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

Human Studies Review Board; Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: E8-12144
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA or Agency) Office of the Science Advisor (OSA) announces a public meeting of the Human Studies Review Board (HSRB) to advise the Agency on EPA's scientific and ethical review of human subjects research. Dates: The public meeting will be held from June 24-June 25, 2008 from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 5:30 p.m., Eastern Time (However, the second day may not be needed). Location: Environmental Protection Agency, Conference CenterLobby Level, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202. Meeting Access: Seating at the meeting will be on a first-come basis. To request accommodation of a disability please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT at least 10 business days prior to the meeting, to allow EPA as much time as possible to process your request. Procedures for Providing Public Input: Interested members of the public may submit relevant written or oral comments for the HSRB to consider during the advisory process. Additional information concerning submission of relevant written or oral comments is provided in Unit I.D. of this notice.
Certain New Chemicals; Receipt and Status Information
Document Number: E8-12143
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-30
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 April 14, 2008 through May 9, 2008, consists of the PMNs and TMEs, both 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.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Delaware; Reasonably Available Control Technology Under the 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard
Document Number: E8-12122
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-05-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Delaware. This SIP revision pertains to the requirements in meeting the reasonably available control technology (RACT) under the 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). These requirements are based on: Certification that previously adopted RACT controls in Delaware's SIP that were approved by EPA under the 1-hour ozone NAAQS are based on the currently available technically and economically feasible controls, and that they continue to represent RACT for the 8-hour implementation purposes; the adoption of new or more stringent regulations that represent RACT control levels; and a negative declaration that certain categories of sources do not exist in Delaware. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Agency Information Collection Activities: Request for Comments on Fifty-Two Proposed Information Collection Requests (ICRs)
Document Number: E8-12114
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit the following fifty-two existing, approved, continuing Information Collection Requests (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the purpose of renewing the ICRs. Before submitting the ICRs to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the information collections as described under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E8-12096
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: E8-12095
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA expressed environmental concerns about the increase in noise that would disproportionately affect minority and low-income populations in the vicinity of Nellis AFB. EPA recommended additional specific commitments to mitigate adverse noise effects; salvage, recycle, and reuse of demolition waste; and use of materials with recycled content. Rating EC2.
Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Environmental Research (NCER) Standing Subcommittee Meeting-2008
Document Number: E8-12093
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-30
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 Center for Environmental Research (NCER) Standing Subcommittee.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Reporting Requirements Under EPA's Climate Leaders Partnership (Renewal); EPA ICR No. 2100.03, OMB Control No. 2060-0532
Document Number: E8-12092
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-30
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 request ICR to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. This ICR is scheduled to expire on October 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 Integrated Science Assessment for Sulfur Oxides-Health Criteria
Document Number: E8-11977
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of the second external review draft of a document titled, ``Draft Integrated Science Assessment for Sulfur OxidesHealth Criteria'' (EPA/600/R-08/047). The document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment within EPA's Office of Research and Development as part of the review of the primary (health- based) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for sulfur oxides. EPA is releasing this draft document solely for the purpose of seeking public comment and for review by the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) (meeting date and location to be specified in a separate Federal Register notice). It does not represent and should not be construed to represent any Agency policy, viewpoint, or determination. EPA will consider any public comments submitted in accordance with this notice when revising the document.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Recordkeeping and Periodic Reporting of the Production, Import, Recycling, Destruction, Transhipment, and Feedstock Use of Ozone-Depleting Substances (Renewal); EPA ICR No. 1432.29, OMB Control No. 2060-0170
Document Number: E8-11986
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-29
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, 1432.25, is scheduled to expire on December 31, 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.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Variance Determination for Particulate Matter from a Specific Source in the State of New Jersey
Document Number: E8-11979
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-05-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a revision to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of New Jersey. This SIP revision consists of a source- specific reasonably available control technology (RACT) determination for controlling particulate matter from the cooling tower operated by the PSEG Nuclear LLC Hope Creek and Salem Generating Stations. This action proposes an approval of the source-specific variance determination that was made by New Jersey in accordance with the provisions of its rule to help meet the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter. The intended effect of this proposed rule is to approve source-specific emissions limitations required by the Clean Air Act.
Method 207-Pre-Survey Procedure for Corn Wet-Milling Facility Emission Sources
Document Number: E8-11882
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-05-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is taking direct final action to add Method 207 to the promulgated test methods in 40 CFR Part 51. Appendix M contains recommended test methods that are provided for the States to use in their State Implementation Plans. Therefore, this method may be used as an alternative to existing test methods for measuring volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions. This pre-survey method was developed by the corn wet-milling industry specifically to VOC mass emissions from processes within the corn wet-milling industry. It provides a systematic approach to develop a specific list of target organic compounds and the appropriate methods to measure those target compounds during subsequent VOC emissions testing. After using the pre-survey procedure, the tester will have sufficient information to design a comprehensive testing program using Method 18 and other appropriate methods to measure the mass of VOC emissions during the actual emissions testing. This method is an alternative to existing test methods and does not add any new reporting requirements to the reporting requirements that already exist. While it is an alternative method, it is the recommended method for measuring VOC mass emissions from corn wet-milling facilities.
Method 207-Pre-Survey Procedure for Corn Wet-Milling Facility Emission Sources
Document Number: E8-11879
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-05-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is proposing to add Method 207 to the test methods in Appendix M of 40 CFR Part 51. Appendix M contains recommended test methods that are provided for the States to use in their State Implementation Plans. Therefore, this method may be used as an alternative to existing test methods for measuring volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions. This pre-survey method was developed by the corn wet-milling (CWM) industry specifically to measure VOC mass emissions from processes within the CWM industry. It provides a systematic approach to develop a specific list of target organic compounds and the appropriate methods to measure those target compounds during subsequent VOC emissions testing. After using the pre-survey procedure, the tester will have sufficient information to design a comprehensive testing program using Method 18 and other appropriate methods to measure the mass of VOC emissions during the actual emissions testing. This method is an alternative to existing test methods and does not add any new reporting requirements to the reporting requirements that already exist. While it is an alternative method, it is the recommended method for measuring VOC mass emissions from CWM facilities. In the ``Rules and Regulations'' section of this Federal Register, we are adding Method 207 to the test methods in Appendix M of 40 CFR Part 51 as 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.
Hexythiazox; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: E8-11892
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-05-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for combined residues of hexythiazox in or on corn, field, grain; corn, field, stover; and corn, field, forage. Gowan Company requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Facility Ground-Water Monitoring Requirements (Renewal); EPA ICR No. 0959.13; OMB Control No. 2050-0033
Document Number: E8-11888
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-28
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 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.
Board of Scientific Counselors, Land Research Program Mid-Cycle Review MeetingsSpring 2008
Document Number: E8-11874
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-28
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 one meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Land Mid-Cycle Subcommittee.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Determine Percentage of High Evaporative Emissions Vehicles in On-Road Fleet, EPA ICR Number 2292.01, OMB Control Number 2060-NEW
Document Number: E8-11865
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-28
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 for a new collection. This ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its estimated burden and cost.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Requirements for Generators, Transporters, and Waste Management Facilities Under the RCRA Hazardous Waste Manifest System (Renewal); EPA ICR No. 0801.16; OMB Control No. 2050-0039
Document Number: E8-11856
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-28
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 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.
Fluopicolide; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: E8-11853
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-05-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of fluopicolide in or on vegetable, root, subgroup 1A, except sugar beet and carrot; vegetable, leaves of root and tuber, group 2; vegetable, bulb, group 3-07; and Brassica, head and stem, subgroup 5A. Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). In connection with a request for new uses of the active ingredient, fluopicolide, the Agency has also evaluated the toxicity and exposure databases for 2,6-dichlorobenzamide (BAM) which is a common metabolite/ degradate of dichlobenil and fluopicolide. Further characterization of fluopicolide and its metabolite BAM, will be discussed herein of this document.
Workshop to Review Initial Draft Materials for the Particulate Matter (PM) Integrated Science Assessment (ISA)
Document Number: E8-11755
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
As part of its review of the air quality criteria and National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for Particulate Matter (PM), EPA is announcing that a workshop to evaluate initial draft materials for the PM Integrated Science Assessment (ISA) is being organized by EPA's National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA), and will be held on June 16 and 17, 2008, in Research Triangle Park, NC. The workshop will be open to attendance by interested public observers on a first- come, first-served basis up to the limits of available space.
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 Northumberland County Area
Document Number: E8-11754
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-05-27
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 Northumberland 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).
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 Lawrence County Area
Document Number: E8-11753
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-05-27
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 Lawrence 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).
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 Pike County Area
Document Number: E8-11752
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-05-27
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 Pike 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).
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 Juniata County Area
Document Number: E8-11735
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-05-27
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 Juniata 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).
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 Snyder County Area
Document Number: E8-11734
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-05-27
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 Snyder 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).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Virginia; Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) for Norfolk Southern Corporation
Document Number: E8-11733
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-05-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Virginia. This revision pertains to the removal of a nitrogen oxide (NOX) RACT permit for sources located at the Norfolk Southern Corporation in Roanoke, Virginia, which have permanently shut down. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Clean Air Act Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plan Revision for North Dakota; Revisions to the Air Pollution Control Rules and Alternative Monitoring Plan for Mandan Refinery; Delegation of Authority for New Source Performance Standards
Document Number: E8-11479
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-05-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action approving revisions to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) as submitted by the Governor of North Dakota with a letter dated March 8, 2007. The revisions affect certain air pollution control rules regarding general provisions, open burning restrictions, permitting, and fugitive emissions. In addition, we are approving a revision to a chapter of the SIP regarding an alternative monitoring plan for the Tesoro Mandan Refinery. This action is being taken under section 110 of the Clean Air Act. EPA is also providing notice that on August 22, 2007, North Dakota was delegated authority to implement and enforce certain New Source Performance Standards as in effect on January 31, 2006.
Clean Air Act Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plan Revision for North Dakota; Revisions to the Air Pollution Control Rules and Alternative Monitoring Plan for Mandan Refinery; Delegation of Authority for New Source Performance Standards
Document Number: E8-11476
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-05-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) as submitted by the Governor of North Dakota with a letter dated March 8, 2007. The revisions affect certain air pollution control rules regarding general provisions, open burning restrictions, permitting, and fugitive emissions. In addition, EPA is proposing to take direct final action approving a revision to a chapter of the SIP regarding an alternative monitoring plan for the Tesoro Mandan Refinery. EPA is also providing notice that on August 22, 2007, North Dakota was delegated authority to implement and enforce certain New Source Performance Standards, as in effect on January 31, 2006. In the ``Rules and Regulations'' 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 SIP revision 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.
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: E8-11664
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA expressed environmental concerns about air quality impacts and construction impacts to fish populations, and recommended additional air quality analyses be performed. Rating EC2.
Utah: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revisions
Document Number: E8-11648
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-05-23
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. Utah 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 Utah's changes through this final action.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E8-11614
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Massachusetts Marine Sanitation Device Standard-Receipt of Petition
Document Number: E8-11613
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
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 Cape Cod Bay in the towns of Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet, Eastham, Orleans, Brewster, Dennis, Yarmouth, Barnstable, Sandwich and Bourne.
National Environmental Justice Advisory Council; Notification of Public Meeting and Public Comment
Document Number: E8-11610
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), Public Law 92-463, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hereby provides notice that the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) will meet on the dates and times described below. All meetings are open to the public. Members of the public are encouraged to provide comments relevant to the specific issues being considered by the NEJAC. For additional information about registering for public comment, please see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Due to limited space, seating at the NEJAC meeting will be on a first-come basis.
Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of Upcoming Meeting of the Science Advisory Board Ecological Processes and Effects Committee Augmented for the Advisory on EPA's Ecological Research Program Multi-Year Plan
Document Number: E8-11609
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the SAB Ecological Processes and Effects Committee Augmented for the Advisory on EPA's Ecological Research Program Multi-Year Plan (Plan). The teleconference is being held to discuss the Committee's draft advisory report.
Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC); Notification of Public Advisory Committee Meetings (Teleconferences) of the CASAC Lead Review Panel
Document Number: E8-11606
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference meeting of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee's (CASAC) Lead Review Panel (Panel) to provide comments concerning EPA's proposed rule for the revision of the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for Lead (May 1, 2008) and a follow-on public teleconference meeting for the CASAC Panel to review the draft letter to the EPA Administrator and for the chartered CASAC to approve the letter.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Designation of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes; State of California; PM-10; Revision of Designation; Redesignation of the San Joaquin Valley Air Basin PM-10 Nonattainment Area to Attainment; Approval of PM-10 Maintenance Plan for the San Joaquin Valley Air Basin; Approval of Commitments for the East Kern PM-10 Nonattainment Area; Extension of Public Comment Period
Document Number: E8-11605
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-05-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is extending the public comment period for the proposed rule entitled ``Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Designation of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes; State of California; PM-10; Revision of Designation; Redesignation of the San Joaquin Valley Air Basin PM-10 Nonattainment Area to Attainment; Approval of PM-10 Maintenance Plan for the San Joaquin Valley Air Basin; Approval of Commitments for the East Kern PM-10 Nonattainment Area.'' The proposed rule was published on April 25, 2008 (73 FR 22307). The State of California has since provided technical corrections to the motor vehicle emissions budgets in the 2007 San Joaquin Valley PM-10 Maintenance Plan that EPA is proposing to approve. EPA believes the technical corrections are minor and do not impact other aspects of the April 25, 2008 proposal. EPA is extending the public comment period for the proposed rule until June 10, 2008 in order to provide the public with the opportunity to consider these technical corrections.
Adequacy Status of Motor Vehicle Budgets in Submitted Eight-Hour Ozone Attainment Plan for the San Diego County Nonattainment Area for Transportation Conformity Purposes; California
Document Number: E8-11604
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In this notice, EPA is notifying the public that the Agency has found that the motor vehicle emissions budgets in the submitted Eight-Hour Ozone Attainment Plan for San Diego County (May 2007) (``2007 San Diego Eight-Hour Ozone Plan'') are adequate for transportation conformity purposes. The 2007 San Diego Eight-Hour Ozone Plan was submitted to EPA on June 15, 2007 by the California Air Resources Board as a revision to the California state implementation plan. As a result of our finding, the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and the U.S. Department of Transportation must use the motor vehicle emissions budgets from the submitted eight-hour ozone attainment plan for future transportation conformity determinations.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Mississippi
Document Number: E8-11526
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-05-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Requirements for Control Technology Determinations for Constructed and Reconstructed Major Sources of Hazardous Air Pollutants; EPA ICR No. 1658.05, OMB Control No. 2060-0373
Document Number: E8-11489
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (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 is a request to renew an existing approved collection. This ICR is scheduled to expire on October 31, 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.
Notice of Receipt of a Request From the State of Texas for a Waiver of a Portion of the Renewable Fuel Standard
Document Number: E8-11486
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with section 211(o)(7) of the Clean Air Act (the Act), 42 U.S.C. 7545(o)(7), EPA is issuing a notice of receipt of a request for a waiver of 50 percent of the renewable fuel standard (RFS) ``mandate for the production of ethanol derived from grain.'' The request has been made by the Governor of the State of Texas. Section 211(o)(7)(A) of the Act allows the Administrator of the EPA to grant the waiver if implementation of the national RFS requirements would severely harm the economy or environment of a state, a region, or the United States, or if EPA determines that there is inadequate domestic supply of renewable fuel. EPA is required by the Act to provide public notice and opportunity for comment on this request.
Massachusetts Marine Sanitation Device Standard-Notice of Determination
Document Number: E8-11485
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Regional Administrator of the Environmental Protection AgencyNew England Region, has determined that adequate facilities for the safe and sanitary removal and treatment of sewage from all vessels are reasonably available for the state waters of Scituate, Marshfield, Cohasset, and the tidal portions of the North and South Rivers.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans South Carolina: Interstate Transport of Pollution
Document Number: E8-11484
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-05-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC), on June 25, 2007, pursuant to the requirements of section 110(a)(2)(D)(i) of the Clean Air Act (CAA). Section 110(a)(2)(D)(i) of the CAA requires each state to submit a SIP revision within three years of a revision to the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). The SIP revision must include provisions adequate to address emissions that may adversely affect another state's air quality through interstate transport of the revised NAAQS pursuant to the CAA. On July 18, 1997, EPA published revisions to the NAAQS for ozone and fine particulate matter (PM2.5). SC DHEC's June 25, 2007, SIP revision addresses the elements required by section 110(a)(2)(D)(i) of the CAA with regard to ozone and PM2.5, and as a result, it is approvable.
Update of Continuous Instrumental Test Methods: Technical Amendments
Document Number: E8-11398
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-05-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking final action to correct errors in a final rule published May 15, 2006, that updated five continuous instrumental test methods. As published, the rule contained inadvertent errors and provisions that needed to be clarified. We published a direct final rule with a parallel proposed rule on September 7, 2007 to correct the errors and to add clarifying language. However, we received an adverse comment on the direct final rule, and it was subsequently withdrawn on November 5, 2007. This action finalizes the parallel proposal. In this final rule, EPA corrects errors, clarifies certain provisions, and responds to the adverse comment received on the direct final rule published on September 7, 2007.
Benfluralin, Carbaryl, Diazinon, Dicrotophos, Fluometuron, Formetanate Hydrochloride, Glyphosate, Metolachlor, Napropamide, Norflurazon, Pyrazon, and Tau-Fluvalinate; Proposed Tolerance Actions
Document Number: E8-11420
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-05-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to revoke certain tolerances for the herbicides benfluralin and napropamide and the insecticides carbaryl and diazinon. Also, EPA is proposing to modify certain tolerances for the herbicides fluometuron, glyphosate, norflurazon, and pyrazon and the insecticides carbaryl, diazinon, dicrotophos, formetanate hydrochloride, and tau-fluvalinate. In addition, EPA is proposing to establish new tolerances for the herbicides fluometuron, glyphosate, metolachlor, and pyrazon and the insecticides carbaryl and formetanate hydrochloride. The regulatory actions proposed in this document are in follow-up to the Agency's reregistration program under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), and tolerance reassessment program under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) section 408(q).
EPA Board of Scientific Counselors; Notice of Charter Renewal
Document Number: E8-11412
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Disallowing Management Fees in EPA Assistance Agreements
Document Number: E8-11409
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The term ``management fees or similar charges'' refers to expenses added to the direct costs in order to accumulate and reserve funds for ongoing business expenses, unforeseen liabilities, or for other similar costs which are not allowable under EPA assistance agreements. EPA will not, as a matter of policy, allow recipients of EPA financial assistance to charge management fees to their agreements with the Agency. Recipients will have actual notice of EPA's policy prohibiting management fees through a term and condition and competitive solicitation announcements. EPA funds for financial assistance are limited. The Agency has decided that, in the absence of contrary statutory direction, the public's interest in supporting projects that promote environmental protection is best served by ensuring that EPA financial assistance is used only to pay for costs that are allocable to the specific project receiving EPA financial assistance, and are reasonable and necessary for the performance of the project. Management fees or similar charges may not be used to improve or expand the capacity of organizations carrying out EPA funded projects, except to the extent authorized by the terms of the agreement as a direct cost of carrying out the scope of work. EPA's ``no management fee'' policy is consistent with OMB Circular A-122, as codified at 2 CFR Part 230. According to 2 CFR Part 230, Appendix B, Item 9, contributions to contingency reserves for unforeseen events are unallowable. Therefore, management fees or similar charges in excess of the direct costs and approved indirect rates are not allowable under EPA assistance agreements.
Nicotine Reregistration Eligibility Decision; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E8-11395
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) for the pesticide nicotine. The Agency's risk assessments and other related documents are available in the nicotine Docket. The sole remaining nicotine registration, a restricted use insecticide registered for use only on greenhouse ornamentals and effective against adult whiteflies, aphids, and thrips, is being voluntarily cancelled by the registrant. EPA has reviewed nicotine through the reregistration eligibility decision-making process, which is used by the Agency to ensure that all pesticides meet current health and safety standards.
Notice of Withdrawal of 14 Tolerance Petitions
Document Number: E8-11393
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is withdrawing 14 pesticide petitions because the petitioners either voluntarily withdrew their petitions, or the petitions were administratively withdrawn by EPA.
Availability of FY 07 Grantee Performance Evaluation Reports for the Eight States of EPA Region 4 and 15 Local Agencies
Document Number: E8-11382
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA's grant regulations (40 CFR 35.115) require the Agency to evaluate the performance of agencies which receive grants. EPA's regulations for regional consistency (40 CFR 56.7) require that the Agency notify the public of the availability of the reports of such evaluations. EPA performed end-of-year evaluations of eight state air pollution control programs (Alabama Department of Environmental Management; Florida Department of Environmental Protection; Georgia Department of Natural Resources; Commonwealth of Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection; Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality; North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources; South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control; and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation) and 15 local programs (City of Huntsville Division of Natural Resources, AL; Jefferson County Department of Health, AL; Broward County Environmental Protection Department, FL; City of Jacksonville Environmental Quality Division, FL; Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission, FL; Miami-Dade County Air Quality Management Division, FL; Palm Beach County Health Department, FL; Pinellas County Department of Environmental Management, FL; Forsyth County Environmental Affairs Department, NC; Mecklenburg County Land Use and Environmental Services Agency, NC; Western North Carolina Regional Air Quality Agency, NC; Chattanooga-Hamilton County Air Pollution Control Bureau, TN; Memphis-Shelby County Health Department, TN; Knox County Department of Air Quality Management, TN; and Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County Public Health Department, TN). The 23 evaluations were conducted to assess the agencies' FY 07 performance under the grants awarded by EPA under authority of section 105 of the Clean Air Act. EPA Region 4 has prepared reports for each agency identified above and these reports are now available for public inspection. The evaluation for the remaining local government of Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District will be published at a later date.