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

System Research and Application Corporation; Transfer of Data
Document Number: E8-1796
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-01-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces that pesticide related information submitted to EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), including information that may have been claimed as Confidential Business Information (CBI) by the submitter, will be tranferred to the System Research and Application Corporation, in accordance with 40 CFR 2.309(c) and 2.308(h)(2). The System Research and Application Corporation, will perform work for OPP under an Interagency Agreement (IAG). Access to this information will enable System Research and Application Corporation, to fulfill the obligations of the IAG.
Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Meeting of the Science Advisory Board
Document Number: E8-1793
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-01-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public face-to-face meeting of the chartered SAB to: (1) Discuss EPA's research budget for Fiscal Year 2009; (2) Agency long-term research directions and priorities; (3) conduct a quality review of the Draft SAB Advisory on EPA's ``Report on the Environment 2007: Science Report''; and (4) continue planning for upcoming SAB meetings.
Adequacy of Nebraska Municipal Solid Waste Landfill Program
Document Number: E8-1786
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-01-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This action approves Nebraska's Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D) permit program and updates to the approved Municipal Solid Waste Landfill Permit (MSWLP) program. On March 22, 2004, the EPA issued final regulations allowing RD&D permits to be issued to certain municipal solid waste landfills by approved States. On September 27, 2006, Nebraska submitted an application to the EPA seeking Federal approval of its RD&D requirements and to update Federal approval of its MSWLP Program. On November 16, 2006, the EPA published direct final and proposed rules to approve the application on January 16, 2007, if adverse comment was not received. EPA received adverse comment and withdrew the direct final rule on January 16, 2007. This action addresses the comment and approves the Nebraska application.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Virginia; Control of Volatile Organic Compound (VOCs) Emissions From the Kraft Foods Global, Inc.-Richmond Bakery located in Henrico County, VA
Document Number: E8-1777
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-01-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Virginia on October 29, 2007. This revision pertains to a federally enforceable state operating permit containing terms and conditions for the control of emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the Kraft Foods Global, Inc. Richmond Bakery located in Henrico County, Virginia. The submittal is for the purpose of meeting the requirements for reasonably available control technology (RACT) in order to implement the maintenance plan for the Richmond 8-hour ozone maintenance area. EPA is proposing to approve the revision to the Virginia SIP in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Science Advisory Board Staff Office, SAB Particulate Matter (PM) Research Centers Program Review Panel; Request for Nominations
Document Number: E8-1774
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-01-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office is announcing the formation of an SAB panel to advise the Agency concerning the future direction of its Particulate Matter (PM) Research Centers Program. The SAB Staff Office is soliciting public nominations for this Panel.
Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Request for Nominations for Science Advisory Board Panel on Risk and Technology Review Assessments for Phase II Source Categories
Document Number: E8-1772
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-01-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office is announcing the formation of an SAB Expert panel to review and provide advice about draft risk assessments that evaluate the effects of industrial emissions of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) on public health and the environment in accordance with EPA's Risk and Technology Review (RTR) Assessment. The SAB Staff Office is soliciting public nominations of technical experts for this panel.
Massachusetts: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revisions
Document Number: E8-1316
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-01-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has applied to EPA for final authorization of certain changes to its hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). EPA has determined that these changes satisfy all requirements needed to qualify for final authorization and is authorizing the State's changes through this immediate final action.
Massachusetts: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revisions
Document Number: E8-1313
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-01-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has applied to EPA for final authorization of changes to its hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). EPA proposes to grant final authorization to Massachusetts. EPA has determined that these changes satisfy all requirements needed to qualify for final authorization, and is authorizing the State's changes through an immediate final action.
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.
Health and Safety Data Reporting; Addition of Certain Chemicals
Document Number: E8-1546
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-01-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This final rule, issued pursuant to section 8(d) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and its regulations, requires manufacturers (including importers) of consumer products intended for use by children who also manufacture (including import) lead or lead compounds to report certain unpublished health and safety data to EPA. This final rule adds lead and lead compounds to 40 CFR 716.120 because the Interagency Testing Committee (ITC) added the category of lead and lead compounds to the Priority Testing List through its 60\th\ ITC Report. The ITC was established under section 4(e) of TSCA to recommend chemicals and chemical mixtures to EPA for priority testing consideration; the ITC periodically amends the TSCA section 4(e) Priority Testing List through periodic reports submitted to EPA.
Acephate, Fenbutatin-Oxide (Hexakis), MCPA, Pyrethrins, and Triallate; Tolerance Actions
Document Number: E8-1535
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-01-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is revoking certain tolerances for the insecticides acephate and pyrethrins. Also, EPA is modifying certain tolerances for the insecticides acephate and pyrethrins. In addition, EPA is establishing new tolerances for the herbicides MCPA and triallate, and the insecticides fenbutatin-oxide (hexakis) and pyrethrins. The regulatory actions finalized in this document are in follow-up to the Agency's reregistration program under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), and tolerance reassessment program under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) section 408(q).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maine; Ozone Maintenance Plans
Document Number: E8-1418
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-01-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Maine, that includes four separate 8-hour ozone maintenance plans. The Clean Air Act requires that areas that are designated attainment for the 8-hour ozone standard, and also had been previously designated either nonattainment or maintenance for the 1-hour ozone standard, develop a plan showing how the state will maintain the ozone standard for the area. Maine's maintenance plans include an emissions inventory, a plan for how the state will demonstrate and track progress of continued maintenance of the standard, a commitment to continue ozone monitoring, and a contingency plan that will ensure that any violation of the 8-hour ozone standard is promptly addressed. The intended effect of this action is to propose approval of these four maintenance plans. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maine; Ozone Maintenance Plans
Document Number: E8-1416
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-01-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Maine, that includes four separate 8-hour ozone maintenance plans. The Clean Air Act requires that areas that are designated attainment for the 8-hour ozone standard, and also had been previously designated either nonattainment or maintenance for the 1-hour ozone standard, develop a plan showing how the state will maintain the ozone standard for the area. Maine's maintenance plans include an emissions inventory, a plan for how the state will demonstrate and track progress of continued maintenance of the standard, a commitment to continue ozone monitoring, and a contingency plan that will ensure that any violation of the 8-hour ozone standard is promptly addressed. The intended effect of this action is to approve these four maintenance plans into the Maine SIP. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Michigan; Oxides of Nitrogen Regulations, Phase II
Document Number: E8-1415
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-01-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is approving Michigan's oxides of nitrogen (NOX) rules which satisfy the requirements of EPA's NOX SIP Call Phase II Rule (the Phase II Rule). We are approving these regulations based on Michigan'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 1,033 tons during the ozone season, thereby improving air quality and protecting the health of Michigan citizens.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Michigan; Oxides of Nitrogen Regulations, Phase II
Document Number: E8-1414
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-01-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is approving Michigan's oxides of nitrogen (NOX) rules which satisfy the requirements of EPA's NOX SIP Call Phase II Rule (the Phase II Rule). We are approving these regulations based on Michigan'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 1,033 tons during the ozone season, thereby improving air quality and protecting the health of Michigan citizens.
Sixty-First Report of the TSCA Interagency Testing Committee to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency; Receipt of Report and Request for Comments
Document Number: E8-1413
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-01-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Interagency Testing Committee (ITC) transmitted its 61\st\ ITC Report to the Administrator of EPA on December 18, 2007. In the 61\st\ ITC Report, which is included with this notice, the ITC is revising the TSCA section 4(e) Priority Testing List by adding 4 cresols and removing 35 High Production Volume (HPV) Challenge Program orphan chemicals. The cresols were added to obtain dermal sensitization data. To obtain dermal sensitization data, including case reports of workers and any in vivo animal sensitization test data, the ITC is asking EPA to add the 4 cresols to the TSCA section 8(d) Health and Safety Data Reporting (HaSDR) rule. The 35 HPV Challenge Program orphan chemicals are being removed from the Priority Testing List either because: Commitments were made to sponsor these chemicals under the EPA's HPV Challenge Program, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) HPV Screening Information Data Set (SIDS) Program, and/or the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) HPV Initiative, or because the substances were determined by EPA to be ``no longer'' HPV chemical substances.
Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program
Document Number: E8-1411
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-01-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document describes the design and format of EPA's Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program (``the program'') for nanoscale materials under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). On July 12, 2007, EPA sought public comment on a concept paper that outlined its initial thinking on the design and development of the program, and several related documents. Based on ideas in the concept paper, written public comments, comments at public meetings, and scientific peer consultations on material characterization and risk management practices, EPA has developed this document to provide the final description and format of the program. EPA will consider refinements to the program over time based on experience and additional feedback from participants.
Dixie Barrel Drum Superfund Site; Knoxville, Knox County, TN; Notice of Settlements
Document Number: E8-1349
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-01-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under section 122(h)(1) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), the United States Environmental Protection Agency has entered into two settlements for reimbursement of past response costs concerning the Dixie Barrel Drum Superfund Site located in Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee for publication.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Coalbed Methane Extraction Sector Questionnaire (New), EPA ICR Number 2291.01, OMB Control No. 2040-NEW
Document Number: E8-1344
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-01-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit a proposed Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This is a request for a new collection. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below.
Human Studies Review Board (HSRB); Notification of a Public Teleconference To Review Its Draft Report from the October 24-26, 2007 HSRB Meeting
Document Number: E8-1327
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-01-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA Human Studies Review Board (HSRB) announces a public teleconference meeting to discuss its draft HSRB report from the October 24-26, 2007 HSRB meeting.
State Operating Permit Programs; Ohio; Revisions to the Acid Rain Regulations
Document Number: E8-1320
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-01-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve, as a revision to Ohio's operating permits program, revisions to Ohio's Acid Rain Permits and Compliance Rules found in Chapter 3745-103 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC). The changes made to Ohio's OAC 3745-103 Rules include rules for phase II acid rain permits and new information on items incorporated by reference. EPA granted full approval of Ohio's operating permits program on August 15, 1995, which became effective on October 1, 1995. On March 23, 2007 Ohio submitted the revised acid rain rules to EPA for approval. This Federal Register notice approves these revised acid rain rules into Ohio's Title V operating permits program.
State Operating Permits Program; Ohio; Revision to the Acid Rain Regulations
Document Number: E8-1319
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-01-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA proposes to approve into the Ohio operating permits program revisions submitted by the State of Ohio for the purpose of amending the Acid Rain Permits and Compliance portion of the program. The changes made to OAC 3745-103, which comprises the revisions, include rules for phase II acid rain permits and new information on items incorporated by reference.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E8-1314
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-01-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Facility Ground-Water Monitoring Requirements; EPA ICR No. 0959.13; OMB Control No. 2050-0033
Document Number: E8-1312
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-01-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit a request to renew an existing approved Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This ICR is scheduled to expire on May 31, 2008. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below.
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: E8-1310
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-01-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA expressed environmental objections because of potential long-term impacts to water quality and further exceedances of water quality standards in impaired water bodies under Alternatives 2 or 3. In addition, EPA suggests modifications to reduce significant impacts to drinking water and aquatic species, and believes that direct, indirect and cumulative impacts would affect waters on both BLM and non-BLM lands. Rating EO2.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; New York: Clean Air Interstate Rule
Document Number: E8-802
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-01-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking final action 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 has determined that the SIP revision fully implements the CAIR requirements for New York. As a result of this rulemaking, EPA will also withdraw, through a separate rulemaking, the CAIR Federal Implementation Plans (CAIR FIPs) concerning sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOX) annual, and NOX ozone season emissions for New York. The CAIR FIPs for all states in the CAIR region were promulgated on April 28, 2006 and subsequently revised on December 13, 2006. In addition, EPA is determining that the New York SIP revision satisfies New York's obligation under section 110(a)(2)(D)(i) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) to prohibit air emissions that would interfere with provisions to prevent significant deterioration of air quality.
Transportation Conformity Rule Amendments To Implement Provisions Contained in the 2005 Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU)
Document Number: E8-597
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-01-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In this action, EPA is amending the transportation conformity rule to finalize provisions that were proposed on May 2, 2007. The Clean Air Act requires federally supported transportation plans, transportation improvement programs, and projects to be consistent with (``conform to'') the purpose of the state air quality implementation plan. Most of these amendments are necessary to make the rule consistent with Clean Air Act section 176(c) as amended by SAFETEA-LU on August 10, 2005 (Pub. L. 109-59), including changes to the regulations to reflect that the Clean Air Act now provides more time for state and local governments to meet conformity requirements, provides a one-year grace period before the consequences of not meeting certain conformity requirements apply, allows the option of shortening the timeframe of conformity determinations, and streamlines other provisions. This final rule also includes minor amendments that are not related to SAFETEA-LU, such as allowing the Department of Transportation (DOT) to make categorical hot-spot findings for appropriate projects in carbon monoxide nonattainment and maintenance areas. EPA has consulted with DOT, and they concur with this final rule.
Draft Toxicological Review of Chlordecone (Kepone): In Support of the Summary Information in the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)
Document Number: E8-1224
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-01-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is announcing that Versar, under a contract with EPA, will convene an independent panel of experts and organize and conduct an external peer-review workshop to review the external review draft document entitled, ``Toxicological Review of Chlordecone (Kepone): In Support of Summary Information on the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)'' (EPA/635/R-07/004). The EPA is also announcing a public comment period for the draft document. EPA intends to consider comments and recommendations from the public and the expert panel meeting when EPA finalizes the draft document. 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. EPA intends to forward public comments, submitted in accordance with this notice, to the external peer-review panel prior to the workshop for their consideration. 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. Versar invites the public to register to attend this workshop as observers. In addition, Versar invites the public to give brief oral comments at the workshop regarding the draft document under review. The draft document and EPA's peer review charge are available via the Internet on NCEA's home page under the Recent Additions and the Data and Publications menus at http://www.epa.gov/ncea. When finalizing the draft document, EPA intends to consider any public comments that EPA receives in accordance with this notice.
Clean Air Act Operating Permit Program; Petition for Objection to State Operating Permit for Wisconsin Public Service Corporation-Weston Generating Station
Document Number: E8-1221
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-01-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document announces that the EPA Administrator has responded to a petition asking EPA to object to a Clean Air Act (Act) operating permit issued by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Specifically, the Administrator granted in part and denied in part the petition submitted by the Sierra Club to object to the operating permit for Wisconsin Public Service CorporationWeston Generating Station (Weston). Pursuant to section 505(b)(2) of the Act, a Petitioner may seek in the United States Court of Appeals for the appropriate circuit judicial review of those portions of a petition which EPA denied. Any petition for review shall be filed within 60 days from the date this notice appears in the Federal Register, pursuant to section 307 of the Act.
Clean Water Act Section 303(d): Final Agency Action on 3 Arkansas Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs)
Document Number: E8-1195
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-01-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the final agency action on 3 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. Browner, et al., No. LR-C-99-114. Documents from the administrative record files for the final 3 TMDLs, including TMDL calculations may be viewed at http://www.epa.gov/region6/6wq/npdes/tmdl/index.htm.
Clean Water Act Section 303(d): Final Agency Action and Availability of 4 Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) in Arkansas
Document Number: E8-1193
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-01-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the final agency action of 4 TMDLs and the availability of the administrative record files for comment on 4 TMDLs and the calculations for these TMDLs prepared 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. Browner, et al., No. LR-C-99-114.
FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: E8-1191
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-01-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
There will be a 4-day meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) to consider and review the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP) Proposed Tier-1 Screening Battery.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NSPS for Portland Cement Plants (Renewal), EPA ICR Number 1051.10, OMB Control Number 2060-0025
Document Number: E8-1188
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-01-24
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; Community Right-to-Know Reporting Requirements of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (Renewal); EPA ICR No. 1352.11, OMB Control No. 2050-0072
Document Number: E8-1187
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-01-24
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.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; State Small Business Stationary Source Technical and Environmental Compliance Assistance Programs (SBTCP) Annual Reporting Form (Renewal); EPA ICR No. 1748.05, OMB Control No. 2060-0337
Document Number: E8-1186
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-01-24
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.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Fuel Quality Regulations for Diesel Fuel Sold in 2001 & Later Years; for Tax-Exempt (Dyed) Highway Diesel Fuel; & Nonroad Locomotive & Marine Diesel Fuel (Renewal); EPA ICR No. 1718.08, OMB Control No. 2060-0308
Document Number: E8-1185
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-01-24
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.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Hazardous Waste Generator Standards (Renewal), EPA ICR Number 0820.10, OMB Control Number 2050-0035
Document Number: E8-1184
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-01-24
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. This ICR is scheduled to expire on January 31, 2008. Under OMB regulations, the Agency may continue to conduct or sponsor the collection of information while this submission is pending at OMB. This ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its expected burden and cost.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Connecticut; State Implementation Plan Revision to Implement the Clean Air Interstate Rule
Document Number: E8-1183
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-01-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Connecticut on April 26, 2007, with amendments submitted on September 12, 2007. This SIP 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 Connecticut. Therefore, as a consequence of the SIP approval, the Administrator of EPA will also, in a separate document, issue a final rule to withdraw the Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) concerning NOX ozone-season emissions for Connecticut. In the SIP revision that EPA is approving, Connecticut will meet CAIR requirements by participating in the EPA-administered cap-and- trade program addressing NOX ozone-season emissions. Connecticut's SIP revision is based on EPA's model CAIR NOX ozone season rule and is, in most respects, substantively identical to that model rule. The Connecticut CAIR program has two major substantive differences from that model rule (expanded applicability, and a different methodology for allocating NOX allowances), both of which are consistent with the flexibility allowed under CAIR for state participation in the EPA-administered cap-and-trade program. The SIP revision complies with the statutory and regulatory requirements for approval of a CAIR NOX ozone-season program. This action is being taken in accordance with the Clean Air Act.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Identification, Listing and Rulemaking Petitions (Renewal); EPA ICR Number 1189.20, OMB Control Number 2050-0053
Document Number: E8-1182
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-01-24
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 Implementation Plans; Alabama Prevention of Significant Deterioration and Nonattainment New Source Review
Document Number: E8-1181
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-01-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of Alabama on June 16, 2006. The proposed revisions modify Alabama's Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Nonattainment New Source Review (NNSR) regulations in the SIP to address changes to the federal New Source Review (NSR) permitting regulations, which were promulgated by EPA on December 31, 2002, and reconsidered with minor changes on November 7, 2003 (collectively, these two final actions are called the ``2002 NSR Reform Rules''). The proposed revisions include provisions for baseline emissions calculations, an actual-to-projected-actual methodology for calculating emissions changes, options for plantwide applicability limits (PAL), and recordkeeping and reporting requirements. The June 16, 2006, submittal also contained provisions to address the Clean Air Interstate Rule, on which EPA has already taken action. As requested by Alabama on December 3, 2007, at this time, EPA is not taking action on a proposed revision found in Rule 335-3-14-.04(2)(w)1, which establishes a significance threshold for all NSR regulated pollutants for which there is not a listed significance threshold.
Emission Standards for Stationary Diesel Engines
Document Number: E8-1118
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-01-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
With this advance notice of proposed rulemaking, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is soliciting comment on several issues concerning options the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can pursue through Federal rulemaking under the Clean Air Act to regulate emissions of pollutants from existing stationary diesel engines, generally, and specifically from larger, older stationary diesel engines. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has taken several actions over the past several years to reduce exhaust pollutants from stationary diesel engines. The Agency continues to be interested in exploring opportunities to further reduce exhaust pollutants from stationary diesel engines, particularly existing stationary diesel engines that have not been subject to federal standards. This advance notice of proposed rulemaking is intended to explore possible options to achieve further emissions reductions, particularly from existing stationary diesel engines.