Information Collection; Qualified Products Lists for Fire Chemicals for Wild Land Fire Management, 68209-68210 [2014-26943]

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AGENCY: ACTION: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Forest Service is seeking comments from all interested individuals and organizations on the extension with no revision of a currently approved information collection, Qualified SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\14NON1.SGM 14NON1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 68210 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 220 / Friday, November 14, 2014 / Notices Products Lists for Fire Chemicals for Wildland Fire Management. DATES: Comments must be received in writing on or before January 13, 2015 to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable. ADDRESSES: Comments concerning this notice should be addressed to Dave Haston, Branch Chief, Equipment and Chemicals, USDA Forest Service, National Interagency Fire Center, 3833 S. Development Avenue, Boise, ID 83705. Comments also may be submitted via facsimile to 208–387–5642 or by email to: dhaston@fs.fed.us. The public may inspect comments received at the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), Jack Wilson Building, in Boise, Idaho, Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead to 208–387– 5348 to facilitate entry to the building. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shirley Zylstra, Missoula Technology and Development Center (MTDC), 406– 329–4859, Cecilia Johnson, (MTDC), 406–329–4819, or Dave Haston, NIFC, 208–387–5642. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339 twenty-four hours a day, every day of the year, including holidays. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Qualified Products Lists for Fire Chemicals for Wild Land Fire Management. OMB Number: 0596–0182. Expiration Date of Approval: January 31, 2015. Type of Request: Extension with no revision. Abstract: The Forest Service and cooperating wildland firefighting agencies need adequate types and quantities of qualified fire chemical products available to accomplish fire management activities as safely and effectively as possible. To accomplish this objective, the Agency evaluates and pre-approves commercial wildland firefighting chemicals. The Agency may be required to submit the formulations to the US Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries during the evaluation process. All products must meet the requirements of specifications identified and maintained by the Wildland Fire Chemical Systems (WFCS) staff at the Forest Service Missoula Technology and Development Center (MTDC). After a product evaluation has been completed successfully, the product is added to the Qualified Products List (QPL) for the appropriate product type. All Forest VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:37 Nov 13, 2014 Jkt 235001 Service procurements of wildland fire chemicals are made from these lists. To initiate an evaluation, product manufacturers (or authorized suppliers) enter into an agreement with the Forest Service and pay all costs associated with the submission and evaluation of the product. Once the agreement is in place and funds are deposited to cover the associated costs, the manufacturer submits the following information to WFCS: 1. List of the specific ingredients and quantity used to prepare the product, 2. Identification of the source of supply for each ingredient, 3. Copies of the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for the product and for each ingredient used to prepare the product, and 4. Specific mixing requirements and performance information. Review of the submitted information assures that the product does not contain ingredients meeting the criteria for Chemicals of Concern, that is by appearing on one or more of the following lists: • Agency list of unacceptable ingredients. • National Toxicology Program (NTP) ‘‘Annual Report on Carcinogens’’. • International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Monographs for Potential Carcinogens. • Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) ‘‘List of Extremely Hazardous Substances and Their Threshold Planning Quantities’’. • Resources Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), ‘‘Acutely Hazardous and Toxic Wastes’’. • Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know (EPCRA), ‘‘Toxic Release Inventory’’. A risk assessment, performed at the manufacturer expense, is required. The risk assessment, performed by a third party selected by the Agency, assesses the products and levels of ingredients found in typical applications relative to human and environmental impact. Each product submitted is tested to determine the mammalian and aquatic toxicity of the product and must meet specific levels of performance to minimize potential risk during firefighting operations. Additional tests are performed to determine the effectiveness of the product to reduce spread rate and intensity of the fire by application directly on or near the fire. A number of product characteristics are measured over the operational performance range of the product to ensure that the product meets the needs of the firefighters in the field. PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The collection of this information for each product submission is necessary due to the length of time needed to test the product (18 to 24 months) and need to ensure that products are safe and effective prior to purchase and use. This information collection and the product evaluation must be conducted on an ongoing basis to ensure the Agency can solicit and award contracts in a timely manner to provide firefighters with safe and effective wildland fire chemical products. Estimate of Annual Burden: 4.5 hours. Type of Respondents: Businesses (manufacturers and suppliers) of fire chemicals for wildland fire management. Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 3. Estimated Annual Number of Responses per Respondent: 3. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 40.5 hours. Comment is Invited: Comment is invited on: (1) Whether this collection of information is necessary for the stated purposes and the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including whether the information will have practical or scientific utility; (2) the accuracy of the Agency’s estimate of the burden of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including the use of automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. All comments received in response to this notice, including names and addresses when provided, will be a matter of public record. Comments will be summarized and included in the submission request toward Office of Management and Budget approval. Dated: November 6, 2014. Debra S. Pressman, Acting Deputy Chief, State and Private Forestry. [FR Doc. 2014–26943 Filed 11–13–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3411–15–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE National Agricultural Statistics Service Notice of the Advisory Committee on Agriculture Statistics Meeting National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\14NON1.SGM 14NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Forest Service


Information Collection; Qualified Products Lists for Fire 
Chemicals for Wild Land Fire Management

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice; request for comment.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the 
Forest Service is seeking comments from all interested individuals and 
organizations on the extension with no revision of a currently approved 
information collection, Qualified

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Products Lists for Fire Chemicals for Wildland Fire Management.

DATES: Comments must be received in writing on or before January 13, 
2015 to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date 
will be considered to the extent practicable.

ADDRESSES: Comments concerning this notice should be addressed to Dave 
Haston, Branch Chief, Equipment and Chemicals, USDA Forest Service, 
National Interagency Fire Center, 3833 S. Development Avenue, Boise, ID 
83705.
    Comments also may be submitted via facsimile to 208-387-5642 or by 
email to: dhaston@fs.fed.us.
    The public may inspect comments received at the National 
Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), Jack Wilson Building, in Boise, Idaho, 
Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Visitors are encouraged 
to call ahead to 208-387-5348 to facilitate entry to the building.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shirley Zylstra, Missoula Technology 
and Development Center (MTDC), 406-329-4859, Cecilia Johnson, (MTDC), 
406-329-4819, or Dave Haston, NIFC, 208-387-5642. Individuals who use 
telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal 
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 twenty-four hours a 
day, every day of the year, including holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Title: Qualified Products Lists for Fire Chemicals for Wild Land 
Fire Management.
    OMB Number: 0596-0182.
    Expiration Date of Approval: January 31, 2015.
    Type of Request: Extension with no revision.
    Abstract: The Forest Service and cooperating wildland firefighting 
agencies need adequate types and quantities of qualified fire chemical 
products available to accomplish fire management activities as safely 
and effectively as possible. To accomplish this objective, the Agency 
evaluates and pre-approves commercial wildland firefighting chemicals. 
The Agency may be required to submit the formulations to the US Fish 
and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries during the evaluation process. 
All products must meet the requirements of specifications identified 
and maintained by the Wildland Fire Chemical Systems (WFCS) staff at 
the Forest Service Missoula Technology and Development Center (MTDC). 
After a product evaluation has been completed successfully, the product 
is added to the Qualified Products List (QPL) for the appropriate 
product type. All Forest Service procurements of wildland fire 
chemicals are made from these lists.
    To initiate an evaluation, product manufacturers (or authorized 
suppliers) enter into an agreement with the Forest Service and pay all 
costs associated with the submission and evaluation of the product. 
Once the agreement is in place and funds are deposited to cover the 
associated costs, the manufacturer submits the following information to 
WFCS:
    1. List of the specific ingredients and quantity used to prepare 
the product,
    2. Identification of the source of supply for each ingredient,
    3. Copies of the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for the product 
and for each ingredient used to prepare the product, and
    4. Specific mixing requirements and performance information.
    Review of the submitted information assures that the product does 
not contain ingredients meeting the criteria for Chemicals of Concern, 
that is by appearing on one or more of the following lists:
     Agency list of unacceptable ingredients.
     National Toxicology Program (NTP) ``Annual Report on 
Carcinogens''.
     International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) 
Monographs for Potential Carcinogens.
     Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and 
Liability Act (CERCLA) ``List of Extremely Hazardous Substances and 
Their Threshold Planning Quantities''.
     Resources Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), ``Acutely 
Hazardous and Toxic Wastes''.
     Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know (EPCRA), 
``Toxic Release Inventory''.
    A risk assessment, performed at the manufacturer expense, is 
required. The risk assessment, performed by a third party selected by 
the Agency, assesses the products and levels of ingredients found in 
typical applications relative to human and environmental impact. Each 
product submitted is tested to determine the mammalian and aquatic 
toxicity of the product and must meet specific levels of performance to 
minimize potential risk during firefighting operations. Additional 
tests are performed to determine the effectiveness of the product to 
reduce spread rate and intensity of the fire by application directly on 
or near the fire.
    A number of product characteristics are measured over the 
operational performance range of the product to ensure that the product 
meets the needs of the firefighters in the field.
    The collection of this information for each product submission is 
necessary due to the length of time needed to test the product (18 to 
24 months) and need to ensure that products are safe and effective 
prior to purchase and use. This information collection and the product 
evaluation must be conducted on an on-going basis to ensure the Agency 
can solicit and award contracts in a timely manner to provide 
firefighters with safe and effective wildland fire chemical products.
    Estimate of Annual Burden: 4.5 hours.
    Type of Respondents: Businesses (manufacturers and suppliers) of 
fire chemicals for wildland fire management.
    Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 3.
    Estimated Annual Number of Responses per Respondent: 3.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 40.5 hours.
    Comment is Invited:
    Comment is invited on: (1) Whether this collection of information 
is necessary for the stated purposes and the proper performance of the 
functions of the Agency, including whether the information will have 
practical or scientific utility; (2) the accuracy of the Agency's 
estimate of the burden of the collection of information, including the 
validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance 
the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; 
and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
respondents, including the use of automated, electronic, mechanical, or 
other technological collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology.
    All comments received in response to this notice, including names 
and addresses when provided, will be a matter of public record. 
Comments will be summarized and included in the submission request 
toward Office of Management and Budget approval.

    Dated: November 6, 2014.
Debra S. Pressman,
Acting Deputy Chief, State and Private Forestry.
[FR Doc. 2014-26943 Filed 11-13-14; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3411-15-P