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

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Proposed Test Rule for Certain Chemicals on the ATSDR/EPA CERCLA Priority List of Hazardous Substances
Document Number: E6-17569
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-10-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In this action, EPA is proposing to require testing for certain chemicals on the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)/EPA Priority List of Hazardous Substances which is compiled under the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), and is soliciting proposals for enforceable consent agreements (ECAs). EPA is proposing a test rule under section 4(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) that would require manufacturers (including importers) and processors of four chemical substances (chloroethane, hydrogen cyanide, methylene chloride, and sodium cyanide) to conduct testing for certain health effects relating to the manufacture, distribution in commerce, processing, use, or disposal of these substances. The data that would be obtained under the testing program will be used to address health effects data needs identified by ATSDR and EPA for these substances, which are among the hazardous substances most commonly found at sites listed on the CERCLA National Priorities List (NPL) and which are also hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) under section 112 of the Clean Air Act (CAA). EPA is soliciting proposals for ECAs involving the conduct of physiologically based pharmacokinetics (PBPK) studies as an alternative to the testing proposed in this rule, as appropriate. Alternatively, if ECA proposals involving the conduct of PBPK studies are not received, or if received, are not considered by the Agency to be adequate, EPA may consider ECA proposals which cover some or all of the testing identified for a given chemical in this proposed rule.
Notice of Filing of Pesticide Petitions for Establishment or Amendment to Regulations for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities
Document Number: E6-17568
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the initial filing of pesticide petitions proposing the establishment or amendment of regulations for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities.
Notice of Filing of Pesticide Petitions for Establishment or Amendment to Regulations for Residues of Methoxyfenozide in or on Various Commodities
Document Number: E6-17567
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the initial filing of pesticide petitions proposing the establishment or amendment of regulations for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities.
Novaluron; Pesticide Tolerance for Emergency Exemption
Document Number: E6-17566
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-10-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes a time-limited tolerance for residues of novaluron in or on sugarcane. This action is in response to EPA's granting of an emergency exemption under section 18 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) authorizing use of the pesticide on sugarcane. This regulation establishes a maximum permissible level for residues of novaluron in this food commodity. The tolerance expires and is revoked on December 31, 2009.
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: E6-17565
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
While EPA believes Alternative 5 is the environmentally preferred alternative, EPA does not object to the proposed action. Rating LO.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E6-17516
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Certain New Chemicals; Receipt and Status Information
Document Number: E6-17434
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
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 September 18, 2006 to September 30, 2006, 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.
Dichlorvos (DDVP): Termination of Certain Uses and Label Amendments
Document Number: 06-8764
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces EPA's cancellation order for the termination of certain uses and label amendments, voluntarily requested by the registrant and accepted by the Agency, of products containing the pesticide dichlorvos (DDVP), pursuant to section 6(f)(1) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended. This cancellation order follows a June 30, 2006 Federal Register Notice of Receipt of Request from the DDVP registrant to voluntarily terminate certain uses of its DDVP products and label amendments. The request would terminate DDVP use in or on: Mushroom house (hand held fogger); Greenhouse (hand held fogger); Warehouse (hand held fogger); Crack and Crevice use; Total Release Fogger, Lawn, Turf and Ornamentals; 21 gram Pest Strip; 65 gram Pest Strip; 80 gram Pest Strip; and 100 gram Pest Strip. The request would not terminate the last DDVP products registered for use in the U.S. In the June 30, 2006 Notice, EPA indicated that, subject to certain conditions being satisfied, it would issue an order to implement the termination of certain uses, unless the Agency received substantive comments within the 30 day comment period that would merit its further review of these requests, or unless the registrant withdrew their request within this period. The Agency did not receive any comments on the Notice that merit further review of these requests. Further, the registrant did not withdraw their request. Accordingly, EPA hereby issues in this notice a cancellation order granting the request to terminate the uses described above. Any distribution, sale, or use of the DDVP products subject to this cancellation order is permitted only in accordance with the terms of this order, including any existing stocks provisions.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Request for Renewal of Information Collection for EPA's National Environmental Performance Track Program (Renewal), EPA ICR No. 1949.05, OMB Control No. 2010-0032
Document Number: E6-17449
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-19
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 information collection and its estimated burden and cost.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request: Federal Emissions Guidelines for Existing Municipal Solid Waste Landfills (Small) (Renewal); EPA ICR Number 1893.04, OMB Control Number 2060-0430
Document Number: E6-17448
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-19
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 collection. The ICR, which is abstracted below, describes the nature of the information collection and its expected burden and cost.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NSPS for Phosphate Fertilizer Industry (Renewal), EPA ICR Number 1061.10, OMB Control Number 2060-0037
Document Number: E6-17447
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that the following 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; Community Water System Survey 2006; EPA ICR No. 2232.01; OMB Control No. 2040-New
Document Number: E6-17446
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-19
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 for a new collection. The ICR, which is abstracted below, describes the nature of the information collection and its estimated burden and cost.
Determination of Attainment, Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans and Designation of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes; Indiana; Redesignation of Allen County 8-hour Ozone Nonattainment Area to Attainment for Ozone; Withdrawal of Direct Final Rule
Document Number: E6-17432
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-10-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Due to the receipt of an adverse comment, the EPA is withdrawing the August 30, 2006 (71 FR 51489), direct final rule approving the State of Indiana's May 30, 2006, request to redesignate the 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) nonattainment area of Allen County, Indiana, to attainment for the 8- hour ozone NAAQS; and for EPA approval of an Indiana State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision containing a 14-year maintenance plan for Allen County. In the direct final rule, EPA stated that if adverse comments were submitted by September 29, 2006, the rule would be withdrawn and not take effect. On September 4, 2006, EPA received a comment. EPA believes this comment is adverse and, therefore, EPA is withdrawing the direct final rule. EPA will address the comment in a subsequent final action based upon the proposed action also published on August 30, 2006 (71 FR 51546). EPA will not institute a second comment period on this action.
Proposed Settlement Agreement, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
Document Number: E6-17430
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with section 113(g) of the Clean Air Act, as amended (``Act''), 42 U.S.C. 7413(g), notice is hereby given of a proposed settlement agreement, to address a lawsuit filed by Natural Resources Defense Council, Environmental Defense, Montana Environmental Information Center, American Lung Association of Metropolitan Chicago, Ohio Environmental Council, Valley Watch, Inc., and Sierra Club (collectively ``Petitioners'') in the United States Court of Appeal for the District of Columbia Circuit: Natural Resources Defense Council v. EPA, No. 06-1059 (consolidated with Nos. 06-1062 and 06-1063) (DC Cir.). Petitioners requested judicial review of a December 13, 2005 letter sent by the Director of EPA's Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards in response to an inquiry from an environmental consulting firm concerning how to address Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) technology in preconstruction permit reviews for coal-fired electric generating facilities under the New Source Review program.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NSPS for Secondary Lead Smelters (Renewal), EPA ICR Number 1128.08, OMB Control Number 2060-0080
Document Number: E6-17423
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-19
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.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Semiconductor Manufacturing
Document Number: E6-17224
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-10-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing amendments to the national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) for Semiconductor Manufacturing, published on May 22, 2003. We are proposing amendments to the final rule to clarify the emission requirements for process vents by establishing a new maximum achievable control technology (MACT) floor level of control for combined hazardous air pollutants (HAP) process vent streams containing inorganic and organic HAP and adding new source requirements for combined HAP process vents. Requirements for existing combined HAP process vents would be no control, which is the MACT floor. The new source combined HAP process vent limit would be the same level of control as is currently required for new inorganic and organic HAP process vents.
Pesticide Product; Registration Application
Document Number: E6-17228
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces receipt of an application to register a pesticide product containing a new active ingredient not included in any previously registered products pursuant to the provisions of section 3(c)(4) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended.
