Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request: Procedures for Implementing the National Environmental Policy Act and Assessing the Environmental Effects Abroad of EPA Actions (Renewal), 12308-12309 [2013-04149]

Download as PDF 12308 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 36 / Friday, February 22, 2013 / Notices received by the Secretary of the Commission. The communications listed are grouped chronologically, in ascending order. These filings are available for review at the Commission in the Public Reference Room or may be viewed on the Commission’s Web site at https://www.ferc.gov using the eLibrary link. Enter the docket number, excluding the last three digits, in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, please contact FERC, Online Support at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or toll free at (866)208–3676, or for TTY, contact (202)502–8659. Docket No. Prohibited: 1. P– 12690– 000. 2. RP12– 479– 000. 1 Phone Presenter or requester Filed date 02–13–13 Robert Wargo. 02–14–13 Bob White.1 record. Dated: February 15, 2013. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2013–04079 Filed 2–21–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Western Area Power Administration Washoe Project-Rate Order No. WAPA–160 Western Area Power Administration, DOE. ACTION: Notice of Proposed Extension of Non-Firm Power Formula Rate. AGENCY: This action is a proposal to extend the existing Washoe Project, Stampede Powerplant (Stampede) nonfirm power formula rate, Schedule SNF– 7, through September 30, 2017. The existing formula rate will expire July 31, 2013. DATES: By July 31, 2013, Western Area Power Administration (Western) will publish in the Federal Register the final Notice of Extension and Rate Order. ADDRESSES: All documents that Western used to develop the proposed Stampede non-firm power formula rate extension are available for inspection and copying at the Sierra Nevada Customer Service Region, located at 114 Parkshore Drive, Folsom, CA 95630–4710. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Regina Rieger, Rates Manager, Sierra Nevada Customer Service Region, Western Area Power Administration, sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:18 Feb 21, 2013 Jkt 229001 114 Parkshore Drive, Folsom, CA 95630–4710, (916) 353–4629, email: rieger@wapa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: By Delegation Order No. 00–037.00, effective December 6, 2001, the Secretary of Energy delegated: (1) The authority to develop power and transmission rates to Western’s Administrator; (2) the authority to confirm, approve, and place such rates into effect on an interim basis to the Deputy Secretary of Energy; and (3) the authority to confirm, approve, and place into effect on a final basis, to remand or to disapprove such rates to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). FERC confirmed and approved the existing formula rate, contained in Rate Order No. WAPA–136,1 on a final basis for 5 years through July 31, 2013.2 In accordance with 10 CFR 903.23(a), Western proposes to extend the existing Stampede non-firm power formula rate without an adjustment. The formula rate is applied annually after determining Stampede’s reimbursable expenses and revenue collected in accordance with the Stampede Energy Exchange Services contract. Since the project has no Federally-owned transmission, the contractor accepts delivery of Stampede generation to serve project use obligations and pays Western for energy received in excess of project use loads. Pursuant to Rate Order No. WAPA–136, any remaining reimbursable expenses are transferred to the Central Valley Project (CVP) for incorporation into the CVP power revenue requirement. The existing formula rate methodology collects annual revenue sufficient to recover annual expenses, including interest, capital requirements, and timely deficit recovery, thus ensuring repayment of the project within the cost recovery criteria set forth in DOE Order RA 6120.2. The formula rate provides sufficient revenue to recover all appropriate costs and the affiliated contract remains in effect through December 31, 2024. Western proposes to extend the current rate schedule through September 30, 2017, and will consider further extension as determined necessary. Consistent with 10 CFR 903.23(a) for proposals to extend but not otherwise change existing rates, Western will not hold a consultation and comment period. Thirty days after this notice is published, Western will take further action on the proposed formula rate 1 73 FR 42,565 (July 22, 2008). U.S. Dept. of Energy, Western Area Power Admin., Docket No. EF08–5161–000, 127 FERC ¶ 62,043 (2009). 2 See PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 extension consistent with 10 CFR part 903. Dated: February 12, 2013. Anita J. Decker, Acting Administrator. [FR Doc. 2013–04115 Filed 2–21–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OECA–2005–0062; FRL 9007–7] Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request: Procedures for Implementing the National Environmental Policy Act and Assessing the Environmental Effects Abroad of EPA Actions (Renewal) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ‘‘40 CFR Part 6: Procedures for Implementing the National Environmental Policy Act and Assessing the Environmental Effects Abroad of EPA Actions’’ (EPA ICR No. 2243.06, OMB Control No. 2020–0033) 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 proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through August 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 Tuesday, April 23, 2013. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA–HQ– OECA–2005–0062 online using www.regulations.gov (our preferred method) 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. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\22FEN1.SGM 22FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 36 / Friday, February 22, 2013 / Notices sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jessica Trice, Office of Federal Activities, Mail Code 2252A, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 564–6646; fax number: (202) 564–0072; email address: trice.jessica@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 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: The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), 42 U.S.C. 4321–4347 establishes a national policy for the environment. The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) oversees the NEPA implementation. CEQ’s Regulations at 40 CFR parts 1500 through 1508 set the standard for NEPA compliance. They also require agencies to establish their own NEPA implementing procedures. EPA’s procedures for implementing NEPA are found in 40 CFR Part 6. Through this part, EPA adopted the CEQ Regulations VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:18 Feb 21, 2013 Jkt 229001 and supplemented those regulations for actions by EPA that are subject to NEPA requirements. EPA actions subject to NEPA include the award of wastewater treatment construction grants under Title II of the Clean Water Act, EPA’s issuance of new source National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits under section 402 of the Clean Water Act, certain research and development projects, development and issuance of regulations, EPA actions involving renovations or new construction of facilities, and certain grants awarded for projects authorized by Congress through the Agency’s annual Appropriations Act. EPA is collecting information from certain applicants as part of the process of complying with either NEPA or Executive Order 12114 (‘‘Environmental Effects Abroad of Major Federal Actions’’). EPA’s NEPA regulations apply to the actions of EPA that are subject to NEPA in order to ensure that environmental information is available to the Agency’s decision-makers and the public before decisions are made and before actions are taken. When EPA conducts an environmental assessment pursuant to its Executive Order 12114 procedures, the Agency generally follows its NEPA procedures. Compliance with the procedures is the responsibility of EPA’s Responsible Officials, and for applicant proposed actions applicants may be required to provide environmental information to EPA as part of the environmental review process. For this Information Collection Request (ICR), applicant-proposed projects subject to either NEPA or Executive Order 12114 (and that are not addressed in other EPA programs’ ICRs) are addressed through the NEPA process. Form Numbers: None. Respondents/affected entities: Entities potentially affected by this action are certain grant or permit applicants who must submit environmental information documentation to EPA for their projects to comply with NEPA or Executive Order 12114, including Wastewater Treatment Construction Grants Program facilities, State and Tribal Assistance Grant recipients and new source National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permittees. Respondent’s obligation to respond: Voluntary. Estimated number of respondents: 312. Frequency of response: On occasion Total estimated burden: 38,472 hours Total estimated cost: $3,503,245, includes $7,638 annualized capital or operation & maintenance costs. PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 12309 Changes in Estimates: The above estimates are based on information and data available through the current ICR supporting documentation. However, it is anticipated that there will be slight decrease in hours in the total estimated respondent burden compared with the ICR currently approved by OMB. This slight decrease is due to changes in the number of respondents and their associated EPA actions eligible for categorical exclusions which results in a reduction in total hours and burden. Dated: February 15, 2013. Cliff Rader, Director, NEPA Compliance Division, Office of Federal Activities. [FR Doc. 2013–04149 Filed 2–21–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [ER–FRL–9007–8] Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability Responsible Agency: Office of Federal Activities, General Information (202) 564–7146 or https://www.epa.gov/ compliance/nepa/. Weekly receipt of Environmental Impact Statements Filed 02/11/2013 Through 02/15/2013 Pursuant to 40 CFR 1506.9. Notice Section 309(a) of the Clean Air Act requires that EPA make public its comments on EISs issued by other Federal agencies. EPA’s comment letters on EISs are available at: https:// www.epa.gov/compliance/nepa/ eisdata.html. EIS No. 20130034, Final EIS, BLM, WY, Lander Field Office Planning Area Project, Proposed Resource Management Plan, Review Period Ends: 03/25/2013, Contact: Kristen Yannone 307–332–8400. EIS No. 20130035, Draft Supplement, FHWA, WA, SR–167 Puyallup to SR 509, SR 167 Puyallup River Bridge Replacement, Comment Period Ends: 04/08/2013, Contact: Dean Moberg 360–534–9344. EIS No. 20130036, Final EIS, NNSA, NV, Site-Wide EIS—Continued Operation of the Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration, Nevada National Security Site and Off-Site Location in Nevada, Review Period Ends: 03/25/ 2013, Contact: Linda Cohn 702–295– 0077. EIS No. 20130037, Draft EIS, FHWA, VA, Tier 1—Interstate 66 Corridor, E:\FR\FM\22FEN1.SGM 22FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 36 (Friday, February 22, 2013)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ-OECA-2005-0062; FRL 9007-7]


Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request: 
Procedures for Implementing the National Environmental Policy Act and 
Assessing the Environmental Effects Abroad of EPA Actions (Renewal)

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), ``40 CFR Part 6: Procedures for 
Implementing the National Environmental Policy Act and Assessing the 
Environmental Effects Abroad of EPA Actions'' (EPA ICR No. 2243.06, OMB 
Control No. 2020-0033) 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 proposed extension of the ICR, which is 
currently approved through August 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 Tuesday, April 23, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OECA-
2005-0062 online using www.regulations.gov (our preferred method) 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.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jessica Trice, Office of Federal 
Activities, Mail Code 2252A, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 
Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 
564-6646; fax number: (202) 564-0072; email address: 
trice.jessica@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 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: The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), 42 
U.S.C. 4321-4347 establishes a national policy for the environment. The 
Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) oversees the NEPA 
implementation. CEQ's Regulations at 40 CFR parts 1500 through 1508 set 
the standard for NEPA compliance. They also require agencies to 
establish their own NEPA implementing procedures. EPA's procedures for 
implementing NEPA are found in 40 CFR Part 6. Through this part, EPA 
adopted the CEQ Regulations and supplemented those regulations for 
actions by EPA that are subject to NEPA requirements. EPA actions 
subject to NEPA include the award of wastewater treatment construction 
grants under Title II of the Clean Water Act, EPA's issuance of new 
source National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits 
under section 402 of the Clean Water Act, certain research and 
development projects, development and issuance of regulations, EPA 
actions involving renovations or new construction of facilities, and 
certain grants awarded for projects authorized by Congress through the 
Agency's annual Appropriations Act. EPA is collecting information from 
certain applicants as part of the process of complying with either NEPA 
or Executive Order 12114 (``Environmental Effects Abroad of Major 
Federal Actions''). EPA's NEPA regulations apply to the actions of EPA 
that are subject to NEPA in order to ensure that environmental 
information is available to the Agency's decision-makers and the public 
before decisions are made and before actions are taken. When EPA 
conducts an environmental assessment pursuant to its Executive Order 
12114 procedures, the Agency generally follows its NEPA procedures. 
Compliance with the procedures is the responsibility of EPA's 
Responsible Officials, and for applicant proposed actions applicants 
may be required to provide environmental information to EPA as part of 
the environmental review process. For this Information Collection 
Request (ICR), applicant-proposed projects subject to either NEPA or 
Executive Order 12114 (and that are not addressed in other EPA 
programs' ICRs) are addressed through the NEPA process.
    Form Numbers: None.
    Respondents/affected entities: Entities potentially affected by 
this action are certain grant or permit applicants who must submit 
environmental information documentation to EPA for their projects to 
comply with NEPA or Executive Order 12114, including Wastewater 
Treatment Construction Grants Program facilities, State and Tribal 
Assistance Grant recipients and new source National Pollutant Discharge 
Elimination System permittees.
    Respondent's obligation to respond: Voluntary.
    Estimated number of respondents: 312.
    Frequency of response: On occasion
    Total estimated burden: 38,472 hours
    Total estimated cost: $3,503,245, includes $7,638 annualized 
capital or operation & maintenance costs.
    Changes in Estimates: The above estimates are based on information 
and data available through the current ICR supporting documentation. 
However, it is anticipated that there will be slight decrease in hours 
in the total estimated respondent burden compared with the ICR 
currently approved by OMB. This slight decrease is due to changes in 
the number of respondents and their associated EPA actions eligible for 
categorical exclusions which results in a reduction in total hours and 
burden.

    Dated: February 15, 2013.
Cliff Rader,
Director, NEPA Compliance Division, Office of Federal Activities.
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