Environmental Protection Agency April 5, 2016 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Air Plan Approval; South Carolina; Transportation Conformity Update
Document Number: 2016-07816
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-04-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of South Carolina, through the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, on October 13, 2015. This revision consists of transportation conformity criteria and procedures related to interagency consultation and enforceability of certain transportation-related control measures and mitigation measures. The intended effect of this approval is to update the transportation conformity criteria and procedures in the South Carolina SIP to reorganize previous exhibits into a single Memorandum of Agreement document as well as to update signatories to add the newly established Lowcountry Area Transportation Study to the list of Metropolitan Planning Organizations, created to represent a new urbanized area designated as a result of the 2010 Census. This proposed action is being taken pursuant to the Clean Air Act.
Air Plan Approval; South Carolina; Transportation Conformity Update
Document Number: 2016-07811
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-04-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve a revision to the South Carolina State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted on October 13, 2015, through the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC). This revision consists of transportation conformity criteria and procedures related to interagency consultation and enforceability of certain transportation-related control measures and mitigation measures. The intended effect of this approval is to update the transportation conformity criteria and procedures in the South Carolina SIP to reorganize previous exhibits into a single Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) document as well as updating signatories to add the newly established Lowcountry Area Transportation Study (LATS) to the list of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), created to represent a new urbanized area designated as a result of the 2010 Census. EPA has determined that this revision is consistent with the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act).
Proposed Consent Decree, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
Document Number: 2016-07810
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-04-05
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 Donald van der Vaart, in his official capacity as Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, and the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina: Donald van der Vaart, et al. v. EPA, Civil Action No. 5:15-cv-593-FL (E.D. NC) (filed Nov. 13, 2015). Plaintiffs filed a lawsuit alleging that Gina McCarthy, in her official capacity as Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA''), failed to perform a duty mandated by the CAA to take final action to approve, disapprove, or conditionally approve, in whole or in part, North Carolina's September 5, 2013 state implementation plan (``SIP'') revisions addressing the prevention of significant deterioration (``PSD'') regulations regarding the increments for particulate matter less than 2.5 micrometers (``PM2.5'') and implementing regulations. The proposed consent decree would establish a deadline for EPA to take certain specified actions.
Notification of a Cancellation of a Public Teleconference of the Science Advisory Board's Economy-Wide Modeling Panel
Document Number: 2016-07807
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-04-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA), Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office is cancelling the May 19, 2016, teleconference of the Economy-Wide Modeling Panel announced earlier (80 FR 77625- 77626).
Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Motor Vehicle and Engine Compliance Program Fees (Renewal), EPA ICR 2080.06, OMB Control No. 2060-0545
Document Number: 2016-07804
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-04-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ``Motor Vehicle and Engine Compliance Program Fees (Renewal)'', EPA ICR 2080.06, OMB Control No. 2060-0545 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 collections as described below. This is a proposed extensions of the ICRs, which is currently approved through September 30, 2016. An Agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
Notice of Proposed Administrative Settlement Pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act
Document Number: 2016-07802
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-04-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with Section 122(h)(1) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, as amended (``CERCLA''), 42 U.S.C. 9622(h)(1), notice is hereby given of a proposed administrative settlement concerning the Rab Valley Wood Preserving Superfund Site, located in Panama, LeFlore County, Oklahoma. The settlement requires Joslyn Manufacturing Company, settling party, to pay a total of $280,000 as payment of past response costs to the Hazardous Substances Superfund. The settlement includes a covenant not to sue pursuant to Sections 106 and 107(a) of CERCLA, 42, U.S.C. 9606 and 9607(a). For thirty (30) days following the date of publication of this notice, the Agency will receive written comments relating to this notice and will receive written comments relating to the settlement. The Agency will consider all comments received and may modify or withdraw its consent to the settlement if comments received disclose facts or considerations which indicate that the settlement is inappropriate, improper, or inadequate. The Agency's response to any comments received will be available for public inspection at 1445 Ross Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75202-2733.
OMB Approvals Under the Paperwork Reduction Act; Technical Amendment
Document Number: 2016-07797
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-04-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), this technical amendment updates the table that lists the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control numbers issued under PRA for information collection requirements contained in EPA's regulations that are promulgated in title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). This technical amendment adds new approvals published in the Federal Register since January 8, 2016, and removes expired and terminated approvals.
Environmental Modeling Public Meeting; Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: 2016-07794
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-04-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
An Environmental Modeling Public Meeting (EMPM) will be held on Monday, May 9, 2016. This Notice announces the location and time for the meeting and provides a tentative list of topics to be covered in the meeting. The EMPM provides a public forum for EPA and its stakeholders to discuss current issues related to modeling pesticide fate, transport, and exposure for pesticide risk assessments in a regulatory context.
Agency Information Collection Activities OMB Responses
Document Number: 2016-07697
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-04-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document announces the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) responses to Agency Clearance requests, in compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et. seq.). 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. The OMB control numbers for EPA regulations are listed in 40 CFR part 9 and 48 CFR chapter 15.
Air Plan Approval; North Carolina; Regional Haze
Document Number: 2016-07670
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-04-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a revision to North Carolina's regional haze State Implementation Plan (SIP), submitted by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NC DENR) on October 31, 2014, that relies on an alternative to Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART) to satisfy BART requirements for electric generating units (EGUs) formerly subject to the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR). EPA also proposes to find that final approval of this SIP revision would correct the deficiencies that led to EPA's limited disapproval of the State's regional haze SIP on June 7, 2012, and proposes to convert EPA's June 27, 2012, limited approval to a full approval. This submittal addresses the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) and EPA's rules that require states to prevent any future, and remedy any existing, manmade impairment of visibility in mandatory Class I areas caused by emissions of air pollutants from numerous sources located over a wide geographic area (also referred to as the regional haze program). States are required to assure reasonable progress toward the national goal of achieving natural visibility conditions in Class I areas.
Clean Air Plans; 1-Hour and 1997 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area Requirements; San Joaquin Valley, California
Document Number: 2016-07668
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-04-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a state implementation plan revision submitted by the State of California to provide for attainment of the 1-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard in the San Joaquin Valley, California ozone nonattainment area and to meet other Clean Air Act requirements. Specifically, with respect to the 1-hour ozone standard, the EPA is taking final action to find the emissions inventories to be acceptable and to approve the reasonably available control measures demonstration, the rate of progress demonstrations, the attainment demonstration, contingency measures for failure to meet rate of progress milestones, the provisions for advanced technology/clean fuels for boilers, and the demonstration that the plan provides sufficient transportation control strategies and measures to offset emissions increases due to increases in motor vehicle activity. For the 1997 8- hour ozone standard, the EPA is taking final action to approve the demonstration that the plan provides sufficient transportation control strategies and measures to offset emissions increases due to increases in motor vehicle activity.
Approval of Air Plan Revisions; Arizona; Rescissions and Corrections
Document Number: 2016-07666
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-04-05
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Due to the receipt of adverse comments, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is withdrawing a portion of the February 11, 2016 direct final rule approving certain revisions to the Arizona State Implementation Plan (SIP) and correcting certain errors. The adverse comments relate to a particular test method and thus the EPA is withdrawing the portion of the direct final rule that relates to the test methods that include the test method for which the adverse comments were received.