[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 132 (Tuesday, July 10, 2012)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-16807]
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
[EPA-HQ-OAR-2009-0022; FRL; 9697-7]
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for
Review and Approval; Comment Request; Acid Rain Program Under Title IV
of the Clean Air Act Amendments (Renewal); EPA ICR No. 1633.16
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.
SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), this
document announces that EPA is planning to submit a request to renew an
existing approved Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of
Management and Budget (OMB). This ICR is scheduled to expire on
November 30, 2012. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and
approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the
proposed information collection as described below.
DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before September 10, 2012.
ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-
http://www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line
instructions for submitting comments.
Fax: (202) 566-9744.
Mail: Air Docket, Environmental Protection Agency,
Mailcode: 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460.
Hand Delivery: Docket Center, (EPA/DC), EPA West, Room
3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460. Such deliveries
are only accepted during the Docket's normal hours of operation, and
special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed
Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-
2009-0022. EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included
in the public docket without change and may be made available online at
http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information
provided, unless the comment includes information claimed to be
Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose
disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you
consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through http://www.regulations.gov or email. The http://www.regulations.gov Web site
is an ``anonymous access'' system, which means EPA will not know your
identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of
your comment. If you send an email comment directly to EPA without
going through http://www.regulations.gov your email address will be
automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is
placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet. If you
submit an electronic comment, EPA recommends that you include your name
and other contact information in the body of your comment and with
anydisk or CD-ROM you submit. If EPA cannot read your comment due to
technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, EPA
may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid
the use of special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of
any defects or viruses. For additional information about EPA's public
docket visit the EPA Docket Center homepage at http://www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karen VanSickle, Clean Air Markets
Division, Office of Air and Radiation, (6204J), Environmental
Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460;
telephone number: 202-343-9220; fax number: 202-343-2361; email
How can I access the docket and/or submit comments?
EPA has established a public docket for this ICR under Docket ID
No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2009-0022, 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 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) 566-9744. Use http://www.regulations.gov to obtain a copy of
the draft collection of information, submit or view public comments,
access the index listing of the contents of the docket, and to access
those documents in the public docket that are available electronically.
Once in the system, select ``search,'' then key in the docket ID number
identified in this document.
What information is EPA particularly interested in?
Pursuant to section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA, EPA specifically
solicits comments and information to enable it to:
(i) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is
necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Agency,
including whether the information will have practical utility;
(ii) Evaluate the accuracy of the Agency's estimate of the burden
of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of
the methodology and assumptions used;
(iii) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information
to be collected; and
(iv) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those
who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or
other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic
submission of responses. In particular, EPA is requesting comments from
very small businesses (those that employ less than 25) on examples of
specific additional efforts that EPA could make to reduce the paperwork
burden for very small businesses affected by this collection.
What should I consider when I prepare my comments for EPA?
You may find the following suggestions helpful for preparing your
1. Explain your views as clearly as possible and provide specific
2. Describe any assumptions that you used.
3. Provide copies of any technical information and/or data you used
that support your views.
4. If you estimate potential burden or costs, explain how you
arrived at the estimate that you provide.
5. Offer alternative ways to improve the collection activity.
6. Make sure to submit your comments by the deadline identified
7. To ensure proper receipt by EPA, be sure to identify the docket
ID number assigned to this action in the subject line on the first page
of your response. You may also provide the name, date, and Federal
What information collection activity or ICR does this apply to?
Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2009-0022.
Affected entities: Electric utilities, Industrial sources, and
Title: Acid Rain Program under Title IV of the Clean Air Act
ICR number: EPA ICR No. 1633.16, OMB Control No. 2060-0258.
ICR status: This ICR is currently scheduled to expire on November
30, 2012. 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 Acid Rain Program was established under Title IV of
the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. The program calls for major
reductions of the pollutants that cause acid rain while establishing a
new approach to environmental management. This information collection
is necessary to implement the Acid Rain Program. It includes burden
hours associated with developing and modifying permits, transferring
allowances, obtaining allowances from the conservation and renewable
energy reserve, monitoring emissions, participating in the annual
auctions, completing annual compliance certifications, participating in
the Opt-in program, and complying with NOX permitting
Burden Statement: The annual public reporting and recordkeeping
burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 90
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. The ICR provides a
detailed explanation of the Agency's estimate, which is only briefly
Estimated total number of potential respondents: 1,700.
Frequency of response: On occasion, quarterly, and annually.
Estimated total average number of responses for each respondent:
Estimated total annual burden hours: 2,056,946 hours.
Estimated total annual costs: $288,922,970, includes $150,608,009
annualized capital and O&M costs.
Are there changes in the estimates from the last approval?
To date, there are no changes in the number of hours in the total
estimated respondent burden compared with that identified in the ICR
currently approved by OMB. However, EPA is still evaluating information
that may lead to a change in the estimates.
What is the next step in the process for this ICR?
EPA will consider the comments received and amend the ICR as
appropriate. The final ICR package will then be submitted to OMB for
review and approval pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.12. At that time, EPA will
issue another Federal Register notice pursuant to 5 CFR
1320.5(a)(1)(iv) to announce the submission of the ICR to OMB and the
opportunity to submit additional comments to OMB. If you have any
questions about this ICR or the approval process, please contact the
technical person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.
Dated: June 20, 2012.
Acting Director, Clean Air Markets Division.
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