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

Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; New York Reasonable Further Progress Plans, Emissions Inventories, Contingency Measures and Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets
Document Number: 2011-7631
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-03-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing action on portions of a proposed State Implementation Plan revision submitted by New York that are intended to meet several Clean Air Act requirements for attaining the 0.08 part per million 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards. EPA is proposing to approve: the 2002 base year emission inventory and the projection year emissions, the motor vehicle emissions budgets used for planning purposes, the reasonable further progress plan, and the contingency measures as they relate to the New York portion of the New York- Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-CT and the Poughkeepsie 8-hour ozone moderate nonattainment areas.
Notice of a Project Waiver of Section 1605 (Buy American Requirement) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to the City of Amarillo, TX
Document Number: 2011-7606
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Regional Administrator of EPA Region 6 is hereby granting a project waiver of the Buy American requirements of ARRA Section 1605 under the authority of Section 1605(b)(2) [manufactured goods are not produced in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available quantities and of a satisfactory quality] to the City of Amarillo, Texas (``City'') for the purchase of a 5 horsepower (HP) non-clog submersible pump, with NSF compliant wetted parts and appurtenances. As the pump will be submersed in the drinking water wet well, the project specification requires that all wetted components of the pump be manufactured with NSF 61 compliant materials. The 5 HP non-clog submersible pump, with NSF compliant wetted parts and appurtenances is manufactured by foreign manufacturers and no United States manufacturer produces an alternative that meets the City's technical specifications. This is a project specific waiver and only applies to the use of the specified product for the ARRA funded project being proposed. Any other ARRA project that may wish to use the same product must apply for a separate waiver based on the specific project circumstances. The Regional Administrator is making this determination based on the review and recommendations of the EPA Region 6, Water Quality Protection Division. The City has provided sufficient documentation to support its request. The Assistant Administrator of the EPA's Office of Administration and Resources Management has concurred on this decision to make an exception to Section 1605 of ARRA. This action permits the purchase of a 5 HP non-clog submersible pump, with NSF compliant wetted parts and appurtenances not manufactured in America, for the proposed project being implemented by the City.
Notice of a Project Waiver of Section 1605 (Buy American Requirement) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to the DeSoto Parish Waterworks District 1, Louisiana
Document Number: 2011-7602
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Regional Administrator of EPA Region 6 is hereby granting a project waiver of the Buy American requirements of ARRA Section 1605 under the authority of Section 1605(b)(2) [manufactured goods are not produced in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available quantities and of a satisfactory quality] to the DeSoto Parish Waterworks District 1 (``the District'') for three (3) packaged, Memcor XS 48 submerged membrane filtration Systems (MFSs), manufactured by Siemens Water Technologies Corporation, proposed for the expansion of its existing water treatment plant. The District requires a submerged membrane treatment system capable of a 4-log removal of Giardia and Cryptosporidium at a production rate of 1 million gallons per day (MGD). The packaged, Memcor XS 48 submerged MFS is manufactured by foreign manufacturers and no United States manufacturer produces an alternative that meets the District's technical specifications. This is a project specific waiver and only applies to the use of the specified product for the ARRA funded project being proposed. Any other ARRA project that may wish to use the same product must apply for a separate waiver based on the specific project circumstances. The Regional Administrator is making this determination based on the review and recommendations of the EPA Region 6, Water Quality Protection Division. The District has provided sufficient documentation to support its request. The Assistant Administrator of the EPA's Office of Administration and Resources Management has concurred on this decision to make an exception to Section 1605 of ARRA. This action permits the purchase of three packaged, Memcor XS 48 submerged MFSs not manufactured in the United States, for the proposed project being implemented by the District.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Missouri
Document Number: 2011-7470
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submittal from the state of Missouri addressing the requirements of Clean Air Act (CAA) sections 110(a)(1) and (2) for the 1997 revisions to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone. Section 110(a)(1) requires that each state adopt and submit a SIP to support implementation of each new or revised NAAQS promulgated by the EPA and these SIPs are commonly referred to as ``infrastructure'' SIPs. EPA believes that Missouri's infrastructure SIP adequately addresses the elements described in section 110(a)(2) and further described in the October 2, 2007, guidance for infrastructure SIPs issued by the EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards. However, because EPA already approved the portion of Missouri's SIP submittal relating to the interstate transport infrastructure element, section 110(a)(2)(D)(i), this proposed rulemaking does not address the interstate transport element, nor does this proposal reopen any aspect of EPA's prior action on the interstate transport element. Furthermore, this action does not address infrastructure requirements with respect to the 1997 PM2.5 NAAQS or the 2006 revisions to the NAAQS. Those requirements will be addressed in future rulemaking.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Kansas
Document Number: 2011-7467
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submittal from the State of Kansas addressing the requirements of Clean Air Act (CAA) sections 110(a)(1) and (2) for the 1997 revisions to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone. Section 110(a)(1) requires that each state adopt and submit a SIP to support implementation of each new or revised NAAQS promulgated by the EPA and these SIPs are commonly referred to as ``infrastructure'' SIPs. EPA believes that Kansas' infrastructure SIP adequately addresses the elements described in section 110(a)(2) and further described in the October 2, 2007 guidance for infrastructure SIPs issued by the EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards. However, because EPA already approved the portion of Kansas' SIP submittal relating to the interstate transport infrastructure element, section 110(a)(2)(D)(i), this proposed rulemaking does not address the interstate transport element, nor does this proposal reopen any aspect of EPA's prior action on the interstate transport element. Furthermore, this action does not address infrastructure requirements with respect to the 1997 PM2.5 NAAQS or the 2006 revisions to the NAAQS. Those requirements will be addressed in future rulemaking.
Sodium Ferric Ethylenediaminetetraacetate; Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: 2011-7465
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of sodium ferric ethylenediaminetetraacetate (EDTA) in or on all food commodities when applied as a molluscicide and used in accordance with good agricultural practices. W. Neudorff GmbH KG submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), requesting an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of sodium ferric EDTA under the FFDCA.
Propylene Oxide; Proposed Pesticide Tolerance
Document Number: 2011-7462
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document proposes to amend the propylene oxide tolerance on ``nut, tree, group 14'' to ``nutmeat, processed, except peanuts'' to correct an error in a prior rulemaking.
Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Request for Nominations; SAB Mercury Review Panel
Document Number: 2011-7460
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office provides notice that the SAB will form a panel to conduct an independent review of EPA's Mercury Technical Support Document and is requesting additional public nominations of experts.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Oklahoma; Regional Haze State Implementation Plan; Federal Implementation Plan for Interstate Transport of Pollution Affecting Visibility and Best Available Retrofit Technology Determinations
Document Number: 2011-7459
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On March 22, 2011, EPA published a proposal in the Federal Register to approve and disapprove portions of State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of Oklahoma and promulgate a Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) to address the Clean Air Act requirement for best available retrofit technology (BART) for sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions and to prevent emissions from Oklahoma sources from interfering with other states' measures to protect visibility. In the notice EPA announced an open house and public hearing for the proposal to be held April 13, 2011, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In this notice EPA is announcing an additional open house and public hearing to be held in Tulsa, Oklahoma on April 14, 2011. More information is provided in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Nebraska
Document Number: 2011-7454
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submittal from the state of Nebraska addressing the requirements of Clean Air Act (CAA) sections 110(a)(1) and (2) for the 1997 revisions to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone. Section 110(a)(1) requires that each state adopt and submit a SIP to support implementation of each new or revised NAAQS promulgated by the EPA and these SIPs are commonly referred to as ``infrastructure'' SIPs. EPA believes that Nebraska's infrastructure SIP adequately addresses the elements described in section 110(a)(2) and further described in the October 2, 2007 guidance for infrastructure SIPs issued by the EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards. However, because EPA already approved the portion of Nebraska's SIP submittal relating to the interstate transport infrastructure element, section 110(a)(2)(D)(i), this proposed rulemaking does not address the interstate transport element, nor does this proposal reopen any aspect of EPA's prior action on the interstate transport element. Furthermore, this action does not address infrastructure requirements with respect to the 1997 PM2.5 NAAQS or the 2006 revisions to the NAAQS. Those requirements will be addressed in future rulemaking.
Pesticide Product; Registration Application
Document Number: 2011-7323
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has received an application to register a pesticide product containing active ingredients not included in any previously registered pesticide products. Pursuant to the provisions of section 3(c)(4) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is hereby providing notice of receipt and opportunity to comment on this application.
Registration Review; Pesticide Dockets Opened for Review and Comment and Other Docket Actions, and Availability of Updated Schedule
Document Number: 2011-7321
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has established registration review dockets for the pesticides listed in the table in Unit III.A. With this document, EPA is opening the public comment period for these registration reviews. Registration review is EPA's periodic review of pesticide registrations to ensure that each pesticide continues to satisfy the statutory standard for registration, that is, the pesticide can perform its intended function without unreasonable adverse effects on human health or the environment. Registration review dockets contain information that will assist the public in understanding the types of information and issues that the Agency may consider during the course of registration reviews. Through this program, EPA is ensuring that each pesticide's registration is based on current scientific and other knowledge, including its effects on human health and the environment. This document also announces the Agency's intent not to open registration review dockets for alternaria destruens, 1,2- benzenedicarboxaldehyde, fenvalerate, triethylhexahydrotriazine, and zucchini yellow mosaic virus-weak strain. These pesticides currently do not have any actively registered pesticide products and, therefore, are not scheduled for review under the registration review program. EPA is also announcing the availability of an amended final work plan for the registration review of the pesticide diquat dibromide; this work plan has been amended to incorporate revisions to the data requirements. EPA is announcing the availability of an updated schedule for the pesticide registration review program which provides the timetable for opening dockets during the next 4 years of the program, from FY 2011 to 2014.
Pesticide Products; Registration Applications
Document Number: 2011-6978
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has received an application to register a pesticide product containing the active ingredient aldicarb. Pursuant to the provisions of section 3(c)(4) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is hereby providing notice of receipt and opportunity to comment on this application.
Receipt of Request To Require Pesticide Products To Be Labeled in English and Spanish
Document Number: 2011-6884
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice is to advise the public that the Migrant Clinicians Network and other farm worker interest groups have petitioned EPA to require all pesticide labels be available in both English and Spanish. The Agency is taking public comment on the request before responding to the petitioners.
Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Nonattainment New Source Review (NSR): Reconsideration of Inclusion of Fugitive Emissions; Interim Rule; Stay and Revisions
Document Number: 2011-6670
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking an interim action to effectuate and extend a stay of the final rule entitled ``Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Nonattainment New Source Review (NSR): Reconsideration of Inclusion of Fugitive Emissions'' (``Fugitive Emissions Rule'') published in the Federal Register on December 19, 2008. The Fugitive Emissions Rule under the Federal NSR program required that fugitive emissions be included in determining whether a physical or operational change results in a major modification only for sources in designated industries. EPA issued a stay of the Fugitive Emissions Rule on March 31, 2010, that was effective for 18 months through October 3, 2011. This action supersedes the stay and thereby corrects potential confusion caused by that stay. To effectuate a stay of the Fugitive Emissions Rule, this action clarifies the stay and the revisions of specific paragraphs in the NSR regulations that were affected by the Fugitive Emissions Rule. This action also extends the stay until EPA completes its reconsideration of the Fugitive Emissions Rule.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; 2011 Hazardous Waste Report, Notification of Regulated Waste Activity, and Part A Hazardous Waste Permit Application and Modification
Document Number: 2011-7331
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-29
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 November 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.
Proposed Settlement Agreement, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
Document Number: 2011-7328
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with section 113(g) of the Clean Air Act, as amended (``CAA'' or the ``Act''), 42 U.S.C. 7413(g), notice is hereby given of a proposed settlement agreement to address a lawsuit filed by WildEarth Guardians and Elizabeth Crowe in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California: WildEarth Guardians et al. v. Jackson, No. 3:10-cv-04603-WHA (ND CA). On October 12, 2010, Plaintiffs filed a complaint alleging that EPA failed to issue findings of failure to submit State Implementation Plans (``SIP'') regarding specified areas designated as nonattainment for the 1997 8-hour National Ambient Air Quality Standards (``NAAQS'') for ozone within the States of Arizona, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Tennessee pursuant to CAA, 42 U.S.C. 7401-7671q. The proposed settlement agreement establishes a deadline for EPA to take action.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Louisiana; Determination of Termination of Section 185 Fees
Document Number: 2011-7325
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-03-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is proposing to determine that the State of Louisiana is no longer required to submit a section 185 fee program State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision for the Baton Rouge ozone nonattainment area to satisfy anti-backsliding requirements for the 1- hour ozone standard. This proposed determination (``Termination Determination'') is based on complete, quality-assured monitoring data showing attainment of the 1-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS), which is due to permanent and enforceable emission reductions implemented in the area.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Nevada; Determination of Attainment for the Clark County 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area
Document Number: 2011-7222
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-03-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA proposes to determine that the Clark County (Nevada) 8- hour ozone nonattainment area has attained the 1997 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). This proposed determination is based upon complete, quality-assured, and certified ambient air monitoring data that show the area has monitored attainment of the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS for the 2007 to 2009 monitoring period. Preliminary air quality monitoring data available for 2010 are consistent with continued attainment. Based on this proposed determination, the requirement for the State of Nevada to submit an attainment demonstration and associated reasonably available control measures (RACM), a reasonable further progress (RFP) plan, contingency measures, and other planning requirements related to attainment of the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS for the Clark County ozone nonattainment area would be suspended for as long as the nonattainment area continues to meet the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Nevada; Determination of Attainment for the Clark County 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area
Document Number: 2011-7221
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-03-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is determining that the Clark County (Nevada) 8-hour ozone nonattainment area has attained the 1997 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). This determination is based upon complete, quality-assured, and certified ambient air monitoring data that show the area has monitored attainment of the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS for the 2007 to 2009 monitoring period. Preliminary air quality monitoring data available for 2010 are consistent with continued attainment. Based on this determination, the obligation for the State of Nevada to submit an attainment demonstration and associated reasonably available control measures (RACM), a reasonable further progress (RFP) plan, contingency measures, and other planning requirements related to attainment of the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS for the Clark County ozone nonattainment area shall be suspended for as long as the nonattainment area continues to meet the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Receipt of Several Pesticide Petitions Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities
Document Number: 2011-6887
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-03-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice 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.
Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: New Substitute in the Motor Vehicle Air Conditioning Sector Under the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program
Document Number: 2011-6268
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-03-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program is expanding the list of acceptable substitutes for use in the motor vehicle air conditioning end-use as a replacement for ozone-depleting substances. The Clean Air Act requires EPA to review alternatives for ozone-depleting substances and to disapprove substitutes that present overall risks to human health and the environment more significant than those presented by other alternatives that are available or potentially available. The substitute addressed in this final rule is for use in new passenger cars and light-duty trucks in the motor vehicle air conditioning end- use within the refrigeration and air conditioning sector. EPA finds hydrofluoroolefin (HFO)-1234yf acceptable, subject to use conditions, as a substitute for chlorofluorocarbon (CFC)-12 in motor vehicle air conditioning for new passenger cars and light-duty trucks. The substitute is a non-ozone-depleting gas and consequently does not contribute to stratospheric ozone depletion.
Draft Integrated Science Assessment for Ozone and Related Photochemical Oxidants
Document Number: 2011-7219
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is announcing an extension of the public comment period for 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 original Federal Register notice announcing the public comment period was published on February 28, 2011 (76 FR 10893). This assessment document was developed 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.
Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Public Meeting of the Advisory Council on Clean Air Compliance Analysis Augmented for Review of the Report to Congress on Black Carbon
Document Number: 2011-7200
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public face-to-face meeting of the Black Carbon Review Panel.
Human Studies Review Board (HSRB); Notification of a Public Meeting
Document Number: 2011-7198
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of the Science Advisor (OSA) announces a public meeting of the HSRB to advise the Agency on EPA's scientific and ethical reviews of research with human subjects.
Approval and Promulgation of Gila River Indian Community's Tribal Implementation Plan
Document Number: 2011-7110
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-03-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a Tribal implementation plan (TIP) submitted by the Gila River Indian Community (GRIC or Tribe) on February 21, 2007, as supplemented and amended on July 11, 2007, June 22, 2009, and July 17, 2010, and as described in our August 12, 2010 proposal. The TIP includes general and emergency authorities, ambient air quality standards, permitting requirements for minor sources of air pollution, enforcement authorities, procedures for administrative appeals and judicial review in Tribal court, requirements for area sources of fugitive dust and fugitive particulate matter, general prohibitory rules, and source category-specific emission limitations and standards. These provisions establish a base TIP that is suitable for the GRIC's reservation and regulatory capacities and that meets all applicable minimum requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) and EPA regulations. The effect of this action is to make the approved portions of the GRIC TIP federally enforceable under the CAA and to further protect air quality within the exterior boundaries of the GRIC reservation.
Protocol Gas Verification Program and Minimum Competency Requirements for Air Emission Testing
Document Number: 2011-6216
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-03-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is finalizing rule revisions that modify existing requirements for sources affected by the federally administered emission trading programs including the NOX Budget Trading Program, the Acid Rain Program, and the Clean Air Interstate Rule. EPA is amending its Protocol Gas Verification Program (PGVP) and the minimum competency requirements for air emission testing (formerly air emission testing body requirements) to improve the accuracy of emissions data. EPA is also amending other sections of the Acid Rain Program continuous emission monitoring system regulations by adding and clarifying certain recordkeeping and reporting requirements, removing the provisions pertaining to mercury monitoring and reporting, removing certain requirements associated with a class-approved alternative monitoring system, disallowing the use of a particular quality assurance option in EPA Reference Method 7E, adding two incorporation by references that were inadvertently left out of the January 24, 2008 final rule, adding two new definitions, revising certain compliance dates, and clarifying the language and applicability of certain provisions.
Petition To Suspend and Cancel All Registrations for the Soil Fumigant Iodomethane (Methyl Iodide); Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2011-7117
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On March 31, 2010, EPA received a petition from Earthjustice requesting that all uses of iodomethane (methyl iodide) be suspended and cancelled. The Agency is posting this petition for public comment. Following the public comment period, EPA will evaluate the petitioner's request, consistent with the statutory standards set forth in the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2011-7115
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans and Designations of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes; Georgia: Atlanta; Determination of Attainment for the 1997 8-Hour Ozone Standards
Document Number: 2011-7114
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-03-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to determine that the Atlanta, Georgia nonattainment area has attained the 1997 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) based on quality assured, quality controlled monitoring data from 2008-2010. The Atlanta, Georgia 1997 8- hour ozone nonattainment area (hereafter referred to as the ``Atlanta Area'') is comprised of Barrow, Bartow, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Dekalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Newton, Paulding, Rockdale, Spalding and Walton Counties in Georgia. If this proposed determination is made final, the requirement for the State of Georgia to submit an attainment demonstration and associated reasonably available control measures (RACM) analysis, a reasonable further progress (RFP) plan, contingency measures, and other planning State Implementation Plans (SIPs) related to attainment of the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS for the Atlanta, Georgia 8-hour ozone nonattainment area, shall be suspended for as long as the Atlanta Area continues to meet the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS.
Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Public Meeting of the Science Advisory Board Panel for the Oil Spill Research Strategy Review Panel
Document Number: 2011-7094
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public face-to-face meeting of the SAB Panel to review EPA's Draft Oil Spill Research Strategy.
Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC)
Document Number: 2011-7092
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) to conduct a quality review and approve draft reports from the CASAC Oxides of Nitrogen (NOX) and Sulfur Oxides (SOX) Secondary Review Panel (NOX-SOX Panel) and the CASAC Air Monitoring and Methods Subcommittee (AMMS).
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District
Document Number: 2011-7090
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-03-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is finalizing approval of revisions to the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions were proposed in the Federal Register on November 5, 2010 and concern oxides of nitrogen (NOX), carbon monoxide (CO), oxides of sulfur (SO2) and particulate matter emissions from boilers, steam generators and process heaters greater than 5.0 MMbtu/hour. We are approving a local rule that regulates these emission sources under the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act).
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; South Carolina: Prevention of Significant Deterioration and Nonattainment New Source Review
Document Number: 2011-6975
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-03-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to convert a conditional approval of a revision to the South Carolina State Implementation Plan (SIP) to a full approval. South Carolina, through the South Carolina Department of Health and Environment Control (SC DHEC), Bureau of Air Quality, submitted a SIP revision on April 14, 2009, in response to the conditional approval of its New Source Review (NSR) permitting program. South Carolina's April 14, 2009, SIP revision consists of adopting requirements of the Nonattainment New Source Review (NNSR) construction permit program under the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act). This program affects major stationary sources in South Carolina that are subject to or potentially subject to the NNSR construction permit program. As required by the conditional approval, South Carolina's April 14, 2009, SIP revision includes requirements for calculating emissions reductions that will be used for offsets and ensures those reductions are surplus to other Federal requirements. EPA is proposing approval of the April 14, 2009, SIP revision because the Agency has determined that South Carolina addresses the conditions identified in the conditional approval, and is in accordance with the CAA.
Hazardous Waste Management System Identification and Listing of Hazardous Waste; Final Exclusion
Document Number: 2011-6892
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-03-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA, also the Agency or we in this preamble) today is granting a petition submitted by Babcock & Wilcox Nuclear Operations Group, Inc., the current owner, and to BWX Technologies, Inc., as predecessor in interest to the current owner, identified collectively hereafter in this preamble as ``B&W NOG,'' to exclude (or delist) on a one-time basis from the lists of hazardous waste, a certain solid waste generated at its Mt. Athos facility near Lynchburg, Virginia. After careful analysis, we have concluded that the petitioned waste is not hazardous waste. This exclusion applies to 148 cubic yards of sludge currently deposited in two on-site surface impoundments designated as Final Effluent Ponds (FEPs) 1 and 2. Accordingly, this final rule conditionally excludes this volume of the petitioned waste from the requirements of the hazardous waste regulation under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).
Product Cancellation Order for Certain Pesticide Registrations
Document Number: 2011-6890
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-23
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 Table 1 of Unit II., pursuant to section 6(f)(1) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended. This cancellation order follows a January 26, 2011 Federal Register Notice of Receipt of Requests from the registrants listed in Table 2 of Unit II. to voluntarily cancel these product registrations. In the January 26, 2011 notice, EPA indicated that it would issue an order implementing the cancellations, unless the Agency received substantive comments within the 30-day comment period that would merit its further review of these requests, or unless the registrants withdrew their requests. The Agency did not receive any comments on the notice. Further, the registrants did not withdraw their requests. Accordingly, EPA hereby issues in this notice a cancellation order granting the requested cancellations. Any distribution, sale, or use of the products subject to this cancellation order is permitted only in accordance with the terms of this order, including any existing stocks provisions.
Flubendiamide; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2011-6888
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-03-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes, modifies and/or revokes tolerances for residues of flubendiamide N \2\-[1,1-dimethyl-2- (methylsulfonyl)ethyl]-3-iodo-N \1\-[2-methyl-4-[1,2,2,2-tetrafluoro-1- (trifluoromethyl)ethyl]phenyl]-1,2-benzenedicarboxamide, in or on multiple food and livestock commodities which are identified, and will be discussed in detail later in this document. Bayer CropScience LP in c/o Nichino America, Inc. (U.S. subsidiary of Nihon Nohyaku Co., Ltd.) requested these tolerances, and revisions to tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Washington: Correction
Document Number: 2011-6872
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-03-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to correct errors in the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the State of Washington regarding the scope of certain regulations incorporated by reference into the SIP. This correction would limit the applicability of certain regulations to pollutants for which National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) have been established and precursors to those NAAQS pollutants. It would thus ensure that these regulations are reasonably related to attainment or maintenance of the NAAQS in Washington.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island; Infrastructure SIPs for the 1997 Ozone Standard
Document Number: 2011-6870
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-03-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve submittals from the States of Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. These submittals outline how each state's State Implementation Plan (SIP) meets the requirements of section 110(a) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the 1997 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). Section 110(a) of the CAA requires that each state adopt and submit a SIP for the implementation, maintenance and enforcement of each NAAQS promulgated by the EPA. This SIP is commonly referred to as an infrastructure SIP. These actions are being taken under the Clean Air Act.
Meeting of the Local Government Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2011-6867
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Local Government Advisory Committee will meet via teleconference on Wednesday, April 6, 2011, 3:30-4:30 p.m. (ET). The Committee will discuss the recommendations of the Gulf Coast Restoration Workgroup on ways EPA can engage local government officials in the Gulf Coast Ecosystem restoration efforts and other issues of environmental concern to locally 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, April 6, 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 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.
Pesticide Products; Registration Applications
Document Number: 2011-6661
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-23
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.
Summitec Corporation; Transfer of Data
Document Number: 2011-6658
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces that pesticide related information submitted to EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), including information that may have been claimed as Confidential Business Information (CBI) by the submitter, will be transferred to Summitec Corporation in accordance with 40 CFR 2.307(h)(3) and 2.308(i)(2). Summitec Corporation has been awarded a contract to perform work for OPP, and access to this information will enable Summitec Corporation to fulfill the obligations of the contract.
FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: 2011-6550
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
There will be a 3-day consultation meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) to consider and review a set of scientific issues related to Integrated Approaches to Testing and Assessment strategies (IATA): Use of new computational and molecular tools.
Aspergillus flavus
Document Number: 2011-6545
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-03-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of the microbial pesticide, Aspergillus flavus AF36, in or on corn food and feed commodities, when applied/used as an antifungal agent. The Arizona Cotton Research and Protection Council submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), requesting an amendment to the existing exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for Aspergillus flavus AF36. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of Aspergillus flavus AF36 under the FFDCA.
Product Cancellation Order for Certain Pesticide Registrations
Document Number: 2011-6544
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-23
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 Table 1 of Unit II., pursuant to section 6(f)(1) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended. This cancellation order follows a July 28, 2010, Federal Register Notice of Receipt of Requests from the registrants listed in Table 2 of Unit II. to voluntarily cancel these product registrations. In the July 28, 2010, notice, EPA indicated that it would issue an order implementing the cancellations, unless the Agency received substantive comments within the 30-day comment period that would merit its further review of these requests, or unless the registrants withdrew their requests. The Agency received a comment on the notice but it did not merit further review of the requests. Further, the registrants did not withdraw their requests. Accordingly, EPA hereby issues in this notice a cancellation order granting the requested cancellations. Any distribution, sale, or use of the products subject to this cancellation order is permitted only in accordance with the terms of this order, including any existing stocks provisions.
Dichlormid; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2011-6440
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-03-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of dichlormid in or on field corn, pop corn, and sweet corn commodities. Dow AgroSciences requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; SmartWay Transport Partnership (New Collection)
Document Number: 2011-6687
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-22
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 for a new collection. The ICR, which is abstracted below, describes the nature of the information collection and its estimated burden and cost.
Office of Research and Development; Ambient Air Monitoring Reference and Equivalent Methods: Designation of Four New Equivalent Methods
Document Number: 2011-6681
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated, in accordance with 40 CFR Part 53, four new equivalent methods: One each for measuring concentrations of PM2.5 and lead (Pb) and two for measuring concentrations of PM10 in the ambient air.
Outer Continental Shelf Air Regulations; Consistency Update for California
Document Number: 2011-6673
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-03-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to update a portion of the Outer Continental Shelf (``OCS'') Air Regulations. Requirements applying to OCS sources located within 25 miles of States' seaward boundaries must be updated periodically to remain consistent with the requirements of the corresponding onshore area (``COA''), as mandated by section 328(a)(1) of the Clean Air Act, as amended in 1990 (``the Act''). The portion of the OCS air regulations that is being updated pertains to the requirements for OCS sources for which the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (``Santa Barbara APCD'' or ``District'') is the designated COA. The intended effect of approving the OCS requirements for the Santa Barbara APCD is to regulate emissions from OCS sources in accordance with the requirements onshore. The changes to the existing requirements discussed below are proposed to be incorporated by reference into the Code of Federal Regulations and listed in the appendix to the OCS air regulations.