Environmental Protection Agency January 6, 2016 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Registration Review Interim Decisions; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2015-33300
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's interim registration review decision 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 to 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.
Registration Review; Draft Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessments; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2015-33298
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's draft human health and ecological risk assessments for the registration review of a group of pesticides identified individually in this document in the table in Unit III, and opens a public comment period. Registration review is EPA's periodic review of pesticide registrations to ensure that each pesticide continues to satisfy the statutory standard for registration, that is, the pesticide can perform its intended function without unreasonable adverse effects on human health or the environment. As part of the registration review process, the Agency has completed a comprehensive draft human health and ecological risk assessment for the identified pesticides. After reviewing comments received during the public comment period on each assessment, EPA may issue revised risk assessments and explain any changes to the draft risk assessments, and respond to substantive comments on the risk assessments. EPA may also request public input on risk mitigation before completing a proposed registration review decision for the identified pesticides. 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.
Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Title I of the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act
Document Number: 2015-33295
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ``Title I of the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act'' (EPA ICR No. 0824.06, OMB Control No. 2040-0008) 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 renewal of the ICR (formerly known as ``Ocean Dumping Regulationsreports and record keeping to obtain a permit, request designation, and report on permitted dumping activities''), which is currently expired. 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 State Plans for Designated Facilities and Pollutants; Nebraska; Sewage Sludge Incinerators
Document Number: 2015-33292
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-01-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve the Clean Air Act (CAA) section 111(d)/129 negative declaration for the state of Nebraska, for existing sewage sludge incinerator (SSI) units. This negative declaration certifies that existing SSI units subject to sections 111(d) and 129 of the CAA do not exist within the jurisdiction of Nebraska. EPA is accepting the negative declaration in accordance with the requirements of the CAA.
Approval and Promulgation of State Plans for Designated Facilities and Pollutants; Nebraska; Sewage Sludge Incinerators
Document Number: 2015-33291
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-01-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes to approve the Clean Air Act (CAA) section 111(d)/129 negative declaration for the state of Nebraska, for existing sewage sludge incinerator (SSI) units. This negative declaration certifies that existing SSI units subject to sections 111(d) and 129 of the CAA do not exist within the jurisdiction of Nebraska. EPA is accepting the negative declaration in accordance with the requirements of the CAA.
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System General Permit Remand
Document Number: 2015-33174
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-01-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing changes to the regulations governing small municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permits to respond to a remand from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Environmental Defense Center, et al. v. EPA, 344 F.3d 832 (9th Cir. 2003). In that decision, the court determined that the regulations for providing coverage under small MS4 general permits did not provide for adequate public notice and opportunity to request a hearing. Additionally, the court found that EPA failed to require permitting authority review of the best management practices (BMPs) to be used at a particular MS4 to ensure that the small MS4 permittee reduces pollutants in the discharge from their systems to the ``maximum extent practicable'' (MEP), the standard established by the Clean Water Act for such permits. EPA's proposal would revise the small MS4 regulations to ensure that the permitting authority determines the adequacy of BMPs and other requirements and provides public notice and the opportunity to request a public hearing on the requirements for each MS4. The proposal would not establish any new substantive requirements for small MS4s.