Environmental Protection Agency February 15, 2017 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Air Plan Approval; Ohio; Removal of Gasoline Volatility Requirements in the Cincinnati and Dayton Areas
Document Number: 2017-03082
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-02-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) on December 19, 2016, concerning the state's gasoline volatility standards in the Cincinnati and Dayton areas. The revision removes the 7.8 pounds per square inch (psi) low Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) fuel requirements for the two areas as a component of the Ohio ozone SIP. The submittal also includes a section 110(l) demonstration as required by the Clean Air Act (CAA) that addresses emission impacts associated with the removal of the program.
Thiamethoxam; Pesticide Tolerance
Document Number: 2017-03075
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes a tolerance for residues of thiamethoxam in or on bananas. Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC requested this tolerance under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2015
Document Number: 2017-03070
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Draft Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2015 is available for public review. Annual U.S. emissions for the period of time from 1990 through 2015 are summarized and presented by source category and sector. The inventory contains estimates of carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFC), perfluorocarbons (PFC), sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), and nitrogen trifluoride (NF3) emissions. The technical approach used in this report to estimate emissions and sinks for greenhouse gases is consistent with the methodologies recommended by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and reported in a format consistent with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) reporting guidelines. The Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2015 is the latest in a series of annual, policy-neutral U.S. submissions to the Secretariat of the UNFCCC. EPA requests recommendations for improving the overall quality of the inventory report to be finalized in April 2017, as well as subsequent inventory reports.
Allocations of Cross-State Air Pollution Rule Allowances From New Unit Set-Asides for the 2016 Compliance Year
Document Number: 2017-03069
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing notice of emission allowance allocations to certain units under the new unit set-aside (NUSA) provisions of the Cross- State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) federal implementation plans (FIPs). EPA has completed final calculations for the second round of NUSA allowance allocations for the 2016 compliance year of the CSAPR NOX Annual, SO2 Group 1, and SO2 Group 2 Trading Programs. EPA has posted spreadsheets showing the second- round 2016 NUSA allocations of CSAPR NOX Annual, SO2 Group 1, and SO2 Group 2 allowances to new units as well as the allocations to existing units of the remaining CSAPR NOX Annual, SO2 Group 1, and SO2 Group 2 allowances not allocated to new units in either round of the 2016 NUSA allocation process. EPA will record the allocated CSAPR NOX Annual, SO2 Group 1, and SO2 Group 2 allowances in sources' Allowance Management System (AMS) accounts by February 15, 2017.
Extension of Public Comment Period: Draft Human Health Recreational Ambient Water Quality Criteria and/or Swimming Advisories for Microcystins and Cylindrospermopsin
Document Number: 2017-03067
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is extending the comment period for the Draft Human Health Recreational Ambient Water Quality Criteria and/or Swimming Advisories for Microcystins and Cylindrospermopsin. In response to stakeholder requests, the comment period will be extended for an additional 31 days, from February 17, 2017 to March 20, 2017.
Extension of Public Comment Period: Draft Field-Based Methods for Developing Aquatic Life Criteria for Specific Conductivity
Document Number: 2017-03066
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is extending the comment period for the Draft Field-Based Methods for Developing Aquatic Life Criteria for Specific Conductivity. In response to stakeholder requests, the comment period will be extended for an additional 62 days, from February 21, 2017 to April 24, 2017.
Revisions to Procedure 2-Quality Assurance Requirements for Particulate Matter Continuous Emission Monitoring Systems at Stationary Sources
Document Number: 2017-03063
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Because the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) received an adverse comment, we are withdrawing the direct final rule titled, ``Revisions to Procedure 2Quality Assurance Requirements for Particulate Matter Continuous Emission Monitoring Systems at Stationary Sources.''
Response to December 9, 2013, Clean Air Act Section 176A Petition From Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont
Document Number: 2017-03041
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-02-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing that a public hearing will be held for the proposed action titled, ``Response to December 9, 2013, Clean Air Act Section 176A Petition from Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont,'' which published in the Federal Register on January 19, 2017. The hearing will be held on March 14, 2017, in Washington, DC. The EPA is also announcing extension of the comment period for the proposed action to April 13, 2017, to allow sufficient time after the public hearing for the submission of comments.
Trichloroethylene (TCE); Regulation of Certain Uses Under Toxic Substances Control Act; Extension of Comment Periods
Document Number: 2017-02965
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-02-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA issued two proposed rules under section 6 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to prohibit the manufacture (including importers), processing, and distribution in commerce of trichloroethylene (TCE) for use in aerosol degreasing, for use in spot cleaning in dry cleaning facilities, and for use in vapor degreasing; to prohibit commercial use of TCE for aerosol degreasing, for spot cleaning in dry cleaning facilities, and for use in vapor degreasing; to require manufacturers (including importers), processors, and distributors, except for retailers of TCE for any use, to provide downstream notification of these prohibitions throughout the supply chain; and to require limited recordkeeping. This document extends the comment periods for both proposed rules by an additional 30 calendar days each. A commenter requested additional time to submit written comments for the proposed rules. EPA is therefore extending the comment period in order to give all interested persons the opportunity to comment fully.