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

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Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Disclosure Requirements; EPA ICR No. 1710.05, OMB Control No. 2070-0151
Document Number: E7-4528
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit a request to renew an existing approved Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This ICR, entitled: ``Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Disclosure Requirements'' and identified by EPA ICR No. 1710.05 and OMB Control No. 2070-0151, is scheduled to expire on November 30, 2007. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection.
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List
Document Number: E7-4449
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-03-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 8 announces its intent to delete the Peripheral Operable Unit (OU) and Operable Unit 3 (OU 3), also referred to as the Offsite Areas, encompassing approximately 25,413 acres, of the Department of Energy (DOE) Rocky Flats Plant from the National Priorities List (NPL) and requests public comment on this proposed action. The NPL constitutes Appendix B of 40 CFR Part 300, which is the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP), which EPA promulgated pursuant to Section 105 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). Rocky Flats Plant means the property owned by the United States Government, also known as Rocky Flats, Rocky Flats Site, or Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site (RFETS), as identified in Figure 1. The Rocky Flats Plant is divided into the Central and Peripheral Operable Units (Figure 2) which contain 1,308 and 4,933 acres, respectively, and OU 3 (Figure 3) which contains approximately 20,480 acres. The 3 referenced figures are available as described below in the section entitled Docket. EPA bases its proposal to delete the Peripheral OU and OU 3 of the Rocky Flats Plant on the determination by EPA and the State of Colorado, through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), that all appropriate actions under CERCLA have been implemented to protect human health, welfare and the environment and that no further response action by responsible parties is appropriate. This partial deletion pertains to the surface media (soil, surface water, sediment) and subsurface media, including groundwater, within the Peripheral OU and OU 3 of the Rocky Flats Plant. The Central OU will remain on the NPL and is not being considered for deletion as part of this action.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Revisions to the Nevada State Implementation Plan; Visible Emissions and Particulate Matter Rules
Document Number: E7-4428
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-03-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources portion of the Nevada State Implementation Plan. These revisions concern visible emissions and particulate matter regulations. EPA is proposing this action under the Clean Air Act obligation to take action on State submittals of revisions to state implementation plans. The intended effect is to approve updated visible emissions and particulate matter rules in the Nevada State Implementation Plan because doing so will not interfere with attainment or maintenance of the national ambient air quality standards or any other requirement of the Clean Air Act. EPA is taking comments on this proposal and plans to follow with a final action.
Guidelines Establishing Test Procedures for the Analysis of Pollutants Under the Clean Water Act; National Primary Drinking Water Regulations; and National Secondary Drinking Water Regulations; Analysis and Sampling Procedures
Document Number: 07-1073
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-03-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This rule modifies the testing procedures approved for analysis and sampling under the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act. EPA proposed these changes for public comment on August 18, 2003 and April 6, 2004. The Clean Water Act changes adopted in this final rule fall into the following categories: new vendor-developed methods as well as EPA and voluntary consensus standard bodies (VCSB) methods, updated versions of currently approved methods, revisions to method modification and analytical requirements, withdrawal of certain outdated methods, and changes to sample collection, preservation, and holding time requirements. This rule also changes regulations under the Safe Drinking Water Act that establish drinking water sampling and analysis procedures. The changes include approval of vendor-developed methods, new EPA and VCSB methods, updated VCSB methods, and approval of a modification to the test kit used with Syngenta Method AG-625 that restricts its use in certain circumstances. The addition of new and updated methods to the wastewater and drinking water regulations provides increased flexibility to the regulated community and laboratories in the selection of analytical methods.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Kansas; Interstate Transport of Pollution
Document Number: E7-4304
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-03-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is revising the Kansas State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the purpose of approving the Kansas Department of Health and Environment's (KDHE) actions to address the ``good neighbor'' provisions of the Clean Air Act Section 110(a)(2)(D)(i). These provisions require each state to submit a SIP that prohibits emissions that adversely affect another state's air quality through interstate transport. KDHE has adequately addressed the four distinct elements related to the impact of interstate transport of air pollutants. These include prohibiting significant contribution to downwind nonattainment of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), interference with maintenance of the NAAQS, interference with plans in another state to prevent significant deterioration of air quality, and efforts of other states to protect visibility. The requirements for public notification were also met by KDHE.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Kansas; Interstate Transport of Pollution
