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

Azinphos-methyl, Disulfoton, Esfenvalerate, Ethylene oxide, Fenvalerate, et al.; Proposed Tolerance Actions
Document Number: E8-31182
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-12-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to revoke certain tolerances for the fungicides prothioconazole and thiabendazole; the herbicide primisulfuron- methyl; and the insecticides azinphos-methyl, disulfoton, esfenvalerate, fenvalerate, and phosalone; the plant growth regulator 1-naphthaleneacetic acid; and the antimicrobial/insecticidal agent ethylene oxide. Also, EPA is proposing to modify certain tolerances for the insecticides disulfoton, esfenvalerate, and phosmet; and the plant growth regulator 1-naphthaleneacetic acid. In addition, EPA is proposing to establish new tolerances for the insecticides disulfoton, esfenvalerate, and phosmet; and the antimicrobial/ insecticidal agent ethylene oxide and ethylene chlorohydrin (a reaction product formed during the fumigation/sterilization process). The regulatory actions proposed in this document are in follow-up to the Agency's reregistration program under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), and tolerance reassessment program under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), section 408(q).
Notice of Availability of Preliminary Residual Desigination of Certain Storm Water Discharges in the State of Maine Under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System of the Clean Water Act
Document Number: E8-31178
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Regional Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) New England Regional Office is providing notice of availability of a preliminary determination that certain storm water discharges in the Long Creek watershed located in South Portland, Westbrook, Scarborough, and Portland, Maine will be required to obtain permit coverage under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits under the Clean Water Act. EPA is seeking public comment on the nature and scope of this preliminary residual designation. The period for comment on this preliminary residual designation will remain open until the close of the public comment period on any NPDES general or individual permit related to this preliminary residual designation. However, EPA strongly encourages interested parties to submit their comments within 45 days of the commencement of the comment period, after which EPA intends to review this preliminary residual designation and to decide whether to make any changes to it. It is EPA's intention to make a final residual designation following the close of the comment period on any associated NPDES permit. Copies of the preliminary residual designation are available for inspection online and in hardcopy as described elsewhere in this notice document.
Recent Posting to the Applicability Determination Index (ADI) Database System of Agency Applicability Determinations, Alternative Monitoring Decisions, and Regulatory Interpretations Pertaining to Standards of Performance for New Stationary Sources, National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants, and the Stratospheric Ozone Protection Program
Document Number: E8-31117
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces applicability determinations, alternative monitoring decisions, and regulatory interpretations that EPA has made under the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS); the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP); and the Stratospheric Ozone Protection Program.
Clean Air Act Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) Construction Permit Program; Interpretation of Regulations That Determine Pollutants Covered by the Federal PSD Permit Program
Document Number: E8-31114
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On December 18, 2008, the Administrator issued an interpretive memorandum entitled ``EPA's Interpretation of Regulations That Determine Pollutants Covered by Federal Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) Permit Program.'' This memorandum clarifies the scope of the EPA regulation that determines the pollutants subject to the Federal PSD program under the Clean Air Act (Act). Under Title I, Part C of the Act, the PSD program preconstruction permit requirement applies to any new major stationary source or modified existing major stationary source of regulated air pollutants located in an area that is either attaining the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) or unclassifiable. Under the Federal PSD permitting regulations, only new or modified major sources that emit one or more ``regulated NSR pollutants,'' as that term is defined in the regulations, are subject to the requirements of the PSD program, including the requirement to install the best available control technology (BACT) for those regulated NSR pollutants that the facility has the potential to emit in significant amounts. This memorandum contains EPA's definitive interpretation of ``regulated NSR pollutant'' and is intended to resolve any ambiguity in the definition, which includes ``any pollutant that otherwise is subject to regulation under the Act.'' As of the date of the memorandum, EPA interprets this definition of ``regulated NSR pollutant'' to exclude pollutants for which EPA regulations only require monitoring or reporting but include all pollutants subject to a provision in the Act or regulation adopted by EPA under the Act that requires actual control of emissions of that pollutant.
2, 4-D, Bensulide, Chlorpyrifos, DCPA, Desmedipham, Dimethoate, Fenamiphos, Metolachlor, Phorate, Sethoxydim, Terbufos, Tetrachlorvinphos, and Triallate; Technical Amendment
Document Number: E8-31010
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA issued a final rule in the Federal Register of September 17, 2008, concerning the modification of certain tolerances for a number of pesticides including the herbicides DCPA and sethoxydim as a follow-up to the Agency's reregistration program under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and tolerance reassessment program under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). This document corrects clerical errors made in the final rule.
