Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Request for Information, Emerging Technologies, 46670-46672 [2016-16927]

Download as PDF 46670 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 137 / Monday, July 18, 2016 / Notices TABLE 1—CRITERIA FOR QUALIFYING CONDUIT HYDROPOWER FACILITY—Continued Description Satisfies (Y/N) On or before August 9, 2013, the facility is not licensed, or exempted from the licensing requirements of Part I of the FPA. Y Statutory provision asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES FPA 30(a)(3)(C)(iii), HREA. as amended by Preliminary Determination: Based upon the above criteria, Commission staff has preliminarily determined that the proposal satisfies the requirements for a qualifying conduit hydropower facility under 16 U.S.C. 823a, and is exempted from the licensing requirements of the FPA. Comments and Motions to Intervene: The deadline for filing comments contesting whether the facility meets the qualifying criteria is 45 days from the issuance date of this notice. The deadline for filing motions to intervene is 30 days from the issuance date of this notice. Anyone may submit comments or a motion to intervene in accordance with the requirements of Rules of Practice and Procedure, 18 CFR 385.210 and 385.214. Any motions to intervene must be received on or before the specified deadline date for the particular proceeding. Filing and Service of Responsive Documents: All filings must (1) bear in all capital letters the ‘‘COMMENTS CONTESTING QUALIFICATION FOR A CONDUIT HYDROPOWER FACILITY’’ or ‘‘MOTION TO INTERVENE,’’ as applicable; (2) state in the heading the name of the applicant and the project number of the application to which the filing responds; (3) state the name, address, and telephone number of the person filing; and (4) otherwise comply with the requirements of sections 385.2001 through 385.2005 of the Commission’s regulations.1 All comments contesting Commission staff’s preliminary determination that the facility meets the qualifying criteria must set forth their evidentiary basis. The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. Please file motions to intervene and comments using the Commission’s eFiling system at http:// 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 http://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 1 18 CFR 385.2001–2005 (2015). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:52 Jul 15, 2016 Jkt 238001 (TTY). In lieu of electronic filing, please send a paper copy to: Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426. A copy of all other filings in reference to this application must be accompanied by proof of service on all persons listed in the service list prepared by the Commission in this proceeding, in accordance with 18 CFR 4.34(b) and 385.2010. Locations of Notice of Intent: Copies of the notice of intent can be obtained directly from the applicant or such copies can be viewed and reproduced at the Commission in its Public Reference Room, Room 2A, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426. The filing may also be viewed on the web at http:// www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/elibrary.asp using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link. Enter the docket number (e.g., CD16–15–000) in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, call toll-free 1–866–208–3676 or email FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov. For TTY, call (202) 502–8659. Dated: July 12, 2016. Kimberly Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2016–16896 Filed 7–15–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OAR–2016–0346; FRL–9949–14– OAR] RIN 2060–AS30 Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Request for Information, Emerging Technologies Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice; request for information. AGENCY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing this request for information to the public to obtain information about monitoring, detection of fugitive emissions, and alternative mitigation approaches in the oil and natural gas sector. DATES: Responses must be received on or before November 15, 2016. ADDRESSES: Submit your information, identified by Docket ID No. EPA–HQ– SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 OAR–2016–0346, to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting responses. Once submitted, responses cannot be edited or withdrawn. The EPA may publish any response received to its public docket. Do not submit electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Additional information on submission of CBI can be found below in this document. Multimedia submissions (audio, video, etc.) must be accompanied by a written response. The written response is considered the official response and should include discussion of all points you wish to make. The EPA will generally not consider information or content located outside of the primary submission (i.e., on the Web, cloud, or other file sharing system). For additional submission methods, the full EPA public comment policy, information about CBI or multimedia submissions, and general guidance on making effective comments, please visit http:// www2.epa.gov/dockets/commentingepa-dockets. Docket. All documents in the docket are listed in the http:// www.regulations.gov index. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, e.g., CBI or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, will be publicly available only in hard copy. Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically at http:// www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Docket Center, EPA WJC West Building, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC. The Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is (202) 566–1744, and the telephone number for the Air Docket is (202) 566–1742. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information about this action, contact Mr. Matthew Witosky, Sector Policies and Programs Division (E143– E:\FR\FM\18JYN1.SGM 18JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 137 / Monday, July 18, 2016 / Notices 05), Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711, telephone number: (919) 541–2865; facsimile number: (919) 541–3740; email address: witosky.matthew@epa.gov. For further information on the EPA’s oil and natural gas sector regulatory program, contact Mr. Bruce Moore, Sector Policies and Programs Division (E143–05), Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711, telephone number: (919) 541– 5460; facsimile number: (919) 541–3470; email address: moore.bruce@epa.gov. For additional contact information, see 46671 the following SUPPLEMENTARY section. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: INFORMATION I. General Information A. Who may be interested in this request? This request may be of interest to the categories and entities listed in Table 1: TABLE 1—INDUSTRIAL SOURCE CATEGORIES POTENTIALLY INTERESTED IN THIS ACTION Category NAICS code 1 Industry ....................................................................................... 211111 211112 221210 486110 486210 ........................ ........................ Federal government .................................................................... State/local/tribal government ...................................................... 1 Crude Petroleum and Natural Gas Extraction. Natural Gas Liquid Extraction. Natural Gas Distribution. Pipeline Distribution of Crude Oil. Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas. Not affected. Potentially interested. North American Industry Classification System. This table is not intended to be exhaustive, but rather is meant to provide a guide for readers regarding entities that may desire to submit information responsive to this request. If you have any questions, consult either the air permitting authority for the entity, your EPA Regional representative as listed in 40 CFR 60.4 (General Provisions), or the individuals listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this document. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Examples of industrial entities B. What should I consider as I prepare my information and responses to the EPA? Do not submit information containing CBI to the EPA through http:// www.regulations.gov or email. Send or deliver information identified as CBI only to the following address: OAQPS Document Control Officer (C404–02), Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711, Attention: Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OAR–2016– 0346. Clearly mark the part or all of the information that you claim to be CBI. For CBI in a disk or CD–ROM that you mail to the EPA, mark the outside of the disk or CD–ROM as CBI and then identify electronically within the disk or CD–ROM the specific information that is claimed as CBI. In addition to one complete version of the information that includes information claimed as CBI, a copy of the information that does not contain the information claimed as CBI must be submitted for inclusion in the public docket. Information so marked will not be disclosed except in accordance with procedures set forth in 40 CFR part 2. Send or deliver information identified as CBI only to the VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:52 Jul 15, 2016 Jkt 238001 following address: OAQPS Document Control Officer (C404–02), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711, Attention Docket ID No. EPA– HQ–2016–0346. II. Background On June 3, 2016, the EPA published a final rule titled ‘‘Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Emission Standards for New, Reconstructed, and Modified Sources,’’ 81 FR 35824 (June 3, 2016). These new source performance standards (NSPS), at 40 CFR part 60, subpart OOOOa, set standards for both greenhouse gases (GHGs) and volatile organic compounds (VOC). While a great deal of information is available on the oil and natural gas industry and has to date provided a strong technical foundation to support the Agency’s recent actions, the EPA is seeking additional information now of a broader perspective. This additional information may be key in addressing emissions from existing oil and natural gas sources under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act (CAA). The EPA has taken the first step toward obtaining such information, issuing the first draft of an Information Collection Request (ICR) requiring owners/operators to provide information that may enable the development of effective standards for this industry under CAA section 111(d). The EPA published the first draft of the ICR June 3, 2016, for public comment (81 FR 35763). Recognizing that technology used to detect, measure, and mitigate emissions is rapidly developing, the EPA is issuing this request for information, inviting all parties to provide information on innovative technologies to accurately PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 detect, measure, and mitigate emissions from the oil and natural gas industry. For example, the EPA is aware of efforts to foster development and use of advanced monitoring and leak detection equipment, generally similar to optical gas imaging required in the 2016 NSPS. The Agency is requesting information related to these efforts. The EPA seeks to take advantage of the new knowledge being generated by research and focused activities such as the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA–E) and other similar programs that are developing innovative monitoring, detection, and mitigation technologies. While final results are not yet available from some projects, such as those funded under ARPA–E, the EPA is interested in learning about works-in-progress that may lead to advanced monitoring techniques, devices or systems appropriate for the dynamic and complex oil and natural gas sector. The EPA also is seeking information on how these advanced monitoring technologies would be broadly applicable to existing sources. For example, research may be developing monitoring systems that provide coverage across emission points or equipment in a way that was not previously possible, thus enabling a different approach to setting standards. The EPA is also seeking information to advance mitigation opportunities. The EPA is particularly interested in information on technologies that could allow for effective emissions controls at well sites or other co-located facilities. Parties may respond to this request for information with published or unpublished