Environmental Protection Agency June 2019 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Notification of a Closed Meeting of the Science Advisory Board's 2019 Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards Committee
Document Number: 2019-13913
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-06-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a meeting of the SAB's 2019 Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards (STAA) Committee. This meeting is closed to the public.
Georgia: Approval of State Coal Combustion Residuals Permit Program
Document Number: 2019-13907
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-06-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA or the Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to partially approve the Georgia Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) state permit program. After reviewing the state permit program application, submitted by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GA EPD), EPA has preliminarily determined that Georgia's CCR state permit program meets the standard for partial approval under RCRA. If approved, Georgia's CCR state permit program will operate in lieu of the Federal CCR program, with the exception of certain provisions noted below. The State's CCR state permit program requirements and resulting permit provisions will also be subject to EPA's information gathering and enforcement authorities under RCRA and other applicable statutory and regulatory provisions as discussed below. This document announces that EPA is seeking comment on this proposal during a 60-day public comment period and will be holding a public hearing on EPA's preliminary approval of Georgia's CCR state permitting program.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NSPS for Steel Plants: Electric Arc Furnaces and Argon Oxygen Decarburization Vessels (Renewal)
Document Number: 2019-13883
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-06-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), NSPS for Steel Plants: Electric Arc Furnaces and Argon Oxygen Decarburization Vessels (EPA ICR Number 1060.18, OMB Control Number 2060-0038), 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 August 31, 2019. Public comments were previously requested, via the Federal Register, on May 30, 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 neither conduct nor sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
Safer Choice Partner of the Year Awards Call for Submissions
Document Number: 2019-13841
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-06-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA Safer Choice program is accepting submissions for its 2019 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Awards. EPA developed the Partner of the Year Awards to recognize the leadership contributions of Safer Choice partners and stakeholders who, over the past year, have shown outstanding achievement in the design, manufacture, selection, and use of products with safer chemicals. All Safer Choice stakeholders and program participants in good standing are eligible for recognition. Interested parties must inform the program that they would like to be considered for an award and submit supporting information.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Renewal for EPA's WasteWise Program
Document Number: 2019-13786
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-06-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), EPA's WasteWise Program (EPA ICR Number 1698.10, OMB Control Number 2050-0139) 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 June 30, 2019. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register on April 3, 2019 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.
Receipt of Several Pesticide Petitions Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals In or On Various Commodities (May 2019)
Document Number: 2019-13774
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-06-28
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.
Air Plan Approval; Oklahoma; Regional Haze Five-Year Progress Report
Document Number: 2019-13738
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-06-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a revision to a State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the Governor of Oklahoma through the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) on September 28, 2016. The SIP revision addresses requirements of federal regulations that direct the State to submit a periodic report describing progress toward reasonable progress goals (RPGs) established for regional haze and a determination of the adequacy of the existing implementation plan.
Air Plan Approval; KY; Attainment Plan for Jefferson County SO2
Document Number: 2019-13736
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-06-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions, submitted under a cover letter dated June 23, 2017, by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, through the Kentucky Division for Air Quality on behalf of the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (LMAPCD or District or Jefferson County) to EPA, for attaining the 1-hour sulfur dioxide (SO2) primary national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS or standard) for the Jefferson County SO2 nonattainment area (hereafter referred to as the ``Jefferson County nonattainment area,'' ``nonattainment area'' or ``Area''). The Jefferson County nonattainment area is comprised of a portion of Jefferson County in Kentucky surrounding the Louisville Gas and Electric Mill Creek Electric Generating Station (hereafter referred to as ``Mill Creek'' or ``LG&E''). This plan (hereafter called a ``nonattainment plan'' or ``SIP'' or ``attainment SIP'') includes Kentucky's attainment demonstration and other elements required under the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act). In addition to an attainment demonstration, the plan addresses the requirement for meeting reasonable further progress (RFP) toward attainment of the NAAQS, reasonably available control measures and reasonably available control technology (RACM/RACT), base-year and projection-year emissions inventories, enforceable emissions limitations and control measures, nonattainment new source review (NNSR) and contingency measures. EPA concludes that Kentucky has appropriately demonstrated that the nonattainment plan provisions provide for attainment of the 2010 1-hour primary SO2 NAAQS in the Jefferson County nonattainment area and that the nonattainment plan meets the other applicable requirements under the CAA.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2019-13727
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-06-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Ethiprole; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2019-13546
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-06-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of the insecticide ethiprole in or on coffee, green bean. Bayer CropScience LP requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Mefentrifluconazole; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2019-13520
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-06-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of mefentrifluconazole in or on multiple commodities which are identified and discussed later in this document. BASF Corporation requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Air Plan Approval; Ohio; Revisions to NOX
Document Number: 2019-13640
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-06-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve under the Clean Air Act (CAA) a request from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) to revise the Ohio State Implementation Plan (SIP) to incorporate revisions to Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-14 regarding the Nitrogen Oxides (NOX) SIP Call and the removal of OAC Chapter 3745-109 regarding the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR). This SIP revision would ensure continued compliance by Electric Generating Units (EGUs) and large non-EGUs with the requirements of the NOX SIP Call.
South Dakota; Proposed Approval of Revisions to the State Air Pollution Control Rules and to the Permitting Rules for the Prevention of Significant Deterioration
Document Number: 2019-13636
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-06-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve State Implementation Plan (SIP) and Operating Permit Program revisions submitted by the State of South Dakota on October 23, 2015, related to South Dakota's Air Pollution Control Program. The October 23, 2015 submittal revises certain definitions in the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permitting rules and general definition section related to greenhouse gases (GHGs). In this rulemaking, we are proposing action on portions of the October 23, 2015 submittal, which were not acted on in our previous final rulemaking published on October 13, 2016. The effect of this rulemaking is to ensure that certain definitions in South Dakota's PSD rules are in compliance with the federal PSD requirements. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Air Plan Approval; Indiana; SO2
Document Number: 2019-13494
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-06-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a March 6, 2018 request by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) to revise its State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the United States Steel-Gary Works coke plant. The submission involves the removal of sulfur dioxide (SO2) emission limitations for the coke plant at the United States Steel-Gary Works (US Steel-Gary Works). The coke plant permanently ceased operation on March 30, 2015. The submission also contains several other administrative changes. The notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) associated with this final action was published on February 13, 2019. EPA received several comments.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Solvent Extraction for Vegetable Oil Production Residual Risk and Technology Review
Document Number: 2019-13110
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-06-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing amendments to the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Solvent Extraction for Vegetable Oil Production. The source category addressed in this action is the Solvent Extraction for Vegetable Oil Production source category. The EPA is proposing the results of the residual risk and technology review (RTR) that the EPA is required to conduct in accordance with the Clean Air Act (CAA). Based on the results of the EPA's risk review, the Agency is proposing that risk due to emissions of air toxics from this source category is acceptable and that the current NESHAP provides an ample margin of safety to protect public health. Under the technology review, the EPA is proposing there are no developments in practices, processes, or control technologies that necessitate revision of the standards. Therefore, the EPA is proposing no revisions to the numerical emission limits based on these analyses. However, the EPA is proposing to revise provisions pertaining to emissions during periods of startup, shutdown, and malfunction (SSM); add requirements for electronic reporting of certain notifications and reports and performance test results; and make other minor clarifications and corrections. Although the proposed amendments would not result in reductions in emissions of hazardous air pollutants (HAP), if finalized, they would result in improved compliance and implementation of the rule.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NESHAP for Area Sources: Primary Copper Smelting, Secondary Copper Smelting, and Primary Nonferrous Metals-Zinc, Cadmium, and Beryllium (Renewal)
Document Number: 2019-13560
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-06-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), NESHAP for Area Sources: Primary Copper Smelting, Secondary Copper Smelting, and Primary Nonferrous Metals-Zinc, Cadmium, and Beryllium (EPA ICR Number 2240.06, OMB Control Number 2060-0596), 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 June 30, 2019. Public comments were previously requested, via the Federal Register on May 30, 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 neither conduct nor 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; NESHAP for Prepared Feeds Manufacturing (Renewal)
Document Number: 2019-13559
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-06-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), NESHAP for Prepared Feeds Manufacturing (EPA ICR Number 2354.05, OMB Control Number 2060-0635), 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 June 30, 2019. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register on May 30, 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 neither conduct nor 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; NESHAP for Plastic Parts and Products Surface Coating (Renewal)
Document Number: 2019-13558
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-06-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), NESHAP for Plastic Parts and Products Surface Coating (EPA ICR Number 2044.07, OMB Control Number 2060-0537), 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 August 31, 2019. Public comments were previously requested, via the Federal Register, on May 30, 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 neither conduct nor 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; NSPS for Pressure Sensitive Tape and Label Surface Coating Operations (Renewal)
Document Number: 2019-13556
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-06-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), NSPS for Pressure Sensitive Tape and Label Surface Coating Operations (EPA ICR Number 0658.13, OMB Control Number 2060-0004), 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 August 31, 2019. Public comments were previously requested, via the Federal Register, on May 30, 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 neither conduct nor 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; NESHAP for Clay Ceramics Manufacturing, Glass Manufacturing, and Secondary Nonferrous Metals Processing Area Sources (Renewal)
Document Number: 2019-13555
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-06-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), NESHAP for Clay Ceramics Manufacturing, Glass Manufacturing, and Secondary Nonferrous Metals Processing Area Sources (EPA ICR Number 2274.06, OMB Control Number 2060-0606), 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 August 31, 2019. Public comments were previously requested, via the Federal Register, on May 30, 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 neither conduct nor sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
Glyphosate Proposed Interim Registration Review Decision; Extension of Comment Period
Document Number: 2019-13524
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-06-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA issued a notice in the Federal Register of May 6, 2019, concerning the availability of EPA's Proposed Interim Registration Review Decision for glyphosate. This document extends the comment period for 60 days, from July 5, 2019 to September 3, 2019. This action to extend the public comment period is being taken after receiving public comments requesting additional time to review the Glyphosate Proposed Interim Registration Review Decision and supporting materials.
Air Plan Approval; Indiana; Indiana RACT SIP and Negative Declaration for the Oil and Natural Gas Industry Control Techniques Guidelines
Document Number: 2019-13496
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-06-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a ``Negative Declaration'' for the State of Indiana regarding the Control Techniques Guidelines (CTG) for the Oil and Gas Industry issued by EPA on October 20, 2016. Indiana has evaluated areas for which the Oil and Natural Gas Industry CTG must be applied under the 2008 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). EPA has included Lake and Porter counties as part of the Chicago-Naperville, IL-IN-WI Moderate nonattainment area for the 2008 ozone NAAQS. Therefore, reasonably available control technology (RACT) requirements would be applicable for sources covered by the CTGs in Lake and Porter counties. No covered sources were found in Lake and Porter counties. Approval of this Negative Declaration supports EPA's February 13, 2019 approval of Indiana's volatile organic compounds (VOC) RACT Certification for Lake and Porter Counties.
Approval of Air Quality Improvement Plan, Operating Permits Program, and 112(l) Plan; Missouri; Operating Permits
Document Number: 2019-13373
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-06-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing approval of revisions to the State Implementation Plan (SIP), the Operating Permit Program (OPP), and the 112(l) plan submitted on March 7, 2019, by the State of Missouri. The submission revises Missouri's regulations relating to the requirement for sources of air contaminants to obtain operating permits and to establish procedures for sources of air contaminants to obtain and comply with operating permits. These revisions are primarily administrative in nature and do not impact the stringency of the SIP, the OPP, or the 112(l) plan. Specifically, the revisions correct references, change the term ``regulated pollutant'' to ``regulated air pollutant'', removes unnecessary words, and add definitions. Approval of these revisions will not impact air quality and ensures Federal enforceability of the State's rules.
Approval of Iowa and Nebraska Air Quality Implementation Plans; Infrastructure SIP Requirements for the 2012 Annual Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5
Document Number: 2019-13370
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-06-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve elements of State Implementation Plan (SIP) submissions from Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) for the 2012 Annual Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). The Clean Air Act (CAA) requires that each state adopt and submit a SIP that provides for the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of each NAAQS promulgated by EPA, commonly referred to as ``infrastructure'' SIPs. In this action EPA is proposing to approve the interstate transportation obligations of the State's 2012 PM2.5 NAAQS infrastructure SIP submittals.
Freedom of Information Act Regulations Update
Document Number: 2019-13290
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-06-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) takes final action to revise the Agency's regulations under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA or Act). This action supports the Agency's mission by updating the process by which the public may access information about EPA actions and activities. These revisions include changes required by amendments to the Act in 2007, 2009, and 2016, updates to correct obsolete information, and changes to reflect internal EPA realignment.
National Primary Drinking Water Regulations: Perchlorate
Document Number: 2019-12773
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-06-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a drinking water regulation for perchlorate and a health-based Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG) in accordance with the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). The EPA is proposing to set both the enforceable Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for the perchlorate regulation and the perchlorate MCLG at 0.056 mg/L (56 [micro]g/L). The EPA is proposing requirements for water systems to conduct monitoring and reporting for perchlorate and to provide information about perchlorate to their consumers through public notification and consumer confidence reports. This proposal includes requirements for primacy agencies that implement the public water system supervision program under the SDWA. This proposal also includes a list of treatment technologies that would enable water systems to comply with the MCL, including affordable compliance technologies for small systems serving 10,000 persons or less.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NESHAP for the Printing and Publishing Industry (Renewal)
Document Number: 2019-13454
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-06-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), NESHAP for the Printing and Publishing Industry (EPA ICR Number 1739.09, OMB Control Number 2060- 0335), 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 June 30, 2019. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register on May 30, 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 neither conduct nor sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
Ocean Dumping: Modification of an Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site Offshore of Mobile, Alabama
Document Number: 2019-13396
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-06-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a modification of the existing EPA designated ocean dredged material disposal site (ODMDS) offshore of Mobile, Alabama (referred to hereafter as the existing Mobile ODMDS) pursuant to the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act, as amended (MPRSA). The primary purpose for the site modification is to enlarge the site to serve the long-term need for a location to dispose of suitable material dredged from the Mobile Harbor Federal navigation channel, and for the disposal of suitable dredged material for persons who receive an MPRSA permit for such disposal. The modified site will be subject to monitoring and management to ensure continued protection of the marine environment.
Air Plan Approval; Missouri; Infrastructure State Implementation Plan Requirements for the 2015 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard
Document Number: 2019-13374
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-06-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve elements of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submission from the State of Missouri addressing the applicable requirements of section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the 2015 Ozone (O3) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). Section 110 requires that each state adopt and submit a SIP revision to support 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. The EPA is also proposing to approve a request from the state to exempt all counties in the Metropolitan Kansas City Interstate Air Quality Control Region (AQCR) and all of Jefferson and most of Franklin (except Boles Township) counties in the Metropolitan St. Louis Interstate AQCR from needing an ozone contingency plan meeting the requirements of our regulations.
Proposed Settlement Agreement, Challenge to Clean Air Act SIP Action
Document Number: 2019-13400
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-06-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with section 113(g) of the Clean Air Act, as amended (``CAA'' or the ``Act''), notice is hereby given of a proposed settlement agreement to resolve a case filed by ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor, L.L.C. (``ArcelorMittal''), involving an EPA action on a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Indiana. On February 25, 2014, ArcelorMittal filed a petition with the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit challenging EPA's disapproval of Indiana's SIP revision which would have removed the emissions limit for SO2 from the blast furnace gas flare at ArcelorMittal's steel mill in Porter County, Indiana. ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor LLC v. EPA (14-1412, 7th Cir.). Under the proposed settlement agreement, the parties agree to take certain specified actions.
Air Plan Approval; Massachusetts; Infrastructure State Implementation Plan Requirements for the 2012 PM2.5
Document Number: 2019-13325
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-06-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving most elements of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for the infrastructure requirements for the 2012 fine particle (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS), including the interstate transport requirements. We are making findings of failure to submit for the prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) requirements of infrastructure SIPs for the 2012 PM2.5 NAAQS. For infrastructure SIP requirements for the 1997 and 2006 PM2.5 NAAQS, we are also approving previously unaddressed elements and converting certain previous conditional approvals to full approval. We are also converting to full approvals previous conditional approvals for the 1997 and 2008 ozone, 2008 lead, 2010 sulfur dioxide, and 2010 nitrogen dioxide NAAQS. Finally, EPA is approving five new or amended definitions regarding the NAAQS and Particulate Matter and a state Executive Order regarding consultation by state agencies with local governments. This action is being taken in accordance with the Clean Air Act.
Clean Data Determination; Salt Lake City, Utah 2006 Fine Particulate Matter Standards Nonattainment Area
Document Number: 2019-13301
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-06-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On June 5, 2019, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published in the Federal Register a proposed rule pertaining to the proposed approval of a clean data determination (CDD) for the 2006 24- hour fine particulate matter (PM2.5) Salt Lake City, Utah, (UT) nonattainment area (NAA) and requested comments by July 5, 2019. The EPA is extending the comment period for the proposed rule until July 22, 2019.
Approval of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Ohio and West Virginia; Attainment Plans for the Steubenville, Ohio-West Virginia 2010 Sulfur Dioxide Nonattainment Area
Document Number: 2019-13294
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-06-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve, under the Clean Air Act (CAA), two State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submittals, submitted by Ohio and West Virginia, respectively. Ohio's requested SIP revision was submitted to EPA through the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) on April 1, 2015 with supplemental submissions on October 13, 2015 and March 25, 2019, with expectation of an additional submittal within two to three months. This additional submittal is expected to include final, adopted limits corresponding to the limits in proposed form in the March 25, 2019 submittal. West Virginia's requested SIP revision was submitted to EPA through the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) on April 25, 2016 with a supplemental submission from WVDEP on November 27, 2017 and a clarification letter on May 1, 2019. The Ohio and West Virginia submittals include each State's attainment demonstration for the Steubenville Ohio-West Virginia sulfur dioxide (SO2) nonattainment area (hereinafter ``Steubenville Area'' or ``Area''). Each state plan contains an attainment demonstration, enforceable emission limits and control measures and other elements required under the CAA to address the nonattainment area requirements for the Steubenville Area. EPA proposes to conclude that the Ohio and West Virginia attainment plan submittals demonstrate that the provisions in the States' respective plans provide for attainment of the 2010 1-hour primary SO2 national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) in the entire Steubenville Area and meet the requirements of the CAA. EPA is also proposing to approve into the West Virginia SIP new emissions limits, operational restrictions, and associated compliance requirements for Mountain State Carbon, and proposing to approve into the Ohio SIP the limits on emissions from Mingo Junction Energy Center and JSW Steel as well as the proposed limits for the Cardinal Power Plant.
Air Plan Approval; Texas; Dallas-Fort Worth Area Redesignation and Maintenance Plan for Revoked Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2019-13126
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-06-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) is proposing to approve a revision to the Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP). The EPA is proposing to determine that the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) area is continuing to attain the 1979 1-hour and 1997 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS or standard) and has met the CAA criteria for redesignation. Therefore, the EPA is proposing to terminate all anti-backsliding obligations for the DFW area for the 1- hour and 1997 ozone NAAQS. The EPA is also proposing to approve the plan for maintaining the 1-hour and 1997 ozone NAAQS through 2032 in the DFW area.
Air Plan Approval; Ohio; Open Burning Rules
Document Number: 2019-13111
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-06-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving revisions to the open burning standards in the Ohio State Implementation Plan (SIP) under the Clean Air Act (CAA). On June 4, 2018, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio) requested the approval of its revised open burning rules, which include changes pertaining to certain types of open burning, adding requirements for air curtain burners, allowing law enforcement to burn seized drugs, further restricting the materials that may be burned, and updating definitions and references. Ohio is in attainment of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter.
Trifloxystrobin; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2019-13101
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-06-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of trifloxystrobin in or on tea (dried and instant). Bayer CropScience requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2019-13269
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-06-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Approval and Promulgation of State Plans for Designated Facilities and Pollutants; New Mexico and Albuquerque-Bernalillo County; Municipal Solid Waste Landfills
Document Number: 2019-13127
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-06-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the section 111(d) Plan submitted by the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) on May 25, 2017, to regulate landfill gas and its components, including methane, from existing municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills. The Plan is submitted to implement and enforce the Emissions Guidelines (EG) for existing landfills in New Mexico, except Albuquerque-Bernalillo County. We are also proposing to approve revisions to the section 111(d) Plan submitted by the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) on behalf of the Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Air Quality Control Board on May 24, 2017, to implement and enforce the EG for existing MSW landfills in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County. The EG requires States to develop plans to reduce air emissions from all affected MSW landfills within their jurisdiction.
Certain New Chemicals; Receipt and Status Information for March 2019
Document Number: 2019-13099
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-06-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is required under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), as amended by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, to make information publicly available and to publish information in the Federal Register pertaining to submissions under TSCA Section 5, including notice of receipt of a Premanufacture notice (PMN), Significant New Use Notice (SNUN) or Microbial Commercial Activity Notice (MCAN), including an amended notice or test information; an exemption application (Biotech exemption); an application for a test marketing exemption (TME), both pending and/or concluded; a notice of commencement (NOC) of manufacture (including import) for new chemical substances; and a periodic status report on new chemical substances that are currently under EPA review or have recently concluded review. This document covers the period from 03/01/ 2019 to 03/31/2019.
Alternative Methods for Calculating Off-Cycle Credits Under the Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions Program: Application From Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
Document Number: 2019-13093
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-06-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is requesting comment on an application from Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (``Toyota'') 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. Toyota 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 Toyota's off-cycle credit calculation methodologies available for public comment.
Air Plan Approval; Illinois; Infrastructure SIP Requirements for the 2012 PM2.5
Document Number: 2019-13033
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-06-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving elements of the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submission from Illinois regarding the infrastructure requirements of section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the 2012 annual fine particulate matter (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS or standard). 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. This action pertains specifically to infrastructure requirements in the Illinois SIP concerning interstate transport provisions.
Melamine Formaldehyde Polycondensate Resin; Tolerance Exemption
Document Number: 2019-12994
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-06-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of formaldehyde, reaction products with melamine; 1,3,5-triazine-2,4,6-triamine, polymer with formaldehyde; formaldehyde reaction products with melamine and methanol; and 1,3,5- triazine-2,4,6-triamine, polymer with formaldehyde, methylated; collectively referred to as melamine formaldehyde polycondensate resin; when used as an inert ingredient in a pesticide chemical formulation. 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 formaldehyde, reaction products with melamine; 1,3,5-triazine-2,4,6-triamine, polymer with formaldehyde; formaldehyde reaction products with melamine and methanol; 1,3,5-triazine-2,4,6-triamine, polymer with formaldehyde, methylated on food or feed commodities.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality State Implementation Plans; Utah; Interstate Transport Requirements for Nitrogen Dioxide, Sulfur Dioxide, and Fine Particulate Matter
Document Number: 2019-12948
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-06-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve State Implementation Plan (SIP) submissions from the State of Utah regarding certain interstate transport requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA or ``Act''). These submissions respond to the EPA's promulgation of the 2010 nitrogen dioxide (NO2) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS), the 2010 sulfur dioxide (SO2) NAAQS, and the 2012 fine particulate matter (PM2.5) NAAQS. The submissions address the requirement that each SIP contain adequate provisions prohibiting air emissions that will significantly contribute to nonattainment or interfere with maintenance of these NAAQS in any other state.
Pesticide Product Registration; Receipt of Applications for New Active Ingredients (April 2019)
Document Number: 2019-12949
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-06-19
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.
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List: Deletion of the MGM Brakes Superfund Site
Document Number: 2019-12771
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-06-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9 is issuing a Notice of Intent to Delete MGM Brakes Superfund Site (Site) located in Cloverdale, Sonoma County, California, 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 California, through the Department of Toxic Substances Control, have determined that all appropriate response actions under CERCLA have been completed. However, this deletion does not preclude future actions under Superfund.
Bacillus amyloliquefaciens subspecies plantarum strain FZB42; Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: 2019-12748
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-06-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens subspecies plantarum strain FZB42 in or on all food commodities when used in accordance with label directions and good agricultural practices. Andermatt Biocontrol AG (c/o SciReg, Inc.) 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 subspecies plantarum strain FZB42 in or on all food commodities under FFDCA.
Reissuance of NPDES General Permit for Offshore Seafood Processors in Alaska (AKG524000)
Document Number: 2019-12765
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-06-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Director of the Water Division, EPA Region 10, is reissuing a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit to Offshore Seafood Processors in Alaska. The General Permit authorizes discharges of seafood processing waste from facilities (also referred to as ``vessels'') that discharge at least 3 nautical miles (NM) or greater from the Alaska shore as delineated by mean lower low water (MLLW) or a closure line; and which engage in the processing of fresh, frozen, canned, smoked, salted or pickled seafood, the processing of mince, or the processing of meal, paste and other secondary by-products.
Pesticide Emergency Exemptions; Agency Decisions and State and Federal Agency Crisis Declarations
Document Number: 2019-12745
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-06-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has granted emergency exemptions under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) for use of pesticides as listed in this notice. The exemptions were granted during the period October 1, 2018 to March 30, 2019, except for one granted in September 2018, to control unforeseen pest outbreaks. The item for the exemption granted in September 2018 was issued to the Wyoming Department of Agriculture for the use of indaziflam on rangeland, pastures, and areas subject to the conservation reserve program to control Medusahead and Ventenata. From the previous notice for this exemption, published in the notice for pesticide emergency exemption decisions from the February 14, 2019 Federal Register (84 FR 4063) (FRL-9987-70), the effective dates are corrected to be September 14, 2018 to September 14, 2019.
24-Epibrassinolide; Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: 2019-12743
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-06-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of 24-epibrassinolide in or on all food commodities when used in accordance with label directions and good agricultural practices. Suntton International Inc., 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 24-epibrassinolide under FFDCA.
Air Plan Approval; Missouri; Revision to Sulfur Dioxide Control Requirements for Lake Road Generating Facility
Document Number: 2019-12539
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-06-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing approval of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Missouri on November 2, 2018. The revision replaces a Consent Decree in Missouri's SIP with an Administrative Order on Consent (AOC) between the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MoDNR) and Kansas City Power and Light (KCPL). The EPA is also proposing to approve an amendment to the AOC. This action strengthens Missouri's SIP by replacing an outdated Consent Decree with an AOC and its Amendment that reflect current operating conditions at the facility, and does not result in an increase in sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions from the Lake Road Generating Facility.