[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 99 (Tuesday, May 22, 2012)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-12322]
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
[EPA-HQ-OAR-2006-0947; FRL 9516-8]
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for
Review and Approval; Comment Request; CAIR To Reduce Interstate
Transport of Fine Particle Matter and Ozone (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: Comments may be submitted on or before June 21, 2012.
ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-
2006-0947, 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 Radition Docket (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: Karen VanSickle, Clean Air Markets
Division, (6204J), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania
Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 202-343-9220; fax
number: 202-343-2361; email address: email@example.com.
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 01/12/2012 (77 FR 1930), EPA sought comments on this ICR
pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.8(d). EPA received one non-substantial comment
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 EPA Docket
ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2006-0947, which is available for online viewing at
http://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) 566-1742. Use EPA's electronic docket and
comment system at http://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 http://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 http://www.regulations.gov.
Title: CAIR to Reduce Interstate Transport of Fine Particle Matter
and Ozone (Renewal).
ICR numbers: EPA ICR No. 2152.05, OMB Control No. 2060-0570.
ICR Status: This ICR is currently scheduled to expire on May 31,
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: In 2005, the United States Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) promulgated the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) to Reduce
Interstate Transport of Fine Particle Matter and Ozone. CAIR combined
its reporting requirements with existing requirements from the Emission
Reporting Requirements for Ozone State Implementation Plan (SIP)
Revisions Relating to Statewide Budgets for NOX Emissions to
Reduce Regional Transport of Ozone (NOX SIP Call) and the
Acid Rain Program (ARP) under Title IV of the CAA Amendments of 1990.
These other requirements have approved ICRs in place. The ARP is
covered under OMB Control Number 2060-0258. The NOX SIP
Call, OMB Control Number 2060-0445, was revised in 2008 and sources
previously subject to the NOX SIP Call requirements are now
covered under CAIR. In 2009 an administrative change was made to
include Delaware and New Jersey in the Clean Air Interstate Rule, OMB
Control Number 2060-0584 in this ICR. This ICR is being submitted to
account for the incremental burden associated with CAIR. As such, the
supporting statement references the burden analysis included in the
ICRs for the NOX SIP Call and ARP and estimates the change
in burden resulting from CAIR beyond the scope of these ICRs. This ICR
details the ongoing burdens associated with CAIR. These
changes can be logically divided into two categories: (1) Annualized
startup/capital and operational costs associated with CAIR affected
units that are not also affected by the ARP program and (2) incremental
operational costs for ARP affected units that are also subject to the
CAIR program. The previous 2009-2011 ICR period contained a number of
one-time costs and burdens associated with facilities/units either
transitioning into the CAIR program from the NOX SIP Call
program or facilities/units previously affected by ARP that were
required to make changes as part of CAIR. These one-time costs and
burdens were fully realized in the 2009-2011 period.
Burden Statement: The annual public reporting and recordkeeping
burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 22
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; 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
Respondents/Affected Entities: Sources subject to the CAIR program.
Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,077.
Frequency of response: Quarterly.
Estimated Total Annual Hour Burden: 265,292 hours.
Estimated Total Annual Costs: $40,819,163, which included
$22,539,614 in capital and O&M costs.
Changes in the Estimates: There is a decrease of 141,747 hours in
the total estimated burden currently identified in the OMB Inventory of
Approved ICR Burdens. This change from the previous ICR is due to three
major differences. (1) The previous ICR included a number of one-time
transition burdens associated with the incorporation of NOX
SIP Call sources and incremental changes for ARP sources. Those one
time burdens were fully accounted for in the previous ICR and are not
included in the 2012-2014 period. (2) The previous ICR also included a
State and local reporting burden associated with annual and triennial
emissions inventory reporting. This reporting requirement was removed
with changes to 40 CFR 51.125 published in 76 FR 48353 on August 8,
2011. (3) The overall number of facilities slightly declined despite
the previous administrative change to include Delaware and New Jersey.
Director, Collection Strategies Division.
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