Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS2) Program, 11870-11871 [2013-03840]

Download as PDF srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 11870 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 34 / Wednesday, February 20, 2013 / Notices requires an emissions characterization and a literature search for information on the health effects of those emissions. Voluminous Tier 1 data for gasoline and diesel fuel were submitted by API and others in 1997. Tier 1 data have been submitted for biodiesel, water/diesel emulsions, several atypical additives, and renewable gasoline and diesel fuels. Tier 2 requires short-term inhalation exposures of laboratory animals to emissions to screen for adverse health effects. Tier 2 data have been submitted for baseline diesel, biodiesel, and water/ diesel emulsions. Alternative Tier 2 testing can be required in lieu of standard Tier 2 testing if EPA concludes that such testing would be more appropriate. EPA reached that conclusion with respect to gasoline and gasoline-oxygenate blends, and alternative requirements were established for the API consortium for baseline gasoline and six gasolineoxygenate blends. Alternative Tier 2 requirements have also been established for the manganese additive MMT manufactured by the Afton Chemical Corporation (formerly the Ethyl Corporation). Tier 3 provides for followup research, at EPA’s discretion, when remaining uncertainties as to the significance of observed health effects, welfare effects, and/or emissions exposures from a fuel or fuel/additive mixture interfere with EPA’s ability to make reasonable estimates of the potential risks posed by emissions from a fuel or additive. To date, EPA has not imposed any Tier 3 requirements. Under regulations promulgated pursuant to Section 211 of the Clean Air Act, (1) submission of the health-effects information is necessary for a manufacturer to obtain registration of a motor-vehicle gasoline, diesel fuel, or fuel additive, and thus be allowed to introduce that product into commerce, and (2) the information shall not be considered confidential. Form Numbers: None. Respondents/affected entities: Manufacturers of motor-vehicle gasoline, motor-vehicle diesel fuel, and additives for those fuels. Respondent’s obligation to respond: Mandatory per 40 CFR 79. Estimated number of respondents: 2. Frequency of response: On occasion. Total estimated burden: 19,200 hours per year. Burden is defined at 5 CFR 1320.03(b). Total estimated cost: $2 million per year, includes $0.5 million annualized capital or operation & maintenance costs. Changes in Estimates: There is a decrease of 2,000 hours in the total estimated respondent burden compared VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:13 Feb 19, 2013 Jkt 229001 with the ICR currently approved by OMB. This decrease is due to the conclusion of a testing program included in the previous ICR. Dated: February 13, 2013. Byron J. Bunker, Director, Compliance Division. [FR Doc. 2013–03839 Filed 2–19–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ –OAR–2005–0161; FRL–9782–4] Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS2) Program Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ‘‘Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS2) Program’’ (EPA ICR No. 2333.03, OMB Control No. 2060–0640) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). Before doing so, EPA is soliciting public comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below. This is a ‘‘RENEWAL’’ of the ICR, which is currently approved through June 31, 2013. 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. DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before April 22, 2013. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA–HQ– OAR–2005–0161 online using www.regulations.gov, or in person viewing at the Air Docket in the EPA Docket Center in Washington, DC (EPA/ DC). The docket is located in the EPA West Building, 1301 Constitution Avenue NW., Room 3334, and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays, or by mail to: EPA Docket Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460. EPA’s policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes profanity, threats, information claimed to be Confidential SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00057 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Geanetta Heard, Environmental Protection Specialist, Fuels Compliance Center, 6406J Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 202–343–9017 fax number: 202–343–2800; email address: heard.geanetta@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Supporting documents which explain in detail the information that the EPA will be collecting are available in the public docket for this ICR. The docket can be viewed online at www.regulations.gov or in person at the EPA Docket Center, EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC. The telephone number for the Docket Center is 202–566–1744. For additional information about EPA’s public docket, visit https://www.epa.gov/ dockets. Pursuant to section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), EPA is soliciting 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. 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. At that time, EPA will issue another Federal Register notice to announce the submission of the ICR to OMB and the opportunity to submit additional comments to OMB. Abstract: EPA would like to continue to collect annual compliance reports from obligated parties, quarterly reports for all EPA Moderated Transaction System (EMTS) users, generation and assignment of Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) quarterly reports from biofuels producers and importers and third party disclosure reports from E:\FR\FM\20FEN1.SGM 20FEN1 srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 34 / Wednesday, February 20, 2013 / Notices biofuel feedstock producers by way of the Agency’s Central Data Exchange (CDX). The recordkeeping and reporting of this regulation will allow EPA to monitor compliance with the RFS program. We inform respondents that they may assert claims of business confidentiality (CBI) for information they submit in accordance with 40 CFR 2.203. Form Numbers: RFS0103: RFS2 Q1 2012 Activity Report RFS0104: RFS2 Activity Report RFS0201: RFS1 RIN Transaction Report (only if RFS1 RINs were bought, sold, retired, or reinstated) RFS0600: RFS2 Renewable Fuel Producer Supplemental Report (if applicable) RFS0701: RFS2 Renewable Fuel Producer Co-products Report RFS0801: RFS2 Renewable Biomass Report RFS0901: RFS2 Production Outlook Report EMTS: RFS2 RIN Transaction Report EMTS: RFS2 RIN Generation Report (Equivalent to RFS0400) RFS0301: RFS2 2010 Annual Compliance Report RFS0302: RFS2 2011 Annual Compliance Report EMTS: RFS2 RIN Transaction Report Respondents/affected entities: Producers of Renewable Fuels, Importers, Obligated Parties, Parties who own RINS (including foreign RIN owners). Respondent’s obligation to respond: mandatory Sections 114 and 208 of the Clean Air Act (CAA), 42 U.S.C. 7414 and 7542. Estimated number of respondents: 2,092,731. Frequency of response: Quarterly. Total estimated burden: 6,379,263 hours (per year). Burden is defined at 5 CFR 1320.03(b). Total estimated cost: $60,459,623 (per year), includes $ 320 annualized capital or operation & maintenance costs. Changes in Estimates: EMTS was introduced at the onset of the RFS2 program and was not a feature of RFS1. For the new EMTS system, all parties who owned RINs were required to reregister, disclose feedstock sources, prepare quarterly reports on RIN activity and submit annual compliance reports (obligated party only). Re-submittal provisions utilized in RFS1 are no longer required, resulting in a decrease in total responses for this ICR. The total responses for industry dropped from 4,525,625 to 2,092,731 a difference of 2,432,894 responses. Currently, biofuels producers and importers submit required quarterly reports along with VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:13 Feb 19, 2013 Jkt 229001 their third party disclosure on feedstock producers to EPA. All users of the EMTS system are required to submit quarterly RIN reports. The number of respondents or users of the EMTS system has more than doubled from 1,059,326 to 2,092,731 an increase of 1,639,992 users due to the additional response burden for mapping foreign and domestic plantation/forest land owners and foreign biofuel feedstock producers which were not reflected in the previous ICR reporting period. With an increase in the number of respondents, total burden hours have increased by more than 4 million costing the industry $60,459,623; however, a decrease of $47,882,366 was realized. The reduction in the total cost for this renewal is due to the fact that the EMTS system is automated and more efficient and helps users to prepare reports instantly, reducing the amount of time and the cost associated with responding, even with more than a million added users. This notable factor increased the industry burden hours, but will lower the total cost of this information collection request if renewed. Dated: February 13, 2013. Byron Bunker, Director, Transportation and Regional Programs Division. [FR Doc. 2013–03840 Filed 2–19–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OPPT–2013–0053; FRL–9377–4] Certain New Chemicals; Receipt and Status Information Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requires any person who intends to manufacture (defined by statute to include import) a new chemical (i.e., a chemical not on the TSCA Chemical Substances Inventory (TSCA Inventory)) to notify EPA and comply with the statutory provisions pertaining to the manufacture of new chemicals. In addition under TSCA, EPA is required to publish in the Federal Register a notice of receipt of a premanufacture notice (PMN) or an application for a test marketing exemption (TME), and to publish in the Federal Register periodic status reports on the new chemicals under review and the receipt of notices of commencement (NOC) to manufacture those chemicals. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00058 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 11871 This document, which covers the period from December 1, 2012 to January 11, 2013, and provides the required notice and status report, consists of the PMNs and TME, both pending or expired, and the NOC to manufacture a new chemical that the Agency has received under TSCA section 5 during this time period. DATES: Comments identified by the specific PMN number or TME number, must be received on or before March 22, 2013. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA–HQ–OPPT–2013–0053, and the specific PMN number or TME number for the chemical related to your comment, by one of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: https:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the online 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 Bldg., Rm. 6428, 1201 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC. 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: EPA’s policy is that all comments received will be included in the docket without change and may be made available online at https:// 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 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 email comment directly to EPA without going through regulations.gov, your email 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 E:\FR\FM\20FEN1.SGM 20FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 34 (Wednesday, February 20, 2013)]
[Notices]
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[FR Doc No: 2013-03840]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ -OAR-2005-0161; FRL-9782-4]


Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; 
Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS2) Program

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to submit an 
information collection request (ICR), ``Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS2) 
Program'' (EPA ICR No. 2333.03, OMB Control No. 2060-0640) to the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in 
accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). 
Before doing so, EPA is soliciting public comments on specific aspects 
of the proposed information collection as described below. This is a 
``RENEWAL'' of the ICR, which is currently approved through June 31, 
2013. 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.

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before April 22, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-
2005-0161 online using www.regulations.gov, or in person viewing at the 
Air Docket in the EPA Docket Center in Washington, DC (EPA/DC). The 
docket is located in the EPA West Building, 1301 Constitution Avenue 
NW., Room 3334, and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern 
Standard Time, Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays, or by 
mail to: EPA Docket Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 
28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460. EPA's policy 
is that all comments received will be included in the public docket 
without change including any personal information provided, unless the 
comment includes profanity, threats, information claimed to be 
Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose 
disclosure is restricted by statute.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Geanetta Heard, Environmental 
Protection Specialist, Fuels Compliance Center, 6406J Environmental 
Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; 
telephone number: 202-343-9017 fax number: 202-343-2800; email address: 
heard.geanetta@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Supporting documents which explain in detail 
the information that the EPA will be collecting are available in the 
public docket for this ICR. The docket can be viewed online at 
www.regulations.gov or in person at the EPA Docket Center, EPA West, 
Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC. The telephone 
number for the Docket Center is 202-566-1744. For additional 
information about EPA's public docket, visit https://www.epa.gov/dockets.
    Pursuant to section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act 
(PRA), EPA is soliciting 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. 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. At that time, EPA will issue another Federal Register notice 
to announce the submission of the ICR to OMB and the opportunity to 
submit additional comments to OMB.
    Abstract: EPA would like to continue to collect annual compliance 
reports from obligated parties, quarterly reports for all EPA Moderated 
Transaction System (EMTS) users, generation and assignment of Renewable 
Identification Numbers (RINs) quarterly reports from biofuels producers 
and importers and third party disclosure reports from

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biofuel feedstock producers by way of the Agency's Central Data 
Exchange (CDX). The recordkeeping and reporting of this regulation will 
allow EPA to monitor compliance with the RFS program. We inform 
respondents that they may assert claims of business confidentiality 
(CBI) for information they submit in accordance with 40 CFR 2.203.
    Form Numbers:

RFS0103: RFS2 Q1 2012 Activity Report
RFS0104: RFS2 Activity Report
RFS0201: RFS1 RIN Transaction Report (only if RFS1 RINs were bought, 
sold, retired, or reinstated)
RFS0600: RFS2 Renewable Fuel Producer Supplemental Report (if 
applicable)
RFS0701: RFS2 Renewable Fuel Producer Co-products Report
RFS0801: RFS2 Renewable Biomass Report
RFS0901: RFS2 Production Outlook Report
EMTS: RFS2 RIN Transaction Report
EMTS: RFS2 RIN Generation Report (Equivalent to RFS0400)
RFS0301: RFS2 2010 Annual Compliance Report
RFS0302: RFS2 2011 Annual Compliance Report
EMTS: RFS2 RIN Transaction Report

    Respondents/affected entities: Producers of Renewable Fuels, 
Importers, Obligated Parties, Parties who own RINS (including foreign 
RIN owners).
    Respondent's obligation to respond: mandatory Sections 114 and 208 
of the Clean Air Act (CAA), 42 U.S.C. 7414 and 7542.
    Estimated number of respondents: 2,092,731.
    Frequency of response: Quarterly.
    Total estimated burden: 6,379,263 hours (per year). Burden is 
defined at 5 CFR 1320.03(b).
    Total estimated cost: $60,459,623 (per year), includes $ 320 
annualized capital or operation & maintenance costs.
    Changes in Estimates: EMTS was introduced at the onset of the RFS2 
program and was not a feature of RFS1. For the new EMTS system, all 
parties who owned RINs were required to re-register, disclose feedstock 
sources, prepare quarterly reports on RIN activity and submit annual 
compliance reports (obligated party only). Re-submittal provisions 
utilized in RFS1 are no longer required, resulting in a decrease in 
total responses for this ICR. The total responses for industry dropped 
from 4,525,625 to 2,092,731 a difference of 2,432,894 responses. 
Currently, biofuels producers and importers submit required quarterly 
reports along with their third party disclosure on feedstock producers 
to EPA. All users of the EMTS system are required to submit quarterly 
RIN reports.
    The number of respondents or users of the EMTS system has more than 
doubled from 1,059,326 to 2,092,731 an increase of 1,639,992 users due 
to the additional response burden for mapping foreign and domestic 
plantation/forest land owners and foreign biofuel feedstock producers 
which were not reflected in the previous ICR reporting period. With an 
increase in the number of respondents, total burden hours have 
increased by more than 4 million costing the industry $60,459,623; 
however, a decrease of $47,882,366 was realized. The reduction in the 
total cost for this renewal is due to the fact that the EMTS system is 
automated and more efficient and helps users to prepare reports 
instantly, reducing the amount of time and the cost associated with 
responding, even with more than a million added users. This notable 
factor increased the industry burden hours, but will lower the total 
cost of this information collection request if renewed.

    Dated: February 13, 2013.
Byron Bunker,
Director, Transportation and Regional Programs Division.
[FR Doc. 2013-03840 Filed 2-19-13; 8:45 am]
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