Clean Water Act Section 303(d): Final Agency Action on Eighty Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs)
This notice announces final agency action on eighty TMDLs prepared by EPA Region 6 for waters listed in Louisiana's Red River, Sabine River, and Terrebonne Basins, under section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act (CWA). Documents from the administrative record file for the eighty TMDLs, including TMDL calculations and responses to comments, may be viewed at http://www.epa.gov/earth1r6/6wq/npdes/tmdl/index.htm. The administrative record file may be examined by calling or writing Ms. Diane Smith at the address below. Please contact Ms. Smith to schedule an inspection.
Clean Water Act Section 303(d): Final Agency Action on Thirty Oklahoma Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs)
This notice announces final agency action on thirty TMDLs, and their administrative record files prepared by EPA Region 6 for certain waters listed in the Upper Canadian River and Turkey Creek Watersheds in Oklahoma, under section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act (CWA). Documents from the administrative record file for the thirty TMDLs, including TMDL calculations and responses to comments, may be viewed at http://www.epa.gov/region6/6wq/npdes/tmdl/index.htm. The administrative record file may be examined by calling or writing Ms. Diane Smith at the following address. Please contact Ms. Smith to schedule an inspection.
Good Neighbor Environmental Board
Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, P.L. 92463, EPA gives notice of a meeting of the Good Neighbor Environmental Board. The Board meets three times each calendar year at different locations along the U.S.-Mexico border and in Washington, DC. It was created by the Enterprise for the Americas Initiative Act of 1992. An Executive Order delegates implementing authority to the Administrator of EPA. The Board is responsible for providing advice to the President and the Congress on environmental and infrastructure issues and needs within the States contiguous to Mexico in order to improve the quality of life of persons residing on the United States side of the border. The statute calls for the Board to have representatives from U.S. Government agencies; the governments of the States of Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas; and private organizations with expertise on environmental and infrastructure problems along the southwest border. The purpose of the meeting is to hear presentations from local experts on the meeting theme: ``Big Bend/El Gran Recodo; `` hold a public comment session; and invite public input on the text of the Board's next report to the President and Congress. A copy of the meeting agenda is posted at http://www.epa.gov/ocem/gneb. For a copy of the draft report, contact Designated Federal Officer Elaine Koerner at the address below.
Documents to be Addressed at the Second Meeting of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee
This notice alerts readers to the documents which will be discussed at the Second Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC) meeting from November 6-10, 2006 in Geneva, Switzerland, and provides an overview of the procedural steps these chemicals will follow. Among the technical documents to be discussed are five risk profiles for chemicals previously proposed in November 2005 for addition to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Annexes A, B, and/or C and proposals for five new chemicals to be added to those Annexes at the November 2006 meeting. Other documents to be discussed can be found on the meeting agenda posted on the Stockholm Convention website and include standard work plans for draft risk management evaluations and risk profiles, confidentiality arrangements, and treatment of isomers. The meeting documents have been posted at http://www.pops.int/documents/meetings/poprc2/default.htm.
Proposed Revocation of Significant New Use Rules on Certain Chemical Substances
EPA is proposing to revoke significant new use rules (SNURs) promulgated under section 5(a)(2) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for four chemical substances. The SNUR for the chemical substance covered by premanufacture notice (PMN) P-98-475 designated certain activities as significant new uses based on concerns identified in a corresponding TSCA section 5(e) consent order for that chemical substance and pursuant to 40 CFR 721.160. For the chemical substances covered by PMNs P-98-1043, P-99-0467, and P-01-71, EPA issued non-5(e) SNURs (i.e., SNURS on substances that are not subject to TSCA section 5(e) consent orders) designating certain activities as significant new uses based on the concern criteria in 40 CFR 721.170(b). EPA has received and reviewed new information and test data for each of the chemical substances, and proposes to revoke the SNURs pursuant to 40 CFR 721.185.
