Notice of Proposed Administrative Settlement Pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act
In accordance with Section 122(i) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, as amended (CERCLA), 42 U.S.C. 9622(i), notice is hereby given of a proposed administrative settlement concerning the Coffeyville Resources Superfund Site in Sequoyah County, Oklahoma.
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District
EPA is proposing a limited approval and limited disapproval of revisions to the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern oxides of nitrogen (NOX) emissions from solid fuel fired boilers, steam generators and process heaters. We are proposing action on 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.
Clothianidin; Pesticide Tolerances
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of clothianidin in or on multiple commodities which are identified and discussed later in this document. This regulation additionally increases established tolerances in or on cotton, gin byproducts; cotton, undelinted seed and potato, granules/flakes and deletes tolerances in or on several commodities that will be superseded by this action. Valent U.S.A. Corporation, Bayer CropScience and Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Design for the Environment and Factual Product Label Statement Pilot Programs for Antimicrobial Pesticide Products
Two Workgroups of the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) worked throughout 2009 on possible pilot programs for certain factual label statements and logos for antimicrobial pesticide products. The Workgroup included representatives from pesticide manufacturers (registrants), State pesticide regulatory agencies, U.S. Department of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service, environmental and public advocacy groups, EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP), and others. With this notice, EPA's Office of Pesticides Programs is announcing the development of two voluntary pilot Programs.
Novaluron; Pesticide Tolerances
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of novaluron in or on bushberry subgroup 13-07B; Brassica, leafy greens, subgroup 5B; turnip, greens; fruit, stone, group 12, except cherry; cherry; and plum, prune, dried. This regulation additionally revises an existing tolerance in or on egg and revises terminology for an existing tolerance. Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Policy Paper on Revised Risk Assessment Methods for Workers, Children of Workers in Agricultural Fields, and Pesticides with No Food Uses; Notice of Availability
EPA is making available for comment a policy paper entitled ``Revised Risk Assessment Methods for Workers, Children of Workers in Agricultural Fields, and Pesticides with No Food Uses,'' that describes how the Agency will assess pesticide risks not governed by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. To provide comprehensive and consistent evaluation of potential risks of food use pesticides, non-food use pesticides, and related occupational exposures, EPA intends to apply risk assessment techniques developed in implementing the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 to any pesticide risk assessment, whether it falls under FQPA or not, as long as applying the risk assessment technique is consistent with good scientific practice and is not otherwise prohibited by law. Specifically, this will include using an additional safety/uncertainty factor to protect children, considering aggregate exposures to pesticides from multiple sources, and considering cumulative effects which may occur from exposure to multiple pesticides with a common mechanism of toxicity. Moreover, risks will be explicitly reported for individuals who had not been explicitly considered, specifically workers age 12-17 and children taken into agricultural fields. Taking this step at this time has important environmental justice ramifications. EPA anticipates that implementing this policy will increase protections, especially for agricultural workers and children of workers in agricultural fields.
Pesticides; Draft Guidance for Pesticide Registrants on Pesticide Drift Labeling and Petition to Protect Children from Pesticide Drift; Notices of Availability; Extension of Comment Period
EPA issued two related notices in the Federal Register of November 4, 2009, one concerning draft guidance on pesticide drift labeling, and one on a petition submitted to the Agency for protecting children from pesticide drift. Both notices announced the availability of the source documents and opened public comment periods of 60 days (until January 4, 2010). Today's notice extends the comment period on both notices for an additional 60 days, from January 4, 2010 to March 5, 2010.
ICLUS SERGoM v3 User's Manual: ArcGIS Tools and Datasets for Modeling U.S. Housing Density Growth
EPA is announcing a 30-day public comment period for the draft tool and its documentation titled, ``ICLUS SERGoM v3 User's Manual: ArcGIS Tools and Datasets for Modeling US Housing Density Growth'' (EPA/600/R-09/143). The tool and its documentation were prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment within EPA's Office of Research and Development. This draft tool and its documentation can be used to vary housing density and other allocation assumptions used to run land use scenarios for the conterminous US. ICLUS stands for Integrated Climate and Land Use Scenarios, a project which is described in the 2009 EPA Report, ``Land- Use Scenarios: Nation-Scale Housing-Density Scenarios Consistent with Climate Change Storylines.'' These scenarios are broadly consistent with global-scale, peer-reviewed storylines of population growth and economic development, which are used by climate change modelers to develop projections of future climate. SERGoM is the Spatially Explicit Growth Model used to allocate housing on the landscape in the GIS environment. This tool and User's Guide enable users to run SERGoM with the population projections developed for the ICLUS project and allow users to modify the spatial allocation of housing density across the landscape.
