State Innovation Grant Program, Preliminary Notice and Request for Input on the Development of a Solicitation for Proposals for 2009 Awards
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency), National Center for Environmental Innovation (NCEI) is giving preliminary notice of its intention to solicit pre-proposals for a 2009 grant program to support innovation by state environmental agencies the ``State Innovation Grant Program.'' The Agency is also seeking input from state environmental regulatory agencies on the topic areas for the solicitation. In addition, EPA is asking each state environmental regulatory agency to designate a point of contact speaking on behalf of management (in addition to the Commissioner, Director, or Secretary) who will be the point of contact for further communication about the upcoming solicitation. If your point of contact from previous State Innovation Grant solicitations is to be your contact for this year's competition, there is no need to send that information again, as all previously designated points of contact will remain on our notification list for this year's competition. EPA anticipates publication of a Solicitation Announcement of Federal Funding Opportunity on the Federal government's grants opportunities Web site (http://www.grants.gov) to announce the availability of the next solicitation within 60 days.
National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Lead
The EPA is announcing an extension of the public comment period on the proposed rule ``National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Lead.'' As initially published in the Federal Register on May 20, 2008, written comments on the proposed rule were to be submitted by July 21, 2008. On July 1, 2008, EPA received a court order extending the deadline for signature of the notice of final rulemaking to October 15, 2008 and extending the public comment period on the proposed rule to August 4, 2008.
Proposed Consent Decree, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
In accordance with section 113(g) of the Clean Air Act, as amended (CAA or ``Act''), 42 U.S.C. 7413(g), notice is hereby given of a proposed consent decree, to address a lawsuit filed by Association of Irritated Residents and Natural Resources Defense Council (``Plaintiffs'') in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California: Association of Irritated Residents v. EPA, No. CV 08-0227-SC (N.D. Cal.). Plaintiffs filed a deadline suit to compel the Administrator to take action under section 110(k) of the Act on three specific revisions to the state implementation plan (SIP) submitted by the State of California. The three SIP revisions include the 2003 State and Federal Strategy for the California State Implementation Plan, the 2004 San Joaquin Valley Extreme Ozone Attainment Demonstration Plan (``2004 San Joaquin Valley SIP''), and the 2003 Air Quality Management Plan for the South Coast Air Quality Management District (``2003 South Coast SIP''). Under the terms of the proposed consent decree, deadlines have been established for EPA to take action on the three California SIPs. If EPA fulfills its obligations, Plaintiffs have agreed to dismiss this suit with prejudice.
2008 Water Efficiency Leader Awards-Call for Applicants
This notice announces the opening of the application period for the U.S. EPA's third annual Water Efficiency Leader Awards. The awards recognize those organizations and individuals who are providing leadership and innovation in water efficient products and practices. These awards are intended to help foster a nationwide ethic of water efficiency, as well as to inspire, motivate, and recognize efforts to improve water efficiency. This program will enable EPA to document ``best practices'', share information, encourage an ethic of water efficiency, and create a network of water efficiency leaders. Recognition will be given on the basis of persuasive community or organizational leadership in the area of water efficiency, originality and innovativeness, national/global perspective and implications, and overall improvements in water efficiency. Actual (as opposed to anticipated) results are preferred and applicants should be able to demonstrate the amount of water saved. Candidates may be from anywhere in the United States, they may work in either the public or the private sector, and they may be either self-nominated or nominated by a third party. The following sectors are encouraged to apply: Corporations and Industry, Water Utilities, Government, Non-Governmental Organizations, and Individuals. Water utilities may be public or privately owned. Government includes, for example, Local, State, Tribal, and Federal Agencies, and Military bases. In order to be considered, applicants must have a satisfactory compliance record with respect to environmental regulations and requirements. Applications will be judged by a panel of national water efficiency experts from a variety of sectors. The panelists will provide recommendations to EPA, who will then make the final decision. EPA reserves the right to contact nominees for additional information should it be deemed necessary. To Apply: Send a one page description (single sided) of the water efficient project being nominated. Also send a completed application form found at http://www.epa.gov/water/wel.
Spirotetramat; Pesticide Tolerances
This regulation establishes tolerances for combined residues of spirotetramat and its metabolites BYI 08330-enol, BYI 08330- ketohydroxy, BYI08330-enol-, and BYI 08330-mono-hydroxy, calculated as spirotetramat equivalents, in or on vegetable, tuberous and corm, subgroup 1C; potato, flakes; onion, bulb, subgroup 3A-07; vegetable, leafy, except brassica, group 4; brassica, head and stem, subgroup 5A; brassica, leafy greens, subgroup 5B; vegetable, fruiting, group 8; vegetable, cucurbit, group 9; fruit, citrus, group 10; citrus, oil; fruit, pome, group 11; fruit, stone, group 12; nut, tree, group 14; almond, hulls; small fruit vine climbing subgroup, except fuzzy kiwifruit, subgroup 13-07F; grape; raisin; strawberry; hop, dried cones; and for the combined residues of spirotetramat and its metabolite BYI 08330-enol, calculated as spirotetramat equivalents, in or on milk; and meat, fat, and meat byproducts of cattle, goat; sheep, and horse. Bayer CropScience requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Sethoxydim; Pesticide Tolerances
This regulation establishes tolerances for combined residues of sethoxydim and its metabolites containing the 2-cyclohexen-1-one moiety, in or on various oilseed commodities. Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Gamma-cyhalothrin; Pesticide Tolerances
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of Gamma- cyhalothrin in or on all food commodities (other than those already covered by a higher tolerance as a result of use on growing crops) in food-handling establishments where food products are held, processed or prepared, pistachio and okra. Pytech Chemicals GmbH and Interregional Research Project No. 4 (IR-4) requested this tolerance under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Azoxystrobin; Pesticide Tolerances
This regulation establishes tolerances for combined residues of azoxystrobin (methyl (E)-2-(2-(6-(2-cyanophenoxy)pyrimidin-4- yloxy)phenyl)-3-methoxyacrylate) and its Z isomer (methyl (Z)-2-(2-(6- (2-cyanophenoxy)pyrimidin-4-yloxy)phenyl)-3-methoxyacrylate) in or on animal feed, nongrass, forage, group 18 at 45 parts per million (ppm); animal feed, nongrass, hay, group 18 at 120 ppm; barley, forage at 25 ppm; cotton, gin byproducts at 45 ppm; cotton, undelinted seed at 0.6 ppm; grain, aspirated fractions at 420 ppm; rice, wild, grain at 5.0 ppm; sorghum, forage at 25 ppm; sorghum, grain at 11 ppm; sorghum, stover at 40 ppm; and wheat, forage at 25 ppm. Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc. requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). EPA is also deleting certain azoxystrobin tolerances that are no longer needed as a result of this action.
Ammonium Soap Salts of Higher Fatty Acids (C8-
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of the ammonium soap salts of higher fatty acids (C8-C18 saturated; C8-C12 unsaturated) in or on all food commodities when applied for the suppression and control of a wide variety of grasses and weeds. Falcon Lab, LLC 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 ammonium soap salts of higher fatty acids (C8-C18 saturated; C8-C12 unsaturated).
Registration Review; Antimicrobial Pesticide Dockets Opened for Review and Comment
EPA has established registration review dockets for the pesticides listed in the table in Unit III.A. With this document, EPA is opening the public comment period for these registration reviews. Registration review is EPA's periodic review of pesticide registrations to ensure that each pesticide continues to satisfy the statutory standard for registration, that is, the pesticide can perform its intended function without unreasonable adverse effects on human health or the environment. Registration review dockets contain information that will assist the public in understanding the types of information and issues that the Agency may consider during the course of registration reviews. Through this program, EPA is ensuring that each pesticide's registration is based on current scientific and other knowledge, including its effects on human health and the environment.
Trichoderma Species and Linalool Registration Review Proposed Decision; Notice of Availability
This notice announces the availability of EPA's proposed registration review decisions for the pesticides cases Trichoderma species and linalool and opens a public comment period on the proposed registration review decisions. Registration review is EPA's periodic review of pesticide registrations to ensure that each pesticide continues to satisfy the statutory standard for registration, that is, that the pesticide can perform its intended function without unreasonable adverse effects on human health or the environment. Through this program, EPA is ensuring that each pesticide's registration is based on current scientific and other knowledge, including its effects on human health and the environment.
FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Rescheduled Public Meeting
There will now be a 3-day meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) to consider and review the Agency's Evaluation of the Toxicity Profile of Chlorpyrifos. This meeting was originally scheduled for July 15-18, 2008.
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District, Including the Nevada County Air Pollution Control District Portion, Plumas County Air Pollution Control District Portion, and Sierra County Air Pollution Control District Portion
EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District (NSAQMD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP), including the Nevada County Air Pollution Control District (NCAPCD) portion, Plumas County Air Pollution Control District (PCAPCD) portion, and Sierra County Air Pollution Control District (PCAPCD) portion of the SIP. These revisions concern the permitting of air pollution sources. We are approving and removing local rules under authority of the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act).
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District, Including Nevada County Air Pollution Control District Portion, Plumas County Air Pollution Control District Portion, and Sierra County Air Pollution Control District Portion
EPA is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District (NSAQMD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP) portion of the SIP, including the Nevada County Air Pollution Control District (NCAPCD), Plumas County Air Pollution Control district (PCAPCD), and Sierra County Air Pollution Control District (SCAPCD) portions of the SIP. These revisions concern the permitting of air pollution sources. We are approving local and removing local rules under authority of the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act).
FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Cancellation of Public Meeting
The Agency is issuing this notice to cancel a September 9 - 11, 2008 meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) Scientific Advisory Panel. The meeting was announced in the Federal Register of June 18, 2008.
Notice of Filing of Pesticide Petitions for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities
This notice announces the initial filing of pesticide petitions proposing the establishment or modification of regulations for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities.
Flumioxazin; Pesticide Tolerances
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of flumioxazin in or on corn, field grain; corn, field forage; and corn, field stover. Valent U.S.A. Corporation requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Fenvalerate; Product Cancellation Order
This notice announces EPA's order for the cancellations, voluntarily requested by the registrants and accepted by the Agency, of products containing the pesticide fenvalerate, pursuant to section 6(f)(1) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended. This cancellation order follows an April 30, 2008 Federal Register Notice of Receipt of Requests from the fenvalerate registrants to voluntarily cancel all their fenvalerate product registrations. Fenvalerate is a synthetic pyrethroid insecticide which is used to control insects and related organisms, mollusks, fouling organisms and miscellaneous invertebrates on agricultural, pet care, domestic home and garden (domestic), and commercial/industrial/food and non-food/mosquito abatement (commercial) sites. These are the last fenvalerate products registered for use in the United States. In the April 30, 2008 notice, EPA indicated that it would issue an order implementing the cancellations unless the Agency received substantive comments within the 30 day comment period that would merit its further review of these requests, or unless the registrants withdrew their requests within this period. The Agency did not receive any comments on the notice. Further, the registrants did not withdraw their requests. Accordingly, EPA hereby issues in this notice a cancellation order granting the requested cancellations. Any distribution, sale, or use of the fenvalerate products subject to this cancellation order is permitted only in accordance with the terms of this order, including any existing stocks provisions.