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

Notice Reopening the Deadline Date for the New Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 Awards; Personnel Development To Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities Program (CFDA No. 84.325T)
Document Number: Z8-3520
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation, Internal Revenue Service, Department of Treasury, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Securities and Exchange Commission, Agencies and Commissions, Department of the Treasury, Department of Education
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: E8-3937
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA expressed environmental concerns about potential impacts to wetlands, air quality, and environmental justice communities. Rating EC2.
Consumer Products Environmental Partnerships Program-Public Meeting
Document Number: E8-3936
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA will convene a public meeting to discuss opportunities for industry-government partnerships to foster greater public awareness of the environmental attributes of household and institutional consumer products and help make consumers aware of efforts on the part of consumer product manufacturers to improve the environmental performance of their products and production facilities. The primary purpose of this initial meeting is to establish a dialog among government, industry, and public stakeholders leading to formation of a Consumer Products Environmental Partnerships Working Group. Once formed, the working group will identify and develop possible partnership approaches such as product labeling, consumer education programs, environmental information Web sites, product stewardship programs, and manufacturer recognition programs.
Announcement of Data Availability for Lead National Ambient Air Quality Standard Review
Document Number: E8-3935
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On or about March 3, 2008, the Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS) of EPA will make available for public review and comment a number of technical documents that discuss monitoring issues being addressed in EPA's review of the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for lead. These technical documents will be used as part of a consultation with the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) Ambient Air Monitoring & Methods (AAMM) Subcommittee (Subcommittee).
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; EPA Strategic Plan Information on Source Water Protection; EPA ICR No. 1816.04, OMB Control No. 2040-0197
Document Number: E8-3934
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-29
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.
Science Advisory Board Staff Office; EPA Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC); Notification of Public Advisory Committee Meeting (Teleconference) of the Ambient Air Monitoring & Methods (AAMM) Subcommittee
Document Number: E8-3933
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the Ambient Air Monitoring & Methods (AAMM) Subcommittee of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) to conduct a consultation concerning ambient air monitoring issues related to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for lead, including issues associated with alternative lead indicators.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E8-3917
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Illinois; Revisions to Emission Reduction Market System
Document Number: E8-3800
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is withdrawing the January 30, 2008 (73 FR 5435), direct final rule approving revisions to the State of Illinois' rules for its Emission Reduction Market System (ERMS). In the direct final rule, EPA commented on statements in and implications of a memorandum from Robert Meyers, Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation, to EPA's Regional Administrators dated October 3, 2007. (The rule gave an incorrect date of October 7, 2007.) The memorandum addresses the status of new source review criteria for ozone nonattainment areas based on a decision by the Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit in the case of South Coast Air Quality Management Dist. v. EPA, 472 F.3d 882 (DC Cir. 2006). In commenting upon the memorandum of Robert Meyers in the direct final rule of January 30, 2008, Region 5 unintentionally addressed an issue of national policy. As the issue is one of national policy, the implications of the Court ruling should only be addressed in national guidance and rulemaking. Notwithstanding our observations regarding the implications of the Robert Meyers memorandum, the rationale for proposing to approve the ERMS rule revisions did not rely on these observations, and so the soundness of EPA's proposal is not affected. Therefore, EPA is withdrawing the January 30, 2008, direct final rule, but announcing today that the associated proposed rule will stand as a proposed rule. (See 73 FR 5471). Comments on the proposed rule continue to be due on February 29, 2008. EPA will publish a revised final rule after considering any comments that it may receive. EPA will not institute a second comment period on this action.
Pesticide Emergency Exemptions; Agency Decisions and State and Federal Agency Crisis Declarations
Document Number: E8-3491
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has granted or denied emergency exemptions under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) for use of pesticides as listed in this notice. The exemptions or denials were granted during the period October 1, 2007 through December 31, 2007 to control unforeseen pest outbreaks.
