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Download as PDF 11108 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 41 / Friday, February 29, 2008 / Notices receive e-mail notification when a document is added to a subscribed docket(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. Comment Date: 5 p.m. Friday, March 7, 2008. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. PR08–15–000] Energy Transfer Fuel, L.P.; Notice of Petition for Rate Approval rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES February 25, 2008. Take notice that on February 15, 2008, Energy Transfer Fuel, L.P. (ET Fuel) filed a petition for rate approval for NGPA section 311 maximum firm and interruptible transportation rates, pursuant to section 284.123(b)(2) of the Commission’s regulations. ET Fuel requests that the Commission approve a maximum interruptible rate of $0.4099 per MMBtu and maximum firm usage rate of $0.0032 per MMBtu with a monthly reservation charge of $12.37 per MMBtu (a daily demand rate of $0.4067 per MMBtu). In addition, ET Fuel requests authority to retain 1.58% of the quantity of gas delivered for compressor fuel, company use, and lost and unaccounted-for gas. Any person desiring to participate in this rate proceeding must file a motion to intervene or to protest this filing 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). 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. Any person wishing to become a party must file a notice of intervention or motion to intervene, as appropriate. Such notices, motions, or protests must be filed on or before the date as indicated below. Anyone filing an intervention or protest must serve a copy of that document on the Applicant. Anyone filing an intervention or protest on or before the intervention or protest date need not serve motions to intervene or protests on persons other than the Applicant. The Commission encourages electronic submission of protests and interventions in lieu of paper using the ‘‘eFiling’’ link at http://www.ferc.gov. Persons unable to file electronically should submit an original and 14 copies of the protest or intervention to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20426. This filing is accessible on-line at http://www.ferc.gov, using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link and is 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 VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:22 Feb 28, 2008 Jkt 214001 Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–3887 Filed 2–28–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OW–2004–0013; FRL–8535–4] Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; EPA Strategic Plan Information on Source Water Protection; EPA ICR No. 1816.04, OMB Control No. 2040–0197 Environmental Protection Agency. 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 an existing approved Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This ICR is scheduled to expire on June 30, 2008. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below. DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before April 29, 2008. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA–HQ– OW–2004–0013 by one of the following methods: • www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments. • E-mail: OW–Docket@epa.gov. • Mail: Water Docket, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), Mailcode: 4101T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460. • Hand Delivery: The EPA Docket Center at the Public Reading Room, Room B3334, EPA West Building, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC. Such deliveries are only accepted during the Docket’s normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information. PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OW–2004– 0013. EPA’s policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online at 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 www.regulations.gov or e-mail. The www.regulations.gov Web site 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 www.regulations.gov your email address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public 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. For additional information about EPA’s public docket visit the EPA Docket Center homepage at http:// www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jill Dean, Drinking Water Protection Division—Prevention Branch, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water (MC 4606M), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 202–564–8241; fax number: 202–564–3756; e-mail address: dean.jill@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: How Can I Access the Docket and/or Submit Comments? EPA has established a public docket for this ICR under Docket ID No. EPA– HQ–OW–2004–0013, which is available for online viewing at www.regulations.gov, or in person viewing at the Water Docket in the EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), EPA West, Room B3334, 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 E:\FR\FM\29FEN1.SGM 29FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 41 / Friday, February 29, 2008 / Notices Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Reading Room is 202–566–1744, and the telephone number for the Water Docket is 202– 566–2426. Use www.regulations.gov to obtain a copy of the draft collection of information, submit or view public comments, access the index listing of the contents of the docket, and to access those documents in the public docket that are available electronically. Once in the system, select ‘‘search,’’ then key in the docket ID number identified in this document. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES What Information Is EPA Particularly Interested in? Pursuant to section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA, EPA specifically solicits comments and information to enable it to: (i) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (ii) Evaluate the accuracy of the Agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (iii) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (iv) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. 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. 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. Offer alternative ways to improve the collection activity. VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:22 Feb 28, 2008 Jkt 214001 6. Make sure to submit your comments by the deadline identified under DATES. 7. 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. What Information Collection Activity or ICR Does This Apply to? Affected entities: Entities potentially affected by this action are State environmental and health agencies. Title: EPA Strategic Plan Information on Source Water Protection. ICR numbers: EPA ICR No. 1816.04, OMB Control No. 2040–0197. ICR status: This ICR is currently scheduled to expire on June 30, 2008. 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: States were allowed 18 months to submit a Source Water Assessment Program to EPA (Section 1453(a)(3) of the Safe Drinking Water Act) after the national guidance on State Source Water Assessment and Protection Programs was issued on August 5, 1997. Once the State Programs were approved by EPA, source water assessments of public water systems were conducted and completed within the required three and a half years after approval. Previous ICRs have included calculations of the burden and cost estimates related to the remaining assessment work. The EPA Strategic Plan (2006–2011; http://www.epa.gov/ocfo/plan/ plan.htm) provides an overview of the voluntary programs and measures taken by States to ensure minimal health risks to the public by protecting source water and preventing contamination. The information collection request supports the EPA Strategic Plan by gathering information on protective actions for sources of water used for public water supplies, and to measure progress towards the Strategic Target SP–4— public health risks minimized in 50% of community water systems and the related 62% of the population served by PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 11109 those community water systems by 2011. EPA is collecting data from States, on a voluntary basis, concerning the number of community water systems (CWS) in localities that have substantially implemented source water protection programs according to that State’s definition, and the population served by those community water systems. The Safe Drinking Water Act, while authorizing the generation of this data, does not require the implementation of source water protection programs by States. Section 1452 of the Safe Drinking Water Act allows the use of Drinking Water State Revolving Fund monies for support efforts in the information collection. Burden Statement: The annual public reporting and recordkeeping burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 20 hours per annual response for each respondent, or 3,120 hours over the next three years of the information collection. 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. The ICR provides a detailed explanation of the Agency’s estimate, which is only briefly summarized here: Estimated total number of potential respondents: 52. Frequency of response: annual. Estimated total average number of responses for each respondent: 1. Estimated total annual burden hours: 1,040. Estimated total annual costs: $786,676. This includes an estimated burden cost of $38,419 and an estimated cost of $748,257 for capital investment or maintenance and operational costs. Are There Changes in the Estimates From the Last Approval? There is a decrease of 3,172 hours in the total estimated annual respondent burden compared with that identified in the ICR currently approved by OMB. E:\FR\FM\29FEN1.SGM 29FEN1 11110 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 41 / Friday, February 29, 2008 / Notices This decrease reflects the fact that EPA is collecting less information from States under this collection than in earlier collections. Specifically, the 2004 ICR included the burden associated with reporting on the status of completing source water assessments and on the most prevalent and most threatening sources of contamination. EPA is no longer requesting this information because the assessments were completed in 2003, and contamination threats are not considered to have significantly changed since the previous ICR. What Is the Next Step in the Process for This ICR? EPA will consider the comments received and amend the ICR as appropriate. The final ICR package will then be submitted to OMB for review and approval pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.12. At that time, EPA will issue another 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 technical person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Dated: February 21, 2008. Cynthia Dougherty, Director, Office of Ground Water & Drinking Water. [FR Doc. E8–3934 Filed 2–28–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–2006–0735; FRL–8535–3] Announcement of Data Availability for Lead National Ambient Air Quality Standard Review Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice of data availability. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: On or about March 3, 2008, the Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS) of EPA will make available for public review and comment a number of technical documents that discuss monitoring issues being addressed in EPA’s review of the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for lead. These technical documents will be used as part of a consultation with the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) Ambient Air Monitoring & Methods (AAMM) Subcommittee (Subcommittee). VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:22 Feb 28, 2008 Jkt 214001 Comments on the technical documents must be received on or before March 31, 2008. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA–HQ– OAR–2006–0735, by one of the following methods: • www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments. • E-mail: Comments may be sent by electronic mail (e-mail) to a-and-rDocket@epa.gov, Attention Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OAR–2006–0735. • Fax: Fax your comments to: 202– 566–9744, Attention Docket ID. No. EPA–HQ–OAR–2006–0735. • Mail: Send your comments to: Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code: 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460, Attention Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OAR–2006–0735. • Hand Delivery or Courier: Deliver your comments to: EPA Docket Center, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Room 3334, Washington, DC. Such deliveries are only accepted during the Docket(s normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information. Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OAR–2006– 0735. The EPA’s policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online at 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 www.regulations.gov, or e-mail. The www.regulations.gov Web site 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 www.regulations.gov, your email address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public 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 DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 comment. Electronic files should avoid the use of special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses. For additional information about EPA’s public docket visit the EPA Docket Center homepage at http:// www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm. Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the www.regulations.gov index. 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, will be publicly available only in hard copy. Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically in www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the Air Docket in the EPA Docket Center, (EPA/DC) EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. The Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is (202) 566–1744 and the telephone number for the Air Docket is (202) 566–1742; fax (202) 566– 9744. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Kevin Cavender, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (mail code C304–06), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; e-mail: Cavender.kevin@epa.gov; telephone: (919) 541–2364; fax: (919) 541–1903. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A. What Should I Consider as I Prepare My Comments for EPA? 1. Submitting CBI. Do not submit this information to EPA through www.regulations.gov or e-mail. Clearly mark the part or all of the information that you claim to be CBI. For CBI information in a disk or CD–ROM that you mail to EPA, mark the outside of the disk or CD–ROM as CBI and then identify electronically within the disk or CD–ROM the specific information that is claimed as CBI. In addition to one complete version of the comment that includes information claimed as CBI, a copy of the comment that does not contain the information claimed as CBI must be submitted for inclusion in the public docket. Information so marked will not be disclosed except in accordance with procedures set forth in 40 CFR part 2. 2. Tips for Preparing Your Comments. When submitting comments, remember to: • Identify the rulemaking by docket number and other identifying E:\FR\FM\29FEN1.SGM 29FEN1

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ-OW-2004-0013; FRL-8535-4]


Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; 
Comment Request; EPA Strategic Plan Information on Source Water 
Protection; EPA ICR No. 1816.04, OMB Control No. 2040-0197

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

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 an existing approved Information Collection 
Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This ICR is 
scheduled to expire on June 30, 2008. Before submitting the ICR to OMB 
for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects 
of the proposed information collection as described below.

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before April 29, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-
2004-0013 by one of the following methods:
     www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line instructions for 
submitting comments.
     E-mail: OW-Docket@epa.gov.
     Mail: Water Docket, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA 
Docket Center (EPA/DC), Mailcode: 4101T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., 
Washington, DC 20460.
     Hand Delivery: The EPA Docket Center at the Public Reading 
Room, Room B3334, EPA West Building, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW., 
Washington, DC. Such deliveries are only accepted during the Docket's 
normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for 
deliveries of boxed information.
    Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2004-
0013. EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in 
the public docket without change and may be made available online at 
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 www.regulations.gov or e-mail. 
The www.regulations.gov Web site 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 www.regulations.gov 
your e-mail address will be automatically captured and included as part 
of the comment that is placed in the public 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. For additional 
information about EPA's public docket visit the EPA Docket Center 
homepage at http://www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jill Dean, Drinking Water Protection 
Division--Prevention Branch, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water 
(MC 4606M), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., 
NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 202-564-8241; fax number: 
202-564-3756; e-mail address: dean.jill@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

How Can I Access the Docket and/or Submit Comments?

    EPA has established a public docket for this ICR under Docket ID 
No. EPA-HQ-OW-2004-0013, which is available for online viewing at 
www.regulations.gov, or in person viewing at the Water Docket in the 
EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), EPA West, Room B3334, 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

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Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Reading 
Room is 202-566-1744, and the telephone number for the Water Docket is 
202-566-2426.
    Use www.regulations.gov to obtain a copy of the draft collection of 
information, submit or view public comments, access the index listing 
of the contents of the docket, and to access those documents in the 
public docket that are available electronically. Once in the system, 
select ``search,'' then key in the docket ID number identified in this 
document.

What Information Is EPA Particularly Interested in?

    Pursuant to section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA, EPA specifically 
solicits comments and information to enable it to:
    (i) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is 
necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, 
including whether the information will have practical utility;
    (ii) Evaluate the accuracy of the Agency's estimate of the burden 
of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of 
the methodology and assumptions used;
    (iii) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information 
to be collected; and
    (iv) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those 
who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated 
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic 
submission of responses. 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.

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. Offer alternative ways to improve the collection activity.
    6. Make sure to submit your comments by the deadline identified 
under DATES.
    7. 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.

What Information Collection Activity or ICR Does This Apply to?

    Affected entities: Entities potentially affected by this action are 
State environmental and health agencies.
    Title: EPA Strategic Plan Information on Source Water Protection.
    ICR numbers: EPA ICR No. 1816.04, OMB Control No. 2040-0197.
    ICR status: This ICR is currently scheduled to expire on June 30, 
2008. 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: States were allowed 18 months to submit a Source Water 
Assessment Program to EPA (Section 1453(a)(3) of the Safe Drinking 
Water Act) after the national guidance on State Source Water Assessment 
and Protection Programs was issued on August 5, 1997. Once the State 
Programs were approved by EPA, source water assessments of public water 
systems were conducted and completed within the required three and a 
half years after approval. Previous ICRs have included calculations of 
the burden and cost estimates related to the remaining assessment work.
    The EPA Strategic Plan (2006-2011; http://www.epa.gov/ocfo/plan/
plan.htm) provides an overview of the voluntary programs and measures 
taken by States to ensure minimal health risks to the public by 
protecting source water and preventing contamination. The information 
collection request supports the EPA Strategic Plan by gathering 
information on protective actions for sources of water used for public 
water supplies, and to measure progress towards the Strategic Target 
SP-4--public health risks minimized in 50% of community water systems 
and the related 62% of the population served by those community water 
systems by 2011.
    EPA is collecting data from States, on a voluntary basis, 
concerning the number of community water systems (CWS) in localities 
that have substantially implemented source water protection programs 
according to that State's definition, and the population served by 
those community water systems. The Safe Drinking Water Act, while 
authorizing the generation of this data, does not require the 
implementation of source water protection programs by States. Section 
1452 of the Safe Drinking Water Act allows the use of Drinking Water 
State Revolving Fund monies for support efforts in the information 
collection.
    Burden Statement: The annual public reporting and recordkeeping 
burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 20 
hours per annual response for each respondent, or 3,120 hours over the 
next three years of the information collection. 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.
    The ICR provides a detailed explanation of the Agency's estimate, 
which is only briefly summarized here:
    Estimated total number of potential respondents: 52.
    Frequency of response: annual.
    Estimated total average number of responses for each respondent: 1.
    Estimated total annual burden hours: 1,040.
    Estimated total annual costs: $786,676. This includes an estimated 
burden cost of $38,419 and an estimated cost of $748,257 for capital 
investment or maintenance and operational costs.

Are There Changes in the Estimates From the Last Approval?

    There is a decrease of 3,172 hours in the total estimated annual 
respondent burden compared with that identified in the ICR currently 
approved by OMB.

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This decrease reflects the fact that EPA is collecting less information 
from States under this collection than in earlier collections. 
Specifically, the 2004 ICR included the burden associated with 
reporting on the status of completing source water assessments and on 
the most prevalent and most threatening sources of contamination. EPA 
is no longer requesting this information because the assessments were 
completed in 2003, and contamination threats are not considered to have 
significantly changed since the previous ICR.

What Is the Next Step in the Process for This ICR?

    EPA will consider the comments received and amend the ICR as 
appropriate. The final ICR package will then be submitted to OMB for 
review and approval pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.12. At that time, EPA will 
issue another 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 
technical person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    Dated: February 21, 2008.
Cynthia Dougherty,
Director, Office of Ground Water & Drinking Water.
[FR Doc. E8-3934 Filed 2-28-08; 8:45 am]
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