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Oct 11, 2018
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is reopening of the comment period on their 11 March 2015, proposed designation of critical habitat for the black pinesnake (Pituophis melanoleucus lodingi) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We are reopening the comment period to accept comments on our proposal, including revisions to proposed Units 7 and 8 that are described in this document. In addition, FWS announces two public informational meetings on the proposed rule. Comments previously submitted need not be resubmitted, as they will be fully considered in preparation of the final rule. New comments are due on or before 13 November 2018. POC is Stephen Ricks, Field Supervisor, Mississippi Ecological Services Field Office, 6578 Dogwood View Parkway, Jackson, MS 39213; tel: 601-321-1122; or fax: 601-965-4340 (Federal Register; 11 October 2018, [Proposed Rules], pages 51418-51424).
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announces a 12-month finding on a petition to list the Atlantic pigtoe (Fusconaia masoni) as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). FWS also proposes to designate critical habitat under the Act. In total, approximately 542 river miles (872 river kilometers) in Virginia and North Carolina fall within the boundaries of the proposed critical habitat designation. A draft economic analysis (DEA) of the proposed designation of critical habitat is available. Comments must be received or postmarked on or before 10 December 2018. POC is Pete Benjamin, Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Raleigh Ecological Services Field Office, 551F Pylon Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606; tel: 919-856-4520; or Fax: 919-856-4556 (Federal Register; 11 October 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 51570-51609).
Oct 10, 2018
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announces a 12-month petition finding on a petition to list the eastern black rail (Laterallus jamaicensis jamaicensis) as an endangered or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Act), as amended. FWS proposes to list the eastern black rail, a bird subspecies that occurs in as many as 35 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and several countries in the Caribbean and Central America, as a threatened species under the Act. FWS has determined that designation of critical habitat for the eastern black rail is not prudent at this time, but FWS is seeking public comment on that determination. FWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before 10 December 2018. POC is Tom McCoy, Field Supervisor, South Carolina Ecological Services Field Office, 176 Croghan Spur Road, Suite 200, Charleston, SC 29407; tel: 843-727-4707 (Federal Register; 9 October 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 50610-50630).
A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to address lead contamination in school drinking water; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 27 September 2018 [House], page H9150).
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announces a 12-month finding on a petition to list the slenderclaw crayfish (Cambarus cracens) as an endangered or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Act), as amended. After review of the best available scientific and commercial information, FWS finds that listing the slenderclaw crayfish is warranted. FWS also proposes a rule under the authority of section 4(d) of the Act that provides measures that are necessary and advisable to provide for the conservation of the slenderclaw crayfish. FWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before 10 December 2018. POC is William Pearson, Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alabama Ecological Services Field Office, 1208-B Main Street, Daphne, AL 36526; tel: 251-441-5870 (Federal Register; 9 October 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 50582-50610).
Oct 09, 2018
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) proposes to list the black-capped petrel (Pterodroma hasitata), a pelagic seabird species that nests on the island of Hispaniola and forages off the coast of the eastern United States, as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). FWS is also proposing a rule issued under section 4(d) of the Act to provide for the conservation of this species. FWS has determined that designation of critical habitat for the black-capped petrel is not prudent at this time, but are seeking public comment on that determination. FWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before 10 December 2018. POC is Edwin Muniz, Field Supervisor, U.S. FWS, Caribbean Ecological Services Field Office, P.O. Box 491, Road 301 Km 5.1, Boqueron, PR; tel: 787-851-7297 (Federal Register; 9 October 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 50560-50574).
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) proposes to list the coastal distinct population segment (DPS) of Pacific marten (Martes caurina), a mammal species from coastal California and Oregon, as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (Act). The effect of this regulation will be to add this species to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. FWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before 10 December 2018. POC is Dan Everson, Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arcata Ecological Services Field Office, 1655 Heindon Road, Arcata, CA 95521, or by telephone 707-822-7201 (Federal Register; 9 October 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 50574-50582).
Oct 02, 2018
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to prohibit import and export of any species listed or proposed to be listed under such Act as a threatened species or endangered species, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committees on Foreign Affairs, and Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 25 September 2018 [House], page H8884).
A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to make changes with respect to water quality certification, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (Congressional Record; 25 September 2018 [House], page H8884).
A bill to reauthorize and amend the Marine Debris Act to promote international action to reduce marine debris, and for other purposes; considered and passed (Congressional Record; 26 September 2018 [Senate], page S6341).
Oct 01, 2018
On 18 Nov 2016 EPA finalized a rule that updated the existing refrigerant management requirements and extended requirements previously applicable only to refrigerants containing an ODS to substitute refrigerants such as HFCs that are subject to the venting prohibition. EPA proposes revision of appliance maintenance and leak repair provisions so they apply only to equipment using refrigerant containing a class I or class II substance. Based on this proposed limitation, this document also proposes to revise the list of practices to be followed in order for refrigerant releases to be considered de minimis to clarify that the reference to following leak repair practices only applies to equipment that contains ODS refrigerant. EPA is taking comment on whether the 2016 Rule's extension of subpart F refrigerant management requirements to substitute refrigerants should be rescinded in full. EPA is proposing to extend by 6 to 12 mo the 1 Jan 2019 compliance date for when appliances containing only substitute refrigerants subject to the venting prohibition must comply with the appliance maintenance and leak repair provisions. Written comments must be received by 15 Nov 2018. POC is Jeremy Arling: USEPA, Stratospheric Protection Div (6205T), 1200 Penn Ave NW, Wash, DC 20460; tel: 202-343-9055; email: arling.jeremy@epa.gov (FR; 1 Oct 18 [Proposed Rules], pages pages 49332-49344).
Sep 24, 2018
A bill to encourage Federal agencies to enter into or amend cooperative agreements with States for removal and remedial actions to address PFAS contamination in drinking water, surface water, ground water, sediment, and soil, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 17 September 2018 [House], page H8731)
Sep 21, 2018
A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to increase assistance for States, water systems, and disadvantaged communities; to encourage good financial and environmental management of water systems; and to strengthen the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to enforce the requirements of the Act, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 13 September 2018 [House], page H8725tion).
Sep 19, 2018
A bill to re-establish certain hydraulic fracturing chemical disclosure rules, standards for well construction, and waste management rules, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 10 September 2018 [House], page H8107).
A bill to provide for removal of the gray wolf in the contiguous 48 States from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife published under the Endangered Species Act of 1973; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 12 September 2018 [House], page H8710).
A bill to improve processes for alternative wastewater systems, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, and Agriculture, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 13 September 2018 [House], page H8724).
Sep 18, 2018
A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to publish a maximum contaminant level goal and promulgate a national primary drinking water regulation for perchlorate, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 5 September 2018 [House], page H7870).
A bill to establish an innovative water technology grant program and to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to encourage the use of emerging and innovative water technology, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 6 September 2018 [House], page H7920).
A bill to establish a national mercury monitoring program, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 28 August 2018 [Senate], page S5991).
Sep 05, 2018
NRCS intends to issue a series of revised conservation practice standards in the NHCP. These standards include Combustion System Improvement (Code 372), Dust Control on Unpaved Roads and Surfaces (Code 373), Integrated Pest management (Code 595), Nutrient Management (Code 590), Pesticide Mitigation (Code 594), Subsurface Drain (Code 606), Waste Facility Closure (Code 360), and Wildlife Habitat Planting (Code 420). These practices may be used in conservation systems that treat highly erodible land (HEL) or on land determined to be a wetland. Submit comments on or before 5 October 2018. Final versions of these new or revised conservation practice standards will be adopted after the close of the 30-day period and after consideration of all comments. POC is Mr. Bill Reck, National Environmental Engineer, Conservation Engineering Division, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, 1400 Independence Avenue Southwest, South Building, Room 6136, Washington, DC 20250 (Federal Register; 5 September 2018 [Notices], page 45090-45091).
FWS is announcing a 12-month finding on a petition to delist or downlist the golden conure under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). After review of the best available scientific and commercial information, FWS finds that listing the golden conure as a threatened species is warranted. Additionally, FWS is proposing to update the List to reflect the latest scientifically accepted taxonomy and nomenclature for the species as Guaruba guarouba, golden conure. Comments must be received or postmarked on or before 5 November 2018. POC is Don Morgan, Chief, Branch of Delisting and Foreign Species, Ecological Services, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: ES, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803; tel:703-358-2171 (Federal Register; 5 September 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 45073-45087).
Aug 28, 2018
A bill to encourage Federal agencies to expeditiously enter into or amend cooperative agreements with States for removal and remedial actions to address PFAS contamination in drinking, surface, and ground water and land surface and subsurface strata, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 23 August 2018 [Senate], page S5932).
Aug 27, 2018
The Office of Restoration and Damage Assessment (ORDA) is seeking comments and suggestions from State, Tribal, and Federal natural resource co-trustees, other affected parties, and the interested public on whether revisions to the regulations for conducting natural resource damage assessments and restoration (NRDAR) for hazardous substance releases are needed, and if so, what specific revisions should be considered. They will accept comments through 26 October 2018. POC is Steve Glomb, Director, Office of Restoration and Damage Assessment at (202) 208-4863 or email to steve_glomb@ios.doi.gov (Federal Register; 27 August 2018 [Notices], pages 43611-43613).
Aug 16, 2018
A bill to suspend proposed rulemaking signed by former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, Agriculture, and Science, Space, and Technology, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 31 July 2018 [House], page H7734).
A bill to amend the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act to move the enforcement office to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, to increase the civil monetary penalties for failure to follow the processes established by that Act, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 31 July 2018 [House], page H7734).
A bill to amend the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act to move the enforcement office to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, to increase the civil monetary penalties for failure to follow the processes established by that Act, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 31 July 2018 [House], page H7734).
Aug 10, 2018
A bill to improve energy performance in Federal buildings, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 26 July 2018 [House], page H7722).
Aug 09, 2018
A bill to authorize certain long-term contracts for Federal purchases of energy; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 25 July 2018 [House], page H7687).
A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to make changes with respect to water quality certification, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 31 July 2018 [Senate], page S5517).
A bill to suspend proposed rulemaking signed by former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 31 July 2018 [Senate], page S5518).
Aug 07, 2018
A bill to improve energy performance in Federal buildings, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 30 July 2018 [Senate], page S5423).
Jul 31, 2018
EPA issued a proposed rule in the Federal Register on 30 May 2018 to request public comment on several proposed changes to the final Risk Management Program Amendments rule (Amendments rule) issued on 13 January 2017. This document is being issued to correct technical errors in the Regulatory Impact Analysis and the Notification of Data Availability and Extension of Comment Period for the proposed rule. Comments on the proposed rule (83 FR 24850, 30 May 2018), as extended by the Notification of Data Availability and Extension of Comment Period (83 FR 34967, 24 July 2018) must be received by 23 August 2018. POC is James Belke, U. S. EPA, Office of Land and Emergency Management, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (Mail Code 5104A), Washington, DC 20460; tel: 202-564-8023; email: belke.jim@epa.gov (Federal Register; 31 July 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 36837-36838).
Jul 26, 2018
A bill to amend the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act to make supplemental funds available for the management of fish and wildlife species of greatest conservation need, as determined by State fish and wildlife agencies, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 17 July 2018 [Senate], page S5003).
Jul 25, 2018
FWS and NMFS propose to amend portions of their regulations that implement section 7 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. The Services are proposing these changes to improve and clarify the interagency consultation processes and make them more efficient and consistent. FWS and NMFS will accept comments from all interested parties until 24 September 2018. POC is Craig Aubrey, U.S. FWS, Division of Environmental Review, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803, tel: 703-358-2442; or Cathy Tortorici, ESA Interagency Cooperation Division, Office of Protected Resources, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, tel: 301-427-8495 (Federal Register; 25 July 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 35178-35193).
The U.S. FWS and the NMFS propose to revise portions of their regulations that implement section 4 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The proposed revisions to the regulations clarify, interpret, and implement portions of the Act concerning the procedures and criteria used for listing or removing species from the Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants and designating critical habitat. Multiple technical revisions are also proposed to update existing sections or to refer appropriately to other sections. Comments will be accepted from all interested parties until 24 September 2018. POC is Bridget Fahey, U.S. FWS, Division of Conservation and Classification, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803, tel: 703-358-2171; or Samuel D. Rauch, III, NMFS, Office of Protected Resources, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, tel: 301-427-8403 (Federal Register; 25 July 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 35193-35201).
The U.S. FWS proposes to revise their regulations extending most of the prohibitions for activities involving endangered species to threatened species. For species already listed as a threatened species, the proposed regulations would not alter the applicable prohibitions. The proposed regulations would require the Service, pursuant to section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act, to determine what, if any, protective regulations are appropriate for species that the Service in the future determines to be threatened. Comments will be accepted on or before 24 September 2018. POC is Bridget Fahey, U.S. FWS, Division of Conservation and Classification, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803, tel: 703-358-2171 (Federal Register; 25 July 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 35174-35178).
Jul 24, 2018
EPA is supplementing the record for the proposed Risk Management Program (RMP) Reconsideration rule published on 30 May 2018. The November 2017 version of the RMP database containing risk management plans submitted to EPA has been placed into the rulemaking docket. EPA used this version to support analysis of changes in the RMP reporting facility universe discussed in the Regulatory Impact Analysis of the proposed Reconsideration rule. To afford the public an opportunity to comment on the updated RMP database and its impacts on the proposed Reconsideration rule, EPA is extending the comment period for the proposed rule. Comments and additional material must be received on or before 23 August 2018. POC is James Belke, USEPA, Office of Land and Emergency Management, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (Mail Code 5104A), Washington, DC 20460; tel: 202-564-8023; email: belke.jim@epa.gov (Federal Register; 24 July 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 34967-34968).
Jul 23, 2018
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to provide for improved precision in the listing, delisting, and downlisting of endangered species and potentially endangered species; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 12 July 2018 [House], page H6173).
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to provide for greater certainty and improved planning for incidental take permit holders; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 12 July 2018 [House], page H6173).
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to increase State and local involvement in management plans; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 12 July 2018 [House], page H6174).
A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to update and modernize the reporting requirements for contaminants, including lead, in drinking water, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 11 July 2018 [Senate], p[age S4916).
Jul 20, 2018
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to encourage voluntary conservation efforts; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 12 July 2018 [House], page H6173).
A bill to provide for greater county and State consultation with regard to petitions under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 12 July 2018 [House], page H6173).
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to provide for consideration of the totality of conservation measures in determining the impact of proposed Federal agency action; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 12 July 2018 [House], page H6173).
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to prohibit designation as critical habitat of certain areas in artificial water diversion or delivery facilities; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 12 July 2018 [House], page H6173).
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to define petition backlogs and provide expedited means for discharging petitions during such a backlog; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 12 July 2018 [House], page H6173).
Jul 19, 2018
The purpose of this supplemental notice is for EPA and the Department of the Army (agencies) to clarify, supplement and seek additional comment on an earlier proposal, published on 27 July 2017, to repeal the 2015 Rule Defining Waters of the United States ("2015 Rule"), which amended portions of the CFR. As stated in the agencies' 27 July 2017 NPRM, the agencies propose to repeal the 2015 Rule and restore the regulatory text that existed prior to the 2015 Rule, as informed by guidance in effect at that time. If this proposal is finalized, the regulations defining the scope of federal CWA jurisdiction would be those portions of the CFR as they existed before the amendments promulgated in the 2015 Rule. Those preexisting regulatory definitions are the ones that the agencies are currently implementing in light of the agencies' final rule published on 6 February 2018, adding a 6 February 2020 applicability date to the 2015 Rule, as well as judicial decisions preliminarily enjoining and staying the 2015 Rule. Comments must be received on or before 13 August 2018. POCs are Michael McDavit, Office of Water (4504-T), EPA,; tel: 202-566-2428; email: CWAwotus@epa.gov; or Stacey Jensen, Regulatory Community of Practice (CECW-CO-R), USACE, tel: 202-761-6903; email: USACE_CWA_Rule@usace.army.mil (Federal Registger; 12 July 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 32227-32252).
On 20 June 2018, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) titled ``Update to the Regulations for Implementing the Procedural Provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act.' The CEQ is extending the comment period on the ANPRM, which was scheduled to close on 20 July 2018, for 31 days until 20 August 2018. The CEQ is making this change in response to public requests for an extension of the comment period. Comments should be submitted on or before 20 August 2018. POC is Edward A. Boling, Associate Director for the National Environmental Policy Act, Council on Environmental Quality, 730 Jackson Place NW, Washington, DC 20503. Tel: 202- 395-5750 (Federal Register; 11 July 2018 [Proposed Rules], page 32071.)
Jul 17, 2018
A bill to give Executive Order 13547, relating to the stewardship of the ocean, the coasts, and the Great Lakes, the full force and effect of law, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 29 June 2018 {House], page H5980).
Jul 16, 2018
A bill to require research in coastal sustainability and resilience, to ensure that the Federal Government continues to implement and advance coastal resiliency efforts, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 28 June 2018 {House], page H5974).
A bill to exempt from certain requirements of the Clean Air Act incinerator units owned and operated by a Federal, State, or local law enforcement agency when used for the sole purpose of destroying contraband or household pharmaceuticals, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 28 June 2018 {House], page H5975).
Jul 03, 2018
On 13 June 2018, the EPA proposed an advance notice of proposed rulemaking titled, 'Increasing Consistency and Transparency in Considering Costs and Benefits in Rulemaking Process.' The EPA is extending the comment period on the proposed rule, which was scheduled to close on 13 July 2018, until 13 August 2018. The EPA is making this change in response to public requests for an extension of the comment period. Written comments must be received on or before 13 August 2018. POC is Elizabeth Kopits, National Center for Environmental Economics, Office of Policy, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Mail Code 1809T, Washington, DC 20460, Tel: (202) 566-2299; kopits.elizabeth@epa.gov. (Federal Register; July 3, 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 31098-31099).
Jul 02, 2018
As part of EPA's efforts to reduce childhood lead exposure, EPA evaluated the current dust-lead hazard standards (DLHS) and the definition of lead-based paint (LBP). Based on this evaluation, EPA is proposing to lower the DLHS from 40 micrograms/ft2 and 250 micrograms/ft2 to 10 micrograms/ft2 and 100 micrograms/ft2 on floors and window sills, respectively. EPA is proposing no changes to the current definition of LBP due to insufficient information to support such a change. Comments must be received on or before 16 August 2018. POC is John Yowell, National Program Chemicals Division, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460-0001; tel: 202-564-1213; email: yowell.john@epa.gov (Federal Register; 2 July 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 30889-30901).
Jun 26, 2018
A bill to remove the red wolf from the list of endangered and threatened wildlife for North Carolina, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 14 June 2018 [House], page H5200).
Jun 25, 2018
The EPA is proposing to establish no new requirements under CWA, sect 311 which directs the President to issue regulations to prevent discharges of oil and hazardous substances from onshore and offshore facilities, and to contain such discharges. On 21 Jul 2015 EPA was sued for failing to issue regulations to prevent and contain CWA hazardous substance discharges. On 16 Feb 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York entered a Consent Decree between EPA and the litigants requiring EPA to sign a notice of proposed rulemaking pertaining to the issuance of hazardous substance regulations, and take final action after notice and comment. The EPA is not proposing additional regulatory requirements at this time. This proposed action is intended to comply with the Consent Decree and to provide an opportunity for public notice and comment on EPA's proposed approach to satisfy the CWA requirements. Comments must be received on or before 24 August 2018. POC is Stacey Yonce, Office of Emergency Management, Mail Code 5104A, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460, 202-564-2288, yonce.stacey@epa.gov (Federal Register; 25 June 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 29499-29520.)
Jun 20, 2018
CEQ is considering updating its implementing regulations for the procedural provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Over the past four decades, CEQ has issued numerous guidance documents but has amended its regulations substantively only once. Given the length of time since its NEPA implementing regulations were issued, CEQ solicits public comment on potential revisions to update the regulations and ensure a more efficient, timely, and effective NEPA process consistent with the national environmental policy stated in NEPA. Comments should be submitted on or before 20 July 2018. POC is Edward A. Boling, Associate Director for the National Environmental Policy Act, Council on Environmental Quality, 730 Jackson Place NW, Washington, DC 20503. Tel: 202-395-5750.(Federal Register; 20 June 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 28591-28592).
Jun 15, 2018
On 23 June 23, 2016, the EPA promulgated its final response to petitions for reconsideration of the final NSPS and emission guidelines (EG) for CISWI units that were promulgated on 21 March 2011, and revised 7 February 2013. EPA is proposing amendments to address requests from industry stakeholders and implementing agencies to clarify various issues with implementation of the standards. In addition, the EPA is addressing certain testing and monitoring issues and inconsistencies within the rules that required further clarification or correction. Comments must be received on or before 30 July 2018. POC is Dr. Nabanita Modak Fischer, Fuels and Incineration Group, Sector Policies and Programs Division (E143-05), EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 919-541-5572; fax: 919-541-0516; email: modak.nabanita@epa.gov (Federal Register; 15 June 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 28068-28137).
Jun 14, 2018
A bill to reauthorize and amend the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 5 June 2018 [House], page H4775).
A bill to amend the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to clarify provisions enacted by the Captive Wildlife Safety Act to further the conservation of prohibited wildlife species; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 5 June 2018 [Senate], page S2991).
A bill to establish an innovative water technology grant program and to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to encourage the use of innovative water technology, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 6 June 2018 [Senate], page S3035.)
Jun 13, 2018
EPA promulgates regulations under authority provided in the federal environmental statutes such as the Clean Air Act (CAA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), and many others. Most statutory provisions require or allow some consideration of cost and benefits when setting pollution standards, but there is variation in terminology and specificity regarding the nature and scope of the cost and benefit considerations. In this advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM), EPA is soliciting comment on whether and how EPA promulgates regulations providing a consistent and transparent interpretation relating to the consideration of weighing costs and benefits in making regulatory decisions in a manner consistent with applicable authorizing statutes. EPA is also soliciting comment on whether and how these regulations could also prescribe specific analytic approaches to quantifying the costs and benefits of EPA regulations. This ANPRM does not propose any regulatory requirements. Comments must be received on or before July 13, 2018. POC is Elizabeth Kopits, National Center for Environmental Economics, Office of Policy, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Mail Code 1809T, Washington, DC 20460, Phone: 202-566-2299; kopits.elizabeth@epa.gov ( Federal Register; 13 June 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 27524-27528).
Jun 11, 2018
EPA is proposing a significant new use rule (SNUR) for asbestos (including as part of an article). The rule is manufacturing (including importing) or processing for certain uses identified by EPA as no longer ongoing. The following uses are subject to this proposed SNUR: Adhesives, sealants, and roof and non-roof coatings; arc chutes; beater-add gaskets; extruded sealant tape and other tape; filler for acetylene cylinders; high-grade electrical paper; millboard; missile liner; pipeline wrap; reinforced plastics; roofing felt; separators in fuel cells and batteries; vinyl-asbestos floor tile; and any other building material (other than cement). Persons subject to the SNUR would be required to notify EPA at least 90 days before starting any manufacturing or processing of asbestos for a significant new use. Manufacturing and for the significant new use may not begin until after EPA has reviewed the notice, made an appropriate determination, and taken required actions in association with that determination. Comments must be received on or before 10 August 2018. POC is Robert Courtnage, National Program Chemicals Division (Mail Code 7404T), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460-0001; tel: 202-566-1081; email: courtnage.robert@epa.gov (Federal Register; 11 June 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 26922-26933).
Jun 08, 2018
The FWS proposes to remove the Colorado butterfly plant (Oenothera coloradensis, currently listed as Gaura neomexicana ssp. coloradensis) from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Plants (List) due to recovery. This determination is based on a thorough review of the best available scientific and commercial data, which indicate that the threats to the Colorado butterfly plant have been eliminated or reduced to the point that it has recovered, and that this plant is no longer likely to become endangered in the foreseeable future and, therefore, no longer meets the definition of a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). This proposed rule, if made final, would also remove the currently designated critical habitat for the Colorado butterfly plant. FWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before 7 August 2018. POC is Tyler A. Abbott, Field Supervisor, tel: 307-772-2374 (citationFederal Register;; 8 June 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 26623-26640). https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-08/html/2018-12409.htm
Based on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) review of the air quality criteria addressing human health effects and the primary national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) for sulfur oxides (SOX), the EPA is proposing to retain the current standard, without revision. Comments must be received on or before 23 July 2018. POC is Dr. Nicole Hagan, Health and Environmental Impacts Division, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, U.S. EPA, Mail Code C504-06, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 919-541-3153; fax: 919-541-0237; email: hagan.nicole@epa.gov (Federal Register; 8 June 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 26752-26785).
