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

Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Information Collection Request for Great Lakes Water Quality Guidance Reporting Requirements, EPA ICR Number 1639.04, OMB Control Number 2040-0180
Document Number: 05-10771
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-31
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 to renew an existing approved collection. This ICR is scheduled to expire on May 31, 2005. However, EPA is requesting a three-month extension to complete this renewal process. 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.
Adequacy Determination for the Salt Lake City Area Carbon Monoxide Maintenance State Implementation Plan for Transportation Conformity Purposes; State of Utah
Document Number: 05-10770
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In this document, EPA is notifying the public that we have found that the motor vehicle emissions budget for 2019 in the Salt Lake City, Utah Carbon Monoxide Maintenance Plan, that was submitted by Utah Governor Olene S. Walker on October 19, 2004, is adequate for transportation conformity purposes. 40 CFR 93.118(e)(2) requires that EPA declare an implenatation plan submission's motor vehicle emissions budget adequate for conformity purposes prior to the budget being used to satisfy the conformity requirements of 40 CFR 93. As a result of our finding, the Wasatch Front Regional Council of Government, the Utah Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Transportation are required to use the motor vehicle emissions budget from this submitted maintenance plan for future transportation conformity determinations.
Meeting of the Local Government Advisory Committee
Document Number: 05-10769
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Local Government Advisory Committee and its three subcommittees; the Small Community Advisory Subcommittee (SCAS), Water Subcommittee and Indicators Subcommittee will meet on June 8-10, 2005 in Arlington, VA. The Committee will be discussing environmental indicators, potential engagement in the Agency's regulatory process, and providing assistance to small towns. The SCAS, Water and Indicators Subcommittees will meet in separate sessions on Wednesday, June 8, at EPA Headquarters located at 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC. The Subcommittees sessions will begin at 1 p.m. and conclude at 5 p.m. on the 3rd floor of the Ariel Rios North Building in conference rooms 3428, 3528 and 3530. The subcommittees will be discussing drinking water, affordability, small communities partnership program and the Great Lake Regional Collaborations. The Committee will hear comments from the public between 1 p.m.- 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, June 9. Each individual or organization wishing to address the LGAC meeting will be allowed a maximum of five minutes to present their point of view. Please contact the Designated Federal Officer (DFO) at the number listed below to schedule agenda time. Time will be allotted on a first come, first serve basis, and the total period for comments may be extended, if the number of requests for appearances require it. This is an open meeting and all interested persons are invited to attend. LGAC meeting minutes and Subcommittee summary notes will be available after the meeting and can be obtained by written request from the DFO. Members of the public are requested to call the DFO at the number listed below if planning to attend so that arrangements can be made to comfortably accommodate attendees as much as possible. Seating will be on a first come, first serve basis.
Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of Advisory Meeting of the Science Advisory Board; Regulatory Environmental Modeling (REM) Guidance Review Panel
Document Number: 05-10768
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Science Advisory Board (SAB) Regulatory Environmental Modeling (REM) Guidance Review Panel will hold a public teleconference to discuss its draft peer review report of the Agency's draft guidance entitled, ``Draft Guidance on the Development, Evaluation, and Application of Regulatory Environmental Models,'' dated November 2003 (referred to here also as the Draft Guidance), and the ``Models Knowledge Base'' related to modeling activity within the EPA.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collections; Request for Comment on Two Proposed Information Collection Requests (ICRs)
Document Number: 05-10767
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-31
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 two continuing Information Collection Requests (ICRs) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This is a request to renew two existing approved collections. These ICRs are scheduled to expire between August 31, 2005 and December 31, 2005 as listed below. Refer to section INFORMATION FOR INDIVIDUAL ICRS for information pertaining to each individual ICR. Before submitting these ICRs to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collections as described below.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Enforcement Policy Regarding the Sale and Use of Aftermarket Catalytic Converters, EPA ICR Number 1292.06, OMB Control Number 2060-0135
Document Number: 05-10766
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-31
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 to renew an existing approved collection. This ICR is scheduled to expire on August 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.
EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office; Request for Nominations of Experts for the SAB Advisory Panel for Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB) Risks Associated With Establishing an Artificial Reef
Document Number: 05-10677
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office is requesting the nomination of experts for a SAB Advisory Panel for PCB risks associated with an artificial reef established from a former United States Navy ship.
Endosulfan; Notice of Receipt of Requests to Voluntarily Cancel Uses of Certain Pesticide Registrations
Document Number: 05-10679
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-27
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 requests by the endosulfan registrant(s) to voluntarily amend their registrations to terminate use of certain products on succulent beans, succulent beans, spinach, grapes, and pecans. The requests would not terminate the last endosulfan product(s) registered for use in the U.S. EPA intends to grant these requests 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(s), or unless the registrants withdraw their requests within this period. Upon acceptance of these requests, 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.
FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Cancellation of Public Meeting
Document Number: 05-10678
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The June 14 - 15, 2005, Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) meeting to consider and review issues related to the carbamate dietary exposure assessment incorporating cholinesterase recovery into CARES-compatible modules has been cancelled. For further information, please notify the Designated Federal Official (DFO) listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT or see the Federal Register of April 27, 2005 (70 FR 21746) (FRL-7710-7).
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 05-10676
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: 05-10675
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has environmental objections to two alternatives under consideration (Alternatives PA-3 and PA-4) because of direct and indirect impacts to high quality wetlands, impacts to trout habitat in the St. Joseph River, wildlife corridor impacts for the White Pigeon, St. Joseph, and Rocky Rivers, and migratory bird impacts. Rating EO2.
Pesticide Product; Registration Applications
Document Number: 05-10479
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces receipt of applications to register pesticide products containing new active ingredients not included in any previously registered products pursuant to the provisions of section 3(c)(4) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended.
Certain New Chemicals; Receipt and Status Information
Document Number: 05-10478
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-27
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 TSCA, 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 28, 2005 to May 10, 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.
Implementation of the 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard-Phase 1: Reconsideration
Document Number: 05-10580
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-05-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is taking final action on two issues raised in a petition for reconsideration of EPA's rule to implement the 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS or standard). In addition, EPA is taking final action to clarify two aspects of that implementation rule. On April 30, 2004, EPA issued a final rule addressing key elements of the program to implement the 8-hour ozone NAAQS (Phase 1 Rule). Subsequently, on June 29, 2004, and September 24, 2004, three different parties each filed a petition for reconsideration of certain specified aspects of the final rule. By letter dated September 23, 2004, EPA granted reconsideration of three issues raised in the petition for reconsideration filed by Earthjustice on behalf of several environmental organizations. On February 3, 2005, we proposed action on two of the issues and today we are taking final action on these two issues: The applicability of the section 185 fee provisions once the 1-hour NAAQS is revoked, and the timing for determining what is an ``applicable requirement'' for purposes of anti-backsliding once the 1-hour NAAQS is revoked. On April 4, 2005, we issued a separate proposed rule on new source review (NSR) anti-backsliding, the third issue on which we granted reconsideration, and we plan to issue a final rule by June 30, 2005. In the February 3, 2005 proposal, we also proposed to revise the Phase 1 Rule in two respects. Today, we are taking final action on these two issues. First, we have determined that contingency measures for failure to make reasonable further progress (RFP) or attain by the applicable attainment date for the 1-hour ozone standard are no longer required as part of the State implementation plan (SIP) for as part of the SIP for an area after revocation of that standard. Second, we are adding the requirement to submit attainment demonstrations to the definition of ``applicable requirements'' in Sec. 51.900.
Petition to Remove 4,4′-Methylene Diphenyl Diisocyanate From the List of Hazardous Air Pollutants
Document Number: 05-10579
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-05-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is announcing the receipt of a complete petition from the Diisocyanates Panel of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) requesting EPA to remove the chemical 4,4'-methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI)(Chemical Abstract Service No. 101-68-8) from the list of hazardous air pollutants (HAP) contained in section 112(b)(1) of the Clean Air Act (CAA). We have determined that the ACC's original petition dated December 23, 2002, and the addenda provided by the ACC through March 7, 2005, will support an assessment of the human health impacts associated with people living in the vicinity of facilities emitting MDI. In addition, the data submitted by the ACC will support an assessment of the environmental impacts associated with emissions of MDI to the ambient air and deposited onto soil or water. Consequently, we have concluded that ACC's petition is complete as of March 7, 2005, the date that the last addendum was received, and is ready for public comment and the technical review phase of our delisting procedure. The EPA invites the public to comment on the petition and to provide additional data, beyond that filed in the petition, on sources, emissions, exposure, health effects and environmental impacts associated with MDI that may be relevant to our technical review. The petition is available through Docket ID OAR-2005-0085.
Chloroneb Risk Assessment; Related Document, and Input on Risk Management; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 05-10576
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's risk assessments, and related documents for the fungicide, chloroneb and opens a public comment period on these documents. The public is also encouraged to suggest risk management ideas or proposals to address the risks identified. EPA is developing a Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) for Chloroneb 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; Withdrawal of Direct Final Rule
Document Number: 05-10515
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-05-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Due to an adverse comment, EPA is withdrawing the direct final rule to approve reasonable available control technology (RACT) to limit volatile organic compound (VOC) and nitrogen oxides (NOX) emissions from three individual sources located in Pennsylvania. In the direct final rule published on April 4, 2005 (70 FR 16955), we stated that if we received adverse comment by May 4, 2005, the rule would be withdrawn and not take effect. EPA subsequently received an adverse comment on April 16, 2005. EPA will address the comment received in a subsequent final action based upon the proposed action also published on April 4, 2005 (70 FR 17027). EPA will not institute a second comment period on this action.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Withdrawal of Direct Final Rule
Document Number: 05-10514
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-05-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Due to an adverse comment, EPA is withdrawing the direct final rule to approve reasonable available control technology (RACT) to limit volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from three individual sources located in Pennsylvania. In the direct final rule published on April 1, 2005 (70 FR 16717), we stated that if we received adverse comment by May 2, 2005, the rule would be withdrawn and not take effect. EPA subsequently received an adverse comment on April 1, 2005. EPA will address the comment received in a subsequent final action based upon the proposed action also published on April 1, 2005 (70 FR 16784). EPA will not institute a second comment period on this action.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Partial Withdrawal of Direct Final Rule
Document Number: 05-10513
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-05-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Due to an adverse comment, EPA is withdrawing a paragraph that was included as part of a direct final rule to approve reasonable available control technology (RACT) to limit nitrogen oxides (NOX) emissions from fifteen individual sources located in Pennsylvania. In the direct final rule published on March 31, 2005 (70 FR 16423), we stated that if we received adverse comments by May 2, 2005, the rule would be withdrawn and would not take effect. EPA subsequently received an adverse comment on one provision of that direct final rule and is withdrawing that provision. EPA will address the comment received in a subsequent final action based upon the proposed action also published on March 31, 2005 (70 FR 16471). EPA will not institute a second comment period on this action.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Withdrawal of Direct Final Rule
Document Number: 05-10512
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-05-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Due to adverse comments, EPA is withdrawing the direct final rule to approve Pennsylvania's State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision. The SIP revision pertains to source-specific nitrogen oxides (NOX) reasonably available control technology (RACT) determination for five individual sources located in Pennsylvania. In the direct final rule published on March 30, 2005 (70 FR 16115), we stated that if we received adverse comments by April 29, 2005, the rule would be withdrawn and not take effect. EPA subsequently received adverse comments. EPA will address the comments received in a subsequent final action based upon the proposed action also published on March 30, 2005 (70 FR 16203). EPA will not institute a second comment period on this action.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; VOC and NOX
Document Number: 05-10511
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-05-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Due to incomplete information contained in the Commonwealth's submission, EPA is withdrawing an individual source that was included as part of a direct final rule to approve Pennsylvania's SIP pertaining to source-specific volatile organic compounds (VOC) and nitrogen oxides (NOX) RACT determinations for eleven individual sources located in Pennsylvania. The direct final rule was published on March 31, 2005 (70 FR 16416). Subsequently, EPA is withdrawing the one provision of that direct final rule.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; VOC and NOX
Document Number: 05-10510
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-05-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Due to incomplete information contained in the Commonwealth's submission, EPA is withdrawing an individual source that was included as part of a proposed rule to approve Pennsylvania's SIP pertaining to source-specific volatile organic compounds (VOC) and nitrogen oxides (NOX) RACT determinations for eleven individual sources located in Pennsylvania. The proposed rule was published on March 31, 2005 (70 FR 16469). Subsequently, EPA is withdrawing the one provision of that proposed rule.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maine; Smaller-Scale Electric Generating Resources
Document Number: 05-10509
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-05-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Maine. This revision establishes requirements to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOX), sulfur dioxide (SO2), particulate matter (PM), and carbon monoxide (CO) from smaller-scale electric generating units. The intended effect of this action is to approve these requirements into the Maine SIP. EPA is taking this action in accordance with the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maine; Smaller-Scale Electric Generating Resources
Document Number: 05-10508
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-05-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Maine. This revision establishes requirements to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOX), sulfur dioxide (SO2), particulate matter (PM), and carbon monoxide (CO) from smaller-scale electric generating units. The intended effect of this action is to approve these requirements into the Maine SIP. EPA is taking this action in accordance with the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Adequacy Determination for the Ogden City Area Carbon Monoxide Maintenance State Implementation Plan for Transportation Conformity Purposes; State of Utah
Document Number: 05-10496
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In this document, EPA is notifying the public that we have found that the motor vehicle emissions budget for 2021 in the Ogden, Utah Carbon Monoxide Maintenance Plan, that was submitted by Utah Governor Olene S. Walker on November 29, 2004, is adequate for transportation conformity purposes. 40 CFR 93.118(e)(2) requires that EPA declare an implementation plan submission's motor vehicle emissions budget adequate for conformity purposes prior to the budget being used to satisfy the conformity requirements of 40 CFR part 93. As a result of our finding, the Wasatch Front Regional Council of Governments, the Utah Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Transportation are required to use the motor vehicle emissions budget from this submitted maintenance plan for future transportation conformity determinations.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Minimum Monitoring Requirements for Direct and Indirect Discharging Mills in the Bleached Papergrade Kraft and Soda Subcategory and the Papergrade Sulfite Subcategory of the Pulp, Paper and Paperboard Point Source Category (Renewal), EPA ICR Number 1878.02, OMB Control Number 2040-0243
Document Number: 05-10495
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that an Information Collection Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. This is a request to renew an existing approved collection. This ICR is scheduled to expire on May 31, 2005.Under OMB regulations, the Agency may continue to conduct or sponsor the collection of information while this submission is pending at OMB. This ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its estimated burden and cost.
Revisions to the Arizona State Implementation Plan, Maricopa County
Document Number: 05-10491
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-05-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is finalizing approval of revisions to the Maricopa County portion of the Arizona State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions were proposed in the Federal Register on March 23, 2005 and concern volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from expandable polystyrene foam operations. We are approving local Rule 358Polystyrene Foam Operations. This rule regulates these emission sources under the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act).
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NPDES and Sewage Sludge Monitoring Reports (Renewal), EPA ICR Number 0229.16, OMB Control Number 2040-0004
Document Number: 05-10482
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that an Information Collection Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. This is a request to renew an existing approved collection. This ICR is scheduled to expire on May 31, 2005. Under OMB regulations, the Agency may continue to conduct or sponsor the collection of information while this submission is pending at OMB. This ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its estimated burden and cost.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maine; VOC Regulations
Document Number: 05-10481
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-05-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving two State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of Maine. These revisions establish requirements to reduce volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from mobile equipment repair and refinishing, and solvent cleaning operations. The intended effect of this action is to approve these requirements into the Maine SIP. EPA is taking this action in accordance with the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maine; VOC Regulations
Document Number: 05-10480
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-05-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve two State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of Maine. These revisions establish requirements to reduce volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from mobile equipment repair and refinishing, and solvent cleaning operations. The intended effect of this action is to approve these requirements into the Maine SIP. EPA is taking this action in accordance with the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Request for Applications for Critical Use Exemption From the Phaseout of Methyl Bromide (Renewal), EPA ICR Number 2031.02, OMB Control Number 2060-0482
Document Number: 05-10477
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that an Information Collection Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. This is a request to renew an existing approved collection. This ICR is scheduled to expire on May 31, 2005. Under OMB regulations, the Agency may continue to conduct or sponsor the collection of information while this submission is pending at OMB. This ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its estimated burden and cost.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Certification in Lieu of Chloroform Minimum Monitoring Requirements for Direct and Indirect Discharging Mills in the Bleached Papergrade Kraft and Soda Subcategory of the Pulp, Paper and Paperboard Point Source Category (Renewal), EPA ICR Number 2015.02, OMB Control Number 2040-0242
Document Number: 05-10476
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that an Information Collection Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. This is a request to renew and existing approved collection. This ICR is scheduled to expire on May 31, 2005.Under OMB regulations, the Agency may continue to conduct or sponsor the collection of information while this submission is pending at OMB. This ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its estimated burden and cost.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; South Carolina and Georgia; Attainment Demonstration for the Appalachian, Catawba, Pee Dee, Waccamaw, Santee Lynches, Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester, Low Country, Lower Savannah, Central Midlands, and Upper Savannah Early Action Compact Areas
Document Number: 05-10475
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-05-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the State Implementation Plans (SIPs) submitted by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) and Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) on December 31, 2004. These revisions are submitted pursuant to the Early Action Compact (EAC) Protocol \1\ and will result in emission reductions needed to attain and maintain the 8- hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) in the Appalachian, Catawba, Pee Dee, Waccamaw, Santee Lynches, Berkeley- Charleston-Dorchester, Low Country, Lower Savannah, Central Midlands, and Upper Savannah EAC areas. Only the Lower Savannah EAC area has counties in both South Carolina and Georgia; for the purposes of this document, however, the above described EAC areas will be collectively referred to as the ``South CarolinaGeorgia EAC Areas.'' EPA is proposing approval of the photochemical modeling used by South Carolina and Georgia to support the attainment demonstration of the 8-hour ozone standard within these areas. The proposed revisions further incorporate the local control measures in the South CarolinaGeorgia EAC Areas, a new regulation, 61-62.5 Standard No. 5.2, Control of Oxides of Nitrogen (NOX) and revisions to Regulation 61-62.2, Prohibition of Open Burning.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; North Carolina; Attainment Demonstration of the Mountain, Unifour, Triad and Fayetteville Early Action Compact Areas
Document Number: 05-10473
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-05-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of North Carolina through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on December 21, 2004. These revisions are submitted pursuant to the Early Action Compact (EAC) protocol \1\ and will result in emission reductions needed to attain and maintain the 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) in the Mountain, Unifour, Triad and Fayetteville EAC areas (the North Carolina EAC Areas). EPA is proposing approval of the photochemical modeling used by North Carolina to support the attainment demonstration of the 8-hour ozone standard within these areas. The proposed revisions further incorporate the local control measures of the Mountain, Unifour, Triad and Fayetteville EAC area agreements into the SIP.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Tennessee and Georgia; Attainment Demonstrations for the Chattanooga, Nashville, and Tri-Cities Early Action Compact Areas
Document Number: 05-10472
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-05-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the Tennessee and Georgia State Implementation Plans (SIPs) respectively submitted by the State of Tennessee through the Department of Environment and Conservation on December 29, 2004, and by the State of Georgia through the Environmental Protection Division on December 31, 2004. These revisions are submitted pursuant to the Early Action Compact (EAC) protocol \1\ and will result in emission reductions needed to attain and maintain the 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) in the Chattanooga, Nashville, and Tri-Cities EAC areas. EPA is proposing approval of the photochemical modeling which supports the attainment demonstration of the 8-hour ozone standard within these areas. The proposed revisions further incorporate the local control measures of the Chattanooga, Nashville, and Tri-Cities EAC area agreements into the SIP. EPA is also proposing revisions to the Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance (I/M), Stage I Vapor Recovery and Motor Vehicle Tampering Tennessee SIP regulations. EPA is proposing to approve revisions to Georgia's rules for Stage I Vapor Recovery and open burning.
