Environmental Protection Agency 2017 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

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Extension of Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions (Multiple Chemicals)
Document Number: 2017-25826
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-12-04
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation extends time-limited tolerances for the pesticides listed in this document. These actions are in response to EPA's granting of emergency exemptions under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) authorizing use of these pesticides. In addition, the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) requires EPA to establish a time-limited tolerance or exemption from the requirement for a tolerance for pesticide chemical residues in food that will result from the use of a pesticide under an emergency exemption granted by EPA.
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List: Deletion of the Hatheway & Patterson Superfund Site
Document Number: 2017-25937
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-12-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1 is publishing a direct final Notice of Deletion of the Hatheway & Patterson Superfund Site (Site), located in Mansfield and Foxborough, Massachusetts, 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 EPA with the concurrence of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, through Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), because EPA has determined that all appropriate response actions under CERCLA, other than operation, maintenance, monitoring, and five-year reviews, 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 Hatheway & Patterson Superfund Site
Document Number: 2017-25936
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-12-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1 is issuing a Notice of Intent to Delete the Hatheway & Patterson Superfund Site (Site) located in Mansfield and Foxborough, Massachusetts, 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 Massachusetts, through the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), have determined that all appropriate response actions under CERCLA, other than operation, maintenance, monitoring, and five-year reviews, have been completed. However, this deletion does not preclude future actions under Superfund.
Information Session; Implementation of the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act of 2014; Correction
Document Number: 2017-25935
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA issued a notice in the Federal Register of November 14, 2017, concerning an information session planned on January 17, 2018 in Washington, DC from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. This document is being issued to correct an error of the time zone. The purpose the session is to provide prospective borrowers with a better understanding of the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program requirements and application process.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2017-25907
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Boscalid; Pesticide Tolerance
Document Number: 2017-25832
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-11-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes a tolerance for residues of boscalid in or on vegetable, legume, edible-podded subgroup 6A. BASF Corporation requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Pesticide Emergency Exemptions; Agency Decisions and State and Federal Agency Crisis Declarations
Document Number: 2017-25831
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has granted or denied emergency exemptions under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) for use of pesticides as listed in this notice. The exemptions or denials were granted during the period April 1, 2017 to June 30, 2017 to control unforeseen pest outbreaks.
Nitrapyrin; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2017-25829
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-11-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of nitrapyrin in or on almond hulls and the tree nut group 14-12. Dow AgroSciences requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Notice of Denial of Petitions for Rulemaking To Change the RFS Point of Obligation
Document Number: 2017-25827
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-11-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing notice of its denial of several petitions requesting that EPA initiate a rulemaking process to reconsider or change 40 CFR 80.1406, which identifies refiners and importers of gasoline and diesel fuel as the entities responsible for complying with the annual percentage standards adopted under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program.
TSCA Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements; Standards for Small Manufacturers and Processors; Final Determination
Document Number: 2017-25822
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On December 15, 2016, EPA issued a notice in the Federal Register requesting public comment on whether revision to the current size standards for small manufacturers and processors, which are used in connection with reporting regulations under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) section 8(a), is warranted. This document describes EPA's final determination that revision to the current size standards is warranted.
Polyethyleneimine; Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: 2017-25715
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-11-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of polyethyleneimine when used as an inert ingredient in a pesticide chemical formulation on growing crops and raw agricultural commodities after harvest. BASF Corporation submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), requesting establishment of an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of polyethyleneimine when used as an inert in pesticide formulations applied to growing crops and raw agricultural commodities after harvest.
Peer Review To Inform the Safe Drinking Water Act Decision Making on Perchlorate in Drinking Water
Document Number: 2017-25714
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a public peer review meeting and the final list of expert peer review panelists assembled by EPA's contractor, Versar, Inc. Versar is conducting the external peer review of scientific materials contained in the report titled ``Draft Report: Proposed Approaches to Inform the Derivation of a Maximum Contaminant Level Goal for Perchlorate in Drinking Water'' (draft MCLG Approaches Report).
Proposed Cercla Administrative Cost Recovery Settlement; Rowayton Trading Company, Inc., Bridgeport Fire Site, Bridgeport, Connecticut
Document Number: 2017-25707
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with Section 122(i) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation, and Liability Act, as amended (``CERCLA''), notice is hereby given of a proposed administrative settlement for recovery of response costs under CERCLA Section 122(h) and 104(e), concerning the Bridgeport Fire Superfund Site in Bridgeport, Connecticut with the following settling party: Rowayton Trading Company, Inc. The settlement requires Rowayton Trading Company, Inc. to pay $50,000 to the Hazardous Substance Superfund, and, if timely paid, shall include no interest. For 30 days following the date of publication of this notice, the Agency will receive written comments relating to the settlement. The United States 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 5 Post Office Square, Boston, MA 02109-3912.
Approval of Nebraska's Air Quality Implementation Plan, Operating Permits Program, and 112(l) Program; Revision to Nebraska Administrative Code; Withdrawal of Direct Final Rule
Document Number: 2017-25576
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-11-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Due to adverse comments, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is withdrawing the direct final rule for ``Approval of Nebraska's Air Quality Implementation Plan, Operating Permits Program, and 112(l) Program; Revision to Nebraska Administrative Code,'' published in the Federal Register on October 5, 2017. Nebraska's SIP revision revised two chapters, ``Definitions'' and ``Operating Permit Modifications; Reopening for Cause''. Specifically, these revisions incorporated by reference the list of organic compounds exempt from the definition of volatile organic compound (VOC) found in the Code of Federal Regulations. Notification requirements for the operating permit program were amended to be consistent with the Federal operating permit program requirements, and the definition of ``solid waste'' was revised by the state. However, because the state's definition is inconsistent with the Federal definition, EPA was not approving the definition into the SIP. Finally, the state extended the process of ``off-permit changes'' to Class 1 operating permits. Additional grammatical and editorial changes were made in this revision.
Approval of Missouri Air Quality Implementation Plans; Infrastructure SIP Requirements for the 2008 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard; Withdrawal of Direct Final Rule
Document Number: 2017-25569
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-11-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Due to adverse comments, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is withdrawing the direct final rule for ``Approval of Missouri Air Quality Implementation Plans; Infrastructure SIP Requirements for the 2008 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard'' published in the Federal Register on October 6, 2017. The direct final rule was an approval of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision from the State of Missouri for the 2008 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). Section 110 of the CAA requires that each state adopt and submit a SIP for the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of each new or revised NAAQS promulgated by EPA. These SIPs are commonly referred to as ``infrastructure'' SIPs. The infrastructure requirements are designed to ensure that the structural components of each state's air quality management program are adequate to meet the state's responsibilities under the CAA.
Approval of Missouri Air Quality Implementation Plans; Infrastructure SIP Requirements for the 2010 Sulfur Dioxide National Ambient Air Quality Standard; Withdrawal of Direct Final Rule
Document Number: 2017-25568
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-11-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Due to adverse comments, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is withdrawing the direct final rule for ``Approval of Missouri Air Quality Implementation Plans; Infrastructure SIP Requirements for the 2010 Sulfur Dioxide National Ambient Air Quality Standard'' published in the Federal Register on October 6, 2017. The direct final rule was an approval of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision from the State of Missouri for the 2010 Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). Section 110 of the CAA requires that each state adopt and submit a SIP for the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of each new or revised NAAQS promulgated by EPA. These SIPs are commonly referred to as ``infrastructure'' SIPs. The infrastructure requirements are designed to ensure that the structural components of each state's air quality management program are adequate to meet the state's responsibilities under the CAA.
Cross-Media Electronic Reporting: Authorized Program Revision Approval, State of Tennessee
Document Number: 2017-25572
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces EPA's approval of the State of Tennessee's request to revise its EPA Administered Permit Programs: The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System EPA-authorized program to allow electronic reporting.
Cross-Media Electronic Reporting: Authorized Program Revision Approval, Commonwealth of Kentucky
Document Number: 2017-25571
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces EPA's approval of the Commonwealth of Kentucky's request to revise its National Primary Drinking Water Regulations Implementation EPA-authorized program to allow electronic reporting.
Approval of Arizona Air Plan Revisions, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
Document Number: 2017-25567
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-11-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a revision to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) portion of the Arizona State Implementation Plan (SIP). This revision concerns emissions of lead-bearing fugitive dust from roads, storage piles and other activities associated with the primary copper smelter located in Hayden, Arizona. We are proposing to approve a state rule and associated appendix to regulate these emissions under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act). We are taking comments on this proposal and plan to follow with a final action.
Pesticide Product Registration; Receipt of Applications for New Active Ingredients
Document Number: 2017-25566
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has received applications to register pesticide products containing active ingredients not included in any currently registered pesticide products. Pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is hereby providing notice of receipt and opportunity to comment on these applications.
Receipt of Several Pesticide Petitions Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities
Document Number: 2017-25564
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-27
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 of Nebraska Air Quality Implementation Plans; Adoption of a New Chapter Under the Nebraska Administrative Code; Withdrawal of Direct Final Rule
Document Number: 2017-25428
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-11-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Due to adverse comments, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is withdrawing the direct final rule for ``Approval of Nebraska Air Quality Implementation Plans; Adoption of a New Chapter Under the Nebraska Administrative Code'' published in the Federal Register on October 5, 2017. Nebraska's SIP revision added a new chapter titled ``Visibility Protection'' which provides Nebraska authority to implement Federal regulations relating to Regional Haze and Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART). The new chapter incorporates by reference EPA's Guidelines for BART Determinations under the Regional Haze Rule. The revision to the SIP meets the visibility component of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
State of Idaho Voluntary Transfer of Primacy of the Class II Underground Injection Control Program to the Environmental Protection Agency
Document Number: 2017-24637
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-11-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing notice of the transfer of the state of Idaho's Underground Injection Control (UIC) program for Class II injection wells from Idaho to EPA, and is concurrently issuing a proposed rule to amend EPA's UIC regulations to reflect such transfer. This transfer would be effective upon publication in the Federal Register of a final rule revising such regulations. Idaho submitted a formal request that EPA transfer and directly implement the Class II UIC Program. Idaho would maintain primacy for Class I, III, IV, and V injection wells pursuant to their EPA-approved program in 1985.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2017-25430
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maryland; 2011 Base Year Inventory for the 2008 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard for the Baltimore, Maryland Nonattainment Area; Withdrawal of Direct Final Rule
Document Number: 2017-25323
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-11-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Due to adverse comments received, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is withdrawing the October 3, 2017 direct final rule that approved a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Maryland to add the 2011 base year inventory for the Baltimore, Maryland moderate nonattainment area for the 2008 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) into Maryland's SIP. EPA stated in the direct final rule that if EPA received adverse comments by November 2, 2017, the rule would be withdrawn and not take effect. EPA subsequently received adverse comments. EPA will address the comments received in a subsequent final action based upon the proposed rulemaking action also published on October 3, 2017. EPA will not institute a second comment period on this action.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maryland; Nonattainment New Source Review Requirements for the 2008 8-Hour Ozone Standard; Withdrawal of Direct Final Rule
Document Number: 2017-25322
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-11-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Due to the receipt of an adverse comment, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is withdrawing the September 29, 2017 direct final rule (DFR) that approved a revision to the Maryland state implementation plan (SIP). The revision was in response to EPA's February 3, 2017 Findings of Failure to Submit for various requirements relating to the 2008 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). This SIP revision was specific to nonattainment new source review (NNSR) requirements. EPA stated in the direct final rule that if EPA received adverse comments by October 30, 2017, the rule would be withdrawn and not take effect. EPA subsequently received an adverse comment. EPA will address the comment received in a subsequent final action based upon the proposed action also published on September 29, 2017. EPA will not institute a second comment period on this action. This withdrawal action is being taken under section 110 of the Clean Air Act.
Definition of “Waters of the United States”-Addition of an Applicability Date to 2015 Clean Water Rule
Document Number: 2017-25321
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-11-22
Agency: Department of Defense, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers
The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army (``the agencies'') are proposing to add an applicability date to the ``Clean Water Rule: Definition of `Waters of the United States''' (the ``2015 Rule'') to two years from the date of final action on this proposal. On October 9, 2015, the Sixth Circuit stayed the 2015 Rule nationwide pending further action of the court, but the Supreme Court is currently reviewing the question of whether the court of appeals has original jurisdiction to review challenges to the 2015 Rule. On February 28, 2017, the President signed an Executive Order, ``Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the `Waters of the United States' Rule.'' With this proposed rule, the agencies intend to maintain the status quo by proposing to add an applicability date to the 2015 Rule and thus provide continuity and regulatory certainty for regulated entities, the States and Tribes, agency staff, and the public while the agencies continue to work to consider possible revisions to the 2015 Rule.
Air Plan Approval; GA: Emission Reduction Credits
Document Number: 2017-25193
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-11-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Due to the receipt of an adverse comment, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is withdrawing the September 25, 2017, direct final rule that would have approved changes to the Georgia State Implementation Plan (SIP) to revise the Emission Reduction Credits (ERC) regulation. EPA will address the comment in a separate final action based upon the proposed rulemaking action, also published on September 25, 2017. EPA will not institute a second comment period on this action.
Notice of Change to Operating Hours
Document Number: 2017-25194
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing this notice to advise the public that the Region 4 Library will change its operating hours from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The library will remain closed on Federal holidays.
Good Neighbor Environmental Board
Document Number: 2017-25190
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to its Good Neighbor Environmental Board (GNEB). Vacancies are expected to be filled by April 1, 2018, but nominees are strongly encouraged to submit their nomination information as soon as possible. Sources in addition to this Federal Register Notice may also be utilized in the solicitation of nominees.
National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology
Document Number: 2017-25188
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates representing the following sectors: Academia; state, local, and tribal governments; business and industry; and, non-governmental organizations. Potential vacancies are anticipated to be filled in April, 2018. Sources in addition to this Federal Register Notice may be utilized in the solicitation of nominees.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants From the Portland Cement Manufacturing Industry; Residual Risk and Technology Review
Document Number: 2017-25169
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-11-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing this notice of data availability (NODA) in support of the proposed rule titled ``National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants From the Portland Cement Manufacturing Industry; Residual Risk and Technology Review,'' which was published on September 21, 2017. In this document, the EPA is soliciting public comment on information added to the docket (EPA-HQ-OAR-2016-0442) on November 3, 2017.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery (Renewal)
Document Number: 2017-25162
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery (EPA ICR No. 2434.75, OMB Control No. 2010-0042) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through November 30, 2017. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (82 FR 33908) on July 21, 2017 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. An agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Toxic Chemical Release Reporting and Renewals of Form R, Form A and Form R Schedule 1 (Renewal)
Document Number: 2017-25161
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``Toxic Chemical Release Reporting and Renewals of Form R, Form A and Form R Schedule 1'' (EPA ICR No.1363.26, OMB Control No. 2025-0009) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through November 30, 2017. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (82 FR 24702) on May 30, 2017 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. An agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Arkansas; Infrastructure State Implementation Plan Requirements for the National Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2017-25045
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-11-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of Arkansas to address the requirements of section 110(a)(1) and (2) of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) for the 2006 and 2012 fine particulate matter (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), 2008 lead (Pb) NAAQS, 2008 ozone (O3) NAAQS, 2010 nitrogen dioxide (NO2) NAAQS, and the 2010 sulfur dioxide (SO2) NAAQS. Under CAA sections 110(a)(1) and 110(a)(2), each state is required to submit a SIP that provides for the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of a revised primary or secondary NAAQS. CAA section 110(a)(1) and (2) require each state to make a new SIP submission within three years after EPA promulgates a new or revised NAAQS for approval into the existing SIP to assure that the SIP meets the applicable requirements for such new and revised NAAQS. This type of SIP submission is commonly referred to as an ``infrastructure SIP or ``i-SIP.'' We propose approval of this action under Section 110 of the Act.
Air Plan Approval; Delaware; State Implementation Plan for Interstate Transport for the 2008 Ozone Standard; Withdrawal of Direct Final Rule
Document Number: 2017-25022
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-11-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Due to adverse comments received, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is withdrawing the September 27, 2017 direct final rule that approved a revision to the Delaware state implementation plan (SIP) related to the interstate transport of air pollution for the 2008 ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). EPA stated in the direct final rule that if EPA received adverse comments by October 27, 2017, the rule would be withdrawn and not take effect. EPA subsequently received adverse comments. EPA will address the comments received in a subsequent final rulemaking action based upon the proposed approval action for the same SIP submittal which was also published on September 27, 2017. EPA will not institute a second comment period on this action.
State of Iowa; Withdrawal of Direct Final Rule; Elements of the Infrastructure SIP Requirements for the 2012 Annual Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5
Document Number: 2017-25021
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-11-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Due to an adverse comment, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is withdrawing the direct final rule for ``Approval of Implementation Plans; State of Iowa; Elements of the Infrastructure SIP Requirements for the 2012 Annual Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS)'' published in the Federal Register on September 29, 2017. Infrastructure SIPs address the applicable requirements of Clean Air Act (CAA) section 110, which requires that each state adopt and submit a SIP for the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of each new or revised NAAQS promulgated by the EPA. These SIPs are commonly referred to as ``infrastructure'' SIPs. The infrastructure requirements are designed to ensure that the structural components of each state's air quality management program are adequate to meet the state's responsibilities under the CAA.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Virginia; Removal of Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) Trading Programs; Withdrawal of Direct Final Rule
Document Number: 2017-25014
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-11-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Due to receipt of an adverse comment, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is withdrawing the September 28, 2017 direct final rule (DFR) that approved a revision to the Virginia state implementation plan (SIP). The revision removed from the Virginia SIP regulations from the Virginia Administrative Code that established EPA- administered trading programs under the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR), which were discontinued on December 31, 2014 upon the implementation of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR). EPA stated in the direct final rule that if EPA received adverse comments by October 30, 2017, the rule would be withdrawn and not take effect. EPA subsequently received an adverse comment. EPA will address the comments received in a subsequent final action based upon the proposed action also published on September 28, 2017. EPA will not institute a second comment period on this action.
Adequacy Status of Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets in Submitted Reasonable Further Progress Plan for San Diego 8-Hour Ozone for Transportation Conformity Purposes; California
Document Number: 2017-25020
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or ``Agency'') is notifying the public that the Agency has found that the motor vehicle emissions budgets (``budgets'') for the Reasonable Further Progress (RFP) milestone year 2017 from the ``2008 Eight-Hour Ozone Attainment Plan for San Diego County (December 2016)'' (``2016 San Diego Ozone Plan'' or ``plan''), are adequate for transportation conformity purposes for the 2008 ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). The California Air Resources Board (CARB) submitted the 2016 San Diego Ozone Plan to the EPA on April 12, 2017, as a revision to the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). Upon the effective date of this notice of adequacy, the previously-approved budgets for the 1997 8-hour ozone standards will no longer be applicable for transportation conformity purposes, and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and the U.S. Department of Transportation must use these adequate budgets in future transportation conformity determinations.
Approval of California Air Plan Revisions, Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District
Document Number: 2017-25017
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-11-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve and conditionally approve revisions to the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD or ``District'') portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern the District's demonstration regarding Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) requirements for the 1997 8-hour ozone and the 2008 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS or ``standard'') in the portion of the Western Mojave Desert ozone nonattainment area under the jurisdiction of the MDAQMD. The EPA is also proposing to approve MDAQMD negative declarations into the SIP for the 2008 ozone standards. We are proposing action on local SIP revisions under the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act). We are taking comments on this proposal and plan to follow with a final action.
Approval of California Air Plan Revisions, Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District
Document Number: 2017-25015
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-11-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a revision to the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). This revision concerns emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from marine and pleasure craft coating operations. 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.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2017-24973
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; SmartWay Transport Partnership (Renewal)
Document Number: 2017-24971
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``SmartWay Transport Partnership'' (EPA ICR No. 2265.03, OMB Control No. 2060-0663) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. This is a reinstatement of the ICR, which was currently approved through July 31, 2017. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register on July 7, 2017 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. An agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
Approval of Implementation Plans; State of Iowa; Elements of the Infrastructure SIP Requirements for the 2010 Sulfur Dioxide National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS); Withdrawal
Document Number: 2017-24903
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-11-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Due to an adverse comment, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is withdrawing the direct final rule for Approval of Implementation Plans; State of Iowa; Elements of the Infrastructure SIP Requirements for the 2010 Sulfur Dioxide National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) published in the Federal Register on September 29, 2017. Infrastructure SIPs address the applicable requirements of Clean Air Act (CAA) section 110, which requires that each state adopt and submit a SIP for the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of each new or revised NAAQS promulgated by the EPA. These SIPs are commonly referred to as ``infrastructure'' SIPs. The infrastructure requirements are designed to ensure that the structural components of each state's air quality management program are adequate to meet the state's responsibilities under the CAA.
Approval of Kansas Air Quality State Implementation Plans; Construction Permits and Approvals Program; Withdrawal
Document Number: 2017-24894
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-11-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Due to an adverse comment, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is withdrawing the direct final rule for Approval of Kansas Air Quality State Implementation Plans; Construction Permits and Approvals Program, published in the Federal Register on September 21, 2017. Kansas's SIP revisions included revisions to Kansas' construction permit rules. Specifically, these revisions implemented the revised National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for fine particulate matter; clarified and refined applicable criteria for sources subject to the construction permitting program; updated the construction permitting program fee structure and schedule; and made minor revisions and corrections.
Air Quality Implementation Plans; Nebraska; Infrastructure SIP Requirements for the 2010 Nitrogen Dioxide and Sulfur Dioxide and the 2012 Fine Particulate Matter National Ambient Air Quality Standards; Withdrawal
Document Number: 2017-24893
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-11-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Due to adverse comments, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is withdrawing the direct final rule Approval of Nebraska Air Quality Implementation Plans; Infrastructure SIP Requirements for the 2010 Nitrogen Dioxide and Sulfur Dioxide and the 2012 Fine Particulate Matter National Ambient Air Quality Standards, published in the Federal Register on September 20, 2017. The direct final rule approved elements of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) submission from the State of Nebraska addressing the applicable requirements of Clean Air Act (CAA) section 110 for the 2010 Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) and Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), and the 2012 Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5) NAAQS. Section 110 of the CAA requires that each state adopt and submit a SIP to support implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of each new or revised NAAQS promulgated by EPA. These SIPs are commonly referred to as ``infrastructure'' SIPs.
State of Iowa; Elements of the Infrastructure SIP Requirements for the 2010 Nitrogen Dioxide National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) Withdrawal
Document Number: 2017-24891
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-11-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Due to an adverse comment, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is withdrawing the direct final rule for Approval of Implementation Plans; State of Iowa; Elements of the Infrastructure SIP Requirements for the 2010 Nitrogen Dioxide National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) published in the Federal Register on September 20, 2017. Infrastructure SIPs address the applicable requirements of Clean Air Act (CAA) section 110, which requires that each state adopt and submit a SIP for the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of each new or revised NAAQS promulgated by the EPA. These SIPs are commonly referred to as ``infrastructure'' SIPs. The infrastructure requirements are designed to ensure that the structural components of each state's air quality management program are adequate to meet the state's responsibilities under the CAA.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maryland; Direct Final Rule for the Approval of an Alternative Volatile Organic Compound Emission Standard; Withdrawal
Document Number: 2017-24889
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-11-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Due to adverse comments received, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is withdrawing the August 28, 2017 direct final rule that approved a revision to the Maryland state implementation plan (SIP) to incorporate by reference a Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) order that establishes an alternative volatile organic compound (VOC) emission standard for National Gypsum Company (NGC) to ensure that it remains a minor VOC source. EPA stated in the direct final rule that if EPA received adverse comments by September 27, 2017, the rule would be withdrawn and not take effect. EPA subsequently received one adverse comment. EPA will address the comment received in a subsequent final action based upon the proposed action also published on August 28, 2017. EPA will not institute a second comment period on this action.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maryland; 2011 Base Year Inventory for the 2008 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard for the Maryland Portion of the Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City Nonattainment Area; Withdrawal
Document Number: 2017-24885
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-11-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Due to the receipt of an adverse comment, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is withdrawing the September 25, 2017 direct final rule that approved the 2011 base year inventory for the Maryland portion of the Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City marginal nonattainment area for the 2008 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). EPA stated in the direct final rule that if EPA received adverse comments by October 25, 2017, the rule would be withdrawn and not take effect. EPA subsequently received an adverse comment. EPA will address the comment received in a subsequent final action based upon the proposed action also published on September 25, 2017. EPA will not institute a second comment period on this action.
Repeal of Emission Requirements for Glider Vehicles, Glider Engines, and Glider Kits
Document Number: 2017-24884
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-11-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to repeal the emission standards and other requirements for heavy-duty glider vehicles, glider engines, and glider kits based on a proposed interpretation of the Clean Air Act (CAA) under which glider vehicles would be found not to constitute ``new motor vehicles'' within the meaning of CAA section 216(3), glider engines would be found not to constitute ``new motor vehicle engines'' within the meaning of CAA section 216(3), and glider kits would not be treated as ``incomplete'' new motor vehicles. Under this proposed interpretation, EPA would lack authority to regulate glider vehicles, glider engines, and glider kits under CAA section 202(a)(1).