Environmental Protection Agency October 16, 2007 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Determination of Nonattainment and Reclassification of the Memphis, TN/Crittenden County, AR 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area
Document Number: E7-20390
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-10-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to find that the Memphis, Tennessee and Crittenden County, Arkansas marginal 8-hour ozone nonattainment area (Memphis TN-AR Nonattainment Area) has failed to attain the 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (``NAAQS'' or ``standard'') by June 15, 2007, the attainment deadline set forth in the Clean Air Act (CAA) and Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) for marginal nonattainment areas. If EPA finalizes this finding, the Memphis TN-AR Nonattainment Area will then be reclassified as a moderate 8-hour ozone nonattainment area. The moderate area attainment date for the reclassified Memphis TN-AR Nonattainment Area would then be as expeditiously as practicable, but no later than June 15, 2010. Once reclassified, Tennessee and Arkansas must submit State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions that meet the 8-hour ozone nonattainment requirements for moderate areas, as required by the CAA. In this action, EPA is also proposing the schedule for the States' submittal of the SIP revisions required for moderate areas once the area is reclassified.
Approval and Promulgation of State Implementation Plans and Operating Permits Program; State of Iowa
Document Number: E7-20378
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving revisions to the Iowa State Implementation Plan (SIP) and Operating Permits Program submitted by the state of Iowa. These revisions update and clarify various rules and make minors revisions and corrections. Approval of these revisions will ensure consistency between the state and Federally-approved rules, and ensure Federal enforceability of the State's revised air program rules.
Approval and Promulgation of State Implementation Plans and Operating Permits Program; State of Iowa
Document Number: E7-20377
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-10-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the Iowa State Implementation Plan (SIP) and Operating Permits Program submitted by the state of Iowa. These revisions update and clarify various rules and makes minor revisions and corrections. Approval of these revisions will ensure consistency between the state and Federally-approved rules, and ensure Federal enforceability of the State's revised air program rules.
U.S. EPA's National Clean Water Act Recognition Awards Presentation During the Water Environment Federation's Technical Exposition and Conference (WEFTEC), and Announcement of 2007 National Awards Winners
Document Number: E7-20373
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency recognized municipalities and industries for outstanding and innovative technological achievements in wastewater treatment and pollution abatement programs. An inscribed plaque was presented to first and second place national winners at the annual Clean Water Act Recognition Awards presentation during the Water Environment Federation's Technical Exposition and Conference (WEFTEC). Recognition is made every year for outstanding programs and projects in operations and maintenance at wastewater treatment facilities, biosolids management and public acceptance, municipal implementation and enforcement of local pretreatment programs, cost-effective storm water controls, and combined sewer overflow controls. This action also announces the 2007 national awards winners.
Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Environmental Research (NCER) Standing Subcommittee Meeting-2007
Document Number: E7-20348
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-16
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 a meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) National Center for Environmental Research (NCER) Standing Subcommittee.
Determination of Nonattainment and Reclassification of the Atlanta, GA, 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area
Document Number: E7-20342
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-10-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to find that the Atlanta, Georgia marginal 8- hour nonattainment ozone area has failed to attain the 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (``NAAQS'' or ``standard'') by June 15, 2007, the attainment deadline set forth in the Clean Air Act (CAA) and Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) for marginal nonattainment areas. If EPA finalizes this finding, the Atlanta, Georgia area will then be reclassified, by operation of law, as a moderate 8-hour ozone nonattainment area. The moderate area attainment date for the Atlanta, Georgia area would then be ``as expeditiously as practicable,'' but no later than June 15, 2010. Once reclassified, Georgia must submit a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision that meets the 8-hour ozone nonattainment requirements for moderate areas, as required by the CAA. In this action, EPA is also proposing the schedule for Georgia's submittal of the SIP revision required for moderate areas once the area is reclassified.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans and Designation of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes; Georgia: Redesignation of Murray County, GA, 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area to Attainment for Ozone
Document Number: E7-20340
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking final action to approve a request submitted on June 15, 2007, from the State of Georgia, through the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD), to redesignate the Murray County 8-hour ozone nonattainment area to attainment for the 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). The Murray County 8-hour nonattainment ozone area is a partial county area, comprised of the portion of Murray County that makes up the Chattahoochee National Forest (Murray County Area). EPA's approval of the redesignation request is based on the determination that the Murray County Area has met the criteria for redesignation to attainment set forth in the Clean Air Act (CAA), including the determination that the Murray County Area has attained the 8-hour ozone standard. Additionally, EPA is approving a revision to the Georgia State Implementation Plan (SIP) including the 8-hour ozone maintenance plan for the Murray County Area that contains the new 2018 motor vehicle emission budgets (MVEBs) for nitrogen oxides (NOX) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Through this action, EPA is also finding the 2018 MVEBs adequate for the purposes of transportation conformity.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Ohio Particulate Matter
Document Number: E7-20253
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is granting final approval of Ohio rules concerning equivalent visible emission limits (EVELs), i.e., alternate opacity limits that may be established for stack sources that meet mass emission limits but cannot meet standard opacity limits. Ohio's rules provide criteria for establishment of EVELs, and the rules provide that EVELs established according to these criteria take effect without formal review by EPA. Ohio submitted these rules on July 18, 2000, and EPA published notices of proposed rulemaking on December 2, 2002, and on January 23, 2007, that proposed to approve these rules. EPA received one adverse comment letter. EPA will honor the commenter's recommendation to fully codify the effects of this action, but EPA does not agree that further notice and opportunity for comment is necessary. As a result of this action, previous State modifications to EVELs will become effective at the Federal level on November 15, 2007. Similarly, any future action by the State to establish, modify, or rescind EVELs in accordance with the criteria given in these Ohio rules, as approved, will become effective at the federal level immediately upon the effective date of the State action.
Approval of Implementation Plans; Ohio; Clean Air Interstate Rule
Document Number: E7-20252
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a revision to the Ohio State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted on September 26, 2007. Ohio initially submitted a SIP revision on April 17, 2007, with a proposed rule and then revised it and submitted a SIP revision with a final rule on September 26, 2007. This SIP revision incorporates provisions related to the implementation of EPA's Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR), promulgated on May 12, 2005, and subsequently revised on April 28, 2006, and December 13, 2006, and the CAIR Federal Implementation Plan (CAIR FIP) concerning sulfur dioxide (SO2), oxides of nitrogen (NOX) annual, and NOX ozone season emissions for the State of Ohio, promulgated on April 28, 2006 and subsequently revised December 13, 2006. EPA is not making any changes to the CAIR FIP, but is amending to the extent EPA approves Ohio's SIP revision, the appropriate appendices in the CAIR FIP trading rules simply to note that approval. The Ohio SIP revision that was submitted on April 17, 2007, was a full CAIR SIP revision. In a letter submitted on September 26, 2007, Ohio requested that EPA consider the September 26, 2007, submittal as two separate submittals, i.e., as a full CAIR SIP and as an abbreviated CAIR SIP. Ohio requested that EPA act on specific portions of the September 26, 2007, submittal as an abbreviated CAIR SIP. Consequently, today, EPA is taking final action only on the abbreviated SIP revision and not the full CAIR SIP revision, which will be the subject of a separate future action. EPA is approving Ohio's abbreviated SIP revision that addresses the methodology used to allocate annual and ozone season NOX allowances to affected electric generating units (EGUs), and the opt-in provisions, under the CAIR trading programs and the CAIR FIP.
Approval and Promulgation of State Implementation Plans; Ohio: Clean Air Interstate Rule
Document Number: E7-20251
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-10-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing approval of a revision to the Ohio State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted on April 17, 2007, as amended by letter on September 26, 2007. 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 Ohio SIP revision meets selected provisions of the Clean Air Interstate Rule Federal Implementation Plan emission reduction requirements under the NOX SIP Call and, as such, is approvable.
Approval of Implementation Plans; Wisconsin; Clean Air Interstate Rule
Document Number: E7-20165
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is partially approving and partially disapproving a revision to the Wisconsin State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted on June 19, 2007. The Wisconsin SIP revision was proposed for partial approval and partial disapproval on July 30, 2007. No comments were received during the comment period for the proposal. This revision incorporates provisions related to the implementation of EPA's Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR), promulgated on May 12, 2005, and subsequently revised on April 28, 2006, and December 13, 2006, and the CAIR Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) which concerns sulfur dioxide (SO2), oxides of nitrogen (NOX) annual, and NOX ozone season emissions for the State of Wisconsin, promulgated on April 28, 2006, and subsequently revised December 13, 2006. EPA is not making any changes to the CAIR FIP, but is, to the extent EPA approves Wisconsin's SIP revision, amending the appropriate appendices in the CAIR FIP trading rules simply to note that approval. EPA is approving an abbreviated SIP revision that addresses the methodology to be used to allocate annual and ozone season NOX allowances under the CAIR FIP, except for allowances in the compliance supplement pool. The portions of Wisconsin's submittal (those associated with the compliance supplement pool and Superior Environmental Performance) that EPA is disapproving are inconsistent with CAIR and/or otherwise inappropriate to include in a CAIR SIP and must, therefore, be disapproved.
Approval of Implementation Plans of Illinois: Clean Air Interstate Rule
Document Number: E7-20144
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-10-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a revision to the Illinois State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted on September 14, 2007. 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 Illinois. As a consequence of the SIP approval, EPA would also withdraw the CAIR Federal Implementation Plans (CAIR FIPs) concerning SO2, NOX annual, and NOX ozone season emissions for Illinois.
Approval of Implementation Plans of Illinois: Clean Air Interstate Rule
Document Number: E7-20142
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a revision to the Illinois State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted on September 14, 2007. 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 determining that the SIP revision fully meets the CAIR requirements for Illinois. Therefore, as a consequence of the SIP approval, EPA will also withdraw the CAIR Federal Implementation Plans (CAIR FIPs) concerning sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOX) annual, and NOX ozone season emissions for Illinois. 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 SO2 and NOX that significantly contribute to, and interfere with maintenance of, the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for fine particulates (PM2.5) 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 approving, Illinois meets CAIR requirements by participating in the EPA-administered cap-and-trade programs addressing SO2, NOX annual, and NOX ozone season emissions.