Environmental Protection Agency October 19, 2007 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Science Advisory Board Hypoxia Advisory Panel
Document Number: E7-20671
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office is announcing a public teleconference of the SAB Hypoxia Advisory Panel to discuss comments from the chartered SAB, external reviewers and the public on its public draft (August 30, 2007) ``Hypoxia in the Northern Gulf of Mexico: An Update by the EPA Science Advisory Board.''
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Reporting and Recordkeeping for Asbestos Abatement Worker Protection (Renewal); EPA ICR No. 1246.10, OMB Control No. 2070-0072
Document Number: E7-20663
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-19
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 information collection and its estimated burden and cost.
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: E7-20657
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA expressed environmental concerns about the impacts to groundwater and karst topography, as well as an unavoidable number of sinkholes that will be directly and indirectly impacted by the project. EPA is also concerned that the preferred alternative would also result in indirect adverse effects on two historic sites. Rating EC1. EIS No. 20070322, ERP No. D-NPS-K61167-AZ, Saguaro National Park General Management Plan, Implementation, Rincon Mountain District and Tucson Mountain District, Pima County, AZ. Summary: EPA has no objections to this project. Rating LO. EIS No. 20070356, ERP No. D-FRC-J03019-CO, High Plains Expansion Project, (Docket No. CP07-207-000) Natural Gas Pipeline Facility, Construction and Operation, U.S. Army COE 404, Weld, Adams, and Morgan Counties, CO. Summary: EPA expressed environmental concerns about impacts to water quality, wetlands, and wildlife from proposed pipeline water crossing construction. EPA requested additional analysis of construction methods and mitigation measures in Final EIS. Rating EC2. EIS No. 20070363, ERP No. D-COE-K28022-CA, Carryover Storage and San Vicente Dam Raise Project, Providing Additional Storage Capacity for 100,000 area feet of Water by the Year 2011, Issuance of Permits, Section 10 and 404 Permits, San Diego County, CA. Summary: EPA expressed environmental concerns about air, water and noise impacts, and requested additional information regarding the project's ``Purpose and Need'' statement, proposed compensatory mitigation sites for impacts to waters of the United States, efficient use of the emergency and new carryover storage, and mitigation measures for identified adverse air and noise impacts. Rating EC2. EIS No. 20070311, ERP No. DS-COE-J28021-CO, Rueter-Hess Reservoir Expansion Project, Enlarges Reservoir to Provide Storage of Denver Basin Groundwater for Meeting Peak Municipal Water Supply, U.S. Army COE Section 404 Permit, Town of Parker, Douglas County, CO. Summary: EPA expressed environmental concerns about the lack of information regarding future water supplies, and impacts to aquatic resources at Cherry Creek and Cherry Creek Reservoir. EPA also expressed concerns that the project's purpose and need statement was narrowly defined, thereby eliminating some potential project alternatives from consideration. Rating EC2.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Chemical-Specific Rules, TSCA Sec. 8(a); EPA ICR No. 1198.08, OMB Control No. 2070-0067
Document Number: E7-20653
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-19
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 information collection and its estimated burden and cost.
Adequacy of California Municipal Solid Waste Landfill Permit Program
Document Number: E7-20652
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency Region IX is approving a modification to California's municipal solid waste landfill (MSWLF) permit program to allow the State to issue research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) permits for new and existing MSWLF units and lateral expansions. The approved modification allows the Director of the state program to provide a variance from certain MSWLF criteria, provided that the MSWLF owner/operator demonstrates that compliance with the RD&D permit will not increase risk to human health and the environment over a standard MSWLF permit. The Director may provide a variance from existing requirements of MSWLF criteria for run-on control systems, liquids restrictions, and final cover.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E7-20631
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Determination of Attainment, Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans and Designation of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes; Indiana; Redesignation of Central Indiana To Attainment of the 8-Hour Ozone Standard
Document Number: E7-20569
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On March 26, 2007, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) submitted a request for EPA approval of a redesignation of Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Madison, Marion, Morgan, and Shelby Counties (the Central Indiana Area) to attainment of the 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). IDEM also requested EPA approval of an ozone maintenance plan for this area as a revision of the Indiana State Implementation Plan (SIP). The maintenance plan demonstrates maintenance of the ozone NAAQS in this area through 2020 and establishes 2006 and 2020 motor vehicle Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) and Nitrogen Oxides (NOX) emission budgets for this area. EPA is making a determination that the Central Indiana Area has attained the 8-hour ozone NAAQS. EPA is approving, as a SIP revision, the State's ozone maintenance plan for this area. Indiana has satisfied the criteria for the redesignation of the Central Indiana Area to attainment of the 8-hour ozone NAAQS, and, therefore, EPA is approving Indiana's ozone redesignation request for this area. Further, EPA is approving, for purposes of transportation conformity, the VOC and NOX Motor Vehicle Emission Budgets (MVEBs) for 2006 and 2020 that are contained in the 8-hour ozone maintenance plan. EPA proposed these actions on July 31, 2007, and received only one comment in response supporting the proposed actions.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Commonwealth of Virginia; Control of Particulate Matter From Pulp and Paper Mills
Document Number: E7-20568
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Virginia. The revision pertains to amendments to an existing regulation to control particulate matter from pulp and paper mills. EPA is approving this SIP revision in accordance with the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Redesignation of the Mercer County Portion of the Youngstown-Warren-Sharon, OH-PA 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area to Attainment and Approval of the Area's Maintenance Plan and 2002 Base Year Inventory
Document Number: E7-20567
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) is requesting that the Mercer County portion of the Youngstown-Warren-Sharon, OH-PA 8-hour ozone nonattainment area (``Youngstown Area'' or ``Area'') be redesignated as attainment for the 8-hour ozone ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). The Area is comprised of Mercer County, Pennsylvania and Trumbull, Mahoning, and Columbiana Counties, Ohio. EPA is approving the ozone redesignation request for Mercer County. In a separate rulemaking action (72 FR 32190, June 12, 2007) EPA approved the ozone redesignation request for Trumbull, Mahoning, and Columbiana Counties, Ohio. In conjunction with its redesignation request, PADEP submitted a SIP revision consisting of a maintenance plan for Mercer County that provides for continued attainment of the 8-hour ozone NAAQS for at least 10 years after redesignation. EPA is approving the 8-hour maintenance plan. PADEP also submitted a 2002 base year inventory for Mercer County which EPA is approving. In addition, EPA is approving the adequacy determination for the motor vehicle emission budgets (MVEBs) that are identified in the Mercer County maintenance plan for purposes of transportation conformity, and is approving those MVEBs. EPA is approving the redesignation request, and the maintenance plan and the 2002 base year emissions inventory as revisions to the Pennsylvania SIP in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Revisions to Definition of Cogeneration Unit in Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR), CAIR Federal Implementation Plans, Clean Air Mercury Rule (CAMR); and Technical Corrections to CAIR, CAIR FIPs, CAMR, and Acid Rain Program Rules
Document Number: E7-20447
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR), CAIR Federal Implementation Plans (FIPs), and Clean Air Mercury Rule (CAMR) each include an exemption for cogeneration units that meet certain criteria. In light of information concerning biomass-fired cogeneration units that may not qualify for the exemption due to their particular combination of fuel and technical design characteristics, EPA is changing the cogeneration unit definition in CAIR, the CAIR model cap- and-trade rules, the CAIR FIPs, CAMR, and the CAMR model cap-and-trade rule. Specifically, EPA is revising the calculation methodology for the efficiency standard in the cogeneration unit definition to exclude energy input from biomass making it more likely that units co-firing biomass will be able to meet the efficiency standard and qualify for exemption. Because this change will only affect a small number of relatively low emitting units, it will have little effect on the projected emissions reductions and the environmental benefits of these rules. If EPA finalizes the proposed CAMR Federal Plan, it intends to make the definitions in that rule conform to the CAMR model cap-and- trade rule and thus, with today's action. This action also clarifies the term ``total energy input'' used in the efficiency calculation and makes minor technical corrections to CAIR, the CAIR FIPs, CAMR, and the Acid Rain Program rules.
National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology
Document Number: 07-5166
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92463, EPA gives notice of a meeting of the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT). NACEPT provides advice to the EPA Administrator on a broad range of environmental policy, technology, and management issues. The Council is a panel of individuals who represent diverse interests from academia, industry, non-governmental organizations, and local, state, and tribal governments. The purpose of this meeting is to review and approve three sets of recommendations: (1) NACEPT's Draft Environmental Stewardship/ Cooperative Conservation Report, (2) NACEPT's Draft Comments on EPA's 2007 Report on the Environment: Highlights of National Trends, and (3) NACEPT's Draft Advice Letter on EPA's Role in Biofuels. A copy of the agenda for the meeting will be posted at http://www.epa.gov/ocem/ nacept/cal-nacept.htm.