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Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; RCRA Subtitle C Reporting Instructions and Forms (Renewal)
Document Number: 2020-11357
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), RCRA Subtitle C Reporting Instructions and Forms (EPA ICR Number 0976.19, OMB Control Number 2050-0024) 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 May 30, 2020. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register on October 7, 2019 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.
Access to Confidential Business Information by Access Interpreting, Inc.
Document Number: 2020-11314
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has authorized its contractor, Access Interpreting, Inc. of Washington, DC, to access information which has been submitted to EPA under all sections of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Some of the information may be claimed or determined to be Confidential Business Information (CBI).
Pesticide Product Registration; Receipt of Applications for New Active Ingredients
Document Number: 2020-11258
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-27
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.
Dinotefuran; Receipt of Applications for Emergency Exemptions, Solicitation of Public Comment
Document Number: 2020-11257
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-27
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has received specific exemption requests from the Maryland and Pennsylvania Departments of Agriculture, and the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to use the pesticide dinotefuran (CAS No. 165252-70-0) to treat up to 3,730; 24,973; and 29,000 acres, respectively, of pome and stone fruits to control the brown marmorated stinkbug. The Applicants propose uses which are supported by the Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) program and have been requested in 5 or more previous years, and petitions for tolerances have not yet been submitted to the Agency. EPA is soliciting public comment before making the decision whether or not to grant the exemptions.
Public Water System Supervision Program Revision for the State of Montana
Document Number: 2020-11162
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Public notice is hereby given that the state of Montana has revised its Public Water System Supervision (PWSS) Program by establishing Administrative Penalty Authority that applies to its drinking water program. The EPA has reviewed Montana's submittal, and determined that the Administrative Penalty Authority is no less stringent than the federal regulations. The EPA is proposing to approve the Administrative Penalty Authority requirements for Montana. This approval action does not extend to public water systems in Indian country. Please see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION, Unit B.
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List: Deletion of the JASCO Chemical Corp. Superfund Site
Document Number: 2020-11028
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-05-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9 is issuing a Notice of Intent to Delete the JASCO Chemical Corporation Superfund Site (Site) located in Mountain View, California, 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). EPA and the State of California, through the Department of Toxic Substances Control, have determined that all appropriate response actions under CERCLA have been completed. However, this deletion does not preclude future actions under Superfund.
Air Plan Approval; WA; Infrastructure Requirements for the 2010 Sulfur Dioxide and 2015 Ozone Standards
Document Number: 2020-10853
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-05-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Whenever a new or revised National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) is promulgated, the Clean Air Act (CAA) requires states to submit a plan for the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of the standard, commonly referred to as infrastructure requirements. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve Washington State Implementation Plan (SIP) submissions as meeting specific infrastructure requirements for the 2010 sulfur dioxide (SO2) and 2015 ozone NAAQS.
New Source Performance Standards; Delegation of Authority to Oklahoma
Document Number: 2020-10834
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-05-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to update the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) to reflect Oklahoma's current New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) delegation status and mailing address for the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ). The ODEQ has submitted updated regulations for delegation of the EPA authority for implementation and enforcement of certain NSPS. The updated State regulations incorporate by reference certain NSPS promulgated by the EPA, as they existed through June 30, 2018.
Indoxacarb; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2020-10483
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-05-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes a tolerance for residues of the insecticide indoxacarb in or on corn, pop, grain at 0.02 parts per million (ppm) and corn, pop, stover at 15 ppm. FMC Corporation requested this tolerance under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Chlormequat Chloride; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2020-10331
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-05-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation amends a tolerance for residues of chlormequat chloride in or on oat grain. Taminco US LLC, a subsidiary of Eastman Chemical Company, requested this amendment under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List: Partial Deletion of the Libby Asbestos Superfund Site
Document Number: 2020-09563
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-05-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 8 announces the deletion of the Operable Unit 1 (OU1), Former Export Plant of the Libby Asbestos Superfund Site (Site) located in Lincoln County, Montana, from the National Priorities List (NPL). 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). This partial deletion pertains to OU1. Operable Unit 2 (OU2), Former Screening Plant, was deleted from the NPL on April 10, 2019. Operable Unit 3 (OU3), Former Vermiculite Mine; Operable Unit 4 and Operable Unit 7 (OU4/OU7), Residential/Commercial Properties of Libby and Troy; Operable Unit 5 (OU5), Former Stimson Lumber Mill; Operable Unit 6 (OU6), BNSF Rail Corridor; and Operable Unit 8 (OU8), Highways and Roadways, are not being considered for deletion as part of this proposed action and will remain on the NPL. The EPA and the State of Montana, through the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, have determined that all appropriate response actions under CERCLA, other than operation and maintenance, monitoring and five-year reviews, have been completed. However, the deletion of these parcels does not preclude future actions under Superfund.
Air Plan Approval; Illinois; Redesignation of the Lemont and Pekin Sulfur Dioxide Nonattainment Areas
Document Number: 2020-09549
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-05-26
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is redesignating the Lemont and Pekin sulfur dioxide (SO2) areas from nonattainment to attainment of the 2010 SO2 national ambient air quality standard (2010 SO2 NAAQS). EPA is also approving Illinois' maintenance plan for these areas. Emissions of SO2 in the two areas have been reduced, and the areas' monitored air quality is currently better than the 2010 SO2 NAAQS. EPA proposed to approve this action on February 24, 2020 and received two public comment submissions.
Draft Ambient Water Quality Criteria Recommendations for Lakes and Reservoirs of the Conterminous United States: Information Supporting the Development of Numeric Nutrient Criteria
Document Number: 2020-11126
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces the release of the Draft Ambient Water Quality Criteria Recommendations for Lakes and Reservoirs of the Conterminous United States: Information Supporting the Development of Numeric Nutrient Criteria for a 60-day comment period for scientific input. These draft national criteria recommendations are models for total nitrogen and total phosphorus concentrations in lakes and reservoirs to protect three different designated usesaquatic life, recreation, and drinking water source protectionfrom the adverse effects of nutrient pollution. Nutrient pollution can degrade the conditions of water bodies worldwide, and in lakes and reservoirs the effects of excess nitrogen and phosphorus may be particularly evident. These draft criteria recommendations are based on stressor-response models, which link nutrient pollution stressors (nitrogen, phosphorus) to responses associated with protection of designated uses. These draft criteria recommendations, when finalized, will replace the EPA's previously recommended ambient nutrient criteria for lakes and reservoirs. Models and associated criteria provided in this document are based on national data. States and authorized tribes can also incorporate local data, when available, into the national models, helping states and authorized tribes to develop numeric nutrient criteria that apply relationships estimated from national data while accounting for unique local conditions. Following closure of this 60-day public comment period, the EPA will consider the comments, revise the draft document, as appropriate, and then publish a final document that will provide recommendations for states and authorized tribes to establish water quality standards under the Clean Water Act (CWA).
Release of Policy Assessment for the Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards
Document Number: 2020-11121
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On or about May 29, 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will make available the document, Policy Assessment for the Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (PA, EPA-452/R-20-001). This document was prepared as part of the current review of the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for photochemical oxidants including ozone (O3). The PA serves to ``bridge the gap'' between the currently available scientific and technical information and the judgments required of the Administrator in determining whether to retain or revise the existing O3 NAAQS. The primary and secondary O3 NAAQS are set to protect the public health and the public welfare from O3 and other photochemical oxidants in ambient air.
Standards of Performance for New Residential Wood Heaters, New Residential Hydronic Heaters and Forced-Air Furnaces
Document Number: 2020-11096
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-05-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to amend the Standards of Performance for New Residential Wood Heaters, New Residential Hydronic Heaters and Forced-Air Furnaces. In response to the situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic, this proposed action restores the retail sales opportunities that were provided by the original 5-year period for ``Step 1'' wood heaters, hydronic heaters, and forced-air furnaces that were manufactured or imported before the May 15, 2020, ``Step 2'' compliance date. Upon promulgation, retailers may continue selling Step 1 heaters through November 30, 2020.
EPA Guidance; Administrative Procedures for Issuance and Public Petitions
Document Number: 2020-11079
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-05-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
These proposed regulations would, if finalized, establish the procedures and requirements for how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will manage the issuance of guidance documents subject to the requirements of the Executive order entitled ``Promoting the Rule of Law Through Improved Agency Guidance Documents.'' These regulations establish general requirements and procedures for certain guidance documents issued by the EPA and incorporates additional requirements for guidance documents determined to be significant guidance under the Executive order. These regulations also provide procedures for the public to petition for the modification or withdrawal of active guidance documents under the Executive order. These regulations are intended to increase the transparency of EPA's guidance practices and improve the process used to manage EPA guidance documents.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2020-11069
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; School Integrated Pest Management Awards Program (Renewal)
Document Number: 2020-11068
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), School Integrated Pest Management Awards Program (EPA ICR Number 2531.02, OMB Control Number 2070-0200) 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 May 31, 2020. 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; Confidentiality Rules (Renewal)
Document Number: 2020-11067
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), Confidentiality Rules (EPA ICR Number 1665.14, OMB Control Number 2020-0003) 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 May 31, 2020. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register on January 23, 2020 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Reformulated Gasoline and Conventional Gasoline: Requirements for Refiners, Oxygenate Blenders, and Importers of Gasoline; Requirements for Parties in the Gasoline Distribution Network (Renewal)
Document Number: 2020-11066
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), Reformulated Gasoline and Conventional Gasoline: Requirements for Refiners, Oxygenate Blenders, and Importers of Gasoline; Requirements for Parties in the Gasoline Distribution Network (EPA ICR Number 1591.27, OMB Control Number 2060- 0277) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through May 31, 2020. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register on August 20, 2019 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comment. 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.
Dipropylene Glycol and Triethylene Glycol; Exemption From the Requirement of a Pesticide Tolerance
Document Number: 2020-10805
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-05-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing to exempt residues of the antimicrobial pesticide ingredients dipropylene glycol and triethylene glycol from the requirement of a tolerance when used on or applied to food-contact surfaces in public eating places, dairy-processing equipment, and food- processing equipment and utensils. This rulemaking is proposed on the Agency's own initiative under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) to address residues identified as part of the Agency's registration review program under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).
Air Plan Approval; GA: Emission Reduction Credits
Document Number: 2020-10684
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-05-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Georgia through a letter dated October 18, 2019, updating Georgia's rule titled Emission Reduction Credits which establishes a program for sources in specified counties to apply for credits for voluntary emissions reductions. EPA has evaluated Georgia's submittal and preliminarily determined that it meets the applicable requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) and EPA regulations.
Air Plan Approval; GA: Permit Requirements
Document Number: 2020-10680
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-05-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Georgia, through the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GA EPD), on October 18, 2019. This SIP revision makes minor edits to Georgia's rule prescribing permitting requirements. EPA has evaluated Georgia's submittal and preliminarily determined that it meets the applicable requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and EPA's regulations.
Ocean Dumping: Reopening of Comment Period for Modification of an Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site Offshore of Port Everglades, Florida
Document Number: 2020-10588
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-05-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is reopening the comment period for a proposed rulemaking notice published in the Federal Register on March 13, 2020, which proposed modification of the existing 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, as amended (MPRSA). The primary purpose for the site modification is to enlarge the ODMDS to serve the long- term need for a location to dispose of suitable material dredged from the Port Everglades Harbor and for the disposal of suitable dredged material for persons who receive a MPRSA permit for such disposal. The modified ODMDS will be subject to monitoring and management to ensure continued protection of the marine environment.
Limited Approval, Limited Disapproval of Arizona Air Plan Revisions, Hayden Area; Sulfur Dioxide Control Measures-Copper Smelters
Document Number: 2020-10587
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-05-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a limited approval and limited disapproval of revisions to the Arizona State Implementation Plan (SIP). This revision concerns sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions from the primary copper smelter in Hayden, Arizona. We are proposing action on a local rule submitted by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) that regulates these emissions under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act). We are taking comments on this proposal and plan to follow with a final action.
Partial Approval and Partial Disapproval of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Arizona; Nonattainment Plan for the Hayden SO2
Document Number: 2020-10586
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-05-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to partially approve and partially disapprove an Arizona state implementation plan (SIP) revision for attaining the 2010 1-hour primary sulfur dioxide (SO2) national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS or ``standard'') for the Hayden SO2 nonattainment area (NAA). This SIP revision (hereinafter called the ``Hayden SO2 Plan'' or ``Plan'') includes Arizona's attainment demonstration and other elements required under the Clean Air Act (CAA or ``Act''). The EPA is proposing to approve the base year and projected emissions inventories and to affirm that the new source review requirements for the area have been met. We are proposing to disapprove the attainment demonstration, as well as other elements of the plan tied to this demonstration, namely, the requirement for meeting reasonable further progress (RFP) toward attainment of the NAAQS, reasonably available control measures and reasonably available control technology (RACM/RACT), enforceable emission limitations and control measures, and contingency measures. We are taking comments on this proposal and plan to follow with a final action.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Coal- and Oil-Fired Electric Utility Steam Generating Units-Reconsideration of Supplemental Finding and Residual Risk and Technology Review
Document Number: 2020-08607
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-05-22
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is revising its response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Michigan v. EPA, which held that the EPA erred by not considering cost in its determination that regulation under section 112 of the Clean Air Act (CAA) of hazardous air pollutant (HAP) emissions from coal- and oil-fired electric utility steam generating units (EGUs) is appropriate and necessary. After primarily comparing the cost of compliance relative to the benefits of HAP emission reduction from regulation, the EPA finds that it is not ``appropriate and necessary'' to regulate HAP emissions from coal- and oil-fired EGUs, thereby reversing the Agency's previous conclusion under CAA section 112(n)(1)(A) and correcting flaws in the Agency's prior response to Michigan v. EPA. We further find that finalizing this new response to Michigan v. EPA will not remove the Coal- and Oil-Fired EGU source category from the CAA section 112(c) list of sources that must be regulated under CAA section 112(d) and will not affect the existing CAA section 112(d) emissions standards that regulate HAP emissions from coal- and oil-fired EGUs. The EPA is also finalizing the residual risk and technology review (RTR) conducted for the Coal- and Oil-Fired EGU source category regulated under national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP), commonly referred to as the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS). Based on the results of the RTR analyses, the Agency is not promulgating any revisions to the MATS rule.
Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Chemical Safety for Sustainability and Health and Environmental Risk Assessment Subcommittee Meeting-May 2020
Document Number: 2020-10994
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Research and Development (ORD), gives notice of a meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Chemical Safety for Sustainability and Health and Environmental Risk Assessment (CSS-HERA) Subcommittee to review their responses to charge questions on the draft FY 19-22 Strategic Research Action Plan (StRAP). Due to unforeseen administrative circumstances, EPA is announcing this meeting with less than 15 calendar days' notice.
Request for Comment on Whether EPA's Approval of a Clean Water Act Section 404 Program Is Non-Discretionary for Purposes of Endangered Species Act Section 7 Consultation
Document Number: 2020-10913
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requests comment on whether the EPA should reconsider its current position that consultation under Endangered Species Act (ESA) section 7 is not required when the EPA approves a state or tribe's request to assume the Clean Water Act (CWA) section 404 dredged and fill permit program under the CWA. Comments in response to this document will be considered as the EPA reviews this position. If the EPA changes its current position, then the EPA would take the position that the Agency's decision as to whether to approve or disapprove a state's or tribe's request to assume the CWA section 404 permit program involves an exercise of discretion warranting consultation under ESA section 7. Section 7 consultation under the ESA would consequently apply to state and tribal requests to assume the CWA section 404 program and potentially subsequent program revisions, and the EPA would consult on its actions with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) (hereafter referred to as ``the Services'') under the ESA as appropriate.
Designation of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes; Indiana; Redesignation of the Indianapolis Sulfur Dioxide Nonattainment Area
Document Number: 2020-09246
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-05-21
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with the Clean Air Act (CAA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is redesignating the Indianapolis, Indiana area from nonattainment to attainment for the 2010 sulfur dioxide (SO2) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). The area is comprised of Perry, Wayne, and Center Townships in Marion County, Indiana. EPA is also approving, as a revision to the Indiana State Implementation Plan (SIP), Indiana's maintenance plan for this area. EPA proposed to approve Indiana's redesignation request and maintenance plan on April 30, 2019 and received two public comment submissions.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Renewal of an Existing Collection (EPA ICR No. 1246.14 and OMB Control No. 2070-0072); Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-10898
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit an Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The ICR, entitled: ``Reporting and Recordkeeping for Asbestos Abatement Worker Protection'' and identified by EPA ICR No. 1246.14 and OMB Control No. 2070-0072, represents the renewal of an existing ICR that is scheduled to expire on December 31, 2020. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection that is summarized in this document. The ICR and accompanying material are available in the docket for public review and comment.
Notice of Proposed Administrative Settlement Agreement and Order on Consent With De Minimis Parties at the Omega Chemical Corporation Superfund Site in Los Angeles County, California
Document Number: 2020-10836
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-20
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980, as amended (``CERCLA''), notice is hereby given that the Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA''), has entered into a proposed settlement, embodied in an Administrative Settlement Agreement and Order on Consent (``Settlement Agreement''), with one hundred and forty-five parties (the ``Settling De Minimis Parties'') that sent between one and three tons of waste to a solvent and refrigerant recyling facility that operated between 1976 and 1991 in Whittier, California, called the Omega Chemical Corporation. Under the Settlement Agreement, the Settling De Minimis Parties agree to pay EPA $6,521,025.19 to resolve their liability for both past and future costs associated with the cleanup of the Omega Chemical Corporation Superfund Site (``Omega Site'') in Los Angeles County California.
Public Hearing for Fuels Regulatory Streamlining
Document Number: 2020-10833
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-05-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a virtual public hearing to be held May 28, 2020, on its proposal for the ``Fuels Regulatory Streamlining Rule,'' which was signed on April 13, 2020. EPA is proposing to update its existing gasoline, diesel, and other fuels programs to improve overall compliance assurance and maintain environmental performance, while reducing compliance costs for industry and EPA.
Pesticide Registration Review; Interim Decisions and Case Closures for Several Pesticides; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2020-10753
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's interim registration review decisions for the following chemicals: 2-Phenethyl propionate, ammonium bromide, Bacillus sphaericus, chloropicrin Colletotrichum gloeosporioides, Cuelure [2-butanone, 4 (4-acetyloxy)- acetate], cyazofamid, Extract of Reynoutria sachalinensis, fluroxypyr, flumethrin, glycolic acid and salts, iodine and iodophors, Methyl Anthranilate, momfluorothrin, oxamyl, pelargonic acid, salts and esters, phenmedipham, Phosphoric acid and its salts, pyridaben, Pythium oligandrum DV 74, Straight Chain Lepidopteran Pheromones, sethoxydim, tetraacetylethylenediamine (TAED), thymol, tralopyril, and triclosan. In addition, it announces the closure of the registration review case for Phytophthora palmivora because the last U.S. registrations for this pesticide have been canceled.
Pesticide Registration Review; Proposed Interim Decisions for Several Neonicotinoid Pesticides; Re-Opening of Comment Period
Document Number: 2020-10751
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA issued a notice in the Federal Register of February 3, 2020, concerning the availability of EPA's Proposed Interim Registration Review Decision for several neonicotinoids (acetamiprid, clothianidin, dinotefuran, imidacloprid, and thiamethoxam; hereafter referred to as ``neonicotinoids''). The neonicotinoids were opened for a 60-day public comment period that concluded on April 3, 2020. However, a 30-day extension to the public comment period was granted, which concluded on May 4, 2020. This notice re-opens the public comment for an additional 30 days, from May 19, 2020 to June 18, 2020. This action to extend the public comment period is being taken after receiving public comments requesting additional time to review the Neonicotinoids' Proposed Interim Registration Review Decisions and supporting materials citing the quantity and complexity of the Proposed Interim Decisions and supporting documents, as well as difficulty of commenting due to time and resource constraints.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Requirements for Generators, Transporters, and Waste Management Facilities Under the RCRA Hazardous Waste Manifest System
Document Number: 2020-10646
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to submit the information collection request (ICR), ``Requirements for Generators, Transporters, and Waste Management Facilities Under the RCRA Hazardous Waste Manifest System'' (EPA ICR No. 801.25, OMB Control No. 2050-0039) 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 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.
Request for Nominations for the 2020 Clean Air Excellence Awards Program
Document Number: 2020-10640
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the competition for the 2020 Clean Air Excellence Awards Program. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the Clean Air Excellence Awards Program in February 2000 to recognize outstanding and innovative efforts that support progress in achieving clean air.
Hazardous and Solid Waste Management System: Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals From Electric Utilities; Federal CCR Permit Program; Extension of Comment Period
Document Number: 2020-10582
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-05-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or the Agency) is extending the comment period on EPA's proposal to establish a Federal Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) permit program. The document announcing this proposal was published on February 20, 2020, and the public comment period was originally scheduled to end on April 20, 2020. In a document published on April 14, 2020, EPA extended the comment period 30 days, through May 20, 2020. In this document, EPA is extending the public comment period an additional 60 days, through July 19, 2020.
Promulgation of State Implementation Plan Revisions; Infrastructure Requirements for the 2015 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards; South Dakota; Revisions to the Administrative Rules of South Dakota
Document Number: 2020-10418
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-05-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
On October 1, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated the 2015 ozone NAAQS, revising the standard to 0.070 parts per million. Whenever a new or revised National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) is promulgated, the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) requires each state to submit a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision for the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of the new standard. This submission is commonly referred to as an infrastructure SIP. In this action we are proposing to approve the State of South Dakota's January 15, 2020 SIP submission that addresses infrastructure requirements for the 2015 ozone NAAQS. Additionally, in this action, we are proposing to approve a SIP revision submitted by the State of South Dakota on January 3, 2020 that revises the Administrative Rules of South Dakota (ARSD), Air Pollution Control Program, updating the date of incorporation by reference of federal rules in ARSD chapters pertaining to definitions, ambient air quality, air quality episodes, prevention of significant deterioration (PSD), new source review, performance testing, control of visible emissions, continuous emission monitoring systems, State facilities in Rapid City area, construction permits and regional haze program administrative rules.
Air Plan Approval; Michigan; Redesignation of the Berrien County Area to Attainment of the 2015 Ozone Standard
Document Number: 2020-10137
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-05-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to find that Berrien County, Michigan is attaining the 2015 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS or standard) and is proposing to approve a request from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) 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). EGLE submitted this request on January 30, 2020 and submitted a clarification letter on March 30, 2020. EPA is also proposing to approve, as a revision to the Michigan State Implementation Plan (SIP), the State's plan for maintaining the 2015 ozone NAAQS through 2030 in the Berrien County area. Finally, EPA finds adequate and is proposing to approve Michigan's 2023 and 2030 volatile organic compound (VOC) and oxides of nitrogen (NOX) Motor Vehicle Emission Budgets (MVEBs) for the Berrien County area.
Significant New Use Rules on Certain Chemical Substances (20-5.B)
Document Number: 2020-10086
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-05-19
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.
Determination of Failure To Attain by the Attainment Date and Denial of Serious Area Attainment Date Extension Request; AK: Fairbanks North Star Borough 2006 24-Hour Fine Particulate Matter Serious Nonattainment Area
Document Number: 2020-09874
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-05-19
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to determine that the Fairbanks North Star Borough nonattainment area failed to attain the 2006 24-hour fine particulate matter (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) by the December 31, 2019 ``Serious'' area attainment date. This proposed determination is based on complete, quality-assured and certified PM2.5 monitoring data for 2017-2019. The EPA is also proposing to deny the State's request for an extension of the Serious area attainment date for the Fairbanks North Star Borough nonattainment area. Upon finalization of these determinations, the State will be subject to further statutory and regulatory requirements for this area, including a new State Implementation Plan (SIP) submission meeting additional requirements that the State must submit by December 31, 2020.
Allocations of Cross-State Air Pollution Rule Allowances From New Unit Set-Asides for 2020 Control Periods
Document Number: 2020-10515
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing notice of the availability of data on emission allowance allocations to certain units under the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) trading programs. EPA has completed preliminary calculations for the first round of allocations of allowances from the CSAPR new unit set-asides (NUSAs) for the 2020 control periods and has posted spreadsheets containing the calculations on EPA's website. EPA will consider timely objections to the preliminary calculations (including objections concerning the identification of units eligible for allocations) before determining the final amounts of the first-round allocations.
Air Plan Approval; Massachusetts; Negative Declaration for the Oil and Gas Industry
Document Number: 2020-09073
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-05-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The revision provides Massachusetts' determination, via a negative declaration, that there are no facilities within its borders subject to EPA's 2016 Control Technique Guideline (CTG) for the oil and gas industry. The intended effect of this action is to propose approval of these items into the Massachusetts SIP. This action is being taken in accordance with the Clean Air Act.
Air Plan Approval; Massachusetts; Negative Declaration for the Oil and Gas Industry
Document Number: 2020-09072
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-05-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The revision provides Massachusetts' determination, via a negative declaration, that there are no facilities within its borders subject to EPA's 2016 Control Technique Guideline (CTG) for the oil and gas industry. The intended effect of this action is to approve this item into the Massachusetts SIP. This action is being taken in accordance with the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Methyl Mercaptan; Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance
Document Number: 2020-08964
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-05-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of methyl mercaptan in or on all food commodities when methyl mercaptan is used as a gopher repellent in irrigation lines in accordance with label directions and good agricultural practices. Acqua Concepts, Inc. (d/b/a Ag Water Chemical) 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 methyl mercaptan under FFDCA.
Fluridone; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2020-08963
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-05-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of fluridone in or on avocados, mandarins, pomegranates, pistachios, and the stone fruit group (crop group 12). SePRO Corporation requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; New Jersey; Negative Declaration
Document Number: 2020-08862
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-05-18
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of New Jersey for purposes of making a negative declaration regarding the October 2016 Oil and Natural Gas Control Techniques Guidelines (2016 Oil and Gas CTG). This action is being taken in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act.
Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC); Notice of Rescheduled Public Meeting
Document Number: 2020-10484
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is announcing the rescheduled meeting dates for the 4-day meeting of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC) that had been previously scheduled for April to consider and review the draft Risk Evaluation for asbestos and associated documents. This will be a virtual public meeting of the TSCA SACC, with participation by phone and webcast only. As previously announced in April, the public is invited to comment on the draft risk evaluation for asbestos and related documents in advance of and during this peer review virtual meeting. The TSCA SACC will consider these comments during their discussions.
Administration of Cross-State Air Pollution Rule Trading Program Assurance Provisions for 2019 Control Periods
Document Number: 2020-10441
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing notice of the availability of data on the administration of the assurance provisions of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) trading programs for the control periods in 2019. Total emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOX) reported by Mississippi units participating in the CSAPR NOX Ozone Season Group 2 Trading Program during the 2019 control period exceeded the state's assurance level under the program. Data demonstrating the exceedance and EPA's preliminary calculations of the amounts of additional allowances that the owners and operators of certain Mississippi units must surrender have been posted in a spreadsheet on EPA's website. EPA will consider timely objections to the data and calculations before making final determinations of the amounts of additional allowances that must be surrendered.