Environmental Protection Agency 2018 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

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Significant New Use Rules on Certain Chemical Substances
Document Number: 2018-21194
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-10-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is promulgating significant new use rules (SNURs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for 26 chemical substances which were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs). The chemical substances are subject to Orders issued by EPA pursuant to sections 5(e) and 5(f) of TSCA. This action requires persons who intend to manufacture (defined by statute to include import) or process any of these 26 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.
Significant New Use Rules on Certain Chemical Substances
Document Number: 2018-21191
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-10-03
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing significant new use rules (SNURs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for 26 chemical substances which were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs). The chemical substances are subject to Orders issued by EPA pursuant to sections 5(e) and 5(f) of TSCA. This action would require persons who intend to manufacture (defined by statute to include import) or process any of these 26 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. In addition to this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, EPA is issuing the action as a direct final rule elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; New York; Determination of Attainment of the 2008 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard for the Jamestown, New York Marginal Nonattainment Area
Document Number: 2018-21329
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-10-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing a determination that the Jamestown, New York Marginal Nonattainment Area (Jamestown Area or Area) has attained the 2008 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). This determination is based upon complete, quality-assured, and certified ambient air monitoring data that shows the Area has monitored attainment of the 2008 8-hour ozone NAAQS for both the 2012-2014 and 2015-2017 monitoring periods. This action does not constitute a redesignation to attainment. The Jamestown Area will remain nonattainment for the 2008 8-hour ozone NAAQS until such time as EPA determines that the Jamestown Area meets the Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements for redesignation to attainment, including an approved maintenance plan. This action is being taken under the CAA.
Air Plan Approval; Iowa; State Implementation Plan and Operating Permits Program
Document Number: 2018-21287
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-10-02
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the Iowa State Implementation Plan (SIP) and the Operating Permits Program. The revisions include updating definitions, clarifying permit rule exemptions and permit-by-rule regulations, revising methods and procedures for performance test/stack test and continuous monitoring systems, and updating the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) regulations and Operating Permits Program. In addition, the State has removed its rules that implement the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) and revised their acid rain rules. These revisions will not impact air quality and will ensure consistency between the state and Federally approved rules.
Significant New Use Rules on Certain Chemical Substances
Document Number: C1-2018-19950
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-10-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Alternative Methods for Calculating Off-Cycle Credits Under the Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions Program: Application From Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
Document Number: 2018-21333
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is requesting comment on an application from Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (``Volkswagen'') for off-cycle carbon dioxide (CO2) credits under EPA's light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas emissions standards. ``Off-cycle'' emission reductions can be achieved by employing technologies that result in real-world benefits, but where that benefit is not adequately captured on the test procedures used by manufacturers to demonstrate compliance with emission standards. EPA's light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas program acknowledges these benefits by giving automobile manufacturers several options for generating ``off-cycle'' CO2 credits. Under the regulations, a manufacturer may apply for CO2 credits for off-cycle technologies that result in off-cycle benefits. In these cases, a manufacturer must provide EPA with a proposed methodology for determining the real-world off-cycle benefit. Volkswagen has submitted an application that describes methodologies for determining off-cycle credits from technologies described in their application. Pursuant to applicable regulations, EPA is making the Volkswagen's off-cycle credit calculation methodologies available for public comment.
Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Air and Energy Subcommittee Meeting-November 2018
Document Number: 2018-21332
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92- 463, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development (ORD), gives notice of a meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Air and Energy Subcommittee.
Human Studies Review Board; Notification of Public Meetings
Document Number: 2018-21331
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of the Science Advisor announces two separate public meetings of the Human Studies Review Board (HSRB) to advise the Agency on the ethical and scientific review of research involving human subjects.
Notice of Tentative Approval and Opportunity for Public Comment and Public Hearing for Public Water System Supervision Program Revision for Maryland
Document Number: 2018-21330
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that the State of Maryland is revising its approved Public Water System Supervision Program. Maryland has adopted drinking water regulations for the Revised Total Coliform Rule. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that Maryland's Revised Total Coliform Rule meets all minimum federal requirements, and that it is no less stringent than the corresponding federal regulation. Therefore, EPA has tentatively decided to approve the State program revisions.
Air Plan Approval; North Carolina; Ozone NAAQS Update
Document Number: 2018-21328
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-10-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of North Carolina through the North Carolina Division of Air Quality (NCDAQ) with a letter dated March 21, 2018. The SIP submittal includes changes to the State's air quality rules for ozone to be consistent with the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). EPA is proposing to approve these provisions of the SIP revision because the State has demonstrated that these changes are consistent with the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) and federal regulations.
