Proposed Consent Decree, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
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 consent decree, to address a deadline suit filed by Sierra Club and Coosa River Basin Initiative (``Coosa River''): Sierra Club v. EPA, No. 1:06CV1523 (N.D. GA). On December 20, 2005 and January 3, 2006, Sierra Club, Coosa River, and the Georgia Public Interest Research Group petitioned EPA to object to certain Clean Air Act Title V permit amendments proposed by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division for steam generating plants at Georgia Power's (1) Bowen and Branch Steam-Electric Generating Plants, and (2) Hammond and Scherer Steam-Electric Generating Plants, all of which are in the State of Georgia. Subsequently, Sierra Club and Coosa River filed suit, alleging that the Administrator failed to perform his nondiscretionary duty to respond to the petitions within sixty days of the date they were filed. Under the terms of today's proposed consent decree, EPA has agreed to respond to the petitions by January 8, 2007, and Sierra Club and Coosa River have agreed that if EPA does so, and after parties negotiate attorneys' fees, they will move to dismiss their suit with prejudice.
Board of Scientific Counselors Human Health Mid-Cycle Subcommittee Meetings-January 2007
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92- 463, the Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development (ORD), gives notice of two meetings of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Human Health Mid-Cycle Subcommittee.
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, Kern County Air Pollution Control District
EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the Kern County Air Pollution Control District (KCAPCD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). The KCAPCD revisions concern permitting requirements. We are proposing to approve local rules that administer regulations 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.
Procedures for Implementing the National Environmental Policy Act and Assessing the Environmental Effects Abroad of EPA Actions
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) is proposing amendments to its procedures for implementing the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). This proposed rule also includes minor, technical amendments to the Agency's procedures for implementing Executive Order 12114, ``Environmental Effects Abroad of Major Federal Actions.'' This proposed rule would amend EPA's NEPA implementing procedures by: consolidating and standardizing the procedural provisions and requirements of the Agency's environmental review process under NEPA; clarifying the general procedures associated with categorical exclusions, consolidating the categories of actions subject to categorical exclusion, amending existing and adding new categorical exclusions, and consolidating and amending existing and adding new extraordinary circumstances; consolidating and amending the listing of actions that generally require an environmental impact statement; clarifying the procedural requirements for consideration of applicable environmental review laws and executive orders; and incorporating other proposed revisions consistent with the Council on Environmental Quality's regulations (CEQ's Regulations).
Phase 2 of the Final Rule To Implement the 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard-Notice of Reconsideration
On November 29, 2005, EPA published Phase 2 of the final rule to implement the 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). Subsequently, EPA received a petition to reconsider specific aspects of this final rule. In this action, EPA is announcing its decision to reconsider and take additional comment on three provisions in the final Phase 2 8-hour ozone implementation rule: The determination that electric generating units (EGUs) that comply with rules implementing the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) and that are located in States where all required CAIR emissions reductions are achieved from EGUs meet the 8-hour ozone State implementation plan (SIP) requirement for application of reasonably available control technology (RACT) for nitrogen oxide (NOX) emissions; a new source review (NSR) requirement allowing sources to use certain emission reductions as offsets under certain circumstances; and an NSR provision addressing when requirements for the lowest achievable emission rate (LAER) and emission offsets may be waived. In addition, EPA requests comment on postponing the submission date for the RACT SIP for RACT SIPs for EGUs in the CAIR region. The EPA is seeking comment only on the three issues specifically identified in this notice and the submission date issue. We do not intend to respond to comments addressing other provisions of the final 8-hour ozone implementation rule that we are not reconsidering.