[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 122 (Monday, June 25, 2012)]
[Pages 37897-37898]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-15343]



[EPA-HQ-SFUND-2005-0008; FRL-9517-9]

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for 
Review and Approval; Comment Request; Emergency Planning and Release 
Notification Requirements Under Emergency Planning and Community Right-
To-Know Act (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 July 25, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-
SFUND-2005-0008, 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, Mailcode: 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: Sicy Jacob, Office of Emergency 
Management, Mail Code 5104A, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 
Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 
564-8019; fax number: (202) 564-2620; 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 February 16, 2012 (77 FR 9235), 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-SFUND-2005-0008, which is

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available for online viewing at www.regulations.gov, or in person 
viewing at the Superfund 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 Superfund Docket 
is 202-566-0276.
    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: Emergency Planning and Release Notification Requirements 
under Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act Sections 302, 
303, and 304 (Renewal).
    ICR number: EPA ICR No. 1395.08, OMB Control No. 2050-0092.
    ICR Status: This ICR is scheduled to expire on July 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: The authority for these requirements is sections 302, 
303, and 304 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act 
(EPCRA), 1986 (42 U.S.C. 11002, 11003, and 11004). EPCRA established 
broad emergency planning and facility reporting requirements. Section 
302 requires facilities to notify their state emergency response 
commission (SERC) that the facility is subject to emergency planning. 
This activity has been completed; this ICR covers only new facilities 
that are subject to this requirement. Section 303 requires the local 
emergency planning committees (LEPCs) to prepare emergency plans for 
facilities that are subject to section 302. This activity has been also 
completed; this ICR only covers any updates needed for these emergency 
response plans. Section 304 requires facilities to report to SERCs and 
LEPCs releases in excess of the reportable quantities listed for each 
extremely hazardous substance (EHS). This ICR also covers the 
notification and the written follow-up required under this section. The 
implementing regulations and the list of substances for emergency 
planning and emergency release notification are codified in 40 CFR part 
    Burden Statement: The annual public reporting and recordkeeping 
burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 2.4 
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: Chemical manufacturers, non-chemical 
manufacturers, retailers, petroleum refineries, utilities, etc.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 110,456.
    Frequency of Response: Once, on occasion.
    Estimated Total Annual Hour Burden: 267,206.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost: $13,626,107, includes $0 annualized 
capital and $60,327 annualized O&M costs.
    Changes in the Estimates: The number of respondents increased by 
12,000 from the previous ICR. This is due to an increase in the number 
of reports of Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and 
Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA) hazardous substance and Extremely 
Hazardous Substance (EHS) releases reported to the National Response 
Center in 2011. There is a decrease of 28,550 hours from the previous 
ICR due to adjustments for current burden estimates. There is a 
decrease of $8,392 O&M costs which is also due to adjustments to the 

John Moses,
Director, Collection Strategies Division.
[FR Doc. 2012-15343 Filed 6-22-12; 8:45 am]