Environmental Protection Agency January 2007 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Kansas
Document Number: E7-1518
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-01-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a request to revise the State Implementation Plan (SIP) made by the state of Kansas to include updates to its Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) of Air Quality rule. The Kansas revision adopts by reference provisions of 40 CFR 52.21 as in effect July 1, 2004, except for subsections with references to Clean Unit Exemptions, Pollution Control Projects, and the record keeping provisions for the actual-to-projected-actual emissions projections. Kansas did not adopt the latter provisions because of the June 24, 2005, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit's decision, which vacated the Clean Unit Exemption and Pollution Control Project provisions and remanded back to EPA the record keeping provisions for the actual-to-projected-actual emissions projections standard for when a source must keep certain project related records. If approved, EPA would incorporate the revisions into the Kansas SIP.
Fluometuron Reregistration Eligibility Decision
Document Number: E7-1517
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) for the pesticide fluometuron. The Agency's risk assessments and other related documents also are available in the fluometuron Docket. Fluometuron is a phenylurea herbicide that is used only on cotton. EPA has reviewed fluometuron 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.
Monocarbamide Dihydrogen Sulfate (Urea Sulfate); Tolerance Reassessment Decision for Low Risk Pesticide; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E7-1435
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's Tolerance Reassessment Decision (TRED) for the pesticide monocarbamide dihydrogen sulfate (Urea sulfate), and opens a public comment period on this document, related risk assessments, and other support documents. EPA has reviewed the low risk pesticide monocarbamide dihydrogen sulfate (Urea sulfate) through a modified, streamlined version of the public participation process that the Agency uses to involve the public in developing pesticide tolerance reassessment and reregistration decisions. Through the tolerance reassessment program, EPA is ensuring that all pesticides meet current health and food safety standards.
Access to Confidential Business Information by Lockheed-Martin Services, Inc.
Document Number: E7-1431
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has authorized its contractor, Lockheed-Martin Services, Inc. of Cherry Hill, NJ and its subcontractors, to access information which has been submitted to EPA under section(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, and 13 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Some of the information may be claimed or determined to be Confidential Business Information (CBI).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Michigan; Control of Gasoline Volatility
Document Number: E7-1421
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-01-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Michigan on May 26, 2006, and July 14, 2006, establishing a lower Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) fuel requirement for gasoline distributed in the Southeast Michigan area which includes Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw, and Wayne Counties. Michigan has developed these fuel requirements to reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC) in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA). EPA is approving Michigan's fuel requirements into the Michigan SIP because EPA has found that the requirements are necessary for Southeast Michigan to achieve the 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). On August 15, 2006, the EPA published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing to approve the SIP revision. During the comment period EPA received adverse comments from one commenter. This document summarizes the comments received, EPA's responses, and finalizes the approval of Michigan's SIP revision to establish a RVP limit of 7.0 pounds per square inch (psi) for gasoline sold in Southeast Michigan.
Access to Confidential Business Information by Syracuse Research Corporation
Document Number: E7-1412
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has authorized its contractor, Syracuse Research Corporation (SRC) of Arlington, VA, and its subcontractor, to access information which has been submitted to EPA under section(s) 4, 5, 6, and 8 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Some of the information may be claimed or determined to be Confidential Business Information (CBI).
Thiabendazole; Pesticide Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions
Document Number: E7-1234
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-01-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes time-limited tolerances for residues of thiabendazole in or on Brussels sprout, cabbage, and cauliflower. This action is in response to EPA's granting of an emergency exemption under section 18 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) authorizing use of the pesticide on Brussels sprout, cabbage, and cauliflower. This regulation establishes a maximum permissible level for residues of thiabendazole in these food commodities. The tolerances expire and are revoked on December 31, 2009.
Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Regulation (UCMR) for Public Water Systems Revisions
Document Number: Z6-22123
Type: Unknown
Date: 2007-01-30
Agency: Securities and Exchange Commission, Agencies and Commissions, Environmental Protection Agency
Proposed National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permits for Storm Water Discharges From Industrial Activities-Extension of Comment Period
Document Number: E7-1426
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On December 11, 2006 (71 FR 71540), EPA published a notice of the availability of Seven (7) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permits for Storm Water Discharges from Industrial Activities and requested comments on the draft by January 10, 2007. The purpose of this notice is to extend this comment period to February 13, 2007.
Access to Confidential Business Information by Industrial Economics, Inc. and Its Subcontractors, Cascadia Consulting, DPRA, Inc., Energy and Environmental Research Corporation (A Subsidiary of General Electric) (“EERGC”), ERG Corporation, Indtai, Inc., Menzie Cura, Ross & Associates, and RTI International
Document Number: E7-1424
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA will authorize its contractor, Industrial Economics, Inc., and its subcontractors, Cascadia Consulting, DPRA, Inc., Energy and Environmental Research Corporation (a subsidiary of General Electric) (``EERGC''), ERG Corporation, Indtai, Inc., Menzie Cura, Ross & Associates, and RTI International 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.
Proposed NPDES Permit Fee Incentive for Clean Water Act Section 106 Grants-Allotment Formula; Public Meeting
Document Number: E7-1420
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-01-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency hereby gives notice that it will conduct one public meeting on the proposed regulatory revision: NPDES Permit Fee Incentive for Clean Water Act Section 106 Grants; Allotment Formula. This proposed rule was published in the Federal Register on January 4, 2007 (72 FR 293), under the title ``NPDES Permit Fee Incentive for Clean Water Act Section 106 Grants; Allotment Formula.'' The purpose of the meeting is to enhance public understanding of the proposed regulation and to provide the public with an opportunity to provide oral and written comments to EPA regarding the proposed regulation. Oral comments given during the public meeting will be transcribed and included in the docket. Written comments will be submitted to the docket as well. The meeting provides a mechanism for submitting formal comments on the proposal. The meeting will consist of a presentation by EPA officials on the proposed regulation followed by a public comment session. Each commenter will be allowed a set amount of time to provide oral comments to EPA. Where appropriate, EPA will provide clarification regarding the proposed rule. Participants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the basic aspects of the proposed regulation prior to the public meeting. Advance registration is not required.
2,3,5,6-Tetrachloro-2,5-Cyclohexadiene-1,4-Dione; Proposed Significant New Use of a Chemical Substance; Reopening of Comment Period
Document Number: E7-1413
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-01-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is reopening the comment period for a proposed rule concerning any significant new use of the chemical chloranil (2,3,5,6- tetrachloro-2,5-cyclohexadiene-1,4-dione) published in the Federal Register of May 12, 1993 (58 FR 27980). EPA reopened the comment period for 30 days through a proposed rule published in the Federal Register of December 18, 2006 (71 FR 75703) (FRL-8102-3). This document reopens the comment period for an additional 45 days. The comment period is again reopened because of a request for additional time from one of the original commenters.
Notice of Broadly Applicable Alternative Test Methods
Document Number: E7-1338
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces broadly applicable alternative test method approval decisions that the Environmental Protection Agency has made under and in support of the New Source Performance Standards and the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants. Although we have made both site-specific and broadly applicable alternative test method approvals in the past, most recently we have issued only site- or facility-specific approvals. This notice announces our plan to issue broadly applicable alternative test method approvals in the future. We will post these broadly applicable approvals on our technology transfer network Web site as well as announce them in the Federal Register. The publication of these broadly applicable alternative test method approvals on our Web site will provide information about options and flexibility for the regulated community. In addition, this information may reduce the burden on source owners and operators in making site- specific alternative test method requests and the permitting authorities and the EPA Administrator in processing those requests.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Virginia; Emission Standards for Consumer Products in the Northern Virginia Volatile Organic Compound Emissions Control Area
Document Number: E7-1337
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-01-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Virginia. This revision pertains to the emission standards for consumer products sold and used in the Northern Virginia volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions control area. EPA is approving this SIP revision in accordance with the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act).
