Environmental Protection Agency December 29, 2008 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: E8-30909
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA expressed environmental concerns about impacts to environmental resources and impacts from noise. Rating EC2.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E8-30908
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; NSPS for Stationary Compression Ignition Internal Combustion Engines; EPA ICR Number 2196.03, OMB Control Number 2060-0590
Document Number: E8-30821
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-29
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 August 31, 2009.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Modification of Secondary Treatment Requirements for Discharges Into Marine Waters, EPA ICR Number 0138.09, OMB Control Number 2040-0088
Document Number: E8-30817
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-29
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 May 31, 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.
Final National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Discharges Incidental to the Normal Operation of a Vessel
Document Number: E8-30816
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA Regions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 are finalizing an NPDES Vessel General Permit (VGP) to cover discharges incidental to the normal operation of vessels. This action is in response to a District Court ruling that vacates, as of December 19, 2008, a long- standing EPA regulation that excludes discharges incidental to the normal operation of a vessel from the need to obtain an NPDES permit. As of December 19, 2008, discharges incidental to the normal operation of a vessel that had formerly been exempted from NPDES permitting by the regulation will be subject to the prohibition in CWA Section 301(a) against the discharge of pollutants without a permit. EPA solicited information and data on discharges incidental to normal vessel operations to assist in developing two NPDES general permits in a Federal Register Notice published June 21, 2007 (72 FR 32421). The majority of information and data in response to that notice came from seven different groups: Individual citizens, commercial fishing representatives, commercial shipping groups, environmental or outdoor recreation groups, the oil and gas industry, recreational boating-related businesses, and state governments. EPA considered all the information and data received along with other publicly available information in developing two proposed vessel permits. EPA published the two proposed permits and accompanying fact sheets for public comment on June 17, 2008 (73 FR 34296). As proposed, the VGP would have covered all commercial and non-recreational vessels and those recreational vessels longer or equal to 79 feet, and the proposed RGP would have covered recreational vessels less than 79 feet in length. However, after the permits were proposed, Congress enacted two new laws that impact the universe of vessels covered under today's permit. On July 29, 2008, Senate bill S. 2766 (``the Clean Boating Act of 2008'') was signed into law (Pub. L. 110-288). This law provides that recreational vessels shall not be subject to the requirement to obtain an NPDES permit to authorize discharges incidental to their normal operation. As a result of this legislation, EPA is not finalizing the proposed recreational vessel NPDES permit and has also modified the VGP, which included those recreational vessel over 79 feet, to eliminate that coverage. On July 31, 2008, Senate bill S. 3298 was signed into law (Pub. L. 110-299). This law generally imposes a two-year moratorium during which time neither EPA nor states can require NPDES permits for discharges (except ballast water discharges) incidental to the normal operation of vessels of less than 79 feet and commercial fishing vessels of any length. EPA is not taking final action on the proposed permit as it would apply to these vessels and has revised the final VGP to reflect the new law.
Preliminary Listing of Additional Waters To Be Included on Illinois' 2008 List of Impaired Waters Under Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act and Proposed Delisting of Boron Impairment for Segment E-26 of the Sangamon River
Document Number: E8-30815
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's decision identifying water quality limited segments and associated pollutants in Illinois to be listed pursuant to the Clean Water Act Section 303(d)(2), and requests public comment. Section 303(d)(2) requires that states submit and EPA approve or disapprove lists of waters for which existing technology-based pollution controls are not stringent enough to attain or maintain state water quality standards and for which total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) must be prepared. On October 22, 2008, EPA partially approved and partially disapproved Illinois' submittal. Specifically, EPA approved Illinois' listing of waters, associated pollutants and associated priority rankings, but disapproved Illinois' decision not to list certain water quality limited segments and associated pollutants. EPA identified these additional water bodies and pollutants for inclusion on the 2008 Section 303(d) list. EPA is providing the public the opportunity to review its decision to add waters and pollutants to Illinois' 2008 Clean Water Act Section 303(d) list and its decision to delist the Boron impairment for the Sangamon waterbody. EPA will consider public comments in reaching its final decision on the additional water bodies and pollutants identified for inclusion on Illinois' final 303(d) list and the deletion of the Boron impairment.
Scientific Workshop To Inform EPA's Response to National Academy of Science Comments on the Health Effects of Dioxin in EPA's 2003 Dioxin Reassessment
Document Number: E8-30811
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA), a part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Research and Development, is sponsoring a three-day public, scientific workshop, including a public review of the recent scientific literature on 2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-Dioxin (TCDD) dose-response, to assist EPA in responding to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report, Health Risks from Dioxin and Related Compounds: Evaluation of the EPA Reassessment (NAS, 2006). (See 73 FR 70999 for information on the preliminary literature search results for TCDD dose-response. The literature search was conducted in collaboration with the Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratories.) The Track Group, an EPA contractor, will organize and facilitate the workshop. Members of the public may attend the workshop as observers and may participate in open comment periods. Space is limited and registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. As part of the registration process, members of the public may choose to submit a poster citation and abstract limited to 250 words. Space for displaying posters is limited, and abstract submissions will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Approval of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Oklahoma; Recodification of Regulations
Document Number: E8-29979
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is approving portions of the revisions to the Oklahoma State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted on February 14, 2002. Most of the revisions are administrative in nature and modify redundant or incorrect text within the SIP. The revisions also include renumbered or recodified portions of the SIP and new sections that incorporate Federal rules. We are approving the revisions in accordance with the requirements of section 110 of the Clean Air Act (the Act) and EPA's regulations.
Approval of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Oklahoma; Recodification of Regulations
Document Number: E8-29978
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-12-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve portions of revisions to the Oklahoma State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted on February 14, 2002. Most of the revisions are administrative in nature and modify redundant or incorrect text within the SIP. The revisions also include renumbered or recodified portions of the SIP and new sections that incorporate Federal rules. We are approving the revisions in accordance with the requirements of section 110 of the Clean Air Act (the Act) and EPA's regulations.