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

Office of Environmental Education; Environmental Education Grants Program Solicitation Notice for 2006 Announcement Type: New Announcement
Document Number: 05-19708
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Provide a one page overview of your entire project in the following format; pages in excess of one will not be reviewed. (a) Organization: Briefly describe: (1) Your organization, and (2) list your key partners for this grant, if applicable. Partnerships are encouraged and considered to be a major factor in the success of projects. Full details about your organization and staff will be an appendix. (b) Summary Statement: Provide an overview of your project that explains the concept and your goals and objectives. This should be a basic explanation in layman's terms to provide a reviewer with an understanding of the purpose and expected outcomes of your educational project. If a person unfamiliar with your project reads this paragraph and cannot grasp your basic concept, then you have not achieved what is requested here. (c) Educational Priority: Identify which priority listed in Section I you will address, such as education reform or teaching skills. Proposals may address more than one educational priority for the same project; however, EPA cautions against losing focus on projects. Evaluation panels often select projects with a clearly defined purpose, rather than projects that attempt to address multiple priorities at the expense of a quality outcome. (d) Delivery Method: Explain how you will reach your audience, such as workshops, conferences, field trips, interactive programs, etc. (e) Audience: Describe the demographics of your target audience including the number and types you expect to reach, such as teachers and/or students and specific grade levels, health care providers, the general public, etc. (f) Costs: List the types of activities on which you will spend the EPA portion of the grant funds. (2) Project Description: Describe precisely what your project will achievewhy, who, when, how, and with what. Explain each aspect of your proposal clearly and address each topic below. If you choose to reorder the following paragraphs, include the headings below or you risk the possibility of information being overlooked when the project is scored. Please address all of the following to ensure that grant reviewers can fully comprehend and score your project correctly. (a) Why: (i) Explain the purpose of your project and how it will address an educational priority listed in Section I, such as teaching skills. (ii) Identify your environmental issue, such as energy conservation, clean air or water, ecosystem protection, or cross- cutting topics. Explain the importance to your community, state, or Region. If the project has the potential for wide application, and/or can serve as a model for use in other locations with a similar audience, explain how. (iii) Stewardship: Explain how your project will increase environmental stewardship as defined in Section I. (b) Who: Explain who will manage and conduct the project; also identify the target audience, the number to be trained, and demonstrate an understanding of the needs of that audience. Important: Explain your recruitment plan to attract your target audience, and clarify any incentives used such as stipends and continuing education credits. (c) How: Explain your strategy, objectives (outputs and outcomes), activities, and delivery methods to establish that you have realistic goals and objectives and will use effective methods to achieve them. Clarify for the reviewers how you will complete all basic steps from beginning to end. Do not omit steps that lead up to or follow the actual delivery methods; e.g., if you plan to make a presentation about your project at a local or national conference, specify where. (d) With What: Demonstrate that the project uses or produces quality educational products or methods that teach critical-thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills. Please note the following restrictions on the development of educational materials.
National Oil and Hazardous Substance Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List
Document Number: 05-19626
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 8 is publishing a direct final notice of partial deletion of the Jacobs Smelter Superfund Site from the National Priorities List (NPL). Specifically EPA intends to delete Operable Unit 3 from the site, comprised only of soils within the Union Pacific Rail Road (UPRR) right-of-way in Tooele County, Utah. The NPL, promulgated pursuant to section 105 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980, as amended, is appendix B of 40 CFR part 300, which is the National Oil and Hazardous Substance Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP). The EPA is publishing this direct final notice of partial deletion with the concurrence of the State of Utah, through the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (UDEQ) because the EPA has determined that all appropriate response actions under CERCLA have been completed at these properties and, therefore, further remedial action pursuant to CERCLA is not appropriate. This partial deletion pertains to Operable Unit 3 described in section IV of this document and does not alter the status of any other portion of the Jacobs Smelter Superfund Site. Operable Unit 1 was deleted from the NPL in 2001.
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List
Document Number: 05-19625
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-09-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 8 is issuing a notice of intent to partially delete the Jacobs Smelter Superfund Site, located in Tooele County, Utah, from the National Priorities List (NPL) and requests public comments on this notice of intent. Specifically, EPA intends to delete Operable Unit 3 from the site, comprised only of soils within the Union Pacific Rail Road (UPRR) right-of-way. The NPL constitutes appendix B to the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP), 40 CFR part 300, which EPA promulgated pursuant to section 105 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980 as amended. The EPA and the state of Utah, through the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (UDEQ), have determined that all appropriate response actions under CERCLA have been completed for the properties subject to the partial deletion. However, this partial deletion does not preclude future actions under Superfund. In the ``Rules and Regulations'' section of today's Federal Register, we are publishing a direct final notice of partial deletion of the Jacobs Smelter Superfund Site without prior notice of intent to partially delete because we view this as a non-controversial revision and anticipate no adverse comment. We have explained our reasons for this partial deletion in the preamble to the direct final partial deletion. If we receive no adverse comment(s) on this notice of intent to partially delete or the direct final notice of partial deletion, we will not take further action on this notice of intent to partially delete. If we receive adverse comment(s), we will withdraw the direct final notice of partial deletion, and it will not take effect. We will, as appropriate, address all public comments in a subsequent final partial deletion notice based on this notice of intent to partially delete. We will not institute a second comment period on this notice of intent to partially delete. Any parties interested in commenting must do so at this time. For additional information, see the direct final notice of partial deletion that is located in the ``Rules and Regulations'' section of this Federal Register.
Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of an Upcoming Meeting of the Science Advisory Board Committee on Valuing the Protection of Ecological Systems and Services (C-VPESS)
Document Number: 05-19624
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting of the SAB Committee on Valuing the Protection of Ecological Systems and Services (C-VPESS) to discuss a draft advisory and initial committee work on methods for valuing the protection of ecological systems and services.
Montana: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revision
Document Number: 05-19619
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Montana has applied to EPA for Final authorization of changes to its hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). EPA has determined that these changes satisfy all requirements for Final authorization and is authorizing the State's changes through this immediate Final action. EPA is publishing this rule to authorize the changes without a prior proposed rule because we believe this action is not controversial. Unless we get written comments opposing this authorization during the comment period, the decision to authorize Montana's changes to their hazardous waste program will take effect as provided below. If we receive comments that oppose this action, we will publish a document in the Federal Register withdrawing this rule before it takes effect. A separate document in the proposed rules section of this Federal Register will serve as the proposal to authorize the State's changes.
Montana: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revision
Document Number: 05-19617
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-09-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA proposes to grant Final authorization to the hazardous waste program changes submitted by Montana. In the ``Rules'' section of this Federal Register, we are authorizing the State's program changes as an immediate final rule without a prior proposed rule because we believe this action is not controversial. Unless we get written comments opposing this authorization during the comment period, the immediate final rule will become effective and the Agency will not take further action on this proposal. If we receive comments that oppose this action, we will publish a document in the Federal Register withdrawing this rule before it takes effect. EPA will address public comments in a later final rule based on this proposal. EPA may not provide further opportunity for comment. Any parties interested in commenting on this action must do so at this time.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Virginia; Redesignation of the City of Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania County, and Stafford County Ozone Nonattainment Area to Attainment and Approval of the Area's Maintenance Plan; Withdrawal of Proposed Rule
Document Number: 05-19616
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-09-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is withdrawing the proposed rule published on September 12, 2005 which proposed approval of a redesignation request and maintenance plan submitted by the Commonwealth of Virginia for the City of Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania County, and Stafford County (the Fredericksburg area). The Fredericksburg area is currently designated nonattainment for the eight-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). It is EPA's intent to publish a proposed rule in the near future which will re-propose approval of the redesignation of the Fredericksburg area and the associated maintenance plan, and provide an expanded discussion as to why the redesignation request for this area is approvable under the Clean Air Act.
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List
Document Number: 05-19614
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-09-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2 office is issuing this notice of intent to delete the Batavia Landfill Superfund Site (Site), located in the Town of Batavia, Genesee County, New York from the National Priorities List (NPL) and requests public comment on this action. The NPL is Appendix B of the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP), 40 CFR part 300, which EPA promulgated pursuant to Section 105 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980, as amended. The EPA and the State of New York, through the Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), have determined that potentially responsible parties have implemented all appropriate response actions, other than operation and maintenance and five-year reviews. Moreover, EPA and NYSDEC have determined that the Site poses no significant threat to public health or the environment. In the ``Rules and Regulations'' Section of today's Federal Register, EPA is publishing a direct final notice of deletion for the Batavia Landfill Superfund Site without prior notice of this action because EPA views this as a noncontroversial revision and anticipates no significant adverse comment. EPA has explained its reasons for this action in the preamble to the direct final deletion. If EPA receives no significant adverse comment(s) on this notice of intent to delete or the direct final notice of deletion or other notices it may issue, EPA will not take further action on this notice of intent to delete. If EPA receives significant adverse comment(s), it will withdraw the direct final notice of deletion and it will not take effect. EPA will, as appropriate, address all public comments. If, after evaluating public comments, EPA decides to proceed with deletion, it will do so in a subsequent final deletion notice based on this notice of intent to delete. Any parties interested in commenting must do so at this time. For additional information, see the direct final notice of deletion which is located in the Rules section of this Federal Register.
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List
Document Number: 05-19613
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 2, announces the deletion of the Batavia Landfill Superfund Site (Site), located in the Town of Batavia, Genesee County, New York, from the National Priorities List (NPL) and will consider public comment on this action. The NPL is Appendix B of the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP), 40 CFR part 300, which EPA promulgated pursuant to section 105 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980, as amended. This Direct Final Notice of Deletion is being published by EPA with the concurrence of the State of New York, through the Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). EPA and NYSDEC have determined that potentially responsible parties have implemented all appropriate response actions required. Moreover, EPA and NYSDEC have determined that the Site poses no significant threat to public health or the environment.
Forum on State and Tribal Toxics Action; Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: 05-19606
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is announcing the meeting of the Forum on State and Tribal Toxics Action (FOSTTA) to enable state and tribal leaders to collaborate with EPA on environmental protection and pollution prevention issues. Representatives and invited guests of the Chemical Information and Management Project (CIMP), the Pollution Prevention (P2) Project, and the Tribal Affairs Project (TAP), components of FOSTTA, will be meeting October 17-18, 2005. The meeting is being held to provide participants an opportunity to have in-depth discussions on issues concerning the environment and human health. This notice announces the location and times for the meeting and sets forth some tentative agenda topics. EPA invites all interested parties to attend the public meeting.
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: 05-19605
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has environmental concerns with the proposed project due to the impacts of noise and vibration on residents living in close proximately to the proposed light rail line and associated train stations. EPA anticipates that more information regarding the mitigation of these impacts will be provided in the FEIS. Rating EC2. EIS No. 20050321, ERP No. D-USA-D11038-PA, Pennsylvania Army National Guard's 56th Brigade Transformation into a Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) , Proposal to Comply with this Directive, near Annville, PA. Summary: EPA expressed concern related to wetland, air quality PM10, noise and forest habitat impacts. EPA requested addition information and mitigation of these issues. Rating EC2.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 05-19604
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Exposure Modeling Work Group; Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: 05-19491
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Exposure Modeling Work Group (EMWG) will hold a 1-day meeting on October 26, 2005. This notice announces the location and time for the meeting and sets forth the tentative agenda topics.
Ward Transformer Superfund Site; Notice of Proposed Settlement
Document Number: 05-19494
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under section 122(h) (1) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Environmental Protection Agency has offered a cost recovery settlement at the Ward Transformer Superfund Site (Site) located in Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina. EPA will consider public comments until October 31, 2005. EPA may withdraw from or modify the proposed settlement should such comments disclose facts or considerations which indicated the proposed settlement is inappropriate, improper, or inadequate. Copies of the proposed settlement are available from: Ms. Paula V. Batchelor, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4, Superfund Enforcement & Information Management Branch, Waste Management Division, 61 Forsyth Street, SW., Atlanta, Georgia 30303, (404) 562-8887, Email: Batchelor.Paula@EPA.gov. Written or email comments may be submitted to Paula V. Batchelor at the above address within 30 days of the date of publication.
Approval and Promulgation of State Plan for Designated Facilities and Pollutants; North Carolina
Document Number: 05-19352
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving the Clean Air Act (CAA) section 111(d)/129 State Plan submitted by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (North Carolina DENR) for the State of North Carolina on August 7, 2002, and subsequently revised on December 14, 2004 (State Plan). The State Plan is for implementing and enforcing the Emissions Guidelines (EG) applicable to existing Commercial and Industrial Solid Waste Incineration (CISWI) Units that commenced construction on or before November 30, 1999.
Approval and Promulgation of State Plan for Designated Facilities and Pollutants; North Carolina
Document Number: 05-19351
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-09-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA proposes to approve the Clean Air Act (CAA) section 111(d)/129 State Plan submitted by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (North Carolina DENR) for the State of North Carolina on August 7, 2002, and subsequently revised on December 14, 2004, for implementing and enforcing the Emissions Guidelines applicable to existing Commercial and Industrial Solid Waste Incinerators. The State Plan was submitted by North Carolina DENR to satisfy CAA requirements. In the final rules section of this Federal Register, EPA is approving the North Carolina State Plan as a direct final rule without prior proposal because the Agency views this as a noncontroversial plan 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 the direct final rule, no further activity is contemplated in relation to this proposed rule. 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. The EPA will not institute a second comment period on this rule. Any parties interested in commenting on this rule should do so at this time.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Texas; Permits by Rule
Document Number: 05-19358
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision for the State of Texas. This action removes a provision from the Texas SIP which provided public notice for concrete batch plants which were constructed under a permit by rule (PBR). On September 1, 2000, Texas replaced the PBR for concrete batch plants with a standard permit for concrete batch plants. The standard permit for concrete batch plants also requires public notice for concrete batch plants subject to the standard permit. Texas maintained the public notice requirements of its PBR to assure that proper procedures were followed for concrete batch plants that were permitted under the PBR prior to the effective date of the standard permit. All authorization requests for concrete batch plants which were constructed under the PBR have now been resolved and the public notice and comment provisions under the PBR are no longer needed.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Texas; Permits by Rule
Document Number: 05-19357
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-09-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision for the State of Texas. This action removes a provision from the Texas SIP which provided public notice and opportunity for public comment for concrete batch plants which were constructed under a permit by rule (PBR). On September 1, 2000, Texas replaced the PBR for concrete batch plants with a standard permit for concrete batch plants. The standard permit for concrete batch plants also requires public notice for concrete batch plant subject to the standard permit. Texas maintained the public notice requirements of its PBR to assure that proper procedures were followed for concrete batch plants that were permitted under the PBR prior to the effective date of the standard permit. All authorization requests for concrete batch plants which constructed under the PBR have now been resolved and the public notice and comment provisions under the PBR are no longer needed.
Office of Research and Development; Ambient Air Monitoring Reference and Equivalent Methods: Designation of a New Equivalent Method for PM10
Document Number: 05-19356
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated, in accordance with 40 CFR part 53, a new equivalent method for measuring concentrations of particulate matter as PM10 in the ambient air.
Clean Water Act; Contractor Access to Confidential Business Information
Document Number: 05-19355
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) intends to transfer confidential business information (CBI) collected from the drinking water treatment industry, airport deicing operations, and other industries to Battelle and its subcontractors. Transfer of the information will allow the contractor and subcontractors to support EPA in the planning, development, and review of effluent limitations guidelines and standards under the Clean Water Act (CWA) and the development of discharge standards for certain Alaskan cruise ship operations. The information being transferred was or will be collected under the authority of section 308 of the CWA. Some information being transferred from the pulp, paper, and paperboard industry was collected under the additional authorities of section 114 of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and section 3007 of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Interested persons may submit comments on this intended transfer of information to the address noted below.
Reimbursement to Local Governments for Emergency Responses to Hazardous Substances Releases
Document Number: 05-19354
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA issued a final rule in the Federal Register of February 18, 1998, to streamline procedures used to reimburse local governments for emergency response costs. Local governments may be reimbursed for certain costs they incur in taking temporary emergency measures related to releases of hazardous substances, pollutants and contaminants. This document is being issued to correct the address to mail the completed application and supporting data provided and the telephone numbers listed in Appendix II to the regulations.
Good Neighbor Environmental Board
Document Number: 05-19353
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Pub. L. 92463, EPA gives notice of a meeting of the Good Neighbor Environmental Board (GNEB). The Board provides advice and recommendations to the U.S. President and Congress on environmental and infrastructure issues along the U.S. border with Mexico. EPA is charged with administering the activities of the Board. The purpose of the meeting is to continue to hear, first- hand, from border-region communities about their own concerns and priorities for environmental and infrastructure issues. A copy of the agenda for the meeting will be posted at http://www.epa.gov/ocem/gneb.
Muscodor albus QST 20799 and the Volatiles Produced on Rehydration; Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: 05-19259
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of the Muscodor albus (M. albus) QST 20799 and the volatiles produced on its rehydration on all food commodities when applied or used for all agricultural applications, including seed, propagule and post harvest treatments. This action is in response to a pesticide petition submitted to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), as amended by the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 (FQPA), requesting an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of M. albus QST 20799 and the volatiles produced on its rehydration.
Proposed CERCLA Administrative Cost Recovery Settlement; Town of Tilton and Tilton/Northfield Fire Department, Old Pillsbury Mill Superfund Site, Tilton, NH
Document Number: 05-19262
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with section 122(i) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, as amended (``CERCLA''), 42 U.S.C. 9622(i), notice is hereby given of a proposed administrative settlement for recovery of past costs concerning the Old Pillsbury Mill Superfund Site in Tilton, New Hampshire with the following settling parties: Town of Tilton and the Tilton/Northfield Fire Department. The settlement requires the settling parties to pay $378,706.00 to the Hazardous Substance Superfund. The settlement includes a covenant not to sue the settling parties pursuant to section 107(a) of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 9606 and 9607(a). For thirty (30) days following the date of publication of this notice, the Agency will receive written comments relating to the settlement. The Agency will consider all comments received and may modify or withdraw its consent to the settlement if comments received disclose facts or considerations which indicate that the settlement is inappropriate, improper, or inadequate. The Agency's response to any comments received will be available for public inspection at One Congress Street, Boston, MA 02214-2023 (Telephone No. 617-918-1440).
Public Water System Supervision Program Revision for the State of Tennessee
Document Number: 05-19261
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that the State of Tennessee is revising its approved Public Water System Supervision Program. Tennessee has adopted drinking water regulations for the Long Term 1 Surface Water Treatment Rule and the Arsenic Rule. EPA has determined that these revisions are no less stringent than the corresponding federal regulations. Therefore, EPA intends on approving this State program revision. All interested parties may request a public hearing. A request for a public hearing must be submitted by October 27, 2005 to the Regional Administrator at the 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 October 27, 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 October 27, 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.
Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program; Chemical Selection Approach for Initial Round of Screening
Document Number: 05-19260
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice describes the approach EPA plans to use for selecting the first group of chemicals to be screened in the Agency's Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP). The Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 (FQPA) amended the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) to direct EPA to develop a chemical screening program using appropriate validated test systems and other scientifically relevant information to determine whether certain substances may have hormonal effects. In December 2002, EPA sought comment on its approach for selecting the initial list of chemicals for which testing will be required under the EDSP. Following review and revision based on the public comments, EPA is now describing the approach that it intends to use for selecting the chemicals for the initial list. For this initial approach, as recommended by scientific advisory committees, EPA will select 50 to 100 chemicals. The chemicals will be selected based on their relatively high potential for human exposure rather than using a combination of exposure- and effects- related factors. The scope of this first group of chemicals to be tested includes pesticide active ingredients and High Production Volume (HPV) chemicals used as pesticide inerts. This will allow EPA to focus its initial screening efforts on a smaller and more manageable universe of chemicals that emphasizes the early attention to the pesticide chemicals that Congress specifically mandated EPA to test for possible endocrine effects. This notice does not identify the initial list of chemicals, nor does it describe other aspects of the EDSP such as the administrative procedures EPA will use to require testing, the validated tests and battery that will be included in the EDSP, or the timeframe for requiring the testing or receiving the data. The initial chemical list and the details of the EDSP process that will apply to the initial chemical list will be addressed in subsequent notices published in the Federal Register.
Acid Rain Program: Notice of Annual Adjustment Factors for Excess Emission Penalty
Document Number: 05-19258
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under the Acid Rain Program, affected units must hold enough allowances to cover their sulfur dioxide emissions and meet an emission limit for nitrogen oxides. Under 40 CFR 77.6, units that do not meet these requirements must pay a penalty without demand to the Administrator based on the number of excess tons emitted times $2000 as adjusted by an annual adjustment factor that must be published in the Federal Register. The annual adjustment factor for adjusting the penalty for excess emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides under 40 CFR part 77 for compliance year 2005 is 1.5209. This value is derived using the Consumer Price Index (``CPI'') for 1990 and 2005 (as defined at 40 CFR part 72, the 2005 CPI is based on the August 2004 CPI for all urban consumers), and corresponds to a penalty of $3042 per excess ton of sulfur dioxide or nitrogen oxides emitted. The annual adjustment factor for adjusting the penalty for excess emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides under 40 CFR part 77 for compliance year 2006 is 1.5762. This value is derived using the Consumer Price Index (``CPI'') for 1990 and 2006 (as defined at 40 CFR part 72, the 2006 CPI is based on the August 2005 CPI for all urban consumers), and corresponds to a penalty of $3152 per excess ton of sulfur dioxide or nitrogen oxides emitted.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Texas; Transportation Control Measures in the Dallas/Fort Worth Ozone Nonattainment Area
Document Number: 05-19257
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is approving revisions to the Texas Ozone State Implementation Plan (SIP). This approval incorporates the Transportation Control Measures, submitted by the Governor of Texas on April 25, 2000 (as substituted by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on January 14, 2004), into the SIP for the Dallas/Fort Worth Ozone Nonattainment Area. The inclusion of Transportation Control Measures in the SIP fulfills one requirement found under Section 182(c)(5) of the Federal Clean Air Act which provides that serious ozone nonattainment areas incorporate such measures into the state air quality plan. This action also fulfills of EPA's obligations under a Federal district court Consent Decree to act on these measures (70 FR 32326).
Notice of Extension of the Public Comment Period, Public Health and Environmental Radiation Protection Standards for Yucca Mountain, NV; Proposed Rule
Document Number: 05-19256
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-09-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency is extending the comment period for the Public Health and Environmental Radiation Protection Standards for Yucca Mountain, Nevada; Proposed Rule which appeared in the Federal Register on August 22, 2003 (68 FR 65120). The public comment period for this proposed rule was to end on October 21, 2005. The purpose of this notice is to extend the comment period to November 21, 2005, and to announce an additional public hearing in Las Vegas on October 6, 2005.
South Dakota: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revision and Incorporation by Reference of Approved State Hazardous Waste Management Program
Document Number: 05-19255
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-09-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
South Dakota has applied to EPA for Final authorization of the changes to its hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). EPA has determined that these changes satisfy all requirements needed to qualify for Final authorization and is proposing to authorize the State's changes through this proposed final action. Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 272 is used by EPA to codify its decision to authorize individual State programs and incorporates by reference those provisions of the State statutes and regulations that are subject to EPA's inspection and enforcement authorities as authorized provisions of the State's program. This action also proposes to codify the authorized provisions of the South Dakota regulations. Finally, today's document corrects errors made in the State authorization citations published in the August 10, 1999 and November 3, 2003 Federal Register authorization documents for South Dakota.
Draft All-Ages Lead Model
Document Number: 05-19253
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Research and Development's National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) is announcing the availability of an external review draft of the newly developed All-Ages Lead Model (AALM) Version 1.05, for public review and comment. EPA is releasing this draft model solely for the purpose of pre-dissemination peer review under applicable information quality guidelines. This model has not been formally disseminated by EPA. It does not represent and should not be construed to represent any Agency policy or determination.
New Hampshire Sanitation Device Standard; Notice of Determination
Document Number: 05-19252
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
North Dakota: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revision
Document Number: 05-19137
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-09-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA proposes to grant Final authorization to the hazardous waste program changes submitted by North Dakota. In the ``Rules'' section of this Federal Register, we are authorizing the State's program changes as an immediate final rule without a prior proposed rule because we believe this action as not controversial. Unless we get written comments opposing this authorization during the comment period, the immediate final rule will become effective and the Agency will not take further action on this proposal. If we receive comments that oppose this action, we will publish a document in the Federal Register withdrawing this rule before it takes effect. EPA will address public comments in a later final rule based on this proposal. EPA may not provide further opportunity for comment. Any parties interested in commenting on this action must do so at this time.
North Dakota: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revision
Document Number: 05-19136
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
North Dakota has applied to EPA for Final authorization of changes to its hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). EPA has determined that these changes satisfy all requirements for Final authorization and is authorizing the State's changes through this immediate Final action. EPA is publishing this rule to authorize the changes without a prior proposed rule because we believe this action is not controversial. Unless we get written comments opposing this authorization during the comment period, the decision to authorize North Dakota's changes to their hazardous waste program will take effect as provided below. If we receive comments that oppose this action, we will publish a document in the Federal Register withdrawing this rule before it takes effect. A separate document in the proposed rules section of this Federal Register will serve as the proposal to authorize the State's changes.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans and Designation of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes; Indiana; Lake County Sulfur Dioxide Regulations, Redesignation and Maintenance Plan
Document Number: 05-19065
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision for the control of sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions in Lake County, Indiana. The SIP revision submitted by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) amends 326 Indiana Administrative Code (IAC) Article 7. Indiana's revised SO2 rule consists of changes to 326 IAC 7-4 which sets forth facility-specific SO2 emission limitations and recordkeeping requirements for Lake County. The rule revision also reflects updates to company names, updates to emission limits currently in permits, deletion of facilities that are already covered by natural gas limits, and other corrections and updates. Due to changes in section numbers, references to citations in other parts of the rule have also been updated. EPA is also approving a request to redesignate the Lake County nonattainment area to attainment of the SO2 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). In conjunction with these actions, EPA is also approving the maintenance plan for the Lake County nonattainment area to ensure that attainment of the NAAQS will be maintained. The SIP revision, redesignation request and maintenance plan are approvable because they satisfy the requirements of the Clean Air Act (Act).
FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: 05-19129
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
There will be a meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) to consider and review plant-incorporated protectants based on virus coat protein genes: science issues associated with a review of proposed rules.
Notice of Availability of Final NPDES General Permits for Certain Publicly Owned Treatment Works and Other Treatment Works Treating Domestic Sewage in the States of Massachusetts and New Hampshire and Indian Country Lands in the State of Massachusetts
Document Number: 05-19064
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Director of the Office of Ecosystem Protection, Environmental Protection Agency-Region 1, is today providing notice of availability of the final National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general permits for certain Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTWs) and other treatment works treating domestic sewage in the States of Massachusetts and New Hampshire and Indian Country Lands located in the State of Massachusetts. These general permits establish notification requirements, permit eligibility conditions, effluent limitations, standards, and prohibitions for discharges to fresh and marine waters. Coverage under these general permits is available to facilities in Massachusetts classified as minor facilities and to facilities in New Hampshire classified as major or minor facilities. Owners and/or operators of POTWs and other treatment works treating domestic sewage, including those facilities currently authorized to discharge under individual NPDES permits, are eligible to apply for coverage under the final general permit and will receive a written notification from EPA whether permit coverage and authorization to discharge under one of the general permits is approved. The eligibility requirements, including the requirement that the facility have a dilution factor equal to or greater than 50:1 in the receiving water, are provided in the general permits. These general permits do not cover new sources as defined under 40 CFR 122.2.
Ocean Dumping; Site Designation
Document Number: 05-19063
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA today designates a new Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site (ODMDS) in the Atlantic Ocean offshore Port Royal, South Carolina, as an EPA-approved ocean dumping site for the disposal of suitable dredged material. This action is necessary to provide an acceptable ocean disposal site for consideration as an option for dredged material disposal projects in the greater Port Royal, South Carolina, vicinity. This site designation is for an indefinite period of time, but the site is subject to continuing monitoring to insure that unacceptable adverse environmental impacts do not occur.
Fenpropathrin; Pesticide Tolerance
Document Number: 05-19062
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of fenpropathrin in or on bushberry subgroup 13B; lingonberry; juneberry; salal; pea, succulent; and vegetable, fruiting, group 8. Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), as amended by the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 (FQPA).
Kasugamycin; Pesticide Tolerance
Document Number: 05-19061
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes a tolerance forresidues of kasugamycin in or on fruiting vegetables, crop group 8. Arysta Lifescience North American Corporation (previously know as Arvesta Corporation), agent for Hokko Chemical Industry Corporation, requested this tolerance under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), as amended by the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 (FQPA).
Certain New Chemicals; Receipt and Status Information
Document Number: 05-19060
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-23
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 August 15, 2005 to August 26, 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.
Pyriproxyfen; Pesticide Tolerance
Document Number: 05-19059
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of pyriproxyfen in or on grass, forage, fodder, and hay, group 17, forage; grass, forage, fodder, and hay, group 17, hay; vegetable, legume, group 6; onion, dry bulb; grape; strawberry; sapote, white; and citrus hybrids. Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), as amended by the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 (FQPA).
Pyridaben; Pesticide Tolerance
Document Number: 05-19058
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of pyridaben in or on hop, dried cones; papaya; star apple; sapote, black; mango; sapodilla; sapote, mamey; canistel, fruit, stone, group 12; strawberry; and tomato. Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) requested these tolerances 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 pyridaben tolerances that are no longer needed as result of this action.
Pesticides; Removal of Expired Time-Limited Tolerance Exemptions
Document Number: 05-19056
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is removing time-limited tolerance exemptions for several pesticide chemicals. These time-limited tolerance exemptions are being removed because they have expired and are obsolete, and to ensure that the regulatory listings of tolerance exemptions are properly updated.
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List
Document Number: 05-19055
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 2 office, announces the deletion of the Jones Sanitation Superfund Site (Site), located in Hyde Park, New York, from the National Priorities List (NPL). The NPL is appendix B to the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP), 40 CFR part 300, which EPA promulgated pursuant to section 105 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980, as amended. EPA and the State of New York, through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), have determined that potentially responsible parties have implemented all appropriate response actions required. Moreover, EPA and NYSDEC have determined that with proper monitoring, operation and maintenance, this Site poses no significant threat to public health or the environment.
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List
Document Number: 05-19054
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA'' or the ``Agency'') New England (Region 1) announces the deletion of the Nutmeg Valley Road Site (``Site'') from the National Priorities List (``NPL''). The NPL constitutes appendix B of 40 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 the Site poses no significant threat to public health or the environment and, therefore, no further remedial measures pursuant to CERCLA are appropriate.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 05-19052
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: 05-19047
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has no objections to the Preferred Alternative, and recommends that the Final EIS address how the plan will be integrated with the Upper Mississippi River Navigation Ecosystem Sustainability Program. Rating LO.
Pesticide Reregistration Performance Measures and Goals
Document Number: 05-18961
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces EPA's progress in meeting its performance measures and goals for pesticide reregistration during fiscal year 2004. The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) requires EPA to publish information about EPA's annual achievements in this area. This notice discusses the integration of tolerance reassessment with the reregistration process, and describes the status of various regulatory activities associated with reregistration and tolerance reassessment. The notice gives total numbers of chemicals and products reregistered, tolerances reassessed, Data Call-Ins issued, and products registered under the ``fast-track'' provisions of FIFRA. Finally, this notice contains the schedule for completion of activities for specific chemicals during fiscal years 2005 through 2008.
Amicarbazone; Pesticide Tolerance
Document Number: 05-18951
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for combined residues of amicarbazone and its metabolites in or on field corn and livestock commodities and indirect or inadvertent residues of amicarbazone and its metabolites in alfalfa, cotton, soybean and wheat. Arysta Lifescience North American Corporation (perviously known as Arvesta Corporation) requested this tolerance under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), as amended by the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 (FQPA).