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

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Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E8-29491
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: E8-29489
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA expressed environmental concerns about air quality, water quality and stormwater impacts, and requested that the final EIS and ROD commit to all stated mitigation measures. Rating EC1.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Submission of Protocols and Study Reports for Environmental Research Involving Human Subjects; EPA ICR No. 2195.03, OMB Control No. 2070-0169
Document Number: E8-29483
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-12
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 OMB Responses
Document Number: E8-29479
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document announces the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) responses to Agency Clearance requests, in compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. The OMB control numbers for EPA's regulations are listed in 40 CFR part 9 and 48 CFR chapter 15.
Maine Marine Sanitation Device Standard-Receipt of Petition
Document Number: E8-29478
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that a petition has been received from the state of Maine 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 the waters of Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Wells.
Data Requirements for Antimicrobial Pesticides; Extension of Comment Period
Document Number: E8-29477
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-12-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA issued a proposed rule in the Federal Register of October 8, 2008 proposing data requirements for antimicrobial pesticides. EPA received two requests to extend the comment period on the proposed rule. Today's document extends the comment period for 90 days, from January 6, 2009 to April 6, 2009.
Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Environmental Research Standing Subcommittee Meeting-2009
Document Number: E8-29476
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92- 463, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Research and Development (ORD), gives notice of a meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) National Center for Environmental Research Subcommittee (NCER).
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Emergency Planning and Release Notification Requirements Under Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act Sections 302, 303, and 304.EPA ICR No. 1395.07, OMB Control No. 2050-0092
Document Number: E8-29469
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-12
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.
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, Approval of the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District-Reasonably Available Control Technology Analysis
Document Number: E8-29468
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-12-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (VCAPCD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern the District's analysis of whether its rules meet Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) under the 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). We are approving the analysis under the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act). We are taking comments on this proposal and plan to follow with a final action.
Isoxaflutole; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: E8-29467
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation amends the pesticide tolerance for isoxaflutole by removing isoxaflutole's benzoic acid metabolite (RPA 203328) from the established tolerance expression and revising downward tolerance levels for isoxaflutole in or on field corn. Bayer CropScience requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Certain New Chemicals; Receipt and Status Information
Document Number: E8-29466
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Section 5 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requires any person who intends to manufacture (defined by statute to include import) a new chemical (i.e., a chemical not on the TSCA Inventory) to notify EPA and comply with the statutory provisions pertaining to the manufacture of new chemicals. Under sections 5(d)(2) and 5(d)(3) of TSCA, EPA is required to publish a notice of receipt of a premanufacture notice (PMN) or an application for a test marketing exemption (TME), and to publish periodic status reports on the chemicals under review and the receipt of notices of commencement to manufacture those chemicals. This status report, which covers the period from November 3, 2008 through November 14, 2008, consists of the PMNs pending or expired, and the notices of commencement to manufacture a new chemical that the Agency has received under TSCA section 5 during this time period.
Certain New Chemicals; Receipt and Status Information
Document Number: E8-29464
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Section 5 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requires any person who intends to manufacture (defined by statute to include import) a new chemical (i.e., a chemical not on the TSCA Inventory) to notify EPA and comply with the statutory provisions pertaining to the manufacture of new chemicals. Under sections 5(d)(2) and 5(d)(3) of TSCA, EPA is required to publish a notice of receipt of a premanufacture notice (PMN) or an application for a test marketing exemption (TME), and to publish periodic status reports on the chemicals under review and the receipt of notices of commencement to manufacture those chemicals. This status report, which covers the period from October 20, 2008 through October 31, 2008, consists of the PMNs or expired, and the notices of commencement to manufacture a new chemical that the Agency has received under TSCA section 5 during this time period.
Pesticide Regulations; Technical Amendments
Document Number: E8-29375
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has reviewed its pesticide regulations contained in 40 CFR Parts 150-180, and is making technical changes in a number of areas. These technical changes will correct errors and cross-references, improve presentation and format, and conform the regulations to current CFR practice. These changes have no substantive impact on any requirements. As such, notice and public comment procedures are unnecesary, and EPA finds that this constitutes good cause under the Administrative Procedure Act.
Integrated Science Assessment for Oxides of Nitrogen and Sulfur-Environmental Criteria
Document Number: E8-29347
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is announcing the availability of a final document entitled, ``Integrated Science Assessment for Oxides of Nitrogen and SulfurEcological Criteria,'' and the supplementary annexes (EPA/600/R-08/082F). 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 secondary National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for oxides of nitrogen and sulfur. EPA's secondary NAAQS are based on ecological and welfare effects.
Etofenprox; Pesticide Tolerance
Document Number: E8-29346
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes a tolerance for residues of etofenprox (2-(4-ethoxyphenyl)-2-methylpropyl 3-phenoxybenzyl ether) in or on rice, grain. Mitsui Chemical, Inc. requested this tolerance under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Alaska; Interstate Transport of Pollution
Document Number: E8-29231
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA issued a direct final rule on October 15, 2008, entitled ``Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Alaska; Interstate Transport of Pollution.'' This document makes a minor correction to the October 15, 2008, action to correct a typographical error in the regulatory text for the rule.
Civil Monetary Penalty Inflation Adjustment Rule
Document Number: E8-29380
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing this final Civil Monetary Penalty Inflation Adjustment Rule, as mandated by the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 (DCIA), to adjust for inflation the statutory civil monetary penalties that may be assessed for violations of EPA-administered statutes and their implementing regulations. The Agency is required to review the civil monetary penalties under the statutes it administers at least once every four years and to adjust such penalties as necessary for inflation according to a formula specified in the DCIA. Table 1 of the regulations, which appears near the end of this rule, contains a list of all civil monetary penalty authorities under EPA-administered statutes and the applicable statutory amounts, as adjusted for inflation.
Oil Pollution Prevention; Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasures Rule; Revisions to the Regulatory Definition of “Navigable Waters”
Document Number: E8-29379
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document makes a correction to the Preamble of the final rule amending the Oil Pollution Prevention regulation published on November 26, 2008 (73 FR 71941). The final rule announced the vacatur of the July 17, 2002 revisions to the Clean Water Act section 311 regulatory definition of ``navigable waters'' in accordance with an order, issued by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia (D.D.C.) in American Petroleum Institute v. Johnson, 541 F.Supp.2d 165 (D.D.C. 2008), invalidating those revisions and restoring the regulatory definition of ``navigable waters'' promulgated by EPA in 1973. The final rule amended the definition of ``navigable waters'' in part 112 to comply with that decision.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Information Collections under the Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign (SC3)(New); EPA ICR No. 2285.01, OMB Control No. 2050-NEW
Document Number: E8-29234
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-10
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 for a new 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; NESHAP for Steel Pickling, HCl Process Facilities and Hydrochloric Acid Regeneration Plants (Renewal), EPA ICR Number 1821.06, OMB Control Number 2060-0419
Document Number: E8-29230
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-10
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. The ICR which is abstracted below describes the nature of the collection and the estimated burden and cost.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NESHAP for Primary Lead Smelters, EPA ICR Number 1856.06, OMB Control Number 2060-0414
Document Number: E8-29229
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-10
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. The ICR which is abstracted below describes the nature of the collection and the estimated burden and cost.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Notice of Pesticide Registration by States to Meet a Special Local Need (SLN) under FIFRA Section 24(c); EPA ICR No. 0595.10, OMB Control No. 2070-0055
Document Number: E8-29224
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-10
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, entitled: ``Notice of Pesticide Registration by States to Meet a Special Local Need (SLN) under FIFRA Section 24(c)'' and identified by EPA ICR No. 0595.10 and OMB Control No. 2070-0055, is scheduled to expire on August 31, 2009. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection.
Fenamiphos; Amendment to Use Deletion and Product Cancellation Order
Document Number: E8-29223
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces EPA's amendment to the order for the cancellation of products, voluntarily requested by the registrant and accepted by the Agency, of products containing the pesticide fenamiphos, pursuant to section 6(f)(1) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended. This amendment follows a June 11, 2008 Federal Register Amendment to Use Deletion and Product Cancellation Order which extended the deadline for persons other than the registrant to sell and distribute two fenamiphos products, Nemacur 10% Turf and Ornamental Nematicide (EPA Reg. No. 432- 1291) and Nemacur 3 Emulsifiable Systemic Insecticide-Nematicide (EPA Reg. No. 264-731), from May 31, 2008, until November 30, 2008. These are the last fenamiphos products registered for use in the United States. The Agency subsequently received a request from an end user to extend the sale and distribution deadline for Nemacur 3. The Agency will extend the deadline for persons other than the registrant to sell and distribute Nemacur 3 Emulsifiable Systemic Insecticide-Nematicide (EPA Reg. No. 264-731) until March 31, 2009.
FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: E8-29222
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
There will be a 3-day meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) to consider and review a set of scientific issues being considered by the Agency that are associated with the data required to register Plant- Incorporated Protectants (PIP).
Modification to the NPDES General Permit for Oil and Gas Exploration, Development and Production Facilities in State and Federal Waters in Cook Inlet, AK, Permit No. AKG-31-5000 (Permit)
Document Number: E8-29220
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On May 25, 2007, EPA issued the final Permit, with an effective date of July 2, 2007 (May 31, 2007, 72 FR 30377). On July 3, 2007, Union Oil Company of California and XTO Energy, Inc. (Petitioners) filed the Petition for Review, challenging three provisions of the Permit (the ``contested terms''), cited below. On the same date, Petitioners filed an Emergency Motion for Stay under Circuit Rule 27-3, requesting the Court stay the contested terms. EPA did not oppose the Emergency Stay and on July 5, 2007, the Court issued an order granting Petitioners' Emergency Motion for Stay. On August 21, 2008, EPA and Petitioners reached a settlement agreement. Under this agreement, EPA published in the Federal Register on October 21, 2008 (73 FR 62497) a proposal to modify the Permit's contest terms by removing the third sentence of Condition II.A.10, the second sentence of Condition II.C.3, and the fourth sentence of Footnote 1 to Table 7-A, from the Permit. Intervenor Cook Inletkeeper did not object to the settlement agreement. The proposed Permit modification was issued to the public for a 30- day comment period, which ended on November 20, 2008. No substantive public comments were received.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Renewal and Consolidation of Several Currently Approved Collections; Comment Request; Pesticide Registration Fees Program; EPA ICR No. 2330.01, OMB Control No. 2070-new
Document Number: E8-29219
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-10
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 Registration Fees Program'' and identified by EPA ICR No. 2330.01 and OMB Control No. 2070-new, will consolidate the following currently approved ICRs: ``Product Registration Maintenance Fees'' (EPA ICR No. 1214.07, OMB Control No. 2070-0100) and ``Pesticide Registration Fee Waivers (PRIA)'' (EPA ICR No. 2147.03, OMB Control No. 2070-0167).
Notice of Receipt of Requests to Voluntarily Cancel Certain Pesticide Registrations
Document Number: E8-29217
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-10
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 request by registrants to voluntarily cancel certain pesticide registrations.
Novaluron; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: E8-29117
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of novaluron in or on sugarcane, cane and tomato. Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). It also revokes the existing, time-limited tolerance for residues of novaluron in or on sugarcane, cane and revises the chemical name for novaluron in 40 CFR 180.598 to reflect EPA's preferred nomenclature.
FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: E8-29114
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
There will be a 3-day meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) to consider and review a set of scientific issues being considered by the Agency pertaining an Evaluation of the Resistance Risks from Using a Seed Mix Refuge with Pioneer's Optimum[reg] AcreMaxTM 1 Corn Rootworm-Protected Corn.
Notice of Receipt of Request for Amendment to Delete Uses in Certain Pesticide Registrations
Document Number: E8-29113
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-10
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 request for amendment by a registrant 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.
