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Clean Water Act Section 303(d): Availability of List Decisions
Document Number: 2011-25766
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's Responsiveness Summary Concerning EPA's April 13, 2011 Public Notice of Proposed Decisions to Add Waters and Pollutants to Louisiana's 2008 Section 303(d) List. On April 13, 2011 EPA published a notice in the Federal Register at 76 FR 20664-20665 providing the public the opportunity to review its decision to partially approve and proposal to partially disapprove Louisiana's 2008 Section 303(d) List. Specifically, EPA approved Louisiana's listing of 409 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. Based on the Responsiveness Summary, EPA finds no new information or persuasive arguments as to why the three waters should not be added to the 2008 Louisiana Section 303(d) List as proposed. Therefore, EPA is taking Final Action on the addition of three waterbody pollutant combinations to the final Louisiana 2008 Section 303(d) List. The basis for these decisions is described in EPA's Responsiveness Summary and the Record of Decision.
Gulf of Mexico Regional Ecosystem Restoration Strategy (Preliminary)
Document Number: 2011-25769
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of the Gulf of Mexico Regional Ecosystem Restoration Strategy (Preliminary) for public review and feedback. The document is available at http://www.regulations.gov in the docket identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OA-2011-0798. President Barack Obama established the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force (Task Force) on October 5, 2010 through Executive Order 13554 for the purpose of coordinating the long-term conservation and restoration of America's Gulf Coast. The Task Force is an intergovernmental advisory body comprised of senior officials from 11 federal cabinet level agencies and the Executive Office of the President, and one representative from each of the five Gulf Coast states, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. The President charged the Task Force to work with state and federal agencies, tribes, communities, stakeholders and the public throughout the Gulf Coast to develop a Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem Restoration Strategy. Additionally, the Task Force was instructed to build upon existing research and ecosystem restoration plans, and to learn from those who are actively involved in ecosystem restoration. Over the past year the Task Force has engaged with various stakeholders and the public as well as coordinated with other entities that share the Task Force's important goals. The Task Force held at least one public meeting in each of the five Gulf states, which included a public listening session to gather individual input from those most connected to the Gulf ecosystem. In addition to the listening sessions that took place during public meetings, the Task Force held multiple listening sessions throughout the Gulf in partnership with local government leadership, academics, and non- governmental organizations. The culmination of these efforts has led to the development of the Gulf of Mexico Regional Ecosystem Restoration Strategy (Preliminary), which is being released for public review and feedback.
Meeting of the Local Government Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2011-25764
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Local Government Advisory Committee's Gulf Coast Restoration Workgroup will meet on Thursday, October 13, 2011, in New Orleans, LA. The Workgroup meeting will be located at the Sheraton Hotel, 500 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130. The focus of the Gulf Coast Restoration Workgroup meeting is to engage local government officials in Gulf Coast Ecosystem restoration efforts and provide an opportunity for input to the full Committee as it develops recommendations for the Administrator in her role as Chair of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force. This is an open meeting and all interested persons are invited to attend. The Committee will hear comments from the public between 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on Thursday, October 13, 2011. Individuals or organizations wishing to address the Workgroup meeting will be allowed a maximum of five minutes to present their point of view. Also, written comments should be submitted electronically to cook.rebecca@epa.gov. Please contact the Designated Federal Officer (DFO) at the number listed below to schedule agenda time. Time will be allotted on a first come first serve basis, and the total period for comments may be extended if the number of requests for appearances requires it.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Worker Protection Standard Training and Notification
Document Number: 2011-25760
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-05
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: Worker Protection Standard Training and Notification; EPA ICR No. 1759.06, OMB Control No. 2070- 0148. The ICR, which is abstracted below, describes the nature of the information collection and its estimated burden and cost.
New York State Prohibition of Discharges of Vessel Sewage; Receipt of Petition and Tentative Affirmative Determination
Document Number: 2011-25758
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to Clean Water Act, Section 312(f)(3) (33 U.S.C. 1322(f)(3)), the State of New York has determined that the protection and enhancement of the quality of the New York State portions of Lake Ontario requires greater environmental protection, and has petitioned the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 2, for a determination that adequate facilities for the safe and sanitary removal and treatment of sewage from all vessels are reasonably available for those waters, so that the State may completely prohibit the discharge from all vessels of any sewage, whether treated or not, into such waters. New York State (NYS or State) has proposed to establish a Vessel Waste No Discharge Zone (NDZ) for the New York State portion of Lake Ontario including the waters of the Lake within the New York State boundary, stretching from the Niagara River (including the Niagara River up to Niagara Falls) in the west, to Tibbetts Point at the Lake's outlet to the Saint Lawrence River in the east. The proposed No Discharge Zone encompasses approximately 3,675 square miles and 326 linear shoreline miles, including the navigable portions of the Lower Genesee, Oswego, Black Rivers and numerous other tributaries and harbors, embayments of the Lake including Irondequoit Bay, Sodus Bay, North/South Ponds, Henderson Bay, Black River Bay and Chautmont Bay, and abundance of formally designated habitats and waterways of local, state, and national significance.
Receipt of Several Pesticide Petitions Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities
Document Number: 2011-25725
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-10-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document announces the Agency's receipt of several initial filings of pesticide petitions requesting the establishment or modification of regulations for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities.
Isopyrazam; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2011-25707
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-10-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes a tolerance for residues of isopyrazam in or on banana. Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc., requested this tolerance under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Certain New Chemicals; Receipt and Status Information
Document Number: 2011-25706
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-05
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 August 29, 2011 to September 9, 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.
Prothioconazole; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2011-25704
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-10-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of prothioconazole in or on multiple commodities which are identified and discussed later in this document. Bayer CropScience requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Fenamiphos; Amendment To Use Deletion and Product Cancellation Order
Document Number: 2011-25694
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces EPA's amendment to the order for the cancellation of products, voluntarily requested by the registrant and accepted by the Agency, containing the pesticide fenamiphos, pursuant to section 6(f)(1) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended. This amendment follows a July 13, 2011 Federal Register Notice of Receipt of Request to Amend Use Deletion and Product Cancellation Order. In the July 13, 2011 notice, EPA indicated that it would issue an order implementing the amendment, after the 30-day comment period. One comment was received during the 30-day comment period. After consideration, the Agency has granted the requested amendment. Accordingly, the Agency will extend the deadline for persons other than the registrant to sell and distribute Nemacur 3 Emulsifiable Systemic Insecticide-Nematicide (EPA Reg. No. 264-731) for 1 year, until October 5, 2012. Additionally, the Agency will prohibit use of existing stocks of all fenamiphos products after October 6, 2014.
Significant New Use Rules on Certain Chemical Substances
Document Number: 2011-25497
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-10-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is promulgating significant new use rules (SNURs) under section 5(a)(2) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for 36 chemical substances which were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs). Four of these chemical substances are subject to TSCA section 5(e) consent orders issued by EPA. This action requires persons who intend to manufacture, import, or process any of these 36 chemical substances for an activity that is designated as a significant new use by this rule to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing that activity. The required notification will provide EPA with the opportunity to evaluate the intended use and, if necessary, to prohibit or limit that activity before it occurs.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Fuel and Fuel Additives (Renewal)
Document Number: 2011-25502
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-04
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.
National Drinking Water Advisory Council; Request for Nominations
Document Number: 2011-25501
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for a three-year appointment to the National Drinking Water Advisory Council (Council). The 15 member Council was established by the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) to provide practical and independent advice, consultation and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on the activities, functions, policies, and regulations required by the SDWA. This notice solicits nominations to fill five (5) new vacancies through December 15, 2014. To maintain the representation required by statute, nominees will be selected to represent: State and local agencies (one vacancy), organizations or groups demonstrating an active interest in the field of public water supply and public health protection (two vacancies), and the general public (two vacancies).
Extension of Public Comment Period: Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gases: Technical Revisions to the Electronics Manufacturing and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Systems Categories of the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule
Document Number: 2011-25500
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-10-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On September 9, 2011, EPA published a proposed action, Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gases: Technical Revisions to the Electronics Manufacturing and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Systems Categories of the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule. In this action, EPA is extending the comment period for that action until October 24, 2011.
Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: acceptability Determination 26 for Significant New Alternatives Policy Program
Document Number: 2011-25391
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-10-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This Determination of Acceptability expands the list of acceptable substitutes for ozone-depleting substances under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program. The determinations concern new substitutes for use in the refrigeration and air conditioning, solvent cleaning and fire suppression sectors.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; West Virginia; Ohio; Determination of Clean Data for the 2006 24-Hour Fine Particulate Standard for the Steubenville-Weirton Area
Document Number: 2011-25111
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-10-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to determine that the two-state Steubenville- Weirton, nonattainment area for the 2006 24-hour fine particulate matter (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) has clean data for the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS. This proposed determination is based upon quality assured, quality controlled, and certified ambient air monitoring data showing that this area has monitored attainment of the 2006 PM2.5 NAAQS based on the 2008-2010 data available in EPA's Air Quality System (AQS) database. If this proposed determination is made final, the requirements for the Steubenville-Weirton area to submit an attainment demonstration, associated reasonably available control measures (RACM), a reasonable further progress plan (RFP), contingency measures, and other planning State Implementation Plans (SIPs) related to attainment of the standard shall be suspended for so long as the area continues to meet the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Exposure Factors Handbook: 2011 Edition; Release of Final Report
Document Number: 2011-25412
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On September 30, 2011, the EPA publically released the final report entitled Exposure Factors Handbook: 2011 Edition. The document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within EPA's Office of Research and Development. The Exposure Factors Handbook: 2011 Edition provides information on various physiological and behavioral factors commonly used in assessing exposure to environmental chemicals. The handbook was first published in 1989 and was updated in 1997. This edition incorporates information made available from 1997 up until July 2011. It also reflects the revisions made to the Child-Specific Exposure Factors Handbook, which was last updated and published in 2008. Each chapter in the Exposure Factors Handbook: 2011 Edition presents recommended values for the exposure factors covered in that particular chapter's exposure route as well as a discussion of the underlying data used in developing the recommendations. The Exposure Factors Handbook: 2011 Edition (EPA/600/R-09/052F) is available via the Internet at http://www.epa.gov/ncea.
Reschedule-Meeting of the Local Government Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2011-25407
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Local Government Advisory Committee will meet via teleconference on Monday, October 24, 2011, 2:30-4 p.m. (ET). The Committee will discuss the recommendations of the Gulf Coast Restoration Workgroup on ways EPA can engage local government officials in the Gulf Coast Ecosystem restoration efforts and other issues of environmental concern to locally elected officials. This is an open meeting and all interested persons are invited to participate. The Committee will hear comments from the public between 2:45 p.m.-3 p.m. on Monday, October 24, 2011. Individuals or organizations wishing to address the Committee will be allowed a maximum of five minutes to present their point of view. Also, written comments should be submitted electronically to eargle.frances@epa.gov. Please contact the Designated Federal Officer (DFO) at the number listed below to schedule a time on the agenda. Time will be allotted on a first come first serve basis, and the total period for comments may be extended if the number of requests for appearances requires it. Dates and Addresses: The Local Government Advisory Committee meeting will be held by teleconference on Monday, October 24, 2011, at 2:30 p.m.-4 p.m. (ET). The Committee's meeting summary will be available after the meeting online at http://www.epa.gov/ocir/scas and can be obtained by written request to the DFO.
Notification of a Public Meeting of the Science Advisory Board Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel
Document Number: 2011-25406
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-03
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 Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel to review EPA's draft Accounting Framework for Biogenic CO2 Emissions from Stationary Sources (September 2011).
Guidance for 1-Hour SO2
Document Number: 2011-25400
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that the EPA has posted its draft non- binding guidance titled, ``Guidance for 1-Hour SO2 NAAQS SIP Submissions'' on its Web site. The EPA invites public comments on this guidance document during the comment period specified below, and plans to issue an updated version of the guidance after reviewing timely submitted comments.
California State Motor Vehicle Pollution Control Standards; Within the Scope Determination and Waiver of Preemption Decision for Amendments to California's Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Standards
Document Number: 2011-25399
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
By this decision the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that provisions of the California Air Resources Board's (CARB's) 2008 amendments to the California Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) regulations as they affect 2011 and prior model years (MYs) are within the scope of previous waivers of preemption granted to California for its ZEV regulations. In the alternative, EPA is also granting a waiver of preemption for the 2008 ZEV amendments at they affect 2011 and prior MYs. EPA is also granting California's request for a waiver of preemption to enforce the 2008 ZEV amendments as they affect 2012 and later MYs.
National and Governmental Advisory Committees to the U.S. Representative to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation
Document Number: 2011-25398
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, EPA gives notice of a meeting of the National Advisory Committee (NAC) and Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) to the U.S. Representative to the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC). The National and Governmental Advisory Committees advise the EPA Administrator in her capacity as the U.S. Representative to the CEC Council. The Committees are authorized under Articles 17 and 18 of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC), North American Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act,Public Law 103-182, and as directed by Executive Order 12915, entitled ``Federal Implementation of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation.'' The NAC is composed of 13 members representing academia, environmental non-governmental organizations, and private industry. The GAC consists of 12 members representing state, local, and Tribal governments. The Committees are responsible for providing advice to the U.S. Representative on a wide range of strategic, scientific, technological, regulatory, and economic issues related to implementation and further elaboration of the NAAEC. The purpose of the meeting is to provide advice on the CEC's Draft Communication Strategy, and discuss regional trans-boundary environmental issues. The meeting will also include a public comment session. A copy of the agenda will be posted at http://www.epa.gov/ ocem/nacgac-page.htm.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Arizona; Update to Stage II Gasoline Vapor Recovery Program; Change in the Definition of “Gasoline” To Exclude “E85”
Document Number: 2011-25397
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-10-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under the Clean Air Act, EPA is proposing to approve certain revisions to the Arizona State Implementation Plan submitted by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. These revisions concern amendments to the statutory and regulatory provisions adopted by the State of Arizona to regulate volatile organic compound emissions from the transfer of gasoline from storage tanks to motor vehicle fuel tanks at gasoline dispensing sites, i.e., stage II vapor recovery. The revisions would also amend the definition of ``gasoline'' to explicitly exclude E85 and thereby amend the requirements for fuels available for use in the Phoenix metropolitan area as well as the requirements for vapor recovery. In proposing approval of the revisions, EPA is proposing to waive the statutory stage II vapor recovery requirements at E85 dispensing pumps within the Phoenix area. Lastly, EPA is proposing to correct an EPA rulemaking that approved a previous version of the Arizona rules regulating these sources.
Approval and Promulgation of State Implementation Plans; State of Colorado Regulation Number 3: Revisions to the Air Pollutant Emission Notice Requirements and Exemptions
Document Number: 2011-25292
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-10-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is partially approving and partially disapproving State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions regarding the Air Pollutant Emission Notice (APEN) regulations submitted by the State of Colorado on September 16, 1997, June 20, 2003, July 11, 2005, August 8, 2006 and August 1, 2007. The APEN provisions in Sections II.A. through II.D., Part A of Colorado's Regulation Number 3, specify the APEN filing requirements for stationary sources and exemptions from such requirements. This action is being taken under section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, Ventura County Air Pollution Control District, and Placer County Air Pollution Control District
Document Number: 2011-25284
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-10-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD), Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (VCAPCD), and Placer County Air Pollution Control District (PCAPCD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from organic chemical manufacturing, soil decontamination, and polyester resin 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, Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, Ventura County Air Pollution Control District, and Placer County Air Pollution Control District
Document Number: 2011-25283
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-10-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD), Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (VCAPCD), and Placer County Air Pollution Control District (PCAPCD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from organic chemical manufacturing, soil decontamination, and polyester resin operations. We are proposing to approve local rules to regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act).
