Federal Register Notices

E.g., 10/28/2020
E.g., 10/28/2020
Publication Date: 
Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision to the Jefferson County portion of the Kentucky SIP, submitted by the Commonwealth of Kentucky (Commonwealth), through the Energy and Environment Cabinet (Cabinet) on September 5, 2019. The revision was submitted by the Cabinet on behalf of the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (LMAPCD) and makes changes to the definition of ``Volatile Organic Compound'' (VOC). EPA is approving the changes amending the definition of VOC because the Commonwealth has demonstrated that the changes are consistent with the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator signed an Order dated September 15, 2020, denying a Petition dated August 5, 2016 from Sierra Club, Respiratory Health Association and Environmental Law and Policy Center. The Petition requested that EPA object to a Clean Air Act (CAA) title V operating permit issued by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) to Midwest Generation for the Waukegan Generating Station located in Waukegan, Lake County, Illinois.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving changes 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 March 4, 2020. The changes were submitted by the Cabinet on behalf of the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District or APCD) and make minor changes for clarity, remove an exemption for public hearings for permitting actions, and amend the procedures for open records requests to maintain consistency with the Kentucky Open Records Act (KORA). This action is being taken pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Ozone Transport Commission (OTC). The meeting agenda will include topics regarding reducing ground-level ozone precursors.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, October 19, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, through the Kentucky Division for Air Quality (KDAQ), on December 9, 2019. The SIP revision updates the description and attainment status designations of geographic areas within the Commonwealth for several National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS or standards). The updates are being made to conform Kentucky's attainment status tables with the federal attainment status designations for these areas. EPA is proposing to approve Kentucky's SIP revision because it is consistent with the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) and EPA's regulations.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, October 19, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a revision to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of Missouri on January 15, 2019, and supplemented by letter on July 11, 2019. In the proposal, EPA proposed removal of a rule related to the control of emissions from polyethylene bag sealing operations in the St. Louis, 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).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, October 19, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a revision to the North Carolina State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of North Carolina through the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Air Quality (DAQ), on July 10, 2019. The SIP revision seeks to modify the State's construction and operation permitting regulations by making minor changes that do not significantly alter the meaning of the regulations. EPA is proposing to approve this revision pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, October 19, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The revision is an attainment plan for the 2010 sulfur dioxide (SO<INF>2</INF>) primary national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) in the Indiana County, Pennsylvania SO<INF>2</INF> nonattainment area (hereafter referred to as the ``Indiana Area'' or ``Area''). The Indiana Area is comprised of Indiana County and a portion of Armstrong County (Plumcreek Township, South Bend Township, and Elderton Borough) in Pennsylvania. The attainment plan includes the base year emissions inventory, an analysis of the reasonably available control technology (RACT) and reasonably available control measure (RACM) requirements, a reasonable further progress (RFP) plan, a modeling demonstration showing SO<INF>2</INF> attainment, enforceable emission limitations and control measures, contingency measures for the Indiana Area, and Pennsylvania's new source review (NSR) permitting program. As part of approving the attainment plan, EPA is approving into the Pennsylvania SIP new SO<INF>2</INF> emission limits and associated compliance parameters for Keystone Plant (hereafter referred to as ``Keystone''), and existing SO<INF>2</INF> emission limits and associated compliance parameters for Conemaugh Plant, Homer City Generation, and Seward Generation Station (hereafter referred to as ``Conemaugh,'' ``Homer City,'' and ``Seward''). EPA is approving these revisions that demonstrate attainment of the SO<INF>2</INF> NAAQS in the Indiana Area in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, October 19, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving multiple state implementation plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. These revisions were submitted by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) to establish and require reasonably available control technology (RACT) for individual major sources of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and nitrogen oxides (NO<INF>X</INF>) pursuant to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's conditionally approved RACT regulations. In this action, EPA is only approving source-specific (also referred to as ``case-by- case'') RACT determinations for four major sources. These RACT evaluations were submitted to meet RACT requirements for the 1997 and 2008 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). EPA is approving these revisions to the Pennsylvania SIP in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and EPA's implementing regulations.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, October 19, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing a final rule to address scientific integrity requirements in the creation of a contract clause for inclusion in solicitations and contracts when the Contractor may be required to perform, communicate, or supervise scientific activities or use scientific information to perform advisory and assistance services. This clause will complement the EPA's Scientific Integrity Policy to ensure all scientific work developed and used by the Government is accomplished with scientific integrity.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, October 19, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

This regulation establishes the procedures and requirements for how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will manage the issuance of guidance documents consistent with the Executive Order 13891 entitled ``Promoting the Rule of Law Through Improved Agency Guidance Documents.'' Specifically, consistent with the Executive Order, this regulation provides a definition of guidance documents for the purposes of this rule, establishes general requirements and procedures for certain guidance documents issued by the EPA and incorporates additional requirements for guidance documents determined to be significant guidance. This regulation, consistent with the Executive Order, also provides procedures for the public to petition for the modification or withdrawal of active guidance documents as defined by this rule or to petition for the reinstatement of a rescinded guidance document. This regulation is intended to increase the transparency of the EPA's guidance practices and improve the process used to manage EPA guidance documents.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Monday, October 19, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of a final document titled, ``Final Integrated Science Assessment for Oxides of Nitrogen, Oxides of Sulfur, and Particulate Matter--Ecological Criteria'' (EPA/600/R-20/278). The document was prepared by the Center for Public Health and Environmental Assessment (CPHEA) within EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD) as part of the review of the secondary (welfare-based) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for oxides of nitrogen, oxides of sulfur, and particulate matter. This ISA represents an update of the 2008 Integrated Science Assessment for Oxides of Nitrogen and Sulfur-- Ecological Criteria (EPA/600/R-08/082F) and the 2009 Integrated Science Assessment for Particulate Matter (EPA/600/AR-08/139F). The ISA, in conjunction with additional technical and policy assessments, provides the basis for EPA's decisions on the adequacy of the current NAAQS and the appropriateness of possible alternative standards.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, October 16, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act) requires each State Implementation Plan (SIP) to contain adequate provisions prohibiting emissions that will have certain adverse air quality effects in other states. On September 26, 2018, the State of Idaho (Idaho or the State) made a submission to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address these requirements for the 2015 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The EPA is approving the submission as meeting the requirement that each SIP contain adequate provisions to prohibit emissions that will significantly contribute to nonattainment or interfere with maintenance of the 2015 8-hour ozone NAAQS in any other state.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, October 16, 2020 - 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 (DEP), for maintaining the 1997 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) (referred to as the ``1997 ozone NAAQS'') in the Franklin County, Pennsylvania area (Franklin County Area). EPA is approving these revisions to the Pennsylvania SIP in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, October 16, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving multiple state implementation plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. These revisions were submitted by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) to establish and require reasonably available control technology (RACT) for individual major sources of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and nitrogen oxides (NO<INF>X</INF>) pursuant to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's conditionally approved RACT regulations. In this action, EPA is only approving source-specific (also referred to as ``case-by- case'') RACT determinations for 19 major sources. These RACT evaluations were submitted to meet RACT requirements for the 1997 and 2008 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). EPA is approving these revisions to the Pennsylvania SIP in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and EPA's implementing regulations.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, October 16, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to partially approve and partially disapprove the state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of California pursuant to the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA or ``Act'') for the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of the 2015 national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS or ``standards'') for ozone. As part of this action, we are proposing to reclassify certain regions of the State for emergency episode planning purposes with respect to ozone. We are also proposing to approve into the SIP an updated state provision addressing CAA conflict of interest requirements, and emergency episode planning rules for Amador County Air Pollution Control District (APCD), Calaveras County APCD, Mariposa County APCD, Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District (AQMD), and Tuolumne County APCD. Finally, we are proposing to approve an exemption from emergency episode planning requirements for ozone for Lake County AQMD. We are taking comments on this proposal and, after considering any comments submitted, plan to take final action.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, October 16, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing amendments to the Standards of Performance for Volatile Organic Liquid Storage Vessels (Including Petroleum Liquid Storage Vessels) for Which Construction, Reconstruction, or Modification Commenced After July 23, 1984. We are proposing specific amendments that would allow owners or operators of storage vessels subject to the Standards of Performance for Volatile Organic Liquid Storage Vessels and equipped with either an external floating roof (EFR) or internal floating roof (IFR) to voluntarily elect to comply with the requirements specified in the National Emission Standards for Storage Vessels (Tanks)--Control Level 2 as an alternative standard, in lieu of the requirements specified in the Standards of Performance for Volatile Organic Liquid Storage Vessels, subject to certain caveats and exceptions for monitoring, recordkeeping, and reporting.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The SIP revision consists of a demonstration that Massachusetts meets the requirements of reasonably available control technology (RACT) for the two precursors for ground-level ozone, oxides of nitrogen (NO<INF>X</INF>) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), set forth by the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) with respect to the 2008 and 2015 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQSs or standards). Additionally, we are approving specific regulations that implement the RACT requirements by limiting air emissions of NO<INF>X</INF> and VOC pollutants from sources within the Commonwealth. This action is being taken in accordance with the Clean Air Act.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

Pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Maine. On February 18, 2020, the State submitted its 1997 ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) Limited Maintenance Plans (LMPs) for the Portland and Midcoast areas. EPA is approving the Portland and Midcoast LMPs because they provide for the maintenance of the 1997 ozone NAAQS through the end of the second 10-year portion of the maintenance period. The effect of this action will be to make certain commitments related to maintenance of the 1997 ozone NAAQS in the Portland and Midcoast maintenance areas part of the Maine SIP and therefore federally enforceable.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of North Carolina, through the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ), Division of Air Quality, on July 10, 2019. This SIP revision seeks to modify the State's permitting program public participation procedures by adding two types of minor source permits to the list of permits that must undergo public participation and by making minor edits. EPA is proposing to approve this revision pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 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 Centre County, Pennsylvania area (State College Area). This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

Pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving one revision to the Texas (TX) State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted on August, 2020, as adopted on July 15, 2020, that revised the State's New Source Review (NSR) permitting rules contained in Title 30 of the Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 116 Control of Air Pollution by Air Permits for New Construction or Modification by amending the criteria for air pollution control permits for new construction or modification, as well as make other non-substantive revisions.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, October 9, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

Pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP) to meet the Reasonable Further Progress (RFP) requirements for the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) serious ozone nonattainment area for the 2008 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). Specifically, EPA is proposing to approve the RFP demonstration and associated motor vehicle emission budgets, contingency measures should the area fail to make RFP emissions reductions or attain the 2008 ozone NAAQS by the applicable attainment date, and a revised 2011 base year emissions inventory for the DFW area.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, October 9, 2020 - 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 standards (NAAQS) through June 7, 2027 for the West Virginia portion of the Parkersburg-Marietta, WV-OH Area comprising Wood County. 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: 
Friday, October 9, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a regional haze progress report State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Utah on March 7, 2016. The revision addresses the requirements for states to submit periodic reports describing progress toward reasonable progress goals established for regional haze and a determination of adequacy of the State's regional haze SIP. The EPA is taking this action pursuant to section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a state plan submitted by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ). This state plan submittal pertains to the regulation of nonmethane organic compounds from existing municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills. This state plan was submitted in response to the EPA's promulgation of Emissions Guidelines and Compliance Times for MSW landfills. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, October 9, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing updates to 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 (herein referred to as the 1997 ozone NAAQS) by the applicable attainment dates. The parallel direct final rule is published in the ``Rules and Regulations'' section of this issue of the Federal Register because the Agency views this as a noncontroversial action. If no significant adverse comments are received on the direct final rule, then no further action will be taken on this proposal and the direct final rule will become effective as provided in that action.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Friday, October 9, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is updating part 52 of title 40, chapter 1 of 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 (herein referred to as the 1997 ozone NAAQS) by the applicable attainment dates. In February 2019, EPA Regional Offices sent letters to the affected states to communicate the EPA's findings. The areas that timely attained the standards include the Buffalo-Niagara Falls area, and the Jefferson County, Poughkeepsie and Jamestown areas in the state of New York; the Shoreline Sheboygan County and Inland Sheboygan County areas in Wisconsin; the Denver-Boulder-Greeley-Ft. Collins-Loveland area in Colorado; and the San Francisco Bay and Ventura County areas in California. Publishing these determinations in part 52 will document for the public and state air agencies that these areas attained the standards by the applicable attainment dates and are therefore not subject to anti-backsliding consequences for failure to timely attain the standards.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 4:00am
Description: 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is correcting a final rule that appeared in the Federal Register on March 26, 2020. The EPA finalized the residual risk and technology review (RTR) conducted for the Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Landfills source category regulated under national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP). This action corrects inadvertent errors in the cross- referencing and formatting in the Federal Register; as well as clarifies two operational and reporting requirements in the March 26, 2020, final rule. This action also revises the heading of 40 CFR part 60, subpart WWW as described in the March 26, 2020, Federal Register document. The corrections and clarifications described in this action do not affect the substantive requirements of the regulations or the results of the RTR conducted for the MSW Landfills source category.

Creator: 
Environmental Protection Agency