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

Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: The 2009 Critical Use Exemption From the Phaseout of Methyl Bromide
Document Number: E9-9966
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-04-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This final rule authorizes uses of methyl bromide that qualify for the 2009 critical use exemption and the amount of methyl bromide that may be produced, imported, or supplied from existing pre-phaseout inventory for those uses in 2009. EPA is taking action under the authority of the Clean Air Act to reflect a consensus decision taken at the Nineteenth Meeting of by the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) Addendum to Supplemental Funding for Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Grantees
Document Number: E9-9964
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-04-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA published a notice on April 10, 2009 regarding plans to make available approximately $40 million in Recovery Act funding to supplement Revolving Loan Fund capitalization grants previously awarded competitively under section 104(k)(3) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA). The purpose of this notice is to notify eligible RLF grantees that Supplemental Funding for Brownfields RLF grantees provided under the April 10, 2009 notice will be subject to the Buy American provisions for activities defined as infrastructure by the Agency.
Tentative Approval and Solicitation of Request for a Public Hearing for Public Water System Supervision Program Revision for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
Document Number: E9-9963
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-04-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is revising its approved Public Water System Supervision Program to adopt EPA's Ground Water Rule. The EPA has determined that these revisions are no less stringent than the corresponding Federal regulations. Therefore, the EPA intends to approve these program revisions. All interested parties may request a public hearing.
Pesticide Product Registrations; Conditional Approval
Document Number: E9-10004
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-04-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces Agency approval of applications submitted by Syngenta Seeds, Incorporated - Field Crops - NAFTA, to conditionally register the pesticide products, MIR162 Maize, Bt11 x MIR162 Corn, and Bt11 x MIR162 x MIR604 Corn, containing a new active ingredient not included in any previously registered products pursuant to the provisions of section 3(c)(7)(C) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania: Transportation Conformity Requirement
Document Number: E9-9846
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-04-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Pennsylvania State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The revisions establish State transportation conformity requirements. EPA is approving these revisions in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Transportation Conformity Requirements
Document Number: E9-9842
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-04-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA proposes to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for Transportation Conformity Requirements. In the Final Rules section of this Federal Register, EPA is approving the State's SIP submittal as a direct final rule without prior proposal because the Agency views this as a noncontroversial submittal and anticipates no adverse comments. A detailed rationale for the approval is set forth in the direct final rule. If no adverse comments are received in response to this action, no further activity is contemplated. If EPA receives adverse comments, the direct final rule will be withdrawn and all public comments
Outer Continental Shelf Air Regulations Consistency Update for Alaska
Document Number: E9-9836
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-04-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On March 3, 2009, EPA proposed the rulemaking ``Outer Continental Shelf Air Regulations Consistency Update for Alaska''. The original comment period closed on April 2, 2009. In this notice, we are announcing a 14-day reopening of the public comment period for the proposal.
Good Neighbor Environmental Board
Document Number: E9-9833
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-04-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92- 463, notice is hereby given that the Good Neighbor Environmental Board (GNEB) will hold a public teleconference on May 15, 2009, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The meeting is open to the public. For further information regarding the teleconference and background materials, please contact Mark Joyce at the number listed below.
Pennsylvania: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revisions
Document Number: E9-9792
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-04-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pennsylvania has applied to EPA for final authorization of revisions to its hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). EPA has determined that these revisions satisfy all requirements needed to qualify for final authorization and is authorizing Pennsylvania's revisions through this immediate final action. EPA is publishing this rule to authorize the revisions without a prior proposal because we believe this action is not controversial and do not expect comments that oppose it. Unless we receive written comments that oppose this authorization during the comment period, the decision to authorize Pennsylvania's revisions to its hazardous waste program will take effect. If we receive comments that oppose this action we will publish a document in the Federal Register withdrawing the relevant portions of this rule, before they take effect, and a separate document in the proposed rules section of this Federal Register will serve as a proposal to authorize revisions to Pennsylvania's program that were the subject of adverse comments. Today's document also corrects errors made in the authorization history that was published in the January 20, 2004 Federal Register authorization document for Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revisions
Document Number: E9-9790
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-04-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pennsylvania has applied to EPA for final authorization of revisions to its hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). EPA proposes to grant final authorization to Pennsylvania. In the ``Rules and Regulations'' section of this Federal Register, EPA is authorizing the revisions 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 to the immediate final rule. Unless we receive written comments that 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. However, if we receive comments that oppose this action we will withdraw the immediate final rule and it will not take effect. We will then respond to public comments in a later final rule based on this proposal. You may not have another opportunity for comment. If you want to comment on this action, you must do so at this time.
Outer Continental Shelf Air Regulations Consistency Update for Delaware
Document Number: E9-9786
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-04-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to update a portion of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Air Regulations. Requirements applying to OCS sources located within 25 miles of a State's seaward boundary must be updated periodically to maintain continuity and ensure consistency with the regulations of the corresponding onshore area (COA), as mandated by section 328(a)(1) of the Clean Air Act (CAA). The specific portion of the regulations that are being updated pertains to the requirements for OCS sources in the State of Delaware (Delaware). The intended effect of approving the OCS regulations for Delaware is to regulate air emissions from OCS sources in accordance with the requirements onshore. The change to the existing requirements discussed below is proposed to be incorporated by reference into the Code of Federal Regulations and is listed in the appendix to the OCS air regulations.
National Oil and Hazardous Substance Pollution Contingency Plan; Montclair/West Orange and Glen Ridge Radium Superfund Sites; National Priorities List
Document Number: E9-9648
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-04-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)Region II is issuing a Notice of Intent to Delete the Montclair/West Orange and Glen Ridge Radium Superfund Sites located in Montclair, West Orange, Glen Ridge, Bloomfield and East Orange, New Jersey from the National Priorities List (NPL) and requests public comments on this proposed action. The NPL, promulgated pursuant to Section 105 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980, as amended, is an appendix of the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP). EPA and the State of New Jersey, through the Department of Environmental Protection, have determined that all appropriate response actions under CERCLA have been completed. However, this deletion does not preclude future actions under Superfund.
Issuance of an Experimental Use Permit
Document Number: E9-9568
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-04-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has granted an experimental use permit (EUP) to the following pesticide applicant. An EUP permits use of a pesticide for experimental or research purposes only in accordance with the limitations in the permit.
Endosulfan; Petitions Requesting Cancellation of All Uses
Document Number: E9-9238
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-04-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice asks the public to comment on requests from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) that EPA cancel all uses of the organochlorine pesticide endosulfan.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Information Collection Activities Associated With SmartWay Transport Partnership; EPA ICR No. 2265.01, OMB Control No. 2060-NEW
Document Number: E9-9652
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-04-28
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). 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.
Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) Particulate Matter Review Panel; Correction
Document Number: E9-9651
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-04-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office published a notice in the Federal Register of April 21, 2009 concerning a public teleconference of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC), Particulate Matter Review Panel. The notice contained an incorrect time of the teleconference.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Texas; Revisions to Particulate Matter Regulations
Document Number: E9-9539
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-04-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions for the state of Texas. These revisions revise and recodify regulations for control of particulate matter in the Texas SIP. This rulemaking action is being taken under section 110 of the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA).
New Source Performance Standards Review for Nonmetallic Mineral Processing Plants; and Amendment to Subpart UUU Applicability
Document Number: E9-9435
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-04-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is finalizing amendments to the Standards of Performance for Nonmetallic Mineral Processing Plant(s) (NMPP). These final amendments include revisions to the emission limits for NMPP affected facilities which commence construction, modification, or reconstruction on or after April 22, 2008. These final amendments for NMPP also include: Additional testing and monitoring requirements for affected facilities that commence construction, modification, or reconstruction on or after April 22, 2008; exemption of affected facilities that process wet material from this final rule; changes to simplify the notification requirements for all affected facilities; and changes to definitions and various clarifications. We are not taking any final action in this document regarding the amendment to the Standards of Performance for Calciners and Dryers in Mineral Industries discussed in the proposed rule.
Cross-Media Electronic Reporting Rule State Authorized/Approved Program Modification/Revision Approval: State of Texas
Document Number: E9-9582
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-04-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces EPA's approval, under regulations for Cross-Media Electronic Reporting, of the State of Texas' request to modify/revise their program to allow electronic reporting for certain of their EPA-authorized programs. This notice also announces an opportunity to request a public hearing on EPA's approval of the State of Texas' request to revise their EPA-authorized National Primary Drinking Water Regulations Implementation program to allow electronic reporting.
Draft Toxicological Review of Halogenated Platinum Salts and Platinum Compounds: In Support of the Summary Information in the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)
Document Number: E9-9580
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-04-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is announcing that Eastern Research Group, Inc. (ERG), an EPA contractor for external scientific peer review, will convene an independent panel of experts and organize and conduct an external peer review workshop to review the external review draft document titled, ``Toxicological Review of Halogenated Platinum Salts and Platinum Compounds: In Support of Summary Information on the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)'' (EPA/635/R-08/018). EPA previously announced the 60-day public comment period (ending April 6, 2009) for the draft document in the Federal Register on February 5, 2009 (74 FR 6154). EPA will consider public comments and recommendations from the expert panel workshop as EPA finalizes the draft document.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Environmental and Economic Effects of Environmental Conflict Resolution at EPA; EPA ICR No. 2306.01 OMB Control No. 2090-NEW
Document Number: E9-9579
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-04-27
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 a new collection. The ICR, which is abstracted below, describes the nature of the information collection and its estimated burden and cost.
Cross-Media Electronic Reporting Rule State Approved Program Revision/Modification Approval: State of Louisiana
Document Number: E9-9578
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-04-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces EPA's approval, under regulations for Cross-Media Electronic Reporting, of the State of Louisiana's request to revise/modify their EPA-authorized National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) State Program Requirements and General Pretreatment Regulations for Existing and New Sources of Pollution programs to allow electronic reporting for those programs.
Notice of Availability of Draft NPDES General Permits MAG640000 and NHG640000 for Discharges From Potable Water Treatment Facilities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (Including Both Commonwealth and Indian Country Lands) and the State of New Hampshire: the Potable Water Treatment Facility General Permit (PWTF GP)
Document Number: E9-9577
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-04-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Director of the Office of Ecosystem Protection, EPANew England, is issuing a notice of availability of the draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general permits for potable water treatment facility (PWTF) discharges to certain waters of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (included both Commonwealth and Indian country lands) and the State of New Hampshire. These General Permits replace the previous PWTF GP, which expired on November 15, 2005.
Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Request for Nominations of Experts for the Review of Technical Guidance on Nutrient Criteria Development
Document Number: E9-9570
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-04-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office is requesting nominations of non-EPA experts to augment the SAB Ecological Processes and Effects Committee (EPEC) for the review of EPA's draft Technical Guidance on Empirical Approaches for Numeric Nutrient Criteria Development.
Montana: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revision
Document Number: E9-9544
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-04-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Solid Waste Disposal Act, as amended, commonly referred to as the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), allows the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to authorize States to operate their hazardous waste management programs in lieu of the federal program. Montana has applied to EPA for Final authorization of the changes to its hazardous waste program under the RCRA. EPA has determined that these changes satisfy all requirements needed to qualify for final authorization, and is authorizing the State's changes through this immediate final action.
Montana: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revisions
Document Number: E9-9541
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-04-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The State of Montana 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 the hazardous waste program changes submitted by the State of Montana. In the ``Rules and Regulations'' section of this Federal Register, EPA is authorizing the changes in an immediate final rule. EPA did not propose the rule prior to issuing 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 to the immediate final rule. Unless we get written comments that 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 publish a document in the Federal Register
Toxics Release Inventory Form A Eligibility Revisions Implementing the 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act
Document Number: E9-9530
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-04-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is amending its regulations on the eligibility criteria for submitting a Form A Certification Statement in lieu of the more detailed Form R submitted by facilities subject to TRI reporting under section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA) and section 6607 of the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990 (PPA). This action is being taken to comply with the ``Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009'' enacted on March 11, 2009. As this action is being taken to conform the regulations to a Congressional legislative mandate, notice and comment rulemaking is unnecessary, and this rule is effective immediately. Upon publication to the Federal Register, the provisions of the Toxics Release Inventory Burden Reduction Final Rule will be removed and the regulations in place prior to its implementation will be restored as described below.
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, South Coast Air Quality Management District
Document Number: E9-9436
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-04-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is finalizing approval of revisions to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions were proposed in the Federal Register on July 30, 2008 and concern oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emissions from gaseous- and liquid-fueled internal combustion engines. We are approving a local rule that regulates these emission sources under the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act).
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: E9-9444
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-04-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA continues to have environmental concerns about aquatic resource impacts. Rating EC2.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E9-9442
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-04-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Penoxsulam; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: E9-9441
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-04-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of penoxsulam in or on almond hulls; grape; nut, tree, group 14; and pistachio. Dow AgroSciences, LLC., requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Maine Marine Sanitation Device Standard-Receipt of Petition
Document Number: E9-9439
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-04-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that a petition has been received from the state of Maine requesting a determination by the Regional Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, that adequate facilities for the safe and sanitary removal and treatment of sewage from all vessels are reasonably available for the waters of Southern Mount Desert Island.
Ocean Dumping; Designation of Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Sites Offshore of the Umpqua River, Oregon
Document Number: E9-9434
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-04-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This action finalizes the designation of the Umpqua River ocean dredged material sites pursuant to the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act, as amended (MPRSA). The new sites are needed primarily to serve the long-term need for a location to dispose of material dredged from the Umpqua River navigation channel, and to provide a location for the disposal of dredged material for persons who have received a permit for such disposal. The newly designated sites will be subject to ongoing monitoring and management 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 ongoing protection of the marine environment.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Minnesota
Document Number: E9-9368
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-04-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a site specific revision to the Minnesota sulfur dioxide (SO2) State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the Rochester Public Utility's Cascade Creek Generating Facility (Cascade Creek), located in the city of Rochester, Olmsted County, Minnesota. On March 5, 2008, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) requested that EPA approve certain portions of a joint Title I/Title V document into the Minnesota SO2 SIP for the Cascade Creek facility. This SIP revision includes the addition of two new oil and gas fired turbines and modification of the starter engine on the No. 1 turbine. This SIP revision will show reduced emissions of SO2 from this facility and the SO2 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) will be maintained in the area. Because the SO2 emission limits are being reduced, the air quality of Olmsted County will be protected.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Minnesota
Document Number: E9-9366
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-04-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a site specific revision to the Minnesota sulfur dioxide (SO 2) State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the Rochester Public Utility's Cascade Creek Generating Facility (Cascade Creek), located in the city of Rochester, Olmsted County, Minnesota. On March 5, 2008, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) requested that EPA approve certain portions of a joint Title I/Title V document into the Minnesota SO 2 SIP for the Cascade Creek facility. This SIP revision includes the addition of two new oil and gas fired turbines and modification of the starter engine on the No. 1 turbine. This SIP revision will show reduced emissions of SO 2 from this facility and the SO 2 National Ambient Air Quality Standards will be maintained in the area. Because the SO 2 emission limits are being reduced, the air quality of Olmsted County will be protected.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Wisconsin; Finding of Attainment for 1-Hour Ozone for the Milwaukee-Racine, WI Area
Document Number: E9-9364
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-04-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a July 28, 2008, request from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) that EPA find that the Milwaukee-Racine, Wisconsin (WI) nonattainment area has attained the revoked 1-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Wisconsin; Finding of Attainment for 1-Hour Ozone for the Milwaukee-Racine, WI Area
Document Number: E9-9363
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-04-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a July 28, 2008, request from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) that EPA find that the Milwaukee-Racine, Wisconsin (WI) nonattainment area has attained the revoked 1-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Minnesota
Document Number: E9-9361
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-04-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving site specific revisions to the Minnesota sulfur dioxide (SO2) State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the Federal Cartridge Company and Hoffman Enclosures, located in the city of Anoka, Anoka County, Minnesota. On March 3, 2008, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) requested that EPA approve certain portions of joint Title I/Title V documents into the Minnesota SO2 SIP for Federal Cartridge Company and Hoffman Enclosures. The state is also requesting in this submittal that EPA rescind the Administrative Order issued to Federal Hoffman, Inc. which is currently included in Minnesota's SIP for SO2. The emissions units previously owned by Federal Hoffman, Inc., are now owned by Federal Cartridge Company and Hoffman Enclosures. Because the sulfur dioxide emission limits are being reduced, the air quality of Anoka County will be protected.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Minnesota
Document Number: E9-9360
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-04-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve site-specific revisions to the Minnesota sulfur dioxide (SO2) State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the Federal Cartridge Company and Hoffman Enclosures, located in the city of Anoka, Anoka County, Minnesota. On March 3, 2008, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) requested that EPA approve certain portions of joint Title I/Title V documents into the Minnesota SO2 SIP for Federal Cartridge Company and Hoffman Enclosures. The State is also requesting in this submittal that EPA rescind the Administrative Order issued to Federal Hoffman, Inc. which is currently included in Minnesota's SIP for SO2. The emissions units previously owned by Federal Hoffman, Inc., are now owned by Federal Cartridge Company and Hoffman Enclosures. Because the sulfur dioxide emission limits are being reduced, the air quality of Anoka County will be protected.
Proposed Endangerment and Cause or Contribute Findings for Greenhouse Gases Under Section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act
Document Number: E9-9339
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-04-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Today the Administrator is proposing to find that greenhouse gases in the atmosphere endanger the public health and welfare of current and future generations. Concentrations of greenhouse gases are at unprecedented levels compared to the recent and distant past. These high atmospheric levels are the unambiguous result of human emissions, and are very likely the cause of the observed increase in average temperatures and other climatic changes. The effects of climate change observed to date and projected to occur in the futureincluding but not limited to the increased likelihood of more frequent and intense heat waves, more wildfires, degraded air quality, more heavy downpours and flooding, increased drought, greater sea level rise, more intense storms, harm to water resources, harm to agriculture, and harm to wildlife and ecosystemsare effects on public health and welfare within the meaning of the Clean Air Act. In light of the likelihood that greenhouse gases cause these effects, and the magnitude of the effects that are occurring and are very likely to occur in the future, the Administrator proposes to find that atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases endanger public health and welfare within the meaning of Section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act. She proposes to make this finding specifically with respect to six greenhouse gases that together constitute the root of the climate change problem: carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, and sulfur hexafluoride.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NESHAP for the Surface Coating of Large Household and Commercial Appliances (Renewal), EPA ICR Number 1954.04, OMB Control Number 2060-0457
Document Number: E9-9338
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-04-23
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.
Second Draft Risk and Exposure Assessment Report for Sulfur Dioxide (SO2
Document Number: E9-9336
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-04-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On or about March 19, 2009, the Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS) of EPA is making available for public review and comment a draft document titled ``Risk and Exposure Assessment to Support the Review of the SO2 Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standards: Second Draft.'' The purpose of this draft document is to convey the approach taken to assess exposures to ambient SO2 and to characterize associated health risks, as well as to present the results of those assessments.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; South Carolina; NOX
Document Number: E9-9223
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-04-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a source-specific State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control on April 14, 2005. This revision responds to EPA's regulation entitled, ``Interstate Ozone Transport: Response to Court Decisions on the Nitrogen Oxides (NOX) SIP Call, NOX SIP Call Technical Amendments, and Section 126 Rules,'' otherwise known as the ``NOX SIP Call Phase II.'' This revision meets the requirements of the NOX SIP Call Phase II, which requires South Carolina to submit NOX SIP Call Phase II revisions necessary to achieve applicable, incremental reductions of NOX, including emission reductions from large internal combustion engines. Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Corporation Station 140 (Transco) is the only facility in South Carolina affected by the NOX SIP Call Phase II. The intended effect of this SIP revision is to reduce emissions of NOX originating in the State of South Carolina to help attain and maintain the national ambient air quality standard for ozone. This action is being taken pursuant to section 110 of the Clean Air Act.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; South Carolina; NOX
Document Number: E9-9222
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-04-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve a source-specific State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) on April 14, 2005. The revision responds to EPA's regulation entitled, ``Interstate Ozone Transport: Response to Court Decisions on the Nitrogen Oxides (NOX) SIP Call, NOX SIP Call Technical Amendments, and Section 126 Rules,'' otherwise known as the ``NOX SIP Call Phase II.'' This revision meets the requirements of the NOX SIP Call Phase II, which requires South Carolina to submit NOX SIP Call Phase II revisions necessary to achieve applicable, incremental reductions of NOX, including emission reductions from large internal combustion (IC) engines. Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Corporation Station 140 (Transco) is the only facility in South Carolina affected by the NOX SIP Call Phase II. The intended effect of this SIP revision is to reduce emissions of NOX originating in the State of South Carolina to help attain and maintain the national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) for ozone. This action is being taken pursuant to section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans and Designation of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes; Michigan; Redesignation of the Detroit-Ann Arbor Area to Attainment for Ozone
Document Number: E9-9217
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-04-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to make a determination under the Clean Air Act (CAA) that the Detroit-Ann Arbor nonattainment area has attained the 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). The Detroit-Ann Arbor area includes Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw, and Wayne Counties. This determination is based on quality-assured ambient air quality monitoring data for the 2006-2008 ozone seasons that demonstrate that the 8-hour ozone NAAQS has been attained in the area.
Methods for Measurement of Filterable PM10
Document Number: Z9-6178
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-04-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Clomazone and Fomesafen Registration Review Draft Ecological Risk Assessments; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E9-9231
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-04-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's draft ecological risk assessments for the registration review of both clomazone and fomesafen and opens a public comment period on these documents. At the same time, EPA is initiating consultation for clomazone and fomesafen with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service regarding potential effects to species listed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Registration review is EPA's periodic review of pesticide registrations to ensure that each pesticide continues to satisfy the statutory standard for registration, that is, the pesticide can perform its intended function without unreasonable adverse effects on human health or the environment. As part of the registration review process, the Agency has completed comprehensive draft ecological risk assessments, including endangered species effects determinations, for all clomazone and fomesafen uses. After reviewing comments received during the public comment period, EPA will issue final risk assessments, explain any changes from the draft risk assessments, and respond to comments. Once the ecological risk assessments have been finalized, the Agency will issue its proposed registration review decisions for these pesticides and seek public comment on any proposed risk mitigation. Through this program, EPA is ensuring that each pesticide's registration is based on current scientific and other knowledge, including its effects on human health and the environment.
Lead; Minor Amendments to the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Program
Document Number: E9-9227
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-04-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing two minor revisions to the final Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting Program (RRP) rule that published in the Federal Register on April 22, 2008. First, EPA is proposing to require accredited providers of renovator or dust sampling technician training to submit post-course notifications, including digital photographs of each successful trainee, to EPA. The 2008 rule establishes accreditation, training, certification, and recordkeeping requirements as well as work practice standards on persons performing renovations for compensation in most pre-1978 housing and child- occupied facilities. The post-course notification requirement, designed to supply important information for EPA's compliance monitoring efforts, was inadvertently omitted from the final RRP rule's regulatory text, although it was discussed in the preamble of the final rule. In addition, EPA is proposing to remove the requirement for accredited lead-based paint activities training providersthose who provide inspector, risk assessor, project designer, and abatement supervisor and worker trainingto submit to EPA a digital photograph of each successful trainee along with their post-course notifications. That requirement, inadvertently imposed as part of the final RRP rule, is unnecessary because EPA already receives photographs of these individuals through other means.
Helmet Products Fire Superfund Site, Griffin, Spalding County, GA; Notice of Settlement
Document Number: E9-9226
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-04-22
Agency: [docket# Epa-Ro4-Sfund-2009-0235, Frl-8895-1], Environmental Protection Agency
Under Section 122(h)(1) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), the United States Environmental Protection Agency has entered into a settlement for reimbursement of past response costs concerning the Helmet Products Fire Superfund Site located in Griffin, Spalding County, Georgia for publication.