Environmental Protection Agency March 30, 2017 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

First External Review Draft Integrated Science Assessment for Oxides of Nitrogen, Oxides of Sulfur, and Particulate Matter-Ecological Criteria
Document Number: 2017-06317
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a public comment period for the draft document titled, ``First External Review Draft Integrated Science Assessment for Oxides of Nitrogen, Oxides of Sulfur, and Particulate MatterEcological Criteria'' (EPA/600/R-16/ 372). The draft document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD) as part of the review of the secondary (welfare- based) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for oxides of nitrogen, oxides of sulfur, and particulate matter. The Integrated Science Assessment (ISA), in conjunction with additional technical and policy assessments, provides the scientific basis for EPA's decisions on the adequacy of the current NAAQS and the appropriateness of possible alternative standards. On January 28, 2016, EPA released a separate ISA as part of an independent review for the primary (health- based) NAAQS for oxides of nitrogen (EPA/600/R-15/068). In addition, EPA is currently developing separate ISAs to support the primary NAAQS review for oxides of sulfur and the primary and non-ecological secondary (e.g., visibility, climate, materials damage) NAAQS review for particulate matter. EPA is releasing this draft document to seek review by the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) and the public (meeting date and location to be specified in a separate Federal Register notice). This draft document is not final, as described in EPA's information quality guidelines, and it does not represent, and should not be construed to represent, Agency policy or views. When revising the document, EPA will consider any public comments submitted during the public comment period specified in this notice.
Notification of a Public Meeting of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC); Secondary National Ambient Air Quality Standards Review Panel for Oxides of Nitrogen and Sulfur
Document Number: 2017-06316
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) Secondary National Ambient Air Quality Standards Review Panel for Oxides of Nitrogen and Sulfur to peer review EPA's Integrated Science Assessment for Oxides of Nitrogen, Oxides of Sulfur, and Particulate MatterEcological Criteria (First External Review Draft).
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Compliance Assurance Monitoring Program
Document Number: 2017-06314
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``Compliance Assurance Monitoring Program'' (EPA ICR No. 1663.09, OMB Control No. 2060-0376) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through March 31, 2017. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (81 FR 44860) on July 11, 2016 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. 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.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NSPS for the Graphic Arts Industry (Renewal)
Document Number: 2017-06313
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``NSPS for the Graphic Arts Industry (40 CFR part 60, subpart QQ) (Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 0657.12, OMB Control No. 2060-0105), to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through February 28, 2017. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (81 FR 26546) on May 3, 2016 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. An Agency may neither conduct nor sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently-valid OMB control number.
Partial Approval and Partial Disapproval of Attainment Plan for the Idaho Portion of the Logan, Utah/Idaho PM2.5
Document Number: 2017-06311
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with the Presidential directive as expressed in the memorandum of January 20, 2017, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled ``Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,'' and the Federal Register document published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) on January 26, 2017, the EPA is proposing to further delay the effective date for Partial Approval and Partial Disapproval of Attainment Plan for the Idaho Portion of the Logan, Utah/Idaho PM2.5 Nonattainment Area for up to 90 days.
Air Plan Approval; VT; Infrastructure State Implementation Plan Requirements
Document Number: 2017-06206
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve elements of State Implementation Plan (SIP) submissions from Vermont regarding the infrastructure requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) for the 1997 fine particle matter (PM2.5), 1997 ozone, 2006 PM2.5, 2008 lead (Pb), 2008 ozone, 2010 nitrogen dioxide (NO2), and 2010 sulfur dioxide (SO2) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). We also are proposing to approve two statutes and one Executive Order submitted by Vermont in support of its demonstration that the infrastructure requirements of the CAA have been met. In addition, we are conditionally approving certain elements of Vermont's submittals relating to prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) requirements. Last, we are proposing to update the classification for two of Vermont's air quality control regions for SO2 based on recent air quality monitoring data collected by the state, which will grant the state an exemption from the infrastructure SIP contingency plan obligation for SO2. The infrastructure requirements are designed to ensure that the structural components of each state's air quality management program are adequate to meet the state's responsibilities under the CAA.
Proposed Administrative Settlement Agreement and Order on Consent, Quartz Hill Tailings Pile Within the Central City/Clear Creek Superfund Site, Central City, Gilpin County, Colorado
Document Number: 2017-06118
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with the requirements of the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, as amended (``CERCLA''), notice is hereby given of the proposed administrative settlement between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA'') and the City of Central, CO (``Settling Party''). Pursuant to the terms of the proposed settlement, the Settling Party will enact a land use ordinance and conduct operations and maintenance activities over the Quartz Hill Tailings Pile, within the Central City/ Clear Creek Superfund Site. In exchange, the EPA will provide a covenant not to sue, and release certain liens against property owned by the Settling Party within the Central City/Clear Creek Superfund Site. The State of Colorado is also a signatory to the proposed agreement.