Environmental Protection Agency December 11, 2014 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Fuels and Fuel Additives: Request for Substantiations of Claims of Confidential Business Information (CBI) From Businesses That Have Submitted Reports and Transactional Information Under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Program
Document Number: 2014-29155
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) has received a request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for certain records submitted to EPA under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program between January 1, 2011 and November 2014. These records were submitted to EPA pursuant to the RFS program's annual reporting, quarterly reporting and transactional information reporting within EPA's Moderated Transaction System (EMTS). This notice is a request for substantiations of confidentiality claims from businesses that have submitted any or all of the information listed in this notice and are claiming the information as confidential business information (CBI). The procedures by which businesses may voluntarily substantiate claims of CBI in regard to the information at issue in the FOIA request are provided in this notice, which is referenced in the parties' joint briefing schedule in the case, Perkins Coie LLP v. McCarthy, Case 1:13- cv-01799 (D.D.C filed Nov. 11, 2013). EPA's Office of General Counsel (OGC) will review comments received in response to this notice in preparing a Final Confidentiality Determination under 40 CFR part 2, subpart B, to determine whether the information at issue should be released publicly in response to the FOIA request at issue in the above-referenced litigation. If OGC determines after reviewing the substantiations that some or all of the documents responsive to the FOIA request are not entitled to confidential treatment under 40 CFR part 2, and therefore should be released, EPA will provide notice of this determination by letter, prior to release, to businesses who have submitted the information, allowing such businesses 10 working days to respond, pursuant to 40 CFR 2.205(f).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; District of Columbia; Preconstruction Requirements-Nonattainment New Source Review
Document Number: 2014-29128
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-12-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve an April 5, 2013 State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the District Department of the Environment (DDOE) for the District of Columbia (DC). This revision pertains to DC's nonattainment New Source Review (NSR) program, notably provisions for Plantwide Applicability Limits (PALs) and preconstruction permitting requirements for major sources of fine particulate matter (PM2.5). This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; State of New Mexico; Infrastructure SIP Requirements for the 2008 Lead National Ambient Air Quality Standard and Repeal of Cement Kilns Rule
Document Number: 2014-29091
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-12-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve elements of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) submission from the State of New Mexico addressing the applicable requirements of Clean Air Act (CAA) section 110 for the 2008 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for Lead (Pb), which requires that each state adopt and submit a SIP to support implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of each new or revised NAAQS promulgated by EPA. These SIPs are commonly referred to as ``infrastructure'' SIPs. 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. Additionally, we are proposing to approve a revision to the New Mexico SIP that repeals an existing state-wide cement kilns rule.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; State Program Adequacy Determination: Municipal Solid Waste Landfills and Non-Municipal, Non-Hazardous Waste Disposal Units That Receive Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator Hazardous Waste
Document Number: 2014-29087
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ``State Program Adequacy Determination: Municipal Solid Waste Landfills (MSWLFs) and Non-Municipal, Non-Hazardous Waste Disposal Units that Receive Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator (CESQG) Hazardous Waste.'' (EPA ICR No. 1608.07, OMB Control No. 2050-0152) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). Before doing so, the EPA is soliciting public comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below. This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through April 30, 2015. 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.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Final Authorization for Hazardous Waste Management Programs
Document Number: 2014-29086
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), Final Authorization for Hazardous Waste Management Programs (EPA ICR No. 0969.10, OMB Control No. 2050-0041) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). Before doing so, the EPA is soliciting public comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below. This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through April 30, 2015. An Agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; State Small Business Stationary Source Technical and Environmental Compliance Assistance Programs (SBTCP) Annual Reporting Form (Renewal)
Document Number: 2014-29085
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ``State Small Business Stationary Source Technical and Environmental Compliance Assistance Programs (SBTCP) Annual Reporting Form (Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 1748.10, OMB Control No. 2060-0337) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). Before doing so, EPA is soliciting public comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below. This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through May 31, 2015. 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.
National Oil and Hazardous Substance Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List: Deletion of the Belvidere Municipal Landfill Superfund Site
Document Number: 2014-29032
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 is publishing a direct final Notice of Deletion of the Belvidere Municipal Landfill Superfund Site (Site), located in Belvidere, Illinois, 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 appendix B to the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP). This direct final deletion is being published by EPA with the concurrence of the State of Illinois, through the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA), because EPA has determined that all appropriate response actions under CERCLA, other than operation, maintenance, and five-year reviews, have been completed. However, this deletion does not preclude future actions under Superfund.
National Oil and Hazardous Substance Pollution Contingency Plan National Priorities List
Document Number: 2014-29031
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-12-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 5 is issuing a Notice of Intent to Delete the Belvidere Municipal Landfill Superfund Site (Site) located in Belvidere, Illinois from the National Priorities List (NPL) and requests public comments on this proposed action. The NPL, promulgated pursuant to section 105 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980, as amended, is found at Appendix B of 40 CFR part 300 which is the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP). The EPA and the State of Illinois, through the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA), have determined that all appropriate response actions under CERCLA, other than operation, maintenance, and five-year reviews, have been completed. However, this deletion does not preclude future actions under Superfund.
National Priorities List
Document Number: 2014-28979
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-11
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 one site, Colorado Smelter, to the General Superfund section of the NPL.
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; Proposed Rule; Withdrawal
Document Number: 2014-28978
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-12-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is withdrawing its May 10, 1993 proposal to add the ASARCO, Inc. (Globe Plant) site in Denver, Colorado to the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL) because the site is being deferred to the State of Colorado. The majority of the cleanup work at this site has been completed under state oversight. An enforceable agreement is in place to complete the cleanup and maintain the remedy, which will be protective of human health and the environment.
Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program: Addition of Global Warming Potentials to the General Provisions and Amendments and Confidentiality Determinations for Fluorinated Gas Production
Document Number: 2014-28444
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is adding chemical- specific and default global warming potentials (GWPs) for a number of fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-GHGs) and fluorinated heat transfer fluids (F-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 changes will increase the completeness and accuracy of the carbon dioxide (CO2)- equivalent emissions calculated and reported by suppliers and emitters of fluorinated GHGs and HTFs. The EPA is also making conforming changes to the provisions for the Electronics Manufacturing and Fluorinated Gas Production source categories. In addition, the EPA is amending certain provisions of the Fluorinated Gas Production source category to reduce the level of detail in which emissions are reported, eliminate the mass-balance emission calculation method, and clarify the emission factor method. These amendments also include an alternative verification approach for this source category 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. In addition, this action establishes confidentiality determinations for certain reporting requirements of the Fluorinated Gas Production source category.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Washington; Redesignation to Attainment for the Tacoma-Pierce County Nonattainment Area and Approval of Associated Maintenance Plan for the 2006 24-Hour Fine Particulate Matter Standard
Document Number: 2014-28150
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-12-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to redesignate to attainment the entire Tacoma-Pierce County nonattainment area (hereafter ``the Tacoma area'' or ``the area'') for the 2006 24- hour fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). The EPA is also proposing to approve as a revision to the Washington State Implementation Plan (SIP), the associated maintenance plan that provides for continued compliance of the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS. Additionally, the EPA is proposing to approve the 2017 and 2026 motor vehicle emissions budgets included in Washington's maintenance plan for PM2.5 and nitrogen oxides (NOX). In the course of proposing to approve redesignation of the Tacoma area, the EPA addresses a number of additional issues, including the effects of a January 4, 2013 decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (D.C. Circuit or Court) to remand to the EPA two final rules implementing the 1997 PM2.5 NAAQS.