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

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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.
Partial Approval and Partial Disapproval of Attainment Plan for the Idaho Portion of the Logan, Utah/Idaho PM2.5
Document Number: 2017-05552
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-03-21
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 taking final action further delaying 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 until April 20, 2017.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Texas; El Paso Carbon Monoxide Limited Maintenance Plan
Document Number: 2017-05379
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-03-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve the required second carbon monoxide (CO) maintenance plan as a revision to the Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP). The El Paso, Texas CO maintenance area (El Paso Area) has been demonstrating consistent air quality monitoring at or below 85% of the CO National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS or standard). Because of this, the State of Texas, through its designee, submitted the required second maintenance plan for the El Paso Area as a Limited Maintenance Plan (LMP).
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Texas; El Paso Carbon Monoxide Limited Maintenance Plan
Document Number: 2017-05378
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-03-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve the required second carbon monoxide (CO) maintenance plan as a revision to the Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP). The El Paso, Texas CO maintenance area (El Paso Area) has been demonstrating consistent air quality monitoring at or below 85% of the CO National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS or standard). Because of this, the State of Texas, through its designee, submitted the required second maintenance plan for the El Paso Area as a Limited Maintenance Plan (LMP).
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; New Mexico; Albuquerque/Bernalillo County; Inspection and Maintenance Program Error Correction
Document Number: 2017-05377
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-03-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve an error correction to a previously approved diesel inspection and maintenance (I/M) program provision in Albuquerque/Bernalillo County's State Implementation Plan (SIP). This action is based on our determination that at the time EPA approved the diesel I/M Program the State did not have the legal authority to expand its program to require the testing of 1998 and newer diesel motor vehicles greater than 1,000 and less than 10,001 pounds.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; New Mexico; Albuquerque/Bernalillo County; Inspection and Maintenance Program Error Correction
Document Number: 2017-05376
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-03-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to correct a previously approved diesel inspection and maintenance (I/M) program provision in Albuquerque/Bernalillo County's State Implementation Plan (SIP). This action is based on our determination that at the time EPA approved the diesel I/M Program the State did not have the legal authority to expand its program to require the testing of 1998 and newer diesel motor vehicles greater than 1,000 and less than 10,001 pounds.
Air Plan Approval; District of Columbia; Update to Materials Incorporated by Reference
Document Number: 2017-05201
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-03-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is updating the materials that are incorporated by reference (IBR) into the District of Columbia state implementation plan (SIP). The regulations affected by this update have been previously submitted by the District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment (DoEE) and approved by EPA. This update affects the SIP materials that are available for public inspection at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the EPA Regional Office.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; California; California Mobile Source Regulations
Document Number: 2017-05059
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-03-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve a revision to the California State Implementation Plan (SIP) consisting of state regulations establishing standards and other requirements relating to the control of emissions from new on-road and new and in-use off-road vehicles and engines. The EPA is approving the SIP revision because the regulations meet the applicable requirements of the Clean Air Act. Approval of the regulations as part of the California SIP makes them federally enforceable.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; California; California Mobile Source Regulations
Document Number: 2017-05058
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-03-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a revision to the California State Implementation Plan (SIP) consisting of California Air Resources Board regulations establishing standards and other requirements relating to the control of emissions from new on-road and new and in-use off-road vehicles and engines. The EPA is proposing to approve these regulations because the regulations meet the applicable requirements of the Clean Air Act. Approval of the regulations as part of the California SIP would make them federally enforceable.
Approval of California Air Plan Revisions, San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District
Document Number: 2017-05056
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-03-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing 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 oxides of nitrogen (NOX) and particulate matter (PM) from boilers, steam generators, and process heaters. We are proposing to approve revisions to 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.
Technical Correction to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter
Document Number: 2017-05474
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-03-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to make a technical correction to equation 2 in appendix N to part 50, section 4.4(b) of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for Particulate Matter. Equation 2 in appendix N describes an intermediate step in the calculation of the design value for the annual PM2.5 (particles with an aerodynamic diameter less than or equal to a nominal 2.5 micrometers) NAAQS. This action corrects Equation 2 to properly account for cases where a site has quarters without daily values and passes the minimum quarterly value data substitution test. This change accurately reflects the intended calculation of the annual PM2.5 design value and is consistent with the text of section 4.1 in appendix N to part 50.
Alabama: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revisions
Document Number: 2017-05466
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-03-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Alabama has applied to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for final authorization of changes to its hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). These changes correspond to certain Federal rules promulgated between July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2008, and July 1, 2011 through June, 30, 2014 (also known as RCRA Clusters XVII through XVIII, and XXII through XXIII). With this proposed rule, EPA is proposing to grant final authorization to Alabama for these changes.
Request for Public Comments on Peer Review Candidates for Proposed Modeling Approaches for a Health-Based Benchmark for Lead in Drinking Water
Document Number: 2017-05465
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requests comments on the candidates being considered as expert peer reviewers for the draft modeling report entitled, ``Proposed Modeling Approaches for a Health-Based Benchmark for Lead in Drinking Water'' (lead modeling report). EPA is seeking comment and information about the expertise and qualifications of the candidates. See section II of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice for the interim list of candidates.
Alabama: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revisions
Document Number: 2017-05464
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-03-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Alabama has applied to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for final authorization of changes to its hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). EPA has determined that these changes satisfy all requirements needed to qualify for final authorization, and is authorizing the State's changes through this direct final rule. In the ``Proposed Rules'' section of today's Federal Register, EPA is also publishing a separate document that serves as the proposal to authorize these changes. EPA believes this action is not controversial and does not expect comments that oppose it. Unless EPA receives written comments that oppose this authorization during the comment period, the decision to authorize Alabama's changes to its hazardous waste program will take effect. If EPA receives comments that oppose this action, EPA will publish a document in the Federal Register withdrawing today's direct final rule before it takes effect, and the separate document published in today's ``Proposed Rules'' section of this Federal Register will serve as the proposal to authorize the changes.
Further Delay of Effective Dates for Five Final Regulations Published by the Environmental Protection Agency Between December 12, 2016 and January 17, 2017
Document Number: 2017-05462
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-03-20
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 EPA on January 26, 2017, EPA is further delaying the effective dates for the five regulations listed in the table below.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2017-05375
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA); TSCA Section 21 Petition; Reasons for Agency Response
Document Number: 2017-05291
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-03-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document provides the reasons for EPA's response to a petition it received under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The TSCA section 21 petition was received from Earthjustice, Natural Resources Defense Council, Toxic-Free Future, Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, BlueGreen Alliance, and Environmental Health Strategy Center on December 13, 2016. The petitioners requested that EPA issue an order under TSCA section 4, requiring that testing be conducted by manufacturers (which includes importers) and processors on tetrabromobisphenol A (``TBBPA'') (CAS No. 79-94-7). After careful consideration, EPA denied the TSCA section 21 petition for the reasons discussed in this document.
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List: Deletion of the Perdido Ground Water Contamination Superfund Site
Document Number: 2017-05290
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-03-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency Region 4 is publishing this direct final Notice of Deletion for the Perdido Ground Water Contamination Superfund Site (Site), located in Perdido, Baldwin County, Alabama, from the National Priorities List (NPL). The NPL, promulgated pursuant to Section 105 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980, as amended, is an appendix of the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP). This direct final deletion is being published by the EPA with the concurrence of the State of Alabama, through the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM), because the EPA has determined that all appropriate response actions under CERCLA have been completed. However, this deletion does not preclude future actions under Superfund.
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List: Deletion of the Perdido Ground Water Contamination Superfund Site
Document Number: 2017-05289
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-03-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency Region 4 is issuing a Notice of Intent to Delete the Perdido Ground Water Contamination Superfund Site (Site) located in Baldwin County, Alabama, from the National Priorities List (NPL) and requests public comments on this proposed action. The NPL, promulgated pursuant to section 105 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980, as amended, is an appendix of the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP). The EPA and the State of Alabama, through the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM), have determined that all appropriate response actions under CERCLA have been completed. However, this deletion does not preclude future actions under Superfund.
Accidental Release Prevention Requirements: Risk Management Programs Under the Clean Air Act; Further Delay of Effective Date
Document Number: 2017-05288
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-03-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
By a letter dated March 13, 2017, the Administrator announced the convening of a proceeding for reconsideration of the final rule that amends the chemical accident prevention provisions addressing Risk Management Programs under the Clean Air Act published in the Federal Register on January 13, 2017. The effective date of these regulations had been March 21, 2017. By this action, the EPA is administratively staying and delaying the effective date of this rule for 90 days. Thus, the January 13, 2017 rule will become effective on June 19, 2017.
Certain New Chemicals; Receipt and Status Information for January 2017
Document Number: 2017-05287
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-16
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 January 3, 2017 to January 31, 2017.
Streptomycin; Pesticide Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions
Document Number: 2017-04779
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-03-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes time-limited tolerances for residues of streptomycin in or on fruit, citrus, group 10-10, for both fresh fruit and dried pulp. 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 maximum permissible levels for residues of streptomycin in or on these commodities. The time-limited tolerances expire on December 31, 2019.
Approval of California Air Plan; Owens Valley Serious Area Plan for the 1987 24-Hour PM10
Document Number: 2017-04804
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-03-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of California to meet Clean Air Act (CAA or ``Act'') requirements applicable to the Owens Valley PM10 nonattainment area (NA). The Owens Valley PM10 NA is classified as a ``Serious'' nonattainment area for the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter of ten microns or less (PM10). The submitted SIP revision is the ``Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District 2016 Owens Valley Planning Area PM10 State Implementation Plan'' (``2016 PM10 Plan'' or ``Plan''). The State's obligation to submit the 2016 PM10 Plan was triggered by the EPA's 2007 finding that the Owens Valley PM10 NA had failed to meet its December 31, 2006, deadline to attain the PM10 NAAQS. The CAA requires a Serious PM10 nonattainment area that fails to meet its attainment deadline to submit a plan providing for attainment of the PM10 NAAQS and for an annual reduction in PM10 emissions of not less than five percent until attainment of the PM10 NAAQS. The EPA is approving the 2016 PM10 Plan because it meets all relevant statutory and regulatory requirements.
Determination of Attainment and Approval of Base Year Emissions Inventories for the Imperial County, California Fine Particulate Matter Nonattainment Area
Document Number: 2017-04782
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-03-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is determining that the Imperial County, California Moderate nonattainment area (``the Imperial County NA'') has attained the 2006 24-hour fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). The EPA is also approving a revision to California's state implementation plan (SIP) consisting of the 2008 winter and annual base year emissions inventories for the Imperial County NA submitted by California Air Resources Board on January 9, 2015.
Determination of Attainment and Approval of Base Year Emissions Inventories for the Imperial County, California Fine Particulate Matter Nonattainment Area
Document Number: 2017-04780
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-03-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is determining that the Imperial County, California Moderate nonattainment area (``the Imperial County NA'') has attained the 2006 24-hour fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS or ``standard''). This determination, also known as a clean data determination (CDD), is based upon complete, quality-assured, and certified ambient air monitoring data showing that the area has monitored attainment of the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS based on the 2013-2015 data available in the EPA's Air Quality System database. As a consequence of this determination of attainment, certain Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements that apply to the Imperial County Air Pollution Control District (ICAPCD or ``District'') shall be suspended for so long as the area continues to meet the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS. The area remains nonattainment for the 2012 annual PM2.5 NAAQS. The EPA is also approving a revision to California's state implementation plan (SIP) consisting of the 2008 emissions inventory for the Imperial County NA submitted by the California Air Resources Board (CARB or ``State'') on January 9, 2015. This action is being taken under the CAA. Elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register, we are proposing approval and soliciting written comment on these actions. If we receive adverse comments on this direct final rule that result in withdrawal of the entire rule or any part(s) of it, we will address those comments when we finalize the proposal. The EPA does not plan to institute a second comment period on this action. Any parties interested in commenting must do so at this time.
Approval of California Air Plan Revisions, Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District
Document Number: 2017-04778
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-03-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a revision to the Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District (YSAQMD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). This revision concerns emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and particulate matter (PM) from confined animal facilities (CAFs). We are approving a local rule that regulates these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).
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.
Receipt of Information Under the Toxic Substances Control Act
Document Number: 2017-04697
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is announcing its receipt of information submitted pursuant to a rule, order, or consent agreement issued under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). As required by TSCA, this document identifies each chemical substance and/or mixture for which information has been received; the uses or intended uses of such chemical substance and/or mixture; and describes the nature of the information received. Each chemical substance and/or mixture related to this announcement is identified in Unit I. under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Approval of California Air Plan Revisions, Western Mojave Desert, Rate of Progress Demonstration
Document Number: 2017-04692
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-03-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a state implementation plan revision submitted by the State of California to meet Clean Air Act requirements applicable to the Western Mojave Desert (WMD) ozone nonattainment area. The EPA is proposing to approve the initial six-year 15 percent rate of progress demonstration to address requirements for the 1997 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS).
Approval of Arizona Air Plan Revisions, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and Maricopa County Air Quality Department
Document Number: 2017-04683
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-03-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) and Maricopa County Air Quality District (MCAQD) portions of the Arizona State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions were submitted by ADEQ in response to EPA's May 22, 2015, finding of substantial inadequacy and SIP call for certain provisions in the SIP related to affirmative defenses applicable to excess emissions during startup, shutdown, and malfunction (SSM) events. EPA is proposing approval of the SIP revisions because the Agency has determined that they are in accordance with the requirements for SIP provisions under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).