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Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Georgia; 110(a)(1) and (2) Infrastructure Requirements for the 1997 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2011-31191
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-12-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submission, submitted by the State of Georgia, through the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division (EPD), to demonstrate that the State meets the requirements of sections 110(a)(1) and (2) of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) for the 1997 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). Section 110(a) of the CAA requires that each state adopt and submit a SIP for the implementation, maintenance and enforcement of each NAAQS promulgated by the EPA, which is commonly referred to as an ``infrastructure'' SIP. EPD certified that the Georgia SIP contains provisions that ensure the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS are implemented, enforced, and maintained in Georgia (hereafter referred to as ``infrastructure submission''). Georgia's infrastructure submission, provided to EPA on December 13, 2007, and clarified in a subsequent submission submitted on September 9, 2008, addresses all the required infrastructure elements for the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Tennessee: Prevention of Significant Deterioration and Nonattainment New Source Review Rules: Nitrogen Oxides as a Precursor to Ozone
Document Number: 2011-31189
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-12-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve changes to the Tennessee State Implementation Plan (SIP), submitted by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) through the Division of Air Pollution Control to EPA on May 28, 2009. The proposed SIP revision modifies Tennessee's New Source Review (NSR) Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Nonattainment New Source Review (NNSR) programs. Tennessee's May 28, 2009, SIP revision makes several changes for which EPA is proposing approval in this rulemaking. First, the proposed revision addresses requirements promulgated in the 1997 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) plementation Rule NSR Update Phase II (hereafter referred to as the ``Ozone Implementation NSR Update'' or ``Phase II Rule''). Second, the May 28, 2009, SIP revision includes updates to Tennessee's PSD and NNSR permitting regulations regarding the addition of clean coal technology (CCT) requirements. Lastly, the SIP revision includes clarifying changes and corrections to portions of the Tennessee NSR rule. All changes in the proposed SIP revision are necessary to comply with Federal regulations related to Tennessee's NSR permitting program. EPA is proposing approval of the May 28, 2009, proposed SIP revision because the Agency has preliminarily determined that the changes are in accordance with the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) and EPA regulations regarding NSR permitting.
Significant New Use Rules on Certain Chemical Substances; Withdrawal of Two Chemical Substances
Document Number: 2011-31137
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is withdrawing two significant new use rules (SNURs) promulgated under section 5(a)(2) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for chemical substances which were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs), i.e., rutile, tin zinc, calcium-doped (PMN P-06-36; CAS No. 389623-01-2) and rutile, tin zinc, sodium-doped (PMN P-06-37; CAS No. 389623-07-8). These chemical substances are subject to TSCA section 5(e) consent orders issued by EPA. EPA received a notice of intent to submit adverse comments on the direct final rule. Therefore, the Agency is withdrawing these SNURs, as required under the expedited SNUR rulemaking process. EPA intends to publish in the near future proposed SNURs for these two chemical substances under separate notice and comment procedures.
Transportation Conformity Rule: MOVES Regional Grace Period Extension
Document Number: 2011-31130
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Because EPA received adverse comments, we are withdrawing the direct final rule extending the MOVES Regional Grace Period, published on October 13, 2011. The direct final rule would have extended the grace period to March 2013, before the Motor Vehicle Emission Simulator model (currently MOVES2010a) is required for regional emissions analyses for transportation conformity determinations (``regional conformity analyses'').
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, Placer County Air Pollution Control District
Document Number: 2011-30787
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Placer County Air Pollution Control District (PCAPCD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from architectural coatings and automotive refinishing 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, Placer County Air Pollution Control District
Document Number: 2011-30786
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-12-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the Placer County Air Pollution Control District (PCAPCD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from architectural coatings and automotive refinishing operations. We are proposing to approve two local rules to regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act).
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2011-31032
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Proposed Consent Decree, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
Document Number: 2011-31028
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-02
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 El Comit[eacute] para el Bienestar de Earlimart and Association of Irritated Residents (collectively ``Plaintiffs'') in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California: El Comit[eacute] para el Bienestar de Earlimart, et al. v. Jackson, No. 11-cv-3779 (N.D. Cal). On August 1, 2011, Plaintiffs filed a complaint alleging that EPA failed to perform a mandatory duty under section 110(k)(2) of the CAA, 42 U.S.C. 7410(k)(2) to take timely final action to approve, disapprove, or partially approve/disapprove the proposed state implementation plan commitment for the San Joaquin Valley, as well as regulations pertaining to field fumigation methods, pesticide emission inventory, and field fumigation limits. The proposed consent decree establishes a deadline for EPA to take action.
Proposed Consent Decree, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
Document Number: 2011-31019
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-02
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 National Parks Conservation Association, Montana Environmental Information Center, Grand Canyon Trust, San Juan Citizens Alliance, Our Children's Earth Foundation, Plains Justice, Powder River Basin Resource Council, Sierra Club, and Environmental Defense Fund (collectively ``Plaintiffs'') in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia: National Parks Conservation Association, et al. v. Jackson, No. 1:11-cv-1548 (D.D.C.). Plaintiffs filed a complaint alleging that EPA failed to promulgate regional haze federal implementation plans (FIPs) or approve regional haze state implementation plans (SIPs) for 34 states, as required by section 110(c) of the CAA. The complaint further alleges that EPA has also failed to act on ten regional haze SIPs submissions, as required by section 110(k) of the CAA. The proposed consent decree establishes proposed and final promulgation deadlines for EPA for meeting these obligations.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Louisiana; Revisions To Control Volatile Organic Compound Emissions for Surface Coatings and Graphic Arts
Document Number: 2011-30924
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions for control of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) adopted by Louisiana on June 20, 2009 and August 20, 2010, and submitted to EPA on August 31, 2010. EPA is also approving, by parallel processing, a SIP revision for control of emission of organic compounds which was proposed by Louisiana on January 10, 2011 and adopted on April 20, 2011. EPA issued Control Techniques Guidelines (CTGs) in 2006, 2007 and 2008; Louisiana's rule revisions being approved in this action were developed in response to these CTGs. EPA is approving these revisions because they meet the requirements of Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) as set forth in the Clean Air Act (CAA) as well as the requirements of EPA's regulations, and they are consistent with EPA's guidance. This action is being taken under section 110 and part D of the CAA.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; West Virginia and Ohio; Determinations of Attainment of the 1997 Annual Fine Particle Standard for the Parkersburg-Marietta and Wheeling Nonattainment Areas
Document Number: 2011-30923
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is making determinations that the Parkersburg-Marietta, West Virginia-Ohio (WV-OH) fine particle (PM2.5) nonattainment area and the Wheeling, WV-OH PM2.5 nonattainment area (hereafter referred to as ``Areas'') have attained the 1997 annual PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) by their applicable attainment date of April 5, 2010. These determinations are based upon complete, quality-assured, and certified ambient air monitoring data for the 2007-2009 monitoring period. EPA is finding these Areas to be in attainment, in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Clean Air Act Operating Permit Program; Petition for Objection to State Operating Permit for Carmeuse Stone and Lime
Document Number: 2011-30843
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-12-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document announces that the EPA Administrator has denied a petition from the Sierra Club asking EPA to object to a Title V operating permit for Carmeuse Stone and Lime (Carmeuse) issued by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR). Sections 307(b) and 505(b)(2) of the Act provide that a petitioner may ask for judicial review of those portions of the petition which EPA denies in the United States Court of Appeals for the appropriate circuit. Any petition for review shall be filed within 60 days from the date this notice appears in the Federal Register, pursuant to section 307 of the Act.
2017 and Later Model Year Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards
Document Number: 2011-30358
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-12-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
EPA and NHTSA, on behalf of the Department of Transportation, are issuing this joint proposal to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve fuel economy for light-duty vehicles for model years 2017-2025. This proposal extends the National Program beyond the greenhouse gas and corporate average fuel economy standards set for model years 2012-2016. On May 21, 2010, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum requesting that NHTSA and EPA develop through notice and comment rulemaking a coordinated National Program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of light-duty vehicles for model years 2017- 2025. This proposal, consistent with the President's request, responds to the country's critical need to address global climate change and to reduce oil consumption. NHTSA is proposing Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended by the Energy Independence and Security Act, and EPA is proposing greenhouse gas emissions standards under the Clean Air Act. These standards apply to passenger cars, light-duty trucks, and medium- duty passenger vehicles, and represent a continued harmonized and consistent National Program. Under the National Program for model years 2017-2025, automobile manufacturers would be able to continue building a single light-duty national fleet that satisfies all requirements under both programs while ensuring that consumers still have a full range of vehicle choices. EPA is also proposing a minor change to the regulations applicable to MY 2012-2016, with respect to air conditioner performance and measurement of nitrous oxides.
