Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Information Collection Activities Associated With EPA's ENERGY STAR Program in the Commercial and Industrial Sectors (Renewal); EPA ICR No. 1772.04, OMB Control No. 2060-0347, 64521-64523 [E6-18497]

Download as PDF mstockstill on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 212 / Thursday, November 2, 2006 / Notices appearing in the Federal Register when approved, are listed in 40 CFR part 9, are displayed either by publication in the Federal Register or by other appropriate means, such as on the related collection instrument or form, if applicable. The display of OMB control numbers in certain EPA regulations is consolidated in 40 CFR part 9. Abstract: The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) Amendments of 1996 (Pub. L. 104–182) authorized the creation of the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) program in each State and Puerto Rico to assist public water systems in financing the costs of infrastructure needed to achieve or maintain compliance with SDWA requirements and to protect public health. Section 1452 authorizes the Administrator of EPA to award capitalization grants to the States and Puerto Rico which, in turn, provide lowcost loans and other types of assistance to eligible drinking water systems. States can also reserve a portion of their grants to conduct various set-aside activities. The information collection activities will occur primarily at the program level through the (1) Capitalization Grant Application and Agreement/State Intended Use Plan; (2) Biennial Report; (3) Annual Audit; and (4) Assistance Application Review. Information collected is needed for input into the DWSRF National Information Management System. (1) Capitalization Grant Application and Agreement/State Intended Use Plan: The State must prepare a Capitalization Grant Application that includes an Intended Use Plan (IUP), outlining in detail how it will use all the funds covered by the capitalization grant. The State may, as an alternative, develop the IUP in a two part process with one part identifying the distribution and uses of the funds among the various set-asides in the DWSRF program and the other part dealing with project assistance from the Fund. (2) Biennial Report: The State must agree to complete and submit a Biennial Report on the uses of the capitalization grant. The scope of the report must cover assistance provided by the DWSRF Fund and all other set-aside activities included under the Capital Grant Agreement. States, which jointly administer DWSRF and Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) programs, in accordance with section 1452(g)(1), may submit reports (according to the schedule specified for each program) that cover both programs. (3) Annual Audit: A State must comply with the provisions of the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996. VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:49 Nov 01, 2006 Jkt 211001 Best management practices suggest and EPA recommends that a State conduct an annual independent audit of its DWSRF program. The scope of the report must cover the DWSRF Fund and all other set-aside activities included in the Capitalization Grant Agreement. States which jointly administer DWSRF and CWSRF programs, in accordance with section 1452(g)(1), may submit audits that cover both programs but which report financial information for each program separately. (4) Assistance Application Review: Local applicants seeking financial assistance must prepare and submit DWSRF loan applications. States then review completed loan applications and verify that proposed projects will comply with applicable Federal and State requirements. Burden Statement: The annual public reporting and recordkeeping burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 131 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: State and local governments, businesses, and non-profit institutions. Estimated Number of Respondents: 1505 respondents per year. Frequency of Response: Annual for State Grant Applications and Audit reports, Biennial for State Annual Reports, once per loan applications for loan applicants. Estimated Total Annual Hour Burden: 196,870 hours. Estimated Total Annual Cost: $6,862,452, which includes $0 capital and O&M. Changes in the Estimates: There is an increase of 1,935 hours in the total estimated burden currently identified in the OMB Inventory of Approved ICR Burdens. This increase reflects EPA’s calculation of burden for Biennial Reports. PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 64521 Dated: October 26, 2006. Oscar Morales, Director, Collection Strategies Division. [FR Doc. E6–18495 Filed 11–1–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OAR–2006–0407; FRL–8238–5] Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Information Collection Activities Associated With EPA’s ENERGY STAR Program in the Commercial and Industrial Sectors (Renewal); EPA ICR No. 1772.04, OMB Control No. 2060–0347 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (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 information collection and its estimated burden and cost. DATES: Additional comments may be submitted on or before December 4, 2006. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA–HQ– OAR–2006–0407, to: (1) EPA online using http://www.regulations.gov (our preferred method), by e-mail to a-andr-Docket@epa.gov, or by mail to: EPA Docket Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center, Mailcode: 6102T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460, and (2) OMB by mail to: Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Attention: Desk Officer for EPA, 725 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503. Note: The EPA Docket Center suffered damage due to flooding during the last week of June 2006. The Docket Center is continuing to operate. However, during the cleanup, there will be temporary changes to Docket Center telephone numbers, addresses, and hours of operation for people who wish to make hand deliveries or visit the Public Reading Room to view documents. Consult EPA’s Federal Register notice at 71 FR 38147 (July 5, 2006) or the EPA Web site at http:// www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm for E:\FR\FM\02NON1.SGM 02NON1 64522 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 212 / Thursday, November 2, 2006 / Notices current information on docket operations, locations and telephone numbers. The Docket Center’s mailing address for U.S. mail and the procedure for submitting comments to http://www.regulations.gov are not affected by the flooding and will remain the same. mstockstill on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mary Susan Bailey, Climate Protection Partnerships Division, Mailcode: 6202J, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 202–343– 9014; fax number: 202–343–2204; e-mail address: bailey.marysusan@epa.gov. 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 June 1, 2006 (71 FR 31179), 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 EPA and OMB within 30 days of this notice. EPA has established a public docket for this ICR under Docket ID No. EPA– HQ–OAR–2006–0407, which is available for online viewing at http:// www.regulations.gov, or in person viewing at the Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center in the EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), EPA West, Room B102, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. The EPA/DC Public Reading Room is open from 8 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 Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center is 202– 566–1742. Use EPA’s electronic docket and comment system at http:// www.regulations.gov, to 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, CBI, or other information whose public disclosure is restricted by statute. For further information about the electronic docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov. Title: Information Collection Activities Associated with EPA’s ENERGY STAR Program in the Commercial and Industrial Sectors (Renewal). VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:49 Nov 01, 2006 Jkt 211001 ICR numbers: EPA ICR No. 1772.04, OMB Control No. 2060–0347. ICR Status: This ICR is currently scheduled to expire on November 30, 2006. Under OMB regulations, the Agency may continue to conduct or sponsor the collection of information while this submission is pending at OMB. 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. The OMB control numbers for EPA’s regulations in title 40 of the CFR, after appearing in the Federal Register when approved, are listed in 40 CFR part 9, are displayed either by publication in the Federal Register or by other appropriate means, such as on the related collection instrument or form, if applicable. The display of OMB control numbers in certain EPA regulations is consolidated in 40 CFR part 9. Abstract: ENERGY STAR is a voluntary program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. The Program focuses on reducing utilitygenerated emissions by reducing the demand for energy. In 1991, EPA launched the Green Lights program to encourage corporations, State and local governments, colleges and universities, and other organizations to adopt energyefficient lighting as a profitable means of preventing pollution and improving lighting quality. Since then, EPA has rolled Green Lights into ENERGY STAR and expanded ENERGY STAR to encompass organization-wide energy performance improvement, such as building technology upgrades, product purchasing initiatives, and employee training. At the same time, EPA has streamlined the reporting requirements of ENERGY STAR and focused on providing incentives for improvements (e.g., ENERGY STAR Awards Program). EPA also makes tools and other resources available over the Web to help the public overcome the barriers to evaluating their energy performance and investing in profitable improvements. To join ENERGY STAR, organizations are asked to complete a Partnership Letter or Agreement that establishes their commitment to energy efficiency. Partners agree to undertake efforts such as baselining, tracking, and benchmarking their organization’s energy performance by using tools such as those offered by ENERGY STAR; developing and implementing a plan to improve energy performance in their facilities and operations by following the energy management strategy provided by ENERGY STAR; and educating staff and the public about PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 their Partnership with ENERGY STAR, and highlighting achievements with the ENERGY STAR, where available. Partners also may be asked to periodically submit information to EPA as needed to assist in program implementation. For example, EPA maintains the Service and Product Provider Directory to provide the public with easy access to energy efficiency services and products that can help companies lower operating costs and increase their bottom line. Businesses wishing to appear in this directory are asked to submit a completed profile that details their services and products. Partnership in ENERGY STAR is voluntary and can be terminated by Partners or EPA at any time. EPA does not expect organizations to join the program unless they expect participation to be cost-effective and otherwise beneficial for them. In addition, Partners and any other interested party can help EPA promote energy-efficient technologies by evaluating the efficiency of their buildings using EPA’s on-line tools (e.g., Portfolio Manager) and applying for recognition. If a claim of confidential business information (CBI) is asserted, EPA will manage that information in accordance with EPA’s provisions on confidentiality. Burden Statement: The annual public recordkeeping and reporting burden for joining the ENERGY STAR program and related activities is expected to vary depending on the type of Partner. The burden per Partner is expected to range from about 2 hours for a Commercial and Industrial Sector Partner to prepare/ submit a Partnership Letter to 7 hours for an Energy Efficiency Program Sponsor to prepare/submit a Partnership Agreement and related information (e.g., a brief plan outlining the key activities it intends to undertake to cooperatively promote ENERGY STAR in the commercial and/or industrial markets). These burden estimates include the time for reading the instructions and requirements, gathering information, and preparing/submitting the information to EPA. The burden for benchmarking in Portfolio Manager is estimated to vary depending on the type of benchmarking method. The burden per respondent for manual benchmarking is estimated to be 30 minutes to read Portfolio Manager instructions, 5 hours to gather and enter building data for a new benchmark, and 1.5 hours to perform a repeat benchmark. The burden per respondent for the import tool is estimated to be 30 minutes for reading the Portfolio Manager instructions and 1 hour for E:\FR\FM\02NON1.SGM 02NON1 mstockstill on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 212 / Thursday, November 2, 2006 / Notices collecting building data, downloading it into the tool, and emailing it to EPA. The burden per respondent for ENERGY STAR Exchange Services is estimated to be 20 hours for the host to set up its account and automated process, 2 hours to collect building data and set up each customer, and 15 minutes per month to submit customer information to EPA and retrieve/relay scores to customers. The burden for entering information into the ENERGY STAR Energy Performance Indicator (EPI) is estimated to range from 10 to 15 minutes per plant. This includes time for reading the EPI’s instructions and entering data in order to generate a score. Finally, the burden per respondent for applying to EPA for recognition is estimated to vary depending on the type of recognition. The burden per respondent is estimated to range from 15 minutes for preparing/ submitting a plant’s energy efficiency score to EPA for recognition (e.g., for EPA permission to display a banner or plant flag) to 26.5 hours for preparing/ submitting an application to EPA for an ENERGY STAR Award. 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: Organizations participating in ENERGY STAR in the Commercial and Industrial Sectors. Approximate Number of Respondents: 6,000. Frequency of Response: One-time, on occasion, monthly, annually, and/or periodically, depending on the type of respondent and collection. Estimated Total Annual Hour Burden: 54,500. Estimated Total Annual Cost: $5,436,710, including $3,574,491 in labor costs and $1,862,219 in O&M costs. There are no capital/start-up costs to respondents. Changes in the Estimates: There is a decrease of 28,843 hours in the total estimated annual burden hours VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:49 Nov 01, 2006 Jkt 211001 currently identified in the OMB Inventory of Approved ICR Burdens. The majority of this decrease occurred because EPA adjusted the number of respondents and the burden for some activities based on improved and updated data and analysis. The burden estimates in ICR 1772.04 reflect EPA’s program experience gained over the past three years. In addition, EPA modified some of its information collections to address EPA and stakeholder needs. Dated: October 28, 2006. Oscar Morales, Director, Collection Strategies Division. [FR Doc. E6–18497 Filed 11–1–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OPPT–2003–0004;FRL–8101–6] Access to Confidential Business Information by ASRC Management Services, Incorporated Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: EPA has authorized ASRC Management Services, Incorporated access to information which has been submitted to EPA under all sections of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Some of the information may be claimed or determined to be Confidential Business Information (CBI). DATES: Access to the confidential data will occur no sooner than November 9, 2006. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For generalinformation contact: Colby Lintner, Regulatory Coordinator, Environmental Assistance Division (7408M), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 554–1404; e-mail address: TSCA-Hotline@.epa.gov. For technical information contact: Scott M. Sherlock, TSCA Security Staff, Environmental Assistance Division (7408M), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 564–8257; e-mail address: sherlock.scott@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. General Information A. Does this Notice Apply to Me? This action is directed to the public in general. This action may, however, be PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 64523 of interest to those persons who are or may be required to conduct testing of chemical substances under TSCA. Since other entities may also be interested, the Agency has not attempted to describe all the specific entities that may be affected by this action. If you have any questions regarding the applicability of this action to a particular entity, consult the technical person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. B. How Can I Get Copies of this Document and Other Related Documents? 1. Docket. EPA has established an official public docket for this action under docket identification (ID) number EPA–HQ–OPPT–2003–0004. The official public docket consists of the documents specifically referenced in this action, any public comments received, and other information related to this action. Although a part of the official docket, the public docket does not include CBI or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. The official public docket is the collection of materials that is available for public viewing at the EPA Docket Center, EPA West, Infoterra Room, Room 3334,1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. The EPA Docket Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The EPA Docket Center Reading Room telephone number is (202) 566–1744, and the telephone number for the OPPT Docket, which is located in the EPA Docket Center, is (202) 566–0280. 2. Electronic access. You may access this Federal Register document electronically through the EPA Internet under the ‘‘Federal Register’’ listings athttp://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/. II. What Action is the Agency Taking? Under Contract Number EP–W–05– 052, ASRC of 6303 Ivy Lane, Suite 300, Greenbelt, MD, will assist EPA in managing the Non-confidential Information Center (NCIC). ASRC will provide current and historical reports on all TSCA non-CBI submissions received in compliance with TSCA; organize, distribute and prepare records for permanent storage; and handle all docket-related records for OPPT, in accordance with the TSCA Security Manual. In accordance with 40 CFR 2.306(j), EPA has determined that under Contract Number EP–W–05–052, ASRC will require access to CBI submitted to EPA under all sections of TSCA, to perform successfully the duties specified under this contract. E:\FR\FM\02NON1.SGM 02NON1

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ-OAR-2006-0407; FRL-8238-5]


Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for 
Review and Approval; Comment Request; Information Collection Activities 
Associated With EPA's ENERGY STAR Program in the Commercial and 
Industrial Sectors (Renewal); EPA ICR No. 1772.04, OMB Control No. 
2060-0347

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (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 information collection and its estimated 
burden and cost.

DATES: Additional comments may be submitted on or before December 4, 
2006.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-
OAR-2006-0407, to: (1) EPA online using http://www.regulations.gov (our 
preferred method), by e-mail to a-and-r-Docket@epa.gov, or by mail to: 
EPA Docket Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Air and Radiation 
Docket and Information Center, Mailcode: 6102T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., 
NW., Washington, DC 20460, and (2) OMB by mail to: Office of 
Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB), Attention: Desk Officer for EPA, 725 17th Street, NW., 
Washington, DC 20503.


    Note: The EPA Docket Center suffered damage due to flooding 
during the last week of June 2006. The Docket Center is continuing 
to operate. However, during the cleanup, there will be temporary 
changes to Docket Center telephone numbers, addresses, and hours of 
operation for people who wish to make hand deliveries or visit the 
Public Reading Room to view documents. Consult EPA's Federal 
Register notice at 71 FR 38147 (July 5, 2006) or the EPA Web site at 
http://www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm for

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current information on docket operations, locations and telephone 
numbers. The Docket Center's mailing address for U.S. mail and the 
procedure for submitting comments to http://www.regulations.gov are 
not affected by the flooding and will remain the same.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mary Susan Bailey, Climate Protection 
Partnerships Division, Mailcode: 6202J, Environmental Protection 
Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone 
number: 202-343-9014; fax number: 202-343-2204; e-mail address: 
bailey.marysusan@epa.gov.

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 June 1, 2006 (71 FR 31179), 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 EPA and OMB within 30 days 
of this notice.
    EPA has established a public docket for this ICR under Docket ID 
No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2006-0407, which is available for online viewing at 
http://www.regulations.gov, or in person viewing at the Air and 
Radiation Docket and Information Center in the EPA Docket Center (EPA/
DC), EPA West, Room B102, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. 
The EPA/DC Public Reading Room is open from 8 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 Air and 
Radiation Docket and Information Center is 202-566-1742.
    Use EPA's electronic docket and comment system at http://
www.regulations.gov, to 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, CBI, or other information whose public disclosure 
is restricted by statute. For further information about the electronic 
docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov.
    Title: Information Collection Activities Associated with EPA's 
ENERGY STAR Program in the Commercial and Industrial Sectors (Renewal).
    ICR numbers: EPA ICR No. 1772.04, OMB Control No. 2060-0347.
    ICR Status: This ICR is currently scheduled to expire on November 
30, 2006. Under OMB regulations, the Agency may continue to conduct or 
sponsor the collection of information while this submission is pending 
at OMB. 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. The OMB control numbers for EPA's 
regulations in title 40 of the CFR, after appearing in the Federal 
Register when approved, are listed in 40 CFR part 9, are displayed 
either by publication in the Federal Register or by other appropriate 
means, such as on the related collection instrument or form, if 
applicable. The display of OMB control numbers in certain EPA 
regulations is consolidated in 40 CFR part 9.
    Abstract: ENERGY STAR is a voluntary program helping businesses and 
individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. 
The Program focuses on reducing utility-generated emissions by reducing 
the demand for energy. In 1991, EPA launched the Green Lights program 
to encourage corporations, State and local governments, colleges and 
universities, and other organizations to adopt energy-efficient 
lighting as a profitable means of preventing pollution and improving 
lighting quality. Since then, EPA has rolled Green Lights into ENERGY 
STAR and expanded ENERGY STAR to encompass organization-wide energy 
performance improvement, such as building technology upgrades, product 
purchasing initiatives, and employee training. At the same time, EPA 
has streamlined the reporting requirements of ENERGY STAR and focused 
on providing incentives for improvements (e.g., ENERGY STAR Awards 
Program). EPA also makes tools and other resources available over the 
Web to help the public overcome the barriers to evaluating their energy 
performance and investing in profitable improvements.
    To join ENERGY STAR, organizations are asked to complete a 
Partnership Letter or Agreement that establishes their commitment to 
energy efficiency. Partners agree to undertake efforts such as 
baselining, tracking, and benchmarking their organization's energy 
performance by using tools such as those offered by ENERGY STAR; 
developing and implementing a plan to improve energy performance in 
their facilities and operations by following the energy management 
strategy provided by ENERGY STAR; and educating staff and the public 
about their Partnership with ENERGY STAR, and highlighting achievements 
with the ENERGY STAR, where available.
    Partners also may be asked to periodically submit information to 
EPA as needed to assist in program implementation. For example, EPA 
maintains the Service and Product Provider Directory to provide the 
public with easy access to energy efficiency services and products that 
can help companies lower operating costs and increase their bottom 
line. Businesses wishing to appear in this directory are asked to 
submit a completed profile that details their services and products.
    Partnership in ENERGY STAR is voluntary and can be terminated by 
Partners or EPA at any time. EPA does not expect organizations to join 
the program unless they expect participation to be cost-effective and 
otherwise beneficial for them.
    In addition, Partners and any other interested party can help EPA 
promote energy-efficient technologies by evaluating the efficiency of 
their buildings using EPA's on-line tools (e.g., Portfolio Manager) and 
applying for recognition.
    If a claim of confidential business information (CBI) is asserted, 
EPA will manage that information in accordance with EPA's provisions on 
confidentiality.
    Burden Statement: The annual public recordkeeping and reporting 
burden for joining the ENERGY STAR program and related activities is 
expected to vary depending on the type of Partner. The burden per 
Partner is expected to range from about 2 hours for a Commercial and 
Industrial Sector Partner to prepare/submit a Partnership Letter to 7 
hours for an Energy Efficiency Program Sponsor to prepare/submit a 
Partnership Agreement and related information (e.g., a brief plan 
outlining the key activities it intends to undertake to cooperatively 
promote ENERGY STAR in the commercial and/or industrial markets). These 
burden estimates include the time for reading the instructions and 
requirements, gathering information, and preparing/submitting the 
information to EPA. The burden for benchmarking in Portfolio Manager is 
estimated to vary depending on the type of benchmarking method. The 
burden per respondent for manual benchmarking is estimated to be 30 
minutes to read Portfolio Manager instructions, 5 hours to gather and 
enter building data for a new benchmark, and 1.5 hours to perform a 
repeat benchmark. The burden per respondent for the import tool is 
estimated to be 30 minutes for reading the Portfolio Manager 
instructions and 1 hour for

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collecting building data, downloading it into the tool, and emailing it 
to EPA. The burden per respondent for ENERGY STAR Exchange Services is 
estimated to be 20 hours for the host to set up its account and 
automated process, 2 hours to collect building data and set up each 
customer, and 15 minutes per month to submit customer information to 
EPA and retrieve/relay scores to customers. The burden for entering 
information into the ENERGY STAR Energy Performance Indicator (EPI) is 
estimated to range from 10 to 15 minutes per plant. This includes time 
for reading the EPI's instructions and entering data in order to 
generate a score. Finally, the burden per respondent for applying to 
EPA for recognition is estimated to vary depending on the type of 
recognition. The burden per respondent is estimated to range from 15 
minutes for preparing/submitting a plant's energy efficiency score to 
EPA for recognition (e.g., for EPA permission to display a banner or 
plant flag) to 26.5 hours for preparing/submitting an application to 
EPA for an ENERGY STAR Award.
    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: Organizations participating in 
ENERGY STAR in the Commercial and Industrial Sectors.
    Approximate Number of Respondents: 6,000.
    Frequency of Response: One-time, on occasion, monthly, annually, 
and/or periodically, depending on the type of respondent and 
collection.
    Estimated Total Annual Hour Burden: 54,500.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost: $5,436,710, including $3,574,491 in 
labor costs and $1,862,219 in O&M costs. There are no capital/start-up 
costs to respondents.
    Changes in the Estimates: There is a decrease of 28,843 hours in 
the total estimated annual burden hours currently identified in the OMB 
Inventory of Approved ICR Burdens. The majority of this decrease 
occurred because EPA adjusted the number of respondents and the burden 
for some activities based on improved and updated data and analysis. 
The burden estimates in ICR 1772.04 reflect EPA's program experience 
gained over the past three years. In addition, EPA modified some of its 
information collections to address EPA and stakeholder needs.

    Dated: October 28, 2006.
Oscar Morales,
Director, Collection Strategies Division.
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