[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 138 (Wednesday, July 18, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 42304-42305]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-17468]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ-OPPT-2011-0777; FRL-9520-5; EPA ICR No. 0575.13, OMB No. 2070-
0004]


Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for 
Review and Approval; Comment Request; Health and Safety Data Reporting, 
Submission of Lists and Copies of Health and Safety Studies

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, this document 
announces that the following Information Collection Request (ICR) has 
been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review 
and approval: Health and Safety Data Reporting, Submission of Lists and 
Copies of Health and Safety Studies. The ICR, which is abstracted 
below, describes the nature of the information collection activity and 
its expected burden and costs.

DATES: Additional comments may be submitted on or before August 17, 
2012.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing docket ID Number EPA-HQ-
OPPT-2011-0777 to (1) EPA online using www.regulations.gov (our 
preferred method), by email to oppt.ncic@epa.gov or by mail to: 
Document Control Office (DCO), Office of Pollution Prevention and 
Toxics (OPPT), Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code: 7407T, 1200 
Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460, and (2) OMB at: Office of 
Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB), Attention: Desk Officer for EPA, 725 17th Street NW., 
Washington, DC 20503.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Pamela Myrick, Acting Director, 
Environmental Assistance Division, Office of Pollution Prevention and 
Toxics, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail code: 7408-M, 1200 
Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 202-
554-1404; email address: TSCA-Hotline@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: EPA has submitted the following ICR to OMB 
for review and approval according to the procedures prescribed in 5 CFR 
1320.12. On January 25, 2012 (77 FR 3766), EPA sought comments on this 
renewal pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.8(d). EPA received no comments during 
the comment period. Any comments related to this ICR should be 
submitted to EPA and OMB within 30 days of this notice.
    EPA has established a public docket for this ICR under Docket ID 
No. EPA EPA-HQ-OPPT-2011-0777, which is available for online viewing at 
http://www.regulations.gov, or in person inspection at the Pollution 
Prevention and Toxics Docket in the EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), EPA 
West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC. The EPA 
Docket Center 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 the 
Pollution Prevention and Toxics Docket is 202-566-0280. Use 
www.regulations.gov to submit or view public comments, access the index 
listing of the contents of the public 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 above.
    EPA's policy is that public comments, whether submitted 
electronically or in paper, will be made available for public viewing 
in www.regulations.gov as EPA receives them and without change, unless 
the comment contains copyrighted material, confidential business 
information (CBI), or other information whose public disclosure is 
restricted by statute. When EPA identifies a comment containing 
copyrighted material, EPA will provide a reference to that material in 
the version of the comment that is placed in www.regulations.gov. The 
entire printed comment, including the copyrighted material, will be 
available in the public docket. Although identified as an item in the 
official docket, information claimed as CBI, or whose disclosure is 
otherwise restricted by statute, is not included in the official public 
docket, and will not be available for public viewing in 
www.regulations.gov. For further information about the electronic 
docket, go to www.regulations.gov.
    Title: Health and Safety Data Reporting, Submission of Lists and 
Copies of Health and Safety Studies.
    ICR Status: This is a request to renew an existing approved 
collection. This ICR is scheduled to expire on October 31, 2012. Under 
OMB regulations, the Agency may continue to conduct or sponsor the 
collection of information while this submission is pending at OMB.
    Abstract: Section 8(d) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) 
and 40 CFR part 716 require manufacturers and processors of chemicals 
to submit lists and copies of health and safety studies relating to the 
health and/or environmental effects of certain chemical substances and 
mixtures. In order to comply with the reporting requirements of section 
8(d), respondents must search their records to identify any health and 
safety studies in their possession, copy and process relevant studies, 
list studies that are currently in progress, and submit this 
information to EPA.
    EPA uses this information to construct a complete picture of the 
known effects of the chemicals in question, leading to determinations 
by EPA of whether additional testing of the chemicals is required. The 
information enables EPA to base its testing decisions on the most 
complete information available and to avoid demands for testing that 
may be duplicative. EPA uses information obtained via this collection 
to support its investigation of the risks posed by chemicals and, in 
particular, to support its decisions on whether to require industry to 
test chemicals under section 4 of TSCA.
    Responses to the collection of information are mandatory (see 40 
CFR part 716). Respondents may claim all or part of a notice as CBI. 
EPA will disclose information that is covered by a CBI claim only to 
the extent permitted by, and in accordance with, the procedures in 40 
CFR part 2.
    An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required 
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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, are 
listed in 40 CFR part 9 and included on the related collection 
instrument or form, if applicable.
    Burden Statement: The annual public reporting and recordkeeping 
burden for this collection of information is estimated to average about 
9.7 hours per response. Burden is defined in 5 CFR 1320.3(b).
    Respondents/Affected Entities: Entities potentially affected by 
this action are companies that manufacture, process, import, or 
distribute in commerce chemical substances or mixtures.
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion.
    Estimated average number of responses for each respondent: 1.2.
    Estimated No. of Respondents: 119.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 1,364 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Costs: $88,588.
    Changes in Burden Estimates: This request reflects an increase of 
908 hours (from 456 hours to 1,364 hours) in the total estimated 
respondent burden from that currently in the OMB inventory. This 
increase reflects EPA's revised estimate for the rate of chemical 
additions (from 20 to 70 chemicals per year) and to the episodic nature 
of rulemakings that add chemicals to the TSCA section 8(d) list. The 
Supporting Statement provides details about the change in burden 
estimate. The change is an adjustment.

John Moses,
Director, Collection Strategies Division.
[FR Doc. 2012-17468 Filed 7-17-12; 8:45 am]
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