Hazardous Materials: Information Collection Activities, 45356-45360 [2017-20796]

Download as PDF 45356 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 187 / Thursday, September 28, 2017 / Notices The meeting will be held at: RTCA Headquarters, 1150 18th Street NW., Suite 910, Washington, DC 20036. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Revised Notice of Land Use Change and Release of Grant Assurance Restrictions at the Sacramento International Airport (SMF), Sacramento, California ADDRESSES: Karan Hofmann at khofmann@rtca.org or 202–330–0680, or The RTCA Secretariat, 1150 18th Street NW., Suite 910, Washington, DC 20036, or by telephone at (202) 833–9339, fax at (202) 833–9434, or Web site at http:// www.rtca.org. Pursuant to section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92– 463, 5 U.S.C., App.), notice is hereby given for a meeting of the Fifty Second RTCA SC–224 Plenary. The agenda will include the following: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Tuesday, October 24, 2017—10:00 a.m.– 1:00 p.m. 1. Welcome/Introductions/ Administrative Remarks 2. Review/Approve Previous Meeting Summary 3. Report on TSA participation 4. Report on Document Distribution Mechanisms. 5. Report on the New Guidelines and other Safe Skies Reports 6. Discussion on DO–230I 7. TOR Changes 8. Action Items for Next Meeting 9. Time and Place of Next Meeting 10. Any Other Business 11. Adjourn 1. Attendance is open to the interested public but limited to space availability. With the approval of the chairman, members of the public may present oral statements at the meeting. Persons wishing to present statements or obtain information should contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section. Members of the public may present a written statement to the committee at any time. Issued in Washington, DC on September 25, 2017. Mohannad Dawoud, Management & Program Analyst, Partnership Contracts Branch, ANG–A17, NextGen, Procurement Services Division, Federal Aviation Administration. [FR Doc. 2017–20826 Filed 9–27–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:44 Sep 27, 2017 Jkt 241001 Federal Aviation Administration Federal Aviation Administration, DOT. ACTION: Revised notice of a nonaeronautical land-use change. AGENCY: This Notice revises ‘‘Notice of Land Use Change and Release of Grant Assurance Restrictions at the Sacramento International Airport’’, June 14, 2016, Page 38772. The previous Notice proposed to rule and invite public comment on the application for a land-use change for approximately 31.1 acres of airport property at Sacramento International Airport (SMF), California. The parcel size has changed from 31.1 acres to approximately 35.32 acres of airport property. The land use change will allow airport land to be released from the aeronautical use provisions of the Grant Assurances that require it to serve an airport purposes since the land is not needed for aeronautical uses. The reuse of the land for energy generating solar arrays represents a compatible land use that will not interfere with the airport or its operations. The solar generated electricity will benefit the airport by producing a market return on the land while reducing electrical costs. Cost savings will equal or exceed the fair market rental value of the land occupied by the solar farms. These benefits will serve the interest of civil aviation and contribute to the self-sustainability of the airport. DATES: Comments must be received on or before October 30, 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Comments on the request may be mailed or delivered to the FAA at the following address: Mr. James W. Lomen, Manager, Federal Aviation Administration, San Francisco Airports District Office, Federal Register Comment, 1000 Marina Boulevard, Suite 220, Brisbane, CA 94005. In addition, one copy of the comment submitted to the FAA must be mailed or delivered to Mr. Glen Rickelton, Airport Manager, Sacramento International Airport, 6900 Airport Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95837. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century (AIR 21), Public Law 106–181 (Apr. 5, 2000; 114 Stat. 61), this notice must be published in the SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00101 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Federal Register 30 days before the Secretary may waive any condition imposed on a federally obligated airport by surplus property conveyance deeds or grant agreements. The following is a brief overview of the request: The County of Sacramento, California request for a modification to the conditions in the Grant Assurances to permit the non-aeronautical use of approximately 31.1 acres of land at Sacramento International Airport for two separate solar array sites to produce solar generated electricity was revised from 31.1 acres to approximately 35.3 acres of airport land. One solar array site was changed from 16.3 acres to 20.3 acres of unimproved land located in the north portion of the airfield, west of Taxiway D. The other solar array site was changed from 14.8 acres to 15.0 acres of an unused parking area between Aviation Drive and Taxiway D in the south portion of the airfield. The size of the solar arrays did not change. Reuse of the land for the solar arrays will not impede future development of the airport as there is sufficient land for airport development. The lease rate is based on the appraised market value of the land. Compensation will be in the form of a reduced electrical rate that will produce cost savings that equals or exceeds the appraised market value of the land. The use of the property for the solar arrays represents a compatible use. Construction and operations of the solar arrays will not interfere with airport operations. The solar arrays will reduce airport operational costs, which will enhance the self-sustainability of the airport and, thereby, serve the interest of civil aviation. Issued in Brisbane, California, on September 21, 2017. James W. Lomen, Manager, San Francisco Airports District Office, Western-Pacific Region. [FR Doc. 2017–20851 Filed 9–27–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration [Docket No. PHMSA–2017–0018 (Notice No. 2017–05)] Hazardous Materials: Information Collection Activities Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\28SEN1.SGM 28SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 187 / Thursday, September 28, 2017 / Notices In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, PHMSA invites comments on 11 information collections pertaining to hazardous materials transportation for which PHMSA intends to request renewal from the Office of Management and Budget. On April 21, 2017, PHMSA published a notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on these ICRs [82 FR 18828] under Docket No. PHMSA–2017–0018 (Notice No. 2017–01). PHMSA received one comment; however, it was outside the scope of the April 21, 2017, notice. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before October 30, 2017. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by Docket No. PHMSA–2017– 0018 (Notice No. 2017–05) by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: 1–202–493–2251. • Mail: Docket Management System; U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Routing Symbol M–30, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: To the Docket Management System; Room W12–140 on the ground floor of the West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Instructions: All submissions must include the agency name and Docket Number (PHMSA–2017–0018) for this notice at the beginning of the comment. To avoid duplication, please use only one of these four methods. All comments received will be posted without change to the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) and will include any personal information you provide. Requests for a copy of an information collection should be directed to Steven Andrews or T. Glenn Foster, Standards and Rulemaking Division, (202) 366– 8553, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590– 0001. Docket: For access to the dockets to read background documents or comments received, go to http:// www.regulations.gov or DOT’s Docket Operations Office (see ADDRESSES). Privacy Act: In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits comments from the public to better inform its rulemaking process. DOT posts these SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:44 Sep 27, 2017 Jkt 241001 comments, without edit, including any personal information the commenter provides, to www.regulations.gov, as described in the system of records notice (DOT/ALL–14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at www.dot.gov/privacy. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steven Andrews or T. Glenn Foster, Standards and Rulemaking Division, (202) 366–8553, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590–0001. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 1320.8(d), title 5, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) requires PHMSA to provide interested members of the public and affected agencies an opportunity to comment on information collection and recordkeeping requests. This notice identifies information collection requests that PHMSA will be submitting to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for renewal and extension. These information collections are contained in 49 CFR 171.6 of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR parts 171– 180). PHMSA has revised burden estimates, where appropriate, to reflect current reporting levels or adjustments based on changes in proposed or final rules published since the information collections were last approved. The following is provided for each information collection: (1) Title of the information collection, including former title if a change is being made; (2) OMB control number; (3) summary of the information collection activity; (4) description of affected public; (5) estimate of total annual reporting and recordkeeping burden; and (6) frequency of collection. PHMSA will request a 3-year term of approval for each information collection activity and will publish a notice in the Federal Register upon OMB’s approval. PHMSA requests comments on the following 11 information collections: 1. Title: Hazardous Materials Security Plans. OMB Control Number: 2137–0612. Summary: To assure public safety, shippers and carriers must take reasonable measures to plan and implement procedures to prevent unauthorized persons from taking control of, or attacking, hazardous materials shipments. Part 172 of the HMR requires persons who offer or transport certain hazardous materials to develop and implement written plans to enhance the security of hazardous materials shipments. The security plan requirements as prescribed in § 172.800(b) apply to specific types of PO 00000 Frm 00102 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 45357 shipments. Such shipments include but are not limited to: Shipments greater than 3,000 kg (6,614 pounds) for solids or 3,000 liters (792 gallons) for liquids and gases in a single packaging such as a cargo tank motor vehicle, portable tank, tank car, or other bulk container; any quantity of a Division 1.1, 1.2, or 1.3 material; a large bulk quantity of a Division 2.1 material; or any quantity of a poison-by-inhalation material. A security plan reduces the possibility that a hazardous materials shipment will be used as a weapon of opportunity by a terrorist or criminal. Affected Public: Shippers and carriers of hazardous materials in commerce. Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Burden: Number of Respondents: 54,999. Total Annual Responses: 54,999. Total Annual Burden Hours: 427,719. Frequency of Collection: On occasion. 2. Title: Rulemaking, Special Permits, and Preemption Requirements. OMB Control Number: 2137–0051. Summary: This information collection applies to procedures for requesting changes, exceptions, and other determinations in relation to the HMR. Specific areas covered in this information collection include part 105, subparts A and B, ‘‘Hazardous Materials Program Definitions and General Procedures’’; part 106, subpart B, ‘‘Participating in the Rulemaking Process’’; part 107, subpart B, ‘‘Special Permits’’; and part 107, subpart C, ‘‘Preemption.’’ The Federal hazardous materials transportation law directs the Secretary of Transportation to prescribe regulations for the safe transportation of hazardous materials in commerce. PHMSA is authorized to accept petitions for rulemaking and appeals, as well as applications for special permits, preemption determinations, and waivers of preemption. The types of information collected include: (1) Petitions for Rulemaking: Any person may petition PHMSA to add, amend, or delete a regulation in parts 110, 130, 171 through 180, or may petition the Office of the Chief Counsel to add, amend, or delete a regulation in parts 105, 106, or 107. Petitions submitted to PHMSA are required to contain information as required by § 106.100 of the HMR. (2) Appeals: Except as provided in § 106.40(e), any person may submit an appeal to our actions in accordance with the Appeals procedures found in §§ 106.110 through 106.130. (3) Applications for Special Permit: Any person applying for a special permit must include the citation of the specific regulation from which the applicant seeks relief; specification of E:\FR\FM\28SEN1.SGM 28SEN1 45358 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 187 / Thursday, September 28, 2017 / Notices the proposed mode or modes of transportation; detailed description of the proposed special permit (e.g., alternative packaging, test, procedure, or activity), including as appropriate, written descriptions, drawings, flow charts, plans and other supporting documents, etc. (4) Applications for Preemption Determination: With the exception of highway routing matters covered under 49 U.S.C. 5125(c), any person directly affected by any requirement of a State, political subdivision, or Indian tribe may apply to the Chief Counsel for a determination whether that requirement is preempted by § 107.202(a), (b), or (c). The application must include the text of the State, political subdivision, or Indian tribe requirement for which the determination is sought; specify each requirement of the Federal hazardous materials transportation law, regulations issued under the Federal hazardous material transportation law, or hazardous material transportation security regulations or directives issued by the Secretary of Homeland Security with which the applicant seeks the State, political subdivision, or Indian tribe requirement to be compared; explain why the applicant believes the State, political subdivision, or Indian tribe requirement should or should not be preempted under the standards of § 107.202; and state how the applicant is affected by the State, political subdivision, or Indian tribe requirement. (5) Waivers of Preemption: With the exception of requirements preempted under 49 U.S.C. 5125(c), any person may apply to the Chief Counsel for a waiver of preemption with respect to any requirement that: (1) The State, political subdivision thereof, or Indian tribe acknowledges to be preempted under the Federal hazardous materials transportation law, or (2) has been determined by a court of competent jurisdiction to be so preempted. The Chief Counsel may waive preemption with respect to such requirement upon a determination that such requirement affords an equal or greater level of protection to the public than is afforded by the requirements of the Federal hazardous materials transportation law or the regulations issued thereunder, and does not unreasonably burden commerce. The information collected under these application procedures is used in the review process by PHMSA in determining the merits of the petitions for rulemakings and for reconsideration of rulemakings, as well as applications for special permits, preemption determinations, and waivers of VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:44 Sep 27, 2017 Jkt 241001 preemption to the HMR. The procedures governing these petitions for rulemaking and for reconsideration of rulemakings are covered in subpart B of part 106. Applications for special permits, preemption, determinations, and waivers of preemption are covered under subparts B and C of part 107. Rulemaking procedures help PHMSA determine if a rule change is necessary, is consistent with public interest, and maintains a level of safety equal to or superior to that of current regulations. Special permit procedures provide the information required for analytical purposes to determine if the requested relief provides for a comparable level of safety as provided by the HMR. Additionally, PHMSA uses information from preemption procedures to determine whether a requirement of a State, political subdivision, or Indian tribe is preempted under 49 U.S.C. 5125, or regulations issued thereunder, or whether a waiver of preemption should be issued. Affected Public: Shippers, carriers, packaging manufacturers, and other affected entities. Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Burden: Number of Respondents: 3,304. Total Annual Responses: 4,294. Total Annual Burden Hours: 4,899. Frequency of Collection: On occasion. 3. Title: Requirements for United Nations (UN) Cylinders. OMB Control Number: 2137–0621. Summary: This information collection and recordkeeping burden is the result of efforts to amend the HMR to adopt standards for the design, construction, maintenance, and use of cylinders and multiple-element gas containers (MEGCs) based on the standards contained in the UN Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods. Aligning the HMR with the UN Recommendations promotes flexibility, permits the use of technological advances for the manufacture of the pressure receptacles, provides for a broader selection of pressure receptacles, reduces the need for special permits, and facilitates international commerce in the transportation of compressed gases. Information collection requirements address domestic and international manufacturers of cylinders that request approval by the approval agency for cylinder design types. The approval process for each cylinder design type includes review, filing, and recordkeeping of the approval application. The approval agency is required to maintain a set of the approved drawings and calculations for each design it reviews and a copy of PO 00000 Frm 00103 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 each initial design type approval certificate approved by the Associate Administrator for the Office of Hazardous Materials Safety for not less than 20 years. Affected Public: Fillers, owners, users, and retesters of UN cylinders. Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Burden: Number of Respondents: 50. Total Annual Responses: 150. Total Annual Burden Hours: 900. Frequency of Collection: On occasion. 4. Title: Response Plans for Shipments of Oil. OMB Control Number: 2137–0591. Summary: In recent years, several major oil discharges damaged the marine environment of the United States. Under authority of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, as amended by the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, PHMSA issued regulations in 49 CFR part 130 that require preparation of written spill response plans. Affected Public: Carriers that transport oil in bulk, by motor vehicle or rail. Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Burden: Number of Respondents: 8,000. Total Annual Responses: 8,000. Total Annual Burden Hours: 10,560. Frequency of Collection: On occasion. 5. Title: Cargo Tank Specification Requirements. OMB Control Number: 2137–0014. Summary: This information collection consolidates and describes the information collection provisions in parts 107, 178, and 180 of the HMR involving the manufacture, qualification, maintenance, and use of all specification cargo tank motor vehicles. It also includes the information collection and recordkeeping requirements for persons who are engaged in the manufacture, assembly, requalification, and maintenance of DOT specification cargo tank motor vehicles. The types of information collected include: (1) Registration Statements: Cargo tank manufacturers and repairers, as well as cargo tank motor vehicle assemblers, are required to be registered with DOT and must furnish information relative to their qualifications to perform the functions in accordance with the HMR. DOT uses the registration statements to identify these persons to ensure they possess the knowledge and skills necessary to perform the required functions and that they are performing the specified functions in accordance with the applicable regulations. (2) Requalification and Maintenance Reports: These reports are prepared by E:\FR\FM\28SEN1.SGM 28SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 187 / Thursday, September 28, 2017 / Notices persons who requalify or maintain cargo tanks. This information is used by cargo tank owners, operators and users, and DOT compliance personnel to verify that the cargo tanks are requalified, maintained, and in proper condition for the transportation of hazardous materials. (3) Manufacturers’ Data Reports, Certificates, and Related Papers: These reports are prepared by cargo tank manufacturers and certifiers. They are used by cargo tank owners, operators, users, and DOT compliance personnel to verify that a cargo tank motor vehicle was designed and constructed to meet all requirements of the applicable specification. Affected Public: Manufacturers, assemblers, repairers, requalifiers, certifiers, and owners of cargo tanks. Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Burden: Number of Respondents: 41,366. Total Annual Responses: 132,600. Total Annual Burden Hours: 101,507. Frequency of Collection: On occasion. 6. Title: Container Certification Statements. OMB Control Number: 2137–0582. Summary: Shippers of explosives, in freight containers or transport vehicles by vessel, are required to certify on shipping documentation that the freight container or transport vehicle meets minimal structural serviceability requirements. This requirement ensures an adequate level of safety for transport of explosives aboard vessel and consistency with similar requirements in international standards. Affected Public: Shippers of explosives in freight containers or transport vehicles by vessel. Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Burden: Number of Respondents: 650. Total Annual Responses: 890,000. Total Annual Burden Hours: 14,908. Frequency of Collection: On occasion. 7. Title: Testing Requirements for Non-Bulk Packaging. OMB Control Number: 2137–0572. Summary: This information collection consolidates and describes the information provisions in parts 173 and 180 of the HMR on the testing requirements for non-bulk packagings. This OMB control number covers performance-oriented packaging standards and allows packaging manufacturers and shippers increased flexibility in selecting more economical packagings for their products. This information collection also allows customizing the design of packagings to better suit the transportation environment that they will encounter and encourages technological VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:44 Sep 27, 2017 Jkt 241001 innovations, decreases packaging costs, and significantly reduces the need for special permits. Affected Public: Each non-bulk packaging manufacturer that tests packagings to ensure compliance with the HMR. Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Burden: Number of Respondents: 5,010. Total Annual Responses: 15,500. Total Annual Burden Hours: 32,500. Frequency of Collection: On occasion. 8. Title: Testing, Inspection, and Marking Requirements for Cylinders. OMB Control Number: 2137–0022. Summary: Requirements in § 173.301 for qualification, maintenance, and use of cylinders include periodic inspections and retesting to ensure continuing compliance with packaging standards. Information collection requirements address registration of retesters and marking of cylinders by retesters with their identification number and retest date following the completion of required tests. The cylinder owner or designated agent must keep records showing the results of inspections and retests either until expiration of the retest period or until the cylinder is re-inspected or retested, whichever occurs first. These requirements ensure that retesters have the qualifications to perform tests and identify to cylinder fillers and users that cylinders are qualified for continuing use. Information collection requirements in § 173.303 require that fillers of acetylene cylinders keep, for at least 30 days, a daily record of the representative pressure to which cylinders are filled. Affected Public: Fillers, owners, users, and retesters of reusable cylinders. Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Burden: Number of Respondents: 139,352. Total Annual Responses: 153,287. Total Annual Burden Hours: 171,462. Frequency of Collection: On occasion. 9. Title: Flammable Cryogenic Liquids. OMB Control Number: 2137–0542. Summary: Provisions in § 177.840(a)(2) specify certain safety procedures and documentation requirements for drivers of motor vehicles transporting flammable cryogenic liquids. This information allows the driver to take appropriate remedial actions to prevent a catastrophic release of the flammable cryogenics should the temperature of the material begin to rise excessively or if the travel time will exceed the safe travel time. These requirements are intended to ensure a high level of safety when transporting flammable PO 00000 Frm 00104 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 45359 cryogenics due to their extreme flammability and high compression ratio when in a liquid state. Affected Public: Carriers of cryogenic materials. Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Burden: Number of Respondents: 65. Total Annual Responses: 18,200. Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,213. Frequency of Collection: On occasion. 10. Title: Approval for Hazardous Materials. OMB Control Number: 2137–0557. Summary: Without these requirements, there is no means to: (1) Determine whether applicants who apply to become designated approval agencies are qualified to evaluate package design, test packages, classify hazardous materials, etc.; (2) verify that various containers and special loading requirements for vessels meet the requirements of the HMR; and (3) assure that regulated hazardous materials pose no danger to life and property during transportation. There are several approval provisions contained in the HMR and associated procedural regulations. Responses to these information collections are required to obtain benefits, such as becoming an approval or certification agency, or to obtain a variance from packaging or handling requirements based on information provided by the respondent. These benefits and variances involve areas, for example, such as UN third-party certification; authorization to examine and test lighters; authorization to examine and test explosives; and authorization to requalify DOT cylinders. Affected Public: Business and other entities who must meet the approval requirements in the HMR. Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Burden: Number of Respondents: 14,323. Total Annual Responses: 14,674. Total Annual Burden Hours: 30,070. Frequency of Collection: On occasion. 11. Title: Rail Carrier and Tank Car Tanks Requirements, Rail Tank Car Tanks—Transportation of Hazardous Materials by Rail. OMB Control Number: 2137–0559. Summary: This information collection consolidates and describes the information provisions in parts 172, 173, 174, 179, and 180 of the HMR on the transportation of hazardous materials by rail and the manufacture, qualification, maintenance, and use of tank cars. The types of information collected include: (1) Approvals of the Association of American Railroads (AAR) Tank Car Committee: An approval is required E:\FR\FM\28SEN1.SGM 28SEN1 45360 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 187 / Thursday, September 28, 2017 / Notices from the AAR Tank Car Committee for a tank car to be used for a commodity other than those specified in part 173 and on the certificate of construction. This information is used to ascertain whether a commodity is suitable for transportation in a tank car. AAR approval is also required for an application for approval of designs, materials and construction, conversion or alteration of tank car tanks constructed to a specification in part 179, or an application for construction of tank cars to any new specification. This information is used to ensure that the design, construction, or modification of a tank car or the construction of a tank car to a new specification is performed in accordance with the applicable requirements. (2) Progress Reports: Each owner of a tank car that is required to be modified to meet certain requirements specified in § 173.31 must submit a progress report to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). FRA uses this information to ensure that all affected tank cars are modified before the regulatory compliance date. (3) FRA Approvals: An approval is required from FRA to transport a bulk packaging (such as a portable tank, IM portable tank, intermediate bulk container, cargo tank, or multi-unit tank car tank) containing a hazardous material in container-on-flat-car or trailer-on-flat-car service other than as authorized by § 174.63. FRA uses this information to ensure that the bulk package is properly secured using an adequate restraint system during transportation. An FRA approval is also required for the movement of any tank car that does not conform to the applicable requirements in the HMR. These latter movements are currently being reported under the information collection for special permit applications. (4) Manufacturer Reports and Certificate of Construction: These documents are prepared by tank car manufacturers and used by owners, users, and FRA personnel to verify that rail tank cars conform to the applicable specification. (5) Quality Assurance Program: Facilities that build, repair, and ensure the structural integrity of tank cars are required to develop and implement a quality assurance program. This information is used by the facility and DOT compliance personnel to ensure that each tank car is constructed or repaired in accordance with the applicable requirements. (6) Inspection Reports: A written report must be prepared and retained for each tank car that is inspected and VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:44 Sep 27, 2017 Jkt 241001 tested in accordance with § 180.509 of the HMR. Rail carriers, users, and FRA use this information to ensure that rail tank cars are properly maintained and in safe condition for transporting hazardous materials. Affected Public: Manufacturers, owners, and rail carriers of tank. Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Burden: Number of Respondents: 266. Total Annual Responses: 17,685. Total Annual Burden Hours: 2,834. Frequency of Collection: Annually. William S. Schoonover, Associate Administrator of Hazard Materials Safety, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. [FR Doc. 2017–20796 Filed 9–27–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–60–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration [Docket No. PHMSA–2017–0122; Notice No. 2017–10] Hazardous Materials: Emergency Waiver No. 4 Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of emergency waiver order. AGENCY: The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is issuing an emergency waiver order to persons conducting operations under the direction of Environmental Protection Agency Region 2 or United States Coast Guard 7th District within the Hurricane Maria emergency and disaster areas of Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands. This Waiver Order is effective September 22, 2017, and shall remain in effect for 30 days from the date of issuance. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Adam Horsley, Deputy Assistant Chief Counsel for Hazardous Materials Safety, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, telephone: (202) 366– 4400. SUMMARY: In accordance with the provisions of 49 U.S.C. 5103(c), the Acting Administrator for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), hereby declares that an emergency exists that warrants issuance of a Waiver of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR, 49 CFR parts 171– 180) to persons conducting operations under the direction of Environmental SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00105 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2 (290 Broadway, New York, NY 10007–1866) or United States Coast Guard (USCG) 7th District (Brickell Plaza Federal Building, 909 SE 1st Avenue, Miami, FL 33131–3050) within the Hurricane Maria emergency and disaster areas of Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands. The Waiver is granted to support EPA and USCG in taking appropriate actions to prepare for, respond to, and recover from a threat to public health, welfare, or the environment caused by actual or potential oil and hazardous materials incidents resulting from Hurricane Maria. On September 18, 2017, the President issued an Emergency Declarations for Hurricane Maria for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (EM–3391) and the United States Virgin Islands (EM–3390). On September 20, 2017, the President issued a Major Disaster Declaration for the United States Virgin Islands (DR– 4340). This Waiver Order covers all areas identified in the declarations, as amended. Pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 5103(c), PHMSA has authority delegated by the Secretary (49 CFR 1.97(b)(3)) to waive compliance with any part of the HMR provided that the grant of the waiver is: (1) In the public interest; (2) not inconsistent with the safety of transporting hazardous materials; and (3) necessary to facilitate the safe movement of hazardous materials into, from, and within an area of a major disaster or emergency that has been declared under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5121 et seq.). Given the continuing impacts caused by Hurricane Maria, PHMSA’s Acting Administrator has determined that regulatory relief is in the public interest and necessary to ensure the safe transportation in commerce of hazardous materials while EPA and USCG execute their recovery and cleanup efforts in Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands. Specifically, PHMSA’s Acting Administrator finds that issuing this Waiver Order will allow EPA and USCG to conduct their emergency support function under the National Response Framework to safely remove, transport, and dispose of hazardous materials. By execution of this Waiver Order, persons conducting operations under the direction of EPA Region 2 or USCG 7th District within the Hurricane Maria emergency and disaster areas of Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands are authorized to offer and transport non-radioactive hazardous materials under alternative safety E:\FR\FM\28SEN1.SGM 28SEN1

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Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

[Docket No. PHMSA-2017-0018 (Notice No. 2017-05)]


Hazardous Materials: Information Collection Activities

AGENCY: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), 
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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, PHMSA 
invites comments on 11 information collections pertaining to hazardous 
materials transportation for which PHMSA intends to request renewal 
from the Office of Management and Budget. On April 21, 2017, PHMSA 
published a notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on 
these ICRs [82 FR 18828] under Docket No. PHMSA-2017-0018 (Notice No. 
2017-01). PHMSA received one comment; however, it was outside the scope 
of the April 21, 2017, notice.

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 
October 30, 2017.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by Docket No. PHMSA-2017-
0018 (Notice No. 2017-05) by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Fax: 1-202-493-2251.
     Mail: Docket Management System; U.S. Department of 
Transportation, West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Routing 
Symbol M-30, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590.
     Hand Delivery: To the Docket Management System; Room W12-
140 on the ground floor of the West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue 
SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through 
Friday, except Federal holidays.
    Instructions: All submissions must include the agency name and 
Docket Number (PHMSA-2017-0018) for this notice at the beginning of the 
comment. To avoid duplication, please use only one of these four 
methods. All comments received will be posted without change to the 
Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) and will include any personal 
information you provide.
    Requests for a copy of an information collection should be directed 
to Steven Andrews or T. Glenn Foster, Standards and Rulemaking 
Division, (202) 366-8553, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety 
Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey 
Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001.
    Docket: For access to the dockets to read background documents or 
comments received, go to http://www.regulations.gov or DOT's Docket 
Operations Office (see ADDRESSES).
    Privacy Act: In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits 
comments from the public to better inform its rulemaking process. DOT 
posts these comments, without edit, including any personal information 
the commenter provides, to www.regulations.gov, as described in the 
system of records notice (DOT/ALL-14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at 
www.dot.gov/privacy.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steven Andrews or T. Glenn Foster, 
Standards and Rulemaking Division, (202) 366-8553, Pipeline and 
Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, U.S. Department of 
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 1320.8(d), title 5, Code of Federal 
Regulations (CFR) requires PHMSA to provide interested members of the 
public and affected agencies an opportunity to comment on information 
collection and recordkeeping requests. This notice identifies 
information collection requests that PHMSA will be submitting to the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for renewal and extension. These 
information collections are contained in 49 CFR 171.6 of the Hazardous 
Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR parts 171-180). PHMSA has revised 
burden estimates, where appropriate, to reflect current reporting 
levels or adjustments based on changes in proposed or final rules 
published since the information collections were last approved. The 
following is provided for each information collection: (1) Title of the 
information collection, including former title if a change is being 
made; (2) OMB control number; (3) summary of the information collection 
activity; (4) description of affected public; (5) estimate of total 
annual reporting and recordkeeping burden; and (6) frequency of 
collection. PHMSA will request a 3-year term of approval for each 
information collection activity and will publish a notice in the 
Federal Register upon OMB's approval.
