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

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Delegation of National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Source Categories; State of Arizona, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality; State of Nevada, Nevada Division of Environmental Protection
Document Number: E7-8681
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-05-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to section 112(l) of the 1990 Clean Air Act, EPA granted delegation of specific national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality on March 16, 2007, and to the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection on January 12, 2007. EPA is proposing to revise the Code of Federal Regulations to reflect the current delegation status of NESHAP in Arizona and Nevada.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; West Virginia; Redesignation of the Parkersburg, WV, Portion of the Parkersburg-Marietta, WV-OH 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area to Attainment and Approval of the Maintenance Plan
Document Number: E7-8678
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-05-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a redesignation request and a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of West Virginia. The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) is requesting that the Parkersburg, West Virginia (Parkersburg) portion of the Parkersburg-Marietta, WV-OH area (herein referred to as the ``Area'') be redesignated as attainment for the 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). In conjunction with its redesignation request, the State submitted a SIP revision consisting of a maintenance plan for Parkersburg that provides for continued attainment of the 8-hour ozone NAAQS for the next 12 years, until 2018. Concurrently, EPA is approving the maintenance plan as meeting the requirements of Clean Air Act (CAA) 175A(b) with respect to the 1-hour ozone maintenance plan update. EPA is also approving the adequacy determination for the motor vehicle emission budgets (MVEBs) that are identified in the Parkersburg 8-hour maintenance plan for purposes of transportation conformity, and is approving those MVEBs. EPA is approving the redesignation request and the maintenance plan revision to the West Virginia SIP in accordance with the requirements of the CAA.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Redesignation of the Tioga County Ozone Nonattainment Area to Attainment and Approval of the Area's Maintenance Plan and 2002 Base Year Inventory
Document Number: E7-8669
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-05-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a redesignation request and State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) is requesting that the Tioga County ozone nonattainment area (Tioga Area) be redesignated as attainment for the 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). EPA is proposing to approve the ozone redesignation request for Tioga Area. In conjunction with its redesignation request, PADEP submitted a SIP revision consisting of a maintenance plan for Tioga 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 Tioga Area has attained the 8-hour ozone NAAQS, based upon three years of complete, quality-assured ambient air quality ozone monitoring data for 2003-2005. EPA's proposed approval of the 8-hour ozone redesignation request is based on its determination that the Tioga Area has met the criteria for redesignation to attainment specified in the Clean Air Act (CAA). In addition, PADEP submitted a 2002 base year inventory for the Tioga Area which EPA is proposing to approve 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 Tioga Area maintenance plan for purposes of transportation conformity, which EPA is also proposing to approve. EPA is proposing approval of the redesignation request, and the maintenance plan and the 2002 base year inventory SIP revisions in accordance with the requirements of the CAA.
Approval And Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Iowa; Clean Air Interstate Rule
Document Number: E7-8665
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-05-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a revision to the Iowa State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted on August 15, 2006. This revision addresses the requirements of EPA's Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) promulgated on May 12, 2005, and subsequently revised on April 28, 2006, and December 13, 2006. EPA is proposing to determine that the SIP revision fully implements the CAIR requirements for Iowa. Therefore, as a consequence of the SIP approval, EPA will also withdraw the CAIR Federal Implementation Plans (FIPs) concerning SO2, NOX annual, NOX ozone season emissions for Iowa. The CAIR FIPs for all States in the CAIR region were promulgated on April 28, 2006, and subsequently revised on December 13, 2006. CAIR requires States to reduce emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOX) that significantly contribute to, and interfere with maintenance of, the national ambient air quality standards for fine particulates and/or ozone in any downwind state. CAIR establishes State budgets for SO2 and NOX and requires States to submit SIP revisions that implement these budgets in States that EPA concluded did contribute to nonattainment in downwind states. States have the flexibility to choose which control measures to adopt to achieve the budgets, including participating in the EPA-administered cap-and-trade programs. In the SIP revision that EPA is proposing to approve, Iowa would meet CAIR requirements by participating in the EPA-administered cap-and-trade programs addressing SO2, NOX annual, and NOX ozone season emissions.
