Environmental Protection Agency March 2005 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; NOX
Document Number: 05-6376
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-03-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's State Implementation Plan (SIP). The revisions were submitted by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) to establish and require reasonably available control technology (RACT) fifteen major sources of volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides (NOX). These sources are located in Pennsylvania. EPA is approving these revisions to establish RACT requirements in the SIP in accordance with the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; NOX
Document Number: 05-6375
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-03-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA proposes to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Pennsylvania for the purpose of establishing and requiring reasonably available control technology (RACT) for fifteen sources of nitrogen oxides. In the Final Rules section of this Federal Register, EPA is approving the State's SIP submittal as a direct final rule without prior proposal because the Agency views this as a noncontroversial submittal and anticipates no adverse comments. A detailed rationale for the approval is set forth in the direct final rule. If no adverse comments are received in response to this action, no further activity is contemplated. If EPA receives adverse comments, the direct final rule will be withdrawn and all public comments received will be addressed in a subsequent final rule based on this proposed rule. EPA will not institute a second comment period. Any parties interested in commenting on this action should do so at this time.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; VOC RACT Determinations for Seven Individual Sources
Document Number: 05-6374
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-03-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA proposes to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the purpose of establishing and requiring reasonably available control technology (RACT) for seven major sources of volatile organic compounds (VOC). In the Final Rules section of this Federal Register, EPA is approving the State's SIP submittal as a direct final rule without prior proposal because the Agency views this as a noncontroversial submittal and anticipates no adverse comments. A detailed rationale for the approval is set forth in the direct final rule. If no adverse comments are received in response to this action, no further activity is contemplated. If EPA receives adverse comments, the direct final rule will be withdrawn and all public comments received will be addressed in a subsequent final rule based on this proposed rule. EPA will not institute a second comment period. Any parties interested in commenting on this action should do so at this time.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; VOC RACT Determinations for Seven Individual Sources
Document Number: 05-6373
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-03-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's State Implementation Plan (SIP). The revisions were submitted by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) to establish and require reasonably available control technology (RACT) for seven major sources of volatile organic compounds (VOC). These sources are located in Pennsylvania. EPA is approving these revisions to establish RACT requirements in the SIP in accordance with the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; VOC and NOX
Document Number: 05-6372
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-03-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's State Implementation Plan (SIP). The revisions were submitted by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) to establish and require reasonably available control technology (RACT) for eleven major sources of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and nitrogen oxides (NOX). These sources are located in Pennsylvania. EPA is approving these revisions to establish RACT requirements in the SIP in accordance with the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; VOC and NOX
Document Number: 05-6371
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-03-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA proposes to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the purpose of establishing and requiring reasonably available control technology (RACT) for eleven major sources of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and nitrogen oxides (NOX). In the Final Rules section of this Federal Register, EPA is approving the State's SIP submittal as a direct final rule without prior proposal because the Agency views this as a noncontroversial submittal and anticipates no adverse comments. A detailed rationale for the approval is set forth in the direct final rule. If no adverse comments are received in response to this action, no further activity is contemplated. If EPA receives adverse comments, the direct final rule will be withdrawn and all public comments received will be addressed in a subsequent final rule based on this proposed rule. EPA will not institute a second comment period. Any parties interested in commenting on this action should do so at this time.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Missouri
Document Number: 05-6370
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-03-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve an amendment to the statewide NOX rule for the state of Missouri. This document summarizes the changes to the rule. This rule is a critical element in the state's plan to maintain the 1-hour ozone standard in the St. Louis maintenance area and will help reduce ozone concentrations in the area in the future. This action is necessary to begin the process of incorporating the amended rule into Missouri's ozone SIP.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans and Operating Permits Program; State of Nebraska
Document Number: 05-6369
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-03-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving revisions to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) and Operating Permits Program submitted by the state of Nebraska. These revisions provide or incorporate rules for predictive emissions monitoring (PEMS) in Chapter 34, delete obsolete footnotes from Appendix III (relating to emissions inventories for hazardous air pollutants under the state's operating permit program), correct a mistakenly worded rule in Chapter 20 (relating to process weight rates for particulate matter from certain sources), and improve understanding of Chapter 20 by consolidating the process weight rates into a single table. Approval of these revisions will ensure consistency between the state and Federally-approved rules, and ensure Federal enforceability of the state's revised air program rules.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans and Operating Permits Program; State of Nebraska
Document Number: 05-6368
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-03-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA proposes to approve revisions to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) and Operating Permits Program submitted by the state of Nebraska. These revisions provide or incorporate rules for Predictive Emissions Monitoring Systems (PEMS) in Chapter 34, delete obsolete footnotes from Appendix III (relating to emissions inventories for hazardous air pollutants under the state's operating permit program), correct a mistakenly worded rule in Chapter 20 (relating to process weight rates for particulate matter from certain sources), and improve understanding of Chapter 20 by consolidating the process weight rates into a single table. Approval of these revisions will ensure consistency between the state and Federally-approved rules, and ensure Federal enforceability of the state's revised air program rules.
Approval of Revisions and Notice of Resolution of Deficiency for Clean Air Act Operating Permit Program in Texas
Document Number: 05-6314
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving revisions to the Texas Title V operating permits program submitted by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) on December 9, 2002. In a Notice of Deficiency (NOD) published on January 7, 2002, EPA notified Texas of EPA's finding that the State's periodic monitoring regulations, compliance assurance monitoring (CAM) regulations, periodic monitoring and CAM general operating permits (GOP), statement of basis requirement, applicable requirement definition, and potential to emit (PTE) registration regulations did not meet the minimum Federal requirements of the Clean Air Act and the regulations for State operating permits pfrograms. This action approves the revisions that TCEQ submitted to correct the identified deficiencies. Today's action also approves other revisions to the Texas Title V Operating Permit Program submitted on December 9, 2002, which relate to concurrent review and credible evidence. The December 9, 2002, submittal also included revisions to the Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP). We published our final SIP approval in the Federal Register on November 14, 2003 (68 FR 64543). These revisions to Texas' operating permits program resolve all deficiencies identified in the January 7, 2002, NOD and removes the potential for any resulting consequences under the Act, including sanctions, with respect to the January 7, 2002, NOD.
Limited Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Texas; Excess Emissions During Startup, Shutdown and Malfunction Activities
Document Number: 05-6313
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This action finalizes limited approval of revisions to the Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP) concerning excess emissions for which we proposed approval on March 2, 2004. The revisions address reporting, recordkeeping, and enforcement actions for excess emissions during startup, shutdown, and malfunction (SSM) activities. This limited approval action is being taken under section 110 of the Federal Clean Air Act (the Act) to further air quality improvement by strengthening the SIP. See sections 1 and 3 of this document for more information.
Notice of Request for Proposals for Projects To Be Funded From the Water Quality Cooperative Agreement Allocation (CFDA 66.463-Water Quality Cooperative Agreements)
Document Number: 05-6300
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA Region 6 is soliciting proposals from eligible applicants interested in applying for Federal assistance for Water Quality Cooperative Agreements (WQCA) under the Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 104(b)(3). Funding is for projects conducted within the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Region 6 EPA intends to award an estimated $700,000 to eligible applicants through assistance agreements ranging in size, on average, from $40,000 up to $200,000 (Federal) for innovative projects/demonstrations/studies relating to the prevention, reduction, and elimination of water pollution. From the proposals received, EPA estimates up to 4 to 7 projects may be selected to submit full applications. The Agency reserves the right to reject all proposals and make no awards.
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan; San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District
Document Number: 05-6298
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District's portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern particulate matter emissions from agricultural operations. We are proposing to approve a local rule to regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act).
Preliminary Risk Assessments for the Contaminants of Pentachlorophenol (Hexachlorobenzene and Dioxins/Furans); Notice of Availability
Document Number: 05-6297
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of documents that were developed as part of EPA's six-phase public participation reregistration process for pentachlorophenol (PCP). The Preliminary Risk Assessment (PRA) for PCP was published in the Federal Register on November 30, 2004, with a 60-day public comment period which ended on January 31, 2005. This notice announces the availability of the PRAs for hexachlorobenzene (HCB) and dioxins/furans, which are contaminants produced during the manufacture of PCP, and opens a 60-day public comment period.
