Environmental Protection Agency February 13, 2008 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Paint Stripping and Miscellaneous Surface Coating Operations at Area Sources
Document Number: Z7-24718
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-13
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency
Notice of Filing of a Pesticide Petition for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities
Document Number: E8-2712
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-13
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.
Notice of Filing of a Pesticide Petition for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities
Document Number: E8-2708
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-13
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 of Louisiana's Petition To Relax the Summer Gasoline Volatility Standard for the Grant Parish Area
Document Number: E8-2705
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-02-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve the State of Louisiana's request to relax the federal Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) standard applicable to gasoline introduced into commerce in the Grant Parish 8-hour ozone attainment area (Grant Parish) during the summer high ozone season June 1 to September 15 of each year. Grant Parish is a designated attainment area under the 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (``NAAQS'') and is a redesignated attainment area under the 1- hour ozone NAAQS. This action amends our regulations to change the summertime RVP standard for Grant Parish from 7.8 pounds per square inch (psi) to 9.0 psi. EPA has determined that this change to our federal RVP regulations is consistent with the applicable provisions of the Clean Air Act. Louisiana's request is supported by evidence that Grant Parish can implement the 9.0 psi RVP standard and maintain the 8- hour ozone NAAQS and that relaxation of the applicable RVP standard to 9.0 psi will provide economic benefits.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Michigan; PSD Regulations
Document Number: E8-2704
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-02-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is reopening the public comment period for a proposed rule published January 9, 2008 (73 FR 1570). On January 9, 2008, EPA proposed a conditional approval of a revision to Michigan's SIP submitted by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality on December 21, 2006. The revisions were submitted to add the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) construction permitting program. This program affects major stationary sources in Michigan that are subject to or potentially subject to the PSD construction permit program. On January 25, 2008, EPA received a request from the Environmental Law and Policy Center, the Michigan Energy Alternatives, the Michigan Land Use Institute, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Sierra Club, to extend the public comment period an additional 30 days from the closing date of February 8, 2008. EPA is granting this request by reopening the comment period for an additional 30 days after February 8, 2008.
Approval of Louisiana's Petition To Relax the Summer Gasoline Volatility Standard for the Grant Parish Area
Document Number: E8-2702
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action approving the State of Louisiana's request to relax the federal Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) standard applicable to gasoline introduced into commerce in Grant Parish, Louisiana, (Grant Parish) during the summer ozone control seasonJune 1 to September 15 of each year. Grant Parish is a designated attainment area under the 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (``NAAQS'') and is a redesignated attainment area under the 1-hour ozone NAAQS. This action amends our regulations to change the summertime RVP standard for Grant Parish from 7.8 pounds per square inch (psi) to 9.0 psi. EPA has determined that this change to our federal RVP regulations is consistent with the applicable provisions of the Clean Air Act. Louisiana's request is supported by evidence that Grant Parish can implement the 9.0 psi RVP standard and maintain the 8- hour ozone NAAQS and that relaxation of the applicable RVP standard to 9.0 psi will provide economic benefits. This action is being taken without prior proposal because EPA believes that this final rulemaking is noncontroversial, for the reasons set forth in this preamble, and due to the limited scope of this action.
Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program; Second Workshop to Discuss Draft Policies and Procedures; Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: E8-2701
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is convening a half-day public workshop to discuss the Agency's draft administrative policies and procedures for completing the initial screening and testing under EPA's Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP). In the Federal Register issue of December 13, 2007 (72 FR 70842) (FRL-8340-3), EPA announced the availability for public review and comment of the draft policies and procedures EPA is considering adopting for conducting the initial screening and testing under EDSP. A 1-day public workshop was held on December 17, 2007, in Arlington, VA to help the public understand the draft policies and procedures. Subsequently, EPA extended the public comment period for the draft policies and procedures by 30 days in the Federal Register issue of February 6, 2008 (73 FR 6963) (FRL-8351-2). The public comment period now ends March 12, 2008. The purpose of the second public workshop, announced in this notice, is to provide another opportunity for the public to ask questions about the draft EDSP policies and procedures.
Pesticide Products; Registration Applications
Document Number: E8-2699
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces receipt of applications to register pesticide products containing new active ingredients not included in any currently registered products pursuant to the provisions of section 3(c)(4) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended.
Determination of Nonattainment and Reclassification of the Imperial County, 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area
Document Number: E8-2698
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This rule finalizes EPA's finding of nonattainment and reclassification of the Imperial County 8-hour ozone nonattainment area (Imperial County). EPA finds that Imperial County has failed to attain the 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (``NAAQS'' or ``standard'') by June 15, 2007, the attainment deadline set forth in the Clean Air Act (CAA) and Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) for marginal nonattainment areas. As a result, on the effective date of this rule, Imperial County will be reclassified by operation of law as a moderate 8-hour ozone nonattainment area. The moderate area attainment date for the reclassified Imperial County will be ``as expeditiously as practicable,'' but no later than June 15, 2010. Once reclassified, California must submit State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions that meet the 8-hour ozone nonattainment requirements for moderate areas, as required by the CAA. EPA has determined that the State must submit these SIP revisions by December 31, 2008.
Notice of Availability of the Nanomaterial Research Strategy External Review Draft and Expert Peer Review Meeting
Document Number: E8-2697
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection is announcing the availability of a draft report titled, Draft Nanomaterial Research Strategy (EPA/600/S-08/002), which was prepared by EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD). EPA is also announcing that Versar, Inc., an EPA contractor for external peer review, will convene a panel of experts and will organize and conduct an independent expert external peer meeting April 11, 2008, to review the draft document. Versar, Inc. invites the public to register to attend this meeting as observers. In addition, Versar, Inc. invites the public to give oral comments or provide written comments at the external peer review meeting regarding the draft document under review. The expert panel will review the draft document and consider public comments received prior to the meeting in the official public docket for this activity under docket ID number EPA-HQ-ORD-2008-0114 as well as comments made by the public at the meeting. The draft document is available through http:// www.regulations.gov and at http://es.epa.gov/ncer/nano/publications/ index.html. In preparing a final document, EPA will consider Versar, Inc.'s report of the comments and recommendations from the external peer-review meeting, as well as public comments. EPA plans to issue a final research strategy for nanomaterials in 2008. The public release of this draft document is solely for the purpose of seeking public comment and external peer review. This draft research strategy does not represent and should not be construed to represent any EPA policy, viewpoint, or determination.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; New Jersey; Zero-Emission Vehicle Component of the Low Emission Vehicle Program
Document Number: E8-2553
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency is approving, through model year 2011, the portion of New Jersey's low emission vehicle program related to the manufacture and sale of zero-emission vehicles, consistent with California's current low emission vehicle regulations. EPA previously approved New Jersey's low emission vehicle program, but did not take action on the zero-emission vehicle provisions. The intended effect of this action is to approve, as consistent with section 110(a)(2) of the Clean Air Act, a control strategy that will help New Jersey achieve attainment of the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ozone.
Notice of Filing of Pesticide Petitions for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities
Document Number: E8-2551
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the initial filing of pesticide petitions proposing the establishment or modification of regulations for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; State of Colorado; Regulation No. 7, Section XII, Volatile Organic Compounds From Oil and Gas Operations
Document Number: E8-2512
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Colorado. On August 3, 2007, the Governor's designee submitted revisions to Colorado's Regulation No. 7, ``Emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds,'' Section XII, ``Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) From Oil and Gas Operations.'' EPA is approving the revisions to Regulation No. 7, Section XII. This action is being taken under Section 110 of the Clean Air Act.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; State of Colorado; Regulation No. 7, Section XII, Volatile Organic Compounds From Oil and Gas Operations
Document Number: E8-2507
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-02-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to take direct final action approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Colorado. On August 3, 2007, the Governor's designee submitted revisions to Colorado's Regulation No. 7, ``Emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds,'' Section XII, ``Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) From Oil and Gas Operations.'' EPA is proposing to approve the revisions to Regulation No. 7, Section XII. This action is being taken under Section 110 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 non- controversial 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 the 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; Ohio; Oxides of Nitrogen Budget Trading Program
Document Number: E8-2506
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is granting final approval to Ohio's request for the retirement and withdrawal of 240 oxides of nitrogen (NOX) allowances from the State's 2005 new source set aside. Retiring 240 new source set aside allowances will provide surplus emission reductions to help compensate for the discontinuation of Ohio's motor vehicle inspection and maintenance program (known as ``E-Check'') in the Cincinnati and Dayton areas for the year 2006. (Ohio is in the process of seeking approval of the removal of E-Check as an active program from the State Implementation Plan (SIP), which will be addressed in a separate action.) EPA received adverse comments and one positive comment on our proposed rulemaking on the allowance retirement. These comments are addressed in this notice. As a result of this action, 240 NOX allowances from the State's 2005 new source set aside will be withheld and permanently retired.
1,3-Dichloropropene and metabolites; Pesticide Tolerance
Document Number: E8-2480
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes a tolerance for combined residues of 1,3-dichloropropene and metabolites in or on grape. Dow AgroSciences, LLC requested this tolerance under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).