Environmental Protection Agency September 16, 2008 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Michigan; PSD Regulations
Document Number: E8-21620
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-09-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to disapprove certain revisions to the State of Michigan's prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) State Implementation Plan (SIP), and in the alternative to approve the revisions if the deficiencies in the rules involved are corrected, as proposed by Michigan, and approved by EPA. These revisions are included in Michigan Rule R 336.2816, and set out the mechanisms which facilitate the participation of a potentially affected Federal Land Manager (FLM) in the State's permitting process for purposes of protecting either the increment or the Air Quality-Related Values (AQRVs) associated with a Class I area from potential impacts from a proposed major source or major modification. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) submitted these revisions as part of the SIP package on December 21, 2006. In a separate action in today's Federal Register, EPA is conditionally approving all other portions of Michigan's PSD SIP revision submission.
Human Studies Review Board; Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: E8-21590
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-09-16
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.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Florida; Removal of Gasoline Vapor Recovery From Southeast Florida Areas
Document Number: E8-21304
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-09-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Florida (Florida) on May 31, 2007, for the purpose of removing Stage II vapor control requirements for new and upgraded gasoline dispensing facilities in Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties (hereafter referred to as the ``Southeast Florida Area''), and to phase out Stage II requirements for existing facilities in those counties. In addition, EPA is proposing to approve this SIP revision which would require new and upgraded gasoline dispensing facilities and new bulk gasoline plants statewide to employ Stage I vapor control systems, and would phase in Stage I vapor control requirements statewide for existing gasoline dispensing facilities. In the Final Rules Section of this Federal Register, EPA is approving the State's SIP revision as a direct final rule without prior proposal because the Agency views this as a noncontroversial submittal and anticipates no adverse comments. A detailed rationale for the approval is set forth in the direct final rule. If no adverse comments are received in response to this rule, no further activity is contemplated. If EPA receives adverse comments, the direct final rule will be withdrawn and all public comments received will be addressed in a subsequent final rule based on this proposed rule. EPA will not institute a second comment period on this document. Any parties interested in commenting on this document should do so at this time.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Florida; Removal of Gasoline Vapor Recovery From Southeast Florida Areas
Document Number: E8-21303
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-09-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving the State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Florida (Florida) on May 31, 2007, for the purpose of removing Stage II vapor control requirements for new and upgraded gasoline dispensing facilities in Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties (hereafter refer to as the ``Southeast Florida Area''), and to phase out Stage II requirements for existing facilities in those counties. In addition, EPA is approving this SIP revision which requires new and upgraded gasoline dispensing facilities and new bulk gasoline plants statewide to employ Stage I vapor control systems, and phases in Stage I vapor control requirements statewide for existing gasoline dispensing facilities.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Michigan; PSD Regulations
Document Number: E8-21209
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-09-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is conditionally approving into Michigan's State Implementation Plan (SIP) specified revisions to add the prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) construction permit program for the purpose of meeting the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) with regard to new source review in areas attaining the National Ambient Air Quality Standards. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) submitted these rules to EPA for approval and inclusion into the Michigan SIP on December 21, 2006. In addition, in a separate action in today's Federal Register, EPA is proposing to partially disapprove the portion of Michigan's SIP revision submission consisting of Michigan Rule R 336.2816. The PSD SIP revision affects major stationary sources in Michigan that are subject to, or potentially subject to, the PSD construction permit program.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Louisiana; Approval of Section 110(a)(1) Maintenance Plan for the 1997 8-Hour Ozone Standard for the New Orleans Ozone Maintenance Area
Document Number: E8-21202
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-09-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve this revision to the Louisiana State Implementation Plan (SIP) concerning the maintenance plan addressing the 1997 8-hour ozone standard for the New Orleans Ozone Maintenance Area. On June 29, 2007, the State of Louisiana submitted a maintenance plan for the New Orleans Ozone Maintenance Area, which includes the parishes of Jefferson, Orleans, St. Bernard and St. Charles, which ensures continued attainment of the 1997 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) through the year 2014. This maintenance plan meets the statutory and regulatory requirements, and is consistent with EPA's guidance. EPA is approving the revisions pursuant to section 110 of the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA). On March 12, 2008, EPA issued a revised ozone standard. Today's action, however, is being taken to address requirements under the 1997 ozone standard. Requirements for the New Orleans area under the 2008 standard will be addressed in future actions.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Louisiana; Approval of Section 110(a)(1) Maintenance Plan for the 1997 8-Hour Ozone Standard for the New Orleans Ozone Maintenance Area
Document Number: E8-21196
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-09-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving this revision to the Louisiana State Implementation Plan (SIP) concerning the maintenance plan addressing the 1997 8-hour ozone standard for the New Orleans Ozone Maintenance Area. On June 29, 2007, the State of Louisiana submitted a maintenance plan for the New Orleans Ozone Maintenance Area, which includes the parishes of Jefferson, Orleans, St. Bernard and St. Charles, which ensures continued attainment of the 1997 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) through the year 2014. This maintenance plan meets the statutory and regulatory requirements, and is consistent with EPA's guidance. EPA is approving the revision pursuant to section 110 of the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA). On March 12, 2008, EPA issued a revised ozone standard. Today's action, however, is being taken to address requirements under the 1997 ozone standard. Requirements for the New Orleans area under the 2008 standard will be addressed in future actions.