Environmental Protection Agency April 13, 2016 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Acequinocyl; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2016-08512
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-04-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation increases an existing tolerance for residues of acequinocyl in or on ``Hop, dried cones.'' Arysta LifeScience requested this tolerance increase under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Significant New Use Rule on Certain Chemical Substances
Document Number: 2016-08511
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-04-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing significant new use rules (SNURs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for three chemical substances which were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs). This action would require persons who intend to manufacture (defined by statute to include import) or process any of the chemical substances for an activity that is designated as a significant new use by this proposed rule to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing that activity. The required notification would provide EPA with the opportunity to evaluate the intended use and, if necessary, to prohibit or limit the activity before it occurs.
Availability of Final NPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges From Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems in Massachusetts
Document Number: 2016-08503
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-04-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Director of the Office of Ecosystem Protection, EPA Region 1, is providing a notice of availability of the final National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general permit for stormwater discharges from small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer systems (MS4s) to certain waters of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The final Massachusetts small MS4 general permit establishes Notice of Intent (NOI) requirements, prohibitions, and management practices for stormwater discharges from small MS4s in Massachusetts. The final Massachusetts small MS4 general permit reflects modifications to the draft small MS4 general permit released for comment on September 30, 2014 and replaces the 2003 small MS4 general permit for MS4 operators within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Orientation Session for the Chemical Safety Advisory Committee; Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: 2016-08496
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-04-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
There will be a half-day orientation meeting of the new Chemical Safety Advisory Committee (CSAC). At this meeting, entitled ``Orientation Session of the Chemical Safety Advisory Committee (CSAC),'' the CSAC will consider and review background information on the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the TSCA Work Plan Chemical Program, and aspects of TSCA risk assessment approaches.
Extension of Public Comment Period for the Draft EPA-USGS Technical Report: Protecting Aquatic Life From Effects of Hydrologic Alteration
Document Number: 2016-08491
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-04-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is extending the comment period for the draft technical report: Protecting Aquatic Life from Effects of Hydrologic Alteration. In response to stakeholder requests, the comment period will be extended for an additional 45 days, from May 3, 2016 to June 17, 2016.
Finding of Attainment and Approval of Attainment Plan for Klamath Falls, Oregon Fine Particulate Matter Nonattainment Area
Document Number: 2016-08384
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-04-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to make a finding of attainment by the attainment date for the Klamath Falls, Oregon nonattainment area (the area) based upon quality-assured, quality-controlled, and certified ambient air monitoring data showing that the area has monitored attainment of the 2006 24-hour fine particulate matter (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) based on the 2012-2014 data available in the EPA's Air Quality System (AQS) database. The proposed finding of attainment does not constitute a redesignation to attainment. Redesignations require states to meet a number of criteria including EPA approval of a state plan to maintain the air quality standard for 10 years after redesignation. The EPA also proposes to approve revisions to Oregon's State Implementation Plan (SIP) consisting of the Klamath Falls Fine Particulate Matter Attainment Plan (attainment plan) and approve and incorporate by reference associated revisions to the Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR), submitted by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) on December 12, 2012. The purpose of the attainment plan was to attain the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS by the December 2014 attainment date included in the plan, which the area met based on 2012-2014 monitoring data. The attainment plan addressed the nonattainment planning requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act). The attainment plan included comprehensive base year and attainment year emissions inventories for direct PM2.5 emissions and all particulate matter precursors, analysis and selection of reasonably available control measures and reasonably available control technologies (RACM and RACT), demonstrated attainment through selected permanent and enforceable control strategies, included required contingency measures, and addressed reasonable further progress and quantitative milestone requirements through the attainment demonstration. The attainment plan's strategy for controlling direct and precursor PM2.5 emissions relied primarily on an episodic woodstove curtailment program and a program to change-out uncertified woodstoves. Additional emissions reductions came from control measures and activities associated with industrial sources and motor vehicles.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Texas; Control of Air Pollution From Nitrogen Compounds State Implementation Plan
Document Number: 2016-08158
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-04-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving revisions to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of Texas through the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) on July 10, 2015. The Texas SIP submission revises 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 117 rules for control of nitrogen compounds to assist the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) moderate nonattainment area (NAA) in attaining the 2008 eight-hour ozone (O3) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).
Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Arizona; Regional Haze Federal Implementation Plan; Reconsideration
Document Number: 2016-07911
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-04-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is revising portions of the Arizona Regional Haze Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) applicable to the Coronado Generating Station (Coronado) and the Cholla Power Plant (Cholla). In response to a petition for reconsideration from the Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District (SRP), the owner and operator of Coronado, we are replacing a plant- wide compliance method with a unit-specific compliance method for determining compliance with the best available retrofit technology (BART) emission limits for nitrogen oxides (NOX) from Units 1 and 2 at Coronado. While the plant-wide limit for NOX emissions from Units 1 and 2 was established as 0.065 lb/MMBtu, we are now setting a unit-specific limit of 0.065 lb/MMBtu for Unit 1 and 0.080 lb/MMBtu for Unit 2. In addition, we are revising the work practice standard in the FIP for Coronado. Finally, we are removing the affirmative defense for malfunctions, which applied to both Coronado and Cholla.