[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 129 (Thursday, July 5, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 39699-39700]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-16442]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-1036; FRL-9341-3]


Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; 
Comment Request

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), this 
document announces that EPA is planning to submit a new Information 
Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). 
Before submitting the ICR, titled: ``Soil Fumigant Risk Mitigation'' 
and identified by EPA ICR No. 2451.01 and OMB Control No. 2070-new to 
OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific 
aspects of the proposed information collection.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before September 4, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification 
(ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-1036, by one of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting 
comments. Do not submit electronically any information you consider to 
be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose 
disclosure is restricted by statute.
     Mail: OPP Docket, Environmental Protection 
Agency Docket Center (EPA/DC), Mail Code: 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania 
Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001. In addition, please mail a copy of 
your comments on the information collection provisions to the Office of 
Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 
Attn: Desk Officer for EPA, 725 17th St. NW., Washington, DC 20503.
     Hand Delivery: To make special arrangements for 
hand delivery or delivery of boxed information, please follow the 
instructions at http://www.epa.gov/dockets/contacts.htm.
    Additional instructions on commenting or visiting the docket, along 
with more information about dockets generally, is available at http://www.epa.gov/dockets.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amaris Johnson, Field and External 
Affairs Division (7506P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental 
Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-
0001; telephone number: (703) 305-9542; fax number: (703) 308-5884; 
email address: johnson.amaris@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. What information is EPA particularly interested in?

    Pursuant to section 3506(c)(2)(A) of PRA, EPA specifically solicits 
comments and information to enable it to:
    1. Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is 
necessary for the proper performance of the

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functions of the Agency, including whether the information will have 
practical utility.
    2. Evaluate the accuracy of the Agency's estimates of the burden of 
the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used.
    3. Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to 
be collected.
    4. 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.

II. What information collection activity or ICR does this action apply 
to?

    Affected entities: Entities potentially affected by this ICR are 
certified applicators and agricultural pesticide handlers, soil 
fumigant registrants, state and tribal lead agencies, and EPA.
    Title: Soil Fumigant Risk Mitigation.
    ICR number: EPA ICR No. 2451.01.
    OMB control number: OMB Control No. 2070-[new].
    ICR status: This ICR is for a new information collection activity. 
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 Code of Federal Regulations (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 for certain EPA 
regulations is consolidated in 40 CFR part 9.
    Abstract: EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs, under the Office of 
Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, will use the information 
collected under this ICR to ensure that risk mitigation measures 
necessary for reregistration eligibility for certain soil fumigant 
chemicals are adequately implemented. The programs and activities 
represented in this new ICR are the result of the Agency exercising the 
authority of section 3(c)(2)(B) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, 
and Rodenticide Act, which authorizes EPA to require pesticide 
registrants to generate and submit data to the Agency, when such data 
are needed to maintain an existing registration of a pesticide. 
Responses to this collection of information are required to obtain or 
retain a benefit.
    Burden statement: The annual public reporting and recordkeeping 
burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 4.3 
hours per response. Burden is defined in 5 CFR 1320.3(b).
    The ICR provides a detailed explanation of this estimate, which is 
only briefly summarized here:
    Estimated total number of potential respondents: 17,853.
    Frequency of response: On occasion.
    Estimated total average number of responses for each respondent: 
2.5.
    Estimated total annual burden hours: 191,261.
    Estimated total annual costs: $6,283,510.
    This includes an estimated burden cost of $6,283,510 and an 
estimated cost of $0 for capital investment or maintenance and 
operational costs.

III. 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. 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 person listed under FOR 
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

List of Subjects

    Environmental protection, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

    Dated: June 21, 2012.
James Jones
Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution 
Prevention.
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