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Next Generation Risk Assessment: Incorporation of Recent Advances in Molecular, Computational, and Systems Biology [External Review Draft]
Document Number: 2013-27153
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing an extension of the public comment period for 60 days for the draft document titled, ``Next Generation Risk Assessment: Incorporation of Recent Advances in Molecular, Computational, and Systems Biology [External Review Draft]'' (EPA/600/R-13/214A). The original Federal Register notice announcing the public comment period was published on September 30, 2013. At the request of the American Chemistry Council, the public comment deadline is extended to January 13, 2014. The draft document explores how new molecular, computational, and systems biology data can better inform risk assessment. This draft document is available for public review and comment and is undergoing independent external peer review. This draft document 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 public comment period and the external peer review are separate processes that provide opportunities for all interested parties to comment on the document. When finalizing the draft document, EPA intends to consider the external peer reviewers' comments and any public comments that EPA receives in accordance with this notice.
Availability of FY 12 Grantee Performance Evaluation Reports for the Eight States of EPA Region 4 and 17 Local Agencies
Document Number: 2013-27151
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA's grant regulations require the Agency to evaluate the performance of agencies which receive grants. EPA's regulations for regional consistency require that the Agency notify the public of the availability of the reports of such evaluations. EPA performed end-of- year evaluations of eight state air pollution control programs (Alabama Department of Environmental Management; Florida Department of Environmental Protection; Georgia Department of Natural Resources; Commonwealth of Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet; Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality; North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources; South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control; and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation) and 17 local programs (City of Huntsville Division of Natural Resources, AL; Jefferson County Department of Health, AL; Broward County Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department, FL; City of Jacksonville Environmental Quality Division, FL; Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission, FL; Miami- Dade County Air Quality Management Division, FL; Orange County Environmental Protection Division, FL; Palm Beach County Health Department, FL; Pinellas County Parks and Conservation Resources, FL; Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District, KY; Forsyth County Environmental Affairs Department, NC; Mecklenburg County Land Use and Environmental Services Agency, NC; Western North Carolina Regional Air Quality Agency, NC; Chattanooga-Hamilton County Air Pollution Control Bureau, TN; Shelby County Health Department, TN; Knox County Department of Air Quality Management, TN; and Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County Public Health Department, TN). The 25 evaluations were conducted to assess the agencies' Fiscal Year 2012 performance under the grants awarded by EPA under authority of section 105 of the Clean Air Act. EPA Region 4 has prepared reports for each agency identified above and these reports are now available for public inspection.
Notification of a Public Meeting of the Chartered Science Advisory Board
Document Number: 2013-27141
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting of the chartered SAB to: (1) Receive a briefing on ORD's research program; (2) conduct a quality review of a draft SAB report on recommendations for the Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards; (3) receive briefings on EPA climate science and research; and (4) discuss information provided by the EPA on actions in the semi-annual regulatory agenda and their supporting science.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; EPA's Design for the Environment (DfE) Logo Redesign Consultations
Document Number: 2013-27058
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted a new information collection request (ICR), ``EPA's Design for the Environment (DfE) Logo Redesign Consultations'' (EPA ICR No. 2487.01, OMB Control No. 2070-NEW) 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.). Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (78 FR 44560) on July 24, 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; NSPS for Stationary Gas Turbines (Renewal)
Document Number: 2013-27057
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``NSPS for Stationary Gas Turbines (Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 1071.11, OMB Control No. 2060-0028), 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 December 31, 2013. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (78 FR 33409) on June 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.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NESHAP for Aerospace Manufacturing and Rework Facilities (Renewal)
Document Number: 2013-27056
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``NESHAP for Aerospace Manufacturing and Rework Facilities (40 CFR Part 63, Subpart GG) (Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 1687.09, OMB Control No. 2060-0314) 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 December 31, 2013. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (78 FR 33409), on June 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.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NESHAP for Area Sources: Acrylic and Modacrylic Fibers Production, Carbon Black Production, Chemical Manufacturing: Chromium Compounds, Flexible Polyurethane Foam Production and Fabrication, Lead Acid Battery Manufacturing, and Wood Preserving (Renewal)
