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

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Minnesota: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revision
Document Number: 2011-15751
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-06-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is granting Minnesota final authorization of the changes to its hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The agency published a proposed rule on January 14, 2011 and provided for public comment. The public comment period ended on February 14, 2011. We received no comments. No further opportunity for comment will be provided. EPA has determined that these changes satisfy all requirements needed to qualify for final authorization. We now make a final decision to authorize Minnesota's changes through this final action.
Notice of Meeting of the EPA's Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC)
Document Number: 2011-15748
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, notice is hereby given that the next meeting of the Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC) will be held July 13 and 14 at Mount Vernon Place, 900 Massachusetts Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20001. The CHPAC advises the Environmental Protection Agency on science, regulations, and other issues relating to children's environmental health.
Clean Air Act Operating Permit Program; Petition for Objection to State Operating Permit for TransAlta Centralia Generation, LLC-Coal-Fired Power Plant
Document Number: 2011-15742
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document announces that the EPA Administrator has responded to a citizen petition asking EPA to object to an operating permit issued by the Southwest Clean Air Agency (SWCAA). Specifically, the Administrator has denied the October 29, 2009 petition, submitted by EarthJustice on behalf of the Sierra Club, the National Parks Conservation Association, and the Northwest Environmental Defense Center (Petitioners), to object to the September 16, 2009, operating permit issued to TransAlta Centralia Generation, LLC for a coal-fired power plant in Centralia, Washington. Pursuant to sections 307(b) and 505(b)(2) of the Clean Air Act (CAA), a petition for judicial review of those parts of the Order that deny issues in the petition may be filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the appropriate circuit within 60 days from the date this notice appears in the Federal Register.
Proof of Concept Demonstration for Electronic Reporting of Clean Water Act Compliance Monitoring Data: Announcement of Meeting and Demonstration
Document Number: 2011-15642
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will conduct a public webinar in order to inform interested parties about an opportunity to participate in a technical proof of concept demonstration for electronic reporting of Clean Water Act (CWA) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Discharge Monitoring Report (DMR) compliance monitoring data. This webinar will be held on Wednesday, July 13, 2011, from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. EDT. EPA announced on July 6, 2009, that it would develop a Clean Water Action Plan \1\ to enhance public transparency regarding clean water enforcement performance at Federal and state levels, to strengthen that performance, and to transform EPA's water quality and compliance information systems. A consensus suggestion across co-regulators and stakeholder groups was to implement electronic reporting from facilities that are required to submit reports to a regulatory agency. To fully realize the transformation of reporting and data management into the 21st century, OECA is developing a rule to require NPDES permittees to provide a variety of environmental information electronically. EPA is exploring different electronic reporting options to enable NPDES regulated facilities to electronically submit their compliance monitoring data. EPA will conduct a technical proof of concept to demonstrate the electronic reporting of NPDES compliance monitoring data from regulated facilities via an `open platform e-file' electronic reporting option. The `open platform e-file' proof of concept demonstration will focus the electronic transmission of NPDES DMRs from a third-party commercial software provider (``provider'') to EPA. If EPA were to fully implement this option, any provider that meets the Agency's data exchange standards, protocols, and specifications would be able to offer electronic reporting services to the regulated community for the NPDES program (e.g., NPDES permitted facilities). This open platform model would likely be similar to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) model for electronic reporting, which uses third-party software providers for tax data collection and transmission (e.g., TurboTax, TaxACT, or others [no endorsement intended or implied]) from private citizens and businesses. The Agency does not intend to purchase services from any provider. All financial transactions would be between the providers and members of the regulated community. EPA will conduct a public webinar to provide an overview of the ``open platform e-file option'' and to identify person(s) interested in participating in a proof of concept demonstration of the technical feasibility of this ``open platform e- file option'' and to identify the specific system and process information necessary for this proof of concept demonstration.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; South Carolina: Prevention of Significant Deterioration and Nonattainment New Source Review; Fine Particulate Matter and Nitrogen Oxides as a Precursor to Ozone
Document Number: 2011-15633
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-06-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking final action to approve three revisions to the South Carolina State Implementation Plan (SIP), submitted by the State of South Carolina, through the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC), to EPA on December 2, 2010, (for parallel processing) and April 14, 2009, and March 16, 2011. South Carolina provided the final version of the December 2, 2010, parallel processing submittal on March 16, 2011. The SIP revisions approved by this action incorporate updates to South Carolina's air quality regulations under South Carolina's New Source Review (NSR) Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Nonattainment New Source Review (NNSR) programs. First, the revisions incorporate a PSD permitting requirement promulgated in the 1997 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) Implementation Rule NSR Update Phase II (hereafter referred to as the ``Ozone Implementation NSR Update or ``Phase II Rule''). Second, the revisions incorporate NSR provisions relating to the fine particulate matter (PM2.5) NAAQS as amended in EPA's 2008 NSR PM2.5 Implementation Rule (hereafter referred to as the ``NSR PM2.5 Rule''). Third, the revisions incorporate NNSR requirements for calculating emissions reductions that will be used as emission offsets and ensures that those reductions are surplus to other federal requirements. As a result of the third revision, EPA also is taking final action to convert its conditional approval of South Carolina's NNSR permitting program to full approval. EPA is approving South Carolina's March 16, 2011, and April 14, 2009, SIP revisions because they are in accordance with the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act). Additionally, EPA is responding to adverse comments received on EPA's March 15, 2011, proposed approval of South Carolina's December 2, 2010, proposed SIP revision.
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: 2011-15616
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-06-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking final action to determine that the Atlanta, Georgia 1997 8-hour ozone 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'' or ``the 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. This determination is based upon complete, quality assured, quality controlled, and certified ambient air monitoring data for the years 2008-2010 showing that the Atlanta Area has monitored attainment of the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS. The requirement for the State of Georgia to submit an attainment demonstration and associated reasonably available control measures (RACM) analyses, reasonable further progress (RFP) plans, contingency measures, and other planning State Implementation Plans (SIPs) related to attainment of the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS for the Atlanta Area, shall be suspended for as long as the Area continues to meet the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS.
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.
Recent Posting to the Applicability Determination Index (ADI) Database System of Agency Applicability Determinations, Alternative Monitoring Decisions, and Regulatory Interpretations Pertaining to Standards Under the Clean Air Act
Document Number: 2011-15416
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces applicability determinations, alternative monitoring decisions, and regulatory interpretations that EPA has made under the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS); the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP); and the Stratospheric Ozone Protection Program.
EPA Responses to State and Tribal 2008 Lead Designation Recommendations: Notice of Availability and Public Comment Period
Document Number: 2011-15415
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-06-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that the EPA has posted its responses to State and tribal designation recommendations for the 2008 Lead (Pb) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) on its Internet Web site. The EPA invites public comments on its responses during the comment period specified in the DATES section. The EPA sent responses directly to the states and tribes on or about June 15, 2011, and intends to make final designation determinations for the 2008 Pb NAAQS by October 14, 2011.
Science Advisory Board Staff Office Notification of a Public Meeting of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) Lead Review Panel
Document Number: 2011-15414
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting of the CASAC Lead Review Panel to conduct a peer review of EPA's Integrated Science Assessment for Lead (First External Review Draft) and a consultation on EPA's Review of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Lead: Risk and Exposure Assessment Planning Document.
Underground Injection Control Program; Hazardous Waste Injection Restrictions; Petition for Exemption-Class I Hazardous Waste Injection; ExxonMobil Environmental Services Company, Pasadena TX
Document Number: 2011-15388
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that an exemption to the land disposal Restrictions, under the 1984 Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, has been granted to ExxonMobil Environmental Services Company for two Class I injection wells located at Pasadena, Texas. The company has adequately demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Environmental Protection Agency by the petition and supporting documentation that, to a reasonable degree of certainty, there will be no migration of hazardous constituents from the injection zone for as long as the waste remains hazardous. This final decision allows the underground injection by ExxonMobil, of the specific restricted hazardous wastes identified in this exemption, into Class I hazardous waste injection wells No. WDW- 397 and WDW-398 at the Agrifos Pasadena Texas Fertilizer facility, Pasadena, Texas, until December 31, 2020, unless EPA moves to terminate this exemption. Additional conditions included in this final decision may be reviewed by contacting the Region 6 Ground Water/UIC Section. A public notice was issued April 19, 2011. The public comment period closed on June 6, 2011. No comments were received. This decision constitutes final Agency action and there is no Administrative appeal. This decision may be reviewed/appealed in compliance with the Administrative Procedure Act.
Certain New Chemicals; Receipt and Status Information
Document Number: 2011-15246
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Section 5 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requires any person who intends to manufacture (defined by statute to include import) a new chemical (i.e., a chemical not on the TSCA Chemical Substances Inventory (TSCA Inventory)) to notify EPA and comply with the statutory provisions pertaining to the manufacture of new chemicals. Under TSCA sections 5(d)(2) and 5(d)(3), EPA is required to publish in the Federal Register a notice of receipt of a premanufacture notice (PMN) or an application for a test marketing exemption (TME), and to publish in the Federal Register periodic status reports on the new chemicals under review and the receipt of notices of commencement (NOC) to manufacture those chemicals. This document, which covers the period from February 1, 2011 to April 22, 2011, and provides the required notice and status report, consists of the PMNs and TMEs, both pending or expired, and the NOC to manufacture a new chemical that the Agency has received under TSCA section 5 during this time period.
Amendments to National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Area Sources: Plating and Polishing
Document Number: 2011-15274
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-06-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On June 12, 2008, EPA issued national emission standards for control of hazardous air pollutants (HAP) for the plating and polishing area source category under section 112 of the Clean Air Act (CAA). In today's action, EPA is taking direct final action to amend the national emission standards for HAP (NESHAP) for the plating and polishing area source category. These final amendments clarify that the emission control requirements of the plating and polishing area source NESHAP do not apply to any bench-scale activities. Also, several technical corrections and clarifications that do not make significant changes in the rule's requirements have been made to the rule text. We are making these amendments by direct final rule, without prior proposal, because we view these revisions as noncontroversial and anticipate no adverse comments. Consistent with Executive Order 13563, ``Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review,'' issued on January 18, 2011, this amended rule will increase flexibility and freedom of choice for the public, and make the rule more clear and intelligible which, as a result, will reduce the burden.
Amendments to National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Area Sources: Plating and Polishing
Document Number: 2011-15273
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-06-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On June 12, 2008, EPA issued national emission standards for control of hazardous air pollutants (HAP) for the plating and polishing area source category under section 112 of the Clean Air Act (CAA). In today's action, EPA is proposing to amend the national emission standards for control of hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) for the plating and polishing area source category published on June 12, 2008. The amendments to the area source standards for plating and polishing area sources would clarify that the emission control requirements of the plating and polishing area source NESHAP do not apply to any bench-scale activities. Also, the amendments include several technical corrections and clarifications that do not make significant changes in the rule's requirements. In the ``Rules and Regulations'' section of this Federal Register, we are amending the area source standards for plating and polishing area sources as a direct final rule without a prior proposed rule. If we receive no adverse comment, we will not take further action on this proposed rule.
Meeting of the Local Government Advisory Committee and Small Community Advisory Subcommittee
Document Number: 2011-15264
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. EPA's Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) and Small Communities Advisory Subcommittee (SCAS) will meet July 14-15, 2011, in Chicago, Illinois. The Committee meeting will be held at U.S. EPA Region 5, Ralph Metcalfe Federal Building, Lake Michigan 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.
Notice of a Project Waiver of Section 1605 (Buy American Requirement) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to Salt Lake City, UT; Correction
Document Number: 2011-15252
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency published a document in the Federal Register on April 1, 2011, concerning the Agency's decision to grant a project waiver of Section 1605 (Buy American Requirement) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) for three vertical linear motion mixers to be installed in Salt Lake City's Water Reclamation Facility anaerobic digesters. The document contained the incorrect quantity of vertical linear motion mixers. The correct number is four.
Certain New Chemicals; Receipt and Status Information
Document Number: 2011-15251
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Section 5 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requires any person who intends to manufacture (defined by statute to include import) a new chemical (i.e., a chemical not on the TSCA Chemical Substances Inventory (TSCA Inventory)) to notify EPA and comply with the statutory provisions pertaining to the manufacture of new chemicals. Under TSCA sections 5(d)(2) and 5(d)(3), EPA is required to publish in the Federal Register a notice of receipt of a premanufacture notice (PMN) or an application for a test marketing exemption (TME), and to publish in the Federal Register periodic status reports on the new chemicals under review and the receipt of notices of commencement (NOC) to manufacture those chemicals. This document, which covers the period from April 25, 2011 to May 20, 2011, and provides the required notice and status report, consists of the PMNs and TMEs, both pending or expired, and the NOC to manufacture a new chemical that the Agency has received under TSCA section 5 during this time period.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2011-15103
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Indiana; Prevention of Significant Deterioration Greenhouse Gas Tailoring Rule
Document Number: 2011-15102
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-06-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a draft revision to the Indiana State Implementation Plan (SIP), submitted by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) to EPA on December 3, 2010, for parallel processing. The proposed SIP revision modifies Indiana's Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) program to establish appropriate emission thresholds for determining which new stationary sources and modification projects become subject to Indiana's PSD permitting requirements for their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. EPA is proposing approval of Indiana's December 3, 2010, SIP revision because the Agency has made the preliminary determination that this SIP revision is in accordance with the Clean Air Act (CAA) and EPA regulations regarding PSD permitting for GHGs.
Draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Stormwater Discharges From Construction Activities
Document Number: 2011-15101
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On April 25, 2011, EPA published a draft NPDES general permit entitled ``Draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Construction Activities.'' As initially published in the Federal Register, written comments on the draft general permit were to be submitted to EPA on or before June 24, 2011 (a 60-day public comment period). Since publication, EPA has received several requests for additional time to submit comments. Therefore, the public comment period is being extended for 17 days and will now end on July 11, 2011.
Pesticides; Policies Concerning Products Containing Nanoscale Materials; Opportunity for Public Comment
Document Number: 2011-14943
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-06-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA seeks comment on several possible approaches for obtaining information about what nanoscale materials are present in registered pesticide products. Under one approach, EPA would use section 6(a)(2) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) to obtain information regarding what nanoscale material is present in a registered pesticide product and its potential effects on humans or the environment. If EPA adopts this approach, 40 CFR 152.50(f)(3) would also require the inclusion of such information with any application for registration of a pesticide product that contains a nanoscale material. Under an alternative approach, EPA would obtain such information using Data Call-In notices (DCIs) under FIFRA section 3(c)(2)(B). If EPA adopts this alternate approach, EPA would also need to require the inclusion of this information with any application for registration of a pesticide product that contains a nanoscale material. It is EPA's view that FIFRA section 6(a)(2) is the most efficient and expedient administrative approach to obtaining information about nanoscale materials in pesticides and EPA would prefer to use this approach. EPA is also proposing a new approach for how EPA will determine on a case-by-case basis whether a nanoscale active or inert ingredient is a ``new'' active or inert ingredient for purposes of FIFRA and the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA), even when an identical, non-nanoscale form of the nanoscale ingredient is already registered.
Notice of EPA Workshop on Sanitary Sewer Overflows and Peak Wet Weather Discharges
Document Number: 2011-15003
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Office of Wastewater Management of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is holding a workshop to solicit the views of stakeholders concerning a number of issues. These include views on how the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) regulations should apply to municipal sanitary sewer collection systems, sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs), and peak wet weather discharges at publicly owned treatment works (POTW) treatment plants. EPA will also seek views on the 2005 draft Peak Flows Policy. The workshop will include a facilitated discussion with representatives of organizations that represent POTWs, state NPDES permitting authorities, and non-for-profit environmental groups. EPA invites other interested members of the public to observe the workshop and to offer verbal comments at designated times during the workshop or to submit written comments to the Agency.
Science Advisory Board Staff Office Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Chartered Science Advisory Board
Document Number: 2011-15002
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the chartered SAB on July 5, 2011 to conduct a quality review of a draft SAB report, Review of EPA's Draft Hydraulic Fracturing Study Plan (Quality Review Draft).
Notice of Determination of Adequacy of Ohio's Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D) Permit Provisions for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills
Document Number: 2011-15001
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On March 22, 2004, the U.S. EPA issued final regulations allowing research, development and demonstration (RD&D) permits to be issued to certain municipal solid waste landfills by approved states. On March 3, 2011, Ohio submitted an application to the U.S. EPA Region 5 seeking Federal approval of its RD&D. Ohio's RD&D requirements allow the State to issue RD&D permits to owners and operators of MSWLF units in accordance with state law. Subject to public review and comment, this notice approves Ohio's RD&D permit requirements.
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District (SJVUAPCD)
Document Number: 2011-15000
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-06-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the SJVUAPCD portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from architectural coatings. We are approving a local rule that regulates these emission sources under the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act). We are taking comments on this proposal and plan to follow with a final action.
Proposed Consent Decree, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
Document Number: 2011-14833
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-15
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 consent decree to address lawsuits filed by WildEarth Guardians, National Parks Conservation Association, and the Environmental Defense Fund (collectively, ``Plaintiffs'') in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado: WildEarth Guardians, et al. v. Jackson, No. 1:11-cv-0001-CMA-MEH (D. CO) and consolidated case (No. 11-cv-00743-CMA-MEH). Plaintiffs filed complaints alleging that EPA failed to perform certain nondiscretionary duties under sections 110(k)(2) and 110(c) of the CAA, 42 U.S.C. 7410(k)(2). Specifically, Plaintiffs' complaints alleged that EPA: failed to act on two State Implementation Plan (``SIP'') submissions, one addressing Colorado regional haze and the other addressing North Dakota excess emissions during startup, shutdown, malfunction and maintenance; failed to act on a Wyoming SIP submission addressing Wyoming regional haze, and failed to promulgate regional haze Federal Implementation Plans (``FIPs'') for Montana, North Dakota, Colorado and Wyoming; and failed to promulgate a regional haze FIP for the State of Colorado or, alternatively, to finally approve a regional haze SIP for the State of Colorado. Under the terms of the proposed consent decree, deadlines are established for EPA to take action on the relevant SIPs and FIPs.
Proposed Consent Decree, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
Document Number: 2011-14830
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-15
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 consent decree 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 and Elizabeth Crowe v. Jackson, No. 4:11-cv-02205-SI (N.D. Cal.). On May 5, 2011, Plaintiffs filed a complaint alleging that EPA failed to perform a mandatory duty under the CAA to act on a State Implementation Plan submitted by the State of Arizona. In accordance with section 113(g) of the Clean Air Act, as amended (``CAA''), 42 U.S.C. 7413(g), notice is hereby given of a proposed consent decree, between Petitioners: WildEarth Guardians and Elizabeth Crowe, and Respondent, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (collectively ``the Parties''). On or about June 13, 2007, the Petitioners submitted to EPA, Arizona's State Implementation Plan for the 1997 8-hour ozone nonattainment area of Phoenix-Mesa, Arizona (Phoenix-Mesa SIP). The Petitioners allege that EPA failed to take timely final action to approve, disapprove, or partially approve/disapprove the Phoenix-Mesa SIP. Under the terms of the proposed consent decree deadlines have been established for EPA to take action.
Amitraz, Bentazon, Bifenthrin, Chlorfenapyr, Cyfluthrin, Deltamethrin, et al
Document Number: 2011-14827
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-06-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with current Agency practice to describe more clearly the measurement and scope or coverage of tolerances, EPA is proposing minor revisions to tolerance expressions for a number of pesticide active ingredients, including the insecticides amitraz, bifenthrin, chlorfenapyr, cyfluthrin, deltamethrin, esfenvalerate, fenpropathrin, and pyridaben; the fungicide metalaxyl; the herbicides bentazon, quizalofop ethyl, sodium acifluorfen, and tebuthiuron; and the plant growth regulator ethephon. Also, EPA proposes to remove several expired tolerances for quizalofop ethyl.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans and Designations of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes; Kentucky and Indiana; Louisville; Determination of Attainment by Applicable Attainment Date for the 1997 Annual Fine Particulate Standards
Document Number: 2011-14812
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-06-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to determine pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA), that the bi-state Louisville, Kentucky-Indiana, fine particulate (PM2.5) nonattainment area (hereafter referred to as ``the Louisville Area'' or ``the Area'') has attained the 1997 annual PM2.5 national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) by its applicable attainment date of April 5, 2010. The determination of attainment was previously made by EPA on March 9, 2011, based on quality-assured and certified monitoring data for the 2007-2009 monitoring period. EPA is now proposing to find that the Louisville Area attained the 1997 annual PM2.5 NAAQS by its applicable attainment date. EPA is proposing this action because it is consistent with the CAA and its implementing regulations.
Science Advisory Board Staff Office Notification of a Public Meeting of the Science Advisory Board Panel for the Review of Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan
Document Number: 2011-14810
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-15
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 the interagency Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Action Plan (FY 2010-FY2014) that describes restoration priorities, goals, objectives, measurable ecological targets, and specific actions for the Great Lakes.
Difenoconazole; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2011-14770
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-06-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of difenoconazole in or on aspirated grain fractions; carrot; chickpea; fruits, stone, group 12; soybean, hulls; soybean, seed; strawberry; and turnip greens. Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc., requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). This regulation also increases the existing tolerances for cattle, liver; goat, liver; hog, liver; horse, liver; sheep, liver; and decreases the existing tolererance for egg and revises the tolerance expression for animal commodities.
Product Cancellation Order for Certain Pesticide Registrations
Document Number: 2011-14765
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-15
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 November 10, 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 November 10, 2010 notice, EPA indicated that it would issue an order implementing the cancellations, unless the Agency received substantive comments within the 180-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.
Petition Supplement Requesting Cancellation of Propoxur Pet Collar Uses; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2011-14763
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice makes available for review and public comment a second petition supplement submitted by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or the Agency) on January 18, 2011. This second supplement supports NRDC's original petition, dated November 26, 2007, requesting that the Agency cancel all pet collar uses for the pesticide propoxur. The petitioner, NRDC, initially requested these cancellations based on their belief that EPA failed to adequately assess residential exposures to pet collars. NRDC believes that modifications to the non-dietary oral exposure pathway presented in the Revised N-methyl Carbamate (NMC) Cumulative Risk Assessment (CRA) underestimate exposure to propoxur from pet collar uses. On April 23, 2009, NRDC supplemented their original petition with additional information on the pesticide. In its most recent supplement, dated January 18, 2011, NRDC states that the EPA's occupational and residential exposure (ORE) risk assessment for propoxur pet collars uses, dated April 7, 2010, as well as the follow- up memorandum refining the ORE risk assessment, dated July 12, 2010, present health risks above EPA's level of concern. NRDC believes that the Agency used incorrect exposure assumptions and failed to adequately assess all routes of exposure, leading to an underestimation of residential risk to children from propoxur pet collars. Finally, under cover letter dated February 4, 2011, NRDC also submitted to EPA 7,577 letters supporting its petition supplement.
Pesticide Tolerances; Technical Amendments
Document Number: 2011-14569
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-06-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has reviewed its pesticide regulations and is making changes in a number of areas. These changes will correct cross- references, remove expired tolerances, ``reserve'' paragraphs within sections that no longer have any tolerances listed due to the removal of expired tolerances, and remove sections that no longer have any tolerances due to the removal of expired tolerances. These changes have no substantive impact on any requirements. As such, notice and public comment procedures are unnecessary.
Propetamphos Registration Review Final Decision; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2011-14568
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's final registration review decision for the pesticide propetamphos, case no. 2550. 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, that the pesticide can perform its intended function without causing unreasonable adverse effects on human health or the environment. 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.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of California; Regional Haze and Interstate Transport
Document Number: 2011-14480
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-06-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under the Clean Air Act (``CAA'' or ``Act''), EPA is approving a State Implementation Plan (``SIP'') revision submitted by the State of California on November 16, 2007, for the purpose of addressing the interstate transport provisions of CAA section 110(a)(2)(D)(i)(I) for the 1997 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (``NAAQS'' or ``standards'') and the 1997 fine particulate matter (``PM2.5'') NAAQS. Section 110(a)(2)(D)(i) of the CAA requires that each State have adequate provisions to prohibit air emissions from adversely affecting air quality in other States through interstate transport. Specifically, EPA is finalizing approval of California's SIP revision for the 1997 8-hour ozone and 1997 PM2.5 NAAQS as meeting the requirements of CAA section 110(a)(2)(D)(i)(I) to prohibit emissions that will contribute significantly to nonattainment of these standards in any other State and to prohibit emissions that will interfere with maintenance of these standards by any other State. EPA proposed to approve these SIP revisions on March 17, 2011 (76 FR 14616).