Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Renewal and Consolidation of Several Currently Approved Collections; Comment Request; Pesticide Data Call-In Program; EPA ICR No. 2288.01, OMB Control No. 2070-new, 2907-2910 [E8-602]

Download as PDF jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 11 / Wednesday, January 16, 2008 / Notices Applicants: Wisconsin Public Service Corporation. Description: Wisconsin Public Service Corporation submits an executed Spinning Reserve Services Agreement with Ameren Services Company, to become effective 1/5/08. Filed Date: 01/04/2008. Accession Number: 20080108–0035. Comment Date: 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, January 25, 2008. Docket Numbers: ER08–418–000. Applicants: Midwest Independent Transmission System. Description: Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator, Inc submits an executed Amended Interconnection and Operating Agreement with Northern Iowa Windpower II, LLC et al.. Filed Date: 01/07/2008. Accession Number: 20080108–0047. Comment Date: 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, January 28, 2008. Docket Numbers: ER08–419–000. Applicants: American Electric Power System Corp. Description: American Electric Power Service Corp on behalf of Indiana Michigan Power submits an Interconnection Agreement with Commonwealth Edison Co. Filed Date: 01/07/2008. Accession Number: 20080108–0041. Comment Date: 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, January 28, 2008. Docket Numbers: ER08–420–000. Applicants: Xcel Energy Services Inc. Description: Xcel Energy on behalf of Northern States Power Co submits a Revised and Restated Emergency-Type Service Agreement with East River Electric Power Cooperative. Filed Date: 01/07/2008. Accession Number: 20080108–0042. Comment Date: 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, January 28, 2008. Docket Numbers: ER08–421–000. Applicants: Xcel Energy Services Inc. Description: Xcel Energy on behalf of Public Service Company of Colorado submits the First Revision to the Amended and Restated Agreement with Rocky Mountain Energy Center, LLC. Filed Date: 01/07/2008. Accession Number: 20080108–0043. Comment Date: 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, January 28, 2008. Docket Numbers: ER08–422–000; ER08–423–000; ER08–424–000. Applicants: Puget Sound Energy, Inc. Description: Puget Sound Energy, Inc submits a Network Integration Transmission Service Agreement with Bonneville Power Administration etc. Filed Date: 01/07/2008. Accession Number: 20080108–0044. Comment Date: 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, January 28, 2008. VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:55 Jan 15, 2008 Jkt 214001 Docket Numbers: ER08–425–000. Applicants: Energy Exchange Direct, LLC. Description: Energy Exchange Direct LLC submits its Petition for Acceptance of Initial Tariff, Waivers and Blanket Authority designated to FERC’s Electric Tariff, Original Volume 1. Filed Date: 01/07/2008. Accession Number: 20080108–0303. Comment Date: 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, January 28, 2008. Docket Numbers: ER08–426–000. Applicants: WSPP Inc. Description: WSPP Inc submits its proposed revisions of its WSPP Agreement. Filed Date: 01/07/2008. Accession Number: 20080108–0304. Comment Date: 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, January 28, 2008. Docket Numbers: ER08–427–000. Applicants: New York Independent System Operator, Inc. Description: New York Independent System Operator Inc et al. submits an unexecuted Small Generator Interconnection Agreement among NYISO, National Grid et al. Filed Date: 01/07/2008. Accession Number: 20080108–0305. Comment Date: 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, January 28, 2008. Any person desiring to intervene or to protest in any of the above proceedings must file in accordance with Rules 211 and 214 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (18 CFR 385.211 and 385.214) on or before 5 p.m. Eastern time on the specified comment date. It is not necessary to separately intervene again in a subdocket related to a compliance filing if you have previously intervened in the same docket. Protests will be considered by the Commission in determining the appropriate action to be taken, but will not serve to make protestants parties to the proceeding. Anyone filing a motion to intervene or protest must serve a copy of that document on the Applicant. In reference to filings initiating a new proceeding, interventions or protests submitted on or before the comment deadline need not be served on persons other than the Applicant. The Commission encourages electronic submission of protests and interventions in lieu of paper, using the FERC Online links at http:// www.ferc.gov. To facilitate electronic service, persons with Internet access who will eFile a document and/or be listed as a contact for an intervenor must create and validate an eRegistration account using the eRegistration link. Select the eFiling link to log on and submit the intervention or protests. PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2907 Persons unable to file electronically should submit an original and 14 copies of the intervention or protest to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First St., NE., Washington, DC 20426. The filings in the above proceedings are accessible in the Commission’s eLibrary system by clicking on the appropriate link in the above list. They are also available for review in the Commission’s Public Reference Room in Washington, DC. There is an eSubscription link on the Web site that enables subscribers to receive e-mail notification when a document is added to a subscribed dockets(s). For assistance with any FERC Online service, please e-mail FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or call (866) 208–3676 (toll free). For TTY, call (202) 502–8659. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–634 Filed 1–15–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OPP–2007–0923; FRL–8152–5] Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Renewal and Consolidation of Several Currently Approved Collections; Comment Request; Pesticide Data Call-In Program; EPA ICR No. 2288.01, OMB Control No. 2070–new 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 EPA is planning to submit a request to renew and consolidate several existing approved Information Collection Requests (ICRs) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Before submitting the consolidated ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of this information collection. The consolidated ICR, entitled: ‘‘Pesticide Data Call-In Program’’ (identified by EPA ICR No. 2288.01 and OMB Control No. 2070– new), will consolidate the following currently approved ICRs: ‘‘Data Call-Ins for the Special Review and Registration Review Programs’’ (identified by EPA ICR No. 0922.07 and OMB Control No. 2070–0057); ‘‘Data Generation for Pesticide Reregistration’’ (identified by EPA ICR No. 1504.05 and OMB Control E:\FR\FM\16JAN1.SGM 16JAN1 jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES 2908 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 11 / Wednesday, January 16, 2008 / Notices No. 2070–0107); and ‘‘Data Acquisition for Anticipated Residue and Percent of Crop Treated’’ (identified by EPA ICR No. 1911.02 and OMB Control No. 2070–0164). DATES: Comments must be received on or before March 17, 2008. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA–HQ–OPP–2007–0923, by one of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) Regulatory Public Docket (7502P), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460–0001. • Delivery: OPP Regulatory Public Docket (7502P), Environmental Protection Agency, Rm. S–4400, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA. Deliveries are only accepted during the Docket’s normal hours of operation (8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays). Special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information. The Docket Facility telephone number is (703) 305–5805. Instructions: Direct your comments to docket ID number EPA–HQ–OPP–2007– 0923. EPA’s policy is that all comments received will be included in the docket without change and may be made available on-line at http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through regulations.gov or email. The regulations.gov website is an ‘‘anonymous access’’ system, which means EPA will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an e-mail comment directly to EPA without going through regulations.gov, your e-mail address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the docket and made available on the Internet. If you submit an electronic comment, EPA recommends that you include your name and other contact information in the body of your comment and with any disk or CD-ROM you submit. If EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, EPA may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:55 Jan 15, 2008 Jkt 214001 the use of special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses. Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the docket index available at http://www.regulations.gov. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, e.g., CBI or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, is not placed on the Internet and will be publicly available only in hard copy form. 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 OPP Regulatory Public Docket in Rm. S– 4400, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Dr., 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cameo Smoot, Field and External Affairs Division (7506P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460– 0001; telephone number: (703) 305– 5454; fax number: (703) 305–5884; email address: smoot.cameo@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. What Information is EPA Particularly Interested in? Pursuant to section 3506(c)(2)(A) of PRA, EPA specifically solicits comments and information to enable it to: 1. 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. 2. Evaluate the accuracy of the Agency’s estimates of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used. 3. Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected. 4. 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. In particular, EPA is requesting comments from very small businesses (those that employ less than 25) on examples of PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 specific additional efforts that EPA could make to reduce the paperwork burden for very small businesses affected by this collection. II. What Should I Consider when I Prepare My Comments for EPA? You may find the following suggestions helpful for preparing your comments: 1. Explain your views as clearly as possible and provide specific examples. 2. Describe any assumptions that you used. 3. Provide copies of any technical information and/or data you used that support your views. 4. If you estimate potential burden or costs, explain how you arrived at the estimate that you provide. 5. Provide specific examples to illustrate your concerns. 6. Offer alternative ways to improve the collection activity. 7. Make sure to submit your comments by the deadline identified under DATES. 8. To ensure proper receipt by EPA, be sure to identify the docket ID number assigned to this action in the subject line on the first page of your response. You may also provide the name, date, and Federal Register citation. III. What Do I Need to Know About the PRA? Under the PRA, an Agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information subject to PRA approval 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 preamble of the final rule, are further displayed either by publication in the Federal Register or by other appropriate means, such as on the related collection instruments or form, if applicable. The display of OMB control numbers in certain EPA regulations is consolidated in a list at 40 CFR part 9.1. The PRA defines burden to mean 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 E:\FR\FM\16JAN1.SGM 16JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 11 / Wednesday, January 16, 2008 / Notices information; search data sources; complete and review the collection of information; and transmit or otherwise disclose the information. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES IV. What ICR Does this Request Apply to? Title: Pesticide Data Call-In Program. ICR numbers: EPA ICR No. 2288.01, OMB Control No. 2070–new. ICR status: This ICR reflects the consolidation of the following currently approved ICRs: ‘‘Data Call-Ins for the Special Review and Registration Review Programs’’ (identified by EPA ICR No. 0922.07 and OMB Control No. 2070– 0057); ‘‘Data Generation for Pesticide Reregistration’’ (identified by EPA ICR No. 1504.05 and OMB Control No. 2070–0107); and ‘‘Data Acquisition for Anticipated Residue and Percent of Crop Treated’’ (identified by EPA ICR No. 1911.02 and OMB Control No. 2070–0164). These ICRs are all scheduled to expire on June 30, 2008. Affected entities: Entities potentially affected by this ICR include pesticide registrants, which may be identified by the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) code 32532, pesticide and other agricultural chemical manufacturing. Abstract: Under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), every pesticide product must be registered with EPA. An applicant for registration must supply data to demonstrate that the pesticide product will not cause ‘‘unreasonable adverse effects’’ on humans or to the environment. Under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), EPA must determine, from data supplied by the applicant or registrant, that the level of pesticide residues in food and feed will be safe for human consumption, defined as ‘‘a reasonable certainty that no harm’’ will result from exposures to pesticide residues. Although data is provided with the initial applications, the Agency issues Data Call-Ins (DCIs) when it has determined that more information is necessary to make the necessary decision pursuant to the mandates in FIFRA and FFDCA. The programs represented in this proposed ICR renewal and consolidation share a common statutory authority, section 3(c)(2)(B) of FIFRA, which authorizes EPA to require pesticide registrants to generate and submit data to the Agency, when such data are needed to maintain an existing registration of a pesticide. EPA’s determination that additional data are needed can occur for various reasons, with the following four reasons being the most common: VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:55 Jan 15, 2008 Jkt 214001 The reregistration program: Section 4 of FIFRA requires EPA to re-assess the health and safety data for all pesticide active ingredients registered before November 1, 1984, to determine whether these ‘‘older’’ pesticides meet the criteria for registration that would be expected of a pesticide being registered today for the first time. FIFRA section 4 directs EPA to use FIFRA section 3(c)(2)(B) authority to obtain the required data. While, Reregistration Eligibility Decisions are expected to be completed by 2006 for food-use pesticide ingredients and 2008 for nonfood use pesticide ingredients, the Agency may still need to issue DCIs after FY 2008 to close out the program The registration review program: Section 3(g) of FIFRA contains provisions to help achieve the goal of reviewing each pesticide every 15 years to assure that the pesticide continues to pose no risk of unreasonable adverse effects on human health or the environment. FIFRA section 3(g) instructs EPA to use the FIFRA section 3(c)(2)(B) authority to obtain the required data. The special review program: Though rare, EPA may conduct a Special Review if EPA believes that a pesticide poses risks of unreasonable adverse effects on human health or the environment. Section 3(c)(2)(B) of FIFRA provides a means of obtaining any needed data. Anticipated residue/percent crop treated information: Under section 408 of FFDCA, before a pesticide may be used on food or feed crops, the Agency must establish a tolerance for the pesticide residues on that crop or established an exemption from the requirement to have a tolerance. Section 408(b)(2)(E) and (F) of FFDCA authorize the use of anticipated or actual residue (ARs) data and percent crop treated (PCT) data to establish, modify, maintain, or revoke a tolerance for a pesticide. The FFDCA requires that if AR data are used, data must be reviewed five years after a tolerance is initially established. If PCT data are used, the FFDCA affords EPA the discretion to obtain additional data if any or all of several conditions are met. The Agency issues DCIs when it has determined that more information is necessary to make decision about pesticides pursuant to the mandates in FIFRA and FFDCA. Agency decisions requiring additional data are based on the data requirements set forth in 40 CFR parts 150 through 180, with the majority of the data requirements captured in 40 CFR part 158. In addition, EPA is seeking public review and comment on a draft document that describes the PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2909 methodology it uses to estimate the paperwork burden hours and costs for entities responding to DCIs. EPA’s methodology for estimating paperwork burden hours and costs for DCI recipients uses the average cost of the specific test that generates the data requested as the basis for estimating the paperwork burden activities. Once the estimated test costs are established, the Agency estimates the paperwork burden hours and costs as a percentage of the test cost. The document describing the methodology, and a spreadsheet with available test cost estimates listed by name and guideline number, is available in the docket. Burden statement: The average annual public reporting and recordkeeping burden for this consolidated ICR varies depending on the review program and the specific data being sought through the DCI. The consolidated ICR, a copy of which is available in the docket, provides a detailed explanation of the Agency’s estimated burden for issuing DCIs under these review programs, which is only briefly summarized here: Estimated total number of potential respondents: 1,643. Frequency of response: On occasion. Estimated total average number of responses for each respondent: Ranges from 1 to 16. Estimated total annual burden hours: 240,490 hours. Estimated total annual costs: $10,974,873. This ICR does not involve any capital investment or maintenance and operational costs. V. Are There Changes in the Estimates from the Last Approvals? The consolidation of the currently approved ICRs is expected to result in an overall decrease of 134,274 hours in the total estimated combined respondent burden that is currently approved by OMB. This decrease reflects an anticipated reduction in the number of DCIs EPA plans to issue relating to the reregistration review program, which is expected to come to a close during the approval period for the next ICR. This reduction may be offset to some extent by an anticipated increase in DCIs related to the registration review program. This change is considered to be an adjustment. VI. What is the Next Step in the Process for this ICR? EPA will consider the comments received and amend the consolidated ICR as appropriate. The final ICR package will then be submitted to OMB for review and approval pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.12. EPA will issue another E:\FR\FM\16JAN1.SGM 16JAN1 2910 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 11 / Wednesday, January 16, 2008 / Notices Federal Register notice pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.5(a)(1)(iv) to announce the submission of the ICR to OMB and the opportunity to submit additional comments to OMB. If you have any questions about this ICR or the approval process, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. List of Subjects Environmental protection, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. Dated: December 20, 2007. James B. Gulliford, Assistant Administrator, Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances. [FR Doc. E8–602 Filed 1–15–08; 8:45 am] restrictions to some portions of risk management plans submitted under the Clean Air Act. Access to the system is restricted to authorized users and is maintained in a secure, passwordprotected computer system, in secure areas and buildings with physical access controls and environmental controls. The system is maintained by the Office of Emergency Management in the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. Dated: December 21, 2007. Molly O’Neill, Assistant Administrator and Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. E8–659 Filed 1–15–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P BILLING CODE 6560–50–S ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL–8516–3; EPA–HQ–OEI–2007–0977] [EPA–HQ–OPP–2007–1163; FRL–8347–5] Deletion of Risk Management Plan SORN Guidance for Conducting Prospective Ground-Water Studies Environmental Protection Agency. ACTION: Notice of a Deletion of System of Records Notice for the Risk Management Plan Review Access List. AGENCY: jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES SUMMARY: Pursuant to the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a), the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, Office of Emergency Management, is giving notice that it is deleting the system of records for the Risk Management Plan Review Access List. The information in this system of record is neither indexed nor retrieved by a personal identifier. EFFECTIVE DATES: This notice is effective upon publication. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dorothy McManus, (202) 564–8606. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. General Information The Risk Management Plan Review Access List system of records does not duplicate any existing system of records. The system contains the names, title, position, telephone number, fax number, e-mail address, user ID and password of local, state and federal government officials, qualified researchers and others who are ‘‘covered persons’’ under the Chemical Safety, Site Security and Fuels Regulatory Relief Act (CSISSFRRA) of 1999, and who have requested Risk Management Plan information under CSISSFRRA. CSISSFRRA, an amendment to the Clean Air Act, imposes access VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:55 Jan 15, 2008 Jkt 214001 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing for public comment guidance for conducting prospective ground-water (PGW) studies. This study, which is required by EPA on a case-by-case basis, is conducted in a controlled setting and provides EPA with data for evaluating the impact of legal pesticide use on ground water quality. The PGW guidance document describes how to conduct a PGW monitoring study, milestones for consulting with EPA, and how to report results to EPA. Data generated from these field studies have proven valuable to EPA scientists and risk managers as they are specifically designed to relate pesticide use indicated on the label to measurements of the pesticide and its degradates in ground water used as a source of drinking water. DATES: Comments must be received on or before March 17, 2008. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA–HQ–OPP–2007–1163, by one of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) Regulatory Public Docket (7502P), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460–0001. PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 • Delivery: OPP Regulatory Public Docket (7502P), Environmental Protection Agency, Rm. S–4400, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA. Deliveries are only accepted during the Docket’s normal hours of operation (8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays). Special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information. The Docket Facility telephone number is (703) 305–5805. Instructions: Direct your comments to docket ID number EPA–HQ–OPP–2007– 1163. EPA’s policy is that all comments received will be included in the docket without change and may be made available on-line at http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through regulations.gov or email. The regulations.gov website is an ‘‘anonymous access’’ system, which means EPA will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an e-mail comment directly to EPA without going through regulations.gov, your e-mail address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the docket and made available on the Internet. If you submit an electronic comment, EPA recommends that you include your name and other contact information in the body of your comment and with any disk or CD-ROM you submit. If EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, EPA may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid the use of special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses. Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the docket index available in regulations.gov. To access the electronic docket, go to http:// www.regulations.gov, select ‘‘Advanced Search,’’ then ‘‘Docket Search.’’ Insert the docket ID number where indicated and select the ‘‘Submit’’ button. Follow the instructions on the regulations.gov website to view the docket index or access available documents. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, e.g., CBI or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, is not placed on the Internet and will be E:\FR\FM\16JAN1.SGM 16JAN1

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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 11 (Wednesday, January 16, 2008)]
[Notices]
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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0923; FRL-8152-5]


Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Renewal and 
Consolidation of Several Currently Approved Collections; Comment 
Request; Pesticide Data Call-In Program; EPA ICR No. 2288.01, OMB 
Control No. 2070-new

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 EPA is planning to 
submit a request to renew and consolidate several existing approved 
Information Collection Requests (ICRs) to the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB). Before submitting the consolidated ICR to OMB for review 
and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of this 
information collection. The consolidated ICR, entitled: ``Pesticide 
Data Call-In Program'' (identified by EPA ICR No. 2288.01 and OMB 
Control No. 2070-new), will consolidate the following currently 
approved ICRs: ``Data Call-Ins for the Special Review and Registration 
Review Programs'' (identified by EPA ICR No. 0922.07 and OMB Control 
No. 2070-0057); ``Data Generation for Pesticide Reregistration'' 
(identified by EPA ICR No. 1504.05 and OMB Control

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No. 2070-0107); and ``Data Acquisition for Anticipated Residue and 
Percent of Crop Treated'' (identified by EPA ICR No. 1911.02 and OMB 
Control No. 2070-0164).

DATES: Comments must be received on or before March 17, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification 
(ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0923, by one of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.
     Mail: Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) Regulatory Public 
Docket (7502P), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania 
Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001.
     Delivery: OPP Regulatory Public Docket (7502P), 
Environmental Protection Agency, Rm. S-4400, One Potomac Yard (South 
Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA. Deliveries are only 
accepted during the Docket's normal hours of operation (8:30 a.m. to 4 
p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays). Special 
arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information. The 
Docket Facility telephone number is (703) 305-5805.
    Instructions: Direct your comments to docket ID number EPA-HQ-OPP-
2007-0923. EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included 
in the docket without change and may be made available on-line at 
http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information 
provided, unless the comment includes information claimed to be 
Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose 
disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you 
consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through regulations.gov or e-
mail. The regulations.gov website is an ``anonymous access'' system, 
which means EPA will not know your identity or contact information 
unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an e-
mail comment directly to EPA without going through regulations.gov, 
your e-mail address will be automatically captured and included as part 
of the comment that is placed in the docket and made available on the 
Internet. If you submit an electronic comment, EPA recommends that you 
include your name and other contact information in the body of your 
comment and with any disk or CD-ROM you submit. If EPA cannot read your 
comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for 
clarification, EPA may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic 
files should avoid the use of special characters, any form of 
encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses.
    Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the docket index 
available at http://www.regulations.gov. Although listed in the index, 
some information is not publicly available, e.g., CBI or other 
information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other 
material, such as copyrighted material, is not placed on the Internet 
and will be publicly available only in hard copy form. 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 OPP Regulatory Public Docket in Rm. S-4400, One Potomac 
Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Dr., 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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cameo Smoot, Field and External 
Affairs Division (7506P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental 
Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-
0001; telephone number: (703) 305-5454; fax number: (703) 305-5884; e-
mail address: smoot.cameo@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. What Information is EPA Particularly Interested in?

    Pursuant to section 3506(c)(2)(A) of PRA, EPA specifically solicits 
comments and information to enable it to:
    1. 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.
    2. Evaluate the accuracy of the Agency's estimates of the burden of 
the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used.
    3. Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to 
be collected.
    4. 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. In particular, EPA is requesting comments from 
very small businesses (those that employ less than 25) on examples of 
specific additional efforts that EPA could make to reduce the paperwork 
burden for very small businesses affected by this collection.

II. What Should I Consider when I Prepare My Comments for EPA?

    You may find the following suggestions helpful for preparing your 
comments:
    1. Explain your views as clearly as possible and provide specific 
examples.
    2. Describe any assumptions that you used.
    3. Provide copies of any technical information and/or data you used 
that support your views.
    4. If you estimate potential burden or costs, explain how you 
arrived at the estimate that you provide.
    5. Provide specific examples to illustrate your concerns.
    6. Offer alternative ways to improve the collection activity.
    7. Make sure to submit your comments by the deadline identified 
under DATES.
    8. To ensure proper receipt by EPA, be sure to identify the docket 
ID number assigned to this action in the subject line on the first page 
of your response. You may also provide the name, date, and Federal 
Register citation.

III. What Do I Need to Know About the PRA?

    Under the PRA, an Agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person 
is not required to respond to, a collection of information subject to 
PRA approval 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 preamble of the final rule, are further 
displayed either by publication in the Federal Register or by other 
appropriate means, such as on the related collection instruments or 
form, if applicable. The display of OMB control numbers in certain EPA 
regulations is consolidated in a list at 40 CFR part 9.1.
    The PRA defines burden to mean 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 
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information; search data sources; complete and review the collection of 
information; and transmit or otherwise disclose the information.

IV. What ICR Does this Request Apply to?

    Title: Pesticide Data Call-In Program.
    ICR numbers: EPA ICR No. 2288.01, OMB Control No. 2070-new.
    ICR status: This ICR reflects the consolidation of the following 
currently approved ICRs: ``Data Call-Ins for the Special Review and 
Registration Review Programs'' (identified by EPA ICR No. 0922.07 and 
OMB Control No. 2070-0057); ``Data Generation for Pesticide 
Reregistration'' (identified by EPA ICR No. 1504.05 and OMB Control No. 
2070-0107); and ``Data Acquisition for Anticipated Residue and Percent 
of Crop Treated'' (identified by EPA ICR No. 1911.02 and OMB Control 
No. 2070-0164). These ICRs are all scheduled to expire on June 30, 
2008.
    Affected entities: Entities potentially affected by this ICR 
include pesticide registrants, which may be identified by the North 
American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) code 32532, pesticide 
and other agricultural chemical manufacturing.
    Abstract: Under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide 
Act (FIFRA), every pesticide product must be registered with EPA. An 
applicant for registration must supply data to demonstrate that the 
pesticide product will not cause ``unreasonable adverse effects'' on 
humans or to the environment. Under the Federal Food, Drug, and 
Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), EPA must determine, from data supplied by the 
applicant or registrant, that the level of pesticide residues in food 
and feed will be safe for human consumption, defined as ``a reasonable 
certainty that no harm'' will result from exposures to pesticide 
residues. Although data is provided with the initial applications, the 
Agency issues Data Call-Ins (DCIs) when it has determined that more 
information is necessary to make the necessary decision pursuant to the 
mandates in FIFRA and FFDCA.
    The programs represented in this proposed ICR renewal and 
consolidation share a common statutory authority, section 3(c)(2)(B) of 
FIFRA, which authorizes EPA to require pesticide registrants to 
generate and submit data to the Agency, when such data are needed to 
maintain an existing registration of a pesticide. EPA's determination 
that additional data are needed can occur for various reasons, with the 
following four reasons being the most common:
    The reregistration program: Section 4 of FIFRA requires EPA to re-
assess the health and safety data for all pesticide active ingredients 
registered before November 1, 1984, to determine whether these 
``older'' pesticides meet the criteria for registration that would be 
expected of a pesticide being registered today for the first time. 
FIFRA section 4 directs EPA to use FIFRA section 3(c)(2)(B) authority 
to obtain the required data. While, Reregistration Eligibility 
Decisions are expected to be completed by 2006 for food-use pesticide 
ingredients and 2008 for non-food use pesticide ingredients, the Agency 
may still need to issue DCIs after FY 2008 to close out the program
    The registration review program: Section 3(g) of FIFRA contains 
provisions to help achieve the goal of reviewing each pesticide every 
15 years to assure that the pesticide continues to pose no risk of 
unreasonable adverse effects on human health or the environment. FIFRA 
section 3(g) instructs EPA to use the FIFRA section 3(c)(2)(B) 
authority to obtain the required data.
    The special review program: Though rare, EPA may conduct a Special 
Review if EPA believes that a pesticide poses risks of unreasonable 
adverse effects on human health or the environment. Section 3(c)(2)(B) 
of FIFRA provides a means of obtaining any needed data.
    Anticipated residue/percent crop treated information: Under section 
408 of FFDCA, before a pesticide may be used on food or feed crops, the 
Agency must establish a tolerance for the pesticide residues on that 
crop or established an exemption from the requirement to have a 
tolerance. Section 408(b)(2)(E) and (F) of FFDCA authorize the use of 
anticipated or actual residue (ARs) data and percent crop treated (PCT) 
data to establish, modify, maintain, or revoke a tolerance for a 
pesticide. The FFDCA requires that if AR data are used, data must be 
reviewed five years after a tolerance is initially established. If PCT 
data are used, the FFDCA affords EPA the discretion to obtain 
additional data if any or all of several conditions are met.
    The Agency issues DCIs when it has determined that more information 
is necessary to make decision about pesticides pursuant to the mandates 
in FIFRA and FFDCA. Agency decisions requiring additional data are 
based on the data requirements set forth in 40 CFR parts 150 through 
180, with the majority of the data requirements captured in 40 CFR part 
158.
    In addition, EPA is seeking public review and comment on a draft 
document that describes the methodology it uses to estimate the 
paperwork burden hours and costs for entities responding to DCIs. EPA's 
methodology for estimating paperwork burden hours and costs for DCI 
recipients uses the average cost of the specific test that generates 
the data requested as the basis for estimating the paperwork burden 
activities. Once the estimated test costs are established, the Agency 
estimates the paperwork burden hours and costs as a percentage of the 
test cost. The document describing the methodology, and a spreadsheet 
with available test cost estimates listed by name and guideline number, 
is available in the docket.
    Burden statement: The average annual public reporting and 
recordkeeping burden for this consolidated ICR varies depending on the 
review program and the specific data being sought through the DCI. The 
consolidated ICR, a copy of which is available in the docket, provides 
a detailed explanation of the Agency's estimated burden for issuing 
DCIs under these review programs, which is only briefly summarized 
here:
    Estimated total number of potential respondents: 1,643.
    Frequency of response: On occasion.
    Estimated total average number of responses for each respondent: 
Ranges from 1 to 16.
    Estimated total annual burden hours: 240,490 hours.
    Estimated total annual costs: $10,974,873. This ICR does not 
involve any capital investment or maintenance and operational costs.

V. Are There Changes in the Estimates from the Last Approvals?

    The consolidation of the currently approved ICRs is expected to 
result in an overall decrease of 134,274 hours in the total estimated 
combined respondent burden that is currently approved by OMB. This 
decrease reflects an anticipated reduction in the number of DCIs EPA 
plans to issue relating to the reregistration review program, which is 
expected to come to a close during the approval period for the next 
ICR. This reduction may be offset to some extent by an anticipated 
increase in DCIs related to the registration review program. This 
change is considered to be an adjustment.

VI. What is the Next Step in the Process for this ICR?

    EPA will consider the comments received and amend the consolidated 
ICR as appropriate. The final ICR package will then be submitted to OMB 
for review and approval pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.12. EPA will issue 
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Federal Register notice pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.5(a)(1)(iv) to announce 
the submission of the ICR to OMB and the opportunity to submit 
additional comments to OMB.
    If you have any questions about this ICR or the approval process, 
please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

List of Subjects

    Environmental protection, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.


    Dated: December 20, 2007.
James B. Gulliford,
Assistant Administrator, Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic 
Substances.
[FR Doc. E8-602 Filed 1-15-08; 8:45 am]
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