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Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2011-33618
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Amendments to Delegation of Authority Provisions in the Prevention of Significant Deterioration Program
Document Number: 2011-33592
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-12-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is taking action to propose amendments to the New Source Review (NSR) Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) program that would correct certain outdated language that currently limits EPA's ability to delegate the Federal PSD program to interested Indian tribes. This action proposes changes that would provide consistency with the current Federal PSD regulatory requirements by allowing the EPA to delegate the PSD program to interested tribes for their attainment areas. The regulations already authorize administrative delegation, and EPA has in the past delegated administration of the PSD program to states and local governments for their attainment areas. The EPA is proposing to delete a restriction on tribes' ability to take delegation of the PSD program and to include tribes, along with state and locals, in another section to make it clear that tribes may voluntarily take direct delegation of the NSR program in areas that are currently attaining the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). The rule would not impose any new requirements. The EPA is also proposing to correct a minor typographical error.
Regional Haze: Revisions to Provisions Governing Alternatives to Source-Specific Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART) Determinations, Limited SIP Disapprovals, and Federal Implementation Plans
Document Number: 2011-33586
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-12-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is proposing revisions to rules that pertain to the regional haze program. In this action, the EPA is proposing that the trading program in the recently promulgated Transport Rule, also known as the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, achieves greater reasonable progress towards the national goal of achieving natural visibility conditions in Class I areas than source-specific Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART) in those states covered by the Transport Rule. In this action, the EPA is also proposing a limited disapproval of the regional haze State Implementation Plans (SIPs) that have been submitted by Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Texas. These states relied on requirements of the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) to satisfy certain regional haze requirements. To address deficiencies in all of the CAIR-dependent regional haze SIPs, in this action, the EPA is proposing Federal Implementation Plans (FIPs) to replace reliance on the CAIR requirements in these SIPs with reliance on the Transport Rule as an alternative to BART. States are encouraged, at any time, to submit a revision to their regional haze SIP incorporating the requirements of the Transport Rule at which time we will withdraw the FIP being proposed in this action.
Difenoconazole; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2011-33482
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of difenoconazole in or on oat and rye commodities, and wheat, hay. Syngenta Crop Protection, Incorporated requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Cyhalofop-butyl; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2011-33480
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation amends tolerances for residues of cyhalofop- butyl in or on rice, grain and rice, wild, grain. Dow AgroSciences, LLC requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Tepraloxydim; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2011-33477
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of tepraloxydim in or on the imported commodities ``Pea and bean, dried shelled, except soybean, subgroup 6C'' and ``Sunflower subgroup 20B''. BASF Corporation requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). This regulation also removes established tolerances for residues of tepraloxydim on ``Lentil, seed'' and ``Pea, dry, seed,'' as residues on these commodities will be covered by the new tolerance on the pea and bean subgroup (6C).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; California; Determinations of Failure To Attain the One-Hour Ozone Standard
Document Number: 2011-33475
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is taking final action to determine that three areas in California, previously designated nonattainment for the now-revoked one-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS), did not attain that standard by their applicable attainment dates: the Los Angeles-South Coast Air Basin Area (``South Coast''), the San Joaquin Valley Area (``San Joaquin Valley''), and the Southeast Desert Modified Air Quality Maintenance Area (``Southeast Desert''). These determinations are based on three years of quality-assured and certified ambient air quality monitoring data for the period preceding the applicable attainment deadline.
Receipt of Several Pesticide Petitions Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities
Document Number: 2011-33440
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-12-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document announces the Agency's receipt of several initial filings of pesticide petitions requesting the establishment or modification of regulations for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities.
Pyrethrins/Pyrethroid Cumulative Risk Assessment; Extension of Comment Period
Document Number: 2011-33437
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA issued a notice in the Federal Register of November 9, 2011, concerning the availability of EPA's cumulative risk assessment for the naturally occurring pyrethrins and synthetic pyrethroid pesticides (often collectively called ``the pyrethroids'') and opened a public comment period on this document and other supporting documents. This notice extends the comment period for 30 days, from January 9, 2012 to February 8, 2012.
