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

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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.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements for Importation of Nonroad Engines and Recreational Vehicles (Renewal), EPA ICR Number 1723.05, OMB Control Number 2060-0320
Document Number: E8-5664
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-20
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 and its estimated burden and cost.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Extension of Comment Period; Coalbed Methane Extraction Sector Questionnaire (New), EPA ICR Number 2291.01
Document Number: E8-5661
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), EPA announced on January 25, 2008, its plan to submit a proposed Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and solicited public comments on this request for a new collection on the coalbed methane extraction industry sector. In response to requests from several stakeholders, this action extends the public comment period for an additional 30 days.
Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Meeting of the Integrated Nitrogen Committee
Document Number: E8-5605
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting of its Integrated Nitrogen Committee.
Lavandulyl Senecioate; Receipt of Application for Emergency Exemption, Solicitation of Public Comment
Document Number: E8-5560
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has received a specific exemption request from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation to use the pesticide lavandulyl senecioate (CAS No 23960-07-8) to treat up to 80,000 acres of raisin and wine grapes to control the vine mealybug (VMB). The applicant proposes the use of a new chemical which has not been registered by the EPA. EPA is soliciting public comment before making the decision whether or not to grant the exemption.
National Priorities List, Proposed Rule No. 48
Document Number: E8-5559
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-03-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (``CERCLA'' or ``the Act''), as amended, requires that the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (``NCP'') include a list of national priorities among the known releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants throughout the United States. The National Priorities List (``NPL'') constitutes this list. The NPL is intended primarily to guide the Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA'' or ``the Agency'') in determining which sites warrant further investigation. These further investigations will allow EPA to assess the nature and extent of public health and environmental risks associated with the site and to determine what CERCLA-financed remedial action(s), if any, may be appropriate. This rule proposes to add six new sites to the General Superfund section of the NPL.
National Priorities List, Final Rule
Document Number: E8-5557
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-03-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (``CERCLA'' or ``the Act''), as amended, requires that the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (``NCP'') include a list of national priorities among the known releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants throughout the United States. The National Priorities List (``NPL'') constitutes this list. The NPL is intended primarily to guide the Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA'' or ``the Agency'') in determining which sites warrant further investigation. These further investigations will allow EPA to assess the nature and extent of public health and environmental risks associated with the site and to determine what CERCLA-financed remedial action(s), if any, may be appropriate. This rule adds 12 sites to the General Superfund Section of the NPL.
Nominations to the FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Request for Comments
Document Number: E8-5556
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice provides the names, addresses, professional affiliations, and selected biographical data of persons nominated to serve on the Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) established under section 25(d) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). The Panel was created on November 28, 1975, and made a statutory Panel by amendment to FIFRA, dated October 25, 1988. The Agency is, at this time, selecting two new members to serve on the panel as a result of membership terms that will expire this year. Public comment on the nominations is invited, as these comments will be used to assist the Agency in selecting the new chartered Panel members.
Notice of Filing of a Pesticide Petition for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities
Document Number: E8-5555
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-19
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.
Spinetoram; Pesticide Tolerance; Technical Correction
Document Number: E8-5402
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-03-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA issued a final rule in the Federal Register of October 10, 2007, concerning the establishment of a tolerance for the combined residues of the insecticide spinetoram. This document is being issued to correct a technical error, specifically, the omission of the complete tolerance expression under Unit V. and in the regulatory text section of the final rule.
Proposed Determination To Prohibit, Restrict, or Deny the Specification, or the Use for Specification, of an Area as a Disposal Site; Yazoo River Basin, Issaquena County, MS
Document Number: E8-5401
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act (CWA) authorizes the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to prohibit, restrict, or deny the discharge of dredged or fill material at defined sites in waters of the United States (including wetlands) whenever it determines, after notice and opportunity for public hearing, that use of such sites for disposal would have an unacceptable adverse impact on various resources, including fisheries, wildlife, municipal water supplies, and recreational areas. Pursuant to section 404(c), EPA Region 4 is today requesting public comments on its proposal to prohibit or restrict the use of certain waters in the Yazoo River Basin in Issaquena County, Mississippi as disposal sites for dredged or fill material in connection with the construction of the proposed Yazoo Backwater Area Project (the project). As the primary component of this project, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District (the Corps) and the Board of Mississippi Levee Commissioners (project sponsor) propose to construct a 14,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) pumping station at Steele Bayou with a pump-on operation elevation of 87.0 feet, National Geodetic Vertical Datum (NGVD). The construction and operation of the proposed pumps would degrade the critical functions and values of approximately 67,000 acres of wetland resources in the Yazoo River Basin. Of this total, approximately 26,300 acres would be hydrologically modified to the extent that they would no longer be defined as wetlands and would lose CWA regulatory protection. The natural timing, frequency, and duration of water reaching the remaining approximately 40,700 acres of wetlands would be impacted by the proposed pumping, altering the wetlands' ecological characteristics and significantly reducing their functions. EPA Region 4 believes that these extensive hydrological modifications of wetlands in the Yazoo River Basin could have an unacceptable adverse effect on fisheries and wildlife resources. EPA seeks comment on this proposed 404(c) determination to prohibit or restrict the discharge of dredged or fill material in wetlands and other waters in the Yazoo River Basin in connection with the construction of the project or any pumping proposal in the Yazoo Backwater Area that would involve significant adverse impacts on waters of the United States. See Solicitation of Comments, at the end of the public notice, for further details.
Napropamide; Notice of Receipt of Request to Voluntarily Amend to Terminate Uses of Napropamide Pesticide Registrations
Document Number: E8-5294
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with section 6(f)(1) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended, EPA is issuing a notice of receipt of a request by two registrants to voluntarily amend their napropamide registrations to terminate certain uses. The request would terminate napropamide use in or on apple, apricot, artichoke, avocado, cherry, fig, grapefruit, lemons, nectarine, olive, orange, peach, pear, pistaschio, plum, pomegranate, prunes, tangerine, tangelo and walnut crops. The request would not terminate the last napropamide product registered for use in the United States. EPA intends to grant this request at the close of the comment period for this announcement unless the Agency receives substantive comments within the comment period that would merit its further review of the request, or unless the registrant withdraws its request within this period. Upon acceptance of this request, any sale, distribution, or use of products listed in this notice will be permitted only if such sale, distribution, or use is consistent with the terms as described in the final order.
Cypermethrin; Response to Comments and Amendment to Reregistration Eligibility Decision; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E8-5292
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-19
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 cypermethrin. EPA conducted this reassessment of the cypermethrin RED in response to public comments directed towards product labeling, risk mitigation, and the upcoming registration review process for pyrethroids, pyrethrins, and synergist chemicals. In response to the commenters and continuing efforts to mitigate risk, the Agency has made several modifications to the cypermethrin RED label requirements for pre-construction termiticide applications, spray drift language for agricultural products, and ventilation for total release foggers.
Prothioconazole; Pesticide Tolerance
Document Number: E8-5290
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-03-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes a tolerance for combined residues of prothioconzole and prothioconazole-desthio, calculated as parent, in or on soybean, forage; soybean, seed; soybean, hay; and sugar beet, roots. Bayer CropScience requested this tolerance under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), as amended by the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 (FQPA).
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Designation of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes; State of California; PM-10; Affirmation of Determination of Attainment for the San Joaquin Valley Nonattainment Area
Document Number: E8-5188
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-03-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is finalizing its proposal to affirm its October 30, 2006, determination that the San Joaquin Valley nonattainment area (SJV or the Valley) in California has attained the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter less than or equal to a nominal 10 micrometers (PM-10). EPA proposed to affirm the determination of attainment in order to take comment on the exclusion from a determination of attainment of PM-10 exceedances that were caused by exceptional events. EPA is concurring with the State's request to flag exceedances which occurred in the SJV as being caused by exceptional events, i.e., high winds. EPA is also concurring with the Santa Rosa Rancheria Tribe's request to flag, as due to an exceptional event, PM- 10 exceedances which occurred on tribal lands located within the boundaries of the SJV. EPA is further finding that these exceedances at the Santa Rosa Rancheria (SRR) should be excluded from use in determining attainment because the exceedances occurred while the monitor was operating in very close proximity to construction activities and, as such, the monitor was not properly sited during that time for purposes of comparison to the NAAQS. As a result, EPA is affirming its determination that the SJV has attained the PM-10 standard based on EPA's evaluation of quality-assured data through 2006. In addition, EPA did not receive comments on how the Agency addressed the issues raised in petitions for reconsideration and withdrawal of EPA's 2006 determination of attainment, filed by Earthjustice on behalf of the Sierra Club, Latino Issues Forum and others, and thus we are denying the petitions.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; New Hampshire; Determination of Attainment of the Ozone Standard
Document Number: E8-5406
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-03-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is determining 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. This determination suspends 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 and these requirements shall remain suspended for so long as the area continues to attain the ozone NAAQS.
