Environmental Protection Agency June 2, 2006 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee; Notice of Public Meetings
Document Number: E6-8671
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, EPA gives notice of a public meeting of the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) on June 15, 2006. In addition, the PPDC Work Groups will meet on June 13-14, 2006, following the schedule described under DATES. A draft agenda has been developed and is posted on EPA's web site. Agenda topics will include a report from each of the PPDC Work Groups: Spray Drift/NPDES; Consumer Pesticide Label Improvements; Performance Measures; Worker Safety; and Pesticide Registration Improvement Act Process Improvements. The agenda will also include program updates on Registration and Reregistration/Tolerance Reassessment; a presentation on Impaired Water Body Data Pilot Program with the Office of Water; a brief update on human studies; and a discussion of the Enhancements being made to the Incident Data Base.
Public Water Supply Supervision Program Rules for the State of Alabama
Document Number: E6-8618
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve the State of Alabama's drinking water regulations for the Interim Enhanced Surface Water Treatment, Disinfectants and Disinfection By-Products, and Filter Backwash Recycling Rules. EPA has determined that these revisions are no less stringent than the corresponding federal regulations. Therefore, EPA intends on approving this State program revision.
Clean Air Act Operating Permit Program; Petition for Objection to State Operating Permit for G-P Gypsum Corporation; and Request for Reconsideration of Order Regarding Eastman Kodak Company, Kodak Park Facility
Document Number: E6-8617
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document announces two decisions the EPA Administrator has made. First, the Administrator has partially granted and partially denied a citizen petition submitted by the South Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance (SJEJA) requesting that EPA object to an operating permit issued to the G-P Gypsum Corporation by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP). Secondly, the Administrator has granted a request from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) that EPA reconsider certain revisions to the Kodak Park Facility's operating permit mandated by the Administrator's February 18, 2005 Order, which was issued in response to a citizen petition. In granting NYSDEC(s request, the Administrator has amended the February 18, 2005 Order. While some changes have been made, none of the Administrator's previous issue-specific decisions to grant the Kodak Park petition have been reversed in the amendment. Pursuant to section 505(b)(2) of the Clean Air Act (Act), Petitioner (SJEJA) may seek judicial review of those portions of the G- P Gypsum petition which EPA denied in the United States Court of Appeals for the appropriate circuit. Any petition for review shall be filed within 60 days from the date this notice appears in the Federal Register, pursuant to section 307 of the Act. The Administrator's action amending the February 18, 2005 Order on Kodak is not subject to judicial review, as no portions of the original citizen petition were denied.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; State and Federal Emission Guidelines for Hospital/Medical/Infectious Waste Incinerators (Renewal), EPA ICR Number 1899.03, Control Number 2060-0422
Document Number: E6-8616
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-02
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. The ICR which is abstracted below describes the nature of the collection and the estimated burden and cost.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NESHAP for the Wood Building Products Surface Coating Industry (Renewal); EPA ICR Number 2034.03, OMB Control Number 2060-0510
Document Number: E6-8615
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (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. The ICR which is abstracted below 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; ENERGY STAR Program in the Residential Sector, EPA ICR Number 2193.01
Document Number: E6-8614
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-02
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.
Proposed Rule Interpreting the Scope of Certain Monitoring Requirements for State and Federal Operating Permits Programs
Document Number: E6-8613
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-06-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The purpose of this action is to request comments on a proposed interpretation of certain existing Federal air program operating permits regulations. This proposed interpretation is that certain sections of the operating permits regulations do not require or authorize permitting authorities to assess or enhance existing monitoring requirements in implementing the operating permits independent of such monitoring required or authorized in other rules. Such other rules include the monitoring requirements in existing Federal air pollution control standards and regulations implementing State requirements. We propose to interpret these sections to require that title V permits contain the monitoring provisions specified or developed under these separate sources of monitoring requirements. We also formally withdraw a September 17, 2002 Federal Register proposal to revise the Federal operating permits program and with this action provide an interpretation of those rules different from that set forth in the 2002 proposal. This proposed interpretation will clarify the permit content requirements and facilitate permit issuance ensuring that air pollution sources can operate and comply with requirements.
Release of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Third Edition of the Peer Review Handbook
Document Number: E6-8612
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is committed to providing quality environmental information to its partners and the public. This commitment is integral to its mission to protect human health and the environment. High quality information enables stakeholders to effectively participate in managing human health and environmental risks. Peer Review, the evaluation of a product by experts in that field, is a critical tool used to ensure that only high-quality, sound science is released. Peer Review has a long and exemplary history at the EPA. In response to recommendations in the 1993 SAB report Safeguarding the Future: Credible Science, Credible Decisions, EPA issued an Agency-wide policy for peer review. In 1994 EPA reaffirmed the central role of peer review and instituted an Agency-wide implementation program. In 1998, a Peer Review Handbook was created as a single, centralized form of implementation guidance for Agency staff and managers. An updated Peer Review Policy was signed by the Administrator on January 31, 2006. A third edition of the Peer Review Handbook is now being released. It incorporates insights gained from implementing the program over the last decade as well as the provisions of the OMB Final Information Quality Bulletin for Peer Review (PRB). The OMB PRB contains provisions for the conduct of peer review at all federal agencies in order to enhance transparency and accountability. The OMB Bulletin applies to ``influential scientific information'' and ``highly influential scientific assessments.'' Peer Review brings independent expert experience and judgment to Agency issues and plays a large part in ensuring that EPA's decisions rest on sound, credible science and data.
California State Nonroad Engine and Vehicle Pollution Control Standards; Amendments to the California Small Offroad Emission Standards; Opportunity for Public Hearing and Request for Written Comment
Document Number: E6-8611
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has notified EPA that it has adopted revised exhaust emissions standards and test procedures and new evaporative emissions standards and test procedures (and certification procedures) for small offroad engines. By letter dated April 11, 2005, CARB requested that EPA confirm that its exhaust emission standards and test procedures are within the scope of prior authorizations issued by EPA, and requested a new authorization for the evaporative emission standards, test procedures and certification procedures. This notice announces that EPA has tentatively scheduled a public hearing concerning California's requests and that EPA is accepting written comment on the requests.
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: E6-8593
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA expressed environmental concerns about radiological impacts and risk estimates, future up rates, spent fuel storage facilities, and abnormal effluent releases.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E6-8592
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Regulation of Fuel and Fuel Additives: Refiner and Importer Quality Assurance Requirements for Downstream Oxygenate Blending and Requirements for Pipeline Interface
Document Number: 06-5051
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-06-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This direct final rule amends the reformulated gasoline (RFG) regulations to allow refiners and importers of reformulated gasoline blendstock for oxygenate blending, or RBOB, the option to use an alternative method of fulfilling a regulatory requirement to conduct quality assurance sampling and testing at downstream oxygenate blending facilities. This alternative method consists of a comprehensive program of quality assurance sampling and testing that would cover all terminals that blend oxygenate with RBOB in a specified reformulated gasoline covered area. The program would be carried out by an independent surveyor funded by industry. The program would be conducted pursuant to a survey plan, approved by EPA, that is calculated to achieve the same objectives as the current regulatory quality assurance requirement. This direct final rule also largely codifies existing guidance for compliance by parties that handle pipeline interface with requirements for gasoline content standards, recordkeeping, sampling and testing. The rule also contains new provisions which provide additional flexibility for these regulated parties. It also establishes gasoline sulfur standards for transmix processors and blenders that are consistent with the sulfur standards for other entities, such as pipelines and terminals, that are downstream of refineries in the gasoline distribution system, and clarifies the requirements for transmix processors under the Mobile Source Air Toxics program.
Regulation of Fuel and Fuel Additives: Refiner and Importer Quality Assurance Requirements for Downstream Oxygenate Blending and Requirements for Pipeline Interface
Document Number: 06-5050
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-06-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This proposed rule would amend the reformulated gasoline (RFG) regulations to allow refiners and importers of reformulated gasoline blendstock for oxygenate blending, or RBOB, the option to use an alternative method of fulfilling a regulatory requirement to conduct quality assurance sampling and testing at downstream oxygenate blending facilities. This alternative method consists of a comprehensive program of quality assurance sampling and testing that would cover all terminals that blend oxygenate with RBOB in a specified reformulated gasoline covered area. The program would be carried out by an independent surveyor funded by industry. The program would be conducted pursuant to a survey plan, approved by EPA, that is calculated to achieve the same objectives as the current regulatory quality assurance requirement. This proposed rule also would largely codify existing guidance for compliance by parties that handle pipeline interface with requirements for gasoline content standards, recordkeeping, sampling and testing. The proposed rule also contains new provisions which would provide additional flexibility to these regulated parties. The proposed rule would also establish gasoline sulfur standards for transmix processors and blenders that are consistent with the sulfur standards for other entities, such as pipelines and terminals, that are downstream of refineries in the gasoline distribution system, and would clarify the requirements for transmix processors under the Mobile Source Air Toxics program.