Petition to Revoke or Modify Tolerances Established for Carbaryl; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 05-6296
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is seeking public comment on a January 10, 2005, petition from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), available in docket number OPP-2005-0077, requesting that the Agency revoke, or in the alternative, modify all tolerances for the pesticide carbaryl. The petitioner, NRDC, requests this action to obtain what they believe would be proper application of the safety standards of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), section 408, as amended by the Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA) of 1996. NRDC is filing this petition in response to a Notice of Availability for the Carbaryl Interim Reregistration Eligibility Decision (IRED), published in the Federal Register on October 27, 2004. The carbaryl IRED is available on the EPA website http://www.epa.gov/edocket under docket number OPP- 2003-0376 and on the Agency's pesticide web page, http://www.epa.gov/ pesticides/reregistration/status.htm.
Board of Scientific Counselors, Computational Toxicology Subcommittee Meeting-Spring 2005
Document Number: 05-6294
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92- 463, the Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development (ORD), gives notice of a Computational Toxicology Subcommittee meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC).
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Final Authorization for Hazardous Waste Management, EPA ICR Number 0969.07, OMB Control Number 2050-0041
Document Number: 05-6293
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit a continuing Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This is a request an existing approved collection. This ICR is scheduled to expire on July 31, 2005. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Iowa
Document Number: 05-6292
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA proposes to approve a revision to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the state of Iowa. The purpose of this revision is to approve the 2004 update to the Polk County Board of Health Rules and Regulations, Chapter V, Air Pollution. These revisions will help to ensure consistency between the applicable local agency rules and Federally-approved rules, and ensure Federal enforceability of the applicable parts of the local agency air programs.
Approval and Promulgation of State Implementation Plans; State of Iowa
Document Number: 05-6291
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA proposes to approve a revision to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the state of Iowa. The purpose of this revision is to approve the 2004 update to the Polk County Board of Health Rules and Regulations, Chapter V, Air Pollution. These revisions will help to ensure consistency between the applicable local agency rules and Federally-approved rules, and ensure Federal enforceability of the applicable parts of the local agency air programs.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; NOX
Document Number: 05-6290
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA proposes to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Pennsylvania for the purpose of establishing and requiring reasonably available control technology (RACT) for four sources of nitrogen oxides (NOX) and volatile organic compounds (VOC). In the Final Rules section of this Federal Register, EPA is approving the State's SIP submittal as a direct final rule without prior proposal because the Agency views this as a noncontroversial submittal and anticipates no adverse comments. A detailed rationale for the approval is set forth in the direct final rule. If no adverse comments are received in response to this action, no further activity is contemplated. If EPA receives adverse comments, the direct final rule will be withdrawn and all public comments received will be addressed in a subsequent final rule based on this proposed rule. EPA will not institute a second comment period. Any parties interested in commenting on this action should do so at this time.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; NOX
Document Number: 05-6289
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's State Implementation Plan (SIP). The revisions were submitted by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) to establish and require reasonably available control technology (RACT) for four major sources of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and nitrogen oxides (NOX). These sources are located in Pennsylvania. EPA is approving these revisions to establish RACT requirements in the SIP in accordance with the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; State of Maryland; Revised Definition of Volatile Organic Compound
Document Number: 05-6288
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA proposes to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Maryland. The revisions update the SIP's reference to the EPA definition of volatile organic compounds (VOC). In the Final Rules section of this Federal Register, EPA is approving the State's SIP submittal as a direct final rule without prior proposal because the Agency views this as a noncontroversial submittal and anticipates no adverse comments. A detailed rationale for the approval is set forth in the direct final rule. If no adverse comments are received in response to this action, no further activity is contemplated. If EPA receives adverse comments, the direct final rule will be withdrawn and all public comments received will be addressed in a subsequent final rule based on this proposed rule. EPA will not institute a second comment period. Any parties interested in commenting on this action should do so at this time.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; State of Maryland; Revised Definition of Volatile Organic Compounds
Document Number: 05-6287
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action on revisions to the Maryland State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the Maryland Department of Environment (MDE). The revisions update the SIP's reference to the EPA definition of volatile organic compounds (VOC). EPA is approving these revisions to the State of Maryland's SIP in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; NOX
Document Number: 05-6283
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's State Implementation Plan (SIP). The revisions were submitted by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) to establish and require reasonably available control technology (RACT) for ten major sources of nitrogen oxides (NOX). These sources are located in Pennsylvania. EPA is approving these revisions to establish RACT requirements in the SIP in accordance with the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; NOX
Document Number: 05-6282
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA proposes to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the purpose of establishing and requiring reasonably available control technology (RACT) for ten major sources of nitrogen oxides (NOX). In the Final Rules section of this Federal Register, EPA is approving the State's SIP submittal as a direct final rule without prior proposal because the Agency views this as a noncontroversial submittal and anticipates no adverse comments. A detailed rationale for the approval is set forth in the direct final rule. If no adverse comments are received in response to this action, no further activity is contemplated. If EPA receives adverse comments, the direct final rule will be withdrawn and all public comments received will be addressed in a subsequent final rule based on this proposed rule. EPA will not institute a second comment period. Any parties interested in commenting on this action should do so at this time.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; VOC and NOX
Document Number: 05-6281
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA proposes to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to establish and require reasonably available control technology (RACT) for five major sources of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and nitrogen oxides (NOX). In the Final Rules section of this Federal Register, EPA is approving the Commonwealth's SIP submittal as a direct final rule without prior proposal because the Agency views this as a noncontroversial submittal and anticipates no adverse comments. A detailed rationale for the approval is set forth in the direct final rule. If no adverse comments are received in response to this action, no further activity is contemplated. If EPA receives adverse comments, the direct final rule will be withdrawn and all public comments received will be addressed in a subsequent final rule based on this proposed rule. EPA will not institute a second comment period. Any parties interested in commenting on this action should do so at this time.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; VOC and NOX
Document Number: 05-6280
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's State Implementation Plan (SIP). The revisions were submitted by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) to establish and require reasonably available control technology (RACT) for five major sources of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and nitrogen oxides (NOX). These sources are located in Pennsylvania. EPA is approving these revisions to establish RACT requirements in the SIP in accordance with the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Animal Feeding Operations Consent Agreement and Final Order
Document Number: 05-6279
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On January 31, 2005 (70 FR 4958), EPA announced an opportunity for animal feeding operations (AFOs) to sign a voluntary consent agreement and final order (air compliance agreement). This supplemental notice announces an extension to the signup period for the consent agreement and final order, as well as the reopening of the public comment period.
National Advisory Committee for Acute Exposure Guideline Levels for Hazardous Substances; Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: 05-6183
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
A meeting of the National Advisory Committee for Acute Exposure Guideline Levels for Hazardous Substances (NAC/AEGL Committee) will be held on April 12-14, 2005, in Research Triangle Park, NC. At this meeting, the NAC/AEGL Committee will address, as time permits, the various aspects of the acute toxicity and the development of Acute Exposure Guideline Levels (AEGLs) for the following chemicals: Acetone, acrylic acid, allyl alchohol, aluminum phosphide, ammonia, bis- chloromethyl ether, carbon tetrachloride, chloroform, chloromethyl methyl ether, diketene, epichlorohydrin, hexafluoroacetone, iron pentacarbonyl, methanol, methyl chlorosilane, methyl dichlorosilane, methyl t-butyl ether, nitrogen mustard bis(2-chloroethyl) ethylamine, nitrogen mustard bis(2-chloroethyl)methyl amine, nitrogen mustard tris(2-chloroethyl)amine, sulfur dioxide.
