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

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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.
Oil Pollution Prevention; Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure Rule Requirements-Amendments
Document Number: E7-19701
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-10-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or the Agency) is proposing to amend the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule in order to provide increased clarity, to tailor requirements to particular industry sectors, and to streamline certain requirements for a facility owner or operator subject to the rule. Specifically, EPA is proposing to: Exempt hot-mix asphalt; exempt pesticide application equipment and related mix containers used at farms; exempt heating oil containers at single-family residences; amend the facility diagram requirement to provide additional flexibility for all facilities; amend the definition of ``facility'' to clarify the flexibility associated with describing a facility's boundaries; define ``loading/unloading rack'' to clarify the equipment subject to the provisions for facility tank car and tank truck loading/unloading racks; provide streamlined requirements for a subset of qualified facilities; amend the general secondary containment requirement to provide more clarity; amend the security requirements for all facilities; amend the integrity testing requirements to allow a greater amount of flexibility in the use of industry standards at all facilities; amend the integrity testing requirements for containers that store animal fat or vegetable oil and meet certain criteria; streamline a number of requirements for oil production facilities; and exempt completely buried oil storage tanks at nuclear power generation facilities. These changes tailor requirements to particular industries for easier and increased compliance, resulting in greater protection of human health and the environment. EPA is also providing clarification in the preamble to this proposed rule on additional issues raised by the regulated community.
National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone
Document Number: E7-20246
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-10-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA published a proposed rule in the July 11, 2007 Federal Register requesting comments on the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone. The document contained an incorrect fax number for submitting comments to the Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center. Because of the incorrect fax number, we are allowing an additional 3 days for submittal of faxed comments. Only faxed comments will be granted an additional 3 days for submittal.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E7-20185
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Clean Air Act Operating Permit Program; Petition for Objection to State Operating Permit for East Kentucky Power Cooperative-Hugh L. Spurlock Generating Station; Maysville (Mason County), KY
Document Number: E7-20173
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to Clean Air Act Section 505(b)(2) and 40 CFR 70.8(d), the EPA Administrator signed an Order, dated August 30, 2007, partially granting and partially denying a petition to object to a state operating permit issued by the Kentucky Division for Air Quality (KDAQ) to East Kentucky Power CooperativeHugh L. Spurlock Generating Station (Spurlock Station) located in Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky. This Order constitutes final action on the petition submitted by Sierra Club (Petitioner). Pursuant to section 505(b)(2) of the Clean Air Act (the Act), any person may seek judicial review of the Order in the United States Court of Appeals for the appropriate circuit within 60 days of this notice under section 307(b) of the Act.
Announcement of the National Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Priorities for Fiscal Years 2008, 2009 and 2010
Document Number: E7-20164
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This Notice is a Federal Agency announcement of the triennial national enforcement and compliance assurance priorities to be addressed for fiscal years 2008, 2009 and 2010. EPA appreciates the comments submitted in March 2007 during the priority identification process in response to the February 9, 2007 Federal Register Notice (72 FR 6239). The final priority selections have been incorporated into the EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance National Program Managers' (NPM) Guidance (which provides national program direction for all EPA Regional offices). These priorities also support implementation of the enforcement and compliance goals and objectives outlined in Goal 5 of EPA's Strategic Plan, as mandated under the Government Performance and Results Act.
Gulf of Mexico Program Policy Review Board Meeting
Document Number: E7-20155
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), EPA gives notice of a meeting of the Gulf of Mexico Program (GMP) Policy Review Board Meeting (PRB). For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, please contact Gloria Car, U.S.EPA, at (228) 688-2421 or car.gloria@epa.gov. To request accommodation of a disability, please contact Gloria Car, preferably at least 10 days prior to the meeting, to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.
The Fifteenth Meeting of the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force
Document Number: E7-20153
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the Fifteenth Public Meeting of the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force. The purpose of this Task Force, consisting of federal and state members, is to lead efforts to coordinate and support nutrient management and hypoxia-related activities in the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico watersheds. The matter for discussion at the meeting is the Reassessment of the Action Plan for Reducing, Mitigating, and Controlling Hypoxia in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. The Plan was developed in fulfillment of a requirement of section 604(b) of the Harmful Algal Blooms and Hypoxia Research Control Act (Pub. L. 105- 383Coast Guard Authorization Act of 1998) and was submitted as a Report to Congress on January 18, 2001. The public will be afforded an opportunity to provide input to the Task Force during open discussion periods.
Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office; Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) Carbon Monoxide Review Panel; Request for Nominations
Document Number: E7-20146
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office is announcing the formation of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) Carbon Monoxide Review Panel (or Panel). The Panel will provide advice to the EPA Administrator regarding the primary national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for carbon monoxide (CO). The SAB is hereby soliciting nominations of technical experts for Panel membership.
Aldicarb Reregistration Eligibility Decision; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E7-20105
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) for the N-methyl carbamate pesticide aldicarb, and opens a public comment period on this document. The Agency's risk assessments and other related documents also are available in the aldicarb Docket. Aldicarb is a restricted use systemic insecticide, acaricide and nematicide used to control various insect species, including nematodes. Aldicarb is registered for use on agricultural crops including citrus, cotton, dry beans, peanuts, pecans, potatoes, sorghum, soybeans, sugar beets, sugarcane, sweet potatoes, and seed alfalfa (CA). In addition, aldicarb may be applied to field grown ornamentals (CA) and tobacco, and on coffee grown in Puerto Rico. There are no aldicarb products intended for sale to homeowners or for use in residential settings. EPA has reviewed aldicarb through 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.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan; San Francisco Bay Area
Document Number: E7-20059
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action under the Clean Air Act to approve a revision to the San Francisco Bay Area portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). This revision consists of transportation conformity criteria and procedures related to interagency consultation and enforceability of certain transportation- related control measures and mitigation measures. The intended effect is to update the transportation conformity criteria and procedures in the applicable SIP.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan; San Francisco Bay Area
Document Number: E7-20058
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-10-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve under the Clean Air Act a revision to the San Francisco Bay Area portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). This revision consists of transportation conformity criteria and procedures related to interagency consultation and enforceability of certain transportation-related control measures and mitigation measures. We are proposing to approve local procedures to update the transportation conformity criteria and procedures in the applicable SIP.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Florida; Clean Air Interstate Rule
Document Number: E7-19644
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking final action to approve a revision to the Florida State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted on March 16, 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 has determined that the SIP revision fully implements the CAIR requirements for Florida. As a result of this action, EPA will also withdraw, through a separate rulemaking, the CAIR Federal Implementation Plans (FIPs) concerning sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOX) annual, and NOX ozone season emissions for Florida. 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 today, Florida has met the CAIR requirements by electing to participate in the EPA-administered cap- and-trade programs addressing SO2, NOX annual, and NOX ozone season emissions.
Board of Scientific Counselors, Particulate Matter and Ozone (Air) Mid-Cycle Subcommittee Meeting-October 2007
Document Number: E7-20064
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-11
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) Air Mid-Cycle Subcommittee.
Notice of Government-Owned Invention's Availability for Exclusive License: Biomass Concentrator Reactor
Document Number: E7-20060
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA hereby gives notice of the option to exclusively license an invention for a specific field of use. Such a license would be royalty-bearing, revocable, and limited to a field of use associated with the invention described and claimed in the patent listed below, all U.S. patents issuing therefrom, and all reexamined and reissued patents granted in the United States in connection with such patent. The patent is: U.S. Patent No. 6,821,425, entitled ``Biomass Concentrator Reactor,'' issued November 23, 2004.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NSPS for VOC Emissions From Petroleum Refinery Wastewater System (Renewal); EPA ICR Number 1136.09, OMB Control Number 2060-0172
Document Number: E7-20057
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-11
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; NSPS for Rubber Tire Manufacturing (Renewal); EPA ICR Number 1158.09, OMB Control Number 2060-0156
Document Number: E7-20056
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-11
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; 2007 Hazardous Waste Report, EPA ICR Number 0976.13, OMB Control Number 2050-0024
Document Number: E7-20055
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-11
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.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; State of South Dakota; Revisions to the Administrative Rules of South Dakota
Document Number: E7-19832
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-10-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of South Dakota on August 8, 2006. The August 8, 2006 submittal revises the Administrative Rules of South Dakota, Air Pollution Control Program, by modifying the chapters pertaining to definitions, ambient air quality, air quality episodes, operating permits for minor sources, performance testing, control of visible emissions, and continuous emission monitoring systems. The intended effect of this action is to make these revisions federally enforceable. We are also announcing that on July 19, 2007, we updated the delegation of authority for the implementation and enforcement of the New Source Performance Standards to the State of South Dakota. These actions are being taken under sections 110 and 111 of the Clean Air Act. In the ``Rules and Regulations'' 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 SIP revision and anticipates no adverse comments. A detailed rationale for the approval is set forth in the preamble to the direct final rule. If EPA receives no adverse comments, EPA will not take further action on this proposed rule. If EPA receives adverse comments, EPA will withdraw the direct final rule and it will not take effect. EPA will address all public comments in a subsequent final rule based on this proposed rule. EPA will not institute a second comment period on this action. Any parties interested in commenting must do so at this time. Please note that if EPA receives adverse comment on an amendment, paragraph, or section of this rule and if that provision may be severed from the remainder of the rule, EPA may adopt as final those provisions of the rule that are not the subject of an adverse comment.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; State of South Dakota; Revisions to the Administrative Rules of South Dakota
Document Number: E7-19831
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of South Dakota on August 8, 2006. The August 8, 2006 submittal revises the Administrative Rules of South Dakota, Air Pollution Control Program, by modifying the chapters pertaining to definitions, ambient air quality, air quality episodes, operating permits for minor sources, performance testing, control of visible emissions, and continuous emission monitoring systems. The intended effect of this action is to make these revisions federally enforceable. We are also announcing that on July 19, 2007, we updated the delegation of authority for the implementation and enforcement of the New Source Performance Standards to the State of South Dakota. These actions are being taken under sections 110 and 111 of the Clean Air Act.
Spinetoram; Pesticide Tolerance
Document Number: E7-19947
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes a tolerance for the combined residues of the insecticide spinetoram, in or on acerola; almond, hulls; amaranth grain, grain; apple, wet pomace; artichoke, globe; asparagus; atemoya; avocado; banana; beet, sugar, molasses; biriba; brassica, head and stem, subgroup 5A; brassica, leafy greens, subgroup 5B; bushberry, subgroup 13B; caneberry, subgroup 13A; canistel; cattle, fat; cattle, liver; cattle, meat; cattle, meat byproducts (except liver); cherimoya; citrus, dried pulp; citrus, oil; corn, sweet, kernel plus cob with husks removed; cotton, gin byproducts; cotton, undelinted seed; cranberry; custard apple; egg; feijoa; fig; fruit, citrus, group 10; fruit, pome, group 11; fruit, stone, group 12; goat, fat; goat, liver; goat, meat; goat, meat byproducts (except liver); grain, aspirated fractions; grain, cereal, group 15, except rice, sorghum, pearl millet and proso millet; grain, cereal, group 16, forage; grain, cereal, group 16, hay; grain, cereal, group 16, stover; grain, cereal, straw, group 16, except rice; grape; grape, raisin; guava; herb, dried, subgroup 19A; herb, fresh, subgroup 19A; hog, fat; hog, meat; hog, meat byproducts; horse, fat; horse, liver; horse, meat; horse, meat byproducts (except liver); llama; jaboticaba; juneberry; lingonberry; longan; lychee; mango; milk; milk, fat; millet, pearl, grain; millet, proso, grain; nut, tree, group 14; okra; onion, green; papaya; passionfruit; pea and bean, dried shelled, except soybean, subgroup 6C; pea and bean, succulent shelled, subgroup 6B; peanut; peanut, hay; peppermint, tops; pistachio; poultry, fat; poultry, meat; poultry, meat byproducts; pulasan; rambutan; salal; sapodilla; sapote, black; sapote, mamey; sapote, white; sheep, fat; sheep, liver; sheep, meat; sheep, meat byproducts (except liver); sorghum, grain, grain; soursop; soybean, seed; spanish lime; spearmint, tops; star apple; star fruit; strawberry; sugar apple; ti, leaves; vegetable, bulb, group 3, except green onion; vegetable, cucurbit, group 9; vegetable, foliage of legume, group 7; vegetable, fruiting, group 8; vegetable, leafy, except brassica, group 4; vegetable, leaves of root and tuber, group 2; vegetable, legume, edible podded, subgroup 6A; vegetable, root and tuber, group 1; watercress; and wax jambu. Dow AgroSciences, LLC requested this tolerance under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Sodium Fluoride Risk Assessment; Notice of Availability and Risk Reduction Options
Document Number: E7-19940
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's risk assessment, and related documents for the pesticide Sodium Fluoride 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 Sodium Fluoride 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.
Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC); Notification of a Public Teleconference of the NOX
Document Number: E7-19938
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) Oxides of Nitrogen (NOX) and Sulfur Oxides (SOX) Secondary National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) Review Panel (CASAC Panel) to conduct a consultation on EPA's Draft Plan for Review of the Secondary National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Nitrogen Dioxide and Sulfur Dioxide (September 2007).
Notice of Data Availability on the Disposal of Coal Combustion Wastes in Landfills and Surface Impoundments; Extension of Comment Period
Document Number: E7-19935
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is extending the comment period for the Notice of Data Availability (NODA) entitled ``Notice of Data Availability on the Disposal of Coal Combustion Wastes in Landfills and Surface Impoundments.'' This notice announces the availability of new information and data concerning the management of coal combustion wastes (CCW) in landfills and surface impoundments and will be used by the Agency in determining how, if at all, this additional information should affect the Agency's decisions as it continues to follow-up on its Regulatory Determination for CCW disposed of in landfills and surface impoundments. This NODA was published on August 29, 2007 (72 FR 49714), and the comment period was scheduled to end on November 27, 2007. However, a number of environmental groups have requested additional time to respond to the issues raised in the NODA and its accompanying documents. Therefore, we are extending the comment period an additional 60 days, which would extend the comment period to January 28, 2008.
Furilazole; Inert Ingredient Tolerances
Document Number: E7-19829
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of furilazole (3-dichloroacetyl-5-(2-furanyl)-2, 2-dimethyloxazolidine; (CAS Reg. No. 121776-33-8) under 40 CFR 180.471 when used as a pesticide inert ingredient safener on the sorghum commodities forage, grain, and stover at 0.01 parts per million (ppm). The Monsanto Company submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), as amended by the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 (FQPA), requesting an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance.
Disulfoton; Order to Amend Registrations to Terminate Uses
Document Number: E7-19816
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces EPA's order for the cancellation, voluntarily requested by the registrant and accepted by the Agency, of certain products containing the pesticide disulfoton, pursuant to section 6(f)(1) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended. This termination order follows a December 15, 2004 Federal Register Notice of Receipt of Request (69 FR 75061) (FRL- 7689-8) from the disulfoton registrant to voluntarily terminate the following uses of their 15% granular formulation of disulfoton (Di- Syston 15G): beans, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, cotton, peanuts, peppers, radish grown for seed, and clover grown for seed. Di- Syston 15G is not the last disulfoton product registered for use in the United States. The registrant will retain use of Di-Syston 15G on Fraser fir Christmas trees in North Carolina and coffee trees in Puerto Rico, provided it is used with a closed system applicator. The registrant will retain the registration of Di-Syston 8E, the liquid emulsifiable concentrate, which must also be used with closed system applicators. In the December 15, 2004 notice, EPA indicated that it would issue an order implementing the amendments to terminate the subject uses, unless the Agency received substantive comments within the 180 day comment period that would merit its further review of these requests, or unless the registrant withdrew their request within this period. The Agency received comments on the notice but none merited its further review of the requests. The registrant did not withdraw their request. Accordingly, EPA hereby issues in this notice a cancellation order granting the requested Voluntary Termination of Certain Uses. Any distribution, sale, or use of the Di-Syston 15G products subject to this cancellation order is permitted only in accordance with the terms of this order, including any existing stocks provisions.
The Association of American Pesticide Control Officials (AAPCO)/State FIFRA Issues Research and Evaluation Group (SFIREG) Working Committee on Water Quality/Pesticide Disposal (WC/WQPD); Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: E7-19655
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Association of American Pesticide Control Officials (AAPCO)/State FIFRA Issues Research and Evaluation Group (SFIREG) Working Committee on Working Committee on Water Quality & Pesticide Disposal (WC/WQ/PD) will hold a 2-day meeting, beginning on October 29, 2007 and ending October 30, 2007. This notice announces the location and times for the meeting and sets forth the tentative agenda topics.
National Primary Drinking Water Regulations for Lead and Copper: Short-Term Regulatory Revisions and Clarifications
Document Number: E7-19432
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is finalizing seven targeted regulatory changes to the National Primary Drinking Water Regulations (NPDWR) for lead and copper. This final rule strengthens the implementation of the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) in the following areas: monitoring, treatment processes, public education, customer awareness, and lead service line replacement. These changes provide more effective protection of public health by reducing exposure to lead in drinking water.
Transfer of Polychlorinated Biphenyl Cleanup and Disposal Program from the Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances to the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response
Document Number: E7-19841
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is transferring the management of the polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) cleanup program and most of the PCB disposal program from the Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances (OPPTS) to the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER). This final rule is a rule of agency organization, procedure, or practice. It makes minor amendments to 40 CFR parts 750 and 761, to update certain titles, organization references, and mailing and website addresses so that required procedures for providing information and seeking approvals will be consistent with EPA's new internal organization for managing the PCB program. OPPTS currently manages the PCB program under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and its regulations. OSWER is the office within EPA that manages most cleanup and disposal activities under the Solid Waste Disposal Act, as amended by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA) and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). After the administrative transfer is completed, OSWER will oversee most issues pertaining to PCB cleanup and disposal under TSCA, RCRA, and CERCLA, as appropriate; OPPTS will continue to oversee other issues pertaining to PCBs (e.g., issues pertaining to PCB use) under TSCA. The transfer of the management of the PCB cleanup and disposal program from OPPTS to OSWER will consolidate administration of cleanup and disposal activities within one office. The transfer will not make any substantive changes to the regulatory requirements or standards for PCB cleanup and disposal under TSCA.
Perfluoroalkyl Sulfonates; Significant New Use Rule
Document Number: E7-19828
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is amending a significant new use rule (SNUR) under section 5(a)(2) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to include certain additional perfluoroalkyl sulfonate (PFAS) chemicals. EPA is amending the PFAS SNUR at 40 CFR 721.9582 by adding a new Table 3 which includes the PFAS chemicals currently on the public TSCA Inventory that are not already covered by the SNUR. This rule requires manufacturers, including importers, to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing the manufacture or import of the PFAS chemicals listed in Table 3 of the regulatory text for the significant new uses described in this document on or after November 8, 2007. EPA believes that this action is appropriate because these chemical substances may be hazardous to human health and the environment. This required notice will provide EPA the opportunity to evaluate intended significant new uses and associated activities before they occur and, if necessary, to prohibit or limit those uses or activities.
Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC); Notification of a Public Advisory Committee Meeting of the CASAC Oxides of Nitrogen (NOX
Document Number: E7-19815
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee's (CASAC) Oxides of Nitrogen (NOX) and Sulfur Oxides (SOx) Primary NAAQS Review Panel (Panel) to conduct a peer review of EPA's Integrated Science Assessment for Oxides of NitrogenHealth Criteria (First External Review Draft) (EPA/600/R-07/093, August 2007) and to conduct a consultation on the EPA's Nitrogen Dioxide Health Assessment Plan: Scope and Methods for Exposure and Risk Assessment.
Approval of Implementation Plans; South Carolina: Clean Air Interstate Rule
Document Number: E7-19648
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-10-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the South Carolina State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted on August 14, 2007. These revisions will incorporate 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 Plans (FIPs) concerning sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOX) annual, and NOX ozone season emissions for the State of South Carolina, promulgated on April 28, 2006 and subsequently revised December 13, 2006. EPA is not proposing to make any changes to the CAIR FIPs, but is amending, to the extent EPA approves South Carolina's SIP revisions, the appropriate appendices in the CAIR FIP trading rules simply to note that approval. On September 19, 2007, South Carolina requested that EPA only act on a portion of the August 14, 2007, submittal as an abbreviated SIP. Consequently, EPA is proposing to approve the abbreviated SIP revisions that address the methodology to be used to allocate annual and ozone season NOX allowances under the CAIR FIPs as well as opt-in provisions for the SO2, NOX annual, and NOX ozone season trading programs. South Carolina also requested that EPA approve compliance supplement pool provisions for the NOX annual trading program. 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 of Implementation Plans of South Carolina: Clean Air Interstate Rule
Document Number: E7-19646
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving revisions to the South Carolina State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted on August 14, 2007. These revisions incorporate 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 Plans (FIPs) concerning sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOX) annual, and NOX ozone season emissions for the State of South Carolina, promulgated on April 28, 2006 and subsequently revised December 13, 2006. EPA is not making any changes to the CAIR FIPs, but is amending the appropriate appendices in the CAIR FIP trading rules simply to note this approval. On September 19, 2007, South Carolina requested that EPA only act on a portion of the August 14, 2007, submittal as an abbreviated SIP. Consequently, EPA is approving the abbreviated SIP revisions that address the methodology to be used to allocate annual and ozone season NOX allowances under the CAIR FIPs as well as opt-in provisions for the SO2, NOX annual, and NOX ozone season trading programs. South Carolina also requested that EPA approve compliance supplement pool (CSP) provisions for the NOX annual trading program.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Georgia; Clean Air Interstate Rule
Document Number: E7-19637
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking final action to approve a revision to the Georgia State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted on March 28, 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 has determined that the SIP revision fully implements the CAIR requirements for Georgia. As a result of this action, EPA will also withdraw, through a separate rulemaking, the CAIR Federal Implementation Plans (FIPs) concerning sulfur dioxide (SO2), and nitrogen oxides (NOX annual) season emissions for Georgia. 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 today, Georgia has met the CAIR requirements by electing to participate in the EPA-administered cap-and-trade programs addressing SO2 and NOX annual emissions.
Michigan: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revision
Document Number: E7-19634
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-10-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Michigan has applied to EPA for final authorization of the changes to its hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). EPA has reviewed Michigan's application and has preliminarily determined that these changes satisfy all requirements needed to qualify for final authorization, and is proposing to authorize the State's changes.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Redesignation of the Erie 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area to Attainment and Approval of the Area's Maintenance Plan and 2002 Base Year Inventory
Document Number: E7-19633
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-09
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 Erie 8-hour ozone nonattainment area (``Erie Area'' or ``Area'') be redesignated as attainment for the 8-hour ozone ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). The Area is comprised of Erie County, Pennsylvania. EPA is approving the ozone redesignation request for the Erie Area. In conjunction with its redesignation request, PADEP submitted a SIP revision consisting of a maintenance plan for Erie Area 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 the Erie Area which EPA is approving. In addition, EPA is approving the adequacy determination for the motor vehicle emission budgets (MVEBs) that are identified in the Erie Area 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).
Consumer and Commercial Products: Control Techniques Guidelines in Lieu of Regulations for Paper, Film, and Foil Coatings; Metal Furniture Coatings; and Large Appliance Coatings
Document Number: E7-19627
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to section 183(e)(3)(C) of the Clean Air Act, EPA has determined that control techniques guidelines will be substantially as effective as national regulations in reducing emissions of volatile organic compounds in ozone national ambient air quality standard nonattainment areas from the following three Group III product categories: paper, film, and foil coatings; metal furniture coatings; and large appliance coatings. Based on this determination, EPA is issuing control techniques guidelines in lieu of national regulations for these product categories. These control techniques guidelines will provide guidance to the States concerning EPA's recommendations for reasonably available control technology-level controls for these product categories. EPA further takes final action to list the three Group III consumer and commercial product categories addressed in this notice pursuant to Clean Air Act section 183(e).
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E7-19720
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: E7-19719
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA's comments on the draft EIS have not been addressed or incorporated into the final EIS. Accordingly, EPA continues to have environmental concerns related to riparian area condition, water quality, drought management plans, soil quality and the degree of planning and commitment to adaptive management. Rating EC2. EIS No. 20070247, ERP No. D-NRC-C06017-NY, GENERICJames A. Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant, License Renewal of Nuclear Plant, Site Specific Supplement 31 to NUREG-1437, Town of Sriba, NY. Summary: EPA expressed environmental concern about entrainment issues and requested an analysis of intentional destructive acts. Rating EC2. EIS No. 20070266, ERP No. D-SFW-B64005-00, Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge, Comprehensive Conservation Plan, 15 Year Guidance for Management of Refuge Operations, Habitat and Visitor Services, Implementation, Coos County, NH and Oxford County, ME. Summary: EPA does not object to the proposed project. Rating LO. EIS No. 20070278, ERP No. D-FHW-K40264-CA, Tier 1Placer Parkway Corridor Preservation Project, Select and Preserve a Corridor for the Future Construction from CA-70/99 to CA 65, Placer and Sutter Counties, CA. Summary: EPA expressed environmental concerns about water quality and air quality impacts and growth-inducing effects to aquatic and biological resources. Rating EC2. EIS No. 20070289, ERP No. D-SFW-K99037-AZ, Horseshoe and Bartlett Reservoirs Project, To Store and Release Water, Issuance of an Incidental Take Permit for Operation, Located Northeast of Phoenix, Maricopa and Yavapai Counties, AZ. Summary: EPA does not object to the proposed project. Rating LO. EIS No. 20070327, ERP No. D-FTA-G59003-TX, Denton to Carrollton Regional Rail Corridor Project, Transportation Improvements between Downtown Denton and the Dallas Area Rapid (DART) System, Right-of-Way Grant, Denton and Dallas Counties, TX. Summary: EPA expressed environmental concerns about wetland and air quality impacts. Rating EC2. EIS No. 20070216, ERP No. DS-AFS-L65369-00, Southwest Idaho Ecogroup Land and Resource Management Plan, Additional Information Concerning Terrestrial Management Indicator Species (MIS), Boise National Forest, Payette National Forest and Sawtooth National Forest, Forest Plan Revision, Implementation, Several Counties, ID; Malhaur County, OR and Box Elder County, UT. Summary: EPA supports the management directions and objectives to improve land condition based on MIS habitat, as well as reducing grazing when needed. Rating LO. EIS No. 20070273, ERP No. DS-MMS-E02011-00, Eastern Planning Area Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Lease Sale 224, Gulf of Mexico Offshore Marine Environment and Coastal Parshes/ Counties of LA, MS, AL, and North Western Florida. Summary: EPA expressed environmental concerns about air quality impacts and impacts related to oil spills and drilling discharges. Rating EC2. EIS No. 20070338, ERP No. DS-TVA-E65073-TN, Watts Bar Reservoir Land Management Plan, Amend and Update the 2005 Plan, Guide Land Use Approvals, Private Water Use Facility, and Resource Management Decisions, Loudon, Meigs, Rhea and Roane Counties, TN. Summary: EPA continues to have environmental concerns about reservoir water quality and shoreline habitat impacts, and prefers the selection of the Modified C alternative due to the reduced development, which would reduce impacts to reservoir water quality and shoreline habitat. Rating EC1. EIS No. 20070346, ERP No. DS-AFS-K65281-CA, Brown Project, Revised Proposal to Improve Forest Health by Reducing Overcrowded Forest Stand Conditions, Trinity River Management Unit, Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Weaverville Ranger District, Trinity County, CA. Summary: EPA supports the additional road decommissioning to address our concerns with impacts to water quality. However, EPA continues to have environmental concerns about cumulative impacts to air quality, and suggests monitoring and mitigation measures if warranted. Rating EC2.