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List: Deletion of the Hipps Road Landfill Superfund Site
Document Number: 2011-33472
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 is publishing a direct final Notice of Deletion of the Hipps Road Landfill Superfund Site (Site), located in Jacksonville, Florida, 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 of 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 Florida, through the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, because EPA has determined that all appropriate response actions under CERCLA, other than operation, maintenance, and five-year reviews have been completed. However, this deletion does not preclude future actions under Superfund.
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List: Deletion of the Hipps Road Landfill Superfund Site
Document Number: 2011-33470
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-12-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 is issuing a Notice of Intent to Delete the Hipps Road Landfill Superfund Site (Site) located in Jacksonville, Florida, 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). The EPA and the State of Florida, through the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, have determined that all appropriate response actions under CERCLA, other than operation, maintenance, and five-year reviews have been completed. However, this deletion does not preclude future actions under Superfund.
San Fernando Valley Area 2; Notice of Proposed Administrative Order on Consent Re: 4057 and 4059 Goodwin Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
Document Number: 2011-33467
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is hereby providing notice of a proposed administrative order on consent (Agreement)with the Spirito Family Trust and Alice C. Clarno, Trustee, concerning 4057 and 4059 Goodwin Avenue, Los Angeles, California (Property). The Agreement is entered into pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, as amended (CERCLA), 42 U.S.C. 9601, et seq. The Agreement provides for a settlement with the Trust on ability to pay grounds. Under the Agreement, the Trust will pay $1500 (one thousand five hundred dollars) to EPA in settlement of its potential liability for contamination at the Property.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Ferroalloys Production; Extension of Comment Period
Document Number: 2011-33460
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-12-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is announcing that the period for providing public comments on the November 23, 2011, proposed Rule Titled ``National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Ferroalloys Production'' is being extended for 22 days.
Proposed Settlement Agreement, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
Document Number: 2011-33455
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with section 113(g) of the Clean Air Act, as amended (``CAA'' or the ``Act''), notice is hereby given of a proposed settlement agreement between Sierra Club and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. On March 2, 2011, Sierra Club submitted to Lisa Jackson, Administrator, United States Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA'') a Notice of intent to sue, pursuant to CAA section 304(b)(2), for alleged failure to make determinations of whether certain areas designated nonattainment for the 1997 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (``8-Hour ozone standard'') have attained that standard, pursuant to section 181(b)(2) of the CAA. Sierra Club's Notice alleged that EPA failed to perform nondiscretionary duties under the CAA as to whether seven 1997 8-hour ozone areas: (1) Boston- Lawrence-Worcester (Eastern Massachusetts), (2) Chicago-Gary-Lake County (Illinois portion), (3) New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island (New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut portions), (4) Springfield (Western Massachusetts), (5) St. Louis (Illinois and Missouri portions), (6) Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill (North Carolina and South Carolina portions), and (7) Boston-Manchester-Portsmouth (New Hampshire portion) attained the 1997 8-hour ozone standard by the applicable attainment date. The proposed settlement agreement includes the Parties' agreement that EPA has taken actions with respect to three of these areasthe Boston-Manchester-Portsmouth, Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, and Chicago-Gary-Lake County areasthat have rendered moot the allegations in Sierra Club's Notice related to these areas. The proposed settlement agreement establishes deadlines for EPA to make determinations for the remaining four areas: New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island (NY, NJ, CT) Springfield (Western MA), Boston- Lawrence-Worcester (Eastern MA), and St. Louis (IL, MO).
