National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology
Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Pub. L. 92463, EPA gives notice of a public teleconference of the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT). NACEPT provides advice to the EPA Administrator on a broad range of environmental policy, technology, and management issues. NACEPT represents diverse interests from academia, industry, non-governmental organizations, and local, state, and tribal governments. The purpose of this teleconference is to discuss and approve draft NACEPT recommendations on EPA's Draft Biofuels Strategy and the 2009-2014 EPA Strategic Plan Change Document. A copy of the agenda for the meeting will be posted at http://www.epa.gov/ocem/nacept/cal-nacept.htm.
Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: The 2009 Critical Use Exemption From the Phaseout of Methyl Bromide
EPA is proposing an exemption to the phaseout of methyl bromide to meet the needs of 2009 critical uses. Specifically, EPA is proposing uses that qualify for the 2009 critical use exemption and the amount of methyl bromide that may be produced, imported, or supplied from existing pre-phaseout inventory for those uses in 2009. EPA is taking action under the authority of the Clean Air Act to reflect a recent consensus decision taken by the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer at the Nineteenth Meeting of the Parties. EPA is seeking comment on the list of critical uses and on EPA's determination of the amounts of methyl bromide needed to satisfy those uses.
Extension of Public Comment Period for the Proposed Reissuance of General NPDES Permit (GP) for Offshore Seafood Processors in Alaska (AKG524000)
On September 26, 2008, EPA Region 10 proposed to issue a general permits to cover Offshore Seafood Processors in Alaska 73 FR 55840. In response to requests from the regulated community, EPA is extending the public comment period from November 10 to December 10, 2008.
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
EPA expressed environmental concerns about increased sedimentation and erosion impacts, additional impacts to drainage channels and habitat connectivity, and cumulative impacts to water quality and wildlife. Rating EC2.
Diflubenzuron; Pesticide Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions
This regulation establishes time-limited tolerances for combined residues of diflubenzuron and its metabolites p- chlorophenylurea and p-chloroaniline in or on alfalfa, forage and alfalfa, hay. This action is in response to EPA's granting of an emergency exemption under section 18 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) authorizing use of the pesticide on alfalfa and mixed grass/alfalfa fields. This regulation establishes a maximum permissible level for residues of diflubenzuron and its metabolites p-chlorophenylurea and p-chloroaniline, in these food commodities. The time-limited tolerances expire and are revoked on December 31, 2011.
Pesticide Experimental Use Permit; Receipt of Application; Comment Request
This notice announces EPA's receipt of an application 68467- EUP-O from Mycogen Seeds c/o Dow Agrosciences LLC requesting an experimental use permit (EUP) for the plant-incorporated protectants Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1A.105 protein and the genetic material necessary for its production (vector PV-ZMIR245) in MON 89034 corn, Bacillus thuringiensis Cry2Ab2 protein and the genetic material necessary for its production (vector PV-ZMIR245) in MON 89034 corn, Bacillus thuringiensis Cry3Bb1 protein and the genetic material necessary for its production (vector PV-ZMIR39) in MON 88107 corn, Bacillus thuringiensis Cry34Ab1 and Cry35Ab1 proteins and the genetic material necessary for their production (vector PHP 17662) in Event DAS-59122-7 corn, and Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1F protein and the genetic material necessary for its production (vector PHP8999) in Event TC1507 corn. The Agency has determined that the permit may be of regional and national significance. Therefore, in accordance with 40 CFR 172.11(a), the Agency is soliciting comments on this application.
Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for the Construction and Development Point Source Category
The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a regulation that would strengthen the existing regulatory program for discharges from construction sites by establishing technology-based Effluent Limitations Guidelines and New Source Performance Standards for the Construction and Development (C&D) point source category. This proposal, if implemented, would significantly reduce the amount of sediment and other pollutants discharged from construction sites. EPA estimates that this proposed rule would cost $1.9 billion dollars per year with annual monetized benefits of $332.9 million. This proposed rule requests comment and information on the proposed regulation and an alternate option with a different numeric limit based on different technologies, as well as specific aspects of the proposal such as technologies, costs, loading reductions, and economic achievability.