Notice of Receipt of Requests for Amendments to Delete Uses in Certain Pesticide Registrations; Technical Correction
Document Number: E6-17227
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On September 1, 2006, EPA issued a Notice of Receipt of Requests for Amendments by Registrants to Delete Uses in Certain Pesticide Registrations. Section 6(f)(1) of FIFRA provides that a registrant of a pesticide product may at any time request that any of its pesticide registrations be amended to delete one or more uses. FIFRA further provides that, before acting on the request, EPA must publish a notice of receipt of any request in the Federal Register. The September 1 Notice inadvertently included a request to delete Guar (edible) Gums from EPA Registrations 47870-1, Propylene Oxide, 47870-2, Propylene Oxide Technical, and 47870-3, Propoxide 892. A request to delete Guar (edible) Gums from these three registrations was previously published on May 24, 2006. The terms of the May 24, 2006 Federal Register notice are controlling with respect to these three registrations.
Flumioxazin; Pesticide Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions
Document Number: E6-17138
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-10-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes a time-limited tolerance for residues of flumioxazin, 2-[7-fluoro-3,4-dihydro-3-oxo-4-(2-propynyl)- 2H-1,4-benzoxazin-6-yl]-4,5,6,7-tetrahydro-1H-isoindole-1,3(2 H)-dione in or on alfalfa forage and alfalfa hay. This action is in response to EPA's granting of an emergency exemption under section 18 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) authorizing use of the pesticide on alfalfa. This regulation establishes a maximum permissible level for residues of flumioxazin in this food commodity. The tolerance expires and is revoked on December 31, 2009.
Experimental Use Permit; Receipt of Application
Document Number: E6-17101
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces receipt of an application 352-EUP-RTN from E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company, DuPont Crop Protection requesting an experimental use permit (EUP) for the end use formulations of chloantraniliprole (DuPont Coragen SC and Altacor WG). The Agency has determined that the application may be of regional and national significance. Therefore, in accordance with 40 CFR 172.11(a), the Agency is soliciting comments on this application.
Notice of Filing of a Pesticide Petition for Establishment or Amendment to Regulations for Residues of Coumaphos in or on Honey and Honey Comb
Document Number: E6-17100
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the initial filing of a pesticide petition proposing the establishment or amendment of regulations for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities.
Revisions to the Arizona State Implementation Plan, Pinal County Air Quality Control District
Document Number: E6-17233
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-10-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing a limited approval and limited disapproval of revisions to the Pinal County Air Quality Control District (PCAQCD) portion of the Arizona State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern particulate matter (PM-10) emissions from fugitive dust. We are proposing action on local rules that regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act). We are taking comments on this proposal and plan to follow with a final action.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans and Designation of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes; Maine; Redesignation of the Portland, ME and the Hancock, Knox, Lincoln and Waldo Counties, Maine 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Areas to Attainment for Ozone
Document Number: E6-17226
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-10-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve: A request to redesignate two 8- hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) nonattainment areas to attainment for the 8-hour ozone NAAQS; and a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision containing a separate 10-year maintenance plan for each area. The two areas are the Portland, Maine 8-hour ozone nonattainment area and the Hancock, Knox, Lincoln and Waldo Counties (Midcoast), Maine 8-hour ozone nonattainment area. EPA is also providing information on the status of its transportation conformity adequacy determination for the new motor vehicle emissions budgets (MVEBs) for the year 2016 that are contained in the 10-year 8- hour ozone maintenance plans for each area. EPA is proposing to approve MVEBs for both areas.
Announcement of the Delegation of Partial Administrative Authority for Implementation of Federal Implementation Plan for the Umatilla Indian Reservation to the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
Document Number: E6-17223
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-10-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This action announces that on August 21, 2006, EPA Region 10 and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) entered into a Partial Delegation of Administrative Authority to carry out certain day-to-day activities associated with administration of the Federal Implementation Plan for the Umatilla Indian Reservation (Umatilla FIP). A note of this partial delegation is being added to the Umatilla FIP.
