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Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2019-24810
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-11-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Good Neighbor Environmental Board
Document Number: 2019-24745
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-11-14
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 Good Neighbor Environmental Board (GNEB). Vacancies are expected to be filled by March 31, 2020. Sources in addition to this Federal Register Notice may also be utilized in the solicitation of nominees.
Air Plan Approval; California; South Coast Air Quality Management District; Stationary Source Permits; Withdrawal
Document Number: 2019-24687
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-11-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is withdrawing a direct final rule published on September 20, 2019 because relevant adverse comments were received. The rule pertained to EPA approval of a revision to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). EPA will take a final action on the proposed action in a separate subsequent final rulemaking.
Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; State of Texas; Regional Haze and Interstate Visibility Transport Federal Implementation Plan: Proposal of Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART) and Interstate Visibility Transport Provisions
Document Number: 2019-24286
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-11-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In this supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is supplementing the proposal published on August 27, 2018 to affirm the Agency's October 2017 Federal Implementation Plan (FIP), which partially approved the 2009 Texas Regional Haze State Implementation Plan (SIP) submission and promulgated a Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) for Texas to address certain outstanding Clean Air Act (CAA) regional haze requirements. The October 2017 FIP established the Texas SO2 Trading Program, an intrastate trading program for certain electric generating units (EGUs) in Texas, as a Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART) alternative for sulfur dioxide (SO2). In response to certain comments received on the August 2018 proposal to affirm the October 2017 FIP, we are proposing revisions to the Texas SO2 Trading Program, including provisions for penalties on the total annual SO2 emissions from sources covered by the rule exceeding a proposed assurance level.
Meeting of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council
Document Number: 2019-24680
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-11-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a meeting of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC or Council) as authorized under the Safe Drinking Water Act. The purpose of the meeting is to allow the EPA to present an overview of the Agency's Safe Drinking Water Act programs for the fiscal year 2020 and to consult with the NDWAC on a National Primary Drinking Water Regulation for perchlorate and on revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Allegheny County Administrative Revisions to Definitions, Remedies, and Enforcement Orders Sections and Incorporation by Reference of National Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2019-24575
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-11-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a state implementation plan (SIP) revision formally submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on behalf of Allegheny County. These revisions include administrative amendments made to the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) Rules and Regulations, Article XXI, Air Pollution Control. Specifically, the revisions added a definition for ``County Council;'' deleted its current listing of ambient air quality standards and added, through incorporation by reference, all national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) promulgated by EPA; revised references to the ``Board of County Commissioners'' to ``County Executive'' or ``County Council;'' added the ``Manager of the Air Quality Program or their respective designee'' as a signatory for enforcement orders; and revised a reference from the ``Bureau of Environmental Quality Division of Air Quality'' to ``Air Quality Program of the Department.'' This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Standards of Performance for Stationary Compression Ignition Internal Combustion Engines
Document Number: 2019-24335
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-11-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing amendments to the Standards of Performance for Stationary Compression Ignition Internal Combustion Engines. This final action revises the emission standards for particulate matter (PM) for new stationary compression ignition (CI) engines located in remote areas of Alaska.
Air Plan Approval; Massachusetts; Transport Element for the 2010 Sulfur Dioxide National Ambient Air Quality Standard
Document Number: 2019-24323
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-11-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This revision addresses the interstate transport requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA), referred to as the good neighbor provision, for the 2010 1-hour sulfur dioxide (SO2) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). This action approves Massachusetts's certification that air emissions in the Commonwealth will not significantly contribute to nonattainment or interfere with maintenance of the 2010 SO2 NAAQS in any other state.
National Primary Drinking Water Regulations: Proposed Lead and Copper Rule Revisions
Document Number: 2019-22705
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-11-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes regulatory revisions to the National Primary Drinking Water Regulation (NPDWR) for lead and copper under the authority of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). This proposed rule provides more effective protection of public health by reducing exposure to lead and copper in drinking water. This proposed rule also strengthens procedures and requirements related to health protection and the implementation of the existing Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) in the following areas: Lead tap sampling; corrosion control treatment; lead service line replacement; consumer awareness; and public education. This proposal does not include revisions to the copper requirements of the existing LCR. In addition, this proposal includes new requirements for community water systems to conduct lead in drinking water testing and public education in schools and child care facilities.
