Environmental Protection Agency 2021 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

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Air Plan Approval; California; Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District
Document Number: 2021-16006
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-07-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a revision to the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD or ``District'') portion of the State Implementation Plan (SIP). This revision concerns emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from wood products coating operations. We are approving a local rule that regulates these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).
Air Plan Approval; Iowa; Polk County; State Implementation Plan
Document Number: 2021-15733
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-07-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the Iowa State Implementation Plan (SIP) to include recent changes to the Polk County Board of Health Rules and Regulations in addition to revisions from past submittals. The proposed revisions update definitions and references to the effective dates of Federal rules approved into the State's SIP, prohibit burning of demolished buildings, update references to methods and procedures for performance test/stack test and continuous monitoring systems, and revise permitting exemptions. These proposed revisions will not adversely impact air quality and will ensure consistency between the State and Federally approved rulemakings.
Air Plan Approval; Approval of Missouri Air Quality Implementation Plans; Revisions to St. Louis 1997 PM2.5
Document Number: 2021-15730
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-07-28
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing 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 states 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. EPA is proposing to determine that this revision meets the requirements of the Clean Air Act.
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; Monitoring Requirements for Use of Dispersants and Other Chemicals
Document Number: 2021-15122
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-07-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or the Agency) is amending the requirements in Subpart J of the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP) that govern the use of dispersants, other chemicals and other spill mitigating substances when responding to oil discharges into waters of the United States. Specifically, this action establishes monitoring requirements for dispersant use in response to major oil discharges and/or certain dispersant use situations in the navigable waters of the United States and adjoining shorelines, the waters of the contiguous zone, and the high seas beyond the contiguous zone in connection with activities under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, activities under the Deepwater Port Act of 1974, or activities that may affect natural resources belonging to, appertaining to, or under the exclusive management authority of the United States, including resources under the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976 (``navigable waters of the United States and adjoining shorelines''). These new monitoring requirements are anticipated to better target dispersant use, thus reducing the risks to the environment. Further, the amendments are intended to ensure that On-Scene Coordinators (OSCs) and Regional Response Teams (RRTs) have relevant information to support response decision-making regarding dispersant use.
Clean Air Act Operating Permit Program: Petition To Object to Operating Permits for the Drews and Century Power Generating Facilities in Southern California
Document Number: 2021-15842
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-07-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator signed an Order, dated May 10, 2021, denying a petition to object to Clean Air Act (CAA) title V operating permits issued to two facilities by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). The EPA's May 10, 2021 Order responds to a November 24, 2020 petition submitted by the Sierra Club and the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice (the ``Petitioners''). The Petitioners requested that the EPA object to the issuance of two title V renewal operating permits issued to Colton Power, LP's Drews Power Generating Station and Century Power Generating Station, located in San Bernardino County, California. The Order constitutes final action on the petition requesting the Administrator object to the issuance of the proposed CAA title V permits.
Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Landfill Methane Outreach Program (Renewal)
Document Number: 2021-15803
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-07-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ``Landfill Methane Outreach Program'' (EPA ICR No. 1849.10, OMB Control No. 2060-0446) 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 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.
Air Plan Approval; Missouri; Open Burning; Withdrawal
Document Number: 2021-15736
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-07-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is withdrawing its proposed rule to approve Missouri's revisions to the state's open burning rule, as published in the Federal Register on January 13, 2020. By a letter to the EPA dated May 26, 2021, Missouri withdrew its request for approval of revisions to this rule in the state implementation plan (SIP).
Air Plan Approval; Missouri; Removal of Control of Emissions From the Application of Deadeners and Adhesives
Document Number: 2021-15724
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-07-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a revision to the Missouri State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of Missouri on January 15, 2019, and supplemented by letter on July 11, 2019. Missouri requests that the EPA remove a rule related to control of emissions from the application of deadeners and adhesives in the St. Louis, Missouri area from its SIP. This rescission does not have an adverse effect on air quality and meets the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA). The EPA's approval of this rule revision is in accordance with the requirements of the CAA.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2021-15678
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-07-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Finding of Failure To Submit a State Implementation Plan To Meet the 1987 24-Hour PM10
Document Number: 2021-15667
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-07-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making a finding that Arizona has not submitted a required revision to the Arizona State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the West Pinal County nonattainment area addressing Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements for a Moderate area attainment plan, related rules, and other analyses needed to attain the 1987 24-hour particulate matter (PM10) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) by December 31, 2018. Under the CAA, Arizona was required to submit a moderate area PM10 attainment plan for West Pinal County no later than January 2, 2014, and the State did so on December 21, 2015. On May 17, 2021, Arizona withdrew its Moderate area attainment plan submission. This finding establishes a deadline for EPA to promulgate a Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) to address these CAA requirements 24 months from the effective date of this finding. The CAA also provides for the imposition of sanctions if Arizona does not submit the required attainment plan within timeframes specified by the CAA.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NSPS for Bulk Gasoline Terminals (Renewal)
Document Number: 2021-15661
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-07-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), NSPS for Bulk Gasoline Terminals (EPA ICR Number 0664.13, OMB Control Number 2060-0006), 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 September 30, 2021. Public comments were previously requested, via the Federal Register, on May 12, 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 neither conduct nor sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently-valid OMB control number.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Drug Testing for Contractor Employees (Renewal)
Document Number: 2021-15640
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-07-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), Drug Testing for Contractor Employees (EPA ICR No. 2183.08, OMB Control No. 2030-0044) 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 September 30, 2021. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register on March 8, 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 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; Background Checks for Contractor Employees (Renewal)
Document Number: 2021-15639
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-07-23
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), Background Checks for Contractor Employees (EPA ICR Number 2159.08, OMB Control Number 2030-0043) 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 September 30, 2021. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register on January 21, 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 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; Tennessee; Knoxville Area Limited Maintenance Plan for the 1997 8-Hour Ozone NAAQS
Document Number: 2021-15535
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-07-23
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 Tennessee, through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), Air Pollution Control Division, via a letter dated January 23, 2020. The SIP revision includes the 1997 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) Limited Maintenance Plan (LMP) for the Knoxville, Tennessee Area (hereinafter referred to as the ``Knoxville Area'' or ``Area''). The Knoxville Area, as defined in this action, is comprised of Jefferson, Loudon, and Sevier Counties in their entireties, the portion of Cocke County that falls within the boundary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and a portion of Anderson County that excludes the area surrounding Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Bull Run Fossil Plant. EPA is approving the Knoxville Area LMP because it provides for the maintenance of the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS within the Knoxville Area through the end of the second 10-year portion of the maintenance period. The effect of this action is to make certain commitments related to maintenance of the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS in the Knoxville Area federally enforceable as part of the Tennessee SIP.
Partial Approval and Partial Disapproval of Air Quality Implementation Plans; California; San Joaquin Valley Serious Area and Section 189(d) Plan for Attainment of the 1997 Annual PM2.5
Document Number: 2021-15551
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-07-22
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 annual fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS or ``standards'') in the San Joaquin Valley PM2.5 nonattainment area. Specifically, the EPA is proposing to approve the 2013 base year emissions inventories in the submitted SIP revisions. Because the area did not attain by the State's projected attainment date of December 31, 2020, the EPA is proposing to disapprove the attainment demonstration and related elements, including the comprehensive precursor demonstration, five percent annual emission reductions demonstration, best available control measures (BACM) demonstration, reasonable further progress (RFP) demonstration, quantitative milestone demonstration, and contingency measures. The EPA is also proposing to disapprove the motor vehicle emission budgets in the plan as not meeting the requirements of the CAA and EPA regulations.
Ocean Dumping; Modification of an Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site Offshore Port Everglades, Florida
Document Number: 2021-15529
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-07-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expanding the size of the EPA designated ocean dredged material disposal site (ODMDS) offshore of Port Everglades, Florida (referred to hereafter as the existing Port Everglades ODMDS), pursuant to the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act (MPRSA). The primary purpose for the site modification is to enlarge the site to provide for the long-term disposal capacity to dump suitable material dredged from the Port Everglades Harbor in ocean waters. The modified site will be subject to monitoring and management to ensure continued protection of the marine environment.
Air Plan Approval; California; Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District; Graphic Arts and Printing Operations
Document Number: 2021-15476
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-07-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a revision to the Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District (YSAQMD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). This revision concerns emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from graphic arts printing operations. We are approving a local rule that regulates these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).
Public Water System Supervision Program Revision for the State of Texas
Document Number: 2021-15470
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-07-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that the State of Texas is revising its approved Public Water System Supervision (PWSS) program. Texas has adopted the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) drinking water rule for Variance and Exemptions (V&E). EPA has determined that the proposed V&E Rule submitted by Texas is no less stringent than the corresponding federal regulations. Therefore, EPA intends to approve this PWSS program revision package.
Air Plan Approval; Oklahoma; Interstate Visibility Transport
Document Number: 2021-15467
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-07-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve elements of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) submission from the State of Oklahoma for the 2015 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS), and proposing to disapprove elements of two SIP submissions for the 2010 sulfur dioxide (SO2) and the 2012 fine particulate matter (PM2.5) NAAQS. These infrastructure SIP (i-SIP) submissions address how the existing SIP provides for implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of these NAAQS. The i-SIP requirements are to ensure that the Oklahoma SIP is adequate to meet the state's responsibilities under the CAA for these NAAQS. Specifically, this proposed rule addresses the interstate visibility transport requirements of the i-SIP for the 2010 SO2, 2012 PM2.5, and 2015 Ozone NAAQS under CAA section 110(a)(2)(D)(i)(II). We are also proposing to find that the deficiencies in the Oklahoma SIP that form the basis of our proposed disapproval of the interstate visibility transport portions of the Oklahoma i-SIP submissions for the 2010 SO2 and 2012 PM2.5 NAAQS are remedied by the existing Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) in place for the Oklahoma Regional Haze program, and that no further federal action is required to address the proposed disapproval.
Air Plan Approval; Wisconsin; Attainment Plan for the Rhinelander SO2
Document Number: 2021-15464
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-07-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by Wisconsin on March 29, 2021, which amends a SIP submission previously submitted to EPA on January 22, 2016 and supplemented on July 18, 2016, and November 29, 2016, for attaining the 1-hour sulfur dioxide (SO2) primary national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) for the Rhinelander SO2 nonattainment area. This plan (herein referred to as Wisconsin's Rhinelander SO2 plan or plan) includes Wisconsin's attainment demonstration and other elements required under the Clean Air Act (CAA). In addition to an attainment demonstration, the plan addresses the requirement for meeting reasonable further progress (RFP) toward attainment of the NAAQS, reasonably available control measures and reasonably available control technology (RACM/RACT), and contingency measures. This action supplements a prior action which found that Wisconsin had satisfied emission inventory and new source review (NSR) requirements for this area, but had not met requirements for the elements proposed to be approved here. EPA is proposing to conclude that Wisconsin has appropriately demonstrated that the plan provisions provide for attainment of the 2010 1-hour primary SO2 NAAQS in the Rhinelander SO2 nonattainment area and that the plan meets the other applicable requirements under the CAA.
Air Plan Approval; Oklahoma; Volatile Organic Compound Emissions in Nonattainment Areas and Former Nonattainment Areas
Document Number: 2021-15396
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-07-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for Oklahoma submitted by the State of Oklahoma designee with a letter dated May 7, 2020. The submittal covers updates to the Oklahoma SIP, as contained in the state's 2019 annual SIP update. Specifically, this action addresses revisions to Oklahoma Administrative Code (OAC), Emission of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in Nonattainment Areas and Former Nonattainment Areas. There are two Oklahoma counties affected by this action: Tulsa County and Oklahoma County.
Certain New Chemicals; Receipt and Status Information for June 2021
Document Number: 2021-15523
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-07-21
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, 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 06/01/2021 to 06/30/2021.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NESHAP for Ferroalloys Production Area Sources (Renewal)
Document Number: 2021-15468
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-07-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), NESHAP for Ferroalloys Production Area Sources (EPA ICR Number 2303.06, OMB Control Number 2060-0625), 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 September 30, 2021. Public comments were previously requested, via the Federal Register, on May 12, 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 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.
Air Plan Approval; Louisiana; Regional Haze Five-Year Progress Report State Implementation Plan
Document Number: 2021-15395
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-07-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve 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.
Product Cancellation Order for Certain Pesticide Registrations
Document Number: 2021-15394
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-07-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This submission announces EPA's order for the cancellations, voluntarily requested by the registrants and accepted by the Agency, of the products listed in Table 1 & Table 1A of Unit II, pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). This cancellation order follows a May 11, 2021 Federal Register Notice of Receipt of Requests from the registrants listed in Table 2 of Unit II to voluntarily cancel these product registrations. In the May 11, 2021 notice, EPA indicated that it would issue an order implementing the cancellations, unless the Agency received substantive comments within the 30-day comment period that would merit its further review of these requests, or unless the registrants withdrew their requests. The Agency did not receive any comments on the notice. Further, the Agency received a notice from a registrant to withdraw a certain cancellation request. Accordingly, EPA hereby issues in this submission, a cancellation order granting the requested cancellations. Any distribution, sale, or use of the products subject to this cancellation order is permitted only in accordance with the terms of this order, including any existing stocks provisions.
Notice of Final Approval for an Alternative Means of Emission Limitation
Document Number: 2021-15321
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-07-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This action announces the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approval of the request by Rohm and Haas Chemicals LLC, a subsidiary of The Rohm and Haas Chemical Company (Rohm and Haas), under the Clean Air Act (CAA) for an alternative means of emission limitation (AMEL) for the Standards of Performance for Volatile Organic Liquid Storage Vessels. The AMEL applies to a proposed new vinyl acetate bulk storage tank to be used at its chemical plant in Kankakee, Illinois. The EPA received no adverse comments on the request. This approval document specifies the operating conditions and monitoring, recordkeeping, and reporting requirements that this facility must follow to demonstrate compliance with the approved AMEL.
Proposed Consent Decree, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit
Document Number: 2021-15240
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-07-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with the Clean Air Act, as amended (``CAA'' or the ``Act''), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA'') gives notice of a proposed consent decree in Environmental Integrity Project v. Regan, No. 1:21-cv-00009 (D.D.C.). In this litigation, Environmental Integrity Project (``EIP'') alleged that the Administrator of EPA failed to perform certain non-discretionary duties to timely respond to petitions asking EPA to object to eight operating permits issued by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (``TCEQ''). The proposed consent decree would establish deadlines for EPA to take action in response to these petitions. The proposed consent decree does not require EPA to take any specific, particular action in response to the petitions.
Public Water System Supervision Program Approval for the State of Wisconsin
Document Number: 2021-15184
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-07-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has tentatively approved the State of Wisconsin's revisions to the State's Public Water System Supervision (PWSS) Program under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) for adoption of the federal Ground Water Rule, as well as revisions to the federal Surface Water Treatment Rule under the Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule. The EPA has determined that the State's PWSS program regulations and the revisions thereto are no less stringent than the corresponding federal regulations for the Ground Water Rule and the Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule. Therefore, the EPA intends to approve this revision to the State of Wisconsin's Public Water System Supervision Program, thereby giving the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources primary enforcement responsibility for the Ground Water Rule and the Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule. This approval action does not extend to public water systems in Indian Country. By approving this revision, the EPA does not intend to affect the rights of federally recognized Indian Tribes in Wisconsin, nor does it intend to limit existing rights of the State of Wisconsin.
Drinking Water Contaminant Candidate List 5-Draft
Document Number: 2021-15121
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-07-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is publishing a draft list of contaminants that are currently not subject to any proposed or promulgated national primary drinking water regulations for public review and comment. These contaminants are known or anticipated to occur in public water systems and may require regulation under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). This draft list is the Fifth Contaminant Candidate List (CCL 5) published by the agency since the SDWA amendments of 1996. The Draft CCL 5 includes 66 chemicals, 3 chemical groups (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), cyanotoxins, and disinfection byproducts) and 12 microbial contaminants. EPA seeks comment on the Draft CCL 5 and on improvements implemented in the CCL 5 process for consideration in developing future CCLs.
Air Plan Approval; FL, GA, NC, SC; Interstate Transport (Prongs 1 and 2) for the 2015 8-Hour Ozone Standard
Document Number: 2021-15097
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-07-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Through this supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (``supplemental proposal'' or ``SNPRM''), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is supplementing its proposed approval of state implementation plan (SIP) submissions from Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina (four Southeastern States), addressing the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) interstate transport requirements for the 2015 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS or standard). Specifically, EPA is proposing to rely on updated analysis using a 2021 analytic year to support the proposed finding that each state's implementation plan contains adequate provisions to prohibit emissions that will significantly contribute to nonattainment or interfere with maintenance of the 2015 ozone NAAQS in any other state.
New Source Review Regulations; Correction
Document Number: 2021-13905
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-07-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is amending several New Source Review (NSR) regulations by making the following types of changes: Correcting typographical and grammatical errors, removing court vacated rule language, removing or updating outdated or incorrect cross references, conforming certain provisions to changes contained in the 1990 Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) Amendments, and removing certain outdated grandfathering or transitional exemptions.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2021-15134
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-07-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Removal of the Federal Reformulated Gasoline Program From the Southern Maine Area
Document Number: 2021-15127
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-07-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action in announcing its approval of the petition by Maine to opt-out of the Federal reformulated gasoline (RFG) program and remove the requirement to sell Federal RFG for York, Cumberland, Androscoggin, Sagadahoc, Kennebec, Knox and Lincoln counties (the Southern Maine Area), which are part of the Portland and Midcoast Ozone Maintenance Areas for the 1997 ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). EPA has determined that this removal of the Federal RFG program for the Southern Maine Area is consistent with the applicable provisions of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and EPA's regulations.
Redesignation of Certain Unclassifiable Areas for the 2010 1-Hour Sulfur Dioxide (SO2
Document Number: 2021-14376
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-07-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is redesignating the Lancaster County, Nebraska and Milam County, Texas unclassifiable areas initially designated during the EPA's Round 2 air quality designations for the 2010 1-Hour Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). Specifically, the EPA now has sufficient information to determine that these unclassifiable areas in Nebraska and Texas are attaining the 2010 1-hour SO2 primary NAAQS. Therefore, the EPA is redesignating these areas to attainment/ unclassifiable for the 2010 1-hour SO2 primary NAAQS. The EPA is also approving these states' requests to redesignate the areas.
Certain New Chemicals or Significant New Uses; Statements of Findings for May 2021
Document Number: 2021-15086
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-07-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requires EPA to publish in the Federal Register a statement of its findings after its review of certain TSCA notices when EPA makes a finding that a new chemical substance or significant new use is not likely to present an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment. Such statements apply to premanufacture notices (PMNs), microbial commercial activity notices (MCANs), and significant new use notices (SNUNs) submitted to EPA under TSCA. This document presents statements of findings made by EPA on such submissions during the period from May 1, 2021 to May 31, 2021.
Pesticide Emergency Exemptions; Agency Decisions and State and Federal Agency Crisis Declarations
Document Number: 2021-15043
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-07-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has granted emergency exemptions under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) for use of pesticides as listed in this notice. The exemptions were granted during the period October 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021 to control unforeseen pest outbreaks.
Request for Nominations for the Science Advisory Board; Contaminant Candidate List 5 Panel
Document Number: 2021-15013
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-07-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office requests public nominations of scientific experts to form a Panel to review the draft EPA document titled Contaminant Candidate List 5Draft (CCL 5Draft). This draft document presents a list of contaminants that are known or anticipated to occur in public water systems, and which may require future regulation under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). The CCL is one tool, EPA uses to identify priority contaminants for future regulatory decision making and research needs, and does not impose any requirements on any regulated entity.
Development of Tiered Data Reporting To Inform TSCA Prioritization, Risk Evaluation, and Risk Management; Notice of Public Meeting and Opportunity To Comment
Document Number: 2021-14928
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-07-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On July 27, 2021, EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) will hold a public meeting to engage with interested stakeholders on the development of a proposed rule for implementing a tiered data collection strategy to help inform the Agency's prioritization, risk evaluation, and risk management activities for chemical substances or mixtures under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Currently, EPA primarily collects exposure-related data through the TSCA Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) process. EPA is interested in ensuring that data collection strategies provide information to better meet the Agency's basic chemical data needs, such as information related to exposure, health, and eco- toxicity. To this end, EPA is exploring a data reporting rule that is tiered to specific stages of the TSCA existing chemicals program: Identifying a pool of substances as potential candidates for prioritization, Selecting candidate chemicals for and completing the prioritization process, and Assessing high-priority substances through a robust risk evaluation, which may be followed by risk management actions (depending on the outcome of the risk evaluation). Feedback from the public meeting and comments received will help inform the Agency's development of a proposed rule.
Air Plan Approval; Connecticut; Definitions of Emergency and Emergency Engine
Document Number: 2021-14828
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-07-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Connecticut on December 20, 2019. This revision amends the State's definitions of emergency and emergency engine in its air quality regulations. The intended effect of this action is to approve the December 20, 2019, submittal into the Connecticut SIP. This action is being taken in accordance with the Clean Air Act.
Alkoxylated C8-C18 Saturated and Unsaturated Alcohol and Adipic Acid (AASUAA); Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: 2021-14818
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-07-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of Alkoxylated C8-C18 Saturated and Unsaturated Alcohol and Adipic Acid; (also known as AASUAA) when used as an inert ingredient in a pesticide chemical formulation. Croda Inc. submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), requesting an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of Alkoxylated C8-C18 Saturated and Unsaturated Alcohol and Adipic Acid on food or feed commodities.
Air Plan Approval; Pennsylvania; 1997 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards Second Maintenance Plan for the Greene County Area
Document Number: 2021-14853
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-07-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This 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 Greene County, Pennsylvania area (Greene County Area). This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Fluxapyroxad; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2021-14708
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-07-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of fluxapyroxad in or on the cottonseed subgroup 20C, the fruiting vegetable group 8-10, the pome fruit group 11-10, and pomegranate. Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Air Plan Approval; California; Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District
Document Number: 2021-14526
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-07-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a revision to the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). This revision concerns emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOX) from water heaters, boilers, and process heaters. We are approving a local rule that regulates these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).
Petition To Cancel Seresto Registration; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2021-14677
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-07-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA seeks public comment on a April 8, 2021 petition from the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) requesting that the Agency cancel the registration of insecticide product PNR1427, more commonly known by its brand name Seresto (EPA Registration No. 11556-155), pursuant to Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), and pending such requested cancellation, to suspend Seresto's registration pursuant to FIFRA. A copy of the petition is available at regulations.gov in docket ID EPA-HQ-OPP-2021-0409.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2021-14618
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-07-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Air Plan Approval; California; El Dorado County Air Quality Management District; South Coast Air Quality Management District
Document Number: 2021-14407
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-07-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve revisions to the El Dorado County Air Quality Management District (EDCAQMD) and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) portions of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC) from architectural coatings and a rule that provides definitions for certain terms that are necessary for the implementation of local rules that regulate sources of air pollution. We are approving rules to regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).
Withdrawal of Approval for Use of Phosphogypsum in Road Construction
Document Number: 2021-14377
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-07-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is withdrawing its October 14, 2020 approval for use of phosphogypsum in government road projects. Under the Clean Air Act, the EPA may approve a request for other use of phosphogypsum if it includes certain prescribed information. Upon further review, EPA has determined that the approval was premature and should be withdrawn because the request did not contain all of the required information. With this action, phosphogypsum remains prohibited from use in road construction projects.
Air Plan Approval; AL; NOX
Document Number: 2021-14180
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-07-07
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 Alabama through a letter dated February 27, 2020, to add regulations maintaining compliance with the State's nitrogen oxides (NOX) SIP Call obligations for large non-electricity generating units (non-EGUs), to repeal the State's previously sunsetted NOX Budget Trading Program regulations, and to repeal the State's Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) regulations. EPA is also conditionally approving into the SIP state regulations that establish monitoring and reporting requirements for units subject to the NOX SIP Call, including alternative monitoring options for certain sources for NOX SIP Call purposes. In addition, EPA is making ministerial changes to reflect the State's renumbering of an existing regulation for ``New Combustion Sources.''
Air Plan Approval; FL; Prevention of Significant Deterioration Infrastructure Elements
Document Number: 2021-14176
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-07-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving revisions to the Florida State Implementation Plan (SIP), submitted by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), Division of Air Resources Management, to EPA on August 26, 2020. The Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) requires that each state adopt and submit a SIP for the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of each national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) promulgated by EPA, commonly referred to as an ``infrastructure SIP.'' This submission addresses certain greenhouse gas (GHG) Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permitting requirements for the 2008 and 1997 8-hour Ozone and the 1997 Annual and 2006 24-hour Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5) NAAQS. Additionally, EPA is converting the previous disapprovals of Florida's infrastructure SIPs related to the CAA GHG PSD permitting requirements for the above NAAQS to full approvals.
Request for Nominations for the Science Advisory Board 2021 Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards Panel
Document Number: 2021-14285
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-07-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office requests public nominations of scientific experts to form the SAB 2021 Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards (STAA) Panel.