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

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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).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Texas; Texas Low-Emission Diesel Fuel Program
Document Number: E8-2556
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-02-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a revision to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the state of Texas. This revision makes changes to the Texas Low-Emission Diesel (TXLED) Fuel program. The revision establishes a replicable procedure for the State to approve Alternative Emission Reduction Plans (AERPs), extends the date of state approvals, and brings marine diesel fuels under the TXLED program. The revision also refines and clarifies testing requirements. The changes being proposed for approval positively influence the reductions of oxides of nitrogen (NOX) to be achieved. As a result and in accordance with section 110(l) of the Clean Air Act, 42 U.S.C. 7410(l), this revision will not interfere with attainment, reasonable further progress, or any other applicable requirement of the Clean Air Act.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Virginia; Incorporation of On-Board Diagnostic Testing and Other Amendments to the Motor Vehicle Emission Inspection Program for the Northern Virginia Program Area
Document Number: E8-2552
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-02-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve three State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the Commonwealth of Virginia. These revisions pertain to the Commonwealth's motor vehicle inspection and maintenance (I/M) program for the Northern Virginia area, which had previously been SIP-approved by EPA. These revisions incorporate several changes made by the Commonwealth since EPA last approved the I/ M program as part of the SIP in 2002. The most significant change to the program is the incorporation of on-board diagnostic computer checks of 1996 and newer model year vehicles as an element of the emission inspection process for the Northern Virginia program area. In addition, Virginia has also made numerous minor changes to the program, including several changes to test procedures and standards, as well as changes to its roadside testing regimen. The I/M program helps to ensure that highway motor vehicles operate as cleanly as possible, by requiring vehicles to be periodically tested and by identifying vehicles having high emissions due to malfunctioning emission control systems. Such vehicles must then be repaired and retested by their owners, to the standards set by the Commonwealth's program. Vehicle I/M programs address nitrogen oxide and volatile organic compound emissions, both of which are precursors to formation of ground level ozone pollution, as well as the pollutant carbon monoxide. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).
The Sixteenth Meeting of the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force
Document Number: E8-2545
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the Sixteenth Public Meeting of the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force. The purpose of this Task Force, consisting of federal and state members, is to lead efforts to coordinate and support nutrient management and hypoxia-related activities in the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico watersheds. The matter for discussion at the meeting is to seek approval on the revised 2001 Action Plan for Reducing, Mitigating, and Controlling Hypoxia in the Northern Gulf of Mexico for release in March 2008. The public will be afforded an opportunity to provide input to the Task Force during open discussion periods.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Correction of Misreported Chemical Substances on the TSCA Inventory; EPA ICR No. 1741.05, OMB No. 2070-0145
Document Number: E8-2543
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that the following Information Collection Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval: Correction of Misreported Chemical Substances on the TSCA Inventory; EPA ICR No. 1741.05, OMB No. 2070-0145. The ICR, which is abstracted below, describes the nature of the information collection activity and its expected burden and costs.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Technology Performance and Product Information To Support Vendor Information Summaries (Renewal), EPA ICR Number 2154.03, OMB Control Number 2050-0194
Document Number: E8-2542
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-12
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 continuing Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This is a request to renew an existing approved collection. 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.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Confidential Financial Disclosure Form for Special Government Employees Serving on Federal Advisory Committees at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Renewal); EPA ICR No. 2260.02, OMB Control No. 2090-0029
Document Number: E8-2478
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-11
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 information collection and its estimated burden and cost.
Board of Scientific Counselors, Global Change Research Program Mid-Cycle Review Meetings-February and March 2008
Document Number: E8-2476
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92- 463, the Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development (ORD), gives notice of two meetings of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Global Mid-Cycle Subcommittee.
Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program: Approval Decision on Florida's and South Carolina's Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Programs
Document Number: 08-596
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-11
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given of the intent to fully approve the Florida and South Carolina Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Programs (coastal nonpoint program) and of the availability of the draft decision documents fully approving the Florida and South Carolina coastal nonpoint programs. Section 6217 of the Coastal Zone Act Reauthorization Amendments (CZARA), 16 U.S.C. section 1455b, requires States and Territories with coastal zone management programs that have received approval under section 306 of the Coastal Zone Management Act, 16 U.S.C. section 1455, to develop and implement coastal nonpoint programs. Coastal States and Territories were required to submit their coastal nonpoint programs to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for approval in July 1995. NOAA and EPA conditionally approved the Florida and South Carolina coastal nonpoint programs on November 18, 1997 and February 23, 1998, respectively. NOAA and EPA have drafted approval decisions describing how Florida and South Carolina have satisfied the conditions placed on their programs and therefore have a fully approved coastal nonpoint program. NOAA and EPA are making the draft decisions for the Florida and South Carolina coastal nonpoint programs available for a 30-day public comment period. If comments are received, NOAA and EPA will consider whether such comments are significant enough to affect the decision to fully approve the programs. Copies of the draft Approval Decisions can be found on the NOAA Web site at http://coastalmanagement.noaa.gov/czm/6217/findings.html or may be obtained upon request from: Allison Castellan, Coastal Programs Division (N/ORM3), Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, NOS, NOAA, 1305 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, phone (301) 713-3155, x125, e-mail Allison.Castellan@noaa.gov.
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: E8-2371
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA expressed environmental concerns about the preferred alignment (the Caliente rail alignment) because it could require the filling of up to 81 acres of waters of the U.S., including wetlands associated with the Meadow Valley Wash and Clover Creek. EPA also expressed concerns about the limited analysis regarding the hydrologic effects of the rail line construction to the Meadow Valley Wash area. Rating EC2.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maine; Transportation Conformity
Document Number: E8-2248
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-02-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Maine. This revision establishes transportation conformity criteria and procedures related to interagency consultation and enforceability of certain transportation-related control measures and mitigation measures. The intended effect of this action is to approve State criteria and procedures to govern transportation conformity determinations. This action is being taken in accordance with the Clean Air Act.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maine; Transportation Conformity
Document Number: E8-2247
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Maine. This revision establishes transportation conformity criteria and procedures related to interagency consultation and enforceability of certain transportation- related control measures and mitigation measures. The intended effect of this action is to approve State criteria and procedures to govern transportation conformity determinations. This action is being taken in accordance with the Clean Air Act.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans and Operating Permits Program; State of Kansas
Document Number: E8-2189
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a revision to the Kansas State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the purpose of revoking the Sulfur Compound Emissions rule and for the purpose of approving revisions to the Class I major source operating permit annual emissions inventory rule and several Class II minor source operating permits rules. EPA is also approving an additional submittal by the State of Kansas pertaining to amendments of the Class II operating permit rules which were amended by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) on February 20, 1998, but had not previously been submitted for EPA approval. In addition, EPA is approving a revision to the Class II operating permit rules adopted in 2005. The Class II operating permit rules were primarily revised to align the annual emission inventory reporting date deadline with the June 1 payment of Annual Emissions Fee rule. EPA approval will ensure consistency between the state and the Federally-approved rules.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans and Operating Permits Program; State of Kansas
Document Number: E8-2188
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-02-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a revision to the Kansas State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the purpose of revoking the Sulfur Compound Emissions rule and for the purpose of approving revisions to a Class I major source operating permit annual emissions inventory rule and several Class II minor source operating permits rules. EPA is also proposing to approve additional amendments adopted by KDHE on February 20, 1998 which pertain to the Class II operating permit rules. The rules were primarily revised to align the annual emission inventory reporting date deadline with the June 1 payment of applicable emissions fees. EPA's proposed approval of these amendments would ensure consistency between the state and the Federally-approved rules.
