Environmental Protection Agency February 25, 2014 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Proposed Consent Decree, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
Document Number: 2014-04112
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-02-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with section 113(g) of the Clean Air Act, as amended (``CAA''), notice is hereby given of a proposed consent decree to address a lawsuit filed by Air Alliance Houston, Community In-Power and Development Association, Inc., Louisiana Bucket Brigade and Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (``Plaintiffs''), in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia: Air Alliance Houston, et al. v. McCarthy, No. 1:13-cv-00621-KBJ (D.D.C.). On May 1, 2013, Plaintiffs filed a complaint that EPA failed to perform nondiscretionary duties to review, and, if necessary, revise the emission factors for volatile organic compounds (``VOC''), carbon monoxide (``CO''), and nitrogen oxides (``NOX'') for flares, liquid storage tanks (``tanks'') and wastewater collection, treatment and storage systems (``wastewater treatment systems'') at least once every three years. The consent decree would require EPA to propose action by August 19, 2014, and take final action by December 19, 2014.
Exposure Modeling Public Meeting; Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: 2014-04103
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-02-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
An Exposure Modeling Public Meeting will be held for 1 day on March 24, 2014. This notice announces the location and time for the meeting and sets forth the tentative agenda topics.
General Permits and Permits by Rule for the Federal Minor New Source Review Program in Indian Country
Document Number: 2014-04089
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-02-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA published in the Federal Register on January 14, 2014 (79 FR 2546), the proposed rule, ``General Permits and Permits by Rule for the Federal Minor New Source Review Program in Indian Country.'' The EPA is announcing a public hearing date for the proposed rule.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Virginia; Regional Haze Five-Year Progress Report State Implementation Plan
Document Number: 2014-04087
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-02-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing approval of a revision to the Virginia State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the Commonwealth of Virginia through the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Virginia's SIP revision addresses requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) 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 Commonwealth's existing SIP addressing regional haze (regional haze SIP). EPA is proposing approval of Virginia's SIP revision on the basis that it addresses the progress report and adequacy determination requirements for the first implementation period for regional haze.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Delaware; Regional Haze Five-Year Progress Report State Implementation Plan
Document Number: 2014-04074
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-02-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing approval of a revision to the Delaware State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of Delaware through the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC). Delaware's SIP revision addresses requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) 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 implementation plan addressing regional haze (regional haze SIP). EPA is proposing approval of Delaware's SIP revision on the basis that it addresses the progress report and adequacy determination requirements for the first implementation period for regional haze.
Approval and Promulgation of State Implementation Plan Revisions; Revisions to the Air Pollution Control Rules; North Dakota
Document Number: 2014-04073
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-02-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the Governor of North Dakota on April 14, 2011. The revisions affect North Dakota's air pollution control rules regarding general provisions, ambient air quality standards (sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen dioxide (NOX), and lead), and permitting. EPA acted separately on other provisions in the April 14, 2011 submittal related to North Dakota's regulation of greenhouse gases (GHGs) under its Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) program. This action is being taken under section 110 of the Clean Air Act.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NESHAP for Gold Mine Ore Processing (Renewal)
Document Number: 2014-03985
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-02-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``NESHAP for Gold Mine Ore Processing (40 CFR Part 63, Subpart EEEEEEE) (Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 2383.03, OMB Control No. 2060-0659) 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 April 30, 2014. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (78 FR 35023) on June 11, 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.
Receipt of Several Pesticide Petitions Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities
Document Number: 2014-03861
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-02-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document announces the Agency's receipt of several initial filings of pesticide petitions requesting the establishment or modification of regulations for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Virginia; Prevention of Significant Deterioration and Nonattainment New Source Review; Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5
Document Number: 2014-03640
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-02-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving revisions to the Virginia State Implementation Plan (SIP), submitted by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VADEQ) on August 25, 2011. The revisions pertaining to Virginia's Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) program are being fully approved. EPA is granting limited approval to the revisions pertaining to Virginia's nonattainment New Source Review (NSR) program. In both cases, the revisions incorporate preconstruction permitting regulations for fine particulate matter (PM2.5) into the Virginia SIP. In addition, EPA is approving these revisions and portions of other related submissions for the purpose of determining that Virginia has met its statutory obligations with respect to the infrastructure requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) which relate to Virginia's PSD permitting program and are necessary to implement, maintain, and enforce the 1997 8-hour ozone and PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), the 2006 PM2.5 NAAQS, and the 2008 lead NAAQS. EPA is approving these revisions in accordance with the requirements of the CAA. A previous PSD program approval of Virginia's Chapter 80, Article 8 regulations was provided to the Commonwealth as a ``limited approval'' for reasons that do not impact the approval of the August 25, 2011 submission. A correction related to that prior limited approved is also included in this action.
Finding of Failure To Submit State Implementation Plans Required for the 2008 Lead National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS)
Document Number: 2014-03329
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-02-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action finding that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has not submitted state implementation plans (SIPs) for three nonattainment areas in Berks and Beaver Counties to meet the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for attaining the 2008 Lead National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). Pennsylvania has not yet submitted SIPs for three nonattainment areasthe Lyons and North Reading nonattainment areas in Berks County and the Lower Beaver Valley nonattainment area in Beaver Countythat demonstrate how each nonattainment area would attain the 2008 Lead NAAQS as expeditiously as practicable. These plans were due by June 30, 2012. If Pennsylvania has not submitted and the EPA has not approved the required attainment plans for its nonattainment areas by no later than 2 years after the effective date of this finding, the EPA must promulgate a federal implementation plan (FIP) for the affected nonattainment area. In addition, the CAA provides for the imposition of sanctions if the state does not submit the required attainment SIP within specific timeframes.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Indiana; Allen, Greene, Vanderburgh, Warrick, and Vigo Counties; 1997 8-Hour Ozone Maintenance Plan Revision to Approved Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets
Document Number: 2014-03170
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-02-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under the Clean Air Act (CAA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving requests by Indiana to revise the 1997 8-hour ozone maintenance air quality state implementation plan (SIP) for Allen, Greene, Vanderburgh, Warrick, and Vigo Counties to replace onroad emissions inventories and motor vehicle emissions budgets (budgets) with inventories and budgets developed using EPA's Motor Vehicle Emissions Simulator (MOVES) emissions model. Indiana submitted the SIP revision requests for Allen, Vigo, Vanderburgh, and Warrick Counties on July 2, 2013, and submitted the SIP revision request for Greene County on July 8, 2013.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Indiana; Allen, Greene, Vanderburgh, Warrick, and Vigo Counties; 1997 8-Hour Ozone Maintenance Plan Revision to Approved Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets
Document Number: 2014-03169
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-02-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under the Clean Air Act (CAA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve requests by Indiana to revise the 1997 8-hour ozone maintenance air quality state implementation plan (SIP) for Allen, Greene, Vanderburgh, Warrick, and Vigo Counties to replace onroad emissions inventories and motor vehicle emissions budgets (budgets) with inventories and budgets developed using EPA's Motor Vehicle Emissions Simulator (MOVES) emissions model. Indiana submitted the SIP revision requests for Allen, Vigo, Vanderburgh, and Warrick Counties on July 2, 2013, and submitted the SIP revision request for Greene County on July 8, 2013.