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Settlement Agreement for Recovery of Past Response Costs: Empire State Oil Co.-Refinery Superfund Site, Thermopolis, Hot Springs County, Wyoming
Document Number: 2016-22628
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with the requirements of section 122(h)(1) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, as amended (``CERCLA''), 42 U.S.C. 9604, 9606(a), 9607 and 9622, notice is hereby given of the proposed settlement under section 122 (h)(1) of CERCLA, between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA'') and Sinclair Casper Refining Company (``Settling Party''). The proposed Settlement Agreement requires the Settling Party to reimburse the EPA for past response costs. The Settling Party will pay ($655,000.00) within 30 days after the effective date of the Proposed Agreement to the EPA. The Settling Party consents to and will not contest the authority of the United States to enter into the Agreement or to implement or enforce its terms. The Settling Party recognizes that the Agreement has been negotiated in good faith and that the Agreement is entered into without the admission or adjudication of any issue of fact or law.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Texas; Reasonable Further Progress Plan and Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets for the Dallas/Fort Worth 2008 Ozone Nonattainment Area
Document Number: 2016-22564
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-09-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) Texas Reasonable Further Progress (RFP) State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the DFW moderate nonattainment area for the 2008 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS or standard). The SIP revision was submitted to the EPA on July 10, 2015 and supplemented on April 22, 2016. We also are proposing to approve revisions to the 2011 base year emissions inventory for the DFW moderate nonattainment area for the 2008 ozone NAAQS standard, the 2017 transportation conformity motor vehicle emissions budgets, and the required contingency measures for failure to meet RFP. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Oklahoma; Infrastructure for the Lead, Ozone, Nitrogen Dioxide and Sulfur Dioxide National Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2016-22560
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-09-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve State Implementation Plan (SIP) submissions from the State of Oklahoma regarding the 2008 Lead (Pb), 2008 Ozone, 2010 Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2), and 2010 Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS or standards). The four submittals address how the existing SIP provides for implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of these four NAAQS (infrastructure SIP or i-SIP). These i-SIPs ensure that the Oklahoma SIP is adequate to meet the State's responsibilities under the Act, including the CAA requirements for interstate transport of Pb and NO2 emissions.
Partial Approval and Partial Disapproval of Implementation Plans; State of Iowa; Infrastructure SIP Requirements for the 2008 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS)
Document Number: 2016-22503
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-09-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to partially approve and partially disapprove elements of the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submission from the State of Iowa addressing the applicable requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) section 110 for the 2008 ozone NAAQS. Section 110 requires that each state adopt and submit a SIP to support the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of each new or revised NAAQS promulgated by the EPA. These SIPs are commonly referred to as ``infrastructure'' SIPs. 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.
Approval of California Air Plan Revisions, Department of Pesticide Regulations
Document Number: 2016-22499
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-09-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve revisions to the California Department of Pesticide Regulations (CDPR) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from pesticides. The overall purpose of the new and revised regulations is to restrict the use of certain nonfumigant pesticide products applied to certain crops in the San Joaquin Valley ozone nonattainment area when VOC emissions meet or exceed 95% of the 18.1 tons per day limit on VOC emissions, or 17.2 tons per day. The rules establish limits on the sale and use of high-VOC formulations of nonfumigant pesticide products that contain any of four specified primary active ingredients for use on seven specified crops grown in the San Joaquin Valley. We are approving these rules that regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).
Approval of Iowa's Air Quality Implementation Plans; Correction
Document Number: 2016-22398
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-09-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) inadvertently approved and codified incorrect entries for final rule actions published in the Federal Register. This technical amendment corrects the entries.
Air Plan Approval; Tennessee; Revision and Removal of Stage I and II Gasoline Vapor Recovery Program
Document Number: 2016-22368
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-09-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a revision to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of Tennessee through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), for parallel processing on February 8, 2016, and in final form on July 15, 2016. This 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. EPA has determined that Tennessee's July 15, 2016, SIP revision is approvable because it is consistent with the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act).
Registration Review; Draft Ecological and/or Human Health Risk Assessments; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2016-22506
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's draft human health and ecological risk assessments for the registration review of carfentrazone-ethyl, copper compounds, mineral acids, spinosad, and spinetoram 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 human health and/or ecological risk assessments for all chemicals listed in the Table of Unit III. After reviewing comments received during the public comment period, EPA will issue revised risk assessments, explain any changes to the draft risk assessments, and respond to comments and may request public input on risk mitigation before completing proposed registration review decisions for the chemicals listed in the Table of Unit III. 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.
Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Proposed Information Collection Request for the National Study of Nutrient Removal and Secondary Technologies: Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW) Screener Questionnaire
Document Number: 2016-22498
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR) for a mandatory survey, ``Proposed Information Collection Request for the National Study of Nutrient Removal and Secondary Technologies: Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW) Screener Questionnaire'' (EPA ICR No. 2553.01, OMB Control No. 2040-NEW). Before submitting the ICR to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, EPA is soliciting public comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below. 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.
National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology
Document Number: 2016-22479
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92463, EPA gives notice of a public meeting of the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT). NACEPT provides advice to the EPA Administrator on a broad range of environmental policy, technology, and management issues. NACEPT members represent academia, industry, non-governmental organizations, and state, local and tribal governments. The purpose of this meeting is for NACEPT to discuss the Council's draft report regarding actions that EPA should take in response to technological and sociological developments in the area of citizen science. A copy of the meeting agenda will be posted at http://www2.epa.gov/faca/nacept.
Partial Approval and Partial Disapproval of Air Quality Implementation Plans; NJ; Infrastructure SIP Requirements for 2008 Lead, 2008 Ozone, 2010 Nitrogen Dioxide, 2010 Sulfur Dioxide, and 2012 PM2.5
Document Number: 2016-22400
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-09-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is partially approving and partially disapproving elements of a New Jersey State Implementation Plan (SIP) submittal pertaining to the infrastructure requirements of section 110(a)(1) and (2) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the 2008 Lead, 2008 Ozone, 2010 Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2), 2010 Sulfur Dioxide (SO2), 2011 Carbon Monoxide (CO), 2006 Particulate Matter of ten microns or less (PM10), and 2012 Particulate Matter of 2.5 microns or less (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). 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. This action pertains specifically to infrastructure requirements relating to interstate transport provisions concerning the Prevention of Significant Deterioration of Air Quality (PSD) regulations, and visibility protection.
Air Plan Approval; Ohio; Infrastructure SIP Requirements for the 2012 PM2.5
Document Number: 2016-22360
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-09-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving elements of the state implementation plan (SIP) submission from Ohio regarding the infrastructure requirements of section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the 2012 fine particulate matter (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). 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. The proposed rule associated with this final action was published on June 23, 2016, and we received no comments.
Approval of California Air Plan Revisions, South Coast Air Quality Management District
Document Number: 2016-22388
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-09-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOX) from ovens, dryers, dehydrators, heaters, kilns, calciners, furnaces, crematories, incinerators, heated pots, cookers, roasters, smokers, fryers, closed and open heated tanks and evaporators, distillation units, afterburners, degassing units, vapor incinerators, catalytic or thermal oxidizers, soil and water remediation units, and other combustion equipment. We are proposing to approve local rules to regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act). We are taking comments on this proposal and plan to follow with a final action.
