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

Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans and Designation of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes; Indiana; Redesignation of Lake and Porter Counties to Attainment of the 8-Hour Ozone Standard and Approval of Base Year Emission Inventories
Document Number: E7-9825
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-05-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On September 12, 2006, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) submitted a request for EPA approval of a redesignation of Lake and Porter Counties to attainment of the 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) and of an ozone maintenance plan for this area as a revision to the Indiana State Implementation Plan (SIP). EPA is proposing to determine that the Chicago-Gary-Lake County, Illinois-Indiana (IL-IN) 8-hour ozone nonattainment area, which includes Lake and Porter Counties, has attained the 8-hour ozone NAAQS. EPA is proposing to approve Indiana's ozone maintenance plan for Lake and Porter Counties as a revision to the SIP. EPA is proposing to approve Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) and Nitrogen Oxides (NOX) Motor Vehicle Emission Budgets (MVEBs) for Lake and Porter Counties as supported by the ozone maintenance plan. EPA is proposing to approve Indiana's 2002 base year VOC and NOX emission inventories for Lake and Porter Counties. EPA is proposing to approve into the Indiana SIP the VOC and NOX periodic emission inventories for 1999, 2002, and 2004. Finally, EPA is proposing to approve the redesignation of Lake and Porter Counties to attainment of the 8-hour ozone NAAQS.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NESHAP for Chromium Emissions from Hard and Decorative Chromium Electroplating and Chromium Anodizing (Renewal); EPA ICR Number 1611.06, OMB Control Number 2060-0327
Document Number: E7-10521
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-31
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; NESHAP for Boat Manufacturing (Renewal), EPA ICR Number 1966.03, OMB Control Number 2060-0546
Document Number: E7-10520
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-31
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.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Iowa
Document Number: E7-10493
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-05-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA proposes to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the state of Iowa for the purpose of revising the general emission rate for particulate matter.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Iowa
Document Number: E7-10490
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-05-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the purpose of revising the general emission rate for particulate matter.
Outer Continental Shelf Air Regulations Consistency Update for California
Document Number: E7-10457
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-05-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to update a portion of the Outer Continental Shelf (``OCS'') Air Regulations. Requirements applying to OCS sources located within 25 miles of States' seaward boundaries must be updated periodically to remain consistent with the requirements of the corresponding onshore area (``COA''), as mandated by section 328(a)(1) of the Clean Air Act, as amended in 1990 (``the Act''). The portion of the OCS air regulations that is being updated pertains to the requirements for OCS sources by the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (Ventura County APCD). The intended effect of approving the OCS requirements for the Ventura County APCD is to regulate emissions from OCS sources in accordance with the requirements onshore. The change to the existing requirements discussed below is proposed to be incorporated by reference into the Code of Federal Regulations and is listed in the appendix to the OCS air regulations.
