Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
EPA has environmental objections to the proposed Circ A-B alternatives based on environmental impacts to wetlands, water resources and storm water, air quality, indirect and cumulative impacts and hydrologic impacts. EPA also noted that the VT 2A alternatives appear to include the least environmentally damaging practicable alternative. Rating EO2.
Pesticide Products; Registration Applications
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.
Massachusetts Marine Sanitation Device Standard-Receipt of Petition
Notice is hereby given that a petition has been received from the state of Massachusetts requesting a determination by the Regional Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, that adequate facilities for the safe and sanitary removal and treatment of sewage from all vessels are reasonably available for the waters of Salem Sound in the towns of Manchester-by-the-Sea, Beverly, Danvers, Salem, and Marblehead.
Draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Stormwater Discharges From Construction Activities
EPA Regions 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 today are proposing for public comment the issuance of their 2008 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System general permits for stormwater discharges from new dischargers engaged in large and small construction activities. Hereinafter, these NPDES general permits will be referred to as ``permit'' or ``2008 construction general permit'' or ``2008 CGP.'' ``New dischargers'' are those who did not file a notice of intent (``NOI'') to be covered under the 2003 construction general permit (``2003 CGP'') before it expired. Existing dischargers who properly filed an NOI to be covered under the 2003 CGP continue to be authorized to discharge under that permit according to its terms. This draft 2008 CGP contains the same limits and conditions as the Agency's 2003 CGP with the exception of a few minor modifications which are detailed below. As proposed, EPA is issuing this CGP for a period not to exceed two (2) years and will make the permit available to new construction activities and unpermitted ongoing activities only. In addition to proposing this draft CGP, EPA is also requesting comments on the criteria to be used by the Agency to incorporate, by reference, ``qualifying local program requirements'' for erosion and sediment control as provided for in EPA's regulations. Approved qualifying local program requirements can then be incorporated by reference into the Agency's construction general permit. A construction site operator with construction activities within the jurisdiction of the qualifying local program can follow local erosion and sediment control requirements in lieu of complying with comparable erosion and sediment control requirements in EPA's CGP.
Pesticide Inert Ingredient; Proposal to Revoke the Obsolete Tolerance Exemption for Sperm Oil
EPA is proposing to revoke the existing obsolete tolerance exemption under 40 CFR 180.910 for residues of sperm oil conforming to 21 CFR 172.210 as part of a broader administrative effort to correct errors and clarify permitted uses of pesticide inert ingredients in the Code of Federal Regulations. There have not been any active Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) pesticide product registrations containing this substance for many years. In addition, the sperm whale (from which sperm oil is derived) is a federally listed endangered species, and taking (or harming) this species is prohibited under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Therefore, since this exemption corresponds to uses no longer current or registered under FIFRA in the United States, EPA is proposing to revoke the existing tolerance exemption under 40 CFR 180.910 because it is no longer necessary.
Sulfluramid; Product Cancellation Order
This notice announces EPA's order for the cancellation, voluntarily requested by the registrant and accepted by the Agency, of products containing the pesticide sulfluramid, pursuant to section 6(f)(1) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended. This cancellation order follows a December 19, 2007 Federal Register Notice of Receipt of Request from the sulfluramid registrant to voluntarily cancel the last remaning sulfluramid manufacturing-use product (MUP) registration. In the December 19, 2007 notice, EPA indicated that it would issue an order implementing the cancellation, unless the Agency received substantive comments within the 30-day comment period that would merit its further review of these requests, or unless the registrant withdrew their request within this period. The Agency did not receive any comments on the notice. Further, the registrant did not withdraw their request. Accordingly, EPA hereby issues in this notice a cancellation order granting the requested cancellation. This cancellation order does not cancel the remaining end-use sulfluramid products currently registered for use in the United States. Any distribution, sale, or use of the sulfluramid products subject to this cancellation order is permitted only in accordance with the terms of this order, including any existing stocks provisions.
Notice of Filing of Pesticide Petitions for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities
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.
Implementation of the New Source Review (NSR) Program for Particulate Matter Less Than 2.5 Micrometers (PM2.5
The EPA is finalizing regulations to implement the New Source Review (NSR) program for fine particulate matter (that is, particles with an aerodynamic diameter less than or equal to a nominal 2.5 micrometers, generally referred to as ``PM2.5''). The NSR program was created by the Clean Air Act (Act or CAA) to ensure that stationary sources of air pollution are constructed or modified in a manner that is consistent with air quality goals in the area. The Clean Air Fine Particle Implementation Rule, which was proposed in the Federal Register on November 1, 2005, included requirements and guidance for State and local air pollution agencies to follow in developing State implementation plans (SIPs) and also the NSR provisions. The final implementation rule that was promulgated on April 25, 2007, included all the SIPs related provisions. In this rulemaking, EPA is finalizing the NSR provisions of the November 1, 2005 proposed rule including the major source threshold, significant emissions rate, and offset ratios for PM2.5, interpollutant trading for offsets and applicability of NSR to PM2.5 precursors.