[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 66 (Thursday, April 5, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 20623-20625]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-8201]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ-RCRA-2012-0187; FRL-9656-4]


Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; 
Comment Request; General Hazardous Waste Facility Standards

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 
U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that EPA is planning to 
submit a request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to renew 
an existing approved Information Collection Request (ICR) concerning 
standards for facilities that handle hazardous waste. This ICR is 
scheduled to expire on August 31, 2012. Before submitting the ICR to 
OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific 
aspects of the proposed information collection as described below.

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before June 4, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-
RCRA-2012-0187, by one of the following methods:
     www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line instructions for 
submitting comments.
     Email: rcra-docket@epa.gov.
     Fax: 202-566-9744.
     Mail: RCRA Docket (28221T), U.S. Environmental Protection 
Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460.
     Hand Delivery: 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Room 3334, 
Washington, DC 20460. Such deliveries are only accepted during the 
Docket's normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be 
made for deliveries of boxed information.
    Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-RCRA-
2012-0187. EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included 
in the public docket without change and may be made available online at 
www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, 
unless the comment includes information claimed to be Confidential 
Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is 
restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to 
be CBI or otherwise protected through www.regulations.gov or email. The 
www.regulations.gov Web site is an ``anonymous access'' system,

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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 email 
comment directly to EPA without going through www.regulations.gov your 
email 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. For additional 
information about EPA's public docket visit the EPA Docket Center 
homepage at http://www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Norma Abdul-Malik, Environmental 
Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; 
telephone number: 703-308-8753; fax number: 703-308-8617; email 
address: abdul-malik.norma@epamail.epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

How can I access the docket and/or submit comments?

    EPA has established a public docket for this ICR under Docket ID 
No. EPA-HQ-RCRA-2012-0187, which is available for online viewing at 
www.regulations.gov, or in person viewing at the RCRA Docket in the EPA 
Docket Center (EPA/DC), EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. 
NW., Washington, DC. The EPA/DC Public Reading Room is open from 8 a.m. 
to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The 
telephone number for the Reading Room is (202) 566-1744, and the 
telephone number for RCRA Docket is (202) 566-0270.
    Use www.regulations.gov to obtain a copy of the draft collection of 
information, submit or view public comments, access the index listing 
of the contents of the docket, and to access those documents in the 
public docket that are available electronically. Once in the system, 
select ``search,'' then key in the docket ID number identified in this 
document.

What information is EPA particularly interested in?

    Pursuant to section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA, EPA specifically 
solicits comments and information to enable it to:
    (i) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is 
necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, 
including whether the information will have practical utility;
    (ii) Evaluate the accuracy of the Agency's estimate of the burden 
of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of 
the methodology and assumptions used;
    (iii) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information 
to be collected; and
    (iv) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those 
who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated 
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic 
submission of responses. In particular, EPA is requesting comments from 
very small businesses (those that employ less than 25) on examples of 
specific additional efforts that EPA could make to reduce the paperwork 
burden for very small businesses affected by this collection.

What should I consider when I prepare my comments for EPA?

    You may find the following suggestions helpful for preparing your 
comments:
    1. Explain your views as clearly as possible and provide specific 
examples.
    2. Describe any assumptions that you used.
    3. Provide copies of any technical information and/or data you used 
that support your views.
    4. If you estimate potential burden or costs, explain how you 
arrived at the estimate that you provide.
    5. Offer alternative ways to improve the collection activity.
    6. Make sure to submit your comments by the deadline identified 
under DATES.
    7. To ensure proper receipt by EPA, be sure to identify the docket 
ID number assigned to this action in the subject line on the first page 
of your response. You may also provide the name, date, and Federal 
Register citation.

What information collection activity or ICR does this apply to?

    Affected entities: Entities potentially affected by this action are 
business and other for-profit, as well as State, Local, and Tribal 
governments.
    Title: General Hazardous Waste Facility Standards.
    ICR numbers: EPA ICR No. 1571.10, OMB Control No. 2050-0120.
    ICR status: This ICR is currently scheduled to expire on August 31, 
2012. An Agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not 
required to respond to, a collection of information, unless it displays 
a currently valid OMB control number. The OMB control numbers for EPA's 
regulations in title 40 of the CFR, after appearing in the Federal 
Register when approved, are listed in 40 CFR part 9, are displayed 
either by publication in the Federal Register or by other appropriate 
means, such as on the related collection instrument or form, if 
applicable. The display of OMB control numbers in certain EPA 
regulations is consolidated in 40 CFR part 9.
    Abstract: Section 3004 of the Resource Conservation and Recovery 
Act (RCRA), as amended, requires that the U.S. Environmental Protection 
Agency (EPA) develop standards for hazardous waste treatment, storage, 
and disposal facilities (TSDFs) as may be necessary to protect human 
health and the environment. Subsections 3004(a)(1), (3), (4), (5), and 
(6) specify that these standards include, but not be limited to, the 
following requirements:
     Maintaining records of all hazardous wastes identified or 
listed under subtitle C that are treated, stored, or disposed of, and 
the manner in which such wastes were treated, stored, or disposed of;
     Operating methods, techniques, and practices for 
treatment, storage, or disposal of hazardous waste;
     Location, design, and construction of such hazardous waste 
treatment, disposal, or storage facilities;
     Contingency plans for effective action to minimize 
unanticipated damage from any treatment, storage, or disposal of any 
such hazardous waste; and
     Maintaining or operating such facilities and requiring 
such additional qualifications as to ownership, continuity of 
operation, training for personnel, and financial responsibility as may 
be necessary or desirable.
    The regulations implementing these requirements are codified in 40 
CFR parts 264 and 265. The collection of this information enables EPA 
to properly determine whether owners/operators or hazardous waste 
treatment, storage, and disposal facilities meet the requirements of 
Section 3004(a) of RCRA.
    Burden Statement: The annual public reporting burden for this 
collection of information is estimated to average 324 hours per 
respondent, and the annual public recordkeeping burden for this 
collection of information is estimated to average 88 hours per 
respondent. Burden means the total time, effort, or

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financial resources expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, 
or disclose or provide information to or for a Federal agency. This 
includes the time needed to review instructions; develop, acquire, 
install, and utilize technology and systems for the purposes of 
collecting, validating, and verifying information, processing and 
maintaining information, and disclosing and providing information; 
adjust the existing ways to comply with any previously applicable 
instructions and requirements which have subsequently changed; train 
personnel to be able to respond to a collection of information; search 
data sources; complete and review the collection of information; and 
transmit or otherwise disclose the information.
    The ICR provides a detailed explanation of the Agency's estimate, 
which is only briefly summarized here:
    Estimated total number of potential respondents: 1403.
    Frequency of response: On occasion.
    Estimated total average number of responses for each respondent: 1.
    Estimated total annual burden hours: 578,381 hours.
    Estimated total annual costs: $38,057,653 including $37,384,641 
annualized labor costs and $673,012 annualized capital or O&M costs.

What is the next step in the process for this ICR?

    EPA will consider the comments received and amend the ICR as 
appropriate. The final ICR package will then be submitted to OMB for 
review and approval pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.12. At that time, EPA will 
issue another Federal Register notice pursuant to 5 CFR 
1320.5(a)(1)(iv) to announce the submission of the ICR to OMB and the 
opportunity to submit additional comments to OMB. If you have any 
questions about this ICR or the approval process, please contact the 
technical person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    Dated: March 28, 2012.
Suzanne Rudzinski,
Director, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery.
[FR Doc. 2012-8201 Filed 4-4-12; 8:45 am]
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