Environmental Protection Agency 2005 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

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Starmet CMI Superfund Site; Notice of Proposed De Minimis Settlement
Document Number: 05-21460
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under section 122(g)(1) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Environmental Protection Agency has offered a cost recovery settlement at the Starmet CMI Superfund Site located in Barnwell, Barnwell County, South Carolina. EPA will consider public comment until November 28, 2005. EPA may withdraw from or modify the proposed settlement should such comments disclose facts or considerations which indicate the proposed settlement is inappropriate, improper, or inadequate. Copies of the proposed are available from: Ms. Paula V. Batchelor, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Waste Management Division, Superfund Enforcement & Information Management Branch, 61 Forsyth Street, SW., Atlanta, Georgia 30303, (404) 562-8890, E-mail: Batchelor.Paula@epa.gov. Written or e-mail comments may be submitted to Paula V. Batchelor at the above address within thirty (30) days of the date of publication.
College Grove Battery Chip Superfund Site; Notice of Proposed Settlement
Document Number: 05-21459
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-27
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 College Grove Battery Chip Superfund Site (Site) located in College Grove, Williamson/Rutherford Counties, Tennessee. EPA will consider public comments on the proposed settlement until November 28, 2005. EPA may withdraw from or modify the proposed settlement should such comments disclose facts or considerations which indicate 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, South West, Atlanta, Georgia 30303, (404) 562-8887, E-mail: Batchelor.Paula@EPA.gov. Written or e-mail comments may be submitted to Paula V. Batchelor at the above address within 30 days of the date of publication.
OMB Responses Correction
Document Number: 05-21458
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Protection Agency published a document in the Federal Register of September 21, 2005, concerning OMB's responses. The document contained incorrect information.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Survey of Airport Deicing Operations, EPA ICR Number 2171.01
Document Number: 05-21374
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that an Information Collection Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. This is a request for a new collection. 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; Market-Based Stormwater Management in the Shepherd Creek Watershed in Cincinnati, OH, EPA ICR Number 2178.01
Document Number: 05-21373
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that an Information Collection Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. This is a request for a new collection. This ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its estimated burden and cost.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; VOC and NOX
Document Number: 05-21372
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-10-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA proposes to approve revisions to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania State Implementation Plan (SIP). The revisions were submitted by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) to establish and require reasonably available control technology (RACT) for two major sources of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and nitrogen oxides (NOX) pursuant to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's (Pennsylvania or the Commonwealth) SIP-approved generic RACT regulations. EPA is proposing to approve these revisions in accordance with the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants From Plating and Polishing Operations, EPA ICR Number 2186.01
Document Number: 05-21371
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that an Information Collection Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. This is a request for a new collection. This ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its estimated burden.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Laboratory Quality Assurance Evaluation Program for Analysis of Cryptosporidium
Document Number: 05-21370
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-26
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 October 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 for OMB Review and Approval; Comment Request; NSPS for Glass Manufacturing Plants (Renewal), ICR Number 1131.08, OMB Control Number 2060-0054
Document Number: 05-21369
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-26
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.
Proposed Settlement Agreement, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
Document Number: 05-21368
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with section 113(g) of the Clean Air Act, as amended (``Act''), 42 U.S.C. 7413(g), notice is hereby given of a proposed settlement agreement, to address petitions for review filed by American Chemistry Council (``ACC''), Eastman Chemical Company, Clariant LSM (America), Inc., Rohm and Haas Company, General Electric Company, Lyondell Chemical Company and the Coke Oven Environmental Task Force (collectively ``petitioners''). ACC et al. v. EPA Nos. 04-1004 (and consolidated cases 04-1005, 04-1008, 04-1009, 04-1010, 04-1012, and 04-1013) (D.C. Cir.). In January 2003, petitioners filed petitions for review challenging the final EPA rule entitled ``National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Miscellaneous Organic Chemical Manufacturing; Final Rule'' (``MON''). 68 FR 63852 (November 10, 2003). Under the terms of the proposed settlement agreement, EPA has agreed that: On or before November 30, 2005, the EPA Administrator will sign a notice of proposed rulemaking to amend the MON as provided in Attachment A to the Settlement Agreement; As part of the proposed amendments to the MON, EPA will include language in the preamble as provided in Attachment B to the Settlement Agreement; Within 30 days of the date the comment period on the proposed amendments closes, EPA will take final action on the proposed 18 month compliance extension; and Within 150 days of the date the comment period on the proposed amendments closes, EPA will sign a notice of final rulemaking.
