Federal Register Notices

E.g., 12/09/2021
E.g., 12/09/2021
Publication Date: 
Monday, December 6, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Alaska, through the Alaska Department of Environment Conservation, on January 9, 2017. The revision was submitted by Alaska in response to a finding of substantial inadequacy and SIP call published on June 12, 2015, for a provision in the Alaska SIP related to excess emissions during startup, shutdown, and malfunction (SSM) events. EPA is proposing approval of the SIP revision and proposing to determine that such SIP revision corrects the deficiency identified in the June 12, 2015, SIP call.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, December 6, 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 and adds three new rules for incorporation into the LIP. These rules cover general recordkeeping, monitoring, and reporting requirements. EPA is proposing to approve these changes pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, December 6, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve certain changes to Wisconsin's State Implementation Plan (SIP). These changes include defining and removing terms, creating a more streamlined process for permit applications and reports submitted electronically, and clarifying rules to create a more efficient permit issuance process. Approving this revision also makes Wisconsin rules consistent with Federal rules.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, December 6, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

Pursuant to the EPA's Significant New Alternatives Policy program, this action proposes to list the refrigerant 2,3,3,3- tetrafluoroprop-1-ene, also known as HFO-1234yf or R-1234yf, as acceptable, subject to use conditions, in the motor vehicle air conditioning end-use for certain types of newly manufactured nonroad (also called off-road) vehicles, which includes some vehicles that are also considered heavy-duty vehicles. EPA is also proposing to adopt the current versions of the industry safety standards SAE J639, SAE J1739, and SAE J2844 by incorporating them by reference into the use conditions for the proposed listings in nonroad vehicles and previous listings for certain onroad vehicles covered in final rules issued separately in March 2011 and December 2016. In addition, EPA is proposing to require unique servicing fittings for use with small refrigerant cans (two pounds or less) of 2,3,3,3-tetrafluoroprop-1-ene that are used to service onroad and nonroad vehicles. Finally, EPA is proposing to add a reference to the Agency's regulations under the Toxic Substances Control Act for 2,3,3,3-tetrafluoroprop-1-ene for the proposed listings in nonroad vehicles and previous listings for certain onroad vehicles. Aside from the changes proposed in this action, the Agency is not reopening for comment other portions of the March 2011 and December 2016 final rules.

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

This action corrects codification errors in the Illinois State Implementation Plan (SIP) regarding the moderate volatile organic compound (VOC) reasonably available control technology (RACT) requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the 2008 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a revision to the Georgia State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of Georgia through the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GA EPD) on July 2, 2020. EPA is proposing to approve Georgia's certification of existing Nonattainment New Source Review (NNSR) permitting regulations to meet the nonattainment planning requirements for the 2015 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for the Atlanta Area, comprised of the counties of Bartow, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, and Henry. This action is being proposed pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) and its implementing regulations.

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve state implementation plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of Georgia through the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GA EPD) on July 2, 2020, and November 4, 2021. Both submittals address the emissions statements requirements for the 2015 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for the Atlanta, Georgia 2015 8-hour ozone nonattainment area (hereinafter referred to as the ``Atlanta Area''). These requirements apply to all ozone nonattainment areas. The Atlanta Area is comprised of seven counties in and around metropolitan Atlanta (Bartow, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, and Henry). This action is being proposed pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

This final action revises the initial air quality designations for two counties associated with two 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 boundaries of two nonattainment areas, affecting the designation status of two counties in two separate states (Colorado and Texas). The EPA addressed the 14 additional remanded counties in a previous Federal Register document.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to partially approve and partially disapprove a revision to the Ohio State Implementation Plan (SIP) intended to provide for attaining the 2010 primary, health-based 1-hour sulfur dioxide (SO<INF>2</INF>) national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS or ``standard'') for the Muskingum River SO<INF>2</INF> nonattainment area. This SIP revision (hereinafter referred to as Ohio's Muskingum River SO<INF>2</INF> attainment plan or plan) includes Ohio's attainment demonstration and other attainment planning elements required under the Clean Air Act (CAA). EPA is proposing to approve the base year emissions inventory and affirm that the nonattainment new source review requirements for the area have been met. EPA is proposing to disapprove the attainment plan, since the plan relies on, among other things, acquisition of a parcel of land by a facility, Globe Metallurgical (Globe), located within the nonattainment area. Globe has recently indicated to EPA and Ohio EPA that it will not be purchasing that parcel of land. Additionally, EPA is proposing to disapprove the plan for failing to meet the requirements for meeting reasonable further progress (RFP) toward attainment of the NAAQS, reasonably available control measures/reasonably available control technology (RACM/RACT), emission limitations and control measures as necessary to attain the NAAQS, and contingency measures. Based on the change in circumstances since the original proposed action, EPA is now proposing a changed course of action.

