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Dodds. 8–17–2016 8–23–2016 8–25–2016 8–25–2016 8–25–2016 8–25–2016 8–30–2016 8–30–2016 8–31–2016 8–31–2016 9–1–2016 U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner. FERC Staff.1 U.S. Senator James Lankford. State of New Jersey Assemblyman Erik Peterson. U.S. House Representative Bob Goodlatte. Town of Stoughton, Massachusetts Board of Selectmen. State of New Jersey Senator Shirley K. Turner. U.S. Senate.2 FERC Staff.3 U.S. House Representative John Moolenaar. FERC Staff.4 1 Memo reporting phone call on August 1, 2016 with James Taylor, Supervisor with the Township of Lenox. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand. dated July 21, 2016 with Jonathan Strong from Technology Engineering Group, LLC. 4 Email dated August 22, 2016 with Leatra Harper from FreshWater Accountability Project. 2 Senators 3 Email Dated: September 6, 2016. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2016–21920 Filed 9–12–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OEI–2013–0565; FRL–9951–37– OEI] Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Confidentiality Rules Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ‘‘Confidentiality Rules (Renewal)’’ (EPA ICR No. 1665.13, OMB Control No. 2020–0003) 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 February 28, 2017. 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 14, 2016. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA–HQ– OEI–2013–0565, online using Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:27 Sep 12, 2016 Jkt 238001 www.regulations.gov (our preferred method), by email to docket.oei@ epa.gov, 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: Larry Gottesman, National Freedom of Information Act Officer, FOIA, Libraries and Accessibility Division, Office of Environmental Information, 2822T, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 202–566– 2162; Gottesman.Larry@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. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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: In the course of administering environmental protection statutes, EPA collects data from ‘‘businesses’’ in many sectors of the U.S. economy. In many cases, ‘‘businesses’’ mark the data it submits to EPA as confidential business information (CBI). In addition, businesses submit information to EPA without the Agency requesting the information. EPA established the procedures described in 40 CFR part 2, subparts A and B, to protect the confidentiality of information as well as the rights of the public to obtain access to information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). In accordance with these regulations, when EPA finds it necessary to make a final confidentiality E:\FR\FM\13SEN1.SGM 13SEN1 62884 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 177 / Tuesday, September 13, 2016 / Notices determination (e.g., in response to a FOIA request or in the course of rulemaking or litigation, a resubstantiation of a prior claim, or an advance confidentiality determination), it shall notify the affected business and provide an opportunity to submit a substantiation of confidentiality claims. This ICR relates to information EPA needs to collect to assist in determining whether previously submitted information is entitled to confidential treatment. Form Numbers: None. Respondents/affected entities: Entities potentially affected by this action are businesses and other for-profit companies. Respondent’s obligation to respond: Required to obtain or retain a benefit, 5 U.S.C. Section 522 Freedom of Information Act. Estimated number of respondents: 228 (total). Frequency of response: 1 response per respondent annually. Total estimated burden: 1,533 hours (per year). Burden is defined at 5 CFR 1320.03(b). Total estimated cost: $139,514 (per year), includes $0 annualized capital or operation & maintenance costs. Changes in Estimates: There is no change in the total estimated respondent burden compared with the ICR currently approved by OMB. As part of the ICR renewal process, EPA is obtaining usage for the past 12 months of each of the letters covered by this ICR to obtain up-to-date estimates. Larry F. Gottesman, Agency FOIA Officer, Office of Environmental Information, Office of Enterprise Information Programs. [FR Doc. 2016–21988 Filed 9–12–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL–9952–25–OA] Notification of Two Public Teleconferences of the Science Advisory Board: Lake Erie Phosphorus Objectives Review Panel Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces two public teleconferences of the SAB Lake Erie Phosphorus Objectives Review Panel to review its draft report regarding the development of nutrient load reduction targets for Lake Erie. Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:27 Sep 12, 2016 Jkt 238001 The SAB Lake Erie Phosphorus Objectives Review Panel will conduct public teleconferences on October 12 and October 13, 2016. Each of the teleconferences will begin at 1:00 p.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time). ADDRESSES: The teleconferences will be conducted by telephone only. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public who wants further information concerning the public teleconferences may contact Dr. Thomas Armitage, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office (1400R), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; by telephone at (202) 564–2155 or via email at armitage.thomas@epa.gov. General information concerning the EPA SAB can be found at http:// 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 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 Lake Erie Phosphorus Objectives Review Panel will hold two public teleconferences to discuss its draft report on the development of nutrient load reduction targets for Lake Erie. The Panel will provide advice to the Administrator through the chartered SAB. EPA Region 5 is co-leading a binational workgroup to develop and implement the Nutrients Annex (‘‘Annex 4’’) of the 2012 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA) in accordance with Article 3(b)(i) of the GLWQA. Under Annex 4, the United States and Canada were charged with establishing binational Substance Objectives for phosphorus concentrations, loading targets, and allocations for the nearshore and offshore waters of Lake Erie. The EPA Region 5 Water Division requested that the SAB review modeling results that informed the development of the binational phosphorus reduction targets. The EPA also requested advice on future work to support implementation and evaluation of nutrient reduction goals for Lake Erie. The SAB Panel reviewed DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the documents titled Annex 4 Ensemble Modeling Report and Appendix B, and Recommended Phosphorus Loading Targets for Lake Erie. The SAB Panel met on June 21–22, 2016 to receive briefings from the EPA and invited experts, hear public comments, and deliberate on responses to the EPA charge questions (81 FR 31936). The purpose of the teleconferences described in this notice is to discuss the Panel’s draft report. The two panel teleconferences will be conducted as one complete meeting beginning on October 12, 2016 and continuing on October 13, 2016, if needed to complete agenda items. Additional information about this SAB advisory activity can be found at the following URL http://yose mite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/ fedrgstr_activites/GLWQA%20Annex %204?OpenDocument. Technical Contacts: Any technical questions concerning work conducted under the GLWQA Annex 4 and the documents reviewed by the SAB should be directed to Ms. Santina Wortman, Water Division, U.S. EPA Region 5, 77 West Jackson Boulevard (WW–15J), Chicago, Illinois 60604, by telephone (312) 353–8319 or via email at wortman.santina@epa.gov. Availability of Meeting Materials: Prior to the meeting, the teleconference agenda, draft panel report, and other materials will be available on the SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab. 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. Interested members of the public may submit relevant information on the topic of this advisory activity for the SAB to consider during the advisory process. Input from the public to the SAB will have the most impact if it provides specific scientific or technical information or analysis for SAB committees and panels to consider or if it relates to the clarity or accuracy of the technical information. 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 the teleconference will be limited to three minutes. Interested parties wishing to provide comments should contact Dr. Armitage, DFO, in writing E:\FR\FM\13SEN1.SGM 13SEN1

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ-OEI-2013-0565; FRL-9951-37-OEI]


Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; 
Confidentiality Rules

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to submit an 
information collection request (ICR), ``Confidentiality Rules 
(Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 1665.13, OMB Control No. 2020-0003) 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 
February 28, 2017. 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 14, 2016.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OEI-
2013-0565, online using www.regulations.gov (our preferred method), by 
email to docket.oei@epa.gov, 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: Larry Gottesman, National Freedom of 
Information Act Officer, FOIA, Libraries and Accessibility Division, 
Office of Environmental Information, 2822T, Environmental Protection 
Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone 
number: 202-566-2162; Gottesman.Larry@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.
    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: In the course of administering environmental protection 
statutes, EPA collects data from ``businesses'' in many sectors of the 
U.S. economy. In many cases, ``businesses'' mark the data it submits to 
EPA as confidential business information (CBI). In addition, businesses 
submit information to EPA without the Agency requesting the 
information. EPA established the procedures described in 40 CFR part 2, 
subparts A and B, to protect the confidentiality of information as well 
as the rights of the public to obtain access to information under the 
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). In accordance with these 
regulations, when EPA finds it necessary to make a final 
confidentiality

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determination (e.g., in response to a FOIA request or in the course of 
rulemaking or litigation, a resubstantiation of a prior claim, or an 
advance confidentiality determination), it shall notify the affected 
business and provide an opportunity to submit a substantiation of 
confidentiality claims. This ICR relates to information EPA needs to 
collect to assist in determining whether previously submitted 
information is entitled to confidential treatment.
    Form Numbers: None.
    Respondents/affected entities: Entities potentially affected by 
this action are businesses and other for-profit companies.
    Respondent's obligation to respond: Required to obtain or retain a 
benefit, 5 U.S.C. Section 522 Freedom of Information Act.
    Estimated number of respondents: 228 (total).
    Frequency of response: 1 response per respondent annually.
    Total estimated burden: 1,533 hours (per year). Burden is defined 
at 5 CFR 1320.03(b).
    Total estimated cost: $139,514 (per year), includes $0 annualized 
capital or operation & maintenance costs.
    Changes in Estimates: There is no change in the total estimated 
respondent burden compared with the ICR currently approved by OMB.
    As part of the ICR renewal process, EPA is obtaining usage for the 
past 12 months of each of the letters covered by this ICR to obtain up-
to-date estimates.

Larry F. Gottesman,
Agency FOIA Officer, Office of Environmental Information, Office of 
Enterprise Information Programs.
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