Federal Register Notices

E.g., 09/23/2021
E.g., 09/23/2021
Publication Date: 
Friday, September 10, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve revisions to the Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District (AVAQMD), Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District (EKAPCD), and Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District (YSAQMD) portions of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NO<INF>X</INF>) from boilers, steam generating units, process heaters, and stationary internal combustion engines. We are approving local rules that regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the ``Act'').

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, September 9, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The State of Tennessee (Tennessee or State) has applied to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for final approval of revisions to its Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Program (Petroleum UST Program) under subtitle I of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Pursuant to RCRA, the EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the Tennessee Petroleum UST Program. This action is based on the EPA's determination that the State's revisions satisfy all requirements for UST program approval. This action also proposes to codify Tennessee's revised Petroleum UST Program and to incorporate by reference the State statutes and regulations that we have determined meet the requirements for approval.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, September 8, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``NESHAP for Inorganic Arsenic Emissions from Glass Manufacturing Plants (EPA ICR Number 1081.13, OMB Control Number 2060-0043), to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through December 31, 2021. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register on February 8, 2021 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. An agency may neither conduct nor sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, September 8, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), NSPS for Hot Mix Asphalt Facilities (EPA ICR Number 1127.13, OMB Control Number 2060-0083), 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 December 31, 2021. Public comments were previously requested, via the Federal Register, on February 8, 2021 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. An agency may neither conduct nor sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, September 8, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting information and requesting comments to assist in the potential development of regulations for pyrolysis and gasification units that are used to convert solid or semi-solid feedstocks, including solid waste (e.g., municipal solid waste, commercial and industrial waste, hospital/medical/infectious waste, sewage sludge, other solid waste), biomass, plastics, tires, and organic contaminants in soils and oily sludges to useful products such as energy, fuels and chemical commodities. Pyrolysis and gasification are often described as heat induced thermal decomposition processes. Through recent requests for applicability determinations, it appears that pyrolysis and gasification processes are more widely being used to convert waste into useful products or energy.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, September 7, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), NSPS for Petroleum Refineries (EPA ICR Number 1054.14, OMB Control Number 2060-0022), 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 December 31, 2021. Public comments were previously requested, via the Federal Register, on February 8, 2021 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. An agency may neither conduct nor sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, September 3, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to determine that the Allegheny County, Pennsylvania nonattainment area has clean data for the 2012 annual fine particulate matter (PM<INF>2.5</INF>) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). This proposed clean data determination (CDD) under EPA's Clean Data Policy is based upon quality-assured, quality-controlled, and certified ambient air quality monitoring data showing that the area has attained the 2012 PM<INF>2.5</INF> NAAQS based on 2018-2020 data available in EPA's Air Quality System (AQS) database. Based on the proposed clean data determination, EPA is also proposing to determine that the requirements for Pennsylvania to make submissions to meet certain Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act) requirements related to attainment of the NAAQS for this area are not applicable for as long as the area continues to attain the 2012 annual PM<INF>2.5</INF> NAAQS. This action is being taken under the CAA.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, August 31, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a regional haze state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the District of Columbia (``the District'' or ``DC'') through the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) on November 8, 2019, as satisfying applicable requirements under the Clean Air Act (CAA) and EPA's Regional Haze Rule (RHR) for the program's second implementation period. The District's SIP submission addressed the requirement that states must periodically revise their long-term strategies for making reasonable progress towards the national goal of preventing any future, and remedying any existing, anthropogenic impairment of visibility in mandatory Class I Federal Areas, including regional haze. EPA is taking this action pursuant to sections 110 and 169A of the CAA. EPA is also correcting an error in the citations in our previous final approval of the District's revision to the Reasonably Available Control Technology for Major Stationary Sources of Nitrogen Oxides Rule (``DC NOx RACT rule'') according to our authority under section 110(k)(6) of the CAA.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, September 3, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a proposed rule in the Federal Register on August 2, 2021. The revisions contain amendments to the State of North Dakota's Air Pollution Control Regulations and to the State's Legal Authority. The August 2, 2021 published rule had the incorrect docket number. This published rule corrects the docket number for the August 2, 2021 rulemaking.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, September 3, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve the Clean Air Act (CAA) state plan revision for existing large and small municipal waste combustors (MWCs) submitted by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) on October 1, 2018. The revised state plan incorporates wood residue combustion fuel quality standards and test methods at MWC facilities that process and combust construction and demolition debris.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, September 3, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving the state plan submitted by New York State to implement and enforce Emission Guidelines (EG) for existing large municipal waste combustor (MWC) units. The state plan is consistent with the amended EG promulgated by the EPA on May 10, 2006. New York's plan establishes emission limits and other requirements for the purpose of reducing emissions of lead, mercury, cadmium, organics, hydrogen chloride, and other air pollutants from large MWC units throughout the state. New York submitted its plan to fulfill the requirements of certain sections of the Clean Air Act.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, September 3, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

In accordance with the Clean Air Act, as amended (CAA or the Act), notice is given of a proposed settlement agreement in the administrative enforcement action brought by the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Air Enforcement (New Jersey), against the Edison facility owned and operated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2. In November 2019, New Jersey conducted an inspection of EPA's Edison facility and found several state law violations related to its boilers and emergency generators. EPA worked with New Jersey to bring the boilers and generators back into full compliance by the end of 2020. A draft administrative settlement agreement between EPA and New Jersey that would fully resolve the matter through EPA paying a $8,600 penalty is here proposed and is ready for public notice and comment.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, September 2, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve the Eagle River, Alaska (AK) limited maintenance plan (LMP) submitted on November 10, 2020, by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC or ``the State''). This plan addresses the second 10-year maintenance period after redesignation for particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter less than or equal to a nominal 10 micrometers (PM<INF>10</INF>). An LMP is used to meet Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements for formerly designated nonattainment areas that meet certain qualification criteria. The EPA is proposing to determine that Alaska's submittal meets the CAA requirements. The plan relies upon control measures contained in the first 10-year maintenance plan and the determination that the Eagle River area currently monitors PM<INF>10</INF> levels well below the PM<INF>10</INF> National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS or ``the standard'').

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, August 31, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a regional haze state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the District of Columbia (``the District'' or ``DC'') through the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) on November 8, 2019, as satisfying applicable requirements under the Clean Air Act (CAA) and EPA's Regional Haze Rule (RHR) for the program's second implementation period. The District's SIP submission addressed the requirement that states must periodically revise their long-term strategies for making reasonable progress towards the national goal of preventing any future, and remedying any existing, anthropogenic impairment of visibility in mandatory Class I Federal Areas, including regional haze. EPA is taking this action pursuant to sections 110 and 169A of the CAA. EPA is also correcting an error in the citations in our previous final approval of the District's revision to the Reasonably Available Control Technology for Major Stationary Sources of Nitrogen Oxides Rule (``DC NOx RACT rule'') according to our authority under section 110(k)(6) of the CAA.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, September 2, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving elements of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of New York to demonstrate that the State meets the requirements of certain sections of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the 2015 ozone National Ambient Air Standards (NAAQS).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, September 2, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator signed an Order dated August 9, 2021, granting in part and denying in part a Petition dated April 11, 2017 from the Environmental Integrity Project and Sierra Club. The Petition requested that the EPA object to a Clean Air Act (CAA) title V operating permit issued by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to Blanchard Refining Company (Blanchard) for its Galveston Bay Refinery located in Galveston County, Texas.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, September 2, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

Pursuant to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA or Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the State of Kansas's Underground Storage Tank (UST) program submitted by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). This action is based on the EPA's determination that these revisions satisfy all requirements needed for program approval. This action also proposes to codify EPA's approval of Kansas's State program and incorporate by reference those provisions of the State regulations that we have determined meet the requirements for approval. The provisions will be subject to EPA's inspection and enforcement authorities under sections 9005 and 9006 of RCRA Subtitle I and other applicable statutory and regulatory provisions.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, August 31, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a regional haze state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the District of Columbia (``the District'' or ``DC'') through the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) on November 8, 2019, as satisfying applicable requirements under the Clean Air Act (CAA) and EPA's Regional Haze Rule (RHR) for the program's second implementation period. The District's SIP submission addressed the requirement that states must periodically revise their long-term strategies for making reasonable progress towards the national goal of preventing any future, and remedying any existing, anthropogenic impairment of visibility in mandatory Class I Federal Areas, including regional haze. EPA is taking this action pursuant to sections 110 and 169A of the CAA. EPA is also correcting an error in the citations in our previous final approval of the District's revision to the Reasonably Available Control Technology for Major Stationary Sources of Nitrogen Oxides Rule (``DC NOx RACT rule'') according to our authority under section 110(k)(6) of the CAA.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, September 1, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes to take action on portions of four state implementation plan (SIP) revisions submitted by California to address Clean Air Act (CAA or ``Act'') requirements for the 2012 fine particulate matter (PM<INF>2.5</INF>) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS or ``standards'') and for the 2006 PM<INF>2.5</INF> NAAQS in the San Joaquin Valley (SJV) PM<INF>2.5</INF> nonattainment area. Specifically, the EPA proposes to approve all but the contingency measure element of the submitted Moderate area plan for the 2012 PM<INF>2.5</INF> NAAQS, as updated by the submitted Serious area plan and related Valley State SIP Strategy, as meeting all applicable Moderate area plan requirements for the 2012 PM<INF>2.5</INF> NAAQS and to approve 2022 motor vehicle emissions budgets for use in transportation conformity analyses for the 2012 PM<INF>2.5</INF> NAAQS. The EPA proposes to disapprove the contingency measure element with respect to the ``Moderate'' area requirements for the 2012 PM<INF>2.5</INF> NAAQS. The EPA also proposes to reclassify the SJV PM<INF>2.5</INF> nonattainment area, including reservation areas of Indian country and any other area of Indian country within it where the EPA or a tribe has demonstrated that the tribe has jurisdiction, as a ``Serious'' nonattainment area for the 2012 PM<INF>2.5</INF> NAAQS based on the EPA's determination that the area cannot practicably attain the standard by the applicable Moderate area attainment date of December 31, 2021. Upon final reclassification of the SJV as a Serious area for this NAAQS, California would be required to submit a Serious area plan for the area that includes a demonstration of attainment by the applicable Serious area attainment date, which is no later than December 31, 2025, or by the most expeditious alternative date practicable. However, we note that California has already submitted such Serious area plan that the EPA will address in a separate rulemaking. Lastly, the EPA is proposing to disapprove the contingency measure element in the Serious area plan for the 2006 PM<INF>2.5</INF> NAAQS.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, August 31, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a regional haze state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the District of Columbia (``the District'' or ``DC'') through the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) on November 8, 2019, as satisfying applicable requirements under the Clean Air Act (CAA) and EPA's Regional Haze Rule (RHR) for the program's second implementation period. The District's SIP submission addressed the requirement that states must periodically revise their long-term strategies for making reasonable progress towards the national goal of preventing any future, and remedying any existing, anthropogenic impairment of visibility in mandatory Class I Federal Areas, including regional haze. EPA is taking this action pursuant to sections 110 and 169A of the CAA. EPA is also correcting an error in the citations in our previous final approval of the District's revision to the Reasonably Available Control Technology for Major Stationary Sources of Nitrogen Oxides Rule (``DC NOx RACT rule'') according to our authority under section 110(k)(6) of the CAA.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, August 31, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ``Part 70 State Operating Permit Program (Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 1587.15, OMB Control No. 2060-0243) 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. This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through April 30, 2022. An Agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, August 30, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Clean Air Act (CAA) requires each State Implementation Plan (SIP) to contain adequate provisions prohibiting emissions that will have certain adverse air quality effects in other states. The State of Connecticut made a submission to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address these requirements for the 2015 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). EPA is proposing to approve the submission as meeting the requirement that each SIP contain adequate provisions to prohibit emissions that will significantly contribute to nonattainment or interfere with maintenance of the 2015 ozone NAAQS in any other state.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, August 30, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) has submitted updated regulations for receiving delegation and approval of its program for the implementation and enforcement of certain National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP), as provided for under previously approved delegation mechanisms. The updated state regulations incorporate by reference certain NESHAP promulgated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as they existed through June 30, 2019. The EPA is proposing to approve ODEQ's requested delegation update. The proposed delegation of authority under this action applies to sources located in certain areas of Indian country as discussed herein.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, August 25, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a revision to the Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District (EKAPCD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP) concerning the EKAPCD's demonstration regarding reasonably available control technology (RACT) requirements and negative declarations for the 2008 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS or ``standards'') in the portion of the Kern County nonattainment area under the jurisdiction of EKAPCD. We are proposing action on a SIP revision under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act). We are taking comments on this proposal and plan to follow with a final action.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, August 23, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a revision to New York's section 111(d) state plan (the ``State Plan'') for Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) landfills, pursuant to the Clean Air Act (``CAA'' or the ``Act''). The State Plan revision consists of amendments to ``Landfill Gas Collection and Control Systems for Certain Municipal Solid Waste Landfills,'' as well as attendant revisions to the ``General Provisions.'' New York has implemented this regulation to incorporate by reference the revised Emission Guideline (EG) promulgated by the EPA for existing MSW landfills on August 29, 2016. The purpose of the revised Emission Guideline is to reduce emissions of landfill gas containing Non-methane Organic Compounds (NMOC) and methane by lowering the emission threshold at which an existing MSW landfill must install and operate a Gas Collection and Control System (GCCS). The emissions threshold reduction will address air emissions from all affected MSW landfills, including NMOC and methane. The reduction of emissions will improve air quality and protect the public health from exposure to landfill gas emissions.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, August 23, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a limited approval and limited disapproval of a revision to the Amador Air District's (AAD or ``District'') portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). This revision governs the District's issuance of permits for stationary sources, and focuses on the preconstruction review and permitting of major sources and major modifications under part D of title I of the Clean Air Act (CAA or ``the Act''). We are taking comments on this proposal and plan to follow with a final action.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, August 23, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency is taking final action to revise regulations governing the production and import of class I ozone-depleting substances in the United States to indefinitely extend the global essential laboratory and analytical use exemption. This exemption currently expires on December 31, 2021, and this final action allows for continued production and import of class I substances in the United States solely for laboratory and analytical uses that have not been identified by the Environmental Protection Agency as nonessential. This final action is taken under the Clean Air Act, and is consistent with a decision by the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer to extend the global laboratory and analytical use exemption indefinitely beyond 2021. The proposed rule associated with this final action was published on August 7, 2020, and we received no adverse comments.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, August 19, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

Pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve the CAA section 111(d)/129 state plan submitted by the State of Texas for sources subject to the Other Solid Waste Incineration Units (OSWI) Emission Guidelines (EG). The Texas OSWI plan was submitted to fulfill state obligations under CAA section 111(d)/129 to implement and enforce the requirements under the OSWI EG. The EPA is proposing to approve the state plan in part and amend the agency regulations in accordance with the requirements of the CAA.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, August 18, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a revision to the Washington State Implementation Plan (SIP) pertaining to adoption by reference of a Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) program by the State of Washington. The Clean Air Act (CAA) grants authority to the EPA to adopt federal standards relating to the control of emissions from new motor vehicles, and generally preempts states from doing so. However, the CAA provides California the ability to adopt and enforce its own new motor vehicle emission standards, as long as the EPA approves California's standards via a preemption waiver. The CAA also allows other states to adopt California's new motor vehicle emission standards for which the EPA has granted such a waiver providing other relevant criteria are met. Washington adopted California's LEV emission standards in 2005, effective with new vehicles sold in model year 2009. Washington subsequently amended its new motor vehicle emissions program to incorporate California's LEV updates to its program. The purpose of this SIP revision is to implement programs to reduce vehicle emissions that contribute to formation of ground level ozone and fine particulate matter. Washington did not submit provisions related to greenhouse gas emissions from new motor vehicles or zero-emission vehicles requirements for inclusion in the SIP. The EPA is proposing to approve Washington's LEV SIP revision, as it relates to criteria pollutants, in accordance with the requirements of the CAA.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, August 17, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to make a determination that the St. Clair sulfur dioxide (SO<INF>2</INF>) nonattainment area has attained the 2010 primary SO<INF>2</INF> National Ambient Air Quality Standard (2010 SO<INF>2</INF> NAAQS). If finalized, this determination would suspend certain requirements for the nonattainment area for as long as the area continues to attain the 2010 SO<INF>2</INF> NAAQS.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, August 17, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Rhode Island. This revision addresses the infrastructure requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) for the 2015 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). This proposed action includes all elements of these infrastructure requirements except for portions of the ``Good Neighbor'' or ``transport'' provisions, which will be addressed in a future action. The infrastructure requirements are designed to ensure that the structural components of each state's air quality management program are adequate to meet the state's responsibilities under the CAA. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, August 17, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving state implementation plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of Tennessee, through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), through letters dated February 26, 2020. Specifically, EPA is approving the removal of Tennessee's motor vehicle inspection and maintenance (I/M) program requirements for Davidson, Sumner, Rutherford, Williamson and Wilson Counties in Tennessee (also known as the Middle Tennessee Area) and Hamilton County (also known as the Chattanooga Area), from the federally-approved SIP. EPA is approving the February 26, 2020, SIP revisions to remove the I/M program requirements for the aforementioned areas from the federally- approved SIP because Tennessee's requests are consistent with the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) and applicable regulations.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, August 16, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has notified EPA that it has adopted amendments to its large spark-ignition engines fleets regulation (LSI amendments). By letter dated March 15, 2021, CARB asked that EPA issue a full authorization for the accompanying enforcement provisions contained in their LSI amendments adopted in 2016. This notice announces that EPA has tentatively scheduled a public hearing to consider California's authorization request for the LSI amendments, and that EPA is now accepting written comment on the request.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, August 13, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

Under the Clean Air Act (CAA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to grant requests by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to reclassify three nonattainment areas in California from ``Moderate'' to ``Serious'' for the 2015 ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). These three areas are herein referred to as the Eastern Kern, Sacramento Metro, and Western Nevada nonattainment areas. In connection with the reclassification, the EPA is proposing to establish deadlines for submittal of revisions to the Eastern Kern, Sacramento Metro, and Western Nevada portions of the California state implementation plan (SIP) to meet additional requirements for Serious ozone nonattainment areas.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, August 13, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), Data Reporting Requirements for State and Local Vehicle Emission Inspection and Maintenance (I/M) Programs (EPA ICR Number 1613.07, OMB Control Number 2060-0252) 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 October 31, 2021. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register on March 1, 2021, which included a 60-day comment period ending on April 30, 2021. 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.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, August 13, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), Federal Implementation Plans under the Clean Air Act for Indian Reservations in Idaho, Oregon and Washington (EPA ICR Number 2020.08, OMB Control Number 2060-0558), 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 August 31, 2021. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register on February 12, 2021 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. An agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, August 13, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), NESHAP for Natural Gas Transmission and Storage (EPA ICR Number 1789.11, OMB Control Number 2060-0418), 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 October 31, 2021. Public comments were previously requested, via the Federal Register, on February 8, 2021 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. An agency may neither conduct nor sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, August 13, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), NSPS for Polymeric Coating of Supporting Substrates Facilities (EPA ICR Number 1284.12, OMB Control Number 2060-0181), 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 October 31, 2021. Public comments were previously requested, via the Federal Register, on February 8, 2021 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. An agency may neither conduct nor sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, August 13, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), NSPS for Sulfuric Acid Plants (EPA ICR Number 1057.15, OMB Control Number 2060-0041), 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 October 31, 2021. Public comments were previously requested, via the Federal Register, on February 8, 2021 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. An agency may neither conduct nor sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, August 16, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ``Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) Rebate Program'' (EPA ICR No. 2461.04, OMB Control No. 2060-0686) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act . Before doing so, EPA is soliciting public comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below. This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through April 30, 2022. An Agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, August 11, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve the Juneau, Mendenhall Valley, Alaska (AK) limited maintenance plan (LMP) submitted on November 10, 2020, by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC or ``the State''). This plan addresses the second 10-year maintenance period beyond redesignation for particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter less than or equal to a nominal 10 micrometers (PM<INF>10</INF>). A LMP is used to meet Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements for formerly designated nonattainment areas that meet certain qualification criteria. The EPA is proposing to determine that Alaska's LMP meets CAA requirements. The plan relies upon control measures contained in the first 10-year maintenance plan and the determination that the Mendenhall Valley area currently monitors PM<INF>10</INF> levels well below the PM<INF>10</INF> National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS or ``the standard'').

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, August 12, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator signed an Order dated July 20, 2021, granting in part and denying in part a Petition dated April 4, 2017 from the Environmental Integrity Project and Sierra Club. The Petition requested that the EPA object to a Clean Air Act (CAA) title V operating permit issued by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to BP Amoco Chemical Company (BP Amoco) for its Texas City Chemical Plant located in Galveston County, Texas.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, August 10, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing approval of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by Missouri on January 19, 2021. Missouri requests that the EPA approve into Missouri's SIP revisions to its rule related to control of emissions from Batch-Type Charcoal Kilns. These revisions correct an erroneous reference, update, correct and clarify references to test methods, remove unnecessary words, and make other grammatical and typographical corrections. These revisions are administrative in nature and do not impact the stringency of the SIP or have an adverse impact to 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).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, August 10, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing approval of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by Missouri on January 19, 2021. Missouri requests that the EPA approve into Missouri's SIP revisions to its rule related to the restriction of particulate matter emissions from fuel burning equipment used for indirect heating. These revisions add incorporation by reference information, remove unnecessary words, and make other editorial changes for clarity. The EPA believes that the revisions are administrative in nature, do not impact the stringency of the SIP and do not adversely impact 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).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, August 10, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to revise the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for light-duty vehicles for 2023 and later model years to make the standards more stringent. On January 20, 2021, President Biden issued Executive Order 13990 ``Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science To Tackle the Climate Crisis'' directing EPA to consider whether to propose suspending, revising, or rescinding the standards previously revised under the ``The Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule for Model Years 2021-2026 Passenger Cars and Light Trucks,'' promulgated in April 2020. The SAFE rule significantly weakened the standards established in 2012, which in part set GHG standards for model years 2021-25. EPA believes that in light of the significant contribution of light-duty vehicles to transportation sector GHG emissions, standards more stringent than those relaxed in the SAFE rule are appropriate under the Clean Air Act. EPA is proposing to revise the GHG standards to be more stringent than the SAFE rule standards in each model year from 2023 through 2026. EPA is also proposing to include several flexibilities to incentivize the production and sale of vehicles with zero and near-zero emissions technology to reduce compliance costs and to address the lead time of the proposed standards. In addition, EPA is proposing some technical amendments to clarify and streamline our regulations. Compliance with the proposed standards would be feasible at reasonable costs to manufacturers. The proposed revised standards would result in significant benefits for public health and welfare, primarily through substantial reductions in both GHG emissions and fuel consumption and associated fuel costs paid by drivers, and the benefits of the proposed standards would be far in excess of costs.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, August 9, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing approval of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by Missouri on January 19, 2021. Missouri requests that the EPA approve into Missouri's SIP revisions to its rule related to control of emissions from batch process operations. These revisions update references to the appropriate state rule for New Source Performance Regulations. These revisions are administrative in nature and do not reduce the stringency of the SIP or have an adverse impact to 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).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, August 9, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a revision to the State of Nevada's state implementation plan (SIP) for Clark County. The revision consists of an update to certain elements of the maintenance plan for the Clark County air quality planning area for the 1997 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS or ``standards''), including certain emissions inventories and motor vehicle emissions budgets. The EPA is proposing to approve the SIP revision because the Clark County ozone maintenance plan, as revised, continues to provide for maintenance of the 1997 ozone NAAQS and will not interfere with attainment or reasonable further progress of the other NAAQS, and the motor vehicle emissions budgets meet the applicable transportation conformity requirements.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, August 9, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a virtual public hearing to be held August 25, 2021, on its proposal for the ``Revised 2023 and Later Model Year Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards,'' which was signed on July 29, 2021. An additional session will be held on August 26th if necessary, to accommodate the number of testifiers that sign-up to testify. EPA is proposing to revise the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for light-duty vehicles for 2023 and later model years to make the standards more stringent.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, August 4, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of South Carolina, through the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC or Department), on April 24, 2020. The SIP revision updates the definition of ``Spec. Oil (Specification Oil)'' and makes minor updates to formatting and numbering. EPA is proposing to approve this revision pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) and implementing federal regulations.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, August 4, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

On June 30, 2021, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator signed an Order denying a petition dated June 13, 2019 (the Petition) from Gasp (Petitioner). The Petition requested that EPA object to a Clean Air Act (CAA) title V operating permit issued to Drummond Coke for its ABC Coke Plant located in Jefferson County, Alabama. The title V operating permit was issued by the Jefferson County Department of Health (JCDH) with a final permit number 4-07- 0001-04. The Order constitutes a final action on the Petition.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, August 4, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator signed an Order, dated May 10, 2021, granting in part and denying in part a petition dated February 4, 2020, filed by EarthJustice, on behalf of Cully Air Action Team, Portland Clean Air, Oregon Environmental Council, and Verde. The Petition requested that the EPA object to a final operating permit No. 26-1876-TV-01 issued by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) to the Owens Brockway Glass Container Inc. facility located in Portland, Oregon.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, August 3, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is updating the regulatory materials incorporated by reference into the Washington State Implementation Plan (SIP). The regulations addressed in this action were previously submitted by the Washington Department of Ecology and approved by the EPA in prior rulemakings. This action is an administrative change that updates the SIP materials available for public inspection at the National Archives and Records Administration and the EPA Regional Office.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, August 2, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a Nevada State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Nevada Department of Environmental Protection (NDEP). On September 27, 2010, the EPA redesignated the Las Vegas Valley area from nonattainment to attainment for the carbon monoxide (CO) national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS or ``standard'') and approved the State's CO maintenance plan ensuring the area would maintain the NAAQS for ten years through 2020. On June 18, 2019, NDEP submitted to the EPA a second 10-year limited maintenance plan (LMP) for the Las Vegas Valley area for the CO NAAQS. The LMP addresses maintenance of the CO NAAQS for a second 10-year period ending in 2030.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, August 2, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

In accordance with section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by North Dakota on August 3, 2020. The revisions contain amendments to the State's Air Pollution Control Regulations and to the State's Legal Authority.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, July 30, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Missouri on November 12, 2019, revising the 2008 8-hour ozone maintenance plan previously approved by EPA on September 20, 2018, demonstrating continued maintenance of the 2008 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS), the 1979 1-Hour and 1997 8-Hour ozone standards in the St. Louis area. This revision states that the St. Louis area no longer needs to rely on the Inspection and Maintenance (I/M) program, and Reformulated Gasoline (RFG) for continued maintenance throughout the maintenance period for the 2008 8-Hour ozone NAAQS, the 1979 1-Hour ozone NAAQS and 1997 8-Hour ozone NAAQS. EPA is proposing to determine that this revision meets the requirements of the Clean Air Act.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, July 30, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing the limited approval and limited disapproval of a revision to the Yolo- Solano Air Quality Management District (YSAQMD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). This revision concerns emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from solvent cleaning and degreasing operations. Under the authority of the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act), this action simultaneously approves a local rule that regulates these emission sources and directs California to correct rule deficiencies.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, July 30, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to determine that the reduction in expenditures of non-Federal funds for the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (SBCAPCD) in support of its continuing air program under section 105 of the Clean Air Act (CAA), for the calendar year 2020 are a result of non-selective reductions in expenditures. This determination, when final, will permit the SBCAPCD to receive grant funding for fiscal year (FY) 2021 from the EPA under section 105 of the CAA.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, July 29, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Maine. This revision amends the definition of ``Ozone Transport Region'' in the State's Chapter 100 Definitions Regulation and revises language in the State's Chapter 113 Growth Offset Regulation regarding applicability of Nonattainment New Source Review in areas that, at a future date, may not be within the Ozone Transport Region. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, July 29, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of South Carolina, through the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC or Department), on April 24, 2020. The SIP revisions update the State's Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Nonattainment New Source Review (NNSR) regulations. Specifically, the SIP revisions add and update several definitions for consistency with the Federal regulations, update public participation requirements for PSD, clarify the applicability of ``source impact analysis'' for PSD, add an emissions offset banking provision for NNSR, and make administrative updates, such as typographical corrections and renumbering. Finally, the changes incorporate language that addresses the public notice rule provisions for NNSR, which removes the mandatory requirements to provide public notice in a newspaper and instead allows for electronic notice (``e- notice'') as an alternate noticing option for the State. EPA is proposing to approve these revisions pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) and implementing Federal regulations.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, July 29, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator signed an Order dated June 30, 2021, granting a Petition dated January 16, 2018 from the Environmental Integrity Project and Sierra Club. The Petition requested that the EPA object to a Clean Air Act (CAA) title V operating permit issued by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to Sandy Creek Services LLC (Sandy Creek) for its Sandy Creek Energy Station located in McLennan County, Texas.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, July 29, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is codifying its findings that nine areas in four states attained the revoked 1997 8- hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (herein referred to as the revoked 1997 ozone NAAQS) by the applicable attainment dates. This rule finalizes EPA's proposed determination that the following areas timely attained the standards: The Buffalo-Niagara Falls area, and the Jefferson County, Poughkeepsie and Jamestown areas in the State of New York; the Shoreline Sheboygan County and Inland Sheboygan County areas in Wisconsin; the Denver-Boulder-Greeley-Ft. Collins-Loveland area in Colorado and the San Francisco Bay and Ventura County areas in California.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, July 28, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Missouri on November 12, 2019, revising the maintenance plan demonstrating continued maintenance of the 1997 PM<INF>2.5</INF> National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) in the St. Louis area. This revision states that the St. Louis area no longer needs to rely on the vehicle Inspection and Maintenance (I/M) program and the use of Reformulated Gasoline (RFG) for continued maintenance throughout the maintenance period for the 1997 PM<INF>2.5</INF> NAAQS. EPA is proposing to determine that this revision meets the requirements of the Clean Air Act.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving revisions to the Iowa State Implementation Plan (SIP) to include changes to the Polk County Board of Health Rules and Regulations in addition to revisions from past submittals. The revisions update definitions and references to the effective dates of Federal rules approved into the State's SIP, prohibit burning of demolished buildings, update references to methods and procedures for performance test/stack test and continuous monitoring systems, and revise permitting exemptions. These revisions will not adversely impact air quality and will ensure consistency between the State and Federally approved rules.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, July 27, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or the Agency) is amending the requirements in Subpart J of the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP) that govern the use of dispersants, other chemicals and other spill mitigating substances when responding to oil discharges into waters of the United States. Specifically, this action establishes monitoring requirements for dispersant use in response to major oil discharges and/or certain dispersant use situations in the navigable waters of the United States and adjoining shorelines, the waters of the contiguous zone, and the high seas beyond the contiguous zone in connection with activities under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, activities under the Deepwater Port Act of 1974, or activities that may affect natural resources belonging to, appertaining to, or under the exclusive management authority of the United States, including resources under the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976 (``navigable waters of the United States and adjoining shorelines''). These new monitoring requirements are anticipated to better target dispersant use, thus reducing the risks to the environment. Further, the amendments are intended to ensure that On-Scene Coordinators (OSCs) and Regional Response Teams (RRTs) have relevant information to support response decision-making regarding dispersant use.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, July 26, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is withdrawing its proposed rule to approve Missouri's revisions to the state's open burning rule, as published in the Federal Register on January 13, 2020. By a letter to the EPA dated May 26, 2021, Missouri withdrew its request for approval of revisions to this rule in the state implementation plan (SIP).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, July 26, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator signed an Order, dated May 10, 2021, denying a petition to object to Clean Air Act (CAA) title V operating permits issued to two facilities by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). The EPA's May 10, 2021 Order responds to a November 24, 2020 petition submitted by the Sierra Club and the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice (the ``Petitioners''). The Petitioners requested that the EPA object to the issuance of two title V renewal operating permits issued to Colton Power, LP's Drews Power Generating Station and Century Power Generating Station, located in San Bernardino County, California. The Order constitutes final action on the petition requesting the Administrator object to the issuance of the proposed CAA title V permits.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, July 26, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ``Landfill Methane Outreach Program'' (EPA ICR No. 1849.10, OMB Control No. 2060-0446) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. Before doing so, EPA is soliciting public comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below. This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through April 30, 2022. An Agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, July 23, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Tennessee, through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), Air Pollution Control Division, via a letter dated January 23, 2020. The SIP revision includes the 1997 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) Limited Maintenance Plan (LMP) for the Knoxville, Tennessee Area (hereinafter referred to as the ``Knoxville Area'' or ``Area''). The Knoxville Area, as defined in this action, is comprised of Jefferson, Loudon, and Sevier Counties in their entireties, the portion of Cocke County that falls within the boundary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and a portion of Anderson County that excludes the area surrounding Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Bull Run Fossil Plant. EPA is approving the Knoxville Area LMP because it provides for the maintenance of the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS within the Knoxville Area through the end of the second 10-year portion of the maintenance period. The effect of this action is to make certain commitments related to maintenance of the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS in the Knoxville Area federally enforceable as part of the Tennessee SIP.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, July 23, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making a finding that Arizona has not submitted a required revision to the Arizona State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the West Pinal County nonattainment area addressing Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements for a Moderate area attainment plan, related rules, and other analyses needed to attain the 1987 24-hour particulate matter (PM<INF>10</INF>) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) by December 31, 2018. Under the CAA, Arizona was required to submit a moderate area PM<INF>10</INF> attainment plan for West Pinal County no later than January 2, 2014, and the State did so on December 21, 2015. On May 17, 2021, Arizona withdrew its Moderate area attainment plan submission. This finding establishes a deadline for EPA to promulgate a Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) to address these CAA requirements 24 months from the effective date of this finding. The CAA also provides for the imposition of sanctions if Arizona does not submit the required attainment plan within timeframes specified by the CAA.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, July 22, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a revision to the Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District (YSAQMD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). This revision concerns emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from graphic arts printing operations. We are approving a local rule that regulates these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, July 22, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

Pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve elements of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) submission from the State of Oklahoma for the 2015 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS), and proposing to disapprove elements of two SIP submissions for the 2010 sulfur dioxide (SO<INF>2</INF>) and the 2012 fine particulate matter (PM<INF>2.5</INF>) NAAQS. These infrastructure SIP (i-SIP) submissions address how the existing SIP provides for implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of these NAAQS. The i-SIP requirements are to ensure that the Oklahoma SIP is adequate to meet the state's responsibilities under the CAA for these NAAQS. Specifically, this proposed rule addresses the interstate visibility transport requirements of the i-SIP for the 2010 SO<INF>2</INF>, 2012 PM<INF>2.5</INF>, and 2015 Ozone NAAQS under CAA section 110(a)(2)(D)(i)(II). We are also proposing to find that the deficiencies in the Oklahoma SIP that form the basis of our proposed disapproval of the interstate visibility transport portions of the Oklahoma i-SIP submissions for the 2010 SO<INF>2</INF> and 2012 PM<INF>2.5</INF> NAAQS are remedied by the existing Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) in place for the Oklahoma Regional Haze program, and that no further federal action is required to address the proposed disapproval.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, July 22, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

Pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for Oklahoma submitted by the State of Oklahoma designee with a letter dated May 7, 2020. The submittal covers updates to the Oklahoma SIP, as contained in the state's 2019 annual SIP update. Specifically, this action addresses revisions to Oklahoma Administrative Code (OAC), Emission of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in Nonattainment Areas and Former Nonattainment Areas. There are two Oklahoma counties affected by this action: Tulsa County and Oklahoma County.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, July 22, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by Wisconsin on March 29, 2021, which amends a SIP submission previously submitted to EPA on January 22, 2016 and supplemented on July 18, 2016, and November 29, 2016, for attaining the 1-hour sulfur dioxide (SO<INF>2</INF>) primary national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) for the Rhinelander SO<INF>2</INF> nonattainment area. This plan (herein referred to as Wisconsin's Rhinelander SO<INF>2</INF> plan or plan) includes Wisconsin's attainment demonstration and other elements required under the Clean Air Act (CAA). In addition to an attainment demonstration, the plan addresses the requirement for meeting reasonable further progress (RFP) toward attainment of the NAAQS, reasonably available control measures and reasonably available control technology (RACM/RACT), and contingency measures. This action supplements a prior action which found that Wisconsin had satisfied emission inventory and new source review (NSR) requirements for this area, but had not met requirements for the elements proposed to be approved here. EPA is proposing to conclude that Wisconsin has appropriately demonstrated that the plan provisions provide for attainment of the 2010 1-hour primary SO<INF>2</INF> NAAQS in the Rhinelander SO<INF>2</INF> nonattainment area and that the plan meets the other applicable requirements under the CAA.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, July 22, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve in part and disapprove in part portions of a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of California to meet Clean Air Act (CAA or ``Act'') requirements for the 1997 annual fine particulate matter (PM<INF>2.5</INF>) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS or ``standards'') in the San Joaquin Valley PM<INF>2.5</INF> nonattainment area. Specifically, the EPA is proposing to approve the 2013 base year emissions inventories in the submitted SIP revisions. Because the area did not attain by the State's projected attainment date of December 31, 2020, the EPA is proposing to disapprove the attainment demonstration and related elements, including the comprehensive precursor demonstration, five percent annual emission reductions demonstration, best available control measures (BACM) demonstration, reasonable further progress (RFP) demonstration, quantitative milestone demonstration, and contingency measures. The EPA is also proposing to disapprove the motor vehicle emission budgets in the plan as not meeting the requirements of the CAA and EPA regulations.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, July 21, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

Pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a revision to a State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) on March 25, 2021. The SIP submittal addresses requirements of federal regulations that direct the State to submit a periodic report that assesses progress toward regional haze reasonable progress goals (RPGs) and includes a determination of adequacy of the existing implementation plan.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, July 19, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

Through this supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (``supplemental proposal'' or ``SNPRM''), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is supplementing its proposed approval of state implementation plan (SIP) submissions from Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina (four Southeastern States), addressing the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) interstate transport requirements for the 2015 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS or standard). Specifically, EPA is proposing to rely on updated analysis using a 2021 analytic year to support the proposed finding that each state's implementation plan contains adequate provisions to prohibit emissions that will significantly contribute to nonattainment or interfere with maintenance of the 2015 ozone NAAQS in any other state.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, July 19, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is amending several New Source Review (NSR) regulations by making the following types of changes: Correcting typographical and grammatical errors, removing court vacated rule language, removing or updating outdated or incorrect cross references, conforming certain provisions to changes contained in the 1990 Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) Amendments, and removing certain outdated grandfathering or transitional exemptions.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, July 16, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action in announcing its approval of the petition by Maine to opt-out of the Federal reformulated gasoline (RFG) program and remove the requirement to sell Federal RFG for York, Cumberland, Androscoggin, Sagadahoc, Kennebec, Knox and Lincoln counties (the Southern Maine Area), which are part of the Portland and Midcoast Ozone Maintenance Areas for the 1997 ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). EPA has determined that this removal of the Federal RFG program for the Southern Maine Area is consistent with the applicable provisions of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and EPA's regulations.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, September 2, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The revision pertains to the Commonwealth's plan, submitted by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP), for maintaining the 1997 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) (referred to as the ``1997 ozone NAAQS'') in the Greene County, Pennsylvania area (Greene County Area). EPA is approving these revisions to the Pennsylvania SIP in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, July 6, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a Clean Air Act (CAA or the ``Act'') section 111(d) state plan submitted by the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality (NDDEQ or the ``Department'') on July 28, 2020 for the control of air pollutants from existing municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills. The EPA is also approving a CAA section 111(d)/129 state plan submitted by the Department on the same date for the control of air pollutants from existing commercial and industrial solid waste incineration (CISWI) units and air curtain incinerator (ACI) units. The North Dakota state plans establish performance standards and operating requirements for existing MSW landfills, CISWI units and ACI units within the State of North Dakota and provide for the implementation and enforcement of those standards and requirements by the Department. Finally, the EPA is also approving withdrawal of the North Dakota CAA section 111(d)/129 state plan for the control of air pollutants from existing hospital/ medical/infectious waste incineration (HMIWI) units. The EPA is approving this plan withdrawal following North Dakota's May 8, 2019 submittal of a negative declaration of existing HMIWI units in the State of North Dakota, and will be promulgating the State's negative declaration in lieu of a CAA section 111(d)/129 state plan for HMIWI units. The EPA is taking these actions pursuant to requirements of the CAA.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, July 6, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a Clean Air Act (CAA or the ``Act'') section 111(d) state plan submitted by the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality (NDDEQ or the ``Department'') on July 28, 2020 for the control of air pollutants from existing municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills. The EPA is also approving a CAA section 111(d)/129 state plan submitted by the Department on the same date for the control of air pollutants from existing commercial and industrial solid waste incineration (CISWI) units and air curtain incinerator (ACI) units. The North Dakota state plans establish performance standards and operating requirements for existing MSW landfills, CISWI units and ACI units within the State of North Dakota and provide for the implementation and enforcement of those standards and requirements by the Department. Finally, the EPA is also approving withdrawal of the North Dakota CAA section 111(d)/129 state plan for the control of air pollutants from existing hospital/ medical/infectious waste incineration (HMIWI) units. The EPA is approving this plan withdrawal following North Dakota's May 8, 2019 submittal of a negative declaration of existing HMIWI units in the State of North Dakota, and will be promulgating the State's negative declaration in lieu of a CAA section 111(d)/129 state plan for HMIWI units. The EPA is taking these actions pursuant to requirements of the CAA.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, July 6, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a Clean Air Act (CAA or the ``Act'') section 111(d) state plan submitted by the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality (NDDEQ or the ``Department'') on July 28, 2020 for the control of air pollutants from existing municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills. The EPA is also approving a CAA section 111(d)/129 state plan submitted by the Department on the same date for the control of air pollutants from existing commercial and industrial solid waste incineration (CISWI) units and air curtain incinerator (ACI) units. The North Dakota state plans establish performance standards and operating requirements for existing MSW landfills, CISWI units and ACI units within the State of North Dakota and provide for the implementation and enforcement of those standards and requirements by the Department. Finally, the EPA is also approving withdrawal of the North Dakota CAA section 111(d)/129 state plan for the control of air pollutants from existing hospital/ medical/infectious waste incineration (HMIWI) units. The EPA is approving this plan withdrawal following North Dakota's May 8, 2019 submittal of a negative declaration of existing HMIWI units in the State of North Dakota, and will be promulgating the State's negative declaration in lieu of a CAA section 111(d)/129 state plan for HMIWI units. The EPA is taking these actions pursuant to requirements of the CAA.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, July 6, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a Clean Air Act (CAA or the ``Act'') section 111(d) state plan submitted by the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality (NDDEQ or the ``Department'') on July 28, 2020 for the control of air pollutants from existing municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills. The EPA is also approving a CAA section 111(d)/129 state plan submitted by the Department on the same date for the control of air pollutants from existing commercial and industrial solid waste incineration (CISWI) units and air curtain incinerator (ACI) units. The North Dakota state plans establish performance standards and operating requirements for existing MSW landfills, CISWI units and ACI units within the State of North Dakota and provide for the implementation and enforcement of those standards and requirements by the Department. Finally, the EPA is also approving withdrawal of the North Dakota CAA section 111(d)/129 state plan for the control of air pollutants from existing hospital/ medical/infectious waste incineration (HMIWI) units. The EPA is approving this plan withdrawal following North Dakota's May 8, 2019 submittal of a negative declaration of existing HMIWI units in the State of North Dakota, and will be promulgating the State's negative declaration in lieu of a CAA section 111(d)/129 state plan for HMIWI units. The EPA is taking these actions pursuant to requirements of the CAA.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, July 6, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a Clean Air Act (CAA or the ``Act'') section 111(d) state plan submitted by the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality (NDDEQ or the ``Department'') on July 28, 2020 for the control of air pollutants from existing municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills. The EPA is also approving a CAA section 111(d)/129 state plan submitted by the Department on the same date for the control of air pollutants from existing commercial and industrial solid waste incineration (CISWI) units and air curtain incinerator (ACI) units. The North Dakota state plans establish performance standards and operating requirements for existing MSW landfills, CISWI units and ACI units within the State of North Dakota and provide for the implementation and enforcement of those standards and requirements by the Department. Finally, the EPA is also approving withdrawal of the North Dakota CAA section 111(d)/129 state plan for the control of air pollutants from existing hospital/ medical/infectious waste incineration (HMIWI) units. The EPA is approving this plan withdrawal following North Dakota's May 8, 2019 submittal of a negative declaration of existing HMIWI units in the State of North Dakota, and will be promulgating the State's negative declaration in lieu of a CAA section 111(d)/129 state plan for HMIWI units. The EPA is taking these actions pursuant to requirements of the CAA.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, July 6, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a Clean Air Act (CAA or the ``Act'') section 111(d) state plan submitted by the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality (NDDEQ or the ``Department'') on July 28, 2020 for the control of air pollutants from existing municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills. The EPA is also approving a CAA section 111(d)/129 state plan submitted by the Department on the same date for the control of air pollutants from existing commercial and industrial solid waste incineration (CISWI) units and air curtain incinerator (ACI) units. The North Dakota state plans establish performance standards and operating requirements for existing MSW landfills, CISWI units and ACI units within the State of North Dakota and provide for the implementation and enforcement of those standards and requirements by the Department. Finally, the EPA is also approving withdrawal of the North Dakota CAA section 111(d)/129 state plan for the control of air pollutants from existing hospital/ medical/infectious waste incineration (HMIWI) units. The EPA is approving this plan withdrawal following North Dakota's May 8, 2019 submittal of a negative declaration of existing HMIWI units in the State of North Dakota, and will be promulgating the State's negative declaration in lieu of a CAA section 111(d)/129 state plan for HMIWI units. The EPA is taking these actions pursuant to requirements of the CAA.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, July 6, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a Clean Air Act (CAA or the ``Act'') section 111(d) state plan submitted by the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality (NDDEQ or the ``Department'') on July 28, 2020 for the control of air pollutants from existing municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills. The EPA is also approving a CAA section 111(d)/129 state plan submitted by the Department on the same date for the control of air pollutants from existing commercial and industrial solid waste incineration (CISWI) units and air curtain incinerator (ACI) units. The North Dakota state plans establish performance standards and operating requirements for existing MSW landfills, CISWI units and ACI units within the State of North Dakota and provide for the implementation and enforcement of those standards and requirements by the Department. Finally, the EPA is also approving withdrawal of the North Dakota CAA section 111(d)/129 state plan for the control of air pollutants from existing hospital/ medical/infectious waste incineration (HMIWI) units. The EPA is approving this plan withdrawal following North Dakota's May 8, 2019 submittal of a negative declaration of existing HMIWI units in the State of North Dakota, and will be promulgating the State's negative declaration in lieu of a CAA section 111(d)/129 state plan for HMIWI units. The EPA is taking these actions pursuant to requirements of the CAA.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, July 6, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a Clean Air Act (CAA or the ``Act'') section 111(d) state plan submitted by the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality (NDDEQ or the ``Department'') on July 28, 2020 for the control of air pollutants from existing municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills. The EPA is also approving a CAA section 111(d)/129 state plan submitted by the Department on the same date for the control of air pollutants from existing commercial and industrial solid waste incineration (CISWI) units and air curtain incinerator (ACI) units. The North Dakota state plans establish performance standards and operating requirements for existing MSW landfills, CISWI units and ACI units within the State of North Dakota and provide for the implementation and enforcement of those standards and requirements by the Department. Finally, the EPA is also approving withdrawal of the North Dakota CAA section 111(d)/129 state plan for the control of air pollutants from existing hospital/ medical/infectious waste incineration (HMIWI) units. The EPA is approving this plan withdrawal following North Dakota's May 8, 2019 submittal of a negative declaration of existing HMIWI units in the State of North Dakota, and will be promulgating the State's negative declaration in lieu of a CAA section 111(d)/129 state plan for HMIWI units. The EPA is taking these actions pursuant to requirements of the CAA.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, July 2, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to partially approve and partially disapprove elements of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) submission from Michigan regarding the infrastructure requirements of section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the 2015 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The infrastructure requirements are designed to ensure that the structural components of each state's air quality management program are adequate to meet the state's responsibilities under the CAA. The disapproval portion of this action does not begin a new Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) clock, because the FIPs are already in place.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, July 2, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision to the Mecklenburg County portion of the North Carolina SIP, hereinafter referred to as the Mecklenburg Local Implementation Plan (LIP). The revision was submitted by the State of North Carolina, through the North Carolina Division of Air Quality (NCDAQ), on behalf of Mecklenburg County Air Quality (MCAQ) via a letter dated April 24, 2020, and was received by EPA on June 19, 2020. The revision updates several Mecklenburg County Air Pollution Control Ordinance (MCAPCO) rules incorporated into the LIP. EPA is proposing to approve these changes pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, July 2, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a submission by the State of North Carolina, through the Department of Air Quality (DAQ), on April 23, 2021, to redesignate the Brunswick County, North Carolina, unclassifiable area (hereinafter referred to as the ``Brunswick County Area'' or ``Area'') to attainment/unclassifiable for the 2010 1-hour primary sulfur dioxide (SO<INF>2</INF>) national ambient air quality standard (hereinafter referred to as the ``2010 SO<INF>2</INF> 1-hour NAAQS''). Because EPA now has sufficient information to determine that the Brunswick County Area is attaining the 2010 1-hour SO<INF>2</INF> national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS), the Agency is proposing to approve the State's redesignation request, thereby redesignating the Area from unclassifiable to attainment/unclassifiable for the 2010 1-hour SO<INF>2</INF> NAAQS.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, July 1, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). The SIP revision consists of the following: 2011 calendar year ozone precursor emission inventory for volatile organic compounds (VOCs), oxides of nitrogen (NO<INF>X</INF>), and carbon monoxide (CO) for the New York portion of the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, Connecticut NY-NJ-CT area (New York Metropolitan Area, or NYMA) classified as serious ozone nonattainment for the 2008 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS or standard), and the Jamestown (Chautauqua County) ozone nonattainment area classified as marginal for the 2008 8-hour ozone standard. In addition, the SIP revision also consists of the 2011 calendar year statewide periodic emissions inventory for volatile organic compounds, oxides of nitrogen, and carbon monoxide. Emission inventories are needed to develop and assess new control strategies that the states may use in attainment demonstration SIPs for the new National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone and PM<INF>2.5</INF>. The inventories may also serve as part of statewide inventories for purposes of regional modeling in ozone and play an important role in modeling demonstrations for areas classified as nonattainment for ozone and carbon monoxide. This action is being taken in accordance with the Clean Air Act (CAA).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, July 1, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve elements of New York's State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions, submitted to demonstrate that the State meets the requirements of section 110(a)(1) and (2) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the 2015 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). Section 110(a) of the CAA requires that each state adopt and submit for approval into the SIP a plan for the implementation, maintenance and enforcement of each NAAQS promulgated by the EPA.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, July 1, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a revision to the New York State Implementation Plan concerning process operations. The intended effect of this revision is to streamline and update provisions, align those provisions with permitting regulations, and provide regulatory certainly for the regulated community. New York's comprehensive submittal also included Operating Permit Program requirements; however, the EPA will be acting on these revisions under a separate action.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, July 1, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), EPA's Methane Challenge and Natural Gas STAR Programs (EPA ICR Number 2547.02, OMB Control Number 2060-0722) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. This is a proposed revision of the ICR for the Methane Challenge Program, which is currently approved through August 31, 2021. This revision incorporates the data collection for the Natural Gas STAR Program (currently approved under OMB Control Number 2060-0328). Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register on January 19, 2021 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, July 1, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), NESHAP for Electric Arc Furnace Steelmaking Facilities (EPA ICR Number 2277.06, OMB Control Number 2060-0608), 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 August 31, 2021. Public comments were previously requested, via the Federal Register, on May 12, 2020 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. An agency may neither conduct nor sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, July 1, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), NESHAP for Primary Aluminum Reduction Plants (EPA ICR Number 1767.09, OMB Control Number 2060- 0360), 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 August 31, 2021. Public comments were previously requested, via the Federal Register, on May 12, 2020 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. An agency may neither conduct nor sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, July 1, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), NSPS for Glass Manufacturing Plants (EPA ICR Number 1131.13, OMB Control Number 2060-0054), 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 August 31, 2021. Public comments were previously requested, via the Federal Register, on May 12, 2020 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. An agency may neither conduct nor sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, July 1, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), NSPS for Portland Cement Plants (EPA ICR Number 1051.15, OMB Control Number 2060-0025), 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 August 31, 2021. Public comments were previously requested, via the Federal Register (85 FR 28003), on May 12, 2020 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. An agency may neither conduct nor sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, August 24, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) and Operating Permits Program revision submitted by the State of Missouri on May 25, 2021. These revisions update the listed emission reporting years and update the emissions fee for permitted sources as set by Missouri Statute from $48 per ton of air pollution emitted annually to $53 in calendar year 2021 and $55 per ton of air pollution emitted annually for emissions in calendar year 2022 and beyond; effective March 30, 2021.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, June 30, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), Cross-Media Electronic Reporting Rule (EPA ICR Number 2002.08, OMB Control Number 2025-0003) 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 August 31, 2021. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register on January 15, 2021, during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. An Agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, August 23, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve certain elements of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) submission from the State of Iowa addressing the applicable requirements of section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the 2015 Ozone (O<INF>3</INF>) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). Section 110 requires that each state adopt and submit a SIP revision to support the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of each new or revised NAAQS promulgated by the EPA. These SIPs are commonly referred to as ``infrastructure'' SIPs. The infrastructure requirements are designed to ensure that the structural components of each state's air quality management program are adequate to meet the state's responsibilities under the CAA.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, August 17, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

On June 29, 2021, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule titled, ``Air Plan Approval; Missouri Redesignation Request and Associated Maintenance Plan for the Jefferson County 2010 SO<INF>2</INF> 1-Hour NAAQS Nonattainment Area.'' In response to stakeholder requests, the EPA is reopening the comment period for this proposed rule.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, June 29, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing notice that it has responded to petitions for reconsideration and/or administrative stay of a final action under the Clean Air Act (CAA) published in the Federal Register on December 13, 2016, titled, ``Air Quality Designations for the 2010 Sulfur Dioxide (SO<INF>2</INF>) Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard--Supplement to Round 2 for Four Areas in Texas: Freestone and Anderson Counties, Milam County, Rusk and Panola Counties, and Titus County.'' The EPA has denied these petitions in letters to the petitioners for the reasons that the EPA explains in those documents.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, June 29, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is withdrawing its August 22, 2019, proposed rule, which proposed both to determine that the EPA made an error in the area designations for the 2010 Sulfur Dioxide (SO<INF>2</INF>) Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for portions of Freestone and Anderson Counties, Rusk and Panola Counties, and Titus County in Texas, and to correct the proposed error by modifying the designations of those areas to unclassifiable. The EPA is withdrawing the proposed rule because the EPA, informed in part by technical information received during the public comment period on the proposed rule that further supports the EPA's initial designations of these areas, no longer believes the bases identified in the proposed error correction support the proposed conclusion that an error correction is appropriate.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, June 29, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

This notice of proposed rulemaking includes corrections, clarifications, additional flexibilities, and adjustment factors to improve the Greenhouse gas Emissions Model (GEM) compliance tool for heavy-duty vehicles while more closely matching the outputs produced by the original GEM version 3.0 that was used to establish the CO<INF>2</INF> standards for Model Years 2021 and later in the 2016 Heavy-duty Phase 2 final rule. This document supplements the proposed rule published on May 12, 2020, which included a larger set of proposed revisions to modify and improve GEM. Most of the proposed revisions from that notice of proposed rulemaking are addressed in a final rulemaking published elsewhere in the Final Rules section of this issue of the Federal Register. Given the nature of this proposal, there will be neither significant environmental impacts nor significant economic impacts for any sector.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, June 29, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is amending the test procedures for heavy-duty engines and vehicles to improve accuracy and reduce testing burden. EPA is also making other regulatory amendments concerning light-duty vehicles, heavy-duty vehicles, highway motorcycles, locomotives, marine engines, other nonroad engines and vehicles, and stationary engines. These amendments affect the certification procedures for exhaust emission standards and related requirements. EPA is finalizing similar amendments for evaporative emission standards for nonroad equipment and portable fuel containers. The amendments increase compliance flexibility, harmonize with other requirements, add clarity, correct errors, and streamline the regulations. Given the nature of the amendments, they will have neither significant environmental impacts nor significant economic impacts for any sector.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, June 29, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hereby provides notice that the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) will meet on the dates and times described below. The meeting is open to the public. Members of the public are encouraged to provide comments relevant to the specific issues being considered by the NEJAC. For additional information about registering to attend the meeting or to provide public comment, please see ``Registration'' under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Pre-registration is required.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, June 23, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the Maricopa County Air Quality Department's (MCAQD) Rule 510 as part of the Arizona State Implementation Plan (SIP). These rule revisions concern revisions to the maximum levels of ambient air pollution for the protection of public health and welfare. We are proposing to approve this rule to regulate 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.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, August 25, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a revision to the North Carolina State Implementation Plan (SIP), submitted on July 16, 2020, by the State of North Carolina, through the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Division of Air Quality (NCDAQ) for the purpose of allocating a portion of the available 2026 safety margin in the 2008 8-hour Ozone Maintenance Plan to the 2026 nitrogen oxides (NO<INF>X</INF>) and volatile organic compounds (VOC) motor vehicle emissions budgets (``MVEBs'' or ``budgets'') for the North Carolina portion of the Charlotte-Rock Hill, NC-SC bi-state Area (hereinafter referred to as the ``North Carolina portion of the Charlotte Maintenance Area'') to account for uncertainty associated with the mobile emissions model and unanticipated growth in vehicle miles traveled for the North Carolina portion of the Charlotte Maintenance Area. The revision also updates the 2026 MVEBs which are used for transportation conformity. NCDAQ's July 16, 2020, submission supplements the revised 2008 8-hour Ozone Maintenance Plan submitted by NCDAQ on July 25, 2018, and approved by EPA on September 11, 2019. EPA is approving North Carolina's July 16, 2020, supplemental SIP revision pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) and deeming the MVEBs adequate for transportation conformity purposes because the SIP meets all the statutory and regulatory requirements.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, June 23, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

This notice announces Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s approval of the State of Wyoming's request to revise/modify certain of its EPA-authorized programs to allow electronic reporting.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing approval of State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of Colorado on May 14, 2018, May 8, 2019, and May 13, 2020. The revisions are to Colorado Air Quality Control Commission (Commission or AQCC) Regulation Number 7 (Reg. 7). The revisions to Reg. 7 address Colorado's SIP obligation to require reasonably available control technology (RACT) for sources covered by the 2016 oil & natural gas control techniques guidelines (CTG or CTGs) for Moderate nonattainment areas under the 2008 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS); update RACT requirements for major sources of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and nitrogen oxides (NO<INF>x</INF>); reorganize the regulation; add incorporation by reference dates to rules and reference methods; and make typographical, grammatical, and formatting corrections. Also, the EPA is proposing to finalize approval of the State's negative declaration that there are no sources in the Denver Metro/North Front Range (DMNFR) Area subject to the aerospace CTG, which was conditionally approved in our February 24, 2021 rulemaking. The EPA is taking this action pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, June 21, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve several revisions to the Illinois State Implementation Plan (SIP). First, EPA is proposing to approve amendments to the Illinois SIP that incorporate by reference EPA's current national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) for ozone, particulate matter, lead, nitrogen dioxide, and sulfur oxides. Second, EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the Illinois SIP that incorporate by reference current Federal Reference Methods (FRMs) for monitoring carbon monoxide, ozone, particulate matter, lead, nitrogen dioxide, and sulfur oxides. Third, EPA is proposing to approve an amendment to the Illinois SIP that reflects a recent update to EPA's List of Designated Reference and Equivalent Methods. Lastly, EPA is also proposing to approve minor revisions and corrections to the Illinois SIP.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, September 2, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving revisions to the ozone attainment portions of the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the states of New Jersey and New York to meet the Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements for attaining the 1997 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). Specifically, the EPA is approving New Jersey's and New York's demonstrations of attainment of the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS for their portions of the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island NY-NJ-CT Moderate 1997 8-hour ozone nonattainment area (hereafter, the NY-NJ-CT area or the NY-NJ-CT nonattainment area). This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, September 7, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a state implementation plan (SIP) revision formally submitted by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) on behalf of the State of Maryland. The revision provides the State of Maryland'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 the State of Maryland's emissions statement program certification for the 2015 ozone NAAQS as a SIP revision in accordance with the requirements of the CAA.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, August 11, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve State Implementation Plan (SIP) submissions from Kansas and Nebraska addressing the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) interstate transport SIP requirements for the 2010 Sulfur Dioxide (SO<INF>2</INF>) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). These submissions address the requirement that each SIP contain adequate provisions prohibiting air emissions that will have certain adverse air quality effects in other states. The EPA is approving portions of these infrastructure SIPs for the aforementioned states as containing adequate provisions to ensure that air emissions in the states will not significantly contribute to nonattainment or interfere with maintenance of the 2010 SO<INF>2</INF> NAAQS in any other state.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, June 14, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

This notification is hereby given that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) has posted on our public electronic docket and internet website revised responses to certain state designation recommendations for the 2015 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) (2015 Ozone NAAQS). These responses include our intended designations for El Paso County, Texas (associated with the previously designated Do[ntilde]a Ana County, New Mexico nonattainment area) and Weld County, Colorado (associated with the Denver Metro/North Front Range, Colorado nonattainment area). The EPA invites the public to review and provide input on our intended designations during the comment period specified in the DATES section. The EPA sent its revised responses directly to the states of Texas and Colorado on or about May 24, 2021. The EPA intends to make final designation determinations for the counties addressed by these responses no earlier than 120 days from the date the EPA notified the states of the Agency's intended designations.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, June 14, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

This final action revises or affirms the initial air quality designations for 14 counties associated with seven nonattainment areas for the 2015 primary and secondary National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone. In a July 10, 2020, decision, the District of Columbia Circuit Court remanded to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency), but did not vacate, the April 30, 2018, designations for 16 counties associated with nine nonattainment areas located in seven states. In response, the EPA has re-evaluated the designations for the remanded counties by applying a uniform, nationwide analytical approach and interpretation of the designation provisions of the Clean Air Act (CAA) in considering the specific facts and circumstances of the areas using only data and information available at the time of the original designations. In this final action, the EPA is revising the designations and/or boundaries of 13 counties associated with six nonattainment areas in four states (Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and Wisconsin) and is affirming the April 30, 2018, designation of one county associated with a nonattainment area in Michigan. The EPA is addressing the two additional remanded counties associated with two nonattainment areas in a separate Federal Register document.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, June 11, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Tennessee, through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), Air Pollution Control Division, via a letter dated January 23, 2020. The SIP revision includes the 1997 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) Limited Maintenance Plan (LMP) for the Knoxville, Tennessee Area (hereinafter referred to as the ``Knoxville Area'' or ``Area''). The Knoxville Area, as defined in this proposed action, is comprised of Jefferson, Loudon, and Sevier Counties in their entireties, the portion of Cocke County that falls within the boundary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and a portion of Anderson County that excludes the area surrounding TVA Bull Run Fossil Plant. EPA is proposing to approve the Knoxville Area LMP because it provides for the maintenance of the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS within the Knoxville Area through the end of the second 10-year portion of the maintenance period. The effect of this action would be to make certain commitments related to maintenance of the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS in the Knoxville Area federally enforceable as part of the Tennessee SIP.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, June 11, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is reversing recent changes to the organization and function of the Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) that altered the appeals process and procedures for Agency decisions that the EAB considers. In addition, the Administrator reaffirms that the Board is intended to function as an impartial body that is independent of all EPA components, except the immediate Office of the Administrator, and reaffirms the EAB's ability to carry out the Administrator's delegated authority to adjudicate disputes and issue final Agency decisions.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, August 17, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving SIP revisions submitted by the States of Maine and New Hampshire as meeting the Clean Air Act (CAA) requirement that each State Implementation Plan (SIP) contain adequate provisions to prohibit emissions that will significantly contribute to nonattainment or interfere with maintenance of the 2015 ozone NAAQS in any other state. This action is being taken in accordance with the Clean Air Act.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is correcting a final rule that was published in the Federal Register on May 13, 2021 which will be effective on June 14, 2021. The final rule approved a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Maine which addresses the infrastructure requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) for the 2015 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS); as well as a SIP revision containing amendments to Maine's 06-096 CMR Chapter 110, ``Ambient Air Quality Standards,'' and SIP revisions submitted by Maine that provide the state's determination, via a negative declaration for the 2008 and 2015 ozone standards, that there are no facilities within its borders subject to EPA's 2016 Control Technique Guideline (CTG) for the oil and gas industry. This correction does not change any final action taken by EPA on May 13, 2021; this action merely provides further clarification on the amendments to the regulatory language contained in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and includes a minor change to the CFR to rearrange the location of the entry for Maine's previously approved Chapter 166 regulation.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, September 3, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a revision to the San Diego County Air Pollution Control District (SDCAPCD or ``District'') portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). This revision concerns emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from gasoline transfers into underground stationary storage tanks at gasoline dispensing facilities. We are approving a local rule that regulates these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or ``Act'').

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, June 7, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

Under the Clean Air Act (CAA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is granting a request by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to reclassify the Eastern Kern, California (``Eastern Kern'') ozone nonattainment area from ``Serious'' to ``Severe'' for the 2008 ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, August 26, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

Under the Clean Air Act, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is establishing a schedule for the the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to submit revisions to the state implementation plan (SIP) addressing ``Severe'' area requirements for the 2008 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for the Eastern Kern nonattainment area (``Eastern Kern''). CARB will be required to submit SIP revisions addressing Severe area requirements for Eastern Kern, including revisions to new source review (NSR) rules, no later than January 7, 2023. Submittal of any necessary revisions to the title V rules that apply in Eastern Kern are due no later than January 7, 2022. Lastly, the EPA is establishing a deadline for implementation of new reasonably available control technology (RACT) rules as expeditiously as practicable but no later than July 7, 2024.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, June 4, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is correcting certain statements in the preamble of the Revised Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) Update for the 2008 Ozone NAAQS, which was published as a final rule in the Federal Register on April 30, 2021. The preamble describes a provision of the final regulatory text incorrectly by indicating that the provision applies if a satisfactory demonstration is made, when in fact no demonstration is required. This document corrects the preamble to accurately describe the regulatory text provision.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, June 3, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

On May 17, 2021, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent the Commonwealth of Virginia (Virginia) a letter acknowledging that Virginia's delegation of authority to implement and enforce the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAPs) and New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) had been updated, as provided for under previously approved delegation mechanisms. To inform regulated facilities and the public, EPA is making available a copy of EPA's letter to Virginia through this notice.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, June 3, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is adding three per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to the list of chemicals subject to toxic chemical release reporting under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) and the Pollution Prevention Act (PPA). This action implements the statutory mandate in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY2020 NDAA) enacted on December 20, 2019. As this action is being taken to conform the regulations to a Congressional legislative mandate, notice and comment rulemaking is unnecessary.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, June 2, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving selected revisions to a Missouri State rule in the State Implementation Plan (SIP) that establishes a process and standardized conditions under which certain types of sources can construct and operate in lieu of going through the State's formal construction permitting process. The EPA is approving rule revisions that include modifications to the operating conditions for crematories and animal incinerators, adjustments to sulfur limits on Number 2 diesel oil for consistency with Federal limits, removal of ``restrictive'' words, addition of definitions specific to the rule, and other minor edits. At this time, the agency is not acting on revisions that conflict with an EPA regulation related to disposal of pharmaceuticals collected in drug take-back programs. The EPA's approval of the State's other rule revisions is being done in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, June 2, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ``Certification and Compliance Requirements for Nonroad Spark-Ignition Engines (Renewal)'', ICR 1695.14, OMB 2060-0338 to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. Before doing so, EPA is soliciting public comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection request as described below. This notice is a proposed extension of the Nonroad Spark-Ignition Engines ICR, which is currently approved through January 31, 2022. This ICR will incorporate Emissions Defect Information Report (EDIR) and Voluntary Emissions Recall Report (VERR) obligations within this ICR. The EDIR and VERR have been segregated from 2060-0048 for nonroad spark-ignition engines and vehicles and incorporated into our computations for reporting and notice purposes in this ICR. 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.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, June 2, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is removing the regulatory provisions associated with the final rule Strengthening Transparency in Pivotal Science Underlying Significant Regulatory Actions and Influential Scientific Information. This action effectuates the vacatur of the final rule ordered by the United States District Court for the District of Montana. It is also responsive to the Executive order entitled ``Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis,'' signed on January 20, 2021.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Maryland. This revision consists of the base year inventory for the Baltimore, Maryland marginal nonattainment area (Baltimore Area) for the 2015 ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, September 10, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing a limited approval and limited disapproval of a revision to the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District's (MDAQMD or District) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). This revision concerns oxides of nitrogen (NO<INF>X</INF>) emissions from stationary internal combustion engines. Under the authority of the Clean Air Act (CAA or the ``Act''), this action approves a local rule that regulates these emission sources into the federally-enforceable SIP, thereby strengthening the SIP, while identifying deficiencies with the rule that must be corrected by the MDAQMD in order for the EPA to grant full approval of the rule.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

This notice announces the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) approval of the District of Columbia's request to revise/modify certain of its EPA-authorized programs to allow electronic reporting.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

This notice announces the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) approval of the State of Alabama's request to revise/modify certain of its EPA-authorized programs to allow electronic reporting.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

This notice announces the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) approval of the State of North Dakota's request to revise/modify certain of its EPA-authorized programs to allow electronic reporting.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to rescind its previously issued clean data determination for the Yuma, Arizona ``Moderate'' nonattainment area for the 1987 24-hour national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) for particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter less than or equal to a nominal 10 micrometers (PM<INF>10</INF>) because recent complete, quality-assured monitoring data show that the area has subsequently violated this NAAQS. We are also proposing to find that the Arizona State Implementation Plan (SIP) is substantially inadequate to attain or maintain the PM<INF>10</INF> standard and to call for Arizona to revise the SIP to address this inadequacy.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, May 28, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve changes to the Kentucky State Implementation Plan (SIP) and the Kentucky Title V Operating Permit Program (Title V) submitted by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, through the Energy and Environment Cabinet (Cabinet) on August 12, 2020, and March 29, 2021. These revisions address the public notice rule provisions for the New Source Review (NSR), Federally Enforceable State Operating Permits (FESOP) and Title V programs of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) by providing for electronic notice (``e-notice'') and removing the mandatory requirement to provide public notice of a draft air permit in a newspaper. EPA is proposing to approve these changes as they are consistent with the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) and implementing federal regulations.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, May 28, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The EPA is proposing to grant Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality's (WDEQ) August 21, 2020 request to transfer to the State administrative authority over two federal permits that were issued by the EPA on June 26, 1973 under the federal new source review (NSR) permitting program. In addition, the EPA is proposing to agree with WDEQ's analysis in its August 21, 2020 letter demonstrating that the current Wyoming regulations still meet the requirements of the federal NSR permitting program. This action is proposing to transfer the 1973 federally issued permits to Wyoming. The EPA is proposing this action in accordance with the Clean Air Act and the Code of Federal Regulations NSR program requirements.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, May 27, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of South Carolina, through the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC or Department), on April 24, 2020. The SIP revision proposes a non-substantive formatting change and the removal of an outdated sentence regarding test methods for gaseous fluorides from South Carolina's ambient air quality standards regulation. EPA is proposing to approve these changes pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) and implementing federal regulations.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, May 27, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve the State of Utah's Source Category Exemptions Revisions as submitted on November 5, 2019. The EPA is taking this action pursuant to section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, May 27, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), Clean Water Act Section 404 State-Assumed Programs (EPA ICR Number 0220.14, OMB Control Number 2040-0168) 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 July 31, 2021. Public comments were previously requested, via Federal Register 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.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, May 27, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ``NESHAP for Beryllium Rocket Motor Fuel Firing (EPA ICR Number 1125.09, OMB Control Number 2060- 0394), 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 July 31, 2021. Public comments were previously requested, via the Federal Register, on May 12, 2020 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. An agency may neither conduct nor sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, May 27, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), NESHAP for Pharmaceuticals Production, 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 July 31, 2021. Public comments were previously requested, via the Federal Register, on May 12, 2020 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. An Agency may neither conduct nor sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a submission by the State of Tennessee, through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), on September 29, 2020, to redesignate the Sumner County, Tennessee, unclassifiable area (hereinafter referred to as the ``Sumner County Area'' or ``Area'') to attainment/unclassifiable for the 2010 1-hour primary sulfur dioxide (SO<INF>2</INF>) national ambient air quality standard (hereinafter referred to as the 2010 SO<INF>2</INF> 1-hour NAAQS). EPA now has sufficient information to determine that the Sumner County Area is attaining the 2010 1-hour SO<INF>2</INF> NAAQS and is approving the State's request and redesignating the Area to attainment/unclassifiable for the 2010 1-hour SO<INF>2</INF> NAAQS.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 - 4:00am
Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, August 2, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Missouri on November 10, 2020. This final action will amend the SIP to revise a Missouri regulation which restricts volatile organic compound emissions from lithographic and letterpress printing operations in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area. Specifically, the State has revised this rule in order to clarify rule applicability, update incorporation by reference information, update test method references, clarify definitions, and remove unnecessary words to improve clarity. Approval of these revisions will ensure consistency between State and federally-approved rules.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, May 21, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

In this action, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is promulgating a Federal plan to implement the Emission Guidelines (EG) and Compliance Times for Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Landfills (2016 MSW Landfills EG) for existing MSW landfills located in states and Indian country where state plans or tribal plans are not in effect. This MSW Landfills Federal Plan includes the same elements as required for a state plan: Identification of legal authority and mechanisms for implementation; inventory of designated facilities; emissions inventory; emission limits; compliance schedules; a process for the EPA or state review of design plans for site-specific gas collection and control systems (GCCS); testing, monitoring, reporting and record keeping requirements; and public hearing requirements. Additionally, this action summarizes implementation and delegation of authority of the MSW Landfills Federal Plan.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, May 20, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a revision to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD or ``District'') portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). We are also proposing to determine that the submitted SIP revision fulfills the District's and the State's commitment to adopt and submit a specific enforceable contingency measure to address Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements for the 2006 24-hour fine particulate matter (PM<INF>2.5</INF>) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) and the 2012 annual PM<INF>2.5</INF> NAAQS. We are taking comments on this proposal and plan to follow with a final action.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, May 20, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD), Placer County Air Pollution Control District (PCAPCD) and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern emissions of: Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and particulate matter (PM) from metal coating operations. We are proposing to approve local rules and rescissions 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.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, August 25, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving changes to the North Carolina State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted through the North Carolina Division of Air Quality (NCDAQ) on October 9, 2020. The SIP revision seeks to modify the State's monitoring, recordkeeping, and reporting regulations by adding one definition, adding references to approved testing methods, updating the reference format, and making minor changes to general formatting and language use for clarity purposes. EPA is approving these changes pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, May 20, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve the Clean Air Act State Plan revisions for Large Municipal Waste Combustors (MWC) submitted by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) on December 18, 2018. The revised State Plan is in response to amended emission guidelines (EGs) for Large MWCs promulgated on May 10, 2006. MassDEP's State Plan is for implementing and enforcing provisions at least as protective as the EGs applicable to existing Large MWC. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to issue regulations to implement certain provisions of the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act, as enacted on December 27, 2020. This rulemaking proposes to: Establish the hydrofluorocarbon production and consumption baselines based on historical data; establish the allowance allocation program to phase down hydrofluorocarbon production and consumption; determine an initial methodology to allocating allowances and allowing for the transfer of those allowances; establish provisions for the international transfer of allowances; establish requirements to support compliance with phasing down hydrofluorocarbon production and consumption; establish recordkeeping and reporting requirements; release certain data to provide transparency and support implementation of the program; and, address certain other elements related to the effective implementation of the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act. In addition to the proposed provisions, EPA is seeking advance input on how the Agency may alter its determination of company-specific allocations in later years. EPA is considering these issues, and therefore is seeking public input on them, but is not making any particular proposal in relation to them, and therefore will not finalize any requirements on these topics before issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking and requesting public comment.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

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 2020. Total emissions of nitrogen oxides (NO<INF>X</INF>) reported by Mississippi and Missouri units participating in the CSAPR NO<INF>X</INF> Ozone Season Group 2 Trading Program during the 2020 control period exceeded the respective states' assurance levels under the program. Data demonstrating the exceedances and EPA's final calculations of the amounts of additional allowances that the owners and operators of certain Mississippi and Missouri units must surrender have been posted in a spreadsheet on EPA's website.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, August 9, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a revision to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the State of Nebraska. This final action will amend the SIP to revise title 129 of the Nebraska Administrative Code by removing a portion of the SIP that addresses general conformity. General Conformity ensures that the actions taken by federal agencies do not interfere with a state's plan to attain and maintain national standards for air quality. Since states are no longer required to include general conformity requirements in SIPs, the revisions remove unnecessary language and do not substantively change any existing statutory or regulatory requirement. The revisions do not impact the stringency of the SIP or air quality nor do they impact the State's ability to attain or maintain the National Ambient Air Quality Standards.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, May 17, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

Under the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) trading program regulations, EPA allocates emission allowances to existing electricity generating units as provided in a notice of data availability (NODA). In the Revised CSAPR Update promulgated earlier this year, EPA finalized default allocations of CSAPR NO<INF>X</INF> Ozone Season Group 3 allowances to existing units in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia from the new state emissions budgets for the control periods in 2021 and subsequent years. In the same rule, EPA also finalized a formula for determining supplemental amounts of allowances to be issued for the 12 states for the 2021 control period and a methodology for allocating each state's supplemental allowances among the state's existing units. Through this NODA, EPA is providing notice of the availability of data on the allowance allocations to existing units from both the state emissions budgets and the supplemental allowances, as well as the data upon which the allocations are based.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, May 14, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the 2021 Annual Joint Meeting of the Ozone Transport Commission (OTC) and the Mid-Atlantic Northeast Visibility Union (MANE- VU). The meeting agenda will include topics regarding reducing ground- level ozone precursors and matters relative to Regional Haze and visibility improvement in Federal Class I areas in a multi-pollutant context.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, July 26, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a revision to the Missouri State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of Missouri on January 15, 2019, and supplemented by letter on July 11, 2019. Missouri requests that the EPA remove a rule related to control of emissions from the application of deadeners and adhesives in the St. Louis, Missouri area from its SIP. This rescission does not have an adverse effect on air quality and meets the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA). The EPA's approval of this rule revision is in accordance with the requirements of the CAA.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, May 14, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving most elements of a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) on behalf of the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) to address Clean Air Act (CAA or ``the Act'') requirements for the 2012 annual fine particulate matter (PM<INF>2.5</INF>) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS or ``standards'') in the Allegheny County Moderate PM<INF>2.5</INF> nonattainment area (the ``Allegheny County Area,'' or ``the Area''). The revision constitutes a comprehensive plan to ensure the Allegheny County Area's timely attainment of the 2012 PM<INF>2.5</INF> NAAQS. EPA is approving this revision to the Pennsylvania SIP in accordance with the requirements of the CAA.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, August 25, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a state implementation plan (SIP) revision formally submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This revision fulfills Pennsylvania's emissions statement requirement for the 2015 ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, May 14, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

Pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a clean data determination for the Anderson and Freestone Counties and the Titus County nonattainment areas, concluding that each area is currently in attainment of the 2010 1-hour Primary Sulfur Dioxide National Ambient Air Quality Standard (SO<INF>2</INF> NAAQS) per the EPA's Clean Data Policy. The primary sources of Sulfur Dioxide emissions in these counties have permanently shut down and air quality in these areas is now attaining the SO<INF>2</INF> NAAQS. This final action is supported by EPA's evaluation of available monitoring data, emissions data, and air quality modeling. This action suspends the requirements for these areas to submit an attainment demonstration, a reasonable further progress plan, contingency measures, and other planning State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions related to attainment of the 2010 SO<INF>2</INF> NAAQS until the area is formally redesignated, or a violation of the NAAQS occurs. This action is being taken in accordance with the Clean Air Act.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, May 14, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is rescinding the final rule entitled ``Increasing Consistency and Transparency in Considering Benefits and Costs in the Clean Air Act Rulemaking Process.'' The EPA is rescinding the rule because the changes advanced by the rule were inadvisable, untethered to the CAA, and not necessary to effectuate the purposes of the Act.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) promulgated revisions to its Part 18 Prevention of Significant Deterioration of Air Quality rule and the Part 19 New Source Review for Major Sources Impacting Nonattainment Areas rule. The revisions made to Parts 18 and 19 were adopted to ensure consistency with Federal rule language and other parts of the Michigan air quality rules. The proposed rule changes are administrative and are intended to provide clarity to the already approved rule language.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, on March 10, 2020. This revision pertains to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's (PADEP) amendments to 25 Pa. Code Chapters 121 (General Provisions) and 127 (Construction, Modification, Reactivation and Operation of Sources) to implement Federal nonattainment new source review (NNSR) provisions for the 2012 annual fine particulate matter (PM<INF>2.5</INF>) national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). EPA is approving these revisions to the Pennsylvania SIP in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, May 10, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

Pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submittal from Louisiana submitted on November 4, 2020 for the 2015 ozone, as well as the 2006 PM<INF>2.5</INF>, 2008 ozone, 2010 nitrogen dioxide, 2010 sulfur dioxide and the 2012 PM<INF>2.5</INF> National Ambient Air Quality Standards. This submittal addresses how the existing SIP contains adequate provisions prohibiting emissions which interfere with required measures in any other State to protect visibility with respect to the 2015 ozone NAAQS as well as the 2006 PM<INF>2.5</INF>, 2008 ozone, 2010 nitrogen dioxide, 2010 sulfur dioxide and the 2012 PM<INF>2.5</INF> NAAQS.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, May 10, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a revision to the Imperial County Air Pollution Control District (ICAPCD or ``District'') portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). The revision concerns emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from gasoline transfer at bulk gasoline terminals storage. 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.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, May 10, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve, or conditionally approve, all or portions of the state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of California to meet Clean Air Act requirements for the 2008 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS or ``standards'') in the West Mojave Desert ozone nonattainment area. The SIP revision addresses the nonattainment area requirements for the 2008 8-hour ozone NAAQS, including the requirements for an emissions inventory, emissions statements, attainment demonstration, reasonable further progress, reasonably available control measures, contingency measures, and motor vehicle emissions budgets. The EPA is proposing to approve the SIP revision as meeting all the applicable ozone nonattainment area requirements, except for contingency measures, for which we are proposing conditional approval.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, May 10, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to determine that the Hayden lead (Pb) nonattainment area (NAA) failed to attain the 2008 Pb primary and secondary national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS or ``standards'') by the applicable attainment date of October 3, 2019. This proposed determination is based upon monitored air quality data from November 2015-December 2018 for the 2008 Pb NAAQS. The EPA is also proposing to determine that the Hayden and Miami sulfur dioxide (SO<INF>2</INF>) NAAs failed to attain the 2010 1-hour SO<INF>2</INF> primary NAAQS by the applicable attainment date of October 4, 2018, based upon monitored air quality data from January 2015-December 2017. If the EPA finalizes these determinations as proposed, the State of Arizona will be required to submit revisions to the Arizona State Implementation Plan (SIP) that, among other elements, provide for expeditious attainment of the 2008 Pb and 2010 SO<INF>2</INF> standards.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, May 10, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), Ethylene Oxide Commercial Sterilization Facilities National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) Technology Review (EPA ICR Number 2623.01, OMB Control Number 2060-NEW), to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). This is a request for approval of a new collection. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register on June 12, 2020, during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A complete description of the ICR is provided 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.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, May 10, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), NESHAP for Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Facilities--Surface Coating (EPA ICR Number 1712.11, OMB Control Number 2060-0330), 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, 2021. Public comments were previously requested, via the Federal Register, on May 12, 2020 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. An agency may neither conduct nor sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, August 13, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving volatile organic compound (VOC) reasonably available control technology (RACT) State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions for the Illinois portion of the Chicago-Naperville, IL-IN-WI nonattainment area (Illinois portion) under the 2008 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (``NAAQS'' or ``standard'') submitted by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (``Illinois'' or ``Illinois EPA'') on January 10, 2019 and supplemented on April 30, 2020. EPA is also approving the Stepan Co. construction permit submitted by Illinois on March 29, 2021 as a revision to the Illinois SIP. The Illinois portion consists of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties and portions of Grundy (Aux Sable and Goose Lake Townships) and Kendall (Oswego Township) Counties. These VOC RACT SIP submittals satisfy the moderate VOC RACT requirements of section 182(b)(2) of the Clean Air Act (CAA). EPA proposed to approve this action on May 7, 2021 and received no comments.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, May 7, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is correcting the erroneous incorporation of the asbestos National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) requirements into the Jefferson County portion of the Kentucky State Implementation Plan (SIP). The continued presence of the asbestos requirements in the Jefferson County portion of the Kentucky SIP is inappropriate and potentially confusing and thus problematic for affected sources, the Commonwealth, local agencies, and EPA. EPA is removing the asbestos requirements because these requirements are not related to the attainment and maintenance of the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) and are therefore unrelated to the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) requirements for SIPs.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, May 7, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve multiple state implementation plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. These revisions were submitted by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) to establish and require reasonably available control technology (RACT) for ten major sources of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and/or nitrogen oxides (NO<INF>X</INF>) pursuant to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's conditionally approved RACT regulations. In this rulemaking action, EPA is proposing to approve source-specific (also referred to as ``case-by-case'') RACT determinations for ten major sources located in Allegheny County. These RACT evaluations were submitted to meet RACT requirements for the 2008 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, May 7, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a revision to the Wisconsin state implementation plan (SIP), submitted by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) on September 30, 2008. The revision updates the definition of ``Replacement Unit'' and clarifies a component of the emission calculation used to determine emissions under a plantwide applicability limitation (PAL) in the Wisconsin Administrative Code. Approving this revision makes Wisconsin rules consistent with Federal rules. EPA proposed to approve this action on November 9, 2020 and received no adverse comments.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

Pursuant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Significant New Alternatives Policy program, this action lists certain substances in the refrigeration and air conditioning sector. For the retail food refrigeration--medium-temperature stand-alone units (new) end-use, EPA is listing three substitutes as acceptable subject to narrowed use limits. For the residential and light commercial air conditioning and heat pumps (new) end-use, EPA is listing six substitutes as acceptable subject to use conditions. Through this action, EPA is incorporating by reference the 2019 Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Standard 60335-2-40, 3rd Edition, which establishes requirements for the evaluation of electrical air conditioners, heat pumps, and dehumidifiers, and safe use of flammable refrigerants. This action also removes an acceptable subject to use conditions listing for the fire suppression sector because EPA more recently listed the substitute as acceptable with no use restrictions.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, May 3, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to grant a Clean Air Act (CAA) section 176A petition submitted by the state of Maine on February 24, 2020. The petition requests that the EPA remove a large portion of Maine from the Ozone Transport Region (OTR) based on that area's continued attainment with ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) and technical analyses demonstrating that the additional control of emissions from that portion of the state will not significantly contribute to ozone attainment in any area in the OTR. The OTR was established by the 1990 Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) Amendments and includes the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, the District of Columbia, and portions of northern Virginia.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, April 30, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

This notice announces the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) approval of the State of Indiana's request to revise/modify certain of its EPA-authorized programs to allow electronic reporting.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, September 9, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving revisions to the Illinois State Implementation Plan (SIP) that were submitted by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) on September 22, 2020, and amended on November 5, 2020, and March 3, 2021. These revisions implement new preconstruction permitting regulations for certain new or modified sources of air pollution in attainment and unclassifiable areas under the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) program of the Clean Air Act (CAA). EPA is also transferring to IEPA responsibility for administering existing PSD permits that EPA previously issued to sources in Illinois, and for processing any PSD permit actions related to such permits.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is reconsidering a prior action that withdrew a waiver of preemption for California's zero emission vehicle (ZEV) mandate and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards within California's Advanced Clean Car (ACC) program for purposes of rescinding that action. The ACC program waiver, as it pertains to the GHG emission standards and ZEV mandates, will become effective should EPA rescind the prior action. On September 27, 2019, EPA and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued an action titled ``The Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient Vehicles Rule Part One: One National Program'' (SAFE 1) that included, among other matters, EPA's determination that the Agency had authority to reconsider the ACC program waiver and that elements of the ACC program waiver should be withdrawn due to NHTSA's action under the Energy Policy & Conservation Act (EPCA) and Clean Air Act (CAA) preemption provisions. In addition, SAFE 1 included EPA's interpretation of whether States can adopt California's GHG emission standards under section 177 of the CAA. EPA believes that there are significant issues regarding whether SAFE 1 was a valid and appropriate exercise of agency authority, including the amount of time that had passed since EPA's 2013 waiver decision, the novel approach and legal interpretations used in SAFE 1, and whether EPA took proper account of the environmental conditions in California and the environmental consequences from the waiver withdrawal in SAFE 1. Further, EPA will be addressing issues raised in several petitions for reconsideration of SAFE 1, including one filed by California (jointly with a number of States and Cities) and one jointly filed by nongovernmental organizations. Finally, on January 20, 2021, President Biden issued an Executive Order on ``Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis.'' The President directed the Federal Agencies to ``immediately review'' SAFE 1, and to consider action ``suspending, revising, or rescinding'' that action by April 2021. Therefore, based upon the issues associated with SAFE 1, the petitions for reconsideration, and the Executive Order, this Federal Register notice initiates reconsideration of SAFE 1 and announces a virtual public hearing as well as an opportunity to submit new written comment.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, June 25, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve revisions to the Iowa State Implementation Plan (SIP) and is also approving revisions to the Iowa Operating Permit Program. The revisions include updating definitions, regulatory references, requiring facilities to submit electronic emissions inventory information under the state's Title V permitting program, and updating references for the most recent federally approved minimum specifications and quality assurance procedures for performance evaluations of continuous monitoring systems. EPA is also approving previous revisions to the Operating Permit Program that allow for electronic document submission that meet EPA's requirements. These revisions will not impact air quality and will ensure consistency between the state and Federally approved rules.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

Through this supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (``supplemental proposal'' or ``SNPRM''), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking public comment on the Agency's additional and clarified technical rationale related to the proposed approval of Tennessee's February 26, 2020, state implementation plan (SIP) revisions requesting the removal of Tennessee's motor vehicle inspection and maintenance (I/M) program requirements for Davidson, Sumner, Rutherford, Williamson, and Wilson Counties in Tennessee (also known as the Middle Tennessee Area) and Hamilton County (also known as the Chattanooga Area), from the federally-approved SIP. Specifically, EPA proposes to affirm that the Hamilton County and Middle Tennessee areas would continue to attain and maintain the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS or standards) after removal of the I/M program, and to rely on an emissions inventory comparison to inform its determination that both areas would continue to attain and maintain the ozone and carbon monoxide (CO) NAAQS. EPA is further proposing to conclude that the removal of the I/M program will not interfere with other states' ability to attain and maintain the 2008 ozone NAAQS under the good neighbor provision of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) and providing additional information related to that conclusion. EPA is now taking comment on the use of this comparison and additional information in this supplemental proposal.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator signed an Order dated January 15, 2021, denying a Petition dated September 27, 2017 from the Sierra Club, the South Dearborn Environmental Improvement Association, and the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center (the Petitioners). The Petition requested that EPA object to a Clean Air Act (CAA) title V operating permit issued by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE), to AK Steel Dearborn Works (AK Steel), located in Wayne County, Michigan.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, July 28, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a revision to the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD or ``District'') portion of the State Implementation Plan (SIP). This revision concerns emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from wood products coating operations. We are approving a local rule that regulates these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a revision to the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). This revision concerns emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NO<INF>X</INF>) from water heaters, boilers and process heaters. 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.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, June 25, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a revision to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the State of Nebraska. This final action will amend the SIP to revise title 129 of the Nebraska Administrative Code by removing a portion of the SIP that addresses visible emissions from diesel-powered motor vehicles. Visible emissions from diesel-powered motor vehicles are addressed in the state statute. The revisions remove duplicative language that is redundant to the state statute. The revisions do not substantively change any existing statutory or regulatory requirement or impact the stringency of the SIP or air quality nor do they impact the State's ability to attain or maintain the National Ambient Air Quality Standards.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve the regional haze state implementation plan (SIP) submitted by the District of Columbia (``the District'' or ``DC'') through the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) on November 8, 2019, as satisfying applicable requirements under the Clean Air Act (CAA) and EPA's Regional Haze Rule (RHR) for the program's second implementation period. The District's SIP submission addresses the requirement that states must periodically revise their long-term strategies for making reasonable progress towards the national goal of preventing any future, and remedying any existing, anthropogenic impairment of visibility in mandatory Class I Federal areas, including regional haze. EPA is taking this action pursuant to sections 110 and 169A of the CAA. EPA is also proposing to correct an error in the citations in our final approval of the District's revision to the Reasonably Available Control Technology for Major Stationary Sources of Nitrogen Oxides Rule (``DC NO<INF>X</INF> RACT rule'') according to our authority under Section 110(k)(6) of the CAA.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve the regional haze state implementation plan (SIP) submitted by the District of Columbia (``the District'' or ``DC'') through the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) on November 8, 2019, as satisfying applicable requirements under the Clean Air Act (CAA) and EPA's Regional Haze Rule (RHR) for the program's second implementation period. The District's SIP submission addresses the requirement that states must periodically revise their long-term strategies for making reasonable progress towards the national goal of preventing any future, and remedying any existing, anthropogenic impairment of visibility in mandatory Class I Federal areas, including regional haze. EPA is taking this action pursuant to sections 110 and 169A of the CAA. EPA is also proposing to correct an error in the citations in our final approval of the District's revision to the Reasonably Available Control Technology for Major Stationary Sources of Nitrogen Oxides Rule (``DC NO<INF>X</INF> RACT rule'') according to our authority under Section 110(k)(6) of the CAA.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, April 19, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is correcting a final rule that appeared in the Federal Register on March 22, 2021, and that will become effective on April 21, 2021. The EPA finalized approval of a revision to the Arkansas State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of Arkansas through the Arkansas Department of Energy and Environment, Division of Environmental Quality (DEQ). This document corrects an error in the regulatory text. This correction does not change any final action taken by the EPA on March 22, 2021.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve the regional haze state implementation plan (SIP) submitted by the District of Columbia (``the District'' or ``DC'') through the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) on November 8, 2019, as satisfying applicable requirements under the Clean Air Act (CAA) and EPA's Regional Haze Rule (RHR) for the program's second implementation period. The District's SIP submission addresses the requirement that states must periodically revise their long-term strategies for making reasonable progress towards the national goal of preventing any future, and remedying any existing, anthropogenic impairment of visibility in mandatory Class I Federal areas, including regional haze. EPA is taking this action pursuant to sections 110 and 169A of the CAA. EPA is also proposing to correct an error in the citations in our final approval of the District's revision to the Reasonably Available Control Technology for Major Stationary Sources of Nitrogen Oxides Rule (``DC NO<INF>X</INF> RACT rule'') according to our authority under Section 110(k)(6) of the CAA.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, June 25, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving the Limited Maintenance Plan (LMP) submitted by the State of Montana to EPA on March 23, 2020, for the Butte Moderate nonattainment area (NAA) for particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter less than or equal to a nominal 10 micrometers (PM<INF>10</INF>) and concurrently redesignate the NAA to attainment for the 24-hour PM<INF>10</INF> National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). In order to approve the LMP and redesignation, EPA determined that the Butte, MT NAA has attained the 1987 24-hour PM<INF>10</INF> NAAQS of 150 [mu]g/m\3\. This determination is based upon monitored air quality data for the PM<INF>10</INF> NAAQS during the years 2014 through 2018. The EPA is taking this action pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve the regional haze state implementation plan (SIP) submitted by the District of Columbia (``the District'' or ``DC'') through the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) on November 8, 2019, as satisfying applicable requirements under the Clean Air Act (CAA) and EPA's Regional Haze Rule (RHR) for the program's second implementation period. The District's SIP submission addresses the requirement that states must periodically revise their long-term strategies for making reasonable progress towards the national goal of preventing any future, and remedying any existing, anthropogenic impairment of visibility in mandatory Class I Federal areas, including regional haze. EPA is taking this action pursuant to sections 110 and 169A of the CAA. EPA is also proposing to correct an error in the citations in our final approval of the District's revision to the Reasonably Available Control Technology for Major Stationary Sources of Nitrogen Oxides Rule (``DC NO<INF>X</INF> RACT rule'') according to our authority under Section 110(k)(6) of the CAA.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, April 16, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

This notice announces that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 9, has revised its delegation agreements with the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) and the Washoe County Health District (WCHD) for implementation of the Federal Clean Air Act Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permitting program. The revised and updated delegation agreements authorize the NDEP and the WCHD to continue to conduct PSD review for proposed new and modified major stationary sources, to issue initial federal PSD permits, and to revise existing federal PSD permits, subject to the terms and conditions of the applicable delegation agreement.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve the regional haze state implementation plan (SIP) submitted by the District of Columbia (``the District'' or ``DC'') through the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) on November 8, 2019, as satisfying applicable requirements under the Clean Air Act (CAA) and EPA's Regional Haze Rule (RHR) for the program's second implementation period. The District's SIP submission addresses the requirement that states must periodically revise their long-term strategies for making reasonable progress towards the national goal of preventing any future, and remedying any existing, anthropogenic impairment of visibility in mandatory Class I Federal areas, including regional haze. EPA is taking this action pursuant to sections 110 and 169A of the CAA. EPA is also proposing to correct an error in the citations in our final approval of the District's revision to the Reasonably Available Control Technology for Major Stationary Sources of Nitrogen Oxides Rule (``DC NO<INF>X</INF> RACT rule'') according to our authority under Section 110(k)(6) of the CAA.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is withdrawing the initial nonattainment designation for portions of the Outagamie County, Wisconsin, area for the 2010 sulfur dioxide (SO<INF>2</INF>) primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) and is finalizing a designation of attainment/unclassifiable for the area. The EPA Administrator signed an action on December 21, 2020, to designate certain areas in the United States (U.S.) for the 2010 SO<INF>2</INF> NAAQS, including the Outagamie County area. This action supplements the EPA's December 2020 designations, published in the Federal Register of March 26, 2021, which have not yet taken effect.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, August 25, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving under the Clean Air Act (CAA), a revision to Ohio's State Implementation Plan (SIP), submitted by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) on November 12, 2020, and supplemented on February 11, 2021. OEPA requested to remove the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Permit Fees rule provisions from the Ohio SIP because they no longer exist at the state level and have been superseded by the fee system in Ohio's Title V permitting program and the Ohio Revised Code (ORC). OEPA rescinded the permit fee rules at the state level in 2003. EPA proposed to approve this action on April 13, 2021, and received no comments.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, June 2, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

Under the Clean Air Act (CAA or ``Act''), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a request from the State of California to reclassify the San Diego County ozone nonattainment area from ``Serious'' to ``Severe'' for the 2008 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) and from ``Moderate'' to ``Severe'' for the 2015 ozone NAAQS. The EPA is also finalizing our action to reclassify in the same manner as state land, reservation areas of Indian country and any other area of Indian country within it where the EPA or a tribe has demonstrated that the tribe has jurisdiction located within the boundaries of the San Diego County ozone nonattainment area. The new applicable attainment dates for the San Diego County ozone nonattainment area are as expeditious as practicable but no later than July 20, 2027, for the 2008 ozone NAAQS, and August 3, 2033, for the 2015 ozone NAAQS. With respect to Severe state implementation plan (SIP) element submittal dates that have passed, the EPA is approving a deadline of no later than 12 months from the effective date of this rule for submittal of revisions to the San Diego County portion of the California SIP to meet additional requirements for Severe ozone nonattainment areas to the extent that such revisions have not already been submitted.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, August 11, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a revision to the Oregon State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted on January 29, 2021. The revision updates the date by which Federal provisions are adopted by reference into the Oregon SIP, making air quality requirements more current.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, June 8, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing approval on a revision to the North Dakota State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of North Dakota on November 11, 2016 and supplemented on March 15, 2021, that addresses amendments to the regional haze provisions of the North Dakota Administrative Code (NDAC). These revisions were submitted to remove certain regional haze requirements related to Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART) in the first planning period. EPA is also finalizing approval on a revision to the North Dakota SIP submitted on August 3, 2020, that addresses additional amendments to the regional haze provisions of the NDAC. The 2020 SIP revision was submitted to update the incorporation by reference date for regional haze definitions, add emission reduction requirements to make reasonable progress during the second and subsequent regional haze planning periods, and revise the regional haze monitoring, recordkeeping, and reporting requirements to be applicable under the second and subsequent planning period. EPA is taking this action pursuant to section 110 and Part C of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, July 6, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Utah. The revision fulfills the base year inventory requirement for the 2015 8- hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) for the Uinta Basin, Northern Wasatch Front, and Southern Wasatch Front nonattainment areas (NAAs). Utah submitted the base year emissions inventories to meet, in part, the nonattainment requirements for Marginal ozone NAAs under the 2015 8-hour ozone NAAQS. EPA is taking this action pursuant to sections 110, 172, and 182 of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) on behalf of the State of West Virginia (WV). This revision pertains to West Virginia's plan for maintaining the 1997 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) for the West Virginia portion of the Wheeling, WV-OH area (Wheeling Area) comprising Marshall and Ohio Counties. EPA is approving these revisions to the West Virginia SIP in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a state implementation plan (SIP) revision formally submitted by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC). Under the Clean Air Act (CAA), a state's SIP must include an emission statement regulation that requires stationary sources in ozone nonattainment areas classified as marginal or above to report annual emissions of nitrogen oxides (NO<INF>X</INF>) and volatile organic compounds (VOC). This SIP revision provides Delaware's certification that its existing emissions statement program satisfies the emissions statement requirements of the CAA for the 2015 ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). EPA is proposing to approve Delaware's emissions statement program certification for the 2015 ozone NAAQS as a SIP revision in accordance with the requirements of the CAA.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, June 29, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving the portions of the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of Texas to meet the Emissions Inventory (EI) requirements of the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act), for the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), Houston-Galveston-Brazoria (HGB), and Bexar County ozone nonattainment areas for the 2015 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). EPA is approving this action pursuant to section 110 and part D of the CAA and EPA's regulations.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, March 26, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

This final rule establishes the initial air quality designations for certain areas in the United States (U.S.) for the 2010 primary sulfur dioxide (SO<INF>2</INF>) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is designating the areas as either nonattainment, attainment/ unclassifiable, or unclassifiable. The designations are based on application of the EPA's nationwide analytical approach and technical analysis, including evaluation of monitoring data and air quality modeling, to determine the appropriate designation and area boundary based on the weight of evidence for each area. The Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) directs areas designated as nonattainment to undertake certain planning and pollution control activities to attain the SO<INF>2</INF> NAAQS as expeditiously as practicable. This is the fourth and final set of actions to designate areas of the U.S. for the 2010 SO<INF>2</INF> NAAQS; there are no remaining undesignated areas in the U.S. for the 2010 SO<INF>2</INF> NAAQS.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, March 26, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

Pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or the ``Act''), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or the ``Agency'') is proposing approval of a CAA section 111(d) plan submitted by the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality (NDDEQ or the ``Department'') on July 28, 2020 to regulate landfill gas and its components from existing municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills. The EPA is also proposing approval of a CAA section 111(d)/129 plan submitted by the Department on the same date to regulate air pollutants from existing commercial and industrial solid waste incineration (CISWI) units and air curtain incinerators (ACI). These plans provide for the State's implementation and enforcement of the federal emission guidelines (EG) for existing MSW landfills, CISWI units and ACI in North Dakota. The EPA with this proposed rule is also notifying the public that the Agency has received a request from the State of North Dakota, dated May 8, 2019, for withdrawal of a previously approved CAA section 111(d)/129 plan for hospital/medical/infectious waste incineration (HMIWI) units and for Agency approval of a negative declaration of such units within the State. Approval of this negative declaration will stand in lieu of a North Dakota CAA section 111(d)/129 plan for HMIWI units.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, March 26, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act) section 111(d)/129 state plan submitted by the State of Georgia, through the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Environmental Protection Division on August 1, 2018, and supplemented on January 7, 2019, for implementing and enforcing the Emission Guidelines (EG) and Compliance Schedules applicable to existing Hospital/Medical/Infectious Waste Incineration (HMIWI) units. The state plan provides for implementation and enforcement of the EG, as finalized by EPA on September 15, 1997, and revised on October 6, 2009, applicable to existing HMIWI units for which construction commenced on or before December 1, 2008, or for which modification commenced on or before April 6, 2010. The state plan establishes emission limits, as well as monitoring, operating, recordkeeping, and reporting requirements for affected HMIWI units.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, June 4, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing approval of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Florida, through the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), on January 23, 2020. The SIP revision updates the attainment emissions inventory and the maintenance demonstration, including the projected future emissions inventories, in the maintenance plan for the Hillsborough County lead maintenance area (hereinafter referred to as the ``Hillsborough Area'' or ``Area'') for the 2008 lead national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). The SIP revision also incorporates recent changes to the air construction permit for the EnviroFocus Technologies, LLC (EnviroFocus) facility in the Area that are related to an increase in the refined lead production limit. EPA believes that this SIP revision meets all relevant Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) statutory and regulatory requirements, is consistent with EPA's guidance, and is in accordance with EPA's September 11, 2018, redesignation of the Hillsborough Area from nonattainment to maintenance.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, June 25, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving, under the Clean Air Act (CAA), a revision to Indiana's State Implementation Plan (SIP) to address changes to its air emissions monitoring rules for Portland cement plants. Indiana revised its rules for Portland cement plants to update the monitoring of particulate matter (PM) emissions to allow an additional monitoring option. This additional monitoring option is consistent with EPA's recent revisions to Federal requirements for Portland cement plants. EPA proposed to approve this action on March 25, 2021 and received no comments.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, June 2, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Maine. This revision incorporates Maine's statute repealing the State's requirement for the sale of federal reformulated gasoline (RFG) in York, Cumberland, Sagadahoc, Androscoggin, Kennebec, Knox and Lincoln Counties (hereinafter referred to as the ``southern Maine counties'') into the Maine SIP. The intended effect of this action is to approve the SIP revision and approve, but not incorporate into the SIP, the corresponding noninterference demonstration. At this time, EPA is not removing the requirement for the sale of federal RFG in the applicable southern Maine counties as that is the subject of a separate petition to the EPA Administrator submitted on August 20, 2020. The Administrator intends to act on that petition in the near future. This action is being taken in accordance with the Clean Air Act.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, June 16, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a revision to Michigan's State Implementation Plan (SIP). The submittal, by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) on December 18, 2020, incorporates administrative changes to Michigan's Air Pollution Control Rules, Part 9, ``Emissions Limitations and Prohibitions--Miscellaneous''. This revision supports Michigan's effort to consolidate all of the approved adoption by reference rules into Part 9.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC). The revision fulfills Delaware's nonattainment new source review (NNSR) SIP element requirement for the 2015 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). EPA is approving these revisions to the Delaware SIP in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is adopting three technical standards developed by SAE International (SAE) for equipment that recovers, recycles, and/or recharges the refrigerant 2,3,3,3- Tetrafluoroprop-1-ene (HFO-1234yf or R-1234yf) in motor vehicle air conditioners (MVACs). The three standards are SAE J2843, SAE J2851, and SAE J3030. This rule adopts the most current versions of these standards by incorporating them by reference into the regulations under Title VI of the Clean Air Act (CAA). This will provide additional flexibility for industry stakeholders that wish to select recovery and recycling equipment certified to these standards.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, March 22, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

Pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing approval of a revision to the Arkansas State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of Arkansas through the Arkansas Department of Energy and Environment, Division of Environmental Quality (DEQ) on August 13, 2019. The SIP submittal addresses requirements of the Act and the Regional Haze Rule for visibility protection in mandatory Class I Federal areas (Class I areas) for the first implementation period. The EPA is approving an alternative measure to best available retrofit technology (BART) at the Domtar Ashdown Mill for sulfur dioxide (SO<INF>2</INF>), particulate matter (PM), and nitrogen oxide (NO<INF>X</INF>); and elements of the SIP submittal that relate to these BART requirements at this facility. In addition, we are approving the withdrawal from the SIP of the previously approved PM<INF>10</INF> BART limit for Power Boiler No. 1. The EPA is also concurrently approving Arkansas' interstate visibility transport provisions from the August 8, 2018, regional haze SIP submittal as supplemented by the visibility transport provisions in the October 4, 2019, interstate transport SIP submittal, which covers the following national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS): The 2006 24-hour fine particulate matter (PM<INF>2.5</INF>) NAAQS; the 2012 annual PM<INF>2.5</INF> NAAQS; the 2008 and 2015 eight-hour ozone (O<INF>3</INF>) NAAQS; the 2010 one-hour nitrogen dioxide (NO<INF>2</INF>) NAAQS; and the 2010 one-hour SO<INF>2</INF> NAAQS. In conjunction with our final approval of these SIP revisions, we are finalizing in a separate rulemaking, published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register, our withdrawal of the Federal implementation plan (FIP) provisions for the Domtar Ashdown Mill.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, March 22, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to withdraw the remaining portion of a Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) for Arkansas that was published in the Federal Register on September 27, 2016, which addressed certain regional haze obligations for the first implementation period for the Domtar Ashdown Mill. Specifically, this remaining portion of the FIP we are withdrawing contains best available retrofit technology (BART) requirements for sulfur dioxide (SO<INF>2</INF>) and nitrogen oxide (NO<INF>X</INF>) for Domtar Ashdown Mill Power Boiler No. 1; and SO<INF>2</INF>, NO<INF>X</INF>, and particulate matter (PM) BART requirements for Power Boiler No. 2. These portions of the FIP are being replaced by a revision to the Arkansas State Implementation Plan (SIP) containing SO<INF>2</INF>, NO<INF>X</INF>, and PM<INF>10</INF> BART alternative emission limitations that we are taking final action to approve in a separate rulemaking that is also being published in this issue of the Federal Register.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve revisions to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of Nebraska on September 24, 2020. This final action will amend the SIP to revise the Nebraska Administrative Code ``Nebraska Rules of Practice and Procedure.'' These rules describe the procedures the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy (NDEE), formerly the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ), will follow for proceedings under the Administrative Procedure Act. These proceedings include contested cases, rulemaking petitions, and declaratory rulings among others. The revisions consolidate five chapters into a single chapter by removing duplicative language and incorporating by reference model rules of agency procedure promulgated by the Attorney General for agency use in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act. The revisions also update language; renumber chapters; and make minor wording changes. The changes do not substantively change any existing statutory or regulatory requirement or impact the stringency of the SIP or air quality, do not revise emission limits or procedures, nor do they impact the State's ability to attain or maintain the National Ambient Air Quality Standards.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, March 19, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hereby provides notice that the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council (WHEJAC) will meet on the date and time described below. Due to unforeseen administrative circumstances, EPA is announcing this meeting with less than 15 calendar days public notice. The meeting is open to the public. Members of the public are encouraged to provide comments relevant to the specific issues being considered by the WHEJAC. For additional information about registering to attend the meeting or to provide public comment, please see ``Registration'' under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Due to the limit of 1000 participants, attendance will be on a first-come, first served basis. Pre-registration is required.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, May 27, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

Pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a revision to the Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP) that pertains to the Texas Diesel Emissions Reduction Incentive Program, submitted on August 13, 2020.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, June 16, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to rescind the federal implementation plan (FIP) that regulates emissions from the Navajo Generating Station (NGS), a coal-fired power plant that was located on the reservation lands of the Navajo Nation near Page, Arizona. NGS permanently ceased operations on November 18, 2019, and the Clean Air Act operating permit for this facility has expired.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, July 14, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Connecticut on December 20, 2019. This revision amends the State's definitions of emergency and emergency engine in its air quality regulations. The intended effect of this action is to approve the December 20, 2019, submittal into the Connecticut SIP. This action is being taken in accordance with the Clean Air Act.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, March 15, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve the State of Utah's Source Category Exemptions Revisions as submitted on November 5, 2019. The EPA is taking this action pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, March 12, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a revision to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the State of Missouri. This final action will amend the SIP to remove the Kansas City, Missouri low Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) fuel requirement which required gasoline sold in the Kansas City, Missouri area to have a seven pounds per square inch Reid Vapor Pressure from June 1 to September 15. The majority of the state is subject to the Clean Air Act (CAA) nine pounds per square inch Reid Vapor Pressure fuel requirement from June 1 to September 15. In addition, the EPA has issued a separate proposal for the Kansas side of the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, June 16, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving, under the Clean Air Act (CAA), revisions to lead emissions rules in the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC). EPA is approving the removal of four lead emissions rules from the Ohio State Implementation Plan (SIP). Three of the lead emissions rules apply to Master Metals, Inc., a secondary lead smelter that has permanently shut down. The remaining lead emissions rule duplicates a provision in another OAC chapter that is approved into the Ohio SIP. EPA proposed to approve this action on March 12, 2021 and received no adverse comments.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, March 12, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of North Dakota on August 3, 2020, addressing regional haze. Specifically, EPA is proposing to approve Amendment No. 2 to the North Dakota SIP for Regional Haze to satisfy certain requirements for the first implementation period of the Clean Air Act's (CAA) regional haze program. Amendment No. 2 adopts the same regional haze requirements for the Antelope Valley Station promulgated by EPA in our 2012 Federal Implementation Plan (FIP). In conjunction with this proposed approval of Amendment No. 2, we also propose to withdraw the portions of our 2012 FIP that apply to the Antelope Valley Station. EPA is proposing this action pursuant to sections 110 and 169A of the CAA.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is correcting a final rule that appeared in the Federal Register on February 24, 2021. That rule approved South Coast Air Quality Management District Rule 1168 and Ventura County Air Pollution Control District Rule 74.20 as revisions to the California State Implementation Plan (SIP).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving revisions to the Jefferson County portion of the Kentucky State Implementation Plan (SIP), submitted by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, through the Energy and Environment Cabinet (Cabinet) on September 5, 2019. The revisions were submitted by the Cabinet on behalf of the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) and include amendments related to the standards for existing gasoline loading facilities at bulk terminals and new gasoline loading facilities at bulk plants. The amendments to these standards replace a requirement for gasoline tank trucks to possess a valid Kentucky pressure vacuum test sticker with a requirement for specific vapor tightness testing and recordkeeping procedures, clarify rule applicability, and remove language stating that a pressure measuring device will be supplied by the District. EPA is approving the revisions because they are consistent with the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, August 13, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a state implementation plan (SIP) revision formally submitted by the District of Columbia Department of Energy and the Environment (DOEE). The revision provides the District'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 the District's emissions statement program certification for the 2015 ozone NAAQS as a SIP revision in accordance with the requirements of the CAA.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

Pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve the May 13, 2020 revisions to the Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP) concerning Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) requirement for the Houston-Galveston-Brazoria (HGB), 2008 8-hour ozone National Air Quality Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) nonattainment area (NA). The HGB area, designated as serious for 2008 8-hour ozone NAAQS, consists of Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery and Waller counties. The RACT requirements apply to sources of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) and Oxides of Nitrogen (NO<INF>X</INF>) in this area. We are also proposing to approve negative declarations for certain VOC source categories subject to RACT in the HGB area.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, August 11, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving elements of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) submission from Ohio regarding the infrastructure requirements of section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the 2015 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The infrastructure requirements are designed to ensure that the structural components of each state's air quality management program are adequate to meet the state's responsibilities under the CAA. EPA proposed to approve this action on March 9, 2021, and received no adverse comments.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is correcting a final rule that appeared in the Federal Register on February 18, 2021, and that will become effective on March 22, 2021. The EPA finalized removal of the Inspection and Maintenance program from the active control measure portion of Washington's State Implementation Plan. This action corrects inadvertent typographical errors in the Federal Register. The corrections described in this action do not affect the substantive requirements of the final rule implementing section 110 of the Clean Air Act.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Administrator signed an Order, dated December 31, 2020, denying the petition submitted by the Environmental Integrity Project on behalf of itself and the Georgia Chapter of Sierra Club, Dogwood Alliance, the Rachel Carson Council, Partnership for Policy Integrity, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Our Children's Earth Foundation (Petitioners). The Order responds to the Petitioners' April 14, 2020, petition requesting that the EPA object to the proposed Clean Air Act (CAA) title V operating permit number 2499-161-0023-V-02-4 issued by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) to Hazlehurst Wood Pellets, LLC for its facility located in Jeff Davis County, Georgia. The Order constitutes a final action on the petition addressed therein.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, July 9, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve revisions to the El Dorado County Air Quality Management District (EDCAQMD) and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) portions of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC) from architectural coatings and a rule that provides definitions for certain terms that are necessary for the implementation of local rules that regulate sources of air pollution. We are approving rules to regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, on March 10, 2020. This revision pertains to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Agency's (PADEP) amendments to 25 Pa. Code Chapters 121 (General Provisions) and 127 (Construction, Modification, Reactivation and Operation of Sources) to implement Federal nonattainment new source review (NNSR) provisions for the 2012 annual fine particulate matter (PM<INF>2.5</INF>) national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

Pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is notifying the public that we have received CAA section 111(d)/129 negative declarations from Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Albuquerque-Bernalillo County, New Mexico, for existing Hospital/Medical/Infectious Waste Incinerator (HMIWI) units. These negative declarations certify that HMIWI subject to the requirements of sections 111(d) and 129 of the CAA do not exist within the jurisdictions of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Albuquerque-Bernalillo County. The EPA is accepting the negative declarations and amending the agency's regulations in accordance with the requirements of the CAA.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule on February 9, 2021 entitled ``Approval and Promulgation of State Air Quality Plans for Designated Facilities and Pollutants; State of Maryland; Control of Emissions from Existing Sewage Sludge Incineration Units.'' This document corrects an error in the rule language of the final rule pertaining to EPA's approval of Maryland's negative declaration regarding the existence of Sewage Sludge Incineration (SSI) units in the state submitted by the State of Maryland.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

Pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is notifying the public that we have received CAA section 111(d)/129 negative declarations from Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Albuquerque-Bernalillo County, New Mexico, for existing Hospital/Medical/Infectious Waste Incinerator (HMIWI) units. These negative declarations certify that HMIWI subject to the requirements of sections 111(d) and 129 of the CAA do not exist within the jurisdictions of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Albuquerque-Bernalillo County. The EPA is accepting the negative declarations and amending the agency's regulations in accordance with the requirements of the CAA.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, March 8, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by Georgia, through the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GA EPD), on September 16, 2019, for the purpose of removing certain transportation control measures (TCMs) from the SIP for the thirteen counties in the Atlanta, Georgia, area. EPA is also approving Georgia's update to the 2008 8- hour ozone maintenance plan that was submitted in the September 16, 2019, SIP revision. Specifically, EPA is approving the updated mobile emissions inventory, the associated 2030 motor vehicle emissions budgets (MVEBs), and the measures offsetting the potential emissions increases due to removal of the TCMs from the Georgia SIP. This approval is based on the determination that this SIP revision will not interfere with attainment or maintenance of any national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS or standards) or any other Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) requirements.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, June 25, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a revision to the Illinois State Implementation Plan (SIP) to amend requirements applicable to certain coal-fired electric generating units (EGUs) in the Illinois Administrative Code, also known as the Multi- Pollutant Standards (MPS) Rule. On January 23, 2020, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) submitted a request to amend the provisions of the MPS Rule in the Illinois regional haze SIP. EPA is approving the revision because it will result in a significant decrease in emissions of Oxides of Nitrogen and Sulfur Dioxide, meets the applicable requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA), and does not interfere with any applicable requirement concerning attainment and reasonable further progress.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, May 7, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Missouri on February 15, 2019. This final action will amend the SIP to revise a Missouri regulation which restricts the emissions of volatile organic compounds from wood furniture manufacturing operations in St. Louis City and Jefferson, St. Charles, Franklin, and St. Louis Counties. These revisions do not have an adverse effect on air quality. The EPA's approval of this rule revision is being done in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Virginia. The revision consists of amendments to a federally enforceable state operating permit (FESOP) which was previously incorporated into the Virginia SIP in order to implement reasonably available control technology (RACT) for nitrogen oxide (NO<INF>X</INF>) emissions from Steel Dynamics, Inc. (hereafter ``SDI,'' formerly Roanoke Electric Steel). This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, May 7, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a source-specific State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) on December 18, 2020. The SIP revision makes changes to nitrogen oxide control requirements for the TransAlta Centralia Generation Plant (TransAlta). These requirements were established in an order issued to TransAlta by the State to satisfy the Clean Air Act Best Available Retrofit Technology Requirements (BART) put in place by Congress to reduce regional haze and restore visibility in national parks and wilderness areas. The changes submitted by the State improve the operation of pollution control equipment at TransAlta while continuing to meet BART requirements.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

Pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is notifying the public that we have received CAA section 111(d)/129 negative declarations from Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Albuquerque-Bernalillo County, New Mexico, for existing Hospital/Medical/Infectious Waste Incinerator (HMIWI) units. These negative declarations certify that HMIWI subject to the requirements of sections 111(d) and 129 of the CAA do not exist within the jurisdictions of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Albuquerque-Bernalillo County. The EPA is accepting the negative declarations and amending the agency's regulations in accordance with the requirements of the CAA.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, August 23, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve revisions to the Pinal County Air Quality Control District (PCAQCD) portion of the Arizona State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern the District's negative declarations for the 2008 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS or ``standards'') in the portion of the Phoenix-Mesa ozone nonattainment area under the jurisdiction of the PCAQCD and two volatile organic compound (VOC) rules covering gasoline dispensing and surface coating operations. We are approving local rules that regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act). This approval stops all sanction and federal implementation plan clocks started by our August 9, 2019 partial and limited disapproval actions.\1\ ---------------------------------------------------------------------------

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, March 5, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Tennessee, through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), on September 29, 2020, to redesignate the Sumner County, Tennessee unclassifiable area (hereinafter referred to as the ``Sumner County Area'' or ``Area'') to attainment/unclassifiable for the 2010 1-hour primary sulfur dioxide (SO<INF>2</INF>) national ambient air quality standard (hereinafter referred to as the ``2010 SO<INF>2</INF> 1-hour NAAQS''). EPA now has sufficient information to determine that the Sumner County Area is attaining the 2010 1-hour SO<INF>2</INF> NAAQS and, therefore, is proposing to approve the State's request and redesignate the Area to attainment/unclassifiable for the 2010 1-hour SO<INF>2</INF> NAAQS.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

Pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is notifying the public that we have received CAA section 111(d)/129 negative declarations from Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Albuquerque-Bernalillo County, New Mexico, for existing Hospital/Medical/Infectious Waste Incinerator (HMIWI) units. These negative declarations certify that HMIWI subject to the requirements of sections 111(d) and 129 of the CAA do not exist within the jurisdictions of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Albuquerque-Bernalillo County. The EPA is accepting the negative declarations and amending the agency's regulations in accordance with the requirements of the CAA.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, March 5, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making an interim final determination that the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) has submitted rules and other materials on behalf of the Pinal County Air Quality Control District (PCAQCD or District) that correct deficiencies in its Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) state implementation plan (SIP) provisions concerning ozone nonattainment requirements. This determination is based on a proposed approval, published elsewhere in this Federal Register, of PCAQCD's reasonably available control technology (RACT) SIP rules and negative declarations. The effect of this interim final determination is that the imposition of sanctions that were triggered by a previous partial disapproval and limited disapproval by the EPA in 2019 is now deferred. If the EPA finalizes its approval of PCAQCD's submission, relief from these sanctions will become permanent.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, March 5, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (E