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Approval of Air Quality Implementation Plans; New Jersey; Infrastructure SIP for Interstate Transport Requirements for the 2006 PM10
Document Number: 2019-26922
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-12-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve the portions of New Jersey's State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submittal regarding infrastructure requirements for interstate transport of pollution with respect to the 2006 particulate matter of 10 microns ([mu]m) or less (PM10), 2008 lead, 2010 nitrogen dioxide (NO2), and 2011 carbon monoxide (CO) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2019-26879
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Air Plan Approval; Indiana; Indiana RACT SIP and Negative Declaration for the Oil and Natural Gas Industry Control Techniques Guidelines
Document Number: 2019-26792
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-12-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a ``Negative Declaration'' for the State of Indiana regarding the Control Techniques Guideline (CTG) for the Oil and Gas Industry issued by EPA on October 20, 2016. Indiana has evaluated areas for which the Oil and Natural Gas Industry CTG must be applied under the 2008 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). These areas include Lake and Porter counties, which are part of the Chicago-Naperville, IL-IN-WI Moderate nonattainment area for the 2008 ozone NAAQS. Therefore, reasonably available control technology (RACT) requirements would be applicable for sources covered by the Oil and Natural Gas Industry CTG in Lake and Porter counties. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) did not find any covered sources in Lake and Porter counties. Approval of this Negative Declaration supports EPA's February 13, 2019 approval of Indiana's volatile organic compounds (VOC) RACT Certification for Lake and Porter Counties. EPA proposed to approve this ``Negative Declaration'' on June 26, 2019 and received one set of comments.
Air Plan Approval; Indiana; Second Maintenance Plan for 1997 Ozone NAAQS
Document Number: 2019-26686
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-12-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving as a revision to the Indiana State Implementation Plan (SIP), the State's plan for maintaining the 1997 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) through the end of the second 10-year maintenance period. On June 20, 2019, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management submitted the State's plan for maintaining the 1997 ozone NAAQS for the Indianapolis, La Porte County, and South Bend-Elkhart areas and the Indiana portions of the Chicago- Gary-Lake County, IL-IN (Chicago), Cincinnati-Hamilton, OH-KY-IN (Cincinnati), and Louisville, KY-IN (Louisville) multi-state areas. EPA proposed to approve the submission on September 25, 2019, and received no comments. This action makes certain commitments related to maintenance of the 1997 ozone NAAQS in these areas federally enforceable as part of the Indiana SIP.
Test Methods and Performance Specifications for Air Emission Sources
Document Number: 2019-26134
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-12-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This action proposes corrections and updates to regulations for source testing of emissions under various rules. This proposed rule includes corrections to inaccurate testing provisions, updates to outdated procedures, and approved alternative procedures that provide testers enhanced flexibility. The revisions will improve the quality of data but will not impose new substantive requirements on source owners or operators.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Ethylene Oxide Commercial Sterilization and Fumigation Operations
Document Number: 2019-26804
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-12-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In this advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting information that will aid in potential future revisions to the Ethylene Oxide Emission Standards for Sterilization Facilities. The EPA is soliciting information and requesting comment on potential control measures for reducing ethylene oxide (EtO) emissions from commercial sterilization facilities. These control measures include controls for fugitive emissions of EtO, safety measures for the chamber exhaust vents (CEVs), process equipment improvements, and advances in add-on control technologies for point sources. In addition, the EPA is considering, and requesting comment on, how best to assess potential impacts on small businesses. The EPA is also taking comment on the available EtO usage data for individual facilities and on additional data contained in the modeling file that will be used to evaluate the impact of emissions from commercial EtO sterilizers.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Delaware; Amendments to the Regulatory Definition of Volatile Organic Compounds
Document Number: 2019-26687
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-12-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Delaware. The revisions pertain to amendments made to the definition of volatile organic compound (VOC) in the Delaware Administrative Code to conform with EPA's regulatory definition of VOC. EPA found that certain compounds have negligible photochemical reactivity and, therefore, has exempted them from the regulatory definition of VOC in several rulemaking actions. This revision to the Delaware SIP requested the exemption of eight compounds from the regulatory definition of VOC to match the actions EPA has taken. The revision also requested to remove the recordkeeping, reporting, modeling, and inventory requirements for t-butyl acetate (TBAC). EPA is approving these revisions to update the definition of VOC in the Delaware SIP in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
North Dakota: Incorporation by Reference of State Hazardous Waste Management Program
Document Number: 2019-26553
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-12-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This rule codifies in the regulations the prior approval of North Dakota's hazardous waste management program and incorporates by reference authorized provisions of the State's statutes and regulations. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) uses the regulations entitled, ``Approved State Hazardous Waste Management Programs,'' to provide notice of the authorization status of State programs, and to incorporate by reference those provisions of the State statutes and regulations that are authorized and that EPA will enforce under the Solid Waste Disposal Act, commonly referred to as the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The EPA previously provided notices and opportunity for comments on the Agency's decisions to authorize the State of North Dakota program and the EPA is not now reopening the decisions, nor requesting comments, on the North Dakota authorization as previously published in the Federal Register documents specified in Section I.C. of this final rule document.
