Environmental Protection Agency August 8, 2005 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Clean Air Act Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plan Revision for North Dakota; Revisions to the Air Pollution Control Rules
Document Number: 05-15609
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-08-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action approving certain revisions to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) as submitted by the Governor of North Dakota with a letter dated April 11, 2003. The revisions affect certain portions of air pollution control rules regarding permitting and prevention of significant deterioration. This action is being taken under section 110 of the Clean Air Act.
Clean Air Act Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plan Revision for North Dakota; Revisions to the Air Pollution Control Rules
Document Number: 05-15608
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-08-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to take direct final action approving certain revisions to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) as submitted by the Governor of North Dakota with a letter dated April 11, 2003. The revisions affect certain portions of air pollution control rules regarding permitting and prevention of significant deterioration. In the ``Rules and Regulations'' section of this Federal Register, EPA is approving the State's SIP revision as a direct final rule without prior proposal because the Agency views this as a noncontroversial SIP revision and anticipates no adverse comments. A detailed rationale for the approval is set forth in the preamble to the direct final rule. If EPA receives no adverse comments, EPA will not take further action on this proposed rule. If EPA receives adverse comments, EPA will withdraw the direct final rule and it will not take effect. EPA will address 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 must do so at this time. Please note that if EPA receives adverse comment on an amendment, paragraph, or section of this rule and if that provision may be severed from the remainder of the rule, EPA may adopt as final those provisions of the rule that are not the subject of an adverse comment.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Texas; Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance Program for Travis and Williamson Counties
Document Number: 05-15607
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-08-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is approving a revision to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the Chairman of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) on December 6, 2004. The revision incorporates into the SIP a vehicle inspection and maintenance (I/M) program for Travis and Williamson Counties. The program is a control measure adopted as part of the Austin Early Action Compact (EAC). EPA is approving this revision as a strengthening of the SIP, in accordance with the requirements of sections 110 and 116 of the Federal Clean Air Act (the Act), which will result in emission reductions needed to help ensure attainment of the 8-hour National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone.
Inert Ingredients; Proposal to Revoke 34 Pesticide Tolerance Exemptions for 31 Chemicals; Reopening of Comment Period
Document Number: 05-15606
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-08-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document reopens the public comment periodof EPA's proposal to revoke 34 exemptions from the requirement of a tolerance that are associated with 31 inert ingredients because, according to Agency records, these substances are no longer contained in active Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) pesticide product registrations (70 FR 31401, June 1, 2005).
2,4-D Reregistration Eligibility Decision
Document Number: 05-15605
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) for the pesticide 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D). The Agency's risk assessments and other related documents also are available in the 2,4-D Docket. 2,4-D is a phenoxy herbicide used for control of broadleaf weeds on a large number of food and non- food crops. The majority of 2,4-D is used to control weeds in pasture and rangeland, residential lawns, wheat, field corn, soybeans, and roadways. In addition, 2,4-D is used for aquatic weed and forest management, and is used as a growth regulator in citrus. EPA has reviewed 2,4-D through the 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.
Performance Specification 16 for Predictive Emission Monitoring Systems and Amendments to Testing and Monitoring Provisions
Document Number: 05-15330
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-08-08
Agency: Oar-2003-0074, Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing performance specifications (PS) that evaluate the acceptability of predictive emission monitoring systems (PEMS) when used on stationary sources. This PS is needed to provide sources and regulatory agencies with performance criteria for evaluating this new technology. The intended effect of this action is to establish standardized performance requirements that will be used to evaluate candidate PEMS uniformly. The affected industries and their Standard Industrial Classification codes are listed under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. In addition, we are proposing to make minor amendments to various testing provisions in the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) and National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Source Categories (MACT) to correct inadvertent errors, make needed updates, and add flexibility.