Reissuance of the NPDES General Permit for Oil and Gas Exploration, Development and Production Facilities Located in State and Federal Waters in Cook Inlet (Permit Number AKG-31-5000)
Document Number: E7-10456
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Director, Office of Water and Watersheds, EPA Region 10, is publishing notice of availability of the final National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general permit authorizing discharges from exploration, development, and production platforms and related facilities in Cook Inlet, Alaska, pursuant to the provisions of the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq. The general permit contains conditions and limitations that conform to the Offshore and Coastal Subcategories of the Oil and Gas Extraction Point Source Effluent Limitations Guidelines, set forth at 40 CFR Part 435, subparts A and D, as well as additional requirements that ensure that the regulated discharges will not cause unreasonable degradation of the marine environment, as required by section 403(c) of the Clean Water Act (i.e., the Ocean Discharge Criteria), 33 U.S.C. 1343(c). New facilities seeking permit coverage must submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) at least 30 days prior to discharge. The general permit expands the existing coverage area to include the Minerals Management Service Lease Sales Nos. 191 and 199, and the State waters adjoining those lease areas. The general permit also authorizes discharges from oil and gas exploration, development and production facilities, however, new development and production facilities are not authorized to discharge produced water, drilling fluids, or drill cuttings. 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.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Missouri
Document Number: E7-10233
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-05-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA proposes to approve a request to amend the Missouri State Implementation Plan (SIP) to include the base year inventory for the Missouri portion of the St. Louis 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) nonattainment area and a demonstration of Missouri's emissions statement authority. The Missouri portion of the St. Louis nonattainment area consists of the City of St. Louis and Franklin, Jefferson, St. Charles and St. Louis Counties. The nonattainment area also includes four counties in Illinois. This amendment would fulfill Missouri's obligation, as a moderate nonattainment area, to submit a base year inventory for the 8-hour ozone NAAQS and to demonstrate adequate authority to address the emissions statement requirement under Section 182(a)(1) and Section 182(a)(3)(B) of the Clean Air Act (CAA), respectively.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Missouri
Document Number: E7-10231
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-05-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a request to amend the Missouri State Implementation Plan (SIP) to include the base year inventory for the Missouri portion of the St. Louis 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) nonattainment area and a demonstration of Missouri's emissions statement authority. The Missouri portion of the St. Louis nonattainment area consists of the City of St. Louis and Franklin, Jefferson, St. Charles and St. Louis Counties. The nonattainment area also includes four counties in Illinois. This amendment would fulfill Missouri's obligation, as a moderate nonattainment area, to submit a base year inventory for the 8-hour ozone NAAQS and to demonstrate adequate authority to address the emissions statement requirement as required under Section 182(a)(1) and Section 182(a)(3)(B) of the Clean Air Act, respectively.
Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Listing of Substitutes for Ozone-Depleting Substances-n-Propyl Bromide in Solvent Cleaning
Document Number: E7-9707
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-05-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determines that n- propyl bromide (nPB) is an acceptable substitute for methyl chloroform and chlorofluorocarbon (CFC)-113 in the solvent cleaning sector under the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program under section 612 of the Clean Air Act. The SNAP program reviews alternatives to Class I and Class II ozone depleting substances and approves use of alternatives which do not present a substantially greater risk to public health and the environment than the substance they replace or than other available substitutes.
Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Listing of Substitutes for Ozone-Depleting Substances-n-Propyl Bromide in Adhesives, Coatings, and Aerosols
Document Number: E7-9706
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-05-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA or ``we'') Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program, this action proposes to list n-propyl bromide (nPB) as an unacceptable substitute for methyl chloroform, chlorofluorocarbon (CFC)-113, and hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC)-141b when used in adhesives or in aerosol solvents because nPB in these end uses poses unacceptable risks to human health when compared with other substitutes that are available. In addition, EPA takes comment on alternate options that would find nPB acceptable subject to use conditions in adhesives or in aerosol solvents. This action also proposes to list nPB as acceptable, subject to use conditions, as a substitute for methyl chloroform, CFC- 113, and hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC)-141b in the coatings end use. This proposal supersedes EPA's proposal of June 3, 2003 on the acceptability of nPB as a substitute for ozone-depleting substances for aerosols and adhesives.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Redesignation of the Reading Ozone Nonattainment Area to Attainment and Approval of the Area's Maintenance Plan and 2002 Base Year Inventory
Document Number: E7-10356
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-05-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a redesignation request and a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) is requesting that the Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania ozone nonattainment area (Reading 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 Reading Area. In conjunction with its redesignation request, PADEP submitted a SIP revision consisting of a maintenance plan for Reading Area that provides for continued attainment of the 8-hour ozone NAAQS for at least 10 years after redesignation and that amends the existing 1-hour ozone maintenance plan for the Reading Area. EPA is proposing to make a determination that the Reading 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 Reading 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 Reading 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 Reading 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 Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Attainment Determination, Redesignation of the Franklin County Ozone Nonattainment Area to Attainment and Approval of the Area's Maintenance Plan and 2002 Base Year Inventory
Document Number: E7-10351
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-05-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a redesignation request and a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) is requesting that the Franklin County ozone nonattainment area (Franklin County 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 Franklin County Area. In conjunction with its redesignation request, PADEP submitted a SIP revision consisting of a maintenance plan for Franklin County 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 Franklin County 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 Franklin County 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 Franklin County 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 Franklin County 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. EPA is also proposing to issue a determination that the area has attained the 1-hour ozone NAAQS, and to find that the requirements of section 172(c)(1) concerning the submission of the ozone attainment demonstration and reasonably available control measure requirements, the requirements of section 172(c)(2) concerning reasonable further progress (RFP), and the requirements of section 172(c)(9) concerning contingency measures for RFP or attainment do not apply to the area for so long as it continues to attain the 1-hour NAAQS for ozone.
Ethylene Oxide; Revised Risk Assessments, Notice of Availability and Solicitation of Risk Reductions
Document Number: E7-10341
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's revised risk assessments for the fumigant/sterilant pesticide ethylene oxide (ETO). In addition, this notice solicits public comment on risk reduction options to protect ETO workers and a revised alternatives assessment. The Agency is having this second Phase-5 to focus on ETO's risks to workers under FIFRA. 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 ETO through the full, 6-Phase 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.
Public Water System Supervision Program Revisions for the State of Indiana
Document Number: E7-10339
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that the State of Indiana is revising its approved Public Water System Supervision Program. Indiana has revised the following rules: Arsenic, Radionuclides, and Long Term 1 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule. EPA has determined that these revisions by the State are no less stringent than the corresponding federal regulations. Therefore, EPA intends to approve these revisions to the State of Indiana's Public Water System Supervision Program. Any interested party may request a public hearing. A request for a public hearing must be submitted by June 29, 2007, to the Regional Administrator at the EPA Region 5 address shown below. The Regional Administrator may deny frivolous or insubstantial requests for a hearing. However, if a substantial request for a public hearing is made by June 29, 2007, EPA Region 5 will hold a public hearing. If EPA Region 5 does not receive a timely and appropriate request for a hearing and the Regional Administrator does not elect to hold a hearing on her own motion, this determination shall become final and effective on June 29, 2007. Any request for a public hearing shall include the following information: the name, address, and telephone number of the individual, organization, or other entity requesting a hearing; a brief statement of the requesting person's interest in the Regional Administrator's determination and a brief statement of the information that the requesting person intends to submit at such hearing; and the signature of the individual making the request, or, if the request is made on behalf of an organization or other entity, the signature of a responsible official of the organization or other entity.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Indiana; Oxides of Nitrogen Regulations, Phase II
Document Number: E7-10317
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-05-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is proposing to approve Indiana's oxides of nitrogen (NOX) rules which satisfy the requirements of EPA's NOX SIP Call Phase II Rule (the Phase II Rule). We are proposing to approve these rules based on Indiana's demonstration that the State will meet the Phase II Rule requirements through rules regulating stationary internal combustion (IC) engines. Limiting NOX emissions from IC engines will enable the State to meet the Phase II budget of 4,244 tons during the ozone season, thereby improving air quality and protecting the health of Indiana citizens. We are also proposing to approve other changes to Indiana's NOX rules. These are minor clerical corrections and changes in definitions made by Indiana to conform to EPA's Phase II Rule. Citizens who wish to comment on this proposed approval of the Indiana Phase II NOX plan are encouraged to do so within the timeframe noted below.
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District
Document Number: E7-10238
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-05-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District (SJVUAPCD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern Oxides of Nitrogen (NOX) emissions from Boilers, Steam Generators and Process Heaters (2.0 MMBtu/hr to 5.0 MMBtu/hr, and 0.075 MMBtu/hr to 2.0 MMBtu/hr); Dryers, Dehydrators, and Ovens; Natural Gas- Fired, Fan-Type Residential Central Furnaces; and Solid Fuel Fired Boilers, Steam Generators and Process Heaters. We are proposing to approve local rules to regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act).
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District
Document Number: E7-10236
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-05-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District (SJVUAPCD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern Oxides of Nitrogen (NOX) emissions from Boilers, Steam Generators and Process Heaters (2.0 MMBtu/hr to 5.0 MMBtu/hr, and 0.075 MMBtu/hr to 2.0 MMBtu/hr); Dryers, Dehydrators, and Ovens; Natural Gas-Fired, Fan-Type Residential Central Furnaces; and Solid Fuel Fired Boilers, Steam Generators and Process Heaters. We are approving local rules that regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act).
Pesticide Products; Registration Applications
Document Number: E7-10230
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces receipt of applications to register pesticide products containing new active ingredients not included in any currently registered products pursuant to the provisions of section 3(c)(4) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended.
4-Aminopyridine Risk Assessment; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E7-10228
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's ecological risk assessments, and related documents for the pesticide 4-aminpyridine, 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 4-aminopyridine 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.
Water Security Initiative: Preliminary Notice of a Request for Applications for Contamination Warning System Pilots
Document Number: E7-10241
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing preliminary notice of its intention to solicit competitive applications for cooperative agreements to support contamination warning system demonstration pilots. These pilots will be part of the Agency's Water Security (WS) initiative (formerly WaterSentinel), which addresses the risk of contamination of drinking water distribution systems. Local governments or institutions (either public or private nonprofit organizations) that operate community water systems serving at least 750,000 people will be eligible to compete for these cooperative agreements. The purpose of this notice is to alert potential applicants to this future opportunity.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Kansas
Document Number: E7-10235
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-05-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving revisions to Kansas' State Implementation Plan (SIP) to include updates to its Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) of Air Quality rule, which incorporate portions of the New Source Review (NSR) program promulgated by the Environmental Protection Agency in December 2002. Specifically, these revisions adopt by reference provisions of 40 CFR 52.21 as in effect July 1, 2004, except for subsections with references to the clean unit exemptions, pollution control projects, and the record keeping provisions for the actual-to-projected-actual emissions applicability test. Kansas did not adopt the latter provisions because of the June 2005 decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which vacated the clean unit exemption and pollution control project provisions and remanded back to EPA the record keeping provisions for the actual-to-projected-actual emissions applicability test. We proposed to approve the revisions on January 31, 2007, and received no comments on the proposal.
Renewal of Federal Advisory Committee To Examine Detection and Quantitation Approaches in Clean Water Act Programs
Document Number: E7-10234
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Charter for the Environmental Protection Agency's Federal Advisory Committee on Detection and Quantitation Approaches and Uses in Clean Water Act (CWA) Programs (FACDQ) will be renewed for an additional two year period, to allow the committee to complete its work. This is a necessary committee which is in the public interest, in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C. App.2 section 9(c). The purpose of the FACDQ is to provide advice and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on policy issues related to detection and quantitation, and on the scientific and technical aspects associated with monitoring and reporting chemical pollutants under the Clean Water Act. We have determined that completing the work of this committee is in the public interest, and will assist the Agency in performing its duties under the Clean Water Act, as amended. Copies of the Committee Charter will be filed with the appropriate committees of Congress and the Library of Congress.
Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of Upcoming Meetings of the Science Advisory Board Panel for the Review of EPA's 2007 Report on the Environment
Document Number: E7-10232
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference and a public meeting of the SAB Panel for the Review of EPA's 2007 Report on the Environment. The teleconference and meeting are being held to conduct a peer review of the EPA's draft Report on the Environment 2007: Science Report.