papers, technical information, data, or any other E:\FR\FM\18JYN1.SGM 18JYN1 46672 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 137 / Monday, July 18, 2016 / Notices information they consider responsive to this request. In addition to consideration of the information we hope to receive in response to this request, the EPA intends to provide an opportunity to further engage with stakeholders on these subjects. An event, such as the Natural Gas STAR Annual Implementation Workshop, tentatively scheduled for early 2017, may be a valuable forum for this exchange of information. Specific information regarding an event will be made available in the coming months. The EPA is providing a 120-day period for the public to submit the requested information. While the EPA will not respond to all submissions, we may contact respondents for further information or data. Dated: July 8, 2016. Janet G. McCabe, Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation. [FR Doc. 2016–16927 Filed 7–15–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL–9949–20–OA] Notification of a Public Teleconference of a Work Group Under the Auspices of the Chartered Science Advisory Board Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of a Work Group under the auspices of the Chartered Science Advisory Board to gather and review information on shipboard ballast water treatment system efficacy and related conclusions in the 2011 SAB report, Efficacy of Ballast Water Treatment Systems: A Report by the EPA Science Advisory Board. DATES: The public teleconference for the Work Group of the Chartered SAB will be conducted on Friday, August 12, 2016, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time). Location: The public teleconference will be conducted by telephone only. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing to obtain information concerning the public teleconference may contact Mr. Thomas Carpenter, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office (1400R), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:52 Jul 15, 2016 Jkt 238001 Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; by telephone/voice mail at (202) 564–4885 or at carpenter.thomas@epa.gov. General information about the SAB as well as any updates concerning the teleconference announced in this notice may be found on the EPA Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab. 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. At the request of the SAB, a Work Group composed of a subset of SAB members will review the underlying data on ballast water treatment efficacy to assist the SAB in considering information regarding conclusions about shipboard treatment efficacy in the SAB report, Efficacy of Ballast Water Treatment Systems: A Report by the Science Advisory Board (EPA–SAB–11–009). The Work Group will gather and review information, analyze the report’s underlying data and related conclusions and develop recommendations for deliberation by the Chartered Science Advisory Board at a future meeting. The SAB is not seeking new data regarding ballast water treatment system efficacy and will focus its inquiry on analyzing the data underlying the report and the related conclusions. The SAB Staff Office notes that neither the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) nor EPA policy requires meetings of Work Groups under the auspices of a chartered federal advisory committee to provide notice or conduct public meetings. Public notice of this meeting of the Work Group is being provided to assist the Work Group in obtaining public comment from interested parties on the topic under consideration. Availability of Meeting Materials: The agenda and materials in support of this teleconference will be available on the EPA Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab in advance of the teleconference. 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. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 Federal advisory committees and panels, including scientific advisory committees, provide independent advice to EPA. Members of the public can submit comments for a federal advisory committee to consider as it develops advice for EPA. Input from the public to the SAB will have the most impact if it provides specific scientific or technical information or analysis for SAB panels to consider or if it relates to the clarity or accuracy of the technical information. Oral Statements: In general, individuals or groups requesting an oral presentation at a teleconference will be limited to three minutes. Each person making an oral statement should consider providing written comments as well as their oral statement so that the points presented orally can be expanded upon in writing. Interested parties should contact Mr. Thomas Carpenter, DFO, in writing (preferably via email) at the contact information noted above, by August 4, 2016 to be placed on the list of public speakers. Written Statements: Written statements should be supplied to the DFO, preferably via email, at the contact information noted above one week before the teleconference so that the information may be made available to the Board members for their consideration. It is the SAB Staff Office general policy to post written comments on the Web page for the advisory meeting or teleconference. Submitters are requested to provide an unsigned version of each document because the SAB Staff Office does not publish documents with signatures on its Web sites. Members of the public should be aware that their personal contact information, if included in any written comments, may be posted to the SAB Web site. Copyrighted material will not be posted without explicit permission of the copyright holder. Accessibility: For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, please contact Mr. Thomas Carpenter at (202) 564–4885 or carpenter.thomas@epa.gov. To request accommodation of a disability, please contact Mr. Carpenter preferably at least ten days prior to the teleconference to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request. Dated: July 11, 2016. Thomas H. Brennan, Deputy Director, EPA Science Advisory Staff Office. [FR Doc. 2016–16929 Filed 7–15–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P E:\FR\FM\18JYN1.SGM 18JYN1

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ-OAR-2016-0346; FRL-9949-14-OAR]
RIN 2060-AS30


Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Request for Information, Emerging 
Technologies

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice; request for information.

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SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing this 
request for information to the public to obtain information about 
monitoring, detection of fugitive emissions, and alternative mitigation 
approaches in the oil and natural gas sector.

DATES: Responses must be received on or before November 15, 2016.

ADDRESSES: Submit your information, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-
OAR-2016-0346, to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting 
responses. Once submitted, responses cannot be edited or withdrawn. The 
EPA may publish any response received to its public docket. Do not 
submit electronically any information you consider to be Confidential 
Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is 
restricted by statute. Additional information on submission of CBI can 
be found below in this document. Multimedia submissions (audio, video, 
etc.) must be accompanied by a written response. The written response 
is considered the official response and should include discussion of 
all points you wish to make. The EPA will generally not consider 
information or content located outside of the primary submission (i.e., 
on the Web, cloud, or other file sharing system). For additional 
submission methods, the full EPA public comment policy, information 
about CBI or multimedia submissions, and general guidance on making 
effective comments, please visit http://www2.epa.gov/dockets/commenting-epa-dockets.
    Docket. All documents in the docket are listed in the http://www.regulations.gov index. Although listed in the index, some 
information is not publicly available, e.g., CBI or other information 
whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such 
as copyrighted material, will be publicly available only in hard copy. 
Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically 
at http://www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the U.S. Environmental 
Protection Agency, EPA Docket Center, EPA WJC West Building, Room 3334, 
1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC. The Public Reading Room is 
open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding 
legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is 
(202) 566-1744, and the telephone number for the Air Docket is (202) 
566-1742.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information about this 
action, contact Mr. Matthew Witosky, Sector Policies and Programs 
Division (E143-

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05), Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Environmental 
Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711, 
telephone number: (919) 541-2865; facsimile number: (919) 541-3740; 
email address: witosky.matthew@epa.gov. For further information on the 
EPA's oil and natural gas sector regulatory program, contact Mr. Bruce 
Moore, Sector Policies and Programs Division (E143-05), Office of Air 
Quality Planning and Standards, Environmental Protection Agency, 
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711, telephone number: (919) 
541-5460; facsimile number: (919) 541-3470; email address: 
moore.bruce@epa.gov. For additional contact information, see the 
following SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. General Information

A. Who may be interested in this request?

    This request may be of interest to the categories and entities 
listed in Table 1:

  Table 1--Industrial Source Categories Potentially Interested in This
                                 Action
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                                                  Examples of industrial
            Category             NAICS code \1\          entities
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Industry.......................          211111  Crude Petroleum and
                                                  Natural Gas
                                                  Extraction.
                                         211112  Natural Gas Liquid
                                                  Extraction.
                                         221210  Natural Gas
                                                  Distribution.
                                         486110  Pipeline Distribution
                                                  of Crude Oil.
                                         486210  Pipeline Transportation
                                                  of Natural Gas.
Federal government.............  ..............  Not affected.
State/local/tribal government..  ..............  Potentially interested.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
\1\ North American Industry Classification System.

    This table is not intended to be exhaustive, but rather is meant to 
provide a guide for readers regarding entities that may desire to 
submit information responsive to this request. If you have any 
questions, consult either the air permitting authority for the entity, 
your EPA Regional representative as listed in 40 CFR 60.4 (General 
Provisions), or the individuals listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 
CONTACT section of this document.

B. What should I consider as I prepare my information and responses to 
the EPA?

    Do not submit information containing CBI to the EPA through http://www.regulations.gov or email. Send or deliver information identified as 
CBI only to the following address: OAQPS Document Control Officer 
(C404-02), Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 
27711, Attention: Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2016-0346. Clearly mark the 
part or all of the information that you claim to be CBI. For CBI in a 
disk or CD-ROM that you mail to the EPA, mark the outside of the disk 
or CD-ROM as CBI and then identify electronically within the disk or 
CD-ROM the specific information that is claimed as CBI. In addition to 
one complete version of the information that includes information 
claimed as CBI, a copy of the information that does not contain the 
information claimed as CBI must be submitted for inclusion in the 
public docket. Information so marked will not be disclosed except in 
accordance with procedures set forth in 40 CFR part 2. Send or deliver 
information identified as CBI only to the following address: OAQPS 
Document Control Officer (C404-02), U.S. Environmental Protection 
Agency, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711, Attention Docket 
ID No. EPA-HQ-2016-0346.

II. Background

    On June 3, 2016, the EPA published a final rule titled ``Oil and 
Natural Gas Sector: Emission Standards for New, Reconstructed, and 
Modified Sources,'' 81 FR 35824 (June 3, 2016). These new source 
performance standards (NSPS), at 40 CFR part 60, subpart OOOOa, set 
standards for both greenhouse gases (GHGs) and volatile organic 
compounds (VOC).
    While a great deal of information is available on the oil and 
natural gas industry and has to date provided a strong technical 
foundation to support the Agency's recent actions, the EPA is seeking 
additional information now of a broader perspective. This additional 
information may be key in addressing emissions from existing oil and 
natural gas sources under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act (CAA). 
The EPA has taken the first step toward obtaining such information, 
issuing the first draft of an Information Collection Request (ICR) 
requiring owners/operators to provide information that may enable the 
development of effective standards for this industry under CAA section 
111(d). The EPA published the first draft of the ICR June 3, 2016, for 
public comment (81 FR 35763).
    Recognizing that technology used to detect, measure, and mitigate 
emissions is rapidly developing, the EPA is issuing this request for 
information, inviting all parties to provide information on innovative 
technologies to accurately detect, measure, and mitigate emissions from 
the oil and natural gas industry.
    For example, the EPA is aware of efforts to foster development and 
use of advanced monitoring and leak detection equipment, generally 
similar to optical gas imaging required in the 2016 NSPS. The Agency is 
requesting information related to these efforts. The EPA seeks to take 
advantage of the new knowledge being generated by research and focused 
activities such as the Department of Energy's Advanced Research 
Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) and other similar programs that are 
developing innovative monitoring, detection, and mitigation 
technologies. While final results are not yet available from some 
projects, such as those funded under ARPA-E, the EPA is interested in 
learning about works-in-progress that may lead to advanced monitoring 
techniques, devices or systems appropriate for the dynamic and complex 
oil and natural gas sector.
    The EPA also is seeking information on how these advanced 
monitoring technologies would be broadly applicable to existing 
sources. For example, research may be developing monitoring systems 
that provide coverage across emission points or equipment in a way that 
was not previously possible, thus enabling a different approach to 
setting standards.
    The EPA is also seeking information to advance mitigation 
opportunities. The EPA is particularly interested in information on 
technologies that could allow for effective emissions controls at well 
sites or other co-located facilities.
    Parties may respond to this request for information with published 
or unpublished papers, technical information, data, or any other

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information they consider responsive to this request.
    In addition to consideration of the information we hope to receive 
in response to this request, the EPA intends to provide an opportunity 
to further engage with stakeholders on these subjects. An event, such 
as the Natural Gas STAR Annual Implementation Workshop, tentatively 
scheduled for early 2017, may be a valuable forum for this exchange of 
information. Specific information regarding an event will be made 
available in the coming months.
    The EPA is providing a 120-day period for the public to submit the 
requested information. While the EPA will not respond to all 
submissions, we may contact respondents for further information or 
data.

    Dated: July 8, 2016.
Janet G. McCabe,
Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation.
[FR Doc. 2016-16927 Filed 7-15-16; 8:45 am]
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