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

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Public Water System Supervision Program Revisions for the State of North Carolina
Document Number: E8-3341
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that the State of North Carolina is revising their Public Water System Supervision (PWSS) program to meet the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources has adopted drinking water regulations for the Public Notification Rule. EPA has determined that these revisions are no less stringent than the corresponding federal regulations. Therefore, EPA intends to approve North Carolina's PWSS program for this rule.
Notice of Prevention of Significant Deterioration Final Determination for Christian County Generation
Document Number: E8-3340
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces that on January 28, 2008, the Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) of the EPA denied a petition for review of a Federal Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permit issued to Christian County Generation LLC, Christian County, Illinois, by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA).
Ecusta Mill Site Pisgah Forest, Transylvania County, NC; Notice of Settlement
Document Number: E8-3337
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under sections 104, 106, 107 and 122(h)(1) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), the United States Environmental Protection Agency has entered into an Agreement and Order on Consent for Removal Action by Bona Fide Prospective Purchaser concerning the Ecusta Mill Site located in Pisgah Forest, Transylvania County, North Carolina.
Good Neighbor Environmental Board
Document Number: 08-807
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92463, EPA gives notice of a meeting of the Good Neighbor Environmental Board (Board). The Board meets three times each calendar year, twice at different locations along the U.S. border with Mexico, and once in Washington, DC. It was created in 1992 by the Enterprise for the Americas Initiative Act, Public Law 102-532, 7 U.S.C. 5404. Implementing authority was delegated to the Administrator of EPA under Executive Order 12916. The Board is responsible for providing advice to the President and the Congress on environmental and infrastructure issues and needs within the States contiguous to Mexico in order to improve the quality of life of persons residing on the United States side of the border. The statute calls for the Board to have representatives from U.S. Government agencies; the governments of the States of Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas; and private organizations with expertise on environmental and infrastructure issues along the southwest border. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the recommendations contained in the Board's latest annual report. The topic for the report is effective management of natural disasters that occur along the U.S.- Mexico border. The Board also will hear from experts on the topic selected for its next report. The topic for the next report is the use of innovation, including incentives, to reduce pollution along the U.S.-Mexico border. The meeting also will include a public comment session. A copy of the meeting agenda will be posted at http:// www.epa.gov/ocem/gneb.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maine; Open Burning Rule
Document Number: E8-3302
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-02-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Maine. This revision limits open burning of construction and demolition debris to on-site burning for the disposal of wood wastes and painted and unpainted wood, and adds restrictions to open burning conducted for training, research and recreational purposes. The revised rule also defines which open-burning recreational activities do not require a permit, such as residential use of outdoor grills and fireplaces, and recreational campfires while the ground is covered in snow. The revised rule eliminates provisions that allowed permits to be issued for open burning of rubbish where no rubbish collection is available or ``reasonably located'' and where ``there is no other suitable method for disposal.'' In addition, the revised rule includes a reference to reasonable precautions required by Maine statute 38 MRSA section 1296 to prevent the introduction of lead into the environment from lead-based paint. This action will have a beneficial effect on air quality in Maine by reducing emissions of particulate matter, air toxics, and other pollutants, especially from the burning of lead-painted wood, plastics, metals, and other non-wood materials. This action is being taken in accordance with the Clean Air Act.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maine; Open Burning Rule
Document Number: E8-3246
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Maine. This revision limits open burning of construction and demolition debris to on-site burning for the disposal of wood wastes and painted and unpainted wood, and adds restrictions to open burning conducted for training, research, and recreational purposes. The revised rule also defines which open-burning recreational activities do not require a permit, such as residential use of outdoor grills and fireplaces, and recreational campfires while the ground is covered in snow. The revised rule eliminates provisions that allowed permits to be issued for open burning of rubbish where no rubbish collection is available or ``reasonably located'' and where ``there is no other suitable method for disposal.'' In addition, the revised rule includes a note referencing reasonable precautions required by Maine statute to prevent the introduction of lead into the environment from lead-based paint. This action will have a beneficial effect on air quality in Maine by reducing emissions of particulate matter, air toxics, and other pollutants, especially from the burning of lead-painted wood, plastics, metals, and other non-wood materials. This action is being taken in accordance with the Clean Air Act.
Public Water System Supervision Program Variance and Exemption Review for the State of Colorado
Document Number: E8-3236
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 8 has completed its statutory review of variances and exemptions issued by the State of Colorado under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) Public Water System Supervision (PWSS) program. This review was announced in the Federal Register published September 25, 2007, 72 FR 54445, and provided the public with an opportunity to comment. No comments related to Variances and/or Exemptions issued or proposed by the State of Colorado were received. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 8 determined as a result of this review that the State of Colorado did not abuse its discretion on any variance or exemption granted or proposed as of the date of the on site review on September 25, 2007.
Public Water System Supervision Program Variance and Exemption Review for the State of Montana
Document Number: E8-3233
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 8 will conduct a statutory review of variances and exemptions issued by the State of Montana under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) Public Water System Supervision (PWSS) program. The SDWA, 42 U.S.C. 300 et seq., requires that EPA periodically review variances and exemptions issued by states with primary enforcement authority to determine compliance with requirements of the statute 42 U.S.C. 300g-4(e)(8); 42 U.S.C. 300g-5(d). In accordance with these provisions in the SDWA, and its regulations, EPA is giving public notice that the EPA, Region 8 will conduct a review of the variances and exemptions issued by the State of Montana to Public Water Systems under its jurisdiction. The review will be conducted during February, 2008. The public is invited to submit comments on any or all variances and/or exemptions issued by the State of Montana, and on the need for continuing them, by March 15, 2008. Results of this review will be published in the Federal Register.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Continuous Release Reporting Regulations (CRRR) Under CERCLA 1980 (Renewal); EPA ICR No. 1445.07, OMB Control No. 2050-0086
Document Number: E8-3232
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-21
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; Lead-Based Paint Pre-Renovation Information Dissemination-TSCA Sec. 406(b); EPA ICR No. 1669.05, OMB No. 2070-0158
Document Number: E8-3230
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-21
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 information collection activity and its expected burden and costs.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NESHAP for Vinyl Chloride (Renewal); EPA ICR Number 0186.11, OMB Control Number 2060-0071
Document Number: E8-3229
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that an Information Collection Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. This is a request to renew an existing approved collection. The ICR which is abstracted below describes the nature of the collection and the estimated burden and cost.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NSPS for Polymeric Coating of Supporting Substrates Facilities (Renewal); EPA ICR Number 1284.08, OMB Control Number 2060-0181
Document Number: E8-3228
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-21
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.
Drinking Water Contaminant Candidate List 3-Draft
Document Number: E8-3114
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is publishing for public review and comment a draft list of contaminants that are currently not subject to any proposed or promulgated national primary drinking water regulations, that are known or anticipated to occur in public water systems, and which may require regulations under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). This is the third Contaminant Candidate List (CCL 3) published by the Agency since the SDWA amendments of 1996. This draft CCL 3 includes 93 chemicals or chemical groups and 11 microbiological contaminants. The EPA seeks comment on the draft CCL 3, the approach used to develop the list, and other specific contaminants.
Vitamin E, d-alpha tocopherol, dl-alpha tocopherol, d-alpha tocopheryl acetate, and dl-alpha tocopheryl acetate; Inert Ingredients; Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: E8-3127
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance under 40 CFR 180.910 for residues of vitamin E (CAS Reg. No. 1406-18-4), d-alpha tocopherol (CAS Reg. No. 9-02-9), dl-alpha tocopherol (CAS Reg. No.10191-41-0), d-alpha tocopheryl acetate (CAS Reg. No. 58-95-7), and dl-alpha tocopheryl acetate (CAS Reg. No. 7695- 91-2) in or on raw agricultural commodities when applied or used as inert ingredients in pesticide formulations. Because these five substances are chemically-similar, for the sake of simplicity, discussion of vitamin E in this rule (unless otherwise noted) can be considered to be vitamin E per se and/or one of the two alcohols (d- alpha tocopherol, dl-alpha tocopherol) or two acetates (d-alpha tocopheryl acetate, dl-alpha tocopheryl acetate). BASF Corporation submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, as amended by the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996, requesting an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of vitamin E.
1-Propanesulfonic acid, 2-methyl-2-[(1-oxo-2-propenyl)amino]-, monosodium salt, polymer with ethenol and ethenyl acetate; Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: E8-3126
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of 1-propanesulfonic acid, 2-methyl-2-[(1- oxo-2-propenyl)amino]-, monosodium salt, polymer with ethenol and ethenyl acetate (CAS Reg. No. 107568-12-7) when used as an inert ingredient in a pesticide chemical formulation. Keller and Heckman, LLP submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), as amended by the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 (FQPA) requesting an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of 1-propanesulfonic acid, 2-methyl-2-[(1-oxo-2- propenyl)amino]-, monosodium salt, polymer with ethenol and ethenyl acetate.
Exposure Modeling Public Meeting
Document Number: E8-3125
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
An Exposure Modeling Public Meeting (EMPM) will be held for one day on March 11, 2008. This notice announces the location and time for the meeting and sets forth the tentative agenda topics.
Mesotrione; Pesticide Tolerance
Document Number: E8-3123
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of mesotrione in or on asparagus, grass grown for seed, oats, okra, rhubarb, grain sorghum, sweet sorghum, and sugarcane. Syngenta Crop Protection requested this tolerance under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Proposed Administrative Settlement Agreement Under Sections 104, 107 and Section 122 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act for the Fair Lawn Well Field Superfund Site, Located in Fair Lawn, Bergen County, NJ
Document Number: E8-3116
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA'') is proposing to enter into an administrative settlement agreement (``Settlement Agreement'') with Eastman Kodak Company, Fisher Scientific Company, LLC and Sandvik, Inc. (``Respondents'') pursuant to Sections 104, 107 and 122 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (``CERCLA''), 42 U.S.C. 9604, 9607 and 9622. The Settlement Agreement provides for Respondents' payment of certain past costs and performance of the remedial investigation and feasibility study (``RI/FS'') for the Fair Lawn Well Field Superfund Site located within the Borough of Fair Lawn, Bergen County, New Jersey (``Site''). In accordance with Section 122(i) of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 9622(i), this notice is being published to inform the public of the proposed Settlement Agreement and of the opportunity to comment. For thirty (30) days following the date of publication of this notice, EPA will receive written comments relating to the proposed Settlement Agreement. EPA will consider all comments received and may modify or withdraw its consent to the settlement if comments received disclose facts or considerations that indicate that the proposed settlement is inappropriate, improper or inadequate. EPA's response to any comments received will be available for public inspection at EPA Region 2, 290 Broadway, 17th Floor, New York, New York 10007-1866.
Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of Upcoming Meeting of the Science Advisory Board Ecological Processes and Effects Committee
Document Number: E8-3115
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting of the SAB Ecological Processes and Effects Committee to provide advice on the EPA Ecological Research Program's Multi-Year Plan.
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District
Document Number: E8-3113
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-02-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to correct our May 2004 final approval of revisions to the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District (SJVUAPCD or ``District'') portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). We are also proposing to approve two 2006 revisions to these rules that the California Air Resources Board submitted to EPA in December 2006. Our correction to our May 2004 approval and our proposed approval of the District's 2006 revisions conform the District's rules to a State law generally known as Senate Bill 700 by explicitly limiting the applicability of new source permitting requirements to certain minor sources and limiting the applicability of offset requirements for all minor agricultural sources consistent with criteria identified in state law. We are proposing to correct our May 2004 final approval pursuant to section 110(k)(6) of the Clean Air Act (CAA or ``Act''). We are proposing to approve the District's 2006 revisions of the local rules into the SIP pursuant to section 110(k)(2) of the Act.
Azinphos-methyl; Product Cancellation Order and Amendments to Terminate Uses
Document Number: E8-3112
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice publishes EPA's order for the cancellations and amendments to terminate uses, voluntarily requested by the registrants and accepted by the Agency, of products containing the pesticide azinphos-methyl (AZM), pursuant to section 6(f)(1) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended. This cancellation order follows an August 8, 2007 Federal Register Notice of Receipt of Requests from the AZM registrants to voluntarily cancel and amend to terminate uses of all their AZM product registrations by September 30, 2012. Subject to the terms and conditions described in Unit II below and except as provided in the existing stocks provisions of the cancellation order, the order terminates distribution, sale and use of AZM products labeled for use on Brussels sprouts and nursery stock effective as of today's date; and prohibits use of such products on Brussels spouts and nursery stock effective September 30, 2008; terminates AZM use on walnuts, almonds, and pistachios effective October 30, 2009; and cancels all AZM products effective September 30, 2012. The cancellation of AZM products serves to terminate the six remaining uses of AZM (apples, pears, cherries, blueberries, alkali bee beds, and parsley) on September 30, 2012. All distribution, sale and use of such products will be prohibited as of that date except as provided in the existing stocks order of the notice. While the alkali bee bed use was not specifically identified in the registrants' voluntary cancellation requests, the registrants requested cancellation of all AZM products, which includes products labeled for the bee bed use. These are the last AZM products registered for use in the United States. In the August 8, 2007 notice, EPA indicated that it would issue an order implementing the cancellations and amendments to terminate uses, unless the Agency received substantive comments within the 30-day comment period that would merit its further review of these requests. The Agency did not receive any comments on the notice. Accordingly, EPA hereby issues in this notice a cancellation order granting the requested cancellations and amendments to terminate uses. Any distribution, sale, or use of the AZM products subject to this cancellation order is permitted only in accordance with the terms of this order, including any existing stocks provisions.
