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

Receipt of Several Pesticide Petitions Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities
Document Number: 2016-28738
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-11-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document announces the Agency's receipt of several initial filings of pesticide petitions requesting the establishment or modification of regulations for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities.
Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule: Leak Detection Methodology Revisions and Confidentiality Determinations for Petroleum and Natural Gas Systems
Document Number: 2016-27981
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-11-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency is finalizing revisions and confidentiality determinations for the petroleum and natural gas systems source category of the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program. In particular, this action adds new monitoring methods for detecting leaks from oil and gas equipment in the petroleum and natural gas systems source category consistent with the fugitive emissions monitoring methods in the recently finalized new source performance standards for the oil and gas industry. This action also adds emission factors for leaking equipment to be used in conjunction with these monitoring methods to calculate and report greenhouse gas emissions resulting from equipment leaks. Finally, this action finalizes reporting requirements and confidentiality determinations for nine new or substantially revised data elements contained in these amendments.
Clean Air Act Operating Permit Program; Petition for Objection to State Operating Permit for Tennessee Valley Authority-Bull Run (Anderson County, Tennessee)
Document Number: 2016-28742
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA Administrator signed an Order, dated November 10, 2016, granting petition to object to Clean Air Act (CAA) title V operating permit issued by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) to the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Bull Run facility located in Clinton, Anderson County, Tennessee. This Order constitutes a final action on the petition submitted by Sierra Club and Environmental Integrity Project (Petitioners) and received by EPA on September 29, 2015.
Registration Review; Draft Human Health and/or Ecological Risk Assessments; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2016-28740
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's draft human health and ecological risk assessments for the registration review of aliphatic esters, cyclanilide, cymoxanil, and certain other pesticides and opens a public comment period on these documents. This notice also announces both the opening of the registration review docket and the availability of the registration review draft human health and ecological risk assessments for aliphatic esters and momfluorothrin. EPA 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 human health and/or ecological risk assessments for all uses of the pesticides herein. After reviewing comments received during the public comment period, EPA will issue a revised risk assessment, explain any changes to the draft risk assessment, and respond to comments and may request public input on risk mitigation before completing a proposed registration review decision for the pesticides herein. 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.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Renewal of EPA ICR No. 0616.12; Comment Request
Document Number: 2016-28739
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit an Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The ICR, entitled: ``Compliance Requirement for Child-Resistant Packaging'' and identified by EPA ICR No. 0616.12 and OMB Control No. 2070-0052, represents the renewal of an existing ICR that is scheduled to expire on July 31, 2017. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection that is summarized in this document. The ICR and accompanying material are available in the docket for public review and comment.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Oklahoma; Revisions to Minor New Source Review Permitting Program
Document Number: 2016-28673
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-11-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve severable portions of revisions to the Oklahoma New Source Review (NSR) State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of Oklahoma on February 14, 2002 (the February 14, 2002, SIP submittal). This action addresses revisions to the Oklahoma Administrative Code (OAC), Title 252, Chapters 4 and 100, concerning the State's Minor New Source Review air permitting program. Many revisions are administrative in nature and modify redundant or incorrect text within the SIP. The revisions also include renumbered or codified portions of the SIP and new sections that incorporate Federal rules. This rulemaking is being taken in accordance with section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Information Requirements for New Marine Compression Ignition Engines at or Above 30 Liters per Cylinder (Renewal)
Document Number: 2016-28672
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``Information Requirements for New Marine Compression Ignition Engines at or Above 30 Liters per Cylinder (Revision),'' EPA ICR Number 2345.04, OMB Number 2060-00641, to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through November 30, 2016. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (81 FR 65634) on September 23, 2016 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. 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.
Air Plan Approval; MA; Decommissioning of Stage II Vapor Recovery Systems
Document Number: 2016-28587
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-11-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). This revision includes regulatory amendments that allow gasoline dispensing facilities (GDFs) to decommission their Stage II vapor recovery systems as of January 2, 2015, and a demonstration that such removal is consistent with the Clean Air Act and EPA guidance. This revision also includes regulatory amendments that strengthen Massachusetts' requirements for Stage I vapor recovery systems at GDFs. The intended effect of this action is to approve Massachusetts' revised vapor recovery regulations. This action is being taken in accordance with the Clean Air Act.
Certain New Chemicals; Receipt and Status Information for October 2016
Document Number: 2016-28568
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-28
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 October 3, 2016 to October 31, 2016.
Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for the Oil and Gas Extraction Point Source Category-Implementation Date Extension
Document Number: 2016-28566
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-11-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Because the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) received comments that could be construed as adverse, the EPA is withdrawing the direct final rule issued on September 30, 2016, to extend the implementation date for certain facilities subject to the EPA's final rule establishing pretreatment standards under the Clean Water Act (CWA) for discharges of pollutants into publicly-owned treatment works (POTWs) from unconventional oil and gas extraction.
Alkylpyrrolidones; Significant New Use Rule
Document Number: 2016-28565
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-11-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA), EPA is proposing a significant new use rule (SNUR) for two alkylpyrrolidones: N- ethylpyrrolidone (NEP) and N-isopropylpyrrolidone (NiPP). The proposed significant new uses are any use of NiPP and any use of NEP except for the ongoing uses as a reactant, in silicone seal remover, coatings, consumer and commercial paint primer, and adhesives. Persons subject to the SNUR would be required to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing any manufacturing or processing of the chemical substance for a significant new use. The required notification initiates EPA's evaluation of the conditions of use within the applicable review period. Manufacture and processing for the significant new use is unable to commence until EPA has conducted a review of the notice, made an appropriate determination on the notice, and taken such actions as are required in association with that determination.
Office of Research and Development; Ambient Air Monitoring Reference and Equivalent Methods: Designation of One New Equivalent Method
Document Number: 2016-28562
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated, in accordance with 40 CFR part 53, one new equivalent method for measuring concentrations of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in ambient air.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program Annual Measures Reporting
Document Number: 2016-28517
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program Annual Measures Reporting'' (EPA ICR No. 2415.03, OMB Control No. 2070-0188) 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.). This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through November 30, 2016. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (81 FR 15105) on March 21, 2016 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. 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.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements for National Volatile Organic Compound Emission Standards for Automobile Refinish Coatings
Document Number: 2016-28516
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements for National Volatile Organic Compound Emission Standards for Automobile Refinish Coatings'' (EPA ICR No. 1765.08, OMB Control No. 2060-0353) 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.). This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through November 30, 2016. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (81 FR 31629) on May 19, 2016, during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. 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.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maryland; New Regulations for Architectural and Industrial Maintenance Coatings
Document Number: 2016-28436
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-11-28
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 a provision establishing new volatile organic compound (VOC) content limits and standards for architectural and industrial maintenance (AIM) coatings available for sale and use in Maryland. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Notice of Approval of Clean Air Act Prevention of Significant Deterioration Permit for Ocotillo Power Plant
Document Number: 2016-28435
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces that the Maricopa County Air Quality Department (MCAQD) issued a final permit decision to Arizona Public Service (APS) for a major modification of a Clean Air Act Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permit (Permit No. PSD16-01). The PSD permit decision authorizes a major modification at the Ocotillo Power Plant, located in Tempe, Arizona, primarily for the purposes of constructing five simple cycle natural gas-fired combustion turbines, including ancillary equipment. The MCAQD is authorized to issue PSD permit decisions pursuant to a delegation agreement with the EPA, in which the MCAQD ``stands in the shoes'' of the EPA when administering certain elements of the PSD permitting program. This MCAQD-issued PSD permit decision is considered to be a federally-issued PSD permit decision, and serves as a final agency action by the EPA.
Air Quality Plans; Tennessee; Infrastructure Requirements for the 2010 Sulfur Dioxide National Ambient Air Quality Standard
Document Number: 2016-28429
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-11-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submission, submitted by the State of Tennessee, through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), on March 13, 2014, for inclusion into the Tennessee SIP. This final action pertains to the infrastructure requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) for the 2010 1-hour sulfur dioxide (SO2) 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 submission.'' TDEC certified that the Tennessee SIP contains provisions that ensure the 2010 1-hour SO2 NAAQS is implemented, enforced, and maintained in Tennessee. EPA has determined that portions of Tennessee's infrastructure SIP submission, provided to EPA on March 13, 2014, satisfy certain required infrastructure elements for the 2010 1-hour SO2 NAAQS.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Plans; State of Maryland; Control of Emissions From Existing Hospital/Medical/Infectious Waste Incineration Units
Document Number: 2016-28428
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-11-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a section 111(d)/129 plan submitted by the State of Maryland for existing hospital/medical/infectious waste incineration (HMIWI) units. The section 111(d)/129 plan contains revisions to a previously- approved state plan for existing HMIWI units and was submitted as a result of the October 6, 2009 promulgation of federal new source performance standards (NSPS) and emission guidelines for HMIWI units, which were subsequently amended on April 4, 2011. This action is being taken under sections 111(d) and 129 of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Revision of Certain Federal Water Quality Criteria Applicable to Washington
Document Number: 2016-28424
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-11-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On September 14, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed revisions to the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) human health criteria applicable to waters under the State of Washington's jurisdiction to ensure that the criteria are set at levels that will adequately protect Washington residents, including tribes with treaty- reserved rights, from exposure to toxic pollutants. EPA promulgated Washington's previous criteria for the protection of human health in 1992 as part of the National Toxics Rule (NTR) (amended in 1999 for Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)), using the Agency's recommended criteria values at the time. EPA derived those previously applicable criteria using a fish consumption rate (FCR) of 6.5 grams per day (g/ day) based on national surveys. The best available data now demonstrate that fish consumers in Washington consume much more fish than 6.5 g/ day. There are also new data and scientific information available to update the toxicity and exposure parameters used to calculate human health criteria. On August 1, 2016, the State of Washington adopted and submitted human health criteria for certain pollutants, reflecting some of these new data and information. Concurrent with this final rule, EPA is taking action under CWA 303(c) to approve in part, and disapprove in part, the human health criteria submitted by Washington. For those criteria that EPA disapproved, EPA is finalizing federal human health criteria in this final rule. EPA is not finalizing criteria in this final rule for those state- adopted criteria that EPA approved, or for certain criteria that EPA has determined involve scientific uncertainty, as explained below.
Addition of Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) Category; Community Right-to-Know Toxic Chemical Release Reporting
Document Number: 2016-28102
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-11-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is adding 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 adding this chemical category to the EPCRA section 313 list because EPA has determined that HBCD meets the EPCRA section 313(d)(2)(B) and (C) toxicity criteria. Specifically, EPA has determined 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 has determined that HBCD should be classified as a persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) chemical and assigned a 100-pound reporting threshold.
Internet Posting of and Confidentiality Determinations for Hazardous Waste Export and Import Documents
Document Number: 2016-27431
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-11-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is amending existing regulations regarding the export and import of hazardous wastes from and into the United States. EPA is making these changes to improve protection of public health with respect to hazardous wastes by ensuring public accessibility and transparency of export and import documentation. Specifically, the proposed revisions of the existing regulations will require exporters of hazardous waste and receiving facilities recycling or disposing hazardous waste from foreign sources to maintain a single publicly accessible Web site (``Export/Import Web site'') to which documents can be posted regarding the confirmation of receipt and confirmation of completed recovery or disposal of individual hazardous waste import and export shipments. These proposed changes will improve information on the movement and disposition of hazardous wastes, and will enable interested members of the community and the government to benefit from the provision of publicly accessible data to better monitor proper compliance with EPA's hazardous waste regulations and help ensure that hazardous waste import and export shipments are properly received and managed. The proposed internet posting requirements are planned for the interim period prior to the electronic import-export reporting compliance date when electronic submittal to EPA of confirmations of receipt and completed recovery or disposal for hazardous waste shipments will be required. EPA also proposes a confidentiality determination to exclude documents related to the export, import, and transit of hazardous waste and export of excluded CRTs from confidential business information (CBI) claims.
Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule
Document Number: 2016-27429
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-11-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
With this action, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing revisions to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act's (RCRA) hazardous waste generator regulatory program proposed on September 25, 2015. There are several objectives to these revisions. They include reorganizing the hazardous waste generator regulations to make them more user-friendly and thus improve their usability by the regulated community; providing a better understanding of how the RCRA hazardous waste generator regulatory program works; addressing gaps in the existing regulations to strengthen environmental protection; providing greater flexibility for hazardous waste generators to manage their hazardous waste in a cost-effective and protective manner; and making technical corrections and conforming changes to address inadvertent errors and remove obsolete references to programs that no longer exist. This final rule responds to the comments of EPA stakeholders, taking into consideration the mission of EPA and the goals of RCRA.
Hazardous Waste Export-Import Revisions
Document Number: 2016-27428
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-11-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is amending existing regulations regarding the export and import of hazardous wastes from and into the United States. EPA is making these changes to: Provide greater protection to human health and the environment by making existing export and import related requirements more consistent with the current import-export requirements for shipments between members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); enable electronic submittal to EPA of all export and import-related documents (e.g., export notices, export annual reports); and enable electronic validation of consent in the Automated Export System (AES) for export shipments subject to RCRA export consent requirements prior to exit. The AES resides in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Automated Commercial Environment (ACE).
Determination of Full Program Adequacy of Washington's Municipal Solid Waste Landfill Permitting Program
Document Number: 2016-26754
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-11-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, as amended by the Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments, States must develop and implement permit programs for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills (MSWLFs) and seek an adequacy determination by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This rule documents EPA's determination that Washington's MSWLF permit program is adequate to ensure compliance with Federal MSWLF requirements.
Determination of Full Program Adequacy of Washington's Municipal Solid Waste Landfill Permit Program
Document Number: 2016-26750
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-11-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, as amended by the Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments, States must develop and implement permit programs for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills (MSWLF) and seek an adequacy determination by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This proposed rule documents EPA's determination that Washington's MSWLF permit program is adequate to ensure compliance with Federal MSWLF requirements.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2016-28407
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Air Plan Approval: AK; Permitting Fees Revision
Document Number: 2016-28276
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-11-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes to approve state implementation plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of Alaska (state) Department of Environmental Conservation on February 1, 2016. The revisions implement changes to permit administration and compliance fees based on the state's fee study results. Changes include: The addition of definitions, restructuring of fee categories, rearranging and renumbering of certain fee rules, and updating cross references to align with the restructured fee rules.
Air Plan Approval: AK; Permitting Fees Revision
Document Number: 2016-28272
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-11-25
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 Alaska (state) Department of Environmental Conservation on February 1, 2016. The revisions implement changes to permit administration and compliance fees based on the state's fee study results. Changes include: The addition of definitions, restructuring of fee categories, rearranging and renumbering of certain fee rules, and updating cross references to align with the restructured fee rules.
FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Rescheduled Public Meeting
Document Number: 2016-28270
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Agency is issuing this notice to reschedule the 4-day meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) to consider and review a set of scientific issues being evaluated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding EPA's evaluation of the carcinogenic potential of glyphosate, a non-selective, phosphonomethyl amino acid herbicide registered to control weeds in various agricultural and non- agricultural settings.
Clean Air Act Operating Permit Program; Petition for Objection to State Operating Permit for Hu Honua Bioenergy Facility, LLC; Pepeekeo, Hawaii
Document Number: 2016-28268
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to Clean Air Act (CAA or Act), the EPA Administrator signed an Order, dated September 14, 2016, denying a petition to object to a CAA title V operating permit proposed by the Clean Air Branch, Environmental Management Division, Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) for the Hu Honua Bioenergy Facility, LLC (Hu Honua) in Pepeekeo, Hawaii. The Order constitutes a final action on the petition submitted by the Law Office of Marc Chytilo, on behalf of Preserve Pepeekeo Health & Environment (Petitioner), on September 15, 2014 (Petition). A petitioner may seek judicial review in the United States Court of Appeals for the appropriate circuit of those portions of the petition which EPA denied. Any petition for review shall be filed within 60 days from the date this notice appears in the Federal Register.
Notice of a Public Meeting of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council
Document Number: 2016-28263
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On November 17, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a meeting of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC) in the Federal Register, as authorized under the Safe Drinking Water Act. This notice announces the location of the meeting (see the ADDRESSES section of this notice). The meeting is scheduled for December 6 and 7, 2016. During this meeting, the NDWAC will focus discussions on developing recommendations for the EPA Administrator on the Lead and Copper National Primary Drinking Water RegulationLong Term Revisions.
Notice of Administrative Settlement Agreement for Recovery of Past Response Costs Pursuant to Section 122(H) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, as Amended
Document Number: 2016-28262
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (``CERCLA''), as amended, notice is hereby given that a proposed administrative settlement agreement for recovery of past response costs (``Proposed Agreement'') associated with Operable Unit Two of the Sharon Steel Corporation (Farrell Works Disposal Area) Superfund Site, Mercer County, Pennsylvania, was executed by the Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA'') and is now subject to public comment, after which EPA may modify or withdraw its consent if comments received disclose facts or considerations that indicate that the Proposed Agreement is inappropriate, improper, or inadequate. The Proposed Agreement would resolve potential EPA claims under Section 107(a) of CERCLA, against Daniel Williams, d/b/a Williams Brothers Trucking (``Settling Party''). The Proposed Agreement would require Settling Party to reimburse EPA $12,000.00 for past response costs incurred by EPA for the Site. For 30 days following the date of publication of this notice, EPA will receive written comments relating to the Proposed Agreement. EPA's response to any comments received will be available for public inspection at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III, 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103.
Federal Interagency Steering Committee on Multimedia Environmental Modeling
Document Number: 2016-28261
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The annual public meeting of the Federal Interagency Steering Committee on Multimedia Environmental Modeling (ISCMEM) will convene to discuss developments in environmental modeling applications, tools and frameworks, as well as new operational initiatives among the participating agencies. The meeting this year will emphasize collaboration.
Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Reformulated Gasoline Commingling Provisions (Renewal)
Document Number: 2016-28260
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ``Reformulated Gasoline Commingling Provisions'' (EPA ICR No 2228.05, OMB Control No. 2060-0587 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 renewal of the ICR, which is currently approved through December 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.
Findings of Failure To Attain the 1997 PM2.5
Document Number: 2016-28100
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-11-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that the San Joaquin Valley nonattainment area failed to attain the 1997 annual and 24-hour fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standards by the December 31, 2015 ``Serious'' area attainment date. As a result of this determination, the State of California is required to submit a revision to the California State Implementation Plan that, among other elements, provides for expeditious attainment of the 1997 PM2.5 standards and for a five percent annual reduction in the emissions of direct PM2.5 or a PM2.5 plan precursor pollutant in the San Joaquin Valley.
Air Plan Approval; FL Infrastructure Requirements for the 2010 1-hour NO2
Document Number: 2016-28098
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-11-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submission, submitted by the State of Florida, through the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), on January 22, 2013, to demonstrate that the State meets certain infrastructure requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) for the 2010 1-hour nitrogen dioxide (NO2) 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, which is commonly referred to as an ``infrastructure'' SIP. FDEP certified that the Florida SIP contains provisions that ensure the 2010 1-hour NO2 NAAQS is implemented, enforced, and maintained in Florida. EPA has determined that Florida's infrastructure SIP submission, provided to EPA on January 22, 2013, satisfies certain required infrastructure elements for the 2010 1-hour NO2 NAAQS.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Arizona; Revised Format for Materials Incorporated by Reference
Document Number: 2016-27685
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-11-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is revising the format for materials submitted by the State of Arizona that are incorporated by reference (IBR) into the Arizona State Implementation Plan (SIP). The regulations affected by this format change have all been previously submitted by the State of Arizona and approved by the EPA. This format revision will primarily affect the ``Identification of plan'' section, as well as the format of the SIP materials that will be available for public inspection at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the EPA Regional Office. The EPA is also adding a table in the ``Identification of plan'' section which summarizes the approval actions that the EPA has taken on the non- regulatory and quasi-regulatory portions of the Arizona SIP.
Spodoptera frugiperda
Document Number: 2016-28099
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-11-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of Spodoptera frugiperda multiple nucleopolyhedrovirus strain 3AP2 in or on all food commodities when used in accordance with label directions and good agricultural practices. MacIntosh and Associates, Inc. (on behalf of AgBiTech Pty Ltd.) submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), requesting an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of Spodoptera frugiperda multiple nucleopolyhedrovirus strain 3AP2 under FFDCA.
Clarification of Requirements for Method 303 Certification Training
Document Number: 2016-28097
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-11-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing revisions to better define the requirements associated with conducting Method 303 training courses. Method 303 is an air pollution test method used to determine the presence of visible emissions (VE) from coke ovens. This action adds language that clarifies the criteria used by the EPA to determine the competency of Method 303 training providers, but does not change the requirements for conducting the test method. These revisions will help entities interested in conducting the required training courses by clearly defining the requirements necessary to do so.
Notice of Receipt of Requests To Voluntarily Cancel Certain Pesticide Registrations and Amend Registrations To Terminate Certain Uses
Document Number: 2016-28096
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-22
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 the registrants to voluntarily cancel their registrations of certain products containing the active ingredients dimethomorph, metiram, profenofos, propoxur, and sodium acifluorfen and to amend certain captan and propoxur product registrations to terminate one or more uses. For captan, if granted, the requests would terminate the last U.S. registered use on dichondra, grasses (lawn seed beds), turf (golf courses and sod farms), and turf grasses (golf courses and ornamentals in non-pastured areas). For propoxur, if granted, the requests would terminate the last indoor use of aerosol, spray, and liquid formulations, and terminate the last uses in food handling establishments and for indoor crack and crevice. The requests, if granted, would not cancel the last captan, dimethomorph, propoxur, and sodium acifluorfen products registered for use in the United States. The requests, if granted, would cancel the last profenofos and metiram products registered for use in the United States. 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 affected registrations have been cancelled/use terminated only if such sale, distribution, or use is consistent with the terms as described in the final order.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Louisiana; Revisions to the New Source Review State Implementation Plan; Air Permit Procedure Revisions
Document Number: 2016-28003
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-11-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to partially approve and partially disapprove severable portions of four revisions to the Louisiana New Source Review (NSR) State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ). Specifically, we are proposing to partially approve and partially disapprove provisions contained within the Chapter 5 air construction permit rules as initially submitted on November 15, 1993, November 10, 1994, November 9, 2007, and November 3, 2014. The EPA is proposing this action under section 110 and parts C and D of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Notice of Opportunity to Comment on Proposed Denial of Petitions for Rulemaking To Change the RFS Point of Obligation
Document Number: 2016-27854
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-11-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to deny several petitions requesting that EPA initiate a rulemaking process to reconsider or change its regulations that identify refiners and importers of gasoline and diesel fuel as the entities responsible for complying with the annual percentage standards adopted under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. EPA is providing an opportunity for the public to comment on the petitions we have received and on our proposed denial of the requests to initiate rulemaking.
Endothall; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2016-27984
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-11-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of endothall in or on multiple commodities which are identified and discussed later in this document. United Phosphorus, Inc. requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Proposed Consent Decree, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
Document Number: 2016-27983
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-21
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 Donald van der Vaart, in his official capacity as Secretary of North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (``NCDEQ''), and by NCDEQ (collectively ``Plaintiffs'') in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina: Donald van der Vaart, et al. v. McCarthy, et al., No. 4:16-cv-01946-SBA (E.D. N.C.). On June 24, 2016, Plaintiffs filed an amended complaint alleging that Gina McCarthy, in her official capacity as Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA'') failed to perform duties mandated by CAA to take final action to approve or disapprove the December 9, 2013 Petition submitted by several states within the Ozone Transport Region (``OTR'') requesting EPA to expand the OTR to include North Carolina, among other states. The proposed consent decree would establish deadlines for EPA to take certain specified actions with respect to the December 9, 2013 Petition related to North Carolina.