Regulatory Impact Analysis for the Review of the Particulate Matter National Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: E6-17011
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-10-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On October 6, 2006, EPA released the Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA) for the revised particulate matter national ambient air quality standards. This RIA provides EPA's estimates of the range of the monetized human health benefits, control costs, and net benefits associated with meeting the revised suite of standards for fine particles (PM2.5) that are published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register, as well as for meeting a more stringent alternative. The final rule established a 24-hour standard of 35 g/ m3 and retained the annual standard of 15 g/m3. The EPA also promulgated a final decision to retain the current 24-hour PM10 standards and to revoke the current annual PM10 standards, in order to maintain protection against the health and welfare effects of thoracic coarse particles (PM10-2.5). Data and modeling limitations preclude EPA from assessing the costs and benefits of retaining the existing PM10 24-hour standard.
Revisions to Ambient Air Monitoring Regulations
Document Number: 06-8478
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-10-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is issuing final amendments to the ambient air monitoring requirements for criteria pollutants. The purpose of the amendments is to enhance ambient air quality monitoring to better serve current and future air quality management and research needs. The final amendments establish limited ambient air monitoring requirements for thoracic coarse particles in the size range of PM10-2.5 to support continued research into these particles' distribution, sources, and health effects. The ambient air monitoring amendments also require each State to operate one to three monitoring stations that take an integrated, multipollutant approach to ambient air monitoring. In addition, the final amendments modify the general monitoring network design requirements for minimum numbers of ambient air monitors to focus on populated areas with air quality problems and to reduce significantly the requirements for criteria pollutant monitors that have measured ambient air concentrations well below the applicable National Ambient Air Quality Standards. These amendments also revise certain provisions regarding monitoring network descriptions and periodic assessments, quality assurance, and data certifications. A number of the amendments relate specifically to PM2.5, revising the requirements for reference and equivalent method determinations (including specifications and test procedures) for fine particle monitors.
National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter
Document Number: 06-8477
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-10-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Based on its review of the air quality criteria and national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter (PM), EPA is making revisions to the primary and secondary NAAQS for PM to provide increased protection of public health and welfare, respectively. With regard to primary standards for fine particles (generally referring to particles less than or equal to 2.5 micrometers ([micro]m) in diameter, PM2.5), EPA is revising the level of the 24-hour PM2.5 standard to 35 micrograms per cubic meter ([micro]g/m\3\) and retaining the level of the annual PM2.5 standard at 15[micro]g/m\3\. With regard to primary standards for particles generally less than or equal to 10[mu]m in diameter (PM10), EPA is retaining the 24-hour PM10 and revoking the annual PM10 standard. With regard to secondary PM standards, EPA is making them identical in all respects to the primary PM standards, as revised.
Request for Nominations of Drinking Water Contaminants for the Contaminant Candidate List
Document Number: E6-17099
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is requesting nominations of chemical and microbial contaminants for possible inclusion in the third drinking water Contaminant Candidate List (CCL 3). EPA is also requesting information that shows the nominated contaminant may have an adverse health effect on people and the contaminant occurs or is likely to occur in public water systems.
Approaches To Estimating the Waterborne Disease Outbreak Burden in the United States: Uses and Limitations of the Waterborne Disease Outbreak Surveillance System; External Review Draft
Document Number: E6-17098
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is announcing that Versar, Inc., an EPA contractor for external scientific peer review, will convene an independent panel of experts and organize and conduct a two-day external peer-review workshop to review the external review draft document titled, ``Approaches to Estimating the Waterborne Disease Outbreak Burden in the United States: Uses and Limitations of the Waterborne Disease Outbreak Surveillance System'' (EPA/600/R-06/069). On September 15, 2006 (71 FR 54481), EPA announced a 30-day public comment period for the draft document. The public comment period ends October 16, 2006. The draft document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within EPA's Office of Research and Development. The public comment period and the external peer-review workshop are separate processes that provide opportunities for all interested parties to comment on the document. In addition to consideration by EPA, all public comments submitted in accordance with this notice will also be forwarded to EPA's contractor for the external peer-review panel prior to the workshop. EPA is releasing this draft document solely for the purpose of pre- dissemination peer review under applicable information quality guidelines. This draft document has not been formally disseminated by EPA. It does not represent and should not be construed to represent any Agency policy or determination. Versar, Inc., invites the public to register to attend this workshop as observers. In addition, Versar, Inc., invites the public to give oral and/or provide written comments at the workshop regarding the draft document under review. The draft document and EPA's peer-review charge are available primarily via the Internet on NCEA's home page under the Recent Additions and the Data and Publications menus at http://www.epa.gov/ncea. In preparing a final report, EPA intends to consider Versar, Inc.'s report of the comments and recommendations from the external peer-review workshop and any public comments that EPA receives in accordance with this notice.
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: E6-17014
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA expressed environmental concerns about the adverse impacts of sediment and manure to water quality. Alternative 3 Destination Management offers the best remedy and should be given additional consideration. The final EIS should include a detailed monitoring and enforcement plan. Rating EC2.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E6-17013
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Air Quality Designations and Classifications for the 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards; Early Action Compact Areas With Deferred Effective Dates
Document Number: E6-17012
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-10-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This action corrects the 8-hour ozone nonattainment boundary for Monroe County, Georgia by deleting a highway from the boundary description, and clarifies the 8-hour ozone nonattainment boundary for Murray County, Georgia by adding a boundary description. Monroe County, Georgia is part of the Macon, Georgia 8-hour ozone nonattainment area and a portion of Murray County, Georgia makes up the Murray County (Chattahoochee National Forest Mountains), Georgia 8-hour ozone nonattainment area. The nonattainment boundaries for these two counties were described in EPA's final 8-hour ozone designations rule which was published in the Federal Register on April 30, 2004. EPA is clarifying the exact location of the 8-hour ozone nonattainment boundary for Murray County by including the precise descriptions of the boundary in the Code of Federal Regulations. In addition, pursuant to Clean Air Act (CAA) section 110(k)(6), EPA is also correcting an error made in identifying the 8-hour ozone nonattainment boundary for Monroe County.
Notice of Filing of a Pesticide Petition for Establishment of Regulations for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities
Document Number: E6-17010
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the initial filing of a pesticide petition proposing the establishment of regulations for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities.
Certain New Chemicals; Receipt and Status Information
Document Number: E6-16915
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
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 September 11, 2006 to September 15, 2006, consists of the PMNs and TME both 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.
Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee, Pesticide Registration Improvement Act Process Improvement Workgroup; Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: E6-16913
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA's Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC), Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA) Process Improvement Workgroup will hold a public meeting on November 2, 2006. An agenda for this meeting is being developed and will be posted on EPA's website. The workgroup is developing advice and recommendations on topics related to EPA's registration process.
A Framework for Assessing Health Risks of Environmental Exposures to Children
Document Number: E6-16911
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is announcing the availability of a final report titled, ``A Framework for Assessing Health Risks of Environmental Exposures to Children'' (EPA/600/R-05/093F), prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD).
The Association of American Pesticide Control Officials State FIFRA Issues Research and Evaluation Group Working Committee on Water Quality Pesticide Disposal; Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: E6-16910
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Association of American Pesticide Control Officials (AAPCO)/State FIFRA Issues Research and Evaluation Group (SFIREG) Working Committee on Water Quality and Pesticide Disposal (WQ/PD) will hold a 2-day meeting, beginning on November 6, 2006 and ending November 7, 2006. This notice announces the location and times for the meeting and sets forth the tentative agenda topics.
Certain New Chemicals; Receipt and Status Information
Document Number: E6-16909
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
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 August 28, 2006 to September 8, 2006, 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.