Hazardous Waste Management System; Identification and Listing of Hazardous Waste; Final Exclusion
Document Number: 2011-30152
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is granting a petition submitted by ExxonMobil Refining and Supply CompanyBeaumont Refinery (Beaumont Refinery) to exclude from hazardous waste control (or delist) a certain solid waste. This final rule responds to the petition submitted by Beaumont Refinery to delist to have centrifuge solids generated from treatment of Tank Bottoms from its Lower Park Tank Farm excluded, or delisted, from the definition of a hazardous waste. The centrifuge solids are derived from the management and treatment of several F- and K-waste codes. These waste codes are F037, F038, K048, K049, K051, K052, K169, and K170. After careful analysis and evaluation of comments submitted by the public, the EPA has concluded that the petitioned wastes are not hazardous waste when disposed of in Subtitle D landfills. This exclusion applies to the centrifuge solids generated at Beaumont Refinery's Beaumont, Texas facility. Accordingly, this final rule excludes the petitioned waste from the requirements of hazardous waste regulations under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) when disposed of in Subtitle D landfills but imposes testing conditions to ensure that the future-generated wastes remain qualified for delisting.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2011-30862
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit a request to renew an existing approved Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This ICR, entitled: ``Foreign Purchaser Acknowledgement Statement of Unregistered Pesticides'' and identified by EPA ICR No. 0161.12 and OMB Control No. 2070-0027, is scheduled to expire on July 31, 2012. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Recordkeeping and Periodic Reporting of the Production, Import, Recycling, Destruction, Transhipment, and Feedstock Use of Ozone-Depleting Substances (Renewal)
Document Number: 2011-30855
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit a request to renew an existing approved Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This ICR, 1432.29, is scheduled to expire on April 30, 2012. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Reporting Requirements Under EPA's Climate Leaders Partnership (Renewal)
Document Number: 2011-30850
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit a request to renew an existing approved Information Collection Request (ICR) (EPA ICR No. 2100.05) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) (OMB Control No. 2060-0532). This ICR is scheduled to expire on April 30, 2012. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below.
Clean Water Act Section 303(d): Availability of List Decisions
Document Number: 2011-30848
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's action identifying water quality limited segments and associated pollutants in Louisiana to be listed pursuant to Clean Water Act Section 303(d), and request for public comment. Section 303(d) requires that States submit and EPA approve or disapprove lists of waters for which existing technology-based pollution controls are not stringent enough to attain or maintain State water quality standards and for which total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) must be prepared. On November 17, 2011, EPA partially approved and proposed to partially disapprove Louisiana's 2010 Section 303(d) submittal. Specifically, EPA approved Louisiana's listing of 410 waterbody pollutant combinations, and associated priority rankings. EPA proposed to disapprove Louisiana's decisions not to list three waterbodies. These three waterbodies were added by EPA because the applicable numeric water quality standards marine criterion for dissolved oxygen was not attained in these segments. EPA is providing the public the opportunity to review its proposed decisions to add the three waters to Louisiana's 2010 Section 303(d) List. EPA will consider public comments and if necessary amend its proposed action on the additional waterbodies identified for inclusion on Louisiana's Final 2010 Section 303(d) List.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Illinois; Volatile Organic Compound Emission Control Measures for Chicago and Metro-East St. Louis Ozone Nonattainment Areas
Document Number: 2011-30844
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-11-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On July 29, 2010, September 16, 2011, and September 29, 2011, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) submitted several volatile organic compound (VOC) rules for approval into its State Implementation Plan (SIP). The purpose of these rules is to satisfy the Clean Air Act's (the Act) requirement that States revise their SIPs to include reasonably available control technology (RACT) for sources of VOC emissions in moderate ozone nonattainment areas. Illinois' VOC rules provide RACT requirements for the Chicago and Metro-East St. Louis 8-hour ozone nonattainment areas. These rules are approvable because they are consistent with the Control Technique Guideline (CTG) documents issued by EPA in 2006, 2007, and 2008 and satisfy the RACT requirements of the Act.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans and Designation of Areas for Air Quality Planning; Louisiana; Baton Rouge Area: Redesignation to Attainment for the 1997 8-Hour Ozone Standard
Document Number: 2011-30785