Draft Integrated Science Assessment for Ozone and Related Photochemical Oxidants
Document Number: 2011-25298
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of 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 document was prepared 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. EPA is releasing this draft document to seek review by the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) and the public (meeting date and location to be specified in a separate Federal Register notice). The draft document does not represent and should not be construed to represent any final EPA policy, viewpoint, or determination. EPA will consider any public comments submitted in response to this notice when revising the document.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2011-25297
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; North Dakota; Regional Haze State Implementation Plan; Federal Implementation Plan for Interstate Transport of Pollution Affecting Visibility and Regional Haze; Correction of Public Hearing
Document Number: 2011-25293
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-09-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is changing the public hearing arrangements for our proposed action on North Dakota's State Implementation Plans (SIPs) addressing regional haze and the interstate transport of pollutants that interfere with programs to protect visibility in other states. We are making this change in response to a letter that the Governor of North Dakota submitted on September 9, 2011.
Draft Toxicological Review of Vanadium Pentoxide: In Support of Summary Information on the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)
Document Number: 2011-25290
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is announcing a 60-day public comment period and a public listening session for the external review draft human health assessment entitled, ``Toxicological Review of Vanadium Pentoxide: In Support of Summary Information on the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)'' (EPA/635/R-11/004A). The draft assessment was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within the EPA Office of Research and Development (ORD). EPA is releasing this draft assessment solely for the purpose of pre-dissemination peer review under applicable information quality guidelines. This draft assessment has not been formally disseminated by EPA. It does not represent and should not be construed to represent any Agency policy or determination. 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 in the disposition of public comments. Public comments received after the public comment period closes will not be submitted to the external peer reviewers and will only be considered by EPA if time permits. The listening session will be held on Thursday, November 17, 2011, during the public comment period for this draft assessment. The purpose of the listening session is to allow all interested parties to present scientific and technical comments on draft IRIS health assessments to EPA and other interested parties attending the listening session. EPA welcomes the comments that will be provided to the Agency by the listening session participants. The comments will be considered by the Agency as it revises the draft assessment after the independent external peer review. If listening session participants would like EPA to share their comments with the external peer reviewers, they should also submit written comments during the public comment period using the detailed and established procedures described in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.
Draft Toxicological Review of Biphenyl: In Support of Summary Information on the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)
Document Number: 2011-25289
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is announcing a 60-day public comment period and a public listening session for the external review draft human health assessment titled, ``Toxicological Review of Biphenyl: In Support of Summary Information on the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)'' (EPA/ 635/R-11/005C). The draft assessment was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within the EPA Office of Research and Development (ORD). EPA is releasing this draft assessment solely for the purpose of pre-dissemination peer review under applicable information quality guidelines. This draft assessment has not been formally disseminated by EPA. It does not represent and should not be construed to represent any Agency policy or determination. 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 in the disposition of public comments. Public comments received after the public comment period closes will not be submitted to the external peer reviewers and will only be considered by EPA if time permits. The listening session will be held on Wednesday, November 16, 2011, during the public comment period for this draft assessment. The purpose of the listening session is to allow all interested parties to present scientific and technical comments on draft IRIS health assessments to EPA and other interested parties attending the listening session. EPA welcomes the comments that will be provided to the Agency by the listening session participants. The comments will be considered by the Agency as it revises the draft assessment after the independent external peer review. If listening session participants would like EPA to share their comments with the external peer reviewers, they should also submit written comments during the public comment period using the detailed and established procedures described in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.
Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: The 2011 Critical Use Exemption From the Phaseout of Methyl Bromide
Document Number: 2011-25273
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-09-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is finalizing uses that qualify for the 2011 critical use exemption and the amount of methyl bromide that may be produced, imported, or supplied from existing pre-phaseout inventory for those uses in 2011. EPA is taking this action under the authority of the Clean Air Act to reflect a recent consensus decision taken by the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer at the Twenty-First Meeting of the Parties.
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List: Deletion of the Martin-Marietta/Sodyeco Superfund Site
Document Number: 2011-25107
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-09-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 is issuing a Notice of Intent to Delete the Martin-Marietta/Sodyeco Superfund Site (Site), which is a portion of the Clariant Corporation property located at 11701 Mount Holly Road in Charlotte, North Carolina, from the National Priorities List (NPL) and requests comment on this proposed action. The NPL, promulgated pursuant to Section 105 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund) of 1980, as amended, is an appendix of the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP). EPA, with the concurrence of the State of North Carolina, through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), has determined that all appropriate response actions under CERCLA, other than operation, maintenance, and five-year reviews, have been completed. However, this deletion does not preclude future actions under Superfund if deemed necessary by EPA.
Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Reporting for Facilities Located in Indian Country and Clarification of Additional Opportunities Available to Tribal Governments Under the TRI Program
Document Number: 2011-24821
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-09-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This action proposes to: require TRI reporting facilities located in Indian country to report to the appropriate Tribal government for the relevant area instead of the State; and improve and clarify certain opportunities allowing Tribal governments to participate more fully in the TRI Program. In 1990, EPA finalized regulations in the Federal Register (FR) requiring facilities in Indian country to submit annual TRI reports to EPA and the appropriate Tribal government. These amendments, however, were inadvertently omitted from the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), and the relevant provisions were later overwritten by a subsequent final rule, thus resulting in the exclusion of the intended requirement from the CFR. EPA intends to correct that inadvertent result by proposing this rule. Further, because Tribal governmental structures may vary, EPA is proposing to update its terminology to refer to the principal elected official of the Tribe as the ``Tribal chairperson or equivalent elected official.'' EPA is also amending its definition of ``State'' for purposes of 40 CFR part 372 to no longer include Indian country, so as to avoid any confusing overlap in terminology with the proposed express discussion of facilities in Indian country. With regard to the procedures for EPA to modify the list of covered chemicals and TRI reporting facilities, EPA proposes to clarify the opportunities available to Tribal governments. In particular, EPA proposes to include within the relevant provision an opportunity for the Tribal Chairperson or equivalent elected official to request that EPA apply the TRI reporting requirements to a specific facility located within the Tribe's Indian country. Secondly, EPA is proposing that the Tribal Chairperson or equivalent elected official may petition EPA to add or delete a particular chemical respectively to or from the list of chemicals covered by TRI. By increasing the participation and engagement of Tribal governments in the TRI program, EPA is helping to increase awareness of toxic releases within Tribal communities, thereby increasing the understanding of potential human health and ecological impacts from these hazardous chemicals.
Registration Review; Pesticide Dockets Opened for Review and Comment and Other Docket Actions
Document Number: 2011-24819
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has established registration review dockets for the pesticides listed in the table in Unit III.A. With this document, EPA is opening the public comment period for these registration reviews. 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, the pesticide can perform its intended function without unreasonable adverse effects on human health or the environment. Registration review dockets contain information that will assist the public in understanding the types of information and issues that the Agency may consider during the course of registration reviews. 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. EPA is also announcing that the docket for methyl nonyl ketone (MNK), which was planned for September 2011, has been delayed to FY 2012 (Q3). This document also announces the Agency's intent not to open a registration review docket for puccinia thlaspeos (case number 6013). This pesticide does not currently have any actively registered pesticide products and is not, therefore, scheduled for review under the registration review program.
Proposed CERCLA Administrative Past Cost Recovery Settlement; IUNA, Inc. aka IU North America, Inc., Mine 2028 Site, Brazil, IN, SF Site #B5KK
Document Number: 2011-25109
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-29
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 response costs concerning the Mine 2028 site in Brazil, Clay County, Indiana with the following settling party: IUNA, Inc., also known as IU North America, Inc. The settlement requires the settling party to pay $100,000 to the Hazardous Substance Superfund. The settlement includes a covenant not to sue the settling party pursuant to Section 107(a) of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 9607(a). For thirty (30) days following the date of publication of this notice, the EPA will receive written comments relating to the settlement. The EPA 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 EPA's response to any comments received will be available for public inspection at EPA's Record Center, U.S. EPA, Room 714, 77 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60604.
Settlement Agreements for Recovery of Past Response Costs; Granite Timber Post and Pole Site, Philipsburg, Granite County, MT
Document Number: 2011-25082
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with the requirements of Section 122(i)(1) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, as amended (CERCLA), 42 U.S.C. 9622(i)(1), notice is hereby given of two Settlement Agreements under Section 122 (h)(1) of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 9622 (h)(1), between the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Margery Metesh (Settling Party) and Mark Metesh (Settling Party), regarding the Granite Timber Site (Site), located 5 miles south of Philipsburg and 0.5 miles west of Montana Highway 10A in Granite County, Montana. The Settlement Agreements propose to compromise a claim the United States has at this Site for Past Response Costs, as those terms are defined in the Settlement Agreements. Under the terms of the Settlement Agreements, the EPA and the Settling Parties agree that the Settling Parties have no ability to pay and the Settling Parties agree not to assert any claims or causes of action against the United States or its contractors or employees with respect to the Site. Additionally, Margery Metesh (Settling Party) agrees to file a deed record notice concerning a building on a small portion of the Site property. In exchange, the Settling Parties will be granted a covenant not to sue under section 107(a) of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 9607(a), with regard to reimbursement of Past Response Costs. Opportunity for Comment: For thirty (30) days following the publication of this notice, the EPA will consider all comments received and may modify or withdraw its consent to that portion of the Settlement Agreement, if comments received disclose facts or considerations which indicate that the settlement is inappropriate, improper, or inadequate. The EPA's response to any comments received will be available for public inspection at the Superfund Record Center, EPA Region 8, 1595 Wynkoop Street, 3rd Floor, in Denver, Colorado.
Adequacy Status of the Ohio Portion of the Huntington/Ashland Submitted Annual Fine Particulate Matter Maintenance Plan for Transportation Conformity Purposes
Document Number: 2011-25080
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In this notice, EPA is notifying the public that we have made insignificance findings through the transportation conformity adequacy process, under the Clean Air Act, for directly emitted fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and oxides of nitrogen (NOX) in the Ohio portion of the Huntington/Ashland WV-KY-OH area. Ohio submitted the insignificance findings with the redesignation and maintenance plan submittal on May 4, 2011. As a result of our findings, the Ohio portion of the Huntington/Ashland area is no longer required to perform a regional emissions analysis for either directly emitted PM2.5 or NOX as part of future PM2.5 conformity determinations for the 1997 annual PM2.5 air quality standard.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana; Cincinnati-Hamilton Nonattainment Area; Determinations of Attainment of the 1997 Annual Fine Particulate Standards
Document Number: 2011-24811
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-09-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is determining that the tri-state Cincinnati-Hamilton, Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana, fine particulate (PM2.5) nonattainment Area (hereafter referred to as ``the Cincinnati Area'' or ``Area'') has attained the 1997 annual average PM2.5 national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) and additionally, that the Area has attained the 1997 annual PM2.5 NAAQS by its applicable attainment date of April 5, 2010. The Cincinnati Area is comprised of Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, and Warren Counties in Ohio; Boone, Campbell and Kenton Counties in Kentucky; and a portion of Dearborn County in Indiana. These determinations of attainment are based upon quality-assured and certified ambient air monitoring data for the 2007-2009 period showing that the Area has monitored attainment of the 1997 annual PM2.5 NAAQS. 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 attainment of the standard shall be suspended so long as the Area continues to attain the 1997 annual PM2.5 NAAQS.
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, Santa Barbara Air Pollution Control District, Sacramento Municipal Air Quality Management District and South Coast Air Quality Management District
Document Number: 2011-24689
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-09-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the Santa Barbara Air Pollution Control District (SBAPCD), Sacramento Municipal Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD) and South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) portions of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from solvent cleaning machines and solvent cleaning operations and oil and gas production wells. We are proposing to approve local rules to regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act).
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, Santa Barbara Air Pollution Control District, Sacramento Municipal Air Quality Management District and South Coast Air Quality Management District
Document Number: 2011-24688
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-09-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Santa Barbara Air Pollution Control District (SBAPCD), Sacramento Municipal Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD) and South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) portions of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from solvent cleaning machines and solvent cleaning operations and oil and gas production wells. We are approving local rules that regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act).
Isaria fumosorosea Apopka Strain 97; Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: 2011-24990
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-09-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of Isaria fumosorosea (formerly known as Paecilomyces fumosoroseus) Apopka strain 97 in or on all food commodities when applied as an insecticide or miticide and used in accordance with good agricultural practices. Certis USA, LLC, 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 Isaria fumosorosea Apopka strain 97 under the FFDCA.
Hazardous Waste Management System; Identification and Listing of Hazardous Waste; Withdrawal of proposed rule
Document Number: 2011-24984
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-09-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Because EPA has discovered additional information which we believe is pertinent for consideration in this decision, we are withdrawing the proposed rule to grant an exclusion for Republic Services, Inc./BFI Gulf West Landfill (Gulf West) located in Anahuac, TX, published on January 28, 2011. This notice removes the proposed rule published in 76 FR 5110 (January 28, 2011) for public review and comment.
National Environmental Justice Advisory Council; Notification of Public Meeting and Public Comment
Document Number: 2011-24982
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), Public Law 92-463, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hereby provides notice that the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) will meet on the dates and times described below. All meetings are open to the public. Members of the public are encouraged to provide comments relevant to the specific issues being considered by the NEJAC. For additional information about registering for public comment, please see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Due to limited space, seating at the NEJAC meeting will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Ambient Air Quality Surveillance
Document Number: 2011-24981
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that the 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 the ICR to the OMB for review and approval, the EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below.
Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program; Weight-of-Evidence Guidance Document; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2011-24893
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA's Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP) is announcing the availability of a final guidance document titled, ``Weight-of-Evidence: Evaluating Results of EDSP Tier 1 Screening to Identify the Need for Tier 2 Testing.'' This weight-of-evidence (WoE) guidance document was revised based on public and peer review comments and existing peer-reviewed EPA guidelines. This guidance document provides basic principles and criteria for application of a WoE approach to evaluate results from the battery of Tier 1 screening assays along with other scientific and technical information relevant to Tier 1 screening to determine whether or not a chemical has the potential to interact with the estrogen, androgen, or thyroid (E, A, or T) hormonal pathways of the endocrine system. The combined results and information will also be used to identify which tests and information may be needed for Tier 2 testing.
Product Cancellation Order for Certain Pesticide Registrations
Document Number: 2011-24832
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-28
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 Tables 1, 2, and 3 of Unit II., pursuant to section 6(f)(1) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended. This cancellation order follows an August 5, 2011 Federal Register Notice of Receipt of Requests from the registrants listed in Table 4 of Unit II. to voluntarily cancel these product registrations. In the August 5, 2011 notice, EPA indicated that it would issue an order implementing the cancellations, unless the Agency received substantive comments within the 30-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.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Indiana; Prevention of Significant Deterioration Greenhouse Gas Tailoring Rule
Document Number: 2011-24790
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-09-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving revisions to the Indiana State Implementation Plan (SIP), submitted by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) to EPA on July 7, 2011. The 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 proposed approval of these regulatory revisions on June 17, 2011, and received no comments. This action affects major stationary sources in Indiana that have GHG emissions above the thresholds established in the PSD regulations.
Amisulbrom; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2011-24685
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-09-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of amisulbrom in or on grapes and tomatoes. Nissan Chemical Industries, Inc., c/o Lewis & Harrison requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Notice of Receipt of Requests for Amendments To Delete Uses in Certain Pesticide Registrations
Document Number: 2011-24642
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-28
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 request for amendments by registrants to delete uses in certain pesticide registrations. Section 6(f)(1) of FIFRA provides that a registrant of a pesticide product may at any time request that any of its pesticide registrations be amended to delete one or more uses. FIFRA further provides that, before acting on the request, EPA must publish a notice of receipt of any request in the Federal Register.