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Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Determinations of Attainment of the 1997 8-Hour Ozone Standard for the Pittsburgh-Beaver Valley Moderate Nonattainment Area
Document Number: 2012-29790
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-12-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to make two separate and independent determinations regarding the Pittsburgh-Beaver Valley 1997 8-hour ozone nonattainment area (the Pittsburgh Area). First, EPA is proposing to determine that the Pittsburgh Area attained the 1997 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) by the applicable attainment date of June 15, 2010. This proposal is based upon complete, quality assured, and certified ambient air monitoring data for the 2007-2009 monitoring period showing monitored attainment of the 1997 8- hour ozone NAAQS. Second, EPA is proposing to determine that the Pittsburgh Area is attaining the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS, based on complete, quality assured, and certified ambient air monitoring data for the 2009-2011 monitoring period, and available preliminary data for 2012. If finalized, this determination would suspend the requirement for the Pittsburgh Area to submit an attainment demonstration, reasonably available control measures (RACM), a reasonable further progress (RFP) plan, and contingency measures related to attainment of the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS for so long as the area continues to attain that NAAQS. These determinations do not constitute a redesignation to attainment. The Pittsburgh Area will remain designated nonattainment for the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS until such time as EPA determines that the Pittsburgh Area meets the Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements for redesignation to attainment, including an approved maintenance plan. These actions are being taken under the CAA.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; State of Florida; Regional Haze State Implementation Plan
Document Number: 2012-29764
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-12-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve certain Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART) and reasonable progress determinations included in a regional haze state implementation plan (SIP) amendment submitted by the State of Florida, through the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), on September 17, 2012. These BART and reasonable progress determinations are for sources that are subject to the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) and were initially included in a July 31, 2012, draft regional haze SIP amendment submitted by FDEP for parallel processing and re-submitted in final form as part of the State's September 17, 2012, regional haze SIP amendment. In this action, EPA also proposes to find that Florida's September 17, 2012, amendment corrects the deficiencies that led to the proposed May 25, 2012, limited approval and proposed December 30, 2011, limited disapproval of the State's entire regional haze SIP, and that Florida's SIP meets all of the regional haze requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA). EPA is therefore withdrawing the previously proposed limited disapproval of Florida's entire regional haze SIP and proposing full approval. This proposed action supplements the May 25, 2012, proposed limited approval action by superseding the proposed limited approval and replacing it with a proposed full approval. EPA will take final action on the May 25, 2012, proposal, as supplemented herein, in conjunction with final action on today's proposal.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maryland; The 2002 Base Year Inventory for the Baltimore, MD Nonattainment Area for the 1997 Fine Particulate Matter National Ambient Air Quality Standard
Document Number: 2012-29610
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-12-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve the fine particulate matter (PM2.5) 2002 base year emissions inventory portion of the State of Maryland State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Maryland, through the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), on June 6, 2008 for Baltimore, Maryland. The emissions inventory is part of Maryland's June 6, 2008 SIP revision that was submitted to meet nonattainment requirements related to the Baltimore, Maryland nonattainment area (hereafter referred to as Baltimore Area or Area) for Maryland's 1997 PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) SIP. EPA is approving the 2002 base year PM2.5 emissions inventory for Baltimore, Maryland submitted by MDE in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maryland; the 2002 Base Year Inventory for the Baltimore, MD Nonattainment Area for the 1997 Fine Particulate Matter National Ambient Air Quality Standard
Document Number: 2012-29608
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-12-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA proposes to approve the fine particulate matter (PM2.5) 2002 base year emissions inventory portion of the State of Maryland State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Maryland, through the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), on June 6, 2008 for Baltimore, Maryland. In the Final Rules section of this Federal Register, EPA is approving the State's SIP submittal as a direct final rule without prior proposal because the Agency views this as a noncontroversial submittal and anticipates no adverse comments. A more detailed description of the State submittal and EPA's evaluation is included in a Technical Support Document (TSD) prepared in support of this rulemaking action. A copy of the TSD is available, upon request, from the EPA Regional Office listed in the ADDRESSES section of this document. If no adverse comments are received in response to this action, no further activity is contemplated. If EPA receives adverse comments, the direct final rule will be withdrawn and all public comments received will be addressed in a subsequent final rule based on this proposed rule. EPA will not institute a second comment period. Any parties interested in commenting on this action should do so at this time.
Approval of Air Quality Implementation Plans; California; Eastern Kern, Imperial County, Placer County, and Yolo-Solano; Prevention of Significant Deterioration
Document Number: 2012-29536
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-12-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing approval of revisions to the California State Implementation Plan (SIP) under the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act). EPA is proposing approval of four permitting rules submitted for the Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District (EKAPCD), Imperial County Air Pollution Control District (ICAPCD), Placer County Air Pollution Control District (PCAPCD), and Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District (YSAQMD) portions of the California SIP. The State of California is required under Part C of title I of the Act to adopt and implement a SIP-approved Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permit program. We are proposing to revise the SIP to incorporate EKAPCD Rule 210.4Prevention of Significant Deterioration, ICAPCD Rule 904Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) Permit Program, PCAPCD Rule 518Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) Permit Program, and YSAQMD Rule 3.24Prevention of Significant Deterioration. The approval of these rules would establish a PSD permit program in each District for pre-construction review of certain new and modified major stationary sources in attainment or unclassifiable areas. We are soliciting comments on this proposal. In the ``Rules'' section of this Federal Register, we are approving these California SIP revisions as a direct final rule without a prior proposed rule. If we receive no adverse comment, we will not take further action on this proposed rule. If we receive adverse comment, we will publish a timely withdrawal in the Federal Register informing the public that this rule, or the relevant provisions of the rule, will not take effect, and all public comments received will be addressed in any subsequent final rule based on this proposed rule.
Approval of Air Quality Implementation Plans; California; Eastern Kern, Imperial, Placer, and Yolo-Solano; Prevention of Significant Deterioration
Document Number: 2012-29535
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-12-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking final action on revisions to the California State Implementation Plan (SIP) under the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act). EPA is approving four permitting rules submitted for the Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District (EKAPCD), Imperial County Air Pollution Control District (ICAPCD), Placer County Air Pollution Control District (PCAPCD), and Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District (YSAQMD) portions of the California SIP. The State of California is required under part C of title I of the Act to adopt and implement a SIP- approved Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permit program. We are revising the SIP to incorporate EKAPCD Rule 210.4Prevention of Significant Deterioration, ICAPCD Rule 904Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) Permit Program, PCAPCD Rule 518Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) Permit Program, and YSAQMD Rule 3.24 Prevention of Significant Deterioration. The approval of these rules will establish a PSD permit program in each District for pre- construction review of certain new and modified major stationary sources in attainment or unclassifiable areas.
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District
Document Number: 2012-29532
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-12-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District (MBUAPCD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern opacity standards related to multiple pollutants, including particulate matter (PM) emissions from several different types of sources, ranging from fugitive dust to gas turbines. We are approving a local rule that regulates these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District
Document Number: 2012-29530
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-12-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District (MBUAPCD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). This revision concerns opacity standards related to multiple pollutants, including particulate matter (PM) emissions from several different types of sources, ranging from fugitive dust to gas turbines. We are proposing to approve a local rule to regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).
Approval of Air Quality Implementation Plans; California; South Coast Air Quality Management District; Prevention of Significant Deterioration; Greenhouse Gases
Document Number: 2012-29528
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-12-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking final action under section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA) to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision for the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD or District) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). This SIP revision incorporates District Rule 1714Prevention of Significant Deterioration for Greenhouse Gases into the California SIP. The submitted revision is a permitting rule that contains the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permit program applicable to new and modified major stationary sources of greenhouse gases (GHGs) as required by Part C of title I of the Clean Air Act. In addition, upon the effective date of this action, the District is no longer subject to the Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) at 40 CFR 52.21 as it pertains to GHGs.
Revisions to Stormwater Regulations To Clarify That an NPDES Permit Is Not Required for Stormwater Discharges From Logging Roads
Document Number: 2012-29688
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-12-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is revising its Phase I stormwater regulations to clarify that stormwater discharges from logging roads do not constitute stormwater discharges associated with industrial activity and that a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit is not required for these stormwater discharges.
Proposed Consent Decree, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
Document Number: 2012-29687
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with section 113(g) of the Clean Air Act, as amended (``CAA'' or the ``Act''), notice is hereby given of a proposed consent decree to address a lawsuit filed by Sierra Club in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia: Sierra Club v. Jackson, No. 1:08-cv-00424 RWR (D. DC). Sierra Club filed a complaint alleging that EPA failed to meet its obligations under section 112(e)(1)(E) of the CAA to promulgate emission standards for hazardous air pollutant emissions from brick and structural clay products manufacturing facilities and clay ceramics manufacturing facilities located at major sources by November 15, 2000. The proposed consent decree establishes deadlines for EPA's proposed and final actions for meeting these obligations.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2012-29685
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Zeta Cypermethrin; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2012-29683
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-12-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of zeta- cypermethrin in or on multiple commodities which are identified and discussed later in this document. Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Buprofezin Pesticide Tolerances; Technical Correction
Document Number: 2012-29680
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-12-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA issued a final rule in the Federal Register of Wednesday, October 17, 2012, concerning buprofezin pesticide tolerances. This document corrects a typographical error.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maryland; The 2002 Base Year Emissions Inventory for the Washington County, MD Nonattainment Area for the 1997 Fine Particulate Matter National Ambient Air Quality Standard
Document Number: 2012-29611
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-12-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving the fine particulate matter (PM2.5) 2002 base year emissions inventory portion of the Maryland State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Maryland, through the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), on June 6, 2008. The emissions inventory is part of the June 6, 2008 SIP revision that was submitted to meet nonattainment requirements related to the Washington County, Maryland nonattainment area for the 1997 PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) SIP. EPA is approving the 2002 base year PM2.5 emissions inventory in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, Imperial County, Placer County, and Ventura County Air Pollution Control Districts
Document Number: 2012-29363
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-12-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the Imperial County Air Pollution Control District (ICAPCD), Placer County Air Pollution Control District (PCAPCD) and Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (PCAPCD) portions of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). Under authority of the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act), we are proposing to approve local rules that address emission statements for ICAPCD and PCAPCD and definitions for VCAPCD.
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, for Imperial County, Placer County and Ventura County Air Pollution Control Districts
Document Number: 2012-29117
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-12-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Imperial County Air Pollution Control District (ICAPCD), Placer County Air Pollution Control District (PCAPCD) and Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (PCAPCD) portions of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). Under authority of the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act), we are approving local rules that address emission statements for ICAPCD and PCAPCD and definitions for VCAPCD.
California State Nonroad Engine Pollution Control Standards; Portable Equipment Registration Program; Notice of Decision
Document Number: 2012-29513
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is granting authorization for the California Air Resources Board's (CARB's) amendments to its Portable Equipment Registration Program (PERP), and confirming that certain portions of CARB's PERP program is within the scope of previous EPA authorizations. PERP is a voluntary statewide program that enables registration of nonroad engines and equipment that operate at multiple locations across California, so that the engine and equipment owners can operate throughout California without obtaining permits from local air pollution control districts.
Regulation of Fuels and Fuel Additives: Modifications to Renewable Fuel Standard and Diesel Sulfur Programs
Document Number: 2012-29512
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-12-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA published a direct final rule on October 9, 2012 to amend the definition of heating oil in 40 CFR 80.1401 in the Renewable Fuel Standard (``RFS'') program under section 211(o) of the Clean Air Act. The direct final rule also amended requirements under EPA's diesel sulfur program related to the sulfur content of locomotive and marine diesel fuel produced by transmix processors, and the fuel marker requirements for 500 ppm sulfur locomotive and marine (LM) diesel fuel to allow for solvent yellow 124 marker to transition out of the distribution system. Because EPA received adverse comments on the heating oil definition and transmix amendments, we are withdrawing those portions of the direct final rule. Because EPA did not receive adverse comments with respect to the yellow marker amendments, those amendments will become effective as indicated in the direct final rule.
California State Nonroad Engine Pollution Control Standards; In-Use Portable Diesel Engines 50 Horsepower and Greater; Notice of Decision
Document Number: 2012-29511
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is granting the California Air Resources Board's (CARB's) request for an authorization of its airborne toxic control measure for in-use portable diesel-fueled compression-ignition engines 50 horsepower and greater.
New York State Prohibition of Discharges of Vessel Sewage; Receipt of Petition and Tentative Affirmative Determination
Document Number: 2012-29509
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is given that, pursuant to Clean Water Act Section 312(f)(3), the State of New York has determined that the protection and enhancement of the quality of the New York State (NYS or the State) portion of Lake Erie requires greater environmental protection, and has petitioned the United States Environmental Protection Agency, 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 has proposed to establish a ``Vessel Waste No Discharge Zone'' for the State's portion of Lake Erie stretching from the Pennsylvania-New York State boundary to include the upper Niagara River to Niagara Falls. The proposed No Discharge Zone encompasses approximately 593 square miles and 84 linear shoreline miles, including the navigable portions of the Upper Niagara River and numerous other tributaries and harbors, and embayments of the Lake, including Barcelona Harbor, Dunkirk Harbor and Buffalo Outer Harbor, and other formally designated habitats and waterways of local, state, and national significance.
Toxicological Review of Inorganic Arsenic (Cancer and Noncancer Effects): In Support of Summary Information on the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)
Document Number: 2012-29507
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The inorganic arsenic (iAs) public stakeholder workshop is designed to inform the planning for EPA's toxicological review of chronic exposure to iAs (cancer and noncancer effects), which EPA intends to post in the IRIS database. Workshop participants will be asked to highlight significant new and emerging research, discuss methods for evaluating literature, identify critical research issues (including mode of action) that may impact the toxicological review, and discuss approaches for dose-response. The ultimate goals of the workshop are to ensure that while developing the toxicological review, EPA provides public stakeholders an opportunity to inform the toxicological review and transparently communicates how EPA will produce a toxicological review that meets the needs of Agency stakeholders and partners.
Outer Continental Shelf Air Regulations Consistency Update for California
Document Number: 2012-29413
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-12-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA'') is finalizing the update of the Outer Continental Shelf (``OCS'') Air Regulations proposed in the Federal Register on August 30, 2012. Requirements applying to OCS sources located within 25 miles of States' seaward boundaries must be updated periodically to remain consistent with the requirements of the corresponding onshore area (``COA''), as mandated by the Clean Air Act, as amended in 1990 (``the Act''). The portion of the OCS air regulations that is being updated pertains to the requirements for OCS sources for which the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (``Santa Barbara County APCD'' or ``District'') is the designated COA. The intended effect of approving the OCS requirements for the Santa Barbara County APCD is to regulate emissions from OCS sources in accordance with the requirements onshore.
Approval and Promulgation of State Implementation Plans: State of Washington; Regional Haze State Implementation Plan
Document Number: 2012-29397
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-12-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking final action to approve the Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART) determination for NOX for the TransAlta Centralia Generation LLC coal-fired power plant in Centralia, Washington (TransAlta). The Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) submitted its Regional Haze State Implementation Plan (SIP) on December 22, 2010 to meet the requirements of the Clean Air Act Regional Haze Rule at 40 CFR 50.308. On December 29, 2011 Ecology submitted an update to the SIP submittal containing a revised and updated BART determination for TransAlta. On May 23, 2012, EPA proposed to approve the portion of the revised SIP submission containing the BART determination for TransAlta.77 FR 30467. EPA plans to act on the remaining Regional Haze SIP elements for Washington in the near future.
Alkyl(C8
Document Number: 2012-29106
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-12-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of the N-alkyl(C8- C18) dimethylamidopropylamines where the alkyl group is linear and may be saturated and/or unsaturated when used as an inert ingredient at levels not to exceed 20% in herbicide formulations applied to growing crops. Dow AgroSciences, LLC, submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), requesting establishment of an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of the N-alkyl(C8- C18) dimethylamidopropylamines.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Florida; 110(a)(2)(D)(i)(II) Infrastructure Requirement for the 1997 and 2006 Fine Particulate Matter National Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2012-29400
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-12-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve in part, and disapprove in part, the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submissions, submitted by the State of Florida, through the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on April 18, 2008, and September 23, 2009. This proposal addresses the Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements pertaining to prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) for the 1997 annual and 2006 24-hour fine particulate matter (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) infrastructure SIPs. The CAA requires that each state adopt and submit a SIP for the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of each NAAQS promulgated by EPA, which is commonly referred to as an ``infrastructure'' SIP. EPA is proposing to approve in part, and disapprove in part the submission for Florida, that relates to adequate provisions prohibiting emissions that interfere with any other state's required measures to prevent significant deterioration of its air quality. All other applicable infrastructure requirements for the 1997 annual and 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS associated with Florida are being addressed in separate rulemakings.
Notice of Receipt of Requests to Voluntarily Cancel Certain Pesticide Registrations
Document Number: 2012-29384
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), 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 its requests. If these requests are granted, any sale, distribution, or use of products listed in this notice will be permitted after the registration has been cancelled only if such sale, distribution, or use is consistent with the terms as described in the final order.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Region 4 States; Section 110(a)(2)(D)(i)(II) Infrastructure Requirement for the 1997 and 2006 Fine Particulate Matter National Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2012-29370
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-12-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to conditionally approve submissions from Kentucky, North Carolina and Tennessee for inclusion into each states' State Implementation Plan (SIP). This proposal addresses the Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements pertaining to prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) for the 1997 annual and 2006 24-hour fine particulate matter (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) infrastructure SIPs. The CAA requires that each state adopt and submit a SIP for the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of each NAAQS promulgated by EPA, which is commonly referred to as an ``infrastructure'' SIP. EPA is proposing to conditionally approve the submissions for Kentucky, North Carolina and Tennessee that relate to adequate provisions prohibiting emissions that interfere with any other state's required measures to prevent significant deterioration of its air quality. The subject of this notice is limited to infrastructure provisions prohibiting emissions that interfere with any other state's required measures to prevent significant deterioration of its air quality. All other applicable infrastructure elements for these states are being addressed in separate rulemakings.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Region 4 States; Section 110(a)(2)(D)(i)(II) Infrastructure Requirement for the 1997 and 2006 Fine Particulate Matter National Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2012-29367
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-12-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve submissions from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and South Carolina for inclusion into each states' State Implementation Plans (SIP). This proposal pertains to the Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements regarding prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) for the 1997 annual and 2006 24-hour fine particulate matter (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) infrastructure SIPs. The CAA requires that each state adopt and submit a SIP for the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of each NAAQS promulgated by EPA, which is commonly referred to as an ``infrastructure'' SIP. EPA is proposing to approve the submissions for Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina that relate to adequate provisions prohibiting emissions that interfere with any other state's required measures to prevent significant deterioration of its air quality. All other applicable infrastructure requirements for the 1997 annual and 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS associated with these States are being addressed in separate rulemakings.
Dodine; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2012-29251
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-12-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of dodine, (N-dodecyl guanidine acetate) in or on multiple commodities and also removes multiple, previously established tolerances which are identified and discussed later in this document. Agriphar S.A., c/o Ceres International LLC requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Picoxystrobin; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2012-29250
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-12-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of picoxystrobin in or on multiple commodities which are identified and discussed later in this document. E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Notice of Receipt of Pesticide Products; Registration Applications
Document Number: 2012-29249
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has received applications to register pesticide products containing an active ingredient not included in any currently registered pesticide products. Pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is hereby providing notice of receipt and opportunity to comment on these applications.
Clodinafop-Propargyl; Pesticide Tolerance
Document Number: 2012-29248
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-12-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation reduces the established tolerance for residues of clodinafop-propargyl in or on wheat, grain. Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC requested this tolerance change under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Approval, Disapproval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Arizona; Regional Haze State and Federal Implementation Plans
Document Number: 2012-28565
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-12-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking final action to approve in part and disapprove in part a portion of Arizona's State Implementation Plan (SIP) submittal for its regional haze program and to promulgate a Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) for the disapproved elements of the SIP. The State and Federal plans are to implement the regional haze program in Arizona for the first planning period through 2018. This final rule addresses only the portion of the SIP related to Arizona's determination of Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART) to control emissions from eight units at three electric generating stations: Apache Generating Station, Cholla Power Plant and Coronado Generating Station. Consistent with our proposal, EPA approves in this final rule the State's determination that the three sources are subject to BART, and approves the State's emissions limits for sulfur dioxide (SO2) and particulate matter less than or equal to 10 micrometers (PM10) at all the units, but disapproves Arizona's BART emissions limits for nitrogen oxides (NOX) at the coal-fired units of the three power plants. We also are promulgating a FIP that contains new emissions limits for NOX at these coal-fired units and compliance schedules for implementation of BART as well as requirements for equipment maintenance, monitoring, recordkeeping and reporting for all units and all pollutants at the three sources. In today's action, we are revising some elements of the proposed FIP in response to comments and additional information that we received.
Cross-Media Electronic Reporting: Authorized Program Revision Approval, State of Georgia
Document Number: 2012-29252
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces EPA's approval of the State of Georgia's request to revise certain of its EPA-authorized programs to allow electronic reporting.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Delaware; Control of Stationary Generator Emissions
Document Number: 2012-29103
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-12-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve a revision to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) State Implementation Plan (SIP). The revision amends Regulation 1102PERMITS, Appendix A to provide permit exemptions for certain internal combustion engines. EPA is approving this revision in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Delaware; Control of Stationary Generator Emissions
Document Number: 2012-28828
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-12-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA proposes to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Delaware for the purpose of amending Regulation No. 1102, Appendix A to clarify the permitting requirements for owners of stationary generators. In the Final Rules section of this Federal Register, EPA is approving the State's SIP submittal as a direct final rule without prior proposal because the Agency views this as a noncontroversial submittal and anticipates no adverse comments. A detailed rationale for the approval is set forth in the direct final rule. If no adverse comments are received in response to this action, no further activity is contemplated. If EPA receives adverse comments, the direct final rule will be withdrawn and all public comments received will be addressed in a subsequent final rule based on this proposed rule. EPA will not institute a second comment period. Any parties interested in commenting on this action should do so at this time.
Meetings of the Local Government Advisory Committee and the Small Communities Advisory Subcommittee
Document Number: 2012-29111
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-12-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Small Communities Advisory Subcommittee (SCAS) will meet meet in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. (EST). The Subcommittee will discuss training related to land use and economic development; decentralized wastewater treatment; and other issues and recommendations to the Administrator regarding environmental issues affecting small communities. The Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) will meet in Washington, DC, on Thursday, December 13, 2012, 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (EST), and Friday, December 14, 2012, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (MT). These are open meetings, and all interested persons are invited to participate. The Subcommittee will hear comments from the public between 2:50 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12, 2012, and the Committee will hear comments from the public between 3:50 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 13, 2012. Individuals or organizations wishing to address the Subcommittee or the Committee will be allowed a maximum of five minutes to present their point of view. Also, written comments should be submitted electronically to davis.catherinem@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.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Tennessee; Interstate Transport Infrastructure Requirements (Prevention of Significant Deterioration) for the 2008 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2012-29107
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-12-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to conditionally approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submission, submitted by the State of Tennessee through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC). This proposal pertains to the Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements pertaining to prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) (concerning the PM2.5 increments) for the for the 2008 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) infrastructure SIPs. The CAA requires that each state adopt and submit a SIP for the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of each NAAQS promulgated by EPA, which is commonly referred to as an ``infrastructure'' SIP. TDEC certified that the Tennessee SIP contains provisions that ensure the 2008 8-hour ozone NAAQS are implemented, enforced, and maintained in Tennessee (hereafter referred to as ``infrastructure submission''). EPA is proposing to supplement the earlier proposed approval related to sections related to prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) (concerning the PM2.5 increments) by proposing conditional approval of the State's infrastructure submission based upon a October 4, 2012, commitment by the State to submit a SIP revision to address current deficiencies in these sections. EPA is proposing to conditionally approve these sections related to PSD because the current Tennessee SIP does not include provisions to fully comply with the requirements of these sections. All of the other required infrastructure elements for the 2008 8-hour ozone NAAQS are being addressed in a separate rulemaking.
Halosulfuron-Methyl; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2012-29105
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-12-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of halosulfuron-methyl in or on multiple commodities which are identified and discussed later in this document. Canyon Group L.L.C., c/o Gowan Company requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Michigan; Regional Haze State Implementation Plan; Federal Implementation Plan for Regional Haze
Document Number: 2012-29014
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-12-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is finalizing action on a State Implementation Plan (SIP) submittal from the State of Michigan dated November 5, 2010, addressing regional haze for the first implementation period (ending in 2018). This action is being taken in accordance with the Clean Air Act and EPA's rules for states to prevent and remedy future and existing anthropogenic impairment of visibility in mandatory Class I areas through a regional haze program. EPA finds that Michigan meets several regional haze planning requirements, including identification of affected Class I areas, provision of a monitoring plan, consultation with other parties, and adoption of a long-term strategy providing for reasonable progress except to the extent Michigan's plan failed to require best available retrofit technology (BART). As part of this action, EPA finds that the State's submittal addressed BART for some sources but failed to satisfy BART for two sources, namely St. Marys Cement (SMC) and Escanaba Paper Company (Escanaba Paper). EPA is promulgating a Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) including nitrogen oxide (NOX) emission limits for these two sources in addition to sulfur dioxide (SO2) emission limits for SMC to satisfy these requirements.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; California; Determinations of Attainment for the 1997 8-Hour Ozone Standard
Document Number: 2012-29013
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-12-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is making a number of determinations relating to 1997 8- hour ozone nonattainment areas in California. First, EPA is determining that six 8-hour ozone nonattainment areas in California (Amador and Calaveras Counties, Chico, Kern County, Mariposa and Tuolumne Counties, Nevada County, and Sutter County) (``six CA areas'') attained the 1997 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) by their applicable attainment dates. Second, in conjunction with its determinations for Mariposa and Tuolumne Counties and Nevada County, EPA is granting these areas one-year attainment date extensions. Lastly, EPA is determining that the six CA areas and the Ventura County 8-hour ozone nonattainment area in CA have attained and continue to attain the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS based on the most recent three years of data. Under the provisions of EPA's ozone implementation rule, these determinations suspend the requirements to submit revisions to the state implementation plans (SIP) for these areas related to attainment of the 1997 8-hour ozone standard for as long as these areas continue to meet the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS.
Health and Safety Data Reporting; Addition of Certain Chemicals
Document Number: 2012-28840
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-12-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This final rule requires manufacturers (including importers) of cadmium or cadmium compounds, including as part of an article, that have been, or are reasonably likely to be, incorporated into consumer products to report certain unpublished health and safety studies to EPA. The Interagency Testing Committee (ITC), established under section 4(e) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to recommend chemicals and chemical mixtures to EPA for priority testing consideration, amends the TSCA section 4(e) Priority Testing List through periodic reports submitted to EPA. The ITC added cadmium and cadmium compounds to the Priority Testing List through its 69th ITC Report.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2012-29037
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-11-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), 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: ``EPA's Design for the Environment (DfE) Formulator Product Recognition Program'' and identified by EPA ICR No. 2302.02 and OMB Control No. 2070-0178, is scheduled to expire on June 30, 2013. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Ohio; Redesignation of the Ohio Portion of the Parkersburg-Marietta Area to Attainment of the 1997 Annual Standard for Fine Particulate Matter
Document Number: 2012-29012
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-11-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On February 29, 2012, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency submitted a request for EPA to approve the redesignation of the Ohio portion of the Parkersburg-Marietta West Virginia-Ohio nonattainment area to attainment of the 1997 annual standard for fine particulate matter (PM2.5). EPA is proposing to approve Ohio's request. EPA is proposing to determine that the entire Parkersburg-Marietta area attains the 1997 annual PM2.5 standard, based on the most recent three years of certified air quality data. EPA is proposing to approve, as revisions to the Ohio State Implementation Plan (SIP), the state's plan for maintaining the 1997 annual PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) through 2022 in the area. EPA is proposing to approve a 2005 emissions inventory for the Ohio portion of the Parkersburg-Marietta area as meeting the comprehensive emissions inventory requirement of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act). Ohio's maintenance plan submission includes an insignificance finding for the mobile source contribution of PM2.5 and nitrogen oxides (NOX) to Ohio's portion of the Parkersburg-Marietta PM2.5 area for transportation conformity purposes; EPA agrees with this finding and proposes to determine the insignificance of the 2022 motor vehicle emission budget (MVEB) for the Ohio portion of the Parkersburg-Marietta area for transportation conformity purposes.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Notification of Substantial Risk of Injury to Health and the Environment Under TSCA Section 8(e) (Renewal); EPA ICR No. 0794.13
Document Number: 2012-29011
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-11-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), 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: ``Notification of Substantial Risk of Injury to Health and the Environment under TSCA Section 8(e)'' and identified by EPA ICR No. 0794.13 and OMB Control No. 2070-0046, is scheduled to expire on June 30, 2013. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2012-29006
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-11-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Ohio; Redesignation of the Ohio Portion of the Wheeling Area to Attainment of the 1997 Annual Standard for Fine Particulate Matter
Document Number: 2012-29005
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-11-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On April 16, 2012, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency submitted a request for EPA to approve the redesignation of the Ohio portion of the Wheeling, West Virginia-Ohio (WV-OH), nonattainment area to attainment of the 1997 annual standard for fine particulate matter (PM2.5). EPA is proposing to approve Ohio's request. EPA is proposing to determine that the entire Wheeling West Virginia-Ohio area attains the 1997 annual PM2.5 standard, based on the most recent three years of certified air quality data. EPA is proposing to approve, as revisions to the Ohio State Implementation Plan (SIP), the state's plan for maintaining the 1997 annual PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) through 2022 in the Ohio portion of the area. EPA is proposing to approve a 2005 emissions inventory for the Ohio portion of the Wheeling area as meeting the comprehensive emissions inventory requirement of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act). Ohio's maintenance plan submission includes an insignificance finding for the mobile source contribution of PM2.5 and nitrogen oxides (NOX) to Ohio's portion of the Wheeling PM2.5 Area for transportation conformity purposes; EPA agrees with this finding and proposes to determine the insignificance of the 2022 motor vehicle emission budget (MVEB) for the Ohio portion of the Wheeling area for transportation conformity purposes.
Reconsideration of Certain New Source and Startup/Shutdown Issues: National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants From Coal- and Oil-Fired Electric Utility Steam Generating Units and Standards of Performance for Fossil-Fuel-Fired Electric Utility, Industrial-Commercial-Institutional, and Small Industrial-Commercial-Institutional Steam Generating Units
Document Number: 2012-28729
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-11-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On February 16, 2012, pursuant to sections 111 and 112 of the Clean Air Act (CAA), the EPA published the final rules titled ``National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants from Coal- and Oil-fired Electric Utility Steam Generating Units and Standards of Performance for Fossil-Fuel-Fired Electric Utility, Industrial- Commercial-Institutional, and Small Industrial-Commercial-Institutional Steam Generating Units.'' The National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) rule issued pursuant to CAA section 112 is referred to as the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS), and the New Source Performance Standards rule issued pursuant to CAA section 111 is referred to as the Utility NSPS. The Administrator received petitions for reconsideration of certain aspects of MATS and the Utility NSPS. In this notice, the EPA is announcing reconsideration of certain new source standards for MATS, the requirements applicable during periods of startup and shutdown for MATS, the startup and shutdown provisions related to the particulate matter (PM) standard in the Utility NSPS, and certain revisions to the definitional and monitoring provisions of the Utility NSPS. We are also proposing certain technical corrections to both MATS and the Utility NSPS. We seek comment only on the aspects of the final MATS and Utility NSPS rules specifically identified in this notice. We are not opening for reconsideration any other provisions of MATS or the Utility NSPS at this time.