Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Louisiana; Interstate Transport of Fine Particulate Matter
EPA is proposing to approve a portion of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) submittal from the State of Louisiana to address Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) requirements that prohibit air emissions which will contribute significantly to nonattainment or interfere with maintenance in any other state for the 2006 fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). EPA proposes to determine that the existing SIP for Louisiana contains adequate provisions to prohibit air pollutant emissions from significantly contributing to nonattainment or interfering with maintenance of the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS (2006 PM2.5 NAAQS) in any other state as required by the Act.
Request for Nominations of Experts To Augment the Science Advisory Board Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee for the Review of the EPA's Draft Toxicological Review of Benzo[a]pyrene
The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office requests public nominations of scientific experts to augment the SAB Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee (CAAC) for the review of the EPA's draft Toxicological Review of Benzo[a]pyrene in Support of Summary Information on the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS).
Georgia-Pacific Hardwood Site; Plymouth, Washington County, North Carolina; Notice of Amended Settlement
Under 122(h) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), the United States Environmental Protection Agency has amended a settlement entered into with Castpa, LLC and W.C. Development, Inc. that addresses past costs concerning the Georgia-Pacific Hardwood Site located in Plymouth, Washington County, North Carolina. The Agency had previously entered into a settlement in 2008 addressing costs from a fund-lead Removal Action taken by EPA at the Site. The amendment to the settlement reduces the past cost owed to the Agency based on an ability to pay by the settling parties.
Air Quality Implementation Plan; Alabama; Attainment Plan for the Troy Area 2008 Lead Nonattainment Area
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a state implementation plan (SIP) revision, submitted by the State of Alabama through the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM), to EPA on November 9, 2012, for the purpose of providing for attainment of the 2008 Lead (Pb) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) in the Troy 2008 Lead nonattainment area (hereafter referred to as the ``Troy Area'' or ``Area''). The Troy Area is comprised of a portion of Pike County in Alabama surrounding the Sanders Lead Company (hereafter referred to as ``Sanders Lead''). EPA is taking final action to approve Alabama's November 9, 2012 SIP submittal regarding the attainment plan based on Alabama's attainment demonstration for the Troy Area. The attainment plan includes the base year emissions inventory requirements, an analysis of the reasonably available control technology (RACT) and reasonably available control measures (RACM) requirements, reasonable further progress (RFP) plan, modeling demonstration of lead attainment and contingency measures for the Troy Area. This action is being taken in accordance with Clean Air Act (CAA or Act).
Changes to Dispute Procedures
This regulatory update revises agency policies and procedures for certain pre-award and post-award assistance agreement disputes at the United States Environmental Protection Agency. This section provides a uniform process, including appropriate timelines, for the efficient, effective and timely resolution of assistance agreement disputes. This rule is exempt from the notice and comment requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) because it is a matter relating to agency management concerning grants.