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Air Plan Partial Approval and Partial Disapproval; California; San Diego
Document Number: 2020-26649
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-12-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to partially approve and partially disapprove revisions to the San Diego Air Pollution Control District (SDAPCD or ``District'') portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern the District's demonstration regarding reasonably available control technology (RACT) requirements and negative declarations for the 2008 ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS or ``standards'') in the San Diego ozone nonattainment area under the jurisdiction of the SDAPCD.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality State Implementation Plans; California; Plumas County; Moderate Area Plan for the 2012 PM2.5
Document Number: 2020-26648
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-12-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve through parallel processing a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of California to address Clean Air Act (CAA or ``Act'') requirements for the 2012 annual fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS or ``standard'') in the Plumas County Moderate PM2.5 nonattainment area (``Portola nonattainment area''). The submitted SIP revision is the State's ``Proposed Portola PM2.5 Plan Contingency Measure SIP Submittal'' (``Proposed PM2.5 Plan Revision''), which includes a revised City of Portola ordinance regulating PM2.5 emission sources and the State's demonstration that this submission meets the Moderate area contingency measure requirement for the 2012 annual PM2.5 NAAQS in the Portola nonattainment area. The EPA is also proposing to approve the contingency measure element of the Moderate area attainment plan for the Portola nonattainment area, as revised and supplemented by the Proposed PM2.5 Plan Revision. Because the EPA is proceeding by parallel processing, the agency is proposing, in the alternative, to disapprove the contingency measure element of the Moderate area attainment plan if the State does not submit the final, adopted PM2.5 Plan Revision in substantially the same form before we take final action.
Sethoxydim; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2020-26014
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-12-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of sethoxydim in or on basil, dried leaves and basil, fresh leaves. Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Adipic Acid; Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: 2020-26005
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-12-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of Adipic acid when used as an inert ingredient in antimicrobial pesticide formulations applied to food- contact surfaces in public eating places, dairy-processing equipment, and food-processing equipment and utensils at an end-use concentration not to exceed 100 parts per million (ppm). Ecolab, Inc. submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) requesting establishment of an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for adipic acid. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of adipic acid when used in accordance with this exemption.
Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC): Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2020-26584
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a public meeting of the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC) to be conducted via remote/virtual participation only. Due to unforeseen administrative circumstances, EPA is announcing this meeting with less than 15 calendar days' notice. The EPA renewed the CAAAC charter on November 19, 2020 to provide independent advice and counsel to EPA on policy issues associated with implementation of the Clean Air Act of 1990. The Committee advises EPA on economic, environmental, technical, scientific and enforcement policy issues.
Financial Responsibility Requirements Under CERCLA Section 108(b) for Facilities in the Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution Industry; the Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing Industry; and the Chemical Manufacturing Industry
Document Number: 2020-26379
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-12-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA (or the Agency) is finalizing its proposed decisions to not impose financial responsibility requirements under section 108(b) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) for facilities in three industry sectors: The electric power generation, transmission, and distribution industry, pursuant to EPA's proposal of July 29, 2019; the petroleum and coal products manufacturing industry, pursuant to EPA's proposal of December 23, 2019; and the chemical manufacturing industry, pursuant to EPA's proposal of February 21, 2020. Today's final rulemakings are based on the individual administrative records for each of the three proposed rulemakings, supported by additional analysis conducted in consideration of comments received in the public comment period for each proposed rule. In particular, after examining the existing environmental protections and regulations in place today and analyzing the Superfund program's experience cleaning up sites in each industry, the Agency concluded that facilities in these three industries operating under a modern regulatory framework do not present a level of risk that warrants financial responsibility requirements under CERCLA section 108(b). Today's final rulemakings are based on the record for these rulemakings, and do not affect EPA's authority to take a response or enforcement action under CERCLA with respect to any particular facility or industry, and do not affect the Agency's authorities that may apply to particular facilities under other environmental statutes. This combined final rulemaking comprises the Agency's final actions on each of the three proposed rules.
Test Methods and Performance Specifications for Air Emission Sources; Correction
Document Number: 2020-23690
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-12-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is correcting a final rule that was published in the Federal Register on October 7, 2020, and will be effective on December 7, 2020. The final rule corrected and updated regulations for source testing of emissions. This correction does not change any final action taken by the EPA on October 7, 2020; this action merely provides further clarification on the amendatory instructions for Method 311.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Air Emission Standards for Tanks, Surface Impoundment and Containers (Renewal)
Document Number: 2020-26476
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), Air Emission Standards for Tanks, Surface Impoundment and Containers (EPA ICR Number 1593.11, OMB Control Number 2060-0318), to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through January 31, 2021. Public comments were previously requested, via the Federal Register on May 12, 2020 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. An agency may neither conduct nor sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; General Hazardous Waste Facility Standards
Document Number: 2020-26475
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), General Hazardous Waste Facility (EPA ICR Number 1571.13, OMB Control Number 2050-0120) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through January 31, 2020. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register on March 26, 2020 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; NSPS for Onshore Natural Gas Processing Plants (Renewal)
Document Number: 2020-26474
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), NSPS for Onshore Natural Gas Processing Plants (EPA ICR Number 1086.12, OMB Control Number 2060- 0120), to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through January 31, 2021. Public comments were previously requested, via the Federal Register, on May 12, 2020 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. An agency may neither conduct nor sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
Request for Nominations for a Science Advisory Board Panel
Document Number: 2020-26472
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office requests public nominations of scientific experts to form a Panel to review the BenMAP model, an open-source computer program that calculates estimated air pollution-related deaths and illnesses and their associated economic value. BenMAP is a shorthand title referring to the Environmental Benefits Mapping and Analysis Program. The Panel will review the latest available public release version of the BenMAP software.
Proposed Consent Decree, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
Document Number: 2020-26471
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with the Clean Air Act, as amended (CAA or the Act), notice is given of a proposed consent decree in Sierra Club v. Wheeler, No. 2:20-cv-00725-SMB (D. AZ). On April 14, 2020, the Sierra Club filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona, alleging that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) failed to perform certain non-discretionary duties. Plaintiff alleges that EPA failed to take final action to approve, disapprove, conditionally approve, or approve in part and disapprove in part, Arizona's nonattainment plan SIP submission for the West Pinal nonattainment area for the PM10 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The proposed consent decree would establish a deadline for EPA to take action on the remaining portions of the SIP submission.
Availability of the ORD Staff Handbook for Developing IRIS Assessments
Document Number: 2020-26314
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a 90- day public comment period associated with release of the ORD Staff Handbook for Developing Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) Assessments, or IRIS Handbook. The IRIS Handbook provides operating procedures for developing assessments including problem formulation approaches and methods for conducting systematic review, dose response analysis, and developing toxicity values. EPA is releasing this document and the charge questions for public comment in advance of a National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) peer review. Comments received will be summarized and provided to the committee conducting the peer review. This document was prepared by the Center for Public Health and Environmental Assessment (CPHEA) within EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD).
Proposed Stipulated Partial Settlement Agreement, Endangered Species Act Claims
Document Number: 2020-26311
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator's October 16, 2017, Directive Promoting Transparency and Public Participation in Consent Decrees and Settlement Agreements, notice is hereby given of a proposed stipulated partial settlement agreement in the case of Natural Resources Defense Council v. Wheeler, et al., in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia (1:17-CV-02034). The Plaintiff filed its original case on October 3, 2017, alleging that EPA violated Section 7(a)(2) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by failing to consult on the effects to listed species of certain pesticide product registrations containing one of three pesticide active ingredientsacetamiprid (Claim One), dinotefuran (Claim Two), and imidacloprid (Claim Three). EPA and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) are proposing to reach a settlement in the form of a Partial Stipulated Settlement Agreement. Defendant-Intervenor indicated that it takes no position on this proposed partial agreement. Among other provisions, the proposed partial stipulated settlement agreement between EPA and NRDC calls for EPA to complete an endangered species effects determination with respect to imidacloprid (Claim Three) by June 30, 2022. And, as appropriate, EPA will initiate consultation with the National Marine Fisheries Service and/or the Fish and Wildlife Service (Services).
Proposed Settlement Agreements, Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act
Document Number: 2020-26310
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator's October 16, 2017, Directive Promoting Transparency and Public Participation in Consent Decrees and Settlement Agreements, notice is hereby given of a proposed stipulated order of partial dismissal to address several claims in a lawsuit filed by Northwest Environmental Advocates in the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho. On September 24, 2013 the Northwest Environmental Advocates and the Idaho Conservation League (collectively ``Plaintiffs'') filed an amended complaint bringing claims against the EPA alleging, among other things, that it failed to perform duties mandated by the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to consult with the Fish & Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service (collectively ``the Services'') regarding its actions under the Clean Water Act (CWA) and that EPA failed to complete various mandatory duties under the CWA with respect to various new and revised water quality standards adopted by the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality. EPA seeks public input on the proposed stipulated order of partial dismissal prior to its final decision-making to settle the litigation.
Pesticides; Updated Draft Guidance for Pesticide Registrants on Plant Regulator Products and Claims, Including Plant Biostimulants; Notice of Availability and Request for Comment
Document Number: 2020-26299
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of and seeking public comment on an updated draft guidance document entitled ``Guidance for Plant Regulator Products and Claims, including Plant Biostimulants,'' which was originally issued for public review and comment in March 2019. Guidance documents are issued by the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) to inform pesticide registrants and other interested persons about important policies, procedures, and registration related decisions, and serve to provide guidance to pesticide registrants and OPP personnel. EPA updated the original draft guidance document in response to the public comments received on the original draft guidance document. EPA is seeking an additional round of public comment on this updated draft guidance document, which is intended to provide guidance on identifying product claims that are considered to be plant regulator claims by the Agency, thereby subjecting the products to regulation as pesticides under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Examples are provided of both claims that are considered plant regulator claims and claims that are not considered plant regulator claims. This draft guidance document also contains a narrative discussion regarding current and previously registered plant regulator active ingredients and their modes of action. This draft guidance does not address or attempt to provide a regulatory definition for ``plant biostimulant'' or for ``nutritional chemical'' or to change any existing regulatory definitions. After considering the comments received on this draft updated guidance, EPA intends to issue a final guidance document.
Di-isononyl Phthalate (DINP); Draft Scope of the Risk Evaluation To Be Conducted Under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA); Notice of Availability and Request for Comments
Document Number: 2020-26204
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of and soliciting public comment on the draft scope document for the risk evaluation to be conducted for di-isononyl phthalate (DINP) (1,2-benzene-dicarboxylic acid, 1,2-diisononyl ester, and 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C8-10-branched alkyl esters, C9- rich; Chemical Abstracts Service Registry Number (CASRN) 28553-12-0 and CASRN 68515-48-0) a category of chemical substances for which EPA received a manufacturer request for risk evaluation. The draft scope document for this category of chemical substances includes the conditions of use, hazards, exposures, and the potentially exposed or susceptible subpopulations EPA plans to consider in conducting the risk evaluation for this category of chemical substances. EPA is also asking the public to provide additional data or information that could be useful to the Agency in finalizing the scope of the risk evaluations; comments may be submitted to this docket.
Di-isodecyl Phthalate (DIDP); Draft Scope of the Risk Evaluation to be Conducted Under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA); Notice of Availability and Request for Comments
Document Number: 2020-26203
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of and soliciting public comment on the draft scope document for the risk evaluation to be conducted for di-isodecyl phthalate (DIDP) (1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid, 1,2-diisodecyl ester and 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C9-11-branched alkyl esters, C10- rich; Chemical Abstracts Service Registry Number (CASRN) 26761-40-0 and CASRN 68515-49-1), a category of chemical substances for which EPA received a manufacturer request for risk evaluation. The draft scope document for this category of chemical substances includes the conditions of use, hazards, exposures, and the potentially exposed or susceptible subpopulations EPA plans to consider in conducting the risk evaluation for this category of chemical substances. EPA is also asking the public to provide additional data or information that could be useful to the Agency in finalizing the scope of the risk evaluation.
Glyphosate Registration Review; Draft Endangered Species Act Biological Evaluations; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2020-26184
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA or the Agency) draft biological evaluation (BE) for the registration review of the pesticide glyphosate and opens a public comment period on this document.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2020-26179
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Public Notice of State of Texas' Submittal to EPA of Request for Partial National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Program Authorization for Oil and Gas Discharges
Document Number: 2020-26038
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 6 is requesting comments on and will hold a public hearing for the State of Texas' application for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) authority for discharges from produced water, hydrostatic test water and gas plant effluent, hereafter referred to as oil and gas discharges, within the State of Texas (``application for NPDES oil and gas authorization'' or ``the application''). The Governor of Texas submitted the application for NPDES oil and gas authorization, seeking approval for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to implement a major category partial NPDES program as provided for under the Clean Water Act (CWA or ``the Act''). Today, the EPA is providing public notice of the State's submittal of the application for NPDES oil and gas authorization and of both a public hearing and public comment period on the State's submission. The EPA will either approve or disapprove the State's request for program authorization after considering all comments received. If approved, the NPDES authority for oil and gas discharges within the State of Texas will transfer from the EPA to the TCEQ upon the date of program approval.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Utah; Regional Haze State and Federal Implementation Plans
Document Number: 2020-23994
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-11-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing approval of State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of Utah on July 3, 2019, as supplemented on December 3, 2019, to satisfy certain regional haze requirements for the regional haze program's first implementation period (Utah SIP revisions). The EPA is approving the Utah SIP revision that provides an alternative to best available retrofit technology (BART) controls for nitrogen oxides (NOX) at the PacifiCorp Hunter and Huntington power plants. The EPA finds that the NOX BART Alternative for Hunter and Huntington achieves greater reasonable progress toward natural visibility conditions than BART, in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and the EPA's Regional Haze Rule. In conjunction with this approval, we are withdrawing the Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) that addresses NOX BART for the Hunter and Huntington power plants that EPA promulgated in 2016. The EPA is also approving Utah's December 3, 2019 SIP supplement that requires reporting of all deviations from compliance with the applicable requirements under particulate matter (PM) BART and the NOX BART Alternative, including the emission limits for Hunter and Huntington. The EPA is taking these actions pursuant to sections 110 and 169A of the CAA.
Research Triangle Institute; Transfer of Data (October 2020)
Document Number: 2020-26009
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-25
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 Research Triangle Institute in accordance with the CBI regulations. Research Triangle Institute has been awarded a contract to perform work for OPP, and access to this information will enable Research Triangle Institute to fulfill the obligations of the contract.
Air Plan Approval; Wisconsin; Partial Approval and Partial Disapproval of the Oneida County SO2
Document Number: 2020-25827
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-11-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to partially approve and partially disapprove a revision to the Wisconsin State Implementation Plan (SIP) for attaining the 2010 primary, health- based 1-hour sulfur dioxide (SO2) national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS or ``standard'') for the Oneida County SO2 nonattainment area. This SIP revision (hereinafter referred to as Wisconsin's Oneida County SO2 plan or plan) includes Wisconsin's attainment demonstration and other attainment planning elements required under the Clean Air Act (CAA). EPA is proposing to approve some elements of the Oneida County SO2 plan and disapprove some elements of the plan, including the attainment demonstration, since it contains facility credit for a stack height that does not meet the regulations for good engineering practice stack height regarding the prohibition of air pollution dispersion techniques.
Chemical Data Reporting; Final Extension of the 2020 Submission Period
Document Number: 2020-25824
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-11-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is amending the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) regulations by extending the submission deadline for 2020 reports to January 29, 2021. This is the final extension for the 2020 submission period only. The CDR regulations require manufacturers (including importers) of certain chemical substances included on the TSCA Chemical Substance Inventory (TSCA Inventory) to report data on the manufacturing, processing, and use of the chemical substances.
Agency Programs Subject to Intergovernmental Review Under Executive Order 12372, Section 204 of the Demonstration Cities and Metropolitan Development Act, and Section 401(a) of the Intergovernmental Cooperation Act of 1968
Document Number: 2020-25968
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is publishing an updated list of EPA financial assistance programs which states may choose to review under their Single Point of Contact (SPOC) intergovernmental review processes. These programs are also eligible for intergovernmental review by directly affected state, areawide, regional, and local entities if a state does not have a SPOC or chooses not to review an application for EPA financial assistance. EPA is also streamlining the intergovernmental review process and is offering the public an opportunity to comment on the revisions.
Trichloroethylene (TCE); Final Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Risk Evaluation; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2020-25884
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of the final Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) risk evaluation of Trichloroethylene (TCE). The purpose of conducting risk evaluations under 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, without consideration of costs or other nonrisk factors. EPA has determined that specific conditions of use of TCE present an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment. For those conditions of use for which EPA has found an unreasonable risk, EPA must take regulatory action to address that unreasonable risk through risk management measures enumerated in TSCA. EPA has also determined that specific conditions of use do not present unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment. For those conditions of use for which EPA has found no unreasonable risk to health or the environment, the Agency's determination is a final Agency action and is issued via order in the risk evaluation.
Air Plan Approval; NC; Blue Ridge Paper SO2
Document Number: 2020-25464
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-11-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a source-specific State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Air Quality (DAQ), in final form, through a letter dated September 3, 2020. North Carolina's September 3, 2020, source- specific SIP revision requests that EPA incorporate into the SIP more stringent sulfur dioxide (SO2) permit limits than those currently contained in the SIP for the Blue Ridge Paper Products, LLC (also known as BRPP) facility located in the Beaverdam Township Area of Haywood County, North Carolina. Specifically, EPA is approving, into the SIP, specific SO2 permit limits and associated operating restrictions, monitoring, recordkeeping, reporting (MRR) and testing compliance requirements established in BRPP's title V operating permit as permanent and enforceable SO2 control measures. North Carolina submitted these limits to support its recommendation that EPA designate the Beaverdam Township Area as ``attainment/unclassifiable'' under the 2010 primary SO2 national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS or standard) (also referred to as the 2010 1-hour SO2 NAAQS). The purpose of this rulemaking is not to take action on whether these SO2 emissions limits are adequate for EPA to designate the Beaverdam Township Area as attainment under the 2010 1-hour SO2 NAAQS. Instead, EPA will determine the air quality status and designate remaining undesignated areas for the 2010 1-hour SO2 NAAQS, including the Beaverdam Township Area, in a separate action. This SIP approval does not prejudge that future designation action.
Approval and Promulgation of State Plans for Designated Facilities and Pollutants; City of Philadelphia and District of Columbia
Document Number: 2020-24690
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-11-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving the negative declarations submitted to satisfy the requirements of the Emission Guidelines and Compliance times for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills (MSW) for the City of Philadelphia, located in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia. The negative declaration certifies that there are no existing facilities in the City of Philadelphia or the District of Columbia that must comply with this rule.
Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Nonattainment New Source Review (NNSR): Project Emissions Accounting
Document Number: 2020-23784
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-11-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is promulgating revisions to its major New Source Review (NSR) applicability regulations to clarify when the requirement to obtain a major NSR permit applies to a source proposing to undertake a physical change or a change in the method of operation (i.e., a project) under the major NSR preconstruction permitting programs. Under these programs, an existing major stationary source proposing to undertake a project must determine whether that project will constitute a major modification subject to the major NSR preconstruction permitting requirements by following a two-step applicability test. The first step is to determine if the proposed project would result in a ``significant emissions increase'' of a regulated NSR pollutant (Step 1). If the proposed project is determined to result in such an increase, the second step is to determine if the project would also result in a ``significant net emissions increase'' of that pollutant from the source (Step 2). In this action, we are promulgating revisions to our major NSR applicability regulations to clarify that both increases and decreases in emissions resulting from a proposed project can be considered in Step 1 of the major NSR major modification applicability test. We refer to the consideration of emissions increases and decreases in Step 1 as project emissions accounting.
C.I. Pigment Violet 29; Revised Draft Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Risk Evaluation; Notice of Availability, Letter Peer Review and Public Comment; Extension of Comment Period
Document Number: 2020-25823
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In the Federal Register of October 30, 2020, EPA announced the availability of and sought public comment on a revised draft risk evaluation of C. I. Pigment Violent 29 under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). This document extends the comment period for 20 days, from November 30, 2020 to December 19, 2020.
Pesticide Registration Review; Draft Human Health and/or Ecological Risk Assessments for Ethylene Oxide; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2020-25821
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's draft human health and/or ecological risk assessments for the registration review of ethylene oxide.
Fuels Regulatory Streamlining Implementation; Notification of Workshop
Document Number: 2020-25653
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a virtual workshop on the Fuels Regulatory Streamlining rule ahead of its implementation date of January 1, 2021.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2020-25652
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice of Meeting of the EPA Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC)
Document Number: 2020-25641
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, notice is hereby given that the next meeting of the Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC) will be held virtually December 9 and 11, 2020. The CHPAC advises the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on science, regulations and other issues relating to children's environmental health.
Proposed Deletions From the National Priorities List
Document Number: 2020-25622
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-11-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing a Notice of Intent to partially delete four sites 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 states, through their designated state agencies, have determined that all appropriate response actions under CERCLA, other than operation and maintenance, monitoring, and five-year reviews, where applicable, have been completed. However, this deletion does not preclude future actions under Superfund. The sites proposed for partial deletion, their location and media or areas proposed for deletion from the NPL are specified in Table 1 and Table 2 in the Supplementary Information section of this document. The remaining media or areas of the sites will remain on the NPL and are not being considered for deletion as part of this action.
1,4-Dioxane; Supplemental Analysis to the Draft Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Risk Evaluation; Notice of Availability and Public Comment
Document Number: 2020-25618
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of and soliciting public comment on a supplemental analysis to the draft risk evaluation of 1,4-dioxane under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). 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 nonrisk factors, including an unreasonable risk to potentially exposed or susceptible subpopulations, under the conditions of use. This supplemental analysis has been developed in response to public and peer review comments on the draft risk evaluation, and includes additional conditions of use for 1,4-dioxane as a by-product in consumer products, as well as an analysis of recreational activities in ambient/surface water as an exposure pathway under all conditions of use included in the draft risk evaluation and this supplemental analysis. EPA is announcing the opening of a docket for a 20-day comment period to allow the public to review the supplemental analysis to the draft risk evaluation.
South Carolina: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revisions
Document Number: 2020-24950
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-11-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency is granting South Carolina final authorization for changes to its hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The Agency published a Proposed Rule on September 11, 2020 and provided for public comment. The Agency received one comment in support of authorizing the South Carolina program changes. This comment can be reviewed in the docket for this action under Docket ID No. EPA-R04-RCRA-2020-0402. No further opportunity for comment will be provided.
Air Quality Implementation Plan; California; Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District; Stationary Source Permits
Document Number: 2020-24926
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-11-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing a revision to the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District (NSAQMD or ``District'') portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). In this action, we are approving a rule submitted by the NSAQMD that governs the issuance of permits for stationary sources, which focuses on the preconstruction review and permitting of major sources and major modifications under part D of title I of the Clean Air Act (CAA or ``the Act'').
Air Plan Approval; ID, Incorporation by Reference Updates and Rule Revisions
Document Number: 2020-24692
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-11-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving the State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by Idaho on June 5, 2019 and May 27, 2020. The submitted revisions update the incorporation by reference of specific Federal requirements and clarify source permitting requirements. The EPA finds that the changes are consistent with Clean Air Act requirements.
Air Plan Approval; Ohio; Technical Amendment
Document Number: 2020-24065
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-11-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing the removal of the air pollution nuisance rule from the Ohio State Implementation Plan (SIP) using a Clean Air Act (CAA) error correction provision. EPA has determined that this rule was not relied upon by Ohio to demonstrate implementation, maintenance or enforcement of any national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). Upon the effective date of this action, the nuisance rule will no longer be part of the Ohio SIP.
Air Quality Implementation Plan; California; Calaveras County Air Pollution Control District and Mariposa County Air Pollution Control District; Stationary Source Permits
Document Number: 2020-23922
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-11-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing revisions to the Calaveras County Air Pollution Control District (CCAPCD) and the Mariposa County Air Pollution Control District (MCAPCD) portions of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). In this action, we are approving two rules, one submitted by the CCAPCD and the other by the MCAPCD, governing the issuance of permits for stationary sources, focusing on the preconstruction review and permitting of major sources and major modifications under part D of title I of the Clean Air Act (CAA or ``the Act'').
Air Plan Approval; California; Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District
Document Number: 2020-23552
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-11-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve revisions to the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the surface coating operations of plastic parts and products. We are approving a local rule to regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the ``Act''), and we are approving a negative declaration for a subcategory of a control techniques guidelines (CTG) source in the SMAQMD.
Reclassification of Major Sources as Area Sources Under Section 112 of the Clean Air Act
Document Number: 2020-22044
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-11-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This rule finalizes amendments to the General Provisions that apply to National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP). These amendments implement the plain language reading of the ``major source'' and ``area source'' definitions of section 112 of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and provide that a major source can be reclassified to area source status at any time upon reducing its potential to emit (PTE) hazardous air pollutants (HAP) to below the major source thresholds (MST) of 10 tons per year (tpy) of any single HAP and 25 tpy of any combination of HAP. This rule also finalizes amendments to clarify the compliance dates, notification, and recordkeeping requirements that apply to sources choosing to reclassify to area source status and to sources that revert back to major source status, including a requirement for electronic notification.
Modification of Significant New Uses of Certain Chemical Substances (20-2.M)
Document Number: 2020-25032
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-11-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to amend significant new use rules (SNURs) issued under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for certain chemical substances, which were the subject of a premanufacture notice (PMN) and a significant new use notice (SNUN). EPA is proposing these amendments following review of SNUNs for the chemical substances and based on review of new and existing data. Specifically, this action proposes to amend the SNURs to allow certain new uses reported in the SNUNs without additional notification requirements and modify the significant new use notification requirements based on the actions and determinations for the SNUN submissions.
Vessel Incidental Discharge National Standards of Performance; Public Meetings
Document Number: 2020-24778
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-11-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing three virtual public meetings on its proposed rulemaking Vessel Incidental Discharge National Standards of Performance. The proposed rulemaking promulgated under the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA) of 2018 was published in the Federal Register on October 26, 2020. The three virtual public meetings will be held in November 2020 to provide a brief background on the rulemaking, identify key changes from existing federal requirements, and describe how to submit comments on the proposed rulemaking. More information on the proposed standards and the directions for meeting proceedings are available on the EPA web page at https://www.epa.gov/vessels-marinas-and-ports/vessel-incident al- discharge-act-vida-engagement-opportunities.
Determination of Attainment by the Attainment Date for the Salt Lake City, Utah and Provo, Utah 2006 24-Hour PM2.5
Document Number: 2020-24443
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-11-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that the Salt Lake City, Utah and Provo, Utah Serious nonattainment areas (NAAs) attained the 2006 24-hour fine particulate matter (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) by the December 31, 2019 ``Serious'' area attainment date. The determination is based on quality-assured, quality-controlled and certified ambient air quality monitoring data from 2017 through 2019, available in the EPA's Air Quality System (AQS) database.
Air Plan Approval; Iowa; Air Quality Implementation Plan-Muscatine Sulfur Dioxide Nonattainment Area and Start-up, Shutdown, Malfunction SIP Call Withdrawal
Document Number: 2020-24031
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-11-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision, submitted by the state of Iowa, through the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), to the EPA on May 26, 2016, for the purpose of providing for attainment of the 2010 1-hour primary Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) in the Muscatine County, Iowa nonattainment area (NAA). The EPA concludes that Iowa has appropriately demonstrated that its SIP provides for attainment with the 2010 1-hour primary SO2 NAAQS in the NAA, and that the plan meets the other applicable requirements under the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act). As a part of approving the attainment demonstration, the EPA is taking final action to approve into the Iowa SIP the SO2 emissions limits and associated compliance parameters for the NAA. The EPA is also applying a policy regarding startup, shutdown, and malfunction (SSM) exemption provisions in the Iowa SIP that is consistent with the EPA's national policy. In light of this policy and the EPA's evaluation of Iowa's SIP, the EPA is withdrawing the SIP call issued to Iowa as part of the EPA's 2015 SSM SIP Action.
Delegation of the Title V Permitting Program to the Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency for the Former Bennett Freeze
Document Number: 2020-23921
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The purpose of this notice is to announce that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region IX granted the Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency's (NNEPA) request to supplement its delegation of authority to administer the Clean Air Act (the Act) Federal title V operating permits program. Under this supplemental delegation, the NNEPA's authority to issue and implement title V operating permits pursuant to EPA regulations is geographically extended to include an area located in the western portion of the Navajo Nation reservation known as the Former Bennett Freeze. The terms and conditions of the supplemental delegation are specified in a Second Supplemental Delegation of Authority Agreement (Agreement) between the EPA Region IX and the NNEPA, effective on July 28, 2020.