Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Oregon: Interstate Transport of Fine Particulate Matter
The EPA is approving a portion of the State Implementation Plan submission from the State of Oregon to address Clean Air Act interstate transport requirements for the 2006 24-hour fine particulate matter (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standards. The Clean Air Act requires that each State Implementation Plan contain adequate provisions prohibiting air emissions that will have certain adverse air quality effects in other states. The EPA is determining that Oregon's existing State Implementation Plan contains adequate provisions to ensure that air emissions in Oregon will not significantly contribute to nonattainment or interfere with maintenance of the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standards in any other state.
Notification of a Public Teleconference and Meeting of the Science Advisory Board Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee Augmented for the Review of EPA's draft Benzo[a]pyrene IRIS Assessment
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces two meetings of the Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee Augmented for the Review of the Draft Benzo[a]pyrene IRIS Assessment (CAACBenzo[a]pyrene Panel). A public teleconference will be held to learn about the development of the Agency's draft IRIS Toxicological Review of Benzo[a]pyrene (September, 2014) and to discuss draft charge questions for the peer review of the document. A face-to-face meeting will be held in the Washington, DC metro area to conduct a peer review of the agency's draft IRIS Toxicological Review of Benzo[a]pyrene (External Review Draft-September 2014).
Notice of Workshop on Ultrafine Particulate Matter Metrics and Research
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Research and Development's Air, Climate, and Energy (ACE) program is organizing a workshop on Ultrafine Particulate Matter (UFP) metrics and research. This workshop is intended to provide an overview of the state-of-the-science on UFP emissions, air quality impacts, exposures, and health effects, as well as promote discussions on relevant UFP metrics to promote consistency and collaboration in current and future research. The workshop will be held on February 11-13, 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.
Availability of an Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)
Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321-4307h), the Council on Environmental Quality's NEPA regulations (40 CFR part 1500-1508), and EPA's regulations for implementing NEPA (40 CFR part 6), EPA has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) to analyze the potential environmental impacts related to the reissuance of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for stormwater discharges associated with Industrial Activity (the ``2015 Multi-Sector General Permit''). The EA evaluates the potential environmental impacts from the discharge of pollutants in stormwater discharges associated with industrial activities where EPA is the permitting authority. Based on the environmental impact analysis in the EA, EPA has made a preliminary determination that no significant environmental impacts are anticipated from the issuance of the 2015 Multi-Sector General Permit. This notice initiates the 30-day review period and invites comments from Federal, State, and local agencies, Indian tribes, and the public regarding EPA's preliminary determination.
Fosetyl-Al; Pesticide Tolerances
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of Aluminum tris (O-ethylphosphonate) (fosetyl-Al) in or on pepper/eggplant, subgroup 8-10B. Bayer CropScience requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).