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

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National Environmental Education Advisory Council
Document Number: 2014-10839
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, EPA gives notice of a meeting of the National Environmental Education Advisory Council (NEEAC). The NEEAC was created by Congress to advise, consult with, and make recommendations to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on matters related to activities, functions and policies of EPA under the National Environmental Education Act (Act). 20 U.S.C. Sec. 5508(b). The purpose of these meeting(s) is to discuss specific topics of relevance for consideration by the council in order to provide advice and insights to the Agency on environmental education.
National Priorities List, Proposed Rule No. 60
Document Number: 2014-10832
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (``CERCLA'' or ``the Act''), as amended, requires that the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (``NCP'') include a list of national priorities among the known releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants throughout the United States. The National Priorities List (``NPL'') constitutes this list. The NPL is intended primarily to guide the Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA'' or ``the agency'') in determining which sites warrant further investigation. These further investigations will allow the EPA to assess the nature and extent of public health and environmental risks associated with the site and to determine what CERCLA-financed remedial action(s), if any, may be appropriate. This rule proposes to add five sites to the General Superfund section of the NPL.
National Priorities List, Final Rule No. 58
Document Number: 2014-10831
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (``CERCLA'' or ``the Act''), as amended, requires that the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (``NCP'') include a list of national priorities among the known releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants throughout the United States. The National Priorities List (``NPL'') constitutes this list. The NPL is intended primarily to guide the Environmental Protection Agency (``the EPA'' or ``the agency'') in determining which sites warrant further investigation. These further investigations will allow the EPA to assess the nature and extent of public health and environmental risks associated with the site and to determine what CERCLA-financed remedial action(s), if any, may be appropriate. This rule adds seven sites to the General Superfund section of the NPL.
Chemfax Inc. Superfund Site; Gulfport, Harrison County, Mississippi; Notice of Settlement
Document Number: 2014-10804
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under 122(h) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), the United States Environmental Protection Agency has entered into a settlement with the State of Mississippi concerning the Chemfax Inc. Superfund Site located in Gulfport, Harrison County, Mississippi. The settlement addresses costs from a fund-lead Removal Action taken by the EPA, a fund lead RI/ FS and various enforcement work performed at the Site.
Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products
Document Number: 2014-10809
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
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
Document Number: 2014-10694
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-09
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 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
Document Number: 2014-10693
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
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
Document Number: 2014-10691
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-09
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 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.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2014-10681
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Release of Final Policy Assessment Document Related to the Review of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Lead
Document Number: 2014-10679
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
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
Document Number: 2014-10677
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
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
Document Number: 2014-10581
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
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.
Clean Air Act Operating Permit Program; Petitions for Objection to State Operating Permit Renewals for Georgia Power/Southern Company
Document Number: 2014-10589
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator signed an Order, dated April 14, 2014, partially granting and partially denying petitions to object to Clean Air Act (CAA) title V operating permit renewals issued by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division to Georgia Power Company for the following steam-electric generation stations: Hammond located near Coosa in Floyd County, Georgia; Kraft located near Port Wentworth in Chatham County, Georgia; McIntosh located near Rincon in Effingham County, Georgia; Scherer located near Juliette in Monroe County, Georgia; and Wansley located near Carrollton in Heard County, Georgia. This Order constitutes a final action on the petitions submitted by GreenLaw on behalf of Sierra Club and other environmental groups (Petitioners) and received by EPA on June 13 and 15, September 5, October 23 and November 13, 2012, respectively.
Notification of a Public Meeting of the Great Lakes Advisory Board
Document Number: 2014-10353
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces a public meeting of the Great Lakes Advisory Board (Board). The purpose of this meeting is to address administrative matters and discuss further advice to strengthen the effectiveness of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI).
