Environmental Protection Agency December 21, 2006 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request: NESHAP for Site Remediation (Renewal); EPA ICR Number 2062.03, OMB Control Number 2060-0534
Document Number: E6-21892
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-21
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. The ICR which is abstracted below, describes the nature of the information collection and its expected burden and cost.
Proposed Reissuance of the NPDES General Permit for the Western Portion of the Outer Continental Shelf of the Gulf of Mexico (GMG290000)
Document Number: E6-21890
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Regional Administrator of Region 6 today proposes to reissue the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general permit for the Western Portion of the Outer Continental Shelf of the Gulf of Mexico (No. GMG290000) for discharges from existing and new dischargers and New Sources in the Offshore Subcategory of the Oil and Gas Extraction Point Source Category as authorized by section 402 of the Clean Water Act. The permit, previously reissued on October 7, 2004, and published in the Federal Register at 69 FR 60150, authorizes discharges from exploration, development, production, and transmission facilities located in and discharging to Federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico seaward of the outer boundary of the territorial seas off Louisiana and Texas. Discharges of produced water to Federal waters from facilities located in the territorial seas are also authorized when all conditions of the permit are met. The following changes to the expiring permit are proposed to be made as a part of the permit reissuance. Requirements to comply with new cooling water intake structure regulations are included. Sub-lethal effects are required to be measured for whole effluent toxicity testing. New test methods are allowed for monitoring cadmium and mercury in stock barite. Clarifications have been added to the permit requirements for: Types of activities covered; pit cleaning and other wash water; end of well monitoring; sediment toxicity test averaging; the drilling fluids discharge rate limitation; discharges associated with dual gradient drilling; toxicity testing for miscellaneous discharges; and calculation of the produced water critical dilution for toxicity testing. Other minor changes in wording are also proposed to clarify EPA's intent regarding the permit's requirements.
Notice of Prevention of Significant Deterioration Final Determination for City of Springfield
Document Number: E6-21888
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces that on November 22, 2006, the Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) of the EPA dismissed with predjudice a petition for review of a federal Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permit issued to City of Springfield, Illinois, by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA).
National Emission Standards for Organic Hazardous Air Pollutants From the Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturing Industry
Document Number: E6-21869
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-12-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In 1994, EPA promulgated national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) for the synthetic organic chemical manufacturing industry. This rule is commonly known as the hazardous organic NESHAP (HON) and established maximum achievable control technology standards to regulate the emissions of hazardous air pollutants from production processes that are located at major sources. The Clean Air Act directs EPA to assess the risk remaining (residual risk) after the application of the maximum achievable control technology standards and to promulgate additional standards if required to provide an ample margin of safety to protect public health or prevent an adverse environmental effect. The Clean Air Act also requires us to review and revise maximum achievable control technology standards, as necessary, every 8 years, taking into account developments in practices, processes, and control technologies that have occurred during that time. On June 14, 2006, EPA proposed two options regarding whether to amend the current emission standards for synthetic organic chemical manufacturing industry units. This action finalizes one of those options, and reflects our decision not to impose further controls and not to revise the existing standards based on the residual risk and technology review. It also amends the existing regulations in certain aspects.
Notice of Availability of Final 2006 Effluent Guidelines Program Plan
Document Number: E6-21825
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA establishes national technology-based regulations known as effluent guidelines and pretreatment standards to reduce pollutant discharges from categories of industry discharging directly to waters of the United States or discharging indirectly through Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTWs). The Clean Water Act (CWA) sections 301(d), 304(b), 304(g), and 307(b) require EPA to annually review these effluent guidelines and pretreatment standards. This notice presents EPA's 2006 review of existing effluent guidelines and pretreatment standards. It also presents EPA's evaluation of indirect dischargers without categorical pretreatment standards to identify potential new categories for pretreatment standards under CWA sections 304(g) and 307(b). This notice also presents the final 2006 Effluent Guidelines Program Plan (``final 2006 Plan''), which, as required under CWA section 304(m), identifies any new or existing industrial categories selected for effluent guidelines rulemaking and provides a schedule for such rulemaking. CWA section 304(m) requires EPA to biennially publish such a plan after public notice and comment. The Agency published the preliminary 2006 Plan on August 29, 2005 (70 FR 51042). This notice also provides EPA's preliminary thoughts concerning its 2007 annual reviews under CWA sections 301(d), 304(b), 304(g) and 307(b) and solicits comments, data and information to assist EPA in performing these reviews. EPA intends to continue a detailed study of the steam electric power generating industry and start detailed studies for the following industrial sectors: the coal mining industry, the health services industry, and the coalbed methane industry, which is part of the oil and gas extraction industry. Finally, after two public comment periods, this notice discusses how EPA incorporates elements from the draft Strategy for National Clean Water Industrial Regulations (Strategy) into its effluent guidelines reviews and planning.