    PHMSA requests comments on the following 11 information 
collections:
    1. Title: Hazardous Materials Security Plans.
    OMB Control Number: 2137-0612.
    Summary: To assure public safety, shippers and carriers must take 
reasonable measures to plan and implement procedures to prevent 
unauthorized persons from taking control of, or attacking, hazardous 
materials shipments. Part 172 of the HMR requires persons who offer or 
transport certain hazardous materials to develop and implement written 
plans to enhance the security of hazardous materials shipments. The 
security plan requirements as prescribed in Sec.  172.800(b) apply to 
specific types of shipments. Such shipments include but are not limited 
to: Shipments greater than 3,000 kg (6,614 pounds) for solids or 3,000 
liters (792 gallons) for liquids and gases in a single packaging such 
as a cargo tank motor vehicle, portable tank, tank car, or other bulk 
container; any quantity of a Division 1.1, 1.2, or 1.3 material; a 
large bulk quantity of a Division 2.1 material; or any quantity of a 
poison-by-inhalation material. A security plan reduces the possibility 
that a hazardous materials shipment will be used as a weapon of 
opportunity by a terrorist or criminal.
    Affected Public: Shippers and carriers of hazardous materials in 
commerce.
    Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Burden:
    Number of Respondents: 54,999.
    Total Annual Responses: 54,999.
    Total Annual Burden Hours: 427,719.
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion.
    2. Title: Rulemaking, Special Permits, and Preemption Requirements.
    OMB Control Number: 2137-0051.
    Summary: This information collection applies to procedures for 
requesting changes, exceptions, and other determinations in relation to 
the HMR. Specific areas covered in this information collection include 
part 105, subparts A and B, ``Hazardous Materials Program Definitions 
and General Procedures''; part 106, subpart B, ``Participating in the 
Rulemaking Process''; part 107, subpart B, ``Special Permits''; and 
part 107, subpart C, ``Preemption.'' The Federal hazardous materials 
transportation law directs the Secretary of Transportation to prescribe 
regulations for the safe transportation of hazardous materials in 
commerce. PHMSA is authorized to accept petitions for rulemaking and 
appeals, as well as applications for special permits, preemption 
determinations, and waivers of preemption. The types of information 
collected include:
    (1) Petitions for Rulemaking: Any person may petition PHMSA to add, 
amend, or delete a regulation in parts 110, 130, 171 through 180, or 
may petition the Office of the Chief Counsel to add, amend, or delete a 
regulation in parts 105, 106, or 107. Petitions submitted to PHMSA are 
required to contain information as required by Sec.  106.100 of the 
HMR.
    (2) Appeals: Except as provided in Sec.  106.40(e), any person may 
submit an appeal to our actions in accordance with the Appeals 
procedures found in Sec. Sec.  106.110 through 106.130.
    (3) Applications for Special Permit: Any person applying for a 
special permit must include the citation of the specific regulation 
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the proposed mode or modes of transportation; detailed description of 
the proposed special permit (e.g., alternative packaging, test, 
procedure, or activity), including as appropriate, written 
descriptions, drawings, flow charts, plans and other supporting 
documents, etc.
    (4) Applications for Preemption Determination: With the exception 
of highway routing matters covered under 49 U.S.C. 5125(c), any person 
directly affected by any requirement of a State, political subdivision, 
or Indian tribe may apply to the Chief Counsel for a determination 
whether that requirement is preempted by Sec.  107.202(a), (b), or (c). 
The application must include the text of the State, political 
subdivision, or Indian tribe requirement for which the determination is 
sought; specify each requirement of the Federal hazardous materials 
transportation law, regulations issued under the Federal hazardous 
material transportation law, or hazardous material transportation 
security regulations or directives issued by the Secretary of Homeland 
Security with which the applicant seeks the State, political 
subdivision, or Indian tribe requirement to be compared; explain why 
the applicant believes the State, political subdivision, or Indian 
tribe requirement should or should not be preempted under the standards 
of Sec.  107.202; and state how the applicant is affected by the State, 
political subdivision, or Indian tribe requirement.
    (5) Waivers of Preemption: With the exception of requirements 
preempted under 49 U.S.C. 5125(c), any person may apply to the Chief 
Counsel for a waiver of preemption with respect to any requirement 
that: (1) The State, political subdivision thereof, or Indian tribe 
acknowledges to be preempted under the Federal hazardous materials 
transportation law, or (2) has been determined by a court of competent 
jurisdiction to be so preempted. The Chief Counsel may waive preemption 
with respect to such requirement upon a determination that such 
requirement affords an equal or greater level of protection to the 
public than is afforded by the requirements of the Federal hazardous 
materials transportation law or the regulations issued thereunder, and 
does not unreasonably burden commerce.
    The information collected under these application procedures is 
used in the review process by PHMSA in determining the merits of the 
petitions for rulemakings and for reconsideration of rulemakings, as 
well as applications for special permits, preemption determinations, 
and waivers of preemption to the HMR. The procedures governing these 
petitions for rulemaking and for reconsideration of rulemakings are 
covered in subpart B of part 106. Applications for special permits, 
preemption, determinations, and waivers of preemption are covered under 
subparts B and C of part 107. Rulemaking procedures help PHMSA 
determine if a rule change is necessary, is consistent with public 
interest, and maintains a level of safety equal to or superior to that 
of current regulations. Special permit procedures provide the 
information required for analytical purposes to determine if the 
requested relief provides for a comparable level of safety as provided 
by the HMR. Additionally, PHMSA uses information from preemption 
procedures to determine whether a requirement of a State, political 
subdivision, or Indian tribe is preempted under 49 U.S.C. 5125, or 
regulations issued thereunder, or whether a waiver of preemption should 
be issued.
    Affected Public: Shippers, carriers, packaging manufacturers, and 
other affected entities.
    Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Burden:
    Number of Respondents: 3,304.
    Total Annual Responses: 4,294.
    Total Annual Burden Hours: 4,899.
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion.
    3. Title: Requirements for United Nations (UN) Cylinders.
    OMB Control Number: 2137-0621.
    Summary: This information collection and recordkeeping burden is 
the result of efforts to amend the HMR to adopt standards for the 
design, construction, maintenance, and use of cylinders and multiple-
element gas containers (MEGCs) based on the standards contained in the 
UN Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods. Aligning the 
HMR with the UN Recommendations promotes flexibility, permits the use 
of technological advances for the manufacture of the pressure 
receptacles, provides for a broader selection of pressure receptacles, 
reduces the need for special permits, and facilitates international 
commerce in the transportation of compressed gases. Information 
collection requirements address domestic and international 
manufacturers of cylinders that request approval by the approval agency 
for cylinder design types. The approval process for each cylinder 
design type includes review, filing, and recordkeeping of the approval 
application. The approval agency is required to maintain a set of the 
approved drawings and calculations for each design it reviews and a 
copy of each initial design type approval certificate approved by the 
Associate Administrator for the Office of Hazardous Materials Safety 
for not less than 20 years.
    Affected Public: Fillers, owners, users, and retesters of UN 
cylinders.
    Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Burden:
    Number of Respondents: 50.
    Total Annual Responses: 150.
    Total Annual Burden Hours: 900.
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion.
    4. Title: Response Plans for Shipments of Oil.
    OMB Control Number: 2137-0591.
    Summary: In recent years, several major oil discharges damaged the 
marine environment of the United States. Under authority of the Federal 
Water Pollution Control Act, as amended by the Oil Pollution Act of 
1990, PHMSA issued regulations in 49 CFR part 130 that require 
preparation of written spill response plans.
    Affected Public: Carriers that transport oil in bulk, by motor 
vehicle or rail.
    Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Burden:
    Number of Respondents: 8,000.
    Total Annual Responses: 8,000.
    Total Annual Burden Hours: 10,560.
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion.
    5. Title: Cargo Tank Specification Requirements.
    OMB Control Number: 2137-0014.
    Summary: This information collection consolidates and describes the 
information collection provisions in parts 107, 178, and 180 of the HMR 
involving the manufacture, qualification, maintenance, and use of all 
specification cargo tank motor vehicles. It also includes the 
information collection and recordkeeping requirements for persons who 
are engaged in the manufacture, assembly, requalification, and 
maintenance of DOT specification cargo tank motor vehicles. The types 
of information collected include:
    (1) Registration Statements: Cargo tank manufacturers and 
repairers, as well as cargo tank motor vehicle assemblers, are required 
to be registered with DOT and must furnish information relative to 
their qualifications to perform the functions in accordance with the 
HMR. DOT uses the registration statements to identify these persons to 
ensure they possess the knowledge and skills necessary to perform the 
required functions and that they are performing the specified functions 
in accordance with the applicable regulations.
    (2) Requalification and Maintenance Reports: These reports are 
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persons who requalify or maintain cargo tanks. This information is used 
by cargo tank owners, operators and users, and DOT compliance personnel 
to verify that the cargo tanks are requalified, maintained, and in 
proper condition for the transportation of hazardous materials.
    (3) Manufacturers' Data Reports, Certificates, and Related Papers: 
These reports are prepared by cargo tank manufacturers and certifiers. 
They are used by cargo tank owners, operators, users, and DOT 
compliance personnel to verify that a cargo tank motor vehicle was 
designed and constructed to meet all requirements of the applicable 
specification.
    Affected Public: Manufacturers, assemblers, repairers, 
requalifiers, certifiers, and owners of cargo tanks.
    Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Burden:
    Number of Respondents: 41,366.
    Total Annual Responses: 132,600.
    Total Annual Burden Hours: 101,507.
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion.
    6. Title: Container Certification Statements.
    OMB Control Number: 2137-0582.
    Summary: Shippers of explosives, in freight containers or transport 
vehicles by vessel, are required to certify on shipping documentation 
that the freight container or transport vehicle meets minimal 
structural serviceability requirements. This requirement ensures an 
adequate level of safety for transport of explosives aboard vessel and 
consistency with similar requirements in international standards.
    Affected Public: Shippers of explosives in freight containers or 
transport vehicles by vessel.
    Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Burden:
    Number of Respondents: 650.
    Total Annual Responses: 890,000.
    Total Annual Burden Hours: 14,908.
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion.
    7. Title: Testing Requirements for Non-Bulk Packaging.
    OMB Control Number: 2137-0572.
    Summary: This information collection consolidates and describes the 
information provisions in parts 173 and 180 of the HMR on the testing 
requirements for non-bulk packagings. This OMB control number covers 
performance-oriented packaging standards and allows packaging 
manufacturers and shippers increased flexibility in selecting more 
economical packagings for their products. This information collection 
also allows customizing the design of packagings to better suit the 
transportation environment that they will encounter and encourages 
technological innovations, decreases packaging costs, and significantly 
reduces the need for special permits.
    Affected Public: Each non-bulk packaging manufacturer that tests 
packagings to ensure compliance with the HMR.
    Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Burden:
    Number of Respondents: 5,010.
    Total Annual Responses: 15,500.
    Total Annual Burden Hours: 32,500.
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion.
    8. Title: Testing, Inspection, and Marking Requirements for 
Cylinders.
    OMB Control Number: 2137-0022.
    Summary: Requirements in Sec.  173.301 for qualification, 
maintenance, and use of cylinders include periodic inspections and 
retesting to ensure continuing compliance with packaging standards. 
Information collection requirements address registration of retesters 
and marking of cylinders by retesters with their identification number 
and retest date following the completion of required tests. The 
cylinder owner or designated agent must keep records showing the 
results of inspections and retests either until expiration of the 
retest period or until the cylinder is re-inspected or retested, 
whichever occurs first. These requirements ensure that retesters have 
the qualifications to perform tests and identify to cylinder fillers 
and users that cylinders are qualified for continuing use. Information 
collection requirements in Sec.  173.303 require that fillers of 
acetylene cylinders keep, for at least 30 days, a daily record of the 
representative pressure to which cylinders are filled.
    Affected Public: Fillers, owners, users, and retesters of reusable 
cylinders.
    Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Burden:
    Number of Respondents: 139,352.
    Total Annual Responses: 153,287.
    Total Annual Burden Hours: 171,462.
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion.
    9. Title: Flammable Cryogenic Liquids.
    OMB Control Number: 2137-0542.
    Summary: Provisions in Sec.  177.840(a)(2) specify certain safety 
procedures and documentation requirements for drivers of motor vehicles 
transporting flammable cryogenic liquids. This information allows the 
driver to take appropriate remedial actions to prevent a catastrophic 
release of the flammable cryogenics should the temperature of the 
material begin to rise excessively or if the travel time will exceed 
the safe travel time. These requirements are intended to ensure a high 
level of safety when transporting flammable cryogenics due to their 
extreme flammability and high compression ratio when in a liquid state.
    Affected Public: Carriers of cryogenic materials.
    Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Burden:
    Number of Respondents: 65.
    Total Annual Responses: 18,200.
    Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,213.
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion.
    10. Title: Approval for Hazardous Materials.
    OMB Control Number: 2137-0557.
    Summary: Without these requirements, there is no means to: (1) 
Determine whether applicants who apply to become designated approval 
agencies are qualified to evaluate package design, test packages, 
classify hazardous materials, etc.; (2) verify that various containers 
and special loading requirements for vessels meet the requirements of 
the HMR; and (3) assure that regulated hazardous materials pose no 
danger to life and property during transportation.
    There are several approval provisions contained in the HMR and 
associated procedural regulations. Responses to these information 
collections are required to obtain benefits, such as becoming an 
approval or certification agency, or to obtain a variance from 
packaging or handling requirements based on information provided by the 
respondent. These benefits and variances involve areas, for example, 
such as UN third-party certification; authorization to examine and test 
lighters; authorization to examine and test explosives; and 
authorization to re-qualify DOT cylinders.
    Affected Public: Business and other entities who must meet the 
approval requirements in the HMR.
    Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Burden:
    Number of Respondents: 14,323.
    Total Annual Responses: 14,674.
    Total Annual Burden Hours: 30,070.
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion.
    11. Title: Rail Carrier and Tank Car Tanks Requirements, Rail Tank 
Car Tanks--Transportation of Hazardous Materials by Rail.
    OMB Control Number: 2137-0559.
    Summary: This information collection consolidates and describes the 
information provisions in parts 172, 173, 174, 179, and 180 of the HMR 
on the transportation of hazardous materials by rail and the 
manufacture, qualification, maintenance, and use of tank cars. The 
types of information collected include:
    (1) Approvals of the Association of American Railroads (AAR) Tank 
Car Committee: An approval is required

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from the AAR Tank Car Committee for a tank car to be used for a 
commodity other than those specified in part 173 and on the certificate 
of construction. This information is used to ascertain whether a 
commodity is suitable for transportation in a tank car. AAR approval is 
also required for an application for approval of designs, materials and 
construction, conversion or alteration of tank car tanks constructed to 
a specification in part 179, or an application for construction of tank 
cars to any new specification. This information is used to ensure that 
the design, construction, or modification of a tank car or the 
construction of a tank car to a new specification is performed in 
accordance with the applicable requirements.
    (2) Progress Reports: Each owner of a tank car that is required to 
be modified to meet certain requirements specified in Sec.  173.31 must 
submit a progress report to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). 
FRA uses this information to ensure that all affected tank cars are 
modified before the regulatory compliance date.
    (3) FRA Approvals: An approval is required from FRA to transport a 
bulk packaging (such as a portable tank, IM portable tank, intermediate 
bulk container, cargo tank, or multi-unit tank car tank) containing a 
hazardous material in container-on-flat-car or trailer-on-flat-car 
service other than as authorized by Sec.  174.63. FRA uses this 
information to ensure that the bulk package is properly secured using 
an adequate restraint system during transportation. An FRA approval is 
also required for the movement of any tank car that does not conform to 
the applicable requirements in the HMR. These latter movements are 
currently being reported under the information collection for special 
permit applications.
    (4) Manufacturer Reports and Certificate of Construction: These 
documents are prepared by tank car manufacturers and used by owners, 
users, and FRA personnel to verify that rail tank cars conform to the 
applicable specification.
    (5) Quality Assurance Program: Facilities that build, repair, and 
ensure the structural integrity of tank cars are required to develop 
and implement a quality assurance program. This information is used by 
the facility and DOT compliance personnel to ensure that each tank car 
is constructed or repaired in accordance with the applicable 
requirements.
    (6) Inspection Reports: A written report must be prepared and 
retained for each tank car that is inspected and tested in accordance 
with Sec.  180.509 of the HMR. Rail carriers, users, and FRA use this 
information to ensure that rail tank cars are properly maintained and 
in safe condition for transporting hazardous materials.
    Affected Public: Manufacturers, owners, and rail carriers of tank.
    Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Burden:
    Number of Respondents: 266.
    Total Annual Responses: 17,685.
    Total Annual Burden Hours: 2,834.
    Frequency of Collection: Annually.

William S. Schoonover,
Associate Administrator of Hazard Materials Safety, Pipeline and 
Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.
[FR Doc. 2017-20796 Filed 9-27-17; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4910-60-P