Environmental Protection Agency January 6, 2014 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Dimethyl Esters of Glutaric Acid (i.e., Dimethyl Glutarate), Succinic Acid (i.e., Dimethyl Succinate), and Adipic Acid (i.e., Dimethyl Adipate); Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: 2013-31582
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-01-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of dimethyl esters of glutaric acid (i.e., dimethyl glutarate), succinic acid (i.e., dimethyl succinate), and adipic acid (i.e., dimethyl adipate), herein referred to as DMEGSA, when used as inert ingredients (as solvents/co-solvents) in pesticide formulations applied to growing crops and raw agricultural commodities after harvest. SciReg, Inc., on behalf of Rhodia, Inc., 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 DMEGSA.
Twenty-Sixth Update of the Federal Agency Hazardous Waste Compliance Docket
Document Number: 2013-31568
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Since 1988, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has maintained a Federal Agency Hazardous Waste Compliance Docket (``Docket'') under Section 120(c) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). Section 120(c) requires EPA to establish a Docket that contains certain information reported to EPA by Federal facilities that manage hazardous waste or from which a reportable quantity of hazardous substances has been released. As explained further below, the Docket is used to identify Federal facilities that should be evaluated to determine if they pose a threat to public health or welfare and the environment and to provide a mechanism to make this information available to the public. Today's notice identifies the Federal facilities not previously listed on the Docket and reported to EPA since the last update of the Docket on March 18, 2013. In addition to the list of additions to the Docket, this notice includes a section with revisions of the previous Docket list. Thus, the revisions in this update include 36 additions and two deletions, as well as one correction to the Docket since the previous update. At the time of publication of this notice, the new total number of Federal facilities listed on the Docket is 2,382.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Missouri; Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) for the 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS)
Document Number: 2013-31566
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-01-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Missouri to EPA in a letter dated May 4, 2012. The purpose of the SIP revision is to amend Missouri's regulation for the control of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) and meet the requirement to adopt reasonably available control technology (RACT) for sources covered by EPA's Control Technique Guidelines (CTG) for Industrial Cleaning Solvents. We are taking final action to approve this revision because it satisfies the applicable requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) with respect to RACT for the Missouri portion of the St. Louis Metropolitan 1997 8-hour ozone nonattainment area.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Texas; Revisions to Rules and Regulations for Control of Air Pollution; Permitting of Grandfathered Facilities
Document Number: 2013-31560
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-01-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving revisions of the Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of Texas on July 31, 2002; September 4, 2002; and March 1, 2004. These revisions require that all grandfathered facilities obtain specific permits which include emission control methods to achieve mandated emission reductions, as required, or shutdown; and require that emissions from dockside vessels which result from operations at grandfathered land-based facilities be included in specific permits. The revisions also outline additional permitting procedures for certain grandfathered pipeline equipment located in an ozone nonattainment area. EPA is approving the revisions under the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act), and EPA's regulations.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Florida: Non-Interference Demonstration for Removal of Federal Low-Reid Vapor Pressure Requirement
Document Number: 2013-31557
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-01-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving 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). Florida's revision provides updated modeling and demonstrates that the Southeast Florida, Tampa Bay and Jacksonville areas would continue to maintain the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS 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 the ``Maintenance Plan Areas'') during the high-ozone season. The State included a technical demonstration with the August 15, 2013, SIP revision demonstrating that the less-stringent RVP in these Areas would not interfere with continued maintenance of the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS or any other applicable standard. Approval of the State's August 15, 2013, 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. EPA has determined that Florida's August 15, 2013, SIP revision with respect to the revised modeling and associated technical demonstration, 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. Also, on November 29, 2012, Florida requested removal of the existing SIP references to the previously-implemented inspection and maintenance programs in the Maintenance Plan Areas. Based upon a noninterference demonstration provided by the State, EPA previously approved revisions to remove the emission reduction credits associated with this program from the SIP. Through this action, EPA is now removing the specific SIP references to the defunct inspection and maintenance program based upon the State's earlier demonstration of noninterference.
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: 2013-31437
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-01-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On November 21, 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a direct final rule approving 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. 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 December 23, 2013, EPA would publish a timely withdrawal in the Federal Register. EPA received a letter dated December 19, 2013, from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality stating that the March 9, 2006, and July 2, 2010, SIP revisions specific to the FutureGen program have been withdrawn from our consideration as revisions to the Texas SIP. Accordingly, EPA is withdrawing our direct final approval and in a separate rulemaking in today's Federal Register we are also withdrawing the corresponding proposed approval. We find that no further action is necessary on the Texas FutureGen Program March 9, 2006 and July 2, 2010 SIP revisions. The State's action also withdraws from EPA's review the FutureGen Program component of the January 22, 2010 Consent Decree between EPA and the BCCA Appeal Group, Texas Association of Business, and Texas Oil and Gas Association. This withdrawal is being taken under section 110 and parts C and D of the Federal Clean Air 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: 2013-31434
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-01-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On November 21, 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a direct final rule and accompanying proposal approving 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. 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 December 23, 2013, EPA would publish a timely withdrawal in the Federal Register. EPA received a letter dated December 19, 2013, from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality stating that the March 9, 2006 and July 2, 2010 SIP revisions specific to the FutureGen program have been withdrawn from our consideration as revisions to the Texas SIP. Accordingly, EPA is withdrawing our proposed approval of the Texas FutureGen program and in a separate rulemaking in today's Federal Register we are also withdrawing the corresponding direct final approval. We find that no further action is necessary on the Texas FutureGen Program March 9, 2006 and July 2, 2010 SIP revisions. The State's action also withdraws from EPA's review the FutureGen Program component of the January 22, 2010 Consent Decree between EPA and the BCCA Appeal Group, Texas Association of Business, and Texas Oil and Gas Association. This withdrawal is being taken under section 110 and parts C and D of the Federal Clean Air Act.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Texas; Public Participation for Air Quality Permit Applications
Document Number: 2013-30229
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-01-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving revisions to the Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP) that establish the public participation requirements for air quality permits. EPA finds that these revisions to the Texas SIP comply with the Federal Clean Air Act (the Act or CAA) and EPA regulations and are consistent with EPA policies. Texas submitted the public participation provisions in four separate revisions to the SIP on July 22, 1998; October 25, 1999; July 2, 2010; and March 11, 2011. EPA is finalizing this action under section 110 and parts C and D of the Clean Air Act (the Act).