Determination of Nonattainment and Reclassification of the Beaumont/Port Arthur 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area; State of Texas; Final Rule
Document Number: E8-5403
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-03-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This rule finalizes EPA's finding of nonattainment and reclassification of the Beaumont/Port Arthur 8-hour ozone nonattainment area (BPA area). EPA finds that the BPA area 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, the BPA area is reclassified by operation of law as a moderate 8-hour ozone nonattainment area. The new moderate area attainment date for the reclassified BPA area is ``as expeditiously as practicable,'' but no later than June 15, 2010. The State of Texas must submit a SIP revision that meets the requirements of the CAA on or before January 1, 2009.
Adequacy Status of the Massachusetts 8-Hour Ozone Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets for Transportation Conformity Purposes; Massachusetts
Document Number: E8-5399
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is notifying the public that EPA has found that the 2008 and 2009 motor vehicle emissions budgets in the January 31, 2008 Massachusetts 8-hour ozone State Implementation Plan revision are adequate for transportation conformity purposes. The submittal includes 2008 and 2009 motor vehicle emission budgets for the Boston-Lawrence- Worcester (Eastern Massachusetts) and Springfield (Western Massachusetts) 8-hour ozone nonattainment areas. As a result of our finding, Massachusetts must use these motor vehicle emission budgets for future conformity determinations.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Indiana
Document Number: E8-5288
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-03-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a request submitted by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management on July 20, 2007, as supplemented on December 19, 2007, to revise the Indiana State Implementation Plan (SIP). The submission revises the Indiana Administrative Code (IAC) by amending the definition of ``References to Code of Federal Regulations,'' to update of the references to the Code of Federal Regulations to refer to the 2006 edition. The rule revision also makes minor corrections to amend the definition of ``nonphotochemically reactive hydrocarbons'' or ``negligibly photochemically reactive compounds,'' and to amend the definition of ``volatile organic compound'' or ``VOC.'' In the final rules section of this Federal Register, EPA is approving the SIP revision as a direct final rule without prior proposal, because EPA views this as a noncontroversial revision and anticipates no adverse comments. A detailed rationale for the approval is set forth in the direct final rule. If we do not receive any adverse comments in response to these direct final and proposed rules, we do not contemplate taking any further action in relation to this proposed rule. If EPA receives adverse comments, we will withdraw the direct final rule and will respond to 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 on this action should do so at this time.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Indiana
Document Number: E8-5287
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-03-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a request submitted by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) on July 20, 2007, as supplemented on December 19, 2007, to revise the Indiana State Implementation Plan (SIP). The submission revises the Indiana Administrative Code (IAC) by amending the definition of ``References to the Code of Federal Regulations,'' to update the references to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) to refer to the 2006 edition. The rule revision also makes minor corrections to amend the definition of ``nonphotochemically reactive hydrocarbons'' or ``negligibly photochemically reactive compounds,'' and to amend the definition of ``volatile organic compound'' or ``VOC.''
Proposed Administrative cost Recovery Settlement under Section 122(h) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 9622(h), Chemcentral Midwest Corporation, Kansas City, MO
Document Number: 08-1040
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with 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 administrative settlement with Chemcentral Midwest Corporation, Kansas City, Missouri, for recovery of past response costs concerning the Chemcentral Midwest corporation facility, located at 910 North Prospect, Kansas City, Missouri. The settlement requires Chemcentral Midwest Corporation to pay to the Hazardous Substance Superfund for costs incurred by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 7, in response to the fire at the Chemcentral facility on February 7, 2007. The settlement requires Chemcentral to pay $150,713, to the Hazardous Substance Superfund. The settlement includes a covenant not to sue the settling party pursuant to Section 107(a) of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 9607(a). For thirty (30) days following the date of publication of this notice, EPA will receive written comments relating to the settlement. EPA will consider all comments and may modify or withdraw its consent to the settlement if comments received disclose facts or considerations which indicate that the settlement is inappropriate, improper, or inadequate. EPA's response to any comments received will be available for public inspection at the EPA Region 7 office located at 901 N. 5th Street, Kansas City, Kansas.
