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

Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office; Notification of an Upcoming Workshop and Meeting of the Science Advisory Board's Ecological Processes and Effects Committee (EPEC)
Document Number: 05-17820
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public workshop and meeting of the SAB Ecological Processes and Effects Committee (EPEC). The EPEC will hold a public workshop and meeting to evaluate the state-of-the-practice of ecological risk assessment. The workshop and meeting are open to the public, however, seating for the public will be limited and available on a first come basis to those who pre-register.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; General Hazardous Waste Facility Standards; EPA ICR Number 1571.08, OMB Control Number 2050-0120
Document Number: 05-17818
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-08
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 continuing Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This is a request for an existing approved collection. This ICR is scheduled to expire on February 28, 2006. 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.
National Environmental Justice Advisory Council; Notice of Charter Renewal
Document Number: 05-17817
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
National Drinking Water Advisory Council; Request for Nominations
Document Number: 05-17816
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) invites all interested persons to nominate qualified individuals to serve a three-year term as members of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council (Council). This 15-member Council was established by the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) to provide practical and independent advice, consultation, and recommendations to the Agency on the activities, functions, and policies and regulations required by the Safe Drinking Water Act. The terms of five (5) memberstwo (2) who represent local government agencies concerned with public water supply and public health protection, two (2) who are affiliated with water- related or other organizations and interest groups having an active interest in public water supply/public health protection, and one (1) who speaks for the general publicexpire in December 2005. EPA would like the preponderance of nominations to be in these three areas consistent with the mandates of the SDWA and the Agency encourages nominations of individuals who can represent small, rural public water systems (see Supplementary Information below). Although the Agency is identifying preferences, all nominations will be fully considered.
Proposed Settlement Agreement, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
Document Number: 05-17815
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-08
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 partial settlement agreement, to address a lawsuit filed by Environmental Defense, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club and Transportation Solutions Defense and Education Fund (collectively ``Plaintiffs''): Environmenatl Defense, et al. v. EPA, et al., No. 04-1291 (D.C. Cir.). On August 30, 2004, Plaintiffs filed a complaint challenging EPA's amendments to rules on determining conformity of federal transportation actions to State Implementation Plans (SIPs), issued under section 176(c) of the Act. Petitioners challenged several aspects of EPA's recent amendments to the transportation conformity rules addressing the new 8-hour ozone and P.M. 2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standards. (69 FR 40,004, July 1, 2004).
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Onondaga County Carbon Monoxide Maintenance Plan Revision; State of New York
Document Number: 05-17721
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of New York. This revision will establish an updated ten-year carbon monoxide (CO) maintenance plan for the Onondaga County attainment area. Onondaga County was redesignated to attainment of the CO National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) on September 29, 1993 and a maintenance plan was also approved at that time. By this action, EPA is approving the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (New York) second maintenance plan for Onondaga County because it provides for continued attainment for an additional ten years of the CO NAAQS. In addition, EPA is approving New York's revised Part 225-3 (Oxygenated Gasoline Program provisions).
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Onondaga County Carbon Monoxide Maintenance Plan Revision; State of New York
Document Number: 05-17720
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-09-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is proposing to approve the State Implementation Plan revision submitted on June 22, 2004 by the State of New York to revise the Carbon Monoxide maintenance plan for Onondaga County, New York. EPA is proposing to approve this New York CO maintenance plan because it provides for continued maintenance of the CO National Ambient Air Quality Standard. In the ``Rules and Regulations'' section of this Federal Register, EPA is proposing to approve the State's SIP submittal, as a direct final rule without prior proposal because the Agency views this as a noncontroversial submittal and anticipates no adverse comments. A detailed rationale for the approval is set forth in 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. The EPA will not institute a second comment period on this action. Any parties interested in commenting on this action should do so at this time.
Hazardous Waste Management System; Standardized Permit for RCRA Hazardous Waste Management Facilities
Document Number: 05-16300
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing revisions to the RCRA hazardous waste permitting program, originally proposed on October 12, 2001, to allow for a ``standardized permit.'' The standardized permit will be available to RCRA treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDs) otherwise subject to RCRA permitting that generate and then store or non-thermally treat hazardous waste on- site in tanks, containers, and containment buildings. The standardized permit will also be available to facilities which receive hazardous waste generated off-site by a generator under the same ownership as the receiving facility, and which then store or non- thermally treat the hazardous waste in containers, tanks, or containment buildings. The standardized permit will streamline the permitting process by allowing facilities to obtain and modify permits more easily, while still achieving the same level of environmental protection as individual permits. This rule finalizes the proposal, with changes based on public comments. In the preamble to proposed rule, the Agency also requested comments on other permitting-related topics including: how cleanups under non-RCRA state cleanup programs might be reflected in RCRA permits; the conclusions about captive insurance in a March, 2001 report by EPA's Inspector General; and whether insurers that provide financial assurance for hazardous waste and PCB facilities have a minimum rating from commercial rating services. The Agency is not taking action at this point on these questions.