[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 129 (Thursday, July 5, 2012)]
[Pages 39700-39701]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-16391]



[EPA-HQ-RCRA-2012-0163; FRL-9519-6]

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for 
Review and Approval; Comment Request; Generator Standards Applicable to 
Laboratories Owned by Eligible Academic Entities (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 August 6, 

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-RCRA-
2012-0163, to (1) EPA, either online using www.regulations.gov (our 
preferred method), or 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: Kristen Fitzgerald, (Mail Code 5304P), 
Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., 
Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 703-308-8286; fax number: 703-
308-8827; 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 March 20, 2012 (77 FR 16222), 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-RCRA-2012-0163, which is available for online viewing at 
www.regulations.gov, or in person viewing at the Resource Conservation 
and Recovery Act (RCRA) Docket in the

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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 RCRA Docket is (202) 566-0270.
    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: Generator Standards Applicable to Laboratories Owned by 
Eligible Academic Entities (Renewal).
    ICR numbers: EPA ICR No. 2317.02, OMB Control No. 2050-0204.
    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 EPA has finalized an alternative set of generator 
requirements applicable to laboratories owned by eligible academic 
entities, as defined in the final rule. The rule, which established a 
new Subpart K within 40 CFR part 262, provides a flexible and 
protective set of regulations that address the specific nature of 
hazardous waste generation and accumulation in laboratories owned by 
colleges and universities, and teaching hospitals and non-profit 
research institutes that are either owned by or formally affiliated 
with a college or university. In addition, the final rule allows 
colleges and universities and these other eligible academic entities 
formally affiliated with a college or university the discretion to 
determine the most appropriate and effective method of compliance with 
these requirements by allowing them the choice of managing their 
hazardous wastes in accordance with the new alternative regulations as 
set forth in Subpart K or remaining subject to the existing generator 
regulations. The rule requires that an eligible academic entity 
choosing to manage its unwanted materials will submit a Site 
Identification Form on a one-time basis to the appropriate EPA Regional 
Administrator or, when appropriate, State Director in authorized States 
that have adopted the final rule. EPA and States will use this 
information to identify the entities and sites subject to the Subpart K 
requirements and ensure that all of these sites are managing their 
unwanted materials in a manner that is protective of human health and 
the environment.
    When submitting the Site Identification Form, the eligible academic 
entity must, at a minimum, fill out the fields on the form that are 
specified at section 262.203(b)(1)-(11). Section 262.203(c) provides 
that an eligible academic entity must keep a copy of the notification 
on file at the eligible academic entity while its laboratories are 
subject to Subpart K. Section 262.203(d) provides that a teaching 
hospital that is not owned by a college or university must keep a copy 
of its formal written affiliation agreement with a college or 
university on file at the teaching hospital while its laboratories are 
subject to Subpart K. Section 262.203(e) provides that a non-profit 
research institute that is not owned by a college or university must 
keep a copy of its formal written affiliation agreement with a college 
or university on file at the non-profit research institute while its 
laboratories are subject to Subpart K. An eligible academic entity must 
submit a separate notification of withdrawal (Site Identification Form) 
for each EPA Identification Number (or site, for conditionally exempt 
small quantity generators) that is withdrawing from the requirements of 
Subpart K.
    Burden Statement: The annual public reporting and recordkeeping 
burden for this collection of information is estimated to average .04 
hours per response. The hourly reporting burden associated with Subpart 
K is estimated to be 10 minutes per respondent. This includes time for 
preparing and submitting a Site Identification Form to opt into Subpart 
K. The hourly recordkeeping burden associated with Subpart K is 
estimated to be approximately 280 hours per respondent. This includes 
time for reading the regulations, labeling containers, and preparing 
and maintaining specified documents (e.g., Laboratory Management Plan).
    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: Private sector; State, Local, or 
Tribal Governments.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 99.
    Frequency of Response: Yearly, Once, On occasion.
    Estimated Total Annual Hour Burden: 27,719 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost: $1,322,414, which includes $1,218,694 
annualized labor costs and $103,720 annualized capital or O&M costs.
    Changes in the Estimates: There is an increase of 13,260 hours in 
the total estimated burden currently identified in the OMB Inventory of 
Approved ICR Burdens. This increase is an adjustment to the existing 
estimates based on data gathered through industry consultations and 
review of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Information 
(RCRAInfo) national database, not due to program changes.

John Moses,
Director, Collection Strategies Division.
[FR Doc. 2012-16391 Filed 7-3-12; 8:45 am]