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

Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2015-30183
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Lead Training, Certification, Accreditation and Authorization Activities
Document Number: 2015-30114
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has submitted the following information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA): ``Lead Training, Certification, Accreditation and Authorization Activities'' and identified by EPA ICR No. 2507.01 and OMB Control No. 2070-NEW. The ICR, which is available in the docket along with other related materials, provides a detailed explanation of the collection activities and the burden estimate that is only briefly summarized in this document. EPA did not receive any comments in response to the previously provided public review opportunity issued in the Federal Register on December 29, 2014 (79 FR 78084). With this submission, EPA is providing an additional 30 days for public review.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Virginia; Revision to the Definition of Volatile Organic Compound
Document Number: 2015-30108
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-11-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve a revision to the Commonwealth of Virginia's State Implementation Plan (SIP). The revision adds a compound to the list of substances not considered to be volatile organic compounds (VOCs). EPA is approving this revision in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Virginia; Revision to the Definition of Volatile Organic Compound
Document Number: 2015-30105
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-11-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Virginia for the purpose of revising the definition of volatile organic compound (VOC). 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.
Oil and Natural Gas Sector: National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants
Document Number: 2015-30103
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-11-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This action requests information related to hazardous air pollutant (HAP) emissions from sources in the oil and natural gas production and natural gas transmission and storage segments of the oil and natural gas sector. In 2012, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revised the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for the Oil and Natural Gas Production Facilities and the Natural Gas Transmission and Storage Facilities major source categories. This action requests additional data and information that was not available at that time. In particular, we are requesting data on storage vessels without potential flash emissions (PFE) and data on HAP emissions from regulated small glycol dehydrators. With regard to the small glycol dehydrators we are particularly interested in data regarding any emissions of HAP other than benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene (BTEX), information on available control options for any such HAP and information regarding a potential compliance demonstration issue with respect to the 2012 standards for small glycol dehydration units, as they apply to units with very low emissions.
Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects
Document Number: 2015-30122
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-11-25
Agency: Agency for International Development, Agencies and Commissions, Department of Transportation, Social Security Administration, National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Labor, Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Health and Human Services, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, Department of Education, Department of Defense, Department of Commerce, Department of Agriculture, Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Health and Human Services and the other Federal Departments and Agencies listed in this document are extending the comment period on the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects notice of proposed rulemaking. The NPRM requests comment on proposed revisions to modernize, strengthen, and make more effective the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects that was promulgated as a Common Rule in 1991. The NPRM was published in the Federal Register on September 8, 2015.
Board of Scientific Counselors Executive Committee; Notification of Public Meeting and Public Comment
Document Number: 2015-30102
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92- 463, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hereby provides notice that the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Executive Committee will host a public meeting convening on Tuesday, December 8, 2015, and adjourning Thursday, December 10, 2015. The primary discussion will focus on the draft reports from the BOSC subcommittee meetings which addressed the research and future direction for the Office of Research and Development's (ORD) National Research Programs: Air, Climate and Energy, Chemical Safety for Sustainability, Homeland Security, Human Health Risk Assessment, Safe and Sustainable Water Resources, Sustainable and Healthy Communities. The Committee will also deliberate on two ORD Cross-Cutting Research Roadmaps: Environmental Justice and Climate Change. There will be a public comment period from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time on December 8, 2015. For information about registering to attend the meeting or to provide public comment, please see the Registration and SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION sections below. Due to a limited number of telephone lines, attendance will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre- registration is required. Registration for participating via teleconference closes Friday, December 4, 2015. Registration to participate in person closes Monday, November 30, 2015. The deadline to sign up to speak during the public comment period or to submit written public comment is Friday, December 4, 2015.