Child-Specific Exposure Factors Handbook
EPA is announcing a 60-day public comment period for the external review draft document titled, ``Child-Specific Exposure Factors Handbook'' (EPA/600/R-06/096A). The draft document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment within EPA's Office of Research and Development. The ``Child-Specific Exposure Factors Handbook'' provides a summary of statistical data on various exposure factors used in assessing children's exposures, including: drinking water consumption; soil ingestion and mouthing behavior; inhalation rates; dermal factors including skin surface area and soil adherence factors; consumption of retail and home-grown foods; breast milk intake; and activity pattern data. This Handbook serves as a resource for exposure assessors for calculating children's exposures. An interim final version of this handbook was published in 2002. This updated version provides analysis of exposure factors data using the age groups for children recommended in the EPA document entitled, ``Guidance on Selecting Age Groups for Monitoring and Assessing Childhood Exposures to Environmental Contaminants'' (EPA/630/P-03/003F) (Available on line at http://cfpub.epa.gov/ncea/cfm/recordisplay.cfm?deid=146583). EPA is releasing the draft ``Child-Specific Exposure Factors Handbook'' 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. EPA will consider any public comments submitted in accordance with this notice when revising the document.
Access to Confidential Business Information by ASRC Management Services
EPA will authorize its contractor, ASRC Management Services (ASRCMS) to access Confidential Business Information (CBI) which has been submitted to EPA under the authority of all sections of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) of 1976, as amended. EPA has issued regulations (40 CFR part 2, Subpart B) that outline business confidentiality provisions for the Agency and require all EPA Offices that receive information designated by the submitter as CBI to abide by these provisions. ASRCMS will provide support to the Office of Solid Waste (OSW) in operating the RCRA CBI Center (CBIC), a secure storage area that contains all records/documents that are received by OSW with a claim of business confidentiality.
Science Advisory Board Staff Office
The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office published a notice in the Federal Register of September 25, 2006, announcing seven upcoming public teleconferences of the SAB Hypoxia Advisory Panel Subgroups. The notice contained incorrect times for two of the teleconferences.
Air Quality Management Subcommittee to the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC) Notice of Meeting
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the CAAAC on November 19, 1990, to provide independent advice and counsel to EPA on policy issues associated with implementation of the Clean Air Act of 1990. The Committee advises on economic, environmental, technical, scientific, and enforcement policy issues. Open Meeting Notice: Open Meeting Notice: Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. App.2 Section 10(a)(2), notice is hereby given that the Air Quality Management subcommittee to the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee will hold its next open meeting on Wednesday, October 18 and Thursday, October 19, 2006 from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hilton Indianapolis, 120 West Market Street, Indianapolis, Indiana. Any member of the public who wishes to submit written or brief oral comments; or who wants further information concerning this meeting should follow the procedures outlined in the section below titled ``Providing Oral or Written Comments at this Meeting.'' Seating will be limited and available on a first come, first served basis. In order to insure copies of printed materials are available, members of the public wishing to attend this meeting are encouraged to contact Mr. Jeffrey Whitlow, Office of Air and Radiation, U.S. EPA by telephone at (919) 541-5523, by mail at U.S. EPA, Office of Quality Planning and Standards (Mail code C 301-04), 109 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711, or by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org by noon Eastern Time on October 11, 2006. For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities or to request accommodation of a disability, please contact Mr. Whitlow, preferably at least 10 days prior to the meeting, to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request. Inspection of Committee Documents: The subcommittee agenda and any documents prepared for the meeting will be sent to participants via e- mail prior to the start of the meeting. Thereafter, these documents, together with the meeting minutes, can be found on the CAAAC Web site: http://www.epa.gov/air/caaac. For Further Information concerning the Air Quality Management subcommittee to the CAAAC , please contact Mr. Jeffrey Whitlow, Office of Air and Radiation, U.S. EPA (919) 541-5523, FAX (919) 685-3307 or by mail at U.S. EPA, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (Mail Code C 301-04), 109 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711, or e-mail at: email@example.com. Additional Information about the CAAAC and its subcommittees can be found on the CAAAC Web site: http://www.epa.gov/air/caaac. Providing Oral or Written Comments at this Meeting: It is the policy of the subcommittee to accept written public comments of any length and to accommodate oral public comments whenever possible. The subcommittee expects that public statements presented at this meeting will not be repetitive of previously-submitted oral or written statements. Oral Comments: In general, each individual or group requesting an oral presentation at this meeting is limited to a total time of five minutes (unless otherwise indicated). However, no more than 30 minutes total will be allotted for oral public comments at this meeting; therefore, the time allowed for each speaker's comments will be adjusted accordingly. In addition, for scheduling purposes, requests to provide oral comments must be in writing (e-mail, fax or mail) and received by Mr. Whitlow no later than noon Eastern Time five business days prior to the meeting in order to reserve time on the meeting agenda. Written Comments: Although the subcommittee accepts written comments until the date of the meeting (unless otherwise stated), written comments should be received by Mr. Whitlow no later than noon Eastern Time five business days prior to the meeting so that the comments may be made available to the subcommittee members for their consideration. Comments should be supplied to Mr. Whitlow (preferably via e-mail) at the address/contact information noted above, as follows: one hard copy with original signature or one electronic copy via e-mail (acceptable file format: Adobe Acrobat PDF, WordPerfect, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, or Rich Text files).