Document Number: E7-4302
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-03-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing a revision to the Kansas State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the purpose of approving the Kansas Department of Health and Environment's (KDHE) actions to address the ``good neighbor'' provisions of the Clean Air Act Section 110(a)(2)(D)(i). These provisions require each state to submit a SIP that prohibits emissions that adversely affect another state's air quality through interstate transport. KDHE has adequately addressed the four distinct elements related to the impact of interstate transport of air pollutants. These include prohibiting significant contribution to downwind nonattainment of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), interference with maintenance of the NAAQS, interference with plans in another state to prevent significant deterioration of air quality, and efforts of other states to protect visibility. The requirements for public notification were also met by KDHE.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Missouri
Document Number: E7-4300
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-03-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the state of Missouri. EPA is approving a request to amend the Missouri SIP to include revisions to the St. Louis Solvent Metal Cleaning rule. The revisions to this rule include consolidating exemptions in the applicability section, adding new exemptions, adding definitions of new and previously undefined terms, and clarifying rule language regarding operating procedure requirements for spray gun cleaners and air-tight and airless cleaning systems. This revision will ensure consistency between the state and the Federally-approved rules.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Missouri
Document Number: E7-4297
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-03-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA proposes to approve a request to amend the Missouri State Implementation Plan (SIP) to include revisions to the St. Louis Solvent Metal Cleaning rule. The revisions to this rule include consolidating exemptions in the applicability section, adding new exemptions, adding definitions of new and previously undefined terms, and clarifying rule language regarding operating procedure requirements for spray gun cleaners and air-tight and airless cleaning systems. This revision will ensure consistency between the state and the Federally-approved rules.
Draft National Coastal Condition Report III
Document Number: E7-4294
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice of availability is hereby given for a 60-day public comment period on the draft National Coastal Condition Report III describing the condition of the Nation's coastal waters. Coastal waters are valuable from both an environmental and economic perspective. These waters are vulnerable to pollution from diverse sources. EPA expects this report will increase public awareness of the extent and seriousness of pollution and advance efforts to protect and restore coastal waters. EPA seeks public input concerning the information in the report, the availability of additional data, and the appropriateness of conclusions drawn from the information presented.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Request for Comments on Thirty-One Proposed Information Collection Requests (ICRs)
Document Number: E7-4288
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
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 thirty-one existing, approved, continuing Information Collection Requests (ICR) 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.
Notice of Proposed Administrative Settlement Pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act
Document Number: E7-4283
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, as amended (``CERCLA''), 42 U.S.C. 9601 et seq., and the authority of the Attorney General of the United States to compromise and settle claims of the United States, notice is hereby given of a proposed administrative settlement resolving, subject to reservations and limitations, liability that owners of the St. Joe Chat Pile and of the underlying property located in Ottawa County, Oklahoma, might otherwise incur under CERCLA Sections 106 or 107, 42 U.S.C. 9606, or 9607, arising from the sale of chat on the property in question. The settlement is entered into by the United States on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Chat is a gravel-like mine refuse or mine tailings that is generally contaminated with the hazardous substances lead, cadmium and zinc. Approximately 49 million cubic yards of chat, including the St. Joe Pile, pollute the Tar Creek Superfund Site (Site). The Site is located in an approximately 40-square-mile area in northern Ottawa County, Oklahoma. The Site was mined for lead and zinc ore from the late 1800's through the early 1970's, and chat is part of the waste material left behind by the mining and milling activity. EPA has determined that one of the best ways to address contaminated chat piles on the Site is to sell and remove the chat for use in a manner that will not present a threat to human health or to the environment. Sale and removal of the chat will reduce the costs of additional response actions for the Site. The purpose of this Settlement Agreement is to encourage the sale of the chat in the St. Joe Chat Pile, by resolving certain liabilities of those with interests in the chat or in the property containing the chat, thereby helping free the chat for sale. Under the settlement, settlors (chat owners and property owners) agree to execute an agreement for the sale of the chat pile (if they own an interest in the chat), to provide access, and to refrain from activities that would inhibit sales. The settlement also includes settlors' agreement not to sue the United States regarding any direct or indirect claim for reimbursement from the EPA Hazardous Substance Superfund pursuant to Internal Revenue Code, 26 U.S.C. 9507, through CERCLA Sections 106(b)(2), 111, 112, and 113, any claim under CERCLA Sections 107 or 113, or under any citizen suit provision of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 9659, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, 42 U.S.C. 6972, the Clean Air Act, 42 U.S.C. 7604, the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. 1365, or any other similar statues or other applicable environmental laws. In return, subject to reservations and limitations, the United States covenants not to sue or take civil judicial or administrative action against the settlors pursuant to Sections 106 and 107 of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 9606, and 9607, or other applicable law, for liability of response actions and/or claims for natural resource damages arising from the sale of the chat. For thirty (30) days following the date of publication of this notice, the Agency will receive written comments relating to the settlement. The Agency will consider all comments received and may modify or withdraw its consent to the settlement if comments received disclose facts or considerations which indicate that the settlement is inappropriate, improper, or inadequate. The Agency's response to any comments received will be available for public inspection at 1445 Ross Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75202-2733.
Omega Chemical Superfund Site; Notice of Proposed CERCLA Administrative Settlement With Certain Ability To Pay Parties
Document Number: E7-4274
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with Section 122(i) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, as amended (CERCLA), 42 U.S.C. 9622(i), notice is hereby given of a proposed administrative settlement for recovery of past response costs concerning the Omega Chemical Site in Whittier, Los Angeles County, California with 12 settling ability to pay parties. The settlement is entered into pursuant to Section 122(h) of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 9622(h), and it requires the settling parties to pay approximately $111,000 to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The settlement includes a covenant not to sue the settling parties, 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 which indicate that the settlement is inappropriate, improper, or inadequate. The Agency's response to any comments received will be available for public inspection at 75 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, CA 94105.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E7-4247
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: E7-4246
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA expressed environmental concerns about air quality impacts and water-related issues. Rating EC2.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans and Operating Permits Program; State of Missouri
Document Number: E7-4176
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-03-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving revisions to the Missouri State Implementation Plan (SIP) and Operating Permits Program. EPA is approving a revision to the Missouri rule entitled ``Submission of Emission Data, Emission Fees, and Process Information.'' This revision will ensure consistency between the state and the Federally-approved rules.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans and Operating Permits Program; State of Missouri
Document Number: E7-4175
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-03-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA proposes to approve a revision to the Missouri State Implementation Plan (SIP) and Operating Permits Program. EPA proposes to approve a revision to the Missouri rule entitled ``Submission of Emission Data, Emission Fees, and Process Information.'' This revision will ensure consistency between the state and the Federally-approved rules.
Certain New Chemicals; Receipt and Status Information
Document Number: E7-4171
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Section 5 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requires any person who intends to manufacture (defined by statute to include import) a new chemical (i.e., a chemical not on the TSCA Inventory) to notify EPA and comply with the statutory provisions pertaining to the manufacture of new chemicals. Under sections 5(d)(2) and 5(d)(3) of TSCA, EPA is required to publish a notice of receipt of a premanufacture notice (PMN) or an application for a test marketing exemption (TME), and to publish periodic status reports on the chemicals under review and the receipt of notices of commencement to manufacture those chemicals. This status report, which covers the period from December 18, 2006 to February 2, 2007, consists of the PMNs and TMEs, both pending or expired, and the notices of commencement to manufacture a new chemical that the Agency has received under TSCA section 5 during this time period.
Experimental Use Permit; Receipt of Application
Document Number: E7-4170
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces receipt of an application 75624-EUP-E from The Acta Group, on behalf of Circle One Global, Inc., requesting an experimental use permit (EUP) for Aspergillus flavus NRRL 21882. The Agency has determined that the application may be of regional and national significance. Therefore, in accordance with 40 CFR 172.11(a), the Agency is soliciting comments on this application.
Experimental Use Permit; Receipt of Application
Document Number: E7-4169
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces receipt of an application 71693-EUP-R from Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4), on behalf of the Arizona Cotton Research and Protection Council, requesting an experimental use permit (EUP) for Aspergillus flavus AF36. The Agency has determined that the application may be of regional and national significance. Therefore, in accordance with 40 CFR 172.11(a), the Agency is soliciting comments on this application.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Iowa; Interstate Transport of Pollution
Document Number: E7-4179
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-03-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is revising the Iowa State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the purpose of approving the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' (IDNR) actions to address the ``good neighbor'' provisions of the Clean Air Act section 110(a)(2)(D)(i). These provisions require each state to submit a SIP that prohibits emissions that adversely affect another state's air quality through interstate transport. IDNR has adequately addressed the four distinct elements related to the impact of interstate transport of air pollutants. These include prohibiting significant contribution to downwind nonattainment of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), interference with maintenance of the NAAQS, prevention of significant deterioration of air quality, and protection of visibility. The requirements for public notification were also met by IDNR.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Iowa; Interstate Transport of Pollution
Document Number: E7-4178
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-03-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing a revision to the Iowa State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the purpose of approving the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' (IDNR) actions to address the ``good neighbor'' provisions of the Clean Air Act Section 110(a)(2)(D)(i). These provisions require each state to submit a SIP that prohibits emissions that adversely affect another state's air quality through interstate transport. IDNR has adequately addressed the four distinct elements related to the impact of interstate transport of air pollutants. These include prohibiting significant contribution to downwind nonattainment of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), interference with maintenance of the NAAQS, prevention of significant deterioration of air quality, and significant deterioration of visibility. The requirements for public notification were also met by IDNR.
Notice of a Second Workshop on the Development of Regulations for Aircraft Public Water Systems
Document Number: E7-4174
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is holding a second workshop on the development of regulations for aircraft public water systems. This workshop will provide information about recent activities and an overview of approaches for the proposed Aircraft Drinking Water Rule. This is the second workshop in a series designed to gain perspectives from representatives from industry, government, public interest groups, and the general public.
Jernigan Trucking Dump Site, Seffner, Hillsborough County, FL; Notice of Settlement
Document Number: E7-4172
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under section 122(h)(1) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), the United States Environmental Protection Agency has entered into a settlement for reimbursement of past response costs concerning the Jernigan Trucking Dump Site located in Seffner, Hillsborough County, Florida.
EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office Request for Nominations for Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) Particular Matter (PM Review Panel)
Document Number: E7-4168
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office is announcing the formation of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) review panel for Particulate Matter (PM). The SAB Staff Office is soliciting public nominations for this Panel.
