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

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Sulfluramid Registration Review Proposed Decision; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E8-16737
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-07-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's proposed registration review final decision for the pesticide sulfluramid and opens a public comment period on the proposed registration review decision. Registration review final 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.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Redesignation of the Clearfield/Indiana 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area to Attainment and Approval of the Maintenance Plan and 2002 Base-Year Inventory
Document Number: E8-16639
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-07-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a redesignation request and State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) is requesting that the Clearfield and Indiana Counties ozone nonattainment area (Clearfield/Indiana Area) be redesignated as attainment for the 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). EPA is proposing to approve the ozone redesignation request for the Clearfield/Indiana Area. In conjunction with its redesignation request, PADEP submitted a SIP revision consisting of a maintenance plan for the Clearfield/Indiana Area that provides for continued attainment of the 8-hour ozone NAAQS for at least 10 years after redesignation. EPA is proposing to make a determination that the Clearfield/Indiana Area has attained the 8-hour ozone NAAQS, based upon three years of complete quality-assured ambient air quality ozone monitoring data for 2004-2006. EPA's proposed approval of the 8-hour ozone redesignation request is based on its determination that the Clearfield/Indiana Area has met the criteria for redesignation to attainment specified in the Clean Air Act (CAA). In addition, PADEP submitted a 2002 base-year inventory for the Clearfield/Indiana Area which EPA is proposing to approve as a SIP revision. EPA is also providing information on the status of its adequacy determination for the motor vehicle emission budgets (MVEBs) that are identified in the Clearfield/Indiana Area maintenance plan for purposes of transportation conformity, which EPA is also proposing to approve. EPA is proposing approval of the redesignation request, the maintenance plan, the 2002 base-year inventory, and the MVEBs SIP revisions in accordance with the requirements of the CAA.
Dichlorvos (DDVP); Order Denying NRDC's Objections and Requests for Hearing
Document Number: E8-16617
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-07-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In this order, EPA denies objections to, and requests for hearing on, a prior order denying a petition requesting that EPA revoke all pesticide tolerances for dichlorvos under section 408(d) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. The objections and hearing requests were filed on February 1, 2008, by the Natural Resources Defense Council (``NRDC''). The Original petition was also filed by NRDC.
North American Free Trade Agreement Technical Working Group on Pesticides; Proposed Five-Year Strategy, 2008-2013; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E8-16381
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-07-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is releasing for public comment the proposed Five-Year Strategy, 2008-2013, of the North American Free Trade Agreement Technical Working Group on Pesticides. In this document, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Technical Working Group (TWG) on Pesticides states its goal to create an aligned North American registration system for pesticides and products treated with pesticides and make work-sharing a way of doing business. The strategic objectives are to: provide U.S., Canadian and Mexican growers with equal access toand at the same time introduction ofpest management tools, including safer alternatives; work cooperatively to re-evaluate and reregister older pesticides using each country's re-evaluation programs to the fullest extent possible to increase efficiency; and integrate smart business approaches and practices into NAFTA TWG work.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Area Source Standards for Nine Metal Fabrication and Finishing Source Categories
Document Number: E8-16263
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-07-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is issuing national emission standards for control of hazardous air pollutants for nine metal fabrication and finishing area source categories (identified in section I.A. below). This final rule establishes emission standards in the form of management practices and equipment standards for new and existing operations of dry abrasive blasting, machining, dry grinding and dry polishing with machines, spray painting and other spray coating, and welding operations. These standards reflect EPA's determination regarding the generally achievable control technology and/or management practices for the nine area source categories.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Semiconductor Manufacturing
Document Number: E8-16746
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-07-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is issuing amendments to the national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) for semiconductor manufacturing. These amendments establish a new maximum achievable control technology floor level of control for existing and new combined hazardous air pollutants process vent streams containing inorganic and organic hazardous air pollutants and clarify the emission requirements for process vents by adding definitions for organic, inorganic, and combined hazardous air pollutant process vent streams that contain both organic and inorganic hazardous air pollutant.
Notice of Availability of the Draft Demonstration of Alternative Asbestos Control Method Demolition for Two Asbestos-Containing Buildings and Expert Peer Review Meeting
Document Number: E8-16745
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-07-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is announcing the availability for review and comment of two draft reports titled, Evaluation of the Alternative Asbestos Control Method at Site Two (AACM2) for Demolition of Asbestos-Containing Buildings, and Evaluation of the Alternative Asbestos Control Method at Site Three (AACM3) for Demolition of Asbestos-Containing Buildings. These reports were prepared by EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD) and are available through docket ID number EPA-HQ-ORD-2008-0523 located at https://www.regulations.gov and through https://www.epa.gov/region6/6xa/ asbestos. EPA is also announcing that in the month of August or September an EPA contractor will convene a panel of experts and will organize and conduct an independent expert external peer review meeting of the two reports. The dates and location of the peer review meeting will be provided in a separate Federal Register Notice. The public will be invited to register to attend the peer review meeting as observers and also will be able to give oral or provide written comments at the meeting. The expert panel will review the scientific and technical aspects of the draft documents and consider public comments received prior to the meeting in the official public docket for this activity under docket ID number EPA-HQ-ORD-2008-0523. The public release of these draft documents is solely for the purpose of seeking public comment and external peer review. The draft reports do not represent and should not be construed to represent any final EPA by policy, viewpoint, or determination.
Notice of Availability of Draft NPDES General Permits MAG7000 and NHG7000 for Discharges From Dewatering Activities in the States of Massachusetts and New Hampshire: the Dewatering General Permit (DGP)
Document Number: E8-16740
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-07-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Director of the Office of Ecosystem Protection, EPA-New England, is issuing a notice of availability of the draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general permits for dewatering activity discharges to certain waters of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of New Hampshire. These General Permits replace the Construction Dewatering General Permits which expired on September 23, 2007. These draft General Permits establish Notice of Intent (NOI) requirements, effluent limitations, standards, prohibitions, and management practices for facilities with dewatering activity discharges from construction dewatering, flushing of potable water lines, pump testing of water wells, and dewatering of foundation sumps. Owners and/ or operators of facilities with dewatering discharges, including those currently authorized to discharge under the expired General Permits, will be required to submit an NOI to be covered by the General Permit to both EPA-New England and the appropriate state agency. After EPA and the State have reviewed the NOI, the facility will receive a written notification from EPA of permit coverage and authorization to discharge under the General Permit. The purpose of this document is to solicit public comments on the proposed General Permits. Public Comment Period: Interested persons may submit written comments on the draft General Permits to the EPA-Region I at the address listed below. Within the comment period, interested persons may also request, in writing, that EPA hold a public hearing pursuant to 40 CFR section 124.12, concerning the draft General Permits. Such requests shall state the nature of the issues proposed to be raised at the hearing. A public hearing may be held at least thirty days after public notice whenever the Regional Administrator finds that response to this notice indicates significant public interest. In reaching a final decision on this draft permit, the Regional Administrator will respond to all significant comments and make responses available to the public at EPA's Boston office. In addition to comments on the draft General Permit, EPA is also requesting comments on the cost associated with a limit for total residual chlorine (TRC) for discharges containing potable water. All comments and requests for public hearings must be postmarked or delivered before midnight August 21, 2008, the close of the public comment period. All public comments or requests for a public hearing must be submitted to the address below.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NESHAP for Ferroalloys Production: Ferromanganese and Silicomanganese (Renewal), ICR Number 1831.04, OMB Number 2060-0391
Document Number: E8-16739
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-07-22
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.
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List
Document Number: E8-16478
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-07-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA, Region 2, is publishing a direct final Notice of Deletion of the Site, located in Cheektowaga, Erie County, New York, from the National Priorities List (NPL). The NPL is Appendix B of 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 (CERCLA) of 1980, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 9605. This direct final Notice of Deletion is being published by EPA with the concurrence of the State of New York, through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). EPA and NYSDEC have determined that the responsible parties have completed all appropriate remedial actions and that no further actions, other than operation and maintenance and five- year reviews, are required. In addition, EPA and NYSDEC have determined that the cleanup goals attained at this Site are protective of public health and the environment. This deletion does not preclude future actions under Superfund.
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List
Document Number: E8-16477
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-07-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA, Region 2, is issuing a Notice of Intent to Delete the Site, located in Cheektowaga, New York, from the National Priorities List (NPL) and requests public comments on this proposed action. The NPL, promulgated pursuant to section 105 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 9605, is found at Appendix B of 40 CFR Part 300, which is the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP) which EPA promulgated pursuant to section 105 of CERCLA. EPA and the State of New York, through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, have determined that the responsible parties have completed all appropriate remedial actions and that no further actions, other than operation and maintenance and five- year reviews, are required.
Draft Risk and Exposure Assessment Report for Sulfur Dioxide (SO2
Document Number: E8-16671
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-07-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On or about July 3, 2008, the Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS) of EPA is making available for public review and comment a draft document titled ``Risk and Exposure Assessment to Support the Review of the SO2 Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standards: First Draft.'' The purpose of this draft document is to convey the approach taken to assess exposures to ambient SO2 and to characterize associated health risks, as well as to present the results of those assessments.
Proposed Rule to Implement the 1997 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard: Addressing a Portion of the Phase 2 Ozone Implementation Rule Concerning Reasonable Further Progress Emissions Reductions Credits Outside Ozone Nonattainment Areas
Document Number: E8-16668
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-07-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA proposes to revise its Phase 2 implementation rule for the 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS or standard) to address the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit's vacatur and remand of this rule. Specifically, this proposal addresses the vacatur and remand of a provision that allowed credit toward reasonable further progress (RFP) for the 8-hour standard from emission reductions outside the nonattainment area.
Proposed CERCLA Administrative Cost Recovery Settlement; Old Village Mill, LLC, Brunswick Mill Site and Carvill Combing Company Site, Plainfield, CT
Document Number: E8-16640
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-07-21
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 costs concerning the Brunswick Mill Superfund Site and Carvill Combing Company Superfund Site in Plainfield, Connecticut with the following settling party: Old Village Mill, LLC. The settlement requires the settling party to pay $225,000.00 to the Hazardous Substance Superfund. The settlement includes a covenant not to sue for the settling party 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 Agency will receive written comments relating to the settlement. The Agency will consider all comments received and may modify or withdraw its consent to the settlement if comments received disclose facts or considerations which indicate that the settlement is inappropriate, improper, or inadequate. The Agency's response to any comments received will be available for public inspection at One Congress Street, Boston, MA 02114-2023.
Gulf of Mexico Program Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting
Document Number: E8-16637
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-07-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), EPA gives notice of a meeting of the Gulf of Mexico Program (GMP) Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC). For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, please contact Gloria Car, U.S. EPA, at (228) 688-2421 or car.gloria@epa.gov. To request accommodation of a disability, please contact Gloria Car, preferably at least 10 days prior to the meeting, to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.
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: E8-16476
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-07-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving 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 approving the maintenance plan and the 2002 base-year inventory for the Pike County Area as revisions to the Pennsylvania SIP in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Environmental Impact Statements;
Document Number: E8-16473
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-07-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: E8-16472
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-07-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA believes the Draft EIS inadequately assessed potentially significant environmental impacts to air quality from the proposed development of 807 natural gas wells on the West Tavaputs Plateau. Plans are being developed to conduct additional air quality modeling and possibly additional air emission controls to further reduce the project's contribution to ozone by reducing volatile organic compounds and nitrous oxide emissions associated with the proposed project. Rating 3.
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan; Pesticide Element; Ventura County
Document Number: E8-16388
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-07-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under the Clean Air Act, EPA is approving a revision of the California State Implementation Plan submitted by the California Air Resources Board on November 30, 2007. The revision in part, and temporarily, relaxes a commitment to reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds in Ventura County caused by the application of pesticides.