Pesticides and National Strategies for Health Care Providers; Notice of Funds Availability; Correction
Document Number: 05-6182
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA issued a notice in the Federal Register of February 9, 2005, announcing that EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) is soliciting proposals to provide financial assistance to continue an effort to improve the training of health care providers in recognition, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of pesticide poisonings among those who work with pesticides. This document is being issued to correct a date error.
Imazamethabenz-methyl; Tolerance Reassessment Decision for Low Risk Pesticide; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 05-6045
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's Tolerance Reassessment Decision (TRED) for the pesticide imazamethabenz-methyl, and opens a public comment period on this document, related risk assessments, and other support documents. EPA has reviewed the low risk pesticide imazamethabenz-methyl through a modified, streamlined version of the public participation process that the Agency uses to involve the public in developing pesticide tolerance reassessment and reregistration decisions. Through the tolerance reassessment program, EPA is ensuring that all pesticides meet current health and food safety standards.
Tributyltin Methacrylate; Product Cancellation Order; Correction
Document Number: 05-6044
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA issued a notice in the Federal Register of February 16, 2005, announcing the cancellation of a registration for a product containing tributyltin methacrylate, EPA Registration No. 44891-6. This notice announces an amendment to the February 16, 2005 notice and cancellation order to correct the effective date of the cancellation order.
Issuance of an Experimental Use Permit
Document Number: 05-6043
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has granted an experimental use permit (EUP) to the following pesticide applicant. An EUP permits use of a pesticide for experimental or research purposes only in accordance with the limitations in the permit.
Ethofumesate Risk Assessments; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 05-5725
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's risk assessments, and related documents for the benzofuranyl alkylsulfonate pesticide ethofumesate, and opens a public comment period on these documents. The public also is encouraged to suggest risk management ideas or proposals to address the risks identified. EPA is developing a Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) for ethofumesate through a modified, 4-Phase public participation process that the Agency uses to involve the public in developing pesticide reregistration and tolerance reassessment decisions. Through these programs, EPA is ensuring that all pesticides meet current health and safety standards.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; VOC RACT Determinations for Eleven Individual Sources
Document Number: 05-6199
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-03-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's State Implementation Plan (SIP). The revisions were submitted by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) to establish and require reasonably available control technology (RACT) for eleven major sources of volatile organic compounds (VOC). These sources are located in Pennsylvania. EPA is approving these revisions to establish RACT requirements in the SIP in accordance with the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; VOC RACT Determinations for Eleven Individual Sources
Document Number: 05-6198
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-03-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA proposes to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the purpose of establishing and requiring reasonably available control technology (RACT) for eleven major sources of volatile organic compounds (VOC). In the Final Rules section of this Federal Register, EPA is approving the State's SIP submittal as a direct final rule without prior proposal because the Agency views this as a noncontroversial submittal and anticipates no adverse comments. A detailed rationale for the approval is set forth in the direct final rule. If no adverse comments are received in response to this action, no further activity is contemplated. If EPA receives adverse comments, the direct final rule will be withdrawn and all public comments received will be addressed in a subsequent final rule based on this proposed rule. EPA will not institute a second comment period. Any parties interested in commenting on this action should do so at this time.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Texas; Revisions To Control Volatile Organic Compound Emissions
Document Number: 05-6197
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-03-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions. The revisions pertain to regulations to control volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from solvent degreasing processes, cutback asphalt, and motor vehicle fuel dispensing facilities. The control of VOC emissions will help to attain and maintain national ambient air quality standards for ozone in Texas. This approval will make the revised regulations Federally enforceable.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Texas; Revisions To Control Volatile Organic Compound Emissions
Document Number: 05-6196
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-03-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions. The revisions pertain to regulations to control volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from solvent degreasing processes, cutback asphalt, and motor vehicle fuel dispensing facilities. The revisions are consistent with requirements for Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) and also expand the coverage to the Early Action Compact (EAC) areas of Austin-San Marcos and San Antonio. We are approving the revisions pursuant to sections 110, 116 and part D of the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA). The control of VOC emissions will help to attain and maintain the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for ozone in Texas. This approval will make the revised regulations Federally enforceable.
Clean Air Act Operating Permit Program; Petitions for Objection to State Operating Permits for Four San Francisco Bay Area Refineries: Chevron Products Company, ConocoPhillips Company, Tesoro Refining and Marketing Co., and Valero Refining Co.
Document Number: 05-6195
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces that the EPA Administrator has responded to five citizen petitions requesting EPA to object to operating permits issued to four facilities by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD). The Administrator has (1) denied in full a petition submitted by Plumbers and Steamfitters Union Local 342, Heat and Frost Insulators/Asbestos Workers Local 16, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 302, the Boilermakers Union Local 549 and the Laborers Union Local 324 (Unions) requesting that the Administrator object to the state operating permit issued to Chevron Products Company (Chevron) in Richmond, California; (2) partially granted and partially denied two petitions submitted by Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) requesting that the Administrator object to the state operating permits issued to Chevron in Richmond, California, and ConocoPhillips Company (Conoco) in Rodeo, California; and (3) partially granted and partially denied two petitions submitted by Our Children's Earth Foundation (OCE) requesting that the Administrator object to the state operating permits issued to Tesoro Refining and Marketing Co. (Tesoro) in Martinez, California, and Valero Refining Co. in Benicia, California (Valero). Pursuant to section 505(b)(2) of the Clean Air Act (Act), the petitioners may seek judicial review of any portion of the petitions which EPA denied in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Any petition for review shall be filed within 60 days from the date this notice appears in the Federal Register, pursuant to section 307 of the Act.
Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health Act
Document Number: 05-6194
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health (BEACH) Act, signed into law on October 10, 2000, amended the Clean Water Act (CWA), to incorporate provisions to reduce the risk of illness to users of the Nation's recreational waters. Section 406(b) of the CWA, as amended by the BEACH Act, authorizes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to award program development and implementation grants to eligible States, Territories, Tribes, and local governments to support microbiological testing and monitoring of coastal recreation waters, including the Great Lakes, that are adjacent to beaches or similar points of access used by the public. BEACH Act grants also support development and implementation of programs to notify the public of the potential exposure to disease-causing microorganisms in coastal recreation waters. EPA encourages coastal States and Territories to apply for BEACH Act grants for program implementation (referred to as implementation grants) to implement effective and comprehensive coastal recreation water monitoring and public notification programs. EPA also encourages coastal Tribes to apply for BEACH Act grants for program development (referred to as development grants) to develop effective and comprehensive coastal recreation water monitoring and public notification programs.
Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of Upcoming Teleconferences of the Advisory Council on Clean Air Compliance Analysis and its Ecological Effects Subcommittee
Document Number: 05-6193
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the Ecological Effects Subcommittee (EES) of the Advisory Council on Clean Air Compliance Analysis (Council). The EES will meet to discuss its draft advisory report in response to EPA's charge questions related to the Agency's Benefits and Costs of the Clean Air Act, Revised Analytic Plan for EPA's Second Prospective Analysis, 1990-2020. The chartered Council will subsequently meet to review the draft advisory of the EES and consider it for approval and transmittal to the EPA Administrator.
Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of an Upcoming Meeting of the Science Advisory Board Ecological Processes and Effects Committee
Document Number: 05-6192
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the SAB Ecological Processes and Effects Committee.
Revision of December 2000 Regulatory Finding on the Emissions of Hazardous Air Pollutants From Electric Utility Steam Generating Units and the Removal of Coal- and Oil-Fired Electric Utility Steam Generating Units From the Section 112(c) List
Document Number: 05-6037
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-03-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is revising the regulatory finding that it issued in December 2000 pursuant to section 112(n)(1)(A) of the Clean Air Act (CAA), and based on that revision, removing coal- and oil-fired electric utility steam generating units (``coal- and oil-fired Utility Units'') from the CAA section 112(c) source category list. Section 112(n)(1)(A) of the CAA is the threshold statutory provision underlying today's action. That provision requires EPA to conduct a study to examine the hazards to public health that are reasonably anticipated to occur as the result of hazardous air pollutant (HAP) emissions from Utility Units after imposition of the requirements of the CAA. The provision also provides that EPA shall regulate Utility Units under section 112, but only if the Administrator determines that such regulation is both ``appropriate'' and ``necessary'' considering, among other things, the results of the study. EPA completed the study in 1998 (the Utility Study), and in December 2000 found that it was ``appropriate and necessary'' to regulate coal- and oil-fired Utility Units under CAA section 112. That December 2000 finding focused primarily on mercury (Hg) emissions from coal-fired Utility Units. In light of the finding, EPA in December 2000 announced its decision to list coal- and oil-fired Utility Units on the section 112(c) list of regulated source categories. In January 2004, EPA proposed revising the December 2000 appropriate and necessary finding and, based on that revision, removing coal- and oil-fired Utility Units from the section 112(c) list. By this action, we are revising the December 2000 appropriate and necessary finding and concluding that it is neither appropriate nor necessary to regulate coal- and oil-fired Utility Units under section 112. We are taking this action because we now believe that the December 2000 finding lacked foundation and because recent information demonstrates that it is not appropriate or necessary to regulate coal- and oil-fired Utility Units under section 112. Based solely on the revised finding, we are removing coal- and oil-fired Utility Units from the section 112(c) list. The reasons supporting this action are described in detail below. Other actions related to this final rule include the recent promulgation of the final Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) and the final Clean Air Mercury Rule (CAMR).
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Texas; Post 1996 Rate-of-Progress Plan, Adjustments to the 1990 Base Year Emissions Inventory, and Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets for the Dallas/Fort Worth Ozone Nonattainment Area
Document Number: 05-6042
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-03-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision for the State of Texas. This revision includes the Post 1996 Rate-of- Progress (ROP) plan, adjustments to the 1990 base year emissions inventory, and ROP Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets for the Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) ozone nonattainment area. This plan shows planned emission reductions required by the Clean Air Act (Act) from 1996 to 1999 to improve air quality in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area. The reductions are from the 1990 base year emissions inventory. The adjustments to the 1990 base year emissions inventory improve that inventory. The Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets are used for determining conformity of transportation projects to the SIP. This action satisfies the Act's requirements for a serious ozone nonattainment area's Post 1996 Rate- of-Progress requirements and approves the Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets under the Rate-of-Progress Plan.
South Carolina: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revisions
Document Number: 05-6041
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-03-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
South Carolina has applied to EPA for Final authorization of the changes to its hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). EPA proposes to grant final authorization to South Carolina. In the ``Rules and Regulations'' section of this Federal Register, EPA is authorizing the changes by an immediate final rule. EPA did not make a proposal prior to the immediate final rule because we believe this action is not controversial and do not expect comments that oppose it. We have explained the reasons for this authorization in the preamble to the immediate final rule. Unless we get written comments which oppose this authorization during the comment period, the immediate final rule will become effective on the date it establishes, and we will not take further action on this proposal. If we get comments that oppose this action, we will withdraw the immediate final rule and it will not take effect. We will then respond to public comments in a later final rule based on this proposal. You may not have another opportunity for comment. If you want to comment on this action, you must do so at this time.
South Carolina: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revision
Document Number: 05-6040
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-03-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
South Carolina has applied to EPA for Final authorization of the changes to its hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). EPA has determined that these changes satisfy all requirements needed to qualify for Final authorization, and is authorizing the State's changes through this immediate final action. EPA is publishing this rule to authorize the changes without a prior proposal because we believe this action is not controversial and do not expect comments that oppose it. Unless we get written comments which oppose this authorization during the comment period, the decision to authorize South Carolina's changes to their hazardous waste program will take effect. If we get comments that oppose this action, we will publish a document in the Federal Register withdrawing this rule before it takes effect and a separate document in the proposed rules section of this Federal Register will serve as a proposal to authorize the changes.