Performance Advantage, Inc. Superfund Site Weogufka, Coosa County, Alabama; Notice of Settlement
Document Number: E7-10224
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under Section 122(h) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), the United States Environmental Protection Agency has entered into a settlement for reimbursement of past response concerning the Performance Advantage, Inc. Superfund Site located in Weogufka, Coosa County, Alabama.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Cooling Water Intake Structure Phase II Existing Facilities (Renewal), EPA ICR No. 2060.03, OMB Control No. 2040-0257
Document Number: E7-10223
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that an Information Collection Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. This is a request to renew an existing approved collection. This ICR is scheduled to expire on May 31, 2007. Under OMB regulations, the Agency may continue to conduct or sponsor the collection of information while this submission is pending at OMB. The ICR which is abstracted below describes the nature of the collection and the estimated burden and cost.
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: E7-10132
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA expressed environmental concerns about impacts to wetlands, floodplains, and air impacts related to PM 2.5. EPA is also concerned about cumulative impacts. Rating EC2.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E7-10131
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Risk and Technology Review, Phase II, Group 2
Document Number: E7-10128
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-05-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is announcing that the comment period for the advanced notice for proposed rulemaking for the Risk and Technology Review, Phase II, Group 2 published on March 29, 2007, is being extended until June 29, 2007, for all source categories except Petroleum Refineries.
Underground Injection Control Program Petition for Exemption From Hazardous Waste Disposal Restrictions to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Class I Hazardous Waste Injection Occidental Chemical Corporation, Wichita, KS
Document Number: E7-10118
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that an exemption to the land disposal restrictions under the 1984 Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act has been granted to Occidental Chemical Corporation (Occidental) for a Class I injection well, identified as Well Number 10, located at Wichita, Kansas. This injection well, is being added to an existing group of five hazardous waste injection wells which EPA had approved in 1990. As required by title 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 148, Occidental has adequately demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Environmental Protection Agency by petition and supporting documentation that, to a reasonable degree of certainty, there will be no migration of hazardous waste out of the designated injection zone for as long as the waste remains hazardous. This time frame is defined by 40 CFR 148.20 as 10,000 years. This final decision allows the underground injection by Occidental of the specific restricted waste, identified in the petition, into injection well Number 10 at the Wichita, Kansas facility, for as long as the basis for granting an approval of the petition remains valid, under provisions of 40 CFR 148.24. For the purpose of the required demonstration of no-migration of hazardous waste out of the injection zone over a 10,000 year period, modeling and projections were based on an operational lifetime projection date of December 31, 2020. Therefore, on or by the closing date of the aforementioned operation period, the owner/operator will be required to obtain an exemption re-issuance from EPA. Included in this approval is the stipulation that Occidental acquires and continues to maintain an approved permit from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. As required by 40 CFR 124.10, a public notice was issued on February 26, 2007. In addition to having solicited written comments regarding the Agency's proposed approval, EPA also announced that a formal public hearing would be held if there was a significant degree of public interest, but no interest was expressed, hence no formal public hearing was conducted; however, EPA held an informal Public Availability Session on March 13, 2007, at the Sedgwick County Extension Office in Wichita, Kansas, in order to provide the public with an opportunity to meet with Federal, State, and company officials and ask questions regarding the petition. The public comment period ended on April 11, 2007. All comments were addressed and considered in the final decision. This decision constitutes final Agency action and there is no administrative appeal process that can be applied to a final petition decision.
Army Chemical Agent Rocket Incinerator Approval to Dispose of Polychlorinated Biphenyls under the Toxic Substances Control Act; Notice of Application to Renew, Data Availability, and Modification of Existing Approval
Document Number: E7-10117
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Department of the Army (Army) has applied to renew an approval to dispose of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The renewal would allow the Army to continue to incinerate M55 chemical agent rockets containing PCBs using the Deactivation Furnace Systems (DFS). This action announces: EPA's consideration of the Army's application, the availability of trial burn data that will inform EPA's consideration, and the modification of the public participation condition of the Army's existing approval. EPA is requesting comments on the renewal application and trial burn data.
Chloroneb; Notice of Receipt of Request to Voluntarily Terminate Certain Uses of Pesticide Registrations
Document Number: E7-10116
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-25
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 a request by the registrant to voluntarily terminate certain uses of its chloroneb products. The request would terminate chloroneb's use on all seed treatment. The request would not terminate the last chloroneb product registered in the United States. EPA intends to grant this request at the close of the comment period for this announcement unless the Agency receives substantive comments within the comment period that would merit its further review of the request, or unless the registrant withdraws its request within this period. Upon acceptance of this request, any sale, distribution, or use of products listed in this notice will be permitted only if such sale, distribution, or use is consistent with the terms as described in the final order.
Approval of Test Marketing Exemption for a Certain New Microorganism
Document Number: E7-10067
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces EPA's approval of an application for test marketing exemption (TME) under section 5(h)(1) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and 40 CFR part 725, subpart F. EPA has designated this application as TME-06-09. The test marketing conditions are described in the TME application and in this notice.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans: State of Florida; Prevention of Significant Deterioration Requirements for Power Plants Subject to the Florida Power Plant Siting Act
Document Number: E7-10063
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-05-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On February 3, 2006, the State of Florida, through a State Implementation Plan (SIP) submittal addressing New Source Review Reform (NSR) requirements, requested that EPA grant it full approval to implement the State's Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) Prevention of Significant Deterioration program for electric power plants subject to the Florida Electrical Power Plant Siting Act. EPA is proposing to approve this specific request under section 110 of the Act. EPA intends to take action on all other portions of Florida's February 3, 2006, NSR Reform SIP submittal in a future rulemaking. In the Final Rules section of this Federal Register, EPA is approving the State's request as a direct final rule without prior proposal because the Agency views this as a noncontroversial action 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: State of Florida; Prevention of Significant Deterioration Requirements for Power Plants Subject to the Florida Power Plant Siting Act
Document Number: E7-10061
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-05-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On February 3, 2006, the State of Florida, through a State Implementation Plan (SIP) submittal addressing New Source Review (NSR) Reform requirements, requested that EPA grant it full approval to implement the State's Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) program for electric power plants subject to the Florida Electrical Power Plant Siting Act. EPA is proposing to approve this specific request under section 110 of the Act. EPA intends to take action on all other portions of Florida's February 3, 2006, NSR Reform SIP submittal in a future rulemaking.
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List
Document Number: E7-10055
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-05-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 8 announces the deletion of the Peripheral Operable Unit (OU) of the Department of Energy (DOE) Rocky Flats Plant and Operable Unit 3 (OU 3), also referred to as the Offsite Areas, encompassing approximately 25,413 acres, from the National Priorities List (NPL). The NPL constitutes Appendix B of 40 CFR part 300, which is the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP), which EPA promulgated pursuant to Section 105 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). Rocky Flats Plant means the property owned by the United States Government, also known as Rocky Flats, Rocky Flats Site, or Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site (RFETS) as shown in figure 1. The Rocky Flats Plant is divided into the Central and Peripheral Operable Units (Figure 2) which contain 1,308 and 4,933 acres, respectively, and OU 3 (Figure 3) which contains approximately 20,480 acres. The 3 referenced figures are available in the http://www.regulations.gov index identified by Docket ID no. EPA- HQ-SFUND-1989-0011. EPA and the State of Colorado, through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), have determined that the Peripheral OU of the Rocky Flats Plant and OU 3 (Offsite Areas) poses no significant threat to public health or the environment and, therefore, no further remedial measures pursuant to CERCLA are appropriate. This partial deletion pertains to the surface media (soil, surface water, sediment) and subsurface media, including groundwater, within the Peripheral OU and OU 3 of the Rocky Flats Plant. The Central OU will remain on the NPL.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Ohio; Control of Gasoline Volatility
Document Number: E7-10054
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-05-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Ohio on February 14, 2006, and October 6, 2006, establishing a lower Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) fuel requirement for gasoline distributed in the Cincinnati and Dayton 8-hour ozone nonattainment areas. Ohio has developed this fuel requirement to reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC) in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA). EPA is approving Ohio's fuel requirement into the Ohio SIP because EPA has found that the requirement is necessary for the Cincinnati and Dayton areas to achieve the 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). This action is being taken under section 110 of the CAA. On March 29, 2007, the EPA published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing to approve the SIP revision. During the comment period EPA received a number of comments both supporting and opposing the approval of the fuel requirement. This document summarizes the comments received, EPA's responses, and finalizes the approval of Ohio's SIP revision to establish a RVP limit of 7.8 pounds per square inch (psi) for gasoline sold in the Cincinnati and Dayton 8-hour ozone nonattainment areas.
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.
The Association of American Pesticide Control Officials /State FIFRA Issues Research and Evaluation Group; Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: E7-9913
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Association of American Pesticide Control Officials (AAPCO)/State FIFRA Issues Research and Evaluation Group (SFIREG) will hold a 2-day meeting, beginning on June 25, 2007 and ending June 26, 2007. This notice announces the location and times for the meeting and sets forth the tentative agenda topics.
Propanil, Phenmedipham, Triallate, and MCPA; Tolerance Actions
Document Number: E7-9912
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-05-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is revoking certain tolerances for the herbicides propanil, triallate, and MCPA. EPA is modifying certain tolerances for the herbicides propanil, phenmedipham, triallate, and MCPA. In addition, EPA is establishing tolerances for the herbicides propanil, phenmedipham, triallate, and MCPA. The regulatory actions in this document are part of the Agency's reregistration program under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) section 408(q), as amended by the Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA) of 1996.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Georgia: Removal of Douglas County Transportation Control Measure; Correcting Amendment
Document Number: E7-9909
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-05-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This action corrects an inadvertent omission of the entry number for the Alternative Fuel Refueling Station/Park and Ride Transportation Center, Project DO-AR-211 in EPA's direct final rulemaking action, published in the Federal Register on November 28, 2006, for the Georgia State Implementation Plan.
Plant-Incorporated Protectants; Potential Revisions to Current Production Regulations; Extension of Comment Period
Document Number: E7-9847
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-05-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is extending the comment period for an ANPRM document concerning potential revisions to current production regulations for producers of plant-incorporated protectants (PIPs) published in the Federal Register of April 4, 2007. This document extends the comment period for an additional 30 days. The comment period is extended because EPA received a request from the Association of American Pesticide Control Officials (AAPCO), the association representing State pesticide regulatory officials. The extended comment period will allow State regulators to consider the ANPRM at the State-FIFRA Issues Research and Evaluation Group (SFIREG) national meeting June 25-26, 2007, and submit comments representing the consensus of their membership.
Inorganic Sulfites; Reregistration Eligibility Decision for Low Risk Pesticide; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E7-9835
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) for the pesticide inorganic sulfites, and opens a public comment period on this document, related risk assessments, and other support documents. EPA has reviewed the low risk pesticide inorganic sulfites 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.
Aliphatic Esters Reregistration Eligibility Decision; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E7-9834
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) for the pesticide aliphatic esters, and opens a public comment period on this document. The Agency's risk assessments and other related documents also are available in the aliphatic esters Docket. The aliphatic esters case contains six active ingredients, but only one active ingredient, the methyl esters of fatty acids, is registered and in only one product. The methyl esters of fatty acids are used as a pinching agent and applied as a foliar spray on ornamentals kept inside and outside of greenhouses. EPA has reviewed the aliphatic esters through a modified public participation process that the Agency uses to involve the public in developing pesticide reregistration decisions. Through this process, EPA is ensuring that all pesticides meet current health and safety standards.
Famoxadone; Pesticide Tolerance
Document Number: E7-9823
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-05-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of famoxadone in or on grape, hop, and caneberry, Subgroup 13A. Interregional Research Project (IR-4) requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).