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Air Plan Approval; Ohio; Removal of Gasoline Vapor Recovery Requirements
Document Number: 2016-24912
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-10-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving, as a revision under the Clean Air Act (CAA) to the Ohio state implementation plan (SIP), submittals from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) dated July 15, 2015, and February 29, 2016. The revision addresses the state's Stage II vapor recovery (Stage II) program for the Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Dayton ozone areas in Ohio. The revision removes Stage II requirements for the three areas as a component of the Ohio ozone SIP. The revision also includes a demonstration that addresses emission impacts associated with the removal of the Stage II program. EPA proposed to approve the state's submittal on June 30, 2016, and received no comments.
Revisions to Public Notice Provisions in Clean Air Act Permitting Programs
Document Number: 2016-24911
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-10-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is revising the public notice rule provisions for the New Source Review (NSR), title V and Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) permit programs of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) and corresponding onshore area (COA) determinations for implementation of the OCS air quality regulations. This final rule removes the mandatory requirement to provide public notice of a draft air permit (as well as certain other program actions) through publication in a newspaper. Instead, this final rule requires electronic notice (e-notice) for EPA actions (and actions by permitting authorities implementing the federal permitting rules) and allows for e-notice as an option for actions by permitting authorities implementing EPA-approved programs. When e-notice is provided, the final rule requires, at a minimum, electronic access (e-access) to the draft permit. However, this final rule does not preclude a permitting authority from supplementing e-notice with newspaper notice and/or additional means of notification to the public. The EPA anticipates that e-notice, which is already being practiced by many permitting authorities, will enable permitting authorities to communicate permitting and other affected actions to the public more quickly and efficiently and will provide cost savings over newspaper publication. The EPA further anticipates that e-access will expand access to permit- related documents.
Review of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Lead
Document Number: 2016-23153
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-10-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Based on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) review of the air quality criteria and the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for lead (Pb), the EPA is retaining the current standards, without revision.
Air Plan Approval; Ohio; Redesignation of the Cleveland Area to Attainment of the 2008 Ozone Standard
Document Number: 2016-24914
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-10-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a July 6, 2016, request from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) to redesignate the Cleveland-Akron-Lorain, Ohio area (Cleveland area) to attainment of the 2008 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS or standard), because the request meets the statutory requirements for redesignation under the Clean Air Act (CAA). The Cleveland area includes Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, and Summit counties. EPA is also proposing to approve, as a revision to the Ohio State Implementation Plan (SIP), Ohio's plan for maintaining the 2008 ozone standard through 2030 in the Cleveland area. Finally, EPA finds adequate and is proposing to approve Ohio's 2020 and 2030 Motor Vehicle Emission Budgets (MVEBs) for the Cleveland area.
Isofetamid; Pesticide Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions
Document Number: 2016-24932
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-10-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes time-limited tolerances for residues of the fungicide isofetamid, N-[1,1-dimethyl-2-[2-methyl-4-(1- methylethoxy)phenyl]-2-oxoethyl]-3-methyl-2-thiophenecarboxam ide, in or on caneberry subgroup 13-07A and bushberry subgroup 13-07B. This action is in response to EPA's granting of an emergency exemption, under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) authorizing use of the pesticide on caneberry subgroup 13-07A and bushberry subgroup 13-07B. This regulation establishes maximum permissible levels for residues of isofetamid in or on these commodities. The time-limited tolerances expire on December 31, 2019.
Board of Scientific Counselors Executive Committee; Notification of Public Teleconference and Public Comment
Document Number: 2016-24916
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92- 463, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hereby provides notice that the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Executive Committee will host a public teleconference convening on November 1, 2016, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The primary discussion will be on ORD's Cross-Cutting Research Roadmaps: Environmental Justice, Climate Change, Nitrogen and Children's Environmental Health. There will also be an update on social science and program evaluation. The public is invited to provide comment from 1:25 p.m. to 1:35 p.m. Eastern Time. For information on registering to participate on the teleconference or to provide public comment, please see the DATES and SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION sections below. Due to a limited number of telephone lines, attendance will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Advance registration is required. Registration for participating via teleconference closes October 28, 2016. The deadline to sign up to speak during the public comment period or to submit written public comment is October 28, 2016.
Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC); Sustainable and Healthy Communities Subcommittee Meeting-November 2016
Document Number: 2016-24913
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development (ORD), gives notice that the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Sustainable and Healthy Communities (SHC) Subcommittee will convene for a public meeting. Subcommittee deliberations will focus on Topic 3 of the ORD/SHC research program, which includes contaminated sites and sediments, environmental releases of oils and fuels, and sustainable materials management. Meeting documents are available for viewing and downloading at https:// www.epa.gov/bosc/sustainable-and-healthy-communities-subcommi ttee- meeting-documents. Members of the public are encouraged to attend, and preregistration is required.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2016-24902
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Air Plan Approval; KY; Removal of Stage II Gasoline Vapor Recovery Program
Document Number: 2016-24779
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-10-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving changes to the Kentucky State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, through the Kentucky Energy and Environmental Cabinet, on May 3, 2016. This SIP revision removes Stage II vapor control requirements for new and upgraded gasoline dispensing facilities in the State and allows for the decommissioning of existing Stage II equipment in Boone, Campbell and Kenton Counties in Kentucky (hereinafter referred to as the ``Northern Kentucky Area'' or ``Area''). EPA determined that Kentucky's May 3, 2016, SIP revision is approvable because it is consistent with the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act).
Air Plan Approval; NC Infrastructure Requirements for the 2010 1-hour NO2
Document Number: 2016-24778
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-10-14
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 North Carolina, through the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Air Quality (NCDAQ) on August 23, 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. NCDAQ certified that the North Carolina SIP contains provisions that ensure the 2010 1-hour NO2 NAAQS is implemented, enforced, and maintained in North Carolina. EPA has determined that North Carolina's infrastructure SIP submission, provided to EPA on August 23, 2013, satisfies certain required infrastructure elements for the 2010 1-hour NO2 NAAQS.
Tebufenozide; Proposed Pesticide Tolerance
Document Number: 2016-24650
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-10-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document proposes to establish tolerances for residues of tebufenozide in or on multiple commodities which are identified and discussed later in this document and amend the existing tolerance for almond, hulls under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Pyridaben; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2016-24089
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-10-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of the insecticide pyridaben in or on multiple commodities which are identified and discussed later in this document. Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
General Permits and Permits by Rule for the Federal Minor New Source Review Program in Indian Country for Six Source Categories
Document Number: 2016-23178
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-10-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing general permits for use in Indian country pursuant to the Federal Minor New Source Review (NSR) Program in Indian Country for new or modified minor sources in the following six source categories: concrete batch plants; boilers and emergency engines; stationary spark ignition engines; stationary compression ignition engines; graphic arts and printing operations; and sawmill facilities.
Proposed Settlement Agreement, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
Document Number: 2016-24782
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with section 113(g) of the Clean Air Act, as amended (``CAA''), notice is hereby given of a proposed settlement agreement to settle a lawsuit filed by Air Alliance Houston, Community In-Power and Development Association, Inc., Louisiana Bucket Brigade, and Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy (``Petitioners''), in the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit: Air Alliance Houston, et al. v. EPA, Case No. 15-1210. On July 10, 2015, Petitioners filed a petition for review challenging a final action issued by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA'') entitled ``New and Revised Emission Factors for Flares and Other Refinery Process Units and Determination for No Changes to VOC Emission Factors for Tanks and Wastewater Treatment Systems.'' 80 FR 26925 (May 11, 2015) (``Emission Factor Action''). Under the terms of the proposed settlement agreement, if EPA performs specified actions by December 16, 2016, the Petitioners will dismiss their lawsuit.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; South Dakota; Revisions to the Permitting Rules
Document Number: 2016-24648
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-10-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of South Dakota on October 23, 2015 and July 29, 2013 related to South Dakota's Air Pollution Control Program. The October 23, 2015 submittal revises certain definitions and dates of incorporation by reference and contains new, amended and renumbered rules. In this rulemaking, we are taking final action on all portions of the October 23, 2015 submittal, except for those portions of the submittal which do not belong in the SIP. This action is being taken under section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont; Interstate Transport of Air Pollution
Document Number: 2016-24491
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-10-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (ME DEP), the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NH DES), the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RI DEM) and the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VT DEC). These SIP revisions address provisions of the Clean Air Act that require each state to submit a SIP to address emissions that may adversely affect another state's air quality through interstate transport. The EPA has concluded that all four States have adequate provisions to prohibit in- state emissions activities from significantly contributing to the nonattainment, or interfering with the maintenance, of the 2008 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) in any other state. The intended effect of this action is to approve the SIP revisions submitted by Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act.
Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; State Review Framework; EPA ICR No. 2185.06; OMB Control No. 2020-0031
Document Number: 2016-24662
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to submit a request to renew an existing approved collection request (ICR), ``State Review Framework'' (EPA ICR No. 2185.06, OMB Control No. 2020-0031) 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.
Notice of Approval of the Primacy Application for National Primary Drinking Water Regulations for the State of Nebraska
Document Number: 2016-24660
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hereby giving notice that the State of Nebraska is revising its approved Public Water Supply Supervision Program under the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. The EPA has determined that these revisions are no less stringent than the corresponding Federal regulations. Therefore, the EPA intends to approve these program revisions.
Notice of a Public Meeting and Opportunity for Public Comment on EPA's Draft Algae Guidance for the Preparation of TSCA Biotechnology Submissions
Document Number: 2016-24653
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA will be hosting a public meeting to receive public input and comments on EPA's draft Algae Guidance for the Preparation of TSCA Biotechnology Submissions (Algae Guidance) in Tempe, AZ on October 27, 2016. The draft Algae Guidance describes EPA's data needs to support risk assessments of genetically engineered algae and cyanobacteria that are manufactured, imported, or processed, and are subject to regulations under section 5 of The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). EPA encourages all members of the public interested in participating in this meeting to register to attend. Due to space limitations, the Agency anticipates that approximately 120 people will be able to attend the meeting in person, with seating available on a first-come, first- serve basis. For registrants not able to attend in person, Web connect and teleconference capabilities will also be provided.
Air Plan Approval; NH; Regional Haze 5-Year Report
Document Number: 2016-24495
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-10-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of New Hampshire on December 16, 2014. New Hampshire's SIP revision addresses requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and EPA's rules that require States to submit periodic reports describing progress toward reasonable progress goals (RPGs) established for regional haze and a determination of the adequacy of the state's existing Regional Haze SIP. In addition, the December 16, 2014 submittal includes a revised regulation that reduces the total suspended particulate (TSP) emission limit for the state's sole Tangential-Firing, Dry-Bottom Boiler.
Approval and Promulgation of State Implementation Plan Revisions to Primary Air Quality Standards, Minor Source Baseline Date, Incorporation by Reference, and 2008 Ozone NAAQS Infrastructure Requirements for CAA Section 110(a)(2)(C) and (D)(i)(II); Wyoming
Document Number: 2016-24493
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-10-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of Wyoming in two submittals on May 28, 2015 and one submittal on November 6, 2015. The final amendments update the version of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) incorporated by reference into the Wyoming Air Quality Standards and Regulations (WAQSR) for Chapter 2, Ambient Standards, Sections 12; Chapter 3, General Emission Standards, Section 9; and Chapter 6, Prevention of Significant Deterioration, Section 4. The EPA also approves the revision in one of the May 28, 2015 submittals that updates a citation to a Federal Register article (i.e., Federal Register notice) under the definition of ``tpy CO2 equivalent emissions (CO2e),'' and lists a new minor source baseline date for fine particulate. The EPA also approves the updates to the primary air quality standards for particulate matter (PM2.5) to reflect federal updates that went into effect in January 2013. The updated primary PM2.5 standard is 12 micrograms per cubic meter ([micro]g/m\3\) annual arithmetic mean concentration, which is lowered from its previous level of 15 [micro]g/ m\3\. The EPA is also approving portions of the State's February 6, 2014 2008 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) infrastructure certification regarding prevention of significant deterioration (PSD). The EPA is not taking action in this final rule on the Chapter 6, Permitting Requirements, Section 14 portion of a May 24, 2012 submittal or one of the May 28, 2015 submittals because it has been superseded by a November 6, 2015 submittal that the EPA approved in a separate action. The EPA is not taking action on a May 24, 2012 submittal or a March 8, 2013 submittal because they have been superseded by one of the May 28, 2015 submittals.
Determination of Attainment of the 2008 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards; Eastern San Luis Obispo, California
Document Number: 2016-24489
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-10-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to determine that the San Luis Obispo County (Eastern San Luis Obispo) ozone nonattainment area (NAA) has attained the 2008 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS or ``standards'') by the applicable attainment date of July 20, 2016. This determination is based on complete, quality-assured and certified data for the 3-year period preceding that attainment date. If the determination is finalized, the Eastern San Luis Obispo NAA will not be reclassified to a higher ozone classification.
Approval of California Air Plan Revisions, Butte County Air Quality Management District
Document Number: 2016-24498
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-10-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve a revision to the Butte County Air Quality Management District (BCAQMD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). This revision concerns emissions of particulate matter (PM) from open burning. We are approving a local rule that regulates these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).
Approval of California Air Plan Revisions, Butte County Air Quality Management District
Document Number: 2016-24497
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-10-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a revision to the Butte County Air Quality Management District (BCAQMD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). This revision concerns particulate matter (PM) emissions from open burning. We are proposing to approve a local rule to regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).
2017 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Awards Program
Document Number: 2016-24494
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is seeking applications for the 2017 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Awards. In 2015, EPA developed the Partner of the Year Awards to recognize Safer Choice stakeholders who have advanced the goals of the Pollution Prevention Act and the Safer Choice program by reducing pollution at its source through safer chemistry. At the 2017 Partner of the Year Awards, as at the two prior awards, Safer Choice will recognize stakeholder organizations from five broad categories: Formulators/Product Manufacturers of both Consumer and Institutional/ Industrial (I/I) products, Purchasers and Distributors, Retailers, Supporters (e.g., non-governmental organizations), and Innovators (e.g., chemical manufacturers). All applications and accompanying materials must be received by Friday, December 16, 2016. Award winners will be recognized at a ceremony in late spring 2017.
Mandestrobin; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2016-24492
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-10-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of S-2200 (here after referred to within this document as mandestrobin) in or on multiple commodities which are identified and discussed later in this document. Valent U.S.A., Corporation requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee Teleconference
Document Number: 2016-24490
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, EPA gives notice of a teleconference meeting of the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee (FRRCC). The FRRCC is a policy-oriented committee that provides policy advice, information, and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on a range of environmental issues and policies that are of importance to agriculture and rural communities. Purpose of Meeting: The purpose of this teleconference is to discuss specific recommendations that were drafted by the Committee at the May 2016 meeting and finalize any outstanding comments. Recommendations regarding soil health and outreach, when finalized, will be transmitted to the Agency and made available to the public.
Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Determination 32 for Significant New Alternatives Policy Program
Document Number: 2016-24381
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-10-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This determination of acceptability expands the list of acceptable substitutes pursuant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program. This action lists as acceptable additional substitutes for use in the refrigeration and air conditioning sector and fire suppression and explosion protection sectors.
