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

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Air Plan Approval; Indiana; Removal of Gasoline Vapor Recovery Requirements
Document Number: 2016-13605
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-06-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving, as a revision to the Indiana state implementation plan (SIP), submittals from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) dated April 27, and September 10, 2015. The submittal concerns the state's Stage II vapor recovery (Stage II) program for the Indiana portion of the Chicago (Lake and Porter counties) and the Louisville, Kentucky (Clark and Floyd counties) ozone nonattainment areas. The submittal removes Stage II requirements from both nonattainment areas, as a component of the Indiana ozone SIP. The submittal also includes a demonstration under the Clean Air Act (CAA) that addresses emission impacts associated with the removal of the Stage II program. EPA proposed to approve the state's submittal on February 25, 2016, and received no comments.
Air Plan Approval; Minnesota; Sulfur Dioxide
Document Number: 2016-13604
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-06-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a revision to the Minnesota sulfur dioxide (SO2) State Implementation Plan (SIP) for ELT Minneapolis, LLC's (ELT) River Road Industrial Center located in Fridley, Anoka County, Minnesota. The revision, submitted by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on February 24, 2016, updates information to reflect both administrative and equipment changes at the facility. The name of the facility has changed to BAE Technology Center (BAE). The revision will result in a significant decrease in SO2 emissions and will support the continued attainment and maintenance of the SO2 national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) in the Twin Cities area.
Air Plan Approval; Minnesota; Sulfur Dioxide
Document Number: 2016-13603
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-06-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a revision to the Minnesota sulfur dioxide (SO2) State Implementation Plan (SIP) for ELT Minneapolis, LLC's River Road Industrial Center located in Fridley, Anoka County, Minnesota. The revision, submitted by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on February 24, 2016, updates information updates information to reflect both administrative and equipment changes at the facility. The name of the facility has changed to BAE Technology Center. The revision will result in a significant decrease in SO2 emissions and will support the continued attainment and maintenance of the SO2 national ambient air quality standard in the Twin Cities area.
Air Plan Approval; South Carolina; Prong 4-2008 Ozone, 2010 NO2,
Document Number: 2016-13606
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-06-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to conditionally approve the portions of revisions to the South Carolina State Implementation Plan (SIP), submitted by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC), addressing the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) visibility transport (prong 4) infrastructure SIP requirements for the 2008 8-hour Ozone, 2010 1-hour Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2), 2010 1-hour Sulfur Dioxide (SO2), and 2012 annual Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The CAA requires that each state adopt and submit a SIP for the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of each NAAQS promulgated by EPA, commonly referred to as an ``infrastructure SIP.'' Specifically, EPA is proposing to conditionally approve the prong 4 portions of South Carolina's July 17, 2008, 8-hour Ozone infrastructure SIP submission; April 30, 2014, 2010 1-hour NO2 infrastructure SIP submission; May 8, 2014, 2010 1-hour SO2 infrastructure SIP submission; and December 18, 2015, 2012 annual PM2.5 infrastructure SIP submission. All other applicable infrastructure requirements for these SIP submissions have been or will be addressed in separate rulemakings.
Air Plan Approval/Disapproval; MS; Infrastructure Requirements for the 2012 PM2.5
Document Number: 2016-13601
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-06-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve, in part, and disapprove in part, portions of the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submission, submitted by the State of Mississippi, through the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), on December 11, 2015, to demonstrate that the State meets the infrastructure requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) for the 2012 annual fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). The CAA requires that each state adopt and submit a SIP for the implementation, maintenance and enforcement of each NAAQS promulgated by EPA, which is commonly referred to as an ``infrastructure'' SIP. MDEQ certified that the Mississippi SIP contains provisions to ensure the 2012 Annual PM2.5 NAAQS is implemented, enforced, and maintained in Mississippi. With the exception of the state board majority requirements respecting significant portion of income, for which EPA is proposing to disapprove, EPA is proposing to determine that portions of Mississippi's infrastructure submission, submitted to EPA on December 11, 2015, satisfy certain required infrastructure elements for the 2012 Annual PM2.5 NAAQS.
Cannon Drive Drum Superfund Site Social Circle, Walton County, Georgia; Notice of Settlement
Document Number: 2016-13585
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under 122(h) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), the United States Environmental Protection Agency has entered into a settlement with Carter Jackson Inc., The Estate of Charles E. Carter and the United States Defense Logistics Agency, concerning the Cannon Drive Drum Superfund Site located in Social Circle, Walton County, Georgia. The settlement addresses recovery of CERCLA costs for a cleanup action performed by the EPA at the Site.
Notice of Receipt of Requests To Voluntarily Cancel Certain Pesticide Registrations and Amend Registrations To Terminate Certain Uses
Document Number: 2016-13581
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is issuing a notice of receipt of requests by registrants to voluntarily cancel and amend pesticide registrations. The amendment request also would delete one glyphosate use on seed production of creeping bentgrass with a Roundup Ready Gene. EPA intends to grant these requests at the close of the comment period for this announcement unless the Agency receives substantive comments within the comment period that would merit its further review of the requests, or unless the registrants withdraw their requests. If these requests are granted, any sale, distribution, or use of products listed in this notice will be permitted after the registrations have been cancelled only if such sale, distribution, or use is consistent with the terms as described in the final order.
Access by EPA Contractors to Information Claimed as Confidential Business Information (CBI) Submitted Under Title II of the Clean Air Act and Related Regulations
Document Number: 2016-13580
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality (OTAQ) plans to authorize various contractors to access information which will be submitted to the EPA under the Clean Air Act that may be claimed as, or may be determined to be, confidential business information (CBI). Access to this information, which is related to registration of fuels and fuel additives under 40 CFR part 79; various fuels reporting programs under 40 CFR part 80; and reporting of various greenhouse gas reporting items under the mandatory reporting rule of 40 CFR part 98, subparts A, LL and MM, will begin on June 20, 2016. In addition to fuels-related reporting, this notice addresses access to information related to vehicles and engine compliance under 40 CFR part 86, 40 CFR part 600, 40 CFR part 1033, 40 CFR part 1036, 40 CFR part 1039, 40 CFR part 1042, 40 CFR part 1045, 40 CFR part 1048, 40 CFR part 1051, 40 CFR part 1054, 40 CFR part 1060, and 40 CFR part 1068.
Completeness Findings for 110(a)(2)(C) State Implementation Plan Pertaining to the Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5
Document Number: 2016-13491
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-06-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making a finding that the State of California has made a complete New Source Review (NSR) State Implementation Plan (SIP) submission for the El Dorado County Air Quality Management District (EDCAQMD) to address the permitting of emissions of particulate matter 2.5 micrometers ([mu]m) in diameter and smaller (PM2.5) from major sources in areas designated nonattainment for the 2006 PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), as required by the Clean Air Act (CAA). In addition, the EPA is making a finding that the State of California has not made the necessary NSR SIP submission for the Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District (YSAQMD) to address the permitting of PM2.5 emissions from major sources in areas designated nonattainment for the 2006 PM2.5 NAAQS, as required by the EPA no later than December 31, 2014. The EPA is making these findings in accordance with section 110 and part D of Title I of the CAA.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Louisiana; Interstate Transport of Air Pollution for the 2008 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2016-13493
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-06-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes to disapprove the portion of a Louisiana State Implementation Plan (SIP) submittal pertaining to interstate transport of air pollution which will significantly contribute to nonattainment or interfere with maintenance of the 2008 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) in other states. Disapproval will establish a 2-year deadline for the EPA to promulgate a Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) for Louisiana to address the Clean Air Act (CAA) interstate transport requirements pertaining to significant contribution to nonattainment and interference with maintenance of the 2008 ozone NAAQS in other states, unless we approve a SIP that meets these requirements. Disapproval does not start a mandatory sanctions clock for Louisiana.
Cross-Media Electronic Reporting: Authorized Program Revision Approval, State of Arizona
Document Number: 2016-13269
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces EPA's approval of the State of Arizona's request to revise/modify certain of its EPA-authorized programs to allow electronic reporting.
Stakeholder Workshop To Discuss Interim Scientific Methods Used in Draft Biological Evaluations; Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: 2016-13301
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) (collectively, the Services), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are holding a 2-day workshop to discuss potential refinements to the interim scientific methods used in the first nationwide draft biological evaluations for chlorpyrifos, diazinon, and malathion, released for public comment on April 11, 2016. These interim scientific methods were developed by EPA and the Services, with collaboration from USDA on crop production, pesticide use, and the spatial footprint of agricultural use patterns, in response to the 2013 National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report entitled, ``Assessing Risks to Endangered and Threatened Species from Pesticides.'' This workshop builds upon public meetings held in November 2013, April and October 2014, and April 2015, and provides a forum for stakeholders to offer scientific and technical feedback on three topics of interest: (1) Improving aquatic modeling, (2) refinements to Step 1 (making ``may affect'' or ``no effect'' determinations) and Step 2 (making ``likely to adversely affect'' or ``not likely to adversely affect'' determinations), and (3) the weight of evidence approach. The workshop is not designed, or intended, to be a decision-making forum; consensus will not be sought, or developed at the meeting. This meeting is intended to further the agencies' goal of developing a sustainable methodology and process as part of the consultation process for assessing pesticide impacts on threatened and endangered (listed) species that is efficient, inclusive, and transparent.
Atrazine, Simazine, and Propazine Registration Review; Draft Ecological Risk Assessments; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2016-13299
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's draft ecological risk assessments for the registration review of atrazine, propazine, and simazine and opens a public comment period on these documents. 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 comprehensive draft ecological risk assessments for all atrazine, propazine, and simazine uses. After reviewing comments received during the public comment period, EPA may issue revised risk assessments, explain any changes to the draft risk assessments, respond to comments, and may request public input on risk mitigation before completing proposed registration review decisions for atrazine, propazine, and simazine. 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.
Cross-Media Electronic Reporting: Authorized Program Revision Approval, State of Oklahoma
Document Number: 2016-13270
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces EPA's approval of the State of Oklahoma's request to revise/modify its General Pretreatment Regulations For Existing And New Sources Of Pollution and State Sludge Management Program Regulations EPA-authorized programs to allow electronic reporting.
Partial Approval and Partial Disapproval of Air Quality State Implementation Plans; Arizona; Infrastructure Requirements To Address Interstate Transport for the 2008 Ozone NAAQS; Correction
Document Number: 2016-13160
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-06-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document corrects an omission in the final rule document published on May 19, 2016, announcing the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) approval in part and disapproval in part of State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality to address the interstate transport requirements of Clean Air Act section 110(a)(2)(D)(i) with respect to the 2008 ozone national ambient air quality standard. The correction of this omission does not change the EPA's final action to approve in part and disapprove in part these SIP revisions.
Finding of Attainment and Approval of Attainment Plan for Klamath Falls, Oregon Fine Particulate Matter Nonattainment Area
Document Number: 2016-13031
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-06-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing the finding of attainment and approving the attainment plan submitted on December 12, 2012 by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) for the 2006 24-hour fine particulate matter (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for the Klamath Falls, Oregon nonattainment area. Based upon 2012-2014 quality-assured, quality-controlled, and certified ambient air monitoring data available in the EPA's Air Quality System (AQS), the area has monitored attainment of the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS. The EPA determined that the attainment plan addressed the nonattainment planning requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and provided for attainment of the PM2.5 NAAQS. 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.
Nevada: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revisions
Document Number: 2016-13161
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-06-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA received several comments during the open comment period on the March 23, 2016, proposed rule to authorize Nevada's changes to the State Hazardous Waste Management program. EPA is responding to one comment opposing the action and reaffirming the effective date of the direct final rule as June 6, 2016.
Pesticides; Draft Guidance for Pesticide Registrants on Herbicide Resistance Management Labeling, Education, Training, and Stewardship
Document Number: 2016-13157
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Agency is announcing the availability of and seeking public comment on a draft Pesticide Registration Notice (PR Notice) entitled ``Guidance for Herbicide Resistance Management Labeling, Education, Training, and Stewardship.'' 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 (2016-XX) communicates the Agency's approach to addressing herbicide-resistant weeds by providing guidance on labeling, education, training, and stewardship for herbicides undergoing registration review or registration (i.e., new herbicide and actives, new uses proposed for use on herbicide-resistant crops, or other case-specific registration actions.
Pesticides; Draft Guidance for Pesticide Registrants on Pesticide Resistance Management Labeling
Document Number: 2016-13155
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Agency is announcing the availability of and seeking public comment on a draft Pesticide Registration Notice (PR Notice) entitled ``Guidance for Pesticide Registrants on Pesticide Resistance Management Labeling.'' 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 provides guidance for registrants to follow when developing resistance management information to include on their pesticide labels. This draft PR Notice would update the guidance in PR Notice 2001-5.
Proposed Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Procedures for Implementing the National Environmental Policy Act and Assessing the Environmental Effects Abroad of EPA Actions (Renewal)
Document Number: 2016-13153
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), Procedures for Implementing the National Environmental Policy Act and Assessing the Environmental Effects Abroad of EPA Actions (EPA ICR No. 2243.08, OMB Control No. 2020-0033) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act.. 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 October 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.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2016-13150
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Air Plan Approval; North Carolina; Prong 4-2008 Ozone, 2010 NO2
Document Number: 2016-13036
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-06-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving portions of revisions to the North Carolina State Implementation Plan (SIP), submitted by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NC DENR), addressing the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) visibility transport (prong 4) infrastructure SIP requirements for the 2008 8-hour Ozone, 2010 1-hour Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2), 2010 1-hour Sulfur Dioxide (SO2), and 2012 annual Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The CAA requires that each state adopt and submit a SIP for the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of each NAAQS promulgated by EPA, commonly referred to as an ``infrastructure SIP.'' Specifically, EPA is approving the prong 4 portions of North Carolina's November 2, 2012, 2008 8-hour Ozone infrastructure SIP submission; August 23, 2013, 2010 1-hour NO2 infrastructure SIP submission; March 18, 2014, 2010 1-hour SO2 infrastructure SIP submission; and December 4, 2015, 2012 Annual PM2.5 infrastructure SIP submission. All other applicable infrastructure requirements for these SIP submissions have been or will be addressed in separate rulemakings.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Louisiana; Infrastructure State Implementation Plan Requirements for the National Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2016-13032
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-06-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve elements of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) submission from the State of Louisiana for National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for fine particulate matter (PM2.5), lead (Pb), ozone (O3), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), and sulfur dioxide (SO2). This submission addresses how the existing SIP provides for implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of the NAAQS for these pollutants (also referred to as an infrastructure SIP or i-SIP). These i-SIPs ensure that the State's SIP is adequate to meet the state's responsibilities under the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA).
Request for Nominations for Peer Reviewers for EPA's Draft Biologically Based Dose-Response (BBDR) Model for Perchlorate, Draft Model Support Document and Draft Approach for Deriving a Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG) for Perchlorate in Drinking Water
Document Number: 2016-12724
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expanding the scope of the request for nominations announced in the Federal Register on March 1, 2016. Requested nominations are for an external peer review of the draft Biologically Based Dose-Response model and the draft model support document for perchlorate in drinking water. The expanded scope will include the review of the application of the draft Biologically Based Dose-Response Model to develop a perchlorate maximum contaminant level goal. EPA is combining the two panels to achieve efficiency and transparency in evaluating the development and application of key scientific products for analyzing perchlorate in drinking water. EPA invites the public to nominate scientific experts for the peer review. Persons nominated during the previous nomination period requested in the March 1, 2016, Federal Register notice do not need to be renominated under this notice and will be considered for selection for the interim and final list of peer reviewers.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Connecticut; Infrastructure Requirements for Lead, Ozone, Nitrogen Dioxide, Sulfur Dioxide, and Fine Particulate Matter
Document Number: 2016-12375
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-06-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving elements of State Implementation Plan (SIP) submissions from Connecticut regarding the infrastructure requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) for the 2008 lead, 2008 ozone, 2010 nitrogen dioxide, and 2010 sulfur dioxide National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). EPA is also converting conditional approvals for several infrastructure requirements for the 1997 ozone NAAQS and for the 1997 and 2006 fine particle (PM2.5) NAAQS to full approval under the CAA. Furthermore, we are conditionally approving elements of Connecticut's infrastructure requirements of the CAA regarding prevention of significant deterioration requirements to treat nitrogen oxides as a precursor to ozone and to establish a minor source baseline date for PM2.5 emissions. Lastly, EPA is approving three statutes submitted by Connecticut in support of its demonstration that the infrastructure requirements of the CAA have been met. 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.
Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Emission Standards for New, Reconstructed, and Modified Sources
Document Number: 2016-11971
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-06-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This action finalizes amendments to the current new source performance standards (NSPS) and establishes new standards. Amendments to the current standards will improve implementation of the current NSPS. The new standards for the oil and natural gas source category set standards for both greenhouse gases (GHGs) and volatile organic compounds (VOC). Except for the implementation improvements, and the new standards for GHGs, these requirements do not change the requirements for operations covered by the current standards.
Federal Implementation Plan for True Minor Sources in Indian Country in the Oil and Natural Gas Production and Natural Gas Processing Segments of the Oil and Natural Gas Sector; Amendments to the Federal Minor New Source Review Program in Indian Country To Address Requirements for True Minor Sources in the Oil and Natural Gas Sector
Document Number: 2016-11969
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-06-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing a federal implementation plan (FIP) that applies to new true minor sources and minor modifications at existing true minor sources in the oil and natural gas production and natural gas processing segments of the oil and natural gas sector that are locating or expanding in Indian reservations or in other areas of Indian country over which an Indian tribe, or the EPA, has demonstrated the tribe's jurisdiction. The FIP satisfies the minor source permitting requirement under the ``Federal Minor New Source Review (NSR) Program in Indian Country'' (referred to as the ``Federal Indian Country Minor NSR rule''). For the oil and natural gas production and natural gas processing segments of the oil and natural gas sector, the FIP requires compliance with emission limitations and other requirements from certain federal emission standards as written at the time of construction or modification for compression ignition and spark ignition engines; process heaters; combustion turbines; fuel storage tanks; glycol dehydrators; completion of hydraulically fractured oil and natural gas wells; reciprocating and centrifugal compressors (except those located at well sites); pneumatic controllers; pneumatic pumps; storage vessels; and fugitive emissions from well sites, compressor stations and natural gas processing plants. The EPA is also finalizing several amendments to the Federal Indian Country Minor NSR rule, including adding new text regarding the purpose of the program, revising the program overview provision, revising certain provisions to incorporate compliance with the FIP, revising the applicability provision to establish that oil and natural gas sources are required to comply with the FIP unless they either opt to obtain a source-specific permit or are otherwise required to do so, and revising the source registration provision for oil and natural gas sources constructing under this FIP. Also, we are revising the applicability of the Federal Indian Country Minor NSR rule to comport with a court decision that addressed the scope of the EPA's jurisdiction to implement the Federal Indian Country Minor NSR rule in Indian country: Oklahoma Dept. of Environmental Quality v. EPA, 740 F.3d 185 (D.C. Cir. 2014). This court decision has the same effect on the scope of the EPA's jurisdiction under the Federal Major New Source Review Program for Nonattainment Areas in Indian Country and so we are changing the applicability of the Federal Indian Country Nonattainment Major NSR rule as well.
Source Determination for Certain Emission Units in the Oil and Natural Gas Sector
Document Number: 2016-11968
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-06-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing a revision to regulations applicable to permitting of stationary sources of air pollution under the New Source Review (NSR) and title V programs in the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act). For sources in the oil and natural gas sector, this rule clarifies the meaning of the term ``adjacent'' that is used to determine the scope of a ``stationary source'' for purposes of the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Nonattainment NSR (NNSR) preconstruction permitting programs and the scope of a ``major source'' in the title V operating permit program in the onshore oil and natural gas sector. The revised definitions are based on the proximity of emitting activities and consideration of whether the activities share equipment. We believe that this clarification will provide greater certainty for the regulated community and for permitting authorities, and will result in more consistent determinations of the scope of a source in this sector. The EPA is adopting this revised definition in the regulations that apply to permits issued by the EPA and states to which the EPA has delegated federal authority to administer these programs. Other state and local permitting authorities with EPA-approved programs may also revise their permit programs to adopt this definition, but are not required to do so.
Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Information Collection Effort for Oil and Gas Facilities
Document Number: 2016-11967
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ``Information Collection Effort for Oil and Gas Facilities'' (EPA ICR No. 2548.01, OMB Control No. 2060-NEW) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). Before doing so, the EPA is soliciting public comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below. This is a request for approval of a new collection of information. 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.
Clean Water Act: Availability of List Decisions
Document Number: 2016-13030
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Clean Water Act (CWA) requires that states periodically submit, and EPA approve or disapprove, lists of waters (called ``Section 303(d) lists'') for which existing technology-based pollution controls are not stringent enough to attain or maintain State water quality standards and for which total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) must be prepared. Waters identified on Section 303(d) lists are called ``water quality-limited segments.'' This notice announces EPA's proposal to include in West Virginia's 2014 Section 303(d) list certain water quality-limited segments and requests public comment. On May 11, 2016, EPA partially approved West Virginia's 2014 Section 303(d) list of water quality-limited segments and associated pollutants and partially disapproved West Virginia's submission to the extent that West Virginia did not evaluate certain water quality information and therefore did not identify certain water quality- limited segments. EPA has evaluated the information and proposes to identify these additional water quality-limited segments for inclusion on the State's 2014 Section 303(d) list. The proposed water quality- limited segments are identified in Enclosure 3 of the decision document available at the Web site link provided below. EPA is providing the public the opportunity to review its decision to add these water quality-limited segments to West Virginia's 2014 Section 303(d) list. EPA will consider public comments before transmitting its final listing decision to the State.
Pesticide Product Registration; Receipt of Applications for New Uses
Document Number: 2016-13029
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has received applications to register new uses for pesticide products containing currently registered active ingredients. Pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is hereby providing notice of receipt and opportunity to comment on these applications.
Certain New Chemicals; Receipt and Status Information for April 2016
Document Number: 2016-13028
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is required under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to publish in the Federal Register a notice of receipt of a premanufacture notice (PMN); an application for a test marketing exemption (TME), both pending and/or expired; and a periodic status report on any new chemicals under EPA review and the receipt of notices of commencement (NOC) to manufacture those chemicals. This document covers the period from April 1, 2016 to April 29, 2016.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Wyoming; Revisions to Wyoming Air Quality Standards and Regulations
Document Number: 2016-12725
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-06-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of Wyoming on November 6, 2015. This submittal revises the Wyoming Air Quality Standards and Regulations (WAQSR) that pertain to the issuance of Wyoming air quality permits for major sources in nonattainment areas. This action is being taken under section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Addition of Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) Category; Community Right-to-Know Toxic Chemical Release Reporting
Document Number: 2016-12464
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-06-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to add a hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) category to the list of toxic chemicals subject to reporting under section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) and section 6607 of the Pollution Prevention Act (PPA). EPA is proposing to add this chemical category to the EPCRA section 313 list because EPA believes HBCD meets the EPCRA section 313(d)(2)(B) and (C) toxicity criteria. Specifically, EPA believes that HBCD can reasonably be anticipated to cause developmental and reproductive effects in humans and is highly toxic to aquatic and terrestrial organisms. In addition, based on the available bioaccumulation and persistence data, EPA believes that HBCD should be classified as a persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) chemical and assigned a 100-pound reporting threshold. Based on a review of the available production and use information, members of the HBCD category are expected to be manufactured, processed, or otherwise used in quantities that would exceed a 100-pound EPCRA section 313 reporting threshold.
Air Plan Approval; Tennessee; Revision and Removal of Stage I and II Gasoline Vapor Recovery Program
Document Number: 2016-12805
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-06-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve changes to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of Tennessee through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) on February 8, 2016, for parallel processing. This draft SIP revision seeks to lower applicability thresholds for certain sources subject to Federal Stage I requirements, remove the Stage II vapor control requirements, and add requirements for decommissioning gasoline dispensing facilities, as well as requirements for new and upgraded gasoline dispensing facilities in the Nashville, Tennessee Area (hereinafter also known as the ``Middle Tennessee Area''). EPA has preliminarily determined that Tennessee's February 8, 2016, draft SIP revision is approvable because it is consistent with the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; State of Colorado; Second Ten-Year PM10
Document Number: 2016-12804
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-06-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of Colorado. On May 13, 2013, the Governor of Colorado's designee submitted to the EPA a revised maintenance plan for the Lamar area for the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter less than or equal to 10 microns (PM10). EPA is proposing to approve the revised maintenance plan with the exception of one aspect of the plan's contingency measures.
Clean Air Act Advisory Committee: Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2016-12803
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces upcoming public meetings of the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC). The EPA established the CAAAC on November 19, 1990, to provide independent advice and counsel to EPA on policy issues associated with implementation of the Clean Air Act of 1990. The Committee advises on economic, environmental, technical, scientific and enforcement policy issues.
Aldicarb, Alternaria destruens, Ampelomyces quisqualis, Azinphos-methyl, Etridiazole, Fenarimol, et al.; Tolerance and Tolerance Exemption Actions
Document Number: 2016-12723
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-06-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is revoking certain tolerances in follow-up to canceled product registrations or uses for acephate, aldicarb, azinphos-methyl, etridiazole, fenarimol, imazamethabenz-methyl, tepraloxydim, thiazopyr, and tralkoxydim, and is revoking tolerance exemptions for certain pesticide active ingredients. However, EPA will not revoke the thiacloprid tolerances at this time that had been previously proposed for revocation. Also, EPA is making minor revisions to the section heading and introductory text for Pythium oligandrum DV 74. In addition, in accordance with current Agency practice, EPA is making revisions to the tolerance expression for imazamethabenz-methyl, and removing expired tolerances and tolerance exemptions for certain pesticide active ingredients.
Fluensulfone; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2016-12722
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-06-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of fluensulfone in or on multiple commodities which are identified and discussed later in this document. Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) and Makhteshim Agan of North America, Inc (d/b/a ADAMA) requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).