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 2013 Action Initiation List

Download the December 2013 AIL (PDF).

December 2013 (as of 03/07/2014)
Title

Abstract
What's This?

Projected Publication Date
What's
This?

Sulfur Dioxide National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) Review

NPRM Michael Stewart
919-541-7524
Stewart.Michael@epa.gov
Abstract 12 months or more
Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Change of Listing Status for Certain Substitutes under the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program NPRM Rebecca Von Dem Hagen
202-343-9445
VonDemHagen.Rebecca@epa.gov
Abstract 12 months or less
Regulation Changes to Allow for Electronic Submittal of State Implementation Plans (SIPs) NPRM, Direct Final Mia South
919-541-5550
South.Mia@epa.gov
Abstract 12 months or less
Lead-based Paint Program; Amendment to Jurisdictions and Renovator Refresher Training Requirements NPRM Marc Edmonds
202-566-0758
Edmonds.Marc@epa.gov
Abstract 12 months or less
Expanding the Scope Of 40 Cfr Part 22 to Include Proceedings for the Adjudication Of Civil Penalties Under the Act To Prevent Pollution From Ships NPRM Meetu Kaul
202-564-5472
Kaul.Meetu@epa.gov
Abstract 12 months or less
State of North Dakota Section 1422 Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program Revision; Class VI Primacy Approval Direct Final Lisa McWhirter
202-564-2317
McWhirter.Lisa@epa.gov
Abstract 12 months or less

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January 2014 Action Initiation List

Download the January 2014 AIL (PDF).

January 2014 (as of 03/07/2014)
Title

Abstract
What's This?

Projected Publication Date
What's
This?

Relaxation of the Summer Gasoline Volatility Standard for Florida and North Carolina

NPRM Mark Coryell
734-214-4446
Coryell.Mark@epa.gov
Abstract 12 months or less
Federal Reformulated Gasoline Program Opt-in for Counties in Maine NPRM, Direct Final Mark Coryell
734-214-4446
Coryell.Mark@epa.gov
Abstract 12 months or less
Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles - Phase 2 NPRM Matt Spears
734-214-4921
Spears.Matthew@epa.gov
Abstract More than 12 months
Rulemaking to Provide Process for Tribes to obtain “Treatment in the Same Manner as a State” status for the CWA Section 303(d) Impaired Water Listing and Total Maximum Daily Load Program NPRM Sarah Furtak
202-566-1167
Furtak.Sarah@epa.gov
Abstract 12 months or less

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Abstracts for the December 2013 AIL

Sulfur Dioxide National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) Review

Under the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1977, 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 June 22, 2010, EPA published a final rule to revise the primary NAAQS for Sulfur Dioxide to provide increased protection for public health. EPA has now initiated the next review. This new review includes the preparation of an Integrated Review Plan, an Integrated Science Assessment, and, if warranted, a Risk/Exposure Assessment, and also a Policy Assessment Document 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 standard. This decision will be published in the Federal Register with opportunity provided for public comment. The Administrator's final decisions will take into consideration these documents and public comment on the proposed decision. Back

Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Change of Listing Status for Certain Substitutes under the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program

This action proposes to change the status of a number of substitutes that were previously listed as acceptable under SNAP based on information showing that other substitutes are available for the same uses and pose lower risk overall to human health and/or the environment. The end uses under consideration include end uses in the aerosols, refrigeration and air conditioning, and foam blowing sectors. Back

Regulation Changes to Allow for Electronic Submittal of State Implementation Plans (SIPs)

This direct final with parallel proposal would amend certain sections of the Clean Air Act that pertain to State Implementation Plan submissions to allow for electronic reporting. The rule would be in keeping with the Agency's commitment to institute electronic submission in place of existing paper based reporting to meet the Agency's regulatory reporting requirements. The rule would also enable the Agency to meet the Agency Priority for E-Reporting. Furthermore, it supports the Digital Government Strategy issued by the White House in 2012 that calls for the EPA to continue to evolve its reporting systems to take advantage of new technology and improve transparency of our stakeholders. This rule is a step forward in the Agency's larger E-Enterprise for the Environment Initiative. Back

Lead-based Paint Program; Amendment to Jurisdictions and Renovator Refresher Training Requirements

EPA is considering proposing several minor amendments to the EPA lead-based paint program that would improve efficiencies and save resources for those involved. For example, EPA is considering amending the renovation, repair and painting rule by removing the requirement for hands-on refresher training for renovators so that they can take the refresher course online and without the need to travel to a training facility for the hands-on portion. EPA is also considering amending the lead-based paint abatement program by removing the requirement for firms, training providers and individuals to apply for and be certified or accredited in each jurisdiction where they work (i.e., state, tribe or territory where EPA runs the abatement program). After years of implementing the abatement program, the Agency believes that jurisdictions are no longer needed. Eliminating jurisdictions would increase efficiencies for all involved, lower burden and costs for applicants and save EPA time processing applications. Back

Expanding the Scope Of 40 Cfr Part 22 to Include Proceedings for the Adjudication Of Civil Penalties Under the Act To Prevent Pollution From Ships

EPA is authorized to institute administrative penalty proceedings against alleged violators under a variety of environmental statutes, including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, among others. Such cases are generally heard by the Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) within EPA's Office of Administrative Law Judges. The federal regulations that govern the proceedings before the ALJs are codified at 40 C.F.R. Part 22 and are entitled “the Consolidated Rules of Practice Governing the Administrative Assessment of Civil Penalties and the Revocation/Termination or Suspension of Permits” (Rules of Practice). These Rules of Practice were promulgated to establish uniform procedural rules for administrative enforcement proceedings required to be held on the record after opportunity for a hearing in accordance with section 554 of the Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. 551 et seq. The purpose of this action is to expand the scope of the Rules of Practice to include adjudicatory proceedings for the assessment of civil penalties under the authority of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships. Back

State of North Dakota Section 1422 Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program Revision; Class VI Primacy Approval

The State of North Dakota has applied to the EPA under Sections 1422 of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), 42 U.S.C. Sections 300h-1, for primary enforcement responsibility for Class VI injection wells. This direct final rule is based on a legal and technical review of North Dakota's application as directed at 40 CFR Part 145. As a result of this review, EPA is issuing this direct final rule stating that North Dakota's application meets all applicable requirements for approval under SDWA Section 1422 and the State is capable of administering a Class VI UIC program in a manner consistent with the terms and purposes of the SDWA and all applicable regulations. These regulations are being promulgated under the authority of Sections 1422 and 1450 of the SDWA, 42 U.S.C. 300h-1 and 300j-9. We are publishing this rule without a prior proposed rule, because we view this as a noncontroversial action and anticipate no adverse comment. However, we are publishing a separate, parallel proposal that will take effect if adverse comments are received on this direct final rule. Back


Abstracts for the January 2014 AIL

Relaxation of the Summer Gasoline Volatility Standard for Florida and North Carolina

EPA established a two-phase reduction in summertime commercial gasoline volatility. These rules reduce gasoline emissions of volatile organic compounds that are a major contributor to ground-level ozone (smog). EPA is proposing to approve Florida's request to relax the federal Reid Vapor pressure (RVP) standard applicable to gasoline sold in the state by revising 40 CFR 80.27. In addition, EPA is proposing to approve North Carolina's request to relax the applicable RVP standards in Wake, Durham, Granville, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth and Guilford counties. Back

Federal Reformulated Gasoline Program Opt-in for Counties in Maine

Under section 211 (k) (6) of the Clean Air Act, the Administrator of EPA shall require the sale of reformulated gasoline (RFG) in an ozone nonattainent area classified as marginal, moderate, serious or severe or in the ozone transport region established under section 184 of the Act upon the application of the Governor of the state. In this direct final action, EPA is extending the Act's prohibition against the sale of conventional gasoline (i.e., gasoline that is not RFG) to the southern Maine counties of York, Cumberland, Sagadahoc, Androscoggin, Kennebec, Knox, and Lincoln which are part of the ozone transport region as defined in section 184 of the Act. The RFG requirements will apply to refiners and all other persons in the fuel distribution system other than retailers and wholesale purchaser-consumers on May 1, 2014. For retailers and wholesale-consumers, the requirements of this rule will apply on June 1, 2014. As of the June 1, 2014 implementation date, this area will be treated as a covered area for all purposes of the federal RFG program. Back

Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles - Phase 2

During the President's second term, EPA and the Department of Transportation, in close coordination with the California Air Resources Board, will develop a comprehensive National Program for Medium - and Heavy-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emission and Fuel Efficiency Standards for model years beyond 2018. These second sets of standards would further reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fuel consumption from a wide range of on-road vehicles from semi-trucks and their trailers to the largest pickup trucks and vans, and all types and sizes of work trucks and buses. This action will be in continued response to the President's directive to take coordinated steps to produce a new generation of clean vehicles. The program would benefit consumers and businesses by reducing the costs for transporting goods while spurring job growth and innovation in the clean energy technology sector. This action follows the first ever Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles (75 FR September 15, 2011). Back

Rulemaking to Provide Process for Tribes to obtain “Treatment in the Same Manner as a State” status for the CWA Section 303(d) Impaired Water Listing and Total Maximum Daily Load Program

EPA is leading development of a proposed rulemaking to provide more opportunities to fully engage tribes in the Clean Water Act Section 303(d) Impaired Water Listing and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Program by clarifying the process for tribes to obtain Treatment in the Same Manner as a State authority for the Impaired Water Listing and TMDL Program. 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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