Human Impacts of Climate Change Advisory Committee (HICCAC)
The EPA indicated that reports being reviewed by the HICCAC 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.
Notice of Open Meeting of the Environmental Financial Advisory Board (EFAB)
The EPA's EFAB will hold an open meeting of the full board in Washington, DC on March 10-11, 2008. EFAB is an EPA advisory committee chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) to provide advice and recommendations to EPA on creative approaches to funding environmental programs, projects, and activities. The purpose of this meeting is to hear from informed speakers on environmental finance issues, proposed legislation, Agency priorities, and to discuss progress with work products under EFAB's current Strategic Action Agenda. Environmental financing topics expected to be discussed include: Financial Assurance Mechanisms (Commercial Insurance & Cost Estimation), Environmental Management Systems, Public-Private Partnerships, Sustainable Watershed Financing, Innovative Financing Tools, and Leveraging the State Revolving Loan Funds. This meeting is open to the public, however, seating is limited. All members of the public who plan to attend the meeting must register in advance, no later than Friday, February 29, 2008.
Meeting of the Total Coliform Rule Distribution System Advisory Committee-Notice of Public Meeting
Under Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is giving notice of a meeting of the Total Coliform Rule Distribution System Advisory Committee (TCRDSAC). The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the Total Coliform Rule (TCR) revision and information about distribution systems issues that may impact water quality. The TCRDSAC advises and makes recommendations to the Agency on revisions to the TCR, and on what information should be collected, research conducted, and/or risk management strategies evaluated to better inform distribution system contaminant occurrence and associated public health risks. Topics to be discussed in the meeting include possible options for revising the Total Coliform Rule, performance of analytical methods, EPA's plans for compliance with the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act, and topics for upcoming TCRDSAC meetings.
Approval and Promulgation of State Implementation Plans; Ohio: Proposed Approval of Revised Oxides of Nitrogen (NOX
EPA is proposing approval of a revision to the Ohio State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by letter on June 16, 2005. This revision addresses the requirements of EPA's NOX SIP Call which requires further reductions in NOX emissions based on cost-effective control measures for large internal combustion engines. The revision also addresses some revisions to the State's NOX SIP Call trading program. EPA is proposing to determine that the Ohio SIP revision satisfies the requirements for Phase II of the NOX SIP Call and the NOX SIP Call trading program because, when implemented, these will meet Ohio's emission reduction requirements under Phase II of the NOX SIP Call.
Final Rule; Ohio; Revised Oxides of Nitrogen (NOX
EPA is approving a revision to the Ohio oxides of nitrogen (NOX) State Implementation Plan (SIP) containing provisions which control emissions of NOX from large internal combustion (IC) engines, makes corrections to typographical errors in the previously approved Phase I NOX SIP, and expands the definition of NOX budget unit. This approval requires reductions in NOX emissions from large IC engines, based on cost-effective control measures. Large IC engines are defined in the State rule as emitting one ton or more of NOX per day during the ozone season. The Ohio NOX SIP Call IC engine inventory is based on the inventory of IC engines compiled by EPA as part of the NOX SIP Call rule. Including these engines in the Ohio plan reduces NOX to a level at which the State will meet its ozone season NOX budget. EPA is approving the State's revision because it satisfies the Federal requirements for Phase II sources and demonstrates that these rules will meet the Phase II budget for Ohio.
Establishment of the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Advisory Committee (FRRCC)
As required by section 9(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, we are giving notice that EPA is establishing the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Advisory Committee (FRRCC). The purpose of the FRRCC is to provide advice to the Administrator of EPA on environmental issues and programs that impact, or are of concern to, farms, ranches, and rural communities. The FRRCC is a part of EPA's efforts to expand cooperative working relationships with the agriculture industry and others who are interested in agriculture issues and to achieve greater progress in environmental protection. The major objectives will be to provide advice and recommendations on: Impacts of Agency agriculture-related programs, policies, and regulations regarding climate change and renewable energy; identification and development of a comprehensive environmental strategy for livestock operations; and development of a constructive approach or framework to address areas of common interest between sustainable agriculture and protection of the environment. Topics covered may include issues relating to water, air and radiation, solid waste and emergency response, pesticides and toxics, enforcement and compliance assistance, and research and development. EPA has determined that this federal advisory committee is in the public interest and will assist the Agency in performing its duties and responsibilities. Copies of the FRRCC's charter will be filed with the appropriate congressional committees and the Library of Congress.
Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Science Advisory Board Exposure and Human Health Committee
The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the SAB Exposure and Human Health Committee (EHHC) to discuss advisory activities for the coming year.
Clean Water Act Section 303(d): Availability of 16 Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) in Louisiana
This notice announces the availability for comment of the administrative record files for 16 TMDLs and the calculations for these TMDLs prepared by EPA Region 6 for waters listed in the Pearl River and the Terrebonne River Basins of Louisiana, under section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act (CWA). These TMDLs were completed in response to a court order in the lawsuit styled Sierra Club, et al. v. Clifford, et al., No. 96-0527, (E.D. La.).
Access to Confidential Business Information by Enrollees Under the Senior Environmental Employment Program
EPA has authorized grantee organizations under the Senior Environmental Employment (SEE) Program and their enrollees access to information which has been submitted to EPA under the environmental statutes administered by the Agency. Some of this information may be claimed or determined to be confidential business information (CBI).
EPA Science Advisory Board; Notification of a Public Teleconference and Meeting of the Science Advisory Board Acrylamide Review Panel
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference and meeting of the Acrylamide Review Panel (ARP) to review the Agency's draft assessment, ``IRIS Toxicological Review of Acrylamide''.
Board of Scientific Counselors, Computational Toxicology Subcommittee Meeting-February 2008
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92- 463, the Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development (ORD), gives notice of one meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Computational Toxicology Subcommittee.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Ohio; Clean Air Interstate Rule
This action approves a revision to the Ohio State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted on April 17, 2007, and revised on September 26, 2007. This SIP revision incorporates provisions related to the implementation of EPA's Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR), promulgated on May 12, 2005, and revised on April 28, 2006, and December 13, 2006, and the CAIR Federal Implementation Plan (CAIR SIP) concerning sulphur dioxide (SO2), oxides of nitrogen (NOX) annual and NOX ozone season emissions for the State of Ohio, promulgated on April 28, 2006, and revised on December 13, 2006. EPA is not making any changes to the CAIR FIP but is amending, to the extent EPA approves Ohio's SIP revision, the appropriate appendices in the CAIR FIP trading rules simply to note that approval. The Ohio SIP revision that was submitted on April 17, 2007, was a full CAIR SIP revision. In a letter submitted on September 26, 2007, Ohio requested that EPA consider the September 26, 2007, submittal as two separate submittals, i.e., as a full CAIR SIP and as an abbreviated CAIR SIP. Ohio requested that EPA act on specific portions of the September 26, 2007, submittal as an abbreviated CAIR SIP. EPA approves Ohio's abbreviated SIP revision that addresses the methodology used to allocate annual and ozone season NOX allowances to affected electric generating units (EGUs), and the opt-in provisions, under the CAIR trading programs and the CAIR SIP. This action also contains EPA's response to a comment from the State of Connecticut following publication of the original direct final approval of the Ohio plan on October 16, 2007. We withdrew the original direct final rule on December 5, 2007, because of receipt of this comment. For reasons expressed in the body of this rule, EPA believes the comment from Connecticut is not relevant to this final action and, therefore, we are moving forward to approve the Ohio plan. As such, EPA will populate the compliance accounts of units affected by the State's rule shortly after the effective date of this rule.
Environmental Impact Statement and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
EPA does not object to the proposed action. Rating LO. EIS No. 20070410, ERP No. D-BLM-K67057-NV, Cortez Hills Expansion Project, Proposes to Construct and Operate a New Facilities and Expansion of the Existing Open-Pit Gold Mining and Processing Operations, Crescent Valley, Lander and Eureka Counties, NV. Summary: EPA expressed environmental concerns about wetland/ riparian habitat mitigation and reclamation and post-closure financial assurance and recommended the Final EIS include additional information regarding the wetland/riparian habitat mitigation plan, financial assurance for reclamation activities and post-closure mitigation and monitoring. Rating EC2. EIS No. 20070435, ERP No. D-BLM-J65494-UT, Richfield Field Office Resource Management Plan, Implementation, Future Management of the Public Lands and Resource, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Capitol Reef and Canyonlands National Parks, Sanpete, Sevier, Piute, Wayne and Garfield Counties, UT. Summary: EPA expressed environmental concerns about air quality, water quality, and riparian/wetland impacts. In addition, EPA has concerns about impacts from recreation activities. Rating EC2.