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

Request for Nominations of Experts to the EPA Office of Research and Development's Board of Scientific Counselors; Correction
Document Number: 2017-11166
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a notice seeking nominations for technical experts to serve on its Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC), a federal advisory committee to the Office of Research and Development (ORD) in the Federal Register on May 25, 2017. An error in the date for submitting nominations via the BOSC Web site is identified and corrected in this action.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Renewal of an Existing Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-11086
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit an Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The ICR, entitled: ``Toxic Chemical Release Reporting and Renewals of Form R, Form A, and Form R Schedule 1'' and identified by EPA ICR No. 1363.26 and OMB Control No. 2025-0009, represents the renewal of an existing ICR that is scheduled to expire on November 30, 2017. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection that is summarized in this document. The ICR and accompanying material are available in the docket for public review and comment.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Oregon: Permitting and General Rule Revisions; Reopening of Comment Period
Document Number: 2017-10935
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-05-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is reopening the public comment period on the proposed rule ``Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Oregon: Permitting and General Rule Revisions'' published March 22, 2017. A commenter requested more time to review the proposal and prepare comments. In response, the EPA is providing an additional 30 days for public comment.
Determination of Attainment and Approval of Base Year Emissions Inventories for the Imperial County, California Fine Particulate Matter Nonattainment Area; Correction
Document Number: 2017-10931
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-05-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On March 13, 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a direct final rule in the Federal Register determining that the Imperial County, California Moderate nonattainment area (``the Imperial County NA'') attained the 2006 24-hour fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standard. In the same action, the EPA approved 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. The EPA's description in regulatory text of the SIP element that was approved inadvertently included information unrelated to the 2008 emissions inventory. This document corrects the regulatory text to clarify the provisions of the SIP that are approved.
Air Plan Approval; Maryland; Update to Materials Incorporated by Reference
Document Number: 2017-10915
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-05-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is updating the materials that are incorporated by reference (IBR) into the Maryland state implementation plan (SIP). The regulations affected by this update have been previously submitted by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) 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.
Air Plan Approval and Air Quality Designation; TN; Redesignation of the Knoxville 1997 Annual PM2.5
Document Number: 2017-10914
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-05-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On December 20, 2016, Tennessee, through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), submitted a request for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to redesignate the Knoxville-Sevierville-La Follette, TN fine particulate matter (PM2.5) nonattainment area (hereinafter referred to as the ``Knoxville Area'' or ``Area'') to attainment for the 1997 Annual PM2.5 national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) and to approve a state implementation plan (SIP) revision containing a maintenance plan, a reasonably available control measures (RACM) determination, and source-specific requirements for the Area. EPA is proposing to approve Tennessee's RACM determination for the Knoxville Area and incorporate it into the SIP; to incorporate source-specific requirements for two sources in the Area into the SIP; determine that the Knoxville Area is attaining the 1997 Annual PM2.5 NAAQS based on 2013-2015 data; approve Tennessee's plan for maintaining the 1997 Annual PM2.5 NAAQS for the Knoxville Area (maintenance plan), including the associated motor vehicle emission budgets (MVEBs) for nitrogen oxides (NOX) and PM2.5 for the years 2014 and 2028, and incorporate it into the SIP; and to redesignate the Knoxville Area to attainment for the 1997 Annual PM2.5 NAAQS.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maryland; Regional Haze Best Available Retrofit Technology Measure for Verso Luke Paper Mill
Document Number: 2017-10913
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-05-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Maryland. This revision pertains to a best available retrofit technology (BART) alternative measure for the Verso Luke Paper Mill (the Mill) submitted by the State of Maryland. Maryland requests new emissions limits for sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOX) for power boiler 24 at the Mill and a SO2 cap on tons emitted per year for power boiler 25, while also requesting removal of the specific BART emission limits for SO2 and NOX from power boiler 25. The alternative BART measure will provide greater reasonable progress for SO2 and NOX for regional haze by resulting in additional emission reductions of 2,055 tons per year (tpy) of SO2 and an additional 804 tpy of NOX than would occur through the previously approved BART measure for power boiler 25, a BART subject source. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maryland; Control of Nitrogen Oxide Emissions From Coal-Fired Electric Generating Units
Document Number: 2017-10912
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-05-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Maryland. The revision consists of a Maryland regulation that regulates nitrogen oxides (NOX) emissions from coal-fired electric generating units (EGUs) in the State. EPA is approving this revision in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Delaware; Update to Materials Incorporated by Reference
Document Number: 2017-10911
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-05-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is updating the materials that are incorporated by reference (IBR) into the Delaware state implementation plan (SIP). The regulations affected by this update have been previously submitted by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) 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 Air Quality Implementation Plans; District of Columbia; Regional Haze Five-Year Progress Report State Implementation Plan
Document Number: 2017-10910
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-05-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing approval of a revision to the District of Columbia State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the District of Columbia (the District) through the District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE). The District's SIP revision addresses requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and EPA's rules that require states to submit periodic reports describing progress towards reasonable progress goals (RPGs) established for regional haze and a determination of the adequacy of the state's existing SIP addressing regional haze (regional haze SIP). EPA is proposing approval of the District's SIP revision because EPA has determined that it satisfactorily addresses the progress report and adequacy determination requirements for the first implementation period for regional haze. This action is being taken under the CAA.
Air Plan Approval; Virginia; Update to Materials Incorporated by Reference
Document Number: 2017-10909
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-05-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is updating the materials that are incorporated by reference (IBR) into the Virginia state implementation plan (SIP). The regulations affected by this update have been previously submitted by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VADEQ) 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.
Air Plan Approval; Washington: General Regulations for Air Pollution Sources, Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council
Document Number: 2017-10908
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-05-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving updates to the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) air quality regulations in the Washington State Implementation Plan (SIP). 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 approving revisions to EFSEC's air quality regulations to implement the preconstruction permitting regulations for large industrial (major source) energy 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. This final approval of the EFSEC PSD program transfers the authority for issuing PSD permits from EPA to EFSEC for all of the categories of energy facilities for which EFSEC has jurisdiction. This narrows the current FIP to cover only those energy facilities for which EFSEC does not have jurisdiction or authority. The EPA is also approving EFSEC's visibility protection permitting program which overlaps significantly with the PSD program in most cases.
Air Plan Approval; Indiana; Redesignation of the Muncie Area to Attainment of the 2008 Lead Standard
Document Number: 2017-10906
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-05-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving the April 14, 2016, request from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (Indiana) to redesignate the Muncie nonattainment area to attainment for the 2008 national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS or standards) for lead. EPA is also approving the state's plan for maintaining the 2008 lead NAAQS through 2030 for the area and the 2013 attainment year emissions inventory for the area. EPA is approving these actions in accordance with the Clean Air Act (CAA) and EPA's implementation regulations regarding the 2008 lead NAAQS.
Air Plan Approval and Air Quality Designation; TN; Redesignation of the Knoxville 2006 24-Hour PM2.5
Document Number: 2017-10905
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-05-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On December 20, 2016, Tennessee, through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), submitted a request for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to redesignate the Knoxville-Sevierville-La Follette, TN fine particulate matter (PM2.5) nonattainment area (hereinafter referred to as the ``Knoxville Area'' or ``Area'') to attainment for the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) and to approve a state implementation plan (SIP) revision containing a maintenance plan and a reasonably available control measures (RACM) determination for the Area. EPA is proposing to approve Tennessee's RACM determination for the Knoxville Area and incorporate it into the SIP; to approve Tennessee's plan for maintaining the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS for the Knoxville Area (maintenance plan), including the associated motor vehicle emission budgets (MVEBs) for nitrogen oxides (NOx) and PM2.5 for the years 2014 and 2028, and incorporate it into the SIP; and to redesignate the Knoxville Area to attainment for the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS.
Air Plan Approval; Indiana; Redesignation of the Muncie Area to Attainment of the 2008 Lead Standard
Document Number: 2017-10904
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-05-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to redesignate the Muncie, Indiana nonattainment area to attainment for the 2008 national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) for lead. EPA is proposing to approve this request and two additional related actions as revisions to the Indiana state implementation plan (SIP). These are the state's plan for maintaining the 2008 lead NAAQS through 2030 for the area and the 2013 attainment year emissions inventory for the area. EPA is proposing to approve these actions in accordance with the Clean Air Act and EPA's implementation regulations regarding the 2008 lead NAAQS.