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Download as PDF sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 55252 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 175 / Tuesday, September 10, 2013 / Notices www.CapitolConnection.org or call (703) 993–3100. Those interested in attending the workshop or viewing the webcast are encouraged to register at https:// www.ferc.gov/whats-new/registration/ efficiency-act-10-02-13-form.asp by September 25, 2013. A limited number of phone lines will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for interested parties to participate via teleconference. If you would like to participate via teleconference, please contact Ken Wilcox at (202) 502–6835 or kenneth.wilcox@ferc.gov by September 25, 2013. A workshop agenda will be issued under separate notice. Commission workshops are accessible under section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. For accessibility accommodations, please send an email to accessibility@ferc.gov, call (866) 208– 3372 (toll free) or (202) 208–8659 (TTY), or send a FAX to (202) 208–2106 with the required accommodations. Those who wish to file written comments may do so by November 1, 2013. The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. Please file comments using the Commission’s eFiling system at https://www.ferc.gov/ docs-filing/efiling.asp. Commenters can submit brief comments up to 6,000 characters, without prior registration, using the eComment system at https:// www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ ecomment.asp. You must include your name and contact information at the end of your comments. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov, (866) 208–3676 (toll free), or (202) 502–8659 (TTY). In lieu of electronic filing, please send a paper copy to: Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20426. The first page of any filing should include docket number AD13–9–000. All comments will be placed in the Commission’s public files and will be available for review at the Commission in the Public Reference Room or may be viewed on the Commission’s Web site at www.ferc.gov using the eLibrary link. Enter AD13–9 in the docket number field to access documents. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support. For more information about this workshop, please contact: Brandon Cherry (Technical Information), Office of Energy Projects, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426, (202) 502– 8328, brandon.cherry@ferc.gov. Sarah McKinley (Logistical Information), Office of External VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:10 Sep 09, 2013 Jkt 229001 Affairs, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426, (202) 502– 8004, sarah.mckinley@ferc.gov. Dated: September 3, 2013. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2013–21960 Filed 9–9–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OECA–2010–0291; FRL–9900– 88–OECA] Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; State Review Framework Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to submit a request to renew an existing approved Information Collection Request (ICR) State Review Framework (EPA ICR No. 2185.05, OMB Control No. 2020–0031) 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 December 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 November 12, 2013. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA–HQ– OECA–2010–0291, 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher Knopes, Office of SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, Office of Compliance, MC: 2221A, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 202–564–2337; fax number: 202–564–0027; email address: knopes.christopher@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, WJC 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 State Review Framework (‘‘Framework’’) is an oversight tool designed to assess state performance in enforcement and compliance assurance. The Framework’s goal is to evaluate state performance by examining existing data to provide a consistent level of oversight and develop a uniform mechanism by which EPA Regions, working collaboratively with their states, can ensure that state environmental agencies are consistently implementing the national compliance and enforcement program in order to E:\FR\FM\10SEN1.SGM 10SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 175 / Tuesday, September 10, 2013 / Notices meet agreed-upon goals. Furthermore, the Framework is designed to foster dialogue on enforcement and compliance performance between the states that will enhance relationships and increase feedback, which will in turn lead to consistent program management and improved environmental results. The Framework is described in the April 26, 2005 Federal Register Notice (79 FR 21408). This amendment will allow OECA to collect information from enforcement and compliance files reviewed during routine on-site visits of state or local agency offices that will assist in the evaluation of the State Review Framework implementation from FY 2014 to the end of FY 2016. This request will allow EPA to make inquiries to assess the State Review Framework process, including the consistency achieved among the EPA Regions and states, the resources required to conduct the reviews, and the overall effectiveness of the program. Form Numbers: None. Respondents/affected entities: States, localities, and territories. Respondent’s obligation to respond: Required as part of program authorization under the Clean Water, Clean Air, and Resource Conservation and Recovery Acts. Estimated number of respondents: 54. Frequency of response: Once every five years. Total estimated burden: 11,016 hours (per year). Burden is defined at 5 CFR 1320.3(b). Total estimated cost: $393,342.84 (per year), includes $0 annualized capital or operation & maintenance costs. Changes in Estimates: There is likely to be no change in hours in the total estimated respondent burden compared with the ICR currently approved by OMB. Dated: August 29, 2013. Lisa Lund, Office Director, Office of Compliance, Office of Enforcement & Compliance Assurance. [FR Doc. 2013–21992 Filed 9–9–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES [FRL–9900–84–OA] Notification of Public Teleconference of the Hydraulic Fracturing Research Advisory Panel Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:10 Sep 09, 2013 Jkt 229001 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the Hydraulic Fracturing Research Advisory Panel to receive written and oral comments from the public on new and emerging information related to hydraulic fracturing and drinking water resources. DATES: The public teleconference will be held on November 20, 2013, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time). ADDRESSES: The teleconference will be conducted by telephone only. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public who wants further information concerning the teleconference may contact Mr. Edward Hanlon, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board (1400R), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; via telephone/voicemail at (202) 564–2134, fax at (202) 565–2098; or email at hanlon.edward@epa.gov. General information concerning the SAB can be found on the EPA Web site at https:// www.epa.gov/sab. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background: The SAB was established pursuant to the Environmental Research, Development, and Demonstration Authorization Act (ERDDAA), codified at 42 U.S.C. 4365, to provide independent scientific and technical advice to the Administrator on the technical basis for Agency positions and regulations. The SAB is a Federal Advisory Committee chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C., App. 2. The SAB and the SAB Hydraulic Fracturing Research Advisory Panel will comply with the provisions of FACA and all appropriate SAB Staff Office procedural policies. Pursuant to FACA and EPA policy, notice is hereby given that the SAB Hydraulic Fracturing Research Advisory Panel will hold a public teleconference to receive written and oral comments from the public on new and emerging information related to hydraulic fracturing and drinking water resources. In response to public concern, in August 2010 Congress urged EPA to study the relationship between hydraulic fracturing and drinking water. In March 2013, the SAB Staff Office formed an SAB panel to provide individual expert advice for the EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) on its ongoing research on the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources. Information about panel formation and activities can be found at https:// SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 55253 yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/ 02ad90b136fc21ef85256eba00436459/ b436304ba804e3f885257a5b00521b3b! OpenDocument&TableRow=2.0#2. The Panel held a May 7–8, 2013 meeting in Arlington Virginia where individual members of the Panel provided their individual expert comments on charge questions associated with research described in ORD’s Study of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on Drinking Water Resources: Progress Report, released in December 2012. At the May 2013 meeting, the SAB Staff Office announced there would be opportunity for the public to provide new and emerging information related to hydraulic fracturing to the Panel. The information provided to the Panel will serve as background to assist the Panel in its review of the EPA’s draft report on the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources. This report is scheduled for completion in December 2014. The SAB will hold a public teleconference to provide opportunity to receive information from the public. Availability of Meeting Materials: The agenda and other materials in support of the November 20, 2013 teleconference call will be available on the SAB Web site at https://www.epa.gov/sab in advance of the teleconference call. Procedures for Providing Public Input: Public comment for consideration by EPA’s federal advisory committees and panels has a different purpose from public comment provided to EPA program offices. Therefore, the process for submitting comments to a federal advisory committee is different from the process used to submit comments to an EPA program office. Federal advisory committees and panels, including scientific advisory committees, provide independent advice to the EPA. Members of the public can submit relevant comments for consideration by the Panel. Input from the public to the SAB will have the most impact if it provides specific scientific or technical information or analysis for the SAB to consider or if it relates to the clarity or accuracy of the technical information. For the November 20, 2013 telephone conference meeting, members of the public are encouraged to provide written and oral comments on new and emerging information related to hydraulic fracturing and drinking water resources. Members of the public wishing to provide comment should contact the DFO directly. Oral Statements: In general, individuals or groups requesting an oral presentation at a public teleconference E:\FR\FM\10SEN1.SGM 10SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 175 (Tuesday, September 10, 2013)]
[Notices]
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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ-OECA-2010-0291; FRL-9900-88-OECA]


Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; State 
Review Framework

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to submit a 
request to renew an existing approved Information Collection Request 
(ICR) State Review Framework (EPA ICR No. 2185.05, OMB Control No. 
2020-0031) 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 December 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 November 12, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OECA-
2010-0291, 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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher Knopes, Office of 
Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, Office of Compliance, MC: 2221A, 
Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., 
Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 202-564-2337; fax number: 202-
564-0027; email address: knopes.christopher@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, WJC 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 State Review Framework (``Framework'') is an 
oversight tool designed to assess state performance in enforcement and 
compliance assurance. The Framework's goal is to evaluate state 
performance by examining existing data to provide a consistent level of 
oversight and develop a uniform mechanism by which EPA Regions, working 
collaboratively with their states, can ensure that state environmental 
agencies are consistently implementing the national compliance and 
enforcement program in order to

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meet agreed-upon goals. Furthermore, the Framework is designed to 
foster dialogue on enforcement and compliance performance between the 
states that will enhance relationships and increase feedback, which 
will in turn lead to consistent program management and improved 
environmental results. The Framework is described in the April 26, 2005 
Federal Register Notice (79 FR 21408). This amendment will allow OECA 
to collect information from enforcement and compliance files reviewed 
during routine on-site visits of state or local agency offices that 
will assist in the evaluation of the State Review Framework 
implementation from FY 2014 to the end of FY 2016. This request will 
allow EPA to make inquiries to assess the State Review Framework 
process, including the consistency achieved among the EPA Regions and 
states, the resources required to conduct the reviews, and the overall 
effectiveness of the program.
    Form Numbers: None.
    Respondents/affected entities: States, localities, and territories.
    Respondent's obligation to respond: Required as part of program 
authorization under the Clean Water, Clean Air, and Resource 
Conservation and Recovery Acts.
    Estimated number of respondents: 54.
    Frequency of response: Once every five years.
    Total estimated burden: 11,016 hours (per year). Burden is defined 
at 5 CFR 1320.3(b).
    Total estimated cost: $393,342.84 (per year), includes $0 
annualized capital or operation & maintenance costs.
    Changes in Estimates: There is likely to be no change in hours in 
the total estimated respondent burden compared with the ICR currently 
approved by OMB.

    Dated: August 29, 2013.
Lisa Lund,
Office Director, Office of Compliance, Office of Enforcement & 
Compliance Assurance.
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