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.


April 2014 Action Initiation List

Download the April 2014 AIL (PDF).

April 2014 (as of 05/21/2014)
Title

Abstract
What's This?

Projected Publication Date
What's
This?

2010 Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) Finding of Failure to Submit Infrastructure State Implementation Plan

Final Mia South
919-541-5550
South.Mia@epa.gov
Abstract 12 months or less

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May 2014 Action Initiation List

Download the May 2014 AIL (PDF).

May 2014 (as of 06/30/2014)
Title

Abstract
What's This?

Projected Publication Date
What's
This?

Revisions to Test Methods, Performance Specifications and Testing Regulations

NPRM Lula Melton
919-541-2910
Melton.Lula@epa.gov
Abstract 12 months or less

Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program: Addition of Global Warming Potentials

NPRM Lisa Grogan-McCulloch
202-343-9743
Grogan-Mcculloch.Lisa@epa.gov
Abstract 12 months or less

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Abstracts for the April 2014 AIL

2010 Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) Finding of Failure to Submit Infrastructure State Implementation Plan

This final rule under the good cause exemption would issue a finding of failure to submit (FFS) for all 2010 Nitrogen Dioxide National Ambient Air Quality Standards nonattainment areas that have failed to submit infrastructure state implementation plans (SIPs), which were due on Jan 30, 2013. The FFS would start an 18 month sanctions clock, which can be turned off by a finding that a complete SIP was submitted. Additionally, the FFS would start a 2 year Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) clock, which can be turned off by approval of the SIP. Back

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Abstracts for the May 2014 AIL

Revisions to Test Methods, Performance Specifications and Testing Regulations

This action would make needed corrections and updates to source testing methods, performance specifications, and testing regulations in 40 CFR Parts 51, 60, 61, and 63. For example, Method 2 inadvertently references an incorrect section; the correct section would be cited. The method detection limit would be revised in Method 26. In Performance Specification-2, the difference between span and range would be clarified to ensure that the span is chosen to be approximately two times the emission limit. The proposed rule would include numerous other changes. A similar action is developed every few years to keep rules up-to-date and to ensure that compliance testing and monitoring are done correctly. Back

Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program: Addition of Global Warming Potentials

This action would add chemical-specific and default global warming potentials (GWPs) for a number of fluorinated greenhouse gases (GHGs) and fluorinated heat transfer fluids (HTFs) to the general provisions of the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule. Currently, these fluorinated GHGs and HTFs are not assigned GWPs under the Rule. The proposed changes would increase the completeness and accuracy of the CO2-equivalent emissions calculated and reported by suppliers and emitters of fluorinated GHGs and HTFs. 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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