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

Notice of Availability of Draft NPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges From Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems in Massachusetts
Document Number: 2014-23262
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Director of the Office of Ecosystem Protection, Environmental Protection AgencyRegion 1 (EPA), is providing this Notice of Availability of a draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general permit for stormwater discharges from small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) to certain waters of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The draft NPDES general permit establishes Notice of Intent (NOI) requirements, prohibitions, and management practices for stormwater discharges from small MS4s. EPA has substantially modified the previous two draft general permits released on February 4, 2010 and March 18, 2010 and is issuing a new draft general permit for all eligible MS4s in Massachusetts.
Addition of Nonylphenol Category; Community Right-To-Know Toxic Chemical Release Reporting
Document Number: 2014-23255
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-09-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is adding a nonylphenol category to the list of toxic chemicals subject to reporting under section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) of 1986 and section 6607 of the Pollution Prevention Act (PPA) of 1990. EPA is adding this chemical category to the EPCRA section 313 list pursuant to its authority to add chemicals and chemical categories because EPA has determined that this category meets the EPCRA section 313(d)(2)(C) toxicity criterion.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Virginia; Section 110(a)(2) Prevention of Significant Deterioration Requirements for the 2008 Ozone and 2010 Nitrogen Dioxide National Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2014-23106
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-09-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving revisions to the Virginia State Implementation Plan (SIP) pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA). Whenever new or revised National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) are promulgated, the CAA requires states to submit a plan for the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of such NAAQS. The plan is required to address basic program elements, including, but not limited to, regulatory structure, monitoring, modeling, legal authority, and adequate resources necessary to assure attainment and maintenance of the standards. These elements are referred to as infrastructure requirements. The Commonwealth of Virginia has made two separate submittals addressing the infrastructure requirements for the 2008 ozone and 2010 nitrogen dioxide (NO2) NAAQS. This action approves the prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) portions of the infrastructure requirements of the CAA for the Commonwealth's SIP submittals for the 2008 ozone and 2010 NO2 NAAQS.
Access to Confidential Business Information by Eastern Research Group, Incorporated
Document Number: 2014-22473
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will authorize its contractor Eastern Research Group, Incorporated (ERG) to access Confidential Business Information (CBI) which has been submitted to EPA under the authority of all sections of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) of 1976, as amended. EPA has issued regulations that outline business confidentiality provisions for the Agency and require all EPA Offices that receive information designated by the submitter, as CBI to abide by these provisions.
Announcement of Meeting Dates and Opportunity for Public Comments on Proposed List of Potential Peer Reviewers for an Approach for Estimating Exposures and Incremental Health Effects From Lead Due to Renovation, Repair, and Painting Activities in Public and Commercial Buildings
Document Number: 2014-23114
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Agency is requesting public comments on the proposed list of candidate peer reviewers for the independent contractor-managed external peer review of the draft documents released for public comment in the August 6, 2014 Federal Register notice entitled ``Approach for Estimating Exposures and Incremental Health Effects from Lead Due to Renovation, Repair, and Painting Activities in Public and Commercial Buildings.'' This notice provides the names and professional affiliations of the proposed peer reviewers. The public is requested to provide relevant information or documentation on the candidates who are being evaluated by the external peer review contractor, Versar, Inc. (Versar). Versar will consider the public comments on the proposed list of peer reviewers and will select the final peer reviewers who, collectively, best provide expertise spanning the multiple subject matter areas covered by the draft documents and, to the extent feasible, best provide a balance of perspectives according to EPA peer review guidance. This notice provides the public peer review meeting dates as well as Versar's Web site that will provide details about the meeting location, how to register to attend the meeting either in person or electronically, and how to provide comments at the meeting. The date, time, and conference call-in number of the initial meeting of the peer review panel can be obtained at Versar's peer review Web site.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Montana; Revisions to Administrative Rules of Montana-Prevention of Significant Deterioration