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-11-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking final action to approve the State of Louisiana's request to redesignate the Baton Rouge, Louisiana moderate 1997 8-hour ozone nonattainment area to attainment of the 1997 8-hour ozone standard. As a part of this action, EPA is also approving, as a revision to the Louisiana State Implementation Plan (SIP), the state's 1997 8-hour ozone maintenance plan with a 2022 Motor Vehicle Emissions Budget (MVEB) for the Baton Rouge Nonattainment Area (BRNA or BR), revisions to the Louisiana SIP that meet the Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) requirements (for nitrogen oxides (NOX) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs)) for the 1-hour and 1997 8-hour ozone standard requirements, and a state rule establishing a maintenance plan contingency measure. EPA finds that with this final approval the area has a fully approved SIP that meets all of its applicable 1997 8-hour ozone requirements and 1-hour anti- backsliding requirements under section 110 and Part D of the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) for purposes of redesignation.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Application for Registration of Pesticide-Producing and Device-Producing Establishments (EPA Form 3540-8) and Pesticide Report for Pesticide-Producing and Device-Producing Establishments (EPA Form 3540-16)
Document Number: 2011-30782
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit a request to renew an existing approved Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This ICR is scheduled to expire on May 31, 2012. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below.
Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) or Superfund, Section 128(a); Notice of Grant Funding Guidance for State and Tribal Response Programs for FY2012
Document Number: 2011-30780
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will begin to accept requests, from December 1, 2011 through January 31, 2012, for grants to supplement State and Tribal Response Programs. This notice provides guidance on eligibility for funding, use of funding, grant mechanisms and process for awarding funding, the allocation system for distribution of funding, and terms and reporting under these grants. EPA has consulted with state and tribal officials in developing this guidance. The primary goal of this funding is to ensure that state and tribal response programs include, or are taking reasonable steps to include, certain elements and a public record. Another goal is to provide funding for other activities that increase the number of response actions conducted or overseen by a state or tribal response program. This funding is not intended to supplant current state or tribal funding for their response programs. Instead, it is to supplement their funding to increase their response capacity. For fiscal year 2012, EPA will consider funding requests up to a maximum of $1.2 million per state or tribe. Subject to the availability of funds, EPA regional personnel will be available to provide technical assistance to states and tribes as they apply for and carry out these grants.
National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology
Document Number: 2011-30715
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT). Vacancies are anticipated to be filled by February, 2012. Sources in addition to this Federal Register Notice may be utilized in the solicitation of nominees. Background: NACEPT is a Federal advisory committee chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), Public Law 92-463. EPA established NACEPT in 1988 to provide advice to the EPA Administrator on a broad range of environmental policy, technology and management issues. Members serve as representatives from academia, industry, non- governmental organizations, and state, local, and tribal governments. Members are appointed by the EPA Administrator for two year terms. The Council usually meets 2-3 times annually and the average workload for the members is approximately 10 to 15 hours per month. Members serve on the Council in a voluntary capacity. However, EPA provides reimbursement for travel and incidental expenses associated with official government business. EPA is seeking nominations from all sectors, including academia, industry, non-governmental organizations, and state, local and tribal governments. Nominees will be considered according to the mandates of FACA, which requires committees to maintain diversity across a broad range of constituencies, sectors, and groups. EPA values and welcomes diversity. In an effort obtain nominations of diverse candidates, EPA encourages nominations of women and men of all racial and ethnic groups. The following criteria will be used to evaluate nominees:
Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee
Document Number: 2011-30711
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, EPA gives notice of a meeting of the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee (FRRCC). The FRRCC is a policy-oriented committee that provides policy advice, information, and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on a range of environmental issues and policies that are of importance to agriculture and rural communities. The purpose of this meeting is to review and finalize recommendations regarding effective approaches to addressing water quality issues associated with agricultural production.
Good Neighbor Environmental Board
Document Number: 2011-30708
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92463, EPA gives notice of a meeting of the Good Neighbor Environmental Board (Board). The Board usually meets three times each calendar year, twice at different locations along the U.S. border with Mexico, and once in Washington, DC It was created in 1992 by the Enterprise for the Americas Initiative Act, Public Law 102-532, 7 U.S.C. 5404. Implementing authority was delegated to the Administrator of EPA under Executive Order 12916. The Board is responsible for providing advice to the President and the Congress on environmental and infrastructure issues and needs within the States contiguous to Mexico in order to improve the quality of life of persons residing on the United States side of the border. The statute calls for the Board to have representatives from U.S. Government agencies; the states of Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas; and tribal and private organizations with experience in environmental and infrastructure issues along the US-Mexico border. The purpose of the meeting is to finalize the Board's 14th report, which will focus on the environmental and economic benefits of renewable energy development in the border region. A copy of the meeting agenda will be posted at http://www.epa.gov/ocem/gneb.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maine; Regional Haze
Document Number: 2011-30650
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-11-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing approval of a revision to the Maine State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (Maine DEP) on December 9, 2010, with supplemental submittals on September 14, 2011 and November 9, 2011, that addresses regional haze for the first planning period from 2008 through 2018. 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, manmade 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.
Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gases
Document Number: 2011-29742
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-11-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is amending specific provisions in the Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gases Rule to correct certain technical and editorial errors that have been identified since promulgation and to clarify certain provisions that have been the subject of questions from reporters. These final changes include additional information to clarify compliance obligations, correct data reporting elements so they more closely conform to the information used to perform calculations, and make other corrections and amendments. In addition, these final amendments allow a limited, one-time six month extension of the 2012 reporting deadline for facilities and suppliers that contain one or more source categories for which data collection began in 2011.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Clean Water Act State Revolving Fund Program (Renewal)
Document Number: 2011-30557
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that an Information Collection Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. This is a request to renew an existing approved collection. The ICR, which is abstracted below, describes the nature of the information collection and its estimated burden and cost.
Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Chartered Science Advisory Board
Document Number: 2011-30556
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the Chartered SAB on December 21, 2011 to conduct a quality review of a draft SAB report, a draft Advisory on EPA Draft Document ``Considerations Related to Post-Closure Monitoring of Uranium In-Situ ISL/ISR Sites.''
Draft Integrated Science Assessment for Ozone and Related Photochemical Oxidants
Document Number: 2011-30555
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is announcing an extension of the public comment period for the second external review draft of a document titled, ``Second External Review Draft Integrated Science Assessment for Ozone and Related Photochemical Oxidants'' (EPA/600/R-10/076B). The original Federal Register notice announcing the public comment period was published on September 30, 2011 (76 FR 60820). This assessment document was developed by the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within EPA's Office of Research and Development as part of the review of the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for ozone.
Proposed CERCLA Administrative Bona Fide Prospective Purchaser Settlement; The City of Dowagiac Brownfield Redevelopment Authority
Document Number: 2011-30554
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with Section 122(i) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, as amended (``CERCLA''), 42 U.S.C. 9622(i), notice is hereby given of a proposed administrative settlement for recovery of past and projected future response costs concerning the ICG Castings, Inc., Dowagiac site in Dowagiac, Michigan with the following settling party: The City Of Dowagiac Brownfield Redevelopment Authority. The settlement requires the settling party to pay $25,000 to the Hazardous Substance Superfund and requires the performance of specified response activities for the site. The settlement includes a covenant not to sue the settling party pursuant to Sections 106 and 107(a) of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 9606 and 9607(a). For 30 days following the date of publication of this notice, the United States will receive written comments relating to the settlement. The United States will consider all comments received and may modify or withdraw its consent to the settlement if comments received disclose facts or considerations which indicate that the settlement is inappropriate, improper or inadequate. The United States response to any comments received will be available for public inspection at the Dowagiac District Library, 211 Commercial Street, Dowagiac, Michigan 49047, Attn: Katherine Johnson and 77 West Jackson Boulevard, 7th floor Superfund File Room, Chicago, Illinois.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans: South Carolina; Negative Declarations for Groups I, II, III and IV Control Techniques Guidelines; and Reasonably Available Control Technology
Document Number: 2011-30303
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-11-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve several State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC). These revisions establish reasonably available control technology (RACT) requirements for the three major sources located in the portion of York County, South Carolina that is within the bi-state Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, North Carolina-South Carolina 1997 8-hour ozone nonattainment area that either emit volatile organic compounds (VOC), nitrogen oxides (NOX) or both. The bi-state Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill 1997 8-hour ozone nonattainment area is hereinafter referred to as the ``bi-state Charlotte Area.'' In addition, South Carolina's SIP revisions include negative declarations for certain source categories for which EPA has control technique guidelines (CTG), meaning that SC DHEC has concluded that no such sources are located in that portion of the nonattainment area. EPA has evaluated the proposed revisions to South Carolina's SIP, and has concluded that they are consistent with statutory and regulatory requirements and EPA guidance.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans: South Carolina; Negative Declarations for Groups I, II, III and IV Control Techniques Guidelines; and Reasonably Available Control Technology
Document Number: 2011-30297
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-11-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve several State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC). These revisions establish reasonably available control technology (RACT) requirements for the three major sources located in the portion of York County, South Carolina that is within the bi-state Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, North Carolina-South Carolina 1997 8-hour ozone nonattainment area that either emit volatile organic compounds, nitrogen oxides or both. The bi-state Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill 1997 8-hour ozone nonattainment area is hereinafter referred to as the ``bi-state Charlotte Area.'' In addition, South Carolina's SIP revisions include negative declarations for certain source categories for which EPA has control technique guidelines, meaning that SC DHEC has concluded that no such sources are located in that portion of the nonattainment area. EPA has evaluated the proposed revisions to South Carolina's SIP, and has preliminarily concluded that they are consistent with statutory and regulatory requirements and EPA guidance.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2011-30363
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Meeting of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council-Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: 2011-30362
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given of a meeting of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC or Council), established under the Safe Drinking Water Act. The Council will consider various issues associated with drinking water protection and public water systems including actions to assist small water systems and efforts underway to address nutrient pollution of drinking water supplies. The Council will also receive updates about several on-going drinking water program activities.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collections; Comment Request; Prevention of Significant Deterioration and Nonattainment Area New Source Review (Renewal)
Document Number: 2011-30360
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit a request to renew an existing approved Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This ICR is scheduled to expire on April 30, 2012. Before submitting this ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; State of Maryland; Section 110(a)(2) Infrastructure Requirements for the 1997 8-Hour Ozone and the 1997 and 2006 Fine Particulate Matter National Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2011-30299
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-11-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving State Implementation Plan (SIP) submittals from the State of Maryland pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA). Whenever new or revised national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) are promulgated, the CAA requires states to submit a plan for the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of such NAAQS. The plan is required to address basic program elements, including, but not limited to regulatory structure, monitoring, modeling, legal authority, and adequate resources necessary to assure attainment and maintenance of the standards. These elements are referred to as infrastructure requirements. Maryland has made submittals addressing the infrastructure requirements for the 1997 8-hour ozone and fine particulate matter (PM2.5) NAAQS and the 2006 PM2.5 NAAQS. This action approves portions of those submittals.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Delaware; Amendments to the Control of Volatile Organic Compound Emissions From Offset Lithographic Printing and Letterpress Printing
Document Number: 2011-30159
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-11-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Delaware. The SIP revision amends the control of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from offset lithographic printing and letterpress printing. EPA is approving this SIP revision to meet the requirements of a reasonably available control technology (RACT) rule for the offset lithographic printing and letterpress printing control technique guideline (CTG) category in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Mineral Wool Production and Wool Fiberglass Manufacturing
Document Number: 2011-29454
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-11-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is proposing amendments to the national emissions standards for hazardous air pollutants for Mineral Wool Production and Wool Fiberglass Manufacturing to address the results of the residual risk and technology review that the EPA is required to conduct by the Clean Air Act. The proposed Mineral Wool Production amendments include emissions limits for carbonyl sulfide, hydrogen fluoride and hydrochloric acid for cupolas; add combined collection and curing processes as new regulated sources; and include emissions limits for formaldehyde, phenol and methanol for combined collection and curing operations. Modifications to the testing and monitoring and related notification, recordkeeping and reporting requirements are also proposed. The proposed amendments for the Wool Fiberglass Manufacturing source category include emissions limits for chromium compounds, hydrogen fluoride, hydrochloric acid and particulate matter for glass- melting furnaces at major sources; revised emissions limits for formaldehyde, and the addition of emissions limits for phenol and methanol for bonded product lines at major sources; and modifications to testing and monitoring and related notification, recordkeeping and reporting requirements. These proposed rules only apply to major sources, but we plan to regulate wool fiberglass area sources in a future action. We are also proposing to revise provisions addressing periods of startup, shutdown and malfunction to ensure that the rules are consistent with a recent court decision.
Adequacy Status of Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets in Submitted PM10
Document Number: 2011-30305
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In this notice, EPA is notifying the public that the Agency has found that the motor vehicle emissions budgets (MVEBs) for particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter of a nominal 10 microns or less (PM10) for the years 2008, 2012, and 2022 in the PM10 Implementation/Maintenance Plan and Redesignation Request for Sacramento County (October 28, 2010) (``Sacramento PM10 Plan'') are adequate for transportation conformity purposes. The Sacramento PM10 Plan was submitted to EPA on December 7, 2010 by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) as a revision to the California State Implementation Plan (SIP) and includes a maintenance plan for the 1987 24-hour PM10 national ambient air quality standard. As a result of our adequacy findings, the Sacramento Area Council of Governments and the U.S. Department of Transportation must use the MVEBs for future conformity determinations.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maryland; Baltimore Nonattainment Area Determinations of Attainment of the 1997 Annual Fine Particulate Standard
Document Number: 2011-30300
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-11-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to make two determinations regarding the Baltimore fine particulate matter (PM2.5) nonattainment area (hereafter referred to as ``the Baltimore Area'' or ``Area''). First, EPA is proposing to determine that the Area has attained the 1997 annual PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). This proposed clean data determination is based upon complete, quality- assured and certified ambient air monitoring data for the 2008-2010 period showing that the Area has monitored attainment of the 1997 annual PM2.5 NAAQS and data available to date for 2011 in EPA's Air Quality System (AQS) database that show the Area continues to attain. If EPA finalizes this proposed clean data determination, the requirements for the Area to submit an attainment demonstration and associated reasonably available control measures (RACM), a reasonable further progress (RFP) plan, contingency measures, and other planning State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions related to the attainment of the standard shall be suspended for so long as the Area continues to attain the annual PM2.5 NAAQS. EPA is also proposing to determine, based on quality-assured and certified monitoring data for the 2007-2009 monitoring period, that the Area has attained the 1997 annual PM2.5 NAAQS by its applicable attainment date of April 5, 2010. In addition, EPA is withdrawing the July 31, 2009 (74 FR 38161) proposed clean data determination for the Baltimore Area. These actions are being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Connecticut; Determinations of Attainment of the One-Hour Ozone Standard
Document Number: 2011-30254
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-11-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is proposing to determine that the Greater Connecticut serious one-hour ozone nonattainment area did not meet the applicable deadline of November 15, 2007, for attaining the one-hour National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone. This proposed determination is based upon complete, quality-assured, certified ambient air monitoring data that show the area had an expected ozone exceedance rate above the level of the now revoked one-hour ozone NAAQS for the 2005-2007 monitoring period. Separate from and independent of this proposed determination, EPA is also proposing to determine that the Greater Connecticut serious one-hour ozone nonattainment area currently attains the now revoked one-hour NAAQS for ozone, based upon complete, quality-assured, certified ambient air monitoring data for 2008-2010. The area first attained the one-hour NAAQS during the 2006- 2008 monitoring period, and continued in attainment during the 2007- 2009, and 2008-2010 monitoring periods. Preliminary data available for 2011 also show the area continues to meet the one-hour NAAQS for ozone. EPA is proposing these determinations under the Clean Air Act.
San Fernando Valley Area 2 Superfund Site; Notice of Proposed Prospective Purchaser Agreement Re: 4057 and 4059 Goodwin Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
Document Number: 2011-30252
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is hereby providing notice of a proposed prospective purchaser agreement (Agreement) concerning 4057 and 4059 Goodwin Avenue, Los Angeles, California (Property). The Agreement is entered into pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, as amended (CERCLA), 42 U.S.C. 9601, et seq., and the authority of the Attorney General of the United States to compromise and settle claims of the United States. The Agreement provides for the prospective purchasers, Glendale/Goodwin Realty I, LLC, an Ohio limited liability company, The Kroger Co., an Ohio corporation, and Ralphs Grocery Company, an Ohio corporation, to purchase the Property and to conduct work to clean up soil contamination at the Property.
Hazardous Waste Management System; Identification and Listing of Hazardous Waste; Final Exclusion
Document Number: 2011-30147
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-11-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is granting a petition submitted by Eastman Chemical CorporationTexas Operations (Eastman Chemical) to exclude from hazardous waste control (or delist) a certain solid waste. This final rule responds to the petition submitted by Eastman Chemical to delist three waste streams generated from its rotary kiln incinerator (RKI). These waste streams are the rotary kiln incinerator (RKI) bottom ash, RKI fly ash, and RKI scrubber water blowdown. The RKI bottom ash and the RKI fly ash are derived from the management of several F-, K-, and U-waste codes. These waste codes are F001, F002, F003, F005, F039, K009, K010, U001, U002, U031, U069, U107, U112, U117, U140, U147, U161, U213, and U359. The Scrubber water blowdown produced by the RKI's air pollution control equipment is also derived from the management of several F-, K-, and U-waste codes as well as certain characteristic hazardous wastes. These waste codes are D001, D002, D003, D007, D008, D018, D022, F001, F002, F003, F005, F039, K009, K010, U001, U002, U031, U069, U107, U112, U117, U140, U147, U161, U213, and U359. The RKI is authorized to manage a list of additional F- , K-, U-, and P- codes to cover off-site sources not attributed to the above waste codes. If these waste codes are not specifically listed in the delisting exclusion, they are not covered by the exclusion and can not be managed as non-hazardous, unless and until, the exclusion is modified to include them. After careful analysis and evaluation of comments submitted by the public, the EPA has concluded that the petitioned wastes are not hazardous waste when disposed of in Subtitle D landfills or in the case of the scrubber water blowdown, discharged in conjunction with its TPDES discharge permit. This exclusion applies to the RKI bottom ash, RKI fly ash and RKI scrubber water blowdown generated at Eastman Chemical's Longview, Texas facility. Accordingly, this final rule excludes the petitioned waste from the requirements of hazardous waste regulations under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) when disposed of in Subtitle D landfills or discharged in accordance with a TPDES permit but imposes testing conditions to ensure that the future-generated wastes remain qualified for delisting.
Access to Confidential Business Information by Primus Solutions, Inc.
Document Number: 2011-30143
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has authorized its contractor, Primus Solutions, Inc., (Primus) of Greenbelt, MD, 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).
Pesticides: Availability of Pesticide Registration Notice Regarding the Non-Dietary Exposure Task Force
Document Number: 2011-30141
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Agency is announcing the availability of a Pesticide Registration Notice (PR Notice) regarding the data development efforts of the Non-Dietary Exposure Task Force (NDETF). This PR Notice (PR Notice 2011-2) was issued by the Agency on November 10, 2011. PR Notices are issued by the Office of Pesticide Programs to inform pesticide registrants and other interested persons about important policies, procedures, and registration related decisions, and serve to provide guidance to pesticide registrants and OPP personnel. This particular PR Notice updates PR Notice 2000-7 that initially announced the formation of the NDETF. The updated Notice provides current information concerning the NDETF's development of data supporting pesticide registration, in which registrants may wish to participate.
Notice of Receipt of Requests to Voluntarily Cancel Certain Pesticide Registrations
Document Number: 2011-29990
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-23
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 canceled only if such sale, distribution, or use is consistent with the terms as described in the final order.
National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Ferroalloys Production
Document Number: 2011-29455
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-11-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is proposing amendments to the national emissions standards for hazardous air pollutants for Ferroalloys Production to address the results of the residual risk and technology review that the EPA is required to conduct under the Clean Air Act. These proposed amendments include revisions to particulate matter standards for electric arc furnaces, metal oxygen refining processes, and crushing and screening operations. The amendments also add emission limits for hydrochloric acid, mercury, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and formaldehyde from electric arc furnaces. Furthermore, the amendments expand and revise the requirements to control fugitive emissions from furnace operations and casting. Other proposed requirements related to testing, monitoring, notification, recordkeeping, and reporting are included. We are also proposing to revise provisions addressing periods of startup, shutdown, and malfunction to ensure that the rules are consistent with a recent court decision.
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, South Coast Air Quality Management District
Document Number: 2011-30156
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-11-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the South Coast Air Quality Management District portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern particulate matter (PM) emissions from paved and unpaved roads and livestock operations and aggregate and related operations. We are approving local rules that regulate 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.