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Florida: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revision

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AGENCY:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION:

Immediate final rule.

SUMMARY:

Florida has applied to EPA for Final authorization of the changes to its hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). EPA has determined that these changes satisfy all requirements needed to qualify for Final authorization, and is authorizing the State's changes through this immediate final action. EPA is publishing this rule to authorize the changes without a prior proposal because we believe this action is not controversial and do not expect comments that oppose it. Unless we get written comments which oppose this authorization during the comment period, the decision to authorize Florida's changes to their hazardous waste program will take effect. If we get comments that oppose this action, we will publish a document in the Federal Register withdrawing this rule before it takes effect and a separate document in the proposed rules section of this Federal Register will serve as a proposal to authorize the changes.

DATES:

This Final authorization will become effective on December 13, 2004, unless EPA receives adverse written comment by November 15, 2004. If EPA receives such comment, it will publish a timely withdrawal of this immediate final rule in the Federal Register and inform the public that this authorization will not take effect.

ADDRESSES:

Send written comments to Audrey E. Baker, Florida Authorizations Coordinator, RCRA Programs Branch, Waste Management Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, The Sam Nunn Federal Center, 61 Forsyth Street, SW., Atlanta, Georgia 30303-8960; (404) 562-8483. You may also e-mail your comments to Start Printed Page 60965 Baker.Audrey@epa.gov or submit your comments at http://www.regulations.gov. We must receive your comments by November 15, 2004. You can view and copy Florida's application from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Twin Towers Office Building, 2600 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400 and from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. EPA, Region 4 Library, The Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center, 61 Forsyth Street, SW., Atlanta, Georgia 30303-8960, Phone number (404) 562-8190, Patricia Strougal, Librarian.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Audrey E. Baker, Florida Authorizations Coordinator, RCRA Programs Branch, Waste Management Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, The Sam Nunn Federal Center, 61 Forsyth Street, SW., Atlanta, Georgia 30303-8960; (404) 562-8483.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Why Are Revisions to State Programs Necessary?

States which have received final authorization from EPA under RCRA section 3006(b), 42 U.S.C. 6926(b), must maintain a hazardous waste program that is equivalent to, consistent with, and no less stringent than the Federal program. As the Federal program changes, States must change their programs and ask EPA to authorize the changes. Changes to State programs may be necessary when Federal or State statutory or regulatory authority is modified or when certain other changes occur. Most commonly, States must change their programs because of changes to EPA's regulations in 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) parts 124, 260 through 266, 268, 270, 273 and 279.

B. What Decisions Have We Made in This Rule?

We conclude that Florida's application to revise its authorized program meets all of the statutory and regulatory requirements established by RCRA. Therefore, we grant Florida Final authorization to operate its hazardous waste program with the changes described in the authorization application. Florida has responsibility for permitting Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facilities (TSDFs) within its borders and for carrying out the aspects of the RCRA program described in its revised program application, subject to the limitations of the Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments of 1984 (HSWA). New Federal requirements and prohibitions imposed by Federal regulations that EPA promulgates under the authority of HSWA take effect in authorized States before they are authorized for the requirements. Thus, EPA will implement those requirements and prohibitions in Florida, including issuing permits, until the State is granted authorization to do so.

C. What Is the Effect of Today's Authorization Decision?

The effect of this decision is that a facility in Florida subject to RCRA will now have to comply with the authorized State requirements instead of the equivalent Federal requirements in order to comply with RCRA. Florida has enforcement responsibilities under its State hazardous waste program for violations of such program, but EPA retains its authority under RCRA sections 3007, 3008, 3013, and 7003, which include, among others, authority to:

  • Do inspections, and require monitoring, tests, analyses or reports
  • Enforce RCRA requirements and suspend or revoke permits
  • Take enforcement actions regardless of whether the State has taken its own actions

This action does not impose additional requirements on the regulated community because the regulations for which Florida is being authorized by today's action are already effective, and are not changed by today's action.

D. Why Wasn't There a Proposed Rule Before Today's Rule?

EPA did not publish a proposal before today's rule because we view this as a routine program change and do not expect comments that oppose this approval. We are providing an opportunity for public comment now. In addition to this rule, in the proposed rules section of today's Federal Register we are publishing a separate document that proposes to authorize the State program changes.

E. What Happens if EPA Receives Comments That Oppose This Action?

If EPA receives comments that oppose this authorization, we will withdraw this rule by publishing a document in the Federal Register before the rule becomes effective. EPA will base any further decision on the authorization of the State program changes on the proposal mentioned in the previous paragraph. We will then address all public comments in a later final rule. You may not have another opportunity to comment. If you want to comment on this authorization, you must do so at this time.

If we receive comments that oppose only the authorization of a particular change to the State hazardous waste program, we will withdraw that part of this rule but the authorization of the program changes that the comments do not oppose will become effective on the date specified above. The Federal Register withdrawal document will specify which part of the authorization will become effective, and which part is being withdrawn.

F. What Has Florida Previously Been Authorized for?

Florida initially received Final authorization on January 29, 1985, effective February 12, 1985 (50 FR 3908), to implement the RCRA hazardous waste management program. We granted authorization for changes to their program on December 1, 1987, effective March 3, 1988 (52 FR 45634), December 16, 1988, effective January 3, 1989 (53 FR 50529), December 14, 1990, effective February 12, 1991 (55 FR 51416), February 5, 1992, effective April 6, 1992 (57 FR 4371), February 7, 1992, effective April 7, 1992 (57 FR 4738), May 20, 1992, effective July 20, 1992 (57 FR 21351), November 9, 1993, effective January 10, 1994, (58 FR 59367), July 11, 1994, effective September 9, 1994 (59 FR 35266), August 16, 1994, effective October 17, 1994 (59 41979), October 26, 1994, effective December 27, 1994 (59 FR 53753), April 1, 1997, effective June 2, 1997 (62 FR 15407), August 23, 2001, effective October 22, 2001 (66 FR 44307), August 20, 2002, effective October 21, 2002 (67 FR 53886 and 67 FR 53889). The authorized Florida program, through RCRA Cluster IV, was incorporated by reference into the CFR on January 20, 1998, effective March 23, 1998 (63 FR 2896). Florida received corrective action authority on September 18, 2000, effective November 18, 2000 (65 FR 56256).

G. What Changes Are We Authorizing With Today's Action?

Florida has submitted final complete program revision applications on seeking authorization of their changes in accordance with 40 CFR 271.21. Florida's revision consists of provisions promulgated July 1, 1997 through June 30, 1998 (RCRA Cluster VIII), July 1, 1998 through June 30, 1999 (RCRA IX), and July 1, 1999 through June 30, 2000, otherwise known as RCRA Cluster X. The rule adoption for RCRA Cluster VIII was effective on February 4, 2000. The rule adoption for RCRA Clusters IX and X was effective on December 20, 2000. Florida Statutes Chapter 403 allows the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to administer the rules Start Printed Page 60966governing hazardous waste management in the state. We now make an immediate final decision, subject to receipt of written comments that oppose this action, that Florida's hazardous waste program revisions satisfy all of the requirements necessary to qualify for Final authorization. Therefore, we grant Florida Final authorization for the following program changes:

