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

Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 05-8613
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: 05-8612
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has no objections to the proposed project.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; NOX
Document Number: 05-8610
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-04-29
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 the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division Ship Systems Engineering Station (NSWCCD-SSES), a major source of nitrous oxide (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 If EPA receives adverse comments, the direct final rule will be withdrawn and all public comments received will be addressed in a subsequent final rule based on this proposed rule.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; NOX
Document Number: 05-8609
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-04-29
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 the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Caderock Division Ship Systems Engineering Station (NSWCCD- SSES), a major source of nitrogen oxides (NOX). This source is located in Pennsylvania. The EPA is approving this revision to establish RACT requirements in the SIP in accordance with the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Virginia; Minor Revisions to the Fugitive Dust and Waiver Requirements
Document Number: 05-8606
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-04-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve a revision to the Virginia State Implementation Plan (SIP). The revision removes oil application as an acceptable alternative fugitive dust emissions reduction method, due to an existing prohibition of oil application, on land, found in the Virginia statute. In addition, the revision changes a specific reference from ``Executive Director'' to ``Director.'' EPA is approving these minor revisions to Virginia's regulations in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Virginia; Minor Revisions to the Fugitive Dust and Waiver Requirements
Document Number: 05-8605
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-04-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA proposes to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Virginia to remove the application of oil as an acceptable alternative fugitive dust emissions reduction method, due to an existing prohibition on oil application, on land, found in the Virginia statute. In addition, the revision changes a specific reference from ``Executive Director'' to ``Director''. 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 Plan for the Control of Designated Pollutants; Maine; Total Reduced Sulfur From Existing Kraft Pulp Mills
Document Number: 05-8603
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-04-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is approving a revision to Maine's plan for controlling air pollution under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act (``111(d) plan''). This revision to Maine's regulations at Chapter 124, ``Total Reduced Sulfur Control From Kraft Pulp Mills'' (``Chapter 124''), extends the compliance date for existing brownstock washers to April 17, 2007. This action is being taken in accordance with section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act (``CAA'').
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plan; Wisconsin
Document Number: 05-8598
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-04-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On August 29, 2003, EPA published a final rule approving the emission averaging program for existing sources subject to the state's rule limiting oxides of nitrogen (NOX) emissions in southeast Wisconsin. On November 10, 2004 (69 FR 65069), EPA published a direct final rule approving a revision to the state rule that modifies language to clarify which sources are eligible to participate in the NOX emission averaging program. In addition, the revision creates a separate categorical emission limit for new combustion turbines burning biologically derived gaseous fuels. On November 10, 2004 (69 FR 65117), EPA also published a proposed rule on this revision. The direct final rule stated that if EPA received an adverse comment, EPA would withdraw the direct final rule and address all public comments received in a subsequent final rule based on the proposed rule. EPA received an adverse comment and withdrew the direct final rule on January 10, 2005 (70 FR 1663). This rule responds to the comment received and announces EPA's final action.
Certain New Chemicals; Receipt and Status Information
Document Number: 05-8596
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Section 5 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requires any person who intends to manufacture (defined by statute to include import) a new chemical (i.e., a chemical not on the TSCA Inventory) to notify EPA and comply with the statutory provisions pertaining to the manufacture of new chemicals. Under sections 5(d)(2) and 5(d)(3) of TSC, EPA is required to publish a notice of receipt of a premanufacture notice (PMN) or an application for a test marketing exemption (TME), and to publish periodic status reports on the chemicals under review and the receipt of notices of commencement to manufacture those chemicals. This status report, which covers the period from April 6, 2005 to April 13, 2005, consists of the PMNs pending or expired, and the notices of commencement to manufacture a new chemical that the Agency has received under TSCA section 5 during this time period.
Notice of Tentative Approval and Solicitation of Request for a Public Hearing for Public Water System Supervision Program Revisions for the State of West Virginia
Document Number: 05-8595
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given in accordance with the provision of section 1413 of the Safe Drinking Water Act, as amended, and the requirements governing the National Primary Drinking Water Regulations Implementation, 40 CFR part 142, that the State of West Virginia is revising its approved Public Water System Supervision Program. West Virginia has adopted the Arsenic and Clarifications to Compliance and New Source Contaminants Monitoring Rule (the Arsenic Rule) that requires community and non-transient non-community water systems to comply with the revised arsenic maximum contaminant level of 0.010 mg/ L. EPA has determined that these revisions, all effective April 29, 2004, are no less stringent than the corresponding Federal regulations. Therefore, EPA has decided to tentatively approve these program revisions. All interested parties are invited to submit written comments on this determination and may request a public hearing.
Tribal Pesticide and Special Projects; Request for Proposals
Document Number: 05-8611
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP), in coordination with the EPA regional offices, is soliciting pesticide and special project proposals from eligible Tribes, Alaska native villages, and intertribal consortia for fiscal year (FY) 2005 funding. Under this program, cooperative agreement awards will provide financial assistance to eligible Tribal governments, Alaska native village governments, or intertribal consortia to carry out projects that assess or reduce risks to human health and the environment from pesticide exposure. The total amount of funding available for award in FY 2005 is expected to be approximately $445,000, with a maximum funding level of $50,000 per project.
Bacillus thuringiensis VIP3A Protein and the Genetic Material Necessary for its Production; Temporary Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: 05-8530
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-04-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an extension of the temporary exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of Bacillus thuringiensis VIP3A protein and the genetic material necessary for its production on cotton when applied/used as a plant-incorporated protectant. Syngenta Seeds submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), as amended by the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 (FQPA), requesting this extension. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of Bacillus thuringiensis VIP3A protein and the genetic material necessary for its production on cotton. The temporary tolerance exemption will expire on May 1, 2006.
California State Motor Vehicle Pollution Control Standards; Notice of Within-the-Scope Determination for Amendments to California's Low Emission Vehicle Standards (“LEV II”)
Document Number: 05-8529
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) requested that EPA confirm CARB's finding that two sets of follow-up amendments to its LEV II regulations, which were approved by the CARB Board on November 15, 2001 and December 12, 2002, respectively, are within-the-scope of an existing EPA waiver of federal preemption. In a separate request, CARB requested EPA to grant a full waiver for a particular provision contained in one of these sets of LEV II amendments, and thus to not include that provision as part of the within-the-scope request. EPA in this notice has made the requested confirmation that the amendments in CARB's within-the-scope request are within-the-scope of the existing waiver. EPA will in a subsequent Federal Register notice consider the request for a full waiver for the separate provision.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maine; Low Emission Vehicle Program
Document Number: 05-8528
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-04-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Maine on February 25, 2004 and December 9, 2004 which includes the Maine Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) Program. It was proposed for approval on January 24, 2005 (70 FR 3335). EPA received an adverse comment on the proposal, which is addressed in this action. The regulations adopted by Maine include the California LEV I light-duty motor vehicle emission standards beginning with model year 2001, the California LEV II light-duty motor vehicle emission standards effective in model year 2004, the California LEV I medium-duty standards effective in model year 2003, and the smog index label specification effective model year 2002. The Maine LEV regulation submitted does not include any zero emission vehicle (ZEV) requirements. Maine has adopted these revisions to reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and nitrogen oxides (NOX) in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA). In addition, they have worked to ensure that their program is identical to California's, as required by section 177 of the CAA. The intended effect of this action is to approve the Maine LEV program. This action is being taken under section 110 of the Clean Air Act.
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List
Document Number: 05-8527
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-04-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2 Office announces the deletion of the Syosset Landfill Superfund Site, in the Town of Oyster Bay, Nassau County, New York from the National Priorities List (NPL). The NPL is appendix B to the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP), 40 CFR part 300, which EPA promulgated pursuant to section 105 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA), as amended. EPA and the State of New York, through the Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), have determined that responsible parties or other persons have implemented all appropriate response actions required. In addition, EPA and the NYSDEC have determined that the remedial measures taken at the Syosset Landfill Site protect public health, welfare, and the environment.
Draft of the Causal Analysis/Diagnosis Decision Information System (CADDIS) E-Docket No. ORD-2005-0001
Document Number: 05-8442
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing that Versar Inc., an EPA contractor for external scientific peer review, will convene a panel of experts and organize and conduct an external peer-review workshop to review the external review draft Web site titled ``Causal Analysis/Diagnosis Decision Information System.'' The EPA is also announcing a 30-day public review and comment period for the draft Web site. The CADDIS Web site was developed and prepared by EPA's National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA), in the Office of Research and Development (ORD). NCEA will consider public comment submissions in revising the Web site.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Virginia; NOX
Document Number: 05-8441
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-04-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Commonwealth of Virginia's State Implementation Plan (SIP). The revisions were submitted by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VADEQ) to establish and require reasonably available control technology (RACT) for four major sources of nitrogen oxides (NOX). These sources are located in the Western Virginia Emissions Control Area. 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; Virginia; NOX
Document Number: 05-8440
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-04-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA proposes to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Virginia to establish and require reasonably available control technology (RACT) for four major sources of 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.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Vehicle Service Information Web Site Audit EPA ICR Number 2181.01
Document Number: 05-8439
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-27
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 proposed Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This is a request for a new collection. 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.
Central Characterization Project Waste Characterization Program Documents Applicable to Transuranic Radioactive Waste From Los Alamos National Laboratory Proposed for Disposal at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant
Document Number: 05-8438
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-04-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of, and soliciting public comments for 30 days on, Department of Energy (DOE) documents applicable to characterization by the Central Characterization Project (CCP) of transuranic (TRU) radioactive waste at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) proposed for disposal at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). The documents are available for review in the public dockets listed in ADDRESSES. We will consider public comments received on or before the due date mentioned in DATES. In accordance with EPA's WIPP Compliance Criteria, we conducted an inspection of the Central Characterization Project (CCP) at LANL to verify that, using the systems and processes developed as part of the DOE Carlsbad Office's CCP, DOE can characterize TRU waste consistent with the Compliance Criteria. EPA performed this inspection the week of April 11, 2005. This notice of the inspection and comment period accords with 40 CFR 194.8.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Virginia; Revision Establishing the Western Virginia VOC and NOX
Document Number: 05-8437
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-04-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve a revision to the Commonwealth of Virginia State Implementation Plan (SIP) establishing a new volatile organic compound (VOC) and nitrogen oxide (NOX) emissions control area. This new area, entitled, the Western Virginia Emissions Control Area, consists of the City of Winchester and Frederick County, Roanoke County, Botetourt County, Roanoke City, and Salem City. EPA is also approving a revision to provide the enabling authority to implement NOX Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) in the affected areas. EPA is approving this revision in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Virginia; Revision Establishing the Western Virginia VOC and NOX
Document Number: 05-8436
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-04-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA proposes to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Virginia establishing a new volatile organic compound (VOC) and nitrogen oxide (NOX) emissions control area. This new area, entitled, the Western Virginia Emissions Control Area, consists of the City of Winchester and Frederick County which comprise the Northern Shenandoah Valley Ozone Early Action Compact area (EAC), and Roanoke County, Botetourt County, Roanoke City, and Salem City, which comprise the Roanoke EAC. EPA is also proposing to approve the enabling authority to implement NOX Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) in the affected areas. 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 more detailed description of the state submittal and EPA's evaluation are included in a Technical Support Document (TSD) prepared in support of this rulemaking action. A copy of the TSD is available, upon request, from the EPA Regional Office listed in the ADDRESSES section of this document. 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.
Workshop on How to Report for the 2006 Inventory Update Rule (IUR) Information Collection; Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: 05-8385
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA will be holding a public workshop in Phoenix, Arizona to provide training for affected parties responsible for reporting during the 2006 Inventory Update Rule (IUR) information collection. This workshop will focus on the 2006 instructions for reporting. The instructions for reporting were revised in response to amendments to 40 CFR part 710 promulgated on January 7, 2003 (68 FR 847) (FRL-6767-4). This workshop is open to the public.
Trifluralin; Pesticide Tolerance
Document Number: 05-8384
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-04-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes a tolerance for residues of trifluralin in spearmint and peppermint oil under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), as amended by the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 (FQPA). The FQPA substantially rewrote section 408 of FFDCA. As a result, the revisions made it necessary, once again, to establish tolerances for mint oils that had previously been deemed unnecessary.
Ethoprop; Products Cancellation Order
Document Number: 05-8383
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces EPA's order for the cancellations, voluntarily requested by the registrant and accepted by the Agency, of the following products containing the pesticide ethoprop, pursuant to section 6(f)(1) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended. This cancellation order follows a February 5, 2003 Federal Register Notice of Receipt of Requests to voluntarily cancel certain Pesticide Registrations. In the February 5, 2003 Federal Register Notice, EPA indicated that it would issue an order implementing the cancellations, unless the Agency received substantive comments within the 180-day comment period that would merit its further review of these requests, or unless the registrant withdrew their request within the period. The Agency did not receive any comments on the Notice. Further, the registrant did not withdraw their request. Accordingly, EPA hereby issues in this notice a cancellation order granting the requested cancellations. Any distribution, sale, or use of the ethoprop products subject to this cancellation order is permitted only in accordance with the terms of this order, including any existing stocks provisions.
MGK 264 Risk Assessments; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 05-8382
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's human health and environmental fate and effects risk assessments and related documents for the insecticide synergist pesticide N- Octyl bicycloheptene dicarboximide (MGK 264), and opens a public comment period on these documents. EPA is developing a Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED), for MGK 264 through the full, 6-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.
Ferbam Risk Assessments; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 05-8381
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's risk assessments, and related documents for the pesticide ferbam, 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 ferbam 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.
Thiram; Notice of Receipt of Request to Amend to Terminate Uses of Certain Pesticide Registrations
Document Number: 05-8380
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with section 6(f)(1) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended, EPA is issuing a notice of receipt of a request by the registrant to voluntarily terminate use of certain products containing the pesticide thiram. The request would terminate thiram use in or on apples. The request would not terminate the last thiram product registered for use in the U.S. EPA intends to grant this request at the close of the comment period for this announcement unless the Agency receives substantive comments within the comment period that would merit its further review of the request, or unless the registrant withdraws their request within this period. Upon acceptance of this request, any sale, distribution, or use of products listed in this notice will be permitted only if such sale, distribution, or use is consistent with the terms as described in the final order.
Pyrethrins Risk Assessments; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 05-8379
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's human health and environmental fate and effects risk assessments and related documents for the insecticide pyrethrins, and opens a public comment period on these documents. EPA is developing a Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) for pyrethrins through the full, 6-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.
Piperonyl Butoxide Risk Assessments; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 05-8378
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's human health and environmental fate and effects risk assessments and related documents for the insecticide synergist pesticide piperonyl butoxide, and opens a public comment period on these documents. EPA is developing a Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) for piperonyl butoxide through the full, 6-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.
FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: 05-8377
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
There will be a 2-day meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) to consider and review carbamate dietary exposure assessment incorporating cholinesterase recovery into CARES-compatible modules.
Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee and Consumer Pesticide Label Improvement Work Group; Notice of Public Meetings
Document Number: 05-8326
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, EPA gives notice of a public meeting of the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) on May 11, and 12, 2005. A draft agenda has been developed and is posted on EPA's web site. Agenda topics will include: Environmental Indicators and Results; Worker Safety Activities; Endangered Species; a report from PPDC's Registration Review Work Group and the PRIA (Pesticide Registration Improvement Act) Process Improvements Work Group; program updates on Registration, Reregistration/Tolerance Reassessment, Fumigants, Human Studies, Mosquito Labeling, Spray Drift, Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), and Data Requirements for Registration (40 CFR part 158). The PPDC Consumer Pesticide Label Improvement Work Group will meet on May 12, 2005. An agenda for this meeting has been developed and is posted on EPA's website.
Phenmedipham; Reregistration Eligibility Decision for Low Risk Pesticide; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 05-8325
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) for the pesticide phenmedipham, and opens a public comment period on this document, related risk assessments, and other support documents. EPA has reviewed the low risk pesticide phenmedipham through a modified, streamlined version of the 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.
National Priorities List for Uncontrolled Hazardous Waste Sites, Proposed Rule No. 42
Document Number: 05-8322
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-04-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (``CERCLA'' or ``the Act''), as amended, requires that the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (``NCP'') include a list of national priorities among the known releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants throughout the United States. The National Priorities List (``NPL'') constitutes this list. The NPL is intended primarily to guide the Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA'' or ``the Agency'') in determining which sites warrant further investigation. These further investigations will allow EPA to assess the nature and extent of public health and environmental risks associated with the site and to determine what CERCLA-financed remedial action(s), if any, may be appropriate. This rule proposes seven new sites to the NPL; all to the General Superfund Section of the NPL.
National Priorities List for Uncontrolled Hazardous Waste Sites
Document Number: 05-8321
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-04-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (``CERCLA'' or ``the Act''), as amended, requires that the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (``NCP'') include a list of national priorities among the known releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants throughout the United States. The National Priorities List (``NPL'') constitutes this list. The NPL is intended primarily to guide the Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA'' or ``the Agency'') in determining which sites warrant further investigation. These further investigations will allow EPA to assess the nature and extent of public health and environmental risks associated with the site and to determine what CERCLA-financed remedial action(s), if any, may be appropriate. This rule adds ten new sites to the General Superfund Section of the NPL.
Inert Ingredients; Proposal to Revoke Pesticide Tolerance Exemptions for Three CFC Chemicals
Document Number: 05-8186
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-04-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to revoke exemptions from the requirement of a tolerance for three inert ingredients (dichlorodifluoromethane, dichlorotetrafluoroethane, and trichlorofluoromethane) because these substances are no longer in active Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) pesticide product registrations and/or their use in pesticide products sold in the U.S. has been prohibited under the Clean Air Act for over a decade by EPA's ban on the sale or distribution, or offer for sale or distribution in interstate commerce of certain nonessential products that contain or are manufactured with ozone depleting compounds. These ingredients are subject to reassessment by August, 2006 under section 408(q) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), as amended by the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 (FQPA). Upon the issuance of the final rule revoking the tolerance exemptions, five tolerances will be counted as ``reassessed'' for purposes of FFDCA's section 408(q).
Ethyl Parathion; Notice of Receipt of Request to Voluntarily Cancel Certain Pesticide Registrations
Document Number: 05-8185
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with section 6(f)(1) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended, EPA is issuing a notice of receipt of a request by Drexel Chemical Company to voluntarily cancel their registrations of products containing the pesticide O, O-Diethyl-O-p-nitrophenyl thiophosphate (ethyl parathion). The request would terminate the last ethyl parathion products registered in the U.S. EPA intends to grant this request at the close of the comment period for this announcement unless the Agency receives substantive comments within the comment period that would merit its further review of the request, or unless Drexel Chemical Company withdraws its request within this period. Upon acceptance of this request, any sale, distribution, or use of products listed in this notice will be canceled immediately.
Isophorone; Notice of Filing a Pesticide Petition to Establish a Tolerance for a Certain Pesticide Chemical in or on Food
Document Number: 05-8128
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the initial filing of a pesticide petition proposing the establishment of regulations for residues of a certain pesticide chemical in or on various food commodities.
Thymol; Notice of Filing a Pesticide Petition to Establish a Tolerance for a Certain Pesticide Chemicalin or on Food
Document Number: 05-8127
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the initial filing of a pesticide petition proposing the establishment of regulations for residues of a certain pesticide chemical in or on various food commodities.
Spiromesifen; Pesticide Tolerance
Document Number: 05-8120
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-04-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes a tolerance for: Primary crops for the combined residues of spiromesifen (2-oxo-3-(2,4,6-trimethylphenyl)- 1-oxaspiro[4.4]non-3-en-4-yl 3,3-dimethylbutanoate) and its enol metabolite (4-hydroxy-3-(2,4,6-trimethylphenyl)-1-oxaspiro[4.4]non-3- en-2-one), calculated as the parent compound equivalents; rotational crops for the inadvertent or indirect combined residues of spiromesifen (2-oxo-3-(2,4,6-trimethylphenyl)-1-oxaspiro[4.4]non-3-en-4-yl 3,3- dimethylbutanoate), its enol metabolite (4-hydroxy-3-(2,4,6- trimethylphenyl)-1-oxaspiro[4.4]non-3-en-2-one), and its metabolites containing the 4-hydroxymethyl moiety (4-hydroxy-3-[4-(hydroxymethyl)- 2,6-dimethylphenyl]-1-oxaspiro[4.4]non-3-en-2-one), calculated as the parent compound equivalents; and livestock commodities for the combined residues of spiromesifen (2-oxo-3-(2,4,6-trimethylphenyl)-1- oxaspiro[4.4]non-3-en-4-yl 3,3-dimethylbutanoate), and its metabolites containing the enol (4-hydroxy-3-(2,4,6-trimethylphenyl)-1- oxaspiro[4.4]non-3-en-2-one) and 4-hydroxymethyl (4-hydroxy-3-[4- (hydroxymethyl)-2,6-dimethylphenyl]-1-oxaspiro[4.4]non-3-en-2 -one) moieties, calculated as the parent compound equivalents. Bayer CropScience requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), as amended by the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 (FQPA).
Benoxacor; Partial Grant and Partial Denial of Petition, and Amendment of Tolerance to Include S-Metolachlor
Document Number: 05-8119
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-04-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is granting, in part, and denying, in part, pesticide petition 7E3489 submitted by Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc., and is amending the tolerance for benoxacor at 40 CFR 180.460 to include a reference to S-metolachlor, in addition to the existing reference to metolachlor. EPA issued a notice pursuant to section 408(d)(3) of FFDCA, 21 U.S.C. 346a(d)(3) in the Federal Register of August 3, 2003 (68 FR 46620) (FRL-7317-6) announcing the filing of a petition requesting that the tolerance expression for the inert ingredient benoxacor (safener) in 40 CFR 180.460 be amended to remove references to metolachlor and replace it with references to S-metoloachlor. Although EPA finds it is safe to add a reference to S-metolachlor to this tolerance regulation, EPA does not agree that grounds exist to remove the reference to metolachlor. Thus, EPA is granting Syngenta's petition in as far as it seeks to add the reference to S-metolachlor but is denying the request to remove metolachlor.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Revision to the Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance Program for the South Central and Northern Regions and New Safety Inspection Program Enhancements for Non-I/M Areas
Document Number: 05-8324
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-04-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This SIP revision amends Pennsylvania's prior, Federally approved enhanced vehicle inspection and maintenance (I/M) SIP, in particular to the I/M test type to apply to sixteen counties (Berks, Blair, Cambria, Centre, Cumberland, Dauphin, Erie, Lancaster, Lackawanna, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mercer, Northampton and York). Pennsylvania had previously adopted (but did not commence) a different form of testing for these counties, which EPA previously SIP-approved. Pennsylvania's revised SIP: Incorporates onboard diagnostic computer system checks for vehicles equipped with second generation onboard diagnostic systems (OBD-II) in the 8-county South Central Region (comprised of Berks, Dauphin, Cumberland, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh and York Counties); applies different I/M test requirements for the South Central Region versus the 8-county Northern Region (comprised of Blair, Cambria, Centre, Erie, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Lycoming and Mercer Counties) in order to address the different air pollution concerns and vehicle fleets of those regions; revises Pennsylvania's motor vehicle safety inspection program (as it applies to forty-two counties not subject to Federal I/M program requirements) to include a visual inspection of safety-subject vehicles for the presence of certain emissions-related components, consistent with visual inspections performed under the I/M program in I/M-subject counties; revises the prior approved I/M SIP to incorporate miscellaneous program changes made by Pennsylvania since commencement of the enhanced I/M program in 1997 in the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia Regions; removes references in the prior approved SIP to the now defunct basic inspection program, which operated in the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton program area until 1999. EPA proposes to approve Pennsylvania's I/M program revision submitted December 1, 2003, as amended April 24, 2004. This action is being taken under the authority of the Clean Air Act.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Revision to the Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance Program for the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh I/M Regions
Document Number: 05-8323
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-04-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This revision establishes mandatory onboard diagnostic testing under the Commonwealth's motor vehicle inspection and maintenance (I/M) program, which applies to motorists in the I/M- designated areas (denoted by Pennsylvania as I/M Regions) of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. This onboard diagnostic I/M testing applies only to 1996-and-newer vehicles that are already subject to Pennsylvania's existing I/M program and that are equipped with second generation on-board diagnostic systems (or OBD-II). The Commonwealth's SIP revision also includes a revised I/M program regulation that is an updated version of the previously approved Pennsylvania I/M SIP. This revised regulation contains minor updates made by Pennsylvania to their I/M program since inception of enhanced I/M testing in the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia areas since 1997. However, these administrative changes (which affect the Commonwealth's entire I/M program in all regions) were also part of a separate I/M program SIP revision submitted by Pennsylvania on December 1, 2003. EPA is addressing those administrative, program-wide changes via a separate, simultaneous rulemaking action on that December 2003 SIP revision. Therefore, those administrative changes are not being readdressed by EPA here. For purposes of this rulemaking action, only changes in the testing regimen applicable to the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh I/M Regions are addressed. The intended effect of this action is to propose approval of the Commonwealth's revised I/M program submitted to EPA on January 30, 2004, as amended on April 29, 2004. This action is being taken under the authority of the Clean Air Act.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; State Review Framework; EPA ICR Number 2185.01
Document Number: 05-8320
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-26
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 proposed Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This is a request for a new collection. 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.
Proposed Penalty Order Issued Under the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act; Notice of Intent To Provide Internet Notice
Document Number: 05-8319
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 5, will issue notices of proposed penalty orders issued under the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act via the Internet.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maryland; Clarification of Visible Emissions Exception Provisions
Document Number: 05-8318
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-04-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA proposes to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Maryland Department of the Environment for the purpose of clarifying exception provisions of the visible emissions regulations for several source categories. 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; Maryland; Clarification of Visible Emissions Exception Provisions
Document Number: 05-8317
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-04-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Maryland State Implementation Plan (SIP). The revision consists of clarifications to the exception provisions of the Maryland visible emissions regulations. EPA is approving these revisions to the Maryland regulations in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act.
Public Water System Supervision Program Revision for the State of South Dakota
Document Number: 05-8192
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with the provisions of section 1413 of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), 42 U.S.C. 300g-2, and 40 CFR 142.13, public notice is hereby given that the State of South Dakota has revised its Public Water System Supervision (PWSS) Primacy Program by adopting federal regulations for the Arsenic Rule, Filter Backwash Recycling Rule, Long Term 1 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule, and Radionuclides Rule, which correspond to 40 CFR parts 141 and 142. The EPA has completed its review of these revisions in accordance with SDWA, and proposes to approve South Dakota's primacy revisions for the above stated Rules. Today's approval action does not extend to public water systems in Indian country, as defined in 18 U.S.C. 1151. Please see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION, Item B.
Agency Information Collection Activities OMB Responses
Document Number: 05-8191
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document announces the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) responses to Agency Clearance requests, in compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). 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. The OMB control numbers for EPA's regulations are listed in 40 CFR part 9 and 48 CFR chapter 15.