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

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Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions for New Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units
Document Number: 2014-01065
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-01-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published in the Federal Register on January 8, 2014, the proposed rule, ``Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions for New Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units.'' The EPA is announcing a change in the date for the public hearing to be held for the proposed Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions for New Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units.
An Assessment of Potential Mining Impacts on Salmon Ecosystems of Bristol Bay, Alaska
Document Number: 2014-01082
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of the final report titled, ``An Assessment of Potential Mining Impacts on Salmon Ecosystems of Bristol Bay, Alaska'' (EPA 910-R-14-001A-C). EPA conducted this assessment to determine the significance of Bristol Bay's ecological resources and evaluate the potential impacts of large-scale mining on these resources. The report ``An Assessment of Potential Mining Impacts on Salmon Ecosystems of Bristol Bay, Alaska'' (EPA 910-R-14-001A-C) is available via the Internet on the EPA Region 10 Web site www.epa.gov/bristolbay. The report is also available on the National Center for Environmental Assessment's Web site (www.epa.gov/ncea) under the Recent Additions and the Data and Publications menu.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NOX
Document Number: 2014-01051
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``Information Collection Request Renewal for the NOX Budget Trading Program to Reduce the Regional Transport of Ozone'' (EPA ICR No. 1857.06, OMB Control No. 2060-0445) 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 February 28, 2014. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (78 FR 57153) on September 17, 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.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; South Carolina; Regional Haze State Implementation Plan
Document Number: 2014-00940
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-01-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing approval of a revision to the South Carolina State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of South Carolina through the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) on December 28, 2012. South Carolina's December 28, 2012, SIP revision (``progress report SIP'') addresses requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA or ``the Act'') and EPA's rules that require states to submit periodic reports describing progress towards reasonable progress goals (RPGs) established for regional haze and a determination of the adequacy of the State's existing SIP addressing regional haze (``regional haze SIP''). EPA is proposing approval of South Carolina's progress report SIP on the basis that it addresses the progress report and adequacy determination requirements for the first implementation period for regional haze.
Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Regulation of Fuels and Fuel Additives: Gasoline Volatility
Document Number: 2014-00934
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), Regulation of Fuels and Fuel Additives: Gasoline Volatility (EPA ICR No. 1367.10, OMB control No. 2060-0178), to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). Before doing so, EPA is soliciting public comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below. This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through July 31, 2014. 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.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2014-00929
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pesticide Products; Registration Applications for New Active Ingredients
Document Number: 2014-00927
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has received several applications to register pesticide products containing active ingredients not included in any currently registered pesticide products. Pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is hereby providing notice of receipt and opportunity to comment on these applications.
Pesticide Emergency Exemptions; Agency Decisions and State and Federal Agency Crisis Declarations
Document Number: 2014-00926
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has granted emergency exemptions under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) for use of pesticides as listed in this notice. The exemptions were granted during the period April 1, 2013 to September 30, 2013 to control unforeseen pest outbreaks.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Indiana; Consent Decree Requirements
Document Number: 2014-00751
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-01-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a portion of Indiana's construction permit rule for sources subject to the state operating permit program regulations. These provisions authorize the state to incorporate terms from Federal consent decrees and Federal district court orders into these construction permits. EPA is also approving public notice requirements for these permit actions. These rules will help streamline the process for making Federal consent decree and Federal district court order requirements permanent and Federally enforceable.
Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Application Requirements for the Approval and Delegation of Federal Air Toxics Programs to State, Territorial, Local, and Tribal Agencies; EPA ICR No. 1643.08, OMB Control No. 2060-0264
Document Number: 2014-00748
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ``Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Application Requirements for the Approval and Delegation of Federal Air Toxics Programs to State, Territorial, Local, and Tribal Agencies'' (EPA ICR No. 1643.08, OMB Control No. 2060-0264) 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.). Before doing so, EPA is soliciting public comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below. This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through April 30, 2014. 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; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Cooling Water Intake Structure Phase II Existing Facilities (Renewal), Cooling Water Intake Structures at Phase III Facilities (Renewal), and NPDES Animal Sectors (Renewal)
Document Number: 2014-00726
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that three Information Collection Requests (ICRs) have been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. This is a request to renew three existing approved collections, which are currently approved through January 31, 2014. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (78 FR 57150) on September 17, 2013 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICRs are given below, including their 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; Annual Public Water System Compliance Report (Renewal)
Document Number: 2014-00725
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``Annual Public Water System Compliance Report (Renewal) 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 March 31, 2014. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (78 FR 57378) on September 18, 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 Onshore Natural Gas Processing Plants (Renewal)
Document Number: 2014-00724
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``NSPS for Onshore Natural Gas Processing Plants (40 CFR Part 60, Subparts KKK and LLL) (Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 1086.10, OMB Control No. 2060-0120), 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 March 31, 2014. 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.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans and Title V Operating Permit Program; State of Iowa
Document Number: 2014-00656
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-01-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving revisions to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the state of Iowa. These revisions amend the Iowa air quality rules to eliminate state- only emissions testing procedures and adopt Federal methods; to reduce notification time for portable plant relocations, and allow electronic submittals of notifications; to update air quality definitions to be consistent with federal definitions, and to place into rule the specific procedures for conducting emissions testing. EPA is also approving revisions to the Iowa Title V Operating Permits Program to revise the definition of ``EPA Reference Method,'' and to adopt by reference the revised Title V Periodic Monitoring Guidance.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans and Title V Operating Permit Program; State of Iowa
Document Number: 2014-00655
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-01-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the state of Iowa. These revisions will amend the Iowa air quality rules to eliminate state-only emissions testing procedures and adopt Federal methods; to reduce notification time for portable plant relocations, and allow electronic submittals of notifications; to update air quality definitions to be consistent with Federal definitions, and to place into rule the specific procedures for conducting emissions testing. EPA is also proposing to approve revisions to the Iowa Title V Operating Permits Program to revise the definition of ``EPA Reference Method,'' and to adopt by reference the revised Title V Periodic Monitoring Guidance.
Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program: Amendments and Confidentiality Determinations for Fluorinated Gas Production
Document Number: 2014-00651
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-01-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is announcing an extension of the public comment period for the proposed rule titled ``Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program: Amendments and Confidentiality Determinations for Fluorinated Gas Production.''
Notice of Availability of the Environmental Protection Agency's 2018 Emissions Modeling Platform
Document Number: 2014-00564
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing notice that the 2018 Emissions Modeling Platform data are available for public review and comment. The 2018 Emissions Modeling Platform consists of emission inventory data, supporting data used to develop the 2018 emission inventories, and methods and data that are used to process emission inventories representing the year 2018 into a form that can be used for air quality modeling. The platform, or portions of the data that make up the platform, may be used by the Office of Air and Radiation in several contexts, including the development of rules related to the transport of air pollution and the National Ambient Air Quality Standards. The EPA is requesting comment on the 2018 Emissions Modeling Platform, including the emission inventories, the supporting data, and the methods used to develop and process the 2018 emission inventories. A docket has been established to facilitate public review of the data and to track comments.
Notice of Termination of Clean Air Act Outer Continental Shelf Permits Issued to Shell for the Discoverer Drill Ship and the Kulluk Conical Drilling Unit
Document Number: 2014-00563
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10 has terminated the Clean Air Act Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permit for the Discoverer drill ship and the OCS permit to construct and Title V air quality operating permit for the Kulluk conical drilling rig.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Notification of Episodic Releases of Oil and Hazardous Substances (Renewal)
Document Number: 2014-00454
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``Notification of Episodic Releases of Oil and Hazardous Substances (Renewal)'' to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through March 31, 2014. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (78 FR 49265) on August 13, 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.
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, El Dorado County Air Quality Management District
Document Number: 2014-00399
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-01-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the El Dorado County Air Quality Management District (EDAQMD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern negative declarations for volatile organic compound (VOC) source categories for the EDAQMD. We are proposing to approve these negative declarations under the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act).
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, El Dorado County Air Quality Management District
Document Number: 2014-00398
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-01-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the El Dorado County Air Quality Management District (EDAQMD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern negative declarations for volatile organic compound (VOC) source categories for the EDAQMD. We are approving these negative declarations under the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act).
General Permits and Permits by Rule for the Federal Minor New Source Review Program in Indian Country
Document Number: 2013-30345
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-01-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing general permits for use in Indian country pursuant to the Indian Country Minor New Source Review (NSR) rule for new or modified minor sources in the following five source categories: Hot mix asphalt (HMA) plants; stone quarrying, crushing, and screening (SQCS) facilities; auto body repair and miscellaneous surface coating operations; gasoline dispensing facilities (GDFs); and petroleum dry cleaning facilities. In the alternative, the EPA is also proposing permits by rule for use in Indian country for new or modified minor sources in three of the source categories: Auto body repair and miscellaneous surface coating operations; GDFs; and petroleum dry cleaning facilities. The EPA is also proposing certain changes to the Indian Country Minor NSR rule. The proposed changes include: Extending the deadline by when true minor sources in the oil and gas sector must receive minor source NSR permits; and allowing general permits and permits by rule for specific categories to create synthetic minor sources.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Colorado; Prevention of Significant Deterioration; Greenhouse Gas Tailoring Rule Revisions
Document Number: 2014-00397
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-01-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions and additions to the Colorado State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment (CDPHE) to EPA on May 25, 2011. The proposed SIP revision to Colorado Regulation Number 3 and the Common Provisions Regulation addresses the permitting of sources of greenhouse gases (GHGs). Specifically, we propose to approve revisions to Portions of Parts A, B and D of Regulation Number 3 to incorporate the provisions of the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Title V Greenhouse Gas Tailoring Rule. The proposed SIP revisions establish emission thresholds for determining which new stationary sources and modifications to existing stationary sources become subject to Colorado's PSD permitting requirements for their GHG emissions. EPA is proposing to approve the May 25, 2011 SIP revision to the Colorado PSD permitting program as being consistent with federal requirements for PSD permitting. EPA also proposes to approve several grammar and punctuation changes to Regulation Number 3 made by the State and included in the May 25, 2011 submittal. EPA is proposing this action under the Clean Air Act (the Act or CAA).
Amendment of a Pesticide Experimental Use Permit; Notice of Receipt of Application; Comment Request
Document Number: 2014-00389
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces EPA's receipt of an application from Monsanto Company requesting to amend 524-EUP-104 experimental use permit (EUP) for the plant-incorporated protectants (PIPs) corn event MON 87411 in combination with single and combined traits against lepidoptera and corn rootworm (CRW). The Agency has determined that the amendment request for the permit may be of regional and national significance. Therefore, because of the potential significance, and pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is hereby providing notice of receipt and is seeking comments on this application.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Laboratory Quality Assurance Evaluation Program for Analysis of Cryptosporidium Under the Safe Drinking Water Act (Renewal)
Document Number: 2014-00379
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``Laboratory Quality Assurance Evaluation Program for Analysis of Cryptosporidium under the Safe Drinking Water Act'' (EPA ICR No. 2067.05, OMB Control No. 2040-0246) 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 January 31, 2014. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (78 FR 54643) on September 5, 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; National Estuary Program (Renewal)
Document Number: 2014-00376
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``National Estuary Program'' (EPA ICR No. 1500.08, OMB Control No. 2040-0138) 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 January, 2014. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (78 FR 46332-02) on July 31, 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 the Graphic Arts Industry (40 CFR Part 60, Subpart QQ) (Renewal)
Document Number: 2014-00375
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``NSPS for the Graphic Arts Industry (40 CFR part 60, Subpart QQ) (Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 0657.11, OMB Control No. 2060-0105), 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 March 31, 2014. 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: 2014-00374
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-13
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; Idaho
Document Number: 2014-00274
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-01-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to partially approve the May 9, 2013, State Implementation Plan (SIP) submittal from Idaho to revise the SIP to update the incorporation by reference of Federal air quality regulations into the SIP and make minor edits and clarifications. The EPA is proposing to grant limited approval, as SIP strengthening, to a portion of the submittal that incorporates by reference updates to the Federal nonattainment new source review (nonattainment NSR) requirements that have been recently remanded to the EPA by a court. In addition, the EPA is proposing to partially disapprove Idaho's incorporation by reference of two provisions of the Federal prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) permitting rules that have been recently vacated in a separate decision by a court. Finally, we are proposing to take no action on Idaho's incorporation by reference of another provision of the Federal PSD permitting rules that has been the subject of a court action. Upon final action, the Idaho SIP would incorporate by reference certain Federal regulations as of July 1, 2012.
Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting, and Pre-Renovation Education Activities in Target Housing and Child Occupied Facilities; Oklahoma; Notice of Self-Certification Program Authorization, and Request for Public Comment on Self-Certification
Document Number: 2014-00270
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-01-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document announces that on March 25, 2013, the State of Oklahoma was deemed authorized under section 404(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), to administer and enforce requirements for a renovation, repair and painting program (RRP) and a lead-based paint pre-renovation education program (PRE) in accordance with 406(b) of TSCA. This document also announces that EPA is seeking comment during a 45-day public comment period on the State of Oklahoma's self- certification. This document also announces that the authorization of the Oklahoma 402(c)(3) and 406(b) programs, which was deemed authorized by regulation and statute on March 25, 2013, will continue without further notice unless EPA, based on its own review and/or comments received during the comment period, disapproves this Oklahoma program application.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2014-00214
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Tolfenpyrad; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2014-00163
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-01-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of tolfenpyrad in or on multiple commodities which are identified and discussed later in this document. Nichino America, Inc. requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Texas; Reasonably Available Control Technology for the 1997 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard
Document Number: 2014-00160
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-01-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the Houston/Galveston/Brazoria (HGB) 1997 8-Hour ozone nonattainment Area (Area). The HGB Area consists of Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery and Waller counties. Specifically, we are proposing to approve portions of two revisions to the Texas SIP submitted by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) as meeting certain Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) requirements for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) in the HGB Area. This action is in accordance with section 110 of the federal Clean Air Act (the Act, CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Texas; Environmental Speed Limit Revision for the Dallas/Fort Worth 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area
Document Number: 2014-00047
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-01-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a revision to the Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the Dallas/ Fort Worth (DFW) ozone nonattainment area to recategorize a local environmental speed limit (ESL) control measure as a transportation control measure (TCM). The EPA is approving this SIP revision because it satisfies the requirements of sections 110 and part D of the Clean Air Act (CAA), and EPA's policy and guidance.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Texas; Environmental Speed Limit Revision for the Dallas/Fort Worth 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area
Document Number: 2014-00046
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-01-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a revision to the Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the Dallas/Fort Worth ozone nonattainment area to recategorize a local environmental speed limit control measure to a transportation control measure. The EPA is proposing to approve this SIP revision because it satisfies the requirements of sections 110 and part D of the Clean Air Act (CAA), and EPA's policy and guidance.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Tennessee; Bristol; 2010 Lead Base Year Emissions Inventory and Conversion of Conditional Approvals for Prevention of Significant Deterioration
Document Number: 2014-00030
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-01-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving the Lead 2010 base year emissions inventory State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Tennessee, through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) on April 11, 2013. The emissions inventory was submitted to meet the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) for the Bristol 2008 Lead National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) nonattainment area (hereafter also referred to as the ``Bristol Area'' or ``Area''). Additionally, EPA is converting conditional approvals to full approvals for Tennessee's 1997 annual fine particulate matter (PM2.5) NAAQS, 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS and 2008 8-hour ozone NAAQS infrastructure SIPs as they relate to adequate provisions prohibiting emissions that interfere with any other State's required measures to prevent significant deterioration of its air quality. EPA conditionally approved these portions of Tennessee's infrastructure SIPs for these NAAQS on March 6, 2013, and March 26, 2013. Tennessee has since met the obligations associated with these conditional approvals, and therefore, EPA is converting the conditional approvals to full approvals.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Tennessee; Conflict of Interest and Notice of Finding of Disapprovals
Document Number: 2013-31561
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-01-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking three actions pertaining to the infrastructure requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) for the State of Tennessee. First, EPA is providing notice of its findings of disapproval for a sub-element of the Tennessee infrastructure state implementation plans (SIPs) for the 2008 Lead National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), 1997 Annual Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5) NAAQS, 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS and 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS. Specifically, EPA is providing notice of the disapproval of the previously conditionally-approved portion of the State board and conflict of interest requirements of the infrastructure SIPs for these NAAQS. These disapprovals were triggered automatically on July 23, 2013, when Tennessee failed to submit revisions to address the CAA State board and conflict of interest requirements within the timeframes specified in EPA's conditional approval actions. Second, EPA is proposing to approve the SIP revision submitted by Tennessee, through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) on October 9, 2013, as meeting the applicable requirements of the Act. This SIP revision addresses Tennessee's outstanding obligations related to the CAA State board and conflict of interest requirements. Finally, EPA is proposing to approve the infrastructure SIP sub-element related to the State board and conflict of interest requirements for the 2008 Lead, 1997 annual PM2.5, 2006 24-hour PM2.5, and 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS. Approval of these infrastructure SIP requirements for the listed NAAQS would result in the disapprovals noticed above for this sub- element being converted to approvals. Final approval of these infrastructure SIP sub-elements, however, is contingent upon final approval of the underlying October 9, 2013, SIP revision to address the CAA requirements also proposed through this action. EPA notes that all other applicable Tennessee infrastructure elements for the 2008 Lead, 1997 annual PM2.5, 2006 24-hour PM2.5, and 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS have been addressed in separate rulemakings.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Generic Maximum Achievable Control Technology Standards; and Manufacture of Amino/Phenolic Resins
Document Number: 2013-30132
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-01-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is proposing amendments, with regard to regulations applicable to three industrial source categories, to two national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP): NESHAP for Source Categories: Generic Maximum Achievable Control Technology Standards; and NESHAP: Manufacture of Amino/Phenolic Resins. The three source categories addressed in this action are Acrylic and Modacrylic Fibers Production, Polycarbonate Production and Amino/Phenolic Resins Production. For all three of these source categories, the EPA is proposing decisions concerning the residual risk and technology reviews. The EPA is also proposing amendments to correct and clarify regulatory provisions related to emissions during periods of startup, shutdown and malfunction; add provisions for affirmative defense; add requirements for electronic reporting of performance test results; clarify provisions pertaining to open-ended valves and lines; add monitoring requirements for pressure relief devices; and add standards for previously unregulated hazardous air pollutant (HAP) emissions sources for certain emission points. We estimate that these proposed amendments will reduce HAP emissions from these three source categories by a combined 22 tons per year.
Good Neighbor Environmental Board; Notification of Public Advisory Committee Teleconference
Document Number: 2014-00110
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-08
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, January 31, 2014. The meeting will take place from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. 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.
Product Cancellation Order for Certain Pesticide Registrations
Document Number: 2014-00033
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces EPA's order for the cancellations, voluntarily requested by the registrants and accepted by the Agency, of the products listed in Table 1 of Unit II., pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). This cancellation order follows a June 12, 2013, Federal Register Notice of Receipt of Requests from the registrants listed in Table 2 of Unit II., to voluntarily cancel these product registrations. In the June 12, 2013, notice, EPA indicated that it would issue an order implementing the cancellations, unless the Agency received substantive comments within the 180-day comment period that would merit its further review of these requests, or unless the registrants withdrew their requests. The Agency did not receive any comments on the notice. Further, the registrants did not withdraw their requests. Accordingly, EPA hereby issues in this notice a cancellation order granting the requested cancellations. Any distribution, sale, or use of the products subject to this cancellation order is permitted only in accordance with the terms of this order, including any existing stocks provisions.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Texas; Procedures for Stringency Determinations and Minor Permit Revisions for Federal Operating Permits
Document Number: 2013-31569
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-01-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On September 10, 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (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. EPA received timely, adverse comments on the direct final rule and withdrew the direct final rule on November 6, 2013. In our withdrawal of the direct final rule, we indicated we would address the comments received through the proposed rule published on September 10, 2013. Subsequent to our withdrawal of the direct final, EPA received a letter dated December 19, 2013, from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality stating that the December 17, 1999; October 4, 2001; and August 11, 2003 revisions specific to stringency determinations and minor permit revisions for Federal Operating Permits have been withdrawn from our consideration as revisions to the Texas SIP. Accordingly, EPA is withdrawing the proposed approval and finds that no further action is necessary on the portions of the three SIP revisions specific to stringency determinations and minor permit revisions for the Texas Federal Operating Permits Program. The State's action also withdraws from EPA's review the Federal Operating Permits 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; State of Missouri; Control of Nitrogen Oxide Emissions From Large Stationary Internal Combustion Engines
Document Number: 2013-31567
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-01-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Missouri to EPA on September 21, 2010, with a supplemental revision submitted on July 3, 2013. The purpose of the SIP revision is to incorporate revisions to a Missouri regulation to control Nitrogen Oxide (NOX) emissions from large stationary internal combustion engines. This revision includes an emission rate limitation for both large stationary diesel and dual fuel internal combustion engines and adds an exemption for compression ignited stationary internal combustion engines that emit 25 tons or less of NOX between May 1 and September 30. EPA has determined that the SIP revision submitted by the State of Missouri satisfies the applicable requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act), and in particular, the April 21, 2004, final Federal Phase II NOX SIP Call.
Withdrawal of Proposed Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions From New Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units
Document Number: 2013-31079
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-01-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The United States EPA (EPA) is withdrawing the proposal for new source performance standards for emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), which was published on April 13, 2012, for new affected fossil fuel-fired electric utility generating units (EGUs). The EPA received more than 2.5 million comments on that notice and has received new information, which together necessitates substantial changes in the proposed requirements. The changes not only affect determinations of potentially covered sources but could also result in substantial changes in what some sources must do to comply with the standards and could thereby cause them to alter planned facility designs or technological control systems. These changes concern the addition of a determination of the best system of emission reduction for fossil fuel-fired boilers and IGCC units; an alternative compliance option for solid fuel-fired EGUs; the treatment of certain units that had received permits to construct but for which construction had not yet commenced; the limits for natural gas-fired stationary combustion turbines; and the application of CO2 emission fees under the title V operating permit program. These changes are of substantial consequence and are sufficient to merit withdrawal (i.e., rescission) of that notice of proposed rulemaking. At the same time, in a separate notice of proposed rulemaking published in today's Federal Register, the EPA is issuing new proposed requirements for new fossil-fuel-fired electric generating units, which are based on different analyses from the original proposal and would establish requirements that differ significantly from the original proposal.
Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions From New Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units
Document Number: 2013-28668
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-01-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On April 13, 2012, the EPA proposed a new source performance standard for emissions of carbon dioxide for new affected fossil fuel- fired electric utility generating units. The EPA received more than 2.5 million comments on the proposed rule. After consideration of information provided in those comments, as well as consideration of continuing changes in the electricity sector, the EPA determined that revisions in its proposed approach are warranted. Thus, in a separate action, the EPA is withdrawing the April 13, 2012, proposal, and, in this action, the EPA is proposing new standards of performance for new affected fossil fuel-fired electric utility steam generating units and stationary combustion turbines. This action proposes a separate standard of performance for fossil fuel-fired electric utility steam generating units and integrated gasification combined cycle units that burn coal, petroleum coke and other fossil fuels that is based on partial implementation of carbon capture and storage as the best system of emission reduction. This action also proposes standards for natural gas-fired stationary combustion turbines based on modern, efficient natural gas combined cycle technology as the best system of emission reduction. This action also includes related proposals concerning permitting fees under Clean Air Act Title V, the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program, and the definition of the pollutant covered under the prevention of significant deterioration program.
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.