Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Illinois
EPA is proposing disapproval of a revision to the Illinois Ozone State Implementation Plan (SIP). On August 17, 2005, Illinois requested that five compounds be added to its list of compounds exempt from being considered a volatile organic compound (VOC). EPA no longer considers four of the compounds to be VOCs because the compounds were shown to be negligibly photochemically reactive. Thus, the compounds do not lead to ozone formation. For the fifth compound, t-butyl acetate, EPA determined that it is not considered a VOC for emission limits and VOC content requirements, but it is considered a VOC for recordkeeping, emission reporting, and inventory requirements. Illinois has indicated it is correcting the restrictions on t-butyl acetate. Consequently, EPA is alternatively proposing approval of the SIP revisions if t-butyl acetate is removed from the list of compounds exempt from being considered VOC or if the special requirements for t-butyl acetate are clearly indicated. Illinois must submit the supporting documentation during the comment period for this rule.
Clean Air Act Reclassification of the Houston/Galveston/Brazoria Ozone Nonattainment Area; Texas; Proposed Rule
EPA proposes to grant a request by the Governor of the State of Texas to voluntarily reclassify the Houston/Galveston/Brazoria (HGB) ozone nonattainment area from a moderate 8-hour ozone nonattainment area to a severe 8-hour ozone nonattainment area. This request was made in a letter from Governor Rick Perry to the EPA Administrator on June 15, 2007. In addition to the reclassification proposal, EPA is also proposing and taking comment on a range of dates from December 15, 2008 to April 15, 2010 for the State to submit a revised State Implementation Plan (SIP) addressing the severe ozone nonattainment area requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA). EPA will accept comments on all aspects of this proposed action. However, as discussed in Section II below, the CAA mandates the Agency to grant a voluntary reclassification when requested by a State.
Proposed CERCLA Administrative Cost Recovery Settlement; Mason Road Lead Site, Mason, OH
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 which includes compromise of past response costs incurred in connection with the Mason Road Lead site in Mason Ohio with the Board of Education Mason of Mason City School District. The settlement requires Settling Party to reimburse U.S. EPA Hazardous Substance Superfund $15,917.36 for costs incurred by U.S. EPA since December 11, 2004, through the effective date of this Administrative Order on Consent to oversee the clean-up of the Mason Road Lead site. The total past costs incurred between December 11, 2004, and December 9, 2006, are $19,896.70 and are being compromised in consideration of the settling party having completed a removal action under the terms of a Unilateral Administrative Order Docket No: V-W-04-C-803 issued pursuant to CERCLA section 106(a), 42 U.S.C. 9607(a). 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 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 with indicate that the settlement is inappropriate, improper, or inadequate. The U.S. EPA's response to any comments received will be available for public inspection at the U.S. EPA Record Center, Room 714, U.S. EPA, 77 West Jackson boulevard, Chicago, Illinois.
Revisions to Consolidated Federal Air Rule; Correction
The EPA issued a final rule on August 27, 2007 (effective date November 26, 2007) that revised the General Provisions for Consolidated Federal Air Rule to allow extensions to the deadline imposed for source owners and operators to conduct required performance tests in specified force majeure circumstances. The final rule inadvertently stated that we were revising paragraph (c) introductory text when we actually added introductory text to paragraph (c). The purpose of this action is to correct this error. This action merely addresses a formatting issue. Thus, it is proper to issue this notice without notice and comment. Section 553 of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), provides that, when an Agency for good cause finds that notice and public procedure are impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest, the Agency may issue a rule without providing notice and an opportunity for public comment. We have determined that there is good cause for making this action final without prior proposal and opportunity for comment because the change to the rule is a minor technical correction, is noncontroversial, and does not substantively change the agency actions taken in the final rule. Thus, notice and public procedure are unnecessary. We find that this constitutes good cause under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B).
Notice of Receipt of Requests for Amendments to Delete Uses in Certain Pesticide Registrations
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 request 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.
Board of Scientific Counselors, National Exposure Research Laboratory (NERL) Standing Subcommittee Meeting-2008
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92- 463, the Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development (ORD), gives notice of a meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) National Exposure Research Laboratory (NERL) Standing Subcommittee.
Draft Toxicological Review of Acrylamide: In Support of Summary Information on the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)
The EPA is announcing a public comment period to review the final draft document titled, ``Toxicological Review of Acrylamide: In Support of Summary Information on the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)'' (EPA/635/R-07/009), related to the human health assessment for acrylamide. The document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within EPA's Office of Research and Development. 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. EPA will consider any public comments submitted in accordance with this notice when revising the document.
National Emission Standards for Hospital Ethylene Oxide Sterilizers
EPA is issuing national emissions standards for new and existing hospital sterilizers that emit hazardous air pollutants and are area sources within the meaning of Clean Air Act section 112(a)(2). The final rule is based on EPA's determination as to what constitutes the generally available control technology or management practices for the hospital sterilizer area source category. This action is being finalized as part of EPA's obligation to regulate area sources listed for regulation pursuant to Clean Air Act section 112(c)(3).
CERCLA/EPCRA Administrative Reporting Exemption for Air Releases of Hazardous Substances From Animal Waste
This notice of proposed rulemaking provides notice of, and requests comments, including any relevant data, on a proposed administrative reporting exemption from particular notification requirements 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. Specifically, the proposed administrative reporting exemption applies to releases of hazardous substances to the air where the source of those hazardous substances is animal waste at farms. Nothing in this proposed rule, however, would change the notification requirements if hazardous substances are released to the air from any other source other than animal waste at farms (i.e., ammonia tanks), as well as releases of any hazardous substances from animal waste to any other environmental media, (i.e., soil, ground water, surface water) when the release of those hazardous substances is at or above its reportable quantity per 24 hours. This administrative reporting exemption is protective of human health and the environment and consistent with the Agency's goal to reduce reporting burden where there would likely be no Federal, state or local emergency response to such release reports. Eliminating such reporting will allow emergency response officials to better focus on releases where the Agency is more likely to take a response action. Finally, in proposing this administrative reporting exemption from the notification requirements under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, section 103(a) and the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act, section 304, EPA is not proposing to limit any of its authorities under CERCLA sections 104 (response authorities), 106 (abatement actions), 107 (liability), or any other provisions of the Comprehensive Emergency Response, Compensation, and Liability Act or the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act in this rulemaking.
Review of Chemical Proposals for Addition under the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants; Solicitation of Information for the Development of Risk Management Evaluations and Risk Profiles
This notice solicits information relevant to the development of risk management evaluations pursuant to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) (hereafter Convention) for the following chemicals which are being reviewed for possible addition to the Convention's Annexes A, B, and/or C as POPs: Commercial octabromodiphenyl ether (c-octaBDE) (CAS No. 32536-52-0 ), pentachlorobenzene (PeCB) (CAS No. 608-93-5), alpha- hexachlorocyclohexane (alpha-HCH) (CAS No. 319-84-6), and beta- hexachlorocyclohexane (beta-HCH) (CAS No. 319-85-7). Additionally, this notice solicits additional information relevant to the development of the risk profile pursuant to the Convention for the following chemical which is also being reviewed for possible addition to the Convention's Annexes A, B, and/or C as POPs: Short-chained chlorinated paraffins (SCCP) (CAS No. 85535-84-8). EPA is issuing this notice to alert interested and potentially affected persons of these proposals and the status of their review under the Convention, and to encourage such persons to provide information relevant to the development of risk profiles and risk management evaluations under the Convention.
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
EPA expressed environmental concerns about air quality impacts and the; mitigation measures proposed under the Preferred Alternative (Alternative C) not being able to fully address significant environmental impacts associated with travel and recreation management issues. Consequently, EPA recommends specific environmentally- protective mitigation measures be included in the final EIS.
Draft List of Initial Pesticide Active Ingredients and Pesticide Inerts to be Considered for Screening under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act; Extension of Comment Period
EPA issued a notice in the Federal Register of June 18, 2007, concerning the draft list of the first group of chemicals that will be screened in the Agency's Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP). The draft list was produced using the approach described in the September 2005 notice, and includes chemicals that the Agency, in its discretion, has decided should be tested first, based upon exposure potential.The June 18, 2007 Federal Register notice provided for a 90- day public comment period. EPA extended the comment period an additional 60 days in the Federal Register of September 12, 2007, and later extended the comment period for 45 days in the Federal Register of November 15, 2007. This document is extending the comment period for a third time for an additional 42 days. The new comment period closes February 11, 2008.
Chloroneb; Notice of Receipt of Requests to Voluntarily Terminate Certain Uses of Pesticide Registrations
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 terminate certain uses of its products containing the pesticide chloroneb. The requests would terminate chloroneb's use on residential lawns and turf, as well as on lawns and turf at parks and schools. The requests would not terminate the last chloroneb products registered for use in the United States. 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 requests 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.
Fluroxypyr; Pesticide Tolerance
This regulation establishes tolerances for combined residues of fluroxypyr and its metabolite in or on pome fruit, group 11; millet (grain, forage, hay and proso millet straw). Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Dimethenamid; Pesticide Tolerance
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of dimethenamid in or on hop, dried cones; pumpkin, radish (roots and tops); rutabaga (roots and tops); turnip greens; turnip (roots and tops); and winter squash. The Interregional Research Project No. 4 (IR-4) requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). This regulation also modifies 40 CFR 180.464, section (b) by deleting the existing time-limited tolerance for winter squash as a permanent tolerance is being established by this action.
Pesticides; Draft Guidance for Pesticide Registrants on Label Statements Regarding Third-Party Endorsements and Cause Marketing Claims; Extension of Comment Period
EPA issued a notice in the Federal Register of October 31, 2007, announcing the availability of and seeking comment on the draft Pesticide Registration Notice (PR Notice) entitled ``Label Statements Regarding Third-Party Endorsements & Cause Marketing Claims.'' This document is extending the comment period for 90 days, from December 31, 2007, to March 27, 2008.
Inert Ingredients: Updates to Lists of Inert Ingredients Permitted in Pesticide Products
EPA has released on its website updates to the listings of inert ingredients permitted in pesticide products applied to non-food sites, including those permitted for use in minimum risk pesticides exempted under FIFRA Section 25(b) and those eligible for USDA's National Organic Program. The lists were last updated in 2004.
Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: The 2008 Critical Use Exemption From the Phaseout of Methyl Bromide
EPA is finalizing an exemption to the phaseout of methyl bromide to meet the needs of 2008 critical uses. Specifically, EPA is authorizing uses that qualify for the 2008 critical use exemption and the amount of methyl bromide that may be produced, imported, or supplied from existing pre-phaseout inventory for those uses in 2008. EPA is taking action under the authority of the Clean Air Act to reflect recent consensus decisions taken by the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer at the 18th Meeting of the Parties.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Virginia; Clean Air Interstate Rule Budget Trading Programs
EPA is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Virginia. This revision establishes budget trading programs for nitrogen oxides (NOX) annual, NOX ozone season, and sulfur dioxides (SO2) annual emissions to address the requirements of EPA's Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR). Virginia will meet its CAIR requirements by participating in the EPA-administered regional cap-and-trade program for NOX annual, NOX ozone season, and SO2 annual emissions. EPA is determining that the SIP revision fully implements the CAIR requirements for Virginia. Therefore, as a consequence of the SIP approval, EPA will also withdraw the CAIR Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) that addresses NOX annual, NOX ozone season, and SO2 annual emissions in Virginia.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Area Sources: Electric Arc Furnace Steelmaking Facilities
EPA is issuing national emission standards for electric arc furnace steelmaking facilities that are area sources of hazardous air pollutants. The final rule establishes requirements for the control of mercury emissions that are based on the maximum achievable control technology and requirements for the control of other hazardous air pollutants that are based on generally available control technology or management practices.
EPA Office of Children's Health Protection and Environmental Education Staff Office; Notice of Public Meetings for the National Environmental Education Advisory Council
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Office of Children's Health Protection and Environmental Education Office hereby gives notice that the National Environmental Education Advisory Council will hold public meetings by conference call on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, beginning with December 12, 2007 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. All times noted are eastern time. The purpose of these meetings is to provide the Council with the opportunity to advise the Environmental Education Division on its implementation of the National Environmental Protection Act of 1990. Requests for the draft agenda will be accepted up to 1 business day before the meeting.
Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Extension of Global Laboratory and Analytical Use Exemption for Essential Class I Ozone-Depleting Substances
EPA is taking final action to extend the global laboratory and analytical use exemption for the production and import of class I ozone-depleting substances through December 31, 2011, consistent with the recent actions by the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. The exemption allows persons in the United States to produce and import controlled substances for laboratory and analytical uses that have not been already identified by EPA as nonessential. The final rule also extends the applicability of the global laboratory and analytical use exemption to the production and import of methyl bromide for specific laboratory uses. Finally, this action eliminates the testing of organic matter in coal from the global laboratory and analytical use exemption.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; National Oil and Hazardous Substance Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP) (Renewal), EPA ICR Number 1463.07, OMB Control Number 2050-0096
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. This ICR, which is abstracted below, describes the nature of the information collection and its estimated burden and cost.
Etoxazole; Pesticide Tolerance
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of etoxazole in or on cherry; hop, dried cones; and vegetable, cucurbit subgroup 9A. The Interregional Research Project No. 4 (IR-4) requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
This regulation establishes a temporary exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of the Aspergillus flavus AF36 on corn when applied/used before corn tasseling occurs. Arizona Cotton Research and Protection Council 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 the temporary tolerance exemption. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of Aspergillus flavus AF36. The temporary tolerance exemption expires on December 31, 2011.
Partial Removal of Direct Final Rule and Revision of the Nonroad Diesel Technical Amendments and Tier 3 Technical Relief Provision
Because EPA received adverse comment, we are making a partial withdrawal and revision of the direct final rule for ``Nonroad Diesel Technical Amendments and Tier 3 Technical Relief Provision'' published on September 18, 2007.
Approval and Promulgation of State Plans for Designated Facilities and Pollutants; Kansas; Clean Air Mercury Rule
EPA is proposing to approve the State Plan submitted by Kansas on June 19, 2007. The plan addresses the requirements of EPA's Clean Air Mercury Rule (CAMR), promulgated on May 18, 2005, and subsequently revised on June 9, 2006. EPA is proposing to determine that the submitted State Plan fully meets the CAMR requirements for Kansas. CAMR requires States to regulate emissions of mercury (Hg) from large coal-fired electric generating units (EGUs). CAMR establishes State budgets for annual EGU Hg emissions and requires States to submit State Plans to ensure that annual EGU Hg emissions will not exceed the applicable State budget. States have the flexibility to choose which control measures to adopt to achieve the budgets, including participating in the EPA-administered CAMR cap-and-trade program. In the State Plan that EPA is proposing to approve, Kansas would meet CAMR requirements by participating in the EPA trading program.
Approval and Promulgation of State Plans for Designated Facilities and Pollutants; Iowa; Clean Air Mercury Rule
EPA is taking final action to approve the State Plan submitted by Iowa on August 15, 2006, and updates to rules submitted on April 26, 2007. The plan addresses the requirements of EPA's Clean Air Mercury Rule (CAMR), promulgated on May 18, 2005, and subsequently revised on June 9, 2006. EPA has determined that the submitted State Plan fully meets the CAMR requirements for Iowa. CAMR requires States to regulate emissions of mercury (Hg) from large coal-fired electric generating units (EGUs). CAMR establishes State budgets for annual EGU Hg emissions and requires States to submit State Plans to ensure that annual EGU Hg emissions will not exceed the applicable State budget. States have the flexibility to choose which control measures to adopt to achieve the budgets, including participating in the EPA-administered CAMR cap-and-trade program. In the State Plan that EPA is approving today, Iowa has met the CAMR requirements by electing to participate in the EPA trading program.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans and Designation of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes; North Carolina; Redesignation of the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area to Attainment for Ozone