Document Number: 2014-23108
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-09-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of Montana on June 4, 2013. This SIP revision revises the Administrative Rules of Montana that pertain to the issuance of Montana air quality permits. The June 4, 2013 revisions contain amended and renumbered rules. In this proposed rulemaking, we are taking action on portions of the June 4, 2013 submittal. This action is being taken under section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs): Manufacturing (Import) Exemption for the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)
Document Number: 2014-23104
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-09-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or the Agency) is taking final action on a petition from the United States Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to import foreign-manufactured polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). For purposes of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), ``manufacture'' is defined to include the import of chemical substances into the customs territory of the United States. With certain exceptions, section 6(e)(3) of TSCA bans the manufacture, processing, and distribution in commerce of PCBs. One of these exceptions is TSCA section 6(e)(3)(B), which gives the EPA authority to grant petitions to import PCBs into the customs territory of the United States for a period of up to 12 months, provided the EPA can make certain findings by rule. On April 23, 2013, the EPA received a petition from DLA, a component of the United States Department of Defense (DOD), to import PCBs that DOD currently owns in Japan for disposal in the United States. The EPA is granting DLA's petition as of October 1, 2014. This decision to grant the petition allows DLA to ``manufacture'' (i.e., import) certain PCBs for disposal. Without an exemption granted by the EPA, DLA would not be allowed to import the PCB waste to the U.S. for proper disposal.
Approval and Promulgation of State Implementation Plans; California; Regional Haze Progress Report
Document Number: 2014-23101
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-09-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a revision to the California Regional Haze (RH) State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) documenting that the State's existing plan is making adequate progress to achieve visibility goals by 2018. The California RH SIP revision addresses the Regional Haze Rule (RHR) requirements under the Clean Air Act (CAA) to submit a report describing progress in achieving reasonable progress goals (RPGs) to improve visibility in Federally designated Class I areas in California and in nearby states that may be affected by emissions from sources in California. EPA is proposing to approve California's determination that the existing RH SIP is adequate to meet the visibility goals, and requires no substantive revision at this time.
Revision of Air Quality Implementation Plan; California; Placer County Air Pollution Control District; Stationary Source Permits
Document Number: 2014-23003
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-09-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve a revision to the Placer County Air Pollution Control District (PCAPCD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). This revision concerns a permitting rule that regulates construction and modification of major stationary sources of air pollution. These revisions correct deficiencies in PCAPCD Rule 502, New Source Review, previously identified by EPA in a final rule dated September 24, 2013. We are approving revisions that correct the identified deficiencies.
Revision of Air Quality Implementation Plan; California; Placer County Air Pollution Control District; Stationary Source Permits
Document Number: 2014-23002
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-09-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a revision to the Placer County Air Pollution Control District (PCAPCD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). This revision concerns a permitting rule that regulates construction and modifications of major stationary sources of air pollution. The revisions correct deficiencies in PCAPCD Rule 502, New Source Review, previously identified by EPA in a final rule dated September 24, 2013. We are proposing to approve revisions that correct the identified deficiencies.
C9
Document Number: 2014-23018
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-09-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of C9 rich aromatic hydrocarbons, C10-11 rich aromatic hydrocarbons, and C11-12 rich aromatic hydrocarbons when used as inert ingredients (solvents) in pesticide formulations applied to animals. ExxonMobil Chemical Company submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), requesting establishment of an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of C9 rich aromatic hydrocarbons, C10-11 rich aromatic hydrocarbons, and C11-12 rich aromatic hydrocarbons.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2014-23014
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; EPA's Light-Duty In-Use Vehicle Testing Program (Renewal)
Document Number: 2014-22745
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit a request to renew an existing approved Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) (EPA ICR No. 0222.10, OMB Control No. 2060-0086). This ICR is scheduled to expire on September 30, 2014. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below.
Water Quality Standards for the State of Florida's Lakes and Flowing Waters; Withdrawal
Document Number: 2014-22835
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-09-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing its withdrawal of federal water quality standards applicable to waters of the state of Florida now that Florida has adopted and EPA has approved relevant state standards. On December 6, 2010, EPA published a rule finalizing numeric nutrient standards for Florida's lakes, springs, and flowing waters outside of the South Florida Nutrient Watershed Region. The EPA established these water quality standards to protect Florida's Class I and III freshwaters from nitrogen and phosphorus pollution. On November 30, 2012, June 27, 2013, and September 26, 2013, EPA approved numeric nutrient standards adopted by the state of Florida for certain waters in the state. Some of the water body types and provisions covered by state- adopted water quality standards were also included in EPA's final inland waters rule (criteria for Florida's lakes and springs, approaches to protect downstream lakes, and a provision for developing Site-Specific Alternative Criteria). The EPA is now withdrawing the overlapping federally-promulgated water quality standards to allow Florida to implement its state-adopted, EPA-approved water quality standards to address nutrient pollution in Florida's waters. Additionally, this rule serves as final notice that EPA is not finalizing three 2012 federal proposed rules related to nutrient pollution in Florida.
Thiabendazole; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2014-22833
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-09-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of thiabendazole in or on multiple commodities which are identified and discussed later in this document. Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC., requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units
Document Number: 2014-22832
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-09-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing that the period for providing public comments on the proposed rule published on June 18, 2014, titled ``Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units'' is being extended by 45 days.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Regulation of Fuels and Fuel Additives: Detergent Gasoline (Renewal)
Document Number: 2014-22749
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``Regulation of Fuels and Fuel Additives: Detergent Gasoline (Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 1655.09, OMB Control No. 2060-0275) 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 September 30, 2014. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (79 FR 24417) on April 30, 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.
Revisions to the Arizona State Implementation Plan, Maricopa County Air Quality Department
Document Number: 2014-22743
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-09-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve a revision to the Maricopa County Air Quality Department (MCAQD) portion of the Arizona State Implementation Plan (SIP). This revision concerns particulate matter (PM) emissions from incinerators, burn-off ovens and crematories. We are approving a local rule that regulates these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).
Revisions to the Arizona State Implementation Plan, Maricopa County Air Quality Department
Document Number: 2014-22742
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-09-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a revision to the Maricopa County Air Quality Department (MCAQD) portion of the Arizona State Implementation Plan (SIP). This revision concerns particulate matter (PM) emissions from incinerators, burn-off ovens and crematories. We are proposing to approve a local rule to regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).
Withdrawal of Direct Final Rule; National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List: Direct Deletion of the Monroe Auto Equipment (Paragould Pit) Superfund Site
Document Number: 2014-22639
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-09-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On August 14, 2014, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a direct final rule (79 FR 47586) and a proposed rule; notice of intent to delete (79 FR 47610) that deleted the Monroe Auto Equipment Company (Paragould Pit) site from the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL). EPA stated in the direct final rule that if EPA received adverse comments by September 15, 2014, EPA would publish a timely notice of withdrawal in the Federal Register. Subsequently, EPA discovered scribal errors in the supporting documentation of the final direct rule. EPA will correct those errors in a subsequent final action based on the parallel proposal which published on August 14, 2014. EPA will not institute a second comment period on this final action. Unless adverse comments are received by September 15, 2014, the effective date of the final rule will be September 29, 2014.
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List: Direct Deletion of the Monroe Auto Equipment (Paragould Pit) Superfund Site
Document Number: 2014-22638
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-09-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6 is publishing a final Notice of Deletion of the Monroe Auto Equipment (Paragould Pit) Superfund Site located in Paragould, Greene County, Arkansas, 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 final deletion is being published by EPA with the concurrence of the State of Arkansas, through the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), because EPA has determined that all appropriate response actions under CERCLA have been completed. However, this deletion does not preclude future actions under Superfund.
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, South Coast Air Quality Management District
Document Number: 2014-22482
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-09-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern oxides of nitrogen (NOX) emissions from boilers, steam generators, and process heaters. We are approving local rules that regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, South Coast Air Quality Management District
Document Number: 2014-22481
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-09-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern oxides of nitrogen (NOX) emissions from boilers, steam generators, and process heaters. We are proposing to approve local rules to regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).
Meetings of the Local Government Advisory Committee and the Small Communities Advisory Subcommittee (SCAS)
Document Number: 2014-22761
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Small Communities Advisory Subcommittee (SCAS) will meet via teleconference on Friday, October 10, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (ET). The Subcommittee will discuss recommendations regarding environmental issues affecting small communities, specifically agricultural issues and recommendations on Clean Water Act Waters of the U.S. Proposed Rule, as well as other environmental issues such as Clean Air Act Section 111(d), and other air quality issues. This is an open meeting and all interested persons are invited to participate. The Subcommittee will hear comments from the public between 11:05 a.m.- 11:15 a.m. on October 10, 2014. Individuals or organizations wishing to address the Subcommittee will be allowed a maximum of five minutes to present their point of view. Also, written comments should be submitted electronically to eargle.frances@epa.gov. Please contact the Designated Federal Officer (DFO) at the number listed below to schedule a time on the agenda. Time will be allotted on a first-come first-serve basis, and the total period for comments may be extended if the number of requests for presentations requires it. The Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) will meet via teleconference on Friday, October 10, 2014, 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. (ET). The Committee will discuss recommendations of the subcommittee and LGAC workgroups including recommendations on Clean Water Act Waters of the U.S. and Clean Air Act Section 111(d) recommendations, as well as other issues important to local governments. This is an open meeting and all interested persons are invited to participate. The Committee will hear comments from the public between 12:00 p.m.-12:15 p.m. (ET) on Friday, October 10, 2014. Individuals or organizations wishing to address the Committee will be allowed a maximum of five minutes to present their point of view. Also, written comments should be submitted electronically to eargle.frances@epa.gov. Please contact the Designated Federal Officer (DFO) at the number listed below to schedule a time on the agenda. Time will be allotted on a first-come first-serve basis, and the total period for comments may be extended if the number of requests for presentations requires it.
National and Governmental Advisory Committees to the U.S. Representative to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation
Document Number: 2014-22751
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gives notice of a meeting of the National Advisory Committee (NAC) and Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) to the U.S. Representative to the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC). The National and Governmental Advisory Committees advise the EPA Administrator in her capacity as the U.S. Representative to the CEC Council. The Committees are authorized under Articles 17 and 18 of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC), North American Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act, Public Law 103-182, and as directed by Executive Order 12915, entitled ``Federal Implementation of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation.'' The NAC is composed of 14 members representing academia, environmental non-governmental organizations, and private industry. The GAC consists of 15 members representing state, local, and Tribal governments. The Committees are responsible for providing advice to the U.S. Representative on a wide range of strategic, scientific, technological, regulatory, and economic issues related to implementation and further elaboration of the NAAEC. The purpose of this meeting is to provide advice on the Operational Plan of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, traditional ecological knowledge, and to discuss other trade and environment issues in North America. The meeting will also include a public comment session. The agenda, meeting materials, and general information about NAC and GAC will be available at http://www2.epa.gov/faca/nac-gac.
Cross-Media Electronic Reporting: Authorized Program Revision Approval, State of New York
Document Number: 2014-22750
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces EPA's approval of the State of New York's request to revise its EPA Administered Permit Programs: The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System EPA-authorized program to allow electronic reporting.
Pentachloronitrobenzene (PCNB); Cancellation Order for Amendments To Terminate Uses
Document Number: 2014-22748
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces EPA's order for amendments to terminate uses, voluntarily requested by the registrant and accepted by the Agency, of products containing pentachloronitrobenzene (PCNB), pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). This cancellation order follows a June 6, 2014 Federal Register Notice of Receipt of Requests from the registrant listed in Table 2 of Unit II. to voluntarily amend to terminate certain uses of these product registrations. These are not the last products containing this pesticide registered for use in the United States. In the June 6, 2014 notice, EPA indicated that it would issue an order implementing the amendments to terminate uses, unless the Agency received substantive comments within the 30-day comment period that would merit its further review of these requests, or unless the registrant withdrew its requests. The Agency did not receive any comments on the notice. Further, the registrant did not withdraw its requests. Accordingly, EPA hereby issues in this notice a cancellation order granting the requested amendments to terminate uses. Any distribution, sale, or use of the products subject to this cancellation order is permitted only in accordance with the terms of this order, including any existing stocks provisions.
Registration Review; Pesticide Dockets Opened for Review and Comment
Document Number: 2014-22747
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
With this document, EPA is opening the public comment period for several registration reviews. 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. Registration review dockets contain information that will assist the public in understanding the types of information and issues that the Agency may consider during the course of registration reviews. 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. This document also announces registration review case closures for 3 H-1,2 Dithiol-3-one,4,5,-dichloro- (RHY-86) (case 5033) and tepraloxydim (case 7257). In addition, this document announces the Agency's intent not to open registration review cases for mepanipyrim (case 7042) and vinclozolin (case 2740) because there are no longer any active registrations containing either of these chemicals. The two case closures and the Agency's intent not to open two registration review cases being announced herein are not open for public comment.
Pesticide Emergency Exemptions; Agency Decisions and State and Federal Agency Crisis Declarations
Document Number: 2014-22746
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has granted emergency exemptions under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) for use of pesticides as listed in this notice. The exemptions were granted during the period April 1, 2014 to June 30, 2014 to control unforeseen pest outbreaks.
Registration Review Final and Interim Decisions; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2014-22740
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's final registration review 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 causing 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.
Registration Review Proposed Interim Decision; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2014-22739
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's proposed interim registration review decisions for public comment. 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.
Designation of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes; State of Arizona; Pinal County and Gila County; Pb; Correction
Document Number: 2014-22738
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-09-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is correcting a final rule that appeared in the Federal Register of September 3, 2014 (79 FR 52205). The rule redesignated the Hayden area, which encompasses portions of southern Gila and eastern Pinal counties, Arizona, from ``unclassifiable'' to ``nonattainment'' for the 2008 national ambient air quality standards (``NAAQS'' or ``standards'') for lead (Pb). We are making several corrections to the table entitled ``Arizona2008 Lead NAAQS.'' In the Gila County portion of the boundary description, we are adding township T4S, R14E. Although most of this township lies in Pinal County and is listed in that portion of the table, a small area in the northeast corner of T4S, R14E lies within Gila County. Also in the Gila County portion of the boundary description, we are removing the phrase, ``except those portions in the San Carlos Indian Reservation'' because there are no tribal lands within the Gila County portions of T4S, R16E and T5S, R16E. Finally, in the Pinal County portion of the boundary description, we are adding T4S, R15E. This township, which was part of the area that was initially designated as unclassifiable for the 2008 Pb NAAQS, was inadvertently omitted from the boundary description when the area was redesignated to nonattainment.
Final Decision To Grant Warner-Lambert Company a Modification of Its Land-Ban Exemption
Document Number: 2014-22735
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) that modification of an exemption to the land disposal restrictions under the 1984 Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) has been granted to Warner-Lambert Company (Warner-Lambert), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pfizer, Inc., of Holland, Michigan.
Pesticide Chemicals; Registration Review; Draft Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2014-22584
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's draft human health and ecological risk assessments for the registration review of 2-EEEBC (debacarb) and isoxaben, and opens a public comment period on these documents. 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 draft human health and ecological risk assessments, including an endangered species assessment, for all uses of the previously listed pesticide chemicals. After reviewing comments received during the public comment period, EPA will issue revised risk assessments, explain any changes to the draft risk assessments, and respond to comments and may request public input on risk mitigation before completing proposed registration review decisions for the previously listed pesticide chemicals. 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.
Product Cancellation Order for Certain Pesticide Registrations; Correction
Document Number: 2014-22583
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA issued a notice in the Federal Register of August 13, 2014, and June 4, 2014, concerning receipt of requests to voluntarily cancel certain pesticide registrations and its follow-up cancellation order, respectively. In both notices, EPA inadvertently listed the incorrect existing stocks language for products Ronilan Manufacturer's Concentrate (EPA Reg. No. 007969-00057), Ronilan EG Fungicide (EPA Reg. No. 007969-00085), and Curalan EG Fungicide (EPA Reg. No. 007969- 00224). This document corrects the existing stocks language listed in both the August 13, 2014, and June 4, 2014, Federal Register notices.
Product Cancellation Order for Certain Pesticide Registrations
Document Number: 2014-22579
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces EPA's order for the cancellations, voluntarily requested by the registrants and accepted by the Agency, of the products listed in Table 1 of Unit II., pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). This cancellation order follows an August 6, 2014 Federal Register Notice of Receipt of Requests from the registrants listed in Table 2 of Unit II. to voluntarily cancel these product registrations. In the August 6, 2014 notice, EPA indicated that it would issue an order implementing the cancellations, unless the Agency received substantive comments within the 30 day comment period that would merit its further review of these requests, or unless the registrants withdrew their requests. The Agency did not receive any comments on the notice. Further, the registrants did not withdraw their requests. Accordingly, EPA hereby issues in this notice a cancellation order granting the requested cancellations. Any distribution, sale, or use of the products subject to this cancellation order is permitted only in accordance with the terms of this order, including any existing stocks provisions.
Fluensulfone; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2014-22466
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-09-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of fluensulfone in or on cucurbit vegetables and fruiting vegetables. Makhteshim Agan of North American Inc. (MANA), doing business as (dba) ADAMA, requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NESHAP for Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Boilers and Process Heaters (Renewal)
Document Number: 2014-22558
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``NESHAP for Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Boilers and Process Heaters (Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 2028.08, OMB Control No. 2060-0551), 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 revision of the ICR, which is currently approved through September 30, 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; Underground Storage Tanks: Technical and Financial Requirements, and State Program Approval Procedures (Renewal)
Document Number: 2014-22557
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``Underground Storage Tanks: Technical and Financial Requirements, and State Program Approval Procedures (Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 1360.13, OMB Control No. 2050-0068) 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 September 30, 2014. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (79 FR 22487) on April 22, 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.
Revisions to the Arizona State Implementation Plan; State Stationary Source Rules
Document Number: 2014-22480
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-09-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Arizona State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions include two State statutes and certain State rules that govern stationary sources under the jurisdiction of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and that establish definitions and other general provisions; ambient air quality standards and area designations; and emissions limitations and other requirements for certain types of stationary sources. Generally, approval of these revisions updates and replaces previously approved provisions in the Arizona SIP, but the EPA is also approving a few rules that are new to the Arizona SIP and a few rescissions that remove certain other rules from the Arizona SIP without replacement. The EPA is approving these revisions because they meet all applicable requirements of the Clean Air Act.
Revisions to the Arizona State Implementation Plan; State Stationary Source Rules
Document Number: 2014-22479
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-09-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the Arizona State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions include two State statutes and certain State rules that govern stationary sources under the jurisdiction of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and that establish definitions and other general provisions; ambient air quality standards and area designations; and emissions limitations and other requirements for certain type of stationary sources. Generally, approval of these revisions updates and replaces previously approved provisions in the Arizona SIP, but EPA is also approving a few rules that are new to the Arizona SIP and a few rescissions that remove certain other rules from the Arizona SIP without replacement. The EPA is approving these revisions because they meet all applicable requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).
Re-Proposal of the NPDES General Permit for Oil and Gas Geotechnical Surveying and Related Activities in Federal Waters of the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas
Document Number: 2014-22475
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On August 15, 2014, EPA provided public notice on the re- proposal of a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Oil and Gas Geotechnical Surveys and Related Activities in Federal Waters of the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas (Permit No. AKG-28-4300), and established a comment deadline of September 15, 2014. In response to a request from the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission to reopen the comment period deadline, EPA is reopening the comment period to September 30, 2014.
Final NPDES General Permit Modification for Discharges From the Oil and Gas Extraction Point Source Category to Coastal Waters in Texas and Onshore Stripper Well Category East of the 98th Meridian (TXG330000)
Document Number: 2014-22470
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Director of the Water Quality Protection Division, for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6 today announces issuance of the final permit modifications for the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general permit (TXG330000) regulating discharges from oil and gas wells in the Coastal Subcategory in Texas and in the Stripper Subcategory which discharge into waters in Texas. These modifications would restore coverage eligibility for certain inland discharges that existed in the previous permit and require freshwater whole effluent toxicity species for discharges to freshwater receiving waters. EPA proposed the draft permit modification in the Federal Register on December 2, 2013. EPA Region 6 has considered all comments received and makes few significant changes to the proposed permit. A copy of the Region's responses to comments and the final permit may be obtained from the EPA Region 6 internet site: http://www.epa.gov/region6/water/ npdes/genpermit/index.htm.
National Priorities List, Final Rule No. 59
Document Number: 2014-22429
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-09-22
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 five sites to the General Superfund section of the NPL.
National Priorities List, Proposed Rule No. 61
Document Number: 2014-22423
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-09-22
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 three sites to the General Superfund section of the NPL.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; West Virginia; 2014 Amendments to West Virginia's Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2014-22418
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-09-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve a revision to the West Virginia State Implementation Plan (SIP). The revision pertains to amendments of West Virginia's Legislative Rule on Ambient Air Quality Standards which change the effective date of the incorporation by reference of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) as well as their monitoring reference and equivalent methods. EPA is approving these revisions in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; West Virginia; 2014 Amendments to West Virginia's Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2014-22414
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-09-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA proposes to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of West Virginia for the purpose of amending their Legislative Rule on Ambient Air Quality Standards. 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 EPA 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.
Announcement To Extend the Period To Evaluate Public Comments Received on the Proposed Determination for the Pebble Deposit Area, Southwest Alaska
Document Number: 2014-22420
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On July 21, 2014, EPA published in the Federal Register (79 FR 42314) a Notice of Proposed Determination, under Section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act, to restrict the use of certain waters in the South Fork Koktuli River, North Fork Koktuli River, and Upper Talarik Creek 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. The notice established a public comment period that ended September 19, 2014. EPA also held seven hearings throughout Southwest Alaska during the week of August 11, 2014. More than 830 community members participated in the seven hearings, more than 300 of whom provided oral statements. In addition to testimony taken at the hearings, as of September 11, 2014, EPA had received over 155,000 written comments. EPA expects that number will be significantly larger at the conclusion of the comment period on September 19, 2014. EPA's regulations require that, within 30 days after the conclusion of public hearings (but not before the end of the comment period), the Regional Administrator either withdraw the Proposed Determination or prepare a Recommended Determination (40 CFR 231.5(a)). However, upon a showing of good cause, EPA may extend this time requirement (40 CFR 231.8). To allow full consideration of the extensive administrative record, including public comments, EPA finds there is good cause to extend the time period provided in 40 CFR 231.5(a). The time period to either withdraw the Proposed Determination or to prepare the Recommended Determination is therefore extended until no later than February 4, 2015.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Arizona; Regional Haze State and Federal Implementation Plans; Reconsideration
Document Number: 2014-22403
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-09-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a source-specific revision to the Arizona State Implementation Plan (SIP) that establishes an alternative to best available retrofit technology (BART) for Steam Units 2 and 3 (ST2 and ST3) at Arizona Electric Power Cooperative's (AEPCO) Apache Generating Station (Apache). The SIP revision also revises the emission limit for nitrogen oxides (NOX) applicable to Steam Unit 1 (ST1), when it is operated in combined-cycle mode with Gas Turbine 1 (GT1). EPA proposes to find that the BART alternative for ST2 and ST3 would provide greater reasonable progress toward natural visibility conditions than BART, in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and EPA's Regional Haze Rule (RHR). We also propose to approve the revision to the NOX emission limit for ST1 and GT1. In conjunction with this proposed approval, we propose to withdraw those portions of the federal implementation plan (FIP) that address BART for Apache. We previously partially granted AEPCO's petition for reconsideration of that FIP and are now proposing to find that withdrawal of the FIP, as it applies to Apache, constitutes our action on AEPCO's Petition for Reconsideration of the FIP.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2014-22400
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency