Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Proposed Collections; Toxic Chemical Release Reporting; Request for Comments on Proposed Renewal of Form R and Form A, Including Minor Form Revisions and the Ratio-Based Burden Methodology, 30700-30703 [2011-13101]

Download as PDF mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 30700 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 102 / Thursday, May 26, 2011 / Notices Description: Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator, Inc. submits tariff filing per 35: 05–18–11 Supplemental Reserves Compliance Filing to be effective 4/19/2011. Filed Date: 05/18/2011. Accession Number: 20110518–5131. Comment Date: 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, June 8, 2011. Docket Numbers: ER11–3585–000. Applicants: Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC. Description: Informational Update of Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC. Filed Date: 05/16/2011. Accession Number: 20110516–5153. Comment Date: 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, June 6, 2011. Docket Numbers: ER11–3594–000. Applicants: City of Anaheim, California. Description: City of Anaheim, California submits tariff filing per 35.13(a)(1): City of Anaheim, CA TO Tariff and TRR Revisions to be effective 7/1/2011. Filed Date: 05/18/2011. Accession Number: 20110518–5136. Comment Date: 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, June 8, 2011. Docket Numbers: ER11–3595–000. Applicants: New York Independent System Operator, Inc. Description: New York Independent System Operator, Inc. submits tariff filing per 35.13(a)(2)(iii: NYISO Filing of Amendments to ISO Agreement and Code of Conduct to be effective 7/18/ 2011. Filed Date: 05/18/2011. Accession Number: 20110518–5148. Comment Date: 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, June 08, 2011. Docket Numbers: ER11–3596–000. Applicants: AEP Texas North Company. Description: AEP Texas North Company submits tariff filing per 35.1: 20110518 TNC RS and SA Baseline to be effective 5/19/2011. Filed Date: 05/18/2011. Accession Number: 20110518–5162. Comment Date: 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, June 08, 2011. Docket Numbers: ER11–3597–000. Applicants: PJM Interconnection, L.L.C. Description: PJM Interconnection, L.L.C. submits tariff filing per 35.13(a)(2)(iii: Revisions to Section 3.2.3(e) of PJM’s Tariff Att. K Appx and OA Schedule 1 to be effective 9/17/ 2010. Filed Date: 05/18/2011. Accession Number: 20110518–5172. Comment Date: 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, June 08, 2011. Docket Numbers: ER11–3598–000. VerDate Mar<15>2010 20:04 May 25, 2011 Jkt 223001 Applicants: Southwestern Public Service Company. Description: Southwestern Public Service Company submits tariff filing per 35.13(a)(2)(iii: 5–19–11_RS137 SPS– WTMPA to be effective 7/16/2010 under ER11–3598 Filing Type: 10. Filed Date: 05/19/2011. Accession Number: 20110519–5016. Comment Date: 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, June 09, 2011. Docket Numbers: ER11–3599–000. Applicants: Southwest Power Pool, Inc. Description: Southwest Power Pool, Inc.’s Notice of Cancellation of Meter Agent Services Agreement. Filed Date: 05/19/2011. Accession Number: 20110519–5025. Comment Date: 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, June 09, 2011. 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. As it relates to any qualifying facility filings, the notices of self-certification [or self-recertification] listed above, do not institute a proceeding regarding qualifying facility status. A notice of self-certification [or self-recertification] simply provides notification that the entity making the filing has determined the facility named in the notice meets the applicable criteria to be a qualifying facility. Intervention and/or protest do not lie in dockets that are qualifying facility self-certifications or selfrecertifications. Any person seeking to challenge such qualifying facility status may do so by filing a motion pursuant to 18 CFR 292.207(d)(iii). Intervention and protests may be filed in response to notices of qualifying facility dockets other than self-certifications and selfrecertifications. The Commission encourages electronic submission of protests and interventions in lieu of paper, using the PO 00000 Frm 00063 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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. 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 docket(s). For assistance with any FERC Online service, please email FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or call (866) 208–3676 (toll free). For TTY, call (202) 502–8659. Dated: May 19, 2011. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–13025 Filed 5–25–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OEI–2010–0835; FRL–9311–6] Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Proposed Collections; Toxic Chemical Release Reporting; Request for Comments on Proposed Renewal of Form R and Form A, Including Minor Form Revisions and the Ratio-Based Burden Methodology Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that an Information Collection Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. This is a request to make changes to and renew an existing approved collection. The ICR Supporting Statement, which is abstracted below, describes the nature of SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\26MYN1.SGM 26MYN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 102 / Thursday, May 26, 2011 / Notices the information collection (including proposed minor form revisions) and its estimated burden and cost. DATES: Additional comments may be submitted on or before June 27, 2011. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA–HQ– OEI–2010–0835, to (1) EPA online using http://www.regulations.gov (our preferred method), by e-mail to oei.docket@epa.gov, or by mail to: EPA Docket Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460, and (2) OMB by mail to: Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Attention: Desk Officer for EPA, 725 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cassandra Vail, Toxics Release Inventory Program Division, Office of Information Analysis and Access (2844T), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 202–566–0753; e-mail address: vail.cassandra@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: EPA has submitted the following ICR to OMB for review and approval according to the procedures prescribed in 5 CFR 1320.12. On February 11, 2011 (76 FR 7841), EPA sought comments on this ICR pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.8(d). EPA received two comments, which are addressed in the Response to Comments document. Any additional comments on this ICR should be submitted to EPA and OMB within 30 days of this notice. EPA has established a public docket for this ICR under Docket ID No. EPA– HQ–OEI–2010–0835, which is available for online viewing at http:// www.regulations.gov, or in person viewing at the OEI Docket, EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), U.S. EPA West Building, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. The EPA/ DC Public Reading Room is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Reading Room is 202–566–1744, and the telephone number for the OEI Docket is 202–566– 1752. Use EPA’s electronic docket and comment system at http:// www.regulations.gov, to submit or view public comments, access the index listing of the contents of the docket, and to access those documents in the docket that are available electronically. Once in the system, select ‘‘docket search,’’ then key in the docket ID number identified above. Please note that EPA’s policy is VerDate Mar<15>2010 20:04 May 25, 2011 Jkt 223001 that public comments, whether submitted electronically or in paper, will be made available for public viewing at http://www.regulations.gov as EPA receives them and without change, unless the comment contains copyrighted material, confidential business information (CBI), or other information whose public disclosure is restricted by statute. For further information about the electronic docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov. Title: Toxic Chemical Release Reporting; Request for Comments on Proposed Renewal of Form R and Form A, Including Minor Form Revisions, and the Ratio-Based Burden Methodology. ICR numbers: EPA ICR No. 1363.21, OMB Control No. 2025–0009. ICR Status: This ICR is scheduled to expire on July 31, 2011. Under OMB regulations, the Agency may continue to conduct or sponsor the collection of information while this submission is pending at OMB. EPA expects the renewed ICR will be available for TRI Reporting Year 2011 submissions, which are due by July 1, 2012. 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. In the past, EPA has issued separate ICRs: (1) EPA ICR No. 1363.20, OMB Control No. 2025–0009 for Form R and (2) EPA ICR No. 1704.12, OMB Control No. 2025–0010 for Form A. In this ICR Renewal, EPA is transitioning from issuing two separate ICRs to issuing a single ICR–EPA ICR No. 1363.21, OMB Control No. 2025–0009 that encompasses both Form R and Form A. Abstract: Pursuant to section 313 of EPCRA, certain facilities that manufacture, process, or otherwise use specified toxic chemicals in amounts above reporting threshold levels must submit annually to EPA and to designated State officials toxic chemical release forms containing information specified by EPA. 42 U.S.C. 11023. In addition, pursuant to section 6607 of the Pollution Prevention Act (PPA), facilities reporting under section 313 of EPCRA must also report pollution prevention and waste management data, including recycling information, for PO 00000 Frm 00064 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 30701 such chemicals. 42 U.S.C. 13106. These reports are compiled and stored in EPA’s database known as the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI); TRI data are made readily available to the public. Regulations at 40 CFR part 372, subpart B, require facilities that meet all of the following criteria to report: 1. The facility has 10 or more fulltime employee equivalents (i.e., a total of 20,000 hours worked per year or greater; see 40 CFR 372.3); and 2. The facility is included in a North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code listed at 40 CFR 372.23 or under Executive Order 13148, Federal facilities regardless of their industry classification; and 3. The facility manufactures (defined to include importing), processes, or otherwise uses any EPCRA section 313 (TRI) chemical in quantities greater than the established thresholds for the specific chemical in the course of a calendar year. Facilities that meet the criteria must file a Form R report or, in some cases, may submit a Form A Certification Statement, for each listed toxic chemical for which the criteria are met. As specified in EPCRA section 313(a), the report for any calendar year must be submitted on or before July 1st of the following year. For example, reporting year 2009 data should have been submitted and certified on or before July 1, 2010. The list of toxic