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Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Compliance Assurance Monitoring Program; EPA ICR No. 1663.03, OMB Control No. 2060-0376
Document Number: E6-20643
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit a request to renew an existing approved Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This ICR is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2007. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below.
State Operating Permit Programs; Delaware; Amendments to the Definition of “a major source”
Document Number: E6-20642
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-12-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA proposes to approve an amendment to the State of Delaware's operating permit program to correct the definition of ``a major source.'' This amendment would change the definition of ``a major source'' by removing the phrase ``but only with respect to those air pollutants that have been regulated for that category'' from the Regulation No. 30 (Title V) definition of a major source, as it applies to these Federal standards. This would require all fugitive emissions to be included in major source determination for sources subject to Federal New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) or the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants standards (NESHAPs), not just the pollutants regulated by the particular NSPS or NESHAP. This amendment is necessary to make the current definition as stringent as the corresponding provision of the Title V regulations, which went into effect on November 27, 2001. This change will make this aspect of Regulation No. 30 consistent with Federal rule. In the Final Rules section of this Federal Register, EPA is approving the State's amendment to its operating permit program as a direct final rule without prior proposal because the Agency views this as a noncontroversial submittal and anticipates no adverse comments. A detailed rationale for the approval is set forth in the direct final rule. If no adverse comments are received in response to this action, no further activity is contemplated. If EPA receives adverse comments, the direct final rule will be withdrawn and all public comments received will be addressed in a subsequent final rule based on this proposed rule. The EPA will not institute a second comment period. Any parties interested in commenting on this action should do so at this time.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; NOX
Document Number: E6-20641
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit a request to renew an existing approved Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This ICR is scheduled to expire on May 31, 2007. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below.
Paraquat Dichloride; Pesticide Tolerance Correction
Document Number: E6-20640
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-12-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA issued a final rule in the Federal Register of September 6, 2006, concerning establishing tolerances for residues of paraquat dichloride in or on various food and feed commodities. This document is being issued to correct typographical errors.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Ohio; Volatile Organic Compound Emission Control Measures for Cincinnati and Dayton
Document Number: E6-20638
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-12-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On May 9, 2006, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) submitted several volatile organic compound (VOC) rules for approval into the State Implementation Plan (SIP). The primary purpose of the rules is to partially replace the VOC reductions from Ohio's vehicle inspection and maintenance (E-Check) program (which ended on December 31, 2005) in the Cincinnati and Dayton areas. These replacement rules include a provision requiring the use of lower emitting solvents in cold cleaner degreasers, the use of more efficient auto refinishing painting application techniques and a rule requiring the use of lower emitting portable fuel containers. These rules are approvable because they contain more stringent requirements than Ohio's existing rules and they are enforceable. Ohio has correctly calculated their VOC emission reduction impact. EPA is also approving several other rule revisions, all of which meet EPA requirements, including an exemption for its printing rules, a site-specific rule for an aerosol can filling facility, elimination of the fluid catalytic cracking unit limitations for a Marathon Petroleum LLC facility, and an alternative leak detection and repair program for the Premcor Lima Refinery.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Boilers and Process Heaters: Reconsideration of Emissions Averaging Provision and Technical Corrections
Document Number: E6-20637
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-12-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is promulgating amendments to the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Boilers and Process Heaters. After promulgation of this final rule, the Administrator received petitions for reconsideration of certain provisions in the final rule. Subsequently, EPA published a notice of the reconsideration and requested public comment on proposed amendments to the NESHAP. After evaluating public comments, we are adopting each of the amendments that we proposed.
Diazinon; Notice of Receipt of Requests to Voluntarily Amend Pesticide Registrations to Terminate Certain Uses
Document Number: E6-20429
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-06
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 requests by the registrants to voluntarily amend their registrations to terminate uses of certain products containing the pesticide diazinon. The requests would terminate use of granular diazinon products in or on beets (red and table), broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, collards, endive (escarole), ginseng, kale, melons, mustard, onions (bulb and green), radishes, spinach, sugar beets, sweet corn, and tomatoes, and use of liquid or wettable powder diazinon products in or on Chinese broccoli, Chinese cabbage, Chinese mustard, Chinese radish, corn, grapes, hops, mushroom houses, sugar beets, and walnuts, or as a seed treatment. The requests would not terminate the last diazinon products registered for use in the U.S. EPA intends to grant these requests at the close of the comment period for this announcement unless the Agency receives substantive comments within the comment period that would merit its further review of the requests, or unless the registrants withdraw their request(s) within this period. Upon acceptance of these requests, any sale, distribution, or use of products listed in this notice will be permitted only if such sale, distribution, or use is consistent with the terms as described in the final order.
Pesticides; Food Packaging Treated with a Pesticide
Document Number: E6-20270
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-12-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This rule excepts from the definitions of ``pesticide chemical'' and ``pesticide chemical residue'' under FFDCA section 201(q), food packaging (e.g. paper and paperboard, coatings, adhesives, and polymers) that is treated with a pesticide as defined in the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) section 2(u). As a result, such ingredients in food packaging treated with a pesticide are exempt from regulation under FFDCA section 408 as pesticide chemical residues. Further, a food that bears or contains such ingredients are not subject to enforcement by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under section 402(a)(2) (B) of the FFDCA since the ingredients are not pesticide chemical residues. Instead, such ingredients are subject to regulation by the FDA as food additives under FFDCA section 409. FDA generally regulates such food additives in food packaging as food contact substances under FFDCA, section 409(h). This rule expands the scope of the provision in 40 CFR 180.4 which currently applies only to food packaging impregnated with an insect repellent - one type of pesticide. This rule, as with the rule it amends, only applies to the food packaging materials themselves; it does not otherwise limit EPA's FFDCA jurisdiction over pesticides or limit FDA's jurisdiction over substances subject to FDA regulation as food additives. EPA, in consultation with FDA, believes this rule will eliminate the duplicative FFDCA jurisdiction and economize Federal government resources while continuing to protect human health and the environment. Under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA still regulates the food packaging as an inert ingredient of the pesticide product and still regulates the pesticide active ingredient in the treated food packaging under both FIFRA and the FFDCA.
Proposed CERCLA Administrative Cost Recovery Settlement; The Marsh Valve Superfund Site, Dunkirk, NY
Document Number: 06-9532
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with Section 122(i) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act as amended (``CERCLA''), 42 U.S.C. 9622(i), notice is hereby given of a proposed administrative settlement under Section 122(h) of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 9622(h), for recovery of past response costs concerning the Marsh Valve Superfund Site located in Dunkirk, New York with the Settling Party, Electrolux Home Products, Inc., and its predecessors in interest, White Consolidated Industries, Inc., and Sarco Company, Inc. The settlement requires the Settling Party to pay $2,540,000, plus an additional sum for interest on that amount calculated from July 5, 2005 through the date of payment to the EPA Hazardous Substance Superfund in reimbursement of EPA's past response costs incurred with respect to the Site. The settlement includes a covenant not to sue the Settling Party pursuant to Section 107(a) of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 9607(a) for Past Response Costs, as defined in the agreement. For thirty (30) days following the date of publication of this notice, the Agency will receive written comments relating to the settlement. The Agency will consider all comments received and may modify or withdraw its consent to the settlement if comments received disclose facts or considerations which indicate that the settlement is inappropriate, improper, or inadequate.
Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Request for Applications for Essential Use Exemptions for 2008 and 2009
Document Number: E6-20541
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is requesting applications for essential use allowances for calendar years 2008 and 2009. Essential use allowances provide exemptions from the production and import phaseout of ozone-depleting substances (ODSs) and must be authorized by the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (the Protocol). The U.S. Government will use the applications received in response to this notice as the basis for its nomination of essential use allowances at the Nineteenth Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol, to be held in 2007.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans and Operating Permits Program; State of Missouri
Document Number: E6-20446
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-12-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) and operating permits program revision submitted by the state of Missouri to update the ambient air quality standards, sampling methods, definitions, and common reference methods and tables. The update also includes references to implement the 8-hour ozone and PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standards that were finalized on July 18, 1997.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans and Operating Permits Program; State of Missouri
Document Number: E6-20445
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-12-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA proposes to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) and operating permits program revision submitted by the State of Missouri to update the ambient air quality standards, sampling methods, definitions, and common reference methods and tables. The update also includes references to implement the 8-hour ozone and PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standards that were finalized on July 18, 1997.
Recent Posting to the Applicability Determination Index (ADI) Database System of Agency Applicability Determinations, Alternative Monitoring Decisions, and Regulatory Interpretations Pertaining to Standards of Performance for New Stationary Sources, National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants, and the Stratospheric Ozone Protection Program
Document Number: E6-20440
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces applicability determinations, alternative monitoring decisions, and regulatory interpretations that EPA has made under the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS); the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP); and the Stratospheric Ozone Protection Program.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Missouri
Document Number: E6-20436
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-12-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the state of Missouri for the inclusion of revisions to the Construction Permit Exemptions rule. The Construction Permit Exemptions rule lists specific construction or modification projects that are not required to obtain permits under the Construction Permits Required rule. Revisions to this rule include updating the insignificance levels, adding a new exemption for manufacturing operations (which produce insignificant emissions), clarifying the grain handling facilities exemption, and restructuring of the record keeping portion of the rule. Missouri developed the revisions to this rule under two separate state rulemaking processes.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Missouri
Document Number: E6-20434
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-12-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA proposes to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the state of Missouri for the inclusion of revisions to the Construction Permit Exemptions rule. The Construction Permit Exemptions rule lists specific construction or modification projects that are not required to obtain permits to construct under the Construction Permits Required rule. Revisions to this rule include updating the insignificance levels used for construction permit exemptions, adding a new exemption for manufacturing operations, which produce insignificant emissions, clarifying the grain handling facilities exemption, and restructuring of the record keeping portion of the rule. Missouri developed the revisions to this rule under two separate state rulemaking processes.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Missouri
Document Number: E6-20433
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-12-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Missouri. This revision pertains to Grossman Iron and Steel Company's Source Registration Permit, number SR00.045A. This permit, issued by the City of St. Louis, will control particulate matter (PM10) emissions from Grossman Iron and Steel Company. This approval will make the permit Federally enforceable.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Missouri
Document Number: E6-20432
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-12-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the state of Missouri. This revision pertains to Grossman Iron and Steel's Source Registration Permit, number SR00.045A. This permit, issued by the City of St. Louis, will control particulate matter (PM10) emissions from Grossman Iron and Steel Company. This proposed approval will make the permit Federally enforceable.
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List
Document Number: E6-20293
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-12-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency, Region 8 (EPA) announces the deletion of portions of the Ellsworth Air Force Base (AFB) Site located in Meade and Pennington Counties, South Dakota, from the National Priorities List (NPL). All areas originally proposed for deletion under the Notice of Intent to Partially Delete published in the Federal Register on June 28, 2006 (71 FR 36736) are being deleted. The NPL constitutes Appendix B to the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan, 40 CFR Part 300, which EPA promulgated pursuant to Section 105 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). EPA has determined, with the concurrence of the State of South Dakota through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources that the parcels pose no significant threat to public health, welfare or the environment and, therefore, no further response action pursuant to CERCLA is appropriate. This partial deletion pertains to surface soil, unsaturated subsurface soil, surface water, and sediments at Operable Units 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12, and excludes the ground water medium at these parcels. The ground water medium at the Ellsworth AFB Site (OU-11, Basewide Ground Water), and the soil medium (surface and unsaturated subsurface soils) at OU-1, Fire Protection Training Area, will remain on the NPL and response activities will continue for those OUs. Two additional areas not associated with an operable unit, the Gateway Lake Ash Study Area and the Pride Hangar Study Area, are currently under investigation and are also not part of this partial deletion.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Registration of Fuels and Fuel Additives-Requirements for Manufacturers; EPA ICR No. 309.12, OMB Control No. 2060-0150
Document Number: E6-20353
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit a request to renew an existing approved Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This ICR is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2007. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements Regarding the Sulfur Content of Motor Vehicle Gasoline Under the Tier 2 Rule, EPA ICR No.1907.04, OMB Control No. 2060-0437
Document Number: E6-20352
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit a request to renew an existing approved Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This ICR is scheduled to expire on 4/30/07. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below.
State Innovation Grant Program, Notice of Availability of Solicitation for 2007 Awards
Document Number: E6-20351
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Center for Environmental Innovation (NCEI) is giving notice of the availability of its solicitation for pre-proposals for the 2007 ``State Innovation Grant Program,'' an assistance agreement program to support innovation by state environmental regulatory agencies. Only the principal environmental regulatory agency within each state, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia (generally, where delegated authorities for federal environmental regulations exist) is eligible to receive funding under this solicitation.
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: E6-20350
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA expressed environmental concerns about the mix of options presented in the DEIS for controlling invasive, and suggested there be more consideration of IPM, biological controls and the use of prescribed fire and careful consideration when using herbicides. Rating EC1.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E6-20349
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Arkansas; Prevention of Significant Deterioration and New Source Review; Economic Development Zone for Crittenden County, Arkansas; and Stage I Vapor Recovery
Document Number: E6-20295
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-12-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the Arkansas State Implementation Plan (SIP) that include changes made to Arkansas regulations entitled, ``Regulations of the Arkansas Plan of Implementation for Air Pollution Control'' and ``Nonattainment New Source Review Requirements.'' The proposed revisions amend the State's permitting rules in order to address revisions to the Federal New Source Review (NSR) regulations, which were promulgated by EPA on December 31, 2002 (67 FR 80186) and reconsidered with minor changes on November 7, 2003 (68 FR 63021) (collectively, these two final actions are called the ``2002 NSR Reform Rules''). Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Nonattainment NSR (NNSR) programs, together with the minor preconstruction permit program required by section 110 of the Federal Clean Air Act (``Act''), are commonly referred to as the ``NSR programs.'' The Arkansas revised preconstruction permitting rules proposed for inclusion in the Arkansas SIP, affecting major sources and modifications to include provisions for baseline emissions calculations, an actual-to-projected-actual methodology for calculating emissions changes, options for plantwide applicability limits, and recordkeeping and reporting requirements. The proposed revisions also include non-substantive revisions to previously SIP-approved regulations and regulations for implementing the permitting provisions for the 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard-Phase 2, Economic Development Zone in Crittenden County, and Stage I Vapor Recovery Rules. Finally, EPA is taking no action on provisions that relate to designated facilities. We are proposing approval of the revisions because we find the changes consistent with EPA's implementing regulations, guidance and policy and with Section 110(l) of the Act.
An Inventory of Sources and Environmental Releases of Dioxin-Like Compounds in the United States for the Years 1987, 1995 and 2000
Document Number: E6-20294
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of a final report titled, ``An Inventory of Sources and Environmental Releases of Dioxin-Like Compounds in the United States for the Years 1987, 1995 and 2000'' (EPA/600/P-03/002F), which was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; West Virginia; Emission Reductions to Meet Phase II of the Nitrogen Oxides (NOX
Document Number: E6-20291
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-12-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document corrects an error in the rule language of a final rule pertaining to EPA's direct final action to convert a conditional approval in the West Virginia State Implementation Plan (SIP) to a full approval. The SIP revision pertains to nitrogen oxides (NOX) emission reductions required in West Virginia to meet Phase II of the NOX SIP Call.
Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: C6-9400
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-01
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of Education, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation, Department of Navy, Navy Department