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

Proposed Consent Decree, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
Document Number: 2014-18048
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-07-31
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 Center for Biological Diversity in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California: Center for Biological Diversity v. McCarthy, Civil Action No. 4:13-cv-5142-SBA (N.D. Cal.). On November 5, 2013, Plaintiff filed a complaint; on January 28, 2014, Plaintiff filed a first amended complaint; and on January 30, 2014, Plaintiff filed a second amended complaint. Plaintiff alleged that Gina McCarthy, in her official capacity as Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA''), failed to: (a) Perform a mandatory duty to find that certain states failed to submit nonattainment state implementation plans (``SIPs'') for named areas designated nonattainment for the 2006 fine particulate matter, or PM2.5, National Ambient Air Quality Standard (``NAAQS''); and (b) take timely final action to approve or disapprove, in whole or in part, certain 2006 PM2.5 NAAQS nonattainment SIP submissions addressing nonattainment new source review from states for named areas. The proposed consent decree would establish deadlines for EPA to take some of these actions.
Adequacy Status of the Maintenance Plan for the Baltimore, Maryland 1997 Fine Particulate National Ambient Air Quality Standard Nonattainment Area for Transportation Conformity Purposes
Document Number: 2014-18046
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-07-31
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 Baltimore, Maryland (MD) 1997 Fine Particulate (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) Nonattainment Area Maintenance Plan (Baltimore 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 Baltimore Maintenance Plan for future conformity determinations for the 1997 PM2.5 NAAQS.
Accidental Release Prevention Requirements: Risk Management Programs Under the Clean Air Act, Section 112(r)(7)
Document Number: 2014-18037
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-07-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in response to Executive Order 13650, requests comment on potential revisions to its Risk Management Program regulations and related programs. In this Request for Information (RFI), the Agency asks for information and data on specific regulatory elements and process safety management approaches, the public and environmental health and safety risks they address, and the costs and burdens they may entail. The EPA will use the information received in response to this RFI to inform what action, if any, it may take.
Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program: Addition of Global Warming Potentials
Document Number: 2014-17963
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-07-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to add chemical-specific and default global warming potentials (GWPs) for a number of fluorinated greenhouse gases (GHGs) and fluorinated heat transfer fluids (HTFs) to the general provisions of the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule. Currently, these fluorinated GHGs and HTFs are not assigned GWPs under the rule. The proposed changes would increase the completeness and accuracy of the carbon dioxide (CO2)- equivalent emissions calculated and reported by suppliers and emitters of fluorinated GHGs and HTFs. In addition, the EPA is proposing conforming changes to the provisions for the Electronics Manufacturing and Fluorinated Gas Production source categories.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Texas; Control of Air Pollution From Nitrogen Compounds
Document Number: 2014-17875
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-07-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing its proposal to approve revisions to the Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the control of Air Pollution from Nitrogen Compounds. Specifically, we are approving three separate revisions that were submitted to EPA with letters dated April 13, 2012, May 8, 2013, and May 14, 2013, respectively. We are approving these three submittals in accordance with the federal Clean Air Act (the Act, CAA).
Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: The 2014 and 2015 Critical Use Exemption from the Phaseout of Methyl Bromide
Document Number: 2014-17595
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-07-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is authorizing uses that qualify for the critical use exemption and the amount of methyl bromide that may be produced or imported for those uses for both the 2014 and 2015 control periods. EPA is taking this action under the authority of the Clean Air Act to reflect consensus decisions of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer at the Twenty-Fourth and Twenty-Fifth Meetings of the Parties. EPA is also amending the regulatory framework to remove provisions related to sale of pre-phaseout inventory for critical uses.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Survey of the Public and Commercial Building Industry
Document Number: 2014-17957
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-07-30
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 (PRA): ``Survey of the Public and Commercial Building Industry'' and identified by EPA ICR No. 2494.01 and OMB Control No. 2070-NEW. The ICR, which is available in the docket along with other related materials, provides a detailed explanation of the collection activities and the burden estimate that is only briefly summarized in this document. EPA has addressed the comments received in response to the previously provided public review issued in the Federal Register on December 6, 2013 (78 FR 73520). With this submission, EPA is providing an additional 30 days for public review.
Dicrotophos; Draft Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2014-17955
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-07-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's draft human health and ecological risk assessment for the registration review of Dicrotophos and opens a public comment period on this document. Registration review is EPA's periodic review of pesticide registrations to ensure that each pesticide continues to satisfy the statutory standard for registration, that is, the pesticide can perform its intended function without unreasonable adverse effects on human health or the environment. As part of the registration review process, the Agency has completed a comprehensive draft human health and ecological risk assessment for all Dicrotophos uses. After reviewing comments received during the public comment period, EPA will issue a revised risk assessment, explain any changes to the draft risk assessment, and respond to comments and may request public input on risk mitigation before completing a proposed registration review decision for Dictotophos. Through this program, EPA is ensuring that each pesticide's registration is based on current scientific and other knowledge, including its effects on human health and the environment.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; New York State; Transportation Conformity Regulations
Document Number: 2014-17659
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-07-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve a revision to the New York State Implementation Plan (SIP). The revision establishes transportation conformity regulations for the State of New York. EPA is approving this revision in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maine; Nitrogen Oxides Exemption Request
Document Number: 2014-17583
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-07-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a request from Maine for an exemption from the requirements for the control of nitrogen oxides (NOX) emissions contained in section 182(f) of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) in relation to the 2008 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards (standards or NAAQS). Maine's request, dated October 13, 2012, is based on a technical demonstration submitted to EPA by Maine's Department of Environmental Protection (ME DEP) showing that NOX emissions in Maine are not having a meaningful adverse impact on the ability of any nonattainment areas located in the Ozone Transport Region (OTR) to attain the ozone standards during times when elevated ozone levels are monitored in those areas. Specifically, Maine analyzed the nearest of these areas (i.e., the nonattainment areas in Massachusetts and Connecticut). Based on EPA's review of this technical demonstration, and other relevant information, we conclude that any additional reductions in NOX emissions in the State of Maine that would be required under the 2008 8-hour ozone standards, and which would be beyond what Maine's State Implementation Plan (SIP) regulations already provide for, would not produce net ozone air quality benefits in the OTR. Thus, EPA has determined that those emissions reductions may be exempted under the Act.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; New York State; Transportation Conformity Regulations
Document Number: 2014-16546
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-07-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by New York State to establish transportation conformity regulations. In the Final Rules section of this Federal Register, EPA is approving the State'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.
Amendments to Compliance Certification Content Requirements for State and Federal Operating Permits Programs
Document Number: 2014-17680
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-07-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is amending the compliance certification requirements for state and federal operating permits programs that were published in the Federal Register on June 27, 2003. In that action, one sentence was removed from the rules inadvertently. This action restores the sentence to its original location in the rules.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Toxic Chemical Release Reporting (Renewal)
Document Number: 2014-17618
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-07-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``Toxic Chemical Release Reporting (Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 1363.23, OMB Control No. 2025-0009) 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 October 31, 2014. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (79 FR 11783) on March 3, 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.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Ohio; Redesignation of the Bellefontaine Area To Attainment of the 2008 Lead Standard
Document Number: 2014-17612
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-07-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On October 29, 2013, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) submitted a request for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to redesignate the Bellefontaine nonattainment area to attainment for the 2008 national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS or standards) for lead. EPA determined that the Bellefontaine area meets the requirements for redesignation and is also approving several additional related actions. EPA is approving, as revisions to the Ohio state implementation plan (SIP), the state's plan for maintaining the 2008 lead NAAQS through 2025 for the area. EPA is approving the 2010 emissions inventory for the Bellefontaine area, which meet the comprehensive emissions inventory requirement of the Act. EPA is approving to take these actions in accordance with the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) and EPA's implementation regulations regarding the 2008 lead NAAQS.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Ohio; Redesignation of the Bellefontaine Area to Attainment of the 2008 Lead Standard
Document Number: 2014-17610
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-07-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On October 29, 2013, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) submitted a request for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to redesignate the Bellefontaine nonattainment area to attainment for the 2008 national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for lead. EPA is proposing to determine that the Bellefontaine area meets the requirements for redesignation and is also proposing to approve several additional related actions. EPA is proposing to approve, as revisions to the Ohio state implementation plan, the state's plan for maintaining the 2008 lead NAAQS through 2025 for the area. EPA is proposing to approve the 2010 emissions inventory for the Bellefontaine area, which meet the comprehensive emissions inventory requirement of the Act. EPA is proposing to approve these actions in accordance with the Clean Air Act and EPA's implementation regulations regarding the 2008 lead NAAQS.
Fragrance Components; Proposed Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: 2014-17613
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-07-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document proposes to establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of various fragrance component substances (when used as inert ingredients) in antimicrobial pesticide formulations for use on food contact surfaces in public eating places, dairy processing equipment, and food processing equipment and utensils.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Washington: Nonattainment New Source Review
Document Number: 2014-17607
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-07-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the Washington State Implementation Plan (SIP) that were submitted by the Department of Ecology (Ecology) on January 27, 2014. These revisions update the preconstruction permitting regulations for large industrial (major source) facilities located in designated nonattainment areas, referred to as the Nonattainment New Source Review (major nonattainment NSR or major NNSR) program. While these revisions update Ecology's major NNSR program generally, the most significant change is the incorporation of regulations to implement major NNSR for fine particulate matter, particles with an aerodynamic diameter less than or equal to a nominal 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5). The major NNSR program is designed to ensure that major stationary sources of air pollution are constructed or modified in a manner that is consistent with attainment and maintenance of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2014-17602
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-07-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Ohio; Infrastructure SIP Requirements for the 2008 Lead, 2008 Ozone, 2010 NO2
Document Number: 2014-17591
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-07-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve elements of state implementation plan (SIP) submissions from Ohio regarding the infrastructure requirements of section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the 2008 lead (Pb), 2008 ozone, 2010 nitrogen dioxide (NO2), and 2010 sulfur dioxide (SO2) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (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.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Texas; Control of Air Pollution From Motor Vehicles, Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance and Locally Enforced Motor Vehicle Idling Limitations
Document Number: 2014-17478
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-07-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving revisions to the Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP). The revisions to the Texas Administrative Code (TAC) were submitted in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012. These revisions are related to the implementation of the state's motor vehicle emissions Inspection and Maintenance (I/M) program and the Locally Enforced Motor Vehicle Idling Limitations. The EPA is approving these revisions pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Indiana; Solvent Degreasing Operations Rule
Document Number: 2014-17476
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-07-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a request submitted by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) on March 14, 2013, to revise the Indiana state implementation plan (SIP) solvent degreasing operation rule. The state's submission seeks to extend vapor pressure limitations (previously applying to four counties) state-wide, add certain exemptions and streamline the rule by repealing and consolidating certain provisions. There is also a revised definition for ``cold cleaner degreaser.''
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Indiana; Solvent Degreasing Operations Rule
Document Number: 2014-17475
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-07-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a request submitted by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) on March 14, 2013, to revise the Indiana state implementation plan (SIP) solvent degreasing operation rule. The state's submission seeks to extend vapor pressure limitations (previously applying to four counties) state-wide, add certain exemptions and streamline the rule by repealing and consolidating certain provisions. There is also a revised definition for ``cold cleaner degreaser.''
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Missouri; 2013 Missouri State Implementation Plan for the 2008 Lead Standard
Document Number: 2014-17480
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-07-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes to grant full approval of Missouri's attainment demonstration State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the lead National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) nonattainment area of Herculaneum, Missouri submitted on April 18, 2013. The applicable standard addressed in this action is the lead NAAQS promulgated by EPA in 2008. EPA believes that the SIP submitted by the state satisfies the applicable requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) identified in EPA's 2008 Final Rule and will bring the area into attainment of the 0.15 microgram per cubic meter (ug/ m\3\) lead NAAQS in the Herculaneum, Missouri area. In this action, EPA also proposes approval of a revision to the Missouri SIP related to the 2007 Consent Judgment which was previously approved into the Missouri SIP as part of an attainment demonstration for the 1978 lead NAAQS. This revision was submitted to EPA on November 21, 2011.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2014-17473
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-07-24
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: Certification of Pesticide Applicators and identified by EPA ICR No. 0155.12 and OMB Control No. 2070-0029, represents the renewal of an existing ICR that is scheduled to expire on February 28, 2015. 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.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2014-17470
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-07-24
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: ``Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Disclosure Requirements'' and identified by EPA ICR No. 1710.07 and OMB Control No. 2070-0151, represents the renewal of an existing ICR that is scheduled to expire on April 30, 2015. 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.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Federal Implementation Plans To Reduce Interstate Transport of Fine Particulate Matter and Ozone (Renewal)
Document Number: 2014-17377
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-07-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``Information Collection Request Renewal for the Federal Implementation Plans to Reduce Interstate Transport of Fine Particulate Matter and Ozone'' (EPA ICR Number 2391.03, OMB Control No. 2060-0667) 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 July 31, 2014. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (79 FR 7179) 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.
Interim Final Determination To Stay and Defer Sanctions, Clark County Department of Air Quality
Document Number: 2014-17327
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-07-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency is making an interim final determination to stay the imposition of offset sanctions and to defer the imposition of highway sanctions based on a proposed approval of a revision to the Clark County Department of Air Quality (Clark or DEQ) portion of the Nevada State Implementation Plan (SIP) published elsewhere in this Federal Register. The SIP revision concerns six permitting rules (referred to as Sections) submitted by Clark: Sections 0Definitions, 12.0Applicability, General Requirements and Transition Procedures, 12.1Permit Requirements for Minor Sources, 12.2Permit Requirements for Major Sources in Attainment Areas, 12.3Permit Requirements for Major Sources in Nonattainment Areas, 12.4Authority to Construct Application and Permit Requirements For Part 70 Sources, and subsection 12.7.5 of Section 12.7Emission Reduction Credits.
Revision of Air Quality Implementation Plan; Nevada; Clark County; Stationary Source Permits
Document Number: 2014-17326
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-07-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to fully approve permitting related rules submitted by Nevada as a revision to the Clark County Department of Air Quality (Clark or DEQ) portion of the state implementation plan (SIP) for the State of Nevada. These rules were adopted by DEQ to regulate the construction and modification of stationary sources of air pollution within Clark County. EPA is proposing to approve this SIP revision based on the Agency's conclusion that the rules are consistent with applicable Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) requirements, policies and guidance. Final approval of these rules would make the rules federally enforceable and correct program deficiencies identified in a previous EPA rulemaking.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Commonwealth of Kentucky: New Source Review for Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5
Document Number: 2014-17323
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-07-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve changes to the Kentucky State Implementation Plan (SIP), submitted by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, through the Kentucky Division for Air Quality (KDAQ) to EPA on January 31, 2013. The SIP revision modifies the Commonwealth's New Source Review (NSR), Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD), and Nonattainment New Source Review (NNSR) regulations to adopt into the Kentucky SIP Federal NSR permitting requirements for the implementation of the fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). All of the changes in Kentucky's January 31, 2013 SIP submission are necessary to comply with Federal requirements. EPA is proposing approval of the Commonwealth's January 31, 2013 revision to the Kentucky SIP because the Agency has preliminarily determined that the changes are consistent with the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act). Additionally, EPA is proposing to convert two conditional approvals for SIP infrastructure requirements (related to Kentucky's permitting program) to full approval under the CAA.
Administrative Wage Garnishment
Document Number: 2014-17322
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-07-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is extending the period for providing comments on the proposed rule entitled, Administrative Wage Garnishment published in the Federal Register on July 2, 2014 to September 2, 2014.
Registration Review Proposed Interim Decisions; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2014-17244
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-07-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's proposed interim registration review decisions and opens a public comment period on the proposed interim decisions. Registration review is EPA's periodic review of pesticide registrations to ensure that each pesticide continues to satisfy the statutory standard for registration, that is, that the pesticide can perform its intended function without unreasonable adverse effects on human health or the environment. Through this program, EPA is ensuring that each pesticide's registration is based on current scientific and other knowledge, including its effects on human health and the environment.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Washington: Infrastructure Requirements for the 2008 Lead National Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2014-17243
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-07-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is partially approving and partially disapproving 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 14, 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 has determined 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.
Good Neighbor Environmental Board
Document Number: 2014-17241
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-07-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to its Good Neighbor Environmental Board (GNEB). Vacancies are expected to be filled by March 9, 2015. Sources in addition to this Federal Register Notice may also be utilized in the solicitation of nominees. Background: GNEB is a federal advisory committee chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), Public Law 92-463. GNEB was created in 1992 by the Enterprise for the Americas Initiative Act, Public Law 102-532, 7 U.S.C. 5404. Implementing authority was delegated to the Administrator of EPA under Executive Order 12916. The GNEB is charged by statute with submitting an annual report to the President on the need for implementation of environmental and infrastructure projects within the states of the United States contiguous to Mexico. The statute calls for the GNEB to have representatives from U.S. Government agencies; the governments of the states of Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas; and tribal and private organizations with experience in environmental and infrastructure issues along the U.S./Mexico Border. Members are appointed by the EPA Administrator for two year terms with the possibility of reappointment. The GNEB meets approximately three times annually either in person or via video/ teleconference. The average workload for committee members is approximately 10 to 15 hours per month. Members serve on the committees in a voluntary capacity. Although we are unable to offer compensation or an honorarium, members may receive travel and per diem allowances, according to applicable federal travel regulations. The EPA is seeking nominations from a variety of nongovernmental interests along the U.S.- Mexico border from the private sector, including representatives from business, academia, environmental groups, health groups, ranching and grazing, energy, financial, and other relevant sectors. EPA values and welcomes diversity. In an effort to obtain nominations of diverse candidates, EPA encourages nominations of women and men of all racial and ethnic groups. The following criteria will be used to evaluate nominees: Background and experiences that would help members contribute to the diversity of perspectives on the committee (e.g., geographic, economic, social, cultural, educational, and other considerations). Representative of a sector or group that helps to shape border-region environmental policy or representatives of a group that is affected by border region environmental policy. Has extensive professional knowledge and experience with the particular issues that the GNEB examines (i.e. environmental and infrastructure issues along the U.S.-Mexico border), including the bi- national dimension of these issues. Bring senior level experience that will fill a need of the GNEB in bringing a new and relevant dimension to its deliberations. Possesses a demonstrated ability to work in a consensus building process with a wide range of representatives from diverse constituencies. Ability to contribute approximately 10 to 15 hours per month to the GNEB's activities, including face-to-face meetings, conference calls and participation in the development of the GNEB's annual report to the President and comment letters. Nominees may self-nominate by submitting a resume describing their professional and educational qualifications, including current business address, email and daytime telephone number. All nominees must demonstrate the potential for active and constructive involvement in the GNEB's work. If you are interested in serving on GNEB, we will need the following items to process your nomination package: Nominations must include a brief statement of interest, resume, curriculum vitae, or a short biography (no more than two paragraphs) describing your professional and educational qualifications, including a list of relevant activities and any current or previous service on advisory committees. The statement of interest, resume, curriculum vitae, or short biography should include the candidate's name, name and address of current organization, position title, email address, and daytime telephone number(s). In preparing your statement of interest, please describe how your background, knowledge, and experience will bring value to the work of the committee, and how these qualifications would contribute to the overall diversity of the GNEB. Also, be sure to describe any previous involvement with the Agency through employment, grant funding and/or contracting sources. Candidates from the academic sector must also provide a letter of recommendation authorizing the nominee to represent their institution. Please be advised that federal registered lobbyists are not permitted to serve on federal advisory boards.
Revisions to National Emission Standards for Radon Emissions From Operating Mill Tailings
Document Number: 2014-17135
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-07-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency is announcing an extension of the public comment period for the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) requesting public comment and information on revisions to the EPA's ``National Emission Standards for Radon Emissions from Operating Mill Tailings''. The EPA published the NPRM on May 2, 2014 in the Federal Register, which included a request for comments on or before July 31, 2014. The purpose of this action is to extend the public comment period an additional 90 days.
Notice of Receipt of Pesticide Products; Registration Application To Register New Uses
Document Number: 2014-17130
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-07-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces receipt of applications to register new uses for pesticide products containing currently registered active ingredients pursuant to the provisions of section 3(c) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended. This notice provides the public with an opportunity to comment on the applications.
Proposed Determination to Restrict the Use of an Area as a Disposal Site; Pebble Deposit Area, Southwest Alaska
Document Number: 2014-16920
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-07-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10 is requesting public comments on its proposed determination to restrict the use of certain waters in the South Fork Koktuli River (SFK), North Fork Koktuli River (NFK), and Upper Talarik Creek (UTC) watersheds in southwest Alaska as disposal sites for dredged or fill material associated with mining the Pebble deposit, a copper-, gold-, and molybdenum-bearing ore body. EPA Region 10 is also announcing a series of public hearings on this section 404(c) proposed determination.
Approval of Implementation Plans and Designation of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes; Las Vegas Valley, Nevada; Redesignation to Attainment for PM10
Document Number: 2014-16575
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-07-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a revision to the Nevada state implementation plan that provides for the maintenance of the national ambient air quality standard for particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter less than or equal to a nominal ten micrometers (PM10) in Las Vegas Valley for the next ten years and to approve the related motor vehicle emissions budgets. Based in part on the proposed approval of the PM10 maintenance plan, EPA is also proposing to approve the State of Nevada's request for redesignation of Las Vegas Valley to attainment for the PM10 standard. Consistent with the assumptions of the maintenance plan, EPA is proposing to approve revisions to certain local fugitive dust rules to ensure their continued applicability after redesignation of the area to attainment. Lastly, EPA is proposing to delete the area designation for Las Vegas Valley for the revoked national standard for total suspended particulate because the designation is no longer necessary.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; West Virginia; Minor New Source Review
Document Number: 2014-16409
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-07-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of West Virginia. The revision will expedite the processing of certain preconstruction permits issued under West Virginia's minor New Source Review (NSR) Program. Notably, the revision will allow, in certain circumstances, construction prior to obtaining a permit, and will allow equipment and materials to be delivered and stored onsite prior to permit issuance. EPA is approving these revisions to West Virginia's minor NSR Program in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NESHAP for Primary Aluminum Reduction Plants (Renewal)
Document Number: 2014-16937
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-07-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``NESHAP for Primary Aluminum Reduction Plants (40 CFR part 63, Subpart LL) (Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 1767.07, OMB Control No. 2060-0360) 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 July 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.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NSPS for Portland Cement Plants (Renewal)
Document Number: 2014-16936
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-07-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``NSPS for Portland Cement Plants (40 CFR Part 60, Subpart F) (Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 1051.13, OMB Control No. 2060-0025), 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 July 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.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2014-16926
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-07-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Request for Nominations of Experts To Augment the Science Advisory Board Ecological Process and Effects Committee for the Consultation and Review of Lake Erie Phosphorous Objectives
Document Number: 2014-16917
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-07-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office requests public nominations of scientific experts to augment the SAB Ecological Process and Effects Committee (EPEC) to form a panel to provide early advice on and subsequent review of preliminary bi-national phosphorous objectives, loading targets and allocations for the nearshore and offshore waters to achieve the Lake Ecosystem Objectives for Lake Erie, pursuant to the Nutrients Annex (Annex 4) of the 2012 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA).
Ace Info Solutions, Inc. and Adventure Solutions, Prospect Infosystems, Camber Government Solutions, Inc, EMT Technologies, LLC, Peridot Solutions and KForce; Transfer of Data
Document Number: 2014-16915
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-07-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces that pesticide related information submitted to EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), including information that may have been claimed as Confidential Business Information (CBI) by the submitter, will be transferred to Ace Info Solutions, Inc. and its subcontractor, Adventure Solutions, Prospect Infosystems, Camber Government Solutions, Inc, EMT Technologies, LLC, Peridot Solutions and KForce, in accordance with 40 CFR 2.307(h)(3) and 2.308(i)(2). Ace Info Solutions, Inc. and its subcontractor, Adventure Solutions, Prospect Infosystems, Camber Government Solutions, Inc, EMT Technologies, LLC, Peridot Solutions and KForce, have been awarded a contract to perform work for OPP, and access to this information will enable Ace Info Solutions, Inc. and its subcontractor, Adventure Solutions, Prospect Infosystems, Camber Government Solutions, Inc, EMT Technologies, LLC, Peridot Solutions and KForce, to fulfill the obligations of the contract.
Polyoxyalkylated Trimethylopropanes; Tolerance Exemption
Document Number: 2014-16836
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-07-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of polyoxyalkylated trimethylopropanes with 20 to 80 moles of ethylene and/or propylene oxide, fatty acid esters with C8 through C22 aliphatic alkanoic and/or alkenoic fatty acids, branched or linear, the resulting polyoxyalkylene trimethylopropane esters having a minimum molecular weight (MW) of 3,000 when used as an inert ingredient in a pesticide chemical formulation. Spring Trading Co., on behalf of Croda, Inc., submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), requesting an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of polyoxyalkylated trimethylopropanes on food or feed commodities.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Missouri; Control of Nitrogen Oxide Emissions From Large Stationary Internal Combustion Engines
Document Number: 2014-16831
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-07-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Missouri to EPA on September 21, 2010, with a supplemental revision submitted on July 3, 2013. The purpose of the SIP revision is to incorporate revisions to a Missouri regulation to control Nitrogen Oxide (NOX) emissions from large stationary internal combustion engines. This revision includes an emission rate limitation for both large stationary diesel and dual fuel internal combustion engines and adds an exemption for compression ignited stationary internal combustion engines that emit 25 tons or less of NOX between May 1 and September 30. EPA has determined that the SIP revision submitted by the State of Missouri satisfies the applicable requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act), and in particular, the April 21, 2004, final Federal Phase II NOX SIP Call.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Texas; Conformity of General Federal Actions
Document Number: 2014-16826
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-07-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of Texas on October 28, 2011. These revisions remove the State general conformity provisions from the SIP as allowed by the 2005 amendments to the Clean Air Act (Act or CAA). Upon the effective date of this final action, the EPA Federal rules will govern conformity of general Federal actions within the State of Texas. The revisions also update the narrative portion of the SIP. This action is being taken in accordance with sections 110 and 176 of the Act.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Texas; Conformity of General Federal Actions
Document Number: 2014-16825
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-07-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of Texas on October 28, 2011. These revisions remove the State general conformity provisions from the SIP so that Federal rules will govern conformity of general Federal actions within the State of Texas. The revisions also update the narrative portion of the SIP. This action is being taken in accordance with the Clean Air Act.