[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 59 (Tuesday, March 27, 2012)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-7323]
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
[EPA-HQ-OAR-2004-0489; FRL 9515-4]
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for
Review and Approval; Comment Request; Air Emissions Reporting
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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
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.
Director, Collection Strategies Division.
[FR Doc. 2012-7323 Filed 3-26-12; 8:45 am]
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