Environmental Protection Agency.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or the Agency) is proposing to grant a site-specific treatment variance to EnergySolutions LLC (EnergySolutions) in Clive, Utah, for the treatment of certain P- and U-listed hazardous waste containing radioactive contamination (“mixed waste”) using vacuum thermal desorption (VTD). This variance is an alternative treatment standard to treatment by combustion (CMBST) required for these wastes under EPA Start Printed Page 12044rules implementing the land disposal restriction (LDR) provisions of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The Agency has determined that combustion of the solid treatment residue generated from the VTD unit is technically inappropriate due to the effective performance of the VTD unit. Once the P- and U-listed mixed waste are treated using VTD, the solid treatment residue can be land disposed without further treatment. This proposed treatment variance is conditioned upon EnergySolutions complying with a Waste Family Demonstration Testing (WFDT) plan specifically addressing the treatment of these P- and U-listed wastes, which is to be implemented through a RCRA Part B permit modification for the VTD unit.
Comments must be received on or before April 7, 2008.
Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-RCRA-2007-0936, by one of the following methods: www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.
Fax: 202-566-9744. Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-RCRA-2007-0936.
Mail: RCRA Docket (2822T), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460. Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-RCRA-2007-0936. Please include a total of 2 copies.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
For more information on this rulemaking, contact Juan Parra, Hazardous Waste Minimization and Management Division, Office of Solid Waste (MC 5302 P), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone (703) 308-0478; fax (703) 308-8443; or firstname.lastname@example.org or Elaine Eby, Hazardous Waste Minimization and Management Division, Office of Solid Waste (MC 5302 P), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone (703) 308-8449; fax (703) 308-8443; or email@example.com.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Does This Action Apply to Me?
The only regulated entity that will be affected by this proposed rule is EnergySolutions located in Clive, Utah.
Why Is EPA Using a Proposed Rule?
This document proposes to take action by granting a site-specific treatment variance to EnergySolutions located in Clive, Utah. We also have published a direct final rule identical to this proposal in the “Rules and Regulations” section of this Federal Register because we view this action as noncontroversial and anticipate no significant adverse comment. We have explained our reasons for this action in the preamble to the direct final rule.
If we receive no significant adverse comment, we will not take further action on this proposed rule. If we do receive such adverse comment, we will publish a timely notice in the Federal Register informing the public that the final rule will be withdrawn due to adverse comment. We will address all public comments in any subsequent final rule based on this proposed rule. We do not intend to institute a second comment period on this action. Any parties interested in commenting must do so at this time. For further information about commenting on this rule, see the ADDRESSES section of this document.
Direct Final Rule and Location of Regulatory Text for This Proposal
The regulatory text for this proposal is identical to that for the direct final rule published in the Rules and Regulations section of this Federal Register. For further supplemental information, the detailed rationale for the proposal, and the regulatory revisions, see the information provided in the direct final rule published in the Rules and Regulations section of today's Federal Register.
Statutory and Executive Order Reviews
For a complete discussion of all of the administrative requirements applicable to this action, see the direct final rule in the Rules and Regulations section of this Federal Register.
Regulatory Flexibility Act
The Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) generally requires an agency to prepare a regulatory flexibility analysis of any rule subject to notice and comment rulemaking requirements under the Administrative Procedure Act or any other statute unless the agency certifies that the rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. Small entities include small businesses, small Start Printed Page 12045organizations, and small governmental jurisdictions.
This site-specific treatment variance does not propose to create any new requirements. Rather, it proposes an alternative treatment standard for specific waste codes and applies to only one facility. Therefore, we hereby certify that this rule will not add any new regulatory requirements to small entities. This rule, therefore, does not require a regulatory flexibility analysis.Start List of Subjects
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Dated: February 28, 2008.
Susan Parker Bodine,
Assistant Administrator, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response.
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