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Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, California Air Resources Board Consumer Products Regulations

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AGENCY:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

EPA is finalizing approval of revisions to the California Air Resources Board portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions were proposed in the Federal Register on June 26, 2009 and concern volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from consumer products. We are approving State rules that regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act).

DATES:

Effective Date: This rule is effective on December 4, 2009.

ADDRESSES:

EPA has established docket number EPA-R09-OAR-2009-0353 for this action. The index to the docket is available electronically at http://www.regulations.gov and in hard copy at EPA Region IX, 75 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, California. While all documents in the docket are listed in the index, some information may be publicly available only at the hard copy location (e.g., copyrighted material), and some may not be publicly available in either location (e.g., CBI). To inspect the hard copy materials, please schedule an appointment during normal business hours with the contact listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Stanley Tong, EPA Region IX, (415) 947-4122, tong.stanley@epa.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Throughout this document, “we,” “us” and “our” refer to EPA.­

Table of Contents

I. Proposed Action

II. Public Comments and EPA Responses

III. EPA Action

IV. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews

I. Proposed Action

On June 26, 2009 (74 FR 30481), EPA proposed to approve the following regulations into the California SIP.

Table 1—Submitted Regulations

RegulationRegulation titleAdopted/amendedSubmitted
California Code of Regulations Title 17, Division 3, Chapter 1, Subchapter 8.5—Consumer ProductsArticle 1—Antiperspirants and Deodorants05/06/200503/27/2008
California Code of Regulations Title 17, Division 3, Chapter 1, Subchapter 8.5—Consumer ProductsArticle 2—Consumer Products09/26/200703/27/2008
California Code of Regulations Title 17, Division 3, Chapter 1, Subchapter 8.5—Consumer ProductsArticle 3—Aerosol Coating Products09/26/200703/27/2008
California Air Resources Board—Test Method 310Method 310—Determination of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) in Consumer Products and Reactive Organic Compounds in Aerosol Coating Products05/06/200503/27/2008
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We proposed to approve the above regulations because we determined that they complied with the relevant CAA requirements. Our proposed action contains more information on the regulations and our evaluation.

II. Public Comments and EPA Responses

EPA's proposed action provided a 30-day public comment period. We received and granted a request to extend the comment period by another 30 days until August 27, 2009 (74 FR 36980, July 27, 2009). During this period, we received one comment from the following party.

1. Michael Scheible, California Air Resources Board (CARB), letter dated August 27, 2009 and received August 27, 2009. CARB requested that Test Method 310 be removed from the SIP submittal and asked EPA to continue to act on the remaining Consumer Products regulations.

III. EPA Action

Based on CARB's request to remove Test Method 310 from the SIP submittal, we are not acting to approve the method into the SIP. EPA has previously determined that Test Method 310 is technically adequate to determine compliance with CARB's Consumer Products Regulations (70 FR 53590, September 13, 2005 and 40 CFR 59, subpart E).

No comments were submitted that change our assessment that the submitted regulations comply with the relevant CAA requirements. Therefore, as authorized in section 110(k)(3) of the Act, EPA is fully approving California Code of Regulations Title 17, Division 3, Chapter 1, Subchapter 8.5—Consumer Products, Articles 1, 2, and 3 into the California SIP.

IV. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews

Under the Clean Air Act, the Administrator is required to approve a SIP submission that complies with the provisions of the Act and applicable Federal regulations. 42 U.S.C. 7410(k); 40 CFR 52.02(a). Thus, in reviewing SIP submissions, EPA's role is to approve state choices, provided that they meet the criteria of the Clean Air Act. Accordingly, this action merely approves state law as meeting Federal requirements and does not impose additional requirements beyond those imposed by state law. For that reason, this action:

  • Is not a “significant regulatory action” subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget under Executive Order 12866 (58 FR 51735, October 4, 1993);
  • Does not impose an information collection burden under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.);
  • Is certified as not having a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.);
  • Does not contain any unfunded mandate or significantly or uniquely affect small governments, as described in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-4);
  • Does not have Federalism implications as specified in Executive Order 13132 (64 FR 43255, August 10, 1999);
  • Is not an economically significant regulatory action based on health or safety risks subject to Executive Order 13045 (62 FR 19885, April 23, 1997);
  • Is not a significant regulatory action subject to Executive Order 13211 (66 FR 28355, May 22, 2001);
  • Is not subject to requirements of Section 12(d) of the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995 (15 U.S.C. 272 note) because application of those requirements would be inconsistent with the Clean Air Act; and
  • Does not provide EPA with the discretionary authority to address, as appropriate, disproportionate human health or environmental effects, using practicable and legally permissible methods, under Executive Order 12898 (59 FR 7629, February 16, 1994).

In addition, this rule does not have tribal implications as specified by Executive Order 13175 (65 FR 67249, November 9, 2000), because the SIP is not approved to apply in Indian country located in the state, and EPA notes that it will not impose substantial direct costs on tribal governments or preempt tribal law.

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 action 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 of the rule 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).

Under section 307(b)(1) of the Clean Air Act, petitions for judicial review of this action must be filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the appropriate circuit by January 4, 2010. Filing a petition for reconsideration by the Administrator of this final rule does not affect the finality of this action for the purposes of judicial review nor does it extend the time within which a petition for judicial review may be filed, and shall not postpone the effectiveness of such rule or action. This action may not be challenged later in proceedings to enforce its requirements (see section 307(b)(2)).

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List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 52

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Dated: September 23, 2009.

Jane Diamond,

Acting Regional Administrator, Region IX.

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Part 52, Chapter I, Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations is amended as follows:

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PART 52—[AMENDED]

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1. The authority citation for Part 52 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.

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Subpart F—California

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2. Section 52.220 is amended by adding paragraph (c)(365) to read as follows:

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(365) New and amended regulations were submitted on March 27, 2008, by the Governor's designee.

(i) Incorporation by Reference.

(A) California Air Resources Board.

(1) Barclays Official California Code of Regulations, Title 17 Public Health, Division 3 Air Resources, Chapter 1 Air Resources Board, Subchapter 8.5 Consumer Products, Article 1 Antiperspirants and Deodorants, amendment filed 6-20-2005, operative 7-20-2005.

(2) Barclays Official California Code of Regulations, Title 17 Public Health, Division 3 Air Resources, Chapter 1 Air Resources Board, Subchapter 8.5 Consumer Products, Article 2 Consumer Products, amendment filed 11-8-2007, operative 12-8-2007.Start Printed Page 57076

(3) Barclays Official California Code of Regulations, Title 17 Public Health, Division 3 Air Resources, Chapter 1 Air Resources Board, Subchapter 8.5 Consumer Products, Article 3 Aerosol Coating Products, amendment filed 11-8-2007, operative 12-8-2007.

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[FR Doc. E9-26417 Filed 11-3-09; 8:45 am]

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