Circle Environmental #1 Superfund Site; Dawson, Terrell County, Georgia; Notice of Settlement
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 Walter G. Mercer, Jr. concerning the Circle Environmental 1 Superfund Site located in Dawson, Terrell County, Georgia. The settlement addresses cost incurred by the agency in conducting a fund lead Removal.
California State Motor Vehicle Pollution Control Standards; Urban Buses; Request for Waiver of Preemption; Notice of Decision
EPA is granting the California Air Resources Board (CARB) its request for a waiver of preemption for emission standards and related test procedures contained in its urban bus regulations as they affect the 2002 and later model years. Urban buses are conventionally powered by a heavy-duty diesel engine that falls within the heavy-duty vehicle classification of greater than 33,000 pounds gross vehicle weight, and are intended primarily for intra-city operation, i.e., within the confines of a city or greater metropolitan area.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Determinations of Attainment of the 1997 Annual Fine Particulate Standards for the Liberty-Clairton Nonattainment Area
EPA is proposing to make two separate and independent determinations regarding the Liberty-Clairton, Pennsylvania 1997 annual fine particulate (PM2.5) nonattainment area (the Liberty- Clairton Area). First, EPA is proposing to determine that the Liberty- Clairton Area attained the 1997 PM2.5 annual national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) by the applicable attainment date, December 31, 2011. This proposed determination is based on quality assured and certified ambient air quality date for the 2009- 2011 monitoring period. Second, EPA is proposing that the Liberty- Clairton Area has continued to attain the 1997 annual PM2.5 NAAQS, based on quality-assured and certified ambient air quality data for the 2010-2012 monitoring period. If EPA finalizes this latter ``clean data determination,'' the requirement for the Liberty-Clairton Area to submit an attainment demonstration, reasonably available control measures (RACM), reasonable further progress (RFP), and contingency measures related to attainment of the 1997 annual PM2.5 NAAQS would be suspended for so long as the area continues to attain the 1997 annual PM2.5 NAAQS. These determinations do not constitute a redesignation to attainment. The Liberty-Clairton Area will remain designated nonattainment for the 1997 annual PM2.5 NAAQS until such time as EPA determines that the Liberty-Clairton Area meets the Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements for redesignation to attainment, including an approved maintenance plan. These proposed actions are being taken under the CAA.
Notice of a Public Comment Period on the Draft IRIS Carcinogenicity Assessment for Ethylene Oxide
EPA is announcing a 45-day public comment period on the draft IRIS assessment titled, ``Evaluation of the Inhalation Carcinogenicity of Ethylene Oxide'' (EPA/635/R-13/128a) and on the draft peer review charge questions. The draft assessment and draft peer review charge questions were prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within the EPA Office of Research and Development (ORD). The 45-day public comment period on the draft Evaluation of the Inhalation Carcinogenicity of Ethylene Oxide and on the draft peer review charge questions begins on the day EPA posts the draft assessment and the draft peer review charge questions on the IRIS Web site and ends 45 days later. EPA anticipates posting the draft assessment and draft charge questions on or around July 23, 2013. Shortly after the draft carcinogenicity assessment is posted on the IRIS Web site, EPA will initiate a peer review of the draft assessment, which EPA anticipates will be undertaken by the Science Advisory Board. EPA is releasing this draft carcinogenicity assessment for the purpose of public comment. This draft assessment is not final, as described in EPA's information quality guidelines, and it does not represent and should not be construed to represent Agency policy or views.
Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products; Extension of Comment Period
EPA issued a proposed rule in the Federal Register of June 10, 2013, concerning formaldehyde emissions standards for composite wood products. This document extends the comment period from August 9, 2013, to September 9, 2013. After receiving requests for an extension, EPA believes it is appropriate to extend the comment period in order to give stakeholders additional time to assess the impacts of the proposal, review technical documents in the docket, and prepare comments.
Formaldehyde; Third-Party Certification Framework for the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products; Extension of Comment Period
EPA issued a proposed rule in the Federal Register of June 10, 2013, concerning a third-party certification framework for the formaldehyde standards for composite wood products. This document extends the comment period from August 9, 2013 to August 26, 2013. After receiving requests for an extension, EPA believes it is appropriate to extend the comment period in order to give stakeholders additional time to assess the impacts of the proposal, review technical documents in the docket, and prepare comments.
Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions
The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board submits the following agenda of proposed regulatory activities, which may be conducted by the agency during the next 12 months. This regulatory agenda may be revised by the agency during the coming months as a result of action taken by the Board.
Spring 2013 Regulatory Agenda
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publishes the semiannual regulatory agenda online (the e-Agenda) at https:// www.reginfo.gov and at www.regulations.gov to update the public about: Regulations and major policies currently under development, Reviews of existing regulations and major policies, and Rules and major policymakings completed or canceled since the last agenda.
Notice of Data Availability Concerning Renewable Fuels Produced From Barley Under the RFS Program
This Notice provides an opportunity to comment on EPA's draft analysis of the lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of ethanol that is produced using barley as a feedstock. EPA's draft analysis indicates that ethanol produced from barley has an estimated lifecycle GHG emissions reduction of 47% as compared to baseline conventional fuel when the barley ethanol is produced at a dry mill facility that uses natural gas for all process energy, uses electricity from the grid, and dries up to 100% of distillers grains. Such barley ethanol would therefore meet the minimum 20% GHG emissions reduction threshold for conventional biofuels under the Clean Air Act Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. In addition, EPA analyzed two potential options for producing barley ethanol that would meet the 50% GHG emissions reduction threshold for advanced biofuels. Ethanol produced from dry- milling barley meet the advanced biofuels GHG reduction threshold if it is produced at a facility that uses no more than 30,700 Btu of natural gas for process energy, no more than 4,200 Btu of biomass from barley hulls or biogas from landfills, waste treatment plants, barley hull digesters, or waste digesters for process energy, and no more than 0.84 kWh of electricity from the grid for all electricity used at the renewable fuel production facility, calculated on a per gallon basis. Ethanol produced from dry-milling barley can also meet the advanced biofuel GHG reduction threshold if the production facility uses no more than 36,800 Btu of natural gas for process energy and also uses natural gas for on-site production of all electricity used at the facility other than up to 0.19 kWh of electricity from the grid, calculated on a per gallon basis.