Environmental Protection Agency January 30, 2008 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Illinois; Revisions to Emission Reduction Market System
Document Number: E8-806
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-01-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In 1997, Illinois adopted and submitted rules establishing a cap and trade program regulating emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC). The program, known as the Emission Reduction Market System (ERMS), was designed to address VOC sources in the Chicago area with potential to emit at least 25 tons per year. Then, in 2004, the Chicago ozone nonattainment area was in effect reclassified from severe to moderate, which according to EPA guidance revised the applicable definition of major sources from 25 tons per year to 100 tons per year. This ``reclassification'' could have resulted in the program no longer including sources with potential to emit more than 25 but less than 100 tons per year. Instead, Illinois adopted rule revisions, submitted to EPA on January 10, 2007, which required that these sources remain part of the program. Illinois' rule revisions also address other ramifications of the ``reclassification.'' EPA is approving these rule revisions.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Illinois; Revisions to Emission Reduction Market System
Document Number: E8-805
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-01-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In 1997, Illinois adopted and submitted rules establishing a cap and trade program regulating emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC). The program was designed to address VOC sources in the Chicago area with potential to emit at least 25 tons per year. Then, in 2004, EPA replaced the ``Severe'' classification for the Chicago ozone nonattainment area with a ``Moderate'' classification, which according to EPA guidance revised the applicable definition of major sources from 25 tons per year to 100 tons per year. Illinois adopted rule revisions, submitted to EPA on January 10, 2007, to require that sources with potential to emit at least 25 tons per year remain in the program. Illinois' rule revisions also address other ramifications of the ``reclassification.'' EPA is approving these rule revisions.
Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes in Montana; Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program; Proposed Primacy Approval and Minor Revisions
Document Number: E8-1667
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-01-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve an application from the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes in Montana under Section 1425 of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) to implement an underground injection control (UIC) program for Class II (oil and gas-related) injection wells. EPA is also proposing minor revisions to regulations that are not specific to the Fort Peck Tribes' application. EPA requests public comment and has scheduled a public hearing on this application, the proposed rule, and EPA's supporting documentation. EPA will consider comments received at the public hearing and during the public comment period before taking final action.
Proposed Approval of the Transuranic Waste Characterization Program at the Hanford Site
Document Number: E8-1658
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-01-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or we) is announcing the availability of, and soliciting public comments for 45 days on, the proposed approval of the radioactive, contact-handled (CH), transuranic (TRU) waste characterization program implemented at the Hanford Site in Richland, Washington. This waste is intended for disposal at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in New Mexico. In accordance with the WIPP Compliance Criteria, EPA evaluated the characterization of CH TRU debris and solid waste from Hanford during an inspection conducted the week of June 4, 2007. Using the systems and processes developed as part of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) program, EPA verified whether DOE could adequately characterize CH TRU waste consistent with the Compliance Criteria. The results of EPA's evaluation of Hanford's program and its proposed approval are described in the Agency's inspection report, which is available for review in the public dockets listed in ADDRESSES. We will consider public comments received on or before the due date mentioned in DATES. This notice summarizes the waste characterization processes evaluated by EPA and EPA's proposed approval. As required by 40 CFR 194.8, at the end of a 45-day comment period EPA will evaluate public comments received, and if appropriate, finalize the reports responding to the relevant public comments, and issue a final report and approval letter to DOE.
Notice of Filing of a Pesticide Petition for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities
Document Number: E8-1545
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-01-30
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.
Fluopicolide; Pesticide Tolerance
Document Number: E8-1525
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-01-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes a tolerance for residues of fluopicolide, 2,6-dichloro-N-[[3-chloro-5-(trifluoromethyl)-2- pyridinyl]methyl]benzamide, as an indicator of combined residues of fluopicolide and its metabolite, 2,6-dichlorobenzamide (BAM), in or on grape at 2.0 parts per million (ppm); grape, raisin at 6.0 ppm; vegetable, cucurbit, group 9 at 0.50 ppm; vegetable, fruiting, group 8 at 1.6 ppm; vegetable, leafy, except brassica, group 4 at 25 ppm; and vegetable, tuberous and corm, subgroup, except potato, 1D at 0.02 ppm. Valent U.S.A. Corporation requested this tolerance under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Boscalid; Denial of Objections
Document Number: E8-1523
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-01-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In this order, EPA denies objections filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council (``NRDC'') to a final rule under section 408 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (``FFDCA''), (21 U.S.C. 346a), establishing tolerances for the pesticide boscalid on various leafy greens. NRDC argues that EPA has unlawfully removed the additional safety factor for the protection of infants and children required by Food Quality Protection Act of 1996.
Experimental Use Permit; Receipt of Amendment Application
Document Number: E8-1412
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-01-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces receipt of an application 264-EUP-140 from Bayer CropScience requesting to amend and extend the existing experimental use permit (EUP) for the Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1Ab protein and the genetic material necessary for its production in event T303-3 and T304-40 cotton plants. The Agency has determined that the application may be of regional and national significance. Therefore, in accordance with 40 CFR 172.11(a), the Agency is soliciting comments on this application.
Local Government Advisory Committee Notice of Charter Renewal
Document Number: 08-402
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-01-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice of Public Workshop To Discuss Management of Underground Injection of Carbon Dioxide for Geologic Sequestration Under the Safe Drinking Water Act
Document Number: 08-401
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-01-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is holding a second public workshop to discuss the development of proposed regulations for the underground injection of carbon dioxide (CO2) for geologic sequestration under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). The SDWA requires EPA to protect underground sources of drinking water from contamination due to underground injection activities. The Underground Injection Control Program works with States and Tribes to oversee underground injection activities and prevent endangerment of drinking water sources. This public workshop will provide an opportunity for dialogue with representatives from industry, government, public interest groups, and the general public on geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide.