Environmental Protection Agency July 19, 2016 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Air Plan Approval; New Hampshire; Regional Haze 5-Year Report
Document Number: 2016-17063
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-07-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of New Hampshire on December 16, 2014. New Hampshire's SIP revision addresses requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and EPA's rules that require states to submit periodic reports describing progress toward reasonable progress goals (RPGs) established for regional haze and a determination of the adequacy of the State's existing Regional Haze SIP. In addition, the December 16, 2014 submittal includes a revised regulation that reduces the total suspended particulate (TSP) emission limit for the State's sole Tangential-Firing, Dry-Bottom Boiler.
Approval and Promulgation of State Implementation Plan Revisions to Permits, Rules and Approval Orders; Utah
Document Number: 2016-16963
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-07-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of Utah on February 10, 2012 and August 29, 2014. These submittals request SIP revisions to remove changes to the major source baseline date that were disapproved by the EPA on July 15, 2011. The submittals also address the EPA's February 6, 2014 disapproval of several permit rules related to the public availability of good engineering practice stack height demonstrations in the public comment process for an approval order, and the process for making emission reductions enforceable in an approval order. The EPA is taking this action in accordance with section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of State Implementation Plan Revisions to Permits, Rules and Approval Orders; Utah
Document Number: 2016-16960
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-07-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of Utah on February 10, 2012 and August 29, 2014. These submittals request SIP revisions to remove changes to the major source baseline date that were disapproved by the EPA on July 15, 2011. The submittals also address the EPA's February 6, 2014 disapproval of several permit rules related to the public availability of good engineering practice stack height demonstrations in the public comment process for an approval order, and the process for making emission reductions enforceable in an approval order. The EPA is taking this action in accordance with section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Revision of Air Plans; Arizona; Regional Haze State and Federal Implementation Plans; Reconsideration
Document Number: 2016-16959
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-07-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a source-specific revision to the Arizona State Implementation Plan (SIP) that addresses requirements for best available retrofit technology (BART) at Cholla Generating Station (Cholla). The EPA proposes to find that the SIP revision fulfills the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and the EPA's Regional Haze Rule (RHR) for BART at Cholla. In conjunction with this proposed approval, we propose to withdraw those portions of the federal implementation plan (FIP) that address BART for Cholla. We previously partially granted petitions for reconsideration of that FIP from Cholla's owners, Arizona Public Service Company (APS) and PacifiCorp. We are now proposing to find that final withdrawal of the FIP, as it applies to Cholla, would constitute our action on APS's and PacifiCorp's petitions for reconsideration of the FIP.
Expedited Approval of Alternative Test Procedures for the Analysis of Contaminants Under the Safe Drinking Water Act; Analysis and Sampling Procedures
Document Number: 2016-16516
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-07-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This action announces the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) approval of alternative testing methods for use in measuring the levels of contaminants in drinking water and determining compliance with national primary drinking water regulations. The Safe Drinking Water Act authorizes EPA to approve the use of alternative testing methods through publication in the Federal Register. EPA is using this streamlined authority to make 16 additional methods available for analyzing drinking water samples. This expedited approach provides public water systems, laboratories, and primacy agencies with more timely access to new measurement techniques and greater flexibility in the selection of analytical methods, thereby reducing monitoring costs while maintaining public health protection.