Proposed Issuance of the NPDES General Permit for Oil and Gas Geotechnical Surveying and Related Activities in Federal Waters of the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas
On November 22, 2013, EPA provided public notice on the proposed issuance of a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Oil and Gas Geotechnical Surveys and Related Activities in Federal Waters of the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas (Permit No. AKG-28-4300), and established a comment deadline of January 27, 2014, (78 FR 70042). On January 15, 2014, the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission requested a 30-day extension to the comment period. In response to that request, EPA is extending the comment period for an additional 23 days, from January 27, 2014 to February 19, 2014.
National Environmental Justice Advisory Council; Notification of Public Meeting and Public Comment
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), Public Law 92-463, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hereby provides notice that the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) will meet on the dates and times described below. All meetings are open to the public. Members of the public are encouraged to provide comments relevant to the specific issues being considered by the NEJAC. For additional information about registering for public comment, please see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Due to limited space, seating at the NEJAC meeting will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Connecticut; Low Emission Vehicle Program
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Connecticut. The regulations adopted by Connecticut include the California Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) II light-duty motor vehicle emission standards effective in model year 2008, the California LEV II medium-duty vehicle standards effective in model year 2009, and greenhouse gas emission standards for light-duty motor vehicles and medium-duty vehicles effective with model year 2009. The Connecticut LEV regulation submitted also includes a zero emission vehicle (ZEV) provision, as well as emission control label and environmental performance label requirements. Connecticut has adopted these revisions to reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and nitrogen oxides (NOX) in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA), as well as to reduce greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and hydrofluorocarbons). In addition, Connecticut has worked to ensure that their program is identical to California's, as required by the CAA. The intended effect of this action is to propose approval of the Connecticut LEV II program. In addition, EPA is proposing to approve the removal of the definition and regulation of ``composite motor vehicles'' from the Connecticut's SIP- approved vehicle inspection and maintenance program. These actions are being taken under the CAA.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Kansas; Annual Emissions Fee
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) and Operating Permits Program revisions submitted by the state of Kansas which align the state's rules entitled ``Annual Emissions Fee'' with the Federal Air Emissions Reporting Requirements Rule (AERR).
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Kansas; Annual Emissions Fee and Annual Emissions Inventory
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve a revision to the Kansas State Implementation Plan (SIP) and Operating Permits Program. EPA is approving a revision to the Kansas rule entitled ``Annual Emissions Fee.'' These revisions align the State's reporting requirements with the Federal Air Emissions Reporting Requirements Rule (AERR).