[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 45 (Thursday, March 6, 2008)]
[Pages 12155-12156]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-4348]



[EPA-HQ-OAR-2007-0281; FRL-8538-5]

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for 
Review and Approval; Comment Request; Prevention of Significant 
Deterioration and Nonattainment New Source Review (Final Rule for 
Implementation of the New Source Review (NSR) Program for Particulate 
Matter Less Than 2.5 Micrometers (PM2.5); EPA ICR No. 1230.21; OMB 
Control No. 2060-0003

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 
U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that an Information 
Collection Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. This is a request to revise 
an existing approved collection. The ICR, which is abstracted below, 
describes the nature of the information collection and its estimated 
burden and cost.

DATES: Additional comments may be submitted on or before April 7, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-
2007-0281, to (1) EPA online using www.regulations.gov (our preferred 
method), by email to a-and-r-Docket@epa.gov, or by mail to: EPA Docket 
Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Air and Radiation Docket and 
Information Center, Mail Code 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., 
Washington, DC 20460, and (2) OMB by mail to: 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: Mr. Raghavendra (Raj) Rao, Air Quality 
Policy Division (C504-03), Office of Air Quality Planning and 
Standards, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle 
Park, NC 27711; telephone number: (919) 541-3195; fax number: (919) 
541-5509; e-mail address: rao.raj@epa.gov; or Mr. Dan deRoeck, at the 
same address, telephone 919-541-5593, or e-mail at deroeck.dan@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 May 18, 2007 (72 FR 28041), EPA sought comments on this ICR 
pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.8(d). EPA received no substantive comments 
during the comment period. Any additional comments on 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-HQ-OAR-2007-0281, which is available for online viewing at 
www.regulations.gov, or in person viewing at the Air and Radiation 
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 the Air and Radiation Docket is 202-
    Use EPA's electronic docket and comment system at 
www.regulations.gov to submit or view public comments, access the index 
listing of the contents of the docket, and to access those documents in 
the docket that are available electronically. Once in the system, 
select ``docket search,'' then key in the docket ID number identified 
above. Please note that EPA's policy is that public comments, whether 
submitted electronically or in paper, will be made available for public 
viewing at 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. For further information about the electronic 
docket, go to www.regulations.gov.
    Title: Prevention of Significant Deterioration and Nonattainment 
New Source Review (Final Rule for Implementation of the New Source 
Review (NSR) Program for Particulate Matter Less Than 2.5 Micrometers 
    ICR numbers: EPA ICR No. 1230.21, OMB Control No. 2060-0003.
    ICR Status: This ICR is for a revision to an existing, approved 
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 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

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numbers in certain EPA regulations is consolidated in 40 CFR part 9.
    Abstract: The major New Source Review (NSR) program is a 
preconstruction review and permitting program for new major sources of 
air pollutants and major modifications at existing major sources. The 
program is required under parts C and D of title I of the Clean Air 
Act. The types of information collection activities associated with the 
major NSR program are those necessary for the preparation and submittal 
of construction permit applications (by major sources) and the issuance 
of final permits (by the State and local regulatory agencies or 
``reviewing authorities''). For EPA to carry out its required oversight 
function of reviewing construction permits and assuring adequate 
implementation of the program, it must have available to it information 
on proposed construction and modifications. The major NSR rule changes 
addressed in this ICR add PM2.5 and its precursors to the list of 
pollutants that must be addressed in a major NSR permit action, but do 
not otherwise change the requirements of the program.
    Burden Statement: The public reporting and recordkeeping burden for 
this collection of information is estimated to increase by an average 
of 52 hours per major NSR permit over the currently approved level of 
668 hours per permit. The annual burden for reviewing authorities to 
administer a major NSR program is estimated to increase by an average 
of 144 hours over the currently approved level of 1,117 hours per year.
    Burden means the total time, effort, or 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.
    Respondents/Affected Entities: Entities potentially affected by 
this action are major sources of air pollutants that emit PM2.5 and 
must apply for and obtain a preconstruction permit under the major NSR 
program. In addition, State and local air reviewing authorities who 
administer the major NSR program are potentially affected entities.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 753 major NSR permits per year 
obtained by sources; 112 State and local reviewing authorities.
    Frequency of Response: On occasion.
    Estimated Increase in Annual Hour Burden: The incremental increase 
in annual burden estimated to result from the revisions to the major 
NSR regulations totals 38,875 hours for sources and 16,107 hours for 
reviewing authorities. The currently approved ICR for the entire NSR 
program (major and minor) includes 5,851,126 for sources and reviewing 
    Estimated Increase in Annual Cost: The incremental increase in 
annual costs attributable to the major NSR rule revisions is about 
$4,268,991 for sources, which includes an estimated labor cost of 
$2,546,313 million, an estimated O&M cost of $1,722,678, and no capital 
    The incremental increase in annual costs attributable to the major 
NSR rule revisions for reviewing authorities is $701,152 in labor costs 
and no capital or O&M costs.

    Dated: February 28, 2008.
Sara Hisel-McCoy,
Director, Collection Strategies Division.
 [FR Doc. E8-4348 Filed 3-5-08; 8:45 am]