Environmental Protection Agency 2015 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

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Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2015-27054
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Certain New Chemicals; Receipt and Status Information for August 2015
Document Number: 2015-27031
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-23
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 August 1, 2015 to August 31, 2015.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Florida; Regional Haze Plan Amendment-Lakeland Electric C.D. McIntosh
Document Number: 2015-26935
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing approval of the State of Florida's March 10, 2015, State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision, submitted by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). This submittal fulfills Florida's commitment to EPA to provide a regional haze SIP revision with a Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART) nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions limit for Unit 1 at the Lakeland ElectricC.D. McIntosh Power Plant (McIntosh) reflecting best operating practices for good combustion. States are required to address the BART provisions of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) and EPA's regional haze regulations as part of a program to prevent any future and remedy any existing anthropogenic impairment of visibility in mandatory Class I areas (national parks and wilderness areas) caused by emissions of air pollutants from numerous sources located over a wide geographic area (also referred to as the ``regional haze program'') and to assure reasonable progress toward the national goal of achieving natural visibility conditions in Class I areas. In this action, EPA is approving the BART NOx emissions limit for Unit 1 at McIntosh into the Florida SIP.
Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee; Notice of Charter Renewal
Document Number: 2015-26769
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that the Environmental Protection Agency has determined that, in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C. App.2., the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) is a necessary committee which is in the public interest. Accordingly, PPDC will be renewed for an additional two-year period. The purpose of PPDC is to provide advice and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on issues associated with regulatory development and reform initiatives, evolving public policy and program implementation issues, and science issues associated with evaluating and reducing risks from use of pesticides.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Oregon: Lane Regional Air Protection Agency Open Burning Rules and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Enforcement Procedures
Document Number: 2015-26159
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving into Oregon's State Implementation Plan (SIP) a submittal from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) dated July 7, 2014, containing revisions to the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency's (LRAPA) open burning rules adopted on March 14, 2008. The revised LRAPA open burning rules make clarifications and provide for additional controls of open burning activities in Lane County, would reduce particulate emissions in Lane County, and would strengthen Oregon's SIP. The EPA is also approving a submittal from the ODEQ dated June 30, 2014, to update Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) that relate to procedures in contested cases (appeals), enforcement procedures, and civil penalties. The EPA is approving most of the submitted provisions because the revisions clarify and strengthen the SIP and are consistent with the Clean Air Act (CAA). The EPA is not approving certain provisions of the submitted rules that do not relate to the requirements for SIPs under section 110 of the CAA. Finally, the EPA is correcting the SIP pursuant to the authority of section 110(k)(6) of the CAA to remove certain provisions previously approved by the EPA that do not relate to the requirements for SIPs under section 110 of the CAA.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Oregon: Lane Regional Air Protection Agency Open Burning Rules and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Enforcement Procedures
Document Number: 2015-26145
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-10-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve into Oregon's State Implementation Plan (SIP) a submittal from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) dated July 7, 2014, containing revisions to the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency's (LRAPA) open burning rules adopted on March 14, 2008. The revised LRAPA open burning rules make clarifications and provide for additional controls of open burning activities in Lane County, would reduce particulate emissions in Lane County, and would strengthen Oregon's SIP. The EPA is also proposing to approve a submittal from the ODEQ dated June 30, 2014, to update Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) that relate to procedures in contested cases (appeals), enforcement procedures, and civil penalties. The EPA is proposing to approve most of the submitted provisions because the revisions clarify and strengthen the SIP and are consistent with the Clean Air Act (CAA). The EPA is not proposing to approve certain provisions of the submitted rules that do not relate to the requirements for SIPs under section 110 of the CAA. Finally, the EPA is proposing to correct the SIP pursuant to the authority of section 110(k)(6) of the CAA to remove certain provisions previously approved by the EPA that do not relate to the requirements for SIPs under section 110 of the CAA.
