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Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Sustainable and Healthy Communities Subcommittee Meeting-October 2021
Document Number: 2021-20935
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Research and Development (ORD), gives notice of a series of virtual meetings of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Sustainable and Healthy Communities (SHC) Subcommittee to review the SHC research program. EPA's Sustainable and Healthy Communities (SHC) Research program provides technical solutions, tools, information, and other resources in three topic areas critical to fulfilling the Agency's mission to protect the environment and safeguard public health: Contaminated Sites; Waste and Materials Management; and Healthy and Resilient Communities.
Clean Air Plans; 2008 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area Requirements; West Mojave Desert, California
Document Number: 2021-20618
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-09-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve portions of state implementation plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of California to meet Clean Air Act (CAA or ``Act'') requirements for the 2008 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS or ``standards'') in the Los Angeles-San Bernardino Counties (West Mojave Desert), California ozone nonattainment area (``West Mojave Desert'' or WMD). The SIP revisions address the ``Severe-15'' nonattainment area requirements for the 2008 ozone NAAQS, including the requirements for emissions inventories, attainment demonstration, reasonable further progress, reasonably available control measures, and contingency measures, among others; and establishes motor vehicle emissions budgets. The EPA is approving the SIP revisions as meeting all the applicable ozone nonattainment area requirements, except for the contingency measures requirement, for which the EPA is deferring action.
Metalaxyl; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2021-20743
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-09-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of metalaxyl in or on black pepper. American Spice Trade Association requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2021-20742
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Air Plan Approval; North Carolina; Minor Revisions to Cotton Ginning Operations Rule
Document Number: 2021-20648
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-09-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a revision to the North Carolina State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Air Quality, via a letter dated April 13, 2021, and received by EPA on April 14, 2021. This revision contains minor clarifying and typographical edits to North Carolina's cotton ginning operations rule. EPA is proposing to approve these changes pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act).
Air Plan Approval; North Carolina: Mecklenburg Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2021-20647
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-09-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision to the Mecklenburg County portion of the North Carolina SIP, hereinafter referred to as the Mecklenburg Local Implementation Plan (LIP). The revision was submitted by the State of North Carolina, through the North Carolina Division Air Quality (NCDAQ), on behalf of Mecklenburg County Air Quality (MCAQ) via a letter dated April 24, 2020, and was received by EPA on June 19, 2020. The revision updates several Mecklenburg County Air Pollution Control Ordinance (MCAPCO) ambient air quality rules incorporated into the LIP and adds one new rule for fine particulate matter (PM2.5). EPA is proposing to approve these changes pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act).
Request for Nominations for the 2022 Clean Air Excellence Awards Program
Document Number: 2021-20628
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the competition for the 2022 Clean Air Excellence Awards Program. EPA established the Clean Air Excellence Awards Program in February 2000 to recognize outstanding and innovative efforts that support progress in achieving clean air.
Air Plan Approval; Louisiana; Regional Haze Five-Year Progress Report State Implementation Plan
Document Number: 2021-20617
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-09-24
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 Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) on March 25, 2021. The SIP submittal addresses requirements of Federal regulations that direct the State to submit a periodic report that assesses progress toward regional haze reasonable progress goals (RPGs) and includes a determination of adequacy of the existing implementation plan.
Partial Approval and Partial Disapproval of Air Quality Implementation Plans and Determination of Attainment by the Attainment Date; California; San Joaquin Valley Serious Area and Section 189(d) Plan for Attainment of the 1997 24-Hour PM2.5
Document Number: 2021-20613
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-09-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve in part and disapprove in part portions of a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of California to meet Clean Air Act (CAA or ``Act'') requirements for the 1997 24- hour fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) in the San Joaquin Valley nonattainment area. Specifically, the EPA is proposing to approve all but the contingency measure element of the submitted SIP revision as meeting all applicable Serious area and CAA section 189(d) requirements for the 1997 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS and is proposing disapproval of the contingency measure element. The EPA is also proposing to determine that the San Joaquin Valley air quality planning area has attained the 1997 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS. This determination is based on sufficient, quality-assured, and certified data for 2018-2020. Based on our proposed finding that the San Joaquin Valley nonattainment area has attained the 1997 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS, we are proposing to determine that the requirement for contingency measures will no longer apply to the San Joaquin Valley nonattainment area for these NAAQS. Thus, the EPA is proposing to issue a protective finding for transportation conformity determinations for this proposed disapproval.
Air Plan Approval; Maryland; Negative Declaration for the Oil and Gas Industry
Document Number: 2021-20494
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-09-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Maryland. This revision provides Maryland's determination, via a negative declaration, that there are no sources within its borders subject to EPA's 2016 Oil and Natural Gas control techniques guidelines (2016 Oil and Gas CTG). EPA is approving these revisions to the Maryland SIP in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Air Plan Approval; AK, Fairbanks North Star Borough; 2006 24-Hour PM2.5
Document Number: 2021-20396
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-09-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving parts of state implementation plan (SIP) submissions, submitted by the State of Alaska (Alaska or the State) to address Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) requirements for the 2006 24-hour fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) in the Fairbanks North Star Borough PM2.5 nonattainment area (Fairbanks PM2.5 Nonattainment Area). The EPA is also approving rule revisions and an associated air quality control plan chapter submitted by Alaska into the federally-approved SIP. Alaska made these submissions on October 25, 2018, November 28, 2018, December 13, 2019, (Fairbanks Serious Plan) and December 15, 2020.
Certain New Chemicals; Receipt and Status Information for August 2021
Document Number: 2021-20606
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is required under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to make information publicly available and to publish information in the Federal Register pertaining to submissions under TSCA, 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 08/01/2021 to 08/31/2021.
Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Information Collection Request for Green Power Partnership and Combined Heat and Power Partnership; EPA ICR Number 2173.07 (Renewal); OMB Control No. 2060-0578
Document Number: 2021-20562
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ``Information Collection Request for Green Power Partnership and Combined Heat and Power Partnership'' (EPA ICR Number 2173.07 (Renewal), OMB Control No. 2060-0578) 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 March 31, 2019. 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.
Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request: Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Notification of Episodic Releases of Oil and Hazardous Substances (Renewal) EPA ICR Number 1049.15, OMB Control Number 2050-0046
Document Number: 2021-20561
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), Notification of Episodic Releases of Oil and Hazardous Substances (Renewal) (EPA ICR Number 1049.15, OMB Control Number 2050-0046) 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 in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through May 31, 2022. 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.
Access by United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Contractor and Subcontractors to Information Claimed as Confidential Business Information (CBI) Submitted Under Clean Air Act (CAA) and Act To Prevent Pollution From Ships (APPS)
Document Number: 2021-20560
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The United States Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) plans to authorize a contractor and several subcontractors to access information that will be submitted to the EPA under the Clean Air Act (CAA) and the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) that may be claimed as, or may be determined to be, confidential business information (CBI).
Air Plan Approval; TN; Montgomery County Limited Maintenance Plan for the 1997 8-Hour Ozone NAAQS
Document Number: 2021-20349
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-09-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Tennessee, through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), Air Pollution Control Division, on June 23, 2020. The SIP revision includes the 1997 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) Limited Maintenance Plan (LMP) for the Montgomery County, Tennessee portion of the Clarksville-Hopkinsville Area (hereinafter referred to as the ``Montgomery County Area'' or ``Area''). The Clarksville-Hopkinsville Area is comprised of Montgomery County, Tennessee, and Christian County, Kentucky. EPA is proposing to approve Tennessee's LMP for the Montgomery County Area because it provides for the maintenance of the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS within the Montgomery County Area through the end of the second 10-year portion of the maintenance period. The effect of this action would be to make certain commitments related to maintenance of the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS in the Montgomery County Area federally enforceable as part of the Tennessee SIP.
Air Plan Approval; West Virginia; 2020 Amendments to West Virginia's Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2021-20322
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-09-23
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 updates West Virginia's incorporation by reference of EPA's national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) and the associated monitoring reference and equivalent methods. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Meeting of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council
Document Number: 2021-20498
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water is announcing a virtual meeting of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC or Council) as authorized under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). The purpose of the meeting is to allow members of the NDWAC's Consumer Confidence Report Rule Revision (CCR3) Working Group to present their preliminary recommendations to the Council on targeted issues relating to CCR rule revisions as required under the America's Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) of 2018. Information about the CCR3 Working Group along with EPA's charge to the NDWAC, to provide advice and recommendations to the agency related to revisions of the CCR rule in the areas of accessibility challenges; advancing environmental justice to better support underserved communities; improving readability, understandability, clarity, and accuracy of information and risk communication of CCRs; and CCR delivery methods may be found on EPA's website at https://www.epa.gov/ndwac. The NDWAC will meet again at a later date to review the Working Group's final report to the Council and to develop advice and recommendations from the Council to EPA.
