Board of Scientific Counselors, Executive Committee Meeting-February 2006
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92- 463, the Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development (ORD), gives notice of one meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Executive Committee.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Tennessee; Nashville Area Second 10-Year Maintenance Plan for the 1-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard; Correction
On November 1, 2005, at 70 FR 65838, EPA published a document concerning the Nashville, Tennessee area's second 10-year maintenance plan for the 1-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard. The new 2016 motor vehicle emissions budgets (MVEBs) were incorrectly stated in one location in the publication. This document corrects this incorrect reference.
Notice of Filing of a Pesticide Petition for the Establishment of Regulations for the Residues of the Insecticide Metaflumizone in or on Food and Feed Commodities
This notice announces the initial filing of a pesticide petition proposing the establishment of regulations for residues of the insecticide metaflumizone (mixture comprising 4-(2E)-2-([4- (trifluoromethoxy)anilino] carbonylhydrazono)-2-[3- (trifluoromethyl)phenyl] ethylbenzonitrile and 4-(2Z)-2-([4- (trifluoromethoxy)anilino] carbonyl hydrazono)-2-[3-(trifluoromethyl) phenyl] ethylbenzonitrile) in or on cotton (seed and gin trash), cattle and hen (fat and meat), liver and kidney (meat byproducts), milk and egg.
Notice of Filing of a Pesticide Petition for the Establishment of an Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance for Residues of C10-C11 Rich Aromatic Hydrocarbon Fluid in or on Food Commodities
This notice announces the initial filing of a pesticide petition proposing the establishment of an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of C10-11 rich aromatic hydrocarbon fluid (Aromatic 150 Fluid) in or on food commodities when used as an inert ingredient in pesticide products.
Endangered Species Protection Program; Notice of Public Meeting
EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs will hold a public meeting on February 22, 2006. This notice announces the location and times for the meeting, and sets forth the tentative agenda topics. The focus of the meeting is to inform the public about aspects of EPA's Endangered Species Protection Program field implementation, including EPA's overall approach to field implementation, under what circumstances EPA will be employing this approach, the responsibilities of the public, and the roles of other government agencies. The meeting will also provide an opportunity for the public to ask specific questions and receive answers.
California State Nonroad Engine and Vehicle Pollution Control Standards; TRU Authorization Request; Notice of New Hearing Date
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 nonroad engines used in 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). On November 21, 2005, EPA announced an opportunity for public hearing and request for public comment on this request (70 FR 70075). In that Notice, EPA tentatively scheduled a public hearing on this request for January 3, 2006, and a deadline date for written public comments of February 6, 2006. EPA has received requests for this hearing from multiple parties, and has been asked if the hearing could be held later in January because of travel concerns. By today's notice, EPA announces a rescheduled hearing date and public comment deadline for this request.
Adequacy of Wisconsin Municipal Solid Waste Landfill Program
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 is proposing to approve a modification to Wisconsin's approved municipal solid waste landfill (MSWLF) permit program. The modification allows the State to issue research, development and demonstration (RD&D) permits to owners and operators of MSWLF units in accordance with its state law.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements of the HCFC Allowance System, EPA ICR Number 2014.03, OMB Control Number 2060-0498, Correction
Through this action, EPA is correcting the Notice published in the Federal Register on December 20, 2005 (70 FR 75458). Specifically, EPA is clarifying that the OMB Control Number for this Information Collection Activity is 2060-0498 and not 2060-0948. All other components of the December 20, 2005 Notice remain the same.
National Oil and Hazardous Substance Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List
On September 21, 2005, EPA published a notice of intent to delete (70 FR 55329) and a direct final notice of deletion (70 FR 55296) for a portion of the Tar Lake Superfund Site from the National Priorities List. The EPA is publishing this Technical Correction to the direct final notice of deletion due to errors that were published in Appendix B in direct final Notice of Deletion. After review of the direct final Notice of Deletion, EPA is publishing today this Technical Correction to change the word `` removing'' to the word ``revising'' and the location of the site from the township ``Mancelona, Michigan,'' to the ``Mancelona Township, Michigan.'' EPA will place a copy of the final deletion package in the site repositories.
