Agency Information Collection Extension, 53135-53137 [2013-20978]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 167 / Wednesday, August 28, 2013 / Notices Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name, docket number and title for this Federal Register document. The general policy for comments and other submissions from members of the public is to make these submissions available for public viewing on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov as they are received without change, including any personal identifiers or contact information. DOD Clearance Officer: Ms. Patricia Toppings. Written requests for copies of the information collection proposal should be sent to Ms. Toppings at WHS/ESD Information Management Division, 4800 Mark Center Drive, East Tower, Suite 02G09, Alexandria, VA 22350–3100. Dated: August 23, 2013. Aaron Siegel, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. [FR Doc. 2013–21012 Filed 8–27–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Issued at Washington, DC, on August 21, 2013. LaTanya R. Butler, Deputy Committee Management Officer. Environmental Management SiteSpecific Advisory Board, Nevada Department of Energy. Notice of open meeting. AGENCY: ACTION: wreier-aviles on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES [FR Doc. 2013–20977 Filed 8–27–13; 8:45 am] This notice announces a meeting of the Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board (EM SSAB), Nevada. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92– 463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of this meeting be announced in the Federal Register. DATES: Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 4:00 p.m. ADDRESSES: National Atomic Testing Museum, 755 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, Nevada 89119. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Barbara Ulmer, Board Administrator, 232 Energy Way, M/S 505, North Las Vegas, Nevada 89030. Phone: (702) 630– 0522; Fax (702) 295–5300 or Email: NSSAB@nnsa.doe.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Purpose of the Board: The purpose of the Board is to make recommendations to DOE–EM and site management in the areas of environmental restoration, waste management, and related activities. Tentative Agenda: 1. Fiscal Year 2014 Work Plan Development 2. Election of Officers Public Participation: The EM SSAB, Nevada, welcomes the attendance of the SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:21 Aug 27, 2013 Jkt 229001 public at its advisory committee meetings and will make every effort to accommodate persons with physical disabilities or special needs. If you require special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Barbara Ulmer at least seven days in advance of the meeting at the phone number listed above. Written statements may be filed with the Board either before or after the meeting. Individuals who wish to make oral presentations pertaining to agenda items should contact Barbara Ulmer at the telephone number listed above. The request must be received five days prior to the meeting and reasonable provision will be made to include the presentation in the agenda. The Deputy Designated Federal Officer is empowered to conduct the meeting in a fashion that will facilitate the orderly conduct of business. Individuals wishing to make public comments can do so during the 15 minutes allotted for public comments. Minutes: Minutes will be available by writing to Barbara Ulmer at the address listed above or at the following Web site: http://nv.energy.gov/nssab/ MeetingMinutes.aspx. BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Energy Information Administration Agency Information Collection Extension U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), Department of Energy (DOE). ACTION: Information collection extension with change, comment request. AGENCY: The EIA, pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, intends to extend for three years with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) the Coal Markets Reporting System. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) 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; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 53135 burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. DATES: Comments must be filed by October 28, 2013. If you anticipate that you will be submitting comments, but find it difficult to do so within the period of time allowed by this notice, please advise the EIA–3 Survey Manager at EIA of your intention to make a submission as soon as possible. ADDRESSES: Written comments should be sent to: Attn: Tejasvi Raghuveer, EIA–3 Survey Manager, U.S. Energy Information Administration, EI–24, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585. To ensure receipt of the comments by the due date, submission by email (tejasvi.raghuveer@eia.gov) is recommended. Alternatively, Ms. Raghuveer may be contacted by telephone at 202–586–8926. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of any forms and instructions should be directed to Ms. Tejasvi Raghuveer at the contact information listed above. The proposed forms and instructions are available on the Internet at: http://www.eia.gov/survey/#coal. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This information collection request contains: (1) OMB No. 1905–0167; (2) Information Collection Request Title: Coal Markets Reporting System. The survey forms included in this system are: EIA–3 ‘‘Quarterly Coal Consumption and Quality Report, Manufacturing and Transformation/ Processing Coal Plants and Commercial and Institutional Coal Users; ’’EIA–6Q ’’ Quarterly Coal Report (Standby);’’ EIA– 7A ‘‘Coal Production and Preparation Report;’’ EIA–8A ‘‘Coal Stocks Report;’’ EIA–20 ‘‘Weekly Coal Monitoring Report, Coal Burning Utilities and Independent Power Producers (Standby);’’ (3) Type of Request: Threeyear extension with changes; (4) Purpose: The Federal Energy Administration Act of 1974 (15 U.S.C. 761 et seq.) and the DOE Organization Act (42 U.S.C. 7101 et seq.) require the EIA to carry out a centralized, comprehensive, and unified energy information program. This program collects, evaluates, assembles, analyzes, and disseminates information on energy resource reserves, production, demand, technology, and related economic and statistical information. This information is used to assess the adequacy of energy resources to meet near and longer term domestic demands and to promote sound policymaking, efficient markets, E:\FR\FM\28AUN1.SGM 28AUN1 53136 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 167 / Wednesday, August 28, 2013 / Notices and public understanding of energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment. EIA surveys are conducted to collect coal market data. The data elements include production, consumption, receipts, stocks, and prices. Information pertaining to the quality of the coal is also collected. Aggregates of this collection are used to support public policy analyses of the coal industry, economic modeling, forecasting, coal supply and demand studies, and in guiding research and development programs. EIA publications, including the Monthly Energy Review, Quarterly Coal Report, Quarterly Coal Distribution Report, Annual Coal Report, and Annual Coal Distribution Report, each contain data collected through the coal production and consumption surveys listed above. The EIA uses the data in short-term and long-term models such as the Short-Term Integrated Forecasting System (STIFS) and the National Energy Modeling System (NEMS) Coal Market Module. The forecast data also appear in the Short-Term Energy Outlook and the Annual Energy Outlook publications. (4a) Proposed Changes: The EIA proposes to make changes to Forms EIA–3, EIA–6Q, EIA–7A, EIA–8A, and EIA–20. The EIA proposes to discontinue standby Forms EIA–1 and EIA–4. Together, these two standby forms were intended to collect data from non-electric sector respondents in the event of a coal supply disruption. To date, these forms have never been deployed. Also, the possibility of such a disruption to non-electric sector respondents seems minimal. In addition, coal and coke data collected on Form EIA–5 in Schedules II, III, and IV will now be collected on Form EIA– 3. Hence, the EIA proposes to discontinue the Form EIA–5. Detailed descriptions of proposed changes to individual forms follow. wreier-aviles on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Form EIA–3: Quarterly Coal Consumption and Quality Report, Manufacturing and Transformation/ Processing Coal Plants and Commercial and Institutional Coal Users • Change the title of the survey to ‘‘Quarterly Survey of Non-Electric Sector Coal Data’’ • Modify the scope of the survey, as defined under the purpose section, to include coke plants • Remove Secure File Transfer from Communication Method • Re-categorize mail as an Unsecured Communication Method • Change Site County to Site City • Request EIA–923 ID in the Company Contact Information Section VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:21 Aug 27, 2013 Jkt 229001 • Create ‘‘Part 5: Coking Plants Only’’ to accommodate respondents of discontinued Form EIA–5 and collect data regarding coke production. Disclosure limitation procedures will continue to be applied to all cost and revenue data reported in Part V. • No longer collect Synfuel data • Minor revisions to instructions and definitions Form EIA–7A: Coal Production and Preparation Report • Change title of survey to ‘‘Annual Survey of Coal Production and Preparation’’ • Modify questions, response options, and instructions to provide respondents with more detail and to improve navigation • Update Unsecured Communication Method(s) to include email, fax, and mail • Create a field for adjustment to coal stocks to account for stocks held on- and off-site at the end of the reporting year • Add new fields for metallurgical and non-metallurgical coal under sections on Open and Captive Market Sales to gather more accurate revenue data from each type of sale. Disclosure limitation procedures will be applied to protect the data elements from being attributed to any specific company. EIA proposes adding the following questions to Form EIA–7A: • Did the company that owns the mining operation cease operations during the reporting year? This question will be used to help maintain the EIA– 7A frame and review data discrepancies as reported by respondents that answered ‘‘yes’’ to the question. • Report the county, state, and mining dates of the surface mining activity. The Mine Safety and Health Administration assigns this location every quarter. Adding this question would track production by county more accurately. • What is the average heat content for all coal mined at this mine during the reporting year? EIA’s State Energy Data System publishes heat content of coal produced by state. Currently, this production heat content data is estimated by EIA staff using coal-quality data collected, in relation to coal receipts, at end-use sectors as a proxy. This question would provide the actual production-based quality data needed to replace the estimation. • For any Captive Market Sales or transfer of coal to the parent company or a subsidiary of the parent company, what are their contact name, company name, email address, and telephone number? This question helps verify the accuracy of captive market sales vs. PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 open market sales data. This will also allow for improved frame maintenance on the EIA–8A, which covers coal traders, brokers, and terminals. • For any Export Coal Sales to coal brokers, coal traders, or coal terminals, what are their contact name, company name, email address, and telephone number? This question will be used to run a cross-survey comparison with the EIA–8A in hopes of eliminating doublecounting of export coal sales and improving export-related data. Form EIA–8A: Coal Stocks Report • Change title of survey to ‘‘Annual Survey of Coal Stocks and Coal Exports’’ • Simplify questions, response options, and instructions to provide respondents with more detail and to improve navigation • Update Secure Communication Method to include the Internet Data Collections (IDC) System • Modify Unsecured Communication Method(s) to include email, fax, and mail • Require additional contact information when a company is sold or merges during the reporting year • Amend the Required Respondents section of the survey to require respondents to report coal exported since prior reporting year • Revise list of locations where U.S. originated stocks are held to include ‘‘OT—Other’’ • Add new fields for metallurgical and non-metallurgical coal to various sections of the survey to gather more accurate revenue data about the metallurgical coal market EIA proposes adding the following questions to Form EIA–8A: • Did the company for which you are reporting export coal that originated in the United States during the reporting year? This is a screening question that will help ensure an accurate accounting of all coal brokers that also act as exporters. • What was the operational status of your company during the reporting year? This question will be used to help maintain the EIA–8A frame and review data discrepancies as reported by respondents that answered ‘‘yes’’ to the question. Standby Forms EIA–6Q: Quarterly Coal Report (Standby) and EIA–20: Weekly Coal Monitoring Report, Coal Burning Utilities and Independent Power Producers (Standby) • Change standby form titles to Form EIA–6: ‘‘Emergency Coal Supply Survey’’ and Form EIA–20: ‘‘Emergency Weekly Coal Monitoring Survey for Coal Burning Power Producers.’’ E:\FR\FM\28AUN1.SGM 28AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 167 / Wednesday, August 28, 2013 / Notices • Make minor revisions to instructions and definitions Issued in Washington, DC, on August 22, 2013. Stephanie Brown, Director, Office of Survey Development and Statistical Integration, U.S. Energy Information Administration. Eliminating Form EIA–5: Quarterly Coal Consumption and Quality Report—Coke Plants Eliminating Form EIA–5 and the proposed changes to Form EIA–3 will result in the absorption of all 19 EIA– 5 respondents into the EIA–3 frame, reduce quarterly maintenance of two separate internet data collection systems with nearly identical layouts and edits, and create a single survey for all nonelectric sector coal users. wreier-aviles on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Eliminating Standby Forms EIA–1: Weekly Coal Monitoring Report— General Industries and Blast Furnaces and EIA–4: Weekly Coal Monitoring Report—Coke Plants Standby Forms EIA–1 and EIA–4 were intended to collect data from nonelectric sector respondents in the event of a coal supply disruption. To date, these forms have never been deployed. Also, the possibility of such a disruption to non-electric sector respondents seems minimal. Eliminating these two survey forms would be optimal. (5) Estimated Number of Survey Respondents: • Form EIA–3 will consist of 508 respondents; the increase from the current 489 respondents is because of the additional 19 EIA–5 respondents that will begin reporting on Form EIA– 3. • EIA–7A will consist of 1,208 respondents. • EIA–8A will consist of 86 respondents. (6) Annual Estimated Number of Total Responses: 3326. • Form EIA–3, 2,032 responses. • EIA–7A, 1,208 respondents. • EIA–8A, 86 respondents. (7) Annual Estimated Number of Burden Hours: Total annual burden hours for all three surveys: 3834. (8) Annual Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Cost Burden: EIA estimates that there are no additional costs to respondents associated with the surveys other than the costs associated with the burden hours. Statutory Authority: Section 13(b) of the Federal Energy Administration Act of 1974, Pub. L. 93–275, codified at 15 U.S.C. 772(b), and the DOE Organization Act of 1977, Pub. L. 95–91, codified at 42 U.S.C. 7101 et seq. VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:21 Aug 27, 2013 Jkt 229001 [FR Doc. 2013–20978 Filed 8–27–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket Nos. OR13–31–000] Flint Hills Resources Alaska, LLC, BP Pipelines (Alaska) Inc., ConocoPhillips Transportation Alaska, Inc., ExxonMobil Pipeline Company; Notice of Complaint Take notice that on August 20, 2013, pursuant to section 9, 13(1), and 15(1) of the Interstate Commerce Act, 49 U.S.C. 9, 13(1), and 15(1), Rule 206 of the Rules of Practice and Procedures of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission), 18 CFR 365.206 (2013), and section 343.2 of the Procedural Rules Applicable to Oil Pipeline Proceedings, 18 CFR 343.2 (2013), Flint Hills Resources Alaska, LLC (FHR or Complainant) filed a formal complaint against BP Pipelines (Alaska) Inc., ConocoPhillips Transportation Alaska, Inc., and ExxonMobil Pipeline Company (collectively, Respondents), petitioning the Commission to investigate the continuing reasonableness of the existing Quality Bank provisions of the Respondents’ tariffs governing the method of making monetary adjustments among TAPS shippers to account for the differences between the quality of the crude oil tendered for transportation and the quality of the crude oil received by that shipper. The Complainant certifies that copies of the complaint were served on the contacts for the Respondents as listed on the Commission’s list of Corporate Officials. Any person desiring to intervene or to protest this filing must file in accordance with Rules 211 and 214 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (18 CFR 385.211 and 385.214). Protests will be considered by the Commission in determining the appropriate action to be taken, but will not serve to make protestants parties to the proceeding. Any person wishing to become a party must file a notice of intervention or motion to intervene, as appropriate. The Respondent’s answer and all interventions, or protests must be filed on or before the comment date. PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 53137 The Respondent’s answer, motions to intervene, and protests must be served on the Complainants. The Commission encourages electronic submission of protests and interventions in lieu of paper using the ‘‘eFiling’’ link at http://www.ferc.gov. Persons unable to file electronically should submit an original and 14 copies of the protest or intervention to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426. This filing is accessible on-line at http://www.ferc.gov, using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link and is available for review in the Commission’s Public Reference Room in Washington, DC. There is an ‘‘eSubscription’’ link on the Web site that enables subscribers to receive email 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. Comment Date: 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on September 9, 2013. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2013–20924 Filed 8–27–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. RP13–1015–000] Texas Eastern Transmission, LP; Notice of Technical Conference Take notice that the Commission Staff will convene a technical conference in the above-referenced proceeding on Thursday, September 12, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time), in a room to be designated at the offices of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426. At the technical conference, the Commission Staff and the parties to the proceeding can discuss all of the issues raised by Texas Eastern Transmission, LP’s (Texas Eastern) filing. In particular, as discussed in the Order Accepting and Suspending Tariff Record and Establishing Technical Conference Proceedings 1 in this docket, Texas Eastern should be prepared to address the concerns raised by the parties in this proceeding and, if necessary, to provide additional technical, engineering and 1 Texas Eastern Transmission, LP, 144 FERC ¶ 61,082, at P 19 (2013). E:\FR\FM\28AUN1.SGM 28AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Energy Information Administration


Agency Information Collection Extension

AGENCY: U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), Department of 
Energy (DOE).

ACTION: Information collection extension with change, comment request.

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SUMMARY: The EIA, pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 
intends to extend for three years with the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) the Coal Markets Reporting System. Comments are invited 
on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for 
the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including 
whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) 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; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the 
collection of information on respondents, including through the use of 
automated collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology.

DATES: Comments must be filed by October 28, 2013. If you anticipate 
that you will be submitting comments, but find it difficult to do so 
within the period of time allowed by this notice, please advise the 
EIA-3 Survey Manager at EIA of your intention to make a submission as 
soon as possible.

ADDRESSES: Written comments should be sent to: Attn: Tejasvi Raghuveer, 
EIA-3 Survey Manager, U.S. Energy Information Administration, EI-24, 
1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585.
    To ensure receipt of the comments by the due date, submission by 
email (tejasvi.raghuveer@eia.gov) is recommended. Alternatively, Ms. 
Raghuveer may be contacted by telephone at 202-586-8926.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of any forms and instructions should be directed to Ms. Tejasvi 
Raghuveer at the contact information listed above. The proposed forms 
and instructions are available on the Internet at: http://www.eia.gov/survey/#coal.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    This information collection request contains: (1) OMB No. 1905-
0167; (2) Information Collection Request Title: Coal Markets Reporting 
System. The survey forms included in this system are: EIA-3 ``Quarterly 
Coal Consumption and Quality Report, Manufacturing and Transformation/
Processing Coal Plants and Commercial and Institutional Coal Users; 
''EIA-6Q '' Quarterly Coal Report (Standby);'' EIA-7A ``Coal Production 
and Preparation Report;'' EIA-8A ``Coal Stocks Report;'' EIA-20 
``Weekly Coal Monitoring Report, Coal Burning Utilities and Independent 
Power Producers (Standby);'' (3) Type of Request: Three-year extension 
with changes; (4) Purpose: The Federal Energy Administration Act of 
1974 (15 U.S.C. 761 et seq.) and the DOE Organization Act (42 U.S.C. 
7101 et seq.) require the EIA to carry out a centralized, 
comprehensive, and unified energy information program. This program 
collects, evaluates, assembles, analyzes, and disseminates information 
on energy resource reserves, production, demand, technology, and 
related economic and statistical information. This information is used 
to assess the adequacy of energy resources to meet near and longer term 
domestic demands and to promote sound policymaking, efficient markets,

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and public understanding of energy and its interaction with the economy 
and the environment.
    EIA surveys are conducted to collect coal market data. The data 
elements include production, consumption, receipts, stocks, and prices. 
Information pertaining to the quality of the coal is also collected. 
Aggregates of this collection are used to support public policy 
analyses of the coal industry, economic modeling, forecasting, coal 
supply and demand studies, and in guiding research and development 
programs. EIA publications, including the Monthly Energy Review, 
Quarterly Coal Report, Quarterly Coal Distribution Report, Annual Coal 
Report, and Annual Coal Distribution Report, each contain data 
collected through the coal production and consumption surveys listed 
above. The EIA uses the data in short-term and long-term models such as 
the Short-Term Integrated Forecasting System (STIFS) and the National 
Energy Modeling System (NEMS) Coal Market Module. The forecast data 
also appear in the Short-Term Energy Outlook and the Annual Energy 
Outlook publications.
    (4a) Proposed Changes: The EIA proposes to make changes to Forms 
EIA-3, EIA-6Q, EIA-7A, EIA-8A, and EIA-20. The EIA proposes to 
discontinue standby Forms EIA-1 and EIA-4. Together, these two standby 
forms were intended to collect data from non-electric sector 
respondents in the event of a coal supply disruption. To date, these 
forms have never been deployed. Also, the possibility of such a 
disruption to non-electric sector respondents seems minimal. In 
addition, coal and coke data collected on Form EIA-5 in Schedules II, 
III, and IV will now be collected on Form EIA-3. Hence, the EIA 
proposes to discontinue the Form EIA-5. Detailed descriptions of 
proposed changes to individual forms follow.

Form EIA-3: Quarterly Coal Consumption and Quality Report, 
Manufacturing and Transformation/Processing Coal Plants and Commercial 
and Institutional Coal Users

     Change the title of the survey to ``Quarterly Survey of 
Non-Electric Sector Coal Data''
     Modify the scope of the survey, as defined under the 
purpose section, to include coke plants
     Remove Secure File Transfer from Communication Method
     Re-categorize mail as an Unsecured Communication Method
     Change Site County to Site City
     Request EIA-923 ID in the Company Contact Information 
Section
     Create ``Part 5: Coking Plants Only'' to accommodate 
respondents of discontinued Form EIA-5 and collect data regarding coke 
production. Disclosure limitation procedures will continue to be 
applied to all cost and revenue data reported in Part V.
     No longer collect Synfuel data
     Minor revisions to instructions and definitions

Form EIA-7A: Coal Production and Preparation Report

     Change title of survey to ``Annual Survey of Coal 
Production and Preparation''
     Modify questions, response options, and instructions to 
provide respondents with more detail and to improve navigation
     Update Unsecured Communication Method(s) to include email, 
fax, and mail
     Create a field for adjustment to coal stocks to account 
for stocks held on- and off-site at the end of the reporting year
     Add new fields for metallurgical and non-metallurgical 
coal under sections on Open and Captive Market Sales to gather more 
accurate revenue data from each type of sale. Disclosure limitation 
procedures will be applied to protect the data elements from being 
attributed to any specific company.
    EIA proposes adding the following questions to Form EIA-7A:
     Did the company that owns the mining operation cease 
operations during the reporting year? This question will be used to 
help maintain the EIA-7A frame and review data discrepancies as 
reported by respondents that answered ``yes'' to the question.
     Report the county, state, and mining dates of the surface 
mining activity. The Mine Safety and Health Administration assigns this 
location every quarter. Adding this question would track production by 
county more accurately.
     What is the average heat content for all coal mined at 
this mine during the reporting year? EIA's State Energy Data System 
publishes heat content of coal produced by state. Currently, this 
production heat content data is estimated by EIA staff using coal-
quality data collected, in relation to coal receipts, at end-use 
sectors as a proxy. This question would provide the actual production-
based quality data needed to replace the estimation.
     For any Captive Market Sales or transfer of coal to the 
parent company or a subsidiary of the parent company, what are their 
contact name, company name, email address, and telephone number? This 
question helps verify the accuracy of captive market sales vs. open 
market sales data. This will also allow for improved frame maintenance 
on the EIA-8A, which covers coal traders, brokers, and terminals.
     For any Export Coal Sales to coal brokers, coal traders, 
or coal terminals, what are their contact name, company name, email 
address, and telephone number? This question will be used to run a 
cross-survey comparison with the EIA-8A in hopes of eliminating double-
counting of export coal sales and improving export-related data.

Form EIA-8A: Coal Stocks Report

     Change title of survey to ``Annual Survey of Coal Stocks 
and Coal Exports''
     Simplify questions, response options, and instructions to 
provide respondents with more detail and to improve navigation
     Update Secure Communication Method to include the Internet 
Data Collections (IDC) System
     Modify Unsecured Communication Method(s) to include email, 
fax, and mail
     Require additional contact information when a company is 
sold or merges during the reporting year
     Amend the Required Respondents section of the survey to 
require respondents to report coal exported since prior reporting year
     Revise list of locations where U.S. originated stocks are 
held to include ``OT--Other''
     Add new fields for metallurgical and non-metallurgical 
coal to various sections of the survey to gather more accurate revenue 
data about the metallurgical coal market
    EIA proposes adding the following questions to Form EIA-8A:
     Did the company for which you are reporting export coal 
that originated in the United States during the reporting year? This is 
a screening question that will help ensure an accurate accounting of 
all coal brokers that also act as exporters.
     What was the operational status of your company during the 
reporting year? This question will be used to help maintain the EIA-8A 
frame and review data discrepancies as reported by respondents that 
answered ``yes'' to the question.

Standby Forms EIA-6Q: Quarterly Coal Report (Standby) and EIA-20: 
Weekly Coal Monitoring Report, Coal Burning Utilities and Independent 
Power Producers (Standby)

     Change standby form titles to Form EIA-6: ``Emergency Coal 
Supply Survey'' and Form EIA-20: ``Emergency Weekly Coal Monitoring 
Survey for Coal Burning Power Producers.''

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     Make minor revisions to instructions and definitions

Eliminating Form EIA-5: Quarterly Coal Consumption and Quality Report--
Coke Plants

    Eliminating Form EIA-5 and the proposed changes to Form EIA-3 will 
result in the absorption of all 19 EIA-5 respondents into the EIA-3 
frame, reduce quarterly maintenance of two separate internet data 
collection systems with nearly identical layouts and edits, and create 
a single survey for all non-electric sector coal users.

Eliminating Standby Forms EIA-1: Weekly Coal Monitoring Report--General 
Industries and Blast Furnaces and EIA-4: Weekly Coal Monitoring 
Report--Coke Plants

    Standby Forms EIA-1 and EIA-4 were intended to collect data from 
non-electric sector respondents in the event of a coal supply 
disruption. To date, these forms have never been deployed. Also, the 
possibility of such a disruption to non-electric sector respondents 
seems minimal. Eliminating these two survey forms would be optimal.
    (5) Estimated Number of Survey Respondents:
     Form EIA-3 will consist of 508 respondents; the increase 
from the current 489 respondents is because of the additional 19 EIA-5 
respondents that will begin reporting on Form EIA-3.
     EIA-7A will consist of 1,208 respondents.
     EIA-8A will consist of 86 respondents.
    (6) Annual Estimated Number of Total Responses: 3326.
     Form EIA-3, 2,032 responses.
     EIA-7A, 1,208 respondents.
     EIA-8A, 86 respondents.
    (7) Annual Estimated Number of Burden Hours: Total annual burden 
hours for all three surveys: 3834.
    (8) Annual Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Cost Burden: EIA 
estimates that there are no additional costs to respondents associated 
with the surveys other than the costs associated with the burden hours.

    Statutory Authority: Section 13(b) of the Federal Energy 
Administration Act of 1974, Pub. L. 93-275, codified at 15 U.S.C. 
772(b), and the DOE Organization Act of 1977, Pub. L. 95-91, 
codified at 42 U.S.C. 7101 et seq.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on August 22, 2013.
Stephanie Brown,
Director, Office of Survey Development and Statistical Integration, 
U.S. Energy Information Administration.
[FR Doc. 2013-20978 Filed 8-27-13; 8:45 am]
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