Financial Responsibility and Installer Certification Grant Guidelines for States; Solid Waste Disposal Act, Subtitle I, as Amended by Title XV, Subtitle B of the Energy Policy Act of 2005
Document Number: E7-1341
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
By this notice, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Underground Storage Tanks (OUST) is advising the public that on January 22, 2007 EPA issued the financial responsibility and installer certification grant guidelines and subsequently made the guidelines available on EPA's Web site. In this notice, EPA is publishing the financial responsibility and installer certification grant guidelines in their entirety. EPA developed the financial responsibility and installer certification grant guidelines as required by Section 9003(i)(2) of Subtitle I of the Solid Waste Disposal Act, as amended by Section 1530 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
Public Record Grant Guidelines for States; Solid Waste Disposal Act, Subtitle I, as amended by Title XV, Subtitle B of the Energy Policy Act of 2005
Document Number: E7-1340
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
By this notice, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Underground Storage Tanks (OUST) is advising the public that on January 22, 2007 EPA issued the public record grant guidelines and subsequently made the guidelines available on EPA's Web site. In this notice, EPA is publishing the public record grant guidelines in their entirety. EPA developed the public record grant guidelines as required by Section 9002 of Subtitle I of the Solid Waste Disposal Act, as amended by Section 1526 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology
Document Number: E7-1335
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, P.L. 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 an initial set of recommendations on EPA's role in the sustainable development of biofuels. A copy of the agenda for the meeting will be posted at http://www.epa.gov/ocem/nacept/cal- nacept.htm.
Oriental Fruit Fly; Addition and Removal of Quarantined Areas in California
Document Number: Z7-801
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-01-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Internal Revenue Service, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
ICF, International and Dynamac Corporation and Tetrahedron Staff; Transfer of Data
Document Number: E7-1334
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces that pesticide related information submitted to EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), including information that may have been claimed as Confidential Business Information (CBI) by the submitter, will be transferred to ICF, International and its subcontractor, Dynamac Corporation and Tetrahedron Staff, in accordance with 40 CFR 2.307(h)(3) and 2.308(i)(2). ICF, International and its subcontractor, Dynamac Corporation and Tetrahedron Staff, have been awarded a contract to perform work for OPP, and access to this information will enable ICF, International and its subcontractor, Dynamac Corporation and Tetrahedron Staff, to fulfill the obligations of the contract.
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: E7-1236
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA expressed environmental concerns about adverse impacts to high-altitude wetlands and the lack of sufficient information to determine whether less damaging alternatives might exist.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 07-336
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Indiana; Exemption From VOC Requirements for Sources Subject to the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Boat Manufacturing or Reinforced Plastics Composites Manufacturing
Document Number: E7-1099
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-01-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On July 17, 2006, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) submitted an amendment to its volatile organic compound (VOC) rules for new facilities for approval into the Indiana State Implementation Plan (SIP). This amended rule exempts facilities subject to the boat manufacturing and reinforced plastics composites production national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAPS) from the Indiana SIP. This rule revision is approvable because the hazardous air pollutant covered by these NESHAPS rules is styrene, which is always used and is also a VOC. Therefore, the VOC control requirements in these rules are always applicable. In addition, the provisions in these rules are enforceable and result in a clearly defined level of VOC reductions dependent upon the specific type of operation.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Questionnaire for the Chlorine and Chlorinated Hydrocarbon Manufacturing Segments; EPA ICR No. 2214.01
Document Number: E7-1096
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
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 for a new collection. The ICR, which is abstracted below, describes the nature of the information collection and its estimated burden and cost.
Agency Information Collection Activities OMB Responses
Document Number: E7-1095
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document announces the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) responses to Agency Clearance requests, in compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et. seq). An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. The OMB control numbers for EPA's regulations are listed in 40 CFR part 9 and 48 CFR chapter 15.
Clean Water Act Section 303(d): Final Agency Action on 10 Arkansas Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs)
Document Number: E7-1094
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the final agency action on 10 TMDLs prepared by EPA Region 6 for waters listed in the State of Arkansas, under section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act (CWA). These TMDLs were completed in response to the lawsuit styled Sierra Club, et al. v. Clifford, et al., No. LR-C-99-114. Documents from the administrative record files for the final 10 TMDLs, including TMDL calculations may be viewed at http://www.epa.gov/region6/6wq/npdes/tmdl/index.htm.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements for National Volatile Organic Compound Emission Standards for Automobile Refinish Coatings, EPA ICR Number 1765.04; OMB Control Number 2060-0353
Document Number: 07-288
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-25
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) with no changes to the ICR burden estimates. This ICR is scheduled to expire on Marcy 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.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Designation of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes; Arizona; Miami Sulfur Dioxide State Implementation Plan and Request for Redesignation to Attainment; Correction of Boundary of Miami Sulfur Dioxide Nonattainment Area
Document Number: E7-996
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-01-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action under the Clean Air Act to approve the Miami Sulfur Dioxide Nonattainment Area State Implementation and Maintenance Plan as a revision to the Arizona state implementation plan. The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality developed this plan to maintain the sulfur dioxide national ambient air quality standards in the Miami (Gila County) area. The maintenance plan contains various elements, including contingency provisions that will be implemented if measured ambient concentrations of sulfur dioxide are above certain trigger levels. EPA is also approving the State of Arizona's request for redesignation of the Miami area from nonattainment to attainment for the sulfur dioxide standards. Lastly, EPA is correcting the boundary of the Miami sulfur dioxide nonattainment area to exclude a noncontiguous township that was erroneously included in the description of the area and to fix a transcription error in the listing of one of the other townships. EPA is taking these actions consistent with provisions in the Clean Air Act that obligate the Agency to approve or disapprove submittals of revisions to state implementation plans and requests for redesignation. The intended effect is to redesignate the Miami, Arizona sulfur dioxide nonattainment area to attainment, provide for maintenance of the standard for the ten-year period following redesignation, and correct long-standing errors in the codified description of the area.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Designation of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes; Arizona; Miami Sulfur Dioxide State Implementation Plan and Request for Redesignation to Attainment; Correction of Boundary of Miami Sulfur Dioxide Nonattainment Area
Document Number: E7-995
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-01-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve the maintenance plan for the Miami Area in Gila County, Arizona, as a revision to the Arizona state implementation plan; to grant the request submitted by the State to redesignate this area from nonattainment to attainment of the national ambient air quality standards for sulfur dioxide (SO2); and to correct the boundary for the Miami SO2 nonattainment area. EPA is proposing this action in accordance with the Clean Air Act.
Spiromesifen; Pesticide Tolerance
Document Number: E7-990
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-01-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation revises a tolerance for combined residues of spiromesifen in or on vegetables, fruiting, group 8 and establishes tolerances for inadvertent or indirect combined residues in or on oat (grain, forage, hay, straw). Interregional Research Project No. 4 (IR- 4) and Bayer CropScience (respectively) requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), as amended by the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 (FQPA).
Issuance of Experimental Use Permits
Document Number: E7-988
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has granted experimental use permits (EUPs) to the following pesticide applicants. An EUP permits use of a pesticide for experimental or research purposes only in accordance with the limitations in the permit.
Chloropicrin Risk Assessments (Phase 3 of 6-Phase Process); Notice of Availability; Extension of Comment Period
Document Number: E7-984
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA issued a notice in the Federal Register of November 29, 2006 (71 FR 69112) (FRL-8087-4), concerning the availability of the risk assessments for the fumigant pesticide chloropicrin. This document announces EPA's decision to extend the comment period for 30 days, February 23, 2007.
Notice of Filing of a Pesticide Petition for the Establishment of Tolerances for Pendimethalin in or on Beans and Peas
Document Number: E7-924
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the initial filing of a pesticide petition proposing the establishment of tolerances for residues of pesticide chemical pendimethalin in or on beans and peas.
Metabolically-Derived Human Ventilation Rates: A Revised Approach Based Upon Oxygen Consumption Rates
Document Number: E7-826
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is announcing a 30-day public comment period for the draft document titled, ``Metabolically-Derived Human Ventilation Rates: A Revised Approach Based Upon Oxygen Consumption Rates'' (EPA/600/R-06/ 129A). The document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD). In 1997, NCEA published the Exposure Factors Handbook. This comprehensive document provides summaries of available statistical data on various factors that can impact an individual's exposure to environmental contaminants. NCEA maintains the Exposure Factors Handbook and periodically updates the document using current literature and other reliable data made available through research. Many program offices within EPA rely on the data from this handbook to conduct their exposure and risk assessments. One important determinant of a person's exposure to contaminants in air is the ventilation rate, or the volume of air that is inhaled by an individual in a specified time period. Ventilation rates, also known as breathing or inhalation rates, are given in Chapter 5 of the Exposure Factors Handbook. Calculations of the currently recommended ventilation rates were limited by their dependence on a ``ventilatory equivalent,'' which relied on a person's fitness level. This draft report, ``Metabolically-Derived Human Ventilation Rates: A Revised Approach Based Upon Oxygen Consumption Rates,'' presents a revised approach that calculates ventilation rates directly from an individual's oxygen consumption rate, and applies this method to data provided from more recent sources, such as the 1999-2002 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) and EPA's Consolidated Human Activity Database (CHAD). In the next edition of the Exposure Factors Handbook, NCEA would like to update the ventilation rate values using this revised approach and the more recently released data. EPA is releasing the draft, ``Metabolically-Derived Human Ventilation Rates: A Revised Approach Based Upon Oxygen Consumption Rates,'' 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.
Notice of Filing of Pesticide Petitions for Establishment or Amendment to Regulations for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities
Document Number: E7-1009
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the initial filing of pesticide petitions proposing the establishment or amendment of regulations for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities.
Control of Air Pollution From New Motor Vehicles and New Motor Vehicle Engines; Regulations Requiring Onboard Diagnostic Systems on 2010 and Later Heavy-Duty Engines Used in Highway Applications Over 14,000 Pounds; Revisions to Onboard Diagnostic Requirements for Diesel Highway Heavy-Duty Vehicles Under 14,000 Pounds
Document Number: 07-110
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-01-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In 2001, EPA finalized a new, major program for highway heavy- duty engines. That program, the Clean Diesel Trucks and Buses program, will result in the introduction of advanced emissions control systems such as catalyzed diesel particulate filters (DPF) and catalysts capable of reducing harmful nitrogen oxide (NOX) emissions. This proposal would require that these advanced emissions control systems be monitored for malfunctions via an onboard diagnostic system (OBD), similar to those systems that have been required on passenger cars since the mid-1990s. This proposal would require manufacturers to install OBD systems that monitor the functioning of emission control components and alert the vehicle operator to any detected need for emission related repair. This proposal would also require that manufacturers make available to the service and repair industry information necessary to perform repair and maintenance service on OBD systems and other emission related engine components. Lastly, this proposal would revise certain existing OBD requirements for diesel engines used in heavy-duty vehicles under 14,000 pounds.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Texas; El Paso County Carbon Monoxide Redesignation to Attainment, and Approval of Maintenance Plan
Document Number: E7-926
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-01-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On January 20, 2006, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) submitted a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision to request redesignation of the El Paso carbon monoxide (CO) nonattainment area to attainment for the CO National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). This submittal also included a CO maintenance plan for the El Paso area and associated Motor Vehicle Emission Budgets (MVEBs). The maintenance plan was developed to ensure continued attainment of the CO NAAQS for a period of 10 years from the effective date of EPA approval of redesignation to attainment. In this action, EPA is approving the El Paso CO redesignation request and the maintenance plan with its associated MVEBs as satisfying the requirements of the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA) as amended in 1990.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Texas; El Paso County Carbon Monoxide Redesignation to Attainment, and Approval of Maintenance Plan
Document Number: E7-925
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-01-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On January 20, 2006, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) submitted a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision to request redesignation of the El Paso carbon monoxide (CO) nonattainment area to attainment for the CO National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). This submittal also included a CO maintenance plan for the El Paso area and associated Motor Vehicle Emission Budgets (MVEBs). The maintenance plan was developed to ensure continued attainment of the CO NAAQS for a period of 10 years from the effective date of EPA approval of redesignation to attainment. In this action, EPA is proposing to approve the El Paso CO redesignation request and the maintenance plan with its associated MVEBs as satisfying the requirements of the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA) as amended in 1990.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Ohio Particulate Matter
Document Number: E7-923
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-01-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is re-proposing approval of Ohio rules concerning equivalent visible emission limits (EVELs). Ohio's rules provide criteria for establishment of EVELs, and the rules provide that EVELs established according to these criteria take effect without formal review by EPA. EPA proposed to approve these rules on December 2, 2002, at 67 FR 71515. However, that proposal did not clearly solicit comment on the timing by which actions on EVELs by the State take effect. EPA is proposing that previous State modifications to EVELs would become effective at the federal level immediately upon the effective date of any final EPA action approving these Ohio rules. Similarly, any future action by the State to establish, modify, or rescind EVELs in accordance with the criteria given in these Ohio rules would become effective at the federal level immediately upon the effective date of the State action.
