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Wisconsin: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revision
Document Number: E8-27855
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-11-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Wisconsin has applied to EPA for final authorization of the changes to its hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). EPA has reviewed Wisconsin's application and has preliminarily determined that these changes satisfy all requirements needed to qualify for final authorization, and is proposing to authorize the State's changes. We are proposing to authorize the renumbering and revision of Wisconsin's previously authorized regulations.
Literature Search for 2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-Dioxin (TCDD) Dose-Response Studies for Use in an Upcoming Expert Panel Workshop
Document Number: E8-27853
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a 45-day public review and request for additional information on available peer-reviewed literature for 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p- dioxin (TCDD) dose-response for use in human health risk assessment. An initial literature search was conducted by EPA through an Interagency Agreement with the Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory. Results of this preliminary search are available via the dioxin Web site http://www.epa.gov/ncea/dioxin. The public is invited to review the preliminary literature search results and submit any additional information, specifically peer-reviewed TCDD dose-response studies, to EPA that are not already identified in the literature search. Please submit any information in accordance with the instructions provided below. It is requested that the full publication be provided to EPA if possible. Results of this literature search will be used by scientists from EPA and other scientists from outside of EPA in the conduct of a scientific expert workshop, open to the public, to be held in Cincinnati, Ohio, on February 18-20, 2009. This workshop will be announced in a future Federal Register notice. This notice provides: (1) A link to the electronic list of recent literature search results for TCDD dose-response; and (2) instructions to the public for submitting additional scientific information pertinent to TCDD dose-response assessment to EPA that is not already identified in the literature search.
Leviathan Mine Superfund Site; Notice of Proposed CERCLA Administrative Order on Consent
Document Number: E8-27751
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-24
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 Atlantic Richfield Company (``Respondent'') concerning the Leviathan Mine Superfund Site in Alpine County, 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, Respondent will perform certain response actions at the Site through July 31, 2013, pay over $1.7 million to reimburse the United States for certain past costs, pay certain future response costs, pay a civil penalty of $90,000, and perform a specified supplemental environmental project in Douglas County, Nevada, with costs estimated at $400,000. EPA estimates that the response actions to be performed under the Settlement Agreement will cost approximately $5,600,000. The Settlement Agreement and its appendices 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 any of the following public information repositories: Nevada State Library & Archives, 100 N. Stewart Street, Carson City, NV 89701; Douglas County Public Library, 1625 Library Lane, Minden, NV 89423; or Alpine County Library, 270 Laramie Street, Markleeville, CA 96120. The Settlement Agreement, together with descriptions of the removal action and the supplemental environmental project to be performed under the Settlement Agreement may also be examined at the following EPA Web site: http://www.epa.gov/region09/LeviathanMine. A copy of the Settlement Agreement may also be obtained by mail from Joshua Wirtschafter, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region IX, 75 Hawthorne Street (mail code ORC-3), San Francisco, California 94105- 3901.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Tennessee; Approval of Revisions to the Knox County Portion of the Tennessee State Implementation Plan-“Permit by Rule” Provision
Document Number: E8-27740
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-11-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a revision to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of Tennessee on October 12, 2007. The revision pertains to the Knox County portion of the Tennessee SIP and includes changes to Knox County Air Quality Management Regulation (Knox County Regulation) Section 25.10Permit by Rule. Specifically, Section 25.10 was changed so that it clearly states that turbines and other internal combustion engines are excluded from the ``Permit by Rule'' provision. This revision is considered by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), to be as or more stringent than the State of Tennessee's SIP requirements. This action is being taken pursuant to section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA). In the Final Rules section of this Federal Register, EPA is approving the SIP revision as a direct final rule without prior proposal because the Agency views this as a noncontroversial submittal and anticipates no adverse comments. A detailed rationale for the approval is set forth in the direct final rule. If no adverse comments are received in response to this rule, no further activity is contemplated. If EPA receives adverse comments, the direct final rule will be withdrawn and all public comments received will be addressed in a subsequent final rule based on this proposed rule. EPA will not institute a second comment period on this document. Any parties interested in commenting on this document should do so at this time.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Tennessee; Approval of Revisions to the Knox County Portion of the Tennessee State Implementation Plan-“Permit by Rule” Provision
Document Number: E8-27739
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-11-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Tennessee on October 12, 2007. The revision pertains to the Knox County portion of the Tennessee SIP and includes changes to Knox County Air Quality Management Regulation (Knox County Regulation) Section 25.10Permit by Rule. Specifically, Section 25.10 was changed so that it clearly states that turbines and other internal combustion engines are excluded from the ``Permit by Rule'' provision. This revision is considered by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), to be as or more stringent than the State of Tennessee's SIP requirements. This action is being taken pursuant to section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, Imperial County Air Pollution Control District, Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District, South Coast Air Quality Management District, and Ventura County Air Pollution Control District
Document Number: E8-27737
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-11-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the Imperial County Air Pollution Control District (ICAPCD), Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD), South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), and Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (VCAPCD) portions of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern volatile organic compound emissions from storage of reactive organic compound liquids, polyester resin operations, coatings of metal parts and products, and adhesives and sealants. We are proposing to approve local rules that regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act).
