Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Renewal of an Existing Collection (EPA ICR No. 0152.11); Comment Request
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit an Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The ICR, entitled ``Notice of Arrival of Pesticides and Devices under section 17(c) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA)'' and identified by EPA ICR No. 0152.11 and OMB Control No. 2070-0020, represents the renewal of an existing ICR that is scheduled to expire on November 30, 2016. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection that is summarized in this document. The ICR and accompanying material are available in the docket for public review and comment.
Change in Public Notice Procedures for EPA Region 5's Proposed Establishment of TMDLs and Proposed Impaired Waters Listings Under Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 is announcing a change to its procedures for issuing public notices seeking comment when the Region proposes to list impaired waters after disapproving or partially disapproving a state's list of impaired waters (303(d) list) under Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 303(d), or the Region proposes to establish a total maximum daily load (TMDL) under CWA Section 303(d). For any future proposed action to include waters on a state's 303(d) list or establish a TMDL, EPA Region 5 will provide public notice on the 303(d)/TMDL Program Web page (http://www.epa.gov/ tmdl/impaired-waters-and-tmdls-region-5) rather than by publication in the Federal Register.
National Environmental Education Advisory Council
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) office of Public Engagement and Environmental Education is soliciting applications for environmental education professionals for consideration to serve on the National Environmental Education Advisory Council (NEEAC). There are up to eleven vacancies on the Advisory Council that must be filled. Additional avenues and resources may be utilized in the solicitation of applications. In an effort to obtain nominations of diverse candidates, EPA encourages nominations of women and men of all racial and ethnic groups.
Performance Partnership Grants
This action adds the new multi-purpose categorical grant program for states and tribes, which was established by and funded through the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, to the list of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) environmental grant programs eligible for inclusion in Performance Partnership Grants (PPGs).
Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee; Notice of Public Meeting
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs is announcing a public meeting of the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) on May 18-19, 2016. This meeting provides 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.
Adequacy Status of Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets in Submitted PM2.5
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is notifying the public that the Agency has found that the motor vehicle emissions budgets (MVEBs or ``budgets'') for the years 2014 and 2017 in the San Joaquin Valley Moderate Area Plan, as revised in a December 29, 2014 submittal, for the 2006 24-hour fine particulate (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) are adequate for transportation conformity purposes. The Moderate Area Plan was submitted to the EPA on March 4, 2013 by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) as a revision to the California State Implementation Plan (SIP) and includes a demonstration of reasonable further progress for the 2006 PM2.5 NAAQS. CARB submitted a Supplement to the Moderate Area Plan on November 6, 2014 (``2014 Supplement'') and a revision to the budgets on December 29, 2014. We refer to these submittals collectively as the ``2012 PM2.5 Plan'' or ``Plan.'' Upon the effective date of this notice of adequacy, the San Joaquin Valley metropolitan planning organizations (MPO) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) must use these budgets for future transportation conformity determinations.
Limited Approval, Limited Disapproval of California 9+Air Plan Revisions, Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a limited approval and limited disapproval of revisions to the Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District (EKAPCD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted from motor vehicle and mobile equipment refinishing operations. We are proposing action on a local rule that regulates these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act). We are taking comments on this proposal and plan to follow with a final action.