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California State Nonroad Engine Pollution Control Standards; Portable Diesel-Fueled Engines Air Toxics Control Measure; Notice of Decision
Document Number: 2015-31043
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA'') is granting the California Air Resources Board's (``CARB'') request for authorization of amendments to its Portable Diesel-Fueled Engines Air Toxics Control Measure (``Portable Engine Amendments''). EPA is also confirming that certain Portable Engine Amendments are within the scope of a prior EPA authorization. CARB's Portable Engine Amendments apply to in-use, portable, off-road \1\ diesel-fueled engines rated 50 brake horsepower (bhp) and greater. This decision is issued under the authority of the Clean Air Act (``CAA'' or ``Act'').
Polyester Polyol Polymers; Tolerance Exemption
Document Number: 2015-30510
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of D-glucitol, polymer with decanedioic acid, octadecanoate; D-glucitol, polymer with decanedioic acid, docosanoate; D-glucitol, polymer with decanedioic acid, docosanoate; D- glucitol, polymer with decanedioic acid and 1,3-propanediol, docosanoate; D-glucitol, polymer with decanedioic acid and 1,3- propanediol, octadecanoate; fatty acids, C18-unsatd., dimers, polymers with docosanoic acid and sorbitol; fatty acids, C18-unsatd., dimers, polymers with docosanoic acid, 1,3- propanediol and stearic acid; fatty acids, C18-unsatd., dimers, polymers with sorbitol and stearic acid; fatty acids, C18-unsatd., dimers, polymers with 1,3-propanediol, sorbitol and stearic acid; fatty acids, C18-unsatd., dimers, polymers with docosanoic acid and sorbitol; and fatty acids, C18- unsatd., dimers, polymers with docosanoic acid, 1,3-propanediol and sorbitol when used as inert ingredients in a pesticide chemical formulation. Spring Trading Co., on behalf of Croda Inc., submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), requesting an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of D-glucitol, polymer with decanedioic acid, octadecanoate; D-glucitol, polymer with decanedioic acid, docosanoate; D-glucitol, polymer with decanedioic acid, docosanoate; D-glucitol, polymer with decanedioic acid and 1,3-propanediol, docosanoate; D- glucitol, polymer with decanedioic acid and 1,3-propanediol, octadecanoate; fatty acids, C18-unsatd., dimers, polymers with docosanoic acid and sorbitol; fatty acids, C18-unsatd., dimers, polymers with docosanoic acid, 1,3-propanediol and stearic acid; fatty acids, C18-unsatd., dimers, polymers with sorbitol and stearic acid; fatty acids, C18-unsatd., dimers, polymers with 1,3-propanediol, sorbitol and stearic acid; fatty acids, C18-unsatd., dimers, polymers with docosanoic acid and sorbitol; and fatty acids, C18-unsatd., dimers, polymers with docosanoic acid, 1,3-propanediol and sorbitol on food or feed commodities.
Pesticide Emergency Exemptions; Agency Decisions and State and Federal Agency Crisis Declarations
Document Number: 2015-31055
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has granted or denied emergency exemptions under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) for use of pesticides as listed in this notice. The exemptions or denials were granted during the period July 1, 2015 to September 30, 2015 to control unforeseen pest outbreaks.
Azoxystrobin; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2015-31053
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of azoxystrobin in or on quinoa grain, ti leaves, ti roots, and modifies the existing tolerances for the stone fruit group 12 and tree nut group 14 to read ``stone fruit group 12-12'' and ``tree nut group 14-12, except pistachio'' respectively. Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements of the HCFC Allowance System
Document Number: 2015-31051
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements of the HCFC Allowance System (EPA ICR No. 2014.06, OMB Control No. 2060-0498) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). Before doing so, EPA is soliciting public comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below. This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through April 30, 2016. 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.
California State Nonroad Engine Pollution Control Standards; Large Spark-Ignition (LSI) Engines; New Emission Standards and In-Use Fleet Requirements; Notice of Decision
Document Number: 2015-31049
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is granting the California Air Resources Board's (CARB's) request for authorization of California's 2008 amendments to its new large spark-ignition nonroad engines regulation (2008 LSI Amendments). EPA is also confirming that CARB's 2010 amendments to its in-use fleet average emission requirements (2010 LSI Fleet Amendments) are within the scope of EPA's prior authorization. This decision is issued under the authority of the Clean Air Act (``CAA'' or ``Act'').
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Identification of Non-Hazardous Secondary Materials That Are Solid Waste (Renewal)
Document Number: 2015-31046
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), Identification of Non- Hazardous Secondary Materials That Are Solid Waste (Renewal) (EPA ICR No. 2382.04, OMB Control No. 2050-0205) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). Before doing so, EPA is soliciting public comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below. This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through March 31, 2016. 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.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Generator Standards Applicable to Laboratories Owned by Eligible Academic Entities
Document Number: 2015-31045
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), Generator Standards Applicable To Laboratories Owned By Eligible Academic Entities (EPA ICR No. 2317.03, OMB Control No. 2050-0204 to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). Before doing so, the EPA is soliciting public comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below. This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through March 31, 2016. 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.
Notice of Open Meeting of the Environmental Financial Advisory Board
Document Number: 2015-31044
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA's Environmental Financial Advisory Board (EFAB) will hold a public meeting on January 12-13, 2016. EFAB is an EPA advisory committee chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act to provide advice and recommendations to EPA on creative approaches to funding environmental programs, projects, and activities. The purpose of this meeting is to hear from informed speakers on environmental finance issues, proposed legislation, and EPA priorities; to discuss activities, progress, and preliminary recommendations with regard current EFAB work projects; and to consider requests for assistance from EPA offices. Environmental finance discussions and presentations are expected on, but not limited to, the following topics: Financing operations and maintenance costs at green infrastructure sites; financing stormwater and green infrastructure programs; public-private partnerships for water infrastructure projects; financing pre-development activities in communities; affordability challenges in the water sector; and financial capacity development for small drinking/wastewater systems. The meeting is open to the public; however, seating is limited. All members of the public who wish to attend the meeting must register, in advance, no later than Monday, December 28, 2015. Registration is required for all members of the public to ensure an expeditious security process.
Notice of eDisclosure Portal Launch: Modernizing Implementation of EPA's Self-Policing Incentive Policies
Document Number: 2015-30928
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is modernizing implementation of its self-disclosure policies by creating a centralized web-based ``eDisclosure'' portal to receive and automatically process self-disclosed civil violations of environmental law. Under the automated eDisclosure system, large and small businesses will quickly be able to get some of their more routine types of disclosures resolved. EPA is launching the eDisclosure system because it continues to believe strongly in the benefits of its self-disclosure policies: To provide penalty mitigation and other incentives for companies that self-police, disclose, correct and prevent violations. EPA believes that the implementation changes announced today will make the processing of disclosures faster and more efficient, and will save time and resources for regulated entities and EPA.
Air Plan Approval; Ohio; Regional Haze Glatfelter BART SIP Revision
Document Number: 2015-30917
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-12-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to extend the compliance date for the Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART) emission limits for sulfur dioxide (SO2) at the P.H. Glatfelter Company (Glatfelter) facility submitted as part of its State Implementation Plan (SIP) Revision on April 14, 2014. Specifically, EPA is proposing to extend the compliance date for the SO2 emission limits applicable to Boilers No. 7 and No. 8 at Glatfelter by 25 months, from December 31, 2014, to January 31, 2017. We have reviewed this SIP revision and concluded that it meets the requirements of the Clean Air Act and the regional haze rule and because BART requirements continue to be met.
Cross-Media Electronic Reporting: Authorized Program Revision Approval, State of Illinois
Document Number: 2015-30914
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces EPA's approval of the State of Illinois's request to revise/modify its EPA Administered Permit Programs: The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System EPA- authorized program to allow electronic reporting.
Cross-Media Electronic Reporting: Authorized Program Revision Approval, State of Iowa
Document Number: 2015-30913
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces EPA's approval of the State of Iowa's request to revise certain of its EPA-authorized programs to allow electronic reporting.
Approval of California Air Plan Revisions, Placer County Air Pollution Control District
Document Number: 2015-30831
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve a revision to the Placer County Air Pollution Control District (PCAPCD) portion of the California SIP. We are approving a local emergency episode plan that describes actions that PCAPCD will take to prevent dangerously high ambient emission levels under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).
Approval of California Air Plan Revisions, Placer County Air Pollution Control District
Document Number: 2015-30829
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-12-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a revision to the Placer County Air Pollution Control District (PCAPCD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP) under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act). This revision describes actions that PCAPCD will take to prevent air pollution concentrations from reaching dangerously high levels.
Approval of California Air Plan Revisions, South Coast Air Quality Management District and Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District
Document Number: 2015-30828
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) and Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District (YSAQMD) portions of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from motor vehicle and mobile equipment refinishing coating operations. We are approving local rules that regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).
Approval of California Air Plan Revisions, South Coast Air Quality Management District and Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District
Document Number: 2015-30825
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-12-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) and Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District (YSAQMD) portions of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from motor vehicle and mobile equipment refinishing coating operations. We are proposing to approve local rules to regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).
Air Plan Approval; ND; Update to Materials Incorporated by Reference
Document Number: 2015-30823
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is updating the materials that are incorporated by reference (IBR) into the North Dakota State Implementation Plan (SIP). The regulations affected by this update have been previously submitted by the North Dakota Department of Health and approved by the EPA. In this action, the EPA is also notifying the public of corrections to typographical errors and minor formatting changes to the IBR tables. This update affects the SIP materials that are available for public inspection at the EPA Regional Office.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Massachusetts; Transit System Improvements
Document Number: 2015-30819
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This revision removes from the SIP the design aspect of the Red Line/Blue Line Connector transportation control measure as a requirement in the Massachusetts SIP, without substitution or replacement, and in addition implements administrative changes that lengthen the existing public process requirement so that a public meeting on the annual update and status report be held within seventy- five days of its July 1st submittal date and replaces references to the Executive Office of Transportation (EOT) with references to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). This action is being taken in accordance with the Clean Air Act.
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District, Feather River Air Quality Management District and Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District
Document Number: 2015-30809
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District (AVAQMD), Feather River Air Quality Management District (FRAQMD), and Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (SBCAPCD) portions of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from architectural coatings. 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, Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District, Feather River Air Quality Management District and Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District
Document Number: 2015-30808
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-12-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District (AVAQMD), Feather River Air Quality Management District (FRAQMD), and Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (SBCAPCD) portions of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from architectural coatings. We are proposing to approve local rules to regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act). Simultaneously, the EPA is proposing to delete two related local rules from the SIP from Sutter County Air Pollution Control District (SCAPCD) and Yuba County Air Pollution Control District (YCAPCD).
PM10
Document Number: 2015-30487
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve two revisions to the Nevada state implementation plan. The first revision provides a demonstration of implementation of best available control measures (BACM) for control of particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter less than or equal to a nominal ten micrometers (PM10) within Truckee Meadows. The second revision is a plan that provides for the maintenance of the national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS or ``standard'') for PM10 in Truckee Meadows through 2030, includes an emissions inventory consistent with attainment, and establishes motor vehicle emissions budgets. In connection with these approvals, the EPA is taking final action to determine that major stationary sources of PM10 precursors do not contribute significantly to elevated PM10 levels in the area. Also, based in part on the approvals of the BACM demonstration and maintenance plan and determination regarding PM10 precursors, the EPA is taking final action to approve the State of Nevada's request for redesignation of the Truckee Meadows nonattainment area to attainment for the PM10 standard. Lastly, the EPA is taking final action to delete the area designation for Truckee Meadows for the revoked standard for total suspended particulate (TSP). The EPA is taking these actions because the SIP revisions meet the applicable statutory and regulatory requirements for such plans and related motor vehicle emissions budgets and because the area meets the Clean Air Act requirements for redesignation of nonattainment areas to attainment.
Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Consolidated Superfund Information Collection Request (Renewal)
Document Number: 2015-30799
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ``Consolidated Superfund Information Collection Request (Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 1487.13, OMB Control No. 2050-0179) 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 is soliciting public comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below. This notice is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through April 30, 2016. This ICR is a continuing consolidation of the following previous ICRs: OMB Control Number 2050-0179 (Cooperative Agreements and Superfund State Contracts for Superfund Response Actions), OMB Control Number 2050-0095 (Superfund Site Evaluation and Hazard Ranking System (HRS)), and OMB Control Number 2050-0096 (National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP)). 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.
Environmental Protection Agency Acquisition Regulation (EPAAR); Ratification of Unauthorized Commitments
Document Number: 2015-30798
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) amends the EPA Acquisition Regulation (EPAAR) to address minor non-substantive changes in one subpart and one definition. The direct final rule updates ``Ratification of Unauthorized Commitments'' and revises the definition of Chief of the Contracting Office (CCO). EPA does not anticipate any adverse comments.
National Emission Standards for Aerospace Manufacturing and Rework Facilities Risk and Technology Review
Document Number: 2015-30356
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This action finalizes the residual risk and technology review (RTR) and the rule review the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conducted for Aerospace Manufacturing and Rework Facilities under the national emissions standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP). In this action, we are finalizing several amendments to the NESHAP based on the review of these standards. These final amendments add limitations to reduce organic and inorganic emissions of hazardous air pollutants (HAP) from specialty coating application operations; remove exemptions for periods of startup, shutdown and malfunction (SSM) so that affected units will be subject to the emission standards at all times; and revise provisions to address recordkeeping and reporting requirements applicable to periods of SSM. These final amendments include a requirement to report performance testing through the EPA's Compliance and Emissions Data Reporting Interface (CEDRI). This action also makes clarifications to the applicability, definitions, and compliance demonstration provisions, and other technical corrections. The EPA estimates that implementation of this rule will reduce annual HAP emissions by 58 tons.
Access to Confidential Business Information by Avanti Corporation
Document Number: 2015-30722
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has authorized its contractor, Avanti Corporation of Alexandria, VA, to access information which has been submitted to EPA under all sections of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Some of the information may be claimed or determined to be Confidential Business Information (CBI).
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2015-30691
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; District of Columbia; Interstate Pollution Transport Requirements for the 2010 Nitrogen Dioxide Standard
Document Number: 2015-30685
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-12-04
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 (the District). This revision pertains to the infrastructure requirement for interstate transport pollution with respect to the 2010 nitrogen dioxide (NO2) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Significant New Use Rule on Certain Chemical Substances
Document Number: 2015-30677
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is finalizing significant new use rules (SNURs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for 29 chemical substances that were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs). This action requires persons who intend to manufacture (including import) or process any of the 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 the activity before it occurs.
NESHAP for Brick and Structural Clay Products Manufacturing; and NESHAP for Clay Ceramics Manufacturing: Correction
Document Number: 2015-30379
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a final rule in the Federal Register on October 26, 2015, titled NESHAP for Brick and Structural Clay Products Manufacturing; and NESHAP for Clay Ceramics Manufacturing. These amendments make two technical corrections to the published regulation.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maryland; Attainment Demonstration for the Baltimore 8-Hour Ozone Moderate Nonattainment Area; Withdrawal of Proposed Rule
Document Number: 2015-30100
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-12-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is withdrawing its proposed rule to disapprove Maryland's June 4, 2007 ozone attainment demonstration for the Baltimore Area. This withdrawal action is being taken under section 110 of the CAA.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; New Mexico; Albuquerque-Bernalillo County; Infrastructure and Interstate Transport State Implementation Plan for the 2008 Lead National Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2015-30541
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) submission from the Governor of New Mexico for the City of Albuquerque-Bernalillo County for the 2008 Lead (Pb) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The submittal addresses how the existing SIP provides for implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of the 2008 Pb NAAQS (infrastructure SIP or i-SIP). This i-SIP ensures that the State's SIP for Albuquerque-Bernalillo County is adequate to meet the state's responsibilities under the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or Act), including the four CAA requirements for interstate transport of Pb emissions.
Cross-State Air Pollution Rule Update for the 2008 Ozone NAAQS
Document Number: 2015-29796
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-12-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The primary purpose of this proposal is to address interstate air quality impacts with respect to the 2008 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The EPA promulgated the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) on July 6, 2011, to address interstate transport of ozone pollution under the 1997 ozone NAAQS and fine particulate matter (PM2.5) under the 1997 and 2006 PM2.5 NAAQS. The EPA is proposing to update CSAPR to address interstate emission transport with respect to the 2008 ozone NAAQS. This proposal also responds to the July 28, 2015 remand by the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit of certain states' ozone-season nitrogen oxides (NOX) emissions budgets established by CSAPR. This proposal also updates the status of certain states' outstanding interstate ozone transport obligations with respect to the 1997 ozone NAAQS, for which CSAPR provided a partial remedy. This proposal finds that ozone season emissions of NOX in 23 eastern states affect the ability of downwind states to attain and maintain the 2008 ozone NAAQS. These emissions can be transported downwind as NOX or, after transformation in the atmosphere, as ozone. For these 23 eastern states, the EPA proposes to issue Federal Implementation Plans (FIPs) that generally update the existing CSAPR NOX ozone-season emissions budgets for electricity generating units (EGUs) and implement these budgets via the CSAPR NOX ozone-season allowance trading program. The EPA would finalize a FIP for any state that does not have an approved SIP addressing its contribution by the date this rule is finalized. The EPA is proposing implementation starting with the 2017 ozone season. In conjunction with other federal and state actions, these requirements would assist downwind states in the eastern United States in attaining and maintaining the 2008 ozone standard.
Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District
Document Number: 2015-30542
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-12-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a revision to the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District (SJVUAPCD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). This revision concerns volatile organic compound (VOC), oxides of nitrogen (NOX), and particulate matter (PM) emissions from internal combustion engines. We are proposing to approve a local rule to regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act). We are taking comments on this proposal and plan to follow with a final action.
Receipt of Several Pesticide Petitions Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities
Document Number: 2015-30539
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-12-02
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.
Hexythiazox; Pesticide Tolerances; Technical Correction
Document Number: 2015-30514
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA issued a final rule in the Federal Register of August 14, 2015, concerning the establishment of tolerances with regional registrations for residues of hexythiazox in or on wheat. This document corrects a technical error, specifically, the omission of regions in the commodity definitions.
Etoxazole; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2015-30513
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of etoxazole in or on orange and orange oil. Sumitomo Chemical Latin America through Valent USA Corporation requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of New Mexico/Albuquerque-Bernalillo County; Infrastructure and Interstate Transport SIP 2010 Nitrogen Dioxide National Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2015-30490
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-12-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) submission from the State of New Mexico on behalf of the City of Albuquerque-Bernalillo County for the Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The submittal addresses how the existing SIP provides for implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of the 2010 NO2 NAAQS (infrastructure SIP or i-SIP). This i-SIP ensures that the State's SIP for Albuquerque-Bernalillo County is adequate to meet the state's responsibilities under the CAA, including the four CAA requirements for interstate transport of NO2 emissions.
Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Notice of Pending Suspension and Revocation of 15 Programs From EPA's List of Section 608 Technician Certifying Programs and Voluntary Withdrawals for 3 Programs
Document Number: 2015-30374
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is updating its list of Section 608 Technician Certification Programs approved to provide the technician certification exam. EPA's list is found here: http:// www.epa.gov/ozone/title6/608/technicians/608certs.html.
Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Notice of Revocation of Certification for Refrigerant Reclaimers
Document Number: 2015-30363
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with 40 CFR 82.164, no person may sell or offer for sale or use as a refrigerant, any class I or class II ozone- depleting substance consisting wholly or in part of used refrigerant unless the substance has been reclaimed by an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-certified refrigerant reclaimer. All persons reclaiming used refrigerant for sale to a new owner are required to certify to the EPA Administrator in accordance with 40 CFR 82.164 and to maintain records and submit reports in accordance with 40 CFR 82.166. Through this action, the EPA is giving notice of the impending revocation of one refrigerant reclaimer, Refrigerants Exchange, Inc. (RefEx) of Irwindale, CA, in accordance with 40 CFR part 82, subpart F. In addition, the EPA is announcing the previous revocation of certification of eight refrigerant reclaimers. An up-to-date list of EPA-certified refrigerant reclaimers is available online at www.epa.gov/ozone/title6/608/reclamation/reclist.html.
Extension of Public Comment Period for the National Wetland Condition Assessment 2011 Draft Report
Document Number: 2015-30505
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is extending the comment period for the draft report on the National Wetland Condition Assessment (NWCA 2011). In response to stakeholder requests, the comment period will be extended for an additional 30 days, from December 7, 2015 until January 6, 2016.
Request for Scientific Views on the Draft Recommended Aquatic Life Ambient Water Quality Criteria for Cadmium-2015
Document Number: 2015-30493
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing its draft recommended aquatic life water quality criteria for cadmium for public comment. EPA is updating its national recommended ambient water quality criteria for cadmium in order to reflect the latest scientific information, and current EPA policies and methods. Following closure of this public comment period, EPA will consider scientific views from the public on this draft document as well as any new data or information received. EPA will then publish a Federal Register notice announcing the availability of the final cadmium criteria. Once finalized, EPA's water quality criteria for cadmium will provide recommendations to states and tribes authorized to establish water quality standards under the Clean Water Act. In adopting water quality standards, states set exposure protections for aquatic life; chronic exposure to cadmium negatively impacts growth, development, behavior, reproduction, and immune and endocrine systems in aquatic life.
Cross-State Air Pollution Rule Update for the 2008 Ozone NAAQS
Document Number: 2015-30489
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-12-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a public hearing to be held for the proposed rule ``Cross-State Air Pollution Rule Update for the 2008 Ozone NAAQS'' which will publish in the Federal Register. The hearing will be held on Thursday, December 17, 2015, in Washington, DC.
Stratospheric Protection Division; Teleconference on the Clean Air Act Section 608 Technician Certification Program Test Bank
Document Number: 2015-30372
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that the Stratospheric Protection Division will hold a public teleconference on December 9, 2015 on the Section 608 Technician Certification Test Bank. The teleconference will be an opportunity for stakeholders and members of the public to provide feedback on updating Test Bank questions. For further information regarding the teleconference, please contact Robert Burchard at the number and email below.
Supplemental Finding That It Is Appropriate and Necessary To Regulate Hazardous Air Pollutants From Coal- and Oil-Fired Electric Utility Steam Generating Units
Document Number: 2015-30360
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-12-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting comment on a proposed supplemental finding that consideration of cost does not alter the agency's previous conclusion that it is appropriate and necessary to regulate coal- and oil-fired electric utility steam generating units (EGUs) under section 112 of the Clean Air Act (CAA). In light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Michigan v. EPA, 135 S.Ct. 2699 (2015), the EPA has taken cost into account in evaluating whether such regulation is appropriate. In this document, the EPA sets forth its proposed supplemental finding and requests comment on all aspects of that finding and the supporting legal memorandum in the docket for this action. This proposed supplemental finding, if finalized after consideration of comments, will conclude that coal- and oil-fired EGUs are properly included on the CAA section 112(c) list of sources that must be regulated under CAA section 112(d).
Petroleum Refinery Sector Risk and Technology Review and New Source Performance Standards
Document Number: 2015-26486
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This action finalizes the residual risk and technology review conducted for the Petroleum Refinery source categories regulated under national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) Refinery MACT 1 and Refinery MACT 2. It also includes revisions to the Refinery MACT 1 and MACT 2 rules in accordance with provisions regarding establishment of MACT standards. This action also finalizes technical corrections and clarifications for the new source performance standards (NSPS) for petroleum refineries to improve consistency and clarity and address issues related to a 2008 industry petition for reconsideration. Implementation of this final rule will result in projected reductions of 5,200 tons per year (tpy) of hazardous air pollutants (HAP) which will reduce cancer risk and chronic health effects.
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.