Ammonium Persulfate; Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: 2016-22366
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-09-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of ammonium persulfate (CAS Reg. No.7727- 54-0) when used as an inert ingredient (preservative) in pesticide formulations applied to growing crops and raw agricultural commodities after harvest, etc.) at a concentration not to exceed 0.05% by weight. Exponent, Inc., on behalf of Becker Underwood, Inc. submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), requesting establishment of an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of ammonium persulfate under the approved conditions.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2016-22362
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Aspergillus flavus strains TC16F, TC35C, TC38B, and TC46G; Temporary Exemptions From the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: 2016-22357
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-09-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes temporary exemptions from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of Aspergillus flavus strains TC16F, TC35C, TC38B, and TC46G in or on the food and feed commodities of corn, field; corn, pop; and corn, sweet when used in accordance with the terms of Experimental Use Permit (EUP) No. 91163-EUP-1. Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), requesting these temporary tolerance exemptions. This regulation eliminates the need under FFDCA to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of Aspergillus flavus strains TC16F, TC35C, TC38B, and TC46G when used under the terms of EUP No. 91163-EUP-1. The temporary tolerance exemptions expire on June 30, 2020.
Air Plan Approval; SC Infrastructure Requirements for the 2010 1-Hour NO2
Document Number: 2016-22239
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-09-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve portions of the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submission, submitted by the State of South Carolina, through the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) on April 30, 2014, 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. SC DHEC certified that the South Carolina SIP contains provisions that ensure the 2010 NO2 NAAQS are implemented, enforced, and maintained in South Carolina. EPA has determined that South Carolina's SIP satisfies certain required infrastructure elements for the 2010 NO2 NAAQS.
Air Plan Approval/Disapproval; MS Infrastructure Requirements for the 2010 NO2
Document Number: 2016-22226
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-09-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action 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 February 28, 2013, to demonstrate that the State meets the 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. The MDEQ certified that the Mississippi SIP contains provisions that ensure the 2010 NO2 NAAQS are implemented, enforced, and maintained in Mississippi. With the exception of the state board majority requirements respecting significant portion of income, for which EPA is disapproving, EPA has determined portions of Mississippi's SIP submission, provided to EPA on February 28, 2013, satisfies certain required infrastructure elements for the 2010 1-hour NO2 NAAQS.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maryland; Control of Volatile Organic Compounds Emissions From Fiberglass Boat Manufacturing Materials; Withdrawal of Direct Final Rule
Document Number: 2016-22225
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-09-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Due to the receipt of a comment, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is withdrawing the direct final rule published on August 1, 2016, to approve the State of Maryland's adoption of the requirements in EPA's control technique guidelines (CTG) for fiberglass boat manufacturing materials.
Air Plan Approval; Alabama: Volatile Organic Compounds
Document Number: 2016-22221
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-09-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a portion of a revision to the Alabama State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) on May 8, 2013. The revision modifies the definition of ``volatile organic compounds'' (VOC). Specifically, the revision adds one compound to the list of those excluded from the VOC definition on the basis that this compound makes a negligible contribution to tropospheric ozone formation. This action is being taken pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act).
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Information Collection for Importation of On-Highway Vehicles and Motorcycles and Nonroad Engines, Vehicles, and Equipment; EPA ICR Number 2583.01, OMB Control Number 2060-NEW
Document Number: 2016-22219
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit an Information Collection Request (ICR) for the information requirements for importation of on-highway vehicles and motorcycles and nonroad engines, vehicles, and equipment to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This new ICR is the consolidation of two individual ICRS that are currently approved by OMB. EPA currently has an approved collection that covers the information requirements for importation of on-highway vehicles which expires on October 31, 2016 (OMB Control Number 2060-0095, ICR Number 0010.14). EPA also has an approved collection for information requirements for importation of nonroad engines and recreational vehicles (OMB Control Number 2060-0320, ICR Number 1723.07), which expires February 28, 2017. Before submitting this new ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on the proposed information collection as described below.
Air Plan Approval; Alabama: Volatile Organic Compounds
Document Number: 2016-22218
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-09-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a portion of a revision to the Alabama State Implementation Plan submitted by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management on May 8, 2013. The revision modifies the definition of ``volatile organic compounds'' (VOC). Specifically, the revision adds one compound to the list of those excluded from the VOC definition on the basis that this compound makes a negligible contribution to tropospheric ozone formation. This action is being taken pursuant to the Clean Air Act.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; New York Prevention of Significant Deterioration of Air Quality and Nonattainment New Source Review; Infrastructure State Implementation Plan Requirements
Document Number: 2016-22238
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-09-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the New York State Implementation Plan (SIP) amending existing nonattainment New Source Review (NNSR) and attainment New Source Review (Prevention of Significant Deterioration of Air Quality, PSD) program requirements. Specifically, the SIP revision includes new requirements pertaining to the regulation of particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter less than or equal to 2.5 micrometer (PM2.5) and the regulation of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) under New York's Part 231, ``New Source Review for New and Modified Facilities;'' Part 201, ``Permits and Registrations;'' and amendments to Part 200, ``General Provisions,'' of Title 6 of the Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York (6 NYCRR) which will make the SIP consistent with existing federal requirements. The EPA is also proposing to approve certain elements of New York SIP revisions submitted to demonstrate that the State meets the requirements of section 110(a)(1) and (2) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the 2008 lead (Pb), 2008 ozone, and 2010 sulfur dioxide (SO2) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS).
Public Water System Supervision Program Revision for the State of New Mexico
Document Number: 2016-22237
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that the State of New Mexico is revising its approved Public Water System Supervision (PWSS) program. New Mexico has adopted the Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR) by reference under 20.7.10.100 of the New Mexico Administrative Code and Regulations Pertaining to Public Water Systems. EPA has determined that the RTCR primacy application submitted by New Mexico is no less stringent than the corresponding federal regulations. Therefore, EPA intends to approve this PWSS program revision package.
Notification of a Closed Teleconference of the Chartered Science Advisory Board
Document Number: 2016-22231
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA), Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office is announcing a teleconference of the Chartered SAB to conduct a review of a draft report of recommendations regarding the agency's 2016 Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards (STAA). The Chartered SAB teleconference will be closed to the public.
National Environmental Justice Advisory Council; Notice of Charter Renewal
Document Number: 2016-22220
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2016-22124
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations from a range of qualified candidates for consideration for appointment to its Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC). The EPA anticipates filling vacancies by March 1, 2017. The EPA may also use sources in addition to this Federal Register Notice to solicit nominees. Background: The Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee is chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), Public Law 92-463. EPA established this Committee in 1997 to provide independent advice to the EPA Administrator on a broad range of environmental issues affecting children's health. The EPA Administrator appoints members for three-year terms with a cap on service at six years. The Committee meets 2-3 times annually and the average workload is approximately 10 to 15 hours per month. EPA provides reimbursement for travel and other incidental expenses associated with official government business, but members must be able to cover expenses prior to reimbursement. The CHPAC is looking for representatives from the private sector, academia non-governmental organizations, public-health practitioners, pediatricians, obstetric professionals, occupational medicine practitioners and community nurses. We are also seeking representatives from environmental groups, health groups, health research, the fields of epidemiology and toxicology, and tribal, state, county and local government. We are looking for experience in children's environmental health policy, research, and in specific issues such as lead poisoning and asthma, prenatal environmental exposures, chemical exposures, public health information tracking, knowledge of EPA regulation development, risk assessment, exposure assessment, tribal children's environmental health and children's environmental health disparities. The EPA encourages nominations from all racial and ethnic groups. The EPA will use the following criteria to evaluate nominees:
Notification of a Teleconference of the Science Advisory Board Economy-Wide Modeling Panel
Document Number: 2016-22093
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the SAB Economy-Wide Modeling Panel.
