Environmental Protection Agency March 10, 2017 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Notification of Completeness of the Department of Energy's Compliance Recertification Application for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant
Document Number: 2017-04800
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-03-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or ``the Agency'') has determined that the Department of Energy's (DOE) Compliance Recertification Application (CRA or ``application'') for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) is complete. The EPA provided written notice of the completeness decision to the Secretary of Energy on January 13, 2017. The text of the letter is contained in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. The Agency has determined that the application is complete, in accordance with EPA regulations. The completeness determination is an administrative step that is required by regulation, and it does not imply in any way that the CRA demonstrates compliance with the Compliance Certification Criteria or the disposal regulations. The EPA is now engaged in the full technical review that will determine if the WIPP remains in compliance with the disposal regulations. As required by the 1992 WIPP Land Withdrawal Act and its implementing regulations, the EPA will make a final recertification decision within six months of issuing the completeness letter to the Secretary of Energy.
Oxytetracycline; Pesticide Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions
Document Number: 2017-04795
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-03-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes a time-limited tolerance for residues of oxytetracycline in or on fruit, citrus, group 10-10. 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 in citrus production. This regulation establishes a maximum permissible level for residues of oxytetracycline in or on the commodities in this crop group. The time-limited tolerance expires on December 31, 2019.
Flupyradifurone; Pesticide Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions
Document Number: 2017-04794
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-03-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes time-limited tolerances for residues of flupyradifurone [4-[[(6-chloro-3-pyridinyl)methyl](2,2- difluoroethyl)amino]-2(5H)-furanone] in or on sweet sorghum, forage and sorghum, syrup resulting from use of flupyradifurone in accordance with the terms of crisis exemptions issued under section 18 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). This action is in response to the issuance of crisis emergency exemptions under FIFRA section 18 authorizing use of the pesticide on sweet sorghum. This regulation establishes maximum permissible levels for residues of flupyradifurone in or on sweet sorghum forage and sorghum syrup. These time-limited tolerances expire on December 31, 2019.
Illinois: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revision
Document Number: 2017-04785
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-03-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is granting the State of Illinois Final Authorization of the changes to its hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The Agency published a proposed rule on March 18, 2016, and provided for public comment. EPA received no comments. No further opportunity for comment will be provided. EPA has determined that these changes satisfy all requirements needed to qualify for final authorization.
Air Plan Approval and Designation of Areas; KY; Redesignation of the Campbell County, 2010 1-Hour SO2
Document Number: 2017-04781
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-03-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving two separate but related submissions (one of which includes multiple components) provided by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, through the Kentucky Division of Air Quality (KDAQ), in relation to attainment of the 2010 Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for the Kentucky portion of the Campbell-Clermont, Kentucky-Ohio 2010 1-hour SO2 nonattainment area (hereafter referred to as the ``Campbell-Clermont, KY-OH Area'' or ``Area''). On March 31, 2015, KDAQ submitted a request for EPA to determine that the Campbell-Clermont, KY-OH Area attained the 2010 1-hour SO2 NAAQS. Subsequently, on February 22, 2016, KDAQ submitted a request for EPA to redesignate the Campbell County portion of Kentucky that is within the Campbell-Clermont, KY-OH Area to attainment for the 2010 1- hour SO2 NAAQS, and to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision containing a maintenance plan, base year inventory, and reasonably available control measures (RACM) determination for the Kentucky portion of the Area. EPA is approving the Commonwealth's RACM determination; the base year emissions inventory for the Kentucky portion of the Area; the Commonwealth's request for a clean data determination; and the Commonwealth's plan for maintaining attainment of the 2010 1-hour SO2 NAAQS; and is redesignating the Kentucky portion of the Area to attainment for the 2010 1-hour SO2 NAAQS.
Approval of Nevada Air Plan Revisions, Clark County Department of Air Quality and Washoe County Health District
Document Number: 2017-04777
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-03-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the Clark County Department of Air Quality and Washoe County Health District portions of the Nevada State Implementation Plan. These revisions concern emissions of particulate matter from fugitive dust. We are proposing to approve local rules to regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act. We are taking comments on this proposal and plan to follow with a final action.
Delegation of Authority to the State of West Virginia To Implement and Enforce Additional or Revised National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants and New Source Performance Standards
Document Number: 2017-04773
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On October 5, 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent the State of West Virginia (West Virginia) a letter acknowledging that West Virginia's delegation of authority to implement and enforce National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) and New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) had been updated, as provided for under previously approved delegation mechanisms. To inform regulated facilities and the public of West Virginia's updated delegation of authority to implement and enforce NESHAP and NSPS, EPA is making available a copy of EPA's letter to West Virginia through this notice.
Certain New Chemicals; Receipt and Status Information for December 2016
Document Number: 2017-04772
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is required under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to publish in the Federal Register a notice of receipt of a premanufacture notice (PMN); an application for a test marketing exemption (TME), both pending and/or expired; and a periodic status report on any new chemicals under EPA review and the receipt of notices of commencement (NOC) to manufacture those chemicals. This document covers the period from December 1, 2016 to December 30, 2016.
Air Plan Approval; Nevada, Lake Tahoe; Second 10-Year Carbon Monoxide Limited Maintenance Plan
Document Number: 2017-04771
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-03-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Nevada (``State''). On April 3, 2012, the State of Nevada submitted to the EPA a second 10-year limited maintenance plan (LMP) for the Lake Tahoe Nevada Area (``Area'') for the carbon monoxide (CO) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS or ``standards''). This LMP addresses maintenance of the CO NAAQS for a second 10-year period beyond the original 10-year maintenance period. On August 26, 2016, the State amended the 2012 submittal with a supplemental SIP submittal (``2016 supplement'' or ``supplement''). The EPA is also approving the 2011 emissions inventory, the 2024 projected emissions inventory and the revised alternative monitoring strategy included with the 2016 supplement. We are taking these actions under the Clean Air Act (CAA or ``Act'').
Air Plan Approval; Nevada, Lake Tahoe; Second 10-Year Carbon Monoxide Limited Maintenance Plan
Document Number: 2017-04770
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-03-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing approval of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Nevada (``State''). On December 15, 2003, the EPA redesignated the Lake Tahoe, Nevada area (area), consisting of the Nevada portion of the Lake Tahoe basin in Nevada's Washoe, Carson City and Douglas counties, from nonattainment to attainment for the carbon monoxide (CO) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) and approved the State's plan addressing the area's maintenance of the CO NAAQS for ten years. On April 3, 2012, the State submitted to the EPA a second CO maintenance plan for the area that addressed maintenance of the CO NAAQS through 2024. On August 26, 2016, the State submitted a supplement to their 2012 submittal. The EPA is also proposing to approve an alternative CO monitoring strategy for the area, that the State included in their August 2016 submittal. We are making this proposal under the Clean Air Act.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2017-04760
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Cross-Media Electronic Reporting: Authorized Program Revision Approval, State of North Carolina
Document Number: 2017-04759
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces EPA's approval of the State of North Carolina's request to revise its EPA Administered Permit Programs: The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System and General Pretreatment Regulations for Existing and New Sources of Pollution EPA- authorized program to allow electronic reporting.
Cross-Media Electronic Reporting: Authorized Program Revision Approval, State of Montana
Document Number: 2017-04758
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces EPA's approval of the State of Montana's request to revise its National Primary Drinking Water Regulations Implementation EPA-authorized program to allow electronic reporting.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; New Mexico; Albuquerque/Bernalillo County; New Source Review (NSR) Preconstruction Permitting Program
Document Number: 2017-04734
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-03-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act (the Act or CAA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve portions of revisions to the applicable New Source Review (NSR) State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the City of Albuquerque-Bernalillo County. Additionally, the EPA is proposing to conditionally approve the provisions establishing accelerated review and technical permit revisions. The EPA is proposing to approve the following: The establishment of a new Minor NSR (MNSR) general construction permitting program; changes to the MNSR Public Participation requirements; and the addition of exemptions from MNSR permitting for inconsequential emission sources and activities.
Cross-Media Electronic Reporting: Authorized Program Revision Approval, Mecklenburg County, State of North Carolina
Document Number: 2017-04717
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces EPA's approval of Mecklenburg County's request to revise/modify certain of its EPA-authorized programs to allow electronic reporting.
Air Plan Approval; Minnesota; Sulfur Dioxide; Particulate Matter
Document Number: 2017-04694
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-03-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a revision to the Minnesota sulfur dioxide (SO2) and particulate matter of less than 10 microns (PM10) State Implementation Plans (SIPs) as submitted on December 11, 2015. The revision will update the Rochester SO2 and Olmsted County PM10 maintenance plans to reflect changes in available controls, operating practices, and cleaner fuel options that have resulted in significant reductions of SO2 and PM10 emissions in the maintenance areas. EPA will also approve the removal of existing title I SO2 SIP conditions for six facilities from the SO2 SIP, and the state's evaluation that such changes ensure continued attainment of the SO2 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).
Air Plan Approval; Minnesota; Sulfur Dioxide; Particulate Matter
Document Number: 2017-04691
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-03-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a revision to the Minnesota sulfur dioxide (SO2) and particulate matter of less than 10 microns (PM10) State Implementation Plans (SIPs) as submitted on December 11, 2015. The revision will update the Rochester SO2 and Olmsted County PM10 maintenance plans to reflect changes in available controls, operating practices, and cleaner fuel options that have resulted in significant reductions of SO2 and PM10 emissions in the maintenance areas. EPA is also proposing to approve the removal of existing title I SO2 SIP conditions for six facilities from the SO2 SIP, and the state's evaluation that such changes ensure continued attainment of the SO2 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).
Approval of California Air Plan Revisions, Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District
Document Number: 2017-04689
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-03-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a revision to the Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District (AVAQMD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). This revision concerns emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and oxides of nitrogen (NOX) from passenger vehicles. We are proposing to approve a local rule 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.
Adequacy Status of the Knoxville, TN 2006 24-Hour PM2.5
Document Number: 2017-04684
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is notifying the public that it has found that the motor vehicle emissions budgets (MVEBs) contained in the State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision pertaining to the Knoxville, Tennessee 2006 24-hour fine particulate matter (PM2.5) nonattainment area adequate for transportation conformity purposes. This SIP revision was submitted to EPA on December 20, 2016, by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) and requests that EPA redesignate the area to attainment for the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS), and that EPA approve a maintenance plan for the continued attainment of the Area. Knoxville's 2006 24-hour PM2.5 nonattainment area (hereafter referred to as ``the Knoxville Area''), for which MVEBs are established in this notice, is comprised of the entire counties of Anderson, Blount, Knox, and Loudon, as well as a portion of Roane County. On March 2, 1999, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit) ruled that submitted SIPs cannot be used for transportation conformity determinations until EPA has affirmatively found that the MVEBs are adequate. As a result of EPA's finding, the Knoxville Area must use the MVEBs for future conformity determinations for 2006 24- hour PM2.5 NAAQS.
Adequacy Status of the Knoxville, TN 1997 Annual PM2.5
Document Number: 2017-04681
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is notifying the public that it has found that the motor vehicle emissions budgets (MVEBs) contained in the State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision pertaining to the Knoxville, Tennessee 1997 Annual fine particulate matter (PM2.5) nonattainment area are adequate for transportation conformity purposes. This SIP revision was submitted on December 20, 2016, by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) and requests that EPA redesignate the area to attainment for the 1997 annual PM2.5 national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS), and that EPA approve a maintenance plan for the continued attainment of the Area. The Knoxville 1997 Annual PM2.5 nonattainment area (hereafter referred to as ``the Knoxville Area''), for which MVEBs are established in this notice, is comprised of the entire counties of Anderson, Blount, Knox, and Loudon, as well as a portion of Roane County. On March 2, 1999, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit) ruled that submitted SIPs cannot be used for transportation conformity determinations until EPA has affirmatively found that the MVEBs are adequate. As a result of EPA's finding, the Knoxville Area must use the MVEBs for future conformity determinations for the 1997 Annual PM2.5 NAAQS.
Approval of California Air Plan Revisions, Ventura County Air Pollution Control District; Prevention of Significant Deterioration
Document Number: 2017-04680
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-03-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve revisions to the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (VCAPCD or District) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). The State of California (State) is required under the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) to adopt and implement a SIP- approved Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permit program. We are approving SIP revisions that would incorporate a PSD rule for the VCAPCD into the SIP to establish a PSD permit program for pre- construction review of certain new and modified major stationary sources in attainment and unclassifiable areas within the District.