Environmental Protection Agency February 2006 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Office of Environmental Information; Announcement of Availability and Comment Period for Well Information Draft Data Standard
Document Number: E6-2802
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice of availability for a 45 day review and comment period is hereby given for the Draft Well Information Data Standard. The Draft Well Information Data Standard describes data elements and data groupings that are used to exchange information about wells and is a supplement to the ESAR: Monitoring Location [EX000003.1] Data Standard when well information is being exchanged. It includes information about well ownership, location, use, construction, and where samples or measurements are made. The user may find that the information here can be very detailed, however, it should be noted that it provides structure for those data that are available and there is need to exchange. States and U.S. EPA completed a technical review of this standard in the Fall of 2005.
Proposed Reissuance of the NPDES General Permit for Oil and Gas Exploration, Development and Production Facilities Located in State and Federal Waters in Cook Inlet (AKG-31-5000)
Document Number: E6-2800
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Regional Administrator of Region 10 today proposes to reissue the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Oil and Gas Exploration, Development and Production Facilities in State and Federal Waters in Cook Inlet (No. AKG-31-5000). As proposed, the permit would authorize discharges from exploration, development, and production platforms and related facilities that are included in the Coastal and Offshore Subcategory of the Oil and Gas Extraction Point Source Category as authorized by section 402 of the Clean Water Act (CWA or Act), 33 U.S.C. 1342.
Air Quality Criteria for Ozone and Related Photochemical Oxidants
Document Number: E6-2799
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Research and Development's National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) is announcing the availability of a final document, ``Air Quality Criteria for Ozone and Related Photochemical Oxidants (Final),'' Volumes I, II, and III, EPA 600/R-05/004aF-cF.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans and Designation of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes; Arizona
Document Number: 06-1851
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-02-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve the maintenance plan for the Douglas area in Cochise County, Arizona and grant the request submitted by the State to redesignate this area from nonattainment to attainment for the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for sulfur dioxide (SO2).
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans and Designation of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes; Arizona
Document Number: 06-1850
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-02-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving the maintenance plan for the Douglas area in Cochise County, Arizona and granting the request submitted by the State to redesignate this area from nonattainment to attainment for the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for sulfur dioxide (SO2). Elsewhere in this Federal Register, we are proposing approval and soliciting written comment on this action; if adverse written comments are received, we will withdraw the direct final rule and address the comments received in a new final rule; otherwise no further rulemaking will occur on this approval action.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Georgia Update to Materials Incorporated by Reference
Document Number: 06-1789
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-02-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is publishing this action to provide the public with notice of the update to the Georgia State Implementation Plan (SIP) compilation. In particular, materials submitted by Georgia that are incorporated by reference (IBR) into the Georgia SIP are being updated to reflect EPA-approved revisions to Georgia's SIP that have occurred since the last update.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Iowa
Document Number: 06-1788
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-02-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the state of Iowa for the purpose of establishing exemptions for indoor sources of air pollution that are not directly vented to the outside but have emissions that leave the building through doors, vents or other means. This revision also clarifies that the permitting exemptions do not relieve the owner or operator of any source from any obligation to comply with any other applicable requirements. The state has determined that air pollution emissions from this equipment are negligible and these exemptions are likely to result in no significant impact on human health or the environment.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Iowa
Document Number: 06-1787
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-02-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA proposes to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the state of Iowa for the purpose of establishing exemptions for indoor sources of air pollution that are not directly vented to the outside but have emissions that leave the building through doors, vents or other means. This revision also clarifies that the permitting exemptions do not relieve the owner or operator of any source from any obligation to comply with any other applicable requirements. The state has determined that air pollution emissions from this equipment are negligible and these exemptions are likely to result in no significant impact on human health or the environment.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Indiana; Dearborn County Sulfur Dioxide Emission Limits
Document Number: 06-1786
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-02-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On November 25, 2005 (70 FR 70999), EPA published a direct final rule approving revisions to Indiana's sulfur dioxide (SO2) state implementation plan (SIP) for sources located in Dearborn County. These revisions to the SIP include: revising SO2 emission limits for existing sources; making minor corrections by removing obsolete rule language; and updating information for sources listed in the rule. On November 25, 2005 (70 FR 71071), EPA also published a proposed rule on this revision. The direct final rule stated that if EPA received an adverse comment, EPA would withdraw the direct final rule and address all public comments received in a subsequent final rule based on the proposed rule. EPA received an adverse comment and removed the direct final rule on January 27, 2006 (71 FR 4490). This rule responds to the comments received and announces EPA's final action.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Wisconsin; Wisconsin Construction Permit Permanency SIP Revision
Document Number: 06-1785
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-02-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking final action to approve revisions to the Wisconsin State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of Wisconsin on December 8, 2005. Wisconsin had submitted for approval into its SIP a statutory revision designed to ensure the permanency of construction permit conditions. EPA proposed approval of this revision on January 12, 2006 (71 FR 1994). EPA is approving 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.)
Meeting of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council
Document Number: E6-2739
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of Public Law 92-423, ``The Federal Advisory Committee Act,'' notice is hereby given of the forthcoming conference call meeting of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council (Council), established under the Safe Drinking Water Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 300f et seq.). The Council will listen to a report from the NDWAC's working group on Public Education Requirements of the Lead and Copper Rule. The Council will determine whether it will make specific recommendations to EPA relating to the report from the working group.
Proposed Agreement Pursuant to Section 122(h)(1) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act for the Western Minerals Site
Document Number: E6-2738
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with section 122(i)(1) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1984, as amended (``CERCLA''), notification is hereby given of a proposed administrative agreement concerning the Western Minerals hazardous waste site in Minneapolis, Minnesota (the ``Site''). EPA proposes to enter into this agreement under the authority of section 122(h) and 107 of CERCLA. The proposed agreement has been executed by Electramatic, Inc. (the ``Settling Party''). Under the proposed agreement, the Settling party will pay $15,000 to the Hazardous Substances Superfund to resolve EPA's claims against it for response costs incurred by EPA at the Site. EPA incurred response costs conducting removal actions to investigate and mitigate potential imminent and substantial endangerments to human health or the environment presented or threatened by hazardous substances present at the Site. For thirty days following the date of publication of this notice, the Environmental Protection Agency will receive written comments relating to this proposed agreement. EPA will consider all comments received and may decide not to enter this proposed agreement if comments disclose facts or considerations which indicate that the proposed agreement is inappropriate, improper or inadequate.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; NOX
Document Number: E6-2736
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-02-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA proposes to approve revisions to the 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 five major sources of 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).
Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2004
Document Number: E6-2734
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Draft Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2004 is available for public review. Annual U.S. emissions for the period of time from 1990-2004 are summarized and presented by source category and sector. The inventory contains estimates of carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFC), perfluorocarbons (PFC), and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) emissions. The inventory also includes estimates of carbon sequestration in U.S. forests. The technical approach used in this report to estimate emissions and sinks for greenhouse gases is consistent with the methodologies recommended by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and reported in a format consistent with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) reporting guidelines. The Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks is the latest in a series of annual U.S. submissions to the Secretariat of the UNFCCC.
Gulf of Mexico Program Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting
Document Number: E6-2728
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), EPA gives notice of a meeting of the Gulf of Mexico Program (GMP) Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC).
Notice of Resolution of Notice of Deficiency for Clean Air Act Operating Permit Program; Wisconsin
Document Number: 06-1797
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-02-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA issued a notice of deficiency (NOD) on March 4, 2004 (69 FR 10167), in which EPA identified problems with Wisconsin's Clean Air Act (Act) title V operating permit program and a timeframe for the State to correct these deficiencies. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) submitted corrections to its permit program on August 18, 2005, and revisions to a related rule on December 8, 2005. This document announces that based on information provided by the WDNR, EPA concludes that the State of Wisconsin has resolved all of the issues identified in the March 4, 2004, NOD. As a result, EPA will not impose sanctions set forth under the mandatory sanctions provisions of the Act. In addition, EPA will not promulgate, administer, and enforce a whole or partial operating permit program pursuant to the title V regulations of the Act within 2 years after the date of the finding of deficiency.
New Hampshire: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revisions
Document Number: 06-1792
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-02-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The State of New Hampshire has applied to EPA for Final authorization of certain changes to its hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). EPA has determined that these changes satisfy all requirements needed to qualify for final authorization, and is authorizing the State's changes through this immediate final action.
New Hampshire: Proposed Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revisions
Document Number: 06-1791
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-02-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
New Hampshire has applied to EPA for Final authorization of changes to its hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). EPA proposes to grant final authorization to New Hampshire. EPA has determined that these changes satisfy all requirements needed to qualify for final authorization, and is authorizing the State's changes through the immediate final action.
Hazardous Waste Management System; Identification and Listing of Hazardous Waste; Final Amendment
Document Number: 06-1790
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-02-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA, also the Agency or we in this preamble) today is granting a petition to modify an exclusion (or delisting) from the lists of hazardous waste previously granted to Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) in Smyrna, Tennessee. This action responds to a petition for amendment submitted by Nissan to increase the maximum annual volume of waste and to eliminate the total concentration limits in its wastewater treatment sludge covered by its current exclusion. After careful analysis, we have concluded the petitioned waste does not present an unacceptable risk when disposed of in a Subtitle D (nonhazardous waste) landfill. This exclusion applies to F019 wastewater treatment sludge generated by Nissan at its facility in Smyrna, Tennessee. Accordingly, this final amendment conditionally excludes a specific yearly volume of the petitioned waste from the requirements of the hazardous waste regulations under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) when the petitioned waste is disposed of in a Subtitle D landfill which is permitted, licensed, or registered by a State to manage municipal or industrial solid waste.
Lead; Renovation, Repair, and Painting Program; Notice of Public Meetings
Document Number: 06-1784
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-02-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is planning to hold five half-day public meetings in March and April of 2006. The purpose of these meetings is to receive comments from the public regarding proposed requirements to reduce exposure to lead hazards created by renovation, repair, and painting activities that disturb lead-based paint. This document announces the locations and times for the meetings, and explains meeting procedures. To assist the public, EPA has prepared a paper, Renovation, Repair, and Painting Proposal; Points to Consider, which lists the major issues on which the Agency is seeking public input. The paper is available in the docket for the proposed rule, and is also available at http://www.epa.gov/ lead/ pubs/ renovation.htm.
State Implementation Plan Revision and Alternate Permit Program; Territory of Guam
Document Number: 06-1741
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-02-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to grant full approval for the Guam operating permit program regulations and an associated State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Territory of Guam (Guam). These submittals correct deficiencies identified in EPA's direct final interim approval rulemaking of January 9, 2003 (68 FR 1162). Full approval of Guam's alternate permit program and associated SIP revision will allow sources to be permitted under Guam's approved alternate operating permit program.
State Implementation Plan Revision and Alternate Permit Program; Territory of Guam
Document Number: 06-1740
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-02-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is taking direct final action to grant full approval for the Guam operating permit program and an associated State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Territory of Guam (Guam). These submittals correct deficiencies identified in EPA's direct final interim approval rulemaking of January 9, 2003 (68 FR 1162). Final approval of Guam's alternate permit program and associated SIP revision will allow sources to be permitted under an approved alternate permit program. This alternate program fulfills all of the requirements that Guam adopt and submit an alternate local permitting program as part of a conditional exemption under section 325 of the Clean Air Act (Act) from Title V of the Act.
Standards of Performance for Electric Utility Steam Generating Units for Which Construction Is Commenced After September 18, 1978; Standards of Performance for Industrial-Commercial-Institutional Steam Generating Units; and Standards of Performance for Small Industrial-Commercial-Institutional Steam Generating Units
Document Number: 06-1460
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-02-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to section 111(b)(1)(B) of the Clean Air Act (CAA), EPA has reviewed the emission standards for nitrogen oxides (NOX), sulfur dioxide (SO2), and particulate matter (PM) contained in the new source performance standards (NSPS) for electric utility steam generating units and industrial-commercial- institutional steam generating units. EPA proposed amendments to 40 CFR part 60, subparts Da, Db, and Dc, on February 28, 2005. This action reflects EPA's responses to issues raised by commenters, and promulgates the amended standards of performance. The final rule amendments revise the existing standards for PM emissions by reducing the numerical emission limits for both utility and industrial-commercial-institutional steam generating units and revise the existing standards for NOX emissions by reducing the numerical emission limits for utility steam generating units. The amendments also revise the standards for SO2 emissions for both electric utility and industrial-commercial-institutional steam generating units. The numerical standard for electric utility steam generating units has been reduced, and the maximum percent reduction requirement has been increased. A numerical standard has been added for units presently subject to the NSPS and new industrial-commercial- institutional steam generating units, and the maximum percent reduction requirement for new units has been increased. Both utility and industrial steam generating units can either meet a numerical limit or demonstrate a percent reduction. Several technical clarifications and compliance alternatives have been added to the existing provisions of the current rules.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E6-2662
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: E6-2661
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA expressed environmental concerns about the projected modeled exceedance of the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for fine particulate matter (PM2.5) from operational emissions of the project. EPA believes there are additional control measures that could be evaluated to mitigate the proposed projects impact on ambient PM2.5 concentrations. Concerns were also expressed about localized air emission impacts to surrounding communities and the safety risk evaluation of the onsite storage of certain products. Rating EC2.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review and Approval; Comment Request; NSPS for Lime Manufacturing (Renewal), ICR Number 1167.08, OMB Control Number 2060-0063
Document Number: E6-2660
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-24
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 April 30, 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.
Request for Public Comment on Proposed Settlement Agreement Involving Pesticides and the Endangered Species Act
Document Number: 06-1744
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is making available for comment a proposed Settlement Agreement that would establish a series of deadlines for the Agency to make ``effects determinations'' on atrazine as it relates to any of 21 identified endangered or threatened species or their designated critical habitat. If the Agency determines atrazine ``may affect and is likely to adversely affect'' any of the listed species, the Agency will initiate formal consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) or the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), as appropriate. EPA will evaluate all comments received during the public comment period to determine whether all or part of the proposed Settlement Agreement warrants reconsideration. This proposed Settlement Agreement, if entered by the Court, would resolve a lawsuit brought against EPA by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC or plaintiff).
Standards of Performance for Stationary Gas Turbines
Document Number: 06-1743
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-02-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to revise certain portions of the standards of performance for stationary gas turbines. We are taking direct final action to revise the standards to clarify that EPA is not imposing new requirements for turbines constructed after 1977. Owners and operators of existing and new turbines may use monitoring that meets the pre-existing monitoring requirements. In addition, we have described a number of acceptable compliance monitoring options that owners and operators may elect to use for these units. We see making the amendments by direct final rule as non-controversial and anticipate no adverse comments.
Standards of Performance for Stationary Gas Turbines
Document Number: 06-1742
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-02-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to revise certain portions of the standards of performance for stationary gas turbines. We are proposing these revisions to clarify that EPA is not imposing new requirements for turbines constructed after 1977. Owners and operators of existing and new turbines may use monitoring that meets the pre-existing monitoring requirements. In addition, we have described a number of acceptable compliance monitoring options that owners and operators may elect to use for these units. In the Rules and Regulations section of this Federal Register, we are taking direct final action on these proposed revisions because we view these revisions as noncontroversial, and we anticipate no adverse comments. We have explained our reasons for the revisions in the preamble to the direct final rule.
Privacy Act System of Records
Document Number: 06-1739
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or ``Agency'') is amending a Privacy Act system of records entitled ``PeoplePlus Payroll, Time and Labor Application System'' to reflect the Agency's transfer of payroll processing services from EPA to the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) in FY2006. Under the President's Management Agenda e-Payroll initiative, federal agencies are required to select one of four consolidated government-wide payroll service providers. EPA selected DFAS because its system was the most compatible with EPA's existing systems and accounting structure. DFAS will compute the Agency payroll and make all payments. This notice also notifies the public of the additional routine uses for the payroll data. This notice does not affect any Privacy Act rights already accorded individuals who are the subject of Agency payroll records. This action gives notice that payroll processing will be performed by DFAS and adds compatible routine uses.
Establishment of New System of Records Notice for EZHIRE
Document Number: 06-1738
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a), the Office of Human Resources is giving notice that it proposes to establish a new system of records, EZHire. This system of records is a web-based hiring management system that collects, maintains, monitor, and track individuals filing employment applications with U.S. EPA and to assess recruiting goals and objectives.
Indian General Assistance Program 2006 Grants Administration Guidance
Document Number: 06-1729
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is issuing guidance, entitled ``Indian General Assistance Program (GAP) 2006 Grant Administration Guidance.'' The guidance summarizes the issues and procedures required to ensure compliance with current grant policies and regulations. It addresses the following areas: GAP allocation; notification letters; work plan and reporting templates; environmental results; GAP national set-asides; solid waste implementation priorities; and GAP tracking electronic data entry. The ``GAP 2006 Grants Administration Guidance'' does not replace the ``2000 Guidelines on the Award and Management of General Assistance Agreements for Indian Tribes.''
Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS); Announcement of 2006 Program
Document Number: E6-2576
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the IRIS 2006 agenda. The Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) is an EPA database that contains the Agency's scientific positions on human health effects that may result from exposure to chemical substances in the environment. On March 4, 2005, EPA announced the 2005 IRIS agenda (42FR10616), with solicitation of scientific information from the public for consideration in assessing health effects from specific chemical substances. All assessments currently in progress are listed in this notice. EPA is not initiating new assessments in 2006 in order to focus on completion of existing assessments. This notice also provides an update on EPA's efforts to improve the IRIS health assessment development and review processes.
Adequacy Status of the Birmingham, AL 8-hour Ozone Redesignation and Maintenance Demonstration for Transportation Conformity Purposes
Document Number: E6-2575
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In this notice, EPA is notifying the public that EPA has found that the Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets (MVEBs) in the Birmingham, Alabama 8-hour ozone redesignation and maintenance demonstration, dated January 27, 2006, by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM), are adequate for transportation conformity purposes. On March 2, 1999, the D.C. Circuit Court ruled that submitted State Implementation Plans (SIPs) cannot be used for transportation conformity determinations until EPA has affirmatively found them adequate. As a result of EPA's finding, the Birmingham area can use the MVEBs from the submitted Birmingham, Alabama 8-hour ozone maintenance plan for future conformity determinations.
Notice of Availability of Final Aquatic Life Ambient Water Quality Criteria for Nonylphenol
Document Number: E6-2558
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces the availability of final recommended aquatic life ambient water quality criteria for nonylphenol. The Clean Water Act (CWA) requires EPA to develop and publish, and from time to time revise, criteria for water accurately reflecting the latest scientific knowledge. These criteria provide EPA's recommendations to states and authorized tribes as they establish their water quality standards as state or tribal law or regulation. An EPA water quality criterion does not substitute for CWA or EPA regulations, nor is it a regulation. It does not impose legally binding requirements on the EPA, states, authorized tribes or the regulated community. State and tribal decision makers have discretion to adopt approaches that differ from EPA's guidance on a case-by-case basis.
Notice of Availability of Final Recommended Aquatic Life Ambient Water Quality Criteria for Diazinon
Document Number: E6-2557
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces the availability of final recommended aquatic life ambient water quality criteria for diazinon. The Clean Water Act (CWA) requires EPA to develop and publish, and from time to time revise, recommended criteria for water accurately reflecting the latest scientific knowledge. These criteria provide EPA's recommendations to states and authorized tribes as they establish their water quality standards as state or tribal law or regulation. An EPA ambient water quality criterion does not substitute for EPA regulations, nor is it a regulation. It does not impose legally binding requirements on the EPA, states, authorized tribes or the regulated community. State and tribal decision makers have discretion to adopt approaches that differ from EPA's guidance.
Tridemorph; Tolerance Reassessment Decision for Low Risk Pesticide; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E6-2509
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's Tolerance Reassessment Decision (TRED) for tridemorph, and opens a public comment period on this document, related risk assessments, and other support documents. EPA has reviewed the low risk pesticide tridemorph 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.
Notice of Receipt of Requests to Voluntarily Cancel Certain Pesticide Registrations
Document Number: E6-2492
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with section 6(f)(1) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended, EPA is issuing a notice of receipt of request by registrants to voluntarily cancel certain pesticide registrations.
Partial Approval of the Clean Air Act, Section 112(l), Delegation of Authority to the Washington State Department of Health
Document Number: E6-2472
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-02-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to partially approve a delegation request submitted by the Washington State Department of Health (WDOH). WDOH has requested delegation authority to implement and enforce the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for radionuclide air emission. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).
Boric Acid/Sodium Borate Salts Risk Assessment; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E6-2471
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's risk assessment, and related documents for the pesticide boric acid/sodium borate salts, and opens a 60 day 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 tolerance reassessment decision (TRED) for boric acid/sodium borate salts 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.
Ethylene Oxide (ETO) Revised Risk Assessments; Notice of Availability, and Solicitation of Risk Reduction Options (Phase 5 of 6-Phase Process)
Document Number: E6-2463
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's revised risk assessments for the fumigant/sterilant pesticide ethylene oxide (ETO). In addition, this notice solicits public comment on risk reduction options for ETO. 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 ETO through the full, 6- 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.
Regulation of Fuels and Fuel Additives: Removal of Reformulated Gasoline Oxygen Content Requirement for California Gasoline and Revision of Commingling Prohibition To Address Non-Oxygenated Reformulated Gasoline in California
Document Number: 06-1614
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-02-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Energy Act), Congress removed the oxygen content requirement for reformulated gasoline (RFG) in Section 211(k) of the Clean Air Act (CAA). The Energy Act specified that this change was to be immediately effective in California, and that it would be effective 270 days after enactment for the rest of the country. This proposed rule would amend the fuels regulations to remove the oxygen content requirement for RFG for gasoline produced and sold for use in California, thereby making the fuels regulations consistent with amended Section 211(k). In addition, for gasoline produced and sold for use in California, this rule would extend the current prohibition against combining VOC-controlled RFG blended with ethanol with VOC-controlled RFG blended with any other type of oxygenate from January 1 through September 15, to also prohibit combining VOC- controlled RFG blended with ethanol with non-oxygenated VOC-controlled RFG during that time period, except in limited circumstances authorized by the Act. The removal of the RFG oxygen content requirement and revision of the commingling prohibition for gasoline produced and sold for use in all areas of the country is being published in a separate rulemaking that would have a later effective date than this California specific rulemaking. In the ``Rules and Regulations'' section of the Federal Register, we are issuing these amendments to the RFG regulations as a direct final rule without prior proposal because we view them as noncontroversial amendments and anticipate no adverse comment. We have explained our reasons for these amendments in the preamble to the direct final rule. If we receive no adverse comment, we will not take further action on this proposed rule. If we receive adverse comment, we will withdraw the direct final fuel and it will not take effect. We will address all public comments in a subsequent final rule based on this proposed rule. We will not institute a second comment period on this action. Any parties interested in commenting must do so at this time.
Regulation of Fuels and Fuel Additives: Removal of Reformulated Gasoline Oxygen Content Requirement for California Gasoline and Revision of Commingling Prohibition To Address Non-Oxygenated Reformulated Gasoline in California
Document Number: 06-1613
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-02-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Energy Act), Congress removed the oxygen content requirement for reformulated gasoline (RFG) in Section 211(k) of the Clean Air Act (CAA). The Energy Act specified that this change was to be immediately effective in California, and that it would be effective 270 days after enactment for the rest of the country. This direct final rule amends the fuels regulations to remove the oxygen content requirement for RFG for gasoline produced and sold for use in California, thereby making the fuels regulations consistent with amended Section 211(k). In addition, for gasoline produced and sold for use in California, this rule extends the current prohibition against combining VOC-controlled RFG blended with ethanol with VOC-controlled RFG blended with any other type of oxygenate from January 1 through September 15, to also prohibit combining VOC-controlled RFG blended with ethanol with non-oxygenated VOC-controlled RFG during that time period, except in limited circumstances authorized by the Act. The removal of the RFG oxygen content requirement and revision of the commingling prohibition for gasoline produced and sold for use in all areas of the country is being published in a separate direct final rule that will have a later effective date than this California specific rulemaking.
Regulation of Fuels and Fuel Additives: Removal of Reformulated Gasoline Oxygen Content Requirement and Revision of Commingling Prohibition To Address Non-Oxygenated Reformulated Gasoline
Document Number: 06-1612
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-02-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Energy Act), Congress removed the oxygen content requirement for reformulated gasoline (RFG) in section 211(k) of the Clean Air Act (CAA). To be consistent with the current CAA section 211(k), this direct final rule amends the fuels regulations to remove the oxygen content requirement for RFG. This rule also removes requirements which were included in the regulations to implement and ensure compliance with the oxygen content requirement. In addition, this rule extends the current prohibition against combining VOC-controlled RFG blended with ethanol with VOC-controlled RFG blended with any other type of oxygenate from January 1 through September 15, to also prohibit combining VOC-controlled RFG blended with ethanol with non-oxygenated VOC-controlled RFG during that time period, except in limited circumstances authorized by the Act.
Regulation of Fuels and Fuel Additives: Removal of Reformulated Gasoline Oxygen Content Requirement and Revision of Commingling Prohibition To Address Non-Oxygenated Reformulated Gasoline
Document Number: 06-1611
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-02-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Energy Act), Congress removed the oxygen content requirement for reformulated gasoline (RFG) in section 211(k) of the Clean Air Act (CAA). To be consistent with the current CAA Section 211(k), this rule would amend the fuels regulations at 40 CFR Part 80 to remove the oxygen content requirement for RFG. This rule also would remove requirements which were included in the regulations to implement and ensure compliance with the oxygen content requirement. In addition, this rule would extend the current prohibition against combining VOC-controlled RFG blended with ethanol with VOC-controlled RFG blended with any other type of oxygenate from January 1 through September 15, to also prohibit combining VOC- controlled RFG blended with ethanol with non-oxygenated VOC-controlled RFG during that time period, except in limited circumstances authorized by the Act. In the ``Rules and Regulations'' section of the Federal Register, we are issuing these amendments to the RFG regulations as a direct final rule without prior proposal because we view them as noncontroversial amendments and anticipate no adverse comment. We have explained our reasons for these amendments in the preamble to the direct final rule. If we receive no adverse comment, we will not take further action on this proposed rule. If we receive adverse comment, we will withdraw the direct final fuel and it will not take effect. We will address all public comments in a subsequent final rule based on this proposed rule. We will not institute a second comment period on this action. Any parties interested in commenting must do so at this time.
Approval and Disapproval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Colorado; Affirmative Defense Provisions for Startup and Shutdown; Common Provisions Regulation and Regulation No. 1
Document Number: 06-1567
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-02-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is partially approving and partially disapproving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Colorado. The revision establishes affirmative defense provisions for source owners and operators for excess emissions during periods of startup and shutdown. The affirmative defense provisions are contained in the State of Colorado's Common Provisions regulation. The intended effect of this action is to approve those portions of the rule that are approvable and to disapprove those portions of the rule that are inconsistent with the Clean Air Act. This action is being taken under section 110 of the Clean Air Act. In addition, EPA is announcing that it no longer considers the State of Colorado's May 27, 1998 submittal of revisions to Regulation No. 1 to be an active SIP submittal. Those revisions, which we proposed to disapprove on September 2, 1999 and October 7, 1999, would have provided exemptions from existing limitations on opacity and sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions for coal-fired electric utility boilers during periods of startup, shutdown, and upset. Since our proposed disapproval, the State of Colorado has removed or replaced the provisions in Regulation No. 1 that we proposed to disapprove, and has instead pursued adoption of the affirmative defense provisions in the State of Colorado's Common Provisions regulation that we are approving today.
Pesticide Product Registrations; Conditional Approval
Document Number: 06-1566
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces Agency approval of applications submitted by AgraQuest, Inc., to conditionally register the pesticide products Muscodor albus strain QST 20799, (manufacturing use product) and its end-use products, Arabesque, Andante, and Glissade containing the 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.
Approval and Promulgation of State Implementation Plans; Texas; Revision to the Rate of Progress Plan for the Beaumont/Port Arthur Ozone Nonattainment Area
Document Number: 06-1565
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-02-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is approving revisions to the Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP) Post-1996 Rate of Progress (ROP) Plan, the 1990 Base Year Inventory, and the Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets (MVEB) established by the ROP Plan, for the Beaumont/Port Arthur (BPA) ozone nonattainment area submitted November 16, 2004. The intended effect of this action is to approve revisions submitted by the State of Texas to satisfy the reasonable further progress requirements for 1- hour ozone nonattainment areas classified as serious and demonstrate further progress in reducing ozone precursors. We are approving these revisions in accordance with the requirements of the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of State Implementation Plans; Texas; Revision to the Rate of Progress Plan for the Beaumont/Port Arthur Ozone Nonattainment Area
Document Number: 06-1564
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-02-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP) Post-1996 Rate of Progress (ROP) Plan, the 1990 Base Year Inventory, and the Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets (MVEB) established by the ROP Plan, for the Beaumont/Port Arthur (BPA) ozone nonattainment area submitted November 16, 2004. The intended effect of this action is to approve revisions submitted by the State of Texas to satisfy the reasonable further progress requirements for 1- hour ozone nonattainment areas classified as serious and demonstrate further progress in reducing ozone precursors. We are approving these revisions in accordance with the requirements of the Federal Clean Air Act (the Act).
Pesticide Products; Registration Applications
Document Number: 06-1458
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces receipt of applications to register pesticide products containing new active ingredients not included in any previously registered products pursuant to the provisions of section 3(c)(4) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended.