Wednesday, October 20, 2010
- Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Delaware; Limiting Emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds From Consumer Products. 40 CFR Part 52 [EPA–R03–OAR–2010–0124; FRL–9211–5]. SUMMARY: EPA is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Delaware. The revision amends existing Section 2.0— Consumer Products to Delaware’s Regulation 1141 (formerly SIP Regulation No. 41)—Limiting Emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds from Consumer and Commercial Products. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA). DATES: Effective Date: This final rule is effective on November 19, 2010.
- Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans and Designation of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes; Texas; Beaumont/Port Arthur Ozone Nonattainment Area: Redesignation to Attainment for the 1997 8-Hour Ozone Standard and Determination of Attainment for the 1-Hour Ozone Standard; Clarification of EPA’s Approval of the El Paso Section 110(a)(1) Maintenance Plan for the 1997 8-Hour Ozone Standard. 40 CFR Parts 52 and 81 [EPA–R06–OAR–2008–0932; FRL–9214–9]. SUMMARY: EPA is taking final action to approve a request from the State of Texas to redesignate the Beaumont/Port Arthur (BPA) Texas ozone nonattainment area to attainment of the 1997 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). EPA is making a final determination that the BPA nonattainment area has attained the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS, based on complete, quality-assured, and certified ambient air quality monitoring data for 2006–2008. Preliminary data available for 2009 and 2010 show that the area continues to attain the 1997 8- hour ozone NAAQS. In finalizing its approval of the redesignation request, EPA also approves, as a revision to the BPA State Implementation Plan SIP), a 1997 8-hour ozone maintenance plan that includes a 2021 Motor Vehicle Emissions Budget (MVEB). PA is also approving the BPA area’s 2002 base year emissions inventory as part of the BPA SIP. EPA also is approving as part of the BPA SIP, the Texas Clean-Fuel Vehicle (CFV) Program Equivalency Demonstration. EPA finds that with final approval of these revisions, the area has a fully approved SIP that meets all of the 1997 8-hour ozone requirements and 1-hour ozone antibacksliding requirements under section 110 and Part D of the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) that are applicable for purposes of redesignation. EPA is also approving a determination that the BPA area is meeting the 1-hour ozone standard based upon three years of complete, quality-assured, and certified ambient air quality monitoring data for 2006–2008. Preliminary data available for 2009 and 2010 show that the area continues to attain the standard. Additionally, EPA is taking final action to approve the post-1996 Rate of Progress (ROP) plan’s contingency measures, the substitute control measures for the failure-to-attain contingency measures, and the removal from the Texas SIP of a 1-hour ozone failure-to-attain contingency measure, a volatile organic compound (VOC) SIP rule for marine vessel loading, as meeting the requirements of section 110(l) and part D of the Act. EPA also is providing clarification of an earlier separate EPA rulemaking action approving the Section 110(a)(1) Maintenance Plan for the 1997 8-hour ozone standard for the El Paso 1997 8- hour attainment area. DATES: Effective Date: This rule will be effective November 19, 2010.
- Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) for Particulate Matter Less Than 2.5 Micrometers (PM2.5)—Increments, Significant Impact Levels (SILs) and Significant Monitoring Concentration (SMC). 40 CFR Parts 51 and 52 [EPA–HQ–OAR–2006–0605; FRL–9210–9] RIN 2060–AO24. SUMMARY: The EPA is amending the
requirements for particulate matter less than 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5) under the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) program by adding maximum allowable increases in ambient pollutant concentrations (‘‘increments’’) and two screening tools, known as the Significant Impact Levels (SILs) and a Significant Monitoring Concentration (SMC) for PM2.5. The SILs for PM2.5 are also being added to two other New Source Review (NSR) rules that regulate the construction and modification of any major stationary source locating in an attainment or unclassifiable area, where the source’s emissions may cause or contribute to a violation of the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). DATES: This final rule is effective on December 20, 2010.
- Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Application Requirements for the Approval and Delegation of Federal Air Toxics Programs to State, Territorial, Local, and Tribal Agencies; EPA ICR No. 1643.07, OMB Control No. 2060–0264. [EPA–HQ–OAR–2004–0065; FRL–9215–7]. SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit a request to renew an existing approved Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This ICR is scheduled to expire on January 31, 2011. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below. DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before December 20, 2010.
- Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Performance Evaluation Studies on Wastewater Laboratories (Renewal). [EPA–HQ–OECA–2010–0413; FRL–9216–2; EPA ICR No. 0234.10; OMB Control No. 2080–0021]. SUMMARY: In compliance with the
Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that an Information Collection Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. This is a request to renew an existing approved collection. The ICR, which is abstracted below, describes the nature of the information collection and its estimated burden and cost. DATES: Additional comments may be submitted on or before November 19, 2010.
- Methamidophos Registration Review Final Decision; Notice of Availability. [EPA–HQ–OPP–2008–0842; FRL–8849–1]. SUMMARY: This notice announces the availability of EPA’s final registration review decision for the pesticide, methamidophos, case 0043. Registration review is EPA’s periodic review of pesticide registrations to ensure that each pesticide continues to satisfy the statutory standard for registration, that is, that the pesticide can perform its intended function without causing unreasonable adverse effects on human health or the environment. Through this program, EPA is ensuring that each pesticide’s registration is based on current scientific and other knowledge, including its effects on human health and the environment.
- Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Request for Nominations of Experts To Serve on the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) Air Monitoring and Methods Subcommittee (AMMS). [FRL–9215–6]. SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office is requesting public nominations of experts to serve on the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) Air Monitoring and Methods Subcommittee (AMMS). DATES: Nominations should be submitted by November 10, 2010, per instructions below.