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.


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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January 2015 Action Initiation List

Download the January 2015 AIL (PDF).

January 2015 (as of 2/5/2015)
Title

Abstract
What's This?

Projected Publication Date
What's
This?

Review of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter

NPRM Scott Jenkins
919-541-1167
Jenkins.Scott@epa.gov
Abstract More than 12 months

Prevention of Significant Deterioration Permitting for Greenhouse Gases: Providing Option for Rescission of EPA-Issued Tailoring Rule Step 2 Prevention of Significant Deterioration Permits

NPRM, Direct Final Jessica Montanez
919-541-3407
Montanez.Jessica@epa.gov
Abstract 12 months or less

Revisions to the Public Notice Provisions in Clean Air Act Permitting Programs

NPRM Phil Lorang
919-541-5463
Lorang.Phil@epa.gov
Abstract 12 months or less

Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Low Pressure Wells Definition

NPRM Bruce Moore
919-541-5460
Moore.Bruce@epa.gov
Abstract 12 months or less

Lead-based Paint Program; Extension of Renovator Certifications

Final Marc Edmonds
202-566-0758
Edmonds.Marc@epa.gov
Abstract 12 months or less

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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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Abstracts for the January 2015 AIL

Review of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter

On January 13, 2013, the EPA published a final rule revising the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter (78 FR 3086). Specifically, the EPA revised the level of the annual PM2.5 standard to provide increased protection against the health effects of PM. The other primary and secondary PM standards were retained. On December 3, 2014, the EPA published a call for information for research studies on PM (79 FR 71764) in order to inform the development of the Integrated Science Assessment (ISA) for the next review of the PM NAAQS. This ISA will be developed by EPA's National Center for Environmental Assessment and will present a rigorous assessment of the most policy-relevant scientific evidence on PM. Building on the evidence assessed in the ISA, the EPA's Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS) will conduct quantitative analyses of PM exposures and risks and, as appropriate, will prepare a risk and exposure assessment document (REA) presenting and assessing these analyses. The OAQPS will also prepare a Policy Assessment document (PA) synthesizing the scientific evidence from the ISA and the exposure/risk information from the REA (if an REA is prepared). The PA will present considerations and conclusions of the EPA staff regarding the range of policy options that could be supported by the available evidence and information. Draft versions of the ISA, REA (if prepared), and the PA will be reviewed at public meetings by the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC). Final documents will reflect CASAC's advice and recommendations, as well as staff's consideration of the comments expressed by members of the public. After completion of the ISA, REA (if prepared), and PA, the Administrator's proposal to retain or revise the PM NAAQS will be published in the federal register with a request for public comment. Input received during the public comment period will be reflected in the Administrator's final decision. Back

Prevention of Significant Deterioration Permitting for Greenhouse Gases: Providing Option for Rescission of EPA-Issued Tailoring Rule Step 2 Prevention of Significant Deterioration Permits

The EPA is taking direct final action to revise the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) provisions for permit rescissions in 40 CFR 52.21(w) to allow EPA to rescind Tailoring Rule Step 2 Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permits that were based on regulations that the US Supreme Court determined to be invalid in the case titled: Utility Air Regulatory Group (UARG) v Environmental Protection Agency. Back

Revisions to the Public Notice Provisions in Clean Air Act Permitting Programs

This proposed rule will amend the public notice provisions of the PSD, nonattainment new source review (NNSR), Title V Operating Permit and Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) regulations to remove the current mandatory requirement in these regulations that a public notice be provided in a newspaper of general circulation in the area where the source seeking a PSD, NNSR, Title V or OCS permit plans to locate. The proposed rule will include a public notice requirement that is media-neutral and allows among other mechanisms electronic noticing on permitting authority websites. The option of providing public notice via a traditional newspaper advertisement will still be available to air agencies. This rule revision is anticipated to result in significant annual savings in newspaper publication costs for EPA Regions and Delegated States. Back

Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Low Pressure Wells Definition

This action will re-propose the definition of “low pressure gas well” in 40 CFR part 60, subpart OOOO, and will acknowledge that EPA overlooked one public comment that was received following the July 17, 2014, action titled “Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Reconsideration of Additional Provisions of New Source Performance Standards; Proposed Rule.” The action will also solicit comment on the commenter's alternative definition of “low pressure gas well” that had been discussed in the July 17, 2014, proposed rule. Back

Lead-based Paint Program; Extension of Renovator Certifications

EPA is extending the certifications for subset of renovators under its Renovation, Repair and Painting Program. In January 2015, the Agency published a proposed rule that would, among other things, change the requirements for the refresher training course that renovators must take to become recertified so renovators can take the course online without having to travel to a training facility. The certifications of thousands of renovators will expire before this rule can be finalized, therefore, EPA is extending the certifications for certain renovators so they can take advantage of the final rule. 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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