[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 33 (Tuesday, February 19, 2013)]
[Pages 11643-11644]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-03742]



[EPA-HQ-OECA-2012-0680; FRL-9528-2]

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for 
Review and Approval; Comment Request; Emission Guidelines and 
Compliance Times for Existing Municipal Solid Waste Landfills (Renewal)

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. This is a request to renew an existing 
approved collection. The ICR which is abstracted below describes the 
nature of the collection and the estimated burden and cost.

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

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing docket ID number EPA-HQ-
OECA-2012-0680, to: (1) EPA online, using www.regulations.gov (our 
preferred method), or by email to: [email protected], or by mail to: 
EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), Environmental Protection Agency, 
Enforcement and Compliance Docket and Information Center, mail code 
28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; and (2) OMB 
at: 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: Learia Williams, Monitoring, 
Assistance, and Media Programs Division, Office of Compliance, Mail 
Code 2227A, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue 
NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 564-4113; fax 
number: (202) 564-0050; 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 October 17, 2012 (77 FR 63813), EPA sought comments on this 
ICR pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.8(d). EPA received no comments. Any 
additional comments on this ICR should be submitted to both EPA and OMB 
within 30 days of this notice.
    EPA has established a public docket for this ICR under docket ID 
number EPA-HQ-OECA-2012-0680, which is available for either public 
viewing online at http://www.regulations.gov, or in person viewing at 
the Enforcement and Compliance Docket in the EPA Docket Center (EPA/
DC), EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC. 
The EPA Docket Center Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 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 Enforcement and Compliance Docket is (202) 
    Use EPA's electronic docket and comment system at http://www.regulations.gov to either submit or view public comments, access 
the index listing of the contents of the docket, and to access those 
documents in the docket that are available electronically. Once in the 
system, select ``docket search,'' then key in the docket ID number 
identified above. Please note that EPA's policy is that public 
comments, whether submitted electronically or in paper, will be made 
available for public viewing at http://www.regulations.gov as EPA 
receives them and without change, unless the comment contains 
copyrighted material, Confidentiality of Business Information (CBI), or 
other information whose public disclosure is restricted by statute. For 
further information about the electronic docket, go to 
    Title: Emission Guidelines and Compliance Times for Existing 
Municipal Solid Waste Landfills (Renewal).
    ICR Numbers: EPA ICR Number 1893.06, OMB Control Number 2060-0430.
    ICR Status: This ICR is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2013. 
Under OMB regulations, the Agency may continue to either conduct or 
sponsor the collection of information while this submission is pending 
at OMB.
    Abstract: The affected entities are subject to the General 
Provisions of the Emission Guidelines at 40 CFR part 60, subpart A, and 
any changes, or additions to the Provisions specified at 40 CFR part 
60, subpart Cc and part 62, Subpart GGG.
    Owners or operators of the affected facilities must submit periodic 
reports and results. Owners or operators are also required to maintain 
records of control system monitoring, accumulated refuse, surface 
methane monitoring, and collection and control system exceedances.
    Burden Statement: The annual public reporting and recordkeeping 
burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 15 
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.
    Respondents/Affected Entities: Entities potentially affected by 
this action are the owners or operators of municipal solid waste 
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 511.
    Frequency of Response: Monthly, Quarterly, and Annually.
    Estimated Total Annual Hour Burden: 42,277.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost: $4,717,854, which includes $4,054,254 
in labor costs, no capital/startup costs, and $663,600 in operation and 
maintenance (O&M) costs.
    Changes in the Estimates: There is a net decrease in the total 
burden associated with both privately- and publicly-owned landfills. 
This decrease is due to an adjustment to the estimated average number 
of respondents. To account for landfill closures that have occurred 
since the previous ICR was approved, this ICR applies a three-percent 
per year landfill closure rate to the previous ICR's estimated number 
of respondents. This adjustment decreased the total burden hours 
associated with privately- and publicly-owned landfills. There is an 
increase in burden cost from the most recently approved ICR. This is

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due to the fact that this ICR uses updated labor rates from the Bureau 
of Labor Statistics to calculate respondent burden costs.
    There is an increase in the respondent burden and cost associated 
with State and local agencies. This increase is due to an adjustment in 
the labor burden calculations. The previous ICR assumed that, for each 
burden item, person-hours per occurrence included technical, 
managerial, and clerical labor hours. To be consistent with the 
estimation methodology used in other ICRs, this ICR assumes that 
person-hours per occurrence includes technical labor only, and that 
managerial and clerical hours account for an additional 5 and 10 
percent, respectively, of technical labor hours. This adjustment 
increased the State and local agency burden hours and costs.
    There is a decrease in the Federal Agency burden due to adjustments 
in the labor burden calculations. The previous ICR included a burden 
item for Agency review of surface methane monitoring reports. 
Respondents, however, are not required to submit reports; therefore, no 
Agency burden will be incurred. For this reason we have adjusted the 
calculations to exclude any Agency burden associated with surface 
methane monitoring. We have also adjusted the total labor burden 
attributed to EPA technical, managerial, and clerical labor. As 
described in the previous paragraph, we adjusted the calculations for 
consistency with other ICRs, and so that managerial and clerical hours 
account for an additional 5 and 10 percent, respectively, of technical 
labor hours. The net result of these adjustments was a decrease in 
    There is also a decrease in O&M costs from the most recently 
approved ICR. This decrease is not due to any program changes, and is 
attributed to the decrease in the number of respondents due to landfill 
closures that have occurred since the previous ICR was approved. As a 
result, there is a proportional decrease in the O&M cost.

John Moses,
Director, Collection Strategies Division.
[FR Doc. 2013-03742 Filed 2-15-13; 8:45 am]