Document Number: 2013-27055
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``NESHAP for Area Sources: Acrylic and Modacrylic Fibers Production, Carbon Black Production, Chemical Manufacturing: Chromium Compounds, Flexible Polyurethane Foam Production and Fabrication, Lead Acid Battery Manufacturing, and Wood Preserving (40 CFR Part 63, Subparts LLLLLL, MMMMMM, NNNNNN, OOOOOO, PPPPPP, and QQQQQQ) (Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 2256.04, OMB Control No. 2060-0598), 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 December 31, 2013. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (78 FR 33409) on June 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 OMB Responses
Document Number: 2013-27054
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document announces the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) responses to Agency Clearance requests, in compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). 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. The OMB control numbers for EPA regulations are listed in 40 CFR part 9 and 48 CFR chapter 15.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Mississippi; Transportation Conformity SIP-Memorandum of Agreement
Document Number: 2013-27020
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-11-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan revision submitted by the Mississippi Department of Environment Quality on May 31, 2013. This submission adopts a memorandum of agreement establishing transportation conformity criteria and procedures related to interagency consultation and enforceability of certain transportation-related control measures and mitigation measures. This action streamlines the conformity process to allow direct consultation among agencies at the Federal, state and local levels. This proposed action is being taken pursuant to section 110 of the Clean Air Act. In the Final Rules Section of this Federal Register, EPA is approving the State's implementation plan revision as a direct final rule without prior proposal because the Agency views this as a noncontroversial submittal and anticipates no adverse comments. A detailed rationale for the approval is set forth in the direct final rule. If no adverse comments are received in response to this rule, no further activity is contemplated. If EPA receives adverse comments, the direct final rule will be withdrawn and all public comments received will be addressed in a subsequent final rule based on this proposed rule. EPA will not institute a second comment period on this document. Any parties interested in commenting on this document should do so at this time.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Mississippi; Transportation Conformity SIP-Memorandum of Agreement
Document Number: 2013-27019
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-11-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Mississippi Department of Environment Quality (MDEQ) on May 31, 2013. This submission adopts a memorandum of agreement (MOA) establishing transportation conformity criteria and procedures related to interagency consultation and enforceability of certain transportation- related control measures and mitigation measures. This action streamlines the conformity process to allow direct consultation among agencies at the Federal, state and local levels. This final action is being taken pursuant to section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act).
Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program: Final Amendments and Confidentiality Determinations for Electronics Manufacturing
Document Number: 2013-23804
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-11-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is amending the calculation and monitoring methodologies for electronics manufacturers covered by the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule. These changes include revising certain calculation methods and adding a new method, amending data reporting requirements, and clarifying terms and definitions. The EPA is also making confidentiality determinations for new and revised data elements pertaining to electronics manufacturing. This rule also finalizes amendments to the general provisions of the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule to remove entries for data elements that are being moved from reporting to recordkeeping.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; State of Colorado; Revised Transportation Conformity Consultation Process
Document Number: 2013-27030
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-11-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing approval of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Colorado on May 11, 2012. The May 11, 2012 submittal addresses updates to Regulation Number 10 ``Criteria for Analysis of Conformity'' of the Colorado SIP including revisions to transportation conformity requirements, transportation conformity criteria and procedures related to interagency consultation, and enforceability of certain transportation related control and mitigation measures. The submittal also removes certain provisions from the SIP so that federal rules will govern conformity of general federal actions. EPA is proposing approval of the submission in accordance with the requirements of section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Public Water System Supervision Program Revision for the Commonwealth of Kentucky
Document Number: 2013-27022
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that the Commonwealth of Kentucky is revising its approved Public Water System Supervision Program. Kentucky has adopted the following rules: Consumer Confidence Report, Ground Water and Long Term 1 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment. The EPA has determined that Kentucky's rules are no less stringent than the corresponding federal regulations. Therefore, the EPA is tentatively approving this revision to the Commonwealth of Kentucky's Public Water System Supervision Program.
Ambient Air Monitoring Reference and Equivalent Methods: Designation of Five New Equivalent Methods
Document Number: 2013-27016
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated, in accordance with 40 CFR Part 53, five new equivalent methods, one for measuring concentrations of PM10, one for measuring concentrations of PM10-2.5, two for measuring PM2.5, and one for measuring NO2 in the ambient air.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Tennessee; Infrastructure Requirements for the 2008 Lead National Ambient Air Quality Standards; Correction
Document Number: 2013-26863
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-11-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On June 18, 2013, EPA published a final rule approving certain infrastructure requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for Tennessee's State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the 2008 Lead national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). The CAA requires that each state adopt and submit a SIP for the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of each NAAQS promulgated by EPA, which is commonly referred to as an ``infrastructure'' SIP. Further, in the June 18, 2013, final rule, EPA explained that the Agency was not taking action on the prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) elements of Tennessee's infrastructure SIP, and that action on those infrastructure elements for the 2008 Lead NAAQS would occur in a subsequent action. This action corrects a typographical error in the regulatory language in paragraph (c) of EPA's June 18, 2013, final rule related to the status of EPA's action on these PSD elements for Tennessee's 2008 Lead NAAQS infrastructure SIP.
Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2013-26870
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Environmental Information; Pause the Development of the Draft Quality Standard for Environmental Data Collection, Production, and Use by Non-EPA (External) Organizations and Two Associated QA Handbooks
Document Number: 2013-26866
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency published a document in the Federal Register of December 26, 2012, concerning request for comments for the Draft Quality Standard for Environmental Data Collection, Production, and Use by Non-EPA (External) Organizations and two associated QA Handbooks. EPA has decided to pause the development of the draft Quality Standards for Data Collection, Production and Use. This decision was made after careful consideration of the comments received from external stakeholders and discussion with our internal stakeholders. This pause will allow the Agency to revise the existing EPA Quality Policy and Procedure to integrate the relevant sections of the EPA Order 5360.1, EPA Quality Manual and draft Quality Standards. At the conclusion of this revision, we will revise the draft Quality Standards to align with the revised Quality Policy and Procedure and integrate the relevant sections of our existing QA Requirements documents (R-2, R-5). Throughout the process, EPA plans to solicit input from both internal and external stakeholders and provide frequent status updates. We believe this approach will address many of the concerns raised by our stakeholders during the public comment period for the Quality Standard.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Florida: Non-interference Demonstration for Removal of Federal Low-Reid Vapor Pressure Requirement
Document Number: 2013-26850
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-11-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve the State of Florida's August 15, 2013, State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision to the State's approved maintenance plans addressing the 1997 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). Specifically, Florida's revision, including updated modeling, shows that the Southeast Florida, Tampa Bay and Jacksonville areas would continue to maintain the 1997 8-hour ozone standard if the currently applicable Federal Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) standard for gasoline of 7.8 pounds per square inch (psi) was modified to a less stringent standard of 9.0 psi for Broward, Dade, Duval, Hillsborough, Palm Beach and Pinellas Counties (hereafter also referred to as ``Maintenance Plan Areas'') during the high-ozone season. Also, based on a request by the State on November 29, 2012, EPA is proposing to remove the existing SIP references related to the previously- implemented inspection and maintenance programs in the Maintenance Plan Areas. The State has included a technical demonstration with the August 15, 2013, SIP revision which demonstrate that the less-stringent RVP standard and the absence of an inspection and maintenance program in these areas would not interfere with continued maintenance of the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS or any other applicable standard. Approval of this SIP revision is a prerequisite for EPA's consideration of an amendment to the regulations to remove the Maintenance Plan Areas from the list of areas that are currently subject to the Federal 7.8 psi RVP requirements. The specific elements of the maintenance plan modeling that EPA is proposing update for the Maintenance Plan Areas are the ozone maintenance plan attainment inventories, emissions projections and air quality monitoring data. The revised modeling utilizes updated models to calculate the mobile source emissions. EPA has preliminarily determined that Florida's August 15, 2013, SIP revision with respect to the changes to the modeling and associated technical demonstration associated with the State's request for the removal of the Federal RVP requirements, and with respect to the use of updated models, is consistent with the applicable provisions of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act). Should EPA decide to remove the subject portions of the Maintenance Plan Areas from those areas subject to the 7.8 psi Federal RVP requirements, such action will occur in a subsequent rulemaking. EPA has also preliminarily determined that removal of the regulatory provisions associated with the previously-implemented inspection and maintenance programs from the Maintenance Plan Areas is consistent with the applicable provisions of the CAA.
HHCB (1,3,4,6,7,8-Hexahydro-4,6,6,7,8,8,-hexamethylcyclopenta[γ]-2-benzopyran) TSCA Risk Assessment; Notice of Public Meetings and Opportunity To Comment
Document Number: 2013-26848
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-08
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 HHCB.'' 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 document. The public may also provide comment on whether they believe the appearance of conflict of interest exists for any proposed peer review panel expert.
Antimony Trioxide (ATO) TSCA Chemical Risk Assessment; Notice of Public Meetings and Opportunity To Comment
Document Number: 2013-26846
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On September 27, 2013, EPA announced that it would be holding three peer review meetings by web connect and teleconference on October 16, 2013, October 31, 2013, and November 14, 2013, regarding EPA's draft Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) chemical risk assessment, ``TSCA Workplan Chemical Risk Assessment for ATO.'' Due to the government shutdown, however, EPA has rescheduled the peer review meetings and is announcing the rescheduled meetings in this notice. EPA is also extending the due date for public comments.
Prothioconazole; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2013-26772
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-11-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of prothioconozole in or on bushberries (crop subgroup 13-07B); low growing berries, except strawberry (crop subgroup 13-07H); and cucurbit vegetables (crop group 9). Bayer CropScience requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Boscalid; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2013-26765
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-11-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of boscalid in or on multiple commodities which are identified and discussed later in this document. Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Access to Confidential Business Information by Eastern Research Group and Its Identified Subcontractor, Energy Services, Inc.
Document Number: 2013-26763
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has authorized its contractor, Eastern Research Group (ERG) of Chantilly, VA, and subcontractor Energy Services, Inc., of Tallahassee, FL, to access information which has been submitted to EPA under all sections of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Some of the information may be claimed or determined to be Confidential Business Information (CBI).
FD&C Green No. 3; Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: 2013-26760
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-11-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of FD&C Green No. 3 (CAS Reg. No. 2353-45- 9) when used as an inert ingredient (dye) in antimicrobial formulations, for use on food contact surfaces in public eating places, dairy processing equipment, and food processing equipment and utensils. The firm Exponent, on behalf of Ecolab submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), requesting establishment of an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of FD&C Green No. 3. FD&C Green No. 3 is also known as Fast Green FCF.
Extension of Deadline for Action on the Section 126 Petition From Eliot, Maine
Document Number: 2013-26642
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-11-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In this action, the EPA is determining that 60 days is insufficient time to complete the technical and other analyses and public notice-and-comment process required for our review of a petition submitted by the Town of Eliot, Maine pursuant to section 126 of the Clean Air Act (CAA). The petition requests that the EPA make a finding that Schiller Station in Portsmouth, New Hampshire is emitting or would emit air pollutants that contribute significantly to nonattainment and interfere with maintenance of the 1-hour sulfur dioxide (SO2) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). Under the section 307(d)(10) of CAA, the EPA is authorized to grant a time extension for responding to the petition if the EPA determines that the extension is necessary to afford the public, and the agency, adequate opportunity to carry out the purposes of section 307(d)'s notice-and- comment rulemaking requirements. By this action, the EPA is making that determination. The EPA is therefore extending the deadline for acting on the petition to no later than May 8, 2014.
Meetings of the Local Government Advisory Committee and the Small Communities Advisory Subcommittee (SCAS)
Document Number: 2013-26490
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Small Communities Advisory Subcommittee (SCAS) will meet via teleconference on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (ET). The Subcommittee will discuss small systems waste treatment, water infrastructure, air quality issues and other issues and recommendations regarding environmental issues affecting small communities. This is an open meeting and all interested persons are invited to participate. The Subcommittee will hear comments from the public between 10:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m. on November 26, 2013. Individuals or organizations wishing to address the Committee will be allowed a maximum of five minutes to present their point of view. Also, written comments should be submitted electronically to eargle.frances@epa.gov. Please contact the Designated Federal Officer (DFO) at the number listed below to schedule a time on the agenda. Time will be allotted on a first-come first-serve basis, and the total period for comments may be extended if the number of requests for appearances requires it. The Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) will meet via teleconference on Tuesday, November 26, 2013, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (ET). The Committee will discuss Draft 2014-2018 EPA Strategic Plan, air quality issues, brownfield clean ups, water quality issues, environmental justice and other environmental issues of importance to local governments. This is an open meeting and all interested persons are invited to participate. The Committee will hear comments from the public between 11:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. (ET) on Tuesday, November 26, 2013. Individuals or organizations wishing to address the Committee will be allowed a maximum of five minutes to present their point of view. Also, written comments should be submitted electronically to eargle.frances@epa.gov. Please contact the Designated Federal Officer (DFO) at the number listed below to schedule a time on the agenda. Time will be allotted on a first-come first-serve basis, and the total period for comments may be extended if the number of requests for appearances requires it.
Alaskan Seafood Processing Effluent Limitations Guidelines
Document Number: 2013-26483
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice makes available for public review and comment additional data and information gathered recently by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from seafood processing facilities in Alaska and other publicly available sources. These data relate to the applicability of and discharge requirements for the Alaskan seafood subcategories of the Canned and Preserved Seafood Processing effluent limitations guidelines. EPA is providing preliminary results of analyses of the updated data and preliminary indications of how these results may be reflected in EPA's final response to petitions submitted in 1980 by certain members of the Alaskan seafood processing industry, and in amended effluent limitations guidelines applicable to certain Alaskan seafood processing discharges which EPA is considering whether to promulgate in final form.
Addition of ortho-
Document Number: 2013-26475
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-11-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is adding ortho-nitrotoluene (o-nitrotoluene) to the list of toxic chemicals subject to reporting under section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) of 1986 and section 6607 of the Pollution Prevention Act (PPA) of 1990. o- Nitrotoluene has been classified by the National Toxicology Program in its 12th Report on Carcinogens as ``reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.'' EPA has determined that o-nitrotoluene meets the EPCRA section 313(d)(2)(B) criteria because it can reasonably be anticipated to cause cancer in humans.
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: 2013-25385
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-11-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking several actions under the Clean Air Act (CAA) affecting the Columbus area and the state of Ohio for the 1997 annual fine particulate matter (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS or standard). EPA is determining that the Columbus, Ohio area (Columbus area) is attaining the 1997 annual PM2.5 standard based on quality assured, state-certified monitoring data for all PM2.5 monitoring sites in this area during the period of 2007-2012. EPA is granting a request from the state of Ohio for the redesignation of the Columbus area to attainment of the 1997 annual PM2.5 standard. EPA is approving, as a revision of the Ohio State Implementation Plan (SIP), the state's plan for maintaining the 1997 annual PM2.5 standard in the Columbus area through 2023, the state's 2015 and 2022 Nitrogen Oxides (NOX) and PM2.5 Motor Vehicle Emission Budgets (MVEBs) for the Columbus area (which EPA is also finding to be adequate for transportation conformity determinations), and 2005 NOX, Sulfur Dioxide (SO2), and primary PM2.5 and 2007 Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) and ammonia emission inventories for the Columbus area. The Columbus area includes Coshocton (Franklin Township only), Delaware, Licking, Fairfield, and Franklin Counties.
Civil Monetary Penalty Inflation Adjustment Rule
Document Number: 2013-26648
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-11-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
With this action, EPA is promulgating a final rule that amends the Civil Monetary Penalty Inflation Adjustment Rule. This action is mandated by the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 (DCIA) to adjust for inflation certain statutory civil monetary penalties that may be assessed for violations of EPA-administered statutes and their implementing regulations. The Agency is required to review the civil monetary penalties under the statutes it administers at least once every four years and to adjust such penalties as necessary for inflation according to a formula prescribed by the DCIA. The regulations contain a list of all civil monetary penalty authorities under EPA-administered statutes and the applicable statutory amounts, as adjusted for inflation, since 1996.
Revisions to Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements, and Proposed Confidentiality Determinations Under the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program
Document Number: 2013-26645
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-11-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is announcing an extension of the public comment period for the proposed rule titled ``Revisions to Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements, and Proposed Confidentiality Determinations under the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program.''
Toxic Substances Control Act Chemical Testing; Receipt of Test Data
Document Number: 2013-26644
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces EPA's receipt of test data on 21 chemicals. These data were submitted pursuant to 3 test rules issued by EPA under section 4 of the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA). The purpose of this notice is to alert the public about test data received between June 29, 2011, and July 31, 2013.
Spirotetramat; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2013-26643
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-11-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of spirotetramat in or on corn, sweet, kernel plus cob with husks removed and persimmon and revises established tolerances in or on feijoa, papaya, and Spanish lime, under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Access to Confidential Business Information by Science Applications International Corporation and Its Identified Subcontractors
Document Number: 2013-26641
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has authorized its contractor, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) of McLean, VA, and its subcontractors to access information which has been submitted to EPA under all sections of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Some of the information may have been claimed or determined to be Confidential Business Information (CBI).
Access to Confidential Business Information by Arcadis U.S., Inc.
Document Number: 2013-26640
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has authorized its contractor, Arcadis U.S., Inc. of Highlands Ranch, CO, to access information which has been submitted to EPA under section 8 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Some of the information may be claimed or determined to be Confidential Business Information (CBI).
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Texas; Procedures for Stringency Determinations and Minor Permit Revisions for Federal Operating Permits
Document Number: 2013-26494
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-11-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On September 10, 2013, EPA published a direct final rule approving portions of three revisions to the Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP) concerning the Texas Federal Operating Permits Program. The direct final action was published without prior proposal because EPA anticipated no adverse comments. EPA stated in the direct final rule that if we received relevant, adverse comments by October 10, 2013, EPA would publish a timely withdrawal in the Federal Register. EPA subsequently received timely adverse comments on the direct final rule. Therefore, EPA is withdrawing the direct final approval and will proceed to respond to all relevant, adverse comments in a subsequent action based on the parallel proposal published on September 10, 2013. As stated in the parallel proposal, EPA will not institute a second comment period on this action.
Imazapyr; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2013-26364
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-11-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of imazapyr in or on lentil at 0.2 parts per million (ppm); and rapeseed subgroup 20A and sunflower subgroup 20B at 0.05 ppm. BASF Corporation requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Pesticides; Repellency Awareness Graphic; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2013-26244
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is seeking comment on a repellency awareness graphic for producers of skin-applied insect repellent products to voluntarily place on repellent product labels. This is part of a voluntary, ongoing effort to enhance public health information on, and to improve the clarity of, pesticide product labeling for consumers. Under this effort, producers of skin-applied insect repellent products can seek to use a standardized repellency awareness graphic that will clearly communicate to consumers the estimated number of hours mosquitoes and/ or ticks are repelled by a product when used as directed. With this notice, EPA is also seeking comment on a guidance document that describes the recommended criteria and processes for companies to voluntarily request the use of this graphic.
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List: Deletion of the Geiger (C&M Oil) Superfund Site
Document Number: 2013-26513
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-11-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 is issuing a Notice of Intent to Delete the Geiger (C&M Oil) Superfund Site (Site) located in Hollywood, Charleston County, 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 State of South Carolina, through the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, have determined that all appropriate response actions under CERCLA, other than operation, maintenance, and five-year reviews (include if applicable), have been completed. However, this deletion does not preclude future actions under Superfund.
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List: Deletion of the Geiger (C&M Oil) Superfund Site
Document Number: 2013-26512
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-11-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 is publishing a direct final Notice of Deletion of the Geiger (C&M Oil), Superfund Site (Site), located in Hollywood, Charleston County, South Carolina, from the National Priorities List (NPL). The NPL, promulgated pursuant to section 105 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980, as amended, is an appendix of the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP). This direct final deletion is being published by EPA with the concurrence of the State of South Carolina, through the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), because EPA has determined that all appropriate response actions under CERCLA, other than operation, maintenance, and five-year reviews have been completed. However, this deletion does not preclude future actions under Superfund.
Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Great Lakes Advisory Board
Document Number: 2013-26510
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces a public teleconference of the Great Lakes Advisory Board (GLAB). The purpose of the teleconference is to continue discussions that will inform the development of a draft Great Lakes Restoration Initiative FY 2015-2019 Action Plan.
Significant New Use Rules on Certain Chemical Substances; Removal of Significant New Use Rules
Document Number: 2013-26508
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-11-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is removing significant new use rules (SNURs) promulgated under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for chemical substances identified as alkanes, C21-34branched and linear, chloro; alkanes, C22-30branched and linear, chloro; and alkanes, C24-28, chloro, which were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs) P-12-539, P-13-107, and P-13-109, respectively. EPA published these SNURs using direct final rulemaking procedures. EPA received a notice of intent to submit adverse comments on the rules. Therefore, the Agency is removing these SNURs, as required under the expedited SNUR rulemaking process. EPA intends to publish in the near future proposed SNURs for these three chemical substances under separate notice and comment procedures.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Ohio: Bellefontaine; Determination of Attainment for the 2008 Lead Standard
Document Number: 2013-26358
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-11-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On April 19, 2013, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA), submitted a request to EPA to make a determination under the Clean Air Act (CAA) that the Bellefontaine nonattainment area has attained the 2008 lead (Pb) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS or standard). In this action, EPA is determining that the Bellefontaine nonattainment area (hereafter also referred to as the ``Bellefontaine area'' or ``area'') has attained the 2008 Pb NAAQS. This determination of attainment is based upon complete, quality- assured and certified ambient air monitoring data for the 2010-2012 design period showing that the area has monitored attainment of the 2008 Pb NAAQS. Additionally, as a result of this determination, EPA is suspending the requirements for the area to submit an attainment demonstration, together with reasonably available control measures (RACM), a reasonable further progress (RFP) plan, and contingency measures for failure to meet RFP and attainment deadlines for as long as the area continues to attain the 2008 Pb NAAQS.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Ohio: Bellefontaine; Determination of Attainment for the 2008 Lead Standard
Document Number: 2013-26357
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-11-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On April 19, 2013, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, submitted a request to EPA to make a determination under the Clean Air Act that the Bellefontaine nonattainment area has attained the 2008 lead (Pb) national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). In this action, EPA is proposing to determine that the Bellefontaine nonattainment area (area) has attained the 2008 Pb NAAQS. This determination of attainment is based upon complete, quality-assured and certified ambient air monitoring data for the 2010-2012 design period showing that the area has monitored attainment of the 2008 Pb NAAQS. As a result of this determination, the requirements for the area to submit an attainment demonstration, together with reasonably available control measures, a reasonable further progress (RFP) plan, and contingency measures for failure to meet RFP and attainment deadlines will be suspended as long as the area continues to attain the 2008 Pb NAAQS.
Approval of North Dakota Request for Partial Delegation of Prevention of Accidental Release, Clean Air Act Section 112(r) Program
Document Number: 2013-26356
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-11-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under Clean Air Act (CAA) Section 112(l), EPA may approve State or local rules or programs to be implemented and enforced in place of certain otherwise applicable Federal rules, emissions standards, or requirements. On September 13, 2012, the State of North Dakota, Department of Agriculture (NDDA), requested partial delegation of the CAA section 112(r)(7) Risk Management Program (RM Program) for agricultural anhydrous ammonia facilities. The September 13, 2012 request was supplemented by the NDAA on February 26, 2013, and April 11, 2013. EPA has preliminarily determined that NDDA's request meets CAA requirements for partial delegation, and EPA is proposing to approve the request.
