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Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2019-17922
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-08-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Air and Radiation, Office of Atmospheric Programs, is giving notice that it proposes to create a new system of records pursuant to the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974. This system of records contains personally identifiable information collected from approved Clean Air Act section 608 technician certification programs that are withdrawing from the program or having their approval revoked. The system will maintain the information necessary for EPA to assist certified air-conditioning and refrigeration technicians who have lost or damaged their certification cards in obtaining replacement cards when the original cards were obtained from certification programs that have withdrawn from the program or have had their approval revoked.
Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Reformulated Gasoline and Conventional Gasoline: Requirements for Refiners, Oxygenate Blenders, and Importers of Gasoline; Requirements for Parties in the Gasoline Distribution Network (Renewal)
Document Number: 2019-17836
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-08-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ``Reformulated Gasoline and Conventional Gasoline: Requirements for Refiners, Oxygenate Blenders, and Importers of Gasoline; Requirements for Parties in the Gasoline Distribution Network'' (EPA ICR No. 1591.27, OMB Control No. 2060-0277) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). 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 5/ 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.
Significant New Use Rules on Certain Chemical Substances
Document Number: 2019-16099
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-08-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is issuing significant new use rules (SNURs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for 145 chemical substances which are the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs). The chemical substances are subject to Orders issued by EPA pursuant to section 5(e) of TSCA. This action requires persons who intend to manufacture (defined by statute to include import) or process any of these 145 chemical substances for an activity that is designated as a significant new use by this rule 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.
Di-isodecyl Phthalate (DIDP); Manufacturer Request for Risk Evaluation Under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA); Notice of Availability and Request for Comments
Document Number: 2019-17790
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-08-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is announcing the availability of and soliciting public comment on a manufacturer request for a risk evaluation of di-isodecyl phthalate (DIDP) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The request was made by ExxonMobil Chemical Company through the American Chemistry Council's High Phthalates Council. EPA conducts risk evaluations to determine whether a chemical substance presents an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment without consideration of costs or other non-risk factors, including an unreasonable risk to potentially exposed or susceptible subpopulations, under the conditions of use. In the docket associated with this request is the manufacturer request for an EPA conducted risk evaluation and possible additional conditions of use EPA has identified for inclusion within the scope of a risk evaluation of DIDP. After considering comments received in response to this solicitation, EPA will make a decision whether to grant or deny the manufacturer request. All TSCA risk evaluations, whether EPA-initiated or manufacturer-requested, will be conducted in the same manner.
Di-isononyl Phthalate (DINP); Manufacturer Request for Risk Evaluation Under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA); Notice of Availability and Request for Comments
Document Number: 2019-17788
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-08-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is announcing the availability of and soliciting public comment on a manufacturer request for a risk evaluation of di-isononyl phthalate (DINP) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The request was made by Evonik Corporation, ExxonMobil Chemical Company and Teknor Apex, through the American Chemistry Council's High Phthalates Council. EPA conducts risk evaluations to determine whether a chemical substance presents an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment without consideration of costs or other non-risk factors, including an unreasonable risk to potentially exposed or susceptible subpopulations, under the conditions of use. In the docket associated with this request is the manufacturer request for an EPA conducted risk evaluation and possible additional conditions of use EPA has identified for inclusion within the scope of a risk evaluation of DINP. After considering comments received in response to this solicitation, EPA will make a decision whether to grant or deny the manufacturer request. All TSCA risk evaluations, whether EPA-initiated or manufacturer- requested, will be conducted in the same manner.
Air Plan Approval; New Mexico; Approval of Revised Statutes; Error Correction
Document Number: 2019-17746
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-08-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving revisions to New Mexico's State Implementation Plan (SIP) that incorporate updates to the New Mexico statutes. EPA is also correcting its previous approval of some statute provisions as approval of these provisions into the SIP was in error.