Issuance of Final NPDES General Permit for Groundwater Remediation Discharge Facilities in Idaho (Permit No. ID-G91-0000)
Document Number: E7-8664
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Director, Office of Water and Watersheds, EPA Region 10, is publishing notice of availability of a general National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for groundwater remediation discharge facilities in Idaho, pursuant to the provisions of the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq. The general permit authorizes the discharge of treated groundwater from new and existing facilities to surface waters of the United States within the State of Idaho. Existing dischargers must apply for coverage within 90 days of the effective date of the permit by submitting a Notice of Intent (NOI) in accordance with the instructions in the permit. New dischargers whose operations commence after the effective date of the general permit must submit a NOI at least 30 days prior to the commencement of the discharge. A fact sheet has also been prepared which sets forth the principle factual, legal, policy, and scientific information considered in the development of the general permit. The general permit contains a variety of technology-based and water quality-based effluent limitations for 55 pollutants of concern commonly found in contaminated groundwater, along with administrative and monitoring requirements, as well as other standard conditions, prohibitions, and management practices. Effluent limits are applied at end-of-pipe with no mixing zone. However, mixing zones are available on an individual basis at the discretion of the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (IDEQ) for pollutants with water quality-based effluent limits. Mixing zones will be granted through an individual State certification that will be attached to EPA's authorization to discharge letter.
Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Prevention of Significant Deterioration and Nonattainment New Source Review: Emission Increases for Electric Generating Units
Document Number: E7-8263
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-05-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This action is a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPR) to EPA's October 20, 2005 notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR). In the October 2005 NPR, EPA (we) proposed to revise the emissions test for existing electric generating units (EGUs) that are subject to the regulations governing the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and nonattainment major New Source Review (NSR) programs (collectively ``NSR'') mandated by parts C and D of title I of the Clean Air Act (CAA). We proposed three alternatives for the emissions test: a maximum achievable hourly emissions test, a maximum achieved hourly emissions test, and an output-based hourly emissions test. This action recasts the proposed options so that the output-based test becomes an alternative method to implement the maximum achieved or maximum achievable hourly tests, rather than a separate option. This SNPR also proposes a new option in which the hourly emissions increase test is added to the existing requirements for computing a significant increase and a significant net emissions increase on an annual basis. It also includes proposed rule language and supplemental information for the October 2005 proposal, including an examination of the impacts on emissions and air quality. These proposed regulations interpret the emissions increase component of the modification test under CAA 111(a)(4), in the context of NSR, for existing EGUs. The proposed regulations would promote the safety, reliability, and efficiency of EGUs. We are seeking comment on all aspects of this proposed rule.
Great Lakes Initiative (GLI) Toxicity Data Clearinghouse
Document Number: E7-8655
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Great Lakes Initiative Toxicity Data Clearinghouse (Clearinghouse) is available for use by States, Tribes, and other interested parties. The online Clearinghouse, developed in cooperation with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Headquarters, Regions 2, 3, and 5, and the Great Lakes States and Tribes, acts as a central location for toxicity data, exposure parameters, and supporting documents used in deriving water quality criteria and guidance values in the Great Lakes Basin.
Source-Specific Federal Implementation Plan for Four Corners Power Plant; Navajo Nation
Document Number: E7-8530
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-05-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is promulgating a source-specific Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) to regulate emissions from the Four Corners Power Plant (FCPP), a coal-fired power plant located on the Navajo Indian Reservation near Farmington, New Mexico.