Pythium Oligandrum DV 74; Notice of Filing a Pesticide Petition to Establish a Tolerance for a Certain Pesticide Chemical in or on Food
Document Number: 05-10340
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-25
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.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review and Approval; Comment Request; NESHAP for Coke Oven Batteries (Renewal); OMB Control Number 2060-0253; EPA ICR Number 1362.06
Document Number: 05-10344
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, this document announces that an Information Collection Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. This is a request to renew an existing approved collection. This ICR is scheduled to expire on May 31, 2005. Under OMB regulations, the Agency may continue to conduct or sponsor the collection of information while this submission is pending at OMB. This ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its estimated burden and cost.
Federal Advisory Committee to Examine Detection and Quantitation Approaches in Clean Water Act Programs
Document Number: 05-10343
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
As required by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, the Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water, gives notice of the first meeting of the Federal Advisory Committee on Detection and Quantitation Approaches and Uses in Clean Water Act Programs.
Notice of Availability of Class Deviation; Alternative State Allotment formula For FY 2005 Clean Water Act Section 106 Increase
Document Number: 05-10342
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-05-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document provides notice of the availability of a Class Deviation from EPA's allotment formula for the awarding of Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 106 grants and also sets forth an alternative formula that will apply for the $9.92 million FY 2005 increase in EPA's appropriation for these grants. Currently, monies awarded under Section 106 of the Clean Water Act are allocated through allotment formulae for States, interstate agencies, and tribes. These formulae implement Section 106(b) of the CWA, which directs the EPA Administrator to make allotments for grants from sums appropriated by Congress in each fiscal year ``in accordance with regulations promulgated by him on the basis of the extent of the pollution problem in the respective states.'' Because the President's FY 2005 budget request specifically requested an increase in Section 106 funding for FY 2005 enhanced monitoring activities, EPA determined through a Class Deviation that if it applied the current State allotment formula to that increase only a small number of States would actually receive an increase while the majority of States would not receive a sufficient increase to strengthen their water quality monitoring activities. The Class Deviation and the new allotment formula apply only to the $9.92 million FY 2005 Section 106 increase and not to the remainder of the monies appropriated by Congress for these grants, which will be allocated in accordance with the allocation formulae EPA currently uses.
Underground Storage Tank Program: Approved State Program for Minnesota
Document Number: 05-10341
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-05-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976, as amended (RCRA), authorizes EPA to grant approval to States to operate their underground storage tank programs in lieu of the Federal program. Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (40 CFR) part 282 codifies EPA's decision to approve State programs and incorporates by reference those provisions of the State statutes and regulations that will be subject to EPA's inspection and enforcement authorities in accordance with sections 9005 and 9006 of RCRA Subtitle I and other applicable statutory and regulatory provisions. This rule codifies in 40 CFR part 282 the prior approval of the State of Minnesota's underground storage tank program and incorporates by reference appropriate provisions of State statutes and regulations.
Project XL Rulemaking Extension for New York State Public Utilities; Hazardous Waste Management Systems; Final Rule
Document Number: 05-10196
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-05-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is promulgating today the rulemaking extension proposed and published in the Federal Register on January 25, 2005 for the Project XL Final Rule for New York State Public Utilities; Hazardous Waste Management Systems (XL Rule) (70 FR 3501). The XL Rule was published as a final rule in the Federal Register on Monday, July 12, 1999 and, by its terms, expired, on January 10, 2005. The details of the XL Rule can be found in 64 FR 37636 (July 12, 1999). No further changes are being made to the XL Rule other than the change in expiration date. Because the requirements outlined in the XL Rule do not become effective until New York State adopts equivalent requirements through a State rulemaking and receives EPA authorization for these equivalent State requirements, EPA is extending the XL Rule for a period of 72 months from the effective date of today's rule. To date, the State has not adopted an equivalent rule and thus the XL Project for New York Public State Utilities has not been implemented. The XL Rule must be extended to facilitate completion of the New York State Public Utilities XL Project.
Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Process for Exempting Critical Uses of Methyl Bromide
Document Number: 05-10195
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is soliciting applications for the Critical Use Exemption from the phaseout of methyl bromide for 2007 and beyond. This application process offers users of methyl bromide the opportunity to provide technical and economic information to support a ``critical use'' claim. Today's notice also invites interested parties to provide information on the technical and economic feasibility of methyl bromide alternatives. Methyl bromide is a chemical pesticide that has been identified under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer and the Clean Air Act as an ozone-depleting substance. The complete phaseout of methyl bromide took effect on January 1, 2005. The Critical Use Exemption is designed to allow continued production and import of methyl bromide after the phaseout for those uses that have no technically and economically feasible alternatives. Critical Use Exemptions are exemptions from the January 1, 2005 methyl bromide phaseout. Applicants for the exemption are requested to submit technical and economic information to EPA for U.S. review. The U.S. will then create a national nomination for review by the Parties to the Montreal Protocol. EPA encourages users with similar circumstances of use to submit a single application. Please contact your state regulatory agency to receive information about their involvement in the process.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Texas; Attainment Demonstration of the Austin Early Action Compact Area; Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance Program for Travis and Williamson Counties
Document Number: 05-10194
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-05-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the Chairman of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) on December 6, 2004. The proposed revisions include the modeled attainment demonstration of the 8-hour ozone standard and the Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) for the Austin Early Action Compact (EAC) area. EPA is proposing approval of the photochemical modeling in support of the attainment demonstration of the 8-hour ozone standard within the Austin EAC area. EPA is proposing approval of the Austin EAC CAAP and related control measures. EPA is also proposing approval of a vehicle inspection and maintenance (I/M) program for Travis and Williamson Counties, which are within the Austin EAC area. EPA is proposing approval of these actions as a strengthening of the SIP in accordance with the requirements of sections 110 and 116 of the Federal Clean Air Act (the Act), which will result in emission reductions needed to help ensure attainment of the 8-hour National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Texas; Attainment Demonstration for the San Antonio Early Action Compact Area
Document Number: 05-10193
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-05-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the Chairman of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) on December 6, 2004. The proposed revisions will demonstrate attainment of the 8-hour ozone standard and incorporate the San Antonio Early Action Compact (EAC) Clean Air Plan into the Texas SIP. EPA is proposing approval of the photochemical modeling in support of the attainment demonstration of the 8-hour ozone standard within the San Antonio EAC area and is proposing approval of the associated control measures. EPA is proposing these actions as a strengthening of the SIP in accordance with the requirements of sections 110 and 116 of the Federal Clean Air Act (the Act), which will result in emission reductions needed to help achieve attainment and maintenance of the 8-hour National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Iron and Steel Foundries
Document Number: 05-9592
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-05-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On April 22, 2004, the EPA issued national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) for iron and steel foundries. This proposed action would amend the work practice requirements for materials certification and scrap selection/inspection programs. The proposed amendments add clarification and flexibility but do not materially change the requirements of the rule. In the Rules and Regulations section of this Federal Register, we are issuing these amendments as a direct final rule. We are making these amendments as a direct final rule without prior proposal because we view the revisions as noncontroversial and anticipate no adverse comments. We have explained our reasons for these revisions in the direct final rule amendments. If we receive any significant, adverse comments on one or more distinct amendments in the direct final rule, we will publish a timely notice of withdrawal in the Federal Register informing the public which amendments will become effective and which amendments are being withdrawn due to adverse comment. We will address all public comments in a subsequent final rule. If no significant adverse comments are received, no further action will be taken on this proposal, and the direct final rule will become effective as provided in that notice. The regulatory text for the proposal is identical to that for the direct final rule published in the Rules and Regulations section of this Federal Register. For further supplementary information, see the direct final rule.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Iron and Steel Foundries
Document Number: 05-9591
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-05-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On April 22, 2004, the EPA issued national emission standards to control hazardous air pollutants emitted from iron and steel foundries. This action amends the work practice requirements for materials certification and scrap selection/inspection programs. The direct final amendments add clarification and flexibility but do not materially change the requirements of the rule.
Approval and Promulgation of Maintenance Plans; Michigan; Southeast Michigan Ozone Maintenance Plan Update to the State Implementation Plan
Document Number: 05-10151
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-05-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to approve a December 19, 2003, request from Michigan to revise the ground level ozone State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the Southeast Michigan area. EPA originally approved the Southeast Michigan ozone maintenance plan on April 6, 1995. This action proposes to approve an update to the plan prepared by Michigan to maintain the 1-hour national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) for ozone in the Southeast Michigan maintenance area through the year 2015. This update is required by the Clean Air Act (CAA). In the final rules section of this Federal Register, EPA is approving the SIP revision as a direct final rule without prior proposal, because EPA views this as a noncontroversial revision and anticipates no adverse comments. A detailed rationale for the approval is set forth in the direct final rule. If we do not receive any adverse comments in response to this proposed rule, we do not contemplate taking any further action in relation to this proposed rule. If EPA receives adverse comments, we will withdraw the direct final rule and all public comments in a subsequent final rulemaking. EPA will not institute a second comment period on this action. Any parties interested in commenting on this action should do so at this time.
Approval and Promulgation of Maintenance Plans; Michigan; Southeast Michigan Ozone Maintenance Plan Update to the State Implementation Plan
Document Number: 05-10150
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-05-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a December 19, 2003, request from Michigan to revise the ground level ozone State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the Southeast Michigan area. EPA originally approved the Southeast Michigan ozone maintenance plan on April 6, 1995. This action approves an update to the plan prepared by Michigan to maintain the 1-hour national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) for ozone in the Southeast Michigan maintenance area through the year 2015. This update is required by the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans and Designation of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes: Portneuf Valley, Idaho, Area
Document Number: 05-10149
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-05-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA, Agency, or we) proposes to approve revisions to the Idaho State Implementation Plan (SIP) for particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter less than or equal to a nominal ten micrometers (PM-10) for the Portneuf Valley nonattainment area. The revisions include a nonattainment area plan that brought the area into attainment by the applicable attainment date of December 31, 1996, a maintenance plan that will provide for maintaining the PM-10 national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) ten years into the future, and a request to redesignate the Portneuf Valley nonattainment area to attainment for PM-10. We are proposing to approve these revisions because we believe the State adequately demonstrates that the control measures being implemented in the Portneuf Valley result in attainment and maintenance of the PM-10 National Ambient Air Quality Standards and that all other requirements of the Clean Air Act for redesignation to attainment are met.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Washington
Document Number: 05-10148
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-05-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA invites public comment on its proposal to approve revisions to the State of Washington Implementation Plan (SIP). The Director of the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) submitted a request to EPA dated March 1, 2004 to revise the Washington SIP to include revisions to WAC Ch. 173-434, Solid Waste Incinerator Facilities. The revisions were submitted in accordance with the requirements of section 110 of the Clean Air Act (hereinafter the Act). EPA proposes to approve the revisions to WAC Ch. 173-434 as part of the SIP, with the exception of a couple of submitted rule provisions which are inappropriate for EPA approval because they are unrelated to the purposes of the implementation plan.