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Georgia through the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GA EPD) on July 2, 2020, to address the base year emissions inventory requirements for the 2015 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for the Atlanta, Georgia 2015 8-hour ozone nonattainment area (hereinafter referred to as the ``Atlanta Area''). These requirements apply to all ozone nonattainment areas. This action is being proposed pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, November 26, 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 County Local Implementation Plan (LIP). The revision was submitted through the North Carolina Division of Air Quality (NCDAQ), on behalf of Mecklenburg County Air Pollution Control (MCAQ), via a letter dated April 24, 2020, which was received by EPA on June 19, 2020. This SIP revision includes changes to Mecklenburg County Air Pollution Control Ordinance (MCAPCO) rules incorporated into the LIP regarding performance testing for stationary sources of air pollution. EPA is proposing to approve these changes pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, November 26, 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. The revision updates Allegheny County's portion of the Pennsylvania SIP, which includes regulations concerning sulfur content in fuel oil. This revision pertains to the reduction of the maximum allowable sulfur content limit for Number 2 (No. 2) and lighter commercial fuel oil, generally sold and used for residential and commercial furnaces and oil heat burners for home or space heating, water heating or both, from the current limit of 500 parts per million (ppm) to 15 ppm. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, November 26, 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 Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), via a letter dated July 7, 2020. The SIP revision includes the 1997 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) Limited Maintenance Plan (LMP) for the Catawba Indian Nation portion (hereinafter referred to as the Catawba Area) of the Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill NC-SC 1997 8-hour ozone maintenance area (hereinafter referred to as the Charlotte NC-SC 1997 8-hour NAAQS Area). The Charlotte NC-SC 1997 8-hour NAAQS Area is comprised of Cabarrus, Gaston, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Union and a portion of Iredell County (i.e., Davidson and Coddle Creek Townships) in North Carolina and a portion of York County, South Carolina which includes the Catawba Area. EPA is proposing to approve the Catawba Area LMP because it provides for the maintenance of the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS within the Catawba 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 Catawba Area federally enforceable as part of the South Carolina SIP.

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to modify certain compliance dates under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. First, EPA is proposing to extend the RFS compliance reporting deadline and the associated attest engagement reporting deadline for the 2019 compliance year for small refineries only. Second, EPA is proposing to extend the RFS compliance reporting deadline and the associated attest engagement reporting deadline for the 2020 and 2021 compliance years for all obligated parties. Finally, EPA is proposing to change the way in which future RFS compliance and attest engagement reporting deadlines are determined.

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

The Arkansas Department of Energy and Environment, Division of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has submitted a request to update the delegation and approval of its program for the implementation and enforcement of certain National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) promulgated under the Clean Air Act (CAA), as provided for under the delegation mechanism previously approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA is proposing to approve DEQ's requested update of its NESHAP delegation. If finalized as proposed, the delegation will only encompass sources subject to one or more Federal section 112 standards which are also subject to the requirements of the Title V operating permits program.

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Florida, through the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), via a letter dated July 2, 2020. The revision removes rules prohibiting tampering with motor vehicle air pollution control equipment and rules concerning visible emissions from motor vehicles. EPA is proposing to remove the tampering rules and visible emissions rules from the SIP pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) and applicable regulations.

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

This action finalizes the residual risk and technology reviews (RTR) conducted for the Carbon Black Production and Cyanide Chemicals Manufacturing major source categories, and the technology review conducted for Carbon Black Production area sources, regulated under National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP). In addition, we are taking final action to add new emissions standards for the Carbon Black Production and Cyanide Chemicals Manufacturing major source categories to address hazardous air pollutant (HAP) emissions not previously covered by these NESHAP. The EPA is also finalizing amendments for both source categories that address the startup, shutdown, and malfunction (SSM) provisions of the existing standards, and require electronic reporting of certain notifications, performance test results, and semiannual reports.

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

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing the results of the technology review conducted in accordance with the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Paint Stripping and Miscellaneous Surface Coating Operations at Area Sources and proposing amendments to the NESHAP. The EPA is proposing no changes to the standards as a result of the technology review. The EPA is proposing to amend provisions regarding electronic reporting; make miscellaneous clarifying and technical corrections; simplify the petition for exemption process; and clarify requirements addressing emissions during periods of startup, shutdown, and malfunction (SSM).

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

In this action, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making technical corrections to four regulations under the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) program. Specifically, the rules to be amended by this action include the following: The NESHAP for Surface Coating of Automobiles and Light-Duty Trucks, promulgated on July 8, 2020; the NESHAP for Surface Coating of Metal Cans, promulgated on February 25, 2020; the NESHAP for Boat Manufacturing, promulgated on March 20, 2020; and the NESHAP for Clay Ceramics Manufacturing, promulgated on November 1, 2019. Following signature of each of these final rules, the EPA discovered inadvertent minor errors and is correcting these errors in this action.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve submitted revisions to the Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency (YRCAA) regulations designed to control particulate matter from residential wood heaters, such as woodstoves and fireplaces. The updated YRCAA regulations set fine particulate matter trigger levels for impaired air quality burn bans, consistent with statutory changes enacted by the Washington State Legislature. The submission also contains updates to improve the clarity of the language and align with the statewide solid fuel burning device regulations already applicable in YRCAA's jurisdiction. We are proposing to approve these changes because they meet the requirements of the Clean Air Act and strengthen the Washington SIP.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the Alaska State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted on November 10, 2020. The revisions update the adoption by reference of certain Federal air regulations and add a pre-approved emission limit option that may be used to permit diesel engine facilities, among other changes. The EPA is proposing to approve the submitted revisions as consistent with Clean Air Act requirements.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, November 17, 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 County Local Implementation Plan (LIP). The revision was submitted through the North Carolina Division 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, including updating and revising certain definitions. EPA is proposing to approve these changes pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, November 17, 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, removes several rules, and adds several rules. The rules addressed in this proposal relate to volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions and include several VOC Reasonably Available Control Techniques (RACT) rules. EPA is proposing to approve these changes pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to redesignate the Rhinelander nonattainment area, which consists of a portion of Oneida County (Crescent Township, Newbold Township, Pine Lake Township, Pelican Township, and the City of Rhinelander), to attainment for the 2010 primary, health-based 1-hour sulfur dioxide (SO<INF>2</INF>) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). EPA is also proposing to approve Wisconsin's maintenance plan for the Rhinelander SO<INF>2</INF> nonattainment area. Wisconsin submitted the request for approval of the Rhinelander area's redesignation and maintenance plan on July 28, 2021. EPA proposed to approve Wisconsin's attainment plan for the Rhinelander area on July 22, 2021, and EPA will not finalize this action until the attainment plan is approved.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

On May 10, 2016, EPA issued a revision to the regulations allowing Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D) permits to increase the number of permit renewals allowed to six, for a total permit term of up to 21 years. On October 19, 2016, Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) submitted a notification to EPA Region 7 regarding a modification by policy to its RD&D program. EPA acknowledges receipt of Kansas' notification regarding a modification to its RD&D program, and that Kansas' notification meets the requirements set forth in the Federal Register document that published on May 10, 2016.

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

This document comprises three distinct groups of actions under the Clean Air Act (CAA) which are collectively intended to significantly reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and other harmful air pollutants from the Crude Oil and Natural Gas source category. First, the EPA proposes to revise the new source performance standards (NSPS) for GHGs and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) for the Crude Oil and Natural Gas source category under the CAA to reflect the Agency's most recent review of the feasibility and cost of reducing emissions from these sources. Second, the EPA proposes emissions guidelines (EG) under the CAA, for states to follow in developing, submitting, and implementing state plans to establish performance standards to limit GHGs from existing sources (designated facilities) in the Crude Oil and Natural Gas source category. Third, the EPA is taking several related actions stemming from the joint resolution of Congress, adopted on June 30, 2021 under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), disapproving the EPA's final rule titled, ``Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Emission Standards for New, Reconstructed, and Modified Sources Review,'' Sept. 14, 2020 (``2020 Policy Rule''). This proposal responds to the President's January 20, 2021, Executive order (E.O.) titled ``Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis,'' which directed the EPA to consider taking the actions proposed here.

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator signed an Order dated October 15, 2021, granting a Petition dated July 25, 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 Oak Grove Management Company (Oak Grove) for its Oak Grove Steam Electric Station located in Robertson County, Texas.

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a revision to the California State Implementation Plan (SIP) concerning particulate matter (PM) emissions from heavy-duty (HD) diesel vehicles. We are proposing to approve state rules 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, November 5, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

Subject to certain exceptions, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of Colorado on May 14, 2018, May 8, 2019, May 13, 2020 and March 22, 2021. 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 and natural gas control techniques guidelines (CTG or CTGs) for nonattainment areas classified as Moderate and above 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 finalizing 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. Finally, we are taking no action today on several specific portions of the State submittals, as further explained below. The EPA is issuing this final rule pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA).

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is revising regulations associated with persons who must report data to the Agency's mercury inventory established under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Those reporting requirements were set forth in a final rule entitled ``Reporting Requirements for TSCA Mercury Inventory: Mercury'' (hereafter ``mercury inventory reporting rule''). These revisions implement an order issued by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (Second Circuit), on June 5, 2020.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, October 22, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a revision to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD or ``the District'') portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). We are finalizing approval of a revision governing issuance of permits for stationary sources, including review and permitting of major sources and major modifications under part D of title I of the Clean Air Act (CAA or ``the Act''). Specifically, the revision pertains to SCAQMD Rule 1325 ``Federal PM<INF>2.5</INF> New Source Review Program.''

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, October 22, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing action on a revision to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). This revision concerns emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from vapor recovery systems of gasoline cargo tanks. We are proposing a limited approval and limited disapproval of a statewide rule to regulate this emission source under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act), and are also proposing to approve the recission of a different statewide rule from the California SIP that previously regulated this emission source. We are taking comments on this proposal and plan to follow with a final action.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, October 22, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve, under the Clean Air Act (CAA), revisions to the Arizona State Implementation Plan (SIP) concerning the base year emissions inventory requirements for the Phoenix-Mesa ozone nonattainment area (``Phoenix- Mesa'') and Yuma ozone nonattainment area (``Yuma'') for the 2015 ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS or ``standard'').

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving 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 individual 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 rule action, EPA is only approving source-specific RACT determinations (``case-by-case'' or alternative NO<INF>X</INF> emissions limits) for sources at nine major NO<INF>X</INF> and VOC emitting facilities located in Allegheny County. These RACT evaluations were submitted to meet RACT requirements for the 2008 8-hour ozone 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) and EPA's implementing regulations.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is extending the public comment period for the document titled, ``Availability of the Draft IRIS Toxicological Review of Perfluorobutanoic Acid (PFBA) and Related Compound Ammonium Perfluorobutanoic Acid.'' The original Federal Register document announcing the public comment period was published on August 23, 2021.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), External Civil Rights Compliance Office (ECRCO), gives notice of a virtual meeting with external stakeholders regarding EPA's external civil rights compliance program. We would like to have input and hear recommendations about priorities for civil rights enforcement by EPA, including input for focusing civil rights compliance reviews.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, October 18, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing notice that it has responded to a petition for reconsideration and administrative stay of a final action under the Clean Air Act (CAA) published in the Federal Register on November 24, 2020, titled, ``Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Nonattainment New Source Review (NNSR): Project Emissions Accounting,'' (``Project Emissions Accounting rule''). On January 22, 2021, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP), the Sierra Club, and the Adirondack Council (``petitioners'') submitted a petition requesting that the EPA reconsider and stay the effective date of the Project Emissions Accounting rule. The EPA has denied this petition in a letter to the petitioners for the reasons that the EPA explains in that letter. The EPA is not taking action at this time on the petitioners' additional request to withdraw the memorandum titled ``Project Emissions Accounting Under the New Source Review Preconstruction Permitting Program'' (March 13, 2018) (``March 2018 Memorandum'').

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, December 1, 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 date and time 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: 
Friday, October 15, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of New Mexico to meet the Emissions Inventory (EI), and Emissions Statement (ES) requirements of the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act) for the Sunland Park ozone nonattainment area for the 2015 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). EPA is proposing to approve this action pursuant to section 110 and part D of the CAA and EPA's regulations.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, October 14, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving most of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Rhode Island to address the infrastructure requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) for the 2015 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). This action does not address three requirements related to interstate transport. The infrastructure requirements are designed to ensure that the structural components of each state's air quality management program, including provisions prohibiting emissions that will have certain adverse air quality effects in other states, are adequate to meet the state's responsibilities under the CAA. This action is being taken in accordance with the Clean Air Act.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, October 14, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator signed an Order dated September 22, 2021, granting in part and denying in part a Petition dated September 12, 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 Phillips 66 Company (Phillips) for its Borger Refinery located in Hutchinson County, Texas.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, October 14, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), NESHAP for the Secondary Lead Smelter Industry (EPA ICR Number 1686.12, OMB Control Number 2060- 0296), 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: 
Thursday, October 14, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), NESHAP for Vinyl Chloride (EPA ICR Number 0186.16, OMB Control Number 2060-0071), 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: 
Thursday, October 14, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), NESHAP for Wood Furniture Manufacturing Operations (EPA ICR Number 1716.11, OMB Control Number 2060-0324), 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, October 13, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is notifying the public that the Agency has found that the motor vehicle emissions budgets (``budgets'') for the year 2020 in the 2016 Air Quality Management Plan (AQMP) for the 2006 fine particulate matter (PM<INF>2.5</INF>) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) in the Los Angeles-South Coast Air Basin ``Serious'' nonattainment area (``South Coast 2006 PM<INF>2.5</INF> Serious Area Plan'') are adequate for transportation conformity purposes. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) submitted the South Coast 2006 PM<INF>2.5</INF> Serious Area Plan to the EPA on April 27, 2017, as a revision to the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). Upon the effective date of this notice of adequacy, the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) must use the adequate budgets in future transportation conformity analyses.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

On September 10, 2021, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a final rule in the Federal Register approving revisions to the Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District, Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District and Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District portions of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). In that rulemaking, the EPA inadvertently cited the incorrect local effective date in identifying one of the rules being approved into the SIP. This document corrects that error in the final rule's preamble and regulatory text.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve the ``Indian Wells Valley Second 10-Year PM<INF>10</INF> Maintenance Plan'' (``Indian Wells Second Maintenance Plan'' or ``Plan'') as a revision to the state implementation plan (SIP) for the State of California. The Indian Wells Second Maintenance Plan includes, among other elements, a base year emissions inventory, a maintenance demonstration, contingency provisions, and motor vehicle emissions budgets for use in transportation conformity determinations. The EPA is proposing these actions because the SIP revision meets the applicable statutory and regulatory requirements for such plans and motor vehicle emissions budgets. Lastly, the EPA is beginning the adequacy process for the 2020 and 2025 motor vehicle emissions budgets in the Plan through this proposed rule.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, October 8, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

On or about October 8, 2021, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will make available for public comment a draft document titled, Policy Assessment for Reconsideration of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter, External Review Draft (Draft PA). This draft document was prepared as a part of the current reconsideration of the 2020 final decision on the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for Particulate Matter (PM). When final, the PA is intended to ``bridge the gap'' between the scientific and technical information assessed in the 2019 Integrated Science Assessment for Particulate Matter (2019 ISA) and Supplement to the 2019 Integrated Science Assessment for Particulate Matter (ISA Supplement) and the judgments required of the Administrator in determining whether to retain or revise the existing PM NAAQS.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued calendar year 2022 allowances for the production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons in accordance with the Agency's regulations established under the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act of 2020. The American Innovation and Manufacturing Act directs the Environmental Protection Agency by October 1 of each calendar year to determine the quantity of production and consumption allowances for the following calendar year.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

Pursuant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Significant New Alternatives Policy program, the Agency is proposing, as an additional option, to list for a limited period of time certain substances in the foamblowing sector, extruded polystyrene: Boardstock and billet end-use, as acceptable, subject to narrowed use limits. This proposal supplements the Agency's June 12, 2020, proposal with respect to the proposed listings in the foam-blowing sector, taking into consideration public comments and information received since issuance of the initial proposal. In the June 12, 2020, proposal, EPA proposed to list three foam blowing agent blends as acceptable. In this supplemental proposal, EPA is proposing an additional approach to list these blends as acceptable, subject to narrowed use limits, in the foam blowing sector, extruded polystyrene: Boardstock and billet end-use, from the effective date of a final rule based on this supplemental proposal until January 1, 2023. The Agency is providing an opportunity for public comment on this additional approach for the listings in the foam blowing sector, as well as reopening the public comment period for the proposed listings in the foam blowing sector in the June 12, 2020, proposal. The Agency is not reopening for comment those other portions of the June 12, 2020, proposal which are addressed in a separate final rule issued May 6, 2021.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the California State Implementation Plan (SIP) concerning the base year emissions inventories for 18 areas designated as nonattainment areas (NAAs) for the 2015 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (2015 ozone NAAQS) submitted on July 24, 2020. The areas include: Amador County, Butte County, Calaveras County, Imperial County, Kern County (Eastern Kern), Los Angeles--San Bernardino Counties (West Mojave Desert), Los Angeles--South Coast Air Basin, Mariposa County, Nevada County (Western part), Riverside County (Coachella Valley), Sacramento Metro, San Francisco Bay Area, San Joaquin Valley, San Luis Obispo (Eastern part), Sutter Buttes, Tuolumne County, Tuscan Buttes, and Ventura County. We are proposing to approve these revisions under the Clean Air Act (CAA or ``the Act''), which establishes emissions inventory requirements for all ozone nonattainment areas.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

Oregon has applied to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for final authorization of changes to its hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), as amended. EPA has reviewed Oregon's application, and has determined that these changes satisfy all requirements needed to qualify for authorization. Therefore, we are proposing to authorize the State's changes. EPA seeks public comment prior to taking final action.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

In accordance with the Clean Air Act, as amended (CAA or the Act), notice is given of a proposed consent decree in Center for Biological Diversity, et al. v. Regan, No. 4-21-cv-02498-JST (N.D. CA.). On April 7, 2021 and May 26, 2021, the Center for Biological Diversity and the Center for Environmental Health (collectively, Plaintiffs) filed a complaint and a first amended complaint, respectively, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, alleging that the Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) failed to perform certain nondiscretionary duties.

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

This action corrects codification errors in the Ohio State Implementation Plan (SIP) regarding the infrastructure requirements of section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the 2015 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, October 1, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving 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 approving these changes as they are consistent with the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) and implementing Federal regulations.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing 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 Air Quality (NCDAQ), on behalf of Mecklenburg County Air Quality 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) ambient air quality rules incorporated into the LIP and adds one new rule for fine particulate matter (PM<INF>2.5</INF>). EPA is approving these changes pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, September 24, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a revision to the North Carolina State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Air Quality, via a letter dated April 13, 2021, and received by EPA on April 14, 2021. This revision contains minor clarifying and typographical edits to North Carolina's cotton ginning operations rule. EPA is proposing to approve these changes pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, September 24, 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 24- hour fine particulate matter (PM<INF>2.5</INF>) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) in the San Joaquin Valley nonattainment area. Specifically, the EPA is proposing to approve all but the contingency measure element of the submitted SIP revision as meeting all applicable Serious area and CAA section 189(d) requirements for the 1997 24-hour PM<INF>2.5</INF> NAAQS and is proposing disapproval of the contingency measure element. The EPA is also proposing to determine that the San Joaquin Valley air quality planning area has attained the 1997 24-hour PM<INF>2.5</INF> NAAQS. This determination is based on sufficient, quality-assured, and certified data for 2018-2020. Based on our proposed finding that the San Joaquin Valley nonattainment area has attained the 1997 24-hour PM<INF>2.5</INF> NAAQS, we are proposing to determine that the requirement for contingency measures will no longer apply to the San Joaquin Valley nonattainment area for these NAAQS. Thus, the EPA is proposing to issue a protective finding for transportation conformity determinations for this proposed disapproval.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, December 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 Tennessee, through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), Air Pollution Control Division, on June 23, 2020. The SIP revision includes the 1997 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) Limited Maintenance Plan (LMP) for the Montgomery County, Tennessee portion of the Clarksville- Hopkinsville Area (hereinafter referred to as the ``Montgomery County Area'' or ``Area''). The Clarksville-Hopkinsville Area is comprised of Montgomery County, Tennessee, and Christian County, Kentucky. EPA is approving Tennessee's LMP for the Montgomery County Area because it provides for the maintenance of the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS within the Montgomery County 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 Montgomery County Area federally enforceable as part of the Tennessee SIP.

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving 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 and adds several rules. EPA is approving these changes pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, September 17, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to amend the National Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Emission Standards for Aerosol Coatings, which establishes reactivity-based emission standards for the aerosol coatings category (aerosol spray paints) under the Clean Air Act (CAA). In this action, the EPA is proposing to update coating category product-weighted reactivity limits for aerosol coatings categories; add new compounds and reactivity factors (RFs); update existing reactivity values; revise the default RF; amend the thresholds for compounds regulated by this document; and add electronic reporting provisions.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is redesignating the West Silver Valley, Idaho nonattainment area to attainment for the 2012 annual fine particulate matter (PM<INF>2.5</INF>) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). EPA is also approving a maintenance plan for the area that demonstrates continued attainment of the 2012 PM<INF>2.5</INF> NAAQS through the year 2031, which Idaho submitted along with the redesignation request for inclusion into the Idaho State Implementation Plan (SIP). Additionally, EPA is approving the 2031 motor vehicle emissions budgets included in Idaho's maintenance plan for PM<INF>2.5</INF>, nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds. EPA is taking this action pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, September 15, 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 Rhode Island 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 for Rhode Island 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: 
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

As a result of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals' decision, dated August 27, 2020, in Sierra Club v. U.S. EPA, No. 19-2562 (3rd Cir. 2020), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to partially disapprove a specific part of a state implementation plan (SIP) revision that had been previously approved by EPA. On May 19, 2019, EPA fully approved certain parts of a SIP revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to address reasonably available control technology (RACT) for the 1997 and 2008 ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS), and conditionally approved other parts of that submission. The court vacated EPA's approval of a portion of the SIP revision, as discussed below, and ordered that EPA either approve a new SIP revision addressing the court's decision or promulgate a federal implementation plan (FIP) within two years. EPA is therefore proposing to disapprove the portion of the SIP submission addressed by the court's decision. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The State of Alabama (Alabama or State) has applied to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for final approval of revisions to its Underground Storage Tank Program (UST Program) under subtitle I of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Pursuant to RCRA, the EPA is proposing to approve revisions to Alabama's 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 Alabama's revised 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: 
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: 
Friday, November 5, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

On September 8, 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) solicited information and requested comments to assist in the potential development of regulations for pyrolysis and gasification units that are used to convert solid or semi-solid feedstocks to useful products such as energy, fuels, and chemical commodities. The deadline to respond to our request was November 8, 2021. The EPA is extending the period to respond to our request for information and comment to December 23, 2021.

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: 
Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving 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>). 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 Standard (NAAQS or ``the standard''). The EPA is approving Alaska's LMP as meeting Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements.

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 taking direct final action 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 also codifies EPA's approval of Kansas's State program and incorporates by reference those provisions of the State regulations that we have determined meet the requirements for approval. The provisions will be subject to EPA's inspection and enforcement authorities under sections 9005 and 9006 of RCRA Subtitle I and other applicable statutory and regulatory provisions.

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, November 26, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action on all or portions of four state implementation plan (SIP) revisions submitted by California (``State'') 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 is approving 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 supplement to the State strategy, as meeting all applicable Moderate area plan requirements for the 2012 PM<INF>2.5</INF> NAAQS. In addition, the EPA is approving 2022 motor vehicle emissions budgets for use in transportation conformity analyses for the 2012 PM<INF>2.5</INF> NAAQS. The EPA is disapproving the contingency measure element with respect to the Moderate area requirements for the 2012 PM<INF>2.5</INF> NAAQS. The EPA is also reclassifying 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. As a consequence of this reclassification, California is 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, which the EPA will address in a separate rulemaking. Lastly, the EPA is disapproving 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: 
Thursday, November 4, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a revision to the Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District (EKAPCD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). This revision concerns 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.

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: 
Monday, November 8, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving 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 approving and incorporating by reference 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, December 7, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making 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). This determination suspends certain planning requirements and sanctions for the nonattainment area for as long as the area continues to attain the 2010 SO<INF>2</INF> NAAQS. EPA proposed this action on August 17, 2021, and received four supportive comments and one set of adverse comments.

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: 
Thursday, October 28, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

Under the Clean Air Act (CAA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is granting requests by the California Air Resources Board (CARB or ``State'') 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 establishing 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: 
Thursday, September 30, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a revision submitted to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) by the State of Missouri on January 19, 2021. This final action will amend the SIP to incorporate revisions to Missouri's 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 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: 
Thursday, September 30, 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 incorporate revisions to Missouri's 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. These revisions are administrative in nature, do not impact the stringency of the SIP and do not adversely impact 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: 
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: 
Wednesday, September 29, 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 incorporate revisions to Missouri's 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 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: 
Thursday, October 28, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action 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 approving 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: 
Thursday, October 28, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing approval of 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 finalizing approval of these changes 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: 
Friday, October 22, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action 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) 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 for the Las Vegas Valley area that addresses maintenance of the CO NAAQS for a second 10-year period ending December 31, 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: 
Thursday, September 30, 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 12, 2019, revising the maintenance plan 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 demonstrates 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 2008 8-Hour ozone NAAQS, the 1979 1-Hour ozone NAAQS and 1997 8- Hour ozone NAAQS. The EPA has determined that this revision meets the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

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, November 4, 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 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. The intended effect of this action is to approve the submittal into the Maine SIP. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, October 28, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing approval of 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 approving 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: 
Thursday, September 30, 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 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 demonstrates 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. The EPA has determined that this revision meets the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

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: 
Friday, October 22, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving 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 approved here. In this action, EPA concludes 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. EPA proposed to approve this action on July 22, 2021, and received no adverse comments.

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve in part and disapprove in part portions of state implementation plan (SIP) revisions submitted by California to address 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 approving the 2013 base year emissions inventories in the submitted SIP revision. The EPA is disapproving the attainment demonstration and related elements, including the comprehensive precursor demonstration, five percent annual emissions reductions demonstration, best available control measures (BACM) demonstration, reasonable further progress (RFP) demonstration, quantitative milestones, and contingency measures. The EPA is also disapproving the motor vehicle emissions budgets in the plan as not meeting the requirements of the CAA and EPA regulations.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, September 24, 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 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: 
Thursday, December 2, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) is approving State Implementation Plan (SIP) submissions from Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, addressing the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) Good Neighbor interstate transport infrastructure SIP requirements for the 2015 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS or standards). EPA has determined that each state's SIP 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. This action is being taken in accordance with the CAA.

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: 
Tuesday, September 28, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is partially approving and partially disapproving 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. EPA proposed to approve this action on Friday, July 2, 2021 and received no adverse comments.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, September 28, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action 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 finalizing these changes pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, September 28, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a submission by the State of North Carolina, through the Department of Air Quality (DAQ), received 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 1-hour SO<INF>2</INF> NAAQS''). Because EPA now has sufficient information to determine that the Brunswick County Area is attaining the 2010 1-hour SO<INF>2</INF> NAAQS, the Agency is approving the State's request to redesignate the Area from unclassifiable to attainment/unclassifiable for the 2010 1-hour SO<INF>2</INF> NAAQS.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, November 9, 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 Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE or the ``Department'') on March 23, 2021. This state plan was submitted to fulfill the requirements of the CAA and is responsive to the EPA's promulgation of Emission Guidelines and Compliance Times (EG) for existing municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills. The Colorado state plan establishes performance standards and other operating requirements for existing MSW landfills within the State of Colorado and provides for the implementation and enforcement of those standards and requirements by the Department. The EPA is taking this action pursuant to the CAA.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, October 1, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving 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 emission inventory for volatile organic compounds, oxides of nitrogen, 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: 
Friday, October 1, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a revision to the New York State Implementation Plan (SIP) concerning process operations. The effect of this revision is to streamline and update provisions, align those provisions with permitting regulations, and provide regulatory certainty for the regulated community.

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: 

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: 
Monday, October 4, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action 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 updates to the maximum levels of ambient air pollution for the protection of public health and welfare. We are finalizing our proposed approval of this rule to regulate ambient air emissions under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).

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, October 4, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving several revisions to the Illinois State Implementation Plan (SIP). First, EPA is approving amendments to the Illinois SIP that incorporate by reference EPA's current national ambient air quality standard for ozone, particulate matter, lead, nitrogen dioxide, and sulfur oxides. Second, EPA is approving revisions to the Illinois SIP that incorporate by reference current Federal Reference Methods for monitoring carbon monoxide, ozone, particulate matter, lead, nitrogen dioxide, and sulfur oxides. Third, EPA is approving an amendment to the Illinois SIP that reflects a recent update to EPA's List of Designated Reference and Equivalent Methods. Lastly, EPA is approving 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: 
Friday, November 5, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a state implementation plan (SIP) revision formally 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, October 19, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

On June 1, 2021, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published in the Federal Register a proposal to rescind our 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>). We also proposed to find that the Arizona State Implementation Plan (SIP) is substantially inadequate to attain or maintain the PM<INF>10</INF> standard and to therefore issue a ``SIP call'' requiring Arizona to revise the SIP to address this inadequacy. Due to an administrative oversight, the contents of the rulemaking docket were not available for the full 30-day comment period. Therefore, the EPA is re-opening the comment period for the proposed rule for an additional 30 days. Furthermore, in response to a letter received during the initial comment period, we are also specifically seeking comment regarding the appropriate attainment date for the Yuma PM<INF>10</INF> nonattainment area.

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: 
Friday, October 29, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving the Clean Air Act State Plan revisions for Large Municipal Waste Combustors (MWCs) 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 MWCs. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency is issuing regulations to implement certain provisions of the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act, as enacted on December 27, 2020. This Act mandates the phasedown of hydrofluorocarbons, which are highly potent greenhouse gases, by 85 percent over a period ending in 2036. The Act directs the Environmental Protection Agency to implement the phasedown by issuing a fixed quantity of transferrable production and consumption allowances, which producers and importers of hydrofluorocarbons must hold in quantities equal to the amount of hydrofluorocarbons they produce or import. To establish the allowance allocation program, this rulemaking determines the hydrofluorocarbon production and consumption baselines, from which allowed production and consumption will decrease consistent with the statutory phasedown schedule; provides an initial approach to allocating calendar-year allowances and allowing for the transfer of those allowances; establishes provisions for the international transfer of allowances; and establishes recordkeeping and reporting requirements. Additionally, it establishes provisions to support implementation, compliance with, and enforcement of, statutory and regulatory requirements under the Act's phasedown provisions. Over the time period from 2022-2050, this rulemaking will avoid cumulative emissions of 4,560 million metric tons of exchange value equivalent of HFCs in the United States with a present value of cumulative net benefits of $272.7 billion.

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, October 18, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

On September 27, 2021, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule titled ``Clean Air Plans; 2008 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area Requirements; West Mojave Desert, California.'' That publication incorrectly listed the transportation conformity budgets for the West Mojave Desert Nonattainment Area (West Mojave Desert) for the 2008 ozone NAAQS. Additionally, the regulatory text in that publication inadvertently included portions of the State's submittal addressing contingency measures for failure to attain or to make reasonable further progress (RFP). This document corrects these errors and amends the regulatory text.

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
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