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

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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.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Redesignation of the Harrisburg-Lebanon-Carlisle-York Nonattainment Areas to Attainment for the 1997 Annual and the 2006 24-Hour Fine Particulate Matter Standard
Document Number: 2014-28591
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's requests to redesignate to attainment the Harrisburg-Lebanon-Carlisle-York nonattainment areas (hereafter ``the Areas'') for the 1997 annual and 2006 24-hour fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). EPA is also determining that the Areas continue to attain the 1997 annual and the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS. EPA is also approving as revisions to the Pennsylvania State Implementation Plan (SIP) the associated maintenance plans to show maintenance of the 1997 annual and 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS through 2025 for the Areas. The maintenance plans include the 2017 and 2025 PM2.5 and nitrogen oxides (NOX) mobile vehicle emissions budgets (MVEBs) for the Areas for the 1997 annual and the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS. EPA is finding the 2017 and 2025 PM2.5 and NOX MVEBs adequate for transportation conformity purposes and is finalizing the approval of the budgets. Furthermore, EPA is approving as revisions to the Pennsylvania SIP the 2007 base year emissions inventory for the Areas for the 1997 annual and the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Washington; Update to Materials Incorporated by Reference
Document Number: 2014-28588
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is updating the materials that are incorporated by reference (IBR) into the Washington State Implementation Plan (SIP). The regulations affected by this update have been previously submitted by the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) and approved by the EPA. In this action, the EPA is also notifying the public of a correction to a typographical error the IBR tables. This update affects the SIP materials that are available for public inspection at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center located at EPA Headquarters in Washington, DC, and the EPA Regional Office.
National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Secondary Aluminum Production
Document Number: 2014-27497
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-12-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This action supplements our notice of proposed rulemaking for the national emissions standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) for secondary aluminum production, which was published in the Federal Register on February 14, 2012. In that action, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed decisions concerning the residual risk and technology review for the Secondary Aluminum Production source category and proposed amendments to correct and clarify rule requirements. This supplemental proposal presents a revised risk review (including a revised inhalation risk assessment, a refined multipathway risk assessment, and an updated ample margin of safety analysis) and a revised technology review for the Secondary Aluminum Production source category. Similar to the 2012 proposal, we found risks due to emissions of air toxics to be acceptable from this source category and we identified no cost effective controls under the updated ample margin of safety analysis or the technology review to achieve further emissions reductions. Therefore, we are proposing no revisions to the numeric emission standards based on these revised analyses. However, this supplemental proposal supplements and modifies several of the proposed technical corrections and rule clarifications that were originally presented in the February 14, 2012 proposal; withdraws our previous proposal to include affirmative defense provisions in the regulation; proposes alternative compliance options for the operating and monitoring requirements for sweat furnaces; and provides a revised cost analysis for compliance testing. This action, if finalized, would result in improved monitoring, compliance and implementation of the rule.
2,5-Furandione, Polymer With Methoxyethene, Butyl Ethyl Ester, Sodium Salt; Tolerance Exemption
Document Number: 2014-28603
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of 2,5-Furandione, polymer with methoxyethene, butyl ethyl ester, sodium salt; when used as an inert ingredient in a pesticide chemical formulation. The firm Lewis & Harrison, on behalf of International Specialty Products submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), requesting an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of 2,5-Furandione, polymer with methoxyethene, butyl ethyl ester, sodium salt on food or feed commodities.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2014-28576
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Ferroalloys Production; Extension of Comment Period
Document Number: 2014-28387
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-12-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing that the period for providing public comments on the October 6, 2014, supplemental proposed rule titled ``National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Ferroalloys Production'' is being extended an additional 11 days.
Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) or Superfund, Section 128(a); Notice of Grant Funding Guidance for State and Tribal Response Programs for FY2015
Document Number: 2014-28464
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will begin to accept requests, from December 8, 2014 through January 31, 2015, for grants to supplement State and Tribal Response Programs. This notice provides guidance on eligibility for funding, use of funding, grant mechanisms and process for awarding funding, the allocation system for distribution of funding, and terms and reporting under these grants. EPA has consulted with state and tribal officials in developing this guidance. The primary goal of this funding is to ensure that state and tribal response programs include, or are taking reasonable steps to include, certain elements and a public record. Another goal is to provide funding for other activities that increase the number of response actions conducted or overseen by a state or tribal response program. This funding is not intended to supplant current state or tribal funding for their response programs. Instead, it is to supplement their funding to increase their response capacity. For fiscal year 2015, EPA will consider funding requests up to a maximum of $1.0 million per state or tribe. Subject to the availability of funds, EPA regional personnel will be available to provide technical assistance to states and tribes as they apply for and carry out these grants.
Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Community Right-to-Know Reporting Requirements Under Sections 311 and 312 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), EPA ICR Number 1352.13, OMB Control Number 2050-0072
Document Number: 2014-28448
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ``Community Right-to- Know Reporting Requirements under Sections 311 and 312 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), EPA ICR Number 1352.13, OMB Control Number 2050-0072 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 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.
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List: Deletion of the Consolidated Iron and Metal Superfund Site
Document Number: 2014-28445
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 2, announces the deletion of the Consolidated Iron and Metal Superfund Site (Site) located in the City of Newburgh, Orange County, New York, 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). The EPA and the State of New York, through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), 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.
Receipt of Pesticide Petition Filed for Residues of Bacillus subtilis Strain IAB/BS03; Reopening of Comment Period
Document Number: 2014-28389
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-12-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA issued a document in the Federal Register of September 12, 2013, announcing the filing of a pesticide tolerance petition for residues of the fungicide, Bacillus subtilis strain IAB/BS03. That pesticide petition requested that EPA establish an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of that fungicide in or on all food commodities. Through an administrative error, the summary of the pesticide petition was not made available in the docket. Now available in the docket, this document reopens the comment period for that pesticide petition for 30 days to allow for public review and comment.
Oxirane, Phenyl, Polymer With Oxirane, Monooctyl Ether; Tolerance Exemption
Document Number: 2014-28384
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of oxirane, phenyl, polymer with oxirane, monooctyl ether; when used as an inert ingredient in a pesticide chemical formulation. Envonik Corporation submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), requesting an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of oxirane, phenyl, polymer with oxirane, monooctyl ether on food or feed commodities.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Indiana
Document Number: 2014-28291
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a request submitted by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) on September 17, 2014, to revise the Indiana state implementation plan (SIP). The submission revises the Indiana Administrative Code (IAC) definition of ``References to the Code of Federal Regulations,'' from the 2011 edition to the 2013 edition. There is also a revised definition of ``Board.''
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Indiana
Document Number: 2014-28287
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-12-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a request submitted by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management on September 17, 2014, to revise the Indiana state implementation plan (SIP). The submission revises the Indiana Administrative Code definition of ``References to the Code of Federal Regulations,'' from the 2011 edition to the 2013 edition. There is also a revised definition of ``Board.''
Rulemaking To Amend Dates in Federal Implementation Plans Addressing Interstate Transport of Ozone and Fine Particulate Matter
Document Number: 2014-28286
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is amending the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) to correctly reflect the compliance deadlines for the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) as revised by the effect of the action of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit or Court) granting the EPA's motion to lift the previous stay of CSAPR and delay (toll) its deadlines by three years. With these ministerial amendments, the CFR text will correctly indicate that CSAPR's Phase 1 emissions budgets apply in 2015 and 2016 and that CSAPR's Phase 2 emissions budgets and assurance provisions apply in 2017 and beyond. The ministerial amendments similarly correct dates in the CFR text related to specific activities required or permitted under CSAPR by regulated sources, the EPA, and states, as well as dates related to the sunsetting of the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) upon its replacement by CSAPR. The amendments are necessary to clarify the timing of requirements and elections under CSAPR as shown in the CFR text so that compliance can begin in an orderly manner on January 1, 2015, consistent with the Court's order. The EPA is also taking comment on the amendments being made in this interim final rule and will consider whether to retain these revisions as promulgated or whether further revisions are necessary to make the CSAPR compliance deadlines consistent with the Court's order.
Availability of Data on Allocations of Cross-State Air Pollution Rule Allowances to Existing Electricity Generating Units
Document Number: 2014-28281
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Through this notice of data availability (NODA), the EPA is providing notice of allocations of emission allowances to certain units for compliance with the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR). Since its original promulgation, CSAPR has been amended in several subsequent rulemakings and its compliance deadlines have been tolled by three years pursuant to an order of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit or Court). These allowance allocations, which supersede the allocations announced in a 2011 NODA, reflect the changes to CSAPR made in those subsequent rulemakings as well as ``re- vintaging'' of previously recorded allowances so as to account for the impact of tolling of the rule's deadlines. The allocations apply only to units that commenced commercial operation before 2010 and only to the extent that states do not provide alternative allowance allocations following procedures set out in the rule. A spreadsheet containing both the allowance allocations and the data upon which the allocations are based has been posted on the EPA's Web site.
Notice of Workshop and Call for Information on Integrated Science Assessment for Particulate Matter
Document Number: 2014-28278
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Research and Development's National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) is preparing an Integrated Science Assessment (ISA) as part of the review of the primary and secondary National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter (PM). This ISA is intended to update the scientific assessment presented in the Integrated Science Assessment for Particulate Matter (EPA 600/R-08/139F), published in December 2009. Interested parties are invited to assist EPA in developing and refining the scientific information base for the review of the PM NAAQS by submitting research studies that have been published, accepted for publication, or presented at a public scientific meeting. EPA is also announcing that a workshop, entitled ``Workshop to Discuss Policy-Relevant Science to Inform EPA's Review of the Primary and Secondary NAAQS for PM,'' is being organized by NCEA and EPA Office of Air and Radiation's Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS). The workshop will be held February 9-February 11, 2015, in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. The workshop will be open to attendance by interested public observers on a first-come, first-served basis up to the limits of available space.
Information Session; Stakeholder Input on Implementation of the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act of 2014
Document Number: 2014-28394
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is convening an information and stakeholder input session in Washington, DC on December 8, 2014. The purpose of the session is to discuss implementation of the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act of 2014 (WIFIA). WIFIA is an innovative financing mechanism for water-related infrastructure of national or regional significance. It was signed into law on June 11, 2014. EPA will be providing an overview of the statute, assistance options and terms, and suggesting ideas for implementing the program. The agency would like participants to discuss project ideas and potential selection criteria; opportunities, challenges and questions about implementation; and future stakeholder engagement. The intended audience is municipal, state and regional utility decision makers; private finance sector representatives; and other interested organizations and parties.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; State of Montana Second 10-Year Carbon Monoxide Maintenance Plan for Billings
Document Number: 2014-28390
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-12-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing approval of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Montana. On July 13, 2011, the Governor of Montana's designee submitted to EPA a second 10-year maintenance plan for the Billings area for the carbon monoxide (CO) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). This maintenance plan addresses maintenance of the CO NAAQS for a second 10-year period beyond the original redesignation. EPA is also proposing approval of an alternative monitoring strategy for the Billings CO maintenance area, which was submitted by the Governor's designee on June 22, 2012.
Promulgation of State Implementation Plan Revisions; Infrastructure Requirements for the 1997 and 2006 PM2.5
Document Number: 2014-28301
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-12-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve elements of State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions from the State of South Dakota to demonstrate the State meets infrastructure requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) promulgated for particulate matter (PM) on July 18, 1997 and October 17, 2006; lead (Pb) on October 15, 2008; ozone on March 12, 2008; and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) on January 22, 2010. EPA is also proposing to approve SIP revisions the State submitted updating the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) program and provisions regarding state boards. Section 110(a) of the CAA requires that each state submit a SIP for the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of each NAAQS promulgated by EPA.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Massachusetts; Transit System Improvements
Document Number: 2014-28299
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-12-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Massachusetts on November 6, 2013. This proposal, if finalized, would remove the design of the Red Line/Blue Line Connector as a requirement in the Massachusetts SIP, without substitution or replacement, and would implement administrative changes that lengthen the existing public process by fifteen days and replace references to the Executive Office of Transportation (EOT) with references to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; State of Montana Second 10-Year Carbon Monoxide Maintenance Plan for Great Falls
Document Number: 2014-28293
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-12-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing approval of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Montana. On July 13, 2011, the Governor of Montana's designee submitted to EPA a second 10-year maintenance plan for the Great Falls area for the carbon monoxide (CO) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). This maintenance plan addresses maintenance of the CO NAAQS for a second 10-year period beyond the original redesignation. EPA is also proposing approval of an alternative monitoring strategy for the Great Falls CO maintenance area, which was submitted by the Governor's designee on June 22, 2012.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Iowa; 2014 Iowa State Implementation Plan
Document Number: 2014-28147
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a revision to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the State of Iowa. This final action will approve a revision to Iowa's SIP for the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The proposed action was published in the Federal Register on August 11, 2014. As stated in the proposal, the SIP revision submitted by the state satisfies the applicable requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and will keep the Muscatine County, Iowa area in attainment of the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS.
NPDES Electronic Reporting Rule
Document Number: 2014-27918
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-12-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On July 30, 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the NPDES Electronic Reporting Rule that would require electronic reporting instead of current paper-based NPDES reports. This action would modernize NPDES reporting, save time and resources for regulated entities and regulatory agencies, better protect the Nation's waters by improving compliance, and provide the public with access to information that affects their communities. The proposal would enhance transparency and accountability by providing regulatory agencies and the public with more timely, complete, accurate, and nationally- consistent data about the NPDES program and potential sources of water pollution. The benefits of this proposed rulemaking should allow NPDES- authorized programs in states, tribes, and territories to shift precious resources from data management activities to solving issues that threaten human health, water quality, and noncompliance issues. As a result of comments received on the proposed rule, we are soliciting further comments by opening a new public comment period.