Environmental Protection Agency July 1, 2005 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; State of Colorado; State Implementation Plan Correction
Document Number: 05-13061
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-07-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
When EPA approved Colorado's Carbon Monoxide Redesignation to Attainment and Related Revisions for Fort Collins on July 22, 2003, we inadvertently submitted extraneous pages from Regulation No. 13, ``Oxygenated Fuels Program'' for incorporation by reference into the State Implementation Plan (SIP). EPA is correcting these errors with this document. This action is being taken under section 110(k)(6) of the Clean Air Act.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Minnesota
Document Number: 05-13060
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-07-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is approving State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions to the sulfur dioxide (SO2) requirements for Flint Hills Resources, L.P. (Flint Hills) of Dakota County, Minnesota. Flint Hills operates a Rosemont, Minnesota petroleum refinery. The requested revisions will allow the refinery to produce ultra low sulfur diesel fuel. This expansion will add five sources and create an increase in sulfur dioxide emissions. An analysis of the additional sources was conducted. The results show that the air quality of Dakota County will remain in compliance of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for sulfur dioxide.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Minnesota
Document Number: 05-13059
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-07-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the sulfur dioxide requirements for Flint Hills Resources, L.P. (Flint Hills) of Dakota County, Minnesota. The requested revisions will allow the Rosemont, Minnesota petroleum refinery to produce ultra low sulfur diesel fuel. This expansion will add five sources and create an increase in sulfur dioxide emissions. An analysis of the additional sources was conducted. The results shows that the air quality of Dakota County will remain in compliance with the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for sulfur dioxide. 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 these direct final and proposed rules, 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 will respond to all public comments in a subsequent final rule based on this proposed rule. 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 Implementation; Plans and Designation of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes: Wallula, WA, Area
Document Number: 05-13058
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-07-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA, Agency, or we) proposes to approve a PM10 State Implementation Plan (SIP) maintenance plan revision for the Wallula, Washington nonattainment area and to redesignate the area from nonattainment to attainment. PM10 air pollution is suspended particulate matter with a nominal diameter less than or equal to a nominal ten micrometers. We are proposing to approve the revision and redesignation request because we believe the State adequately demonstrates that the control measures being implemented in the Wallula area result in maintenance of the PM10 National Ambient Air Quality Standards and that all other requirements of the Clean Air Act for redesignation to attainment are met.
Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC) Notice of Meeting/Request for Nominations for 2005 Clean Air Excellence Awards Program
Document Number: 05-13057
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92- 463), notice is hereby given that the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee will hold its next open meeting on Friday, July 28, 2005. On July 28 the meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Double Tree Hotel, 300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202. The Subcommittee meetings will be held on July 27, 2005 at 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m. at the same location as the full Committee. Seating will be available on a first come, first served basis. The Mobile Source Technical Review subcommittee will not meet at this time. The agenda for the full committee meeting will be posted on the CAAAC Web site: http:// www.epa.gov/oar/caaac/. It is open to the public. EPA established the Clean Air Excellence Awards Program in February, 2000. This is an annual awards program to recognize outstanding and innovative efforts that support progress in achieving clean air. This notice announces the competition for the Year 2005 program.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Reasonably Available Control Technology for Oxides of Nitrogen for a Specific Source in the State of New Jersey
Document Number: 05-13056
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-07-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to approve a revision to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for ozone submitted by the State of New Jersey. This SIP revision consists of a source- specific reasonably available control technology (RACT) determination for controlling oxides of nitrogen from the cogeneration facility operated by Schering Corporation. This action proposes an approval of the source-specific RACT determination that was made by New Jersey in accordance with provisions of its regulation to help meet the national ambient air quality standard for ozone. The intended effect of this proposed rule is to approve source-specific emission limitations required by the Clean Air Act.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Miscellaneous Organic Chemical Manufacturing
Document Number: 05-13055
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-07-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On November 10, 2003, EPA promulgated national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) for miscellaneous organic chemical manufacturing under the authority of section 112 of the Clean Air Act (CAA). We are amending the NESHAP by clarifying the compliance requirements for flares and the alternative standard, which limits the outlet concentration to 20 parts per million. We are amending the NESHAP by extending the vapor balancing alternative to cover transfers from barges to storage tanks, amending the procedures for correcting measured concentrations at the outlet of combustion devices to correct for dilution by supplemental gas, and clarifying the signature requirements for the notification of compliance status report. The direct final rule amendments also specify requirements for effluent from control devices, clarify the definition of the term continuous process vent, and correct several referencing and drafting errors. We are issuing the amendments by direct final rule, without prior proposal, because we view the revisions as noncontroversial and anticipate no adverse comments. In the Proposed Rules section of this Federal Register, we are publishing a separate document that will serve as the proposal in the event that timely adverse comments are received.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Miscellaneous Organic Chemical Manufacturing
Document Number: 05-13054
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-07-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On November 10, 2003, EPA promulgated national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) for miscellaneous organic chemical manufacturing under the authority of section 112 of the Clean Air Act (CAA). This action proposes clarifications to the compliance requirements for flares and the alternative standard, which limits the outlet concentration to 20 parts per million. This action proposes an expansion of the scope of the vapor balancing alternative for storage tanks, modifications to the procedures for correcting measured concentrations at the outlet of combustion devices to account for supplemental gases, and clarification of the signature requirements for the notification of compliance status report. This action also proposes revisions of several referencing and drafting errors. In the Rules and Regulations section of this Federal Register, we are taking direct final action on the proposed amendments because we view the amendments as noncontroversial and anticipate no adverse comments. We have explained our reasons for the amendments in the preamble to the direct final rule. If we receive no adverse comments, we will take no further action on the proposed amendments. If we receive adverse comments, we will withdraw only those provisions on which we received significant adverse comments. We will publish a timely withdrawal in the Federal Register indicating which provisions will become effective and which provisions are being withdrawn. If part or all of the direct final rule in the Rules and Regulations section of today's Federal Register is withdrawn, all comments pertaining to the withdrawn provisions will be addressed in a subsequent final rule based on the proposed amendments. We will not institute a second comment period before taking the subsequent final action. Any parties interested in commenting must do so at this time.
Correction to the California State Implementation Plan, South Coast Air Quality Management District
Document Number: 05-13053
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-07-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to delete a provision from the California State Implementation Plan (SIP) that was approved into the SIP in error. This provision is part of a rule concerning emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC) from solvent cleaning operations. EPA has determined that the continued presence of this provision in the SIP is potentially confusing and thus harmful to affected sources, local agencies and to EPA. The intended effect of this proposal is to delete this provision and make the federally enforceable SIP consistent with the SIP as adopted and submitted by the State of California.
Correction to the California State Implementation Plan, South Coast Air Quality Management District
Document Number: 05-13052
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-07-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to delete a provision from the California State Implementation Plan (SIP) that was approved into the SIP in error. This provision is part of a rule concerning emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC) from solvent cleaning operations. EPA has determined that the continued presence of this provision in the SIP is potentially confusing and thus harmful to affected sources, local agencies and to EPA. The intended effect of this action is to delete this provision and make the federally enforceable SIP consistent with the SIP as adopted and submitted by the State of California.
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: 05-13045
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA expressed environmental concerns about potential adverse impacts to air quality, and recommended that a revised cumulative air quality analysis, including other reasonably foreseeable projects, especially on Uintah and Ouray Reservations be completed. Rating EC2.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 05-13044
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans for Arizona; Maricopa County PM-10 Nonattainment Area; Serious Area Plan for Attainment of the 24-Hour and Annual PM-10 Standards
Document Number: 05-13032
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-07-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On July 25, 2002, EPA approved under the Clean Air Act (CAA) the serious area particulate matter (PM-10) plan for the Maricopa County portion of the metropolitan Phoenix (Arizona) nonattainment area (Maricopa County area). Among other things, EPA approved the best available control measure (BACM) and most stringent measure (MSM) demonstrations in the plan and granted the State's request for an attainment date extension for the area. EPA's approval was challenged in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In response to the Court's remand, EPA has reassessed the BACM demonstration for the significant source categories of on-road motor vehicles and nonroad engines and equipment exhaust, specifically regarding whether or not California Air Resources Board (CARB) diesel is a BACM. EPA has also reassessed the MSM demonstration. As a result of these reassessments, EPA is again proposing to approve the BACM and MSM demonstrations in the plan and to grant the State's request to extend the attainment deadline from 2001 to 2006.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Spokane PM10 Nonattainment Area Limited Maintenance Plan and Redesignation Request
Document Number: 05-12947
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-07-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the Limited Maintenance Plan for the Spokane nonattainment area (NAA) in Washington and grant the request by the State to redesignate the area from nonattainment to attainment for PM10. On November 30, 2004, the State of Washington submitted a Limited Maintenance Plan (LMP) for the Spokane nonattainment area (NAA) for approval and concurrently requested that EPA redesignate the Spokane NAA to attainment for the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter less than or equal to a nominal 10 micrometers (PM10). In 1997, EPA approved Washington's moderate area plan for the Spokane NAA for all PM10 sources except windblown dust. In this action, EPA is also proposing to approve the remaining elements of the Spokane NAA moderate area plan for windblown dust sources.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Spokane PM10 Nonattainment Area Limited Maintenance Plan and Redesignation Request
Document Number: 05-12946
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-07-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve the Limited Maintenance Plan for the Spokane nonattainment area (NAA) in Washington and grant the request by the State to redesignate the area from nonattainment to attainment for PM10. On November 30, 2004, the State of Washington submitted a Limited Maintenance Plan (LMP) for the Spokane nonattainment area (NAA) for approval and concurrently requested that EPA redesignate the Spokane NAA to attainment for the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter less than or equal to a nominal 10 micrometers (PM10). In 1997, EPA approved Washington's moderate area plan for the Spokane NAA for all PM10 sources except windblown dust. In this direct final action, EPA is also approving the remaining elements of the Spokane NAA moderate area plan for windblown dust sources.