Notice of Availability of the Framework for Metals Risk Assessment
Document Number: E7-4035
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of the final ``Framework for Metals Risk Assessment'' (EPA 120/R-07/001, March 2007). The purpose of the Framework is to present key guiding principles based on the unique attributes of metals (as differentiated from organic and organometallic compounds) and to describe how these metals-specific attributes and principles may then be applied in the context of existing EPA risk assessment guidance and practices. This Framework document is not a prescriptive guide on how any particular type of assessment should be conducted within an EPA program or regional office. Rather, it outlines key metal principles and describes how they should be considered in conducting human health and ecological risk assessments to advance our understanding of metals impact and foster consistency across EPA programs and regions. As a result the Framework is a science-based document that describes basic principles that address the special attributes and behaviors of metals and metal compounds to be considered when assessing their human health and ecological risks. EPA's Risk Assessment Forum oversaw the development of this document, which included input from stakeholders and experts throughout the Agency, obtained through several expert workshops, followed by peer review by the EPA Science Advisory Board. The Framework sets out a variety of principles that are general, fundamental properties of metals, which should be addressed and incorporated into all inorganic metals risk assessments. The five overarching principles are summarized as follows: (1) Metals are naturally occurring constituents in the environment and vary in concentrations across geographic regions; (2) All environmental media have naturally occurring mixtures of metals, and metals are often introduced into the environment as mixtures; (3) Some metals are essential for maintaining proper health of humans, animals, plants and microorganisms; (4) Metals, as chemical elements, and unlike organic chemicals, are neither created nor destroyed by biological or chemical processes, although, these processes can transform metals from one species to another (valence states) and can convert them between inorganic and organic forms; and (5) The absorption, distribution, transformation and excretion of a metal within an organism depends on the metal, the form of the metal or metal compound, and the organism's ability to regulate and/or store the metal.
Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Nonattainment New Source Review (NSR): Reasonable Possibility in Recordkeeping
Document Number: E7-3897
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-03-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA proposes 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 proposed 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 circumstances under which a major stationary source undergoing a modification that does not trigger major NSR must keep records. The standard also specifies the recordkeeping and reporting requirements on such sources. Recently, 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, we (the EPA) are proposing two alternative options to clarify what constitutes ``reasonable possibility'' and when the ``reasonable possibility'' recordkeeping requirements apply. The two options are the ``percentage increase trigger'' and the ``potential emissions trigger.''
Nonattainment New Source Review (NSR)
Document Number: E7-3888
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-03-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is finalizing revisions to the regulations governing the nonattainment new source review (NSR) program mandated by section 110(a)(2)(C) of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act). These revisions implement changes to the preconstruction review requirements for major stationary sources in nonattainment areas in interim periods between designation of new nonattainment areas and adoption of a revised State Implementation Plan (SIP). The revisions conform the nonattainment permitting rules that apply during the SIP development period following nonattainment designations before SIP approval to the Federal permitting rules applicable to SIP-approved programs. The changes are intended to provide a consistent national program for permitting major stationary sources in nonattainment areas under section 110(a)(2)(C) and part D of title I of the Act. In particular, these changes conform the regulations to the NSR reform provisions that EPA promulgated by notice dated December 31, 2002, except that these changes do not include the NSR reform provisions for ``clean units'' or ``pollution control projects,'' which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit vacated in New York v. EPA, 413 F.3d 3 (DC Cir. 2005). In addition, these changes include an interim interpretation of the NSR reform provision for a ``reasonable possibility'' standard for recordkeeping and reporting requirements, in accordance with that court decision. This interim interpretation to the ``reasonable possibility`` standard applies for appendix S purposes, pending the completion of rulemaking to develop a more complete interpretation.
Pesticide Products; Registration Application
Document Number: E7-4088
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces receipt of an application to register pesticide products containing new active ingredients not included in any currently registered products pursuant to the provisions of section 3(c)(4) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended.
Polymer of 2-Ethyl-2-(Hydroxymethyl)-1,3-Propanediol, Oxirane, Methyloxirane, 1,2-Epoxyalkanes; Tolerance Exemption
Document Number: E7-4083
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-03-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes exemptions from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of polymer of 2-ethyl-2-(hydroxymethyl)-1,3- propanediol, oxirane, methyloxirane, 1,2-epoxyalkanes; when used as inert ingredients 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 polymer of 2-ethyl-2-(hydroxymethyl)-1,3- propanediol, oxirane, methyloxirane, 1,2-epoxyalkanes.
Sound Management of Chemicals Working Group (Canada, Mexico and U.S.); Public Meeting Including Regional Implementation of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM)
Document Number: E7-4032
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice is to announce that EPA will be hosting a stakeholder meeting to solicit comments in preparation for the meeting of the Sound Management of Chemicals (SMOC) Working Group. The SMOC Working Group seeks to implement the SAICM in North America, facilitating the movement of chemicals and their products across borders without compromising human health or the environment. At the April SMOC Working Group meeting, the Working Group will be discussing the implementation of its Strategy to 2020 with the North American stakeholders. This public meeting will serve as an opportunity for U.S. stakeholders to share their interest in participating in the strategy drafted by the SMOC WG. EPA will be seeking comments on the areas of work proposed by the SMOC Working Group and will be inviting stakeholders to develop project proposals.
National Priorities List, Final Rule
Document Number: E7-3908
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-03-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (``CERCLA'' or ``the Act''), as amended, requires that the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (``NCP'') include a list of national priorities among the known releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants throughout the United States. The National Priorities List (``NPL'') constitutes this list. The NPL is intended primarily to guide the Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA'' or ``the Agency'') in determining which sites warrant further investigation. These further investigations will allow EPA to assess the nature and extent of public health and environmental risks associated with the site and to determine what CERCLA-financed remedial action(s), if any, may be appropriate. This rule adds five sites to the General Superfund Section of the NPL.
National Priorities List, Proposed Rule No. 46
Document Number: E7-3903
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-03-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (``CERCLA'' or ``the Act''), as amended, requires that the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (``NCP'') include a list of national priorities among the known releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants throughout the United States. The National Priorities List (``NPL'') constitutes this list. The NPL is intended primarily to guide the Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA'' or ``the Agency'') in determining which sites warrant further investigation. These further investigations will allow EPA to assess the nature and extent of public health and environmental risks associated with the site and to determine what CERCLA-financed remedial action(s), if any, may be appropriate. This rule proposes to add five new sites to the NPL, all to the General Superfund Section.
Experimental Use Permit; Receipt of Application
Document Number: E7-3669
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces receipt of an application 4581-EUP-R from Cerexagri, Inc. requesting an experimental use permit (EUP) for the soil fumigant dimethyldisulfide (DMDS). The Agency has determined that the application may be of regional and national significance. Therefore, in accordance with 40 CFR 172.11(a), the Agency is soliciting comments on this application.
Proposed Agreement Regarding Site Costs, Site Access, Property Use Restrictions, and Covenants Not To Sue for the Beaver Wood Product Site, Flathead County, MT
Document Number: E7-3941
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with the requirements of section 122(h)(1) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, as amended (``CERCLA''), 42 U.S.C. 9622(h)(1), notice is hereby given of the proposed administrative settlement under section 122(h) of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 9622(h) between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA'') and Beaver Wood Products Incorporated, Loretta Grosswiler, and Richard Grosswiler (``Beaver Wood Products'') (collectively, ``Settling Parties''). Settling Parties consent to and will not contest the authority of the United States to enter into this Agreement or to implement or enforce its terms. In return, Settling Parties will receive Covenants Not to Sue from EPA. EPA has incurred response costs at the Site in an amount totaling $5,299,434.69. The EPA alleges that the Settling Parties are a responsible parties pursuant to Section 107(a) of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 9607(a), and are jointly and severally liable for response costs incurred and to be incurred at or in connection with the Site. EPA has reviewed the Financial Information submitted to determine whether Settling Parties are financially able to pay Site response costs. Based upon this Financial Information, EPA has determined that Settling Parties have no current financial ability to pay for response costs incurred and to be incurred at the Site. However, if the future Net Sales Proceeds for Transfer of all or any portion of the Site Property equal or exceed $482,000.00, Settling Parties shall pay to EPA 65% of all Net Sales Proceeds equaling or exceeding $482,000.00. Additionally, within 90 days after closing on the Transfer of the Property, and if Settling Parties are in compliance with all requirements of this Agreement, EPA shall file a Release of Notice of Federal Lien on the Site Property. Further, Settling Parties agree to provide access to the Site and to any other property owned or controlled by Settling Parties for the purpose of conducting any necessary Site activity. Settling Parties shall refrain from using the Site, or such other property, in any manner that would interfere with or adversely affect the implementation, integrity, or protectiveness of the Site response. Such restrictions are defined as Land Use Restrictions and are included as an Appendix to this Agreement. Settling Parties agree to fulfill all Notice and Recording requirements. Within 45 days of entry of this Agreement, Settling Parties shall execute and record the Land Use Restrictions in the Office of the Clerk and Recorder of Flathead County, Montana and within 30 days of recording the Land Use Restrictions, Settling Parties shall provide EPA with a certified copy of the original recorded Land Use Restrictions, showing the clerk's recording stamps. Notwithstanding any provision of this Agreement, EPA retains all of its access authorities and rights, including enforcement authorities related thereto, under CERCLA, RCRA, and any other applicable statutes or regulations. This covenant not to sue is conditioned upon the satisfactory performance by Settling Parties of their obligations under this Agreement. This covenant not to sue is also conditioned upon the veracity and completeness of the Financial Information provided to EPA by Settling Parties. Settling Parties recognize that this Agreement has been negotiated in good faith and that this Agreement is entered into without the admission or adjudication of any issue of fact or law.
Notice of Proposed Administrative Settlement Pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act
Document Number: E7-3881
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with section 122(h) 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 concerning the Star Lake Canal Superfund Site, with the Calabrian Corporation. The settlement requires the settling parties to pay a total of $20,000 as payment of response costs to the Hazardous Substances Superfund. The settlement includes a covenant not to sue pursuant to section 107 of CERCLA, 42, U.S.C. 9607. For thirty (30) days following the date of publication of this notice, the Agency will receive written comments relating to this notice and will receive written comments relating to the settlement. The Agency will consider all comments received and may modify or withdraw its consent to the settlement if comments received disclose facts or considerations which indicate that the settlement is inappropriate, improper, or inadequate. The Agency's response to any comments received will be available for public inspection at 1445 Ross Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75202-2733.
Standards of Performance for Fossil-Fuel-Fired Steam Generators for Which Construction Is Commenced After August 17, 1971; Standards of Performance for Electric Utility Steam Generating Units for Which Construction Is Commenced After September 18, 1978; Standards of Performance for Industrial-Commercial-Institutional Steam Generating Units; and Standards of Performance for Small Industrial-Commercial-Institutional Steam Generating Units
Document Number: E7-3878
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-03-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is announcing the extension of the public comment period on the proposed reconsideration amendments to the new source performance standards (NSPS) for electric utility steam generating units and industrial-commercial-institutional steam generating units. EPA originally requested comments on the proposed rule by March 12, 2007 (February 9, 2007,72 FR 6320). EPA is extending the deadline to March 26, 2007, and is now requesting written comments by that date. EPA received a request for a 15 day extension to the comment period from the Utility Air Regulatory Group, the Council of Industrial Boiler Owners, and the Coke Oven Environmental Task Force. The reason given for requesting the extension was the need for additional time to gather data and review the proposed amendments. Since the original comment period was 30 days, EPA finds this request reasonable.
Proposed Settlement Agreement, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
Document Number: E7-3759
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with section 113(g) of the Clean Air Act, as amended (``Act''), 42 U.S.C. 7413(g), notice is hereby given of a proposed settlement agreement, to address a lawsuit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, Preston Forsythe and Hilary Lambert (collectively ``Plaintiffs''): Center for Biological Diversity et al. v. Johnson, No. 06-1350 (D. D.C.). On July 31, 2006, Plaintiffs filed a complaint alleging that EPA had a mandatory duty under 42 U.S.C. 7661(b)(2), to respond within 60 days to Plaintiffs Title V petition requesting that EPA object to the proposed Tennessee Valley Authority's (``TVA'') Paradise Fossil Plant Title V Operating Permit (``TVA Paradise Title V Operating Permit''). The complaint also alleges that EPA had a mandatory duty under 42 U.S.C. 7661(b)(3) and (c) and 40 CFR 71.4(e) to modify, terminate, or revoke, or issue or deny, the proposed TVA Paradise Title V Operating permit and that EPA has unreasonably delayed modifying, terminating, or revoking, or issuing or denying, the permit. The complaint also alleges that EPA has unreasonably delayed responding to the Plaintiffs' petition for rulemaking requesting, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(a), that EPA promulgate a rule to amend the Kentucky State Implementation Plan to fully incorporate the credible evidence rule. Under the terms of the proposed settlement agreement, EPA shall by May 25, 2007, take final action to grant or deny Plaintiffs' April 2005 petition for rulemaking. The proposed settlement agreement also provides that EPA shall conclude a completeness determination within 60 days after receipt of TVA's forthcoming Title V federal operating permit application for the Paradise Plant. Within 18 months after determining the application is complete, EPA shall take final action to issue the permit.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: General Provisions
Document Number: E7-3758
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-03-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is announcing that the comment period on the proposed amendments to the General Provisions of the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants published on January 3, 2007, is being extended until May 4, 2007.
External Review Draft, Evaluating Ecological Risk to Invertebrate Receptors From PAHs in Sediments at Hazardous Waste Sites
Document Number: E7-3685
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is announcing a 30-day public comment period for the draft document titled, ``Evaluating Ecological Risk to Invertebrate Receptors from PAHs in Sediments at Hazardous Waste Sites'' (EPA/600/R-06/162). The document was prepared by the Ecological Risk Assessment Support Center managed by the National Center for Environmental Assessment 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.
Notice of Meeting of the EPA's Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC)
Document Number: E7-3682
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, notice is hereby given that the next meeting of the Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC) will be held March 13-15th, 2007 at RESOLVE, Washington, DC. The CHPAC was created to advise the Environmental Protection Agency on science, regulations, and other issues relating to children's environmental health.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E7-3672
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: E7-3671
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA expressed environmental concerns about potential impacts to waters of the U.S.; aquatic resources; biological resources, including endangered species habitat; and air quality. Rating EC2.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Virginia; Amendments to VOC and NOX
Document Number: E7-3586
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-03-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the Commonwealth of Virginia. These revisions amend existing volatile organic compound (VOC) and nitrogen oxide (NOX) emissions control areas, and amend certain VOC and NOX regulations in order to manage the extension of applicability of these provisions to the amended VOC and NOX emission control areas. EPA is approving these revisions in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Information Collection Request for Cooling Water Intake Structure Phase II Existing Facilities, EPA ICR No. 2060.03, OMB Control No. 2040-0257
Document Number: E7-3589
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit a request to renew an existing approved Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements Under EPA's WasteWise Program, EPA ICR Number 1698.07, OMB Control Number 2050-0139
Document Number: E7-3588
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit a continuing Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This is a request for an existing approved collection. This ICR is scheduled to expire on April 30, 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.
Final Extension of the Deferred Effective Date for 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards for the Denver Early Action Compact
Document Number: E7-3584
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-03-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is proposing to extend the deferred effective date of the air quality designation for the Denver Early Action Compact (EAC) from July 1, 2007 to April 15, 2008. Early Action Compact areas have agreed to reduce ground-level ozone pollution earlier than the Clean Air Act (CAA) requires. On November 29, 2006, EPA extended the deferred effective date for the Denver EAC area from December 31, 2006, to July 1, 2007. In the same rulemaking, EPA also extended the deferred effective date for 13 other EAC areas from December 31, 2006 to April 15, 2008. In the November 29, 2006, final rulemaking, EPA noted that there were issues with Denver's EAC that would need to be addressed before EPA would extend their deferral until April 15, 2008.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Revised Format for Materials Being Incorporated by Reference for North Dakota
Document Number: E7-3314
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-03-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is revising the format of 40 CFR part 52 for materials submitted by the State of North Dakota that are incorporated by reference (IBR) into its State Implementation Plan (SIP). The regulations affected by this format change have all been previously submitted by North Dakota and approved by EPA.