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

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Approval of Implementation Plans; North Carolina: Clean Air Interstate Rule
Document Number: E7-19317
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving 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 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 making any changes to the CAIR FIP, but is amending, 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 approving 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.
The Association of American Pesticide Control Officials (AAPCO)/State FIFRA Issues Research and Evaluation Group (SFIREG) Working Committee on Pesticide Operations and Management (WC/POM); Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: E7-19640
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Association of American Pesticide Control Officials (AAPCO)/State FIFRA Issues Research and Evaluation Group (SFIREG) Working Committee on Pesticide Operations & Management (WC/POM) will hold a 2-day meeting, beginning on October 1, 2007 and ending October 2, 2007. This notice announces the location and times for the meeting and sets forth the tentative agenda topics.
An Exploratory Study: Assessment of Modeled Dioxin Exposure in Ceramic Art Studios
Document Number: E7-19638
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is announcing a 45-day public comment period for the external review draft document titled, ``An Exploratory Study: Assessment of Modeled Dioxin Exposure in Ceramic Art Studios'' (EPA/ 600/R-06/044A). The draft document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within EPA's Office of Research and Development. For the external scientific peer review, EPA has contracted with Eastern Research Group (ERG) to convene an independent panel of experts and organize and conduct an external peer-review workshop. The date and location for the external peer-review workshop will be announced in a separate Federal Register notice. The public comment period and the external peer-review workshop are separate processes that provide opportunities for all interested parties to comment on the document. In addition to consideration by EPA, all public comments submitted in accordance with this notice will also be forwarded to EPA's contractor for the external peer-review panel's consideration prior to the workshop. EPA is releasing this external review draft document solely for the purpose of pre-dissemination peer review under applicable information quality guidelines. This document has not been formally disseminated by EPA. It does not represent and should not be construed to represent any Agency policy or determination.
Draft Scientific and Ethical Approaches for Observational Exposure Studies
Document Number: E7-19635
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) announces a 45-day public comment period for the draft document titled, ``Scientific and Ethical Approaches for Observational Exposure Studies.'' This public comment period will overlap an external peer review of the draft document by EPA's Human Studies Review Board (HSRB) and discussion at their meeting on October 24, 2007. Notice of the HSRB meeting was published in the Federal Register on September 27, 2007, at 72 FR 54908 (Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2007-0942) and is posted on the EPA HSRB Web site, http://www.epa.gov/osa/ hsrb/. The draft document presents ``state-of-the-science'' approaches for conducting observational exposure studies based on sound science and conforming to the highest ethical standards. These studies, which collect information on how people come into contact with chemicals as they go about their everyday activities, are critical to EPA's mission to protect human health. This document is intended to serve as a resource and reference for researchers and is not meant to represent an official Agency ``guidance document.'' EPA is releasing this draft document solely for the purpose of pre- dissemination peer review under applicable information quality guidelines. This document has not been formally disseminated by EPA. It does not represent and should not be construed to represent any Agency policy or determination. EPA will consider any public comments submitted in accordance with this notice when revising the document.
Acquisition Regulation: Guidance on Use of Award Term Incentives; Administrative Amendments
Document Number: E7-19632
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-10-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to amend the EPA Acquisition Regulation (EPAAR) to add policy, procedures, and contract clauses for the use of award term incentives. This rule makes two administrative changes to the EPAAR. One change is to reflect the General Services Board of Contract Appeals as EPA's new forum for appeals under the Contract Disputes Act of 1978. The other change corrects a numbering error in Subpart 1516.4.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maryland; Amendments to the Control of VOC Emissions From Consumer Products
Document Number: E7-19626
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-10-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Maryland. This SIP revision pertains to the control of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from consumer products. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Meeting of the Ozone Transport Commission
Document Number: E7-19625
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The United States Environmental Protection Agency is announcing the 2007 Fall Meeting of the Ozone Transport Commission (OTC). This OTC meeting will explore options available for reducing ground-level ozone precursors in a multi-pollutant context.
2007 Release of Causal Analysis/Diagnosis Decision Information System (CADDIS)
Document Number: E7-19624
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces the availability of the EPA Web site, ``Causal Analysis/Diagnosis Decision Information System (CADDIS)''2007. EPA's National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) in the Office of Research and Development (ORD) led the development of the CADDIS Web site in response to strong demand within the EPA (e.g., the Office of Water) and from stakeholders and citizens across the United States seeking a defensible method for determining causes of ecological impairment. CADDIS guides users through EPA's Stressor Identification process, with interactive tools and methods, worksheets, and examples to help scientists and engineers evaluate causes of biological impairment observed in aquatic systems such as streams, lakes, and estuaries. Access: The CADDIS 2007 Web site can be accessed via the Internet at http://www.epa.gov/caddis/.
Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Notice 22 for Significant New Alternatives Policy Program
Document Number: E7-19545
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This Determination of Acceptability expands the list of acceptable substitutes for ozone-depleting substances under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program. The determinations concern new substitutes for use in the refrigeration and air conditioning sector.
Approval of Implementation Plans of Kentucky: Clean Air Interstate Rule
Document Number: E7-19328
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-10-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a revision to the Kentucky State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted on July 19, 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 Kentucky. Therefore, as a consequence of the SIP approval, EPA will also withdraw the CAIR Federal Implementation Plans (FIPs) concerning sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOX) annual, and NOX ozone season emissions for Kentucky. 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 for fine particulates 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 proposing to approve, Kentucky would meet CAIR requirements by participating in the EPA-administered cap-and-trade programs addressing SO2, NOX annual, and NOX ozone season emissions. In the Final Rules Section of this Federal Register, EPA is approving the Commonwealth'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 Kentucky: Clean Air Interstate Rule
Document Number: E7-19327
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a revision to the Kentucky State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted on July 19, 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 Kentucky. Therefore, as a consequence of the SIP approval, EPA will also withdraw the CAIR Federal Implementation Plans (FIPs) concerning sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOX) annual, and NOX ozone season emissions for Kentucky. 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 for fine particulates 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, Kentucky would meet CAIR requirements by participating in the EPA- administered cap-and-trade programs addressing SO2, NOX annual, and NOX ozone season emissions.
Certain New Chemicals; Receipt and Status Information
Document Number: E7-19543
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Section 5 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requires any person who intends to manufacture (defined by statute to include import) a new chemical (i.e., a chemical not on the TSCA Inventory) to notify EPA and comply with the statutory provisions pertaining to the manufacture of new chemicals. Under sections 5(d)(2) and 5(d)(3) of TSCA, EPA is required to publish a notice of receipt of a premanufacture notice (PMN) or an application for a test marketing exemption (TME), and to publish periodic status reports on the chemicals under review and the receipt of notices of commencement to manufacture those chemicals. This status report, which covers the period from August 3, 2007 to September 7, 2007, consists of the PMNs and TMEs, both pending or expired, and the notices of commencement to manufacture a new chemical that the Agency has received under TSCA section 5 during this time period.
Thiabendazole; Threshold of Regulation Determination
Document Number: E7-19542
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-10-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to establish by rule that there is no need for a tolerance or tolerance exemption under the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) for the use of the fungicide thiabendazole as a seed treatment on dry peas. This determination is based on EPA's finding that any residues that remain in food from this use will be both non-detectable and below the level of regulatory concern.
Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee; Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: E7-19523
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, EPA gives notice of a public meeting of the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) on October 17 and 18, 2007. A draft agenda has been developed that includes web-based labeling, spray drift and reports from the following PPDC Work Groups: PRIA Process Improvements; Registration Review Implementation; and AZM Transition Issues.
Exposure Modeling Public Meeting
Document Number: E7-19521
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
An Exposure Modeling Public Meeting (EMPM) will be held for one day on October 30, 2007. This notice announces the location and time for the meeting and sets forth the tentative agenda topics.
Office of Research and Development; Ambient Air Monitoring Reference and Equivalent Methods: Designation of a New Reference Method
Document Number: E7-19515
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated, in accordance with 40 CFR part 53, a new reference method for measuring concentrations of carbon monoxide (CO) in the ambient air.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans and Designation of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes; North Carolina; Redesignation of the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area to Attainment for Ozone
Document Number: E7-19513
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-10-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On June 7, 2007, the State of North Carolina, through the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR), submitted a request to redesignate the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill 8-hour ozone nonattainment area to attainment for the 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS); and to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision containing a maintenance plan for the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Area. The Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill 8- hour ozone nonattainment area (the ``Triangle Area'') is comprised of Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Orange, Person and Wake Counties in their entireties, and Baldwin, Center, New Hope and Williams Townships in Chatham County. In this action, EPA is proposing to approve the 8-hour ozone redesignation request for the Triangle Area. Additionally, EPA is proposing to approve the 8-hour ozone maintenance plan for the Triangle Area, including the motor vehicle emissions budgets (MVEBs) for nitrogen oxides (NOX) and an insignificance determination for volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions from motor vehicles. This proposed approval of North Carolina's redesignation request is based on EPA's determination that North Carolina has demonstrated that the Triangle Area has met the criteria for redesignation to attainment specified in the Clean Air Act (CAA), including the determination that the entire Triangle 8-hour ozone nonattainment area has attained the 8-hour ozone standard. Further, in this action, EPA is also describing the status of its transportation conformity adequacy determination for the new 2008 and 2017 MVEBs for NOX, and for the insignificance determination for VOC contribution from motor vehicle emissions to the 8-hour ozone pollution, that are contained in the 8-hour ozone maintenance plan for the Triangle Area.
Notice of Availability of the “Results of the Superfund Alternative Approach Evaluation” Report
Document Number: E7-19512
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces the availability of the ``Results of the Superfund Alternative Approach Evaluation'' report for public review. Interested stakeholders may submit comments on this report which will be considered as we continue to implement this approach and as part of any future policy modifications. The Superfund Alternative Approach is an alternative to listing a contaminated site on the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL) before starting cleanup.
Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Science Advisory Board Panel for the Review of EPA's 2007 Report on the Environment
Document Number: E7-19511
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the SAB Panel for the Review of EPA's 2007 Report on the Environment. The teleconference is being held to discuss the Panel's draft advisory report.
Guidance on Recommended Environmental Hazard Statements for Outdoor Residential Pesticides; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E7-19448
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Agency seeks public comment on a draft Pesticide Registration (PR) Notice entitled ``Environmental Hazard Statements for Outdoor Residential Pesticides''. The proposed guidance is directed toward current or prospective registrants of outdoor residential use pesticides on recommended environmental hazard language. This guidance recommends new environmental hazard statements that are designed to replace language created for agricultural products with statements that are easier for consumers to understand. The new environmental hazard statements are divided by product type (e.g., liquid ready-to-use, broadcast granular), and recommends specific language for each product type to minimize risks to the human health and the environment, with emphasis on reducing risks to water. Revisions to product labels using these new statements may be made by notification.
Notice of Filing of a Pesticide Petition for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities
Document Number: E7-19334
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the initial filing of a pesticide petition proposing the establishment or modification of regulations for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Mississippi: Clean Air Interstate Rule
Document Number: E7-19320
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking final action to approve a revision to the Mississippi State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted on January 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 Mississippi. 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 Mississippi. 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, Mississippi 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 for Mississippi.
National and Governmental Advisory Committees to the U.S. Representative to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation
Document Number: E7-19416
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92463, EPA gives notice of a meeting of the National Advisory Committee (NAC) and Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) to the U.S. Representative to the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC). The National and Governmental Advisory Committees advise the EPA Administrator in his capacity as the U.S. Representative to the CEC Council. The Committees are authorized under Articles 17 and 18 of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC), North American Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act, P.L. 103-182, and as directed by Executive Order 12915, entitled ``Federal Implementation of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation.'' The NAC is composed of 12 members representing academia, environmental non- governmental organizations, and private industry. The GAC consists of 12 members representing state, local, and tribal governments. The Committees are responsible for providing advice to the U.S. Representative on a wide range of strategic, scientific, technological, regulatory, and economic issues related to implementation and further elaboration of the NAAEC. The purpose of the meeting is to review the CEC's Draft Operational Plan and Budget. A copy of the agenda for the meeting will be posted at http://www.epa.gov/ocem/nacgac-page.htm.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Alabama; Clean Air Interstate Rule
Document Number: E7-19352
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking final action to approve a revision to the Alabama State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted on March 7, 2007. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) also previously submitted a final submittal dated June 16, 2006, which was subsequently updated in a prehearing request for parallel processing on November 16, 2006, to comply with EPA's revisions to the model rule. Alabama's final March 7, 2007, submittal replaces the State's June 16, 2006, and November 16, 2006, submittals. 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 Alabama. 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 Alabama. 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, Alabama 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.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; New York: Clean Air Interstate Rule
Document Number: E7-19346
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-10-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a revision to the New York State Implementation Plan (SIP) that 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 New York. 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 New York pending final approval of New York's SIP revision. The CAIR FIPs for all states in the CAIR region were promulgated on April 28, 2006 and subsequently revised on December 13, 2006. The SIP revision that EPA is proposing to approve will also satisfy New York's 110(a)(2)(D)(i) obligations to submit a SIP revision that contains adequate provisions to prohibit air emissions from adversely affecting another state's air quality through interstate transport. CAIR requires states to reduce emissions of SO2 and NOX that significantly contribute to and interfere with the maintenance of the national ambient air quality standards for fine particulates and/or ozone in any downwind state. CAIR establishes state budgets for SO2 and NOX and requires states, which EPA has concluded contribute to nonattainment in downwind states, to submit SIP revisions that implement these budgets. States have the flexibility to choose the 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 proposing to approve, New York would meet CAIR requirements by participating in the EPA- administered cap-and-trade programs addressing SO2, NOX annual, and NOX ozone season emissions.
Clean Water Act Section 303(d): Final Agency Action on 14 Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs)
Document Number: E7-19335
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces final agency action on 14 TMDLs prepared by EPA Region 6 for waters listed in Louisiana's Red and Sabine River Basins, under section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act (CWA). Documents from the administrative record file for the 14 TMDLs, including TMDL calculations and responses to comments, may be viewed at http:// www.epa.gov/earth1r6/6wq/npdes/tmdl/index.htm. The administrative record file may be examined by calling or writing Ms. Diane Smith at the address below. Please contact Ms. Smith to schedule an inspection.
Proposed Settlement Agreement, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
Document Number: E7-19333
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-01
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 settlement agreement, to address a lawsuit filed by Rocky Mountain Clean Air Action (``RMCAA'') in the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit: Rocky Mountain Clean Air Action v. EPA, No. 07-1012 (D.C. Cir.). Petitioner filed a petition for review challenging EPA's final rule entitled ``Final Extension of the Deferred Effective Date for 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (``NAAQS'') for Early Action Compact Areas,'' 71 FR 69022 (Nov. 29, 2006). Under the terms of the proposed settlement agreement, deadlines have been established for EPA and the State of Colorado to take specific actions related to the Denver Early Action Compact (``Denver EAC'') area. Petitioner's sole remedy if EPA or the State fails to take one of these actions is to request the court to lift the stay and to set a briefing schedule.
Air Quality: Revision to Definition of Volatile Organic Compounds-Exclusion of Compounds
Document Number: E7-19324
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-10-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to revise EPA's definition of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) for purposes of preparing State implementation plans (SIPs) to attain the national ambient air quality standard for ozone under Title I of the Clean Air Act (Act). This proposed revision would add compounds to the list of compounds excluded from the definition of VOC on the basis that these compounds make a negligible contribution to tropospheric ozone formation. The compounds under consideration are propylene carbonate and dimethyl carbonate. The EPA is inviting comment on an alternative evaluation criteria for exempting one of these compounds (propylene carbonate), methods for tracking changes in the use and emissions of both of these compounds and their potential substitutes, and the potential for health risks that may result from this action.
Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) and CAIR Federal Implementation Plans; Corrections
Document Number: E7-19323
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In this rule, EPA is making a minor correction to the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) to restore a phrase of regulatory text related to State annual emissions reporting requirements that was inadvertently deleted when the rule was amended in 2006. This rule also corrects typographical errors in the spellings of three States in the CAIR regulatory text and corrects a typographical error in a section citation in the CAIR Federal Implementation Plans (FIPs) regulatory text.
Meeting of the Total Coliform Rule Distribution System Advisory Committee-Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: E7-19316
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is giving notice of a meeting of the Total Coliform Rule Distribution System Advisory Committee (TCRDSAC). The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the public health information, Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) framework, Total Coliform Rule (TCR) implementation and compliance, and issues that may affect finished water quality in distribution systems. The TCRDSAC advises and makes recommendations to the Agency on revisions to the Total Coliform Rule (TCR), and on what information should be collected, research conducted, and/or risk management strategies evaluated to better inform distribution system contaminant occurrence and associated public health risks. Topics to be discussed in the meeting include available public health information and how it relates to the TCR; how the TCR relates to other SDWA regulations, such as the Ground Water Rule; TCR implementation and compliance; and information on distribution system issues that may impact water quality.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Indiana; Oxides of Nitrogen Regulations, Phase II
Document Number: E7-19217
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is approving Indiana's oxides of nitrogen (NOX) rules which satisfy the requirements of EPA's NOX SIP Call Phase II Rule (the Phase II Rule). EPA is approving these regulations based on Indiana's demonstration that they will result in the achievement of the Phase II budget through source compliance with rules affecting stationary internal combustion (IC) engines which are identified in the NOX plan submittal. Limiting NOX emissions from IC engines will enable the State to meet the Phase II incremental difference of 4,244 tons during the ozone season, thereby improving air quality and protecting the health of Indiana citizens. EPA is also approving other changes to Indiana's NOX rules. These are minor clerical corrections and changes in definitions made by Indiana to conform to the revisions made by EPA in the Phase II Rule.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; New Jersey: Clean Air Interstate Rule
Document Number: E7-19216
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking final action to approve a revision to New Jersey's State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted on February 6, 2007, and subsequently revised on July 9, 2007. This revision incorporates provisions related to the implementation of EPA's Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR), and the CAIR Federal Implementation Plan (CAIR FIP) concerning SO2, NOX annual, NOX ozone season emissions for the State of New Jersey. The SIP revision that EPA is fully approving is an ``abbreviated'' SIP revision that addresses the methodology to be used to allocate annual and ozone season NOX allowances under the CAIR FIPs. The SIP revision that EPA is approving will also satisfy New Jersey's 110(a)(2)(D)(i) obligations to submit a SIP revision that contains adequate provisions to prohibit air emissions from adversely affecting another state's air quality through interstate transport. EPA is not making any changes to the CAIR FIP, but is amending the appropriate appendices in the CAIR FIP trading rules simply to note approval of New Jersey's SIP revision.
Clean Water Act Section 303(d): Final Agency Action on 52 Arkansas Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs)
Document Number: 07-4827
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the final agency action on 52 TMDLs established by EPA Region 6 for waters listed in the State of Arkansas, under section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act (CWA). These TMDLs were completed in response to the lawsuit styled Sierra Club, et al. v. Clifford, et al., No. LR-C-99-114. Documents from the administrative record files for the final 52 TMDLs, including TMDL calculations may be viewed at www.epa.gov/region6/6wq/npdes/tmdl/index.htm.