Environmental Protection Agency November 14, 2008 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Removing the Federal Antidegradation Policy Applicable to Waters of the United States Within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Document Number: E8-27209
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-11-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is re-opening the comment period of a proposed rule that the Agency published on September 15, 2008. The proposed rule solicited public comment on the Agency's proposal to remove from the Code of Federal Regulations a rule that EPA promulgated in 1996 making provisions of the federal antidegradation policy directly applicable for all waters of the United States within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. EPA is re-opening the comment period for the proposed rule to ensure all parties have adequate opportunity to express their views to the Agency prior to taking final action on the proposed rule. The original comment period for the proposed rule closed on October 15, 2008. In a separate action published in today's final rule section of the Federal Register, EPA is withdrawing a direct final rule that EPA also published on September 15, 2008, removing the federal regulation that made provisions of EPA's antidegradation policy directly applicable to waters in Pennsylvania.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; State Review Framework; EPA ICR Number 2185.03, OMB Control No. 2020-0031
Document Number: E8-27111
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-14
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.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Application for New and Amended Pesticide Registration; EPA ICR No. 0277.15, OMB Control No. 2070-0060
Document Number: E8-27109
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-14
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.
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: E8-27108
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA expressed environmental concerns about wildfire analysis, potential unauthorized public vehicle use, and water quality impacts from grazing. EPA recommends that the final EIS include assurances that appropriate subsequent treatments will be conducted to maintain the decreases in fire risk. Also, the final EIS should consider increasing riparian plantings and enclosures and modifying project design elements for road closure/decommissioning enforcement and monitoring. Rating EC2.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E8-27107
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
California State Nonroad Engine Pollution Control Standards; California Nonroad Compression Ignition Engines-In-Use Fleets; Authorization Request; Extension of Comment Period
Document Number: E8-27103
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA previously announced the opportunity for public hearing and written comment on the California Air Resources Board's request for an authorization of its regulations for fleets that operate nonroad, diesel fueled equipment with engines 25 horsepower (hp) and greater and that require such fleets to meet fleet average emissions standards for oxides of nitrogen and particulate matter, or, alternatively, to comply with best available control technology requirements for the vehicles in those fleets. This previous announcement occurred on October 7, 2008, at 72 FR 58385. By this notice EPA is announcing an extension of the written comment period from November 28, 2008 to December 19, 2008.
Inert Ingredient: Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance for (S,S)-Ethylenediaminedisuccinic Acid
Document Number: E8-26973
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-11-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of (S,S)-Ethylenediaminedisuccinic acid (CAS Reg. No. 20846-91-7) ((S,S)-EDDS) when used as an inert ingredient sequestrant or chelating agent in pesticide formulations applied to growing crops only under 40 CFR 180.920. Associated Octel Company, Limited, 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 (S,S)-Ethylenediaminedisuccinic acid.
Notice of Receipt of Several Pesticide Petitions Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities
Document Number: E8-26969
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the Agency's receipt of several initial filings of pesticide petitions proposing the establishment or modification of regulations for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities.
Naphthalene Reregistration Eligibility Decision
Document Number: E8-26966
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) for the pesticide naphthalene. The Agency's risk assessments and other related documents also are available in the naphthalene Docket. Naphthalene is an insecticide used primarily as a moth repellant. EPA has reviewed naphthalene 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.
National Primary Drinking Water Regulations: Minor Correction to Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule and Changes in References to Analytical Methods
Document Number: E8-26959
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-11-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In this action, EPA is proposing to make a minor correction to the Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule (DBPR) and make minor, unrelated, changes in references to expedited, alternative methods and other analytical methods in the regulations. EPA promulgated the Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfectant Byproducts Rule on January 4, 2006. A requirement for ground water systems serving 500- 9,999 people was unintentionally excluded from the final rule. As a result, the rule allowed for less routine compliance monitoring than intended for this category of Public Water Systems (PWSs). These PWSs should have been required to monitor for both total trihalomethanes (TTHM) and haloacetic acids (HAA5) concentrations at two locations. Due to the error, they were only required to monitor for either TTHM or HAA5 at two locations. EPA is also proposing to make minor, unrelated changes in the CFR by adding references to the list of methods approved under the Expedited Approval Process, removing references to outdated methods, and specifying a new source for the publication titled Technical Notes on Drinking Water Methods.
Withdrawal of Direct Final Rule Removing the Federal Antidegradation Policy Applicable to Waters of the United States Within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Document Number: E8-26952
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-11-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is withdrawing a direct final rule that the Agency published on September 15, 2008. The direct final rule would have removed from the Code of Federal Regulations a rule that EPA promulgated in 1996 making provisions of the federal antidegradation policy directly applicable for all waters of the United States within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. EPA published the direct final rule with a parallel proposal to remove the federal antidegradation rule as it applies to waters in Pennsylvania. In a separate action today, EPA is also re-opening the comment period of the proposed rule to ensure all parties have adequate opportunity to express their views to the Agency prior to taking final action on the proposed rule.
Tetraconazole; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: E8-26946
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-11-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes a tolerance for residues of tetraconazole in or on grape. Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) requested this tolerance under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).