Fomesafen; Notice of Receipt of Request To Voluntarily Cancel Pesticide Registrations
Document Number: E8-31009
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-31
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 by the registrant to voluntarily cancel the registration of certain products containing the pesticide fomesafen. The request would not terminate the last fomesafen products registered for use in the United States. EPA intends to grant this request at the close of the comment period for this announcement unless the Agency receives substantive comments within the comment period that would merit its further review of the request, or unless the registrant withdraws the request within this period. Upon acceptance of this request, any sale, distribution, or use of products listed in this notice will be permitted only if such sale, distribution, or use is consistent with the terms as described in the final order.
Notice of Filing of Pesticide Petition on Food Contact Surfaces
Document Number: E8-31008
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the initial filing of pesticide petitions proposing the amendment of regulations 40 CFR 180.940(a) for residues of antimicrobial pesticide formulation containing n-Alkyl(C12- C14) dimethyl ethylbenzyl ammonium chlorides applied to food contact surfaces in public eating places, dairy processing equipment, and food processing equipment and utensils.
Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee
Document Number: E8-30723
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, EPA gives notice of a meeting of the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee (FRRCC). The purpose of the FRRCC is to provide advice to the Administrator of EPA on environmental issues and programs that impact, or are of concern to, farms, ranches, and rural communities. The FRRCC is a part of EPA's efforts to expand cooperative working relationships with the agriculture industry and others who are interested in agricultural issues to achieve greater progress in environmental protection. The purpose of this teleconference is to discuss and approve the draft FRRCC recommendations on EPA's Draft Biofuels Strategy. A copy of the meeting agenda will be posted at http://www.epa.gov/ocemlfrrcc.
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.
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: E8-30909
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA expressed environmental concerns about impacts to environmental resources and impacts from noise. Rating EC2.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E8-30908
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; NSPS for Stationary Compression Ignition Internal Combustion Engines; EPA ICR Number 2196.03, OMB Control Number 2060-0590
Document Number: E8-30821
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit a request to renew an existing approved Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This ICR is scheduled to expire on August 31, 2009.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Modification of Secondary Treatment Requirements for Discharges Into Marine Waters, EPA ICR Number 0138.09, OMB Control Number 2040-0088
Document Number: E8-30817
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit a request to renew an existing approved Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This ICR is scheduled to expire on May 31, 2009. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below.
Final National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Discharges Incidental to the Normal Operation of a Vessel
Document Number: E8-30816
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA Regions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 are finalizing an NPDES Vessel General Permit (VGP) to cover discharges incidental to the normal operation of vessels. This action is in response to a District Court ruling that vacates, as of December 19, 2008, a long- standing EPA regulation that excludes discharges incidental to the normal operation of a vessel from the need to obtain an NPDES permit. As of December 19, 2008, discharges incidental to the normal operation of a vessel that had formerly been exempted from NPDES permitting by the regulation will be subject to the prohibition in CWA Section 301(a) against the discharge of pollutants without a permit. EPA solicited information and data on discharges incidental to normal vessel operations to assist in developing two NPDES general permits in a Federal Register Notice published June 21, 2007 (72 FR 32421). The majority of information and data in response to that notice came from seven different groups: Individual citizens, commercial fishing representatives, commercial shipping groups, environmental or outdoor recreation groups, the oil and gas industry, recreational boating-related businesses, and state governments. EPA considered all the information and data received along with other publicly available information in developing two proposed vessel permits. EPA published the two proposed permits and accompanying fact sheets for public comment on June 17, 2008 (73 FR 34296). As proposed, the VGP would have covered all commercial and non-recreational vessels and those recreational vessels longer or equal to 79 feet, and the proposed RGP would have covered recreational vessels less than 79 feet in length. However, after the permits were proposed, Congress enacted two new laws that impact the universe of vessels covered under today's permit. On July 29, 2008, Senate bill S. 2766 (``the Clean Boating Act of 2008'') was signed into law (Pub. L. 110-288). This law provides that recreational vessels shall not be subject to the requirement to obtain an NPDES permit to authorize discharges incidental to their normal operation. As a result of this legislation, EPA is not finalizing the proposed recreational vessel NPDES permit and has also modified the VGP, which included those recreational vessel over 79 feet, to eliminate that coverage. On July 31, 2008, Senate bill S. 3298 was signed into law (Pub. L. 110-299). This law generally imposes a two-year moratorium during which time neither EPA nor states can require NPDES permits for discharges (except ballast water discharges) incidental to the normal operation of vessels of less than 79 feet and commercial fishing vessels of any length. EPA is not taking final action on the proposed permit as it would apply to these vessels and has revised the final VGP to reflect the new law.
Preliminary Listing of Additional Waters To Be Included on Illinois' 2008 List of Impaired Waters Under Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act and Proposed Delisting of Boron Impairment for Segment E-26 of the Sangamon River
Document Number: E8-30815
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's decision identifying water quality limited segments and associated pollutants in Illinois to be listed pursuant to the Clean Water Act Section 303(d)(2), and requests public comment. Section 303(d)(2) requires that states submit and EPA approve or disapprove lists of waters for which existing technology-based pollution controls are not stringent enough to attain or maintain state water quality standards and for which total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) must be prepared. On October 22, 2008, EPA partially approved and partially disapproved Illinois' submittal. Specifically, EPA approved Illinois' listing of waters, associated pollutants and associated priority rankings, but disapproved Illinois' decision not to list certain water quality limited segments and associated pollutants. EPA identified these additional water bodies and pollutants for inclusion on the 2008 Section 303(d) list. EPA is providing the public the opportunity to review its decision to add waters and pollutants to Illinois' 2008 Clean Water Act Section 303(d) list and its decision to delist the Boron impairment for the Sangamon waterbody. EPA will consider public comments in reaching its final decision on the additional water bodies and pollutants identified for inclusion on Illinois' final 303(d) list and the deletion of the Boron impairment.
Scientific Workshop To Inform EPA's Response to National Academy of Science Comments on the Health Effects of Dioxin in EPA's 2003 Dioxin Reassessment
Document Number: E8-30811
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA), a part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Research and Development, is sponsoring a three-day public, scientific workshop, including a public review of the recent scientific literature on 2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-Dioxin (TCDD) dose-response, to assist EPA in responding to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report, Health Risks from Dioxin and Related Compounds: Evaluation of the EPA Reassessment (NAS, 2006). (See 73 FR 70999 for information on the preliminary literature search results for TCDD dose-response. The literature search was conducted in collaboration with the Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratories.) The Track Group, an EPA contractor, will organize and facilitate the workshop. Members of the public may attend the workshop as observers and may participate in open comment periods. Space is limited and registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. As part of the registration process, members of the public may choose to submit a poster citation and abstract limited to 250 words. Space for displaying posters is limited, and abstract submissions will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Approval of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Oklahoma; Recodification of Regulations
Document Number: E8-29979
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is approving portions of the revisions to the Oklahoma State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted on February 14, 2002. Most of the revisions are administrative in nature and modify redundant or incorrect text within the SIP. The revisions also include renumbered or recodified portions of the SIP and new sections that incorporate Federal rules. We are approving the revisions in accordance with the requirements of section 110 of the Clean Air Act (the Act) and EPA's regulations.
Approval of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Oklahoma; Recodification of Regulations
Document Number: E8-29978
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-12-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve portions of revisions to the Oklahoma State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted on February 14, 2002. Most of the revisions are administrative in nature and modify redundant or incorrect text within the SIP. The revisions also include renumbered or recodified portions of the SIP and new sections that incorporate Federal rules. We are approving the revisions in accordance with the requirements of section 110 of the Clean Air Act (the Act) and EPA's regulations.
National Volatile Organic Compound Emission Standards for Aerosol Coatings
Document Number: E8-30699
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA published a direct final rule and parallel proposal on November 7, 2008 (73 FR 66184) to amend the national volatile organic compound (VOC) emission standards for aerosol coatings, which EPA promulgated on March 24, 2008 (73 FR 15604), by extending the compliance date and changing the submittal date for initial notification reports. Because we received an adverse comment during the comment period on the direct final rule and parallel proposal, in this action we are both withdrawing the direct final rule and issuing a final rule based on the notice of proposed rulemaking after considering the comment.
Notice of Data Availability on Spent Oil Shale From Above Ground Retorting Operations
Document Number: E8-30698
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Agency recognizes that there may have been some uncertainty regarding the Bevill status of spent oil shale from above ground retorting operations. This notice reiterates that spent oil shale from the above ground retorting of oil shale is not a Bevill waste excluded from regulation under Subtitle C of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). However, the fact that such material is not excluded from regulation as Bevill waste does not mean that it is regulated under Subtitle C of RCRA. In fact, the notice summarizes, for comment, available analytical data on the characteristics of spent shale from oil shale above ground retorting operations (especially leachate characteristics), which indicate that this material is unlikely to exhibit a hazardous characteristic under Subtitle C of RCRA. This Notice does not reopen any prior EPA rulemakings which address the Bevill status of wastes from the extraction, beneficiation, or processing of ores and minerals.
Control of Emissions From New and In-use Highway Vehicles and Engines: Approval of New Scheduled Maintenance for Exhaust Recirculation Valves in Certain Applications
Document Number: E8-30681
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces that EPA has granted an engine manufacturer a new and limited variation in the emission-related scheduled maintenance interval for the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve for some heavy duty engine families for model years 2007-2009. Diesel EGR valve cleaning is considered critical emission-related maintenance.
Extension of Cross-Media Electronic Reporting Rule Deadline for Authorized Programs
Document Number: E8-30680
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is amending the Final Cross-Media Electronic Reporting Rule (CROMERR) deadline for authorized programs (states, tribes, or local governments) with existing electronic document receiving systems to submit an application for EPA approval to revise or modify their authorized programs. This action will extend the current October 13, 2008, deadline until January 13, 2010.
Proposed Consent Decree, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
Document Number: E8-30677
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with section 113(g) of the Clean Air Act, as amended (``Act''), 42 U.S.C. 7413(g), notice is hereby given of a proposed consent decree to address a lawsuit filed by Rocky Mountain Clean Air Action and WildEarth Guardians (collectively ``Plaintiffs'') in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia: Rocky Mountain Clean Air Action, et al. v. Johnson, No. 08-1422 (D. D.C.). Plaintiffs filed a deadline suit to compel the Administrator to respond to an administrative petition seeking EPA's objection to a CAA Title V operating permit issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Air Pollution Control Division to the CEMEX, Inc. cement plant near Lyons, Colorado (``CEMEX''). Under the terms of the proposed consent decree, EPA has agreed to respond to the petition by April 20, 2009.
Petition to Revoke all Tolerances and Cancel all Registrations for the Pesticide 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic Acid; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E8-30527
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is seeking public comment on a November 6, 2008, petition from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), requesting that the Agency revoke all tolerances and cancel all registrations for the pesticide 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D). The petitioner, NRDC, requests this action to obtain what they believe would be proper application of the safety standards of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), section 408, as amended by the Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA) of 1996.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Voluntary Children's Chemical Evaluation Program (VCCEP); EPA ICR No. 2055.03, OMB Control No. 2070-0165
Document Number: E8-30520
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
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: ``Voluntary Children's Chemical Evaluation Program (VCCEP)'' and identified by EPA ICR No. 2055.03 and OMB Control No. 2070-0165, is scheduled to expire on July 31, 2009. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Pressed Wood Manufacturing Industry Survey; EPA ICR No. 2328.01, OMB Control No. 2070-new
Document Number: E8-30499
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
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). This ICR is entitled: ``Pressed Wood Manufacturing Industry Survey'' and is identified by EPA ICR No. 2328.01 and OMB Control No. 2070-new. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Health and Safety Data Reporting, Submission of Lists and Copies of Health and Safety Studies; EPA ICR No. 0575.12, OMB Control No. 2070-0004
Document Number: E8-30498
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
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: ``Health and Safety Data Reporting, Submission of Lists and Copies of Health and Safety Studies'' and identified by EPA ICR No. 0575.12 and OMB Control No. 2070-0004, is scheduled to expire on July 31, 2009. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection.
Registration Review; Atonik Docket Opened for Review and Comment
Document Number: E8-30497
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
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 Ampelomyces quisqualis and for Candia oleophila]. These pesticides do not currently have any actively registered pesticide products and are not, therefore, scheduled for review under the registration review program.
Chitin/Chitosan, Farnesol/Nerolidol and Nosema locustae Final Registration Review Decision; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E8-30496
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's final registration review decisions for the pesticides Chitin/Chitosan (case 6063), Farnesol/Nerolidol (case 6061) and Nosema locustae (case 4104). 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, that the pesticide can perform its intended function without unreasonable adverse effects on human health or the environment. 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.
Rodenticides; Notice of Receipt of Request to Voluntarily Cancel 22 Rodenticide Registrations
Document Number: E8-30495
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
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 requests by the registrants to voluntarily cancel the registrations of 22 rodenticide products containing the active ingredients bromadiolone, bromethalin, cholecalciferol, difenacoum, diphacinone (and its sodium salt), warfarin (and its sodium salt), and zinc phosphide. The request would terminate the 22 rodenticide products listed in Table 1. EPA intends to grant these requests with an effective date of June 4, 2011 at the close of the comment period for this announcement unless the Agency receives substantive comments within the comment period that would merit its further review of the request or unless a registrant withdraws its request within this period. If EPA grants the cancellation requests as anticipated, any sale or distribution of products listed in this notice after June 4, 2011 will be permitted only if such sale or distribution, is consistent with the terms as described in the final order.
Pesticide Product Registration Approval
Document Number: E8-30494
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces Agency approval of an application to register the pesticide product n-Tetradecyl Acetate Technical Pheromone containing an active ingredient not included in any previously registered products pursuant to the provisions of section 3(c)(5) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended.
FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Public Meeting; Correction
Document Number: E8-30492
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA issued a notice in the Federal Register of December 10, 2008, concerning a 3-day meeting of the FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel 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] AcreMax\TM\ 1 Corn Rootworm-Protected Corn. This document is being issued to correct an error in the dates for the meeting.
L-Latic Acid Registration Review Final Work Plan and Proposed Registration Review Decision; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E8-30380
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's Final Work Plan and Proposed Registration Review Decision for the pesticides case L-Latic Acid, and opens a public comment period on the proposed registration review decision. 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, that the pesticide can perform its intended function without unreasonable adverse effects on human health or the environment. 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.
Access to Confidential Business Information by Guident Technologies Inc. and Science Applications International Corporation
Document Number: E8-30203
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has authorized its contractor Guident of Herndon, VA and subcontractor Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) of McLean, VA, to access information which has been submitted to EPA under all sections of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Some of the information may be claimed or determined to be Confidential Business Information (CBI).
Notice of Availability of Draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4)
Document Number: E8-30549
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Director of the Office of Ecosystem Protection, Environmental Protection AgencyRegion 1 (EPA), is issuing this Notice of Availability of Draft NPDES general permits for discharges from small MS4s to certain waters of the states of New Hampshire and Vermont, and to certain waters on Indian Country lands in the states of Connecticut and Rhode Island. These draft NPDES general permits establish Notice of Intent (NOI) requirements, prohibitions, and management practices for stormwater discharges from small MS4s. EPA is proposing to issue six general permits. Throughout this document the terms ``this permit'' or ``the permit'' will refer to all six general permits. Owners and/or operators of small MS4s that discharge stormwater will be required to submit a NOI to EPARegion 1 to be covered by the general permit and will receive a written notification from EPA of permit coverage and authorization to discharge under the general permit. The eligibility requirements are discussed in the draft permit. The small MS4 must meet the eligibility requirements of the permit prior to submission of the NOI. The draft general permits, appendices, and fact sheet are available at http://www.epa.gov/region1/npdes/stormwater/MS4_2008_NH.html.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Servicing of Motor Vehicle Air Conditioners (Renewal), EPA ICR Number 1617.06, OMB Control Number 2060-0247
Document Number: E8-30547
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA)(44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that an Information Collection Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. This is a request to renew an existing approved collection. The ICR, which is abstracted below, describes the nature of the information collection and its estimated burden and cost.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Enforcement Policy Regarding the Sale and Use of Aftermarket Catalytic Converters; EPA ICR No. 1292.08, OMB Control No. 2060-0135
Document Number: E8-30543
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that an Information Collection Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. This is a request to renew an existing approved collection. The ICR, which is abstracted below, describes the nature of the information collection and its estimated burden and cost.
Notice of Availability of Preliminary Residual Designation of Certain Stormwater Discharges in the State of Massachusetts Under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System of the Clean Water Act
Document Number: E8-30540
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Regional Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) New England Regional Office is providing notice of the availability of a preliminary determination that certain stormwater discharges in the Charles River watershed located in Bellingham, Milford, and Franklin, Massachusetts will be required to obtain permit coverage under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) of the Clean Water Act. EPA is seeking public comment on the nature and scope of this preliminary residual designation. The period for comment on this preliminary residual designation will remain open until the close of the public comment period on any NPDES general or individual permit related to this preliminary residual designation. However, EPA strongly encourages interested parties to submit their comments within 45 days of the commencement of the comment period, after which EPA intends to review this preliminary residual designation and to decide whether to make any changes to it. It is EPA's intention to make a final residual designation following the close of the comment period on any associated NPDES permit. Copies of the preliminary residual designation are available for inspection online and in hardcopy as described elsewhere in this document.
Amendment to Standards and Practices for All Appropriate Inquiries Under CERCLA
Document Number: E8-30537
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-12-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to amend the Standards and Practices for All Appropriate Inquiries to reference a standard practice recently made available by ASTM International, a widely recognized standards development organization. Specifically, EPA is proposing to amend the All Appropriate Inquiries Final Rule to reference ASTM International's E2247-08 ``Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process for Forestland or Rural Property'' and allow for its use to satisfy the statutory requirements for conducting all appropriate inquiries under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA). In the ``Rules and Regulations'' section of this Federal Register, EPA is amending the All Appropriate Inquiries Final Rule to reference the ASTM E2247-08 Standard as a direct final rule without a prior proposed rule. If we receive no adverse comment, we will not take further action on this proposed rule.
Amendment to Standards and Practices for All Appropriate Inquiries Under CERCLA
Document Number: E8-30536
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to amend the Standards and Practices for All Appropriate Inquiries to reference a standard practice recently made available by ASTM International, a widely recognized standards development organization. Specifically, this direct final rule amends the All Appropriate Inquiries Rule to reference ASTM International's E2247-08 ``Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process for Forestland or Rural Property'' and allow for its use to satisfy the statutory requirements for conducting all appropriate inquiries under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA).
Good Neighbor Environmental Board; Notification of Public Advisory Committee Teleconference
Document Number: E8-30535
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92- 463, notice is hereby given that the Good Neighbor Environmental Board (GNEB) will hold a public teleconference on January 8, 2009 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The meeting is open to the public. For further information regarding the teleconference and background materials, please contact Mark Joyce at the number listed below. Background: GNEB is a federal advisory committee chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92463. GNEB provides advice and recommendations to the President and Congress on environmental and infrastructure issues along the U.S. border with Mexico. Purpose of Meeting: The purpose of this teleconference is to discuss and approve the Good Neighbor Environmental Board's Twelfth Report: Innovative Approaches to Addressing Environmental Problems along the U.S./Mexico Border.
An Exposure Assessment of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers
Document Number: E8-30517
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is announcing an extension of the public comment period for the draft document titled, ``An Exposure Assessment of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers'' (EPA 600/R-08/086A). The public comment period was announced on December 4, 2008 (FR73, 73930). The draft document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment within EPA's Office of Research and Development to provide a comprehensive assessment of the exposure of Americans to polybrominated diphenyl ethers, PBDEs, a class of brominated flame retardants. The document is being distributed solely for the purpose of pre-dissemination review under applicable information quality guidelines. It does not represent and should not be construed to represent any Agency policy, viewpoint, or determination. EPA will consider any public comments submitted in accordance with this notice when revising the document.
Idaho: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revision
Document Number: E8-30516
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Idaho applied to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for final authorization of changes to its hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, as amended (RCRA). On September 30, 2008, EPA published a proposed rule to authorize the changes and opened a public comment period under Docket ID No. EPA-R10-RCRA-2008- 0588. On October 28, 2008, EPA published notification of an extension of the comment period for the proposed rule. The comment period closed on November 20, 2008. EPA has decided that the revisions to the Idaho hazardous waste management program satisfy all of the requirements necessary to qualify for final authorization and EPA is authorizing these revisions to Idaho's authorized hazardous waste management program in this final rule.
Revision of Source Category List for Standards Under Section 112(k) of the Clean Air Act; and National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Area Sources: Ferroalloys Production Facilities
Document Number: E8-30424
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is revising the area source category list by changing the name of the ferroalloys production category to clarify that it includes all types of ferroalloys. We are also adding two additional products (calcium carbide and silicon metal) to the source category. EPA is issuing final national emissions standards for control of hazardous air pollutants (HAP) for area source ferroalloys production facilities. The final emissions standards for new and existing sources reflect EPA's determination regarding the generally available control technology (GACT) or management practices for the source category.