Proposed CERCLA Settlement Agreement for Recovery of Past Response Costs Incurred at the McLaren Tailings Site at Cooke City, Park County, MT
Document Number: E8-3804
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with the requirements of section 122(i) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, as amended (``CERCLA''), 42 U.S.C. 9622(i), notice is hereby given of a proposed settlement agreement under section 122(h)(1) of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 9622(h)(1), concerning the McLaren Tailings Site at Cooke City, Park County, Montana. This settlement, embodied in a CERCLA section 122(h) Agreement for Recovery of Past Response Costs (``Agreement''), is designed to resolve Camjac, Inc.'s liability at the Site for past response costs incurred at the Site through covenants under section 107 of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 9607. The proposed Agreement requires Camjac, Inc. to pay a total of $5,000.00 to the EPA Hazardous Substances Superfund and transfer the property that it owns which is part of the Site to the State of Montana. Opportunity for Comment: For thirty (30) days following the date of publication of this notice, the Agency will consider all comments received, and may modify or withdraw its consent to the Agreement if comments received disclose facts or considerations which indicate that the Agreement is inappropriate, improper, or inadequate. The Agency's response to any comments received will be available for public inspection at EPA Region 8's Central Records Center, 1595 Wynkoop Street, 3rd Floor, in Denver, Colorado.
National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology Environmental Technology Subcommittee
Document Number: E8-3803
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92463, EPA gives notice of two teleconference meetings of the Environmental Technology Subcommittee of the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT). NACEPT provides advice and recommendations to the Administrator of EPA on a broad range of environmental policy, technology, and management issues. The Environmental Technology Subcommittee was formed to assist EPA in evaluating its current and potential role in the development and commercialization of environmental technologies by suggesting how to optimize existing EPA programs to facilitate the development of sustainable private sector technologies, and by suggesting alternative approaches to achieving these goals. The purpose of the teleconference meetings is to discuss the Subcommittee's latest report on actions EPA can take to engage more effectively with venture capitalists, and other members of the financial services sector, who invest in the development and commercialization of environmental technologies.
Proposed CERCLA Agreement and Covenant Not To Sue the State of Montana
Document Number: E8-3802
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given of a proposed Agreement and Covenant Not To Sue the State of Montana concerning the McLaren Tailings Site at Cooke City, Park County, Montana. This Agreement is entered into pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, as amended (``CERCLA''), 42 U.S.C. 9601 et seq., and the authority of the Attorney General of the United States to compromise and settle claims of the United States. The State of Montana Department of Environmental Quality (``MDEQ'') enters into this Agreement pursuant to CERCLA, the Montana Comprehensive Environmental Cleanup and Responsibility Act (``CECRA''), as amended, 75-10-701 et seq., Montana Code Annotated (``MCA''); Title IV of the Surface Mining control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (``SMCRA''), 30 U.S.C. 1231 et seq., and Title 82, Chapter 4, Part 3 MCA. This Agreement and Covenant Not to Sue (``Agreement''), is designed to settle and resolve MDEQ's potential liability for existing contamination at the Site, which would otherwise result from its acquisition of the Site. Opportunity for Comment: For thirty (30) days following the date of publication of this notice, the Agency will consider all comments received, and may modify or withdraw its consent to the Agreement if comments received disclose facts or considerations which indicate that the Agreement is inappropriate, improper, or inadequate. The Agency's response to any comments received will be available for public inspection at EPA Region 8's Central Records Center, 1595 Wynkoop Street, 3rd Floor, in Denver, Colorado.
Notice of Expert Peer-Review Meeting on the Framework for Determining a Mutagenic Mode of Action for Carcinogenicity: Using EPA's 2005 Cancer Guidelines and Supplemental Guidance for Assessing Susceptibility From Early-Life Exposure to Carcinogens External Review Draft
Document Number: E8-3788
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA or Agency) Office of the Science Advisor (OSA) is announcing an external peer- review meeting to review the draft document titled, ``Framework for Determining a Mutagenic Mode of Action for Carcinogenicity: Using EPA's 2005 Cancer Guidelines and Supplemental Guidance for Assessing Susceptibility From Early-Life Exposure to Carcinogens'' (or Framework). The draft document was prepared by the Mutagenic Mode of Action Workgroup of EPA's Risk Assessment Forum and has recently undergone public review and comment. Eastern Research Group, Inc. (ERG), an EPA contractor for external scientific review, will convene an independent panel of experts and organize and conduct a peer-review meeting. The panel will review the draft document and may consider public comments received in the official public docket for this activity under docket ID number EPA-HQ-OA-2007-0976, as well as comments made by the public at the external peer review meeting. The draft document and peer-review charge are available at http:// www.epa.gov/osa/mmoaframework/index.htm. In preparing a final document, EPA will consider the public comments submitted to EPA's docket during the public comment period, and the comments and recommendations from the external peer-review meeting, including any oral public comments made at the meeting. EPA is releasing this draft document solely for the purpose of pre- dissemination peer review under applicable information quality guidelines. This document has not been formally disseminated by the EPA. It does not represent and should not be construed to represent any Agency policy or determination. This notice announces the external peer-review meeting location and dates, and how to pre-register as an observer and how to sign up to make oral comments at the meeting.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; National-Scale Activity Survey (N-SAS); EPA ICR No. 2293.01, OMB Control No. 2060-NEW
Document Number: E8-3787
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-28
