[Federal Register Volume 60, Number 185 (Monday, September 25, 1995)]
[Notices]
[Page 49407]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 95-23710]



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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[FRL-5301-8]


Denial of Petition; Protection of Stratospheric Ozone

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

ACTION: Notice of denial of petition.

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SUMMARY: This action notifies the public that the Agency received two 
petitions pursuant to section 612(d) of the Clean Air Act, under the 
Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program, and that EPA is 
denying both petitions. SNAP implements section 612 of the amended 
Clean Air Act of 1990, which requires EPA to evaluate substitutes for 
ozone-depleting Substances (ODS) and to regulate the use of substitutes 
where other alternatives exist that reduce overall risk to human health 
and the environment. Through these evaluations, EPA generates lists of 
acceptable and unacceptable substitutes for each of the major 
industrial use sectors.
    OZ Technology, Inc. submitted Hydrocarbon Blend A as a CFC-12 
substitute in a variety of end-uses. In the March 18, 1994 final SNAP 
rule (59 FR 13044), EPA found the use of Hydrocarbon Blend A 
unacceptable as a substitute for CFC-12 in all end-uses other than 
industrial process refrigeration. On October 26, 1994, OZ Technology, 
Inc. petitioned EPA to remove Hydrocarbon Blend A from the unacceptable 
list and add it to the acceptable list. The petition is in Air Docket 
A-91-42, file number VI-D-76. On July 25, 1995, EPA denied the petition 
on the basis that the information included in the petition did not 
include a scientifically valid, comprehensive risk assessment for any 
CFC-12 end-uses. The denial and the accompanying documentation are in 
Air Docket A-91-42, file number VI-C-6.
    OZ Technology, Inc. submitted Hydrocarbon Blend B as a CFC-12 
substitute in a variety of end-uses. On September 18, 1994, EPA issued 
a proposed rule (59 FR 49108), proposing to find the use of Hydrocarbon 
Blend B unacceptable as a substitute for CFC-12 in all end-uses other 
than industrial process refrigeration. On November 4, 1994, OZ 
Technology, Inc. petitioned EPA to remove Hydrocarbon Blend B from the 
unacceptable list and add it to the acceptable list. The petition is in 
Air Docket A-91-42, file number VI-D-75. Because EPA had not yet taken 
final action placing Hydrocarbon Blend B on the unacceptable list, the 
petition was premature. EPA denied the petition by taking final action 
placing Hydrocarbon B on the unacceptable list on June 13, 1995 (60 FR 
31092) and by formally denying the petition on July 25, 1995. EPA 
denied the petition on the basis that the information included in the 
petition did not include a scientifically valid, comprehensive risk 
assessment for any CFC-12 end-uses. The denial and accompanying 
documentation are in Air Docket A-91-42, file number VI-C-7.

ADDRESSES: Information relevant to this notice is contained in Air 
Docket A-91-42, Central Docket Section, South Conference Room 4, U.S. 
Environmental Agency, 401 M Street SW., Washington, DC 20460. 
Telephone: (202) 260-7548. The docket may be inspected between 8:00 
a.m. and 5:30 p.m. weekdays. As provided in 40 CFR part 2, a reasonable 
fee may be charged for photocopying.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeffrey Levy at (202) 233-9727 or fax 
(202) 233-9577, U.S. EPA, Stratospheric Protection Division, 401 M 
Street SW., Mail Code 6205J, Washington, DC 20460.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Contact the Stratospheric Protection Hotline 
at 1-800-296-1996, Monday-Friday, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 
4:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) weekdays.
    For more information on the Agency's process for administering the 
SNAP program or criteria for evaluation of substitutes, refer to the 
SNAP final rulemaking published in the Federal Register on March 18, 
1994 (59 FR 13044). Federal Register notices can be ordered from the 
Government Printing Office Order Desk (202) 783-3238; the citation is 
the date of publication. This Notice can also be retrieved 
electronically from EPA's Technology Transfer Network (TTN), Clean Air 
Act Amendment Bulletin Board. If you have a 1200 or 2400 bps modem, 
dial (919) 541-5742. If you have a 9600 bps modem, dial (919) 541-1447. 
For assistance in accessing this service, call (919) 541-5384. Finally, 
this notice may be obtained on the World Wide Web athttp://www.epa.gov/
docs/ozone/title6/SNAP/snap.html.

    Dated: September 15, 1995.
Richard Wilson,
Acting Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation.
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