Asbestos-Containing Materials in Schools; State Request for Waiver From Requirements
Document Number: E7-922
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a waiver of the requirements of the Federal asbestos-in-schools program for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. A waiver request can be granted if EPA determines that the Commonwealth of Kentucky is implementing or intends to implement a state program of asbestos inspection and management that is at least as stringent as the federal program. This action approves the waiver request submitted by Governor Paul E. Patton, on January 4, 1999. On June 1, 2006, EPA published a notice of proposed approval and request for comments, and on August 31, 2006, published a reopening of comment period and correction. A detailed description of this waiver request and EPA's rationale for approving it was provided in the notice of proposed approval and request for comments and will not be restated here. No significant or adverse comments were received on EPA's proposal.
Notice of Prevention of Significant Deterioration Final Determination for Indeck-Elwood, LLC
Document Number: E7-920
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces that EPA is withdrawing the Notice of Final Agency Action of November 22, 2006 (71 FR 67560), for the Indeck- Elwood, LLC Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permit, because the Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) remanded the permit in part. On September 27, 2006, the EAB of the EPA denied in part, and remanded in part, a petition for review of a federal PSD permit issued to Indeck-Elwood, LLC by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. According to 40 CFR part 124, a final permit decision shall be issued by the Regional Administrator when the EAB issues a decision on the merits of the appeal and the decision does not include a remand of the proceedings. Because the EAB's decision on this permit appeal included a partial remand, there is not yet a final agency action subject to review.
Adequacy Status of Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets for Four Areas in Michigan for Transportation Conformity Purposes
Document Number: E7-919
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In this action, EPA is notifying the public that EPA has found that the motor vehicle emissions budgets (MVEBs) for four areas across the state of Michigan are adequate for conformity purposes. On March 2, 1999, the D.C. Circuit Court ruled that submitted State Implementation Plans (SIPs) cannot be used for conformity determinations until EPA has affirmatively found them adequate. As a result of our finding, the Flint (consisting of Genesee and Lapeer Counties), Muskegon County, Berrien County, and Cass County areas can use the (MVEBs) for future conformity determinations. These budgets are effective February 7, 2007. The finding and the response to comments will be available at EPA's conformity Web site: http://www.epa.gov/otaq/transp.htm, (once there, click on the ``Conformity'' button, then look for ``Adequacy Review of SIP Submissions for Conformity'').
Clean Air Act Operating Permit Program; Petition for Objection to State Operating Permit for Marcal Paper Mills, Inc.
Document Number: E7-818
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document announces a decision the EPA Administrator has made. It responds to a citizen petition submitted by the Rutgers Environmental Law Clinic (RELC) on behalf of a number of petitioners. The petition requests EPA to object to an operating permit issued to the Marcal Paper Mills, Inc. (``Marcal'') by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The Administrator has partially granted and partially denied the subject petition. Pursuant to section 505(b)(2) of the Clean Air Act (Act), petitioners may seek judicial review of those portions of the petition which EPA denied in the United States Court of Appeals for the appropriate circuit. Pursuant to section 307 of the Act, any petition for review shall be filed within 60 days from the date this notice appears in the Federal Register.
