[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 221 (Thursday, November 15, 2012)]
[Page 68120]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-27788]

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[EPA-HQ-RCRA-2011-0280; FRL-9524-2]

Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and 
Approval; Comment Request; 2013 Hazardous Waste Report, Notification of 
Regulated Waste Activity, and Part A Hazardous Waste Permit Application 
and Modification (Revision)

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an 
information collection request (ICR), ``2013 Hazardous Waste Report, 
Notification of Regulated Waste Activity, and Part A Hazardous Waste 
Permit Application and Modification (Revision)''. (EPA ICR No. 0976.16, 
OMB Control No. 2050-0024) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act 
(44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). This is a proposed amendment of the ICR, 
which is currently approved through December 31, 2014. Public comments 
were previously requested via the Federal Register (77 FR 31005) on May 
24, 2012 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an 
additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR 
is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. 
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.

DATES: Additional comments may be submitted on or before December 17, 

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-RCRA-
2011-0280, 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 Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; and (2) OMB via 
email to [email protected]. Address comments to OMB Desk 
Officer for EPA.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peggy Vyas, Environmental Protection 
Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone 
number: 703-308-5477; fax number: 703-308-8433; email address: 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Supporting documents which explain in detail 
the information that the EPA will be collecting are available in the 
public docket for this ICR. The docket can be viewed online at 
www.regulations.gov or in person at the EPA Docket Center, EPA West, 
Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC. The telephone 
number for the Docket Center is 202-566-1744. For additional 
information about EPA's public docket, visit http://www.epa.gov/dockets.
    Abstract: The Hazardous Waste Report Instructions and Forms booklet 
is updated every two years, to comply with the statutory mandate that 
EPA conduct a survey of hazardous waste generation at least every two 
years. The report, known as the ``Biennial Report,'' has been conducted 
since 1989, every odd-numbered year, known as the data collection year. 
The even-numbered years are known as the reporting years. The ICR has 
been renewed every data collection year, and the forms have been made 
available to respondents at the beginning of the reporting year. 
However, EPA is amending the current ICR this year so that the booklet 
for the next cycle, the 2013 cycle, will be available at the beginning 
of the data collection year. This change is in response to many 
requests by States.
    The proposed changes to the 2013 booklet include: (1) Some 
management method codes will be consolidated in order to ease 
reporting, (2) the waste minimization codes will be revised in order to 
assist filers with reporting their waste minimization activities, and 
(3) editorial changes will be made to the description of some source 
codes in order to improve clarity for filers.
    This amendment will not affect the Notification booklet or the Part 
A Permit Application booklet, which are both part of this ICR.
    Form Numbers: 8700-13 A/B.
    Respondents/affected entities: Business or other for-profit as well 
as State, Local, or Tribal governments.
    Respondent's obligation to respond: mandatory (RCRA sections 3002 
and 3004).
    Estimated number of respondents: 56,672.
    Frequency of response: Biennially.
    Total estimated burden: 432,903 hours per year. Burden is defined 
at 5 CFR 1320.03(b).
    Total estimated cost: $18,404,963 (per year), includes $18,153,496 
annualized labor and $251,467 annualized capital or operation & 
maintenance costs.
    Changes in the Estimates: There is a decrease of 7,341 hours in the 
total estimated respondent burden compared with the ICR currently 
approved by OMB. This decrease is due to changes in the waste 
minimization data reported in Form GM (i.e., use of a revised set of 
waste minimization codes for which the requirement to submit comments 
is optional).

John Moses,
Director, Collection Strategies Division.
[FR Doc. 2012-27788 Filed 11-14-12; 8:45 am]