Meeting of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council
Document Number: 2013-26355
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a meeting of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council (Council), established under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). The meeting is scheduled for December 11 and 12, 2013. This meeting of the Council was postponed from October 9 and 10, 2013, due to the government shutdown. The Council typically considers various issues associated with drinking water protection and public water systems. During this meeting, the Council will focus discussions on the proposed regulatory revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule under the SDWA as well as other program issues.
Notice of Availability for Public Review and Comment: Draft EPA Climate Change Adaptation Implementation Plans
Document Number: 2013-26354
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Scientific evidence demonstrates that the climate is changing at an increasingly rapid rate, outside the range to which society has adapted in the past. Climate change can pose significant challenges to the EPA's ability to fulfill its mission. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is committed to identifying and responding to the challenges that a changing climate poses to human health and the environment. It is essential therefore, that the EPA adapt to climate change in order to continue fulfilling its statutory, regulatory and programmatic requirements, chief among these protection of human health and the environment. Adaptation will involve anticipating and planning for changes in climate and incorporating considerations of climate change into many of the Agency's programs, policies, rules and operations to ensure they are effective under changing climatic conditions. Adaptation also necessitates close coordination between EPA and its many partners and stakeholders. In February 2013, EPA published its draft Agency Climate Change Adaptation Plan (draft Plan) in response to the President's October 2009 Executive Order (E.O. 13514``Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance'') and the March 2011 ``Implementing Instructions to all Federal Department and Agencies.'' The Plan is being finalized based upon comments received during a 60- day public review and comment period earlier in 2013. EPA's Program and Regional Offices have produced draft Climate Change Adaptation Implementation Plans (``Implementation Plans'') that provide more detail on how they will carry out the work called for in the Agency- wide Plan. Today, EPA announces the availability of public review drafts of its draft Implementation Plans; one for each of its ten Regions and seven National Programs. The draft Implementation Plans will be available for a 60-day public review and comment period. The public review drafts of EPA's draft Implementation Plans have been posted to a public docket and they are available on the Agency Web site at this URL address: https://epa.gov/climatechange/impacts- adaptation/fed-programs/EPA-impl-plans.html. The Docket for public comment can be found on the Federal Government Regulations Web site (https://www.regulations.gov/# !home). It is Docket Number EPA-HQ-OA- 2013-0568.
Good Neighbor Environmental Board; Notification of Public Advisory Committee Teleconference
Document Number: 2013-26342
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-04
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 Friday, November 15, 2013. The meeting will take place from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Due to the government shutdown resulting in administrative backlogs, EPA is announcing this teleconference with less than 15 calendar days public notice. The meeting is open to the public. For further information regarding the teleconference and background materials, please contact Ann-Marie Gantner at the number listed below.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Wisconsin; Removal of Gasoline Vapor Recovery From Southeast Wisconsin
Document Number: 2013-26134
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-11-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources on November 12, 2012, concerning the state's Stage II vapor recovery (Stage II) program in southeast Wisconsin. The revision removes Stage II requirements as a component of the Wisconsin ozone SIP. The submittal also includes a demonstration under section 110(l) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) that addresses emissions impacts associated with the removal of the program.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Atlanta, Georgia 1997 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area; Reasonable Further Progress Plan
Document Number: 2013-25780
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-11-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking final action to approve a state implementation plan (SIP) revision, submitted by the State of Georgia, through the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GA EPD), on October 21, 2009, to address the reasonable further progress (RFP) plan requirements for the Atlanta, Georgia 1997 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) nonattainment area (hereafter referred to as the ``Atlanta Area'' or ``the Area''). The Atlanta Area is comprised of Barrow, Bartow, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Dekalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Newton, Paulding, Rockdale, Spalding and Walton Counties in Georgia. EPA is also finding adequate the motor vehicle emissions budgets (MVEB) for volatile organic compounds (VOC) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) that were included in Georgia's RFP plan. Further, EPA is approving these MVEB. EPA is also responding to comments received on the Agency's May 29, 2013, direct final rulemaking to approve the RFP plan requirements for the Atlanta Area.