Environmental Protection Agency December 9, 2014 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Decision on Request for Waiver From Testing
Document Number: 2014-28824
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA denied a request from Nation Ford Chemical (NFC) for a waiver from testing chloranil (2,3,5,6-tetrachloro-2,5-cyclohexadiene- 1,4-dione). Regulations issued by EPA under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) require that specified chemical substances be tested to determine if they are contaminated with halogenated dibenzo-p- dioxins (HDDs) or halogenated dibenzofurans (HDFs), and that results be reported to EPA. However, the regulations allow for exclusion or waiver from these requirements if an appropriate application is submitted to EPA and is approved. EPA received a request for a waiver from these testing requirements from NFC.
Receipt of Test Data Under the Toxic Substances Control Act
Document Number: 2014-28821
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is announcing its receipt of test data submitted pursuant to test rules issued by EPA under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). As required by TSCA, this document identifies each chemical substance and/or mixture for which test data have been received; the uses or intended uses of such chemical substances and/or mixtures; and describes the nature of the test data received. Each chemical substance and/or mixture related to this announcement is identified in Unit I. under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Underground Injection Control Program; Hazardous Waste Injection Restrictions; Reissuance of a Petition for Exemption-Class I Hazardous Waste Injection; Pergan Marshall, LLC Marshall, TX
Document Number: 2014-28810
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that a reissuance of an exemption to the land disposal Restrictions, under the 1984 Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, has been denied to Pergan Marshall, LLC for two Class I injection wells located at Marshall, TX. The company was unable to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Environmental Protection Agency by the petition reissuance application and supporting documentation that, to a reasonable degree of certainty, there would be no migration of hazardous constituents from the injection zone for as long as the waste remains hazardous. This final decision prohibits the underground injection by Pergan, of restricted hazardous wastes, into Class I hazardous waste injection wells WDW-180 and WDW-243. A public notice was issued October 2, 2014. The public comment period closed on November 18, 2014. No comments were received. This decision constitutes final Agency action and there is no Administrative appeal. This decision may be reviewed/appealed in compliance with the Administrative Procedure Act.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Indiana; Open Burning Rule
Document Number: 2014-28798
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a November 14, 2011, request by Indiana to revise the state implementation plan (SIP) to update the open burning provisions in Title 326 of the Indiana Administrative Code (IAC), Article 4, Rule 1 (326 IAC 4-1), Open Burning Rule. This action applies statewide, with the exception of Clark, Floyd, Lake and Porter counties. EPA is approving this rule for attainment counties and is taking no action on the rule for Clark, Floyd, Lake and Porter counties which are nonattainment or maintenance areas for ozone (O3) or particulate matter (PM).
Redesignation Request and Maintenance Plan for PM2.
Document Number: 2014-28729
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve, as a revision of the California state implementation plan (SIP), the State's request to redesignate the Yuba City-Marysville nonattainment area to attainment for the 2006 24-hour fine particulate matter (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standard. The EPA is also taking final action to approve the PM2.5 maintenance plan and the associated motor vehicle emissions budgets for use in transportation conformity determinations necessary for the Yuba City-Marysville area. Finally, the EPA is taking final action to approve the attainment year emissions inventory. The EPA is approving this revision because it meets the requirements of the Clean Air Act and EPA guidance for such plans, motor vehicle emissions budgets, and inventories.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Wisconsin; Nitrogen Oxide Combustion Turbine Alternative Control Requirements for the Milwaukee-Racine Former Nonattainment Area
Document Number: 2014-28727
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On February 24, 2014, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) submitted revisions to the limits found in its nitrogen oxides (NOX) combustion turbine rule for the Milwaukee-Racine area formerly nonattainment for the 1997 ozone standard. This revision is contained in ``2013 Wisconsin Act 91Senate Bill 371,'' which provides for alternative NOX requirements, subject to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approval on a case-by- case basis, to determine whether these alternative limits satisfy the reasonably available control technology (RACT) requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA). EPA proposed to approve this rule as a revision to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) on April 30, 2014, and received adverse comments. EPA subsequently issued a supplemental proposal on October 9, 2014, to address the issue of whether the SIP revision satisfies certain anti-backsliding requirements of the CAA. EPA received an adverse comment on this supplemental proposal on October 23, 2014. After duly considering both this comment and the adverse comments received in response to the April 30, 2014, proposal, EPA is approving this rule because the process established will ensure that modified sources meet RACT and the revision meets the anti-backsliding requirements of the CAA. This final action addresses all of these adverse comments.
Clean Data Determination for 1997 PM2.
Document Number: 2014-28709
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-12-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to determine that the South Coast air quality planning area in California has attained the 1997 annual and 24-hour fine particle (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standards. This proposed determination is based upon complete (or otherwise validated), quality-assured, and certified ambient air monitoring data showing that the area has monitored attainment of the 1997 annual and 24-hour PM2.5 standards based on the 2011-2013 monitoring period. The EPA is further proposing that, if the EPA finalizes this determination of attainment, the requirements for the area to submit certain State implementation plan revisions shall be suspended for so long as the area continues to attain the 1997 annual and 24-hour PM2.5 standards.
Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule: 2015 Revisions and Confidentiality Determinations for Petroleum and Natural Gas Systems
Document Number: 2014-28395
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-12-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing revisions and confidentiality determinations for the petroleum and natural gas systems source category of the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program. In particular, the EPA is proposing to add calculation methods and reporting requirements for greenhouse gas emissions from gathering and boosting facilities, completions and workovers of oil wells with hydraulic fracturing, and blowdowns of natural gas transmission pipelines between compressor stations. The EPA is also proposing well identification reporting requirements to improve the EPA's ability to verify reported data and enhance transparency. This action also proposes confidentiality determinations for new data elements contained in these proposed amendments.
Delay in Issuing 2014 Standards for the Renewable Fuel Standard Program
Document Number: 2014-28163
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-12-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing that it will not be finalizing 2014 applicable percentage standards under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program before the end of 2014. In light of this delay in issuing the 2014 RFS standards, the compliance demonstration deadline for the 2013 RFS standards will take place in 2015. EPA will be making modifications to the EPA-Moderated Transaction System (EMTS) to ensure that Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) generated in 2012 are valid for demonstrating compliance with the 2013 applicable standards.