Final List of Initial Pesticide Active Ingredients and Pesticide Inert Ingredients to be Screened Under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act
Section 408(p) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) directs EPA to develop a chemical screening program using appropriate validated test systems and other scientifically relevant information to determine whether certain substances may have hormonal effects. In September 2005, EPA published its approach for selecting the initial list of chemicals for which testing will be required under the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP) and in June 2007, EPA published the draft list of the first group of chemicals proposed for screening in the Agency's EDSP. This document presents the final list of the first group of chemicals that will be screened in the Agency's EDSP. The list was produced using the approach described in the September 2005 notice and considers comments received in response to the June 2007 draft list. The list includes chemicals that the Agency, in its discretion, has decided should be tested first, based upon exposure potential. The Agency deleted 6 chemicals from the original list of 73 based upon recent information showing that the chemicals are no longer expected to be found in 3 exposure pathways. The first group of 67 chemicals identified for testing includes pesticide active ingredients and High Production Volume (HPV) chemicals used as pesticide inert ingredients (also known as other ingredients). This list should not be construed as a list of known or likely endocrine disruptors. Nothing in the approach for generating the initial list provides a basis to infer that by simply being on this list these chemicals are suspected to interfere with the endocrine systems of humans or other species, and it would be inappropriate to do so. This document does not describe other aspects of the EDSP such as the administrative procedures EPA will use to require testing, which is
Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program; Policies and Procedures for Initial Screening
This document describes the policies and procedures EPA generally intends to adopt for initial screening of chemicals under the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP). The EDSP is established under section 408(p) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), which requires endocrine screening of all pesticide chemicals and was established in response to growing scientific evidence that humans, domestic animals, and fish and wildlife species have exhibited adverse health consequences from exposure to environmental chemicals that interact with their endocrine systems. In December 2007, EPA sought comment on its draft policies and procedures for initial screening under the EDSP. Following review and revision based on the public comments, EPA is now describing the specific details of the policies and procedures that EPA generally intends to adopt for initial screening under the EDSP, including the statutory requirements associated with and format of the test orders, as well as EPA's procedures for fair and equitable sharing of test costs and handling confidential data.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission To OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Tier 1 Screening of Certain Chemicals Under the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP); EPA ICR No. 2249.01, OMB Control No. 2070-New
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 request involves a new collection activity. The ICR, which is abstracted in this document, describes the nature of the information collection activity and its expected burden and costs.
Notice of Receipt of Several Pesticide Petitions Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities
This notice announces the Agency's receipt of several initial filings of pesticide petitions proposing the establishment or modification of regulations for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities.
Review of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Carbon Monoxide
On or about April 15, 2009, the Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS) of EPA is making available for public review and comment a planning document titled Carbon Monoxide National Ambient Air Quality Standards: Scope and Methods Plan for Health Risk and Exposure Assessment. This document describes EPA's planned approach for developing analyses as part of the review of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for carbon monoxide (CO). The EPA is releasing this planning document to seek consultation with the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) and to solicit public comments.
Agency Information Collection Activities OMB Responses
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.
Ocean Dumping; Designation of Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site Offshore of the Rogue River, OR
On October 14, 2008, EPA published a proposed rule at 73 FR 60662 to designate an ocean dredged material disposal site located offshore of the Rogue River, Oregon, and simultaneously withdrew an earlier proposal. EPA observed a typographical error in the proposed rule as published. In proposed rule, FR Doc. EPA-R10-OW-2008-0745, on page 60670 in the issue of October 14, 2008, in the first column, the very first coordinate was published as 42[deg]24'5.40'' N, but should have been published as 42[deg]24'15.40'' N. The coordinate was published correctly on page 60664 in the first column as 42[deg]24'15.40'' N. EPA received no comments on the proposed rule. EPA did receive one letter, dated November 12, 2008, from the Department of the Interior (DOI) stating that DOI had no comments. This action finalizes the designation of the Rogue River ocean dredged material disposal site, with the correct coordinates, pursuant to the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act, as amended (MPRSA), 33 U.S.C. 1401 to 1445. The new site is needed primarily to serve as a long-term location for the disposal of material dredged from the Rogue River navigation channel. The new site will also serve to provide a location for the disposal of dredged material for persons who have received a permit for such disposal. The newly designated site will be subject to ongoing monitoring and management as specified in this rule and in the Site Management and Monitoring Plan, which is also finalized as part of this action. The monitoring and management requirements will help to ensure continued protection of the marine environment.
Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Public Meeting of the Science Advisory Board Integrated Nitrogen Committee
The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting of the SAB Integrated Nitrogen Committee (INC) to discuss the committee's draft report.
Method and Format for Submitting Risk Management Plans (RMPs) Under Section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act
This notice provides information on the method and format for submitting risk management plans (RMPs) under EPA's Chemical Accident Prevention regulations. These regulations require owners and operators of stationary sources subject to the regulations to submit RMPs on their processes in a method and format specified by EPA. A new RMP submission method, called RMP*eSubmit, should be used by facilities submitting their RMPs electronically beginning March 13, 2009. The new submission method will be On-line via EPA's secure Web site.
Hazardous Waste Management System; Identification and Listing of Hazardous Waste; Final Exclusion
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is granting a petition submitted by Cooper Crouse-Hinds to exclude (or delist) the sludge and filter sand (called sludge hereinafter) from its wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) generated by Cooper Crouse-Hinds in Amarillo, Texas from the lists of hazardous wastes. This final rule responds to the petition submitted by Cooper Crouse-Hinds, to delist the WWTP sludge with Hazardous Waste Number, F006. After careful analysis and use of the Delisting Risk Assessment Software (DRAS), EPA has concluded the petitioned waste is not hazardous waste. This exclusion applies to 816 cubic yards per year of the WWTP sludge with Hazardous Waste Number: F006. Accordingly, this final rule excludes the petitioned waste from the requirements of hazardous waste regulations under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) when it is disposed in a Subtitle D Landfill.
Hazardous Waste Management System; Identification and Listing of Hazardous Waste; Final Exclusion
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is granting a petition submitted by BAE Systems, Inc. (BAE) to exclude (or delist) the waste filter cake from its waste water treatment plant generated by BAE Sealy, Texas from the lists of hazardous wastes. This final rule responds to the petition submitted by BAE to delist F019 waste filter cake generated from the facility's waste water treatment plant. After careful analysis and use of the Delisting Risk Assessment Software (DRAS), EPA has concluded the petitioned waste is not hazardous waste. This exclusion applies to 1,200 cubic yards per year of the F019 waste filter cake. Accordingly, this final rule excludes the petitioned waste from the requirements of hazardous waste regulations under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) when it is disposed in a Subtitle D Landfill.
Withdrawal of NPDES Voluntary Permit Fee Incentive for Clean Water Act Section 106 Grants; Allotment Formula
EPA is taking final action on withdrawal of a regulation revising the allotment formula contained in EPA's Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 106 Water Pollution Control grant regulations. The current regulations include a financial incentive for States to voluntarily collect adequate National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit fees. This final rule withdraws the financial incentive for States to voluntarily collect permit fees.
Board of Scientific Counselors Executive Committee Meeting-May 2009
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92- 463, the Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development (ORD), gives notice of one meeting (via conference call) of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Executive Committee.
Ocean Acidification and Marine pH Water Quality Criteria
This NODA provides interested parties with information submitted to EPA on ocean acidification and solicits additional
Wisconsin: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revision
EPA is granting Wisconsin 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 November 24, 2008 at 73 FR 70931 and provided for public comment. The public comment period ended on December 24, 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. This final rule authorizes the renumbering and revision of Wisconsin's previously authorized regulations.
Final Test Guidelines; Notice of Availability of Several Revised Test Guidelines
With this notice, EPA is announcing the availability of several revised or updated test guidelines for the unified library of harmonized test guidelines issued by the Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances (OPPTS). The OPPTS Harmonized Test Guidelines are for use in the testing of chemical substances or pesticides where appropriate to develop data for submission to EPA under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), or the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Specifically, EPA is announcing the availability of revised test guidelines under Series 830-Product Performance Test Guidelines, Series 835-Fate, Transport and Transformation Test Guidelines, and Series 860- Residue Chemistry Test Guidelines.
Access to Confidential Business Information by Computer Sciences Corporation
EPA has authorized its contractor Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) of Falls Church, VA, to access information which has been submitted to EPA under all sections of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Some of the information may be claimed or determined to be Confidential Business Information (CBI).
Access to Confidential Business Information by Computer Sciences Corporation and its Subcontractors
EPA has authorized contractor Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) of Falls Church, VA and its subcontractors, Insight Global of McLean, VA and KForce, Incorporated of Reston, VA, to access information which has been submitted to EPA under all sections of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Some of the information may be claimed or determined to be Confidential Business Information (CBI).
Modification of Pesticide Tolerance Revocation for Diazinon
This final rule resolves an objection filed by the California Grape and Tree Fruit League in response to a final rule on diazinon tolerances published on September 10, 2008 (73 FR 52607) by granting the objection and modifying the revocation of the diazinon tolerance on grapes to expire on September 10, 2010.