[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 204 (Monday, October 22, 2012)]
[Pages 64509-64510]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-25920]



[EPA-HQ-OPPT-2011-0778; FRL-9523-1]

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for 
Review and Approval; Comment Request; TSCA Section 5(a)(2) Significant 
New Use Rules for Existing Chemicals

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (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. The ICR, which is abstracted below, 
describes the nature of the information collection activity and its 
expected burden and costs.

DATES: Additional comments may be submitted on or before November 21, 

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing docket ID Number EPA-HQ-
OPPT-2011-0778 to (1) EPA online using www.regulations.gov (our 
preferred method), by email to [email protected] or by mail to: 
Pollution Prevention and Toxics Docket, Environmental Protection Agency 
Docket Center (EPA/DC), 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: Pamela Myrick, Deputy Director, 
Environmental Assistance Division, Office of Pollution Prevention and 
Toxics, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail code: 7408-M, 1200 
Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 202-554-
1404; 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 April 9, 2012 (77 FR 21096), EPA sought comments on this 
renewal pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.8(d). EPA received no comments during 
the comment period. Any comments related to 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 EPA-HQ-OPPT-2011-0778, which is available for online viewing at 
http://www.regulations.gov, or in person inspection at the OPPT Docket 
in the EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 
Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC. The EPA Docket Center 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 Pollution Prevention and 
Toxics Docket is 202-566-0280. Use www.regulations.gov to submit or 
view public comments, access the index listing of the contents of the 
public 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 above.
    EPA's policy is that public comments, whether submitted 
electronically or in

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paper, will be made available for public viewing in 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. When EPA 
identifies a comment containing copyrighted material, EPA will provide 
a reference to that material in the version of the comment that is 
placed in www.regulations.gov. The entire printed comment, including 
the copyrighted material, will be available in the public docket. 
Although identified as an item in the official docket, information 
claimed as CBI, or whose disclosure is otherwise restricted by statute, 
is not included in the official public docket, and will not be 
available for public viewing in www.regulations.gov. For further 
information about the electronic docket, go to www.regulations.gov.
    Title: TSCA Section 5(a)(2) Significant New Use Rules for Existing 
    ICR Status: This is a request to renew an existing approved 
collection. This ICR is scheduled to expire on November 30, 2012. Under 
OMB regulations, the Agency may continue to conduct or sponsor the 
collection of information while this submission is pending at OMB.
    Abstract: Section 5 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) 
provides EPA with a regulatory mechanism to monitor and, if necessary, 
control significant new uses of chemical substances. Section 5 
authorizes EPA to determine by rule (i.e., a significant new use rule 
or SNUR), after considering all relevant factors, that a use of a 
chemical substance represents a significant new use. If EPA determines 
that a use of a chemical substance is a significant new use, section 5 
requires persons to submit a significant new use notice (SNUN) to EPA 
at least 90 days before they manufacture, import, or process the 
substance for that use.
    EPA uses the information obtained through this collection to 
evaluate the health and environmental effects of the significant new 
use. EPA may take regulatory actions under TSCA section 5, 6 or 7 to 
control the activities for which it has received a SNUR notice. These 
actions include orders to limit or prohibit the manufacture, 
importation, processing, distribution in commerce, use or disposal of 
chemical substances. If EPA does not take action, section 5 also 
requires EPA to publish a Federal Register notice explaining the 
reasons for not taking action. This information collection addresses 
the reporting and recordkeeping requirements inherent in TSCA section 5 
significant new use rules.
    Responses to the collection of information are mandatory (see 40 
CFR part 721). Respondents may claim all or part of a notice as CBI. 
EPA will disclose information that is covered by a CBI claim only to 
the extent permitted by, and in accordance with, the procedures in 40 
CFR part 2.
    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, are listed in 40 CFR part 9 and included on the related 
collection instrument or form, if applicable.
    Burden Statement: The annual public reporting and recordkeeping 
burden for this collection of information is estimated to average about 
8.1 hours per response. Burden is defined in 5 CFR 1320.3(b).
    Respondents/Affected Entities: Entities potentially affected by 
this ICR are companies that manufacture, process, import, or distribute 
in commerce chemical substances or mixtures.
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 53.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 736 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Costs: $63,799.
    Changes in Burden Estimates: There is a decrease of 440 hours in 
the total estimated respondent burden compared with that identified in 
the ICR currently approved by OMB. This change reflects updates to the 
number of affected sites and responses and the correction of estimates 
in the previous ICR. More details on the changes are outlined in the 
Supporting Statement. The change is an adjustment.

John Moses,
Director, Collection Strategies Division.
[FR Doc. 2012-25920 Filed 10-19-12; 8:45 am]