Inert ingredients: Denial of Pesticide Petitions 2E6491 (N-Acyl Sarcosines and Sodium N-Acyl Sarcosinates), 7E4810 (Crezasin), and 7E4811 (Mival)
Document Number: E8-2175
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is denying three petitions to amend or establish exemptions from pesticide tolerances because insufficient data were available to the Agency to make the safety finding of FFDCA section 408(c)(2): PP 2E6491 submitted by Hampshire Chemical Corporation to amend the inert ingredient tolerance exemption under 40 CFR 180.1207 for certain N-acyl sarcosines and sodium N-acyl sarcosinates, and PP 7E4810 (Crezasin) and PP 7E4811 (Mival) submitted by Globe Tech Industries Corporation to establish an inert ingredient tolerance exemption under Sec. 180.920.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 08-576
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Proposed Settlement Agreement, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
Document Number: E8-2252
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with section 113(g) of the Clean Air Act, as amended (``Act''), 42 U.S.C. 7413(g), notice is hereby given of a proposed settlement agreement, to address a lawsuit filed by the Battery Council International (``BCI'') in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit: Battery Council International v. EPA, No. 07-1364 (D.C. Cir.). On September 13, 2007, BCI filed a petition for review challenging regulations promulgated by EPA in a final rule entitled ``National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Area Sources: Acrylic and Modacrylic Fibers Production, Carbon Black Production, Chemical Manufacturing: Chromium Compounds, Flexible Polyurethane Foam Production and Fabrication, Lead Acid Battery Manufacturing, and Wood Preserving'' published at 72 FR 38864 (July 16, 2007) (the ``Battery NESHAP''). Specifically, BCI is challenging the Lead Acid Battery Manufacturing NESHAP regarding the scope of the performance test requirement in Subpart PPPPPP, 40 CFR 63.11423(c)(1). Under the terms of the proposed settlement agreement, EPA shall sign a notice of proposed rulemaking and/or direct final rulemaking that contains a technical amendment to the Battery NESHAP that is substantially the same in substance as set forth in Attachment A of the proposed settlement agreement.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; New Hampshire; Determination of Attainment of the Ozone Standard
Document Number: E8-2251
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-02-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is proposing to determine that the Boston-Manchester- Portsmouth (SE), New Hampshire moderate 8-hour ozone nonattainment area has attained the 8-hour National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone. This determination is based upon certified ambient air monitoring data that show the area has monitored attainment of the 8- hour ozone NAAQS since the 2002-2004 monitoring period, and continues to monitor attainment of the NAAQS based on 2004-2006 data. In addition, quality controlled and quality assured ozone data for 2007 that are available in the EPA Air Quality System database, but not yet certified, show this area continues to attain the 8-hour ozone NAAQS. If this proposed determination is made final, the requirements for this area to submit an attainment demonstration, a reasonable further progress plan, contingency measures, and other planning State Implementation Plans related to attainment of the 8-hour ozone NAAQS shall be suspended for so long as the area continues to attain the ozone NAAQS.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Iron and Steel Foundries
Document Number: E8-1979
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is issuing amendments to the national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) for iron and steel foundries. These final amendments add alternative compliance options for cupolas at existing foundries and clarify several provisions to increase operational flexibility and improve understanding of the final rule requirements.
Final 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards Designations for the Early Action Compact Areas
Document Number: E8-2187
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-02-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is proposing to designate 13 Early Action Compact (EAC) Areas as attainment for the 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). The EAC areas agreed to reduce ground-level ozone pollution earlier than the Clean Air Act (CAA) required and to demonstrate attainment with the 8-hour ozone NAAQS by December 31, 2007. The States in which these 13 areas are located have submitted quality-assured data indicating that the areas are in attainment for the 8-hour ozone NAAQS based on ambient air monitoring data from 2005, 2006 and 2007. In addition, the EPA plans to revoke the 1-hour ozone NAAQS for each of these areas one year after the effective date of the designations for the 8-hour ozone NAAQS, and we would modify the 1-hour ozone NAAQS tables in the regulations to reflect the application of the revocation.
Disulfoton; Amendment to and Clarification of Order to Amend Registration to Terminate Uses
Document Number: E8-2174
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces EPA's amendment to and clarification of the order for the termination of uses, voluntarily requested by the registrant and accepted by the Agency, of products containing the pesticide disulfoton, pursuant to section 6(f)(1) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended. This amendment and clarification follows an October 10, 2007 Federal Register Notice of Order to Amend Registrations to Terminate Uses (72 FR 57571) of disulfoton (Di-Syston 15G) for multiple uses. The October 10, 2007 order and the December 15, 2004, Notice of Receipt of Request (69 FR 75061) that preceded the order were unclear as to whether the use of Di-Syston 15G on Fraser fir Christmas trees was terminated, except for use in the State of North Carolina. In addition, the registrant had withdrawn its request to terminate use of Di-Syston 15G on Christmas trees outside of North Carolina during the time allowed and EPA issued the order without having processed that withdrawal. Accordingly, EPA hereby is amending the order to clarify that use of disulfoton on Fraser fir Christmas trees is allowed nationwide.
Notice of Filing of Pesticide Petitions for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities
Document Number: E8-2172
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-06
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.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Tier 1 Screening of Certain Chemicals Under the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP); EPA ICR No. 2249.01, OMB Control No. 2070-new; Extension of Comment Period
Document Number: E8-2169
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA issued a notice in the Federal Register of December 13, 2007, announcing EPA's plan to submit a request for a new Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This ICR is entitled: ``Tier 1 Screening of Certain Chemicals Under the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP)'' and identified by EPA ICR No. 2249.01 and OMB Control No. 2070-new. The December 13, 2007 document provided for a 60 day public comment period ending February 11, 2008. EPA received several requests from the public to extend this comment period. This document extends the comment period for 30 days, from February 11, 2008, to March 12, 2008.
Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP); Draft Policies and Procedures for Initial Screening; Request for Comment; Extension of Comment Period
Document Number: E8-2164
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA issued a notice in the Federal Register of December 13, 2007, announcing the availability of and soliciting public comment on EPA's draft policies and procedures for initial screening under the Agency's Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP). The December 13, 2007, notice provided for a 60-day public comment period ending February 11, 2008. EPA received several requests from the public to extend this comment period. This document extends the comment period for 30 days, from February 11, 2008, to March 12, 2008.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Superfund Site Evaluation and Hazard Ranking System (Renewal); EPA ICR No. 1488.07, OMB Control No. 2050-0095
Document Number: E8-2155
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-06
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.
2,4-D, Bensulide, DCPA, Desmedipham, Dimethoate, Fenamiphos, Phorate, Sethoxydim, Terbufos, and Tetrachlorvinphos; Proposed Tolerance Actions
Document Number: E8-2094
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-02-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to revoke certain tolerances for the herbicide sethoxydim and the insecticides dimethoate, fenamiphos, terbufos, and tetrachlorvinphos. Also, EPA is proposing to modify certain tolerances for the herbicides 2,4-D, DCPA, desmedipham, and sethoxydim and the insecticides dimethoate, fenamiphos, phorate, and tetrachlorvinphos. In addition, EPA is proposing to establish new tolerances for the herbicides bensulide and sethoxydim. The regulatory actions proposed 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).
Tribal Pesticide Program Council; Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: E8-2086
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Tribal Pesticide Program Council will hold a 2-1/2 day meeting, beginning on March 5, 2008 and ending March 7, 2008. This notice announces the location and times for the meeting and sets forth the tentative agenda topics.
Clothianidin; Pesticide Tolerance
Document Number: E8-1784
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes a tolerance for residues of clothianidin in or on sugar beet roots, tops and molasses. Bayer CropScience requested this tolerance under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Gulf of Mexico Program Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting
Document Number: E8-2096
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), EPA gives notice of a meeting of the Gulf of Mexico Program (GMP) Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC). For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, please contact Gloria Car, U.S. EPA, at (228) 688-2421 or car.gloria@epa.gov. To request accommodation of a disability, please contact Gloria Car, preferably at least 10 days prior to the meeting, to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Requirements for Generators, Transporters, and Waste Management Facilities Under the RCRA Hazardous Waste Manifest System; EPA ICR No. 0801.16; OMB Control No. 2050-0039
Document Number: E8-2093
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-05
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.
Adaptation for Climate-Sensitive Ecosystems and Resources Advisory Committee (ACSERAC)
Document Number: E8-2091
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA indicated that reports being reviewed by the ACSERAC would be incorporated into a scientific assessment to be published by the U.S. Climate Change Science Program and that the public would have a chance to review and comment on the scientific assessment in April 2008. The availability of the scientific assessment for public review and comment is incorrect.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans Kentucky: Tennessee Valley Authority Paradise Facility State Implementation Plan Revision
Document Number: E8-2089
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-02-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a source specific State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted on October 19, 2007, by the Kentucky Division for Air Quality (KDAQ). The purpose of the SIP revision is to remove from the Kentucky State Implementation Plan a previous source-specific revision approved by EPA on August 25, 1989, and relating to the redistribution of sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions from Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA's) Paradise Steam Plant located in Muhlenburg County, Kentucky. This proposal includes SO2 limits that are more stringent than the current SIP- approved statewide SO2 limits for electric generating units (EGUs). Consistent with Kentucky Administrative Regulations (KAR) approved into the SIP, affected facilities located in Muhlenberg County are subject to an SO2 emission limit of 3.1 pounds per million British Thermal Units (lbs/mmBTU). The 3.1 lbs/mmBTU limit was approved by EPA in June 24, 1983, as part of Kentucky's control strategy for attaining and maintaining the primary and secondary SO2 national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) in Muhlenberg County. This SIP revision proposes a limit of 1.2 lbs/mmBTU for all three units with limited bypass emissions of 3.1 lbs/mmBTU for scrubber maintenance on Unit 3.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NESHAP for Epoxy Resin and Non-Nylon Polyamide Production (Renewal); EPA ICR Number 1681.06, OMB Control Number 2060-0290
Document Number: E8-2088
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-05
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.
