[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 79 (Tuesday, April 24, 2012)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-9812]
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
[EPA-HQ-OAR-2003-0034; FRL 9516-4]
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for
Review and Approval; Comment Request; Voluntary Aluminum Industrial
Partnership (VAIP) (Renewal)
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 May 24, 2012.
ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-
2003-0034, 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
Information Center, 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: Sally Rand, Climate Change Division,
Office of Atmospheric Programs (6207J), Environmental Protection
Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone
number: 202-343-9739; fax number: 202-343-2202; email address:
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 February 16, 2012 (77 FR 9233), EPA sought comments on this
ICR pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.8(d). EPA received no 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-2003-0034, 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 8:30 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: Voluntary Aluminum Industrial Partnership (VAIP) (Renewal).
ICR numbers: EPA ICR No. 1867.05, OMB Control No. 2060-0411.
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: EPA's Voluntary Aluminum Industrial Partnership (VAIP)
was initiated in 1995 and is an important voluntary program
contributing to the overall reduction in emissions of greenhouse gases.
This program focuses on reducing direct greenhouse gas emissions
including perfluorocarbon (PFC) and carbon dioxide (CO2)
emissions from the production of primary aluminum. Six of the seven
U.S. producers of primary aluminum participate in this program. PFCs
are very potent greenhouse gases with global warming potentials several
thousand times that of carbon dioxide, and they persist in the
atmosphere for thousands of years. CO2 is emitted from
consumption of the carbon anode. The Partnership effectively promotes
the adoption of emission reduction technologies and practices
associated with decreasing the frequency and duration of anode effects.
Participants voluntarily agree to designate a VAIP liaison, and to
undertake and share information on technically feasible and cost-
effective actions to reduce PFC and direct CO2 emissions.
The information contained in the annual reports of VAIP members is used
by EPA to assess the success of the program in achieving its goals and
to advance Partner efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Burden Statement: The annual public reporting and recordkeeping
burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 40
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: Primary Production of Aluminum.
Estimated Number of Respondents: 6.
Frequency of Response: Annual.
Estimated Total Annual Hour Burden: 240.
Estimated Total Annual Cost: $22,668, includes $0 annualized
capital or O&M costs.
Changes in the Estimates: There is a decrease of 393 hours in the
total estimated burden currently identified in the OMB Inventory of
Approved ICR Burdens. This decrease is attributable in part to
implementation of the EPA Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gases Rule
(74 FR 56260) which requires reporting of greenhouse gas (GHG) data and
other relevant information from large sources and suppliers in the
United States. The regulation includes primary aluminum production and
because emissions reporting shifted from a voluntary to a mandatory
activity, companies are no longer required to track, assess and submit
emissions data under the VAIP. There is also one less participating
company due to their cessation of primary aluminum production.
Director, Collection Strategies Division.
[FR Doc. 2012-9812 Filed 4-23-12; 8:45 am]
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