[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 224 (Tuesday, November 20, 2012)]
[Page 69620]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-28218]

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[EPA-HQ-OAR-2005-0161; FRL-9752-6]

Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; 
Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS2) Program

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to submit an 
information collection request (ICR), ``Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS2) 
Program'' (EPA ICR No. 2380.20, OMB Control No. 2060-0637) 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.). 
Before doing so, EPA is soliciting public comments on specific aspects 
of the proposed information collection as described below. This is a 
``RENEWAL'' of the ICR, which is currently approved through March 31, 
2013. 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: Comments must be submitted on or before January 22, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-
2005-0161 online using www.regulations.gov, or in person viewing at the 
Air Docket in the EPA Docket Center in Washington, DC (EPA/DC). The 
docket is located in the EPA West Building, 1301 Constitution Avenue 
NW., Room 3334, and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern 
Standard Time, Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays, or by 
mail to: EPA Docket Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 
28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460.
    EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the 
public docket without change including any personal information 
provided, unless the comment includes profanity, threats, information 
claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other 
information whose disclosure is restricted by statute.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Geanetta Heard, Fuels Compliance 
Center, 6406J Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. 
NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 202-343-9017, fax number: 
202-343-2800; 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.
    Pursuant to section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA, EPA is soliciting 
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. 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. At that time, EPA will issue another Federal Register notice 
to announce the submission of the ICR to OMB and the opportunity to 
submit additional comments to OMB.
    Abstract: EPA would like to continue to collect annual reports, 
initial registrations and updates by way of the Agency's CDX and 
petitions for renewable fuels pathways from the regulated RFS industry. 
The recordkeeping and reporting of this regulation will allow EPA to 
monitor compliance with the RFS program. We inform respondents that 
they may assert claims of business confidentiality (CBI) for 
information they submit in accordance with 40 CFR Part 2203.
    Form Numbers:

RFS0103: RFS2 Q1 2012 Activity Report.
RFS0104: RFS2 Activity Report.
RFS0201: RFS1 RIN Transaction Report (only if RFS1 RINs were bought, 
sold, retired, or reinstated).
RFS0600: RFS2 Renewable Fuel Producer Supplemental Report (if 
RFS0701: RFS2 Renewable Fuel Producer Co-products Report.
RFS0801: RFS2 Renewable Biomass Report.
RFS0901: RFS2 Production Outlook Report.
EMTS: RFS2 RIN Transaction Report.
EMTS: RFS2 RIN Generation Report (Equivalent to RFS0400).
RFS0301: RFS2 2010 Annual Compliance Report.
RFS0302: RFS2 2011 Annual Compliance Report.
EMTS: RFS2 RIN Transaction Report.

    Respondents/affected entities: Producers of Renewable Fuels, 
Importers, Obligated Parties, Parties who own RINS (including foreign 
RIN owners).
    Respondent's obligation to respond: mandatory Sections 114 and 208 
of the Clean Air Act (CAA), 42 U.S.C. 7414 and 7542.
    Estimated number of respondents: 6065.
    Frequency of response: Annually.
    Total estimated burden: 52,095 hours (per year). Burden is defined 
at 5 CFR 1320.03(b).
    Total estimated cost: $8,010,130 (per year), includes $320 
annualized capital or operation & maintenance costs.
    Changes in Estimates: This decrease came due to the change in the 
respondent universe. Two obligated parties categories, the importers of 
renewable fuels and any party who own/intend to own RINs which include 
blenders, brokers and marketers dropped significantly. Importers 
dropped from 360 responses to 270 and any party who own/intend to own 
RINs which include blenders, brokers and marketers dropped from 3000 
responses to 1650 thus lessoning the reporting burden. The number of 
responses by these two parties decreased by a total of 6,638 responses 
and 7530 hours.

    Dated: November 8, 2012.
Byron Bunker,
Director, Transportation and Regional Programs Division.
[FR Doc. 2012-28218 Filed 11-19-12; 8:45 am]