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

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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.
TSCA Section 5 Premanufacture and Significant New Use Notification Electronic Reporting; Revisions to Notification Regulations
Document Number: E8-30379
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-12-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) section 5 Premanufacture and Significant New Use Notification regulations to facilitate the introduction and use of electronic reporting. This action is intended to streamline and reduce the administrative costs and burdens of TSCA section 5 notifications for both industry and EPA by establishing standards and requirements for the use of EPA's Central Data Exchange (CDX) to electronically submit premanufacture notices (PMNs) and other TSCA section 5 notices and support documents to the Agency. EPA is also proposing to amend the TSCA section 5 User Fee regulations to add a new User Fee Payment Identity Number field to the PMN form, which would enable the Agency to match more easily a particular user fee with its notice submission. Lastly, EPA is proposing to remove the Agent signature block field on the PMN form, and thus the requirement for designated Agents to sign the form.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; New Jersey; Nitrogen Oxides Budget and Allowance Trading Program
Document Number: E8-30378
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-12-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a revision to New Jersey's State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted on November 3, 2008. The proposed SIP revision includes a regulation that allows for continuation of New Jersey's statewide nitrogen oxides (NOX) budget and NOX allowance trading program beyond the year 2008. New Jersey's program began in 2003 for large electric generating units and industrial sources. The intended effect of this proposed SIP revision is to allow the continuation of the State's program to reduce emissions of NOX in order to help attain the national ambient air quality standard for ozone. EPA is proposing this action pursuant to section 110 of the Clean Air Act.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Virginia; Stafford County Reasonably Available Control Technology Under the 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard
Document Number: E8-30212
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by theCommonwealth of Virginia. This SIP revision fulfills Virginia's reasonably available control technology (RACT) requirements under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act) with respect to the 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) in Stafford County. Virginia has fulfilled these requirements by submitting a certification that 1-hour ozone NAAQS RACT controls for sources in the Commonwealth subject to control technology guidelines (CTGs) and for a single major source not subject to any CTG, continue to represent RACT under the 8- hour NAAQS, and submitting a negative declaration demonstrating that no facilities exist in Stafford County that are subject to certain enumerated CTGs that have not been adopted by Virginia.
Alternative Work Practice To Detect Leaks From Equipment
Document Number: E8-30196
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Numerous EPA air emissions standards require specific work practices for equipment leak detection and repair. On April 6, 2006, we proposed a voluntary alternative work practice for leak detection and repair using a newly developed technology, optical gas imaging. The alternative work practice is an alternative to the current leak detection and repair work practice, which is not being revised. The proposed alternative has been amended in this final rule to add a requirement to perform monitoring once per year using the current Method 21 leak detection instrument. This action revises the General Provisions to incorporate the final alternative work practice.
Outer Continental Shelf Air Regulations Consistency Update for Florida
Document Number: E8-30126
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is finalizing the update of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Air Regulations proposed in the Federal Register on September 4, 2008. 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 Florida has been designated COA. The effect of approving the OCS requirements for the State of Florida is to regulate emissions from OCS sources in accordance with the requirements onshore. The change to the existing requirements discussed below will be incorporated by reference into the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and is listed in the appendix to the OCS air regulations. This action is an annual update of the Florida's OCS Air Regulations. These rules include revisions to existing rules that already apply to OCS sources. No comments were received on the September 4, 2008, proposal.
Standards of Performance for Petroleum Refineries for Which Construction, Reconstruction, or Modification Commenced After May 14, 2007
Document Number: E8-29980
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action on the new standards of performance for petroleum refineries. On June 24, 2008, EPA promulgated new standards for petroleum refineries. Following that action, the Administrator received three petitions for reconsideration. In response to the petitions, EPA granted a stay of certain provisions in the new standards. In this action, EPA is extending the stay of the requirements under reconsideration until a final decision is reached on these issues.
Standards of Performance for Petroleum Refineries for Which Construction, Reconstruction, or Modification Commenced After May 14, 2007
Document Number: E8-29976
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is making an interim final determination to extend the stay of certain requirements in the standards of performance for petroleum refineries.
Standards of Performance for Petroleum Refineries for Which Construction, Reconstruction, or Modification Commenced After May 14, 2007
Document Number: E8-29973
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-12-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to extend the stay of certain provisions of the new standards of performance for petroleum refineries. In the ``Rules and Regulations'' section of this Federal Register, we are extending the stay 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.
Standards of Performance for Petroleum Refineries; Standards of Performance for Petroleum Refineries for Which Construction, Reconstruction, or Modification Commenced After May 14, 2007
Document Number: E8-29959
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-12-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On June 24, 2008, EPA promulgated amendments to the Standards of Performance for Petroleum Refineries and new standards for process units constructed, reconstructed, or modified after May 14, 2007. EPA received three petitions for reconsideration of the final rule. On September 26, 2008, EPA granted reconsideration and issued a stay for the issues raised in the petitions regarding process heaters and flares. In this action, EPA is addressing those specific issues by proposing amendments to certain provisions for process heaters and flares. EPA is also proposing various technical corrections in this action that were raised in the petitions for reconsideration. EPA will take action on other issues raised by Petitioners in future notices.
Carbofuran; Notice of Receipt of Request to Voluntarily Cancel Carbofuran Pesticide Registrations
Document Number: E8-30249
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with section 6(f)(1) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended, EPA is issuing a notice of receipt of a request dated September 29, 2008 by the registrant to voluntarily cancel some registrations and amend other registrations to terminate uses of certain end-use products containing the pesticide carbofuran. The request would terminate flowable carbofuran use in or on alfalfa, cotton, ornamentals, popcorn, small grains (wheat, oats and barley) soybeans, sugarcane, sweet corn, and tobacco. The request would also terminate all carbofuran products registered under FIFRA section 24 Special Local Need Labels for use in or on corn (field), CRP acres, cucumbers, grapes, melons, ornamentals (container and field production), peppers (including Chiles and bell), sorghum, squash, sugar beets, sugarcane (soil applied), tobacco, and small grains (wheat, oats, and barley). The request would also terminate, subject to a two-year phase-out period, the use of flowable carbofuran as a post-plant application to artichokes. The request proposes to cancel the use of granular carbofuran on bananas, coffee, cucumbers, melons, and squash. The request would not terminate the last carbofuran products registered for use in the US.
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: E8-30210
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA does not object to the proposed project.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E8-30208
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Delaware; Adequacy Status of the 2008 Reasonable Further Progress Plan for the Delaware Portion of the Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area Motor Vehicle Emission Budgets
Document Number: E8-30207
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In this notice, EPA is notifying the public that we have found that the Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets (MVEBs) in the Reasonable Further Progress Plan (RFP) submitted as a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision on June 13, 2007 by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), are adequate for transportation conformity purposes. As a result of EPA's finding, the State of Delaware must use the MVEBs from the June 13, 2007 RFP Plan for future conformity determinations for the 8-hour ozone standard.
Pennsylvania; Adequacy Status of the 2008 Reasonable Further Progress Plan for the Pennsylvania Portion of the Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area Motor Vehicle Emission Budgets
Document Number: E8-30206
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In this notice, EPA is notifying the public that we have found that the Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets (MVEBs) in the Reasonable Further Progress Plan (RFP) submitted as a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision on August 29, 2007 by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP), are adequate for transportation conformity purposes. As a result of EPA's finding, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania must use the MVEBs from the August 29, 2007 RFP Plan for future conformity determinations for the 8-hour ozone standard.
Asbestos-Containing Materials in Schools; State Request for Waiver From Requirements
Document Number: E8-30201
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This action provides notice and an opportunity for public hearing, and solicits written comments on EPA's proposed waiver of the requirements of the Federal asbestos-in-schools program for the State of New Hampshire. A waiver request will be granted if EPA determines that the State of New Hampshire is implementing or intends to implement a state program of asbestos inspection and management that is at least as stringent as the federal program. This action provides notice and an opportunity for a public hearing, and solicits written comments on the waiver request submitted by the State of New Hampshire.
Brown & Bryant Superfund Site; Notice of Proposed CERCLA Administrative Settlement Agreement and Order on Consent
Document Number: E8-30200
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-19
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), the EPA is hereby providing notice of a proposed administrative settlement agreement and order on consent (``Settlement Agreement'') with Union Pacific Railroad Company and BNSF Railway Company (``the Respondents'') concerning the Brown & Bryant Superfund Site in Arvin, California (``Site''). Section 122(h) of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 9622(h), provides EPA with the authority to enter into administrative settlements for claims for costs incurred by EPA under CERCLA. The Settlement Agreement resolves certain claims under Sections 106 and 107 of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 9606, 9607. Under the Settlement Agreement, each Respondent will pay EPA $492,500, for a total of $985,000 (``Settled Response Costs''). Respondents are jointly and severally liable for the total amount due under the Settlement Agreement. The Settled Response Costs will be deposited in the Brown & Bryant Superfund Site Special Account within the EPA Hazardous Substance Superfund. EPA will use all Settled Response Costs in the Brown & Bryant Superfund Site Special Account to relocate Arvin City Well 1, as the first phase of the remedy selected in the Record of Decision issued on September 30, 2007. If any portion of the Settled Response Costs remains in the Brown & Bryant Superfund Site Special Account after full implementation of this work, EPA will, after consultation with the Respondents, apply such funds for other response costs at or in connection with the Site. In the event that there are no additional costs at the Site to which the funds can be applied, EPA may transfer the funds to the EPA Hazardous Substance Superfund. The Settlement Agreement may be examined at the following EPA Web site: http://www.epa.gov/region09/brown&bryant. The Settlement Agreement also may be examined at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region IX, 75 Hawthorne Street, Office of Regional Counsel, San Francisco, California 94105, and also at the public information repository located at the Kern County Library, Arvin Branch, 201 Campus Drive, Arvin, California 93203. A paper or electronic copy of the Settlement Agreement may also be obtained from Joshua Wirtschafter, who can be contacted by mail at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region IX, 75 Hawthorne Street (mail code ORC-3), San Francisco, California 94105-3901, by telephone at (415) 972-3912, by fax at (415) 947-3570, or by e-mail at Wirtschafter.Joshua@epa.gov.
National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Lead
Document Number: E8-30199
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA issued a final rule on November 12, 2008 (effective date January 12, 2009) that revised the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for lead (Pb) and associated monitoring requirements. This document makes a minor correction to the November 12, 2008, action to correct a typographical error in the regulatory text for the rule.
Draft Integrated Science Assessment for Particulate Matter
Document Number: E8-30197
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of its ``First External Review Draft Integrated Science Assessment for Particulate Matter'' (EPA/600/R-08/139 and EPA/ 600/R-08/139A). The document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within EPA(s Office of Research and Development as part of the review of the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter. EPA is releasing this draft document to seek review by the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) and the public (meeting date and location to be specified in a separate Federal Register notice). The draft document does not represent, and should not be construed to represent, any final EPA policy, viewpoint, or determination. EPA will consider any public comments submitted in response to this notice when revising the document.
National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology
Document Number: E8-30087
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT). It is anticipated that vacancies will be filled by late spring 2009. Additional sources may be utilized in the solicitation of nominees. Background: NACEPT is a federal advisory committee chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), Public Law 92463. EPA established NACEPT in 1988 to provide independent advice to the EPA Administrator on a broad range of environmental policy, technology and management issues. Members serve as representatives from academia, industry, non-governmental organizations, and state, local, and tribal governments. Members are appointed by the EPA Administrator for two year terms with the possibility of reappointment. The Council usually meets 3 times annually and the average workload for the members is approximately 10 to 15 hours per month. Members serve on the Council in a voluntary capacity. However, EPA provides reimbursement for travel expenses associated with official government business. EPA is seeking nominations from all sectors, including academia, industry, non- governmental organizations, and state, local and tribal governments. Nominees will be considered according to the mandates of FACA, which requires committees to maintain diversity across a broad range of constituencies, sectors, and groups. The following criteria will be used to evaluate nominees: Extensive professional knowledge of environmental policy, management, and technology issues. Demonstrated ability to examine and analyze environmental issues with objectivity and integrity. Senior-level experience that fills a current need on the Council. Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication, and consensus-building skills. Ability to volunteer approximately 10 to 15 hours per month to the Council's activities, including participation on teleconference meetings and preparation of text for Council reports and advice letters.
Registration Review; 2-((hydroxymethyl)-amino)ethanol Docket Opened for Review and Comment
Document Number: E8-30015
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has established a registration review docket for the pesticide, 2-((hydroxymethyl)-amino)ethanol. With this document, EPA is opening the public comment period for this registration review. Registration review is EPA's periodic review of pesticide registrations to ensure that each pesticide continues to satisfy the statutory standard for registration, that is, the pesticide can perform its intended function without unreasonable adverse effects on human health or the environment. Registration review dockets contain information that will assist the public in understanding the types of information and issues that the Agency may consider during the course of registration reviews. Through this program, EPA is ensuring that each pesticide's registration is based on current scientific and other knowledge, including its effects on human health and the environment.
Registration Review; 3H-1,2-Dithiol-3-one, 4,5-dichloro Docket Opened for Review and Comment
Document Number: E8-30012
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has established registration review dockets for the pesticide listed in the table in Unit III.A. With this document, EPA is opening the public comment period for these registration reviews. Registration review is EPA's periodic review of pesticide registrations to ensure that each pesticide continues to satisfy the statutory standard for registration, that is, the pesticide can perform its intended function without unreasonable adverse effects on human health or the environment. Registration review dockets contain information that will assist the public in understanding the types of information and issues that the Agency may consider during the course of registration reviews. Through this program, EPA is ensuring that each pesticide's registration is based on current scientific and other knowledge, including its effects on human health and the environment.
Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Nonattainment New Source Review (NSR): Reconsideration of Inclusion of Fugitive Emissions
Document Number: E8-29998
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is finalizing revisions to the December 31, 2002 New Source Review (NSR) Improvement rules to change the requirements of the major NSR programs regarding the treatment of fugitive emissions. Specifically, this final rule requires that fugitive emissions be included in determining whether a physical or operational change results in a major modification only for sources in the source categories that have been designated through rulemaking pursuant to section 302(j) of the Clean Air Act (Act). Also, this action elaborates on guiding principles for determining fugitive emissions for purposes of NSR and title V permitting.
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List
Document Number: E8-29961
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-12-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2 Office announces its intent to delete specific properties of the former Griffiss Air Force Base (GAFB) site located in Rome, New York, from the National Priorities List (NPL) and requests public comment on this proposed action. The NPL constitutes Appendix B to the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP), 40 CFR part 300, which EPA promulgated pursuant to Section 105 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) as amended. The entire GAFB Site, approximately 3,552 acres, includes 32 areas of concern located on property currently or formerly owned by the United States Department of Defense. EPA and the State of New York, through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), have determined that for the specified areas identified in this Notice of Intent for Partial Deletion (NOIPD), all appropriate response actions pursuant to CERCLA have been implemented and, aside from monitoring, operations, maintenance, and Five-Year Reviews, no further response actions, pursuant to CERCLA, are appropriate. Moreover, EPA and NYSDEC have determined that the specified properties at the GAFB Site (i.e., the soil and groundwater beneath) either pose no significant threat to public health or the environment or all appropriate response actions have been implemented, and therefore this NOIPD may proceed. The NOIPD is only for those properties specified herein and does not include other properties located at the GAFB Site.
Expansion of RCRA Comparable Fuel Exclusion
Document Number: E8-29956
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This final action adds a new exclusion to the rules implementing subtitle C of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The rule already provides exclusions for comparable fuels and synthesis gas. These fuels are energy-rich hazardous secondary materials which would otherwise be hazardous wastes, but which have the same hazardous constituent concentrations as fossil fuels that would be burned in their place. EPA is establishing a new category of excluded fuel that has its own set of conditions, some of which overlap with the comparable fuels exclusion. These newly excluded hazardous secondary materials are called ``emission-comparable fuel'' (ECF). ECF is a hazardous secondary material that, when generated, is handled in such a way that it is not discarded in any phase of management, but rather is handled as a valuable commodity. ECF meets all of the hazardous constituent specifications (over 160) for comparable fuel, with the exception of those for oxygenates and hydrocarbons (constituents which contribute energy value to the fuel). The rule specifies conditions on burning ECF which assure that emissions from industrial boilers burning ECF are comparable to emissions from industrial boilers burning fuel oil. The ECF exclusion also includes conditions for tanks and containers storing ECF to assure that discard does not occur.
Office of Research and Development; Ambient Air Monitoring Reference and Equivalent Methods: Designation of a New Reference Method
Document Number: E8-30124
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated, in accordance with 40 CFR Part 53, a new reference method for measuring mass concentrations of coarse particulate matter (PM10-2.5) in the ambient air.
CERCLA/EPCRA Administrative Reporting Exemption for Air Releases of Hazardous Substances From Animal Waste at Farms
Document Number: E8-30003
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This final rule provides an administrative reporting exemption from particular notification requirements under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, as amended. In addition, this final rule provides a limited administrative reporting exemption in certain cases from requirements under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, also known as Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act. Specifically, the administrative reporting exemption applies to releases of hazardous substances to the air that meet or exceed their reportable quantity where the source of those hazardous substances is animal waste at farms. Nothing in this final rule changes the notification requirements if hazardous substances are released to the air from any source other than animal waste at farms (e.g., ammonia tanks), or if any hazardous substances from animal waste are released to any other environmental media, (e.g., soil, ground water, or surface water) when the release of those hazardous substances is at or above its reportable quantity. Also, the administrative reporting exemption under section 103 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, does not limit any of the Agency's other authorities under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act sections 104 (response authorities), 106 (abatement actions), 107 (liability), or any other provisions of the Comprehensive Emergency Response, Compensation, and Liability Act or the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act. Accordingly, EPA believes this administrative reporting exemption not only leaves in place important Agency response authorities that can be used to protect human health and the environment if needed, but also is consistent with the Agency's goal to reduce reporting burden, particularly considering that Federal, State or local response officials are unlikely to respond to notifications of air releases of hazardous substances from animal waste at farms.
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, South Coast Air Quality Management District
Document Number: E8-29641
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is finalizing approval of revisions to the South Coast Air Quality Management District portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions were proposed in the Federal Register on July 24, 2008 and concern the District's analysis of whether its rules met reasonably available control technology (RACT) under the 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). We are approving the analysis under the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act).
National Recommended Draft Water Quality Criteria for Acrolein
Document Number: E8-29997
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to section 304(a) of the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of draft national recommended water quality criteria for the protection of aquatic life for acrolein. The draft criteria are based on EPA's Guidelines for Deriving Numerical National Water Quality Criteria for the Protection of Aquatic Organisms and Their Uses (1985), (EPA/R-85- 100). EPA's recommended section 304(a) water quality criteria provide guidance to States and authorized Tribes in adopting water quality standards for protecting aquatic life and human health and provide guidance to EPA for promulgating Federal regulations under CWA section 303(c), when such action is necessary.
FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: E8-29977
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
There will be a 2-day meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) to consider and review Scientific Issues Associated with Designating a Prion as a ``Pest'' under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), and Related Efficacy Test Methods.
Registration Review; Mineral Acids Docket Opened for Review and Comment
Document Number: E8-29975
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has established registration review dockets for the pesticides listed in the table in Unit III.A. With this document, EPA is opening the public comment period for these registration reviews. Registration review is EPA's periodic review of pesticide registrations to ensure that each pesticide continues to satisfy the statutory standard for registration, that is, the pesticide can perform its intended function without unreasonable adverse effects on human health or the environment. Registration review dockets contain information that will assist the public in understanding the types of information and issues that the Agency may consider during the course of registration reviews. Through this program, EPA is ensuring that each pesticide's registration is based on current scientific and other knowledge, including its effects on human health and the environment.
Registration Review; Citric Acid, and Salts Docket Opened for Review and Comment
Document Number: E8-29974
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has established registration review dockets for the pesticides listed in the table in Unit III.A. With this document, EPA is opening the public comment period for these registration reviews. Registration review is EPA's periodic review of pesticide registrations to ensure that each pesticide continues to satisfy the statutory standard for registration, that is, the pesticide can perform its intended function without unreasonable adverse effects on human health or the environment. Registration review dockets contain information that will assist the public in understanding the types of information and issues that the Agency may consider during the course of registration reviews. Through this program, EPA is ensuring that each pesticide's registration is based on current scientific and other knowledge, including its effects on human health and the environment.
Flumetralin Reregistration Eligibility Decision; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E8-29972
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) for the pesticide flumetralin, and opens a public comment period on this document. The Agency's risk assessments and other related documents also are available in the flumetralin Docket. Flumetralin is a plant growth regulator registered for use only on tobacco. It is used to control axillary bud (sucker) growth on tobacco plants. There are no food uses and there are no residential uses. EPA has reviewed flumetralin through the public participation process that the Agency uses to involve the public in developing pesticide reregistration and tolerance reassessment decisions. Through these programs, EPA is ensuring that all pesticides meet current health and safety standards.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Program (Renewal); EPA ICR No. 0229.19; OMB Control No. 2040-0004
Document Number: E8-29964
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (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. This ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its estimated burden and cost.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Reporting Requirements Under EPA's Voluntary Aluminum Industrial Partnership (VAIP); EPA ICR No. 1867.04, OMB Control No. 2060-0411
Document Number: E8-29963
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-17
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 February 28, 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.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Wisconsin; NSR Reform Regulations, Rule AM-06-04
Document Number: E8-29820
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving certain revisions to Wisconsin's prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) and non-attainment new source review (NANSR) construction permit programs, which Wisconsin submitted on May 25, 2006. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) is seeking approval of rule AM-06-04 to implement the NSR Reform provisions that were not vacated by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (D.C. Circuit) in New York v. EPA. EPA proposed approval of these rules on April 20, 2007 and received adverse comments. In this action, EPA responds to these comments and announces EPA's final rulemaking action. This action affects major stationary sources in Wisconsin that are subject to or potentially subject to the PSD and NANSR construction permit programs.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Wisconsin; New Source Review Reform “Linkage” Rule, Rule AM-32-04b
Document Number: E8-29817
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving as a revision to the Wisconsin State Implementation Plan (SIP) changes to the minor New Source Review (NSR) construction permit program and permits fees schedule, through rule AM- 32-04b. The purpose of rule AM-32-04b is to update Wisconsin's minor NSR construction permit program to include changes to implement some of the new elements of the Federal NSR Reform Rule for sources that meet certain provisions within the new major NSR permitting requirements. Rule AM-32-04b has been created to accompany Wisconsin's NSR Reform rules and is necessary to effectively implement them. Elsewhere in this Federal Register, EPA is approving Wisconsin's NSR Reform rules. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) has also established a new fee schedule that will apply to facilities that meet the criteria in rule AM-32-04b.
Pesticide Registration Review; New Dockets Opened for Review and Comment; Clossure of the Mevinphos and Azinphos Methyl (AZM) Registration Review Cases
Document Number: E8-29773
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has established registration review dockets for the pesticides listed in the table in Unit III.A. With this document, EPA is opening the public comment period for these registration reviews. Registration review is EPA's periodic review of pesticide registrations to ensure that each pesticide continues to satisfy the statutory standard for registration, that is, the pesticide can perform its intended function without unreasonable adverse effects on human health or the environment. Registration review dockets contain information that will assist the public in understanding the types of information and issues that the Agency may consider during the course of registration reviews. Through this program, EPA is ensuring that each pesticide's registration is based on current scientific and other knowledge, including its effects on human health and the environment. This document also announces the Agency's intent not to open a registration review docket for mevinphos. This pesticide does not currently have any actively registered pesticide products and is not, therefore, scheduled for review under the registration review program.
Air Emissions Reporting Requirements
Document Number: E8-29737
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This action finalizes changes to EPA's emission inventory reporting requirements. This action consolidates, reduces, and simplifies the current requirements; adds limited new requirements; provides additional flexibility to states in the ways they collect and report emissions data; and accelerates the reporting of emissions data to EPA by state and local agencies.
Ace Info Solutions, Inc.; Transfer of Data
Document Number: E8-29465
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces that pesticide related information submitted to EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), including information that may have been claimed as Confidential Business Information (CBI) by the submitter, will be transferred to Ace Info Solutions, Inc., in accordance with 40 CFR 2.307(h)(3) and 2.308(i)(2). Ace Info Solutions, Inc., has been awarded multiple contracts to perform work for OPP, and access to this information will enable Ace Info Solutions, Inc., to fulfill the obligations of these contracts.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutant Emissions: Group I Polymers and Resins (Polysulfide Rubber Production, Ethylene Propylene Rubber Production, Butyl Rubber Production, Neoprene Production); National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Epoxy Resins Production and Non-Nylon Polyamides Production; National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Source Categories: Generic Maximum Achievable Control Technology Standards (Acetal Resins Production and Hydrogen Fluoride Production) (Risk and Technology Review)
Document Number: E8-29789
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This final rule responds to public comments received on the proposed rule and announces our decision not to revise four national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants that regulate eight industrial source categories evaluated in our risk and technology review. The four national emission standards and eight industrial source categories are: National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutant Emissions: Group I Polymers and Resins (Polysulfide Rubber Production, Ethylene Propylene Rubber Production, Butyl Rubber Production, and Neoprene Rubber Production); National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Epoxy Resins Production and Non-nylon Polyamides Production; National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Acetal Resins Production and National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Hydrogen Fluoride Production. The underlying national emission standards that were reviewed in this action limit and control hazardous air pollutants. On December 12, 2007, we proposed not to revise the national emission standards based on our residual risk assessment and technology review. After conducting risk and technology reviews, and after considering public comments on the proposed rule, we conclude no additional control requirements are warranted under section 112(f)(2) or 112(d)(6) of the Clean Air Act at this time.
The Treatment of Data Influenced by Exceptional Events (Exceptional Event Rule): Revised Exceptional Event Data Flagging Submittal and Documentation Schedule To Support Initial Area Designations for the 2008 Ozone NAAQS
Document Number: E8-29747
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA issued ``The Treatment of Data Influenced by Exceptional Events (Exceptional Event Rule): Revised Exceptional Event Data Flagging Submittal and Documentation Schedule for Monitoring Data Used in Designations for the 2008 Ozone NAAQS'' as a direct final rule on October 6, 2008, 73 FR 58042. Because EPA received an adverse comment, we are withdrawing the direct final rule amendments to ``The Treatment of Data Influenced by Exceptional Events (Exceptional Event Rule): Revised Exceptional Event Data Flagging Submittal and Documentation Schedule to Support Initial Area Designations for the 2008 Ozone NAAQS'' published in the Federal Register on October 6, 2008 (73 FR 58042).
Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC): Notice of Meeting
Document Number: E8-29646
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC) on November 19, 1990, to provide independent advice and counsel to EPA on policy issues associated with implementation of the Clean Air Act of 1990. The Committee advises on economic, environmental, technical, scientific, and enforcement policy issues.
Adequacy of Iowa Municipal Solid Waste Landfill Permit Program
Document Number: E8-29642
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-12-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is proposing to approve a modification to Iowa's approved municipal solid waste landfill (MSWLF) program. The modification allows the State to issue research, development and demonstration (RD&D) permits to owners and operators of MSWLF units in accordance with its State law. The Region is also proposing to approve updates to Iowa's approved MSWLF program for adding financial assurance mechanisms for local governments, adding the financial test and corporate guarantee to financial assurance mechanisms, adding a technical amendment to solid waste location restrictions for airport safety, and adopting language from the Federal MSWLF criteria at 40 CFR part 258.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Foreign Purchaser Acknowledgment Statement of Unregistered Pesticides; EPA ICR No. 0161.11, OMB Control No. 2070-0027
Document Number: E8-29637
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-15
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.
Rulemaking To Reaffirm the Promulgation of Revisions of the Acid Rain Program Rules
Document Number: E8-29389
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to reaffirm the promulgation of certain revisions of the Acid Rain Program rules in order to prevent disruption of this program, which has achieved significant, cost- effective reductions in sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions from utility sources since its commencement in 1995. These rule revisions were finalized in the Federal Register notices that also finalized the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) and the Federal Implementation Plans for CAIR (CAIR FIPs). The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently issued a decision vacating and remanding CAIR and the CAIR FIPs. EPA and other parties have petitioned for rehearing, and the Court has not yet issued a mandate in the case. These revisions to the Acid Rain Program rules were not addressed by, or involved in any of the issues raised by, any parties in the proceeding or the Court. EPA believes it is reasonable to view these revisions as unaffected by the Court's decision. However, EPA is reaffirming pursuant to its authority under Title IV of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and CAA section 301the promulgation of these revisions in this direct final rule in order to remove any uncertainty about their legal status because they have been in effect since mid-2006, most of them are crucial to the ongoing operation of the Acid Rain Program, and the rest of them streamline and clarify requirements of the program.
Rulemaking To Reaffirm the Promulgation of Revisions of the Acid Rain Program Rules
Document Number: E8-29386
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-12-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to reaffirm the promulgation of certain revisions of the Acid Rain Program rules in order to prevent disruption of the program, which has achieved significant, cost-effective reductions in sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions from utility sources since its commencement in 1995. These rule revisions were finalized in the Federal Register notices that also finalized the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) and the final Federal Implementation Plans for CAIR (CAIR FIPs). The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently issued a decision vacating and remanding CAIR and the CAIR FIPs. EPA and other parties have petitioned for rehearing, and the Court has not yet issued a mandate in the case. These revisions to the Acid Rain Program rules were not addressed by, or involved in any of the issues raised by, any parties in the proceeding or the Court. EPA believes it is reasonable to view these revisions as unaffected by the Court's decision. However, EPA is proposing to reaffirmpursuant to its authority under Title IV of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and CAA section 301the promulgation of these revisions in order to remove any uncertainty about their regulatory status because they have been in effect since mid-2006, most of them are crucial to the ongoing operation of the Acid Rain Program, and the rest of them streamline and clarify requirements of the program.
Rulemaking To Reaffirm the Promulgation of Revisions of the Acid Rain Program Rules
Document Number: E8-29382
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking interim final action to reaffirm the promulgation of certain revisions of the Acid Rain Program rules in order to prevent disruption of this program, which has achieved significant, cost-effective reductions in sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions from utility sources since its commencement in 1995. These rule revisions were finalized in the Federal Register notices that also finalized the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) and the Federal Implementation Plans for CAIR (CAIR FIPs). The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently issued a decision vacating and remanding CAIR and the CAIR FIPs. EPA and other parties have petitioned for rehearing, and the Court has not yet issued a mandate in the case. These revisions to the Acid Rain Program rules were not addressed by, or involved in any of the issues raised by, any parties in the proceeding or the Court. EPA believes it is reasonable to view these revisions as unaffected by the Court's decision. However, EPA is reaffirmingpursuant to its authority under Title IV of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and CAA section 301the promulgation of these revisions in this interim final rule in order to remove any uncertainty about their legal status because they have been in effect since mid- 2006, most of them are crucial to the ongoing operation of the Acid Rain Program, and the rest of them streamline and clarify requirements of the program.