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.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maryland; Revised Definition of Volatile Organic Compound (VOC)
Document Number: E8-3396
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-02-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA proposes to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Maryland. The revisions update the SIP's reference to the EPA definition of ``Volatile organic compounds (VOC).'' In the Final Rules section of this Federal Register, EPA is approving the State's SIP submittal 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 adverse comments are received in response to this action, 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. Any parties interested in commenting on this action should do so at this time.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; State of Maryland; Revised Definition of Volatile Organic Compound (VOC)
Document Number: E8-3392
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action on a revision to the Maryland State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the Maryland Department of Environment (MDE). The revision allows Maryland to incorporate prospectively EPA's definition of ``Volatile organic compounds (VOC)'' as amended. EPA is approving these revisions to the Maryland SIP in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Virginia; Amendments to Existing Regulation Provisions Concerning Reasonably Available Control Technology
Document Number: E8-3389
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-02-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA proposes to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Virginia for the purpose of establishing administrative amendments to the Commonwealth regulation governing source-specific nitrogen oxides (NOX) reasonable available control technology (RACT). In the Final Rules section of this Federal Register, EPA is approving the State's SIP submittal 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 adverse comments are received in response to this action, 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. Any parties interested in commenting on this action should do so at this time.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Virginia; Amendments to Existing Regulation Provisions Concerning Reasonably Available Control Technology
Document Number: E8-3388
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Commonwealth of Virginia State Implementation Plan (SIP). The revisions pertain to administrative amendments to the Commonwealth regulation governing source-specific nitrogen oxides (NOX) reasonable available control technology (RACT). EPA is approving these revisions to the Commonwealth of Virginia SIP in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Sulfometuron Methyl Risk Assessments; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E8-3699
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's risk assessments, and related documents for the pesticide sulfometuron methyl, and opens a public comment period on these documents (Phase 3 of 4-Phase Process). The public is encouraged to suggest risk management ideas or proposals to address the risks identified. EPA is developing a Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) for sulfometuron methyl through a modified, 4-Phase public participation process that the Agency uses to involve the public in developing pesticide reregistration decisions. Through this program, EPA is ensuring that all pesticides meet current health and safety standards.
Clean Air Interstate Rule: Notice of the Filing of Petition for Administrative Review
Document Number: E8-3694
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-02-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On November, 26 2007, Nelson Industrial Steam Company (NISCO) filed a petition requesting that the Environmental Appeals Board review the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) applicability determination made on October 22, 2007. In the applicability determination, EPA concluded that NISCO's Nelson Units 1 and 2 are CAIR SO2, NOX, and NOX ozone season units because they meet the criteria for being such CAIR units under regulations of the EPA- administered CAIR trading programs.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Application for Reimbursement to Local Governments for Emergency Response to Hazardous Substance Releases Under CERCLA Section 123 (Renewal); EPA ICR Number 1425.07, OMB Control Number 2050-0077
Document Number: E8-3693
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-27
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.
Coastal Elevations and Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee Meeting
Document Number: E8-3691
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), EPA gives notice of a meeting of the Coastal Elevations and Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee.
Permethrin; Amended Reregistration Eligibility Decision; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E8-3690
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces EPA's intention to modify certain risk mitigation measures that were imposed as a result of the 2006 Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) for the pesticide permethrin. EPA conducted this reassessment of the permethrin RED in response to public comments received. In response to the commentors and continuing efforts to mitigate risk, the Agency has made several modifications to the permethrin RED label requirements including: Clarification of application rates to mushroom houses; revised droplet sizes for wide area mosquito abatement products; and mandatory label statements for canine spot-on products, pre-construction termiticide applications, and spray drift language for agricultural products. Additionally, the Agency has revised the data requirements and added a statement to Section IV of the RED to address concerns regarding the residential use of outdoor pesticide misting systems.
Tetramethrin Risk Assessments; Notice of Availability and Risk Reduction Options
Document Number: E8-3689
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's risk assessments, and related documents, for the pesticide tetramethrin and opens a public comment period on these documents (Phase 3 of 4-Phase Process). The public is encouraged to suggest risk management ideas or proposals to address the risks identified. EPA is developing a Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) for tetramethrin through a modified, 4-Phase public participation process that the Agency uses to involve the public in developing pesticide reregistration decisions. Through this program, EPA is ensuring that all pesticides meet current health and safety standards.
Pesticide Products; Registration Applications
Document Number: E8-3618
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-27
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.
Outer Continental Shelf Air Regulations Consistency Update for Massachusetts
Document Number: E8-3614
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-02-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to update a portion of the Outer Continental Shelf (``OCS'') Air Regulations. Requirements applying to OCS sources located within 25 miles of States' seaward boundaries must be updated periodically to remain consistent with the requirements of the corresponding onshore area (``COA''), as mandated by section 328(a)(1) of the Clean Air Act (``the Act''). The portion of the OCS air regulations that is being updated pertains to the requirements for OCS sources in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The intended effect of approving the OCS requirements for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is to regulate emissions from OCS sources in accordance with the requirements onshore. The change to the existing requirements discussed below is proposed to be incorporated by reference into the Code of Federal Regulations and is listed in the appendix to the OCS air regulations.
Dibasic Esters (DBE); Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: E8-3492
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes exemptions from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of dibasic esters (DBE; CAS Reg. No. 95481-62- 2) when used as an inert ingredient solvent and/or anti-freeze microencapsulated at 10% weight/weight (W/W) or less in pesticide formulations with the active ingredient cyfluthrin. Whitmire Micro-Gen Research Laboratories, Inc. submitted a pesticide petition 5E4442 to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) requesting exemptions from the requirement of a tolerance. EPA published in the Federal Register on August 29, 2007 (72 FR 49689) a proposed rule for this petition in order to provide the public with an opportunity to comment on data that submitted to the Agency after the publication of the petition's Notice of Filing.
Pyroxsulam; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: E8-3490
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of pyroxsulam in or on wheat, forage; wheat, grain; wheat, hay and wheat, straw. Dow AgroSciences LLC requested this tolerance under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Pesticide Products; Registration Applications
Document Number: E8-3488
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-27
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.
Cyfluthrin; Pesticide Tolerance
Document Number: E8-3393
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of cyfluthrin in or on grass, forage, fodder and hay group 17, forage at 12 ppm; grass, forage, fodder and hay, group 17, hay at 50 ppm; beet, sugar, roots at 0.10 ppm; and beet, sugar, dried pulp at 1.0 ppm. Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4), and Bayer CropScience requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Texas; Revisions To Control Volatile Organic Compound Emissions; Volatile Organic Compound Control for El Paso, Gregg, Nueces, and Victoria Counties and the Ozone Standard Nonattainment Areas of Beaumont/Port Arthur, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Houston/Galveston
Document Number: E8-3380
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving certain control measures adopted by the State of Texas on the following dates: September 7, 2001, July 18, 2002, January 28, 2003, November 7, 2003, and December 17, 2004. The effect of this action is to finalize the proposed approval of these measures published on September 28, 2006 in the Federal Register (71 FR 56920) because they enhance the Texas VOC Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) State Implementation Plan (SIP) by improving volatile organic compound (VOC) emission controls in Texas. This action is being taken under Section 110(l) and part D of the Clean Air Act.
Access to Confidential Business Information by Electronic Data Systems Corporation
Document Number: E8-3272
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has authorized its contractor, Electronic Data Systems Corporation (EDS) of Herndon, VA, to access information which has been submitted to EPA under all sections of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Some of the information may be claimed or determined to be Confidential Business Information (CBI).
Access to Confidential Business Information by Abt Associates, Inc.
Document Number: E8-3249
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has authorized its contractor, Abt Associates, Inc. (Abt) of Bethesda, MD and its subcontractors Eastern Research Group (ERG) of Chantilly, VA and Lexington, MA; and Syracuse Research Corporation (SRC) of Arlington, VA and North Syracuse, NY, to access information which has been submitted to EPA under all section(s) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Some of the information may be claimed or determined to be Confidential Business Information (CBI).
