Environmental Protection Agency November 21, 2013 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Issuance of an Experimental Use Permit
Document Number: 2013-27994
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has granted an experimental use permit (EUP) to the pesticide applicant Monsanto Company. An EUP permits use of a pesticide for experimental or research purposes only in accordance with the limitations in the permit.
Identification of Nonattainment Classification and Deadlines for Submission of State Implementation Plan (SIP) Provisions for the 1997 Fine Particle (PM2.5
Document Number: 2013-27992
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-11-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On January 4, 2013, in Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) v. EPA, the D.C. Circuit Court (Court) remanded to the EPA the ``Final Clean Air Fine Particle Implementation Rule'' (April 25, 2007) and the ``Implementation of the New Source Review (NSR) Program for Particulate Matter Less than 2.5 Micrometers (PM2.5)'' final rule (May 16, 2008) (collectively, ``1997 PM2.5 Implementation Rules''). The Court found that the EPA erred in implementing the 1997 PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) pursuant solely to the general implementation provisions of subpart 1 of Part D of Title I of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act), without also considering the particulate matter-specific provisions of subpart 4 of Part D. The Court's ruling remanded the rules to the EPA to address implementation of the 1997 PM2.5 NAAQS under subpart 4. This proposed rulemaking identifies the classification under subpart 4 for areas currently designated nonattainment for the 1997 and/or 2006 PM2.5 standards, the deadlines for states to submit attainment-related and new source review (NSR) state implementation plan (SIP) elements required for these areas pursuant to subpart 4, and the EPA guidance that is currently available regarding subpart 4 requirements. The proposed deadlines for 1997 and 2006 PM2.5 attainment- related SIP submissions and NSR requirements for nonattainment areas would replace previous deadlines that were set solely pursuant to subpart 1. Specifically, the EPA is proposing to identify the initial classification of current 1997 and/or 2006 PM2.5 nonattainment areas as ``moderate,'' and the EPA is proposing to set a deadline of December 31, 2014, for submission of remaining required SIP submissions for these areas, pursuant to and considering the application of subpart 4. This rulemaking affects eight nonattainment areas in five states.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Texas; Control of Air Pollution by Permits for New Construction or Modification; Permits for Specific Designated Facilities
Document Number: 2013-27991
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-11-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking a direct final action to approve portions of two revisions to the Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP) concerning the Permits for Specific Designated Facilities Program, also referred to as the FutureGen Program. EPA has determined that the portions of these SIP revisions specific to the FutureGen Program submitted on March 9, 2006 and July 2, 2010, comply with the Clean Air Act and EPA regulations and are consistent with EPA policies. This action is being taken under section 110 and parts C and D of the Act.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Texas; Control of Air Pollution by Permits for New Construction or Modification; Permits for Specific Designated Facilities
Document Number: 2013-27573
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-11-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve portions of two revisions to the Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP) concerning the Permits for Specific Designated Facilities Program, also referred to as the FutureGen Program. EPA has determined that the portions of these SIP revisions specific to the FutureGen Program submitted on March 9, 2006 and July 2, 2010, comply with the Clean Air Act and EPA regulations and are consistent with EPA policies. This action is being taken under section 110 and parts C and D of the Act.