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
EPA expressed environmental concerns about indirect effects of development around future train stations in outlying areas surrounding Denver, and suggested that specific mitigation measures to reduce dust and diesel emissions be written as requirements in construction contracts. Rating EC1.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Area Sources: Polyvinyl Chloride and Copolymers Production, Primary Copper Smelting, Secondary Copper Smelting, and Primary Nonferrous Metals-Zinc, Cadmium, and Beryllium
EPA is proposing national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) for four area source categories. The proposed NESHAP reflect EPA's determination that existing facilities in three of these categories are well controlled and that the emission control devices and work practices at these facilities represent the generally available control technology (GACT) for these source categories. For secondary copper smelting, we are proposing NESHAP for new area sources because there is not, and never will be, any existing source in this category.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Request for Comments on Twenty-Eight Proposed Information Collection Requests (ICRs)
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit the following twenty-eight (28) existing, approved, continuing Information Collection Requests (ICRs) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the purpose of renewing the ICRs. Before submitting the ICRs to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the information collections as described under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Gulf of Mexico Program Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting
Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), EPA gives notice of a meeting of the Gulf of Mexico Program (GMP) Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC). For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, please contact Gloria Car, U.S. EPA, at (228) 688-2421 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To request accommodation of a disability, please contact Gloria Car, preferably at least 10 days prior to the meeting, to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.
Consumer and Commercial Products, Group II: Control Techniques Guidelines in Lieu of Regulations for Flexible Packaging Printing Materials, Lithographic Printing Materials, Letterpress Printing Materials, Industrial Cleaning Solvents, and Flat Wood Paneling Coatings
Pursuant to section 183(e)(3)(C) of the Clean Air Act (CAA), EPA has determined that control technique guideline (CTG) documents will be substantially as effective as national regulations in reducing emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC) in ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) nonattainment areas from the following Group II product categories: Lithographic printing materials, letterpress printing materials, flexible packaging printing materials, flat wood paneling coatings, and industrial cleaning solvents. EPA is taking final action to list these product categories pursuant to CAA section 183(e). Based on this determination, EPA is issuing final CTGs in lieu of national regulations for the control of VOC emissions from each of these product categories. These CTGs provide guidance to the States concerning EPA(s recommendations for reasonably available control technology (RACT)-level controls for the product categories.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Miscellaneous Coating Manufacturing
This action promulgates amendments to the national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants for miscellaneous coating manufacturing. The amendments clarify that coating manufacturing means the production of coatings using operations such as mixing and blending, not reaction or separation processes used in chemical manufacturing. The amendments extend the compliance date for certain coating manufacturing equipment that is also part of a chemical manufacturing process unit. The amendments also clarify that operations by end users that modify a purchased coating prior to application at the purchasing facility are exempt. These changes clarify applicability of the rule and minimize the compliance burden.
