Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
EPA expressed environmental concerns due to wetland and aquatic resource impacts, and mitigation related to these impacts. Rating EC2.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; VOC and NOX
EPA proposes to approve revisions to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania State Implementation Plan (SIP). The revisions were submitted by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) to establish and require reasonably available control technology (RACT) for seven major sources of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and nitrogen oxides (NOX) pursuant to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's (Pennsylvania or the Commonwealth) SIP-approved generic RACT regulations. EPA is proposing to approve these revisions in accordance with the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Non-attainment New Source Review (NSR): Equipment Replacement Provision of the Routine Maintenance, Repair and Replacement Exclusion: Reconsideration
On October 27, 2003, and December 24, 2003, the EPA revised regulations governing the major New Source Review (NSR) programs mandated by parts C and D of title I of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act). The rule changes from October 27, 2003, provide a category of equipment replacement activities that are deemed to be routine maintenance, repair and replacement (RMRR) activities and, therefore, are not subject to Major NSR requirements under the exclusion, while the December 24, 2003 rule changes amended the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) provisions of state programs that did not have approved state rules for PSD. Also on December 24, 2003, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit stayed the new RMRR rules, pending judicial review. Following these actions, the Administrator received petitions for reconsideration. On July 1, 2004, we, the EPA, announced our reconsideration of certain issues arising from these two final rules and requested comment on those issues. After carefully considering all of the comments and information received through our reconsideration process, we have concluded that no additional changes are necessary to the final rules. With respect to all other issues raised by the petitioners, we deny the requests for reconsideration.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Background Checks for Contractor Employees (Renewal), EPA ICR Number 2159.02, OMB Control Number 2030-0043; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Drug Testing for Contract Employees (Renewal), EPA ICR Number 2183.02, OMB Control Number 2030-0044
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 on 09/30/05. Before submitting the ICRs to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below.
Request for Nominations to the Good Neighbor Environmental Board
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency invites nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointments to fill several vacancies on the Good Neighbor Environmental Board. The Board advises the President and Congress on environmental and infrastructure issues along the United States border with Mexico. It is managed by EPA. For this round of recruitment, given the nature of current vacancies, and given the goal of maintaining diverse representation across geographic locations and sectors, those meeting the following criteria are especially encouraged to apply: (1) Individuals living in the U.S. border states of Texas and New Mexico, particularly border communities, who (2) have experience and expertise in either local or county government; the academic sector; or the private sector. Other individuals with other types of expertise living in the other two U.S. border states also are welcome to apply for membership. Individuals may apply themselves, or be nominated. Letters of reference are encouraged. In addition, from the federal agency contingent of the Board, senior officials from the following departments have, or will be, ending their terms shortly, and successors will be appointed: Department of Health and Human Services; Department of the Interior; and the Environmental Protection Agency. The deadline for receiving applications for membership is August 15. All appointments will be made by the Administrator of EPA. The announcement of new appointments is scheduled for early October 2005, in advance of the Board's next meeting, which will take place on October 17-19, 2005, on Tohono O'odham Nation land near Tucson, Arizona.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Ohio New Source Review Rules
EPA is extending the comment period for a proposed rule published May 11, 2005 (70 FR 24734). On May 11, 2005, EPA proposed to conditionally approve revisions to the prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) and nonattainment new source review (NSR) construction permit programs submitted by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) on September 14, 2004. On December 31, 2002, EPA published revisions to the Federal PSD and NSR regulations in 40 CFR parts 51 and 52 (67 FR 80186). These ``NSR Reform'' regulatory revisions became effective on March 3, 2003, and include provisions for baseline emissions determinations, actual-to-future actual methodology, plantwide applicability limits (PALs), clean units, and pollution control projects (PCPs). EPA proposed to conditionally approve OEPA's revised rules to implement these NSR Reform provisions. In response to a May 19, 2005, request from the Natural Resources Defense Council, EPA is extending the comment period for 60 days.
Louisiana: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revision
Louisiana has applied to the EPA for final authorization of the changes to its hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The EPA has determined that these changes satisfy all requirements needed to qualify for final authorization, and is authorizing the State's changes through this immediate final action. The EPA is publishing this rule to authorize the changes without a prior proposal because we believe this action is not controversial and do not expect comments that oppose it. Unless we receive written comments which oppose this authorization during the comment period, the decision to authorize Louisiana's changes to its hazardous waste program will take effect. If we receive comments that oppose this action, we will publish a document in the Federal Register withdrawing this rule before it takes effect, and a separate document in the proposed rules section of this Federal Register will serve as a proposal to authorize the changes.
Louisiana: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revisions
The of State Louisiana has applied to EPA for Final authorization of the changes to its hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). EPA proposes to grant Final authorization to the State of Louisiana. In the ``Rules and Regulations'' section of this Federal Register, EPA is authorizing the changes by an immediate final rule. EPA did not make a proposal prior to the immediate final rule because we believe this action is not controversial and do not expect comments that oppose it. We have explained the reasons for this authorization in the preamble to the immediate final rule. Unless we get written comments which oppose this authorization during the comment period, the immediate final rule will become effective on the date it establishes, and we will not take further action on this proposal. If we receive comments that oppose this action, we will withdraw the immediate final rule and it will not take effect. We will then respond to public comments in a later final rule based on this proposal. You may not have another opportunity for comment. If you want to comment on this action, you must do so at this time.