EPA is taking final action to approve a request submitted on June 7, 2007, from the State of North Carolina, through the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR), to redesignate the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill 8-hour ozone nonattainment area to attainment for the 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (``NAAQS'', or ``standard''). The Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill 8-hour ozone area is comprised of Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Orange, Person and Wake Counties in their entireties, and Baldwin, Center, New Hope and Williams Townships in Chatham County in North Carolina (hereafter referred to as the ``Triangle Area''). EPA's approval of the redesignation request is based on the determination that North Carolina has demonstrated that the Triangle Area has met the criteria for redesignation to attainment specified in the Clean Air Act (CAA), including the determination that the Triangle Area has attained the 8-hour ozone standard. Additionally, EPA is approving a revision to the North Carolina State Implementation Plan (SIP) including the 8-hour ozone maintenance plan for the Triangle Area that contains the new subarea 2008 and 2017 motor vehicle emission budgets (MVEBs) for nitrogen oxides (NOX), and an insignificance determination for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) contribution from motor vehicle emissions to the 8-hour ozone pollution in the entire Triangle Area. Through this action, EPA is also finding the new subarea 2008 and 2017 NOX MVEBs, and the VOC insignificance determination, adequate for the purposes of transportation conformity. The above described actions were proposed for public comment on October 3, 2007; no comments were received. EPA is also making corrections to inadvertent errors made in the proposed rulemaking published on October 3, 2007, (72 FR 56312) to Tables 1, 6, and 7.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Area Sources: Clay Ceramics Manufacturing, Glass Manufacturing, and Secondary Nonferrous Metals Processing
EPA is issuing national emission standards for the Clay Ceramics Manufacturing, Glass Manufacturing, and Secondary Nonferrous Metals Processing area source categories. Each of these three final emissions standards reflects the generally available control technology or management practices used by sources within the respective area source category.
Draft Integrated Science Assessment for Oxides of Nitrogen and Sulfur-Environmental Criteria
The EPA is announcing the public comment period for the draft document titled, ``Integrated Science Assessment for Oxides of Nitrogen and SulfurEnvironmental Criteria; First External Review Draft'' (EPA/ 600/R-07/145A). The draft document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment within EPA's Office of Research and Development as part of the Agency's review of the secondary (welfare- based) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and sulfur dioxide (SO2). EPA is releasing this draft document solely for the purpose of seeking comment from the public and the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC). The document is being distributed solely for the purpose of pre-dissemination review under applicable information quality guidelines. It does not represent and should not be construed to represent any Agency policy, viewpoint, or determination. EPA will consider any public comments submitted in accordance with this notice when revising the document.
Nicotine, 4-Aminopyridine, and Fenoxycarb; Notice of Receipt of Requests to Voluntarily Cancel Certain Pesticide Registrations
In accordance with section 6(f)(1) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended, EPA is issuing this notice of receipt of requests by the registrants to voluntarily cancel their registrations of certain products containing the pesticides nicotine, 4-aminopyridine, and fenoxycarb. The requests from Bonide, Inc. would terminate nicotine use in or on lawns and outdoor ornamentals; this request would not cancel the last nicotine product registered for use in the United States. The requests from Avitrol Corporation would terminate 4-aminopyridine products formulated as powder; this request would not cancel the last 4-aminopyridine product registered for use in the United States. The requests from SC Johnson & Son, Inc. would terminate fenoxycarb use in indoor residential areas; this request would not cancel the last fenoxycarb product registered for use in the United States. The requests from Syngenta would terminate fenoxycarb use by residential handlers; this request would not cancel the last fenoxycarb product registered for use in the United States. 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 requests 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.
Meeting of the Total Coliform Rule Distribution System Advisory Committee-Notice of Public Meeting
Under Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is giving notice of a meeting of the Total Coliform Rule Distribution System Advisory Committee (TCRDSAC). The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the Total Coliform Rule (TCR) revision and information about distribution systems issues that may impact water quality. The TCRDSAC advises and makes recommendations to the Agency on revisions to the TCR, and on what information should be collected, research conducted, and/or risk management strategies evaluated to better inform distribution system contaminant occurrence and associated public health risks. Topics to be discussed in the meeting include the research and information collection needs regarding how distribution system issues impact water quality and continued evaluation of TCR approaches. The discussion on distribution system issues includes topics such as: Potential health effects and exposure; contamination events; viability of potential risk mitigation; and link to infrastructure deterioration.
