Amendment of the External Compliance Program Discrimination Complaint Files, EPA-21
Pursuant to the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 USC 552a), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is giving notice that it is amending the External Compliance Program Discrimination Complaint Files system of records. The system is being amended to change the (1) system name; (2) addresses of system locations and system managers; (3) categories of individuals covered by the system; (4) routine uses; and (5) storage, retrievability and safeguard requirements.
Receipt of Several Pesticide Petitions Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals In or On Various Commodities
This document announces the Agency's receipt of several initial filings of pesticide petitions requesting the establishment or modification of regulations for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Rhode Island; Decommissioning of Stage II Vapor Recovery Systems
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. This revision includes regulatory amendments that allow gasoline dispensing facilities (GDFs) to decommission their Stage II vapor recovery systems as of December 25, 2013, and a demonstration that such removal is consistent with the Clean Air Act and EPA guidance. This revision also includes regulatory amendments that strengthen Rhode Island's requirements for Stage I vapor recovery systems at GDFs. The intended effect of this action is to propose approval of Rhode Island's revised vapor recovery regulations.
2014 Fall Joint Meeting of the Ozone Transport Commission and the Mid-Atlantic Northeast Visibility Union
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the joint 2014 Fall Meeting of the Ozone Transport Commission (OTC) and the Mid-Atlantic Northeast Visibility Union (MANE- VU). The meeting agenda will include topics regarding reducing ground- level ozone precursors and matters relative to Regional Haze and visibility improvement in Federal Class I areas in a multi-pollutant context.
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List: Partial Deletion of the California Gulch Superfund Site
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 8 announces the deletion of the Operable Unit 4 (OU4), Upper California Gulch; Operable Unit 5 (OU5), ASARCO Smelters/Slag/Mill Sites; and Operable Unit 7 (OU7), Apache Tailing Impoundment, of the California Gulch Superfund Site (Site) located in Lake County, Colorado, 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 partial deletion pertains to the Operable Unit 4, Upper California Gulch (media of concernwaste rock and fluvial tailing piles); Operable Unit 5, ASARCO Smelters/Slag/Mill Sites (media of concern slag and soil); and Operable Unit 7, Apache Tailing Impoundment (media of concerntailing and soil), of the California Gulch Superfund Site (Site). Operable Unit 2, Malta Gulch; Operable Unit 8, Lower California Gulch; Operable Unit 9, Residential Populated Areas; and Operable Unit 10, Oregon Gulch were partially deleted by previous rules. Operable Unit 1, the Yak Tunnel/Water Treatment Plant; Operable Unit 3, the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad Company Slag Piles/Railroad Easement/Railroad Yard; Operable Unit 6, Starr Ditch/Penrose Dump/Stray Horse Gulch/Evans Gulch; Operable Unit 11, the Arkansas River Floodplain; and Operable Unit 12 (OU12), Site-wide Water Quality will remain on the NPL and is/are not being considered for deletion as part of this action. The EPA and the State of Colorado, through the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment, have determined that all appropriate response actions under CERCLA, other than operation, maintenance, and five-year reviews, have been completed. However, the deletion of these parcels does not preclude future actions under Superfund.
Findings of Failure To Submit State Implementation Plan; California; Interstate Transport Requirements for 2006 24-Hour Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making a finding that California has not submitted a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision for the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) provisions that require the SIP to contain adequate provisions to address the transport of air pollution to other states. Specifically, these requirements pertain to significant contribution to nonattainment, or interference with maintenance, of the 2006 24-hour fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) in any other state. EPA refers to such submittals as ``interstate transport'' SIPs and often refers to the specific requirements addressed in this final rule as ``prongs 1 and 2'' since they address the first two of several interstate transport requirements. This finding of failure to submit establishes a deadline of 24 months after the effective date of this final rule for EPA to promulgate a Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) to address these two interstate transport requirements for California for the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS unless, prior to that time, the state submits, and EPA approves, a submittal that meets these requirements.
Definition of “Waters of the United States” Under the Clean Water Act Proposed Rule; Notice of Availability
This document announces the availability of the Science Advisory Board's (SAB) final peer review of the EPA's draft report Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis. This document has been placed in the docket for the EPA and the Corps proposed rule ``Definition of `Waters of the United States' Under the Clean Water Act.''
Revisions to Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements, and Confidentiality Determinations Under the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program; Final Rule
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is amending the reporting and recordkeeping requirements of the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program. These amendments include an alternative verification approach in lieu of collecting certain data elements for which the EPA has identified disclosure concerns and for which the reporting deadline was deferred until March 31, 2015. The alternative verification approach includes the addition of new verification, recordkeeping, and reporting requirements while maintaining the EPA's ability to verify emissions and ensure compliance with the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program. In conjunction with the amendments, the EPA is establishing final confidentiality determinations for the new data elements added in this action.