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

Polychlorinated Biphenyls; Manufacturing (Import) Exemption
Document Number: E7-8182
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-04-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
With certain exceptions, section 6(e)(3) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) bans the manufacture, processing, and distribution in commerce of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). For purposes of TSCA, ``manufacture'' is defined to include import into the Customs Territory of the United States. One of these exceptions is TSCA section 6(e)(3)(B), which gives EPA authority to grant petitions to perform these activities for a period of up to 12 months, provided EPA can make certain findings by rule. On July 21, 2005, the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), a component of the Department of Defense (DOD), submitted a petition to EPA to import foreign-manufactured PCBs that DOD currently owns in Japan for disposal in the United States. In this document, EPA is proposing to grant DLA's petition and is soliciting public comment on this decision; if finalized, this decision to grant the petition would allow DLA to manufacture (i.e., import) certain PCBs for disposal.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NSPS for Secondary Brass and Bronze Production, Primary Copper Smelters, Primary Zinc Smelters, Primary Lead Smelters, Primary Aluminum Reduction Plants, and Ferroalloy Production Facilities (Renewal), EPA ICR Number 1604.08, OMB Control Number 2060-0110
Document Number: E7-8181
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-30
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 that is abstracted below describes the nature of the collection and the estimated burden and cost.
Notice of Filing of Pesticide Petitions for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities
Document Number: E7-8180
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the initial filing of pesticide petitions proposing the establishment or modification of regulations for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities.
S-Abscisic Acid, (S)-5-(1-hydroxy-2,6,6-trimethyl-4-oxo-1-cyclohex-2-enyl)-3-methyl-penta-(2Z,4E)-dienoic Acid for Use in or on Grapes; Notice of Filing to Establish a Temporary Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: E7-8179
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the initial filing of a pesticide petition proposing the establishment or modification of regulations for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NSPS for Incinerators (Renewal) EPA ICR Number 1058.09, OMB Control Number 2060-0040
Document Number: E7-8169
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-30
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 that is abstracted below describes the nature of the collection and the estimated burden and cost.
California State Motor Vehicle Pollution Control Standards; Request for Waiver of Federal Preemption; Opportunity for Public Hearing
Document Number: E7-8168
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has notified EPA that it has adopted Greenhouse Gas Emission (GHG) regulations for passenger cars, light-duty trucks and medium-duty passenger vehicles beginning with the 2009 model year (MY). By letter dated December 21, 2005, CARB submitted a request that EPA grant a waiver of preemption under section 209(b) of the Clean Air Act (CAA), 42 U.S.C. 7543(b) for these regulations. This notice announces that EPA has scheduled a public hearing concerning California's request and that EPA is accepting written comment on the request.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NSPS for the Graphic Arts Industry (Renewal), EPA ICR Number 0657.09, OMB Control Number 2060-0105
Document Number: E7-8167
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-30
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 that 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 EPA; NESHAP for Pharmaceuticals Production (Renewal); ICR Number 1781.04; OMB Control Number 2060-0358
Document Number: E7-8166
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-30
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; NSPS for Magnetic Tape Coating Facilities (Renewal); EPA ICR Number 1135.09; OMB Control Number 2060-0171
Document Number: E7-8165
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-30
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 that is abstracted below describes the nature of the collection and the estimated burden and cost.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Illinois
Document Number: E7-8104
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-04-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is approving the incorporation of revised air pollution permitting and emission standards rules into the Illinois State Implementation Plan (SIP). The State submitted this request for revision to its SIP to EPA on May 31, 2006. This approval makes the State's rules federally enforceable.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Illinois
Document Number: E7-8102
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-04-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve the incorporation of revised air pollution permitting and emissions standards rules into the Illinois State Implementation Plan (SIP). The State submitted this request for revision to its State Implementation Plan to EPA on May 31, 2006. Approval would make the State's rules federally enforceable.
Removal of Two Chemical Substances from Preliminary Assessment Information Reporting and Health and Safety Data Reporting Rules
Document Number: 07-2104
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-04-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This direct final rule the removes chemical substances phosphorotrithious acid, tributyl ester, CAS No. 150-50-5, and phosphorodithioic acid, O,O-diethyl ester, sodium salt, CAS No. 3338- 24-7, which were inadvertently added to the list of voluntary High Production Volume (HPV) Challenge Program orphan (unsponsored) chemical substances by EPA. As a result, these chemical substances were inadvertently added to two final rules: The Preliminary Assessment Information Reporting (PAIR) rule (Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) section 8(a)) and the Health and Safety Data Reporting rule (TSCA section 8(d)), both published in the Federal Register issue of August 16, 2006. With this removal action, persons who manufacture (including import) either of these two chemical substances are no longer subject to the reporting requirements imposed by these TSCA section 8(a) and 8(d) rules.
Inquiry To Learn Whether Businesses Assert Business Confidentiality Claims
Document Number: E7-8120
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency receives from time to time Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for documents contained in the EPA Waste International Tracking System (``WITSnet'') pertaining to the export and import of Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste from/to the United States, the export of Cathode Ray Tubes (CRTs) from the United States, and the export and import of RCRA universal waste from/to the United States. These documents may identify or reference multiple parties, and describe transactions involving the movement of specified materials in which they propose to participate or have participated. The purpose of this notice is to contact affected businesses about the documents sought by these types of FOIA requests in order to provide the businesses with the opportunity to assert claims that any of the information sought that pertains to them is entitled to treatment as confidential business information (CBI), and to send comments to EPA supporting their claims for such treatment. Certain businesses, however, do not meet the definition of ``affected business,'' and are not covered by today's notice. They consist of any business regulated by RCRA that actually submitted to EPA any document at issue pursuant to applicable regulatory requirements and did not assert a CBI claim as to information that pertains to that business in the document at the time of its submission; they have waived their right to do so at a later time. Nevertheless, other businesses identified or referenced in the documents that were submitted to EPA by the submitting business have not waived their own right to assert a CBI claim concerning information that pertains to them and may do so in response to this notice.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans and Designations of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes; Kentucky: Redesignation of the Kentucky Portion of the Louisville 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area to Attainment for Ozone
Document Number: E7-8114
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-04-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On September 29, 2006, the Commonwealth of Kentucky (Kentucky), through the Kentucky Division for Air Quality (KDAQ), submitted a request to redesignate the Kentucky portion of the bi-State Louisville 8-hour ozone nonattainment area to attainment for the 8-hour National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS); and to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision containing a maintenance plan for the Kentucky portion of the bi-State Louisville area. The Kentucky portion of the bi-State Louisville 8-hour ozone nonattainment area (hereafter referred to as the ``Kentucky Bi-State Louisville Area'') is comprised of three Kentucky CountiesBullitt, Jefferson and Oldham. The Indiana portion of the bi-State Louisville 8-hour ozone nonattainment area is comprised of two Indiana CountiesClark and Floyd. In this action, EPA is proposing to approve Kentucky's 8-hour ozone redesignation request for the Kentucky Bi-State Louisville Area. Additionally, EPA is proposing to approve the 8-hour ozone maintenance plan for the Kentucky Bi-State Louisville Area, including the regional motor vehicle emission budgets (MVEBs) for nitrogen oxides (NOX) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). This proposed approval of Kentucky's redesignation request is based upon EPA's determination that Kentucky has demonstrated that the Kentucky Bi-State Louisville Area has met the criteria for redesignation to attainment specified in the Clean Air Act (CAA), including the determination that the entire (both the Kentucky and Indiana portions) Bi-State Louisville 8-hour ozone nonattainment area has attained the 8-hour ozone standard. In July and September 2006, Indiana submitted a redesignation request and maintenance plan for the Indiana portion of this 8-hour ozone area. EPA is taking action on that redesignation request and maintenance plan in a separate action. In this action, EPA is also notifying the public that EPA is reviewing the 2003 and 2020 regional MVEBs for NOX and VOCs submitted by Kentucky as part of its maintenance plan, for adequacy. These regional MVEBs are identical to those contained in the Indiana submittal for the bi-State area. During the comment period for this proposal, the public may also comment on the adequacy of the proposed regional MVEBs.
Dichlorprop-p Risk Assessments; Notice of Availability and Request for Risk Reduction Options
Document Number: E7-8109
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's risk assessments, and related documents for the pesticide dichlorprop-p, and opens a public comment period on these documents. The public is encouraged to suggest risk management ideas or proposals to address the risks identified. EPA is developing a Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) for dichlorprop-p through a modified, 4-Phase public participation process that the Agency uses to involve the public in developing pesticide reregistration decisions. Through this program, EPA is ensuring that all pesticides meet current health and safety standards.
Change in Deadline for Rulemaking To Address the Control of Emissions From New Marine Compression-Ignition Engines at or Above 30 Liters Per Cylinder
Document Number: E7-8105
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-04-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
A January 2003 final rule established the first U.S. emission standards for new compression-ignition Category 3 marine engines, those with a displacement at or above 30 liters per cylinder displacement. It also established a deadline of April 27, 2007 for EPA to promulgate a new tier of emission standards for these engines as determined appropriate under Clean Air Act (CAA) section 213(a). This rulemaking schedule was intended to allow EPA time to consider the state of technology that may permit deeper emission reductions and the status of international action for more stringent standards. Since 2003, we have continued to gain a greater understanding of the technical issues described in the final rule and to assess the continuing efforts of manufacturers to apply advanced emission control technologies to these very large engines, through ongoing discussions with various stakeholders. In addition, we have continued to work with and through the International Maritime Organization (IMO) toward more stringent international emission standards that would apply to all new marine diesel engines on ships engaged in international transportation. IMO is an important forum for EPA to gather new information and data regarding emission control technologies, costs, and other information on Category 3 engines and vessels. IMO is also important because the majority of ships used in international commerce are flagged in other nations. Due to the length of time necessary to assess advanced emission control technologies much of the information that we believe is necessary to develop more stringent Category 3 marine diesel engines standards has only become available recently and we expect more information to come to light in the course of the current negotiations underway at the IMO. Therefore, EPA is adopting a new deadline for the rulemaking that will consider the next tier of Category 3 marine diesel engine standards. Under this new schedule, EPA would adopt a final rule by December 17, 2009.
Change in Deadline for Rulemaking To Address the Control of Emissions From New Marine Compression-Ignition Engines at or Above 30 Liters per Cylinder
Document Number: E7-8103
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-04-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
A January 2003 final rule established the first U.S. emission standards for new compression-ignition Category 3 marine engines, those with a displacement at or above 30 liters per cylinder displacement. It also established a deadline of April 27, 2007 for EPA to promulgate a new tier of emission standards for these engines as determined appropriate under Clean Air Act (CAA) section 213(a). This rulemaking schedule was intended to allow EPA time to consider the state of technology that may permit deeper emission reductions and the status of international action for more stringent standards. Since 2003, we have continued to gain a greater understanding of the technical issues described in the final rule and to assess the continuing efforts of manufacturers to apply advanced emission control technologies to these very large engines, through ongoing discussions with various stakeholders. In addition, we have continued to work with and through the International Maritime Organization (IMO) toward more stringent international emission standards that would apply to all new marine diesel engines on ships engaged in international transportation. IMO is an important forum for EPA to gather new information and data regarding emission control technologies, costs, and other information on Category 3 engines and vessels. IMO is also important because the majority of ships used in international commerce are flagged in other nations. Due to the length of time necessary to assess advanced emission control technologies much of the information that we believe is necessary to develop more stringent Category 3 marine diesel engines standards has only become available recently and we expect more information to come to light in the course of the current negotiations underway at the IMO. Therefore, EPA is proposing a new deadline for the rulemaking that will consider the next tier of Category 3 marine diesel engine standards. Under this new schedule, EPA would adopt a final rule by December 17, 2009. In the ``Rules and Regulations'' section of this Federal Register, we are making this revision as a direct final rule without a prior proposed rule. If we receive no adverse comment, we will not take further action on this proposed rule.
Federal Advisory Committee on Detection and Quantitation Approaches and Uses in Clean Water Act Programs
Document Number: E7-8101
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
As required by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, the Environmental Protection Agency is announcing a three-day meeting of the Federal Advisory Committee on Detection and Quantitation Approaches and Uses in Clean Water Act (CWA) Programs (FACDQ).
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: E7-8099
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA expressed environmental concerns about the potential for adverse impacts to water quality, aquatic habitat and wildlife, additional roads and snowmobiles and off road vehicles. The Final EIS should consider mitigation to strengthen resource protection measures. Rating EC2.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Application Requirements for the Approval and Delegation of Federal Air Toxics Programs to State, Territorial, Local, and Tribal Agencies; EPA ICR No. 1643.06, OMB Control No. 2060-0264
Document Number: E7-8098
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), 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.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Ohio: Transportation Conformity
Document Number: E7-7897
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-04-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a January 31, 2007, request from Ohio for a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision related to the State transportation conformity regulations. This revision rescinds a number of the state transportation conformity regulations, from the SIP, so that the Federal transportation conformity regulations will be the enforceable regulations governing transportation conformity determinations in Ohio.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Ohio; Approval of Revision To Rescind Portions of the Ohio Transportation Conformity Regulations
Document Number: E7-7895
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-04-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a January 31, 2007, request from Ohio for a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision of the State transportation conformity regulations. Ohio held a public hearing on these revisions on September 21, 2006. These revisions rescind the portion of the state transportation conformity regulations which are no longer consistent with the Federal transportation conformity regulations. The rescission of the State regulations will allow the Federal transportation conformity regulations to govern transportation conformity determinations in Ohio.
Reissuance of General NPDES Permit (GP) for Alaskan Small Suction Dredging (Permit Number AKG-37-5000)
Document Number: E7-7999
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On June 4, 2007, a general permit regulating the activities of small suction dredge mining for gold placer mining operations in the State of Alaska expires. On January 16, 2007, EPA proposed to reissue this GP. There was a 45 day comment period. On April 4, 2007, the Department of Natural Resources, Office of Project Management and Permitting agreed with EPA's consistency determination under the Alaska Coastal Management Act. The Department of Environmental Conservation certified the GP under section 401 of the Clean Water Act on April 16, 2007. EPA received several comments on the GP and has prepared a Response to Comments. EPA has determined that each facility submitting a new Notice of Intent (NOI) prior to the expiration date of the current permit will be automatically covered by the reissued GP.
Office of Research and Development; Ambient Air Monitoring Reference and Equivalent Methods: Designation of a New Equivalent Method
Document Number: E7-7997
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated, in accordance with 40 CFR part 53, a new equivalent method for measuring concentrations of ozone (O3) in the ambient air.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; New Mexico; Albuquerque/Bernalillo County; Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and New Source Review
Document Number: E7-7896
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-04-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is approving revisions to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County, New Mexico, area that were adopted on December 14, 2005, and submitted to EPA by the Governor of New Mexico on May 24, 2006. The SIP revisions modify the PSD and Nonattainment New Source Review (NNSR) regulations in the SIP. They were submitted to make the area's PSD and NNSR rules consistent with the Federal PSD and NNSR revised regulations, which were promulgated by EPA on December 31, 2002, (67 FR 80186), and reconsidered with minor changes on November 7, 2003, (68 FR 63021), (collectively, the ``2002 New Source Review (NSR) Reform rules''). The revisions include provisions for baseline emissions calculations, an actual-to-projected- actual methodology for calculating emissions changes, options for plantwide applicability limits, and recordkeeping and reporting requirements. The EPA is approving these revisions pursuant to section 110, part C, and part D of the Federal Clean Air Act.
Extension of Temporary Exhaust Emission Test Procedure Option for All Terrain Vehicles
Document Number: 07-2069
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-04-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In a rule published November 8, 2002, EPA promulgated new emission standards for recreational vehicles beginning in model year 2006. This included a newly regulated class of nonroad vehicles/engines commonly referred to as all-terrain vehicles. In that rulemaking, a temporary provision was included allowing manufacturers to test all- terrain vehicles over a steady-state, engine-based, duty cycle for exhaust emissions prior to the 2009 model year in lieu of the transient, chassis-based, Federal Test Procedure which was effective for 2006 and later model years. In this rulemaking we are taking direct final action to extend the availability of this temporary provision for in some cases up to an additional six model years. More specifically, manufacturers would have to certify exhaust emission engine families representing not less than 50 percent of their US-directed production on the Federal Test Procedure in model year 2014 and 100 percent in 2015. Manufacturers with only one all terrain vehicle exhaust emission engine family would not be required to use the Federal Test Procedure until the 2015 model year. For those manufacturers who have not yet done so, this will allow additional time to certify to the previously promulgated Federal Test Procedure-based emission standards using either contract facilities or by obtaining in-house capability.
Exhaust Emission Test Procedures for All-Terrain Vehicles
Document Number: 07-2068
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-04-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In a rule published November 8, 2002, EPA promulgated new emission standards for recreational vehicles beginning in model year 2006. This included a newly regulated class of nonroad vehicles/engines commonly referred to as all-terrain vehicles. In that rulemaking, a temporary provision was included allowing manufacturers to certify all- terrain vehicles over a steady-state, engine-based, duty cycle for exhaust emissions prior to the 2009 model year in lieu of the transient, chassis-based, Federal Test Procedure which was effective for 2006 and later model years. In this rulemaking we are proposing to extend the availability of this temporary provision for in some cases up to an additional six model years, after which the chassis-based Federal Test Procedure would become the only available test cycle. More specifically, manufacturers would have to certify exhaust emission engine families representing not less than 50 percent of their U.S.- directed production on the Federal Test Procedure in model year 2014 and 100 percent in 2015. Manufacturers with only one all-terrain vehicle exhaust emission engine engine family would not be required to use the Federal Test Procedure until the 2015 model year. For those manufacturers who have not yet done so, this will allow additional time to certify to the previously promulgated Federal Test Procedure-based emission standards using either contract facilities or by obtaining in- house capability.
State Operating Permits Program; Maryland; Revision to the Acid Rain Regulations
Document Number: E7-7920
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-04-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA proposes to approve the operating permit program revision submitted by the State of Maryland for the purpose of amending the Code of Maryland Administrative Regulations' (COMAR) incorporation by reference citations to ensure that future changes to the Federal Acid Rain program will continue to be incorporated into Maryland's regulations. In the Final Rules section of this Federal Register, EPA is approving the State's operating permit program revision submittal 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 adverse comments are received in response to this action, 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 proposed rule. EPA will not institute a second comment period. Any parties interested in commenting on this action should do so at this time.
State Operating Permit Programs; Maryland; Revisions to the Acid Rain Regulations
Document Number: E7-7919
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-04-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Maryland operating permit program. The revisions amend the Code of Maryland Administrative Regulations' (COMAR) incorporation by reference citations to ensure that future changes to the Federal Acid Rain program will continue to be incorporated into Maryland's regulations. EPA is approving these revisions in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; State of Montana; Missoula Carbon Monoxide Redesignation to Attainment, Designation of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes, and Approval of Related Revisions
Document Number: E7-7900
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-04-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of Montana. On May 27, 2005, the Governor of Montana submitted a request to redesignate the Missoula ``moderate'' carbon monoxide (CO) nonattainment area to attainment for the CO National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). The Governor also submitted a CO maintenance plan which includes transportation conformity motor vehicle emission budgets (MVEB) for 2000, 2010, and 2020. In addition, EPA is proposing to approve CO periodic emission inventories for 1993 and 1996 for the Missoula nonattainment area that the State had previously submitted. This action is being taken under section 110 of the Clean Air Act.
Meeting of the Ozone Transport Commission
Document Number: E7-7898
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The United States Environmental Protection Agency is announcing the 2007 Annual Meeting of the Ozone Transport Commission (OTC). This OTC meeting will explore options available for reducing ground-level ozone precursors in a multi-pollutant context.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Conflict of Interest Rule #1, EPA ICR Number 1550.06, OMB Control Number 2030-0023; and Invitation for Bids and Request for Proposals (IFBs and RFPs), EPA ICR Number 1038.11, OMB Control Number 2030-0006
Document Number: E7-7894
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit a request to renew existing approved Information Collection Requests (ICRs) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). These ICRs are scheduled to expire on 07/31/2007. Before submitting the ICRs to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collections as described below.
Science Advisory Board Staff Office Notification of a Meeting of the Science Advisory Board Homeland Security Advisory Committee
Document Number: E7-7893
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public face-to-face meeting of the SAB Homeland Security Advisory Committee (HSAC) to consult on two developing projects: the Emergency Consequence Assessment Tool (ECAT), and the Preliminary Microbial Risk Assessment Methodologies (MRA).
Science Advisory Board Staff Office Notification of an Upcoming Teleconference of the Ethylene Oxide (EtO) Review Panel
Document Number: E7-7891
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the SAB Ethylene Oxide (EtO) Review Panel.
Issuance of an Experimental Use Permit
Document Number: E7-7888
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has granted an experimental use permit (EUP) to the following pesticide applicant. An EUP permits use of a pesticide for experimental or research purposes only in accordance with the limitations in the permit.
Syracuse Environmental Research Associates, Inc., Syracuse Research Corporation; Transfer of Data
Document Number: E7-7879
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-25
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 Syracuse Environmental Research Associates, Inc. and its subcontractor, Syracuse Research Corporation in accordance with 40 CFR 2.307(h)(3) and 2.308(i)(2). Syracuse Environmental Research Associates, Inc. and its subcontractor, Syracuse Research Corporation, have been awarded a contract to perform work for OPP, and access to this information will enable Syracuse Environmental Research Associates, Inc. and its subcontractor, Syracuse Research Corporation, to fulfill the obligations of the contract.
Notice of Receipt of Requests for Amendments to Delete Uses in Certain Pesticide Registrations
Document Number: E7-7769
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-25
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 for amendments by registrants to delete uses in certain pesticide registrations. Section 6(f)(1) of FIFRA provides that a registrant of a pesticide product may at any time request that any of its pesticide registrations be amended to delete one or more uses. FIFRA further provides that, before acting on the request, EPA must publish a notice of receipt of any request in the Federal Register.
Administrative Revisions to Plant-Incorporated Protectant Tolerance Exemptions
Document Number: E7-7768
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-04-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to move existing active and inert ingredient plant-incorporated protectant tolerance exemptions from 40 CFR part 180, Tolerances and Exemptions from Tolerances for Pesticide Chemicals in Food to 40 CFR part 174, Procedures and Requirements for Plant-Incorporated Protectants, subpart W. EPA is also making some conforming changes to the text of the individual exemptions being transferred from part 180 so that they are consistent with part 174, as well as some minor technical corrections to the wording of certain individual exemptions. This action is administrative in nature and no substantive changes are made or are intended.
Proposed Administrative Revisions to Plant-Incorporated Protectant Tolerance Exemptions
Document Number: E7-7767
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-04-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to move existing active and inert ingredient plant-incorporated protectant tolerance exemptions from 40 CFR part 180 (Tolerances and Exemptions from Tolerances for Pesticide Chemicals in Food) to 40 CFR part 174 (Procedures and Requirements for Plant- Incorporated Protectants) subpart W (Tolerances and Tolerance Exemptions). EPA is also proposing some conforming changes to the text of the individual exemptions, so that they are consistent with part 174, as well as some minor technical corrections to the wording of certain individual exemptions. This action is administrative in nature and no substantive changes are intended. We are proposing these administrative revisions to plant-incorporated protectant tolerance exemptions to take into account the promulgation of 40 CFR part 174, 66 FR 37814, July 19, 2001.
Formetanate Hydrochloride; Modification and Closure of Interim Reregistration Eligibility Decision; Notice
Document Number: E7-7766
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces EPA's intention to modify certain risk mitigation measures that were imposed as a result of the 2006 Interim Reregistration Eligibility Decision (IRED) for the pesticide formetanate hydrochloride (HCl). EPA conducted this reassessment of the formetanate HCl IRED in response to comments received regarding endpoints chosen for the assessment. The Agency agreed that the toxicity endpoints fo human health risk assessment should be re- evaluated. Hence, the resulting assessment modified the mitigation listed in the IRED. Therefore, on formetanate HCl labels, there will be no requirement for closed cabs for applicators using air-blast sprayers on orchard fruit and the Restricted Entry Intervals are modified for alfalfa (from 9 to 4 days), pome and stone fruit (from 8 to 5 days) and citrus fruit (from 10 to 9 days).
BeakerTree Corporation; Transfer of Data
Document Number: E7-7765
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-25
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 BeakerTree Corporation in accordance with 40 CFR 2.307(h)(3) and 2.308(i)(2). BeakerTree Corporation has been awarded multiple contracts to perform work for OPP, and access to this information will enable BeakerTree Corporation to fulfill the obligations of the contract.
Final Stipulated Injunction and Related Information Involving Pesticides and the California Red-Legged Frog; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E7-7764
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On October 20, 2006, the Federal District Court for the Northern District of California issued a Stipulated Injunction, resolving a lawsuit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity against EPA, alleging that EPA failed to comply with section 7(a)(2) of the Endangered Species Act by not ensuring that its registration of 66 named pesticide active ingredients will not jeopardize the California red-legged frog, a federally-listed Threatened species. Key terms of the Stipulated Injunction are summarized as follows: a Court-ordered schedule for EPA to make effects determinations for the 66 named pesticides; interim injunctive measures regarding EPA's authorization of uses of the 66 pesticides in certain parts of 33 counties in California; and the development and distribution of a bilingual brochure regarding certain aspects of the injunction, pesticides and frogs. Today, EPA announces the availability on its Web site (www.epa.gov/espp) of the bilingual brochure, along with maps and guidance regarding the interim injunctive measures ordered by the Court.
Propiconazole; Pesticide Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions
Document Number: E7-7678
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-04-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes time-limited tolerances for combined residues of propiconazole and its metabolites containing the dichlorobenzoic acid (DCBA) moiety expressed as parent compound, in or on peach and nectarine. This action is in response to EPA's granting of emergency exemptions under section 18 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) authorizing use of the pesticide on peach and nectarine as a post-harvest treatment. This regulation establishes maximum permissible levels for residues of propiconazole in these food commodities. The tolerances expire and are revoked on December 31, 2010.
Mecoprop-p Risk Assessments; Notice of Availability and Request for Risk Reduction Options
Document Number: E7-7676
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's risk assessments, and related documents for the pesticide mecoprop-p, and opens a public comment period on these documents. The public is encouraged to suggest risk management ideas or proposals to address the risks identified. EPA is developing a Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) for mecoprop-p through a modified, 4-Phase public participation process that the Agency uses to involve the public in developing pesticide reregistration decisions. Through this program, EPA is ensuring that all pesticides meet current health and safety standards.
Revisions to Definition of Cogeneration Unit in Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR), CAIR Federal Implementation Plan, Clean Air Mercury Rule (CAMR), and CAMR Proposed Federal Plan; Revision to National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Boilers and Process Heaters; and Technical Corrections to CAIR and Acid Rain Program Rules
Document Number: E7-7536
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-04-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In 2005, EPA finalized the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) to address emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOX) and sulfur dioxide (SO2) and the Clean Air Mercury Rule (CAMR) to establish standards of performance for mercury (Hg) for coal-fired electric utility steam generating units. Both CAIR and CAMR include model cap-and-trade rules that states may adopt to meet the applicable requirements. In 2006, EPA finalized the Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) for CAIR and also proposed a Federal Plan for CAMR. All four rules include an exemption for certain cogeneration units. To qualify for this exemption, a unit must, among other things, meet an efficiency standard included in the cogeneration unit definition. Today, in light of information concerning existing biomass-fired cogeneration units that may not qualify for the exemption, EPA is proposing a change in the cogeneration unit definition in CAIR, the CAIR model cap-and-trade rules, the CAIR FIP, CAMR, and the CAMR model cap-and-trade rule, and the proposed CAMR Federal Plan. Specifically, EPA is proposing to revise the efficiency standard in the cogeneration unit definition so that the standard would apply, with regard to certain units, only to the fossil fuel portion of a unit's energy input. This change to the CAIR model cap-and-trade rules, CAIR FIP, CAMR, and proposed CAMR Federal Plan would likely make it possible for some additional units to qualify for the cogeneration unit exemption in these rules. Because it would only affect a small number of relatively low emitting units, this would have little effect on the projected emissions reductions and the environmental benefits of these rules. EPA is also considering revisions to the definition of ``total energy input,'' a term used in the efficiency standard. This action also proposes minor technical corrections to CAIR and the Acid Rain Program rules. Finally, this action proposes minor revisions to National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Boilers and Process Heaters (``boiler MACT'').
Pesticides; Data Requirements for Biochemical and Microbial Pesticides; Notification to the Secretary of Agriculture
Document Number: E7-7445
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-04-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document notifies the public that the Administrator of EPA has forwarded to the Secretary of Agriculture a draft final rule as required by section 25(a) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). As described in the Agency's semi-annual Regulatory Agenda, the draft final rule updates the data requirements necessary to register a biochemical or microbial pesticide product. The revisions will codify data requirements to reflect current regulatory and scientific standards. The data requirements will cover all scientific disciplines for biochemical and microbial pesticides, including product chemistry and residue chemistry, toxicology, and environmental fate and effects.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; PM2.5
Document Number: E7-6348
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit a request for a new Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This ICR covers the 3 year time period from April 5, 2008 through April 4, 2011. 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.
Clean Air Fine Particle Implementation Rule
Document Number: E7-6347
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-04-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This final action provides rules and guidance on the Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements for State and Tribal plans to implement the 1997 fine particle (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). Fine particles and precursor pollutants are emitted by a wide range of sources, including power plants, cars, trucks, industrial sources, and other burning or combustion-related activities. Health effects that have been associated with exposure to PM2.5 include premature death, aggravation of heart and lung disease, and asthma attacks. Those particularly sensitive to PM2.5 exposure include older adults, people with heart and lung disease, and children. Air quality designations became effective on April 5, 2005 for 39 areas (with a total population of 90 million) that were not attaining the 1997 PM2.5 standards. By April 5, 2008, each State having a nonattainment area must submit to EPA an attainment demonstration and adopted regulations ensuring that the area will attain the standards as expeditiously as practicable, but no later than 2015. This rule and preamble describe the requirements that States and Tribes must meet in their implementation plans for attainment of the 1997 fine particle NAAQS. (Note that this rule does not include final PM2.5 requirements for the new source review (NSR) program; the final NSR rule will be issued at a later date.)
Regulation of Fuels and Fuel Additives: Extension of the Reformulated Gasoline Program to Illinois Portion of the St. Louis, Illinois-Missouri Ozone Nonattainment Area
Document Number: E7-7777
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-04-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under section 211(k)(6) of the Clean Air Act, the Administrator of EPA shall require the sale of reformulated gasoline (RFG) in an ozone nonattainment area classified as marginal, moderate, serious or severe upon the application of the Governor of the state in which the nonattainment area is located. This final action extends the Act's prohibition against the sale of conventional gasoline (i.e., gasoline that is not RFG) to the Illinois portion of the St. Louis, Illinois-Missouri moderate ozone nonattainment area. The Agency will implement this prohibition for refiners and all other persons in the fuel distribution system other than retailers and wholesale purchaser- consumers on June 1, 2007. For retailers and wholesale purchaser- consumers, EPA's final action implements the prohibition on July 1, 2007. As of the compliance date for retailers and wholesale purchaser- consumers, this area will be treated as a covered area for all purposes of the Federal RFG program.