Extension of Public Comment Period for Proposed Action on Arkansas Regional Haze State Implementation Plan and Interstate Transport State Implementation Plan To Address Pollution Affecting Visibility and Regional Haze
On October 17, 2011, EPA published in the Federal Register a proposed rule proposing to partially approve and partially disapprove the Arkansas Regional Haze (RH) State Implementation Plan (SIP) and to partially approve and partially disapprove Arkansas' Interstate Transport SIP to address pollution affecting visibility, and requested comment by November 16, 2011. EPA is extending the public comment period for the proposed rule until December 22, 2011.
Amendment of Inspector General's Operation and Reporting (IGOR) System Investigative Files (EPA-40)
Pursuant to the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a), the Office of Inspector General (OIG) is giving notice that it proposes to amend an existing system of records by changing the name of the system from the Inspector General's Operation and Reporting (IGOR) System Investigative Files (EPA-40) to the Inspector General Enterprise Management System (IGEMS) Investigative Module.
Draft Toxicological Review of n-Butanol: In Support of Summary Information on the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)
EPA announced a 60-day public comment period on August 31, 2011 (76 FR 54227) for the external review draft human health assessment titled, ``Toxicological Review of n-Butanol: In Support of Summary Information on the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)'' (EPA/635/R-11/081A). On September 15, 2011, the public comment period was extended by one week because of a one-week delay in the release of the Toxicological Review to the public (76 FR 57033). In this Notice, EPA is extending the public comment period an additional 30 days to December 7, 2011, at the request of the American Chemistry Council's Oxo Process Panel. 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 for the purposes of public comment and peer review. This draft assessment is not final as described in EPA's information quality guidelines, and it does not represent and should not be construed to represent Agency policy or views. After public review and comment, an EPA contractor will convene an expert panel 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 will be scheduled at a later date 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. 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.
Proposed Settlement Agreement
In accordance with section 113(g) of the Clean Air Act, as amended (``Act''), 42 U.S.C. 7413(g), notice is hereby given of a proposed settlement agreement to address a lawsuit filed by the American Forest & Paper Association, Inc. (``Petitioner'') in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia: American Forest and Paper Association, Inc. v. EPA, No. 10-1284 (DC Cir.) for review of EPA's final rule entitled ``Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gases from Magnesium Production, Underground Coal Mines, Industrial Wastewater Treatment, and Industrial Waste Landfills'', published at 75 FR 39,736 (July 12, 2010). Under the terms of the proposed settlement agreement, Petitioner would dismiss its claims if EPA signs a letter interpreting the rule in substantially similar format as proposed as it applies to Petitioner.
Proposed Settlement Agreements, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
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 two proposed settlement agreements to resolve two cases filed by the WildEarth Guardians (``Guardians'') involving EPA actions under the CAA Title V operating permit program. On November 17, 2010, Guardians filed a petition with the Environmental Appeals Board (``EAB'') challenging a Title V Renewal Permit issued by EPA Region 8 on October 18, 2010 to BP America Production Company (``BP'') for its Florida River Compression Station Facility (In re BP America Production Co., Florida River Compression Facility, Appeal No. CAA 10-04). On April 25, 2011, Guardians also filed a petition in the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (WildEarth Guardians v. EPA, No. 11-9527) challenging the Administrator's February 2, 2011 order denying an administrative petition to object to a July 14, 2010 response of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Air Pollution Control Division regarding the issuance of a renewed title V permit for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation's Frederick Compressor Station. Under the proposed settlement agreements, EPA would agree to undertake a pilot program for the purpose of studying, improving, and streamlining source determinations in the oil and gas industry in new or renewal Title V permits for which Region 8 is the initial Part 71 permitting authority.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Oklahoma; Infrastructure Requirements for 1997 8-Hour Ozone and the 1997 and 2006 PM2.5
EPA is proposing to approve submittals from the State of Oklahoma pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) that address the infrastructure elements specified in the CAA section 110(a)(2), necessary to implement, maintain, and enforce the 1997 8-hour ozone and the 1997 and 2006 fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS or standards). We are proposing to find that the current Oklahoma State Implementation Plan (SIP) meets the following infrastructure elements for the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS and the 1997 and 2006 PM2.5 NAAQS: 110(a)(2)(A), (B), (C), (D)(ii), (E), (F), (G), (H), (J), (K), (L), and (M). EPA is also proposing to find that emissions from sources in Oklahoma do not interfere with measures required in the SIP of any other state under part C of the Act to prevent significant deterioration of air quality, with regard to the 2006 PM2.5 NAAQS. This action is being taken under section 110 and part C of the Act.