Pesticide Product Registration; Receipt of Applications for New Uses
Document Number: 2019-26670
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has received applications to register new uses for pesticide products containing currently registered active ingredients. Pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is hereby providing notice of receipt and opportunity to comment on these applications.
Air Plan Approval; Tennessee: Knox County Miscellaneous Revisions
Document Number: 2019-26465
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-12-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving several Tennessee State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), on behalf of Knox County's Air Quality Management Division by a letter dated May 24, 2018. The submissions revise four sections of Knox County's Air Quality Management Regulations covering definitions, opening burning, permits and emissions reporting requirements. These actions are being approved pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act).
Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC); Notice of Charter Renewal
Document Number: 2019-26467
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Allocations of Cross-State Air Pollution Rule Allowances From New Unit Set-Asides for 2019 Control Periods
Document Number: 2019-26466
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing notice of the availability of preliminary lists of units eligible for second- round allocations of emission allowances for the 2019 control periods from the new unit set-asides (NUSAs) established under the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) trading programs. EPA has posted spreadsheets containing the lists on EPA's website. EPA will consider timely objections to the lists before determining the amounts of the second-round allocations.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Virginia; Source-Specific Reasonably Available Control Technology Determinations for 2008 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard
Document Number: 2019-26403
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-12-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving three state implementation plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the Commonwealth of Virginia. These revisions address reasonably available control technology (RACT) requirements under the 2008 ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) for three facilities in Northern Virginia through source-specific determinations. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Air Plan Approval; ID; Update to CRB Fee Billing Procedures
Document Number: 2019-26397
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-12-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve state implementation plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of Idaho's Department of Environmental Quality on June 5, 2019. The revisions implement changes to the timing of when fees for open burning of crop residue are paid. The changes provide Idaho Department of Environmental Quality a more streamlined administrative process and were based on recommendations from Idaho's Crop Residue Advisory Committee.
Air Plan Approval; Wisconsin; Title V Operation Permit Program
Document Number: 2019-26296
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-12-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving updates and revisions to the Wisconsin title V Operation Permit Program, submitted by Wisconsin pursuant to subchapter V of the Clean Air Act (Act). The revisions were submitted to update the title V program since the final approval of the program in 2001 and to change the permit fee schedule for subject facilities. The revisions consist of amendments to Department of Natural Resources NR Chapter 407 Wisconsin Administrative Code, operation permits, Chapter NR 410 Wisconsin Administrative Code, permit fees, and Wisconsin statute 285.69, fee structure. This approval action will help ensure that Wisconsin properly implements the requirements of title V of the Act.
Air Plan Approval; Illinois; Sulfur Dioxide
Document Number: 2019-26295
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-12-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a request submitted by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) on February 6, 2018, to revise the Illinois State Implementation Plan (SIP) under the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the 2010 1-hour sulfur dioxide (SO2) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). IEPA specifically requested EPA approval to amend the Illinois SIP for the 2010 1-hour SO2 NAAQS to account for two variances granted by the Illinois Pollution Control Board (IPCB) to Calpine Corporation (Calpine) and Exelon Generation, LLC (Exelon). EPA proposed to approve the state's submittal on June 12, 2019.