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, Imperial County Air Pollution Control District, Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District, South Coast Air Quality Management District, and Ventura County Air Pollution Control District
Document Number: E8-27735
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-11-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Imperial County Air Pollution Control District (ICAPCD), Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD), South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), and Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (VCAPCD) portions of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from storage of reactive organic compound liquids, polyester resin operations, coatings of metal parts and products, and adhesives and sealants. We are approving local rules that regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act).
Underground Injection Control Program; Petition To Renew Exemption From Hazardous Waste Disposal Restrictions to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; Class I Hazardous Waste Injection; Occidental Chemical Corporation
Document Number: E8-27734
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that renewal of an exemption to the Land Disposal Restrictions under the 1984 Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act has been granted to Occidental Chemical Corporation (Occidental) for five Class I hazardous waste injection wells, identified as Well Nos. 3, 4, 7, 8, and 9, and located at Occidental's chemical manufacturing facility near Wichita, Kansas. As required by Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 148, Occidental has satisfactorily demonstrated to the Environmental Protection Agency by petition and supporting documentation that, to a reasonable degree of certainty, there will be no migration of hazardous constituents from the injection zone for as long as the waste remains hazardous, and therefore is protective of underground sources of drinking water. This time period is defined by 40 CFR 148.20 as 10,000 years. The final decision allows the underground injection by Occidental of the specific restricted hazardous waste, identified in the Petition, into Well Numbers 3, 4, 7, 8, and 9 for as long as the basis for granting approval of the petition remains valid, under provisions of 40 CFR 148.24. For the purpose of the required demonstration of no-migration of hazardous waste out of the injection zone over a 10,000 year period, modeling and projections were based on an operational lifetime projection date of December 31, 2020. Therefore, on or by the closing date of the aforementioned operational period, the operator will be required to obtain another exemption re- issuance from EPA. Included in this approval is the stipulation that Occidental acquires and continues to maintain approved Class I hazardous waste injection well permits from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. As required by 40 CFR 124.10, a public notice was issued on July 21, 2008. In addition to having solicited written comments regarding the Agency's proposed approval, EPA also announced that a formal public hearing would be held if there was a significant degree of public interest, but no interest was expressed, hence no formal public hearing was conducted. The public comment period ended on September 3, 2008. All comments have been addressed and considered in the final decision. This decision constitutes final Agency action and there is no administrative appeal process that can be applied to a final petition decision.
TSCA Inventory Reset and Inorganic High Production Volume Challenge Programs; Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: E8-27765
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is convening a public meeting to engage interested stakeholders in a public dialogue about the development of two enhancements to the Agency's Chemical Assessment and Management Program (ChAMP): The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Chemical Substance Inventory Reset (Inventory Reset) and the Inorganic High Production Volume (IHPV) Challenge programs.