Adequacy Status of the Submitted Maintenance Plan for the Maryland Portion of the Martinsburg-Hagerstown, WV-MD 1997 Fine Particulate National Ambient Air Quality Standard Nonattainment Area for Transportation Conformity Purposes
Document Number: 2014-10348
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In this notice, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is notifying the public that EPA has found that the motor vehicle emissions budgets (MVEBs) in the Maryland portion of the Martinsburg- Hagerstown, WV-MD 1997 Fine Particulate (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) Nonattainment Area Maintenance Plan (Hagerstown Maintenance Plan), submitted as a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision by Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), are adequate for transportation conformity purposes. As a result of EPA's finding, the State of Maryland must use the 2017 and 2025 MVEBs from the Hagerstown Maintenance Plan for future conformity determinations for the 1997 PM2.5 NAAQS.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Region 4 States; Visibility Protection Infrastructure Requirements for the 1997 and 2006 Fine Particulate Matter National Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2014-10347
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve submissions from Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee for inclusion into each state's respective state implementation plan (SIP). This action pertains to Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) requirements regarding the protection of visibility in another state for the 1997 annual and 2006 24-hour fine particulate matter (PM2.5) 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. These plans are commonly referred to as ``infrastructure'' SIPs. Specifically, EPA is taking final action to approve the submissions for Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee as they relate to the 1997 annual and 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS infrastructure SIP requirements to protect visibility in other states. All other applicable infrastructure requirements for these NAAQS associated with these seven states have been addressed in separate rulemakings.
Tebuconazole; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2014-10216
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of tebuconazole in or on orange and orange, oil. Bayer CropScience, LP requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Fenoxaprop-ethyl; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2014-10214
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes a tolerance for residues of fenoxaprop-ethyl (FE), in or on grass hay. Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) requested this tolerance under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
[alpha]-Alkyl-[omega]-Hydroxypoly (Oxypropylene) and/or Poly (Oxyethylene) Polymers Where the Alkyl Chain Contains a Minimum of Six Carbons etc.; Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance; Technical Correction
Document Number: 2014-09885
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA issued a final rule in the Federal Register of February 3, 2014, establishing an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of [alpha]-alkyl-[omega]-hydroxypoly (oxypropylene) and/or poly (oxyethylene) polymers where the alkyl chain contains a minimum of six carbons, and [alpha]-alkyl-[omega]-hydroxypoly (oxypropylene) and/ or poly (oxyethylene) polymers where the alkyl chain contains a minimum of six carbons and a minimum number average molecular weight (in amu) 1,100 when used as an inert ingredient as a surfactant in pesticide formulations in growing crops without limitations. The document inadvertently omitted Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) registry numbers from the regulatory text. This document corrects those errors.
New Source Performance Standards Review for Nitric Acid Plants
Document Number: C1-2012-19691
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; West Virginia's Redesignation Request and the Associated Maintenance Plan of the West Virginia Portion of the Martinsburg-Hagerstown, WV-MD Nonattainment Area for the 1997 Annual Fine Particulate Matter Standard
Document Number: 2014-10212
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve the State of West Virginia's request to redesignate to attainment the West Virginia portion of the Martinsburg-Hagerstown, WV- MD nonattainment area (Martinsburg Area or Area) for the 1997 annual fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). EPA is also proposing to determine that the Martinsburg Area continues to attain the 1997 annual PM2.5 NAAQS. In addition, EPA is proposing to approve as a revision to the West Virginia State Implementation Plan (SIP), the associated maintenance plan to show maintenance of the 1997 annual PM2.5 NAAQS through 2025 for the Area. The maintenance plan includes the 2017 and 2025 PM2.5 and nitrogen oxides (NOX) mobile vehicle emissions budgets (MVEBs) for Berkeley County, West Virginia for the 1997 annual PM2.5 NAAQS which EPA is proposing to approve for transportation conformity purposes. Furthermore, EPA is proposing to approve as a revision to the West Virginia SIP, the 2007 base year emissions inventory for the Area for the 1997 annual PM2.5 NAAQS. These actions are being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Alaska
Document Number: 2014-10204
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the Alaska State Implementation Plan (SIP). Alaska submitted these revisions on February 13, 2008, December 11, 2009, April 14, 2010, November 29, 2010, October 21, 2011, December 10, 2012, and January 28, 2013, to meet Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements. These revisions update the Alaska SIP to reflect changes to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), area designations, and Federal permitting requirements. In addition, the submitted changes revise and clarify Alaska permitting rules, and remove provisions that are duplicated in other regulations. Although the EPA is proposing to approve most of the submitted revisions, the EPA is proposing to not approve certain provisions which are inappropriate for SIP approval. The EPA is also removing specific provisions from the Alaska SIP that were previously approved, but that implement other provisions of the CAA and that the State has not relied on to demonstrate attainment or maintenance of the NAAQS or to meet other specific requirements of section 110 of the CAA, and therefore should not be part of the Federally-approved Alaska SIP. Finally, the EPA is deferring action on certain portions of the submissions, including those that adopt by reference updates to the Federal nonattainment major new source review requirements, because those revisions will be addressed in a separate action.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Delaware; Regional Haze Five-Year Progress Report State Implementation Plan
Document Number: 2014-10111
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision 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 approving 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.
Technical Amendments to Inadvertent Errors in Air Quality Designations for Fine Particles, Ozone, Lead, Nitrogen Dioxide and Sulfur Dioxide
Document Number: 2014-09272
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to make technical amendments to address several minor, inadvertent and nonsubstantive errors in the regulatory text establishing the air quality designations for certain areas in fourteen states for the 1997 Fine Particles (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS), the 2008 Ozone NAAQS, the 2008 Lead NAAQS, the 2010 Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) NAAQS and the 2010 Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) NAAQS. The states are: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington and Wisconsin. This action does not change the designation for any area.
Technical Amendments to Inadvertent Errors in Air Quality Designations for Fine Particles, Ozone, Lead, Nitrogen Dioxide and Sulfur Dioxide
Document Number: 2014-09271
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This action proposes technical amendments to address several minor, inadvertent and nonsubstantive errors in the regulatory text establishing the air quality designations for certain areas in fourteen states for the 1997 Fine Particles (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS), the 2008 Ozone NAAQS, the 2008 Lead NAAQS, the 2010 Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) NAAQS and the 2010 Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) NAAQS. The states are: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington and Wisconsin. This action does not propose to change the designation for any area. In the ``Rules'' section of this Federal Register, we are making the same technical amendments as a direct final rule without a prior proposed rule. If we receive no adverse comment, we will not take further action on this proposed rule.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2014-10137
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Regulation of Fuels and Fuel Additives: 2013 Cellulosic Biofuel Standard
Document Number: 2014-10135
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to revise the 2013 cellulosic biofuel standard published on August 15, 2013. This action follows from EPA having granted two petitioners' requests for reconsideration of the 2013 cellulosic biofuel standard. EPA granted reconsideration because one of the two companies that EPA expected to produce cellulosic biofuel in 2013 announced soon after EPA signed its final rule that it intended to produce substantially lower volumes of cellulosic biofuel in 2013 than it had earlier reported to EPA. Since the cellulosic biofuel standard was based on EPA's projection of cellulosic biofuel production in 2013, EPA deemed this new information to be of central relevance to the rule, warranting reconsideration. On reconsideration, EPA is directed to base the standard on the lower of ``projected'' production of cellulosic fuel in 2013 or the cellulosic biofuel applicable volume set forth in the statute. Since data are available to show actual production volumes for 2013, EPA's ``projection'' and final rule are based on actual cellulosic biofuel production in 2013. This action only affects the 2013 cellulosic biofuel standard; all other RFS standards remain unchanged. EPA is finalizing a revised cellulosic biofuel standard of 0.0005% for 2013.
Regulation of Fuels and Fuel Additives: 2013 Cellulosic Biofuel Standard
Document Number: 2014-10134
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to revise the 2013 cellulosic biofuel standard published on August 15, 2013. This action follows from EPA having granted two petitioners' requests for reconsideration of the 2013 cellulosic biofuel standard. EPA granted reconsideration because one of the two companies that EPA expected to produce cellulosic biofuel in 2013 announced soon after EPA signed its final rule that it intended to produce substantially lower volumes of cellulosic biofuel in 2013 than it had earlier reported to EPA. Since the cellulosic biofuel standard was based on EPA's projection of cellulosic biofuel production in 2013, EPA deemed this new information to be of central relevance to the rule, warranting reconsideration. On reconsideration, EPA is directed to base the standard on the lower of ``projected'' production of cellulosic fuel in 2013 or the cellulosic biofuel applicable volume set forth in the statute. Since data are available to show actual production volumes for 2013, EPA's ``projection'' and proposal are based on actual cellulosic biofuel production in 2013. This action only affects the 2013 cellulosic biofuel standard; all other RFS standards remain unchanged. EPA is proposing a revised cellulosic biofuel standard of 0.0005% for 2013. In the ``Rules and Regulations'' section of this Federal Register, we are making this same amendment as a direct final rule. If we receive no adverse comment, the direct final rule will go into effect and we will not take further action on this proposed rule.
Designation of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes; State of Arizona; Pinal County and Gila County; Pb
Document Number: 2014-10116
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to section 107(d)(3) of the Clean Air Act, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to redesignate the Hayden area in Arizona, which encompasses portions of southern Gila and eastern Pinal counties, from ``unclassifiable'' to ``nonattainment'' for the 2008 national ambient air quality standards for lead (Pb). EPA's proposal to redesignate the Hayden area is based on recorded violations of the Pb standards at the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality's (ADEQ's) Globe Highway monitoring site, located near the towns of Hayden and Winkleman, Arizona, and additional relevant air quality information. The effect of this action would be to redesignate the Hayden area to nonattainment for the Pb standards and thereby to impose certain planning requirements on the State of Arizona to reduce Pb concentrations within this area, including, but not limited to, the requirement to submit, within 18 months of redesignation, a revision to the Arizona state implementation plan that provides for attainment of the Pb standards as expeditiously as practicable, but no later than five years after the date of redesignation to nonattainment.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Wisconsin; Revisions to PSD and NNSR Programs
Document Number: 2014-10115
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to its authority under the Clean Air Act (CAA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a revision to the Wisconsin State Implementation Plan (SIP), submitted by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) to EPA on March 12, 2014, for parallel processing. The SIP revision modifies the definition of the term ``major modification'' in Wisconsin's Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Nonattainment New Source Review (NNSR) programs. The changes made to the definition of major modification remove an NSR exemption for fuel changes as major modifications where the source was capable of accommodating the change before January 6, 1975. Additionally, the submittal modifies Wisconsin's PSD program to identify precursors for ozone. WDNR requested these revisions to match Federal requirements. EPA is proposing approval of Wisconsin's March 12, 2014, SIP revision because the Agency has made the preliminary determination that this SIP revision is in accordance with the CAA and applicable EPA regulations regarding PSD and NNSR.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Determination of Attainment of the 2006 24-Hour Fine Particulate Matter Standard for the Pittsburgh-Beaver Valley Nonattainment Area
Document Number: 2014-10114
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making a determination of attainment regarding the Pittsburgh-Beaver Valley, Pennsylvania fine particulate matter (PM2.5) nonattainment area (hereafter referred to as ``the Pittsburgh Area'' or ``the Area''). EPA has determined that the Pittsburgh Area has attained the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS), based upon quality-assured and certified ambient air monitoring data for 2010-2012. Preliminary data for 2013 show that the area continues to attain the standard. This determination of attainment suspends the requirements for the Pittsburgh Area to submit an attainment demonstration and associated reasonably available control measures (RACM), a reasonable further progress (RFP) plan, contingency measures, and other planning State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions related to the attainment of the standard for so long as the Area continues to attain the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS. This action does not constitute a redesignation to attainment under section 107(d)(3) of the Clean Air Act (CAA). The designation status of the Pittsburgh Area will remain nonattainment for the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS until such time as EPA determines that the Pittsburgh Area meets the CAA requirements for redesignation to attainment, including an approved maintenance plan. EPA is also approving the 2011 motor vehicle emission budgets (MVEBs) used for transportation conformity purposes for the Pittsburgh Area. This action is being taken under the CAA.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Virginia; Regional Haze Five-Year Progress Report State Implementation Plan
Document Number: 2014-10110
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision 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 state's existing implementation plan addressing regional haze (regional haze SIP). EPA is approving 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.
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List
Document Number: 2014-10109
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On March 12, 2014, EPA published a Notice of Intent to Delete (79 FR 13967) and a direct final Notice of Deletion (79 FR 13882) for the O'Connor Superfund Site from the National Priorities List. The EPA is withdrawing the Final Notice of Deletion due to adverse comments that were received during the public comment period. After consideration of the comments received, if appropriate, EPA will publish a Notice of Deletion in the Federal Register based on the parallel Notice of Intent to Delete and place a copy of the final deletion package, including a Responsiveness Summary, if prepared, in the Site repositories.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Swinomish Indian Tribal Community; Tribal Implementation Plan
Document Number: 2014-10106
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is proposing to approve a Tribal implementation plan (TIP) submitted by the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community (SITC or the Tribe). The TIP was submitted to the EPA on June 28, 2012, and supplementary submittals were received on September 24, 2013, November 18, 2013, and January 28, 2014. The TIP establishes regulations for open burning that will apply to all persons within the exterior boundaries of the Swinomish Reservation (the Reservation). The EPA approved the SITC for treatment in the same manner as a State (TAS) to regulate open burning on the Swinomish Reservation under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act) on February 16, 2010. This action proposes to federally approve the TIP. If the EPA finalizes this approval, the provisions of the TIP would become federally enforceable. Upon the effective date of a final action to approve the TIP, the SITC's open burning TIP would replace the Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) provisions regulating open burning within the exterior boundaries of the Swinomish Reservation.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maryland; Section 110(a)(2) Infrastructure Requirements for the 2008 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2014-10105
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Maryland 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 State of Maryland has made a submittal addressing the infrastructure requirements for the 2008 8-hour ozone NAAQS.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maryland; Section 110(a)(2) Infrastructure Requirements for the 2008 Lead National Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2014-10104
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve two State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of Maryland 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 State of Maryland has made two submittals addressing the infrastructure requirements for the 2008 lead (Pb) NAAQS.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; New York; Infrastructure SIP for the 2010 Nitrogen Dioxide Primary Standard
Document Number: 2014-09982
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve certain elements of New York's State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted to demonstrate that the State meets the requirements of section 110(a)(1) and (2) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the 2010 National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for nitrogen dioxide (NO2). Section 110(a) of the CAA requires that each state adopt and submit a SIP for the implementation, maintenance and enforcement of each NAAQS promulgated by the EPA and is commonly referred to as an infrastructure SIP.
Approval and Promulgation of State Implementation Plans: Washington; Puget Sound Ozone Maintenance Plan
Document Number: 2014-09880
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is proposing to approve a maintenance plan for the Central Puget Sound area to maintain the 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) through 2015. This plan was submitted by the Washington Department of Ecology as a revision to its State Implementation Plan on January 10, 2008. The maintenance plan for this area meets all Clean Air Act requirements, and demonstrates that the Central Puget Sound area will remain in attainment with the 1997 and 2008 ozone NAAQS through 2015.
Approval and Promulgation of State Implementation Plans; Washington: Puget Sound Ozone Maintenance Plan
Document Number: 2014-09878
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking a direct final action to approve a maintenance plan for the Central Puget Sound area to maintain the 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) through 2015. This plan was submitted by the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology or ``the State'') as a revision to its State Implementation Plan (SIP) on January 10, 2008. This action finds that the maintenance plan for this area meets all relevant Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements for approval, and demonstrates that the Central Puget Sound area will remain in attainment with the 1997 and 2008 ozone NAAQS through 2015.
Approval and Promulgation of State Implementation Plan Revisions; Revisions to the Air Pollution Control Rules; North Dakota
Document Number: 2014-09855
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving 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 (the Act or CAA).
Revisions to National Emission Standards for Radon Emissions From Operating Mill Tailings
Document Number: 2014-09728
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to revise certain portions of the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for radon emissions from operating uranium mill tailings. The proposed revisions are based on EPA's determination as to what constitutes generally available control technology or management practices (GACT) for this area source category. We are also proposing to add new definitions to this rule, revise existing definitions and clarify that the rule applies to uranium recovery facilities that extract uranium through the in-situ leach method and the heap leach method.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; California San Francisco Bay Area and Chico Nonattainment Areas; Fine Particulate Matter Emissions Inventories; Correction
Document Number: 2014-09721
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a direct final rule that appeared in the Federal Register on March 14, 2014. The document approved revisions to the California State Implementation Plan (SIP) concerning emissions inventories for the 2006 24-hour fine particle National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for the San Francisco Bay Area and Chico PM2.5 nonattainment areas. We are approving these emissions inventories under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act). An error in the amendatory instruction is identified and corrected in this action.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Emission Guidelines for Sewage Sludge Incinerators (Renewal)
Document Number: 2014-09946
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``Emission Guidelines for Sewage Sludge Incinerators (40 CFR part 60, Subpart MMMM) (Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 2403.03, OMB Control No. 2060-0661), 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 May 31, 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.