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Proposal of addition of certain substances to the 1998 Aarhus Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Protocol under the Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution Convention of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE): Notice of Data Availability
Document Number: 05-23227
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of data and information concerning dossiers (or proposals) for the addition of hexachlorobutadiene, octabromo diphenyl ether (octaBDE), pentachlorobenzene, polychlorinated napthalenes, short-chain chlorinated parrafins (SCCPs), dicofol, pentabromodiphenyl ether (PeDBE), and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) as persistent organic pollutants (POPs) submitted to the Secretariat of the 1998 Aarhus POPs Protocol Under the Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP) Convention of the UNECE. We are issuing this NODA to alert interested and potentially affected parties of these proposals; to announce the substances proposed for inclusion in the Protocol; to provide the Web site where these proposals may be reviewed; to provide the addresses where comments or information may be submitted; and to provide the deadline for submitting comments and information. We are also issuing the NODA to solicit names and contact information for those parties who would like to be notified when proposals under the Aarhus POPs Protocol occur.
Tribal Solid Waste Management Assistance Project: Request for Proposals
Document Number: 05-23226
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Tribal Solid Waste Interagency Workgroup is soliciting proposals for its eighth year of the Tribal Solid Waste Management Assistance Project (previously called the Open Dump Cleanup Project). Since FY99, the Workgroup has funded over 100 projects with approximately $15.4 million. In FY05, the Interagency Workgroup made approximately $2 million available to fully or partially fund 20 selected projects. A similar amount of funding is projected for FY06. The Project is part of a Federal effort to help tribes comprehensively address their solid waste needs. The purpose of the Project is to assist with closing or upgrading tribal high-threat waste disposal sites and providing alternative disposal and integrated solid waste management. The Workgroup was established in April 1998 to coordinate Federal assistance to tribes in bringing their waste disposal sites into compliance with the municipal solid waste landfill criteria (40 CFR part 258). Current Workgroup members include representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA); the Indian Health Service (IHS); and the Departments of Agriculture and Defense.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; RCRA Hazardous Waste Permit Application and Modification, Part A (Renewal), EPA ICR Number 0262.11, OMB Control Number 2050-0034
Document Number: 05-23225
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-23
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 to renew an existing approved collection. This ICR is scheduled to expire on November 31, 2005. 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.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements Under EPA's WasteWise Program (Renewal), EPA ICR Number 1698.06, OMB Control Number 2050-0139
Document Number: 05-23224
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-23
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 to renew an existing approved collection. This ICR is scheduled to expire on November 30, 2005. 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.
Acetochlor Risk Assessment; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 05-23223
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's human health risk assessment, and related documents for the chloroacetanilide pesticide acetochlor, and opens a public comment period on these documents. EPA is developing a tolerance reassessment progress and risk management decision (TRED) for acetochlor through a modified, 4-Phase public participation process that the Agency uses to involve the public in developing pesticide reregistration and tolerance reassessment decisions. Through these programs, EPA is ensuring that all pesticides meet current health and safety standards.
Agency Information Collection Activities OMB Responses
Document Number: 05-23222
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document announces the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) responses to Agency Clearance requests, in compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et Seq.). An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. The OMB control numbers for EPA's regulations are listed in 40 CFR part 9 and 48 CFR chapter 15.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans and Designation of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes; Indiana; Redesignation of Vigo County 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area to Attainment for Ozone
Document Number: 05-23221
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-11-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to make a determination that the Vigo County ozone nonattainment area has attained the 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). This proposed determination is based on three years of complete, quality-assured ambient air quality monitoring data for the 2002-2004 seasons that demonstrate that the 8-hour ozone NAAQS has been attained in the area. EPA is proposing to approve a request from the State of Indiana to redesignate Vigo County to attainment of the 8-hour ozone NAAQS. This request was submitted by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) on July 5, 2005 and supplemented on October 20, 2005 and November 4, 2005. In proposing to approve this request, EPA is also proposing to approve the State's plan for maintaining the 8-hour ozone NAAQS in this area through 2015 as a revision to the Indiana State Implementation Plan (SIP). EPA is also finding adequate and is proposing to approve the State's 2015 Motor Vehicle Emission Budgets (MVEBs) for this area.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Toxic Chemical Release Reporting, Alternate Threshold for Low Annual Reportable Amounts (Form A) (Renewal), EPA ICR Number 1704.08, OMB Control Number 2070-0143
Document Number: 05-23220
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-23
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 to renew an existing approved collection. This ICR is scheduled to expire on January 31, 2006. 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.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Toxic Chemical Release Reporting (Form R) (Renewal), EPA ICR Number 1363.14, OMB Control Number 2070-0093
Document Number: 05-23219
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-23
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 to renew an existing approved collection. This ICR is scheduled to expire on January 31, 2006. 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.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review and Approval; Comment Request; NSPS for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills (Renewal), ICR Number 1557.06, OMB Number 2060-0220
Document Number: 05-23218
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, 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 to renew an existing approved collection. This ICR is scheduled to expire on December 31, 2005. 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.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Criteria for Classification of Solid Waste Disposal Facilities and Practices (Renewal), EPA ICR Number 1745.05, OMB Control Number 2050-0154
Document Number: 05-23217
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-23
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 to renew an existing approved collection. This ICR is scheduled to expire on November 30, 2005. 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.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Texas; Permits by Rule
Document Number: 05-23216
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-11-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On September 28, 2005 (70 FR 56566), EPA published a direct final rule to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision for the State of Texas. This action removed a provision from the Texas SIP which provided public notice for concrete batch plants which were constructed under a permit by rule (PBR). The direct final action was published without prior proposal because EPA anticipated no adverse comment. EPA stated in the direct final rule that if EPA received adverse comment by October 28, 2005, EPA would publish a timely withdrawal in the Federal Register. EPA subsequently received a timely adverse comment on the direct final rule. Therefore, EPA is withdrawing the direct final approval. EPA will address the comment in a subsequent final action based on the parallel proposal also published on September 28, 2005 (70 FR 56612). As stated in the parallel proposal, EPA will not institute a second comment period on this action.
Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Public Meeting of the Science Advisory Board
Document Number: 05-23215
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting of the chartered SAB.
Indiana: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revision
Document Number: 05-23214
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-11-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is granting Indiana Final authorization of the changes to its hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The agency published a proposed rule on June 30, 2005 at 70 FR 37726 and provided for public comment. The public comment period ended on August 1, 2005. We received no comments. No further opportunity for comment will be provided. EPA has determined that these changes satisfy all requirements needed to qualify for Final authorization, and is authorizing the State's changes through this proposed final action.
Michigan: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revision
Document Number: 05-23213
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-11-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Michigan has applied to the EPA for final authorization of the changes to its hazardous waste management 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.
Pesticide Product Registrations; Conditional Approval
Document Number: 05-23108
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces Agency approval of applications submitted by Dow AgroSciences LLC, to conditionally register the pesticide products Aminopyralid Technical and MilestoneTM containing a new active ingredient not included in any previously registered products pursuant to the provisions of section 3(c)(7)(C) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended.
Pesticide Product; Registration Application
Document Number: 05-23107
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces receipt of an application to register a pesticide product containing a new active ingredient not included in any previously registered product pursuant to the provisions of section 3(c)(4) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended.
Tralkoxydim; Pesticide Tolerance
Document Number: 05-23106
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-11-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes a tolerance for residues of tralkoxydim in or on barley grain, barley hay, barley straw, wheat grain, and wheat hay, wheat forage, and wheat straw. Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc. requested this tolerance under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), as amended by the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 (FQPA).
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, Imperial and Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control Districts
Document Number: 05-23090
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-11-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Imperial County Air Pollution Control District (ICAPCD) and Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (SBCAPCD) portions 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 are administrative and address changes for clarity and consistency.
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, Imperial and Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control Districts
Document Number: 05-23089
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-11-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the Imperial County Air Pollution Control District (ICAPCD) and Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (SBCAPCD) portions of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). We are proposing to approve local rules concerning definitions under the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act).
Resmethrin Risk Assessments; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 05-22998
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's risk assessments and related documents for the synthetic pyrethroid pesticide resmethrin, and opens a public comment period on these documents. The public is encouraged to suggest risk management ideas or proposals to address the risks identified. EPA is developing a Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED), for resmethrin through a modified, 4-Phase public participation process that the Agency uses to involve the public in developing pesticide reregistration and tolerance reassessment decisions. Through these programs, EPA is ensuring that all pesticides meet current health and safety standards.
Maleic Hydrazide; Tolerance Reassessment Decision for Low Risk Pesticide; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 05-22997
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's Tolerance Reassessment Decision (TRED) for the pesticide maleic hydrazide, and opens a public comment period on this document, related risk assessments, and other support documents. EPA has reviewed the low risk pesticide maleic hydrazide through a modified, streamlined version of the public participation process that the Agency uses to involve the public in developing pesticide tolerance reassessment and reregistration decisions. Through the tolerance reassessment program, EPA is ensuring that all pesticides meet current health and food safety standards.
Adequacy Status of Vigo County, IN, 8-Hour Ozone Redesignation and Maintenance Plan for Transportation Conformity Purposes
Document Number: 05-23091
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In this notice, EPA is notifying the public that EPA has found that the motor vehicle emissions budgets in the Vigo County, Indiana 8- hour ozone redesignation request and maintenance plan are adequate for conformity purposes. On March 2, 1999, the DC Circuit Court ruled that submitted State Implementation Plans (SIPs) cannot be used for conformity determinations until EPA has affirmatively found them adequate. As a result of our finding, Vigo County can use the motor vehicle emissions budgets from the submitted 8-hour ozone redesignation request and maintenance plan for future conformity determinations. These budgets are effective December 7, 2005. The finding and the response to comments will be available at EPA's conformity Web site: http://www.epa.gov/otaq/transp.htm, (once there, click on the ``Conformity'' button, then look for ``Adequacy Review of SIP Submissions for Conformity'').
Underground Injection Control Program-Revision to the Federal Underground Injection Control Requirements for Class I Municipal Disposal Wells in Florida
Document Number: 05-23088
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-11-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Today's rule amends the current Federal Underground Injection Control (UIC) requirements by providing a regulatory alternative to owners and operators of Class I municipal disposal wells in specific areas of Florida that have caused or may cause movement of fluid into an Underground Source of Drinking Water (USDW). Because operation of Class I wells with fluid movement into a USDW is prohibited by Federal UIC regulations, this new rule offers owners and operators of municipal disposal wells in certain counties in Florida the ability to continue to operate their wells provided they meet additional wastewater treatment requirements. These new treatment requirements, which apply only to injection operations in certain counties of Florida, are designed to provide an equivalent level of protection to USDWs that is afforded by the no-fluid-movement standard.
Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Nonattainment New Source Review (NSR), and New Source Performance Standards (NSPS): Emissions Test for Electric Generating Units
Document Number: 05-23087
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-11-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is announcing a public hearing to be held on December 9, 2005 and an extension of the public comment period on our proposed changes to the New Source Review (NSR) permitting program at 70 FR 61081. (October 20, 2005). The proposed changes would revise the emissions test for existing electric generating units (EGUs) that are subject to the regulations governing the Prevention of Significant Deterioration and nonattainment major NSR programs mandated by parts C and D of title I of the Clean Air Act (CAA). We also solicited comment on a proposed revised emissions test under the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) regulations. The public hearing will provide interested parties the opportunity to present data, views, or arguments concerning these proposed changes. The EPA is also extending the public comment period from December 19, 2005 to February 17, 2006. The EPA is holding the public hearing and extending the public comment period by 60 days because of the number of requests we received in a timely manner.
Control of Air Pollution From New Motor Vehicles; Revisions to Motor Vehicle Diesel Fuel Sulfur Transition Provisions; and Technical Amendments to the Highway Diesel, Nonroad Diesel, and Tier 2 Gasoline Programs
Document Number: 05-22807
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-11-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The highway diesel fuel sulfur program, finalized in 2001, is resulting in the nationwide transition in 2006 of most diesel fuel from low-sulfur diesel (LSD) to ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD). Some in the diesel fuel production and distribution industries indicated that they may be unable to complete the transition to ULSD by the current deadlines at the very furthest reaches of the distribution system. In response, today's action makes limited changes to the transition provisions for entities in the highway diesel distribution system. These changes finely balance the concerns of the fuel industry and the critical need for ULSD to be available for 2007 diesel vehicles and engines. The impacts of the recent hurricanes along the Gulf Coast of the U.S. are not a contributing factor in taking today's action, and there is no change in the June 1, 2006 start date for refiners to be producing ULSD (15 ppm sulfur). In today's action, we extend the ULSD implementation dates for terminals and retail outlets by 45 days. Thus, terminals will have until September 1, 2006 (vs. July 15) and retailers will have until October 15, 2006 (vs. September 1) to complete their transitions to ULSD. We also provide that downstream of the refinery fuel with a sulfur content slightly higher than 15 ppm may temporarily be sold as ULSD. In addition, we extend the beginning of the restriction on how much ULSD can be downgraded to higher sulfur fuel by 15 days, to October 15, 2006 to be consistent with the end of the new transition dates. The rule also includes corrections to the recordkeeping and reporting requirements under the highway diesel program and also includes several minor amendments to the highway diesel sulfur, nonroad diesel sulfur, and gasoline sulfur programs to correct errors or omissions in the regulations.
Control of Air Pollution From New Motor Vehicles; Revisions to Motor Vehicle Diesel Fuel Sulfur Transition Provisions; and Technical Amendments to the Highway Diesel, Nonroad Diesel, and Tier 2 Gasoline Programs
Document Number: 05-22806
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-11-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The highway diesel fuel sulfur program, finalized in 2001, is resulting in the nationwide transition in 2006 of most diesel fuel from low-sulfur diesel (LSD) to ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD). Some in the diesel fuel production and distribution industries have indicated that they may be unable to complete the transition to ULSD by the current deadlines at the very furthest reaches the distribution system. In response, today's proposed action would make limited changes to the transition provisions for entities in the highway diesel distribution system. These proposed changes finely balance the concerns of the fuel industry with the critical need for ULSD to be available for 2007 diesel vehicles and engines. The impacts of the recent hurricanes along the Gulf Coast of the U.S. are not a contributing factor in today's proposed action, and there would be no change in the June 1, 2006 start date for refiners to be producing ULSD (15 ppm sulfur). We propose to extend the ULSD implementation dates for terminals and retail outlets by 45 days. Thus, terminals would have until September 1, 2006 (vs. July 15) and retailers would have until October 15, 2006 (vs. September 1) to complete their transitions to ULSD. We also propose that downstream of the refinery fuel slightly higher than 15 ppm sulfur could temporarily be sold as ULSD. In addition, we propose to extend the beginning of the restriction on how much ULSD can be downgraded to higher sulfur fuel by 15 days, to October 15, 2006 to be consistent with the end of the proposed new transition dates. The rule also includes proposed corrections to the recordkeeping and reporting requirements under the highway diesel and also proposes several minor amendments to the highway diesel sulfur, nonroad diesel sulfur, and gasoline sulfur programs to correct errors or omissions in the regulations.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans and Designation of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes; Kentucky; Redesignation of the Christian County, Kentucky Portion of the Clarksville-Hopkinsville 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area to Attainment for Ozone; Correction
Document Number: 05-23086
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-11-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On October 21, 2005, at 70 FR 61232, EPA published a withdrawal action of a direct final rule approving the redesignation of the Christian County, Kentucky portion of the Clarksville-Hopkinsville 8-hour ozone nonattainment area to attainment for ozone. This document corrects a Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) reference contained in the withdrawal action.
California State Motor Vehicle Pollution Control Standards; Within the Scope Requests; Opportunity for Public Hearing and Comment
Document Number: 05-22996
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has notified EPA that it has approved amendments to its on-highway motorcycle and motorcycle engine for 2004 and subsequent model years. CARB requests that EPA confirm CARB's findings that its amendments are within-the- scope of previous waivers issued by EPA under section 209(b) of the Clean Air Act (Act), 42 U.S.C. 7543(b).
California State Nonroad Engine and Vehicle Pollution Control Standards; Opportunity for Public Hearing and Request for Public Comment
Document Number: 05-22995
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has notified EPA that it has adopted an Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM) establishing in-use performance standards for transport refrigeration units (TRU) and TRU generator sets that will be phased-in commencing on December 31, 2008. By letter dated March 28, 2005, CARB requested that EPA grant California authorization for such standards under section 209(e)(2) of the Clean Air Act (CAA), 42 U.S.C. 7543(b) (EPA frequently calls such authorizations ``waivers of preemption''). This notice announces that EPA has tentatively scheduled a public hearing concerning California's request and that EPA is accepting written comment on the request.
Request for Applications for Essential Use Exemptions to the Production and Import Phaseout of Ozone Depleting Substances Under the Montreal Protocol for the Years 2007 and 2008
Document Number: 05-22890
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Through this action, the Environmental Protection Agency is requesting applications for essential use allowances for calendar years 2007 and 2008. Essential use allowances provide exemptions to the production and import phaseout of ozone-depleting substances and must be authorized by the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. The U.S. Government will use the applications received in response to this notice as the basis for its nomination of essential use allowances at the Eighteenth Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (the Protocol), to be held in 2006.
Massachusetts: Extension of Interim Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revision
Document Number: 05-22892
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-11-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is proposing to extend the expiration date from January 1, 2006 to January 1, 2011 for the interim authorization under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, of the Massachusetts program for regulating Cathode Ray Tubes (``CRTs''). Massachusetts was granted interim authorization to assume the responsibility under the Toxicity Characteristics Rule (``TC Rule'') for regulating CRTs on November 15, 2000, with an expiration date of January 1, 2003. This expiration date was subsequently extended until January 1, 2006. As this interim authorization is soon due to expire, an extension is needed for the reasons explained elsewhere in today's Federal Register. In the ``Rules and Regulations'' section of this Federal Register, EPA is publishing a rule to authorize the extension without a prior proposal because we believe this action is not controversial and do not expect comments that oppose it. Unless we get written comments which oppose this extension during the comment period, the decision to extend the interim authorization will take effect. If we get comments that oppose this action, we will publish a document in the Federal Register withdrawing this rule before it takes effect and this separate document in this proposed rules section of this Federal Register will serve as the proposal to authorize the changes. We will then respond to public comments in a later final rule based on this proposal. You may not have another opportunity for comment. If you want to comment on this action, you must do so at this time.
Massachusetts: Extension of Interim Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revision
Document Number: 05-22891
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-11-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is extending the expiration date from January 1, 2006 to January 1, 2011 for the interim authorization under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, of the Massachusetts program for regulating Cathode Ray Tubes (``CRTs''). Massachusetts was granted interim authorization to assume the responsibility under the Toxicity Characteristics Rule (``TC Rule'') for regulating CRTs, on November 15, 2000 with an expiration date of January 1, 2003. This expiration date was subsequently extended until January 1, 2006. As this interim authorization is soon due to expire, an extension is needed for the reasons explained below. EPA is publishing this rule to authorize the extension without a prior proposal because we believe this action is not controversial and do not expect comments that oppose it. Unless we get written comments which oppose this extension during the comment period, the decision to extend the interim authorization will take effect. If we get comments that oppose this action, we will publish a document in the Federal Register withdrawing this rule before it takes effect and the separate document in the proposed rules section of this Federal Register will serve as the proposal to authorize the changes.
Quality Technology Inc. (QuTech); Transfer of Data
Document Number: 05-22889
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces that pesticide related information submitted to EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), including information that may have been claimed as Confidential Business Information (CBI) by the submitter, will be tranferred to Quality Technology Inc. (QuTech) in accordance with 40 CFR 2.307(h)(3) and 2.308(i)(2). QuTech has been awarded multiple contracts to perform work for OPP, and access to this information will enable QuTech to fulfill the obligations of the contracts.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 05-22888
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: 05-22887
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA does not object to the proposed project. Rating LO.
EPA Accepting Nominations for the Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee
Document Number: 05-22818
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency invites nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointments to fill specific vacancies on the Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC). Nominations are sought in the following two areas: Experience relating to children's environmental health on Tribal lands and experience with children's environmental health in public health nursing. In addition to this notice other avenues may be used to identify potential candidates. Deadline for receiving nominations is Friday, December 2, 2005. Please submit a resume or curriculum vitae with each nomination via mail or e-mail to the addresses below. Appointments will be made by the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Consumer and Commercial Products: Schedule for Regulation
Document Number: 05-22817
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice revises the groupings in which the listed categories of consumer and commercial products will be regulated under section 183(e) of the CAA. Although there are no additions to or deletions from the list, the categories are being regrouped.
Draft Staff Paper for Ozone
Document Number: 05-22816
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On or about November 14, 2005, the Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS) of EPA will make available for public review and comment a draft document, Review of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone: Policy Assessment of Scientific and Technical Information (Draft Staff Paper). The purpose of the Staff Paper is to evaluate the policy implications of the key scientific and technical information contained in a related EPA document, Air Quality Criteria for Ozone and Related Photochemical Oxidants, required under sections 108 and 109 of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for use in the periodic review of the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for ozone. The OAQPS also will make available for public review and comment related draft technical support documents, Ozone Population Exposure Analysis for Selected Urban Areas (draft Exposure Analysis) and Ozone Health Risk Assessment for Selected Urban Areas (draft Risk Assessment).
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Brick and Structural Clay Products Manufacturing: Reconsideration
Document Number: 05-22805
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-11-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On May 16, 2003, EPA promulgated national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) for new and existing sources at brick and structural clay products (BSCP) manufacturing facilities (the final rule). Subsequently, the Administrator received a petition for reconsideration of the final rule. On April 22, 2005, EPA announced its reconsideration of one issue arising from the final rule. Specifically, we (EPA) requested public comment on our decision to base the maximum achievable control technology (MACT) requirements for certain tunnel kilns on dry limestone adsorption technology. As a result of this reconsideration process, we have concluded that the MACT floors and standards determined at promulgation are correct, and no changes to the final rule are warranted. We, therefore, are taking no amendatory action with respect to these requirements.
Control of Air Pollution From Aircraft and Aircraft Engines; Emission Standards and Test Procedures
Document Number: 05-22704
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-11-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In this action, we are amending the existing United States regulations governing the exhaust emissions from new commercial aircraft gas turbine engines. Under the authority of section 231 of the Clean Air Act (CAA), 42 U.S.C. 7571, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is establishing new emission standards for oxides of nitrogen (NOX) for newly certified commercial aircraft gas turbine engines with rated thrust greater than 26.7 kilonewtons (kN). This action adopts standards equivalent to the NOX standards of the United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and thereby brings the United States emission standards into alignment with the internationally adopted standards (ICAO standards for newly certified engines were effective beginning in 2004). In addition, today's action amends the test procedures for gaseous exhaust emissions to correspond to recent amendments to the ICAO test procedures for these emissions. On December 19, 2005, the new NOX standards will apply to newly certified gas turbine enginesthose engines designed and certified after the effective date of the regulations (for purposes of this action, the date of manufacture of the first individual production model means the date of type certification). Newly manufactured engines of already certified models (i.e., those individual engines that are part of an already certified engine model, but are built after the effective date of the regulations for such engines and have never been in service) will not have to meet these standards. Today's amendments to the emission test procedures are those recommended by ICAO and are widely used by the aircraft engine industry. Thus, today's action will help establish consistency between U.S. and international standards, requirements, and test procedures. Since aircraft and aircraft engines are international commodities, there is commercial benefit to consistency between U.S. and international emission standards and control program requirements. In addition, today's action ensures that domestic commercial aircraft meet the current international standards, and thus, the public can be assured they are receiving the air quality benefits of the international standards.
Office of Environmental Information; Request for Comment and Request for Information on System Requirements Document for Environmental Terminology Services
Document Number: 05-22703
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking to redesign its current Terminology Reference System (TRS) [see http:// www.epa.gov/trs ] in order to better support future semantic Web needs, increase usability and integrate with other systems for enterprise-wide content management, search, and portal development. The agency has established the following requirements and is interested in receiving comments and information from potential bidders and experts in the field regarding these requirements.
Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Public Teleconference and Meeting of the Science Advisory Board Radiation Advisory Committee (RAC) RadNet Review Panel
Document Number: 05-22702
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference and face-to-face meeting of the SAB Radiation Advisory Committee (RAC) RadNet Review Panel of the SAB to discuss the Office of Radiation and Indoor Air (ORIA) draft report ``Expansion and Upgrade of the RadNet Air Monitoring Network,'' (Vols. 1 & 2), dated October 2005. The RAC will also receive a program update and briefings.
Approval and Promulgation of State Air Quality Plans for Designated Facilities and Pollutants, Commonwealth of Virginia; Control of Emissions From Hospital/Medical/Infectious Waste Incinerator Units; Correction
Document Number: 05-22701
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-11-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document corrects an error in the rule Summary language of a final rule pertaining to EPA's approval of the Commonwealth of Virginia hospital/medical/infectious waste incinerator (HMIWI) section 111(d)/129 plan submitted by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maryland; Metropolitan Washington, DC 1-Hour Ozone Attainment Plan, Lifting of Earlier Rules Resulting in Removal of Sanctions and Federal Implementation Clocks
Document Number: 05-22700
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-11-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Maryland. This SIP revision is Maryland's attainment plan for the Metropolitan Washington, DC severe 1-hour ozone nonattainment area (the Washington area). EPA previously disapproved in part a 1-hour ozone attainment plan for the Maryland portion of the Washington area and issued a protective finding. This approval lifts the protective finding. EPA is also now determining that Maryland has submitted all required elements of a severe-area 1-hour ozone attainment demonstration and is thus stopping the sanctions and FIP clocks that were started through a finding that the State of Maryland had failed to submit one of the required elements of a severe-area 1- hour attainment plan. The intended effect of this action is to approve Maryland's 1-hour ozone attainment plan for the Washington area and determine that Maryland now has a fully-approved 1-hour attainment plan and thus to turn off the sanctions and FIP clocks started based on a finding that one element of the plan was missing and to lift the protective finding that was issued when EPA disapproved Maryland's earlier plan in part. These final actions are being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).
Sulfosulfuron; Pesticide Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions
Document Number: 05-22699
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-11-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes time-limited tolerances for combined residues of sulfosulfuron and its metabolites in or on Bahiagrass, forage; Bahiagrass, hay; Bermudagrass, forage; Bermudagrass, hay; milk; fat (of cattle, goat, horse and sheep); meat (of cattle, goat, horse and sheep); and meat byproducts (of cattle, goat, horse and sheep). This action is in response to EPA's granting of emergency exemptions under section 18 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) authorizing use of the pesticide on Bahiagrass and Bermudagrass pastures and hayfields. This regulation establishes maximum permissible levels for residues of sulfosulfuron in these food commodities. The tolerances will expire and are revoked on December 31, 2009.
Determination of Attainment, Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans and Designation of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes; Indiana; Redesignation of Delaware County to Attainment of the 8-Hour Ozone Standard
Document Number: 05-22696
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-11-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On August 25, 2005, the State of Indiana, through the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), submitted: a request for EPA approval of a redesignation of Delaware County to attainment of the 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS); and a request for EPA approval of an Indiana State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision containing a 10-year ozone maintenance plan for Delaware County. EPA is approving the State's requests. EPA's approval of the redesignation request is based on the determination that Delaware County and the State of Indiana have met the criteria for redesignation to attainment specified in the Clean Air Act (CAA), including the determination that Delaware County has attained the 8-hour ozone standard. In conjunction with the approval of the redesignation request for Delaware County, EPA is approving the State's plan to maintain the attainment of the 8-hour ozone NAAQS through 2015 in this area as a revision to the Indiana SIP. EPA is also approving the 2015 Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) and Nitrogen Oxides (NOX) Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets (MVEBs) for this area, as defined in the ozone maintenance plan, for purposes of transportation conformity.
Determination of Attainment, Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans and Designation of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes; Indiana; Redesignation of Delaware County to Attainment of the 8-Hour Ozone Standard
Document Number: 05-22695
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-11-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to make a determination that the Delaware County ozone nonattainment area has attained the 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). This proposed determination is based on three years of complete, quality-assured ambient air quality monitoring data for the period of 2002-2004 that demonstrate that the 8-hour ozone NAAQS has been attained in the area. EPA is proposing to approve a request from the State of Indiana to redesignate Delaware County to attainment of the 8-hour ozone NAAQS. This request was submitted by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) on August 25, 2005. In proposing to approve this request, EPA is also proposing to approve the State's plan for maintaining the 8-hour ozone NAAQS through 2015 in this area as a revision to the Indiana State Implementation Plan (SIP). EPA is also proposing to find adequate and approve the State's 2015 Motor Vehicle Emission Budgets (MVEBs) for this area. In the final rules section of this Federal Register, EPA is approving the State's ozone redesignation request and the requested SIP revision as a direct final rule without prior proposal because EPA views this action as non-controversial and anticipates no adverse comments. A detailed rationale for the approval is set forth in the direct final rule. If we do not receive any adverse comments in response to these direct final and proposed rules, we do not contemplate taking any further action in relation to this proposed rule. If EPA receives adverse comments with respect to this rule, we will publish a timely withdrawal of the action, informing the public that the rule will not take effect. EPA will respond to the 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 on this action should do so at this time.
Thidiazuron; Reregistration Eligibility Decision; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 05-22620
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) for the pesticide thidiazuron, and opens a public comment period on this document. The Agency's risk assessments and other related documents also are available in the thidiazuron docket. Thidiazuron is registered for use as a pre-harvest cotton defoliant or growth regulator. It removes green leaves and immature fruiting structures, which contribute to cotton staining. EPA has reviewed thidiazuron 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.
Chloroneb; Reregistration Eligibility Decision
Document Number: 05-22619
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) for the pesticide chloroneb. The Agency's risk assessments and other related documents are also available in the chloroneb docket. Chloroneb (1,4-dichloro-2,5-dimethoxybenzene) is a systemic fungicide currently registered for seed treatment uses on beans (including cowpeas), cotton, lupine, soybeans, and sugar beets to protect against a variety of diseases such as seed rot, damping-off, blights, and other seedling diseases. Chloroneb is also registered on golf course and turf grasses, as well as ornamental plants to control blights. EPA has reviewed chloroneb 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.