Environmental Protection Agency March 22, 2017 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Pesticide Emergency Exemptions; Agency Decisions and State and Federal Agency Crisis Declarations
Document Number: 2017-05722
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has granted emergency exemptions under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) for use of pesticides as listed in this notice. The exemptions were granted during the period October 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016 to control unforeseen pest outbreaks.
Fatty Acids, Montan-Wax, Ethoxylated; Tolerance Exemption
Document Number: 2017-05721
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-03-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of fatty acids, montan-wax, ethoxylated (CAS No. 68476-04-0) when used as an inert ingredient in a pesticide chemical formulation. Clariant Corporation 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 fatty acids, montan-wax, ethoxylated on food or feed commodities.
Aspergillus flavus AF36; Amendment to an Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: 2017-05720
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-03-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation amends the existing tolerance exemption for Aspergillus flavus AF36 by establishing an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of Aspergillus flavus AF36 in or on almond and fig when used in accordance with label directions and good agricultural practices. Interregional Research Project Number 4 submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), requesting that EPA amend the existing tolerance exemption for Aspergillus flavus AF36. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of Aspergillus flavus AF36 under FFDCA.
National and Governmental Advisory Committees
Document Number: 2017-05719
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92- 463, notice is hereby given that the National Advisory Committee and the Governmental Advisory Committee will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, March 28 and Wednesday, March 29, 2017 in Washington, DC. The meeting is open to the public. Due to unforeseen administrative circumstances, EPA is announcing this meeting with less than 15 calendar days notice.
Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Chartered Science Advisory Board (SAB)
Document Number: 2017-05718
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the Chartered SAB to discuss the draft SAB Review of Lake Erie Nutrient Load Reduction Models and Targets (February, 2017) and conduct a quality review. Due to unforeseen administrative circumstances, EPA is announcing this meeting with less than 15 calendar days' notice.
Product Cancellation Order for Certain Pesticide Registrations
Document Number: 2017-05717
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces EPA's order for the cancellations, voluntarily requested by the registrants and accepted by the Agency, of the products listed in Table 1 of Unit II., pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). This cancellation order follows a July 12, 2016 Federal Register Notice of Receipt of Requests from the registrants listed in Table 2 of Unit II. to voluntarily cancel these product registrations.
Product Cancellation Order for Certain Pesticide Registrations
Document Number: 2017-05710
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces EPA's order for the cancellations, voluntarily requested by the registrants and accepted by the Agency, of the products listed in Table 1 of Unit II., pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). This cancellation order follows an August 20, 2014 Federal Register (79 FR 49311) (FRL- 9914-46) Notice of Receipt of Requests from the registrants listed in Table 2 of Unit II. to voluntarily cancel these product registrations. In the August 20, 2014 notice, EPA indicated that it would issue an order implementing the cancellations, unless the Agency received substantive comments within the 180-day comment period that would merit its further review of these requests, or unless the registrants withdrew their requests. The Agency did not receive any comments on the notice. Further, the registrants did not withdraw their requests. Accordingly, EPA hereby issues in this notice a cancellation order granting the requested cancellations. Any distribution, sale, or use of the products subject to this cancellation order is permitted only in accordance with the terms of this order, including any existing stocks provisions.
Board of Scientific Counselors Homeland Security Subcommittee; Notification of Public Teleconference and Public Comment
Document Number: 2017-05709
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-22
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) Homeland Security Subcommittee (HSS) will host a public teleconference. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All times noted are Eastern Time and are approximate. The primary discussions will focus on finalizing the draft report on the effective and efficient tools, strategies and methods to characterize and assess exposure and decontamination following a biological contamination incident. There will be a public comment period at 11:15 a.m. For information on registering to participate on the call or to provide public comment, please see the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below. Due to unforeseen administrative circumstances, EPA is announcing this meeting with less than fifteen calendar days' notice.
Octadecanoic acid, 12-hydroxy-, homopolymer, ester with α, α',α”
Document Number: 2017-05708
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-03-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of octadecanoic acid, 12-hydroxy-, homopolymer, ester with [alpha], [alpha]',[alpha]''-1,2,3- propanetriyltris[[omega]-hydroxypoly(oxy-1,2-ethanediyl)]; when used as an inert ingredient in a pesticide chemical formulation. Ethox Chemicals, LLC 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 octadecanoic acid, 12-hydroxy-, homopolymer, ester with [alpha], [alpha]',[alpha]''- 1,2,3-propanetriyltris[[omega]-hydroxypoly(oxy-1,2-ethanediyl )] on food or feed commodities.
Cyantraniliprole; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2017-05707
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-03-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of cyantraniliprole in or on multiple commodities which are identified and discussed later in this document. E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Company and Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee; Request for Nominations to the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee
Document Number: 2017-05706
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs is inviting nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC). The PPDC is chartered to provide advice and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on a broad range of issues concerning pesticide regulatory development and reform initiatives, evolving public policy and program implementation issues, and science issues associated with evaluating and reducing risks from pesticide use. To maintain the representation outlined by the charter, nominees will be selected to represent: Environmental/public interest and animal rights groups; farm worker organizations; pesticide industry and trade associations; pesticide user, grower, and commodity groups; federal/state/local and tribal governments; academia; and public health organizations. Vacancies are expected to be filled by July 2017. Sources in addition to this Federal Register Notice may be utilized in the solicitation of nominees.
Cloquintocet-mexyl; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2017-05705
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-03-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of Cloquintocet-mexyl (acetic acid [5-chloro-8-quinolinyl) oxy]-1- methylhexyl ester) in or on teff when cloquintocet-mexyl is used as an inert ingredient (herbicide safener) in pesticide formulations containing pyroxsulam. Dow AgroSciences LLC requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) in order to cover residues of cloquintocet-mexyl in imported teff commodities.
Polyglycerol Polyricinoleate; Tolerance Exemption
Document Number: 2017-05703
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-03-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of polyglycerol polyricinoleate when used as an inert ingredient in a pesticide chemical formulation. AgroFresh 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 polyglycerol polyricinoleate on food or feed commodities.
Notification of Two Public Teleconferences of the Science Advisory Board Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee Augmented for the Review of EPA's Draft Hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine (RDX) Assessment
Document Number: 2017-05702
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces two public teleconferences of the SAB Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee Augmented for the Review of the Draft Hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine (RDX) Assessment (CAAC-RDX Panel) to peer review EPA's draft Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) Toxicological Review of Hexahydro-1,3,5- trinitro-1,3,5-triazine (RDX) (External Review DraftSeptember 2016).
Isoamyl Acetate; Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: 2017-05701
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-03-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of isoamyl acetate (CAS Reg. No. 123-92-2) when used as an inert ingredient (buffering agent) in pesticide formulations applied to growing crops and raw agricultural commodities after harvest. The Technology Sciences Group on behalf of the Jeneil Biosurfactant Company 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.
Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; National Volatile Organic Compound Emission Standards for Consumer Products (Renewal)
Document Number: 2017-05662
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ``National Volatile Organic Compound Emission Standards for Consumer Products (40 CFR part 59, subpart C) (Renewal), OMB Control No. 2060-0348, EPA ICR No. 1764.07,'' to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). Before doing so, the 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 June 30, 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.
Limited Federal Implementation Plan; Prevention of Significant Deterioration Requirements for Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5
Document Number: 2017-05557
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-03-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing a limited Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) under the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) to apply to the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District (North Coast Unified AQMD or District) in California. This limited FIP will implement provisions to regulate fine particulate matter (PM2.5) under the CAA Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) program within the District. The EPA previously issued two findings of failure to submit a State Implementation Plan (SIP) addressing these PSD requirements and also issued a partial disapproval action applicable to the North Coast Unified AQMD portion of the California SIP that triggered the duty under CAA section 110(c)(1) for the EPA to promulgate this limited FIP. Under this final rule, the EPA will be the CAA PSD permitting authority for any new or modified major sources subject to PSD review for PM2.5 or its precursors within the District.
Air Plan Approval; Washington: General Regulations for Air Pollution Sources, Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council
Document Number: 2017-05467
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-03-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to revise the Washington State Implementation Plan (SIP) to approve updates to the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) air quality regulations. The EFSEC regulations primarily adopt by reference the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) general air quality regulations, which the EPA approved in the fall of 2014 and spring of 2015. Consistent with our approval of the Ecology general air quality regulations, we are also proposing to approve revisions to implement the preconstruction permitting regulations for large industrial (major source) facilities in attainment and unclassifiable areas, called the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) program. The PSD program for major energy facilities under EFSEC's jurisdiction has historically been operated under a Federal Implementation Plan (FIP), in cooperation with the EPA and Ecology. If finalized, the EPA's proposed approval of the EFSEC PSD program would narrow the FIP to include only those few potential facilities, emission sources, geographic areas, and permits for which EFSEC does not have jurisdiction or authority. The EPA is also proposing to approve EFSEC's visibility protection permitting program which overlaps significantly with the PSD program in most cases.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Oregon: Permitting and General Rule Revisions
Document Number: 2017-05463
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-03-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes to approve, and incorporate by reference, specific changes to Oregon's State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted on April 22, 2015. The changes relate to the criteria pollutants for which the EPA has established national ambient air quality standardscarbon monoxide, lead, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, particulate matter, and sulfur dioxide. Specifically, the changes account for new federal requirements for fine particulate matter, update the major and minor source pre-construction permitting programs, and add state-level air quality designations. The changes also address public notice procedures for informational meetings, and tighten emission standards for dust and smoke. In addition, Oregon reorganized rules in the SIP by consolidating definitions, removing duplicate provisions, correcting errors, and removing outdated provisions. We note that certain rule changes are not appropriate for SIP approval, or are inconsistent with Clean Air Act requirements. In those cases, we are not approving the revisions.
Air Plan Approval; Georgia; Atlanta; Requirements for the 2008 8-Hour Ozone Standard
Document Number: 2017-05461
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-03-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve the portion of a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Georgia, through Georgia Environmental Protection Division on February 6, 2015, addressing the nonattainment new source review requirements for the 2008 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards for the Atlanta, Georgia 2008 8-hour ozone nonattainment area (hereinafter referred to as the ``Atlanta Area''). The Atlanta Area is comprised of 15 counties in Atlanta (Bartow, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Newton, Paulding, and Rockdale). This action is being taken pursuant to the Clean Air Act and its implementing regulations.
Air Plan Approval; Georgia; Atlanta; Requirements for the 2008 8-Hour Ozone Standard
Document Number: 2017-05459
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-03-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve the portion of a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted on February 6, 2015, by the State of Georgia, through the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GA EPD), addressing the nonattainment new source review (NNSR) requirements for the 2008 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for the Atlanta, Georgia 2008 8-hour ozone nonattainment area (hereinafter referred to as the ``Atlanta Area'' or ``Area''). The Atlanta Area is comprised of 15 counties in Atlanta (Bartow, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Newton, Paulding, and Rockdale). This action is being taken pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) and its implementing regulations.
Notice of Intention To Reconsider the Final Determination of the Mid-Term Evaluation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards for Model Year 2022-2025 Light Duty Vehicles
Document Number: 2017-05316
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-03-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
EPA announces its intention to reconsider the Final Determination of the Mid-Term Evaluation of greenhouse gas (GHG) standards for model year (MY) 2022-2025 light-duty vehicles and to coordinate its reconsideration with the parallel process to be undertaken by the DOT's NHTSA regarding Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for cars and light trucks for the same model years.