National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology
Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92463, EPA gives notice of a public teleconference of the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT). NACEPT provides advice to the EPA Administrator on a broad range of environmental policy, technology, and management issues. The Council is a panel of individuals who represent diverse interests from academia, industry, non-governmental organizations, and local, State, and tribal governments. The purpose of this teleconference is to discuss and approve the Draft NACEPT Comments on the EPA 2007 Report on the Environment: Highlights of National Trends (ROE HD). The objective of the Highlights Document is to present national status and trends in the environment and human health in a clear, engaging manner to a public audience of ``civic-minded individuals.'' EPA's Report on the Environment 2007 consists of three products: A Science Report containing detailed scientific and technical information, a Highlights Document written for concerned citizens, and an electronic document facilitating access to material in the reports. A copy of the agenda for the meeting will be posted at http://www.epa.gov/ocem/nacept/cal- nacept.htm.
Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS); Announcement of 2008 Program
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the IRIS 2008 agenda and requesting scientific information on health effects that may result from exposure to the chemical substances on the agenda, including assessments that EPA is starting this year. The Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) is an EPA database that contains the Agency's scientific positions on human health effects that may result from exposure to chemical substances in the environment. Assessments currently in progress are listed in this notice.
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
EPA expressed environmental concerns about air impacts, particularly during the construction phase of the project, as well as impacts to aquatic habitat. EPA also recommends additional cumulative impacts analyses be done. Rating EC2. EIS No. 20070409, ERP No. D-AFS-J65392-MT, Beartooth Ranger District Travel Management Planning, Proposing to Designate Routes for Public Motorized Use, and Change Management of Pack and Saddle Stock on Certain Trail, Beartooth Ranger District, Custer National Forest, Carbon, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, and Park Counties, MT. Summary: EPA expressed environmental concerns about impacts to water quality, fisheries, wildlife and other resources, and recommended that the preferred alternative include modifications to reduce roads in high hazard areas, avoid adding new roads and road decommissioning to reduce risks to water quality and fisheries. Rating EC2. EIS No. 20070430, ERP No. D-FHW-E40818-NC, NC-119 Relocation Project, Transportation Improvement from the I-185/40 Interchange Southwest of Mebane to Existing NC-119 south of NC-1918 (Mrs White Lane) Mebane, Right-of-Way Acquisition, Alamance County, NC. Summary: EPA expressed environmental concerns about impacts to streams, a historic property, a water supply area, and possible residential relocations. Rating EC1. EIS No. 20070451, ERP No. D-AFS-J65395-UT, Indian Springs Road Realignment, Reducing Adverse Impacts to Watershed and Fisheries, U.S. Army COE Section 404 Permit, Uinta National Forest, Heber Ranger District, Wasatch County, UT. Summary: EPA expressed environmental concerns about impacts to the roadless area, and requested that other alternatives that would avoid the roadless area be investigated. If an alternative is not available, EPA requested mitigation to offset impacts to the roadless area. Rating EC2. EIS No. 20070368, ERP No. DS-BLM-K67052-NV, Newmont Gold Mining, South Operations Area Project Amendment, Updated Information on the Cumulative Effects Analyses, Operation and Expansion, Plan of Operations, Elko and Eureka Counties, NV. Summary: EPA continues to have environmental objections to the project because of its potential significant adverse impacts to water quality and the lack of sufficient measures to ensure against acid rock drainage. We recommend the final SEIS provide additional information regarding mine geochemistry, measures to prevent acid drainage, mitigation for potential impacts to pit lake water quality, water quality monitoring, mercury emissions and controls, and financial assurance. Rating EO2. EIS No. 20070369, ERP No. DS-BLM-K67056-NV, Leeville Mining Project, Propose to Develop and Operate an Underground Mine and Ancillary Facilities including Dewatering Operation, Updated Information on the Cumulative Effects Analyses, Plan-of-Operations/Right-of-Way Permit and COE Section 404 Permit, Elko and Eureka Counties, NV. Summary: EPA continues to have environmental concerns because of the project's potential significant adverse impacts to water quality and the lack of sufficient measures to ensure against acid rock drainage. We recommend the final SEIS provide additional information regarding mine geochemistry, measures to prevent acid drainage, mercury emissions and controls, and financial assurance. Rating EC2.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; TSCA Section 8(a) Preliminary Assessment Information Rule (PAIR); EPA ICR No. 0586.11, OMB Control No. 2070-0054
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, entitled: ``TSCA Section 8(a) Preliminary Assessment Information Rule (PAIR)'' and identified by EPA ICR No. 0586.11 and OMB Control No. 2070-0054, is scheduled to expire on May 31, 2008. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection.
Glufosinate-ammonium; Pesticide Tolerance
This regulation modifies the tolerances for the combined residues of glufosinate-ammonium and its metabolites expressed as butanoic acid in or on raw agricultural commodities. Bayer CropScience LLC requested this revision under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Polypropylene Glycol Reregistration Eligibility Decision; Notice of Availability
This notice announces the availability of EPA's Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) for the pesticide polypropylene glycol, and opens a public comment period on this document. The Agency's risk assessments and other related documents also are available in the polypropylene glycol Docket. Butoxypolypropylene glycol (BPG) is the only active ingredient in the polypropylene glycol chemical case with any registered products. BPG is a repellant that is used to control flying and crawling insects. BPG was first registered for use in 1960, and can be applied to animals such as pets or horses directly, or to areas where animals live, like animal housing, bedding, or other areas animals may occupy. There are no food uses, and no uses on animals intended for slaughter. EPA has reviewed the polypropylene glycol chemical case through the public participation process that the Agency uses to involve the public in developing pesticide reregistration and tolerance reassessment decisions. Through these programs, EPA is ensuring that all pesticides meet current health and safety standards.
Dichlorvos (DDVP); Final Determination to Terminate Special Review
On September 26, 2007, EPA issued in the Federal Register, a notice proposing to terminate the Special Review of dichlorvos (DDVP) because the risks that were the basis of the Special Review are no longer of concern. The Agency offered an opportunity to provide comment on the proposal. The Agency received no substantive comments in response to the proposal and EPA is announcing its final determination to terminate the Special Review of DDVP.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plan; South Dakota; Revisions to New Source Review Rules
EPA is approving revisions to Chapter 74:36:09 of the South Dakota Administrative Rules (Prevention of Significant Deterioration) for incorporation into the South Dakota State Implementation Plan (SIP). South Dakota adopted these rule revisions on August 29, 2006 and May 14, 2007, and submitted the requests for approval to EPA on September 1, 2006 and June 28, 2007. One rule provision that EPA had proposed to disapprove has been corrected by South Dakota. Therefore, EPA is also approving that provision. South Dakota was granted delegation of authority by EPA on July 6, 1994, to implement and enforce the federal Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permitting regulations. As part of this final rule EPA is rescinding South Dakota's delegation of authority for implementing the federal PSD regulations. This action is being taken under section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Prevention of Significant Deterioration and Nonattainment New Source Review: Reasonable Possibility in Recordkeeping
This rule finalizes proposed revisions to the regulations governing the major new source review (NSR) programs mandated by parts C and D of title I of the Clean Air Act (CAA). These changes clarify the ``reasonable possibility'' recordkeeping and reporting standard of the 2002 NSR reform rules. The ``reasonable possibility'' standard identifies for sources and reviewing authorities the criteria under which an owner or operator of a major stationary source undergoing a physical change or change in the method of operation that does not trigger major NSR permitting requirements must keep records. The standard also specifies the recordkeeping and reporting requirements on such sources. As noted in the proposal, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit in New York v. EPA, 413 F.3d 3 (DC Cir. 2005) (New York) remanded for the EPA either to provide an acceptable explanation for its ``reasonable possibility'' standard or to devise an appropriately supported alternative. To satisfy the Court's remand, the EPA is clarifying what constitutes ``reasonable possibility'' and when the ``reasonable possibility'' recordkeeping requirements apply.
Air Fresheners; TSCA Section 21 Petition
On September 20, 2007, the Sierra Club, the National Center for Healthy Housing, the Alliance for Healthy Homes, and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) petitioned EPA under section 21 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to: Call-in allegations of adverse reactions related to air freshener products recorded by manufacturers and processors pursuant to TSCA section 8(c) and 40 CFR part 717; adopt a rule pursuant to TSCA section 8(d) to require submittal of heath and safety studies related to air fresheners, including lab results of ingredients and health effects from respiratory exposures; adopt a rule pursuant to TSCA section 4 to require manufacturers to conduct acute and chronic studies to evaluate the impact of air fresheners on human health; and adopt a rule pursuant to TSCA section 6 to require that air fresheners be labeled to identify all of their ingredients. TSCA section 21 does not apply to the petitioners' request for a call-in under TSCA section 8(c), and, for the reasons set forth in this notice, EPA has denied the petitioners' remaining three requests.
Draft Cruise Ship Discharge Assessment Report
EPA announces the availability of the Draft Cruise Ship Discharge Assessment Report (Draft Report), which assesses five cruise ship waste streams, specifically, sewage, graywater, bilge water, solid waste, and hazardous waste. EPA prepared the Draft Cruise Ship Discharge Assessment Report as part of its response to a petition submitted by the Bluewater Network on behalf of a number of environmental advocacy organizations. EPA invites public comment on its assessment, as well as input on options, alternatives, and recommendations on whether and how to better control and regulate these waste streams. EPA intends to use this public input to help identify a range of alternatives for these waste streams when it completes the Cruise Ship Discharge Assessment Report.
Revision to the California State Implementation Plan, Bay Area Air Quality Management District
EPA is proposing approval of a revision to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). This revision concerns nitrogen oxides (NOX) and carbon monoxide (CO) emissions from boilers, steam generators and process heaters at petroleum refineries. We are proposing to approve a local rule that regulates 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 of Implementation Plans of Michigan: Clean Air Interstate Rule
EPA is conditionally approving a revision to the Michigan State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted on July 16, 2007. This revision incorporates provisions related to the implementation of EPA's Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR), promulgated on May 12, 2005, and subsequently revised on April 28, 2006, and December 13, 2006, and the CAIR Federal Implementation Plan (CAIR FIP) concerning sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOX) annual, and NOX ozone season emissions for the state of Michigan, promulgated on April 28, 2006, and subsequently revised December 13, 2006. EPA is not making any changes to the CAIR FIP, but is, to the extent EPA approves Michigan's SIP revision, amending the appropriate appendices in the CAIR FIP trading rules simply to note that approval. The SIP revision that EPA is conditionally approving is an abbreviated SIP revision that addresses: The applicability provisions for the NOX ozone season trading program under the CAIR FIP and supporting definitions of terms; the methodology to be used to allocate NOX annual and ozone season NOX allowances under the CAIR FIP and supporting definitions of terms; and provisions for opt-in units under the CAIR FIP. Michigan will be submitting additional SO2 rules in the future.
Pesticide Registration Review; New Dockets Opened for Review and Comment
EPA has established registration review dockets for the pesticides listed in the table in Unit III.A. With this document, EPA is opening the public comment period for these registration reviews. Registration review is EPA's periodic review of pesticide registrations to ensure that each pesticide continues to satisfy the statutory standard for registration, that is, the pesticide can perform its intended function without unreasonable adverse effects on human health or the environment. Registration review dockets contain information that will assist the public in understanding the types of information and issues that the Agency may consider during the course of registration reviews. Through this program, EPA is ensuring that each pesticide's registration is based on current scientific and other knowledge, including its effects on human health and the environment.
Siduron Risk Assessments; Notice of Availability, and Risk Reduction Options
This notice announces the availability of EPA's risk assessments, and related documents for the pesticide siduron, and opens a public comment period on these documents. The public is encouraged to suggest risk management ideas or proposals to address the risks identified. EPA is developing a Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) for siduron through a modified, 4-Phase public participation process that the Agency uses to involve the public in developing pesticide reregistration decisions. This is Phase 3 of a 4-Phase process. Through this program, EPA is ensuring that all pesticides meet current health and safety standards.