[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 59 (Tuesday, March 27, 2012)]
[Pages 18244-18245]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-7323]



[EPA-HQ-OAR-2004-0489; FRL 9515-4]

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for 
Review and Approval; Comment Request; Air Emissions Reporting 
Requirements (Renewal)

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 renew 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 26, 

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-
2004-0489, to (1) EPA online using www.regulations.gov (our preferred 
method), by email to [email protected], or by mail to: EPA Docket 
Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 28221T, 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: Kim D. Paylor, Office of Air Quality 
Planning and Standards, Air Quality Assessment Division, Mail Code 
C339-02, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., 
Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 919-541-5474; fax number: 919-
541-0684; email address: [email protected].

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 September 14, 2011 (76 FR 56750), EPA sought comments on 
this ICR pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.8(d). EPA received no comments. 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-2004-0489, which is available for online viewing at 
www.regulations.gov, or in person viewing at the Air and Radiation 
Docket and Information Center, EPA/DC, EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 
Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC. The EPA/DC Public Reading Room 
is open from 8:30 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: Air Emissions Reporting Requirements (Renewal).
    ICR Numbers: EPA ICR No. 2170.04, OMB Control No. 2060-0580.
    ICR Status: This ICR is scheduled to expire on April 30, 2012. 
Under OMB regulations, the Agency may continue to conduct or sponsor 
the collection of information while this submission is pending at OMB. 
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: The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 
promulgated the Air Emissions Reporting Requirements (AERR) on December 
17, 2008 (73 FR 76539). The AERR consolidated and streamlined previous 
requirements of several older rules for State, Territorial, and local 
air pollution control agencies to report air emissions to the EPA 
annually. The ICR is being submitted to renew EPA's authority to 
collect air emissions-related information from States and local 
agencies for the three-year cycle that will include emissions reporting 
for inventory years 2012, 2013, and 2014, which are due to be reported 
on December 31 of the year following each inventory year.
    Under the final AERR ICR, 55 State and Territorial air quality 
agencies, including the District of Columbia (DC), and an estimated 49 
local air quality agencies, must annually submit emissions data for 
point sources emitting specified levels of oxides of nitrogen 
(NOX), carbon monoxide (CO), sulfur dioxide 
(SO2), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), particulate matter

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less than or equal to 10 micrometers in diameter (PM10), 
particulate matter less than or equal to 2.5 micrometers in diameter 
(PM2.5), and ammonia (NH3).
    Every 3 years, States are required to submit a point source 
inventory, as well as a statewide stationary nonpoint, onroad mobile, 
and nonroad mobile source inventory for all criteria pollutants and 
their precursors. The emissions data submitted for the annual and 3-
year cycle inventories are used by EPA's Office of Air Quality Planning 
and Standards (OAQPS) to assist in developing ambient air quality 
emission standards, performing regional modeling, and preparing 
national trends assessments and other special analyses and reports.
    Burden Statement: The annual public reporting and recordkeeping 
burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 656 
hours per response. 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: State, territorial and local 
government air quality management programs.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 104.
    Frequency of Response: Annually.
    Estimated Total Annual Hour Burden: 68,192.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost: $4,735,411, which includes $116,480 
annualized capital and O&M costs.
    Changes in the Estimates: There is an increase of 17,097 hours in 
the total estimated burden currently identified in the OMB Inventory of 
Approved ICR Burdens. This increase is due to calculation differences 
either in the incremental change estimates from the CERR (2060-0088) 
and NOX SIP Call (2060-0445) ICRs to the original AERR ICR 
approval or to the annualization of the burden hours for the 3-year 
reporting cycle in the original AERR ICR approval.

John Moses,
Director, Collection Strategies Division.
[FR Doc. 2012-7323 Filed 3-26-12; 8:45 am]