Petition to Revoke Tolerances Established for Carbaryl; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E6-16905
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is seeking public comment on a January 10, 2005, petition from the Washington Toxics Coalition (Washington Toxics), available in docket number EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0801, requesting that the Agency revoke all tolerances for the pesticide carbaryl. The petitioner, Washington Toxics, requests this action to obtain what they believe would be proper application of the safety standards of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), section 408, as amended by the Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA) of 1996. Washington Toxics is filing this petition in response to a Notice of Availability for the Carbaryl Interim Reregistration Eligibility Decision (IRED), published in the Federal Register on October 27, 2004. The carbaryl IRED is available on the website http://www.regulations.gov under docket number EPA-HQ-OPP- 2003-0376 and on the Agency's pesticide web page, http://www.epa.gov/ pesticides/reregistration/status.htm.
Regional Haze Regulations; Revisions to Provisions Governing Alternative to Source-Specific Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART) Determinations
Document Number: 06-8630
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-10-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA promulgated regulations to address a type of visibility impairment known as regional haze in 1999. These regulations have been judicially challenged twice. On May 24, 2002, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a ruling vacating the Regional Haze Rule in part and sustaining it in part, based on a finding that EPA's prescribed methods for determining best available retrofit technology (BART) were inconsistent with the Clean Air Act (CAA). American Corn Growers Ass'n v. EPA, 291 F.3d 1 (DC Cir. 2002). We finalized a rule on July 6, 2005 addressing the court's ruling in this case. On February 18, 2005, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued another ruling, in Center for Energy and Economic Development v. EPA, 398 F.3d 653(DC Cir. 2005), granting a petition challenging provisions of the Regional Haze Rule governing an optional emissions trading program for certain western States and Tribes (the Western Regional Air Partnership (WRAP) Annex Rule). We published proposed regulations to revise the provisions of the Regional Haze Rule governing alternative trading programs, and to provide additional guidance on such programs in August 2005. We received several comments on the August 2005 proposal. This final rule finalizes the proposed revisions, including changes in response to the public comments.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; New York; Motor Vehicle Enhanced Inspection and Maintenance Program
Document Number: E6-16931
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-10-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is proposing to approve a revision to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for New York's motor vehicle enhanced inspection and maintenance (I/M) program which includes the adoption of a statewide On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) program. New York has made revisions to Title 6 of the New York Codes, Rules and Regulations (NYCRR), Part 217, ``Motor Vehicle Enhanced Inspection and Maintenance Program Requirements,'' and Title 15 NYCRR Part 79, ``Motor Vehicle Inspection Regulations,'' to comply with EPA regulations and to improve performance of its I/M program. The intended effect of this action is to maintain consistency between the State-adopted rules and the federally approved SIP and to approve a control strategy that will result in emission reductions that will help achieve attainment of the national ambient air quality standard for ozone.
Public Water System Supervision Program Revision for the State of Utah
Document Number: E6-16929
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On August 24, 2006, EPA proposed the following: In accordance with the provisions of section 1413 of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), 42 U.S.C. 300g-2, and 40 CFR 142.13, public notice is hereby given that the State of Utah has revised its Public Water System Supervision (PWSS) Primacy Program by adopting federal regulations for the Arsenic Rule and Filter Backwash Recycling Rule, which correspond to 40 CFR parts 141 and 142. The EPA has completed its review of these revisions in accordance with SDWA, and proposes to approve Utah's primacy revisions for the above stated Rules. Today's approval action does not extend to public water systems in Indian country, as defined in 18 U.S.C. 1151. Please see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION, Item B.
Compliance Assistance Centers; Request for Suggestions on Candidates for Compliance Assistance Center Development
Document Number: E6-16927
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In partnership with industry, academic institutions, environmental groups, and other agencies, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supports fourteen Compliance Assistance Centers (Centers) to help small- and medium-size businesses and local governments better understand and comply with environmental regulations. These Centers provide easy to understand compliance information targeted to specific sectors, geographic and environmental topics: agriculture; automotive service and repair; automotive recycling, chemical manufacturers; construction; Federal facilities; health care; local governments, metal finishing; paints and coatings; printed wiring board manufacturers; printers; transportation; and the U.S. / Mexico / Canada border environmental issues. Additionally, funding has recently been awarded to initiate the development of a Center for the education sector. All Centers can be accessed at http://www.assistancecneters.net. EPA would like to expand the Center program to support other sectors, geographical areas or topical issues. To support new Center development, EPA has funded the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) to develop, operate and maintain the Compliance Assistance Center Platform (Platform) from which new Centers will be ``launched.'' The Platform includes a suite of comprehensive Web-based tools necessary new Centers. States, industry, and compliance assistance providers can work with NCMS to establish Centers that will help the regulated community better understand and more efficiently comply with environmental requirements. The Centers for the metal finishing, printed wiring board manufacturing, paints and coatings, construction sector, automotive recycling sector, health care and U.S. / Mexico / Cananda border environmental issues have been developed in partnership with NCMS and the Platform. Visit http://www.envcap.org to access Platform resources. EPA is exploring new sector, geographical, or topical candidates for Centers in FY 2007 and beyond. Center candidates will be evaluated initially against the following criteria: impact on health and the environment; patterns of noncompliance; assessment that compliance assistance is an appropriate approach to use; predominately involves or affects small businesses; the problem or issue is prevalent nationally; impact of new environmental regulations; subject to multiple environmental statutes/regulations; and not currently supported by an existing compliance assistance program. Once these threshold criteria have been met, an additional criterion will be applied: willingness of a sector or third-party organization to partner with EPA. At this time, EPA is considering the following sectors for new Center development: (1) Food processing (producers of meat products, seafood, dairy, fruits, oils, flour, vegetables, baked goods, etc.); or (2) marinas / boatbuilding (boat building, repair, servicing, docks, fueling). EPA invites feedback from interested parties on these and other possible candidates for Center development. Specifically, EPA is interested in feedback on Center development for the food processing and marina/boatbuilding sectors. The above criterion should be considered in your evaluation and proposal of sector, geographic, or topical candidates. Pursuant to EPA's Grants Competition Policy that went into effect October 1, 2002, EPA will compete any assistance agreement that will be provided to support new Center development in FY 2007. Interested parties should communicate their suggestions regarding new sectors, geographical areas or topical issues for Center development to EPA by letter or e-mail to the contact listed below.
Draft Toxicological Review of Dichlorobenzenes: In Support of Summary Information on the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)
Document Number: E6-16925
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is extending the public comment period and rescheduling an external peer review panel meeting to review selected sections of the EPA National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) final draft document titled, ``Toxicological Review of Dichlorobenzenes: In Support of Summary Information on the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)'' (EPA/635/R-03/015), regarding the inhalation reference concentration (RfC) and inhalation cancer assessment for 1,4-dichlorobenzene. The EPA is also changing the format of this external peer review meeting to include both a teleconference and an in-person panel meeting. On July 11, 2006, EPA published a Federal Register notice (71 FR 39113) announcing a comment period that ended August 9 and an external peer review panel meeting (by teleconference) that was scheduled for August 16. On August 11, 2006, EPA published a second Federal Register notice announcing an extension of the public comment period to October 10 and a rescheduling of the external peer review meeting to October 30. EPA is extending the public comment period to October 17, 2006, rescheduling the external peer review meeting to November 3, 2006, and changing the format to include both a face-to-face meeting and a teleconference option for participation. This extended public comment period and change in format for the external peer review are in response to requests from the public. The public comment period and the external peer review meeting are separate processes that provide opportunities for all interested parties to comment on the document. In addition to consideration by EPA, all public comments submitted in accordance with this notice will also be forwarded to EPA's contractor, the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), for consideration by the external peer review panel prior to the meeting. As previously stated in 71 FR 39113 and 71 FR 46220, EPA is releasing this draft document solely for the purpose of pre- dissemination peer review under applicable information quality guidelines. This document has not been formally disseminated by EPA. It does not represent and should not be construed to represent any Agency policy or determination. ORISE invites the public to register to attend this peer review panel meeting as observers, either in person or by telephone. In addition, ORISE invites the public to give brief oral comments at the meeting regarding the draft document under review. The draft document and EPA's peer review charge are available via the Internet on NCEA's home page under the Recent Additions menu at http://www.epa.gov/ncea. When finalizing this draft report, EPA will consider ORISE's report of the comments and recommendations from the external peer reviewers and any public comments that EPA receives in accordance with this notice.
