Environmental Protection Agency November 3, 2016 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Registration Review; Conventional, Biopesticide and Antimicrobial Pesticides Dockets Opened for Review and Comment
Document Number: 2016-26620
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
With this document, EPA is opening the public comment period for several registration reviews for the list of chemicals identified in the table in Unit III. 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. This document also announces that the Agency has closed the registration review case for bromine chloride (case 5008) and that it will not be opening registration review dockets for the following cases: Xylene (aromatic solvents, case 3020); butafenacil (case 7261), naptalam (case 0183); spiroxamine (case 7040); polyethoxylated alcohols & polyethoxylated aliphatic alcohols (case 3119); and carbofuran (case 0101).
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Renewal of an Existing Collection (EPA ICR No. 2487.02 and OMB Control No. 2070-0189); Comment Request
Document Number: 2016-26619
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-03
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: ``Safer Choice Logo Redesign Consultations'' and identified by EPA ICR No. 2487.02 and OMB Control No. 2070-0189, represents the renewal of an existing ICR that is scheduled to expire on February 28, 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.
Proposed Consent Decree, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
Document Number: 2016-26617
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-03
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 Citizens for Clean Air and Sierra Club (``Plaintiffs'') in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington: Citizens for Clean Air, et al. v. McCarthy, et al. No. 2:16-cv-00857-JCC (W.D. WA.). On June 14, 2016, Plaintiffs filed a lawsuit alleging that Gina McCarthy, in her official capacity as Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA'') and Dennis McLerran, in his official capacity as Regional Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10 (collectively, ``EPA''), failed to perform duties mandated by CAA to take final action to approve, disapprove, or conditionally approve, in whole or in part, the Fairbanks North Star Borough Moderate Area Attainment Plan for attainment of the 2006 24- hour fine particulate matter (``PM2.5'') NAAQS, which Alaska submitted to EPA in two parts on December 31, 2014 and January 29, 2015. The proposed consent decree would establish deadlines for EPA to take certain specified actions related to the Alaska submissions.
Partial Approval and Partial Disapproval of California Air Plan Revisions; South Coast Air Quality Management District
Document Number: 2016-26613
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-11-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a partial approval and partial disapproval of a revision to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD or District) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). This revision concerns the District's demonstration regarding Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) requirements for the 2008 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) in the South Coast Air Basin and Coachella Valley ozone nonattainment areas. We are proposing action on a local SIP revision under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act). We are taking comments on this proposal and plan to follow with a final action.
National and Governmental Advisory Committees to the U.S. Representative to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation
Document Number: 2016-26611
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gives notice of a meeting of the National Advisory Committee (NAC) and Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) to the U.S. Representative to the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC). The National and Governmental Advisory Committees advise the EPA Administrator in her capacity as the U.S. Representative to the CEC Council. The committees are authorized under Articles 17 and 18 of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC), North American Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act, Public Law 103-182, and as directed by Executive Order 12915, entitled ``Federal Implementation of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation.'' The NAC is composed of 16 members representing academia, environmental non-governmental organizations, and private industry. The GAC consists of 14 members representing state, local, and tribal governments. The committees are responsible for providing advice to the U.S. Representative on a wide range of strategic, scientific, technological, regulatory, and economic issues related to implementation and further elaboration of the NAAEC. The purpose of the meeting is to provide advice on issues related to the CEC's 2016-17 Draft Operational Plan, youth engagement, and other trade and environment issues in North America. The meeting will also include a public comment session. The agenda, meeting materials, and general information about the NAC and GAC will be available at http://www2.epa.gov/faca/nac-gac.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutant Emissions: Petroleum Refinery Sector
Document Number: 2016-26595
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-11-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On October 18, 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a document to announce its reconsideration of and request for public comment on five issues in the final National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutant Emissions: Petroleum Refinery Sector that was published on December 1, 2015. Petitioners claim that the public was not afforded an adequate opportunity to comment on these five issues. Additionally, the EPA proposed amendments to the final rule to clarify a compliance issue raised by stakeholders subject to the final rule and to correct a referencing error. The EPA is announcing that a public hearing will be held and extending the public comment period.
Privacy Act; System of Records; Amendment of the EPA Personnel Emergency Contact Files, EPA-44
Document Number: 2016-26487
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Land and Emergency Management, Office of Emergency Management is giving notice that it proposes to amend the EPA Personnel Emergency Contact files system of records. The system is being amended to change (1) the system name to Mass Alert and Notification System (MANS); (2) the categories of individuals covered by the system; and (3) categories of records in the system. This system of records will contain information collected from EPA personnel, contractors, grantees, consultants, and other support staff, including volunteers, who have an active EPA identification badge or are in the process of obtaining an EPA identification badge, for the purposes of providing emergency alerts and notifications and conducting accountability activities in support of affected persons following an emergency. Records may also be used for mass alert and notification system tests, drills, and exercises.