Adequacy Status of the Metro-East St. Louis, IL, Submitted 8-Hour Ozone Attainment Demonstration and State Implementation Plan for Transportation Conformity Purposes
Document Number: E8-2084
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In this notice, EPA is notifying the public that we have found that the motor vehicle emissions budgets (MVEBs) for 8-hour ozone in Metro-East St. Louis (Madison, Monroe, St. Clair, and Jersey Counties), Illinois, are adequate for conformity purposes. As a result of our finding, Metro-East St. Louis must use the MVEBs from the 8-hour ozone attainment demonstration and state implementation plan (SIP) submitted on July 2, 2007, for future conformity determinations.
Notice of Data Availability on the Disposal of Coal Combustion Wastes in Landfills and Surface Impoundments; Reopening of Comment Period
Document Number: E8-2063
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is reopening the comment period for the Notice of Data Availability (NODA) entitled ``Notice of Data Availability on the Disposal of Coal Combustion Wastes in Landfills and Surface Impoundments.'' This NODA announces the availability of new information and data concerning the management of coal combustion wastes (CCW) in landfills and surface impoundments that will be used by the Agency to inform its decisionmaking regarding its Regulatory Determination for CCW disposed of in landfills and surface impoundments. This NODA was published on August 29, 2007 (72 FR 49714), and the comment period was scheduled to close on November 27, 2007. However, a number of environmental groups requested additional time to respond to the issues raised in the NODA and its accompanying documents. Consequently, the Agency extended the comment period an additional 60 days to January 28, 2008 (72 FR 57572). The same group of commenters then requested a short amount of additional time to finish gathering information that they believe is necessary to complete their comments. Therefore, we are reopening the comment period from the date of publication of this notice to close on February 11, 2008.
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan National Priorities List Update
Document Number: E8-1964
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6 is publishing a direct final notice of deletion of the Industrial Waste Control Superfund Site (Site), located near Fort Smith, Arkansas from the National Priorities List (NPL). The NPL, promulgated pursuant to Section 105 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980, as amended, is appendix B of 40 CFR Part 300, which is the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP). This direct final deletion is being published by EPA with the concurrence of the State of Arkansas, through the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), because EPA has determined that all appropriate response actions under CERCLA have been completed and, therefore, further remedial action pursuant to CERCLA is not appropriate.
National Oil and Hazardous Substance Pollution Contingency Plan National Priorities List
Document Number: E8-1963
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-02-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6 is issuing a notice of intent to delete the Industrial Waste Control Superfund Site located in Fort Smith, Arkansas from the National Priorities List (NPL) and requests public comments on this notice of intent. The NPL, promulgated pursuant to Section 105 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980, as amended, is found at Appendix B of 40 CFR part 300, which is the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP). The EPA and the State of Arkansas, through the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), have determined that all appropriate response actions under CERCLA, other than operation and maintenance and five-year reviews, have been completed. However, this deletion does not preclude future actions under Superfund. In the ``Rules and Regulations'' Section of this Federal Register, we are publishing a direct final notice of deletion of the Industrial Waste Control Superfund Site without prior notice of intent to delete because we view this as a noncontroversial revision and anticipate no adverse comment. We have explained our reasons for this deletion in the direct final deletion. If we receive no adverse comment(s) on the direct final notice of deletion, we will not take further action on this notice of intent to delete. If we receive adverse comment(s), we will withdraw the direct final notice of deletion, and it will not take effect. We will, as appropriate, address all public comments in a subsequent final deletion notice based on this notice of intent to delete. We will not institute a second comment period on this notice of intent to delete. Any parties interested in commenting must do so at this time. For additional information see the direct final notice of deletion located in the Rules section of this Federal Register.