Environmental Protection Agency October 30, 2007 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Clean Water Act Section 303(d): Availability of 20 Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) in Louisiana
Document Number: E7-21322
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability for comment of the administrative record files for 20 TMDLs and the calculations for these TMDLs prepared by EPA Region 6 for waters listed in the Red and the Terrebonne Basins of Louisiana, under section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act (CWA). These TMDLs were completed in response to a court order in the lawsuit styled Sierra Club, et al. v. Clifford, et al., No. 96- 0527, (E.D. La.).
Proposed Consent Decree Modification, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
Document Number: E7-21321
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with section 113(g) of the Clean Air Act, as amended (``Act''), 42 U.S.C. 7413(g), notice is hereby given of a proposed modification to a consent decree, to address a lawsuit filed by Environmental Defense: Environmental Defense v. Environmental Protection Agency, No. C 05 2090 (N.D.Cal.). On June 6, 2005, plaintiff Environmental Defense filed a complaint claiming that EPA had failed to perform a nondiscretionary duty to either grant or deny, within eighteen months of receipt, an August 11, 2003 petition submitted to EPA by Environmental Defense asking the Administrator to list diesel engine exhaust as a hazardous air pollutant under section 112(b)(3) of the Clean Air Act, 42 U.S.C. 7412(b)(3). Under the terms of the initial consent decree, EPA agreed to sign a notice for publication in the Federal Register that contained either a proposal to grant (in whole or in part) or a final determination that denies the petition by June 12, 2006. If EPA proposed to grant the petition, then EPA agreed to sign a final notice for publication in the Federal Register either granting or denying (in whole or in part) the petition by May 1, 2007. The original deadlines have been extended to January 7, 2008 and April 2, 2008, respectively, as a result of previous modifications to the original consent decree. Under the terms of the proposed modification, the deadlines above would be changed, respectively, to August 11, 2010 and May 11, 2011. However, EPA will not have to act on Environmental Defense's petition if EPA signs a notice for publication in the Federal Register of a proposed rule proposing to establish emissions standards for the emission of hazardous air pollutants from existing non- emergency stationary diesel engines of 300 horsepower or greater manufactured prior to 1996 pursuant to section 112 of the Clean Air Act, 42 U.S.C. 7412 by February 25, 2009, and signs a notice for publication in the Federal Register of a final rule establishing emission standards for such engines by February 10, 2010.
Determination of Nonattainment and Reclassification of the Baton Rouge 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area; State of Louisiana; Proposed Rule
Document Number: E7-21314
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-10-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to find that the Baton Rouge marginal 8-hour ozone 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 Baton Rouge area will then be reclassified, by operation of law, as a moderate 8-hour ozone nonattainment area. The moderate area attainment date for the Baton Rouge area would then be as expeditiously as practicable but no later than June 15, 2010. Once reclassified, Louisiana 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 State's submittal of the SIP revisions required for moderate areas once the area is reclassified.
Determination of Nonattainment and Reclassification of the Beaumont/Port Arthur 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area; State of Texas; Proposed Rule
Document Number: E7-21313
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-10-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to find that the Beaumont/Port Arthur (BPA) marginal 8-hour ozone 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 BPA area will then be reclassified, by operation of law, as a moderate 8-hour ozone nonattainment area. The moderate area attainment date for the BPA area would then be as expeditiously as practicable, but no later than June 15, 2010. Once reclassified, Texas 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 State's submittal of the SIP revisions required for moderate areas once the area is reclassified.
Notice of Availability of Preliminary 2008 Effluent Guidelines Program Plan
Document Number: E7-21310
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA establishes national, technology-based regulations known as effluent guidelines and pretreatment standards to reduce pollutant discharges from categories of industry discharging directly to waters of the United States or discharging indirectly through Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTWs). The Clean Water Act (CWA) sections 301(d), 304(b), 304(g), and 307(b) require EPA to annually review these effluent guidelines and pretreatment standards. This notice presents EPA's 2007 review of existing effluent guidelines and pretreatment standards. It also presents EPA's evaluation of indirect dischargers without categorical pretreatment standards to identify potential new categories for pretreatment standards under CWA sections 304(g) and 307(b). This notice also presents the Preliminary 2008 Effluent Guidelines Program Plan (``preliminary 2008 Plan''), which, as required under CWA section 304(m), identifies any new or existing industrial categories selected for effluent guidelines rulemaking and provides a schedule for such rulemaking. CWA section 304(m) requires EPA to biennially publish such a plan after public notice and comment. EPA is soliciting comment on its preliminary 2008 Plan and on its 2007 annual review of existing effluent guidelines and pretreatment standards and industrial categories not currently regulated by effluent guidelines and pretreatment standards.
Pesticides; Revised Fee Schedule for Registration Applications
Document Number: 07-5381
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is publishing a revised list of pesticide registration service fees applicable to specified pesticide applications and tolerance actions. Under the Pesticide Registration Improvement Renewal Act, the number of fee categories has been increased, the registration service fees for some covered pesticide registration applications received on or after October 1, 2007, have been increased, and certain new procedures have been established. The new fees became effective on October 1, 2007.