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

Extension of Public Comment Period: Second External Review Draft Integrated Science Assessment for Particulate Matter
Document Number: E9-20921
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-08-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is announcing an extension of the public comment period for the draft document titled, ``Integrated Science Assessment for Particulate MatterSecond External Review Draft'' (EPA/600/R-08/ 139B and EPA/600/R-08/139BA). The document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within EPA's Office of Research and Development as part of the review of the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter.
Federal Requirements Under the Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program for Carbon Dioxide (CO2
Document Number: E9-20920
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-08-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Today's Notice supplements the proposed ``Federal Requirements Under the Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program for Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Geologic Sequestration (GS) Wells'' of July 25, 2008, presents new data and information, and requests public comment on related issues that have evolved in response to comments on the original proposal. This Notice contains preliminary field data from the Department of Energy-sponsored Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership projects, the results of GS-related studies conducted by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and additional GS-related research. Today's Notice also discusses comments and presents an alternative the Agency is considering related to the proposed injection depth requirements for Class VI wells.
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District
Document Number: E9-20828
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-08-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District (AVAQMD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from leaking components at industrial facilities such as petroleum refineries and chemical manufacturing plants. We are proposing to approve a local rule to regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act). At the same time, we are also approving a Negative Declaration and removing rules from the SIP.
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District
Document Number: E9-20827
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-08-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District (AVAQMD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from leaking components at facilities such as oil refineries and chemical manufacturing plants. We are approving a local rule that regulates these emission sources under the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act). At the same time, we are also approving an AVAQMD Negative Declaration and removing rules from the SIP.
Assessment of Anticipated Visibility Improvements at Surrounding Class I Areas and Cost Effectiveness of Best Available Retrofit Technology for Four Corners Power Plant and Navajo Generating Station: Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
Document Number: E9-20826
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-08-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency is providing an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) concerning the anticipated visibility improvements and the cost effectiveness for different levels of air pollution controls as Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART) for two coal-fired power plants, Four Corners Power Plant (FCPP) and Navajo Generating Station (NGS), located on the Navajo Nation. This ANPR briefly describes the provisions in Part C, Subpart II of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act), EPA's implementing regulations, and the Tribal Authority Rule (TAR) for promulgating Federal Implementation Plans (FIPs) to protect visibility in national parks and wilderness areas known as Class I Federal areas.
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: E9-20810
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-08-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA does not object to the proposed project. Rating LO.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E9-20809
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-08-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District and Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District
Document Number: E9-20805
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-08-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District (SJVUAPCD) and the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control (SBCAPCD) portions of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). We are proposing to approve
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District and Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District
Document Number: E9-20804
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-08-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District (SJVUAPCD) and Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (SBCAPCD) portions of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). Under authority of the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act), we
Notice of a Project Waiver of Section 1605 (Buy American Requirement) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to the Bristol Family Center Water System in Bristol, VT, the Kids in the Country School Water System in Dover, VT, and the Otter Valley Union High School Water System in Brandon, VT
Document Number: E9-20800
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-08-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is hereby granting a project waiver of the Buy American requirements of ARRA Section 1605 under the authority of Section 1605(b)(2) [manufactured goods are not produced in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available quantities and of a satisfactory quality] to the Bristol Family Center Water System in Bristol, Vermont, the Kids in the Country Water System in Dover, Vermont, and the Otter Valley Union High School in Brandon, Vermont (the ``Systems'') for the purchase of NSF-55 Class A certified Ultra Violet (UV) disinfection equipment. This is a project specific waiver and only applies to the use of the specified product for the ARRA funded projects being proposed. Any other ARRA project that may wish to use the same product must apply for a separate waiver based on project specific circumstances. The UV disinfection equipment under consideration is manufactured outside of the United States by a company based in Canada and meets the water systems' technical specifications and requirements. The Acting Regional Administrator is making this determination based on the review and recommendations of the Municipal Assistance Unit. The Systems have provided sufficient documentation to support each individual request. The Assistant Administrator of the Office of Administration and Resources Management has concurred on this decision to make an exception to Section 1605 of the ARRA. This action permits the purchase of specific UV disinfection equipment for the proposed projects being implemented by the Bristol Family Center Water System in Bristol, Vermont, Kids in the Country Water System in Dover, Vermont, and Otter Valley Union High School Water System in Brandon, Vermont.
Notice of a Regional Project Waiver of Section 1605 (Buy American) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to the Plymouth Village Water & Sewer District, New Hampshire
Document Number: E9-20798
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-08-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is hereby granting a waiver of the Buy America requirements of ARRA Section 1605 under the authority of Section 1605(b)(2) [manufactured goods are not produced in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available quantities and of a satisfactory quality] to the Plymouth Village Water & Sewer District, New Hampshire (``District'') for the purchase of a foreign manufactured rotary sludge dewatering press. This is a project specific waiver and only applies to the use of the specified product for the ARRA project being proposed. Any other ARRA recipient that wishes to use the same product must apply for a separate waiver based on project specific circumstances. The District's proposed wastewater treatment facility improvements will include a replacement of the existing belt filter press for sludge generated at the plant. Based upon information submitted by the District and its consultants, it was determined that a 6 channel rotary press sludge dewatering unit, manufactured by Fournier Industries of Quebec, Canada, will meet the District's design and performance specifications. The Acting Regional Administrator is making this determination based on the review and recommendations of the Municipal Assistance Unit. The District through its design engineer, has provided sufficient documentation to support their request. The Assistant Administrator of the Office of Administration and Resources Management has concurred on this decision to make an exception to Section 1605 of ARRA. This action permits the purchase of a 6 channel rotary press sludge dewatering unit, manufactured by Fournier Industries, by the District, as specified in its June 26, 2009 waiver request, as part of the improvements to the wastewater treatment facility.
Access to Confidential Business Information by Industrial Economics, Inc.
Document Number: E9-20797
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-08-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has authorized its contractor, Industrial Economics, Inc. of Cambridge, MA, 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).
Effluent Limitation Guidelines and New Source Performance Standards for the Airport Deicing Category
Document Number: E9-20291
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-08-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing technology-based effluent limitation guidelines (ELGs) and new source performance standards (NSPS) under the Clean Water Act (CWA) for discharges from airport deicing operations. The requirements generally would apply to wastewater associated with the deicing of aircraft and airfield pavement at primary commercial airports. The ELGs would be incorporated into the NPDES permits issued by EPA, states or tribes. EPA expects compliance with this regulation to reduce the discharge of deicing-related pollutants by at least 44.6 million pounds per year. EPA estimates the annual cost of the rule would be $91.3 million.
Control of Emissions From New Marine Compression-Ignition Engines at or Above 30 Liters per Cylinder
Document Number: E9-19187
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-08-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing emission standards for new marine diesel engines with per cylinder displacement at or above 30 liters (called Category 3 marine diesel engines) installed on U.S. vessels, under section 213 of the Clean Air Act (CAA or ``the Act''). The proposed engine standards are equivalent to the nitrogen oxides (NOX) limits recently adopted in the amendments to Annex VI to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL Annex VI) and are based on the position advanced by the United States Government as part of those international negotiations. The near-term standards for newly-built engines would apply beginning in 2011. Long-term standards would begin in 2016 and are based on the application of high-efficiency aftertreatment technology. We are also proposing a change to our diesel fuel program that would forbid the production and sale of marine fuel oil above 1,000 ppm sulfur for use in the waters within the proposed U.S. ECA and internal U.S. waters and allow for the production and sale of 1,000 ppm sulfur fuel for use in Category 3 marine vessels.
Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of an Upcoming Teleconference of the Science Advisory Board Committee on Science Integration for Decision Making
Document Number: E9-20738
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-08-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the SAB Committee on Science Integration for Decision Making.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; West Virginia; Determination of Clean Data for the 1997 Fine Particulate Matter Standard
Document Number: E9-20735
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-08-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document corrects an omission in the preamble language of the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) to determine that the West Virginia portions of three nonattainment areas for the 1997 fine particulate (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) have clean data for the 1997 PM2.5 NAAQS.
Designation of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes; California; San Joaquin Valley, South Coast Air Basin, Coachella Valley, and Sacramento Metro Ozone Nonattainment Areas; Reclassification
Document Number: E9-20732
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-08-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under the Clean Air Act, EPA is proposing to grant requests by the State of California to reclassify the following four areas designated as nonattainment for the 1997 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard: the San Joaquin Valley area from ``serious'' to ``extreme,'' the South Coast Air Basin area from ``severe-17'' to ``extreme,'' and the Coachella Valley and Sacramento Metro areas from ``serious'' to ``severe-15.''
Proposed Consent Decree, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
Document Number: E9-20731
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-08-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with section 113(g) of the Clean Air Act, as amended (``CAA'' or ``Act''), 42 U.S.C. 7413(g), notice is hereby given
Notice of Receipt of Requests for Amendments to Delete Uses in Certain Pesticide Registrations
Document Number: E9-20719
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-08-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with section 6(f)(1) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended, EPA is issuing a notice of receipt of request for amendments by registrants to delete uses in certain pesticide registrations. Section 6(f)(1) of FIFRA provides that a registrant of a pesticide product may at any time request that any of its pesticide registrations be amended to delete one or more uses. FIFRA further provides that, before acting on the request, EPA must publish a notice of receipt of any request in the Federal Register.
Pesticide Product Registration Approval
Document Number: E9-20717
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-08-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces Agency approval of an application to register the pesticide product NEXY containing an active ingredient not included in any previously registered products pursuant to the provisions of section 3(c)(5) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended.
Issuance of an Experimental Use Permit
Document Number: E9-20716
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-08-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has granted an experimental use permit (EUP) to the following pesticide applicant listed in Unit II. of this document. An EUP permits use of a pesticide for experimental or research purposes only in accordance with the limitations in the permit.
Birnbaum Interpreting Services; Transfer of Data
Document Number: E9-20606
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-08-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces that pesticide related information submitted to EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), including information that may have been claimed as Confidential Business Information (CBI) by the submitter, will be transferred to Birnbaum Interpreting Services in accordance with 40 CFR 2.307(h)(3) and 2.308(i)(2). Birnbaum Interpreting Services has been awarded multiple contracts to perform work for OPP, and access to this information will enable Birnbaum Interpreting Services to fulfill the obligations of the contract.
Tribal Pesticide Program Council; Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: E9-20605
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-08-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Tribal Pesticide Program Council (TPPC) will hold a two- day meeting on Wednesday, October 14, 2009 and Thursday, October 15, 2009. This notice announces the location and times for the meeting and sets forth tentative agenda topics.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Clean Water Act Section 404 State-Assumed Programs; EPA ICR No. 0220.11, OMB Control No. 2040-0168
Document Number: E9-20603
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-08-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit a request to renew an existing approved Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This ICR is scheduled to expire on February 28, 2010. 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; Information Collection Request for Proposed Regional Haze Regulations; EPA ICR No. 1813.07, OMB Control No. 2060-0412
Document Number: E9-20600
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-08-26
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.
Revisions to the Arizona State PM-10 Implementation Plan; Maricopa County Air Quality Department
Document Number: E9-20597
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-08-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the Maricopa County Air Quality Department (MCAQD) portion of the Arizona State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern particulate matter (PM) emissions from non-metallic mineral mining and processing in the Maricopa County (Phoenix) serious PM-10 nonattainment area. We are proposing to approve a local rule that regulates these emission sources under the Clean Air Act, as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act). We are taking comments on this proposal and plan to follow with a final action.
Final EPA Region 4 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Stormwater Discharges From Construction Activities
Document Number: E9-20595
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-08-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA Region 4 is issuing the final National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general permit for stormwater discharges from new dischargers engaged in large and small construction activities on Indian Country Lands within Region 4. Hereinafter, this NPDES general permit will be referred to as ``permit'' or ``2009 construction general permit'' or ``2009 CGP.'' ``New dischargers'' are those who did not file a notice of intent (``NOI'') to be covered under the 2004 construction general permit (``2004 CGP'') before it expired. Existing dischargers who properly filed an NOI to be covered under the 2004 CGP continue to be authorized to discharge under that permit according to its terms. This 2009 CGP contains generally the same limits and conditions as the National CGP that was issued by other EPA regions and became effective on June 30, 2008 (``2008 National CGP''). EPA Region 4 is issuing this CGP for a period not to exceed two (2) years and will make the permit available to new construction activities and unpermitted ongoing activities only.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants; Announcement of EPA Letter Addressing Recent Court Decision
Document Number: E9-20593
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-08-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On December 19, 2008, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (DC Circuit) vacated two provisions in EPA's General Provisions Rule promulgated under section 112 of the Clean Air Act that exempt sources from the requirement to comply with otherwise applicable section 112(d) emission standards during periods of startup, shutdown and malfunction. We are announcing the public
Maneb; Product Cancellation Order
Document Number: E9-20399
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-08-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces EPA's order for the cancellations, voluntarily requested by the registrant and accepted by the Agency, of products containing the pesticide maneb, pursuant to section 6(f)(1) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended. This cancellation order follows a September 12, 2008 Federal Register Notice of Receipt of Requests from the United Phosphorous, Inc. registrant to voluntarily cancel all their maneb product registrations. These are not the last maneb products registered for use in the United States. In the September 12, 2008 notice, EPA indicated that it would issue an order implementing the cancellations, unless the Agency received substantive comments within the 30-day comment period that would merit its further review of these requests, or unless the registrants withdrew their requests within this period. The Agency erroneously issued a Cancellation Order on October 14, 2008. For the reasons set forth below, on October 31, 2008, EPA revoked the October 14, 2008 cancellation. The Agency received and subsequently reviewed comments on the notice. The comments are summarized below in Unit III. This order took into consideration the comments received. Further, the registrants did not withdraw their requests. Accordingly, EPA hereby issues in this notice a cancellation order granting the requested cancellations. Any distribution, sale, or use of the maneb products subject to this cancellation order is permitted only in accordance with the terms of this order, including any existing stocks provisions.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Voluntary Customer Satisfaction Surveys (Renewal); ICR Number 1711.12, OMB Control No. 2090-0019
Document Number: E9-20398
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-08-25
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.
Toxic Chemical Release Reporting; Community Right-To-Know; Request for Comment on Change of Contractor Handling Trade Secret Claims
Document Number: E9-20397
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-08-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces an upcoming change in location and contractor designated to manage the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data processing for all TRI submissions including TRI Trade Secret and confidential information submitted. Under Section 322 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to- Know Act, facilities submitting TRI reports may be eligible to claim Trade Secret for the specific chemical identity of a toxic chemical being reported. Information entitled to trade secret or confidential treatment may not be disclosed by the Agency to the Agency's authorized representative until each affected submitter has been furnished notice of the contemplated disclosure by the EPA program office and has been afforded opportunity to submit its comments. This Federal Register provides notice that EPA's authorized representative is changing and provides the public an opportunity to comment on this action. Limit your comments to the change of contractor handling trade secret and confidential information submitted to TRI under Emergency Planning and Community Right-to- Know reporting requirements.
Revisions to Test Method for Determining Stack Gas Velocity Taking Into Account Velocity Decay Near the Stack Walls
Document Number: E9-20395
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-08-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to revise the voluntary test method for determining stack gas velocity taking into account the velocity decay near the stack or duct walls. When the method was originally developed,
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; New York Reasonably Available Control Technology and Reasonably Available Control Measures
Document Number: E9-20394
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-08-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing action on portions of a State Implementation Plan revision submitted by New York State that are intended to meet some Clean Air Act requirements for attaining the 0.08 parts per million 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards. EPA is proposing to disapprove the reasonably available control technology requirement as it relates to the entire State of New York, including the New York portion of the New York- Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-CT and the Poughkeepsie 8-hour ozone moderate nonattainment areas.
Toxics Release Inventory Articles Exemption Clarification Proposed Rule
Document Number: E9-20293
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-08-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA proposes to take two actions relating to the articles exemption under the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) program. First, EPA proposes to formally remove a paragraph of guidance dealing with releases due to natural weathering of products that appeared in the Reporting Forms and Instructions (RF&I) from 1988 to 2001. This guidance was absent from the Reporting Forms and Instructions after 2001, but formal notice of its removal was never issued. EPA here provides notice that this language has been removed and may not be relied on by reporting facilities. Second, EPA is proposing an interpretation of how the articles exemption applies to the Wood Treating Industry, specifically to treated wood that has completed the treatment process. We are requesting comment on both of these actions.
Regulation of Fuels and Fuel Additives: Federal Volatility Control Program in the Denver-Boulder-Greeley-Ft. Collins-Loveland, CO, 1997 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area
Document Number: E9-20290
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-08-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This action proposes to establish an applicable standard of 7.8 pounds per square inch (psi) Reid vapor pressure (RVP) under the federal volatility control program in the Denver-Boulder-Greeley-Ft. Collins-Loveland, Colorado, 1997 8-hour ozone nonattainment area during the high ozone seasonJune 1st to September 15th of each year beginning in 2010. This action would require the use of 7.8 psi RVP gasoline in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson counties, and in portions of Larimer, and Weld counties.
Proposed CERCLA Section 122(g) Administrative Agreement for De Minimis Settlement for the Mercury Refining Superfund Site, Towns of Guilderland and Colonie, Albany County, NY
Document Number: E9-20212
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-08-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with Section 122(i) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, as amended (``CERCLA''), 42 U.S.C. 9622(i), notice is hereby given by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA''), Region II, of a proposed de minimis administrative agreement pursuant to Section 122(g) of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 9622(g), between EPA and two hundred ninety one (291) settling parties pertaining to the Mercury Refining Superfund Site (``Site'') located in the Towns of Guilderland and Colonie, Albany County, New York. The settlement requires specified individual payments by each settling party to the EPA Hazardous Substance Superfund Mercury Refining Superfund Site Special Account, which combined total $3,743,361.69. Each settling party's individual settlement amount is considered to be that party's fair share of cleanup costs incurred and anticipated to be incurred in the future, plus a ``premium'' that accounts for, among other things, uncertainties associated with the costs of that future work at the Site. The settlement includes a covenant not to sue pursuant to Sections 106 and 107 of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 9606 and 9607, relating to the Site, subject to limited reservations, and protection from contribution actions or claims as provided by Sections 113(f)(2) and 122(g)(5) of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 9613(f)(2) and 9622(g)(5). For thirty (30) days following the date of publication of this notice, EPA will receive written comments relating to the settlement. EPA will consider all comments received and may modify or withdraw its consent to the settlement if comments received disclose facts or considerations that indicate that the proposed settlement is inappropriate, improper, or inadequate. EPA's response to any comments received will be available for public inspection at EPA Region II, 290 Broadway, New York, New York 10007-1866.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; 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: E9-20211
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-08-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that an Information Collection Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. This is a request to renew an existing approved collection Supporting Statement. The ICR, which is abstracted below, describes the nature of the information collection activity and its expected burden and costs.
Notice of Proposed Administrative Settlement Pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act
Document Number: E9-20210
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-08-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with Section 122(h)(1) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, as amended (``CERCLA''), 42 U.S.C. 9622(h)(1), notice is hereby given of a proposed administrative settlement concerning Jones Road Ground Water Plume Superfund Site, Houston, Harris County, Texas.
Type of Action: Amendment
Document Number: E9-20209
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-08-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a), EPA's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) is providing notice of its proposal to amend an existing system of records (SOR) by changing the title of ``Lead-Based Paint System of Records'' (LPSOR) to the ``Federal Lead-based Paint Program System of Records'' (FLPPSOR). FLPPSOR stores information in both electronic and hard-copy formats and contains information about individuals who: have applied for certification to conduct lead-based paint and renovation activities; are students taking classes in lead-based paint and renovation activities; or have been identified to provide training in lead-based paint and renovation activities. On April 22, 2008, EPA published the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Program rule in the Federal Register with an effective date of June 23, 2008. The Renovation, Repair, and Painting rule establishes requirements for training renovators and dust-sampling technicians; certifying renovators, dust-sampling technicians and renovation firms; accrediting providers of renovator and dust-sampling technician training; and renovation work practices. FLPPSOR will contain information about individuals who are certified inspectors, supervisors, risk assessors, project designers, abatement workers, renovators and dust-sampling technicians. EPA administers the certification and accreditation programs in States, Tribal areas, and territories that do not have EPA's authorization to independently administer such programs. EPA is no longer requiring individuals to provide their social security numbers on application forms for certification.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: E9-20200
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-08-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments
Document Number: E9-20199
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-08-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA expressed environmental concerns about wetland impacts and the disturbance of a Superfund site, and requested additional information on wetland and air quality impacts. Rating EC2.
Product Noise Labeling; Hearing Protection Devices
Document Number: E9-20172
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-08-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing an extension of the public comment period for the proposed rule ``Product Noise LabelingHearing Protection Devices'' (the proposed rule is hereinafter referred to as ``HPD Rule''). EPA published a notice of proposed rulemaking on August 5, 2009, in the Federal Register (74 FR 39150) which included a request for comments and an offer to hold a public hearing if requested. The public comment period was to end on September 4, 2009, (30 days after publication in the Federal Register) and the public hearing, if requested, was to take place on August 25, 2009. The purpose of this document is to extend the public comment period an additional 60 days until November 4, 2009, and to schedule a public hearing on this proposed rule will be held on October 7, 2009. This extension of the comment period and the holding of a public hearing are being provided to allow the public additional time to review the rule and provide EPA with comments on the proposed rule.
Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of Two Public Teleconference Meetings of the Chartered Science Advisory Board
Document Number: E9-20171
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-08-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces two public teleconference meetings of the chartered SAB to conduct reviews of two draft SAB reports and to conduct additional business.
Certain Chemical Substances; Withdrawal of Significant New Use Rules
Document Number: E9-20150
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-08-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is withdrawing two significant new use rules (SNURs) promulgated under section 5(a)(2) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for chemical substances which were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs), i.e., multi-walled carbon nanotubes (PMN P-08-177) and single-walled carbon nanotubes (PMN P-08- 328). These chemical substances are subject to TSCA section 5(e) consent orders issued by EPA. EPA published the SNURs using direct final rulemaking procedures. EPA received a notice of intent to submit adverse comments on these rules. Therefore, the Agency is withdrawing these SNURs, as required under the expedited SNUR rulemaking process. EPA also intends to publish in the Federal Register, under separate notice and comment rulemaking procedures, proposed SNURS for these two chemical substances.
Outer Continental Shelf Air Regulations; Consistency Update for California
Document Number: E9-20048
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-08-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is finalizing the update of the Outer Continental Shelf (``OCS'') Air Regulations proposed in the Federal Register on April 20, 2009. Requirements applying to OCS sources located within 25 miles of states' seaward boundaries must be updated periodically to remain consistent with the requirements of the corresponding onshore area (``COA''), as mandated by section 328(a)(1) of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 (``the Act''). The portion of the OCS air regulations that is being updated pertains to the requirements for OCS sources for which the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (Santa Barbara County APCD) is the designated COA. The intended effect of approving the requirements contained in the ``Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District Requirements Applicable to OCS Sources'' (June 2009) is to regulate emissions from OCS sources in accordance with the requirements onshore.
Notice of Receipt of Several Pesticide Petitions Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities; Correction
Document Number: E9-19645
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-08-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA issued a notice of receipt of several pesticide petitions filed for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities in the Federal Register of Wednesday, June 10, 2009. This document is being issued to correct item 5, PP 9F7537, under the ``New Tolerance'' section (EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0263).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maryland; Clean Air Interstate Rule
Document Number: E9-20047
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-08-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of Maryland on October 24, 2007 and June 30, 2008, except for the 2009 nitrogen oxides (NOX) ozone season and NOX annual allocations, the 2009 set-aside allocations and the Compliance Supplement Pool (CSP) allocations. These
Clean Water Act Section 303(d): Availability of List Decisions
Document Number: E9-20045
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-08-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This action announces the availability of EPA decisions identifying water quality limited segments and associated pollutants in Arizona to be listed pursuant to Clean Water Act section 303(d)(2), and requests public comment. Section 303(d)(2) requires that states submit and EPA approve or disapprove lists of waters for which existing technology-based pollution controls are not stringent enough to attain or maintain state water quality standards and for which total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) must be prepared.
Draft Toxicological Review of Ethyl Tertiary Butyl Ether: In Support of the Summary Information in the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)
Document Number: E9-20044
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-08-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is announcing a public comment period for the external review draft document titled, ``Toxicological Review of Ethyl Tertiary Butyl Ether: In Support of Summary Information on the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS).''