Environmental Protection Agency May 3, 2007 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Proficiency Testing Studies for Drinking Water Laboratories; EPA ICR No. 2264.01, OMB Control No. 2040-New
Document Number: E7-8442
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-03
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). 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.
Agreement for Recovery of Response Costs and Covenant Not To Sue Under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act Regarding the Dover Municipal Well #4 Superfund Site, Dover, Morris County, NJ
Document Number: E7-8441
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with Section 122(i) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, as amended (``CERCLA''), 42 U.S.C. 9601 et seq., the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA'') announces a proposed administrative settlement to resolve claims under CERCLA. This settlement is intended to resolve the liability of a responsible party for certain response costs incurred and to be incurred by EPA at the Dover Municipal Well 4 Superfund Site located in Dover, Morris County, New Jersey (``Site''). The proposed administrative settlement is contained in an Agreement for Recovery of Past Response Costs (``Agreement'') between Marie Pennella (``the Settling Party'') and EPA. By this Notice, EPA is informing the public of the proposed settlement and of the opportunity to comment. The Site includes Municipal Well 4, which was closed in 1980 after the discovery of volatile organic compounds in the well water. The Site also includes an approximately one quarter-acre parcel (``the Property'') owned by the Settling Party. A dry cleaning facility formerly operated on the Property, and the Property is a source of contamination of the groundwater found in Municipal Well 4. EPA is the lead agency responsible for cleanup of the Site, and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (``NJDEP'') serves as the support agency. In 1992, EPA issued a Record of Decision (``ROD'') selecting a remedy for the groundwater. In 2005, EPA issued a second ROD selecting the remedy for the contaminated soil and modifying the remedy for the deeper groundwater. Section 122(h) of CERCLA authorizes EPA to consider, compromise and settle certain claims incurred by the United States. NJDEP has also incurred certain costs at the Site. This is an ability to pay settlement. Under the terms of the Agreement, the Settling Party will pay the entire proceeds of an insurance claim in the amount of $672,397 to EPA and NJDEP and transfer title to the Property to EPA. The Settling Party will remit 85% of the insurance proceeds to EPA and 15% of the proceeds to NJDEP. In exchange, EPA will grant a covenant not to sue or take administrative action against the Settling Party for reimbursement of past or future response costs pursuant to Section 107(a) of CERCLA. EPA will consider any comments received during the comment period and may withdraw or withhold consent to the proposed settlement if comments disclose facts or considerations that indicate the proposed settlement is inappropriate, improper, or inadequate. EPA's response to any comments received will be available for public inspection at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Regional Counsel, 290 Broadway17th Floor, New York, NY 10007-1866. Telephone: (212) 637- 3111.
National Air Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Halogenated Solvent Cleaning
Document Number: E7-7668
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-05-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is promulgating revised standards to limit emissions of methylene chloride (MC), trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene (PCE) from facilities engaged in halogenated solvent cleaning. On December 2, 1994, EPA promulgated technology-based emission standards to control HAP emissions of halogenated solvents from halogenated solvent cleaning. Pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA) section 112(f), EPA has evaluated the remaining risk to public health and the environment following implementation of the technology-based rule and is promulgating more stringent standards in order to provide an ample margin of safety to protect public health. These final standards will provide further reductions of MC, PCE, and TCE beyond the 1994 national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP), through application of a facility-wide total MC, PCE, and TCE emission standard. In addition, EPA has reviewed the standards as required by section 112(d)(6) of the CAA and has determined that, taking into account developments in practices, processes, and control technologies, no further action beyond what is required under CAA section 112(f) is necessary at this time.