Environmental Protection Agency March 15, 2011 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Notice of Receipt of Petition From the Government of Canada for Application of the Renewable Fuel Standard Aggregate Compliance Approach
Document Number: 2011-6033
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is issuing notice of receipt of a petition for EPA to authorize the use of an aggregate approach for compliance with the Renewable Fuel Standard renewable biomass provisions. This petition was submitted by the Government of Canada. The petition requests that EPA determine that an aggregate compliance approach will provide reasonable assurance that planted crops and crop residue from Canada meet the definition of renewable biomass. EPA has previously determined that the aggregate compliance approach is applicable in the United States. If the petition is approved, crops and crop residue from Canada would not be subject to individual recordkeeping and reporting requirements. This determination could change if EPA later determined, through its annual evaluation of the aggregate compliance approach, that the number of acres of agricultural land in Canada exceeded a baseline number of acres determined to be available under the Act for the production of crops and crop residue meeting the definition of renewable biomass. In this notice, EPA is soliciting comment on all aspects of the petition.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; South Carolina: Prevention of Significant Deterioration and Nonattainment New Source Review; Fine Particulate Matter and Nitrogen Oxides as a Precursor to Ozone
Document Number: 2011-6009
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-03-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a revision to the South Carolina State Implementation Plan (SIP), submitted by the State of South Carolina, through the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC), to EPA on December 2, 2010, for parallel processing. The proposed SIP revision modifies South Carolina's New Source Review (NSR) Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Nonattainment New Source Review (NNSR) programs. The proposed revision makes two changes for which EPA is proposing approval in today's rulemaking. First, the revision incorporates NSR provisions for fine particulate matter (also known as PM2.5) as amended in EPA's 2008 NSR PM2.5 Implementation Rule (hereafter referred to as the ``NSR PM2.5 Rule'') into the South Carolina SIP. Second, the proposed revision addresses a PSD permitting requirement promulgated in the 1997 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) Implementation Rule NSR Update Phase II (hereafter referred to as the ``Ozone Implementation NSR Update or Phase II Rule''). Both changes in the proposed SIP revision are necessary to comply with federal regulations related to South Carolina's NSR permitting program. EPA is proposing approval of the December 2, 2010, proposed SIP revision because the Agency has preliminarily determined that the revisions are in accordance with the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) and EPA regulations regarding NSR permitting.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; State of California; Regional Haze State Implementation Plan and Interstate Transport Plan; Interference With Visibility Requirement
Document Number: 2011-6003
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-03-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a revision to the California State Implementation Plan (SIP) that addresses regional haze for the first implementation period through 2018. This revision addresses the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA or ``Act'') and EPA's rules that require states to prevent any future and remedy any existing anthropogenic impairment of visibility in mandatory Class I areas caused by emissions of air pollutants from numerous sources located over a wide geographic area (also referred to as the ``regional haze program''). States are required to assure reasonable progress toward the national goal of achieving natural visibility conditions in Class I areas. In addition, we are proposing to approve certain portions of this Regional Haze SIP revision and a related SIP revision submitted by California on November 16, 2007, as meeting the requirements of CAA Section 110(a)(2)(D)(i)(II) regarding interference with other states' measures to protect visibility for the 1997 8-hour ozone and 1997 particulate matter (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).