Environmental Protection Agency May 24, 2007 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

SAFETEA-LU High Occupancy Vehicle Facilities Exemption Rule
Document Number: E7-9821
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-05-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users Act, which was signed into law on August 10, 2005, contains provisions which apply to state High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) facilities. Among other exceptions, SAFETEA-LU Section 1121, which is codified at 23 United States Code (U.S.C.) 166 now allows an exemption from the HOV facility occupancy requirement for vehicles certified as ``low emission and energy-efficient.'' As directed by the 2005 Transportation Act, EPA must issue regulations for certifying vehicles as ``low emission and energy-efficient.'' Specifically, this action proposes the requirements for ``low emission and energy-efficient'', including procedures for making fuel economy comparisons and the requirements for labeling these vehicles. As the Department of Transportation (DOT) is responsible for the planning and implementation of HOV programs, any changes to HOV programs as a result of this action would also be implemented by DOT and enforced by the individual states that choose to adopt these requirements. As directed by the 2005 Transportation Act, the HOV multiple-occupancy exemption for low emission and energy-efficient vehicle expires September 30, 2009.
Request for Nominations to the EPA Human Studies Review Board
Document Number: E7-10066
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Office of the Science Advisor (OSA) is soliciting nominations of qualified individuals in the area of human health risk assessment to serve on the Human Studies Review Board (HSRB). The HSRB is a Federal advisory committee, operating in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) 5 U.S.C. App. 2 Section 9, providing advice, information, and recommendations to EPA on issues related to scientific and ethical aspects of human subjects research.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Federal Implementation Plans Under the Clean Air Act for Indian Reservations in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington; EPA ICR No. 2020.03, OMB Control No. 2060-0558
Document Number: E7-10065
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit a request to renew an existing approved Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This ICR is scheduled to expire on November 30, 2007. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans Georgia: Enhanced Inspection and Maintenance Plan
Document Number: E7-10059
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-05-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of Georgia, through the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GA EPD), on July 25, 2006, and January 25, 2007, pertaining to rules for Enhanced Inspection and Maintenance (I/M). In the Final Rules Section of this Federal Register, EPA is approving the State's SIP revision 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 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 proposed 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 Georgia: Enhanced Inspection and Maintenance Plan
Document Number: E7-10057
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-05-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving two revisions to the Georgia State Implementation Plan (SIP), submitted by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GA DNR), through the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GA EPD), on July 25, 2006, and January 25, 2007. The revisions include modifications to Georgia's Air Quality Rules found at Chapter 391-3-20, pertaining to rules for Enhanced Inspection and Maintenance (I/M). Enhanced I/M was required for 1-hour nonattainment areas classified as serious and above, under the CAA as amended in 1990. The I/M program is a way to ensure that vehicles are maintained properly and verify that the emission control system is operating correctly, in order to reduce vehicle-related emissions. This action is being taken pursuant to section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NOX
Document Number: 07-2586
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that an Information Collection Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. This is a request to renew an existing approved collection. The ICR, which is abstracted below, describes the nature of the information collection and its estimated burden and cost.