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Download as PDF 48308 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 185 / Monday, September 24, 2018 / Notices Comments must be received on or before October 24, 2018. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID Number Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OPP–2017–0687, to both EPA and OMB as follows: • To EPA online using http:// www.regulations.gov (our preferred method) or by mail to: EPA Docket Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460, and • To 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: Prasad Chumble, Field and External Affairs Division, Office of Pesticide Programs, (7506P), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (703) 347–8367; fax number: 703–305–5884; email address: chumble.prasad@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Docket: Supporting documents, including the ICR that explains in detail the information collection activities and the related burden and cost estimates that are summarized in this document, are available in the docket for this ICR. The docket can be viewed online at http://www.regulations.gov or in person at the EPA Docket Center, West William Jefferson Clinton Bldg., Rm. 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. ICR status: This ICR is currently scheduled to expire on September 30, 2018. Under OMB regulations, an agency may continue to conduct or sponsor the collection of information while this submission is pending at OMB. Under PRA, 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq., 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. The OMB control numbers are displayed either by publication in the Federal Register or by other appropriate means, such as on the related collection instrument or form, if applicable. The display of OMB control numbers for certain EPA amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 DATES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:58 Sep 21, 2018 Jkt 244001 regulations is consolidated in 40 CFR part 9. Abstract: Section 6(a)(2) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) requires pesticide registrants to submit information to the Agency which may be relevant to the balancing of the risks and benefits of a pesticide product. The statute requires the registrant to submit any factual information that it acquires regarding adverse effects associated with its pesticidal products, and it is up to the Agency to determine whether or not that factual information constitutes an unreasonable adverse effect. In order to limit the amount of less meaningful information that might be submitted to the Agency, the EPA has limited the scope of factual information that the registrant must submit. The Agency’s regulations at 40 CFR part 159 provide a detailed description of the reporting obligations of registrants under FIFRA section 6(a)(2). Form Numbers: None. Respondents/affected entities: Anyone who holds or has ever held a registration for a pesticide product issued under FIFRA Sections 3 or 24(c). The North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) code for most respondents is 325300 (Pesticide, Fertilizer and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing). Respondent’s obligation to respond: Mandatory under FIFRA section 6(a)(2). Estimated number of respondents: 1,452 (total). Frequency of response: On occasion. Total estimated annual burden: 301,118 hours. Burden is defined at 5 CFR 1320.03(b). Total estimated annual cost: $19,999,815, which includes $0 annualized capital investment or maintenance and operational costs. Changes in the Estimates: There is a net increase of 71,778 hours in the total estimated annual respondent burden compared with the ICR currently approved by OMB. This increase is due to the expectation that the number of responses will increase by 16% from 93,000 in the last ICR approval to approximately 108,000 for this ICR renewal, and the number of times those incidents might necessitate a request for additional data pursuant to 40 CFR part 159. The increase reflects consideration of historical information on the number of responses received. There is also an estimated decrease associated with training, which results from a decrease in the number of registrants. This is discussed in more detail in the PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 supporting statement, and represents an adjustment. Courtney Kerwin, Director, Collection Strategies Division. [FR Doc. 2018–20638 Filed 9–21–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OA–2008–0701; FRL–9982–82– OEI] Agency Information Collection Activities; Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Focus Groups as Used by EPA for Economics Projects (Renewal) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), Focus Groups as Used by EPA for Economics Projects (Renewal) (EPA ICR Number 2205.21, OMB Control Number 2090–0028) 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 on May 21, 2018 during a 60day 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. EPA–HQ–OA– 2008–0701, to (1) EPA online using www.regulations.gov (our preferred method), by email to oei.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 SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\24SEN1.SGM 24SEN1 amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 185 / Monday, September 24, 2018 / Notices 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: Nathalie Simon, National Center for Environmental Economics, Office of Policy, (1809T), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 202–566–2347; fax number: 202–566–2363; email address: simon.nathalie@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: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking renewal of a generic information collection request (ICR) for the conduct of focus groups and one-on-one interviews primarily related to survey development for economics projects. Focus groups are groups of individuals brought together for moderated discussions on a specific topic or issue. These groups are typically formed to gain insight and understanding of attitudes and perceptions held by the public surrounding a particular issue. One-on-one interviews, as the term implies, are individual interviews in which a respondent is generally asked to review materials and provide feedback on their content and design as well as the thought processes that the materials invoke. Focus groups and oneon-one interviews (referred to collectively as ‘‘focus groups’’) used as a qualitative research tool have three major purposes: • To better understand respondents’ attitudes, perceptions and emotions in response to specific topics and concepts; • to obtain respondent information useful for better defining variables and measures in later quantitative studies; and • to further explore findings obtained from quantitative studies. Through these focus groups, the Agency will be able to gain a more indepth understanding of the public’s attitudes, beliefs, motivations and feelings regarding specific issues and VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:40 Sep 21, 2018 Jkt 244001 will provide invaluable information regarding the quality of draft survey instruments. Focus group discussions are necessary and important steps in the design of a quality survey. The target population for the focus group discussions will vary by project, but will generally include members of the public. Participation in the focus groups will be completely voluntary. Each focus group will fully conform to federal regulations—specifically the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a), the Hawkins-Stafford Amendments of 1988 (Pub. L. 100–297), and the Computer Security Act of 1987. Form numbers: None. Respondents/affected entities: Individuals. Respondent’s obligation to respond: Voluntary. Estimated number of respondents: 864 (total) over three years or 288 per year. Frequency of response: 1. Total estimated burden: 1,728 hours total or 576 per year. Burden is defined at 5 CFR 1320.03(b). Total estimated cost: $20,920 (per year), includes $0 annualized capital or operation & maintenance costs. Changes in the estimates: There is a decrease of 1,017 hours in the total estimated respondent burden compared with the ICR currently approved by OMB. This decrease is based on new estimates of projected use of this ICR for focus groups for the next three years provided by the program offices at EPA. Courtney Kerwin, Director, Regulatory Support Division. [FR Doc. 2018–20637 Filed 9–21–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL–9983–86–OA] Notice of Meeting of the EPA Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice of meeting. AGENCY: Pursuant to the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, notice is hereby given that the next meeting of the Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC) will be held October 11– October 12, 2018, at Holiday Inn Washington-Capitol 550 C Street SW, Washington, DC 20024. The CHPAC advises the Environmental Protection Agency on SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 48309 science, regulations, and other issues relating to children’s environmental health. October 11, 2018, from 11: 00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and October 12, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 1 pm. ADDRESS: 550 C Street SW, Washington, DC 20024. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Angela Hackel, Office of Children’s Health Protection, U.S. EPA, MC 1107T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460, (202) 566–2977 or hackel.angela@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The meetings of the CHPAC are open to the public. An agenda will be posted to epa.gov/children. ACCESS AND ACCOMMODATIONS: For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, please contact Angela Hackel at 202–566–2977 or hackel.angela@epa.gov. DATES: Dated: September 7, 2018. Angela Hackel, Designated Federal Official. [FR Doc. 2018–20749 Filed 9–21–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OLEM–2018–0198, FRL–9984–27– OEI] Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Land Disposal Restrictions (Renewal) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), Land Disposal Restrictions (EPA ICR No. 1442.23, OMB Control No. 2050– 0085) 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 on May 8, 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. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\24SEN1.SGM 24SEN1

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ-OA-2008-0701; FRL-9982-82-OEI]


Agency Information Collection Activities; Information Collection 
Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; 
Focus Groups as Used by EPA for Economics Projects (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), Focus Groups as Used by EPA for 
Economics Projects (Renewal) (EPA ICR Number 2205.21, OMB Control 
Number 2090-0028) 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 on May 21, 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. EPA-HQ-OA-2008-
0701, to (1) EPA online using www.regulations.gov (our preferred 
method), by email to [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

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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: Nathalie Simon, National Center for 
Environmental Economics, Office of Policy, (1809T), Environmental 
Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460; 
telephone number: 202-566-2347; fax number: 202-566-2363; 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: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking 
renewal of a generic information collection request (ICR) for the 
conduct of focus groups and one-on-one interviews primarily related to 
survey development for economics projects. Focus groups are groups of 
individuals brought together for moderated discussions on a specific 
topic or issue. These groups are typically formed to gain insight and 
understanding of attitudes and perceptions held by the public 
surrounding a particular issue. One-on-one interviews, as the term 
implies, are individual interviews in which a respondent is generally 
asked to review materials and provide feedback on their content and 
design as well as the thought processes that the materials invoke. 
Focus groups and one-on-one interviews (referred to collectively as 
``focus groups'') used as a qualitative research tool have three major 
purposes:
     To better understand respondents' attitudes, perceptions 
and emotions in response to specific topics and concepts;
     to obtain respondent information useful for better 
defining variables and measures in later quantitative studies; and
     to further explore findings obtained from quantitative 
studies.
    Through these focus groups, the Agency will be able to gain a more 
in-depth understanding of the public's attitudes, beliefs, motivations 
and feelings regarding specific issues and will provide invaluable 
information regarding the quality of draft survey instruments. Focus 
group discussions are necessary and important steps in the design of a 
quality survey. The target population for the focus group discussions 
will vary by project, but will generally include members of the public. 
Participation in the focus groups will be completely voluntary. Each 
focus group will fully conform to federal regulations--specifically the 
Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a), the Hawkins-Stafford Amendments of 
1988 (Pub. L. 100-297), and the Computer Security Act of 1987.
    Form numbers: None.
    Respondents/affected entities: Individuals.
    Respondent's obligation to respond: Voluntary.
    Estimated number of respondents: 864 (total) over three years or 
288 per year.
    Frequency of response: 1.
    Total estimated burden: 1,728 hours total or 576 per year. Burden 
is defined at 5 CFR 1320.03(b).
    Total estimated cost: $20,920 (per year), includes $0 annualized 
capital or operation & maintenance costs.
    Changes in the estimates: There is a decrease of 1,017 hours in the 
total estimated respondent burden compared with the ICR currently 
approved by OMB. This decrease is based on new estimates of projected 
use of this ICR for focus groups for the next three years provided by 
the program offices at EPA.

Courtney Kerwin,
Director, Regulatory Support Division.
[FR Doc. 2018-20637 Filed 9-21-18; 8:45 am]
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