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

Fast-41 Best Practices: Delegated State Permitting Programs
Document Number: 2017-23686
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On January 18, 2017, the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council, published Recommended Best Practices for Environmental Reviews and Authorizations for Infrastructure Projects, available at https://www.permits.performance.gov. In accordance with Section 41006 of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST- 41), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking public comment. Specifically, EPA is seeking feedback on whether any of the best practices are generally applicable on a delegation or authorization-wide basis to permitting under FAST-41.
Adequacy Status of the Kenosha County, Wisconsin Area for Submitted 8-Hour Ozone Attainment Demonstration for Transportation Conformity Purposes
Document Number: 2017-23685
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In this notice, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is notifying the public that we find that the motor vehicle emissions budgets (MVEBs) for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and oxides of nitrogen (NOX) in the Kenosha County, Wisconsin ozone nonattainment area are adequate for use in transportation conformity determinations. Wisconsin submitted an Attainment Demonstration for Kenosha County on April 17, 2017. As a result of our finding, this area must use these MVEBs from the submitted Attainment Demonstration for future transportation conformity determinations.
Notice of Proposed Administrative Settlement Pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act
Document Number: 2017-23684
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with section 122(h)(1) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, as amended (``CERCLA''), notice is hereby given of a proposed administrative settlement concerning the Bandera Road Ground Water Plume Superfund Site, located in City of Leon Valley, Bexar County, Texas. The settlement requires Savings Square Partners, Ltd., settling party, to pay a total of $1,820,000 as payment of past response costs to the Hazardous Substances Superfund. The settlement includes a covenant not to sue pursuant to sections 106 and 107(a) of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 9606 and 9607(a). For thirty (30) days following the date of publication of this notice, the Agency will receive written comments relating to this notice and will receive written comments relating to the settlement. The Agency will consider all comments received and may modify or withdraw its consent to the settlement if comments received disclose facts or considerations which indicate that the settlement is inappropriate, improper, or inadequate. The Agency's response to any comments received will be available for public inspection at 1445 Ross Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75202-2733.
Hazardous Waste Management System; Identification and Listing of Hazardous Waste
Document Number: 2017-23683
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-10-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to grant a petition submitted by Blanchard Refining Company LLC (Blanchard) to exclude (or delist) the residual solids generated from the reclamation of oil bearing hazardous secondary materials (OBSMs) on-site at Blanchard's Galveston Bay Refinery (GBR), located in Texas City, Texas from the lists of hazardous wastes. EPA used the Delisting Risk Assessment Software (DRAS) Version 3.0.35 in the evaluation of the impact of the petitioned waste on human health and the environment.
Information Session; Implementation of the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act of 2014
Document Number: 2017-23567
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing plans to hold information sessions on: November 8, 2017 in Denver, Colorado; November 16, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee; and November 29, 2017 in Lenexa, Kansas. In addition, EPA will host a series of webinars covering the same topics on December 6, 13, and 20, 2017. The purpose of both the sessions and webinars is to provide prospective borrowers with a better understanding of the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program requirements and application process. Under WIFIA, EPA can provide long-term, low-cost supplemental loans and loan guarantees for regionally and nationally significant water infrastructure projects. During each information session, EPA will provide an overview of the program's statutory and eligibility requirements, application and selection process, and creditworthiness assessment. It will also explain the financial benefits of WIFIA credit assistance and provide tips for completing the application materials. The intended audience is prospective borrowers including municipal entities, corporations, partnerships, and State Revolving Fund programs, as well as the private and non-governmental organizations that support prospective borrowers.
Notice of a Public Meeting of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council
Document Number: 2017-23566
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a public meeting of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC), as authorized under the Safe Drinking Water Act. During this meeting, the NDWAC will focus discussions on developing recommendations for the EPA Administrator on Health Advisory Communications.
Hexythiazox; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2017-23439
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-10-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation amends an existing tolerance for residues of the ovicide/miticide hexythiazox in/on hop, dried cones, by increasing the current tolerance from 2.0 parts per million (ppm) to 20 ppm. Gowan Company requested modification of this tolerance under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Bacillus amyloliquefaciens Strain F727; Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: 2017-23469
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-10-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain F727 in or on all food commodities when used in accordance with label directions and good agricultural practices. Marrone Bio Innovations 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 Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain F727 under FFDCA.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2017-23452
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pesticide Product Registration; Receipt of Applications for New Uses
Document Number: 2017-23440
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has received applications to register new uses for pesticide products containing currently registered active ingredients. Pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is hereby providing notice of receipt and opportunity to comment on these applications.
2017 Fall Joint Meeting of the Ozone Transport Commission and the Mid-Atlantic Northeast Visibility Union
Document Number: 2017-23242
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The United States Environmental Protection Agency is announcing the joint 2017 Fall Meeting of the Ozone Transport Commission (OTC) and the Mid-Atlantic Northeast Visibility Union (MANE- VU). The meeting agenda will include topics regarding reducing ground- level ozone precursors and matters relative to Regional Haze and visibility improvement in Federal Class I areas in a multi-pollutant context.
Hazardous Waste Management System; Identification and Listing of Hazardous Waste
Document Number: 2017-23239
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-10-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is granting a petition submitted by ExxonMobil Oil Corporation Beaumont Refinery (ExxonMobil) to exclude from hazardous waste control (or delist) a certain solid waste. This final rule responds to the petition submitted by ExxonMobil to have the secondary impoundment basin (SIB) solids excluded, or delisted from the definition of a hazardous waste. The SIB solids are listed as F037 (primary oil/water/solids separation sludge); and F038 (secondary oil/water/solids separation sludge). After careful analysis and evaluation of comments submitted by the public, the EPA has concluded that the petitioned wastes are not hazardous waste when disposed of in Subtitle D landfills. This exclusion applies to the surface impoundment solids generated at ExxonMobil's Beaumont, Texas facility. Accordingly, this final rule excludes the petitioned waste from the requirements of hazardous waste regulations under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) when disposed of in Subtitle D landfills but imposes testing conditions to ensure that the future-generated wastes remain qualified for delisting.
Approval and Promulgation of State Air Quality Plans for Designated Facilities and Pollutants; City of Philadelphia; Control of Emissions From Existing Sewage Sludge Incineration Units
Document Number: 2017-23231
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-10-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to notify the public that it has received a negative declaration for the City of Philadelphia Air Management Services (Philadelphia AMS) for sewage sludge incineration (SSI) units. This negative declaration certifies that SSI units subject to the requirements of sections 111(d) and 129 of the Clean Air Act (CAA) do not exist within the City of Philadelphia in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. EPA is accepting the negative declaration in accordance with the requirements of the CAA. In the Final Rules section of this issue of the Federal Register, EPA is accepting the negative declaration as a direct final rule without prior proposal because the Agency views this as a noncontroversial submittal and anticipates no adverse comments. If no adverse comments are received in response to this action, no further activity is contemplated. If EPA receives adverse comments, the direct final rule will be withdrawn and all public comments received will be addressed in a subsequent final rule based on this proposed rule. EPA will not institute a second comment period. Any parties interested in commenting on this action should do so at this time.
Approval and Promulgation of State Air Quality Plans for Designated Facilities and Pollutants; City of Philadelphia; Control of Emissions From Existing Sewage Sludge Incineration Units
Document Number: 2017-23229
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-10-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to notify the public that it has received a negative declaration for sewage sludge incineration (SSI) units within the City of Philadelphia. This negative declaration certifies that SSI units subject to the requirements of sections 111(d) and 129 of the Clean Air Act (CAA) do not exist within the jurisdictional boundaries of the Philadelphia Air Management Service (AMS). EPA is accepting the negative declaration in accordance with the requirements of the CAA.
Mercury; Reporting Requirements for the TSCA Mercury Inventory
Document Number: 2017-23225
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-10-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
As required under section 8(b)(10)(D) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), EPA is proposing reporting requirements for applicable persons to provide information to assist in the preparation of an ``inventory of mercury supply, use, and trade in the United States,'' where ``mercury'' is defined as ``elemental mercury'' and ``a mercury compound.'' The requirements would be applicable to any person who manufactures (including imports) mercury or mercury-added products, or otherwise intentionally uses mercury in a manufacturing process. Based on the inventory of information collected, the Agency is directed to ``identify any manufacturing processes or products that intentionally add mercury; and . . . recommend actions, including proposed revisions of Federal law or regulations, to achieve further reductions in mercury use.'' At this time, EPA is not making such identifications or recommendations.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Publicly Owned Treatment Works Residual Risk and Technology Review
Document Number: 2017-23067
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-10-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This action finalizes the residual risk and technology review (RTR) conducted for the Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW) source category regulated under national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP). In addition, we are taking final action addressing revised names and definitions of the subcategories, revisions to the applicability criteria, revised regulatory provisions pertaining to emissions during periods of startup, shutdown, and malfunction (SSM), initial notification requirements for existing Group 1 and Group 2 POTW, revisions to the requirements for new Group 1 POTW, requirements for electronic reporting, and other miscellaneous edits and technical corrections. While we do not anticipate any emission reductions as a result of these revisions, the changes should provide clarity for sources determining applicability and ensuring compliance.
Voluntary Consensus Standards Update; Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products
Document Number: 2017-23062
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-10-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is taking direct final action on a revision to the formaldehyde standards for composite wood products final rule, published in the Federal Register on December 12, 2016. The revision will update multiple voluntary consensus standards that have been updated, superseded, or withdrawn since publication of the notices of proposed rulemaking on June 10, 2013 and will amend an existing regulatory provision regarding the correlation of quality control test methods.
Voluntary Consensus Standards Update; Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products
Document Number: 2017-23061
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-10-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to amend the formaldehyde emission standards for composite wood products final rule, published in the Federal Register on December 12, 2016 (81 FR 89674). The proposed amendment would update multiple voluntary consensus standards that have been updated, superseded, or withdrawn since publication of the notices of proposed rulemaking on June 10, 2013 (78 FR 34796 and 78 FR 34820) and would amend an existing regulatory provision regarding the correlation of quality control test methods.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Wool Fiberglass Manufacturing; Flame Attenuation Lines
Document Number: 2017-23054
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-10-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Because the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) received adverse comment, we are withdrawing the direct final rule for the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Wool Fiberglass Manufacturing; Flame Attenuation Lines, published on July 27, 2017.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania's Adoption of Control Techniques Guidelines for Automobile and Light-Duty Truck Assembly Coatings
Document Number: 2017-22943
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-10-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes to approve the state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (the Commonwealth) for the purpose of adopting EPA's control technique guidelines (CTG) for automobile and light-duty truck assembly coatings. In the Final Rules section of this issue of the Federal Register, EPA is approving the Commonwealth's SIP submittal as a direct final rule without prior proposal because the Agency views this as a noncontroversial submittal and anticipates no adverse comments. A more detailed description of the Commonwealth's submittal and EPA's evaluation is included in a technical support document (TSD) prepared in support of this rulemaking action. A copy of the TSD is available, upon request, from the EPA Regional Office listed in the ADDRESSES section of this document or is also available electronically within the Docket for this rulemaking action. If no adverse comments are received in response to this action, no further activity is contemplated. If EPA receives adverse comments, the direct final rule will be withdrawn and all public comments received will be addressed in a subsequent final rule based on this proposed rule. EPA will not institute a second comment period. Any parties interested in commenting on this action should do so at this time.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania's Adoption of Control Techniques Guidelines for Automobile and Light-Duty Truck Assembly Coatings
Document Number: 2017-22942
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-10-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve a revision to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's state implementation plan (SIP). The revision includes the addition to the SIP of amendments to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's (PADEP) regulations and addresses the requirement to adopt reasonably available control technology (RACT) for sources covered by EPA's control techniques guidelines (CTG) standards for automobile and light-duty assembly coatings. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Certain New Chemicals; Receipt and Status Information for August 2017
Document Number: 2017-22875
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-23
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 August 1, 2017 to August 31, 2017.
Acid Rain Program: Notification of Annual Adjustment Factors for Excess Emissions Penalty
Document Number: 2017-22873
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Acid Rain Program under title IV of the Clean Air Act provides for automatic excess emissions penalties in dollars per ton of excess emissions for sources that do not meet their annual Acid Rain emissions limitations. This document states the dollars per ton excess emissions penalty amounts, which must be adjusted for each compliance year commensurate with changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), for compliance years 2017 and 2018.
Contingency Measures for the 1997 PM2.5
Document Number: 2017-22870
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-10-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to determine that the deficiency that formed the basis for a disapproval of the contingency measures submitted for the San Joaquin Valley nonattainment area for the 1997 fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standards has been corrected. The proposed determination is based on the Agency's approval of revisions to the California State Implementation Plan that include 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 and a finding that the purposes of the contingency measure requirement, as applicable to the San Joaquin Valley based on its initial designation as a nonattainment area for the 1997 PM2.5 standards, have been fulfilled. If finalized as proposed, the sanctions clocks triggered by the disapproval will be permanently stopped.
Receipt of Several Pesticide Petitions Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities
Document Number: 2017-22865
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document announces the Agency's receipt of several initial filings of pesticide petitions requesting the establishment or modification of regulations for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities.
Approval and Revision of Air Quality Implementation Plans; State of New York; Regional Haze State and Federal Implementation Plans
Document Number: 2017-22365
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-10-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes to approve a source-specific revision to the New York State Implementation Plan (SIP). The SIP revision establishes Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART) emission limits for sulfur dioxide that are identical to those set by the EPA's Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) for the Roseton Generating Station, Units 1 and 2, which was promulgated in an action taken on August 28, 2012. The EPA proposes to find that the SIP revision fulfills the requirements of the Clean Air Act and the EPA's Regional Haze Rule for the Roseton Generating Station, Units 1 and 2. In conjunction with this proposed approval, we propose to withdraw those portions of the FIP that address BART for the Roseton Generating Station, Units 1 and 2.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2017-22854
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Air Plan Approval; Wisconsin; Regional Haze Progress Report
Document Number: 2017-22706
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-10-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve the regional haze progress report under the Clean Air Act as a revision to the Wisconsin State Implementation Plan (SIP). Wisconsin has satisfied the progress report requirements of the Regional Haze Rule. Wisconsin has also met the requirements for a determination of the adequacy of its regional haze plan with its negative declaration submitted with the progress report.
Air Plan Approval; Wisconsin; Regional Haze Progress Report
Document Number: 2017-22705
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-10-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving the regional haze progress report under the Clean Air Act as a revision to the Wisconsin State Implementation Plan (SIP). Wisconsin has satisfied the progress report requirements of the Regional Haze Rule. Wisconsin has also met the requirements for a determination of the adequacy of its regional haze plan with its negative declaration submitted with the progress report.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Nevada; Rescission of Visibility Protection Federal Implementation Plan for the Mohave Generating Station
Document Number: 2017-22701
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-10-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection's (NDEP) request to rescind the visibility protection Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) that we promulgated on February 8, 2002, to regulate air pollutant emissions from the Mohave Generating Station (MGS), located in Clark County, Nevada. The EPA is approving the NDEP's request because MGS has been decommissioned and demolished.
Receipt of Information Under the Toxic Substances Control Act
Document Number: 2017-22702
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-19
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.
Significant New Use Rules on Certain Chemical Substances
Document Number: 2017-22239
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-10-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is promulgating significant new use rules (SNURs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for 29 chemical substances which were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs). The chemical substances are subject to consent orders issued by EPA pursuant to section 5(e) of TSCA. This action requires persons who intend to manufacture (defined by statute to include import) or process any of these 29 chemical substances for an activity that is designated as a significant new use by this rule to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing that activity. The required notification initiates EPA's evaluation of the intended use within the applicable review period. Persons may not commence manufacture or processing for the significant new use until EPA has conducted a review of the notice, made an appropriate determination on the notice, and has taken such actions as are required with that determination.
Extension of Comment Period on Draft Documents Related to the Review of the Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Sulfur Oxides
Document Number: 2017-22678
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a 30-day extension of the comment period on two draft documents titled, Risk and Exposure Assessment for the Review of the Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Sulfur Oxides, External Review Draft (draft REA) and Policy Assessment for the Review of the Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Sulfur Oxides, External Review Draft (draft PA). The EPA is extending the comment period for an additional 30 days to provide stakeholders and the public with additional time to review these documents and to prepare meaningful comments. The original comment period was to end on October 18, 2017. The extended comment period will now close on November 17, 2017.
Air Plan Approval; Illinois; Redesignation of the Chicago and Granite City Areas to Attainment of the 2008 Lead Standard
Document Number: 2017-22512
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-10-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency's (Illinois EPA's) request to redesignate the Chicago and Granite City nonattainment areas (hereafter also referred to as the ``areas'') to attainment for the 2008 national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS or standards) for lead, also identified as Pb. EPA is also approving, as revisions to the Illinois state implementation plan (SIP): The state's plan for maintaining the 2008 lead NAAQS in the areas for a period of ten years following these redesignations; the emissions inventories for the areas; and rules applying emission limits and other control requirements to lead sources in the areas. EPA is taking these actions in accordance with applicable regulations and guidance that address implementation of the 2008 lead NAAQS.
Air Plan Approval; Illinois; Redesignation of the Chicago and Granite City Areas to Attainment of the 2008 Lead Standard
Document Number: 2017-22511
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-10-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency's (Illinois EPA's) request to redesignate the Chicago and Granite City nonattainment areas (hereafter also referred to as the ``areas'') to attainment for the 2008 national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for lead, also identified as Pb. EPA is also proposing to approve, as revisions to the Illinois state implementation plan (SIP): The state's plan for maintaining the 2008 lead NAAQS in the areas for a period of ten years following these redesignations; the emissions inventories for the areas; and rules applying emission limits and other control requirements to lead sources in the areas. EPA is proposing these actions in accordance with applicable regulations and guidance that address implementation of the 2008 lead NAAQS.
Air Plan Approval; Michigan; Regional Haze Progress Report
Document Number: 2017-22510
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-10-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving the Michigan regional haze progress report under the Clean Air Act (CAA) as a revision to the Michigan State Implementation Plan (SIP). Michigan has satisfied the progress report requirements of the Regional Haze Rule. Michigan has also met the requirements for a determination of the adequacy of its regional haze plan with its negative declaration submitted with the progress report.
Air Plan Approval; Michigan; Regional Haze Progress Report
Document Number: 2017-22508
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-10-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve the regional haze progress report under the Clean Air Act as a revision to the Michigan State Implementation Plan (SIP). Michigan has satisfied the progress report requirements of the Regional Haze Rule. Michigan has also met the requirements for a determination of the adequacy of its regional haze plan with its negative declaration submitted with the progress report.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Minnesota; Regional Haze Progress Report
Document Number: 2017-22505
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-10-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a regional haze progress report under the Clean Air Act as a revision to the Minnesota State Implementation Plan (SIP). Minnesota has satisfied the progress report requirements of the Regional Haze Rule. The progress report examines Minnesota's progress in implementing its regional haze plan during the first half of the first implementation period. Minnesota has met the requirements for submitting a periodic report describing its progress toward reasonable progress goals (RPGs) established for regional haze. Minnesota also provided a determination of the adequacy of its plan in addressing regional haze with its negative declaration submitted with the progress report. Because the state addresses the applicable requirements, EPA is approving the progress report and adequacy determination for the first implementation period for regional haze as a revision to the Minnesota SIP.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Minnesota; Regional Haze Progress Report
Document Number: 2017-22504
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-10-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a regional haze progress report as a revision to the Minnesota State Implementation Plan. The progress report examines Minnesota's progress in implementing its regional haze plan during the first half of the first implementation period. Minnesota has met the requirements for submitting a periodic report describing its progress toward reasonable progress goals established for regional haze. It also provided a determination of the adequacy of its plan in addressing regional haze with its negative declaration submitted with the progress report.
Air Plan Approval; Illinois; Regional Haze Progress Report
Document Number: 2017-22502
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-10-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving the regional haze progress report under the Clean Air Act (CAA) as a revision to the Illinois State Implementation Plan (SIP). Illinois has satisfied the progress report requirements of the Regional Haze Rule. Illinois has also met the requirements for a determination of the adequacy of its regional haze plan with its negative declaration submitted with the progress report.
Air Plan Approval; Illinois; Regional Haze Progress Report
Document Number: 2017-22500
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-10-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve the regional haze progress report under the Clean Air Act as a revision to the Illinois state implementation plan (SIP). Illinois has satisfied the progress report requirements of the Regional Haze Rule. Illinois has also met the requirements for a determination of the adequacy of its regional haze plan with its negative declaration submitted with the progress report.
Air Plan Approval; Ohio; Redesignation of the Fulton County Area to Attainment of the 2008 Lead Standard
Document Number: 2017-22495
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-10-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving the State of Ohio's request to revise the designation of, or ``redesignate,'' the Fulton County nonattainment area (Fulton County) to attainment of the 2008 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS or standard) for lead. EPA is also approving the maintenance plan and related elements of the redesignation. EPA is approving reasonably available control measure (RACM)/reasonably available control technology (RACT) measures and a comprehensive emissions inventory as meeting the Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements. EPA is taking these actions in accordance with the CAA and EPA's implementation regulations regarding the 2008 lead NAAQS.
Air Plan Approval; Ohio; Redesignation of the Fulton County Area to Attainment of the 2008 Lead Standard
Document Number: 2017-22494
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-10-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve the State of Ohio's request to revise the designation of the Fulton County nonattainment area to attainment of the 2008 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for lead. EPA is also proposing to approve the maintenance plan and related elements of the redesignation. Finally, EPA is proposing to approve reasonably available control measure/reasonably available control technology measures and a comprehensive emissions inventory as meeting the Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements. EPA is taking these actions in accordance with the CAA and EPA's implementation regulations regarding the 2008 lead NAAQS.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; District of Columbia; Interstate Transport Requirements for the 2010 1-Hour Sulfur Dioxide Standard
Document Number: 2017-22253
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-10-18
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 District of Columbia (the District). This revision pertains to the infrastructure requirement for interstate transport of pollution with respect to the 2010 1-hour sulfur dioxide (SO2) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). EPA is approving this revision in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; District of Columbia; Interstate Transport Requirements for the 2010 1-Hour Sulfur Dioxide Standard
Document Number: 2017-22252
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-10-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes to approve the state implementation plan revision submitted by the District of Columbia. This revision pertains to the infrastructure requirement for interstate transport pollution with respect to the 2010 1-hour sulfur dioxide national ambient air quality standards. In the Final Rules section of this Federal Register, EPA is approving the District's SIP submittal as a direct final rule without prior proposal because the Agency views this as a noncontroversial submittal and anticipates no adverse comments. A more detailed description of the state submittal and EPA's evaluation is included in a technical support document (TSD) prepared in support of this rulemaking action. A copy of the TSD is available, upon request, from the individual listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this document or is also available electronically within the Docket for this rulemaking action. If no adverse comments are received in response to this action, no further activity is contemplated. If EPA receives adverse comments, the direct final rule will be withdrawn and all public comments received will be addressed in a subsequent final rule based on this proposed rule. EPA will not institute a second comment period. Any parties interested in commenting on this action should do so at this time.
Notice of Meeting of the EPA Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC)
Document Number: 2017-22498
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, notice is hereby given that the next meeting of the Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC) will be held November 29 and 30 at The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health 950 New Hampshire Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20052. The CHPAC advises the Environmental Protection Agency on science, regulations, and other issues relating to children's environmental health.
Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Science Advisory Board Risk and Technology Review (RTR) Methods Review Panel
Document Number: 2017-22496
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference meeting of the Science Advisory Board (SAB) Risk and Technology Review (RTR) Methods Panel to discuss the draft Panel report in response to the Agency request to peer review EPA's draft Screening Methodologies to Support Risk and Technology Reviews (RTR) (External Review Draft May, 2017).
Notification of Partial Delegation of Authority; Vermont; New Source Performance Standards for New Residential Wood Heaters, New Residential Hydronic Heaters, and Forced-Air Furnaces
Document Number: 2017-22364
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-10-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On September 19, 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent the State of Vermont a letter approving Vermont's request for partial delegation of the New Source Performance Standards for New Residential Wood Heaters, New Residential Hydronic Heaters, and Forced- Air Furnaces (NSPS). To inform regulated facilities and the public of EPA's approval of Vermont's request for partial delegation of authority to implement and enforce the NSPS, the EPA is making available a copy of EPA's letter to Vermont through this document.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2017-22165
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; State of Texas; Regional Haze and Interstate Visibility Transport Federal Implementation Plan
Document Number: 2017-21947
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-10-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing a partial approval of the 2009 Texas Regional Haze State Implementation Plan (SIP) submission and a Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) for Texas to address certain outstanding requirements. Specifically, the EPA is finalizing determinations regarding best available retrofit technology (BART) for electric generating units (EGUs) in the State of Texas. To address the BART requirement for sulfur dioxide (SO2), the EPA is finalizing an alternative to BART that consists of an intrastate trading program addressing the SO2 emissions from certain EGUs. To address the BART requirement for oxides of nitrogen (NOX), we are finalizing our proposed determination that Texas' participation in the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule's (CSAPR) trading program for ozone-season NOX qualifies as an alternative to BART. We are approving Texas' determination that its EGUs are not subject to BART for particulate matter (PM). Finally, we are disapproving portions of several SIP revisions submitted to satisfy the CAA requirement to address interstate visibility transport for six national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS): 1997 8-hour ozone, 1997 fine particulate matter (PM2.5) (annual and 24-hour), 2006 PM2.5 (24-hour), 2008 8-hour ozone, 2010 1-hour nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and 2010 1-hour SO2. We are finding that the BART alternatives to address SO2 and NOX BART at Texas' EGUs meet the interstate visibility transport requirements for these NAAQS.