Agency Information Collection Activities OMB Responses
This document announces the Office of Management and Budget (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 regulations are listed in 40 CFR part 9 and 48 CFR chapter 15.
Notice of a Project Waiver of Section 1605 (Buy American Requirement) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to Frederick County, MD
The Regional Administrator of EPA Region III 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 Frederick County for the purchase of a Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) system, at the Ballenger McKinney Enhanced Nutrient Removal Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) expansion. Frederick County indicates that the MBR treatment process is necessary to achieve the wastewater treatment levels required by the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit issued for this WWTP. The MBR system under consideration is manufactured by a company located in Canada and no United States manufacturer produces an alternative that meets Frederick County's technical specifications. This is a project specific waiver and only applies to the use of the specified product for the ARRA funded project being proposed. Any other ARRA project that may wish to use the same product must apply for a separate waiver based on the specific project circumstances. The Regional Administrator is making this determination based on the review and recommendations of the EPA Region III, Water Protection Division, Office of Infrastructure and Assistance. Frederick County has provided sufficient documentation to support its request.
Notice of Availability of “Application of Davis-Bacon Act Wage Requirements to Fiscal Year 2010 Clean Water State Revolving Fund and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Assistance Agreements”
The Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water, Environmental Protection Agency, has issued a memo to all EPA Regions giving direction as to the implementation of Davis-Bacon Act requirements included in the Fiscal Year 2010 Appropriations, Public Law 111-88, ``Making appropriations for the Department of the Interior, environment, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2010, and for other purposes,'' enacted on October 30, 2009.
National Oil and Hazardous Substance Pollution Contingency Plan National Priorities List
EPA, Region 5 is issuing a Notice of Intent to Delete the Kerr-McGee Reed-Keppler Park Superfund Site (Site) located in West Chicago, Illinois, 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 Illinois, through the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA), have determined that all appropriate response actions under CERCLA have been completed. However, this deletion does not preclude future actions under Superfund.
National Oil and Hazardous Substance Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List
EPA, Region 5 is publishing a direct final Notice of Deletion of the Kerr-McGee Reed-Keppler Park Superfund Site (Site), located in West Chicago, Illinois, from the National Priorities List (NPL). The NPL, promulgated pursuant to Section 105 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980, as amended, is an appendix to the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP). This direct final deletion is being published by EPA with the concurrence of the State of Illinois, through the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA), because EPA has determined that all appropriate response actions under CERCLA have been completed. However, this deletion does not preclude future actions under Superfund.
Withdrawal of the Emission-Comparable Fuel Exclusion Under RCRA
EPA is proposing to withdraw the conditional exclusion from regulations promulgated on December 19, 2008 under subtitle C of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) for so-called Emission Comparable Fuel (ECF). These are fuels produced from hazardous secondary materials which, when burned in industrial boilers under specified conditions, generate emissions that are comparable to emissions from burning fuel oil in those boilers. EPA is proposing to withdraw this conditional exclusion because ECF appears to be better regarded as being a discarded material and regulated as a hazardous waste. The exclusions for comparable fuel and synthesis gas fuel are
Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Sulfur Dioxide
Based on its review of the air quality criteria for oxides of sulfur and the primary national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) for oxides of sulfur as measured by sulfur dioxide (SO2), EPA is proposing to revise the primary SO2 NAAQS to provide requisite protection of public health with an adequate margin of safety. Specifically, EPA proposes to establish a new 1-hour SO2 standard within the range of 50-100 parts per billion (ppb), based on the 3-year average of the annual 99th percentile (or 4th highest) of 1-hour daily maximum concentrations. The EPA also proposes to revoke both the existing 24-hour and annual primary SO2 standards.
Proposed Consent Decree, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
In accordance with section 113(g) of the Clean Air Act, as amended (``Act''), 42 U.S.C. 7413(g), notice is hereby given of a proposed consent decree to address a lawsuit filed by WildEarth Guardians in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California: WildEarth Guardians v. Jackson, No. 4:09-CV-02453-CW (N.D. CA). On June 3, 2009, Plaintiff filed a complaint alleging that EPA failed to perform a non-discretionary duty to either approve a State Implementation Plan (``SIP'') or promulgate a Federal Implementation Plan (``FIP'') for California, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Oregon to satisfy the requirements of Clean Air Act section 110(a)(2)(D)(i), 42 U.S.C. 7410(a)(2)(D)(i), with regard to the 1997 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (``NAAQS'') for 8-hour ozone and fine particulate matter (``PM2.5''). Under the terms of the proposed consent decree, deadlines are established for EPA to take action.
Proposed Consent Decree, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
In accordance with section 113(g) of the Clean Air Act, as amended (``CAA'' or the ``Act''), 42 U.S.C. 7413(g), notice is hereby given of a proposed consent decree to address a lawsuit filed by WildEarth Guardians in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado: WildEarth Guardians v. Jackson, No. 09-cv-02109- MSK-KLM (D. CO.). On September 3, 2009, Plaintiff filed a complaint alleging: (a) That EPA failed to perform a mandatory duty under section 110(k)(5) of the CAA, 42 U.S.C. 7410(k)(5), to require the State of Utah to revise the State Implementation Plan regarding Utah Regulation 307-107-1 through 307-107-5 (``the Utah breakdown provision''), relating to excess emissions resulting from the breakdown of pollution control equipment, and (b) that EPA failed to timely respond to a petition from WildEarth Guardians requesting EPA to require Utah to revise the Utah breakdown provision consistent with CAA section 110(k)(5). The proposed consent decree establishes a deadline for EPA to take final action either issuing a rule under section 110(k)(5) requiring Utah to revise the Utah breakdown provision or determining that a revision is unnecessary.
Notice of Availability of Final Modification of National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration, Development and Production Operations Off Southern California
EPA Region 9 is today issuing certain final modifications of its general NPDES permit (permit No. CAG280000) for discharges from offshore oil and gas exploration, development and production facilities located in Federal waters off the coast of Southern California. Region 9 proposed the permit modifications on April 3, 2009 (74 FR 15267), and the public comment period for the proposal concluded on May 4, 2009. During the public comment period, Region 9 received written comments from four parties concerning the proposed modifications. Region 9 has prepared a separate document (``Response to Public Comments'') that discusses the comments in more detail and Region 9's responses to the comments. The final permit modifications differ only slightly from the proposed modifications. The changes from the proposal are discussed in more detail in the Addendum to Fact Sheet and in the Response to Public Comments. The final modified general permit establishes effluent limitations, prohibitions, and other conditions on discharges from facilities authorized by this general permit. These conditions are based on the administrative record.
Notice of Final Residual Desigination of Certain Storm Water Discharges in the State of Maine Under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System of the Clean Water Act
The Regional Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) New England Regional Office is providing notice of a final residual designation determination made on October 28, 2009 in accordance with Section 402(p) of the Clean Water Act, and implementing regulations in 40 CFR 122.26(a)(9)(i)(D). The final determination requires that storm water discharges from impervious areas equal to or greater than one acre in the Long Creek watershed (South Portland, Westbrook, Scarborough, and Portland, Maine) be authorized by a permit under the federal Clean Water Act because those discharges contribute to a violation of water quality standards in Long Creek. Copies of the final residual designation and other materials are available for inspection online as described elsewhere in this notice document.
Adequacy Status of the Washington County, OH and the Ohio Portion of the Huntington/Ashland KY/WV/OH Area Submitted Annual Fine Particulate Matter Attainment Demonstration for Transportation Conformity Purposes
In this notice, EPA is notifying the public that we have made insignificance findings through the transportation conformity adequacy process for directly emitted fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and oxides of nitrogen (NOX) in Washington County, Ohio (part of the Parkersburg/Marietta annual PM2.5 nonattainment area) and the Ohio portion of the Huntington/Ashland annual PM2.5 nonattainment area. Ohio submitted the attainment demonstration State Implementation Plan (SIP) for annual PM2.5 initially on July 16, 2008, and subsequently submitted the public hearing results on December 5, 2008. As a result of our finding, Washington County, Ohio and the Ohio portion of the Huntington/Ashland area are no longer required to perform a regional emissions analysis for either directly emitted PM2.5 or NOX as part of future PM2.5 conformity determinations for the 1997 annual PM2.5 air quality standard.
Notice of Availability of Final NPDES General Permits for Discharges at Hydroelectric Generating Facilities in the States of Massachusetts and New Hampshire and Tribal Lands in the State of Massachusetts
The Director of the Office of Ecosystem Protection, Environmental Protection Agency-Region 1, is today providing notice of availability of the final National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general permits for specific discharges at Hydroelectric Generating Facilities in the States of Massachusetts and New Hampshire and Tribal Lands located in the State of Massachusetts. These discharges include equipment related cooling water, equipment and floor drain water, backwash strainer water, certain maintenance related waters, and combinations of the preceding discharges. The general permits establish notification requirements, permit eligibility requirements, effluent limitations, standards, prohibitions and best management practice plans. Owners and/or operators of hydroelectric generating facilities with these discharges, including those facilities currently authorized to discharge under individual NPDES permits, are eligible to apply for coverage. Facilities will receive a written notification from EPA whether permit coverage and authorization to discharge under one of the general permits is approved. These general permits do not cover new sources as defined under 40 CFR 122.2.
Determinations of Attainment of the One-Hour and Eight-Hour Ozone Standards for Various Ozone Nonattainment Areas in New Jersey and Upstate New York
The EPA is determining that various ozone nonattainment areas in New York and New Jersey have attained the one-hour and eight-hour National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone. For the one- hour standard, the areas are the Atlantic City and Warren County areas in New Jersey and the Albany-Schenectady-Troy, Buffalo-Niagara Falls, Essex County, Jefferson County, and Poughkeepsie areas in New York. For the 1997 eight-hour standard, the areas are Buffalo-Niagara Falls, Jamestown, Poughkeepsie and Essex County in New York. These determinations are based upon certified ambient air monitoring data that show each area has monitored attainment of ozone NAAQS based on complete, quality-assured ambient air monitoring data for the three- year period ending in 2008. These data demonstrate that the one-hour and eight-hour ozone standards have been attained in these areas. These areas that have attained the one-hour standard have completed their progress toward achieving the one-hour health standard. For the areas that have attained the eight-hour standard, the requirements for the State to submit certain reasonable further progress plans, attainment demonstrations, contingency measures and any other planning requirements of the Clean Air Act related to attainment of the ozone standards are suspended for as long as the areas continue to attain the eight-hour ozone standard. These determinations of attainment are not redesignations of these areas to attainment. Redesignations must meet additional requirements, including an approved plan to maintain compliance with the air quality standard for ten years after redesignation. In addition, preliminary data for 2009 show that these areas continue to attain the standard.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans and Designations of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes; North Carolina: Redesignation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park 1997 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area to Attainment
EPA is taking final action to approve a request submitted on July 24, 2009, from the State of North Carolina, through the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR), Division of Air Quality (DAQ), to redesignate the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) 1997 8-hour ozone nonattainment area (herein referred to as the ``GSMNP Area'') to attainment for the 1997 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). The GSMNP Area for the 1997 8-hour ozone standard is comprised of portions of Haywood and Swain Counties in North Carolina. EPA's approval of the redesignation request is based on the determination that the GSMNP Area has met the criteria for redesignation to attainment set forth in the Clean Air Act (CAA), including the determination that the GSMNP Area has attained the 8-hour ozone standard. Additionally, EPA is approving a revision to the North Carolina State Implementation Plan (SIP) including the 8-hour ozone maintenance plan for the GSMNP Area that contains the new 2011 and 2020 motor vehicle emission budgets (MVEBs) for nitrogen oxides (NOX) and an insignificance finding for volatile organic compounds (VOC) contribution from motor vehicles to the 8-hour ozone pollution in the GSMNP Area. Through this action, EPA is also finding the NOX MVEBs and the VOC insignificance finding adequate for the purposes of transportation conformity. This action also approves the emissions inventory submitted with the maintenance plan (under the CAA section 172(c)(3)). On March 12, 2008, EPA issued a revised ozone standard. EPA later announced on September 16, 2009, that it may reconsider this revised ozone standard. The current action, however, is being taken to address requirements under the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS. Requirements for the GSMNP Area under the 2008 standard will be addressed in the future.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NESHAP for Perchloroethylene Dry Cleaning Facilities (Renewal); EPA ICR Number 1415.09, OMB Control Number 2060-0234
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that an Information Collection Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. This is a request to renew an existing approved collection. The ICR, which is abstracted below, describes the nature of the collection and the estimated burden and cost.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publishes the semiannual regulatory agenda online (the e-agenda) at www.reginfo.gov to update the public about:
Executive Order 13508 Chesapeake Bay Protection and Restoration Section 202 Federal Agency Reports
This notice announces the availability of seven final reports by federal agencies for restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay and requests public comment. The reports were prepared pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13508 of May 12, 2009, Chesapeake Bay Protection and Restoration. This E.O. requires that a draft strategy be published for public review and comments together with the final reports prepared by the federal agencies. The draft strategy was made available on November 9, 2008 for comment.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Notice of Supplemental Distribution of a Registered Pesticide Product; EPA ICR No. 0278.10, OMB Control No. 2070-0044
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.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Kentucky: Revisions to the Kentucky State Implementation Plan
EPA is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Kentucky on December 31, 2008, for the purpose of establishing transportation conformity criteria and procedures related to interagency consultation, and enforceability of certain transportation related control and mitigation measures for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Approval of Section 112(l) Authority for Hazardous Air Pollutants; Equivalency by Permit Provisions; National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants; Plywood and Composite Wood Products
On August 26, 2003, the EPA published in the Federal Register a direct final rule to approve the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resource's (NC DENR) equivalency by permit program, pursuant to section 112(l) of the Clean Air Act, to implement and enforce State permit terms and conditions that substitute for the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants from the pulp and paper industry for the International Paper Riegelwood mill in Riegelwood, North Carolina. Then, on April 12, 2004, the EPA published in the Federal Register a direct final rule to amend the August 26, 2003, direct final rule in order to extend its coverage to include an additional four mills in North Carolina. This action is taken to once again amend the August 26, 2003, direct final rule in order to expand the NC DENR equivalency by permit program coverage to include all 32 sources in North Carolina subject to the plywood and composite wood products rule.
Approval of Section 112(l) Authority for Hazardous Air Pollutants; Equivalency by Permit Provisions; National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants; Plywood and Composite Wood Products
Pursuant to section 112(l) of the Clean Air Act, EPA is proposing to amend regulations to expand the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources equivalency by permit program coverage to include all 32 sources in North Carolina that are subject to the plywood and composite wood products rule.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; California; Determination of Attainment of the 1997 8-Hour Ozone Standard
The EPA is determining that the Imperial County, California moderate 8-hour ozone nonattainment area has attained the 1997 8-hour National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone. This determination is based upon certified ambient air monitoring data that show the area has monitored attainment of the 8-hour ozone NAAQS since the 2006-2008 monitoring period. In addition, quality controlled and quality assured ozone data for 2008 that are available in the EPA Air Quality System database, but not yet certified, show that this area continues to attain the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS. This determination suspends the requirements for California to submit an attainment demonstration, a reasonable further progress plan, contingency measures, and other planning State Implementation Plans for this area related to attainment of the 8-hour ozone NAAQS. These requirements shall remain suspended for so long as the area continues to attain the ozone NAAQS.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Area Source Standards for Paints and Allied Products Manufacturing
EPA is issuing national emission standards for control of hazardous air pollutants (HAP) for the Paints and Allied Products Manufacturing area source category. The final rule establishes emission standards in the form of management practices for volatile HAP, and emission standards in the form of equipment standards for particulate HAP. The emissions standards for new and existing sources are based on EPA's determination as to what constitutes the generally available control technology or management practices (GACT) for the area source category.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Focus Group and Consumer Survey Research for Improving Fuel Economy Label Design and Content; EPA ICR No. 2343.01, OMB Control No. 2060-NEW
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.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Minnesota
EPA is approving a site-specific revision to the Minnesota sulfur dioxide (SO2) State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the Rochester Public Utilities Silver Lake Plant (RPU-SLP), located in Rochester, Minnesota. In its October 16, 2007, submittal, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) requested that EPA approve certain conditions contained in RPU-SLP's revised Federally enforceable joint Title I/Title V document into the Minnesota SO2 SIP. The request is approvable because it satisfies the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA). The rationale for the approval and other information are provided in this rulemaking action.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Minnesota
EPA is proposing to approve a site-specific revision to the Minnesota sulfur dioxide (SO2) State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the Rochester Public Utilities Silver Lake Plant (RPU-SLP), located in Rochester, Minnesota. In its October 16, 2007, submittal, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) requested that EPA approve certain conditions contained in RPU-SLP's revised Federally enforceable joint Title I/Title V document into the Minnesota SO2 SIP. The request is approvable because it satisfies the requirements of the Clean Air Act.
Fenpyroximate; Pesticide Tolerances
This regulation establishes a tolerance for combined residues of fenpyroximate and its Z-isomer in or on berry, low growing, subgroup 13-07G, at 1.0 part per million (ppm). Nichino America, Inc. requested this tolerance under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Hexythiazox; Pesticide Tolerances
This regulation establishes a tolerance for combined residues of hexythiazox in or on potato. The Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) requested this tolerance under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Dicloran; Notice of Receipt of a Request to Voluntarily Amend To Terminate a Use of DCNA Pesticide Registrations
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 a request by the registrant to voluntarily amend their DCNA registrations to terminate a certain use. The request would terminate dicloran (DCNA) use in or on carrots. The request would not terminate the last DCNA product registered for use in the United States. EPA intends to grant this request at the close of the comment period for this announcement unless the Agency receives substantive comments within the comment period that would merit its further review of the request, or unless the registrant withdraws the request within this period. Upon acceptance of this request, any sale, distribution, or use of products listed in this notice will be permitted only if such sale, distribution, or use is consistent with the terms as described in the final order.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Area Sources: Asphalt Processing and Asphalt Roofing Manufacturing
EPA is promulgating national emissions standards for the control of emissions of hazardous air pollutants (HAP) from the asphalt processing and asphalt roofing manufacturing area source category. These final emissions standards for new and existing sources are based upon EPA's final determination as to what constitutes the generally available control technology or management practices (GACT) for the source category.
Human Studies Review Board (HSRB); Notification of a Public Teleconference to Review Its Draft Report From the October 20-21, 2009 HSRB Meeting
The EPA Human Studies Review Board (HSRB) announces a public teleconference meeting to discuss its draft HSRB report from the October 20-21, 2009 HSRB meeting.
Draft Toxicological Review of Chloroprene: In Support of the Summary Information in the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)
EPA is announcing that Versar, Inc., 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 Chloroprene: In Support of Summary Information in the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)'' (EPA/635/R-09/010A). The draft document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within EPA's Office of Research and Development. EPA previously announced the 60-day public comment period (ending November 30, 2009) for the draft document in the Federal Register on September 29, 2009 (74 FR 49874). EPA will consider public comments and recommendations from the expert panel workshop as EPA finalizes the draft document.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Utah; Redesignation Request and Maintenance Plan for Salt Lake County; Utah County; Ogden City PM10
EPA is proposing to disapprove the State of Utah's requests under the Clean Air Act to redesignate the Salt Lake County, Utah County, and Ogden City PM10 nonattainment areas to attainment, and to approve some and disapprove other associated State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions. The Governor of Utah submitted the redesignation requests and associated SIP revisions on September 2, 2005. EPA is proposing to disapprove the redesignation requests because the areas do not meet all Clean Air Act requirements for redesignation. Regarding the SIP revisions, EPA is proposing to approve several definitions in Utah rule R307-101-2 (``Definitions'') and portions of Utah rule R307-302 (``Davis, Salt Lake, Utah, Weber Counties: Residential Fireplaces and Stoves''). EPA is proposing to approve these SIP revisions because they meet Clean Air Act requirements. EPA is proposing to disapprove the maintenance plans for Salt Lake County, Utah County, and Ogden City, including the motor vehicle emissions budgets in those plans. EPA is also proposing to disapprove all other SIP revisions that the Governor submitted on September 2, 2005 that EPA is not proposing to approve, except that EPA is proposing to take no action on revised Utah rule R307-310 (``Salt Lake County: Trading of Emission Budgets for Transportation Conformity''). EPA is proposing to disapprove these SIP elements because they do not meet Clean Air Act requirements. EPA is proposing to take no action on Utah's revised R307-310 because acting on the revised rule would serve no purpose. EPA is also proposing that it need not act on certain revisions to the Utah PM10 SIP that the Governor submitted on July 11, 1996 and June 2, 1997. These revisions have been superseded by subsequent revisions to the Utah PM10 SIP.
Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for the Construction and Development Point Source Category
The Environmental Protection Agency is publishing final regulations establishing Clean Water Act (CWA) technology-based Effluent Limitations Guidelines and New Source Performance Standards for the Construction and Development (C&D) point source category. EPA expects compliance with this regulation to reduce the amount of sediment and other pollutants discharged from construction and development sites by approximately 4 billion pounds per year.
Proposed Consent Decree, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
In accordance with section 113(g) of the Clean Air Act, as amended (``CAA'' or the ``Act''), 42 U.S.C. 7413(g), notice is hereby