Carfentrazone-ethyl; Pesticide Tolerance
Document Number: E8-3111
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes a tolerance for residues of carfentrazone-ethyl, (ethyl-alpha-2-dichloro-5-[4-(difluoromethyl)-4,5- dihydro-3-methyl-5-oxo-1H-1,2,4-triazol-1-yl]-4-fluorobenzene propanoate) and the metabolite carfentrazone-chloropropionic acid (alpha, 2-dichloro-5-[4-(difluoromethyl)-4,5-dihydro-3-methyl-5-oxo-1 H- 1,2,4-triazol-1-yl]-4-fluorobenzenepropanoic acid) in or on barley, bran at 0.80 ppm; barley, flour at 0.80 ppm; grain, aspirated grain fractions at 1.8 ppm; grain, cereal, group 15 (except rice grain and sorghum grain) at 0.10 ppm; grain, cereal, stover at 0.80 ppm; grain, cereal, straw at 3.0 ppm; hog, fat at 0.10 ppm; hog, meat at 0.10 ppm; hog, meat byproducts at 0.10 ppm; millet, flour at 0.80 ppm; oat, flour at 0.80 ppm; poultry, meat byproducts at 0.10 ppm; rice, grain at 1.3 ppm; rice, hulls at 3.5 ppm; rye, bran at 0.80 ppm; rye, flour at 0.80 ppm; sorghum, grain at 0.25 ppm; soybean, seed at 0.10 ppm; sugarcane at 0.15 ppm; wheat, bran at 0.80 ppm; wheat, flour at 0.80 ppm; wheat, germ at 0.80 ppm; wheat, middlings at 0.80 ppm; and wheat, shorts at 0.80 ppm. FMC Corporation requested this tolerance under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Certain New Chemicals; Receipt and Status Information
Document Number: E8-3110
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-20
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 December 1, 2007 thru December 31, 2007 consists of the PMNs 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.
Formetanate Hydrochloride; Pesticide Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions
Document Number: E8-2906
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes a time-limited tolerance for residues of formetanate hydrochloride, m- [[(dimethylamino)methylene]amino]phenyl methylcarbamate hydrochloride, in or on dry bulb onions. This action is in response to EPA's granting of emergency exemptions under section 18 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) authorizing use of the pesticide on dry bulb onions. This regulation establishes a maximum permissible level for residues of formetanate hydrochloride in this food commodity. The tolerance expires and is revoked on December 31, 2008.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Indiana; VOC Emissions From Fuel Grade Ethanol Production Operations
Document Number: E8-2893
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a March 30, 2007, request from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) to revise the Indiana State Implementation Plan (SIP) by adding a volatile organic compound (VOC) rule for fuel grade ethanol production at dry mills as amendments to 326 IAC 8-5. This rule revision creates an industry-specific Best Available Control Technology (BACT) standard for new fuel grade ethanol production dry mills that replaces the otherwise required case-by-case SIP BACT determination for new facilities with the potential to emit 25 tons or more of VOC per year. Indiana believes that this rule will increase the clarity, predictability and timeliness of its air permits for this particular group of sources. These rules were proposed for approval on September 13, 2007, and comments were received on October 8, 2007.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maine; Conformity of General Federal Actions
Document Number: E8-2884
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Maine for the purpose of making the SIP consistent with recent additions to the Federal general conformity regulation. This revision incorporates by reference new definitions and establishes de minimis emission levels for fine particular matter (PM2.5) into Maine's existing general conformity criteria and procedures previously approved into the Maine SIP. This action is being taken in accordance with the Clean Air Act.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maine; Conformity of General Federal Actions
Document Number: E8-2883
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-02-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Maine for the purpose of making the SIP consistent with recent additions to the Federal general conformity regulation. This revision incorporates by reference new definitions and establishes de minimis emission levels for fine particular matter (PM2.5) into Maine's existing general conformity criteria and procedures previously approved into the Maine SIP.
Ammonium Thiosulfate; Reregistration Eligibility Decision; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E8-2785
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) for the pesticide ammonium thiosulfate, and opens a public comment period on this document, related risk assessments, and other support documents. EPA has reviewed the pesticide ammonium thiosulfate through a modified, streamlined version of the public participation process that the Agency uses to involve the public in developing pesticide reregistration and tolerance reassessment decisions. Through these programs, EPA is ensuring that all pesticides meet current health and safety standards.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans for Air Quality Planning Purposes; Georgia: Early Progress Plan for the Atlanta 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area
Document Number: E8-2709
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-02-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On December 31, 2006, the State of Georgia, through the Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, submitted a voluntary State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision requesting approval of an Early Progress Plan for the sole purpose of establishing motor vehicle emission budgets (MVEBs) for the Atlanta 8-hour ozone nonattainment area. The Atlanta 8-hour ozone nonattainment area is comprised of the following twenty counties: Barrow, Bartow, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Newton, Paulding, Rockdale, Spalding and Walton counties in their entireties (hereafter referred to as the ``Atlanta 8-Hour Ozone Area''). EPA is proposing to approve Atlanta's Early Progress Plan, including the new regional MVEBs for nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds for 2006. This proposed approval of the Early Progress Plan for the Atlanta 8-Hour Ozone Area is based on EPA's determination that Georgia has demonstrated that the SIP revision containing these MVEBs, when considered with the emissions from all sources, shows some progress toward attainment from the base year (i.e., 2002) through an interim target year (i.e., 2006). In the Final Rules Section of this Federal Register, EPA is approving the 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 significant, material, and 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 and Promulgation of Implementation Plans for Air Quality Planning Purposes; Georgia: Early Progress Plan for the Atlanta 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area
Document Number: E8-2706
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On December 31, 2006, the State of Georgia, through the Environmental Protection Division (EPD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, submitted a voluntary State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision requesting approval of an Early Progress Plan for the sole purpose of establishing motor vehicle emission budgets (MVEBs) for the Atlanta 8-hour ozone nonattainment area. The Atlanta 8-hour ozone nonattainment area is comprised of the following twenty counties: Barrow, Bartow, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Newton, Paulding, Rockdale, Spalding and Walton counties in their entireties (hereafter referred to as the ``Atlanta 8-Hour Ozone Area''). EPA is approving Atlanta's Early Progress Plan, including the new regional MVEBs for nitrogen oxides (NOX) and volatile organic compounds (VOC) for 2006. This approval of the Early Progress Plan for the Atlanta 8-Hour Ozone Area is based on EPA's determination that Georgia has demonstrated that the SIP revision containing these MVEBs, when considered with the emissions from all sources, shows some progress toward attainment from the base year (i.e., 2002) through an interim target year (i.e., 2006).
Frontier Fertilizer Superfund Site; Proposed Notice of Administrative Order on Consent for Certain Remedial Activities in Connection With the Frontier Fertilizer Superfund Site
Document Number: E8-2958
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that a proposed Administrative Order on Consent (``Agreement'') concerning certain remedial activities by a Bona Fide Prospective Purchaser in connection with remediation of the Frontier Fertilizer Superfund Site (``Site'') in Davis, California has been negotiated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA'') and Target Corporation (``Respondent'') subject to the final review and approval of the EPA and the U.S. Department of Justice. The proposed Agreement concerns relocation and abandonment of groundwater wells on Respondent's property pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, 42 U.S.C. 9604, 9606 and 9622 (``CERCLA''). Respondent's property is adjacent to the Frontier Fertilizer facility, and wells on Respondent's property are necessary for implementation of the remedial action at the Site. The Agreement requires that wells on Respondent's property be relocated under the oversight of EPA. The proposed Agreement includes EPA's covenant not to sue or to take administrative action against the Respondent, provided that the Respondent complies with all the terms and conditions of the Agreement. The Agreement also commits the Respondent to reimburse oversight costs incurred by EPA in connection with the work conducted under CERCLA at the Respondent's property. For thirty (30) calendar days following the date of publication of this notice, EPA will receive written comments relating to the proposed Agreement. EPA's response to any comments received will be available for public inspection at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 75 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, CA 94105.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E8-2951
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: E8-2950
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA does not object to the proposed action. Rating LO. EIS No. 20070508, ERP No. D-AFS-J65500-00, Wild and Scenic River Suitability Study for National Forest System Lands on the Ashley, Dixie, Fishlake, Manti-La Sal, Uinta and Wasatch-Cache National Forests in UT and Portion of National Forests extend into Colorado and Wyoming, several counties, UT, Montrose County, CO, and Uinta County, WY. Summary: EPA has environmental concerns about potential water quality impacts and recommends that the final EIS evaluate and compare the environmental impacts by alternative, of removing interim protections from the 86 eligible stream segments. Rating EC1.
Clean Water Act Section 303(d): Availability of List Decisions
Document Number: E8-2894
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's Responsiveness Summary Concerning EPA's November 5, 2007, Public Notice of Final Decisions to Add Waters and Pollutants to Louisiana's 2006 section 303(d) List. On November 5, 2007 EPA published a notice in the Federal Register at 72 FR 62476-62477 providing the public the opportunity to review its final decision to add waters and pollutants to Louisiana's 2006 section 303(d) List as required by EPA's Public Participation regulations (40 CFR part 25). Based on the Responsiveness Summary, an amended action is warranted and a total of five water body pollutant combinations were removed from EPA's Final Action on Louisiana's 2006 section 303(d) List. As a result of this amended Final Action, EPA is adding 133 water body pollutant combinations to Louisiana's 2006 section 303(d) List. A total of 478 water body pollutant combinations are now included in Louisiana's 2006 Final section 303(d) List. The basis for these decisions is described in EPA's Responsiveness Summary and the amended Record of Decision.
Draft Toxicological Review of Thallium: In Support of the Summary Information in the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)
Document Number: E8-2882
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is announcing a public comment period for the external review draft document titled, ``Toxicological Review of Thallium: In Support of Summary Information on the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)'' (NCEA-S-2949). The EPA intends to consider comments and recommendations from the public and the expert panel meeting, which will be scheduled at a later date and announced in the Federal Register, when EPA finalizes the draft document. The public comment period will 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 meeting for their consideration. EPA is releasing this draft document solely for the purpose of pre- dissemination public 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. 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.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Disinfectants/Disinfection Byproducts, Chemical and Radionuclides Rules Renewal Information Collection Request (ICR); EPA ICR No. 1896.08, OMB Control No. 2040-0204
Document Number: E8-2881
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-15
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 June 30, 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.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Massachusetts; Certification of Tunnel Ventilation Systems in the Metropolitan Boston Air Pollution Control District
Document Number: E8-2746
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-02-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Massachusetts. The SIP revision consists of technical revisions to Massachusetts regulation 310 CMR 7.38, ``Certification of Tunnel Ventilation Systems in the Metropolitan Boston Air Pollution Control District.'' The amendments better define the emissions monitoring techniques for various types of tunnel ventilation systems, and provide flexibility in emission monitoring requirements. This action is being taken in accordance with the Clean Air Act.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Massachusetts; Certification of Tunnel Ventilation Systems in the Metropolitan Boston Air Pollution Control District
Document Number: E8-2745
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Massachusetts. The SIP revision consists of technical revisions to Massachusetts regulation 310 CMR 7.38, ``Certification of Tunnel Ventilation Systems in the Metropolitan Boston Air Pollution Control District.'' The amendments better define the emissions monitoring techniques for various types of tunnel ventilation systems, and provide flexibility in emission monitoring requirements. 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; Application and Summary Report for an Emergency Exemption for Pesticides; EPA ICR No. 0596.09, OMB Control No. 2070-0032
Document Number: E8-2784
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-14
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; EPA's Natural Gas STAR Program (Renewal); EPA ICR No. 1736.05, OMB Control Number 2060-0328
Document Number: E8-2783
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-14
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; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Title of ICR; EPA ICR No. 2292.01, OMB Control No. 2060-NEW
Document Number: E8-2782
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-14
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 for a new Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). 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.
