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Registration Review Interim Decisions; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2015-26299
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's interim registration review decisions for the pesticides listed in Unit II of this notice. Registration review is EPA's periodic review of pesticide registrations to ensure that each pesticide continues to satisfy the statutory standard for registration, that is, that the pesticide can perform its intended function without causing unreasonable adverse effects on human health or the environment. Through this program, EPA is ensuring that each pesticide's registration is based on current scientific and other knowledge, including its effects on human health and the environment. This document also announces the Agency's closure of the registration review docket for flufenpyr-ethyl. All pesticide products containing flufenpyr-ethyl have been cancelled.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Risk Management Program Requirements and Petitions To Modify the List of Regulated Substances (Renewal)
Document Number: 2015-26231
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``Risk Management Program Requirements and Petitions to Modify the List of Regulated Substances under section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act (CAA)'' (EPA ICR No. 1656.15, OMB Control No. 2050-0144) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through December 31, 2015. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (80 FR 33518) on June 12, 2015 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. An Agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Texas; Infrastructure and Interstate Transport for the 2008 Lead National Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2015-26122
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-10-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA) the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) submission from the State of Texas 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 is adequate to meet the state's responsibilities under the CAA, including the four CAA requirements for interstate transport of Pb emissions.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Primary Aluminum Reduction Plants
Document Number: 2015-25137
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This action finalizes the residual risk and technology review (RTR) conducted for the Primary Aluminum Production source category regulated under national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP). In addition, we are taking final action regarding new and revised emission standards for various hazardous air pollutants (HAP) emitted by this source category based on the RTR, newly obtained emissions test data, and comments we received in response to the 2011 proposal and 2014 supplemental proposal. These final amendments include technology-based standards and work practice standards reflecting performance of maximum achievable control technology (MACT), and related monitoring, reporting, and testing requirements, for several previously unregulated HAP from various emissions sources. Furthermore, based on our risk review, we are finalizing new and revised emission standards for certain HAP emissions from potlines using the Soderberg technology to address risk. We are also adding a requirement for electronic reporting of compliance data, eliminating the exemptions for periods of startup, shutdown, and malfunctions (SSM), and not adopting the affirmative defense provisions proposed in 2011, consistent with a recent court decision vacating the affirmative defense provisions. This action will provide improved environmental protection regarding potential emissions of HAP emissions from primary aluminum reduction facilities.
Ocean Dumping: Expansion of an Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site Offshore of Jacksonville, Florida
Document Number: 2015-26142
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing an expansion of the ocean dredged material disposal site (ODMDS) site offshore of Jacksonville, Florida pursuant to the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act, as amended (MPRSA). The EPA decided to finalize the expansion of the site because the site expansion is needed to serve the long-term need for a location to dispose of material dredged from the St. Johns River navigation channel, and to provide a location for the disposal of dredged material for persons or entities who have received a permit for such disposal. The newly expanded site will be subject to ongoing monitoring and management to ensure continued protection of the marine environment. In addition to the designation, the EPA now issues a technical amendment to correct a clerical error in the proposed rule.
Meeting of the Mobile Sources Technical Review Subcommittee
Document Number: 2015-26141
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92- 463, notice is hereby given that the Mobile Sources Technical Review Subcommittee (MSTRS) will meet on December 3, 2015. The MSTRS is a subcommittee under the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee. This is an open meeting. The meeting will include discussion of current topics and presentations about activities being conducted by EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality. The preliminary agenda for the meeting and any notices about change in venue will be posted on the Subcommittee's Web site: http://www2.epa.gov/caaac/mobile-sources- technical-review-subcommittee-mstrs-caaac. MSTRS listserv subscribers will receive notification when the agenda is available on the Subcommittee Web site. To subscribe to the MSTRS listserv, send an email to Etchells.elizabeth@epa.gov.
Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee (FRRCC); Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2015-26140
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hereby provides notice of a meeting of the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee (FRRCC). This meeting is open to the public. Members of the public are encouraged to provide comments relevant to the specific issues being considered by the FRRCC. For additional information about registering for public comment, please refer to the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section. Due to limited space, seating at the FRRCC meeting will be limited to a first-come, first-served basis.
Air Plan Approval and Air Quality Designation; SC; Redesignation of the Charlotte-Rock Hill 2008 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area to Attainment
Document Number: 2015-26022
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-10-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On April 17, 2015, the State of South Carolina, through the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC), submitted a request for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to redesignate the South Carolina portion of the bi-state Charlotte-Rock Hill, North Carolina-South Carolina 2008 8-hour ozone nonattainment area (the entire area is hereinafter referred to as the ``bi-State Charlotte Area'' or ``Area'' and the South Carolina portion is hereinafter referred to as the ``York County Area'') to attainment for the 2008 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) and to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision containing a maintenance plan for the York County Area. EPA is proposing to determine that the bi-State Charlotte Area is continuing to attain the 2008 8-hour ozone NAAQS; to approve the State's plan for maintaining attainment of the 2008 8-hour ozone standard in the Area, including the motor vehicle emission budgets (MVEBs) for nitrogen oxides (NOX) and volatile organic compounds (VOC) for the years 2014 and 2026 for the York County Area, into the SIP; and to redesignate the York County Area to attainment for the 2008 8-hour ozone NAAQS. EPA is also notifying the public of the status of EPA's adequacy determination for the MVEBs for the York County Area.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Emergency Planning and Release Notification Requirements (Renewal)
Document Number: 2015-26018
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``Emergency Planning and Release Notification Requirements (EPCRA Sections 302, 303, and 304) (Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 1395.09, OMB Control No. 2050-0092) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through December 31, 2015. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (80 FR 35347) on June 19, 2015 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. An Agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Trade Secrets Claims for Community Right-to-Know and Emergency Planning (Renewal)
Document Number: 2015-26017
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``Trade Secrets Claims for Community Right-to-Know and Emergency Planning (EPCRA Section 322) (Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 1428.10, OMB Control No. 2050-0078) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through December 31, 2015. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (80 FR 35355) on June 19, 2015 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. An Agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; New Mexico; Infrastructure for the 2010 Sulfur Dioxide National Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2015-25968
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving elements of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) submission from the State of New Mexico for the Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The submittal addresses how the existing SIP provides for implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of the 2010 SO2 NAAQS (infrastructure SIP or i-SIP), including two of the four CAA requirements for interstate transport of SO2 emissions. This i-SIP ensures that the State's SIP is adequate to meet the state's responsibilities under the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Delaware; Low Emission Vehicle Program
Document Number: 2015-25955
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-10-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Delaware for the purpose of approving Delaware's adopted Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) Program. This program requires that new passenger cars, light-duty trucks, and medium-duty highway vehicles titled in Delaware meet stringent California emission standards in lieu of Federal emission standards. In the Final Rules section of this Federal Register, EPA is approving Delaware'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. Delaware first adopted these standards in 2010 and has required compliance with Delaware LEV standards beginning with model year 2014 vehicles, and has recently updated its rules to reflect California's third generation, or LEV III vehicle standards. Although already in effect in Delaware, this action serves to incorporate Delaware's program into the Federal State Implementation Plan. If no adverse comments are received in response to this action, no further activity is contemplated. If EPA receives adverse comments, the direct final rule will be withdrawn and all public comments received will be addressed in a subsequent final rule based on this proposed rule. EPA will not institute a second comment period. Any parties interested in commenting on this action should do so at this time.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Delaware; Low Emission Vehicle Program
Document Number: 2015-25954
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve a revision to the Delaware State Implementation Plan (SIP). The SIP revision pertains to adoption by Delaware of a Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) Program. The Clean Air Act (CAA) grants authority to EPA to adopt Federal standards for emissions from new motor vehicles, and generally preempts states from doing so. However, the CAA grants California authority to adopt its own motor vehicle standards, as long as EPA approves California's program via a preemption waiver. The CAA also allows other states to then adopt California's vehicle standards for which EPA has granted such a waiver, provided the state's standards are identical to California's standards and the state adopts the standards at least two years prior to their commencement. Delaware adopted California emission standards for passenger cars and trucks, and medium-duty passenger and other medium- duty vehicles in 2010, effective beginning with new vehicles sold in model year 2014. Delaware amended its LEV program regulation in 2013 to incorporate California's most recent LEV regulatory updates to its program. It is this program that Delaware submitted to EPA in August 2014 for inclusion into Delaware's SIP and which is the subject of this rulemaking action. The purpose of this SIP revision is to reduce vehicle emissions that contribute to formation of ground level ozone, fine particulate matter, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. EPA is approving Delaware's LEV SIP revision as part of the Delaware SIP in accordance with the requirements of the CAA.
Notice of Opportunity To Comment on an Analysis of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Attributable to Production and Transport of Jatropha Curcas Oil for Use in Biofuel Production
Document Number: 2015-26039
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting comment on its analysis of the greenhouse gas emissions attributable to the production and transport of Jatropha curcas (``jatropha'') oil feedstock for use in making biofuels such as biodiesel, renewable diesel, jet fuel, naphtha and liquefied petroleum gas. This notice explains EPA's analysis of the production and transport components of the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions of biofuel made from jatropha oil, and describes how EPA may apply this analysis in the future to determine whether such biofuels meet the necessary greenhouse gas reductions required for qualification as renewable fuel under the Renewable Fuel Standard program. Based on this analysis, we anticipate that biofuels produced from jatropha oil could qualify as biomass-based diesel or advanced biofuel if typical fuel production process technologies or process technologies with the same or lower GHG emissions are used.
Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Information Collection Request for Reporting Requirements for BEACH Act Grants (Renewal)
Document Number: 2015-26037
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ``Information collection request for reporting requirements for BEACH act grants (renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 2048.05, OMB Control No. 2040-0244) 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 December 31, 2015. An Agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
Air Plan Approval; MI; Infrastructure SIP Requirements for the 2008 Ozone, 2010 NO2
Document Number: 2015-25839
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve elements of state implementation plan (SIP) submissions by Michigan 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 (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 requirements of the CAA. The proposed rulemaking associated with this final action was published on June 24, 2015, and EPA received one comment letter during the comment period, which ended on July 24, 2015. The concerns raised in this letter, as well as EPA's responses, are addressed in this final action.
Acid Rain Program: Notice of Annual Adjustment Factors for Excess Emissions Penalty
Document Number: 2015-25844
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Acid Rain Program under title IV of the Clean Air Act provides for automatic excess emissions penalties in dollars per ton of excess emissions for sources that do not meet their annual Acid Rain emissions limitations. This notice states the dollars per ton excess emissions penalty amounts, which must be adjusted for each compliance year commensurate with changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), for compliance years 2015 and 2016.
Notice of Issuance of Part 71 Federal Operating Permit to Great Lakes Transmission Limited Partnership
Document Number: 2015-25838
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces that on August 28, 2015, pursuant to title V of the Clean Air Act, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a title V permit to operate (title V permit) to Great Lakes Transmission Limited Partnership. This permit authorizes Great Lakes Transmission Limited Partnership to operate a natural gas compressor station at its facility (Facility) in Deer River, Minnesota. The compressor station consists of two stationary natural gas-fired turbines, which in turn drive two natural gas compressors for the Deer River Compressor Station No.4, which is located on the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Indian Reservation.
Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Landfill Methane Outreach Program (Renewal)
Document Number: 2015-25837
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ``Landfill Methane Outreach Program'' (EPA ICR No. 1849.07, OMB Control No. 2060-0446) 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.
Revisions to Test Methods, Performance Specifications, and Testing Regulations for Air Emission Sources; Extension of Comment Period
Document Number: 2015-25835
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-10-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is extending the comment period for the proposed rule titled, ``Revisions to Test Methods, Performance Specifications, and Testing Regulations for Air Emission Sources,'' that was published in the Federal Register on September 8, 2015. The 60-day comment period in the proposed rule is scheduled to end on November 9, 2015. The extended comment period will close on December 9, 2015. The EPA recently added a technical justification to the docket for the revision in the proposed rule regarding Subpart JJJJ of Part 60 (Standards of Performance for Stationary Spark Ignition Internal Combustion Engines). We also added background information to support our reasoning for soliciting comment about Method 7E stratification. Therefore, the EPA is extending the comment period to allow the public additional time to submit comments and supporting information on these and other aspects of the proposed rule.
Revisions to California State Implementation Plan; Bay Area Air Quality Management District; Stationary Source Permits; Reopening of Comment Period
Document Number: 2015-25834
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-10-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is reopening the comment period on a proposed limited approval and limited disapproval published on August 28, 2015 (80 FR 52236).
Governmentwide Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards
Document Number: 2015-25833
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has adopted as final, with changes, the interim final rule outlining uniform administrative requirements, cost principles, and audit requirements for federal awards.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2015-25795
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Agency Information Collection Activities; Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Health and Safety Data Reporting, Submission of Lists and Copies of Health and Safety Studies
Document Number: 2015-25753
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-09
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): ``Health and Safety Data Reporting, Submission of Lists and Copies of Health and Safety Studies'' and identified by EPA ICR No. 0575.15 and OMB Control No. 2070-0004. 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 March 30, 2015 (80 FR 16672). With this submission, EPA is providing an additional 30 days for public review.
Trans-1,3,3,3-tetrafluoroprop-1-ene; Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: 2015-25690
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of trans-1,3,3,3-tetrafluoroprop-1-ene (CAS Reg. No. 29118-24-9) when used as an inert ingredient (propellant) in pesticide formulations applied to growing crops, raw agricultural commodities after harvest, and animals, and when used as an inert ingredient in antimicrobial pesticide formulations for food-contact surface sanitizing solutions. The Acta Group, L.L.C. on behalf of Honeywell International, 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 trans-1,3,3,3-tetrafluoroprop-1-ene.
Cellulose Carboxymethyl Ether, Potassium Salt; Tolerance Exemption
Document Number: 2015-25689
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of cellulose carboxymethyl ether, potassium salt; when used as an inert ingredient in a pesticide chemical formulation. Spring Trading Company on behalf of 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 cellulose carboxymethyl ether, potassium salt on food or feed commodities.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Alabama; Infrastructure Requirements for the 2008 Lead National Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2015-25673
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve in part, and disapprove in part, the November 4, 2011, State Implementation Plan (SIP) submission, provided by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) for inclusion into the Alabama SIP. This final action pertains to the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act) infrastructure requirements for the 2008 Lead national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). The CAA requires that each state adopt and submit a SIP for the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of each NAAQS promulgated by EPA, which is commonly referred to as an ``infrastructure'' SIP. ADEM certified that the Alabama SIP contains provisions that ensure the 2008 Lead NAAQS is implemented, enforced, and maintained in Alabama. With the exception of provisions pertaining to prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) permitting, which EPA is taking no action through this notice, and the provisions respecting state boards, for which EPA is taking final action to disapprove, EPA is taking final action to approve Alabama's infrastructure SIP submission provided to EPA on November 4, 2011, as satisfying the required infrastructure elements for the 2008 Lead NAAQS.
Dimethyl Sulfoxide; Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: 2015-25589
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation amends the exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of dimethyl sulfoxide (CAS Reg. No. 67-68-5) when used as an inert ingredient (solvent, co-solvent) in pesticide formulations applied to growing crops (pre-emergent use only) to include use after the crop emerges from the soil but before harvest provided that the potential for increased residues of the formulation's active ingredient(s) in or on food commodities has been assessed. ISK BioSciences submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), requesting an amendment to an existing exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of dimethyl sulfoxide.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Georgia Infrastructure Requirements for the 2008 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2015-25587
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve portions the May 14, 2012, State Implementation Plan (SIP) submission, provided by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division (hereafter referred to as GA EPD) for inclusion into the Georgia SIP. This final action pertains to the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act) infrastructure requirements for the 2008 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). The CAA requires that each state adopt and submit a SIP for the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of each NAAQS promulgated by EPA, which is commonly referred to as an ``infrastructure'' SIP. GA EPD certified that the Georgia SIP contains provisions that ensure the 2008 8-hour ozone NAAQS is implemented, enforced, and maintained in Georgia. With the exception of provisions pertaining to prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) permitting and interstate transport requirements, EPA is taking final action to approve Georgia's infrastructure SIP submission provided to EPA on May 14, 2012, as satisfying the required infrastructure elements for the 2008 8-hour ozone NAAQS.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Kentucky Infrastructure Requirements for the 2008 Lead NAAQS
Document Number: 2015-25576
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve portions of the July 17, 2012, State Implementation Plan (SIP) submission, provided by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Energy and Environment Cabinet, Department for Environmental Protection, through the Kentucky Division for Air Quality (KY DAQ) for inclusion into the Kentucky SIP. This final submission pertains to the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act) infrastructure requirements for the 2008 Lead national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). The CAA requires that each state adopt and submit a SIP for the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of each NAAQS promulgated by EPA, which is commonly referred to as an ``infrastructure'' SIP. KY DAQ certified that the Kentucky SIP contains provisions that ensure the 2008 Lead NAAQS is implemented, enforced, and maintained in Kentucky. With the exception of provisions pertaining to prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) permitting which EPA has already approved, EPA is taking final action to approve Kentucky's infrastructure submission, provided to EPA on July 17, 2012, as satisfying the required infrastructure elements for the 2008 Lead NAAQS.
Air Plan Approval; Maine; General Permit Regulations for Nonmetallic Mineral Processing Plants and Concrete Batch Plants
Document Number: 2015-25446
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-09
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 establishes and requires general permit regulations for nonmetallic mineral processing plants and concrete batch plants. The regulations provide an option for minor new sources of air emissions to comply with the State's minor new source review (NSR) rules in lieu of obtaining an individual permit. The intended effect of this action is to approve Maine's general permit regulations for minor source nonmetallic mineral processing plants and concrete batch plants. This action is being taken in accordance with section 110 the Clean Air Act.
Air Plan Approval; Maine; General Permit Regulations for Nonmetallic Mineral Processing Plants and Concrete Batch Plants
Document Number: 2015-25438
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-10-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of Maine. This revision establishes and requires general permit regulations for minor nonmetallic mineral processing plants and concrete batch plants. The regulations provide an option for new sources of air emissions to comply with the State's minor new source review (NSR) rules. The intended effect of this action is to approve general permit regulations for minor nonmetallic mineral processing plants and concrete batch plants. This action is being taken in accordance with section 110 the Clean Air Act.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Massachusetts; Regulations Limiting Emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds and Nitrogen Oxides
Document Number: 2015-25322
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-10-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. These revisions establish emission limitations for certain activities that produce emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and nitrogen oxides (NOx). This action is being taken in accordance with the Clean Air Act.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Massachusetts; Approval of Regulations Limiting Emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds and Nitrogen Oxides
Document Number: 2015-25320
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. These revisions establish emission limitations for certain activities that cause emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and nitrogen oxides (NOX). Approval of these state requirements into the Massachusetts SIP will make them federally enforceable. This action is being taken in accordance with the Clean Air Act.
Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee; Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: 2015-25687
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Pesticide Programs is announcing a public meeting of the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) on October 21-22, 2015. In addition, EPA is announcing meetings on October 20, 2015, of the following PPDC Workgroups: Integrated Pest Management, Comparative Safety Statements, 21st Century Toxicology/New Integrated Testing Strategies, and Pesticide Incidents. These meetings provide advice and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on issues associated with pesticide 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.
Receipt of Test Data Under the Toxic Substances Control Act
Document Number: 2015-25686
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-08
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.
National and Governmental Advisory Committees to the U.S. Representative to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation
Document Number: 2015-25675
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, EPA gives notice of a meeting of the National Advisory Committee (NAC) and Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) to the U.S. Representative to the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC). The National and Governmental Advisory Committees advise the EPA Administrator in her capacity as the U.S. Representative to the CEC Council. The Committees are authorized under Articles 17 and 18 of the North American Agreement on Public Law 103-182, and as directed by Executive Order 12915, entitled ``Federal Implementation of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation.'' The NAC is composed of 14 members representing academia, environmental non-governmental organizations, and private industry. The GAC consists of 15 members representing state, local, and Tribal governments. The Committees are responsible for providing advice to the U.S. Representative on a wide range of strategic, scientific, technological, regulatory, and economic issues related to implementation and further elaboration of the NAAEC. The purpose of this meeting is to provide advice on a variety of trade and environment issues in North America. The meeting will also include a public comment session. The agenda, meeting materials, and general information about NAC and GAC will be available at http:// www2.epa.gov/faca/nac-gac.
Ethylene Glycol Monobutyl Ether; Community Right-To-Know Toxic Chemical Release Reporting
Document Number: 2015-25674
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-10-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is denying a petition to remove ethylene glycol monobutyl ether (EGBE) from the category Certain Glycol Ethers under the list of 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. EPA has reviewed the available data on this chemical and has determined that EGBE does not meet the deletion criterion of EPCRA section 313(d)(3). Specifically, EPA is denying this petition because EPA's review of the petition and available information resulted in the conclusion that EGBE meets the listing criterion of EPCRA section 313(d)(2)(B) due to its potential to cause serious or irreversible chronic health effects in humans, specifically, liver toxicity and concerns for hematological effects.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Kentucky: New Sources in or Impacting Nonattainment Areas
Document Number: 2015-25575
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve the Commonwealth of Kentucky's September 23, 2011, State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision, submitted through the Kentucky Division for Air Quality (KY DAQ), which modifies the SIP by making changes to Kentucky regulation, ``Review of new sources in or impacting upon nonattainment areas.'' EPA has determined that Kentucky's requested SIP revision meets the applicable provisions of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) and EPA regulations regarding Nonattainment New Source Review (NNSR) permitting.
Receipt of Test Data Under the Toxic Substances Control Act
Document Number: 2015-25591
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-07
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.
Stormwater Management in Response to Climate Change Impacts: Lessons From the Chesapeake Bay and Great Lakes Regions
Document Number: 2015-25590
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a 30- day public comment period for the draft document titled, ``Stormwater Management in Response to Climate Change Impacts: Lessons from the Chesapeake Bay and Great Lakes Regions'' (EPA/600/R-15/087). EPA is also announcing that Versar, Inc., an EPA contractor for external scientific peer review, will select three independent experts from a pool of six to conduct a letter peer review of the same draft document. The document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment within EPA's Office of Research and Development. This document describes insights gained from a series of EPA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) sponsored workshops with communities in the Chesapeake Bay and Great Lakes regions to address climate change in stormwater adaptation efforts. EPA intends to forward the public comments that are submitted in accordance with this document to the external peer reviewers for their consideration during the letter peer review. When finalizing the draft documents, EPA intends to consider any public comments received in response to this notice. EPA is releasing this draft document for the purposes of public comment and peer review. This draft document is not final as described in EPA's information quality guidelines and does not represent and should not be construed to represent Agency policy or views. The draft document is available via the Internet on EPA's Risk Web page under the Recent Additions at http://www.epa.gov/risk.
Pesticide Emergency Exemptions; Agency Decisions and State and Federal Agency Crisis Declarations
Document Number: 2015-25568
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-07
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 issued during the period April 1, 2015 to June 30, 2015 to control unforeseen pest outbreaks.
Butanedioic Acid, 2-Methylene-, Homopolymer, Sodium Salt; Inert Ingredient Tolerance Exemption
Document Number: 2015-25567
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of butanedioic acid, 2-methylene-, homopolymer, sodium salt; when used as an inert ingredient in a pesticide chemical formulation. Itaconix 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 butanedioic acid, 2-methylene-, homopolymer, sodium salt on food or feed commodities.
Cross-Media Electronic Reporting: Authorized Program Revision Approval, Commonwealth of Virginia
Document Number: 2015-25528
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces EPA's approval of the Commonwealth of Virginia's request to revise/modify its EPA Administered Permit Programs: The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System EPA- authorized program to allow electronic reporting.
Registration Review Proposed Interim Decisions; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2015-25435
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's proposed interim registration review decisions for the pesticides listed in the table in Unit II of this notice, and opens a public comment period on the proposed interim decisions. This notice also opens the dockets and announces the availability of EPA's Preliminary Work Plan and proposed interim registration review decisions for 2H-Cyclopent(d)isothiazol- 3(4H)-one, 5,6-dihydro-2-methyl- and Bacillus thuringiensis, Plant- incorporated Protectants in Corn, and a Preliminary Work Plan, draft risk assessments and proposed interim decision for Aquashade. Registration review is EPA's periodic review of pesticide registrations to ensure that each pesticide continues to satisfy the statutory standard for registration, that is, that the pesticide can perform its intended function without unreasonable adverse effects on human health or the environment. Through this program, EPA is ensuring that each pesticide's registration is based on current scientific and other knowledge, including its effects on human health and the environment.
Notice of Receipt of Requests for Amendments To Terminate Uses in Certain Pesticide Registrations
Document Number: 2015-25433
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is issuing a notice of receipt of request for amendments by registrants to terminate uses in certain pesticide registrations. FIFRA provides that a registrant of a pesticide product may at any time request that any of its pesticide registrations be amended to terminate one or more uses. FIFRA further provides that, before acting on the request, EPA must publish a notice of receipt of any request in the Federal Register.
Promulgation of State Implementation Plan Revisions; Infrastructure Requirements for the 2008 Ozone, 2008 Lead, and 2010 NO2
Document Number: 2015-25347
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving elements of State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions from the State of North Dakota to demonstrate the State meets infrastructure requirements of the Clean Air Act (Act, CAA) for the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) promulgated for ozone on March 12, 2008; lead (Pb) on October 15, 2008; and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) on January 22, 2010. Section 110(a) of the CAA requires that each state submit a SIP for the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of each NAAQS promulgated by EPA.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Rhode Island; Sulfur Content of Fuels
Document Number: 2015-25334
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Rhode Island on June 26, 2014, with supplemental submittals on March 25, 2015 and August 28, 2015. This SIP revision includes a regulation that has been revised to require a lower sulfur content for petroleum-based distillate and residual fuel oils. In addition, outdated provisions in the regulation have been removed. The intended effect of this action is to approve this regulation into the Rhode Island SIP. This action is being taken in accordance with the Clean Air Act.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Rhode Island; Sulfur Content of Fuels
Document Number: 2015-25333
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-10-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Rhode Island on June 26, 2014, with supplemental submittals on March 25, 2015 and August 28, 2015. This SIP revision includes a regulation that has been revised to require a lower sulfur content for petroleum-based distillate and residual fuel oils. In addition, outdated provisions in the regulation have been removed. The intended effect of this action is to propose approval of this regulation into the Rhode Island SIP. This action is being taken in accordance with the Clean Air Act.
Carbon Dioxide Emissions and Ocean Acidification; TSCA Section 21 Petition; Reasons for Agency Response
Document Number: 2015-25164
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-10-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document provides the reasons for EPA's denial of a petition it received under section 21 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) from the Center for Biological Diversity and Donn J. Viviani, Ph.D. The petitioners requested EPA to initiate rulemaking under TSCA to address risks related to carbon dioxide emissions, particularly those associated with ocean acidification, or, in the alternative, that EPA initiate rulemaking under TSCA to require testing to determine toxicity, persistence, and other characteristics of carbon dioxide emissions that affect human health and the environment. After careful consideration, EPA denied the TSCA section 21 petition for the reasons discussed in this document.