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Draft Documents
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).
A bill to advance the integration of clean distributed energy into electric grids, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (Congressional Record; 18 May 2017 [Senate], page S3041).
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
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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