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Download as PDF 51580 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 193 / Wednesday, October 7, 2009 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. CP09–467–000] CenterPoint Enery Gas Transmission Company; Notice of Request Under Blanket Authorization September 30, 2009. erowe on DSK5CLS3C1PROD with NOTICES Take notice that on September 22, 2009, CenterPoint Energy Gas Transmission Company (CEGT), 1111 Louisiana Street, Houston, Texas 77002–5231, filed in Docket No. CP09– 467–000 an application pursuant to sections 157.205, 157.208(b), 157.211(a), and 157.216(b) of the Commission’s Regulations under the Natural Gas Act (NGA) as amended, to abandon and replace certain deteriorated pipeline facilities in Garland and Hot Spring Counties, Arkansas, under CEGT’s blanket certificate issued in Docket No. CP82–384–000,1 as amended in Docket No. CP82–384–001,2 all as more fully set forth in the application which is on file with the Commission and open to public inspection. CEGT proposes to abandon 18.5 miles of 10-inch and 12-inch diameter pipeline on its Line AM–22 3 in Hot Spring and Garland Counties; replace approximately 7.5 miles of Line AM–22 with approximately 7.9 miles of 10-inch diameter pipeline, and abandon approximately 0.171 mile of 2-inch pipeline on Line AM–121.4 CEGT also proposes to replace approximately 7.5 miles of Line AM–22 with approximately 7.9 miles of 10-inch diameter pipeline. CEGT also proposes to install various taps and meter stations to continue natural gas service to its existing customers currently served by the facilities that CEGT would abandon and replace. CEGT estimates that the proposed replacement facilities would cost $11,096,296 to construct and install. Any questions regarding this application should be directed to Michele Willis, Manager, Compliance & Regulatory, CenterPoint Energy Gas Transmission Company, P.O. Box 21734, Shreveport, Louisiana 71151, or via telephone at (318) 429–3708. This filing is available for review at the Commission or may be viewed on the Commission’s Web site at http:// 1 20 FERC ¶ 62,408 (1982). FERC ¶ 61,148 (1983). 3 Line AM–22 was constructed in 1920 under authorization granted in Docket No. G–252 [3 FPC 910 (1943)]. 4 Line AM–121 was constructed in 1948 under authorization granted in Docket No. G–10887 [16 FPC 1382 (1956)]. 2 22 VerDate Nov<24>2008 15:25 Oct 06, 2009 Jkt 220001 www.ferc.gov, using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number filed to access the document. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at FERC OnlineSupport@ferc.gov or call toll-free at (866) 206–3676, or, for TTY, contact (202) 502–8659. Comments, protests and interventions may be filed electronically via the Internet in lieu of paper. See, 18 CFR 385.2001(a)(1)(iii) and the instructions on the Commission’s Web site under the ‘‘e-Filing’’ link. The Commission strongly encourages intervenors to file electronically. Any person or the Commission’s staff may, within 60 days after issuance of the instant notice by the Commission, file pursuant to Rule 214 of the Commission’s Procedural Rules (18 CFR 385.214) a motion to intervene or notice of intervention and pursuant to section 157.205 of the regulations under the NGA (18 CFR 157.205), a protest to the request. If no protest is filed within the time allowed therefore, the proposed activity shall be deemed to be authorized effective the day after the time allowed for filing a protest. If a protest is filed and not withdrawn within 30 days after the allowed time for filing a protest, the instant request shall be treated as an application for authorization pursuant to section 7 of the NGA. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. E9–24124 Filed 10–6–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OPPT–2009–0105; FRL–8430–9] Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Voluntary Cover Sheet for TSCA Submissions; EPA ICR No. 1780.05, OMB Control No. 2070– 0156 AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. 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, entitled: ‘‘Voluntary Cover Sheet for TSCA Submissions’’ and identified by EPA ICR No. 1780.05 and OMB PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Control No. 2070–0156, is scheduled to expire on July 31, 2010. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection. DATES: Comments must be received on or before December 7, 2009. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA–HQ–OPPT–2009–0105, by one of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: Document Control Office (7407M), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460– 0001. • Hand Delivery: OPPT Document Control Office (DCO), EPA East, Rm. 6428, 1201 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. Attention: Docket ID Number EPA–HQ–OPPT–2009–0105. The DCO is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the DCO is (202) 564–8930. Such deliveries are only accepted during the DCO’s normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information. Instructions: Direct your comments to docket ID number EPA–HQ–OPPT– 2009–0105. 