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 Fiscal Year 2022
Document Number: 2021-20470
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), as amended, authorizes a noncompetitive $50 million grant program to establish or enhance state and tribal response programs. These response programs generally address the assessment, cleanup, and redevelopment of brown fields sites and other sites with actual or perceived contamination. For Fiscal Year (FY) 2022, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will consider grant requests up to a maximum of $1.0 million per state or tribe. This document announces the availability of guidance that will assist states and tribes in the development and submission of CERCLA section 128(a) noncompetitive funding requests and utilization of these funds.
Administration of Cross-State Air Pollution Rule Trading Program Assurance Provisions for 2020 Control Periods
Document Number: 2021-20440
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing notice of the availability of data on the administration of the assurance provisions of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) trading programs for the control periods in 2020. Total emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOX) reported by Mississippi and Missouri units participating in the CSAPR NOX Ozone Season Group 2 Trading Program during the 2020 control period exceeded the respective states' assurance levels under the program. Data demonstrating the exceedances and EPA's final calculations of the amounts of additional allowances that the owners and operators of certain Mississippi and Missouri units must surrender have been posted in a spreadsheet on EPA's website.
Notification of Public Meetings of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee Particulate Matter Panel
Document Number: 2021-20439
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces two public meetings of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) Particulate Matter (PM) Panel. A public meeting will be held for the CASAC PM Panel to receive a briefing from EPA on updates to the science assessment and updates to the policy assessment that support the agency's reconsideration of the 2020 PM National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). A second public meeting will be held for the panel to peer review the agency's science assessment updates and policy assessment updates.
Program Requirement Revisions Related to the Public Water System Supervision Programs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of Rhode Island
Document Number: 2021-20436
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that the State of Rhode Island and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are revising their respective approved Public Water System Supervision (PWSS) programs to meet the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).
Receipt of Pesticide Petitions Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities (September 2021)
Document Number: 2021-20431
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-09-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document announces the Agency's receipt of initial filings of pesticide petitions requesting the establishment or modification of regulations for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities.
Pesticide Product Registration; Receipt of Applications for New Active Ingredients (September 2021)
Document Number: 2021-20415
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-21
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.
Pesticide Product Registration; Receipt of Applications for New Uses (September 2021)
Document Number: 2021-20412
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has received applications to register new uses for pesticide products containing currently registered active ingredients. Pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is hereby providing notice of receipt and opportunity to comment on these applications.
Styrene- Maleic Anhydride Ethyl Amine Salt Copolymer; Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: 2021-20411
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-09-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of styrene- maleic anhydride ethyl amine salt copolymer when used as an inert ingredient in a pesticide chemical formulation. S.A. Ajinomoto Omnichem N.V., 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 styrene- maleic anhydride ethyl amine salt copolymer on food or feed commodities when used in accordance with these exemptions.
Certain New Chemicals or Significant New Uses; Statements of Findings for July 2021
Document Number: 2021-20356
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requires EPA to publish in the Federal Register a statement of its findings after its review of certain TSCA notices when EPA makes a finding that a new chemical substance or significant new use is not likely to present an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment. Such statements apply to premanufacture notices (PMNs), microbial commercial activity notices (MCANs), and significant new use notices (SNUNs) submitted to EPA under TSCA. This document presents statements of findings made by EPA on such submissions during the period from July 1, 2021 to July 31, 2021.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Renewal of an Existing Collection and Request for Comment; Chemical Data Reporting Under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)
Document Number: 2021-20355
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), this document announces the availability of and solicits public comment on an Information Collection Request (ICR) that EPA is planning to submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The ICR, entitled: ``Chemical Data Reporting under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)'' and identified by EPA ICR No. 1884.13 and OMB Control No. 2070-0162, represents the renewal of an existing ICR that is scheduled to expire on April 30, 2022. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval under the PRA, 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.
Air Plan Approval; Iowa; Polk County; State Implementation Plan
Document Number: 2021-20157
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-09-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving revisions to the Iowa State Implementation Plan (SIP) to include changes to the Polk County Board of Health Rules and Regulations in addition to revisions from past submittals. The revisions update definitions and references to the effective dates of Federal rules approved into the State's SIP, prohibit burning of demolished buildings, update references to methods and procedures for performance test/stack test and continuous monitoring systems, and revise permitting exemptions. These revisions will not adversely impact air quality and will ensure consistency between the State and Federally approved rules.
Fluazinam; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2021-20254
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-09-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of fluazinam in or on multiple commodities that are identified and discussed later in this document. Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Pyraclostrobin; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2021-20251
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-09-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of pyraclostrobin in or on pomegranate. Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Spinetoram; Pesticide Tolerances; Corrections
Document Number: 2021-20248
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-09-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA issued a final rule in the Federal Register of April 7, 2021, establishing tolerances for residues of the insecticide spinetoram in or on multiple commodities requested by the Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). That document inadvertently instructed the Federal Register to add a tolerance for ``vegetable, leafy, except Brassica, group 4'' and to remove a tolerance for ``vegetable, leafy, group 4-16''. This document corrects the final regulation.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2021-20119
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Air Plan Approval; North Carolina; Mecklenburg Air Quality Permit Rules Revisions
Document Number: 2021-20005
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-09-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision to the Mecklenburg County portion of the North Carolina SIP, hereinafter referred to as the Mecklenburg Local Implementation Plan (LIP). The revision was submitted by the State of North Carolina, through the North Carolina Division of Air Quality (NCDAQ), on behalf of Mecklenburg County Air Quality (MCAQ) via a letter dated April 24, 2020, and was received by EPA on June 19, 2020. The revision updates several Mecklenburg County Air Pollution Control Ordinance (MCAPCO) rules incorporated into the LIP and adds several rules. EPA is proposing to approve these changes pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act).
National Volatile Organic Compound Emission Standards for Aerosol Coatings Amendments
Document Number: 2021-19896
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-09-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to amend the National Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Emission Standards for Aerosol Coatings, which establishes reactivity-based emission standards for the aerosol coatings category (aerosol spray paints) under the Clean Air Act (CAA). In this action, the EPA is proposing to update coating category product-weighted reactivity limits for aerosol coatings categories; add new compounds and reactivity factors (RFs); update existing reactivity values; revise the default RF; amend the thresholds for compounds regulated by this document; and add electronic reporting provisions.
Regulation of Persistent, Bioaccumulative, and Toxic Chemicals Under TSCA Section 6(h); Phenol, Isopropylated Phosphate (3:1); Compliance Date Extension
Document Number: 2021-19516
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-09-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is amending the regulations applicable to phenol, isopropylated phosphate (3:1) (PIP (3:1)) promulgated under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Specifically, EPA is extending the compliance date applicable to the processing and distribution in commerce of certain PIP (3:1)-containing articles, and the PIP (3:1) used to make those articles from March 8, 2021, to March 8, 2022. For such articles, EPA is also extending the compliance date for the recordkeeping requirements applicable to manufacturers, processors, and distributors from March 8, 2021, to March 8, 2022. The articles covered by this amendment include a wide range of key consumer and commercial goods such as cellular telephones, laptop computers, and other electronic and electrical devices and industrial and commercial equipment used in various sectors including transportation, life sciences, and semiconductor production.
Significant New Use Rules on Certain Chemical Substances (20-9.B)
Document Number: 2021-20024
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-09-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is issuing significant new use rules (SNURs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for chemical substances which were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs). This action requires persons to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing manufacture (defined by statute to include import) or processing of any of these chemical substances for an activity that is designated as a significant new use by this rule. This action further requires that persons not commence manufacture or processing for the significant new use until they have submitted a Significant New Use Notice (SNUN), EPA has conducted a review of the notice, made an appropriate determination on the notice, and has taken any risk management actions as are required as a result of that determination.
Significant New Use Rules on Certain Chemical Substances (21-1.B)
Document Number: 2021-20023
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-09-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is issuing significant new use rules (SNURs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for chemical substances which were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs). This action requires persons to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing manufacture (defined by statute to include import) or processing of any of these chemical substances for an activity that is designated as a significant new use by this rule. This action further requires that persons not commence manufacture or processing for the significant new use until they have submitted a Significant New Use Notice (SNUN), EPA has conducted a review of the notice, made an appropriate determination on the notice, and has taken any risk management actions as are required as a result of that determination.
Final National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Pesticide General Permit for Point Source Discharges From the Application of Pesticides; Reissuance
Document Number: 2021-19965
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces issuance by all 10 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regions of the final 2021 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) pesticide general permit (PGP) the 2021 PGP. The 2021 PGP, which has an effective date of October 31, 2021, replaces the existing permit (2016 PGP) that expires at midnight on October 31, 2021, and authorizes certain point source discharges from the application of pesticides to waters of the United States in accordance with the terms and conditions described therein. EPA is issuing this permit for five (5) years in all areas of the country where EPA is the NPDES permitting authority.
Ortho-Phthalaldehyde; Receipt of Application for Emergency Exemption, Solicitation of Public Comment
Document Number: 2021-19911
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has received a specific exemption request from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to use the pesticide ortho-phthalaldehyde (OPA, CAS No. 643-79-8) to treat the coolant fluid of the internal active thermal control system of the International Space Station to control aerobic/microaerophilic bacteria in the aqueous coolant. The applicant proposes the use of a new chemical which has not been registered by EPA. Therefore, in accordance with the Code of Federal Regulations, EPA is soliciting public comment before making the decision whether or not to grant the exemption.
Air Plan Approval; Rhode Island; 2015 Ozone NAAQS Interstate Transport Requirements
Document Number: 2021-19836
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-09-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Clean Air Act (CAA) requires each State Implementation Plan (SIP) to contain adequate provisions prohibiting emissions that will have certain adverse air quality effects in other states. The State of Rhode Island made a submission to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address these requirements for the 2015 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). EPA is proposing to approve the submission for Rhode Island as meeting the requirement that each SIP contain adequate provisions to prohibit emissions that will significantly contribute to nonattainment or interfere with maintenance of the 2015 ozone NAAQS in any other state.
Notice of Meeting of the EPA Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC)
Document Number: 2021-19833
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-15
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 virtually November 2 and 3, 2021. The CHPAC advises the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on science, regulations and other issues relating to children's environmental health.
Air Plan Partial Disapproval; Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; Reasonably Available Control Technology Regulations for the 1997 and 2008 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2021-19818
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-09-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
As a result of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals' decision, dated August 27, 2020, in Sierra Club v. U.S. EPA, No. 19-2562 (3rd Cir. 2020), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to partially disapprove a specific part of a state implementation plan (SIP) revision that had been previously approved by EPA. On May 19, 2019, EPA fully approved certain parts of a SIP revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to address reasonably available control technology (RACT) for the 1997 and 2008 ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS), and conditionally approved other parts of that submission. The court vacated EPA's approval of a portion of the SIP revision, as discussed below, and ordered that EPA either approve a new SIP revision addressing the court's decision or promulgate a federal implementation plan (FIP) within two years. EPA is therefore proposing to disapprove the portion of the SIP submission addressed by the court's decision. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Air Plan Approval; ID; West Silver Valley Redesignation to Attainment for the 2012 Annual PM2.5
Document Number: 2021-19801
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-09-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to redesignate the West Silver Valley, Idaho nonattainment area to attainment for the 2012 annual fine particulate matter (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). EPA is also proposing to approve a maintenance plan for the area demonstrating continued compliance with the NAAQS through 2031, which the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (IDEQ) submitted along with the redesignation request on June 2, 2020, for inclusion into the Idaho State Implementation Plan (SIP). Additionally, EPA is proposing to approve the 2031 motor vehicle emissions budgets included in Idaho's maintenance plan for PM2.5, nitrogen oxides (NOX) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). EPA is proposing this action pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).
Preliminary Effluent Guidelines Program Plan 15
Document Number: 2021-19787
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Preliminary Effluent Guidelines Program Plan 15 (Preliminary Plan 15) and solicits public comment. The Clean Water Act (CWA) requires the EPA to biennially publish a plan for new and revised effluent limitations guidelines, after public review and comment. Preliminary Plan 15 discusses EPA's 2020 annual review of effluent limitations guidelines and pretreatment standards, presents the agency's preliminary review of specific categories identified through the review, provides an update on the analyses and tools that EPA is continuing to develop, and discusses several new and ongoing rulemaking actions.
Alabama: Final Approval of State Underground Storage Tank Program Revisions, Codification, and Incorporation by Reference
Document Number: 2021-19724
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-09-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The State of Alabama (Alabama or State) has applied to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for final approval of revisions to its Underground Storage Tank Program (UST Program) under subtitle I of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Pursuant to RCRA, the EPA is taking direct final action, subject to public comment, to approve revisions to the UST Program. The EPA has reviewed Alabama's revisions and has determined that these revisions satisfy all requirements needed for approval. In addition, this action also codifies the EPA's approval of Alabama's revised UST Program and incorporates by reference those provisions of the State statutes and regulations that the EPA has determined meet the requirements for approval.
Proposed Deletion From the National Priorities List
Document Number: 2021-19449
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-09-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing a proposed rule to delete the Beckman Instruments site from the National Priorities List (NPL) and requests public comments on this proposed action. The NPL, promulgated pursuant to 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, through its designated state agency, have determined that all appropriate response actions under CERCLA have been completed. However, this deletion does not preclude future actions under Superfund.
Deletions From the National Priorities List
Document Number: 2021-19448
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-09-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces the deletion of nine sites and the partial deletion of eleven sites from the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL). The NPL, created under 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 states, through their designated state agencies, have determined that all appropriate response actions under CERCLA, other than operation and maintenance, monitoring, and five-year reviews, where applicable, have been completed. However, this deletion does not preclude future actions under Superfund.