Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products
On June 10, 2013, EPA published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register entitled ``Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products.'' On April 8, 2014, EPA published a notice in the Federal Register announcing a public meeting and reopening the comment period for 30 days for comments related to the treatment of laminated products under the proposed rule. Based on requests from the public, EPA extended the public comment period. On May 6, 2014, EPA posted a memorandum in the docket for this proposed rule. That memorandum ensured that the docket would remain open until the announcement of the extension of the public comment period, which was set to end on May 8, 2014, could be published in the Federal Register. On May 6, 2014, an Agency-compiled list of stakeholders was notified of the extension of the comment period via email. This document announces the extension of the comment period until May 26, 2014.
Iprodione, Pendimethalin, and Permethrin; Notice of Receipt of Requests To Voluntarily Cancel and Amend Registrations To Terminate Certain Uses
In accordance with the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is issuing a notice of receipt of requests by the registrants to voluntarily amend their Iprodione, Pendimethalin, and Permethrin product registrations to delete one or more uses. The requests would delete Iprodione use on rice, Pendimethalin use on alfalfa, corn, garlic, onions, peanuts, sorghum, sugarcane and sunflower, and Permethrin use on dogs. The requests would not terminate the last Iprodione, Pendimethalin, or Permethrin products registered for use in the United States. EPA intends to grant these requests at the close of the comment period for this announcement unless the Agency receives substantive comments within the comment period that would merit its further review of the requests, or unless the registrants withdraw its requests. If these requests are granted, any sale, distribution, or use of products listed in this notice will be permitted after the use has been deleted only if such sale, distribution, or use is consistent with the terms as described in the final order.
White Paper on Development of Community Water System Drinking Water Intake Percent Cropped Area Adjustment Factors for Use in Drinking Water Exposure Assessments; Notice of Availability
The Environmental Protection Agency uses computer modeling to estimate human exposure to pesticides in drinking water. An input parameter for these exposure models is the percentage of a water supply's watershed area to which pesticides may be applied, a metric which EPA refers to as the ``percent cropped area'' (PCA). Recently, EPA has developed delineations of watersheds for surface water intakes of community water systems throughout the continental United States and has used this dataset to develop a corresponding dataset of watershed- specific PCAs. Development of this Community-Water SystemDrinking Water Intake dataset is described in a draft white paper, which has been updated based on peer review comments. EPA is making this updated version available for public review and comment.
Proposed Consent Decree, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
In accordance with section 113(g) of the Clean Air Act, as amended (``CAA''), notice is hereby given of a proposed partial consent decree to address lawsuits filed by the States of New York, Connecticut, Maryland, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont; the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; and Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (collectively ``State Plaintiffs''); the American Lung Association, Environmental Defense Fund, Clean Air Council and Environment and Human Health, Inc. (collectively ``Environmental Plaintiffs''); and interveners the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (``Association Plaintiff'') in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia: State of New York, et al. v. McCarthy, No. 13-1553 and consolidated case No. 13-1555 (D. D.C). Plaintiffs each filed a complaint alleging that EPA failed to perform a nondiscretionary duty to review, and, if necessary, revise the new performance standards for new residential wood heaters, at least every eight years. The consent decree would require EPA to sign a notice to take final action by February 3, 2015.
Release of Final Policy Assessment Document Related to the Review of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Lead
The EPA is announcing the availability of a final document titled Policy Assessment for the Review of the Lead National Ambient Air Quality Standards. The Policy Assessment (PA) has been prepared by staff in the EPA's Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS) as part of the agency's ongoing review of the primary (health-based) and secondary (welfare-based) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for lead (Pb). It presents analyses and staff conclusions regarding the policy implications of the key scientific and technical information that informs this review.
Notice of a Public Meeting: The National Drinking Water Advisory Council Lead and Copper Rule Working Group Meeting
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a public meeting of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWC) Lead and Copper Rule Working Group (LCRWG). The meeting is scheduled for May 29 and 30, 2014, in Arlington, VA. During this meeting, the LCRWG and the EPA will focus discussions on the Lead and Copper Rule sample site selection criteria.
Revision to the Washington State Implementation Plan; Update to the Solid Fuel Burning Devices Regulations
The EPA is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) on January 30, 2014. The SIP submission contains revisions to Washington's solid fuel burning device rules to control fine particulate matter (PM2.5) from residential wood combustion. The updated regulations reflect Washington State statutory changes made in 2012, setting revised PM2.5 trigger levels for impaired air quality burn bans and setting criteria for prohibiting solid fuel burning devices that are not certified. The submission also contains updates to the regulations to improve the clarity of the language.