Environmental Protection Agency March 2021 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Renewal of an Existing Collection and Request for Comment; Pesticide Data-Call-In Program
Document Number: 2021-06608
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-31
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 ``Pesticide Data-Call-In Program'' and identified by EPA ICR No. 2288.04 and OMB Control No. 2070-0174, represents the renewal of an existing ICR that is scheduled to expire on November 30, 2021. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval under the PRA, EPA is soliciting public 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.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Renewal of an Existing Collection and Comment Request; Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program Annual Measures Reporting
Document Number: 2021-06589
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), this document announces that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The ICR, entitled: ``Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program Annual Measures Reporting'' and identified by EPA ICR No. 2415.04 and OMB Control No. 2070-0188, represents the renewal of an existing ICR that is scheduled to expire on October 31, 2021. 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.
Air Plan Approval; West Virginia; 1997 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard Second Maintenance Plan for the West Virginia Portion of the Wheeling, WV-OH Area Comprising Marshall and Ohio Counties
Document Number: 2021-06523
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-03-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) on behalf of the State of West Virginia (WV). This revision pertains to West Virginia's plan for maintaining the 1997 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) for the West Virginia portion of the Wheeling, WV-OH area (Wheeling Area) comprising Marshall and Ohio Counties. EPA is approving these revisions to the West Virginia SIP in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Delaware; Emissions Statement Certification for the 2015 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard
Document Number: 2021-06414
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-03-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a state implementation plan (SIP) revision formally submitted by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC). Under the Clean Air Act (CAA), a state's SIP must include an emission statement regulation that requires stationary sources in ozone nonattainment areas classified as marginal or above to report annual emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOX) and volatile organic compounds (VOC). This SIP revision provides Delaware's certification that its existing emissions statement program satisfies the emissions statement requirements of the CAA for the 2015 ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). EPA is proposing to approve Delaware's emissions statement program certification for the 2015 ozone NAAQS as a SIP revision in accordance with the requirements of the CAA.
Fall 2020 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions
Document Number: 2021-04336
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-03-31
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publishes the Semiannual Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions online at https://www.reginfo.gov and at https://www.regulations.gov to update the public. This document contains information about: Regulations in the Semiannual Agenda that are under development, completed, or canceled since the last agenda; and Reviews of regulations with small business impacts under Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.
Air Plan Approval; Ohio; Ohio NSR Permit Timing
Document Number: 2021-06449
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is re-opening the comment period for a proposed rule published February 11, 2021. On February 11, 2021, EPA proposed to approve, under the Clean Air Act, an Ohio rule that would allow for the extension of an installation permit which is the subject of an appeal by a party other than the owner or operator of the air contaminant source. In response to requests from members of the public, EPA is re-opening the comment period for an additional 30 days.
Approval and Promulgation of State Plans for Designated Facilities and Pollutants; South Dakota; Control of Emissions From Existing Municipal Solid Waste Landfills
Document Number: 2021-06360
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a Clean Air Act (CAA or the ``Act'') section 111(d) state plan submitted by the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR or the ``Department'') on January 3, 2020. This plan was submitted to fulfill the requirements of the CAA and is responsive to the EPA's promulgation of Emission Guidelines and Compliance Times (EG) for existing municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills. The South Dakota state plan establishes performance standards and operating requirements for existing MSW landfills within the State of South Dakota and provides for the implementation and enforcement of those standards and requirements by the Department. The EPA is taking this action pursuant to requirements of the CAA.
Air Plan Approval; Texas; Interstate Visibility Transport
Document Number: 2021-06135
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is disapproving elements of two State Implementation Plan (SIP) submissions from the State of Texas for the 2012 PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) and the 2015 Ozone NAAQS. These submittals address how the existing SIP provides for implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of the 2012 PM2.5 and 2015 Ozone NAAQS (infrastructure SIP or i-SIP). The i-SIP requirements are to ensure that the Texas SIP is adequate to meet the state's responsibilities under the CAA for these NAAQS. Specifically, this disapproval addresses the interstate visibility transport requirements of the i-SIP for the 2012 PM2.5 and 2015 Ozone NAAQS under CAA section 110(a)(2)(D)(i)(II). In addition to this disapproval, we are finalizing our determination that the requirements of those i-SIP elements are met through the Federal Implementation Plans (FIPs) in place for the Texas Regional Haze program, and no further federal action is required.
Partial Approval and Partial Disapproval of Air Quality State Implementation Plans; California; Infrastructure Requirements for Ozone
Document Number: 2021-06110
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-03-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to partially approve and partially disapprove the state implementation plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of California pursuant to the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA or ``Act'') for the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of the 2015 national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS or ``standards'') for ozone. Specifically, the EPA is approving the SIP revision for all elements except those that relate to prevention of significant deterioration (PSD). EPA is partially approving and partially disapproving three elements of the SIP revision due to PSD deficiencies in certain air pollution control or air quality management districts (APCD, AQMD, or ``district''). The disapprovals will not create any new consequences for these districts or the EPA as the districts are already subject to the EPA's federal PSD program at 40 CFR 52.21. As part of this action, we are also reclassifying certain regions of the State for emergency episode planning purposes with respect to ozone. We are also approving into the SIP two updated state provisions addressing CAA conflict of interest requirements for the entire state, and emergency episode plans for the Amador County APCD, Calaveras County APCD, Mariposa County APCD, Northern Sierra AQMD, and Tuolumne County APCD. Finally, we are approving an exemption from emergency episode planning requirements for ozone for the Lake County AQMD.
Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Monthly Progress Reports (Renewal)
Document Number: 2021-06422
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ``Monthly Progress Reports (Renewal) (EPA ICR No. 1039.16, OMB Control No. 2030-0005) 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 January 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.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Renewal of an Existing Collection and Request for Comment; Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements for Allegations of Significant Adverse Reactions to Human Health or the Environment
Document Number: 2021-06417
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-29
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: ``Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements for Allegations of Significant Adverse Reactions to Human Health or the Environment'' and identified by EPA ICR No. 1031.12 and OMB Control No. 2070-0017, represents the renewal of an existing ICR that is scheduled to expire on October 31, 2021. 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.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery (Renewal)
Document Number: 2021-06312
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery (EPA ICR Number 2434.99, OMB Control Number 2010-0042) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through March 31, 2021. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register on July 16, 2020 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.
Notice of Administrative Settlement Agreement and Order on Consent for Response Action by Prospective Purchaser
Document Number: 2021-06308
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with the requirements of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, as amended by the Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments (RCRA), and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, as amended (CERLCA), notice is hereby given by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), of an Administrative Settlement Agreement and Order on Consent for Response Action by Prospective Purchaser (Settlement Agreement), with NP Falls Township Industrial 2, LLC (Purchaser). The Settlement Agreement pertains to Purchaser's acquisition of a 342.97-acre property (Property) at the 2799-acre U.S. Steel Mon Valley WorksFairless Hills Facility, located at S Pennsylvania Avenue, Fairless Hills, PA (Facility). The Settlement Agreement requires performance of specified cleanup activities pursuant to EPA's RCRA corrective action program at the Property and establishment of financial assurance for the benefit of EPA to ensure completion of the cleanup work. In return, the Settlement Agreement will resolve potential claims of the United States government for cleanup at the Facility under RCRA and CERCLA.
Notice of Administrative Settlement Agreement and Order on Consent for Response Action by Prospective Purchaser
Document Number: 2021-06307
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with the requirements of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, as amended by the Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments (RCRA), and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, as amended (CERLCA), notice is hereby given by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), of an Administrative Settlement Agreement and Order on Consent for Response Action by Prospective Purchaser (Settlement Agreement), with NP Falls Township Industrial, LLC (Purchaser). The Settlement Agreement pertains to Purchaser's acquisition of a 1517.15-acre property (Property) at the 2799-acre U.S. Steel Mon Valley WorksFairless Hills Facility, located at S Pennsylvania Avenue, Fairless Hills, PA (Facility). The Settlement Agreement requires performance of specified cleanup activities pursuant to EPA's RCRA corrective action program at the Property and establishment of financial assurance for the benefit of EPA to ensure completion of the cleanup work. In return, the Settlement Agreement will resolve potential claims of the United States government for cleanup at the Facility under RCRA and CERCLA.
Air Plan Approval; Texas; Clean Air Act Requirements for Emissions Inventories for Nonattainment Areas for the 2015 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2021-06300
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-03-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve the portions of the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of Texas to meet the Emissions Inventory (EI) requirements of the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act), for the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), Houston-Galveston-Brazoria (HGB), and Bexar County ozone nonattainment areas for the 2015 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). EPA is proposing to approve this action pursuant to section 110 and part D of the CAA and EPA's regulations.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2021-06280
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Georgia; Approval of State Plan for Designated Facilities and Pollutants; Hospital/Medical/Infectious Waste Incineration (HMIWI) Units
Document Number: 2021-06080
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-03-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act) section 111(d)/129 state plan submitted by the State of Georgia, through the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Environmental Protection Division on August 1, 2018, and supplemented on January 7, 2019, for implementing and enforcing the Emission Guidelines (EG) and Compliance Schedules applicable to existing Hospital/Medical/Infectious Waste Incineration (HMIWI) units. The state plan provides for implementation and enforcement of the EG, as finalized by EPA on September 15, 1997, and revised on October 6, 2009, applicable to existing HMIWI units for which construction commenced on or before December 1, 2008, or for which modification commenced on or before April 6, 2010. The state plan establishes emission limits, as well as monitoring, operating, recordkeeping, and reporting requirements for affected HMIWI units.
Hazardous Waste Management System: Identification and Listing of Hazardous Waste; Final Rule
Document Number: 2021-06003
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-03-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA is removing an exclusion granting Watervliet Arsenal to delist the electroplating wastewater treatment sludges (EPA Hazardous Waste No. F006) generated by the Watervliet, New York facility from the lists of hazardous wastes. This action revises the final rule published on January 10, 1986. The EPA has received information from the facility indicating the present treatment process at the facility and waste currently generated at the facility differ from those for which the Arsenal's original petition was submitted. In light of this, the Arsenal has requested that EPA withdraw the prior delisting rule. Based on its understanding of the changes at the facility, EPA is granting that request and removing the previously published delisting. Removal of the prior delisting rule does not preclude Watervliet Arsenal from submitting a new delisting petition.
Approval and Promulgation of State Plans for Designated Facilities and Pollutants; North Dakota; Control of Emissions From Existing Municipal Solid Waste Landfills; Control of Emissions From Existing Commercial and Industrial Solid Waste Incineration Units; Negative Declaration of Existing Hospital/Medical/Infectious Waste Incineration Units
Document Number: 2021-05870
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-03-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or the ``Act''), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or the ``Agency'') is proposing approval of a CAA section 111(d) plan submitted by the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality (NDDEQ or the ``Department'') on July 28, 2020 to regulate landfill gas and its components from existing municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills. The EPA is also proposing approval of a CAA section 111(d)/129 plan submitted by the Department on the same date to regulate air pollutants from existing commercial and industrial solid waste incineration (CISWI) units and air curtain incinerators (ACI). These plans provide for the State's implementation and enforcement of the federal emission guidelines (EG) for existing MSW landfills, CISWI units and ACI in North Dakota. The EPA with this proposed rule is also notifying the public that the Agency has received a request from the State of North Dakota, dated May 8, 2019, for withdrawal of a previously approved CAA section 111(d)/129 plan for hospital/medical/infectious waste incineration (HMIWI) units and for Agency approval of a negative declaration of such units within the State. Approval of this negative declaration will stand in lieu of a North Dakota CAA section 111(d)/129 plan for HMIWI units.
Air Quality Designations for the 2010 Primary Sulfur Dioxide (SO2
Document Number: 2021-05397
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-03-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This final rule establishes the initial air quality designations for certain areas in the United States (U.S.) for the 2010 primary sulfur dioxide (SO2) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is designating the areas as either nonattainment, attainment/ unclassifiable, or unclassifiable. The designations are based on application of the EPA's nationwide analytical approach and technical analysis, including evaluation of monitoring data and air quality modeling, to determine the appropriate designation and area boundary based on the weight of evidence for each area. The Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) directs areas designated as nonattainment to undertake certain planning and pollution control activities to attain the SO2 NAAQS as expeditiously as practicable. This is the fourth and final set of actions to designate areas of the U.S. for the 2010 SO2 NAAQS; there are no remaining undesignated areas in the U.S. for the 2010 SO2 NAAQS.
Eastern Research Group, Inc.; Transfer of Data (March 2021)
Document Number: 2021-06173
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces that pesticide related information submitted to EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), including information that may have been claimed as Confidential Business Information (CBI) by the submitter, will be transferred to Eastern Research Group, Inc. in accordance with the CBI regulations. Eastern Research Group, Inc. has been awarded a contract to perform work for OPP, and access to this information will enable Eastern Research Group, Inc. to fulfill the obligations of the contract.
Air Plan Approval; Indiana; Monitoring Requirements
Document Number: 2021-06166
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-03-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a revision to Indiana's State Implementation Plan (SIP) to address changes to its air emissions monitoring rules for Portland cement plants. Indiana revised its rules for Portland cement plants to update the monitoring of particulate matter (PM) emissions to allow the use an additional monitoring method. This additional monitoring option is consistent with EPA's recent revisions to Federal requirements for Portland cement plants.
Air Plan Approval; Michigan; Part 9 Miscellaneous Rule
Document Number: 2021-06165
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-03-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a revision to Michigan's State Implementation Plan (SIP). The submittal, by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) on December 18, 2020, incorporates administrative changes to Michigan's Air Pollution Control Rules, Part 9, ``Emissions Limitations and ProhibitionsMiscellaneous''. This revision will continue with the consolidation of all the adoption by reference materials used by EGLE in other rules in Michigan's SIP into one location in Part 9.
Air Plan Approval; Florida; Maintenance Plan Update for the Hillsborough County Lead Area
Document Number: 2021-06082
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-03-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Florida, through the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), on January 23, 2020. The SIP revision seeks to update the attainment emissions inventory and the maintenance demonstration, including the projected future emissions inventories, in the maintenance plan for the Hillsborough County lead maintenance area (hereinafter referred to as the ``Hillsborough Area'' or ``Area'') for the 2008 lead national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). The SIP revision also seeks to incorporate recent changes to the air construction permit for the EnviroFocus Technologies, LLC (EnviroFocus) facility in the Area that are related to an increase in the refined lead production limit. EPA proposes to find that this SIP revision meets all relevant Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) statutory and regulatory requirements, is consistent with EPA's guidance, and is in accordance with EPA's September 11, 2018, redesignation of the Hillsborough Area from nonattainment to maintenance.
Air Plan Approval; Maine; Removal of Reliance on Reformulated Gasoline in the Southern Counties of Maine
Document Number: 2021-05939
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-03-25
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Maine on August 20, 2020. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (Maine DEP) submission is in support of the State's separate petition requesting that EPA remove the federal reformulated gasoline (RFG) requirements for York, Cumberland, Sagadahoc, Androscoggin, Kennebec, Knox and Lincoln Counties (hereinafter referred to as the ``southern Maine counties''). This action proposes to incorporate into the Maine SIP, Maine's statute, which repealed the State's requirement for the sale of RFG in the southern Maine counties effective November 1, 2020. Maine voluntarily opted into the federal RFG program in 2015. In order to remove the federal RFG requirements from the Maine SIP, Maine is required to complete a noninterference demonstration evaluating whether removing the RFG requirements in the southern Maine counties interferes with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act). EPA is proposing to approve this SIP revision and the corresponding noninterference demonstration. EPA has determined that the revision is consistent with the applicable provisions of the CAA. At this time, EPA is not proposing to remove the requirement for the sale of federal RFG in the applicable southern Maine counties as that is the subject of a separate petition to the EPA Administrator submitted on August 20, 2020, requesting opt-out of the federal RFG program in those counties. The Administrator intends to act on that petition in the near future. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act.
Proposed Information Collection Request for Water Quality Standards Regulation (Renewal)
Document Number: 2021-06097
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ``Water Quality Standards Regulation (Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 0988.14, OMB Control No. 2040-0049) 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 ICR renews the Water Quality Standards Regulation ICR, which is currently approved through December 31, 2021. 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.
Pesticide Product Registration; Receipt of Applications for New Active Ingredients (March 2021)
Document Number: 2021-06078
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-24
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 (March 2021)
Document Number: 2021-06069
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-24
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.
Access to Confidential Business Information by Eastern Research Group and Its Identified Subcontractors and PG Environmental
Document Number: 2021-06065
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has authorized its contractor and subcontractor, Eastern Research Group (ERG), Lexington, MA; and PG Environmental, Golden, CO, to access information which has been submitted to EPA under all sections of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Some of the information may be claimed or determined to be Confidential Business Information (CBI).
Safer Choice Partner of the Year Awards for 2021; Call for Submissions
Document Number: 2021-06058
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Safer Choice program in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting submissions for its 2021 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 achievement in the design, manufacture, selection, and use of products with safer chemicals, that further outstanding or innovative source reduction. EPA especially encourages submission of award applications that show how the applicant's work in the design, manufacture, selection and use of those products promotes environmental justice, bolsters resilience to the impacts of climate change, results in cleaner air or water, or improves drinking water quality. All Safer Choice stakeholders and program participants in good standing are eligible for recognition. Interested parties who would like to be considered for this award should submit to EPA information about their accomplishments and contributions during 2020. There is no form associated with this year's application. EPA will recognize award winners at a Safer Choice Partner of the Year Awards ceremony in the fall of 2021.
Brownfields Stakeholder Discussion and Listening Session With Nonprofit Organizations and Community Foundations
Document Number: 2021-06014
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will host an open discussion and listening session with nonprofit organizations across the country to hear about nonprofit leadership in brownfields assessment, cleanup, and redevelopment projects. This is a virtual event and will be held on Friday, April 23, 2021 through Zoom from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. EPA will make registration information available to the public on the agency's website at http:// www.epa.gov/brownfields on Friday, April 2, 2021. Due to the limit of 250 participants, attendance will be on a first-come, first served basis. Registration is required. After registering and prior to April 2, confirmed participants will receive an email from Eventbrite with a link to use to join the event. The purpose of this meeting is to hear from representatives of nonprofits, using the following questions to guide the discussion: How does your nonprofit organization view its role in brownfields cleanup and redevelopment? What benefits and barriers exist to nonprofits leading brownfield cleanup and redevelopment projects? How can EPA best engage with nonprofit organizations that are most interested in leading brownfields cleanup and redevelopment? In addition to the open discussion and listening session, stakeholders may respond in writing to the guiding questions mentioned above during a three-week comment period that will commence upon publication of this notice. Comments will be accepted through April 23, 2021 and should be submitted through email to EPA's Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization at BUILDAct@epa.gov.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Renewal of an Existing Collection and Request for Comment; Collection of Information for TSCA Mercury Inventory Reporting
Document Number: 2021-06009
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-24
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: ``Collection of Information for TSCA Mercury Inventory Reporting'' and identified by EPA ICR No. 2567.03 and OMB Control No. 2070-0207, represents the renewal of an existing ICR that is scheduled to expire on October 31, 2021. 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.
Air Plan Approval; Delaware; Nonattainment New Source Review Requirements for 2015 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard
Document Number: 2021-05759
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-03-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC). This SIP revision will fulfill Delaware's nonattainment new source review (NNSR) SIP element requirement for the 2015 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).
South Carolina: Final Approval of State Underground Storage Tank Program Revisions, Codification, and Incorporation by Reference
Document Number: 2021-05422
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-03-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The State of South Carolina (South Carolina 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 or Act). 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 South Carolina'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 South Carolina'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.
South Carolina: Final Approval of State Underground Storage Tank Program Revisions, Codification, and Incorporation by Reference
Document Number: 2021-05420
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-03-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA or Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the underground storage tank (UST) program submitted by the State of South Carolina (South Carolina or State). This action is based on the EPA's determination that the State's revisions satisfy all requirements for UST program approval. This action also proposes to codify South Carolina's revised UST program and to incorporate by reference the State statutes and regulations that we have determined meet the requirements for approval.
Protection of the Stratospheric Ozone: Motor Vehicle Air Conditioning System Servicing
Document Number: 2021-05363
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-03-24
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is adopting three technical standards developed by SAE International (SAE) for equipment that recovers, recycles, and/or recharges the refrigerant 2,3,3,3- Tetrafluoroprop-1-ene (HFO-1234yf or R-1234yf) in motor vehicle air conditioners (MVACs). The three standards are SAE J2843, SAE J2851, and SAE J3030. This rule adopts the most current versions of these standards by incorporating them by reference into the regulations under Title VI of the Clean Air Act (CAA). This will provide additional flexibility for industry stakeholders that wish to select recovery and recycling equipment certified to these standards.
Certain New Chemicals; Receipt and Status Information for February 2021
Document Number: 2021-05927
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-23
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 02/01/ 2021 to 02/28/2021.
Air Plan Approval; Pennsylvania; 1997 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard Second Maintenance Plan for the State College Area
Document Number: 2021-05866
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-03-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The revision pertains to the Commonwealth's plan, submitted by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP), for maintaining the 1997 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) (referred to as the ``1997 ozone NAAQS'') in the Centre County, Pennsylvania area (State College Area). EPA is approving these revisions to the Pennsylvania SIP in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Test Methods and Performance Specifications for Air Emission Sources; Correction
Document Number: 2021-05761
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-03-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is correcting a final rule that was published in the Federal Register on October 7, 2020, and was effective on December 7, 2020. The final rule corrected and updated regulations for source testing of emissions. This correction does not change any final action taken by the EPA on October 7, 2020; this action corrects the amendatory instructions for Methods 4 and 5.
Air Plan Approval; Wisconsin; Partial Approval and Partial Disapproval of the Rhinelander SO2
Document Number: 2021-05754
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-03-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is partially approving and partially disapproving a revision to the Wisconsin State Implementation Plan (SIP) intended to provide for attaining the 2010 primary, health-based 1-hour sulfur dioxide (SO2) national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS or ``standard'') for the Rhinelander SO2 nonattainment area. This SIP revision (hereinafter referred to as Wisconsin's Rhinelander SO2 plan or plan) includes Wisconsin's attainment demonstration and other attainment planning elements required under the Clean Air Act (CAA). EPA is approving the base year emissions inventory and affirming that the nonattainment new source review requirements for the area have been met. EPA is also approving the Ahlstrom-Munksj[ouml] facility SO2 emission limit as SIP strengthening. EPA is disapproving the attainment demonstration, since the plan relies on credit for more stack height than is creditable under the regulations for good engineering practice (GEP) stack height. Additionally, EPA is disapproving the plan for failing to meet the requirements for meeting reasonable further progress (RFP) toward attainment of the NAAQS, reasonably available control measures/reasonably available control technology (RACM/RACT), emission limitations and control measures as necessary to attain the NAAQS, and contingency measures.
Multiple-Path Particle Dosimetry (MPPD) Model Software (MPPD EPA 2021 v.1.01) With Technical Support Documentation and User's Guide (External Review Draft)
Document Number: 2021-05380
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing an external expert peer review and public comment for the EPA Multiple- Path Particle Dosimetry (MPPD) Model Software (MPPD EPA 2021 v. 1.01) and its associated ``Technical Support Documentation and User's Guide (External Review Draft)'' ([EPA/600/R-20/406]). The document was prepared by the Center for Public Health and Environmental Assessment (CPHEA) within EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD), with contributions from Applied Research Associates, Inc., and Fred J. Miller, LLC. EPA is releasing this draft model software version and associated document to seek review by external experts and the public. This external review draft document and model software (MPPD EPA 2021 v. 1.01) are not final and do not represent, and should not be construed to represent, any final Agency policy or views. When revising the document and the model software, EPA will consider any peer or public comments submitted during the public comment period specified in this document.
Receipt of Pesticide Petitions Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities March 2021
Document Number: 2021-05692
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-03-22
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.
Air Plan Approval; Arkansas; Arkansas Regional Haze and Visibility Transport State Implementation Plan Revisions
Document Number: 2021-05362
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-03-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing approval of a revision to the Arkansas State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of Arkansas through the Arkansas Department of Energy and Environment, Division of Environmental Quality (DEQ) on August 13, 2019. The SIP submittal addresses requirements of the Act and the Regional Haze Rule for visibility protection in mandatory Class I Federal areas (Class I areas) for the first implementation period. The EPA is approving an alternative measure to best available retrofit technology (BART) at the Domtar Ashdown Mill for sulfur dioxide (SO2), particulate matter (PM), and nitrogen oxide (NOX); and elements of the SIP submittal that relate to these BART requirements at this facility. In addition, we are approving the withdrawal from the SIP of the previously approved PM10 BART limit for Power Boiler No. 1. The EPA is also concurrently approving Arkansas' interstate visibility transport provisions from the August 8, 2018, regional haze SIP submittal as supplemented by the visibility transport provisions in the October 4, 2019, interstate transport SIP submittal, which covers the following national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS): The 2006 24-hour fine particulate matter (PM2.5) NAAQS; the 2012 annual PM2.5 NAAQS; the 2008 and 2015 eight-hour ozone (O3) NAAQS; the 2010 one-hour nitrogen dioxide (NO2) NAAQS; and the 2010 one-hour SO2 NAAQS. In conjunction with our final approval of these SIP revisions, we are finalizing in a separate rulemaking, published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register, our withdrawal of the Federal implementation plan (FIP) provisions for the Domtar Ashdown Mill.
Air Plan Approval; Arkansas; Regional Haze and Interstate Visibility Transport Federal Implementation Plan; Withdrawal of Federal Implementation Plan Provisions for the Domtar Ashdown Mill
Document Number: 2021-05361
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-03-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to withdraw the remaining portion of a Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) for Arkansas that was published in the Federal Register on September 27, 2016, which addressed certain regional haze obligations for the first implementation period for the Domtar Ashdown Mill. Specifically, this remaining portion of the FIP we are withdrawing contains best available retrofit technology (BART) requirements for sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxide (NOX) for Domtar Ashdown Mill Power Boiler No. 1; and SO2, NOX, and particulate matter (PM) BART requirements for Power Boiler No. 2. These portions of the FIP are being replaced by a revision to the Arkansas State Implementation Plan (SIP) containing SO2, NOX, and PM10 BART alternative emission limitations that we are taking final action to approve in a separate rulemaking that is also being published in this issue of the Federal Register.
Pesticide Product Performance Data Requirements for Products Claiming Efficacy Against Certain Invertebrate Pests
Document Number: 2021-05137
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-03-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to codify product performance data requirements to support registration of pesticidal products claiming efficacy against three categories of invertebrate pests: Those identified to be of significant public health importance (e.g., ticks, mosquitoes, cockroaches, etc.), wood- destroying insects (e.g., termites), and certain invasive invertebrate species (e.g., Asian longhorned beetle). The latter two categories are pests considered to be of significant economic or ecological importance. Product performance data (efficacy studies) document how well the pesticide performs the intended function, such as killing or repelling, against an invertebrate pest.
Significant New Use Rules on Certain Chemical Substances (20-4.B)
Document Number: 2021-04630
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-03-22
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 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), and 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.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Renewal of an Existing Collection and Request for Comment; User Fees for the Administration of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)
Document Number: 2021-05778
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-19
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: ``User Fees for the Administration of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)'' and identified by EPA ICR No. 2569.02 and OMB Control No. 2070-0208, represents the renewal of an existing ICR that is scheduled to expire on October 31, 2021. 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.
White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council; Notification of Virtual Public Meeting
Document Number: 2021-05768
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hereby provides notice that the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council (WHEJAC) will meet on the date and time described below. Due to unforeseen administrative circumstances, EPA is announcing this meeting with less than 15 calendar days public notice. The meeting is open to the public. Members of the public are encouraged to provide comments relevant to the specific issues being considered by the WHEJAC. For additional information about registering to attend the meeting or to provide public comment, please see ``Registration'' under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Due to the limit of 1000 participants, attendance will be on a first-come, first served basis. Pre-registration is required.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2021-05748
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Fuel Use Requirements for Great Lake Steamships (Renewal)
Document Number: 2021-05737
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ``Fuel Use Requirements for Great Lakes Steamships'' (EPA ICR No. 2458.05, OMB Control No. 2060-0679) 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 November 30, 2021. 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.