Environmental Protection Agency December 30, 2008 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Revisions to the Clean Water Act Regulatory Definition of “Discharge of Dredged Material”; Final Rule
Document Number: E8-30984
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers, Engineers Corps, Army Department, Department of Defense
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (together, the ``Agencies'') are promulgating a final rule to amend a Clean Water Act (CWA) section 404 regulation that defines the term ``discharge of dredged material.'' This action conforms the Corps' and EPA's regulations to a court order invalidating the January 17, 2001, amendments to the regulatory definition (referred to as the ``Tulloch II'' rule). This final rule responds to the court decision by deleting language from the regulation that was invalidated.
Nebraska: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revisions
Document Number: E8-30978
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Solid Waste Disposal Act, as amended, commonly referred to as the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), allows the EPA to authorize States to operate their hazardous waste management programs in lieu of the Federal program. Nebraska has applied to EPA for final authorization of the changes to its hazardous waste program under RCRA. EPA has determined that these changes satisfy all requirements needed to qualify for final authorization and is authorizing the State's changes through this immediate final rule.
Nebraska: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revisions
Document Number: E8-30977
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-12-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Nebraska has applied to EPA for final authorization for the changes to its hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). EPA proposes to grant final authorization to Nebraska.
Approval and Promulgation of State Implementation Plans: Oregon; Salem Carbon Monoxide Nonattainment Area; Designation of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes
Document Number: E8-30825
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve a redesignation request and a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Oregon. On August 9, 2007 the State of Oregon submitted a request to EPA that the Salem carbon monoxide (CO) nonattainment area be redesignated to attainment for the CO National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) and concurrently submitted a maintenance plan that provides for continued attainment of the CO NAAQS. The Salem CO nonattainment area has not violated the 8-hour CO NAAQS since 1985.
Approval and Promulgation of State Implementation Plans: Oregon; Salem Carbon Monoxide Nonattainment Area; Designation of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes
Document Number: E8-30822
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-12-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Oregon for the Salem carbon monoxide (CO) nonattainment area. On August 9, 2007, the State of Oregon submitted a request to EPA that the Salem nonattainment area be redesignated to attainment for the CO National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) and concurrently submitted a maintenance plan to provide for continued attainment of the CO NAAQS. The Salem CO nonattainment area has not violated the 8-hour CO NAAQS since 1985. In accordance with the requirements of the Federal Clean Air Act (the Act), EPA is proposing to approve Oregon's redesignation request and SIP revision because the State adequately demonstrates that requirements for redesignation are met and that the Salem area will maintain air quality standards for CO.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Georgia; Nonattainment New Source Review Rules
Document Number: E8-30813
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking final action to disapprove a portion of a revision to the Georgia State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of Georgia on March 5, 2007. The proposed revision was intended to modify Georgia's Nonattainment New Source Review (NNSR) permitting rules in the SIP to establish a new baseline emissions calculation procedure for the generation of emissions reduction credits to be used as offsets. EPA proposed to disapprove this revision on September 4, 2008; one comment letter, which supported EPA's proposed disapproval of the baseline emissions calculation, was received.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Illinois and Indiana; Finding of Attainment for 1-Hour Ozone for the Chicago-Gary-Lake County, IL-IN Area
Document Number: E8-30812
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a January 30, 2007, request from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) that EPA find that the Illinois portion of the Chicago-Gary-Lake County, Illinois-Indiana (IL-IN) nonattainment area, has attained the revoked 1-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). EPA is also approving an October 25, 2007, request from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) that EPA find that the Indiana portion of the Chicago-Gary-Lake County, IL-IN nonattainment area, has attained the revoked 1-hour ozone NAAQS. EPA proposed to approve both requests on July 7, 2008. We received three comments on our proposed rulemaking, which are addressed below.