[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 75 (Thursday, April 18, 2013)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Page 23149]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-09156]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

40 CFR Part 51

[EPA-HQ-OAR-2012-0393; FRL-9800-8]
RIN 2060-AQ38


Air Quality: Revision to Definition of Volatile Organic 
Compounds--Exclusion of trans 1-chloro-3,3,3-trifluoroprop-1-ene 
[SolsticeTM 1233zd(E)]

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Withdrawal of direct final rule.

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SUMMARY: EPA published a direct final rule, Air Quality: Revision to 
Definition of Volatile Organic Compounds--Exclusion of trans 1-chloro-
3,3,3-trifluoroprop-1-ene [SolsticeTM 1233zd(E)], on 
February 15, 2013, and a parallel proposed rule to revise the 
definition of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) for purposes of 
preparing state implementation plans (SIPs) to attain the national 
ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for ozone under title I of the 
Clean Air Act (CAA). The direct final action added trans 1-chloro-
3,3,3-trifluoroprop-1-ene (also known as SolsticeTM 
1233zd(E)) to the list of compounds excluded from the definition of 
VOCs on the basis that the compound makes a negligible contribution to 
tropospheric ozone formation. Because EPA received one adverse comment, 
we are withdrawing the direct final rule.

DATES: Effective April 18, 2013, the EPA withdraws the direct final 
rule amendments published at 78 FR 11101 on February 15, 2013.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Sanders, Office of Air Quality 
Planning and Standards, Air Quality Policy Division, Mail Code C539-01, 
Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; telephone: (919) 541-3356; fax: (919) 
541-0824; email address: sanders.dave@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: EPA published in the Federal Register a 
direct final rule at 78 FR 11101 and a parallel proposed rule at 78 FR 
11119 on February 15, 2013, to revise the definition of VOCs for 
purposes of preparing SIPs to attain the NAAQS for ozone under title I 
of the CAA. If it had become effective, this direct final action would 
have added SolsticeTM 1233zd(E) to the list of compounds 
excluded from the definition of VOCs on the basis that the compound 
makes a negligible contribution to tropospheric ozone formation.
    The direct final rulemaking action announced that the direct final 
rule would be withdrawn if EPA received any adverse comments by April 
1, 2013. The EPA received one adverse comment in a timely manner. With 
this notice, EPA is withdrawing the February 15, 2013, direct final 
rulemaking action pertaining to the exemption of SolsticeTM 
1233zd(E) from the VOC definition. All public comments that were 
received will be addressed in a final rulemaking action based on the 
proposed rule.

List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 51

    Environmental protection, Administrative practice and procedure, 
Air pollution control, Ozone, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, 
Volatile organic compounds.

    Dated: April 10, 2013.
Bob Perciasepe,
Acting Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2013-09156 Filed 4-17-13; 8:45 am]
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