Environmental Protection Agency July 15, 2016 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2016-16800
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-07-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Amendments To Terminate Uses for Certain Pesticide Registrations
Document Number: 2016-16793
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-07-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces EPA's final order for the amendments to terminate uses, voluntarily requested by the registrants and accepted by the Agency, of the products listed in Table 1, pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). This cancellation order follows a June 10, 2015 Federal Register Notice of Receipt of Requests from the registrants listed in Table 2 to amend uses of these product registrations. These are not the last products containing these pesticides registered for use in the United States. In the June 10, 2015 notice, EPA indicated that it would issue an order implementing the amendments to terminate uses, unless the Agency received substantive comments within the 30 and 180 day comment periods that would merit its further review of these requests, or unless the registrants withdrew their requests. The Agency did not receive any comments on the notice. Further, the registrants did not withdraw their requests. Accordingly, EPA hereby issues in this notice a cancellation order granting the requested amendments to terminate uses. Any distribution, sale, or use of the products subject to this cancellation order is permitted only in accordance with the terms of this order, including any existing stocks provisions.
EPA Board of Scientific Counselors; Charter Renewal
Document Number: 2016-16790
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-07-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that, in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C. App. 2, the EPA Board of Scientific Counselors Advisory Board (BOSC) is a necessary committee that is in the public interest. Accordingly, the BOSC will be renewed for an additional two-year period. The purpose of BOSC is to provide advice and recommendations to the Administrator regarding science and engineering research, programs and plans, laboratories, and research management practices. Inquiries may be directed to Tom Tracy, U.S. EPA, (Mail Code 8104R), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460, telephone (202) 564-6518, or tracy.tom@epa.gov.
Registration Review; Conventional, Biopesticide and Antimicrobial Dockets Opened for Review and Comment
Document Number: 2016-16788
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-07-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
With this document, EPA is opening the public comment period for several registration review cases. 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. Registration review dockets contain information that will assist the public in understanding the types of information and issues that the Agency may consider during the course of registration reviews. 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. For dicamba, EPA is seeking comment on the preliminary work plan, the ecological problem formulation, and the human health draft risk assessment. This document also announces the Agency's intent not to open a registration review docket for alachlor (case #: 0063) and propachlor (case #: 0177). These pesticides do not currently have any actively registered pesticide products and are not, therefore, scheduled for review under the registration review program.
Water Quality Standards; Establishment of Revised Numeric Criteria for Selenium for the San Francisco Bay and Delta, State of California
Document Number: 2016-16266
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-07-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to revise the current federal Clean Water Act selenium water quality criteria applicable to the San Francisco Bay and Delta to ensure that the criteria are set at levels that protect aquatic life and aquatic- dependent wildlife, including federally listed threatened and endangered species. The San Francisco Bay and Delta ecosystem is at risk due to environmental degradation, including impacts from elevated levels of selenium, and state and federal actions are underway to restore the waterway. Scientific evidence indicates that elevated selenium levels can contribute to the decline of fish and aquatic- dependent birds. EPA promulgated the San Francisco Bay and Delta's existing selenium criteria in 1992 as part of the National Toxics Rule, using EPA's recommended aquatic life criteria values at the time. However, the latest science on selenium fate and bioaccumulation indicates that the existing criteria are not protective of aquatic life and aquatic-dependent wildlife in the San Francisco Bay and Delta. Therefore, EPA is proposing to revise the existing selenium criteria, taking into account available science, legal requirements, and EPA policies and guidance. EPA's proposal will address the Administrator's determinationdescribed in this preamblethat EPA's previously promulgated water quality criteria are not adequate to protect the designated uses for these waters.