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.

EPA did not post an Action Initiation List for June 2015 because there were no newly initiated actions in development to report for the month.


July 2015 Action Initiation List

Download the July 2015 AIL (PDF).

July 2015 (as of 9/1/2015)
Title

Abstract
What's This?

Projected Publication Date
What's
This?

Miscellaneous Revisions to Parts 72 through 78

NPRM Mercado.Edgar@epa.gov
202-343-9440
Mercado.Edgar@epa.gov
Abstract 12 months or less

Revision to the Near-road NO2 Monitoring Requirements

NPRM Nealson Watkins
919-541-5522
Watkins.Nealson@epa.gov
Abstract 12 months or less

N-ethylpyrrolidone (NEP); Significant New Use Rule in Consumer Product Paint Removers

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

Data Requirements for Non-target Insect Pollinators

NPRM Ryne Yarger
703-605-1193
Yarger.Ryne@epa.gov
Abstract 12 months or less

Revision of Certain Water Quality Standards Applicable to Maine

NPRM Tracy Bone
202-564-5257
Bone.Tracy@epa.gov
Abstract 12 months or less

Aquatic Life Criteria for Copper and Cadmium in Oregon

NPRM Erica Fleisig
202-566-1057
Fleisig.Erica@epa.gov
Abstract More than 12 months

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May 2015 Action Initiation List

Download the May 2015 AIL (PDF).

May 2015 (as of 6/15/2015)
Title

Abstract
What's This?

Projected Publication Date
What's
This?

Electronic Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements for National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants, Phase I

NPRM Gerri Garwood
919-541-2406
Garwood.Gerri@epa.gov
Abstract 12 months or less

Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Revisions to Reporting and Recordkeeping for Imports and Exports

NPRM/Direct Final Jeremy Arling
202-343-9055
Arling.Jeremy@epa.gov
Abstract 12 months or less

Development of Significant Impact Level (SIL) for Ozone in Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) Regulations

NPRM Charles Buckler
919-541-0873
Buckler.Charles@epa.gov
Abstract More than 12 months

Water Quality Standards for Selenium in the San Francisco Bay and Delta

NPRM Erica Fleisig
202-566-1057
Fleisig.Erica@epa.gov
Abstract More than 12 months

Prevention of Significant Deterioration and Title V Permitting for Greenhouse Gases: Removal of Vacated Elements

Final Jessica Montanez
919-541-3407
montanez.jessica@epa.gov
Abstract 12 months or less

Hazardous and Solid Waste Management System; Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals from Electric Utilities - Effective Date Correction; Final Rule

NPRM Alexander Livnat
703-308-7251
Livnat.Alexander@epa.gov
Abstract More than 12 months

National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutant Emissions: Manufacture of Amino/Phenolic Resins

NPRM Art Diem
919-541-1185
Diem.Art@epa.gov
Abstract 12 months or less

Determinations, Extensions and Reclassification of Areas for the 2008 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS)

NPRM Kristin Riha
919-541-2031
Riha.Kristin@epa.gov
Abstract 12 months or less

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Abstracts for the July 2015 AIL

Miscellaneous Revisions to Parts 72 through 78

The original Acid Rain Program core regulations (40 CFR Parts 72 through 78) were published on January 11, 1993. Since then, a number of revisions have been made to these rules based on lessons learned during implementation. In addition, substantive changes have been made to the Part 75 continuous monitoring regulation and to the associated definitions in Part 72, in order to adapt Part 75 monitoring to other State and Federal air programs. However, these various rule revisions have, for the most part, been narrow in scope, focusing on critical needs in specific areas. This proposed rule takes a more comprehensive approach by examining Parts 72 through 78 in entirety, and then revising the definitions in Part 72, updating test methods that are incorporated by reference, correcting known errors, and clarifying, removing and adding numerous provisions. Back

Revision to the Near-road NO2 Monitoring Requirements

The proposed revision to the Near-road NO2 Monitoring Requirements will remove the existing network design requirement to install near-road NO2 monitoring stations in Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSAs) having populations between 500,000 and 1,000,000 persons, due by January 1, 2017. The EPA is initiating this action based on a review of research data and routine NO2 monitor data generated by existing near-road NO2 sites that were established in larger CBSAs beginning in 2012. The data from these near-road NO2 sites, the majority of which are located in higher populated CBSAs having 1,000,000 or more persons, indicate that the current NO2 air quality concentrations in the near-road environment are generally well below both the annual and 1-hour daily maximum NAAQS levels of 53 ppb and 100 ppb, respectively. Due to the correlation between population, traffic, and expected NO2 concentrations in the near-road environment, it is anticipated that measured near-road NO2 concentrations in relatively smaller CBSAs (e.g., CBSAs with populations less than 1,000,000 persons) would typically exhibit similar, if not lower, concentrations than what is being seen in larger urban areas. Therefore, this action seeks to reduce additional burden on state and local air monitoring agencies by removing monitoring requirements in locations where measured NO2 air quality is expected to be well below the NAAQS. This proposal does not relieve or otherwise modify the existing requirements for near-road NO2 monitoring in CBSAs having 1,000,000 or more persons. Back

N-ethylpyrrolidone (NEP); Significant New Use Rule in Consumer Product Paint Removers

Under the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA), EPA is proposing a significant new use rule (SNUR) for N-ethylpyrrolidone (NEP). The proposed significant new use is manufacture or processing for consumer use in paint removers. Persons subject to the SNUR would be required to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing any manufacturing or processing of NEP for a significant new use. 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

Data Requirements for Non-target Insect Pollinators

EPA is considering a proposal to update and codify the data requirements needed to characterize the potential risks of pesticides to bees and other insect pollinators. Pollinator insects are ecologically and economically important, and the data requirements under consideration are intended to provide the information the Agency needs to evaluate whether a proposed or existing use of a pesticide may have an unreasonable adverse effect on these important insects. This action may include updates to existing data requirements, the addition of new data requirements, or both, and is intended to support both the registration and registration review of pesticides. This is another rulemaking in a series of rulemakings initiated to consider improvements to the pesticide data requirements codified in 40 CFR part 158. Back

Revision of Certain Water Quality Standards Applicable to Maine

EPA recently reviewed Maine's new or revised water quality standards (“WQS”) and disapproved some of them, because they do not adequately protect the designated uses. EPA is proposing to update the disapproved criteria to reflect the latest science, including local and regional information and applicable EPA policies, guidance, and legal requirements. Back

Aquatic Life Criteria for Copper and Cadmium in Oregon

EPA is proposing water quality criteria in Oregon to protect aquatic life from the harmful effects of exposure to toxic levels of copper and cadmium. In January 2013, EPA disapproved Oregon's new and revised freshwater acute and chronic criteria for copper and acute criterion for cadmium, based on concerns that the criteria would not adequately protect aquatic life in Oregon. Oregon has not yet adopted criteria for copper and cadmium to address EPA's disapproval. Therefore, consistent with CWA Section 303(c)(3), EPA is proposing copper and cadmium criteria to protect aquatic life in Oregon. This rule will improve water quality, protect aquatic life, and strengthen Oregon's natural ecosystem. Back

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Abstracts for the May 2015 AIL

Electronic Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements for National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants, Phase I

EPA published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) in October 2009 seeking comment on proposed approaches to improving the emissions factors program, including proposing to require the submission (via electronic reporting) of performance testing information already collected by industry by revising the reporting requirements in 40 CFR part 63 for national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP). In addition to performance test data, this rulemaking proposes to require the electronic submission of other selected compliance data, such as excess emissions reports, that are already being compiled and submitted by industry to regulatory authorities. These data can be used for regulation development, control strategy development, rule effectiveness studies, risk analyses and other air pollution control activities. Revision of the subparts in 40 CFR part 63 will be handled by a phased approach. This rulemaking is the first phase in the revision process and will address select subparts in 40 CFR part 63. A similar rulemaking for the subparts in 40 CFR part 60 was proposed on March 20, 2015. Back

Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Revisions to Reporting and Recordkeeping for Imports and Exports

The Federal government is implementing the International Trade Data System to allow businesses to transmit, through an “electronic single window,” the transactional data required by multiple Federal agencies for the import and export of cargo. As businesses currently must submit trade data to multiple agencies, in multiple ways, and often on paper, the transition to the automated electronic environment enabled by ITDS is expected to save businesses time and money. This rulemaking will make technical changes to the recordkeeping requirements for ozone depleting substances, such as removing references to specific Customs forms that will become obsolete under the new system. Back

Development of Significant Impact Level (SIL) for Ozone in Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) Regulations

The EPA proposes to establish Ozone Significant Impact Level (SILs) to facilitate implementation of the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) program in areas attaining the national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) for Ozone. The SIL for Ozone would be used as a screening tool by reviewing authorities to help determine whether the projected emissions from a proposed new major source or major modification will cause or contribute to a violation of the NAAQS. Back

Water Quality Standards for Selenium in the San Francisco Bay and Delta

EPA is proposing water quality criteria in the San Francisco Bay and Delta of California (“Bay-Delta”) to protect aquatic life and aquatic-dependent wildlife, including species listed as threatened and endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act, from the harmful effects of exposure to toxic levels of selenium. Selenium occurs naturally in California sediments, but can be concentrated and released into the environment through industrial and agricultural processes, and can negatively affect reproduction in fish and waterfowl. Selenium is also known to bioaccumulate, such that a species' exposure to selenium is highly influenced by its feeding habits. In the Bay-Delta, selenium is rapidly bioaccumulated by the invasive filter-feeding clam Corbula amurensis, causing particular risk to clam-eating fish and birds. This rule will improve water quality, protect aquatic life and wildlife, strengthen the natural ecosystem, and support outdoor recreation in the Bay-Delta region. Back

Prevention of Significant Deterioration and Title V Permitting for Greenhouse Gases: Removal of Vacated Elements

This final action removes sections and paragraphs of the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Title V regulations that the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia specifically identified as vacated in the Amended Judgment in Coalition for Responsible Regulation v EPA (No. 09-1322. April 10, 2015). Back

Hazardous and Solid Waste Management System; Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals from Electric Utilities - Effective Date Correction; Final Rule

EPA expects to issue a final rule to amend the final rule regulating the disposal of coal combustion residuals (CCR) as solid waste under subtitle D of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). After publication in the Federal Register, inconsistencies resulting from typographical errors established two different effective dates for the final rule. This action corrects these inconsistencies and establishes a single effective date of October 19, 2015 for the final rule, coinciding with a time period of six months from the publication date of the rule, consistent with RCRA 4004(c). EPA is also correcting dates for certain provisions that fall on January 18, 2016, which is a Federal holiday. To be consistent with 1 C.F.R. 18.07(b), that date needs to be revised to the next Federal business day, of January 19, 2016. Back

National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutant Emissions: Manufacture of Amino/Phenolic Resins

In this action EPA is addressing issues concerning the final rule (See: 79 FR 60898, October 8, 2014) raised by petitions for administrative reconsideration requested by Georgia-Pacific, Sierra Club (represented by Earth Justice) and Tembec BTLSR. Acting Assistant Administrator Janet McCabe granted the petitions for reconsideration on March 27, 2015. This federal register notice will address at least the following petitioners' claims: that the public was not afforded a reasonable opportunity to comment on the MACT floor analysis, supporting data and resulting emission standards for continuous process vents. Back

Determinations, Extensions and Reclassification of Areas for the 2008 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS)

This action relates to the July 20, 2015, attainment date for nonattainment areas classified as Marginal for the 2008 ozone NAAQS. This proposal will: 1) find that some areas attained the NAAQS by their attainment date; 2) extend the attainment date by 1 year for areas that qualify; and, 3) reclassify as Moderate those areas that did not attain the 2008 ozone NAAQS by the applicable attainment date. 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?

Action 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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