Environmental Protection Agency December 23, 2008 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Notice of Availability of Draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4)
Document Number: E8-30549
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Director of the Office of Ecosystem Protection, Environmental Protection AgencyRegion 1 (EPA), is issuing this Notice of Availability of Draft NPDES general permits for discharges from small MS4s to certain waters of the states of New Hampshire and Vermont, and to certain waters on Indian Country lands in the states of Connecticut and Rhode Island. These draft NPDES general permits establish Notice of Intent (NOI) requirements, prohibitions, and management practices for stormwater discharges from small MS4s. EPA is proposing to issue six general permits. Throughout this document the terms ``this permit'' or ``the permit'' will refer to all six general permits. Owners and/or operators of small MS4s that discharge stormwater will be required to submit a NOI to EPARegion 1 to be covered by the general permit and will receive a written notification from EPA of permit coverage and authorization to discharge under the general permit. The eligibility requirements are discussed in the draft permit. The small MS4 must meet the eligibility requirements of the permit prior to submission of the NOI. The draft general permits, appendices, and fact sheet are available at https://www.epa.gov/region1/npdes/stormwater/MS4_2008_NH.html.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Servicing of Motor Vehicle Air Conditioners (Renewal), EPA ICR Number 1617.06, OMB Control Number 2060-0247
Document Number: E8-30547
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-23
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; Enforcement Policy Regarding the Sale and Use of Aftermarket Catalytic Converters; EPA ICR No. 1292.08, OMB Control No. 2060-0135
Document Number: E8-30543
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-23
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.
Notice of Availability of Preliminary Residual Designation of Certain Stormwater Discharges in the State of Massachusetts Under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System of the Clean Water Act
Document Number: E8-30540
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Regional Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) New England Regional Office is providing notice of the availability of a preliminary determination that certain stormwater discharges in the Charles River watershed located in Bellingham, Milford, and Franklin, Massachusetts will be required to obtain permit coverage under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) of the Clean Water Act. EPA is seeking public comment on the nature and scope of this preliminary residual designation. The period for comment on this preliminary residual designation will remain open until the close of the public comment period on any NPDES general or individual permit related to this preliminary residual designation. However, EPA strongly encourages interested parties to submit their comments within 45 days of the commencement of the comment period, after which EPA intends to review this preliminary residual designation and to decide whether to make any changes to it. It is EPA's intention to make a final residual designation following the close of the comment period on any associated NPDES permit. Copies of the preliminary residual designation are available for inspection online and in hardcopy as described elsewhere in this document.
Amendment to Standards and Practices for All Appropriate Inquiries Under CERCLA
Document Number: E8-30537
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-12-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to amend the Standards and Practices for All Appropriate Inquiries to reference a standard practice recently made available by ASTM International, a widely recognized standards development organization. Specifically, EPA is proposing to amend the All Appropriate Inquiries Final Rule to reference ASTM International's E2247-08 ``Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process for Forestland or Rural Property'' and allow for its use to satisfy the statutory requirements for conducting all appropriate inquiries under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA). In the ``Rules and Regulations'' section of this Federal Register, EPA is amending the All Appropriate Inquiries Final Rule to reference the ASTM E2247-08 Standard as a direct final rule without a prior proposed rule. If we receive no adverse comment, we will not take further action on this proposed rule.
Amendment to Standards and Practices for All Appropriate Inquiries Under CERCLA
Document Number: E8-30536
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to amend the Standards and Practices for All Appropriate Inquiries to reference a standard practice recently made available by ASTM International, a widely recognized standards development organization. Specifically, this direct final rule amends the All Appropriate Inquiries Rule to reference ASTM International's E2247-08 ``Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process for Forestland or Rural Property'' and allow for its use to satisfy the statutory requirements for conducting all appropriate inquiries under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA).
Good Neighbor Environmental Board; Notification of Public Advisory Committee Teleconference
Document Number: E8-30535
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92- 463, notice is hereby given that the Good Neighbor Environmental Board (GNEB) will hold a public teleconference on January 8, 2009 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The meeting is open to the public. For further information regarding the teleconference and background materials, please contact Mark Joyce at the number listed below. Background: GNEB is a federal advisory committee chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92463. GNEB provides advice and recommendations to the President and Congress on environmental and infrastructure issues along the U.S. border with Mexico. Purpose of Meeting: The purpose of this teleconference is to discuss and approve the Good Neighbor Environmental Board's Twelfth Report: Innovative Approaches to Addressing Environmental Problems along the U.S./Mexico Border.
An Exposure Assessment of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers
Document Number: E8-30517
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is announcing an extension of the public comment period for the draft document titled, ``An Exposure Assessment of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers'' (EPA 600/R-08/086A). The public comment period was announced on December 4, 2008 (FR73, 73930). The draft document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment within EPA's Office of Research and Development to provide a comprehensive assessment of the exposure of Americans to polybrominated diphenyl ethers, PBDEs, a class of brominated flame retardants. The document is being distributed solely for the purpose of pre-dissemination review under applicable information quality guidelines. It does not represent and should not be construed to represent any Agency policy, viewpoint, or determination. EPA will consider any public comments submitted in accordance with this notice when revising the document.
Idaho: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revision
Document Number: E8-30516
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Idaho applied to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for final authorization of changes to its hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, as amended (RCRA). On September 30, 2008, EPA published a proposed rule to authorize the changes and opened a public comment period under Docket ID No. EPA-R10-RCRA-2008- 0588. On October 28, 2008, EPA published notification of an extension of the comment period for the proposed rule. The comment period closed on November 20, 2008. EPA has decided that the revisions to the Idaho hazardous waste management program satisfy all of the requirements necessary to qualify for final authorization and EPA is authorizing these revisions to Idaho's authorized hazardous waste management program in this final rule.
Revision of Source Category List for Standards Under Section 112(k) of the Clean Air Act; and National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Area Sources: Ferroalloys Production Facilities
Document Number: E8-30424
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is revising the area source category list by changing the name of the ferroalloys production category to clarify that it includes all types of ferroalloys. We are also adding two additional products (calcium carbide and silicon metal) to the source category. EPA is issuing final national emissions standards for control of hazardous air pollutants (HAP) for area source ferroalloys production facilities. The final emissions standards for new and existing sources reflect EPA's determination regarding the generally available control technology (GACT) or management practices for the source category.
Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Ban on the Sale or Distribution of Pre-Charged Appliances
Document Number: E8-29999
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-12-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to ban the sale or distribution of air- conditioning and refrigeration appliances containing HCFC-22, HCFC- 142b, or blends containing one or both of these substances, beginning January 1, 2010. In addition, EPA is proposing to extend these requirements to air-conditioning and refrigeration appliances that are suitable only for use with newly produced HCFC-22, HCFC-142b, or blends containing one or both of these controlled substances as the refrigerant, and pre-charged appliance parts. We are proposing these restrictions to protect stratospheric ozone.
Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Adjustments to the Allowance System for Controlling HCFC Production, Import, and Export
Document Number: E8-29965
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-12-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to adjust the allowance system for control of U.S. consumption and production of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) by apportioning baselines and allocating production and consumption allowances for several HCFCs for which the Agency previously allocated allowances and other HCFCs that were not allocated allowances previously, for the control periods 2010- 2014. The HCFC allowance system is part of EPA's Clean Air Act program to phase out ozone-depleting substances (ODSs) to protect the stratospheric ozone layer. Protection of the stratospheric ozone layer helps reduce rates of skin cancer and cataracts, as well as other health and ecological effects. The U.S. is obligated under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (Montreal Protocol) to limit HCFC consumption and production to a specific level and, using stepwise reductions, to decrease the specific level culminating in a complete HCFC phaseout in 2030. The next major milestone, to occur on January 1, 2010, is a 75 percent reduction from the aggregate U.S. HCFC baseline for production and consumption. In this action EPA proposes to allocate the allowances for 2010-2014 that will ensure compliance with the international stepwise reduction, consistent with the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. In addition, EPA proposes to amend the regulatory provisions concerning allowances for HCFC production for developing countries' basic domestic needs to be consistent with the September 2007 adjustments to the Montreal Protocol. Also, the Agency is providing its interpretation of a self-effectuating ban on introduction into interstate commerce and use of HCFCs contained in section 605(a) of the Clean Air Act and proposes to amend existing regulatory provisions to facilitate implementation of the statutory requirements.