Federal Plan Requirements for Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Electric Utility Generating Units Constructed on or Before January 8, 2014; Model Trading Rules; Amendments to Framework Regulations
Document Number: 2015-22848
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-10-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In this action, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a federal plan to implement the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission guidelines (EGs) for existing fossil fuel-fired electric generating units (EGUs) under the Clean Air Act (CAA). The EGs were proposed in June 2014 and finalized on August 3, 2015 as the Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units (also known as the Clean Power Plan or EGs). This proposal presents two approaches to a federal plan for states and other jurisdictions that do not submit an approvable plan to the EPA: a rate- based emission trading program and a mass-based emission trading program. These proposals also constitute proposed model trading rules that states can adopt or tailor for implementation of the final EGs. The federal plan is an important measure to ensure that congressionally mandated emission standards under the authority of the CAA are implemented. The proposed federal plan is related to but separate from the final EGs. The final EGs establish the best system of emission reduction (BSER) for applicable fossil fuel-fired EGUs in the form of a carbon dioxide (CO2) emission performance rate for steam- fired EGUs and a CO2 emission performance rate for natural gas-fired combined cycle (NGCC) units, and provide guidance and criteria for the development of approvable state plans. The purpose of the proposed federal plan is to establish requirements directly applicable to a state's affected EGUs that meet these emission performance levels, or the equivalent statewide goal, in order to achieve reductions in CO2 emissions in the case where a state or other jurisdiction does not submit an approvable plan. The stringency of the emission performance levels established in the final EGs will be the same whether implemented through a state plan or a federal plan. The EPA is also proposing enhancements to the CAA section 111(d) framework regulations related to the process and timing for state plan submissions and EPA actions. The EPA intends to finalize both the rate-based and mass-based model trading rules in summer 2016.
Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units
Document Number: 2015-22842
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In this action, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is establishing final emission guidelines for states to follow in developing plans to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired electric generating units (EGUs). Specifically, the EPA is establishing: Carbon dioxide (CO2) emission performance rates representing the best system of emission reduction (BSER) for two subcategories of existing fossil fuel-fired EGUsfossil fuel-fired electric utility steam generating units and stationary combustion turbines; state-specific CO2 goals reflecting the CO2 emission performance rates; and guidelines for the development, submittal and implementation of state plans that establish emission standards or other measures to implement the CO2 emission performance rates, which may be accomplished by meeting the state goals. This final rule will continue progress already underway in the U.S. to reduce CO2 emissions from the utility power sector.
Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions From New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units
Document Number: 2015-22837
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing new source performance standards (NSPS) under Clean Air Act (CAA) section 111(b) that, for the first time, will establish standards for emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) for newly constructed, modified, and reconstructed affected fossil fuel-fired electric utility generating units (EGUs). This action establishes separate standards of performance for fossil fuel-fired electric utility steam generating units and fossil fuel-fired stationary combustion turbines. This action also addresses related permitting and reporting issues. In a separate action, under CAA section 111(d), the EPA is issuing final emission guidelines for states to use in developing plans to limit CO2 emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired EGUs.
Amendments to Regional Consistency Regulations
Document Number: 2015-26942
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-10-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On August 19, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed revisions to its Regional Consistency regulations. The EPA is reopening the comment period on the proposed rule that closed on October 19, 2015. The EPA received a single letter from 16 trade and business organizations requesting additional time to review and comment on the proposed rule revisions.
Administrative Agreement and Order on Consent for Post Removal Site Control Activities by Bona Fide Prospective Purchaser: Rocky Flats Industrial Park Superfund Site, Jefferson County, Colorado
Document Number: 2015-26938
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with the requirements of sections 104, 106(a), 107, and 122 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, as amended (``CERCLA''), 42 U.S.C. 9604, 9606(a), 9607 and 9622, notice is hereby given of the proposed administrative settlement under section 107 and 122 of CERCLA, between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA'') and bona fide prospective purchaser Columbine Strategies LLC (``Settling Party''). The proposed Settlement Agreement requires the Settling Party to conduct work under EPA oversight in exchange for a covenant not to sue pursuant to sections 106 and 107(a) of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 9606 and 9607(a) for existing contamination at the Site. The Settling Party consents to and will not contest the authority of the United States to enter into this Agreement or to implement or enforce its terms. The Settling Parties recognize that this Agreement has been negotiated in good faith and that this Agreement is entered into without the admission or adjudication of any issue of fact or law.
Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Chemical Safety for Sustainability Subcommittee; Public Teleconference Meeting-November 2015
Document Number: 2015-26937
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92- 463, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development (ORD), gives notice of a public teleconference meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Chemical Safety for Sustainability Subcommittee.
Proposed Settlement Agreement
Document Number: 2015-26919
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with section 113(g) of the Clean Air Act (the ``Act''), 42 U.S.C. 7413(g), notice is hereby given of a proposed settlement agreement to resolve two cases filed by the WildEarth Guardians (``Guardians'') and Sierra Club involving EPA actions under the CAA Title V operating permit program. On January 7, 2015, Guardians and Sierra Club filed petitions with the Environmental Appeal Board (``EAB'') challenging a Part 71 Operating Permit issued by EPA Region 8 on December 5, 2014, to Deseret Power Cooperative (``Deseret'') to operate the Bonanza Power Plant (``Bonanza Plant'') (In re Deseret Power Cooperative Bonanza Power Plant, CAA Appeal Nos. 15-1, 15-2). Under the proposed settlement agreement, Deseret would submit an application for a minor New Source Review (NSR) permit to implement the specific terms of the agreement; and EPA would draft and provide for public notice of the proposed permit.
Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule: 2015 Revisions and Confidentiality Determinations for Petroleum and Natural Gas Systems
Document Number: 2015-25840
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing revisions and confidentiality determinations for the petroleum and natural gas systems source category of the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule. These revisions include the addition of calculation methods and reporting requirements for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from gathering and boosting facilities, completions and workovers of oil wells with hydraulic fracturing, and blowdowns of natural gas transmission pipelines between compressor stations. The revisions also include the addition of well identification reporting requirements to improve the EPA's ability to verify reported data and enhance transparency. This action also finalizes confidentiality determinations for new data elements contained in these amendments.
Air Plan Approval; Minnesota and Michigan; Revision to Taconite Federal Implementation Plan
Document Number: 2015-25023
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-10-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing revisions to a Federal implementation plan (FIP) addressing the requirement for best available retrofit technology (BART) for taconite plants in Minnesota and Michigan. In response to petitions for reconsideration, we are proposing to revise the nitrogen oxides (NOX) limits for taconite furnaces at facilities owned and operated by Cliffs Natural Resources (Cliffs) and ArcelorMittal USA LLC (ArcelorMittal). We are also proposing to revise the sulfur dioxide (SO2) requirements at two of Cliffs' facilities. We are proposing these changes because new information has come to light that was not available when we originally promulgated the FIP on February 6, 2013.
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Electronic Reporting Rule
Document Number: 2015-24954
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is publishing this final regulation that requires the electronic reporting and sharing of Clean Water Act National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program information instead of the current paper-based reporting of this information. This action will save time and resources for permittees, states, tribes, territories, and the U.S. Government while increasing data accuracy, improving compliance, and supporting EPA's goal of providing better protection of the nation's waters. By modernizing this Clean Water Act reporting program, permittees and regulators will use existing, available information technology to electronically report information and data related to the NPDES permit program. This regulation will help provide greater clarity on who is and who is not in compliance and enhances transparency by providing a timelier, complete, more accurate, and nationally-consistent set of data about the NPDES program. By providing improved data in a more accessible form, this final rulemaking will improve the ability of EPA and authorized NPDES programs to target the most serious water quality and compliance problems. Furthermore, by reducing the time and resources devoted to outdated data management activities, the rule could allow authorized NPDES programs to shift limited resources to important water quality and public health protection activities. The transition from paper to electronic reporting will require close coordination and cooperation between EPA and authorized NPDES programs. This regulation provides important flexibility while still implementing electronic reporting in a timely and effective fashion.
Texas: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revision
Document Number: 2015-26789
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The State of Texas has applied to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for final authorization of the changes to its hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). EPA has determined that these changes satisfy all requirements needed to qualify for final authorization, and is authorizing the State's changes through this direct final rule. In the ``Proposed Rules'' section of today's Federal Register, EPA is also publishing a separate document that serves as the proposal to authorize these changes. EPA believes this action is not controversial and does not expect comments that oppose it. Unless EPA receives written comments which oppose this authorization during the comment period, the decision to authorize Texas' changes to its hazardous waste program will take effect. If EPA receives comments that oppose this action, EPA will publish a document in the Federal Register withdrawing today's direct final rule before it takes effect, and the separate document in today's ``Proposed Rules'' section of this Federal Register will serve as the proposal to authorize the changes.
Texas: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revisions
Document Number: 2015-26783
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-10-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The State of Texas has applied to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for Final authorization of the changes to its hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). EPA proposes to grant Final authorization to the State of Texas. In the ``Rules and Regulations'' section of this Federal Register, EPA is authorizing the changes by direct final rule. EPA did not make a proposal prior to the direct final rule because we believe this action is not controversial and do not expect comments that oppose it. We have explained the reasons for this authorization in the preamble to the direct final rule. Unless we get written comments which oppose this authorization during the comment period, the direct final rule will become effective 60 days after publication and we will not take further action on this proposal. If we receive comments that oppose this action, we will withdraw the direct final rule and it will not take effect. We will then respond to public comments in a later final rule based on this proposal. You may not have another opportunity for comment. If you want to comment on this action, you must do so at this time.
Proposed Consent Decree, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
Document Number: 2015-26782
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with section 113(g) of the Clean Air Act, as amended (``CAA'' or the ``Act''), notice is hereby given of a proposed consent decree to address a lawsuit filed by the Environmental Integrity Project and Sierra Club (collectively, ``Plaintiffs''): Environmental Integrity Project, et al. v. McCarthy, No. 1:15-CV-745 (ABJ) (D. D.C.). Plaintiffs filed a complaint alleging that Gina McCarthy, in her official capacity as Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA''), failed to perform a non-discretionary duty to grant or deny within 60 days a petition submitted by Plaintiffs in October 2014, requesting that EPA object to a revised CAA Title V permit issued by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (``TCEQ'') to the Southwestern Electric Power Company for operation of the H.W. Pirkey Power Plant in Harrison County, Texas. The proposed consent decree would establish a deadline for EPA to take such action.
Proposed CERCLA Administrative Cost Recovery Settlement: Peabody Street Asbestos Superfund Site, Salem, Massachusetts
Document Number: 2015-26781
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given of a proposed administrative settlement for recovery of past response costs concerning the Peabody Street Asbestos Superfund Site, located in Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts with the settling parties Massachusetts Electric Company and National Grid USA. The proposed settlement requires the settling parties to pay $850,000, plus interest, to the Hazardous Substance Superfund. In exchange, EPA will provide the settling parties a covenant not to sue. The settlement has been approved by the Environmental and Natural Resources Division of the United States Department of Justice. For 30 days following the date of publication of this notice, the Agency will receive written comments relating to the settlement for recovery of response costs. The Agency will consider all comments received and may modify or withdraw its consent to this cost recovery 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 Salem Public Library, 370 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970 and at the Environmental Protection AgencyRegion I, 5 Post Office Square, Suite 100, Boston, MA 02109-3912.
Proposed Consent Decree, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
Document Number: 2015-26780
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with section 113(g) of the Clean Air Act, as amended (``CAA'' or the ``Act''), notice is hereby given of a proposed consent decree to address a lawsuit filed by Sierra Club and Physicians For Social ResponsibilityLos Angeles (``Plaintiffs'') in the United States District Court for the Central District of California: Sierra Club, et al. v. EPA, No. 2:15-cv-3798-ODW (ASx) (C.D. CA.) (filed May 20, 2015). Plaintiffs filed a lawsuit alleging that Gina McCarthy, in her official capacity as Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA'') and Jared Blumenfeld, in his official capacity as Regional Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region IX (collectively, ``EPA''), failed to perform duties mandated by CAA to take final action to approve or disapprove, in whole or in part, the portions of the South Coast Air Quality Management District's Final 2012 Air Quality Management Plan that address attainment of the 2006 fine particulate matter (``PM2.5'') NAAQS, which California submitted to EPA on February 13, 2013. The proposed consent decree would establish deadlines for EPA to take certain specified actions.
Receipt of Several Pesticide Petitions Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities
Document Number: 2015-26779
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-10-21
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.
Notice of Public Meeting and Webinar and Request for Comment on the Draft Document “Technologies for Legionella Control: Scientific Literature Review”
Document Number: 2015-26771
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces the release of a draft document, ``Technologies for Legionella Control: Scientific Literature Review,'' for public review and comment, and a public meeting, during which EPA will be seeking input on the draft document. The purpose of the draft document is to characterize the current state of knowledge regarding the use and effectiveness of available control technologies and approaches that can be used to address Legionella public health concerns in building water systems. The term ``building water system'' refers to the pipe infrastructure inside a building used to deliver finished drinking water intended for human consumption. For the purpose of this draft document, the term excludes cooling towers. The draft document presents scientific information from peer reviewed literature related to control technologies. It does not rank or recommend any one technology over another. EPA developed the document to provide a non-regulatory tool to assist states and primacy agencies, building water system operators and building owners when making decisions about Legionella risk management options. Following the public review and comment opportunity, EPA will conduct an independent, expert peer review of the draft document before it is finalized and published.
Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC): Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2015-26770
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces an upcoming public meeting of the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC). The EPA established the CAAAC on November 19, 1990, to provide independent advice and counsel to EPA on policy issues associated with implementation of the Clean Air Act of 1990. The Committee advises on economic, environmental, technical, scientific and enforcement policy issues.
Notice of Meeting of the EPA Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC)
Document Number: 2015-26732
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, notice is hereby given that the next meeting of the Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC) will be held November 12 and 13, 2015 at the National Archives Museum (700 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20408) in the Jefferson Room. The CHPAC advises the Environmental Protection Agency on science, regulations, and other issues relating to children's environmental health.
Poly[oxy(methyl-1,2-ethanediyl)], α-[(9Z)-1-oxo-9-octadecen-1-yl]-ω-[[(9Z)-1-oxo-9-octadecen-1yl]oxy]-; Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: 2015-26617
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of poly[oxy(methyl-1,2-ethanediyl)], [alpha]-[(9Z)-1-oxo-9-octadecen-1-yl]-[omega]-[[(9Z)-1-oxo-9- octadecen- 1yl]oxy]- (CAS Reg. No. 26571-49-3) when used as an inert ingredient in a pesticide chemical formulation. BYK USA 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 poly[oxy(methyl-1,2-ethanediyl)], [alpha]-[(9Z)-1-oxo-9- octadecen-1-yl]-[omega]-[[(9Z)-1-oxo-9-octadecen-1yl]oxy]- on food or feed commodities.
Potassium Salts of Hops Beta Acids; Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: 2015-26600
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of the biochemical pesticide potassium salts of hops beta acids in or on honey and honeycomb for the control of Varroa mites in accordance with label directions and good agricultural practices. Interregional Research Project Number 4, on behalf of Beta Tec Hop Products, 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 potassium salts of hops beta acids in or on honey and honeycomb.
Pyrimethanil; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2015-26596
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of pyrimethanil in or on multiple commodities which are identified and discussed later in this document. Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) requested the tolerances associated with pesticide petition number (PP 4E8302), and Bayer CropScience requested the tolerances associated with PP 4F8291, under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Board of Scientific Counselors Sustainable and Healthy Communities Subcommittee; Notification of Public Teleconference Meeting
Document Number: 2015-26597
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development (ORD), hereby provides notice that the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Sustainable and Healthy Communities (SHC) Subcommittee will host a public teleconference meeting on Wednesday, November 4, 2015, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Eastern Time. Deliberations will focus on a draft report summarizing the SHC Subcommittee findings and recommendations from its September 2015 meeting. Documents from the September meeting are available for viewing and downloading at http://www2.epa.gov/bosc/sustainable-and-healthy- communities-subcommittee-meeting-documents. There will be a public comment period from 11:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Members of the public are encouraged to provide comments. For additional information about registering to attend the meeting or to provide public comment, please see the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below. Due to a limited number of telephone lines, attendance will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registration is required.
Reopening of Request for Scientific Views on the Draft Aquatic Life Ambient Water Quality Criterion for Selenium-Freshwater 2015
Document Number: 2015-26595
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is reopening the comment period for the Agency's draft recommended aquatic life water quality chronic criterion for selenium in freshwater. The draft criterion was announced in a July 27, 2015 notice entitled ``Request for Scientific Views: Draft Recommended Aquatic Life Ambient Water Quality Chronic Criterion for SeleniumFreshwater 2015.'' In response to stakeholder request, EPA is reopening the comment period and will accept scientific views until October 30, 2015.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Designation of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes; California; South Coast Moderate Area Plan and Reclassification as Serious Nonattainment for the 2006 PM2.5
Document Number: 2015-26315
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-10-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve state implementation plan (SIP) revisions submitted by California to address Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) requirements for the 2006 24-hour fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) in the Los Angeles-South Coast Air Basin (South Coast) Moderate PM2.5 nonattainment area. These SIP revisions are the 2012 PM2.5 Plan, submitted February 13, 2013, and the 2015 Supplement, submitted March 4, 2015. The EPA is also proposing to reclassify the South Coast PM2.5 nonattainment area, including reservation areas of Indian Country and any other area of Indian Country within it where the EPA or a tribe has demonstrated that the tribe has jurisdiction, as a Serious nonattainment area for the 2006 PM2.5 NAAQS based on EPA's determination that the area cannot practicably attain this standard by the applicable Moderate area attainment date of December 31, 2015. Upon final reclassification as a Serious area, California will be required to submit a Serious area plan including a demonstration that the plan provides for attainment of the 2006 PM2.5 NAAQS by the applicable Serious area attainment date, which is no later than December 31, 2019, or by the most expeditious alternative date practicable, in accordance with the requirements of part D of Title I of the CAA.
Air Plan Approval; Michigan; 2006 PM2.
Document Number: 2015-26312
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving elements of state implementation plan (SIP) submissions from Michigan regarding state board requirements of section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the 2006 fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and 2008 lead National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). 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.
Air Plan Approval; Michigan; 2006 PM2.5
Document Number: 2015-26310
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-10-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve elements of state implementation plan submissions from Michigan regarding state board requirements of section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the 2006 fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and 2008 lead National Ambient Air Quality Standards. 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.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; New Mexico; Albuquerque/Bernalillo County; Revisions to State Boards and Conflict of Interest Provisions
Document Number: 2015-26306
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving revisions to the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County, New Mexico State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions add administrative updates and clarifying changes to the state board and conflict of interest provisions in Albuquerque/Bernalillo County. The EPA is approving these revisions pursuant to section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; New Mexico; Albuquerque/Bernalillo County; Revisions to State Boards and Conflict of Interest Provisions
Document Number: 2015-26303
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-10-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County, New Mexico State Implementation Plan for state board composition and conflict of interest provisions. These revisions add administrative updates and clarifying changes to the state board and conflict of interest provisions in the city and county ordinances for the Albuquerque/ Bernalillo County Air Quality Control Board. The EPA is proposing to approve these revisions pursuant to sections 110 and 128 of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Clean Air Act Redesignation Substitute for the Houston-Galveston-Brazoria 1-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area; Texas
Document Number: 2015-26302
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a redesignation substitute demonstration provided by the State of Texas that the Houston-Galveston-Brazoria 1-hour ozone nonattainment area (HGB area) has attained the revoked 1-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) due to permanent and enforceable emission reductions, and that it will maintain that NAAQS for ten years from the date of the EPA's approval of this demonstration.
Air Plan Approval; Minnesota; Infrastructure SIP Requirements for the 2008 Ozone, 2010 NO2
Document Number: 2015-25969
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve some elements and disapprove other elements of state implementation plan (SIP) submissions from Minnesota regarding the infrastructure requirements of section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the 2008 ozone, 2010 nitrogen dioxide (NO2), 2010 sulfur dioxide (SO2), and 2012 fine particulate matter (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). 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 disapproving certain elements of Minnesota's submissions relating to Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) requirements. Minnesota already administers Federally promulgated regulations that address the disapprovals described in this rulemaking. Therefore, the state is not obligated to submit any new or additional regulations as a result of this disapproval. The proposed rulemaking associated with this final action was published on June 26, 2015, and EPA received one comment letter during the comment period, which ended on July 27, 2015.
New York State Prohibition of Discharges of Vessel Sewage; Notice of Final Determination; Correction
Document Number: 2015-26484
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a document in the Federal Register of September 9, 2015, regarding the petition by New York State to establish a No Discharge Zone for the New York State waters of Seneca Lake, Cayuga Lake and the Seneca River. The document contained an incomplete sentence.
Board of Scientific Counselors Homeland Security Subcommittee; Notification of Public Teleconference Meeting and Public Comment
Document Number: 2015-26483
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-19
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) Homeland Security Subcommittee will host a public teleconference meeting on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The primary discussion will focus on the draft report summarizing recommendations from the August 25-27, 2015, meeting and subsequent public teleconference on October 1, 2015. There will be a public comment period from 1:45 p.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). 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 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 the teleconference meeting closes at 12 noon EST, Friday, October 30, 2015. The deadline to sign up to speak during the public comment period, or to submit written public comment, is also 12 noon, Friday, October 30, 2015.
Air Plan Approval; Phoenix, Arizona; Second 10-Year Carbon Monoxide Maintenance Plan
Document Number: 2015-26405
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-10-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing approval of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Arizona. On March 9, 2005, the EPA redesignated Phoenix, Arizona from nonattainment to attainment for the carbon monoxide (CO) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) and approved the State's plan addressing the area's maintenance of the NAAQS for ten years. On April 2, 2013, the State of Arizona submitted to the EPA a second maintenance plan for the Phoenix area that addressed maintenance of the NAAQS for an additional ten years. The EPA is also proposing to find adequate and approve a transportation conformity motor vehicle emissions budgets (MVEB) for the year 2025 and beyond.
Hazardous Waste Export-Import Revisions
Document Number: 2015-25348
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-10-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to amend our existing regulations in regards to the export and import of hazardous wastes from and into the United States. EPA is proposing these changes to: Provide greater protection to human health and the environment by making existing export and import related requirements more consistent with the current import-export requirements for shipments between members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); enable electronic submittal of all export and import-related documents (e.g., export notices, export annual reports); and enable electronic validation of consent in the Automated Export System (AES) for export shipments subject to RCRA export consent requirements prior to exit.
Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Hazardous Chemical Reporting: The Emergency and Hazardous Chemical Inventory Forms (Tier I and Tier II)
Document Number: 2015-26406
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ``Hazardous Chemical Reporting: The Emergency and Hazardous Chemical Inventory Forms (Tier I and Tier II)'' (EPA ICR No. 2436.03, OMB Control No. 2050-0206) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. 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.
Receipt of Test Data Under the Toxic Substances Control Act
Document Number: 2015-26394
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-16
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.
Pesticide Product Registration; Receipt of Applications for New Uses
Document Number: 2015-26393
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-16
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.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2015-26348
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
2-Propen-1-Aminium, N,N-Dimethyl-N-Propenyl-, Chloride, Homopolymer; Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: 2015-26297
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of 2-propen-1-aminium, N,N-dimethyl-N-propenyl-, chloride, homopolymer (PolyDADMAC, CAS No. 26062-79-3) when used as an inert ingredient under 40 CFR 180.940(a) as a dispersing aid in food contact surface sanitizing solutions at less than 0.6% by weight in the final product. Scientific & Regulatory Solutions, L.L.C., on behalf of SNF, Inc. submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), requesting establishment of an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of PolyDADMAC.
Approval of Implementation Plans; Arizona, Phoenix-Mesa; 2008 Ozone Standard Requirements
Document Number: 2015-26024
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-10-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the Arizona State Implementation Plan (SIP) concerning the emission inventory, emission statements, reasonably available control technology corrections and the vehicle inspection and maintenance requirements for the Phoenix-Mesa 2008 eight-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) Marginal nonattainment area. We are approving these revisions under the Clean Air Act.
Approval of Implementation Plans; Arizona, Phoenix-Mesa; 2008 Ozone Standard Requirements
Document Number: 2015-26023
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Arizona State Implementation Plan (SIP) concerning the emission inventory, emission statements, reasonably available control technology corrections and the vehicle inspection and maintenance requirements for the Phoenix-Mesa 2008 eight-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) Marginal nonattainment area. We are approving these revisions under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).
Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: The 2016 Critical Use Exemption From the Phaseout of Methyl Bromide
Document Number: 2015-26301
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is authorizing uses that qualify for the critical use exemption and the amount of methyl bromide that may be produced or imported for those uses for the 2016 control period. EPA is issuing this action under the authority of the Clean Air Act to reflect consensus decisions of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer at the Twenty-Sixth Meeting of the Parties in November 2014.