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

2013 Annual Meeting of the Ozone Transport Commission
Document Number: 2013-10187
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The United States Environmental Protection Agency is announcing the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Ozone Transport Commission (OTC). This OTC meeting will explore options available for reducing ground-level ozone precursors in a multi-pollutant context. The Commission will be evaluating potential measures and considering actions in areas such as performance standards for electric generating units (EGUs) on high electric demand days, oil and gas boilers serving EGUs, small natural gas boilers, stationary generators, energy security/energy efficiency, architectural industrial and maintenance coatings, consumer products, institution commercial and industrial (ICI) boilers, vapor recovery at gas stations, large above ground storage tanks, seaports, aftermarket catalysts, lightering, and non-road idling.
Delegation of New Source Performance Standards and National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for the States of Arizona, California, and Nevada
Document Number: 2013-10180
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is finalizing updates to the Code of Federal Regulations delegation tables to reflect the current delegation status of New Source Performance Standards and National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants in Arizona, California, and Nevada.
Delegation of New Source Performance Standards and National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for the States of Arizona, California, and Nevada
Document Number: 2013-10176
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-04-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve updates to the Code of Federal Regulations delegation tables to reflect the current delegation status of New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) and National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) in Arizona, California, and Nevada.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; New York; Infrastructure SIP for the 1997 8-Hour Ozone and the 1997 and 2006 Fine Particulate Matter Standards
Document Number: 2013-10168
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-04-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve most elements of New York's State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted to demonstrate that the State meets the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the 1997 8-hour ozone and the 1997 and 2006 fine particulate matter (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). EPA is also proposing to conditionally approve certain elements of New York's submittals. The CAA requires that each state adopt and submit a SIP for the implementation, maintenance and enforcement of each NAAQS promulgated by the EPA and is commonly referred to as an infrastructure SIP.
An Assessment of Potential Mining Impacts on Salmon Ecosystems of Bristol Bay, Alaska
Document Number: 2013-10157
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a public comment period for the revised draft document titled, ``An Assessment of Potential Mining Impacts on Salmon Ecosystems of Bristol Bay, Alaska'' (EPA-910-R-12-004Ba-c). The document was revised by the EPA after reviewing comments received from the public between May 18 and July 23, 2012 and input from the peer review panel held in August 2012. The EPA conducted this assessment to determine the significance of Bristol Bay's ecological resources and the potential impacts of large-scale mining on these resources.
Request for Information To Inform Hydraulic Fracturing Research Related to Drinking Water Resources
Document Number: 2013-10154
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is extending its deadline for the public to submit data and scientific literature to inform EPA's research on the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources from April 30, 2013 until November 15, 2013. EPA is extending the deadline in order to provide the public with more of an opportunity to provide feedback to the Agency.
Reissuance of Final NPDES General Permits for Facilities/Operations That Generate, Treat, and/or Use/Dispose of Sewage Sludge by Means of Land Application, Landfill, and Surface Disposal in EPA Region 8
Document Number: 2013-10050
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Region 8 of the EPA is hereby giving notice of its reissuance of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general permits for facilities or operations that generate, treat, and/or use/ dispose of sewage sludge by means of land application, landfill, and surface disposal in the States of CO, MT, ND, and WY and in Indian country in the States of CO, MT, ND, SD, WY and UT (except for the Goshute Indian Reservation and the Navajo Indian Reservation). The effective date of the general permits is May 13, 2013.
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District, Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District, South Coast Air Quality Management District and Ventura County Air Pollution Control District
Document Number: 2013-10048
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-04-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District (AVAQMD), Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (SBCAPCD), South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) and Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (VCAPCD) portions of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) emissions from motor vehicle and mobile equipment coating operations and from graphic arts operations. We are approving local rules that regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (``CAA'' or ``the Act''). We are taking comments on this proposal and plan to follow with a final action.
Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Listing of Substitutes for Ozone-Depleting Substances-Fire Suppression and Explosion Protection
Document Number: 2013-10046
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Significant New Alternatives Policy program, this action lists C7 Fluoroketone as an acceptable substitute, subject to narrowed use limits, for ozone-depleting substances used as streaming agents in the fire suppression and explosion protection sector. The program implements Section 612 of the Clean Air Act, as amended in 1990, which requires the Agency to evaluate substitutes and find them acceptable where they pose comparable or lower overall risk to human health and the environment than other available substitutes.
Proposed Administrative Cost Recovery Settlement Under Section 122(h) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act, as Amended, Leadwood Mine Tailings Superfund Site, St. Francois County, Missouri
Document Number: 2013-10045
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with Section 122(i) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act, as amended (CERCLA), notice is hereby given of a proposed administrative settlement with The Doe Run Resources Corporation, St. Louis, Missouri, for recovery of past response costs concerning the Leadwood Mine Tailings Superfund Site in St. Francois County, Missouri. The settlement requires The Doe Run Resources Corporation to pay $175,000.00 to the Hazardous Substance Superfund. The settlement includes a covenant not to sue the settling party pursuant to Section 107(a) of CERCLA. For thirty (30) days following the date of publication of this notice, EPA will receive written comments relating to the settlement. EPA will consider all comments 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. EPA's response to any comments received will be available for public inspection at the EPA Region 7 office located at 11201 Renner Boulevard, Lenexa, Kansas 66219.
Forum on Environmental Measurements Announcement of Competency Policy for Assistance Agreements
Document Number: 2013-10043
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency's Forum on Environmental Measurements (FEM) is implementing an Agency-wide policy requiring organizations generating or using environmental data under certain Agency-funded assistance agreements to submit documentation of their competency prior to award of the agreement, or if that is not practicable, prior to beginning any work involving the generation or use of environmental data under the agreement. The Policy was originally approved on December 12, 2012 by the Science Technology Policy Council (STPC) and will be effective on May 15, 2013. The Policy will apply to all competitive and non-competitive assistance agreements expected to exceed a total maximum value of $200,000 (in federal funding) and awarded based on solicitations issued after May 14, 2013. The Policy will be reviewed against frequently asked questions within two years after its effective data and will either be reissued without revision, reissued with revisions, or rescinded.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Ambient Air Quality Surveillance (Renewal)
Document Number: 2013-10009
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``Nitrogen Oxides Ambient Air Monitoring (Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 2358.04, OMB Control No. 2060-0638) 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, 2013. This ICR is being submitted to OMB concurrently with the renewal for the ``Ambient Air Quality Surveillance'' ICR (EPA ICR Number 0940.27, OMB Control Number 2060-0084). The renewal for the Ambient Air Quality Surveillance ICR will incorporates the requirements and burden currently approved under the Nitrogen Oxides Ambient Monitoring ICR (OMB 2060-0638, EPA ICR Number 2358.03) and the Sulfur Dioxides Ambient Monitoring ICR (OMB 2060-0642, EPA ICR Number 2370.02). Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (78 FR 12052) on February 21, 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.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; District of Columbia; Volatile Organic Compounds Emissions Reductions Regulations
Document Number: 2013-09937
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the District of Columbia. This SIP revision consists of amendments to Chapters 1 and 7 of Title 20 (Environment) of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (DCMR) for the Control of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) to meet the requirement to adopt reasonably available control technology (RACT) for sources as recommended by the Ozone Transport Commission (OTC) model rules and EPA's Control Techniques Guidelines (CTG) standards. This SIP revision also includes negative declarations for various VOC source categories. EPA is approving the regulation changes and the negative declarations in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Ohio; Volatile Organic Compound Emission Control Measures for the Cleveland Ozone Nonattainment Area
Document Number: 2013-08691
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving into the Ohio State Implementation Plan (SIP), several volatile organic compound (VOC) rules that were submitted by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) on June 1, 2011. These rules, which include the source categories covered by the Control Technique Guideline (CTG) documents issued in 2008, as well as several other miscellaneous rule revisions, will help Ohio's effort to attain the 2008 ozone standard. These rules are being approved because they are consistent with the CTG documents issued by EPA in 2008, and satisfy the reasonably available control technology (RACT) requirements of the Clean Air Act (Act). EPA proposed these rules for approval on May 25, 2012, and received no comments.
Dinotefuran; Pesticide Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions; Technical Amendment
Document Number: 2013-09956
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA issued a final rule in the Federal Register of November 9, 2012, concerning establishing time-limited tolerances for dinotefuran on pome fruit, group 11 and stone fruit, group 12, in connection with authorizations for emergency exemption uses under section 18 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). This document amends the tolerance listing for dinotefuran by restoring the time-limited tolerances that were inadvertently deleted by a subsequent (unrelated) final rule published in the Federal Register of November 28, 2012.
Ethylene Oxide; Receipt of Application for Emergency Exemption, Solicitation of Public Comment
Document Number: 2013-09954
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has received a quarantine exemption request from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to use the pesticide ethylene oxide (CAS No. 75-21-8) to sterilize the interior surfaces of enclosed animal isolator units to control microorganisms. The applicant proposes a use of a pesticide which contains an active ingredient which is or has been the subject of a Special Review, and which could pose a risk similar to the risk which is or has been the subject of the Special Review. EPA is soliciting public comment before making the decision whether or not to grant the exemption.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2013-09951
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; North Dakota; Regional Haze State Implementation Plan; Federal Implementation Plan for Interstate Transport of Pollution Affecting Visibility and Regional Haze; Reconsideration; Announcement of Public Hearings
Document Number: 2013-09949
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-04-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On March 15, 2013, EPA initiated reconsideration of its approval of North Dakota's best available retrofit technology (BART) emission limits for nitrogen oxides (NOX) for Milton R. Young Station Units 1 and 2 and Leland Olds Station Unit 2, which are coal-fired power plants in North Dakota. EPA is holding public hearings on May 15, 2013 to accept written and oral comments on this proposed action. The comment period for this action was scheduled to close on May 14, 2013. EPA is extending the comment period to June 17, 2013 to allow for a full 30-day public comment period for the submission of additional public comment following the public hearings.
Draft Policy Papers Released for Public Comment: Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964: Adversity and Compliance With Environmental Health-Based Thresholds, and Role of Complainants and Recipients in the Title VI Complaints and Resolution Process
Document Number: 2013-09922
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made improving its civil rights program a priority and recognizes that its enforcement of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI) is an important tool to use to protect against discrimination and ensure that recipients of EPA financial assistance do not discriminate in implementing programs and activities. Today, EPA has released two draft policy papers for public comment. The first draft policy paper, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964: Adversity and Compliance with Environmental Health-Based Thresholds, proposes to change the way EPA assesses ``adversity'' by having the Agency refrain from applying a ``rebuttable presumption'' in certain Title VI investigations. The second draft policy paper, Role of Complainants and Recipients in the Title VI Complaints and Resolution Process, discusses EPA's proposed position on clarifying the roles of complainants and recipients in the Title VI complaints process.
Bacillus mycoides Isolate J; Time-Limited Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: 2013-09706
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes a time-limited exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of Bacillus mycoides isolate J in or on potato, when used in accordance with the terms of the section 18 emergency exemption. This action is in response to EPA's granting of an emergency exemption under section 18 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) authorizing use of the pesticide on potato. The time-limited exemption from the requirement of a tolerance expires on December 31, 2015.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Oregon: Open Burning and Enforcement Procedures
Document Number: 2013-09695
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is approving State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of Oregon on February 16, 2001, July 14, 2005, August 28, 2006, and May 20, 2008 that relate to open burning rules, enforcement procedures, civil penalties, and procedures in contested cases (appeals). These revisions were made to the Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) Chapter 340, Division 264 (OAR 340-264), OAR 340-012, and OAR 340-011. The EPA is approving the SIP revisions because the revisions clarify and strengthen the SIP and meet the criteria of the Clean Air Act.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Wisconsin; Amendments to Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance Program for Wisconsin
Document Number: 2013-09536
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-04-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) on June 7, 2012, concerning the State's vehicle inspection and maintenance (I/M) program in southeast Wisconsin. The revision amends I/M program requirements in the active control measures portion of the ozone SIP to reflect changes that have been implemented at the state level since EPA fully approved the I/M program on August 16, 2001. The submittal also includes a demonstration under section 110(l) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) addressing lost emission reductions associated with the program changes.
Azoxystrobin; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2013-09701
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of azoxystrobin in or on multiple commodities discussed later in this document. Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Solid Waste Disposal Facility Criteria (Renewal)
Document Number: 2013-09678
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), Solid Waste Disposal Facility Criteria (Renewal) (EPA ICR No. 1381.10, OMB Control No. 2050-0122) 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 June 30, 2013. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register 78 FR 718 on January 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; NESHAP for Site Remediation (Renewal), EPA ICR Number 2062.05
Document Number: 2013-09677
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-24
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.
Product Cancellation Order for Certain Pesticide Registrations
Document Number: 2013-09554
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces EPA's order for the cancellations, voluntarily requested by the registrants and accepted by the Agency, of the products listed in Table 1. and 2. of Unit II., pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). This cancellation order follows a December 19, 2012 Federal Register Notice of Receipt of Request from the registrants listed in Table 3. of Unit II. to voluntarily cancel these technical and end use product registrations. In the December 19, 2012 notice, EPA indicated that it would issue an order implementing the cancellations unless the Agency received substantive comments within the 30-day comment period that would merit its further review of these requests, or unless the registrants withdrew their requests. The Agency received one set of comments on the notice, and the comments did not merit EPA's further review of the request. Further, the registrants did not withdraw their requests. Accordingly, EPA hereby issues in this notice a cancellation order granting the requested cancellations. Any distribution, sale, or use of the products subject to this cancellation order is permitted only in accordance with the terms of this order, including any existing stocks provisions.
Product Cancellation Order for Certain Pesticide Registrations
Document Number: 2013-09553
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces EPA's order for the cancellations, voluntarily requested by the registrants and accepted by the Agency, of the products listed in Table 1 of Unit II., pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). This cancellation order follows a September 19, 2012 Federal Register notice of receipt of requests from the registrants listed in Table 2 of Unit II. to voluntarily cancel these product registrations. In the September 19, 2012 notice, EPA indicated that it would issue an order implementing the cancellations, unless the Agency received substantive comments within the 180-day comment period that would merit its further review of these requests, or unless the registrants withdrew their requests. The Agency did not receive any comments on the notice. Further, the registrants did not withdraw their requests. Accordingly, EPA hereby issues in this notice a cancellation order granting the requested cancellations. Any distribution, sale, or use of the products subject to this cancellation order is permitted only in accordance with the terms of this order, including any existing stocks provisions.
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List: Deletion of the Koppers Co., Inc. (Florence Plant) Superfund Site
Document Number: 2013-09540
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-04-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 is issuing a Notice of Intent to Delete the Koppers Co., Inc. (Florence Plant) Superfund Site (Site) located in Florence, South Carolina, 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). The EPA and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) have determined that no further response activities under CERCLA are appropriate. However, this deletion does not preclude future actions under Superfund.
Reconsideration of Certain New Source Issues: National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants From Coal- and Oil-Fired Electric Utility Steam Generating Units and Standards of Performance for Fossil-Fuel-Fired Electric Utility, Industrial-Commercial-Institutional, and Small Industrial-Commercial-Institutional Steam Generating Units
Document Number: 2013-07859
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is taking final action on its reconsideration of certain issues in the final rules titled, ``National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants from Coal- and Oil-fired Electric Utility Steam Generating Units and Standards of Performance for Fossil-Fuel- Fired Electric Utility, Industrial-Commercial-Institutional, and Small Industrial-Commercial-Institutional Steam Generating Units.'' The National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) rule issued pursuant to Clean Air Act (CAA) section 112 is referred to as the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) NESHAP, and the New Source Performance Standards rule issued pursuant to CAA section 111 is referred to as the Utility NSPS. The Administrator received petitions for reconsideration of certain aspects of the MATS NESHAP and the Utility NSPS. On November 30, 2012, the EPA granted reconsideration of, proposed, and requested comment on a limited set of issues. We also proposed certain technical corrections to both the MATS NESHAP and the Utility NSPS. The EPA is now taking final action on the revised new source numerical standards in the MATS NESHAP and the definitional and monitoring provisions in the Utility NSPS that were addressed in the proposed reconsideration rule. As part of this action, the EPA is also making certain technical corrections to both the MATS NESHAP and the Utility NSPS. The EPA is not taking final action on requirements applicable during periods of startup and shutdown in the MATS NESHAP or on startup and shutdown provisions related to the PM standard in the Utility NSPS.
EPA Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education; Cancellation of the National Environmental Education Advisory Council Meetings Scheduled for May 22, 2013 and June 19th, 2013
Document Number: 2013-09552
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education (OEAEE) is issuing this notice to cancel the May 22, 2013 NEEAC Teleconference and the June 19th, 2013 NEEAC teleconference. The notice of this meeting was previously published in the Federal Register on February 21, 2013. FR Doc No: 2013-04028
Forms and Procedures for Submitting Attest Engagements Under Various Subparts
Document Number: 2013-09534
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality (OTAQ) is announcing that attest engagements reports due on or after May 8, 2013 must be submitted via EPA's Central Data Exchange (CDX). The substance of the attest engagement report itself is unchanged. EPA is switching to all-electronic reporting using the Central Data Exchange (CDX) because it is simple, cost effective, and efficient. As of May 8, 2013, parties will no longer be permitted to submit attest engagements via any method but CDX. This notice affects parties subject to attest engagement requirements of fuels programs, including reformulated gasoline, anti-dumping, gasoline sulfur, benzene content, and the renewable fuel standard.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Tennessee: New Source Review-Prevention of Significant Deterioration
Document Number: 2013-09316
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-04-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve, through parallel processing, portions of a draft revision to the Tennessee State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) through the Division of Air Pollution Control, on October 4, 2012. The draft SIP revision modifies Tennessee's New Source Review (NSR) Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) program to adopt, into the Tennessee SIP, federal PSD requirements regarding fine particulate matter (PM2.5) increments. EPA is proposing to approve portions of Tennessee's October 4, 2012, SIP revision because the Agency has preliminarily determined that it is consistent with the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) and EPA regulations regarding NSR permitting.
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, Imperial County Air Pollution Control District
Document Number: 2013-09307
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is finalizing approval of revisions to the Imperial County Air Pollution Control District (ICAPCD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). This action was proposed in the Federal Register on January 7, 2013 and concerns local rules that regulate inhalable particulate matter (PM) emissions from sources of fugitive dust such as unpaved roads and disturbed soils in open and agricultural areas in Imperial County. We are approving local rules that regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; North Carolina: Deferral of Carbon Dioxide (CO2
Document Number: 2013-09314
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-04-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a revision to the North Carolina State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of North Carolina, through the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NC DENR), on July 30, 2012. The SIP revision modifies North Carolina's prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) program to incorporate by reference (IBR) the federal deferral of, until July 21, 2014, PSD applicability to biogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from bioenergy and other biogenic stationary sources. EPA is proposing to approve North Carolina's SIP revision because the Agency has preliminarily determined that it is consistent with the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) and EPA's new source review (NSR) permitting regulations.
LWD, Inc. Superfund Site; Calvert City, Marshall County, Kentucky; Notice of Settlement
Document Number: 2013-09306
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under 122(h) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), the United States Environmental Protection Agency has entered into a settlement with one hundred twenty-five (125) parties and nineteen (19) Federal Agencies addressing past costs concerning the LWD, Inc., Superfund Site located in Calvert City, Marshall County, Kentucky. The settlement addresses costs from a federally funded Removal Action taken by EPA at the Site and response costs incurred by the settling parties in connection with the Site pursuant to a 2007 work AOC.
Reconsideration Petition From the National Association of Surface Finishers for the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutant Emissions: Hard and Decorative Chromium Electroplating and Chromium Anodizing Tanks; and Steel Pickling-HCl Process Facilities and Hydrochloric Acid Regeneration Plants
Document Number: 2013-09304
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This action provides notice that on March 28, 2013, the Acting EPA Administrator, Bob Perciasepe, signed a letter denying a petition for reconsideration of the final rule published in the Federal Register on September 19, 2012. The rule established new emission limits for hard and decorative chromium electroplating and chromium anodizing tanks, and steel picklingHCl process facilities and hydrochloric acid regeneration plants.
Proposed Consent Decree, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
Document Number: 2013-09294
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with the Clean Air Act, as amended (``CAA''), notice is hereby given of a proposed consent decree, to resolve a lawsuit filed by Clean Air Council in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia: Clean Air Council v. Jackson, No. 1:12- cv-00707 (D. DC). On May 2, 2012, Plaintiff filed a complaint alleging that EPA failed to promulgate a Federal Implementation Plan (``FIP'') as mandated by the CAA, addressing certain nonattainment planning provisions for the 1997 fine particulate matter National Ambient Air Quality Standard (``NAAQS'') in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (``Pennsylvania''). The complaint also alleges that EPA failed to make a determination regarding whether the Liberty-Clairton nonattainment area in Pennsylvania (``Liberty-Clairton Area'') has attained the 1997 fine particulate matter NAAQS by the applicable attainment date as mandated by the CAA,. The proposed consent decree establishes deadlines for EPA to take action.
Proposed Consent Decree, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
Document Number: 2013-09292
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with the Clean Air Act, as amended (``CAA''), notice is hereby given of a proposed consent decree to resolve a lawsuit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity and the Center for Environmental Health (``Plaintiffs'') in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California: Center for Biological Diversity, et al. v. Jackson, No. C-12-04968 JWT (N.D. CA.). On September 24, 2012, Plaintiffs filed a complaint alleging that EPA failed to make a finding of failure to submit infrastructure state implementation plans (SIPs) for Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Vermont, and Washington with regard to the 2008 lead National Ambient Air Quality Standard (2008 lead NAAQS) by the statutory deadline established by CAA. Plaintiffs' complaint also alleged that EPA failed to take final action on the infrastructure SIP submitted by Tennessee with regard to the 2008 Lead NAAQs by the statutory deadline established by CAA. In addition, the complaint alleges that EPA failed to determine whether the Herculaneum nonattainment area, in Jefferson County, Missouri attained the 1978 lead National Ambient Air Quality Standard (1978 lead NAAQS) by its attainment date as mandated by CAA. The proposed consent decree establishes a deadline of August 15, 2013 for EPA to take action with respect to the Tennessee infrastructure SIP and the Herculaneum nonattainment area.
Revisions to the Arizona State Implementation Plan, Maricopa County Area
Document Number: 2013-09288
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-04-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the Maricopa County Area portion of the Arizona State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern particulate matter (PM10) emissions from fugitive dust sources. We are approving local statutes that regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act). We are taking comments on this proposal and plan to follow with a final action.
Fipronil; Receipt of Application for Emergency Exemptions, Solicitation of Public Comment
Document Number: 2013-09285
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has received specific exemption requests from the Oregon Department of Agriculture to use the pesticide fipronil (CAS No. 120068-37-3) to treat up to 600 acres of turnips and rutabagas to control the cabbage maggot. The applicant proposes a use which is supported by the Interregional Research Project No. 4 (IR-4) and has been requested in 5 or more previous years, and a petition for tolerance has not yet been submitted to the Agency. EPA is soliciting public comment before making the decision whether or not to grant the exemption.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice Of Availability
Document Number: 2013-09280
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pesticide Products; Registration Applications for New Active Ingredients
Document Number: 2013-09275
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has received several applications to register pesticide products containing active ingredients 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.
Propiconazole; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2013-09271
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation amends existing tolerances for residues of propiconazole in or on multiple commodities which are identified and discussed later in this document. Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Indiana; Particulate Matter Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2013-09150
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-04-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a request submitted by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management on January 30, 2013, to revise the Indiana State Implementation Plan (SIP) for particulate matter under the Clean Air Act. This submission contains the 24-hour fine particle National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) promulgated by EPA in 2006, and removes the annual coarse particle NAAQS that EPA has previously revoked. The submission also asks EPA to approve into the SIP certain Federally regulated criteria pollutant definitions and abbreviations.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Indiana; Particulate Matter Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2013-09149
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a request submitted by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) on January 30, 2013, to revise the Indiana State Implementation Plan (SIP) for particulate matter under the Clean Air Act (CAA). This submission contains the 24-hour fine particle (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) promulgated by EPA in 2006, and removes the annual coarse particle (PM10) NAAQS that EPA has previously revoked. The submission also asks EPA to approve into the SIP certain Federally regulated criteria pollutant definitions and abbreviations.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Illinois; Small Container Exemption from VOC Coating Rules
Document Number: 2013-08948
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a revision to the Illinois State Implementation plan (SIP) submitted by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) on November 14, 2011. This SIP revision consists of amendments to the Illinois Administrative Code (Ill. Adm. Code) by adding a ``small container exemption'' for pleasure craft surface coating operations in the Chicago and Metro-East St. Louis 8-hour ozone nonattainment areas. These exemptions are approvable because they are consistent with EPA volatile organic compound (VOC) reasonably available control technology (RACT) policy.
Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting
Document Number: 2013-09263
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Meeting of the Environmental Financial Advisory Board; Public Notice
Document Number: 2013-09159
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The United States Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Environmental Financial Advisory Board (EFAB) will hold a public meeting on May 15-16, 2013. EFAB is an EPA advisory committee chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) to provide advice and recommendations to EPA on creative approaches to funding environmental programs, projects, and activities. The purpose of this meeting is to hear from informed speakers on environmental finance issues, proposed legislation, and EPA priorities; to discuss activities and progress with regard to current EFAB work projects; and to consider recent requests for assistance from EPA offices. Environmental finance discussions are expected on the following topics: clean air technology; tribal environmental programs; transit- oriented development in sustainable communities, energy efficiency/ green house gas emissions reduction; drinking water pricing and infrastructure investment; and green infrastructure. The meeting is open to the public; however, seating is limited. All members of the public who wish to attend the meeting must register in advance, no later than Friday, May 3, 2013.
Underground Injection Control Program; Hazardous Waste Injection Restrictions; Petition for Exemption-Class I Hazardous Waste Injection; BASF Corporation Freeport, Texas
Document Number: 2013-09158
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that a reissuance of an exemption to the land disposal Restrictions, under the 1984 Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, has been granted to BASF Corporation for three Class I injection wells located at Freeport, Texas. The company has adequately demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Environmental Protection Agency by the petition reissuance application and supporting documentation that, to a reasonable degree of certainty, there will be no migration of hazardous constituents from the injection zone for as long as the waste remains hazardous. This final decision allows the underground injection by BASF, of the specific restricted hazardous wastes identified in this exemption, into Class I hazardous waste injection wells WDW-51 and WDW- 99 and WDW-408 until December 31, 2028, unless EPA moves to terminate this exemption. Additional conditions included in this final decision may be reviewed by contacting the Region 6 Ground Water/UIC Section. A public notice was issued December 27, 2012. The public comment period closed on February 15, 2013. No comments were received. This decision constitutes final Agency action and there is no Administrative appeal. This decision may be reviewed/appealed in compliance with the Administrative Procedure Act.