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

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Control of Hazardous Air Pollutants From Mobile Sources: Early Credit Technology Requirement Revision
Document Number: E8-10404
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-05-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Because EPA received significant adverse comment, we are withdrawing the direct final rule for revising 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, published on March 12, 2008.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E8-10402
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: E8-10401
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA expressed environmental concerns about wetland, water, and air quality impacts. EPA also requested analysis of cumulative impacts. Rating EC2. EIS No. 20080019, ERP No. D-MMS-B09802-00, Cape Wind Energy Project, Construction, Operation and Maintenance, and Decommissioning of an Electric Generation Facility, Barnstable, Nantucket and Duke County, MA and Washington County, RI. Summary: EPA's comments highlighted the need for renewable energy sources in the region and underscored the importance of a comprehensive consideration of alternatives, impacts and appropriate mitigation. Rating EC2. EIS No. 20080050, ERP No. D-FRA-C50016-NJ, Portal Bridge Capacity Enhancement Project, To Replace the nearly 100-Year-Old Portal Bridge and Eliminate Capacity Constraints on the Northeast Corridor between Swift Interlocking and Secaucus Transfer Station, Funding, U.S. Army Corp Section 10 and 404 Permits, Hackensack River, Hudson County, NJ. Summary: EPA expressed environmental concerns about air quality and wetland impacts, and requested that a general conformity determination, wetlands mitigation, noise mitigation and a cumulative impacts discussion be included in the Final EIS. Rating EC2. EIS No. 20080053, ERP No. D-FHW-D40341-DC, South Capitol Street Project, Replacement of the Fredrick Douglas Memorial Bridge, from Firth Sterling Avenue, SE., to Independence Avenue and the Suitland Parkway from Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, SE., to South Capitol Street, Washington, District of Columbia. Summary: EPA expressed environmental concerns about air quality impacts and requested additional PM2.5 hot spot analysis. Rating EC2. EIS No. 20080074, ERP No. D-IBR-K91014-CA, American Basin Fish Screen and Habitat Improvement Project, Construction and Operation of one or two Positive-Barrier Fish Screen Diversion Facilities, Funding and U.S. Army COE Section 10 and 404 Permits, Natomas Mutual, Sacramento and Sutter Counties, CA. Summary: While EPA has no objections to the proposed action, it did request clarification on resource conservation issues, canal modifications, costs, fisheries, and pumping design limits. Rating LO. EIS No. 20080090, ERP No. D-BIA-K60040-CA, Enterprise Rancheria Gaming Facility and Hotel Fee-To-Trust Acquisition Project, Implementation, Federal Trust, Estom Yumeka Maida Tribe, Yuba County, CA. Summary: EPA does not object to the proposed project, but suggested additional mitigation measures to further reduce environmental impacts. Rating LO. EIS No. 20080112, ERP No. DS-NOA-K90031-CA, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Management Plan, Supplement/Replace Information, Implementation, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, CA. Summary: EPA does not object to the proposed project. Rating LO.
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List
Document Number: E8-10316
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-05-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2 Office announces the deletion of the Tabernacle Drum Dump Superfund Site from the National Priorities List (NPL). The Tabernacle Drum Dump Site is located in Tabernacle Township, Burlington County, New Jersey. The NPL constitutes Appendix B to the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP), 40 CFR part 300, which EPA promulgated pursuant to section 105 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA), as amended. EPA and the State of New Jersey, through the Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) have determined that all appropriate response actions have been implemented and no further response actions are required. In addition, EPA and the NJDEP have determined that the remedial action taken at the Tabernacle Drum Dump Site is protective of public health, welfare, and the environment.
Proposed CERCLA Administrative Cashout Settlement; Elite Laundry Superfund Site, Jaffrey, NH
Document Number: E8-10310
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-08
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 for recovery of past and projected future response costs concerning the Elite Laundry Superfund Site in Jaffrey, New Hampshire with the following settling parties: Route 202 at Route 124, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, LLC; Rared Jaffrey, LLC; and, Guilford Transportation. The settling parties have agreed to reimburse the United States $56,250, and have also agreed to reimburse the State of New Hampshire $56,250. The settlement includes a covenant not to sue the settling parties pursuant to Sections 106 and 107(a) of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 9606 and 9607(a). For thirty (30) days following the date of publication of this notice, the United States will receive written comments relating to the settlement. The United States 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 United States' response to any comments received will be available for public inspection at One Congress Street, Boston, MA 02114-2023.
Approval and Promulgation of State Implementation Plans; States of South Dakota and Wyoming; Interstate Transport of Pollution
Document Number: E8-10103
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-05-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve State Implementation Plans (SIPs) submitted by the States of South Dakota and Wyoming that address interstate transport with respect to the 1997 8- hour ozone and fine particulate matter (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standards. EPA has determined that the Interstate Transport declarations submitted by South Dakota on May 15, 2007, and by Wyoming on May 3, 2007, satisfy the requirements of the Clean Air Act section 110(a)(2)(D)(i) provisions, also known as the ``good neighbor'' provisions, that a state SIP contain adequate provisions prohibiting air pollutant emissions from sources or activities in the state from adversely affecting another state. This action is being taken under section 110 of the Clean Air Act.
Approval and Promulgation of State Implementation Plans; States of South Dakota and Wyoming; Interstate Transport of Pollution
Document Number: E8-10100
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-05-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve State Implementation Plans (SIPs) submitted by the States of South Dakota and Wyoming that address interstate transport with respect to the 1997 8-hour ozone and fine particulate matter (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standards. EPA has determined that the Interstate Transport declarations submitted by South Dakota on May 15, 2007, and by Wyoming on May 3, 2007, satisfy the requirements of the Clean Air Act section 110(a)(2)(D)(i) provisions, also known as the ``good neighbor'' provisions, that a state SIP contain adequate provisions prohibiting air pollutant emissions from sources or activities in the state from adversely affecting another state. This action is being taken under section 110 of the Clean Air Act. In the ``Rules and Regulations'' section of this Federal Register, EPA is approving the States' SIP revisions as a direct final rule without prior proposal because the Agency views these as non- controversial SIP revisions 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 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 Air Quality Implementation Plans; Connecticut; Interstate Transport of Pollution
Document Number: E8-9964
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-05-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Connecticut. The SIP revision addresses the provisions of the Clean Air Act that require each state to address emissions that may adversely affect another state's air quality through interstate transport. The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection has adequately addressed the four distinct elements related to the impact of interstate transport of air pollutants. These include prohibiting significant contribution to downwind nonattainment of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), interference with maintenance of the NAAQS, interference with plans in another state to prevent significant deterioration of air quality, and interference with efforts of other states to protect visibility. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act.
Adequacy Status of Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets in Submitted Coachella Valley 8-hour Ozone Early Progress Plan for Transportation Conformity Purposes; California
Document Number: E8-9959
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In this notice, EPA is notifying the public that the Agency has found that the motor vehicle emissions budgets for 8-hour ozone in the Coachella Valley 8-hour Ozone Early Progress Plan are adequate for transportation conformity purposes. The Coachella Valley 8-hour Ozone Early Progress Plan was submitted to EPA on March 24, 2008 by the California Air Resources Board as a revision to the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). As a result of our adequacy findings, the Southern California Association of Governments and the U.S. Department of Transportation must use these budgets in future conformity analyses once the finding becomes effective.
Chlorantraniliprole; Pesticide Tolerance
Document Number: E8-9950
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-05-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of chlorantraniliprole in or on apple, wet pomace; brassica, head and stem, subgroup 5A; brassica, leafy greens, subgroup 5B; cotton, gin byproduct; cotton, hulls; cotton undelinted seed; fruit, pome, group 11; fruit, stone, group 12; grape; grape, raisin; potato; vegetable, cucurbit, group 9; vegetable, fruiting, group 8; vegetable, leafy, except brassica, group 4; milk; meat; meat byproduct; fat. E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company requested this tolerance under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). This regulation also removes existing time-limited tolerances for residues of chlorantraniliprole in or on apple; apple, wet pomace; celery; cucumber; lettuce, head; lettuce, leaf; pear; pepper; spinach; squash; tomato and watermelon and modifies 40 CFR 180.628 by removing the third column (Expiration/Revocation Date) from the table in paragraph (a), since it is no longer applicable. In addition, this action establishes a time-limited tolerance for residues of chlorantraniliprole in or on rice in response to the approval of a specific exemption under section 18 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) authorizing the use the insecticide on rice to control rice water weevil, Lissorhoptrus oryzophilus. This regulation establishes a maximum permissible level of residues of chlorantraniliprole in this food commodity. The time- limited tolerance expires and is revoked on December 31, 2011.
Triclosan Risk Assessment; Notice of Availability and Risk Reduction Options
Document Number: E8-9945
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's risk assessment(s), and related documents for the pesticide triclosan, and opens a public comment period on these documents (Phase 3 of 4Phase 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 triclosan 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.
Spirodiclofen; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: E8-9826
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-05-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes a tolerance for residues of spirodiclofen in or on hop, dried cones. Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) requested this tolerance under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Pyridalyl; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: E8-9823Filed
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-05-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of pyridalyl in or on vegetables, leafy, except Brassica, group 4; Brassica, head and stem, subgroup 5A; vegetables, fruiting, group 8; mustard greens; and turnip greens. Valent U.S.A. Corporation and the International Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance: Pyridalyl
Document Number: E8-9823
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-05-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Certain New Chemicals; Receipt and Status Information
Document Number: E8-10141
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Section 5 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requires any person who intends to manufacture (defined by statute to include import) a new chemical (i.e., a chemical not on the TSCA Inventory) to notify EPA and comply with the statutory provisions pertaining to the manufacture of new chemicals. Under sections 5(d)(2) and 5(d)(3) of TSCA, EPA is required to publish a notice of receipt of a premanufacture notice (PMN) or an application for a test marketing exemption (TME), and to publish periodic status reports on the chemicals under review and the receipt of notices of commencement to manufacture those chemicals. This status report, which covers the period from March 24, 2008 through April 11, 2008, consists of the PMNs pending or expired, and the notices of commencement to manufacture a new chemical that the Agency has received under TSCA section 5 during this time period.
EPA Science Advisory Board; Notification of a Public Teleconference Meeting of the Chartered Science Advisory Board
Document Number: E8-10138
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference meeting of the Chartered EPA Science Advisory Board to review a draft report from the SAB's Radiation Advisory Committee Augmented for the review of the draft Multi-Agency Radiation Survey and Assessment of Materials and Equipment (MARSAME) Manual.
Bacillus firmus isolate 1582; Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: E8-10121
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-05-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of the Bacillus firmus isolate 1582 or Bacillus firmus I-1582 on all food/feed commodities when applied/used as soil applications and seed treatments. AgroGreen submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), as amended by the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 (FQPA), requesting an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of Bacillus firmus I-1582.
Meeting of the Total Coliform Rule Distribution System Advisory Committee-Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: E8-10118
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is giving notice of a meeting of the Total Coliform Rule Distribution System Advisory Committee (TCRDSAC). The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the Total Coliform Rule (TCR) revision and information about distribution systems issues that may impact water quality. The TCRDSAC advises and makes recommendations to the Agency on revisions to the TCR, and on what information should be collected, research conducted, and/or risk management strategies evaluated to better inform distribution system contaminant occurrence and associated public health risks. Topics to be discussed in the meeting include options for revising the Total Coliform Rule, for example, rule construct, monitoring provisions, system categories, action levels, investigation and follow-up, public notification, and other related topics. In addition, the Committee will discuss possible recommendations for research and information collection needs concerning distribution systems and topics for upcoming TCRDSAC meetings.
Change of Address for Submission of Certain Reports; Technical Correction
Document Number: E8-9963
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-05-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is correcting the address for EPA Region VIII in General Provisions of EPA regulations. Certain EPA air pollution control regulations require submittal of notifications, reports, and other documents to the EPA regional office. This technical amendment updates and corrects the address for submitting such information to the EPA Region VIII office.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Technology Performance and Product Information to Support Vendor Information Summaries (Renewal), EPA ICR Number 2154.03, OMB Control Number 2050-0194
Document Number: E8-9961
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-06
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 continuing Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This is a request to renew an existing approved collection. This ICR is scheduled to expire on May 31, 2008. Under OMB regulations, the Agency may continue to conduct or sponsor the collection of information while this submission is pending at OMB. This ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its estimated burden and cost.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; State Program Adequacy Determination: Municipal Solid Waste Landfills and Non-Municipal, Non-Hazardous Waste Disposal Units That Receive Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator Hazardous Waste, EPA ICR Number 1608.05, OMB Control Number 2050-0152
Document Number: E8-9954
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-06
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 September 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.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; NESHAP for Hazardous Waste Combustors (40 CFR Part 63, Subpart EEE), EPA ICR Number 1773.09, OMB Control Number 2050-0171
Document Number: E8-9952
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-06
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 September 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.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Final Authorization for Hazardous Waste Management Programs; EPA ICR No. 0969.08, OMB Control No. 2050-0041
Document Number: E8-9951
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-06
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 September 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.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; TSCA Section 8(a) Preliminary Assessment Information Rule (PAIR); EPA ICR No. 0586.11, OMB No. 2070-0054
Document Number: E8-9949
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-06
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; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Rule To Reduce Interstate Transport of Fine Particulate Matter and Ozone (Clean Air Interstate Rule)-Final Rule; EPA ICR No. 2152.03, OMB Control No. 2060-0570.
Document Number: E8-9948
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-06
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 September 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.
Draft Toxicological Review of Cerium Oxide and Cerium Compounds: In Support of the Summary Information in the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)
Document Number: E8-9947
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is announcing that Versar, Inc., under a contract with EPA, will convene an independent panel of experts and organize and conduct an external peer-review workshop to review the external review draft document entitled, ``Toxicological Review of Cerium Oxide and Cerium Compounds: In Support of Summary Information on the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)'' (EPA/635/R-08/002). The EPA is also announcing a public comment period for the draft document. EPA intends to consider comments and recommendations from the public and the expert panel meeting when EPA finalizes the draft document. The public comment period and the external peer-review workshop are separate processes that provide opportunities for all interested parties to comment on the document. EPA intends to forward public comments, submitted in accordance with this notice, to the external peer-review panel prior to the workshop for their consideration. 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 EPA. It does not represent and should not be construed to represent any Agency policy or determination. Versar, Inc., invites the public to register to attend this workshop as observers. In addition, Versar, Inc., invites the public to give brief oral comments at the workshop regarding the draft document under review. The draft document and EPA's peer review charge are available via the Internet on NCEA's home page or Recent Additions at https://www.epa.gov/ncea and is also accessible from the IRIS home page or Recent Additions at https://www.epa.gov/iris. When finalizing the draft document, EPA intends to consider any public comments that EPA receives in accordance with this notice.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Revised PM2.5
Document Number: E8-9819
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-05-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a state implementation plan revision submitted by the State of New Jersey. This revision updates the 2009 PM2.5 motor vehicle emissions budgets for Mercer County (for direct PM2.5 and NOX, a precursor), located within the New Jersey portion of the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-CT, PM2.5 nonattainment area. The intended effect of this rulemaking is to approve budgets that will be used to determine transportation conformity.
Control of Emissions of Air Pollution From Locomotive Engines and Marine Compression-Ignition Engines Less Than 30 Liters per Cylinder
Document Number: E8-7999
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-05-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is adopting a comprehensive program to dramatically reduce pollution from locomotives and marine diesel engines. The controls will apply to all types of locomotives, including line-haul, switch, and passenger, and all types of marine diesel engines below 30 liters per cylinder displacement, including commercial and recreational, propulsion and auxiliary. The near-term emission standards for newly- built engines will phase in starting in 2009. The near-term program also includes new emission limits for existing locomotives and marine diesel engines that apply when they are remanufactured, and take effect as soon as certified remanufacture systems are available, as early as 2008. The long-term emissions standards for newly-built locomotives and marine diesel engines are based on the application of high-efficiency catalytic aftertreatment technology. These standards begin to take effect in 2015 for locomotives and in 2014 for marine diesel engines. We estimate particulate matter (PM) reductions of 90 percent and nitrogen oxides (NOX>) reductions of 80 percent from engines meeting these standards, compared to engines meeting the current standards. We project that by 2030, this program will reduce annual emissions of NOX> and PM by 800,000 and 27,000 tons, respectively. EPA projects these reductions will annually prevent up to 1,100 PM-related premature deaths, 280 ozone-related premature deaths, 120,000 lost work days, 120,000 school day absences, and 1.1 million minor restricted- activity days. The annual monetized health benefits of this rule in 2030 will range from $9.2 billion to $11 billion, assuming a 3 percent discount rate, or between $8.4 billion to $10 billion, assuming a 7% discount rate. The estimated annual social cost of the program in 2030 is projected to be $740 million, significantly less than the estimated benefits.
Adequacy Status of Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets in Submitted Early Progress Plan Western Mojave Desert 8-Hour Ozone for Transportation Conformity Purposes; California
Document Number: E8-9822
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In this notice, EPA is notifying the public that the Agency has found that the motor vehicle emissions budgets for 8-hour ozone in the Western Mojave Desert 8-hour Ozone Early Progress Plan are adequate for transportation conformity purposes. The Western Mojave Desert 8- hour Ozone Early Progress Plan was submitted to EPA on March 24, 2008 by the California Air Resources Board as a revision to the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). As a result of our adequacy findings, the Southern California Association of Governments and the U.S. Department of Transportation must use these budgets in future conformity analyses once the finding becomes effective.
Adequacy Status of Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets in Submitted Early Progress Plan Imperial County 8-Hour Ozone for Transportation Conformity Purposes; California
Document Number: E8-9821
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In this notice, EPA is notifying the public that the Agency has found that the motor vehicle emissions budgets for 8-hour ozone in the Imperial County 8-hour Ozone Early Progress Plan are adequate for transportation conformity purposes. The Imperial County 8-hour Ozone Early Progress Plan was submitted to EPA on March 24, 2008 by the California Air Resources Board as a revision to the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). As a result of our adequacy findings, the Southern California Association of Governments and the U.S. Department of Transportation must use these budgets in future conformity analyses once the finding becomes effective.
