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

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Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Virginia; Section 110(a)(2) Prevention of Significant Deterioration Requirements for the 2008 Ozone and 2010 Nitrogen Dioxide National Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2014-11787
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the Virginia State Implementation Plan (SIP) pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA). Whenever new or revised National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) are promulgated, the CAA requires states to submit a plan for the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of such NAAQS. The plan is required to address basic program elements, including, but not limited to regulatory structure, monitoring, modeling, legal authority, and adequate resources necessary to assure attainment and maintenance of the standards. These elements are referred to as infrastructure requirements. The Commonwealth of Virginia has made two separate submittals addressing the infrastructure requirements for the 2008 ozone and 2010 nitrogen dioxide (NO2) NAAQS. This action proposes approval of the prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) portions of the infrastructure requirements of the CAA for the Commonwealth's SIP submittals for the 2008 ozone and 2010 NO2 NAAQS.
Proposed Consent Decree, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
Document Number: 2014-11786
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-21
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 the Sierra Club (``Plaintiff''), in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania: Sierra Club v. McCarthy, No. 2:13-cv-06115-JCJ (E.D.Pa.). On October 18, 2013, Plaintiff filed a complaint that EPA failed to perform a non- discretionary duty to grant or deny seven petitions timely submitted by Plaintiff in 2012, requesting that EPA object to CAA title V operating permits issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for seven coal-fired power plants located in Pennsylvania. Under the terms of the proposed consent decree, EPA would be required to sign its response for two of Plaintiff's petitions by July 31, 2014, or within 30 days of the entry of this Consent Decree, whichever is later, and would be able to defer action on the other five petitions.
Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee; Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: 2014-11683
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Office of Pesticide Programs is giving notice that a public meeting of the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) is being planned for June 5-6, 2014. A draft agenda is under development and will be posted by May 16, 2014. On June 4, 2014, the following PPDC workgroup meetings are scheduled to meet as follows: PPDC Work Group on Integrated Pest Management; PPDC Work Group on Pollinator Protection; and PPDC Work Group on 21st Century Toxicology. All meetings are free, open to the public, and no advance registration is required.
Cyflumetofen; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2014-11496
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of cyflumetofen in or on multiple commodities which are identified and discussed later in this document. BASF Corporation requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Notice of Issuance of Final Air Permits for EFS Shady Hills, LLC-Shady Hills Generating Station, and New Hope Power Company-Okeelanta Cogeneration Station.
Document Number: 2014-11698
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing that on January 14, 2014, and March 17, 2014, the agency issued final Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) air quality permits numbered PSD-EPA-R4013 and PSD-EPA-R4016 for the EFS Shady Hills, LLC (Shady Hills)Shady Hills Generating Station (SHGS) and New Hope Power Company (NHPC)Okeelanta Cogeneration Station (Okeelanta), respectively.
Notice of Receipt of Requests To Voluntarily Cancel Certain Pesticide Registrations
Document Number: 2014-11685
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is issuing a notice of receipt of requests by registrants to voluntarily cancel certain pesticide registrations. 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 their requests. If these requests are granted, any sale, distribution, or use of products listed in this notice will be permitted after the registrations have been cancelled only if such sale, distribution, or use is consistent with the terms as described in the final order. For those end-use products listed in Table 2 of Unit II, the cancellations will be effective December 31, 2016, as described in Unit II.
Prevention of Significant Deterioration of Air Quality (PSD) Final Determinations in New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands
Document Number: 2014-11504
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The purpose of this notice is to announce that between July 1, 2008 and April 15, 2014, the Region 2 Office of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), issued three final agency actions and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) issued five final agency actions pursuant to the Prevention of Significant Deterioration of Air Quality (PSD) regulations codified at 40 CFR 52.21. In addition, one previous EPA final agency action dated April 7, 2006 was inadvertently omitted in the previous Federal Register publication and has been included here.
Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals and Mixtures
Document Number: 2014-11501
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In its response to a citizen petition submitted under section 21 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), EPA indicated that as a first step, it would convene a stakeholder process to develop an approach to obtain information on chemical substances and mixtures used in hydraulic fracturing. To gather information to inform EPA's proposal, the Agency is issuing this advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) and initiating a public participation process to seek comment on the information that should be reported or disclosed for hydraulic fracturing chemical substances and mixtures and the mechanism for obtaining this information. This mechanism could be regulatory (under TSCA section 8(a) and/or section 8(d)), voluntary, or a combination of both and could include best management practices, third- party certification and collection, and incentives for disclosure of this information. In addition, the Agency is seeking comment on ways of minimizing reporting burdens and costs and of avoiding the duplication of state and other federal agency information collections, while at the same time maximizing data available for EPA risk characterization, external transparency, and public understanding. Also, EPA is soliciting comments on incentives and recognition programs that could be used to support the development and use of safer chemicals in hydraulic fracturing.
Revision to the California State Implementation Plan; San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District; Quantification of Emission Reductions From Incentive Programs
Document Number: 2014-11481
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to approve a regulation submitted for incorporation into the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District (SJVUAPCD or District) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). This regulation establishes requirements and procedures for the District's quantification of emission reductions achieved through incentive funding programs implemented in the San Joaquin Valley. The effect of this action would be to make these requirements and procedures federally enforceable as part of the California SIP. We are taking comments on this proposal and plan to follow with a final action.
Approval and Promulgation of State Implementation Plans; Hawaii; Infrastructure Requirements for the 2008 8-Hour Ozone and the 2010 Nitrogen Dioxide National Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2014-11432
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve elements of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Hawaii on April 04, 2014, pursuant to the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act) for the 2008 8-Hour Ozone and the 2010 Nitrogen Dioxide national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). The CAA requires that each state adopt and submit a SIP for the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of each NAAQS promulgated by EPA. We are taking comments on this proposal and plan to follow with a final action.
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, Ventura County Air Pollution Control District
Document Number: 2014-11430
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (VCAPCD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern oxides of nitrogen (NOX) emissions from large water heaters, boilers, steam generators, and process heaters. We are approving local rules that regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, Ventura County Air Pollution Control District
Document Number: 2014-11428
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (VCAPCD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern oxides of nitrogen emissions from large water heaters, boilers, steam generators, and process heaters. We are proposing to approve local rules to regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Florida: New Source Review-Prevention of Significant Deterioration
Document Number: 2014-11211
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a revision to the Florida State Implementation Plan (SIP), submitted by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), Division of Air Resources Management, to EPA on December 19, 2013. The SIP revision modifies Florida's New Source Review (NSR) Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permitting regulations to provide FDEP with the authority to issue PSD permits governing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, to establish appropriate emission thresholds for determining which new stationary sources and modifications to existing stationary sources become subject to Florida's PSD permitting requirements for their GHG emissions, and to facilitate the implementation of GHG Plantwide Applicability Limits (PALs) by allowing consideration of GHG PALs in determining whether GHGs are ``subject to regulation.'' The changes to Florida's regulations also update Florida's SIP to incorporate provisions addressing issuance of GHG PALs on a carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) basis. EPA is taking final action to approve Florida's December 19, 2013 SIP revision because it is in accordance with the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) and EPA regulations regarding the PSD permitting program. Concurrent with this final approval, EPA is rescinding the GHG PSD Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) for Florida that was put in place on December 30, 2010, to ensure the availability of a permitting authority for GHG permitting in Florida.
Notice of Availability of Draft Npdes General Permits Mag250000 and Nhg250000 for Discharges of Non-Contact Cooling Water in Massachusetts and New Hampshire: the Non-Contact Cooling Water General Permit (NCCW GP)
Document Number: 2014-11427
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Director of the Office of Ecosystem Protection, EPA Region 1, is providing a notice of availability of draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general permits for non- contact cooling water discharges to certain waters of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of New Hampshire. These General Permits replace the Non-contact Cooling Water General Permit (NCCW GP) that expired on July 31, 2013.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2014-11379
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
SFIREG Full Committee; Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: 2014-11378
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Association of American Pesticide Control Officials (AAPCO)/State FIFRA Issues Research and Evaluation Group (SFIREG), Full Committee will hold a 2-day meeting, beginning on June 9, 2014 and ending June 10, 2014. This notice announces the location and times for the meeting and sets forth the tentative agenda topics.
Quality Assurance Requirements for Continuous Opacity Monitoring Systems at Stationary Sources
Document Number: 2014-11226
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This action promulgates quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) procedures (referred to as Procedure 3) for continuous opacity monitoring systems (COMS) used to demonstrate continuous compliance with opacity standards specified in new source performance standards (NSPS) issued by the EPA pursuant to section 111(b) of the Clean Air Act (CAA), Standards of Performance for New Stationary Sources.
Pesticide Emergency Exemptions; Agency Decisions and State and Federal Agency Crisis Declarations
Document Number: 2014-11222
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-16
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 October 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014 to control unforeseen pest outbreaks.
Amine Salts of Alkyl (C8
Document Number: 2014-11204
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation amends two exemptions from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of diethanolamine salts of alkyl (C8-C24) benzenesulfonic acid (not to exceed 7% of pesticidal formulations) and two exemptions from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of dimethylaminopropylamine, isopropylamine, ethanolamine, and triethanolamine salts of alkyl (C8- C24) benzenesulfonic acid (without limitation), herein referred to collectively as amine salts of alkyl (C8- C24) benzenesulfonic acid (dimethylaminopropylamine, isopropylamine, mono-, di-, and triethanolamine), or ASABSA, when used as inert ingredients applied to growing crops and to animals. The Joint Inerts Task Force Cluster Support Team 8 (JITF CST 8) c/o Huntsman Corp., submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), requesting amendment of two existing exemptions from the requirement of a tolerance. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of ASABSA.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Update of the Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets for the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton 1997 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard Maintenance Area
Document Number: 2014-10696
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's (Pennsylvania) State Implementation Plan (SIP). The revisions consist of an update to the SIP approved Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets (MVEBs) for nitrogen oxides (NOX) for the 1997 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) SIP for the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton 1997 8- Hour Ozone NAAQS Maintenance Area (Allentown Maintenance Area). Also, part of this SIP revision is an update to the point source inventory for NOX. In the Final Rules section of this Federal Register, EPA is approving the Commonwealth's SIP submittal as a direct final rule without prior proposal because the Agency views this as a noncontroversial submittal and anticipates no adverse comments. A detailed rationale for the approval is set forth in the direct final rule. If no adverse comments are received in response to this action, no further activity is contemplated. If EPA receives adverse comments, the direct final rule will be withdrawn and all public comments received will be addressed in a subsequent final rule based on this proposed rule. EPA will not institute a second comment period. Any parties interested in commenting on this action should do so at this time.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Update of the Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets for the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton 1997 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard Maintenance Area
Document Number: 2014-10695
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's (Pennsylvania) State Implementation Plan (SIP). The revisions consist of an update to the Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets (MVEBs) for nitrogen oxides (NOX) for the 1997 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) SIP for the Allentown-Bethlehem- Easton 1997 8-Hour Ozone NAAQS Maintenance Area (Allentown Maintenance Area). The SIP revision also includes an updated point source inventory for NOX. This rulemaking action approves the updated MVEBs and thereby makes them available for transportation conformity purposes. EPA is approving these revisions to the MVEBs and point source inventory in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Iowa
Document Number: 2014-11089
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the state of Iowa. This proposed rulemaking will amend the SIP to include revised permitting regulations that will allow facilities to construct or modify existing sources in areas that are not in attainment with the National Ambient Air Quality Standards. The rules being revised are Chapter 20, ``Scope of Title- Definitions-Forms-Rules of Practice,'' Chapter 22, ``Controlling Pollution,'' Chapter 31, ``Nonattainment Areas,'' and Chapter 33, ``Special Regulations and Construction Permit Requirements for Major Stationary SourcesPrevention for Significant Deterioration of Air Quality.'' The provisions from previous nonattainment permitting rules are being retained and are now relocated to Chapter 31 ``Nonattainment Areas''. EPA is also proposing SIP approval to update the rule revisions for the definition of excess emissions and conformity of general actions rule.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Iowa
Document Number: 2014-11088
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving revisions to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the State of Iowa. This action will amend the SIP to include revised permitting regulations to allow facilities to construct or modify existing sources in areas that are not in attainment with the National Ambient Air Quality Standards. The rule revisions incorporate Federal regulation by reference. The provisions from previous nonattainment permitting rules are being retained and are now relocated to Chapter 31 ``Nonattainment Areas''. EPA is also acting to approve the SIP to update the rule revisions for the definition of excess emissions and conformity of general actions rule.
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan; Ventura County Air Pollution Control District; Reasonably Available Control Technology for Ozone
Document Number: 2014-11087
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing approval of revisions to the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (VCAPCD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). This action was proposed in the Federal Register on March 10, 2014 and concerns the District's reasonably available control technology (RACT) requirements under the 1997 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). We are approving this document under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).
Rescission of Determination of Attainment and Call for Attainment Plans for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut for the 1997 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard for the NY-NJ-CT 1997 Ozone Nonattainment Area
Document Number: 2014-10827
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to rescind its previously issued determination of attainment (Clean Data Determination) for the 1997 8-hour ozone standard for the New York-N. New Jersey-Long Island, (NY-NJ-CT) ozone nonattainment area because recent complete, quality-assured monitoring data show that the area has subsequently violated the 1997 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). In addition, EPA is proposing to call for revisions to the State Implementation Plans (SIPs) for the States of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. If finalized, this SIP call will require each of these States to submit a revised attainment SIP for the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS for its portion of the NY-NJ-CT moderate nonattainment area within 18 months of final action on this SIP call.
Clean Water Act; Contractor Access to Confidential Business Information
Document Number: 2014-09988
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) intends to transfer confidential business information (CBI) collected from numerous industries to NEK Associates (NEK), a newly retained subcontractor of Eastern Research Group (ERG). Transfer of the information will allow the contractor and subcontractor to support EPA in the planning, development, and review of effluent limitations guidelines and standards under the Clean Water Act (CWA). Interested persons may submit comments on this intended transfer of information to the address noted below.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Idaho Franklin County Portion of the Logan Nonattainment Area; Fine Particulate Matter Emissions Inventory
Document Number: 2014-11092
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (IDEQ) submitted a revision to the State Implementation Plan (SIP), dated December 14, 2012, to address Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act) requirements for the Idaho portion (hereafter referred to as ``Franklin County'') of the cross border Logan, Utah-Idaho nonattainment area for the 2006 24-hour fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standards. The EPA is proposing to approve the baseline emissions inventory contained in IDEQ's submittal as meeting the requirement to submit a comprehensive, accurate, and current inventory of direct PM2.5 and PM2.5 precursor emissions in Franklin County.
Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Chartered Science Advisory Board
Document Number: 2014-11091
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the Chartered Science Advisory Board Panel to discuss planned actions identified in the agency's regulatory agenda and the adequacy of their supporting science.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; West Virginia; Infrastructure Requirements for the 2010 Sulfur Dioxide National Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2014-11085
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submittal from the State of West Virginia pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA). Whenever new or revised national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) are promulgated, the CAA requires states to submit a plan for the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of such NAAQS. The plan is required to address basic program elements, including, but not limited to, regulatory structure, monitoring, modeling, legal authority, and adequate resources necessary to assure attainment and maintenance of the standards. These elements are referred to as infrastructure requirements. West Virginia has made a submittal addressing the infrastructure requirements for the 2010 sulfur dioxide (SO2) NAAQS. This action proposes to approve portions of this submittal.
External Peer Review Draft Aquatic Life Ambient Water Quality Criterion for Selenium-Freshwater 2014
Document Number: 2014-11080
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) recommended water quality criteria provide technical information for states and authorized tribes to adopt water quality standards under the Clean Water Act to protect human health. EPA is announcing the release of the External Peer Review Draft Aquatic Life Ambient Water Quality Criterion for SeleniumFreshwater 2014 (EPA-822-P-14-001) for public comment. Following closure of the public comment period, an EPA contractor will organize and conduct an independent expert external letter peer review of the draft criterion document. Public comments will be made available to the peer reviewers for consideration during their review. This external peer review draft criterion document does not represent and should not be construed to represent any final EPA policy, viewpoint, or determination.
Proposed Consent Decree, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
Document Number: 2014-11076
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with section 113(g) of the Clean Air Act, as amended (``CAA'' or the ``Act''), notice is hereby given of a proposed consent decree to address a lawsuit filed by the Environmental Integrity Project and Benjamin Feldman in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia: Environmental Integrity Project v. McCarthy, Civil Action No. 1:13-cv-01783 (KBJ) (D.D.C.). On November 14, 2013, Plaintiff filed a complaint alleging that Gina McCarthy, in her official capacity as Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA''), failed to perform a non- discretionary duty to grant or deny within 60 days a petition submitted by Environmental Integrity Project and Benjamin Feldman on February 5, 2013 requesting that EPA object to a CAA Title V permit issued by the Maryland Department of the Environment to Mettiki Coal, LLC to operate a coal preparation/processing plant located in Oakland, Maryland. The proposed consent decree would establish a deadline for EPA to take such action.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Oregon: Interstate Transport of Fine Particulate Matter
Document Number: 2014-11075
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a portion of the State Implementation Plan submittal from the State of Oregon to address Clean Air Act interstate transport requirements in section 110(a)(2)(D)(i)(I) for the 2006 24-hour fine particulate matter (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standards. The Clean Air Act requires that each State Implementation Plan contain adequate provisions prohibiting air emissions that will have certain adverse air quality effects in other states. The EPA is proposing to determine that Oregon's existing State Implementation Plan contains adequate provisions to ensure that air emissions in Oregon do not significantly contribute to nonattainment or interfere with maintenance of the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standard in any other state.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Washington: Infrastructure Requirements for the 2008 Lead National Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2014-11073
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is proposing to partially approve and partially disapprove the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submittal from the State of Washington (Washington or the State) demonstrating that the SIP meets the infrastructure requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) promulgated for lead on October 15, 2008. The CAA requires that each state, after a new or revised NAAQS is promulgated, review their SIP to ensure that it meets the infrastructure requirements necessary to implement the new or revised NAAQS. On April 1, 2014, Washington certified that the Washington SIP meets the infrastructure requirements of the CAA for purposes of the 2008 lead NAAQS, except for those requirements related to the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permitting program currently operated under a Federal Implementation Plan (FIP). The EPA is proposing to find that Washington's 2008 lead SIP is adequate for purposes of the infrastructure SIP requirements of CAA section 110, with the exception of the requirements related to PSD permitting and portions of the interstate transport requirements. The EPA finds that the SIP deficiencies related to PSD permitting, however, have been adequately addressed by the existing EPA FIP and, therefore, no further action is required by Washington or the EPA. The EPA will address the remaining interstate transport requirements in a separate action.
Pesticides; Agricultural Worker Protection Standard Revisions; Extension of Comment Period
Document Number: 2014-10990
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA issued a proposed rule in the Federal Register issue of March 19, 2014, concerning protections from pesticides for agricultural workers. This document extends the comment period for 60 days, from June 17, 2014, to August 18, 2014. The comment period is being extended to provide additional time for commenters to prepare their responses.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Iowa; Ambient Air Quality Standards, and Controlling Pollution
Document Number: 2014-10968
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-14
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 SIP to include revisions to Iowa air quality rules necessary to allow for implementation of revised National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for fine particulate matter (PM2.5), lead, and sulfur dioxide (SO2) as they apply to construction permit exemptions. The spray booth ``permit by rule'' is revised to add content limits for lead-containing spray materials. The updated Federal references to the revised NAAQS are also included in this revision. The revisions improve the stringency of the SIP. EPA is also approving revisions to the Iowa Title V Operating Permits Program to modify requirements for insignificant activities. The changes correspond to the revisions to the construction permit exemptions amended with this SIP revision.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Iowa; Ambient Air Quality Standards, and Controlling Pollution
Document Number: 2014-10966
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-14
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 SIP to include revisions to Iowa air quality rules necessary to allow for implementation of revised National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for fine particulate matter (PM2.5), lead, and sulfur dioxide (SO2) as they apply to construction permit exemptions. The spray booth ``permit by rule'' proposed revision will add content limits for lead-containing spray materials. The updated Federal references for the revised NAAQS are also included in this revision. EPA is also proposing to approve revisions to the Iowa Title V Operating Permits Program to modify requirements for insignificant activities. The changes will correspond to the revisions to the construction permit exemptions amended with this SIP revision.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans and Designation of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes; Georgia; Redesignation of the Rome, Georgia, 1997 Annual Fine Particulate Matter Nonattainment Area to Attainment
Document Number: 2014-10960
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a request submitted on June 21, 2012, by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, through Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GA EPD), to redesignate the Rome, Georgia, fine particulate matter (PM2.5) nonattainment area (hereafter referred to as the ``Rome Area'' or ``Area'') to attainment for the 1997 Annual PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The Rome Area is comprised of Floyd County in Georgia. EPA's approval of the redesignation request is based on the determination that Georgia has met the criteria for redesignation to attainment set forth in the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act). EPA is also approving a revision to the Georgia State Implementation Plan (SIP) to include the 1997 Annual PM2.5 maintenance plan for the Rome Area. Additionally, EPA is approving into the Georgia SIP the motor vehicle emission budgets (MVEBs) for nitrogen oxides (NOX) and PM2.5 for the year 2023 for the Rome Area that are included as part of Georgia's maintenance plan for the 1997 Annual PM2.5 NAAQS. Furthermore, EPA is approving a determination that the Area is expected to maintain the 1997 Annual PM2.5 NAAQS through the year 2024. EPA is also correcting inadvertent errors in the proposed rulemaking for this action.
Access to Confidential Business Information by Electronic Consulting Services Federal Inc. and Its Identified Subcontractors
Document Number: 2014-10959
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has authorized its contractor, Electronic Consulting Services Federal Inc. (ECS) of Fairfax, VA and its subcontractors, to access information which has been submitted to EPA under all sections of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Some of the information may have been claimed or determined to be Confidential Business Information (CBI).
Mancozeb, Maneb, Metiram, and Thiram; Tolerance Actions
Document Number: 2014-10955
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is revoking, modifying, and establishing specific tolerances for the fungicide mancozeb and revising the definition for total residue of dithiocarbamates permitted in or on the same raw agricultural commodity. These actions are in follow-up to the tolerance recommendations made during the reregistration and tolerance reassessment processes (including follow-up on canceled or additional uses of pesticides). In addition, EPA is removing expired tolerances for mancozeb and maneb. EPA is taking no further tolerance actions herein on metiram and thiram because proposed changes have since been completed for metiram and the Agency expects to propose tolerance actions for thiram in a future notice in the Federal Register.
Performance Specification 18-Specifications and Test Procedures for Gaseous HCl Continuous Emission Monitoring Systems at Stationary Sources
Document Number: 2014-10824
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing performance specifications and test procedures for hydrogen chloride continuous emission monitoring systems to provide sources and regulatory agencies with criteria and test procedures for evaluating the acceptability of hydrogen chloride continuous emission monitoring systems. The proposed specification (Performance Specification 18) includes requirements for initial acceptance including instrument accuracy and stability assessments. This action also proposes quality assurance procedures for hydrogen chloride continuous emission monitoring systems used for compliance determination at stationary sources. The quality assurance procedures (Procedure 6) specify the minimum quality assurance requirements necessary for the control and assessment of the quality of continuous emission monitoring systems data submitted to the EPA. This action would establish consistent requirements for ensuring and assessing the quality of data measured by hydrogen chloride continuous emission monitoring systems. The affected systems are those used for determining compliance with emission standards for hydrogen chloride on a continuous basis as specified in an applicable permit or regulation. The affected industries and their North American Industry Classification System codes are listed in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this preamble.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin; Infrastructure SIP Requirements for the 2008 Lead NAAQS
Document Number: 2014-11022
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve elements of state implementation plan (SIP) submissions from Michigan and Wisconsin while proposing to approve some elements and disapprove other elements of SIP submissions from Illinois and Minnesota regarding the infrastructure requirements of section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the 2008 lead National Ambient Air Quality Standards (2008 Pb NAAQS). The infrastructure requirements are designed to ensure that the structural components of each state's air quality management program are adequate to meet the state's responsibilities under the CAA. Illinois and Minnesota already administer federally promulgated regulations that address the proposed disapprovals described in today's rulemaking and as a result, there is no practical effect for either of these states.
Proposed Consent Decree, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
Document Number: 2014-10979
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with section 113(g) of the Clean Air Act, as amended (``CAA'' or the ``Act''), notice is hereby given of a proposed consent decree to address a lawsuit filed by WildEarth Guardians in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado: WildEarth Guardians v. McCarthy, Civil Action No. 1:13-cv-03457-JLK (D. Colo.). On December 23, 2013, Plaintiffs filed a complaint alleging that Gina McCarthy, in her official capacity as Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA''), failed to take action on an application for an Operating Permit under Title V of the CAA, and EPA's implementing regulations for the Deseret Bonanza coal-fired power plant, which is located in Uintah County in northeastern Utah, within the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation, in the timeframe required. The proposed consent decree would establish deadlines for EPA to take such action.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Texas; Reasonable Further Progress Plan and Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets for the Dallas/Fort Worth 1997 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area; Enhanced Monitoring; Clean Fuel Fleets and Transportation Conformity
Document Number: 2014-10969
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP) to meet certain serious area requirements under section 182(c) of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) for the Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) nonattainment area under the 1997 8-hour ozone standard. Further, we are proposing to approve revisions to the DFW moderate area attainment demonstration SIP that address the failure-to-attain contingency measures and proposing to approve revisions to the Texas SIP that address control of air pollution from motor vehicles and transportation conformity. The EPA is proposing to approve these SIP revisions because they satisfy the requirements of section 110 and part D of the CAA.
Updated National Recommended Water Quality Criteria for the Protection of Human Health
Document Number: 2014-10963
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is announcing the availability of draft updated national recommended water quality criteria for the protection of human health for the purpose of obtaining public comments. EPA has updated its national recommended water quality criteria for human health for ninety-four chemical pollutants to reflect the latest scientific information and current EPA policies. This draft update is based on EPA's current methodology for deriving human health criteria as described in ``Methodology for Deriving Ambient Water Quality Criteria for the Protection of Human Health (2000)'' and does not establish new policy. EPA's recommended water quality criteria provide technical information for States and authorized Tribes to establish water quality standards under the Clean Water Act to protect human health.
Contractor Access to Information Claimed as Confidential Business Information Submitted Under Title II of the Clean Air Act and Related to the Renewable Fuel Standard Program
Document Number: 2014-10953
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s Office of Transportation and Air Quality plans to authorize a contractor to access information which has been and will be submitted to the EPA under Title II of the Clean Air Act and that may be claimed as, or may be determined to be, confidential business information. Such information is related to small refinery exemptions under the Renewable Fuel Standard program.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans and Designation of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes; Georgia; Redesignation of the Macon, Georgia, 1997 Annual Fine Particulate Matter Nonattainment Area to Attainment
Document Number: 2014-10842
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a request submitted on June 21, 2012, by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, through Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GA EPD), to redesignate the Macon, Georgia, fine particulate matter (PM2.5) nonattainment area (hereafter referred to as the ``Macon Area'' or ``Area'') to attainment for the 1997 Annual PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The Macon Area is comprised of Bibb County and a portion of Monroe County in Georgia. EPA's approval of the redesignation request is based on the determination that Georgia has met the criteria for redesignation to attainment set forth in the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act). EPA is also approving a revision to the Georgia State Implementation Plan (SIP) to include the 1997 Annual PM2.5 maintenance plan for the Macon Area. Additionally, EPA is approving into the Georgia SIP the motor vehicle emission budgets (MVEBs) for nitrogen oxides (NOX) and PM2.5 for the year 2023 for the Macon Area that are included as part of Georgia's maintenance plan for the 1997 Annual PM2.5 NAAQS. Furthermore, EPA is approving a determination that the Area is expected to maintain the 1997 Annual PM2.5 NAAQS through the year 2024. EPA is also correcting an inadvertent error in the proposed rulemaking for this action.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Utah; Revisions to UAC Rule 401-Permit: New and Modified Sources
Document Number: 2014-10823
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve State Implementation Plan revisions submitted by the State of Utah on April 17, 2008 and partially approve SIP revisions submitted by the State of Utah on September 15, 2006. The revisions contain new rules in Utah's Title 307 Rule 401 (Permit: New and Modified Sources). The intended effect of this action is to propose to approve the rules that are consistent with the Clean Air Act. This action is being taken under sections 110 and 112 of the Clean Air Act.
Data Requirements Rule for the 1-Hour Sulfur Dioxide (SO2
Document Number: 2014-09458
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a rule directing state and tribal air agencies (air agencies) to provide data to characterize current air quality in areas with large sources of sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions if such areas do not have sufficient air quality monitoring in place to identify maximum 1-hour SO2 concentrations. The proposed rule describes criteria for identifying the sources around which air agencies would need to characterize SO2 air quality. It also describes a process and timetables by which air agencies would characterize air quality around sources through ambient monitoring and/or air quality modeling techniques and submit such data to the EPA. The EPA has issued separate non-binding draft technical assistance documents on how air agencies can conduct such monitoring or modeling. The air quality data developed by the states in accordance with this rulemaking would be used by the EPA in future rounds of area designations for the 1-hour SO2 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; New Mexico; Regional Haze and Interstate Transport Affecting Visibility State Implementation Plan Revisions; Withdrawal of Federal Implementation Plan for the San Juan Generating Station
Document Number: 2014-10845
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the New Mexico Regional Haze State Implementation Plan that address the Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART) requirement for oxides of nitrogen (NOX) for the Public Service of New Mexico (PNM) San Juan Generating Station (SJGS) in San Juan County, New Mexico and the New Mexico Visibility Transport SIP that address impacts of emissions from the SJGS, as required by the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA) mandate to ensure that emissions from sources in New Mexico do not interfere with programs in other states to protect visibility. In conjunction with these proposed approvals, we propose to withdraw the federal implementation plan (FIP) that addresses the NOX BART and visibility transport requirements for the SJGS. The EPA is taking this action under the CAA.
Proposed CERCLA Administrative Cost Recovery Settlement; Absorbent Technologies Site, Albany, OR
Document Number: 2014-10844
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with Section 122(i) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, as amended (CERCLA), 42 U.S.C. 9622(i), notice is hereby given of a proposed administrative settlement for recovery of response costs incurred for the Absorbent Technologies Site located at 140 Queen Avenue SW., and 2830 Ferry Street SW., in Albany, Oregon. Under this proposed settlement, the settling parties are David L. Ellis, Pamela L. Ellis, Farouk H. Al-Hadi, Lombard Foods, Inc., an Oregon corporation, and the Bankruptcy Estate of Absorbent Technologies, Inc. The proposed settlement requires the settling parties to pay $250,000 to the EPA Hazardous Substance Superfund. Upon payment of this sum to EPA, the settling parties will be released from their obligations for payments to EPA for costs EPA incurred between October 15, 2013 and January 31, 2014. EPA has incurred additional response since January 31, 2014, and this settlement does not provide the settling parties with a release for claims for reimbursement of responses costs incurred after January 31, 2014. However, pursuant to the terms of the Settlement Agreement, EPA agrees not to file claims against the Bankruptcy Estate of Absorbent Technologies, Inc. in its bankruptcy proceeding. For 30 days following the date of publication of this notice, the EPA will receive written comments relating to the proposed settlement. The EPA will consider all comments received and may modify or withdraw its consent to the settlement if comments received disclose facts or considerations which indicate that the settlement is inappropriate, improper, or inadequate. The EPA's response to any comments received will be available for public inspection at the U.S. EPA Region 10 Office, located at 1200 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98101.