Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; EPA's Light-Duty In-Use Vehicle Testing Program (Renewal); EPA ICR No. 0222.11, OMB Control No. 2060-0086., 57975-57976 [2017-26527]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 235 / Friday, December 8, 2017 / Notices (NTTR) Land Withdrawal, Comment Period Ends: 03/08/2018, Contact: Mike Ackerman (210) 925–2741. EIS No. 20170237, Final, TVA, KY, Shawnee Fossil Plant Coal Combustion Residual Management, Review Period Ends: 01/07/2018, Contact: Ashley Pilakowski (865) 632–2256. Dated: December 5, 2017. Kelly Knight, Director, NEPA Compliance Division, Office of Federal Activities. [FR Doc. 2017–26490 Filed 12–7–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [9956–82–OEI] Cross-Media Electronic Reporting: Authorized Program Revision Approval, State of West Virginia Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice announces EPA’s approval of the State of West Virginia’s request to revise/modify certain of its EPA-authorized programs to allow electronic reporting. DATES: EPA approves the State of West Virginia’s authorized program revisions as of December 8, 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karen Seeh, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Environmental Information, Mail Stop 2823T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460, (202) 566–1175, seeh.karen@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On October 13, 2005, the final Cross-Media Electronic Reporting Rule (CROMERR) was published in the Federal Register (70 FR 59848) and codified as part 3 of title 40 of the CFR. CROMERR establishes electronic reporting as an acceptable regulatory alternative to paper reporting and establishes requirements to assure that electronic documents are as legally dependable as their paper counterparts. Subpart D of CROMERR requires that state, tribal or local government agencies that receive, or wish to begin receiving, electronic reports under their EPA-authorized programs must apply to EPA for a revision or modification of those programs and obtain EPA approval. Subpart D provides standards for such approvals based on consideration of the electronic document receiving systems that the state, tribe, or local government will use to implement the electronic sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:38 Dec 07, 2017 Jkt 244001 reporting. Additionally, § 3.1000(b) through (e) of 40 CFR part 3, subpart D provides special procedures for program revisions and modifications to allow electronic reporting, to be used at the option of the state, tribe or local government in place of procedures available under existing programspecific authorization regulations. An application submitted under the subpart D procedures must show that the state, tribe or local government has sufficient legal authority to implement the electronic reporting components of the programs covered by the application and will use electronic document receiving systems that meet the applicable subpart D requirements. On May 9, 2016, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) submitted a revised application titled Environmental Submission System (ESS) for revisions/ modifications to its EPA-approved programs under title 40 CFR to allow new electronic reporting. EPA reviewed WVDEP’s request to revise/modify its EPA-authorized programs and, based on this review, EPA determined that the revised application met the standards for approval of authorized program revisions/modifications set out in 40 CFR part 3, subpart D. In accordance with 40 CFR 3.1000(d), this notice of EPA’s decision to approve West Virginia’s request to revise/modify its following EPA-authorized programs to allow electronic reporting under 40 CFR parts 50–52, 60–61, 63, 65, 122, 125, 144, 146, and 403–471 is being published in the Federal Register: Part 52—Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Part 60—Standards of Performance for New Stationary Sources; Part 63—National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Source Categories; Part 123—EPA Administered Permit Programs: The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System; Part 145—State Underground Injection Control Programs; and Part 403—General Pretreatment Regulations for Existing and New Sources of Pollution. WVDEP was notified of EPA’s determination to approve its application with respect to the authorized programs listed above. Matthew Leopard, Director, Office of Information Management. [FR Doc. 2017–26541 Filed 12–7–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 57975 ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OAR–2010–0690; FRL_9971–48– OAR)] Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; EPA’s Light-Duty In-Use Vehicle Testing Program (Renewal); EPA ICR No. 0222.11, OMB Control No. 2060–0086. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit a request to renew an existing approved Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This ICR is scheduled to expire on May 31, 2018. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below. DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before February 6, 2018. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments referencing Docket ID No. EPA–HQ– OAR–2010–0690 online using www.regulations.gov (our preferred method), by email to pugliese.holly@ epa.gov or by mail to: EPA Docket Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mailcode 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: Lynn Sohacki, Compliance Division, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2000 Traverwood, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105; telephone number: 734–214–4851; fax number: 734–214– 4869; email address: sohacki.lynn@ 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 SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\08DEN1.SGM 08DEN1 sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES 57976 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 235 / Friday, December 8, 2017 / Notices 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: EPA has an ongoing program to evaluate the emissions performance of light-duty motor vehicles (i.e., passenger cars and light trucks) after they have been introduced into commerce. This program, known as EPA’s ‘‘in-use’’ program, operates in conjunction with other motor vehicle emissions testing programs conducted by the Agency and the light-duty motor vehicle manufacturers. These other test programs include confirmatory certification testing of prototype vehicles by manufacturers and EPA and the mandatory manufacturer in-use verification program (IUVP) . The Clean Air Act directs EPA to ensure that motor vehicles comply with emissions requirements throughout their useful lives. The primary purpose of EPA’s inuse program is information gathering. Nevertheless, EPA can require a recall if it receives information, from whatever source, including in-use testing, that a ‘‘substantial number’’ of any class or category of vehicles or engines, although properly maintained and used, do not conform to the emission standards, when in actual use throughout their useful life. VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:38 Dec 07, 2017 Jkt 244001 The EPA in-use program can be broken down into three closely-related components. The first component involves the selection of approximately 40 classes of passenger cars and light trucks, totaling approximately 125 vehicles, for surveillance testing at EPA’s National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory (NVFEL.) In some cases, surveillance testing may be followed by confirmatory testing to develop additional information related to test failures observed in a class during surveillance testing. Confirmatory testing involves the selection of approximately one or two classes of 10 passenger cars and light trucks, averaging approximately 14 vehicles, for further testing, at EPA’s NVFE. Confirmatory testing differs from surveillance testing in that the vehicles must meet stricter maintenance and use criteria. However, the emissions tests that are conducted are the same for surveillance and confirmatory testing. The second program component involves the testing of a subset of vehicles from the surveillance recruitment for operation of on-board diagnostics (OBD) systems. EPA does not currently recruit vehicles for OBD testing but includes the testing in this ICR in the event that OBD testing is resumed. The third component involves the special investigation of vehicles to address specific issues. The number of vehicles procured under this category varies widely from year to year. However, this information request does not ask for approval of the information burden corresponding to such vehicles because the vehicles for this program have not been procured from the public recently and, therefore, there is no information collection burden associated with this testing. Participation in the telephone screenings to identify qualifying lightduty vehicles, as well as the vehicle testing, is strictly voluntary. A group of 25 to 50 potential participants is identified from state vehicle registration records. These potential participants are asked to return a form indicating their willingness to participate and if so, to verify some limited vehicle information. Three of those who return the form are called and asked several screening questions concerning vehicle condition, operation and maintenance. Additional groups of potential participants may be contacted until a sufficient number of vehicles has been obtained. Owners verify the vehicle screening information when they deliver their vehicles to EPA or release the vehicle to EPA, voluntarily provide maintenance records for copying, receive a cash PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 incentive and, if requested, a loaner car, and finally receive their vehicle from EPA at the conclusion of the testing. Form Numbers: 5900–304, 5900–305, 5900–306, 5900–307, 5900–308, 5900– 309. Frequency of response: On Occasion. Respondents/affected entities: A group of 25 to 50 potential participants is identified from state vehicle registration records. These potential participants are asked to return a form indicating their willingness to participate and if so, to verify some limited vehicle information. Three of those who return the form are called and asked several questions concerning vehicle condition, operation and maintenance. Additional groups of potential participants may be contacted until a sufficient number of vehicles have been obtained. Respondent’s obligation to respond: Voluntary. Estimated number of respondents: Approximately 1627 vehicle owners/ lessees returned EPA’s forms indicating interest in participating in the program and approximately 140 ultimately participated. Total estimated burden: 302 hours (per year). Burden is defined at 5 CFR 1320.03(b) Total estimated cost: $7,206. This includes an estimated burden cost of $7,206 and an estimated cost of $0 for capital investment or maintenance and operational costs. Changes in Estimates: There is a decrease of 2291 responses and 204 hours, corresponding to a decrease in cost of $4,071, in the total estimated respondent burden compared with that identified in the ICR currently approved by OMB. This change is due to a decrease in the number of responses returned to EPA by potential participants and the associated burden. Dated: November 27, 2017. Byron J. Bunker, Director, Compliance Division, Office of Transportation and Air Quality. 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Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; 
Comment Request; EPA's Light-Duty In-Use Vehicle Testing Program 
(Renewal); EPA ICR No. 0222.11, OMB Control No. 2060-0086.

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 
U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that EPA is planning to 
submit a request to renew an existing approved Information Collection 
Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This ICR is 
scheduled to expire on May 31, 2018. Before submitting the ICR to OMB 
for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects 
of the proposed information collection as described below.

DATES:  Comments must be submitted on or before February 6, 2018.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments referencing Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-
2010-0690 online using www.regulations.gov (our preferred method), by 
email to [email protected] or by mail to: EPA Docket Center, 
Environmental Protection Agency, Mailcode 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: Lynn Sohacki, Compliance Division, 
Office of Transportation and Air Quality, U.S. Environmental Protection 
Agency, 2000 Traverwood, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105; telephone number: 
734-214-4851; fax number: 734-214-4869; email address: 
[email protected].

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

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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: EPA has an ongoing program to evaluate the emissions 
performance of light-duty motor vehicles (i.e., passenger cars and 
light trucks) after they have been introduced into commerce. This 
program, known as EPA's ``in-use'' program, operates in conjunction 
with other motor vehicle emissions testing programs conducted by the 
Agency and the light-duty motor vehicle manufacturers. These other test 
programs include confirmatory certification testing of prototype 
vehicles by manufacturers and EPA and the mandatory manufacturer in-use 
verification program (IUVP) . The Clean Air Act directs EPA to ensure 
that motor vehicles comply with emissions requirements throughout their 
useful lives. The primary purpose of EPA's in-use program is 
information gathering. Nevertheless, EPA can require a recall if it 
receives information, from whatever source, including in-use testing, 
that a ``substantial number'' of any class or category of vehicles or 
engines, although properly maintained and used, do not conform to the 
emission standards, when in actual use throughout their useful life.
    The EPA in-use program can be broken down into three closely-
related components. The first component involves the selection of 
approximately 40 classes of passenger cars and light trucks, totaling 
approximately 125 vehicles, for surveillance testing at EPA's National 
Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory (NVFEL.) In some cases, 
surveillance testing may be followed by confirmatory testing to develop 
additional information related to test failures observed in a class 
during surveillance testing. Confirmatory testing involves the 
selection of approximately one or two classes of 10 passenger cars and 
light trucks, averaging approximately 14 vehicles, for further testing, 
at EPA's NVFE. Confirmatory testing differs from surveillance testing 
in that the vehicles must meet stricter maintenance and use criteria. 
However, the emissions tests that are conducted are the same for 
surveillance and confirmatory testing. The second program component 
involves the testing of a subset of vehicles from the surveillance 
recruitment for operation of on-board diagnostics (OBD) systems. EPA 
does not currently recruit vehicles for OBD testing but includes the 
testing in this ICR in the event that OBD testing is resumed. The third 
component involves the special investigation of vehicles to address 
specific issues. The number of vehicles procured under this category 
varies widely from year to year. However, this information request does 
not ask for approval of the information burden corresponding to such 
vehicles because the vehicles for this program have not been procured 
from the public recently and, therefore, there is no information 
collection burden associated with this testing. Participation in the 
telephone screenings to identify qualifying light-duty vehicles, as 
well as the vehicle testing, is strictly voluntary. A group of 25 to 50 
potential participants is identified from state vehicle registration 
records. These potential participants are asked to return a form 
indicating their willingness to participate and if so, to verify some 
limited vehicle information. Three of those who return the form are 
called and asked several screening questions concerning vehicle 
condition, operation and maintenance. Additional groups of potential 
participants may be contacted until a sufficient number of vehicles has 
been obtained. Owners verify the vehicle screening information when 
they deliver their vehicles to EPA or release the vehicle to EPA, 
voluntarily provide maintenance records for copying, receive a cash 
incentive and, if requested, a loaner car, and finally receive their 
vehicle from EPA at the conclusion of the testing.
    Form Numbers: 5900-304, 5900-305, 5900-306, 5900-307, 5900-308, 
5900-309.
    Frequency of response: On Occasion.
    Respondents/affected entities: A group of 25 to 50 potential 
participants is identified from state vehicle registration records. 
These potential participants are asked to return a form indicating 
their willingness to participate and if so, to verify some limited 
vehicle information. Three of those who return the form are called and 
asked several questions concerning vehicle condition, operation and 
maintenance. Additional groups of potential participants may be 
contacted until a sufficient number of vehicles have been obtained.
    Respondent's obligation to respond: Voluntary.
    Estimated number of respondents: Approximately 1627 vehicle owners/
lessees returned EPA's forms indicating interest in participating in 
the program and approximately 140 ultimately participated.
    Total estimated burden: 302 hours (per year). Burden is defined at 
5 CFR 1320.03(b)
    Total estimated cost: $7,206. This includes an estimated burden 
cost of $7,206 and an estimated cost of $0 for capital investment or 
maintenance and operational costs.
    Changes in Estimates: There is a decrease of 2291 responses and 204 
hours, corresponding to a decrease in cost of $4,071, in the total 
estimated respondent burden compared with that identified in the ICR 
currently approved by OMB. This change is due to a decrease in the 
number of responses returned to EPA by potential participants and the 
associated burden.

    Dated: November 27, 2017.
Byron J. Bunker,
Director, Compliance Division, Office of Transportation and Air 
Quality.
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