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

Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Fuel Use Requirements for Great Lake Steamships (Renewal)
Document Number: 2021-21287
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), Fuel Use Requirements for Great Lakes Steamships (EPA ICR Number 2458.05, OMB Control Number 2060-0679) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. This is an extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through November 30, 2021. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register on March 19, 2021, during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows 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.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; National Volatile Organic Compound Emission Standards for Aerosol Coatings (Renewal)
Document Number: 2021-21286
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), National Volatile Organic Compound Emission Standards for Aerosol Coatings (EPA ICR Number 2289.05, OMB Control Number 2060-0617), 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 November 30, 2021. Public comments were previously requested, via the Federal Register, on April 13, 2021 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. An agency may neither conduct nor sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently-valid OMB control number.
Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest System (e-Manifest); Notice of Public Meetings
Document Number: 2021-21231
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will host virtual public meetings to discuss how to increase adoption of electronic manifests and solicit feedback from stakeholders. The agenda for both meetings will be identical and all stakeholders are encouraged to attend one of the meetings.
Air Plan Approval; Missouri; Restriction of Particulate Matter Emissions From Fuel Burning Equipment Used for Indirect Heating
Document Number: 2021-21148
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-09-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a revision to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the State of Missouri. This final action will amend the SIP to incorporate revisions to Missouri's rule related to the restriction of particulate matter emissions from fuel burning equipment used for indirect heating. These revisions add incorporation by reference information, remove unnecessary words, and make other editorial changes for clarity. These revisions are administrative in nature, do not impact the stringency of the SIP and do not adversely impact air quality. The EPA's approval of this rule revision is being done in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Air Plan Approval; South Carolina; Updates to Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2021-21047
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-09-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of South Carolina, through the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC), on April 24, 2020. The SIP revision approves a non-substantive formatting change and the removal of an outdated sentence regarding test methods for gaseous fluorides from South Carolina's ambient air quality standards regulation. EPA is finalizing approval of these changes pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) and implementing federal regulations.
Air Plan Approval; Missouri; Restriction of Emissions From Batch-Type Charcoal Kilns
Document Number: 2021-21033
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-09-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a revision submitted to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) by the State of Missouri on January 19, 2021. This final action will amend the SIP to incorporate revisions to Missouri's rule related to control of emissions from Batch-Type Charcoal Kilns. These revisions correct an erroneous reference, update, correct, and clarify references to test methods, remove unnecessary words, and make other grammatical and typographical corrections. These revisions are administrative in nature and do not impact the stringency of the SIP or have an adverse impact to air quality. The EPA's approval of this rule revision is being done in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Air Plan Approval; Approval of Missouri Air Quality Implementation Plans; Revisions to St. Louis 2008 8-Hour Ozone Maintenance Plan
Document Number: 2021-20974
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-09-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Missouri on November 12, 2019, revising the maintenance plan demonstrating continued maintenance of the 2008 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS), the 1979 1-Hour and 1997 8-Hour ozone standards in the St. Louis area. This revision demonstrates that the St. Louis area no longer needs to rely on the vehicle Inspection and Maintenance (I/M) program and the use of Reformulated Gasoline (RFG) for continued maintenance throughout the maintenance period for the 2008 8-Hour ozone NAAQS, the 1979 1-Hour ozone NAAQS and 1997 8- Hour ozone NAAQS. The EPA has determined that this revision meets the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Air Plan Approval; Approval of Missouri Air Quality Implementation Plans; Revisions to St. Louis 1997 PM2.5
Document Number: 2021-20972
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-09-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Missouri on November 12, 2019, revising the maintenance plan demonstrating continued maintenance of the 1997 PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) in the St. Louis area. This revision demonstrates that the St. Louis area no longer needs to rely on the vehicle Inspection and Maintenance (I/M) program and the use of Reformulated Gasoline (RFG) for continued maintenance throughout the maintenance period for the 1997 PM2.5 NAAQS. The EPA has determined that this revision meets the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Approval of State Underground Storage Tank Program Revisions; Nevada
Document Number: 2021-20860
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-09-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, as amended, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes to take direct final action to approve revisions to the State of Nevada's Underground Storage Tank (UST) program since the previous authorization on July 17, 1998. This action is based on the EPA's determination that these revisions satisfy all requirements needed for program approval. In the ``Rules and Regulations'' section of this Federal Register, the EPA is approving the changes by direct final authorization because we believe this action is not controversial and do not expect comments that oppose it.
Approval of State Underground Storage Tank Program Revisions; Nevada
Document Number: 2021-20859
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-09-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA or Act), as amended, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the State of Nevada's Underground Storage Tank (UST) program since the previous authorization on July 17, 1998. This action is based on the EPA's determination that these revisions satisfy all requirements needed for program approval. The State's federally authorized program, as revised pursuant to this action, will remain subject to the EPA's inspection and enforcement authorities under sections 9005 and 9006 of RCRA subtitle I and other applicable statutory and regulatory provisions.
Supplement to the 2019 Integrated Science Assessment for Particulate Matter (External Review Draft)
Document Number: 2021-20504
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-30
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of a draft document titled, ``Supplement to the 2019 Integrated Science Assessment for Particulate Matter (External Review Draft)'' (EPA/600/R-21/198). The document was prepared by the Center for Public Health and Environmental Assessment (CPHEA) within EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD) as part of the reconsideration of the 2020 National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for particulate matter (PM). The Supplement represents a targeted review of peer-reviewed studies published since the literature cutoff date (i.e., ~January 2018) of the 2019 Integrated Science Assessment for Particulate Matter (PM ISA). The Supplement and the 2019 p.m. ISA provide the scientific basis for EPA's decisions, in conjunction with additional technical and policy assessments, for the reconsideration of the current NAAQS and the appropriateness of possible alternative standards. EPA is releasing this draft document to seek review by the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) and the public. In addition, the date and location of a public meeting for CASAC review of this document will be specified in a separate Federal Register document. This draft document is not final and it does not represent, and should not be construed to represent, any final Agency policy or views. When revising the document, EPA will consider any public comments submitted during the public comment period specified in this notice.
Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Focus Groups as Used by EPA for Economics Projects (Renewal)
Document Number: 2021-21189
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ``Focus Groups as used by EPA for Economics Projects (Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 2205.22, OMB Control No. 2090-0028) 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 renewal of the ICR, which is currently approved through March 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.
Acid Rain Program: Excess Emissions Penalty Inflation Adjustments
Document Number: 2021-21186
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Acid Rain Program requires sources that do not meet their annual Acid Rain emissions limitations for sulfur dioxide (SO2) or nitrogen oxides (NOX) to pay inflation- adjusted excess emissions penalties. This document provides notice of the annual adjustment factors used to calculate excess emissions penalties for compliance years 2021 and 2022.
Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Estimating Benefits of Surface Water Quality Improvements
Document Number: 2021-21081
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ``Estimating Benefits of Surface Water Quality Improvements'' (EPA ICR No. 2588.01, OMB Control No. 2080-NEW) 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 request for approval of a new collection. An Agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
Air Plan Approval; Missouri; Control of Emissions From Batch Process Operations
Document Number: 2021-21032
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-09-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a revision to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the State of Missouri. This final action will amend the SIP to incorporate revisions to Missouri's rule related to control of emissions from batch process operations. These revisions update references to the appropriate State rule for New Source Performance Regulations. These revisions are administrative in nature and do not reduce the stringency of the SIP or have an adverse impact to air quality. The EPA's approval of this rule revision is being done in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Air Plan Approval; Illinois; Infrastructure SIP Requirements for the 2012 PM2.5
Document Number: 2021-21027
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-09-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving elements of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Illinois regarding the infrastructure requirements of section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the 2012 PM2.5 and 2015 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). Additionally, EPA is approving the infrastructure requirements related to Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) for previous NAAQS. The infrastructure requirements are designed to ensure that the structural components of each state's air quality management program are adequate to meet the state's responsibilities under the CAA.
Air Plan Approval; Illinois; Infrastructure SIP Requirements for the 2012 PM2.5
Document Number: 2021-21026
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-09-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve elements of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Illinois regarding the infrastructure requirements of section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the 2012 annual fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and 2015 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). Additionally, EPA is proposing to approve the infrastructure requirements related to Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) for previous NAAQS. The infrastructure requirements are designed to ensure that the structural components of each state's air quality management program are adequate to meet the state's responsibilities under the CAA.
Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Standards Related to the Manufacture of Class II Ozone-Depleting Substances for Feedstock; Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
Document Number: 2021-20746
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-09-29
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to require the control, capture, and/or destruction of a hydrofluorocarbon that would otherwise be emitted from manufacture of hydrochlorofluorocarbons. In this proposed rule, EPA is proposing to require companies to control, capture, and destroy HFC-23 byproduct generated at plants that manufacture class II ozone-depleting substances regulated under current Clean Air Act regulations, such as HCFC-22. HFC-23 is a very potent greenhouse gas that is generated as a byproduct during the manufacture of certain class II ozone-depleting substances, including HCFC-22. Under the Clean Air Act and the implementing regulations, the production and consumption of class II ozone-depleting substances, including HCFC-22, are restricted with limited exceptions. One such exception is production for use in transformation, or as a feedstock, which is allowed indefinitely. The Agency is proposing to limit emissions of HFC-23 from plants manufacturing HCFCs. The HFC-23 must be captured and employed for a commercial use or destroyed using a technology approved by the Environmental Protection Agency, thereby ensuring it is not directly emitted.
Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Final Authorization for Hazardous Waste Management Programs, EPA ICR No. 0969.12, OMB Control No. 2050-0041
Document Number: 2021-21020
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ``Final Authorization for Hazardous Waste Management Programs'' (Renewal), (EPA ICR No. 0969.12, OMB Control No. 2050-0041) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). Before doing so, the EPA is soliciting public comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described 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.
Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Hazardous Remediation Waste Management Requirements (HWIR) Contaminated Media, EPA ICR No. 1775.09, OMB Control No. 2050-0161
Document Number: 2021-21019
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ``Hazardous Remediation Waste Management Requirements (HWIR) Contaminated Media'' (Renewal), (EPA ICR No. 1775.09, OMB Control No. 2050-0161) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). Before doing so, the EPA is soliciting public comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through April 30, 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.
Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; State Program Adequacy Determination: Municipal Solid Waste Landfills (MSWLFs) and Non-Municipal, Non-Hazardous Waste Disposal Units That Receive Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator (CESQG) Hazardous Waste, EPA ICR No. 1608.09, OMB Control No. 2050-0152
Document Number: 2021-21018
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ``State Program Adequacy Determination: Municipal Solid Waste Landfills (MSWLFs) and Non-Municipal, Non-Hazardous Waste Disposal Units that Receive Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator (CESQG) Hazardous Waste'' (Renewal), (EPA ICR No. 1608.09, OMB Control No. 2050-0152) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). Before doing so, the EPA is soliciting public comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described 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.
Notice of Virtual Public Meeting of the Environmental Financial Advisory Board via Webcast
Document Number: 2021-20994
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces a virtual public meeting via webcast of the Environmental Financial Advisory Board (EFAB). The meeting will be shared in real- time via webcast and public comments may be provided in writing in advance or virtually via webcast. Please see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for further details. The purpose of the meeting will be for the EFAB to provide workgroup updates and work products for previously accepted and potential charges, receive updates on EPA activities relating to administration priorities and environmental finance, and consider possible future advisory topics.
Applying the Supreme Court's County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund Decision in the Clean Water Act Section 402 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit Program
Document Number: 2021-20993
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a memorandum rescinding the guidance document entitled ``Applying the Supreme Court's County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund Decision in the Clean Water Act Section 402 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit Program,'' which was signed on January 14, 2021. The memorandum was issued on September 15, 2021.
Parent Company Definition for Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Reporting
Document Number: 2021-20965
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-09-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA proposes to codify the definition of ``parent company'' for purposes of reporting to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). Although the existing regulation requires facilities reporting to TRI to identify their parent company in annual reporting forms, no codified definition of this data element exists. Among the facilities reporting to TRI are those with complicated corporate ownership structures. As such, effort is required each year by reporting facilities and EPA to clarify how the parent company data element should be represented on the form. A codified definition of parent company would allow EPA to address various corporate ownership scenarios explicitly and reduce the reporting burden caused by regulatory uncertainty. This proposed rule would clarify existing regulations to reporting facilities and add a foreign parent company data element, if applicable, while improving the Agency's data quality.
Proposed CERCLA Administrative Cost Recovery Settlement; West Vermont Drinking Water Contamination Site, Indianapolis, Indiana; EPA Agreement V-W-21-C-007
Document Number: 2021-20795
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with Section 122(i) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, as amended (``CERCLA''), notice is hereby given by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA''), Region 5, of a proposed administrative settlement for recovery of past response costs concerning the West Vermont Drinking Water Contamination Site (Site) in Indianapolis, Indiana with the following parties: AIMCO Michigan Meadows Holdings, LLC and AIMCO Properties, L.P. nka Apartment Income REIT, L.P. and Genuine Parts Company, as the Settling Parties and Respondents, and also AIMCO-GP, Inc. nka AIR-GP, Inc. and Apartment Investment and Management Company as Other Covered Parties. The settlement requires the Respondents to pay $2,825,000 in past response costs to a Special Account. Respondents will also prepare an Engineering Evaluation and Cost Analysis as well as pay specified interim and future response costs. The settlement includes a covenant not to sue pursuant to Sections 106 and 107 of CERCLA, relating to the Site, subject to limited reservations, and protection from contribution actions or claims as provided by Section 113(f)(2) of CERCLA. For thirty (30) days following the date of publication of this notice, EPA will receive written comments relating to the cost recovery component of this settlement. EPA will consider all comments received and may modify or withdraw its consent to the settlement if comments received disclose facts or considerations that indicate that the proposed settlement is inappropriate, improper, or inadequate. EPA's response to any comments received will be available for public inspection at www.epa.gov/ superfund/west-vermont-water.
Air Plan Approval; Michigan; Partial Approval and Partial Disapproval for Infrastructure SIP Requirements for the 2015 Ozone NAAQS
Document Number: 2021-20794
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-09-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is partially approving and partially disapproving elements of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) submission from Michigan regarding the infrastructure requirements of section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the 2015 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The infrastructure requirements are designed to ensure that the structural components of each state's air quality management program are adequate to meet the state's responsibilities under the CAA. The disapproval portion of this action does not begin a new Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) clock, because the FIPs are already in place. EPA proposed to approve this action on Friday, July 2, 2021 and received no adverse comments.
Air Quality Designations; NC: Redesignation of the Brunswick County 2010 Sulfur Dioxide Unclassifiable Area
Document Number: 2021-20639
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-09-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a submission by the State of North Carolina, through the Department of Air Quality (DAQ), received on April 23, 2021, to redesignate the Brunswick County, North Carolina, unclassifiable area (hereinafter referred to as the ``Brunswick County Area'' or ``Area'') to attainment/unclassifiable for the 2010 1-hour primary sulfur dioxide (SO2) national ambient air quality standard (hereinafter referred to as the ``2010 1-hour SO2 NAAQS''). Because EPA now has sufficient information to determine that the Brunswick County Area is attaining the 2010 1-hour SO2 NAAQS, the Agency is approving the State's request to redesignate the Area from unclassifiable to attainment/unclassifiable for the 2010 1-hour SO2 NAAQS.
Air Plan Approval; Hawaii; Interstate Transport for the 2015 Ozone NAAQS
Document Number: 2021-20619
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-09-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a state implementation plan (SIP) submission from the State of Hawaii addressing requirements in the Clean Air Act (CAA or ``Act'') regarding interstate transport for the 2015 ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). Hawaii submitted a SIP revision on November 12, 2019 addressing the CAA provision prohibiting any source or other type of emissions activity in one state from emitting any air pollutant in amounts that will contribute significantly to nonattainment or interfere with maintenance of the NAAQS in any other state (``the good neighbor provision''). The EPA is proposing to approve Hawaii's good neighbor SIP revision for the 2015 ozone NAAQS.
Metaflumizone; Pesticide Tolerances; Technical Correction
Document Number: 2021-20357
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-09-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA issued a final rule in the Federal Register of April 19, 2021, establishing tolerances for residues of the insecticide metaflumizone in or on multiple commodities requested by BASF Corporation under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). That document inadvertently requested removal of tolerances for the crop group fruit, stone, group 12-12. This document corrects the final regulation.
Air Plan Approval; North Carolina; Mecklenburg Miscellaneous Rules Revisions
Document Number: 2021-20008
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-09-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action 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. EPA is finalizing these changes pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act).
Arizona: Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revisions
Document Number: 2021-19987
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-09-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to authorize changes to Arizona's hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). These changes were outlined in an application to the EPA and correspond to certain Federal rules promulgated between July 1, 2007 and June 30, 2020. The EPA reviewed Arizona's application and has determined that these changes satisfy all requirements needed to qualify for final authorization. Therefore, in the ``Rules and Regulations'' section of this Federal Register, we are authorizing Arizona for these changes as a direct final authorization without a prior proposed action. If we receive no adverse comment, we will not take further action on this proposed authorization.
Arizona: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revisions
Document Number: 2021-19986
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-09-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action on the authorization of Arizona's changes to its hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). These changes were outlined in an application to the EPA and correspond to certain Federal rules promulgated between July 1, 2007, and June 30, 2020. We have determined that these changes satisfy all requirements needed for final authorization.
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).