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

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Waste Management System; Testing and Monitoring Activities; Final Rule: Methods Innovation Rule and SW-846 Final Update IIIB
Document Number: 05-10197
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-06-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency is amending a variety of testing and monitoring requirements in the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous and non-hazardous solid waste regulations and for certain Clean Air Act (CAA) regulations that relate to hazardous waste combustors. These amendments allow more flexibility when conducting RCRA-related sampling and analysis by removing from the regulations a requirement to use the methods found in ``Test Methods for Evaluating Solid Waste, Physical/Chemical Methods,'' also known as ``SW-846,'' in conducting various testing and monitoring and by limiting required uses of an SW-846 method to circumstances where the method is the only one capable of measuring the particular property (i.e., the method is used to measure a required method-defined parameter). This action is an important step forward in implementing the use of a performance-based approach, which is part of the Agency's efforts toward Innovating for Better Environmental Results. Additionally, the Agency is making certain other clarifications and technical amendments. These changes should make it easier and more cost effective to comply with the affected regulations, without compromising human health or environmental protection.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 05-11557
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: 05-11555
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
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
Document Number: 05-11548
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-06-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
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
Document Number: 05-11546
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-06-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
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
Document Number: 05-11545
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-10
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 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
Document Number: 05-11542
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
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
Document Number: 05-11539
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-06-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
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
Document Number: 05-11469
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-06-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
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
Document Number: 05-11468
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-06-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
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.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Willingness To Pay Survey for Section 316(b) Phase III Cooling Water Intake Structures: Instrument, Pre-Test, and Implementation, EPA ICR Number 2155.02
Document Number: 05-11466
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-09
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.
Updating Generic Pesticide Chemical Tolerance Regulations
Document Number: 05-11384
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-06-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is updating generic provisions of its procedural regulations pertaining to pesticide chemical tolerances and exemptions from the requirement of a tolerance under section 408 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. This update is necessary due to various changes made in the underlying statute by the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996. The amendments are primarily administrative in nature. EPA believes that these revisions will clarify the regulations and reduce confusion for users.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Regulatory Pilot Projects (Project XL); EPA ICR Number 1755.06, OMB Control Number 2010-0026
Document Number: 05-11383
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-08
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 for renewal the following continuing Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB): Regulatory Pilot Projects (Project XL) (EPA ICR No. 1755.06) (OMB Control No. 2010-0026, current ICR expires 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.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; West Virginia; Redesignation of the New Manchester-Grant Magisterial District SO2
Document Number: 05-11382
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-06-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a request from the State of West Virginia to redesignate the New Manchester-Grant Magisterial District in Hancock County from nonattainment to attainment of the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for sulfur dioxide (SO2). EPA is also proposing to approve a maintenance plan for the area as a SIP revision which would put in place a plan for maintaining the NAAQS for SO2 for the next ten years. 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.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; West Virginia; Redesignation of the New Manchester-Grant Magisterial District SO2
Document Number: 05-11381
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-06-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve a request by the State of West Virginia to redesignate the New Manchester-Grant Magisterial District sulfur dioxide (SO2) nonattainment area in Hancock County, West Virginia from nonattainment to attainment of the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for SO2. EPA is also approving the maintenance plan for this area submitted by the State of West Virginia as a revision to the West Virginia State Implementation Plan (SIP). This plan provides for the maintenance of the NAAQS for SO2 for the next ten years. These actions are being taken in accordance with the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).
Extension of the Deferred Effective Date for 8-hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Early Action Compact Areas
Document Number: 05-11380
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-06-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is proposing to extend the deferral of the effective date of air quality designations for certain areas of the country that have entered into Early Action Compacts. Early Action Compact areas have agreed to reduce ground-level ozone pollution earlier than the Clean Air Act (CAA) requires. On April 30, 2004, EPA published a notice designating all areas of the country for the 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). In the designation rule, EPA deferred the effective date of the nonattainment designation for 14 areas that had entered into Early Action Compacts. The current effective date is September 30, 2005. The EPA is now proposing to extend the deferral of the effective date for all 14 Early Action compact areas until December 31, 2006.
Pesticides: Data Requirements for Conventional Chemicals; Extension of Comment Period
Document Number: 05-11276
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-06-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA issued a proposed rule in the Federal Register on March 11, 2005, titled ``Pesticides; Data Requirements for Conventional Chemicals.'' This notice extends the closing date of the comment period announced in that notice by 90 days, from June 9, 2005, to September 7, 2005.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; New Mexico; Albuquerque/Bernalillo County
Document Number: 05-11272
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-06-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On April 14, 2005 EPA published a direct final rule (71 FR 19702) approving revisions to the New Mexico State Implementation Plan (SIP) concerning the second ten-year carbon monoxide (CO) maintenance plan for the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County, New Mexico area. The revision was based on a request from the State submitted to EPA on September 7, 2004. In the proposed rules section of the April 14, 2005 Federal Register (71 FR 19723), we stated that written comment must be received by May 16, 2005. We received written adverse comments during the public comment period on our April 14, 2005 rulemaking action. The EPA is withdrawing this final rule due to the adverse comments received on this rulemaking action. In a subsequent final rule, we will summarize and respond to written comments received and take final rulemaking action on this requested New Mexico SIP revision.
National Oil and Hazardous Substance; Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List
Document Number: 05-11271
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-06-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6 is publishing a direct final notice of deletion of the Delatte Metals Superfund Site (Site), located in Ponchatoula, Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana from the National Priorities List (NPL). The NPL, promulgated pursuant to section 105 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980, as amended, is found at Appendix B of 40 CFR part 300 which is the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP). The EPA and the State of Louisiana, through the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ), have determined that all appropriate response actions under CERCLA, other than operation and maintenance and five-year reviews, have been completed. However, this deletion does not preclude future actions under Superfund.
National Oil and Hazardous Substance Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List
Document Number: 05-11270
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-06-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6 is publishing a direct final notice of deletion of the Delatte Metals Superfund Site (Site), located in Ponchatoula, Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, from the National Priorities List (NPL). The NPL, promulgated pursuant to section 105 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980, as amended, is appendix B of 40 CFR part 300, which is the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP). This direct final notice of deletion is being published by EPA with the concurrence of the State of Louisiana, through the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ), because EPA has determined that all appropriate response actions under CERCLA have been completed and, therefore, further remedial action pursuant to CERCLA is not appropriate.
Ferric Sodium EDTA; Notice of Filing a Pesticide Petition to Establish a Tolerance for a Certain Pesticide Chemical in or on Food
Document Number: 05-11165
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-08
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.
Revision of December 2000 Regulatory Finding on the Emissions of Hazardous Air Pollutants From Electric Utility Steam Generating Units and the Removal of Coal- and Oil-Fired Electric Utility Steam Generating Units From the Section 112(c) List
Document Number: 05-11273
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-06-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This action corrects and clarifies certain text of the final rule entitled ``Revision of December 2000 Regulatory Finding on the Emissions of Hazardous Air Pollutants from Electric Utility Steam Generating Units and the Removal of Coal- and Oil-Fired Electric Utility Steam Generating Units From the Section 112(c) List.'' The final rule was published in the Federal Register on March 29, 2005 (70 FR 15994) and contains two discrete regulatory actions: The reversal of the December 2000 finding based on EPA's conclusion that it is neither appropriate nor necessary to regulate coal- and oil-fired electric utility steam generating units (Utility Units) under section 112 of the Clean Air Act (CAA); and the removal of coal- and oil-fired Utility Units from the CAA section 112(c) list. This document corrects certain explanatory text in the final rule published at 70 FR 15993. These corrections do not affect the substance of the two above-noted regulatory actions, nor do they change the rights or obligations of any party. Rather, this notice merely corrects certain explanatory text in support of EPA's actions. Thus, it is proper to issue this notice of final rule corrections without notice and comment. Section 553 of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), provides that, when an agency for good cause finds that notice and public procedure are impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest, the agency may issue a rule without providing notice and an opportunity for public comment. We have determined that there is good cause for making today's action final without prior proposal and opportunity for comment because the changes to the rule are minor technical corrections, are noncontroversial, and do not substantively change the agency actions taken in the final rule. Thus, notice and public procedure are unnecessary. We find that this constitutes good cause under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B).
The Association of American Pesticide Control Officials (AAPCO)/ State FIFRA Issues Research and Evaluation Group (SFIREG); Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: 05-11164
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Association of American Pesticide Control Officials (AAPCO)/State FIFRA Issues Research and Evaluation Group (SFIREG) will hold a 2-day meeting, beginning on June 27, 2005, and ending June 28, 2005. This notice announces the location and times for the meeting and sets forth the tentative agenda topics.
Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of an Upcoming Teleconference of the Perfluorooctanoic Acid Risk Assessment (PFOA) Review Panel of the EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB)
Document Number: 05-11163
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the SAB Perfluorooctanoic Acid Risk Assessment (PFOA) Review Panel.
Workshop to Peer Review Proposed Indicators for the U.S. EPA's 2006 Report on the Environment
Document Number: 05-11162
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing that ERG, an EPA contractor for external scientific peer review, will convene a panel of experts and organize and conduct an independent external peer-review workshop to review the Proposed Indicators for the U.S. EPA's 2006 Report on the Environment (hereafter, Proposed IndicatorsEPA ROE 2006). EPA is also announcing a 45-day public review and comment period on the Proposed IndicatorsEPA ROE 2006. This public comment period and the public peer-review workshop are separate processes and will provide an opportunity for all stakeholders to weigh in on the primary contents of the draft 2006 Report on the Environment (EPA ROE 2006) at an early stage. The selection of the Proposed IndicatorsEPA ROE 2006 was coordinated across EPA and with other agencies. The draft text and accompanying information for each indicator were prepared by EPA Program and Regional Offices, the Office of Research and Development (ORD), the Office of Environmental Information (OEI), and the Office of Policy Economics and Innovation (OPEI). In preparing the EPA ROE 2006, EPA will consider ERG's report of the comments and recommendations from the expert peer-review workshop and any public comments EPA receives in accordance with today's notice.
Forty-Third Street Bay Drum Superfund Site; Notice of Settlement
Document Number: 05-11161
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under section 122(h)(1) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has entered into an Agreement for Recovery of Past Cost (Agreement) at the Forty-Third Street Bay Drum Superfund Site (Site) located in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida, with Specialty Chemical, Florida Department of Transportation, and Cicconne-D-Amico, Inc. EPA will consider public comments on the Agreement until July 6, 2005. EPA may withdraw from or modify the Agreement should such comments disclose facts or considerations which indicate the Agreement is inappropriate, improper, or inadequate. Copies of the Agreement are available from: Ms. Paula V. Batchelor, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4, Superfund Enforcement & Information Management Branch, 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 within 30 days of the date of publication.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 05-11110
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: 05-11109
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has no objections to the proposed action. Rating LO.
Pesticide Product Registrations; Conditional Approval
Document Number: 05-11106
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces Agency approval of applications to conditionally register the pesticide products MeloCon WG, Chondrostereum purpureum strain HQ1 Concentrate, and Myco-Tech Paste containing new active ingredients not included in any previously registered products pursuant to the provisions of section 3(c)(7)(C) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended.
Sodium Chlorite; Receipt of Application for Emergency Exemption, Solicitation of Public Comment
Document Number: 05-11105
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has received a public health exemption request to use the pesticide product sodium chlorite (CAS No. 7758-19-2) to treat up to 2,500 boxes of papers, pictures, negatives, and other items stored in a fumigation chamber in the garage basement of the Boca Building, in Boca Raton, FL, to control or inactivate potential contamination with Bacillus anthracis (anthrax) spores. The Applicant proposed the use of sodium chlorite specifically for inactivation of anthrax spores. Due to the urgent nature of this request, EPA authorized decontamination procedures at this site which involved sodium chlorite on April 4, 2005, in advance of this Notice. With this notice, EPA is soliciting public comments on this action.
Pesticide Product; Registration Applications
Document Number: 05-11104
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-03
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.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Laboratory Quality Assurance Evaluation Program for Analysis of Cryptosporidium
Document Number: 05-11103
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-03
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 October 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.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review and Approval; Comment Request; NESHAP for Friction Materials Manufacturing (Renewal), ICR Number 2025.03, OMB Control Number 2060-0481
Document Number: 05-11102
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-03
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 July 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; Baseline Standards and Best Management Practices for the Coal Mining Point Source Category-Coal Remining Subcategory and Western Alkaline Coal Mining Subcategory (Renewal), EPA ICR Number 1944.03, OMB Control Number 2040-0239
Document Number: 05-11101
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-03
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.
Ocean Disposal; Designation of Dredged Material Disposal Sites in Central and Western Long Island Sound, CT
Document Number: 05-10847
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-06-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
With the publication of this final rule, EPA is designating two open-water dredged material disposal sites, Central Long Island Sound (CLIS) and Western Long Island Sound (WLIS), for the disposal of dredged material from harbors and navigation channels in the Long Island Sound vicinity in the states of Connecticut and New York. This action is necessary to provide long-term, open-water, dredged material disposal sites as an alternative for the possible future disposal of such material. The basis for this action is described in a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) published by EPA in March 2004. The FEIS identifies designation of the CLIS and WLIS dredged material disposal sites as the preferred alternatives from the range of options considered. On September 12, 2003, EPA published in the Federal Register a proposed rule and a notice of availability of a Draft EIS (DEIS) for this action. These disposal site designations are subject to various restrictions designed to support the goal of terminating or reducing the disposal of dredged material into Long Island Sound, as explained below in subsection E. 3 of the Supplementary Information section. EPA has conducted the disposal site designation process consistent with the requirements of the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act (MPRSA), the Clean Water Act (CWA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA), and other relevant statutes and regulations. Under NEPA, federal agencies prepare a public record of decision (ROD) at the time of their decision on any action for which an FEIS has been prepared. This Federal Register notice for the final rule will also serve as EPA's ROD for the site designations. The site designations are intended to be effective for an indefinite period of time. EPA has agreed, however, that use of the sites pursuant to these designations may be suspended or terminated in accordance with the Restrictions included in the final rule. The designation of these two disposal sites does not by itself authorize the disposal of dredged material from any particular dredging project at either site. The designation of the CLIS and WLIS disposal sites simply makes those sites available for use for the dredged material from a specific project if no environmentally preferable, practicable alternative for managing that dredged material exists, and if analysis of the dredged material indicates that it is suitable for open-water disposal. Thus, each proposed dredging project will be evaluated to determine whether there are practicable, environmentally preferable alternatives to open-water disposal. In addition, the dredged material from each proposed disposal project will be subjected to MPRSA and/or CWA sediment testing requirements to determine its suitability for possible open-water disposal at an approved site. Alternatives to open-water disposal that will be considered include upland disposal and beneficial uses such as beach nourishment. If environmentally preferable, practicable disposal alternatives exist, open-water disposal will not be allowed. In addition, the dredged material will undergo physical, chemical, and biological analysis to determine its suitability for open-water disposal. EPA will not approve dredged material for open- water disposal if it determines that the material has the potential to cause unacceptable adverse effects to the marine environment or human health. The review process for proposed disposal projects is discussed in more detail below and in the FEIS. As dredged material disposal sites designated by EPA under the MPRSA, CLIS and WLIS also will be subject to newly developed, detailed management and monitoring protocols to track site conditions and prevent the occurrence of unacceptable adverse effects. These management and monitoring protocols are described in the CLIS and WLIS Site Management and Monitoring Plans (SMMPs), which are incorporated in the FEIS as Appendix J. EPA is authorized to close or limit the use of these sites to further disposal activity if their use causes unacceptable adverse impacts to the marine environment or human health.
Pesticides; Revised Fee Schedule for Registration Applications
Document Number: 05-10998
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is publishing a revised list of pesticide registration service fees applicable to specified pesticide applications and tolerance actions. Under the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA), the registration service fees for covered pesticide registration applications received on or after October 1, 2005, increase by 5 percent from the fees originally published in the March 17, 2004, Federal Register Notice (69 FR 12772). This revised fee schedule becomes effective on October 1, 2005. The publication of this fee schedule is required by section 33(b)(6)(B) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2004.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Risk Management Program Requirements and Petitions To Modify the List of Regulated Substances Under Section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act, EPA ICR Number 1656.12, OMB Control Number 2050-0144
Document Number: 05-10996
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-02
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 October 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.
Notice of Deficiency for Clean Air Operating Permits Program; Maricopa County, AZ
Document Number: 05-10995
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-06-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to its authority under section 502(i) of the Clean Air Act, EPA is publishing this notice of deficiency for the Clean Air Act title V operating permits program of Maricopa County, Arizona. The notice of deficiency is based upon EPA's finding that Maricopa County's title V program does not comply with the requirements of the Clean Air Act or with the implementing regulations of the Operating Permit Program in two respects: permit fees and permit processing. With respect to permit fees, specific deficiencies include the following: Maricopa County has failed to demonstrate that its title V program requires owners or operators of Operating Permit Program sources to pay fees that are sufficient to cover the costs of the County's title V program, and has failed to adequately ensure that its title V program funds are used solely for title V permit program costs; and Maricopa County's fee rule and the implementation of this rule have contributed to delay in issuance of initial title V permits. With respect to permit processing, specific deficiencies include the following: Maricopa County has issued title V permits that do not assure compliance with all applicable requirements; Maricopa County's processing of permit revisions is deficient; and Maricopa County has not demonstrated that it is providing sufficient staffing. Publication of this action is a prerequisite for withdrawal of Maricopa County's title V program approval, but does not effect such withdrawal.
Alabama: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revisions
Document Number: 05-10994
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-06-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Alabama 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 Alabama for RCRA Cluster XIII. In the ``Rules and Regulations'' section of this Federal Register, EPA is authorizing the changes by an immediate final rule. EPA did not make a proposal prior to the immediate final rule because we believe this action is not controversial and do not expect comments that oppose it. We have explained the reasons for this authorization in the preamble to the immediate final rule. Unless we get written comments which oppose this authorization during the comment period, the immediate final rule will become effective on the date it establishes, and we will not take further action on this proposal. If we get comments that oppose this action, we will withdraw the immediate final rule and it will not take effect. We will then respond to public comments in a later final rule based on this proposal. You may not have another opportunity for comment. If you want to comment on this action, you must do so at this time.
Alabama: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revision
Document Number: 05-10993
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-06-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Alabama has applied to EPA for final authorization of the changes to its hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). EPA has determined that these changes satisfy all requirements needed to qualify for final authorization, and is authorizing the State's changes through this immediate final action. EPA is publishing this rule to authorize the changes without a prior proposal because we believe this action is not controversial and do not expect comments that oppose it. Unless we get written comments which oppose this authorization during the comment period, the decision to authorize Alabama's changes to its hazardous waste program will take effect. If we get comments that oppose this action, we will publish a document in the Federal Register withdrawing this rule before it takes effect and a separate document in the proposed rules section of this Federal Register will serve as a proposal to authorize the changes.
Proposed Settlement Agreement, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
Document Number: 05-10992
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
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 draft Consent Decree to address claims raised by Blue Skies Alliance, Downwinders at Risk, Public Citizen, and Sierra Club (``Blue Skies'') in a citizen suit filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Blue Skies Alliance et. al v. United States Environmental Protection Agency, Civil Action No. 3:04-CIV-2169-N (N.D. TX). This lawsuit, filed pursuant to section 304(a) of the Clean Air Act (``CAA''), 42 U.S.C. 7604(a), alleged that EPA failed to perform the following nondiscretionary duties: Determine whether the Dallas/ Fort Worth ozone nonattainment area (``DFW'') had attained the 1-hour national ambient air quality standard (``NAAQS'') and take final action by the statutory deadline on two state implementation plan (``SIP'') revisions for DFW. The proposed Consent Decree provides that EPA will take final action on certain SIP revisions within a specified period of time.
Adequacy Status of Submitted State Implementation Plans (SIP) for Transportation Conformity Purposes: 5% Increment of Progress Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets for the Dallas-Fort Worth 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area
Document Number: 05-10991
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In this action, EPA is notifying the public that we have found the on-road motor vehicle emissions budgets contained in the Dallas- Fort Worth moderate 8-hour ozone nonattainment area 5% Increment of Progress SIP adequate for transportation conformity purposes. As a result of our finding, the budgets from the submitted SIP revision must be used for future conformity determinations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Transportation Conformity Rule Amendments for the New PM2.5
Document Number: 05-10853
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-06-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA issued a final rule on May 6, 2005, (70 FR 24280) that adds the following transportation related PM2.5 precursors to the transportation conformity regulations: nitrogen oxides (NOX), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), sulfur oxides (SOX), and ammonia (NH3). The final rule specifies when each of these precursors must be considered in conformity determinations in PM2.5 nonattainment and maintenance areas before and after PM2.5 state air quality implementation plans (SIPs) are submitted. The preamble to the final rule contains two minor errors. This notice is intended to correct these errors. All other preamble and regulatory text printed in the May 6, 2005, final rule is correct. The Department of Transportation (DOT) is EPA's federal partner in implementing the transportation conformity regulation. We have consulted with DOT on the development of these corrections, and DOT concurs.
Announcement of the Board of Trustees for the National Environmental Education and Training Foundation, Inc.
Document Number: 05-10852
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The National Environmental Education and Training Foundation was created by section 10 of Public Law 101-619, the National Environmental Education Act of 1990. It is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established to promote and support education and training as necessary tools to further environmental protection and sustainable, environmentally sound development. It provides the common ground upon which leaders from business and industry, all levels of government, public interest groups, and others can work cooperatively to expand the reach of environmental education and training programs beyond the traditional classroom. The Foundation supports a grant program that promotes innovative environmental education and training programs; it also develops partnerships with government and other organizations to administer projects that promote the development of an environmentally literal public. The Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as required by the terms of the Act, announces the following appointments to the National Environmental Education and Training Foundation, Inc. Board of Trustees. The appointees are Holly Cannon, a principal of the law firm Bevedridge & Diamond; and Raymond J. Ban, Executive Vice President, meteorology Science and Strategy, The Weather Channel, Inc. These appointees will join the current Board members which include: Braden Allenby, Vice President, Environment, Health and Safety, AT&T. Richard Bartlett, (NEETF Chairman) Vice Chairman, Mary Kay Holding Corporation. Dorothy Jacobson, Consultant Karen Bates Kress, President, KBK Consulting, Inc. Dorothy McSweeny, (NEETF Vice Chair), Chair, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Honorable William Sessions, former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Additional Considerations: Great care has been taken to assure that these new appointees not only have the highest degree of expertise and commitment, but also brings to the Board diverse points of view relating to environmental education and training. These appointments shall be for two consecutive four year terms. For Further Information Contact: C. Michael Baker, Acting Director, Office of Environmental Education, Office of Public Affairs (1704A) U.S. EPA 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460.
Determination of Attainment by the Applicable Attainment Date for the Carbon Monoxide National Ambient Air Quality Standard Within the Las Vegas Valley Nonattainment Area, Clark County, NV; Determination Regarding Applicability of Certain Clean Air Act Requirements
Document Number: 05-10851
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-06-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is finding that the Las Vegas Valley nonattainment area in the State of Nevada has attained the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for carbon monoxide by the applicable December 31, 2000 attainment date. EPA is taking this action pursuant to its obligations under the Clean Air Act to determine whether nonattainment areas have attained the applicable standard by the applicable attainment date. As a consequence of this finding, we find that certain statutory requirements no longer apply to this area and that the State of Nevada will not be subject to the additional statutory requirements for carbon monoxide that would otherwise have applied.
Meeting of the Ozone Transport Commission
Document Number: 05-10850
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The United States Environmental Protection Agency is announcing the 2005 Annual Meeting of the Ozone Transport Commission (OTC). This OTC meeting will explore options available for reducing ground-level ozone precursors in a multi-pollutant context.
Florida Petroleum Reprocessors Superfund Site; Notice of Proposed Settlement
Document Number: 05-10849
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under section 122(g) (4) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Environmental Protection Agency has offered a de minimis settlement at the Florida Petroleum Reprocessors Superfund Sire (Site) located in Davie, Florida. EPA will consider public comments until July 1, 2005. EPA may withdraw from or modify the proposed settlement should such comments disclose facts or considerations which indicated the proposed settlement in inappropriate, improper, or inadequate. Copies of the proposed settlement are available from: Ms. Paula V. Batchelor, Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4, Superfund Enforcement & Information Management Branch, Waste Management Division, 61 Forsyth Street, SW., Atlanta, Georgia 30303. (404) 562- 8887. Batchelor.Paula@EPA.gov. Written or e-mail comments may be submitted to Paula V. Batchelor at the above address within 30 days of the date of publication.
[alpha]-Butyl-[omega]-hydroxypoly(oxypropylene) Block Polymer with poly(oxyethylene); Notice of Filing a Pesticide Petition to Establish a Tolerance for a Certain Pesticide Chemical in or on Food
Document Number: 05-10848
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-01
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.
3-Hexen-1-ol, (3Z)-; Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: 05-10846
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-06-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of cis -3-hexen-1-ol also known as leaf alcohol or 3-hexen-1-ol, (3Z)- (CAS Reg. No. 928-96-1) when used as an inert ingredient - an odorant or alerting agent in certain pesticide formulations. Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc. 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 an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of cis -3-hexen-1-ol.