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

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Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Recordkeeping and Periodic Reporting of the Production, Import, Recycling, Destruction, Transhipment, and Feedstock Use of Ozone-Depleting Substances (Renewal); EPA ICR No. 1432.29, OMB Control No. 2060-0170
Document Number: E8-26498
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-06
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.
New York State Prohibition of Marine Discharges of Vessel Sewage; Receipt of Petition and Final Affirmative Determination
Document Number: E8-26497
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-06
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 (EPA), that adequate facilities for the safe and sanitary removal and treatment of sewage from all vessels are reasonably available for Oyster Bay/Cold Spring 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. EPA published a Tentative Affirmative Determination on July 15, 2008, in the Federal Register. Public comments were solicited for 30 days and the comment period ended on August 14, 2008. Comments were received from three individuals, one stating that EPA should not blame the boaters for water quality problems, one supporting the proposed NDZ and one who finds that pumpout facilities are sometimes inoperable and that fines should be levied against the marinas that cannot provide the pumpout service on which our determinations are based. Regarding the first comment of ``blaming the boaters,'' Section 312(f)(3) of the Clean Water Act allows States to prohibit the discharge of sewage, whether treated or untreated, from vessels for the greater protection and enhancement of water quality. EPA determines whether adequate facilities, for the safe and sanitary removal and treatment of the sewage, are reasonably available. We have found the facilities in the proposed areas are reasonably available and recommend finalizing our determination. Regarding the third comment, the Clean Water Act Section 312(f) does not provide for the assessment of fines against marinas for inoperable pumpouts. In the past, when we have been made aware of inoperable or inaccessible pumpouts we have contacted the State agencies and requested their assistance in resolution of the matter. The situation has always been resolved as expeditiously as possible. EPA will continue to refer complaints about non-operational pumpouts to the appropriate State and local authorities when such complaints are received.
New York State Prohibition of Marine Discharges of Vessel Sewage; Receipt of Petition and Final Affirmative Determination
Document Number: E8-26495
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-06
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. EPA published a Tentative Affirmative Determination on July 15, 2008, in the Federal Register. Public comments were solicited for 30 days and the comment period ended on August 14, 2008. Comments were received from three individuals, one stating that EPA should not blame the boaters for water quality problems, one supporting the proposed NDZ and one who finds that pumpout facilities are sometimes inoperable and that fines should be levied against the marinas that cannot provide the pumpout service on which our determinations are based. Regarding the first comment of ``blaming the boaters,'' Section 312(f)(3) of the Clean Water Act allows States to prohibit the discharge of sewage, whether treated or untreated, from vessels for the greater protection and enhancement of water quality. EPA determines whether adequate facilities, for the safe and sanitary removal and treatment of the sewage, are reasonably available. We have found the facilities in the proposed areas are reasonably available and recommend finalizing our determination. Regarding the third comment, the Clean Water Act Section 312(f) does not provide for the assessment of fines against marinas for inoperable pumpouts. In the past, when we have been made aware of inoperable or inaccessible pumpouts we have contacted the State agencies and requested their assistance in resolution of the matter. The situation has always been resolved as expeditiously as possible. EPA will continue to refer complaints about non-operational pumpouts to the appropriate State and local authorities when such complaints are received.
Notice of Proposed Administrative Settlement Pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act
Document Number: E8-26485
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-06
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 concerning the Chief Supply/Greenway Superfund Site, near Haskell, Wagoner County, Oklahoma. The settlement requires the sixty-six (66) de minimis settling parties to pay a total of $178,442.00 as payment of response costs to the Hazardous Substances Superfund. The settlement includes a covenant not to sue pursuant to sections 106 or 107 of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 9606 or 9607. For thirty (30) days beginning the date of publication of this notice, the Agency will receive written comments relating to this notice and 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 1445 Ross Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75202-2733.
Notice of Receipt of Requests for Amendments to Delete Uses in Certain Pesticide Registrations; Technical Correction
Document Number: E8-26484
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On October 29, 2008, EPA issued a Notice of Receipt of Requests for Amendments by Registrants to Delete Uses in Certain Pesticide Registrations. Section 6(f)(1) of FIFRA provides that a registrant of a pesticide product may at any time request that any of its pesticide registrations be amended to delete one or more uses. FIFRA further provides that, before acting on the request, EPA must publish a notice of receipt of any request in the Federal Register. The October 29 Notice inadvertently included a request to delete various uses from EPA Registrations 000279-02712 (Furadan 10G Insecticide/ Nematicide), 000279-02876 (Furadan 4F Insecticide/Nematicide), 000279- 03023 (Furadan 15G Insecticide/Nematicide), and 000279-03310 (Furadan LFR Insecticide/Nematicide). All of these registrations contain the active ingredient Carbofuran. The Notice contained errors regarding the request to delete uses for these registrations. This correction removes all of these registrations from this notice.
Significant New Use Rules on Certain Chemical Substances
Document Number: E8-26409
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-11-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is promulgating significant new use rules (SNURs) under section 5(a)(2) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for 56 chemical substances which were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs). Four of these chemical substances are subject to TSCA section 5(e) consent orders issued by EPA. This action requires persons who intend to manufacture, import, or process any of these 56 chemical substances for an activity that is designated as a significant new use by this rule to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing that activity. The required notification will provide EPA with the opportunity to evaluate the intended use and, if necessary, to prohibit or limit that activity before it occurs.
Withdrawal of the Federal Water Quality Standards Use Designations for Soda Creek and Portions of Canyon Creek, South Fork Coeur d'Alene River, and Blackfoot River in Idaho
Document Number: E8-26402
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-11-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is promulgating the withdrawal of the Federal water quality standards designating cold water biota uses for Soda Creek and portions of Canyon Creek, South Fork Coeur d'Alene River, and Blackfoot River in Idaho. EPA published a direct final rule with a parallel proposal for this action on August 19, 2008. EPA is withdrawing the direct final rule prior to its effective date because EPA received comments that could be viewed as adverse. The Federal water quality standards designating cold water biota uses are no longer necessary since EPA approved Idaho's adopted uses that result in protection for cold water biota. EPA is also promulgating the withdrawal of the water quality standards variance provision applicable to these uses, because this provision is no longer necessary given the withdrawal of the Federal water quality standards designating these uses.
Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC); NOX
Document Number: E8-26397
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee Oxides of Nitrogen (NOX) and Sulfur Oxides (SOX) Secondary National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) Review Panel (CASAC Panel) to consider and discuss the Panel's working-draft report regarding its peer review of EPA's Risk and Exposure Assessment for Review of the Secondary National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Oxides of Nitrogen and Oxides of Sulfur: First Draft (EPA-452/P-08-005a).
Silane, trimethoxy[3-(oxiranylmethoxy)propyl]-, hydrolysis products with silica; Tolerance Exemption
Document Number: E8-26396
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-11-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of silane, trimethoxy[3- (oxiranylmethoxy)propyl]-, hydrolysis products with silica (CAS Reg. No. 68584-82-7); when used as an inert ingredient in a pesticide chemical formulation under 40 CFR 180.960. Keller and Heckman LLP, 1001 G St., NW, Suit, 500 Washington, DC 20001 as U.S. agent for Eka Chemicals AB, 455 80 Bobus, Sweden submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), requesting an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of silane, trimethoxy[3- (oxiranylmethoxy)propyl]-, hydrolysis products with silica on food or feed commodities.
Outer Continental Shelf Air Regulations Consistency Update for North Carolina
Document Number: E8-26360
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-11-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to update a portion of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Air Regulations. Requirements applying to OCS sources located within 25 miles of states' seaward boundaries must be updated periodically to remain consistent with the requirements of the corresponding onshore area (COA), as mandated by section 328(a)(1) of the Clean Air Act (``CAA'' or ``the Act''). The portion of the OCS air regulations that is being updated pertains to the requirements for OCS sources for which the State of North Carolina will be the designated COA. The effect of approving the OCS requirements for the State of North Carolina is to regulate emissions from OCS sources in accordance with the requirements onshore. The change to the existing requirements discussed below is proposed to be incorporated by reference into the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and is listed in the appendix to the OCS air regulations. This proposed action is an annual update of North Carolina's OCS Air Regulations. These rules include revisions to existing rules that already apply to OCS sources.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Renewal and Consolidation of Several Currently Approved Collections; Comment Request; Pesticide Program Public Sector Collections; EPA ICR No. 2311.01, OMB Control No. 2070-new
Document Number: E8-26266
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit a request to renew and consolidate several existing approved Information Collection Requests (ICRs) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Before submitting the consolidated ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of this information collection. The consolidated ICR, entitled: ``Pesticide Program Public Sector Collections'' and identified by EPA ICR No. 2311.01 and OMB Control No. 2070-new, will consolidate the following currently approved ICRs: ``Applications and Summary Report for Emergency Exemption for Pesticides'' (EPA ICR No. 0596.09, OMB Control No. 2070-0032) and ``Notice of Pesticide Registration by States to Meet a Special Local Need under FIFRA Section 24(c)'' (EPA ICR No. 0595.09, OMB Control No. 2070-0055).
Notice of Receipt of Several Pesticide Petitions Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities
Document Number: E8-26265
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the Agency's receipt of several initial filing of pesticide petitions proposing the establishment or modification of regulations for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities
Issuance of an Experimental Use Permit
Document Number: E8-26149
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has granted an experimental use permit (EUP) to the following pesticide applicant. An EUP permits use of a pesticide for experimental or research purposes only in accordance with the limitations in the permit.
Stay of the Effectiveness of Requirements for Air Emission Testing Bodies
Document Number: E8-26264
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-11-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking final action to stay the effectiveness of requirements for air emission testing bodies. On January 24, 2008, final amendments to regulations on competency requirements for air emission testing bodies (AETBs) were published in the Federal Register. The AETB provision generally requires stack testers and stack testing companies to meet certain minimum competency requirements described in ASTM D 7036 by January 1, 2009. On March 25, 2008, the Utility Air Regulatory Group (UARG) filed a Petition for Review primarily claiming that EPA could not by the AETB requirement hold utilities responsible for something they cannot control. While EPA is considering revisions to the requirements to address UARG's concerns, it cannot propose and complete any such revision through notice and comment rulemaking before the compliance date contained in the existing rule, thus necessitating this action. EPA needs to complete this action staying effectiveness of the AETB requirements in order to secure an extension of an Order Granting Abeyance of Further Proceedings which expires on October 29, 2008, when the Agency must file Motions to Govern Further Proceedings.
EPA-Venture Capital Community Summit: Exploring Programs to Commercialize Environmental Technology
Document Number: E8-26263
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold an EPA- Venture Capital Community Summit: Exploring Programs to Commercialize Environmental Technology to follow up the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT) report on ``EPA and the Venture Capital Community: Building Bridges to Commercialize Technology'' (April 2008). The report recommends that EPA create programs, similar to those of the U.S. Department of Energy, to provide financial support (e.g., loan guarantees, grants, revolving loan funds) to encourage venture capital investment in environmental technology commercialization. The Summit will bring together senior career EPA managers (Deputy Assistant Administrators and Deputy Regional Administrators) with senior venture capitalists who were part of the NACEPT Venture Capital Study. A report will be produced from the Summit that will be a companion to the NACEPT Venture Capital Report; both will be given to the next Administration, the venture capital community, technology developers, state and local governments, Congressional members and staff, academia, and members of the public. The Summit will be open to the public.
Clean Water Act Section 303(d): Final Agency Action on 29 Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) in Louisiana
Document Number: E8-26262
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces final agency action on 29 TMDLs prepared by EPA Region 6 for waters listed in Louisiana's Pearl River basin, under section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act (CWA). Documents from the administrative record file for the 29 TMDLs, including TMDL calculations and responses to comments, may be viewed at https:// www.epa.gov/region6/water/npdes/tmdl/index.htm. The administrative record file may be examined by calling or writing Ms. Diane Smith at the address below. Please contact Ms. Smith to schedule an inspection.
Navajo Nation; Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program; Primacy Approval
Document Number: E8-26023
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-11-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving an application from the Navajo Nation (``Tribe'') under Section 1425 of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) for primary enforcement responsibility (or ``primacy'') for the underground injection control (UIC) program for Class II (oil and gas-related) injection wells located within the exterior boundaries of the formal Navajo Reservation, including the three satellite reservations (Alamo, Canoncito and Ramah), but excluding the former Bennett Freeze Area, the Four Corners Power Plant and the Navajo Generating Station; and on Navajo Nation tribal trust lands and trust allotments outside the exterior boundaries of the formal Navajo Reservation. (These areas are collectively referred to hereinafter as ``areas covered by the Tribe's Primacy Application.'')
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; General Administrative Requirements for Assistance Programs; EPA ICR No. 0938.16, OMB Control Number 2030-0020
Document Number: E8-26170
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq. ), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit a request to renew an existing approved Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This ICR is scheduled to expire on April 30, 2009. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below.
Sixty-Third Report of the TSCA Interagency Testing Committee to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency; Receipt of Report and Request for Comments
Document Number: E8-26148
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Interagency Testing Committee (ITC) transmitted its 63\rd\ Report to the Administrator of the EPA on October 7, 2008. In the 63\rd\ ITC report, which is included with this notice, the ITC is revising the TSCA section 4(e) Priority Testing List by removing 1 tungsten compound and 1 High Production Volume (HPV) Challenge Program orphan chemical.
Notice of Proposed Administrative Settlement Pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, as Amended; AuClair Superfund Site
Document Number: E8-26091
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with Section 122(i) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (``CERCLA''), as amended, 42 U.S.C. 9622(i), notice is hereby given of a proposed Administrative Agreement for Recovery of Past Response Costs (``Agreement,'' Region 9 Docket No. 9-2008-16) pursuant to Section 122(h) of CERCLA concerning the AuClair Superfund SITE (the ``Site''), located on the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indian Reservation, Riverside County, California. The settling party is Mr. George Stanley Auclair Jr. (``settling party''). In the Agreement, the ``Settling Party'' will fully reimburse the United States up to $627,022.00 for response costs incurred at the Site. The Agreement provides the ``Settling Party'' with a covenant not to sue for these response costs, and contribution protection. For thirty (30) days following the date of publication of this Notice, the Agency will receive written comments relating to the proposed Agreement. The Agency's response to any comments received will be available for public inspection at EPA's Region IX offices, located at 75 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, California 94105.
Outer Continental Shelf Air Regulations Update To Include New Jersey State Requirements
Document Number: E8-26022
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-11-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is finalizing the update of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Air Regulations proposed in the Federal Register on July 7, 2008. Requirements applying to OCS sources located within 25 miles of States' seaward boundaries must be promulgated into part 55 and updated periodically to remain consistent with the requirements of the corresponding onshore area (COA), as mandated by section 328(a)(1) of the Clean Air Act (CAA). The portion of the OCS air regulations that is being updated pertains to the requirements for OCS sources in the State of New Jersey. The intended effect of approving the OCS requirements for the State of New Jersey is to regulate emissions from OCS sources in accordance with the requirements onshore. The requirements discussed below are incorporated by reference into the Code of Federal Regulations and are listed in the appendix to the OCS air regulations.
Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act; Amendments to Emergency Planning and Notification; Emergency Release Notification and Hazardous Chemical Reporting
Document Number: E8-25329
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-11-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is finalizing changes to the Emergency Planning Notification, Emergency Release Notification and Hazardous Chemical Reporting regulations that were proposed on June 8, 1998. EPA proposed four major revisions and provided draft guidance on various reporting options that States and local agencies may wish to consider in implementing the hazardous chemical reporting requirements. This action addresses only those changes proposed under the heading ``Other Regulatory Changes'' described in the preamble to the 1998 proposed rule. This final action includes minor revisions to the Emergency Planning Notification, Emergency Release Notification and Hazardous Chemical Reporting regulations, codifying statutory requirements, and clarifying certain interpretations and policy statements that EPA has provided to the regulated community. This final action does not affect public access to any of the information provided under the Emergency Planning Notification, Emergency Release Notification and Hazardous Chemical Reporting regulations. In addition to the regulatory changes, the Agency is finalizing the plain language format of the regulations. Each section in these regulations will be re-numbered and tables will be added for further clarification. Improving the clarity of the regulatory requirements will make the rule easier to understand and improve compliance.