Meeting of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council-Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: E7-8654
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under Section 10(a)(2) of Public Law 92-423, ``The Federal Advisory Committee Act,'' notice is hereby given of a meeting of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC), established under the Safe Drinking Water Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 300f et seq.). The topics to be discussed and considered by the Council include EPA and utility activities to address emerging contaminants and climate change. EPA will consult with the Council on the Aircraft Drinking Water Rule and Lead and Copper Rule Revisions. The Council will also be briefed on activities to improve waterborne disease outbreak surveillance; investigation and reporting; activities to advance sustainable infrastructure and water security; and activities related to developing a management framework for geosequestration of carbon dioxide. If time permits, the Council will also be updated on the status of other regulatory and implementation activities underway in the national drinking water protection program.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Missouri
Document Number: E7-8566
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-05-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA proposes to approve an amendment to the Missouri State Implementation Plan (SIP). This action approves an amendment to the SIP-approved Doe Run Herculaneum Consent Judgment to remove language specifying the exact bag technology to be used in the baghouses. Related performance standard requirements will remain unchanged. This action is independent and does not affect the revision to the Missouri SIP due in April 2007, in response to the SIP Call issued April 14, 2006, to bring the area of Herculaneum into compliance with the lead National Ambient Air Quality Standard.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Missouri
Document Number: E7-8560
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-05-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving an amendment to the Missouri State Implementation Plan (SIP). This action approves an amendment to the SIP-approved Doe Run Herculaneum Consent Judgment to remove language specifying the exact bag technology to be used in the baghouses. Related performance standard requirements will remain unchanged. This action is independent and does not affect the revision to the Missouri SIP due in April 2007, in response to the SIP Call issued April 14, 2006, to bring the area of Herculaneum into compliance with the lead National Ambient Air Quality Standard.
Guidance for Pesticide Registrants on Small-Scale Field Testing and Low-Level Presence in Food of Plant-Incorporated Protectants (PIPs); Notice of Availability
Document Number: E7-8550
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Agency is announcing the availability of a Pesticide Registration Notice (PR Notice) titled ``Guidance on Small-Scale Field Testing and Low-Level Presence in Food of Plant-Incorporated Protectants (PIPs).'' PR Notices are issued by the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) to inform pesticide registrants and other interested persons about important policies, procedures, and registration related decisions, and serve to provide guidance to pesticide registrants and OPP personnel. The PR Notice provides guidance to the registrant concerning clarification on the process by which EPA reviews and ensures the safety of low-level residues of PIPs in food or feed, and the conditions under which a tolerance or exemption from the requirement of a tolerance would be required for field tests for biotechnology-derived food and feed crop plants containing PIPs.
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: E7-8531
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA expressed environmental concerns about air quality impacts, water quality impacts and impacts to wildlife and vegetation, and requested additional information on energy conservation and pollution prevention.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E7-8529
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
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.
1,3-Dichloropropene (1,3-D) Revised Human Health Risk Assessment, Notice of Availability and Solicitation of Risk Reduction Options
Document Number: E7-8390
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability and solicitation of comments on the EPA's revised human health risk assessment for the soil fumigant 1,3-Dichloropropene (1,3-D), which is commonly referred to as telone. In addition, this notice seeks public comment on the risk reduction options paper and EPA's benefits assessments for the soil fumigant group. The Agency is also seeking comments on the 1,3-D ecological risk assessment which, based on public comments in phase 3, was not revised. Although 1,3-D has undergone reregistration and a Reregistration Eligibility Decision was published in December 1998, EPA is concurrently assessing six soil fumigants to ensure that its risk assessment approaches are consistent, and to ensure that risk tradeoffs and economic outcomes can be adequately predicted in reaching risk management decisions for the five other soil fumigants. The Agency is seeking the same input from the public on these pesticides. EPA has developed a revised human health risk assessment for 1,3-D and is seeking comment through a public participation process in order to make available current and accurate information on this pesticide.
Chloroneb, Cypermethrin, Methidathion, Nitrapyrin, Oxyfluorfen, Pirimiphos-methyl, Sulfosate, Tebuthiuron, Thiabendazole, Thidiazuron, and Tribuphos; Proposed Tolerance Actions
Document Number: E7-8373
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-05-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to revoke certain tolerances for the fungicides chloroneb and thiabendazole; the herbicide sulfosate; the defoliant thidiazuron; the insecticides cypermethrin, methidathion, and pirimiphos-methyl; and the soil microbiocide nitrapyrin. Also, EPA is proposing to modify certain tolerances for the fungicides chloroneb and thiabendazole; the herbicides oxyfluorfen and tebuthiuron; the defoliants thidiazuron and tribuphos; the insecticides cypermethrin, methidathion, and pirimiphos-methyl; and the soil microbiocide nitrapyrin. In addition, EPA is proposing to establish new tolerances for the fungicides chloroneb and thiabendazole; the herbicide oxyfluorfen; the defoliants thidiazuron and tribuphos; the insecticides cypermethrin, methidathion, and pirimiphos-methyl; and the soil microbiocide nitrapyrin. The regulatory actions proposed in this document are in follow-up to the Agency's reregistration program under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), and tolerance reassessment program under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) section 408(q).
Chloropicrin Revised Risk Assessments; Notice of Availability and Solicitation of Risk Reduction Options
Document Number: E7-8371
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's revised risk assessments for the pesticide chloropicrin. In addition, this notice solicits public comment on risk reduction options paper for chloropicrin and a preliminary benefits assessment. 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 chloropicrin through the full, 6-Phase public participation process that the Agency uses to involve the public in developing pesticide reregistration and tolerance reassessment decisions. EPA is also concurrently assessing the risks of five other soil fumigant pesticides to ensure that its assessment approaches are consistent and to ensure that risk tradeoffs and economic outcomes can be adequately predicted in reaching management decisions. The Agency is seeking the same input for the other soil fumigants on a similar schedule. Through these programs, EPA is ensuring that all pesticides meet current health and safety standards.
Soil Fumigant Pesticides; Notice of Public Meetings
Document Number: E7-8277
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) is planning to hold two stakeholder meetings to obtain public input on risk management options for the soil fumigant pesticides chloropicrin, dazomet, metam sodium, metam potassium, and methyl bromide. Reregistration for 1,3- dichloropropene (1,3-D or Telone) was completed in 1998, but it is included in the review for comparative purposes. The public meetings will be held in the states of Washington and Florida in late May and early June 2007. The purpose of the meetings is for the Agency to obtain first-hand comments on possible human health risk mitigation options from stakeholders who are most affected by soil fumigant use, including growers, professional fumigant applicators, farm workers, neighbors and community members, local officials, and others. EPA also plans to participate in a stakeholder meeting focusing on risk mitigation options for the soil fumigants metam sodium and metam potassium, held by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation in late May 2007. California and EPA have been working together on soil fumigant issues during the last several years, and use similar approaches to reduce exposure. Stakeholders' comments at these meetings will help inform EPA's decision later this year on the reregistration eligibility of several soil fumigant pesticides. Through the reregistration program, EPA is ensuring that all pesticides meet current health and safety standards.
Lime-sulfur (Inorganic polysulfides); Reregistration Eligibility Decision for Low Risk Pesticide; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E7-8276
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) for the pesticide lime-sulfur (inorganic polysulfides also called calcium polysulfide), and opens a public comment period on this document, related risk assessments, and other support documents. EPA has reviewed the low risk pesticide lime-sulfur (inorganic polysulfides) through a modified, streamlined version of the public participation process that the Agency uses to involve the public in developing pesticide reregistration and tolerance reassessment decisions. Through these programs, EPA is ensuring that all pesticides meet current health and safety standards.
Methyl Bromide Revised Human Health Risk Assessment for Soil, Greenhouses, and Residential/Structural Uses, Notice of Availability, and Solicitation of Risk Reduction Options (Phase 5 of 6-Phase Process)
Document Number: E7-8275
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability and seeks comments on EPA's revised human health risk assessment for the pesticide methyl bromide. In addition, this notice solicits public comment on two risk mitigation options documents for methyl bromide and EPA's preliminary benefits assessments. The Agency is also seeking comments on the ecological risk assessment which, based on public comments in phase 3, was not revised. 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 the methyl bromide soil, greenhouses, and residential/structural uses through the full, 6-Phase public participation process that the Agency uses to involve the public in developing pesticide reregistration and tolerance reassessment decisions. EPA completed a red for commodity uses of methyl bromide, including uses that have tolerances, in August 2006. EPA also is concurrently assessing the risks of five other fumigant pesticides that also have soil uses to ensure that its assessment approaches are consistent, and to ensure that risk tradeoffs and economic outcomes can be adequately predicted in reaching risk management decisions. The Agency is seeking the same input from the public on these pesticides. Through these programs, EPA is ensuring that all pesticides meet current health and safety standards.
Dazomet Revised Human Health Risk Assessment; Notice of Availability and Solicitation of Risk Reduction Options
Document Number: E7-8274
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability and seeks comments on EPA's revised human health risk assessment for the pesticide fumigant dazomet. In addition, this notice solicits public comment on the risk reduction options paper for dazomet and EPA's benefits assessments for the soil fumigants. The Agency is also seeking comments on the ecological risk assessment. 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 dazomet through the full, 6-Phase public participation process that the Agency uses to involve the public in developing pesticide reregistration and tolerance reassessment decisions. EPA also is concurrently assessing the risks of five other soil fumigant pesticides to ensure that its assessment approaches are consistent, and to ensure that risk tradeoffs and economic outcomes can be adequately predicted in reaching risk management decisions. The Agency is seeking the same input from the public on these pesticides on a similar schedule. Through these programs, EPA is ensuring that all pesticides meet current health and safety standards.
Metam Sodium and Metam Potassium; Revised Human Health Risk Assessment, Notice of Availability and Solicitation of Risk Reduction Options
Document Number: E7-8269
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability and seeks comments on EPA's revised human health risk assessment for the pesticide fumigants metam sodium and metam potassium. In addition, this notice solicits public comment on the risk reduction options paper for fumigants including metam sodium and metam potassium and EPA's benefits assessments for the soil fumigants. The Agency is also seeking comments on the ecological risk assessment which was not revised since the last public comment period. 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 metam sodium and metam potassium through the full, 6-Phase public participation process that the Agency uses to involve the public in developing pesticide reregistration and tolerance reassessment decisions. EPA also is concurrently assessing the risks of four other soil fumigant pesticides to ensure that its assessment approaches are consistent, and to ensure that risk tradeoffs and economic outcomes can be adequately predicted in reaching risk management decisions. The Agency is seeking the same input from the public on these pesticides on a similar schedule. Through these programs, EPA is ensuring that all pesticides meet current health and safety standards.
Pesticide Products; Registration Applications
Document Number: E7-8268
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces receipt of applications to register pesticide products containing new active ingredients not included in any previously registered products pursuant to the provisions of section 3(c)(4) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended.
Metaflumizone; Receipt of Application for Emergency Exemption, Solicitation of Public Comment
Document Number: E7-8266
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has received a specific exemption request from the Georgia Department of Agriculture to use the pesticide metaflumizone (CAS No. 139968-49-3) to treat up to 31,000 acres of Brassica leafy vegetables to control the diamondback moth. The Applicant proposes the use of a new chemical which has not been registered by EPA. Therefore, EPA is soliciting public comment before making the decision whether or not to grant the exemption.
Chlorflurenol; Reregistration Eligibility Decision
Document Number: E7-8265
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) for the pesticide chlorflurenol. The Agency's risk assessments and other related documents also are available in the chlorflurenol docket. Chlorflurenol is an herbicide and a plant growth regulator registered for use in agricultural, commercial, and residential settings. Chlorflurenol has no food/feed uses and, therefore, has no tolerances associated with its use. EPA has reviewed chlorflurenol through the public participation process that the Agency uses to involve the public in developing pesticide reregistration decisions. Through these programs, EPA is ensuring that all pesticides meet current health and safety standards.
Glyphosate; Pesticide Tolerance
Document Number: E7-8000
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-05-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation amends the tolerance expression for glyphosate to include the dimethylamine (DMA) salt of glyphosate. Dow AgroScienes, LLC requested this tolerance under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Cooperative Agreements and Superfund State Contracts for Superfund Response Actions
Document Number: E7-7990
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-05-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This final rule amends the regulation for Superfund Cooperative Agreements and Superfund State Contracts. The revisions to the regulation: Incorporate EPA policy changes since 1990 that impact this regulation; reduce the burden placed by this regulation on Cooperative Agreement recipients and parties to Superfund State Contracts; increase reliance on the Federal Government's uniform administrative requirements for grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and local governments, wherever possible; authorize procedures that required deviations, on multiple occasions, under the existing regulation; expressly authorize previous program initiatives that were proven successful on a pilot basis; provide additional regulatory flexibility without negatively impacting cost recovery actions; update cross-references to other regulations that have changed or been removed; and eliminate references to obsolete forms. The revisions affect States, Indian Tribes, intertribal consortia, and political subdivisions. The revisions will improve the administration and effectiveness of Superfund Cooperative Agreements and Superfund State Contracts.
Transportation Conformity Rule Amendments to Implement Provisions Contained in the 2005 Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU)
Document Number: E7-7770
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-05-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In this action EPA is proposing to amend the transportation conformity rule to make it consistent with Clean Air Act section 176(c) as amended by SAFETEA-LU, which was signed into law on August 10, 2005 (Pub. L. 109-59). The Clean Air Act requires federally supported transportation plans, transportation improvement programs, and projects to be consistent with (``conform to'') the purpose of the state air quality implementation plan. To make the transportation conformity rule consistent with SAFETEA- LU's revisions to the Clean Air Act, this proposal would change the regulations to reflect that the statute now provides more time for state and local governments to meet conformity requirements, provides a one-year grace period before the consequences of not meeting certain conformity requirements apply, allows the option of shortening the timeframe conformity determinations, and streamlines other provisions. EPA is also including other proposals not related to SAFETEA-LU, such as a proposal to allow the Department of Transportation (DOT) to make categorical hot-spot findings for appropriate projects in carbon monoxide areas. EPA has consulted with DOT, and they concur with this proposal.
Approval and Promulgation of Ohio SO2
Document Number: E7-8295
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-05-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve an assortment of rules, submitted by Ohio on May 16, 2006, setting limits on sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions. Most significantly, EPA is proposing to approve rules for Franklin, Stark and Summit Counties and for one source in Sandusky County that are currently regulated under limits that EPA promulgated in 1976 as a Federal Implementation Plan (FIP). If finalized, this action would provide that the entire FIP for SO2 in Ohio would be superseded by approved State limits. Consequently, EPA is proposing to rescind the entire FIP. EPA is also proposing to approve several substantive rule revisions and to approve numerous Ohio rules that update various company names and unit identifications. Finally, since this rulemaking resolves the issues which led a court to remand the designation for a portion of Summit County to EPA for reconsideration, EPA is proposing to promulgate a designation of attainment for the presently undesignated portion of this county.
Adequacy Status of the Columbus and Toledo, OH, Submitted 8-Hour Ozone Redesignation and Maintenance Plans for Transportation Conformity Purposes
Document Number: E7-8278
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In this notice, EPA is notifying the public that we have found that the motor vehicle emissions budgets (MVEBs) for volatile organic compounds (VOC) and oxides of nitrogen (NOX) in the Columbus, Ohio area (Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Knox, Licking, and Madison Counties) and the Toledo, Ohio area (Lucas and Wood Counties) are adequate for use in transportation conformity determinations. Ohio submitted the Columbus budgets with an 8-hour ozone redesignation request and maintenance plan on December 28, 2006, January 10, 2007, and March 9, 2007. Ohio submitted the Toledo budgets with an 8-hour ozone redesignation request and maintenance plan on December 22, 2006, and March 9, 2007. As a result of our finding, Columbus and Toledo, Ohio must use the MVEBs from the submitted 8-hour ozone redesignation and maintenance plan for future transportation conformity determinations.
Board of Scientific Counselors, Executive Committee Meeting-May 2007
Document Number: E7-8264
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-01
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 one meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Executive Committee.
Drinking Water: Regulatory Determinations Regarding Contaminants on the Second Drinking Water Contaminant Candidate List-Preliminary Determinations
Document Number: E7-7539
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-05-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), as amended in 1996, requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to make regulatory determinations on at least five unregulated contaminants and decide whether to regulate these contaminants with a national primary drinking water regulation (NPDWR). SDWA requires that these determinations be made every five years. These unregulated contaminants are typically chosen from a list known as the Contaminant Candidate List (CCL), which SDWA requires the Agency to publish every five years. EPA published the second CCL (CCL 2) in the Federal Register on February 24, 2005 (70 FR 9071 (USEPA, 2005a)). This action presents the preliminary regulatory determinations for 11 of the 51 contaminants listed on CCL 2 and describes the supporting rationale for each. The preliminary determination is that an NPDWR is not appropriate for any of the 11 contaminants considered for regulatory determinations. The Agency seeks comment on these 11 preliminary determinations. While the Agency has not made a preliminary determination for perchlorate, this action provides an update on the Agency's evaluation of perchlorate. The Agency requests public comment on the information and the options that the Agency is considering in evaluating perchlorate and welcomes the submission of relevant, new information and/or data that may assist the Agency in its regulatory determination.
Prevention of Significant Deterioration, Nonattainment New Source Review, and Title V: Treatment of Certain Ethanol Production Facilities Under the “Major Emitting Facility” Definition
Document Number: E7-7365
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-05-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This final rule finalizes proposed changes made to the definition of ``major emitting facility'' in the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD), Nonattainment New Source Review (NSR) and Title V regulations. Two of the regulatory changes proposed addressed the major source threshold for PSD sources. The remaining proposed regulatory changes finalized in this action address when fugitive emissions are counted for purposes of determining whether a source is a major source under the PSD, nonattainment NSR or Title V programs. The proposal solicited comment on whether wet and dry corn milling facilities that produce ethanol for fuel should continue to be considered a part of the chemical process plants source category, and whether other types of facilities that produce ethanol fuel should be considered for exclusion from the definition of chemical process plants. Based on comments received and evaluated, we have included additional changes to this final rule that exclude other facilities that produce ethanol by natural fermentation and are classified in North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code 325193 or 312140 from the definition of ``chemical process plants.''
Regulation of Fuels and Fuel Additives: Renewable Fuel Standard Program
Document Number: E7-7140
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-05-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under the Clean Air Act, as amended by Section 1501 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the Environmental Protection Agency is required to promulgate regulations implementing a renewable fuel program. The statute specifies the total volume of renewable fuel that the regulations must ensure is used in gasoline sold in the U.S. each year, with the total volume increasing over time. In this context, this program is expected to reduce dependence on foreign sources of petroleum, increase domestic sources of energy, and help transition to alternatives to petroleum in the transportation sector. The increased use of renewable fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel is also expected to have the added effect of providing an expanded market for agricultural products such as corn and soybeans. Based on our analysis, we believe that the expanded use of renewable fuels will provide reductions in carbon dioxide emissions that have been implicated in climate change. Also, there will be some reductions in air toxics emissions such as benzene from the transportation sector, while some other emissions such as oxides of nitrogen are expected to increase. This action finalizes regulations designed to ensure that refiners, blenders, and importers of gasoline will use enough renewable fuel each year so that the total volume requirements of the Energy Policy Act are met. Our rule describes the standard that will apply to these parties and the renewable fuels that qualify for compliance. The regulations also establish a trading program that will be an integral aspect of the overall program, allowing renewable fuels to be used where they are most economical while providing a flexible means for obligated parties to comply with the standard.