Approval of Missouri Air Quality Implementation Plans; Infrastructure SIP Requirements for the 2012 Annual Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5
Document Number: 2018-21286
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-10-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing its approval of section 110(a)(2)(D)(i)(I) in a State Implementation Plan (SIP) submission from the State of Missouri for the 2012 Annual Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). Section 110(a)(2)(D)(i)(I) requires the State to prohibit any source or other type of emissions activity within the State from emitting any air pollutant in amounts which will contribute significantly to nonattainment (prong 1), or interfere with maintenance (prong 2) in any other State with respect to the NAAQs.
Air Plan Approval; Iowa; Approval of the State Implementation Plan and the Operating Permits Program
Document Number: 2018-21285
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-10-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving revisions to the Iowa State Implementation Plan (SIP), and the Operating Permits Program to clarify submission requirements for construction and operating permit applications. This action also includes minor grammatical corrections. EPA reviewed these revisions and determined that they will not impact air quality and will ensure consistency between the state and federally approved rules.
Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; NESHAP for Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Boilers Area Sources (Renewal)
Document Number: 2018-21261
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), NESHAP for Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Boilers Area Sources (EPA ICR No. 2253.04, OMB Control No. 2060-0668) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. Before doing so, EPA is soliciting public comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below. This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through October 31, 2018. 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.
Light-Duty Vehicle GHG Program Technical Amendments
Document Number: 2018-21195
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-10-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing two technical corrections to the light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards regulations finalized in the 2012 rulemaking that established standards for model years 2017- 2025 light-duty vehicles. First, EPA proposes to correct regulations pertaining to how auto manufacturers must calculate credits for the GHG program's optional advanced technology incentives. The regulations currently in place result in auto manufacturers receiving fewer credits than the agency intended for electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, fuel cell electric vehicles, and natural gas fueled vehicles. Auto manufacturers requested through a petition letter submitted jointly by the Auto Alliance and Global Automakers in June 2016 that EPA correct the regulations to provide the intended level of credits for these technologies. Second, the regulations regarding how manufacturers must calculate certain types of off-cycle credits contain an error and are inconsistent with the 2012 final rule preamble, raising implementation concerns for some manufacturers. The proposed amendments would clarify the calculation methodology in the regulations. Both of these corrections allow the program to be implemented as originally intended. The proposed corrections are not expected to result in any additional regulatory burdens or costs.
Air Plan Approval; Connecticut; Plan Submittals for the 2008 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard
Document Number: 2018-21150
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-10-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of Connecticut. The SIP revisions are for the Greater Connecticut and the Connecticut portion of the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-CT moderate ozone nonattainment areas. EPA is approving submittals which include 2011 base year emissions inventories, an emissions statement certification, reasonable further progress (RFP) demonstrations, reasonably available control measures (RACM) analyses, motor vehicle emissions budgets, and contingency measures. This action is being taken in accordance with the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Air Plan Approval; Maine; Infrastructure State Implementation Plan Requirements for the 2012 PM2.5
Document Number: 2018-21149
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-10-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Maine. This revision addresses the infrastructure requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) for the 2012 fine particle (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). EPA is conditionally approving the SIP revision for infrastructure requirements related to State Boards and Conflicts of Interest. The intended effect of this action is to approve the infrastructure requirements of Maine's air quality management program with respect to this NAAQS into the Maine SIP. This action is being taken in accordance with the Clean Air Act.
Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Revisions to the Refrigerant Management Program's Extension to Substitutes
Document Number: 2018-21084
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-10-01
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Clean Air Act (CAA) prohibits knowingly venting or releasing ozone-depleting and substitute refrigerants in the course of maintaining, servicing, repairing, or disposing of appliances or industrial process refrigeration. On November 18, 2016, EPA finalized a rule that updated the existing refrigerant management requirements and extended requirements that previously applied only to refrigerants containing an ozone-depleting substance (ODS) to substitute refrigerants such as hydrofluorocarbons that are subject to the venting prohibition (i.e., those that have not been exempted from that prohibition). The Agency is revisiting the aspects of the 2016 Rule that apply to equipment containing such substitute refrigerants. This action proposes changes to the legal interpretation that supported that rule and amendments to the regulations based on the revised interpretation. More specifically, in connection with the proposed changes to the legal interpretation, EPA is proposing to revise the appliance maintenance and leak repair provisions so they apply only to equipment using refrigerant containing a class I or class II substance. Based on this proposed limitation of the leak repair requirements, this document further proposes to revise the list of practices that must be followed in order for refrigerant releases to be considered de minimis to clarify that the reference to following leak repair practices only applies to equipment that contains ODS refrigerant. EPA is also taking comment on whether, in connection with the proposed changes to the legal interpretation, the 2016 Rule's extension of subpart F refrigerant management requirements to such substitute refrigerants should be rescinded in full. Additionally, EPA is proposing to extend by six to twelve months the January 1, 2019 compliance date for when appliances containing only substitute refrigerants subject to the venting prohibition must comply with the appliance maintenance and leak repair provisions.
