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Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of California; 2003 State Strategy and 2003 South Coast Plan for One-Hour Ozone and Nitrogen Dioxide
Document Number: E8-25468
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-10-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve one state implementation plan (SIP) revision, and to approve in part and to disapprove in part a second SIP revision, submitted by the California Air Resources Board to provide for attainment of the one-hour ozone standard and maintenance of the nitrogen dioxide standard in the Los Angeles-South Coast Air Basin. The two SIP revisions include the 2003 State Strategy and the 2003 South Coast SIP, both of which were submitted on January 9, 2004. With respect to the 2003 State Strategy, EPA is proposing to approve the commitment by the State to develop and propose near-term defined measures sufficient to achieve specific emissions reductions in the South Coast and to continue implementation of an existing measure. With respect to the 2003 South Coast SIP, EPA is proposing to approve certain elements, and to disapprove other elements. The plan elements that are proposed for disapproval are not required under the Clean Air Act because they represent revisions to previously-approved SIP elements, and thus, the disapprovals will not affect the requirements for the State to have an approved SIP for these SIP elements. Therefore, the disapprovals, if finalized, would not trigger sanctions clocks nor EPA's obligation to promulgate a Federal implementation plan. EPA is proposing these actions under provisions of the Clean Air Act regarding EPA action on SIP submittals and plan requirements for nonattainment areas.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E8-25457
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: E8-25454
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA expressed environmental concern about the air quality analysis and proposed changes in visual resource management. Rating EC2.
Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee Work Group on Web-Distributed Labeling; Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: E8-25415
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, EPA gives notice of a public meeting of the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) Work Group on Web-Distributed Labeling on October 29, 2008. An agenda is under development and will be posted on EPA's website by October 27, 2008.
Meeting of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council-Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: E8-25410
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under Section 10(a)(2) of Public Law 92-423, ``The Federal Advisory Committee Act,'' notice is hereby given of a meeting of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC), established under the Safe Drinking Water Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 300f et seq.). The Council will consider various issues associated with drinking water protection and sustainable infrastructure. The Council will also receive updates about several on-going activities including consumer outreach, water security and the agreement reached by the Total Coliform Rule/Distribution System Federal Advisory Committee.
Public Water System Supervision Program Revisions for the State of Minnesota
Document Number: E8-25409
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that the State of Minnesota is revising its approved Public Water System Supervision Program. Minnesota has revised the following rules: Disinfectants/Disinfection Byproducts Rule (DBPR); Interim Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule (IESWTR); Long Term 1 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule; Small Public Water Systems Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Requirements, Suspension; Chemical and Microbiological Contaminants, Analytical Methods and Laboratory Certification Requirements Revisions; IESWTR, Stage 1 DBPR and State Primacy Requirements, Revisions; Pollutant Analysis, Test Procedures, Guidelines Establishment; IESWTR, Stage 1 DBPR and State Primacy Requirements, Revisions; and IESWTR, Stage 1 DBPR and State Primacy Requirements, Revisions, Correction; Radionuclides Rule; Arsenic and Clarifications to Compliance and New Source Contamination Monitoring Rule; Filter Backwash Recycling Rule; Analytical Method for Coliforms and E. coli Rule; Lead and Copper Minor Revisions Rule; Analytical Method for Uranium Rule; Public Notification Rule; Removal of the Chloroform Maximum Contaminant Level Goal Rule; Guidelines for Establishing Test Procedures for the analysis of Pollutants; and minor clarifications, revisions or corrections to previously adopted rules. EPA has determined that these revisions by the State are no less stringent than the corresponding federal regulations. Therefore, EPA intends to approve these revisions to the State of Minnesota's Public Water System Supervision Program. This approval action does not extend to public water systems in Indian Country, as the term is defined in 18 U.S.C. 1151. By approving these rules, EPA does not intend to affect the rights of federally recognized Indian Tribes in Minnesota, nor does it intend to limit existing rights of the State of Minnesota. Any interested party may request a public hearing. A request for a public hearing must be submitted by November 24, 2008, to the Regional Administrator at the EPA Region 5 address shown below. The Regional Administrator may deny frivolous or insubstantial requests for a hearing. However, if a substantial request for a public hearing is made by November 24, 2008, EPA Region 5 will hold a public hearing. If EPA Region 5 does not receive a timely and appropriate request for a hearing and the Regional Administrator does not elect to hold a hearing on her own motion, this determination shall become final and effective on November 24, 2008. Any request for a public hearing shall include the following information: The name, address, and telephone number of the individual, organization, or other entity requesting a hearing; a brief statement of the requesting person's interest in the Regional Administrator's determination and a brief statement of the information that the requesting person intends to submit at such hearing; and the signature of the individual making the request, or, if the request is made on behalf of an organization or other entity, the signature of a responsible official of the organization or other entity.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Texas; Texas Low-Emission Diesel Fuel Program
Document Number: E8-25335
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-10-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving three revisions to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the state of Texas. These revisions make changes to the Texas Low-Emission Diesel (TXLED) Fuel program. The revisions establish a replicable procedure for the State to approve Alternative Emission Reduction Plans (AERPs), extend the date of state approvals, and bring marine diesel fuels under the TXLED program. The revisions also refine and clarify testing requirements. The changes being approved will contribute to the reduction of oxides of nitrogen (NOX ) in the covered area. EPA is approving the revisions pursuant to Clean Air Act (CAA) section 211 and the Energy Policy Act (EPAct).
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, San Diego County Air Pollution Control District, San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, and Ventura County Air Pollution Control District
Document Number: E8-25311
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-10-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the San Diego County Air Pollution Control District (SDCAPCD), San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD), and Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (VCAPCD) portions of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). The revisions concern the permitting of air pollution sources. 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, San Diego Air Pollution Control District, San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, and Ventura County Air Pollution Control District
Document Number: E8-25310
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-10-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the San Diego Air Pollution Control District (SDAPCD), San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD), and Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (VCAPCD) portions of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). The revisions concern the permitting of air pollution sources. We are approving local rules under authority of the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act).
Pesticides; Data Requirements for Antimicrobial Pesticides; Notice of Public Workshop
Document Number: E8-25350
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-10-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice provides supplemental information to the notice published on October 10, 2008, that announced the scheduling of a November 6, 2008, public workshop to explain the provisions of its recently proposed rule to update and revise the data requirements for registration of antimicrobial pesticides. EPA has arranged for a web conference for those persons who cannot attend in-person the public workshop. The workshop is intended to provide an opportunity for members of the public to ask questions about the proposed rule and seek any clarification they believe may assist them in submitting comments to the docket for the proposed rule. Any person wishing to comment on the proposed rule must submit any comments to the docket within the timeframe set forth in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.
Minnesota: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revision
Document Number: E8-25315
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-10-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is granting Minnesota Final authorization of the changes to its hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The agency published a proposed rule on July 14, 2008 at 73 FR 40263 and provided for public comment. The public comment period ended on August 13, 2008. We received no comments. No further opportunity for comment will be provided. EPA has determined that these changes satisfy all requirements needed to qualify for Final authorization, and is proposing to authorize the State's changes through this proposed final action.
Clean Air Act Operating Permit Program; Petition for Objection to State Operating Permit for Louisville Gas and Electric Company-Trimble County Generating Station; Bedford (Trimble County), KY
Document Number: E8-25163
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to Clean Air Act (CAA) Section 505(b)(2) and 40 CFR 70.8(d), the EPA Administrator signed a Partial Order, dated September 10, 2008, partially granting and partially denying a petition to object to a state operating permit issued by the Kentucky Division for Air Quality (KDAQ) to Louisville Gas and Electric Company (LG&E) for its Trimble County Generating Station located in Bedford, Trimble County, Kentucky. This Partial Order constitutes a final action on the petition submitted by Save the Valley, Sierra Club, and Valley Watch (Petitioners) on March 2, 2006. Pursuant to section 505(b)(2) of the CAA, any person may seek judicial review of the Order in the United States Court of Appeals for the appropriate circuit within 60 days of this notice under section 307(b) of the Act.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NESHAP Emissions for Polyether Polyol Production (Renewal), EPA ICR Number 1811.06, OMB Control Number 2060-0415
Document Number: E8-25182
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-22
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 that is abstracted below describes the nature of the collection and the estimated burden and cost.
