Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Treatment of Indian Tribes in a Similar Manner as States for Purposes of Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act (Renewal), 15216-15217 [2019-07440]

Download as PDF 15216 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 72 / Monday, April 15, 2019 / Notices amozie on DSK9F9SC42PROD with NOTICES Administrator from nominees provided by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). FIFRA established a Science Review Board (SRB) consisting of at least 60 scientists who are available to FIFRA SAP on an ad hoc basis to assist in reviews conducted by the FIFRA SAP. As a scientific peer review mechanism, the FIFRA SAP provides comments, evaluations, and recommendations to improve the effectiveness and quality of analyses made by Agency scientists. Members of FIFRA SAP are scientists who have sufficient professional qualifications, including training and experience, to provide expert advice and recommendation to the Agency. B. Public Meeting EPA-registered pesticide products are an important part of pest management programs to control invertebrate pests of public health importance including fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and biting flies that can vector diseases to pets and humans. The Agency has multiple guidelines intended to assist in the development of appropriate protocols to test product efficacy. EPA Product Performance Test Guideline OPPTS 810.3300 Treatments to Control Pests of Humans and Pets published in March 1998. To increase clarity and consistency in efficacy testing and to include current scientific standards, the Agency is revising this product performance guideline. The proposed guideline applies to products in any topically applied formulation, such as a spray, spot-on, collar, shampoo, or dust, if intended to be directly applied to pets for a pesticidal purpose such as to kill, repel, or control ticks, fleas, mosquitoes, and biting flies. This guideline does not apply to those products exempt from FIFRA Registration under 40 CFR 152.25, products applied to humans or livestock, or product performance testing described in other Agency guidelines. In addition to guidance for testing efficacy against fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and biting flies, the proposed guideline also includes testing methods for evaluating efficacy under simulated environmental conditions. The Agency is seeking advice and recommendations from the SAP on scientific issues associated with the proposed revised EPA guideline. The Agency believes the current draft guideline represents the state of the science with regard to efficacy testing for these products. EPA is committed to reducing the use of animals in testing (https://www.regulations.gov/document ?D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2016-0093-0003). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:16 Apr 12, 2019 Jkt 247001 However, at this time no reliable nonanimal alternatives are available to avoid the use of animals for efficacy testing of fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and biting flies. As part of the SAP, EPA is soliciting comment from the panel on approaches that may, in the future, support the replacement or reduction of animal use in efficacy testing of ectoparasitic pests on pets. C. FIFRA SAP Documents and Meeting Minutes The EPA’s background paper, the supporting materials, and draft charge/ questions to the FIFRA SAP will be available by mid-April 2019. In addition, a list of candidates under consideration as prospective ad hoc panelists for this meeting will be available for a 15-day public comment period by early to mid-April 2019. The Agency will provide additional background documents (e.g., the meeting agenda) as the materials become available. You may obtain electronic copies of these documents, and certain other related documents that might be available, at http:// www.regulations.gov in docket EPA– HQ–OPP–2019–0161 and on the FIFRA SAP website at https://www.epa.gov/ sap. The FIFRA SAP will prepare meeting minutes summarizing its recommendations to the Agency approximately 90 days after the meeting. The meeting minutes will be posted on the FIFRA SAP website at https://www.epa.gov/sap or may be obtained from the OPP Docket at http:// www.regulations.gov. Authority: 5 U.S.C Appendix 2 et seq.; 7 U.S.C. 136 et seq.; 21 U.S.C. 301 et seq. Dated: April 9, 2019. Hayley Hughes, Director, Office of Science Coordination and Policy. [FR Doc. 2019–07418 Filed 4–12–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OW–2019–0143; FRL–9992–28– OW] Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Treatment of Indian Tribes in a Similar Manner as States for Purposes of Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act (Renewal) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00043 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ‘‘Treatment of Indian Tribes in a Similar Manner as States for Purposes of Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act (Renewal)’’ (EPA ICR No. 2553.03 OMB Control No. 2040–0290), to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). Before doing so, EPA is soliciting public comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below. This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through December 31, 2019. An Agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before June 14, 2019. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA–HQ– OW–2019–0143; FRL–9992–28–OW, online using 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. 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, or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carol Peterson, Watershed Assessment, Restoration, and Protection Division, Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds (4503T), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 566–1304; fax number: (202) 566–1331; email address: peterson.carol@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Supporting documents that explain in detail the information that the EPA will be collecting are available in the public docket for this ICR. The docket can be viewed online at www.regulations.gov or in person at the EPA Docket Center, WJC West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC. The telephone number for the Docket Center is 202–566–1744. For additional information about EPA’s public docket visit http://www.epa.gov/dockets. Pursuant to Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act, EPA is soliciting comments and information to SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\15APN1.SGM 15APN1 amozie on DSK9F9SC42PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 72 / Monday, April 15, 2019 / Notices enable it to: (i) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (ii) evaluate the accuracy of the Agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (iii) enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (iv) minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. EPA will consider the comments received and amend the ICR as appropriate. The final ICR package will then be submitted to OMB for review and approval. At that time, EPA will issue another Federal Register notice to announce the submission of the ICR to OMB and the opportunity to submit additional comments to OMB. Abstract: In 2016, EPA issued regulations establishing a process for federally recognized tribes to obtain treatment in a similar manner as states (TAS) for purposes of administrating the water quality restoration provisions of Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 303(d), including establishing lists of impaired waters on their reservations and developing total maximum daily loads (TMDLs). The CWA does not require tribes to administer the CWA Section 303(d) program. However, tribes seeking to be authorized must apply for and be found eligible for TAS through the procedures described in the regulations. Section 303(d) of the CWA requires states, territories, and authorized tribes to identify and establish a priority ranking for waters that do not meet EPA-approved or promulgated water quality standards (WQS) following the implementation of technology-based controls. For waters so identified, Section 303(d) requires states, territories, and authorized tribes to establish TMDLs in accordance with their priority ranking for those pollutants the Administrator identified as suitable for TMDL calculation. A TMDL is the calculation and allocation to point and nonpoint sources of the maximum amount of a pollutant that a water body can receive and still meet applicable WQS, with a margin of safety. Form Numbers: None. Respondents/affected entities: Any federally recognized tribe with a reservation. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:16 Apr 12, 2019 Jkt 247001 Respondent’s obligation to respond: Voluntary. Estimated number of respondents: Five. Frequency of response: Once for initial TAS status, thereafter biennially for lists of impaired waters, and from time to time for TMDLs. Total estimated burden: 34,757 hours (per year). Burden is defined at 5 CFR 1320.03(b). Total estimated cost: $2,003,045 (per year). This action does not include annualized capital or operation & maintenance costs. Changes in Estimates: There is a decrease of 55,147 hours in the total estimated respondent burden compared with the ICR currently approved by OMB. Similarly, there is a decrease of $2,182,387 in the total estimated cost compared with the ICR currently approved by OMB. Estimates decreased 61% and 52% respectively. These decreases are due to: (1) The estimated annual number of respondents decreasing from twelve to five; (2) new and better data that parses out labor and costs per activity; and (3) TAS application burden and cost estimates from post-final rule, Revised Interpretation of Clean Water Act Tribal Provision (Final Interpretive Rule) (the 2016 ICR for the CWA Section 303(d) Program (ICR No. 2553.02) used prefinal rule estimates). Dated: April 8, 2019. John Goodin, Director, Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds. [FR Doc. 2019–07440 Filed 4–12–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P 15217 Submit your comments, identified by the Docket Identification (ID) Number and the File Symbol of interest as shown in the body of this document, by one of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Do not submit electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. • Mail: OPP Docket, Environmental Protection Agency Docket Center (EPA/ DC), (28221T), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460–0001. • Hand Delivery: To make special arrangements for hand delivery or delivery of boxed information, please follow the instructions at http:// www.epa.gov/dockets/contacts.html. Additional instructions on commenting or visiting the docket, along with more information about dockets generally, is available at http:// www.epa.gov/dockets. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Goodis, Registration Division (7505P), main telephone number: (703) 305–7090, email address: RDFRNotices@epa.gov; The mailing address for each contact person is: Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460–0001. As part of the mailing address, include the contact person’s name, division, and mail code. The division to contact is listed at the end of each pesticide petition summary. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: I. General Information ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY A. Does this action apply to me? You may be potentially affected by this action if you are an agricultural [EPA–HQ–OPP–2019–0039; FRL–9991–16] producer, food manufacturer, or pesticide manufacturer. The following Pesticide Product Registration; list of North American Industrial Receipt of Applications for New Active Classification System (NAICS) codes is Ingredients not intended to be exhaustive, but rather provides a guide to help readers AGENCY: Environmental Protection determine whether this document Agency (EPA). applies to them. Potentially affected ACTION: Notice. entities may include: • Crop production (NAICS code 111). SUMMARY: EPA has received applications • Animal production (NAICS code to register pesticide products containing 112). active ingredients not included in any • Food manufacturing (NAICS code currently registered pesticide products. 311). Pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, • Pesticide manufacturing (NAICS Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act code 32532). (FIFRA), EPA is hereby providing notice B. What should I consider as I prepare of receipt and opportunity to comment my comments for EPA? on these applications. 1. Submitting CBI. Do not submit this DATES: Comments must be received on information to EPA through or before May 15, 2019. PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\15APN1.SGM 15APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 72 (Monday, April 15, 2019)]
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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ-OW-2019-0143; FRL-9992-28-OW]


Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; 
Treatment of Indian Tribes in a Similar Manner as States for Purposes 
of Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act (Renewal)

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to 
submit an information collection request (ICR), ``Treatment of Indian 
Tribes in a Similar Manner as States for Purposes of Section 303(d) of 
the Clean Water Act (Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 2553.03 OMB Control No. 
2040-0290), to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and 
approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 
et seq.). Before doing so, EPA is soliciting public comments on 
specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described 
below. This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently 
approved through December 31, 2019. An Agency may not conduct or 
sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of 
information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before June 14, 2019.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-
2019-0143; FRL-9992-28-OW, online using 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.
    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, or other information 
whose disclosure is restricted by statute.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carol Peterson, Watershed Assessment, 
Restoration, and Protection Division, Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and 
Watersheds (4503T), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania 
Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 566-1304; fax 
number: (202) 566-1331; email address: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Supporting documents that explain in detail 
the information that the EPA will be collecting are available in the 
public docket for this ICR. The docket can be viewed online at 
www.regulations.gov or in person at the EPA Docket Center, WJC West, 
Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC. The telephone 
number for the Docket Center is 202-566-1744. For additional 
information about EPA's public docket visit http://www.epa.gov/dockets.
    Pursuant to Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act, 
EPA is soliciting comments and information to

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enable it to: (i) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the Agency, including whether the information will have practical 
utility; (ii) evaluate the accuracy of the Agency's estimate of the 
burden of the proposed collection of information, including the 
validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (iii) enhance the 
quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and 
(iv) minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who 
are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated 
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic 
submission of responses. EPA will consider the comments received and 
amend the ICR as appropriate. The final ICR package will then be 
submitted to OMB for review and approval. At that time, EPA will issue 
another Federal Register notice to announce the submission of the ICR 
to OMB and the opportunity to submit additional comments to OMB.
    Abstract: In 2016, EPA issued regulations establishing a process 
for federally recognized tribes to obtain treatment in a similar manner 
as states (TAS) for purposes of administrating the water quality 
restoration provisions of Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 303(d), 
including establishing lists of impaired waters on their reservations 
and developing total maximum daily loads (TMDLs). The CWA does not 
require tribes to administer the CWA Section 303(d) program. However, 
tribes seeking to be authorized must apply for and be found eligible 
for TAS through the procedures described in the regulations.
    Section 303(d) of the CWA requires states, territories, and 
authorized tribes to identify and establish a priority ranking for 
waters that do not meet EPA-approved or promulgated water quality 
standards (WQS) following the implementation of technology-based 
controls. For waters so identified, Section 303(d) requires states, 
territories, and authorized tribes to establish TMDLs in accordance 
with their priority ranking for those pollutants the Administrator 
identified as suitable for TMDL calculation. A TMDL is the calculation 
and allocation to point and nonpoint sources of the maximum amount of a 
pollutant that a water body can receive and still meet applicable WQS, 
with a margin of safety.
    Form Numbers: None.
    Respondents/affected entities: Any federally recognized tribe with 
a reservation.
    Respondent's obligation to respond: Voluntary.
    Estimated number of respondents: Five.
    Frequency of response: Once for initial TAS status, thereafter 
biennially for lists of impaired waters, and from time to time for 
TMDLs.
    Total estimated burden: 34,757 hours (per year). Burden is defined 
at 5 CFR 1320.03(b).
    Total estimated cost: $2,003,045 (per year). This action does not 
include annualized capital or operation & maintenance costs.
    Changes in Estimates: There is a decrease of 55,147 hours in the 
total estimated respondent burden compared with the ICR currently 
approved by OMB. Similarly, there is a decrease of $2,182,387 in the 
total estimated cost compared with the ICR currently approved by OMB. 
Estimates decreased 61% and 52% respectively. These decreases are due 
to: (1) The estimated annual number of respondents decreasing from 
twelve to five; (2) new and better data that parses out labor and costs 
per activity; and (3) TAS application burden and cost estimates from 
post-final rule, Revised Interpretation of Clean Water Act Tribal 
Provision (Final Interpretive Rule) (the 2016 ICR for the CWA Section 
303(d) Program (ICR No. 2553.02) used pre-final rule estimates).

    Dated: April 8, 2019.
John Goodin,
Director, Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds.
[FR Doc. 2019-07440 Filed 4-12-19; 8:45 am]
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