Adequacy Status of Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets in Submitted Early Progress Plan Ventura County 8-Hour Ozone for Transportation Conformity Purposes; California
Document Number: E8-9820
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In this notice, EPA is notifying the public that the Agency has found that the motor vehicle emissions budgets for 8-hour ozone in the Ventura County 8-hour Ozone Early Progress Plan are adequate for transportation conformity purposes. The Ventura County 8-hour Ozone Early Progress Plan was submitted to EPA on March 24, 2008 by the California Air Resources Board as a revision to the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). As a result of our adequacy findings, the Southern California Association of Governments and the U.S. Department of Transportation must use these budgets in future conformity analyses once the finding becomes effective.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Georgia: Enhanced Inspection and Maintenance Plan
Document Number: E8-9735
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-05-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving revisions to the Georgia State Implementation Plan (SIP), submitted by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GA DNR), through the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GA EPD), on December 28, 2007. The revisions include minor changes to Georgia's Air Quality Rules found at Chapter 391-3-20-.17, pertaining to rules for Enhanced Inspection and Maintenance (I/M). Enhanced I/M was required for 1-hour ozone nonattainment areas classified as serious and above, under the Clean Air Act (CAA). The enhanced I/M program is not a required measure for Atlanta for the 8-hour ozone standard pursuant to the CAA because the area is classified as a moderate nonattainment area (73 FR 12013). However, the enhanced I/M program was approved into the SIP for the 1-hour ozone standard and will remain in the SIP until such time that the State removes the requirement. To remove the requirement from the SIP, the State would have to make a demonstration that removal of this program would not interfere with or delay attainment, consistent with section 110(1) of the CAA. The I/M program is a way to ensure that vehicles are maintained properly and verify that the emission control system is operating correctly, in order to reduce vehicle-related emissions. This action is being taken pursuant to section 110 of the CAA.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Georgia: Enhanced Inspection and Maintenance Plan
Document Number: E8-9732
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-05-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the Georgia State Implementation Plan (SIP), submitted by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, through the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, on December 28, 2007. The revisions include minor changes to Georgia's Air Quality Rules found at Chapter 391-3 20-.17, pertaining to rules for Enhanced Inspection and Maintenance (I/M). Enhanced I/M was required for 1-hour ozone nonattainment areas classified as serious and above, under the Clean Air Act (CAA). The enhanced I/M program is not a required measure for Atlanta for the 8-hour ozone standard pursuant to the CAA because the area is classified as a moderate nonattainment area (73 FR 12013). However, the enhanced I/M program was approved into the SIP for the 1-hour ozone standard and will remain in the SIP until such time that the State removes the requirement. To remove the requirement from the SIP, the State would have to make a demonstration that removal of this program would not interfere with or delay attainment consistent with section 110(1) of the CAA. The I/M program is a way to ensure that vehicles are maintained properly and verify that the emission control system is operating correctly, in order to reduce vehicle-related emissions. Specifically, the changes update the amount of repair costs that may qualify for a waiver for 2008. This action is being taken pursuant to section 110 of the CAA. In the Final Rules 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 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 rule, 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 on this proposal. Any parties interested in commenting on this proposal should do so at this time.
Treatment of Certain Ethanol Production Facilities Under the “Major Emitting Facility” Definition; Notice of Action Denying Petition for Reconsideration and Denying Request for Stay
Document Number: E8-9749
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-05-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is providing notice that it has responded to a petition for reconsideration of the final rule published May 1, 2007, entitled ``Prevention of Significant Deterioration, Nonattainment New Source Review and Title V: Treatment of Certain Ethanol Production Facilities Under the `Major Emitting Facility' Definition.'' (``ethanol rule'') The final ethanol rule changed the effect of the applicability provisions of two separate permitting programs under the Clean Air Act (CAA): the major New Source Review (NSR) program and the Title V programs. The final rule changed the ``major stationary source'' and ``major source'' definitions by amending the definition of ``chemical process plants'' under the regulatory definition of ``major emitting facility'' to exclude ethanol manufacturing facilities that produce ethanol by natural fermentation processes. On July 2, 2007, EPA received a petition for reconsideration pursuant to 307(d)(7)(B) of the CAA from the Natural Resources Defense Council (``NRDC''). The NRDC petition also requested that EPA stay implementation of the final rule pending reconsideration of the rule. The NRDC petition for reconsideration can be found in the rulemaking docket under Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2006-0089. The EPA considered the petition and the information in the rulemaking docket in reaching a decision on the petition. The EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson denied the petition for reconsideration and the request for a stay of the rule in a letter to the petitioner dated March 27, 2008. The letter documents EPA's reasons for the denial and can be found in the rulemaking docket.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E8-9744
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Request for Critical Use Exemption Applications for the Years 2010 and 2011
Document Number: E8-9743
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is soliciting applications for the critical use exemption from the phaseout of methyl bromide for 2011 and beyond. In addition, applicants who missed last year's deadline to submit a critical use application for an exemption in the year 2010 may file a supplemental application in response to this notice. This exemption is an annual exemption and all entities interested in obtaining a critical use exemption must provide EPA with technical and economic information to support a ``critical use'' claim and must do so by the deadline specified in this notice even if they have previously applied for an exemption. Today's notice also invites interested parties to provide EPA with new data on the technical and economic feasibility of methyl bromide alternatives.
Proposed Clarification for Chemical Identification Describing Activated Phosphors for TSCA Inventory Purposes; Reopening of Comment Period
Document Number: E8-9740
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-05-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA issued a document in the Federal Register of January 16, 2008, concerning chemical identification of activated phosphors for Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory purposes. EPA received a request to reopen the comment period to provide more time to prepare comments. EPA is reopening the comment period for 30 days, allowing additional comments to be submitted by June 2, 2008.
EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Request for Nominations To Augment Expertise on the Ecological Processes and Effects Committee (EPEC)
Document Number: E8-9738
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB or the Board) Staff Office is requesting nominations of experts in the area of aquatic toxicology of endocrine disrupting chemicals to augment expertise on the SAB's Ecological Processes and Effects Committee. Nominees will be considered for service on the augmented EPEC to provide advice on a methodology for deriving water quality criteria for the protection of aquatic life based on chemical mode of action.
Draft Toxicological Review of Propionaldehyde: In Support of Summary Information on the Integrated Risk Information System
Document Number: E8-9734
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is announcing that Versar, Inc., an EPA contractor for external scientific peer review, will convene an independent panel of experts and organize and conduct an external peer-review meeting via teleconference to review the external review draft document titled, ``Toxicological Review of Propionaldehyde: In Support of Summary Information on the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)'' (EPA/ 635/R-08/003A). A 60-day public comment period for the draft document was announced on March 6, 2008 (73 FR 12171-12172). The draft document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within EPA's Office of Research and Development. The public comment period and the external peer-review meeting are separate processes that provide opportunities for all interested parties to comment on the document. 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 EPA. It does not represent and should not be construed to represent any Agency policy or determination. Versar, Inc. invites the public to register to attend this meeting as observers. In addition, Versar, Inc. invites the public to give oral and/or provide written comments at the meeting regarding the draft document under review. The draft document and EPA's peer-review charge are available primarily via the Internet on NCEA's home page under the Recent Additions and the Data and Publications menus at https:// www.epa.gov/ncea. In preparing a final report, EPA will consider the Versar, Inc. report of the comments and recommendations from the external peer-review meeting and any public comments that EPA receives.
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: E8-9709
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA expressed environmental concerns about the potential for adverse impacts to air quality, surface water and groundwater. In addition, EPA suggested that the final EIS should strengthen the No Action alternative analysis, broaden the alternative analysis, and consider reasonably foreseeable development scenarios in the cumulative impacts analysis. Rating EC2. EIS No. 20080002, ERP No. D-BLM-K08066-CA. Sunrise Powerlink Transmission Line Project, Proposed Land Use Plan Amendment, Construction and Operation of a New 91-mile 500 kilovolt (kV) Electric Transmission Line from Imperial Valley Substation (in Imperial Co. near the City of El Centro) to a New Central East Substation (in Central San Diego Co,) Imperial and San Diego Counties, CA. Summary: EPA expressed environmental concerns about potential adverse impacts to watershed resources, air quality, and the Anza- Borrego Desert State Park. We recommend further discussion on basic project objectives, including the demonstration of purpose and need and the disclosure of economic costs and benefits. Rating EC2. EIS No. 20080021, ERP No. D-SFW-L64053-AK. Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge Project, Proposed Federal and Public Land Exchange, Right-of-Way Grant, Anchorage, AK. Summary: EPA expressed concerns about potential habitat fragmentation impacts; the lack of appraisal information and other data for exchange lands; and the limited range and number of alternatives considered. Rating EC2. EIS No. 20080037, ERP No. D-AFS-L65548-ID. Yakus Creek Project, Proposes Timber Harvest, Watershed Improvement, and Access Management Activities, Lochsa Ranger District, Clearwater National Forest, Idaho County, ID. Summary: EPA supports actions to improve forest and watershed health. However, the final EIS should consider increasing the rate of decommissioning closed roads and review the need for the proposed OHV connector trails which could potentially adversely impact water quality in source water areas. Rating EC1. EIS No. 20080045, ERP No. D-BIA-K69008-CA. North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians Fee-to-Trust and Casino/Hotel Project, Proposed 305-Acres- Fee-to-Trust Land Acquisition in Unincorporated Madera County, CA. Summary: EPA expressed environmental concerns about potential groundwater impacts, and requested that a mitigation monitoring and enforcement program be included in the final EIS. Rating EC2. EIS No. 20080048, ERP No. D-BLM-J67034-MT. Montana Tunnels Mine Project, Proposed M-Pit Mine Expansion to Existing Mine Pit to Access and Mine Additional Ore Resources, Jefferson County, MT. Summary: EPA identified potential significant adverse impacts to water quality that should be avoided by ensuring that metals contamination of surface and ground-water will be adequately mitigated, and that pollutant loads are consistent with TMDLs for impaired waters. EPA requested that the final EIS include information regarding mine site water management, TMDL consistency, mitigation, closure, and bonding. Rating EO2. EIS No. 20080070, ERP No. D-AFS-K65338-AZ. Warm Fire Recovery Project, Removal of Fire-Killed Trees Reforestation, Fuel Reduction and Road Reconstruction of Wildland Fire Burn Portion, Coconino County, AZ. Summary: EPA expressed concern about water resource and habitat impacts. EPA requested additional information on these impacts and suggested that the selection of Alternative 3Winter Logging would reduce many of the impacts. Rating EC2. EIS No. 20080076, ERP No. D-AFS-L65549-ID. Bussel 484 Project Area, Manage the Project Area to Achieve Desired Future Conditions for Vegetation, Fire, Fuels, Recreation, Access, Wildlife, Fisheries, Soil and Water, Idaho Panhandle National Forest, St. Joe Ranger District, Shoshone County, ID. Summary: EPA supports the proposed actions for managing forest health goals at the landscape level. However, EPA has environmental concerns with impacts to water quality from new road construction in the Bussel Creek Trail; impacts to riparian resources along the Norton Creek and Lines Creek trails under the proposed alternative; and the proposed time line for riparian plantings (10-15 years). The final EIS should include information on mitigation and whether new roads will be temporary. Rating EC1. EIS No. 20080078, ERP No. D-AFS-J65512-MT. Butte Lookout Project, Proposed Timber Harvest, Prescribed Burning, Road Work and Management Activities, Missoula Ranger District, Lola National Forest, Missoula County, MT. Summary: EPA supports activities to reduce bark beetle infestations and risks of wildfire, rehabilitate degraded watersheds, and provide timber for local and regional economies. However, EPA expressed environmental concerns about water quality impacts from logging and road construction and available funding to implement road decommissioning to achieve consistency with the downstream Lolo Creek TMDL. Rating EC2. EIS No. 20080079, ERP No. D-USN-A11081-00. Introduction of the P-8A MMA into the U.S. Navy Fleet, To Provide Facilities and Functions That Support the Homebasing of 12 P-8A Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft (MMA) Fleet Squadrons (72 Aircraft) and one Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS), which include the Following Installations: Naval Air Station Jacksonville, FL; Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, WA; Naval Air Station North Island, CA; Marine Corps Base HI and Kaneohe Bay, HI. Summary: EPA does not object to the proposed action. Rating LO. EIS No. 20080063, ERP No. DS-USN-K11119-HI. Hawaii Range Complex (HRC) Project, Additional Information, To Support and Maintain Navy Pacific Fleet Training, and Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E) Operations, Kauai, Honolulu, Maui and Hawaii Counties, HI. Summary: EPA expressed concerns about impacts to marine mammals from mid-frequency active (MFA) sonar. Rating EC2. EIS No. 20080084, ERP No. DS-AFS-J65448-UT. West Bear Vegetation Management Project, Additional Information To Improve a Portion of the Cumulative Effects Analysis and Correct the Soils Analysis, Timber Harvesting, Prescribed Burning, Roads Construction, Township 1 North, Range 9 East, Salt Lake Principle Meridian, Evanston Ranger District, Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Summit County, UT. Summary: This DSEIS responded adequately to our concerns on soil erosion and compactions; therefore, EPA does not object to the proposed action. Rating LO. EIS No. 20080096, ERP No. DS-NOA-K39102-CA. Cordell Bank, Gulf of the Farallones and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuaries, Updated Information, Proposes a Series of Regulatory Changes, Offshore of Northern/Central, CA. Summary: EPA does not object to the proposed project. Rating LO.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; West Virginia; Transportation Conformity Requirements
Document Number: E8-9611
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-05-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA proposes to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by West Virginia for Transportation Conformity Requirements. 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; West Virginia: Transportation Conformity Requirement
Document Number: E8-9608
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-05-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the West Virginia State Implementation Plan (SIP). The revisions establish State transportation conformity requirements. EPA is approving these revisions in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Section 110(a)(1) 8-Hour Ozone Maintenance Plan and 2002 Base-Year Inventory for the Warren County Area
Document Number: E8-9613
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-05-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) submitted a SIP revision consisting of a maintenance plan that provides for continued attainment of the 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) for at least 10 years after the April 30, 2004 designations, as well as, a 2002 base-year inventory for the Warren County Area. EPA is proposing approval of the maintenance plan and the 2002 base-year inventory in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NESHAP for Cellulose Products Manufacturing (Renewal), EPA ICR Number 1974.05, OMB Control Number 2060-0488
Document Number: E8-9612
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-01
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 collection and the estimated burden and cost.
Notice of Charter Renewal for the Environmental Financial Advisory Board (EFAB)
Document Number: E8-9610
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Charter for the Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Financial Advisory Board (EFAB) will be renewed for an additional two-year period, as a necessary committee which is in the public interest, in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C. App section 9(c). The purpose of EFAB is to provide advice and recommendations to the Administrator of EPA on issues associated with environmental financing. It is determined that EFAB is in the public interest in connection with the performance of duties imposed on the Agency by law.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NESHAP for Friction Materials Manufacturing (Renewal), EPA ICR Number 2025.04, OMB Control Number 2060-0481
Document Number: E8-9609
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-01
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 collection and the estimated burden and cost.
Notice of Open Meeting, Environmental Financial Advisory Board (EFAB), Workshop on Financial Assurance
Document Number: E8-9607
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The United States Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Financial Advisory Board will hold an open meeting of its Financial Assurance Project Workgroup. EFAB is chartered with providing analysis and advice to the EPA Administrator and EPA program offices on issues relating to environmental finance. The purpose of this meeting is for the EFAB to gather information and ideas with respect to the use of insurance as a financial assurance tool in EPA programs. The day will be structured to address this issue via a series of presentations and panel discussions involving Federal environmental officials, State insurance regulators, insurance underwriters, insurance industry professionals, and State environmental regulators. The meeting is open to the public with seating available on a first come first served basis. Due to building security requirements, all members of the public who wish to attend the meeting must register in advance no later than Friday, June 6, 2008.
Extension of Deadline for Action on Section 126 Petition From Warrick County, IN, and the Town of Newburgh, IN
Document Number: E8-9485
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-05-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is extending by 6 months the deadline for EPA to take action on a petition submitted by Warrick County, Indiana and the Town of Newburgh, Indiana under section 126 of the Clean Air Act (CAA). The petition requests that EPA make a finding that a power plant (Cash Creek) proposed to be built in Henderson County, Kentucky will emit air pollutants that will significantly contribute to Warrick County and Newburgh, Indiana's nonattainment with the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for ozone and fine particulate matter, or will significantly interfere with Warrick County and Newburgh, Indiana's ability to maintain its attainment of those standards. The petition requests that EPA establish emission limitations for the proposed power plant as a result of those findings. Under the CAA, EPA is authorized to grant a time extension for responding to the petition if EPA determines that the extension is necessary, among other things, to meet the purposes of the CAA's rulemaking requirements. By this action, EPA is making that determination.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Alabama Prevention of Significant Deterioration and Nonattainment New Source Review
Document Number: E8-9481
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-05-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking final action to approve revisions to the Alabama State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of Alabama on June 16, 2006. The SIP revisions modify Alabama's Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD regulations in the Alabama SIP to address changes to the federal New Source Review (NSR) regulations, which were promulgated by EPA on December 31, 2002, and reconsidered with minor changes on November 7, 2003 (commonly referred to as the ``2002 NSR Reform Rules''). EPA proposed approval of these revisions on January 24, 2008; no comments were received on that proposal. The revisions include provisions for baseline emissions calculations, an actual-to-projected-actual methodology for calculating emissions changes, options for plantwide applicability limits, and recordkeeping and reporting requirements.