Notice of Receipt of Requests to Voluntarily Cancel Certain Pesticide Registrations
Document Number: 2016-27982
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-21
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 certain pesticide registrations. 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 its 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.
Crowders Mountain Site, Kings Mountain, Gaston County, North Carolina; Notice of Settlement
Document Number: 2016-27979
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-21
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 North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, concerning the Crowders Mountain Superfund Site located in Kings Mountain, Gaston County, North Carolina. The settlement addresses recovery of CERCLA costs for a cleanup action performed by the EPA at the Site.
Section 9 Lease Site, Coconino County, AZ; Notice of Proposed CERCLA Settlement Agreement for Recovery of Past Response Costs
Document Number: 2016-27978
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with Section 122(i) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980, as amended (CERCLA), 42 U.S.C. 9622(i), notice is hereby given of a proposed administrative settlement with two parties for recovery of response costs concerning the Section 9 Lease Site in Coconino County, Arizona. The settlement is entered into pursuant to Section 122(h)(1) of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 9622(h)(1), and it requires the settling parties to pay $230,000 to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The settlement includes a covenant not to sue the settling parties for certain costs pursuant to Sections 106 or 107(a) of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 9606 or 9607(a). For thirty (30) days following the date of publication of this Notice in the Federal Register, 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 the proposed settlement is inappropriate, improper, or inadequate. The Agency's response to any comments received will be available for public inspection at 75 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, CA 94105.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Oklahoma; Infrastructure and Interstate Transport for the 2012 Fine Particulate Matter and Interstate Transport for the 2010 Sulfur Dioxide National Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2016-27924
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-11-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve and disapprove elements of State Implementation Plan (SIP) submissions from the State of Oklahoma for the 2012 Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS or standard) and the 2010 Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) NAAQS. The 2012 PM2.5 submission addresses how the existing SIP provides for implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of this NAAQS (infrastructure SIP or i-SIP). The i-SIP ensures that the Oklahoma SIP is adequate to meet the State's responsibilities under the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA). The majority of the 2010 SO2 submission was addressed in a separate rulemaking, only the visibility component listed in 110(a)(2)(D)(i)(II) is being addressed in this action. We are proposing to disapprove the visibility component of 110(a)(2)(D)(i)(II), often referred to as prong 4. We are also proposing to disapprove the portion of the January 28, 2015 SIP submission from Oklahoma for the 2010 Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) NAAQS only as it addresses Section 110(a)(2)(D)(i)(II) for visibility protection.
Air Plan Approval/Disapproval; AL Infrastructure Requirements for the 2010 1-Hour NO2
Document Number: 2016-27862
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-11-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve in part, and disapprove in part, portions of the April 23, 2013, and December 9, 2015, of the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submissions, submitted by the State of Alabama, through the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM), to demonstrate that the State meets certain infrastructure requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) for the 2010 1-hour nitrogen dioxide (NO2) 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, which is commonly referred to as an ``infrastructure'' SIP. ADEM certified that the Alabama SIP contains provisions that ensure the 2010 1-hour NO2 NAAQS is implemented, enforced, and maintained in Alabama. With the exception of the provisions pertaining to prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) permitting, and visibility in other states, for which EPA is proposing no action through this notice, and the provisions respecting state boards, for which EPA is finalizing disapproval, EPA has determined portions of Alabama's infrastructure SIP submissions, provided to EPA on April 23, 2013, and updated on December 9, 2015, satisfy certain required infrastructure elements for the 2010 1-hour NO2 NAAQS.
Air Quality Plan; Georgia; Infrastructure Requirements for the 2012 PM2.5
Document Number: 2016-27857
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-11-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a portion of the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submission, submitted by the State of Georgia, through the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division, on December 14, 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 submission.'' Georgia certified that its SIP contains provisions that ensure the 2012 Annual PM2.5 NAAQS is implemented, enforced, and maintained in Georgia. EPA is approving portions of Georgia's infrastructure SIP submission, provided to EPA on December 14, 2015, as satisfying certain required infrastructure elements for the 2012 Annual PM2.5 NAAQS.