Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request, 42637-42639 [E6-12039]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 144 / Thursday, July 27, 2006 / Notices Board pursues opportunities to strengthen capacity of programs at the tribal colleges and universities. Additional Information: Individuals who will need accommodations for a disability in order to attend the meeting (e.g., interpreting services, assistive listening devices, or material in alternative format) should notify Tonya Ewers at (202) 219–7040, no later than Friday, August 4, 2006. We will attempt to meet requests for accommodations after this date, but cannot guarantee their availability. The meeting site is accessible to individuals with disabilities. An opportunity for public comment is available on Friday, August 11, 2006, between 11 a.m.–12 noon. Comments will be limited to ten (10) minutes for those speakers who sign up to speak. Those members of the public interested in submitting written comments may do so at the address indicated above by Friday, August 4, 2006. Records are kept of all Board proceedings and are available for public inspection at the Office of the White House Initiative on Tribal Colleges and Universities, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street, NW., Washington, DC 20006, during the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dated: July 20, 2006. James Manning, Acting Assistant Secretary , Office of Post Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education. [FR Doc. E6–12013 Filed 7–26–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Environmental Management SiteSpecific Advisory Board, Paducah Department of Energy (DOE). Notice of Open Meeting. AGENCY: rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES ACTION: SUMMARY: This notice announces a meeting of the Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board (EM SSAB), Paducah. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92–463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of this meeting be announced in the Federal Register. DATES: Thursday, August 17, 2006. 5:30 p.m.–9 p.m. ADDRESSES: 111 Memorial Drive, Barkley Centre, Paducah, Kentucky 42001. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William E. Murphie, Deputy Designated Federal Officer, Department of Energy Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office, 1017 Majestic Drive, Suite 200, VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:46 Jul 26, 2006 Jkt 208001 Lexington, Kentucky 40513, (859) 219– 4001. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Purpose of the Board: The purpose of the Board is to make recommendations to DOE in the areas of environmental restoration, waste management and related activities. Tentative Agenda 5:30 p.m.—Informal Discussion 6 p.m.—Call to Order Introductions Review of Agenda Approval of July Minutes 6:15 p.m.—Deputy Designated Federal Officer’s Comments 6:35 p.m.—Federal Coordinator’s Comments 6:40 p.m.—Liaisons’ Comments 6:50 p.m.—Public Comments and Questions 7 p.m.—Task Forces/Presentations • Site Management Plan • Land Acquisition Study Update • Water Disposition/Water Quality Task Force 8 p.m.—Review of Action Items 8:05 p.m.—Public Comments and Questions 8:15 p.m.—Break 8:25 p.m.—Administrative Issues • Preparation for September Presentation • Budget Review • Review of Work Plan • Review of Next Agenda 8:35 p.m.—Subcommittee Report • Executive Committee—Chairs’ Meeting Homework 8:50 p.m.—Final Comments 9 p.m.—Adjourn Public Participation: The meeting is open to the public. Written statements may be filed with the Board either before or after the meeting. Individuals who wish to make oral statements pertaining to agenda items should contact David Dollins at the address listed below or by telephone at (270) 441–6819. Requests must be received five days prior to the meeting and reasonable provision will be made to include the presentation in the agenda. The Deputy Designated Federal Officer is empowered to conduct the meeting in a fashion that will facilitate the orderly conduct of business. Individuals wishing to make public comment will be provided a maximum of five minutes to present their comments. Minutes: The minutes of this meeting will be available for public review and copying at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Freedom of Information Public Reading Room, 1E–190, Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585 between 9 PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 42637 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday–Friday, except Federal holidays. Minutes will also be available at the Department of Energy’s Environmental Information Center and Reading Room at 115 Memorial Drive, Barkley Centre, Paducah, Kentucky between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday or by writing to David Dollins, Department of Energy, Paducah Site Office, Post Office Box 1410, MS– 103, Paducah, Kentucky 42001 or by calling him at (270) 441–6819. Issued at Washington, DC, on July 24, 2006. Rachel M. Samuel, Deputy Advisory Committee Management Officer. [FR Doc. E6–12038 Filed 7–26–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Energy Information Administration Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request Energy Information Administration (EIA), Department of Energy (DOE). ACTION: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The EIA is soliciting comments on a proposed three-year extension and revision to Form EIA– 1605, The EIA also proposes to discontinue the Form EIA–1605EZ (short form). DATES: Comments must be submitted by September 25, 2006, to the addresses listed below. ADDRESSES: Send all comments to the attention of Stephen E. Calopedis. To ensure receipt of the comments by the due date, submission by e-mail (stephen.calopedis@eia.doe.gov) or fax (202–586–3045) is recommended. Comments submitted by mail should be sent to Stephen E. Calopedis, U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Information Administration, EI–81, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585. Questions on this action should be directed to Stephen E. Calopedis at 202–586–1156 or stephen.calopedis@eia.doe.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the revised reporting form and instructions should be directed to Stephen E. Calopedis at 202–586–1156 or stephen.calopedis@eia.doe.gov. The revised version of the Form EIA–1605, ‘‘Voluntary Reporting of Greenhouse Gases,’’ and instructions, can also be E:\FR\FM\27JYN1.SGM 27JYN1 42638 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 144 / Thursday, July 27, 2006 / Notices downloaded from the Program’s Web site at http://www.eia.doe.gov/oiaf/ 1605/Forms.html. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background II. Current Actions III. Request for Comments rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES I. Background Voluntary Reporting of Greenhouse Gases Program collections are conducted pursuant to Section 1605(b) of the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (Pub. L. 102–486, 42 U.S.C. 13385) under General Guidelines issued by the DOE’s Office of Policy and International Affairs. The EIA–1605 and EIA–1605EZ forms are designed to collect voluntarily reported data on greenhouse gas emissions, achieved reductions of these emissions, and increased carbon fixation, as well as information on commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and sequester carbon in future years. A summary of the results of the Voluntary Reporting of Greenhouse Gases Program appear in the Program’s annual report titled Voluntary Reporting of Greenhouse Gases (http://www.eia.doe.gov/oiaf/ 1605/vrrpt/). Additionally, EIA produces and makes publicly available, a ‘‘public-use’’ database containing all the non-confidential information reported to EIA’s Voluntary Reporting of Greenhouse Gases Program on the Forms EIA–1605 and EIA–1605EZ (http://www.eia.doe.gov/oiaf/1605/ databases.html). The EIA, as part of its effort to comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104–13, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), provides the general public and other Federal agencies with opportunities to comment on collections of information conducted by or in conjunction with the EIA. Any comments received help the EIA to prepare data requests that maximize the utility of the information collected and to assess the impact of collection requirements on the public. Also, the EIA will later seek approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under section 3507(a) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. II. Current Actions In response to the finalization and issuance of the revised Guidelines for reporting to the 1605b Voluntary Reporting of Greenhouse Gases Program (April 21, 2006; http://www.eia.doe.gov/ oiaf/1605/ Gen%20Guidelines%20final%20rule %20Apr21.pdf), the EIA has developed and plans to issue revised reporting forms and instructions for reporting under the revised Program Guidelines. VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:46 Jul 26, 2006 Jkt 208001 The first year of reporting to the Program under the revised Guidelines is expected to occur in the Summer of 2007, for 2006 data. EIA will be requesting OMB approval for revisions to Form EIA–1605 and for discontinuation of Form EIA–1605EZ (short form). The revisions to Form EIA– 1605 are summarized below. On the existing Schedule I, ‘‘Entity Identification and Certification,’’ the focus was limited to asking for information to identify the reporting entity, the type of reporting entity, the geographic scope of activities, the Standard Industrial Classification Code (SIC), the applicability of confidentiality, and the reporting entities attesting to/certifying the accuracy of the information reported. The revised Schedule I, ‘‘Entity Information,’’ has been expanded to include an inventory of emissions and emissions reductions, carbon flux, and emissions offsets, all calculated at the entity level. In addition, Schedule I includes the collection of NAICS codes (instead of SIC codes), an expanded list of entity type categories, information on any changes in entity statement from previous reporting years, and other reporter characteristics, such as base period, voluntary program affiliation, and entity organization. On the existing Schedule II, ‘‘Projectlevel Emissions and Reductions,’’ the reporting entity was asked to provide information on individual projects that had achieved reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and/or have sequestered carbon. The revised Schedule II, ‘‘Subentity Information,’’ collects data that are similar to data collected on Schedule I of the revised Form EIA– 1605, but on a subentity-level basis. Project-level or action-specific reductions can be registered under limited circumstances using the calculation methods specified in the Technical Guidelines and embodied in Addendum A of the revised form. On the existing Schedule III, ‘‘Entitylevel Emissions and Reductions,’’ the reporting entity was able to establish a record of its greenhouse gas emissions, emissions reductions and carbon sequestration achievements. Schedule III was used to report information such as actual emissions for the baseline period of 1987 to 1990, emissions for subsequent years (1991 to the present), emission reductions for the years 1991 to the present, and causes for changes in the levels of emissions and/or emissions reductions, all at the entity-level. The collection of entity-level emissions and reductions has been incorporated into Schedule I in the revised form. The revised Schedule III, ‘‘Emissions PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Reductions Summary,’’ focuses on summarizing the entity-level emissions reductions, based on information reported by the entity on Schedule I or Schedule II. Reporters may subdivide the entity into two or more subentities to permit the use of different calculation methods for estimating reductions. On the existing Schedule IV, ‘‘Commitments to Reduce Greenhouse Gases,’’ the reporting entity was provided the opportunity to report on its commitments made, under a variety of governmental initiatives, to reduce greenhouse gases. The information gathered included descriptions of the commitment, the type of reference case used to calculate emissions reductions, the voluntary program the reduction activity was affiliated with (if applicable), as well as information on financial commitments made to support activities designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Collection of commitment information has been discontinued in the revised form. The revised Schedule IV, ‘‘Verification and Certification,’’ provides an opportunity for reporters to document optional independent, ‘‘thirdparty’’ verification of the information reported on the Form EIA–1605 and expands the certification statement that all reporters must sign. Third-party verification was not included on the existing EIA–1605 form. Schedule IV of the revised form consists of two sections. The first section titled, ‘‘Independent Verification,’’ collects information on the identity and qualifications of the independent verifier and verification approach and includes the independent verifier’s certification. The second section titled ‘‘Reporter Self-Certification,’’ is a selfcertification, including the reporter’s declaration that the form meets all three requirements for ‘‘reported’’ reductions, and in the case of ‘‘registered’’ reductions, five additional requirements. The form includes the following addenda for portions of the form that will not be required for all reporters: Addendum A, Emission Reduction Methods; Addendum B, Subentity Emissions Inventory; and Addendum C, Country-specific Factors Used to Estimate Emissions from Foreign Sources. Please refer to the revised version of the form and instructions for more information about the purpose, who may report, when to report, where to submit, the elements to be reported, instructions for reporting, provisions for confidentiality, and uses (including possible nonstatistical uses) of the information (http://www.eia.doe.gov/ E:\FR\FM\27JYN1.SGM 27JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 144 / Thursday, July 27, 2006 / Notices oiaf/1605/Forms.html). For instructions on obtaining materials, see the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section. III. Request for Comments Prospective respondents and other interested parties should comment on the actions discussed in item II. The following issues are provided to assist in the preparation of comments. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES General Issues A. Is the proposed collection of information necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency and does the information have practical utility? Practical utility is defined as the actual usefulness of information to or for an agency, taking into account its accuracy, adequacy, reliability, timeliness, and the agency’s ability to process the information it collects. B. What enhancements can be made to the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected? As a Potential Respondent to the Request for Information A. What actions could be taken to help ensure and maximize the quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity of the information to be collected? B. Are the instructions and definitions clear and sufficient? If not, which instructions need clarification? C. Can the information be submitted by the due date? D. Public reporting burden for this collection is estimated to range between 32 hours to 64 hours per response on Form EIA–1605, depending on the type of report and level of detail the respondent chooses to report at, or an average of 48 hours. The estimated burden includes the total time necessary to provide the requested information. In your opinion, how accurate is this estimate? E. The agency estimates that the only cost to a respondent is for the time it will take to complete the collection. Will a respondent incur any start-up costs for reporting, or any recurring annual costs for operation, maintenance, and purchase of services associated with the information collection? F. What additional actions could be taken to minimize the burden of this collection of information? Such actions may involve the use of automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. G. Does any other Federal, State, or local agency collect similar information? If so, specify the agency, the data element(s), and the methods of collection. VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:18 Jul 26, 2006 Jkt 208001 As a Potential User of the Information To Be Collected A. What actions could be taken to help ensure and maximize the quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity of the information disseminated? B. Is the information useful at the levels of detail to be collected? C. For what purpose(s) would the information be used? Be specific. D. Are there alternate sources for the information and are they useful? If so, what are their weaknesses and/or strengths? Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of the form. They also will become a matter of public record. Statutory Authority: Section 3507(h)(1) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104–13, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). Issued in Washington, DC, July 17, 2006. Jay H. Casselberry, Agency Clearance Officer, Energy Information Administration. [FR Doc. E6–12039 Filed 7–26–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OPP–2006–0023; FRL–8079–1] Notice of Filing of a Pesticide Petition for Establishment of an Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance for Residues of Sodium Chlorite/ Chlorine Dioxide in or on Various Food and Feed Commodities; Correction Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice; correction. AGENCY: SUMMARY: EPA issued a notice in the Federal Register of June 7, 2006, announcing the initial filing of a pesticide petition proposing the establishment of an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of sodium chlorite/sulfur dioxide [sic] in or on wheat/barley/oats (grain, straw), and wheat (aspirated grain fractions) food and feed commodites. This document is being issued to correct the chemical name that was misrepresented in the document. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bryant Crowe, Registration Division (7505P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460–0001; telephone number: (703) 305–0025; e-mail address: crowe.bryant@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 42639 I. General Information A. Does this Action Apply to Me? The Agency included in the June 7, 2006 notice a list of those who may be potentially affected by this action. If you have questions regarding the applicability of this action to a particular entity, consult the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. B. How Can I Get Copies of this Document and Other Related Information? 1. Docket. EPA has established a docket for this action under docket identification (ID) number EPA–HQ– OPPT–2006–0023. Publicly available docket materials are available either in the electronic docket at http:// www.regulations.gov, or, if only available in hard copy, at the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) Regulatory Public Docket in Rm. S-4400, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA. The hours of operation of this Docket Facility are from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The Docket Facility telephone number is (703) 305–5805. 2. Electronic access. You may access this Federal Register document electronically through the EPA Internet under the ‘‘Federal Register’’ listings at http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/. II. What Does this Correction Do? FR Doc. E6–8718 published in the Federal Register of June 7, 2006 (71 FR 32952) (FRL–8065–5), is corrected as follows: 1. On page 32952, second column, in the heading, the chemical name ‘‘Sodium Chlorite/Sulfur Dioxide’’ is corrected to read ‘‘Sodium Chlorite/ Chlorine Dioxide.’’ 2. On page 32952, second column, in the SUMMARY, the chemical name ‘‘sodium chlorite/sulfur dioxide’’ is corrected to read ‘‘sodium chlorite/ chlorine dioxide.’’ 3. On page 32953, second column, under the heading ‘‘New Exemption from Tolerance,’’ fifth line, the chemical name ‘‘sodium chlorite/sulfur dioxide’’ is corrected to read ‘‘sodium chlorite/ chlorine dioxide.’’ List of Subjects Environmental protection, Agricultural commodities, Feed additives, Food additives, Pesticides and pests, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. E:\FR\FM\27JYN1.SGM 27JYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Energy Information Administration


Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; 
Comment Request

AGENCY: Energy Information Administration (EIA), Department of Energy 
(DOE).

ACTION: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; 
Comment Request.

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SUMMARY: The EIA is soliciting comments on a proposed three-year 
extension and revision to Form EIA-1605, The EIA also proposes to 
discontinue the Form EIA-1605EZ (short form).

DATES: Comments must be submitted by September 25, 2006, to the 
addresses listed below.

ADDRESSES: Send all comments to the attention of Stephen E. Calopedis. 
To ensure receipt of the comments by the due date, submission by e-mail 
(stephen.calopedis@eia.doe.gov) or fax (202-586-3045) is recommended. 
Comments submitted by mail should be sent to Stephen E. Calopedis, U.S. 
Department of Energy, Energy Information Administration, EI-81, 1000 
Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585. Questions on this 
action should be directed to Stephen E. Calopedis at 202-586-1156 or 
stephen.calopedis@eia.doe.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the revised reporting form and instructions should be 
directed to Stephen E. Calopedis at 202-586-1156 or stephen.calopedis@
eia.doe.gov. The revised version of the Form EIA-1605, ``Voluntary 
Reporting of Greenhouse Gases,'' and instructions, can also be

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downloaded from the Program's Web site at http://www.eia.doe.gov/oiaf/
1605/Forms.html.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Background
II. Current Actions
III. Request for Comments

I. Background

    Voluntary Reporting of Greenhouse Gases Program collections are 
conducted pursuant to Section 1605(b) of the Energy Policy Act of 1992 
(Pub. L. 102-486, 42 U.S.C. 13385) under General Guidelines issued by 
the DOE's Office of Policy and International Affairs. The EIA-1605 and 
EIA-1605EZ forms are designed to collect voluntarily reported data on 
greenhouse gas emissions, achieved reductions of these emissions, and 
increased carbon fixation, as well as information on commitments to 
reduce greenhouse gas emissions and sequester carbon in future years. A 
summary of the results of the Voluntary Reporting of Greenhouse Gases 
Program appear in the Program's annual report titled Voluntary 
Reporting of Greenhouse Gases (http://www.eia.doe.gov/oiaf/1605/vrrpt/
). Additionally, EIA produces and makes publicly available, a ``public-
use'' database containing all the non-confidential information reported 
to EIA's Voluntary Reporting of Greenhouse Gases Program on the Forms 
EIA-1605 and EIA-1605EZ (http://www.eia.doe.gov/oiaf/1605/
databases.html).
    The EIA, as part of its effort to comply with the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), provides 
the general public and other Federal agencies with opportunities to 
comment on collections of information conducted by or in conjunction 
with the EIA. Any comments received help the EIA to prepare data 
requests that maximize the utility of the information collected and to 
assess the impact of collection requirements on the public. Also, the 
EIA will later seek approval by the Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) under section 3507(a) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

II. Current Actions

    In response to the finalization and issuance of the revised 
Guidelines for reporting to the 1605b Voluntary Reporting of Greenhouse 
Gases Program (April 21, 2006; http://www.eia.doe.gov/oiaf/1605/
Gen%20Guidelines%20final%20rule %20Apr21.pdf), the EIA has developed 
and plans to issue revised reporting forms and instructions for 
reporting under the revised Program Guidelines. The first year of 
reporting to the Program under the revised Guidelines is expected to 
occur in the Summer of 2007, for 2006 data.
    EIA will be requesting OMB approval for revisions to Form EIA-1605 
and for discontinuation of Form EIA-1605EZ (short form). The revisions 
to Form EIA-1605 are summarized below.
    On the existing Schedule I, ``Entity Identification and 
Certification,'' the focus was limited to asking for information to 
identify the reporting entity, the type of reporting entity, the 
geographic scope of activities, the Standard Industrial Classification 
Code (SIC), the applicability of confidentiality, and the reporting 
entities attesting to/certifying the accuracy of the information 
reported. The revised Schedule I, ``Entity Information,'' has been 
expanded to include an inventory of emissions and emissions reductions, 
carbon flux, and emissions offsets, all calculated at the entity level. 
In addition, Schedule I includes the collection of NAICS codes (instead 
of SIC codes), an expanded list of entity type categories, information 
on any changes in entity statement from previous reporting years, and 
other reporter characteristics, such as base period, voluntary program 
affiliation, and entity organization.
    On the existing Schedule II, ``Project-level Emissions and 
Reductions,'' the reporting entity was asked to provide information on 
individual projects that had achieved reductions in greenhouse gas 
emissions and/or have sequestered carbon. The revised Schedule II, 
``Subentity Information,'' collects data that are similar to data 
collected on Schedule I of the revised Form EIA-1605, but on a 
subentity-level basis. Project-level or action-specific reductions can 
be registered under limited circumstances using the calculation methods 
specified in the Technical Guidelines and embodied in Addendum A of the 
revised form.
    On the existing Schedule III, ``Entity-level Emissions and 
Reductions,'' the reporting entity was able to establish a record of 
its greenhouse gas emissions, emissions reductions and carbon 
sequestration achievements. Schedule III was used to report information 
such as actual emissions for the baseline period of 1987 to 1990, 
emissions for subsequent years (1991 to the present), emission 
reductions for the years 1991 to the present, and causes for changes in 
the levels of emissions and/or emissions reductions, all at the entity-
level. The collection of entity-level emissions and reductions has been 
incorporated into Schedule I in the revised form. The revised Schedule 
III, ``Emissions Reductions Summary,'' focuses on summarizing the 
entity-level emissions reductions, based on information reported by the 
entity on Schedule I or Schedule II. Reporters may subdivide the entity 
into two or more subentities to permit the use of different calculation 
methods for estimating reductions.
    On the existing Schedule IV, ``Commitments to Reduce Greenhouse 
Gases,'' the reporting entity was provided the opportunity to report on 
its commitments made, under a variety of governmental initiatives, to 
reduce greenhouse gases. The information gathered included descriptions 
of the commitment, the type of reference case used to calculate 
emissions reductions, the voluntary program the reduction activity was 
affiliated with (if applicable), as well as information on financial 
commitments made to support activities designed to reduce greenhouse 
gas emissions. Collection of commitment information has been 
discontinued in the revised form.
    The revised Schedule IV, ``Verification and Certification,'' 
provides an opportunity for reporters to document optional independent, 
``third-party'' verification of the information reported on the Form 
EIA-1605 and expands the certification statement that all reporters 
must sign. Third-party verification was not included on the existing 
EIA-1605 form. Schedule IV of the revised form consists of two 
sections. The first section titled, ``Independent Verification,'' 
collects information on the identity and qualifications of the 
independent verifier and verification approach and includes the 
independent verifier's certification. The second section titled 
``Reporter Self-Certification,'' is a self-certification, including the 
reporter's declaration that the form meets all three requirements for 
``reported'' reductions, and in the case of ``registered'' reductions, 
five additional requirements.
    The form includes the following addenda for portions of the form 
that will not be required for all reporters: Addendum A, Emission 
Reduction Methods; Addendum B, Subentity Emissions Inventory; and 
Addendum C, Country-specific Factors Used to Estimate Emissions from 
Foreign Sources.
    Please refer to the revised version of the form and instructions 
for more information about the purpose, who may report, when to report, 
where to submit, the elements to be reported, instructions for 
reporting, provisions for confidentiality, and uses (including possible 
nonstatistical uses) of the information (http://www.eia.doe.gov/

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oiaf/1605/Forms.html). For instructions on obtaining materials, see the 
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section.

III. Request for Comments

    Prospective respondents and other interested parties should comment 
on the actions discussed in item II. The following issues are provided 
to assist in the preparation of comments.

General Issues

    A. Is the proposed collection of information necessary for the 
proper performance of the functions of the agency and does the 
information have practical utility? Practical utility is defined as the 
actual usefulness of information to or for an agency, taking into 
account its accuracy, adequacy, reliability, timeliness, and the 
agency's ability to process the information it collects.
    B. What enhancements can be made to the quality, utility, and 
clarity of the information to be collected?

As a Potential Respondent to the Request for Information

    A. What actions could be taken to help ensure and maximize the 
quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity of the information to be 
collected?
    B. Are the instructions and definitions clear and sufficient? If 
not, which instructions need clarification?
    C. Can the information be submitted by the due date?
    D. Public reporting burden for this collection is estimated to 
range between 32 hours to 64 hours per response on Form EIA-1605, 
depending on the type of report and level of detail the respondent 
chooses to report at, or an average of 48 hours. The estimated burden 
includes the total time necessary to provide the requested information. 
In your opinion, how accurate is this estimate?
    E. The agency estimates that the only cost to a respondent is for 
the time it will take to complete the collection. Will a respondent 
incur any start-up costs for reporting, or any recurring annual costs 
for operation, maintenance, and purchase of services associated with 
the information collection?
    F. What additional actions could be taken to minimize the burden of 
this collection of information? Such actions may involve the use of 
automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology.
    G. Does any other Federal, State, or local agency collect similar 
information? If so, specify the agency, the data element(s), and the 
methods of collection.

As a Potential User of the Information To Be Collected

    A. What actions could be taken to help ensure and maximize the 
quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity of the information 
disseminated?
    B. Is the information useful at the levels of detail to be 
collected?
    C. For what purpose(s) would the information be used? Be specific.
    D. Are there alternate sources for the information and are they 
useful? If so, what are their weaknesses and/or strengths?
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the request for OMB approval of the form. They also 
will become a matter of public record.

    Statutory Authority: Section 3507(h)(1) of the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35).

    Issued in Washington, DC, July 17, 2006.
Jay H. Casselberry,
Agency Clearance Officer, Energy Information Administration.
 [FR Doc. E6-12039 Filed 7-26-06; 8:45 am]
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