[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 222 (Friday, November 16, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 68770-68771]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-27972]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[FRL9752-3]


Cross-Media Electronic Reporting: Authorized Program Revision 
Approval, State of Vermont

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces EPA's approval of the State of Vermont's 
request to revise/modify certain of its EPA-authorized programs to 
allow electronic reporting.

DATES: EPA's approval is effective December 17, 2012 for the State of 
Vermont's National Primary Drinking Water Regulations Implementation 
program if no timely request for a public hearing is received and 
accepted by the Agency; and on November 16, 2012 for the State of 
Vermont's other authorized programs.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Evi Huffer, U.S. Environmental 
Protection Agency, Office of Environmental Information, Mail Stop 
2823T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460, (202) 566-
1697, huffer.evi@epa.gov, or Karen Seeh, U.S. Environmental Protection 
Agency, Office of Environmental Information, Mail Stop 2823T, 1200 
Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460, (202) 566-1175, 
seeh.karen@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On October 13, 2005, the final Cross-Media 
Electronic Reporting Rule (CROMERR) was published in the Federal 
Register (70 FR 59848) and codified as part 3 of title 40 of the CFR. 
CROMERR establishes electronic reporting as an acceptable regulatory 
alternative to paper reporting and establishes requirements to assure 
that electronic documents are as legally dependable as their paper 
counterparts. Subpart D of CROMERR requires that state, tribal or local 
government agencies that receive, or wish to begin receiving, 
electronic reports under their EPA-authorized programs must apply to 
EPA for a revision or modification of those programs and obtain EPA 
approval. Subpart D provides standards for such approvals based on 
consideration of the electronic document receiving systems that the 
state, tribal, or local government will use to implement the electronic 
reporting. Additionally, Sec.  3.1000(b) through (e) of 40 CFR part 3, 
subpart D provides special procedures for program revisions and 
modifications to allow electronic reporting, to be used at the option 
of the state, tribal or local

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government in place of procedures available under existing program-
specific authorization regulations. An application submitted under the 
subpart D procedures must show that the state, tribal or local 
government has sufficient legal authority to implement the electronic 
reporting components of the programs covered by the application and 
will use electronic document receiving systems that meet the applicable 
subpart D requirements.
    On December 5, 2011, the Vermont Department of Environmental 
Conservation (VT DEC) submitted an application titled ``Online Report 
Submittal System Electronic Document Receiving System'' for revisions/
modifications of its EPA-authorized programs under title 40 CFR. EPA 
reviewed VT DEC's request to revise/modify its EPA-authorized programs 
and, based on this review, EPA determined that the application met the 
standards for approval of authorized program revisions/modifications 
set out in 40 CFR part 3, subpart D. In accordance with 40 CFR 
3.1000(d), this notice of EPA's decision to approve Vermont's request 
to revise/modify its following EPA-authorized programs to allow 
electronic reporting under 40 CFR parts 51, 60-63, 70, 141, 144-148, 
262-265, 266, 268, 270-271, and 403 is being published in the Federal 
Register:
    Part 52--Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans;
    Part 61--National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants;
    Part 62--Approval and Promulgation of State Plans for Designated 
Facilities and Pollutants;
    Part 63--National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants 
for Source Categories;
    Part 70--State Operating Permit Programs;
    Part 142--National Primary Drinking Water Regulations 
Implementation;
    Part 147--State Underground Injection Control Programs;
    Part 272--Approved State Hazardous Waste Management Programs; and
    Part 403--General Pretreatment Regulations for Existing and New 
Sources of Pollution.
    VT DEC was notified of EPA's determination to approve its 
application with respect to the authorized program listed above.
    Also, in today's notice, EPA is informing interested persons that 
they may request a public hearing on EPA's action to approve the State 
of Vermont's request to revise its authorized public water system 
program under 40 CFR part 142, in accordance with 40 CFR 3.1000(f). 
Requests for a hearing must be submitted to EPA within 30 days of 
publication of today's Federal Register notice. Such requests should 
include the following information:
    (1) The name, address and telephone number of the individual, 
organization or other entity requesting a hearing;
    (2) A brief statement of the requesting person's interest in EPA's 
determination, a brief explanation as to why EPA should hold a hearing, 
and any other information that the requesting person wants EPA to 
consider when determining whether to grant the request; and
    (3) The signature of the individual making the request, or, if the 
request is made on behalf of an organization or other entity, the 
signature of a responsible official of the organization or other 
entity.
    In the event a hearing is requested and granted, EPA will provide 
notice of the hearing in the Federal Register not less than 15 days 
prior to the scheduled hearing date. Frivolous or insubstantial 
requests for hearing may be denied by EPA. Following such a public 
hearing, EPA will review the record of the hearing and issue an order 
either affirming today's determination or rescinding such 
determination. If no timely request for a hearing is received and 
granted, EPA's approval of the State of Vermont's request to revise its 
Part 142--National Primary Drinking Water Regulations Implementation 
program to allow electronic reporting will become effective 30 days 
after today's notice is published, pursuant to CROMERR section 
3.1000(f)(4).

    Dated: November 6, 2012.
Andrew Battin,
Director, Office of Information Collection.
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