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

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Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District and Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District
Document Number: 05-15832
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-08-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District (SJVUAPCD) and Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District (MBUAPCD) portions of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern visible emissions of a variety of pollutants and sources. We are proposing to approve local rules to regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act).
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District and Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District
Document Number: 05-15831
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-08-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District (SJVUAPCD) and Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District (MBUAPCD) portions of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern visible emissions of a variety of pollutants and sources. We are approving local rules that regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act).
Public Water System Supervision Program Revision for the State of Texas
Document Number: 05-15829
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that the State of Texas is revising its approved Public Water System Supervision Program. Texas has adopted the Arsenic Rule and the Radionuclides Rule. EPA has determined that these revisions are no less stringent than the corresponding Federal regulations. Therefore, EPA intends to approve these program revisions. All interested parties may request a public hearing. A request for a public hearing must be submitted by September 12, 2005, to the Regional Administrator at the EPA Region 6 address shown below. Frivolous or insubstantial requests for a hearing may be denied by the Regional Administrator. However, if a substantial request for a public hearing is made by September 12, 2005, a public hearing will be held. If no timely and appropriate request for a hearing is received and the Regional Administrator does not elect to hold a hearing on his own motion, this determination shall become final and effective on September 12, 2005. Any request for a public hearing shall include the following information: the name, address, and telephone number of the individual organization, or other entity requesting a hearing; a brief statement of the requesting person's interest in the Regional Administrator's determination and a brief statement of the information that the requesting person intends to submit at such hearing; and the signature of the individual making the request, or, if the request is made on behalf of an organization or other entity, the signature of a responsible official of the organization or other entity.
Certain New Chemicals; Receipt and Status Information
Document Number: 05-15841
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-10
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 21, 2005 to July 22, 2005, consists of the PMNs 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.
Order Denying Objections to Issuance of Tolerances
Document Number: 05-15840
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-08-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On four occasions in the first half of 2002, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and various other parties filed objections with EPA to final rules under section 408 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), (21 U.S.C. 346a), establishing pesticide tolerances for various pesticides. The objections apply to 14 pesticides and 112 separate pesticide tolerances. Although the objections raise numerous pesticide-specific issues, they all focus on the potential risks that the pesticides pose to farm children. This Order responds to NRDC's objections as to all of the challenged tolerances with the exception of the objections pertaining to the imidacloprid tolerance on blueberries which were previously denied. The objections to the other tolerances are denied for the reasons stated herein.
Protections for Test Subjects in Human Research; Notification to the Secretaries of Agriculture and Health and Human Services
Document Number: 05-15839
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-08-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document notifies the public that the Administrator of EPA has forwarded to the Secretaries of Agriculture and Health and Human Services a draft proposed rule under sections 21 and 25(a) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). The draft proposed rule will formalize and clarify EPA's policies on the use of intentional human exposure studies under FIFRA and the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). The proposed rule would establish stringent ethical protections for human subjects in certain types of research conducted or sponsored by entities other than the Federal government (i.e., ``third-parties''). These protections are consistent with requirements currently in place under the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research (the ``Common Rule''), which has been adopted by 17 Federal agencies. The draft proposed rule is not available to the public until after it has been signed by EPA.
Pesticide Product; Registration Applications
Document Number: 05-15838
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-10
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.
2-amino-4,5-dihydro-6-methyl-4-propyl-s-triazolo(1,5-alpha)pyrimidin-5-one (PP796); Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: 05-15837
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-08-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation amends the established exemption from the requirement of a tolerance under 40 CFR 180.1065 for 2-amino-4,5- dihydro-6-methyl-4-propyl-s-triazolo(1,5-alpha)pyrimidin-5-on e, which is also known as ``PP796'', by increasing the amount that can be used to not more than 0.3 percent in formulation of paraquat dichloride. Syngenta Crop Protection submitted a pesticide petition ((PP) 5E6929) requesting this amendment.
Board of Scientific Counselors, Drinking Water Subcommittee Meeting-Fall 2005
Document Number: 05-15836
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-10
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 one meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Drinking Water Subcommittee.
Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board; Notice of Charter Renewal
Document Number: 05-15835
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Effluent Limitations Guidelines, Pretreatment Standards, and New Source Performance Standards for the Iron and Steel Manufacturing Point Source Category
Document Number: 05-15834
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-08-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to amend certain provisions of the regulations establishing effluent limitations guidelines, pretreatment standards and new source performance standards for the Iron and Steel Manufacturing Point Source Category. Prior to 2002, regulations applicable to the Iron and Steel Manufacturing Point Source Category had authorized the establishment of limitations applicable to the total mass of a pollutant discharged from more than one outfall. The effect of such a ``water bubble'' was to allow a greater or lesser quantity of a particular pollutant to be discharged from any single outfall so long as the total quantity discharged from the combined outfalls did not exceed the allowed total mass limitation. In 2002, EPA revised the water bubble to prohibit establishment of alternative oil and grease effluent limitations. Based on consideration of new information and analysis, EPA proposes to reinstate the provision authorizing alternative oil and grease limitations with one exception. Today's notice also proposes to correct errors in the effective date of new source performance standards.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Texas; Texas Low-Emission Diesel Fuel Program
Document Number: 05-15830
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-08-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the state of Texas. This revision makes changes to the Texas Low-Emission Diesel (TXLED) Fuel program. On April 6, 2005 EPA approved the compliance date change that was part of this submittal. None of the revisions being proposed for approval change the ultimate requirements regarding the reductions to be achieved. As a result and in accordance with section 110(l) of the Act, 42 U.S.C. section 7410(l), these revisions will not interfere with attainment, reasonable further progress or any other applicable requirement of the Clean Air Act.
National Emission Standards for Gasoline Distribution Facilities (Bulk Gasoline Terminals and Pipeline Breakout Stations)
Document Number: 05-15825
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-08-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On December 14, 1994, we promulgated National Emission Standards for Gasoline Distribution Facilities (Bulk Gasoline Terminals and Pipeline Breakout Stations) (59 FR 64318). The national emission standards limit and control hazardous air pollutants (HAP) that are known or suspected to cause cancer or have other serious health or environmental effects. Section 112(f)(2) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) directs EPA to assess the risk remaining (residual risk) after the application of national emission standards controls. Also, CAA section 112(d)(6) requires us to review and revise the national emission standards as necessary by taking into account developments in practices, processes, and control technologies. The proposal announces a decision and requests public comments on the residual risk assessment and technology review for the national emission standards. We are proposing no further action at this time to revise the national emission standards.
Fenpyroximate; Notice of Filing a Pesticide Petition To Establish a Tolerance for a Certain Pesticide Chemical in or on Food
Document Number: 05-15738
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-08-10
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.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Cellulose Products Manufacturing
Document Number: 05-15735
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-08-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is proposing amendments to the national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) for cellulose products manufacturing, which were issued on June 11, 2002, under section 112 of the Clean Air Act (CAA). This action proposes to improve implementation of the emission standards by revising the work practice standards, general and initial compliance requirements, definitions, and General Provisions applicability, as well as correcting typographical, formatting, and cross-referencing errors in the final rule. In the Rules and Regulations section of this Federal Register, we are issuing the amendments as a direct final rule, without prior proposal, because we view the revisions as noncontroversial and anticipate no adverse comments. We have explained our reasons for the revisions in the preamble to the direct final rule. If we receive any adverse comment on one or more distinct amendments in the direct final rule, we will publish a timely notice of withdrawal in the Federal Register informing the public which provisions will become effective and which provisions are being withdrawn due to adverse comment. We will address all public comments in a subsequent final rule. We will not institute a second comment period on this action. Any parties interested in commenting must do so at this time. If no adverse comments are received, no further action will be taken on the proposal, and the direct final rule will become effective as provided in that action. The regulatory text for the proposal is identical to that for the direct final rule published in the Rules and Regulations section of this Federal Register. For further supplementary information, see the direct final rule.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Cellulose Products Manufacturing
Document Number: 05-15733
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-08-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is taking direct final action on amendments to the national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) for cellulose products manufacturing, which were issued on June 11, 2002, under section 112 of the Clean Air Act (CAA). The amendments revise the work practice standards, general and initial compliance requirements, definitions, and General Provisions applicability, as well as correct typographical, formatting, and cross-referencing errors in the final rule. We are issuing the amendments as a direct final rule, without prior proposal, because we view the amendments as noncontroversial and anticipate no adverse comments. However, in the Proposed Rules section of this Federal Register, we are publishing a separate document that will serve as the proposal to amend the NESHAP for cellulose products manufacturing if adverse comments are filed.
Topramezone; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 05-15604
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-08-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of topramezone in or on field corn, pop corn, sweet corn, kidney, and liver. BASF Corporation requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), as amended by the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 (FQPA).
Experimental Use Permit; Receipt of Application
Document Number: 05-15603
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces receipt of an application 264-EUP-RUN from Bayer CropScience LP requesting an experimental use permit (EUP) for the plant incorporated-protectant Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. berliner Cry1Ab insecticidal protein and the genetic material necessary for its production in cotton plants. The Agency has determined that the application may be of regional and national significance. Therefore, in accordance with 40 CFR 172.11(a), the Agency is soliciting comments on this application.
Issuance of Experimental Use Permits
Document Number: 05-15602
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has granted experimental use permits (EUPs) to the following pesticide applicants. An EUP permits use of a pesticide for experimental or research purposes only in accordance with the limitations in the permit.
Aminopyralid; Pesticide Tolerance
Document Number: 05-15523
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-08-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for free and conjugated residues of aminopyralid in or on grass and wheat commodities; and residues of aminopyralid in or meat; fat and meat byproducts, excluding kidney; of cattle, goat, and sheep, and milk. Dow AgroSciences, LLC requested this tolerance under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), as amended by the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 (FQPA).
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Ohio Particulate Matter
Document Number: 05-15747
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-08-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve assorted revisions to regulations governing particulate matter emissions in the Cleveland area. These revisions affect emission limits for Ford Motor Company's Cleveland Casting Plant and Cleveland facilities of General Chemical Corporation and International Steel Group (formerly LTV Steel). EPA concludes that Ohio has provided a suitable modeling demonstration that the revised limits continue to provide for attainment of the air quality standard for particles 10 microns and less (known as PM10). Ohio submitted these revisions on July 18, 2000, along with revisions of other particulate matter regulations, most of which had statewide applicability. EPA proposed action on these other revisions on December 2, 2002, at 67 FR 71515. EPA is not reopening the comment period on the prior proposal. EPA anticipates publishing final rulemaking addressing the complete Ohio submittal, considering comments on the prior proposal and any comments addressing today's proposal.
Notice of Proposed Administrative Order on Consent Under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA), as Amended, 42 U.S.C. 9622(h)(1), Creighton Chemical Superfund Site, Creighton, NE, Docket No. CERCLA 07-2005-0310
Document Number: 05-15746
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that a proposed administrative order on consent regarding the Creighton Chemical Superfund Site located in Knox County, Nebraska, will be signed the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) following completion of the public comment period.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Nonconformance Penalties for Heavy-Duty Engines and Heavy-Duty Vehicles, Including Light-Duty Trucks (Renewal); EPA ICR Number 1285.06, OMB Control Number 2060-0132
Document Number: 05-15745
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that the following Information Collection Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. 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. The 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; Vehicle Service Information Web Site Audit, EPA ICR Number 2181.01
Document Number: 05-15744
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-09
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 for a new collection. 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.
Proposed Consent Decree, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
Document Number: 05-15743
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-09
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 proposed consent decree that addresses lawsuits filed by Sierra Club and the Louisiana Environmental Action Network (collectively, ``Plaintiffs): Sierra Club v. Johnson, No. 1:03CV02411 (GK) (D.D.C.) and Louisiana Environmental Action Network v. Johnson, No. 1:04CV00484 (GK) (D.D.C.) (consolidated cases). On November 20, and December 23, 2003, respectively, Plaintiffs filed actions against EPA pursuant to the Clean Air Act's citizen suit provision, 42 U.S.C. 7604(a)(2). Collectively, Plaintiffs allege that the Administrator failed to take actions required by sections 112(d)(6) and 112(f)(2) of the Clean Air Act, 42 U.S.C. 7412(d)(6) and (f)(2), for six source categories for which EPA had previously promulgated emission standards under Clean Air Act section 112(d). The proposed consent decree establishes certain deadlines for EPA final action, including a March 31, 2006 and December 15, 2006 deadline.
Revision to the California State Implementation Plan, Ventura County Air Pollution Control District
Document Number: 05-15742
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-08-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (VCAPCD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). Under authority of the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act), we are proposing approval of local rules that address the opacity standard; PM-10, CO, and SO2 emissions from industrial processes; and source tests. We are also proposing the rescission of local rules that concern exemptions from emission standards; analytical methods; and PM-10, CO, and SO2 emission standards.
Revision to the California State Implementation Plan, Ventura County Air Pollution Control District
Document Number: 05-15741
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-08-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (VCAPCD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). Under authority of the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act), we are approving local rules that address the opacity standard; PM-10, CO, volatile organic compound (VOC), and SO2 emissions from industrial processes; and source tests. We are also rescinding local rules that concern exemptions from emission standards; analytical methods; and PM- 10, CO, and SO2 emission standards.
Proposed Settlement Agreement, Clean Air Act Petitions for Review
Document Number: 05-15740
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-09
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 proposed settlement agreement, to address petitions for review filed by UCB Films, Inc. and Teepak LLC (collectively, ``Petitioners''): UCB Films, Inc., et al. v. EPA, No. 02-1250 (D.C. Cir.) consolidated with Teepak, LLC v. EPA, No. 02-1252 (D.C. Cir.). On or about August 9, 2002, Petitioners filed petitions for review of EPA's final rule ``National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Cellulose Products Manufacturing'' published at 67 FR 40043 (June 11, 2002). Under the terms of the proposed settlement agreement, EPA intends to make certain amendments to portions of the rule that may resolve the claims raised by Petitioners.
Proposed Consent Decree, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
Document Number: 05-15739
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-09
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 proposed consent decree, to address a lawsuit filed by Sierra Club and United States Public Interest Research Group (collectively, ``Plaintiffs''): Sierra Club, et al. v. Johnson, No. 1:04CV00094 (RBW) (D.D.C.) to compel EPA to issue further regulations containing requirements to control hazardous air pollutants from motor vehicles and motor vehicle fuels. The proposed consent decree would establish a deadline of February 28, 2006 for EPA to sign a notice of proposed rulemaking containing requirements to control hazardous air pollutants from motor vehicles and motor vehicle fuels as the Administrator determines are appropriate pursuant to section 202(l)(2) of the Act, or, in the alternative, propose that no such requirements are necessary. No later than February 9, 2007, EPA shall sign a final rule taking final action on such proposal.
Notice of Issuance of Prevention of Significant Deterioration Construction Permit and Part 71 Federal Operating Permit to Great Lakes Gas Transmission L.P.
Document Number: 05-15737
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces that, on June 30, 2005, pursuant to Titles I and V of the Clean Air Act, 42 U.S.C. 7401-7479 and 7501-7515, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 5 issued a Prevention of Significant Deterioration Construction Permit (PSD permit) and a Title V Permit to Operate (Title V permit) to Great Lakes Gas Transmission L.P. (Great Lakes). These permits authorize the company to construct and operate Compressor Station No. 5 (CS 5), one of five Great Lakes compressor stations located in Minnesota. Although these permits authorize the company to construct and operate, the source previously had sought and been issued a construction permit by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). The federal construction permit supersedes the previously issued MPCA permit. The compressor station is composed of three natural gas-fired turbines and one natural gas-fired standby electrical generator, which the source uses to add pressure along a natural gas pipeline. The turbines are located in Cloquet, Minnesota on privately-owned fee land within the exterior boundaries of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indian Reservation.
Public Water System Supervision Program Revision for the State of Montana
Document Number: 05-15610
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-09
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 Montana has revised its Public Water System Supervision (PWSS) Primacy Program by adopting federal regulations for the Arsenic Rule, Consumer Confidence Report Rule (CCR), Stage 1 Disinfectants/Disinfection Byproducts Rule (D/DBPR), Filter Backwash and Recycling Rule (FBRR), Interim Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule (IESWTR), Lead and Copper Rule Minor Revisions (LCRMR), Long-Term 1 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule (LT1), Public Notification Rule (PNR), Radionuclides Rule, and Variances and Exemptions 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 Montana'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.
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.
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: 05-15521
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has environmental concerns about the proposed project is air quality impacts. EPA is also concerned about the potential for similar transportation projects in the project vicinity, and requests a broader environmental justice analysis. Rating EC2. EIS No. 20050126, ERP No. D-COE-K36142-CA, ProgrammaticSan Luis Obispo Creek Watershed, Waterway Management Plan, Stream Maintenance and Management Plan, City of San Luis Obispo and County of San Luis Obispo, Community of Avila Beach, San Luis Obispo County, CA. Summary: EPA expressed environmental concerns about the project's potential impacts to water quality, endangered species and habitat, and possible presence of asbestos. Rating EC2. EIS No. 20050173, ERP No. D-NRC-E06024-MS, Grand Gulf Early Site Permit (ESP) Site, Construction and Operation, Issuance of an Early Site Permit (ESP), NUREG-1817, Claiborne County, MS. Summary: EPA expressed concerns about wetlands and aquifer impacts, environmental justice, and public health and requested clarification of the regulatory limits for offsite releases of radio nuclides for the current candidate repository site. Rating EC2. EIS No. 20050195, ERP No. D-BLM-K39093-NV, North Valleys Right-of- Way Projects, Proposed Construction and Operation of Water Transmission Pipelines, Washoe County, NV. Summary: EPA expressed concerns about cumulative and indirect impacts of the project on water, air, and biological resources. EPA recommended the FEIS address the potential impacts of exporting as much as 13,000 acre-feet/year from Fish Springs Ranch, the indirect impacts of growth in the water service area, and mitigation measures to minimize impacts. Rating EC2. EIS No. 20050200, ERP No. D-AFS-K65284-CA, Creeks Forest Health Recovery Project, To Develop a Network of Defensible Fuel Profile Zones (DFPZs), Group-Selection Timber Harvest, Individual Tree Selection, Lassen National Forest, Almanor Ranger District, Plumas County, CA. Summary: EPA expressed environmental concerns about water and air quality impacts, environmental justice impacts, and consultation with tribal governments. Rating EC2. EIS No. 20050231, ERP No. D-AFS-J65444-MT, Gallatin National Forest, Proposed Travel Management Plan, Implementation, Forest Land and Resource Management, Madison, Gallatin, Park, Meagher, Sweetgrass and Carbon Counties, MT. Summary: EPA expressed environmental concerns about potential impacts to water quality, aquatic habitat and fisheries, and wildlife from road erosion and motorized use, and suggested that the preferred alternative consider further reducing sedimentation from roads, close or restore poorly maintained roads and restrict new road construction. Rating EC2.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 05-15520
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Hazardous Waste Management System; Modification of the Hazardous Waste Program; Mercury Containing Equipment
Document Number: 05-15437
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-08-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Today's final rule adds mercury-containing equipment to the federal list of universal wastes regulated under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste regulations. Handlers of universal wastes are subject to less stringent standards for storing, transporting, and collecting these wastes. EPA has concluded that regulating spent mercury-containing equipment as a universal waste will lead to better management of this equipment and will facilitate compliance with hazardous waste requirements.
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List
Document Number: 05-15435
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-08-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA'' or the ``Agency'') New England announces its intent to delete the Nutmeg Valley Road Site (``Site'') from the National Priorities List (``NPL'') and requests comment on this proposed action. The NPL constitutes appendix B of 40 CFR part 300 which is the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (``NCP''), which EPA promulgated pursuant to section 105 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (``CERCLA'') of 1980, as amended. EPA and the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (``CT DEP'') have determined that no further action is necessary or appropriate for this Site.
Tebuconazole; Pesticide Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions
Document Number: 05-15440
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-08-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes time-limited tolerances for residues of tebuconazole in or on soybeans; poultry, meat; poultry, fat; poultry, meat byproducts; hog, meat; hog, fat; hog, meat byproducts; and eggs. This action is in conjunction with EPA's granting of an emergency exemption under section 18 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) authorizing use of the pesticide on soybeans. This regulation establishes maximum permissible levels for residues of tebuconazole in or on these food commodities. The tolerances will expire and are revoked on December 31, 2009.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Washington
Document Number: 05-15439
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-08-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In this action, EPA is approving revisions to the State of Washington Implementation Plan (SIP). The Director of the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) submitted a request to EPA dated March 1, 2004 to revise the Washington SIP to include revisions to WAC Ch. 173-434, Solid Waste Incinerator Facilities. The revisions were submitted in accordance with the requirements of section 110 of the Clean Air Act (hereinafter ``the Act''). EPA is approving the revisions to WAC Ch. 173-434 as part of the SIP, with the exception of two submitted rule provisions which are inappropriate for EPA approval because they are unrelated to the purposes of the implementation plan.
Description of Collaboration With the Environmental Council of the States Regarding National Environmental Performance Track and State Performance-Based Environmental Leadership Programs
Document Number: 05-15438
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice describes and seeks public comment about a collaborative effort between EPA and the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS). This effort seeks to integrate performance-based environmental leadership programs into standard operating procedures for states and EPA in order to identify, develop, and implement incentives for top environmental performers that are part of state and federal performance-based environmental leadership programs. EPA will convene a public meeting on October 19, 2005, in Chicago, Illinois, to solicit stakeholder input on the preliminary results of these collaborations.
Revisions to the State of Hawaii State Implementation Plan, Update to Materials Incorporated by Reference
Document Number: 05-15436
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-08-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is updating the materials submitted by the State of Hawaii that are incorporated by reference (IBR) into the State of Hawaii State Implementation Plan (SIP). The regulations affected by this update have been previously submitted by the territorial agency and approved by EPA. This update affects the SIP materials that are available for public inspection at the Office of the Federal Register (OFR), Office of Air and Radiation Docket and Information, and the Regional Office.
Animal Feeding Operations Consent Agreement and Final Order
Document Number: 05-15431
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On January 31, 2005 (70 FR 4958), EPA announced an opportunity for animal feeding operations (AFOs) to sign a voluntary consent agreement and final order (air compliance agreement). This supplemental notice announces a reopening to the signup period for the consent agreement and final order.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Oregon; Correcting Amendment
Document Number: 05-15338
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-08-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to correct an error in the instructions amending the Code of Federal Regulations in the notice which approved the removal of Oregon's control technology guidelines for perchloroethylene (perc) dry cleaning systems and related definitions and provisions, published on December 1, 2004. Perc is a solvent commonly used in dry cleaning, maskant operations, and degreasing operations. In the document published on December 1, 2004 (69 FR 69823), EPA inadvertently listed an incorrect State effective date in the incorporation by reference section which listed revised provisions of the Oregon Administrative Rules. This action corrects the erroneous date so that the appropriate version of the Oregon Administrative Rules is incorporated by reference.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Oregon; Correcting Amendments
Document Number: 05-15337
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-08-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In this action, EPA is proposing to correct an error in the notice which approved the removal of Oregon's control technology guidelines for perchloroethylene (perc) dry cleaning systems and related definitions and provisions, published on December 1, 2004. Perc is a solvent commonly used in dry cleaning, maskant operations, and degreasing operations. In the notice published on December 1, 2004 (69 FR 69823), EPA inadvertently listed an incorrect State effective date in the incorporation by reference section which listed revised provisions of the Oregon Administrative Rules. This proposed action would correct the erroneous date so that the appropriate version of the Oregon Administrative Rules is incorporated by reference.
Alachlor, Carbaryl, Diazinon, Disulfoton, Pirimiphos-methyl, and Vinclozolin; Tolerance Revocations
Document Number: 05-15335
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-08-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is revoking certain tolerances for residues of the herbicide alachlor, insecticides carbaryl, diazinon, disulfoton, and pirimiphos-methyl, and the fungicide vinclozolin because these specific tolerances are no longer needed or are associated with food uses that are no longer current or registered in the United States. The regulatory actions in this document contribute toward the Agency's tolerance reassessment requirements of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) section 408(q), as amended by the Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA) of 1996. By law, EPA is required by August 2006 to reassess the tolerances in existence on August 2, 1996. The regulatory actions in this document pertain to the revocation of 15 tolerances of which 9 count as tolerance reassessments toward the August, 2006 review deadline.
Inert ingredients; Revocation of Pesticide Tolerance Exemptions for Three CFC Chemicals
Document Number: 05-15334
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-08-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is revoking exemptions from the requirement of a tolerance for three inert ingredients (dichlorodifluoromethane, dichlorotetrafluoroethane, and trichlorofluoromethane) because these substances no longer have active Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) pesticide product registrations and/or because their use in pesticide products sold in the United States (U.S.) has been prohibited under the Clean Air Act (CAA) for over a decade due to EPA's ban on the sale or distribution, or offer for sale or distribution in interstate commerce of certain nonessential products that contain or are manufactured with ozone depleting compounds. The regulatory actions in this document contribute toward the Agency's tolerance reassessment requirements of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) section 408(q), as amended by the Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA) of 1996. By law, EPA is required by August 2006 to reassess the tolerances in existence on August 2, 1996. The regulatory actions in this document pertain to the revocation of five tolerance exemptions of which five count as tolerance reassessments toward the August, 2006 review deadline.