Meeting of the Local Government Advisory Committee
Document Number: E8-25171
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) and the Small Community Advisory Subcommittee (SCAS) will meet on November 5-7, 2008 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Committee and Subcommittee meetings will be held in the EPA Region 1 Office on the eleventh floor Conference Center. The focus areas of the meeting will be: energy efficiency and the challenges of local governments to meet these growing demands; climate change; sustainable water infrastructure; regulatory issues; small communities issues; watersheds and coastlines; military issues; product stewardship; and green buildings. This is an open meeting and all interested persons are invited to attend. The Committee will hear comments from the public between 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. on Thursday, November 6, 2008. Each individual or organization wishing to address the LGAC meeting will be allowed a maximum of five minutes to present their point of view. Also, written comments should be submitted electronically to Eargle.Frances@epa.gov. Please contact the Designated Federal Officer (DFO) at the number listed below to schedule agenda time. Time will be allotted on a first come, first serve basis, and the total period for comments may be extended, if the number of requests for appearances require it.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Information Requirements for Boilers and Industrial Furnaces: General Hazardous Waste Facility Standards, Specific Unit Requirements, and Part B Permit Application and Modification Requirements (Renewal), EPA ICR Number 1361.13, OMB Control Number 2050-0073
Document Number: E8-25165
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit a request to renew an existing approved Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This ICR is scheduled to expire on February 28, 2009. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; Reasonably Available Control Technology Requirements for Volatile Organic Compounds and Nitrogen Oxides
Document Number: E8-25162
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-10-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is converting its limited approval of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania consisting of regulations that require all major sources of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and nitrogen oxides (NOX) to implement reasonably available control technology (RACT) to a full approval as they apply throughout the Commonwealth. In prior final rules, EPA has fully approved Pennsylvania's VOC and NOX RACT regulations for the Pennsylvania portion of the Philadelphia-Wilmington-Trenton area, and for the Pittsburgh-Beaver Valley area. The intended effect of this action is to convert EPA's limited approval of Pennsylvania's VOC and NOX RACT regulations to full approval as they apply throughout the remainder of the Commonwealth. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; The Metropolitan Washington Nonattainment Area; Determination of Attainment of the Fine Particle Standard
Document Number: E8-25160
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-10-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to determine that the Metropolitan Washington, DC-MD-VA nonattainment area for the 1997 fine particle (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) has attained the 1997 PM2.5 NAAQS. This proposed determination is based upon quality assured, quality controlled, and certified ambient air monitoring data that show that the area has monitored attainment of the 1997 PM2.5 NAAQS since the 2004-2006 monitoring period, and continues to monitor attainment of the standard based on 2005-2007 data. In addition, quality controlled and quality assured monitoring data for 2008 that are available in the EPA Air Quality System (AQS) database, but not yet certified, show this area continues to attain the 1997 PM2.5 NAAQS. If this proposed determination is made final, the requirements for this area to submit an attainment demonstration and associated reasonably available measures, a reasonable further progress plan, contingency measures, and other planning State Implementation Plans (SIPs) related to attainment of the standard shall be suspended for so long as the area continues to attain the 1997 PM2.5 NAAQS.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Wisconsin; Approval of Rule Clarifications
Document Number: E8-25040
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-10-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the Wisconsin State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) on March 28, 2008. The WDNR has submitted for approval revisions to incorporate Federal regulations into the Wisconsin Administrative Code, to clarify construction permit requirements under general permits, to revise portable source relocation requirements, and to amend rule language to streamline the minor revision permit process to allow construction permits to be issued concurrently with operation permits. EPA is approving these revisions because they are consistent with Federal regulations governing State permit programs.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Wisconsin; Approval of Rule Clarifications
Document Number: E8-25039
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-10-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving revisions to the Wisconsin State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) on March 28, 2008. The WDNR has submitted for approval revisions to incorporate Federal regulations into the Wisconsin Administrative Code, to clarify construction permit requirements under general permits, to revise portable source relocation requirements, and to amend rule language to streamline the minor revision permit process to allow construction permits to be issued concurrently with operation permits. EPA is approving these revisions because they are consistent with Federal regulations governing State permit programs.
Completeness Findings for Section 110(a) State Implementation Plans Pertaining to the Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5
Document Number: E8-25020
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-10-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is making a finding concerning whether or not each state has submitted a complete State Implementation Plan (SIP) that provides the basic program elements specified in section 110(a)(2) of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) necessary to implement the 1997 Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). By this action, EPA is identifying those states that: Have failed to make a complete submission for all requirements; have failed to make a complete submission for specific requirements; or have made a complete submission. The findings of failure to submit or determinations of incompleteness for all or a portion of a state's SIP establish a 24-month deadline for EPA to promulgate a Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) to address the outstanding SIP elements unless, prior to that time, the affected states submit, and EPA approves, the required SIPs. The findings that all, or portions of a state's SIP submission, are complete establish a 12-month deadline for EPA to take action upon the complete SIP elements in accordance with the CAA.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Virginia; Major New Source Review for Nonattainment Areas
Document Number: E8-25019
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-10-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is granting limited approval of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Virginia. This revision action establishes the limited approval of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Virginia on February 12, 2007. The intended effect of this action is to grant limited approval of the September 1, 2006 regulatory amendments to Virginia's existing new source review permit program for owners of sources located or locating in new source review nonattainment areas. This action is also providing full approval of a related SIP revision submitted by the Commonwealth on December 16, 2003, pertaining to amendments made to Virginia's existing nonattainment new source review permit program at that time. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Virginia; Virginia Major New Source Review, Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD)
Document Number: E8-25014
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-10-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is granting limited approval of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Virginia. This revision action establishes the limited approval of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Virginia on October 10, 2006. The intended effect of this action is to grant limited approval of the September 1, 2006 regulatory amendments to Virginia's existing new source review permit program for owners of sources located or locating in prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) areas. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).
Outer Continental Shelf Air Regulations Consistency Update for California
Document Number: E8-24856
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-10-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is finalizing the updates of the Outer Continental Shelf (``OCS'') Air Regulations proposed in the Federal Register on August 13 and 20, 2008. Requirements applying to OCS sources located within 25 miles of states' seaward boundaries must be updated periodically to remain consistent with the requirements of the corresponding onshore area (``COA''), as mandated by section 328(a)(1) of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 (``the Act''). The portions of the OCS air regulations that are being updated pertain to the requirements for OCS sources for which the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (Santa Barbara County APCD) and Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (Ventura County APCD) are the designated COA. The intended effect of approving the requirements contained in ``Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District Requirements Applicable to OCS Sources'' (August, 2008) and ``Ventura County Air Pollution Control District Requirements Applicable to OCS Sources'' (July, 2008) is to regulate emissions from OCS sources in accordance with the requirements onshore.
Control of Emissions From Recreational Engines and Vehicles
Document Number: E8-25114
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-10-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Draft Modification to the NPDES General Permit for Oil and Gas Exploration, Development and Production Facilities in State and Federal Waters in Cook Inlet, AK, Permit No. AKG-31-5000 (Permit)
Document Number: E8-25075
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Director, Office of Water and Watersheds, EPA Region 10, is issuing a draft modification to the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general permit in response to a settlement agreement between Union Oil Company of California and XTO Energy, Inc. (Petitioners) and EPA (Ninth Circuit, Case No. 07-72656). On May 25, 2007, EPA issued the final Permit, with an effective date of July 2, 2007 (May 31, 2007, 72 FR 30377). The Permit included the following provisions, among others: 1. Condition II.A.10: ``If any discharges are commingled, the most stringent effluent limitations for each individual discharge shall be applied to the resulting discharge. If the Individual discharge is not authorized, the commingled discharge is not authorized. Monitoring for compliance with technology based limits, such as the oil and grease concentration of produced water must be accomplished prior to commingling.'' 2. Condition II.C.3: ``Commingled Waste Streams. If deck drainage is commingled with produced water, then this discharge shall be considered produced water for monitoring purposes (see Section II.G). However, samples collected for compliance with the produced water oil and grease limits shall be taken prior to commingling the produced water stream with deck drainage or any other waste stream. The estimated deck drainage flow rate must be reported in the comment section of the DMR (i.e., discharge monitoring report).'' 3. Table 7-A, Footnote 1: ``The sample type shall be either grab, or a 24-hour composite which consists of the arithmetic average of the results of 4 grab samples taken over a 24-hour period. If a sample is unavailable to be analyzed and the permittee has explained the reason in the DMR, averaging of the remaining samples is permitted. Samples shall be collected prior to the addition of any seawater to the produced water waste stream. See Section II.G.6.b of this Permit.''
Meeting of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council-Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: E8-25017
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of Public Law 92-423, ``The Federal Advisory Committee Act,'' notice is hereby given of the forthcoming conference call meeting of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council (Council), established under the Safe Drinking Water Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 300f et seq.). The Council will discuss EPA's proposed rule describing Federal Requirements under the Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program for Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Geologic Sequestration (GS) Wells.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Water Quality Standards Regulation (Renewal), EPA ICR Number 0988.10, OMB Control Number 2040-0049
Document Number: E8-25016
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that an Information Collection Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. This is a request to renew an existing approved collection. This ICR is scheduled to expire on November 30, 2008. The ICR, which is abstracted below, describes the nature of the information collection and its estimated burden and cost.
Proposed Agreement and Covenant Not To Sue for 2800 South Sacramento Superfund Site (a/k/a “Celotex Site”), Chicago, IL
Document Number: E8-24877
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that a proposed Agreement and Covenant Not to Sue (Prospective Purchaser Agreement) acquisition of the 2800 Sacramento Superfund Site (the ``Celotex Site'') by the City of Chicago and the Chicago Park District (``City Parties'') has been negotiated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA'') and the City Parties subject to the final review and approval of the EPA and the U.S. Department of Justice. The proposed Prospective Purchaser Agreement relates to the City Parties' plan to take ownership of the land and build a park at the Celotex Site. The City Parties are not Potentially Responsible Parties at the Site. Pursuant to the Prospective Purchaser Agreement, the City Parties will develop the property as a public park utilizing certain sustainable development practices, in exchange for a covenant by EPA not to sue the City Parties regarding the Existing Contamination at the Site pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 9601 et seq. (``CERCLA'').
U.S. EPA's National Clean Water Act Recognition Awards Presentation During the Water Environment Federation's Technical Exposition and Conference (WEFTEC), and Announcement of 2008 National Awards Winners
Document Number: E8-24693
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency recognized municipalities and industries for outstanding and innovative technological achievements in wastewater treatment and pollution abatement programs. An inscribed plaque was presented to first and second place national winners at the annual Clean Water Act Recognition Awards presentation during the Water Environment Federation's Technical Exposition and Conference (WEFTEC). Recognition is made for outstanding programs and projects in operations and maintenance at wastewater treatment facilities, biosolids management and public acceptance, municipal implementation and enforcement of local pretreatment programs, cost- effective storm water controls, and combined sewer overflow controls. This action announces the 2008 national awards winners.
Proposed Agreement and Covenant Not To Sue Pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act; In Re: Elizabeth Mine Superfund Site, Located in Strafford and Thetford, VT
Document Number: E8-24870
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, as amended (``CERCLA''), 42 U.S.C. 9601, et seq., notice is hereby given of a proposed Agreement and Covenant Not to Sue between the United States, on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA''), the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (``ANR'') and Settling Parties Theodore Zageski, the Estate of Leonard Cook, and the Elizabeth Mine Corporation (collectively ``Settling Parties''). This proposed Agreement includes a Covenant Not to Sue by the United States under sections 106 and 107(a) of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 9606 and 9607(a), and section 7003 of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, as amended (``RCRA''), 42 U.S.C. 6973; and a Covenant Not to Sue by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources under section 107(a) of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 9607(a), and 10 V.S.A 6615. In the proposed Agreement, the Settling Parties have agreed to give the Environmental Protection Agency permission to remove and use earthen material such as rock and/or soil overburden materials such as topsoil, sand, silt, clay, gravel, cobbles, and boulders located on land owned by them for use in implementing response actions at the Elizabeth Mine Superfund Site. In addition, the Settling Parties will record a Notice with the Towns of Strafford and Thetford, Vermont that the property is subject to a CERCLA response action and record a Grant of Environmental Restrictions, Right of Access and Easement under the proposed Agreement. For thirty (30) days following the date of publication of this Notice, the Agency will receive written comments relating to the settlement. The Agency will consider all comments received and may modify or withdraw its consent to the settlement if comments received disclose facts or considerations which indicate that the settlement is inappropriate, improper, or inadequate. Commenters may request an opportunity for a public meeting to be held in the area of Strafford or Thetford, Vermont, in accordance with section 7003(d) of RCRA, 24 U.S.C. 6973(d). The Agency's response to any comments received will be available for public inspection at One Congress Street, Suite 1100, Boston, MA 02114.
National Emission Standards for Halogenated Solvent Cleaning
Document Number: E8-24013
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-10-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On May 3, 2007, EPA promulgated the final rule titled: National Air Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Halogenated Solvent Cleaning (the Halogenated Solvent Cleaning rule) pursuant to sections 112(d)(6) and 112(f) of the Clean Air Act. The Halogenated Solvent Cleaning rule set facility-wide emission limits for certain halogenated solvent cleaning machines and a May 3, 2010, compliance deadline. Following promulgation of the Halogenated Solvent Cleaning rule, the Administrator received several petitions for reconsideration, pursuant to Clean Air Act section 307(d)(7)(B). The purpose of this notice is to initiate a process for responding to certain issues raised in the petitions. We are requesting comment on the particular issues for which we are granting reconsideration, and those issues are identified, in detail, below. Specifically, we are requesting comment on the revised risk assessment, our use of the 2002 National Emissions Inventory data in lieu of the 1999 National Emissions Inventory data, which was used at proposal, our ample margin of safety determination under Clean Air Act section 112(f)(2), our determination under Clean Air Act section 112(d)(6), and the compliance deadline.
Extension of Cross-Media Electronic Reporting Rule Deadline for Authorized Programs
Document Number: E8-24825
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-10-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to amend 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 proposes to extend the current October 13, 2008, deadline until January 13, 2010. Additionally, in the ``Rules and Regulations'' section of this Federal Register, EPA is making this revision as a direct final rule without a prior proposed rule. If the Agency receives no relevant adverse comment, EPA will not take further action on this proposed rule.
Extension of Cross-Media Electronic Reporting Rule Deadline for Authorized Programs
Document Number: E8-24824
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-10-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to amend 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.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E8-24813
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: E8-24811
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA expressed environmental objections to the proposed action alternatives due to the potential for substantial and unacceptable impacts to the Poudre and South Platte Rivers, and expressed concern that the DEIS may not contain sufficient information to fully assess the potential water quality and wetland impacts of the proposed action alternatives. Rating EO2.
Drinking Water: Preliminary Regulatory Determination on Perchlorate; Correction
Document Number: E8-24694
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency published a document in the Federal Register of October 10, 2008, concerning request for comments on the Agency's Preliminary Regulatory Determination on Perchlorate. The document contained an incorrect Docket number. The correct Docket number is EPA-HQ-OW-2008-0692.
Board of Scientific Counselors, Water Quality Mid-Cycle Subcommittee Meeting-2008
Document Number: E8-24586
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92- 463, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Research and Development (ORD), gives notice of a meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Water Quality Mid-Cycle Subcommittee.
Announcement of the Delegation of Partial Administrative Authority for Implementation of Federal Implementation Plan for the Coeur d'Alene Reservation to the Coeur d'Alene Tribe
Document Number: E8-24428
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-10-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This action announces that on August 26, 2008, EPA Region 10, and the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, entered into a Partial Delegation of Administrative Authority to carry out certain day-to-day activities associated with implementation of the Federal Implementation Plan for the Coeur d'Alene Reservation (Coeur d'Alene FIP). A note of this partial delegation is being added to the Coeur d'Alene FIP.
Draft Toxicological Review of Tetrachloroethylene (Perchloroethylene): In Support of the Summary Information in the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)
Document Number: E8-24595
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is announcing that the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) will convene an independent panel of experts and organize and conduct a review of the draft document titled, ``Toxicological Review of Tetrachloroethylene (Perchloroethylene): In Support of Summary Information on the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)'' (EPA/ 635/R-08/011A). The NAS is organizing, convening, and conducting this independent peer-review meeting. A public meeting of the NAS peer review panel will be held on November 13, 2008. The draft document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within EPA's Office of Research and Development and was released on June 26, 2008, (73 FR 36321) solely for the purpose of pre-dissemination peer review under applicable information quality guidelines. This document has not been formally disseminated by EPA. It does not represent and should not be construed to represent any Agency policy or determination. The draft ``Toxicological Review of Tetrachloroethylene (Perchloroethylene): In Support of Summary Information on the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)'' is available on the Internet on NCEA's home page under a June 26, 2008, Recent Additions entry and the Data and Publications menus at http://www.epa.gov/ncea. Copies are not available from NAS. In previous Federal Register notices concerning this draft document, EPA announced a 90-day public comment period that ended September 24, 2008, (73 FR 36321), as well as a public listening session that was held on August 18 (73 FR 43932). Submitted public comments may be accessed at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2008-0461. EPA intends to forward public comments submitted in accordance with the June 26, 2008, Federal Register notice to the NAS for consideration by the external peer review panel prior to the November 13, 2008, meeting. In finalizing the draft document, EPA will consider public comments and recommendations from the expert panel. NAS invites the public to register to attend this peer review panel meeting as observers. In addition, NAS invites the public to give oral and/or provide written comments at the meeting regarding the draft document under review. Space is limited, and reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. A time limit for presentations will be specified by the NAS based on the number of registrants.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Texas; Dallas/Fort Worth 1-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area; Determination of Attainment of the 1-Hour Ozone Standard
Document Number: E8-24592
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-10-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA has determined that the Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) 1-hour ozone nonattainment area is currently attaining the 1-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). This determination is based upon certified ambient air monitoring data that show the area has monitored attainment of the 1-hour ozone NAAQS for the 2004-2006 monitoring period. In addition, quality controlled and quality assured ozone data for 2007 and 2008 that are available in the EPA Air Quality System database show this area continues to attain the 1-hour ozone NAAQS. The requirements for this area to submit an attainment demonstration or 5% Increment of Progress (IOP) plan, a reasonable further progress (RFP) plan, contingency measures, and other planning State Implementation Plans (SIPs) related to attainment of the 1-hour ozone NAAQS are suspended for so long as the area continues to attain the 1-hour ozone NAAQS.
Control of Hazardous Air Pollutants From Mobile Sources: Early Credit Technology Requirement Revision
Document Number: E8-24591
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-10-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking final action to revise the February 26, 2007 mobile source air toxics rule's requirements that specify which benzene control technologies a refiner may utilize to qualify to generate early benzene credits. This action will allow another specific benzene control technology, benzene alkylation, in addition to the four operational or technological changes specified in the current rule. This action also includes a general provision that allows a refiner to submit a request to EPA to approve other benzene-reducing operational changes or technologies for the purpose of generating early credits.
State Innovation Grant Program, Notice of Availability of Solicitation for Proposals for 2009 Awards
Document Number: E8-24589
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Center for Environmental Innovation (NCEI) is giving notice of the availability of its solicitation for proposals for the 2009 grant program to support innovation by state environmental regulatory agenciesthe ``State Innovation Grant Program.'' The solicitation is available at the Agency's State Innovation Grant website: http://www.epa.gov/innovation/stategrants/ solicitation2009.pdf, or may be requested from the Agency by e-mail to: innovation_state_grants@epa.gov , telephone, or by mail. State principal environmental agencies, as well as regional, county, or municipal agencies with delegated or re-delegated authority for federal environmental permitting programs are eligible to receive these grants. In each state, each agency with one or more primary delegations for federal environmental permitting programs from EPA, or a re-delegated authority from a state agency with one or more primary delegations from EPA may submit one pre-proposal under this solicitation, but may appear on multiple team pre-proposals. Any agency with a re-delegated authority for a federal environmental permitting program from a state environmental agency must have that principal state environmental regulatory agency as an active member of the project team.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans: 1-Hour Ozone Extreme Area Plan for San Joaquin Valley, CA
Document Number: E8-24416
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-10-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve state implementation plan revisions submitted by the State of California to meet the Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements applicable to the San Joaquin Valley (SJV), California 1-hour ozone nonattainment area. These requirements applied to the SJV following its reclassification from severe to extreme for the 1-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard on April 16, 2004. Although EPA subsequently revoked the 1-hour ozone standard effective June 15, 2005, the requirement to submit a plan for that standard remains in effect for the SJV. EPA is proposing to approve the SIP revisions for the SJV as meeting applicable CAA requirements except for the provision addressing the reasonably available control technology requirements that the State has withdrawn.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; RCRA Expanded Public Participation (Renewal); EPA ICR No. 1688.06, OMB Control No. 2050-0149
Document Number: E8-24598
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA)(44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq. ), this document announces that an Information Collection Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. This is a request to renew an existing approved collection. The ICR, which is abstracted below, describes the nature of the information collection and its estimated burden and cost.
EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office: Request for Nominations of Candidates for a Panel To Provide Advice on EPA's Dioxin Reassessment
Document Number: E8-24417
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB or the Board) Staff Office is soliciting nominations of nationally recognized scientists for consideration of membership on an SAB Panel to provide advice on EPA's reassessment of the health risks from dioxin and related compounds.
Guidance for Conducting Prospective Ground-Water Monitoring Studies, Response to Public Comments and Final Guidance; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E8-24414
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document announces the availability of the final Guidance for Conducting Prospective Ground-Water (PGW) Monitoring Studies and EPA's response to public comments on the development of the final PGW monitoring studies guidance. This PGW monitoring study, which is required on a case-by-case basis, is conducted in a controlled setting and provides EPA with data for evaluating the impact of legal pesticide use on ground-water quality. The PGW guidance document describes how to conduct a PGW monitoring study, milestones for consulting with EPA, and how to report results to EPA. Data generated from these field studies have proven valuable to EPA scientists and risk managers as they are specifically designed to relate pesticide use indicated on the label to measurements of the pesticide and its degradates in ground water used as a source of drinking water.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Alaska; Interstate Transport of Pollution
Document Number: E8-24279
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-10-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving the actions of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) to address the provisions of Clean Air Act section 110(a)(2)(D)(i) for the 8-hour ozone and PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). These provisions require each state to submit a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision that prohibits emissions that adversely affect another state's air quality through interstate transport. ADEC has adequately addressed the four distinct elements related to the impact of interstate transport of air pollutants for the state of Alaska. These include prohibiting emissions that contribute significantly to nonattainment of the NAAQS in another state, interfere with maintenance of the NAAQS by another state, interfere with plans in another state to prevent significant deterioration of air quality, or interfere with efforts of another state to protect visibility.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Alaska; Interstate Transport of Pollution
Document Number: E8-24278
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-10-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve the action of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) to address the provisions of Clean Air Act section 110(a)(2)(D)(i) for the 8-hour ozone and PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). These provisions require each state to submit a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision that prohibits emissions that adversely affect another state's air quality through interstate transport. EPA is proposing to approve ADEC's SIP revision because it adequately addresses the four distinct elements related to the impact of interstate transport of air pollutants for the state of Alaska. These include prohibiting emissions that contribute significantly to nonattainment of the NAAQS in another state, interfere with maintenance of the NAAQS by another state, interfere with plans in another state to prevent significant deterioration of air quality, or interfere with efforts of another state to protect visibility.
Carbaryl; Notice of Receipt of Requests to Voluntarily Cancel or to Terminate Uses of Certain Pesticide Registrations
Document Number: E8-24271
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-15
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 from Loveland Products, Inc., Value Garden Supply, and Helena Chemical Company to voluntarily amend their registrations to terminate uses of certain carbaryl products, or to eliminate certain application methods for carbaryl products. The requests would terminate carbaryl use in or on wheat, millet, and fresh/succulent beans and peas (crop subgroup 6B). These requests would also terminate the use of drench or dip treatments of seedlings or seed pieces, dust formulations in agricultural crops, granular applications to leafy vegetables (except brassica), direct applications (except for flea collars) to domestic animals (including dogs, cats, and other pets), and all indoor applications. The requests would not terminate the last carbaryl products registered for use in the United States. EPA intends to grant these requests 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 requests, or unless the registrants withdraw their requests within this period. Upon acceptance of these requests, 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.
Pesticide Emergency Exemptions; Agency Decisions and State and Federal Agency Crisis Declarations
Document Number: E8-24270
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has granted emergency exemptions under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) for use of pesticides as listed in this notice. The exemptions were granted during the period April 1, 2008 through June 30, 2008, to control unforeseen pest outbreaks.