[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 204 (Friday, October 21, 2016)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 72758-72759]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-25313]



40 CFR Parts 271 and 272

[EPA-R06-RCRA-2015-0664; FRL-9951-20-Region 6]

Louisiana: Final Authorization of State-Initiated Changes and 
Incorporation by Reference of State Hazardous Waste Management Program

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Proposed rule.


SUMMARY: During a review of Louisiana's regulations, the Environmental 
Protection Agency (EPA) identified a variety of State-initiated changes 
to Louisiana's hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation 
and Recovery Act (RCRA), as amended, for which the State had not 
previously sought authorization. EPA proposes to authorize the State 
for the program changes. In addition, EPA proposes to codify in the 
regulations entitled ``Approved State Hazardous Waste Management 
Programs'', Louisiana's authorized hazardous waste program. The EPA 
will incorporate by reference into the Code of Federal Regulations 
(CFR) those provisions of the State regulations that are authorized and 
that EPA will enforce under RCRA.

DATES: Send written comments by November 21, 2016.

ADDRESSES: Submit any comments identified by Docket ID No. EPA-R06-
RCRA-2015-0664, by one of the following methods:
    1. Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow 
the on-line instructions for submitting comments.
    2. Email: patterson.alima@epa.gov or banks.julia@epa.gov.
    3. Mail: Alima Patterson, Region 6, Regional Authorization 
Coordinator, or Julia Banks, Codification Coordinator, Permit Section 
(RPM), Multimedia Planning and Permitting Division, EPA Region 6, 1445 
Ross Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75202-2733.
    4. Hand Delivery or Courier: Deliver your comments to Alima 
Patterson, Region 6, Regional Authorization Coordinator, or Julia 
Banks, Codification Coordinator, Permit Section (RPM), Multimedia 
Planning and Permitting Division, EPA Region 6, 1445 Ross Avenue, 
Dallas, Texas 75202-2733.
    Instructions: Do not submit information that you consider to be 
Confidential Business Information (CBI) or otherwise protected through 
regulations.gov, or email. Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-
R06-RCRA-2015-0664. The Federal regulations.gov Web site is an 
``anonymous access'' system, which means the EPA will not know your 
identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of 
your comment. If you send an email comment directly to the EPA without 
going through regulations.gov, your email address will be automatically 
captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the 
public docket and made available on the Internet. If you submit an 
electronic comment, the EPA recommends that you include your name and 
other contact information in the body of your comment and with any disk 
or CD-ROM you submit. If the EPA cannot read your comment due to 
technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, the 
EPA may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic files should 
avoid the use of special characters, any form of encryption, and be 
free of any defects or viruses. You can view and copy the documents 
that form the basis for this authorization and codification and 
associated publicly available materials from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday 
through Friday at the following location: EPA Region 6, 1445 Ross 
Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75202-2733, phone number: (214) 665-8533 or (214) 
665-8178. Interested persons wanting to examine these documents should 
make an appointment with the office at least two weeks in advance.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alima Patterson, Region 6, Regional 
Authorization Coordinator or Julia Banks, Codification Coordinator, 
Permit Section (RPM), Multimedia Planning and Permitting Division, EPA 
Region 6, 1445 Ross Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75202-2733, Phone number: 
(214) 665-8533 or (214) 665-8178, and Email address: 
patterson.alima@epa.gov or banks.julia@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: For additional information, please see the 
direct final rule published in the ``Rules and Regulations'' section of 
this Federal Register. EPA did not make a proposal prior to the direct 
final rule because we believe this action is not controversial and do 
not expect comments that oppose it. We have explained the reasons for 
this authorization in the preamble to the direct final rule. Unless we 
get written comments which oppose this authorization during the comment 
period, the direct final rule will become effective 60 days after 
publication and we will not take further action on this proposal. If we 
receive comments that oppose this action, we will withdraw the direct 
final rule and it will not take effect. We will then respond to public 
comments in a later final rule based on this proposal. You may not have 
another opportunity for comment. If you want to comment on this action, 
you must do so at this time.
    The purpose of this Federal Register document is to codify 
Louisiana's base hazardous waste management program and its revisions 
to that program through RCRA Clusters XXI, XXII including RCRA Cluster 
XXIII Checklist 229 Exclusions for Solvent Contaminated Wipes. (See 80 
FR 55032) September 14, 2015. The EPA provided

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notices and opportunity for comments on the Agency's decisions to 
authorize the Louisiana program, and the EPA is not now reopening the 
decisions, nor requesting comments, on the Louisiana authorizations as 
published in FR notices specified in Section I.F of the direct final 
rule FR document.
    This document incorporates by reference Louisiana's hazardous waste 
statutes and regulations and clarifies which of these provisions are 
included in the authorized and federally enforceable program. By 
codifying Louisiana's authorized program and by amending the Code of 
Federal Regulations, the public will be more easily able to discern the 
status of federally approved requirements of the Louisiana's hazardous 
waste management program.

    Authority: This action is issued under the authority of sections 
2002(a), 3006, and 7004(b) of the Solid Waste Disposal Act, as 
amended, 42 U.S.C. 6912(a), 6926, and 6974(b).

    Dated: August 1, 2016.
Ron Curry,
Regional Administrator, Region 6.
[FR Doc. 2016-25313 Filed 10-20-16; 8:45 am]