Environmental Protection Agency February 2011 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Delegation of Authority to the States of Iowa; Kansas; Missouri; Nebraska; Lincoln-Lancaster County, NE; and City of Omaha, NE, for New Source Performance Standards (NSPS), National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) Including Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) Standards
Document Number: 2011-4389
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-02-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The States of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska and the local agencies of Lincoln-Lancaster County, Nebraska, and the city of Omaha, Nebraska, have submitted updated regulations for delegation of EPA authority for implementation and enforcement of NSPS, NESHAP, and MACT standards. The submissions cover new EPA standards and, in some instances, revisions to standards previously delegated. EPA's review of the pertinent regulations shows that they contain adequate and effective procedures for the implementation and enforcement of these Federal standards. This action informs the public of delegations to the above-mentioned agencies.
Status of Motor Vehicle Budgets in Submitted State Implementation Plan for Transportation Conformity Purposes; Maricopa County (Phoenix) PM-10 Nonattainment Area, Arizona Notice of Withdrawal of Adequacy of Motor Vehicle Emissions Budget
Document Number: 2011-4387
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document corrects a notice published in the Federal Register on February 9, 2011 (76 FR 7204) announcing that EPA has withdrawn its May 30, 2008 adequacy finding of the 2010 particulate matter of ten microns or less (PM-10) motor vehicle emission budget (MVEB) for the Maricopa County (Phoenix) Nonattainment Area.
Approval and Promulgation of Determination of Attainment for the 1997 8-Hour Ozone Standard: States of Missouri and Illinois
Document Number: 2011-4382
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-02-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to determine that the St. Louis (MO-IL) metropolitan nonattainment area has attained the 1997 8-hour National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone. The St. Louis metropolitan ozone nonattainment area includes the counties of Franklin, Jefferson, St. Charles, and St. Louis as well as St. Louis City in Missouri; and the counties of Madison, Monroe, St. Clair, and Jersey in Illinois. This proposed determination is based on three years of complete, quality assured ambient air quality monitoring data for Missouri and Illinois for the 2008 through 2010 ozone seasons showing attainment of the NAAQS at all ozone monitoring sites in the nonattainment area. If EPA finalizes its proposed determination, it will suspend the obligation to submit certain ozone attainment demonstration requirements, along with other requirements related to the attainment of the 1997 8-hour ozone standard.
Notice of Issuance of Prevention of Significant Deterioration and Federal Operating Permits to Grand Casino Hinckley
Document Number: 2011-4378
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces that, on December 30, 2010, pursuant to title V of the Clean Air Act, EPA issued a title V Permit to Operate (title V permit) to the Mille Lacs Band Corporate Commission doing business as Grand Casino Hinckley. This permit authorizes Grand Casino Hinckley to operate three diesel-burning generator sets for peak load management and backup power at its facility in Hinckley, Minnesota. On December 30, 2010, pursuant to title I of the Clean Air Act, EPA also issued a modification of the facility's existing Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permit, also known as an Air Quality Construction Permit. The modification changes the permit's emissions testing frequency from every three years to every five years. The facility is located on the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indian Reservation.
Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC); Ozone Review Panel for the Reconsideration of the 2008 National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS)
Document Number: 2011-4377
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) Ozone Review Panel for the Reconsideration of the 2008 National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) to continue the discussion of their advice regarding EPA's reconsideration of the 2008 Ozone NAAQS.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Nevada; PM-10; Determinations Regarding Attainment for the Truckee Meadows Nonattainment Area and Applicability of Certain Clean Air Act Requirements
Document Number: 2011-4376
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-02-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to make two separate and independent determinations regarding attainment for the Truckee Meadows PM-10 nonattainment area in Washoe County, Nevada (Truckee Meadows area). First, EPA is proposing to determine that, based on complete and quality-assured air monitoring data for 1999-2001, the Truckee Meadows area did not attain the 24-hour National Ambient Air Quality Standard (``NAAQS'') for particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter less than or equal to a nominal 10 micrometers (``PM-10'') by the applicable attainment date of December 31, 2001. Second, EPA is proposing to determine that the Truckee Meadows area is currently attaining the PM-10 NAAQS, based upon complete, quality-assured PM-10 air quality monitoring data during the years 2007-2009. Preliminary data through June 2010 contained in EPA's Air Quality System (``AQS'') show that no exceedances of the 24-hour NAAQS have been recorded in the Truckee Meadows area. Because the Truckee Meadows area is currently attaining the PM-10 NAAQS, EPA is proposing to determine that the obligation to make submissions to meet certain Clean Air Act (``CAA'' or ``the Act'') requirements related to attainment are not applicable for as long as the area continues to attain the PM-10 NAAQS.
Aquatic Ecosystems, Water Quality, and Global Change: Challenges of Conducting Multi-Stressor Vulnerability Assessments
Document Number: 2011-4375
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is announcing the release of the draft report titled, ``Aquatic Ecosystems, Water Quality, and Global Change: Challenges of Conducting Multi-stressor Vulnerability Assessments'' (EPA/600/R-11/ 011) and a 45-day public comment period for the report. The document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment within EPA's Office of Research and Development. This draft report investigates the issues and challenges associated with identifying, calculating, and mapping indicators of the relative vulnerability of water quality and aquatic ecosystems, across the United States, to the potential impacts of global change. Using a large set of environmental indicators drawn from the scientific and management literature, this draft report explores the conceptual and practical challenges associated with using such indicators to assess how the resilience of ecosystems and human systems may vary as a function of existing stresses and maladaptations. The public comment period and the external peer review are separate processes that provide opportunities for all interested parties to comment on the document. EPA intends to forward the public comments that are submitted in accordance with this notice to the external peer reviewers for their consideration prior to the finalization of their review comments. When finalizing the draft document, EPA intends to consider any public comments that EPA receives in accordance with this notice. EPA is releasing this draft document solely for the purpose of pre- dissemination peer review under applicable information quality guidelines. This document has not been formally disseminated by EPA. It does not represent and should not be construed to represent any Agency policy or determination. The draft document and EPA's peer review charge are available via the Internet on the NCEA home page under the Recent Additions and the Data and Publications menus at http://www.epa.gov/ncea.
Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Request for Nominations; CASAC Mercury Review Panel
Document Number: 2011-4374
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office is requesting public nominations of experts to serve on the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) panel to conduct an independent review of EPA's Mercury Technical Support Document.
Draft Integrated Science Assessment for Ozone and Related Photochemical Oxidants
Document Number: 2011-4372
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a 60-day public comment period and availability of the first external review draft of a document titled, ``First External Review Draft Integrated Science Assessment for Ozone and Related Photochemical Oxidants'' (EPA/600/R-10/076A). 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 ozone. EPA is releasing this draft document to seek review by the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) and the public (meeting date and location to be specified in a separate Federal Register notice). The draft document does not represent and should not be construed to represent any final EPA policy, viewpoint, or determination. EPA will consider any public comments submitted in response to this notice when revising the document.
Standards of Performance for New Stationary Sources
Document Number: 2011-4310
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-02-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2011-4255
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice of Availability; Recommended Use of Body Weight3∕4 as the Default Method in Derivation of the Oral Reference Dose
Document Number: 2011-4250
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of ``Recommended Use of Body Weight3/4 as the Default Method in Derivation of the Oral Reference Dose'' (referred to hereafter as BW3/4). This document was developed as part of an Agency-wide guidance development program by a technical panel of the U.S. EPA's Risk Assessment Forum, composed of scientists from across the Agency. Selected drafts were peer reviewed internally by EPA scientists and externally by experts from academia, industry, environmental groups and other government agencies.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans, State of Louisiana
Document Number: 2011-4247
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-02-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve portions of State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions for the State of Louisiana. The rule revisions, which cover the years 1996-2006, were submitted by the State of Louisiana, and include formatting changes, regulatory wording changes, substantive or content changes, and incorporation by reference (IBR) of Federal rules. These cumulative revisions affect Louisiana Administrative Code (LAC) 33:III, Chapters 1, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 15, 19, 21, 22, 23, 25, 30, 60, 61, and 65. The overall intended outcome is to make the approved Louisiana SIP consistent with current Federal and State requirements. We are approving the revisions in accordance with 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) and EPA's regulations.
Notice of Receipt of Several Pesticide Petitions Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities
Document Number: 2011-4142
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the Agency's receipt of several initial filings of pesticide petitions proposing the establishment or modification of regulations for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities.
Product Cancellation Order for Certain Pesticide Registrations
Document Number: 2011-4140
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-25
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, 2, and 3 of Unit II., pursuant to section 6(f)(1) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended. This cancellation order follows the November 10, 2010 and November 17, 2010 Federal Register Notices of Receipt of Requests from the registrants listed in Table 4 of Unit II. to voluntarily cancel these product registrations. In these notices, 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. The Agency received comments on the November 10, 2010 notice but none merited its further review of the 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.
Supplemental Proposed Rule of Source Specific Federal Implementation Plan for Implementing Best Available Retrofit Technology for Four Corners Power Plant: Navajo Nation
Document Number: 2011-3998
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-02-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On October 19, 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a proposal to promulgate a source specific Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) requiring the Four Corners Power Plant (FCPP), located on the Navajo Nation, to achieve emissions reductions required by the Clean Air Act's Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART) provision. On November 24, 2010, Arizona Public Service (APS) acting on behalf of FCPP's owners submitted a letter to EPA offering an alternative proposal to reduce visibility-impairing pollution. In this action, EPA is supplementing our October 19, 2010 BART proposal with our technical evaluation of APS' alternative proposal. We are proposing to find that a different alternative emissions control strategy would achieve more progress than EPA's BART proposal towards achieving visibility improvements in the surrounding Class I areas.
Clean Air Act Operating Permit Program; Petition for Objection to State Operating Permit for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation-Frederick Compressor Station
Document Number: 2011-4145
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document announces that the EPA Administrator has responded to a citizen petition asking EPA to object to an operating permit issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). Specifically, the Administrator has denied the November 5, 2010 Petition, submitted by WildEarth Guardians (WEG), to object to the July 14, 2010 response of the CDPHE, Air Pollution Control Division to the October 8, 2009 Order by EPA objecting to the issuance of the renewed title V permit for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation's Frederick Compressor Station, Permit Number 95OPWE035 issued on January 1, 2007. Pursuant to section 505(b)(2) of the Clean Air Act (Act), Petitioners may seek judicial review of those portions of the petitions, which EPA denied in the United States Court of Appeals for the appropriate circuit. Any petition for review shall be filed within 60 days from the date this notice appears in the Federal Register, pursuant to section 307 of the Act.
Access to Confidential Business Information by Guident Technologies Inc. and Its Identified Subcontractors
Document Number: 2011-4141
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has authorized its contractor, Guident Technologies, Inc. of Herndon, VA and Its Identified Subcontractors, 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).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Texas; Revisions To Control Volatile Organic Compound Emissions From Consumer Related Sources
Document Number: 2011-3996
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-02-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP). We are approving revisions to Title 30 of the Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 115, which the State submitted on March 4, 2010. These revisions remove the Texas Portable Fuel Container rule as an ozone control strategy from the Texas SIP for the Control of Ozone Air Pollution. In the submittal, Texas demonstrates that Federal portable fuel container standards promulgated by EPA in 2007 are expected to provide equal to or greater emissions reductions than those resulting from the State regulations. The EPA is approving these revisions pursuant to section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Texas; Revisions To Control Volatile Organic Compound Emissions From Consumer Related Sources
Document Number: 2011-3994
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-02-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP) that amend Title 30 of the Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 115, Control of Air Pollution from Volatile Organic Compounds. The State submitted these revisions on March 4, 2010. These revisions remove the Texas Portable Fuel Container rule as an ozone control strategy from the Texas SIP for the Control of Ozone Air Pollution. In the submittal, Texas demonstrates that federal portable fuel container standards promulgated by EPA in 2007 are expected to provide equal to or greater emissions reductions than those resulting from the state regulations. The EPA is proposing to approve this SIP revision because it is expected that reliance on the more stringent federal portable fuel container standards will ensure that emission reductions equivalent to or greater than those in the repealed Texas portable fuel container regulations will continue to be achieved in the State of Texas. Accordingly, it is expected that this SIP revision will not have a negative impact neither on the emission reductions claimed in the Texas SIP, nor in Texas' attainment of the NAAQS for ozone. This SIP revision eliminates the redundancy that has been created with the adoption by EPA of the federal portable fuel container regulations in 2007. The EPA is proposing to approve these revisions pursuant to section 110 of the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA).
Improving EPA Regulations
Document Number: 2011-4152
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-02-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On January 18, 2011, President Obama issued Executive Order 13563, ``Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review,'' and called on all Federal agencies to conduct a ``retrospective analysis of rules that may be outmoded, ineffective, insufficient, or excessively burdensome and to modify, streamline, expand, or repeal them in accordance with what has been learned.'' EPA seeks public input on the design of a plan to use for periodic retrospective review of its regulations.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; EPA's Light-Duty In-Use Vehicle and Engine Testing Program (Renewal)
Document Number: 2011-4006
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-23
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; National Volatile Organic Compound Emission Standards for Consumer Products (Renewal)
Document Number: 2011-4005
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that an Information Collection Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. This is a request to renew an existing approved collection. The ICR which is abstracted below describes the nature of the collection and the estimated burden and cost.
Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2009
Document Number: 2011-3999
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Draft Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2009 is available for public review. Annual U.S. emissions for the period of time from 1990 through 2009 are summarized and presented by source category and sector. The inventory contains estimates of carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFC), perfluorocarbons (PFC), and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) emissions. The inventory also includes estimates of carbon fluxes in U.S. agricultural and forest lands. The technical approach used in this report to estimate emissions and sinks for greenhouse gases is consistent with the methodologies recommended by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and reported in a format consistent with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) reporting guidelines. The Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2009 is the latest in a series of annual U.S. submissions to the Secretariat of the UNFCCC.
Settlement Agreement for Recovery of Past Response Costs 10,000 Havana Street Site, Commerce City, Adams County, CO
Document Number: 2011-3997
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with the requirements of Section 122(i)(1) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, as amended (CERCLA), 42 U.S.C. 9622(i)(1), notice is hereby given of a Settlement Agreement under Sections 104, 106(a), 107, and 122 of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 9604, 9606(a), 9607, and 9622, between the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Cricket Mascarenas (Settling Party) regarding the 10,000 Havana Street Site (Site), located at 10,000 Havana Street, Henderson, Colorado. This Settlement Agreement proposes to compromise a claim the United States has at this Site for Past Response Costs, as those terms are defined in the Settlement Agreement. Under the terms of the Settlement Agreement, EPA and the Settling Party agree that the Settling Party has no ability to pay and the Settling Party agrees not to assert any claims or causes of action against the United States or its contractors or employees with respect to the Site. In exchange, the Settling Party will be granted a covenant not to sue under Section 107(a) of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 9607(a), with regard to reimbursement of Past Response Costs. Opportunity for Comment: For thirty (30) days following the publication of this notice, EPA will consider all comments received and may modify or withdraw its consent to that portion of the Settlement Agreement, if comments received disclose facts or considerations which indicate that the settlement is inappropriate, improper, or inadequate. EPA's response to any comments received will be available for public inspection at the Superfund Record Center, EPA Region 8, 1595 Wynkoop Street, 3rd Floor, in Denver, Colorado.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements Under EPA's WasteWise Program
Document Number: 2011-3995
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-23
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, 2011. 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.
Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Amendments to the Section 608 Leak Repair Requirements
Document Number: 2011-3992
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-02-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA issued a proposed rule in the December 15, 2010, Federal Register proposing changes to the leak repair regulations promulgated under Section 608 of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. In response to stakeholder requests, this action reopens the public comment period through March 25, 2011.
Pesticide Products; Registration Applications
Document Number: 2011-3717
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces receipt of applications to register new uses for pesticide products containing currently registered active ingredients, pursuant to the provisions of section 3(c) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended. EPA is publishing this notice of such applications, pursuant to section 3(c)(4) of FIFRA.
Designation, Reportable Quantities, and Notification; Notification Requirements
Document Number: 2011-3872
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-02-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is issuing a technical amendment to correct telephone and facsimile numbers used to immediately notify the National Response Center. EPA issued a final rule in the Federal Register on April 4, 1985, that provided telephone numbers for any person in charge of a vessel or an offshore or an onshore facility to use as soon as he or she has knowledge of any release (other than a federally permitted release or application of a pesticide) for the immediate notification to the National Response Center when there is a release of a hazardous substance from a vessel or facility in a quantity equal to or exceeding the reportable quantity in any 24-hour period. On July 9, 2002, EPA issued another final rule in the Federal Register that provided an additional telephone number, a facsimile number, and a telex number for the National Response Center. Recently, changes were made to these numbers by the National Response Center that is operated by the U.S. Coast Guard. This document is being issued to delete one of the telephone numbers, the facsimile number, and the telex number, and to provide a new facsimile number.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; The Consolidated Air Rule (CAR) for the Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturing Industry (SOCMI) (Renewal)
Document Number: 2011-3871
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-22
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 Listing of Fish Advisories (Renewal)
Document Number: 2011-3870
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-22
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; The SunWise Program (Renewal)
Document Number: 2011-3869
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-22
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.
Adequacy of Arizona Municipal Solid Waste Landfill Permit Program
Document Number: 2011-3866
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency Region IX is proposing to approve a modification to Arizona's municipal solid waste landfill (MSWLF) permit program to allow the State to issue research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) permits for new and existing MSWLF units and lateral expansions. The modification will allow the Director of the approved State program to provide a variance from certain MSWLF criteria, provided that the MSWLF owner/operator demonstrates that compliance with the RD&D permit will not increase risk to human health and the environment. The Director may provide a variance from existing requirements of MSWLF criteria for run-on control systems, liquids restrictions, and final cover. EPA is seeking public comment on its tentative determination of adequacy of Arizona's RD&D modification to its MSWLF permit program.
Recent Postings of Broadly Applicable Alternative Test Methods
Document Number: 2011-3863
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the broadly applicable alternative test method approval decisions that EPA has made under and in support of New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) and the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) in 2010.
Finding of Substantial Inadequacy of Implementation Plan; Call for Iowa State Implementation Plan Revision
Document Number: 2011-3862
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-02-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) authority in the Clean Air Act (CAA), section 110 (k)(5), to call for plan revisions, EPA is proposing to find that the Iowa State Implementation Plan (SIP) is substantially inadequate to maintain the 2006 24-hour National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for PM2.5 in Muscatine County, Iowa. The specific SIP deficiencies needing revision are described below. EPA is also proposing to finalize a timeline for Iowa to revise its SIP to correct these deficiencies by a date which is no later than 18 months after the effective date of the final rule.
Water Quality Challenges in the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary
Document Number: 2011-3861
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-02-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is publishing an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) to seek comments from interested parties on possible EPA actions to address water quality conditions affecting aquatic resources in the San Francisco Bay/ Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary (Bay Delta Estuary) in California. EPA is asking the public to consider broadly whether EPA should be taking new or different actions under its programs to address recent significant declines in multiple aquatic species in the Bay Delta Estuary. EPA is not limiting its request to actions that would require rulemaking. There may be a range of changes in EPA's activities in the Bay Delta Estuary that would be constructive, including enforcement, research, revisions to water quality standards, etc. EPA will consider all comments before deciding what changes, if any, should be pursued. After reviewing the comments and completing its evaluation, EPA will provide the results of its review and any proposed next steps to the public. This ANPR identifies specific issues on which EPA solicits comment, including potential site-specific water quality standards and site-specific changes to pesticide regulation. In addition to the specific issues on which EPA solicits comments, EPA is interested in comments on any other aspects of EPA's programs affecting Bay Delta Estuary aquatic resources. This notice contains a summary version of the ANPR. Information on accessing the unabridged version is included in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below.
Notification of Deletion of System of Records; EPA Parking Control Office File (EPA-10) and EPA Transit and Guaranteed Ride Home Program Files (EPA-35)
Document Number: 2011-3860
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is deleting the systems of records for EPA Parking Control Office File (EPA-10), published in the Federal Register on January 25, 1978 (43 FR 3502) and EPA Transit and Guaranteed Ride Home Program Files (EPA-35) published in the Federal Register on February 22, 2002. The personally identifiable information in these systems has been integrated into the Office of Administrative Services Information System (OASIS) (EPA-41).
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Kansas: Prevention of Significant Deterioration; Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Permitting Authority and Tailoring Rule Revision; Withdrawal of Federal GHG Implementation Plan for Kansas
Document Number: 2011-3858
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-02-22
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 (KDHE) to EPA on October 4, 2010, for parallel processing. KDHE submitted the final version of this SIP revision on December 23, 2010. The SIP revision, which incorporates updates to KDHE's air quality regulations, includes two significant changes impacting the regulation of greenhouse gas (GHG) under Kansas's New Source Review (NSR) Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) program. First, the SIP revision provides the State of Kansas with authority to issue PSD permits governing GHGs. Second, the SIP revision establishes emission thresholds for determining which new stationary sources and modification projects become subject to Kansas's PSD permitting requirements for their GHG emissions. The first provision is required under the GHG PSD SIP call, which EPA published on December 13, 2010, and which required the state of Kansas to apply its PSD program to GHG-emitting sources. The second provision is consistent with the thresholds EPA established in the Tailoring Rule, published on June 3, 2010. EPA is approving this SIP revision because this SIP revision meets the requirements of the GHG PSD SIP Call. In addition, as a result of this approval, EPA is rescinding the Federal implementation plan (FIP)as it relates to Kansas onlythat had previously been imposed on December 30, 2010.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maryland; Amendment to the Definition of Fuel-Burning Equipment
Document Number: 2011-3723
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-02-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA proposes to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Maryland amending the definition of ``fuel-burning equipment.'' The revision removes the word ``furnace'' from the definition of ``fuel-burning equipment'' in one of Maryland's regulations and also removes the redundant definition of ``fuel-burning equipment'' from another section. In the Final Rules section of this Federal Register, EPA is approving the State's SIP submittal as a direct final rule without prior proposal because the Agency views this as a noncontroversial submittal and anticipates no adverse comments. A detailed rationale for the approval is set forth in the direct final rule. If no adverse comments are received in response to this action, no further activity is contemplated. If EPA receives adverse comments, the direct final rule will be withdrawn and all public comments received will be addressed in a subsequent final rule based on this proposed rule. EPA will not institute a second comment period. Any parties interested in commenting on this action should do so at this time.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maryland; Amendment to the Definition of Fuel-Burning Equipment
Document Number: 2011-3722
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-02-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Maryland State Implementation Plan (SIP) amending the definition of ``fuel-burning equipment.'' The revision removes the word ``furnace'' from the definition of ``fuel-burning equipment'' in one of Maryland's regulations and also removes the redundant definition of ``fuel-burning equipment'' from another section. EPA is approving these revisions to the definition of ``fuel-burning equipment'' in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of the Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maryland; Control of Volatile Organic Compound Emissions From Industrial Solvent Cleaning Operations
Document Number: 2011-3719
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-02-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking final action to approve a revision to Maryland's State Implementation Plan (SIP). The revision was submitted by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) to establish and require reasonably available control technology (RACT) for industrial solvent cleaning operations for sources of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) covered by control techniques guidelines (CTG). This amendment reduces VOC emissions from industrial solvent cleaning operations which will help Maryland attain and maintain the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone. EPA is approving this revision in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Illinois
Document Number: 2011-3612
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-02-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a July 29, 2010, request from the State of Illinois to exempt sources of Oxides of Nitrogen (NOX) in the Illinois portions of the Chicago-Gary-Lake County, Illinois-Indiana and St. Louis, Missouri-Illinois 8-hour ozone nonattainment areas from Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements for NOX Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) for purposes of attaining the 1997 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS or standard). This NOX RACT waiver is based on the most recent three years of complete, quality assured ozone monitoring data, which show attainment of the 1997 8-hour ozone standard in the subject nonattainment areas and demonstrate that additional reduction of NOX emissions in these areas would not contribute to attainment of the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2011-3720
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Use of Surveys in Developing Improved Labeling for Insect Repellent Products
Document Number: 2011-3611
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit a request for a new Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This ICR, entitled: ``Use of Surveys in Developing Improved Labeling for Insect Repellent Products'' and identified by EPA ICR No. 2425.01 and OMB Control No. 2070-new. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection.
Auclair Superfund Site; Notice of Proposed Administrative Settlement Pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act
Document Number: 2011-3614
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
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 (Region 9 Docket No. 2011-02), pursuant to Section 122(h) of CERCLA, concerning the Auclair Superfund Site (the ``Site''), located on the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indian Reservation, Riverside County, California. The settling party is Belmont Produce Sales, Inc. (``Settling Party''). In the Agreement, the Settling Party will reimburse the United States $25,000 for response costs incurred at the Site. For thirty (30) days following the date of publication of this Notice, the Agency will receive written comments relating to the proposed settlement. The Agency's response to any comments received will be available for public inspection at EPA's Region IX offices, located at 75 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, California 94105. The EPA will consider all comments it receives during this period, and may modify or withdraw its consent to the settlement if any comments disclose facts or considerations indicating that the settlement is inappropriate, improper, or inadequate.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Massachusetts; Revised Carbon Monoxide Maintenance Plan for Lowell
Document Number: 2011-3613
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-02-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Massachusetts. This SIP submittal contains revisions to the carbon monoxide (CO) maintenance plan for Lowell, Massachusetts. Specifically, Massachusetts has revised the contingency plan portion of the original maintenance plan. The intended effect of this action is to propose approval of this revision to the Lowell CO maintenance plan. This action is being taken in accordance with the Clean Air Act.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Primary Lead Smelting
Document Number: 2011-2866
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-02-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing amendments to the national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) for Primary Lead Smelting to address the results of the residual risk and technology reviews conducted as required under sections 112(d)(6) and (f)(2) of the Clean Air Act (CAA). These proposed amendments include revisions to the emission limits for lead, the addition of a lead concentration in air standard, and the modification and addition of testing and monitoring and related notification, recordkeeping, and reporting requirements. We are also proposing to revise provisions addressing periods of startup, shutdown, and malfunction to ensure that they are consistent with a recent court decision. Finally, we are proposing revisions to the rule's applicability provision to make it consistent with the definition of the source category and proposing other minor technical changes to the standard. We are also responding to a petition for rulemaking filed on the standard with regard to lead as a surrogate and regulation of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and acid gases.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Gold Mine Ore Processing and Production Area Source Category; and Addition to Source Category List for Standards
Document Number: 2011-2608
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-02-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is adding the gold mine ore processing and production area source category to the list of source categories to be regulated under Section 112(c)(6) of the Clean Air Act due to its mercury emissions. EPA is also promulgating national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants to regulate mercury emissions from this source category.
Access to Confidential Business Information by Electronic Consulting Services, Inc.
Document Number: 2011-3526
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has authorized its contractor, Electronic Consulting Services, Inc. (ECS) of Fairfax, VA, to access information which has been submitted to EPA under all sections of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Some of the information may be claimed or determined to be Confidential Business Information (CBI).
Reschedule-Meeting of the Local Government Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2011-3518
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-02-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Local Government Advisory Committee's teleconference originally scheduled on Tuesday, February 22, 2011, 1:30-3 p.m. (ET) (76 FR 6785, published on Tuesday, February 8, 2011) is rescheduled for Wednesday, March 9, 2011, 3:30-4:30 (ET). The Committee will discuss the recommendations of the Gulf Coast Restoration Workgroup on ways EPA can engage local government officials in Gulf Coast Ecosystem restoration efforts and other issues of environmental concern to elected officials. This is an open meeting and all interested persons are invited to participate. The Committee will hear comments from the public between 3:45 p.m.-4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9, 2011. Individuals or organizations wishing to address the Committee will be allowed a maximum of five minutes to present their point of view. Also, written comments should be submitted electronically to eargle.frances@epa.gov. Please contact the Designated Federal Officer (DFO) at the number or e-mail listed below to schedule agenda time. Time will be allotted on a first come first serve basis, and the total period for comments may be extended if the number of requests for appearances requires it.