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.


June 2014 Action Initiation List

Download the June 2014 AIL (PDF).

June 2014 (as of 08/04/2014)
Title

Abstract
What's This?

Projected Publication Date
What's
This?

Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Reconsideration of Remaining Provisions of New Source Performance Standards

NPRM Chris Frantz
919-541-4312
Frantz.Chris@epa.gov
Abstract 12 months or less

Renewable Fuel 2015 Volume Standards

NPRM David Korotney
734-214-4507
Korotney.David@epa.gov
Abstract More than 12 months

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July 2014 Action Initiation List

Download the July 2014 AIL (PDF).

July 2014 (as of 09/03/2014)
Title

Abstract
What's This?

Projected Publication Date
What's
This?

Review of the Secondary National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Oxides of Nitrogen and Oxides of Sulfur

NPRM Ginger Tennant
(919) 541-4072
Tennant.Ginger@epa.gov
Abstract More than 12 months

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Abstracts for the June 2014 AIL

Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Reconsideration of Remaining Provisions of New Source Performance Standards

In 2012, EPA promulgated the Oil and Natural Gas Sector: New Source Performance Standards (NSPS). We received several petitions for administrative reconsideration of the rule. Certain time critical issues were addressed in a reconsideration EPA promulgated in 2013. When evaluating the additional issues raised in the petitions for reconsideration, we received significant additional information requiring further evaluation of potentially significant sources of emissions currently uncovered by the NSPS, including, completions of hydraulically fractured oil wells, liquids unloading, and leaks. This action will include regulation of additional sources deemed appropriate, and will address remaining implementation issues, such as monitoring and testing of storage vessel control devices. Back

Renewable Fuel 2015 Volume Standards

In response to the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) which amended the Clean Air Act Section 211(o), EPA finalized the RFS2 Program regulations. The new provisions also require EPA to promulgate regulations that specify the annual statutory volume requirements for renewable fuel, including cellulosic, biofuel, bio-mass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel that must be used in transportation fuel annually. In the case of the cellulosic biofuel standard, the Act specifically requires that the standard be set based on the volume projected to be available during the following year. If the volumes are lower than those specified under the Act, then EPA may also lower the advanced biofuel and total renewable fuel standards each year accordingly. Further, the Act requires the Administrator to promulgate rules establishing the applicable volumes of biomass-based diesel for 2013 and beyond and to do so no later than 14 months before the year for which such applicable volume would apply. The actions summarized here will propose and finalize the 2016 biomass based diesel (BBD) volume along with the 2015 standards. This regulatory action will establish, as required, the annual statutory volume requirements for the RFS2 fuel categories (cellulosic, biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and renewable fuel) that apply to all gasoline and diesel produced or imported in 2015 and set, at minimum, the 2016 requirement. Entities potentially affected by this rule are those involved with the production, distribution, and sale of transportation fuels, including gasoline and diesel fuel or renewable fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel. Back

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Abstracts for the July 2014 AIL

Review of the Secondary National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Oxides of Nitrogen and Oxides of Sulfur

Under the Clean Air Act, EPA is required to review and, if appropriate, revise the air quality criteria for the primary (health-based) and secondary (welfare-based) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) every 5 years. On April 3, 2012, EPA published a final rule not to revise either the secondary NAAQS for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) or the secondary NAAQS for sulfur dioxide (SO2). On August 29, 2013, EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD) initiated the current periodic review of the secondary NO2 and SO2 air quality criteria with a call for information in the Federal Register (FR). As in the last review, the decision was made to review the oxides of nitrogen and the oxides of sulfur together, rather than individually, with respect to a secondary welfare standard for NO2 and SO2. This decision derives from the fact that NO2, SO2, and their associated transformation products are linked from an atmospheric chemistry perspective, as well as from an environmental effects perspective, most notably in the case of secondary aerosol formation and acidification in ecosystems. This review includes the preparation of an Integrated Science Assessment (ISA), Risk/Exposure Assessment (REA), and a Policy Assessment Document (PAD) by EPA, with opportunities for review by EPA's Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee and the public. These documents inform the Administrator's proposed decision as to whether to retain or revise the standards. It should be noted that this review will be limited to only the secondary standards; the primary standards for SO2 and NO2 were reviewed separately. 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."

You may track an action by its RIN, which appears in both the AILs and the Agenda.


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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