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
Document Number: E7-532
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-01-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is issuing national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) for four area source categories. These final NESHAP include emissions limits and/or work practice standards that reflect the generally available control technologies (GACT) and/or management practices in each of these area source categories.
Fifty-Ninth Report of the TSCA Interagency Testing Committee to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency; Receipt of Report and Request for Comments
Document Number: E7-837
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Interagency Testing Committee (ITC) transmitted its 59\th\ ITC Report to the Administrator of EPA on December 13, 2006. In the 59\th\ ITC Report, which is included with this notice, the ITC is revising the TSCA section 4(e) Priority Testing List by removing 22 chemicals. Phenol, 4-(1,1- dimethylethyl)- is being removed because a recently submitted reproductive effects study meets ITC's data needs. Five tungsten compounds and 16 chemicals with insufficient dermal absorption rate data are being removed because their production volumes or worker numbers indicate low potential for occupational exposures.
Draft Guidance for Munitions and Explosives of Concern Hazard Assessment
Document Number: E7-835
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of the Draft Guidance for Munitions and Explosive of Concern Hazard Assessment (Guidance) for public comment. The Guidance was jointly developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Defense, Department of the Interior, and Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials. The Guidance is available to support a recommended method for evaluating explosive safety hazards at military munitions response sites. It also presents approaches to support the evaluation of the effects of removal and remedial actions under the Comprehensive Environmental Restoration, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) regarding explosive hazards at munitions response sites. EPA is providing the public an opportunity to review and comment on the draft Guidance. The Guidance, comment form, and related materials can be found on EPA's Web site at http://www.epa.gov/fedfac/documents/ hazardassesswrkgrp.htm.
Child-Specific Exposure Factors Handbook
Document Number: E7-827
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is re-opening the public comment period for the draft document titled, ``Child-Specific Exposure Factors Handbook'' (EPA/600/ R-06/096A). The document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment within EPA's Office of Research and Development. On October 6, 2006, EPA published a Federal Register notice (71 FR 59107) announcing a 60-day public comment period that ended December 5, 2006. EPA is re-opening the public comment period for an additional 30 days in response to requests to extend the comment period. The Child-Specific Exposure Factors Handbook provides a summary of statistical data on various exposure factors used in assessing children's exposures. This Handbook serves as a resource for exposure assessors for calculating children's exposures. These factors include: 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. An interim final version of this handbook was published in 2002. The updated version provides analysis of exposure factors data using the age groups for children as 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). As previously stated in 71 FR 59107, 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.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NESHAP for Iron and Steel Foundries (Renewal) EPA ICR Number 2096.03, OMB Control Number 2060-0543
Document Number: E7-825
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that an Information Collection Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. This is a request to renew an existing approved collection. The ICR which is abstracted below describes the nature of the collection and the estimated burden and cost.
Standards of Performance for New Stationary Sources and Emission Guidelines for Existing Sources: Other Solid Waste Incineration Units: Reconsideration
Document Number: E7-820
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-01-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On December 16, 2005, EPA published final rules entitled, ``Standards of Performance for New Stationary Sources and Emission Guidelines for Existing Sources: Other Solid Waste Incineration Units.'' Following that final action, the Administrator received a petition for reconsideration. In response to the petition, on June 28, 2006, EPA announced our reconsideration of whether SSI should be excluded from the other solid waste incineration units (OSWI) rules and requested comment on this issue. After carefully considering all of the comments and information received through our reconsideration process, we have concluded that no additional changes are necessary to the final OSWI rules. With respect to all other issues raised by the petitioner, we deny the request for reconsideration.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NESHAP for Plastic Parts and Products Surface (Renewal); EPA ICR Number 2044.03; OMB Control Number 2060-0537
Document Number: E7-817
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
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.