Jun 01, 2018
A bill to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to revise labeling requirements for fuel pumps that dispense E15, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 16 May 2018 [House], page 4138).
May 31, 2018
A bill to provide for improvements to the rivers and harbors of the United States, to provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (Congressional Record; 18 May 2018 [House], page H4242).
May 30, 2018
A bill to implement the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 10 May 2018 [House], page H3929).
A bill to provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, to authorize the Secretary of the Army to construct various projects for improvements to rivers and harbors of the United States, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 8 May 2018 [Senate], page S2552).
A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to modify provisions relating to international border areas, marginal areas, and rural transport areas, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 10 May 2018 [Senate], page S2623).
May 18, 2018
A bill to amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to improve the conversion, use, and storage of carbon dioxide produced from fossil fuels, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 8 May 2018 [Senate], page S2552).
May 17, 2018
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to prohibit the taking for a trophy of any endangered or threatened species of fish or wildlife in the United States and the importation of endangered and threatened species trophies into the United States, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record, 7 May 2018 [House], page H3781).
A bill to support wildlife conservation, improve anti-trafficking enforcement, provide dedicated funding for wildlife conservation at no expense to taxpayers, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record, 8 May 2018 [House], page H3833).
May 10, 2018
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 preliminary calculations for the first round of allocations of allowances from the CSAPR new unit set-asides (NUSAs) for the 2018 control periods and has posted spreadsheets containing the calculations on EPA's website. EPA will consider timely objections to the preliminary calculations (including objections concerning the identification of units eligible for allocations) before determining the final amounts of the first-round allocations. Objections to the information referenced in this notice must be received on or before 11 June 2018. POC is Kenon Smith at 202-343-9164 or smith.kenon@epa.gov or Jason Kuhns at 202-564-3236 or kuhns.jason@epa.gov (Federal Register; 10 May 2018 [Notices], pages 21772-21773).
A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to exclude energy efficiency projects, pollution control projects, and reliability projects from the definition of a modification; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 26 April 2018 [Senate], page S2484).
A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to clarify when a physical change in, or change in the method of operation of, a stationary source constitutes a modification, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 26 April 2018 [Senate], page S2484).
May 07, 2018
A bill to establish environmental justice as a consideration in the regulation of pesticides, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (Congressional Record; 19 April 2018 [Senate], page S2321).
Apr 25, 2018
This action provides public notice and solicits comment on an alternative work practice (AWP) request under the Clean Air Act, to use new technology and work practices developed for removal and replacement of asbestos cement (A/C) pipe. EPA is soliciting comment on all aspects of this request for an AWP that, in order to be approved, should be at least environmentally equivalent to the existing work practices in the Asbestos NESHAP which applies to the removal and replacement of A/C pipe. The EPA must receive written comments on or before 25 June 2018. POC is Ms. Susan Fairchild, Sector Policies and Programs Division (D-243-04), Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS), U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 919-541-5167; fax: (919) 541-4991; and email: fairchild.susan@epa.gov (Federal Register; 25 April 2018 [Notices], pages 18042-18051).
Apr 23, 2018
A bill to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to conduct a study on the presence of pharmaceuticals and personal care products in sources of drinking water; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 18 April 2018 [House], page H3440).
A bill to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to reinstate information about climate change that was removed from, or redacted on, the Agency's website, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 18 April 2018 [House], page H3440).
Apr 19, 2018
A bill to amend the Plant Protection Act for purposes of mitigating the threat of invasive species, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Agriculture (Congressional Record; 13 April 2018 [House], page H3315).
Apr 18, 2018
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), proposes to list the island marble butterfly (Euchloe ausonides insulanus) as an endangered species and designate critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). In total, approximately 812 acres (329 hectares) on the south end of San Juan Island, San Juan County, Washington, fall within the boundaries of the proposed critical habitat designation. The Service also announces the availability of a draft economic analysis (DEA) of the proposed designation of critical habitat for the island marble butterfly. Comments will be accepted until 11 June 2018. POC is Eric V. Rickerson, State Supervisor, Washington Fish and Wildlife Office, 510 Desmond Drive, Suite 102, Lacey, WA 98503; tel: 360-753-9440; or fax: 360-534-9331 (Federal Register; 12 April 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 15900-15936).
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, proposes to remove the Kirtland's warbler (Setophaga kirtlandii) from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife (List) due to recovery. This determination is based on a thorough review of the best available scientific and commercial information, which indicates that the threats to the species have been eliminated or reduced to the point that the species has recovered and no longer meets the definition of endangered or threatened under the Act. Comments are due on or before 11 July 2018. POC is Scott Hicks, Field Supervisor, Michigan Ecological Services Field Office, 2651 Coolidge Road, Suite 101, East Lansing, MI 48823; tel: 517-351-2555; fax: 517-351-1443 (Federal Register; 12 April 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 15758-15780).
Apr 02, 2018
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to reclassify the Hawaiian goose (nene) (Branta (=Nesochen) sandvicensis) from endangered to threatened, and they are proposing a rule under section 4(d) of the Act to enhance conservation of the species through range expansion and management flexibility. This proposal is based on a thorough review of the best available scientific data, which indicate that the species' status has improved such that it is not currently in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range. We also propose to correct the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife to reflect that Nesochen is not currently a scientifically accepted generic name for this species, and to acknowledge the Hawaiian name "nene" as an alternative common name. Comments are due on or before 1 June 2018. POC is Mary Abrams, Field Supervisor, tel: 808-792-9400. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office, 300 Ala Moana Boulevard, Room 3-122, Honolulu, HI 96850 (Federal Register; 2 April 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 13919-13942).
A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to increase the ability of a State to administer a permit program under that Act, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 21 March 2018 [Senate], page S1875).
Mar 29, 2018
A bill to improve the water supply and drought resilience of the United States, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 15 March 2018 [Senate], page S1765).
Mar 16, 2018
EPA is proposing to add hazardous waste aerosol cans to the universal waste program under the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations. This proposed change, once finalized, would benefit the wide variety of establishments generating and managing hazardous waste aerosol cans, including the retail sector, by providing a clear, protective system for managing discarded aerosol cans. The streamlined universal waste regulations are expected to ease regulatory burdens on retail stores and others that discard hazardous waste aerosol cans; promote the collection and recycling of these cans; and encourage the development of municipal and commercial programs to reduce the quantity of these wastes going to municipal solid waste landfills or combustors. Comments must be received on or before 15 May 2018. POC is Tracy Atagi, Office of Land and Emergency Management (5304P), EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460; tel: 703-308-8672; email: atagi.tracy@epa.gov (Federal Register; 16 March 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 11654-11667).
Mar 15, 2018
On 17 April 2015 the EPA promulgated national minimum criteria for existing and new coal combustion residuals (CCR) landfills and existing and new CCR surface impoundments. The Agency is proposing a rule that will address four provisions of the final rule that were remanded back to the Agency on June 14, 2016 by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The Agency is also proposing six provisions that establish alternative performance standards for owners and operators of CCR units located in states that have approved CCR permit programs (participating states) or are otherwise subject to oversight through a permit program administered by EPA. Finally, the Agency is proposing an additional revision based on comments received since the date of the final CCR rule. Written comments must be received on or before 30 April 2018. POC is Mary Jackson, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, Environmental Protection Agency, 5304P, Washington, DC 20460; tel: (703) 308-8453; email: jackson.mary@epa.gov ( Federal Register; 15 March 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 11584-11616).
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced the availability of their draft post-delisting monitoring (PDM) plan for the black-capped vireo (Vireo atricapilla). The draft PDM plan describes the methods proposed to monitor the status of the vireo and its habitat, in cooperation with the States of Texas and Oklahoma and other conservation partners, for a 12-year period if this species is removed from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. The draft PDM plan also provides a strategy for identifying and responding to any future population declines or habitat loss. Comments on the draft PDM plan for black-capped vireo will be accepted until 13 April 2018. POC is Debra Bills, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arlington Ecological Services Field Office, 2005 NE Green Oaks Blvd., Suite 140, Arlington, TX 76006; tel: 817-277-1100; fax: 817-277-1129; email: ARLES@fws.gov(Federal Register 14 March 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 11162-11164).
Mar 09, 2018
A bill to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to take action to eliminate human exposure to asbestos, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 27 February 2018 [House], page H1333).
A bill to reauthorize the Coastal Management Act of 1972, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation (Congressional Record; 28 February 2018 [Senate], page S1286).
Feb 27, 2018
A bill to establish the Federal Smart Building Program to implement smart building technology and demonstrate the costs and benefits of smart buildings, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Science, Space, and Technology, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 16 February 2018 [House], page H1217).
Feb 21, 2018
A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to direct permitting authorities to notify municipalities within 30 miles of a source of certain permit applications and proposed permits, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 8 February 2018 [House], page H1074).
A bill to direct the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to take certain actions related to pesticides that may affect pollinators, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Agriculture (Congressional Record; 14 February 2018 [House], page H1077).
A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to provide for technical assistance for small treatment works; to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (Congressional Record; 15 February 2018 [House], page H1211).
Feb 20, 2018
EPA is requesting comment on the Agency's previous statements regarding the Clean Water Act (CWA) and whether pollutant discharges from point sources that reach jurisdictional surface waters via groundwater or other subsurface flow that has a direct hydrologic connection to the jurisdictional surface water may be subject to CWA regulation. EPA is requesting comment on whether the Agency should consider clarification or revision of those statements and if so, comment on how clarification or revision should be provided. Comments must be received on or before 21 May 2018. POC is Scott Wilson, Office of Wastewater Management, Water Permits Division (MC4203M), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460; tel: (202) 564-6087; email: wilson.js@epa.gov (Federal Register; 20 February 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 7126-7128)
Feb 09, 2018
Recent amendments to TSCA) require EPA to develop a system to assign a ``unique identifier' whenever it approves a Confidential Business Information (CBI) claim for the specific chemical identity of a chemical substance, to apply this unique identifier to other information concerning the same substance, and to ensure that any nonconfidential information received by the Agency identifies the chemical substance using the unique identifier while the specific chemical identity of the chemical substance is protected from disclosure. EPA previously requested comment on approaches for assigning and applying unique identifiers, and has developed an additional approach on which it now requests comment. EPA will accept written comments and materials submitted to the docket on or before 12 March 2018. POC is Jessica Barkas, Environmental Assistance Division, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460-0001; tel: (202) 250-8880; email address: barkas.jessica@epa.gov (Federal Register; 8 February 2018 [Notices], pages 5623-5625).
Feb 01, 2018
A bill to cap the emissions of greenhouse gases through a requirement to purchase carbon permits, to distribute the proceeds of such purchases to eligible individuals, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Finance (Congressional Record; 29 January 2018 [Senate], page S549).
Jan 30, 2018
A bill to cap the emissions of greenhouse gases through a requirement to purchase carbon permits, to distribute the proceeds of such purchases to eligible individuals, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 29 January 2018 [House], page H676).
Jan 26, 2018
This action proposes corrections and updates to regulations for source testing of emissions. The proposed rule includes corrections to testing provisions that contain inaccuracies, updates to outdated procedures, and approved alternative procedures that provide testers enhanced flexibility. The revisions will improve the quality of data but will not impose new substantive requirements on source owners or operators. Written comments must be received by 27 March 2018. Mrs. Lula H. Melton, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Air Quality Assessment Division (E143-02), EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 919-541-2910; fax: (919) 541-0516; email: melton.lula@epa.gov (Federal Register; 26 January 2018 [Proposed Rules], pages 3636-3656).
Jan 25, 2018
A bill to extend the period during which vessels that are shorter than 79 feet in length and fishing vessels are not required to have a permit for discharges incidental to the normal operation of the vessel; to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation (Congressional Record; 23 January 2018 [Senate], page S467).
Jan 18, 2018
The National Park Service is soliciting comments on the significance of properties nominated before December 16, 2017, for listing or related actions in the National Register of Historic Places. A number of federal locations have been nominated. Comments should be submitted by 2 February 2018. (Federal Register, 18 January 2018 [Notices], pages 2667-2669).
Jan 08, 2018
A bill to require the delisting of Mexican gray wolves under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 on a determination that the subspecies has been sufficiently recovered in the United States; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record, 4 January 2017 [Senate], page S46).
Jan 03, 2018
A bill to extend a prohibition relating to permits for discharges incidental to the normal operation of certain vessels; to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (Congressional Record; 14 December 2017 [House], page H9940).
A bill to amend the Clean Air Act with respect to nonattainment plan provisions, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 21 December 2017 [House], page 10419).
A bill to extend the period during which vessels that are shorter than 79 feet in length and fishing vessels are not required to have a permit for discharges incidental to the normal operation of the vessel; considered and passed (Congressional Record; 21 December 2017 [Senate], page S8260).
Jan 02, 2018
EPA issued a document in the Federal Register of 26 October 2017, concerning proposed reporting requirements for applicable persons to provide information to assist in the preparation of an ``inventory of mercury supply, use, and trade in the United States.' This document extends the comment period for 16 days, from 26 December 2017 to 11 January 2018. EPA received requests to extend the comment period and believes it is appropriate to do so in order to give stakeholders additional time to assess the impacts of the proposal, review technical documents in the docket, and prepare comments. POC is Thomas Groeneveld, National Program Chemicals Division, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460-0001; tel: 202-566-1188; email: groeneveld.thomas@epa.gov (Federal Register; 19 December 2017 [Proposed Rules], page 60168).
Dec 11, 2017
A bill to remove a limitation on a prohibition relating to permits for discharges incidental to normal operation of vessels; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 5 December 2017 [Senate], page S7848).
Dec 06, 2017
EPA Region 9 is proposing to issue a general NPDES permit for discharges from facilities with discharges classified as low threat located in the Navajo Nation (Permit No. NNG990001) and a general NPDES permit for discharges from bulk fuel storage facilities located in Guam (Permit No. GUG000001). These are new proposed permits which will be issued upon completion of the notice and comment period and after due consideration has been given to all comments received. Comments on the proposed permits must be received or postmarked no later than 5 February 2018. POC is Gary Sheth, EPA Region 9, NPDES Permits Section, Water Division (WTR-2-3), 75 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, California 94105-3901; tel: 415-972-3516 (Federal Register; 6 December 2017 [Notice], pages 57598-57599).
Nov 27, 2017
A bill to amend section 1018 of the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992 to make violators of such section liable to residents and invitees of target housing for such violations, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Financial Services (Congressional Record; 16 November 2017 [House], page H9424).
Nov 22, 2017
EPA and the Department of the Army (the 'agencies') are proposing to add an applicability date to the "Clean Water Rule: Definition of 'Waters of the United States'" (the "2015 Rule") to 2 years from the date of final action on this proposal. On 9 October 2015, the Sixth Circuit stayed the 2015 Rule nationwide pending further action of the court, but the Supreme Court is currently reviewing the question of whether the court of appeals has original jurisdiction to review challenges to the 2015 Rule. On 28 February 2017, the President signed an Executive Order, "Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the 'Waters of the United States' Rule." With this proposed rule, the agencies intend to maintain the status quo by proposing to add an applicability date to the 2015 Rule and thus provide continuity and regulatory certainty for regulated entities, the States and tribes, agency staff, and the public while the agencies continue to work to consider possible revisions to the 2015 Rule. Comments must be received on or before 13 December 2017. POC is Ms. Donna Downing, Office of Water (4504-T), EPA, tel: 202-566-2428; email: CWAwotus@epa.gov; or Ms. Stacey Jensen, Regulatory Community of Practice (CECW-CO-R), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, tel: 202-761-5903; email: USACE_CWA_Rule@usace.army.mil (Federal Register; 22 November 2017 [Proposed Rules], pages 55542-55547).
Nov 14, 2017
A bill to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to take action to eliminate human exposure to asbestos, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 2 November 2017 [Senate], page S7001).
Oct 31, 2017
A bill to require Federal agencies to address environmental justice, to require consideration of cumulative impacts in certain permitting decisions, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Natural Resources, Transportation and Infrastructure, and the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 24 October 2017 [House], page H8143).
A bill to provide for the accurate reporting of fossil fuel production and emissions from public lands, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources(Congressional Record; 25 October 2017 [House], page H8224).
A bill to require Federal agencies to address environmental justice, to require consideration of cumulative impacts in certain permitting decisions, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 24 October 2017 [Senate], page S6768).
A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to improve transparency under the national primary drinking water regulations for lead and copper, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 24 October 2017 [Senate], page S6769).
Oct 19, 2017
A bill to establish a cost of greenhouse gases for carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide to be used by Federal agencies, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 5 October 2017 [House], page H7887).
A bill to establish a program to accurately document vehicles that were significant in the history of the United States, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 12 October 2017 [House], page H8031).
A bill to establish a cost of greenhouse gases for carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide to be used by Federal agencies, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 5 October 2017 [Senate], page S6359).
Oct 16, 2017
EPA is proposing to repeal the Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units (EGUs), commonly referred to as the Clean Power Plan (CPP), as promulgated on 23 October 2015. Comments must be received on or before 15 December 2017. POC is Mr. Peter Tsirigotis, Sector Policies and Programs Division (D205-01), U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 888-627-7764; email: airaction@epa.gov. (Federal Register Volume 82, Number 198 (Monday, October 16, 2017)][Proposed Rules][Pages 48035-48049]).
Oct 13, 2017
A bill to amend the Solid Waste Disposal Act to authorize States to restrict interstate waste imports and impose a higher fee on out-of-State waste; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 5 October 2017 [House], page H7887).
A bill to amend title 54, United States Code, to reform the Antiquities Act of 1906, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 6 October 2017 [House], page H7892).
A bill to clarify that noncommercial species found entirely within the borders of a single State are not in interstate commerce or subject to regulation under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 or any other provision of law enacted as an exercise of the power of Congress to regulate interstate commerce; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 26 September 2017 [Senate], page S6134).
Sep 26, 2017
EPA is extending the comment period for the Draft Updated Aquatic Life Ambient Water Quality Criteria for Aluminum in Freshwater. The current comment period closes on 26 September 2017. The public comment period will be extended for an additional 30 days. Comments must be received on or before 26 October 2017. POC is Diana Eignor, Health and Ecological Criteria Division, Office of Water (Mail Code 4304T), EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; tel: 202-566-1143; email: eignor.diana@epa.gov (Federal Register; 26 September 2017 [Notices], page 44784).
Sep 19, 2017
On or about 25 August 2017, the EPA will make available for public comment two draft documents titled, Risk and Exposure Assessment for the Review of the Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Sulfur Oxides, External Review Draft (Draft REA) and Policy Assessment for the Review of the Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Sulfur Oxides, External Review Draft (Draft PA). These draft documents were prepared as part of the current review of the primary NAAQS for Sulfur Oxides (SOX). The Draft REA describes draft quantitative exposure and risk analyses for this NAAQS review. The PA, when final, serves to "bridge the gap" between the currently available scientific information and the judgments required of the Administrator in determining whether to retain or revise the existing primary NAAQS for SOX. Comments should be received on or before 18 October 2017. POC is Dr. Nicole Hagan, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (Mail Code C504-06), U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 919-541-3153; fax: 919-541-5315; email: hagan.nicole@epa.gov (Federal Register; 19 September 2017 [Notices], pages 43756-43757).
Sep 07, 2017
A bill to provide for the preservation of sportsmen's heritage and enhance recreation opportunities on Federal land, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committees on Agriculture, the Judiciary, Energy and Commerce, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 1 September 2017 [House], page H6632).
A bill to justly transition away from fossil fuel sources of energy to 100 percent clean energy by 2035, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, Transportation and Infrastructure, Education and the Workforce, Science, Space, and Technology, Financial Services, and Foreign Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 1 September 2017 [House], page H6632).
Aug 23, 2017
The U.S. EPA and the U.S. Department of the Army are extending the comment period for the proposed rule "Definition of 'Waters of the United States' - Recodification of Pre-existing Rules." The agencies are extending the comment period for 30 days in response to stakeholder requests for an extension, from 28 August 2017 to 27 September 27, 2017. POCs are Ms. Donna Downing, Office of Water (4504-T), EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW., Washington, DC 20460; tel: 202-566-2428; email: CWAwotus@epa.gov; or Ms. Stacey Jensen, Regulatory Community of Practice (CECW-CO-R), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 441 G Street NW., Washington, DC 20314; tel: 202-761-5903; email: USACE_CWA_Rule@usace.army.mil (Federal Register; 22 August 2017 [Proposed Rules], page 39712).
Aug 18, 2017
A bill to restore, reaffirm, and reconcile environmental justice and civil rights, provide for the establishment of the Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice Compliance and Enforcement, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on the Judiciary, and Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 28 July 2017 [House], page H6574).
A bill to amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to provide for a smart energy and water efficiency management pilot program; to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 1 August 2017 [Senate], page S4667).
A bill to improve the processes by which environmental documents are prepared and permits and applications are processed and regulated by Federal departments and agencies, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 3 August 2017 [Senate], page S4828).
Aug 16, 2017
A bill to decrease the incidence of food waste, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry (Congressional Record; 31 July 2017 [Senate], page S4620).
Aug 15, 2017
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to require publication on the Internet of the basis for determinations that species are endangered species or threatened species, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 28 July 2017 [House], page H6575).
Aug 14, 2017
A bill to achieve domestic energy independence by empowering States to control the exploration, development, and production of oil and gas on all available Federal land, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 28 July 2017 [House], page H6573).
A bill to amend the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 to authorize grants to Indian Tribes to further achievement of Tribal coastal zone objectives, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 28 July 2017 [House], page H6575).
A bill to amend the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act to reauthorize the Act; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 28 July 2017 [House], page H6575).
Aug 11, 2017
A bill to amend the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 to require the Secretary of Commerce to establish a coastal climate change adaptation preparedness and response program, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 28 July 2017 [House], page H6572).
Aug 07, 2017
The proposed amendments address an issue related to monitoring pressure relief devices (PRDs) on containers. This issue was raised in a petition for reconsideration of the amendments to the OSWRO NESHAP finalized in 2015 based on the residual risk and technology review (RTR). Among other things, the 2015 amendments established additional monitoring requirements for all PRDs, including PRDs on containers. For PRDs on containers, these monitoring requirements were in addition to the inspection and monitoring requirements for containers and their closure devices, which include PRDs that were already required by the OSWRO NESHAP. This proposed action would remove the additional monitoring requirements for PRDs on containers that resulted from the 2015 amendments because we have determined that they are not necessary. Comments must be received on or before 21 September 2017. POC is Ms. Angie Carey, Sector Policies and Programs Division (E143-01), Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 919-541-2187; fax: 919-541-0246; email: carey.angela@epa.gov (Federal Register; 7 August 2017 [Proposed Rules], pages 36713-36719).
A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act relating to beach monitoring, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Federal Register; 24 July 2017 [Senate], page S4136).
Aug 04, 2017
A bill to transition away from fossil fuel sources of energy to 100 percent clean and renewable energy by 2050, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, Transportation and Infrastructure, Education and the Workforce, Financial Services, Natural Resources, Appropriations, Agriculture, Small Business, and Science, Space, and Technology, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 19 July 2017 [House], page H6041).
Jul 31, 2017
A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to improve public water systems and enhance compliance with such Act, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 25 July 2017 [House], page H6397).
Jul 27, 2017
The EPA and the Dept. of the Army ("the agencies") are publishing this proposed rule to start the first step in a comprehensive, two-step process intended to review and revise the definition of "waters of the United States" (WOTUS) consistent with the Executive Order signed 28 Feb 2017. This first step proposes to rescind the definition of WOTUS in the CFR to re-codify the definition of WOTUS, which currently governs administration of the CWA, pursuant to a decision issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit staying a definition of WOTUS promulgated by the agencies in 2015. The agencies would apply the definition of WOTUS as it is currently being implemented, that is informed by applicable agency guidance documents and consistent with Supreme Court decisions and longstanding practice. In a second step, the agencies will pursue notice-and-comment rulemaking in which the agencies will conduct a substantive re-evaluation of the definition of WOTUS. Comments must be received on or before 28 August 2017. POC is Ms. Donna Downing, Office of Water (4504-T), EPA, 1200 Penn Ave NW., Wash., DC 20460; tel: (202) 566-2428; email: CWAwotus@epa.gov; or Ms. Stacey Jensen, Regulatory Community of Practice (CECW-CO-R), USACE, 441 G Street NW., Wash., DC 20314; tel: 202-761-5903; email: USACE_CWA_Rule@usace.army.mil (Federal Register, 27 July 2017 [Proposed Rules], page 34899-34909).
Jul 26, 2017
Based on the EPA's review of the air quality criteria addressing human health effects of oxides of nitrogen and the primary national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for nitrogen dioxide (NO2), the EPA is proposing to retain the current standards, without revision. Comments must be received on or before 25 September 2017. POC is Ms. Breanna Alman, Health and Environmental Impacts Division, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, U.S. EPA, Mail Code C504-06, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 919-541-2351; fax: 919-541-0237; email: alman.breanna@epa.gov (Federal Register; 26 July 2017 [Proposed Rules], pages 34792-34834).
Jul 24, 2017
A bill to encourage water efficiency; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Oversight and Government Reform, Armed Services, and Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 14 July 2017 [House], page H5884).
A bill to amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to extend the eligibility for certain hydroelectric production and efficiency incentives; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 14 July 2017 [House], page H5884).
A bill to amend the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act to reauthorize the Act; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 12 July 2017 [Senate], page S3961).
Jul 20, 2017
A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to require quarterly reporting, improvement of consumer confidence reports, establishment of a nation consumer confidence report, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 13 July 2017 [House], page H5758 ).
A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to enhance protections of Native American tangible cultural heritage, and for other purposes; to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (citation).
Jul 14, 2017
A bill to amend section 111 of the Clean Air Act to exclude energy efficiency projects, pollution control projects, and reliability projects from the definition of a modification; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 29 June 2017 [House], page H5374).
A bill to amend section 111 of the Clean Air Act to clarify when a physical change in, or change in the method of operation of, a stationary source constitutes a modification, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 29 June 2017 [House], page H5374).
A bill to amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 to reduce unnecessary permitting delays by clarifying associated procedures to increase economic development and support coastal restoration programs, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 29 June 2017 [House], page H5375).
A bill to amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to make certain strategic energy infrastructure projects eligible for certain loan guarantees, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 29 June 2017 [House], page H5375).
Jul 13, 2017
A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to publish a maximum contaminant level goal and promulgate a national primary drinking water regulation for perfluorinated compounds (including perfluorooctanesulfonic acid and perfluorooctanoic acid), and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 29 June 2017 [House], page H5373).
Jul 12, 2017
A bill to amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to direct the Secretary of Energy to carry out demonstration projects relating to advanced nuclear reactor technologies to support domestic energy needs; to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 28 June 2017 [Senate], page S3830).
Jul 10, 2017
A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to reauthorize the Chesapeake Bay Program; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 26 June 2017 [Senate], page S3765).
A bill to provide for the modernization of the energy and natural resources policies of the United States, and for other purposes; read the first time (Congressional Record; 28 June 2017 [Senate], page S3830).
Jul 05, 2017
A bill to amend the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 to reauthorize and improve the brownfields program, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 22 June 2017 [House], page H5109).
Jun 30, 2017
A bill to amend the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Natural Resources, and Armed Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 26 June 2017 [House], page H5178).
A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to enhance protections of Native American tangible cultural heritage, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Indian Affairs (Congressional Record; 21 June 2017 [Senate], page S3686).
Jun 27, 2017
A bill to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the climate; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 20 June 2017 [House], page H4993).
Jun 26, 2017
A bill to direct Federal departments and agencies to perform certain functions to ensure that climate change-related impacts are fully considered in the development of national security doctrine, policies, and plans, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, Science, Space, and Technology, and Intelligence (Permanent Select), for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 15 June 2017 [House], page H4936).
A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify when the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to prohibit the specification of a defined area, or deny or restrict the use of a defined area for specification, as a disposal site under section 404 of such Act, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (Congressional Record; 15 June 2017 [House], page H4937).
Jun 20, 2017
A bill to authorize Federal agencies to establish prize competitions for innovation or adaptation management development relating to ocean acidification; to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology (Federal Register; 12 June 2017 [House], page H4853).
Jun 15, 2017
A bill to amend the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to authorize certain recycled water projects, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 7 June 2017 [House], page H4700).
Jun 13, 2017
A bill to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to establish a program under which the Administrator shall defer the designation of an area as a nonattainment area for purposes of the 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard if the area achieves and maintains certain standards under a voluntary early action compact plan; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 23 May 2017 [Senate], page S3097).
A bill to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to equalize liability and financial assurance requirements for onshore pipeline facilities that could discharge oil into the Great Lakes system with such requirements for offshore pipelines, to authorize the Secretary of Transportation to issue an emergency order directing pipeline owners to comply with existing pipeline operating agreements or acquire sufficient resources to appropriately respond to possible oil spill incidents, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 24 May 2017 [Senate], page S3146).
A bill to require the Office of Pipeline Safety to consult with the Environmental Protection Agency or the Coast Guard in the event the Federal on-scene coordinator has concerns about the ability of a pipeline operator to respond to a worst case discharge; to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation (Congressional Record; 25 May 2017 [Senate], page S3212).
To prohibit the conditioning of any permit, lease, or other use agreement on the transfer of any water right to the United States by the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture, and for other purposes (Congressional Record; 25 May 2017 [Senate], page S3212).
Jun 12, 2017
A bill to limit the applicability of the final rule entitled ``Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles-Phase 2`` to the extent such final rule relates to trailers that do not themselves emit greenhouse gases in connection with a propulsion system; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 25 May 2017 [House], page H4604).
A bill to reauthorize and amend the Marine Debris Act to promote international action to reduce marine debris, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 25 May 2017 [House], page H4606).
A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act relating to beach monitoring, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (Congressional Record; 26 May 2017 [House], page H4614).
Jun 08, 2017
A bill to establish an Office of Environmental Justice in the Environmental Protection Agency and to authorize an environmental justice small grants program, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 25 May 2017 [House], page H4604).
A bill to establish the Office of Environmental Justice in the Executive Office of the President, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned ( Congressional Record; 25 May 2017 [House], page H4604).
In response to administrative petitions for reconsideration, the EPA proposes to postpone certain compliance dates in the effluent limitations guidelines and standards for the steam electric point source category under the CWA, published in the Federal Register on 3 November 2015. Specifically, EPA proposes to postpone the compliance dates for the new, and more stringent, best available technology economically achievable (``BAT') effluent limitations and pretreatment standards for each of the following waste streams: Fly ash transport water, bottom ash transport water, flue gas desulfurization (``FGD') wastewater, flue gas mercury control wastewater, and gasification wastewater. These compliance dates would be postponed until EPA completes reconsideration of the 2015 Rule. Comments on this proposed rule must be received on or before 6 July 2017. POC is Ronald Jordan, United States EPA, Engineering and Analysis Division; tel: 202-564-1003; email: jordan.ronald@epa.gov (Federal Register; 6 June 2017 [Proposed Rules], pages 26017-26019).
Jun 01, 2017
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to provide that nonnative species in the United States shall not be treated as endangered species or threatened species for purposes of that Act; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 23 May 2017 [House], page H4503).
May 30, 2017
A bill to rebuild and modernize the Nation's infrastructure to expand access to broadband internet, rehabilitate drinking water infrastructure, modernize the electric grid and energy supply infrastructure, redevelop brownfields, strengthen health care infrastructure, create jobs, protect public health and the environment, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Science, Space, and Technology, Transportation and Infrastructure, Ways and Means, and Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 17 May 2017 [House], page H4309).
May 23, 2017
A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to include provisions relating to drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 16 May 2017 [Senate], page S2964).
May 19, 2017
A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to prohibit any regulation under such Act concerning the emissions of carbon dioxide from a fossil fuel-fired electric generating unit from taking effect until the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency makes certain certifications, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 16 May 2017 [House], page H4221).
A bill to require the evaluation and consolidation of duplicative green building programs within the Department of Energy; to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 9 May 2017 [Senate], page S2846).
A bill to require the Secretary of Energy to review and update a report on the energy and environmental benefits of the re-refining of used lubricating oil; to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 10 May 2017 [Senate], page S2882).
May 18, 2017
A bill to amend the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 to clarify when the time period for the issuance of citations under such Act begins and to require a rule to clarify that an employer's duty to make and maintain accurate records of work-related injuries and illnesses is an ongoing obligation; to the Committee on Education and the Workforce (Congressional Record; 16 May 2017 [House], page H4221).
A bill to amend the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 to clarify when the time period for the issuance of citations under such Act begins and to require a rule to clarify that an employer's duty to make and maintain accurate records of work-related injuries and illnesses is an ongoing obligation; to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (Congressional Record; 15 May 2017 [Senate], page S2932).
May 11, 2017
A bill to accelerate reductions in climate pollution in order to leave a better planet for future generations, and to create a bipartisan commission to develop economically viable policies to achieve science-based emissions reduction targets; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; page H3322).
May 08, 2017
A bill to transition away from fossil fuel sources of energy to 100 percent clean and renewable energy by 2050, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Finance (Congressional Record; 27 April 2017 [Senate], page S2616).
May 04, 2017
A bill to improve Federal land management, resource conservation, environmental protection, and use of Federal real property, by requiring the Secretary of the Interior to develop a multipurpose cadastre of Federal real property and identifying inaccurate, duplicate, and out-of-date Federal land inventories, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 27 April 2017 [House], page H2940).
A bill to authorize Federal agencies to establish prize competitions for innovation or adaptation management development relating to coral reef ecosystems and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 27 April 2017 [House], page H2940).
A bill to authorize Federal agencies to establish prize competitions for innovation or adaptation management development relating to coral reef ecosystems, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation (Congressional Record; 27 April 2017 [Senate], page S2615).
May 01, 2017
In the Federal Register of 19 Jan 2017, EPA issued two proposed rules under section 6 of TSCA. The first proposed to prohibit the manufacture (including import), processing, and distribution in commerce of trichloroethylene (TCE) for use in vapor degreasing; to prohibit the use of TCE in vapor degreasing; to require manufacturers (including importers), processors, and distributors, except for retailers, of TCE for any use to provide downstream notification of these prohibitions throughout the supply chain; and to require limited recordkeeping. The second proposed to prohibit the manufacture (including import),processing, and distribution in commerce of methylene chloride and N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) for consumer and most types of commercial paint and coating removal; to prohibit the use of methylene chloride and NMP in these commercial uses; to require manufacturers (including importers), processors, and distributors, except for retailers, of methylene chloride and NMP for any use to provide downstream notification of these prohibitions throughout the supply chain; and to require recordkeeping. This document reopens and extends the comment periods for each proposed rule for an additional 30 days. Comments must be received on or before 19 May 2017. (Federal Register 1 May 2017 [Proposed Rules], pages 20310-20311).
Apr 27, 2017
A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to establish deadlines for promulgation of national primary drinking water regulations for certain contaminants, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 14 April 2017 [House], page H2804).
A bill to establish the Climate Change Advisory Commission to develop recommendations, frameworks, and guidelines for projects to respond to the impacts of climate change, to issue Federal obligations, the proceeds of which shall be used to fund projects that aid in adaptation to climate change, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 26 April 2017 [House], page H2846).
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to permit Governors of States to regulate intrastate endangered species and intrastate threatened species, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 26 April 2017 [House], page H2846).
A bill to direct the President to treat a harmful algal bloom caused by certain activities of the Federal Government as an emergency for purposes of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (Congressional Record; 26 April 2017 [House], page H2846).
A bill to improve and coordinate interagency Federal actions and provide assistance to States for responding to public health challenges posed by emerging contaminants, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 24 April 2017 [Senate], page S2490).
A bill to establish the Climate Change Advisory Commission to develop recommendations, frameworks, and guidelines for projects to respond to the impacts of climate change, to issue Federal obligations, the proceeds of which shall be used to fund projects that aid in adaptation to climate change, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Finance (Congressional Record; 24 April 2017 [Senate], page S2490).
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to permit Governors of States to regulate intrastate endangered species and intrastate threatened species, to amend the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to permit the taking of certain black vultures and ravens, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 26 April 2017 [Senate], page S2530).
Apr 24, 2017
A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to eliminate the exemption for aggregation of emissions from oil and gas sources, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 6 April 2017 [House], page H2787).
A bill to amend the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 to modify provisions relating to grants, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 4 April 2017 [Senate], page S2215).
Apr 17, 2017
A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study with respect to stormwater runoff from oil and gas operations, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (Congressional Record; 6 April 2017 [House], page H2785).
A bill to repeal the exemption for hydraulic fracturing in the Safe Drinking Water Act, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 6 April 2017 [House], page H2785).
Apr 14, 2017
A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to require testing of underground sources of drinking water in connection with hydraulic fracturing operations, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 6 April 2017 [House], page H2783).
A bill to provide for integrated plan permits, to establish an Office of the Municipal Ombudsman, to promote green infrastructure, and to require the revision of financial capability guidance; to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 6 April 2017 [House], page H2783).
A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to improve transparency under the national primary drinking water regulations for lead and copper, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 6 April 2017 [House], page H2784).
A bill to require regulation of wastes associated with the exploration, development, or production of crude oil, natural gas, or geothermal energy under the Solid Waste Disposal Act, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 6 April 2017 [House], page H2785).
EPA is announcing the availability of the final document titled Policy Assessment for the Review of the Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Oxides of Nitrogen (NO2 PA). Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) is the component of oxides of nitrogen (NOX) for which we have the greatest concern for public health. Accordingly, the current primary (health-based) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for NOX are in terms of NO2. The NO2 PA presents considerations and conclusions relevant for the EPA's review of the primary NO2 NAAQS. The primary NO2 NAAQS are set to protect the public health from exposures to NO2 in ambient air. The NO2 PA will be available on or about 12 April 2017. POC is Ms. Breanna Alman, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (Mail Code C504-06), U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 919-541-2351; email: alman.breanna@epa.gov (Federal Register; 14 April 2017 [Proposed Rules], pages 17947-17948).
Apr 13, 2017
In accordance with Executive Order 13777, "Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda," EPA is seeking input on regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification. Comments must be received on or before 15 May 2017. POC is Sarah Rees, Director, Office of Regulatory Policy and Management, Office of Policy, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Mail Code 1803A, Washington, DC 20460, Tel: (202) 564-1986; Laws-Regs@epa.gov (Federal Register; 13 April 2017 [Proposed Rules], page 17793).
Apr 11, 2017
A bill to amend the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 to enhance the reliability of the electricity grid and reduce the threat of wildfires to and from electric transmission and distribution facilities on Federal lands by facilitating vegetation management on such lands; to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 4 April 2017 [House], page H2695).
to a stakeholder request, EPA is extending the comment period for an additional 30 days, from 17 April 2017, to 17 May 2017. POC is Russ Perkinson at U.S. EPA, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water (Mail Code 4607M), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; tel: 202-564-4901; or email: perkinson.russ@epa.gov (Federal Register; 11 April 2017 [Proposed Rules], page 17406).
Apr 05, 2017
A bill to amend the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to clarify provisions enacted by the Captive Wildlife Safety Act, to further the conservation of certain wildlife species, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 30 March 2017 [House], page H2597).
A bill to reauthorize and amend the Marine Debris Act to promote international action to reduce marine debris, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation (Congressional Record; 29 March 2017 [Senate], page S2098).
Apr 04, 2017
By this notice, EPA announces it is reviewing the Clean Power Plan, 80 FR 64662 (October 23, 2015) (CPP), including the accompanying Legal Memorandum, and, if appropriate, will as soon as practicable and consistent with law, initiate proceedings to suspend, revise or rescind this rule. The CPP established emission guidelines for state plans to limit carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired power plants.POC is POC is Mr. Peter Tsirigotis, Sector Policies and Programs Division (D205-01), U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 888-627-7764; email address: airaction@epa.gov (Federal Register; 4 April 2017 [Proposed Rules], pages 16329-16330).
By this notice, EPA announces it is reviewing the Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions From New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Generating Units (New Source Rule), 80 FR 64510 (October 23, 2015) and, if appropriate, will as soon as practicable and consistent with law, initiate reconsideration proceedings to suspend, revise or rescind this rule. The New Source Rule established national emission standards to limit carbon dioxide emissions from new fossil fuel-fired power plants. POC is Mr. Peter Tsirigotis, Sector Policies and Programs Division (D205-01), U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 888-627-7764; email address: airaction@epa.gov (Federal Register; 4 April 2017 [Proposed Rules], pages 16330-16331).
Apr 03, 2017
EPA is proposing to delay the effective date of the final rule that amends the Risk Management Program regulations under the Clean Air Act published in the Federal Register on 13 January 2017. On 16 March 2017, the EPA published in the Federal Register a stay and delay of the effective date pending reconsideration to 19 June 2017. The EPA is proposing to further delay the effective date to 19 February 2019. This action would allow the Agency time to consider petitions for reconsideration of this final rule and take further regulatory action, which could include proposing and finalizing a rule to revise the Risk Management Program amendments. Written comments must be received by 19 May 2017. POC is James Belke, United States EPA, Office of Land and Emergency Management, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. (Mail Code 5104A), Washington, DC 20460; tel: 202-564-8023; email: belke.jim@epa.gov (Federal Register; 3 April 2017 [Proposed Rules], pages 16146-16149).
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to require disclosure to States of the basis of determinations under such Act, to ensure use of information provided by State, tribal, and county governments in decisionmaking under such Act, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 27 March 2017 [Senate], page S1995).
A bill to amend the Solid Waste Disposal Act to authorize States to restrict interstate waste imports and impose a higher fee on out-of-State waste; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record, 28 March 2017 [Senate], page S2047).
EPA is withdrawing the 23 October 2015 proposals for a federal plan to implement the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission guidelines (EGs) for existing fossil fuel-fired electric generating units (EGUs), for model trading rules for implementation of the EGs, and for amendments to the CAA 111(d) framework regulations, and the 30 June 2016 proposed rule concerning design details of the Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP). The withdrawal is effective 3 April 2017. POC is Mr. Peter Tsirigotis, Sector Policies and Programs Division (D205-01), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 888-627-7764; email: airaction@epa.gov (Federal Register; 3 April 2017 [Proposed Rules], pages 16144-16146).
Mar 31, 2017
A bill to amend the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 to reauthorize and improve the Brownfields revitalization program, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 28 March 2017 [House], page H2515).
A bill to amend the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 to modify provisions relating to brownfield remediation grants, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 28 March 2017 [House], page H2516).
Mar 27, 2017
A bill to amend certain provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 21 March 2017 [House], page 2287).
Mar 23, 2017
A bill to require drinking water systems to assess and address their vulnerabilities to climate change, source water degradation, and intentional acts to ensure security and resiliency; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 16 March 2017 [House], page 2148).
Mar 22, 2017
A bill to amend the Clean Air Act with respect to the ethanol waiver for Reid vapor pressure limitations under such Act; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 2 March 2017 [Senate], page S1577).
A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to provide for technical assistance for small treatment works; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 2 March 2017 [Senate], page S1577).
A bill to amend the Safe Water Drinking Act to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to establish maximum contaminant levels for certain contaminants, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 2 March 2017 [Senate], page S1577).
Mar 21, 2017
A bill to promote energy savings in residential buildings and industry, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on the Budget, Financial Services, Science, Space, and Technology, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Oversight and Government Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 9 March 2017 [House], page H2107).
A bill to improve the control and management of invasive species that threaten and harm Federal land under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 2 March 2017 [Senate], page S1577).
Mar 10, 2017
A bill to improve the control and management of invasive species that threaten and harm Federal land under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 2 March 2017 [House], page H1528).
Mar 09, 2017
A bill to amend the Clean Air Act with respect to the ethanol waiver for Reid vapor pressure limitations under such Act; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 2 March 2017 [House], page H1527).
A bill to repeal the renewable fuel program of the Environmental Protection Agency; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 2 March 2017 [House], page H1527).
A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to eliminate certain requirements under the renewable fuel program, to prohibit the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from approving the introduction into commerce of gasoline that contains greater than 10-volume-percent ethanol, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 2 March 2017 [House], page H1527).
A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to give States the option of monitoring covered criteria air pollutants in designated areas by greatly increasing the number of air quality sensors in exchange for greater regulatory flexibility in the methods of monitoring, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 2 March 2017 [House], page H1529).
A bill to amend the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to prohibit baiting exemptions on certain land; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Records; 1 March 2017 [Senate], page S1540).
Mar 08, 2017
A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to delay the enforcement and implementation of the 2015 national ambient air quality standards for ozone; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 27 February 2017 [Senate], page S1447).
A bill to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to include in any proposed rule that limits greenhouse gas emissions and imposes increased costs on other Federal agencies an offset from funds available to the Administrator for all projected increased costs that the proposed rule would impose on other Federal agencies; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 27 February 2017 [Senate], page S1447).
A bill to amend the Clean Air Act with respect to exceptional event demonstrations, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 27 February 2017 [Senate], page S1447).
Mar 07, 2017
A bill to clarify the definition of navigable waters, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (Congressional Record; 28 February 2017 [House], page H1392).
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to require publication of the basis for determinations that species are endangered species or threatened species, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 1 March 2017 [House], page H1462).
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to require making available to States affected by determinations that species are endangered species or threatened species all data that is the basis of such determinations, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 1 March 2017 [House], page H1462).
Mar 06, 2017
EPA issued a notice in the Federal Register on 19 January 2017, about a 14 February 2017 public meeting and solicitation of comments to receive input and information in efforts to establish the scope of risk evaluations under development for the ten chemicals substances designated on 19 December 2016 for risk evaluations. The comment period closed on 1 March 2017. This document reopens the comment period related to the public meeting and for dockets for each of the ten chemical substances for which risk evaluations have begun for 14 days, from 1 March 2017 to 15 March 2017. POC is Sheila Canavan, Chemical Control Division (7405M), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; tel: (202-566-1978; email address: Canavan.Sheila@epa.gov (Federal Register; 6 March 2017 [Notices], page 12589-12590).
Feb 28, 2017
A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to increase assistance for States, water systems, and disadvantaged communities; to encourage good financial and environmental management of water systems; to strengthen the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to enforce the requirements of the Act; and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 15 February 2017 [House], page H1242).
A bill to repeal the rule entitled ``Clean Water Rule: Definition of `Waters of the United States' '; to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (Congressional Record; 16 February 2017 [House], page H1297).
Feb 23, 2017
On 27 December 2016, the EPA proposed a rule titled, ``National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP): Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW).' The EPA is extending the comment period on the proposed rule that was scheduled to close on 27 February 2017, by 30 days until 29 March 2017. The EPA is making this change based on one request for additional time to prepare comments on this proposed rule. Written comments must be received on or before 29 March 2017. POC is Karen Marsh, Sector Policies and Programs Division, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (E143-05), EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: (919) 541-1065; email: marsh.karen@epa.gov (Federal Register; 22 February 2017 [Proposed Rules], pages 11334-11335).
Feb 21, 2017
USDA is extending by 30 days the deadline to submit comments on the proposed rule to designate product categories for federal procurement, which was published on January 13, 2017 (82 FR 4206). The 60-day comment period in the proposed rule is scheduled to end on 14 March 2017. The extended comment period will now close on 13 April 2017. In this proposed rule, USDA is proposing to amend the Guidelines for Designating Biobased Products for Federal Procurement (Guidelines) to add 12 sections that will designate the product categories within which biobased products would be afforded procurement preference by Federal agencies and their contractors. Comments on the proposed rule published 13 January 2017 (82 FR 4206) must be received on or before 13 April 2017. POC is Marie Wheat, USDA, Office of Procurement and Property Management, Room 361, Reporters Building, 300 7th St. SW., Washington, DC 20024; email: biopreferred_support@amecfw.com; Tel: 202-239-4502 (Federal Register; 21 February 2017 [Proposed Rules], page 11159).
A bill to clarify Congressional intent regarding the regulation of the use of pesticides in or near navigable waters, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 6 February 2017 [Senate], page S867).
Feb 17, 2017
EPA issued two proposed rules under section 6 of the TSCA to prohibit the manufacture (including importers), processing, and distribution in commerce of trichloroethylene (TCE) for use in aerosol degreasing, for use in spot cleaning in dry cleaning facilities, and for use in vapor degreasing; to prohibit commercial use of TCE for aerosol degreasing, for spot cleaning in dry cleaning facilities, and for use in vapor degreasing; to require manufacturers (including importers), processors, and distributors, except for retailers of TCE for any use, to provide downstream notification of these prohibitions throughout the supply chain; and to require limited recordkeeping. This document extends the comment periods for both proposed rules by an additional 30 calendar days each. The comment period of the proposed rule published in the FR of 16 December 2016 (81 FR 91592) is extended to 16 March 2017, and the comment date of the proposed rule published in the FR of 19 January 2017 (82 FR 7432) is delayed to 19 April 2017. POC is Toni Krasnic, Chemical Control Division, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; tel: 202-564-0984; email: krasnic.toni@epa.gov (Federal Register 15 February 2017 [Proposed Rules], page 10732).
Feb 16, 2017
A bill to amend the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act to facilitate the establishment of additional or expanded public target ranges in certain States; to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 1 February 2017 [House], page H875).
A bill to amend the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 to expand coverage under the Act, to increase protections for whistleblowers, to increase penalties for high gravity violations, to adjust penalties for inflation, to provide rights for victims or their family members, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Education and the Workforce (Congressional Record; 7 February 2017 [House], page H1080).
A bill to control the export of electronic waste in order to ensure that such waste does not become the source of counterfeit goods that may reenter military and civilian electronics supply chains in the United States, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Foreign Affairs (Congressional Record; 7 February 2017 [House], page H1080).
A bill to clarify that a State has the sole authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing on Federal land within the boundaries of the State; to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committees on Agriculture, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 7 February 2017 [House], page H1080).
A bill to amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify Congressional intent regarding the regulation of the use of pesticides in or near navigable waters, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 7 February 2017 [House], page H1081).
Feb 15, 2017
The Draft Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2015 is available for public review. Annual U.S. emissions for the period of time from 1990 through 2015 are summarized and presented by source category and sector. The inventory contains estimates of carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFC), perfluorocarbons (PFC), sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), and nitrogen trifluoride (NF3) emissions. Submit comments by 17 March 2017. Comments should be submitted to GHG Inventory at: Environmental Protection Agency, Climate Change Division (6207A), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460, Fax: (202) 343-2338. You are welcome and encouraged to send an email with your comments to GHGInventory@epa.gov. POC is Ms. Mausami Desai, EPA, Office of Air and Radiation, Office of Atmospheric Programs, Climate Change Division, 202-343-2338, desai.mausami@epa.gov (Federal Register; 15 February 2017 [Notices], page 10767).
Feb 14, 2017
A bill to promote the development of renewable energy on public land, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 2 February 2017 [Senate], page S655).
Feb 10, 2017
A bill to promote the development of renewable energy on public land, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 2 February 2017 [House], page H944).
Feb 09, 2017
A bill to promote the development of renewable energy on public land, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned (Congressional Record; 2 February 2017 [House], page H944).
Feb 08, 2017
A bill to facilitate efficient State implementation of ground-level ozone standards, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Environment and Public Works (Congressional Record; 1 February 2017 [Senate], page S594).
Feb 07, 2017
A bill to amend the National Energy Conservation Policy Act to encourage the increased use of performance contracting in Federal facilities, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 30 January 2017 [Senate], page S489).
Feb 06, 2017
A bill to amend the National Energy Conservation Policy Act to encourage the increased use of performance contracting in Federal facilities, and for other purposes (Congressional Record; 30 January 2017 [House], page H742).
Feb 03, 2017
A bill to amend the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 to authorize assignment to States of Federal agency environmental review responsibilities, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 12 January 2017 [House], page H469).
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to require review of the economic cost of adding a species to the list of endangered species or threatened species, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 27 January 2017 [House], page H702).
A bill to provide for consideration of the extension under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of nonapplication of No-Load Mode energy efficiency standards to certain security or life safety alarms or surveillance systems, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 23 January 2017 [Senate], page S399).
Jan 24, 2017
A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to require the improvement of consumer confidence reports, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 10 January 2017 [House], page H298).
A bill to improve the ability of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Coast Guard, and coastal States to sustain healthy ocean and coastal ecosystems by maintaining and sustaining their capabilities relating to oil spill preparedness, prevention, response, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation (Congressional Record; 9 January 2017 [Senate], page S154).
Jan 23, 2017
A bill to amend the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to exclude power supply circuits, drivers, and devices designed to be connected to, and power, light-emitting diodes or organic light-emitting diodes providing illumination from energy conservation standards for external power supplies, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 13 January 2017 [House], page H543).
Jan 18, 2017
DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement Executive Order, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade, and the biobased product acquisition provisions of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (also known as the 2014 Farm Bill). Interested parties should submit written comments to the Regulatory Secretariat Division at one of the addresses shown below on or before 20 March 2017 to be considered in the formation of the final rule. POC is Mr. Charles Gray, Procurement Analyst, at 703-795-6328 for clarification of content. For information pertaining to status or publication schedules, contact the Regulatory Secretariat Division at 202-501-4755. Please cite "FAR Case 2015-033" (Federal Register; 18 January 2017 [Proposed Rules], pages 5490-5499).
Jan 17, 2017
Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act of 2011 (RLDWA) and the Community Fire Safety Act of 2013 (CFSA). Specifically, EPA proposes to establish labeling requirements to differentiate plumbing products that meet the lead free requirements from those that are exempt from the lead free requirements and to require manufacturers to certify compliance with the lead free requirements. These proposed requirements would reduce inadvertent use of non-lead free plumbing products in potable use applications and, consequently, reduce exposure to lead in drinking water and associated adverse health effects. Comments must be received on or before 17 April 2017. POC is Russ Perkinson, tel: 202-564-4901; email address: perkinson.russ@epa.gov, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, Standards and Risk Management Division (4607), EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460 (Federal Register; 17 January 2017 (Proposed Rules), pages 4805-4825).
Jan 13, 2017
USDA is proposing to amend the Guidelines for Designating Biobased Products for Federal Procurement (Guidelines) to add 12 sections that will designate 12 product categories composed of intermediate ingredient and feedstock materials within which biobased products would be afforded procurement preference by Federal agencies and their contractors. USDA is also proposing minimum biobased contents for each of these product categories. USDA will accept public comments on this proposed rule until 14 March 2017. POC is Marie Wheat, USDA, Office of Procurement and Property Management, Room 361, Reporters Building, 300 7th St. SW., Washington, DC 20024; email: biopreferred_support@amecfw.com; phone (202) 239-4502 (Federal Register; 13 January 2017 [Proposed Rules], pages 4206-4221).
Jan 12, 2017
A bill to amend the National Marine Sanctuaries Act to prescribe an additional requirement for the designation of marine sanctuaries off the coast of Alaska, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 3 January 2017 [House], page H44).
A bill to amend the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to promote energy efficiency via information and computing technologies, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 5 January 2017 [House], page H179).
Jan 11, 2017
This action proposes the federal plan for existing commercial and industrial incineration (CISWI) units. This proposed action implements the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) emission guidelines (EG) adopted on 7 February 2013, as amended on 23 June 2016, in states that do not have an approved state plan implementing the EG in place by the effective date of this federal plan. The federal plan will result in emissions reductions of certain pollutants from all affected units covered. Comments must be received on or before 27 February 2017. POC is Dr. Nabanita Modak Fischer, Fuels and Incineration Group, Sector Policies and Programs Division (E143-05), EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 919-541-5572; fax: 919-541-3470; email: modak.nabanita@epa.gov (Federal Register; 11 January 2017 (Proposed Rules), pages 3554-3599).
(draftregs sdwa drinkingwater contaminants disinfection treatment) The SDWA requires the U.S. EPA) to conduct a review every 6 yrs of existing national primary drinking water regulations (NPDWRs) and determine which, if any, need to be revised. EPA has completed a detailed review of 76 NPDWRs and at this time has determined that eight NPDWRs are candidates for regulatory revision. The 8 NPDWRs are included in the Stage 1 and the Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rules, the Surface Water Treatment Rule, the Interim Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule and the Long Term 1 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule. EPA requests comments on the 8 NPDWRs identified as candidates for revision. EPA also identified 12 other NPDWRs that were or continue to be addressed in recently completed, ongoing or pending regulatory actions. Those 12 NPDWRs were excluded from detailed review. This is not a final regulatory decision, but the start of a process involving more detailed analyses of factors relevant to deciding whether a revision rulemaking should be initiated. Comments must be received on or before 13 March 2017. POC is Richard Weisman, 202-564-2822, or Kesha Forrest, 202-564-3632, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, EPA (Federal Register; 11 January 2017 [Proposed Rules], pages 3518-3552).
Jan 10, 2017
A bill to repeal Federal energy conservation standards, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 3 January 2017 [House], page H41).
A bill to repeal certain amendments to the Clean Air Act relating to the expansion of the renewable fuel program, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (Congressional Record; 3 January 2017 [House], page H41).
A bill to direct the Secretary of Labor to revise regulations concerning the recording and reporting of occupational injuries and illnesses under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970; to the Committee on Education and the Workforce (Congressional Record; 3 January 2017 [House], page H42).
Dec 28, 2016
EPA is proposing amendments to the NESHAP for POTW to address the results of the residual risk and technology review (RTR) conducted under the Clean Air Act (CAA). As a result of the review, EPA is proposing to include pretreatment requirements to limit emissions from collection systems and the POTW treatment plant; requirements for existing, new, or reconstructed industrial (Group 1) POTW to comply with both the requirements in this rule and those in the applicable NESHAP for which they act as control; and HAP emission limits for existing, non-industrial (Group 2) POTW. In addition, the EPA is proposing to revise the applicability criteria, revise the names and definitions of the industrial (Group 1) and non-industrial (Group 2) subcategories, revise regulatory provisions pertaining to emissions during periods of startup, shutdown, and malfunction, add requirements for electronic reporting, and make other miscellaneous edits and technical corrections. Comments must be received on or before 27 February 2017. POC is Karen Marsh, Sector Policies and Programs Division (E143-05), Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: (919) 541-1065; fax: (919) 541-3470; and email: marsh.karen@epa.gov (Federal Register; 27 December 2016 [Proposed Rules], pages 95352-95396).
Dec 16, 2016
TCE is a volatile organic compound widely used in industrial and commercial processes and has some limited uses in consumer and commercial products. EPA identified significant health risks associated with TCE use in aerosol degreasing and for spot cleaning in dry cleaning facilities. To address these unreasonable risks, EPA is proposing to prohibit the manufacture, processing, and distribution in commerce of TCE for use in aerosol degreasing and for use in spot cleaning in dry cleaning facilities; to prohibit commercial use of TCE for aerosol degreasing and for spot cleaning in dry cleaning facilities; to require manufacturers, processors, and distributors, except for retailers of TCE for any use, to provide downstream notification of these prohibitions throughout the supply chain; and to require limited recordkeeping. Comments must be received on or before 14 February 2017. POC is Toni Krasnic, Chemical Control Division, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; tel: 202-564-0984; email address: krasnic.toni@epa.gov (Federal Register; 16 December 2016 [Proposed Rules], pages 91592-91624).
Dec 07, 2016
This proposed rule address management of paleontological resources on federal lands under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interior, and managed by BLM, Reclamation, NPS, and FWS. The proposed rule would address the management, collection, and curation of paleontological resources from federal lands using scientific principles and expertise, including collection in accordance with permits; curation in an approved repository; and maintenance of confidentiality of specific locality data. Comments on the proposed rule must be received by 6 February 2017. Comments on the information collection requirements must be received by 5 January 2017. POC is Julia F. Brunner, Geologic Resources Division, National Park Service, tel: 303-969-2012 or email: Julia_F_Brunner@nps.gov (Federal Register; 7 December 2016 [Proposed Rules], pages 88173-88196).
Nov 28, 2016
EPA is amending existing regulations regarding the export and import of hazardous wastes from and into the United States. Proposed revisions will require exporters of hazardous waste and receiving facilities recycling or disposing hazardous waste from foreign sources to maintain a single publicly accessible Web site to which documents can be posted regarding the confirmation of receipt and confirmation of completed recovery or disposal of individual hazardous waste import and export shipments. The proposed internet posting requirements are planned for the interim period prior to the electronic import-export reporting compliance date when electronic submittal to EPA of confirmations of receipt and completed recovery or disposal for hazardous waste shipments will be required. EPA also proposes a confidentiality determination to exclude documents related to the export, import, and transit of hazardous waste and export of excluded CRTs from confidential business information (CBI) claims. Comments must be received on or before 27 January 2017. POC is Laura Coughlan, Materials Recovery and Waste Management Division, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery (5304P), EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; tel: (703) 308-0005; email: coughlan.laura@epa.gov (Federal Register; 28 November 2016 [Proposed Rules], pages 85459-85471).
Nov 22, 2016
On 26 August 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposed rule to revise provisions in the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and title V permitting regulations applicable to greenhouse gases (GHGs) to fully conform with recent court decisions. The EPA is extending the comment period on this proposed rule that was scheduled to close on 2 December 2016. POC is Jessica Montanez, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, EPA (C504-03), Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel 919-541-3407; fax 919-541-5509; email: montanez.jessica@epa.gov (Federal Register; 18 November 2016 [Proposed Rules], pages 81711-81712).
Nov 02, 2016
EPA is proposing to issue amendments to the Non-Hazardous Secondary Materials Rule which generally established standards and procedures for identifying whether non-hazardous secondary materials are solid wastes when used as fuels or ingredients in combustion units. The 8 February 2016 amendments added three materials including creosote treated railroad ties to the list of categorical non-waste fuels. This action proposes to add other treated railroad ties to the list, which are processed creosote-borate, copper naphthenate and copper naphthenate-borate treated railroad ties, under certain conditions depending on the chemical treatment. Comments must be received on or before 3 January 2017. POC is George Faison, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, Materials Recovery and Waste Management Division, MC 5304P, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; tel: 703-305-7652; email: faison.george@epa.gov (Federal Register; 1 November 2016 [Proposed Rules], pages 75781-75801).
Oct 03, 2016
EPA is proposing to revise provisions applicable to greenhouse gases (GHG) in the EPA's Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and title V permitting regulations. This action is in response to the 23 Jun 2014, U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA and the 10 Apr 2015, Amended Judgment by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit) in Coalition for Responsible Regulation v. EPA. The proposed revisions involve changes to several regulatory definitions in the PSD and title V regulations, revisions to the PSD provisions on GHG Plantwide Applicability Limitations (PALs), and revisions to other provisions necessary to ensure that neither the PSD nor title V rules require a source to obtain a permit solely because the source emits or has the potential to emit GHGs above the applicable thresholds. EPA is also proposing a significant emissions rate for GHGs under the PSD program that would establish an appropriate threshold level below which BACT is not required for a source's GHG emissions. Comments must be received on or before 2 Dec 2016. POC is Ms. Carrie Wheeler, U.S. EPA, Office of Air Quality Planning & Standards, Air Quality Policy Division, (C504-01), Research Triangle Park, NC 27711, Tel: (919) 541-9771, email: wheeler.carrie@epa.gov (Federal Register; 3 October 2016 [Proposed Rules], pages 68110-68147).
Sep 07, 2016
PHMSA proposes to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to maintain consistency with international regulations and standards by incorporating various amendments, including changes to proper shipping names, hazard classes, packing groups, special provisions, packaging authorizations, air transport quantity limitations, and vessel stowage requirements. These revisions are necessary to harmonize the HMR with recent changes made to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, the International Civil Aviation Organization's Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air, and the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods--Model Regulations. Additionally, PHMSA proposes several amendments to the HMR that result from coordination with Canada under the U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council. Comments must be received by 7 November 2016. POC is Steven Webb, Office of Hazardous Materials Standards or Aaron Wiener, International Standards, tel:202-366-8553, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, U.S. DOT, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20590-0001 (Federal Register; 7 September 2016 [Proposed Rules], pages 61741-61831).
Aug 08, 2016
On 9 June 2016 the EPA published a request for comments on a Regulatory Flexibility Act section 610 review titled, Section 610 Review of Lead-Based Paint Activities; Training and Certification for Renovation and Remodeling 402(C)(3) (Section 610 Review). As initially published in the Federal Register, written comments were to be submitted to the EPA on or before 8 August 2016. Since publication, the EPA has received a request for additional time to submit comments. Therefore, the EPA is extending the public comment period for 30 days until 7 September 2016. The public comment period for the review published 9 June 2016 (81 FR 37373) is being extended for 30 days to 7 September 2016. POC is Jonathan Shafer, Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, 7404T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460, Tel: 202 564-0789, Email: shafer.jonathan@epa.gov (Federal Register; 8 August 2016 [Proposed Rules], pages 52393-52394).
Jul 26, 2016
PHMSA is proposing to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations to revise certain requirements applicable to the manufacture, use, and requalification of DOT-specification cylinders. PHMSA is taking this action in response to petitions for rulemaking submitted by stakeholders and to agency review of the compressed gas cylinders regulations. Specifically, PHMSA is proposing to incorporate by reference or update the references to several Compressed Gas Association publications, amend the filling requirements for compressed and liquefied gases, expand the use of salvage cylinders, and revise and clarify the manufacture and requalification requirements for cylinders. Comments must be submitted by 26 September 2016. POC is Eileen Edmonson, Standards and Rulemaking Division, PHMSA, U.S. DOT, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, at 202-366-8553 (Federal Register; 26 July 2016 [Proposed Rules], pages 48977-49022).
Jun 30, 2016
PHMSA proposes to amend 49 CFR 171 through 180 to update, clarify, or provide relief from miscellaneous regulatory requirements. Specifically, PHMSA is proposing amendments that include, but are not limited to, the following: Incorporating by Reference (IBR) publications from both the Compressed Gas Association (CGA) and the Chlorine Institute; addressing inconsistencies with domestic and international labels and placards; permitting alternative testing for aerosols; no longer mandating that excepted quantities comply with the emergency response telephone requirement; allowing electronic signatures for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) manifest forms; and no longer requiring the service pressure to be marked on DOT 8 and 8L cylinders. Comments must be submitted by 29 August 2016. POC is Steven Andrews or Matthew Nickels, 202-366-8553, Office of Hazardous Materials Standards, PHMSA, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001 (Federal Register; 30 June 2016 [Proposed Rules], pages 42609-42625).
Jun 27, 2016
EPA's Preliminary 2016 Effluent Guidelines Program Plan is now available and EPA is soliciting public comment. Section 304(m) of the CWA requires EPA to biennially publish a plan for new and revised effluent limitations guidelines, after public review and comment. The Preliminary 2016 Plan identifies any new or existing industrial categories selected for effluent guidelines or pretreatment standards and provides a schedule for their development. EPA typically publishes a preliminary plan upon which the public is invited to comment, and then publishes a final plan thereafter. The information and analyses from the 2015 Annual Review were used in developing the Preliminary 2016 Plan. Comments must be received on or before 27 July 2016. POC is Mr. William F. Swietlik, Engineering and Analysis Division, Office of Water, 4303T, U.S. EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; tel: 202-566-1129; fax: 202-566-1053; email: swietlik.william@epa.gov (Federal Register; 27 June 2016 [Notices], pages 41535-41536).
Jun 24, 2016
On 13 May 2016, EPA proposed a rule titled, "National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP): Site Remediation." The EPA is extending the comment period on the proposed rule that was scheduled to close on 27 June 2016, by thirty days. The EPA has received letters from trade organizations and calls from business organizations requesting additional time to review and comment on the proposed rule revisions. The public comment period for the proposed rule published in the Federal Register on 13 May 2016 (81 FR 529821), is being extended. Written comments must be received on or before 27 July 2016. POC is Paula Hirtz, Refining and Chemicals Group, Sector Policies and Programs Division (E143-01), EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 919-541-2618; fax: 919-541-0246; email: hirtz.paula@epa.gov (Federal Register; 24 June 2016 [Proposed Rules], page 41282).
Jun 13, 2016
EPA is extending the comment period on the tentative denial of a petition to revise the RCRA corrosivity hazardous waste characteristic regulation, published in the Federal Register on 11 April 2016. EPA is tentatively denying the rulemaking petition because the materials submitted in support of the petition fail to demonstrate that the requested regulatory revisions are warranted, as further explained in the tentative denial. The comment period is being extended. Comments must be received on or before 7 December 2016. POC is Gregory Helms, Materials Recovery and Waste Management Division, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, (5304P), EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; tel: 703-308-8855; email address: helms.greg@epa.gov (Federal Register; 10 June 2016 [Proposed Rules], page 37565).
May 18, 2016
EPA proposes revisions to the NPDES regulations to eliminate regulatory and application form inconsistencies; improve permit documentation, transparency and oversight; clarify existing regulations; and remove outdated provisions. These proposed regulatory changes cover 15 topics in the following major categories: permit applications; the water quality-based permitting process; permit objection, documentation and process efficiencies; the vessels exclusion; and the CWA section 401 certification process. Comments must be received on or before 18 July 2016. POC is Erin Flannery-Keith, Water Permits Division, Office of Wastewater Management, Mail Code 4203M, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; 202-566-0689; flannery-keith.erin@epa.gov (Federal Register; 18 May 2017 [Proposed Rules], pages 31343-31374).
EPA is announcing that the period for providing public comments on the 18 April 2016, proposed "Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Proposed New Listings of Substitutes; Changes of Listing Status; and Reinterpretation of Unacceptability for Closed Cell Foam Products under the SNAP Program; and Revision of CAA Section 608 Venting Prohibition for Propane" is being extended by 14 days. The public comment period for the proposed rule will now close on 16 June 2016. POC is Chenise Farquharson, Stratospheric Protection Division, Office of Atmospheric Programs (Mail Code 6205 T), EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; tel: 202-564-7768; email: Farquharson.chenise@epa.gov (Federal Register; 18 May 2016 [Proposed Rules], pages 31222-31223).
May 13, 2016
This action proposes to amend the NESHAP: Site Remediation by removing exemptions from the rule for site remediation activities performed under authority of CERCLA and for site remediation activities performed under a RCRA corrective action or other required RCRA order. The EPA is also proposing to remove the applicability requirement that site remediations be co-located with at least one other stationary source regulated by another NESHAP. The EPA is seeking comment on these issues, but is not requesting comment on any other issues or provisions of the final Site Remediation Rule at this time. Comments must be received on or before 27 June 2016. POC is Ms. Paula Hirtz, Refining and Chemicals Group, Sector Policies and Programs Division (E143-01), EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 919-541-2618; fax: 919-541-0246; email: hirtz.paula@epa.gov (Federal Register; 13 May 2016 [Proposed Rules], pages 29821-29828).
Apr 19, 2016
This action proposes to list a number of substances as acceptable, subject to use conditions; to list several substances as unacceptable; and to modify the listing status for certain substances from acceptable to acceptable, subject to narrowed use limits, or to unacceptable. This action also proposes to exempt propane in certain refrigeration end-uses from the CAA section 608 prohibition on venting, release, or disposal. In addition, this action proposes to apply unacceptability determinations for foam-blowing agents to closed cell foam products and products containing closed cell foam that are manufactured or imported using these foam-blowing agents. This action also proposes to clarify the listing for Powdered Aerosol D (Stat-X[supreg]). Comments are due 2 June 2016. POC is Chenise Farquharson, Stratospheric Protection Division, Office of Atmospheric Programs (Mail Code 6205 T), EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; tel: 202-564-7768; email: Farquharson.chenise@epa.gov (Federal Register; 18 April 2016 [Proposed Rules], pages 22809-22909).
Apr 11, 2016
EPA is responding to a rulemaking petition requesting revision of the RCRA corrosivity hazardous waste characteristic regulation. The petition requests that the Agency make two changes to the current corrosivity characteristic regulation: revise the regulatory value for defining waste as corrosive from the current value of pH 12.5, to pH 11.5; and expand the scope of the RCRA corrosivity definition to include nonaqueous wastes in addition to the aqueous wastes currently regulated. EPA is tentatively denying the petition, since the materials submitted in support of the petition fail to demonstrate that the requested regulatory revisions are warranted. The Agency is also soliciting public comment on this tentative and the questions raised in this action. Comments must be received on or before 10 June 2016. POC is Gregory Helms, Materials Recovery and Waste Management Division, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, (5304P), EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; tel: 703-308-8855; email: corrosivitypetition@epa.gov(Federal Register; 11 April 2016 [Proposed Rules], pages 21295-21308).
Final Documents
NOTE: Final regulations are removed from this list annually as they are incorporated into the full-text version of the Code of Federal Regulations. See https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collectionCfr.action?collectionCode=CFR)
Final Documents
Oct 18, 2018
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is removing Deseret milkvetch (Astragalus desereticus) from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Plants due to recovery. Based on the best available scientific and commercial data, threats to Deseret milkvetch identified at the time of listing are not as significant as originally anticipated and are being adequately managed, the species' population is much greater than was known at the time of listing, and threats to this species have been sufficiently minimized such that it no longer meets the definition of an endangered species or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). This is final rule is effective 19 November 2018. POC is Larry Crist, Field Supervisor, tel: 801-975-3330 ( Federal Register; 18 October 2018 [Rules and Regulations], pages 52775-52786).
Oct 12, 2018
EPA is announcing the Agency's approval of alternative testing methods for use in measuring the levels of contaminants in drinking water and determining compliance with national primary drinking water regulations. The EPA is making 100 additional methods available for analyzing drinking water samples. This expedited approach provides public water systems, laboratories, and primacy agencies with more timely access to new measurement techniques and greater flexibility in the selection of analytical methods, thereby reducing monitoring costs while maintaining public health protection. This action is effective 12 October 2018. POC is Glynda Smith, Technical Support Center, Standards and Risk Management Division, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water (MS 140), EPA, 26 West Martin Luther King Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45268; tel: (513) 569-7652; email: smith.glynda@epa.gov (Federal Register; 12 October 2018 [Rules and Regulatins], pages 51636-51652).
Oct 04, 2018
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, fire suppression, cleaning solvents, and aerosols sectors. This determination is applicable on 4 October 2018. POC is Gerald Wozniak; tel: 202-343-9624; email: wozniak.gerald@epa.gov; or by mail at U.S. EPA, Mail Code 6205T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460.
Aug 24, 2018
The ACHP issued a Program Comment to exempt consideration of effects to rail properties within rail rights-of-way at the request of the U.S. DOT to accelerate the review of these undertakings under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and to meet the requirement of Section 11504 of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act. The Program Comment can be used by any federal agency with responsibility to consider the effects of undertakings within rail rights-of-way. Federal agencies using the Program Comment may fulfill their Section 106 responsibilities for the relevant undertakings by implementing the terms of this comment, which include identifying those activities that meet the conditions in Appendix A and opting into the process to identify excluded historic rail properties and seek further streamlining of the review process under the property-based approach.The Program Comment was issued by the ACHP on 17 August 2018. POC is Kelly Y. Fanizzo, 202-517-0193, kfanizzo@achp.gov (Federal Register; 24 August 2018 [Notices], pages 42920-42929).
Aug 13, 2018
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined threatened species status under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Act), as amended, for the hyacinth macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus), a species that occurs almost exclusively in Brazil and marginally in Bolivia and Paraguay. This rule adds this species to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. FWS is also establishing a rule pursuant to section 4(d) of the Act to further provide for the conservation of the hyacinth macaw. This rule is effective 12 September 2018. POC is Don Morgan, Chief, Division of Delisting and Foreign Species, Ecological Services Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: ES, Falls Church, VA 22041; tel: 703-358-2444 (Federal Register; 13 August 2018 [Rules and Regulations], pages 39894-39916).
Aug 08, 2018
On 11 December 2017, the EPA published a direct final rule and an accompanying notice of proposed rulemaking entitled "Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Revision to References for Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Sector To Incorporate Latest Edition of Certain Industry, Consensus-based Standards." EPA proposed to modify the use conditions required for use of three flammable refrigerants--isobutane (R-600a), propane (R-290), and R-441A--in new household refrigerators, freezers, and combination refrigerators and freezers under the SNAP program to reflect an updated standard from Underwriters Laboratories. Because EPA received adverse comment, EPA withdrew the direct final rule through a separate notice. In this action, EPA is addressing relevant comments and finalizing the proposed use conditions with no changes. This rule is effective on 7 September 2018. POC is Chenise Farquharson, Stratospheric Protection Division, Office of Atmospheric Programs (Mail Code 6205T), EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460; tel: 202-564-7768; email: farquharson.chenise@epa.gov (Federal Register; 8 August 2018 [Rules and Regulations], pages 38969-38976).
Aug 06, 2018
EPA is making conforming changes to the EPA office and address to which paper documents concerning imports and exports of hazardous waste and conditionally excluded cathode ray tubes must be sent. The change in address is needed to reflect the reorganization of hazardous waste import-export functions on April 29, 2018, from the Office of Federal Activities' International Compliance Assurance Division, in EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, to the International Branch within the Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery's Materials Recovery and Waste Management Division, in EPA's Office of Land and Emergency Management. This rule is effective on 6 August 2018. POC is Laura Coughlan, Materials Recovery and Waste Management Division, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery(5304P), EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460; tel: 703-308-0005; email address: coughlan.laura@epa.gov (Federal Register; 6 August 2018 [Rules and Regulations; pages 38262-38263).
Jul 30, 2018
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) has approved amendments to the Program Comment for the U.S. GSA that sets forth the way in which GSA complies with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act for select repairs and upgrades to windows, lighting, roofing, and heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems within historic public buildings. The amendments extend the life of the Program Comment through 1 August 2033, and update its reporting requirements. The amendments took effect on 27 July 2018. POC is Kirsten Kulis, Office of Federal Agency Programs, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, 401 F Street NW, Suite 308, Washington, DC 20001 (Federal Register; 27 July 2018 [Notices], pages 35672-35674).
On 17 April 2015 EPA promulgated national minimum criteria for existing and new coal combustion residuals (CCR) landfills and existing and new CCR surface impoundments. In March 2018, EPA proposed a number of revisions to the 2015 CCR rule and requested comment on additional issues. EPA is adopting two alternative performance standards that either Participating State Directors in states with approved CCR permit programs or EPA where EPA is the permitting authority may apply to owners and operators of CCR units. EPA also revised groundwater protection standards (GWPS) for 4 constituents without an established MCL. EPA extended the deadline by which facilities must stop the placement of waste in CCR units closing for cause in 2 situations: Where the facility has detected a statistically significant increase above a GWPS from an unlined surface impoundment; and where the unit is unable to comply with the aquifer location restriction. Proposed rule revisions not addressed in this rule will be addressed later. Final rule is effective on 29 August 2018. POC is Kirsten Hillyer, Office of RCRA, EPA, 5304P, Washington, DC 20460; tel: (03-347-0369; email: hillyer.kirsten@epa.gov (Federal Register; 30 July 2018 [Rules and Regulations], pages 36435-36456).
The U.S. FWS is withdrawing the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Compensatory Mitigation Policy, published 27 December 2016 (ESA-CMP). In the document of November 6, 2017 we requested additional public comments regarding the policy's overall mitigation planning goal of net conservation gain. FWS is now withdrawing this policy. The Service does not have authority to require "net conservation gain" under the ESA, and the policy is inconsistent with current Executive branch policy. Except as otherwise specified, all policies or guidance documents that were superseded by ESA-CMP are reinstated. Withdrawal effective on 30 July 2018. POC is Craig Aubrey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Environmental Review, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803, tel: 703-358-2442 (Federal Register; 30 July 2018 [Rules and Regulations], pages 36469-36472).
The U.S. FWS is withdrawing the Mitigation Policy published 21 November 2016, which guides Service recommendations on mitigating the adverse impacts of land and water developments on fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats. In the FWS document of 6 November 2017, FWS requested additional public comments regarding this policy's overall mitigation planning goal of net conservation gain. FWS is now withdrawing this policy as it is no longer appropriate to retain the "net conservation gain" standard throughout various Service-related activities and is inconsistent with current Executive branch policy. Until further notice, all policies that were superseded by the 2016 Mitigation Policy are reinstated, including the Fish and Wildlife Service Mitigation Policy (46 FR 7644-7663) published in the Federal Register on 23 January 1981. Withdrawal effective on 30 July 2018. POC is Craig Aubrey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Environmental Review, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803, tel: 703-358-2442 (Federal Register; 30 July 2018 [Rules and Regulations], pages 36472-36475).
Jun 25, 2018
This order maintains and enhances benefits to the Nation from the ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes waters of the United States through improved public access to marine data and information, efficient interagency coordination on ocean-related matters, and engagement with marine industries, the science and technology community, and other ocean stakeholders. To advance these national interests, this order recognizes and supports Federal participation in regional ocean partnerships, to the extent appropriate and consistent with national security interests and statutory authorities. This EO revokes EO 13547 of 19 July 2010 (Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes) (Federal Register; 22 June 2018 [Presidential Documents], pages 29431-29434).
Jun 18, 2018
PHMSA issues this rulemaking in response to appeals submitted to a previously-published final rule. On 2 June 2016, PHMSA published a final rule that made miscellaneous amendments to the Hazardous Materials Regulations. This final rule specifically responds to appeals to extend the effective date of certain nitric acid packaging and emergency response telephone number amendments as previously adopted. This final rule also clarifies amendments associated with the trigger date of the 10-year test period for certain MC 331 cargo tanks in dedicated propane service and corrects editorial errors. This final rule is effective 8 July 2018. POC is Michael Ciccarone, Standards and Rulemaking Division, (202) 366-8553, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, U.S. DoT, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590-0001 (Federal Register; 18 June 2018 [Rules and Regulations], pages 28162-28168).
Jun 12, 2018
EPA is adding a nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) category to the list of toxic chemicals subject to reporting under section 313 of EPCRA and section 6607 of the Pollution Prevention Act (PPA). EPA is adding this chemical category to the EPCRA section 313 list because EPA has determined that NPEs meet the EPCRA section 313(d)(2)(C) toxicity criteria. EPA has determined that short-chain NPEs are highly toxic to aquatic organisms and longer chain NPEs, while not as toxic as short-chain NPEs, can break down in the environment to short-chain NPEs and nonylphenol, both of which are highly toxic to aquatic organisms. This final rule is effective 30 Nov 2018. This final rule will apply for the reporting year beginning 1 Jan 2019 (reports due 1 Jul 2020). POC is Daniel R. Bushman, Toxics Release Inventory Program Division (7410M), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460-0001; tel: 202-566-0743; email: bushman.daniel@epa.gov (Federal Register; 12 June 2018 [Rules and Regulations], pages 27291-27296).
Jun 11, 2018
EPA publishes the Semiannual Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions online at http://www.reginfo.gov and at www.regulations.gov to update the public. This document contains information about: Regulations in the Semiannual Agenda that are under development, completed, or canceled since the last agenda; and reviews of regulations with small business impacts under Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. POC for the Semiannual Agenda is Caryn Muellerleile; email:(muellerleile.caryn@epa.gov; tel: 202-564-2855(Federal Register; 11 June 2018 [Unknown Section], pages 27197-27203).
Jun 04, 2018
This rule establishes initial air quality designations for certain areas in the United States, including areas of Indian country, for the 2015 primary and secondary NAAQS for ozone. On November 6, 2017, the EPA designated about 85 percent of the country as attainment/unclassifiable and 3 counties as unclassifiable. EPA is now designating all remaining areas, except for 8 counties in the San Antonio, TX metropolitan area. Areas are being designated as either nonattainment, attainment/unclassifiable, or unclassifiable. Areas designated as nonattainment are also being classified by operation of law according to the severity of their air quality problems. The classification categories are Marginal, Moderate, Serious, Severe, and Extreme. In addition, five nonattainment areas in California are being voluntarily reclassified to a higher classification. The effective date of this rule is 3 August 2018. POC is Denise Scott, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, U.S. EPA, Mail Code C539-01, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711, Tel: 919-541-4280; email: scott.denise@epa.gov (Federal Register; 4 June 2018 [Rules and Regulations], pages 25776-25848).
Jun 01, 2018
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is removing the plant Trichostema austromontanum ssp. compactum (Hidden Lake bluecurls) from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Plants on the basis of recovery. This action is based on a review of the best available scientific and commercial information, which indicates that the threats to T. a. ssp. compactum have been eliminated or reduced to the point where it no longer meets the definition of an endangered species or a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. This rule also announces the availability of a post-delisting monitoring plan for T. a. ssp. compactum. This rule becomes effective 2 July 2018. POC is G. Mendel Stewart, Field Supervisor, Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office, 2177 Salk Avenue, Suite 250, Carlsbad, CA 92008; tel: 760-431-9440; fax 760-431-5901 (Federal Register; 1 June 2018 [Rules and Regulations], pages 25392-25404).
May 30, 2018
The Environmental Protection Agency is revising regulations associated with the definition of solid waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. These revisions implement vacaturs ordered by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit), on 7 July 2017, as modified on 6 March 2018. This final rule is effective on 30 May 2018. POC is Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, Materials Recovery and Waste Management Division, MC 5304P, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460, Tracy Atagi, at (703) 308-8672, (atagi.tracy@epa.gov) (Federal Register; 30 May 2018 [Rules and Regulations], pages 24664-24671).
May 16, 2018
This notice announces applicability determinations, alternative monitoring decisions, and regulatory interpretations that EPA has made 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. This notice comprises a summary of 54 such documents added to the ADI on 24 April 2018. This notice lists the subject and header of each letter and memorandum, as well as a brief abstract of the letter or memorandum. Complete copies of these documents may be obtained from the ADI on the internet through the Resources and Guidance Documents for Compliance Assistance page of the Clean Air Act Compliance Monitoring website under "Air" at: https://www2.epa.gov/compliance/resources-and-guidance-documents-compliance-assistance. POC is Maria Malave at EPA by phone at: 202-564-7027, or by email at: malave.maria@epa.gov.
May 15, 2018
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is reclassifying Tobusch fishhook cactus (Sclerocactus brevihamatus ssp. tobuschii; currently listed as Ancistrocactus tobuschii), from endangered to threatened on the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Plants. This determination is based on a thorough review of the best available scientific and commercial information, which indicates that the threats to this plant have been reduced to the point that it is no longer in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range, but it remains threatened with becoming endangered within the foreseeable future. In addition, we accept the new taxonomic classification for Tobusch fishhook cactus as the subspecies Sclerocactus brevihamatus ssp. tobuschii. This rule becomes effective June 14, 2018. POC is Adam Zerrenner, Field Supervisor, U.S. FWS, Austin Ecological Services Field Office; tel: 512-490-0057, fax: 512-490-0974 (Federal Register; 15 May 2018 [Rules and Regulations], page 22392-22401).
EPA is announcing the availability of two final documents titled, Risk and Exposure Assessment for the Review of the Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Sulfur Oxides (REA) and Policy Assessment for the Review of the Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Sulfur Oxides (PA). The indicator for the current standard is sulfur dioxide (SO2). The REA describes the quantitative analyses of SO2 exposures and health risks in this NAAQS review. Building on the Integrated Science Assessment for Sulfur Oxides--Health Criteria (ISA), completed in December 2017, the PA serves to "bridge the gap" between the scientific information and the judgments required of the Administrator in determining whether to retain or revise the existing primary NAAQS for SO2. The REA and PA will be made available on or about 9 May 2018. POC is Dr. Nicole Hagan, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (Mail Code C504-06), U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 919-541-3153; fax: 919-541-5315; email: hagan.nicole@epa.gov (Federal Register; 15 May 2018 [Notices], page Page 22479).
May 09, 2018
NMFS is issuing a final rule to list the Taiwanese humpback dolphin (Sousa chinensis taiwanensis) as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). NMFS will not designate critical habitat for this subspecies, because the geographical areas occupied by these dolphins are entirely outside U.S. jurisdiction, and NMFS has not identified any unoccupied areas within U.S. jurisdiction that are currently essential to the conservation of the subspecies. This final rule is effective 8 June 2018. POC is Chelsey Young, NMFS, Office of Protected Resources, chelsey.young@noaa.gov, 301-427-8491 (Federal Register; 9 May 2018 [Rules and Regulations], pages 21182-21187).
This notice identifies the Federal facilities not previously listed on the Docket and also identifies Federal facilities reported to EPA since the last update on December 8, 2017. In addition to the list of additions to the Docket, this notice includes a section with revisions of the previous Docket list and a section of Federal facilities that are to be deleted from the Docket. Thus, the revisions in this update include 5 additions, 2 deletions, and 1 correction to the Docket since the previous update. At the time of publication of this notice, the new total number of Federal facilities listed on the Docket is 2,352. This list is current as of 10 April 2018. POC is Benjamin Simes (Simes.Benjamin@epa.gov), Federal Agency Hazardous Waste Compliance Docket Coordinator, Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office (Mail Code 5106R), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460 (Federal Register; 8 May 2018 [Notices], pages 20813-20817).
Apr 27, 2018
The U.S. FWS (Service) is removing the textual descriptions of critical habitat boundaries from those designations for mammals, birds, amphibians, fishes, clams, snails, arachnids, crustaceans, and insects for which the maps have been determined to be sufficient to stand as the official delineation of critical habitat. For these entries, the boundaries of critical habitat as mapped or otherwise described will be the official delineation of the designation. The coordinates and/or plot points that the Service is removing from the CFR will be available to the public at the lead field office of the Service responsible for the designation and online at the Federal eRulemaking Portal. This rule is effective 29 May 2018. POC is Carey Galst, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: ES, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803; tel: 703-358-1954 (Federal Register; 27 April 2018 [Rules and Regulations], pages 18698-18726).
Apr 18, 2018
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has removed the black-capped vireo (Vireo atricapilla, listed as Vireo atricapillus) from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife due to recovery. This determination is based on a thorough review of the best available scientific and commercial information, which indicates that the threats to this species have been reduced or managed to the point that the species has recovered and no longer meets the definition of endangered or threatened under the Act. This rule is effective 16 May 2018. POC is Debra Bills, Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arlington Ecological Services Field Office, 2005 NE Green Oaks Blvd., Suite 140, Arlington, TX 76006; tel: 817-277-1100; or fax: 817-277-1129 (Federal Register; 16 April 2018 [Rules and Regulations], pages 16228-16242).
Based on the EPA's review of the air quality criteria addressing human health effects of oxides of nitrogen and the primary national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for oxides of nitrogen, as measured by nitrogen dioxide (NO2), the EPA is retaining the current standards, without revision. This final action is effective on 18 May 2018. POC is Ms. Breanna Alman, Health and Environmental Impacts Division, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, U.S. EPA, Mail Code C504-06, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 919-541-2351; fax: 919-541-0237; email: alman.breanna@epa.gov (Federal Register; 18 April 2018 [Rules and Regulations], pages 17226-17278).
Apr 06, 2018
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has determined threatened species status under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Act), as amended, for Louisiana pinesnake (Pituophis ruthveni), a reptile species from Louisiana and Texas. The effect of this regulation will be to add this species to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. This rule is effective 7 May 2018. POC is Joseph Ranson, Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Louisiana Ecological Services Field Office, 646 Cajundome Boulevard, Suite 400; 337-291-3101; 337-291-3139 (Federal Register [Rules and Regulations], pages 14958-14982).
Apr 03, 2018
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published a final rule in the Federal Register on 1 October 2015, to designate critical habitat for the Dakota skipper (Hesperia dacotae) and the Poweshiek skipperling (Oarisma poweshiek), under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). Inadvertently, they published a map of a critical habitat unit for the Dakota skipper in Minnesota where they should have published a map for the Poweshiek skipperling. This document makes the necessary correction to the critical habitat designation for the Poweshiek skipperling. They are also replacing a map depicting critical habitat for Poweshiek skipperling in Minnesota to make an editorial correction in the title. This correction is effective 3 April 2018. POC is Susan Wilkinson, 703-358-2506 (Federal Register; 3 April 2018 [Rules and Regulations], pages 14198-14202).
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined threatened species status under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA or Act), for yellow lance (Elliptio lanceolata), a mussel species from Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina. The effect of this regulation will be to add this species to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife.This rule is effective 3 May 2018. POC is Pete Benjamin, Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Raleigh Ecological Services Field Office, 551F Pylon Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606; tel: 919-856-4520 (Federal Register; 3 April 2018 [Rules and Regulations], pages 14189-14198).
Mar 09, 2018
In this final rule, the EPA is establishing the air quality thresholds that define the classifications assigned to all nonattainment areas for the 2015 ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) promulgated on 1 October 2015. This final rule also establishes the timing of attainment dates for each nonattainment area classification. This final rule is effective on 8 May 2018. POC is Mr. Robert Lingard, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS), Air Quality Policy Division, U.S. EPA, Mailcode 539-01, 109 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 919-541-5272; email: lingard.robert@epa.gov (Federal Register; 9 March 2018 [Rules and Regulations], pages 10376-10383).
Mar 07, 2018
EPA received adverse comment on the direct final rule titled "Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Revision to References for Refrigeration and Air Conditioning to Incorporate Latest Edition of Certain Industry, Consensus-Standards," published on 11 December 2017. Therefore, through this document we are withdrawing that direct final rule. The direct final rule published at 82 FR 58122 on 11 December 2017 is withdrawn effective 7 March 2018. POC is Chenise Farquharson, Stratospheric Protection Division, Office of Atmospheric Programs (Mail Code 6205T), U.S. EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460; tel: (202) 564-7768; email: farquharson.chenise@epa.gov (Federal Register; 7 March 2018 [Rules and Regulations], page 9703).
Feb 27, 2018
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), are removing Oenothera avita ssp. eurekensis, which is now recognized as Oenothera californica ssp. eurekensis (with a common name of Eureka Valley evening-primrose, Eureka evening-primrose, or Eureka Dunes evening-primrose) from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Plants. FWS is also reclassifying Swallenia alexandrae (with a common name of Eureka dune grass, Eureka dunegrass, or Eureka Valley dune grass) from an endangered to a threatened species. POC is Mendel Stewart, Field Supervisor, Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office, 2177 Salk Avenue, Suite 250, Carlsbad, CA 92008; tel: 760-431-9440; fax: 760-431-5901 (Federal Register; 27 February 2018 [Rules and Regulations], pages 8576-8603).
Feb 20, 2018
Notice is hereby given that the EPA has designated one new reference method for measuring concentrations of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in ambient air. The new reference method for NO2 is an automated method (analyzer) utilizing the measurement principle based on gas phase chemiluminescence. POC is Robert Vanderpool, Exposure Methods and Measurements Division (MD-D205-03), National Exposure Research Laboratory, U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711. Tel: 919-541-7877. Email: Vanderpool.Robert@epa.gov ( Federal Register; 13 February 2018 [Notices], pages 6174-6175).
Feb 12, 2018
EPA is notifying the public that it has issued the guidance memorandum titled "Reclassification of Major Sources as Area Sources Under Section 112 of the Clean Air Act". The EPA is also withdrawing the memorandum titled "Potential to Emit for MACT Standards--Guidance on Timing Issues." Effective on 8 February 2018. POC is Ms. Elineth Torres or Ms. Debra Dalcher, Policy and Strategies Group, Sector Policies and Programs Division (D205-02), Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711, tel: (919) 541-4347 or (919) 541-2443, respectively; and email: torres.elineth@epa.gov or dalcher.debra@epa.gov, respectively (Federal Register; 8 February 2018 [Rules and Regulations], page 5543).
Feb 09, 2018
EPA is amending the Non-Hazardous Secondary Materials regulations, which generally established standards and procedures for identifying whether non-hazardous secondary materials are solid wastes when used as fuels or ingredients in combustion units. In February 2013, the EPA listed particular non-hazardous secondary materials as ``categorical non-waste fuels' provided certain conditions are met. This final rule adds the following other treated railroad ties (OTRT) to the categorical non-waste fuel list: Processed creosote-borate, copper naphthenate and copper naphthenate-borate treated railroad ties, under certain conditions depending on the chemical treatment. This rule is effective 7 February 2018. POC is George Faison, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, Materials Recovery and Waste Management Division, MC 5303P, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460; tel: 703-305-7652; email: faison.george@epa.gov.
Feb 08, 2018
Correction to 40 CFR 261.6 as published in the 1 July 2017 version of the Code of Federal Regulations (Federal Register, 7 February 2018 [Rules and Regulations], page 5340).
Feb 06, 2018
EPA and the Department of the Army (``the agencies') are publishing a final rule adding an applicability date to the "Clean Water Rule: Definition of 'Waters of the United States' " published 29 June 2015 of 6 February 2020. This rule is effective on 6 February 2018. POC is Ms. Donna Downing, Office of Water (4504-T), EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460; tel: 202-566-2428; email: CWAwotus@epa.gov (Federal Register; 6 February 2018 [Rules and Regulations], pages 5200-5209).
Jan 31, 2018
This is a revision of the headings in Apprendix A, Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 300 to 399, revised as of July 1, 2017 (Federal Register; 31 January 2018 [Rules and Regulations], pages 4430 - 4431).
Jan 30, 2018
In response to a petition by Defenders of Wildlife, NMFS, has issued a final rule to list the oceanic whitetip shark (Carcharinus lonigmanus) as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). At this time, NMFS has also concluded that critical habitat is not determinable because data sufficient to perform the required analyses are lacking; however, NMFS is soliciting information on habitat features and areas in U.S. waters that may meet the definition of critical habitat for the oceanic whitetip shark. This final rule is effective 1 March 2018. POC is Chelsey Young, NMFS, Office of Protected Resources, chelsey.young@noaa.gov, 301-427-8491 (Federal Register; 30 January 2018 [Rules and Regulations], pages 4153-4165).
Jan 23, 2018
To amend the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to exclude power supply circuits, drivers, and devices designed to be connected to, and power, light-emitting diodes or organic light-emitting diodes providing illumination from energy conservation standards for external power supplies. Signed on 12 January 2018. (Public Law 115-115)(Congressional Record; 18 January 2018, [Daily Digest], page D61).
The U.S. FWS has determined the eastern puma (=cougar) (Puma (=Felis) concolor couguar) to be extinct, based on the best available scientific and commercial information. This information shows no evidence of the existence of either an extant reproducing population or any individuals of the eastern puma subspecies; it also is highly unlikely that an eastern puma population could remain undetected since the last confirmed sighting in 1938. Therefore, under the authority of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Act), as amended, we remove this subspecies from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. This rule is effective 22 February 2018. POC is Martin Miller, Northeast Regional Office, tel: 413-253-8615, or Mark McCollough, Maine Field Office, tel: 207-902-1570 (Federal Register; 23 January 2018 [Rules and Regulations], pages 3086-3099).
Jan 10, 2018
EPA is promulgating this final rule to adjust the level of statutory civil monetary penalty amounts under the statutes EPA administers. The rule does not necessarily revise the penalty amounts that EPA chooses to seek pursuant to its civil penalty policies in a particular case. EPA's civil penalty policies, which guide enforcement personnel in how to exercise EPA's statutory penalty authorities, take into account a number of fact-specific considerations, e.g., the seriousness of the violation, the violator's good faith efforts to comply, any economic benefit gained by the violator as a result of its noncompliance, and a violator's ability to pay. This final rule is effective on 15 January 2018. POC is David Smith-Watts, Office of Civil Enforcement, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, Mail Code 2241A, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460, tel: 202-564-4083; smith-watts.david@epa.gov (Federal Register; 10 January 2018 [Rules and Regulations], pages 1190-1194).
Jan 03, 2018
On 28 September 2017, the EPA published a direct final rule and an accompanying notice of proposed rulemaking entitled ``Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Refrigerant Management Regulations for Small Cans of Motor Vehicle Refrigerant.' Because EPA received adverse comment, EPA is withdrawing the direct final rule through a separate notice. In this action, EPA is finalizing its proposal to correct the editing oversight that led to a potential conflict in a prior rulemaking as to whether or not containers holding two pounds or less of non-exempt substitute refrigerants for use in motor vehicle air conditioning that are not equipped with a self-sealing valve can be sold to persons that are not certified technicians, provided those small cans were manufactured or imported prior to 1 January 2018. This action clarifies that those small cans manufactured or imported prior to 1 January 2018 may continue to be sold to persons that are not certified as technicians under sections 608 or 609 of the Clean Air Act. This final rule is effective 27 December 2017. POC is Sara Kemme: U.S. EPA, Stratospheric Protection Division (6205T), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460; tel: 202-566-0511; email: kemme.sara@epa.gov (Federal Register; 27 December 2017 [Rules and Regulations], pages 61180-61184).
This regulation establishes the methodology the EPA will use to determine and revise the user fees applicable to the electronic and paper manifests to be submitted to the national electronic manifest system (e-Manifest system) being developed under the Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest Establishment Act. EPA expects the system to be operational and available to users 30 June 2018. EPA will begin accepting manifest submissions and collecting the corresponding submission fees on this date. This action also announces final decisions and regulations relating to several non-fee related matters that were included in the proposed rule. This includes modifying the existing regulations to: allow changes to the transporters designated on a manifest while the shipment is en route; describe how data corrections may be made to existing manifest records in the system; and amend the previous e-Manifest regulation (the One Year Rule) to allow the use, in certain instances, of a mixed paper and electronic manifest to track a hazardous waste shipment. This final rule is effective on 30 June 2018. POC is Richard LaShier, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, (703) 308-8796, lashier.rich@epa.gov, or Bryan Groce, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, (703) 308-8750, groce.bryan@epa.gov (Federal Register; 3 January 2018 [Rules and Regulations], pages 420 – 462).
Jan 02, 2018
In the Federal Register of 17 August 2017, EPA published both a direct final rule and a proposed rule to update the list of North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes subject to reporting under the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) to reflect the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 2017 NAICS code revision. As noted in the direct final rule, if EPA received relevant adverse comment on the proposed update, the Agency would publish a timely withdrawal of the direct final rule in the Federal Register informing the public that the direct final action will not take effect, and instead proceed to issue a final rule based on the parallel proposed rule. The Agency did receive a relevant adverse comment on the proposed update, and withdrew the direct final rule. This final rule addresses the comment made on EPA's proposed rulemaking previously published for this action. This final rule is effective on 1 January 2018. POC is Stephanie Griffin, Toxics Release Inventory Program Division, Mailcode 7410M, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460- 0001; tel: 202-564-1463; email: griffin.stephanie@epa.gov (Federal Register; 26 December 2017 [Rules and Regulations], pages 60906-60911).
The EPA is amending existing regulations regarding the export and import of hazardous wastes from and into the United States. Specifically, this rule applies a confidentiality determination such that no person can assert confidential business information (CBI) claims for documents related to the export, import, and transit of hazardous waste and export of excluded cathode ray tubes (CRTs). EPA is making these changes to apply a consistent approach in addressing confidentiality claims for export and import documentation. The rule will result in cost-savings and greater efficiency for EPA and the regulated community as well as facilitate transparency with respect to the documents that are within the scope of this rulemaking. However, EPA is not finalizing the proposed internet posting requirement in the proposed rule. The final rule is effective on 26 June 2018. POC is Lia Yohannes, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery; tel: 703-308-8413; email: yohannes.lia@epa.gov (Federal Register; 26 December 2017 [Rules and Regulations], pages 60894-60901).
The EPA received adverse comment on the direct final rule titled ``Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Refrigerant Management Regulations for Small Cans of Motor Vehicle Refrigerant,' published on 28 September 2017. Therefore, through this document they are withdrawing that direct final rule. Effective 26 December 2017, EPA withdraws the direct final rule published at 82 FR 45202, on 28 September 2017. POC is Sara Kemme by regular mail: U.S. EPA, Stratospheric Protection Division (6205T), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460; tel: 202-566-0511; email: kemme.sara@epa.gov (Federal Register; 26 December 2017 [Rules and Regulations], page 60890).
Dec 11, 2017
EPA is taking direct final action to modify the use conditions required for use of three flammable refrigerants, isobutane (R-600a), propane (R-290), and R-441A, in new household refrigerators, freezers, and combination refrigerators and freezers under the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program. The use conditions, which address safe use of flammable refrigerants, are being revised to reflect the incorporation by reference of an updated standard from Underwriters Laboratories. This rule is effective on 12 March 2018 without further notice, unless EPA receives adverse comment by 25 January 2018. POC is Chenise Farquharson, Stratospheric Protection Division, Office of Atmospheric Programs (Mail Code 6205T), EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; tel: 202-564-7768; email: farquharson.chenise@epa.gov (Federal Register; 11 December 2017 [Rules and Regulations], pages 58122-58129).
Dec 08, 2017
This notice identifies the Federal facilities not previously listed on the Docket and also identifies Federal facilities reported to EPA since the last update on 6 June 2017. In addition to the list of additions to the Docket, this notice includes a section with revisions of the previous Docket list and a section of Federal facilities that are to be deleted from the Docket. Thus, the revisions in this update include 21 additions, 10 deletions, and 7 corrections to the Docket since the previous update. At the time of publication of this notice, the new total number of Federal facilities listed on the Docket is 2,349. This list is current as of 10 November 2017. POC is Benjamin Simes (Simes.Benjamin@epa.gov), Federal Agency Hazardous Waste Compliance Docket Coordinator, Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office (Mail Code 5106R), U.S. EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460 (Federal Register; 8 December 2017 [Notices], pages 57976-57981).
Nov 30, 2017
On 15 December 2016, EPA issued a notice in the Federal Register requesting public comment on whether revision to the current size standards for small manufacturers and processors, which are used in connection with reporting regulations under TSCA section 8(a), is warranted. This document describes EPA's final determination that revision to the current size standards is warranted. POC is Lynne Blake-Hedges, Chemistry, Economics, and Sustainable Strategies Division (7406M), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; tel: 202-564-8807; email: blake-hedges.lynne@epa.gov (Federal Register; 30 November 2017 [Notices], pages 56824-56826).
Nov 15, 2017
In the Federal Register of 17 August 2017, EPA published both a direct final rule and a proposed rule to update the list of NAICS codes subject to reporting under the TRI to reflect the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 2017 NAICS code revision. As noted in the direct final rule, if EPA received relevant adverse comment on the proposed update, the Agency would publish a timely withdrawal of the direct final rule in the Federal Register informing the public that the direct final action will not take effect. The Agency did receive a relevant adverse comment on the proposed update, and is therefore withdrawing the direct final rule and will instead proceed with a final rule based on the proposed rule after considering all public comments. Effective 14 November 2017 the direct final rule published 17 August 2017 (82 FR 39038) (FRL-9964-77) is withdrawn. POC is Stephanie Griffin, TRI Program Division (7410M), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; tel: 202-564-1463; email: griffin.stephanie@epa.gov ([Federal Register; 14 November 2017 Rules and Regulations], pages 52674-52675).
Nov 08, 2017
On 16 October 2017, the EPA published a proposal to announce its intention to repeal the Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units, commonly referred to as the Clean Power Plan (CPP), as promulgated on 23 October 2015. The proposal also requested public comment on the proposed rule. The EPA is announcing that a public hearing will be held. In addition, the EPA is extending the public comment period. The public hearing for the proposed rule (82 FR 48035) will be held November 28 and 29, 2017. The deadline for accepting written comments is being extended by 32 days to 16 January 2018 (Federal Register; 8 November 2017 [Proposed Rules], pages 51787-51788).
Nov 03, 2017
EPA is denying a Clean Air Act (CAA) petition filed on 9 December 2013, by the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. The petition requested that the EPA expand the Ozone Transport Region (OTR) by adding the states of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, West Virginia and the areas of Virginia not already in the OTR in order to address the interstate transport of air pollution with respect to the 2008 ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). As a result of this denial, the geographic scope and requirements of the OTR will remain unchanged. However, the EPA and states will continue to implement programs to address interstate transport of ozone pollution with respect to the 2008 ozone. This final action is effective on 3 November 2017. POC is Ms. Gobeail McKinley, U.S. EPA, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Air Quality Policy Division, Mail code C539-01, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711, tel 919-541-5246; email at mckinley.gobeail@epa.gov (Federal Register; 3 November 2017 [Notices], pages 51238-51250).
Oct 18, 2017
EPA is announcing a 30-day extension of the comment period on two draft documents titled, Risk and Exposure Assessment for the Review of the Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Sulfur Oxides, External Review Draft (draft REA) and Policy Assessment for the Review of the Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Sulfur Oxides, External Review Draft (draft PA). The EPA is extending the comment period for an additional 30 days to provide stakeholders and the public with additional time to review these documents and to prepare meaningful comments. The original comment period was to end on 18 October 2017. The extended comment period will now close on 17 November 2017. POC is Dr. Nicole Hagan, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (Mail Code C504-06), U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 919-541-3153; fa: 919-541-5315; email: hagan.nicole@epa.gov (Federal Register; 18 October 2017 [Notices], pages 48507-48508).
Oct 12, 2017
EPA is taking direct final action to correct an editing oversight that led to a potential conflict in a prior rulemaking as to whether or not containers holding two pounds or less of non-exempt substitute refrigerants for use in motor vehicle air conditioning that are not equipped with a self-sealing valve can be sold to persons that are not certified technicians, provided those small cans were manufactured or imported prior to 1 January 2018. This action clarifies that those small cans may continue to be sold to persons that are not certified as technicians under sections 608 or 609 of the Clean Air Act. This rule is effective on 27 December 2017 without further notice, unless EPA receives adverse comment by October 30, 2017. POC is Sara Kemme by regular mail: U.S. EPA, Stratospheric Protection Division(6205T), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; by tel: 202-566-0511; or by email: kemme.sara@epa.gov (Federal Register; 28 September 2017 [Rules and Regulations], pages 45202-45205).
Sep 18, 2017
Under the CWA, The EPA intends to conduct a rulemaking to potentially revise certain best available technology economically achievable ("BAT") effluent limitations and pretreatment standards for existing sources ("PSES") for the steam electric power generating point source category, which were published in the Federal Register on 3 November 2015. Therefore, EPA is postponing the earliest compliance dates for the new, more stringent, BAT effluent limitations and PSES for flue gas desulfurization ("FGD") wastewater and bottom ash transport water in the 2015 Rule for a period of 2 years. The final rule is effective 18 September 2017. POC is Ronald Jordan, U.S. EPA, Engineering and Analysis Division; tele: 202-566-1003; email: jordan.ronald@epa.gov (Federal Register; 18 September 2017 [Rules and Regulations], pages 43494-43500).
Sep 15, 2017
On 20 June 2017, the U.S. EPA took direct final action to amend the All Appropriate Inquiries Rule to reference ASTM International's E2247-16 "Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process for Forestland or Rural Property" and allow for its use to satisfy the statutory requirements for conducting all appropriate inquiries under CERCLA. The direct final rule was scheduled to be effective on 18 September 2017, unless EPA received adverse written comment. Because EPA received adverse comment, we are withdrawing the direct final rule for the Amendment to Standards and Practices for All Appropriate Inquiries published on 20 June 2017. The direct final rule published on 20 June 2017 at 82 FR 28009 is withdrawn effective 15 September 2017. POC is Patricia Overmeyer, Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization (5105T), U.S. EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460-0002, 202-566-2774, or overmeyer.patricia@epa.gov (Federal Register; 15 September 2017 [Rules and Regulations], pages 43309-43310).
The U.S. EPA is announcing the release of materials for public comment. These materials will undergo expert peer review in support of EPA's Safe Drinking Water Act decision making for perchlorate. This request is one of two Federal Register notices being published concurrently, seeking public comment on two separate sets of peer review materials. This notice requests comments (to be sent to EPA) on a draft report entitled "Draft Report: Proposed Approaches to Inform the Derivation of a Maximum Contaminant Level Goal for Perchlorate in Drinking Water" (draft MCLG Approaches Report). Comments must be received by EPA on or before 30 October 2017. POC is Samuel Hernandez at U.S. EPA, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, Standards and Risk Management Division, (Mail Code 4607M), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; tel: 202-564-1735; or email: Hernandez.Samuel@epa.gov (Federal Register; 15 September 2017 [Notices], pages 43354-43356).
Sep 14, 2017
The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) has published its initial list of actions pursuant to Executive Order 13807 of 15 August 2017, titled "Establishing Discipline and Accountability in the Environmental Review and Permitting Process for Infrastructure Projects," and published on 24 August 2017. This Initial List of Actions will be available at https://www.whitehouse.gov/ceq and on the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Web site at https://ceq.doe.gov/. POC: Council on Environmental Quality (Attn: Ted Boling, Associate Director for the National Environmental Policy Act), 730 Jackson Place NW., Washington, DC 20503. Tel: (202) 395-5750. Email: NEPA@ceq.eop.gov (Federal Register; 14 September 2017 [Notices], page 43226-43227.)
Aug 31, 2017
This rule corrects the rule 2016-28564 appearing on pages 89188-89274 in the Federal Register issue of 9 December 2016 (Federal Register; 31 August 2017 [Rules and Regulations], page 41343).
Aug 28, 2017
This rule modifies the testing procedures approved for analysis and sampling under the CWA. The changes adopted in this final rule fall into the following categories: New and revised EPA methods (including new and/or revised methods published by voluntary consensus standard bodies (VCSB), such as ASTM International and the Standard Methods Committee); updated versions of currently approved methods; methods reviewed under the alternate test procedures (ATP) program; clarifications to the procedures for EPA approval of nationwide and limited use ATPs; and amendments to the procedure for determination of the method detection limit to address laboratory contamination and to better account for intra-laboratory variability. This regulation is effective on 27 September 2017. The incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of 27 September 2017. POC is Adrian Hanley, Engineering and Analysis Division (4303T), Office of Water, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; tel: 202-564-1564; email: hanley.adrian@epa.gov (Federal Register; 28 August 2017 [Rules and Regulations], pages 40836-40941).
Aug 24, 2017
This EO, dated 15 August 2017, addresses changing the way the Federal Government, as a whole, processes environmental reviews and authorization decisions. Additionally, it revokes Executive Order 13690 of 30 January 2015, Establishing a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard and a Process for Further Soliciting and Considering Stakeholder Input (Federal Register; 24 August 2017 [Presidential Documents], pages 40463-40469).
EPA publishes the semiannual regulatory agenda online (the e-Agenda) at http://www.reginfo.gov and at www.regulations.gov to update the public. This document contains information about: 1. Regulations in the semiannual regulatory agenda that are under development, completed, or canceled since the last agenda; and 2. Reviews of regulations with small business impacts under Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. If you have questions or comments about a particular action, please get in touch with the agency contact listed in each agenda entry. If you have general questions about the semiannual regulatory agenda, please contact: Caryn Muellerleile (muellerleile.caryn@epa.gov; 202-564-2855 (Federal Register; 24 August 2017 [Unknown Sections], pages 40348-40354).
Aug 18, 2017
EPA is updating the list of NAICS codes subject to reporting under the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) to reflect the OMB 2017 NAICS code revision. Facilities are required to use 2017 NAICS codes when reporting to TRI beginning with TRI reporting forms that are due on 1 July 2018, covering releases and other waste management quantities for the 2017 calendar year. EPA is also modifying the list of exceptions and limitations associated with NAICS codes in the CFR for TRI reporting purposes by deleting the descriptive text. This final rule is effective on 15 November 2017 without further notice, unless EPA receives adverse comment by 18 September 2017 (Federal Register; 17 August 2018 [Rules and Regulation], Pages 39038-39044).
Aug 10, 2017
EPA is announcing that it is withdrawing the 1-year extension of the deadline for promulgating initial area designations for the ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) that were promulgated in October 2015. Thus, unless and until the Administrator takes additional final action, the 2-year deadline for promulgating designations provided in the Clean Air Act (CAA) applies. The deadline for the EPA to promulgate initial designations for the 2015 ozone NAAQS is 1 October 2017. POC is Carla Oldham, Air Quality Planning Division, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Mail Code C539-04, EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 919-541-3347; email: oldham.carla@epa.gov (Federal Register; 10 August 2017 [Rules and Regulations], pages 37318-37319).
Aug 07, 2017
The EPA is taking action to correct an omission in revisions requested to Performance Specification 2 in the "revisions" rule published 30 August 2016. Effective date is 7 August 2017. POC is Mrs. Lula H. Melton, Air Quality Assessment Division, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (E143-02), EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 919-541-2910; fax: 919-541-0516; email: melton.lula@epa.gov (Federal Register; 7 August 2017 [Rules and Regulations], pages 36688-36689).
Jul 27, 2017
U.S. EPA is approving alternative testing methods for use in measuring the levels of contaminants in drinking water and determining compliance with national primary drinking water regulations. The SDWA authorizes EPA to approve the use of alternative testing methods through publication in the Federal Register. EPA is using this streamlined authority to make 17 additional methods available for analyzing drinking water samples. This expedited approach provides public water systems, laboratories, and primacy agencies with more timely access to new measurement techniques and greater flexibility in the selection of analytical methods, thereby reducing monitoring costs while maintaining public health protection. This action is effective 27 July 2017. POC is Glynda Smith, Technical Support Center, Standards and Risk Management Division, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water (MS 140), EPA, 26 West Martin Luther King Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45268; tel: 513-569-7652; email: smith.glynda@epa.gov (Federal Register; 27 July 2017 [Rules and Regulations], pages 34861-34870).
Jul 24, 2017
This determination of acceptability expands the list of acceptable substitutes pursuant to the U.S. EPA Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program. This action lists as acceptable additional substitutes for use in the refrigeration and air conditioning sector and the cleaning solvents sector. This determination is applicable on 21 July 2017. POC is Gerald Wozniak, U.S. EPA, Mail Code 6205T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460. Tel: 202-343-9624, email: wozniak.gerald@epa.gov (Federal Register; 21 July 2017 [Rules and Regulations], pages 33809-33825).
Jul 13, 2017
EPA is providing notice that it took action to postpone the effective date of its Clean Water Act (CWA) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permits for Stormwater Discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) in Massachusetts. By its action, EPA postponed the 1 July 2017 effective date of the permit for one year, to 1 July 2018. Postponement date is 29 June 2017. POC is Thelma Murphy, Stormwater and Construction Permits Section OEP 06-4, Environmental Protection Agency, 5 Post Office Square--Suite 100, Boston, Massachusetts 02109-3912; Tel: 617-918-1615; email: murphy.thelma@epa.gov (Federal Register; 13 July 2017 [Notices], pages 32357-32359).
Jul 10, 2017
As required by TSCA, which was amended by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act in June 2016, EPA is announcing the availability of the scope documents for the risk evaluations to be conducted for the first ten (10) chemical substances. Each scope includes the hazards, exposures, conditions of use, and the potentially exposed or susceptible subpopulations the EPA expects to consider in conducting the risk evaluation. EPA is also re-opening existing dockets for the first 10 chemicals to allow for the public to provide additional data or information that could be useful to the Agency in conducting problem formulation, the next step in the process of conducting the risk evaluations for these chemicals. POC is Christina Motilall, Risk Assessment Division, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; tel: 202-564-1287; email: motilall.christina@epa.gov (Federal Register; 7 July 2017 [Notices], pages 31592-31593).
Jul 06, 2017
Includes editorial corrections made to the standard published on 26 June 2017 (Federal Register; 5 July 2017 [Rules and Regulations], page 30997).
Jun 26, 2017
This is a correction to rule document 2017-12338, beginning on page 27154 of the Federal Register, in the issue of Wednesday, 14 June 2017 (Federal Register; 26 June 2017 [Rules and Regulations], page 28777).
Jun 20, 2017
EPA is taking direct final action to amend the Standards and Practices for All Appropriate Inquiries to update an existing reference to a standard practice recently revised by ASTM International. Specifically, this direct final rule amends the All Appropriate Inquiries Rule to reference ASTM International's E2247-16 "Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process for Forestland or Rural Property" and allow for its use to satisfy the statutory requirements for conducting all appropriate inquiries under CERCLA. This rule is effective on 18 September 2017, without further notice, unless EPA receives adverse comment by 20 July 2017. POC is Patricia Overmeyer, Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization (5105T), U.S. EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460-0002, 202-566-2774, or overmeyer.patricia@epa.gov (Federal Register; 20 June 2017 [Rules and Regulations], pages 28009-28012).
Jun 14, 2017
EPA is delaying the effective date of the Risk Management Program (RMP) Amendments for an additional 20 mo, to allow EPA to conduct a reconsideration proceeding and to consider other issues that may benefit from additional comment. The new effective date of the rule is 19 February 2019. The RMP Amendments were published in the Federal Register on 13 January 2017. On 26 January 2017 and on 16 March 2017, EPA published two documents in the Federal Register that delayed the effective date of the amendments until 19 June 2017. The EPA proposed in an 3 April 2017 Federal Register action to further delay the effective date until 19 February 2019 and held a public hearing on 19 April 2017. This action allows the Agency time to consider petitions for reconsideration of the RMP Amendments and take further regulatory action, as appropriate, which could include proposing and finalizing a rule to revise or rescind these amendments. The effective date of the rule amending 40 CFR part 68 published at 82 FR 4594 (13 January 2017), as delayed at 82 FR 4594 (26 January 2017) and 82 FR 13968 (16 March 2017), is further delayed until 19 Feb 2019. POC is James Belke, United States EPA, Office of Land and Emergency Mgt, 1200 Penn. Ave. NW., (Mail Code 5104A), Washington, DC 20460; tel: (202) 564-8023; email: belke.jim@epa.gov (Federal Register; 14 June 2017 [Rules and Regulations], pages 27133-27144.)
EPA is promulgating technology-based pretreatment standards under the CWA to reduce discharges of mercury from dental offices into municipal sewage treatment plants known as publicly owned treatment works (POTWs). This final rule requires dental offices to use amalgam separators and two best management practices recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA). The final rule is effective on 14 July 2017. The compliance date, meaning the date that existing sources subject to the rule must comply with the standards in this rule is 14 July 2020. After the effective date of the rule, new sources subject to this rule must comply immediately with the standards in this rule. POC is Ms. Karen Milam, Engineering and Analysis Division (4303T), Office of Water, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; tel: 202-566-1915; email: milam.karen@epa.gov (Federal Register; 14 June 2017 [Rules and Regulations], pages 27154-27178).
Jun 08, 2017
In Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 190 to 259, revised as of 1 July 2016, on page 319, in Sec. 232.2, the first definition of Waters of the United States is removed ( Federal Register; 8 June 2017 [Rules and Regulations], page 26603).
Since 1988, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has maintained a Federal Agency Hazardous Waste Compliance Docket under Section 120(c) of the CERCLA. Section 120(c) requires EPA to establish a Docket that contains certain information reported to EPA by Federal facilities that manage hazardous waste or from which a reportable quantity of hazardous substances has been released. This notice identifies the Federal facilities not previously listed on the Docket and also identifies Federal facilities reported to EPA since the last update on 24 October 2016. In addition to the list of additions to the Docket, this notice includes a section with revisions of the previous Docket list and a section of Federal facilities that are to be deleted from the Docket. This list is current as of 10 March 2017. POC is Benjamin Simes (Simes.Benjamin@epa.gov), Federal Agency Hazardous Waste Compliance Docket Coordinator, Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office (Mail Code 5106R), U.S. EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460 (Federal Register; 6 June 2017 [Notices], pages 26092-26096).
May 31, 2017
By a letter dated 5 May 2017, the Administrator announced the convening of a proceeding for reconsideration of certain requirements in the final rules, "Standards of Performance for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills," and "Emission Guidelines and Compliance Times for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills," both published on 29 August 2016. In this action, the EPA is staying subparts, which were added or revised by the two rules, for 90 days pending reconsideration. Title 40 CFR part 60, subpart Cf, and 40 CFR part 60, subpart XXX, are stayed from 31 May 2017 until 29 August 2017. POC is Mr. Peter Tsirigotis, Sector Policies and Programs Division (D205-01), U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 888-627-7764; email: airaction@epa.gov (Federal Register; 31 May 2017 [Rules and Regulations], pages 24878-24879).
May 25, 2017
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) issued a Program Comment for Communications Projects on Federal Lands and Property at the request of DHS to accelerate the review of these projects, particularly broadband deployment, under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. The Program Comment can be used by federal land and property managing agencies who must comply with the requirements of Section 106 when deploying communications activities on public lands and property. Federal agencies using the Program Comment may fulfill their Section 106 responsibilities for the relevant undertakings by implementing the terms of this comment, which include processes for the identification of historic properties and consideration of effects to these properties. The Program Comment also identifies certain undertakings that require no further Section 106 review under specified conditions. The Program Comment was issued by the ACHP on 8 May 2017 and went into effect that day. POC is Charlene Dwin Vaughn, AICP, Office of Federal Agency Programs, ACHP, 401 F Street NW., Suite 308, Washington DC 20001-2637, email: cvaughn@achp.gov.
May 01, 2017
Executive Order (EO) 13792 of 26 April 2017 tasks the Secretary of the Interior with reviewing of all Presidential designations or expansions of designations under the Antiquities Act made since 1 January 1996, where the designation covers more than 100,000 acres, where the designation after expansion covers more than 100,000 acres, or where the Secretary determines that the designation or expansion was made without adequate public outreach and coordination with relevant stakeholders, to determine whether each designation or expansion conforms to the policy set forth in section 1 of this EO.
Apr 27, 2017
By a letter dated 12 April 2017, the Administrator announced the EPA decision to reconsider the final rule that amends the effluent limitations guidelines and standards for the steam electric point source category under CWA), published in the Federal Register on November 3, 2015. These regulations have been challenged in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Southwestern Electric Power Co., et al. v. EPA, No. 15-60821. The EPA is postponing these compliance dates pending judicial review. POC is Ronald Jordan, USEPA, Engineering and Analysis Division; tel: 202-564-1003; email: jordan.ronald@epa.gov (Federal Register; 25 April 2017 [Rules and Regulations], pages 19005-19006).
Apr 24, 2017
PHMSA is issuing a revised safety advisory notice to address concerns of offerors and users of DOT Specification 39 (DOT-39) cylinders that exceed 75 cubic inches (in\3\) (1.23 L) and to provide clarification of the initial safety advisory notice issued on this subject on 13 December 2016 (Notice No. 2016-14). DOT-39 cylinders exceeding 75 in\3\ (1.23 L) should not contain liquefied flammable compressed cyclopropane, ethane, or ethylene, or liquefied petroleum gases. PHMSA advises against the filling or transporting of these gases in DOT-39 cylinders when the cylinder's internal volume exceeds 75 in\3\ (1.23 L). POC is Refaat Shafkey, General Engineer, Engineering and Research Division, Office of Hazardous Materials Safety, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. Tel: 202-366-4545 or email: refaat.shafkey@dot.gov (Federal Register; 24 April 2017 [Notices], pages 18967-18968).
Apr 10, 2017
EPA Region 1, is providing a notice of availability of the final NPDES General Permits (GP) for discharges from potable water treatment facilities (PWTFs) to certain waters of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of New Hampshire. The final General Permits establish Notice of Intent (NOI) requirements, effluent limitations, standard and special conditions, prohibitions, and best management practices (BMPs) for sites with discharges from potable water treatment facilities. These General Permits replace the previous PWTF GP that expired on 2 October 2014. The General Permits shall be effective on 6 March 2017 and expire 5 yr from the effective date. POC is Mark Voorhees, U.S. EPA--Region 1, Office of Ecosystem Protection, 5 Post Office Square--Suite 100, Mail Code OEP06-4, Boston, MA 02109-3912; tel: 617-918-1537; email: voorhees.mark@epa.gov (Federal Register; 10 April 2017 [Notices], pages 17244-17245).
Apr 05, 2017
The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is withdrawing its "Final Guidance for Federal Departments and Agencies on Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the Effects of Climate Change in National Environmental Policy Act Reviews," for which a Notice of Availability was published on August 5, 2016. 81 FR 51866. This withdrawal is effective 5 April 2017. POC is Council on Environmental Quality (ATTN: Ted Boling, Associate Director for the National Environmental Policy Act), 730 Jackson Place NW., Washington, DC 20503. Tel: 202-395-5750 (Federal Register; 5 April 2017 [Notices], pages 16576-16577.)
Mar 31, 2017
Promoting Energy Independence and Promoting Economic Growth
28 March 2017
The EO directs agencies to review existing regulations that potentially burden the development or use of domestically produced energy resources and appropriately suspend, revise, or rescind those that unduly burden the development of domestic energy resources beyond the degree necessary to protect the public interest or otherwise comply with the law. As a result of the review, agencies will submit a report including specific recommendations that, to the extent permitted by law, could alleviate or eliminate aspects of agency actions that burden domestic energy production.
Mar 30, 2017
PHMSA is issuing a final rule to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to maintain consistency with international regulations and standards by incorporating various amendments, including changes to proper shipping names, hazard classes, packing groups, special provisions, packaging authorizations, air transport quantity limitations, and vessel stowage requirements. These revisions are necessary to harmonize the HMR with recent changes made to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, the International Civil Aviation Organization's Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air, and the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods--Model Regulations. Additionally, PHMSA is adopting several amendments to the HMR that result from coordination with Canada under the U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council. This rule is effective 30 March 2017, except for instruction 22, which is effective 2 2019. POC is Steven Webb International Standards, (202) 366-8553, PHMSA, U.S. DOT, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20590-0001 (Federal Register; 30 March 2017 [Rules and Regulations], pages 15796-15897).
Mar 20, 2017
By a letter dated 13 March 2017, the Administrator announced the convening of a proceeding for reconsideration of the final rule that amends the chemical accident prevention provisions addressing Risk Management Programs under the Clean Air Act published in the Federal Register on 13 January 2017. The effective date of these regulations had been 21 March 2017. By this action, the EPA is administratively staying and delaying the effective date of this rule for 90 days. Thus, the 13 January 2017 rule will become effective on 19 June 2017. POC is James Belke, United States EPA, Office of Land and Emergency Management, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. (Mail Code 5104A), Washington, DC 20460; tel: 202-564-8023; email address: belke.jim@epa.gov (Federal Register; 16 March 2017 [Rules and Regulations], pages 13968-13969).
In accordance with the Presidential directive as expressed in the memorandum of January 20, 2017, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled ``Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,' and the Federal Register document published by EPA on January 26, 2017, EPA is further delaying the effective dates for five regulations listed in text of the Federal Register notice. This regulation is effective March 21, 2017. The effective date of each regulation listed is delayed to a new effective date of 22 May 2017. POC is Sarah Rees, Director, Office of Regulatory Policy and Management, Office of Policy, Mail code 1804, U.S. EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW., Washington, DC 20460; (202) 564-1986; rees.sarah@epa.gov (Federal Register; 20 March 2017 [Rules and Regulations], pages 14324-14325).
EPA is taking final action to make a technical correction to equation 2 in appendix N to part 50, section 4.4(b) of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for Particulate Matter. Equation 2 in appendix N describes an intermediate step in the calculation of the design value for the annual PM2.5 (particles with an aerodynamic diameter less than or equal to a nominal 2.5 micrometers) NAAQS. This action corrects Equation 2 to properly account for cases where a site has quarters without daily values and passes the minimum quarterly value data substitution test. This change accurately reflects the intended calculation of the annual PM2.5 design value and is consistent with the text of section 4.1 in appendix N to part 50. This final rule is effective on 19 May 2017. POC is Mr. Brett Gantt, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Air Quality Assessment Division, Air Quality Analysis Group (Mail Code: C304-04), EPA, 109 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 919-541-5274; email: gantt.brett@epa.gov (Federal Register, 20 March 2017 [Rules and Regulations], pages 14325-14327).
Mar 06, 2017
In accordance with a Presidential directive, the U.S. EPA and the Department of the Army announces its intention to review and rescind or revise the Clean Water Rule. POCs are: Ms. Donna Downing, Office of Water (4502-T), EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; tel: 202-566-2428; email CWAwaters@epa.gov, and Mr. Gib Owen, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, Department of the Army, 104 Army Pentagon, Washington, DC 20310-0104; tel: 703-695-4641; email gib.a.owen.civ@mail.mil (Federal Register; 6 March 2017 [Notices], page 12532).
Mar 03, 2017
This 28 February 2017 EO directs the EPA and USACE to review the final rule entitled "Clean Water Rule: Definition of 'Waters of the United States,'" 80 Fed. Reg. 37054 (June 29, 2015), and publish for notice and comment a proposed rule rescinding or revising the rule, as appropriate and consistent with law.
Feb 15, 2017
This action temporarily delays until 21 March 2017, the effective date of the rule entitled Uniform National Discharge Standards for Vessels of the Armed Forces--Phase II Batch One, published in the Federal Register on 11 January 2017. The effective date of the regulation titled Uniform National Discharge Standards for Vessels of the Armed Forces--Phase II Batch One, published in the Federal Register on 11 January 2017, at 82 FR 3173, is delayed from 10 February 2017 to a new effective date of 21 March 2017. POC is Katherine B. Weiler, Marine Pollution Control Branch (4504T), U.S. EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; Tel: 202-566-1280; weiler.katherine@epa.gov (Federal Register; 8 February 2017 [Rules and Regulations], page 9682).
Jan 26, 2017
In accordance with the Presidential directive as expressed in the memorandum of 20 January 2017, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled "Regulatory Freeze Pending Review," this action temporarily delays until 21 March 2017, the effective date of the regulations listed in the table below. EPA identified 30 regulations that meet those criteria. This regulation is effective January 26, 2017. The effective date of each regulation listed is delayed to a new effective date of 21 March 2017. POC is Sarah Rees, Director, Office of Regulatory Policy and Management, Office of Policy, Mail code 1804, U.S. EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW., Washington, DC 20460; 202-564-1986; rees.sarah@epa.gov (Federal Register; 26 January 2017 [Rules and Regulations], pages 8499-8501).
Jan 13, 2017
These revisions to the RMP contain several changes to the accident prevention program requirements including an additional analysis of safer technology and alternatives as part of the process hazard analysis for some Program 3 processes, third-party audits and incident investigation root cause analysis for Program 2 and Program 3 processes; enhancements to the emergency preparedness requirements; increased public availability of chemical hazard information; and several other changes to certain regulatory definitions and data elements submitted in risk management plans. This final rule is effective on 14 March 2017. POC is James Belke, U.S. EPA, Office of Land and Emergency Management, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., (Mail Code 5104A), Washington, DC 20460; tel: 202-564-8023; email: belke.jim@epa.gov (Federal Register; 13 January 2017 [Rules and Regulations], pages 4594-4705).
Jan 12, 2017
EPA is establishing reporting and recordkeeping requirements for certain chemical substances when they are manufactured or processed at the nanoscale. EPA is requiring persons that manufacture (defined by statute to include import) or process, or intend to manufacture or process these chemical substances to electronically report to EPA certain information. This rule involves one-time reporting for existing discrete forms of certain nanoscale materials, and a standing one-time reporting requirement for new discrete forms of certain nanoscale materials before those new forms are manufactured or processed. This final rule is effective 12 May 2017. POC is Jim Alwood, Chemical Control Division (7405M), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; tel: 202-564-8974; email: alwood.jim@epa.gov (Federal Register; 12 January 2017 [Rules and Regulations], pages 3641-3655).
Jan 11, 2017
EPA and the U.S. DoD are promulgating discharge performance standards for 11 discharges incidental to the normal operation of a vessel of the Armed Forces into the navigable waters of the United States, the territorial seas, and the contiguous zone. The 11 discharges addressed by the final rule are the following: aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF), chain locker effluent, distillation and reverse osmosis brine, elevator pit effluent, gas turbine water wash, non-oily machinery wastewater, photographic laboratory drains, seawater cooling overboard discharge, seawater piping biofouling prevention, small boat engine wet exhaust, and welldeck discharges. This final rule is effective on 10 February 2017. POC is Katherine B. Weiler, Marine Pollution Control Branch (4504T), U.S. EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; 202-566-1280; weiler.katherine@epa.gov, or Mike Pletke, Chief of Naval Operations (N45), 2000 Navy Pentagon (Rm 2D253), Washington, DC 20350-2000; 703-695-5184; mike.pletke@navy.mil ( Federal Register; 11 January 2017 [Rules and Regulations], pages 3173-3185).
Dec 28, 2016
The EPA publishes the semiannual regulatory agenda online (the e-Agenda) at http://www.reginfo.gov and at www.regulations.gov to update the public. This document contains information about: Regulations in the semiannual regulatory agenda that are under development, completed, or canceled since the last agenda; Retrospective reviews of existing regulations; and Reviews of regulations with small business impacts under Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. If you have questions or comments about a particular action, please get in touch with the agency contact listed in each agenda entry. If you have general questions about the semiannual regulatory agenda, please contact: Caryn Muellerleile (muellerleile.caryn@epa.gov; 202-564-2855) (Federal Register; 23 December 2016, pages 94809-94816).
Dec 20, 2016
EPA is finalizing a SDWA rule that requires public water systems to collect occurrence data for contaminants that may be present in drinking water but are not yet subject to EPA's drinking water standards set under the SDWA. This rule identifies eleven analytical methods to support water system monitoring for a total of 30 chemical contaminants, consisting of nine cyanotoxins and one cyanotoxin group; two metals; eight pesticides plus one pesticide manufacturing byproduct (hereinafter collectively referred to as ``pesticides'); three brominated haloacetic acid disinfection byproduct groups; three alcohols; and three semivolatile organic chemicals. EPA is also announcing a public meeting and webinar to discuss the implementation of the UCMR 4. This final rule is effective on 19 January 2017. POC is Brenda D. Parris, Standards and Risk Management Division (SRMD), Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water (OGWDW) (MS 140), EPA, 26 West Martin Luther King Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45268; tel: (513) 569-7961; or email: parris.brenda@epa.gov (Federal Register; 20 December 2016 [Rules and Regulations], pages 92666-92692).
Dec 19, 2016
EPA is publishing an initial list of ten (10) chemical substances that will be the subject of the Agency's chemical risk evaluations to determine whether the chemical substances present an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment. For each chemical substance, within 6 mo from the date of publication of this notice, EPA will issue a scoping document. EPA has also established dockets for each of these chemical substances to document each risk evaluation and to facilitate receipt of information that will be useful to the Agency's risk evaluation. The 10 chemical substances for which EPA is initiating risk evaluations are as follows: 1,4-Dioxane; 1-Bromopropane; Asbestos; Carbon Tetrachloride; Cyclic Aliphatic Bromide Cluster (HBCD); Methylene Chloride; N-Methylpyrrolidone (NMP); Pigment Violet 29 Anthra[2,1,9-def:6,5,10-d'e'f']diisoquinoline-1,3,8,10(2H,9H)-tetrone); Trichloroethylene (TCE); and Tetrachloroethylene (also known as perchloroethylene). POC is Sheila Canavan, Chemical Control Division (Mail Code 7405M), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; tel: 202-566-1978; email: canavan.sheila@epa.gov (Federal Register; 19 December 2016 [Notices], pages 91927-91929).
Dec 14, 2016
Dated 9 December 2016, the focus of EO 13754 is arctic environmental stewardship. It is the policy of the United States to enhance the resilience of the northern Bering Sea region by conserving the region's ecosystem, including those natural resources that provide important cultural and subsistence value and services to the people of the region.
Dec 09, 2016
EPA is revising the regulations governing regulated small municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permits to respond to a remand from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Environmental Defense Center, et al. v. EPA, 344 F.3d 832 (9th Cir. 2003). In that decision, the court determined that the regulations for providing coverage under small MS4 general permits did not provide for adequate public notice and opportunity to request a hearing. Additionally, the court found that EPA failed to require permitting authority review of the best management practices (BMPs) to be used at a particular MS4 to ensure that the small MS4 permittee reduces pollutants in the discharge from their systems to the "maximum extent practicable" (MEP). The final rule establishes two alternative approaches a permitting authority can use to issue NPDES general permits for small MS4s and meet the requirements of the court remand. This final rule does not establish any new substantive requirements for small MS4 permits. This final rule is effective on 9 January 2017. POC is Greg Schaner, Office of Wastewater Management, Water Permits Division (4203M), EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; tel: 202-564-0721; email: schaner.greg@epa.gov ( Federal Register; 9 December 2016 [Rules and Regulations], pages 89320-89352).
EPA is amending specific provisions in the GHG Reporting Rule to streamline and improve implementation of the rule, to improve the quality and consistency of the data collected under the rule, and to clarify or provide minor updates to certain provisions that have been the subject of questions from reporting entities. This action also finalizes confidentiality determinations for certain data elements. In addition, this is the final action on reconsideration in response to a Petition for Reconsideration regarding specific aspects of the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule. This rule is effective on 1 January 2017. POC is Carole Cook, Climate Change Division, Office of Atmospheric Programs (MC-6207J), EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; tel: (202) 343-9334; fax: (202) 343-2342; email: GHGReporting@epa.gov ( Federal Register; 9 December 2016 [Rules and Regulations], pages 89188-89274).
Dec 08, 2016
Issued on 5 December 2016, EO 13751 amends Executive Order 13112 and directs Federal Agency actions to continue coordinated Federal prevention and control efforts related to invasive species.
EPA has made final updates to the 1992 Manual of Protective Action Guides and Protective Actions for Nuclear Incidents, referred to as "The 1992 PAG Manual" (EPA 400-R-92-001, May 1992). The updated guidance in the revised PAG Manual applies the protective action guides (PAGs) to incidents other than nuclear power plant accidents, updates the radiation dosimetry and dose calculations based on current science and incorporates late phase guidance. The final revisions incorporate input from public comments received in 2013 and include clarifications based on those comments. The final revision of the PAG Manual is available at www.regulations.gov. POC is Sara DeCair, Radiation Protection Division, Center for Radiological Emergency Management, Mail Code 6608T, U.S. EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; tel: (202) 343-9108; fax: (-202-343-2304; Email: decair.sara@epa.gov (Federal Register; 8 December 2016 [Rules and Regulations], pages 88679-88681).
Dec 06, 2016
EPA is issuing a general permit to authorize the transport of marine mammal carcasses from the United States and disposal of marine mammal carcasses in ocean waters. Permit authorization is available for any officer, employee, agent, department, agency, or instrumentality of federal, state, tribal, or local unit of government, as well as any Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program (MMHSRP) Stranding Agreement Holder, and any Alaskan Native, who already may take a marine mammal under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and Endangered Species Act (ESA). The EPA's purpose in issuing a general permit is to expedite required authorizations for the ocean disposal of marine mammal carcasses that otherwise currently require the issuance of an emergency permit. This general permit is effective 5 January 2017. POC is Brian Rappoli, Ocean and Coastal Protection Division, Office of Water, 4504T, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; tel: 202-566-1548; fax: 202-566-1546; email: rappoli.brian@epa.gov (Federal Register; 6 December 2016 [Rules and Regulations], pages 87928-87933).
Dec 01, 2016
Pursuant to the EPA's SNAP program, this action lists certain substances as acceptable, subject to use conditions; lists several substances as unacceptable; and changes the listing status for certain substances from acceptable to acceptable, subject to narrowed use limits, or to unacceptable. This action also exempts propane in certain refrigeration end-uses from the Clean Air Act section 608 prohibition on venting, release, or disposal. In addition, this action applies unacceptability determinations for foam-blowing agents to closed cell foam products and products containing closed cell foam that are manufactured or imported using these foam blowing agents. This rule is effective 3 January 2017. POC is Chenise Farquharson, Stratospheric Protection Division, Office of Atmospheric Programs (Mail Code 6205T), EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; tel: 202-564-7768; email: Farquharson.chenise@epa.gov (Federal Register; 1 December 2016 [Rules and Regulations], pages 86778-86895).
Nov 28, 2016
EPA is amending existing regulations regarding the export and import of hazardous wastes from and into the United States. EPA is making these changes to: Provide greater protection to human health and the environment by making existing export and import related requirements more consistent with the current import-export requirements for shipments between members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); enable electronic submittal to EPA of all export and import-related documents (e.g., export notices, export annual reports); and enable electronic validation of consent in the Automated Export System (AES) for export shipments subject to RCRA export consent requirements prior to exit. The AES resides in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). This final rule is effective on 31 December 2016. POC is Laura Coughlan, Materials Recovery and Waste Management Division, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery (5304P), EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; tel: 703-308-0005; email address: coughlan.laura@epa.gov (Federal Register; 28 November 2016 [Rules and Regulations], pages 85696-85729).
EPA has finalized revisions to the RCRA hazardous waste generator regulatory program proposed on 25 September 2015. These revisions include reorganizing the hazardous waste generator regulations to make them more user-friendly and thus improve their usability by the regulated community; providing a better understanding of how the RCRA hazardous waste generator regulatory program works; addressing gaps in the existing regulations to strengthen environmental protection; providing greater flexibility for hazardous waste generators to manage their hazardous waste in a cost-effective and protective manner; and making technical corrections and conforming changes to address inadvertent errors and remove obsolete references to programs that no longer exist. This final rule is effective on 30 May 2017. POC is Jim O'Leary, U.S. EPA, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, (MC: 5304P), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460, 703-308-8827, oleary.jim@epa.gov (Federal Register; 28 November 2016 [Rules and Regulations], pages 85732-85829).
Nov 22, 2016
The knowing release of ozone-depleting and substitute refrigerants during the course of maintaining, servicing, repairing, or disposing of appliances or industrial process refrigeration is prohibited. The existing regulations require that persons maintaining, servicing, repairing, or disposing of air-conditioning and refrigeration equipment containing more than 50 lbs of refrigerant observe certain service practices that reduce emissions of ozone-depleting refrigerant. This rule updates those existing requirements as well as extends them, as appropriate, to non-ozone depleting substitute refrigerants, such as hydrofluorocarbons. Updates include strengthened leak repair requirements, recordkeeping requirements for the disposal of appliances containing > 5 and < 50 lb of refrigerant, revisions to the technician certification program, and revisions for improved readability and compliance. This final rule is effective on 1 January 2017. POC is Jeremy Arling, Stratospheric Protection Division, Office of Atmospheric Programs, Mail Code 6205T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; tel: 202-343-9055; email address arling.jeremy@epa.gov (Federal Register; 18 November 2016 [Rule and Regulations], pages 82272-82395).
EPA is taking direct final action to update a procedure in the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS). The procedure provides the ongoing QA/QC procedures for assessing the acceptability of particulate matter (PM) continuous emissions monitoring systems (CEMS). The procedure explains the criteria for passing an annual response correlation audit (RCA) and the criteria for passing an annual relative response audit (RRA). EPA is modifying the procedure to allow facilities to extend their PM CEMS correlation regression line to the lowest PM CEMS response obtained during the annual RCA or RRA, when these PM CEMS responses are less than the lowest response used to develop the existing correlation curve. This change will ensure that facilities that have reduced their emissions since completing their correlation testing will no longer be penalized because their lower emissions fall outside their initial response range. This rule is effective on 21 February 2017 without further notice, unless the EPA receives adverse comment by 21 December 2016. POC is Ms. Kimberly Garnett, U.S. EPA, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Air Quality Assessment Division, Measurement Technology Group (E143-02), Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 919-541-1158; fax: 919-541- 0516; email: garnett.kim@epa.gov (Federal Register; 21 November 2016 [Rules and Regulations], pages 83160-83163).
Nov 07, 2016
EPA is promulgating amendments to the EPA's federal Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) regulations to remove a date restriction from the Permit Rescission provision. Other than removing the date restriction, this final rule does not alter the criteria under which a new source review (NSR) permit may be rescinded. This final rule also clarifies that a rescission of a permit is not automatic and corrects an outdated cross-reference to another part of the PSD regulations. The EPA is also adding a corresponding Permit Rescission provision in the federal regulations that apply to major sources in nonattainment areas of Indian country. This final rule is effective on 7 December 2016. POC is Ms. Jessica Montanez, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, U.S. EPA (C504-03), Research Triangle Park, NC 27711, by phone at (919) 54l-3407, or by email at montanez.jessica@epa.gov (Federal Register; 7 Nov 2016 [Rules and Regulations], pages 78043-78048).
Nov 02, 2016
This notice announces issuance by all ten EPA Regions of the final 2016 NPDES pesticide general permit (PGP)--the "2016 PGP." The 2016 PGP, which has an effective date of 31 October 2016, replaces the existing permit ("2011 PGP") that expires at midnight on 31 October 2016, and authorizes certain point source discharges from the application of pesticides to waters of the United States in accordance with the terms and conditions described therein. EPA is issuing this permit for five (5) years in all areas of the country where EPA is the NPDES permitting authority. POC is Prasad Chumble, EPA Headquarters, Office of Water, Office of Wastewater Management at tel.: 202-564-0021 or email: chumble.prasad@epa.gov (Federal Register; 1 November 2016 [Notices], pages 75816-75820).
Oct 27, 2016
EPA published the original Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) on 8 August 2011, to address interstate transport of ozone pollution under the 1997 NAAQS and interstate transport of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) pollution under the 1997 and 2006 PM2.5 NAAQS. The EPA is finalizing the CSAPR Update to address interstate transport of ozone pollution with respect to the 2008 ozone NAAQS. For 22 eastern states EPA is issuing Federal Implementation Plans (FIPs) that generally provide updated CSAPR NOX ozone season emission budgets for the electric generating units (EGUs) within these states, and that implement these budgets via modifications to the CSAPR NOX ozone season allowance trading program that was established under the original CSAPR. This CSAPR Update also addresses the 28 July 2015 remand by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit of certain states' original CSAPR phase 2 ozone season NOX emission budgets. This rule also updates the status of certain states' outstanding interstate ozone transport obligations with respect to the 1997 ozone NAAQS. This final rule is effective on December 27, 2016. POC is Mr. David Risley, Clean Air Markets Division, Office of Atmospheric Programs (Mail Code 6204M), EPA, 1200 Penn. Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; tel: 202-343-9177; email: Risley.David@epa.gov (Federal Register; 26 Oct 2016 [Rules and Regulations], pages 73478-74274).
Oct 24, 2016
This notice identifies the Federal facilities not previously listed on the Federal Agency Hazardous Waste Compliance Docket and also identifies Federal facilities reported to EPA since the last update on 3 March 2016. In addition to the list of additions to the Docket, this notice includes a section with revisions of the previous Docket list and a section of Federal facilities that are to be deleted from the Docket. The revisions in this update include 13 additions, 28 corrections, and 21 deletions to the Docket since the previous update. At the time of publication of this notice, the new total number of Federal facilities listed on the Docket is 2,318. This list is current as of 17 October 2016. POC is Benjamin Simes (Simes.Benjamin@epa.gov), Federal Agency Hazardous Waste Compliance Docket Coordinator, Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office (Mail Code 5106R), U.S. EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460 (Federal Register; 24 October 2016 [Notices], pages 73096-73104).
Oct 19, 2016
Issued by the Office of Federal Sustainability Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) to Federal agency Chief Sustainability Officers the guidance outlines how Federal agencies can take advantage of workplace charging opportunities under the FAST Act, and provides an approach for a uniform fee for the use of existing and new hard-wired electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) with cordsets including alternating current (AC) Level 1 EVSE, AC Level 2 EVSE, or direct current fast chargers (DCFC), for the purposes of seeking reimbursement under the FAST Act. The document also describes how Federal agency Chief Sustainability Officers should coordinate with Federal agency fleet managers to report annually on the implementation of workplace charging in the Federal Automotive Statistical Tool (FAST). The guidance is effective 19 October 2016. POC is Dee Siegel, Office of Federal Sustainability, at Dee_S_Siegel@ceq.eop.gov or 202-456-6224 (Federal Register; 19 October 2016 [Notices], page 72041).
Oct 18, 2016
Based on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) review of the air quality criteria and the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for lead (Pb), the EPA is retaining the current standards, without revision. This final rule is effective on November 17, 2016. POC is Dr. Deirdre L. Murphy, Health and Environmental Impacts Division, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, U.S. EPA, Mail code C504-06, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 919-541-0729; fax: 919-541-0237; email: murphy.deirdre@epa.gov (Federal Register: October 18, 2016 [Rules and Regulations] Page 71906-71943).
The U.S. EPA is revising the public notice rule provisions for the New Source Review (NSR), title V and Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) permit programs of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) and corresponding onshore area (COA) determinations for implementation of the OCS air quality regulations. This final rule removes the mandatory requirement to provide public notice of a draft air permit (as well as certain other program actions) through publication in a newspaper. Instead, this final rule requires electronic notice (e-notice) for EPA actions (and actions by permitting authorities implementing the federal permitting rules) and allows for e-notice as an option for actions by permitting authorities implementing EPA-approved programs. When e-notice is provided, the final rule requires, at a minimum, electronic access (e-access) to the draft permit. However, this final rule does not preclude a permitting authority from supplementing e-notice with newspaper notice and/or additional means of notification to the public. The EPA anticipates that e-notice, which is already being practiced by many permitting authorities, will enable permitting authorities to communicate permitting and other affected actions to the public more quickly and efficiently and will provide cost savings over newspaper publication.(Federal Register: October 18, 2016 [Rules and Regulations] Page 71613-71631).
Sep 29, 2016
Because the EPA received adverse comment, they are withdrawing the direct final rule titled, "Technical Correction to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter," published on 11 August 2016. Effective 29 September 2016, the EPA withdraws the direct final rule published at 81 FR 53006 on 11 August 2016. POC is Mr. Brett Gantt, Air Quality Assessment Division, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (Mail Code: C304-04), EPA, 109 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711, tel: 919-541-5274; fax: 919-541-3613; email: gantt.brett@epa.gov (Federal Register; 29 September 2016 [Rules and Regulations], page 66823).
Sep 26, 2016
In section 518(e) of the CWA, Congress authorized the EPA to treat eligible federally recognized Indian tribes in a similar manner as a state for purposes of administering section 303 and certain other provisions of the CWA, and directed the agency to promulgate regulations effectuating this authorization. EPA is establishing regulatory procedures for eligible tribes to obtain TAS for the CWA Section 303(d) Impaired Water Listing and TMDL Program, this final rule enables eligible tribes to obtain authority to identify impaired waters on their reservations and to establish TMDLs, which serve as plans for attaining and maintaining applicable water quality standards (WQS). This final rule is effective 26 October 2016. POC is Ruth Chemerys, Assessment and Watershed Protection Division, Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds (4503T), EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; tel: 202-566-1216; fax: 202-566-1331; email: TASTMDL@epa.gov (Federal Register; 26 September 2016 [Rules and Regulations], pages 65901-65917).
Sep 14, 2016
This is EPA's final decision on the issues for which it announced reconsideration on 21 Jan 2015 pertaining to certain aspects of the 1 Feb 2013, final amendments to the "National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Area Sources: Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Boilers." EPA is retaining the subcategory and separate requirements for limited-use boilers, consistent with the February 2013 final rule. EPA is amending 3 reconsidered provisions: 1. The alternative particulate matter (PM) standard for new oil-fired boilers; 2. performance testing for PM for certain boilers based on their initial compliance test; and 3. fuel sampling for mercury (Hg) for certain coal-fired boilers based on initial compliance demonstration. EPA is making minor changes to the proposed definitions of startup and shutdown. This final action also addresses a limited number of technical corrections and clarifications on the rule, including removal of the affirmative defense for malfunction. This final rule is effective on 14 Sept 2016. POC is Ms. Mary Johnson, Energy Strategies Group, Sector Policies and Programs Division (D243-01), EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 919=541-5025; email: johnson.mary@epa.gov (Federal Register; 14 September 2016 [Rules and Regulations], pages 63112-63131).
Aug 30, 2016
This action promulgates technical and editorial corrections and revisions to regulations related to source testing of emissions. EPA made corrections and updates to testing provisions, and added newly approved alternatives to existing testing regulations. These revisions will improve the quality of data and provide flexibility in the use of approved alternative procedures. The revisions do not impose any new substantive requirements on source owners or operators. The final rule is effective on 31 October 2016. The incorporation by reference materials listed in the rule are approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of 31 October 2016. POC is Ms. Lula H. Melton, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Air Quality Assessment Division (E143-02), EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: (919) 541-2910; fax: (919) 541-0516; email: melton.lula@epa.gov (Federal Register; 30 August 2016 [Rules and Regulations], pages 59799-59826).
Aug 29, 2016
EPA is finalizing a new subpart that updates the Emission Guidelines and Compliance Times for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills. This action will achieve additional reductions in emissions of landfill gas and its components, including methane, by lowering the emissions threshold at which a landfill must install controls. This action also incorporates new data and information received in response to an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking and a proposed rulemaking and addresses other regulatory issues including surface emissions monitoring, wellhead monitoring, and the definition of landfill gas treatment system. The revised Emission Guidelines, once implemented through revised state plans or a revised federal plan, will reduce emissions of landfill gas, which contains both nonmethane organic compounds and methane. Landfills are a significant source of methane, which is a potent greenhouse gas pollutant. This final rule is effective on 28 October 2016. POC is Ms. Hillary Ward, Fuels and Incineration Group, Sector Policies and Programs Division, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (E143-05), EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 919-541-3154; fax: 919-541-0246; email: ward.hillary@epa.gov Federal Register; 29 August 2016 [Rules and Regulations], pages 59275-59330).
EPA is finalizing a new subpart that updates the Standards of Performance for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills. EPA reviewed the existing standards for municipal solid waste landfills that commence construction, reconstruction, or modification after July 17, 2014. These final standards also reflect changes to the population of landfills and an analysis of the timing and methods for reducing emissions. This action will achieve additional reductions in emissions of landfill gas and its components, including methane, by lowering the emissions threshold at which a landfill must install controls. This action also incorporates new data and information received in response to the proposed rulemaking and addresses other regulatory issues including surface emissions monitoring, wellhead monitoring, and the definition of landfill gas treatment system. This final rule is effective on 28 October 2016. POC is Ms. Hillary Ward, Fuels and Incineration Group, Sector Policies and Programs Division, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (E143-05), EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 919-541-3154; fax: 919-541-0246; email: ward.hillary@epa.gov (Federal Register; 29 August 2016 [Rules and Regulations], pages 59331 - 59384).
Aug 25, 2016
EPA is publishing notice of availability of the final NPDES GP (IDG380000) to drinking water treatment facilities in Idaho. The GP authorizes discharges of treated wastewater from water treatment filtration processes and their delivery systems to waters of the United States within the State of Idaho. On 25 April 2016, EPA proposed the GP and there was a 30 day comment period. During the comment period, EPA received comments on the draft permit but no changes to the permit were necessary based on the comments received. The GP will be effective on 1 November 2016. POC is Kai Shum at (206) 553-0060, shum.kai@epa.gov (Federal Register; 24 August 2016 [Notices], pages 57907-57908).
Aug 16, 2016
The EPA Administrator finds that elevated concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere endanger the public health and welfare of current and future generations within the meaning of section 231(a)(2)(A) of the Clean Air Act (CAA, or Act). She makes this finding specifically with respect to the same six well-mixed greenhouse gases--carbon dioxide (CO2), methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, and sulfur hexafluoride--that together were defined as the air pollution in the 2009 Endangerment Finding under section 202(a) of the CAA and that together constitute the primary cause of the climate change problem. The Administrator also finds that emissions of those six well-mixed greenhouse gases from certain classes of engines used in certain aircraft are contributing to the air pollution--the aggregate group of the same six greenhouse gases--that endangers public health and welfare under CAA section 231(a)(2)(A). These findings are effective on 14 September 2016. POC is Lesley Jantarasami, Office of Atmospheric Programs, Climate Change Division, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Mail Code 6207-A, Washington, DC 20460; Tel: 202-343-9990; Email: ghgendangerment@epa.gov (Federal Register; 15 August 2016 [Rules and Regulations], pages 54421-54475).
Aug 11, 2016
EPA is taking direct final action to make a technical correction to an equation in an appendix in the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for Particle Pollution. Equation 2 describes an intermediate step in the calculation of the design value for the annual PM2.5 (particles with an aerodynamic diameter less than or equal to a nominal 2.5 micrometers) NAAQS. This action corrects a scrivener's error in one of the equations used to calculate an annual mean PM2.5 concentration, to properly account for cases where a site does not have four complete quarters of data and passes one of two substitution tests. This change accurately reflects the intended calculation of the annual mean PM2.5 design value and is consistent with the text elsewhere in the appendix. This rule is effective on 11 October 2016 without further notice, unless the EPA receives adverse comment by 12 September 2016. If the EPA receives adverse comment, they will publish a timely withdrawal in the Federal Register informing the public that the rule will not take effect. POC is Mr. Brett Gantt, U.S. EPA, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Air Quality Assessment Division, Air Quality Analysis Group (Mail Code: C304-04), Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: (919) 541-5274; fax: 919-541-3613; email address: gantt.brett@epa.gov (Federal Register; 11 August 2016 [Rules and Regulations], pages 53006-53008).
Aug 08, 2016
EPA is taking direct final action to extend for certain inactive coal combustion residuals (CCR) surface impoundments the compliance deadlines established by the regulations for the disposal of CCR under subtitle D of RCRA. These revisions are taken in response to a partial vacatur ordered by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit) on 14 June 2016. This rule is effective on 4 October 2016 without further notice, unless EPA receives adverse comment by August 22, 2016. If EPA receives adverse comment, we will publish a timely withdrawal notice in the Federal Register informing the public that the rule will not take effect. POC is Steve Souders, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, Environmental Protection Agency, 5304P, Washington, DC 20460; tel: 703-308-8431; email: souders.steve@epa.gov (Federal Register; 5 August 2016 [Rules and Regulations], pages 51802-51808).
EPA has responded to two petitions for reconsideration of the final rule titled "Reconsideration of Certain Startup/Shutdown Issues: National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) From Coal- and Oil-Fired Electric Utility Steam Generating Units and Standards of Performance (NSPS) for Fossil-Fuel-Fired Electric Utility, Industrial-Commercial-Institutional, and Small Industrial-Commercial-Institutional Steam Generating Units," published in the Federal Register on 19 November 19, 2014. The Administrator denied the requests for reconsideration in separate letters to the petitioners. The letters and a document providing a full explanation of the agency's rationale for each denial is in the docket for these rules. POC is Mr. Jim Eddinger, Sector Policies and Programs Division (D243-01), Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 919-541-5426; fax: 919-541-5450; email: eddinger.jim@epa.gov (Federal Register; 8 August 2016 [Rules and Regulations], pages 52346-52347).
Because EPA received adverse comment, they are withdrawing a portion of the 19 May 2016, direct final rule that made several minor technical amendments to the performance specifications and test procedures for hydrogen chloride (HCl) continuous emission monitoring systems (CEMS). The adverse comments related to revisions to Procedure 6 and thus the EPA is withdrawing the portion of the direct final rule that revised Procedure 6. Effective 8 August 2016, the EPA withdraws the revisions to Procedure 6, sections 4.1.5, 4.1.5.1, 4.1.5.3, and 5.2.4.2, published at 81 FR 31515, on 19 May 2016.POC is Ms. Candace Sorrell, U.S. EPA, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Air Quality Assessment Division, Measurement Technology Group (Mail Code: E143-02), Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 919-541-1064; fax: 919-541-0516; email: sorrell.candace@epa.gov (Federal Register; 8 August 2016 [Rules and Regulations], page 52348).
Aug 03, 2016
EPA is taking direct final action to amend the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Aerospace Manufacturing and Rework Facilities. In this action, EPA is clarifying the compliance date for the handling and storage of waste. This rule is effective on 3 October 2016 without further notice, unless the EPA receives significant and relevant adverse comment by 2 September 2016. If the EPA receives significant and relevant adverse comment, we will publish a timely withdrawal in the Federal Register informing the public that the rule will not take effect. POC is Ms. Kim Teal, Sector Policies and Programs Division (D243-04), Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: (919) 541-5580; fax: (919) 541-5450; and email address: teal.kim@epa.gov (Federal Register; 3 August 2016 [Rules and Regulations], pages 51114-51116).
Aug 01, 2016
EPA is taking direct final action to revise the regulatory definition of volatile organic compounds (VOC) under the CAA. This direct final action adds 1,1,2,2-Tetrafluoro-1-(2,2,2-trifluoroethoxy) ethane (also known as HFE-347pcf2; CAS number 406-78-0) to the list of compounds excluded from the regulatory definition of VOC on the basis that this compound makes a negligible contribution to tropospheric ozone (O3) formation. This rule is effective on 30 September 2016 without further notice, unless the EPA receives adverse comment by 31 August 2016. If the EPA receives adverse comment, they will publish a timely withdrawal in the Federal Register informing the public that the rule will not take effect. POC is Souad Benromdhane, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Health and Environmental Impacts Division, Mail Code C539-07, EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 919-541-4359; fax: 919-541-5315; email address: benromdhane.souad@epa.gov (Federal Register; 1 August 2016 [Rules and Regulations], pages 50330-50336).
Jul 21, 2016
EPA issued a final rule in the Federal Register on 13 June 2016 (81 FR 38104) amending its hazardous chemical reporting regulations. That document inadvertently omitted the hazard "serious eye damage or eye irritation" in 40 CFR 370.66 under the definition of "health hazard". This action corrects that definition. This final rule is effective 21 July 2016. POC is Sicy Jacob, Office of Emergency Management, Mail Code 5104A, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington DC 20004; tel: 202-564-8019; email: jacob.sicy@epa.gov (Federal Register; 21 July 2016 [Rules and Regulations], pages 47311-47312).
Jul 19, 2016
EPA has approved alternative testing methods for use in measuring the levels of contaminants in drinking water and determining compliance with national primary drinking water regulations. EPA is using this streamlined authority to make 16 additional methods available for analyzing drinking water samples. This expedited approach provides public water systems, laboratories, and primacy agencies with more timely access to new measurement techniques and greater flexibility in the selection of analytical methods, thereby reducing monitoring costs while maintaining public health protection. This action is effective 19 July 2016. POC is Glynda Smith, Technical Support Center, Standards and Risk Management Division, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water (MS 140), EPA, 26 West Martin Luther King Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45268; tel: 513-569-7652; email: smith.glynda@epa.gov (Federal Register; 19 July 2016 [Rules and Regulations, pages 46839-46848]).
Jul 13, 2016
EPA has designated, in accordance with 40 CFR 53, one new reference method for measuring concentrations of sulfur dioxide (SO2), four new equivalent methods for measuring concentrations of PM2.5, PM10 and PM10-2.5 in ambient air. POC is Robert Vanderpool, Exposure Methods and Measurement Division (MD-D205-03), National Exposure Research Laboratory, U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711. Email: Vanderpool.Robert@epa.gov (Federal Register; 13 July 2016 [Notices], pages 45284-45285).
EPA is releasing the final updated CWA section 304(a) recommended national chronic aquatic life criterion for the pollutant selenium in fresh water. The final criterion supersedes EPA's 1999 CWA section 304(a) recommended national acute and chronic aquatic life criteria for selenium. The 2016 recommended criterion reflects the latest scientific information, which indicates that selenium toxicity to aquatic life is primarily based on organisms consuming selenium-contaminated food rather than direct exposure to selenium dissolved in water. EPA's water quality criterion for selenium provides recommendations to states and tribes authorized to establish water quality standards under the CWA. POC is Joe Beaman, Health and Ecological Criteria Division, Office of Water (Mail Code 4304T), EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; tel: 202-566-0420; email: beaman.joe@epa.gov (Federal Register; 13 June 2016 [Notices], pages 45285-45287).
Jul 12, 2016
This rule establishes the initial air quality designations for certain areas in the United States (U.S.) for the 2010 primary sulfur dioxide (SO2) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). The EPA is designating the areas as either nonattainment, unclassifiable/attainment, or unclassifiable, based on whether the areas do not meet the NAAQS or contribute to a nearby area that does not meet the NAAQS; meet the NAAQS; or cannot be classified on the basis of available information as meeting or not meeting the NAAQS, respectively. The designations are based on the weight of evidence for each area, including available air quality monitoring data and air quality modeling. This is the second round of area designations for the 2010 SO2 NAAQS. The effective date of this rule is 12 September 2016. POC is Rhea Jones, U.S. EPA, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Air Quality Planning Division, C539-04, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711, tel: 919-541-2940, email: jones.rhea@epa.gov (Federal Register; 12 July 2016 [Rules and Regulations], pages 45039-45055).
Jul 07, 2016
EPA is finalizing these amendments to allow manufacturers to design the engines so that operators can temporarily override performance inducements related to the emission control system for stationary CI internal combustion engines. The amendments apply to engines operating during emergency situations where the operation of the engine or equipment is needed to protect human life, and to require compliance with Tier 1 emission standards during such emergencies. The EPA is also amending the standards of performance for certain stationary CI internal combustion engines located in remote areas of Alaska. This final rule is effective on 6 September 2016. POC is Ms. Melanie King, Energy Strategies Group, Sector Policies and Programs Division (D243-01), EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; tel: 919-541-2469; fax: 919-541-5450; email: king.melanie@epa.gov (Federal Register; 7 July 2016 [Rules and Regulations], pages 44212-44220).
Jul 06, 2016
EPA is providing notice of the Agency's decision that no additional regulations are needed to address stormwater discharges from forest roads under Section 402(p)(6) of the Clean Water Act (CWA) at this time. This document responds to the remand in Environmental Defense Center, Inc. v. U.S. EPA, 344 F.2d 832 (9th Cir. 2003) that requires EPA to consider whether the CWA requires the Agency to regulate stormwater discharges from forest roads. This decision shall be considered issued for purposes of judicial review at 1 p.m. Eastern time on 11 July 2016. POC is Prasad Chumble, EPA Headquarters, Office of Water, Office of Wastewater Management via email at chumble.prasad@epa.gov or tel at 202-564-0021 (Federal Register; 5 July 2016 [Rules and Regulations], pages 43492-43510).
This is a correction of previously published corrections to the text of 40 CFR 60. The original corrections were published in the Federal Register 30 June 2016, pages 42542-42543. This current publication requires that in rule document 2016-15707 beginning on page 42542 the following correction be made. On page 42542, in the third column, below the 44th line, remove the photographed text and insert, "3. Reinstate the symbol E, in the following places:" (Federal Register; 6 July 2016 [Rules and Regulations], page 43950).
Jul 01, 2016
In Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 1000 to End, revised as of July 1, 2015, on page 857, in Sec. 1065.670, the second paragraph of introductory text is removed (Federal Register; 1 July 2016 [Rules and Regulations], page 43101).
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