Ohio: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revision
EPA is granting Ohio 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 August 11, 2005 at 70 FR 46799 and provided for public comment. The public comment period ended on September 12, 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.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Texas; Revisions To Control Volatile Organic Compound Emissions; Volatile Organic Compound Control for Facilities in the Dallas/Fort Worth Ozone Nonattainment Area
EPA is taking direct final action to approve Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions. The revisions pertain to regulations to control Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions from VOC transfer operations and solvent using processes. The revisions allow use of gasoline vapor recovery systems approved by Texas, and add new requirements to control VOC emissions from motor vehicle fuel dispensing facilities and surface coating facilities in Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, and Rockwall Counties. These counties are part of the Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) 8-hour ozone standard nonattainment area. The revisions also amend regulations on use of cleaning solvents. We are approving the revisions pursuant to sections 110, 116 and part D of the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA). The control of VOC emissions will help to attain and maintain the 8-hour national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) for ozone in Texas. This approval will make the revised regulations Federally enforceable.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Texas; Revisions to Control Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Emissions; VOC Control for Facilities in the Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) Ozone Nonattainment Area
EPA is proposing to approve Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions. The revisions pertain to regulations to control VOC emissions from VOC transfer operations and solvent using processes. The revisions allow use of gasoline vapor recovery systems approved by Texas, and add new requirements to control VOC emissions from motor vehicle fuel dispensing facilities and surface coating facilities in Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, and Rockwall Counties. These counties are part of the DFW 8-hour ozone standard nonattainment area. The revisions also amend regulations on use of cleaning solvents. We are proposing to approve the revisions pursuant to sections 110, 116 and part D of the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA). The control of VOC emissions will help to attain and maintain the 8-hour national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) for ozone in Texas. Approval will make the revised regulations Federally enforceable.
Notice of Filing of a Pesticide Petition for the Establishment of an Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance for the Microbial Pesticide Bacillus mycoides
This notice announces the initial filing of a pesticide petition proposing the establishment of an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for the microbial pesticide Bacillus mycoides isolate J in or on sugar beets.
Science Advisory Board Staff Office Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) CASAC Particulate Matter Review Panel; Notification of a Public Advisory Committee Meeting (Teleconference)
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) Particulate Matter (PM) Review Panel (Panel) to consider providing the Agency with additional advice and recommendations concerning EPA's proposed revisions to the PM National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).
Notice of Filing of a Pesticide Petition for an Amendment to a Regulation for Residues of Isoxadifen-Ethyl in or on Food Commodities
This notice announces the initial filing of a pesticide petition for an amendment to an existing tolerance in 40 CFR 180.570 for residues of isoxadifen-ethyl (ethyl 5,5-diphenyl-2-isoxazoline-3- carboxylate), (CAS Reg. No. 163520-33-0) in or on food commodities when used as an inert ingredient in pesticide products.
Thymol; Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of the thymol (5-methyl-2-isopropyl-1- phenol) on honey, honeycomb, and honeycomb with honey when applied/used as treatment to decrease the incidence of Varroa mite infestation in the honey bee. Vita (Europe) Limited, c/o Landis International Limited, submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), as amended by the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 (FQPA), requesting an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of thymol (5-methyl-2-isopropyl-1-phenol).
Notice of Filing of a Pesticide Petition for an Amendment Establishing Tolerances for the Combined Residues of the Fungicide Triflumizole in or on Filberts
This notice announces the initial filing of a pesticide petition proposing to amend 40 CFR 180.476 by establishing tolerances for the combined residues of the fungicide triflumizole and its metabolites containing the 4-chloro-2-trifluoromethylaniline moiety in or on the food commodity filberts.
Notice of Filing of a Pesticide Petition for an Amendment Establishing Tolerances for the Combined Residues of the Fungicide Trifloxystrobin in or on Food Commodities
This notice announces the initial filing of a pesticide petition proposing to amend 40 CFR 180.555 by establishing tolerances for the combined residues of the fungicide trifloxystrobin and the free form of its acid metabolite (CGA-32113) in or on the food commodities barley and oats.
Notice of Filing of a Pesticide Petition for an Amendment Establishing Tolerances for the Residues of the Insecticide Novaluron in or on Food Commodities
This notice announces the initial filing of a pesticide petition proposing to amend 40 CFR 180.598 by establishing tolerances for residues of the insecticide novaluron (1-[3-chloro-4-(1,1,2- trifluoro-2-trifluoromethoxyethoxy)phenyl]-3-[2,6-difluoroben zoyl]urea) in or on the food commodities Brassica vegetables, head and stem (Subgroup 5A).
Notice of Filing of a Pesticide Petition for Establishment of a Regulation for Residues of Alpha-Tocopherol in or on Food Commodities
This notice announces the initial filing of a pesticide petition for an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance in 40 CFR 180.950 for residues of alpha-tocopherol (CAS Reg. No. 10191-41-0) in or on food commodities when used as an inert ingredient in pesticide products.
Certain New Chemicals; Receipt and Status Information
Section 5 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requires any person who intends to manufacture (defined by statute to include import) a new chemical (i.e., a chemical not on the TSCA Inventory) to notify EPA and comply with the statutory provisions pertaining to the manufacture of new chemicals. Under sections 5(d)(2) and 5(d)(3) of TSCA, EPA is required to publish a notice of receipt of a premanufacture notice (PMN) or an application for a test marketing exemption (TME), and to publish periodic status reports on the chemicals under review and the receipt of notices of commencement to manufacture those chemicals. This status report, which covers the period from December 8, 2005 to December 31, 2005, consists of the PMNs pending or expired, and the notices of commencement to manufacture a new chemical that the Agency has received under TSCA section 5 during this time period.
National Advisory Committee for Acute Exposure Guideline Levels for Hazardous Substances; Notice of Public Meeting
A meeting of the National Advisory Committee for Acute Exposure Guideline Levels for Hazardous Substances (NAC/AEGL Committee) will be held on February 1-3, 2006, in Washington, DC. At this meeting, the NAC/AEGL Committee will address, as time permits, the various aspects of the acute toxicity and the development of Acute Exposure Guideline Levels (AEGLs) for the following chemicals: Allyl chloroformate; cyclohexyl isocyanate; diphosgene; ethyl chloroformate; ethyl chlorothioformate; ethylene oxide; hexafluoropropylene; isobutyl chloroformate; isopropyl chloroformate; methanol; methyl chloroformate; n-butyl chloroformate; propyl chloroformate; sec-butyl chloroformate; silane; sulfuryl chloride; tetrafluoroethylene; tetramethoxy silane; trifluorochloroethylene; trimethoxy silane .
Guidelines for Awarding Clean Water Act Section 319 Base Grants to Indian Tribes in FY 2006; Request for Proposals From Indian Tribes for Competitive Grants Under Clean Water Act Section 319 in FY 2006 (CFDA 66.460-Nonpoint Source Implementation Grants; Funding Opportunity Number EPA-OW-OWOW-06-2)
This notice publishes EPA's national guidelines for the award of base grants and EPA's Request for Proposals (RFP) for the award of supplemental funding in the form of competitive grants under the Clean Water Act (CWA) section 319(h) nonpoint source (NPS) grants program to Indian Tribes in FY 2006. Section 319 of the CWA authorizes EPA to award grants to eligible Tribes for the purpose of assisting them in implementing approved NPS management programs developed pursuant to section 319(b). The primary goal of the NPS management program is to control NPS pollution through implementation of management measures and practices to reduce pollutant loadings resulting from each category or subcategory of NPSs identified in the Tribe's NPS assessment report developed pursuant to section 319(a). EPA intends to award a total of $7,000,000 to eligible Tribes which have approved NPS assessments and management programs and ``treatment-as-a-state'' (TAS) status as of October 14, 2005. EPA expects the allocation of funds will be similar to the amount distributed in FY 2005, which included approximately $2.8 million in base grants awarded to 84 Tribes and $4.2 million awarded to 31 Tribes through a competitive process. Section A includes EPA's national guidelines which govern the process for awarding base grants to all eligible Tribes, and section B is the national RFP for awarding the remaining funds on a competitive basis.
Ferbam Reregistration Eligibility Decision; Notice of Availability; Correction
EPA issued a notice in the Federal Register of December 30, 2005, concerning the Availability of the Ferbam RED. This document is being issued to correct typographical omissions and errors, specifically to correct the docket number OPP-2004-0337 and to add the comment period closing date (March 20, 2006.)
Access to Confidential Business Information by Enrollees Under the Senior Environmental Employment Program
EPA has authorized grantee organizations under the Senior Environmental Employment (SEE) Program, and their enrollees; access to information which has been submitted to EPA under the environmental statutes administered by the Agency. Some of this information may be claimed or determined to be confidential business information (CBI).
Emission Durability Procedures for New Light-Duty Vehicles, Light-Duty Trucks and Heavy-Duty Vehicles
This final rulemaking contains procedures to be used by manufacturers of light-duty vehicles, light-duty trucks, and some heavy-duty vehicles to demonstrate, for purposes of emission certification, that new motor vehicles will comply with EPA emission standards throughout their useful lives. Today's action defines procedures to be used by manufacturers to demonstrate the expected rate of deterioration of the emission levels of their vehicles.
Component Durability Procedures for New Light-Duty Vehicles, Light-Duty Trucks and Heavy-Duty Vehicles
On April 2, 2004 (69 FR 17531), EPA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to propose procedures to be used by manufacturers of light-duty vehicles, light-duty trucks and heavy-duty vehicles to demonstrate, for purposes of emission certification, that new motor vehicles will comply with EPA emissions standards throughout their useful lives. The NPRM proposed emissions certification durability procedures to be used by manufacturers to demonstrate the expected rate of deterioration of the emission levels of their vehicles. The Agency received several comments concerning the component durability portion of the durability process. Options for addressing component durability were not discussed in the April 2004 proposal, and EPA believes it is appropriate to address component durability in a supplemental proposal. Therefore, EPA is issuing this action to request comments on three options for addressing component durability during the vehicle emissions certification process.
Delegation of New Source Performance Standards and National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for States of Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Nevada
EPA is finalizing updates for delegation of certain federal standards to state and local agencies in Region IX. This document is addressing general authorities mentioned in the regulations for New Source Performance Standards and National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants, updating the delegations tables and clarifying those authorities that are retained by EPA.
Delegation of New Source Performance Standards and National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for the States of Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Nevada
EPA is proposing to approve updates for delegation of certain federal standards to state and local agencies in Region IX for delegation of New Source Performance Standards (NSPS), and National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAPs). This document is addressing general authorities mentioned in the regulations for NSPS and NESHAPs, proposing to update the delegations tables and clarifying those authorities that are retained by EPA.
Revisions to Ambient Air Monitoring Regulations
The EPA is proposing to revise the ambient air monitoring requirements for criteria pollutants. This proposal establishes ambient air monitoring requirements in support of the proposed revisions to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter published elsewhere in today's Federal Register, including new minimum monitoring network requirements for PM10-2.5 and criteria for approval of Federal reference and equivalent methods for PM10-2.5 (to supplement the Federal reference method for PM10-2.5 proposed elsewhere in today's Federal Register). This proposal also requires each State to operate one to three monitoring stations that take an integrated, multipollutant approach to ambient air monitoring. The proposed amendments modify the requirements for ambient air monitors by focusing requirements on populated areas with air quality problems and significantly reducing the requirements for criteria pollutant monitors that have measured ambient air concentrations well below the applicable NAAQS. Other proposed amendments revise the requirements for reference and equivalent method determinations (including specifications and test procedures) for fine particulate monitors, monitoring network descriptions and periodic assessments, quality assurance, and data certification. The purpose of the proposed amendments is to enhance ambient air quality monitoring to better serve current and future air quality management and research needs.
National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter
Based on its review of the air quality criteria and national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter (PM), EPA proposes to make revisions to the primary and secondary NAAQS for PM to provide requisite protection of public health and welfare, respectively, and to make corresponding revisions in monitoring reference methods and data handling conventions for PM. With regard to primary standards for fine particles (particles generally less than or equal to 2.5 micrometers ([mu]m) in diameter, PM2.5), EPA proposes to revise the level of the 24-hour PM2.5 standard to 35 micrograms per cubic meter ([mu]g/ m3), providing increased protection against health effects associated with short-term exposure (including premature mortality and increased hospital admissions and emergency room visits) and to retain the level of the annual PM2.5 standard at 15 [mu]g/ m3, continuing protection against health effects associated with long-term exposure (including premature mortality and development of chronic respiratory disease). The EPA solicits comment on alternative levels of the 24-hour PM2.5 standard (down to 25 [mu]g/m3 and up to 65 [mu]g/m3) and the annual PM2.5 standard (down to 12 [mu]g/m3), and on alternative approaches for selecting the standard levels. With regard to primary standards for particles generally less than or equal to 10 [mu]m in diameter (PM10), EPA proposes to revise the 24-hour PM10 standard in part by establishing a new indicator for thoracic coarse particles (particles generally between 2.5 and 10 [mu]m in diameter, PM10-2.5), qualified so as to include any ambient mix of PM10-2.5 that is dominated by resuspended dust from high-density traffic on paved roads and PM generated by industrial sources and construction sources, and excludes any ambient mix of PM10-2.5 that is dominated by rural windblown dust and soils and PM generated by agricultural and mining sources. The EPA proposes to set the new PM10-2.5 standard at a level of 70 [mu]g/m3, continuing to provide a generally equivalent level of protection against health effects associated with short-term exposure (including hospital admissions for cardiopulmonary diseases, increased respiratory symptoms and possibly premature mortality). Also, EPA proposes to revoke, upon finalization of a primary 24-hour standard for PM10-2.5, the current 24- hour PM10 standard in all areas of the country except in areas where there is at least one monitor located in an urbanized area (as defined by the U.S. Bureau of the Census) with a minimum population of 100,000 that violates the current 24-hour PM10 standard based on the most recent three years of data. In addition, EPA proposes to revoke the current annual PM10 standard upon promulgation of this rule. The EPA solicits comment on alternative approaches for selecting the level of a 24-hour PM10-2.5 standard, on alternative approaches based on retaining the current 24-hour PM10 standard, and on revoking and not replacing the 24-hour PM10 standard. With regard to secondary PM standards, EPA proposes to revise the current standards by making them identical to the suite of proposed primary standards for fine and coarse particles, providing protection against PM-related public welfare effects including visibility impairment, effects on vegetation and ecosystems, and materials damage and soiling. Also, EPA solicits comment on adding a new sub-daily PM2.5 standard to address visibility impairment.
Approval of Section 112(l) Delegation of Maximum Achievable Control Technology Standards; Indiana
EPA is notifying the public that delegation of the authority to implement and enforce the following maximum achievable control technology (MACT) standards was approved in a letter from EPA to IDEM dated November 30, 2005: Chemical Recovery Combustion Sources at Kraft, Soda Sulfite, and Stand-alone Semichemical Pulp Mills; Petroleum Refineries: Catalytic Cracking Units, Catalytic Reforming Units, and Sulfur Recovery Units; Manufacturing of Nutritional Yeast; Wet-Formed Fiberglass Mat Production; Leather Finishing Operations; Cellulose Products Manufacturing; Rubber Tire Manufacturing; Pharmaceuticals Production; Amino and Phenolic Resins; Polyether Polyols Production; Solvent Extraction for Vegetable Oil Production; Semiconductor Manufacturing; Refractory Products Manufacturing; Surface Coating of Large Appliances; Surface Coating of Metal Coil; Paper and Other Web Coating; Flexible Polyurethane Foam Fabrication Operations; Municipal Solid Waste Landfills; Friction Material Manufacturing Facilities; Polyvinyl Chloride and Copolymers Production; Secondary Aluminum; Asphalt Processing and Asphalt Roofing; Brick and Structural Clay Products; Clay Ceramics Manufacturing; Coke Ovens: Pushing, Quenching, and Battery Stacks; Engine Test Cells/Stands; Hydrochloric Acid Production; Printing, Coating and Dyeing Fabrics and other Textiles; Surface Coating of Metal Furniture; Surface Coating of Wood Building Products; Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines; Organic Liquid Distribution (Non-Gasoline); Miscellaneous Organic Chemical Manufacturing; Surface Coating of Automobiles; Surface Coating of Metal Cans; Site Remediation; Miscellaneous Coating Manufacturing; Stationary Combustion Turbines; Lime Manufacturing Plants; Iron and Steel Foundries; and Integrated Iron and Steel Manufacturing; Mercury Cell Chlor-Alkali Plants.
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
EPA expressed environmental concerns about the potential for impacts to aquatic and terrestrial resources, and identified the need for additional information on monitoring and mitigation. Rating EC2.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans Georgia: Approval of Revisions to the State Implementation Plan; Extension of Comment Period
EPA is extending the comment period for a proposed rule published November 29, 2005 (70 FR 71446). On November 29, 2005, EPA proposed to approve a correction to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the State of Georgia regarding the State's general ``nuisance'' rule. EPA has determined that this rule, Georgia Rule 391-3- 1.02(2)(a)1, was erroneously incorporated into the SIP. EPA is proposing to remove this rule from the approved Georgia SIP because the rule is not related to the attainment and maintenance of the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). At the request of several commentors, EPA is extending the comment period through January 23, 2006.
National Drinking Water Advisory Council's Working Group on Public Education Requirements of the Lead and Copper Rule Meeting Announcement
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the third public meeting of the Working Group of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC) on the Public Education Requirements of the Lead and Copper Rule (WGPE). The purpose of this meeting is to provide an opportunity for the WGPE members to continue discussions on the public education requirements of the Lead and Copper Rule.
Meeting of the Ozone Transport Commission
EPA published a document in the Federal Register on December 30, 2005 which announced an upcoming meeting of the Ozone Transport Commission (OTC) in Washington, DC. The document contained incorrect meeting dates.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Wisconsin; Wisconsin Construction Permit Permanency SIP Revision
EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the Wisconsin State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of Wisconsin on December 8, 2005. Wisconsin has submitted for approval into its SIP a statutory provision designed to ensure the permanency of construction permit conditions. EPA is proposing to approve this revision because it is consistent with Federal regulations governing State permit programs. This revision also addresses one of the deficiencies identified in EPA's Notice of Deficiency (NOD), published in the Federal Register on March 4, 2004. (69 FR 10167.)
Proposed CERCLA Administrative Cost Recovery Settlement; Lee County Housing Authority
In accordance with section 122(i) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, as amended (``CERCLA''), 42 U.S.C. 9622(i), notice is hereby given of eight proposed administrative settlements for recovery of past response costs concerning the New Buffalo site in New Buffalo, Michigan, with the following settling parties: Bechstein Construction Company; Champion Environmental Services, Inc.; Community School District 200; Lee County Housing Authority; Loyola University of Chicago; Loyola University Medical Center; North Central College; and Northern Illinois University. The settlements with Community School District 200, Lee County Housing Authority, Loyola University of Chicago, Loyola University Medical Center, North Central College, and Northern Illinois University require each of the settling parties to pay $3,000 to the Hazardous Substance Superfund. The settlement with Bechstein Construction Company requires it to pay $4,000 to the Hazardous Substance Superfund. The settlement with Champion Environmental Services, Inc., requires it to pay $5,000 to the Hazardous Substance Superfund. Each settlement includes a covenant not to sue the settling party under section 107(a) of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 9607(a), and provides the settling party with protection from contribution actions or claims as provided by sections 113(f) and 112(h)(4) of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 9613(f) and 9622(h)(4), for past response costs at the site. For 30 days following the date of publication of this notice, the Agency will receive written comments relating to the settlements. The Agency will consider all comments received and may modify or withdraw its consent to any of the settlements if comments received disclose facts or considerations which indicate that the settlement is inappropriate, improper, or inadequate. The Agency's response to any comments received will be available for public inspection at U.S. EPA's Region 5 Office at 77 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois 60604 and the New Buffalo Township Public Library, 33 North Thompson Street, New Buffalo, Michigan 49117.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maryland; Revised Definition of Interruptible Gas Service
EPA is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Maryland Department of the Environment. This revision amends the regulation pertaining to the control of fuel- burning equipment, stationary internal combustion engines, and certain fuel burning installations. The revision clarifies the definition of ``interruptible gas service''. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; General Administrative Requirements for Assistance Programs (Renewal), EPA ICR Number 0938.11, OMB Control Number 2030-0020
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 30501 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 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.
Bitertanol Tolerance Reassessment Decision for Low Risk Pesticide; Notice of Availability
This notice announces the availability of EPA's Report of the Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA) Tolerance Reassessment Progress and Risk Management Decision, known as a TRED, for the fungicide bitertanol, and opens a public comment period on this document, related risk assessments, and other support documents. EPA has reviewed the low risk pesticide bitertanol 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.
Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health Act
The Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health (BEACH) Act, signed into law on October 10, 2000, amended the Clean Water Act (CWA), to incorporate provisions to reduce the risk of illness to users of the Nation's recreational waters. Section 406(b) of the CWA, as amended by the BEACH Act, authorizes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to award program development and implementation grants to eligible States, Territories, Tribes, and local governments to support microbiological monitoring of coastal recreation waters, including the Great Lakes, that are adjacent to beaches or similar points of access used by the public. BEACH Act grants also support development and implementation of programs to notify the public of the potential exposure to disease-causing microorganisms in coastal recreation waters. EPA encourages coastal and Great Lakes States and Territories to apply for BEACH Act grants for program implementation (referred to as implementation grants) to implement effective and comprehensive coastal recreation water monitoring and public notification programs. EPA also encourages coastal and Great Lakes Tribes to apply for BEACH Act grants for program development (referred to as development grants) to develop effective and comprehensive coastal recreation water monitoring and public notification programs.
Air Quality Management Subcommittee to the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC) Notice of Meeting
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the 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. Open Meeting Notice: Open Meeting Notice: Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. App.2 section 10(a)(2), notice is hereby given that the Air Quality Management subcommittee to the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee will hold its next open meeting on Tuesday, January 24 and Wednesday, January 25, 2006 from approximately 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the EPA Region 6 Office at 1445 Ross Avenue, Dallas, Texas. Any member of the public who wishes to submit written or brief oral comments; or who wants further information concerning this meeting should follow the procedures outlined in the section below titled ``Providing Oral or Written Comments at this Meeting''. Seating will be limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Because of security measures at the EPA Office, members of the public wishing to attend this meeting must contact Mr. Jeffrey Whitlow, Office of Air and Radiation, U.S. EPA (919) 541-5523, Fax (919) 685-3307 or by mail at U.S. EPA, Office of Quality Planning and Standards (Mail code C 439- 04), 109 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711 or by email at: email@example.com by noon Eastern Time on January 19, 2006. For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, please contact Mr. Jeffrey Whitlow at 919-541-5523 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To request accommodation of a disability, please contact Mr. Whitlow, preferably at least 10 days prior to the meeting, to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request. Inspection of Committee Documents: The subcommittee agenda and any documents prepared for the meeting will be sent to participants via e- mail prior to the start of the meeting. Thereafter, these documents, together with the meeting minutes, will be available by contacting the Office of Air and Radiation Docket and requesting information under docket OAR-2004-0075 and can be found on the CAAAC Web site: http:// www.epa.gov/air/caaac. The Docket office can be reached by telephoning (202) 260-7548; FAX (202) 260-4400.
Exposure Modeling Work Group; Notice of Public Meeting
The Exposure Modeling Work Group (EMWG) will hold a 1 day meeting on January 24, 2006. This notice announces the location and time for the meeting and sets forth the tentative agenda topics.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; West Virginia; Emission Reductions to Meet Phase II of the Nitrogen Oxides (NOX
EPA is granting conditional approval of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of West Virginia. This revision establishes and requires NOX emission reductions from large, stationary internal combustion engines in the State to meet Phase II of the NOX SIP Call. Because the revision was adopted by West Virginia under its emergency rules provisions and has a sunset date, this approval is conditioned on West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) adopting a permanent rule with an effective date prior to the sunset date of the emergency rule, and submitting the permanent rule as a SIP revision to EPA by July 1, 2006. WVDEP is in the process of adopting its permanent version of the rule and has submitted a written commitment to EPA stating it will meet all of these conditions. The intended effect of this action is to grant conditional approval of West Virginia's rule to meet its remaining emission reduction obligations under the NOX SIP Call.