Environmental Protection Agency June 22, 2011 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gases; Changes to Provisions for Electronics Manufacturing (Subpart I) To Provide Flexibility
Document Number: 2011-15651
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-06-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing changes to the calculation and monitoring provisions in the Electronics Manufacturing portion (Subpart I) of the Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule for the ``largest'' semiconductor manufacturing facilities (i.e., those that fabricate devices on wafers measuring 300 millimeters or less in diameter and that have an annual manufacturing capacity of greater than 10,500 square meters). More specifically, for reporting years 2011 and 2012 this action proposes to allow the largest semiconductor facilities the option to calculate emissions using default emission factors already contained in Subpart I, instead of recipe-specific utilization and by- product formation rates (recipe-specific emission factors) for the plasma etching process type. These proposed changes are in response to a request for reconsideration of specific provisions submitted by the Semiconductor Industry Association. This action would only apply to the initial years of compliance while the Agency continues to better understand industry's concerns with Subpart I and considers longer-term alternative options.
Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gases: Additional Sources of Fluorinated GHGs: Extension of Best Available Monitoring Provisions for Electronics Manufacturing
Document Number: 2011-15650
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-06-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This action gives notice that EPA has initiated the reconsideration process in response to a request for reconsideration of provisions for the use of best available monitoring methods in Subpart I: Electronics Manufacturing of the Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule. Consequently, this action extends three of the deadlines in Subpart I related to using the best available monitoring methods provisions from June 30, 2011 to September 30, 2011.
Hazardous Waste Manifest Printing Specifications Correction Rule
Document Number: 2011-15645
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-06-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a minor change to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste manifest regulations that affects those entities that print the hazardous waste manifest form in accordance with EPA's specifications. Specifically, this action proposes to amend the current printing specification regulation to indicate that red ink, as well as other distinct colors, or other methods to distinguish the copy distribution notations from the rest of the printed form and data entries are permissible. This proposed change would afford authorized manifest form printers greater flexibility in complying with the Federal hazardous waste manifest printing specifications.
Hazardous Waste Manifest Printing Specifications Correction Rule
Document Number: 2011-15644
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-06-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking Direct Final action on a minor change to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste manifest regulations that affects those entities that print the hazardous waste manifest form in accordance with EPA's Federal printing specifications. Specifically, this action amends the current printing specification regulation to indicate that red ink, as well as other distinct colors, or other methods to distinguish the copy distribution notations from the rest of the printed form and data entries are permissible. This change will afford authorized manifest form printers greater flexibility in complying with the Federal printing specifications.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; North Carolina: Clean Smokestacks Act
Document Number: 2011-15636
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-06-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of North Carolina for the purpose of establishing in North Carolina's SIP the system-wide emission limitations from the North Carolina Clean Smokestacks Act (CSA). On August 21, 2009, the State of North Carolina, through the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NC DENR), Division of Air Quality (DAQ), submitted an attainment demonstration for the Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir and Greensboro-Winston Salem-High Point 1997 fine particulate matter (PM2.5) nonattainment areas. That submittal includes a request that the system-wide emission limitations from the North Carolina CSA be incorporated into the State's Federally approved SIP. EPA proposes to determine that the SIP revision is approvable pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act).
Toxicological Review of Methanol (Non-Cancer): In Support of Summary Information on the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)
Document Number: 2011-15631
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On April 18, 2011, EPA released the external peer 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) for public comment. The public comment period ended June 17, 2011. EPA is releasing an addendum to the draft Toxicological Review of Methanol (Non-Cancer) and announcing a 14-day public comment period for the addendum. The purpose of this addendum is to provide the public with several recent studies that were published between the initial release of the methanol assessment in January 2010 and the recent re-release of the non-cancer portion of that assessment in April 2011. Due to the unusual step of placing the methanol assessment on hold (as described in the April 18, 2011 Federal Register Notice), and the length of time that elapsed since the initial release of the assessment, EPA decided to issue the addendum addressing additional studies. Description and analyses of these studies are included as an addendum to the draft Toxicological Review that is now available on EPA's Web site (see below for details). The draft Toxicological Review and the draft addendum were prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within the EPA Office of Research and Development (ORD). EPA is releasing the draft addendum solely for the purpose of pre-dissemination peer review and public comment 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. EPA is also announcing that Eastern Research Group, Inc. (ERG), an EPA contractor for external scientific peer review, will convene an independent panel of experts and organize and conduct an external peer review workshop to review the draft Toxicological Review of Methanol (Non-Cancer), including the addendum. ERG invites the public to register to attend this workshop as observers. In addition, ERG invites the public to give brief oral comments and/or provide written comments at the workshop regarding the draft assessment under review. Space is limited, and reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first- served basis. In preparing a final report, EPA will consider the ERG report of the comments and recommendations from the external peer review workshop and any written public comments that EPA receives in accordance with the April 18, 2011, Notice and this Notice.
2-methyl-2,4-pentanediol; Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: 2011-15466
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-06-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of 2-methyl-2,4-pentanediol (CAS Reg. No. 107-41-5) when used as an inert ingredient as a solvent in pesticide formulations 40 CFR 180.910 and 180.930 for use on crops (pre-harvest and post-harvest) and for direct application on animals without limitations. 2-methyl-2,4-pentanediol is commonly referred to as ``hexylene glycol''. The FB Sciences, Inc., 153 N. Main Street, Suite 100, Collierville, TN 38017 submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), requesting establishment of an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of 2-methyl-2,4-pentanediol.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Virginia; Adoption of the Revised Nitrogen Dioxide Standard
Document Number: 2011-15456
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-06-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA proposes to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Virginia for the purpose of adding the new 1-hour nitrogen dioxide (NO2) standard at a level of 100 parts per billion (ppb) and updating the list of Federal documents incorporated by reference. In the Final Rules section of this Federal Register, EPA is approving the Commonwealth's SIP submittal as a direct final rule without prior proposal because the Agency views this as a noncontroversial submittal and anticipates no adverse comments. A detailed rationale for the approval is set forth in the direct final rule. If no adverse comments are received in response to this action, no further activity is contemplated. If EPA receives adverse comments, the direct final rule will be withdrawn and all public comments received will be addressed in a subsequent final rule based on this proposed rule. EPA will not institute a second comment period. Any parties interested in commenting on this action should do so at this time.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Virginia; Adoption of the Revised Nitrogen Dioxide Standard
Document Number: 2011-15455
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-06-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Commonwealth of Virginia State Implementation Plan (SIP). The revisions add the new 1-hour nitrogen dioxide (NO2) standard at a level of 100 parts per billion (ppb) and update the list of Federal documents incorporated by reference. The Commonwealth of Virginia's SIP revisions for the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for NO2 are consistent with the Federal NO2 standards. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Idaho; Regional Haze State Implementation Plan and Interstate Transport Plan
Document Number: 2011-15452
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-06-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving portions of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Idaho on October 25, 2010, as meeting the requirements of Clean Air Act (CAA) section 110(a)(2)(D)(i)(II) as it applies to visibility for the 1997 8-hour ozone and 1997 particulate matter (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). EPA is also approving portions of the revision as meeting certain requirements of the regional haze program, including the requirements for best available retrofit technology (BART).
C9
Document Number: 2011-15269
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-06-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of C9 rich aromatic hydrocarbons; C10-11 rich aromatic hydrocarbons; and C11-12 rich aromatic hydrocarbons, when used as inert ingredients in pesticide formulations applied to growing crops or to raw agricultural commodities after harvest. ExxonMobil Chemical Company 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 C9 rich aromatic hydrocarbons, C10-11 rich aromatic hydrocarbons, and C11-12 rich aromatic hydrocarbons.
Receipt of a Pesticide Petition Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities
Document Number: 2011-15267
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-06-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document announces the Agency's receipt of an initial filing of a pesticide petition requesting the establishment or modification of regulations for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities.
Diethylene Glycol MonoEthyl Ether (DEGEE); Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: 2011-15266
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-06-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of Diethylene Glycol MonoEthyl Ether (DEGEE) when used as an inert ingredient as a solvent, stabilizer and/ or antifreeze within pesticide formulations/products, for preharvest use on growing crops and raw agricultural commodities, without limitation. Huntsman, Dow AgroSciences L.L.C., Nufarm Americas Inc., BASF, Stepan Company, Loveland Products Inc., and Rhodia Inc. submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), requesting establishment of an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of DEGEE on growing crops and raw agricultural commodities.
Dicofol; Notice of Receipt of Request To Voluntarily Cancel Certain Pesticide Registrations
Document Number: 2011-15245
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-22
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 an irrevocable request by the registrants to voluntarily cancel their registrations of all products containing the pesticide dicofol. The request would terminate the last dicofol products registered for use in the United States. EPA intends to grant this request at the close of the comment period for this announcement unless the Agency receives substantive comments within the comment period that would merit further review of the request. If this request is 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.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; State of Nevada; Regional Haze State Implementation Plan
Document Number: 2011-15238
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-06-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a revision to the Nevada State Implementation Plan (SIP) to implement the regional haze program for the first planning period through July 31, 2018. The Clean Air Act (CAA) requires states to prevent any future and remedy any existing man-made impairment of visibility in 156 national parks and wilderness areas designated as Class I areas. Regional haze is caused by emissions of air pollutants from numerous sources located over a broad geographic area. States must submit SIPs that assure reasonable progress toward the national goal of achieving natural visibility conditions in Class I areas.