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Approval of Request for Delegation of Authority for Prevention of Accidental Release, North Dakota Department of Agriculture
Document Number: 2013-31269
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-12-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve North Dakota Department of Agriculture's (NDDA's) request for partial delegation of the Risk Management Program (RM Program) for facilities with an anhydrous ammonia storage capacity of ten thousand pounds or more that is intended to be used as fertilizer or in the manufacturing of a fertilizer (``agricultural anhydrous ammonia facilities'') in the state of North Dakota. EPA retains authority for the RM Program for all other regulated chemicals which may be present at these facilities and for the RM Program generally in North Dakota for all other facilities.
Receipt of Several Pesticide Petitions Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities
Document Number: 2013-31258
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-12-30
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.
Amendment to Standards and Practices for All Appropriate Inquiries Under CERCLA
Document Number: 2013-31112
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-12-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today is taking final action to amend the standards and practices for conducting all appropriate inquiries under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) to reference a standard practice recently made available by ASTM International, a widely recognized standards development organization. Specifically, this final rule amends the ``All Appropriate Inquiries Rule'' at 40 CFR Part 312 to reference ASTM International's E1527-13 ``Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process'' and make clear that persons conducting all appropriate inquiries may use the procedures included in this standard to comply with the All Appropriate Inquiries Rule.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Texas; Stage II Vapor Recovery Program and Control of Air Pollution From Volatile Organic Compounds
Document Number: 2013-31107
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-12-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). The EPA is proposing to approve revisions to regulations that control emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) at gasoline dispensing facilities (GDFs) in Texas. The revisions address the maintenance and removal of Stage II vapor recovery equipment at GDFs. The EPA is also proposing to approve related revisions to the Stage II SIP narrative that pertain to the maintenance and removal of Stage II vapor recovery equipment and demonstrate that the absence of Stage II equipment in the Beaumont-Port Arthur (BPA), Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) and Houston- Galveston Brazoria (HGB) areas, and in El Paso County would not interfere with attainment of the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for ozone, reasonable further progress (RFP) or any other requirement of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act). The EPA is proposing to approve these revisions pursuant to section 110 of the Act and the EPA's regulations and consistent with the EPA's guidance.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Washington; Regional Haze State Implementation Plan; Federal Implementation Plan for Best Available Retrofit Technology for Alcoa Wenatchee
Document Number: 2013-30894
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-12-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to partially disapprove a Washington Regional Haze State Implementation Plan (RH SIP) element submitted by the State of Washington (the State) on December 22, 2010, that exempted Alcoa's Wenatchee Works aluminum smelting facility (Alcoa Wenatchee facility or Wenatchee facility), located near Wenatchee, Washington, from the Clean Air Act's Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART) requirements. On December 26, 2012, the EPA proposed to approve, along with proposed action on other SIP elements, the State's determination that the Alcoa Wenatchee facility is exempt from BART requirements. The EPA received adverse comments regarding the dispersion modeling used for this determination. After further review, the EPA now proposes to disapprove the State's determination that the facility is not subject to BART and proposes to find that the Wenatchee facility is subject to BART. The EPA is also proposing a BART determination for the facility through a Federal Implementation Plan (FIP). This Federal Register document also announces the availability of new information regarding Alcoa's ability to afford limestone slurry forced oxidation (LSFO) sulfur dioxide (SO2) control technology at the Intalco Aluminum Corporation facility in Ferndale, Washington (Intalco). Also available for public review is new air quality dispersion modeling regarding the visibility improvement assessment for the BART Alternative for the Tesoro Refining and Marketing refinery in Anacortes, Washington (Tesoro).
Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Alternative Affirmative Defense Requirements for Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel
Document Number: 2013-31115
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ``Alternative Affirmative Defense Requirements for Ultra-low Sulfur Diesel'' (EPA ICR No.2364.04, OMB Control No. 2060-0639 to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). Before doing so, EPA is soliciting public comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below. This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through March 31, 2014. An Agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
Extension of Comment Period for the Alaska Seafood Processing Effluent Limitation Guidelines Notice of Data Availability
Document Number: 2013-31113
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is extending the comment period for the Alaska Seafood Processing Effluent Limitation Guidelines Notice of Data Availability. EPA is extending the comment period in response to stakeholder requests for an extension.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; State of Colorado; Second Ten-Year PM10
Document Number: 2013-31110
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-12-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to partially approve and partially disapprove State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of Colorado. On March 31, 2010, the Governor of Colorado's designee submitted to EPA a revised maintenance plan for the Pagosa Springs area for the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter less than or equal to 10 microns (PM10). The State adopted the revised maintenance plan on November 19, 2009. As required by Clean Air Act (CAA) section 175A(b), this revised maintenance plan addresses maintenance of the PM10 standard for a second 10-year period beyond the area's original redesignation to attainment for the PM10 NAAQS. EPA is proposing to approve the revised maintenance plan with the exception of one aspect of the plan's contingency measures. EPA's proposed approval includes the revised maintenance plan's 2021 transportation conformity motor vehicle emissions budget for PM10. In proposing to approve the revised maintenance plan, we are proposing to exclude from use in determining that Pagosa Springs continues to attain the PM10 NAAQS, exceedances of the PM10 NAAQS that were recorded at the Pagosa Springs PM10 monitor on March 22, 2009, April 3, 2009, April 5, 2010, April 28, 2010, April 29, 2010, May 11, 2010, and May 22, 2010 because the exceedances meet the criteria for exceptional events caused by high wind natural events. This action is being taken under sections 110 and 175A of the CAA.
2,5-Furandione, polymer With ethenylbenzene, Reaction Products With polyethylene-polypropylene glycol 2-aminopropyl Me ether; Tolerance Exemption
Document Number: 2013-31108
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-12-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of 2,5-furandione, polymer with ethenylbenzene, reaction products with polyethylene-polypropylene glycol 2-aminopropyl Me ether; minimum number average molecular weight (in amu), 14,000 (CASRN 162568-32-3); when used as an inert ingredient in a pesticide chemical formulation. Huntsman Corp. 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 2,5-furandione, polymer with ethenylbenzene, reaction products with polyethylene-polypropylene glycol 2-aminopropyl Me ether on food or feed commodities.
Copper Sulfate Pentahydrate; Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: 2013-31101
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-12-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of copper sulfate pentahydrate when applied to all food contact surfaces in public eating places, dairy-processing equipment, and food-processing equipment at a maximum level in the end use concentration of 80 parts per million (ppm). Toxcel on behalf of OhSo Clean, Inc., submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), requesting establishment of an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of copper sulfate pentahydrate.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2013-30992
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Access by EPA Contractors to Information Claimed as Confidential Business Information (CBI) Submitted under Title II of the Clean Air Act and Related to Code of Federal Regulation Parts and Subparts
Document Number: 2013-30886
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality (OTAQ) plans to authorize various contractors to access information which will be submitted to EPA under Title II of the Clean Air Act that may be claimed as, or may be determined to be, confidential business information (CBI). Access to this information will begin on January 6, 2014.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Indiana; Disapproval of State Implementation Plan Revision for ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor
Document Number: 2013-30885
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-12-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On December 10, 2009, Indiana submitted a request for a revision to its sulfur dioxide (SO2) state implementation plan (SIP) for the ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor LLC (ArcelorMittal) facility in Porter County, Indiana. This revision would remove the SO2 emission limit for the blast furnace gas flare at the facility. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed to disapprove this requested revision on March 20, 2013. The EPA is addressing comments and finalizing the disapproval action.
Extension of Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions (Multiple Chemicals)
Document Number: 2013-30877
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-12-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation extends time-limited tolerances for the pesticides listed in this document. These actions are in response to EPA's granting of emergency exemptions under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) authorizing use of these pesticides. In addition, the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) requires EPA to establish a time-limited tolerance or exemption from the requirement for a tolerance for pesticide chemical residues in food that will result from the use of a pesticide under an emergency exemption granted by EPA.
Isopyrazam; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2013-30874
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-12-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of isopyrazam in or on apple and peanut for which there are no accompanying United States registrations. Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc., requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Indoxacarb; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2013-30585
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-12-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of indoxacarb in or on multiple commodities and removes previously established commodities that will be superseded by tolerances established in this action, 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).
Pendimethalin; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2013-30575
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-12-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation amends the current tolerance for combined residues of pendimethalin and its metabolite, expressed as pendimethalin equivalents in or on almond, hulls. BASF Corporation, 26 Davis Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709 requested this tolerance under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Indiana; Volatile Organic Compound Emission Control Measures for Industrial Solvent Cleaning for Northwest Indiana
Document Number: 2013-30543
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-12-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a request from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to revise its volatile organic compound state implementation plan (SIP) for industrial solvent cleaning rule for manufacturers of coatings, inks, adhesives, and resins. These revisions are approvable because they are consistent with EPA's Industrial Solvent Cleaning Control Technique Guidelines document and therefore satisfy the reasonable available control technology requirements of the Clean Air Act. EPA proposed to approve these revisions on September 10, 2013, and did not receive any comments.
Notice of Receipt of Pesticide Products; Registration Applications To Register New Uses
Document Number: 2013-30884
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces receipt of applications to register new uses for pesticide products containing currently registered active ingredients pursuant to the provisions of section 3(c) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended. This notice provides the public with an opportunity to comment on the applications.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Washington: Kent, Seattle, and Tacoma Second 10-Year PM10
Document Number: 2013-30878
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-12-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a limited maintenance plan submitted by the State of Washington, dated November 25, 2013, for the Kent, Seattle, and Tacoma maintenance areas for particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter less than or equal to a nominal 10 micrometers (PM10). A limited maintenance plan is used to meet Clean Air Act requirements for formerly designated nonattainment areas with little risk of violating the PM10 National Ambient Air Quality Standard (PM10 NAAQS) again. All three areas currently have monitored PM10 levels that are roughly one-third of the PM10 NAAQS, with steady declines in PM10 levels since the areas were first identified as potentially violating the PM10 NAAQS in 1987.
Revision to the Idaho State Implementation Plan; Approval of Fine Particulate Matter Control Measures; Franklin County
Document Number: 2013-30857
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-12-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On December 14, 2012, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (IDEQ) submitted a revision to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) to address Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements for the Idaho portion (hereafter referred to as ``Franklin County'') of the cross border Logan, Utah-Idaho fine particulate matter (PM2.5) nonattainment area (Logan UT-ID). The EPA is proposing a limited approval of PM2.5 control measures contained in the December 2012 submittal because incorporation of these measures would strengthen the Idaho SIP and reduce sources of PM2.5 emissions in Franklin County that contribute to violations of the 2006 PM2.5 NAAQS in the Logan UT-ID nonattainment area. Consequently, the EPA is not acting on the entire contents of the December 2012 SIP submission revision at this time.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Connecticut; Ozone Attainment Demonstration for the Greater Connecticut Area
Document Number: 2013-30735
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-12-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving the ozone attainment demonstration submitted by Connecticut to meet Clean Air Act requirements for attaining the 1997 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard. EPA is approving Connecticut's demonstration of attainment of the 1997 8-hour ozone standard as it relates to the Greater Connecticut 1997 8-hour ozone nonattainment area. EPA is also approving the reasonably available control measures (RACM) analysis for this same area.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Update of the Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets for the Lancaster 1997 8-Hour Ozone Maintenance Area
Document Number: 2013-30714
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-12-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's (Pennsylvania) State Implementation Plan (SIP). The revisions consist of an update to the SIP-approved Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets (MVEBs) for nitrogen oxides (NOX) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and an updated point source inventory for NOX and VOCs for the 1997 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) SIP for Lancaster County (hereafter referred to as the ``Lancaster Maintenance Area''). EPA's approval of the updated MVEBs makes them available for transportation conformity purposes. EPA is approving these revisions to the MVEBs and point source inventory in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Update of the Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets for the Lancaster 1997 8-Hour Ozone Maintenance Area
Document Number: 2013-30712
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-12-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's (Pennsylvania) State Implementation Plan (SIP). One revision consists of an update to the SIP-approved Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets (MVEBs) for nitrogen oxides (NOX) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) for the 1997 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) SIP for Lancaster County (also referred to as the ``Lancaster Maintenance Area''). The other SIP revision updates the point source inventory for NOX and VOCs. 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.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; North Carolina; Transportation Conformity Memorandum of Agreement Update
Document Number: 2013-30544
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-12-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a revision to the North Carolina State Implementation Plan submitted on July 12, 2013, through the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. This submission adopts a memorandum of agreement establishing transportation conformity criteria and procedures related to interagency consultation and enforceability of certain transportation-related control measures and mitigation measures. This proposed action streamlines the conformity process to allow direct consultation among agencies at the Federal, state and local levels. This proposed action is being taken pursuant to section 110 of the Clean Air Act. In the Final Rules Section of this Federal Register, EPA is approving the State's implementation plan revision 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 rule, 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 on this document. Any parties interested in commenting on this document should do so at this time.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; North Carolina; Transportation Conformity Memorandum of Agreement Update
Document Number: 2013-30542
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-12-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve a revision to the North Carolina State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted on July 12, 2013, through the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NC DENR). This submission consists of memorandum of agreements (MOAs) establishing transportation conformity criteria and procedures related to interagency consultation, conflict resolution, public participation and enforceability of certain transportation-related control measures and mitigation measures. This action streamlines the conformity process to allow direct consultation among agencies at the Federal, state and local levels. This action is being taken pursuant to section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act).
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Texas; Revisions to the New Source Review (NSR) State Implementation Plan (SIP); Standard Permit for Oil and Gas Facilities and Standard Permit Applicability
Document Number: 2013-30729
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-12-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the Texas New Source Review (NSR) State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) on September 20, 1995; April 19, 1996; July 22, 1998; and September 11, 2000. These revisions to the Texas SIP establish the Standard Permit for Installation and/or Modification of Oil and Gas Facilities. EPA also proposes to approve non-substantive revisions to the Texas Standard Permit SIP rules relating to applicability, submitted on February 1, 2006, and March 11, 2011. EPA proposes to find that these revisions to the Texas SIP comply with the Federal Clean Air Act (the Act or CAA) and EPA regulations and are consistent with EPA policies. EPA is proposing these actions under section 110 of the Act.
Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Chartered Science Advisory Board
Document Number: 2013-30710
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the Chartered Science Advisory Board Panel to complete Board discussions of planned actions identified in the agency's regulatory agenda and their supporting science and to discuss possible future SAB advice related to EPA's strategic priorities.
Notification of a Public Meeting of the Environmental Justice Technical Guidance Review Panel
Document Number: 2013-30708
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting of the SAB Environmental Justice Technical Guidance Review Panel to provide advice through the Chartered SAB on the agency's Draft Technical Guidance for Assessing Environmental Justice in Regulatory Analysis (May 1, 2013).
Proposed CERCLA Administrative Cost Recovery Settlement; Cadie Auto Salvage Site, Belvidere, Boone County, Illinois
Document Number: 2013-30666
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, as amended (``CERCLA''), notice is hereby given of a proposed administrative settlement for recovery of past response costs concerning the Cadie Auto Salvage Site in Belvidere, Boone County, Illinois with the following settling party: Helen E. Cadie. The settlement requires the owner Settling Party to pay a set percentage of the net proceeds from the sale of the Site. The settlement includes a covenant not to sue the Settling Party pursuant to CERCLA, contribution protection for the Settling Party pursuant to CERCLA, and a release of a CERCLA lien on the Site. For thirty (30) days following the date of publication of this notice, the Agency will receive written comments relating to the settlement. The Agency 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 Agency's response to any comments received will be available for public inspection at the EPA, Region 5, Records Center, 77 W. Jackson Blvd., 7th Fl., and Chicago, Illinois 60604.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NSPS for Stationary Spark Ignition Internal Combustion Engines (Renewal)
Document Number: 2013-30610
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``NSPS for Stationary Spark Ignition Internal Combustion Engines (40 CFR Part 60, Subpart JJJJ) (Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 2227.04, OMB Control No. 2060-0610), to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.) This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through April 30, 2014. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (78 FR 35023) on June 11, 2013, during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. An Agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NESHAP for Beryllium (Renewal)
Document Number: 2013-30609
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``NESHAP for Beryllium (40 CFR Part 61, Subpart C) (Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 0193.11, OMB Control No. 2060-0092), to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq). This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through March 31, 2014. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (78 FR 33409) on June 4, 2013, during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. An Agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Confidentiality Rules (Renewal)
Document Number: 2013-30608
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-24
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.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; New Hampshire; Manchester and Nashua Carbon Monoxide Limited Maintenance Plans
Document Number: 2013-30576
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-12-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of New Hampshire. This SIP revision establishes carbon monoxide (CO) limited maintenance plans for the City of Manchester, New Hampshire and the City of Nashua, New Hampshire. As part of its limited maintenance plan, New Hampshire will continue year-round CO monitoring at the Londonderry Moose Hill station in Londonderry, New Hampshire with triggers to reestablish CO monitoring sites in Manchester and Nashua if elevated CO levels are recorded in Londonderry. Future carbon monoxide transportation conformity evaluations for Manchester and Nashua would for the length of their limited maintenance plans be considered to satisfy the regional emissions analysis and ``budget test'' requirements. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Indiana; Indiana State Board Requirements
Document Number: 2013-30336
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-12-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to its authority under the Clean Air Act (CAA), EPA is taking final action to approve state implementation plan (SIP) submissions made by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) intended to meet the state board requirements under section 128 of the CAA. The proposed rule associated with this final action was published on August 19, 2013.
Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Adjustments to the Allowance System for Controlling HCFC Production, Import and Export
Document Number: 2013-29817
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-12-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is seeking comment on options for adjusting the allowance system controlling United States consumption and production of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs). Under Title VI of the Clean Air Act, EPA is required to phase out production and import of these chemicals in accordance with United States obligations under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (Protocol). Under the Protocol and the Clean Air Act, total United States HCFC production and consumption is capped, and will be completely phased out by 2030. Beginning January 1, 2015, United States production and consumption of all HCFCs must be no more than ten percent of the established cap. Existing EPA regulations prohibit production and consumption of HCFC-22 and HCFC-142b as of January 1, 2020. At that time, all other HCFC production and consumption must not exceed 0.5 percent of the cap, and is limited to use as a refrigerant in existing air conditioning and refrigeration equipment. Given these requirements, EPA is seeking comment on how best to implement the 2015 stepdown to no more than 10 percent of the cap. Since the beginning of the HCFC phaseout program, the agency has tried to ensure a smooth transition out of HCFCs into non-ozone depleting alternatives. Essential to a smooth transition are the recycling and emissions reductions requirements mandated by section 608 of the Clean Air Act. This proposal also includes a request for comment on potential changes to regulations promulgated under that authority, found in 40 CFR part 82 subpart F. In addition to taking comment on the implementation of phaseout requirements and proposed changes to section 608 regulations, the agency is also highlighting important Clean Air Act requirements that take effect in 2015, specifically the section 611 labeling requirements and the section 605 restrictions on HCFC use and introduction into interstate commerce.
Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC): Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2013-30573
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces upcoming public meetings of the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC). The EPA established the CAAAC on November 19, 1990, to provide independent advice and counsel to EPA on policy issues associated with implementation of the Clean Air Act of 1990. The Committee advises on economic, environmental, technical, scientific and enforcement policy issues.
National Environmental Education Advisory Council Meeting
Document Number: 2013-30524
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, EPA gives notice of a meeting of the National Environmental Education Advisory Council (NEEAC). The NEEAC was created by Congress to advise, consult with, and make recommendations to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on matters related to activities, functions and policies of EPA under the National Environmental Education Act (Act). The purpose of these meeting(s) is to discuss specific topics of relevance for consideration by the council in order to provide advice and insights to the Agency on environmental education.
Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Regulation of Fuels and Fuel Additives: 2011 Renewable Fuel Standards-Petition for International Aggregate Compliance Approach
Document Number: 2013-30428
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ``Regulation of Fuels and Fuel Additives: 2011 Renewable Fuel StandardsPetition for International Aggregate Compliance Approach'' (EPA ICR No. 2398.03, OMB Control No. 2060-0655 to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). Before doing so, EPA is soliciting public comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below. This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through February 28, 2014. An Agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Motor Vehicle Emissions: Revisions to Certification of Alternative Fuels Conversions
Document Number: 2013-30427
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ``Motor Vehicle Emissions: Revisions to Certification of Alternative Fuels Conversions'' (EPA ICR No. 0783.64, OMB Control No. 2060-0104) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). Before doing so, EPA is soliciting public comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below. This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through May 31, 2014. An Agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
Proposed Modification of a General NPDES Permit for Small Suction Dredging-Permit Number IDG-37-0000
Document Number: 2013-30425
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA proposes to modify a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for placer mining operations in Idaho using small suction dredges (intake nozzle size of 5 inches in diameter or less and with equipment rated at 15 horsepower or less). When the 2013 GP was issued, the language of the GP contained a discrepancy with the total maximum daily load (TMDL) that was issued for Mores Creek. The GP did not include any reference to the tributaries of Mores, Elk or Grimes creeks that were included in the loading allocations of the TMDL. This modification proposes to rectify that discrepancy by including a reference to the tributaries within the GP requirements for Mores, Grimes and Elk creeks and listing the tributaries in Appendix F to the GP. Other parts of the GP are not open for public comment at this time.
Cross-Media Electronic Reporting: Authorized Program Revision Approval, State of New York
Document Number: 2013-30418
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces EPA's approval of the State of New York's request to modify its State Operating Permit Programs EPA- authorized program to allow electronic reporting.
Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB) Meeting Dates and Agenda
Document Number: 2013-30374
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB), as previously announced, holds teleconference meetings the third Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. ET and two face-to-face meetings each calendar year. For 2014, teleconference only meetings will be February 19, 2014; March 19, 2014; April 16, 2014; May 21, 2014; June 18, 2014; July 16, 2014; September 17, 2014; October 15, 2014; November 19, 2014; and December 17, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. ET to discuss the ideas and views presented at the previous ELAB meetings, as well as new business. Items to be discussed by ELAB over these coming meetings include: (1) Issues in continuing the expansion of national environmental accreditation; (2) ELAB support to the Agency on issues relating to measurement and monitoring for all programs; and (3) follow-up on some of ELAB's past recommendations and issues. In addition to these teleconferences, ELAB will be hosting their two face- to-face meetings with teleconference line also available on January 27, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Louisville in Louisville, KY at 8:00 a.m. (CT) and on August 4, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC at 8:00 a.m. (ET). Written comments on laboratory accreditation issues and/or environmental monitoring or measurement issues are encouraged and should be sent to Ms. Lara P. Phelps, DFO, US EPA (E243-05), 109 T. W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709 or emailed to phelps.lara@epa.gov. Members of the public are invited to listen to the teleconference calls, and time permitting, will be allowed to comment on issues discussed during this and previous ELAB meetings. Those persons interested in attending should call Lara P. Phelps at (919) 541-5544 to obtain teleconference information. For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, please contact Lara P. Phelps at the number above. To request accommodation of a disability, please contact Lara P. Phelps, preferably at least 10 days prior to the meeting, to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2013-30349
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Mandipropamid; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2013-30348
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-12-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances in or on multiple commodities and removes several established tolerances for residues of mandipropamid, 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).
Senior Executive Service Performance Review Board; Membership
Document Number: 2013-30330
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given of the membership of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Performance Review Board for 2013.
Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program: Intent To Find That Oregon Has Failed To Submit an Approvable Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program
Document Number: 2013-30297
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Environmental Protection Agency
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invite public comment on the intent of the two agencies to find that Oregon has failed to submit an approvable Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program. The Coastal Zone Act Reauthorization Amendments (CZARA) directs states and territories with coastal zone management programs previously approved under Section 306 of the Coastal Zone Management Act to develop and implement coastal nonpoint programs, which must be submitted to NOAA and EPA for approval. Prior to making such a finding, NOAA and EPA invite public input on the two federal agencies' reasoning particularly because, among other things, a finding that a state has failed to submit an approvable program would lead to adverse financial consequences for the State in terms of federal grant funding.
Registration Review; Pesticide Dockets Opened for Review and Comment
Document Number: 2013-30253
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
With this document, EPA is opening the public comment period for several 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. This document also announces the Agency's intent not to open registration review dockets for Pseudozyma flocculosa (case 6049), Pseudomonas chlororaphis (case 6011), and PXTS (case 5108). These pesticides do not currently have any registered pesticide products and are not, therefore, scheduled for review under the registration review program. This document also announces the registration review case closure for the pesticide tralkoxydim (case 7237), and the availability of the tralkoxydim registration review case closure document. The cancellation of the last remaining tralkoxydim registrations became effective October 30, 2013. The case closure for tralkoxydim is being announced herein with no comment period.
Approval of Application Submitted by Eastern Shoshone Tribe and Northern Arapaho Tribe for Treatment in a Similar Manner as a State Under the Clean Air Act
Document Number: 2013-30248
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces that the EPA Regional Administrator for Region 8 has approved the December 2008 application submitted by the Northern Arapaho Tribe and Eastern Shoshone Tribe (Tribes) of the Wind River Indian Reservation for treatment in a similar manner as a state (TAS) pursuant to the Clean Air Act and the EPA's implementing regulations for purposes of certain Clean Air Act provisions. None of the provisions for which the Tribes requested eligibility entails the exercise of Tribal regulatory authority under the Clean Air Act.
Standards of Performance for Petroleum Refineries for Which Construction, Reconstruction, or Modification Commenced After May 14, 2007
Document Number: 2013-29731
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-12-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to amend the Standards of Performance for Petroleum Refineries for Which Construction, Reconstruction, or Modification Commenced After May 14, 2007. This direct final rule amends the definition of ``delayed coking unit'' by removing process piping and associated equipment (pumps, valves, and connectors) from the definition. This final rule also removes a redundant definition of ``delayed coking unit'' from the rule text.