Mercury Switches in Motor Vehicles; Significant New Use Rule
Document Number: E7-19705
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is promulgating this significant new use rule (SNUR) under section 5(a)(2) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for elemental mercury (CAS No. 7439-97-6) used in certain convenience light switches, anti-lock braking system (ABS) switches, and active ride control system switches. This action will amend 40 CFR part 721 and require persons who intend to manufacture (defined by statute to include import) or process elemental mercury for a use designated by this rule as a significant new use to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing the manufacturing or processing of the chemical substance for such significant new use. The required notification will provide EPA with the opportunity to evaluate the intended use and, if necessary, to prohibit or limit that activity before it occurs. In addition, in order to display the OMB control number for the information collection requirements contained in this final rule, EPA is amending the table of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval numbers for EPA regulations that appears in 40 CFR part 9.
Issuance of Final NPDES General Permits for Facilities/Operations That Generate, Treat, and/or Use/Dispose of Sewage Sludge by Means of Land Application, Landfill, and Surface Disposal in EPA Region 8
Document Number: E7-19704
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Region 8 of EPA is hereby giving notice of its reissuance of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general permits for facilities or operations that generate, treat, and/or use/ dispose of sewage sludge by means of land application, landfill, and surface disposal in the States of CO, MT, ND, and WY and in Indian country in the States of CO, MT, ND, SD, WY and UT (except for the Goshute Indian Reservation and the Navajo Indian Reservation). The effective date of the general permits is October 19, 2007. The NPDES permit numbers and the areas covered by each general permit are listed below.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Carbon Monoxide Maintenance Plan Update; Limited Maintenance Plan in Philadelphia County
Document Number: E7-19517
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-10-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA proposes to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Pennsylvania for the purpose of establishing a limited maintenance plan for carbon monoxide in Philadelphia County for the maintenance period of 2007-2017. In the Final Rules section of this Federal Register, EPA is approving the State's SIP submittal 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 action, 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. Any parties interested in commenting on this action should do so at this time.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Carbon Monoxide Maintenance Plan Update; Limited Maintenance Plan in Philadelphia County
Document Number: E7-19516
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve a revision to the Pennsylvania State Implementation Plan (SIP) that was submitted on March 19, 2007 by the Pennsylvania Department of the Environment. This revision is a conversion of the currently approved full maintenance plan for carbon monoxide for the years 2007-2017, to a maintenance plan that will utilize a limited maintenance plan option for the same period. This will allow Federal actions requiring conformity determinations to be considered as automatically satisfying the budget test for carbon monoxide. EPA is approving these revisions to the Philadelphia County carbon monoxide maintenance plan in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (the Act). This action is being taken under section 110 of the Act.
Approval of Implementation Plans; North Carolina: Clean Air Interstate Rule
Document Number: E7-19318
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-10-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the North Carolina State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of North Carolina, through the North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources on August 7, 2006. These revisions will incorporate 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) concerning sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOX) annual, and NOX ozone season emissions for the State of North Carolina, promulgated on April 28, 2006, and subsequently revised December 13, 2006. EPA is not proposing to make any changes to the CAIR FIP, but is proposing to amend, to the extent EPA approves North Carolina's SIP revisions, the appropriate appendices in the CAIR FIP trading rules simply to note that approval. On July 3, 2007, North Carolina requested that EPA only act on a portion of the August 7, 2006, submittal as an abbreviated SIP. Consequently, EPA is proposing to approve the abbreviated SIP revisions that address the methodology to be used to allocate annual and ozone season NOX allowances to existing and new units under the CAIR FIPs and CAIR FIP opt-in provisions. This action is being taken pursuant to section 110 of the Clean Air Act. The intended effect of these revisions is to clarify certain provisions and to ensure consistency with the requirements of the CAA. In the Final Rules Section of this Federal Register, the 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. The 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.