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, E:\FR\FM\07OCN1.SGM 07OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 193 / Wednesday, October 7, 2009 / Notices 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, will be publicly available only in hard copy. Publicly available docket materials are available electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, or, if only available in hard copy, at the OPPT Docket. The OPPT Docket is located in the EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC) at Rm. 3334, EPA West Bldg., 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. The EPA/DC Public Reading Room hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number of the EPA/DC Public Reading Room is (202) 566–1744, and the telephone number for the OPPT Docket is (202) 566–0280. Docket visitors are required to show photographic identification, pass through a metal detector, and sign the EPA visitor log. All visitor bags are processed through an X-ray machine and subject to search. Visitors will be provided an EPA/DC badge that must be visible at all times in the building and returned upon departure. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general information contact: Colby Lintner, Regulatory Coordinator, Environmental Assistance Division (7408M), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460–0001; telephone number: (202) 554–1404; e-mail address: TSCA-Hotline@epa.gov. For technical information contact: Ron Carlson, Information Management Division (7407M), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460– 0001; telephone number: (202) 564– 8631; fax number: (202) 564–7480; email address: carlson.ron@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: erowe on DSK5CLS3C1PROD with NOTICES 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 VerDate Nov<24>2008 15:25 Oct 06, 2009 Jkt 220001 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 Information Collection Activity or ICR Does this Action Apply to? Affected entities: Entities potentially affected by this action are companies that manufacture, process, use, import, or distribute in commerce chemical substances that are subject to reporting requirements under sections 4, 8(d), or 8(e) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), or are subject to voluntary reporting under the Voluntary Children’s Chemical Evaluation Program (VCCEP). PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 51581 Title: Voluntary Cover Sheet for TSCA Submissions. ICR numbers: EPA ICR No. 1780.05, OMB Control No. 2070–0156. ICR status: This ICR is currently scheduled to expire on July 31, 2010. 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 Code of Federal Regulations (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 for certain EPA regulations is consolidated in 40 CFR part 9. Abstract: TSCA requires industry to submit information and studies for existing chemical substances under TSCA sections 4, 6, and 8, and requests voluntary submission of such information under the Voluntary Children’s Chemical Evaluation Program (VCCEP). EPA typically receives thousands of such submissions each year; each submission represents on average three studies. In addition, EPA can impose specific data call-ins on industry. As a follow-up to industry experience with a 1994 TSCA data call-in, the Chemical Manufacturers Association (CMA, now known as the American Chemistry Council [ACC]), the Specialty Organics Chemical Manufacturers Association (SOCMA), and the Chemical Industry Data Exchange (CIDX), in cooperation with EPA, took an interest in pursuing electronic transfer of TSCA summary data and of full submissions to EPA. In particular, ACC developed a standardized cover sheet for voluntary use by industry as a first step to an electronic future and to begin familiarizing companies with standard requirements and concepts of electronic transfer. This form is designed for voluntary use as a cover sheet for submissions of information under TSCA sections 4, 8(d), and 8(e) and VCCEP. The cover sheet facilitates submission of information by displaying certain basic data elements, permitting EPA more easily to identify, log, track, distribute, review and index submissions, and to make information publicly available more rapidly and at reduced cost, to the mutual benefit of both the respondents and EPA. The referenced information collection request addresses the use of this cover sheet. E:\FR\FM\07OCN1.SGM 07OCN1 51582 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 193 / Wednesday, October 7, 2009 / Notices Responses to the collection of information are voluntary. Respondents may claim all or part of a notice confidential. EPA will disclose information that is covered by a claim of confidentiality only to the extent permitted by, and in accordance with, the procedures in TSCA section 14 and 40 CFR part 2. Burden statement: The annual public reporting and recordkeeping burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 0.5 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. The ICR provides a detailed explanation of this estimate, which is only briefly summarized here: Estimated total number of potential respondents: 2,123. Frequency of response: On occasion. Estimated total average number of responses for each respondent: 1.0. Estimated total annual burden hours: 1,062 hours. Estimated total annual costs: $52,779. This includes an estimated burden cost of $52,779 and an estimated cost of $0 for capital investment or maintenance and operational costs. erowe on DSK5CLS3C1PROD with NOTICES IV. Are There Changes in the Estimates from the Last Approval? There is a decrease of 8,074 hours in the total estimated respondent burden compared with that identified in the ICR currently approved by OMB. This decrease reflects a decrease in the estimated number of affected submissions, based on EPA’s recent experience with those submissions. This change is an adjustment. V. 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 VerDate Nov<24>2008 15:25 Oct 06, 2009 Jkt 220001 1320.12. 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. List of Subjects Environmental protection, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. Dated: October 1, 2009. Stephen A. Owens, Assistant Administrator, Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances. [FR Doc. E9–24162 Filed 10–06–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–S ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OPP–2009–0709; FRL–8438–9] Amendment of Experimental Use Permits AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: EPA has granted amended experimental use permits (EUPs) to the following pesticide applicants. EUPs permit use of a pesticide for experimental or research purposes only in accordance with the limitations in the permit. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shanaz Bacchus, Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division (7511P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460–0001; telephone number: (703) 308–8097; e-mail address: bacchus.shanaz@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. General Information A. Does this Action Apply to Me? This action is directed to the public in general. Although this action may be of particular interest to those persons who conduct or sponsor research on pesticides, 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 information in this action, consult the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 B. How Can I Get Copies of this Document and Other Related Information? 1. Docket. EPA has established a docket for this action under docket identification (ID) number EPA–HQ– OPP–2009–0709. Publicly available docket materials are available either in the electronic docket at http:// www.regulations.gov, or, if only available in hard copy, at the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) Regulatory Public Docket in Rm. S–4400, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal 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. 2. Electronic access. You may access this Federal Register document electronically through the EPA Internet under the ‘‘Federal Register’’ listings at http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr. II. EUPs EPA has amended the following EUPs: 71693–EUP–1. Amendment. Mr. Larry C. Antilla. Arizona Cotton Research and Protection Council, 3721 Wier Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85040. This EUP is amended to allow the use of 40,000 pounds of the end-use product per year (equivalent to 0.32 pound active ingredient per year) of the anti fungal agent Aspergillus flavus AF36 on 4,000 acres of pistachio to evaluate the control reduction of aflatoxin. The program is authorized only in the States of Arizona and California. The EUP is amended to expire on December 31, 2011. 71693–EUP–2. Amendment. Mr. Larry C. Antilla. Arizona Cotton Research and Protection Council, 3721 Wier Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85040. This EUP is amended to allow the use of 80,000 pounds of the end-use product per year (equivalent to 0.64 pound active ingredient per year) of the anti fungal agent Aspergillus flavus AF36 on 8,000 acres of corn to evaluate the control reduction of aflatoxin. The program is authorized only in the States of Arizona and Texas. The EUP is amended to expire on January 4, 2011. Authority: 7 U.S.C. 136c. List of Subjects Environmental protection, Experimental use permits. E:\FR\FM\07OCN1.SGM 07OCN1

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ-OPPT-2009-0105; FRL-8430-9]


Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; 
Comment Request; Voluntary Cover Sheet for TSCA Submissions; EPA ICR 
No. 1780.05, OMB Control No. 2070-0156

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 an existing approved Information Collection 
Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This ICR, 
entitled: ``Voluntary Cover Sheet for TSCA Submissions'' and identified 
by EPA ICR No. 1780.05 and OMB Control No. 2070-0156, is scheduled to 
expire on July 31, 2010. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review 
and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the 
proposed information collection.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before December 7, 2009.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification 
(ID) number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2009-0105, by one of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.
     Mail: Document Control Office (7407M), Office of Pollution 
Prevention and Toxics (OPPT), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 
Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001.
     Hand Delivery: OPPT Document Control Office (DCO), EPA 
East, Rm. 6428, 1201 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. Attention: 
Docket ID Number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2009-0105. The DCO is open from 8 a.m. to 
4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone 
number for the DCO is (202) 564-8930. Such deliveries are only accepted 
during the DCO's normal hours of operation, and special arrangements 
should be made for deliveries of boxed information.
    Instructions: Direct your comments to docket ID number EPA-HQ-OPPT-
2009-0105. 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,

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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, will be publicly available only 
in hard copy. Publicly available docket materials are available 
electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, or, if only available in 
hard copy, at the OPPT Docket. The OPPT Docket is located in the EPA 
Docket Center (EPA/DC) at Rm. 3334, EPA West Bldg., 1301 Constitution 
Ave., NW., Washington, DC. The EPA/DC Public Reading Room hours of 
operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding 
legal holidays. The telephone number of the EPA/DC Public Reading Room 
is (202) 566-1744, and the telephone number for the OPPT Docket is 
(202) 566-0280. Docket visitors are required to show photographic 
identification, pass through a metal detector, and sign the EPA visitor 
log. All visitor bags are processed through an X-ray machine and 
subject to search. Visitors will be provided an EPA/DC badge that must 
be visible at all times in the building and returned upon departure.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general information 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-
0001; telephone number: (202) 554-1404; e-mail address: TSCA-Hotline@epa.gov.
    For technical information contact: Ron Carlson, Information 
Management Division (7407M), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, 
Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., 
Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (202) 564-8631; fax 
number: (202) 564-7480; e-mail address: carlson.ron@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 Information Collection Activity or ICR Does this Action Apply 
to?

    Affected entities: Entities potentially affected by this action are 
companies that manufacture, process, use, import, or distribute in 
commerce chemical substances that are subject to reporting requirements 
under sections 4, 8(d), or 8(e) of the Toxic Substances Control Act 
(TSCA), or are subject to voluntary reporting under the Voluntary 
Children's Chemical Evaluation Program (VCCEP).
    Title: Voluntary Cover Sheet for TSCA Submissions.
    ICR numbers: EPA ICR No. 1780.05, OMB Control No. 2070-0156.
    ICR status: This ICR is currently scheduled to expire on July 31, 
2010. 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 Code of Federal Regulations (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 
for certain EPA regulations is consolidated in 40 CFR part 9.
    Abstract: TSCA requires industry to submit information and studies 
for existing chemical substances under TSCA sections 4, 6, and 8, and 
requests voluntary submission of such information under the Voluntary 
Children's Chemical Evaluation Program (VCCEP). EPA typically receives 
thousands of such submissions each year; each submission represents on 
average three studies. In addition, EPA can impose specific data call-
ins on industry.
    As a follow-up to industry experience with a 1994 TSCA data call-
in, the Chemical Manufacturers Association (CMA, now known as the 
American Chemistry Council [ACC]), the Specialty Organics Chemical 
Manufacturers Association (SOCMA), and the Chemical Industry Data 
Exchange (CIDX), in cooperation with EPA, took an interest in pursuing 
electronic transfer of TSCA summary data and of full submissions to 
EPA. In particular, ACC developed a standardized cover sheet for 
voluntary use by industry as a first step to an electronic future and 
to begin familiarizing companies with standard requirements and 
concepts of electronic transfer. This form is designed for voluntary 
use as a cover sheet for submissions of information under TSCA sections 
4, 8(d), and 8(e) and VCCEP. The cover sheet facilitates submission of 
information by displaying certain basic data elements, permitting EPA 
more easily to identify, log, track, distribute, review and index 
submissions, and to make information publicly available more rapidly 
and at reduced cost, to the mutual benefit of both the respondents and 
EPA. The referenced information collection request addresses the use of 
this cover sheet.

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    Responses to the collection of information are voluntary. 
Respondents may claim all or part of a notice confidential. EPA will 
disclose information that is covered by a claim of confidentiality only 
to the extent permitted by, and in accordance with, the procedures in 
TSCA section 14 and 40 CFR part 2.
    Burden statement: The annual public reporting and recordkeeping 
burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 0.5 
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.
    The ICR provides a detailed explanation of this estimate, which is 
only briefly summarized here:
    Estimated total number of potential respondents: 2,123.
    Frequency of response: On occasion.
    Estimated total average number of responses for each respondent: 
1.0.
    Estimated total annual burden hours: 1,062 hours.
    Estimated total annual costs: $52,779. This includes an estimated 
burden cost of $52,779 and an estimated cost of $0 for capital 
investment or maintenance and operational costs.

IV. Are There Changes in the Estimates from the Last Approval?

    There is a decrease of 8,074 hours in the total estimated 
respondent burden compared with that identified in the ICR currently 
approved by OMB. This decrease reflects a decrease in the estimated 
number of affected submissions, based on EPA's recent experience with 
those submissions. This change is an adjustment.

V. 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. 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.

List of Subjects

    Environmental protection, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

    Dated: October 1, 2009.
Stephen A. Owens,
Assistant Administrator, Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic 
Substances.
[FR Doc. E9-24162 Filed 10-06-09; 8:45 am]
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