Environmental Protection Agency December 29, 2014 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Regulation of Fuels and Fuel Additives
Document Number: 2014-30464
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Renewal and Consolidation of Several Currently Approved Collections; Comment Request
Document Number: 2014-30412
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit a request to renew and consolidate three currently approved Information Collection Requests (ICRs) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The consolidated ICR is entitled: ``Lead Training, Certification, Accreditation and Authorization Activities'' and identified by (EPA ICR No. 2507.01 and OMB Control No. 2070-(NEW)). This new ICR consolidates the following three ICRs, whose existing approval EPA is seeking to renew in order to allow for the consolidated ICR to complete the PRA process: ``Lead-Based Paint Pre-Renovation Information Dissemination TSCA Sec. 406(b)'' (EPA ICR No. 1669.06, OMB Control No. 2070-0158; scheduled to expire on April 30, 2015); ``TSCA Section 402 and Section 404 Training and Certification, Accreditation and Standards for Lead- Based Paint Activities and Renovation, Repair, and Painting'' (EPA ICR No. 1715.13, OMB Control No. 2070-0155; scheduled to expire on December 31, 2015); and ``Lead; Clearance and Clearance Testing Requirements for the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Program'' (EPA ICR No. 2381.02, OMB Control No. 2070-0181; scheduled to expire on April 30, 2015). Before submitting these ICRs to OMB for review and approval under the PRA, EPA is required to solicit comments on specific aspects of the information collections. Please note that the three ICR renewals are exactly the same as the ICRs that are currently approved. The Agency has not made any changes to these renewal ICRs because the covered activities are being consolidated, along with the estimated burdens, into the consolidated ICR.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2014-30401
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program (Renewal)
Document Number: 2014-30254
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program (Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 0370.25, OMB Control No. 2040- 0042) 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 December 31, 2014. EPA requested public comments via the Federal Register (79 FR 46437) on August 8, 2014, for a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is provided in this request, 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 Plan; Pennsylvania; Determination of Attainment for the 2008 Lead National Ambient Air Quality Standard for the Lyons Nonattainment Area
Document Number: 2014-30174
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to determine that the Lyons, Pennsylvania nonattainment area (hereafter referred to as the ``Lyons Area'' or ``Area'') has attained the 2008 lead (Pb) national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). On March 31, 2014, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, submitted a request to EPA to make a determination that the Lyons Area has attained the 2008 Pb NAAQS. This determination of attainment is based upon certified, quality-assured, and quality-controlled ambient air monitoring data from 2011-2013 which shows that the Area has monitored attainment for the 2008 Pb NAAQS. Additionally, as a result of this determination, EPA is taking final action to suspend the requirements for the Area to submit an attainment demonstration, together with reasonably available control measures (RACM), a reasonable further progress (RFP) plan, and contingency measures for failure to meet RFP or attainment deadlines for so long as the Area continues to attain the 2008 Pb NAAQS. This determination does not constitute a redesignation to attainment. The Lyons Area will remain designated nonattainment for the 2008 Pb NAAQS until such time as EPA determines that the Lyons Area meets the Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements for redesignation to attainment, including an approved maintenance plan. These actions are being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Benzidine-Based Chemical Substances; Di-n-pentyl Phthalate (DnPP); and Alkanes, C12-13, Chloro; Significant New Use Rule
Document Number: 2014-29887
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), EPA is promulgating a significant new use rule (SNUR) to add nine benzidine- based chemical substances to the existing SNUR on benzidine-based chemical substances. With respect to both the newly-added benzidine- based chemical substances and the previously-listed benzidine-based chemical substances, this rule makes inapplicable the exemption relating to persons that import or process substances as part of an article. EPA is also promulgating a SNUR for di-n-pentyl phthalate (DnPP) and a SNUR for alkanes, C12-13, chloro. These actions require persons who intend to manufacture (defined by statute to include import) or process these chemical substances for an activity that is designated as a significant new use to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing such manufacture or processing. The required notifications will provide EPA with the opportunity to evaluate activities associated with a significant new use and, if necessary based on the information available at that time, an opportunity to protect against potential unreasonable risks, if any, from that activity before it occurs. EPA is also making a technical amendment to the codified list of control numbers for approved information collection activities so that it includes the control number assigned by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to the information collection activities contained in this rule.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Missouri; St. Louis Inspection and Maintenance Program
Document Number: 2014-29869
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-12-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes to approve State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of Missouri relating to the Inspection and Maintenance (I/M) Program. On August 16, 2007, and December 7, 2007, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) requested to amend the SIP to replace the St. Louis centralized transient I/M240 vehicle test program Gateway Clean Air Program (GCAP) and associated state rule with a de-centralized, OBD only vehicle I/M program called, the Gateway Vehicle Inspection Program (GVIP), and a new I/M rule reflecting these changes. In this action, EPA is also proposing approval of three additional SIP revisions submitted by Missouri related to the state's I/M program including minor clarification edits to the new I/M rule, exemptions for specially constructed vehicles or ``kit-cars,'' exemptions for Plugin Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV), and rescission of Missouri State Highway Patrol rules from the Missouri SIP. These revisions to Missouri's SIP do not have an adverse effect on air quality as demonstrated in the technical support document which is a part of this docket. EPA's approval of these SIP revisions is being done in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).