Determinations of Attainment of the Eight-Hour Ozone Standard for Various Ozone Nonattainment Areas in Upstate New York State
Document Number: E8-2781
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-02-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is proposing to determine that three ozone nonattainment areas in New York, the Albany-Schenectady-Troy, Jefferson County and Rochester areas, have attained the eight-hour National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ozone. New York State has requested these determinations, which are based upon three years of complete, quality-assured ambient air monitoring data for the years 2004-2006. These data demonstrate that the eight-hour ozone standard has been attained in these areas. In addition, data for 2007 show that the areas continue to attain the standard. If these proposed determinations are made final, the requirements for the State to submit certain reasonable further progress plans, attainment demonstrations, contingency measures and any other planning requirements of the Clean Air Act related to attainment of the eight-hour ozone standard shall be suspended for so long as the areas continue to attain the eight-hour ozone standard. One area requested by New York, Essex County, does not have sufficient air quality data to demonstrate attainment of the standard. EPA is not proposing to act on New York State's request for Essex County at this time.
Agency Information Collection Activities OMB Responses
Document Number: E8-2780
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document announces the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) responses to Agency Clearance requests, in compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. The OMB control numbers for EPA's regulations are listed in 40 CFR part 9 and 48 CFR chapter 15.
North Dakota: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revisions and Incorporation by Reference of Approved Hazardous Waste Program
Document Number: E8-2160
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Solid Waste Disposal Act, as amended, commonly referred to as the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), allows the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to authorize States to operate their hazardous waste management programs in lieu of the federal program. EPA uses the regulations entitled ``Approved State Hazardous Waste Management Programs'' to provide notice of the authorization status of State programs and to incorporate by reference those provisions of the State regulations that will be subject to EPA's inspection and enforcement. This rule codifies in the regulations the prior approval of North Dakota's hazardous waste management program and incorporates by reference authorized provisions of the State's regulations. In addition, this document corrects errors made in the Federal Register authorization documents for North Dakota published on June 25, 1990 and September 26, 2005.
North Dakota: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revisions and Incorporation by Reference of Approved Hazardous Waste Program
Document Number: E8-2158
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-02-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
North Dakota has applied to EPA for final authorization of the changes to its hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The EPA proposes to grant final authorization to the hazardous waste program changes submitted by North Dakota. In addition, EPA is proposing to codify in the regulations entitled ``Approved State Hazardous Waste Management Programs'', North Dakota's authorized hazardous waste program. EPA will incorporate by reference into the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) those provisions of the State statutes and regulations that are authorized and that EPA will enforce under the Solid Waste Disposal Act, as amended and commonly referred to as RCRA. In the ``Rules and Regulations'' section of this Federal Register, we are authorizing the State's program changes and codifying and incorporating by reference the authorized hazardous waste program as an immediate final rule. EPA did not make a proposal prior to the immediate final rule because we believe these actions are not controversial and do not expect comments to oppose them. We have explained the reasons for this authorization and incorporation-by- reference in the preamble to the immediate final rule. Unless we get written comments opposing this authorization and incorporation by reference during the comment period, the immediate final rule will become effective and the Agency will not take further action on this proposal. If we receive comments that oppose these actions, we will publish a document in the Federal Register withdrawing this rule before it takes effect. EPA will then address public comments in a later final rule based on this proposal. Any parties interested in commenting on these actions must do so at this time. EPA may not provide further opportunity for comment.
Revised Renewable Fuel Standard for 2008, Issued Pursuant to Section 211(o) of the Clean Air Act as Amended by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007
Document Number: 08-679
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Section 211(o) of the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act), as amended by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), requires the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to annually determine a renewable fuel standard (RFS) which is applicable to refiners, importers and certain blenders of gasoline, and publish the standard in the Federal Register. On the basis of this standard, each obligated party determines the volume of renewable fuel that it must ensure is consumed as motor vehicle fuel. This standard is calculated as a percentage, by dividing the amount of renewable fuel that the Act requires to be blended into gasoline for a given year by the amount of gasoline expected to be used during that year, including certain adjustments specified by the Act. In this notice we are publishing an RFS 7.76% for 2008. This standard is intended to lead to the use of 9 billion gallons of renewable fuel in 2008, as required by amended section 211(o). This standard supersedes the 2008 RFS that EPA published on November 27, 2007, before enactment of the EISA.
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.