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

Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2013-21276
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Tetrachlorvinphos; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2013-21272
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-08-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation amends the existing time-limited interim tolerances by converting them to permanent tolerances for the combined residues of the insecticide tetrachlorvinphos, including its metabolites, in or on multiple commodities identified in this document, under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Delaware; Infrastructure Requirements for the 2008 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2013-21270
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-08-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) submittal from the State of Delaware pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA). Whenever new or revised national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) are promulgated, the CAA requires states to submit a plan for the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of such NAAQS. The plan is required to address basic program elements, including, but not limited to, regulatory structure, monitoring, modeling, legal authority, and adequate resources necessary to assure attainment and maintenance of the standards. These elements are referred to as infrastructure requirements. Delaware has made a submittal addressing the infrastructure requirements for the 2008 8-hour ozone NAAQS. This action proposes to approve portions of this submittal.
Good Neighbor Environmental Board; Notification of Public Advisory Committee Teleconference
Document Number: 2013-21268
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92- 463, notice is hereby given that the Good Neighbor Environmental Board (GNEB) will hold a public teleconference on Tuesday, September 24, 2013. The meeting will take place from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The meeting is open to the public. For further information regarding the teleconference and background materials, please contact Mark Joyce at the number listed below.
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, Placer, Santa Barbara and Ventura County Air Pollution Control Districts
Document Number: 2013-20918
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-08-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the Placer County Air Pollution Control District (PCAPCD), Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (SBCAPCD) and Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (VCAPCD) portions of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from adhesives and sealants. We are proposing to approve local rules to regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act).
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, Placer, Santa Barbara and Ventura County Air Pollution Control Districts
Document Number: 2013-20917
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-08-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Placer County Air Pollution Control District (PCAPCD), Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (SBCAPCD) and Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (VCAPCD) portions of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from adhesives and sealants. We are approving local rules that regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; State of Florida; Regional Haze State Implementation Plan
Document Number: 2013-21028
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-08-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is finalizing a full approval of the regional haze state implementation plan (SIP) from the State of Florida, submitted through the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), on March 19, 2010, as amended on August 31, 2010, and September 17, 2012. Florida's SIP submittal addresses regional haze for the first implementation period. Specifically, this SIP submittal addresses the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA or ``the Act'') and EPA's rules that require states to prevent any future and remedy any existing anthropogenic impairment of visibility in mandatory Class I areas (national parks and wilderness areas) caused by emissions of air pollutants from numerous sources located over a wide geographic area (also referred to as the ``regional haze program''). States are required to assure reasonable progress toward the national goal of achieving natural visibility conditions in Class I areas. In this action, EPA finds that Florida's regional haze SIP meets all of the regional haze requirements of the CAA. Thus, EPA is finalizing a full approval of Florida's entire regional haze SIP.
Notice of Workshop and Call for Information on Integrated Science Assessment for Oxides of Nitrogen and Oxides of Sulfur
Document Number: 2013-21025
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. EPA Office of Research and Development's National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) is preparing an Integrated Science Assessment (ISA) as part of the review of the secondary National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for oxides of nitrogen (NOX) and oxides of sulfur (SOX). This ISA is intended to update the scientific assessment presented in the Integrated Science Assessment for Oxides of Nitrogen and Sulfur Ecological Criteria (EPA 600/R-08/082F), published in December 2008. Interested parties are invited to assist the EPA in developing and refining the scientific information base for the review of the secondary NOX and SOX NAAQS by submitting research studies that have been published, accepted for publication, or presented at a public scientific meeting. The EPA is also announcing that a workshop entitled ``Workshop to Discuss Policy-Relevant Science to Inform EPA's Review of the Secondary NOX and SOX NAAQS'' is being organized by NCEA and the EPA Office of Air and Radiation's Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS). The workshop will be held October 1 to 3, 2013, in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. The workshop will be open to attendance by interested public observers on a first-come, first-served basis up to the limits of available space.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Arkansas; Interstate Transport of Fine Particulate Matter
Document Number: 2013-21024
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-08-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving portions of State Implementation Plan (SIP) submittals from the State of Arkansas to address Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) requirements in section 110(a)(2)(D)(i)(I) that prohibit air emissions which will contribute significantly to nonattainment or interfere with maintenance in any other state for the 1997 and 2006 fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). EPA has determined that the existing SIP for Arkansas contains adequate provisions to prohibit air emissions from significantly contributing to nonattainment or interfering with maintenance of the 1997 annual and 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS (1997 PM2.5 NAAQS) and the 2006 revised 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS (2006 PM2.5 NAAQS) in any other state as required by section 110(a)(2)(D)(i)(I) of the Act.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Michigan; Redesignation of the Detroit-Ann Arbor Area to Attainment of the 1997 Annual Standard and the 2006 24-Hour Standard for Fine Particulate Matter
Document Number: 2013-21020
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-08-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving, under the Clean Air Act (CAA), the state of Michigan's request to redesignate the Detroit-Ann Arbor nonattainment area (Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw, and Wayne Counties) to attainment for the 1997 annual and 2006 24-hour national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS or standard) for fine particulate matter (PM2.5). On July 5, 2011, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) submitted a request for EPA to redesignate the Detroit-Ann Arbor Michigan nonattainment area. EPA determined that the Detroit-Ann Arbor area has attained the 1997 annual and 2006 24-hour PM2.5 standard, and proposed on July 2, 2013, to approve Michigan's request to redesignate the area. EPA is taking final action today on that proposal. EPA also is taking final action in this rulemaking on several related proposals. EPA is approving, as a revision to the Michigan state implementation plan (SIP), the state's plan for maintaining the 1997 annual and 2006 24- hour PM2.5 NAAQS in the area through 2023. Finally, EPA finds adequate and is approving Michigan's nitrogen oxides (NOX) and PM2.5 Motor Vehicle Emission Budgets (MVEBs) for 2023 for the Detroit-Ann Arbor area. EPA, therefore, grants Michigan's request to redesignate the Detroit-Ann Arbor area to attainment for the 1997 annual and 2006 24-hour PM2.5 standards.
Revision of Air Quality Implementation Plan; California; Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District; Stationary Source Permits
Document Number: 2013-20920
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-08-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is finalizing approval of 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 revisions were proposed in the Federal Register on February 14, 2013 and concern construction and modification of stationary sources of air pollution within Sacramento County. We are approving local rules that regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (CAA). Final approval of these rules makes the rules federally enforceable and corrects program deficiencies identified in a previous EPA rulemaking (76 FR 43183, July 20, 2011). EPA is also making technical amendments to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) to reflect this previous rulemaking, which removed an obsolete provision from the California SIP.
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, Placer County Air Pollution Control District
Document Number: 2013-20919
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-08-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is finalizing approval of revisions to the Placer County Air Pollution Control District (PCAPCD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). This action was proposed in the Federal Register on November 9, 2012 and concerns oxides of nitrogen (NOX) emissions from biomass boilers. We are approving a local rule that regulates these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Missouri; St. Louis Area Transportation Conformity Requirements
Document Number: 2013-20915
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-08-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing 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 to provide more specificity to the interagency consultation process requirements and responsibilities. The revision to Missouri's rule does not add any additional requirements to the existing rule but merely adds language that better clarifies specific roles and responsibilities including the consultation groups' processes. Further, these revisions 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).
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Missouri; St. Louis Area Transportation Conformity Requirements
Document Number: 2013-20914
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-08-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Missouri State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted March 22, 2011. This revision does not add any additional requirements to the existing rule but amends the rule by adding language that better clarifies specific roles and responsibilities to the interagency consultation process requirements. 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).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Ohio; Redesignation of the Ohio Portions of the Parkersburg-Marietta and Wheeling Areas to Attainment of the 1997 Annual Fine Particulate Matter Standard
Document Number: 2013-20660
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-08-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking several related actions under the Clean Air Act (CAA) affecting the state of Ohio and the Ohio portions of the Parkersburg-Marietta and Wheeling, West Virginia-Ohio areas for the 1997 annual fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS or standard). EPA is approving requests from the state of Ohio to redesignate the Ohio portions of the Parkersburg-Marietta and Wheeling areas to attainment of the 1997 annual PM2.5 standard. EPA is approving, as a revision to the Ohio state implementation plan (SIP), the state's plans for maintaining the 1997 annual PM2.5 standard in those areas through 2023. EPA is determining the insignificance of the motor vehicle emission budgets (MVEBs) for purposes of transportation conformity in those areas. EPA is approving the comprehensive inventories submitted by Ohio for the oxides of nitrogen (NOX), primary PM2.5, and sulfur dioxide (SO2), ammonia and volatile organic compounds (VOC) in the Parkersburg-Marietta area (Washington County), and in the Wheeling area (Belmont County) as meeting the requirements of the CAA. Finally, EPA is determining that the areas continue to maintain the 1997 annual PM2.5 standard based on certified 2009-2011 air quality data.
Proposed Consent Decree, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
Document Number: 2013-21023
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with section 113(g) of the Clean Air Act, as amended (``CAA'' or the ``Act''), notice is hereby given of a proposed consent decree to address a lawsuit filed by Sandra L. Bahr and David Matusow in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona: Bahr, et al. v. McCarthy, No. 2:13-cv-00872 SMM (D. AZ). On April 30, 2013, Plaintiffs filed a complaint alleging that EPA failed to perform a mandatory duty under CAA section 110(c)(1) to promulgate a federal implementation plan for the State of Arizona that arose as a result of EPA's February 14, 2011, finding of failure to submit a revision to the state implementation plan required under CAA section 189(d), by the required deadline. The proposed consent decree establishes deadlines for EPA to take action.
Notice of Receipt of Requests To Voluntarily Cancel Certain Pesticide Registrations
Document Number: 2013-21021
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is issuing a notice of receipt of requests by registrants to voluntarily cancel certain pesticide registrations. Included in this notice is a request from Nufarm SA to voluntarily cancel the last three remaining amitrole products registered for use in the United States. EPA intends to grant these requests at the close of the comment period for this announcement unless the Agency receives substantive comments within the comment period that would merit its further review of the requests, or unless the registrants withdraw its requests. If these requests are granted, any sale, distribution, or use of products listed in this notice will be permitted after the registration has been canceled only if such sale, distribution, or use is consistent with the terms as described in the final order.
Ethyl-2E,4Z-Decadienoate (Pear Ester); Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: 2013-21019
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-08-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of the biochemical pesticide ethyl-2E,4Z- decadienoate (pear ester) in or on all food commodities. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of ethyl-2E,4Z-decadienoate (pear ester).
Pesticide Product Registration; Receipt of Application for New Uses
Document Number: 2013-21017
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the receipt of applications to add new food uses on previously registered pesticide products containing the insecticide flonicamid, pursuant to the provisions of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).
Air Quality: Revision to Definition of Volatile Organic Compounds-Exclusion of trans
Document Number: 2013-21014
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-08-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is taking final action to revise the regulatory 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 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 regulatory definition of VOCs on the basis that this compound makes a negligible contribution to tropospheric ozone formation. As a result, if you are subject to certain federal regulations limiting emissions of VOCs, your emissions of SolsticeTM 1233zd(E) may not be regulated for some purposes. This action may also affect whether SolsticeTM 1233zd(E) is considered as a VOC for state regulatory purposes, depending on whether the state relies on the EPA's regulatory definition of VOCs. An exemption for SolsticeTM 1233zd(E) was promulgated first as a direct final rulemaking but was withdrawn because EPA received an adverse comment.
