Environmental Protection Agency June 2016 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

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Reissuance of NPDES General Permit for Discharges From Federal Aquaculture Facilities and Aquaculture Facilities Located in Indian Country Within the Boundaries of Washington State (Permit Number WAG130000)
Document Number: 2016-14671
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Director, Office of Water and Watersheds, EPA Region 10, is publishing notice of availability of the final National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Federal Aquaculture Facilities and Aquaculture Facilities Located in Indian Country within the Boundaries of Washington State (General Permit). The General Permit contains effluent limitations, along with administrative reporting and monitoring requirements, as well as standard conditions, prohibitions, and management practices. The Washington Department of Ecology and applicable tribes have provided Section 401 certification for this permit.
The National Drinking Water Advisory Council: Request for Nominations
Document Number: 2016-14667
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for a three-year appointment to the National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC or Council). The 15-member Council was established by the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) to provide practical and independent advice, consultation and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on the activities, functions, policies and regulations required by the SDWA. This notice solicits nominations to fill one new vacancy from December 2016 through December 2019. To maintain the representation required by statute, a nominee will be selected to represent state and local agencies concerned with water hygiene and public water supply.
Evaluating Urban Resilience to Climate Change: A Multi-Sector Approach
Document Number: 2016-14666
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is announcing a 30-day public comment period for the draft document titled ``Evaluating Urban Resilience to Climate Change: A Multi-Sector Approach'' (EPA/600/R-15/312). EPA is also announcing that Versar, Inc., an EPA contractor for external scientific peer review, will select four independent experts from a pool of eight to conduct a letter peer review of the same draft document. The document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD). This document describes an assessment tool that uses quantitative and qualitative indicators to help cities identify areas of resilience and vulnerability to climate change impacts and introduces example case studies from Washington, DC and Worcester, Massachusetts. 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 document, 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 it 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 Global Change Research Program Products and Publications Web page at https:// www.epa.gov/risk/global-change-research-program-products-and- publications.
Disapproval of Interstate Transport Requirements for the 2008 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards; New York
Document Number: 2016-14523
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-06-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to partially approve and partially disapprove elements of New York's State Implementation Plan (SIP) submission regarding the infrastructure requirements of section 110(a)(1) and (2) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the 2008 ozone 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 state's responsibilities under the CAA. This action pertains specifically to infrastructure requirements concerning interstate transport provisions.
Proposed Consent Decree, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
Document Number: 2016-14526
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-20
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 in Sierra Club v. McCarthy, Civil Action No. 1:16-cv-235 (D. D.C.). On February 12, 2016, the Sierra Club filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, alleging that Gina McCarthy, in her official capacity as Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA''), failed to perform a non-discretionary duty to grant or deny within 60 days a petition submitted by Sierra Club on September 29, 2015 requesting that EPA object to a CAA Title V permit issued by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (``TDEC'') for the Tennessee Valley Authority's (``TVA'') Bull Run Fossil Plant, located in Clinton, Tennessee. The proposed consent decree would establish a deadline for EPA to take such action.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2016-14404
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maryland; Revisions and Amendments to Regulations for Continuous Opacity Monitoring, Continuous Emissions Monitoring, and Quality Assurance Requirements for Continuous Opacity Monitors
Document Number: 2016-14394
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-06-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Maryland. This revision pertains to revisions to Maryland regulations for continuous opacity monitoring (COM or COMs) and continuous emissions monitoring (CEM or CEMs) and to an amendment adding requirements for Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC) as they pertain to COMs. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Updates to the Demographic and Spatial Allocation Models To Produce Integrated Climate and Land Use Scenarios (ICLUS) Version 2; Correction
Document Number: 2016-14287
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is announcing a 30-day public comment period for the draft document titled, ``Updates to the Demographic and Spatial Allocation Models to Produce Integrated Climate and Land Use Scenarios (ICLUS) Version 2'' (EPA/600/R-14/324). EPA is also announcing that Versar, Inc., an EPA contractor for external scientific peer review, will select four independent experts from a pool of eight 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 the development of version 2 of Integrated Climate and Land Use Scenarios (ICLUS), including updates to data sets and the demographic and spatial allocation models. 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 document. 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.
Approval of Iowa's State Implementation Plan (SIP); Definition of Greenhouse Gas and Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) Plantwide Applicability Limits (PALs) Revisions
Document Number: 2016-14282
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-06-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving two SIP revisions submitted by the State of Iowa. First, EPA is approving the definition of greenhouse gas, which will make the state's definition consistent with the Federal definition, and add greenhouse gases to emission inventory requirements. Second, EPA is approving Iowa's revision to its Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) program, specifically to the definition of ``subject to regulation,'' and to adopt by reference the most recent Federal plantwide applicability limitations (PALs) provisions.
Approval of Iowa's State Implementation Plan (SIP); Definition of Greenhouse Gas and Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) Plantwide Applicability Limits (PALs) Revisions
Document Number: 2016-14281
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-06-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve two SIP revisions submitted by the State of Iowa. First, EPA is proposing to approve the definition of greenhouse gas, which will make the state's definition consistent with the Federal definition, and add greenhouse gases to emission inventory requirements. Second, EPA is proposing to approve Iowa's revision to its Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) program, specifically to the definition of ``subject to regulation,'' and adopt by reference the most recent Federal plantwide applicability limitations (PALs) provisions.
Outer Continental Shelf Air Regulations; Consistency Update for California
Document Number: 2016-14279
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-06-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to update a portion of the Outer Continental Shelf (``OCS'') Air Regulations. Requirements applying to OCS sources located within 25 miles of States' seaward boundaries must be updated periodically to remain consistent with the requirements of the corresponding onshore area (``COA''), as mandated by section 328(a)(1) of the Clean Air Act, as amended in 1990 (``the Act''). The portion of the OCS air regulations that is being updated pertains to the requirements for OCS sources for which the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (``Ventura County APCD'' or ``District'') is the designated COA. The intended effect of approving the OCS requirements for the Ventura County APCD is to regulate emissions from OCS sources in accordance with the requirements onshore. The changes to the existing requirements discussed in this document are proposed to be incorporated by reference into the Code of Federal Regulations and listed in the appendix to the OCS air regulations.
Proposed Administrative Settlement Agreement and Covenant Not To Sue Pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, as Amended by the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986; In Re: Ely Copper Mine Superfund Site, Located in Vershire, Vermont
Document Number: 2016-14296
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is hereby providing notice of a proposed settlement agreement concerning the Ely Copper Mine Superfund Site in Vershire, Vermont. The settlement agreement is entered into pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, as amended (``CERCLA''), 42 U.S.C. 9601 et seq., and the authority of the Attorney General of the United States to compromise and settle claims of the United States. The proposed settlement agreement is with the following parties: Green Crow Corporation (``Green Crow'') and Dwight Hill Forest, LLC (``Dwight Hill'') (together the ``settling parties''). Under the proposed settlement, Green Crow, a company specializing in the timberland and wood products industries, will effectuate transfer of the main site property to Dwight Hill, but remain involved in the timber harvesting and management of the property. Green Crow will also be responsible for seven years of monitoring and thirty years of maintenance of the remedy at the site. In addition, the proposed settlement requires the settling parties to: Allow EPA to remove and use borrow material located on the site property and on an adjacent property owned by Green Crow, provide EPA and its contractors access to the site property and Green Crow's adjacent property, and prepare and record any documents necessary to implement institutional controls. The proposed settlement includes a covenant not to sue the settling parties 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 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 the US EPA Region 1 OSRR Records and Information Center, 5 Post Office Square, Suite 100, Boston, MA 02109.
Administrative Settlement Agreement and Order on Consent for Payment of Past Response Costs: Lincoln Park Superfund Site, Canyon City, Fremont County, Colorado
Document Number: 2016-14294
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with the requirements of section 122(h)(l) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, as amended (``CERCLA''), 42 U.S.C. 9604, 9606(a), 9607 and 9622, notice is hereby given of the proposed administrative settlement under section 122(h)(l) of CERCLA, between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA'') and Cotter Corporation (N.S.L.) (``Settling Party''). The proposed Settlement Agreement requires the Settling Party to pay for past oversight costs. The Settling Party consents to and will not contest the authority of the United States to enter into the Agreement or to implement or enforce its terms. The Settling Parties recognize that the Agreement has been negotiated in good faith and that the Agreement is entered into without the admission or adjudication of any issue of fact or law.
Pyridate; Receipt of Applications for Emergency Exemption, Solicitation of Public Comment
Document Number: 2016-14288
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has received specific exemption requests from the Idaho, Indiana, Michigan, Oregon, Washington, and Wisconsin Departments of Agriculture to use the herbicide pyridate (CAS No. 55512-33-9) on mint (peppermint and spearmint) to control redroot pigweed and kochia. The applicants propose a use of a pesticide that was voluntarily canceled in 2004, and which is now considered to be unregistered under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). EPA is soliciting public comment before making the decision whether or not to grant the exemptions.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Virginia Infrastructure Requirements for the 2012 Fine Particulate Matter National Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2016-14181
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-06-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Virginia (Virginia) pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA). Whenever new or revised national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) are promulgated, the CAA requires states to submit a plan to address basic program elements, including but not limited to regulatory structure, monitoring, modeling, legal authority, and adequate resources necessary to assure implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of the NAAQS. These elements are referred to as infrastructure requirements. The Commonwealth of Virginia made a submittal addressing the infrastructure requirements for the 2012 fine particulate matter (PM2.5) NAAQS.
Air Plan Approval; UT; Revised Format for Material Incorporated by Reference
Document Number: 2016-14099
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-06-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is revising the format of materials submitted by the State of Utah that are incorporated by reference (IBR) into its State Implementation Plan (SIP). The regulations affected by this format change have all been previously submitted by Utah and approved by the EPA.
Approval of California Air Plan Revisions, Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District and Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District
Document Number: 2016-14098
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-06-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District (YSAQMD) and Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District (EKAPCD) portions of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern, respectively, the definition of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and emissions of VOCs from the surface coating operations of wood products. We are approving local rules that regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).
Approval of California Air Plan Revisions, Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District and Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District
Document Number: 2016-14097
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-06-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District (YSAQMD) and Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District (EKAPCD) portions of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern, respectively, the definition of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and emissions of VOCs from the surface coating operations of wood products. We are approving local rules that regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; California; California Mobile Source Regulations
Document Number: 2016-13941
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-06-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a revision to the California State Implementation Plan (SIP) consisting of certain state regulations establishing standards and other requirements relating to the control of emissions from new on-road and new and in-use off-road vehicles and engines. The EPA is approving the SIP revision because the regulations meet the applicable requirements of the Clean Air Act. Approval of the regulations as part of the California SIP makes them federally enforceable.
Finding of Failure To Submit a State Implementation Plan; New Jersey; Interstate Transport Requirements for 2008 8-Hour National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone
Document Number: 2016-14180
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-06-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action finding that New Jersey has failed to submit an infrastructure State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision to satisfy certain interstate transport requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) with respect to the 2008 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). Specifically, these requirements pertain to the obligation to prohibit emissions which significantly contribute to nonattainment, or interfere with maintenance, of the 2008 8-hour ozone NAAQS in other states. This finding of failure to submit establishes a 2-year deadline for the EPA to promulgate a Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) to address the interstate transport SIP requirements pertaining to the state's significant contribution to nonattainment and interference with maintenance of the 2008 ozone NAAQS in other states unless, prior to the EPA promulgating a FIP, the state submits, and the EPA approves, a SIP that meets these requirements.
Human Studies Review Board; Notification of Public Meetings
Document Number: 2016-14179
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of the Science Advisor announces two separate public meetings of the Human Studies Review Board (HSRB) to advise the Agency on the ethical and scientific reviews of EPA research involving human subjects.
Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; RadNet (Renewal)
Document Number: 2016-14177
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ``RadNet (Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 0877.13, OMB Control No. 2060-0015) 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 August 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.
Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Chartered Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) and the CASAC Particulate Matter Panel
Document Number: 2016-14176
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the Chartered Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) and the CASAC Particulate Matter (PM) Panel to discuss the CASAC draft review of EPA's Integrated Review Plan for the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter (External Review DraftApril 2016).
Indiana; Ohio; Disapproval of Interstate Transport Requirements for the 2008 Ozone NAAQS
Document Number: 2016-14103
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-06-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is disapproving elements of State Implementation Plan (SIP) submissions from Indiana and Ohio regarding the infrastructure requirements of section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the 2008 ozone 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 is adequate to meet the state's responsibilities under the CAA. This action pertains specifically to infrastructure requirements concerning interstate transport provisions, for which Ohio and Indiana made SIP submissions that, among other things, certified that their existing SIPs were sufficient to meet the interstate transport infrastructure SIP requirements for the 2008 ozone NAAQS.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Philadelphia County Reasonably Available Control Technology Under the 1997 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2016-14102
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-06-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve state implementation plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. These revisions pertain to a demonstration that Philadelphia County (Philadelphia) meets the requirements for reasonably available control technology (RACT) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for nitrogen oxides (NOX) and volatile organic compounds (VOC) as ozone precursors for the 1997 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). In this rulemaking action, EPA is proposing to approve three separate SIP revisions addressing RACT under the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS for Philadelphia, including new or revised source-specific RACT determinations for fifteen major sources of NOX and/or VOC and certifications that certain previous source-specific RACT determinations for major sources of NOX and/or VOC continue to adequately represent RACT under the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS. EPA also proposes to convert the prior conditional approval of the Philadelphia RACT demonstration for the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS to full approval, as Pennsylvania has met the obligations associated with the conditional approval. EPA therefore proposes to find that Pennsylvania has met all applicable RACT requirements under the CAA for the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS for Philadelphia. This action is being taken under the CAA.
Air Plan Approval; CT; NOX
Document Number: 2016-14100
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-06-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Connecticut. This revision continues to allow facilities to create and/or use emission credits using NOX Emission Trading and Agreement Orders (TAOs) to comply with the NOX emission limits required by Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies (RCSA) section 22a-174-22 (Control of Nitrogen Oxides). The intended effect of this action is to propose approval of the individual trading orders to allow facilities to determine the most cost-effective way to comply with the state regulation. This action is being taken in accordance with the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Air Plan Approval; North Carolina; Regional Haze Progress Report
Document Number: 2016-14036
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-06-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of North Carolina through the North Carolina Division of Air Quality (NC DAQ) on May 31, 2013. North Carolina's May 31, 2013, SIP revision (Progress Report) addresses requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) and EPA's rules that require each state to submit periodic reports describing progress towards reasonable progress goals (RPGs) established for regional haze and a determination of the adequacy of the state's existing SIP addressing regional haze (regional haze plan). EPA is proposing to approve North Carolina's Progress Report on the basis that it addresses the progress report and adequacy determination requirements for the first implementation period for regional haze.
Air Plan Approval; Kentucky; Source Specific Revision for Louisville Gas and Electric
Document Number: 2016-14032
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-06-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Kentucky through its Energy and Environment Cabinet, Department of Environmental Protection, Division for Air Quality (KY DAQ) on February 13, 2013, for the purpose of establishing emission requirements for the changeover from coal-fired units U4, U5 and U6 to a new natural gas-fired combined cycle (NGCC) generating unit U15 and auxiliary boiler U16 at the Louisville Gas and Electric Company, Cane Run Generating Station (LG & E Cane Run Facility).
Removal of Title V Emergency Affirmative Defense Provisions From State Operating Permit Programs and Federal Operating Permit Program
Document Number: 2016-14104
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-06-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to remove the affirmative defense provisions for emergencies found in the regulations for state and federal operating permit programs. These provisions establish an affirmative defense that sources can assert in civil enforcement cases when noncompliance with certain emission limitations in operating permits occurs because of qualifying ``emergency'' circumstances. These provisions, which have never been required elements of state operating permit programs, are being removed because they are inconsistent with the enforcement structure of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and recent court decisions from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The removal of these provisions is consistent with other recent EPA actions involving affirmative defenses and would harmonize the enforcement and implementation of emission limitations across different CAA programs. The EPA is also taking comment on various implementation consequences relating to the proposed removal of the emergency affirmative defense provisions.
EPA's Review of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant's Biennial Environmental Compliance Report for the Period 2012 to 2014
Document Number: 2016-14095
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has completed its review of the Department of Energy's (DOE) most recent Biennial Environmental Compliance Report (BECR) for the Waste Isolation Pilot Project (WIPP), covering the period April 1, 2012 through March 31, 2014. Section 9(a)(2) of the WIPP Land Withdrawal Act requires the DOE to submit documentation to the EPA of the WIPP's continued compliance with designated federal laws pertaining to public health and safety or the environment. The Secretary of Energy was notified that the EPA had completed its review via a letter from EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy dated June 3, 2016.
Notice of Availability of the Environmental Protection Agency's Two Updated Chapters in the EPA Air Pollution Control Cost Manual
Document Number: 2016-14042
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing notice that two chapters of the EPA Air Pollution Control Cost Manual (Control Cost Manual) have been finalized and are available to the public. These chapters, titled ``Chapter 1Selective Non-Catalytic Reduction'' and ``Chapter 2Selective Catalytic Reduction'' are components of ``Section 4Nitrogen Oxide Controls'' and incorporate comments received on draft versions made available in a Notice of Data Availability (NODA) published on June 12, 2015. A response to comment (RTC) document summarizing comments and agency responses is available for each chapter. In addition, cost calculation information is provided electronically for each chapter enabling estimation of costs for installing and operating NOx control measures. The final chapters, RTC and cost calculation documents are available at https://www3.epa.gov/ ttn/ecas/cost_manual.html. In addition, all public comments received by the agency are available in the docket for this Notice of Availability (EPA-HQ-OAR-2015-0341). Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the www.regulations.gov index. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, e.g., Confidential Business Information or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, will be publicly available only in hard copy. Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically in www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center, EPA/DC, WJC West Building, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC. The Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is (202) 566-1744, and the telephone number for the Air Docket is (202) 566-1742.
Pesticides; Draft Guidance for Pesticide Registrants on the Determination of Minor Use
Document Number: 2016-14037
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Agency is announcing the availability of and seeking public comment on a draft Pesticide Registration Notice (PR Notice) entitled ``Determination of Minor Use under Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), section 2(ll).'' PR Notices are issued by the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) to inform pesticide registrants and other interested persons about important policies, procedures, and registration related decisions, and serve to provide guidance to pesticide registrants and OPP personnel. This draft PR Notice would update section 5 of PR Notice 97-2 and provide guidance to the registrant as to how the EPA determines a ``minor use.'' EPA seeks to identify and encourage the registration of pesticides for minor uses to protect communities from harmful pests. This draft PR Notice revises the method used by EPA for evaluating ``sufficient economic incentive'' under FIFRA. The draft PR Notice explains how qualitative information may be used to inform the quantitative analysis, interpret the results, and clarifies that the most recent United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Census of Agriculture is the appropriate source for data on acreage in the United States to establish a minor use under the acreage definition in FIFRA 2(ll)(1).
Clofentezine; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2016-13911
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-06-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of clofentezine in or on multiple commodities which are identified and discussed later in this document. Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Chlorantraniliprole; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2016-13910
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-06-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of chlorantraniliprole in or on multiple commodities which are identified and discussed later in this document. Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) requested the tolerances associated with pesticide petition number (PP) 5E8371, under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). Additionally, the Agency is amending the existing tolerance for egg that was inadvertently omitted in a previous action.
Rescission of Preconstruction Permits Issued Under the Clean Air Act
Document Number: 2016-13303
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-06-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to revise a limitation on the rescission of stationary source preconstruction permits that is contained in the federal New Source Review (NSR) regulations. This proposal would amend the EPA's federal Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) regulations to remove a date restriction from the current permit rescission provision. Other than removing the date restriction, the proposed rule is not intended to alter the circumstances under which an NSR permit may be rescinded. This proposal would also add a corresponding permit rescission provision in the federal regulations that apply to major sources in nonattainment areas of Indian country. This rule also proposes to correct an outdated cross-reference to another part of the regulations.
Notice of Availability of Final NPDES General Permit for Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems and Federal Facilities Within the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
Document Number: 2016-13913
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Director of the Caribbean Environmental Protection Division (CEPD), Environmental Protection AgencyRegion 2 (EPA), is issuing this Notice of a Final National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general permit, PRR040000/PRR04000F, for discharges from small municipal separate storm sewer systems (small MS4) from urbanized areas within the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to waters of the United States. This NPDES general permit establishes Notice of Intent (NOI) requirements, standards, prohibitions and management practices for discharges of storm water from small MS4s urbanized areas. A prior Notice of Availability of a general permit was issued by EPA in November 2006. EPA has substantially modified and reissuing the general permit pursuant to 40 CFR part 124. The EPA is issuing this permit for five years.
Delegation of Authority to the Commonwealth of Virginia To Implement and Enforce Additional or Revised National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants Standards
Document Number: 2016-13912
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On April 7, 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent the Commonwealth of Virginia (Virginia) a letter acknowledging that Virginia's delegation of authority to implement and enforce the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAPs) had been updated, as provided for under previously approved delegation mechanisms. To inform regulated facilities and the public, EPA is making available a copy of EPA's letter to Virginia through this notice.
D-glucurono-6-deoxy-L-manno-D-glucan, Acetate, Calcium Magnesium Potassium Sodium Salt (Diutan Gum); Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: 2016-13805
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-06-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of D-glucurono-6-deoxy-L-manno-D-glucan, acetate, calcium magnesium potassium sodium salt (diutan gum) Chemical Abstract Service Registration Number ((CAS Reg. No.) 595585-15-2) when used as an inert ingredient stabilizer/suspension agent applied to crops pre- and post-harvest and to food contact surfaces. Keller and Heckman on behalf of CP Kelco U.S., 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 D-glucurono-6-deoxy-L-manno-D-glucan, acetate, calcium magnesium potassium sodium salt (diutan gum).
Alcohols, C>14
Document Number: 2016-13794
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-06-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation amends an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of [alpha]-alkyl-[omega]-hydroxypoly (oxypropylene) and/or poly (oxyethylene) polymers where the alkyl chain contains a minimum of six carbons, and [alpha] alkyl-[omega]- hydroxypoly (oxypropylene) and/or poly (oxyethylene) polymers where the alkyl chain contains a minimum of six carbons and a minimum number average molecular weight (in amu) 1,100 (herein referred to as ``AAAs'' (alkyl alcohol alkoxylates)) to include alcohols, C>14, ethoxylated, Chemical Abstract Service Registry Number (CAS Reg. No.) 251553-55-6 when used as an inert ingredient (surfactant) in pesticide formulations. Baker Petrolite LLC 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 alcohols, C>14, ethoxylated.
Hazardous Chemical Reporting: Community Right-to-Know; Revisions to Hazard Categories and Minor Corrections
Document Number: 2016-13582
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-06-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or the Agency) is amending its hazardous chemical reporting regulations due to the changes in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). OSHA's HCS was recently revised to conform to the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). Under the revised HCS, chemical manufacturers and importers are required to evaluate their chemicals according to the new criteria adopted from GHS to ensure that they are classified and labeled appropriately. Manufacturers and importers are also required to develop standardized Safety Data Sheets (formerly known as ``Material Safety Data Sheets'') and distribute them to downstream users of their chemicals. These changes in HCS affect the reporting requirements under sections 311 and 312 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to- Know Act (EPCRA). Based on the new classification criteria that OSHA adopted, EPA is revising the existing hazard categories for hazardous chemical inventory form reporting under EPCRA Section 312 and for list reporting under section 311. In this action, EPA is also making a few minor corrections in the hazardous chemical reporting regulations.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Secondary Aluminum Production
Document Number: 2016-13505
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-06-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to amend the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Secondary Aluminum Production (Secondary Aluminum NESHAP). This direct final rule amends the final rule that was published in the Federal Register on September 18, 2015, by correcting inadvertent errors, clarifying rule requirements for initial performance tests and submittal of malfunction reports, providing an additional option for new round top furnaces to account for unmeasured emissions during compliance testing, and clarifying what constitutes a change in furnace operating mode. The direct final rule also updates Web site addresses for the EPA's Electronic Reporting Tool (ERT) and the Compliance and Emissions Data Reporting Interface (CEDRI). These amendments will help to improve compliance and implementation of the rule.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Secondary Aluminum Production
Document Number: 2016-13504
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-06-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to amend the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Secondary Aluminum Production (Secondary Aluminum NESHAP). In the ``Rules and Regulations'' section of this Federal Register, we are publishing a direct final rule, without a prior proposed rule, that amends the final rule that was published in the Federal Register on September 18, 2015, to correct inadvertent errors, to clarify rule requirements for initial performance tests and submittal of malfunction reports, to provide an additional option for new round top furnaces to account for unmeasured emissions during compliance testing and to clarify what constitutes a change in furnace operating mode. The direct final rule also updates Web site addresses for the EPA's Electronic Reporting Tool (ERT) and the Compliance and Emissions Data Reporting Interface (CEDRI). If we receive no adverse comment, we will not take further action on this proposed rule.
Alpha-2,4,6-Tris[1-(phenyl)ethyl]-Omega-hydroxypoly(oxyethylene) poly(oxypropylene) Copolymer; Tolerance Exemption; Technical Correction
Document Number: 2016-13816
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-06-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA issued a final rule in the Federal Register of March 2, 2016, concerning Alpha-2,4,6-Tris[1-(phenyl)ethyl]-Omega- hydroxypoly(oxyethylene) poly(oxypropylene) copolymer; Tolerance Exemption. This document corrects typographical errors.
Hazardous Waste Management System; Tentative Denial of Petition To Revise the RCRA Corrosivity Hazardous Characteristic
Document Number: 2016-13793
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-06-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or the Agency) is extending the comment period on the tentative denial of a petition to revise the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) corrosivity hazardous waste characteristic regulation, published in the Federal Register on April 11, 2016. EPA is tentatively denying the rulemaking petition because the materials submitted in support of the petition fail to demonstrate that the requested regulatory revisions are warranted, as further explained in the tentative denial. The Agency's review of additional materials it identified as relevant to the petition similarly did not demonstrate that any change to the corrosivity characteristic regulation is warranted at this time. The comment period is being extended to December 7, 2016.
Proposed Consent Decree, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit; Request for Public Comment
Document Number: 2016-13792
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-10
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 Partnership for Policy Integrity (``Plaintiffs'') in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia: Partnership for Policy Integrity v. McCarthy, Civil Action No. 5:16-cv-00038-CAR (M.D. G.A.). On January 25, 2016, Plaintiffs filed a complaint alleging that Gina McCarthy, in her official capacity as Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA''), failed to perform a non- discretionary duty to grant or deny within 60 days a petition submitted by Plaintiffs on May 26, 2015 requesting that EPA object to a CAA Title V permit issued by the Environmental Protection Division (``EPD'') of Georgia's Department of Natural Resources, to Piedmont Green Power, LLC, authorizing the operation of a 60.5 megawatt (MW) steam-turbine generator powered by a 700 million British thermal unit per hour (MMBtu) biomass boiler in Barnesville, Georgia. The proposed consent decree would establish a deadline for EPA to take such action.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2016-13791
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice of Availability: Draft Protective Action Guide (PAG) for Drinking Water After a Radiological Incident
Document Number: 2016-13786
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
As part of its mission to protect human health and the environment, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publishes protective action guides to help federal, state, local and tribal emergency response officials make radiation protection decisions during emergencies. EPA, in coordination with a multi-agency working group within the Federal Radiological Preparedness Coordinating Committee, is proposing an addition to the 2013 revised interim Protective Action Guides and Planning Guidance for Radiological Incidents (``2013 revised PAG Manual'' hereafter) to provide guidance on drinking water. The Draft Protective Action Guide for Drinking Water is now available in the EPA Docket, under ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2007-0268, and EPA is requesting comment on the draft guide.
Air Plan Approval; Illinois; NAAQS Updates
Document Number: 2016-13700
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-06-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving revised rules submitted by the State of Illinois as State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions. The submitted rules update Illinois' ambient air quality standards to include the 2012 primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for fine particulate matter (PM2.5), add EPA-promulgated monitoring methods, and address the ``sunset provisions'' in our regulations. In addition, the revised rules contain the timing requirements for the ``flagging of exceptional events'' and the submitting of documentation supporting the determination of exceptional events for the 2012 primary annual PM2.5 standard.
Air Plan Approval; Illinois; NAAQS Update
Document Number: 2016-13695
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-06-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revised rules submitted by the State of Illinois as State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions. The submitted rules update Illinois' ambient air quality standards to include the 2012 primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for fine particulate matter (PM2.5), add EPA-promulgated monitoring methods, and address the ``sunset provisions'' in our regulation, finding that the 1971 NAAQS for sulfur dioxide no longer applies to the Lemont and Pekin areas in Illinois. In addition, the revised rules contain the timing requirements for the ``flagging of exceptional events'' and the submitting of documentation supporting the determination of exceptional events for the 2012 primary annual averaged PM2.5 standard.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Idaho: Stationary Source Permitting Revisions
Document Number: 2016-13693
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-06-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes to approve, and incorporate by reference, revisions to the Idaho State Implementation Plan submitted on May 21, 2015. In the submission, Idaho revised stationary source permitting rules, including the addition of facility-wide emission limits and nonmetallic mineral processing plant regulations. Idaho also added an alternative method for stationary sources to comply with sulfur content of fuels limits, and updated provisions to account for changes to federal air quality regulations. The EPA proposes to approve the submitted revisions as consistent with the Clean Air Act and the EPA's implementing regulations.