Vermont: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revision
The State of Vermont has applied to EPA for Final authorization of certain changes to its hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). EPA has determined that these changes satisfy all requirements needed to qualify for Final authorization, and is authorizing the State's changes through this immediate final action. EPA is publishing this rule to authorize the changes without a prior proposal because we believe this action is not controversial and do not expect comments that oppose it. Unless we receive written comments that oppose this authorization during the comment period, the decision to authorize Vermont'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 published today in the proposed rules section of this Federal Register will serve as the proposal to authorize the changes.
Maine: Proposed Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revisions
Vermont has applied to EPA for Final authorization of changes to its hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). EPA proposes to grant final authorization to Vermont. In the ``Rules and Regulations'' section of this Federal Register, EPA is authorizing these 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 adverse comments that oppose it. We have explained the reasons for this authorization in the preamble to the immediate final rule. Unless we get written adverse comments which oppose this authorization during the comment period, the immediate final rule will become effective on the date it establishes, and we will not take further action on this proposal. If we get comments that oppose this action, we will withdraw the immediate final rule and it will not take effect. We will then respond to public comments in a later final rule based on this proposal. You may not have another opportunity for comment. If you want to comment on this action, you should do so at this time.
Velsicol/Hardeman County Landfill Superfund Site, et al.; Notice of Proposed Settlement
In accordance with section 122(i) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, as amended (``CERCLA''), 42 U.S.C. 9622(i), notice is hereby given of a proposed administrative ability-to-pay settlement with Velsicol Chemical Corporation relating to Paragraph 15 of the August 9, 2002 Settlement Agreement approved by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware in In re Fruit of the Loom, Inc., No. 99-4497(PJW) and to Paragraph 15 of the August 28, 2002 Agreement and Settlement for Recovery of Response Costs, EPA Docket No. 00-51-C (Region 4). These Agreements relate to the following sites: The Velsicol/Hardeman County Landfill Superfund Site, Toone, Hardeman County, Tennessee; the Velsicol Chemical Superfund Site, St. Louis, Michigan; the Woodridge/ Berry's Creek Superfund Site, Wood-Ridge and Carlstadt, New Jersey; the North Hollywood Dump Superfund Site, Memphis Tennessee, the Residue Hill Site, Chattanooga, Tennessee; the Marshall 23 Acre Site, Marshall, Illinois; the Breckenridge Site, Breckenridge, Michigan; the Mathis Brothers/South Marble Top Road Landfill Superfund Site; Kensington, Walker County, Georgia; the Valley Chemical Superfund Site, Greenville, Mississippi; the Tennessee Products Superfund Site, Chattanooga, Tennessee; the Former Coke Production Plant Property, Chattanooga, Tennessee; and the Shaver's Farm Superfund Site, Lafayette, Walker County, Georgia. The proposed administrative settlement requires Velsicol Chemical Corporation to pay $1,454,000 million to resolve its liability under Paragraph 15 of the August 9, 2002 Settlement Agreement and foregoes further recovery under Paragraph 15 of the August 28, 2002 Agreement. EPA will consider public comments on the Agreement until July 25, 2005. EPA may withdraw from or modify the Agreement if such comments should disclose facts or considerations which indicate the Agreement is inappropriate, improper or inadequate. Copies of the proposed settlement are available from: Ms. Paula V. Batchelor, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4, Waste Management Division, 61 Forsyth Street, SW., Atlanta, Georgia 30303, 404/562-8887, Batchelor.Paula@epa.gov. Written comments may be submitted to Ms. Batchelor at the above address by July 25, 2005.
Proposed Reissuance of General NPDES Permit for Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration Facilities on the Outer Continental Shelf and Contiguous State Waters (NPDES Permit Number AKG280000)
The Director, Office of Water, EPA Region 10, proposes to extend the area of coverage of this general permit (AKG280000) to include the northern portion of the Hope Basin and other Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) areas along the northeast boundary that are within the MMS current 5-year oil and gas leasing program.
Agency Information Collection Activities OMB Responses
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.
Proposed Settlement Agreement, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
In accordance with section 113(g) of the Clean Air Act, as amended (``Act''), 42 U.S.C. 7413(g), notice is hereby given of a proposed settlement agreement, to address a lawsuit filed by AK Steel Corp., American Iron and Steel Institute, International Steel Group, Inc., Ispat Inland, Inc., Rouge Steel Co., and WCI Steel, Inc. (collectively ``Petitioners''): AK Steel Corp, et al. v. EPA, No. 03- 1207 (D.C. Cir.). On or about July 18, 2003, Petitioners filed a petition for review challenging the EPA's final rule entitled ``National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Integrated Iron and Steel Manufacturing'' published on May 20, 2003 (68 FR 27646). Rather than litigate, EPA and the petitioners have agreed that EPA will propose amendments to the rule. The substance of these proposed amendments is contained in an attachment to the settlement agreement, available from EPA.
Proposed Settlement Agreement, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
In accordance with section 113(g) of the Clean Air Act, as amended (``Act''), 42 U.S.C. 7413(g), notice is hereby given of a proposed settlement agreement, to address a petition for writ of mandamus filed by Sierra Club in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit: In re Sierra Club, No. 04-1370 (D.C. Cir.). On October 28, 2004, Petitioner filed a petition asking the Court to issue a writ of mandamus directing EPA to complete remand proceedings ordered by the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in National Lime Ass'n v. EPA, 233 F.3d 625 (D.C. Cir. 2000) to revise the National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Portland cement kilns' emissions of mercury, hydrogen chloride, and total hydrocarbons, and to consider setting more stringent emission standards for Portland cement kilns' emissions of non-mercury HAP metals. Under the terms of the proposed settlement agreement, no later than one year after signature of this agreement, EPA shall publish a notice of final rulemaking which responds to the remand order.
Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects
The agencies listed in this document are amending the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects, which was published in the Federal Register on June 18, 1991, to change all references to the Office for Protection from Research Risks (OPRR) to the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP); revise the footnote found at the end of Sec. .101(i) by deleting references to research involving fetuses, pregnant women, or human in vitro fertilization and subpart B of 45 CFR part 46; and update the Control Number for the approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) of the information collection requirements of this Federal Policy.