Prevention of Significant Deterioration of Air Quality (PSD) Final Determinations in New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands
Document Number: 2015-30098
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The purpose of this notice is to announce that between April 16, 2014 and Oct 1, 2015, the Region 2 Office of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), issued one final agency action and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) issued three final agency actions pursuant to the Prevention of Significant Deterioration of Air Quality (PSD) regulations codified at 40 CFR 52.21.
Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Community Federal Advisory Committee (FRRCC)
Document Number: 2015-30096
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gives notice of a teleconference of the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee (FRRCC). This teleconference is open to the public. Members of the public are encouraged to provide comments relevant to the specific issues being considered by the FRRCC.
Announcement of the Board of Directors for the National Environmental Education Foundation
Document Number: 2015-29918
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The National Environmental Education and Training Foundation (doing business as The National Environmental Education Foundation or NEEF) was created by Section 10 of Public Law 101-619, the National Environmental Education Act of 1990. It is a private 501(c)(3) non- profit organization established to promote and support education and training as necessary tools to further environmental protection and sustainable, environmentally sound development. It provides the common ground upon which leaders from business and industry, all levels of government, public interest groups, and others can work cooperatively to expand the reach of environmental education and training programs beyond the traditional classroom. The Foundation promotes innovative environmental education and training programs such as environmental education for medical healthcare providers and broadcast meteorologists; it also develops partnerships with government and other organizations to administer projects that promote the development of an environmentally literal public. The Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as required by the terms of the Act, announces the following appointment to the National Environmental Education Foundation Board of Directors. The appointee is Mr. Robert Garcia, is a civil rights advocate who engages, educates, and empowers communities for equal access to public resources.
Receipt of Several Pesticide Petitions Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities
Document Number: 2015-29893
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-11-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document announces the Agency's receipt of several initial filings of pesticide petitions requesting the establishment or modification of regulations for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities.
Saflufenacil; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2015-29889
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-11-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of saflufenacil in or on pomegranate. BASF Corporation requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Aureobasidium Pullulans Strains DSM 14940 and DSM 14941; Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: 2015-29888
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-11-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation amends an existing exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of Aureobasidium pullulans strains DSM 14940 and DSM 14941 to include residues of Aureobasidium pullulans strains DSM 14940 and DSM 14941 in or on all food commodities when used in accordance with label directions and good agricultural practices. Bio-ferm GmbH submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), requesting an amendment of the exemption from the requirement of a tolerance that includes food commodities that are treated post-harvest. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of Aureobasidium pullulans strains DSM 14940 and DSM 14941 under FFDCA.
Air Plan Approval; ME; Repeal of the Maine's General Conformity Provision
Document Number: 2015-29825
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-11-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Maine. This revision removes State Regulation Chapter 141Conformity of General Federal Actions from the SIP. The intended effect of this action is to remove the repealed State Regulation and leave the Federal General Conformity provisions in place to demonstrate conformity with the applicable SIP as required by section 176(c) of the Clean Air Act. This action is being taken in accordance with the Clean Air Act.
Air Plan Approval; ME; Repeal of the Maine's General Conformity Provision
Document Number: 2015-29824
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-11-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Maine. This revision removes State Regulation Chapter 141 Conformity of General Federal Actions from the SIP.
Disapproval of California Air Plan Revisions, South Coast Air Quality Management District
Document Number: 2015-29802
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-11-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to disapprove revisions to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP) concerning Vehicle Scrapping, Employee Trip Reduction, and procedures for the hearing board concerning variances and subpoenas. We are proposing action on local rules that regulate these activities under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act). We are taking comments on this proposal and plan to follow with a final action.
Draft Integrated Science Assessment for Sulfur Oxides-Health Criteria
Document Number: 2015-29800
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a 60- day public comment period for the draft document titled, ``External Review Draft Integrated Science Assessment for Sulfur OxidesHealth Criteria'' (EPA/600/R-15/066). The draft document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within the EPA's Office of Research and Development as part of the review of the primary (health-based) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for sulfur dioxide (SO2). The Integrated Science Assessment (ISA), in conjunction with additional technical and policy assessments, provides the scientific basis for the EPA's decisions on the adequacy of the current NAAQS and the appropriateness of possible alternative standards. EPA intends to develop a separate ISA as part of an independent review for the secondary (welfare-based) NAAQS for oxides of nitrogen and sulfur. EPA is releasing this draft document to seek review by the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) and the public (meeting date and location to be specified in a separate Federal Register notice). This draft document is not final as described in EPA's information quality guidelines, and it does not represent, and should not be construed to represent, Agency policy or views. When revising the document, EPA will consider any public comments submitted during the 60-day comment period in response to this notice.
Receipt of Several Pesticide Petitions Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals In or On Various Commodities
Document Number: 2015-29808
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-11-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document announces the Agency's receipt of several initial filings of pesticide petitions requesting the establishment or modification of regulations for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities.
AAPCO/SFIREG Full Committee; Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: 2015-29803
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Association of American Pesticide Control Officials (AAPCO)/State FIFRA Issues Research and Evaluation Group (SFIREG), Full Committee will hold a 2-day meeting, beginning on December 7, 2015, and ending December 8, 2015. This notice announces the location and times for the meeting and sets forth topics that may be included in the agenda. This notice also announces the discontinuation of SFIREG meeting announcements via the Federal Register. Future meeting announcements will be made at the following Web site: www2.epa.gov/ pesticides.
Senior Executive Service Performance Review Board; Membership
Document Number: 2015-29801
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given of the membership of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Performance Review Board for 2015.
Addition of 1-Bromopropane; Community Right-to-Know Toxic Chemical Release Reporting
Document Number: 2015-29799
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-11-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is adding 1- bromopropane to the list of toxic chemicals subject to reporting under section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) of 1986 and section 6607 of the Pollution Prevention Act (PPA) of 1990. 1-Bromopropane has been classified by the National Toxicology Program in their 13th Report on Carcinogens as ``reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.'' The EPA has determined that 1-bromopropane meets the EPCRA section 313(d)(2)(B) criteria because it can reasonably be anticipated to cause cancer in humans.
Proposed CERCLA Administrative Settlement; Bremerton Auto Wrecking/Gorst Creek Landfill Site, Port Orchard, Washington
Document Number: 2015-29798
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given of a proposed administrative settlement for payment of response costs at the Bremerton Auto Wrecking/Gorst Creek Landfill Site in Port Orchard, Washington with the United States Department of the Navy and the ST Trust. The payment of response costs will fund implementation of a response action currently estimated to cost approximately $27,605,000. The proposed settlement will provide the settling parties with a release of liability subject to certain rights reserved by the Agency. The proposed settlement has been reviewed by the Department of Justice. For thirty (30) days following the date of publication of this notice, the Agency will receive written comments relating to the settlement. The Agency will consider all comments received and may modify or withdraw its consent to the settlement if comments received disclose facts or considerations which indicate that the settlement is inappropriate, improper, or inadequate. The Agency's response to any comments received will be available for public inspection at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10 offices, located at 1200 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98101.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; 2008 Ozone NAAQS Interstate Transport for Colorado, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota
Document Number: 2015-29681
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-11-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve State Implementation Plan (SIP) submissions from the states of Colorado, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota that are intended to demonstrate that the SIP for each respective state meets certain interstate transport requirements of the Clean Air Act (Act or CAA) for the 2008 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). These submissions address the requirement that each SIP contain adequate provisions prohibiting air emissions that will have certain adverse air quality effects in other states. The EPA is proposing to approve these SIPs for all four states as containing adequate provisions to ensure that air emissions in the states do not significantly contribute to nonattainment or interfere with maintenance of the 2008 8-hour ozone NAAQS in any other state.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Virginia; Prevention of Significant Deterioration; Plantwide Applicability Limits for Greenhouse Gases
Document Number: 2015-29680
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-11-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a May 12, 2014 State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted for the Commonwealth of Virginia by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VADEQ). This revision adds Plantwide Applicability Limit (PAL) provisions for Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) to Virginia's Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) program. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Pesticide Registration Review; Draft Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessments for Certain Organophosphates; Extension of Comment Period
Document Number: 2015-29690
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA issued a notice in the Federal Register of September 25, 2015, opening a comment period on draft human health and ecological risk assessments for certain organophosphate pesticides listed in the Table in this document, along with additional chemicals. This document extends the comment period by 45 days for just those chemicals listed in the Table in this document, i.e., from November 24, 2015 to January 8, 2016. This comment period is being extended in response to comments received by the Agency.
Pesticide Registration Review; Draft Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessments for Sulfonylureas; Notice of Availability and Request for Comment; Extension of Comment Period
Document Number: 2015-29689
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA issued a notice in the Federal Register of September 25, 2015, concerning the publication of draft human health and ecological risk assessments for the registration review of 22 sulfonylurea chemicals and certain other non-sulfonylurea chemicals. This document extends the comment period for 30 days for only the chemicals listed in the Table in this document, from November 24, 2015 to December 24, 2015. The comment period is being extended in response to comments received by the Agency requesting additional time to review the sulfonylurea risk assessment documents.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2015-29685
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Significant New Use Rules on Certain Chemical Substances; Withdrawal
Document Number: 2015-29596
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-11-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is withdrawing significant new use rules (SNURs) promulgated under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for three chemical substances, which were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs). EPA published these SNURs using direct final rulemaking procedures, which requires EPA to take certain actions if a notice of intent to submit an adverse comment is received. EPA received notices of intent to submit adverse comments regarding the SNURs identified in this document. Therefore, the Agency is withdrawing the direct final rule SNURs identified in this document, as required under the direct final rulemaking procedures.
Treatment of Data Influenced by Exceptional Events
Document Number: 2015-29350
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-11-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing revisions to certain sections within the regulations that govern the exclusion of event-affected air quality data from regulatory decisions. The EPA is also providing a notice of availability of a draft version of the non-binding guidance document titled Draft Guidance on the Preparation of Exceptional Events Demonstrations for Wildfire Events that May Influence Ozone Concentrations.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Major Sources: Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Boilers and Process Heaters
Document Number: 2015-29186
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-11-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This action sets forth the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) final decision on the issues for which it granted reconsideration on January 21, 2015, that pertain to certain aspects of the January 31, 2013, final amendments to the ``National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Major Sources: Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Boilers and Process Heaters'' (Boiler MACT). The EPA is retaining a minimum carbon monoxide (CO) limit of 130 parts per million (ppm) and the particulate matter (PM) continuous parameter monitoring system (CPMS) requirements, consistent with the January 2013 final rule. The EPA is making minor changes to the proposed definitions of startup and shutdown and work practices during these periods, based on public comments received. Among other things, this final action addresses a number of technical corrections and clarifications of the rule. These corrections will clarify and improve the implementation of the January 2013 final Boiler MACT, but do not have any effect on the environmental, energy, or economic impacts associated with the proposed action. This action also includes our final decision to deny the requests for reconsideration with respect to all issues raised in the petitions for reconsideration of the final Boiler MACT for which we did not grant reconsideration.
Amitraz, Carfentrazone-ethyl, Ethephon, Malathion, Mancozeb, et al.; Tolerance Actions
Document Number: 2015-28491
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-11-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is revoking certain tolerances for the fungicides spiroxamine and triflumizole, the herbicides carfentrazone-ethyl and quizalofop ethyl; the insecticides amitraz, oxamyl, propetamphos, and spinosad; the plant growth regulators ethephon and mepiquat; and the tolerance on rice straw for multiple active ingredients. Also, EPA is modifying certain tolerances for the fungicides mancozeb, thiram, and triflumizole. In addition, EPA is establishing new tolerances for the fungicide mancozeb. Also, in accordance with current Agency practice, EPA is making minor revisions to the tolerance expressions for mepiquat and thiram. In addition, EPA is restoring the listings of tolerances on bulb onion and pear for methomyl residues to remedy inadvertent drafting errors and cover existing registrations. EPA is deferring a decision on the malathion tolerances at this time.
Office of Research and Development; Ambient Air Monitoring Reference and Equivalent Methods: Designation of One New Reference Method and One New Equivalent Method
Document Number: 2015-29492
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated, in accordance with 40 CFR part 53, one new reference method for measuring concentrations of carbon monoxide (CO) and one new equivalent method for measuring concentrations of ozone (O3) in the ambient air.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; District of Columbia; Regulation To Limit Nitrogen Oxides Emissions From Large Non-Electric Generating Units
Document Number: 2015-29369
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-11-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE). This revision caps emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOX) from large non-electric generating units (non-EGUs) to meet the requirements of EPA's NOX SIP Call. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).
2-Propenoic Acid, Polymer With Ethenylbenzene and (1-Methylethenyl)benzene; Tolerance Exemption
Document Number: 2015-29466
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-11-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of 2-propenoic acid, polymer with ethenylbenzene and (1-methylethenyl)benzene with a minimum average molecular weight (in amu) of 2,000 (CAS Reg. No. 52831-04-6) when used as an inert ingredient in a pesticide chemical formulation. BASF Corporation, submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), requesting an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of 2-propenoic acid, polymer with ethenylbenzene and (1-methylethenyl)benzene on food or feed commodities.
Flutriafol; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2015-29462
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-11-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes a tolerances for residues of flutriafol in or on hop, dried cones. Cheminova A/S, c/o Cheminova, Inc. requested this tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). Additionally, tolerances are being removed that were inadvertently returned from an earlier Final rule.
Pesticides; Certification of Pesticide Applicators; Extension of Comment Period
Document Number: 2015-29370
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-11-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA issued a proposed rule in the Federal Register of August 24, 2015, concerning certification of applicators of restricted use pesticides. This document extends the comment period for 30 days, from November 23, 2015 to December 23, 2015. The comment period is being extended to provide additional time for commenters to prepare their responses.
California State Nonroad Engine Pollution Control Standards; In-Use Diesel-Fueled Transport Refrigeration Units (TRUs) and TRU Generator Sets and Facilities Where TRUs Operate; Request for Within-the-Scope and Full Authorization; Opportunity for Public Hearing and Comment
Document Number: 2015-29368
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has notified the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that it has adopted amendments to its In-Use Diesel-Fueled Transport Refrigeration Units (TRUs) and TRU Generator Sets and Facilities Where TRUs Operate (together ``2011 TRU Amendments'') regulation. By letter dated March 2, 2015, CARB asked that EPA authorize these amendments pursuant to section 209(e) of the Clean Air Act. CARB seeks confirmation that certain 2011 TRU Amendments are within the scope of prior authorizations issued by EPA, or, in the alternative, that such amendments merit full authorization. CARB also seeks a full authorization for other 2011 TRU Amendments. This notice announces that EPA has tentatively scheduled a public hearing to consider California's authorization request for the 2011 TRU Amendments and that EPA is now accepting written comment on the request.
National Environmental Justice Advisory Council; Notification of Public Teleconference Meetings and Public Comment
Document Number: 2015-29349
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), Public Law 92-463, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hereby provides notice that the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) will host a two (2) public teleconference meetings on Wednesday, December 2, 2015, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time and Tuesday, December 15, 2015, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Items to be discussed by NEJAC over these coming meetings include respectively: U.S. Housing and Urban Development Final Rule on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing and Assessment Tool; and Chemical Plant Safety and Community Revitalization: 20 Years of the Brownfields Program. There will be an opportunity for the public to comment on Wednesday, December 2, 2015, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Tuesday, December 15, 2015 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Members of the public are encouraged to provide comments relevant to the topics of the meeting. For additional information about registering to attend the meeting or to provide public comment, please see ``REGISTRATION'' under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Washington: Additional Regulations for the Benton Clean Air Agency Jurisdiction
Document Number: 2015-29180
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-11-17
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) in coordination with Benton Clean Air Agency (BCAA) on August 25, 2015. In the fall of 2014 and spring of 2015, the EPA approved numerous revisions to Ecology's general air quality regulations. However, our approval of the updated Ecology regulations applied only to geographic areas where Ecology, and not a local air authority, has jurisdiction, and statewide to source categories over which Ecology has sole jurisdiction. This final approval allows BCAA to rely primarily on Ecology's general air quality regulations for sources within BCAA's jurisdiction, including implementation of the minor new source review and nonattainment new source review permitting programs. This final action also approves of a small set of BCAA regulatory provisions that replace or supplement parts of Ecology's general air quality regulations.
Approval of Regional Haze BART Alternative Measure: Washington
Document Number: 2015-29175
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-11-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART) alternative measure for the BP Cherry Point Refinery located near Ferndale, Washington. The BART alternative measure increases the oxides of nitrogen (NOX) emission limit from the R-1 HC Reactor Heater (R-1 Heater), a BART-eligible source currently subject to BART emission limits on NOX. To offset the increase in NOX emissions from this emission unit, the NOX emission limits on the 1st Stage Hydrocracker Fractionator Reboiler (R-1 Reboiler), also a BART-eligible source subject to BART emission limits on NOX, will be reduced. The net effect of these changes is a decrease of 10.4 tons per year (tpy) of allowable NOX emissions from sources subject to BART at the BP Cherry Point Refinery.
Release of Draft Control Techniques Guidelines for the Oil and Natural Gas Industry
Document Number: 2015-29174
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On September 18, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of a draft Control Techniques Guidelines (CTG) document titled, ``Release of Draft Control Techniques Guidelines for the Oil and Natural Gas Industry.'' The EPA is extending the comment period on the notice of availability of the draft CTG document that was scheduled to close on November 17, 2015. The EPA has received several letters from trade and business organizations, states and tribes requesting additional time to review and comment on the notice of availability of the draft CTG document.
Tamarind Seed Gum, 2-Hydroxypropyl Ether Polymer; Tolerance Exemption
Document Number: 2015-29169
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-11-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of tamarind seed gum, 2-hydroxypropyl ether polymer (CAS Reg. No. 68551-04-2) when used as an inert ingredient in a pesticide chemical formulation. Lamberti USA, Incorporated 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 tamarind seed gum, 2-hydroxypropyl ether polymer on food or feed commodities.
Air Plan Approval; Michigan; Sewage Sludge Incinerators State Plan and Small Municipal Waste Combustors Negative Declaration for Designated Facilities and Pollutants
Document Number: 2015-28911
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-11-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving Michigan's State Plan to control air pollutants from ``Sewage Sludge Incinerators'' (SSI). The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) submitted the State Plan on September 21, 2015. The State Plan is consistent with the Emission Guidelines (EGs) promulgated by EPA on March 21, 2011. This approval means that EPA finds that the State Plan meets applicable Clean Air Act (Act) requirements for subject SSI units. Once effective, this approval also makes the State Plan Federally enforceable. EPA is also notifying the public that we have received from Michigan a negative declaration for Small Municipal Waste Combustors (SMWC). The MDEQ submitted its negative declaration on July 27, 2015. MDEQ notified EPA in its negative declaration letter that there are no SMWC units subject to the requirements of the Act currently operating in Michigan.
Air Plan Approval; Michigan; Sewage Sludge Incinerators State Plan and Small Municipal Waste Combustors Negative Declaration for Designated Facilities and Pollutants
Document Number: 2015-28910
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-11-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve Michigan`s State Plan to control air pollutants from Sewage Sludge Incinerators (SSI). The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality submitted the State Plan on September 21, 2015, following the required public process. The State Plan is consistent with the Emission Guidelines promulgated by EPA on March 21, 2011. This approval means that EPA finds that the State Plan meets applicable Clean Air Act requirements for subject SSI units. Once effective, this approval also makes the State Plan Federally enforceable. EPA is also announcing that we have received from Michigan a negative declaration for Small Municipal Waste Combustors (SMWC). The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality submitted on July 27, 2015 a negative declaration certifying that there are no SMWC units currently operating in the state of Michigan.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Arizona; Phased Discontinuation of Stage II Vapor Recovery Program
Document Number: 2015-28909
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-11-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a state implementation plan (SIP) revision from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality related to the removal of ``Stage II'' vapor recovery equipment at gasoline dispensing facilities in the Phoenix-Mesa area. Specifically, the EPA is approving a SIP revision that eliminates the requirement to install and operate such equipment at new gasoline dispensing facilities, and that provides for the phased removal of such equipment at existing gasoline dispensing facilities from October 2016 through September 2018. The EPA has previously determined that onboard refueling vapor recovery is in widespread use nationally and waived the stage II vapor recovery requirement. The EPA is approving this SIP revision because the resultant short-term incremental increase in emissions would not interfere with attainment or maintenance of the national ambient air quality standards or any other requirement of the Clean Air Act and because it would avoid longer-term increases in emissions due to the incompatibilities between onboard refueling vapor recovery equipment on motor vehicles and the predominant type of stage II vapor recovery equipment installed at existing gasoline dispensing facilities in the Phoenix-Mesa area.
Approval of Air Quality State Implementation Plans (SIP); State of Nebraska; Infrastructure SIP Requirements for the 2008 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard in Regards to Section 110(a)(2)(D)(i)(I)-Prongs 1 and 2
Document Number: 2015-28908
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-11-16
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 Nebraska addressing the applicable requirements of Clean Air Act (CAA) section 110 for the 2008 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for Ozone (O3). CAA section 110 requires 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. Specifically, EPA is proposing to approve Nebraska's SIP as it relates to section 110 (a)(2)(D)(i)(I) prongs 1 and 2, for the 2008 O3 NAAQS.
Cancellation of Pesticides for Non-Payment of Year 2015 Registration Maintenance Fees; Summary of Orders Issued
Document Number: 2015-28855
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), the payment of an annual maintenance fee is required to keep pesticide registrations in effect. The fee due last January 15, 2015, has gone unpaid for the 236 registrations identified in this document. If the fee is not paid, the EPA Administrator may cancel these registrations by order and without a hearing; orders to cancel these registrations have been issued.
Modification of Significant New Uses of Certain Chemical Substances
Document Number: 2015-28844
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-11-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is amending the significant new use rules (SNURs) under section 5(a)(2) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for five chemical substances which were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs). This action amends the SNURs to allow certain uses without requiring a significant new use notice (SNUN), and extends SNUN requirements to certain additional uses. EPA is amending these SNURs based on review of new data for each chemical substance. This action requires persons who intend to manufacture (including import) or process any of these chemical substances for an activity that is designated as a significant new use by this rule to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing that activity. The required notification would provide EPA with the opportunity to evaluate the intended use and, if necessary, to prohibit or limit that activity before it occurs.
Certain New Chemicals; Receipt and Status Information for September 2015
Document Number: 2015-28842
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is required under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to publish in the Federal Register a notice of receipt of a premanufacture notice (PMN); an application for a test marketing exemption (TME), both pending and/or expired; and a periodic status report on any new chemicals under EPA review and the receipt of notices of commencement (NOC) to manufacture those chemicals. This document covers the period from September 1, 2015 to September 30, 2015.