Environmental Protection Agency February 2013 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

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Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Missouri; Restriction of Emission of Particulate Matter From Industrial Processes
Document Number: 2013-03770
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-02-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA proposes to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the state of Missouri on March 17, 2011. This revision proposes to amend the rule restricting emissions of particulate matter from industrial sources by providing an alternative compliance method for wet corn milling drying operations. The revision to Missouri's rule does not have an adverse affect on air quality. EPA's approval of this SIP revision is being done in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Missouri; Restriction of Emission of Particulate Matter From Industrial Processes
Document Number: 2013-03769
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-02-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Missouri State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted March 17, 2011. This revision will amend the rule restricting emissions of particulate matter from industrial sources by providing an alternative compliance method for wet corn milling drying operations. The revisions to Missouri's rule do not have an adverse affect on air quality. EPA's approval of this SIP revision is being done in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Certain New Chemicals; Receipt and Status Information
Document Number: 2013-03765
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requires any person who intends to manufacture (defined by statute to include import) a new chemical (i.e., a chemical not on the TSCA Chemical Substances Inventory (TSCA Inventory)) to notify EPA and comply with the statutory provisions pertaining to the manufacture of new chemicals. In addition under TSCA, EPA is required to publish in the Federal Register a notice of receipt of a premanufacture notice (PMN) or an application for a test marketing exemption (TME), and to publish in the Federal Register periodic status reports on the new chemicals under review and the receipt of notices of commencement (NOC) to manufacture those chemicals. This document, which covers the period from December 1, 2012 to January 11, 2013, and provides the required notice and status report, consists of the PMNs and TME, both pending or expired, and the NOC to manufacture a new chemical that the Agency has received under TSCA section 5 during this time period.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Tennessee: Approve Knox County Supplemental Motor Vehicle Emissions Budget Update
Document Number: 2013-03764
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-02-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a revision to the Tennessee State Implementation Plan (SIP), submitted to EPA on December 13, 2012, by the State of Tennessee, through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. Tennessee's December 13, 2012, SIP revision includes changes to the maintenance plan for the Knox County 1-hour ozone area submitted on August 26, 1992, and approved by EPA on September 27, 1993, and a subsequent SIP revision approved by EPA on August 5, 1997. The Knox County 1-hour ozone area was comprised of Knox County in its entirety. The December 13, 2012, SIP revision proposes to increase the safety margin allocated to motor vehicle emissions budgets for nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds for Knox County to account for changes in the emissions model and vehicle miles traveled projection model. EPA is approving this SIP revision because the State has demonstrated that it is consistent with the Clean Air Act.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Tennessee: Knox County Supplement Motor Vehicle Emissions Budget Update
Document Number: 2013-03763
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-02-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve a revision to the Tennessee State Implementation Plan (SIP), submitted to EPA on December 13, 2012, by the State of Tennessee, through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC). Tennessee's December 13, 2012, SIP revision includes changes to the maintenance plan for the Knox County 1-hour ozone area submitted on August 26, 1992, and approved by EPA on September 27, 1993, and a subsequent SIP revision approved by EPA on August 5, 1997. The Knox County 1-hour ozone area was comprised of Knox County in its entirety. The December 13, 2012 SIP revision proposes to increase the safety margin allocated to motor vehicle emissions budgets (MVEB) for nitrogen oxides (NOX) and volatile organic compounds (VOC) for Knox County to account for changes in the emissions model and vehicle miles traveled (VMT) projection model. EPA is approving this SIP revision because the State has demonstrated that it is consistent with the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Ohio; PBR and PTIO
Document Number: 2013-03761
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-02-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
As additions to Ohio's State Implementation Plan (SIP) under the Clean Air Act, EPA is approving six Permit-by-Rule (PBR) provisions, a Permit to Install and Operate (PTIO) program, two permanent exemptions from the Permit to Install (PTI) requirement, and a General Permit program. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) requested these rule revisions to make its air pollution permit program more efficient. Approving these additions will make the PBRs, PTIOs, and general permits Federally enforceable. Because these rule revisions will make Ohio's air permit program more efficient while continuing to protect human health and the environment, EPA approves the revisions.
3-decen-2-one; Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: 2013-03758
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-02-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of the biochemical pesticide, 3-decen-2- one, in or on potatoes when applied as a postharvest potato sprout inhibitor and used in accordance with label directions and good agricultural practices. On behalf of AMVAC Chemical Corporation (AMVAC), Technology Sciences Group, Inc. (TSG) 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 3-decen-2-one under the FFDCA.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Kansas; Idle Reduction of Heavy-Duty Diesel Vehicles and Reduction of Nitrogen Oxides (NOX
Document Number: 2013-03757
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-02-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of Kansas on July 27, 2010, to add two new rules which implement restrictions on the idling of heavy duty diesel vehicles and reduce nitrogen oxide (NOX) emissions at stationary sources in the Kansas portion of the Kansas City Maintenance Area for ozone. EPA is approving this revision because the standards and requirements set by the rules will strengthen the Kansas SIP. EPA's approval of this SIP revision is being done in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Kansas; Idle Reduction of Heavy-Duty Diesel Vehicles and Reduction of Nitrogen Oxides (NOX
Document Number: 2013-03749
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-02-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Kansas State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of Kansas on July 27, 2010. The revision includes two new rules which implement restrictions on the idling of heavy duty diesel vehicles and reduce nitrogen oxide (NOX) emissions at stationary sources in the Kansas portion of the Kansas City Maintenance Area for ozone. EPA is approving this revision because the standards and requirements set by the rules will strengthen the Kansas SIP. EPA's approval of this SIP revision is being done in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements of the HCFC Allowance System (Renewal)
Document Number: 2013-03748
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-19
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.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Emission Guidelines and Compliance Times for Existing Municipal Solid Waste Landfills (Renewal)
Document Number: 2013-03742
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (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 collection and the estimated burden and cost.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Consolidated Superfund Information Collection Request (Renewal)
Document Number: 2013-03741
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``Consolidated Superfund Information Collection Request (Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 1487.11, OMB Control No. 2050-0179) 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 February 28, 2013. It is also a proposed consolidation of three ICR's into one. EPA ICR's No. 1488.08, OMB Control No. 2050-0095 ``Superfund Site Evaluation and Hazard Ranking System (Renewal)'' and ICR No. 1463.09, OMB Control No. 2050-0096 ``National Oil and Hazardous Substance Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP) (Renewal)'' are being consolidated into EPA ICR No. 1487.11, OMB Control No. 2050-0179 ``Consolidated Superfund Information Collection Request (Renewal).'' Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (77 FR 47835) on August 10, 2012 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.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans Tennessee: Revisions to Volatile Organic Compound Definition
Document Number: 2013-03608
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-02-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve changes to the Tennessee State Implementation Plan (SIP), submitted by the State of Tennessee, through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation on September 3, 1999. Tennessee's September 3, 1999, SIP revision adds 17 compounds to the list of compounds excluded from the definition of ``Volatile Organic Compound''. EPA is approving this SIP revision because the State has demonstrated that it is consistent with 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 Tennessee: Revisions to Volatile Organic Compound Definition
Document Number: 2013-03606
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-02-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve changes to the Tennessee State Implementation Plan (SIP), submitted by the State of Tennessee, through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) on September 3, 1999. Tennessee's September 3, 1999, SIP adds 17 compounds to the list of compounds excluded from the definition of ``Volatile Organic Compound'' (VOC). EPA is approving this SIP revision because the State has demonstrated that it is consistent with the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act).
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan National Priorities List: Deletion of the Kerr-McGee (Sewage Treatment Plant) Superfund Site
Document Number: 2013-03602
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-02-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 is issuing a Notice of Intent to Delete the Kerr-McGee Sewage Treatment Plant Superfund Site located in West Chicago, DuPage County, Illinois from the National Priorities List (NPL) and requests public comments on this proposed action. The NPL, promulgated pursuant to Section 105 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980, as amended, is an appendix of the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP). EPA and the State of Illinois, through the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA), have determined that all appropriate response actions under CERCLA have been completed. However, this deletion does not preclude future actions under Superfund.
Notice of a Project Waiver of Section 1605 (Buy American Requirement) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to the Applicant of Adair, OK
Document Number: 2013-03599
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Regional Administrator of EPA Region 6 is hereby granting a project waiver of the Buy American requirements of ARRA Section 1605 under the authority of Section 1605(b)(2) [manufactured goods are not produced in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available quantities and of a satisfactory quality] to the Oklahoma Conservation Commission (``the applicant'') for the for 2,400 square yards of fiber (coir) woven mats to be installed as part of a stream channel restoration on eleven sites located in Adair and Cherokee Counties, Oklahoma for the CWSRF wastewater treatment plant project. The required fiber (coir) woven mat is manufactured by foreign manufacturers and no United States manufacturer produces an alternative that meets the Applicant's technical specifications. This is a project specific waiver and only applies to the use of the specified product for the ARRA funded project being proposed. Any other ARRA project that may wish to use the same product must apply for a separate waiver based on the specific project circumstances. The Regional Administrator is making this determination based on the review and recommendations of the EPA Region 6, Water Quality Protection Division. The Applicant has provided sufficient documentation to support its request. The Assistant Administrator of the EPA's Office of Administration and Resources Management has concurred on this decision to make an exception to Section 1605 of ARRA. This action permits the purchase of the selected fiber (coir) woven mat is not manufactured in America, for the proposed project being implemented by the Applicant.
National Oil and Hazardous Substance Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List: Deletion of the Kerr-McGee Sewage Treatment Plant Superfund Site
Document Number: 2013-03595
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-02-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 is publishing a direct final Notice of Deletion of the Kerr-McGee Sewage Treatment Plant Superfund Site (Site) located in West Chicago, Illinois, from the National Priorities List (NPL). The NPL, promulgated pursuant to Section 105 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980, as amended, is an appendix to the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP). This direct final deletion is being published by EPA with the concurrence of the State of Illinois, through the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA), because EPA has determined that all appropriate response actions under CERCLA have been completed. However, this deletion does not preclude future actions under Superfund.
Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule: Revision to Best Available Monitoring Method Request Submission Deadline for Petroleum and Natural Gas Systems Source Category
Document Number: 2013-03469
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-02-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is taking direct final action to revise the deadline by which owners or operators of facilities subject to the petroleum and natural gas systems source category of the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule must submit requests for use of best available monitoring methods to the Administrator. This revision does not change any other requirements for owners or operators that are outlined in the best available monitoring method rule provisions.
Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule: Revision to Best Available Monitoring Method Request Submission Deadline for Petroleum and Natural Gas Systems Source Category
Document Number: 2013-03468
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-02-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is proposing to revise the deadline by which owners or operators of facilities subject to the petroleum and natural gas systems source category of the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule must submit requests for use of best available monitoring methods to the Administrator. This proposed revision does not change any other requirements for owners or operators as outlined in the best available monitoring method rule provisions.
Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; RadNet (Renewal)
Document Number: 2013-03601
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ``RadNet (Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 0877.11, OMB Control No. 2060-0015) 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 July 31, 2013. 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.
Receipt of Several Pesticide Petitions Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities
Document Number: 2013-03600
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-02-15
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.
Recent Postings of Broadly Applicable Alternative Test Methods
Document Number: 2013-03598
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the broadly applicable alternative test method approval decisions the EPA has made under and in support of New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) and the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) under the Clean Air Act (CAA) in 2012.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2013-03596
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets for the Pennsylvania Counties in the Philadelphia-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE 1997 Fine Particulate Matter Nonattainment Area
Document Number: 2013-03594
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-02-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania). This proposed revision consists of an update to the SIP-approved Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets (MVEBs) for the Pennsylvania counties in the Philadelphia-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE 1997 fine particulate matter (PM2.5) Nonattainment Area (hereafter referred to as the Philadelphia Area) to reflect the use of the most recent version of the Motor Vehicle Emission Simulator model (MOVES). Those counties are: Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware, Chester, and Bucks Counties. This rulemaking proposes to approve the MVEBs and thereby make them available for transportation conformity purposes. EPA determined on May 16, 2012 that the Philadelphia Area attained the 1997 PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) by the applicable attainment date. Approval of this SIP revision will not interfere with the Philadelphia Area's ability to continue to attain the 1997 PM2.5 NAAQS. This action is being taken under section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
EPA Responses to State and Tribal 2010 Sulfur Dioxide Designation Recommendations: Notice of Availability and Public Comment Period
Document Number: 2013-03593
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-02-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that the EPA has posted its responses to certain state and tribal designation recommendations for the 2010 Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) on its Internet Web site. The EPA invites the public to review and provide input on its responses during the comment period specified in the DATES section. The EPA sent its responses directly to the states and tribes on or about February 7, 2013. These responses focus on designating as ``nonattainment'' certain areas of the country where air monitoring data from 2009-2011 indicate violations of the 2010 SO2 NAAQS. The EPA intends to make final the designation determinations for the areas of the country addressed by these responses in June 2013.
Kasugamycin; Receipt of Application for Emergency Exemption for Use on Apples in Michigan, Solicitation of Public Comment
Document Number: 2013-03592
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has received a specific exemption request from the Michigan Department of Agriculture to use the pesticide kasugamycin (CAS No. 6980-18-3) to treat up to 10,000 acres of apples to control fire blight. The applicant proposes the use of a new chemical which has not been registered by EPA. EPA is soliciting public comment before making the decision whether or not to grant the exemption.
Integrated Science Assessment for Ozone and Related Photochemical Oxidants
Document Number: 2013-03471
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is announcing the availability of a final document titled, ``Integrated Science Assessment for Ozone and Related Photochemical Oxidants'' (EPA/600/R-10/076F). The document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment within EPA's Office of Research and Development as part of the review of the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for ozone.
Air Quality: Revision to Definition of Volatile Organic Compounds-Exclusion of trans
Document Number: 2013-03063
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-02-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is proposing to revise the definition of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) for purposes of preparing state implementation plans (SIPs) to attain the national ambient air quality standards for ozone under title I of the Clean Air Act (CAA). This proposed revision would add trans 1-chloro-3,3,3-trifluoroprop-1-ene (also known as SolsticeTM 1233zd(E)) to the list of compounds excluded from the definition of VOCs on the basis that this compound makes a negligible contribution to tropospheric ozone formation. In the ``Rules and Regulations'' section of this Federal Register, we are making these same amendments 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.
Air Quality: Revision to Definition of Volatile Organic Compounds-Exclusion of trans
Document Number: 2013-03061
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-02-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is taking direct final action to revise the definition of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) for purposes of preparing state implementation plans (SIPs) to attain the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for ozone under title I of the Clean Air Act (CAA). This direct final action adds trans 1-chloro-3,3,3-trifluoroprop-1-ene (also known as SolsticeTM 1233zd(E)) to the list of compounds excluded from the definition of VOCs on the basis that this compound makes a negligible contribution to tropospheric ozone formation.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Massachusetts; Reasonably Available Control Technology for the 1997 8-Hour Ozone Standard
Document Number: 2013-03472
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-02-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing approval of State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of Massachusetts. These SIP revisions consist of a demonstration that Massachusetts meets the requirements of reasonably available control technology for oxides of nitrogen (NOX) and volatile organic compounds (VOC) set forth by the Clean Air Act with respect to the 1997 8-hour ozone standard. Additionally, we are proposing approval of updates to two existing regulations limiting emissions of volatile organic compounds. This action is being taken in accordance with the Clean Air Act.
Protections for Subjects in Human Research Involving Pesticides
Document Number: 2013-03456
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-02-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is finalizing narrowly tailored amendments to the portions of its rules for the protection of human subjects of research applying to third parties who conduct or support research with pesticides involving intentional exposure of human subjects and to persons who submit the results of human research with pesticides to EPA. The amendments broaden the applicability of the rules to cover human testing with pesticides submitted to EPA under any regulatory statute it administers. The amendments also disallow participation in third- party pesticide studies by subjects who cannot consent for themselves. Finally, the amendments identify specific considerations to be addressed in EPA science and ethics reviews of proposed and completed human research with pesticides, drawn from the recommendations of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). The amendments make no changes to the current Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (the ``Common Rule''), which governs research with human subjects conducted or supported by EPA and many other Federal departments and agencies.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Alaska; Regional Haze State Implementation Plan
Document Number: 2013-03329
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-02-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) submittal from the State of Alaska as meeting the requirements of Clean Air Act (CAA) sections169A and 169B and federal regional haze regulations. The SIP implements a regional haze program in the State of Alaska for the first regional haze planning period, through July 31, 2018. This submittal addresses the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and EPA's rules that require states to prevent any future and remedy any existing manmade impairment of visibility in mandatory Class I areas caused by emissions of air pollutants from numerous sources located over a wide geographic area (also referred to as the ``regional haze program''). In this action, EPA is approving all provisions of Alaska's Regional Haze SIP submission, including the requirements for the calculation of baseline and natural visibility conditions, statewide inventory of visibility-impairing pollutants, best available retrofit technology (BART), Reasonable Progress Goals (RPGs), and Long-Term Strategy (LTS). Additionally, EPA is approving the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Best Available Retrofit Technology regulations, and amendments to Alaska's Area Wide Pollution Control Program for Regional Haze.
Interim Final Determination To Stay and Defer Sanctions, Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District
Document Number: 2013-03250
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-02-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is making an interim final determination to stay the imposition of offset sanctions and to defer the imposition of highway sanctions based on a proposed approval of a revision to the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD or District) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP) published elsewhere in this Federal Register. The SIP revision concerns two permitting rules submitted by the SMAQMD: Rule 214, Federal New Source Review, and Rule 217, Public Notice Requirements for Permits.
Revision of Air Quality Implementation Plan; California; Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District; Stationary Source Permits
Document Number: 2013-03249
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-02-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to fully approve two permitting rules submitted by California as a revision to the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD or District) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These rules were adopted by the SMAQMD to regulate the construction and modification of stationary sources of air pollution within Sacramento County. EPA is proposing to approve this SIP revision based on the Agency's conclusion that the rules are consistent with applicable Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements, policies and guidance. Final approval of these rules would make the rules federally enforceable and correct program deficiencies identified in a previous EPA rulemaking on July 20, 2011.
Pesticide Products; Registration Applications for a New Active Ingredient
Document Number: 2013-03333
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-13
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.
Pollinator Summit: Status of Ongoing Collaborative Efforts To Protect Pollinators; Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: 2013-03332
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, in conjunction with the United States Department of Agriculture, will facilitate a public meeting with parties engaged in activities to reduce potential acute exposure of honey bees and pollinators to pesticides. Invited presenters will provide briefings on current activities in three key areas related to improving seed treatment techniques; reducing the generation of dust that occurs during planting operations; and raising awareness of current best management practices that are available to mitigate potential acute pesticide exposure to pollinators. Pollinators are an important component of agricultural production, critical to food and ecosystems, and must be protected so that they can continue to play this important role. The intended outcome of this meeting is to share information and look for areas of collaboration to lessen the unintended impacts of pesticides on pollinators during coming and future growing seasons. This meeting complements EPA's ongoing work through the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) to support and take action to improve pollinator health.
Access Interpreting; Transfer of Data
Document Number: 2013-03330
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces that pesticide related information submitted to EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), including information that may have been claimed as Confidential Business Information (CBI) by the submitter, will be transferred to Access Interpreting in accordance with the CBI regulations. Access Interpreting has been awarded a contract to perform work for OPP, and access to this information will enable Access Interpreting to fulfill the obligations of the contract.
National Primary Drinking Water Regulations: Revisions to the Total Coliform Rule
Document Number: 2012-31205
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-02-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or the Agency) is finalizing revisions to the 1989 Total Coliform Rule (TCR). The Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR) offers a meaningful opportunity for greater public health protection beyond the 1989 TCR. Under the RTCR there is no longer a monthly maximum contaminant level (MCL) violation for multiple total coliform detections. Instead, the revisions require systems that have an indication of coliform contamination in the distribution system to assess the problem and take corrective action that may reduce cases of illnesses and deaths due to potential fecal contamination and waterborne pathogen exposure. This final rule also updates provisions in other rules that reference analytical methods and other requirements in the 1989 TCR (e.g., Public Notification and Ground Water Rules). These revisions are in accordance with the 1996 Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) Amendments, which require EPA to review and revise, as appropriate, each national primary drinking water regulation no less often than every six years. These revisions also conform with the SDWA provision that requires any revision to ``maintain, or provide for greater, protection of the health of persons.'' As with the 1989 TCR, the RTCR applies to all public water systems.
Circle Environmental #1 and #2 Sites; Dawson, Terrell County, GA; Notice of Settlement
Document Number: 2013-03252
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), the United States Environmental Protection Agency has entered into a settlement with thirty-four (34) parties to recover past cost resulting from a removal action at the Circle Environmental 1 and 2 Superfund Sites located in Dawson, Terrell County, Georgia.
Air Quality: Revision to Definition of Volatile Organic Compounds-Exclusion of a Group of Four Hydrofluoropolyethers (HFPEs)
Document Number: 2013-03057
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-02-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This action revises the definition of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) under the Clean Air Act (CAA). This revision adds four chemical compounds to the list of compounds excluded from the definition of VOC on the basis that each of these compounds makes a negligible contribution to tropospheric ozone formation. These compounds consist of four hydrofluoropolyethers (HFPEs) which are identified as HCF2OCF2H (also known as HFE-134), HCF2OCF2OCF2H (also known as HFE- 236cal2), HCF2OCF2CF2OCF2H (also known as HFE-338pcc13), and HCF2OCF2OCF2CF2OCF2 H (also known as H-Galden 1040X or H-Galden ZT 130 (or 150 or 180)). If an entity uses or produces any of these four HFPE compounds (these being in the family of products known by the trade name H-Galden) and is subject to the EPA regulations limiting the use of VOC in a product, limiting the VOC emissions from a facility, or otherwise controlling the use of VOC for purposes related to attaining the ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS), then the compound will not be counted as a VOC in determining whether these regulatory obligations have been met. This action may also affect whether any of these compounds is considered a VOC for state regulatory purposes, depending on whether the state relies on the EPA's definition of VOC. In addition, the EPA is making certain technical corrections to the current list of exempt compounds.
Notice of Availability of the Draft Issuance of the Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System NPDES General Permit-New Hampshire
Document Number: 2013-03055
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Director of the Office of Ecosystem Protection, Environmental Protection Agency-Region 1 (EPA), is issuing this Notice of Availability of a draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general permit for discharges from small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) to certain waters of the State of New Hampshire. The draft NPDES general permit establishes Notice of Intent (NOI) requirements, prohibitions, and management practices for stormwater discharges from small MS4s. A prior Notice of Availability of a draft general permit was issued by EPA in December 2008. EPA has substantially modified the draft general permit and is issuing a new draft general permit pursuant to 40 CFR 124.6.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for the Portland Cement Manufacturing Industry and Standards of Performance for Portland Cement Plants
Document Number: 2012-31633
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-02-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On July 18, 2012, the EPA proposed amendments to the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for the Portland Cement Manufacturing Industry and the Standards of Performance for Portland Cement Plants. This final action amends the national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants for the Portland cement industry. The EPA is also promulgating amendments with respect to issues on which it granted reconsideration on May 17, 2011. In addition, the EPA is amending the new source performance standard for particulate matter. These amendments promote flexibility, reduce costs, ease compliance and preserve health benefits. The amendments also address the remand of the national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants for the Portland cement industry by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on December 9, 2011. Finally, the EPA is setting the date for compliance with the existing source national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants to be September 9, 2015.
Pesticides; Draft Guidance for Pesticide Registrants on Antimicrobial Pesticide Products With Mold-Related Label Claims; Notice of Availability; Extension of Comment Period
Document Number: 2013-03032
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA issued a draft Pesticide Registration (PR) notice in the Federal Register issue of December 12, 2012, requesting comments on Guidance for Antimicrobial Pesticide Products with Mold-Related Label Claims. This document extends the comment period for 60 days, from February 11, 2013 to April 12, 2013.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Oregon: Heat Smart Program and Enforcement Procedures
Document Number: 2013-02964
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-02-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is proposing to approve multiple revisions to Oregon's State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted to the EPA by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) on October 5, 2011, June 8, 2012, and November 28, 2012. The October 5, 2011 submission contains revisions to the Heat Smart program and to the enforcement procedures and civil penalties in Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) Chapter 340, Division 12 (OAR 340-12). The June 8, 2012 submission contains additional revisions to the Heat Smart program, along with minor revisions and clarifications to general air pollution definitions (OAR 340-200), rules for stationary source notification requirements (OAR 340-210), and requirements for fuel burning (OAR 340-228). The November 28, 2012 submission contains revisions to approve the inclusion of expedited enforcement offers and updated penalty classifications and criteria (OAR 340-012).
National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology
Document Number: 2013-02929
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92463, EPA gives notice of a public meeting of the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT). NACEPT provides advice to the EPA Administrator on a broad range of environmental policy, technology, and management issues. NACEPT represents diverse interests from academia, industry, non-governmental organizations, and local, State, and tribal governments. The purpose of this meeting is for NACEPT to discuss and approve draft recommendations in response to the National Academy of Sciences' report on ``Sustainability and the U.S. EPA.'' NACEPT's second letter on sustainability will address two topics: (1) What strengths EPA can leverage to successfully deploy sustainability practices across the Agency, and (2) what 3-5 year breakthrough objectives are related to sustainability implementation and recommended measurement systems for assessing progress toward EPA's sustainability vision. A copy of the agenda for the meeting will be posted at https://www.epa.gov/ofacmo/ nacept/cal-nacept.htm.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maryland; Amendments to Maryland's Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2013-02928
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-02-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the State of Maryland State Implementation Plan (SIP). The revisions pertain to adoption through incorporation by reference of the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) by the State of Maryland. EPA is approving these revisions that adopt the NAAQS for ozone (O3), sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), lead (Pb), particulate matter (PM) and carbon monoxide (CO) as well as the relevant reference and equivalent monitoring methods through incorporation by reference into the Code of Maryland regulations (COMAR) on an ``as amended'' basis which will prospectively incorporate all future revisions and additions to the NAAQS in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; New Jersey and New York Ozone Attainment Demonstrations
Document Number: 2013-02927
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-02-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving the ozone attainment demonstration portion of comprehensive State Implementation Plan revisions submitted by New Jersey and New York to meet Clean Air Act requirements for attaining the 1997 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard. EPA is approving New Jersey's and New York's demonstrations of attainment of the 1997 8-hour ozone standard as they relate to their portions of three moderate nonattainment areas; the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY- NJ-CT area, the Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City, PA-NJ-MD-DE area, and the Poughkeepsie, NY area.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maryland; Amendments to Maryland's Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2013-02926
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-02-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA proposes to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Maryland for the purpose of adopting through incorporation by reference the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). 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 EPA 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.
Notification of a Public Meeting of the Chartered Science Advisory Board
Document Number: 2013-02925
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting of the chartered SAB to: (1) Receive an update briefing on the EPA's Office of Research and Development's (ORD) implementation of strategic research plans; (2) conduct quality reviews of three draft SAB reports [on the use of computational toxicology (CompTox) to advance risk assessment; on EPA's retrospective study of the costs of EPA regulations; and on methodologies for estimating air emissions for broiler animal feeding operations and for lagoons and basins at swine and dairy animal feeding operations]; and (3) to discuss information provided in the agency's regulatory agenda, specifically planned actions and their supporting science.