Proposed Consent Decree, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
Document Number: 05-6039
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with section 113(g) of the Clean Air Act, as amended (``Act'' or ``CAA''), 42 U.S.C. 7413(g), notice is hereby given of a proposed consent decree, to address a lawsuit filed by Environmental Defense and American Lung Association (jointly referred to as the ``Plaintiffs''): Environmental Defense and American Lung Association v. Johnson, No. 1:05CV00493 (D.D.C.). On March 10, 2005, the Plaintiffs filed a complaint to compel EPA to make a determination as to whether each state has submitted state implementation plans (``SIPs'') required by section 110(a) of the CAA for the national ambient air quality standards for fine particles (``PM-2.5 NAAQS'') and for ozone (``8-hour ozone NAAQS'') (jointly referred to as the ``1997 NAAQS'').
Notice of Availability: Draft NPDES Permit for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations for Puerto Rico
Document Number: 05-6038
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Today's notice makes available for public comment the draft NPDES Permit for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations for Puerto Rico for public review and comment. This draft permit is being published to meet one of EPA's key action items in the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations Regulationsto issue NPDES permits to reduce risk to water quality and human health from animal feeding operations by December 2006. Please note that this Draft Permit for CAFOs in Puerto Rico has been sent to Public Notice in both an English and a Spanish Newspaper in Puerto Rico for a period of 60 days. The Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) General Permit is a single permit which covers all CAFOs that apply for coverage in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Consequently, those CAFOs which are covered by the General Permit will have identical permit language and requirements. Unique facility-specific requirements will be similarly referenced in the permit. The facility-specific requirements are found in the Puerto Rico Environmental Quality Board's regulations for Animal Feeding Operations and detailed in an Agricultural Waste Management Plan (AWMP). The AWMP is a requirement for all CAFOs. For Puerto Rico the AWMP is synonymous with a Residuals Management System. Only Animal Feeding Operations (AFOs) which meet the definition of a CAFO are eligible to apply for coverage under the General Permit. AFOs which do not meet the definition are not eligible to be covered under the General Permit. To determine if your operation is a CAFO, see 40 CFR 122.23 (4) and (6) as well as Part VII of the Definitions section of the General Permit. In addition, facilities can be designated as CAFOs on a case by case basis. EPA believes that comments from a wide range of interested stakeholders is important to produce a final permit that will help EPA achieve the goal of reducing risk to water quality and human health from animal feeding operations. EPA is interested in receiving comments from reviewers of the draft NPDES Permit for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations for Puerto Rico, and will carefully consider this input as it prepares a final permit.
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: 05-5934
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA expressed environmental concerns about the proposed project's cumulative and indirect impacts. ERP No. D-COE-B09801-MA Rating 3, Cape Wind Energy Project, Construct and Operate 130 Wind Turbine Generators on Horseshoe Shoal in Nantucket Sound, MA. Summary: EPA commented that the information and analysis provided in the Draft EIS was inadequate, noting that the DEIS does not provide enough information to fully characterize baseline environmental conditions, the environmental impacts of the project, and alternatives that avoid or minimize those impacts. ERP No. D-COE-G32057-TX Rating LO, Cedar Bayou Navigation Channel (CBNC) Improvements Project, Implementation, Near Baytown in Harris and Chambers Counties, TX. Summary: EPA had no objections to the proposed alternative. ERP No. D-SFW-K99034-CA Rating EC2, Coachella Valley Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan (MSHCP), Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains Trails Plan, Issuance of Incidental Take Permits, Riverside County, CA. Summary: EPA expressed environmental concerns about water and air quality impacts, and requested additional information regarding consultation with tribal governments, environmental justice issues, enforcement of the Plan, and impacts to cultural resources and migratory birds. ERP No. DS-NPS-K65325-CA Rating LO, Merced Wild and Scenic River Revised Comprehensive Management Plan, Amend and Supplement Information, Yosemite National Park, El Portal Administrative Site, Tuolume, Merced, Mono, Mariposa and Madera Counties, CA. Summary: EPA has no objections to the preferred alternative. However, EPA requests that the Park Service consider additional protection measures for the exceptional cultural resources in El Portal when delineating and zoning the river boundary.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 05-5933
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-03-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency