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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.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2020-10436
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Underground Injection Control Program; Hazardous Waste Injection Restrictions; Petition for Exemption Reissuance-Class I Hazardous Waste Injection; The Chemours Company, FC, LLC, Chemours Titanium Technologies DeLisle Plant, Pass Christian, Mississippi
Document Number: 2020-10398
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that a reissuance of an exemption to the Land Disposal Restrictions, under the 1984 Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, has been granted to The Chemours Company for Class I hazardous waste injection wells located at their Pass Christian, Mississippi facility. The company has adequately demonstrated to the satisfaction of the EPA by the petition reissuance application and supporting documentation that, to a reasonable degree of certainty, there will be no migration of hazardous constituents from the injection zone for as long as the waste remains hazardous. This final decision allows the underground injection by The Chemours Company of the specific restricted hazardous wastes identified in this exemption reissuance request, into Class I hazardous waste injection Wells 2, 3, 4, and 5 until December 31, 2050, unless the EPA moves to terminate this exemption. Additional conditions included in this final decision may be reviewed by contacting the EPA Region 4 Ground Water, UIC, and GIS Section. A public notice was issued November 12, 2019 and the public comment period closed on December 31, 2019, and no comments were received. This decision constitutes final Agency action and there is no Administrative appeal.
Air Plan Approval; OR; 2010 Sulfur Dioxide NAAQS Interstate Transport Requirements
Document Number: 2020-10228
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-05-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submission from Oregon as meeting certain Clean Air Act (CAA) interstate transport requirements for the 2010 1-hour Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). Specifically, the EPA proposes to find that emissions from Oregon sources will not contribute significantly to nonattainment or interfere with the maintenance of the 2010 1-hour SO2 NAAQS in any other state.
Air Plan Approval and Designation of Areas; KY; Redesignation of the Jefferson County 2010 1-Hour Sulfur Dioxide Nonattainment Area to Attainment
Document Number: 2020-10063
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-05-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In a letter dated December 9, 2019, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, through the Kentucky Division of Air Quality (KDAQ) on behalf of the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (LMAPCD), submitted a request for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to redesignate the Jefferson County sulfur dioxide (SO2) nonattainment area (hereinafter referred to as the ``Jefferson County Area'' or ``Area'') to attainment for the 2010 1-hour SO2 primary national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) and to approve an accompanying state implementation plan (SIP) revision containing a maintenance plan for the Area. EPA is proposing to determine that the Jefferson County Area has attained the 2010 1-hour SO2 NAAQS; to approve the SIP revision containing the Commonwealth's plan for maintaining attainment of the 2010 1-hour SO2 standard and to incorporate the maintenance plan into the SIP; and to redesignate the Jefferson County Area to attainment for the 2010 1-hour SO2 NAAQS.
Approval and Limited Approval and Limited Disapproval of California Air Plan Revisions; San Diego County Air Pollution Control District; Stationary Source Permits
Document Number: 2020-09734
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-05-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing action on four permitting rules submitted as a revision to the San Diego County Air Pollution Control District (SDAPCD or ``District'') portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). We are proposing a limited approval and limited disapproval of one rule and proposing approval of the remaining three rules. These revisions concern the District's New Source Review (NSR) permitting program for new and modified sources of air pollution under section 110(a)(2)(C) and part D of title I of the Clean Air Act (CAA). This action updates the SDAPCD's applicable SIP with revised rules that the District has amended to address deficiencies identified in a previous conditional approval action. We are taking comments on this proposal and plan to follow with a final action.
Acequinocyl; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2020-09451
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-05-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of acequinocyl in or on the bushberry subgroup 13-07B. Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Isoxaben; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2020-08962
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-05-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of isoxaben in or on the caneberry subgroup 13-07A and hop, dried cones. Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Designation of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes; Indiana; Redesignation of the Muncie, Indiana Lead Nonattainment Area
Document Number: 2020-08874
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-05-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving the April 14, 2016, request from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) to redesignate the Muncie nonattainment area to attainment for the 2008 national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for lead. EPA is also approving the State's maintenance plan and attainment year emission inventory for lead. EPA is approving these actions in accordance with the Clean Air Act (CAA) and EPA's implementation regulations and guidance regarding the 2008 lead NAAQS.
Air Plan Approval; Nebraska; Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD)
Document Number: 2020-08760
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-05-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a revision to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of Nebraska that addresses the authority of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD). This action will amend the Nebraska SIP by removing a portion of the SIP that addresses the authority of LLCHD regarding the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) Program; specifically: Article 2. Section 19. Prevention of Significant Deterioration of Air Quality (PSD) Lincoln- Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD). This SIP revision will have no impact to air quality and eliminate confusion regarding the authority to issue PSD permits in Lancaster County.
Air Plan Approval; Virginia; Emissions Statement Certification for the 2015 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard
Document Number: 2020-08743
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-05-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Virginia (Virginia). The revision provides Virginia's certification that its existing emissions statement program satisfies the emissions statement requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the 2015 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). EPA is approving Virginia's emissions statement program certification for the 2015 ozone NAAQS as a SIP revision in accordance with the requirements of the CAA.
Air Plan Approval; Nebraska; Approval of State Implementation Plan and Operating Permits Program
Document Number: 2020-08654
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-05-15
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve the removal of Nebraska Administrative Code title 129, chapter 8, section 007.06 from Nebraska's State Implementation Plan (SIP) and title V provisions. Nebraska submitted this revision to the EPA on July 19, 2019. Title 129, chapter 8 contains Nebraska's operating permit program and is approved under title V and EPA's regulations. The EPA's approval of this action makes the State rule consistent with Federal regulations and strengthens the SIP and the title V program.
Request for Nominations of Experts To Augment the EPA's Science Advisory Board Radiation Advisory Committee for the Review of the EPA's Draft Multi-Agency Radiation Survey and Site Investigation Manual (MARSSIM) Revision 2
Document Number: 2020-10414
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office invites public nominations of technical experts to augment the SAB's Radiation Advisory Committee (RAC) to conduct a review on Revision 2 to the Multi-Agency Radiation Survey and Site Investigation Manual.
Pesticide Registration Review; Draft Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessments for Several Pesticides for Several Isothiazolinones; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2020-10376
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's draft human health and ecological risk assessments for the registration review of Methylisothiazolinone/Chloromethylisothiazolinone (MIT/CMIT), Octhilinone (OIT), Benzisothiazolin-3-one, 3(2H)-Isothiazolone (BIT), 1,2-Benzisothiazol-3(2H)-one,2-butyl (BBIT), and 3(2H)-isothiazolone, 4,5-dichloro-2-octyl- (DCOIT).
Fuels Regulatory Streamlining
Document Number: 2020-09337
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-05-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This action proposes to update the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) existing gasoline, diesel, and other fuels programs to improve overall compliance assurance and maintain environmental performance, while reducing compliance costs for industry and EPA. EPA is proposing to streamline its existing fuel quality regulations by removing expired provisions, eliminating redundant compliance provisions (e.g., duplicative registration requirements that are required by every EPA fuels program), removing unnecessary and out-of- date requirements, and replacing them with a single set of provisions and definitions that will apply across all gasoline, diesel, and other fuels programs that EPA currently regulates. This action does not propose to change the stringency of the existing fuel quality standards.
Air Plan Approval; GA; Revision to I/M Program
Document Number: 2020-09242
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-05-14
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 March 15, 2019, through the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GA DNR), Environmental Protection Division (GA EPD). The proposed changes are to remove obsolete references, clarify the State's inspection and maintenance (I/ M) requirements, and update terminology, including to reflect advances in technology. EPA has evaluated the SIP revision and has preliminarily determined the changes will not impact emissions under the Georgia I/M program. EPA is proposing to conclude that approval of the SIP revision will not interfere with attainment or maintenance of any national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) or with any other applicable requirement of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act). Therefore, EPA is proposing to determine that Georgia's March 15, 2019, SIP revision is consistent with the applicable provisions of the CAA.
Approval and Air Quality Implementation Plans; New Jersey; Infrastructure SIP for Interstate Transport Requirements for the Requirements for the 2006 PM10
Document Number: 2020-08646
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-05-14
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving the portions of New Jersey's State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submittal regarding infrastructure requirements for interstate transport of pollution with respect to the 2006 particulate matter of 10 microns ([mu]m) or less (PM10), 2008 lead, 2010 nitrogen dioxide (NO2), and 2011 carbon monoxide (CO) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).
Final Reissuance of NPDES General Permit for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations in Idaho (IDG010000)
Document Number: 2020-10227
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Director of the Water Division, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 10, is reissuing the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) located in Idaho, excluding facilities in Indian Country. The General Permit authorizes discharges of wastewater from CAFOs. The previous permit NPDES General Permit for CAFOs in Idaho expired on May 8, 2017. This permit will transfer to the State of Idaho in July 2020 as part of the phased implementation of Idaho's administration of the NPDES program. The EPA will remain the permitting authority for CAFO facilities located in Indian Country in Idaho.
Air Plan Approval; Missouri; Control of Emissions From Lithographic and Letterpress Printing Operations
Document Number: 2020-09915
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-05-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing approval of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by Missouri on January 14, 2019. Missouri requests that EPA approve into Missouri's SIP revisions to its rule related to control of emissions from lithographic and letterpress printing operations. The revisions remove the unnecessary use of restrictive words; add, replace and revise terms and definitions to match SIP-approved terms and definitions in Missouri's rule Definitions and Common Reference Tables; add a new printing category to the rule that provides consistency with the St. Louis area counterpart rule; and make other changes that are administrative in nature. The EPA's proposed approval of this rule revision is being done in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Air Plan Approval; Wisconsin; Redesignation of the Shoreline Sheboygan, WI Area to Attainment of the 2008 Ozone Standards
Document Number: 2020-09829
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-05-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to find that the Shoreline Sheboygan County, Wisconsin area is attaining the 2008 primary and secondary ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), and to act in accordance with a request from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) to redesignate the area to attainment for the 2008 ozone NAAQS because the request meets the statutory requirements for redesignation under the Clean Air Act (CAA). EPA is proposing to approve, as a revision to the Wisconsin State Implementation Plan (SIP), the State's plan for maintaining the 2008 ozone NAAQS through 2032 in the Shoreline Sheboygan area. EPA finds adequate and is proposing to approve Wisconsin's 2025 and 2032 volatile organic compound (VOC) and oxides of nitrogen (NOX) Motor Vehicle Emission Budgets (MVEBs) for the Shoreline Sheboygan area. EPA is also proposing to approve Wisconsin's VOC reasonably available control technology (RACT) SIP revisions. Finally, EPA is proposing to approve the Wisconsin SIP as meeting the applicable base year inventory requirement, emission statement requirements, VOC RACT requirements, motor vehicle inspection and maintenance (I/M) program requirements, and NOX RACT requirements.
Air Plan Approval; Oklahoma; Updates to the General SIP and New Source Review Permitting Requirements; Correction
Document Number: 2020-09550
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-05-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is correcting a final rule that was published in the Federal Register on April 10, 2020 which will be effective on May 11, 2020. The final rule approved revisions to the state implementation plan for Oklahoma (Oklahoma SIP) concerning the incorporation by reference of federal requirements, updates to the general SIP provisions, and updates to the New Source Review (NSR) permit programs to address public notice and modeling requirements, including certain statutory provisions. This correction does not change any final action taken by the EPA on April 10, 2020; today's action merely provides further clarification on the rulemaking citations for the Oklahoma SIP.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; New York; Reasonably Available Control Technology for the 2008 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards in the New York Metropolitan Area Moderate Nonattainment Area
Document Number: 2020-08860
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-05-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of New York for purposes of implementing Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) in the New York portion of the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island NY-NJ-CT nonattainment area (New York Metropolitan Area or NYMA) for the 2008 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) as it relates to major sources emitting oxides of nitrogen (NOX), control technique guidelines (CTG) for sources of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and non-CTG for major sources of VOCs. In addition, the EPA is approving portions of the SIP revision submitted by New York to address the 2008 ozone NAAQS that certify that the State has satisfied the requirements for an enhanced vehicle Inspection and Maintenance Program, an emissions statement program, and a nonattainment new source review program. The EPA is also approving New York's RACT plan as it applies to the CTG for industrial cleaning solvents and to solvent metal cleaning processes. This action is being taken in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act.
Withdrawal of Certain Federal Water Quality Criteria Applicable to Washington
Document Number: 2020-08497
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-05-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) is taking final action to amend the federal regulations to withdraw certain human health water quality criteria applicable to waters in the State of Washington. The EPA is taking this action because the State adopted, and the EPA approved, human health criteria that the Agency determined are protective of Washington's designated uses for its waters. In this action, the EPA is amending the federal regulations to withdraw those certain human health criteria applicable to Washington but promulgated by the Agency, as described in the August 6, 2019 proposed rule. The withdrawal will enable Washington to implement its EPA-approved human health criteria, submitted on August 1, 2016, and approved on May 10, 2019, as applicable criteria for Clean Water Act (CWA or the Act) purposes.
Vehicle Test Procedure Adjustments for Tier 3 Certification Test Fuel
Document Number: 2020-07202
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-05-13
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to make adjustments to certain laboratory tailpipe emission testing procedures for automobiles, light trucks, and heavy-duty pickup trucks and vans as the result of a test fuel change that was finalized as a part of EPA's 2014 Tier 3 vehicle emissions rule. In that rule, EPA changed its laboratory test fuel to be more similar to typical gasoline currently in use. In the Tier 3 Final Rulemaking, EPA required vehicle manufacturers to perform greenhouse gas (GHG) and CAFE fuel economy testing on the new Tier 3 test fuel, beginning for model year 2020 and later vehicles. Changes to the fuel used for emissions testing can result in a change in emission results on the tests. When we adopted the Tier 3 test fuel, we indicated that we intended to undertake rulemaking to re-align test results from GHG and CAFE fuel economy testing on the new Tier 3 test fuel so they are consistent with test results from testing on the original Tier 2 test fuel, in order to avoid an effective change in the stringency of the GHG and CAFE standards. Specifically, EPA is now proposing adjustment factors to apply to both vehicle GHG and fuel economy test results for the GHG and CAFE programs and the Fuel Economy and Environment Label. In addition, we propose that the shift to required use of the new fuel for all vehicle testing be phased in through Model Year 2024, but required in Model Year 2025. Because the purpose of the rule is simply to realign testing results in response to the test fuel change, there would be no significant costs associated with the proposed action.
Certain New Chemicals; Receipt and Status Information for March 2020
Document Number: 2020-10101
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-12
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 03/01/ 2020 to 03/31/2020.
Proposed Information Collection Requests; Comment Requests
Document Number: 2020-10097
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to submit the below listed information collection requests (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). Before doing so, EPA is soliciting public comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collections as described below. These are proposed extensions of 24 currently approved ICRs. 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; Massachusetts; Infrastructure State Implementation Plan Requirements for the 2015 Ozone Standard; Withdrawal of Direct Final Rule
Document Number: 2020-09904
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-05-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Due to the receipt of an adverse comment, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is withdrawing the March 13, 2020 direct final rule approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Massachusetts' SIP revision approved the infrastructure requirements to demonstrate the Commonwealth has the necessary resources to comply with the 2015 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard. This action is being taken in accordance with the Clean Air Act.
Clean Air Plans; 2006 Fine Particulate Matter Nonattainment Area Requirements; San Joaquin Valley, California
Document Number: 2020-09731
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-05-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or ``Agency'') proposes to approve through parallel processing a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of California to meet Clean Air Act (CAA or ``Act'') requirements for the 2006 fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS or ``standards'') in the San Joaquin Valley Serious nonattainment area. Specifically, the EPA proposes to approve through parallel processing the ``Revision to the California State Implementation Plan for PM2.5 Standards in the San Joaquin Valley'' (``PM2.5 Prior Commitment Revision'' or ``Revision''). We also propose to find that the State has complied with this commitment.
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List: Partial Deletion of the Omaha Lead Superfund Site
Document Number: 2020-09681
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-05-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 is issuing a Notice of Intent to Delete 117 residential parcels of the Omaha Lead Superfund site (Site or OLS) located in Omaha, Nebraska, 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 Nebraska, through the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy, determined that all appropriate Response Actions under CERCLA were completed at the identified parcels. However, this deletion does not preclude future actions under CERCLA. This partial deletion pertains to 117 residential parcels. The remaining parcels will remain on the NPL and are not being considered for deletion as part of this action.
Improvements for Heavy-Duty Engine and Vehicle Test Procedures, and Other Technical Amendments
Document Number: 2020-05963
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-05-12
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing changes to the test procedures for heavy-duty engines and vehicles to improve accuracy and reduce testing burden. EPA is also proposing other regulatory amendments concerning light-duty vehicles, heavy-duty vehicles, highway motorcycles, locomotives, marine engines, other nonroad engines and vehicles, stationary engines. These would affect the certification procedures for exhaust emission standards, and related requirements. EPA is proposing similar amendments for evaporative emission standards for nonroad equipment and portable fuel containers. These amendments would increase compliance flexibility, harmonize with other requirements, add clarity, correct errors, and streamline the regulations. Given the nature of the proposed changes, they would have neither significant environmental impacts nor significant economic impacts for any sector.
Notice of Availability of Draft NPDES Aquaculture General Permit (AQUAGP) for Concentrated Aquatic Animal Production (CAAP) Facilities and Other Related Facilities in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont
Document Number: 2020-10011
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-11
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Director of the Water Division, U.S. Environmental Protection AgencyRegion 1 (EPA), is providing a Notice of Availability for the Draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Aquaculture General Permit (AQUAGP) for discharges from Concentrated Aquatic Animal Production (CAAP) facilities and other related facilities to certain waters of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, State of New Hampshire, and State of Vermont (federal facilities only). This Draft NPDES AQUAGP (``Draft General Permit'') establishes effluent limitations and requirements, effluent and ambient monitoring requirements, reporting requirements, and standard conditions for 14 eligible industrial facilities currently covered by individual NPDES permits, 7 in Massachusetts, 5 in New Hampshire, and 2 in Vermont. The Draft General Permit is available on EPA Region 1's website at https://www.epa.gov/npdes-permits/region-1-draft- aquaculture-general-permit. The Fact Sheet for the Draft General Permit sets forth principal facts and the significant factual, legal, methodological, and policy questions considered in the development of the Draft General Permit and is also available at this website.
EPA Board of Scientific Counselors; Notice of Charter Renewal
Document Number: 2020-09875
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Notice of Arrival of Pesticides and Devices Under Section 17(c) of FIFRA; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-09860
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-08
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: ``Notice of Arrival of Pesticides and Devices under section 17(c) of FIFRA'' and identified by EPA ICR No. 0152.13 and OMB Control No. 2070-0020, 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.
Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2020-09859
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Air Plan Approval; California; Feather River Air Quality Management District
Document Number: 2020-09733
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-05-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a revision to the Feather River Air Quality Management District (FRAQMD or ``District'') portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). This revision concerns emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from vehicle and mobile equipment coating operations. We are proposing to approve a local rule to regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the ``Act''). We are taking comments on this proposal and plan to follow with a final action.
Tentative Determination To Approve Site Specific Flexibility for the Cocopah Landfill
Document Number: 2020-09241
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-05-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making a tentative determination to approve two Site Specific Flexibility Requests (SSFRs) from Cocopah Landfill, Inc. (CLI), a Republic Services (Republic) company, to close and monitor the Cocopah Landfill. The Cocopah Landfill is located within Indian Country on the Cocopah Indian Reservation near Somerton, Arizona and was operated by Republic and its predecessors from the 1960's to the present. Republic is seeking approval from EPA for an alternative final cover and an alternative location for the storage of facility records. EPA is now seeking public comment on EPA's tentative determination to approve the SSFRs. EPA will consider timely comments before making a final determination.
Receipt of a Pesticide Petition Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities
Document Number: 2020-09165
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-05-08
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document announces the Agency's receipt of an initial filing of a pesticide petition requesting the establishment or modification of regulations for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities.
Ambient Air Monitoring Reference and Equivalent Methods; Designation of One New Equivalent Method
Document Number: 2020-09704
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-07
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated one new equivalent method for measuring concentrations of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in ambient air.
Clean Air Act Operating Permit Program; Petition for Objection to State Operating Permit for the U.S. Department of Energy-Hanford Operations, Benton County, Washington
Document Number: 2020-09619
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-06
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator signed an Order, dated February 19, 2020, denying a petition dated July 18, 2019, filed by Mr. Bill Green of Richland, Washington. The Petition requested that the EPA object to a Clean Air Act (CAA) title V operating permit (Permit No. 00-05-006, Renewal 3) issued by the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) to the U.S. Department of EnergyHanford Operations (DOE) for the Hanford site located in Benton County, Washington.