Environmental Protection Agency March 21, 2008 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations;
Document Number: E8-5802
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA expressed environmental concerns about the long-term impacts to marine habitats and migratory species from dredge/fill actions, and requested a more thorough cumulative impacts analysis and suggested the Corps consider developing a broader shoreline management strategy. Rating EC2.
Adequacy Status of Submitted State Implementation Plans for Transportation Conformity Purposes: Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets for the Houston-Galveston-Brazoria and the Dallas-Fort Worth 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Areas
Document Number: E8-5791
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In this notice, EPA is notifying the public that we have found the on-road motor vehicle emissions budgets (MVEB) contained in the revisions to the Houston-Galveston-Brazoria 8-hour ozone reasonable further progress plan and the Dallas-Fort Worth 8-hour ozone attainment demonstration plan adequate for transportation conformity purposes. As a result of our finding, the budgets from the submitted state implementation plan revisions must be used for future conformity determinations in the Houston-Galveston-Brazoria and the Dallas-Fort Worth areas.
EPA Science Advisory Board; Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Science Advisory Board Environmental Economics Advisory Committee (EEAC)
Document Number: E8-5756
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office is announcing a public teleconference of the SAB Environmental Economics Advisory Committee (EEAC) to receive a briefing from the EPA National Center for Environmental Economics (NCEE) regarding its upcoming advisory requests. The EEAC will also discuss plans for possible self- initiated projects.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E8-5753
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Ohio
Document Number: E8-5668
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-03-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the Ohio State Implementation Plan (SIP). On September 7, 2006, Ohio requested approval of revisions to its open burning standards. The revisions were made to clarify the open burning rules. Ohio added requirements for specific types of burning that were previously not addressed. The state also added or refined some of the definitions and slightly changed some of the existing rules. The revisions were made to increase clarity of Ohio's open burning rules.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Ohio
Document Number: E8-5667
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-03-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving revisions to the Ohio State Implementation Plan (SIP) under the Clean Air Act (CAA). On September 7, 2006, Ohio requested approval of revisions to its open burning standards. In order to clarify the open burning rules, Ohio added requirements for specific types of burning that were previously not addressed. The state also added or refined some of the definitions and slightly changed some of the existing rules. The revisions were made to increase clarity of Ohio's open burning rules. EPA finds that the revisions are consistent with the CAA.
Approval and Promulgation of Ohio SO2 Air Quality Implementation Plans and Designation of Areas
Document Number: E8-5666
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-03-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving an assortment of rules, submitted by Ohio on May 16, 2006, as amended on December 10, 2007, setting limits on sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions. Most significantly, EPA is approving rules for Franklin, Stark, and Summit Counties and for one source in Sandusky County, rules that supersede regulations that EPA promulgated in 1976 as a Federal Implementation Plan (FIP). This action provides that the entire FIP for SO2 in Ohio will now be superseded by approved State limits. Consequently, EPA is rescinding the entire FIP. EPA is also approving several substantive rule revisions and approving numerous Ohio rules that update various company names and unit identifications. Finally, since this rulemaking resolves the issues, which led a court to remand the designation for a portion of Summit County to EPA for reconsideration, EPA is promulgating a designation of attainment for the presently undesignated portion of this county.
Determination of Nonattainment and Reclassification of the Baton Rouge 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area; State of Louisiana
Document Number: E8-5663
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-03-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is finalizing its finding that the Baton Rouge ``marginal'' 8-hour ozone nonattainment area (hereinafter referred to as the Baton Rouge area) did not 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 or the Act) and Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) for ``marginal'' nonattainment areas. By operation of law, the Baton Rouge area is to be reclassified from a ``marginal'' to a ``moderate'' 8-hour ozone nonattainment area on the effective date of this rule. The new attainment deadline for the reclassified Baton Rouge nonattainment area is ``as expeditiously as practicable'' but no later than June 15, 2010. In addition, EPA is requiring Louisiana to submit State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions addressing the CAA's pollution control requirements for ``moderate'' 8- hour ozone nonattainment areas no later than January 1, 2009.