Description of federal requirementFederal RegisterAnalogous state authority
Checklist 160, Land Disposal Restrictions Phase III—Emergency Extension of the K088 National Capacity Variance, AmendmentJuly 14, 1997 62 FR 37694-37699Rule 62-730.183, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.).
Checklist 161, Emergency Revision of the Carbamate Land Disposal RestrictionsAugust 28, 1997 62 FR 45568-45573Rule 62-730.183, F.A.C.
Checklist 163, Organic Air Emission Standards for Tanks, Surface Impoundments, and Containers, Clarification and Technical AmendmentDecember 8, 1997 62 FR 64636-64671Rules 62-730.180(1), 62-730.180(2), 62-730.220(3) F.A.C.
Checklist 164, Kraft Mill Steam Stripper Condensate ExclusionApril 15, 1998 63 FR 18504-18751Rule 62-730.030(1), F.A.C.
Checklist 167A, Land Disposal Restrictions Phase IV—Treatment Standards for Metal Wastes and Mineral Processing WastesMay 26, 1998 63 FR 28556-28753Rule 62—730.183, F.A.C.
Checklist 167C, Land Disposal Restrictions Phase IV-CorrectionsMay 26, 1998 62 FR 28556-28753Rule 62-730.183, F.A.C.
Checklist 167E, Bevill Exclusion Revisions and ClarificationsMay 26, 1998 63 FR 28556-28753Rule 62-730.030(1), F.A.C.
Checklist 168, Hazardous Waste Combustors; Revised StandardsJune 19, 1998 63 FR 33782-33829Rules 62-730.030(1) and 62-730-220(3), F.A.C.
Checklist 169, Petroleum Refining Process WastesAugust 6, 1998 63 FR 42110-42189Rules 62-730.030(1), 62-730.181(1), and 62-730.183(1), F.A.C.
Checklist 170, Land Disposal Restrictions Phase IV—Zinc Micronutrient Fertilizers AmendmentsAugust 31, 1998 63 FR 46332-46334Rule 62-730.183(1), F.A.C.
Checklist 171, Emergency Revision of the Land Disposal Restrictions (LDR) Treatment Standards for Listed Hazardous Wastes from Carbamate ProductionSeptember 4, 1998 63 FR 47410-47418Rule 62-730.183(1), F.A.C.
Checklist 172, Land Disposal Restrictions Phase IV—Extension of Compliance Date for Characteristic SlagsSeptember 9, 1998 63 FR 48124-48127Rule 62-730.183(1), F.A.C.
Checklist 173, Land Disposal Restrictions; Treatment Standards for Spent Potliners from Primary Aluminum Reduction (K088); Final RuleSeptember 24, 1998 63 FR 51254-51267Rule 62-730.183(1), F.A.C.
Checklist 174, Post-Closure Permit and Closure ProcessOctober 22, 1998 63 FR 56710-56735Rules 62-730.180(1), 62-730.180(2), 62-730.220(3) F.A.C.
Checklist 175, HWIR-MediaNovember 30, 1998 63 FR 65874-65947Rules 62-730.020(1), 62-730.030(1), 62-730.180(1), 62-730.180(2), 62-730.183(1), 62-730.220(3), F.A.C.
Checklist 176, Universal Waste Rule—Technical AmendmentsDecember 24, 1998 63 FR 71225-71230Rules 62-730.181(1), 62-730.185(1), F.A.C.
Checklist 177, Organic Air Emission Standards: Clarification and Technical AmendmentsJanuary 21, 1999 64 FR 3382Rules 62-730.160(1), 62-730.180(1), 62-730.180(2), F.A.C
Checklist 179, Land Disposal Restrictions Phase IV—Technical Corrections and Clarifications to Treatment StandardsMay 11, 1999 64 FR 25408-25417Rules 62-730.030(1), 62-730.160(1), 62-730.183(1), F.A.C.
Checklist 180, Test Procedures for the Analysis of Oil and Grease and Non-Polar MaterialMay 14, 1999 64 FR 26315-26327Rule 62-730.021(1)(a), F.A.C.
Checklist 183, Land Disposal Restrictions Phase IV—Technical CorrectionsOctober 20, 1999 64 FR 56469-56472Rules 62-730.030(2), 62.730.160(1), 62-730.183(2), F.A.C.
Checklist 184, Accumulation Time for Waste Water Treatment SludgesMarch 8, 2000 65 FR 12378-12398Rule 62-730.160(1), F.A.C.
Checklist 185, Organobromine Production Wastes VacaturMarch 17, 2000 65 FR 14472-14475Rules 62-730.030(2) 62-730.183(2), F.A.C.
Checklist 187, Petroleum Refining Process Wastes—ClarificationJune 8, 2000 64 FR 36365-36367Rules 62-730.030(2) 62-730.183(2), F.A.C.

H. Where Are the Revised State Rules Different From the Federal Rules?

Florida did not follow the April 9, 1999, vacatur issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia as it relates to the listing of organobromine production wastes at 40 CFR 268.40/Table “Treatment Standards for Hazardous Wastes” and 268.48(a)/Table Universal Treatment Standards (UTS). The State adopted the federal regulations as published in the May 26, 1998, rule in tables 40 CFR 268.40 and 268.48.

I. Who Handles Permits After the Authorization Takes Effect?

Florida will issue permits for all the provisions for which it is authorized and will administer the permits it issues. EPA will continue to administer any RCRA hazardous waste permits or portions of permits which we issued prior to the effective date of this authorization until they expire or are terminated. We will not issue any more new permits or new portions of permits for the provisions listed in the Table above after the effective date of this authorization. EPA will continue to implement and issue permits for HSWA requirements for which Florida is not yet authorized.

J. What Is Codification and Is EPA Codifying Florida's Hazardous Waste Program as Authorized in This Rule?

Codification is the process of placing the State's statutes and regulations that comprise the State's authorized hazardous waste program into the Code of Federal Regulations. We do this by referencing the authorized State rules in 40 CFR part 272. We reserve the amendment of 40 CFR part 272, subpart Start Printed Page 60967L for this authorization of Florida's program changes until a later date.

K. Administrative Requirements

The Office of Management and Budget has exempted this action from the requirements of Executive Order 12866 (58 FR 51735, October 4, 1993), and therefore this action is not subject to review by OMB. This action authorizes State requirements for the purpose of RCRA 3006 and imposes no additional requirements beyond those imposed by State law. Accordingly, I certify that this action will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.). Because this action authorizes pre-existing requirements under State law and does not impose any additional enforceable duty beyond that required by State law, it does not contain any unfunded mandate or significantly or uniquely affect small governments, as described in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (Public Law 104-4). For the same reason, this action also does not significantly or uniquely affect the communities of Tribal governments, as specified by Executive Order 13175 (65 FR 67249, November 9, 2000). This action will not have substantial direct effects on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government, as specified in Executive Order 13132 (64 FR 43255, August 10, 1999), because it merely authorizes State requirements as part of the State RCRA hazardous waste program without altering the relationship or the distribution of power and responsibilities established by RCRA. This action also is not subject to Executive Order 13045 (62 FR 19885, April 23, 1997), because it is not economically significant and it does not make decisions based on environmental health or safety risks. This rule is not subject to Executive Order 13211, “Actions Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use” (66 FR 28355 (May 22, 2001)) because it is not a significant regulatory action under Executive Order 12866.

Under RCRA 3006(b), EPA grants a State's application for authorization as long as the State meets the criteria required by RCRA. It would thus be inconsistent with applicable law for EPA, when it reviews a State authorization application, to require the use of any particular voluntary consensus standard in place of another standard that otherwise satisfies the requirements of RCRA. Thus, the requirements of section 12(d) of the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995 (15 U.S.C. 272 note) do not apply. As required by section 3 of Executive Order 12988 (61 FR 4729, February 7, 1996), in issuing this rule, EPA has taken the necessary steps to eliminate drafting errors and ambiguity, minimize potential litigation, and provide a clear legal standard for affected conduct. EPA has complied with Executive Order 12630 (53 FR 8859, March 15, 1988) by examining the takings implications of the rule in accordance with the “Attorney General's Supplemental Guidelines for the Evaluation of Risk and Avoidance of Unanticipated Takings” issued under the executive order. This rule does not impose an information collection burden under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.).

The Congressional Review Act, 5 U.S.C. 801 et seq., as added by the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996, generally provides that before a rule may take effect, the agency promulgating the rule must submit a rule report, which includes a copy of the rule, to each House of the Congress and to the Comptroller General of the United States. EPA will submit a report containing this document and other required information to the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the Comptroller General of the United States prior to publication in the Federal Register. A major rule cannot take effect until 60 days after it is published in the Federal Register. This action is not a “major rule” as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804(2). This action will be effective December 13, 2004.

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List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 271

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Authority: This action is issued under the authority of 42 U.S.C. 6912(a), 6926, 6974(b).

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Dated: March 26, 2004.

A. Stanley Meiburg,

Acting Regional Administrator, Region 4.

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