Extension of Comment Period for the Preliminary 2006 Effluent Guidelines Program Plan
Document Number: 05-21367
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is extending the comment period for the Agency's completed 2005 annual review and pending 2006 annual reviews of existing effluent limitations guidelines and pretreatment standards under the Clean Water Act (CWA) sections 301(d), 304(b), 304(g), and 307(b), and the Preliminary 2006 Effluent Guidelines Program Plan under CWA section 304(m). EPA is also extending a second comment period on the draft Strategy for National Clean Water Industrial Regulations (``draft Strategy'') (67 FR 71165; November 29, 2002). EPA noticed the start of these comment periods on August 29, 2005 (70 FR 51042). In response to requests from several stakeholders, this action extends both comment periods for 30 days.
Endothall Reregistration Eligibility Decision; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 05-21366
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) for the pesticide endothall. The Agency's risk assessments and other related documents also are available in the endothall Docket. Endothall is used as an aquatic herbicide to control submerged aquatic vegetation and algae in lakes, ponds, and irrigation canals and is used as a desiccant on cotton, hops, potatoes, and seed production for alfalfa and clover. Endothall is also used as a biocide to control mollusks in cooling towers/systems. Endothall is applied as either a dipotassium salt or an N, N-dimethylalkylamine salt. The endothall acid is not directly applied to use sites; it is formed as a break-down product resulting from application of the salt forms. The amine salt is the only form applied terrestrially, while both the dipotassium and amine salt are applied to aquatic use sites. EPA has reviewed endothall 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.
Oxydemeton-methyl Interim Reregistration Eligibility Decision and Amendment
Document Number: 05-21365
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's Interim Reregistration Eligibility Decision (IRED) for the organophosphate pesticide oxydemeton-methyl (ODM) and the ODM IRED Amendment document. The Agency's risk assessments and other related documents also are available in the ODM Docket (docket number OPP-34167), and on the ODM reregistration website located at http://www.epa.gov/oppsrrd1/op/ odm.htm. ODM is a systemic, organophosphate insecticide/acaracide registered on terrestrial food crops (vegetable, field, tree fruit, and nut crops) and terrestrial non-food sites (ornamental uses). EPA has reviewed ODM 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.
Versar, Inc. and EnDyna, BR Stern and Associates, Menzie-Cura and Associates, and Tetrahedon, Inc.; Transfer of Data
Document Number: 05-21269
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-26
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 Versar, Inc. and its subcontractors, EnDyna, BR Stern and Associates, Menzie-Cura and Associates, and Tetrahedon, Inc., in accordance with 40 CFR 2.307(h)(3) and 2.308(i)(2). Versar, Inc. and its subcontractors, EnDyna, BR Stern and Associates, Menzie-Cura and Associates, and Tetrahedon, Inc., have been awarded a contract to perform work for OPP, and access to this information will enable Versar, Inc. and its subcontractors, EnDyna, BR Stern and Associates, Menzie-Cura and Associates, and Tetrahedon, Inc., to fulfill the obligations of the contract.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; State of Utah; State Implementation Plan Corrections
Document Number: 05-21266
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-10-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
When EPA approved Utah State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions for the Salt Lake City Carbon Monoxide (CO) Maintenance Plan and related Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance (I/M) Program for Salt Lake County, we inadvertently used an invalid acronym for the Utah Annotated Code. EPA is correcting this error with this document.
National Pollution Prevention and Toxics Advisory Committee (NPPTAC); Notice of Public Teleconference
Document Number: 05-21271
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C. App.2 (Public Law 92-463), EPA gives notice of a public teleconference of the National Pollution Prevention and Toxics Advisory Committee (NPPTAC). The purpose of the teleconference is to provide advice and recommendations to EPA regarding the overall policy and operations of the programs of the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT). The meeting is open to the public. However, due to limited space, seating will be on a first come basis.
Federal Agency Hazardous Waste Compliance Docket (Federal Docket Management System #-SFUND-2005-0004)
Document Number: 05-21267
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Section 120(c) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA), as amended by the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA), requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish a Federal Agency Hazardous Waste Compliance Docket. The docket is to contain certain information about Federal facilities that manage hazardous waste or from which hazardous substances have been or may be released. (As defined by CERCLA section 101(22), a release is any spilling, leaking, pumping, pouring, emitting, emptying, discharging, injecting, escaping, leaching, dumping, or disposing into the environment.) CERCLA requires that the docket be updated every six months, as new facilities are reported to EPA by Federal agencies. The following list identifies the Federal facilities to be included in this twenty-first update of the docket and includes facilities not previously listed on the docket and reported to EPA since the last update of the docket, 69 FR 75951, December 20, 2004, which was current as of September 13, 2004. SARA, as amended by the Defense Authorization Act of 1997, specifies that, for each Federal facility that is included on the docket during an update, evaluation shall be completed in accordance with a reasonable schedule. Such site evaluation activities will help determine whether the Federal facility should be included on the National Priorities List (NPL) and will provide EPA and the public with valuable information about the facility. In addition to the list of additions to the docket, this notice includes a section that comprises revisions (that is, corrections and deletions) of the previous docket list. This update contains 3 additions and 12 deletions since the previous update, as well as numerous other corrections to the docket list. At the time of publication of this notice, the new total number of Federal facilities listed on the docket is 2,282.
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, Ventura County Air Pollution Control District
Document Number: 05-21265
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-10-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (VCAPCD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from surface cleaning operations. We are proposing to approve local rules to regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act).
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, Ventura County Air Pollution Control District
Document Number: 05-21264
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-10-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (VCAPCD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from surface cleaning operations. We are approving local rules that regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act).
Meeting of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council-Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: 05-21263
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under section 10(a)(2) of Public Law 92-423, The Federal Advisory Committee Act, notice is hereby given for a meeting of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC or Council). This Council was authorized by the Safe Drinking Water Act in 1974 (42 U.S.C. 300f et seq.) to support the Environmental Protection Agency in performing its duties and responsibilities related to the national drinking water program. The principal items on the Agenda for this meeting include: A report from the Council's Working Group on the near- term efforts to revise performance measures and indicators for the drinking water program; a presentation and discussion of the water program's sustainable infrastructure initiative; an update on the implementation of the recommendations in the Report on Water Security Practices, Incentives, and Measures, which the Council sent to EPA's Administrator in June 2005. Other EPA drinking water program activities will be addressed if sufficient time is available.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; CO; PM10
Document Number: 05-21262
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-10-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking final action to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Colorado on July 31, 2002, for the purpose of redesignating the Lamar, Colorado area from nonattainment to attainment for particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter less than or equal to a nominal 10 micrometers (PM10) under the 1987 standards. The Governor's submittal, among other things, documents that the Lamar area has attained the PM10 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), requests redesignation to attainment and includes a maintenance plan for the area demonstrating maintenance of the PM10 NAAQS for ten years. EPA is approving this redesignation request and maintenance plan because Colorado has met the applicable requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA), as amended. Upon the effective date of this approval, the Lamar area will be designated attainment for the PM10 NAAQS. This action is being taken under sections 107, 110, and 175A of the Clean Air Act.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans: NC: Approval of Revisions to the Control of Visible Emissions Rule
Document Number: 05-21261
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-10-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking final action to approve the Control of Visible Emissions portion of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted to EPA, by the State of North Carolina, on December 14, 2004. EPA is approving changes to the opacity standards for sources required to install, operate and maintain continuous opacity monitoring systems (COMs). These changes do not increase the number of exceptions or the number of minutes per day for exceptions, but allow the aggregation of the daily exceptions. At this time, we are not taking final action on the remaining portions of the SIP revision submitted by the State on December 14, 2004.
Miscellaneous Revisions to EPAAR Clauses
Document Number: 05-21196
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-10-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action on administrative changes to the EPA Acquisition Regulation (EPAAR). This action revises the EPAAR, but does not impose any new requirements on Agency contractors. The revisions in this direct final rule will make minor corrections to and streamline Agency acquisition processes to be consistent with and non- duplicative of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). Some EPAAR clauses will be revised and others will be removed. FAR clauses are available to provide coverage for the EPAAR clauses that are removed by this rule.
Fifty-Sixth Report of the TSCA Interagency Testing Committee to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency; Receipt of Report and Request for Comments
Document Number: 05-21197
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Interagency Testing Committee (ITC) transmitted its 56\th\ ITC Report to the Administrator of EPA on September 15, 2005. In the 56\th\ ITC Report, which is included with this notice, the ITC is revising the TSCA section 4(e) Priority Testing List by adding 5 High Production Volume (HPV) orphan chemicals and 2 tungsten compounds and removing 28 HPV orphan chemicals, 3 pyridinamine compounds, 6 indium compounds, and 6 vanadium compounds. The ITC is requesting that EPA add the 5 HPV orphan chemicals and 2 tungsten compounds to the TSCA section 8(a) Preliminary Assessment Information Reporting (PAIR) rule and the 5 HPV orphan chemicals to the TSCA section 8(d) Health and Safety Data Reporting (HaSDR) rule. To facilitate the efforts of EPA, other Federal and State agencies, interested stakeholders, and members of the public in obtaining basic health effects and environmental data on HPV chemicals, the ITC conducted a December 2004 Data-Availability Study of 235 substances that were HPV chemicals in the 1998 and 2002 Inventory Update Rules (IURs), but not in the 1990 or 1994 IURs. The study is discussed and the list of 235 substances is appended to this 56\th\ ITC Report.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Connecticut; VOC RACT Orders for Hitchcock Chair Co., Ltd.; Kimberly Clark Corp.; Watson Laboratories, Inc.; and Ross & Roberts, Inc.
Document Number: 05-21195
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-10-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is proposing to approve State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of Connecticut. These revisions incorporate volatile organic compound (VOC) reasonably available control technology (RACT) state consent orders for Hitchcock Chair Co., Ltd.; Kimberly Clark Corp.; Watson Laboratories, Inc.; and Ross & Roberts, Inc. into the Connecticut SIP. This action will have a beneficial effect on air quality by reducing VOC emissions which contribute to ground-level ozone formation. EPA is taking this action in accordance with the Clean Air Act.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Connecticut; VOC RACT Orders for Hitchcock Chair Co., Ltd.; Kimberly Clark Corp.; Watson Laboratories, Inc.; and Ross & Roberts, Inc.
Document Number: 05-21194
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-10-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of Connecticut. These revisions incorporate volatile organic compound (VOC) reasonably available control technology (RACT) state consent orders into the Connecticut SIP for four facilities: Hitchcock Chair Co., Ltd.; Kimberly Clark Corp.; Watson Laboratories, Inc.; and Ross & Roberts, Inc. This action will have a beneficial effect on air quality by reducing VOC emissions which contribute to ground-level ozone formation. EPA is taking this action in accordance with the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maine; Consumer Products Regulation
Document Number: 05-21193
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-10-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Maine. This revision establishes requirements to reduce volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from consumer products. The intended effect of this action is to approve these requirements into the Maine SIP. EPA is taking this action in accordance with the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maine; Consumer Products Regulation
Document Number: 05-21192
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-10-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Maine. This revision establishes requirements to reduce volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from consumer products. The intended effect of this action is to approve these requirements into the Maine SIP. EPA is taking this action in accordance with the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Board of Scientific Counselors, Land Subcommittee Meetings-Winter 2005
Document Number: 05-21189
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92- 463, the Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development (ORD), gives notice of four meetings of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Land Subcommittee.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Industrial Process Cooling Towers
Document Number: 05-21188
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-10-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On September 8, 1994, we promulgated national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) from industrial process cooling towers (59 FR 46350). The NESHAP eliminated the use of chromium-based water treatment chemicals that are known or suspected to cause cancer or have a serious health or environmental effect. Section 112(f)(2) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) directs EPA to assess the risk remaining (residual risk) after the application of the NESHAP and promulgate additional standards if warranted to provide an ample margin of safety to protect public health or prevent an adverse environmental effect. Also, section 112(d)(6) of the CAA requires EPA to review and revise the NESHAP as necessary at least every 8 years, taking into account developments in practices, processes, and control technologies. Based on our findings from the residual risk review and technology review, we are proposing no further action at this time to revise the NESHAP. This proposed action requests public comments on the residual risk review and technology review for the NESHAP.
Ethylene Oxide Emissions Standards for Sterilization Facilities
Document Number: 05-21187
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-10-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On December 6, 1994, we promulgated Ethylene Oxide Emission Standards for Sterilization Facilities (59 FR 62585). The national emission standards limit and control hazardous air pollutants (HAP) that are known or suspected to cause cancer or have other serious health or environmental effect. Section 112(f)(2) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) directs EPA to assess the risk remaining (residual risk) after the application of national emission standards controls and revise as necessary to protect public health. Also, CAA section 112(d)(6) requires us to review and to revise the national emission standards as necessary by taking into account developments in practices, processes, and control technologies. The proposal announces a decision and requests public comments on the residual risk assessment and technology review for the national emission standards. We are proposing no further action at this time to revise the national emission standards.
National Emission Standards for Magnetic Tape Manufacturing Operations
Document Number: 05-21186
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-10-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On December 15, 1994, we promulgated national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (HAP) from magnetic tape manufacturing operations (59 FR 64580). The national emission standards limit and control HAP that are known or suspected to cause cancer or have other serious health or environmental effect. Section 112(f)(2) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) directs EPA to assess the risk remaining (residual risk) after the application of national emission standards controls and to promulgate more stringent standards, if necessary, to protect public health with an ample margin of safety and to prevent adverse environmental effect. Also, section 112(d)(6) of the CAA requires EPA to review and revise the national emission standards, as necessary, taking into account developments in practices, processes, and control technologies. Based on our findings from the residual risk and technology review, we are proposing no further action at this time to revise the national emission standards. Today's proposed action requests public comments on the residual risk and technology review for the national emission standards.
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: 05-21102
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA had concerns about potential impacts to wetlands and recommended that additional mitigation be developed. Rating EC2.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 05-21100
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC): Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 05-21097
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC) on November 19, 1990, to provide independent advice and counsel to EPA on policy issues associated with implementation of the Clean Air Act of 1990. The Committee advises on economic, environmental, technical scientific, and enforcement policy issues.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request; EPA ICR Number 1426.07, OMB Control Number 2050-0105
Document Number: 05-21096
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit a continuing Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This is a request to renew an existing approved collection. This ICR is scheduled to expire on 12/31/2005. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below.
Agency Information Collection Activities OMB Responses
Document Number: 05-21095
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document announces the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) response 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.
Additional Proposed Indicators for the U.S. EPA's 2007 Report on the Environment
Document Number: 05-21094
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is announcing a 30-day public review and comment period on several Additional Proposed IndicatorsEPA ROE 2007. These proposed indicators are in addition to the proposed indicators that were the subject of a June 6, 2005, Federal Register notice (70 FR 32769) that announced both a public comment period and an independent peer-review workshop that was held on July 27-29, 2005. Several of these additional indicators were added in response to comments from the first peer- review regarding additional indicators needed. Others were evaluated during the first review but have changed substantially and therefore warrant re-review; and a few are indicators for which materials were not ready at the time of the initial review. In addition to the public comment period, this set of additional proposed indicators will also undergo independent expert peer-review. The peer-review for this smaller set will be conducted via letter review. ERG, an EPA contractor for external scientific peer-review, is conducting this independent, external, peer-review and will engage the same expert panel that reviewed the first set of proposed ROE 2007 indicators. This public comment period, however, provides an opportunity for all stakeholders to weigh in on the primary contents of the draft 2007 Report on the Environment (EPA ROE 2007) at an early stage. In preparing the EPA ROE 2007, EPA will consider ERG's report of the comments and recommendations from this expert peer-review and any public comments EPA receives in accordance with today's notice. EPA is releasing these proposed indicators for public comment and for the purpose of pre-dissemination peer-review under applicable information quality guidelines. These indicators have not been formally disseminated by EPA. They do not represent and should not be construed to represent any Agency policy or determination.
Pesticides; Data Requirements for Biochemical and Microbial Pesticides; Notification to the Secretary of Agriculture
Document Number: 05-21093
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-10-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document notifies the public that the Administrator of EPA has forwarded to the Secretary of Agriculture a draft proposed rule as required by section 25(a) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). As described in the Agency's semi-annual Regulatory Agenda, the draft proposed rule updates and revises data requirements for the registration of microbial and biochemical pesticide products to reflect current scientific knowledge and understanding. These data requirements and those already codified in part 158 of title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), are intended to provide EPA with data and other information necessary for the registration of biochemical and microbial pesticide products.
Pesticides; Emergency Exemption Process Revisions; Notification to the Secretary of Agriculture
Document Number: 05-21092
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-10-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document notifies the public that the Administrator of EPA has forwarded to the Secretary of Agriculture a draft final rule as required by section 25(a) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). As described in the Agency's semi-annual Regulatory Agenda, the draft final rule will make several improvements to the pesticide emergency exemption process under section 18 of FIFRA. EPA has established regulations under section 18 of FIFRA which allow a Federal or State agency to apply for an emergency exemption to allow an unregistered use of a pesticide for a limited time when such use is necessary to alleviate an emergency condition.
Fluazifop-P-butyl; Tolerance Reassessment Decision; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 05-20996
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's Tolerance Reassessment Decision (TRED) for the pesticide fluazifop-P-butyl. The Agency's risk assessments and other related documents also are available in the fluazifop-P-butyl Docket. Through the tolerance reassessment program, EPA is ensuring that all pesticides meet current health and food safety standards.
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; Withdrawal of Direct Final Rule
Document Number: 05-20982
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-10-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Due to adverse comment, EPA is withdrawing the direct final rule published September 22, 2005, (70 FR 55550) approving the redesignation of the Clarksville-Hopkinsville 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area to Attainment for Ozone. EPA stated in the direct final rule that if EPA received adverse comment by October 24, 2005, the rule would be withdrawn and not take effect. EPA subsequently received adverse comment. EPA will address the comment in a subsequent final action based upon the proposed action also published on September 22, 2005 (70 FR 55613). EPA will not institute a second comment period on this action.
Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee; Request for Nominations
Document Number: 05-21076
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs is inviting nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC). EPA's current Charter for the PPDC will expire in November 2005. EPA intends to seek renewal of the PPDC Charter for another 2-year term, November 2005 to November 2007, in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act.
Access to Confidential Business Information by Avanti Corporation
Document Number: 05-21075
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has authorized its contractor Avanti Corporation, of Annandale, Virginia, and its subcontractor, Geologics Corporation of Alexandria, Virginia, access to information which has been submitted to EPA under sections 4, 5, 6, and 8 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Some of the information may be claimed or determined to be Confidential Business Information (CBI).
Guidance on Fees Charged by States to Recipients of Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program Assistance
Document Number: 05-21014
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-10-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Title VI of the Clean Water Act (CWA) Amendments of 1987 provides flexibility for States to use four percent of all capitalization grant awards for the reasonable costs of administering their Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) programs. Because many States have CWSRF administrative costs which exceed the four percent limit, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has allowed States to charge fees on CWSRF loans. This guidance addresses the use of fees that are charged on loans and included as principal in loans and the use of fees that are charged on loans but not included as principal in loans. These requirements will be included as terms and conditions in all future grant agreements (or operating agreements).
Notification of Completeness of the Department of Energy's Compliance Recertification Application for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant
Document Number: 05-20987
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-10-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA, ``we'' or ``the Agency'') has determined that the Department of Energy's (DOE) Compliance Recertification Application (CRA, or ``application'') for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) is complete. EPA provided written notice of the completeness decision to the Secretary of Energy on September 29, 2005. The text of the letter is contained in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. The Agency has determined that the Compliance Recertification Application is complete, in accordance with 40 CFR Part 194, ``Criteria for the Certification and Recertification of the WIPP's Compliance with the 40 CFR part 191 Disposal Regulations'' (Compliance Certification Criteria). The completeness determination is an administrative step that is required by regulation, and it does not imply in any way that the Compliance Recertification Application demonstrates compliance with the Compliance Criteria and/or the disposal regulations. EPA is now engaged in the full technical review that will determine if WIPP remains in compliance with the disposal regulations. As required by the 1992 WIPP Land Withdrawal Act and our implementing regulations, EPA will make a final recertification decision within six months of issuing the completeness letter to the Secretary of Energy.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; West Virginia; Emission Reductions to meet Phase II of the Nitrogen Oxides (NOX
Document Number: 05-20986
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-10-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to grant conditional approval of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of West Virginia pertaining to nitrogen oxides (NOX) emission reductions required under the NOX SIP Call. The SIP revision, required under Phase II of the NOX SIP Call (Phase II), consists of West Virginia's rule to meet its remaining NOX emission reduction obligations. In order to meet the April 2005 SIP revision submission due date specified under Phase II, the West Virginia Department of the Environment (WVDEP) adopted this rule using West Virginia's emergency rule procedures. In West Virginia, such emergency rules have a sunset date. In order for West Virginia to have a fully approvable SIP revision to satisfy Phase II, the WVDEP must adopt a permanent rule with an effective date prior to the sunset date of the emergency rule, and must submit the permanent rule as a SIP revision to EPA by July 1, 2006. The WVDEP is currently in the process of adopting its permanent version of the rule to satisfy the Phase II requirements. The WVDEP has submitted a written commitment to EPA stating it will adopt the permanent rule with an effective date prior to the sunset date of the emergency rule, and will submit the permanent rule as a SIP revision to EPA by July 1, 2006. EPA is proposing to grant conditional approval of this SIP revision based upon West Virginia's commitments. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of State Plans For Designated Facilities and Pollutants: Massachusetts; Negative Declaration
Document Number: 05-20985
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-10-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving the Sections 111(d) and 129 negative declaration submitted by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MADEP) on August 23, 2005. This negative declaration adequately certifies that there are no existing commercial and industrial solid waste incineration units (CISWIs) located within the boundaries of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. EPA publishes regulations under Sections 111(d) and 129 of the Clean Air Act requiring states to submit control plans to EPA. These state control plans show how states intend to control the emissions of designated pollutants from designated facilities e.g., CISWIs). The Commonwealth of Massachusetts submitted this negative declaration in lieu of a state control plan.
Approval and Promulgation of State Plans for Designated Facilities and Pollutants: Massachusetts; Negative Declaration
Document Number: 05-20984
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-10-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA proposes to approve the Sections 111(d) and 129 negative declaration submitted by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MADEP) on August 23, 2005. This negative declaration adequately certifies that there are no existing commercial and industrial solid waste incineration units (CISWIs) located within the boundaries of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Prevention of Significant Deterioration, Nonattainment New Source Review, and New Source Performance Standards: Emissions Test for Electric Generating Units
Document Number: 05-20983
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-10-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA (we) is proposing to revise the emissions test for existing electric generating units (EGUs) that are subject to the regulations governing the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and nonattainment major New Source Review (NSR) programs (collectively ``NSR'') mandated by parts C and D of title I of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act). The revised emissions test is the same as that in the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) program under CAA section 111(a)(4). For existing EGUs, we are proposing to compare the maximum hourly emissions achievable at that unit during the past 5 years to the maximum hourly emissions achievable at that unit after the change to determine whether an emissions increase would occur. Alternatively, we are soliciting public comment on a major NSR emissions test for existing EGUs that would compare maximum hourly emissions achieved before a change to the maximum hourly emissions achieved after the change. We are also soliciting public comment on adopting an NSR emissions test based on mass of emissions per unit of energy output. In addition, we are soliciting comment on whether to revise the NSPS regulations to include a maximum achieved emissions test or an output- based emissions test, either in lieu of or in addition to the maximum achievable hourly emissions test. Today's proposal would not affect new EGUs, which would continue to be subject to major NSR preconstruction review and to the NSPS program. The proposed rule would only apply prospectively to changes at existing EGUs potentially covered by major NSR and the NSPS programs. These proposed regulations interpret CAA section 111(a)(4), in the context of NSR and NSPS, for physical changes and changes in the method of operation at existing EGUs. The proposed regulations would establish a uniform emissions test nationally under the NSPS and NSR programs for existing EGUs. The proposed regulations would also promote the safety, reliability, and efficiency of EGUs.