Hazardous Waste Management System; Modification of the Hazardous Waste Manifest System
Document Number: E8-3615
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-02-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of additional information on the electronic manifest (e-Manifest) project. Specifically, EPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) has made significant progress on the e-Manifest project since the publication of the April 18, 2006 public notice, which announced and requested comment on our intention to develop a centralized web- based information technology (IT) system that would be hosted on EPA's IT architecture. However, a few issues raised by commenters in response to the April 2006 public notice require further analysis on our part, as we make decisions concerning the e-Manifest system. We received strong support in response to the April 2006 public notice to establish a national web-based system funded through user- fees. In addition, commenters generally supported our position that use of e-Manifests should be at the election of the users rather than mandatory. However, some commenters expressed concern that an optional system would create dual paper and electronic systems. Furthermore, industry and state comments in response to our position to allow confidential business information (CBI) claims for e-Manifests differed. Therefore, as explained in this notice, we are soliciting additional comment on EPA's position on these two issues. We remain committed to finalizing a federal regulation, once the necessary legislation is enacted, that will authorize the regulated community to use electronic manifests as the legal equivalent of paper manifests, and will consider the comments received on this notice, as well as other comments received from previous actions, before we make a final decision.
Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC); Notification of a Public Advisory Committee Meeting and Teleconference of the CASAC Oxides of Nitrogen (NOX
Document Number: E8-3613
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee Oxides of Nitrogen (NOX) and Sulfur Oxides (SOX) Secondary National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) Review Panel (CASAC Panel) and a public teleconference of the chartered CASAC. The CASAC Panel will conduct a peer review of EPA's Draft Integrated Science Assessment for Oxides of Nitrogen and SulfurEnvironmental Criteria (First External Review Draft) (EPA/600/R-07/145, December 2007) and a consultation on the EPA's draft Scope and Methods Plan for Risk/Exposure Assessment: Secondary NAAQS Review for Oxides of Nitrogen and Oxides of Sulfur. The chartered CASAC will review and approve the Panel's report by public teleconference.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Requirements and Exemptions for Specific RCRA Wastes (Renewal), EPA ICR Number 1597.08, OMB Control Number 2050-0145
Document Number: E8-3611
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that an Information Collection Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. This is a request to renew an existing approved collection. The ICR, which is abstracted below, describes the nature of the information collection and its estimated burden and cost.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Virginia; Section 110(a)(1) 8-Hour Ozone Maintenance Plan for the White Top Mountain, Smyth County, VA 1-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area
Document Number: E8-3358
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-02-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Virginia. This revision pertains to a 10-year maintenance plan for the White Top Mountain 1- hour ozone nonattainment area located in Smyth County, Virginia. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of State Implementation Plans; Montana; Interstate Transport of Pollution, New Definitions of PM and PM2.5
Document Number: E8-3339
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-02-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of Montana on June 28, 2000 and April 16, 2007. The revisions update Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) provisions for Particulate Matter, and address Interstate Transport Pollution requirements of section 110(a)(2)(D)(i) of the Clean Air Act. On June 28, 2000, the Governor of Montana submitted revisions to ARM rules 17.8.101Definitions; 17.8.308Particulate Matter, Airborne; and 17.8.320Wood Waste Burners. The June 28, 2000 submittal included also a declaration certifying the adequacy of the State SIP in regard to the infrastructure-related PM2.5 elements of section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA). In the April 16, 2007 submission, the Governor requested EPA's review and approval of the ``Interstate Transport Rule Declaration'' adopted into the Montana SIP on February 12, 2007. In that same letter, the Governor rescinded the State's earlier request for approval of Montana's SIP in regard to the infrastructure-related PM2.5 elements of section 110 of the CAA. In light of this rescission, EPA is not taking action on this declaration. This action is being proposed 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 an adverse comment on an amendment, paragraph, or section of this 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 State Implementation Plans; Montana; Revisions to Administrative Rules of Montana, and Interstate Transport of Pollution
Document Number: E8-3338
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action approving State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of Montana on June 28, 2000 and April 16, 2007. The revisions update Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) provisions for Particulate Matter, and address Interstate Transport Pollution requirements of Section 110(a)(2)(D)(i) of the Clean Air Act. On June 28, 2000, the Governor of Montana submitted revisions to ARM rules 17.8.101-Definitions; 17.8.308-Particulate Matter, Airborne; and 17.8.320-Wood Waste Burners. In the April 16, 2007 submission, the Governor of Montana requested EPA's review and approval of the ``Interstate Transport Rule Declaration'' adopted into the State SIP on February 12, 2007. The June 28, 2000 submittal included also a declaration certifying the adequacy of the State SIP in regard to the infrastructure-related PM2.5 elements of Section 110. EPA is not taking action on this declaration since the State rescinded the request for approval with the April 16, 2007 submittal. This action is being taken under section 110 of the Clean Air Act.
Office of Environmental Information; Announcement of Availability and Comment Period for Revised Enforcement and Compliance and Tribal Identifier Data Standards
Document Number: E8-3497
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice of availability for a 30 day review and comment period is hereby given for two revised data standards(1) Enforcement and Compliance Data Standard and (2)Tribal Identifier Data Standard. The Enforcement and Compliance Data Standard identifies and defines the major areas of enforcement and compliance information that could be used for the exchange of data among environmental agencies and other entities. The purpose of the standard is to provide a common lexicon, so that information about functionally similar activities and/or instruments can be stored. The Tribal Identifier Data Standard specifies the set of tribal names and codes necessary to constitute consistent and unambiguous identification of federally-recognized American Indian and Alaska Native entities. The Tribal Identifier Standard adopted the Bureau of Indian Affairs criteria of tribal entity identification (federally recognized tribes) and is not intended for the identification of geographic, demographic or economic tribal areas. The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), is responsible for maintaining the official list of tribal names and codes according to their established criteria. This standard assists and supports the development of computerized applications that use tribal identifier information.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E8-3423
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability oF EPA Comments
Document Number: E8-3406
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA expressed environmental concerns about potential adverse impacts to water resources and air quality, and requested additional information on the availability of water resources, and mitigation measures to minimize air quality impacts. Rating EC2.
Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee
Document Number: E8-3402
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, EPA gives notice of a meeting of the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities 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 agricultural issues and to achieve greater progress in environmental protection. The purpose of the meeting is to initiate: Discussion of the 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. The meeting will also include a public comment session. A copy of the meeting agenda will be posted at http://www.epa.gov/agriculture/frrcc.
National Advisory Committee for Acute Exposure Guideline Levels for Hazardous Substances; Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: E8-3400
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
A meeting of the National Advisory Committee for Acute Exposure Guideline Levels for Hazardous Substances (NAC/AEGL Committee) will be held on March 3-5, 2008, in Alexandria, VA. At this meeting, the NAC/AEGL Committee will address, as time permits, the various aspects of the acute toxicity and the development of Acute Exposure Guideline Levels (AEGLs) for the following chemicals: 1,1,1- trichloroethane; 1,2-butylene oxide; cyanogen; ethyl benzene; ethyl isocyanate; ethylphosphonothioic dichloride; ethylphosphonodichloridate; germane; isobutyl isocyanate; isopropyl isocyanate; methoxymethyl isocyanate; methyl iodide; methyl isothiocyanate; n-butyl isocyanate; t-butyl isocyanate; nitrogen tetroxide; nitrogen trioxide; n-propyl isocyanate; phenyl isocyanate; and tetrachloroethylene.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; TSCA Sections 402 and Section 404 Training, Certification, Accreditation and Standards for Lead-Based Paint Activities (Renewal); EPA ICR No. 1715.09, OMB No. 2070-0155
Document Number: E8-3378
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-22
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; PCBs, Consolidated Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements; EPA ICR No. 1446.09, OMB No. 2070-0112
Document Number: E8-3376
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-22
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; Federal Implementation Plans Under the Clean Air Act for Indian Reservations in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington (Renewal); EPA ICR No. 2020.03, OMB Control No. 2060-0558
Document Number: E8-3372
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-22
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.
Draft Integrated Science Assessment for Oxides of Nitrogen and Sulfur-Environmental Criteria and Annexes
Document Number: E8-3370
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is announcing an extension of the public comment period for the draft document titled, ``Integrated Science Assessment for Oxides of Nitrogen and SulfurEnvironmental Criteria; First External Review Draft'' (EPA 600/R-07/145A), and ``Annexes for the Integrated Science Assessment for Oxides of Nitrogen and Sulfur Environmental Criteria; First External Review Draft'' (EPA 600/R-07/ 145bA). The draft document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment within EPA's Office of Research and Development as part of the Agency's review of the secondary (welfare- based) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and sulfur dioxide (SO2). EPA is releasing this draft document solely for the purpose of seeking comment from the public and the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC). The document is being distributed solely for the purpose of pre- dissemination review under applicable information quality guidelines. It does not represent and should not be construed to represent any Agency policy, viewpoint, or determination. EPA will consider any public comments submitted in accordance with this notice when revising the document.
Public Water System Supervision Program Revisions for the State of Tennessee
Document Number: E8-3342
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that the State of Tennessee is in the process of revising their approved Public Water System Supervision (PWSS) program to meet the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has adopted drinking water regulations for the Long Term 2 Surface Water Treatment and the Stage 2 Disinfection By-Products Rules. EPA has determined that these revisions are no less stringent than the corresponding federal regulations. Therefore, EPA intends to approve Tennessee's PWSS revision for these rules.