Request for Nominations of Experts To Consider for ad hoc Participation on Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP)
Document Number: 2018-21196
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA requests public nominations of scientific experts to be considered for ad hoc participation on the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) through membership on the Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA) Science Review Board (SRB). All nominees will be considered for ad hoc participation providing independent scientific advice to the EPA on health and safety issues related to pesticides. The FIFRA SAP is comprised of biologists, statisticians, toxicologists and other experts and is assisted in their reviews by members of the FQPA SRB.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Renewal of an Existing Collection (EPA ICR No. 2511.02); Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-21190
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-28
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: ``Reporting in the FIFRA Cooperative Agreement Work Plan and Report Template'' and identified by EPA ICR No. 2511.02 and OMB Control No. 2070-0198, represents the renewal of an existing ICR that is scheduled to expire on April 30, 2019. 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.
National and Governmental Advisory Committees
Document Number: 2018-21188
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, EPA gives notice of a public meeting of the he National Advisory Committee (NAC) and the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC). The NAC and GAC provide advice to the EPA Administrator on a broad range of environmental policy, technology, and management issues. NAC/GAC members represent academia, business/industry, non-governmental organizations, and state, local and tribal governments. The purpose of the meeting is for the NAC/GAC to provide advice on trade and environment issues related to the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation. A copy of the meeting agenda will be posted at https://www.epa.gov/faca/nac-gac.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2018-21111
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Public Water System Supervision Program Revision for the State of Hawaii
Document Number: 2018-20853
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that the State of Hawaii revised its approved Public Water System Supervision Program (PWSSP) under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) by adopting the Stage 1 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule, Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule, Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule, Lead and Copper Rule Short-Term Regulatory Revisions and Clarifications, Revised Total Coliform Rule, and the expanded Public Water System definition. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that these revisions by the State of Hawaii are no less stringent than the corresponding Federal regulations and otherwise meet applicable SDWA primacy requirements. Therefore, EPA intends to approve these revisions to the State of Hawaii's PWSSP.
Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) or Superfund, Section 128(a); Notice of Grant Funding Guidance for State and Tribal Response Programs for FY2019
Document Number: 2018-20736
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will accept requests, from October 15, 2018 through December 14, 2018, for grants to establish and enhance State and Tribal Response Programs. This notice provides guidance on eligibility for funding, use of funding, grant mechanisms and process for awarding funding, the allocation system for distribution of funding, and terms and reporting under these grants. EPA has consulted with state and tribal officials in developing this guidance. The primary goal of this funding is to ensure that state and tribal response programs include, or are taking reasonable steps to include, certain elements of a response program and establishing a public record. Another goal is to provide funding for other activities that increase the number of response actions conducted or overseen by a state or tribal response program. This funding is not intended to supplant current state or tribal funding for their response programs. Instead, it is to supplement their funding to increase their response capacity. For fiscal year 2019, EPA will consider funding requests up to a maximum of $1.0 million per state or tribe. Subject to the availability of funds, EPA regional personnel will be available to provide technical assistance to states and tribes as they apply for and carry out these grants.
Clean Air Act Operating Permit Program; Petition for Objection to State Operating Permit for the Phillips 66 San Francisco Refinery
Document Number: 2018-21085
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator signed an Order dated August 8, 2018, denying a Petition dated March 19, 2018, from Communities for a Better Environment, San Francisco Baykeeper, Center for Biological Diversity, Friends of the Earth, Stand.earth, and Sierra Club. The Petition requested that the EPA object to a Clean Air Act (CAA) title V operating permit issued by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD or the District) to Facility No. A0016, the Phillips 66 San Francisco Refinery (Phillips 66 or the facility), located in Contra Costa County, California.
Air Plan Approval; New Hampshire; Transport Element for the 2010 Sulfur Dioxide National Ambient Air Quality Standard
Document Number: 2018-21006
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-09-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of New Hampshire. This revision addresses the interstate transport requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA), referred to as the good neighbor provision, with respect to the 2010 sulfur dioxide (SO2) national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). This action proposes to approve New Hampshire's demonstration that the State is meeting its obligations regarding the transport of SO2 emissions into other states.
Air Plan Approval; Minnesota; Commercial and Industrial Solid Waste Incineration Units and Other Solid Waste Incineration Units Negative Declarations for Designated Facilities and Pollutants
Document Number: 2018-20967
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-09-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is notifying the public that we have received negative declarations from Minnesota pertaining to the presence of Commercial and Industrial Solid Waste Incineration (CISWI) units and Other Solid Waste Incineration (OSWI) units in Minnesota. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) submitted its CISWI negative declaration by letter dated February 3, 2017, and its OSWI negative declaration by letter dated June 21, 2017. MPCA notified EPA in its negative declaration letters that there are no CISWI or OSWI units subject to the requirements of the Clean Air Act (Act) currently operating in Minnesota.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; West Virginia; Permits for Construction and Major Modification of Major Stationary Sources for the Prevention of Significant Deterioration of Air Quality
Document Number: 2018-20966
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-09-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of West Virginia. This revision pertains to West Virginia's Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) program. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Emissions Monitoring Provisions in State Implementation Plans Required Under the NOX
Document Number: 2018-20858
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-09-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to update the regulations that were originally promulgated in 1998 to implement the NOX SIP Call. In place of the current requirement for states to include provisions in their state implementation plans (SIPs) under which certain emissions sources must monitor their mass emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOX) according to 40 CFR part 75, the proposed amendments would allow states to include alternate forms of monitoring requirements in their SIPs. The amendments would also rescind the findings of interstate pollution transport obligations with respect to the 1997 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) under the NOX SIP Call that have been stayed by EPA since 2000. Other revisions would remove additional obsolete provisions and clarify the remaining regulations but would not substantively alter any current regulatory requirements.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; State Program Adequacy Determination (Renewal)
Document Number: 2018-20635
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``State Program Adequacy Determination (Renewal).'' (EPA ICR No. 1608.08, OMB Control No. 2050- 0152) 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 September 30, 2018. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register on May 08, 2018 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.
Adequacy Determination for the Missoula PM10
Document Number: 2018-20446
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-09-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In this announcement, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is notifying the public that the EPA has found the Missoula PM10 National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) Limited Maintenance Plan (LMP) adequate for transportation conformity purposes. As more fully explained in the Supplementary Information section of this notice, this finding will affect future transportation conformity determinations.
Information Session; Implementation of the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act of 2014
Document Number: 2018-20970
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency is announcing plans to hold an information session on Thursday, October 11, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. The purpose of this session is to provide prospective borrowers with a better understanding of the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program requirements, application process, and to hear from WIFIA's first borrower, King County, about their experience. More information sessions and webinars will be announced soon.
2-Propenoic Acid, 2-Methyl-, Polymer With Butyl 2-Methyl-2-Propenoate, Butyl 2-Propenoate, N-(1,1-Dimethyl-3-Oxobutyl)-2-Propenamide, Ethenylbenzene, 2-Ethylhexyl 2-Propenoate and Methyl 2-Methyl-2-Propenoate; Tolerance Exemption
Document Number: 2018-20969
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-09-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of 2-propenoic acid, 2-methyl-, polymer with butyl 2-methyl-2-propenoate, butyl 2-propenoate, N-(1,1-dimethyl- 3-oxobutyl)-2-propenamide, ethenylbenzene, 2-ethylhexyl 2-propenoate and methyl 2-methyl-2-propenoate; when used as an inert ingredient in a pesticide chemical formulation. Spring Trading Company on behalf of BASF Corporation 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 2-propenoic acid, 2-methyl-, polymer with butyl 2-methyl-2-propenoate, butyl 2- propenoate, N-(1,1-dimethyl-3-oxobutyl)-2-propenamide, ethenylbenzene, 2-ethylhexyl 2-propenoate and methyl 2-methyl-2-propenoate on food or feed commodities.
Maltodextrin-Vinyl Pyrrolidinone Copolymer; Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: 2018-20968
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-09-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of maltodextrin-vinyl pyrrolidinone copolymer (CAS Reg. No. 1323833-56-2) when used as an inert ingredient in a pesticide chemical formulation. Akzo Nobel Surface Chemistry, LLC 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 maltodextrin-vinyl pyrrolidinone copolymer on food or feed commodities.
The Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule for Model Years 2021-2026 Passenger Cars and Light Trucks; Extension of Comment Period
Document Number: 2018-20962
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-09-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document extends the comment period for a proposed rule published in the August 24, 2018 issue of the Federal Register entitled The Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule for Model Years 2021-2026 Passenger Cars and Light Trucks and also extends the comment period for NHTSA's Draft Environmental Impact Statement that accompanies it. This extension is shorter than that requested by several parties, and those requests are accordingly denied.
Significant New Use Rules on Certain Chemical Substances; Withdrawal
Document Number: 2018-20959
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-09-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is withdrawing significant new use rules (SNURs) promulgated under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for 145 chemical substances, which were the subjects of premanufacture notices (PMNs). EPA published these SNURs using direct final rulemaking procedures, which requires EPA to take certain actions if an adverse comment is received. EPA received adverse comments regarding the SNURs identified in this document. Therefore, the Agency is withdrawing the direct final rule SNURs identified in this document, as required under the direct final rulemaking procedures.
2-Propenoic Acid, Polymer With Butyl 2-Propenoate, Ethenylbenzene and (1-Methylethenyl) Benzene, Ammonium Salt; Tolerance Exemption
Document Number: 2018-20958
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-09-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of 2-propenoic acid, polymer with butyl 2- propenoate, ethenylbenzene and (1-methylethenyl) benzene, ammonium salt; when used as an inert ingredient in a pesticide chemical formulation. Spring Trading Company on behalf of BASF Corporation 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 2-propenoic acid, polymer with butyl 2-propenoate, ethenylbenzene and (1-methylethenyl) benzene, ammonium salt on food or feed commodities.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Renewal of an Existing Collection (EPA ICR No. 2451.02); Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-20957
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-26
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: ``Soil and Non-Soil Fumigant Risk Mitigation'' and identified by EPA ICR No. 2451.02 and OMB Control No. 2070-0197, represents the renewal of an existing ICR that is scheduled to expire on April 30, 2019. 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.
Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Asbestos (40 CFR Part 61, Subpart M) (Renewal)
Document Number: 2018-20879
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ``National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Asbestos (40 CFR part 61, subpart M) (Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 0111.15, OMB Control No. 2060-0101) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). Before doing so, the EPA is soliciting public comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below. This is a second notice requesting comment on the proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through March 31, 2019. The burden in this notice includes changes in reporting and recordkeeping resulting from a recent action on an alternative work practice and a planned change to allow electronic reporting for notifications. 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.
Air Plan Approval; Tennessee: Volatile Organic Compounds
Document Number: 2018-20860
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-09-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a portion of a revision to the Chattanooga-Hamilton County portion of the Tennessee State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of Tennessee through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) on behalf of the Chattanooga- Hamilton County Air Pollution Control Bureau (Chattanooga-Hamilton County) on June 25, 2008. The revision amends the definition of ``volatile organic compounds'' (VOC) to be consistent with state and Federal regulations. The portion of the SIP revision that EPA is approving is consistent with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act). EPA will act on the other portions of the June 25, 2008, submittal in a separate action.
Environmental Protection Agency Acquisition Regulation (EPAAR); Scientific Integrity
Document Number: 2018-20857
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-09-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing a proposed rule to address scientific integrity requirements in the creation of a contract clause for inclusion in solicitations and contracts when the contractor may be required to perform, communicate, or supervise scientific activities or use scientific information to perform advisory and assistance services. This clause will complement the EPA scientific integrity policy to ensure all scientific work developed and used by the Government is accomplished with scientific integrity.
Amendment of the NEPA Official Under Procedures for Implementing the National Environmental Policy Act
Document Number: 2018-20856
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-09-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This final rule amends the Environmental Protection Agency's (``EPA'') responsibility of the NEPA Official under its existing regulations for ``Implementing the National Environmental Policy Act and Assessing the Environmental Effects Abroad of EPA Actions.'' This amendment is a result of an agency reorganization that only impacts a title change of the designated NEPA Official under the existing regulations. This amendment is procedural in nature and none of these changes are intended to substantively alter the Agency's compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act for the EPA's actions.
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List: Deletion of the Eureka Mills Superfund Site
Document Number: 2018-20855
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-09-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 8 announces the deletion of the Eureka Mills Superfund Site (Site) located in Eureka, Utah, 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). The EPA and the State of Utah, through the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (UDEQ), have determined that all appropriate response actions under CERCLA, other than operation and maintenance 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 Reasor Chemical Company Superfund Site
Document Number: 2018-20839
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-09-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 announces the deletion of the Reasor Chemical Company Superfund Site (Site) located in Castle Hayne, North Carolina, 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). The EPA and the State of North Carolina, through the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, have determined that all appropriate response actions under CERCLA have been completed. However, this deletion does not preclude future actions under Superfund.
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List: Deletion of the Davis Timber Company Superfund Site
Document Number: 2018-20838
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-09-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 announces the deletion of the Davis Timber Company Superfund Site (Site) located in Hattiesburg, Lamar County, Mississippi, 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). The EPA and the State of Mississippi, through the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), have determined that all appropriate response actions under CERCLA, other than operation and maintenance, and five-year reviews, have been completed. However, this deletion does not preclude future actions under Superfund.
Air Plan Approval; North Carolina; Inspection and Maintenance Program
Document Number: 2018-20748
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-09-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of North Carolina on November 17, 2017, through the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Air Quality (DAQ), for the purpose of removing 26 counties from North Carolina's expanded inspection and maintenance (I/M) program, which was previously approved into the SIP for use as a component of the State's Nitrogen Oxides (NOX) Budget and Allowance Trading Program. The EPA has determined that North Carolina's November 17, 2017, SIP revision is approvable because it is consistent with the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) and with the EPA's regulations.
Air Plan Approval; New Hampshire; Updates to Enhanced Motor Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance Program Regulation
Document Number: 2018-20743
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-09-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of New Hampshire. This revision includes an amended regulation for the enhanced motor vehicle inspection and maintenance (I/M) program in New Hampshire. New Hampshire continues to implement a test and repair network for an on-board diagnostic (OBD2) testing program. The submitted New Hampshire regulation updates and clarifies the implementation of the New Hampshire I/M program. The intended effect of this action is to approve the updated I/M program regulation into the New Hampshire SIP. This action is being taken in accordance with the Clean Air Act.
Adequacy Status of Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets for the New Jersey Portion of the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-CT 2008 8-hour Ozone Nonattainment Area
Document Number: 2018-20738
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-09-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In this document, the Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA'' or ``Agency'') is notifying the public that the Agency has found that the 2017 motor vehicle emissions budgets (``budgets'') for volatile organic compounds (``VOCs'') and nitrogen oxides (``NOX'') submitted by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for the 2008 national ambient air quality standard (``NAAQS'') for ozone are adequate for transportation conformity purposes for the New Jersey portions of the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-CT 8-hour ozone nonattainment area. The transportation conformity rule) requires that the EPA conduct a public process and make an affirmative decision on the adequacy of these budgets before they can be used by metropolitan planning organizations in conformity determinations. As a result of this finding, upon the effective date of this notification of adequacy, the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority must use these budgets in future transportation conformity determinations. The budgets are contained in New Jersey's December 22, 2017, state implementation plan submittal for the 2008 8-hour ozone NAAQS and are associated with the reasonable further progress milestone demonstration.
Air Plan Approval; AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN; Interstate Transport for the 2012 PM2.5
Document Number: 2018-20728
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-09-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve portions of State Implementation Plan (SIP) submissions from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee addressing the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) interstate transport infrastructure SIP requirements for the 2012 Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The CAA requires that each state adopt and submit a SIP for the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of each NAAQS promulgated by EPA, commonly referred to as an ``infrastructure SIP.'' EPA is taking final action to approve the interstate transport portions of these infrastructure SIPs for the aforementioned states as demonstrating that air emissions in the states do not significantly contribute to nonattainment or interfere with maintenance of the 2012 PM2.5 NAAQS in any other state.
Notice of Meeting of the EPA Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC)
Document Number: 2018-20749
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-24
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 October 11- October 12, 2018, at Holiday Inn Washington-Capitol 550 C Street SW, Washington, DC 20024. The CHPAC advises the Environmental Protection Agency on science, regulations, and other issues relating to children's environmental health.
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List: Deletion of the Dorney Road Landfill Superfund Site
Document Number: 2018-20745
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-09-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3 announces the deletion of the Dorney Road Landfill Superfund Site (Site) located in located in Longswamp and Upper Macungie Townships, in Berks and Lehigh Counties, Pennsylvania 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). The EPA and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP, Northeast Region), have determined that all appropriate response actions under CERCLA, other than operation and maintenance (O&M), monitoring, and Five-Year Reviews, have been completed. However, this deletion does not preclude future actions under Superfund.