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Oil Pollution Prevention; Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Rule-Compliance Date Amendment for Farms

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AGENCY:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION:

Proposed rule.

SUMMARY:

EPA is proposing to amend the date by which farms must prepare or amend, and implement their Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure Plans, to May 10, 2013. In the “Rules and Regulations” section of this Federal Register, EPA is amending the date by which farms must prepare or amend, and implement their Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure Plans to May 10, 2013, as a direct final rule without a prior proposed rule. If we receive no adverse comment, we will not take further action on this proposed rule.

DATES:

Written comments must be received by November 2, 2011.

ADDRESSES:

Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OPA-2011-0838, by mail to EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), Environmental Protection Agency, Mailcode: 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460. Comments may also be submitted electronically or through hand delivery/courier by following the detailed instructions in the ADDRESSES section of the direct final rule located in the rules section of this Federal Register.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

For general information, contact the Superfund, TRI, EPCRA, RMP and Oil Information Center at (800) 424-9346 or TDD (800) 553-7672 (hearing impaired). In the Washington, DC metropolitan area, call (703) 412-9810 or TDD (703) 412-3323. For more detailed information on specific aspects of this final rule, contact either Lynn Beasley at (202) 564-1965 (beasley.lynn@epa.gov) or Mark W. Howard at (202) 564-1964 (howard.markw@epa.gov), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460-0002, Mail Code 5104A.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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I. Why is EPA issuing this proposed rule?

This document proposes to take action on the date by which farms as defined in 40 CFR part 112 must prepare or amend, and implement their Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans. We have published a direct final rule to amend that date to May 10, 2013 in the “Rules and Regulations” section of this Federal Register because we view this as a noncontroversial action and anticipate no adverse comment. We have explained our reasons for this action in the preamble to the direct final rule.

If we receive no adverse comment, we will not take further action on this proposed rule. If we receive adverse comment, we will withdraw the direct final rule and it will not take effect. We would 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, please see the information provided in the ADDRESSES section of this document.

II. Does this action apply to me?

Industry sectorNAICS code
Farms111, 112
Government92

This table is not intended to be exhaustive, but rather provides a guide for readers regarding entities likely to be regulated by this action. This table lists the types of entities that EPA is now aware could potentially be regulated by this action. Other types of entities not listed in the table could also be regulated. If you have questions regarding the applicability of this action to a particular entity, consult the person listed in the preceding FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section.

III. What does this amendment do?

This proposed rule amends the date by which farms as defined in 40 CFR part 112 must prepare or amend, and implement their Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans to May 10, 2013.

On June 19, 2009 (74 FR 29136), EPA issued a final rule in the Federal Register that amended the dates by which facilities must prepare or amend their SPCC Plans, and implement those Plans to November 10, 2010. Then on October 14, 2010 (75 FR 63093), EPA issued a final rule in the Federal Register with a new compliance date of November 10, 2011, by which certain facilities must prepare or amend and implement their SPCC Plans, providing an additional year for the remaining facilities. This action further extends the compliance date to May 10, 2013 for farms as defined in 40 CFR 112.2. EPA is not extending the compliance date for any other facilities. The Agency recognizes that some facilities excluded from the extension of the compliance date may still require additional time to amend or prepare their SPCC Plans as a result of either non-availability of qualified personnel, or delays in construction or equipment delivery beyond the control and without the fault of the owner or operator. If so, the owner or operator of the facility may submit a written request for additional time to amend or prepare a SPCC Plan to the Regional Administrator in accordance with § 112.3(f).

IV. 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.

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List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 112

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Dated: October 13, 2011.

Lisa P. Jackson,

Administrator.

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[FR Doc. 2011-27045 Filed 10-17-11; 8:45 am]

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