Board of Scientific Counselors, National Exposure Research Laboratory (NERL) Standing Subcommittee Meeting-2007
Document Number: E8-5293
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-17
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 a meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) National Exposure Research Laboratory (NERL) Standing Subcommittee.
Board of Scientific Counselors, Homeland Security Subcommittee Meetings-Spring 2008
Document Number: E8-5291
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-17
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 three meetings of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Homeland Security Subcommittee.
Board of Scientific Counselors, Land Research Program Mid-Cycle Review Meetings-Spring 2008
Document Number: E8-5286
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-17
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 three meetings of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Land Mid-Cycle Subcommittee.
Agency Information Collection Activities OMB Responses
Document Number: E8-5285
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document announces the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) responses to Agency Clearance requests, in compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et. seq.). An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. The OMB control numbers for EPA's regulations are listed in 40 CFR part 9 and 48 CFR chapter 15.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Performance Measurement Reporting for Training and Education/Outreach; EPA ICR No. 2255.01
Document Number: E8-5284
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-17
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 for a new collection. The ICR, which is abstracted below, describes the nature of the information collection and its estimated burden and cost.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E8-5184
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: E8-5183
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA does not object to the preferred alternative. Rating: LO.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Indiana; Revisions to Particulate Matter Rules
Document Number: E8-5053
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-03-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On November 27, 2007, Indiana submitted draft revisions to its particulate matter State Implementation Plan (SIP) for sources in Clark, Dearborn, Dubois, Howard, Lake, Marion, St. Joseph, Vanderburgh, Vigo, and Wayne Counties. Indiana supplemented its submittal with a public hearing transcript and additional technical support documents on December 3, 2007, and submitted final, fully adopted revised rules on February 21, 2008. This SIP revision updates facility names, revises formatting, removes sources no longer in operation, and revises some emission limits. Where emission limits increase, the State has included air quality modeling analyses that demonstrate that air quality will continue to be protected. EPA is proposing to approve this SIP revision request.
d-Phenothrin (Sumithrin) Risk Assessments; Notice of Availability and Risk Reduction Options
Document Number: E8-5044
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's risk assessments, and related documents for the pesticide d-Phenothrin (Sumithrin), 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 sumithrin 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.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Area Source Standards for Plating and Polishing Operations
Document Number: E8-4974
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-03-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing national emission standards for control of hazardous air pollutants (HAP) for the plating and polishing area source category. This rule proposes emission standards in the form of management practices for new and existing tanks, thermal spraying equipment, and mechanical polishing equipment in certain plating and polishing processes. These proposed standards reflect EPA's determination regarding the generally achievable control technology (GACT) and/or management practices for the area source category.
Outer Continental Shelf Air Regulations Update To Include New York State Requirements
Document Number: 08-1020
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-03-14
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 promulgated into part 55 and 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 (CAA). The portion of the OCS air regulations that is being updated pertains to the requirements for OCS sources in the State of New York. The intended effect of approving the OCS requirements for the State of New York is to regulate emissions from OCS sources in accordance with the requirements onshore. The requirements discussed below are proposed to be incorporated by reference into the Code of Federal Regulations and are listed in the appendix to the OCS air regulations.
Partial Removal of Direct Final Rule Revising the California State Implementation Plan, Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District and San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District
Document Number: E8-4829
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-03-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On January 2, 2008 (73 FR 48), EPA published a direct final approval of revisions to the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concerned local rules that address circumvention, reduction of animal matter, and volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from gasoline bulk storage tanks, gasoline filling stations, petroleum refinery equipment, and petroleum solvent dry cleaning. The direct final action was published without prior proposal because EPA anticipated no adverse comment. The direct final rule stated that if adverse comments were received by February 1, 2008, EPA would publish a timely removal in the Federal Register. EPA received a timely adverse comment. Consequently, with this revision we are removing the direct final approval of SJVAPCD Rules 4104, 4402, 4404, 4453, 4454, 4625, 4641, and 4672. EPA will either address the comments in a subsequent final action based on the parallel proposal also published on January 2, 2008 (73 FR 48) or repropose an alternative action. As stated in the parallel proposal, EPA will not institute a second comment period on a subsequent final action. The other rules, MBUAPCD Rules 415, 418, and 1002, approved in the January 2, 2008 direct final action, are not affected by this removal and are incorporated into the SIP as of the original effective date of March 3, 2008.
In-Use Testing for Heavy-Duty Diesel Engines and Vehicles; Emission Measurement Accuracy Margins for Portable Emission Measurement Systems and Program Revisions
Document Number: E8-4388
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-03-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In a rule published on June 14, 2005, EPA established a manufacturer-run, in-use testing program for heavy-duty diesel vehicles. The program requires engine manufacturers to measure exhaust emissions from their diesel engines using portable emissions measurement systems during real-world operation. At the time the rule was promulgated, EPA established interim emission measurement ``accuracy'' margins for the requisite portable emission measurement devices pending the development of final accuracy margins through a comprehensive research program. This Direct Final Rule adopts the resulting final accuracy margins for gaseous pollutants. Also, this rule makes several changes to the program in the early years of in-use testing. First, we are eliminating the first calendar year, i.e., 2006, of the two-year pilot program for particulate emissions (PM) in response to engine manufacturers' concerns, which primarily relate to the availability and efficacy of the requisite portable measurement systems (PEMS) for that pollutant. Second, due to a delay in developing the final accuracy margin for PM under the aforementioned comprehensive research program, we are delaying the first year of the fully enforceable PM test program from the 2008 calendar year to the 2009 calendar year. During the 2008 calendar year, there will be another year of pilot program testing for that pollutant. Third, and finally, we are extending the normal period for reporting in-use test results during the initial years of the program and allowing certain short-term changes in how vehicles are recruited and tested. These revisions are primarily intended to address delays in initiating the gaseous emission and PM pilot programs, manufacuturers' concerns regarding the schedule for initial purchases of PM measurement systems, and manufacturers' concerns regarding potential difficulties of initially instrumenting vehicles with these units.
In-Use Testing for Heavy-Duty Diesel Engines and Vehicles; Emission Measurement Accuracy Margins for Portable Emission Measurement Systems and Program Revisions
Document Number: 08-1017
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-03-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In a rule published on June 14, 2005, EPA established a manufacturer-run, in-use testing program for heavy-duty diesel vehicles. The program requires engine manufacturers to measure exhaust emissions from their diesel engines using portable emissions measurement systems during real-world operation. At the time the rule was promulgated, EPA established interim emission measurement ``accuracy'' margins for the requisite portable emission measurement devices pending the development of final accuracy margins through a comprehensive research program. This notice proposes to adopt the resulting final accuracy margins for gaseous pollutants. Also, this rule proposes to make several changes to the program in the early years of in-use testing. First, we are proposing to eliminate the first calendar year, i.e., 2006, of the two-year pilot program for particulate emissions (PM) in response to engine manufacturers' concerns, which primarily relate to the availability and efficacy of the requisite portable measurement systems (PEMS) for that pollutant. Second, due to a delay in developing the final accuracy margin for PM under the aforementioned comprehensive research program, we are proposing to delay the first year of the fully enforceable PM test program from the 2008 calendar year to the 2009 calendar year. During the 2008 calendar year, there will be another year of pilot program testing for that pollutant. Third, and finally, we are proposing to extend the normal period for reporting in-use test results and allowing certain short-term changes in how vehicles are recruited and tested. These proposed revisions are primarily intended to address delays in initiating the gaseous emission and PM pilot programs, manufacturers' concerns regarding the schedule for initial purchases of PM measurement systems, and manufacturers' concerns regarding potential difficulties of initially instrumenting vehicles with these units.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Clean Water Act State Revolving Fund Program; EPA ICR No. 1391.08, OMB Control No. 2040-0118
Document Number: E8-4997
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-12
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 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.
Colorado: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revisions
Document Number: E8-4978
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-03-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Solid Waste Disposal Act, as amended, commonly referred to as the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), allows the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to authorize States to operate their hazardous waste management programs in lieu of the federal program. Colorado has applied to EPA for final authorization of the changes to its hazardous waste program under RCRA. EPA has determined that these changes satisfy all requirements needed to qualify for final authorization and is authorizing the State's changes through this immediate final action.
Colorado: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revisions
Document Number: E8-4977
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-03-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Colorado has applied to EPA for final authorization of the changes to its hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The EPA proposes to grant final authorization to the hazardous waste program changes submitted by Colorado. In the ``Rules and Regulations'' section of this Federal Register, EPA is authorizing the State's program changes as an immediate final rule. EPA did not make a proposal prior to the immediate final rule because we believe these actions are not controversial and do not expect comments to oppose them. We have explained the reasons for this authorization in the preamble to the immediate final rule. Unless we get written comments opposing this authorization during the comment period, the immediate final rule will become effective and the Agency will not take further action on this proposal. If we receive comments that oppose these actions, we will publish a document in the Federal Register withdrawing this rule before it takes effect. EPA will then address public comments in a later final rule based on this proposal. Any parties interested in commenting on these actions must do so at this time. EPA may not provide further opportunity for comment.
The Association of American Pesticide Control Officials/State FIFRA Issues Research and Evaluation Group Working Committee on Pesticide Operations and Management; Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: E8-4968
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Association of American Pesticide Control Officials (AAPCO)/State FIFRA Issues Research and Evaluation Group (SFIREG) Working Committee on Pesticide Operations and Management (WC/POM) will hold a 2-day meeting, beginning on April 7, 2008 and ending April 8, 2008. This notice announces the location and times for the meeting and sets forth the tentative agenda topics.
Notice of Filing of Pesticide Petitions for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities
Document Number: E8-4967
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-12
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.
Spiromesifen; Pesticide Tolerance
Document Number: E8-4920
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-03-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for combined residues of spiromesifen and its enol metabolite in or on bean, dry; bean, succulent; bean, edible podded; and cowpea, forage. Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Control of Hazardous Air Pollutants From Mobile Sources: Early Credit Technology Requirement Revision
Document Number: E8-4917
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-03-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to revise the February 26, 2007 mobile source air toxics rule's requirements that specify the benzene control technologies that qualify a refiner to generate early benzene credits. This action will allow another specific benzene control technology, benzene alkylation, in addition to the four operational or technological changes that the 2007 rule currently allows. This action also includes a general provision that allows a refiner to submit a request to EPA to approve other benzene-reducing operational changes or technologies for the purpose of generating early credits.
Control of Hazardous Air Pollutants From Mobile Sources: Early Credit Technology Requirement Revision
Document Number: E8-4915
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-03-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to revise the February 26, 2007 mobile source air toxics rule's requirements that specify the benzene control technologies that qualify a refiner to generate early benzene credits. We are proposing to allow another specific benzene control technology, benzene alkylation, in addition to the four operational or technological changes that the 2007 rule currently allows. We are also proposing a general provision that would allow a refiner to submit a request to EPA to approve other benzene-reducing operational changes or technologies for the purpose of generating early credits. In the ``Rules and Regulations'' section of this Federal Register we are revising the February 26, 2007 rule as discussed above via a direct final rule without a prior proposed rule. If we receive no adverse comment, we will not take further action on this proposed rule.
Public Water System Supervision Program Variance and Exemption Review for the State of North Dakota
Document Number: E8-4907
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 8 will conduct a statutory review of variances and exemptions issued by the State of North Dakota under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) Public Water System Supervision (PWSS) program. The SDWA, 42 U.S.C. 300 et seq., requires that EPA periodically review variances and exemptions issued by States with primary enforcement authority to determine compliance with requirements of the Statute 42 U.S.C. 300g-4(e)(8); 42 U.S.C. 300g-5(d). In accordance with these provisions in the SDWA, and its regulations at 40 CFR 142.22, EPA is giving public notice that EPA Region 8 will conduct a review of variances and exemptions issued by the State of North Dakota to Public Water Systems under its jurisdiction. The review will be conducted on March 31, 2008. The public is invited to submit comments by April 28, 2008 on any or all variances and/or exemptions issued by the State of North Dakota, and on the need for continuing them. Results of this review will be published in the Federal Register.
Office of Research and Development; Ambient Air Monitoring Reference and Equivalent Methods: Designation of One New Equivalent Method
Document Number: E8-4905
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated, in accordance with 40 CFR Part 53, one new equivalent method for measuring concentrations of particulate matter as PM2.5 in the ambient air.