Laws & Regulations

Actions Initiated by Month

From this page, you can learn about the rules and related actions we initiate each month. For priority rulemakings, we make monthly updates on the Regulatory Development and Retrospective Review Tracker (Reg DaRRT). Links to Reg DaRRT are provided in the tables provided below, where appropriate.


November 2014 Action Initiation List

Download the November 2014 AIL (PDF).

November 2014 (as of 12/23/2014)
Title

Abstract
What's This?

Projected Publication Date
What's
This?

Toxics Release Inventory Addition of 1-Bromopropane

NPRM Daniel Bushman
202-566-0743
Bushman.Daniel@epa.gov
Abstract 12 months or less

Risk and Technology Review for National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants from the Pulp and Paper Combustion Sources

NPRM Kelley Spence
919-541-3158
Spence.Kelley@epa.gov
Abstract More than 12 months

Trichloroethylene (TCE); Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) for Consumer Products

NPRM Katherine Sleasman
202-564-7716
Sleasman.Katherine@epa.gov
Abstract 12 months or less

Trichloroethylene (TCE); Rulemaking Under TSCA §6(a)

NPRM Toni Krasnic
202-564-0984
Krasnic.Toni@epa.gov
Abstract More than 12 months

Final 2014 Effluent Guidelines Program Plan (304m Plan)

Final William Swietlik
202-566-1129
Swietlik.William@epa.gov
Abstract 12 months or less

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December 2014 Action Initiation List

Download the December 2014 AIL (PDF).

December 2014 (as of 1/15/2015)
Title

Abstract
What's This?

Projected Publication Date
What's
This?

Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Update to the Refrigerant Management Requirements under Section 608 of the Clean Air Act

NPRM Luke Hall-Jordan
202-343-9591
Hall-Jordan.Luke@epa.gov
Abstract 12 months or less

Proposed Revision of Certain Federal Water Quality Criteria Applicable to Washington

NPRM Erica Fleisig
202-566-1057
Fleisig.Erica@epa.gov
Abstract 12 months or less

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Abstracts for the November 2014 AIL

Toxics Release Inventory Addition of 1-Bromopropane

The National Toxicology Program (NTP) periodically published its Report on Carcinogens (RoC) which classifies chemicals as either “known to be a human carcinogen” or “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.” The RoC is a congressionally mandated scientific and public health document that provides data on carcinogenicity, genotoxicity, and biologic mechanisms. The RoC evaluations are performed by scientists from the NTP, other Federal health research and regulatory agencies, and nongovernment institutions. The RoC review process includes external peer review and public comment.

EPA reviewed the 13th edition of the NTP RoC to identify those chemicals that are not currently on the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) list and that have not previously been reviewed for listing. One chemical, 1-bromopropane, was identified as a candidate for addition to the Toxic Release Inventory list. Back

Risk and Technology Review for National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants from the Pulp and Paper Combustion Sources

Section 112(f)(2) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) directs EPA to conduct risk assessments on each source category subject to maximum achievable control technology (MACT) standards, and to determine if additional standards are needed to reduce residual risks, to be completed 8 years after promulgation. Section 112(d)(6) of the CAA requires EPA to review and revise the MACT standards as necessary, taking into account developments in practices, processes and control technologies, to be done at least every 8 years. The National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutant (NESHAP) for the Pulp and Paper Combustion Sources (Subpart MM) was promulgated in 2001 and also has not been reviewed; this action proposes those amendments. Back

Trichloroethylene (TCE); Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) for Consumer Products

Under the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA), EPA is proposing a significant new use rule (SNUR) for trichloroethylene (TCE) as identified in this proposed rule. The proposed significant new use is any use in a consumer product, with a proposed exception for use of the certain chemical substance in hoof polish, mirror edge sealant, film cleaner, and solvent degreaser. Persons subject to the SNUR would be required to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing any manufacturing or processing. The required notification would provide EPA with the opportunity to evaluate the intended use and, if necessary based on the information available at that time, an opportunity to protect against potential unreasonable risks, if any, from that activity before it occurs. Back

Trichloroethylene (TCE); Rulemaking Under TSCA §6(a)

Section 6 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) provides authority for EPA to ban or restrict the manufacture (including import), processing, distribution in commerce, and use of this chemical, as well as any manner or method of disposal of this chemical. EPA is considering initiating TSCA section 6 rulemaking for managing trichloroethylene (TCE).TCE is a volatile organic compound (VOC) that is classified as a human carcinogen. Its consumption in the U.S. is 255 million pounds (lbs) per year. TCE is widely used in industrial and commercial processes, and also has some limited uses in consumer products. EPA’s final risk assessment on TCE identified risks association with certain consumer and commercial uses. Back

Final 2014 Effluent Guidelines Program Plan (304m Plan)

The Clean Water Act (CWA) requires EPA to establish national technology-based regulations known as “effluent limitations guidelines and standards” to reduce pollutant discharges from categories of industrial facilities. EPA similarly establishes technology-based regulations, termed “pretreatment standards,” to reduce indirect pollutant discharges—those that are discharged to publicly owned treatment works. The CWA also specifies effluent guideline planning and review requirements. There are different requirements for direct and indirect dischargers, but both specify annual review of promulgated effluent guidelines and pretreatment standards. One requirement is publication of an Effluent Guidelines Program Plan every two years. CWA section 304(m) specifies that the Plan must: (1) establish a schedule for the annual review and revision of promulgated effluent guidelines, (2) identify categories of sources discharging toxic or non-conventional pollutants for which guidelines have not previously been published (“new categories”); and 3) establish a schedule for the promulgation of effluent guidelines identified under (2). The CWA requires that the Plan undergo public review and comment before being finalized. To meet this requirement, EPA typically prepares a Preliminary Plan one year, takes public comment and then finalizes the Plan the following year. This Plan is the Final 2014 Plan. The Final 2014 Plan will announce EPA’s final decisions, actions and findings relative to those proposed in the Preliminary 2014 Plan, published for comment on September 17, 2014. The Final 2014 Plan will also announce EPA’s proposed actions and findings based on the results of the 2014 annual reviews upon which the public will be given an opportunity to comment. Back

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Abstracts for the December 2014 AIL

Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Update to the Refrigerant Management Requirements under Section 608 of the Clean Air Act

This rule proposes to implement the Clean Air Act prohibition against knowingly releasing refrigerants during the course of maintaining, servicing, repairing, or disposing of appliances by updating and then extending the existing standards for ozone-depleting refrigerants to non-ozone-depleting refrigerants like hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). This action would reduce emissions of high global warming potential refrigerants. Back

Proposed Revision of Certain Federal Water Quality Criteria Applicable to Washington

Washington’s existing criteria for the protection of human health were promulgated by EPA in 1992 as part of the National Toxics Rule (40 CFR 131.36). EPA is proposing to update these criteria to reflect the latest science, including local and regional information and applicable EPA policies, guidance, and legal requirements. Back

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What is an AIL?

Generally, AILs include those actions that 1) will appear in our upcoming Semiannual Regulatory Agenda and 2) have been approved for commencement by EPA's Regulatory Policy Officer. In rare instances, an action will not appear on an AIL before it appears in an Agenda.

The AILs are a snapshot of the rules EPA initiates each month. Each action appears on only one list. We do not update actions that were listed in previous AILs. For each action, more up-to-date information is available in our Agenda every six months. For those actions that meet the definition of a priority rulemaking, you can access monthly updates via EPA's Regulatory Development and Retrospective Review Tracker (Reg DaRRT). If an action is featured on Reg DaRRT, the AIL will indicate this fact in the "Contact" column by including a link to "follow this rule on Reg DaRRT."


How Do I Access a Past AIL?

Every available AIL may be found in our AIL docket (#OA-2008-0265) on Regulations.gov. AILs are added to this docket as they are posted on this website. AILs older than two months are removed from this Web page and are only available in the docket.


How Do I Know When a New List Has Been Posted?

You can sign up to be notified via email when a new list is added to our AIL docket. To do so:

  • Go to the Docket Details page for our AIL docket (#EPA-HQ-OA-2008-0265) on Regulations.gov.
  • Click the "Notification" icon found in the upper, right portion of your screen. Fill out the registration form that is presented to you.
  • Step 2 of the form asks you to select the types of documents you are interested in. To ensure that you receive a notification every time a document is deposited in the docket, place a check mark in the boxes next to every document type (Rules, Proposed Rules, Notices, Public Submissions, Supporting & Related Materials, and Other).
  • Once you have completed the form, click the "Submit" button at the bottom of the form.
  • You will receive an email with instructions for how to complete the registration process. Make sure you follow these instructions. You will not begin receiving notifications until you do.

Keep in mind that AILs do not post immediately. You can access a given month's list roughly 15 days after the close of the month (e.g., the April 2008 AIL will post sometime around May 15th).


What Does Each Column in an AIL Mean?

Title

Self-explanatory.

Stage

The stage of an action describes where we are in the rule writing process, from the very beginning when a rule (or other action) is just an idea to the end when it is published as a final rule (or other action) in the Federal Register. For example, the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) stage announces a proposed rule or modification.

In the AILs, the following acronyms are used:

  • ANPRM - Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
  • Direct Final - Direct Final Action
  • NPRM - Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
  • Section 610 Review - Agency review under Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act
  • Supplemental - Supplemental NPRM

Contact

Provides the name, phone, and email address for the EPA staff person assigned to this rule. Additionally, if a rule is in EPA's Reg DaRRT website (www.epa.gov/regdarrt/), then a link to the rule's profile will be provided in this column.

Abstract

A brief summary of the action and its purpose.

Projected Publication Date

Since many variables affect how long it takes to write a rule or other action, it is impossible to predict a firm publication date when we have just started working on an action. Therefore, we insert one of two options in the "Projected Publication Date" column: 1) "12 months or less" and 2) "more than 12 months." These options give you some idea of how quickly we expect to complete an action. You may consult our Semiannual Regulatory Agenda every six months for updates to our estimates.

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