Allocations of Cross-State Air Pollution Rule Allowances From New Unit Set-Asides for 2016 Control Periods
Document Number: 2016-22090
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-09-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing notice of the availability of preliminary lists of units eligible for allocations of emission allowances under the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR). Under the CSAPR federal implementation plans (FIPs), portions of each covered state's annual emissions budgets for each of the four CSAPR emissions trading programs are reserved for allocation to electricity generating units that commenced commercial operation on or after January 1, 2010 (new units) and certain other units not otherwise obtaining allowance allocations under the FIPs. The quantities of allowances allocated to eligible units from each new unit set-aside (NUSA) under the FIPs are calculated in an annual one- or two-round allocation process. EPA previously completed the first round of NUSA allowance allocations for the 2016 control periods for all four CSAPR trading programs and is now making available preliminary lists of units eligible for allocations in the second round of the NUSA allocation process for the CSAPR NOX Ozone Season Trading Program. EPA has posted a spreadsheet containing the preliminary lists on EPA's Web site. EPA will consider timely objections to the lists of eligible units contained in the spreadsheet and will promulgate a notice responding to any such objections no later than November 15, 2016, the deadline for recording the second-round allocations of CSAPR NOX Ozone Season allowances in sources' Allowance Management System accounts. This notice may concern CSAPR-affected units in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Water Quality Standards; Establishment of Revised Numeric Criteria for Selenium for the San Francisco Bay and Delta, State of California; Extension of Public Comment Period
Document Number: 2016-22087
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-09-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is extending the comment period for the proposed rule, ``Water Quality Standards; Establishment of Revised Numeric Criteria for Selenium for the San Francisco Bay and Delta, State of California.'' In response to stakeholder requests, EPA is extending the comment period for an additional 45 days, from September 13, 2016, to October 28, 2016.
Air Plan Approval and Disapproval; North Carolina: New Source Review for Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5
Document Number: 2016-21994
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-09-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving, in part, and disapproving, in part, changes to the North Carolina State Implementation Plan (SIP), provided by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NC DEQ) through the Division of Air Quality (DAQ), to EPA in submittals dated May 16, 2011, (two separate submittals) and September 5, 2013. These SIP submittals modify North Carolina's New Source Review (NSR)Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Nonattainment New Source Review (NNSR) permitting regulations and include the adoption of some federal requirements regarding implementation of the fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) through the NSR permitting program. As a result of the disapproval of a portion of the State's NSR requirements, EPA is also approving, in part, and disapproving, in part, the PSD elements of North Carolina's infrastructure SIP submittals for the 2008 lead, 2008 8-hour ozone, 2010 sulfur dioxide (SO2), 2010 nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and the 2012 PM2.5 NAAQS, and converting the Agency's previous conditional approvals of the PSD elements of North Carolina's infrastructure SIP submittals for the 1997 Annual PM2.5 and 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS to partial approvals and partial disapprovals. This partial disapproval triggers the requirement for EPA to promulgate a Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) no later than two years from the date of the disapproval unless the State corrects the deficiencies through a SIP revision and EPA approves the SIP revision before EPA promulgates such a FIP.
Air Plan Approval; GA Infrastructure Requirements for the 2010 1-Hour NO2
Document Number: 2016-21991
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-09-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve portions of the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submission, submitted by the State of Georgia, through the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division (GA EPD), on March 25, 2013, to demonstrate that the State meets the infrastructure requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) for the 2010 1-hour nitrogen dioxide (NO2) 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. GA EPD certified that the Georgia SIP contains provisions that ensure the 2010 1-hour NO2 NAAQS is implemented, enforced, and maintained in Georgia. EPA has determined that portions of Georgia's infrastructure submission, submitted on March 25, 2013, addresses certain required infrastructure elements for the 2010 1-hour NO2 NAAQS.
Air Plan Approval; VT; Prevention of Significant Deterioration, PM2.5
Document Number: 2016-21881
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-09-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Vermont. The revision sets the amount of PM2.5 increment sources are permitted to consume when obtaining a prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) preconstruction permit and requires PM2.5 emission offsets under certain circumstances. This action is being taken in accordance with the Clean Air Act.
Air Plan Approval; VT; Prevention of Significant Deterioration, PM2.5
Document Number: 2016-21880
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-09-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Vermont. The revision sets the amount of PM2.5 increment sources are permitted to consume when obtaining a prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) preconstruction permit and requires PM2.5 emission offsets under certain circumstances. This action is being taken in accordance with the Clean Air Act.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; State of Colorado; Second Ten-Year PM10
Document Number: 2016-21755
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-09-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving 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). The EPA is approving the revised maintenance plan with the exception of one aspect of the plan's contingency measures.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Area Sources: Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Boilers
Document Number: 2016-21334
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-09-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This action sets forth the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) final decision on the issues for which it announced reconsideration on January 21, 2015, that pertain to certain aspects of the February 1, 2013, final amendments to the ``National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Area Sources: Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Boilers'' (Area Source Boilers Rule). The EPA is retaining the subcategory and separate requirements for limited- use boilers, consistent with the February 2013 final rule. In addition, the EPA is amending three reconsidered provisions regarding: The alternative particulate matter (PM) standard for new oil-fired boilers; performance testing for PM for certain boilers based on their initial compliance test; and fuel sampling for mercury (Hg) for certain coal- fired boilers based on their initial compliance demonstration, consistent with the alternative provisions for which comment was solicited in the January 2015 proposal. The EPA is making minor changes to the proposed definitions of startup and shutdown based on comments received. This final action also addresses a limited number of technical corrections and clarifications on the rule, including removal of the affirmative defense for malfunction in light of a court decision on the issue. These corrections will clarify and improve the implementation of the February 2013 final Area Source Boilers Rule. In this action, the EPA is also denying the requests for reconsideration with respect to the issues raised in the petitions for reconsideration of the final Area Source Boilers Rule for which reconsideration was not granted.
Acrylic Polymers; Tolerance Exemption
Document Number: 2016-20853
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-09-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation amends an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of acrylic polymers when used as an inert ingredient in a pesticide chemical formulation under 40 CFR 180.960 to include the monomers lauryl acrylate and acrylamidopropyl methyl sulfonic acid. OMC Ag Consulting on behalf of Vive Crop Protection Inc 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 acrylic polymers on food or feed commodities.
Notification of Two Public Teleconferences of the Science Advisory Board: Lake Erie Phosphorus Objectives Review Panel
Document Number: 2016-21989
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces two public teleconferences of the SAB Lake Erie Phosphorus Objectives Review Panel to review its draft report regarding the development of nutrient load reduction targets for Lake Erie.
Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Confidentiality Rules
Document Number: 2016-21988
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ``Confidentiality Rules (Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 1665.13, OMB Control No. 2020-0003) 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 proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through February 28, 2017. 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 of California Air Plan Revisions, Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District
Document Number: 2016-21872
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-09-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a revision to the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District (GBUAPCD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). This revision concerns emissions of particulate matter (PM) at Owens Lake, CA. We are proposing to approve a local rule to regulate this emission source under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act). We are taking comments on this proposal and plan to follow with a final action.
Approval of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Puerto Rico; Infrastructure Requirements for the 1997 and 2008 Ozone, 1997 and 2006 Fine Particulate Matter and 2008 Lead NAAQS
Document Number: 2016-21326
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-09-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving most elements of the five State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submittals from the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to demonstrate that the State meets the requirements of section 110(a)(1) and (2) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the 1997 and 2008 ozone, 1997 and 2006 fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and 2008 lead National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The SIP is required to address basic program elements, including, but not limited to: Regulatory structure, monitoring, modeling, legal authority, and adequate resources necessary to assure attainment and maintenance of the standards. These elements are referred to as infrastructure requirements. In this rulemaking action, EPA is approving, in accordance with the requirements of the CAA, the infrastructure SIP submissions with the exception of some portions of the submittals addressing Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD).
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2016-21769
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
National Priorities List
Document Number: 2016-21626
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-09-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (``CERCLA'' or ``the Act''), as amended, requires that the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (``NCP'') include a list of national priorities among the known releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants throughout the United States. The National Priorities List (``NPL'') constitutes this list. The NPL is intended primarily to guide the Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA'' or ``the agency'') in determining which sites warrant further investigation. These further investigations will allow the EPA to assess the nature and extent of public health and environmental risks associated with the site and to determine what CERCLA-financed remedial action(s), if any, may be appropriate. This rulemaking proposes to add eight sites to the General Superfund section of the NPL.
National Priorities List
Document Number: 2016-21615
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-09-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (``CERCLA'' or ``the Act''), as amended, requires that the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (``NCP'') include a list of national priorities among the known releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants throughout the United States. The National Priorities List (``NPL'') constitutes this list. The NPL is intended primarily to guide the Environmental Protection Agency (``the EPA'' or ``the agency'') in determining which sites warrant further investigation. These further investigations will allow the EPA to assess the nature and extent of public health and environmental risks associated with the site and to determine what CERCLA-financed remedial action(s), if any, may be appropriate. This rule adds ten sites to the General Superfund section of the NPL.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Texas; Revisions to the General Definitions for Texas New Source Review and the Minor NSR Qualified Facilities Program
Document Number: 2016-21594
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-09-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving and disapproving portions of revisions to the Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP) pertaining to the Texas New Source Review (NSR) program submitted on March 13, 1996; July 22, 1998; September 11, 2000; September 4, 2002; and October 5, 2010. Specifically, the EPA is approving the severable portions of the amendments to the General Definitions for the Texas NSR program, and the Minor NSR Qualified Facilities Program. The EPA is disapproving a severable portion of the General Definition of ``modification of existing facility'' submitted on October 5, 2010. We are taking these actions under section 110, parts C and D of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Texas; Infrastructure or Requirements for the 2008 Ozone and 2010 Nitrogen Dioxide National Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2016-21593
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-09-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving elements of State Implementation Plan (SIP) submissions from the State of Texas for Ozone (O3) and Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). These submittals address how the existing SIP provides for implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of the 2008 O3 and 2010 NO2 NAAQS (infrastructure SIPs or i-SIPs). These i-SIPs ensure that the State's SIP is adequate to meet the State's responsibilities under the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; State of Kansas; Infrastructure SIP Requirements for the 2012 Annual Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5
Document Number: 2016-21474
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-09-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving elements of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) submission from the State of Kansas addressing the applicable requirements of Clean Air Act (CAA) section 110 for the 2012 annual PM2.5 NAAQS. Section 110 requires that each state adopt and submit a SIP to support the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of each new or revised NAAQS promulgated by the EPA. These SIPs are commonly referred to as ``infrastructure'' SIPs. 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.
State of Iowa; Approval and Promulgation of the Title V Operating Permits Program, the State Implementation Plan, and 112(l) Plan
Document Number: 2016-21469
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-09-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Iowa Title V Operating Permits Program, the State Implementation Plan (SIP), and the 112(l) plan. The submission revises the Title V Operating Permits Program to include a new chapter to address fees for services by the air quality program. Administrative revisions made with this rulemaking to the SIP and 112(l) plan are associated with the new chapter.
State of Iowa; Approval and Promulgation of the Title V Operating Permits Program, the State Implementation Plan, and 112(l) Plan
Document Number: 2016-21468
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-09-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the Iowa Title V Operating Permits Program, the State Implementation Plan (SIP), and the 112(l) plan. The submission revises the Title V Operating Permits Program to include a new chapter to address fees for services by the air quality program. Administrative revisions made with this rulemaking to the SIP and 112(l) plan are associated with the new chapter.
Outer Continental Shelf Air Regulations Consistency Update for Maryland
Document Number: 2016-21460
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-09-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve an update to a portion of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Air Regulations for Maryland. Requirements applying to OCS sources located within 25 miles of states' seaward boundaries must be updated periodically to remain consistent with the requirements of the corresponding onshore area (COA), as mandated by the Clean Air Act, as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act). The portion of the OCS air regulations that is being updated pertains to the requirements for OCS sources for which Maryland is the designated COA. The intended effect of approving the OCS requirements for the Maryland Department of the Environment is to regulate emissions from OCS sources in accordance with the requirements for onshore sources.