Fenamidone; Pesticide Tolerances
This regulation establishes tolerances for inadvertent residues of fenamidone in or on the cereal grains crop group 15, except rice and the forage, fodder, and straw of cereal grains crop group 16, except rice. Bayer Crop Science requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Dicloran; Cancellation Order for Amendment To Terminate Use on Potatoes
This notice announces EPA's order for the amendment to terminate use on potatoes, voluntarily requested by the registrant and accepted by the Agency, of products containing dicloran (DCNA), pursuant to section 6(f)(1) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended. This cancellation order follows a December 1, 2010 Federal Register Notice of Receipt of Request from the registrant listed in Table 2 of Unit II. to voluntarily amend to terminate DCNA use on potatoes for these product registrations. These are not the last products containing this pesticide registered for use in the United States. In the December 1, 2010 notice, EPA indicated that it would issue an order implementing the amendment to terminate use, unless the Agency received substantive comments within the 180-day comment period that would merit its further review of these requests, or unless the registrant withdrew their request. The Agency did not receive any comments on the notice. Further, the registrant did not withdraw their request. Accordingly, EPA hereby issues in this notice a cancellation order granting the requested amendment to terminate DCNA use on potatoes. 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.
FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Public Meeting
There will be a 3-day meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) to consider and review Common Effects Assessment Methodology developed in the Office of Pesticide Programs and Office of Water.
Formetanate HCl; Amendment to the Use Deletion Cancellation Order
This notice announces EPA's amendment to the order for the deletion of uses, voluntarily requested by the registrant and accepted by the Agency, of products containing formetanate HCl, pursuant to section 6(f)(1) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended. This amendment follows a September 14, 2011 Federal Register Use Deletion Order which approved the voluntary request by Gowan Company to delete certain uses from Formetanate HCl product registrations. These are not the last products containing this pesticide registered for use in the United States. The September 14, 2011 cancellation order allowed the formetanate HCl registrants to sell and distribute existing stocks of products under the previously approved labeling until November 30, 2011. The sole technical registrant for Formetanate HCl, Gowan Company has requested to extend their sale and distribution deadline by 60 days. The Agency will extend the deadline for the registrant to sell and distribute existing stocks until January 31, 2012. This amendment does not affect the deadline of December 31, 2013 for persons other than the registrant to sell, distribute, or use existing stocks of products (including those of (24c) Special Local Needs registrations) whose labels include the deleted uses.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; District of Columbia; Regional Haze State Implementation Plan
EPA is proposing to approve a revision to the District of Columbia State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the District of Columbia through the District Department of the Environment (DDOE) on October 27, 2011 that addresses regional haze for the first implementation period. This revision addresses the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and EPA's rules that require states to prevent any future, and remedy any existing, anthropogenic impairment of visibility in mandatory Class I areas caused by emissions of air pollutants from numerous sources located over a wide geographic area (also referred to as the ``regional haze program''). States are required to assure reasonable progress toward the national goal of achieving natural visibility conditions in Class I areas. EPA is proposing to determine that the Regional Haze plan submitted by the District of Columbia satisfies these requirements of the CAA. EPA is also proposing to approve this revision as meeting the infrastructure requirements relating to visibility protection for the 1997 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) and the 1997 and 2006 fine particulate matter (PM2.5) NAAQS.
Access to Confidential Business Information by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
EPA has authorized the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to access information which has been submitted to EPA under all sections of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Some of the information may be claimed or determined to be Confidential Business Information (CBI).
Polyethylene Glycol; Tolerance Exemption
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of [alpha]-Hydro-[omega]- hydroxypoly(oxyethylene), minimum number average molecular weight (in amu), 17,000; also known as polyethylene glycol, when used as an inert ingredient in a pesticide chemical formulation. Clariant Corporation 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 [alpha]-Hydro-[omega]- hydroxypoly(oxyethylene), minimum number average molecular weight (in amu), 17,000 on food or feed commodities.
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District
EPA is finalizing approval of revisions to the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District (SJVUAPCD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions were proposed in the Federal Register on September 12, 2011 and concern volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from steam enhanced crude oil production and aerospace coating operations. We are approving local rules that regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act).
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, South Coast Air Quality Management District
EPA is finalizing approval of revisions to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions were proposed in the Federal Register on July 15, 2011 and concern volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from paint thinners and multi-purpose solvents and from metalworking fluids and direct-contact lubricants. We are approving local rules that regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act).