Notice of Proposed Administrative Settlement Pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, As Amended by the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act
Document Number: 2011-33454
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with Section 122(i) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, as amended by the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (``CERCLA''), notice is hereby given that a proposed administrative cost recovery settlement concerning the Abbott Mine/Turkey Run Mine Superfund Site (Site) in Lake County, California was executed by the Agency on November 14, 2011. The proposed settlement resolves an EPA claim under Section 107 of CERCLA against Respondent, El Paso Merchant EnergyPetroleum Company. The proposed settlement was entered into under the authority granted EPA in Section 122(h) of CERCLA, and requires the Respondent to pay $237,878.07 to the Hazardous Substances Superfund in settlement of past costs. For thirty (30) days following the date of publication of this notice, the Agency will receive written comments relating to the settlement. The Agency's response to any comments received will be available for public inspection at: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Superfund Records Center, 95 Hawthorne Street, Suite 403S, San Francisco, CA 94105, Phone (415) 536-2000.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Oklahoma; Interstate Transport of Pollution
Document Number: 2011-33282
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving severable portions of State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by Oklahoma to address Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements that prohibit air emissions which will contribute significantly to nonattainment in, or interfere with maintenance by, any other State for the 1997 fine particulate matter (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS or standards) and the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS. EPA is also approving the severable portion of a SIP revision submitted by the State of Oklahoma to address the CAA requirement that prohibits air emissions which will contribute significantly to nonattainment in any other State for the 1997 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS or standards). EPA is taking no action at this time on the severable portion of the SIP revision submitted to address the CAA requirement that prohibits air emissions which will interfere with maintenance of the 1997 ozone NAAQS in any other State. This action is being taken under section 110 of the CAA.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; New Mexico; Albuquerque/Bernalillo County; Prevention of Significant Deterioration; Greenhouse Gas Tailoring Rule Revisions
Document Number: 2011-33280
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is approving a revision to the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County, New Mexico State Implementation Plan (SIP) that was submitted by the Governor of New Mexico to EPA on December 15, 2010. This SIP revision modifies Albuquerque/Bernalillo County's Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) program to establish appropriate emission thresholds for determining which new stationary sources and modification projects become subject to Albuquerque/Bernalillo County's PSD permitting requirements for their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. EPA is fully approving the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County, New Mexico December 15, 2010 PSD SIP revision because the Agency has determined that this PSD SIP revision is in accordance with section 110 and part C of the Federal Clean Air Act and EPA regulations regarding PSD permitting for GHGs.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans and Designations of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes; North Carolina and South Carolina; Charlotte; Determination of Attainment by Applicable Attainment Date for the 1997 8-Hour Ozone Standards
Document Number: 2011-33273
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-12-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to determine pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA), that the Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, North Carolina-South Carolina, ozone nonattainment area (hereafter referred to as ``the bi- state Charlotte Area'' or ``the Area'') has attained the 1997 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) by its applicable attainment date of June 15, 2011. The determination of attainment was made by EPA on November 15, 2011, based on quality-assured and certified monitoring data for the 2008-2010 monitoring period. EPA is now proposing to find that the bi-state Charlotte Area attained the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS by its applicable attainment date. EPA is proposing this action because it is consistent with the CAA and its implementing regulations.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Program (Renewal)
Document Number: 2011-33270
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that EPA is planning to submit a request to renew an existing approved Information Collection Requests (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This ICR is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2012. 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; NESHAP for Iron and Steel Foundry Area Sources (Renewal)
Document Number: 2011-33267
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that an Information Collection Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. This is a request to renew an existing approved collection. The ICR, which is abstracted, below describes the nature of the collection and the estimated burden and cost.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Reporting Requirements Under EPA's Green Power Partnership and Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Partnership, EPA ICR Number 2173.02 (Renewal)
Document Number: 2011-33262
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-28
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 to renew an existing approved Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This ICR is scheduled to expire on June 30, 2012. 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.
Proposed Significant New Use Rules on Certain Chemical Substances
Document Number: 2011-33261
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-12-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing significant new use rules (SNURs) under section 5(a)(2) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for 17 chemical substances which were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs). Fifteen of these chemical substances are subject to TSCA section 5(e) consent orders issued by EPA. This action would require persons who intend to manufacture, import, or process any of these 17 chemical substances for an activity that is designated as a significant new use by this proposed rule to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing that activity. The required notification would provide EPA with the opportunity to evaluate the intended use and, if necessary, to prohibit or limit that activity before it occurs.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NESHAP for Gasoline Distribution Bulk Terminals, Bulk Plants, Pipeline Facilities and Gasoline Dispensing Facilities
Document Number: 2011-33259
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that an Information Collection Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. This is a request to renew an existing approved collection. The ICR, which is abstracted below, describes the nature of the collection and the estimated burden and cost.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Contractor Cumulative Claim and Reconciliation (Renewal)
Document Number: 2011-33257
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-28
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 to renew an existing approved Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This ICR is scheduled to expire as follows: EPA ICR No. 0246.11 on May 31, 2012. 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.
Proposed Significant New Use Rule for Phenol, 2,4-dimethyl-6-(1-methylpentadecyl)-
Document Number: 2011-33256
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-12-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing a significant new use rule (SNUR) under section 5(a)(2) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for the chemical substance identified as phenol, 2,4-dimethyl-6-(1- methylpentadecyl)- (PMN P-94-209; CAS No. 134701-20-5). This action would require persons who intend to manufacture, import, or process the substance for an activity that is designated as a significant new use by this proposed rule to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing that activity. The required notification would provide EPA with the opportunity to evaluate the intended use and, if necessary, to prohibit or limit that activity before it occurs.
Proposed Significant New Use Rules on Certain Chemical Substances
Document Number: 2011-33255
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-12-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing significant new use rules (SNURs) under section 5(a)(2) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for the chemical substances rutile, tin zinc, calcium-doped (CAS No. 389623-01- 2) and rutile, tin zinc, sodium-doped (CAS No. 389623-07-8) which were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs P-06-36 and P-06-37) and TSCA section 5(e) consent orders issued by EPA. The proposed SNURs on these substances, which are based on and consistent with the provisions of the underlying consent orders, would designate as a significant new use the absence of the protective measures required in the consent orders. This action would require persons who intend to manufacture, import, or process either of the chemical substances for an activity that is designated as a significant new use by this proposed rule to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing that activity. The required notification would provide EPA with the opportunity to evaluate the intended use and, if necessary, to prohibit or limit the activity before it occurs.
Approval and Disapproval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Texas; Infrastructure and Interstate Transport Requirements for the 1997 Ozone and the 1997 and 2006 PM2.5
Document Number: 2011-33253
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is partially approving and partially disapproving submittals from the state of Texas pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) that address the infrastructure elements specified in the CAA section 110(a)(2), necessary to implement, maintain, and enforce the 1997 8-hour ozone and 1997 and 2006 fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS or standards). We are determining that the current Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP) meets the infrastructure requirements for the 1997 8-hour ozone and the 1997 and 2006 PM 2.5 NAAQS at 110(a)(2)(A), (B), (E), (F), (G), (H), (K), (L), (M), and portions of (C), (D)(ii) and (J). We are determining that the current Texas SIP does not meet the infrastructure requirements for the 1997 8-hour ozone and the 1997 and 2006 PM2.5 NAAQS at 110(a)(2) for portions of (C), (D)(ii) and (J). The EPA is also partially approving and partially disapproving SIP revisions submitted by the state of Texas for the purpose of addressing the provisions of CAA section 110(a)(2)(D)(i) for the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS and the 1997 and 2006 PM2.5 NAAQS. These SIP revisions address the requirement that the Texas SIP have adequate provisions to prohibit air emissions from adversely affecting another state's air quality through interstate transport. The EPA is partially approving and partially disapproving the provisions of these SIP submissions that emissions from sources in Texas do not interfere with measures required in the SIP of any other state under part C of the CAA to prevent significant deterioration of air quality, with regard to the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS and the 1997 and 2006 PM2.5 NAAQS. The partial disapprovals herein are because Texas has stated it cannot issue permits for and does not intend to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The EPA is also approving SIP revisions that modify the Texas SIP for Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) to include nitrogen oxides (NOX) as an ozone precursor. This action is being taken under section 110 and part C of the Act.
Product Cancellation Order for Certain Pesticide Registrations
Document Number: 2011-33252
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces EPA's order for the cancellations, voluntarily requested by the registrants and accepted by the Agency, of the products listed in Tables 1 and 2 of Unit II., pursuant to section 6(f)(1) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended. This cancellation order follows an April 27, 2011 Federal Register Notice of Receipt of Requests from the registrants listed in Table 3 of Unit II. to voluntarily cancel these product registrations. In the April 27, 2011 notice, EPA indicated that it would issue an order implementing the cancellations, unless the Agency received substantive comments within the 180-day comment period that would merit its further review of these requests, or unless the registrants withdrew their requests. The Agency did not receive any comments on the notice. Further, the Agency received notice from registrants to withdraw certain cancellation requests. Accordingly, EPA hereby issues in this notice a cancellation order granting the requested cancellations. Any distribution, sale, or use of the products subject to this cancellation order is permitted only in accordance with the terms of this order, including any existing stocks provisions.
Extension of Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions (Multiple Chemicals)
Document Number: 2011-33250
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation extends time-limited tolerances for the pesticides listed in Unit II. of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. These actions are in response to EPA's granting of emergency exemptions under section 18 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) authorizing use of these pesticides. Section 408(l)(6) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) requires EPA to establish a time-limited tolerance or exemption from the requirement for a tolerance for pesticide chemical residues in food that will result from the use of a pesticide under an emergency exemption granted by EPA.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Oklahoma; Federal Implementation Plan for Interstate Transport of Pollution Affecting Visibility and Best Available Retrofit Technology Determinations
Document Number: 2011-32572
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is partially approving and partially disapproving a revision to the Oklahoma State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of Oklahoma through the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality on February 19, 2010, intended to address the regional haze requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA). In addition, EPA is partially approving and partially disapproving a portion of a revision to the Oklahoma SIP submitted by the State of Oklahoma on May 10, 2007 and supplemented on December 10, 2007 to address the requirements of CAA section 110(a)(2)(D)(i)(II) as it applies to visibility for the 1997 8- hour ozone and 1997 fine particulate matter National Ambient Air Quality Standards. This CAA requirement is intended to prevent emissions from one state from interfering with the visibility programs in another state. EPA is approving certain core elements of the SIP including Oklahoma's: determination of baseline and natural visibility conditions; coordinating regional haze and reasonably attributable visibility impairment; monitoring strategy and other implementation requirements; coordination with states and Federal Land Managers; and a number of NOX, SO2, and PM BART determinations. EPA is finding that Oklahoma's regional haze SIP did not address the sulfur dioxide Best Available Retrofit Technology requirements for six units in Oklahoma in accordance with the Regional Haze requirements, or the requirement to prevent interference with other states' visibility programs. EPA is promulgating a Federal Implementation Plan to address these deficiencies by requiring emissions to be reduced at these six units. This action is being taken under section 110 and part C of the CAA.
Human Studies Review Board; Notification of a Public Meeting
Document Number: 2011-33156
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA Office of the Science Advisor announces a public meeting of the Human Studies Review Board to advise the Agency on the EPA scientific and ethical reviews of research with human subjects.
Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board Meeting Dates and Agenda
Document Number: 2011-33155
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board, as previously announced, holds teleconference meetings on the third Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. Eastern Time, and two face-to-face meetings each calendar year. For 2012, teleconference only meetings will be February 15, 2012 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time; March 21, 2012 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time; April 18, 2012 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time; May 16, 2012 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time; June 20, 2012 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time; July 18, 2012 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time; September 19, 2012 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time; October 17, 2012 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time; November 21, 2012 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time; and December 19, 2012 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss the ideas and views presented at the previous ELAB meetings, as well as new business. Items to be discussed by ELAB over these coming meetings include: (1) Issues in continuing the expansion of national environmental accreditation; (2) ELAB support to the Agency on issues relating to measurement and monitoring for all programs; and (3) follow-up on some of ELAB's past recommendations and issues. In addition to these teleconferences, ELAB will be hosting its two face-to-face meetings on January 30, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota in Sarasota, FL at 8 a.m. Eastern Time and on August 6, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, DC at 9 a.m. Eastern Time. Teleconference lines will also be available for these meetings. Written comments on laboratory accreditation issues and/or environmental monitoring, or measurement issues are encouraged. These comments and should be sent to Ms. Lara P. Autry, Designated Federal Officer, US EPA, Mail Code E243-05, 109 T. W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, or email her at autry.lara@epa.gov. Members of the public are invited to listen to the teleconference calls, and time permitting, will be allowed to comment on issues discussed during the ELAB meetings. Those persons interested in attending should call Lara P. Autry on (919) 541-5544 to obtain teleconference information. For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities or to request accommodation of a disability, please contact Lara P. Autry on the number above, preferably at least 10 days prior to the meeting, to give the Agency as much time as possible to process your request.
Notice of Final 2010 Effluent Guidelines Program Plan; Re-Opening Public Comment Period
Document Number: 2011-33153
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On October 26, 2011, EPA published its final 2010 Effluent Guidelines Program Plan (``final 2010 Plan'') and announced its 2011 Effluent Guidelines Reviews, as required under the Clean Water Act (CWA). Since publication, the Agency has received several requests for additional time to submit comments. EPA is therefore re-opening the comment period and will accept public comments on both actions for an additional 60 days.
Approval and Promulgation of State Plans for Designated Facilities and Pollutants; State of Florida; Control of Hospital/Medical/Infectious Waste Incinerator (HMIWI) Emissions From Existing Facilities
Document Number: 2011-33151
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving the Clean Air Act (CAA) section 111(d)/129 state plan (the Plan) submitted by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) for the State of Florida on December 21, 2010, for implementing and enforcing the Emissions Guidelines (EGs) applicable to existing Hospital/Medical/Infectious Waste Incinerators (HMIWIs). These EGs apply to devices that combust any amount of hospital waste and/or medical/infectious waste.
Approval and Promulgation of State Plans for Designated Facilities and Pollutants; State of Florida; Control of Hospital/Medical/Infectious Waste Incinerator (HMIWI) Emissions From Existing Facilities
Document Number: 2011-33149
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-12-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve the Clean Air Act (CAA) section 111(d)/129 State Plan (the Plan) submitted by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) for the State of Florida on December 21, 2010, for implementing and enforcing the Emissions Guidelines (EGs) applicable to existing Hospital/Medical/Infectious Waste Incinerators (HMIWIs). These EGs apply to devices that combust any amount of hospital waste and/or medical/infectious waste. In the Final Rules section of this Federal Register, EPA is approving the State's 111(d)/ 129 plan revision submittal as a direct final rule without prior proposal because the Agency views this as a noncontroversial submittal and anticipates no adverse comments.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NSPS for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills (Renewal)
Document Number: 2011-33130
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that an Information Collection Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. This is a request to renew an existing approved collection. The ICR which is abstracted below describes the nature of the collection and the estimated burden and cost.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NSPS for Metal Coil Surface Coating (Renewal)
Document Number: 2011-33129
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that an Information Collection Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. This is a request to renew an existing approved collection. The ICR which is abstracted below describes the nature of the collection and the estimated burden and cost.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NSPS for Petroleum Refineries (Renewal)
Document Number: 2011-33128
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that an Information Collection Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. This is a request to renew an existing approved collection. The ICR which is abstracted below describes the nature of the collection and the estimated burden and cost.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NSPS for Calciners and Dryers in Mineral Industries (Renewal)
Document Number: 2011-33127
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that an Information Collection Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. This is a request to renew an existing approved collection. The ICR, which is abstracted, below describes the nature of the collection and the estimated burden and cost.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; National Water Quality Inventory Reports (Renewal)
Document Number: 2011-33126
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-27
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 to renew an existing approved collection. The ICR, which is abstracted below, describes the nature of the information collection and its estimated burden and cost.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; EPA Strategic Plan Information on Source Water Protection (Renewal)
Document Number: 2011-33125
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-27
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 to renew an existing approved collection. The ICR, which is abstracted below, describes the nature of the information collection and its estimated burden and cost.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Requirements and Exemptions for Specific RCRA Wastes (Renewal)
Document Number: 2011-33124
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-27
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 to renew an existing approved collection. The ICR, which is abstracted below, describes the nature of the information collection and its estimated burden and cost.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements for National Volatile Organic Compound Emission Standards for Architectural Coatings (Renewal)
Document Number: 2011-33123
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-27
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 to renew an existing approved collection. The ICR, which is abstracted below, describes the nature of the information collection and its estimated burden and cost.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NSPS for Glass Manufacturing Plants (Renewal)
Document Number: 2011-33122
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that an Information Collection Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. This is a request to renew an existing approved collection. The ICR which is abstracted below describes the nature of the collection and the estimated burden and cost.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Oregon: New Source Review/Prevention of Significant Deterioration Rule Revisions and Air Quality Permit Streamlining Rule Revisions
Document Number: 2011-33012
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking final action to approve the amendments to the Oregon State Implementation Plan (SIP) that were proposed on September 23, 2011. No comments were received on the proposal and today EPA is taking final action to approve the proposed SIP amendments without change. EPA is approving the SIP submission provided by the State of Oregon for the purpose of addressing the third element of the interstate transport provisions of Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act) for the 1997 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS or standards) and the 1997 and 2006 fine particulate matter (PM2.5) NAAQS. The third element of the CAA requires that a state not interfere with any other state's required measures to prevent significant deterioration (PSD) of its air quality. EPA is also approving numerous revisions to the Oregon SIP that were submitted to EPA by the State of Oregon on October 8, 2008; October 10, 2008; March 17, 2009; June 23, 2010; December 22, 2010 and May 5, 2011. The revisions include updating Oregon's new source review (NSR) rules to be consistent with current Federal regulations, adding greenhouse gases (GHGs) to the list of pollutants whose emissions are subject to control under the State's NSR permitting process; and streamlining Oregon's air quality rules by clarifying requirements, removing duplicative rules, and correcting errors. The Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) that EPA promulgated on December 9, 2010, providing for federal implementation of PSD permitting for GHGs is also withdrawn as part of this action because it is being replaced through the approval of the State's regulations providing authority for PSD permitting of GHG emissions. The revisions were submitted in accordance with the requirements of section 110 and part D of the Act. Finally, EPA has identified a technical error in its most recent codification of the Oregon SIP and is making a technical correction to reinstate text that had been unintentionally omitted from that section.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Kansas: Regional Haze
Document Number: 2011-32998
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking final action to approve a revision to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for Kansas, submitted by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment on October 26, 2009, that addresses Regional Haze for the first implementation period. EPA has determined that the plan submitted by Kansas satisfies the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act), for states to prevent any future and remedy and existing anthropogenic impairment of visibility in Class I areas caused by emissions of air pollutants located over a wide geographic area (also known as the ``regional haze'' program). EPA proposed to approve these revisions on August 23, 2011 (76 FR 52604).
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants From the Pulp and Paper Industry
Document Number: 2011-32843
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-12-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is proposing amendments to the national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants for the pulp and paper industry to address the results of the residual risk and technology review that the EPA is required to conduct under sections 112(d)(6) and (f)(2) of the Clean Air Act. These proposed amendments include revisions to the kraft pulping process condensates standards; a requirement for 5-year repeat emissions testing for selected process equipment; revisions to provisions addressing periods of startup, shutdown and malfunction; additional test methods for measuring methanol; and technical and editorial changes.
Federal Implementation Plans for Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin and Determination for Kansas Regarding Interstate Transport of Ozone
Document Number: 2011-32821
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In this final rule, EPA is concluding that emissions from Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin significantly contribute to downwind nonattainment or interfere with maintenance of the 1997 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS)in other states. Each of these states except Oklahoma is already included in the annual NOX program that was finalized in July 2011. However, this rule does not affect that program. EPA is finalizing Federal Implementation Plans (FIPs) to address the emissions in each of these states except for Kansas, for which EPA is not finalizing a FIP at this time. The FIPs apply the requirements of the ozone season NOX program in the Transport Rule (Federal Implementation Plans to Reduce Interstate Transport of Fine Particulate Matter and Ozone in 27 States; Correction of SIP Approvals for 22 States) to sources in Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin. In addition, this action finalizes the budgets; associated variability limits, new unit set-asides, and Indian country new unit set-asides; and unit-level allowance allocations for each state under the FIPs.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans and Designation of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes; Illinois; Redesignation of the Illinois Portion of the St. Louis, MO-IL Area to Attainment for the 1997 8-Hour Ozone Standard
Document Number: 2011-32828
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-12-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a request from Illinois to redesignate the Illinois portion of the St. Louis, MO-IL nonattainment area, ``the St. Louis area,'' to attainment for the 1997 8-hour ozone standard because the request meets the statutory requirements for redesignation under the Clean Air Act (CAA). The St. Louis area includes Jersey, Madison, Monroe, and St. Clair Counties in Illinois and St. Louis City and Franklin, Jefferson, St. Charles and St. Louis Counties in Missouri. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) submitted this request on May 26, 2010 and supplemented it on September 16, 2011. (EPA will address the Missouri portion of the St. Louis area in a separate rulemaking action.) This proposed approval also involves several related actions. EPA is proposing to approve, as a revision to the Illinois State Implementation Plan (SIP), the State's plan for maintaining the 1997 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) through 2025 in the area. EPA is proposing to approve the 2002 emissions inventory, submitted by IEPA on June 21, 2006, and supplemented on September 16, 2011, as meeting the comprehensive emissions inventory requirement of the CAA for the Illinois portion of the St. Louis area. Finally, EPA finds adequate and is proposing to approve the State's 2008 and 2025 Motor Vehicle Emission Budgets (MVEBs) for the Illinois portion of the St. Louis area.
Approval, and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Ohio; Redesignation of the Ohio Portion of the Huntington-Ashland Area to Attainment of the 1997 Annual Standard for Fine Particulate Matter
Document Number: 2011-32819
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-12-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On May 4, 2011, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency submitted a request for EPA to approve the redesignation of the Ohio portion of the Huntington-Ashland (OH-KY-WV) nonattainment area to attainment of the 1997 annual standard for fine particulate matter (PM2.5). EPA is proposing to approve Ohio's request. EPA is proposing to approve several additional related actions. EPA is proposing to determine that the entire Huntington-Ashland (OH-KY-WV) area continues to attain the 1997 annual PM2.5 standard. EPA is proposing to approve, as revisions to the Ohio State Implementation Plan (SIP), the state's plan for maintaining the 1997 annual PM2.5 NAAQS through 2022 in the area. EPA is proposing to approve the 2005 emissions inventory for the Ohio portion of the Huntington-Ashland area as meeting the comprehensive emissions inventory requirement of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act). Ohio's maintenance plan submission includes an insignificance finding for the mobile source contribution of PM2.5 and nitrogen oxides (NOX) to Ohio's portion of the Huntington-Ashland PM2.5 Area for transportation conformity purposes. EPA agrees with this finding. These proposed actions are being taken in accordance with the CAA and EPA's implementation regulation regarding the 1997 p.m.2.5 NAAQS.