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

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Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Pesticide Registration Fee Waivers, EPA ICR Number 2147.03, OMB Control Number 2070-0167
Document Number: E7-7136
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-16
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. The ICR, which is abstracted below, describes the nature of the information collection activity and its expected burden and costs.
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces Proposed Rules of Changes
Document Number: C7-1789
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency, Office of the Secretary, Department of the Navy, Department of Defense
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: E7-7022
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA expressed environmental concerns about mercury emissions and the mercury risk assessment. EPA requested additional information on the mercury issue and recommended that ozone monitoring be continued throughout the ozone season. Rating EC2.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E7-7021
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice of Receipt of Requests to Voluntarily Cancel Certain Pesticide Registrations
Document Number: E7-7019
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with section 6(f)(1) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended, EPA is issuing a notice of receipt of request by registrants to voluntarily cancel certain pesticide registrations and providing a public comment period.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Virginia; Redesignation of the Hampton Roads 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area to Attainment and Approval of the Associated Maintenance Plan and 2002 Base-Year Inventory
Document Number: E7-7017
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-04-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a redesignation request and State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VADEQ) is requesting that the Hampton Roads ozone nonattainment area (``Hampton Roads Area'' or ``Area'') be redesignated as attainment for the 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). The Area is comprised of the Cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, and Williamsburg, and the Counties of Gloucester, Isle of Wight, James City, and York, Virginia. EPA is proposing to approve the ozone redesignation request for the Hampton Roads Area. In conjunction with its redesignation request, the Commonwealth submitted a SIP revision consisting of a maintenance plan for the Hampton Roads Area that provides for continued attainment of the 8-hour ozone NAAQS for at least 10 years after redesignation. EPA is proposing to make a determination that the Hampton Roads Area has attained the 8-hour ozone NAAQS, based upon three years of complete, quality-assured ambient air quality monitoring data for 2003-2005. EPA's proposed approval of the 8-hour ozone redesignation request is based on its determination that the Hampton Roads Area has met the criteria for redesignation to attainment specified in the Clean Air Act (CAA). In addition, the Commonwealth of Virginia has also submitted a 2002 base-year inventory for the Hampton Roads Area, and EPA is proposing to approve that inventory for the Hampton Roads Area as a SIP revision. EPA is also providing information on the status of its adequacy determination for the motor vehicle emission budgets (MVEBs) that are identified in the maintenance plan for the Hampton Roads Area for purposes of transportation conformity, and is also proposing to approve those MVEBs. EPA is proposing approval of the redesignation request and of the maintenance plan and 2002 base-year inventory SIP revisions in accordance with the requirements of the CAA.
Proposed Peripheral Party Settlement Agreement Pursuant to Section 122(h)(1) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act for the Continental Steel Corporation Site
Document Number: E7-7016
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with section 122(i)(1) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1984, as amended (``CERCLA''), notification is hereby given of a proposed administrative agreement concerning the Continental Steel Corporation hazardous waste site in Kokomo, Indiana (the ``Site''). EPA proposes to enter into this agreement under the authority of section 122(h) and 107 of CERCLA, and with the approval of the United States Department of Justice, pursuant to the authority of the Attorney General of the United States to compromise and settle claims of the United States. The proposed agreement has been executed by Steve Hart, the owner of a portion of the Site that does not require remediation (the ``Settling Party''). Under the proposed agreement, the Settling Party will provide an irrevocable right of access to his property for staging of trailers and equipment needed during the course of Site cleanup and will make certain clean fill available to be used at the Site, if necessary, to resolve EPA's claims against it for response costs incurred and to be incurred by EPA at the Site. EPA has incurred and will continue to incur response costs performing response actions to investigate and mitigate potential imminent and substantial endangerments to human health or the environment presented or threatened by hazardous substances present at the Site. For thirty days following the date of publication of this notice, the Environmental Protection Agency will receive written comments relating to this proposed agreement. EPA will consider all comments received and may decide not to enter this proposed agreement if comments disclose facts or considerations which indicate that the proposed agreement is inappropriate, improper or inadequate.
The Association of American Pesticide Control Officials (AAPCO)/State FIFRA Issues Research and Evaluation Group (SFIREG) Working Committee on Water Quality/Pesticide Disposal (WC/WQ/PD); Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: E7-6945
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Association of American Pesticide Control Officials (AAPCO)/State FIFRA Issues Research and Evaluation Group (SFIREG) Working Committee on Water Quality/Pesticide Disposal (WC/WQ/PD) will hold a 2-day meeting, beginning on April 30, 2007 and ending May 1, 2007. This notice announces the location and times for the meeting and sets forth the tentative agenda topics.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Virginia; Redesignation of the Richmond-Petersburg 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area To Attainment and Approval of the Associated Maintenance Plan and 2002 Base-Year Inventory
Document Number: E7-7018
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-04-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a redesignation request and State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VADEQ) is requesting that the Richmond-Petersburg ozone nonattainment area (``Richmond Area'' or ``Area'') be redesignated as attainment for the 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). The Area is comprised of the Cities of Petersburg, Colonial Heights, Hopewell, and Richmond, and the Counties of Prince George, Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, and Charles City. EPA is proposing to approve the ozone redesignation request for the Richmond Area. In conjunction with its redesignation request, the Commonwealth submitted a SIP revision consisting of a maintenance plan for the Richmond Area that provides for continued attainment of the 8-hour ozone NAAQS for at least 10 years after redesignation. EPA is proposing to make a determination that the Richmond Area has attained the 8-hour ozone NAAQS, based upon three years of complete, quality-assured ambient air quality monitoring data for 2003-2005. EPA's proposed approval of the 8-hour ozone redesignation request is based on its determination that the Richmond Area has met the criteria for redesignation to attainment specified in the Clean Air Act (CAA). In addition, the Commonwealth of Virginia has also submitted a 2002 base-year inventory for the Richmond Area, and EPA is proposing to approve that inventory for the Richmond Area as a SIP revision. EPA is also providing information on the status of its adequacy determination for the motor vehicle emission budgets (MVEBs) that are identified in the maintenance plan for the Richmond Area for purposes of transportation conformity, and is also proposing to approve those MVEBs. EPA is proposing approval of the redesignation request and of the maintenance plan and 2002 base-year inventory SIP revisions in accordance with the requirements of the CAA.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans: Alabama: Proposed Approval of Revisions to the Visible Emissions Rule
Document Number: E7-6948
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-04-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve the Visible Emissions portion of the State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted to EPA, by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM), on September 11, 2003 (the ``2003 ADEM submittal''), provided it is revised as described in this action and submitted as a SIP revision. The open burning portion of the submittal was previously approved in a separate action on March 9, 2006 (71 FR 12138).
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Information Collection Request for the National Listing of Fish Advisories, EPA ICR Number 1959.03, OMB Control Number 2040-0226
Document Number: E7-6947
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-12
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 request to renew an existing approved Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This ICR is scheduled to expire on September 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.
EPAAR Prescription and Solicitation Provision-EPA Green Meetings and Conferences
Document Number: E7-6856
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-04-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is revising the EPA Acquisition Regulation (EPAAR) to establish policy and procedures for acquiring environmentally preferable meeting and conference services. This EPAAR revision adds a prescription and solicitation provision that Agency employees are required to use when soliciting quotes or offers for meeting and conference space and services. The solicitation provision requires meeting and conference venues to provide EPA with information about environmentally preferable features and practices in use at their facilities. As stated in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), environmentally preferable products and services are those ``that have a lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment when compared with competing products or services that serve the same purpose.'' The intent of this rule is to ensure that environmental preferability is considered in each purchase of commercial meeting and conference services, which furthers the EPA mission to protect human health and the environment. This action revises the EPAAR, but does not impose any new requirements on Agency contractors. The procedure requires Agency employees to request information from prospective meeting venues about their environmentally preferable (green) practices for consideration in the award decision, thus encouraging the industry to adopt more of these practices so that we will be more likely to do business with them. This rule imposes no requirement or standard that a facility must meet in order to do business with us.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Arkansas; Prevention of Significant Deterioration and New Source Review; Economic Development Zone for Crittenden County, AR; and Stage I Vapor Recovery
Document Number: E7-6838
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-04-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving revisions to the Arkansas State Implementation Plan (SIP) that include changes made to Arkansas regulations entitled, ``Regulations of the Arkansas Plan of Implementation for Air Pollution Control'' and ``Nonattainment New Source Review Requirements.'' The revisions amend the State's permitting rules in order to address revisions to the Federal New Source Review (NSR) regulations, which were promulgated by EPA on December 31, 2002 and reconsidered with minor changes on November 7, 2003 (collectively, these two final actions are called the ``2002 NSR Reform Rules''). Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Nonattainment NSR (NNSR) programs, together with the minor preconstruction permit program required by the Federal Clean Air Act (``Act''), are commonly referred to as the ``NSR programs.'' Arkansas revised its preconstruction permitting rules that affect major sources and major modifications to include provisions for baseline emissions calculations, an actual-to-projected-actual methodology for calculating emissions changes, options for plantwide applicability limits (PALs), and recordkeeping and reporting requirements. The revisions also include non-substantive revisions to previously SIP-approved regulations and new regulations for implementing the permitting provisions for the 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard- Phase 2, Economic Development Zone in Crittenden County, and Stage I Vapor Recovery. Finally, EPA is taking no action on provisions that relate to designated facilities. We are approving the revisions because we find the changes consistent with EPA's implementing regulations, guidance, and policy and with section 110(l) of the Act.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Wisconsin; Prevention of Significant Deterioration
Document Number: E7-6728
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-04-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to revise the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) for the purpose of giving the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) full regulatory responsibility for EPA-issued Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permits. WDNR has the necessary state legislative authority to take responsibility for the permits, and has demonstrated that it has adequate resources to maintain oversight of these permits.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Wisconsin; Prevention of Significant Deterioration
Document Number: E7-6727
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-04-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is revising the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) to give the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) full regulatory responsibility for EPA-issued Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permits. WDNR has the necessary state legislative authority to take responsibility for the permits, and has demonstrated that it has adequate resources to maintain oversight of these permits.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Tennessee: Approval of Revisions to the Knox County Portion of the Tennessee State Implementation Plan
Document Number: E7-6718
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-04-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of Tennessee, through Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), on August 18, 1999 and July 16, 2001. The revisions pertain to the Knox County portion of the Tennessee SIP and include changes to the Knox County Air Quality Regulations Section 51.0Standards for Cement Kilns. These standards set nitrogen oxides (NOX) emissions control, compliance demonstration, certification, record keeping, and reporting requirements for Portland cement kilns in the County. The revisions were initially reviewed by TDEC, which found them to be as stringent as the State's requirements. After review of this submittal, EPA concurs with TDEC's finding. The proposed changes are part of the Knox County strategy to meet the national ambient air quality standards by reducing the emissions of NOX, a precursor of ozone formation. Because of the harmful health effects of ozone, EPA limits the amount of volatile organic compounds and NOX that can be released into the atmosphere. This action is being taken pursuant to section 110 of the Clean Air Act. In the Final Rules Section of this Federal Register, the EPA is approving the State's SIP revisions as a direct final rule without prior proposal because the Agency views this as a noncontroversial submittal and anticipates no adverse comments. A detailed rationale for the approval is set forth in the direct final rule. If no significant, material, and adverse comments are received in response to this rule, no further activity is contemplated. If EPA receives adverse comments, the direct final rule will be withdrawn and all public comments received will be addressed in a subsequent final rule based on this rule. EPA will not institute a second comment period on this document. Any parties interested in commenting on this document should do so at this time.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Tennessee: Approval of Revisions to the Knox County Portion of the Tennessee State Implementation Plan
Document Number: E7-6717
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-04-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving revisions to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of Tennessee, through Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), on August 18, 1999 and July 16, 2001. The revisions pertain to the Knox County portion of the Tennessee SIP and include changes to the Knox County Air Quality Regulations (KCAQR) Section 51.0Standards for Cement Kilns. These standards set nitrogen oxides (NOX) emissions control, compliance demonstration, certification, record keeping, and reporting requirements for Portland cement kilns in the County. The revisions were initially reviewed by TDEC, which found them to be as stringent as the State's requirements. The proposed changes are part of the Knox County strategy to meet the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) by reducing the emissions of NOX, a precursor of ozone formation. Because of the harmful health effects of ozone, EPA limits the amount of volatile organic compounds and NOX that can be released into the atmosphere. This action is being taken pursuant to section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Experimental Use Permit; Receipt of Application
Document Number: E7-6850
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces receipt of an application 56228-EUP-GI from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) requesting an experimental use permit (EUP) for the mammalian gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH). 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.
Dimethipin; Notice of Receipt of Request to Voluntarily Cancel Dimethipin Pesticide Registrations
Document Number: E7-6846
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with section 6(f)(1) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended, EPA is issuing a notice of receipt of a request by the registrant to voluntarily cancel the registrations of all products containing the pesticide dimethipin. The request would terminate dimethipin use in or on cotton as a defoliant and plant growth regulator. The request would terminate the last dimethipin products registered for use in the United States. EPA intends to grant this request at the close of the comment period for this announcement unless the Agency receives substantive comments within the comment period that would merit its further review of the request, or unless the registrant withdraws its request within this period. Upon acceptance of this request, any sale, distribution, or use of products listed in this notice will be permitted only if such sale, distribution, or use is consistent with the terms as described in the final order.
Meeting of the Local Government Advisory Committee
Document Number: E7-6840
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Local Government Advisory Committee and the Small Community Advisory Subcommittee (SCAS), Steering Committee, and workgroups for Water, Indicators, Regulations, Watersheds and Coastlines, and Solid Waste/Environmental Reclamation will meet on May 2-4, 2007 in Washington, DC The SCAS will meet on May 3, 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. for a strategic planning session. The Committee will hear comments from the public between 3:30 p.m.- 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 3. Each individual or organization wishing to address the LGAC meeting will be allowed a maximum of five minutes to present their point of view. Please contact the Designated Federal Officer (DFO) at the number listed below to schedule agenda time. Time will be allotted on a first come, first serve basis, and the total period for comments may be extended, if the number of requests for appearances require it. This is an open meeting and all interested persons are invited to attend. LGAC meeting minutes and Subcommittee summary notes will be available after the meeting online or by written request to the DFO. Members of the public are requested to call the DFO at the number listed below if planning to attend so that arrangements can be made to comfortably accommodate attendees as much as possible. Seating will be on a first come, first serve basis.
Proposed Settlement Agreement, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
Document Number: E7-6839
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with section 113(g) of the Clean Air Act, as amended (``CAA'' or ``Act''), 42 U.S.C. 7413(g), notice is hereby given of a proposed settlement agreement, to address a lawsuit filed by Our Children's Earth Foundation (``OCE'') in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals: Our Children's Earth Foundation v. EPA, No. 05-73130 (9th Cir.). OCE filed a petition for judicial review of EPA's March 15, 2005 denial in part of OCE's administrative petition regarding a CAA Title V permit issued by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (``BAAQMD'') to the Tesoro petroleum refinery in the San Francisco Bay Area. Under the terms of the proposed settlement agreement, EPA shall determine whether to send the draft letter attached to this settlement agreement at Attachment A.
Tetraconazole; Pesticide Tolerance
Document Number: E7-6837
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-04-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of tetraconazole in or on peanut, pecan, sugarbeet and soybean. Sipcam Agro USA, Inc. and Isagro S.p.A. requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Computer Science Corporation, Yoh IT and Apex System; Transfer of Data
Document Number: E7-6725
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-11
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 Computer Science Corporation and its subcontractor, Yoh IT and Apex Systems in accordance with 40 CFR 2.307(h)(3) and 2.308(i)(2). Computer Science Corporation and its subcontractor, Yoh IT and Apex System, have been awarded a contract to perform work for OPP, and access to this information will enable Computer Science Corporation and its subcontractor, Yoh IT and Apex System, to fulfill the obligations of the contract.
Dikegulac Sodium Reregistration Eligibility Decision; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E7-6627
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) for the pesticide dikegulac sodium, and opens a public comment period on this document. The Agency's risk assessments and other related documents also are available in the dikegulac sodium Docket. Dikegulac sodium is a plant growth regulator used in greenhouses, nurseries, and on landscape trees, ornamentals, and plants. EPA has reviewed dikegulac sodium through a modified low risk version of the Agency's public participation process with a public comment period following the publication of the RED. Through this process, EPA is ensuring that all pesticides meet current health and safety standards.
