Environmental Protection Agency February 2009 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Restricted Access to the Region 4 Library
Document Number: E9-4232
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing this notice to advise the public that the Region 4 Library will close for approximately three (3) months with restricted access to walk-in patrons. The library will undergo a major renovation to optimize the use of space. During renovation, the current physical space of the library will not be accessible. The Regional Librarian will be temporarily relocated to a room adjacent to the current library. Core services such as interlibrary loans, cataloging, online literature searches, quick and extensive reference/research requests (including business research, journal articles, etc.) will continue to be handled by the Andrew W. Breidenbach Environmental Research Center (AWBERC) located in Cincinnati, OH (also referred to as the CINN Library). All requests for these core services should be submitted to the Region 4 Librarian or directly to the Cincinnati Library:
Nebraska: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revisions; Withdrawal of Immediate Final Rule
Document Number: E9-4231
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-02-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Because EPA received adverse comment, we are withdrawing the immediate final rule for Nebraska: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revisions, published on December 30, 2008.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Trade Secret Claims for Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Information; EPA ICR No. 1428.08, OMB Control No. 2050-0078
Document Number: E9-4230
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit a request to renew an existing approved Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This ICR is scheduled to expire on August 31, 2009. 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.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E9-4227
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: E9-4226
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA does not object to the proposed project. Rating LO.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; New Hampshire; 2009 Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets for the Boston-Manchester-Portsmouth (SE), New Hampshire, 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area
Document Number: E9-4135
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-02-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of New Hampshire. This revision contains 8-hour ozone transportation conformity emission budgets for the Boston-Manchester-Portsmouth (SE), New Hampshire, 8-hour ozone nonattainment area. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; New Hampshire; 2009 Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets for the Boston-Manchester-Portsmouth (SE), New Hampshire, 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area
Document Number: E9-4134
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-02-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of New Hampshire. This revision contains 8-hour ozone transportation conformity emission budgets for the Boston- Manchester-Portsmouth (SE), New Hampshire, 8-hour ozone nonattainment area. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act.
Final National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Stormwater Discharges From Industrial Activities
Document Number: E9-4152
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA previously announced the issuance of the NPDES general permit for stormwater discharges from industrial activity, also referred to as the Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP), in the Federal Register of September 29, 2008 (73 FR 56572). Today's action provides notice of final MSGP issuance for the states of Alaska and Idaho; for federal facilities in Washington; and for Indian Country in the states of Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Area Sources: Electric Arc Furnace Steelmaking Facilities
Document Number: E9-4144
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-02-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On December 1, 2008, EPA issued direct final amendments to the national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) for Electric Arc Furnace Steelmaking Facilities. These amendments were issued as a direct final rule, along with a parallel proposal to be used as the basis for final action in the event EPA received any adverse comments on the direct final amendments. Because an adverse comment was received, EPA is withdrawing the direct final rule.
Recent Postings of Broadly Applicable Alternative Test Methods
Document Number: E9-4125
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the broadly applicable alternative test method approval decisions the EPA has made under and in support of New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) and the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) in 2008.
Outer Continental Shelf Air Regulations Consistency Update for Florida
Document Number: E9-4123
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-02-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On December 31, 2008, EPA published a document finalizing the update of the Florida Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Air Regulations. That document inadvertently listed the incorrect filing action date for petitions for judicial review. This document corrects that inadvertent error.
Nevada: Proposed Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revision
Document Number: E9-4122
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-02-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Nevada has applied to EPA for final authorization of the changes to its hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). EPA proposes to grant final authorization to Nevada. In the ``Rules and Regulations'' section of this Federal Register, EPA is authorizing the changes by an immediate final rule. EPA did not make a proposal prior to the immediate final rule because we believe this action is not controversial and do not expect comments that oppose it. We have explained the reasons for this authorization in the preamble of the immediate final rule. Unless we get written comments which oppose this authorization during the comment period, the immediate final rule will become effective on the date it establishes, and we will not take further action on this proposal. If we receive comments that oppose this action, we will withdraw the immediate final rule and it will not take effect. We will respond to public comments in a later final rule based on this proposal. You may not have another opportunity for comment.
Nevada: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revision
Document Number: E9-4121
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-02-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The State of Nevada applied for final authorization of revisions to its hazardous waste management program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), as amended. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that these changes satisfy all of the requirements necessary to qualify for final authorization, and is authorizing the State's changes through this immediate final rule. EPA is publishing this rule to authorize the changes without a prior proposal because we believe that this action is not controversial and do not expect comments that oppose it. In the Proposed Rules section of this Federal Register, EPA is also publishing a proposal to authorize these changes to Nevada's hazardous waste management program. Unless we receive written comments that oppose this authorization during the comment period, the decision to authorize Nevada's changes to its hazardous waste management program will take effect as provided below. If we receive comments that oppose this action, we will publish a document in the Federal Register withdrawing this rule before it takes effect and the separate document in the proposed rules section of this Federal Register will serve as the proposal for purposes of this rulemaking action. EPA will respond to public comments in a later final rule based on the proposal. Nevada's application for program revision is available for public review and comment. EPA may not provide further opportunity for comment. Any parties interested in commenting on this action should do so at this time.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Renewal of Several Currently Approved Collections; Comment Request
Document Number: E9-4060
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-25
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 requests to renew several currently approved Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The ICRs are specifically identified in this document by their corresponding titles, EPA ICR numbers, OMB Control numbers, and related docket identification (ID) numbers. Before submitting these ICRs to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the information collection activities.
Spiromesifen; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: E9-4058
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-02-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes a tolerance for combined residues of spiromesifen in or on tomato, paste. Bayer CropScience requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Auto-Body Compliance Assessment Pilot Project; EPA ICR No. 2344.01, OMB Control No. 2009-NEW
Document Number: E9-4010
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit a request for a new Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). If approved, the ICR would allow EPA to pilot in EPA Region 1 (New England) an approach to assessing the effectiveness of compliance assistance in improving environmental performance. The ICR would authorize the administration of surveys, by telephone and on-site, to a random sample of auto-body shops subject to Subpart HHHHHH National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Paint Stripping and Miscellaneous Surface Coating Operations at Area Sources (NESHAP Subpart HHHHHH). Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Laboratory Quality Assurance Evaluation Program for Analysis of Cryptosporidium Under the Safe Drinking Water Act (Renewal); EPA ICR No. 2067.04, OMB Control No. 2040-0246
Document Number: E9-4009
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit a request to renew an existing approved Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This ICR is scheduled to expire on May 31, 2009. This notice describes the current ``Laboratory Quality Assurance Evaluation Program for Analysis of Cryptosporidium under the Safe Drinking Water Act,'' hereafter referred to as the ``Lab QA Program,'' and requests comment on both the program and the renewed paperwork requirements.
Proposed CERCLA Administrative Cost Recovery Settlement; Camargo Club, Cincinnati, OH
Document Number: E9-4008
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-25
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), notice is hereby given of a proposed administrative settlement for recovery of past response costs concerning the Given Road Lead site in Cincinnati, Ohio with the following settling party: Camargo Club of Cincinnati, Ohio. The settlement requires the settling party to pay $45,000 to the Hazardous Substance Superfund. The settlement includes a covenant not to sue the settling party pursuant to Section 107(a) of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 9607(a). 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. The Agency's response to any comments received will be available for public inspection at the following location: Records Center, U.S. EPA, Region 5, 7th Floor, 77 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60604.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Information Collection Request for Cooling Water Intake Structures at Phase III Facilities (Renewal), EPA ICR No. 2169.02, OMB Control No. 2040-0268
Document Number: E9-4006
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit a request to renew an existing approved Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This ICR is scheduled to expire on May 31, 2009. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below.
State Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act; Working Committee's on Environmental Quality Issues and Pesticides Operations Management
Document Number: E9-4003
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Association of American Pesticide Control Officials (AAPCO)/State FIFRA Issues Research and Evaluation Group (SFIREG) Working Committee's on Environmental Quality Issues and Pesticides Operations Management will hold a 2-day meeting, beginning on April 27, 2009 and ending April 28, 2009. This notice announces the location and times for the meeting and sets forth the tentative agenda topics.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Landfill Methane Outreach Program (Renewal), EPA ICR Number 1849.05, OMB Control Number 2060-0446
Document Number: E9-3912
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-24
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 reinstate a previously approved ICR. The ICR that 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; TSCA Section 5(a)(2) Significant New Use Rules for Existing Chemicals; EPA ICR No. 1188.09, OMB Control No. 2070-0038
Document Number: E9-3911
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-24
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 activity and its expected burden and costs.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements of the HCFC Allowance System; EPA ICR No. 2014.03 OMB Control No. 2060-0498
Document Number: E9-3910
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq. ), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit a request to renew an existing approved Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This ICR is scheduled to expire on July 31, 2009. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Exclusion Determinations for New Non-road Spark-Ignited Engines, New Non-road Compression-Ignited Engines and New On-Road Heavy Duty Engines (Renewal); EPA ICR No. 1852.04, OMB Control No. 2060-0395
Document Number: E9-3909
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-24
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; Drug Testing for Contract Employees (Renewal), EPA ICR Number 2183.03, OMB Control Number 2030-0044
Document Number: E9-3908
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-24
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, which is abstracted below, describes the nature of the information collection and its estimated burden and cost.
Control of Air Pollution From New Motor Vehicles and New Motor Vehicle Engines; Regulations Requiring Onboard Diagnostic Systems on 2010 and Later Heavy-Duty Engines Used in Highway Applications Over 14,000 Pounds; Revisions to Onboard Diagnostic Requirements for Diesel Highway Heavy-Duty Vehicles Under 14,000 Pounds
Document Number: E9-2405
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-02-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In 2001, EPA finalized a new, major program for highway heavy- duty engines. That program, the Clean Diesel Trucks and Buses program, will result in the introduction of advanced emissions control systems such as catalyzed diesel particulate filters (DPF) and catalysts capable of reducing harmful nitrogen oxide (NOX) emissions. This final rule will require that these advanced emissions control systems be monitored for malfunctions via an onboard diagnostic system (OBD), similar to those systems that have been required on passenger cars since the mid-1990s. This final rule will require manufacturers to install OBD systems that monitor the functioning of emission control components and alert the vehicle operator to any detected need for emission related repair. This final rule will also require that manufacturers make available to the service and repair industry information necessary to perform repair and maintenance service on OBD systems and other emission related engine components. Lastly, this final rule revises certain existing OBD requirements for diesel engines used in heavy-duty vehicles under 14,000 pounds.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; EPA's Voluntary Aluminum Industrial Partnership (VAIP) (Renewal); EPA ICR No. 1867.04, OMB Control No. 2060-0411
Document Number: E9-3779
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that an Information Collection Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. This is a request to renew an existing approved collection. The ICR, which is abstracted below, describes the nature of the information collection and its estimated burden and cost.
Notice of Meeting of the EPA's Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC)
Document Number: E9-3777
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, notice is hereby given that the next meeting of the Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC) will be held March 10-12, 2008 at The Arlington Court Suites, Arlington, VA. The CHPAC was created to advise the Environmental Protection Agency on science, regulations, and other issues relating to children's environmental health.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E9-3663
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: E9-3661
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA raised environmental concerns about potential impacts to water quality, including the potential to exacerbate existing water quality impairments to water bodies within the Arkansas River Basin and the lack of mitigation for these impacts. EPA also raised concerns over the potential for increased flooding and erosion due to return flows into Fountain Creek. EPA strongly encouraged Reclamation to include mitigation commitments to offset the water quality impacts in the Final EIS and Record of Decision. Rating EC2.
Extension of Deadline for Action on Section 126 Petition From Delaware
Document Number: E9-3660
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-02-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is extending by 6 months the deadline for EPA to take action on a petition submitted by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC). The petition requests that EPA make a finding under section 126(b) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) that electric generating units (EGUs) in nine upwind states are emitting air pollutants in violation of the provisions of section 110(a)(2)(D)(i) of the CAA. Under the CAA, EPA is authorized to grant a time extension for responding to the petition if EPA determines that the extension is necessary, among other things, to meet the purposes of the CAA's rulemaking requirements. By this action, EPA is making that determination.
FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: E9-3502
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
There will be a 4-day meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) to consider and review ``The Ecological Significance of Atrazine Effects on Primary Producers in Surface Water Streams in the Corn and Sorghum Growing Region of the United States (Part II).''
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Pressed Wood Manufacturing Industry Survey; EPA ICR No. 2328.01, OMB Control No. 2070-new; Extension of Comment Period
Document Number: E9-2557
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA issued a notice in the Federal Register of December 24, 2008, concerning a new Information Collection Request (ICR) entitled: ``Pressed Wood Manufacturing Industry Survey'' and is identified by EPA ICR No. 2328.01 and OMB Control No. 2070-new, on which EPA was soliciting comments. This document extends the comment period for 30 days, from February 23, 2009 to March 25, 2009.
Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) Ozone Review Panel
Document Number: E9-3504
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee Ozone Review Panel to conduct a consultation on EPA's draft Integrated Review Plan for the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone (February 2009).
Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Public Meeting of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC); Particulate Matter Review Panel
Document Number: E9-3497
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Particulate Matter Review Panel to peer review EPA's Integrated Science Assessment for Particulate Matter: First External Review Draft and conduct a consultation on EPA's draft plans for Particulate Matter National Ambient Air Quality Standards: Scope and Methods Plan for Health Risk and Exposure Assessment and Particulate Matter National Ambient Air Quality Standards: Scope and Methods Plan for Urban Visibility Impact Assessment.
Pesticide Products; Registration Applications
Document Number: E9-3410
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces receipt of applications to register pesticide products containing new active ingredients not included in any currently registered products pursuant to the provisions of section 3(c)(4) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended.
Agency Information Collection Activities OMB Responses
Document Number: E9-3271
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-17
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.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NSPS for Hot Mix Asphalt Facilities (Renewal), EPA ICR Number 1127.09, OMB Control Number 2060-0083
Document Number: E9-3270
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that an Information Collection Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. This is a request to renew an existing approved collection. 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; NSPS for Lime Manufacturing (Renewal), EPA ICR Number 1167.09, OMB Control Number 2060-0063
Document Number: E9-3269
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that an Information Collection Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. This is a request to renew an existing approved collection. 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; Background Checks for Contractor Employees (Renewal), EPA ICR Number 2159.03, OMB Control Number 2030-0043
Document Number: E9-3268
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA)(44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that an Information Collection Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. This is a request for 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; NESHAP for Asbestos (Renewal), EPA ICR Number 0111.12, OMB Control Number 2060-0101
Document Number: E9-3267
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq. ), this document announces that an Information Collection Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. This is a request to renew an existing approved collection. The ICR which is abstracted below describes the nature of the collection and the estimated burden and cost.
Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Nonattainment New Source Review (NSR): Aggregation
Document Number: E9-3349
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-02-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In a separate document in the ``Rules'' section of this Federal Register, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the convening of a proceeding for reconsideration of the final rule that amends the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Nonattainment New Source Review (NSR) regulations addressing aggregation published in the Federal Register on January 15, 2009. By this action, the EPA is administratively staying and delaying the effective date of this rule for 90 days. Thus, the January 15, 2009 rule will become effective on May 18, 2009.
Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Nonattainment New Source Review (NSR): Aggregation
Document Number: E9-3174
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-02-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On January 30, 2009, the Natural Resources Defense Council (``NRDC'') submitted a petition for reconsideration (the ``NRDC Petition'') of the rule addressing ``aggregation'' under the Prevention of Significant Deterioration and the Nonattainment New Source Review programs (collectively, ``NSR'') published in the Federal Register on January 15, 2009. This rule (the ``NSR Aggregation Amendments'') described when a source must combine (``aggregate'') nominally-separate physical changes and changes in the method of operation for the purpose of determining whether they are a single change under NSR and result in a significant emissions increase. In response to the NRDC Petition, having found that the petitioner has raised objections to the rule that arose after the comment period and that are of central relevance to the rule, the EPA is convening a proceeding for reconsideration as provided for under the Clean Air Act section 307(d)(7)(B). In the near future, EPA will publish a notice in the Federal Register establishing a comment period and a hearing date for this proceeding.
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: E9-3139
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA expressed environmental concerns about the potential for visibility impacts to the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness and Black Canyon Class I areas and potential adverse impacts to water quality and the sagebrush ecosystem. The Final EIS should include measures to address potential ozone impacts, avoid visibility impairment, and the use of phased development to mitigate impacts to areas with high wildlife and scenic value. Rating EC2.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E9-3137
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Notification of Substantial Risk of Injury to Health and the Environment under TSCA Section 8(e); EPA ICR No. 0794.12, OMB Control No. 2070-0046
Document Number: E9-3054
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-13
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 an existing approved Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This ICR, entitled: ``Notification of Substantial Risk of Injury to Health and the Environment under TSCA Section 8(e)'' and identified by EPA ICR No. 0794.12 and OMB Control No. 2070-0046, is scheduled to expire on October 31, 2009. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection.
Proposed Rule To Implement the 1997 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard: Revision on Subpart 1 Area Reclassification and Anti-Backsliding Provisions Under Former 1-Hour Ozone Standard; Proposed Deletion of Obsolete 1-Hour Ozone Standard Provision
Document Number: E9-3051
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-02-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is announcing a public hearing to be held for the proposed rule ``Proposed Rule to Implement the 1997 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard: Revision on Subpart 1 Area Reclassification and Anti-Backsliding Provisions Under Former 1-Hour Ozone Standard; Proposed Deletion of Obsolete 1-Hour Ozone Standard Provision'' which published in the Federal Register on January 16, 2009. The hearing will be held in Washington, DC, on Monday, March 2, 2009. EPA is also announcing an extension of the public comment period on our proposed rule. EPA is extending the comment period that originally ends on February 17, 2009. The extended comment period will close on April 1, 2009. In this notice of proposed rulemaking, EPA proposed to revise the rule for implementing the 1997 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) for several of the limited portions of the rule vacated by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The proposal addresses the classification system for the subset of initial 8-hour ozone nonattainment areas that the implementation rule originally covered under Clean Air Act (CAA) title I, part D, subpart 1. The proposal also addresses how 1-hour ozone contingency measures that apply for failure to attain or make reasonable progress toward attainment of the 1-hour standard should apply under the anti-backsliding provisions of the implementation rule. In addition, the proposal removes language relating to the vacated provisions of the rule that provided exemptions from the requirements of nonattainment new source review (NSR) and CAA section 185 penalty fees under the 1-hour standard. The public hearing will provide interested parties the opportunity to present data, views, or arguments concerning these proposed changes.
Final National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Discharges Incidental to the Normal Operation of a Vessel for Alaska and Hawaii
Document Number: E9-3045
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA previously announced the finalization of the NPDES general permit for discharges incidental to the normal operation of vessels, also referred to as the Vessel General Permit (VGP), in the Federal Register on December 29, 2008 (73 FR 79493). EPA did not finalize the VGP for the states of Hawaii and Alaska, because as of permit signature, EPA had not received a certification pursuant to section 401 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) from Hawaii or a final response on the national consistency determination required by section 307(c)(1) of the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) from Alaska. EPA has since received the required section 401 certification and CZMA response and has amended the permit to reflect them. Today's action provides notice of the final permit issuance for the states of Hawaii and Alaska. The VGP was issued in response to a District Court ruling that vacates, as of February 6, 2009, a long-standing EPA regulation that excludes discharges incidental to the normal operation of a vessel from the need to obtain an NPDES permit. As of February 6, 2009, discharges incidental to the normal operation of a vessel that had formerly been exempted from NPDES permitting by the regulation will be subject to the prohibition in CWA section 301(a) against the discharge of pollutants without a permit. EPA solicited information and data on discharges incidental to normal vessel operations to assist in developing two NPDES general permits in a Federal Register Notice published June 21, 2007 (72 FR 32421). The majority of information and data in response to that notice came from seven different groups: individual citizens, commercial fishing representatives, commercial shipping groups, environmental or outdoor recreation groups, the oil and gas industry, recreational boating-related businesses, and state governments. EPA considered all the information and data received along with other publicly available information in developing two proposed vessel permits. EPA published the two proposed permits and accompanying fact sheets for public comment on June 17, 2008 (73 FR 34296). As proposed, the VGP would have covered all commercial and non-recreational vessels and those recreational vessels longer or equal to 79 feet, and the proposed Recreational General Permit (RGP) would have covered recreational vessels less than 79 feet in length. However, after the permits were proposed, Congress enacted two new laws that impact the universe of vessels covered under today's permit. On July 29, 2008, Senate bill S. 2766 (``the Clean Boating Act of 2008'') was signed into law (Pub. L. 110-288). This law provides that recreational vessels shall not be subject to the requirement to obtain an NPDES permit to authorize discharges incidental to their normal operation. As a result of this legislation, EPA is not finalizing the proposed RGP and has also modified the VGP, which included those recreational vessels over 79 feet, to eliminate that coverage. On July 31, 2008, Senate bill S. 3298 was signed into law (Pub. L. 110-299). This law generally imposes a two-year moratorium during which time neither EPA nor states can require NPDES permits for discharges (except ballast water discharges) incidental to the normal operation of vessels of less than 79 feet and commercial fishing vessels of any length. EPA is not taking final action on the proposed permit as it would apply to these vessels and has revised the final VGP to reflect the new law.
California State Motor Vehicle Pollution Control Standards; Greenhouse Gas Regulations; Reconsideration of Previous Denial of a Waiver of Preemption
Document Number: E9-2913
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Clean Air Act preempts States from adopting emission standards for new motor vehicles and motor vehicle engines but requires EPA to waive this preemption for California unless EPA makes certain findings. Acting at the direction of the California legislature, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) adopted greenhouse gas emission regulations for passenger cars, light-duty trucks and medium-duty passenger vehicles beginning with the 2009 model year. By letter dated December 21, 2005, CARB submitted a request that EPA grant a waiver for these regulations. EPA denied this request on March 6, 2008. EPA believes that there are significant issues regarding the Agency's denial of the waiver. The denial was a substantial departure from EPA's longstanding interpretation of the Clean Air Act's waiver provisions and the history of granting waivers to California for its new motor vehicle emission program. Many different partiesincluding California, States that have adopted or are interested in adopting California's standards, members of Congress, scientists, and other stakeholdershave expressed similar concerns about the denial of the waiver. EPA believes there is merit to reconsidering its decision denying California's waiver. Therefore, this Federal Register notice initiates such reconsideration, and announces a public hearing concerning California's request and a re-opening of the written comment period.
EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Public Teleconference Meeting of the Chartered Science Advisory Board
Document Number: E9-2906
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference meeting of the Chartered Science Advisory Board to discuss a draft letter on science needs for EPA.