Alternative Methods for Calculating Off-Cycle Credits Under the Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions Program: Applications From Nissan North America, Inc.
Document Number: 2019-24572
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-11-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is requesting comment on applications from Nissan North America, Inc. (``Nissan'') for off-cycle carbon dioxide (CO2) credits under EPA's light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas emissions standards. ``Off-cycle'' emission reductions can be achieved by employing technologies that result in real-world benefits, but where that benefit is not adequately captured on the test procedures used by manufacturers to demonstrate compliance with emission standards. EPA's light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas program acknowledges these benefits by giving automobile manufacturers several options for generating ``off-cycle'' CO2 credits. Under the regulations, a manufacturer may apply for CO2 credits for off-cycle technologies that result in off-cycle benefits. In these cases, a manufacturer must provide EPA with a proposed methodology for determining the real-world off-cycle benefit. Nissan has submitted applications that describe methodologies for determining off-cycle credits from technologies described in their application. Pursuant to applicable regulations, EPA is making Nissan's off-cycle credit calculation methodologies available for public comment.
Pesticide Registration Review; Proposed Interim Decisions for Several Pyrethroids; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2019-24514
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-11-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's proposed interim registration review decisions and opens a 60-day public comment period on the proposed interim decisions for the following pesticides: cyphenothrin, flumethrin, imiprothrin, momfluorothrin, and tetramethrin. The Agency is also announcing the availability of the Pyrethroids and Pyrethrins Ecological Risk Mitigation Proposal for 23 Chemicals, which summarizes proposed labeling intended to address ecological risks for all the pyrethroids.
TSCA Section 21 Petition To Prohibit the Use of Hydrofluoric Acid at Oil Refineries; Reasons for Agency Response
Document Number: 2019-24406
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-11-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document announces the availability of EPA's response to an August 7, 2019 petition it received under section 21 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) from Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). PEER petitioned EPA to prohibit the use of hydrofluoric acid in manufacturing processes at oil refineries under TSCA section 6(a) and require a phase-out of use at such facilities within two years. After careful consideration, EPA has denied the TSCA section 21 petition for the reasons discussed in this document.
Propyzamide; Pesticide Tolerance for Emergency Exemptions
Document Number: 2019-24295
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-11-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes a time-limited tolerance for residues of propyzamide in or on cranberry. 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 cranberry. This regulation establishes a maximum permissible level for residues of propyzamide in or on this commodity. The time-limited tolerance expires on December 31, 2022.
Tebuconazole; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2019-24267
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-11-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of tebuconazole in or on multiple commodities which are identified and discussed later in this document. In addition, this regulation removes certain established tebuconazole 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; Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Approval of Operating Permit Program for Iowa and Nebraska; Definition of Chemical Process Plants Under State Prevention of Significant Deterioration Regulations and Operating Permit Programs
Document Number: 2019-23979
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-11-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the State Implementation Plans (SIP) for Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska and is also proposing to approve revisions to the Operating Permit Programs for Iowa and Nebraska. The SIP revisions incorporate changes to the definition of chemical process plants under the States' Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) regulations and change the same definition in the approved State operating permit programs. Consistent with an EPA regulation completed in 2007, this action approves several States' rules that modify the definition of chemical process plant to exclude ethanol manufacturing facilities that produce ethanol by natural fermentation processes. This will clarify that the PSD major source applicability threshold in the SIPs for these ethanol plants is 250 tons per year (tpy) (rather than 100 tpy) and removes the requirement to include fugitive emissions when determining if the source is major for PSD. In addition, this action approves changes to Iowa's and Nebraska's Title V operating permit programs that remove the requirement to include fugitive emissions when determining if a source is major for Title V. The EPA concludes that the changes to the State rules described herein are approvable because they are consistent with EPA regulations governing State PSD and Title V programs and will not interfere with any applicable requirement concerning attainment and reasonable further progress (as defined in section 171 of the Clean Air Act (CAA)), or any other applicable requirement of the CAA.
Hazardous Waste Management System; Proposed Exclusion for Identifying and Listing Hazardous Waste
Document Number: 2019-23830
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-11-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (also, ``the Agency'' or ``we'' in this preamble) is proposing to grant three petitions submitted jointly by Emerald Kalama Chemical, LLC (Emerald) and Fire Mountain Farms, Inc. (FMF) (Petitioners), in Lewis County, Washington to exclude (or ``delist'') a one-time amount up to 20,100 cubic yards of U019 (benzene) and U220 (toluene) mixed material from the list of federal hazardous wastes. These wastes are limited to those associated with closure of hazardous waste management units at three facilities owned and operated by FMF pursuant to closure plans to be approved by the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology). The Agency is proposing to grant the petition based on an evaluation of waste- specific information provided by the Petitioners. This proposed decision, if finalized, conditionally excludes the petitioned waste from the requirements of hazardous waste regulations under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.
Determination of Attainment by the Attainment Date for the 2008 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards; Phoenix-Mesa, Arizona
Document Number: 2019-23829
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-11-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action 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 the Moderate area attainment date of July 20, 2018. This determination is based on complete, quality-assured, and certified data for 2015-2017. This final action is necessary to fulfill the EPA's statutory obligation to determine whether ozone nonattainment areas attained the NAAQS by the applicable attainment date.
Air Plan Approval and Designation of Areas; FL; Redesignation of the Hillsborough County 2010 1-Hour Sulfur Dioxide Nonattainment Area to Attainment
Document Number: 2019-23375
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-11-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In a letter dated June 7, 2018, the State of Florida, through the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), submitted a request for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to redesignate the Hillsborough County sulfur dioxide (SO2) nonattainment area (hereinafter referred to as the ``Hillsborough County Area'' or ``Area'') to attainment for the 2010 1- hour SO2 primary national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) and to approve an accompanying state implementation plan (SIP) revision containing a maintenance plan for the Area. Through a letter dated April 16, 2019, FDEP submitted a revision to the June 7, 2018, redesignation request and SIP revision asking EPA to incorporate certain conditions into the SIP from a recent permit revision applicable to the Tampa Electric CompanyBig Bend Station (Big Bend) power plant. EPA is taking final action: To determine that the Hillsborough County Area attained the 2010 1-hour SO2 NAAQS by its applicable attainment date of October 4, 2018; to approve the SIP revision containing the State's plan for maintaining attainment of the 2010 1-hour SO2 standard and to incorporate the maintenance plan into the SIP; to redesignate the Hillsborough County Area to attainment for the 2010 1-hour SO2 NAAQS; and to incorporate into the SIP certain permitting conditions applicable to Big Bend, including a condition that lowers the SO2 emissions cap and a condition that restricts fuel use at two electric generating units to natural gas.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2019-24351
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-11-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Availability of the Systematic Review Protocol for the PFDA, PFNA, PFHxA, PFHxS, and PFBA IRIS Assessments
Document Number: 2019-24350
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-11-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a 45- day public comment period associated with release of the Systematic Review Protocol for the perfluorodecanoic acid (PFDA), perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA), perfluorohexanoic acid (PFHxA), perfluorohexanesulfonate (PFHxS), and perfluorobutanoic acid (PFBA) Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) assessments. This protocol document presents the methods for conducting the systematic reviews and dose response analyses for these assessments as well as summarizes the Agency's problem formulation activities. Public input will help to inform the subsequent development of draft assessments for these per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemicals.
Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee (FRRCC) Notice of Membership Solicitation
Document Number: 2019-24348
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-11-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting nominations for membership on the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Advisory Committee (FRRCC). The purpose of the FRRCC is to provide policy advice, information, and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on a range of environmental issues and policies that are of importance to agriculture and rural communities.
National Priorities List
Document Number: 2019-24154
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-11-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (``CERCLA'' or ``the Act''), as amended, requires that the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (``NCP'') include a list of national priorities among the known releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants throughout the United States. The National Priorities List (``NPL'') constitutes this list. The NPL is intended primarily to guide the Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA'' or ``the agency'') in determining which sites warrant further investigation. These further investigations will allow the EPA to assess the nature and extent of public health and environmental risks associated with the site and to determine what CERCLA-financed remedial action(s), if any, may be appropriate. This rule proposes to add five sites to the General Superfund section of the NPL.
National Priorities List
Document Number: 2019-24151
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-11-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (``CERCLA'' or ``the Act''), as amended, requires that the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (``NCP'') include a list of national priorities among the known releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants throughout the United States. The National Priorities List (``NPL'') constitutes this list. The NPL is intended primarily to guide the Environmental Protection Agency (``the EPA'' or ``the agency'') in determining which sites warrant further investigation. These further investigations will allow the EPA to assess the nature and extent of public health and environmental risks associated with the site and to determine what CERCLA-financed remedial action(s), if any, may be appropriate. This rule adds two sites to the General Superfund section of the NPL.
Procedures for Review of CBI Claims for the Identity of Chemicals on the TSCA Inventory; Revisions to the CBI Substantiation Requirements
Document Number: 2019-23714
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-11-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In response to a recent federal circuit court decision, EPA is proposing revisions to existing and proposed substantiation requirements for certain confidential business information (CBI) claims made under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Specifically, EPA is proposing two additional questions that manufacturers and processors would be required to answer to substantiate certain CBI claims for specific chemical identities; and is proposing procedures for manufacturers and processors to use in amending certain previously- submitted substantiations to include responses to the additional questions. These proposed revisions supplement the proposed rule issued in the Federal Register of April 23, 2019, and would amend the TSCA Inventory Notification (Active-Inactive) Requirements rule promulgated in the Federal Register of August 11, 2017.
N-Methylpyrrolidone (NMP); Draft Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Risk Evaluation and TSCA Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC) Meeting; Notice of Availability, Public Meeting, and Request for Comment
Document Number: 2019-24349
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-11-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is announcing the availability of and soliciting public comment on the draft Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) risk evaluation of N-Methylpyrrolidone (NMP). The purpose of the risk evaluation process under TSCA is to determine, upon issuance of a final risk evaluation, whether a chemical substance presents an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment under the conditions of use, including an unreasonable risk to a relevant potentially exposed or susceptible subpopulation. EPA is also submitting the same document to the TSCA Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC) for peer review and is announcing that there will be an in-person public meeting of the TSCA SACC to consider and review the draft risk evaluation. Preceding the in-person meeting, there will be a preparatory virtual public meeting for the panel to consider the scope and clarity of the draft charge questions for the peer review.
Certain New Chemicals; Receipt and Status Information for August 2019
Document Number: 2019-24287
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-11-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is required under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), as amended by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, to make information publicly available and to publish information in the Federal Register pertaining to submissions under TSCA Section 5, including notice of receipt of a Premanufacture notice (PMN), Significant New Use Notice (SNUN) or Microbial Commercial Activity Notice (MCAN), including an amended notice or test information; an exemption application (Biotech exemption); an application for a test marketing exemption (TME), both pending and/or concluded; a notice of commencement (NOC) of manufacture (including import) for new chemical substances; and a periodic status report on new chemical substances that are currently under EPA review or have recently concluded review. This document covers the period from 08/01/ 2019 to 08/31/2019.
Cherokee Nation System Solutions LLC; Transfer of Data
Document Number: 2019-24270
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-11-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces that pesticide related information submitted to EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), including information that may have been claimed as Confidential Business Information (CBI) by the submitter, will be transferred to Cherokee Nation System Solutions LLC in accordance with the CBI regulations. Cherokee Nation System Solutions LLC has been awarded a contract to perform work for OPP, and access to this information will enable Cherokee Nation System Solutions LLC to fufill the obligations of the contract.
Dinotefuran; Pesticide Tolerance for Emergency Exemption
Document Number: 2019-24268
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-11-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes a time-limited tolerance for residues of dinotefuran in or on fuzzy kiwifruit. 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 fuzzy kiwifruit. This regulation establishes a maximum permissible level for residues of dinotefuran in or on this commodity. The time-limited tolerance expires on December 31, 2022.
Ocean Dumping: Cancellation of Final Designation for an Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site
Document Number: 2019-24066
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-11-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes to cancel the final designation of an ocean dredged material disposal site (ODMDS) pursuant to the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act, as amended (MPRSA). The ODMDS is in the Atlantic Ocean offshore Wilmington, North Carolina. This proposed action is being taken because this site has been replaced by another permanent site. In addition, the EPA proposes to rename the permanent site that exists for the Wilmington, North Carolina area.
Prevention of Significant Deterioration, Nonattainment New Source Review, and Title V: Treatment of Corn Milling Facilities Under the “Major Emitting Facility” Definition; Reconsideration
Document Number: 2019-23711
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-11-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On March 2, 2009, the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) submitted a petition for reconsideration (the NRDC Petition) of the rule ``Prevention of Significant Deterioration, Nonattainment New Source Review and Title V: Treatment of Certain Ethanol Production Facilities Under the `Major Emitting Facility' Definition'' (the Ethanol Rule), published in the Federal Register on May 1, 2007. The Ethanol Rule reinterpreted the component term ``chemical process plants'' within the statutory definition of ``major emitting facility'' and regulatory definitions of ``major stationary source'' under the Prevention of Significant Deterioration and Nonattainment New Source Review programs and ``major source'' under title V, to exclude all facilities that produce ethanol through a natural fermentation process. In response to the NRDC Petition, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grants the request for reconsideration with regard to NRDC's claim that the Ethanol Rule did not appropriately address the Clean Air Act (CAA) anti-backsliding requirements for nonattainment areas in the Ethanol Rule. Therefore, the EPA is convening a proceeding for reconsideration as provided for under the CAA. In the near future, the EPA will publish a document in the Federal Register establishing a comment period and opportunity for a hearing for this proceeding. With regards to the other three claims raised in the NRDC Petition, the EPA denies the request for reconsideration. For these claims, NRDC has failed to establish that they meet the criteria for reconsideration under the CAA.
Air Plan Approval; Massachusetts; Transport State Implementation Plans for the 1997 and 2008 Ozone Standards
Document Number: 2019-23593
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-11-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that address the interstate transport of air pollution requirements of the Clean Air Act for the 1997 and 2008 ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) (i.e., ozone transport SIPs). The intended effect of this action is to approve the two transport SIPs as revisions to the Massachusetts SIP. This action is being taken in accordance with the Clean Air Act.
Air Plan Approval; Illinois; NAAQS Update
Document Number: 2019-24068
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-11-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a revision to the Illinois State implementation plan (SIP). The revision, submitted on May 30, 2019, incorporates several revisions to the Illinois air pollution control rules entitled ``Part 243Ambient Air Quality Standards'' related to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The revision updates the ``List of Designated Reference and Equivalent Methods'' in response to EPA rulemakings. In addition, Illinois addresses EPA's revocation of the 1971 sulfur dioxide and the 1978 lead NAAQS.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Information Collection Request (ICR) for On-Highway Motorcycle Certification and Compliance Program; EPA ICR Number 2535.02, OMB Control Number 2060-0710
Document Number: 2019-24067
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-11-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to submit an Information Collection Request (ICR) for on-highway motorcycle emissions certification and compliance'' to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below. The current ICR, under which on-highway motorcycles are included, is scheduled to expire on March 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 Plan Approval; California; Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District; Reasonably Available Control Technology
Document Number: 2019-23828
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-11-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a revision to the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District (NSAQMD or ``District'') portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP) under the Clean Air Act (CAA or ``the Act''). This revision concerns the District's demonstration regarding reasonably available control technology (RACT) requirements for the 2008 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS or ``standards'') in the Western Nevada County ozone nonattainment area, which is under the jurisdiction of the NSAQMD. We are taking comments on this proposal and plan to follow with a final action.
Air Plan Approval; Ohio; Revisions to NOX
Document Number: 2019-23704
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-11-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve under the Clean Air Act (CAA) a request from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) to revise the Ohio State Implementation Plan (SIP) to incorporate revisions to Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-14 regarding the Nitrogen Oxides (NOX) SIP Call. This SIP revision would approve alternative monitoring requirements for certain covered sources.
Air Plan Approval; Texas; Revisions To Control of Air Pollution by Permits for New Construction or Modification
Document Number: 2019-23676
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-11-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the Texas (TX) State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted on February 22, 2019 that revise the State's New Source Review (NSR) permitting rules contained in Title 30 of the Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 116. The EPA is also addressing portions of an April 16, 2014, SIP submittal pertaining to provisions regarding Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions that were invalidated by the United States Supreme Court. The February 22, 2019, SIP submittal appropriately revises the April 16, 2014, SIP provisions that were impacted by the Court's ruling.
Significant New Use Rules on Certain Chemical Substances (19-4.F)
Document Number: 2019-23388
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-11-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing significant new use rules (SNURs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for 26 chemical substances which were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs). Five of these chemical substances are subject to Orders issued by EPA pursuant to TSCA, and the remaining 21 of these chemical substances received a ``not likely to present an unreasonable risk'' determination pursuant to TSCA. This action would require persons who intend to manufacture (defined by statute to include import) or process any of these 26 chemical substances for an activity that is proposed as a significant new use to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing that activity. The required notification initiates EPA's evaluation of the use, under the conditions of use for that chemical substance, within the applicable review period. 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.
Notification of a Public Meeting of the Chartered Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC)
Document Number: 2019-23945
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-11-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public face-to-face meeting of the Chartered Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC). The CASAC will discuss its Draft Report on EPA's Policy Assessment for the Review of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for Particulate Matter (External Review DraftSeptember 2019) and will peer review EPA's Integrated Science Assessment for Ozone and Related Photochemical Oxidants (External Review DraftSeptember 2019) and EPA's Policy Assessment for the Review of the Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (External Review Draft).
Release of Draft Policy Assessment for the Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2019-23888
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-11-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On or about October 31, 2019, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will make available the document, Policy Assessment for the Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards, External Review Draft (draft PA). This draft document was prepared as part of the current review of the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for photochemical oxidants including ozone (O3). The PA, when final, serves to ``bridge the gap'' between the currently available scientific and technical information and the judgments required of the Administrator in determining whether to retain or revise the existing O3 NAAQS. The primary and secondary O3 NAAQS are set to protect the public health and the public welfare from O3 and other photochemical oxidants in ambient air.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2019-23877
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-11-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pesticides; Agricultural Worker Protection Standard; Revision of the Application Exclusion Zone Requirements
Document Number: 2019-23718
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-11-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing changes to the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS) to simplify the application exclusion zone (AEZ) requirements. The proposed changes described in this document are the only changes EPA is currently planning to make to the WPS provisions that are now in effect.
Isotianil; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2019-23385
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-11-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes a tolerance for residues of isotianil in or on banana. Bayer CropScience requested this tolerance under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Clean Air Plans; 2008 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area Requirements; Determination of Attainment by the Attainment Date; Imperial County, California
Document Number: 2019-23134
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-11-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve two state implementation plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of California to meet Clean Air Act (CAA or ``Act'') requirements for the 2008 ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) in the Imperial County nonattainment area, as follows. The EPA proposes to approve the ``Imperial County 2017 State Implementation Plan for the 2008 8-Hour Ozone Standard'' (``Imperial Ozone Plan'' or ``Plan'') and the portions of the ``2018 Updates to the California State Implementation Plan'' (``2018 SIP Update'') that address the requirement for a reasonable further progress (RFP) demonstration for the Imperial County for the 2008 ozone standards. In addition, the EPA is proposing to determine, based on a separate demonstration submitted by the State of California, that the Imperial County nonattainment area would have attained the 2008 ozone NAAQS by the ``Moderate'' area attainment date of July 20, 2018, but for emissions emanating from outside of the United States, and therefore would no longer be subject to the CAA requirements pertaining to reclassification upon failure to attain. If we finalize these proposed actions, the Imperial County nonattainment area would remain classified as a Moderate nonattainment area for the 2008 ozone NAAQS.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Clay Ceramics Manufacturing
Document Number: 2019-22812
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-11-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This action finalizes certain amendments to the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP): Clay Ceramics Manufacturing source category. The final amendments are being issued in response to a petition for reconsideration filed by an affected industry (Kohler Company) on the final rule promulgated on October 26, 2015, as well as our review of the 2015 rule with respect to certain other issues raised by Kohler. This action revises the temperature monitoring methodology used to demonstrate continuous compliance with the dioxin/furan (D/F) emissions limit of the final rule. In addition, we are addressing concerns raised by Kohler regarding visible emissions (VE) monitoring of tunnel kiln stacks for continuous compliance with particulate matter (PM) and mercury (Hg) emission limitations. This action also amends the requirements for weekly visual inspections of system ductwork and control device equipment for water curtain spray booths. Lastly, this action amends the NESHAP to include provisions for emissions averaging, makes technical corrections, and adds certain definitions.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Surface Coating of Automobiles and Light-Duty Trucks; Surface Coating of Miscellaneous Metal Parts and Products; Surface Coating of Plastic Parts and Products; Surface Coating of Large Appliances; Printing, Coating, and Dyeing of Fabrics and Other Textiles; and Surface Coating of Metal Furniture Residual Risk and Technology Reviews
Document Number: 2019-18345
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-11-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing amendments to address the results of the residual risk and technology reviews (RTR) that the EPA is required to conduct in accordance with the Clean Air Act (CAA) with regard to the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for the Surface Coating of Automobiles and Light-Duty Trucks (ALDT), the NESHAP for the Surface Coating of Miscellaneous Metal Parts and Products (MMPP), and the NESHAP for the Surface Coating of Plastic Parts and Products (PPP). The EPA is proposing to find the risks due to emissions of air toxics from these source categories under the current standards are acceptable and the standards provide an ample margin of safety to protect public health. We are proposing no revisions to the numerical emission limits based on these analyses. The EPA is proposing to amend provisions addressing emissions during periods of startup, shutdown, and malfunction (SSM); to amend provisions regarding electronic reporting of performance test results; to amend provisions regarding monitoring requirements; and to make miscellaneous clarifying and technical corrections. This notice also proposes technical corrections to the NESHAP for Surface Coating of Large Appliances; NESHAP for Printing, Coating, and Dyeing of Fabrics and Other Textiles; and NESHAP for Surface Coating of Metal Furniture.
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: 2019-23831
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Director of the Water Division, EPA Region 10, is reissuing two National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permits for: (1) Aquaculture Facilities in Idaho Excluding Facilities Discharging into the Upper Snake-Rock Subbasin, and (2) Aquaculture Facilities Located in Indian Country in Idaho. The General Permits will authorize discharges of wastewater from cold and warm water Concentrated Aquatic Animal Production facilities, (also referred to as CAAPs or ``hatcheries''). The permits will largely replace and combine IDG131000, the NPDES General Permit for Cold Water Aquaculture Facilities in Idaho (not subject to Wasteload Allocations) and IDG130000, the NPDES General Permit for Aquaculture Facilities in Idaho (subject to Wasteload Allocations). Facilities covered under IDG130000 that are not within the Upper Snake-Rock Subbasin will be terminated once coverage under IDG131000 or IDG133000 is available. Facilities covered under IDG130000 that discharge within the Upper Snake-Rock Subbasin are not affected by this action and will remain covered under IDG130000. By separating out discharges from aquaculture facilities located in Indian County in Idaho, where the EPA is the permitting authority, under a separate General Permit (IDG133000), this action 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.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Certification and Compliance Requirements for Nonroad Spark-Ignition Engines (Renewal)
Document Number: 2019-23721
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), Certification and Compliance Requirements for Nonroad Spark-Ignition Engines (EPA ICR Number 1695.13, OMB Control Number 2060-0338) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. This notice is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through October 31, 2019. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register on July 2, 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 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.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Contaminant Occurrence Data in Support of the EPA's Fourth Six-Year Review of National Primary Drinking Water Regulations
Document Number: 2019-23720
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR) for Contaminant Occurrence Data in Support of the EPA's Fourth Six-Year Review of National Primary Drinking Water Regulations (EPA ICR Number 2574.01, OMB Control Number 2040-NEW) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. This is a request for approval of a new collection. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register on October 5, 2018, during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is below including its estimated burden and cost to the public. An agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Chemical Recovery Combustion Sources at Kraft, Soda, Sulfite, and Stand-Alone Semichemical Pulp Mills; Standards of Performance for Kraft Pulp Mill Affected Sources for Which Construction, Reconstruction, or Modification Commenced After May 23, 2013
Document Number: 2019-23616
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-10-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to amend the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Chemical Recovery Combustion Sources at Kraft, Soda, Sulfite, and Stand-alone Semichemical Pulp Mills and the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for Kraft Pulp Mills constructed, reconstructed, or modified after May 23, 2013. This proposed rule clarifies how operating limits are required to be established for smelt dissolving tank scrubbers and corrects cross-reference errors in both rules.
Air Plan Approval; OR: 2018 Permitting Rule Revisions
Document Number: 2019-23522
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-10-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving revisions to the Oregon State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted on December 11, 2018. The revisions update the SIP to allow for electronic public notice of proposed major stationary source permits, add references to stationary source sampling requirements, make use of plain language, and correct errors. The EPA has determined the changes are consistent with Clean Air Act requirements.