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Federal Register Highlights – 6/20/13

June 20, 2013

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for June 20, 2013:

PROPOSED RULE: Today’s action proposes changes to the existing EPA emission inventory reporting requirements on state, local, and tribal agencies in the current Air Emissions Reporting Requirements rule published on December 17, 2008. The proposed amendments would lower the current threshold for reporting Pb sources as point sources; eliminate the requirement for reporting emissions from wildfires and prescribed fires; and replace a requirement for reporting mobile source emissions with a requirement for reporting the input parameters that can be used to run the EPA models that generate the emissions estimates. In addition, the proposed amendments would reduce the reporting burden on state, local, and tribal agencies by removing the requirements to report daily and seasonal emissions associated with carbon monoxide (CO), ozone (O3), and particulate matter up to 10 micrometers in size (PM10) nonattainment areas and nitrogen oxides (NOX) State Implementation Plan (SIP) call areas, although reporting requirements for those emissions would remain in other regulations. Lastly, the proposed amendments would clarify, remove, or simplify some current emissions reporting requirements which we believe are not necessary or are not clearly aligned with current inventory terminology and practices. Comments must be received on or before August 19, 2013. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference docket number EPA–HQ–OAR–2004–0489.)

PROPOSED RULE: EPA is proposing to add a nonylphenol category to the list of toxic chemicals subject to reporting under section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) of 1986 and section 6607 of the Pollution Prevention Act (PPA) of 1990. EPA is proposing to add this chemical category to the EPCRA section 313 list pursuant to its authority to add chemicals and chemical categories because EPA believes this category meets the EPCRA section 313(d)(2)(C) toxicity criterion. Based on a review of the available production and use information, the members of the nonylphenol category are expected to be manufactured, processed, or otherwise used in quantities that would exceed the EPCRA section 313 reporting thresholds. Comments must be received on or before August 19, 2013. To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference docket number EPA–HQ–TRI–2012–0110.)

PROPOSED RULE: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), propose to designate critical habitat for the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse (Zapus hudsonius luteus) under the Endangered Species Act (Act). If we finalize this rule as proposed, it would extend the Act’s protections to this subspecies’ critical habitat. The effect of these regulations will be to protect the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse’s habitat under the Act. We will accept comments received or postmarked on or before August 19, 2013. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference FWS–R2–ES–2013–0014. Electronic comments must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on August 19, 2013.)

PROPOSED RULE: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), propose to list the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse (Zapus hudsonius luteus) as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (Act). If we finalize this rule as proposed, it would extend the Act’s protections to this subspecies and its critical habitat. The effect of these regulations will be to conserve the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse and protect its habitat under the Act. We will accept comments received or postmarked on or before August 19, 2013. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference FWS–R2–ES–2013–0023. Electronic comments must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on August 19, 2013.)

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS implements accountability measures (AMs) for commercial greater amberjack in the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) reef fish fishery for the 2013 fishing year through this temporary final rule. Commercial landings for greater amberjack, as estimated by the Science and Research Director (SRD), are projected to reach the commercial ACT (commercial quota) on July 1, 2013. Therefore, NMFS closes the commercial sector for greater amberjack in the Gulf on July 1, 2013, and it will remain closed until the start of the next fishing season, January 1, 2014. This closure is necessary to protect the Gulf greater amberjack resource. This rule is effective 12:01 a.m., local time, July 1, 2013, until 12:01 a.m., local time, January 1, 2014.

 

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