Mefenpyr-diethyl and Metabolites; Pesticide Tolerance
Document Number: E8-29112
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of the herbicide safener, mefenpyr-diethyl (CAS Reg. No. 135590-91-9), also known as 1-(2,4-dichlorophenyl)-4,5-dihydro-5-methyl-1H-pyrazole-3,5- dicarboxylic acid, diethyl ester and its 2,4-dichlorophenyl-pyrazoline metabolites, applied at a rate no greater than 0.053 pounds safener per acre per growing season, in or on the rotational crop commodities soybean seed, soybean hay, soybean forage and canola seed. Bayer CropScience requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Repeal of Obsolete Regulations Under the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act Regarding Interim Ocean Dumping Sites, Interim Ocean Dumping Permits, and Interim Ocean Dumping Criteria
Document Number: E8-28842
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking final action to repeal expired, and therefore, obsolete regulatory provisions regarding interim ocean dumping sites, interim ocean dumping permits, and interim ocean dumping criteria. Repeal of all reference to ``interim'' provisions is necessary based on legislation enacted since promulgation of the reference, EPA action since promulgation of the reference, or the passage of a date specified in a definition of the reference. This action does not make any substantive changes to EPA's ocean dumping regulations. This is a housekeeping measure intended only to eliminate confusion by repealing obsolete regulatory text.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Survey of 56 California County Agricultural Commissioners for Readiness To Implement the Enforcement Component of the U.S. EPA Endangered Species Protection Program
Document Number: E8-29121
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-09
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 for a new Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). 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.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Notice of Arrival of Pesticides and Devices (EPA Form 3540-1); EPA ICR No. 0152.09, OMB Control No. 2070-0020
Document Number: E8-29118
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-09
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 March 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.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Public Water System Supervision Program (Renewal); EPA ICR No. 0270.43, OMB Control No. 2040-0090
Document Number: E8-29111
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-09
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.
Final Risk and Exposure Assessment Report for Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2
Document Number: E8-28984
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On November 21, 2008, the Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS) of EPA made available a final report titled, Risk and Exposure Assessment to Support the Review of the NO2 Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard: Final Report. This final report has two primary purposes. The first is to convey the approaches taken to characterize human exposures and health risks associated with ambient NO2 and to present the results of these analyses. The second is to present a discussion of the NO2 scientific evidence and the exposure- and risk-based information specifically as it relates to the current and potential alternative NO2 standards.
Human Studies Review Board (HSRB); Notification of a Public Teleconference To Review Its Draft Report From the October 21-22, 2008 HSRB Meeting
Document Number: E8-28983
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA Human Studies Review Board (HSRB) announces a public teleconference meeting to discuss its draft HSRB report from the October 21-22, 2008 HSRB meeting.
U.S. Government’s Process for Obtaining Stakeholder Information for Chemicals Proposed for Addition to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants
Document Number: E8-28982
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On behalf of the U.S. government agencies comprising the Interagency Working Group (IWG) on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) (hereafter USG), EPA is issuing this notice to promote transparency, increase awareness of the proposals concerning chemicals for addition to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (hereafter Convention), to make interested persons aware of the process for adding chemicals to the Convention, to indicate at which steps receiving comments or information from interested persons would be useful to the interagency process, and to indicate for those steps the type of information to be submitted and the due date. EPA is issuing this notice to ensure that the process for the review of chemicals proposed for addition to the Convention allows sufficient time for the submission and consideration of public comments on chemicals proposed for addition to the Convention. EPA, on behalf of USG, intends to issue future notices that alert interested persons to additional chemicals proposed for addition to the Convention and for which the approach to commenting described in this notice will be applied. EPA's responsibility with respect to this process will be to ensure that comments received are considered by the Agency as part of its internal process and to ensure that comments received are made available to USG for their consideration.
Clean Water Act Section 303(d): Availability of Los Cerritos Channel Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs)
Document Number: E8-28981
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This action announces the availability of EPA proposed total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) for the freshwater portion of Los Cerritos Channel to address elevated metals concentrations pursuant to Clean Water Act section 303(d)(1), and requests public comment. Section 303(d)(1) requires that states submit water quality planning documents called total maximum daily loads for impaired waters for which existing technology-based pollution controls are not stringent enough to attain or maintain state water quality standards. EPA must approve or disapprove the State's submitted TMDLs. EPA is providing the public the opportunity to review proposed TMDLs for Los Cerritos Channel metals. EPA is establishing these TMDLs in lieu of California because of deadlines associated with the consent decree described under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. EPA will prepare a responsiveness summary that demonstrates how public comments were considered in the final TMDL decisions. The responsiveness document will be available when the TMDLs are established.
Regulation of Fuel and Fuel Additives: Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Test Methods
Document Number: E8-28372
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-12-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to allow refiners and laboratories to use more current and improved fuel testing procedures with twelve American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) analytical test methods. Once these test method changes are adopted, they will supersede the corresponding earlier versions of these test methods in EPA's motor vehicle fuel regulations. EPA is also proposing to take action to allow an alternative test method for olefins in gasoline.
Regulation of Fuel and Fuel Additives: Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Test Methods
Document Number: E8-28370
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking action to allow refiners and laboratories to use more current and improved fuel testing procedures with twelve American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) analytical test methods. Once these test method changes are adopted, they will supersede the corresponding earlier versions of these test methods in EPA's motor vehicle fuel regulations. EPA is also taking action to allow an alternative test method for olefins in gasoline. As explained further below in the preamble of this document, EPA views these changes as non-controversial and we anticipate no adverse comment.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E8-28852
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: E8-28851
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA expressed environmental concerns about the potential for adverse impacts to surface and groundwater resources and air quality. We requested additional information regarding radon emissions data and recommended the development of a generic fugitive dust mitigation plan. We also recommended that the final GEIS analyze the potential costs of site clean ups and address adequate bonding requirements for site restorations in cases of company defaults. Rating EC2.
Proposed Administrative Settlement Agreement Under Section 122(h) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act for the Borden Chemicals Printing Site, Located in Camden, Camden County, NJ
Document Number: E8-28839
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA'') is proposing to enter into an administrative settlement agreement (``Settlement Agreement'') with Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc. (``Settling Party'') pursuant to section 122(h) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (``CERCLA''), 42 U.S.C. 9622(h). The Settlement Agreement provides for Respondent's payment of certain past costs incurred at the Borden Chemicals Printing Site located within the City of Camden, Camden County, New Jersey (``Site''). In accordance with section 122(i) of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 9622(i), this notice is being published to inform the public of the proposed Settlement Agreement and of the opportunity to comment. For thirty (30) days following the date of publication of this notice, EPA will receive written comments relating to the proposed Settlement Agreement. EPA will consider all comments received and may modify or withdraw its consent to the settlement if comments received disclose facts or considerations that indicate that the proposed settlement is inappropriate, improper or inadequate. EPA's response to any comments received will be available for public inspection at EPA Region 2, 290 Broadway, 17th floor, New York, New York 10007-1866.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Connecticut; Enhanced Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance Program
Document Number: E8-28735
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-12-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted on December 19, 2007 by the State of Connecticut. This SIP revision includes regulations to update the enhanced motor vehicle inspection and maintenance (I/M) program in Connecticut. The revised program includes a test and repair network and on-board diagnostic (OBD2) testing of 1996 and newer vehicles. The intended effect of this action is to propose approval of the revised program into the Connecticut SIP.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Connecticut; Enhanced Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance Program
Document Number: E8-28734
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted on December 19, 2007 by the State of Connecticut. This SIP revision includes regulations to update the enhanced motor vehicle inspection and maintenance (I/M) program in Connecticut. The revised program includes a test and repair network and on-board diagnostic (OBD2) testing for 1996 and newer vehicles. The intended effect of this action is to approve the revised program into the Connecticut SIP. This action is being taken in accordance with the Clean Air Act.
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District and Kern County Air Pollution Control District
Document Number: E8-28733
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-12-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District (GBUAPCD) and Kern County Air Pollution Control District (KCAPCD) portions of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). Under authority of the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act), we are proposing to approve local rules that address permitting and exemptions from permitting.
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District and Kern County Air Pollution Control District
Document Number: E8-28732
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District (GBUAPCD) and Kern County Air Pollution Control District (KCAPCD) portions of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). Under authority of the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act), we are approving local rules that address permitting.
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, South Coast Air Quality Management District
Document Number: E8-28726
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-12-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern oxides of nitrogen (NOX ) emissions from large water heaters and small boilers and process heaters. We are proposing to approve a local rule to regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act).
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, South Coast Air Quality Management District
Document Number: E8-28725
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern oxides of nitrogen (NOX) emissions from large water heaters and small boilers and process heaters. We are approving a local rule that regulates these emission sources under the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act).