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Air Plan Approval; Iowa; Air Quality Implementation Plan-Muscatine Sulfur Dioxide Nonattainment Area and Start-Up, Shutdown, Malfunction SIP Call Withdrawal
Document Number: 2020-13380
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-06-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Region 7 Office is publishing a second supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) to propose approval of Iowa's State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the 2010 1-hour Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for the Muscatine nonattainment area, including the attainment plan control strategy. In this action, Region 7 is including additional technical information in the docket. Region 7 is also considering adoption of an alternative policy regarding startup, shutdown, and malfunction (SSM) exemption provisions in the Iowa SIP that departs from the policy detailed in EPA's 2015 SSM SIP Action, as well as proposing to withdraw the SIP call issued to Iowa as part of the 2015 SSM SIP Action and to approve the attainment plan control strategy.
Air Plan Approval; Missouri; Control of Emissions From Industrial Surface Coating Operations
Document Number: 2020-13049
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-06-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the Missouri State Implementation Plan (SIP) received on March 20, 2019. The submission revises a Missouri regulation that restricts emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from industrial surface coating operations in Clay, Jackson, and Platte Counties in Missouri. Specifically, the revisions to the rule remove unnecessary restrictive words, adds exemptions, including definitions specific to the rule, corrects test method references, removes obsolete requirements specific to sources that have closed, changes sections to the standard rule format, and makes minor clarifications and grammatical changes. The new exemptions are consistent with the Control Techniques Guidelines (CTG) for several types of surface coating or apply to activities that are regulated under other federal or state regulations that limit emissions of VOCs. The new exemptions are needed to make the rule consistent with the St. Louis version of this rule, 10 Code of State Regulation (CSR) 10-5.330 Industrial Surface Coating Operations. These exemptions are not expected to result in an emission increase. The other revisions are administrative in nature and do not impact the stringency of the SIP or air quality. Approval of these revisions will ensure consistency between State and federally-approved rules.
Implementing Statutory Addition of Certain Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances; Toxic Chemical Release Reporting
Document Number: 2020-10990
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-06-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is adding 172 per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to the list of toxic chemicals subject to reporting under section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) and section 6607 of the Pollution Prevention Act (PPA). EPA is also setting a manufacture, processing, and otherwise use reporting threshold of 100 pounds for each PFAS being added to the list. These actions are being taken to comply with section 7321 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 enacted on December 20, 2019. As this action is being taken to conform the regulations to a Congressional legislative mandate, notice and comment rulemaking is unnecessary, and this rule is effective immediately.
Texas: Final Approval of State Underground Storage Tank Program Revisions and Incorporation by Reference
Document Number: 2020-10066
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-06-22
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 State of Texas Underground Storage Tank (UST) program submitted by the State. This action is based on EPA's determination that these revisions satisfy all requirements needed for program approval. This action also proposes to codify EPA's approval of Texas's State program and to incorporate by reference those provisions of the State regulations that we have determined meet the requirements for approval. The provisions will be subject to EPA's inspection and enforcement authorities under sections 9005 and 9006 of RCRA subtitle I and other applicable statutory and regulatory provisions.
Texas: Final Approval of State Underground Storage Tank Program Revisions and Incorporation by Reference
Document Number: 2020-10065
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-06-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA or Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the State of Texas's Underground Storage Tank (UST) program submitted by the State. EPA has determined that these revisions satisfy all requirements needed for program approval. This action also codifies EPA's approval of Texas's State program and incorporates by reference those provisions of the State regulations that we have determined meet the requirements for approval. The provisions will be subject to EPA's inspection and enforcement authorities under sections 9005 and 9006 of RCRA Subtitle I and other applicable statutory and regulatory provisions.
Pesticide Product Registration; Receipt of Applications for New Active Ingredients
Document Number: 2020-13275
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-06-19
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 (May 2020)
Document Number: 2020-13272
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-06-19
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.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2020-13252
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-06-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Increasing Consistency and Transparency in Considering Benefits and Costs in the Clean Air Act Rulemaking Process; Extension of Comment Period and Public Hearing
Document Number: 2020-13222
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-06-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On June 11, 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published the proposed rulemaking ``Increasing Consistency and Transparency in Considering Benefits and Costs in the Clean Air Act Rulemaking Process.'' The EPA is extending the comment period on the proposed rulemaking. The EPA is also announcing that a virtual public hearing will be held for the proposed rulemaking.
Formic Acid and Sodium Formate; Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: 2020-13030
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-06-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes exemptions from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of formic acid when used as an inert ingredient limited to 25% in pesticide formulations applied to growing crops pre- and post-harvest (adjuvant, pH buffering agent, or pH adjuster) and applied in/on animals (pH adjuster). In addition, this rule establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of sodium formate when used as an inert ingredient (adjuvant, pH buffering agent) in pesticide formulations applied to growing crops pre- and post-harvest. The Monsanto Company and the Spring Trading Company on behalf of Stoller Enterprises, Inc., submitted petitions to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), requesting establishment of these exemptions. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of formic acid and sodium formate when used in accordance with the terms of these exemptions.
Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Chemical Safety for Sustainability and Health and Environmental Risk Assessment Subcommittee Meeting-June 2020; Correction
Document Number: 2020-13169
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-06-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Research and Development (ORD), published a document in the Federal Register of June 2, 2020, giving notice of a meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Chemical Safety for Sustainability and Health and Environmental Risk Assessment (CSS-HERA) Subcommittee. The meeting has been postponed until June 24, 2020. Due to unforeseen administrative circumstances, EPA is announcing this meeting with less than 15 calendar days' notice.
Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Brownfields Program-Accomplishment Reporting (Renewal)
Document Number: 2020-13168
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-06-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ``Brownfields Program Accomplishment Reporting (Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 2104.07, OMB Control No. 2050-0192 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, 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.
Granting Petitions To Add 1-bromopropane (Also Known as 1-BP) to the List of Hazardous Air Pollutants
Document Number: 2020-13145
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-06-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is granting petitions to add n-propyl bromide (nPB) (Chemical Abstract Service (CAS) No. 106-94-5) to the list of hazardous air pollutants (HAP) contained in the Clean Air Act (CAA). The EPA is taking final action to grant these petitions based on the petitioners having met the requirements contained in CAA section 112(b)(3), which allows any person to petition the Administrator to add a substance to the list of HAP. The term 1-bromopropane (1-BP), which is used throughout this document, is the common name for nPB. This is the first occasion on which the EPA is granting petitions to add a substance to the list of HAP that Congress created in 1990. Following this action, the EPA will take a separate regulatory action to add 1-BP to the list of HAP under CAA section 112(b)(1).
Certain New Chemicals; Receipt and Status Information for May 2020
Document Number: 2020-13135
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-06-18
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 05/01/ 2020 to 05/31/2020.
Air Plan Approval; Rhode Island; Reasonably Available Control Technology for the 2008 and 2015 Ozone Standards
Document Number: 2020-12958
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-06-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing approval of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Rhode Island. The SIP revision consists of a demonstration that Rhode Island meets the requirements of reasonably available control technology (RACT) for the two precursors for ground-level ozone, oxides of nitrogen (NOX) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), set forth by the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) with respect to the 2008 and 2015 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQSs or standards). Additionally, we are proposing approval of specific regulations that implement the RACT requirements by limiting air emissions of NOX and VOC pollutants from sources within the State. This action is being taken in accordance with the Clean Air Act.
Fulvic Acid; Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: 2020-12375
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-06-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of fulvic acid when used as an inert ingredient (carrier) in pesticide formulations applied to growing crops and to raw agricultural commodities after harvest. Nutri Ag Inc. submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), requesting establishment of an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of fulvic acid when used in accordance with the terms of the exemption.
Approval of Air Quality Implementation Plans; New Jersey; Gasoline Vapor Recovery Requirements
Document Number: 2020-11712
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-06-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a revision to the New Jersey State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards which includes regulatory amendment revisions relevant to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's requirements for Stage I and Stage II vapor recovery systems at gasoline dispensing facilities. New Jersey's comprehensive submittal also included changes in amendments for its air permitting program and t-butyl acetate emission reporting requirements, however, the EPA will be acting on these amendments under a separate action.
Fenpyroximate; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2020-11516
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-06-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes and amends tolerances for residues of fenpyroximate in or on multiple commodities which are identified and discussed later in this document. Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Cancellation Order for Certain Pesticide Registrations and Amendments To Terminate Uses
Document Number: 2020-13047
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-06-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces EPA's order for the cancellations and amendments to terminate uses, voluntarily requested by the registrants and accepted by the Agency, of the products listed in Table 1, Table 1A, Table 1B and Table 2 of Unit II, pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). This cancellation order follows an April 17, 2020 Federal Register Notice of Receipt of Requests from the registrants listed in Table 3 of Unit II to voluntarily cancel and amend to terminate uses of these product registrations. In the April 17, 2020 notice, EPA indicated that it would issue an order implementing the cancellations and amendments to terminate uses, 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 received 5 public comments on the notice, but they did not merit its further review of the requests. Further, the registrants did not withdraw their requests. Accordingly, EPA hereby issues in this notice a cancellation order granting the requested cancellations and amendments to terminate uses. 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.
Octamethylcyclotetra-siloxane (D4); Manufacturer Request for Risk Evaluation Under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA); Notice of Availability and Request for Comments
Document Number: 2020-13037
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-06-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is announcing the availability of and soliciting public comment on a manufacturer request for a risk evaluation of octamethylcyclotetra-siloxane (D4) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The request was made by Dow Silicones Corporation, Elkem Silicones USA Corporation, Evonik Corporation, Momentive Performance Materials, Shin-Etsu Silicones of America, Inc.; and Wacker Chemical Corporation through the American Chemistry Council's Silicones Environmental, Health, and Safety Center (SEHSC). EPA conducts risk evaluations to determine whether a chemical substance presents an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment without consideration of costs or other non-risk factors, including an unreasonable risk to potentially exposed or susceptible subpopulations, under the conditions of use. In the docket associated with this request is the manufacturer request for an EPA-conducted risk evaluation and possible additional conditions of use EPA has identified for inclusion within the scope of a risk evaluation of D4. After considering comments received in response to this solicitation, EPA will determine whether to grant or deny the manufacturer request. All TSCA risk evaluations, whether EPA-initiated or manufacturer-requested, will be conducted in the same manner.
FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Public Meetings and Request for Nominations of Ad Hoc Expert Reviewers
Document Number: 2020-13010
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-06-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
There will be a 4-day public peer review meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) to consider and review the use of new approach methodologies (NAMs) to derive extrapolation factors and evaluate developmental neurotoxicity for human health risk assessment. Preceding the public peer review meeting, there will be a public preparatory virtual meeting, conducted via teleconference and webcast, to consider the scope and clarity of the draft charge questions for this peer review. In addition, EPA is requesting nominations of prospective candidates for service as ad hoc reviewers to assist the FIFRA SAP with this review. Any interested person or organization may nominate qualified individuals to be considered as prospective candidates for this review by following the instructions provided in this notice.
Air Plan Approval; Texas; Approval of Substitution for Dallas-Fort Worth Area Transportation Control Measures
Document Number: 2020-10835
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-06-17
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making an administrative change to update the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) to reflect a change made to the Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP) on February 21, 2020, as a result of EPA's concurrence on substitute transportation control measures (TCMs) for the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) 8-hour ozone nonattainment area portion of the Texas SIP. EPA has determined that the substitution of the TCMs is consistent with the Clean Air Act and EPA's national guidance on such substitutions, and therefore falls within the ``good cause'' exemption in the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) which, upon finding ``good cause,'' authorizes an agency to make an action effective immediately.
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List: Deletion of the Fairfax St. Wood Treaters Superfund Site
Document Number: 2020-12692
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-06-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 is issuing a Notice of Intent to Delete Fairfax St. Wood Treaters Superfund Site (Site) located in Jacksonville, Florida, from the National Priorities List (NPL) and requests public comments on this proposed action. The NPL, promulgated pursuant to section 105 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980, as amended, is an appendix of the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP). The EPA and the State of Florida, through the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), have determined that all appropriate response actions under CERCLA, have been completed. However, this deletion does not preclude future actions under Superfund.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Utah; Regional Haze 5-Year Progress Report State Implementation Plan
Document Number: 2020-12075
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-06-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a regional haze progress report State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Utah on March 7, 2016. The revision addresses the requirements for states to submit periodic reports describing progress toward reasonable progress goals established for regional haze and a determination of adequacy of the State's regional haze SIP. The EPA is taking this action pursuant to section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Air Plan Approval; Wisconsin; Second Maintenance Plans for 1997 Ozone NAAQS; Door County, Kewaunee County, Manitowoc County and Milwaukee-Racine Area
Document Number: 2020-11690
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-06-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a revision to the Wisconsin State Implementation Plan (SIP). On December 13, 2019, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) submitted the State's plans for maintaining the 1997 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS or standard) in the following areas: Kewaunee County, Door County, Manitowoc County, and Milwaukee- Racine area (Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Washington and Waukesha counties). EPA is approving these maintenance plans because they provide for the maintenance of the 1997 ozone NAAQS through the end of the second 10-year maintenance period. This action makes certain commitments related to maintenance of the 1997 ozone NAAQS in these areas federally enforceable as part of the Wisconsin SIP. EPA proposed to approve this action on March 24, 2020 and received no adverse comments.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maryland; Infrastructure Requirements for the 2010 Sulfur Dioxide National Ambient Air Quality Standard
Document Number: 2020-11643
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-06-16
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving portions of a state implementation plan (SIP) submittal from the State of Maryland. The submittal pertains to the basic program elements referred to as infrastructure requirements for the 2010 sulfur dioxide (SO2) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS or standard). EPA is approving certain elements of the infrastructure SIP submittal in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program: Intent to Find that Washington has Satisfied All Conditions of Approval Placed on its Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program
Document Number: 2020-12670
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-06-15
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Environmental Protection Agency
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (the Federal agencies) invite public comment on the agencies' proposed finding that Washington has satisfied all conditions the agencies established as part of their 1998 approval of the State's coastal nonpoint pollution control program (coastal nonpoint program). The Coastal Zone Act Reauthorization Amendments (CZARA) directs states and territories with coastal zone management programs previously approved under Section 306 of the Coastal Zone Management Act to develop and implement coastal nonpoint programs, which must be submitted to the Federal agencies for approval. Prior to making such a finding, NOAA and the EPA invite public input on the two Federal agencies' rationale for this proposed finding.
Significant New Use Rules on Certain Chemical Substances (20-6.B)
Document Number: 2020-12614
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-06-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing significant new use rules (SNURs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for chemical substances which are the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs). This action would require persons to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing manufacture (defined by statute to include import) or processing of any of these chemical substances for an activity that is designated as a significant new use by this proposed rule. This action would further require that persons not commence manufacture or processing for the significant new use until they have submitted a Significant New Use Notice, and EPA has conducted a review of the notice, made an appropriate determination on the notice under TSCA, and has taken any risk management actions as are required as a result of that determination.
Air Plan Approval; Washington; Northwest Clean Air Agency
Document Number: 2020-11237
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-06-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving revisions to the Washington State Implementation Plan (SIP) that were submitted by the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) in coordination with the Northwest Clean Air Agency (NWCAA). This revision updates certain NWCAA regulations currently in the SIP, removes obsolete regulations, and approves a subset of updated Ecology regulations to apply in NWCAA's jurisdiction.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Regulatory Updates to Allegheny County Nonattainment New Source Review (NNSR) Permitting Requirements for 2012 Annual Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5
Document Number: 2020-10693
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-06-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a state implementation plan (SIP) revision by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, on behalf of the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD), on May 23, 2019. The revision pertains to ACHD's amendments of the ACHD Rules and Regulations, Article XXI (Air Pollution Control) to implement Federal nonattainment new source review (NNSR) provisions for the 2012 annual fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). EPA is approving these revisions to the Allegheny County portion of the Pennsylvania SIP in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2020-12732
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-06-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Information Collection; Effort for Ethylene Oxide Commercial Sterilization Facilities
Document Number: 2020-12728
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-06-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ``Information Collection Effort for Ethylene Oxide Commercial Sterilization Facilities'' (EPA ICR No. 2623.01, OMB Control No. 2060-NEW) 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 comment 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.
The National Drinking Water Advisory Council: Request for Nominations
Document Number: 2020-12727
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-06-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered to fill vacancies on the National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC or Council). The 15-member Council was established by the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) to provide independent advice, consultation, and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on matters relating to the activities, functions, policies, and regulations required by the SDWA. This announcement solicits nominations to fill five vacancies with three-year appointments from December 2020 through December 2023. The EPA may also consider nominations received through this solicitation in 2021 and in the event of unplanned vacancies on the Council. To enable the EPA to maintain the representation required by statute, the Agency is seeking nominees who are from appropriate state and local agencies concerned with water hygiene and public water supply; representatives of private organizations or groups demonstrating an active interest in the field of water hygiene and public water supply, including nominees associated with small, rural public water systems; and from the general public.
Air Plan Approval; Pennsylvania; Allegheny County Area Attainment Plan for the 2012 Fine Particulate Matter National Ambient Air Quality Standard
Document Number: 2020-12499
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-06-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve elements of a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) on behalf of the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) to address Clean Air Act (CAA or ``the Act'') requirements for the 2012 annual fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS or ``standards'') in the Allegheny County Moderate PM2.5 nonattainment area (``Allegheny County area''). The SIP revision contains the ``Attainment Demonstration for the Allegheny County, PA PM2.5 Nonattainment Area, 2012 NAAQS,'' submitted on September 30, 2019 (also referred to as ``the Allegheny County PM2.5 Plan'' or simply ``the plan''). EPA is proposing to fully approve the following elements of the Allegheny County PM2.5 Plan: The base year emissions inventory, the particulate matter precursor contribution demonstration, the reasonably available control measures/reasonably available control technology (RACM/RACT) demonstration, the attainment demonstration, the air quality modeling demonstration supporting attainment by the attainment deadline, the reasonable further progress (RFP) demonstration, and the a demonstration of interim quantitative milestones to ensure timely attainment. EPA is proposing to conditionally approve the following elements of this Allegheny County PM2.5 Plan SIP revision: The contingency measures and the motor vehicle emission budget (MVEB) elements of the plan. PADEP commits, on behalf of ACHD, to submit a supplemental SIP revision to remedy those portions of the plan for which EPA is proposing conditional approval within twelve months of EPA's final conditional approval action. This action is being taken under the CAA.
Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Listing of Substitutes Under the Significant New Alternatives Policy Program
Document Number: 2020-11990
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-06-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Pursuant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Significant New Alternatives Policy program, this action proposes to list certain substances in the refrigeration and air conditioning sector and the foam blowing sector. For the retail food refrigeration medium-temperature stand-alone units (new) end-use, EPA is proposing to list substitutes as acceptable subject to narrowed use limits. For the residential and light commercial air conditioning and heat pumps (new) end-use, EPA is proposing to list substitutes as acceptable subject to use conditions. For the foam blowing sector, extruded polystyrene: Boardstock and billet end-use, EPA is proposing to list substitutes as acceptable. This action also proposes to remove an acceptable subject to use conditions listing for the fire suppression sector because EPA more recently listed the substitute as acceptable with no use restrictions.
Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality State Implementation Plans; Provo, Utah Second 10-Year Carbon Monoxide Maintenance Plan
Document Number: 2020-11163
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-06-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of Utah on January 14, 2019. This submittal includes a Clean Air Act (CAA) section 175A(b) second 10-year limited maintenance plan (LMP) for the Provo area for the Carbon Monoxide (CO) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) and revisions to R307-110-12, which incorporates the LMP into the Utah SIP, Section IX, Part C, Carbon Monoxide into Air Quality rules. The EPA is taking this action pursuant to the CAA.
Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Pollution Prevention (P2) Awards Program
Document Number: 2020-12636
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-06-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Pollution Prevention (P2) Awards Program is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Pollution Prevention (P2) Awards Program (EPA ICR No.: 2614.01, OMB Control No. 2008NEW) 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 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; TN; Removal of the Vehicle I/M Program, Middle Tennessee Area
Document Number: 2020-12536
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-06-11
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), through a letter dated February 26, 2020. Specifically, EPA is proposing to approve the removal of Tennessee's inspection and maintenance (I/M) program requirements for Davidson, Sumner, Rutherford, Williamson and Wilson Counties in Tennessee (also known as the Middle Tennessee Area) from the federally-approved SIP because removing the requirements is consistent with the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) and applicable regulations.
Increasing Consistency and Transparency in Considering Benefits and Costs in the Clean Air Act Rulemaking Process
Document Number: 2020-12535
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-06-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing processes that it would be required to undertake in promulgating regulations under the Clean Air Act (CAA) to ensure that information regarding the benefits and costs of regulatory decisions is provided and considered in a consistent and transparent manner. This proposed rulemaking addresses, among other things, issues raised in the June 13, 2018 advance notice of proposed rulemaking, ``Increasing Consistency and Transparency in Considering Costs and Benefits in the Rulemaking Process,'' and proposes how the concepts described in that advance document would be implemented in rulemakings conducted by the EPA using its authorities under the CAA. The EPA is proposing to establish procedural requirements governing the development and presentation of benefit-cost analyses (BCA), including risk assessments used in the BCA, for significant rulemakings conducted under the CAA. Together, these requirements would help ensure that the EPA implements its statutory obligations under the CAA, and describes its work in implementing those obligations, in a way that is consistent and transparent.
Ocean Dumping: Cancellation of Final Designation for an Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site
Document Number: 2020-11029
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-06-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cancels the final designation of the original Wilmington, North Carolina Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site (ODMDS), referred to as the 1987 Wilmington ODMDS, pursuant to the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act (MPRSA), as amended. The 1987 Wilmington ODMDS, which was designated in 1987, is in the Atlantic Ocean offshore Wilmington, North Carolina. This action is being taken because the 1987 Wilmington ODMDS was previously replaced in 2002 by the existing New Wilmington ODMDS and is no longer needed. In addition, this action changes the name of New Wilmington ODMDS to the Wilmington, North Carolina ODMDS.
Public Water System Supervision Program Approval for the State of Michigan
Document Number: 2020-12539
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-06-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has tentatively approved a revision to the state of Michigan's Public Water System Supervision Program under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) by adopting the Revised Total Coliform Rule. The EPA has determined this revision is no less stringent than the corresponding federal regulation. Therefore, the EPA intends to approve this revision to the state of Michigan's Public Water System Supervision Program, thereby giving Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy primary enforcement responsibility for this regulation. This approval action does not extend to public water systems in Indian Country. By approving this rule, EPA does not intend to affect the rights of federally recognized Indian Tribes in Michigan, nor does it intend to limit existing rights of the state of Michigan.
Air Plan Approval; Wisconsin; Redesignation of the Newport State Park Area in Door County to Attainment of the 2015 Ozone NAAQS
Document Number: 2020-10569
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-06-10
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finds that the Newport State Park area in Door County Wisconsin is attaining the 2015 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS or standard). EPA is acting in accordance with a request from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) to redesignate the area to attainment for the 2015 ozone NAAQS because the request meets the statutory requirements for redesignation under the Clean Air Act (CAA), which WDNR submitted on January 27, 2020. EPA is also approving, as a revision to the Wisconsin State Implementation Plan (SIP), the State's plan for maintaining the 2015 ozone NAAQS through 2030 in the area. Finally, EPA finds adequate and is approving Wisconsin's 2023 and 2030 volatile organic compound (VOC) and oxides of nitrogen (NOX) Motor Vehicle Emission Budgets (MVEBs) for the area.
Issuance of an Experimental Use Permit
Document Number: 2020-12372
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-06-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has granted an experimental use permit (EUP) to Oxitec, Ltd to test efficacy of OX5034 Aedes aegypti mosquitoes expressing tetracycline Trans-Activator Variant (tTAV-OX5034) protein for control of wild Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. An EUP permits use of a pesticide for experimental or research purposes only in accordance with the limitations in the permit.
Significant New Use Rules on Certain Chemical Substances (19-4.B)
Document Number: 2020-10986
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-06-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is issuing significant new use rules (SNURs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for chemical substances which are the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs). This action requires persons to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing manufacture (defined by statute to include import) or processing of any of these chemical substances for an activity that is designated as a significant new use by this rule. The required notification initiates EPA's evaluation of the chemical under the conditions of use within the applicable review period. Persons may not commence manufacture or processing for the significant new use until EPA has conducted a review of the notice, made an appropriate determination on the notice, and has taken such actions as are required as a result of that determination.
Air Plan Approval; OR; Emission Standard Definition Rule Revision
Document Number: 2020-10229
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-06-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a revision to the Oregon State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted on September 5, 2019. The submission revises the SIP to incorporate by reference a more recent update to the emission standards for specific industries by defining the specific Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) edition referenced throughout the revised rule. The EPA is also approving non-substantive revisions to the SIP to correct typographical errors. The EPA has determined the changes are consistent with Clean Air Act requirements.
Air Plan Approval; Missouri; Control of Sulfur Emissions From Stationary Boilers
Document Number: 2020-12149
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-06-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing approval of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Missouri on January 14, 2019. Missouri requests that the EPA revise a state regulation approved in the SIP related to sulfur emissions from industrial, commercial, or institutional boilers or process heaters in the St. Louis metropolitan area. The revisions to this rule include adding incorporations by reference to other state rules, including definitions specific to the rule, and wording changes that are administrative in nature and do not change the interpretation of the rule or the applicability of the rule. The EPA's proposed approval of this rule revision is in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Air Plan Approval; TN; Nitrogen Oxides SIP Call Plan
Document Number: 2020-12141
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-06-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision concerning nitrogen oxides (NOX) emissions submitted by the State of Tennessee, through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), through a letter dated December 19, 2019, which revises the Tennessee Air Pollution Control Rule (TAPCR) titled ``NOX SIP Call Requirements for Stationary Boilers and Combustion Turbines'' (TN 2017 NOX SIP Call Rule) to correct the definition of ``affected unit'' and to clarify requirements related to stationary boilers and combustion turbines. EPA is also proposing to convert the conditional approval of the TN 2017 NOX SIP Call Rule to a full approval.
Air Plan Approval; Alabama: Air Quality Control, VOC Definition
Document Number: 2020-12140
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-06-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Alabama, through the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) on February 27, 2020. The revision modifies the State's air quality regulations as incorporated into the SIP by changing the definition of ``volatile organic compounds'' (VOC) to be consistent with federal regulations. EPA is proposing to approve this SIP revision because the State has demonstrated that these changes are consistent with the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act).
Air Plan Approval; TN; Removal of the Vehicle I/M Program, Hamilton County, TN
Document Number: 2020-12136
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-06-08
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), through a letter dated February 26, 2020. Specifically, EPA is proposing to approve the removal of Tennessee's inspection and maintenance (I/M) program requirements for Hamilton County from the federally approved SIP. EPA is proposing to approve the removal of the I/M program requirements for Hamilton County from the federally approved SIP because removing the requirements is consistent with the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) and applicable regulations.
Determination of Attainment by the Attainment Date for the Salt Lake City, Utah and Provo, Utah 2006 24-Hour PM2.5
Document Number: 2020-12074
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-06-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a determination of attainment by the attainment date for the 2006 24-hour fine particulate matter (PM2.5) Salt Lake City, Utah (Salt Lake City) and Provo, Utah (Provo) Serious nonattainment areas (NAAs). The determination is based upon quality-assured, quality-controlled and certified ambient air monitoring data showing that the area has attained the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) based on the 2017-2019 data available in the EPA's Air Quality System (AQS) database.