Pesticide Registration Review; New Dockets Opened for Review and Comment
Document Number: E7-6626
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has established registration review dockets for the pesticides listed in the table in Unit III.A. With this document, EPA is opening the public comment period for these registration reviews. Registration review is EPA's periodic review of pesticide registrations to ensure that each pesticide continues to satisfy the statutory standard for registration, that is, the pesticide can perform its intended function without unreasonable adverse effects on human health or the environment. Registration review dockets contain information that will assist the public in understanding the types of information and issues that the Agency may consider during the course of registration reviews. Through this program, EPA is ensuring that each pesticide's registration is based on current scientific and other knowledge, including its effects on human health and the environment.
Pesticide Products; Registration Application for a New Use
Document Number: E7-6622
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces receipt of an application to register a pesticide product that proposes new uses for certain of its active ingredients pursuant to the provisions of section 3(c)(4) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended.
Plant-Incorporated Protectants; Potential Revisions to Current Production Regulations; Notice of Public Meetings
Document Number: E7-6621
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-04-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is announcing two public meetings to be held during the comment period of the ANPRM, entitled Plant-Incorporated Protectants; Potential Revisions to Current Production Regulations. The ANPRM announces EPA's intention to develop and propose amendments to existing regulations affecting producers of plant-incorporated protectants (PIPs), a type of pesticide. The Agency is considering amendments to the existing regulations, which were written primarily for producers of ``traditional'' pesticides, because PIPs are unlike other types of pesticides currently regulated under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Given that PIPs are part of a living organism, they can be replicated and potentially produced anywhere a plant containing the PIP grows. The purpose of the public meetings is to further communicate the regulatory issues described in the ANPRM, and to provide an opportunity for a public dialogue and exchange of information on these and related issues. The meetings will be organized around the questions and issue posed in the ANPRM.
Expedited Approval of Test Procedures for the Analysis of Contaminants Under the Safe Drinking Water Act; Analysis and Sampling Procedures
Document Number: E7-6726
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This action announces the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) intent to implement an expedited process for approving alternative testing methods for existing regulations for drinking water contaminants. The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) authorizes EPA to approve the use of alternative testing methods through publication of a notice in the Federal Register instead of through rulemaking procedures. EPA plans to use this streamlined authority to make additional methods available for analyzing drinking water compliance and unregulated contaminant monitoring samples. This expedited approach will provide public water systems, laboratories, and primacy agencies with more timely access to new measurement techniques and greater flexibility in the selection of analytical methods, thereby reducing monitoring costs while maintaining public health protection. This notice requests comments on implementation aspects of the expedited method approval process.
Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Public Meeting of the Science Advisory Board Committee on Valuing the Protection of Ecological Systems and Services (C-VPESS)
Document Number: E7-6713
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting of the SAB Committee on Valuing the Protection of Ecological Systems and Services (C-VPESS) to discuss a draft committee report related to valuing the protection of ecological systems and services.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission To OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NESHAP for Magnetic Tape Manufacturing Operations (Renewal); EPA ICR Number 1678.06, OMB Control Number 2060-0326
Document Number: E7-6712
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-10
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.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission To OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements Regarding the Sulfur Content of Motor Vehicle Gasoline Under the Tier 2 Rule (Renewal), EPA ICR Number 1907.04, OMB Control Number 2060-0437
Document Number: E7-6711
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-10
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 for a renewal of an existing approved collection. This ICR is scheduled to expire on 4/30/ 07. This ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its estimated burden and cost.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission To OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NESHAP for Off-Site Waste and Recovery Operations (Renewal), EPA ICR Number 1717.05, OMB Control Number 2060-0313
Document Number: E7-6708
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-10
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. This ICR is scheduled to expire on May 31, 2007. Under OMB regulations, the Agency may continue to conduct or sponsor the collection of information while this submission is pending at OMB. This ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its estimated burden and cost.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission To OMB for Review and Approval; 8-hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard Implementation Rule, EPA ICR Number 2236.02, OMB Control Number 2060-0594
Document Number: E7-6707
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-10
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.
Draft Operator Training 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: E7-6616
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
By this notice, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Underground Storage Tanks (OUST) is advising the public that EPA is issuing for public comment draft operator training grant guidelines for states. In this notice, EPA is publishing the draft operator training grant guidelines in their entirety. In addition, EPA will subsequently post the draft on EPA's Web site. EPA will accept public comments on the draft guidelines submitted by May 10, 2007. Because EPA does not consider this a notice and comment rulemaking under the Administrative Procedure Act based on the exemption for grant documents (5 U.S.C. 553(a)(2)), EPA will consider but not respond to comments and will not establish a rulemaking docket. EPA developed the draft operator training grant guidelines as required by Section 9010 of Subtitle I of the Solid Waste Disposal Act, as amended by Section 1524 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
Adequacy Status of the Atlanta Early Progress 8-Hour Ozone Motor Vehicle Emission Budgets for Transportation Conformity Purposes
Document Number: E7-6620
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In this notice, EPA is notifying the public that we have found that the Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets (MVEBs) in the Atlanta Early Progress State Implementation Plan (SIP), submitted on January 16, 2007, by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GA EPD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, are adequate for transportation conformity purposes. As a result of EPA's finding, the Atlanta area must use the MVEBs from the January 16, 2007, Atlanta Early Progress SIP for future conformity determinations for the 8-hour ozone standard.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Minnesota
Document Number: E7-6619
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-04-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the Minnesota State Implementation Plan (SIP) for sulfur dioxide (SO2). Specifically, the revisions involve Flint Hills Resources, L.P. (Flint Hills) of Dakota County, Minnesota. In these revisions, Flint Hills is expanding operations at its petroleum refinery. To account for the increased SO2 emissions from the expansion, Flint Hills is closing its sulfuric acid plant. An analysis of the revisions shows that the area air quality will be protected. Minnesota has also included additional monitoring requirements in the revisions.
Anaconda/Milgo; Miami, Dade County, Florida; Notice of Settlement
Document Number: E7-6612
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under Section 122(h) 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 concerning the Anaconda/Milgo Superfund Site located in Miami, Dade County, Florida.
Approval and Promulgation of State Plans for Designated Pollutants and Facilities; Rhode Island; Negative Declaration
Document Number: E7-6460
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-04-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a Section 111(d) and 129 negative declaration submitted by the State of Rhode Island on November 5, 2006. This negative declaration adequately certifies that there are no existing ``other solid waste incineration'' (OSWI) units located within the boundaries of the State of Rhode Island. This action is being taken in accordance with the Clean Air Act.
Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Public Meeting of the Science Advisory Board Hypoxia Advisory Panel
Document Number: E7-6459
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office is announcing a public meeting of the SAB Hypoxia Advisory Panel to discuss and develop its preliminary draft advisory report concerning the hypoxic zone in the Gulf of Mexico.
National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology
Document Number: E7-6458
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, P.L. 92463, EPA gives notice of a meeting 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 meeting is to discuss the NACEPT agenda, including sustainable water infrastructure, environmental stewardship, cooperative conservation, energy and the environment, environmental technology, and environmental indicators. The Council will also review and approve the NACEPT Environmental Technology Subcommittee's Second Report. A copy of the agenda for the meeting will be posted at http://www.epa.gov/ocem/nacept/cal-nacept.htm.
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: E7-6456
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA continues to have environmental concerns about adverse impacts to water quality, wildlife habitat and native vegetation, and suggests that the ROD include additional BMPs that avoid or reduce impacts to these resources. EIS No. 20070023, ERP No. F-AFS-L65521-WA, Buckhorn Access Project, To Utilize the Marias Creek Route to Construct and Reconstruct Roads, Funding, NPDES Permit and U.S. Army COE Section 404 Permit, Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forests, Tonasket Ranger District, Okanogan County, WA. Summary: The Final EIS addressed EPA's comments on the NPDES permit and surface water quality; however, EPA continues to have environmental concerns about impacts to wetlands. EPA requests that the ROD include detailed information on the performance bond and implementation of the monitoring plan based on the most recent modeling and analysis of water resources. Additionally, the ROD should outline how the monitoring activities of 3 agencies will be coordinated. EIS No. 20070062, ERP No. F-NPS-H65025-NE, Niobrara National Scenic River General Management Plan, Implementation, Brown, Cherry, Keya Paha and Rock Counties, NE. Summary: EPA does not object to the proposed action. EIS No. 20070066, ERP No. F-BLM-K65294-AZ, Arizona Strip Field Office Resource Management Plan, which includes: Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Grand-Canyon-Parashant National Monument (Parashant) BLM Portion, General Management Plan for the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument NPS Portion of Parashant, Implementation, AZ. Summary: No formal comment letter was sent to the preparing agency.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E7-6452
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Hazardous Waste Management System; Identification and Listing of Hazardous Waste Final Exclusion
Document Number: 07-1650
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-04-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA (also, ``the Agency'' or ``we'' in this preamble) is granting a petition to exclude (or ``delist'') wastewater treatment plant sludges from conversion coating on aluminum generated by AutoAlliance International, Inc. (AAI), a Ford/Mazda joint venture company in Flat Rock, Michigan, from the list of hazardous wastes. Today's action conditionally excludes the petitioned waste from the requirements of hazardous waste regulations under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) when disposed of in a lined Subtitle D landfill which is permitted, licensed, or registered by a State to manage industrial solid waste. The exclusion was proposed on March 7, 2002 as part of an expedited process to evaluate this waste under a pilot project developed with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). The rule also imposes testing conditions for waste generated in the future to ensure that this waste continues to qualify for delisting.
Bacillus thuringiensis Vip3Aa20 Protein and the Genetic Material Necessary for its Production in Corn; Temporary Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: E7-6256
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-04-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes a temporary exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of the Bacillus thuringiensis Vip3Aa20 protein and the genetic material necessary for its production in corn when applied or/used as a plant-incorporated protectant. Syngenta Seeds, Inc. submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), as amended by the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 (FQPA), requesting the temporary tolerance exemption. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of Bacillus thuringiensis Vip3Aa20 protein and the genetic material necessary for its production in corn when applied or/used as a plant-incorporated protectant on field corn, sweet corn, and popcorn. The temporary tolerance exemption expires on March 31, 2008.
Potential Effects of Atrazine on Amphibian Gonadal Development
Document Number: E7-6253
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In October 2007, EPA will make a presentation to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) concerning EPA's evaluation of the scientific research investigating whether exposure to the herbicide atrazine potentially affects amphibian gonadal development. The scientific research will include studies that were conducted by Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc. in 2005 and 2006 as well as published open literature studies. The notice identifies the open literature studies that EPA has reviewed and requests public comment to ensure that the list of publications is complete. The studies that have been reviewed focus on testing atrazine alone and only on atrazine's potential effects on amphibian gonadal development.
Ethylene Oxide; Receipt of Application for Emergency Exemption, Solicitation of Public Comment
Document Number: E7-6249
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has received a quarantine exemption request from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to use the pesticide ethylene oxide (EtO); Receipt (CAS No. 75-21-8) to sterilize the interior surfaces of enclosed animal isolator units to control microorganisms to create a germ free environment for research at USDA National Veterinary Services laboratories (NVSL) and at the National Animal Disease Center (NADC) in Ames, IA. The application proposes the use of a pesticide containing an active ingredient which is the subject of a Special Review. Due to the urgent nature of the emergency and the very narrow and extremely limited use being requested, EPA has eliminated the public comment period. Nonetheless, interested parties may still contact the Agency with comments about this notice and treatment program.
Board of Scientific Counselors, Drinking Water Mid-Cycle Subcommittee Meetings-Spring 2007
Document Number: E7-6239
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92- 463, the Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development (ORD), gives notice of two meetings of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Drinking Water Mid-Cycle Subcommittee.
Board of Scientific Counselors, Technology for Sustainability Subcommittee Meetings-April/May 2007
Document Number: E7-6237
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92- 463, the Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development (ORD), gives notice of two meetings (one face-to-face and one via conference call) of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Technology for Sustainability Subcommittee.