximum permissible level for residues of thiamethoxam in or on these commodities. The time-limited tolerances expire on December 31, 2024. This action is also associated with the utilization of a crisis exemption under the FIFRA authorizing use of the pesticide on rice.
Notice of Proposed CERCLA Administrative Settlement Agreement and Order on Consent for Southern Avenue Industrial Area Superfund Site, South Gate, California
Document Number: 2019-21689
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA'') is hereby providing notice of a proposed administrative settlement agreement and order on consent (``Settlement Agreement'') with Joyce Mendell Brody, as an individual and in her capacity as the sole member and manager of 5211 Southern Avenue LLC (``Settling Party''). The Settlement Agreement is intended to resolve claims for the recovery of past and future response costs associated with EPA's ongoing efforts to remediate the hazardous substances in the soil and groundwater beneath the Southern Avenue Industrial Area Superfund Site, in South Gate, California. The Settlement Agreement includes a covenant by EPA not to sue and requires the Settling Party to reimburse EPA $134,821.
Notice of Proposed Administrative Settlement Agreement and Order on Consent for Removal Site Evaluation and Removal Action for the Offsite Operable Unit of the Triple Site, Sunnyvale, California
Document Number: 2019-21688
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980, as amended (``CERCLA''), notice is hereby given that the Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA''), has entered into a proposed settlement, embodied in an Administrative Settlement Agreement and Order on Consent for Removal Site Evaluation and Removal Action (``Settlement Agreement''), with Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (``AMD''), Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation (``NGC''), and Philips Semiconductors, Inc. (``PSI''). Under the Settlement Agreement, AMD, NGC, and PSI agree to carry out a removal action to investigate and address vapor intrusion in the Offsite Operable Unit (``OOU'') of the Triple Site located in Sunnyvale, California. In addition, AMD, NGC, and PSI agree to pay EPA compromised past costs incurred by EPA at the OOU and future response costs incurred by EPA at the OOU during the cleanup.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2019-21655
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Air Plan Approval; Wisconsin; Infrastructure SIP Requirements for the 2012 PM2.5
Document Number: 2019-21354
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-10-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving elements of the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submission from Wisconsin regarding the infrastructure requirements of section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the 2012 annual fine particulate matter (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS or standard). The infrastructure requirements are designed to ensure that the structural components of each state's air quality management program are adequate to meet the state's responsibilities under the CAA. This action pertains specifically to infrastructure requirements in the Wisconsin SIP concerning interstate transport provisions.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Montana; Regional Haze 5-Year Progress Report State Implementation Plan
Document Number: 2019-21266
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-10-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing approval of Montana's Regional Haze Progress Report (``Progress Report''), submitted by the State of Montana through the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) on November 7, 2017, as a revision to the Montana Regional Haze State Implementation Plan (SIP). Montana's Progress Report addresses requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) and the Federal Regional Haze Rule that require each state to submit periodic reports describing progress towards reasonable progress goals (RPGs) established for regional haze and a determination of the adequacy of the state's existing SIP addressing regional haze (regional haze plan). The EPA is finalizing approval of Montana's determination that the State's regional haze plan is adequate to meet these RPGs for the first implementation period covering through 2018.
Receipt of Several Pesticide Petitions Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities (August 2019)
Document Number: 2019-21543
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-10-03
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.
Clean Air Plans; 2008 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area Requirements; Phoenix-Mesa, Arizona
Document Number: 2019-21468
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-10-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing action on a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Arizona on behalf of the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) to meet Clean Air Act (CAA or ``the Act'') requirements for the 2008 ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS or ``standards'') in the Phoenix-Mesa (``Phoenix'') ozone nonattainment area. The EPA is proposing to approve the portions of the ``MAG 2017 8-Hour Ozone Moderate Area Plan'' (``MAG 2017 Ozone Plan'' or ``Plan'') that address the requirements for emissions inventories, a demonstration of attainment by the applicable attainment date, reasonably available control measures, reasonable further progress (RFP), motor vehicle emission budgets for transportation conformity, vehicle inspection and maintenance programs, new source review rules, and offsets. The EPA is proposing to disapprove the portion of the MAG 2017 Ozone Plan that addresses the requirements for contingency measures for failure to attain or to make RFP. However, based on a separate proposed action finding that the Phoenix nonattainment area attained the 2008 ozone standard by the applicable attainment date, we are also proposing to determine that the requirement for contingency measures will no longer apply to the Phoenix nonattainment area. Finally, we are proposing to approve the portions of a SIP revision, the ``2014 Eight-Hour Ozone PlanSubmittal of Marginal Area Requirements for the Maricopa Nonattainment Area (June 2014)'' (``MAG 2014 Ozone Plan''), on which we previously deferred action.
Determination of Attainment by the Attainment Date; 2006 24-Hour Fine Particulate Matter National Ambient Air Quality Standard; Pinal County, Arizona
Document Number: 2019-21206
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-10-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to determine that the West Central Pinal County nonattainment area attained the 2006 24-hour national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) for particulate matter with a diameter of 2.5 micrometers or smaller (PM2.5 or ``fine particulate matter'') by December 31, 2017, the statutory attainment date for the area. This final action is based on the three-year average of annual 98th percentile 24-hour concentrations for the 2015-2017 period, using complete, quality- assured, and certified PM2.5 monitoring data.
Maine: Final Approval of State Underground Storage Tank Program Revisions, Codification, and Incorporation by Reference
Document Number: 2019-21204
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-10-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA or Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the State of Maine's Underground Storage Tank (UST) program submitted by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (ME DEP). This action is based on EPA's determination that these revisions satisfy all requirements needed for program approval. This action also proposes to codify EPA's approval of Maine's state program and to incorporate by reference those provisions of the State regulations that we have determined meet the requirements for approval. The provisions will be subject to EPA's inspection and enforcement authorities under sections 9005 and 9006 of RCRA subtitle I and other applicable statutory and regulatory provisions.
Maine: Final Approval of State Underground Storage Tank Program Revisions, Codification, and Incorporation by Reference
Document Number: 2019-21200
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-10-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA or Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the State of Maine's Underground Storage Tank (UST) program submitted by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (ME DEP). This action also codifies EPA's approval of Maine's State program and incorporates by reference those provisions of the State regulations that we have determined meet the requirements for approval. The provisions will be subject to EPA's inspection and enforcement authorities under sections 9005 and 9006 of RCRA Subtitle I and other applicable statutory and regulatory provisions.
Furilazole; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2019-20874
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-10-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of furilazole in or on sweet corn commodities. The Monsanto Company submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) requesting these tolerances.
Nicotinamide; Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: 2019-20528
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-10-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of nicotinamide (CAS Reg. No. 98-92-0) when used as an inert ingredient (corrosion inhibitor) on growing crops only and limited to 5.0% in a pesticide formulation. Dow AgroSciences LLC submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), requesting an amendment to an existing requirement of a tolerance. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of nicotinamide.
Poly(oxy-1,2-ethanediyl), α-(3-(1,3,3,3-tetramethyl-1-((trimethylsilyl) oxy) disiloxanyl) propyl)-ω-hydroxy-; Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: 2019-20524
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-10-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of poly(oxy-1,2-ethanediyl), [alpha]-(3- (1,3,3,3-tetramethyl-1-((trimethylsilyl) oxy) disiloxanyl) propyl)- [omega]-hydroxy- (CAS Reg. No. 67674-67-3) when used as an inert ingredient (surfactant) applied to animals. Exponent, on behalf of LNouvel, Inc., submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), requesting establishment of an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of poly(oxy-1,2-ethanediyl), [alpha]-(3-(1,3,3,3-tetramethyl- 1-((trimethylsilyl) oxy) disiloxanyl) propyl)-[omega]-hydroxy- when used in accordance with the terms of the exemption in EPA regulations.
Public Water System Supervision Program Approval for the State of Minnesota
Document Number: 2019-21467
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has tentatively approved a revision to the state of Minnesota's Public Water System Supervision Program under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) by adopting the Revised Total Coliform Rule. The EPA has determined that this revision is no less stringent than the corresponding federal regulation. Therefore, the EPA intends to approve this revision to the state of Minnesota's Public Water System Supervision Program, thereby giving Minnesota Department of Health primary enforcement responsibility for this regulation. This approval action does not extend to public water systems in Indian Country. By approving this rule, EPA does not intend to affect the rights of federally recognized Indian Tribes in Minnesota, nor does it intend to limit existing rights of the State of Minnesota.
Antimicrobial Performance Evaluation Program (APEP): Draft Risk-Based Strategy To Ensure the Effectiveness of Hospital-Level Disinfectants; Notice of Availability and Request for Comments
Document Number: 2019-21401
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is announcing the availability of and soliciting public comment on the draft document, ``Antimicrobial Performance Evaluation Program (APEP): A (Draft) Risk-Based Strategy to Ensure the Effectiveness of Hospital-Level Disinfectants'' (hereafter referred to as the draft Strategy). This draft Strategy was developed by the EPA Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) in response to the EPA Office of Inspector General (OIG) report titled: ``EPA Needs a Risk-Based Strategy to Assured Continued Effectiveness of Hospital- Level Disinfectants.'' The draft Strategy provides a framework to ensure that registered hospital-level disinfectants and tuberculocide products continue to meet Agency efficacy standards once they are in the marketplace.
Reclassification of Major Sources as Area Sources Under Section 112 of the Clean Air Act
Document Number: 2019-21219
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-10-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On July 26, 2019, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule titled ``Reclassification of Major Sources as Area Sources Under Section 112 of the Clean Air Act.'' The EPA is reopening the comment period on the proposed rule that closed on September 24, 2019. The comment period will remain open until November 1, 2019 to allow additional time for stakeholders to review and comment on the proposal.