Oxirane, 2-methyl-, polymer with oxirane, mono [2-[2-(2-)butoxymethylethoxy))methylethoxyl] ether; Tolerance Exemption
Document Number: E8-16317
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-07-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of oxirane, 2-methyl-, polymer with oxirane, mono [2-[2-(2-)butoxymethylethoxy)methylethoxy]methylethyl] ether; (CAS Reg. No. 926031-36-9) when used as an inert ingredient in a pesticide chemical formulation. Rhodia, Inc. c/o SciReg, Inc., 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 oxirane, 2-methyl-, polymer with oxirane, mono [2-[2-(2)butoxymethylethoxy))methylethoxy]methylethyl] ether.
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: E8-16276
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-07-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving 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 approving the maintenance plan and the 2002 base-year inventory for the Juniata County Area as revisions to the Pennsylvania SIP 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: E8-16274
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-07-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving 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 approving the maintenance plan and the 2002 base-year inventory for the Snyder County Area as revisions to the Pennsylvania SIP 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: E8-16273
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-07-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving 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 approving the maintenance plan and the 2002 base-year inventory for the Lawrence County Area as revisions to the Pennsylvania SIP in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maryland; Reasonably Available Control Technology Requirements for Marine Vessel and Barge Loading
Document Number: E8-16272
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-07-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Maryland. This revision establishes and requires reasonably available control technology (RACT) for the control of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from marine vessel and barge loading. EPA is approving this SIP revision in accordance with 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 Northumberland County Area
Document Number: E8-16271
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-07-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving 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 approving the maintenance plan and the 2002 base-year inventory for the Northumberland County Area as revisions to the Pennsylvania SIP in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Adequacy Status of the Submitted 2008 and 2009 8-Hour Ozone Motor Vehicle Emission Budgets for Transportation Conformity Purposes for New Jersey
Document Number: E8-16390
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-07-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In this notice, EPA is notifying the public that we have found that the motor vehicle emissions budgets for NOX and VOC in the submitted reasonable further progress and attainment demonstration state implementation plans for the New Jersey portions of the New York- Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-CT and Philadelphia-Wilmington- Atlantic City, PA-NJ-MD-DE 8-hour ozone nonattainment areas to be adequate for transportation conformity purposes. The transportation conformity rule (40 CFR part 93) requires that the EPA conduct a public process and make an affirmative decision on the adequacy of budgets before they can be used by metropolitan planning organizations in conformity determinations. As a result of our finding, the metropolitan planning organizations in New Jersey (the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, and the South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization) must use the new 2008 and 2009 8-hour ozone budgets for future transportation conformity determinations.
Clean Water Act Section 303(d): Availability of List Decisions
Document Number: E8-16387
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-07-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's final action identifying water quality limited segments and associated pollutants in Texas to be listed pursuant to Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 303(d), and request for public comment. Section 303(d) requires that states submit and EPA approve or disapprove lists of waters for which existing technology-based pollution controls are not stringent enough to attain or maintain state water quality standards and for which total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) must be prepared. On July 9, 2008, EPA partially approved, and partially disapproved, Texas' 2008 303(d) submission. Specifically, EPA approved Texas' listing of 836 water body-pollutant combinations, and associated priority rankings. EPA disapproved Texas' decision not to list one (1) water body-pollutant combination. EPA identified this additional water body pollutant-combination along with priority ranking for inclusion on the 2008 Section 303(d) List. EPA is providing the public the opportunity to review its final decision to add one water body pollutant-combination to Texas' 2008 Section 303(d) List, as required by EPA's Public Participation regulations (40 CFR Part 25). EPA will consider public comments and if necessary amend its final action on the additional water body pollutant-combination identified for inclusion on Texas' Final 2008 Section 303(d) List.
Amendment to the Guidelines for the Award of Monitoring Initiative Funds under Section 106 Grants to States, Interstate Agencies, and Tribes
Document Number: E8-16385
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-07-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice amends the ``Guidelines for the Award of Monitoring Initiative Funds under Section 106 Grants to States, Interstate Agencies, and Tribes'' published in the Federal Register (71 FR 157190, March 29, 2006). The guidelines describe the formula necessary for EPA to allot Clean Water Act (CWA) section 106 water pollution control program grant funds that have been targeted in EPA's appropriation process to support enhanced monitoring efforts by states, interstate agencies, and tribes. These guidelines describe the specific activities that states, interstate agencies, and tribes must carry out under the monitoring initiative in order to receive the funds. These activities will improve state and tribal capacity to monitor and report on water quality, and include two components: Implementation of comprehensive monitoring strategies including building capacity for state-scale statistically-valid surveys of water condition, and collaboration on statistically-valid surveys of the nation's waters. This amendment retains the allotment formula set out in the March 29, 2006, guidelines, and adds a performance-based standard for incorporating use of statistically-valid surveys into state water monitoring programs. The amended guidelines are in this Federal Register notice in their entirety and replace the guidelines published March 29, 2006.
Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Notice of Data Availability; Information Concerning the Destruction of Ozone-Depleting Substances in the United States
Document Number: E8-16384
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-07-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making available to the public information concerning the destruction of controlled ozone-depleting substances (ODSs) in the United States. As a Party to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (Montreal Protocol) and consistent with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) as amended in 1990, the United States regulates the destruction of ODSs in a manner that prevents (or minimizes) emissions of the substances into the atmosphere, where they deplete the stratospheric ozone layer. Regulations governing the destruction of ODSs in the United States are contained in 40 CFR part 82, subpart A, and include seven permitted destruction technologies, required destruction efficiency, and associated recordkeeping and reporting requirements. In addition to the stratospheric ozone protection regulations under the CAA, a number of other regulations also govern the destruction of ODSs in the United States including, but not limited to, regulations promulgated under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Today, EPA is making available the draft report Destruction of Ozone-Depleting Substances in the United States, prepared by ICF International. The report analyzes ODS destruction practices in the United States and includes data on the types and quantities of ODSs destroyed in the United States in previous years, estimates of future destruction trends, and a review of technologies currently being employed to destroy ODSs. Because EPA plans to use the technical information when developing regulations, EPA wants to provide the public with an opportunity to review the information and submit comments. Specifically, EPA requests comments on the report's characterization of current destruction practices and its estimates of types and quantities of controlled substances available in the future for destruction in the United States. EPA will only consider comments about the information presented in Destruction of Ozone-Depleting Substances in the United States and is not soliciting comments on any other topic.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Organic Liquids Distribution (Non-Gasoline)
Document Number: E8-16320
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-07-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA published proposed and direct final rule amendments on April 23, 2008, of the national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants for organic liquids distribution (non-gasoline), which EPA promulgated on February 3, 2004, and amended on July 28, 2006. Because adverse comments were received on two of the April 23, 2008, proposed and direct final rule amendments, EPA is withdrawing the two corresponding regulatory amendments in the direct final rule before they become effective on July 22, 2008. The other regulatory amendments discussed in the direct final rule, for which we did not receive any adverse comments, will become effective on July 22, 2008, as we stated in that notice. In addition, in this action EPA is promulgating final rule amendments regarding the provisions that were commented upon and withdrawn, and responds to the adverse comments we received. Additionally we are correcting typographical errors that we have identified in other sections of the rule text that were not addressed in the April 23, 2008, notices.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maryland; Amendments to the Control of Volatile Organic Compound Emissions From Portable Fuel Containers
Document Number: E8-16021
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-07-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Maryland. This revision establishes and requires the control of emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) portable fuel containers. EPA is approving this SIP revision in accordance with the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Texas; Control of Air Pollution from Volatile Organic Compounds
