Federal Register Notices

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E.g., 06/16/2021
Publication Date: 
Monday, May 10, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

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

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a revision to the Imperial County Air Pollution Control District (ICAPCD or ``District'') portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). The revision concerns emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from gasoline transfer at bulk gasoline terminals storage. We are proposing to approve a local rule to regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act). We are taking comments on this proposal and plan to follow with a final action.

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

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

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

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

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve 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 proposing to approve 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).

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: 
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the Illinois State Implementation Plan (SIP) that were submitted by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) on September 22, 2020. 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). Currently, the PSD program in Illinois is operated under a Federal Implementation Plan (FIP).

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: 
Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the Iowa State Implementation Plan (SIP) and is also proposing to approve 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 proposing to approve 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, April 21, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a revision to the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD or ``District'') portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). This revision concerns the regulation of emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from wood products coating operations. We are proposing to approve a local rule to regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act). We are taking comments on this proposal and plan to follow with a final action.

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a revision to the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). This revision concerns emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NO<INF>X</INF>) from water heaters, boilers and process heaters. We are proposing to approve a local rule to regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act). We are taking comments on this proposal and plan to follow with a final action.

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of Nebraska on July 16, 2020. This proposed action will amend the SIP to revise title 129 of the Nebraska Administrative Code by removing a portion of the SIP that addresses visible emissions from diesel-powered motor vehicles. Visible emissions from diesel-powered motor vehicles are addressed in the state statute. Therefore, these proposed revisions remove duplicative language that is redundant to the state statute. The proposed revisions do not substantively change any existing statutory or regulatory requirement or impact the stringency of the SIP or air quality nor do they impact the State's ability to attain or maintain the National Ambient Air Quality Standards. The EPA's proposed approval of this rule revision is in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve the portions of the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of Texas to meet the Emissions Inventory (EI) requirements of the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act), for the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), Houston-Galveston-Brazoria (HGB), and Bexar County ozone nonattainment areas for the 2015 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). EPA is 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: 
Friday, March 26, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

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

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

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

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

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

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, March 25, 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), on January 23, 2020. The SIP revision seeks to update the attainment emissions inventory and the maintenance demonstration, including the projected future emissions inventories, in the maintenance plan for the Hillsborough County lead maintenance area (hereinafter referred to as the ``Hillsborough Area'' or ``Area'') for the 2008 lead national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). The SIP revision also seeks to incorporate recent changes to the air construction permit for the EnviroFocus Technologies, LLC (EnviroFocus) facility in the Area that are related to an increase in the refined lead production limit. EPA proposes to find that this SIP revision meets all relevant Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) statutory and regulatory requirements, is consistent with EPA's guidance, and is in accordance with EPA's September 11, 2018, redesignation of the Hillsborough Area from nonattainment to maintenance.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a revision to Indiana's State Implementation Plan (SIP) to address changes to its air emissions monitoring rules for Portland cement plants. Indiana revised its rules for Portland cement plants to update the monitoring of particulate matter (PM) emissions to allow the use an additional monitoring method. This additional monitoring option is consistent with EPA's recent revisions to Federal requirements for Portland cement plants.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Maine on August 20, 2020. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (Maine DEP) submission is in support of the State's separate petition requesting that EPA remove the federal reformulated gasoline (RFG) requirements for York, Cumberland, Sagadahoc, Androscoggin, Kennebec, Knox and Lincoln Counties (hereinafter referred to as the ``southern Maine counties''). This action proposes to incorporate into the Maine SIP, Maine's statute, which repealed the State's requirement for the sale of RFG in the southern Maine counties effective November 1, 2020. Maine voluntarily opted into the federal RFG program in 2015. In order to remove the federal RFG requirements from the Maine SIP, Maine is required to complete a noninterference demonstration evaluating whether removing the RFG requirements in the southern Maine counties interferes with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act). EPA is proposing to approve this SIP revision and the corresponding noninterference demonstration. EPA has determined that the revision is consistent with the applicable provisions of the CAA. At this time, EPA is not proposing to remove the requirement for the sale of federal RFG in the applicable southern Maine counties as that is the subject of a separate petition to the EPA Administrator submitted on August 20, 2020, requesting opt-out of the federal RFG program in those counties. The Administrator intends to act on that petition in the near future. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a revision to Michigan's State Implementation Plan (SIP). The submittal, by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) on December 18, 2020, incorporates administrative changes to Michigan's Air Pollution Control Rules, Part 9, ``Emissions Limitations and Prohibitions--Miscellaneous''. This revision will continue with the consolidation of all the adoption by reference materials used by EGLE in other rules in Michigan's SIP into one location in Part 9.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of Nebraska on September 24, 2020. This proposed action will amend the SIP to revise title 115 of the Nebraska Administrative Code ``Nebraska Rules of Practice and Procedure.'' Title 115 describes the procedures the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy (NDEE), formerly the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ), will follow for proceedings under the Administrative Procedure Act. These proceedings include contested cases, rulemaking petitions, and declaratory rulings among others. In addition, title 115 contains procedures related to submission and review of confidentiality claims for trade secrets, public hearing requirements for permits, and other fact-finding hearings not covered in other more program specific regulatory titles. These proposed changes consolidate five chapters into a single chapter by removing duplicative language and incorporating by reference model rules of agency procedure promulgated by the Attorney General for agency use in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act. The proposed revisions also update language; renumber chapters; and make minor wording changes. The proposed changes do not substantively change any existing statutory or regulatory requirement or impact the stringency of the SIP or air quality, do not revise emission limits or procedures, nor do they impact the State's ability to attain or maintain the National Ambient Air Quality Standards.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the Ohio State Implementation Plan (SIP). Ohio removed its Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) rules that apply to a secondary lead smelter, which has permanently shut down. EPA is proposing approval of revisions that will remove those OAC rules from the Ohio SIP. The revisions will also remove air quality sampling requirements that are duplicative of another OAC provision in the Ohio SIP.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve elements of a state implementation plan (SIP) submission from Ohio regarding the infrastructure requirements of section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the 2015 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The infrastructure requirements are designed to ensure that the structural components of each state's air quality management program are adequate to meet the state's responsibilities under the CAA.

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

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

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

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

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the El Dorado County Air Quality Management District (EDCAQMD) and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) portions of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC) from architectural coatings and a rule that provides definitions for certain terms that are necessary for the implementation of local rules that regulate sources of air pollution. We are proposing to approve the 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: 
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a revision to the Illinois State Implementation Plan (SIP) to amend requirements applicable to certain coal-fired electric generating units (EGUs) in the Illinois Administrative Code (IAC), also known as the Multi-Pollutant Standards Rule. On January 23, 2020, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) submitted a request to amend the provisions of the Multi-Pollutant Standards Rule in the Illinois regional haze SIP. EPA is proposing to approve the revision because it will result in a significant decrease in emissions of NO<INF>X</INF> and SO<INF>2,</INF> meets the applicable requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA), and does not interfere with any applicable requirement concerning attainment and reasonable further progress.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the Pinal County Air Quality Control District (PCAQCD or District) portion of the Arizona State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern the District's negative declarations for the 2008 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS or ``standards'') in the portion of the Phoenix-Mesa ozone nonattainment area under the jurisdiction of the PCAQCD and two volatile organic compound (VOC) rules covering gasoline dispensing and surface coating operations. We are proposing to approve local 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, March 5, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hereby provides notice that the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) will meet on the dates and times described below. All meetings are 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. Due to the limit of 500 participants, attendance will be on a first-come, first served basis. Registration is required.

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to correct the erroneous incorporation of 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 proposing to remove 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: 
Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

Notice is hereby given that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated one new reference method for measuring concentrations of sulfur dioxide (SO<INF>2</INF>), and one new equivalent method for measuring concentrations of particulate matter (PM<INF>10</INF>) in ambient air.

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

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

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

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to its Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC). Vacancies are anticipated to be filled by August 2021 and applications are due by April 30, 2021. Sources in addition to this Federal Register Notice may also be utilized in the solicitation of nominees.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Alabama through a letter dated February 27, 2020, to add regulations maintaining compliance with the State's Nitrogen Oxide (NO<INF>X</INF>) SIP Call obligations for large non-electricity generating units (non-EGUs), to repeal the State's previously sunsetted NO<INF>X</INF> Budget Trading Program regulations, and to repeal the State's Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) regulations. EPA is also proposing to conditionally approve into the SIP state regulations that establish monitoring and reporting requirements for units subject to the NO<INF>X</INF> SIP Call, including alternative monitoring options for certain sources for NO<INF>X</INF> SIP Call purposes. In addition, EPA is proposing to make ministerial changes to reflect the State's renumbering of an existing regulation for ``New Combustion Sources.''

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a revision to the Arizona State Implementation Plan (SIP). This revision concerns emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO<INF>2</INF>) from the copper smelter in Miami, Arizona. We are approving the rescission of two Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) Arizona Administrative Code (A.A.C.) provisions from the Arizona SIP that are no longer needed to regulate this emission source under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the ``Act'').

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

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

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

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

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the Florida State Implementation Plan (SIP), submitted by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), Division of Air Resources Management, to EPA on August 26, 2020. The Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) requires that each state adopt and submit a SIP for the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of each national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) promulgated by EPA, commonly referred to as an ``infrastructure SIP.'' This submission addresses certain greenhouse gas (GHG) Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permitting requirements for the 2008 and 1997 8- hour ozone and the 1997 annual and 2006 24-hour fine particulate matter (PM<INF>2.5</INF>) NAAQS. Additionally, EPA is proposing to convert the previous disapprovals of Florida's infrastructure SIPs related to the CAA GHG PSD permitting requirements for the above NAAQS to full approvals.

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is revising a Federal implementation plan (FIP) addressing the requirement for best available retrofit technology (BART) for the United States Steel Corporation's (U.S. Steel) taconite plant located in Mt. Iron, Minnesota (Minntac or Minntac facility). We are revising the nitrogen oxides (NO<INF>X</INF>) limits for U.S. Steel's taconite furnaces at its Minntac facility because new information has come to light that was not available when we originally promulgated the FIP on February 6, 2013. The EPA is finalizing this action pursuant to sections 110 and 169A of the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision concerning nitrogen oxides (NO<INF>X</INF>) emissions submitted by the State of Tennessee, through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), through a letter dated December 19, 2019, which revises the Tennessee Air Pollution Control Rule (TAPCR) titled ``NO<INF>X</INF> SIP Call Requirements for Stationary Boilers and Combustion Turbines'' (TN 2017 NO<INF>X</INF> SIP Call Rule) to correct the definition of ``affected unit'' and to clarify requirements related to stationary boilers and combustion turbines. EPA is also converting the conditional approval of the TN 2017 NO<INF>X</INF> SIP Call Rule to a full approval.

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

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

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving revisions to the Illinois State Implementation Plan (SIP) that were submitted on August 27, 2020 by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA). These revisions affect the public notice rule provisions for the New Source Review (NSR) and title V Operating Permit programs (title V) of the Clean Air Act (CAA). The revisions remove the mandatory requirement to provide public notice of draft CAA permits in a newspaper and allow electronic notice (e-notice) as an alternate noticing option. EPA proposed to approve this action on February 26, 2021 and received no adverse comments.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, March 1, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of North Carolina, through the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Air Quality (DAQ), on July 10, 2019. The SIP revision modifies the State's annual emissions reporting regulation by removing the annual emissions reporting requirement for certain non- Title V facilities in geographic areas that have been redesignated to attainment for the 1979 1-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards (``NAAQS'' or ``standards'') and in the areas listed in the rule that have been redesignated to attainment for the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS, with the exception of the geographic areas that have been redesignated to attainment for the 2008 8-hour ozone NAAQS. The SIP revision also makes minor changes that do not significantly alter the meaning of the regulation. EPA is approving this revision pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act).

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving, under the Clean Air Act (CAA), new and updated administrative rules for the Ohio State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the New Source Review (NSR) permitting program. The new and amended administrative rules in the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) replace the currently effective procedural rules in the NSR SIP in their entirety. As part of this action, EPA is also approving the removal of obsolete language related to Significant Deterioration of Air Quality. EPA proposed to approve this action on February 26, 2021 and received no adverse comments.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, March 1, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is reopening the comment period for a proposed rulemaking published in the Federal Register on October 30, 2020. EPA is reopening the comment period based on a request for a 15-day extension.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, March 1, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve portions of State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of Tennessee, through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), on May 12, 2017. The portions that EPA is approving are the emissions inventory and nonattainment new source review (NNSR) requirements for the 2010 1-hour sulfur dioxide (SO<INF>2</INF>) primary national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) for the Sullivan County SO<INF>2</INF> nonattainment area (hereinafter referred to as the ``Sullivan County Area'' or ``Area''). The Sullivan County Area is comprised of a portion of Sullivan County in Tennessee surrounding the Eastman Chemical Company (hereinafter referred to as ``Eastman''). EPA is not taking action on the other portions of the May 12, 2017, SIP submissions. EPA has determined that Tennessee has met the applicable emissions inventory and NNSR requirements under the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) for the 2010 1-hour primary SO<INF>2</INF> NAAQS in the Sullivan County Area.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, March 1, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

Pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve portions of two State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of Texas for the 2008 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). The SIP revisions proposed for approval describe how CAA requirements for vehicle Inspection and Maintenance (I/M) and Nonattainment New Source Review (NNSR) are met in the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) and Houston-Galveston-Brazoria (HGB) serious ozone nonattainment areas.

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving Wisconsin's request for withdrawal of the previously approved Large Municipal Waste Combustors (LMWC) Negative Declaration. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) submitted its LMWC Negative Declaration withdrawal on September 25, 2020, certifying that the State of Wisconsin has only one LMWC unit currently operating and requesting that the Federal Plan continue to apply to the single source in the State.

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving state implementation plan (SIP) revisions submitted by State of Utah on November 5, 2019. The revisions amend R307-204 to meet the requirements set forth in Utah's 2019 House Bill (H.B.) 155. This action is being taken under section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, March 1, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The EPA Administrator signed orders, dated January 13, 2021, and January 15, 2021, denying the petitions submitted on separate permitting actions in Utah and North Dakota, respectively. The January 13, 2021 Order pertains to two petitions submitted by the Sierra Club requesting that EPA object to the issuance of the Clean Air Act (CAA) title V operating permit issued to the Hunter Power Plant in Castle Dale, Emery County, Utah, by the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Air Quality (UDAQ). The January 13, 2021 Order responds to Sierra Club's April 11, 2016 petition regarding title V operating permit # 1500101002 (2016 Permit), and Sierra Club's October 20, 2020 petition regarding title V operating permit # 1500101004 (2020 Permit). The January 15, 2021 Order responds to petitions submitted by Casey and Julie Voigt requesting that EPA object to the title V operating permit issued to the Coyote Station Power Plant in Beulah, Mercer County, North Dakota, by the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality (NDDEQ). The Orders constitute final actions on the petitions.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is exending comment periods for proposed rules titled ``National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Mercury Cell Chlor-Alkali Plants Residual Risk and Technology Review'' and ``National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Primary Magesium Refining Residual Risk and Technology Review,'' published on January 8, 2021, ``National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Flexible Foam Fabrication Operations Residual Risk and Technology Review and Flexible Polyurethane Foam Production and Fabrication Area Source Technology Review,'' published on January 11, 2021, ``National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Refractory Products Manufacturing Residual Risk and Technology Review'' and ``National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Carbon Black Production Residual Risk and Technology Review,'' published January 14, 2021, and ``National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Cyanide Chemicals Manufacturing Residual Risk and Technology Review,'' published on January 15, 2021, to allow additional time for stakeholders to review and comment on the proposals.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a revision to the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District (SJVUAPCD or ``the District'') portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). This revision concerns emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NO<INF>X</INF>) and particulate matter (PM) from indirect sources associated with new development projects as well as NO<INF>X</INF> and PM emissions from certain transportation and transit development projects. 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: 
Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve 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 proposed State Plan revision consists of amendments to New York's ``Landfill Gas Collection and Control Systems for Certain Municipal Solid Waste Landfills,'' as well as attendant revisions to ``General Provisions.'' The primary goal of this regulation is to implement and enforce the Emission Guidelines (EG) promulgated by the EPA for MSW landfills on August 29, 2016. The goal of the revised federal EG is to reduce emissions of landfill gas containing Non-methane Organic Compounds (NMOC) and methane by lowering the emissions threshold at which an existing MSW landfill must install and operate a Gas Collection and Control System (GCCS). The emission 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: 
Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a 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. We are proposing action on a local rule that regulates 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: 
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is exending comment periods for proposed rules titled ``National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Mercury Cell Chlor-Alkali Plants Residual Risk and Technology Review'' and ``National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Primary Magesium Refining Residual Risk and Technology Review,'' published on January 8, 2021, ``National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Flexible Foam Fabrication Operations Residual Risk and Technology Review and Flexible Polyurethane Foam Production and Fabrication Area Source Technology Review,'' published on January 11, 2021, ``National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Refractory Products Manufacturing Residual Risk and Technology Review'' and ``National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Carbon Black Production Residual Risk and Technology Review,'' published January 14, 2021, and ``National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Cyanide Chemicals Manufacturing Residual Risk and Technology Review,'' published on January 15, 2021, to allow additional time for stakeholders to review and comment on the proposals.

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a revision to the Washington State Implementation Plan (SIP) that was submitted by the Department of Ecology (Ecology) in coordination with the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency (SRCAA). This revision updates the SIP with local SRCAA regulations that apply in lieu of, or in supplement to, Ecology's statewide general air quality regulations for SRCAA's jurisdiction. We are also approving SRCAA's adoption by reference of certain Ecology general air quality regulations, which do not have local agency replacement corollaries, to apply in SRCAA's jurisdiction.

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of South Dakota on January 3, 2020 that revises the Administrative Rules of South Dakota (ARSD), Air Pollution Control Program, updating the chapter pertaining to definitions. The EPA is taking this action pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA).

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

Pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is notifying the public that we have received a CAA section 111(d)/129 negative declaration from Louisiana for existing incinerators subject to the Other Solid Waste Incineration units (OSWI) emission guidelines (EG). This negative declaration from Louisiana certifies that incinerators subject to the OSWI EG and the requirements of sections 111(d) and 129 of the CAA do not exist within the jurisdiction of Louisiana. The EPA is accepting the negative declaration and amending the agency regulations in accordance with the requirements of the CAA.

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

With this direct final rule, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or the ``Agency'') is promulgating full approval of the revised and recodified North Dakota operating permit program for stationary sources subject to title V of the Clean Air Act (CAA or the ``Act''). On August 6, 2018, North Dakota submitted a request for approval of its revisions to the North Dakota operating permit program (the ``title V program'') for stationary sources subject to title V of the CAA and recodification of the State's title V program under a new title of the North Dakota Administrative Code (NDAC). The EPA determined that the revised and recodified program substantially met the requirements of title V of the Act and Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) but was not fully approvable because the State law provisions for judicial review were not consistent with program requirements found in the CFR. Thus, EPA issued an interim approval of North Dakota's title V program. North Dakota has made the changes required for full program approval. Accordingly, the EPA is taking this action in accordance with the CAA and CFR title V program approval requirements. This is a direct final action because the action is deemed noncontroversial and we do not expect adverse comments.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is exending comment periods for proposed rules titled ``National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Mercury Cell Chlor-Alkali Plants Residual Risk and Technology Review'' and ``National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Primary Magesium Refining Residual Risk and Technology Review,'' published on January 8, 2021, ``National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Flexible Foam Fabrication Operations Residual Risk and Technology Review and Flexible Polyurethane Foam Production and Fabrication Area Source Technology Review,'' published on January 11, 2021, ``National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Refractory Products Manufacturing Residual Risk and Technology Review'' and ``National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Carbon Black Production Residual Risk and Technology Review,'' published January 14, 2021, and ``National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Cyanide Chemicals Manufacturing Residual Risk and Technology Review,'' published on January 15, 2021, to allow additional time for stakeholders to review and comment on the proposals.

