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EPA/SWER RIN: 2050-AE87 Publication ID: Fall 2015 
Title: Revisions to the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; Subpart J Product Schedule Listing Requirements 

The Clean Water Act requires the EPA to prepare a schedule identifying dispersants, other chemicals, and other spill mitigating devices and substances, if any, that may be used in carrying out the National Contingency Plan (NCP); and the waters and quantities in which they may be used. The EPA is considering revising Subpart J of the NCP to address the efficacy, toxicity, and environmental monitoring of dispersants, other chemical and biological agents, and other spill mitigating substances, as well as public, State, local, and Federal officials concerns on their authorization and use. Specifically, the agency is considering revisions to the technical product requirements under subpart J, including amendments to the effectiveness and toxicity testing protocols, and establishing new effectiveness and toxicity thresholds for listing certain products on the Schedule. Additionally, the agency is considering amendments to area planning requirements for agent use authorization and advanced monitoring techniques. The agency is also considering revisions to harmonize 40 CFR part 110.4 with the definitions for chemical and biological agents proposed for subpart J. These changes, if finalized, will help ensure that chemical and biological agents have met rigorous efficacy and toxicity requirements, that product manufacturers provide important use and safety information, and that the planning and response community is equipped with the proper information to authorize and use the products in a judicious and effective manner.

Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Long-Term Actions 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 300    40 CFR 110   
Legal Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1321(b)(3)    33 U.S.C. 1321(c)(2)    33 U.S.C. 1321(d)(2)    33 U.S.C. 1321(j)    33 U.S.C. 1321(c)(1)    33 U.S.C. 1321(b)(4)    33 U.S.C. 1361(a)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  01/22/2015  80 FR 3379   
NPRM Comment Period End  04/22/2015 
Final Rule  12/00/2016 
Additional Information: Docket #:EPA-HQ-OPA-2006-0090
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, State, Tribal 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:!docketDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OPA-2006-0090  
Sectors Affected: 211 Oil and Gas Extraction; 325 Chemical Manufacturing; 424 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods; 541 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services; 562 Waste Management and Remediation Services 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Vanessa Principe
Environmental Protection Agency
Solid Waste and Emergency Response
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Mail Code 5104A,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 564-7913

Craig Matthiessen
Environmental Protection Agency
Solid Waste and Emergency Response
5104A, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 564-8016
Fax:202 564-2625