Proposed Settlement Agreements, Clean Water Act Claims
In accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator's October 16, 2017 Directive Promoting Transparency and Public Participation in Consent Decrees and Settlement Agreements, notice is hereby given of three proposed settlement agreements to address petitions for review of EPA's final National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general permits for discharges of stormwater from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) in Massachusetts and New Hampshire under Clean Water Act (CWA). The proposed settlements represent the results of mediation supervised by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Mediation Program between EPA and petitioners the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB), the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Massachusetts, Inc. (HBRAMA), the New Hampshire Home Builders Association (NHHBA), the Center for Regulatory Reasonableness (CRR), the Massachusetts Coalition for Water Resources Stewardship (MCWRS), the Town of Franklin, Massachusetts, (Franklin), the City of Lowell, Massachusetts (Lowell), the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), and the Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA). Two of the proposed settlement agreements include commitments for EPA to propose certain modifications to the 2016 Massachusetts Small MS4 General Permit and the 2017 New Hampshire Small MS4 General Permit, and then to take final action on each proposal. The third settlement agreement commits EPA to process an individual small MS4 permit application from the City of Lowell, Massachusetts.
Notice of Meeting of the EPA Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC)
Pursuant to the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, notice is hereby given that the Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC) will hold a public teleconference on January 15th, 2020 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST. The Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee is a federal advisory committee which advises EPA on science, regulations and other issues relating to children's environmental health.
Air Plan Approval; Indiana; Limited Maintenance Plans for the 1997 Ozone NAAQS; Evansville, Fort Wayne, Greene County, Jackson County, Muncie, and Terre Haute Areas
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a revision to Indiana's State Implementation Plan (SIP). The state submitted an update to its 1997 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS or standard) Limited Maintenance Plans (LMP) for the Evansville, Fort Wayne, Greene County, Jackson County, Muncie, and Terre Haute areas. The plans for these areas provide for the maintenance of the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS through the end of the second 10-year portion of the maintenance period. This action makes federally enforceable as part of the Indiana SIP certain commitments related to maintenance of the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS in these areas. EPA proposed to approve this submission on August 19, 2019.