[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 32 (Friday, February 15, 2013)]
[Page 11171]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-03601]

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[EPA-HQ-OAR-2003-0041 FRL--9781-2]

Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; RadNet 

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to submit an 
information collection request (ICR), ``RadNet (Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 
0877.11, OMB Control No. 2060-0015) 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 proposed extension 
of the ICR, which is currently approved through July 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 April 16, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-
2003-0041 referencing the Docket ID numbers provided for each item in 
the text, online using www.regulations.gov (our preferred method), by 
email to a-and-r-Docket and Information Center, 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: Charles M. Petko, Office of Radiation 
and Indoor Air (ORIA), National Air and Radiation Environmental 
Laboratory (NAREL), 540 South Morris Avenue, Montgomery, Alabama 36115-
2601. Tel: 334-270-3411; fax number: 334-270-3454; email address: 

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: RadNet is a national network of stations collecting 
sampling media that include air, precipitation, drinking water, and 
milk. Samples are sent to EPA's National Air and Radiation 
Environmental Laboratory (NAREL) in Montgomery, Alabama, where they are 
analyzed for radioactivity. RadNet provides emergency response/homeland 
security and ambient monitoring information on levels of environmental 
radiation across the nation. All stations, usually operated by state 
and local personnel, participate in RadNet voluntarily. Station 
operators complete information forms that accompany the samples. The 
forms request descriptive information pertaining to sample location, 
e.g., sample type, sample location, length of sampling period, and 
volume represented.
    Form Numbers: 5900-23, 5900-24, 5900-25, 5900-26, 5900-27, 5900-28, 
5900-29, 5900-30, 5900-31.
    Respondents/affected entities: Volunteer collectors of milk, air, 
precipitation, and drinking water samples to support EPA's national 
environmental radiation monitoring network known as RadNet.
    Respondent's obligation to respond: voluntary.
    Estimated number of respondents: 275 (total).
    Frequency of response: Frequency varies according to medium being 
sampled: milk, quarterly; drinking water, quarterly; rain 
(precipitation), as events occur; and air, twice weekly.
    Total estimated burden: 9,333 hours (per year). Burden is defined 
at 5 CFR 1320.03(b).
    Total estimated cost: $480,073 in labor costs and no capital or 
    Changes in Estimates: There is an anticipated decrease in the total 
estimated burden currently identified in the OMB Inventory of Approved 
ICR Burdens. This decrease will result from the installation of new air 
monitors, which require less time from the station operators. Specific 
estimates of decreased burden are in progress. The new equipment was 
installed as a result of EPA's decision to upgrade existing air 
monitoring equipment.

    Dated: February 5, 2013.
John Griggs,
Director, National Analytical Radiation Environmental Laboratory, EPA 
Office of Radiation and Indoor Air.
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