Interim Final Determination to Stay and Defer Sanctions; California; San Joaquin Valley
Document Number: 2013-21011
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-08-28
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 revisions to the San Joaquin Valley portion of the California State Implementation Plan published elsewhere in this Federal Register. The revisions concern the Clean Air Act nonattainment area contingency measure requirement for the 1997 annual and 24-hour national ambient air quality standards for fine particulate matter (PM2.5) in the San Joaquin Valley.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; California; San Joaquin Valley; Contingency Measures for the 1997 PM2.5
Document Number: 2013-21010
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-08-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of California to address Clean Air Act nonattainment area contingency measure requirements for the 1997 annual and 24-hour fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standards in the San Joaquin Valley. Final approval of this SIP revision would terminate the sanctions clocks and a federal implementation plan clock that were triggered by EPA's partial disapproval of a related SIP submission on November 9, 2011 (76 FR 69896).
Pyraclostrobin; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2013-20921
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-08-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of pyraclostrobin in or on multiple commodities which are identified and discussed later in this document. This regulation additionally removes several permanent and time-limited tolerances that will be superseded by tolerances established by this action. Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) and BASF Corporation requested tolerances associated with pesticide petition (PP) numbers 2E8069 and 2F8038, respectively, under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Notice of Extension of Public Comment Period on the Draft IRIS Carcinogenicity Assessment for Ethylene Oxide and Addition of Ethylene Oxide to October IRIS Bimonthly Meeting Agenda
Document Number: 2013-20913
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is announcing an extension of the public comment period for the IRIS external review draft carcinogenicity assessment titled, ``Evaluation of the Inhalation Carcinogenicity of Ethylene Oxide'' (EPA/635/R-13/128a and EPA/635/R-13/128b) and the draft peer review charge questions. The original Federal Register notice announcing the public comment period was published on July 23, 2013. We are extending the deadline for this public comment period from September 5, 2013, to October 11, 2013, at the request of the American Chemistry Council and the Ethylene Oxide Sterilization Association, Inc. The draft assessment was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within the EPA Office of Research and Development (ORD). 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. Discussion of the draft IRIS carcinogenicity assessment for ethylene oxide will be included on the agenda of the IRIS bimonthly public meeting to be held on October 23-24, 2013, at EPA offices in Arlington, Virginia. Information on this meeting, including meeting location, time, registration, and participation procedures will be available at the IRIS Web site (https://www.epa.gov/iris/publicmeeting/ ).
Request for Nominations of Experts To Augment the Science Advisory Board Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee for the Review of the EPA's Draft Toxicological Assessments for Ammonia, Trimethylbenzenes and the Evaluation of Inhalation Carcinogenicity of Ethylene Oxide
Document Number: 2013-20911
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office requests public nominations of scientific experts to augment the SAB Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee (CAAC) to form three panels for the review of: (1) The EPA's draft Toxicological Review of Ammonia; (2) the EPA's draft Toxicological Review of Trimethylbenzenes; and (3) the EPA's draft Evaluation of the Inhalation Carcinogenicity of Ethylene Oxide In Support of Summary Information on the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS).
Halosulfuron-methyl; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2013-20906
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-08-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of halosulfuron-methyl in or on artichoke and caneberry subgroup 13-07A. The Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Nevada; Regional Haze Federal Implementation Plan; Extension of BART Compliance Date for Reid Gardner Generating Station
Document Number: 2013-20749
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-08-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to extend the compliance date for NOX emission limits, under the Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART) requirements of the Regional Haze Rule, for Units 1, 2, and 3 at the Reid Gardner Generating Station (RGGS) by 18 months from January 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016. EPA's BART determination was promulgated in a Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) on August 23, 2012. On March 26, 2013, EPA granted reconsideration of the compliance date and proposed to extend the compliance date for the NOX emission limits applicable to Units 1, 2, and 3 at RGGS.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Iowa
Document Number: 2013-20752
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-08-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the state of Iowa. The purpose of these revisions is to update the Polk County Board of Health Rules and Regulations. These proposed revisions reflect updates to the Iowa statewide rules previously approved by EPA and will ensure consistency between the applicable local agency rules and Federally-approved rules.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Iowa
Document Number: 2013-20750
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-08-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving revisions to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the state of Iowa. The purpose of these revisions is to update the Polk County Board of Health Rules and Regulations, Chapter V, Air Pollution. The revisions reflect updates to the Iowa statewide rules previously approved by EPA and will ensure consistency between the applicable local agency rules and Federally-approved rules.
Electronic Reporting of Toxics Release Inventory Data
Document Number: 2013-20744
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-08-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In this final rule, EPA requires facilities to report non- trade-secret Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) forms to EPA using electronic software provided by the Agency. Electronic reporting of TRI forms provides numerous benefits, including making it easier for facilities to report accurate information, expediting form completion due to the pre-population of many form elements, decreasing the cost to EPA of processing forms, and providing TRI information more quickly to the public. The only exception to this electronic reporting requirement is for the few facilities that submit trade secret TRI information, which will continue to submit their trade secret reporting forms and substantiation forms in hard copy. Under this rulemaking, EPA also requires facilities to submit electronically via the Internet (i.e., not on paper forms or CD-ROMs) any revisions or withdrawals of previously submitted TRI reporting forms. Additionally, EPA will no longer accept submissions, revisions, or withdrawals of TRI reporting forms submitted for reporting years prior to reporting year 1991. For trade secret submissions, EPA will still only accept revisions or withdrawals of previously submitted trade secret information on paper forms, though only for reporting years back to reporting year 1991.
Notice of Administrative Settlement Agreement Pursuant to Section 122(H) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, as Amended
Document Number: 2013-20666
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (``CERCLA''), notice is hereby given that a proposed administrative settlement agreement for recovery of response costs (``Proposed Agreement'') associated with the Central Chemical Superfund Site, Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland was executed by the Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA'') and is now subject to public comment, after which EPA may modify or withdraw its consent if comments received disclose facts or considerations that indicate that the Proposed Agreement is inappropriate, improper, or inadequate. The Proposed Agreement would resolve potential EPA claims under Section 107(a) of CERCLA, against Milton N. Stamper, (``Settling Party''). The Proposed Agreement would require Settling Party to reimburse EPA $15,000.00 for response costs incurred by EPA for the Site. For thirty (30) days following the date of publication of this notice, EPA will receive written comments relating to the Proposed Agreement. EPA's response to any comments received will be available for public inspection at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III, 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Ohio; Redesignation of the Columbus Area to Attainment of the 1997 Annual Standard for Fine Particulate Matter
Document Number: 2013-20651
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-08-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to grant, under the Clean Air Act (CAA), a redesignation request and approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision request submitted by the state of Ohio on June 3, 2011, and supplemented on April 30, 2013. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) has requested the redesignation of the Columbus, Ohio (OH) area to attainment of the 1997 annual fine particulate (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS or standard). The Columbus, Ohio area (Columbus area) includes Coshocton, Delaware, Licking, Fairfield, and Franklin Counties. EPA is proposing to determine that the Columbus area has attained the 1997 annual PM2.5 NAAQS and to approve the state's redesignation request. EPA is proposing to approve related Ohio SIP revisions, including the state's plan for maintaining attainment of the 1997 annual PM2.5 NAAQS in the Columbus area through 2023, the state's 2022 Nitrogen Oxides (NOX) and PM2.5 Motor Vehicle Emission Budgets (MVEBs) for the Columbus area (which EPA is also proposing to find adequate), and 2005 NOX, Sulfur Dioxide (SO2), and primary PM2.5 and 2007 Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) and ammonia emission inventories for the Columbus area. In the context of this proposal to redesignate the Columbus area, EPA addresses a number of additional issues, including the effects of two decisions of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (D.C. Circuit or Court): The Court's August 21, 2012, decision to vacate and remand to EPA the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR); and the Court's January 4, 2013, decision to remand to EPA two final rules implementing the 1997 annual PM2.5 standard.
Notice of Administrative Settlement Agreement Pursuant to Section 122(H) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, as Amended
Document Number: 2013-20646
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (``CERCLA''), notice is hereby given that a proposed administrative settlement agreement for recovery of response costs (``Proposed Agreement'') associated with the Central Chemical Superfund Site, Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland was executed by the Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA'') and is now subject to public comment, after which EPA may modify or withdraw its consent if comments received disclose facts or considerations that indicate that the Proposed Agreement is inappropriate, improper, or inadequate. The Proposed Agreement would resolve potential EPA claims under Section 107(a) of CERCLA, against Herman F. Stamper, (``Settling Party''). The Proposed Agreement would require Settling Party to reimburse EPA $2,500.00 for response costs incurred by EPA for the Site. For thirty (30) days following the date of publication of this notice, EPA will receive written comments relating to the Proposed Agreement. EPA's response to any comments received will be available for public inspection at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III, 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103.
Dichloromethane and N-Methylpyrrolidone TSCA Chemical Risk Assessment; Notice of Public Meetings and Opportunity to Comment
Document Number: 2013-20748
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA's contractor, The Scientific Consulting Group (SCG), Inc., has identified a panel of scientific experts to conduct a peer review of EPA's draft Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) chemical risk assessment, ``TSCA Workplan Chemical Risk Assessment for Dichloromethane and N-Methylpyrrolidone.'' EPA will hold three peer review meetings by web connect and teleconference. EPA invites the public to register to attend the meetings as observers and/or speakers providing oral comments during any or all of the peer review meetings as discussed in this notice. The public may also provide comment on whether they believe the appearance of conflict of interest exists for any proposed peer review panel expert.
Promulgation of State Implementation Plan Revisions; Revision to Prevention of Significant Deterioration Program; Infrastructure Requirements for the 1997 and 2006 PM2.5
Document Number: 2013-20662
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-08-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to partially approve and partially disapprove the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submissions from the State of Utah to demonstrate that the SIP meets the infrastructure requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) promulgated for particulate matter less than or equal to 2.5 micrometers ([mu]m) in diameter (PM2.5) on July 18, 1997 and on October 17, 2006. The CAA requires that each state, after a new or revised NAAQS is promulgated, review their SIP to ensure that it meets the requirements of the ``infrastructure elements'' necessary to implement the new or revised NAAQS. The State of Utah provided infrastructure submissions for the 1997 and 2006 PM2.5 NAAQS, dated April 17, 2008 and September 21, 2010, respectively. We propose to disapprove the submissions with respect to the requirements for state boards and to approve the remaining submissions that we have not already acted on. We also propose to approve portions of a submission from the State which was received by EPA on March 19, 2012. This submission revises Utah's Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) program to meet Federal requirements as they existed on July 1, 2011, including required elements of EPA's 2008 PM2.5 New Source Review (NSR) Implementation Rule and 2010 PM2.5 Increment Rule. EPA acted separately on the State's submissions to meet certain interstate transport requirements of the CAA for the 2006 PM2.5 NAAQS.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; New Mexico; Prevention of Significant Deterioration; Greenhouse Gas Plantwide Applicability Limit Permitting Revisions
Document Number: 2013-20657
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-08-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is proposing to approve portions of one revision to the New Mexico State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) to EPA on January 8, 2013. The January 8, 2013, proposed SIP revision adopts necessary rule revisions to the PSD plantwide applicability limit (PAL) permitting provisions to issue PALs to GHG sources. EPA is proposing to approve the January 8, 2013 SIP revision to the New Mexico PSD permitting program as consistent with federal requirements for PSD permitting. At this time, EPA is proposing to sever and take no action on the portion of the January 8, 2013, SIP revision that relates to the provisions of EPA's July 20, 2011 GHG Biomass Deferral Rule. EPA is proposing this action under section 110 and part C of the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act). EPA is not proposing to approve these rules within the exterior boundaries of a reservation or other areas within any Tribal Nation's jurisdiction.
Revisions to the Arizona State Implementation Plan, Maricopa County Area
Document Number: 2013-20654
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-08-23
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 (PM) 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.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2013-20647
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Reformulated Gasoline Commingling Provisions (Renewal)
Document Number: 2013-20458
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), Reformulated Gasoline Commingling Provisions (Renewal) (EPA ICR No. 2228.04, OMB Control No. 2060-0587), 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 August 31, 2013. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (78 FR 20102) on April 3, 2013 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. An agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NESHAP for Gasoline Distribution Facilities (Renewal)
Document Number: 2013-20457
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``NESHAP for Gasoline Distribution Facilities (40 CFR Part 63, Subpart R) (Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 1659.08, OMB Control No. 2060-0325), 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 September 30, 2013. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (77 FR 63813) on October 17, 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 Air Quality Implementation Plans; Wisconsin; Disapproval of PM2.5
Document Number: 2013-20416
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-08-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA published a final rule in the Federal Register on July 25, 2013, disapproving a Wisconsin State Implementation Plan revision pertaining to permitting requirements relating to particulate matter of less than 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5). An error in the amendatory instruction is identified and corrected in this action.
Final Aquatic Life Ambient Water Quality Criteria For Ammonia-Freshwater 2013
Document Number: 2013-20307
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to section 304(a) of the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of final national recommended ambient water quality criteria for the protection of aquatic life from effects of ammonia in freshwater (EPA 822-R-13-001). The final criteria incorporate the latest scientific knowledge on the toxicity of ammonia to freshwater aquatic life. On December 30, 2009, EPA published draft national recommended water quality criteria for ammonia and provided the public an opportunity to provide scientific views. Aquatic life criteria are developed based on EPA's Guidelines for Deriving Numerical National Water Quality Criteria for the Protection of Aquatic Organisms and Their Uses (1985), (EPA/R- 85-100). EPA's recommended section 304(a) water quality criteria provide guidance to States and authorized Tribes in adopting water quality standards for protecting aquatic life and human health. EPA's recommended water quality criteria by themselves have no binding legal effect. These national recommended criteria for ammonia in freshwater are intended to protect aquatic life and do not address human health toxicity data. The water quality criteria for ammonia for the protection of saltwater organisms are not being updated at this time. EPA's national recommended final acute ambient water quality criteria (AWQC) for protecting freshwater organisms from potential effects of ammonia is 17 mg/L total ammonia nitrogen (TAN) and the final chronic AWQC for ammonia is 1.9 mg/L TAN at pH 7.0 and temperature 20 [deg]C.
California State Motor Vehicle Pollution Control Standards; Tractor-Trailer Greenhouse Gas Regulation; Request for Waiver of Preemption; Opportunity for Public Hearing and Public Comment
Document Number: 2013-20417
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has notified EPA that it has adopted a tractor-trailer greenhouse gas emission regulation applicable to new and in-use 53-foot and longer box-type trailers and to new and in-use tractors that haul such trailers on California highways (HD Tractor-Trailer GHG Regulation). By letter dated June 20, 2013, CARB submitted a request that EPA grant a waiver of preemption of the Clean Air Act (CAA), of the HD Tractor-Trailer GHG Regulation pertaining to new tractors (2011 through 2013 model years) and new trailers (2011 and subsequent model years). This notice announces that EPA has scheduled a public hearing concerning California's request and that EPA is accepting written comment on the request.
Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products; Extension of Comment Period
Document Number: 2013-20414
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-08-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA issued a proposed rule in the Federal Register of June 10, 2013, concerning formaldehyde emissions standards for composite wood products. After receiving requests for an extension, EPA extended the comment period from August 9, 2013, to September 9, 2013. EPA received additional comments and believes it is appropriate to further 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. This document extends the comment period from September 9, 2013, to October 9, 2013.
Formaldehyde; Third-Party Certification Framework for the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products; Extension of Comment Period
Document Number: 2013-20409
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-08-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
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. After receiving requests for an extension, EPA extended the comment period from August 9, 2013, to August 26, 2013. EPA received additional comments and believes it is appropriate to further 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. This document extends the comment period from August 26, 2013, to September 25, 2013.
Notice of Receipt of Requests To Voluntarily Cancel Certain Pesticide Registrations
Document Number: 2013-20406
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is issuing a notice of receipt of requests by registrants to voluntarily cancel certain pesticide registrations. This notice announces a request from Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC to voluntarily cancel the last two remaining tralkoxydim products registered for use in the United States. EPA intends to grant these requests at the close of the comment period for this announcement unless the Agency receives substantive comments within the comment period that would merit its further review of the requests, or unless the registrants withdraw their requests. If these requests are granted, any sale, distribution, or use of products listed in this notice will be permitted after the registration has been canceled only if such sale, distribution, or use is consistent with the terms as described in the final order.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Oklahoma; Regional Haze and Interstate Transport Affecting Visibility State Implementation Plan Revisions; Withdrawal of Federal Implementation Plan for American Electric Power/Public Service Company of Oklahoma
Document Number: 2013-20317
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-08-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is proposing to approve a revision to the Oklahoma Regional Haze State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted on June 20, 2013 by the Oklahoma Secretary of Environment addressing the Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART) requirements for sulfur dioxide (SO2) and oxides of nitrogen (NOX) for Units 3 and 4 of the American Electric Power/Public Service Company (AEP/PSO) Northeastern Power Station in Rogers County, Oklahoma. The EPA is proposing to find that this revised BART determination meets the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and the Regional Haze Rule. We are also proposing to approve a related SIP revision submitted to address the impact of emissions of Northeastern Units 3 and 4 as required by CAA provisions concerning non-interference with programs to protect visibility in other states. In conjunction with these proposed approvals, we propose to withdraw federal implementation plan (FIP) emission limits for SO2 that would otherwise apply to Northeastern Units 3 and 4. The EPA is taking this action under section 110 of the CAA.
Draft Toxicological Review of Benzo[a]pyrene: In Support of the Summary Information in the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)
Document Number: 2013-19875
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is announcing a 60-day public comment period for the external review draft human health assessment titled ``Toxicological Review of benzo[a]pyrene: In Support of Summary Information on the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)'' (EPA/635/R-13/138) and the draft peer review charge questions. The draft assessment was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within the EPA Office of Research and Development (ORD). EPA is releasing this draft assessment and peer review charge questions 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. The draft assessment will also be discussed at the first bi-monthly IRIS public meeting scheduled for October 23-24, 2013.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Michigan
Document Number: 2013-20157
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-08-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On February 6, 2013, EPA proposed to approve revisions to the State of Michigan's Clean Air Act State Implementation Plan (SIP) that Michigan had submitted on March 24, 2009. Michigan's submittal included revisions to Part 1, Definitions; Part 2, Air Use Approval; and Part 19, New Source Review for Sources Impacting Nonattainment Areas, of the Michigan rules. EPA is revising the February 6, 2013, proposed approval to announce that we will not take action on the changes to Part 2 Air Use Approval rules and of the Part 2 revision submittals on November 12, 1993, May 16, 1996, April 3, 1998, September 2, 2003, and March 24, 2009, at this time. EPA is proposing to rescind Michigan's rule 336.1220 from its SIP. Michigan included this request to rescind this portion of the rule in its March 24, 2009, submittal as part of the Part 19 New Source Review rule approval. The rescission of rule 336.1220 will eliminate having differing nonattainment rules in the State SIP.