Environmental Protection Agency March 2015 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Notice of a Public Meeting: Regulations Implementing Section 1417 of the Safe Drinking Water Act: Prohibition on Use of Lead Pipes, Solder and Flux
Document Number: 2015-07375
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-03-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces a public meeting and webinar to obtain input on potential revisions to regulations for the Prohibition on Use of Lead Pipes, Solder and Flux. The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) prohibits the use or introduction into commerce of pipes, pipe or plumbing fittings or fixtures, solder and flux that are not lead free. These revisions are necessary due to SDWA amendments enacted by Congress in the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act of 2011 and the Community Fire Safety Act of 2013.
Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Information Collection Request Renewal for the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR 3)
Document Number: 2015-07360
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-03-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be submitting the ``Information Collection Request Renewal for the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR 3)'' (EPA ICR No. 2192.06, OMB Control No. 2040-0270) 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, EPA solicits public comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described in this renewal notice. This is a proposed extension of the information collection request (ICR), which is currently approved through August 31, 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.
Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Disinfectants/Disinfection Byproducts, Chemical and Radionuclides Rules Renewal Information Collection Request; Microbial Rules Renewal Information Collection Request; Public Water System Supervision Program Renewal Information Collection Request
Document Number: 2015-07357
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-03-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be submitting renewals of information collection requests (ICRs) 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.). The ICRs included in this renewal notice are the Microbial Rules Renewal Information Collection Request, EPA ICR No. 1895.08, OMB Control No. 2040-0205, which expires on August 31, 2015; the Public Water System Supervision Program Renewal Information Collection Request, EPA ICR No. 0270.46, OMB Control No. 2040-0090, which expires on October 31, 2015; and the Disinfectants/Disinfection Byproducts, Chemical and Radionuclides Rules Renewal Information Collection Request (ICR), EPA ICR No. 1896.10, OMB Control No. 2040-0204, which expires on December 31, 2015. EPA is soliciting public comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collections as described in this renewal notice. The 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.
Michigan: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revision
Document Number: 2015-07347
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-03-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Michigan has applied to EPA for final authorization of the revisions to its hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). EPA has reviewed Michigan's application with regards to federal requirements and is proposing to authorize the State's program revisions.
Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Arizona; Regional Haze Federal Implementation Plan; Reconsideration
Document Number: 2015-07233
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-03-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to revise part of the Arizona Regional Haze (RH) Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) applicable to the Coronado Generating Station (Coronado). In response to a petition for reconsideration from the Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District (SRP), the owner/operator of Coronado, we are proposing to replace a plant-wide compliance method with a unit-specific compliance method for determining compliance with the best available retrofit technology (BART) emission limits for nitrogen oxides (NOX) from Units 1 and 2 at Coronado. While the plant-wide limit for the NOX emissions from Units 1 and 2 were established as 0.065 lb/MMBtu, we are proposing a unit-specific limit of 0.065 lb/MMBtu for Unit 1 and 0.080 lb/MMBtu for Unit 2. In addition, we are proposing to revise the work practice standard in the FIP for Coronado. Finally, we are proposing to remove the affirmative defense for malfunctions from the Arizona RH FIP, which applies to both Coronado and the Cholla Power Plant (Cholla).
Approval and Promulgation of Federal Implementation Plan for Oil and Natural Gas Well Production Facilities; Fort Berthold Indian Reservation (Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation), North Dakota; Correction
Document Number: 2015-07230
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document contains corrections to the final rule, which published in the Federal Register on March 22, 2013 (78 FR 17836). Errors in the amendatory instruction are identified and corrected in this action.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; State of Montana Second 10-Year Carbon Monoxide Maintenance Plan for Billings
Document Number: 2015-07227
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving 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 approving an alternative monitoring strategy for the Billings CO maintenance area, which was submitted by the Governor's designee on June 22, 2012.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; West Virginia; Permits for Construction and Major Modification of Major Stationary Sources for the Prevention of Significant Deterioration
Document Number: 2015-07222
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing conditional approval for two State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) for the State of West Virginia on July 1, 2014 and June 6, 2012. These revisions pertain to West Virginia's Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permit program and include provisions for preconstruction permitting requirements for major sources of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) found in West Virginia regulations. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Pesticide Product Registration; Receipt of Applications for New Uses
Document Number: 2015-07209
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has received applications to register new uses for pesticide products containing currently registered active ingredients. Pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is hereby providing notice of receipt and opportunity to comment on these applications.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Renewal and Comment Request; Health and Safety Data Reporting, Submission of Lists and Copies of Health and Safety Studies
Document Number: 2015-07208
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit an Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The ICR, entitled: ``Health and Safety Data Reporting, Submission of Lists and Copies of Health and Safety Studies'' and identified by EPA ICR No. 0575.15 and OMB Control No. 2070-0004, represents the renewal of an existing ICR that is scheduled to expire on November 30, 2015. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection that is summarized in this document. The ICR and accompanying material are available in the docket for public review and comment.
Registration Review; Pesticide Dockets Opened for Review and Comment
Document Number: 2015-07200
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
With this document, EPA is opening the public comment period for several registration reviews. Registration review is EPA's periodic review of pesticide registrations to ensure that each pesticide continues to satisfy the statutory standard for registration, that is, the pesticide can perform its intended function without unreasonable adverse effects on human health or the environment. Registration review dockets contain information that will assist the public in understanding the types of information and issues that the Agency may consider during the course of registration reviews. Through this program, EPA is ensuring that each pesticide's registration is based on current scientific and other knowledge, including its effects on human health and the environment. This document also announces the Agency's intent to close the registration review case for tebufenpyrad, imazamethabenz, and 2-((hydroxymethyl)-amino)ethanol (also known as HMAE). These pesticides do not currently have any actively registered pesticide products and, therefore, the Agency is closing the registration review cases for tebufenpyrad, imazamethabenz, and HMAE. For phenmedipham, EPA is seeking comment on the preliminary work plan, the ecological problem formulation, and the human health draft risk assessment.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Missouri, Control of Sulfur Emissions From Stationary Boilers
Document Number: 2015-07126
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of Missouri on October 17, 2013, related to amendments to the Missouri rule ``Control of Sulfur Emissions from Stationary Boilers.'' This action provides clarification on the applicability of the provision, and relocates definitions used in the original provision to the ``Definitions and Common Reference Tables'' rule.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Missouri, Control of Sulfur Emissions From Stationary Boilers
Document Number: 2015-07125
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve an amendment to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of Missouri on October 17, 2013, related to the Missouri rule ``Control of Sulfur Emissions from Stationary Boilers.'' The SIP revision is administrative and provides clarity on the applicability of emission limits and removes definitions originally included in this rule which have been moved to the ``Definitions and Common Reference Tables'' rule.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Texas; Public Participation for Air Quality Permit Applications
Document Number: 2015-07124
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking a direct final action to approve two provisions submitted by the State of Texas as revisions to the Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP) on July 2, 2010, specific to the applicability of the public notice requirements to applications for Plant-Wide Applicability (PAL) permits and standard permits for concrete batch plants without enhanced controls. Today's direct final action will complete the rulemaking process started in our December 13, 2012, proposal and approve the public notice provisions into the Texas SIP. The EPA is also taking direct final action to convert the public notice applicability provisions for Texas Flexible Permits from a final conditional approval to a full approval. The EPA is taking this action under section 110 and parts C and D of the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Texas; Public Participation for Air Quality Permit Applications
Document Number: 2015-07123
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve two provisions submitted by the State of Texas as revisions to the Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP) on July 2, 2010, specific to the applicability of the public notice requirements to applications for Plant-Wide Applicability (PAL) permits and standard permits for concrete batch plants without enhanced controls. Today's proposal and the accompanying direct final action will complete the rulemaking process started in our December 13, 2012, proposal and approve the public notice provisions into the Texas SIP. The EPA is proposing to convert the public notice applicability provisions for Texas Flexible Permits from a final conditional approval to a full approval. The EPA is proposing approval of these revisions pursuant to section 110 and parts C and D of the Federal Clean Air Act.
Notice of a Public Meeting: The National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC) Lead and Copper Rule Working Group Meeting
Document Number: 2015-07112
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a public meeting of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC) Lead and Copper Rule Working Group (LCRWG). The meeting is scheduled for April 23 and 24, 2015, in Arlington, VA. During this meeting, the LCRWG and EPA will focus discussions on revising the second draft of the working group's recommendations to the NDWAC on potential changes to the Lead and Copper Rule.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Revision to Allegheny County Rules; Preconstruction Permit Requirements-Nonattainment; New Source Review
Document Number: 2015-07106
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is granting full approval of a revision to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania State Implementation Plan (SIP), submitted on June 25, 2012 (June 2012 SIP submittal) by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) on behalf of the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) as amended by PADEP in letters dated February 20, 2013 and June 27, 2014. The SIP revision pertains to ACHD's Nonattainment New Source Review (NNSR) preconstruction permitting regulations which incorporate by reference Pennsylvania's NNSR provisions. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act.
Withdrawal of Partial Exemption for Certain Chemical Substances
Document Number: 2015-06933
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In the Federal Register issue of January 27, 2015, EPA published a direct final rule that amended the list of chemical substances that are partially exempt from reporting additional information under the Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule to add certain chemical substances. EPA received an adverse comment pertinent to all six of the chemical substances that are the subject of that rule. This document accordingly withdraws the direct final rule.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Mississippi Infrastructure Requirements for the 2008 Lead National Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2015-06765
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve in part and disapprove in part the November 17, 2011, State Implementation Plan (SIP) submission, provided by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) for inclusion into the Mississippi SIP. This final action pertains to the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act) infrastructure requirements for the 2008 Lead national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). The CAA requires that each state adopt and submit a SIP for the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of each NAAQS promulgated by EPA, which is commonly referred to as an ``infrastructure'' SIP. MDEQ certified that the Mississippi SIP contains provisions that ensure the 2008 Lead NAAQS is implemented, enforced, and maintained in Mississippi. With the exception of provisions pertaining to prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) permitting, for which EPA is not acting upon, and disapproving certain state boards requirements, EPA is taking final action to approve Mississippi's infrastructure SIP submission, provided to EPA on November 17, 2011, because it addresses the required infrastructure elements for the 2008 Lead NAAQS.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2015-07137
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-03-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Cross-Media Electronic Reporting Rule (Renewal)
Document Number: 2015-07029
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-03-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``Cross-Media Electronic Reporting Rule (Renewal)'' (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.). This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through April 30, 2015. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (79 FR 65391) on November 4, 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; NESHAP for Plating and Polishing Area Sources (Renewal)
Document Number: 2015-07028
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-03-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``NESHAP for Plating and Polishing Area Sources (40 CFR part 63, subpart WWWWWW) (Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 2294.04, OMB Control No. 2060-0623), 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 April 30, 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.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NESHAP for Metal Coil Surface Coating Plants (Renewal)
Document Number: 2015-07027
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-03-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``NESHAP for Metal Coil Surface Coating Plants (40 CFR part 63, subpart SSSS) (Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 1957.07, OMB Control No. 2060-0487) 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 April 30, 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.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Community Right-to-Know Reporting Requirements Under Sections 311 and 312 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) (Renewal)
Document Number: 2015-07026
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-03-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted 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) (Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 1352.13, OMB Control No. 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.). This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through April 30, 2015. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (79 FR 71753) on December 3, 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.
Registration Review Interim Decisions; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2015-07004
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-03-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's final/interim registration review decisions for several pesticide cases. Registration review is EPA's periodic review of pesticide registrations to ensure that each pesticide continues to satisfy the statutory standard for registration, that is, that the pesticide can perform its intended function without causing unreasonable adverse effects on human health or the environment. Through this program, EPA is ensuring that each pesticide's registration is based on current scientific and other knowledge, including its effects on human health and the environment.
Thiram; Pesticide Tolerance
Document Number: 2015-06981
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-03-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes a tolerance for residues of thiram in or on banana. Taminco US, Inc. requested this tolerance under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Notice of Final Decision To Reissue the Vickery Environmental, Inc. Land-Ban Exemption
Document Number: 2015-06970
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-03-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA or Agency) that an exemption to the land disposal restrictions under the 1984 Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments (HSWA) to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) has been granted to Vickery Environmental, Inc. (VEI) of Vickery, Ohio for four Class I injection wells located in Vickery, Ohio. As required by 40 CFR part 148, VEI has demonstrated, to a reasonable degree of certainty, that there will be no migration of hazardous constituents out of the injection zone or into an underground source of drinking water (USDW) for at least 10,000 years. This final decision allows the continued underground injection by VEI of only those hazardous wastes designated by the codes in Table 1 through its four Class I hazardous waste injection wells identified as #2, #4, #5 and #6. This decision constitutes a final U.S. EPA action for which there is no administrative appeal.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Plan Approval and Operating Permit Fees
Document Number: 2015-06968
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-03-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Pennsylvania State Implementation Plan (SIP). This proposed revision pertains to minor editorial revisions to Pennsylvania's existing plan approval and operating permit fee rules. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania Regional Haze State Implementation Plan Revision: Sulfur Dioxide and Nitrogen Oxide Best Available Retrofit Technology Limits for the Cheswick Power Plant
Document Number: 2015-06965
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-03-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing a limited approval and limited disapproval 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 the sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxide (NOX) Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART) requirements for Boiler Number 1 of the Cheswick Generating Station (Cheswick) in Allegheny County. EPA is finalizing a limited approval of the SIP revision for Cheswick's SO2 and NOX BART requirements on the basis that the revision corrects an error in the SIP and strengthens the Pennsylvania SIP, while EPA is also finalizing a limited disapproval of this part of the SIP revision because the SIP revision relies on the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) and not the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) which has replaced CAIR. This final action is in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and EPA's rules for BART.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Plan Approval and Operating Permit Fees
Document Number: 2015-06964
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-03-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Comonwealth of Pennsylvania pertaining to minor editorial revisions to Pennsylvania's existing plan approval and operating permit fee rules. In the Final Rules section of this Federal Register, EPA is approving the State's SIP submittal as a direct final rule without prior proposal because the Agency views this as a noncontroversial submittal and anticipates no adverse comments. A detailed rationale for the approval is set forth in the direct final rule. If no adverse comments are received in response to this action, no further activity is contemplated. If EPA receives adverse comments, the direct final rule will be withdrawn and all public comments received will be addressed in a subsequent final rule based on this proposed rule. EPA will not institute a second comment period. Any parties interested in commenting on this action should do so at this time.
Approval of Implementation Plans and Designation of Areas; Tennessee; Redesignation of the Tennessee Portion of the Chattanooga, 1997 PM2.5
Document Number: 2015-06963
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-03-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On November 13, 2014, the State of Tennessee, through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), submitted a request to redesignate the Tennessee portion of the Chattanooga, TN- GA-AL fine particulate matter (PM2.5) nonattainment area (hereafter referred to as the ``Chattanooga TN-GA-AL Area'' or ``Area'') to attainment for the 1997 Annual PM2.5 national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) and to approve a state implementation plan (SIP) revision containing a maintenance plan for the Tennessee portion of the Chattanooga TN-GA-AL Area. The Tennessee portion of the Chattanooga TN-GA-AL Area is comprised of Hamilton County in Tennessee. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve the redesignation request and the related SIP revision, including TDEC's plan for maintaining attainment of the PM2.5 standard, for the Tennessee portion of the Chattanooga TN-GA-AL Area. EPA is also proposing to approve into the Tennessee SIP the motor vehicle emission budgets (MVEBs) for nitrogen oxides (NOX) and PM2.5 for the year 2025 for the Tennessee portion of the Chattanooga TN-GA-AL Area. In separate actions, EPA approved the redesignation requests and associated maintenance plans for the Alabama and Georgia portions of this Area.
Registration Review; Draft Human Health and/or Ecological Risk Assessment; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2015-06939
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-03-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's draft human health and/or ecological risk assessment for the registration review of propoxycarbazone-sodium, and opens a public comment period on this document. Registration review is EPA's periodic review of pesticide registrations to ensure that each pesticide continues to satisfy the statutory standard for registration, that is, the pesticide can perform its intended function without unreasonable adverse effects on human health or the environment. As part of the registration review process, the Agency has completed a comprehensive draft human health and ecological risk assessment for all uses of the previously listed pesticide chemical. The ecological risk assessment includes or will include an assessment of risks to listed species, and the human health and ecological risk assessments includes or will include a determination of endocrine disrupter effects for the case. After reviewing comments received during the public comment period, EPA may issue revised risk assessments, explain any changes to the draft risk assessments, and respond to comments. The Agency also will request public input on any proposed risk mitigation measures before completing a proposed registration review decision for the previously listed pesticide chemical. Through this program, EPA is ensuring that each pesticide's registration is based on current scientific and other knowledge, including its effects on human health and the environment registration is based on current scientific and other knowledge, including its effects on human health and the environment.
Deltamethrin; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2015-06861
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-03-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of the insecticide deltamethrin in or on all food and feed commodities from use of deltamethrin as a wide-area mosquito adulticide. Bayer CropScience requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, Placer County Air Pollution Control District and the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District
Document Number: 2015-06858
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-03-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Placer County Air Pollution Control District (PCAPCD) and Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (VCAPCD) portions of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from the surface coating of plastic parts and products, metalworking fluids (MWF) and direct-contact lubricants (DCL). We are approving local rules that regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, Placer County Air Pollution Control District and the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District
Document Number: 2015-06857
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-03-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the Placer County Air Pollution Control District (PCAPCD) and the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (VCAPCD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from the surface coating of plastic parts and products, metalworking fluids and direct-contact lubricants. We are proposing to approve local rules to regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Texas; Reasonably Available Control Technology for the 1997 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard
Document Number: 2015-06847
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-03-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing its proposal to approve revisions to the Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the Houston/Galveston/Brazoria (HGB) and Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) 1997 8-Hour ozone nonattainment areas. The HGB area consists of Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery and Waller counties. The DFW area consists of Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, and Tarrant counties. Specifically, we are approving portions of multiple revisions to the Texas SIP submitted by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) as meeting Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) requirements. The RACT requirements apply to sources of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) and Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx) in these areas. This action is in accordance with the federal Clean Air Act (the Act, CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; State of New Mexico; Infrastructure SIP Requirements for the 2008 Ozone and 2010 Nitrogen Dioxide National Ambient Air Quality Standards; Interstate Transport of Fine Particulate Matter Air Pollution Affecting Visibility
Document Number: 2015-06932
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-03-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve elements of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) submission from the State of New Mexico addressing the applicable requirements of Clean Air Act (CAA) section 110 for the 2008 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for Ozone (O3) and the 2010 NAAQS for Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2), both of which require that each state adopt and submit a SIP to support implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of each new or revised NAAQS promulgated by EPA. These SIPs are commonly referred to as ``infrastructure'' SIPs. The infrastructure requirements are designed to ensure that the structural components of each state's air quality management program are adequate to meet the state's responsibilities under the CAA. EPA is also proposing to find that the State of New Mexico meets the 2006 fine particulate matter (PM2.5) NAAQS requirement pertaining to interstate transport of air pollution and visibility protection.
Environmental Protection Agency; Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: 2015-06931
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-03-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) (collectively, the Services), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are holding a 1-day workshop to provide an update on the status of interagency efforts to further develop interim scientific methods that were issued in November 2013 by EPA, the Services, and USDA in response to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report entitled, ``Assessing Risks to Endangered and Threatened Species from Pesticides''. This workshop builds upon public meetings held in November and December 2013, and April and October 2014, and provides a forum for stakeholders to offer scientific and technical feedback on the ongoing efforts to develop draft Biological Evaluations (BEs) for three pilot chemicals (chlorpyrifos, diazinon, and malathion). This workshop provides an opportunity to continue the dialogue on the implementation of the enhanced stakeholder engagement process that was finalized in March 2013. The workshop is not designed, or intended, to be a decision-making forum; consensus will not be sought, or developed at the meeting. This meeting furthers the agencies' goal of developing a consultation process for assessing pesticide's impacts on listed species that is efficient, inclusive, and transparent.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NESHAP for the Secondary Lead Smelter Industry (Renewal)
Document Number: 2015-06913
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-03-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``NESHAP for the Secondary Lead Smelter Industry (Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 1686.10, OMB Control No. 2060-0296) 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 March 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.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Effluent Guidelines and Standards for the Airport Deicing Category (Renewal)
Document Number: 2015-06908
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-03-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``Effluent Guidelines and Standards for the Airport Deicing Category (Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 2326.03, OMB Control No. 2040-0285) 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 March 31, 2015. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (79 FR 78428) on December 30, 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; EPA's Light-Duty In-Use Vehicle Testing Program (Renewal)
Document Number: 2015-06906
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-03-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``EPA's Light-Duty In-Use Vehicle Testing Program (Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 0222.10, OMB Control No. 2060- 0086) 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.). This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through March 31, 2015. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (79 FR 57928) on September 26, 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.
National Priorities List
Document Number: 2015-06728
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-03-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (``CERCLA'' or ``the Act''), as amended, requires that the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (``NCP'') include a list of national priorities among the known releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants throughout the United States. The National Priorities List (``NPL'') constitutes this list. The NPL is intended primarily to guide the Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA'' or ``the agency'') in determining which sites warrant further investigation. These further investigations will allow the EPA to assess the nature and extent of public health and environmental risks associated with the site and to determine what CERCLA-financed remedial action(s), if any, may be appropriate. This rule proposes to add six sites to the General Superfund section of the NPL.
Approval, Disapproval, and Limited Approval and Disapproval of Air Quality Implementation Plans; California; Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District; Stationary Source Permits
Document Number: 2015-06705
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-03-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve certain revisions to the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District (MBUAPCD or District) portion of the applicable state implementation plan (SIP) for the State of California and to disapprove certain other revisions. This action was proposed in the Federal Register on October 15, 2014. These revisions include submittal of certain new or revised rules governing the issuance of permits for stationary sources, including review and permitting of minor sources, and major sources and major modifications under part C of title I of the Clean Air Act (CAA). EPA is taking this action under the Clean Air Act obligation to take action on State submittals of revisions to state implementation plans. The intended effect is to update the applicable SIP with current MBUAPCD permitting rules and set the stage for remedying certain deficiencies in these rules.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; New Mexico; Albuquerque/Bernalillo County; Revisions to Emission Inventory Requirements, and General Provisions
Document Number: 2015-06701
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-03-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On February 2, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a direct final rule approving revisions to the Albuquerque/ Bernalillo County, New Mexico State Implementation Plan. These revisions add definitions and clarifying changes to the general provisions and add a new emissions inventory regulation that establishes reporting requirements for stationary sources in Albuquerque/Bernalillo County. The direct final rule was published without prior proposal because EPA anticipated no adverse comments. EPA stated in the direct final rule that if we received relevant, adverse comments by March 4, 2015, EPA would publish a timely withdrawal in the Federal Register. EPA received a comment on February 20, 2015 from the Sierra Club stating in relevant part, that an Acting Regional Administrator cannot sign approvals, disapprovals, or any combination of approvals or disapproval, in whole or in part, due to the fact that the authority to act on agency actions on state implementation plans is delegated only to, and therefore can only be signed by, the Regional Administrator. EPA considers this a relevant, adverse comment and accordingly we are withdrawing our direct final rule approval, and in a separate subsequent final rulemaking we will address the comment received. The withdrawal is being taken pursuant to section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
National Priorities List
Document Number: 2015-06696
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-03-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (``CERCLA'' or ``the Act''), as amended, requires that the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (``NCP'') include a list of national priorities among the known releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants throughout the United States. The National Priorities List (``NPL'') constitutes this list. The NPL is intended primarily to guide the Environmental Protection Agency (``the EPA'' or ``the agency'') in determining which sites warrant further investigation. These further investigations will allow the EPA to assess the nature and extent of public health and environmental risks associated with the site and to determine what CERCLA-financed remedial action(s), if any, may be appropriate. This rule adds two sites to the General Superfund section of the NPL.
Receipt of Test Data Under the Toxic Substances Control Act
Document Number: 2015-06873
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-03-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is announcing its receipt of test data submitted pursuant to a test rule issued by EPA under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). As required by TSCA, this document identifies each chemical substance and/or mixture for which test data have been received; the uses or intended uses of such chemical substance and/or mixture; and describes the nature of the test data received. Each chemical substance and/or mixture related to this announcement is identified in Unit I. under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Registration Review Proposed Interim Decisions; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2015-06860
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-03-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's proposed interim registration review decisions on certain pesticides and opens a public comment period on the proposed interim decisions. Registration review is EPA's periodic review of pesticide registrations to ensure that each pesticide continues to satisfy the statutory standard for registration, that is, that the pesticide can perform its intended function without unreasonable adverse effects on human health or the environment. Through this program, EPA is ensuring that each pesticide's registration is based on current scientific and other knowledge, including its effects on human health and the environment.March 25, 2015
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maryland; Biomass Fuel-Burning Equipment Standards
Document Number: 2015-06856
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-03-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Maryland. This revision pertains to a new regulation for biomass fuel-burning equipment and related amendments to existing regulations. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maryland; Determination of Attainment of the 1997 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard for the Baltimore, Maryland Serious Nonattainment Area
Document Number: 2015-06731
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-03-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to make a determination that the Baltimore, Maryland Serious Nonattainment Area (Baltimore Area) has attained the 1997 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). This proposed determination is based upon complete, quality-assured, and certified ambient air monitoring data that shows the Area has monitored attainment of the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS for the 2012-2014 monitoring period. If this proposal becomes final, the requirement for this Area to submit an attainment demonstration, reasonably available control measures (RACM), a reasonable further progress (RFP) plan, and contingency measures related to attainment of the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS shall be suspended for so long as the Area continues to attain the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS. This action does not constitute a redesignation to attainment. The Baltimore Area will remain nonattainment for the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS until such time as EPA determines that the Baltimore Area meets the Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements for redesignation to attainment, including an approved maintenance plan. This action is being taken under the CAA.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maryland; Preconstruction Requirements-Nonattainment New Source Review
Document Number: 2015-06729
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-03-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted on August 22, 2013 by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE). This revision pertains to Maryland's major nonattainment New Source Review (NSR) program, notably preconstruction permitting requirements for sources of fine particulate matter (PM2.5). This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).