Environmental Protection Agency April 2, 2008 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Notice of Proposed Administrative Settlement Pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act
Document Number: E8-6828
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-02
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 concerning the R&H Oil/Tropicana Superfund Site, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas. The settlement requires the one hundred nineteen (119) settling parties to pay a total of $2,204,080.23 as payment of response costs to the Hazardous Substances Superfund. The settlement includes a covenant not to sue or take administrative action on matters related to the Site pursuant to Sections 106 and 107 of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 9606 and 9607. For thirty (30) days following the date of publication of this notice, the Agency will receive written comments relating to this notice and will receive written comments relating to the settlement. The Agency will consider all comments received 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. The Agency's response to any comments received will be available for public inspection at 1445 Ross Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75202-2733.
Final 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards Designations for the Early Action Compact Areas
Document Number: E8-6825
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-04-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is designating 13 Early Action Compact (EAC) Areas as attainment for the 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). The EAC areas agreed to reduce ground-level ozone pollution earlier than the Clean Air Act (CAA) required and to demonstrate attainment with the 8-hour ozone NAAQS by December 31, 2007. The States in which these 13 areas are located have submitted quality-assured data indicating that the areas are in attainment for the 8-hour ozone NAAQS based on ambient air monitoring data from 2005, 2006 and 2007. In addition, consistent with EPA's implementing regulations, the 1-hour ozone NAAQS will no longer apply in each of these areas one year after the effective date of the designation. We are modifying the 8-hour ozone NAAQS tables in the regulations to reflect the attainment designation for the 13 EAC areas and the 1-hour ozone NAAQS tables in the regulations to reflect that the 1-hour standard will no longer apply in these areas as of April 15, 2009. Additionally, we are modifying the 8-hour and 1-hour ozone NAAQS tables in the regulations to reflect the nonattainment designation for the Denver EAC area, which became effective November 20, 2007 and to reflect that the 1-hour standard will no longer apply in that area as of November 20, 2008.
Meeting of the Ozone Transport Commission
Document Number: E8-6820
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The United States Environmental Protection Agency is announcing the 2008 Annual Meeting of the Ozone Transport Commission (OTC). This OTC meeting will explore options available for reducing ground-level ozone precursors in a multi-pollutant context.
Ferric Citrate; Inert Ingredient; Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: E8-6818
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-04-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance under 40 CFR 180.910 for residues of ferric citrate (CAS Reg. No. 2338-05-8) in or on raw agricultural commodities when applied/ used as inert ingredients in pesticide formulations. The Shepherd Chemical Company submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), as amended by the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996, requesting an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of ferric citrate.
Acrolein Revised Risk Assessments; Notice of Availability and Solicitation of Risk Reduction Options
Document Number: E8-6817
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's revised risk assessments for the pesticide acrolein. In addition, this notice solicits public comment on risk reduction and alternative options for acrolein (Phase 5 of 6-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 acrolein through the full, 6-Phase public participation process that the Agency uses to involve the public in developing pesticide reregistration and tolerance reassessment decisions. Through these programs, EPA is ensuring that all pesticides meet current health and safety standards.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Semiconductor Manufacturing
Document Number: E8-6816
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-04-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On October 19, 2006, EPA proposed amendments to the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Semiconductor Manufacturing, published on May 22, 2003. The purpose of the proposed amendments was to clarify the emission requirements for process vents by establishing a new maximum achievable control technology floor level of control for existing combined hazardous air pollutants process vent streams containing inorganic and organic hazardous air pollutants and adding requirements for new and reconstructed combined hazardous air pollutants process vents. For existing combined hazardous air pollutants process vents, EPA had proposed that the floor was no control. In light of Sierra Club v. EPA, we are re-proposing the requirements for existing and new combined hazardous air pollutants process in this supplemental proposal.
Clean Water Act Section 303(d): Final Agency Action on 56 Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs)
Document Number: E8-6815
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces final agency action on 56 TMDLs prepared by EPA Region 6 for waters listed in Louisiana's Red, Sabine, and the Terrebonne Basins, under section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act (CWA). Documents from the administrative record file for the 56 TMDLs, including the TMDL calculations and responses to comments, may be viewed at http://www.epa.gov/earth1r6/6wq/npdes/tmdl/index.htm. The administrative record file may be examined by calling or writing Ms. Diane Smith at the address below. Please contact Ms. Smith to schedule an inspection.
Alabama: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revision
Document Number: E8-6813
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-04-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Alabama has applied to EPA for Final authorization of the changes to its hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). EPA proposes to grant final authorization to Alabama. In the ``Rules and Regulations'' section of this Federal Register, EPA is authorizing the changes by an immediate final rule. EPA did not make a proposal prior to the immediate final rule because we believe this action is not controversial and do not expect comments that oppose it. We have explained the reasons for this authorization in the preamble of the immediate final rule. Unless we get written comments which oppose this authorization during the comment period, the immediate final rule will become effective on the date it establishes, and we will not take further action on this proposal. If we receive comments that oppose this action, we will withdraw the immediate final rule and it will not take effect. We will respond to public comments in a later final rule based on this proposal. You may not have another opportunity for comment.
Alabama: Proposed Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revision
Document Number: E8-6812
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-04-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Alabama has applied to EPA for final authorization of the changes to its hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). EPA proposes to grant final authorization to Alabama. In the ``Rules and Regulations'' section of this Federal Register, EPA is authorizing the changes by an immediate final rule. EPA did not make a proposal prior to the immediate final rule, because we believe this action is not controversial and do not expect comments that oppose it. We have explained the reasons for this authorization in the preamble of the immediate final rule. Unless we get written comments which oppose this authorization during the comment period, the immediate final rule will become effective on the date it establishes, and we will not take further action on this proposal. If we receive comments that oppose this action, we will withdraw the immediate final rule and it will not take effect. We will respond to public comments in a later final rule based on this proposal. You may not have another opportunity for comment.
Certain Tributyltin Compounds, Risk Assessments; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E8-6811
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's risk assessments, and related documents for the pesticides tributyltin oxide, tributyltin benzoate, and tributyltin maleate, 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 tributyltin oxide, tributyltin benzoate, and tributyltin maleate 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.
Acequinocyl; Pesticide Tolerance
Document Number: E8-6699
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-04-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for combined residues of acequinocyl and its metabolite, 2-dodecyl-3-hydroxy-1, 4- naphthoquinone (acequinocyl-OH) expressed as acequinocyl equivalents in or on nut, tree, group 14 and grape and removes the separate tolerances established for almond. Arysta LifeScience North America Corporation requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Dicamba; Pesticide Tolerance
Document Number: E8-6674
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-04-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for combined residues of dicamba and its 5-hydroxy metabolite in or on corn, sweet, forage; corn, sweet, kernel plus cob with husks removed; and corn, sweet, stover. Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Application for New and Amended Pesticide Registration; EPA ICR No. 0277.15, OMB Control No. 2070-0060
Document Number: E8-6672
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-02
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, entitled: ``Application for New and Amended Pesticide Registration'' and identified by EPA ICR No. 0277.15 and OMB Control No. 2070-0060, is scheduled to expire on November 30, 2008. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Use of Consumer Research in Developing Improved Labeling for Pesticide Products; EPA ICR No. 2297.01, OMB Control No. 2070-new
Document Number: E8-6671
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-02
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 approval for a new Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This ICR, entitled: ``Use of Consumer Research in Developing Improved Labeling for Pesticide Products'' and identified by EPA ICR No. 2297.01 and OMB Control No. 2070-new. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection.
Flonicamid; Pesticide Tolerance
Document Number: E8-6668
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-04-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for combined residues of flonicamid and its metabolites TFNA, TFNA-AM, and TFNG in or on Brassica, leafy greens, subgroup 5B; hop, dried cones; okra; radish, tops; turnip, greens; vegetable, root, except sugar beet, subgroup 1B; and vegetable, tuberous and corm, subgroup 1C. It also increases established tolerances for combined residues of flonicamid and its metabolites TFNA and TFNA-AM in or on cattle, fat; cattle, meat; egg; goat, fat; goat, meat; horse, fat; horse, meat; milk; poultry, fat; poultry, meat; poultry, meat byproducts; sheep, fat; and sheep, meat. Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). This regulation also removes existing tolerances for flonicamid and its metabolites on mustard greens and potatoes which are superseded by the new tolerances on ``Brassica, leafy greens, subgroup 5B'' and ``vegetable, tuberous and corm, subgroup 1C,'' respectively.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Missouri
Document Number: E8-6666
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-04-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision to exempt initial fueling of motor vehicles at automobile assembly plants in the St. Louis metropolitan area from the Missouri Performance Evaluation Test Procedures (MO/PETP) approval test requirements. MO/ PETP requirements were initially implemented to maintain the integrity of local air quality by regulating gasoline fueling emissions. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) provided an air quality analysis and it was determined that removal of these test requirements for initial fueling at automobile assembly plants will not adversely affect air quality in the St. Louis area. In addition, certain portions of the rule were renumbered and reformatted. This revision will ensure consistency between the state and the federally-approved rules.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Missouri
Document Number: E8-6661
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-04-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing a revision to the Missouri State Implementation Plan (SIP) to include the State's recently revised ozone season NOX cap and trade rules for electric generating units (EGUs) and non-electric generating units (Non-EGUs) submitted on May 18, 2007. Two existing rules were revised by the State to allow for the transition into the State's recently adopted ozone season trading rule to meet the requirements of the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR). The ozone season rules, an interstate cap and trade rule for EGUs and Non- EGUs in the eastern one-third of the State and a statewide intrastate trading rule for EGUs, were revised to include language that will rescind their requirements in the year 2009, the year CAIR compliance begins. The CAIR ozone season trading rule is more restrictive than the aforementioned rules, and this action is needed to avoid imposing duplicative requirements for the affected sources in the year 2009 and thereafter.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Missouri
Document Number: E8-6659
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-04-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA proposes to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision to exempt initial fueling of motor vehicles at automobile assembly plants in the St. Louis metropolitan area from the Missouri Performance Evaluation Test Procedures (MO/PETP) approval test requirements. MO/PETP requirements were initially implemented to maintain the integrity of local air quality by regulating gasoline fueling emissions. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) provided an air quality analysis and it was determined that removal of these test requirements for initial fueling at automobile assembly plants will not adversely affect air quality in the St. Louis area. In addition, certain portions of the rule were renumbered and reformatted. This revision will ensure consistency between the state and the federally-approved rules.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Missouri
Document Number: E8-6651
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-04-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve Missouri's request to revise the State Implementation Plan (SIP) to include the State's recently revised ozone season NOX cap and trade rules for electric generating units (EGUs) and non-electric generating units (Non-EGUs) submitted on May 18, 2007. Two existing rules were revised by the State to allow for the transition into the State's recently adopted ozone season trading rule to meet the requirements of the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR). The ozone season rules, an interstate cap and trade rule for EGUs and Non-EGUs in the eastern one- third of the State and a statewide intrastate trading rule for EGUs, were revised to include language that will rescind their requirements in the year 2009, the year CAIR compliance begins. The CAIR ozone season trading rule is more restrictive than the aforementioned rules, and this action is needed to avoid imposing duplicative requirements for the affected sources in the year 2009 and thereafter.
Revision to the California State Implementation Plan, Bay Area Air Quality Management District
Document Number: E8-6643
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-04-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is finalizing approval of revisions to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions were proposed in the Federal Register on December 20, 2007, and concern nitrogen oxides (NOX) and carbon monoxide (CO) emissions from boilers, steam generators and process heaters at petroleum refineries. We are approving local rules that regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act).