Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Critical Use Exemption From the Phaseout of Methyl Bromide (Renewal), 36806-36807 [2015-15673]

Download as PDF 36806 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 123 / Friday, June 26, 2015 / Notices ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OA–2008–0701; FRL–9928–43– OEI] Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Focus Groups as Used by EPA for Economics Projects (Renewal) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ‘‘Focus Groups as used by EPA for Economics Projects (Renewal)’’ (EPA ICR No. 2205.15, OMB Control No. 2090–0028) 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.). This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through June 30, 2015. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (80 FR 6075) on February 4, 2015 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. 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: Additional comments may be submitted on or before July 27, 2015. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID. EPA–HQ–OA– 2008–0701, to (1) EPA online using www.regulations.gov (our preferred method), by email to oei.docket@ epa.gov or by mail to: EPA Docket Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460, and (2) OMB via email to oira_submission@omb.eop.gov. Address comments to OMB Desk Officer for EPA. 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: Nathalie Simon, National Center for Environmental Economics, Office of Policy, (1809T), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:15 Jun 25, 2015 Jkt 235001 Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 202–566–2347; fax number: 202–566–2363; email address: simon.nathalie@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 http://www.epa.gov/ dockets. Abstract: EPA is seeking renewal of a generic information collection request (ICR) for the conduct of focus groups and one-on-one interviews primarily related to survey development for economics projects. These groups are typically formed to gain insight and understanding of attitudes and perceptions held by the public surrounding a particular issue. Focus groups and one-on-one interviews used as a qualitative research tool serve to better understand respondents’ attitudes, perceptions and emotions in response to specific topics and concepts; to obtain respondent information useful for better defining variables and measures in later quantitative studies; and to further explore findings obtained from quantitative studies. Through these focus groups, the Agency will be able to gain a more indepth understanding of the public’s attitudes, beliefs, motivations and feelings regarding specific issues and will provide invaluable information regarding the quality of draft survey instruments. Participation in the focus groups is voluntary. Each focus group will fully conform to federal regulations—specifically the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a), the Hawkins-Stafford Amendments of 1988 (Pub. L. 100–297), and the Computer Security Act of 1987. Form Numbers: None. Respondents/affected entities: Individuals. Respondent’s obligation to respond: Voluntary. Estimated number of respondents: 1,584 (total). Frequency of response: Once. Total estimated burden: 915 hours (per year). Burden is defined at 5 CFR 1320.03(b). Total estimated cost: $30,302 (per year), includes $0 annualized capital or operation & maintenance costs. PO 00000 Frm 00050 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Changes in the Estimates: There is a decrease of 3,163 hours in the total estimated respondent burden compared with the ICR currently approved by OMB. This decrease is based on new estimates of projected use of this ICR for focus groups for the next three years provided by the program offices at EPA. Courtney Kerwin, Acting Director, Collection Strategies Division. [FR Doc. 2015–15772 Filed 6–25–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OAR–2014–0743; FRL–9929–52– OEI] Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Critical Use Exemption From the Phaseout of Methyl Bromide (Renewal) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ‘‘Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Critical Use Exemption from the Phaseout of Methyl Bromide (Renewal)’’ (EPA ICR No.2031.08, OMB Control No. 2060– 0482) 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.). This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through June 30, 2015. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (79 FR 78425) on December 30, 2014 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. 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: Additional comments may be submitted on or before July 27, 2015. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID Number EPA– HQ–OAR–2004–0501, to (1) EPA online using www.regulations.gov (our preferred method), by email to a-and-rdocket@epamail.epa.gov or by mail to: EPA Docket Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 28221T, SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\26JNN1.SGM 26JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 123 / Friday, June 26, 2015 / Notices 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460, and (2) OMB via email to oira_submission@omb.eop.gov. Address comments to OMB Desk Officer for EPA. 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: tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Jeremy Arling, Stratospheric Protection Division, Office of Atmospheric Programs, (6205T), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 343–9055; fax number: (202) 343–2338; email address: arling.jeremy@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 http://www.epa.gov/ dockets. Abstract: EPA is seeking to renew this ICR to collect methyl bromide Critical Use Exemption (CUE) applications from regulated entities on an annual basis, which requires the submission of data from regulated industries to the EPA and requires recordkeeping of key documents to ensure compliance with the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (Protocol) and the CAA. This information collection is conducted to meet U.S. obligations under Article 2H of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (Protocol). Since 2002, entities have applied to EPA for a critical use exemption that would allow for the continued production and import of methyl bromide after the phaseout in January 2005. On an annual basis, EPA uses the data submitted by end users to create a nomination of critical uses, which are submitted to the Protocol’s Ozone Secretariat for review by advisory bodies, including the Methyl Bromide Technical Options Committee (MBTOC) and the Technical and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP). The uses authorized internationally by the Parties VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:15 Jun 25, 2015 Jkt 235001 to the Protocol are made available in the U.S. on an annual basis. The applications will enable EPA to: (1) Maintain consistency with the Protocol by supporting critical use nominations to the Parties to the Protocol, in accordance with paragraph 2 of Decision IX/6 of the Protocol; (2) Ensure that critical use exemptions comply with section 604(d)(6); and (3) Provide EPA with necessary data to evaluate the technical and economic feasibility of methyl bromide alternatives in the circumstance of the specific use, as presented in an application for a critical use exemption. The reported data will enable EPA to: (1) Ensure that critical use exemptions comply with section 604(d)(6); (2) Maintain compliance with the Protocol requirements for annual data submission on the production of ozone depleting substances; and (3) Analyze technical use data to ensure that exemptions are used in accordance with requirements included in the annual allocation rulemakings. EPA informs respondents that they may assert claims of business confidentiality for any of the information they submit. Information claimed confidential will be treated in accordance with the procedures for handling information claimed as confidential under 40 CFR part 2, subpart b, and will be disclosed only if EPA determines that the information is not entitled to confidential treatment. If no claim of confidentiality is asserted when the information is received by EPA, it may be made available to the public without further notice to the respondents (40 CFR 2.203). Individual reporting data may be claimed as sensitive and will be treated as confidential information in accordance with procedures outlined in 40 CFR part 2. Respondents/affected entities: Producers, importers, distributors and custom applicators of methyl bromide; organizations, consortia and associations of methyl bromide users; and individual methyl bromide users. Respondent’s obligation to respond: Required to obtain a benefit under section 604(d)(6) of the CAA. Estimated number of respondents: 1069 (total). Frequency of response: Quarterly, annually, on occasion. Total estimated burden: 1,595 hours (per year). Burden is defined at 5 CFR 1320.03(b) Total estimated cost: $624,721 (per year), includes no annualized capital or operation & maintenance costs. Changes in the Estimates: There is a decrease of 1,662 hours in the total PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 36807 estimated respondent burden compared with the burden currently approved by OMB. The primary reason for the decrease in burden hours is a decrease in the number of applicants, end users and distributors of methyl bromide. The CUE Allocation rule for 2014/2015 removed minor reporting and recordkeeping requirements related to critical stock allowances. In addition, after December 31, 2014, when methyl bromide is phased out in developing countries, certain reporting requirements related to the production and export of methyl bromide to those countries are no longer applicable. Courtney Kerwin, Acting Director, Collection Strategies Division. [FR Doc. 2015–15673 Filed 6–25–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–RCRA–2015–0108; FRL–9928–06– OEI] Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; RCRA Expanded Public Participation (Renewal) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), ‘‘RCRA Expanded Public Participation (Renewal)’’ (EPA ICR No. 1688.08, OMB Control No. 2050–0149) 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.). This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through June 30, 2015. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (80 FR 13375) on March 13, 2015 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. 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: Additional comments may be submitted on or before July 27, 2015. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID Number EPA– HQ–RCRA–2015–0108, to (1) EPA SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\26JNN1.SGM 26JNN1

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ-OAR-2014-0743; FRL-9929-52-OEI]


Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for 
Review and Approval; Comment Request; Protection of Stratospheric 
Ozone: Critical Use Exemption From the Phaseout of Methyl Bromide 
(Renewal)

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an 
information collection request (ICR), ``Protection of Stratospheric 
Ozone: Critical Use Exemption from the Phaseout of Methyl Bromide 
(Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No.2031.08, OMB Control No. 2060-0482) 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.). 
This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved 
through June 30, 2015. Public comments were previously requested via 
the Federal Register (79 FR 78425) on December 30, 2014 during a 60-day 
comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public 
comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its 
estimated burden and cost to the public. 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: Additional comments may be submitted on or before July 27, 2015.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID Number EPA-HQ-
OAR-2004-0501, to (1) EPA online using www.regulations.gov (our 
preferred method), by email to a-and-r-docket@epamail.epa.gov or by 
mail to: EPA Docket Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 
28221T,

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1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460, and (2) OMB via email 
to oira_submission@omb.eop.gov. Address comments to OMB Desk Officer 
for EPA.
    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: Jeremy Arling, Stratospheric 
Protection Division, Office of Atmospheric Programs, (6205T), 
Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., 
Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 343-9055; fax number: 
(202) 343-2338; email address: arling.jeremy@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 http://www.epa.gov/dockets.
    Abstract: EPA is seeking to renew this ICR to collect methyl 
bromide Critical Use Exemption (CUE) applications from regulated 
entities on an annual basis, which requires the submission of data from 
regulated industries to the EPA and requires recordkeeping of key 
documents to ensure compliance with the Montreal Protocol on Substances 
that Deplete the Ozone Layer (Protocol) and the CAA. This information 
collection is conducted to meet U.S. obligations under Article 2H of 
the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer 
(Protocol).
    Since 2002, entities have applied to EPA for a critical use 
exemption that would allow for the continued production and import of 
methyl bromide after the phaseout in January 2005. On an annual basis, 
EPA uses the data submitted by end users to create a nomination of 
critical uses, which are submitted to the Protocol's Ozone Secretariat 
for review by advisory bodies, including the Methyl Bromide Technical 
Options Committee (MBTOC) and the Technical and Economic Assessment 
Panel (TEAP). The uses authorized internationally by the Parties to the 
Protocol are made available in the U.S. on an annual basis.
    The applications will enable EPA to: (1) Maintain consistency with 
the Protocol by supporting critical use nominations to the Parties to 
the Protocol, in accordance with paragraph 2 of Decision IX/6 of the 
Protocol; (2) Ensure that critical use exemptions comply with section 
604(d)(6); and (3) Provide EPA with necessary data to evaluate the 
technical and economic feasibility of methyl bromide alternatives in 
the circumstance of the specific use, as presented in an application 
for a critical use exemption.
    The reported data will enable EPA to: (1) Ensure that critical use 
exemptions comply with section 604(d)(6); (2) Maintain compliance with 
the Protocol requirements for annual data submission on the production 
of ozone depleting substances; and (3) Analyze technical use data to 
ensure that exemptions are used in accordance with requirements 
included in the annual allocation rulemakings.
    EPA informs respondents that they may assert claims of business 
confidentiality for any of the information they submit. Information 
claimed confidential will be treated in accordance with the procedures 
for handling information claimed as confidential under 40 CFR part 2, 
subpart b, and will be disclosed only if EPA determines that the 
information is not entitled to confidential treatment. If no claim of 
confidentiality is asserted when the information is received by EPA, it 
may be made available to the public without further notice to the 
respondents (40 CFR 2.203). Individual reporting data may be claimed as 
sensitive and will be treated as confidential information in accordance 
with procedures outlined in 40 CFR part 2.
    Respondents/affected entities: Producers, importers, distributors 
and custom applicators of methyl bromide; organizations, consortia and 
associations of methyl bromide users; and individual methyl bromide 
users.
    Respondent's obligation to respond: Required to obtain a benefit 
under section 604(d)(6) of the CAA.
    Estimated number of respondents: 1069 (total).
    Frequency of response: Quarterly, annually, on occasion.
    Total estimated burden: 1,595 hours (per year). Burden is defined 
at 5 CFR 1320.03(b)
    Total estimated cost: $624,721 (per year), includes no annualized 
capital or operation & maintenance costs.
    Changes in the Estimates: There is a decrease of 1,662 hours in the 
total estimated respondent burden compared with the burden currently 
approved by OMB. The primary reason for the decrease in burden hours is 
a decrease in the number of applicants, end users and distributors of 
methyl bromide. The CUE Allocation rule for 2014/2015 removed minor 
reporting and recordkeeping requirements related to critical stock 
allowances. In addition, after December 31, 2014, when methyl bromide 
is phased out in developing countries, certain reporting requirements 
related to the production and export of methyl bromide to those 
countries are no longer applicable.

Courtney Kerwin,
Acting Director, Collection Strategies Division.
[FR Doc. 2015-15673 Filed 6-25-15; 8:45 am]
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