Regulation of Oil-Bearing Hazardous Secondary Materials From the Petroleum Refining Industry Processed in a Gasification System To Produce Synthesis Gas; Notice of Action Denying Petition for Reconsideration
Document Number: E8-27759
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-11-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or the Agency) is providing notice that it has responded to a petition for reconsideration of the final rule, ``Regulation of Oil-Bearing Hazardous Secondary Materials from the Petroleum Refining Industry Processed in a Gasification System to Produce Synthesis Gas'', published at 73 FR 57 (January 2, 2008). The EPA considered the petition along with information contained in the rulemaking docket in reaching a decision on the petition. EPA Assistant Administrator Susan Parker Bodine denied the petition for reconsideration in a letter to the petitioners issued in November 2008. The letter explains EPA's reasons for the denial. Section 7006(a) of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) states, in pertinent part, that judicial review of the denial of any petition for the amendment or repeal of any regulation under the Act may be filed only in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit within 90 days of the denial.
Extension of Cross-Media Electronic Reporting Rule Deadline for Authorized Programs
Document Number: E8-27752
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-11-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Because EPA received comment, we are withdrawing the direct final rule for extension of the Cross-Media Electronic Reporting Rule (CROMERR) deadline for authorized programs (states, tribes, or local governments) with existing electronic document receiving systems to submit applications for EPA approval under CROMERR, published on October 17, 2008.
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
Document Number: E8-27741
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-11-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA issued a direct final rule on October 6, 2008, entitled, ``The Treatment of Data Influenced by Exceptional Events (Exceptional Events Rule): Revised Exceptional Event Data Flagging Submittal and Documentation Schedule for Monitoring Data Used in Designations for the 2008 Ozone NAAQS.'' This document makes a minor correction to the Exceptional Events Rule to correct typographical errors in the technical notation of the ozone standard contained in the preamble and regulatory text for the rule.
Proposed Federal Requirements Under the Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program for Carbon Dioxide (CO2
Document Number: E8-27738
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-11-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed regulations for the underground injection of carbon dioxide (CO2) for geologic sequestration under the authority of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) on July 25, 2008. The initial public comment period for this proposal was 120 days, ending on November 24, 2008. In response to requests, this action extends the public comment period for an additional 30 days.
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: E8-27730
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA expressed environmental concerns about water quality and stormwater impacts and the mitigation of those impacts. Rating EC2. EIS No. 20080331, ERP No. D-NOA-L91032-00, Proposed Acceptable Biological Catch (ABC) and Optimum Yield (OY) Specifications and Management Measures for the 2009-2010 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan, Implementation, WA, OR and CA.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E8-27729
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Renewable Fuel Standard for 2009, Issued Pursuant to Section 211(o) of the Clean Air Act
Document Number: E8-27613
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Section 211(o) of the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act) requires the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to annually determine a renewable fuel standard (RFS) which is applicable to refiners, importers and certain blenders of gasoline, and publish the standard in the Federal Register. On the basis of this standard, each obligated party determines the volume of renewable fuel that it must ensure is consumed as motor vehicle fuel. This standard is calculated as a percentage, by dividing the amount of renewable fuel that the Act requires to be used in a given year by the amount of gasoline expected to be used during that year, including certain adjustments specified by the Act. In this notice we are publishing an RFS of 10.21% for 2009. This standard is intended to lead to the use of 11.1 billion gallons of renewable fuel in 2009, as required by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA). As discussed below, we expect the 11.1 billion gallons of renewable fuel required in 2009 to include approximately 0.5 billion gallons of biodiesel and renewable diesel.
EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Public Teleconference Meeting of the Chartered Science Advisory Board
Document Number: E8-27612
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces two public teleconference meetings of the chartered SAB to: (1) Conduct its quality review of several draft SAB reports, and (2) to receive a briefing from EPA on biofuels.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Chemical Manufacturing Area Sources
Document Number: E8-27609
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-11-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is announcing an extension of the public comment period on the proposed rule, ``National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Chemical Manufacturing Area Sources.'' As initially published in the Federal Register on October 6, 2008, written comments on the proposed rule were to be submitted by November 20, 2008. On November 12, 2008, EPA received a court order extending the deadline for signature of the notice of final rulemaking to May 15, 2009, and we are extending the public comment period on the proposed rule to January 5, 2009.
Revised National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit Regulation and Effluent Limitations Guidelines for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations in Response to the Waterkeeper
Document Number: E8-26620
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-11-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (Clean Water Act or CWA), EPA is revising the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting requirements and Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards (ELGs) for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) in response to the order issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Waterkeeper Alliance et al. v. EPA, 399 F.3d 486 (2d Cir. 2005). This final rule responds to the court order while furthering the statutory goal of restoring and maintaining the nation's water quality by ensuring that CAFOs properly manage manure generated by their operations. This final rule revises several aspects of EPA's current regulations governing discharges from CAFOs. EPA is modifying the requirement to apply for a permit by specifying that an owner or operator of a CAFO that discharges or proposes to discharge must apply for an NPDES permit. The final rule also includes an option for an unpermitted CAFO to certify to the permitting authority that the CAFO does not discharge or propose to discharge. In addition, EPA is clarifying how the agricultural stormwater discharge exemption criteria are interpreted for unpermitted Large CAFOs. EPA is also requiring CAFOs seeking permit coverage to submit their nutrient management plans (NMPs) with their applications for individual permits or notices of intent to be authorized under general permits. Permitting authorities are required to review the NMPs and provide the public with an opportunity for meaningful public review and comment. Permitting authorities are also required to incorporate terms of NMPs as NPDES permit conditions. Additionally, this action removes the provision that allowed CAFOs to use a 100-year, 24-hour containment structure to fulfill the no discharge requirement for new source swine, poultry, and veal calf operations. Instead, this action authorizes permit writers, upon request by swine, poultry, and veal calf CAFOs that are new sources, to establish best management practice no discharge effluent limitations when the facility demonstrates that it has designed an open containment system that will comply with the no discharge requirements. This final rule also responds to the court's remand orders regarding water quality-based effluent limitations (WQBELs) and pathogens. EPA is clarifying that WQBELs may be required in permits with respect to production area discharges and discharges from land application areas that are not exempt as agricultural stormwater. Finally, EPA is making the finding that the best conventional technology (BCT) limitations established in 2003 also apply to fecal coliform.
Notice of Filing of a Pesticide Petition for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities
Document Number: E8-27486
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the initial filing of a pesticide petition proposing the establishment or modification of regulations for residues of acetic acid in or on various commodities.
Polyoxin D Zinc Salt; Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: E8-27485
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-11-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of the polyoxin D zinc salt (zinc 5-[[2- amino-5-o-(aminocarbonyl)-2-deoxy-L-xylonoyl]amino]-1-(5-carb oxy-3,4- dihydro-2,4-dioxo-1(2H)-pyrimidinyl)-1,5-dideoxy-[beta]-D- allofuranuronatein) on almonds, cucurbit vegetables, fruiting vegetables, ginseng, grapes, pistachios, pome fruits, potatoes and strawberries when applied/used as a biochemical pesticide to control and suppress fungal diseases. Arysta LifeScience North America Corporation submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), requesting an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of polyoxin D zinc salt (zinc 5- [[2-amino-5-o-(aminocarbonyl)-2-deoxy-L-xylonoyl]amino]-1-(5- carboxy- 3,4-dihydro-2,4-dioxo-1(2H)-pyrimidinyl)-1,5-dideoxy-[beta]-D - allofuranuronatein).
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, Ventura County Air Pollution Control District
Document Number: E8-27484
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-11-19
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 permitting of new or modified sources. We are proposing to approve local rules to regulate these procedures 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.
Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) or Superfund, Section 128(a); Notice of Grant Funding Guidance for State and Tribal Response Programs
Document Number: E8-27473
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will begin to accept requests, from December 1, 2008 through January 31, 2009, for grants to supplement State and Tribal Response Programs. This notice provides guidance on eligibility for funding, use of funding, grant mechanisms and process for awarding funding, the allocation system for distribution of funding, and terms and reporting under these grants. EPA has consulted with state and tribal officials in developing this guidance. The primary goal of this funding is to ensure that state and tribal response programs include, or are taking reasonable steps to include, certain elements and a public record. Another goal is to provide funding for other activities that increase the number of response actions conducted or overseen by a state or tribal response program. This funding is not intended to supplant current state or tribal funding for their response programs. Instead, it is to supplement their funding to increase their response capacity. For fiscal year 2009, EPA will consider funding requests up to a maximum of $1.5 million per state or tribe. Subject to the availability of funds, EPA regional personnel will be available to provide technical assistance to states and tribes as they apply for and carry out these grants.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NESHAP for Inorganic Arsenic Emissions From Glass Manufacturing Plants, EPA ICR Number 1081.09, OMB Control Number 2060-0043
Document Number: E8-27472
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-19
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; Reporting Requirements for BEACH Act Grants (Renewal), EPA ICR Number 2048.03, OMB Control Number 2040-0244
Document Number: E8-27471
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-19
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 information collection and its estimated burden and cost.
Ipconazole; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: E8-27310
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-11-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of ipconazole from seed treatment in or on cotton, peanut, soybean, dry shelled pea and bean (Subgroup 6C), cereal grains (Group 15) except rice, and forage, fodder, and straw of cereal grains (Group 16) except rice. Chemtura Corporation requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Chromated Arsenicals, Pentachlorophenol, Creosote Reregistration Eligibility Decisions; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E8-27307
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's Reregistration Eligibility Decision (REDs) for the pesticides chromated arsenicals (e.g., CCA), pentachlorophenol, and creosote, collectively referred to as ``heavy duty wood preservatives.'' The Agency's risk assessments and other related documents also are available in the chromated arsenicals, pentachlorophenol, and creosote Dockets. The term heavy duty wood preservative is used to differentiate wood preservatives applied using specialized high pressure treatment cylinders (also called ``retorts'') from those applied using non-specialized methods (e.g., brush, dip). The three wood preservatives are used primarily for industrial purposes such as utility poles, pilings, and railroad ties. EPA has reviewed the heavy duty wood preservatives 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.
Clean Air Act Advisory Committee; Notice of Charter Renewal
Document Number: E8-27302
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Petition for Rulemaking Requesting EPA Regulate Nanoscale Silver Products as Pesticides; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E8-27204
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice makes available for public review and comment a petition for rulemaking and collateral relief filed by the International Center for Technology Assessment (ICTA) and others. In general, the petition requests that the Agency classify nanoscale silver as a pesticide, require formal pesticide registration of all products containing nanoscale silver, analyze the potential human health and environmental risks of nanoscale silver, take regulatory actions under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) against existing products that contain nanoscale silver, and take other regulatory actions under FIFRA as appropriate for nanoscale silver products. The Agency has determined that the petition raises issues that potentially affect private and public sector stakeholders. Through this notice, EPA is asking for public comment on the petition.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NSPS for Calciners and Dryers in Mineral Industries, (Renewal), EPA ICR Number 0746.07, OMB Control Number 2060-0251
Document Number: E8-27311
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-18
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.
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District, Kern County Air Pollution Control District, Mohave Desert Air Quality Management District
Document Number: E8-27301
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-11-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing a disapproval of revisions to the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District (GBUAPCD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP), and limited approval and limited disapproval of revisions to the Kern County Air Pollution Control District (KCAPCD) and Mohave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD) portions of the SIP. These revisions concern particulate matter (PM) emissions from fugitive dust sources. We are proposing action on local rules that regulate these emission sources 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.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Redesignation of the Pittsburgh-Beaver Valley 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area to Attainment and Approval of the Area's Maintenance Plan; Withdrawal of Proposed Rule
Document Number: E8-27211
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-11-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is withdrawing the proposed rule to approve a redesignation request and a maintenance plan State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In a proposed rule published on July 11, 2007, EPA proposed to approve a request that the Pittsburgh-Beaver Valley, Pennsylvania, ozone nonattainment area (the Pittsburgh Area) be redesignated as attainment for the 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) that was promulgated on July 18, 1997. In conjunction with the proposed action on the redesignation request, we also proposed to approve a maintenance plan for the Pittsburgh Area that provides for continued attainment of the 8-hour ozone NAAQS for at least 10 years after redesignation, and, to approve a 2002 base year inventory for the Pittsburgh Area. On May 29, 2008, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) submitted a letter to formally withdraw the redesignation request and the maintenance plan SIP revision.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; 2002 Base Year Inventory for the Pittsburgh-Beaver Valley 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area
Document Number: E8-27210
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-11-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This revision establishes a 2002 base year inventory for the Pittsburgh-Beaver Valley, Pennsylvania, ozone nonattainment area (the Pittsburgh Area). The intended effect of this action is to approve a 2002 base year inventory for the Pittsburgh Area. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act.
Agency Information Collection Activities OMB Responses
Document Number: E8-27202
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-17
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.
Former Spellman Engineering Site; Orlando, Orange County, FL; Notice of Settlements
Document Number: E8-27200
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under Section 122(h)(1) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), the United States Environmental Protection Agency has entered into two settlements concerning the Former Spellman Engineering Site located in Orlando, Orange County, Florida for publication.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Virginia; Amendments to Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter
Document Number: E8-27192
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-11-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Virginia. This revision consists of amendments to the Commonwealth of Virginia's ambient air quality standards for particulate matter. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Removing the Federal Antidegradation Policy Applicable to Waters of the United States Within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Document Number: E8-27209
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-11-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is re-opening the comment period of a proposed rule that the Agency published on September 15, 2008. The proposed rule solicited public comment on the Agency's proposal to remove from the Code of Federal Regulations a rule that EPA promulgated in 1996 making provisions of the federal antidegradation policy directly applicable for all waters of the United States within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. EPA is re-opening the comment period for the proposed rule to ensure all parties have adequate opportunity to express their views to the Agency prior to taking final action on the proposed rule. The original comment period for the proposed rule closed on October 15, 2008. In a separate action published in today's final rule section of the Federal Register, EPA is withdrawing a direct final rule that EPA also published on September 15, 2008, removing the federal regulation that made provisions of EPA's antidegradation policy directly applicable to waters in Pennsylvania.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; State Review Framework; EPA ICR Number 2185.03, OMB Control No. 2020-0031
Document Number: E8-27111
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-14
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; Application for New and Amended Pesticide Registration; EPA ICR No. 0277.15, OMB Control No. 2070-0060
Document Number: E8-27109
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-14
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.
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: E8-27108
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA expressed environmental concerns about wildfire analysis, potential unauthorized public vehicle use, and water quality impacts from grazing. EPA recommends that the final EIS include assurances that appropriate subsequent treatments will be conducted to maintain the decreases in fire risk. Also, the final EIS should consider increasing riparian plantings and enclosures and modifying project design elements for road closure/decommissioning enforcement and monitoring. Rating EC2.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E8-27107
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
California State Nonroad Engine Pollution Control Standards; California Nonroad Compression Ignition Engines-In-Use Fleets; Authorization Request; Extension of Comment Period
Document Number: E8-27103
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA previously announced the opportunity for public hearing and written comment on the California Air Resources Board's request for an authorization of its regulations for fleets that operate nonroad, diesel fueled equipment with engines 25 horsepower (hp) and greater and that require such fleets to meet fleet average emissions standards for oxides of nitrogen and particulate matter, or, alternatively, to comply with best available control technology requirements for the vehicles in those fleets. This previous announcement occurred on October 7, 2008, at 72 FR 58385. By this notice EPA is announcing an extension of the written comment period from November 28, 2008 to December 19, 2008.
Inert Ingredient: Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance for (S,S)-Ethylenediaminedisuccinic Acid
Document Number: E8-26973
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-11-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of (S,S)-Ethylenediaminedisuccinic acid (CAS Reg. No. 20846-91-7) ((S,S)-EDDS) when used as an inert ingredient sequestrant or chelating agent in pesticide formulations applied to growing crops only under 40 CFR 180.920. Associated Octel Company, Limited, submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), as amended by the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 (FQPA), requesting an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of (S,S)-Ethylenediaminedisuccinic acid.
Notice of Receipt of Several Pesticide Petitions Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities
Document Number: E8-26969
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the Agency's receipt of several initial filings of pesticide petitions proposing the establishment or modification of regulations for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities.
Naphthalene Reregistration Eligibility Decision
Document Number: E8-26966
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) for the pesticide naphthalene. The Agency's risk assessments and other related documents also are available in the naphthalene Docket. Naphthalene is an insecticide used primarily as a moth repellant. EPA has reviewed naphthalene 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.
National Primary Drinking Water Regulations: Minor Correction to Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule and Changes in References to Analytical Methods
Document Number: E8-26959
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-11-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In this action, EPA is proposing to make a minor correction to the Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule (DBPR) and make minor, unrelated, changes in references to expedited, alternative methods and other analytical methods in the regulations. EPA promulgated the Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfectant Byproducts Rule on January 4, 2006. A requirement for ground water systems serving 500- 9,999 people was unintentionally excluded from the final rule. As a result, the rule allowed for less routine compliance monitoring than intended for this category of Public Water Systems (PWSs). These PWSs should have been required to monitor for both total trihalomethanes (TTHM) and haloacetic acids (HAA5) concentrations at two locations. Due to the error, they were only required to monitor for either TTHM or HAA5 at two locations. EPA is also proposing to make minor, unrelated changes in the CFR by adding references to the list of methods approved under the Expedited Approval Process, removing references to outdated methods, and specifying a new source for the publication titled Technical Notes on Drinking Water Methods.
Withdrawal of Direct Final Rule Removing the Federal Antidegradation Policy Applicable to Waters of the United States Within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Document Number: E8-26952
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-11-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is withdrawing a direct final rule that the Agency published on September 15, 2008. The direct final rule would have removed from the Code of Federal Regulations a rule that EPA promulgated in 1996 making provisions of the federal antidegradation policy directly applicable for all waters of the United States within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. EPA published the direct final rule with a parallel proposal to remove the federal antidegradation rule as it applies to waters in Pennsylvania. In a separate action today, EPA is also re-opening the comment period of the proposed rule to ensure all parties have adequate opportunity to express their views to the Agency prior to taking final action on the proposed rule.
Tetraconazole; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: E8-26946
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-11-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes a tolerance for residues of tetraconazole in or on grape. Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) requested this tolerance under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Background Checks for Contractor Employees, EPA ICR Number 2159.03, OMB Control Number 2030-0043; Drug Testing for Contract Employees, EPA ICR Number 2183.03, OMB Control Number 2030-0044; Monthly Progress Reports, EPA ICR Number 1039.12, OMB Control Number 2030-0005; and Contractor Cumulative Claim and Reconciliation, 1900-10, EPA ICR Number 0246.10, OMB Control Number 2030-0016
Document Number: E8-26947
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-13
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 four existing approved Information Collection Requests (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). These ICRs are scheduled to expire as follows: EPA ICR Numbers 2159.03 and 2183.03 are scheduled to expire on December 31, 2008. EPA ICR Numbers 1039.12 and 0246.10 are scheduled to expire on April 30, 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.
Stay of Effectiveness of Control Measure Regulating Dust Emissions at the Four Corners Power Plant; Navajo Nation
Document Number: E8-26842
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-11-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking final action to stay the effectiveness of a control measure regulating dust emissions from certain operations that we promulgated in our Federal Implementation Plan for the Four Corners Power Plant located on the Navajo Nation. The control measure would take effect on November 5, 2008. On October 1, 2007, Arizona Public Service Company filed a Petition for Review claiming, inter alia, that EPA had not provided an adequate explanation for promulgating the control measure. In the litigation, EPA has agreed that the control measure should be remanded and vacated. EPA needs to complete this action staying the effectiveness of the control measure until the Court rules on the Petition, including the Petitioner's and EPA's requests to remand and vacate the control measure.