Agency Information Collection Activities; Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Notification of Episodic Releases of Oil and Hazardous Substances (Renewal), 48311-48312 [2018-20636]

Download as PDF amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 185 / Monday, September 24, 2018 / Notices 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: This ICR covers the following: (1) The collection of information under 40 CFR part 35, subpart O, which establishes the administrative requirements for cooperative agreements funded under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) for state, federallyrecognized Indian tribal governments, and political subdivision response actions; (2) the application of the Hazard Ranking System (HRS) by states as outlined by CERCLA section 105 that amends the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP) to include criteria prioritizing releases throughout the United States before undertaking remedial action at uncontrolled hazardous waste sites; and (3) the remedial portion of the Superfund program as specified in CERCLA and the NCP. For cooperative agreements and Superfund state contracts for Superfund response actions, the information is collected from applicants and/or recipients of EPA assistance and is used to make awards, pay recipients, and collect information on how federal funds are being utilized. EPA requires this information to meet its federal stewardship responsibilities. Recipient responses are required to obtain a benefit (federal funds) under 2 CFR part 200, ‘‘Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards to Non-Federal Entities’’ and under 40 CFR part 35, ‘‘State and Local Assistance.’’ For the Superfund site evaluation and the Hazard Ranking System, the states will apply the HRS by identifying and classifying those releases or sites that warrant further investigation. The HRS score is crucial since it is the primary mechanism used to determine whether a site is eligible to be included on the National Priorities List (NPL). Only sites on the NPL are eligible for Superfund-financed remedial actions. For the NCP information collection, some community involvement activities covered by this ICR are not required at every site (e.g., Technical Assistance Grants) and depend very much on the community and the nature of the site and cleanup. All community activities seek to involve the public in the cleanup of the sites, gain the input of VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:40 Sep 21, 2018 Jkt 244001 community members, and include the community’s perspective on the potential future reuse of Superfund NPL sites. Community involvement activities can enhance the remedial process and increase community acceptance and the potential for productive and beneficial reuse of the sites. Form Numbers: 6200–11. Respondents/affected entities: State, Local or Tribal Governments; Communities; U.S. Territories. Respondent’s obligation to respond: Required to obtain benefits (40 CFR part 35; CERCLA section 105, 40 CFR part 300). Estimated number of respondents: 14,284 (total). Frequency of response: Annually. Total estimated burden: 876,529 hours (per year). Burden is defined at 5 CFR 1320.03(b). Total estimated cost: $514,952 (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. This is because there is no change in program requirements. EPA expects estimates to substantially remain the same due to limited changes in both the respondent universe and the information collection requirements. Dated: September 11, 2018. Brigid Lowery, Acting Division Director, Assessment and Remediation Division, Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation. [FR Doc. 2018–20737 Filed 9–21–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–SFUND–2013–0549; FRL–9984– 06–OEI] Agency Information Collection Activities; Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Notification of Episodic Releases of Oil and Hazardous Substances (Renewal) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), Notification of Episodic Releases of Oil and Hazardous Substances (EPA ICR Number 1049.14, OMB Control Number 2050–0046) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. This is a SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 48311 proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through September 30, 2018. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register April 11, 2018 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. An agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. DATES: Additional comments may be submitted on or before October 24, 2018. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID Number EPA– HQ–SFUND–2013–0549, to (1) EPA online using www.regulations.gov (our preferred method), superfund.docket@ epa.gov or by mail to: EPA Docket Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460, and (2) OMB via email to oira_ submission@omb.eop.gov. Address comments to OMB Desk Officer for EPA. EPA’s policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes profanity, threats, information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sicy Jacob, Office of Emergency Management, (5104A), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 564–8019; email address: Jacob.Sicy@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Supporting documents, which explain in detail the information that the EPA will be collecting, are available in the public docket for this ICR. The docket can be viewed online at www.regulations.gov or in person at the EPA Docket Center, WJC West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC. The telephone number for the Docket Center is 202–566–1744. For additional information about EPA’s public docket, visit http://www.epa.gov/ dockets. Abstract: Section 103(a) of Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), as amended, requires the person in charge of a facility or vessel to immediately notify the National Response Center (NRC) of a hazardous substance release into the environment E:\FR\FM\24SEN1.SGM 24SEN1 amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 48312 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 185 / Monday, September 24, 2018 / Notices if the amount of the release equals or exceeds the substance’s reportable quantity (RQ) limit. The RQs for the hazardous substance can be found in Table 302.4 of 40 CFR 302.4. Section 311 of the Clean Water Act (CWA), as amended, requires the person in charge of a vessel to immediately notify the NRC of an oil spill into U.S. navigable waters if the spill causes a sheen, violates applicable water quality standards, or causes a sludge or emulsion to be deposited beneath the surface of the water or upon adjoining shorelines. The reporting of a hazardous substance release that is at or above the substance’s RQ allows the Federal government to determine whether a Federal response action is required to control or mitigate any potential adverse effects to public health or welfare or the environment. Likewise, the reporting of oil spills allows the Federal government to determine whether cleaning up the oil spill is necessary to mitigate or prevent damage to public health or welfare or the environment. The hazardous substance and oil release information collected under CERCLA section 103(a) and CWA section 311 also is available to EPA program offices and other Federal agencies that use the information to evaluate the potential need for additional regulations, new permitting requirements for specific substances or sources, or improved emergency response planning. Release notification information, which is stored in the national Emergency Response Notification System (ERNS) data base, is available to state and local government authorities as well as the general public. State and local government authorities and the regulated community use release information for purposes of local emergency response planning. Members of the general public, who have access to release information through the Freedom of Information Act, may request release information for purposes of maintaining an awareness of what types of releases are occurring in different localities and what actions, if any, are being taken to protect public health and welfare and the environment. ERNS fact sheets, which provide summary and statistical information about hazardous substance and oil release notifications, also are available to the public. Form numbers: None. Respondents/affected entities: Facilities and vessels that may have releases of any hazardous substance or oil at or above its RQ. Respondent’s obligation to respond: Mandatory under CERCLA section 103(a). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:40 Sep 21, 2018 Jkt 244001 Estimated number of respondents: 18,447. Frequency of response: As releases occur from a facility or a vessel. Total estimated burden: 18,816 hours per year. Burden is defined at 5 CFR 1320.03(b). Estimated total annual costs: $1,046,314, which includes no capital or O&M costs associated with this ICR. Changes in Estimates: There is a decrease of 79,026 hours per year in the total estimated respondent burden compared with that identified in the ICR currently approved by OMB. The number of notifications received by NRC of incidents is lower than the projected number of notifications in the previous ICR. The burden hours reported by facilities that EPA contacted were lower than EPA’s estimates in the previous ICR. Courtney Kerwin, Director, Regulatory Support Division. [FR Doc. 2018–20636 Filed 9–21–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION [OMB 3060–0979] Information Collection Being Submitted for Review and Approval to the Office of Management and Budget Federal Communications Commission. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: As part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork burdens, and as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or the Commission) invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on the following information collection. Comments are requested concerning: Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Commission, including whether the information shall have practical utility; the accuracy of the Commission’s burden estimate; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on the respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and ways to further reduce the information collection burden on small business concerns with fewer than 25 employees. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The Commission may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number. No person shall be subject to any penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information subject to the PRA that does not display a valid OMB control number. DATES: Written comments should be submitted on or before October 24, 2018. If you anticipate that you will be submitting comments, but find it difficult to do so within the period of time allowed by this notice, you should advise the contacts listed below as soon as possible. ADDRESSES: Direct all PRA comments to Nicholas A. Fraser, OMB, via email Nicholas_A._Fraser@omb.eop.gov; and to Cathy Williams, FCC, via email PRA@ fcc.gov and to Cathy.Williams@fcc.gov. Include in the comments the OMB control number as shown in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION below. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information or copies of the information collection, contact Cathy Williams at (202) 418–2918. To view a copy of this information collection request (ICR) submitted to OMB: (1) Go to the web page <http:// www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain>, (2) look for the section of the web page called ‘‘Currently Under Review,’’ (3) click on the downward-pointing arrow in the ‘‘Select Agency’’ box below the ‘‘Currently Under Review’’ heading, (4) select ‘‘Federal Communications Commission’’ from the list of agencies presented in the ‘‘Select Agency’’ box, (5) click the ‘‘Submit’’ button to the right of the ‘‘Select Agency’’ box, (6) when the list of FCC ICRs currently under review appears, look for the OMB control number of this ICR and then click on the ICR Reference Number. A copy of the FCC submission to OMB will be displayed. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: As part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork burdens, and as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501–3520), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or the Commission) invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on the following information collection. Comments are requested concerning: Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Commission, including whether the information shall have practical utility; the accuracy of the Commission’s burden estimate; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the E:\FR\FM\24SEN1.SGM 24SEN1

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ-SFUND-2013-0549; FRL-9984-06-OEI]


Agency Information Collection Activities; Information Collection 
Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; 
Notification of Episodic Releases of Oil and Hazardous Substances 
(Renewal)

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an 
information collection request (ICR), Notification of Episodic Releases 
of Oil and Hazardous Substances (EPA ICR Number 1049.14, OMB Control 
Number 2050-0046) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for 
review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. 
This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved 
through September 30, 2018. Public comments were previously requested 
via the Federal Register April 11, 2018 during a 60-day comment period. 
This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A 
fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated 
burden and cost to the public. An agency may not conduct or sponsor and 
a person is not required to respond to a collection of information 
unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

DATES: Additional comments may be submitted on or before October 24, 
2018.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID Number EPA-HQ-
SFUND-2013-0549, to (1) EPA online using www.regulations.gov (our 
preferred method), [email protected] or by mail to: EPA Docket 
Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 28221T, 1200 
Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460, and (2) OMB via email to 
[email protected]. Address comments to OMB Desk Officer for 
EPA.
    EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the 
public docket without change including any personal information 
provided, unless the comment includes profanity, threats, information 
claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other 
information whose disclosure is restricted by statute.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sicy Jacob, Office of Emergency 
Management, (5104A), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania 
Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 564-8019; 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 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC. The telephone 
number for the Docket Center is 202-566-1744. For additional 
information about EPA's public docket, visit http://www.epa.gov/dockets.
    Abstract: Section 103(a) of Comprehensive Environmental Response, 
Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), as amended, requires the 
person in charge of a facility or vessel to immediately notify the 
National Response Center (NRC) of a hazardous substance release into 
the environment

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if the amount of the release equals or exceeds the substance's 
reportable quantity (RQ) limit. The RQs for the hazardous substance can 
be found in Table 302.4 of 40 CFR 302.4. Section 311 of the Clean Water 
Act (CWA), as amended, requires the person in charge of a vessel to 
immediately notify the NRC of an oil spill into U.S. navigable waters 
if the spill causes a sheen, violates applicable water quality 
standards, or causes a sludge or emulsion to be deposited beneath the 
surface of the water or upon adjoining shorelines. The reporting of a 
hazardous substance release that is at or above the substance's RQ 
allows the Federal government to determine whether a Federal response 
action is required to control or mitigate any potential adverse effects 
to public health or welfare or the environment. Likewise, the reporting 
of oil spills allows the Federal government to determine whether 
cleaning up the oil spill is necessary to mitigate or prevent damage to 
public health or welfare or the environment. The hazardous substance 
and oil release information collected under CERCLA section 103(a) and 
CWA section 311 also is available to EPA program offices and other 
Federal agencies that use the information to evaluate the potential 
need for additional regulations, new permitting requirements for 
specific substances or sources, or improved emergency response 
planning. Release notification information, which is stored in the 
national Emergency Response Notification System (ERNS) data base, is 
available to state and local government authorities as well as the 
general public. State and local government authorities and the 
regulated community use release information for purposes of local 
emergency response planning. Members of the general public, who have 
access to release information through the Freedom of Information Act, 
may request release information for purposes of maintaining an 
awareness of what types of releases are occurring in different 
localities and what actions, if any, are being taken to protect public 
health and welfare and the environment. ERNS fact sheets, which provide 
summary and statistical information about hazardous substance and oil 
release notifications, also are available to the public.
    Form numbers: None.
    Respondents/affected entities: Facilities and vessels that may have 
releases of any hazardous substance or oil at or above its RQ.
    Respondent's obligation to respond: Mandatory under CERCLA section 
103(a).
    Estimated number of respondents: 18,447.
    Frequency of response: As releases occur from a facility or a 
vessel.
    Total estimated burden: 18,816 hours per year. Burden is defined at 
5 CFR 1320.03(b).
    Estimated total annual costs: $1,046,314, which includes no capital 
or O&M costs associated with this ICR.
    Changes in Estimates: There is a decrease of 79,026 hours per year 
in the total estimated respondent burden compared with that identified 
in the ICR currently approved by OMB. The number of notifications 
received by NRC of incidents is lower than the projected number of 
notifications in the previous ICR. The burden hours reported by 
facilities that EPA contacted were lower than EPA's estimates in the 
previous ICR.

Courtney Kerwin,
Director, Regulatory Support Division.
[FR Doc. 2018-20636 Filed 9-21-18; 8:45 am]
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