Approval of Missouri's Air Quality Implementation Plans, Operating Permits Program, and 112(l) Plan; Construction Permits Required
Document Number: 2016-24379
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-10-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the State Implementation Plan (SIP), the Operating Permit Program, and the 112(l) plan submitted on April 6, 2016, by the State of Missouri. In the ``Rules and Regulations'' section of this Federal Register, we are approving the State's SIP and Operating Permit Program revisions as a direct final rule without a prior proposed rule. If we receive no adverse comment, we will not take further action on this proposed rule. The submission from Missouri revises fees for permitting services provided by the air quality program, including construction permit applications and operating permit applications. Missouri also removed the basic operating permit requirement for incinerators with emissions less than the de minimis levels in Missouri's ``Operating Permits'' rule. While EPA has never approved the basic operating permit program into Missouri's SIP or Missouri's Operating Permits Program, one statement on incinerators in the approved SIP and Operating Permits Program is removed by the submission. This statement applied Missouri's ``Operating Permits'' rule to all incinerators within the State. Any permittees with incinerators already required to have either Intermediate State Operating Permits or part 70 Operating Permits will still have the same permitting requirements. This revision does not exempt any incinerators from appropriate permitting. Likewise, any future permittees with incinerators under the former version of the SIP and Operating Permits Program would have required either an Intermediate State Operating Permits or a part 70 Operating Permits will still have the same permitting requirement under the revised SIP and Operating Permits Program. Finally the submission from Missouri makes non-substantive style changes.
Approval of Missouri's Air Quality Implementation Plans, Operating Permits Program, and 112(l) Plan; Construction Permits Required
Document Number: 2016-24375
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-10-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve revisions to Missouri's State Implementation Plan (SIP), Operating Permits Program, and 112(l) Plan. The April 6, 2016, request from Missouri revises fees for permitting services provided by the air quality program, including construction permit applications and operating permit applications. Missouri also removed the basic operating permit requirement in their ``Operating Permits'' rule for incinerators with emissions less than the de minimis levels. While EPA has never approved the basic operating permit program into Missouri's SIP or Missouri's Operating Permits Program, one statement on incinerators in the approved SIP and Operating Permits Program is removed by the submission. This statement applied the ``Operating Permits'' rule to all incinerators within the State. Any permittees with incinerators already required to have either Intermediate State Operating Permits or part 70 Operating Permits will still have the same permitting requirements. This revision does not exempt any incinerators from appropriate permitting. Likewise, any future permittees with incinerators under the former version of the SIP and Operating Permits Program would have required either an Intermediate State Operating Permit or a part 70 Operating Permit will still have the same permitting requirement under the revised SIP and Operating Permits Program. Finally the submission from Missouri makes non-substantive style changes.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; District of Columbia; Revision of Regulations for Sulfur Content of Fuel Oil
Document Number: 2016-24373
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-10-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes to approve the state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the District of Columbia for the purpose of updating the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (DCMR) to lower the sulfur content of fuel oil. In the Final Rules section of this Federal Register, EPA is approving the District's submittal as a direct final rule without prior proposal because the Agency views this as a noncontroversial submittal and anticipates no adverse comments. A detailed rationale for the approval is set forth in the direct final rule. If no adverse comments are received in response to this action, no further activity is contemplated. If EPA receives adverse comments, the direct final rule will be withdrawn and all public comments received will be addressed in a subsequent final rule based on this proposed rule. EPA will not institute a second comment period. Any parties interested in commenting on this action should do so at this time.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; District of Columbia; Revision of Regulations for Sulfur Content of Fuel Oil
Document Number: 2016-24372
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-10-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the District of Columbia state implementation plan (SIP). The revision pertains to the update of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (DCMR) to lower the sulfur content of fuel oil. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval of Nebraska's Air Quality Implementation Plans
Document Number: 2016-23977
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-10-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Nebraska. This action will amend the SIP to include revisions to Title 129 of the Nebraska Air Quality Regulations, Chapter 4, ``Ambient Air Quality Standards''; Chapter 19, ``Prevention of Significant Deterioration of Air Quality''; and Chapter 22, ``Incinerators; Emission Standards''. This amendment makes the state regulation consistent with the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter 10 micrometers or less (PM10), fine particulate matter 25 micrometers or less (PM2.5), Sulfur dioxide, Nitrogen dioxide, Carbon monoxide, Ozone, and Lead as of the date of the state submittal. This action also makes formatting and grammatical corrections to title 129, chapters 19 and 22.
Approval of Nebraska's Air Quality Implementation Plans
Document Number: 2016-23975
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-10-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the State of Nebraska as submitted on March 6, 2014, and July 14, 2014. This action will amend the SIP to include revisions to title 129 of the Nebraska Air Quality Regulations, chapter 4, ``Ambient Air Quality Standards''; chapter 19, ``Prevention of Significant Deterioration of Air Quality''; and chapter 22, ``Incinerators; Emission Standards''. This amendment makes the state regulation consistent with the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter 10 micrometers or less (PM10), fine particulate matter 25 micrometers or less (PM2.5), Sulfur dioxide, Nitrogen dioxide, Carbon monoxide, Ozone, and Lead, as of the date of the state submittal. This action also makes formatting and grammatical corrections to title 129, chapters 19 and 22.
Draft General Permit Under the Federal Indian Country Minor New Source Review Program
Document Number: 2016-24380
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9 provides notice of, and requests public comment on, the EPA's draft general permit for use in Indian country within California pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA) Federal Indian Country Minor New Source Review (NSR) program for new and modified minor sources. The draft general permit is for a single source category, gasoline dispensing facilities (GDFs), and would be available in certain areas of Indian country that are within the geographical boundaries of California. This includes areas located in an Indian reservation or in another area of Indian country over which an Indian tribe, or the EPA, has demonstrated that the tribe has jurisdiction and where there is no EPA-approved minor NSR program in place. The EPA is proposing this general permit as an option for CAA minor NSR preconstruction permitting to help streamline the EPA's permitting of certain minor sources that construct or modify in Indian country and belong to the GDF source category.
Information Session; Implementation of the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act of 2014
Document Number: 2016-24377
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing plans to hold information sessions on: October 14, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois; October 20, 2016 in Orlando, Florida; November 7, 2016 in New York, New York; November 14, 2016 in San Francisco, California; November 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California; and November 18, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. The purpose of these sessions is to provide potential applicants with information about the implementation of the ``Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act of 2014'' (WIFIA). Under WIFIA, EPA will provide loans and loan guarantees for water infrastructure of national or regional significance. It was signed into law on June 11, 2014 as Public Law 113-121. EPA will provide an overview of the program's statutory and eligibility requirements, application and selection process, and creditworthiness assessment. It will also discuss examples of the potential cost-savings that WIFIA credit assistance could have for projects. The intended audience is potential WIFIA applicants including municipal entities, corporations, partnerships, and State Revolving Fund programs, as well as the private and non-governmental organizations that support potential applicants.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2016-24335
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Texas; Control of Air Pollution From Motor Vehicles, Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance
Document Number: 2016-24206
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-10-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP). The revisions to the SIP were submitted in 2015. These revisions are related to the implementation of the state's motor vehicle emissions Inspection and Maintenance (I/M) Program. The EPA is proposing to approve these revisions pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Texas; Control of Air Pollution From Motor Vehicles, Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance
Document Number: 2016-24205
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-10-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving revisions to the Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP). The revisions to the SIP were submitted in 2015. These revisions are related to the implementation of the state's motor vehicle emissions Inspection and Maintenance (I/M) Program. The EPA is approving these revisions pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Texas; Infrastructure Requirements for Consultation With Government Officials, Public Notification and Prevention of Significant Deterioration and Visibility Protection for the 2008 Ozone and 2010 Nitrogen Dioxide National Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2016-24117
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-10-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve portions of State Implementation Plan (SIP) submittals from the State of Texas pertaining to Clean Air Act (CAA) section 110(a)(2)(J): Consultation with Government Officials, Public Notification, and Prevention of Significant Deterioration and Visibility Protection for the 2008 Ozone (O3) and 2010 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 CAA. Today's proposal and the accompanying direct final action will complete the rulemaking process started in our February 8, 2016, proposal, approve the SIP submittals as meeting CAA section 110(a)(2)(J), and confirm that the SIP has adequate infrastructure to implement, maintain and enforce this section of the CAA with regard to the 2008 O3 and 2010 NO2 NAAQS.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Texas; Infrastructure Requirements for Consultation With Government Officials, Public Notification and Prevention of Significant Deterioration and Visibility Protection for the 2008 Ozone and 2010 Nitrogen Dioxide National Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2016-24115
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-10-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving portions of State Implementation Plan (SIP) submittals from the State of Texas pertaining to Clean Air Act (CAA) section 110(a)(2)(J): Consultation with Government Officials, Public Notification, and Prevention of Significant Deterioration and Visibility Protection for the 2008 Ozone (O3) and 2010 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 SIP is adequate to meet the State's responsibilities under the CAA. This direct final rule and the accompanying proposal will complete the rulemaking process started in our February 8, 2016, proposal, approve Section 110(a)(2)(J), and confirm that the SIP has adequate infrastructure to implement, maintain and enforce this section of the CAA with regard to the 2008 O3 and 2010 NO2 NAAQS.
Approval of Nebraska's Air Quality Implementation Plans; Nebraska Air Quality Regulations and State Operating Permit Programs
Document Number: 2016-24088
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-10-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the State of Nebraska. This action will amend the SIP to include revisions to title 129 of the Nebraska Air Quality Regulations, chapter 5, ``Operating PermitsWhen Required''; chapter 9, ``General Operating Permits for Class I and Class II Sources''; chapter 22, ``Incinerators; Emission Standards''; chapter 30, ``Open Fires''; and chapter 34 ``Emission Sources; Testing; Monitoring. These revisions were requested by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) in three submittals, submitted on May 1, 2003, November 8, 2011, and July 14, 2014. The May 1, 2003, submittal revised chapters 5 and 9, to address changes in regard to the permits-by-rule provisions of Title 129. The November 8, 2011, submittal allows for the issuance of multiple operating permits to major sources through revisions to chapter 5. In addition, revisions to chapters 22 and 30 encourage the use of air curtain incinerators over open burning; and changes to chapter 34 clarify the authority of NDEQ to order emission sources to do testing when NDEQ deems it necessary. The July 14, 2014, submittal further revises chapter 34, by updating the reference to allowable test methods for evaluating solid waste, changing the amount of time allowed to submit test results, and allowing the Department to approve a request for testing with less than 30 days notification.
Approval of Nebraska's Air Quality Implementation Plans; Nebraska Air Quality Regulations and State Operating Permit Programs
Document Number: 2016-24087
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-10-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of Nebraska. This proposed action will amend the SIP to include revisions to title 129 of the Nebraska Air Quality Regulations, chapter 5, ``Operating PermitsWhen Required''; chapter 9, ``General Operating Permits for Class I and II Sources''; chapter 22, ``Incinerators; Emission Standards''; Chapter 30, ``Open Fires''; and chapter 34 ``Emission Sources; Testing; Monitoring''. These revisions were requested by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) in three submittals, submitted on May 1, 2003, November 8, 2011, and July 14, 2014. The May 1, 2003, submittal revised chapters 5 and 9, to address changes in regard to the permits- by-rule provisions of Title 129. The November 8, 2011, submittal allows for the issuance of multiple operating permits to major sources through revisions to chapter 5. In addition, revisions to chapters 22 and 30 encourage the use of air curtain incinerators over open burning; and changes to chapter 34 clarify the authority of NDEQ to order emission sources to do testing when NDEQ deems it necessary. The July 14, 2014, submittal further revises chapter 34, by updating the reference to allowable test methods for evaluating solid waste, changing the amount of time allowed to submit test results, and allowing NDEQ to approve a request for testing with less than 30 days notification. For additional information on the revisions to chapters 5, 9, 22, 30 and 34 see the detailed discussion table in the docket.
Uniform National Discharge Standards for Vessels of the Armed Forces-Phase II Batch Two
Document Number: 2016-24079
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-10-07
Agency: Department of Defense, Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) propose discharge performance standards for 11 discharges incidental to the normal operation of a vessel of the Armed Forces into the navigable waters of the United States, the territorial seas, and the contiguous zone. When implemented, the proposed discharge performance standards would reduce the adverse environmental impacts associated with the vessel discharges, stimulate the development of improved vessel pollution control devices, and advance the development of environmentally sound vessels of the Armed Forces. The 11 discharges addressed by the proposed rule are the following: catapult water brake tank and post-launch retraction exhaust, controllable pitch propeller hydraulic fluid, deck runoff, firemain systems, graywater, hull coating leachate, motor gasoline and compensating discharge, sonar dome discharge, submarine bilgewater, surface vessel bilgewater/oil-water separator effluent, and underwater ship husbandry.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Philadelphia County Reasonably Available Control Technology Under the 1997 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2016-23840
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-10-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving state implementation plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania). The revisions pertain to a demonstration that Philadelphia County (Philadelphia) meets the requirements for reasonably available control technology (RACT) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for nitrogen oxides (NOX) and volatile organic compounds (VOC) as ozone precursors for the 1997 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). In this rulemaking action, EPA is approving three separate SIP revisions addressing RACT under the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS for Philadelphia; approving portions of two previously submitted RACT SIP revisions, which EPA had found deficient and conditionally approved; and converting the prior conditional approval of the Philadelphia RACT demonstration for the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS to full approval. EPA is approving these revisions to the Pennsylvania SIP addressing 1997 8-hour ozone RACT for Philadelphia in accordance with the requirements of the CAA.
Dichlormid; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2016-24214
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-10-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of dichlormid in or on all commodities for which there is a tolerance for metolachlor and S-metolachlor. Drexel Chemical Company requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Findings of Failure To Attain the 1997 PM2.5
Document Number: 2016-24084
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-10-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to determine 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. This proposed determination is based upon monitored air quality data from 2013 through 2015. If the EPA finalizes this determination as proposed, the State of California will be 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.
Denial of Request for Extension of Attainment Date for 1997 PM2.5
Document Number: 2016-24082
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-10-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is denying a request submitted by California for extension of the attainment date for the 1997 24-hour and annual fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standards in the San Joaquin Valley Serious PM2.5 nonattainment area.
Approval of California Air Plan Revisions, San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District
Document Number: 2016-24081
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-10-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a revision to the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District (SJVUAPCD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). This revision concerns emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), oxides of nitrogen (NOX), and particulate matter (PM) from wood burning devices. We are approving a local rule that regulates these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Washington: Updates to Incorporation by Reference and Miscellaneous Revisions
Document Number: 2016-23862
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-10-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving State Implementation Plan revisions submitted by the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) on July 11, 2016. The revisions update the incorporation by reference of federal provisions cited in Ecology's general air quality regulations. The revisions also reflect changes to the primary and secondary National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone, promulgated since Ecology's last update. Ecology also made minor corrections to typographical errors and non-substantive edits for clarity, such as standardizing the citation format.