Air Plan Approval; New Mexico; Approval of Revised Statutes; Error Correction
Document Number: 2019-17745
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-08-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving revisions to New Mexico's State Implementation Plan (SIP) that incorporate updates to the New Mexico statutes. EPA is also correcting its previous approval of some statute provisions to provide clarification of the approval action taken.
Air Plan Approval; New Mexico; Approval of Revised Statutes; Error Correction
Document Number: 2019-17744
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-08-19
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 New Mexico's State Implementation Plan (SIP) that incorporate updates to the New Mexico statutes. EPA is also correcting its previous approval of some statute provisions to provide clarification of the approval action taken.
Air Plan Approval; Minnesota; Flint Hills Sulfur Dioxide (SO2
Document Number: 2019-17670
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-08-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a revision to the Minnesota sulfur dioxide (SO2) State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the Flint Hills Resources, LLC Pine Bend Refinery (FHR) as submitted on October 23, 2018. The SIP revision pertains to the shutdown and replacement of certain equipment at the refinery as well as amendments to certain emission limits, resulting in an overall decrease of SO2 emissions from FHR.
Air Plan Approval; Ohio; Second Limited Maintenance Plans for 1997 Ozone NAAQS
Document Number: 2019-17669
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-08-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Ohio. On April 12, 2019, the state submitted the 1997 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS or standard) Limited Maintenance Plan (LMP) for the Canton-Massillon (Stark County), Lima (Allen County), and Toledo (Lucas and Wood Counties) areas and the Ohio portion of the Parkersburg- Marietta [OH-WV] (Washington County), Steubenville-Weirton [OH-WV] (Jefferson County), Wheeling [OH-WV] (Belmont County), and Youngstown- Warren-Sharon [OH-PA] (Columbiana, Mahoning, and Trumbull Counties) multi-state areas. EPA is proposing to approve these Ohio LMPs because they provide for the maintenance of the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS through the end of the second 10-year portion of the maintenance period. The effect of this action would be to make certain commitments related to maintenance of the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS in these areas federally enforceable as part of the Ohio SIP.
Air Plan Approval; Illinois; Emissions Reduction Market System Sunsetting
Document Number: 2019-17666
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-08-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) on January 11, 2019, concerning the state's Emissions Reduction Market System (ERMS) program for the Chicago ozone nonattainment area (NAA) in Illinois. The revision sunsets the ERMS program and effectively removes from the SIP provisions in 35 Illinois Administrative Code (35 IAC) Part 205, as the ERMS program is no longer effective in providing any additional emissions reductions or environmental benefit. The submittal also includes a demonstration under section 110(l) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) that addresses emission impacts associated with the sunsetting of the program.
Air Plan Approval; Indiana; Limited Maintenance Plan for 1997 Ozone NAAQS; Evansville, Fort Wayne, Greene County, Jackson County, Muncie, and Terre Haute
Document Number: 2019-17665
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-08-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a submission from the State of Indiana as a state implementation plan (SIP) revision in according with the Clean Air Act (CAA). On April 25, 2019, the state submitted its 1997 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS or standard) Limited Maintenance Plan (LMP) for the following Indiana areas:] Evansville, Fort Wayne, Greene County, Jackson County, Muncie, and Terre Haute. EPA is proposing to approve the LMPs for these areas because they provide for the maintenance of the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS through the end of the second 10-year portion of the maintenance period. The effect of this action would be to make federally enforceable certain commitments related to maintenance of the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS in these areas as part of the Indiana SIP.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2019-17715
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-08-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List: Deletion of the Tennessee Products Superfund Site
Document Number: 2019-17671
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-08-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 announces the deletion of the Tennessee Products Superfund Site (Site) located in Chattanooga, Tennessee, from the National Priorities List (NPL). The NPL, promulgated pursuant to section 105 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980, as amended, is an appendix of the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP). The EPA and the State of Tennessee, through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, have determined that all appropriate response actions under CERCLA, other than Five Year Reviews, have been completed. However, this deletion does not preclude future actions under Superfund.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; West Virginia; State Implementation Plans for the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule and for the Interstate Transport Requirements of the 2008 Ozone Standard
Document Number: 2019-17668
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-08-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve two state implementation plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of West Virginia, one submitted on March 27, 2018, and one on June 5, 2019. The June 5, 2019 submittal consists of a regulation that adopts the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR). Under the Federal CSAPR, large electricity generating units (EGUs) in West Virginia are subject to Federal Implementation Plans (FIPs) requiring the units to participate in CSAPR's Federal trading program for annual emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOX), one of CSAPR's two Federal trading programs for annual emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2), and one of CSAPR's two Federal trading programs for ozone season emissions of NOX. This action would approve the State's regulation requiring large West Virginia EGUs to participate in new CSAPR state trading programs for annual NOX, annual SO2, and ozone season NOX emissions integrated with the CSAPR Federal trading programs, replacing the corresponding FIP requirements. EPA is proposing to approve the SIP revision because the submittal meets the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and EPA's regulations for approval of a CSAPR full SIP revision replacing the requirements of a CSAPR FIP. Under the CSAPR regulations, approval of the SIP revision would automatically eliminate West Virginia EGU's requirements under the corresponding CSAPR FIPs, thereby addressing West Virginia's interstate transport (or ``good neighbor'') obligations for the 1997 fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS), the 2006 PM2.5 NAAQS, and the 2008 ozone NAAQS. Like the CSAPR FIP requirements that would be replaced, approval of the SIP revision would fully satisfy West Virginia's good neighbor obligations for the 1997 PM2.5 NAAQS, the 2006 PM2.5 NAAQS, and the 2008 ozone NAAQS. In conjunction with EPA's proposed approval of West Virginia's June 5, 2019 CSAPR regulation, EPA is also proposing to approve West Virginia's March 27, 2018 submittal related to West Virginia's good neighbor obligations under the 2008 ozone NAAQS. These actions are being taken in accordance with the CAA.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; District of Columbia; Infrastructure Requirements for the 2015 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard
Document Number: 2019-17667
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-08-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a state implementation plan (SIP) revision from the District of Columbia (the District). This SIP revision addresses certain infrastructure requirements to implement, maintain, and enforce the 2015 ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS), including the requirements for interstate transport. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Updating Regulations on Water Quality Certification
Document Number: 2019-17556
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-08-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On August 8, 2019, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or agency) Administrator signed a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) providing updates and clarifications to the substantive and procedural requirements for water quality certification under Clean Water Act. The agency is announcing that a public hearing will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah on September 5 and 6, 2019, to provide interested parties the opportunity to present data, views, or information concerning the NPRM. The pre-publication version of this proposal can be found at https://www.epa.gov/cwa-401.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Integrated Iron and Steel Manufacturing Facilities Residual Risk and Technology Review
Document Number: 2019-17349
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-08-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing amendments to the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Integrated Iron and Steel Manufacturing Facilities. This proposal presents the results of the residual risk and technology review (RTR) conducted as required under the Clean Air Act (CAA). Based on the results of the EPA risk review, the Agency is proposing that risks due to emissions of air toxics are acceptable from this source category and that the current NESHAP provides an ample margin of safety to protect public health. Under the technology review, we are proposing there are no developments in practices, processes or control technologies that necessitate revision of the standards. Pursuant to granting a request to reconsider setting mercury standards in 2005, we are proposing an emissions standard for mercury based on limiting the amount of mercury in the metal scrap used by these facilities. We also are proposing: the removal of exemptions for periods of startup, shutdown, and malfunction (SSM) consistent with a 2008 court decision, and clarifying that the emissions standards apply at all times; the addition of electronic reporting of performance test results and compliance reports; and minor corrections and clarifications for a few other rule provisions. Finally, we are soliciting comment on unmeasured fugitive and intermittent emissions that have been identified as occurring at facilities in this source category and the cost and effectiveness of potential work practices that could be implemented to reduce emissions from these fugitive and intermittent sources.
Air Plan Approval and Air Quality Designation; FL; Redesignation of the Duval County Ozone Unclassifiable Area
Document Number: 2019-17474
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-08-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On June 19, 2019, the State of Florida, through the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), submitted a request for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to redesignate the Duval County, Florida ozone unclassifiable area (hereinafter referred to as the ``Duval County Area'' or ``Area'') to attainment for the 2015 primary and secondary 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). EPA now has sufficient data to determine that the Duval County Area is in attainment of the 2015 primary and secondary 8- hour ozone NAAQS. Therefore, EPA is proposing to approve the State's request and redesignate the Area to attainment/unclassifiable for the 2015 primary and secondary 8-hour ozone NAAQS based upon valid, quality-assured, and certified ambient air monitoring data showing that the Area is in compliance with the 2015 primary and secondary 8-hour ozone NAAQS.
Alternative Methods for Calculating Off-Cycle Credits Under the Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions Program: Applications From Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Corporation
Document Number: 2019-17473
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-08-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is requesting comment on applications from Hyundai Motor Company (``Hyundai'') and Kia Motors Corporation (``Kia'') 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. Hyundai and Kia have submitted applications that describe methodologies for determining off-cycle credits from technologies described in their application. Pursuant to applicable regulations, EPA is making Hyundai's and Kia's off-cycle credit calculation methodologies available for public comment.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2019-17459
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-08-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Federal Docket Management System (FDMS), is a regulatory, multi-agency use system that contains Federal Register notices, materials supporting regulatory actions such as scientific and economic analyses, and public comments. The system of records is being amended to remove all information and data elements related to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) tracking system, FOIAonline, and to change the number assigned to the FDMS system of records. The status and storage of FOIAonline records should henceforth be detailed in a separate SORN for that system. The number previously assigned to FDMS identified the system as a government wide system of records. FDMS is a multi-agency use system and should be identified as such. The original system of records notice for FDMS was published in the Federal Register on March 24, 2005, was amended on October 2, 2013 and February 18, 2014, to add records collected and categories of records in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) system.
Air Plan Approval; Massachusetts; Transport State Implementation Plans for the 1997, 2008, and 2015 Ozone Standards
Document Number: 2019-17406
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-08-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of Massachusetts that address the interstate transport of air pollution requirements for Infrastructure SIPs for the 1997, 2008, and 2015 ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) (i.e., Transport SIPs). The intended effect of this action is to propose approval of the Transport SIPs as revisions to the Massachusetts SIP. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act.
Product Cancellation Order for Certain Pesticide Registrations
Document Number: 2019-17404
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-08-14
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 of Unit II, pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). This cancellation order follows a May 29, 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 May 29, 2019 notice, EPA indicated that it would issue an order implementing the cancellations, unless the Agency received substantive comments within the 30-day comment period that would merit its further review of these requests, or unless the registrants withdrew their requests. The Agency received comments on the notice but none merited its further review of the requests. 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.
Air Plan Approval: Lane County, Oregon; 2019 Permitting Rule Revisions
Document Number: 2019-17351
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-08-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes to approve revisions to the Oregon State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted on June 13, 2019. The proposed revisions, applicable in Lane County, Oregon, update regulations contained in the SIP to make minor syntax and renumbering changes, add a reference to the electronic public notice option, and update citations to reference materials such as the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and the most recent Oregon Source Sampling Manual. The EPA reviewed the submitted revisions and proposes to find they are consistent with Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements.
Adequacy Status of the Columbus, Ohio Area for the Submitted 2015 Ozone Standard Maintenance Plan for Transportation Conformity Purposes
Document Number: 2019-17348
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-08-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In this notice, the EPA is notifying the public that we have found the motor vehicle emissions budgets (MVEBs) for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and oxides of nitrogen (NOX) in the 2015 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) maintenance plan for the Columbus, Ohio area (Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, and Licking Counties) adequate for use in transportation conformity determinations under the Clean Air Act. On April 23, 2019, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) submitted a 2015 ozone NAAQS maintenance plan for the Columbus area, which included VOC and NOX MVEBs for 2023 and 2030. As a result of our finding of adequacy, the MVEBs from the submitted maintenance plan must be used by state and Federal agencies in determining whether proposed transportation projects conform to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) as required by the Clean Air Act.
Clonostachys rosea Strain CR-7; Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: 2019-17309
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-08-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of Clonostachys rosea strain CR-7 in or on all food commodities when used in accordance with label directions and good agricultural practices. Bee Vectoring Technology, Inc. submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), requesting an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of Clonostachys rosea strain CR-7 in or on all food commodities under FFDCA.
Significant New Use Rules on Certain Chemical Substances (19-4.B)
Document Number: 2019-17148
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-08-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing significant new use rules (SNURs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for 17 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 17 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 5(a)(3), and has taken any risk management actions as are required as a result of that determination.
Air Quality State Implementation Plans; Approval and Promulgations; Hawaii; Infrastructure SIP
Document Number: 2019-17125
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-08-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a state implementation plan (SIP) submission from the State of Hawaii regarding certain Clean Air Act (CAA or ``Act'') requirements related to interstate transport for the 2008 ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). The interstate transport requirements consist of several elements; this approval pertains only to provisions requiring that SIPs prohibit sources or other types of emissions activity in one state from emitting any air pollutant in amounts that will contribute significantly to nonattainment and interference with maintenance of the 2008 ozone NAAQS in other states. The EPA is approving Hawaii's August 6, 2015 SIP submittal on the basis that it addresses two requirements of CAA section 110(a)(2)(D)(i)(I), which we refer to as prong 1 (significant contribution to nonattainment of the NAAQS in any other state) and prong 2 (interference with maintenance of the NAAQS in any other state). The EPA refers to SIP revisions addressing the requirements of section 110(a)(2)(D)(i)(I) as ``good neighbor SIPs'' or ``interstate transport SIPs.''
Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Adjustments to the Allowance System for Controlling HCFC Production and Import, 2020-2029; and Other Updates
Document Number: 2019-17018
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-08-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is proposing to allocate production and consumption allowances for specific hydrochlorofluorocarbons, a type of ozone- depleting substance, for the years 2020 through 2029. These hydrochlorofluorocarbons may be used to service certain equipment manufactured before 2020. The EPA is also proposing to update other requirements under the program for controlling production and consumption of ozone-depleting substances, as well as proposing edits to the regulatory text for improved readability and clarity. These updates include revising the labeling requirements for containers of specific hydrochlorofluorocarbons; prohibiting the conversion of hydrochlorofluorocarbon allowances allocated through this rulemaking into allowances for hydrochlorofluorocarbons that have already been phased out; requiring the use of an electronic reporting system for producers, importers, exporters, transformers, and destroyers of class I and class II ozone-depleting substances; revising and removing recordkeeping and reporting requirements; improving the process for petitioning to import used substances for reuse; creating a certification process for importing used and virgin substances for destruction; and restricting the sale of known illegally imported substances. This notice further includes proposed clarifications to the certification requirements for methyl bromide quarantine and preshipment uses. The EPA is also proposing to add polyurethane foam systems containing ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons to the list of nonessential products. Lastly, the agency is proposing to update the definition of ``destruction'' as used in the context of the production and consumption phaseout and remove obsolete provisions.
Hazardous and Solid Waste Management System: Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals From Electric Utilities; Enhancing Public Access to Information; Reconsideration of Beneficial Use Criteria and Piles
Document Number: 2019-16916
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-08-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In this action, EPA is proposing the following targeted changes to the April 17, 2015 Coal Combustion Residuals Final Rule based on stakeholder input: Revisions to the annual groundwater monitoring and corrective action report requirements, establishing an alternate risk-based groundwater protection standard for boron, and revisions to the publicly accessible CCR website requirements. The Agency is also proposing to address two provisions of the final rule that were remanded back to EPA on August 21, 2018 by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. First, EPA is proposing to revise the CCR beneficial use definition by replacing the mass-based numerical threshold with specific location-based criteria as the trigger for an environmental demonstration. Second, EPA is proposing to introduce a single approach to consistently address the potential environmental and human health issues associated with piles of CCR, regardless of the location of the pile and whether the CCR is destined for disposal or beneficial use.
FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Public Meetings and Request for Nomination of Ad Hoc Expert Reviewers
Document Number: 2019-17336
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-08-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
There will be a 4-day, public, in-person meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) to consider and review the Approaches for Quantitative Use of Surface Water Monitoring Data in Pesticide Drinking Water Assessments. Preceding the in-person meeting, there will be a preparatory, public, virtual meeting, conducted via teleconference and webcast using Adobe Connect, to consider the scope and clarity of the draft charge questions for this peer review. In addition, EPA is requesting nominations of prospective candidates for service as ad hoc reviewers to assist the FIFRA SAP with this review. Any interested person or organization may nominate qualified individuals to be considered as prospective candidates for this review by following the instructions provided in this notice.
Conference on Air Quality Modeling
Document Number: 2019-17305
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-08-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces its Twelfth Conference on Air Quality Modeling. Such a conference is required by section 320 of the Clean Air Act (CAA) to be held every 3 years. The purposes of the Twelfth Conference are to provide an overview of the latest features of the currently preferred air quality models and to provide a forum for public review and comment on potential revisions to the way the Agency determines and applies the appropriate air quality models in the future.
Determination of Adequacy of Wisconsin's Research, Development and Demonstration Permit Provisions for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills
Document Number: 2019-17123
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-08-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On May 10, 2016, EPA revised the maximum permit term for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills (MSWLF) units operating under Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D) permits. The revision allows states to increase the number of RD&D permit renewals issued to six, 3- year permit renewals, for a total permit term of up to 21 years. On May 6, 2019, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) submitted a notification to EPA Region 5 seeking Federal approval of its revised RD&D requirements per the procedures in Requirements for State Permit Program Determination of Adequacy. Subject to public review and comment, this document approves Wisconsin's revised RD&D permit requirements.
Air Plan Approval; Texas; Control of Air Pollution From Motor Vehicles
Document Number: 2019-16934
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-08-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is withdrawing a portion of a direct final rule published on June 6, 2019, because relevant adverse comments were received. The rule pertained to EPA approval of 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 motor vehicle anti-tampering requirements and the Low Income Repair Assistance Program (LIRAP) for certain participating counties. In a separate subsequent final rulemaking, EPA will address the portion of the direct final rule on which relevant adverse comments were received.
1-Bromopropane (1-BP); Draft Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Risk Evaluation and TSCA Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC) Meetings; Notice of Availability and Public Meetings
Document Number: 2019-17222
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-08-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is announcing the availability of documents and dates for the peer review of the draft risk evaluation for 1-Bromopropane (1-BP). The purpose of the risk evaluations under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) is to determine 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 these same documents to the TSCA Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC) for peer review and is announcing that there will be a 3-day in-person meeting of the TSCA SACC to consider and review these draft risk evaluations. Preceding the in-person meeting, there will be a 3-hour preparatory virtual meeting for the panel to consider the scope and clarity of the draft charge questions for the peer reviews.
Certain New Chemicals or Significant New Uses; Statements of Findings for June 2019
Document Number: 2019-17151
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-08-12
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 June 1, 2019 to June 30, 2019.
Nominations to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel; Request for Comments
Document Number: 2019-17150
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-08-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice provides the names, addresses, and professional affiliations of persons recently nominated to serve on the Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) established under section 25(d) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). The Panel was created on November 28, 1975, and made a permanent Panel by amendment to FIFRA, dated October 25, 1988. The Agency, at this time, anticipates selecting three new members to serve on the panel because of membership terms that will expire during the next year. Public comments on the current nominations are invited, as these comments will be used to assist the Agency in selecting the new members for the chartered Scientific Advisory Panel.
Certain New Chemicals; Receipt and Status Information for June 2019
Document Number: 2019-17149
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-08-12
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 06/01/ 2019 to 06/30/2019.
Pydiflumetofen; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2019-17144
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-08-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of pydiflumetofen in or on multiple commodities which are identified and discussed later in this document. Syngenta Crop Protection requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Propiconazole; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2019-17143
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-08-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of propiconazole in or on multiple commodities which are identified and discussed later in this document. Interregional Research Project No. 4 (IR-4) requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Delaware; Nonattainment New Source Review Requirements for 2008 8-Hour Ozone Standard
Document Number: 2019-17128
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-08-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by Delaware. The revision is in response to EPA's February 3, 2017 Findings of Failure to Submit for various requirements relating to the 2008 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). This SIP revision is specific to nonattainment new source review (NNSR) requirements. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Air Plan Approval; KY; Jefferson County Existing and New Miscellaneous Metal Parts and Products Surface Coating Operations
Document Number: 2019-17127
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-08-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve two revisions to the Jefferson County portion of the Kentucky State Implementation Plan (SIP), provided by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, through the Kentucky Division of Air Quality (KDAQ), through a letter dated March 15, 2018. The revisions were submitted by KDAQ on behalf of the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (also referred to herein as Jefferson County) and add a recordkeeping provision for certain sources of volatile organic compounds along with other administrative changes. EPA is approving the changes because they are consistent with the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act).
Air Plan Approval; Hawaii; Regional Haze Progress Report
Document Number: 2019-17124
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-08-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving Hawaii's Regional Haze 5-Year Progress Report (``Progress Report'' or ``Report''), submitted on October 20, 2017, as a revision to its state implementation plan (SIP). This SIP revision addresses requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA or ``Act'') and the EPA's rules that require states to submit periodic reports describing the progress toward reasonable progress goals (RPGs) established for regional haze and a determination of adequacy of the state's existing regional haze plan. The EPA is approving the Report on the basis that it addresses the progress report and adequacy determination requirements for the first implementation period for regional haze.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2019-17048
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-08-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Nonattainment New Source Review (NNSR): Project Emissions Accounting
Document Number: 2019-17019
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-08-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to revise certain New Source Review (NSR) applicability regulations to clarify the requirements that apply to sources proposing to undertake a physical or operational change (i.e., a project) under the NSR preconstruction permitting program. Under this program, an existing major source proposing to undertake a project must determine whether that project will constitute a major modification following a two-step applicability test and thus be subject to the NSR preconstruction permitting requirements. The first step is to determine if the proposed project will cause a ``significant emissions increase'' of a regulated NSR pollutant (Step 1). If the proposed project is projected to cause such an increase, the second step is to determine if there is a ``significant net emissions increase'' of that pollutant (Step 2). In this action, we are proposing to revise our NSR applicability regulations to make it clear that both emissions increases and emissions decreases that result from a given proposed project are to be considered at Step 1 of the NSR major modification applicability test. In addition, this proposal replaces and withdraws the agency's 2006 Project Netting Proposal.
Partial Approval, Partial Disapproval and Limited Approval, Limited Disapproval of Arizona Air Plan Revisions; Pinal County Air Quality Control District
Document Number: 2019-16786
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-08-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing a partial approval and partial disapproval of revisions to the Pinal County Air Quality Control District (PCAQCD) portion of the Arizona State Implementation Plan (SIP). This action concerns the District's demonstration regarding reasonably available control technology (RACT) requirements and negative declarations for the 2008 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS or ``standards'') in the portion of the Phoenix-Mesa ozone nonattainment area under the jurisdiction of the PCAQCD. The EPA is also finalizing a limited approval and limited disapproval of two PCAQCD rules that regulate emissions from surface coating operations and gasoline dispensing stations that were submitted with its RACT SIP demonstration. This partial disapproval of the RACT SIP and limited disapproval of two PCAQCD rules will trigger sanctions clocks under the CAA that will be stopped if the EPA approves subsequent SIP revisions that correct the rule and RACT SIP deficiencies within 18 months of the effective date of this final action. Under the authority of the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act), this action simultaneously approves the PCAQCD rules for surface coating operations and storage and loading of gasoline at gasoline dispensing facilities and directs Arizona to correct the rule deficiencies.
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List: Partial Deletion of the Novak Sanitary Landfill Superfund Site
Document Number: 2019-17017
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-08-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3 is issuing a Notice of Intent to Delete the groundwater portion of the Novak Sanitary Landfill Superfund Site (Site) located in South Whitehall Township, Pennsylvania, from the National Priorities List (NPL) and requests public comments on this proposed action. The NPL, promulgated pursuant to section 105 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980, as amended, is an appendix of the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP). The EPA and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP), have determined that all appropriate response actions to address the groundwater portion of the Site, other than monitoring, operations and maintenance and Five-Year Reviews (FYRs), have been completed. However, this deletion does not preclude future actions under Superfund. This partial deletion pertains only to the groundwater portion of the Site. The landfill and landfill gas components of the Site will remain on the NPL and are not being considered for deletion as part of this action.
Air Plan Approval; Massachusetts; Transport Element for the 2010 Sulfur Dioxide National Ambient Air Quality Standard
Document Number: 2019-17000
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-08-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submission from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts addressing the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) interstate transport SIP requirements, referred to as the good neighbor provision, for the 2010 sulfur dioxide (SO2) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). This submission addresses the interstate transport requirements of the CAA that the SIP contain adequate provisions prohibiting air emissions from Massachusetts from having certain adverse air quality effects in other states. In this action, the EPA is proposing to approve this portion of the infrastructure SIP submission that certifies that the Massachusetts SIP contain adequate provisions to ensure 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.
Air Plan Approval; Arkansas; Interstate Transport Requirements for the 2010 1-Hour SO2
Document Number: 2019-16936
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-08-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve the portion of Arkansas' State Implementation Plan (SIP) submittal addressing the CAA requirements pertaining to the ``good neighbor'' provision of the CAA for the 2010 Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). The ``good neighbor'' provision requires each state's implementation plan contain adequate provisions prohibiting emissions which will contribute significantly to nonattainment or interfere with maintenance of the 2010 SO2 NAAQS in other states. EPA is proposing to determine that consistent with the CAA, Arkansas' SIP contains adequate provisions to ensure that air emissions in Arkansas will not contribute significantly to nonattainment or interfere with maintenance of the 2010 SO2 NAAQS in any other state.
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List: Partial Deletion of the Shaw Avenue Dump Superfund Site
Document Number: 2019-16904
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-08-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 announces the deletion of Operable Unit 1Chemical Fill and Contaminated Soil (OU1) of the Shaw Avenue Dump Superfund Site (Site) located in Charles City, Floyd County, Iowa, from the National Priorities List (NPL). The NPL, promulgated pursuant to section 105 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980, as amended, is an appendix of the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP). This partial deletion pertains to Operable Unit (OU) 1Chemical Fill and Contaminated Soil. OU 2Groundwater will remain on the NPL and is not being considered for deletion as part of this action. The EPA and the State of Iowa, through the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, determined that all appropriate response actions under CERCLA other than operations and maintenance and five-year reviews have been completed at OU1. However, this deletion does not preclude future actions under CERCLA.