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

Lead; Framework for Identifying and Evaluating Lead-Based Paint Hazards From Renovation, Repair, and Painting Activities in Public and Commercial Buildings
Document Number: 2014-12605
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is making the following document available for public review and comment: ``Framework for Identifying and Evaluating Lead- Based Paint Hazards From Renovation, Repair, and Painting Activities in Public and Commercial Buildings'' (Framework). The Framework describes an approach for identifying and evaluating hazards created by renovations of public and commercial buildings (P&CBs). The Framework also describes how the analyses under this approach would be performed, and presents results of some preliminary analyses that evaluated the impact of different variables on exposure estimates for young children. EPA will consider these comments as the Agency determines whether hazards are created by P&CB renovations and, if appropriate, develops proposed requirements.
Adequacy Determination for the Kent, Seattle, and Tacoma, Washington PM10
Document Number: 2014-12604
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is notifying the public of its finding that the Kent, Seattle, and Tacoma second 10-year limited maintenance plan (LMP) for particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter of a nominal 10 microns or less (PM10) is adequate for transportation conformity purposes. The LMP was submitted to the EPA by the State of Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology or the State) on November 25, 2013. As a result of our adequacy finding, regional emissions analyses will no longer be required as part of the transportation conformity demonstrations for PM10 for the Kent, Seattle, and Tacoma areas.
Notification of a Public Meeting of the Great Lakes Advisory Board
Document Number: 2014-12603
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces a teleconference of the Great Lakes Advisory Board (Board). The purpose of this meeting is to discuss plans for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative covering (GLRI) FY15-19 and other relevant matters.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2014-12595
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: 2014-12593
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
There will be a 3-day meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) to consider and review New High Throughput Methods to Estimate Chemical Exposure.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Texas; Revisions for Permitting of Particulate Matter With Diameters Less Than or Equal to 2.5 Micrometers (PM2.5
Document Number: 2014-12474
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving revisions to the Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) on May 19, 2011. The May 19, 2011, SIP submission adopts revisions to the Texas General Air Quality Definitions and Permits by Rule (PBR) program consistent with certain federal rules implementing the 1997 and 2006 PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). EPA finds that the Texas Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) New Source Review (NSR) SIP meets all EPA PM2.5 PSD SIP rules. These rules include permitting components such as the PM2.5 precursors of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides, condensables, significant emissions rates (SER), and increment. EPA is approving these actions under section 110 and part C of the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Carbon Monoxide Maintenance Plan, Conformity Budgets, Emissions Inventories; State of New York
Document Number: 2014-12465
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. This revision establishes an updated ten-year carbon monoxide (CO) maintenance plan for the New York portion of the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island (NYCMA) CO area which includes the following seven counties: Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond and Westchester. In addition, EPA is approving a revision to the CO motor vehicle emissions budgets for New York and revisions to the 2007 Attainment/Base Year emissions inventory. The New York portion of the NYCMA CO area was redesignated to attainment of the CO National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) on April 19, 2002 and maintenance plans were also approved at that time. By this action, EPA is approving the second maintenance plan for this area because it provides for continued attainment for an additional ten years of the CO NAAQS. The intended effect of this rulemaking is to approve a SIP revision that will insure continued maintenance of the CO NAAQS.
Review of New Sources and Modifications in Indian Country-Amendments to the Federal Indian Country Minor New Source Review Rule
Document Number: 2014-11499
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing final amendments to the federal minor New Source Review (NSR) program in Indian country. We refer to this NSR rule as the ``federal Indian country minor NSR program.'' We are amending this rule in two ways. First, we are expanding the list of emissions units and activities that are exempt from the federal Indian country minor NSR program by adding several types of low-emitting units and activities. Second, we have clarified construction-related terms by defining ``commence construction'' and ``begin construction'' to better reflect the regulatory requirements associated with construction activities. We believe both of these changes will simplify the program, and result in less burdensome implementation without detriment to air quality in Indian country. Finally, we have reconsidered the advance notification period for relocation of a true minor source in response to a petition on the rule from the American Petroleum Institute, the Independent Petroleum Association of America and America's Natural Gas Alliance, but we are not changing that provision.
Notice of Public Meeting and Webinar: Revisions to the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR 4) for Public Water Systems
Document Number: 2014-12467
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, Standards and Risk Management Division's Technical Support Center (TSC) announces a public meeting and webinar to discuss the approach to the fourth Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR 4) for public drinking water systems. EPA will present information concerning the status of the agency's efforts in the areas of analyte selection, analytical methods, sampling design, determination of minimum reporting levels and other possible revisions relative to the current rule.
Definition of “Waters of the United States” Under the Clean Water Act; Meeting of the Local Government Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2014-12463
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Local Government Advisory Committee's Protecting America's Waters Workgroup is seeking input on its Charge from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to give advice and recommendations on a proposed rule to clarify protection under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation's water resources. The LGAC Protecting America's Waters Workgroup will have a series of meetings to hear from local elected and appointed officials at several geographic field locations. The focus of the workgroup meeting is to hear from local officials on local issues of concern related to Waters of the United States proposed rule published on April 21, 2014 (79 FR 22188). This is an open meeting and state, local and tribal officials are invited to attend. Individuals or organizations wishing to address the workgroup meeting will be allowed a maximum of five minutes to present their point of view.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; New Hampshire; Decommissioning of Stage II Vapor Recovery Systems
Document Number: 2014-12338
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services. This revision includes regulatory amendments that require the decommissioning of Stage II vapor recovery systems at gasoline dispensing facilities by December 22, 2015, and a demonstration that such removal is consistent with the Clean Air Act and EPA guidance. The intended effect of this action is to approve New Hampshire's revised vapor recovery regulation. This action is being taken in accordance with the Clean Air Act.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Massachusetts; Regulations Limiting Emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds and Nitrogen Oxides
Document Number: 2014-11687
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. These revisions consist of updates and amendments to existing air pollution control requirements for stationary sources of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and nitrogen oxides (NOX). This action is being taken in accordance with the Clean Air Act.
2014 Annual Meeting of the Ozone Transport Commission
Document Number: 2014-12337
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The United States Environmental Protection Agency is announcing the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Ozone Transport Commission (OTC). This OTC meeting will explore options available for reducing ground-level ozone precursors in a multi-pollutant context. The Commission will be evaluating potential measures and considering actions in areas such as performance standards for electric generating units (EGUs) on high electric demand days, oil and gas boilers serving EGUs, small natural gas boilers, stationary generators, energy security/energy efficiency, architectural industrial and maintenance coatings, consumer products, institution commercial and industrial (ICI) boilers, vapor recovery at gas stations, large above ground storage tanks, seaports, aftermarket catalysts, lightering, and non- road idling.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Pesticide Spray Drift Reduction Technologies (New)
Document Number: 2014-12328
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has submitted the following new information collection request (ICR) 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.): Pesticide Spray Drift Reduction Technologies (EPA ICR No. 2472.01, OMB Control No. 2070-New). The ICR, which is summarized in this document and available in the docket, addresses the comments received in response to the previously provided public review opportunity EPA issued on November 21, 2012 (77 FR 69823). With this submission, EPA is providing an additional 30 days for public comments. An Agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Asbestos-Containing Materials in Schools Rule and Revised Asbestos Model Accreditation Plan Rule (Renewal)
Document Number: 2014-12326
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has submitted the following information collection request (ICR) 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.): Asbestos-Containing Materials in Schools Rule and Revised Asbestos Model Accreditation Plan Rule (EPA ICR No. 1365.10, OMB Control No. 2070-0091). EPA did not receive any comments in response to the previously provided public review opportunity issued in the Federal Register on August 8, 2013 (78 FR 48431). With this submission, EPA is providing an additional 30 days for public comments. An Agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
Information Collection Request Renewal; Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Safer Detergent Stewardship Initiative (SDSI) Program (Renewal)
Document Number: 2014-12317
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has submitted the following information collection request (ICR) 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.): ``Safer Detergent Stewardship Initiative (SDSI) Program'' (EPA ICR No. 2261.03, OMB Control No. 2070-0171). This is for the renewal of an ICR that is currently approved through May 31, 2014. EPA received no comments in response to the public review opportunity issued on October 2, 2013 (78 FR 60867). With this submission, EPA is also providing additional 30 days for public comments. An Agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Compliance Requirement for Child-Resistant Packaging (Renewal)
Document Number: 2014-12314
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted the following information collection request (ICR) 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.): Compliance Requirement for Child-Resistant Packaging (EPA ICR No. 0616.11, OMB Control No. 2070-0052). EPA did not receive any comments in response to the previously provided public review opportunity issued in the Federal Register on September 25, 2013 (78 FR 59014). With this submission, EPA is providing an additional 30 days for public comments. 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.
Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Cooling Water Intake Structures at Existing Facilities (Final Rule)
Document Number: 2014-12312
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ``Cooling Water Intake Structures at Existing Facilities (Final Rule)'' to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. Before doing so, EPA is soliciting public comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below. This is a revision of an existing ICR. 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.
California State Nonroad Engine Pollution Control Standards; Small Off-Road Engines Regulation; Request for Within-the-Scope and Full Authorization; Opportunity for Public Hearing and Comment
Document Number: 2014-12017
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has notified the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that it has adopted amendments to its spark-ignited (SI) Small Off-Road Engines (SORE) regulation (2008 SORE amendments). By letter dated December 2, 2013, ARB asked that EPA authorize these amendments pursuant to section the Clean Air Act. CARB seeks confirmation that the amendments are within the scope of a prior authorization issued by EPA, or, in the alternative, that the amendments merit full authorization. This notice announces that EPA has tentatively scheduled a public hearing to consider California's authorization request for the 2008 SORE amendments, and that EPA is now accepting written comment on the request.
California State Nonroad Engine Pollution Control Standards; Mobile Cargo Handling Equipment at Ports and Intermodal Rail Yards Regulation; Request for Within-the-Scope and Full Authorization; Opportunity for Public Hearing and Comment
Document Number: 2014-12009
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has notified the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that it has adopted amendments to its Mobile Cargo Handling Equipment at Ports and Intermodal Rail Yards regulation (CHE amendments). By letter dated May 16, 2013, CARB asked that EPA authorize these amendments pursuant to the Clean Air Act. CARB seeks confirmation that certain of the amendments are within the scope of a prior authorization issued by EPA, and that certain of the amendments require and merit a full authorization. This notice announces that EPA has tentatively scheduled a public hearing to consider California's request for authorization of the CHE amendments, and that EPA is now accepting written comment on the request.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; SmartWay Transport Partnership (Renewal)
Document Number: 2014-12174
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), SmartWay Transport Partnership (Renewal) (EPA ICR No. 2265.02, OMB Control No. 2060-0663), to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). 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 (79 FR 7181) on February 6, 2014 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.
Human Studies Review Board; Notification of a Public Meeting
Document Number: 2014-12172
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of the Science Advisor announces a public meeting of the Human Studies Review Board to advise the Agency on the ethical and scientific reviews of EPA research with human subjects.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Alternative Affirmative Defense Requirements for Ultra-low Sulfur Diesel (Renewal)
Document Number: 2014-12171
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``Production Outlook Reports for Un-Registered Renewable Fuels Producers'' (EPA ICR No.2409.02, OMB Control No. 2060-0660) 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 2571) on February 6, 2014 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.
Massachusetts Marine Sanitation Device Standard-Notice of Determination
Document Number: 2014-12170
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Regional Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)New England Region, has determined that adequate facilities for the safe and sanitary removal and treatment of sewage from all vessels are reasonably available for the remaining state coastal waters of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
See the Item Specific Docket Numbers Provided in the Text; Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; See Item Specific ICR Titles Provided in the Text
Document Number: 2014-12168
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), (See item specific ICR title, EPA ICR Number, and OMB Control Number provided in the text) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). Before doing so, EPA is soliciting public comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below. This is a proposed extension of the ICR, see expiration date for each ICR provided in the text. 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.
Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee Augmented Sulfur Oxides Primary NAAQS Review Panel
Document Number: 2014-12166
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) Augmented Sulfur Oxides Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) Review Panel to discuss its draft review of EPA's Integrated Review Plan for the Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Sulfur Dioxide (External Review Draft).
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee; Removal of Obsolete Regulations
Document Number: 2014-12004
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving the removal/revision to over 30 provisions in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) in the Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee State Implementation Plan (SIP) subparts because they are unnecessary or obsolete. This action makes no substantive changes to these SIPs and imposes no new requirements. Removal of outdated material from the air program subparts for these states is non-substantive in nature and is designed to improve cost effectiveness and usability of the CFR. This action also updates certain provisions by correcting state agencies' office addresses and correcting CFR publication errors in two provisions.
Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Revision of the Venting Prohibition for Specific Refrigerant Substitutes
Document Number: 2014-12028
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA, the Agency) is amending the regulations promulgated as part of the National Recycling and Emission Reduction Program under section 608 of the Clean Air Act. EPA is amending those regulations to exempt certain refrigerant substitutes, listed as acceptable subject to use conditions in regulations promulgated as part of EPA's Significant New Alternative Policy program under section 612 of the Act, from the prohibition under section 608 on venting, release or disposal on the basis of current evidence that their venting, release or disposal does not pose a threat to the environment. Specifically, EPA is exempting from the venting prohibition isobutane (R-600a) and R-441A, as refrigerant substitutes in household refrigerators, freezers, and combination refrigerators and freezers, and propane (R-290), as a refrigerant substitute in retail food refrigerators and freezers (stand-alone units only).
Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Science Advisory Board Panel for the Review of the EPA Water Body Connectivity Report
Document Number: 2014-12026
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the SAB Panel to discuss its draft advisory report concerning the EPA document titled Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence (September, 2013 External Review Draft, EPA/600/R-11/098B).
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Texas; Control of Air Pollution From Nitrogen Compounds
Document Number: 2014-12024
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for Control of Air Pollution from Nitrogen Compounds. Specifically, three separate revisions were submitted to EPA with letters dated April 13, 2012, May 8, 2013, and May 14, 2013, respectively. We are proposing to approve these three submittals in accordance with the federal Clean Air Act (the Act, CAA).
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2014-12020
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Privacy Act; Notification of a New System of Records Notice for the Engine and Vehicle Exemptions System (EV-ES)
Document Number: 2014-12019
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Air and Radiation, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, is giving notice that it proposes to create a new system of records pursuant to the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 USC 552a). This system of records contains personally identifiable information (PII) collected from owners of motor vehicles who wish to temporarily import their vehicle into the United States for personal use and who are not residents of the United States.
Receipt of Several Pesticide Petitions Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities
Document Number: 2014-11904
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document announces the Agency's receipt of several initial filings of pesticide petitions requesting the establishment or modification of regulations for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities.
Approval of Air Quality Implementation Plan Revisions; State of California; South Coast VMT Emissions Offset Demonstrations
Document Number: 2014-11511
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of California to meet the vehicle miles traveled emissions offset requirement under the Clean Air Act for the 1-hour ozone and 1997 8- hour ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) in the Los Angeles-South Coast Air Basin. The EPA is proposing to approve this revision because it demonstrates that California has put in place specific enforceable transportation control strategies and transportation control measures to offset the growth in emissions from the growth in vehicle miles traveled and vehicle trips in the South Coast, and thereby meets the applicable requirements of the Clean Air Act. The EPA is taking comments on this proposal and plans to follow with a final action.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; California; South Coast 1-Hour and 8-Hour Ozone
Document Number: 2014-11510
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve the portions of a State implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of California on February 13, 2013 that relate to attainment of the 1-hour and 1997 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards in the Los Angeles-South Coast area. Specifically, the EPA is proposing to approve the portions of the South Coast Air Quality Management District's Final 2012 Air Quality Management Plan that update the approved control strategy for the 1997 8-hour ozone standard and that provide a demonstration of attainment of the 1-hour ozone standard by December 31, 2022. In proposing approval, EPA finds that an attainment date of December 31, 2022 is appropriate in light of the severity of the 1-hour ozone problem in the South Coast and, given the extent to which emissions sources in the South Coast have already been controlled, the limited emissions remaining that can be regulated. EPA is proposing as part of this action to approve new commitments adopted by the South Coast Air Quality Management District, updated new technology measures, and a new commitment by the California Air Resources Board to submit contingency measures in 2019 as necessary to meet the emissions reductions targets for 2022 from implementation of new technology measures.
Interim Final Determination To Defer Sanctions, State of California, Los Angeles-South Coast Air Basin
Document Number: 2014-11509
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making an interim final determination to defer the imposition of sanctions based on a proposed approval published elsewhere in this Federal Register of a state implementation plan revision submitted by the State of California to meet the vehicle miles traveled emissions offset requirement under the Clean Air Act for the 1-hour ozone and 1997 8- hour ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) in the Los Angeles-South Coast Air Basin (South Coast).
Approval of States' Requests To Relax the Federal Reid Vapor Pressure Volatility Standard in Florida, and the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill and Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point Areas in North Carolina
Document Number: 2014-11911
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve requests from Florida and North Carolina for the EPA to relax the Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) Standard applicable to gasoline introduced into commerce from June 1 to September 15 of each year in six counties in Florida, and in counties in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Area (also referred to as the ``Triangle Area'') and the Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point Area (also referred to as the ``Triad Area'') in North Carolina. Specifically, the EPA is approving amendments to the regulations to change the RVP standard for six counties in Florida, and for the counties in the Triangle and Triad Areas from 7.8 pounds per square inch (psi) to 9.0 psi for gasoline. Additionally, the EPA is responding to adverse comments received for this action. The EPA has determined that these changes to the Federal RVP regulation are consistent with the applicable provisions of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act).
Approval of States' Requests To Relax the Federal Reid Vapor Pressure Volatility Standard in Florida, and the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill and Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point Areas in North Carolina
Document Number: 2014-11910
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Due to the receipt of adverse comments, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is withdrawing the March 31, 2014, direct final rule to approve requests from Florida and North Carolina for the EPA to relax the Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) Standard applicable to gasoline introduced into commerce from June 1 to September 15 of each year in six counties in Florida, and in counties in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Area (also referred to as the ``Triangle Area'') and the Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point Area (also referred to as the ``Triad Area'') in North Carolina. The EPA is considering these comments and will address the comments in a subsequent action that is to be published soon. The EPA will not institute a second comment period on this action.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2014-11908
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit an Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The ICR, entitled: ``Partial Update of the TSCA Section 8(b) Inventory Data Base, Production and Site Reports (Chemical Data Reporting)'' and identified by EPA ICR No. 1884.08 and OMB Control No. 2070-0162, represents the renewal of an existing ICR that is scheduled to expire on January 31, 2105. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection that is summarized in this document. The ICR and accompanying material are available in the docket for public review and comment.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Oregon; Approval of Substitution for Transportation Control Measures
Document Number: 2014-11790
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making an administrative change to update the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) to reflect a change made to the Oregon State Implementation Plan (SIP) on December 11, 2013. The EPA has concurred on a substitute transportation control measure (TCM) for the Portland Area Carbon Monoxide Maintenance Plan portion of the Oregon SIP. On January 14, 2014, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) submitted a revision to the Oregon SIP requesting that the EPA update its SIP to reflect a substitution of a TCM. The substitution was made pursuant to the TCM substitution provisions contained in the Clean Air Act (CAA). The EPA concurred with this substitution on April 16, 2014. In this administrative action, the EPA is updating the non-regulatory provisions of the Oregon SIP to reflect the substitution. The substitution that the EPA concurred with is an equivalent method for assessing the transit service increase TCM.
Finding of Failure To Submit a Prevention of Significant Deterioration State Implementation Plan Revision for Particulate Matter Less Than 2.5 Micrometers (PM2.5
Document Number: 2014-11785
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finding that the State of Arkansas has not made a necessary Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) State Implementation Plan (SIP) submission to address the PSD permitting of PM2.5 emissions, as required by the Clean Air Act (CAA). Specifically, the EPA is determining that Arkansas has not submitted a SIP revision to address the PM2.5 PSD increments and implementing regulations as promulgated by EPA on October 20, 2010. The deadline for the State to make the required submittal was July 20, 2012. The CAA requires EPA to promulgate a Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) to address the outstanding PSD SIP elements by no later than 24 months after the effective date of this finding. EPA is making this finding in accordance with section 110 and part C of the CAA.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Kentucky; Stage II Requirements for Hertz Corporation Facility at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in Boone County
Document Number: 2014-11781
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a source-specific State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted to EPA by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, through the Kentucky Division for Air Quality (KDAQ) on January 17, 2014, for the purpose of exempting a Hertz Corporation facility from the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) Stage II vapor control requirements. The subject Hertz Corporation facility is currently being constructed at the Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky International Airport in Boone County, Kentucky. EPA's approval of this revision to Kentucky's SIP is based on the December 12, 2006, EPA policy memorandum from Stephen D. Page, entitled ``Removal of Stage II Vapor Recovery in Situations Where Widespread Use of Onboard Refueling Vapor Recovery is Demonstrated.'' This action is being taken pursuant to the CAA.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; California; San Joaquin Valley; Contingency Measures for the 1997 PM2.5
Document Number: 2014-11681
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by California that corrects deficiencies in the Clean Air Act (CAA) contingency measures for the 1997 annual and 24-hour national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for fine particulate matter (PM2.5) in the San Joaquin Valley (SJV). Approval of this SIP revision lifts the CAA section 179(b)(2) offset sanctions and terminates the CAA section 179(b)(1) highway funding sanction clock triggered by the EPA's partial disapproval of the SJV SIP for attainment of the 1997 PM2.5 NAAQS on November 9, 2011.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Idaho: Infrastructure Requirements for the 2008 Lead National Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2014-11508
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is approving the February 14, 2012, State Implementation Plan (SIP) submittal from Idaho 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 (Pb) 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. The EPA finds that the Idaho SIP meets the CAA infrastructure requirements for the 2008 Pb NAAQS.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Massachusetts; Reasonably Available Control Technology for the 1997 8-Hour Ozone Standard
Document Number: 2014-11490
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a final rule regarding reasonably available control technology requirements for Massachusetts in the Federal Register on September 9, 2013. An error in Table 52.1167 was identified and is corrected in this action.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Illinois; Revision to the Chicago 8-Hour Ozone Maintenance Plan
Document Number: 2014-11487
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving Illinois' March 28, 2014, state implementation plan (SIP) revision to the 1997 8-hour ozone maintenance plan for the Illinois portion of the Chicago-Gary-Lake County, Illinois-Indiana area (the Greater Chicago Area). This SIP revision establishes new Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets (MVEB) for volatile organic compounds (VOC) and oxides of nitrogen (NOX) for the year 2025. EPA is approving the allocation of a portion of the safety margin for VOC and NOX in the ozone maintenance plan to the 2025 MVEBs. Total year 2025 emissions of VOC and NOX for the area will remain below the attainment level required by the transportation conformity regulations.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Illinois; Revision to the Chicago 8-Hour Ozone Maintenance Plan
Document Number: 2014-11486
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve Illinois's March 28, 2014, State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision to the Chicago area's 1997 8-hour ozone maintenance plan. This maintenance plan revision establishes new transportation conformity Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets (MVEB) for the year 2025. EPA is approving the allocation of a portion of the safety margin for the volatile organic compounds and oxides of nitrogen to the area's 2025 MVEBs for transportation conformity purposes. This allocation will still maintain the total emissions for the area below the attainment level required by the transportation conformity regulations.
Receipt of Applications for Emergency Exemptions for Various Pesticides and Commodities; Solicitation of Public Comment
Document Number: 2014-11800
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document announces EPA's receipt of several requests for specific emergency exemptions requesting unregistered pesticide uses under specific emergency conditions. This notice provides an opportunity for public comment on the exemption requests.
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List: Deletion of the Town Garage/Radio Beacon Superfund Site
Document Number: 2014-11796
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1 is publishing a direct final Notice of Deletion of the Town Garage/Radio Beacon, Superfund (Site), located in Londonderry, New Hampshire from the National Priorities List (NPL). The NPL, promulgated pursuant to section 105 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980, as amended, is an appendix of the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP). This direct final deletion is being published by EPA with the concurrence of the State of New Hampshire, through the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES), because EPA has determined that all appropriate response actions under CERCLA, have been completed. However, this deletion does not preclude future actions under Superfund.
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List: Deletion of the Town Garage/Radio Beacon, Superfund Site
Document Number: 2014-11794
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1 is issuing a Notice of Intent to Delete the Town Garage/Radio Beacon, Superfund Site (Site) located in Londonderry, New Hampshire from the National Priorities List (NPL) and requests public comments on this proposed action. The NPL, promulgated pursuant to section 105 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980, as amended, is an appendix of the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP). The EPA and the State of New Hampshire, through the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES), have determined that all appropriate response actions under CERCLA, other than five-year reviews, have been completed. However, this deletion does not preclude future actions under Superfund.