chemicals subject to TRI reporting can be found at 40 CFR 372.65. This list is also published every year as Table II in the current version of the Toxics Release Inventory Reporting Forms and Instructions. The current TRI chemical list contains 593 chemicals and 30 chemical categories. TRI data are used by environmental agencies, industry, and the public. EPA program offices use TRI data, along with other data, to help establish programmatic priorities, evaluate potential hazards to human health and the natural environment, and undertake appropriate regulatory and/or enforcement activities. Environmental and public interest groups use the data to better understand toxic chemical releases at the community level and to work with industry, government agencies, and others to promote reductions in toxic chemical releases. Industrial facilities use the TRI data to evaluate the efficiency of their production processes and to help track and communicate their progress in achieving pollution prevention goals. The TRI data are unique in providing a multi-media (air, water, and land) picture of toxic chemical releases, transfers, and other waste management E:\FR\FM\26MYN1.SGM 26MYN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 30702 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 102 / Thursday, May 26, 2011 / Notices activities by covered facilities on a yearly basis. While other environmental media programs provide some toxic chemical data and related permit data, the data are not directly comparable to TRI data with regard to the types of chemicals and industry sectors that are covered or the frequency of reporting. Facilities that are subject to TRI reporting must submit reports for each calendar year to EPA and the States in which they are located by July 1st of the following year. Respondents may claim trade secrecy for a chemical’s identity as described in EPCRA Section 322 and its implementing regulations in 40 CFR part 350. EPA will disclose information that is covered by a claim of trade secrecy only to the extent permitted by and in accordance with the procedures in 40 CFR part 350 and 40 CFR part 2. Burden Statement: The annual public reporting and recordkeeping burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 35.71 hours for Form R and 21.96 hours for Form A. Burden means the total time, effort, or financial resources expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, or disclose or provide information to or for a Federal agency. This includes the time needed to review instructions; develop, acquire, install, and utilize technology and systems for the purposes of collecting, validating, and verifying information, processing and maintaining information, and disclosing and providing information; adjust the existing ways to comply with any previously applicable instructions and requirements which have subsequently changed; train personnel to be able to respond to a collection of information; search data sources; complete and review the collection of information; and transmit or otherwise disclose the information. Respondents/Affected Entities (i.e., Facilities): 20,871. Estimated Number of Responses: 73,727. Estimated Total Overall Number of Responses per Respondent: 3.53. Frequency of Response: Annual. Estimated Total Annual Hour Burden: 3,515,751 hours. Estimated Total Annual Cost: $174,451,565, includes $0 annualized capital or O&M costs. What Changes are included in this ICR: OMB approved the current ICR for Form R and the ICR for the Form A Certification Statement on March 2, 2008, with original expiration dates of March 31, 2011. On February 17, 2010, OMB approved an extension of the expiration dates for both forms to July 31, 2011. The OMB approved the VerDate Mar<15>2010 20:04 May 25, 2011 Jkt 223001 current burden estimates on March 2, 2008, where 3,217,280 hours for Form R and 515,901 hours for Form A, totaling 3,733,181 hours. Changes in the Estimates: Several changes in the burden estimates have been approved by OMB since the OMB approvals of the ICRs on March 2, 2008. On March 20, 2009, OMB approved the merging of the ICR for TRI detailed reporting on dioxin and dioxin-like compounds (OMB 2025–0007, ICR 2086.02), into the TRI Form R ICR (currently OMB Control Number 2025– 0009), increasing burden by 899 hours. Then on March 27, 2009, OMB approved changes in the number of responses and the burden hours for Form R and Form A to reflect the passage of Section 425 of the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009, which rescinded the December 2006 Toxics Release Inventory Burden Reduction Rule. As a result, the OMB-approved numbers for Form R were increased by 140,565 hours and for Form A burden were decreased by 318,418 yielding a net increase of 458,983 hours. Most recently, on November 26, 2010, the Addition of National Toxicology Program Carcinogens rule was published in the Federal Register. This rule is estimated to increase the number of reporting facilities by 74 and the number of Form Rs submitted by 186 with an associated burden increase of 6,641 hours. Meanwhile, over the past several years, there has been a slight decrease in the number of facilities reporting to TRI. Based on the latest data for Reporting Year 2009 plus updates to reflect changes during the year of the ICR project—in this case, the modeled number of chemicals and facilities estimated to report under the Addition of National Toxicology Program Carcinogens rule, EPA now estimates the total number of combined Form R and Form A responses to be 73,727, with the associated total annual burden hours to be 3,515,751, and the annual cost to be $174,451,565. For a detailed explanation of the Agency’s estimates of the respondent reporting burden and labor costs, please refer to the updated versions of the TRI Form R and A Supporting Statement and the document ‘‘Revising TRI Burden to Ratio-Based Methodology,’’ which are available in the docket. Changes in the form, as revised per the Response to Comments: EPA proposes to make the following changes to the ICR for the TRI Form R, with regard to the parent company field, and the Form A Certification Statement: 1. Replace the NA box from the Parent Company field (Part I: Sec. 5, 5.1) with PO 00000 Frm 00065 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 a check box that reads ‘‘No U.S. Parent Company (for TRI Reporting purposes).’’ Rationale: The NA box is currently used to indicate either a foreign parent company or no higher level U.S. company. To better facilitate analysis of the TRI data, EPA is revising its instructions on how to report parent companies for TRI reporting purposes. The revised instructions provide that the highest-level U.S. company should be recorded or the ‘‘No U.S. Parent Company (for TRI Reporting purposes)’’ box should be selected. 2. Disaggregate the ‘‘Total Transfers’’ field and add fields to identify chemical discharge quantities to specific publicly owned treatment works (POTWs) (Part II: Sec 6.1). Rationale: The current form collects a single ‘‘Total Transfer’’ quantity for transfers to all POTWs. Providing separate fields for the transfer quantity to each POTW will facilitate analysis of the releases to specific watersheds. 3. Section 8 enhancements, including: • Change instructional statement on form to specify only ‘‘newly implemented’’ source reduction activities (Part II: Sec. 8.10). • Add an N/A box to match associated text revisions (Part II: Sec. 8.10). • Remove the ‘‘Yes’’ box and enlarge the text section for the question on optional pollution prevention information (Part II: Section 8.11). Rationale: The existing form requests information on ‘‘any source reduction activities for this chemical during the reporting year;’’ but the Reporting Forms and Instructions requests information on ‘‘newly implemented’’ source reduction activities. This change on the form will make the form consistent with the instructions, and specify that only new activities should be reported. The Section 8 enhancements also provide a larger text box (8.11) where facilities can provide optional information on source reduction, recycling, or pollution control activities. 4. Add a new question to capture miscellaneous and optional information regarding the submission (Part II: Sec. 9., 9.1). Rationale: This new text box will allow facilities to provide optional, miscellaneous information that may be helpful to EPA and/or the public in using or interpreting their data (e.g., facility closures, explanations for changes in release quantities, etc.). 5. Add NA boxes to Part II, Sections 5.3, 6.1, and 6.2. Rationale: Adding NA boxes to these sections will make the formatting of Form R and Form R Schedule 1 more consistent. E:\FR\FM\26MYN1.SGM 26MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 102 / Thursday, May 26, 2011 / Notices Dated: May 20, 2011. John Moses, Director, Collection Strategies Division. [FR Doc. 2011–13101 Filed 5–25–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [D–VA–2011–0001; FRL–9305–9] Delegation of Authority to the Commonwealth of Virginia To Implement and Enforce Additional or Revised National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants and New Source Performance Standards Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice of delegation of authority. AGENCY: On April 4, 2011, EPA sent Virginia a letter acknowledging that Virginia’s delegation of authority to implement and enforce National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) and New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) had been updated, as provided for under previously approved delegation mechanisms. To inform regulated facilities and the public of Virginia’s updated delegation of authority to implement and enforce NESHAP and NSPS, EPA is making available a copy of EPA’s letter to Virginia through this notice. DATES: On April 4, 2011, EPA sent Virginia a letter acknowledging that Virginia’s delegation of authority to implement and enforce additional and updated NESHAP and NSPS had been updated. SUMMARY: Copies of documents pertaining to this action are available for public inspection during normal business hours at the Air Protection Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III, 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103– 2029. Copies of Virginia’s submittal are also available at the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, 629 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219. Copies of Virginia’s notice to EPA that Virginia has updated its incorporation by reference of Federal NESHAP and NSPS, and of EPA’s response, may also be found posted on EPA Region III’s Web site at: http:// www.epa.gov/reg3artd/airregulations/ delegate/vadelegation.htm. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ray Chalmers, (215) 814–2061, or by e-mail at chalmers.ray@epa.gov. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES ADDRESSES: VerDate Mar<15>2010 20:04 May 25, 2011 Jkt 223001 Virginia notified EPA that Virginia has updated its incorporation by reference of Federal NESHAP and NSPS to include many such standards, as they were published in final form in the Federal Code of Federal Regulations dated July 1, 2010. EPA responded by sending Virginia a letter acknowledging that Virginia now has the authority to implement and enforce the NESHAP and NSPS as specified by Virginia in its notice to EPA, as provided for under previously approved automatic delegation mechanisms. All notifications, applications, reports and other correspondence required pursuant to the delegated standards must be submitted to both the US EPA Region III and to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. A copy of EPA’s letter to Virginia follows: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Michael G. Dowd, Air Program Director, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, P.O. Box 1105, Richmond, VA 23218. Dear Mr. Dowd: The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has previously delegated to the Commonwealth of Virginia (Virginia) the authority to implement and enforce various Federal National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) and New Source Performance Standards (NSPS), which are found at 40 CFR Parts 60, 61 and 63.1 In those actions, EPA also delegated to Virginia the authority to implement and enforce any future EPA NESHAP or NSPS on the condition that Virginia legally adopt the future standards, make only allowed wording changes, and provide specified notice to EPA. In a letter dated March 3, 2011, Virginia informed EPA that Virginia had updated its incorporation by reference of Federal NESHAP and NSPS to include many such standards, as they were published in final form in the Federal Code of Federal Regulations dated July 1, 2010. Virginia noted that its intent in updating its incorporation by reference of the NESHAP and NSPS was to retain the authority to enforce all standards included in the revisions, as per the provisions of EPA’s previous delegation actions. Virginia committed to enforcing the Federal standards in conformance with the terms of EPA’s previous delegations of authority. Virginia made only allowed wording changes. Virginia provided copies of its revised regulations specifying the NESHAP and NSPS which Virginia has adopted by reference. These revised regulations are entitled 9 VAC 5–50 ‘‘New and Modified Stationary Sources,’’ and 9 VAC 5–60 ‘‘Hazardous Air Pollutant Sources.’’ These revised regulations have an effective date of March 2, 2011. Accordingly, EPA acknowledges that Virginia now has the authority, as provided 1 EPA has posted copies of these actions at: http://www.epa.gov/reg3artd/airregulations/ delegate/vadelegation.htm. PO 00000 Frm 00066 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 30703 for under the terms of EPA’s previous delegation actions, to implement and enforce the NESHAP and NSPS standards which Virginia has adopted by reference in Virginia’s revised regulations 9 VAC 5–50 and 9 VAC 5–60, both effective on March 2, 2011. Please note that on December 19, 2008, in Sierra Club v. EPA,2 the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated certain provisions of the General Provisions of 40 CFR Part 63 relating to exemptions for startup, shutdown, and malfunction (SSM). On October 16, 2009, the Court issued a mandate vacating these SSM exemption provisions, which are found at 40 CFR 63.6(f)(1) and (h)(1). Accordingly, EPA no longer allows sources the SSM exemption as provided for in the vacated provisions at 40 CFR 63.6(f)(1) and (h)(1), even though EPA has not yet formally removed these SSM exemption provisions from the General Provisions of 40 CFR Part 63. Because Virginia incorporated 40 CFR Part 63 by reference, Virginia should also no longer allow sources to use the former SSM exemption from the General Provisions of 40 CFR Part 63 due to the Court’s ruling in Sierra Club vs. EPA. EPA appreciates Virginia’s continuing NESHAP and NSPS enforcement efforts, and also Virginia’s decision to take automatic delegation of additional and more recent NESHAP and NSPS by adopting them by reference. Sincerely, Diana Esher, Director, Air Protection Division. This notice acknowledges the update of Virginia’s delegation of authority to implement and enforce NESHAP and NSPS. Dated: April 26, 2011. Diana Esher, Director, Air Protection Division, Region III. [FR Doc. 2011–11823 Filed 5–25–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [D–PA–2011–0001; FRL–9305–8] Delegation of Authority to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania To Implement and Enforce Additional National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice of delegation of authority. AGENCY: Pennsylvania has requested that EPA delegate to Pennsylvania the authority to implement and enforce twelve additional National Emission SUMMARY: 2 Sierra Club v. EPA, 551 F.3rd 1019 (DC Cir. 2008). E:\FR\FM\26MYN1.SGM 26MYN1

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ-OEI-2010-0835; FRL-9311-6]


Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for 
Review and Approval; Proposed Collections; Toxic Chemical Release 
Reporting; Request for Comments on Proposed Renewal of Form R and Form 
A, Including Minor Form Revisions and the Ratio-Based Burden 
Methodology

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 
U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that an Information 
Collection Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. This is a request to make 
changes to and renew an existing approved collection. The ICR 
Supporting Statement, which is abstracted below, describes the nature 
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the information collection (including proposed minor form revisions) 
and its estimated burden and cost.

DATES: Additional comments may be submitted on or before June 27, 2011.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OEI-
2010-0835, to (1) EPA online using http://www.regulations.gov (our 
preferred method), by e-mail to oei.docket@epa.gov, or by mail to: EPA 
Docket Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 2822T, 1200 
Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460, and (2) OMB by mail to: 
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB), Attention: Desk Officer for EPA, 725 17th Street, NW., 
Washington, DC 20503.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cassandra Vail, Toxics Release 
Inventory Program Division, Office of Information Analysis and Access 
(2844T), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., 
Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 202-566-0753; e-mail address: 
vail.cassandra@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: EPA has submitted the following ICR to OMB 
for review and approval according to the procedures prescribed in 5 CFR 
1320.12. On February 11, 2011 (76 FR 7841), EPA sought comments on this 
ICR pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.8(d). EPA received two comments, which are 
addressed in the Response to Comments document. Any additional comments 
on this ICR should be submitted to EPA and OMB within 30 days of this 
notice.
    EPA has established a public docket for this ICR under Docket ID 
No. EPA-HQ-OEI-2010-0835, which is available for online viewing at 
http://www.regulations.gov, or in person viewing at the OEI Docket, EPA 
Docket Center (EPA/DC), U.S. EPA West Building, Room 3334, 1301 
Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. The EPA/DC Public Reading Room 
is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding 
legal holidays. The telephone number for the Reading Room is 202-566-
1744, and the telephone number for the OEI Docket is 202-566-1752.
    Use EPA's electronic docket and comment system at http://www.regulations.gov, to submit or view public comments, access the 
index listing of the contents of the docket, and to access those 
documents in the docket that are available electronically. Once in the 
system, select ``docket search,'' then key in the docket ID number 
identified above. Please note that EPA's policy is that public 
comments, whether submitted electronically or in paper, will be made 
available for public viewing at http://www.regulations.gov as EPA 
receives them and without change, unless the comment contains 
copyrighted material, confidential business information (CBI), or other 
information whose public disclosure is restricted by statute. For 
further information about the electronic docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov.
    Title: Toxic Chemical Release Reporting; Request for Comments on 
Proposed Renewal of Form R and Form A, Including Minor Form Revisions, 
and the Ratio-Based Burden Methodology.
    ICR numbers: EPA ICR No. 1363.21, OMB Control No. 2025-0009.
    ICR Status: This ICR is scheduled to expire on July 31, 2011. Under 
OMB regulations, the Agency may continue to conduct or sponsor the 
collection of information while this submission is pending at OMB. EPA 
expects the renewed ICR will be available for TRI Reporting Year 2011 
submissions, which are due by July 1, 2012. 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. In the 
past, EPA has issued separate ICRs: (1) EPA ICR No. 1363.20, OMB 
Control No. 2025-0009 for Form R and (2) EPA ICR No. 1704.12, OMB 
Control No. 2025-0010 for Form A. In this ICR Renewal, EPA is 
transitioning from issuing two separate ICRs to issuing a single ICR-
EPA ICR No. 1363.21, OMB Control No. 2025-0009 that encompasses both 
Form R and Form A.
    Abstract: Pursuant to section 313 of EPCRA, certain facilities that 
manufacture, process, or otherwise use specified toxic chemicals in 
amounts above reporting threshold levels must submit annually to EPA 
and to designated State officials toxic chemical release forms 
containing information specified by EPA. 42 U.S.C. 11023. In addition, 
pursuant to section 6607 of the Pollution Prevention Act (PPA), 
facilities reporting under section 313 of EPCRA must also report 
pollution prevention and waste management data, including recycling 
information, for such chemicals. 42 U.S.C. 13106. These reports are 
compiled and stored in EPA's database known as the Toxics Release 
Inventory (TRI); TRI data are made readily available to the public.
    Regulations at 40 CFR part 372, subpart B, require facilities that 
meet all of the following criteria to report:
    1. The facility has 10 or more full-time employee equivalents 
(i.e., a total of 20,000 hours worked per year or greater; see 40 CFR 
372.3); and
    2. The facility is included in a North American Industry 
Classification System (NAICS) Code listed at 40 CFR 372.23 or under 
Executive Order 13148, Federal facilities regardless of their industry 
classification; and
    3. The facility manufactures (defined to include importing), 
processes, or otherwise uses any EPCRA section 313 (TRI) chemical in 
quantities greater than the established thresholds for the specific 
chemical in the course of a calendar year.
    Facilities that meet the criteria must file a Form R report or, in 
some cases, may submit a Form A Certification Statement, for each 
listed toxic chemical for which the criteria are met. As specified in 
EPCRA section 313(a), the report for any calendar year must be 
submitted on or before July 1st of the following year. For example, 
reporting year 2009 data should have been submitted and certified on or 
before July 1, 2010.
    The list of toxic chemicals subject to TRI reporting can be found 
at 40 CFR 372.65. This list is also published every year as Table II in 
the current version of the Toxics Release Inventory Reporting Forms and 
Instructions. The current TRI chemical list contains 593 chemicals and 
30 chemical categories.
    TRI data are used by environmental agencies, industry, and the 
public. EPA program offices use TRI data, along with other data, to 
help establish programmatic priorities, evaluate potential hazards to 
human health and the natural environment, and undertake appropriate 
regulatory and/or enforcement activities. Environmental and public 
interest groups use the data to better understand toxic chemical 
releases at the community level and to work with industry, government 
agencies, and others to promote reductions in toxic chemical releases. 
Industrial facilities use the TRI data to evaluate the efficiency of 
their production processes and to help track and communicate their 
progress in achieving pollution prevention goals.
    The TRI data are unique in providing a multi-media (air, water, and 
land) picture of toxic chemical releases, transfers, and other waste 
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activities by covered facilities on a yearly basis. While other 
environmental media programs provide some toxic chemical data and 
related permit data, the data are not directly comparable to TRI data 
with regard to the types of chemicals and industry sectors that are 
covered or the frequency of reporting. Facilities that are subject to 
TRI reporting must submit reports for each calendar year to EPA and the 
States in which they are located by July 1st of the following year.
    Respondents may claim trade secrecy for a chemical's identity as 
described in EPCRA Section 322 and its implementing regulations in 40 
CFR part 350. EPA will disclose information that is covered by a claim 
of trade secrecy only to the extent permitted by and in accordance with 
the procedures in 40 CFR part 350 and 40 CFR part 2.
    Burden Statement: The annual public reporting and recordkeeping 
burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 35.71 
hours for Form R and 21.96 hours for Form A. Burden means the total 
time, effort, or financial resources expended by persons to generate, 
maintain, retain, or disclose or provide information to or for a 
Federal agency. This includes the time needed to review instructions; 
develop, acquire, install, and utilize technology and systems for the 
purposes of collecting, validating, and verifying information, 
processing and maintaining information, and disclosing and providing 
information; adjust the existing ways to comply with any previously 
applicable instructions and requirements which have subsequently 
changed; train personnel to be able to respond to a collection of 
information; search data sources; complete and review the collection of 
information; and transmit or otherwise disclose the information.
    Respondents/Affected Entities (i.e., Facilities): 20,871.
    Estimated Number of Responses: 73,727.
    Estimated Total Overall Number of Responses per Respondent: 3.53.
    Frequency of Response: Annual.
    Estimated Total Annual Hour Burden: 3,515,751 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost: $174,451,565, includes $0 annualized 
capital or O&M costs.
    What Changes are included in this ICR: OMB approved the current ICR 
for Form R and the ICR for the Form A Certification Statement on March 
2, 2008, with original expiration dates of March 31, 2011. On February 
17, 2010, OMB approved an extension of the expiration dates for both 
forms to July 31, 2011. The OMB approved the current burden estimates 
on March 2, 2008, where 3,217,280 hours for Form R and 515,901 hours 
for Form A, totaling 3,733,181 hours.
    Changes in the Estimates: Several changes in the burden estimates 
have been approved by OMB since the OMB approvals of the ICRs on March 
2, 2008. On March 20, 2009, OMB approved the merging of the ICR for TRI 
detailed reporting on dioxin and dioxin-like compounds (OMB 2025-0007, 
ICR 2086.02), into the TRI Form R ICR (currently OMB Control Number 
2025-0009), increasing burden by 899 hours. Then on March 27, 2009, OMB 
approved changes in the number of responses and the burden hours for 
Form R and Form A to reflect the passage of Section 425 of the Omnibus 
Appropriations Act of 2009, which rescinded the December 2006 Toxics 
Release Inventory Burden Reduction Rule. As a result, the OMB-approved 
numbers for Form R were increased by 140,565 hours and for Form A 
burden were decreased by 318,418 yielding a net increase of 458,983 
hours. Most recently, on November 26, 2010, the Addition of National 
Toxicology Program Carcinogens rule was published in the Federal 
Register. This rule is estimated to increase the number of reporting 
facilities by 74 and the number of Form Rs submitted by 186 with an 
associated burden increase of 6,641 hours.
    Meanwhile, over the past several years, there has been a slight 
decrease in the number of facilities reporting to TRI. Based on the 
latest data for Reporting Year 2009 plus updates to reflect changes 
during the year of the ICR project--in this case, the modeled number of 
chemicals and facilities estimated to report under the Addition of 
National Toxicology Program Carcinogens rule, EPA now estimates the 
total number of combined Form R and Form A responses to be 73,727, with 
the associated total annual burden hours to be 3,515,751, and the 
annual cost to be $174,451,565. For a detailed explanation of the 
Agency's estimates of the respondent reporting burden and labor costs, 
please refer to the updated versions of the TRI Form R and A Supporting 
Statement and the document ``Revising TRI Burden to Ratio-Based 
Methodology,'' which are available in the docket.
    Changes in the form, as revised per the Response to Comments: EPA 
proposes to make the following changes to the ICR for the TRI Form R, 
with regard to the parent company field, and the Form A Certification 
Statement:
    1. Replace the NA box from the Parent Company field (Part I: Sec. 
5, 5.1) with a check box that reads ``No U.S. Parent Company (for TRI 
Reporting purposes).'' Rationale: The NA box is currently used to 
indicate either a foreign parent company or no higher level U.S. 
company. To better facilitate analysis of the TRI data, EPA is revising 
its instructions on how to report parent companies for TRI reporting 
purposes. The revised instructions provide that the highest-level U.S. 
company should be recorded or the ``No U.S. Parent Company (for TRI 
Reporting purposes)'' box should be selected.
    2. Disaggregate the ``Total Transfers'' field and add fields to 
identify chemical discharge quantities to specific publicly owned 
treatment works (POTWs) (Part II: Sec 6.1).
    Rationale: The current form collects a single ``Total Transfer'' 
quantity for transfers to all POTWs. Providing separate fields for the 
transfer quantity to each POTW will facilitate analysis of the releases 
to specific watersheds.
    3. Section 8 enhancements, including:
     Change instructional statement on form to specify only 
``newly implemented'' source reduction activities (Part II: Sec. 8.10).
     Add an N/A box to match associated text revisions (Part 
II: Sec. 8.10).
     Remove the ``Yes'' box and enlarge the text section for 
the question on optional pollution prevention information (Part II: 
Section 8.11).
    Rationale: The existing form requests information on ``any source 
reduction activities for this chemical during the reporting year;'' but 
the Reporting Forms and Instructions requests information on ``newly 
implemented'' source reduction activities. This change on the form will 
make the form consistent with the instructions, and specify that only 
new activities should be reported. The Section 8 enhancements also 
provide a larger text box (8.11) where facilities can provide optional 
information on source reduction, recycling, or pollution control 
activities.
    4. Add a new question to capture miscellaneous and optional 
information regarding the submission (Part II: Sec. 9., 9.1). 
Rationale: This new text box will allow facilities to provide optional, 
miscellaneous information that may be helpful to EPA and/or the public 
in using or interpreting their data (e.g., facility closures, 
explanations for changes in release quantities, etc.).
    5. Add NA boxes to Part II, Sections 5.3, 6.1, and 6.2. Rationale: 
Adding NA boxes to these sections will make the formatting of Form R 
and Form R Schedule 1 more consistent.


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    Dated: May 20, 2011.
John Moses,
Director, Collection Strategies Division.
[FR Doc. 2011-13101 Filed 5-25-11; 8:45 am]
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