Administrative practice and procedure

Air Plan Approval and Limited Approval-Limited Disapproval; California; Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District; Stationary Source Permits; New Source Review

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing approval, and a limited approval and limited disapproval of a revision to the Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District (AVAQMD or ``District'') portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). The EPA is proposing to take action on nine rules submitted on August 3, 2021. We are proposing approval of three rules, and limited approval and limited disapproval of six rules.

Publication Date: 
Monday, January 30, 2023 - 4:00am

Reconsideration of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter

Based on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) reconsideration of the air quality criteria and the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter (PM), the EPA proposes to revise the primary annual PM<INF>2.5</INF> standard by lowering the level. The Agency proposes to retain the current primary 24-hour PM<INF>2.5</INF> standard and the primary 24-hour PM<INF>10</INF> standard.

Publication Date: 
Friday, January 27, 2023 - 4:00am

Air Plan Approval; IA; Electronic Submittal of Air Quality Information

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the Iowa State Implementation Plan (SIP) and the Operating Permit Program for the State of Iowa. The revisions require the electronic submittal of air emissions reporting, construction permit applications, and Title V permit applications, and make administrative updates. These revisions do not impact the stringency of the SIP or have an adverse effect on air quality. The EPA's proposed approval of this rule revision is being done in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

Publication Date: 
Tuesday, January 24, 2023 - 4:00am

Control of Air Pollution From New Motor Vehicles: Heavy-Duty Engine and Vehicle Standards

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing a program to further reduce air pollution, including ozone and particulate matter (PM), from heavy-duty engines and vehicles across the United States. The final program includes new emission standards that are significantly more stringent and that cover a wider range of heavy-duty engine operating conditions compared to today's standards; further, the final program requires these more stringent emissions standards to be met for a longer period of when these engines operate on the road.

Publication Date: 
Tuesday, January 24, 2023 - 4:00am

Finding of Failure To Submit State Implementation Plan Revisions Required Under Clean Air Act Section 185; California; Sacramento Metro Area

The EPA is taking final action finding that the state of California has failed to submit state implementation plan (SIP) revisions for the Sacramento Metro nonattainment area to satisfy certain requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the 2008 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). Specifically, these requirements pertain to the assessment and collection of fees under CAA section 185. This action triggers certain CAA deadlines for the imposition of sanctions if California does not submit the required SIP revisions within the specified timeframes.

Publication Date: 
Tuesday, January 17, 2023 - 4:00am

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plan; Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve amendments to the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut (the Mohegan Tribe, Mohegans, or the Tribe) Tribal Implementation Plan (TIP) under the Clean Air Act (CAA) to regulate air pollution within the exterior boundaries of the Tribe's reservation. EPA approved the Tribe for treatment in the same manner as a State (Treatment as State or TAS) for purposes of administering New Source Review (NSR) under the CAA on December 26, 2006.

Publication Date: 
Friday, January 13, 2023 - 4:00am

Approval of the Clean Air Act, Authority for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Asbestos Management and Control; State of New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve the amended ``Env-Sw 2100: Management and Control of Asbestos Sites Not Operated after July 9, 1981,'' effective September 1, 2018 (``amended Asbestos Disposal Site Rule'') in place of the National Emission Standard for Asbestos (``Asbestos NESHAP'') provisions for inactive waste disposal sites not operated after July 9, 1981 submitted by the State of New Hampshire.

Publication Date: 
Thursday, January 12, 2023 - 4:00am

Determination of Attainment by the Attainment Date, Clean Data Determination, and Approval of Base Year Emissions Inventory for the Imperial County, California Nonattainment Area for the 2012 Annual Fine Particulate Matter NAAQS

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is determining that the Imperial County, California fine particulate matter (PM<INF>2.5</INF>) nonattainment area (``Imperial PM<INF>2.5</INF> nonattainment area'') attained the 2012 annual PM<INF>2.5</INF> national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS or ``standard'') by its December 31, 2021 ``Moderate'' area attainment date. This determination is based upon ambient air quality monitoring data from 2019 through 2021.

Publication Date: 
Wednesday, January 11, 2023 - 4:00am

Civil Monetary Penalty Inflation Adjustment

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is promulgating this final rule to adjust the level of the maximum (and minimum) statutory civil monetary penalty amounts under the statutes the EPA administers. This action is mandated by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended through the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (``the 2015 Act'').

Publication Date: 
Friday, January 6, 2023 - 4:00am

Finding of Failure To Attain and Reclassification of Las Vegas Area as Moderate for the 2015 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) is determining that the Las Vegas, Nevada nonattainment area (``Las Vegas'') failed to attain the 2015 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) by the applicable attainment date. The effect of failing to attain by the applicable attainment date is that Las Vegas is being reclassified by operation of law as ``Moderate'' nonattainment for the 2015 ozone NAAQS on January 5, 2023, the effective date of this final rule.

Publication Date: 
Thursday, January 5, 2023 - 4:00am

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