Increasing Recycling: Adding Aerosol Cans to the Universal Waste Regulations
Document Number: 2019-25674
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-12-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or the Agency) is adding hazardous waste aerosol cans to the universal waste program under the Federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations. This change will benefit the wide variety of establishments generating and managing hazardous waste aerosol cans, including the retail sector, by providing a clear, protective system for managing discarded aerosol cans. The streamlined universal waste regulations are expected to ease regulatory burdens on retail stores and others that discard hazardous waste aerosol cans; promote the collection and recycling of these cans; and encourage the development of municipal and commercial programs to reduce the quantity of these wastes going to municipal solid waste landfills or combustors.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2019-26353
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Air Plan Approval; Missouri; Restriction of Emissions From Batch-Type Charcoal Kilns
Document Number: 2019-26280
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-12-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the Missouri State Implementation Plan (SIP) received on March 7, 2019. The submission revises a Missouri regulation that establishes emission limits for batch-type charcoal kilns based on operational parameters to reduce emissions of particulate matter (PM10), volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and carbon monoxide (CO). Specifically, the revisions to the rule add definitions specific to the rule, update references to test methods, remove the unnecessary use of restrictive words, remove an obsolete requirement which applied only during the phase-in period of the rule that ended December 31, 2005, clarify a provision for an alternative operating temperature, and make other minor edits. These revisions are administrative in nature and do not impact the stringency of the SIP or air quality. Approval of these revisions will ensure consistency between state and federally-approved rules.
Significant New Use Rules on Certain Chemical Substances (19-5.F)
Document Number: 2019-26226
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-12-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing significant new use rules (SNURs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for certain chemical substances that were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs). They are either the subject of Orders issued by EPA under TSCA or have received a ``not likely to present an unreasonable risk'' determination pursuant to TSCA. This action would require persons who intend to manufacture (defined by statute to include import) or process any of these chemical substances for an activity that is proposed as a significant new use to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing that activity. The required notification initiates EPA's evaluation of the use, under the conditions of use for that chemical substance, within the applicable review period. Persons may not commence manufacture or processing for the significant new use until EPA has conducted a review of the notice, made an appropriate determination on the notice, and has taken such actions as are required by that determination.
Significant New Use Rules on Certain Chemical Substances (18-2)
Document Number: 2019-26225
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-12-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is issuing significant new use rules (SNURs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for chemical substances that are the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs), and Orders issued by EPA under TSCA. The SNURs require persons who intend to manufacture (defined by statute to include import) or process any of these 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. 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.
Significant New Use Rules on Certain Chemical Substances (18-4)
Document Number: 2019-26224
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-12-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is issuing significant new use rules (SNURs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for chemical substances that are the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs), and TSCA Orders. The SNURs require persons who intend to manufacture (defined by statute to include import) or process any of these 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. 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.
Etoxazole; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2019-26158
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-12-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of etoxazole in or on beet, sugar, roots and beet, sugar, leaves. The Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) requested this tolerance under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Findings of Failure To Submit a Clean Air Act Section 110 State Implementation Plan for Interstate Transport for the 2015 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS)
Document Number: 2019-26136
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-12-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action finding that seven states have failed to submit infrastructure State Implementation Plans (SIPs) to satisfy certain interstate transport requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) with respect to the 2015 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). Specifically, these requirements pertain to prohibiting significant contribution to nonattainment, or interference with maintenance, of the 2015 8-hour ozone NAAQS in other states. These findings of failure to submit establish a 2-year deadline for the EPA to promulgate Federal Implementation Plans (FIPs) to address these interstate transport requirements for a given state unless, prior to the EPA promulgating a FIP, the state submits, and the EPA approves, a SIP that meets these requirements.
Fenpyroximate; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2019-26131
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-12-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of fenpyroximate in or on multiple commodities which are identified and discussed later in this document. Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Propamocarb; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2019-26130
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-12-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of propamocarb (also referred to as propamocarb hydrochloride (HCl) in this document) in or on guava, starfruit, the leafy greens subgroup 4- 16A, the tuberous and corm vegetable subgroup 1C, and the fruiting vegetable group 8-10. Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Air Plan Approval; California; Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District
Document Number: 2019-26155
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-12-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC) from Metal Parts and Products Coating Operations, and Polyester Resin Operations. We are proposing to approve two local rules to regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act) as well as proposing to approve negative declarations for three subcategories of control techniques guidelines (CTG) sources in the MDAQMD. In addition, we are proposing to convert the partial conditional approval of the District's reasonably available control technology (RACT) SIPs for the 1997 and 2008 ozone standards, as it applies to these two rules, to a full approval. We are taking comments on this proposal and plan to follow with a final action.
Air Plan Approval; Washington; Revised Public Notice Provisions and Other Miscellaneous Revisions
Document Number: 2019-26147
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-12-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the general air quality regulations submitted by the Washington Department of Ecology. The four categories of revisions to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) proposed for approval in this action are: Revising the adoption by reference date for federal regulations cross referenced in the state regulations; revising the definition of volatile organic compounds (VOC) to match changes to the federal definition; updating public involvement procedures for the new source review air permitting program to reflect changes to the federal requirements, allowing greater use of electronic notice and electronic access to information; and correcting typographical errors and minor wording changes for clarity.
Air Plan Approval; WA; Updates to Source-Category Regulations
Document Number: 2019-26146
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-12-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the Washington State Implementation Plan (SIP) that were submitted by the Department of Ecology (Ecology). In 1991, Ecology established source-category regulations for kraft pulp mills, sulfite pulping mills, and primary aluminum plants. These source- category regulations contain requirements specific to these types of facilities. However, the source-category regulations also rely upon cross-references to the general air quality regulations to implement program elements such as new source review permitting. Since 1991, many of the cross-references to the general regulations for air pollution sources have changed. In this action, the EPA is proposing to revise the SIP to update the cross-references and other miscellaneous changes.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Virginia; Infrastructure Requirements for the 2015 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard
Document Number: 2019-26145
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-12-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a state implementation plan (SIP) revision formally submitted by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Whenever EPA promulgates a new or revised national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS or standard), the Clean Air Act (CAA) requires states to make SIP submissions to provide for the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of the NAAQS. The infrastructure requirements are designed to ensure that the structural components of each state's air quality management program are adequate to meet the state's responsibilities under the CAA. Virginia has formally submitted a SIP revision addressing the following infrastructure elements, or portions thereof, of section 110(a) of the CAA for the 2015 ozone NAAQS: CAA section 110(a)(2)(A), (B), (C), (D)(i)(II), D(ii), (E), (F), (G), (H), (J), (K), (L), and (M). EPA is proposing to approve Virginia's submittal addressing the infrastructure requirements for the 2015 ozone NAAQS in accordance with the requirements of section 110(a) of the CAA.
Air Plan Approval; Michigan; Second Limited Maintenance Plans for 1997 Ozone NAAQS
Document Number: 2019-26144
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-12-04
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 Michigan. On July 24, 2019, the state submitted the 1997 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) Limited Maintenance Plans (LMPs) for the Benzie County, Flint (Genesee and Lapeer Counties), Grand Rapids (Ottawa and Kent Counties), Huron County, Kalamazoo-Battle Creek (Calhoun, Kalamazoo, and Van Buren Counties), Lansing-East Lansing (Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham Counties), and Mason County areas. EPA proposes to approve these Michigan LMPs because they provide for the maintenance of the 1997 ozone NAAQS through the end of the second 10-year portion of the maintenance period. Approval will make certain commitments related to maintenance of the 1997 ozone NAAQS in these areas are federally enforceable as part of the Michigan SIP.
Air Plan Approval; Missouri; Revisions to Cross-State Air Pollution Rule Annual Trading Program and Rescission of Clean Air Interstate Rule
Document Number: 2019-26102
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-12-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted on January 15, 2019, and two revisions submitted on March 7, 2019, by the State of Missouri. The January 15, 2019, revision requests EPA remove from the Missouri SIP the regulations that established state trading programs under the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR). The EPA is only finalizing the removal of the CAIR annual nitrogen oxides (NOX) and sulfur dioxide (SO2) trading program rules. The EPA will act on the revisions to the State's CAIR seasonal NOX trading program in a separate action. The March 7, 2019, submissions request EPA approve into the SIP Missouri's Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) state trading program rules for SO2, annual NOX, and ozone season NOX. This approval automatically terminates Missouri EGUs' requirements to participate in the corresponding CSAPR Federal trading programs. Like the Federal trading programs being replaced, the state trading programs approved in this SIP revision fully satisfy Missouri's good neighbor obligations with respect to the 1997 and 2006 fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) and the 1997 ozone NAAQS and at least partially satisfy the State's good neighbor obligations with respect to the 2008 ozone NAAQS. This revision will not have an adverse effect on air quality. The EPA's approval of this rule revision is being done in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and the regulations governing approval of CSAPR SIPs.
Air Plan Approval; GA; 2010 1-Hour SO2
Document Number: 2019-26037
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-12-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve Georgia's January 9, 2019, State Implementation Plan (SIP) submission pertaining to the ``good neighbor'' provision of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) for the 2010 1-hour sulfur dioxide (SO2) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). The good neighbor provision requires each state's implementation plan to address the interstate transport of air pollution in amounts that will contribute significantly to nonattainment, or interfere with maintenance, of a NAAQS in any other state. In this action, EPA is proposing to determine that Georgia will not contribute significantly to nonattainment or interfere with maintenance of the 2010 1-hour SO2 NAAQS in any other state. Therefore, EPA is proposing to approve the January 9, 2019, SIP revision as meeting the requirements of the good neighbor provision for the 2010 1-hour SO2 NAAQS.
Addition of Certain Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances; Community Right-to-Know Toxic Chemical Release Reporting
Document Number: 2019-26034
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-12-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In this advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM), EPA is soliciting information from the public as EPA considers proposing a future rule on adding certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to the list of toxic chemicals subject to reporting under section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) and section 6607 of the Pollution Prevention Act (PPA). In this ANPRM, EPA outlines what PFAS are, why the Agency is considering adding certain PFAS to EPCRA section 313, what listing actions are being considered, who may be required to report, the current understanding of hazard concerns for PFAS, EPA's hazard assessments on PFAS, and other information available on these chemicals. In considering a chemical for addition to the EPCRA section 313 list, EPA bases its listing decision on the chemical's hazard (i.e., toxicity), not the risk (i.e., toxicity plus potential exposures) related to that chemical. EPA is requesting comment on which, if any, PFAS should be evaluated for listing, how to list them, and what would be appropriate reporting thresholds given their persistence and bioaccumulation potential. Lastly, EPA asks for any additional data to inform the Agency's evaluation and determination of which PFAS may meet the EPCRA section 313 listing criteria.
Promulgation of State Implementation Plan Revisions; Infrastructure Requirements for the 2015 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards; Wyoming
Document Number: 2019-26028
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-12-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On October 1, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated the 2015 ozone NAAQS, revising the standard to 0.070 parts per million. Whenever a new or revised National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) is promulgated, the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) requires each state to submit a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision for the implementation, maintenance and enforcement of the new standard. This submission is commonly referred to as an infrastructure SIP. In this action we are proposing to act on multiple elements of the Wyoming infrastructure SIP submission with respect to infrastructure requirements for the 2015 ozone NAAQS, which was submitted to the EPA on January 3, 2019.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Renewal of an Existing Collection (EPA ICR No. 2330.04 and OMB Control No. 2070-0179); Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-26156
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit an Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The ICR, entitled: ``Pesticide Registration Fees Program'' and identified by EPA ICR No. 2330.04 and OMB Control No. 2070-0179, represents the renewal of an existing ICR that is scheduled to expire on September 30, 2020. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection that is summarized in this document. The ICR and accompanying material are available in the docket for public review and comment.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Renewal of an Existing Collection (EPA ICR No. 1632.06 and OMB Control No. 2070-0133); Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-26106
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit an Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The ICR, entitled: Standards for Pesticide Containers and Containment and identified by EPA ICR No. 1632.06 and OMB Control No. 2070-0133, represents the renewal of an existing ICR that is scheduled to expire on October 31, 2020. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection that is summarized in this document. The ICR and accompanying material are available in the docket for public review and comment.
Air Plan Approval; Iowa; Revisions to Regional Haze Plan and Visibility Requirements in Infrastructure State Implementation Plans for the 2006 PM2.5
Document Number: 2019-26040
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-12-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a revision to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the State of Iowa. This final action will amend the SIP to rely on the Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) for certain regional haze requirements, fully approve Iowa's Regional Haze Plan, remove the Federal Implementation (FIP) the state replaced, and approve the Visibility portions of infrastructure SIPs for the 2006 Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5), 2012 PM2.5, 2010 Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2), 2010 Sulfur Dioxide (SO2), 2008 Ozone, and 2015 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).
Revisions to California State Implementation Plan; Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District and Ventura County Air Pollution Control District; Nonattainment New Source Review Requirements for the 2008 8-Hour Ozone Standard
Document Number: 2019-26036
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-12-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve two state implementation plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of California addressing the nonattainment new source review (NNSR) requirements for the 2008 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) and one SIP revision regarding a permit rule. These SIP revisions address the Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District (AVAQMD or District) and Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (VCAPCD or District) portions of the California SIP. This action is being taken pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA or ``Act'') and its implementing regulations.
Air Plan Approval; Missouri; Sampling Methods for Air Pollution Sources
Document Number: 2019-26002
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-12-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing approval of revisions to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of Missouri to EPA on October 25, 2019. The purpose of the revisions is to provide a more efficient way to perform emissions sampling on air pollution sources throughout Missouri. The State is requesting approval of incorporating by reference the federally defined methods for stack testing. These proposed revisions are administrative in nature and do not affect the stringency of the SIP.
Air Plan Approval; New Mexico; Interstate Transport Requirements for the 2008 Ozone NAAQS
Document Number: 2019-25991
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-12-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Clean Air Act, (CAA or Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing action on submissions from the State of New Mexico and the City of AlbuquerqueBernalillo County that are intended to demonstrate that the New Mexico State Implementation Plan (SIP) meets certain interstate transport requirements of the CAA for the 2008 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). These submissions address interstate transport, CAA section 110(a)(2)(D)(i)(I), which requires each state's SIP to prohibit emissions which will significantly contribute to nonattainment or interfere with maintenance of the NAAQS in other states. The EPA is proposing to approve these submittals based on the conclusion that New Mexico will not significantly contribute to nonattainment or interfere with maintenance of the 2008 ozone NAAQS in any other state.
Air Plan Approval; Oklahoma; Updates to the General SIP and New Source Review Permitting Requirements
Document Number: 2019-25954
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-12-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve identified portions of revisions to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for Oklahoma submitted by the State of Oklahoma designee by letters dated May 16, 1994; July 26, 2010; January 8, 2018; May 16, 2018; and December 19, 2018 and as clarified on May 16, 2018. This action addresses the revisions submitted to the Oklahoma SIP pertaining to incorporation by reference of Federal requirements, updates to the general SIP provisions and New Source Review (NSR) permit programs to address public notice and modeling requirements, including certain statutory provisions.
Modernizing the Administrative Exhaustion Requirement for Permitting Decisions and Streamlining Procedures for Permit Appeals
Document Number: 2019-24940
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-12-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes a procedural rule intended to streamline and modernize part of the Agency's permitting process by creating a new, time-limited alternative dispute resolution process (ADR process) as a precondition to judicial review. Under this proposal, the parties in the ADR process may agree by unanimous consent to either extend the ADR process or proceed with an appeal before the Environmental Appeals Board (EAB). If the parties don't agree to proceed with either the ADR process or an EAB appeal, the permit would become final and could be challenged in federal court. EPA also proposes to amend the current appeal process to clarify the scope and standard of EAB review, remove a provision authorizing participation in appeals by amicus curiae, and eliminate the EAB's authority to review Regional permit decisions on its own initiative, even absent an appeal. To promote internal efficiencies, EPA also proposes to establish a 60-day deadline for the EAB to issue a final decision once an appeal has been fully briefed and argued and to limit the length of EAB opinions to only as long as necessary to address the issues raised in an appeal; EPA also proposes to limit the availability of extensions to file briefs. The proposed rule would apply to permits issued by or on behalf of EPA under the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, and the Resources Conservation and Recovery Act. In addition to these permit appeal reforms, EPA proposes several additional reforms designed to provide tools to better allow the Administrator to exercise his or her statutory authority together with appropriate checks and balances on how the Board exercises its delegated authority. In this vein, EPA proposes to set twelve-year terms for EAB Judges, which the Administrator may renew at the end of that twelve-year period or reassign the Judge to another position within EPA. EPA also proposes a new process to identify which EAB opinions will be considered precedential. Finally, EPA proposes a new mechanism by which the Administrator, by and through the General Counsel, can issue a dispositive legal interpretation in any matter pending before the EAB.
Senior Executive Service Performance Review Board; Membership
Document Number: 2019-26035
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given of the membership of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Performance Review Board for 2019.
Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; National Volatile Organic Compound Emission Standards for Consumer Products (40 CFR Part 59, Subpart C) (Renewal)
Document Number: 2019-25981
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ``National Volatile Organic Compound Emission Standards for Consumer Products (Renewal),'' EPA ICR No. 1764.08, OMB Control No. 2060-0348, to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). Before doing so, the EPA is soliciting public comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below. This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through August 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.
Outer Continental Shelf Air Regulations; Consistency Update for Alaska
Document Number: 2019-25815
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-12-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to update a portion of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Air Regulations. Requirements applying to OCS sources located within 25 miles of states' seaward boundaries must be updated periodically to remain consistent with the requirements of the corresponding onshore area (COA), as mandated by the Clean Air Act (CAA). The portion of the OCS air regulations that is being updated pertains to the requirements for OCS sources subject to requirements of the State of Alaska. The State of Alaska's requirements discussed in this document, and listed in the appendix to the Federal OCS air regulations, are proposed to be incorporated into the compilation of state provisions that is incorporated by reference.
Hazardous and Solid Waste Management System: Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals From Electric Utilities; A Holistic Approach to Closure Part A: Deadline To Initiate Closure
Document Number: 2019-24927
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-12-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On April 17, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or the Agency) promulgated national minimum criteria for existing and new coal combustion residuals (CCR) landfills and existing and new CCR surface impoundments. On August 21, 2018, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion in the case of Utility Solid Waste Activities Group, et al. v. EPA (USWAG). This rule proposes regulations to implement the court's vacatur of the provisions that allow unlined impoundments to continue receiving coal ash unless they leak, and that classify ``clay-lined'' impoundments as lined, thereby allowing such units to operate indefinitely. In addition, EPA is proposing to establish a revised date by which unlined surface impoundments must cease receiving waste and initiate closure, following its reconsideration of those dates in light of the USWAG decision.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2019-25877
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-11-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Designation of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes; Ohio; Redesignation of the Ohio Portion of the Steubenville Sulfur Dioxide Nonattainment Area
Document Number: 2019-25818
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-11-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with the Clean Air Act (CAA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is redesignating the Ohio portion of the Steubenville Ohio-West Virginia interstate sulfur dioxide (SO2) nonattainment area (Steubenville nonattainment area) from nonattainment to attainment. EPA is also approving Ohio's maintenance plan. Emissions of SO2 in the area have been reduced and the air quality in the nonattainment area is currently well below the 2010 SO2 national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS).
Community Right-to-Know; Corrections to Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Reporting Requirements
Document Number: 2019-25356
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-11-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing corrections to existing regulatory language for the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Program. EPA is proposing corrections that will update identifiers, formulas, and names for certain TRI-listed chemicals and updates to the text that identifies which chemicals the 0.1 percent de minimis concentration applies to in order to remedy a cross-reference to a no-longer-accurate Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulatory citation. These proposed corrections maintain previous regulatory actions and do not alter existing reporting requirements or impact compliance burdens or costs.