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or the ``Agency'') is proposing full approval of the revised and recodified North Dakota operating permit program for stationary sources subject to title V of the Clean Air Act (CAA or the ``Act''). On August 6, 2018, North Dakota submitted a request for approval of its revisions to the North Dakota operating permit program (the ``title V program'') for stationary sources subject to title V of the CAA and recodification of the State's title V program under a new title of the North Dakota Administrative Code (NDAC). The EPA determined that the revised and recodified program substantially met the requirements of title V of the Act and Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) but was not fully approvable because the State law provisions for judicial review were not consistent with program requirements found in the CFR. Thus, EPA issued an interim approval of North Dakota's title V program. North Dakota has made the changes required for full program approval. Accordingly, the EPA is proposing this action in accordance with the CAA and CFR title V program approval requirements.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

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

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

On June 1, 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a rulemaking proposing to approve multiple elements of the infrastructure SIP requirements for the 2015 ozone NAAQS for the State of Utah, while taking no action on three infrastructure elements (85 FR 33052). On September 16, 2020, we published a rulemaking taking final action on the proposal. The final rulemaking incorrectly stated that there were no comments received during the public comment period for the proposed rulemaking (85 FR 57731). One comment, submitted electronically on July 1, 2020, had been received but was inadvertently overlooked in the preparation of the September 16 final rule. In this correction document we will respond to the comment received.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing action on revisions to the Maricopa County Air Quality Department (MCAQD) portion of the state implementation plan (SIP) for the State of Arizona. We are proposing full approval of seven MCAQD rules for the Department's New Source Review (NSR) preconstruction permitting program for new and modified stationary sources of air pollution. We are taking comments on this proposed rule and plan to follow with a final action.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is exending comment periods for proposed rules titled ``National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Mercury Cell Chlor-Alkali Plants Residual Risk and Technology Review'' and ``National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Primary Magesium Refining Residual Risk and Technology Review,'' published on January 8, 2021, ``National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Flexible Foam Fabrication Operations Residual Risk and Technology Review and Flexible Polyurethane Foam Production and Fabrication Area Source Technology Review,'' published on January 11, 2021, ``National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Refractory Products Manufacturing Residual Risk and Technology Review'' and ``National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Carbon Black Production Residual Risk and Technology Review,'' published January 14, 2021, and ``National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Cyanide Chemicals Manufacturing Residual Risk and Technology Review,'' published on January 15, 2021, to allow additional time for stakeholders to review and comment on the proposals.

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve parts of state implementation plan (SIP) submissions, submitted by the State of Alaska (Alaska or the State) to address Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) requirements for the 2006 24-hour fine particulate matter (PM<INF>2.5</INF>) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) in the Fairbanks North Star Borough PM<INF>2.5</INF> nonattainment area (Fairbanks PM<INF>2.5</INF> Nonattainment Area). EPA is also proposing to approve rule revisions and an associated air quality control plan chapter submitted by Alaska into the Federally-approved SIP. Alaska made these submissions on December 13, 2019, (Fairbanks Serious Plan) and December 15, 2020.

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a revision to the Imperial County Air Pollution Control District (ICAPCD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). This revision concerns emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NO<INF>X</INF>) from new and replacement residential-type natural gas-fired water heaters. 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: 
Monday, February 22, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a revision to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD or ``the District'') portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). This revision concerns the District's New Source Review (NSR) permitting program for new and modified sources of air pollution under section 110(a)(2)(C) of the Clean Air Act (CAA); specifically our proposal to approve Rule 2021: Experimental Research Operations. We are taking comments on this proposal and plan to follow with a final action.

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve two rule revisions to the Mendocino County Air Quality Managment District (MCAQMD or ``District'') portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern the District's prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) permitting program for new and modified stationary sources of air pollution. We are proposing action on these local rules pursuant to requirements under Part C of Title I of the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (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, February 22, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

This notice announces the availability of applicability determinations, alternative monitoring decisions, and regulatory interpretations made by EPA with regard to the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS); the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP); the Emission Guidelines and Federal Plan Requirements for existing sources; and/or the Stratospheric Ozone Protection Program.

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

Pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submittal from Louisiana submitted on November 4, 2020 for the 2015 ozone (O3), 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 (NAAQS). 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: 
Friday, February 19, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the Placer County Air Pollution Control District (PCAPCD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NO<INF>X</INF>) and particulate matter (PM) from open burning. We are proposing to approve local 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, February 19, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve Oregon State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted on November 3, 2014 and September 27, 2019. The submitted revisions incorporate by reference the most recent updates to Oregon's Smoke Management Plan. EPA is acting only on the most recent version of such regulations as the previous versions are no longer in effect as a matter of state law. EPA is also making technical corrections related to previous approvals of components of Oregon's SIP. EPA is proposing to determine that the changes are consistent with Clean Air Act requirements.

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

On October 22, 2012, the EPA published a final rule in the Federal Register promulgating a Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) intended to address regional haze obligations for the Territory of the United States Virgin Islands. However, at that time EPA erroneously failed to incorporate into the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) certain emission limits that had been determined to be necessary to satisfy those obligations and that had been proposed and included in the docket for the action. EPA is proposing to correct this inadvertent error by incorporating the previously noticed limits into the CFR. EPA is not reopening any of its previous determinations here.

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

On January 15, 2021, EPA issued a Federal Register notice of public hearing and supplemental information regarding a recommendation submitted by the Ozone Transport Commission (OTC) to address ongoing ozone pollution in the northeastern United States. The OTC has recommended that EPA require Pennsylvania to revise its state implementation plan (SIP) to include additional control measures that would establish daily limits on emissions of nitrogen oxides (NO<INF>X</INF>) from coal-fired electricity generating units (EGUs) with already-installed selective catalytic reduction (SCR) or selective noncatalytic reduction (SNCR) controls. This document extends the comment period for 30 days, from March 8, 2021 to April 7, 2021.

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

On September 16, 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule titled ``Air Plan Approval; California; Consumer Products Regulations.'' That publication inadvertently omitted the amendatory instructions revising the entries that relate to California's Tables of Maximum Incremental Reactivity (MIR) Values in the table listing the approved State rules in the California state implementation plan (SIP). This document corrects this omission and revises the entries accordingly.

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

Whenever the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgates a new or revised National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS), the Clean Air Act requires each state to make a State Implementation Plan (SIP) submission to establish that its SIP provides for the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of the revised NAAQS. This type of SIP submission is commonly referred to as an infrastructure SIP submission. The EPA is approving the State of Washington's September 30, 2019 and April 3, 2020, SIP submissions as meeting specific infrastructure requirements for the 2010 sulfur dioxide and 2015 ozone NAAQS.

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving the State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by Washington on February 7, 2018 as meeting certain Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements for interstate transport of the 2010 1-hour Sulfur Dioxide (SO<INF>2</INF>) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The EPA has determined that emissions from Washington sources will not contribute significantly to nonattainment or interfere with the maintenance of the 2010 1-hour SO<INF>2</INF> NAAQS in any other state.

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

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

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

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

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to authorize various contractors to access information that is submitted to EPA and which may be claimed as, or may be determined to be, confidential business information (CBI). The information is related to EPA's fuel quality programs.

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to redesignate the Idaho portion of the Logan, Utah-Idaho fine particulate matter (PM<INF>2.5</INF>) nonattainment area (Logan UT-ID NAA) to attainment for the 2006 PM<INF>2.5</INF> National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). EPA is also proposing to approve a maintenance plan for the area demonstrating continued compliance with the 2006 PM<INF>2.5</INF> NAAQS through 2031, which the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (IDEQ) submitted along with the redesignation request on September 13, 2019, for inclusion into the Idaho State Implementation Plan (SIP). Additionally, EPA is proposing to approve the 2031 motor vehicle emissions budgets included in Idaho's maintenance plan for PM<INF>2.5</INF>, nitrogen oxides (NO<INF>X</INF>) and volatile organic compounds (VOC). EPA is proposing this action pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approves a revision to the State of New Jersey's State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) related to a source-specific SIP for CMC Steel New Jersey, located at 1 N Crossman, Sayreville, New Jersey (Facility). The control options in this source- specific SIP address volatile organic compounds (VOC) and nitrogen oxide (NO<INF>X</INF>) Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) for the Facility's electric arc furnace (Sayreville EAF) to continue to operate under the current New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) approved VOC and NO<INF>X</INF> emission limits for the Sayreville EAF.

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

Pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving elements of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) submission from the State of Arkansas (State) for the 2015 Ozone (O<INF>3</INF>) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The State's submission addresses structural SIP requirements for implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of the 2015 O<INF>3</INF> NAAQS (infrastructure SIP or i-SIP). The i-SIP ensures that the Arkansas SIP is adequate to meet the State's responsibilities under the CAA for this NAAQS. We are also approving changes to certain existing State regulations to make them consistent with requirements for the 2015 O<INF>3</INF> NAAQS.

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a revision to the Illinois State Implementation Plan (SIP). The revision will amend the Illinois Administrative Code (IAC) by updating the definition of volatile organic material (VOM) and volatile organic compounds (VOC) to exclude (Z)-1,1,1,4,4,4-hexafluorobut-2-ene. This revision is consistent with an EPA rulemaking in 2018, which exempted this compound from the Federal definition of VOC on the basis that the compound makes a negligible contribution to tropospheric ozone formation.

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

Pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator signed an Order, dated July 15, 2020, partially granting and partially denying a petition to object to a state operating permit issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Environment Protection (PADEP). The Order responds to a January 8, 2020 petition, relating to Northampton Generating Co., LP's Northampton Plant (Northampton), an electric utility generation facility located in Northampton County, Pennsylvania. The petition was submitted by the Sierra Club and the Clean Air Council. This Order constitutes final action on that petition requesting that the Administrator object to the issuance of the proposed CAA title V permit.

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

Pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA), the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed an Order, dated December 11, 2020, granting a petition to object to a state operating permit issued by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE). The Order responds to a February 4, 2019 petition, relating to the Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority's Montgomery County Resource Recovery Facility (MCRRF), a municipal solid waste resource recovery facility located in Montgomery County, Maryland. The petition was submitted by the Environmental Integrity Project and the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (the Petitioners). This Order constitutes final action on that petition requesting that the Administrator object to the issuance of the proposed CAA title V permit.

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

The Draft Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2019 is available for public review. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requests recommendations for improving the overall quality of the inventory report to be finalized in April 2021, as well as subsequent inventory reports.

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or the Agency) is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Federal Implementation Plans under the Clean Air Act for Indian Reservations in Idaho, Oregon and Washington 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 in this document. This is a proposal to extend the current ICR, which expires on August 31, 2021. An Agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information, unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a revision to the Indiana State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted on July 16, 2020, by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). The revision incorporates changes to Indiana's existing emission reporting rule to be consistent with the emissions statement requirements in the Clean Air Act (CAA). The CAA requires stationary sources in ozone nonattainment areas to submit annual emissions statements. The revision to the rule extends the requirements in Indiana's emission reporting rule to Clark and Floyd counties, which were designated nonattainment under the 2015 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) in 2018, and removes the requirement for Lawrenceburg Township in Dearborn County and to LaPorte County, because these areas are currently designated attainment for the 1997, 2008 and 2015 ozone standards.

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the Indiana sulfur dioxide (SO<INF>2</INF>) State Implementation Plan (SIP). The State of Indiana has requested these SIP revisions in order to satisfy the requirements of a Federal consent decree. If approved, these revisions would limit annual bypass venting limits in the sulfur-containing waste gas emissions from a coking and power generating facility in Lake County, Indiana which is owned and operated by Indiana Harbor Coke Company (IHCC) and Cokenergy LLC (Cokenergy). The revisions would also require Cokenergy to operate and maintain a permanent SO<INF>2</INF> flow rate monitor and improve the percent control capture efficiency of the facility. The rulemaking also includes technical corrections and clarifications that do not have a substantive effect of the application of the rule.

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is re-opening the comment period for a proposed rule published February 11, 2021. On February 11, 2021, EPA proposed to approve, under the Clean Air Act, an Ohio rule that would allow for the extension of an installation permit which is the subject of an appeal by a party other than the owner or operator of the air contaminant source. In response to requests from members of the public, EPA is re-opening the comment period for an additional 30 days.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, February 11, 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 portions of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Texas that describes how CAA requirements for Nonattainment New Source Review (NNSR) and emission statements are met in the Dallas- Fort Worth (DFW), Houston-Galveston-Brazoria (HGB), and Bexar County ozone nonattainment areas for the 2015 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, February 11, 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 nine 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 only proposing to approve source-specific (also referred to as ``case-by-case'') RACT determinations for eight of the nine major sources submitted by PADEP. These RACT evaluations were submitted to meet RACT requirements for the 1997 and 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: 
Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve negative declarations in lieu of state plans to satisfy the requirements in the Emission Guidelines and Compliance Times for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills for the State of Maine and the State of Rhode Island. The negative declarations certify that there are no existing facilities in the States that must comply with this rule.

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a portion of a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Virginia. The portion for approval consists of negative declarations for certain specified Control Techniques Guidelines (CTG), including the 2016 Oil and Natural Gas CTG (2016 Oil and Gas CTG), as well as a number of other negative declarations for Alternative Control Techniques (ACTs) for the 2008 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). The negative declarations cover only those CTGs or ACTs for which there are no sources subject to those CTGs or ACTs located in the Northern Virginia Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Emissions Control Area. EPA is approving these revisions to the Virginia SIP in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Maryland. This revision provides Maryland's determination, via a negative declaration, that there are no sources within its borders subject to EPA's 2016 Oil and Natural Gas Control Techniques Guidelines (2016 Oil and Gas CTG). This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) submission by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Except as noted below, this submission satisfies the infrastructure requirements 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. We are issuing a finding of failure to submit pertaining to the various aspects of infrastructure SIPs relating to the prevention of significant deterioration (PSD). The Commonwealth has long been subject to a Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) regarding PSD, thus the finding of failure to submit will result in no sanctions or further FIP requirements. In this action we do not address CAA section 110(a)(2)(D)(i)(I) requirements regarding interstate transport, because we previously approved the Commonwealth's submission addressing these requirements for the 2015 ozone standard. This action is being taken in accordance with the Clean Air Act.

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This 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 Altoona, Blair County, Pennsylvania area (Altoona 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: 
Friday, May 7, 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 Clearfield/Indiana, Pennsylvania area (``Clearfield/Indiana 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, February 9, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This 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 Erie County, Pennsylvania Area (Erie Area). This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This 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 Harrisburg-Lebanon-Carlisle 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, February 9, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This 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 Johnstown, Pennsylvania area (Johnstown 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, February 9, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This 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 York-Adams Area. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, February 9, 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 major sources of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and nitrogen oxides (NO<INF>X</INF>) pursuant to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's conditionally approved RACT regulations. In this rulemaking action, EPA is only proposing to approve source specific (also referred to as ``case-by-case'') RACT determinations for nine major sources located in Philadelphia 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: 
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of West Virginia. This revision updates West Virginia's incorporation by reference of EPA's national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) and the associated monitoring reference and equivalent methods. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) of the District of Columbia. This SIP revision will fulfill the District of Columbia's Nonattainment New Source Review (NNSR) SIP element requirement for the 2015 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a negative declaration submitted by the State of Maryland for Sewage Sludge Incineration (SSI) units. This negative declaration submitted by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) certifies that SSI units subject to sections 111(d) and 129 of the Clean Air Act (CAA) do not exist within the jurisdiction of the State of Maryland. EPA is approving this certification in accordance with the requirements of the CAA.

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Connecticut. This revision proposes to approve into the Connecticut SIP state regulations that apply restrictions on emissions of criteria pollutants for which EPA has established National Ambient Air Quality Standards. Separately, we are also proposing to approve Connecticut regulations that apply restrictions on emissions of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs). The Connecticut regulations impose legally and practicably enforceable emissions limitations restricting eligible sources' actual and potential emissions below major stationary source thresholds, if a source chooses to be covered by the regulations. Such restrictions would generally allow eligible sources to avoid having to comply with reasonably available control technology (RACT) that would otherwise apply to major stationary sources, title V operating permit requirements, or other requirements that apply only to major stationary sources. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act.

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of New Hampshire on March 11, 2019. This revision establishes sulfur content limitations for fuels. In addition, the State requested withdrawal from the SIP of the existing sulfur limitations regulation, which will be superseded by the State's revised sulfur limitations regulation. The intended effect of this action is to approve the State's March 11, 2019 submittal into the New Hampshire SIP and remove from the SIP the superseded sulfur in fuels limitations. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, February 8, 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. This 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 Tioga County, Pennsylvania area (Tioga County Area). This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of Rhode Island. These revisions update Rhode Island air pollution control regulations for volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from consumer products and architectural and industrial maintenance coatings. The intended effect of this action is to approval the revised regulations. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act.

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC). This SIP revision consists of the 2010 amendments to the State of Delaware's Mobile Equipment Repair and Refinishing (MERR) regulations to incorporate the Ozone Transport Commission's (OTC) 2009 Motor Vehicle and Mobile Equipment Non-Assembly Line Coating Operations regulations (MVMERR) model rule. The MVMERR rule establishes updated volatile organic compounds (VOC) content limits for coating and cleaning solvents used in vehicle refinishing and standards for coating application, work practices, monitoring, and recordkeeping. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).

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

This action provides public notice and solicits comment on a request by Rohm and Haas Chemicals LLC, a subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company (Dow), under the Clean Air Act (CAA), for an alternative means of emission limitation (AMEL) for the Standards of Performance for Volatile Organic Liquid Storage Vessels, that would apply to a proposed new vinyl acetate bulk storage tank to be used at its chemical plant in Kankakee, Illinois.

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

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to submit the below listed Information Collection Requests (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). Before doing so, the EPA is soliciting public comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below. These are proposed extensions of the currently approved ICRs. An agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is extending the comment period for a proposed Settlement Agreement to resolve petitions for review filed by the State of Wyoming (``Wyoming'') and PacifiCorp with respect to PacifiCorp's Wyodak electric generating unit (EGU). Notice of the proposed Settlement Agreement was published in the Federal Register on January 4, 2021. The notice provided for a 30-day public comment period ending on February 3, 2021. EPA received a request from the public seeking a 30-day extension of the comment period. In response to this request, EPA is extending the comment period for an additional 30 days until March 5, 2021.

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

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to its National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC). The NEJAC was chartered to provide advice regarding broad, cross-cutting issues related to environmental justice. This notice solicits nominations to fill approximately seven (7) new vacancies for terms through September 2022. To maintain the representation outlined by the charter, nominees will be selected to represent: Academia (1 vacancy); community-based organizations (2 vacancies); non-governmental organizations (1 vacancy); state and local governments (2 vacancies); and tribal governments and indigenous organizations (1 vacancy). We are interested in adding members located in EPA regions 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 10. Vacancies are anticipated to be filled by September 2021. Sources in addition to this Federal Register Notice will be utilized in the solicitation of nominees.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, January 29, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), NSPS for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills (EPA ICR Number 2498.04, OMB Control Number 2060-0697), 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 January 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, January 22, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

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

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Maine. 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 action includes all elements of these infrastructure requirements except for the ``Good Neighbor'' or ``transport'' provisions, which will be addressed in a future action. EPA is also approving a State of Maine submittal of amendments to 06- 096 CMR Chapter 110, ``Ambient Air Quality Standards,'' as well as a submittal of statutory conflict-of-interest provisions in 38 Maine Revised Statutes Annotated (MRSA) Section 341-A and 341-C; resulting in the conversion of a number of previous conditional approvals. In addition, EPA is approving 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 action is being taken under the Clean Air Act.

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

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

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve portions of revisions to a State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of North Carolina through the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Air Quality (DAQ), on September 18, 2009, and July 10, 2019. These SIP revisions seek to modify the State's rules that define the categories of facilities that are exempted from Title V permitting requirements by limiting their potential emissions (``exclusionary rules'') and the categories of facilities that are exempted from the State's rules that address the permitting requirements for non-Title V facilities (``permit exemption rules''). EPA is proposing to approve this revision pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act).

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

On October 8, 2020, 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: 
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

On October 8, 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent the State of West Virginia (West Virginia) a letter acknowledging that West Virginia's delegation of authority to implement and enforce the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) 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 West Virginia through this notice.

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

On November 9, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule titled ``National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Polyvinyl Chloride and Copolymers Production Reconsideration.'' The EPA is reopening the comment period on the proposed rule that closed on January 8, 2021. The comment period will reopen until February 8, 2021, to allow additional time for stakeholders to review and comment on the proposal.

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing modifications of certain compliance dates under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. First, EPA is extending the RFS compliance deadline for the 2019 compliance year and the associated deadline for submission of attest engagement reports for the 2019 compliance year for small refineries. The new deadlines are November 30, 2021, and June 1, 2022, respectively. Second, EPA is extending the RFS compliance deadline for the 2020 compliance year and the associated deadline for submission of attest engagement reports for the 2020 compliance year for obligated parties. The new deadlines are January 31, 2022, and June 1, 2022, respectively. Finally, EPA is extending the deadline for submission of attest engagement reports for the 2021 compliance year for obligated parties to September 1, 2022.

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

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing amendments to the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for the Carbon Black Production major source category. The proposal addresses the results of the residual risk and technology review (RTR) for this source category as required under the Clean Air Act (CAA). The proposed amendments address hazardous air pollutant (HAP) emissions that occur after the main unit filter of a carbon black production unit, as well as emissions from boilers and process heaters. The proposed amendments also address the startup, shutdown, and malfunction (SSM) provisions of the existing standards, and would require electronic reporting of certain notifications, performance test results, and semiannual reports. Additionally, the proposal addresses the results of the technology review for the Carbon Black Production Area Source NESHAP.

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

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing amendments to address the results of the residual risk and technology review (RTR) that the EPA is required to conduct in accordance with the Clean Air Act (CAA) with regard to the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Refractory Products Manufacturing. The EPA is proposing to find the risks due to emissions of air toxics from this source category under the current standards to be acceptable and that the standards provide an ample margin of safety to protect public health. We are proposing no revisions to the existing numerical emission limits based on these analyses; however, we are proposing new provisions for certain hazardous air pollutants (HAP). The EPA is also proposing to amend provisions addressing emissions during periods of startup, shutdown, and malfunction (SSM) and provisions addressing emissions during periods of scheduled maintenance; to amend provisions regarding electronic reporting of performance test results; and to make miscellaneous clarifying and technical corrections.

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

In this final action, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing a significant contribution finding (SCF) for purposes of regulating source categories for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, under section 111(b) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for electric generating units (EGUs), and in doing so, reaffirming that EGUs remain a listed source category. The EPA has reached that conclusion by articulating a framework under which source categories are considered to contribute significantly to dangerous air pollution due to their GHG emissions if the amount of those emissions exceeds 3 percent of total U.S. GHG emissions. The EPA is applying the 3-percent threshold to the EGU source category to demonstrate that GHG emissions from the EGU source category would contribute significantly to dangerous air pollution. While EGU GHG emissions exceed this threshold by a sufficient magnitude to warrant an SCF without more ado, the EPA has also, for completeness, analyzed EGU emissions under a secondary criteria framework, which also demonstrates the propriety of the SCF.

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

In this final action, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing a significant contribution finding (SCF) for purposes of regulating source categories for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, under section 111(b) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for electric generating units (EGUs), and in doing so, reaffirming that EGUs remain a listed source category. The EPA has reached that conclusion by articulating a framework under which source categories are considered to contribute significantly to dangerous air pollution due to their GHG emissions if the amount of those emissions exceeds 3 percent of total U.S. GHG emissions. The EPA is applying the 3-percent threshold to the EGU source category to demonstrate that GHG emissions from the EGU source category would contribute significantly to dangerous air pollution. While EGU GHG emissions exceed this threshold by a sufficient magnitude to warrant an SCF without more ado, the EPA has also, for completeness, analyzed EGU emissions under a secondary criteria framework, which also demonstrates the propriety of the SCF.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve, or conditionally approve, all or 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 2008 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS or ``standards'') in the Nevada County (Western part), California ozone nonattainment area (``Western Nevada County''). The SIP revision is the ``Ozone Attainment Plan, Western Nevada County, State Implementation Plan for the 2008 Primary Federal 8-Hour Ozone Standard of .075 ppm'' (``2018 Western Nevada County Ozone Plan'' or ``Plan''). The 2018 Western Nevada County Ozone Plan addresses the Serious nonattainment area requirements for the 2008 ozone NAAQS, including the requirements for emissions inventories, attainment demonstration, reasonable further progress, reasonably available control measures, and contingency measures, among others; and establishes motor vehicle emissions budgets. The EPA is proposing to approve the 2018 Western Nevada County Ozone Plan as meeting all the applicable ozone nonattainment area requirements except for the contingency measures requirement, for which the EPA is proposing conditional approval. In addition, the EPA is beginning the adequacy process for the 2020 motor vehicle emissions budgets in the 2018 Western Nevada County Ozone Plan through this proposed rulemaking.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, January 11, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), Experimental Use Permits (EUPs) for Pesticides (EPA ICR Number 0276.17 and OMB Control Number 2070- 0040), 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 an existing ICR, which is currently approved through February 28, 2021. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register on August 17, 2020. 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 current valid OMB control number.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, January 11, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted the following information collection request (ICR), Pesticide Program Public Sector Collections (FIFRA Sections 18 & 24(c)) (EPA ICR Number 2311.04 and OMB Control Number 2070-0182), 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 ICR, which is currently approved through February 28, 2021. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register on August 17, 2020 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. An agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, January 11, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is adopting greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards applicable to certain classes of engines used by certain civil subsonic jet airplanes with a maximum takeoff mass greater than 5,700 kilograms and by certain civil larger subsonic propeller-driven airplanes with turboprop engines having a maximum takeoff mass greater than 8,618 kilograms. These standards are equivalent to the airplane carbon dioxide (CO<INF>2)</INF> standards adopted by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in 2017 and apply to both new type design airplanes and in-production airplanes. The standards in this rule reflect U.S. efforts to secure the highest practicable degree of international uniformity in aviation regulations and standards. The standards also meet the EPA's obligation under section 231 of the Clean Air Act (CAA) to adopt GHG standards for certain classes of airplanes as a result of the 2016 ``Finding That Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Aircraft Cause or Contribute to Air Pollution That May Reasonably Be Anticipated To Endanger Public Health and Welfare'' (hereinafter ``2016 Findings'')--for six well-mixed GHGs emitted by certain classes of airplane engines. Airplane engines emit only two of the six well-mixed GHGs, CO<INF>2</INF> and nitrous oxide (N<INF>2</INF>O). Accordingly, EPA is adopting the fuel-efficiency- based metric established by ICAO, which will control both the GHGs emitted by airplane engines, CO<INF>2</INF> and N<INF>2</INF>O.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, January 11, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), Emission Guidelines and Compliance Times for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills (EPA ICR Number 2522.03, OMB Control Number 2060-0720), 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 February 28, 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: 
Monday, January 11, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), NESHAP for Solvent Extraction for Vegetable Oil Production (40 CFR part 63, subpart GGGG) (EPA ICR Number 1947.10, OMB Control Number 2060-0471), 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 February 28, 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: 
Monday, January 11, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), NSPS for Asphalt Processing and Roofing Manufacture (EPA ICR Number 0661.13, OMB Control Number 2060- 0002), 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 February 28, 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: 
Monday, January 11, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), NSPS for Electric Utility Steam Generating Units (EPA ICR Number 1053.13, OMB Control Number 2060- 0023), 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 February 28, 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: 
Monday, January 11, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), NSPS for Small Industrial- Commercial-Institutional Steam Generating Units (EPA ICR Number 1564.11, OMB Control Number 2060-0202), 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 February 28, 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, including its estimated burden and cost to the public, is given below. 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, January 11, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), NESHAP for Radon Emissions from Operating Mill Tailings (EPA ICR Number 2464.03, OMB Control Number 2060-0706) 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, 2020. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register on August 20, 2020 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. An agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, January 11, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

This action presents the proposed results of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) residual risk and technology review (RTR) required under the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for major source Flexible Polyurethane Foam Fabrication Operations, initially promulgated in 2003. Pursuant to the CAA, this action also presents the proposed results of the technology review for the NESHAP for two area source categories, Flexible Polyurethane Foam Production and Flexible Polyurethane Foam Fabrication, which are combined in one subpart initially promulgated in 2007. In this action, the EPA is proposing to establish a numeric emission limit for one major source subcategory; remove exemptions for periods of startup, shutdown, and malfunction (SSM) and specify that the emissions standards apply at all times; require periodic performance tests; and require electronic reporting of performance test results and compliance reports. Implementation of these proposed rules is not expected to result in significant changes to the hazardous air pollutant (HAP) emissions from affected facilities in these three source categories or to human health impacts or environmental impacts associated with those emissions. However, this action, if finalized, would result in improved monitoring, compliance, and implementation of the existing standards and codify existing industry practices to prevent backsliding.

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

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing the results of the residual risk and technology review (RTR) of the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for mercury emissions from Mercury Cell Chlor-Alkali Plants, as required by the Clean Air Act (CAA). The EPA is proposing to find risks due to emissions of hazardous air pollutants (HAP) to be acceptable from the Mercury Cell Chlor-Alkali Plants source category, and to determine that the current NESHAP provides an ample margin of safety to protect public health and that no more stringent standards are necessary to prevent, taking into consideration costs, energy, safety, and other relevant factors, an adverse environmental effect. The EPA is proposing to amend the requirements for cell room fugitive mercury emissions to require work practice standards for the cell rooms and to require instrumental monitoring of cell room fugitive mercury emissions under the technology review. Furthermore, under our technology review and maximum achievable control technology (MACT) analysis, we are proposing to not require conversion to non-mercury production technology and invite comments and data and information regarding this proposed determination. In addition, the EPA is proposing standards for fugitive chlorine emissions from mercury cell chlor-alkali plants, which are not currently regulated under the NESHAP. The EPA is proposing to address applicability for thermal mercury recovery units when chlorine and caustic are no longer produced in mercury cells. The EPA is also proposing revisions related to emissions during periods of startup, shutdown, and malfunction (SSM); provisions for electronic submission of performance test results, performance evaluation reports, and Notification of Compliance Status (NOCS) reports; and correction of various compliance errors in the current rule.

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

This proposal presents the results of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) residual risk and technology review (RTR) for the National Emission Standards for the Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Primary Magnesium Refining, as required under the Clean Air Act (CAA). Based on the results of the risk review, the EPA is proposing that risks from emissions of air toxics from this source category are acceptable and that after removing the exemptions for startup, shutdown, and malfunction (SSM), the NESHAP provides an ample margin of safety. Furthermore, under the technology review, we are proposing one development in technology and practices that will require continuous pH monitoring for all control devices used to meet the acid gas emission limits of this subpart. In addition, as part of the technology review, the EPA is addressing a previously unregulated source of chlorine emissions, known as the chlorine bypass stack (CBS), by proposing a maximum achievable control technology (MACT) emissions standard for chlorine emissions from this source. The EPA also is proposing amendments to the regulatory provisions related to emissions during periods of SSM, including removing exemptions for periods of SSM and adding a work practice standard for malfunction events associated with the chlorine reduction burner (CRB); all emission limits will apply at all other times. In addition, the EPA is proposing electronic reporting of performance test results and performance evaluation reports.

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve in part and to disapprove in part the state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Arizona to meet Clean Air Act (CAA or ``Act'') requirements for the 1987 PM<INF>10</INF> national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS or ``standard'') in the West Pinal County PM<INF>10</INF> nonattainment area. The State of Arizona's ``2015 West Pinal Moderate PM<INF>10</INF> Nonattainment Area SIP'' (``West Pinal County PM<INF>10</INF> Plan'') addresses the CAA nonattainment area requirements for the 1987 PM<INF>10</INF> NAAQS, including requirements for an emissions inventory, an attainment demonstration, reasonable further progress, reasonably available control measures, contingency measures, and motor vehicle emissions budgets. The EPA is proposing to approve the base year 2008 emissions inventory for direct PM<INF>10</INF> and to disapprove the remaining elements of the West Pinal County PM<INF>10</INF> Plan.

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing a partial approval, partial disapproval, and partial conditional approval of revisions to the Maricopa County Air Quality Department (MCAQD or County) portion of the Arizona State Implementation Plan (SIP). This action concerns the County'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 Phoenix-Mesa ozone nonattainment area under the jurisdiction of the MCAQD. The EPA is also finalizing a conditional approval of a MCAQD rule that regulates emissions from surface coating operations and was submitted with the RACT SIP demonstration.

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

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

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

Notice is hereby given that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has posted on its website a final guidance document titled, ``Guidance on the Preparation of Clean Air Act Section 179B Demonstrations for Nonattainment Areas Affected by International Transport of Emissions.''

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of the MOtor Vehicle Emission Simulator model (MOVES3) for official purposes outside of California. MOVES3 is the latest state-of- the art upgrade to EPA's modeling tools for estimating emissions from cars, trucks, buses, and motorcycles based on the latest data and regulations. MOVES3 is available for use in state implementation plans (SIPs) and transportation conformity analyses outside of California. This notice starts a two-year grace period before MOVES3 will need to be used as the latest EPA emissions model in new regional emissions analyses and a two-year grace period before MOVES3 will need to be used in new hot-spot analyses for transportation conformity determinations outside of California.

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

Reducing childhood lead exposure is a priority for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). As part of EPA's efforts to reduce childhood lead exposure, and in coordination with the President's Task Force on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children, EPA reevaluated the 2001 dust-lead clearance levels (DLCL). Clearance levels indicate the amount of lead in dust on a surface following the completion of an abatement activity. Surface dust is collected via dust wipe samples that are sent to a laboratory for analysis to determine whether clearance has been achieved. The post- abatement dust-lead levels are evaluated against, and must be below, the applicable clearance levels. The DLCL have not changed since they were issued in 2001. EPA is finalizing its proposal to lower the DLCL from 40 micrograms of per square foot ([mu]g/ft\2\) to 10 [mu]g/ft\2\ for floors, and from 250 [mu]g/ft\2\ to 100 [mu]g/ft\2\ for window sills.

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

This action establishes how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will consider the availability of dose-response data underlying pivotal science used in its significant regulatory actions and influential scientific information. When promulgating significant regulatory actions or developing influential scientific information for which the conclusions are driven by the quantitative relationship between the amount of dose or exposure to a pollutant, contaminant, or substance and an effect, the EPA will give greater consideration to studies where the underlying dose- response data are available in a manner sufficient for independent validation. This action also requires the EPA to identify and make publicly available the science that serves as the basis for informing a significant regulatory action at the proposed or draft stage to the extent practicable; reinforces the applicability of peer review requirements for pivotal science; and provides criteria for the Administrator to exempt certain studies from the requirements of this rulemaking.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, December 31, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

Based on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) review of the air quality criteria and the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for photochemical oxidants including ozone (O<INF>3</INF>), the EPA is retaining the current standards, without revision.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, December 28, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is correcting a final rule that appeared in the Federal Register on November 19, 2020, and will become effective on January 19, 2021. The EPA finalized the amendments to the General Provisions that apply to National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP). This action corrects inadvertent typographical errors and redundant text in the Federal Register. The corrections described in this action do not affect the substantive requirements of the final rule implementing the plain language reading of the ``major source'' and ``area source'' definitions of section 112 of the Clean Air Act.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, December 23, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality's (ADEQ) portion of the Arizona State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions are primarily intended to make corrections to the ADEQ's SIP- approved rules for the issuance of New Source Review (NSR) permits for stationary sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act). This proposed action will update the ADEQ's NSR rules in the SIP and correct the remaining deficiencies in the ADEQ's NSR program that we identified in final EPA rulemaking actions in 2015 and 2016. Additionally, we are proposing a finding that the ADEQ's SIP-approved NSR permitting program meets requirements for visibility protection for major NSR sources under the Act and are proposing to remove Federal Implementation Plans (FIPs) related to these requirements. We are seeking comment on our proposed action and plan to follow with a final action.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, December 23, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing approval of revision to the Missouri State Implementation Plan (SIP), submitted by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MoDNR) on September 15, 2020. The proposed revision removes the Kansas City, Missouri low Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) requirement which required gasoline sold in the Kansas City, Missouri area to have a seven pounds per square inch Reid Vapor Pressure from June 1 to September 15. The majority of the state is subject to the Clean Air Act (CAA) nine pounds per square inch Reid Vapor Pressure from June 1 to September 15. If approved the Kansas City, Missouri area would be subject to the Clean Air Act Reid Vapor Pressure requirement. In addition, EPA anticipates issuing a separate proposal for the Kansas side of the Kansas City metro area.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, December 23, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

This rule establishes processes that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be required to undertake in promulgating regulations under the Clean Air Act (CAA) to ensure that information regarding the benefits and costs of regulatory decisions is provided and considered in a consistent and transparent manner. The EPA is establishing procedural requirements governing the preparation, development, presentation, and consideration of benefit-cost analyses (BCA), including risk assessments used in the BCA, for significant rulemakings conducted under the CAA. Together, these requirements will help ensure that the EPA implements its statutory obligations under the CAA, and describes its work in implementing those obligations, in a way that is consistent and transparent.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, December 22, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY 2020 NDAA) was signed into law on December 19, 2019. Section 7361 of the FY 2020 NDAA directs the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to publish interim guidance on the destruction and disposal of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and materials containing PFAS. The EPA is releasing the interim guidance for public comment. The guidance provides information on technologies that may be feasible and appropriate for the destruction or disposal of PFAS and PFAS-containing materials. It also identifies needed and ongoing research and development activities related to destruction and disposal technologies, which may inform future guidance.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, March 17, 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 January 15, 2019, and supplemented by letter on June 14, 2019. Missouri requests that the EPA remove a rule related to control of emissions from the solvent cleanup operations in the Kansas City, Missouri area from its SIP. This removal does not have an adverse effect on air quality. The EPA's approval of this rule revision is in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and will ensure consistency between state and federally-approved rules.

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

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing notice of the availability of data on emission allowance allocations to certain units under the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) trading programs. EPA has completed final calculations for the second round of allocations of allowances from the CSAPR new unit set-asides (NUSAs) for the 2020 control periods and has posted spreadsheets containing the calculations on EPA's website. EPA has also completed calculations for allocations of the remaining 2020 NUSA allowances to existing units and has posted spreadsheets containing those calculations on EPA's website as well.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, December 18, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

Based on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) review of the air quality criteria and the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter (PM), the Administrator has reached final decisions on the primary and secondary PM NAAQS. With regard to the primary standards meant to protect against fine particle exposures (i.e., annual and 24-hour PM<INF>2.5</INF> standards), the primary standard meant to protect against coarse particle exposures (i.e., 24-hour PM<INF>10</INF> standard), and the secondary PM<INF>2.5</INF> and PM<INF>10</INF> standards, the EPA is retaining the current standards, without revision.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, December 14, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving two state implementation plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. These revisions address certain reasonably available control technology (RACT) requirements, specifically those related to control technique guidelines (CTGs) for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and the addition of regulations controlling VOC emissions from industrial cleaning solvents. These submissions are part of Pennsylvania's efforts to implement RACT for the 2008 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).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, December 14, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The United States Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance has issued EPA Tampering Policy: The EPA Enforcement Policy on Vehicle and Engine Tampering and Aftermarket Defeat Devices under the Clean Air Act. This Policy states how the EPA intends to handle certain potential civil violations of the Clean Air Act's prohibitions on tampering with vehicle and engine emissions controls as well as the manufacturing, selling, offering to sell, and installation of parts and components that defeat emissions controls. The EPA Tampering Policy creates no obligations on regulated parties, and it is not a rule. Further, it is principally a restatement of currently applicable enforcement discretion policies. The EPA Tampering Policy supersedes and replaces former statements of enforcement policy, as specified in the Policy itself. The EPA Tampering Policy neither supersedes nor replaces a 1986 enforcement policy that is specific to replacement catalytic converters for light- duty gasoline motor vehicles that are beyond their emissions warranty. Rather, with this Federal Register document, the EPA requests information to help the agency make a future decision on whether and how to update or withdraw the 1986 catalyst policy. EPA does not anticipate any measurable costs to be incurred by the affected entities associated with the Tampering Policy or the request for information regarding the 1986 catalyst policy.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, December 11, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

This determination of acceptability expands the list of acceptable substitutes pursuant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program. This action lists as acceptable additional substitutes for use in the refrigeration and air conditioning, foam blowing, and fire suppression sectors.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

Due to the receipt of adverse comment, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is withdrawing the October 9, 2020, direct final rule to update the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) to codify its findings that nine areas in four states attained the revoked 1997 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) by the applicable attainment dates. The EPA will address all comments received in a subsequent final rule for which the EPA will not institute a second comment period.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a meeting of the Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards (STAA) Committee. The purpose of the meeting is to review the 2020 STAA nominations and to make recommendations for awards. The meeting is closed to the public.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to submit a renewal of an information collection request (ICR), ``Implementation of the 8-hour National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone: State Implementation Plan Requirements'' (EPA ICR No. 2347.04, OMB Control No. 2060-0695), to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). This renewal provides updated burden estimates for the 2021-2024 time period for implementing the 2008 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), and it provides new burden estimates for the information collection resulting from implementation of the 2015 ozone NAAQS. It also provides new burden estimates for the information collection resulting from ongoing implementation of the revoked 1997 ozone NAAQS. Before submittal to OMB, the EPA is soliciting public comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below. The time period covered in this ICR renewal is a 3-year period from April 2021 through April 2024. 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, December 7, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) and the Small Communities Advisory Subcommittee (SCAS) will conduct a virtual meeting. Due to unforeseen circumstances with scheduling key officials, EPA is announcing this meeting with less than 15 calendar days' notice. Notice has previously been posted to EPA's website.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, December 4, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

This action updates many of EPA's existing gasoline, diesel, and other fuel quality programs to improve overall compliance assurance and maintain environmental performance, while reducing compliance costs for industry and EPA. EPA is streamlining existing fuel quality regulations by removing expired provisions, eliminating redundant compliance provisions (e.g., duplicative registration requirements that are required by every EPA fuels program), removing unnecessary and out- of-date requirements, and replacing them with a single set of provisions and definitions that applies to all gasoline, diesel, and other fuel quality programs. This action does not change the stringency of the existing fuel quality standards.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, December 3, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to partially approve and partially disapprove revisions to the San Diego Air Pollution Control District (SDAPCD or ``District'') portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern the District's demonstration regarding reasonably available control technology (RACT) requirements and negative declarations for the 2008 ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS or ``standards'') in the San Diego ozone nonattainment area under the jurisdiction of the SDAPCD.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, March 3, 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 California to address Clean Air Act (CAA or ``Act'') requirements for the 2012 annual fine particulate matter (PM<INF>2.5</INF>) national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS or ``standard'') in the Plumas County Moderate PM<INF>2.5</INF> nonattainment area (``Portola nonattainment area''). The submitted SIP revision is the State's ``Proposed Portola PM<INF>2.5</INF> Plan Contingency Measure SIP Submittal'' (``PM<INF>2.5</INF> Plan Revision''), which includes a revised City of Portola ordinance regulating PM<INF>2.5</INF> emission sources and the State's demonstration that this submission meets the Moderate area contingency measure requirement for the 2012 annual PM<INF>2.5</INF> NAAQS in the Portola nonattainment area. The EPA is also taking final action to approve the contingency measure element of the Moderate area attainment plan for the Portola nonattainment area, as revised and supplemented by the PM<INF>2.5</INF> Plan Revision.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a public meeting of the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC) to be conducted via remote/virtual participation only. Due to unforeseen administrative circumstances, EPA is announcing this meeting with less than 15 calendar days' notice. The EPA renewed the CAAAC charter on November 19, 2020 to provide independent advice and counsel to EPA on policy issues associated with implementation of the Clean Air Act of 1990. The Committee advises EPA on economic, environmental, technical, scientific and enforcement policy issues.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is correcting a final rule that was published in the Federal Register on October 7, 2020, and was effective on December 7, 2020. The final rule corrected and updated regulations for source testing of emissions. This correction does not change any final action taken by the EPA on October 7, 2020; this action corrects the amendatory instructions for Methods 4 and 5.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), Air Emission Standards for Tanks, Surface Impoundment and Containers (EPA ICR Number 1593.11, OMB Control Number 2060-0318), 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 January 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, December 1, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), NSPS for Onshore Natural Gas Processing Plants (EPA ICR Number 1086.12, OMB Control Number 2060- 0120), 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 January 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, December 1, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office requests public nominations of scientific experts to form a Panel to review the BenMAP model, an open-source computer program that calculates estimated air pollution-related deaths and illnesses and their associated economic value. BenMAP is a shorthand title referring to the Environmental Benefits Mapping and Analysis Program. The Panel will review the latest available public release version of the BenMAP software.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, November 27, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing approval of State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of Utah on July 3, 2019, as supplemented on December 3, 2019, to satisfy certain regional haze requirements for the regional haze program's first implementation period (Utah SIP revisions). The EPA is approving the Utah SIP revision that provides an alternative to best available retrofit technology (BART) controls for nitrogen oxides (NO<INF>X</INF>) at the PacifiCorp Hunter and Huntington power plants. The EPA finds that the NO<INF>X</INF> BART Alternative for Hunter and Huntington achieves greater reasonable progress toward natural visibility conditions than BART, in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and the EPA's Regional Haze Rule. In conjunction with this approval, we are withdrawing the Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) that addresses NO<INF>X</INF> BART for the Hunter and Huntington power plants that EPA promulgated in 2016. The EPA is also approving Utah's December 3, 2019 SIP supplement that requires reporting of all deviations from compliance with the applicable requirements under particulate matter (PM) BART and the NO<INF>X</INF> BART Alternative, including the emission limits for Hunter and Huntington. The EPA is taking these actions pursuant to sections 110 and 169A of the CAA.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, November 27, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 6 is requesting comments on and will hold a public hearing for the State of Texas' application for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) authority for discharges from produced water, hydrostatic test water and gas plant effluent, hereafter referred to as oil and gas discharges, within the State of Texas (``application for NPDES oil and gas authorization'' or ``the application''). The Governor of Texas submitted the application for NPDES oil and gas authorization, seeking approval for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to implement a major category partial NPDES program as provided for under the Clean Water Act (CWA or ``the Act''). Today, the EPA is providing public notice of the State's submittal of the application for NPDES oil and gas authorization and of both a public hearing and public comment period on the State's submission. The EPA will either approve or disapprove the State's request for program authorization after considering all comments received. If approved, the NPDES authority for oil and gas discharges within the State of Texas will transfer from the EPA to the TCEQ upon the date of program approval.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to partially approve and partially disapprove a revision to the Wisconsin State Implementation Plan (SIP) 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 Oneida County SO<INF>2</INF> nonattainment area. This SIP revision (hereinafter referred to as Wisconsin's Oneida County SO<INF>2</INF> plan or plan) includes Wisconsin's attainment demonstration and other attainment planning elements required under the Clean Air Act (CAA). EPA is proposing to approve some elements of the Oneida County SO<INF>2</INF> plan and disapprove some elements of the plan, including the attainment demonstration, since it contains facility credit for a stack height that does not meet the regulations for good engineering practice stack height regarding the prohibition of air pollution dispersion techniques.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is amending the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) regulations by extending the submission deadline for 2020 reports to January 29, 2021. This is the final extension for the 2020 submission period only. The CDR regulations require manufacturers (including importers) of certain chemical substances included on the TSCA Chemical Substance Inventory (TSCA Inventory) to report data on the manufacturing, processing, and use of the chemical substances.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving the negative declarations submitted to satisfy the requirements of the Emission Guidelines and Compliance times for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills (MSW) for the City of Philadelphia, located in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia. The negative declaration certifies that there are no existing facilities in the City of Philadelphia or the District of Columbia that must comply with this rule.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is promulgating revisions to its major New Source Review (NSR) applicability regulations to clarify when the requirement to obtain a major NSR permit applies to a source proposing to undertake a physical change or a change in the method of operation (i.e., a project) under the major NSR preconstruction permitting programs. Under these programs, an existing major stationary source proposing to undertake a project must determine whether that project will constitute a major modification subject to the major NSR preconstruction permitting requirements by following a two-step applicability test. The first step is to determine if the proposed project would result in a ``significant emissions increase'' of a regulated NSR pollutant (Step 1). If the proposed project is determined to result in such an increase, the second step is to determine if the project would also result in a ``significant net emissions increase'' of that pollutant from the source (Step 2). In this action, we are promulgating revisions to our major NSR applicability regulations to clarify that both increases and decreases in emissions resulting from a proposed project can be considered in Step 1 of the major NSR major modification applicability test. We refer to the consideration of emissions increases and decreases in Step 1 as project emissions accounting.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, November 16, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to find that five states failed to submit State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions required by the Clean Air Act (CAA) in a timely manner to address reasonably available control technology (RACT) requirements associated with the 2016 Oil and Natural Gas Industry Control Techniques Guidelines (CTG) for reducing volatile organic compounds (VOC) in certain nonattainment areas for the 2008 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) and in states in the ozone transport region (OTR). The states that failed to submit the required SIP revisions to address the CTG-related RACT requirements are California, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas. This action triggers certain CAA deadlines for the EPA to impose sanctions if a state does not submit a complete SIP addressing the outstanding requirements and for the EPA to promulgate a Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) if the EPA does not approve the state's SIP revision.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, November 20, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a virtual workshop on the Fuels Regulatory Streamlining rule ahead of its implementation date of January 1, 2021.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, November 20, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

This notice announces the availability of EPA's draft human health and/or ecological risk assessments for the registration review of ethylene oxide.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve revisions to the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the surface coating operations of plastic parts and products. We are approving a local rule to regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the ``Act''), and we are approving a negative declaration for a subcategory of a control techniques guidelines (CTG) source in the SMAQMD.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing the removal of the air pollution nuisance rule from the Ohio State Implementation Plan (SIP) using a Clean Air Act (CAA) error correction provision. EPA has determined that this rule was not relied upon by Ohio to demonstrate implementation, maintenance or enforcement of any national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). Upon the effective date of this action, the nuisance rule will no longer be part of the Ohio SIP.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing revisions to the Calaveras County Air Pollution Control District (CCAPCD) and the Mariposa County Air Pollution Control District (MCAPCD) portions of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). In this action, we are approving two rules, one submitted by the CCAPCD and the other by the MCAPCD, governing the issuance of permits for stationary sources, focusing 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'').

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, November 16, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to find that five states failed to submit State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions required by the Clean Air Act (CAA) in a timely manner to address reasonably available control technology (RACT) requirements associated with the 2016 Oil and Natural Gas Industry Control Techniques Guidelines (CTG) for reducing volatile organic compounds (VOC) in certain nonattainment areas for the 2008 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) and in states in the ozone transport region (OTR). The states that failed to submit the required SIP revisions to address the CTG-related RACT requirements are California, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas. This action triggers certain CAA deadlines for the EPA to impose sanctions if a state does not submit a complete SIP addressing the outstanding requirements and for the EPA to promulgate a Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) if the EPA does not approve the state's SIP revision.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

This rule finalizes amendments to the General Provisions that apply to National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP). These amendments implement the plain language reading of the ``major source'' and ``area source'' definitions of section 112 of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and provide that a major source can be reclassified to area source status at any time upon reducing its potential to emit (PTE) hazardous air pollutants (HAP) to below the major source thresholds (MST) of 10 tons per year (tpy) of any single HAP and 25 tpy of any combination of HAP. This rule also finalizes amendments to clarify the compliance dates, notification, and recordkeeping requirements that apply to sources choosing to reclassify to area source status and to sources that revert back to major source status, including a requirement for electronic notification.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, November 16, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to find that five states failed to submit State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions required by the Clean Air Act (CAA) in a timely manner to address reasonably available control technology (RACT) requirements associated with the 2016 Oil and Natural Gas Industry Control Techniques Guidelines (CTG) for reducing volatile organic compounds (VOC) in certain nonattainment areas for the 2008 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) and in states in the ozone transport region (OTR). The states that failed to submit the required SIP revisions to address the CTG-related RACT requirements are California, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas. This action triggers certain CAA deadlines for the EPA to impose sanctions if a state does not submit a complete SIP addressing the outstanding requirements and for the EPA to promulgate a Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) if the EPA does not approve the state's SIP revision.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision, submitted by the state of Iowa, through the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), to the EPA on May 26, 2016, for the purpose of providing for attainment of the 2010 1-hour primary Sulfur Dioxide (SO<INF>2</INF>) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) in the Muscatine County, Iowa nonattainment area (NAA). The EPA concludes that Iowa has appropriately demonstrated that its SIP provides for attainment with the 2010 1-hour primary SO<INF>2</INF> NAAQS in the NAA, and that the plan meets the other applicable requirements under the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act). As a part of approving the attainment demonstration, the EPA is taking final action to approve into the Iowa SIP the SO<INF>2</INF> emissions limits and associated compliance parameters for the NAA. The EPA is also applying a policy regarding startup, shutdown, and malfunction (SSM) exemption provisions in the Iowa SIP that is consistent with the EPA's national policy. In light of this policy and the EPA's evaluation of Iowa's SIP, the EPA is withdrawing the SIP call issued to Iowa as part of the EPA's 2015 SSM SIP Action.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that the Salt Lake City, Utah and Provo, Utah Serious nonattainment areas (NAAs) attained the 2006 24-hour fine particulate matter (PM<INF>2.5</INF>) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) by the December 31, 2019 ``Serious'' area attainment date. The determination is based on quality-assured, quality-controlled and certified ambient air quality monitoring data from 2017 through 2019, available in the EPA's Air Quality System (AQS) database.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, November 16, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to find that five states failed to submit State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions required by the Clean Air Act (CAA) in a timely manner to address reasonably available control technology (RACT) requirements associated with the 2016 Oil and Natural Gas Industry Control Techniques Guidelines (CTG) for reducing volatile organic compounds (VOC) in certain nonattainment areas for the 2008 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) and in states in the ozone transport region (OTR). The states that failed to submit the required SIP revisions to address the CTG-related RACT requirements are California, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas. This action triggers certain CAA deadlines for the EPA to impose sanctions if a state does not submit a complete SIP addressing the outstanding requirements and for the EPA to promulgate a Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) if the EPA does not approve the state's SIP revision.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, November 16, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to find that five states failed to submit State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions required by the Clean Air Act (CAA) in a timely manner to address reasonably available control technology (RACT) requirements associated with the 2016 Oil and Natural Gas Industry Control Techniques Guidelines (CTG) for reducing volatile organic compounds (VOC) in certain nonattainment areas for the 2008 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) and in states in the ozone transport region (OTR). The states that failed to submit the required SIP revisions to address the CTG-related RACT requirements are California, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas. This action triggers certain CAA deadlines for the EPA to impose sanctions if a state does not submit a complete SIP addressing the outstanding requirements and for the EPA to promulgate a Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) if the EPA does not approve the state's SIP revision.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, November 16, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

Pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is notifying the public that we have received CAA section 111(d)/129 negative declarations from Arkansas, New Mexico, and Albuquerque-Bernalillo County, New Mexico, for existing incinerators subject to the Commercial and Industrial Solid Waste Incineration units (CISWI) emission guidelines (EG). These negative declarations certify that incinerators subject to CISWI EG and the requirements of sections 111(d) and 129 of the CAA do not exist within the jurisdictions of Arkansas, New Mexico, and Albuquerque- Bernalillo County. The EPA is accepting the negative declarations and amending the CFR in accordance with the requirements of the CAA.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, November 16, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to find that five states failed to submit State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions required by the Clean Air Act (CAA) in a timely manner to address reasonably available control technology (RACT) requirements associated with the 2016 Oil and Natural Gas Industry Control Techniques Guidelines (CTG) for reducing volatile organic compounds (VOC) in certain nonattainment areas for the 2008 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) and in states in the ozone transport region (OTR). The states that failed to submit the required SIP revisions to address the CTG-related RACT requirements are California, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas. This action triggers certain CAA deadlines for the EPA to impose sanctions if a state does not submit a complete SIP addressing the outstanding requirements and for the EPA to promulgate a Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) if the EPA does not approve the state's SIP revision.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve revisions to the Butte County Air Quality Management District (BCAQMD), El Dorado County Air Quality Management District (EDCAQMD), Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD), San Diego County Air Pollution Control District (SDCAPCD) and Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (VCAPCD) portions of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern rules that include definitions for certain terms that are necessary for the implementation of local rules that regulate sources of air pollution. We are approving the definitions rules under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing a partial approval and partial disapproval of an Arizona state implementation plan (SIP) revision for attaining the 2010 1-hour primary sulfur dioxide (SO<INF>2</INF>) national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS or ``standard'') for the Hayden SO<INF>2</INF> nonattainment area (NAA). This SIP revision (hereinafter called the ``Hayden SO<INF>2</INF> Plan'' or ``Plan'') includes Arizona's attainment demonstration and other elements required under the Clean Air Act (CAA or ``Act''). The EPA is approving the base year and projected emissions inventories and affirming that the new source review requirements for the area have been met. We are disapproving the attainment demonstration, as well as other elements of the Plan tied to this demonstration, namely, the requirement for meeting reasonable further progress (RFP) toward attainment of the NAAQS, reasonably available control measures and reasonably available control technology (RACM/RACT), enforceable emissions limitations and control measures, and contingency measures.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, November 9, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve 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.

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

On November 9, 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule titled ``Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Designation of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes; California; South Coast Moderate Area Plan and Reclassification as Serious Nonattainment for the 2012 PM<INF>2.5</INF> NAAQS.'' That publication inadvertently omitted from the description of the Riverside County portion of the designated area, language indicating that the lands of the Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Mission Indians and Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians of the Pechanga Reservation are excluded from that portion of the Los Angeles-South Coast Air Basin nonattainment area for the 2012 national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) for fine particulate matter (PM<INF>2.5</INF>). This document corrects the error in the regulatory text.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, November 9, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

On April 17, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Polyvinyl Chloride and Copolymers (PVC) Production at major and area sources. Subsequently, the Administrator received and granted petitions for reconsideration of the emission limits in the 2012 final rules for process vents, process wastewater, and stripped resin for major and area sources. In response to the petitions and after gathering additional information from PVC companies, the EPA is proposing revisions to emission limits in the 2012 major source rule for process vents and process wastewater. Although the EPA is not proposing revisions to emission limits in the 2012 area source rule, the EPA is proposing other amendments that affect both rules, including technical corrections and clarifications related to the standards for stripped resin, storage vessels (including the use of vapor balancing), equipment leaks, and closed vent systems. The EPA is also proposing to clarify text and correct typographical errors, grammatical errors, and cross-reference errors in both rules. In addition, the EPA is proposing to remove the affirmative defense provisions. We estimate that, if finalized, these proposed amendments would result in hazardous air pollutants (HAP) emissions reductions of 34 tons per year (tpy) with an annualized cost of $0.39 million.

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

On November 6, 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a notice of proposed rulemaking to approve redesignation of the Salt Lake City, Utah and Provo, Utah nonattainment areas (NAAs) to attainment for the 2006 24-hour fine particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter less than or equal to a nominal 2.5 microns (PM<INF>2.5</INF>) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS), and also acted on multiple related State Implementation Plan (SIP) submissions. We also proposed to approve SIP revisions submitted by the State of Utah on January 19, 2017; April 19, 2018; February 4 and 15, 2019; and January 13, May 21, and July 21, 2020. These SIP submissions include revisions to Utah Administrative Code (UAC) Sections R307-110, R307-200, and R307-300 Series; revisions to Utah SIP Sections X.B and E; revisions to Utah SIP Sections IX.H.11, 12, and 13; best available control measures/best available control technologies (BACM/BACT) PM<INF>2.5</INF> determinations for Salt Lake City and Provo; maintenance plans for the Salt Lake City and Provo areas for PM<INF>2.5</INF>; and the request for redesignation under the 2006 24- hour PM<INF>2.5</INF> standard. Additionally, the EPA proposed to approve, through parallel processing, a request to remove startup and shutdown emission limits for Kennecott's Power Plant in the Utah SIP and the accompanying R307-110-17 revisions (draft dated October 9, 2020). Due to an administrative error, two supporting documents were left out of the docket during the initial comment period from November 6, 2020 to December 7, 2020. Thus, the EPA is providing an additional 30 days for public comment on these two supporting documents. In this document, we are not requesting comments on any other part of the November 6, 2020 notice of proposed rulemaking. The EPA is taking this action pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing amendments to the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Chemical Recovery Combustion Sources at Kraft, Soda, Sulfite, and Stand-alone Semichemical Pulp Mills, and the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for Kraft Pulp Mills constructed, reconstructed, or modified after May 23, 2013. The final rule clarifies how to set operating limits for smelt dissolving tank (SDT) scrubbers used at these mills and corrects cross-reference errors in both rules.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency