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

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Control of Emissions of Air Pollution From Diesel Fuel
Document Number: 05-13781
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-07-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to correct, amend, and revise certain provisions of the Highway Diesel Rule adopted on January 18, 2001 (66 FR 5002), and the Nonroad Diesel Rule on June 29, 2004 (69 FR 38958). First, it makes minor corrections to clarify the regulations governing compliance with the diesel fuel standards. These minor corrections focus primarily on the Nonroad Rule, however, some may affect provisions contained in the Highway Rule that were overlooked at the time the Nonroad Rule was finalized. Second, it amends the designate and track provisions to account for companies within the fuel distribution system that perform more than one function related to fuel production and/or distribution. This will alleviate the problem of inaccurate volume balances due to a company performing multiple functions. Finally, with respect to the generation of fuel credits, it revises the regulatory text to allow refiners better access to early highway diesel fuel credits. The intention of this amendment is to help ensure a smooth transition to ultra low-sulfur diesel fuel nationwide.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Primary Copper Smelting
Document Number: 05-13871
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-07-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is amending the national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) for primary copper smelting to correct the monitoring requirements for control systems other than baghouses and venturi wet scrubbers.
Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC) Notice of Meeting Date Correction
Document Number: 05-13870
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In the Federal Register of July 1, 2005, 70 FR 38133, EPA announced the Notice of a public meeting scheduled for the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee for July 27 and 28, 2005, but inadvertently listed the dates as Thursday July 27, and Friday July 28. This notice is being published to correct the dates as Wednesday July 27, and Thursday July 28, 2005. Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Public Law 92-463), notice is hereby given that the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee will hold its next open meeting on Thursday 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 Wednesday 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.
Notice of Tentative Approval and Solicitation of Request for a Public Hearing for Public Water System Supervision Program Revision for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Document Number: 05-13785
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given in accordance with the provision of Section 1413 of the Safe Drinking Water Act as amended, and the National Primary Drinking Water Implementation Regulations that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is revising its approved Public Water System Supervision Program. Pennsylvania has adopted the Long Term 1 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule to improve control of microbial pathogens in drinking water, including specifically the protozoan Cryptosporidium, and the Filter Backwash Recycling Rule to require water systems to institute changes to return recycle flows of a plant's treatment process that may compromise pathogen treatment. EPA has determined that these revisions are no less stringent than the corresponding Federal regulations except for one minor omission to the Commonwealth's regulations. The item concerns Tier 3 public notification for reporting violations. This omission will be addressed through a future rulemaking. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection committed to complete this rulemaking in a letter of intent from the Chief of the Division of Drinking Water Management dated March 29, 2005. This letter includes the draft content of the regulatory change and a schedule, with milestones, for completing this revision. Therefore, EPA is taking action to tentatively approve these program revisions. All interested parties are invited to submit written comments on this determination and may request a public hearing.
Receipt of Requests for Initial Certification of Predictive Emission Monitoring Systems
Document Number: 05-13784
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given of receipt of requests for initial certification of alternative monitoring systems for nitrogen oxides emissions under the Acid Rain Program or the NOX Budget Program. The emissions monitoring regulations require EPA to provide notice of each request in the Federal Register and, following a public comment period of 60 days, to approve or disapprove the request. EPA has recently received requests for initial certification of nine alternative monitoring systems. All of these are predictive emission monitoring systems (PEMS). In order to be considered equivalent to a continuous emission monitoring system, each of these PEMS must meet the regulatory requirements for approval of an alternative monitoring system. EPA has conditionally approved three of these PEMS and is still reviewing the other six PEMS petitions.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Market-Based Stormwater Management in the Shepherd Creek Watershed in Cincinnati, OH; EPA ICR Number 2178.01, OMB Control Number
Document Number: 05-13783
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-13
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.
Pesticide Emergency Exemptions; Agency Decisions and State and Federal Agency Crisis Declarations
Document Number: 05-13780
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has granted or denied emergency exemptions under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) for use of pesticides as listed in this notice. The exemptions or denials were granted during the period January 1, 2005 to March 31, 2005 to control unforseen pest outbreaks.
Simazine Risk Assessments and Risk Reduction Options; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 05-13779
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's human health and environmental fate and effects risk assessments and related documents for the chlorinated triazine pesticide simazine, and opens a public comment period on these documents. The public is encouraged to suggest risk management ideas or proposals to address the risks identified. EPA is developing an Interim Reregistration Eligibility Decision (IRED) for simazine 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.
Board of Scientific Counselors, Global Change Subcommittee Meetings
Document Number: 05-13777
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92- 463, the Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development (ORD), announces three meetings of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Global Change Subcommittee. The conference calls and face-to-face meeting will focus on reviewing the Office of Research and Development's Global Change Research Program.
Pesticides; Procedural Regulations for Registration Review
Document Number: 05-13776
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-07-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA) of 1996 amended the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) to require periodic review of pesticide registrations to ensure that over time they continue to meet statutory standards for registration. FIFRA section 3(g) specifies that EPA establish procedural regulations for conducting registration review and the goal of the regulations shall be Agency review of pesticide registrations on a 15-year cycle. This proposal describes the Agency's proposed approach to the registration review program. The proposed regulation is intended to ensure continued review of pesticides using procedures that provide for public participation and transparency in an efficient manner.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Recordkeeping and Reporting for the Performance-Based Qualification of Test Methods for Diesel Fuel, EPA ICR Number 2180.02, OMB Control Number 2060-0566
Document Number: 05-13775
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-13
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 to renew an existing, approved ``emergency'' collection. This ICR is scheduled to expire on September 30, 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.
Spirodiclofen; Pesticide Tolerance
Document Number: 05-13774
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-07-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of spirodiclofen (3-(2,4-dichlorophenyl)-2-oxo-1-oxaspiro[4.5]dec-3-en-4- yl 2,2-dimethylbutanoate) in or on grape; grape, raisin; grape, juice; fruit, citrus, crop group 10; citrus, oil; citrus, juice; fruit, pome, crop group 11; apple, wet pomace; fruit, stone, crop group 12; nut, tree, crop group 14; almond, hulls; and pistachio; and for residues of spirodiclofen and its free enol metabolite (3-(2,4-dichlorophenyl)-4- hydroxy-1-oxaspiro[4,5]dec-3-en-2-one) in or on cattle, fat; cattle, meat byproducts; cattle, meat; goat, fat; goat, meat byproducts; goat, meat; sheep, fat; sheep, meat byproducts; sheep, meat; horse, fat; horse, meat byproducts; horse, meat; milk; and milk, fat. Bayer CropScience requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), as amended by the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 (FQPA).
Potassium Triiodide; Pesticide Chemical Not Requiring a Tolerance or an Exemption from Tolerance
Document Number: 05-13701
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-07-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is designating the use of the active ingredient, potassium triiodide as a non-food use pesticide when applied to melons, grapes and bananas grown in foreign countries, and is adding an entry to 40 CFR 180.2020 noting the non-food use determination. This determination is based on the Agency's evaluation of data which indicates that dietary exposure to iodide and/or iodine resulting from the application of potassium triiodide to melons, grapes, and bananas is expected, to the extent any is present, to be indistinguishable from the background levels of existing dietary exposure resulting from the naturally- occurring sources of iodine chemicals. The effect of this designation is that EPA does not require that a tolerance or exemption from tolerance under section 408 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, 21 U.S.C. 346a, be established as a condition of registration of the pesticide under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, 7 U.S.C. 136 et. seq.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Missouri
Document Number: 05-13696
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-07-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is announcing the approval of an amendment to the statewide NOX rule for the state of Missouri. The purpose of this rule is to reduce the state's contribution to the St. Louis 8-hour ozone nonattainment area. Consequently, the reductions in NOX emissions will also help to reduce the amount of PM2.5 precursors in the area. This action is necessary to complete the process of incorporating the amended rule into Missouri's ozone SIP.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Texas; Revisions To Control Volatile Organic Compound Emissions; Correction
Document Number: 05-13695
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-07-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA issued a direct final rule on March 29, 2005, (70 FR 15769), that approved Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions. The approved revisions pertain to regulations to control volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from solvent degreasing processes, cutback asphalt, and motor vehicle fuel dispensing facilities. The language in the March 29, 2005 Federal Register amended the table in 40 CFR 52.2270(c) titled ``EPA Approved Regulations in the Texas SIP''. The amendatory language failed to: Update the table for control of vehicle refueling emissions (Stage II) at motor vehicle fuel dispensing facilities, and add a table heading for cutback asphalt regulations. This document corrects these two mistakes.
1,3-Dichloropropene Risk Assessment; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 05-13378
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's human health risk assessment for the soil fumigant 1,3-Dichloropropene (1,3-D), which is commonly referred to as telone, and opens a public comment period on this document. Although 1,3-D has undergone reregistration and a Reregistration Eligibility Decision was published for 1,3-D in December 1998, EPA is concurrently assessing six soil fumigants to ensure that its risk assessment approaches are consistent, and to ensure that risk tradeoffs and economic outcomes can be adequately predicted in reaching risk management decisions for the five other soil fumigants. EPA has developed a human health risk assessment for 1,3-D and is seeking comment through a public participation process in order to make available current and accurate information on this pesticide. Using this approach, EPA expects to address risks of concern for the five other soil fumigants while maintaining key use benefits.
Cyhexatin; Tolerance Reassessment Decision
Document Number: 05-13374
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's Tolerance Reassessment Decision (TRED) for the pesticide cyhexatin. The Agency's risk assessments and other related documents also are available in the Cyhexatin Docket. Through the tolerance reassessment program, EPA is ensuring that all pesticides meet current health and food safety standards.
Dazomet Risk Assessment; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 05-13373
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's human health risk assessment and related documents for the pesticide dazomet, and opens a public comment period on these documents. EPA is developing a Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) for dazomet through the full, 6-Phase public participation process that the Agency uses to involve the public in developing pesticide reregistration and tolerance reassessment decisions. EPA also is concurrently assessing the risks of five other soil fumigant pesticides to ensure that its assessment approaches are consistent and to ensure that risk trade offs and economic outcomes can be adequately predicted in reaching risk management decisions. Through these programs, EPA is ensuring that all pesticides meet current health and safety standards.
Methyl Bromide Risk Assessments for Fumigant Pesticide; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 05-13372
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's human health and environmental fate and effects risk assessments and related documents for the fumigant methyl bromide, and opens a public comment period on these documents. EPA is developing the Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) for methyl bromide through the full, 6-Phase public participation process that the Agency uses to involve the public in developing pesticide reregistration and tolerance reassessment decisions. EPA also is concurrently assessing the risks of five other soil fumigant pesticides to ensure that its assessment approaches are consistent, and to ensure that risk tradeoffs and economic outcomes can be adequately predicted in reaching risk management decisions. Through these programs, EPA is ensuring that all pesticides meet current health and safety standards.
Imidacloprid; Pesticide Tolerance
Document Number: 05-13370
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-07-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes a tolerance for residues of imidacloprid 1-[(6-chloro-3-pyridinyl)methyl]-N-nitro-2- imidazolidinimine in or on soybean, seed and soybean, meal. Gustafson LLC requested this tolerance under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), as amended by the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 (FQPA). EPA is also deleting certain imidacloprid tolerances that are no longer needed as a result of this action.
Metam Sodium Risk Assessment; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 05-13345
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's human health risk assessment and related documents for the pesticide metam sodium, and opens a public comment period on these documents. EPA is developing a Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) for metam sodium through the full, 6-Phase public participation process that the Agency uses to involve the public in developing pesticide reregistration and tolerance reassessment decisions. EPA also is concurrently assessing the risks of five other soil fumigant pesticides to ensure that its assessment approaches are consistent and to ensure that risk trade offs and economic outcomes can be adequately predicted in reaching risk management decisions. Through these programs, EPA is ensuring that all pesticides meet current health and safety standards.
Test Procedures for Testing Highway and Nonroad Engines and Omnibus Technical Amendments
Document Number: 05-11534
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-07-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation revises and harmonizes test procedures from the various EPA programs for controlling engine emissions. It does not change emission standards, nor is it intended to change the emission reductions expected from these EPA programs. Rather, it amends the regulations that describe laboratory specifications for equipment and test fuels, instructions for preparing engines and running tests, calculations for determining final emission levels from measured values, and instructions for running emission tests using portable measurement devices outside the laboratory. These updated testing regulations currently apply to land-based nonroad diesel engines, land- based nonroad spark-ignition engines over 19 kilowatts, and recreational vehicles. The revisions in this final rule will update the regulations to deal more effectively with the more stringent standards recently promulgated by EPA and will also clarify and better define certain elements of the required test procedures. In particular, the amendments better specify the procedures applicable to field testing under the regulations. This action also applies the updated testing regulations to highway heavy-duty diesel engine regulations. This action is appropriate because EPA has historically drafted a full set of testing specifications for each vehicle or engine category subject to emission standards as each program was developed over the past three decades. This patchwork approach has led to some variation in test parameters across programs, which we hope to address by adopting a common set of test requirements. The primary goal of this effort is to create unified testing requirements for all engines, which when implemented will streamline laboratory efforts for EPA and industry. This action will also include other technical changes intended to clarify and better define requirements for several different EPA engine programs. These changes are relatively minor and are technical in scope.
Request for Public Comment on Proposed Settlement Agreement Involving Pesticides and the Endangered Species Act
Document Number: 05-13768
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is making available for comment a proposed Settlement Agreement that would establish a series of deadlines for the Agency to make ``effects determinations'' on pesticides containing any of six active ingredients to determine their potential effects on the Barton Springs Salamander, Eurycea sosorum, or its designated critical habitat. If the Agency determines a pesticide ``may affect and is likely to adversely affect'' the listed species, the Agency will initiate formal consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). EPA will evaluate all comments received during the public comment period to determine whether all or part of the proposed Settlement Agreement warrants reconsideration. This proposed Settlement Agreement, if entered by the Court, would resolve a lawsuit brought against EPA by the Center for Biological Diversity and the Save Our Springs Alliance (jointly, plaintiffs).
Approval and Promulgation of State Air Quality Plans for Designated Facilities and Pollutants, Commonwealth of Virginia; Control of Municipal Waste Combustor Emissions From Small Existing Municipal Solid Waste Combustor Units
Document Number: 05-13700
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-07-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) small municipal waste combustor plan (the plan) for implementing emission guideline (EG) requirements promulgated under the Clean Air Act (the Act). The plan establishes emission limits, monitoring, operating, and recordkeeping requirements for existing small MWC units with capacities of 35 to 250 tons per day (TPD) of municipal solid waste (MSW). An existing MWC unit is defined as one for which construction commenced on or before August 30, 1999.
Approval and Promulgation of State Air Quality Plans for Designated Facilities and Pollutants, Commonwealth of Virginia; Control of Municipal Waste Combustor Emissions From Small Existing Municipal Solid Waste Combustor Units
Document Number: 05-13699
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-07-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA proposes to approve the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) small municipal waste combustor plan (the plan) for implementing emission guideline (EG) requirements promulgated under the Clean Air Act (the Act). In the Final Rules section of this Federal Register, EPA is approving the plan, under the provisions of sections 111 and 129 of the Act, as a direct final rule without prior proposal because the Agency views this as a noncontroversial submittal and anticipates no adverse comments. A detailed rationale for the approval is set forth in the direct final rule. 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.
Board of Scientific Counselors, Executive Committee Telecon Meeting-Summer 2005-New Date
Document Number: 05-13698
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92- 463, the Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development (ORD), gives notice that the date of a public meeting (via conference call) of the Executive Committee of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) has changed. The meeting was originally scheduled for July 13, 2005, and notice of this meeting was announced in the Federal Register on Thursday, June 30, 2005, 70 FR 125, pages 37839-37841. This meeting has been rescheduled to July 29, 2005. The purpose of the meeting remains the same: to review a draft report of the BOSC Particulate Matter/Ozone Research Subcommittee.
Announcement of the Board of Trustees for the National Environmental Education and Training Foundation, Inc.
Document Number: 05-13697
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-12
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 appointment to the National Environmental Education and Training Foundation, Inc. Board of Trustees. The appointee is J.L. Armstrong, National Manager, Diversity, DevelopmentCommunity, Toyota Sales, USA, Inc. The appointee 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 this new appointee not only has the highest degree of expertise and commitment, but also brings to the Board diverse points of view relating to environmental education and training. This appointment shall be for two consecutive four year terms.
Notice of Public Meeting and Conference Calls: Meeting of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council's Subgroup on Drinking Water Program Performance Indicators and Measures
Document Number: 05-13694
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under Section 10(a)(2) of Public Law 92-423, The Federal Advisory Committee Act, notice is hereby given for a meeting of a subgroup of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC or Council). This Council was authorized by the Safe Drinking Water Act in 1974 (42 U.S.C. 300f et seq.) to support the Environmental Protection Agency in performing its responsibilities related to the national drinking water program. In June 2005, the Council established a subgroup to develop recommendations for EPA to move drinking water program measures from outputs to outcomes in three steps. Step 1 will be to recommend changes to the current performance measures that move them toward outcomes. Step 2 will be to recommend new performance measures that can capture some public health outcomes and be included in EPA's next strategic plan. Step 3 will be to identify future performance measures that need additional development. The subgroup will report to the NDWAC by mid-September 2005.
Animal Feeding Operations Consent Agreement and Final Order
Document Number: 05-13672
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On January 31, 2005 (70 FR 4958), EPA announced an opportunity for animal feeding operations (AFO) to sign a voluntary consent agreement and final order (air compliance agreement). The comment period ended May 2, 2005. This supplemental notice publishes the Agency's response to comments.
Animal Feeding Operations Consent Agreement and Final Order
Document Number: 05-13671
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On January 31, 2005 (70 FR 4958), EPA announced an opportunity for animal feeding operations (AFO) to sign a voluntary consent agreement and final order (air compliance agreement). This supplemental notice announces an extension to the signup period for the consent agreement and final order.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Washington; Correcting Amendments
Document Number: 05-13554
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-07-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action on amendments which correct typographical numbering errors in the instructions amending the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) in the approval of the serious area plan for attainment of the annual and 24-hour PM10 standards for Wallula, Washington, published on May 2, 2005. PM10 is particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter less than or equal to a nominal 10 micrometers.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Washington; Correcting Amendments
Document Number: 05-13553
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-07-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In this action, EPA is proposing minor corrections to typographical numbering errors that appeared in the notice approving the serious area plan for attainment of the annual and 24-hour PM10 standards for Wallula, Washington, published on May 2, 2005. PM10 is particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter less than or equal to a nominal 10 micrometers.
Toxics Release Inventory Reporting Forms Modification Rule
Document Number: 05-13486
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-07-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
To improve reporting efficiency and effectiveness, reduce burden, and promote data reliability and consistency across Agency programs, EPA is simplifying the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reporting requirements. TRI reporting is required by section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) and section 6607 of the Pollution Prevention Act (PPA). This rule simplifies the TRI reporting requirements by removing some data elements from the Form R and Form A Certification Statement (hereafter referred to as Form A) that can be obtained from other EPA information collection databases, streamlining other TRI data elements through range codes and a reduced number of reporting codes, and eliminating a few data elements from the Form R. This rule also makes two technical corrections to the regulations to provide corrected contact information and to remove an outdated description of a pollution prevention data element.
Endocrine Disruptor Methods Validation Advisory Committee (EDMVAC); Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: 05-13563
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
There will be a meeting, via teleconference, of the Endocrine Disruptor Methods Validation Advisory Committe (EDMVAC) on August 2, 2005, in Washington, DC. This meeting, as with all EDMVAC meetings, is open to the public. Due to limited phone lines, we encourage all local participants to join us at RESOLVE. Seating will be on a first-come basis. The purpose of the meeting is to receive advice and input from the EDMVAC on the 15-Day Intact Adult Male Assay.
Certain New Chemicals; Receipt and Status Information
Document Number: 05-13560
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-11
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 June 9, 2005 to June 20, 2005, consists of the PMNs and TME, both 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.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plan; Idaho
Document Number: 05-13557
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-07-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is approving revisions related to open burning and crop residue disposal requirements in Idaho's State Implementation Plan (SIP). The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (IDEQ) submitted these revisions to EPA for inclusion in the Idaho SIP on May 22, 2003. These revisions were submitted for the purposes of clarifying existing regulations and complying with section 110 and part D of the Clean Air Act.
Public Water System Supervision Program Revision for the State of North Dakota
Document Number: 05-13556
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with the provisions of section 1413 of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), 42 U.S.C. 300g-2, and 40 CFR 142.13, public notice is hereby given that the State of North Dakota has revised its Public Water System Supervision (PWSS) Primacy Program by adopting federal regulations for the Arsenic Rule and Long Term 1 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule, which correspond to 40 CFR Parts 141 and 142. The EPA has completed its review of these revisions in accordance with SDWA, and proposes to approve North Dakota's primacy revisions for the above stated Rules. Today's approval action does not extend to public water systems in Indian country, as defined in 18 U.S.C. 1151. Please see Supplementary Information, Item B.
Standards of Performance for Stationary Compression Ignition Internal Combustion Engines
Document Number: 05-13338
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-07-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This action proposes standards of performance for stationary compression ignition (CI) internal combustion engines (ICE). These standards implement section 111(b) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and are based on the Administrator's determination that stationary CI ICE cause, or contribute significantly to, air pollution that may reasonably be anticipated to endanger public health or welfare. The intended effect of the standards is to require all new, modified, and reconstructed stationary CI ICE to use the best demonstrated system of continuous emission reduction, considering costs, non-air quality health, and environmental and energy impacts, not just with add-on controls, but also by eliminating or reducing the formation of these pollutants. The proposed standards would reduce nitrogen oxides (NOX) by an estimated 38,000 tons per year (tpy), particulate matter (PM) by an estimated 3,000 tpy, sulfur dioxide (SO2) by an estimated 9,000 tpy, non-methane hydrocarbons (NMHC) by an estimated 600 tpy, and carbon monoxide (CO) by an estimated 18,000 tpy in the year 2015.
Clean Water Act Section 303(d): Availability of List Decisions
Document Number: 05-13496
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This action announces the availability of EPA decisions identifying water quality limited segments and associated pollutants in New Hampshire to be listed pursuant to Clean Water Act section 303(d)(2), and requests public comment. Section 303(d)(2) requires that states submit and EPA approve or disapprove lists of waters for which existing technology-based pollution controls are not stringent enough to attain or maintain state water quality standards and for which total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) must be prepared. EPA has partially approved and partially disapproved New Hampshire's 2004 submittal. Specifically, EPA approved New Hampshire's listing of 637 waterbody segments (5189 including mercury impairments), associated pollutants and priority rankings. EPA disapproved New Hampshire's decision not to list five water quality limited segments and associated pollutants. EPA identified these additional waterbody segments, pollutants, and priority rankings for inclusion on the 2004 section 303(d) list. EPA is providing the public the opportunity to review its decision to add waters and pollutants to New Hampshire's 2004 Section 303(d) list, as required by EPA's Public Participation regulations. EPA will consider public comments in reaching its final decision on the additional water bodies and pollutants identified for inclusion on New Hampshire's final list.
Final Enforceable Consent Agreement and Testing Consent Order for Four Formulated Composites of Fluoropolymer Chemicals; Export Notification
Document Number: 05-13493
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-07-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under section 4 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), EPA has issued a testing consent order (Order) that incorporates an enforceable consent agreement (ECA) with AGC Chemicals Americas, Inc.; Daikin America, Inc.; Dyneon, LLC; and E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (the Companies). The Companies have agreed to perform incineration testing of four formulated composites of fluoropolymer (FP) chemicals representative of products currently available in the marketplace. This document announces the ECA and the Order that incorporates the ECA for this testing, and summarizes the terms of the ECA. As a result of the ECA and Order that incorporates the ECA, exporters of any of the formulated composites containing FP chemicals, including persons who do not sign the ECA, are subject to export notification requirements under section 12(b) of TSCA. This document adds the four formulated composites of FP chemicals to the table of testing consent orders for substances and mixtures without Chemical Abstract Service (CAS) Registry Numbers. Data developed from the ECA testing will contribute to the Agency's efforts to determine whether municipal and/or medical waste incineration of FPs is a potential source and/or pathway of environmental and human exposure to perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). The data will also contribute to the Agency's continuing efforts to achieve healthy communities and ecosystems.
Final Enforceable Consent Agreement and Testing Consent Order for Two Formulated Composites of Fluorotelomer-based Polymer Chemicals; Export Notification
Document Number: 05-13492
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-07-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under section 4 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), EPA has issued a testing consent order (Order) that incorporates an enforceable consent agreement (ECA) with AGC Chemicals Americas, Inc.; Clariant GmbH; Daikin America, Inc.; and E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (the Companies). The Companies have agreed to perform incineration testing of two formulated composites of fluorotelomer- based polymer (FTBP) chemicals representative of chemicals applied to textile and paper products. This document announces the ECA and the Order that incorporates the ECA for this testing, and summarizes the terms of the ECA. As a result of the ECA and Order that incorporates the ECA, exporters of either of the formulated composites containing FTBP chemicals, including persons who do not sign the ECA, are subject to export notification requirements under section 12(b) of TSCA. This document adds the two formulated composites of FTBP chemicals to the table of testing consent orders for substances and mixtures without Chemical Abstract Service (CAS) Registry Numbers. Data developed from the ECA testing will contribute to the Agency's efforts to determine whether municipal and/or medical waste incineration of FTBPs is a potential source and/or pathway of environmental and human exposure to perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). The data will also contribute to the Agency's continuing efforts to achieve healthy communities and ecosystems.
Clean Water Act Section 303(d): Final Agency Action on Six Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs)
Document Number: 05-13490
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces final agency action on six TMDLs prepared by EPA Region 6 for waters listed in the Atchafalaya River, Barataria River, Lake Pontchartrain, Mississippi River, Sabine River, and Terrebonne Basins of Louisiana, under section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act (CWA). Documents from the administrative record file for the six TMDLs, including TMDL calculations and responses to comments, may be viewed at http://www.epa.gov/region6/water/tmdl.htm. The administrative record file may be examined by calling or writing Ms. Diane Smith at the following address. Please contact Ms. Smith to schedule an inspection.
Clean Water Act Section 303(d): Final Agency Action on Four Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs)
Document Number: 05-13489
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces final agency action on four TMDLs prepared by EPA Region 6 for waters listed in Louisiana's Barataria river basin, under section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act (CWA). Documents from the administrative record file for the four TMDLs, including TMDL calculations and responses to comments, may be viewed at http://www.epa.gov/region6/water/tmdl.htm. The administrative record file may be examined by calling or writing Ms. Diane Smith at the following address. Please contact Ms. Smith to schedule an inspection.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Economic Valuation of Avoiding Exposure to Arsenic in Drinking Water, EPA ICR Number 2191.01
Document Number: 05-13488
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-08
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 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.
Delegation of National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Source Categories; State of Arizona; Pima County Department of Environmental Quality; State of Nevada; Nevada Division of Environmental Protection
Document Number: 05-13485
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-07-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is amending certain regulations to reflect the current delegation status of national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAPs) in Arizona and Nevada. Several NESHAPs were delegated to the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality on December 28, 2004, and to the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection on April 15, 2005. The purpose of this action is to update the listing in the Code of Federal Regulations.
Delegation of National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Source Categories; State of Arizona; Pima County Department of Environmental Quality; State of Nevada; Nevada Division of Environmental Protection
Document Number: 05-13484
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-07-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to section 112(l) of the 1990 Clean Air Act, EPA granted delegation of specific national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAPs) to the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality (PDEQ) and the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection on December 28, 2004, and April 15, 2005, respectively. EPA is proposing to revise regulations to reflect the current delegation status of NESHAPs in Arizona and Nevada.
Nonattainment Major New Source Review Implementation Under 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard: Reconsideration
Document Number: 05-13483
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-07-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On April 30, 2004, the EPA (we)(in this preamble, the terms ``we'' and ``us'' refers to the EPA, and ``our'' refers to EPA's. All other entities are referred to by their respective names (e.g., commenter)) took final action on key elements of the program to implement the 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS or 8-hour standard). In that final action, we addressed certain implementation issues related to the 8-hour standard, including the nonattainment major New Source Review (NSR) program mandated by part D of title I of the Clean Air Act (``the Act'' or ``CAA''). Following this action, EarthJustice filed a petition on behalf of several organizations requesting reconsideration of several aspects of the final rule including implementation of the nonattainment major NSR program, among other issues. By a letter, dated September 23, 2004, we granted reconsideration of three issues raised by the petition for reconsideration filed by EarthJustice. One of these issues relates to implementation of the major NSR program. On April 4, 2005, in response to the request for reconsideration relating to aspects of the nonattainment major NSR program for the 8- hour standard, we proposed to retain the final rule as promulgated on April 30, 2004. (70 FR 17018). We requested comment on and provided additional information related to whether we should interpret the Act to require areas to retain major NSR requirements that apply to certain 1-hour ozone nonattainment areas in implementing the 8-hour standard. We also requested comment on whether we properly concluded that a State's request to remove 1-hour major NSR provisions from its State Implementation Plan (SIP) will not interfere with any applicable requirement within the meaning of section 110(l) of the Act. Today, we are re-affirming our April 30, 2004 final rule. We conclude that the requirements for nonattainment major NSR under the 8- hour standard will be based on a nonattainment area's classification for the 8-hour standard, and that States may remove their 1-hour major NSR programs from their SIPs now that we have revoked the 1-hour standard. We believe that our conclusions are consistent with the Act, including section 110(l), our anti-backsliding policy we established for the 8-hour standard, and the ability of areas to achieve reasonable further progress (RFP) and attainment.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Oil and Natural Gas Production Facilities
Document Number: 05-13480
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-07-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This action is a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking to our February 6, 1998 (63 FR 6288) proposed national emissions standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) to limit emissions of hazardous air pollutants (HAP) from oil and natural gas production facilities that are area sources. The final NESHAP for major sources was promulgated on June 17, 1999 (64 FR 32610), but final action with respect to area sources was deferred. This action proposes changes to the 1998 proposed rule for area sources, proposes alternative applicability criteria and reopens the public comment period to solicit comment on the changes proposed today. The proposal also includes the addition of ASTM D6420-99 as an alternative test method to EPA Method 18. Oil and natural gas production is included as an area source category for regulation under the Urban Air Toxics Strategy (Strategy)(64 FR 38706, July 19, 1999). As explained below, we included oil and natural gas production facilities in the Strategy because of benzene emissions from triethylene glycol (TEG) dehydration units located at such facilities.