Risk Management Practices for Nanoscale Materials; Notice of Public Meeting
EPA is convening a public meeting on risk management practices under a possible stewardship program for nanoscale materials under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). EPA is considering development of a stewardship program for such nanoscale materials. This program is being explored to encourage responsible commercial development of nanoscale materials. The stewardship program will also enable EPA, affected industry, and other stakeholders to build the capacity to assess potential risks to human health and the environment from nanoscale materials and to identify risk management practices available to reduce such potential risks. EPA is requesting comments at the public meeting on: Risk management practices currently used or potentially available for use for nanoscale materials, the rationale for the use of these practices and the effectiveness or efficiency of these practices, and issues to consider for including risk management practices for nanoscale materials in the stewardship program. These comments will inform EPA on risk management practices to include in the stewardship program.
Organic Arsenical Herbicides MSMA, DSMA, CAMA, and Cacodylic Acid, Reregistration Eligibility Decision; Extension of Comment Period
EPA issued a notice in the Federal Register of August 9, 2006, concerning the availability of the reregistration eligibility decision for the organic arsenical herbicides MSMA, DSMA, CAMA, and cacodylic acid. This document is extending the comment period for 30 days, from October 10, 2006, to November 9, 2006.
National Drinking Water Advisory Council: Request for Nominations
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) invites all interested persons to nominate qualified individuals to serve a three-year term as members of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council (Council). This 15-member Council was established by the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) to provide practical and independent advice, consultation, and recommendations to the Agency on the activities, functions, policies, and regulations required by the SDWA. The terms of four (4) members expire in December 2006. To maintain the representation required in the statute, nominees for the 2007 Council should represent State and local officials concerned with public water supply and public health protection (2 vacancies) or represent the general public (2 vacancies). All nominations will be fully considered, but applicants need to be aware of the specific representation needed as well as geographical balance so that all major areas of the U.S. (East, Mid-West, South, Mountain, South-West, and West) will be represented.
Administrative Reporting Exemption for Certain Air Releases of NOX
The Environmental Protection Agency is issuing a final rule that will reduce reporting burdens under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, as amended, and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, also known as Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act. In this rule, EPA broadens the existing reporting exemptions for releases that are the result of combustion of less than 1,000 pounds of nitrogen oxide and less than 1,000 pounds of nitrogen dioxide to the air in 24 hours. These may also include emissions from detonation or processes that include both combustion and non-combustion operations, such as nitric acid production. This administrative reporting exemption is protective of human health and the environment and consistent with the Agency's goal to reduce unnecessary reports given that the levels for which the Clean Air Act regulates nitrogen oxides are considerably higher than 10 pounds. In addition, the Agency believes that the information gained through submission of the reports for those exempted releases would not contribute significantly to the data that are already available through the permitting process to the government and the public.
Final Rule To Implement the 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard-Phase 2; Final Rule To Implement Certain Aspects of the 1990 Amendments Relating to New Source Review and Prevention of Significant Deterioration as They Apply in Carbon Monoxide, Particulate Matter and Ozone NAAQS; Final Rule for Reformulated Gasoline; Correction
The EPA issued a final rule on November 29, 2005, which took action on elements of the program to implement the 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS or standard)Phase 2. The preamble contains a discussion of the Clean Air Act's (CAA's) reasonable further progress (RFP) requirements, and this document clarifies the correct citation in the CAA that should have been referenced. Finally, this document is modifying several incorrect citations in Appendix A of the preamble which addresses calculation of RFP targets. This action is needed so States will have the correct version of the Phase 2 rule. The intended effect is to correct the errors in the Phase 2 rule.
New Hampshire: Final Approval of Underground Storage Tank Program Revisions
The State of New Hampshire has applied to EPA for approval of the changes to its underground storage tank program under Subtitle I of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). EPA has determined that these amendments satisfy all requirements needed for program approval and proposes to approve the State's changes. In the ``Rules and Regulations'' section of this Federal Register, EPA is approving the changes by an immediate final rule. EPA did not make a proposal prior to the immediate final rule because we believe this action is not controversial and do not expect comments that oppose it. We have explained the reasons for this approval in the preamble to the immediate final rule. Unless we get written comments which oppose this approval during the comment period, the immediate final rule will become effective on the date it establishes, and we will not take further action on this proposal. If we receive comments that oppose this action, we will withdraw the immediate final rule and it will not take effect. We will then respond to public comments in a later final rule based on this proposal. You may not have another opportunity for comment. If you want to comment on this action, you must do so at this time.
New Hampshire: Final Approval of Underground Storage Tank Program Revisions
The State of New Hampshire has amended the regulations previously approved by EPA under Subtitle I of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). EPA has determined that these amendments satisfy all requirements needed for program approval and is approving the State's changes through this immediate final action. EPA is publishing this rule to approve the changes without a prior tentative determination because we believe this action is not controversial and do not expect comments that oppose it. Unless we get written comments which oppose this approval during the comment period, the decision to approve New Hampshire's amendments to its underground storage tank (UST) program will take effect as provided below. If we receive comments that oppose this action, we will publish a document in the Federal Register withdrawing this rule before it takes effect, and the separate document in the proposed rules section of this Federal Register will serve as the proposal to approve the amendments.
Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Allocation of Essential Use Allowances for Calendar Year 2006
With this action, EPA is allocating essential use allowances for import and production of class I stratospheric ozone depleting substances (ODSs) for calendar year 2006. Essential use allowances enable a person to obtain controlled class I ODSs as part of an exemption from the regulatory ban on the production and import of these chemicals that became effective as of January 1, 1996. EPA allocates essential use allowances for exempted production or import of a specific quantity of class I ODSs solely for the designated essential purpose. The allocations in this action total 1,002.40 metric tons (MT) of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) for use in metered dose inhalers for 2006.
Flumetsulam; Pesticide Tolerance
This regulation establishes a tolerance for residues of flumetsulam in or on beans (dry). Dow AgroSciences LLC requested this tolerance under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), as amended by the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 (FQPA).
Acetic Acid Ethenyl Ester, Polymer with 1-Ethenyl-2-Pyrrolidinone; Tolerance Exemption
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of acetic acid ethenyl ester, polymer with 1-ethenyl-2-pyrrolidinone; when used as an inert ingredient in a pesticide chemical formulation. BASF Corporation submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), as amended by the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 (FQPA) requesting an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of acetic acid ethenyl ester, polymer with 1-ethenyl-2- pyrrolidinone.
Pesticide Products; Registration Applications
This notice announces receipt of applications to register pesticide products containing new active ingredients 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.
Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program: Approval Decision on New York Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program
Notice is hereby given of the intent to fully approve the New York Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program (coastal nonpoint program) and of the availability of the draft Approval Decisions on conditions for the New York coastal nonpoint program. Section 6217 of the Coastal Zone Act Reauthorization Amendments (CZARA), 16 U.S.C. 1455b, requires States and Territories with coastal zone management programs that have received approval under section 306 of the Coastal Zone Management Act to develop and implement coastal nonpoint programs. Coastal States and Territories were required to submit their coastal nonpoint programs to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for approval in July 1995. NOAA and EPA conditionally approved the New York coastal nonpoint program on November 18, 1997. NOAA and EPA have drafted approval decisions describing how New York has satisfied the conditions placed on its program and therefore has a fully approved coastal nonpoint program. NOAA and EPA are making the draft decisions for the New York coastal nonpoint program available for a 30-day public comment period. If comments are received, NOAA and EPA will consider whether such comments are significant enough to affect the decision to fully approve the program. Copies of the draft Approval Decisions can be found on the NOAA Web site at http://coastalmanagement.noaa.gov/czm/6217/findings.html or may be obtained upon request from: Helen Bass, Coastal Programs Division (N/ORM3), Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, NOS, NOAA, 1305 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, phone (301) 713- 3155, x175, e-mail Helen.Bass@noaa.gov.
Clean Air Act; Contractor Access to Confidential Business Information
EPA has contracted with The Bionetics Corporation to provide assistance in the enforcement of regulatory requirements under the Clean Air Act, from September 1, 2006, until August 31, 2011. The Bionetics Corporation has been authorized to have access to information submitted to EPA under these statutes that may be claimed and determined to be confidential business information.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Approval of State Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Programs; EPA ICR No. 1569.06, OMB Control No. 2040-0153 (Renewal)
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.
Clean Water Act Class II: Proposed Administrative Settlement, Penalty Assessment and Opportunity To Comment Regarding Kmart Holding Corporation
EPA has entered into a consent agreement with Kmart Holding Corporation (``Kmart'' or ``Respondent'') to resolve violations of the Clean Water Act (``CWA''), the Emergency Planning and Community Right- to-Know Act (``EPCRA''), and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (``RCRA'') and their implementing regulations. The Administrator is hereby providing public notice of this consent agreement and proposed final order, and providing an opportunity for interested persons to comment on the CWA, EPCRA, and RCRA portions of this consent agreement, in accordance with CWA section 311(b)(6)(C).
Board of Scientific Counselors, Executive Committee Meeting-October 2006
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92- 463, the Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development (ORD), gives notice of one meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Executive Committee.
Extension of Period for Objection Concerning Notice of Data Availability for EGU NOX
EPA is extending the period for submission of objections concerning the notice of data availability (NODA) for EGU NOX Annual and NOX Ozone Season Allocations for the Clean Air Interstate Rule Federal Implementation Plan Trading Programs (CAIR FIP) published on August 4, 2006 for an additional 90 days with regard to cogeneration units combusting biomass (biomass cogeneration units). The period had previously been extended to October 5, 2006 for all objections and will be further extended to January 3, 2007 only for objections concerning biomass cogeneration units. Certain biomass cogeneration unit owners and operators requested the additional time to submit objections because of difficulties in collection of information relating to the application of efficiency standards for cogeneration units (as defined in the CAIR FIP) to biomass cogeneration units. For all other objections, the deadline remains October 5, 2006.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; West Virginia; Redesignation of the West Virginia Portion of the Wheeling, WV-OH 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area to Attainment and Approval of the Maintenance Plan
EPA is proposing to approve a redesignation request and a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision for the West Virginia portion of the Wheeling, WV-OH interstate area (herein referred to as the ``Area'') from nonattainment to attainment of the 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) is requesting that the Marshall and Ohio County, West Virginia (Wheeling) portion of the area be redesignated as attainment for the 8-hour ozone NAAQS. The interstate 8-hour ozone nonattainment area is comprised of three counties (Marshall and Ohio Counties, West Virginia (Wheeling) and Belmont County, Ohio (Belmont)). EPA is proposing to approve the ozone redesignation request for the Wheeling portion of the area. In conjunction with its redesignation request, the WVDEP submitted a SIP revision consisting of a maintenance plan for Wheeling that provides for continued attainment of the 8-hour ozone NAAQS for the next 12 years. EPA is proposing to make a determination that Wheeling has attained the 8-hour ozone NAAQS based upon three years of complete, quality-assured ambient air quality ozone monitoring data for 2002- 2004. EPA's proposed approval of the 8-hour ozone redesignation request is based on its determination that Wheeling has met the criteria for redesignation to attainment specified in the Clean Air Act (CAA). EPA is providing information on the status of its adequacy determination for the motor vehicle emission budgets (MVEBs) that are identified in the Wheeling maintenance plan for purposes of transportation conformity, and is also proposing to approve those MVEBs. EPA is proposing approval of the redesignation request and of the maintenance plan revision to the West Virginia SIP in accordance with the requirements of the CAA.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; WV; Redesignation of the Weirton, WV Portion of the Steubenville-Weirton, OH-WV 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area to Attainment and Approval of the Maintenance Plan
EPA is proposing to approve a redesignation request and a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision for the Weirton, West Virginia portion of the Steubenville-Weirton, OH-WV interstate area (herein referred to as the ``Area'') from nonattainment to attainment of the 8- hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) is requesting that the Brooke and Hancock County, West Virginia (Weirton) portion of the area be redesignated as attainment for the 8-hour ozone NAAQS. The interstate 8-hour ozone nonattainment area is comprised of three counties (Brooke and Hancock Counties, West Virginia (Weirton) and Jefferson County, Ohio (Steubenville)). EPA is proposing to approve the ozone redesignation request for the Weirton portion of the area. In conjunction with its redesignation request, the WVDEP submitted a SIP revision consisting of a maintenance plan for Weirton that provides for continued attainment of the 8-hour ozone NAAQS for the next 12 years. EPA is proposing to make a determination that Weirton has attained the 8-hour ozone NAAQS based upon three years of complete, quality-assured ambient air quality ozone monitoring data for 2002-2004. EPA's proposed approval of the 8-hour ozone redesignation request is based on its determination that Weirton has met the criteria for redesignation to attainment specified in the Clean Air Act (CAA). EPA is providing information on the status of its adequacy determination for the motor vehicle emission budgets (MVEBs) that are identified in the Weirton maintenance plan for purposes of transportation conformity, and is also proposing to approve those MVEBs. EPA is proposing approval of the redesignation request and of the maintenance plan revision to the West Virginia SIP in accordance with the requirements of the CAA.
National Pollution Prevention and Toxics Advisory Committee (NPPTAC); Notice of Public Meeting; Cancellation
In the Federal Register of September 15, 2006 (71 FR 54480) (FRL-8093-2), EPA announced a public meeting of the National Pollution Prevention and Toxics Advisory Committee (NPPTAC). The purpose of this notice is to inform the public that the NPPTAC public meeting has been canceled. Meetings of the Committee Work Groups have also been canceled. This includes the Pollution Prevention (P2) Work Group, the Information Integration and Data Use Work Group, and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) Reports Interim Work Group meetings.
Pesticides; Draft Guidance for Pesticide Registrants on Small-Scale Field Testing and Low-level Intermittent Presence in Food of Plant-Incorporated Protectants (PIPs)
The Agency is announcing the availability of and seeking public comment on a draft Pesticide Registration Notice (PRN) entitled ``Guidance on Small-Scale Field Testing and Low-level Intermittent Presence in Food of Plant-Incorporated Protectants (PIPs).'' PRNs are issued by the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) to inform pesticide registrants and other interested persons about important policies, procedures, and registration related decisions, and serve to provide guidance to pesticide registrants and OPP personnel. This particular draft PRN provides guidance to the registrant concerning clarification on the process by which EPA reviews and ensures the safety of low-level intermittently-present residues of plant-incorporated protectants (PIPs) in food or feed, and the conditions under which a tolerance or exemption from the requirement of a tolerance would be required for field tests for biotechnology-derived food and feed crop plants containing plant-incorporated protectants.
Methyl Bromide; Tolerance Reassessment and Risk Management Decision for Methyl Bromide, and Reregistration Eligibility Decision for Methyl Bromide's Commodity Uses; Extension of Comment Period
On August 9, 2006, EPA announced the availability of EPA's Tolerance Reassessment and Risk Management Decision (TRED) for Methyl Bromide, and Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) for Methyl Bromide's Commodity Uses, and opened a 60-day public comment period on the document. This document announces the extension of the comment period for an additional 45 days.
Pentachloronitrobenzene (PCNB) RED; Extension of Comment Period
EPA issued a notice in the Federal Register of August 2, 2006, concerning the availability of the pentachloronitrobenzene (PCNB) reregistration eligibility decision (RED) and the opening of the 60-day public comment period on the RED. This document is extending the comment period for 30 days, from October 2, 2006 to November 1, 2006.
Proposed Agreement for Recovery of Allocated Past Costs, and Covenant Not to Sue for the Richardson Flat Tailing Site, Park City, UT
In accordance with the requirements of section 122(i)(1) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, as amended (``CERCLA''), 42 U.S.C. 9622(i)(1), notice is hereby given of the proposed settlement under section 122(h) of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 9622(h), between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA'') and the following (collectively, ``Settling Defendants''): United Park City Mines, Atlantic Richfield Company, Falconbridge Limited, and Noranda Mining Inc. The proposed settlement would reimburse EPA for costs incurred in response to the release or threatened release of hazardous substances at the Richardson Flat Tailings Site located approximately 1.5 miles northeast of Park City, Utah (the ``Site''). EPA alleges that each of the Settling Defendants is jointly and severally liable for all response costs incurred by EPA at or in connection with the Site, pursuant to Section 107(a) of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 9607(a). The EPA's response costs total approximately $607,294.89 through November 30, 2001. The Settling Defendants have agreed to pay $460,000, with the allocation to each party described in a proposed Consent Decree and Partial Consent Decree. All subsequent costs incurred have been paid pursuant to Administrative Orders on Consent with United Park City Mines. Under the proposed settlement, the Settling Defendants have agreed not to contest the authority of the United States to enter into the settlement or to implement or enforce its terms. In return, and upon payment of the amounts agreed upon, the Settling Defendants will receive a covenant from EPA not to sue them for additional past response costs at the Site.
Air Quality Criteria for Lead
EPA is announcing the availability of a document titled, ``Air Quality Criteria for Lead'' (EPA/600/R-05/144aC-bC) (AQCD for Lead). The document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within EPA's Office of Research and Development.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Additional NOX
EPA is approving State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. These revisions pertain to nitrogen oxides (NOX) reductions that are required for the Commonwealth to support its approved attainment demonstration for the Philadelphia-Trenton-Wilmington one-hour ozone nonattainment area (the Philadelphia Area); NOX reductions from stationary internal combustion (IC) engines to meet the NOX SIP Call Phase II (Phase II); and NOX reductions from cement kilns to meet the NOX SIP Call. The revisions also include provisions for emission credits for sources that generate zero-emission renewable energy. The intended effect of this action is to approve these revisions into the Pennsylvania SIP. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act). Effective Date: This final rule is effective on October 30, 2006.
Withdrawal of Certain Chemical Substances from Preliminary Assessment Information Reporting and Health and Safety Data Reporting Rules
This final rule, issued pursuant to sections 8(a) and 8(d) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), withdraws certain chemical substances from the category of voluntary High Production Volume (HPV) Challenge Program orphan (unsponsored) chemical substances that would be subject to reporting requirements under TSCA section 8(a) and 8(d). On August 16, 2006, EPA published two final rules both effective September 15, 2006, with certain exceptions: A Preliminary Assessment Information Reporting (PAIR) rule under TSCA section 8(a) (40 CFR part 712), which requires manufacturers (including importers) of chemical substances in the category of voluntary HPV Challenge Program orphan (unsponsored) chemical substances on the Interagency Testing Committee's (ITC) TSCA section 4(e) Priority Testing List to submit a one-time report on general production/importation volume, end use, and exposure-related information to EPA, and a Health and Safety Data Reporting rule under TSCA section 8(d) (40 CFR part 716), which requires manufacturers (including importers) of chemical substances in this category of HPV Challenge Program orphan (unsponsored) chemical substances to submit certain unpublished health and safety data to EPA. On September 15, 2006, EPA published a final rule that delayed the effective date of the rules published August 16, 2006, until September 29, 2006. The chemical substances listed in this final rule are being withdrawn from 40 CFR parts 712 and 716 for good cause as specified in 40 CFR 712.30(c) and 40 CFR 716.105(c) and, consequently, these listed chemical substances will not be subject to the reporting requirements imposed by the TSCA section 8(a) and 8(d) rules published on August 16, 2006.
Flufenoxuron; Pesticide Tolerance
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of flufenoxuron in or on apple, grape, pear, orange, and livestock commodities. BASF Corporation requested this tolerance under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), as amended by the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 (FQPA).
Soybean Oil, Ethoxylated; Tolerance Exemption
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of soybean oil, ethoxylated; when used as an inert ingredient in a pesticide chemical formulation. Cognis Corporation submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), as amended by the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 (FQPA) requesting an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of soybean oil, ethoxylated.
Notice of Filing of a Pesticide Petition for Establishment of Tolerances for Residues of the Herbicide Pyroxsulam on Wheat, Hay, and Straw
This notice announces the initial filing of a pesticide petition proposing the establishment of regulations for residues of the herbicide pyroxsulam on wheat, hay, and straw.