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

Mefenpyr-diethyl; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2011-10439
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-04-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of mefenpyr-diethyl in or on multiple commodities. Bayer CropScience LLC requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). This regulation also moves established tolerances for canola and soybean commodities to correct an administrative error.
Pyrasulfotole; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2011-10435
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-04-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes or revises tolerances for residues of pyrasulfotole in or on grain sorghum, grass, and livestock commodities. Bayer CropScience LLC requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Cross-Media Electronic Reporting: Authorized Program Revision Approval, State of Illinois
Document Number: 2011-10433
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-04-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces EPA's approval of the State of Illinois' request to revise its EPA-authorized program to allow electronic reporting.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2011-10411
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-04-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Massachusetts Marine Sanitation Device Standard-Receipt of Petition
Document Number: 2011-10347
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-04-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that a petition has been received from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts requesting a determination by the Regional Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, that adequate facilities for the safe and sanitary removal and treatment of sewage from all vessels are reasonably available for the waters of Chatham, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown, collectively termed the Outer Cape Cod for the purpose of this notice.
Metiram; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2011-10333
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-04-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of metiram in or on bananas and wine grapes. BASF Corporation requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Indiana; Removal of Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance Programs for Clark and Floyd Counties
Document Number: 2011-10323
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-04-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking final action to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Indiana to allow the State to discontinue the vehicle inspection and maintenance (I/M) program in Clark and Floyd Counties, IN, the Indiana portion of the Louisville (IN-KY) 1997 8-hour ozone area. The revision specifically provides that I/M program regulations be removed from the active control measures portion of the SIP. The regulations will remain in the contingency measures portion of the Clark and Floyd Counties ozone maintenance plans. EPA is approving Indiana's request because the State has demonstrated that discontinuing the I/M program in Clark and Floyd Counties will not interfere with the attainment and maintenance of the 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) or with the attainment and maintenance of other air quality standards and requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Clarifications to Indian Tribes' Clean Air Act Regulatory Requirements; Direct Final Amendments
Document Number: 2011-10321
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-04-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is taking direct final action to amend certain Clean Air Act regulations pertaining to Indian tribes. This action changes the title of the regulations titled, ``Tribal Clean Air Act Authority'' to the more accurate ``Indian Country: Air Quality Planning and Management.'' The action also reorganizes existing sections for better placement within the regulations.
Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: The 2011 Critical Use Exemption From the Phaseout of Methyl Bromide
Document Number: 2011-10345
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-04-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing uses that qualify for the 2011 critical use exemption and the amount of methyl bromide that may be produced, imported, or supplied from existing pre-phaseout inventory for those uses in 2011. EPA is taking action under the authority of the Clean Air Act to reflect a recent consensus decision taken by the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer at the Twenty-First Meeting of the Parties. EPA is seeking comment on the list of critical uses and on EPA's determination of the amounts of methyl bromide needed to satisfy those uses.
Release of Draft Risk and Exposure Assessments and Final Integrated Review Plan for the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone
Document Number: 2011-10340
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-04-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On or about April 22, 2011, the EPA is making available for public review the documents titled, ``Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards: Scope and Methods Plan for Health Risk and Exposure Assessment,'' (REA Plan for the primary ozone NAAQS) and ``Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards: Scope and Methods Plan for Welfare Risk and Exposure Assessment'' (REA Plan for the secondary ozone NAAQS). These documents contain the plans for the risk and exposure analyses that EPA is preparing to conduct in support of the reviews of ozone NAAQS. EPA is also making available to the public the final document ``Integrated Review Plan for the Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards'' (IRP). This document contains the plans for the review of the air quality criteria and national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for ozone. The Ozone NAAQS provide for the protection of public health and the environment from ozone in ambient air.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Infrastructure SIP Requirements for 1997 8-Hour Ozone and PM2.5
Document Number: 2011-10331
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-04-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve some elements and conditionally approve other elements of certifications submitted by Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin regarding the infrastructure requirements of sections 110(a)(1) and (2) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the 1997 eight-hour ground level ozone national ambient air quality standards (1997 ozone NAAQS) and 1997 fine particle national ambient air quality standards (1997 PM2.5 NAAQS). The requirements are designed to ensure that the components of each State's air quality management program are adequate to meet the State's responsibilities under the CAA.
Science Advisory Board Staff Office Notification of a Public Meeting of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) Ozone Review Panel
Document Number: 2011-10287
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-04-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting on May 19 and 20, 2011, of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) Ozone Review Panel to conduct a peer review on EPA's Integrated Science Assessment for Ozone and Related Photochemical Oxidants (March 2011 Draft), and a consultation on EPA's Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards: Scope and Methods Plan for Health Risk and Exposure Assessment (April 2011 Draft), and Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards: Scope and Methods Plan for Welfare Risk and Exposure Assessment (April 2011 Draft).
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants From Coal- and Oil-Fired Electric Utility Steam Generating Units and Standards of Performance for Fossil-Fuel-Fired Electric Utility, Industrial-Commercial-Institutional, and Small Industrial-Commercial-Institutional Steam Generating Units
Document Number: 2011-10283
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-04-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA published in the Federal Register on May 3, 2011, the proposed rule ``National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants from Coal- and Oil-fired Electric Utility Steam Generating Units and Standards of Performance for Fossil-Fuel-Fired Electric Utility, Industrial-Commercial-Institutional, and Small Industrial- Commercial-Institutional Steam Generating Units.'' EPA is announcing three public hearings to be held for the proposed rule.
Aluminum tris (O
Document Number: 2011-9937
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-04-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with current Agency practice to describe more clearly the measurement and scope or coverage of the tolerances, EPA is making minor revisions to tolerance expressions for a number of pesticide active ingredients, including the insecticides chlorethoxyfos, clofentezine, cyromazine, etofenprox, fenbutatin-oxide, fosthiazate, propetamphos, and tebufenozide; the fungicide aluminum tris (O-ethylphosphonate); the herbicides butylate, clethodim, clomazone, fenoxaprop-ethyl, flumetsulam, flumiclorac pentyl, fluridone, glufosinate ammonium, lactofen, propyzamide, quinclorac, and pyridate; and the fungicide/bactericide oxytetracycline. Also, EPA is revoking the tolerances for aluminum tris (O-ethylphosphonate) on pineapple fodder and forage because they are not considered to be significant livestock feed items, and revising specific tolerance nomenclatures for aluminum tris (O-ethylphosphonate), clethodim, flumetsulam, and fluridone. In addition, EPA is removing several expired tolerances for aluminum tris (O-ethylphosphonate), etofenprox, propyzamide, and tebufenozide.
Notice of Receipt of Requests To Voluntarily Cancel Certain Pesticide Registrations
Document Number: 2011-9935
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-04-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with section 6(f)(1) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended, EPA is issuing a notice of receipt of requests by registrants to voluntarily cancel certain pesticide registrations. EPA intends to grant these requests at the close of the comment period for this announcement unless the Agency receives substantive comments within the comment period that would merit its further review of the requests, or unless the registrants withdraw their requests. If these requests are granted, any sale, distribution, or use of products listed in this notice will be permitted after the registrations have been cancelled only if such sale, distribution, or use is consistent with the terms as described in the final order.
Access to Confidential Business Information by Syracuse Research Corporation
Document Number: 2011-9851
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-04-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has authorized its contractor, Syracuse Research Corporation (SRC) of North Syracuse, New York, to access information which has been submitted to EPA under sections 4, 5, 6, and 8 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Some of the information may be claimed or determined to be Confidential Business Information (CBI).
Notice of a Regional Waiver of Section 1605 (Buy American Requirement) of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VADEQ)
Document Number: 2011-10235
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-04-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Regional Administrator of EPA Region III is hereby granting a waiver of the Buy American requirement of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (U.S. Pub. L. 111-5) (ARRA) Section 1605(a) under the authority of Section 1605(b)(1) (public interest waiver) to VADEQ for de minimis incidental components of eligible water infrastructure projects funded under VADEQ's ARRA Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) grant. This action permits the use of non-domestic iron, steel, and manufactured goods when they occur in de minimis incidental components of such projects that would otherwise be prohibited under Section 1605(a).
Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Nonattainment New Source Review (NSR): Reconsideration of Inclusion of Fugitive Emissions; Interim Rule; Stay and Revisions
Document Number: 2011-10192
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-04-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is announcing an extension of the public comment period on the interim rule titled, ``Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Nonattainment New Source Review (NSR): Reconsideration of Inclusion of Fugitive Emissions; Interim Rule; Stay and Revisions.'' It published in the Federal Register on March 30, 2011. EPA is extending the comment period that originally closed on April 29, 2011, by an additional 32 days. The comment period will now close on May 31, 2011. EPA is extending the comment period because of a request we received, which is contained in the docket for this rulemaking.
Science Advisory Board Staff Office Request for Nominations of Candidates for a SAB Panel on Accounting for Carbon Dioxide (CO2
Document Number: 2011-10180
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-04-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office is soliciting nominations of nationally and internationally recognized scientists for an SAB Expert Panel to provide independent advice to EPA on a draft greenhouse gas accounting methodology for biogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from stationary sources.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; IL
Document Number: 2011-10027
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-04-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a revision to the Illinois State Implementation Plan (SIP) for ozone. The State is revising its definition of volatile organic compound (VOC) to add two chemical compounds to the list of compounds that are exempt from being considered a VOC. This revision is based on EPA's 2009 determination that these two compounds do not significantly contribute to ozone formation.
Draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Stormwater Discharges From Construction Activities
Document Number: 2011-9929
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-04-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA's Regional Offices are proposing for public comment the draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System general permit for stormwater discharges from large and small construction activities. This draft construction general permit includes new requirements that implement the technology-based Effluent Limitation Guidelines and New Source Performance Standards, which were issued by EPA for the construction and development industry on December 1, 2009. The draft permit also includes new water quality-based requirements for construction sites discharging stormwater to waters requiring additional pollutant control. EPA proposes to issue this construction general permit for five (5) years, and to provide permit coverage to eligible existing and new construction projects in all areas of the country where EPA is the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permitting authority, including Idaho, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New Mexico, Indian Country Lands, Puerto Rico, Washington, DC, and U.S. territories and protectorates.
Modification to 2008 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Construction Activities
Document Number: 2011-9926
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-04-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA Regions 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 propose to modify the 2008 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general permits for stormwater discharges associated with construction activity in order to extend until January 31, 2012 the expiration date of the permit. Hereinafter, these NPDES general permits will be referred to as ``permit'' or ``2008 construction general permit'' or ``2008 CGP.'' This proposed modification would, if finalized, extend the three-year permit so that it expires on January 31, 2012 instead of June 30, 2011. Prior to this proposed extension, EPA modified the 2008 CGP in January 2010 to extend the permit by one year, thus making it a three-year permit. By Federal law, no NPDES permit may be issued for a period that exceeds five years.
Approval and Promulgation of State Plans for Designated Facilities and Pollutants: Florida; Jefferson County, KY; Forsyth, Mecklenburg, and Buncombe Counties, NC; and SC
Document Number: 2011-9848
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-04-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is notifying the public that it has received negative declarations for Other Solid Waste Incinerator (OSWI) units from the State of Florida; Large Municipal Waste Combustor (LMWC), Small Municipal Waste Combustor (SMWC), and OSWI units from Jefferson County, Kentucky; LMWC, SMWC, and OSWI units from Forsyth County, North Carolina; LMWC, SMWC, and OSWI units from Mecklenburg County, North Carolina; LMWC, SMWC, Hospital/Medical/Infectious Waste Incinerator (HMIWI), and OSWI units from Buncombe County, North Carolina; and LMWC and HMIWI units from the State of South Carolina. These negative declarations certify that LMWC, SMWC, HMIWI, and OSWI units, as indicated above, subject to the requirements of Sections 111(d) and 129 of the Clean Air Act do not exist in areas covered by the following air pollution control programs: Florida Department of Environmental Protection; Louisville, Kentucky, Air Pollution Control District; Forsyth County Environmental Affairs Department; Mecklenburg County Land Use and Environmental Services Agency; Western North Carolina Regional Air Quality Agency; and South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. In the Final Rules section of this Federal Register, EPA is publishing these negative declaration submittals as a direct final rule without prior proposal because the Agency views this as a noncontroversial submittal and anticipates no adverse comments.
Approval and Promulgation of State Plans for Designated Facilities and Pollutants: Florida; Jefferson County, KY; Forsyth, Mecklenburg, and Buncombe Counties, NC; and SC
Document Number: 2011-9844
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-04-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is notifying the public that it has received negative declarations for Other Solid Waste Incinerator (OSWI) units from the State of Florida; Large Municipal Waste Combustor (LMWC), Small Municipal Waste Combustor (SMWC), and OSWI units from Jefferson County, Kentucky; LMWC, SMWC, and OSWI units from Forsyth County, North Carolina; LMWC, SMWC, and OSWI units from Mecklenburg County, North Carolina; LMWC, SMWC, Hospital/Medical/Infectious Waste Incinerator (HMIWI), and OSWI units from Buncombe County, North Carolina; and LMWC and HMIWI units from the State of South Carolina. These negative declarations certify that LMWC, SMWC, HMIWI, and OSWI units, as indicated above, subject to the requirements of Sections 111(d) and 129 of the Clean Air Act (CAA), do not exist in areas covered by the following air pollution control programs: Florida Department of Environmental Protection; Louisville, Kentucky, Air Pollution Control District; Forsyth County Environmental Affairs Department; Mecklenburg County Land Use and Environmental Services Agency; Western North Carolina Regional Air Quality Agency; and South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Virginia; Adoption of the Revised Lead Standards and Related Reference Conditions and Update of Appendices
Document Number: 2011-9697
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-04-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Virginia. The revisions add the primary and secondary lead standards of 0.15 micrograms per cubic meter ([mu]g/m\3\), related reference conditions, and update the list of appendices under ``Documents Incorporated by Reference.'' Virginia's SIP revisions for the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for lead are consistent with the Federal lead standards. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; South Carolina; Update to Materials Incorporated by Reference
Document Number: 2011-9689
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-04-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is publishing this action to provide the public with notice of the update to the South Carolina State Implementation Plan (SIP) compilation. In particular, materials submitted by South Carolina that are incorporated by reference (IBR) into the South Carolina SIP are being updated to reflect EPA-approved revisions to South Carolina's SIP that have occurred since the last update. In this action, EPA is also notifying the public of the correction of certain typographical errors.
Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gases: Petroleum and Natural Gas Systems
Document Number: 2011-10026
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-04-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On November 30, 2010 EPA promulgated Subpart W: Petroleum and Natural Gas Systems of the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule. As part of the provisions outlined in this rule, the EPA stated that the Agency would allow certain owners or operators to use best available monitoring methods (BAMM) in lieu of specified parameters outlined for calculating greenhouse gas emissions for the petroleum and natural gas systems source category of the greenhouse gas reporting rule. EPA is giving notice that the Agency has initiated the reconsideration process in response to requests for reconsideration of certain provisions in the regulations. First, EPA has been asked to reconsider the requirement to submit requests to use best available monitoring methods during the 2011 calendar year by April 30, 2011 and pursuant to its authority under CAA section 307(d)(7)(B) consequently is extending the deadline contained in those provisions until July 31, 2011. Second, EPA has also been asked to reconsider the time period during which owners and operators of certain specific sources could automatically use BAMM without having to request approval by the Administrator. As a result of this second request, pursuant to its authority under CAA section 307(d)(7)(B) EPA is also extending the date by which owners and operators of certain specific sources would not be required to request approval by the Administrator for the use of BAMM from June 30, 2011 until September 30, 2011.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2011-9850
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-04-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Triflusulfuron-Methyl; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2011-9849
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-04-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of triflusulfuron-methyl in or on beet, garden, roots and beet, garden, tops. Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Release of Final Document Related to the Review of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter
Document Number: 2011-9688
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-04-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS) of EPA is announcing the availability of a final document titled, Policy Assessment for the Review of the Particulate Matter National Ambient Air Quality Standards (PA). The PA contains staff analyses of the scientific bases for alternative policy options for consideration by the Agency prior to rulemaking.
Meeting of the Local Government Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2011-9687
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-04-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. EPA's Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) will meet May 18-19, 2011, in Chicago, Illinois. The Committee meeting will be held at U.S. EPA Region 5, Ralph Metcalfe Federal Building, Lake Superior conference room, 77 West Jackson Blvd., Chicago, Illinois. The focus of the Committee meeting will be on Administrator Lisa P. Jackson's seven priorities as expressed in her charge to the committee: protecting America's waters; cleaning up our communities; expanding the conversation on environmentalism; improving air quality; taking action on climate change; assuring the safety of chemicals; and building strong partnerships.
Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Public Teleconferences of the Science Advisory Board Panel for Review of Hydraulic Fracturing Study Plan
Document Number: 2011-9686
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-04-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces two public teleconferences of the SAB Panel to discuss its draft report of the review of EPA's Draft Hydraulic Fracturing Study Plan.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutant Emissions: Group I Polymers and Resins; Marine Tank Vessel Loading Operations; Pharmaceuticals Production; and the Printing and Publishing Industry
Document Number: 2011-8168
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-04-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking final action for four national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) that regulate 12 industrial source categories evaluated in our risk and technology review. The four NESHAP include: National Emissions Standards for Group I Polymers and Resins (Butyl Rubber Production, Epichlorohydrin Elastomers Production, Ethylene Propylene Rubber Production, Hypalon\TM\ Production, Neoprene Production, Nitrile Butadiene Rubber Production, Polybutadiene Rubber Production, Polysulfide Rubber Production, and Styrene Butadiene Rubber and Latex Production); Marine Tank Vessel Loading Operations; Pharmaceuticals Production; and The Printing and Publishing Industry. For some source categories, EPA is finalizing our decisions concerning the residual risk and technology reviews. For the Marine Tank Vessel Loading Operations NESHAP and the Group I Polymers and Resins NESHAP, EPA is finalizing emission standards to address certain emission sources not previously regulated under the NESHAP. EPA is also finalizing changes to the Pharmaceuticals Production NESHAP to correct an editorial error. For each of the four NESHAP, EPA is finalizing revisions to the regulatory provisions related to emissions during periods of startup, shutdown, and malfunction and promulgating provisions addressing electronic submission of emission test results.
Clean Air Act: Opportunity To Comment, Activities Required by Federal Facilities Compliance Agreement With the Tennessee Valley Authority
Document Number: 2011-9581
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-04-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has entered into a federal facilities compliance agreement with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Docket No. CAA-04-2010-1760 (Compliance Agreement) to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act and its implementing regulations at the eleven facilities that TVA owns and operates in Alabama, Kentucky, and Tennessee. EPA is hereby providing public notice of this Compliance Agreement and providing an opportunity for interested persons to comment on the Compliance Agreement.
Approval and Promulgation of State Implementation Plans; State of Colorado; Interstate Transport of Pollution Revisions for the 1997 8-Hour Ozone and 1997 PM2.5
Document Number: 2011-9580
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-04-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is partially approving the Colorado Interstate Transport State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision, submitted on March 31, 2010, addressing the requirements of Clean Air Act (CAA) section 110(a)(2)(D)(i)(II) for the 1997 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), and the requirements of CAA section 110(a)(2)(D)(i)(I) and (II) for the 1997 PM2.5 NAAQS. Specifically, in this Federal Register action EPA is fully approving those portions of the Colorado March 31, 2010 submission that address the section 110(a)(2)(D)(i)(II) requirement prohibiting a state's emissions from interfering with any other state's required measures to protect visibility for the 1997 ozone and PM2.5 NAAQS. This action is being taken under section 110 of the CAA.
Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Chartered Science Advisory Board
Document Number: 2011-9578
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-04-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the chartered SAB on May 17, 2011 to conduct a quality review of a draft SAB report entitled ``Review of EPA's draft Approaches for Deriving Numeric Nutrient Criteria for Florida's Estuaries, Coastal Waters, and Southern Inland Flowing Waters.''
Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Chartered Science Advisory Board
Document Number: 2011-9576
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-04-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the chartered SAB on May 18, 2011 to conduct a quality review of a draft SAB report entitled ``SAB Review of EPA's Approach for Developing Lead Dust Hazard Standards for Residences (November 2010 Draft) and Approach for Developing Lead Dust Hazard Standards for Public and Commercial Buildings (November 2010 Draft).''
Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Science Advisory Board; Drinking Water Committee Augmented for the Review of the Effectiveness of Partial Lead Service Line Replacements
Document Number: 2011-9566
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-04-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the SAB Drinking Water Committee Augmented for the Review of the Effectiveness of Partial Lead Service Line Replacements (hereafter referred to as the ``DWC Lead Review Panel'') to discuss its draft advisory report entitled ``SAB Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Partial Lead Service Line Replacements.''
Federal Plan for Certification of Applicators of Restricted Use Pesticides Within EPA Region 8 Indian Country; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2011-9562
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-04-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is announcing its intention to implement a Federal program to certify applicators of restricted use pesticides in areas of Region 8 Indian country. The program will be administered by EPA Region 8 (EPA R8) located in Denver, Colorado. EPA is soliciting comments on EPA's intent to implement a Federal certification program in areas of R8 Indian country where no other EPA-approved plan applies and on its Proposed Federal Plan for Certification of Applicators of Restricted Use Pesticides within EPA Region 8 Indian Country (Plan). A separate proposal and public comment period for a Federal certification plan to address use of restricted use pesticides in Indian country outside R8 is forthcoming.
Revision to the South Coast Portion of the California State Implementation Plan, CPV Sentinel Energy Project AB 1318 Tracking System
Document Number: 2011-9460
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-04-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a source-specific State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision for the South Coast Air Quality Management District (District) portion of the California SIP. This source-specific SIP revision is known as the CPV Sentinel Energy Project AB 1318 Tracking System. The SIP revision consists of enabling language and the AB 1318 Tracking System to revise the District's SIP approved New Source Review (NSR) program. The SIP revision allows the District to transfer offsetting emission reductions for particulate matter less than 10 microns in diameter (PM10) and one of its precursors, sulfur oxides (SOX), to the CPV Sentinel Energy Project, which will be a natural gas fired power plant.
Receipt of Several Pesticide Petitions Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities
Document Number: 2011-9447
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-04-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document announces the Agency's receipt of several initial filings of pesticide petitions requesting the establishment or modification of regulations for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities.
Fluopicolide; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2011-9435
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-04-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of the fungicide, fluopicolide [2,6-dichloro-N-[[3-chloro-5-(trifluoromethyl)- 2-pyridinyl]methyl]benzamide], including its metabolites and degradates. Compliance with the tolerance levels specified is to be determined by measuring only fluopicolide in or on the commodity. The fluopicolide metabolite, 2,6-dichlorobenzamide (BAM), is regulated with its own set of tolerances. This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of fluopicolide and its metabolites in or on multiple commodities which are identified and discussed later in this document. Valent U.S.A. Corporation requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Data Requirements for Antimicrobial Pesticides; Notification to the Secretaries of Agriculture and Health and Human Services
Document Number: 2011-9292
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-04-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document notifies the public that the Administrator of EPA has forwarded to the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of Health and Human Services a draft final rule under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). EPA is codifying a separate listing of data requirements in the Code of Federal Regulations for the registration of antimicrobial pesticide products. These data requirements reflect current scientific knowledge and current Agency regulatory practices. Besides providing the regulated community with clearer and more transparent information, the updated data requirements further enhance EPA's ability to make regulatory decisions about the human health and environmental fate and effects of antimicrobial pesticide products.
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System-Cooling Water Intake Structures at Existing Facilities and Phase I Facilities
Document Number: 2011-8033
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-04-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This proposed rule would establish requirements under section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act (CWA) for all existing power generating facilities and existing manufacturing and industrial facilities that withdraw more than 2 million gallons per day (MGD) of water from waters of the U.S. and use at least twenty-five (25) percent of the water they withdraw exclusively for cooling purposes. The proposed national requirements, which would be implemented through National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits, would establish national requirements applicable to the location, design, construction, and capacity of cooling water intake structures at these facilities by setting requirements that reflect the best technology available (BTA) for minimizing adverse environmental impact. The proposed rule constitutes EPA's response to the remand of the Phase II existing facility rule and the remand of the existing facilities portion of the Phase III rule. In addition, EPA is also responding to the decision in Riverkeeper I and proposing to remove from the Phase I new facility rule the restoration-based compliance alternative and the associated monitoring and demonstration requirements. EPA expects this proposed regulation would minimize adverse environmental impacts, including substantially reducing the harmful effects of impingement and entrainment. As a result, the Agency anticipates this proposed rule would help protect ecosystems affected by cooling water intake structures and preserve aquatic organisms and the ecosystems they inhabit in waters used by cooling water intake structures at existing facilities.
Approval and Promulgation of State Implementation Plans; State of Colorado; Interstate Transport of Pollution Revisions for the 1997 PM2.5
Document Number: 2011-9451
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-04-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve portions of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Colorado for the purpose of addressing the ``good neighbor'' provisions of Clean Air Act (``Act'' or ``CAA'') section 110(a)(2)(D)(i) for the 1997 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (``NAAQS'' or ``standards'') and the 1997 fine particulate matter (``PM2.5'') NAAQS. This SIP revision addresses the requirement that the State of Colorado's SIP (``Interstate Transport SIP'') have adequate provisions to prohibit air emissions from adversely affecting another state's air quality through interstate transport. In this action, EPA is proposing to approve the Colorado Interstate Transport SIP provisions that address the requirement of section 110(a)(2)(D)(i) that emissions from Colorado sources do not significantly contribute to nonattainment of the 1997 PM2.5 NAAQS in any other state, interfere with maintenance of the 1997 PM2.5 NAAQS by any other state, or interfere with any other state's required measures to prevent significant deterioration of air quality for the 1997 PM2.5 and 8-hour ozone NAAQS. This action is being taken under section 110 of the CAA.
SFIREG POM Working Committee; Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: 2011-9449
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-04-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Association of American Pesticide Control Officials (AAPCO)/State FIFRA Issues Research and Evaluation Group (SFIREG), Pesticide Operations and Management (POM) Working Committee will hold a 2-day meeting, beginning on May 16, 2011 and ending May 17, 2011. This notice announces the location and times for the meeting and sets forth the tentative agenda topics.
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: 2011-9295
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-04-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is finalizing two determinations regarding attainment for the Truckee Meadows PM-10 nonattainment area in Washoe County, Nevada (``Truckee Meadows area''). First, EPA is finalizing its determination 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 finalizing its determination 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'') are also consistent with continued attainment of the 24-hour PM-10 NAAQS. Because the Truckee Meadows area is currently attaining the PM-10 NAAQS, EPA is also finalizing its determination that the obligation to make submissions to meet certain Clean Air Act (``CAA'' or ``the Act'') requirements related to attainment is not applicable for as long as the area continues to attain the PM-10 NAAQS.
Draft Toxicological Review of Methanol (Non-Cancer) in Support of Summary Information on the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)
Document Number: 2011-9293
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-04-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is announcing a 60-day public comment period and listening session for the external review draft human health assessment titled, ``Toxicological Review of Methanol (Non-Cancer): In Support of Summary Information on the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)'' (EPA/ 635/R-11/001). The draft assessment was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within the EPA Office of Research and Development (ORD). EPA is releasing this draft assessment solely for the purpose of pre-dissemination peer review under applicable information quality guidelines. This draft assessment has not been formally disseminated by EPA. It does not represent and should not be construed to represent any Agency policy or determination. In January 2010, EPA released an external peer review draft IRIS Toxicological Review for methanol (EPA/635/R-09/013), containing both cancer and non-cancer analyses, and requested that the Science Advisory Board conduct a review of this human health assessment. Following a report from the National Toxicology Program, EPA placed the external peer review of the draft IRIS Methanol Toxicological Review on hold. The National Toxicology Program report recommended that pathology reviews be carried out to resolve differences of opinion in the diagnoses of certain tumors reported in a Ramazzini Institute methanol research study, which was cited and used to support some of the conclusions in the draft IRIS assessment. As a result, EPA and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences plan to jointly sponsor an independent Pathology Working Group (PWG) review of select studies conducted at the Institute. EPA is today releasing the draft IRIS Methanol Toxicological Review (Non-Cancer) for public comment while continuing to hold the cancer assessment that was previously released in January 2010. The data and studies used in the draft IRIS Methanol Toxicological Review (Non-Cancer) are unrelated to the tumor diagnoses being re-examined by the PWG. The information, analyses and conclusions of the draft assessment announced in this notice are identical to the non-cancer portions of the draft assessment previously released in January 2010. Comments relevant to the non-cancer methanol assessment that were received during the previous public comment period for the joint cancer and non-cancer assessment will be considered along with new comments. An EPA listening session will be held on May 26, during the public comment period for this draft assessment. The purpose of the listening session is to allow all interested parties to present scientific and technical comments on the draft IRIS health assessment to EPA and other interested parties attending the listening session. EPA welcomes the comments that will be provided to the Agency by the listening session participants. The comments will be considered by the Agency as it revises the draft assessment after the external peer review. EPA will compile a list of meeting participants, including the name, principal affiliation, and sponsor of each person attending or calling in to the meeting. The list of listening session participants as well as presentations and written materials given to NCEA will be made a part of the public record. After public review and comment, an EPA contractor will hold a meeting of expert panelists for independent external peer review of this draft assessment. The public comment period and external peer review meeting are separate processes that provide opportunities for all interested parties to comment on the assessment. The external peer review meeting, to be scheduled at a later date, will be open to the public and announced in the Federal Register. Public comments submitted during the public comment period will be provided to the external peer reviewers before the panel meeting and considered by EPA in the disposition of public comments. Public comments received after the public comment period closes will not be submitted to the external peer reviewers and will only be considered by EPA if time permits.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Washington: Extension of Comment Period
Document Number: 2011-9290
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-04-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is extending the public comment period on EPA's notice of proposed rulemaking ``Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Washington: Correction'' published on March 23, 2011 at 76 FR 16365. A commenter requested additional time to review the proposal and prepare comments. In response to this request, EPA is extending the original 30-day comment period for an additional 30 days. The extended comment period will close on May 23, 2011.
Oil Pollution Prevention; Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Rule-Amendments for Milk and Milk Product Containers
Document Number: 2011-9288
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-04-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or the Agency) is amending the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule to exempt all milk and milk product containers and associated piping and appurtenances from the SPCC requirements. The Agency is also removing the compliance date requirements for the exempted containers.