Document Number: E8-15729
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-07-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Texas. This revision, adopted by Texas on November 15, 2006, and submitted to EPA on December 13, 2006, extends requirements to reduce volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions in the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) area. Specifically, this revision extends requirements for control of VOC emissions to the five counties that were added to the DFW nonattainment area under the 1997 8-hour ozone standard designation: Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, and Rockwall, and the affected VOC sources will be subject to the same emission limitation, control, monitoring, testing, recordkeeping, and recording requirements already in effect in Collin, Dallas, Denton, and Tarrant counties. As a result of this action, these new VOC control requirements will be consistent for all nine counties in the DFW ozone nonattainment area. This revision meets statutory and regulatory requirements, and is consistent with EPA's guidance. EPA is approving this revision pursuant to section 110, 116 and part D of the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Texas; Control of Air Pollution From Volatile Organic Compounds
Document Number: E8-15728
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-07-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Texas. This revision, adopted by Texas on November 15, 2006, and submitted to EPA on December 13, 2006, extends requirements to reduce volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions in the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) area. Specifically, this revision extends requirements for control of VOC emissions to the five counties that were added to the DFW nonattainment area under the 1997 8-hour ozone standard designation: Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, and Rockwall, and the affected VOC sources will be subject to the same emission limitation, control, monitoring, testing, recordkeeping, and recording requirements in effect in Collin, Dallas, Denton, and Tarrant counties. As a result of this action, these new VOC control requirements will be consistent for all nine counties in the DFW ozone nonattainment area. This revision meets statutory and regulatory requirements, and is consistent with EPA's guidance. EPA is approving this revision pursuant to section 110, 116 and part D of the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Redesignation of the Greene County 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area to Attainment and Approval of the Maintenance Plan and 2002 Base-Year Inventory
Document Number: E8-16278
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-07-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a redesignation request and State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) is requesting that the Greene County 8-hour ozone nonattainment Area (referred to also as the ``Greene County Area'' or ``Area'') be redesignated as attainment for the 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). EPA is proposing to approve the ozone redesignation request for the Greene County Area. In conjunction with its redesignation request, the Commonwealth submitted a SIP revision consisting of a maintenance plan for the Greene County Area that provides for continued attainment of the 8-hour ozone NAAQS for at least 10 years after redesignation. EPA is proposing to make a determination that the Greene County Area has attained the 8-hour ozone NAAQS, based upon three years of complete, quality-assured ambient air quality monitoring data for 2003-2005. EPA's proposed approval of the 8-hour ozone redesignation request is based on its determination that the Greene County Area has met the criteria for redesignation to attainment specified in the Clean Air Act (CAA). In addition, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has also submitted a 2002 base-year inventory for the Greene County Area, and EPA is proposing to approve that inventory for the Area as a SIP revision. EPA is also providing information on the status of its adequacy determination for the motor vehicle emission budgets (MVEBs) that are identified in the maintenance plan for the Greene County Area for purposes of transportation conformity, and is proposing to approve those MVEBs. EPA is proposing approval of the redesignation request, the maintenance plan, and 2002 base-year inventory SIP revisions in accordance with the requirements of the CAA.
Bacillus thuringiensis Modified Cry1Ab Protein; Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: E8-16277
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-07-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of the Bacillus thuringiensis modified Cry1Ab protein as identified under OECD Unique Identifier SYN-IR67B-1 when used as a plant-incorporated protectant in the food and feed commodities of cotton; cotton, undelinted seed; cotton, refined oil; cotton, meal; cotton, hay; cotton, hulls; cotton, forage; and cotton, gin byproducts. Syngenta Seeds, Inc. 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 thuringiensis modified Cry1Ab protein as identified under OECD Unique Identifier SYN-IR67B-1 when used as a plant-incorporated protectant in cotton.
Office of Research and Development; Ambient Air Monitoring Reference and Equivalent Methods: Designation of a New Reference Method
Document Number: E8-16267
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-07-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated, in accordance with 40 CFR part 53, a new reference method for measuring concentrations of carbon monoxide (CO) in the ambient air.
Chloropicrin, Dazomet, Metam Sodium/Potassium, and Methyl Bromide Reregistration Eligibility Decisions; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E8-16266
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-07-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's Reregistration Eligibility Decisions (REDs) for the soil fumigant pesticides chloropicrin, dazomet, metam sodium/potassium, and methyl bromide, and opens a public comment period on these documents. The Agency's risk assessments and other related documents also are available in the Dockets for these pesticides, listed in the Table in Unit II. Soil fumigants are used to kill soil-borne pests in producing many crops, including primarily potatoes, tomatoes, strawberries carrots, and peppers. EPA has reviewed chloropicrin, dazomet, metam sodium/ potassium, and methyl bromide through the public participation process that the Agency uses to involve the public in developing pesticide reregistration and tolerance reassessment decisions. Through these programs, EPA is ensuring that all pesticides meet current health and safety standards.
Notice of Open Meeting of the Environmental Financial Advisory Board (EFAB)
Document Number: E8-16265
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-07-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The United States Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Environmental Financial Advisory Board (EFAB) will hold an open meeting on August 4-5, 2008. EFAB is an EPA advisory committee chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) to provide advice and recommendations to EPA on creative approaches to funding environmental programs, projects, and activities. A meeting of the full board will be held to discuss progress with work products under EFAB's current Strategic Action Agenda and develop an action agenda to direct the Board's ongoing and new activities through FY 2009. Topics of discussion include financial assurance mechanisms; financing ecosystem services; leveraging the state revolving funds; and use of assessments and special districts in air pollution. The meeting is open to the public; however, seating is limited. All members of the public who wish to attend the meeting must register in advance, no later than Monday, July 21, 2008.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Reasonably Available Control Technology for Oxides of Nitrogen for a Specific Source in the State of New Jersey
Document Number: E8-16122
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-07-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing approval of a revision to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for ozone submitted by the State of New Jersey. The SIP revision consists of a source-specific reasonably available control technology (RACT) determination for controlling oxides of nitrogen (NOX ) from stationary internal combustion engines operated by the Trigen-Trenton Energy Co., L.P. This action approves the source-specific RACT determination that was made by New Jersey in accordance with provisions of its regulation to help meet the national ambient air quality standard for ozone. The intended effect of this action is to approve source-specific emission limitations required by the Clean Air Act.
Certain New Chemicals; Receipt and Status Information
Document Number: E8-16121
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-07-16
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 June 1, 2008 through June 20, 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.
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District and Ventura County Air Pollution Control District
Document Number: E8-16020
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-07-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD) and Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (VCAPCD) portions of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from wood products and marine coating operations. We are approving local rules that regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act).
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District and Ventura County Air Pollution Control District
Document Number: E8-16019
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-07-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District and Ventura County Air Pollution Control District portions of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from marine coating operations and wood coating products. We are proposing to approve local rules to regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act).
Tetramethrin; Reregistration Eligibility Decision
Document Number: E8-16016
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-07-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) for the pesticide tetramethrin. The Agency's risk assessments and other related documents also are available in the Tetramethrin Docket. Tetramethrin is a broad spectrum, synthetic pyrethroid insecticide used to control flying and crawling insects in a number of commercial, horticultural, and residential areas. EPA has reviewed tetramethrin through the public participation process that the Agency uses to involve the public in developing pesticide reregistration and tolerance reassessment decisions. Through these programs, EPA is ensuring that all pesticides meet current health and safety standards.
Bacillus thuringiensis Cry 1A.105 protein; Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: E8-15836
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-07-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of the Bacillus thuringiensis Cry 1A.105 protein in or on corn when used as a plant-incorporated protectant in the food and feed commodities of corn; corn, field; corn, sweet; and corn, pop. Monsanto Company submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), as amended by the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 (FQPA), requesting to amend the existing temporary tolerance in 40 CFR 174.502 for the Bacillus thuringiensis Cry 1A.105 protein to establish a permanent exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of the Bacillus thuringiensis Cry 1A.105 protein in or on all food commodities when used as a plant- incorporated protectant in all food commodities. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of the Bacillus thuringiensis Cry 1A.105 insecticidal protein in or on the food and feed commodities of corn; corn, field; corn, sweet; and corn, pop.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Illinois
Document Number: E8-15815
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-07-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a revision to the Illinois Ozone State Implementation Plan (SIP). On August 17, 2005, Illinois requested that five compounds be added to its list of compounds that are exempt from being considered as volatile organic compounds (VOCs). EPA no longer considers four of the compounds to be VOCs for control and recordkeeping/reporting purposes because the compounds were shown to be negligibly photochemically reactive, and do not lead to ozone formation. EPA, however, determined that tertiary-butyl acetate (t- butyl acetate) has negligible contribution to ozone formation, and, therefore, is not considered a VOC for emission limits and VOC control requirements, it should, noneless, continue to be covered by recordkeeping, emission reporting, and inventory requirements. Illinois provided a supplementary submission on January 29, 2008, correcting the August 17, 2007, submittal by clarifying the restrictions pertaining to the compound t-butyl acetate.
National Oil and Hazardous Substance Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List
Document Number: E8-16124
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-07-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On June 13, 2008 EPA published a Notice of Intent to Delete (73 FR 33758) and a direct final Notice of Deletion (73 FR 33721) for the Fourth Street Abandoned Refinery Superfund Site from the National Priorities List. The EPA is withdrawing the Final Notice of Deletion due to adverse comments that were received during the public comment period. After consideration of the comments received, if appropriate, EPA will publish a Notice of Deletion in the Federal Register based on the parallel Notice of Intent to Delete and place a copy of the final deletion package, including a Responsiveness Summary, if prepared, in the Site repositories.
National Oil and Hazardous Substance Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List
Document Number: E8-16123
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-07-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On June 13, 2008 EPA published a Notice of Intent to Delete (73 FR 33760) and a direct final Notice of Deletion (73 FR 33718) for the Double Eagle Refinery Co. from the National Priorities List. The EPA is withdrawing the Final Notice of Deletion due to adverse comments that were received during the public comment period. After consideration of the comments received, if appropriate, EPA will publish a Notice of Deletion in the Federal Register based on the parallel Notice of Intent to Delete and place a copy of the final deletion package, including a Responsiveness Summary, if prepared, in the Site repositories.
New York State Prohibition of Marine Discharges of Vessel Sewage; Receipt of Petition and Tentative Affirmative Determination
Document Number: E8-16120
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-07-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that a petition has been received from the State of New York 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 Oyster Bay/Cold Springs Harbor Complex, New York. The waters of the proposed No Discharge Zone fall within the jurisdictions of the Town of Oyster Bay, the Town of Huntington, the Village of Bayville, the Village of Bayville, the Village of Centre Island, the Village of Cove Neck, the Village of Lattingtown, the Village of Laurel Hollow, the Village of Lloyd Harbor, the Village of Mill Neck, the Village of Oyster Bay Cove, the County of Nassau, and the County of Suffolk. These entities submitted an application prepared by Cashin Associates, P.C. for the designation of a Vessel Waste No Discharge Zone. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation certified the need for greater protection of the water quality.
New York State Prohibition of Marine Discharges of Vessel Sewage; Receipt of Petition and Tentative Affirmative Determination
Document Number: E8-16119
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-07-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that a petition has been received from the State of New York 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 Hempstead Harbor, Nassau County, New York. The waters of the proposed No Discharge Zone fall within the jurisdictions of the Town of North Hempstead, the Town of Oyster Bay, the County of Nassau, the City of Glen Cove and the Villages of Sea Cliff, Roslyn Harbor, Roslyn, Flower Point and Sands Point. These entities, through the New York Department of State and the Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee prepared the application for the designation of a Vessel Waste No Discharge Zone, which was submitted by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC).