Federal Register Proposed Rules, Rules and Notices June 27, 2013

June 27,2013

NOTICES

Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Information Requirements for Boilers and Industrial Furnaces [FR DOC# 2013-15438] SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), Information Requirements for Boilers and Industrial Furnaces (EPA ICR No. 1361.16, OMB Control No. 2050-0073) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). Before doing so, EPA is soliciting public comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below. This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through October 31, 2013. 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.

Additional Documents Available for Public Review Related to Willingness To Pay Survey for Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load: Instrument, Pre-Test, and Implementation; Comment Request [FR DOC# 2013-15439] SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency has made available for public review a revised Supporting Statement and additional documentation related to its recent information collection request (ICR) submission to OMB entitled “Willingness to Pay Survey for Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load: Instrument, Pre-test, and Implementation” (EPA ICR No. 2456.01, OMB Control No. 2010-NEW). The additional documents, now available in the associated docket, are: The Peer Review Report, the Focus Group and Cognitive Interview Report and the Description of Hydrological, Biochemical, and Ecosystem Models (Attachment 17 of the revised Supporting Statement). These documents may provide useful information to interested parties regarding the development and design of the survey instruments proposed for this project. Full transcripts of the focus groups and cognitive interviews were not prepared and are therefore not available. Public comments were previously requested on the ICR via the Federal Register on May 24, 2012 during a 60-day comment period, which was later extended for an additional 30 days. An additional 30-day comment period was initiated upon submission of the ICR to OMB for review and consideration. This notice allows for an additional 30 days of public comments on the ICR in light of the availability of the additional documentation.

Public Water System Supervision Program Approval for the State of Illinois [FR DOC# 2013-15441] SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the State of Illinois is revising its approved public water system supervision program for the Ground Water Rule, the Arsenic Rule and the new Public Water System Definition. EPA has determined that these revisions are no less stringent than the corresponding federal regulation. Therefore, EPA intends to approve these revisions to the State of Illinois’s public water system supervision program, thereby giving Illinois EPA primary enforcement responsibility for these regulations. Illinois EPA’s revised Ground Water Rule became effective on July 27, 2007 and the revised Arsenic Rule was adopted on February 21, 2002. The new Public Water System Definition was adopted by the State on December 1, 1999. Any interested person may request a public hearing. A request for a public hearing must be submitted by July 29, 2013, to the Regional Administrator at the EPA Region 5 address shown below. The Regional Administrator may deny frivolous or insubstantial requests for a hearing. However, if a substantial request for a public hearing is made by July 29, 2013, EPA Region 5 will hold a public hearing, and a notice of such hearing will be given in the Federal Register and a newspaper of general circulation. If EPA Region 5 does not receive a timely and appropriate request for a hearing and the Regional Administrator does not elect to hold a hearing on her own motion, this determination shall become final and effective on July 29, 2013. Any request for a public hearing shall include the following information: the name, address, and telephone number of the individual, organization, or other entity requesting a hearing; a brief statement of the requesting person’s interest in the Regional Administrator’s determination and a brief statement of the information that the requesting person intends to submit at such hearing; and the signature of the individual making the request, or, if the request is made on behalf of an organization or other entity, the signature of a responsible official of the organization or other entity.

 

PROPOSED RULES

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; State of New Jersey; Redesignation of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes and Approval of the Associated Maintenance Plan [FR DOC# 2013-15147] SUMMARY: EPA is proposing to approve a redesignation request and State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of New Jersey. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) is requesting that EPA redesignate the New Jersey portion of the New York-N.New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-CT nonattainment area, and the New Jersey portion of the Philadelphia-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE nonattainment area, from nonattainment to attainment for the 1997 annual and the 2006 24-hour Fine Particle (PM<INF>2.5</INF>) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). In conjunction with its redesignation request, New Jersey submitted a SIP revision containing a maintenance plan for the areas that provides for continued maintenance of the 1997 annual and 2006 24-hour PM<INF>2.5</INF> NAAQS. The maintenance plan includes the 2007 attainment year emissions inventory that EPA is proposing to approve in this rulemaking in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA). EPA is also proposing to approve a supplement to the 2007 attainment year emission inventory previously submitted by the State as part of the SIP revision. EPA is proposing that the inventories for ammonia (NH<INF>3</INF>) and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) that were submitted as part of the supplement, in conjunction with the inventories for nitrogen oxides (NO<INF>X</INF>), direct PM<INF>2.5,</INF> and sulfur dioxide (SO<INF>2</INF>) that were previously submitted, meet the comprehensive emissions inventory requirement of section 172(c)(3) of the CAA. Additionally, EPA is proposing to approve the 2009 and 2025 motor vehicle emissions budgets for PM<INF>2.5</INF> and NO<INF>X</INF>. EPA previously determined that the New Jersey portions of the New York-N.New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-CT and Philadelphia-Wilmington, PA-nonattainment areas have attained the 1997 annual and 2006 24-hour PM<INF>2.5</INF> NAAQS. In this action, EPA is proposing to approve the request for redesignation for the 1997 annual and 24-hour 2006 PM<INF>2.5</INF> NAAQS, the maintenance plan, and the 2007 attainment year inventory based on EPA’s determination that the areas have met the redesignation requirements set forth in the CAA.

Ocean Dumping; Sabine-Neches Waterway (SNWW) Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site Designation [FR DOC# 2013-14911] SUMMARY: The EPA is proposing to designate four new Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site(s) (ODMDS) located offshore of Texas for the disposal of dredged material from the Sabine-Neches Waterway (SNWW), pursuant to the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act, as amended (MPRSA). The new sites are needed for the disposal of additional dredged material associated with the SNWW Channel Improvement Project, which includes an extension of the Entrance Channel into the Gulf of Mexico. Final action by EPA on this proposal would authorize the disposal of the additional dredged materials at the additional ocean disposal sites.

 

RULES

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Connecticut; Reasonably Available Control Technology for the 1997 8-Hour Ozone Standard [FR DOC# 2013-15299] SUMMARY: EPA is approving State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of Connecticut. These SIP revisions consist of a demonstration that Connecticut meets the requirements of reasonably available control technology (RACT) for oxides of nitrogen (NO<INF>X</INF>) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) set forth by the Clean Air Act with respect to the 1997 8-hour ozone standard. Additionally, we are approving three single source orders. This action is being taken in accordance with the Clean Air Act.

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Regulation Revision: Removal of the Pesticide Discharge Permitting Exemption in Response to Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Decision [FR DOC# 2013-15445] SUMMARY: The EPA is amending its regulations to remove language added by the EPA’s 2006 NPDES Pesticides Rule which exempted the application of pesticides from National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit requirements in two circumstances: When the application of the pesticide is made directly to waters of the United States to control pests that are present in the water, and when the application of the pesticide is made to control pests that are over, including near, waters of the United States. This rulemaking is in response to the 2009 Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that vacated the EPA’s 2006 NPDES Pesticides Rule.

 

 

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