76 FR 6564 2011-2499. Florida: Final Authorization of State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revisions  

  • Summary

    Florida has applied to EPA for final authorization of the changes to its hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). EPA has determined that these changes satisfy all requirements needed to qualify for final authorization, and is authorizing the State's changes through this immediate final action. EPA is publishing this rule to authorize the changes without a prior proposal because we believe this action is not controversial and do not expect comments that oppose it. Unless we get written comments which oppose this authorization during the comment period, the decision to authorize Florida's changes to its hazardous waste program will take effect. If we receive comments that oppose this action, we will publish a document in the Federal Register withdrawing this rule before it takes effect and a separate document in the proposed rules section of this Federal Register will serve as a proposal to authorize the changes.

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    DATES: Back to Top

    This Final authorization will become effective on April 8, 2011 unless EPA receives adverse written comment by March 9, 2011. If EPA receives such comment, it will publish a timely withdrawal of this immediate final rule in the Federal Register and inform the public that this authorization will not take effect.

    ADDRESSES: Back to Top

    Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-R04-RCRA-2010-0810 by one of the following methods:

    • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.
    • E-mail: johnson.otis@epa.gov.
    • Fax: (404) 562-9964 (prior to faxing, please notify the EPA contact listed below).
    • Mail: Send written comments to Otis Johnson, Permits and State Programs Section, RCRA Programs and Materials Management Branch, RCRA Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, The Sam Nunn Federal Center, 61 Forsyth Street, SW., Atlanta, Georgia 30303.
    • Hand Delivery or Courier. Deliver your comments to Otis Johnson, Permits and State Programs Section, RCRA Programs and Materials Management Branch, RCRA Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, The Sam Nunn Federal Center, 61 Forsyth Street, SW., Atlanta, Georgia 30303.

    Instructions: We must receive your comments by March 9, 2011. Please refer to Docket Number EPA-R04-RCRA-2010-0810. Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through http://www.regulations.gov or e-mail. The http://www.regulations.gov Web site is an “anonymous access” system, which means EPA will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an e-mail comment directly to EPA without going through http://www.regulations.gov, your e-mail 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, 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 EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, 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 may view and copy Florida's application and associated publicly available materials from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following locations: EPA, Region 4, RCRA Division, The Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center, 61 Forsyth Street, SW., Atlanta, Georgia 30303-8960; telephone number: (404) 562-8500 and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Bob Martinez Center, 2600 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400; telephone number: (850) 245-8713. Interested persons wanting to examine these documents should make an appointment with the office at least a week in advance.


    Otis Johnson, Permits and State Programs Section, RCRA Programs and Materials Management Branch, RCRA Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, The Sam Nunn Federal Center, 61 Forsyth Street, SW., Atlanta, Georgia 30303; telephone number: (404) 562-8481; fax number: (404) 562-9964; e-mail address: johnson.otis@epa.gov.


    A. Why are revisions to State programs necessary? Back to Top

    States which have received final authorization from EPA under RCRA section 3006(b), 42 U.S.C. 6926(b), must maintain a hazardous waste program that is equivalent to, consistent with, and no less stringent than the Federal program. As the Federal program changes, States must change their programs and ask EPA to authorize the changes. Changes to State programs may be necessary when Federal or State statutory or regulatory authority is modified or when certain other changes occur. Most commonly, States must change their programs because of changes to EPA's regulations in 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) parts 124, 260 through 266, 268, 270, 273 and 279.

    B. What decisions have we made in this rule? Back to Top

    We conclude that Florida's application to revise its authorized program meets all of the statutory and regulatory requirements established by RCRA. Therefore, we grant Florida final authorization to operate its hazardous waste program with the changes described in the authorization application. Florida has responsibility for permitting treatment, storage, and disposal facilities within its borders and for carrying out the aspects of the RCRA program described in its revised program application, subject to the limitations of the Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments of 1984 (HSWA). New Federal requirements and prohibitions imposed by Federal regulations that EPA promulgates under the authority of HSWA take effect in authorized States before they are authorized for the requirements. Thus, EPA will implement those requirements and prohibitions in Florida, including issuing permits, until the State is granted authorization to do so.

    C. What is the effect of this authorization decision? Back to Top

    The effect of this decision is that a facility in Florida subject to RCRA will now have to comply with the authorized State requirements instead of the equivalent Federal requirements in order to comply with RCRA. Florida has enforcement responsibilities under its State hazardous waste program for violations of such program, but EPA retains its authority under RCRA sections 3007, 3008, 3013, and 7003, which include, among others, authority to:

    • Do inspections, and require monitoring, tests, analyses or reports,
    • Enforce RCRA requirements and suspend or revoke permits, and
    • Take enforcement actions regardless of whether the State has taken its own actions.

    This action does not impose additional requirements on the regulated community because the regulations for which Florida is being authorized by today's action are already effective, and are not changed by today's action.

    D. Why wasn't there a proposed rule before this rule? Back to Top

    EPA did not publish a proposal before today's rule because we view this as a routine program change and do not expect comments that oppose this approval. We are providing an opportunity for public comment now. In addition to this rule, in the proposed rules section of today's Federal Register, we are publishing a separate document that proposes to authorize the State program changes.

    E. What happens if EPA receives comments that oppose this action? Back to Top

    If EPA receives comments that oppose this authorization, we will withdraw this rule by publishing a document in the Federal Register before the rule becomes effective. EPA will base any further decision on the authorization of the State program changes on the proposal mentioned in the previous paragraph. We will then address all public comments in a later final rule. You may not have another opportunity to comment. If you want to comment on this authorization, you must do so at this time.

    If we receive comments that oppose only the authorization of a particular change to the State hazardous waste program, we will withdraw that part of this rule but the authorization of the program changes that the comments do not oppose will become effective on the date specified above. The Federal Register withdrawal document will specify which part of the authorization will become effective, and which part is being withdrawn.

    F. What has Florida previously been authorized for? Back to Top

    Florida initially received Final authorization on January 29, 1985, effective February 12, 1985 (50 FR 3908), to implement the RCRA hazardous waste management program. We granted authorization for changes to their program on December 1, 1987, effective March 3, 1988 (52 FR 45634); December 16, 1988, effective January 3, 1989 (53 FR 50529); December 14, 1990, effective February 12, 1991 (55 FR 51416); February 5, 1992, effective April 6, 1992 (57 FR 4371); February 7, 1992, effective April 7, 1992 (57 FR 4738); May 20, 1992, effective July 20, 1992 (57 FR 21351); November 9, 1993, effective January 10, 1994 (58 FR 59367); July 11, 1994, effective September 9, 1994 (59 FR 35266); April 16, 1994, effective October 17, 1994 (59 FR 41979); October 26, 1994, effective December 27, 1994 (59 FR 53753); April 1, 1997, effective June 2, 1997 (62 FR 15407); August 23, 2001, effective October 22, 2001 (66 FR 44307); August 20, 2002, effective October 21, 2002 (67 FR 53886 and 67 FR 53889); October 14, 2004, effective December 13, 2004 (69 FR 60964). The authorized Florida program, through RCRA Cluster IV, was incorporated by reference into the CFR on January 20, 1998, effective March 23, 1998 (63 FR 2896). Florida received authorization for the corrective action program on September 18, 2000, effective November 18, 2000 (65 FR 56256). Florida received additional authorization to its program for RCRA Clusters XI through XV on August 10, 2007, effective October 9, 2007 (72 FR 44973).

    G. What changes are we authorizing with this action? Back to Top

    On August 27, 2007 and August 28, 2008, Florida submitted final complete program revision applications, seeking authorization of its changes in accordance with 40 CFR 271.21. We now make an immediate final decision, subject to receipt of comments that oppose thisaction, that Florida's hazardous waste program revision satisfies all of the requirementsnecessary to qualify for final authorization. Therefore, we grant final authorization for the following program changes:

    Description of Federal requirement Federal Register date and page Analogous state authority1
    1The Florida provisions are from the Florida Administrative Codes effective November 11, 2006, April 22, 2007, May 1, 2007, and April 25, 2008.
    209—Universal Waste Rule: Specific Provisions for Mercury Containing Equipment 70 FR 45507, 08/05/05 Rules 62-730.020(1), 62-730.030(1), 62-730.180(1) & (2), 62-730.183, 62-730.220(1), 62-730.185(1) Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.)
    212—NESHAP; MACT (Phase I Final Replacement Standards and Phase II) 70 FR 59401, 10/12/05 62-730.021, 62-730.180(1) & (2), 62-730.181(1), 62-730.220(1) F.A.C.
    213—Burden Reduction Initiative 71 FR 16862, 04/04/06 62-730.020(1), 62-730.021, 62-730.030(1), 62-730.180(1) & (2), 62-730.181(1), 62-730.183, 62-730.220(1) F.A.C.
    214—Corrections to Errors in the Code of Federal Regulations 71 FR 40254, 07/14/06 62-730.020(1), 62-730.021, 62-730.030(1), 62-730.160(1), 62-730.180(1) & (2), 62-730.181(1), 62-730.183, 62-730.220(1), 62-730.185(1) F.A.C.
    215—Cathode Ray Tubes 71 FR 42928, 07/28/06 62-730.020(1), 62-730.030(1) F.A.C.
    (No Checklist) Standards for Universal Waste Management 72 FR 35666, 06/29/07 62-730.185(1) F.A.C.
    State Initiated Changes to the Previously Authorized Program 62-730.210, 62-730.225(1), and 62-730.186 F.A.C.

    H. Where are the revised State rules different from the Federal rules? Back to Top

    Florida has added hazardous pharmaceutical waste to the list of wastes that may be managed under the Universal Waste rule. This makes Florida's Universal Waste rule broader in scope than the Federal regulation.

    I. Who handles permits after the authorization takes effect? Back to Top

    Florida will issue permits for all the provisions for which it is authorized and will administer the permits it issues. EPA will continue to administer any RCRA hazardous waste permits or portions of permits which we issued prior to the effective date of this authorization until they expire or are terminated. EPA will not issue any more permits or new portions of permits for the provisions listed in the Table above after the effective date of this authorization. EPA will continue to implement and issue permits for HSWA requirements for which Florida is not authorized.

    J. What is codification and is EPA codifying Florida's hazardous waste program as authorized in this rule? Back to Top

    Codification is the process of placing the State's statutes and regulations that comprise the State's authorized hazardous waste program into the Code of Federal Regulations. We dothis by referencing the authorized State rules in 40 CFR part 272. We reserve the amendment of40 CFR part 272, subpart K for this authorization of Florida's program changes until a laterdate.

    K. Administrative Requirements Back to Top

    The Office of Management and Budget has exempted this action from the requirements of Executive Order 12866 (58 FR 51735, October 4, 1993), and therefore this action is not subject to review by OMB. This action authorizes State requirements for the purpose of RCRA3006 and imposes no additional requirements beyond those imposed by State law. Accordingly, I certify that this action will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number ofsmall entities under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.). Because this actionauthorizes pre-existing requirements under State law and does not impose any additionalenforceable duty beyond that required by State law, it does not contain any unfunded mandate orsignificantly or uniquely affect small governments, as described in the Unfunded MandatesReform Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-4). For the same reason, this action also does not significantly or uniquely affect the communities of Tribal governments, as specified byExecutive Order 13175 (65 FR 67249, November 9, 2000). This action will not havesubstantial direct effects on the States, on the relationship between the national government andthe States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels ofgovernment, as specified in Executive Order 13132 (64 FR 43255, August 10, 1999), because itmerely authorizes State requirements as part of the State RCRA hazardous waste programwithout altering the relationship or the distribution of power and responsibilities established byRCRA. This action also is not subject to Executive Order 13045 (62 FR 19885, April 23, 1997),because it is not economically significant and it does not make decisions based on environmentalhealth or safety risks. This rule is not subject to Executive Order 13211, “Actions ConcerningRegulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use” (66 FR 28355(May 22, 2001)) because it is not a significant regulatory action under Executive Order 12866.

    Under RCRA 3006(b), EPA grants a State's application for authorization as long as theState meets the criteria required by RCRA. It would thus be inconsistent with applicable law forEPA, when it reviews a State authorization application, to require the use of any particularvoluntary consensus standard in place of another standard that otherwise satisfies therequirements of RCRA. Thus, the requirements of section 12(d) of the National TechnologyTransfer and Advancement Act of 1995 (15 U.S.C. 272 note) do not apply. As required bysection 3 of Executive Order 12988 (61 FR 4729, February 7, 1996), in issuing this rule, EPAhas taken the necessary steps to eliminate drafting errors and ambiguity, minimize potentiallitigation, and provide a clear legal standard for affected conduct. EPA has complied withExecutive Order 12630 (53 FR 8859, March 15, 1988) by examining the takings implications of the rule in accordance with the “Attorney General's Supplemental Guidelines for theEvaluation of Risk and Avoidance of Unanticipated Takings” issued under the executive order.This rule does not impose an information collection burden under the provisions of thePaperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.).

    The Congressional Review Act, 5 U.S.C. 801 et seq., as added by the Small BusinessRegulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996, generally provides that before a rule may takeeffect, the agency promulgating the rule must submit a rule report, which includes a copy of therule, to each House of the Congress and to the Comptroller General of the United States. EPAwill submit a report containing this document and other required information to the U.S. Senate,the U.S. House of Representatives, and the Comptroller General of the United States prior topublication in the Federal Register. A major rule cannot take effect until 60 days after it ispublished in the Federal Register. This action is not a “major rule” as defined by 5 U.S.C.804(2). This action will be effective April 8, 2011, unless objections to this authorization are received.

    List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 271 Back to Top

    Environmental protection, Administrative practice and procedure, Confidential businessinformation, Hazardous waste, Hazardous waste transportation, Indian lands, Intergovernmentalrelations, Penalties, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

    Authority: Back to Top

    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: January 6, 2011.

    A. Stanley Meiburg,

    Acting Regional Administrator,Region 4.

    [FR Doc. 2011-2499 Filed 2-4-11; 8:45 am]

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Document Information

Effective Date:
Immediate final rule.
Document Number:
Document Citation:
76 FR 6564
This Final authorization will become effective on April 8, 2011 unless EPA receives adverse written comment by March 9, 2011. If EPA receives such comment, it will publish a timely withdrawal of this immediate final rule in the Federal Register and inform the public that this authorization will not take effect.
6564-6567 (4 pages)
Administrative practice and procedure, Confidential business information, Environmental protection, Hazardous materials transportation, Hazardous waste, Indians-lands, Intergovernmental relations, Penalties, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements
CFR: (1)
40 CFR 271