Evaluation of the Carcinogenicity of Ethylene Oxide
Document Number: E6-16921
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is announcing an extension of the public comment period for the draft document titled, ``Evaluation of the Carcinogenicity of Ethylene Oxide'' (EPA/635/R-06/003). The document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment within EPA's Office of Research and Development. On September 22, EPA published a Federal Register notice (71 FR 55470) announcing a 30-day comment period that ends October 23, 2007. EPA is extending the public comment period to December 8, 2006, in response to requests. As previously stated in 71 FR 55470, EPA is releasing this draft document solely for the purpose of seeking public comment and for review by the EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) via a meeting to be held at a later date (time and place to be specified in a separate Federal Register notice). This document has not been formally disseminated by EPA. It does not determination. EPA will consider any public comments submitted in accordance with this notice when revising the document.
National Advisory Committee for Acute Exposure Guideline Levels (AEGLs) for Hazardous Substances; Proposed AEGL Values; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E6-16908
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The National Advisory Committee for Acute Exposure Guideline Levels for Hazardous Substances (NAC/AEGL Committee) is developing AEGLs on an ongoing basis to provide Federal, State, and local agencies with information on short-term exposures to hazardous chemicals. This notice provides a list of 46 proposed AEGL chemicals that are available for public review and comment. Comments are welcome on both the AEGL values and the technical support documents placed in the docket.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Alabama: Volatile Organic Compounds
Document Number: E6-16812
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-10-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving revisions to the Alabama State Implementation Plan (SIP), submitted by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) on November 18, 2005. The revisions include modifications to Alabama's Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) rules found at Alabama Administrative Code (AAC) Chapter 335-3-1. ADEM is taking an action that was similarly approved by EPA on November 29, 2004 (69 FR 69298). The revision adds several compounds to the list of compounds excluded from the definition of VOC on the basis that they make a negligible contribution to ozone formation. This action is being taken pursuant to section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Public Meeting of the Science Advisory Board Environmental Economics Advisory Committee
Document Number: E6-16811
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office is announcing a public teleconference of the SAB Environmental Economics Advisory Committee (EEAC) to discuss the valuation of mortality risk reduction.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Alabama: Volatile Organic Compounds
Document Number: E6-16810
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-10-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing approval of revisions to the Alabama State Implementation Plan (SIP), submitted by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) on November 18, 2005. The revisions include modifications to Alabama's Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) rules found at Alabama Administrative Code (AAC) Chapter 335-3-1. ADEM is taking an action that was similarly approved by EPA on November 29, 2004 (69 FR 69298). The revision adds several compounds to the list of compounds excluded from the definition of VOC on the basis that they make a negligible contribution to ozone formation. This proposed action is being taken pursuant to section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Plant-Incorporated Protectants Derived from a Plant Viral Coat Protein Gene (PVCP-PIPs); Notification to the Secretary of Agriculture
Document Number: E6-16751
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-10-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document notifies the public that the Administrator of EPA has forwarded to the Secretary of Agriculture a draft proposed rule as required by section 25(a) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). As described in the Agency's semi-annual Regulatory Agenda, the draft proposed rule would add certain plant- incorporated protectants based on viral coat protein genes (PVCP-PIPs) to its plant-incorporated protectants exemptions at 40 CFR part 174. Substances that plants produce for protection against pests and the genetic material necessary to produce them are pesticides under FIFRA if humans intend these substances to ``prevent, repel or mitigate any pest.''