Environmental Protection Agency 2014 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

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Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; North Carolina; Approval of Revisions to Inspection and Maintenance (I/M) Regulations Within the North Carolina State Implementation Plan; Correcting Amendment
Document Number: 2014-26521
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-11-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On October 30, 2002, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a direct final rule in the Federal Register approving North Carolina State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions, submitted through the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NC DENR), Division of Air Quality (DAQ), regarding the State's enhanced inspection and maintenance (I/M) program. This correcting amendment corrects inadvertent errors for two rule titles in the regulatory text of EPA's October 30, 2002, direct final rule.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Withdrawal of Federal Implementation Plan; Texas; Prevention of Significant Deterioration; Greenhouse Gas Tailoring Rule Revisions
Document Number: 2014-26315
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-11-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to rescind a Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) for Texas for greenhouse gas (GHG) Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permitting, with three limited circumstances for retained federal permitting authority. We are removing the majority of the GHG PSD FIP because in a separate but simultaneous action being published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register, we are finalizing approval of the majority of revisions to the Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to the EPA on October 5, 2010, and April 16, 2014, that address the state's authority to regulate GHGs and establish an approvable GHG PSD permitting program. The EPA is finalizing this action under Section 110 and Part C of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Texas; Prevention of Significant Deterioration; Greenhouse Gas Tailoring Rule Revisions
Document Number: 2014-26314
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-11-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving portions of two revisions to the Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to the EPA on October 5, 2010, and April 16, 2014. Together, these two SIP submittals revise the Texas Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) Program to provide for the regulation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and clarify the applicability of Best Available Control Technology (BACT) for all PSD permit applications. The EPA is approving portions of the October 5, 2010, and April 16, 2014, SIP revisions to the Texas SIP and New Source Review (NSR) permitting program as consistent with federal requirements for PSD permitting of GHG emissions. The EPA is taking no action on the portion of the October 5, 2010, SIP revision which pertains to the Texas Minor NSR program for Qualified Facilities and portions of the April 16, 2014, submittal that appear no longer appropriate for inclusion in the Texas SIP after the recent United States Supreme Court decision discussing greenhouse gas emissions. The EPA is approving this action under Section 110 and Part C of the Clean Air Act (CAA). In a separate but simultaneous action published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register, the EPA is also rescinding the GHG PSD Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) for Texas, with three limited circumstances for retained authority.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2014-26532
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-11-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
2-Propenoic Acid, 2-Methyl-, Phenylmethyl Ester, Polymer With 2-Propenoic Acid, Peroxydisulfuric Acid ([(HO)S(O)2]2O2) Sodium Salt (1:2)-Initiated, Compounds With Diethanolamine; Tolerance Exemption
Document Number: 2014-26529
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-11-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of 2-propenoic acid, 2-methyl-, phenylmethyl ester, polymer with 2-propenoic acid, peroxydisulfuric acid ([(HO)S(O)2]2O2) sodium salt (1:2)-initiated, compounds with diethanolamine, with a minimum number average molecular weight of 2,000 amu; when used as an inert ingredient in a pesticide formulation. Akzo Nobel Surface Chemistry, LLC 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- propenoic acid, 2-methyl-, phenylmethyl ester, polymer with 2-propenoic acid, peroxydisulfuric acid ([(HO)S(O)2]2O2) sodium salt (1:2)- initiated, compounds with diethanolamine on food or feed commodities.
Acetic Acid Ethenyl Ester, Polymer With Ethane, Ethenyltriethoxysilane and Sodium Ethenesulfonate (1:1); Tolerance Exemption
Document Number: 2014-26528
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-11-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of acetic acid ethenyl ester, polymer with ethane, ethenyltriethoxysilane and sodium ethenesulfonate (1:1); minimum number average molecular weight (in amu), 16,200 (CASRN 913187- 38-9); when used as an inert ingredient in a pesticide chemical formulation. Celanese, Ltd. 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 acetic acid ethenyl ester, polymer with ethane, ethenyltriethoxysilane and sodium ethenesulfonate (1:1); on food or feed commodities.
Receipt of a Pesticide Petition Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals In or On Various Commodities
Document Number: 2014-26527
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-11-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document announces the Agency's receipt of an initial filing of a pesticide petition requesting the establishment or modification of regulations for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities.
FD&C Red No. 40; Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: 2014-26526
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-11-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of FD&C Red No. 40 when used as an inert ingredient as colorant in antimicrobial pesticide formulation in food- contact surface sanitizer products at a maximum level in the end-use concentration of 20 parts per million (ppm). Diversey Inc., submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), requesting establishment of an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of FD&C Red No. 40.
Access to Confidential Business Information by Several Student Services Contractors
Document Number: 2014-26525
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-11-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is continuing to authorize Student Services Contractors access to information which has been submitted to EPA under all sections of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Some of the information may be claimed or determined to be Confidential Business Information (CBI). Original notice of this access was published in the Federal Register on May 18, 2012.
Standards of Performance for Grain Elevators
Document Number: 2014-26524
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-11-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing that the period for providing public comments on the July 9, 2014, proposed rule titled ``Standards of Performance for Grain Elevators'' is being extended an additional 45 days.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Washington: Nonattainment New Source Review
Document Number: 2014-26451
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-11-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving revisions to the Washington State Implementation Plan (SIP) that were submitted by the Department of Ecology (Ecology) on January 27, 2014. These revisions update the preconstruction permitting regulations for large industrial (major source) facilities located in designated nonattainment areas, referred to as the Nonattainment New Source Review (major nonattainment NSR or major NNSR) program. While these revisions update Ecology's major NNSR program generally, the most significant change is the incorporation of regulations to implement major NNSR for fine particulate matter, particles with an aerodynamic diameter less than or equal to a nominal 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5). The major NNSR program is designed to ensure that major stationary sources of air pollution are constructed or modified in a manner that is consistent with attainment and maintenance of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).
Proposed Administrative Settlement Pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act
Document Number: 2014-26450
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-11-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with Section 122(i) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, as amended (``CERCLA''), 42 U.S.C. 9622(i), notice is hereby given of a proposed administrative settlement concerning the EXPLO Systems, Inc., Superfund Site (``Site''), generally located on a portion of Camp Minden, Webster Parrish, Louisiana. This Settlement Agreement provides for the performance of a removal action by Settling Respondent, the payment of certain response costs incurred by Settling Respondent by the Settling Federal Agency, and the payment of certain response costs incurred by the United States, by the Settling Respondent at or in connection with the Site. For thirty (30) days following the date of publication of this notice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (``Agency'') will receive written comments solely on the Agency's cost recovery component, at Paragraphs 38.a and 38.1a, of this Settlement Agreement. The Agency may withhold consent from or seek to modify the Agency's cost recovery component, at Paragraphs 38.a and 38.1a, of the Settlement Agreement, if comments received disclose facts or considerations which indicate that the Settlement Agreement is inappropriate, improper, or inadequate. The Agency's response to any comments received will be available for public inspection at 1445 Ross Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75202-2733.
Proposed Consent Decree, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
Document Number: 2014-26449
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-11-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with section 113(g) of the Clean Air Act, as amended (``CAA'' or the ``Act''), notice is hereby given of a proposed consent decree to address a lawsuit filed by Sierra Club in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia: Sierra Club v. McCarthy, Case No. 1:14-cv-00833-ESH (D.D.C.). On May 20, 2014, Plaintiff filed a complaint which alleged that Gina McCarthy, in her official capacity as Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA''), failed to perform her nondiscretionary duty to take action on a number of Texas state implementation plan (``SIP'') submissions for the Dallas/Ft. Worth nonattainment area to address the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS within one year of the date the submissions were deemed complete by operation of law. These SIP submissions include a demonstration of attainment, reasonably available control technology (``RACT'') requirements for volatile organic compounds (``VOCs'') and nitrogen oxides (``NOX''), and provisions for reasonable further progress (``RFP'') toward attainment. Plaintiff's complaint also alleged that the Administrator failed to perform a nondiscretionary duty to determine whether the Dallas/Ft. Worth area attained the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS by the June 15, 2013 attainment date and to reclassify the area accordingly. The proposed consent decree would establish deadlines for EPA to take these actions.
Deltamethrin; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2014-26430
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-11-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of deltamethrin in or on finfish. Center for Regulatory Services, Inc., on behalf of PHARMAQ AS, requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Phosphoric Acid Manufacturing and Phosphate Fertilizer Production RTR and Standards of Performance for Phosphate Processing
Document Number: 2014-25872
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-11-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing amendments to the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for the Phosphoric Acid Manufacturing and Phosphate Fertilizer Production source categories and to new source performance standards (NSPS) for several phosphate processing categories. The proposed amendments address the results of the residual risk and technology reviews (RTR) conducted as required under the Clean Air Act (CAA), as well as other actions deemed appropriate during the review of these standards. The proposed amendments include numeric emission limits for mercury and work practice standards for hydrogen fluoride (HF) from calciners; work practice standards for hazardous air pollutant (HAP) emissions from gypsum dewatering stacks and cooling ponds; emission standards requiring HF testing from various affected sources; clarifications to the applicability and monitoring requirements for both source categories to accommodate process equipment and technology changes; changes to remove the exemptions for startup, shutdown and malfunction; work practice standards for periods of startup and shutdown; and revised provisions to address recordkeeping and reporting requirements applicable to periods of startup, shutdown and malfunction. The proposed amendments will reduce mercury emissions, thereby reducing potential mercury exposure to children, including the unborn. Further, the EPA has conducted an 8- year review of the current NSPS for these source categories, and is proposing that no revisions to the numeric emission limits for these standards are appropriate.
Consolidated Rules of Practice Governing the Administrative Assessment of Civil Penalties, Issuance of Compliance or Corrective Action Orders, and the Revocation, Termination or Suspension of Permits
Document Number: 2014-26321
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-11-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This direct final rule revises the scope of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Consolidated Rules of Practice governing the administrative assessment of civil penalties to encompass the assessment of civil penalties under the air pollution control provisions of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships. The EPA has not previously established adjudicatory procedures for the assessment of civil penalties under that statute. Establishment of such procedures will provide for the efficient and effective adjudication, including administrative appeals, of such proceedings consistent with statutory requirements. This rule also revises the address for the Environmental Appeals Board to reflect its relocation to the William Jefferson Clinton East Building.
Consolidated Rules of Practice Governing the Administrative Assessment of Civil Penalties, Issuance of Compliance or Corrective Action Orders, and the Revocation, Termination or Suspension of Permits
Document Number: 2014-26318
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-11-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This proposed rule revises the scope of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Consolidated Rules of Practice governing the administrative assessment of civil penalties to encompass the assessment of civil penalties under the air pollution control provisions of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships. The EPA has not previously established adjudicatory procedures for the assessment of civil penalties under that statute. Establishment of such procedures will provide for the efficient and effective adjudication, including administrative appeals, of such proceedings consistent with statutory requirements. This proposed rule also revises the address for the Environmental Appeals Board to reflect its relocation to the William Jefferson Clinton East Building. In the ``Rules and Regulations'' section of this Federal Register, we are making this same amendment as a direct final rule. If we receive no adverse comment, the direct final rule will go into effect and we will not take further action on this proposed rule.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Allegheny County; Control of Outdoor Wood-Fired Boilers
Document Number: 2014-26300
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-11-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania pertaining to the control of particulate matter (PM) emissions from the operation of outdoor wood-fired boilers (OWBs) in Allegheny County. EPA is approving this revision in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Requirements and Exemptions for Specific RCRA Wastes
Document Number: 2014-26329
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-11-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), Requirements and Exemptions for Specific RCRA Wastes (EPA ICR No. 1597.11, OMB Control No. 2050-0145) 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 February 28, 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 Environmental Justice Advisory Council
Document Number: 2014-26328
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-11-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to its National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC). The NEJAC was chartered to provide advice regarding broad, cross-cutting issues related to environmental justice. This notice solicits nominations to fill approximately eight (8) new vacancies for terms through September 2017. To maintain the representation outlined by the charter, nominees will be selected to represent: Academia, grassroots community-based organizations, non- governmental/environmental organizations; local government agencies; business and industry and tribal governments and indigenous organizations. Vacancies are anticipated to be filled by May 2015. Sources in addition to this Federal Register Notice also may be utilized in the solicitation of nominees.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NESHAP for Engine Test Cells/Stands (Renewal)
Document Number: 2014-26240
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-11-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), NESHAP for Engine Test Cells/ Stands (Renewal) (EPA ICR No. 2066.06, OMB Control No. 2060-0483), 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 extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through January 31, 2015. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (79 FR 30117) on May 27, 2014 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, 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.
FIFRA SAP; Notice of Supplemental Information for Previously Announced Public Meeting
Document Number: 2014-26224
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-11-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is supplementing the public meeting notice provided in the Federal Register on September 16, 2014, which announced a 4-day meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) scheduled for December 2-5, 2014, to consider and review scientific uncertainties associated with Integrated Endocrine Activity and Exposure-based Prioritization and Screening. Specifically, EPA is announcing the change of the assigned Designated Federal Official (DFO) for this meeting from Alva Daniels to Fred Jenkins, and that the meeting materials that have been provided to the FIFRA SAP members and are now available in the docket for this meeting.
Methomyl; Notice of Receipt of Requests To Voluntarily Amend Registrations To Terminate Certain Uses
Document Number: 2014-26176
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-11-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is issuing a notice of receipt of requests by the registrants to voluntarily to amend their methomyl product registrations to delete one or more uses. The requests would delete methomyl use in or on barley, oats, and rye. The requests would not terminate the last methomyl products registered for use in the United States. EPA intends to grant these requests at the close of the comment period for this announcement unless the Agency receives substantive comments within the comment period that would merit its further review of the requests, or unless the registrants withdraw its requests. If these requests are granted, any sale, distribution, or use of products listed in this notice will be permitted after the use is deleted only if such sale, distribution, or use is consistent with the terms as described in the final order.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maine; Volatile Organic Compound Regulations
Document Number: 2014-26174
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-11-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving four State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of Maine. These revisions establish Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) for two categories of volatile organic compound (VOC) sources and revise two existing VOC RACT regulations previously approved into Maine's SIP. The intended effect of this action is to approve these requirements into the Maine SIP. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Indiana; Withdrawal of Direct Final Rule
Document Number: 2014-26164
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-11-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Due to the receipt of an adverse comment, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is withdrawing the September 17, 2014, direct final rule approving a revision to provisions in Title 326 of the Indiana Administrative Code, Article 4, Rule 1, Open Burning Rule.
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; Technical Amendment To Update Data Management System Nomenclature
Document Number: 2014-26160
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-11-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Effective January 31, 2014 the EPA Superfund program decommissioned the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act Information System (CERCLIS) and adopted a new, more comprehensive data management system. The new data management system, the Superfund Enterprise Management System (SEMS), serves as a more powerful, integrated platform. Consistent with this action, this direct final rule makes appropriate conforming terminological changes to our regulations. This direct final rule also adds a minor clarification to the description of the remedial preliminary assessment.
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; Technical Amendment To Update Data Management System Nomenclature
Document Number: 2014-26159
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-11-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Effective January 31, 2014 the EPA Superfund program decommissioned the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act Information System (CERCLIS) and adopted a new, more comprehensive data management system. The new data management system, the Superfund Enterprise Management System (SEMS), serves as a more powerful, integrated platform. Consistent with this action, this proposed rule proposes to make appropriate conforming terminological changes to our regulations. This proposed rule also proposes to add a minor clarification to the description of the remedial preliminary assessment.
Pollinator Health Task Force; Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: 2014-26096
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-11-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
As part of the U.S. Government's efforts to promote the health of honey bees and other pollinators, the Pollinator Health Task Force (the Task Force) is soliciting stakeholder input on best management practices including pesticide risk mitigation, public-private partnerships, research, education opportunities, pollinator habitat improvements, and other actions that the Task Force should consider in developing a Federal strategy to reverse pollinator losses and help restore populations to healthy levels. EPA and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will host two listening sessions in order to solicit stakeholder input to the Federal strategy.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Alaska: Nonattainment New Source Review
Document Number: 2014-26181
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-11-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the Alaska State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Conservation (ADEC) on December 11, 2009, November 29, 2010, December 10, 2012, January 28, 2013, July 1, 2014, and October 24, 2014. These revisions update the State of Alaska's adoption by reference of the Federal preconstruction permitting regulations for large industrial (major source) facilities located in designated nonattainment areas, referred to as the Nonattainment New Source Review (major NNSR) program. The major NNSR program is designed to ensure that major stationary sources of air pollution are constructed or modified in a manner that is consistent with attainment and maintenance of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).
Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Cross-Media Electronic Reporting Rule
Document Number: 2014-26178
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-11-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ``Cross-Media Electronic Reporting Rule'' (EPA ICR No. 2002.06, OMB Control No. 2025- 0003) 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.
Notification of a New System of Records Notice for the Labor and Employee Relations Information System (LERIS)
Document Number: 2014-26175
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-11-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Administration and Resources Management is giving notice that it proposes to create a new system of records pursuant to the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a). The Labor and Employee Relations Information System (LERIS) is being created to meet the needs of the Labor and Employee Relations (LER) Specialists, Attorney Advisors and Agency Leadership. This system will enable LER employees to access case information across the EPA for use in determining appropriate disciplinary penalties as well as reporting trends in LER issues. The system is accessed from an Internet browser using the Agency's secured portal.
Partial Approval and Partial Disapproval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Wyoming; Revisions to Wyoming Air Quality Standards and Regulations; Nonattainment Permitting Requirements and Chapter 3, General Emission Standards
Document Number: 2014-26172
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-11-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to disapprove a portion of State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of Wyoming on May 10, 2011. This submittal revises the Wyoming Air Quality Standards and Regulations (WAQSR) that pertain to the issuance of Wyoming air quality permits for major sources in nonattainment areas. Also in this action, EPA is proposing to approve SIP revisions submitted by the State of Wyoming on February 13, 2013, and on February 10, 2014. These submittals revise the WAQSR with respect to sulfur dioxide (SO2) limits and dates of incorporation by reference (IBR). This action is being taken under section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Office of Research and Development; Ambient Air Monitoring Reference and Equivalent Methods: Designation of Two New Reference Methods and Two New Equivalent Methods
Document Number: 2014-26165
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-11-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated, in accordance with 40 CFR Part 53, two new reference methods and two new equivalent methods. The reference methods include one for measuring PM2.5, and one for measuring PM10-2.5 in the ambient air. The two equivalent methods are one for measuring carbon monoxide (CO) and one for measuring ozone (O3) in the ambient air.
Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: EGUs in Indian Country and U.S. Territories; Multi-Jurisdictional Partnerships
Document Number: 2014-26112
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-11-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On June 18, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed emission guidelines for states to follow in developing plans to address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing fossil fuel- fired electric generating units (EGUs). In this supplemental action, the EPA is proposing emission guidelines for U.S. territories and areas of Indian country with existing fossil fuel-fired EGUs. Specifically, the EPA is proposing rate-based goals for carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions for U.S. territories and areas of Indian country with existing fossil fuel-fired EGUs, as well as guidelines for plans to achieve those goals. The EPA is also soliciting comment on authorizing jurisdictions (including any states, territories and areas of Indian country) without existing fossil fuel-fired EGUs subject to the proposed emission guidelines to partner with jurisdictions (including any states) that do have existing fossil-fuel fired EGUs subject to the proposed emission guidelines in developing multi- jurisdictional plans. The EPA is also soliciting comment on the treatment of renewable energy, demand-side energy efficiency and other new low- or non-emitting electricity generation across international boundaries in a state plan. This supplemental proposed rule would continue progress already underway to reduce CO2 emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired power plants in the United States.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Missouri, Controlling Emissions During Episodes of High Air Pollution Potential
Document Number: 2014-26080
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-11-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve a revision submitted by the State of Missouri and received by EPA on December 17, 2013, pertaining to Missouri's rule ``Controlling Emissions During Episodes of High Air Pollution Potential.'' This rule specifies conditions that establish air pollution alerts and emergency alert levels, and associated procedures and emission reduction objectives statewide. This action revises the SIP by amending an existing table in the rule, clarifying requirements of the rule related to emission reduction plans and other rule provisions, and makes administrative and format changes all consistent with Federal regulations.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Missouri, Controlling Emissions During Episodes of High Air Pollution Potential
Document Number: 2014-26079
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-11-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve a revision submitted by the State of Missouri and received by EPA on December 17, 2013, pertaining to Missouri's rule ``Controlling Emissions During Episodes of High Air Pollution Potential.'' This rule specifies conditions that establish air pollution alerts and emergency alert levels, and associated procedures and emission reduction objectives statewide. This action revises the SIP by amending an existing table in the rule, clarifying requirements of the rule related to emission reduction plans and other rule provisions, and makes administrative and format changes all consistent with Federal regulations.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Commonwealth of Kentucky: New Source Review for Fine Particulate Matter
Document Number: 2014-25950
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-11-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a revision to the Kentucky State Implementation Plan (SIP), submitted by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, through the Kentucky Division for Air Quality (KDAQ) to EPA on January 31, 2013. The SIP revision modifies the Commonwealth's New Source Review (NSR), Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD), and Nonattainment New Source Review (NNSR) regulations to adopt into the Kentucky SIP Federal NSR permitting requirements for the implementation of the fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). The approved changes in Kentucky's January 31, 2013, SIP submission are necessary to comply with Federal requirements. EPA is approving the Commonwealth's January 31, 2013, revision to the Kentucky SIP because the Agency has determined that the changes are consistent with the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act). Additionally, EPA is converting two conditional approvals related to the PSD infrastructure requirements for the 1997 and 2006 PM2.5, and 2008 8-hour Ozone NAAQS to full approval under the CAA.
Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; 2015 Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment (Reinstatement)
Document Number: 2014-25944
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-11-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ``2015 Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment (Reinstatement)'' (EPA ICR No. 2234.04, OMB Control No. 2014-0274), 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 comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described in this request. This is a reinstatement of a previously approved information collection activity that was discontinued on February 28, 2014. 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.
AAAPD and AAASD; Tolerance Exemption
Document Number: 2014-25949
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-10-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of [alpha]-alkyl (minimum C6 linear, branched, saturated and/or unsaturated)-[omega]-hydroxypolyoxyethylene polymer with or without polyoxypropylene, mixture of di- and monohydrogen phosphate esters and the corresponding ammonium, calcium, magnesium, monoethanolamine, potassium, sodium, and zinc salts of the phosphate esters; minimum oxyethylene content is 2 moles; minimum oxypropylene content is 0 moles, herein referred to as alkyl alcohol alkoxylate phosphate derivatives (AAAPD) and [alpha]- alkyl(C6- C15)-[omega]-hydroxypoly(oxyethylene)sulfate, and its ammonium, calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, and zinc salts, poly(oxyethylene) content averages 2-4 moles, herein referred to alkyl alcohol alkoxylate sulfate derivatives (AAASD) to include Chemical Abstract Service Registry Numbers listed in the Supplementary Information when used as an inert ingredient in a pesticide chemical formulation. Spring Trading Company, LLC., on behalf of Croda Inc. 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 alkyl alcohol alkoxylate phosphate and sulfate derivatives on food or feed commodities.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2014-25943
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Discarded Polyvinyl Chloride; TSCA Section 21 Petition; Reasons for Agency Response
Document Number: 2014-25849
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-10-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document announces the availability of EPA's response to a petition it received under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The TSCA section 21 petition was received from the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) on July 29, 2014. The petitioner requested that EPA initiate rulemaking under TSCA to address risks related to polyvinyl chloride (PVC), vinyl chloride, and phthalates used as plasticizers. The petitioner alternatively requested that EPA initiate rulemaking under TSCA to require additional toxicity testing of these chemical substances. After careful consideration, EPA has denied the TSCA section 21 petition for the reasons discussed in this document. The TSCA section 21 petition was accompanied by an independent petition for EPA to take action under the authority of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). EPA continues to review the petitioner's requests for action under RCRA.
Arkansas: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revisions
Document Number: 2014-25725
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-10-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The State of Arkansas has applied to EPA for Final authorization of the changes to its hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). EPA proposes to grant Final authorization to the State of Arkansas. In the ``Rules and Regulations'' section of this Federal Register, EPA is authorizing the changes by an immediate final rule. EPA did not make a proposal prior to the direct final rule because we believe this action is not controversial and do not expect comments that oppose it. We have explained the reasons for this authorization in the preamble to the direct final rule. Unless we get written comments which oppose this authorization during the comment period, the direct final rule will become effective on the date it establishes, and we will not take further action on this proposal. If we receive comments that oppose this action, we will withdraw the direct final rule and it will not take effect. We will then respond to public comments in a later final rule based on this proposal. You may not have another opportunity for comment. If you want to comment on this action, you must do so at this time.
Arkansas: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revision
Document Number: 2014-25724
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-10-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The State of Arkansas has applied to the EPA for final authorization of the changes to its hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). EPA has determined that these changes satisfy all requirements needed to qualify for Final authorization, and is authorizing the State's changes through this direct final action. The EPA is publishing this rule to authorize the changes without a prior proposal because we believe this action is not controversial and do not expect comments that oppose it. Unless we receive written comments which oppose this authorization during the comment period, the decision to authorize Arkansas' changes to its hazardous waste program will take effect. If we receive comments that oppose this action, we will publish a document in the Federal Register withdrawing this rule before it takes effect, and a separate document in the proposed rules section of this Federal Register will serve as a proposal to authorize the changes.
Cross-Media Electronic Reporting: Authorized Program Revision Approval, State of Indiana
Document Number: 2014-25857
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA's) approval of the State of Indiana's request to revise its National Primary Drinking Water Regulations Implementation EPA- authorized program to allow electronic reporting.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania Regional Haze State Implementation Plan Revision-Particulate Matter Best Available Retrofit Technology Limit for the Cheswick Power Plant in Allegheny County
Document Number: 2014-25848
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-10-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing approval of a revision to the Pennsylvania State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP). This SIP revision addresses an error in the Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART) requirements for Boiler Number 1 of the Cheswick Generating Station (Cheswick) in Allegheny County. EPA is proposing approval of the portion of Pennsylvania's SIP revision addressing the particulate matter (PM) BART requirements as it is in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and EPA's rules for BART.
Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units
Document Number: 2014-25845
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-10-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing this notice of data availability (NODA) in support of the proposed rule titled ``Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units,'' which was published on June 18, 2014. In this document, the EPA is providing additional information on several topics raised by stakeholders and is soliciting comment on the information presented. The three topic areas are the emission reduction compliance trajectories created by the interim goal for 2020 to 2029, certain aspects of the building block methodology, and the way state-specific carbon dioxide (CO2) goals are calculated.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NSPS for Polymeric Coating of Supporting Substrates Facilities (Renewal)
Document Number: 2014-25754
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``NSPS for Polymeric Coating of Supporting Substrates Facilities (Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 1284.10, OMB Control No. 2060-0181) 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 extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through October 31, 2014. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (79 FR 30117) on May 27, 2014 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, 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.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; The National Refrigerant Recycling and Emissions Reduction Program (Renewal)
Document Number: 2014-25753
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``The National Refrigerant Recycling and Emissions Reduction Program'' (EPA ICR No. 1626.12, OMB Control No. 2060-0256) 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 extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through November 30, 2014. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register 79 FR 40753 on July 14, 2014 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, 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.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Willingness To Pay Survey for Salmon Recovery in the Willamette Watershed (New)
Document Number: 2014-25752
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``Willingness to Pay Survey for Salmon Recovery in the Willamette Watershed (New)'' (EPA ICR No. 2489.01, OMB Control No. 2080-NEW) 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 request for approval of a new collection. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (78 FR 39282) on July 1, 2013 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, 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.
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, Ventura County Air Pollution Control District
Document Number: 2014-25742
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-10-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by California for the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (VCAPCD or ``the District'') portion of the California SIP. The submitted SIP revision contains the District's demonstration regarding Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) requirements for the 2008 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). We are proposing to approve the submitted SIP revision under the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act). We are taking comments on this proposal and plan to follow with a final action.