Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Exchange Network Grants Progress Reports (Renewal)
The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ``Exchange Network Grants Progress Reports (Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 2207.06, OMB Control No. 2025-0006) 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.
Toluene Diisocyanates (TDI) and Related Compounds; Significant New Use Rule
Under the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA), EPA is proposing a significant new use rule (SNUR) for 2,4-toluene diisocyanate, 2,6- toluene diisocyanate, toluene diisocyanate unspecified isomers (these three chemical substances are hereafter referred to as toluene diisocyanates or TDI) and related compounds as identified in this proposed rule. The proposed significant new use is any use in a consumer product, with a proposed exception for use of certain chemical substances in coatings, elastomers, adhesives, binders, and sealants that results in less than or equal to 0.1 percent by weight of TDI in a consumer product. In addition, EPA is also proposing that the general SNUR article exemption for persons who import or process these chemical substances as part of an article would not apply. Persons subject to the SNUR would be required to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing any manufacturing or processing. The required notification would provide EPA with the opportunity to evaluate the intended 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.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Primary Aluminum Reduction Plants; Extension of Comment Period
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing that the period for providing public comments on the December 8, 2014, supplemental proposed rule titled ``National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Primary Aluminum Reduction Plants'' is being extended for 15 days.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Secondary Aluminum Production; Extension of Comment Period
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing that the period for providing public comments on the December 8, 2014, supplemental proposed rule titled ``National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Secondary Aluminum Production'' is being extended for 15 days.
Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of the final report titled, ``Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence'' (EPA/600/R-14/475F). The purpose of this report is to summarize the current understanding about the connectivity and mechanisms by which streams and wetlands affect the physical, chemical, and biological integrity of downstream waters. The report is available via the Internet on the EPA Office of Research and Development (ORD), National Center for Environmental Assessment's Web site (www.epa.gov/ncea) under the Recent Additions and Publications menu.
Air Quality Designations for the 2012 Primary Annual Fine Particle (PM2.5
This rule establishes air quality designations for most areas in the United States (U.S.), including areas of Indian country, for the 2012 primary annual fine particle (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). Through these designations, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is identifying as ``nonattainment'' those areas that are violating the 2012 PM2.5 NAAQS based on quality-assured, certified air quality monitoring data from 2011 to 2013 or those areas that are contributing to a violation of the NAAQS in a nearby area. The EPA is initially classifying all nonattainment areas as Moderate. Also, through this final rule, the EPA is designating several areas as ``unclassifiable'' where the EPA cannot determine based on available information whether the area is meeting or not meeting the NAAQS or where the EPA has not determined whether the area contributes to a nearby violation. Additionally, the EPA is deferring initial area designations for several areas where the EPA cannot determine using available data whether the areas are meeting or are not meeting the NAAQS, but for which forthcoming data will likely result in complete and valid data needed to determine a designation. The EPA will assess these data as they become available and promulgate initial area designations for the deferred areas through a separate rulemaking action. The EPA is designating as ``unclassifiable/attainment'' all remaining areas of the country.
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, Ventura County Air Pollution Control District
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a revision to the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (VCAPCD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). This revision concerns the District's reasonably available control technology (RACT) requirements under the 2008 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). We are approving this document under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).
Notice of a Public Meeting: The National Drinking Water Advisory Council's (NDWAC) Lead and Copper Rule Working Group Meeting
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces a public meeting of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council's Lead and Copper Rule Working Group (LCRWG). The meeting is scheduled for February 5 and 6, 2015, in Arlington, Virginia. During this meeting, the LCRWG will focus discussions on the Lead and Copper Rule revisions and developing the first draft of the working group's report to the Council.