Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Water Quality Certification Regulations, 65390-65391 [2019-25693]

Download as PDF 65390 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 229 / Wednesday, November 27, 2019 / Notices telephone number: (919) 541–0195; fax number: (919) 541–4028; email address: stein.joseph@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. Pursuant to section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA, the 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. The 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, the 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 is for activities related to the implementation of the EPA’s regional haze rule, for the time period between August 31, 2020, and August 31, 2023, and renews the previous ICR. The regional haze rule codified at 40 CFR parts 308 and 309, as authorized by sections 169A and 169B of the Clean Air Act, requires states to develop implementation plans to protect visibility in 156 federally protected Class I areas. Tribes may choose to develop implementation plans. For this time period, states will primarily be developing and submitting periodic comprehensive implementation plan revisions to comply with the regulations. Form Numbers: None. Respondents/affected entities: Entities potentially affected by this action are VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:21 Nov 26, 2019 Jkt 250001 state, local and tribal air quality agencies, regional planning organizations and facilities potentially regulated under the Regional Haze Rule. Respondent’s obligation to respond: Mandatory [see 40 CFR 51.308(b), (f) and (g) and 40 CFR 51.309(d)(10)]. Estimated number of respondents: 52 (total); 52 state agencies. Frequency of response: Approximately every 5 years. Total estimated burden: 38,255 hours (per year). Burden is defined at 5 CFR 1320.03(b). Total estimated cost: $2,050,007 (per year). There are no annualized capital or operation & maintenance costs. Changes in Estimates: There is increase of 24,945 hours in the total estimated respondent burden compared with the ICR currently approved by OMB. This increase in burden reflects changes in labor rates and changes in the activities conducted due to the normal progression of the program, especially the fact that states will be working on and submitting periodic comprehensive State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions. There are 52 SIP revisions due by July 31, 2021. Dated: November 22, 2019. Juan Santiago, Acting Director, Air Quality Policy Division. [FR Doc. 2019–25810 Filed 11–26–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OW–2019–0566; FRL–10002–29– OW] Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Water Quality Certification Regulations Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), Water Quality Certification Regulations (EPA ICR No. 2603.03, OMB Control No. 2040–0295), to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). Before doing so, EPA is soliciting public comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below. This is a proposed revision of an ICR (OMB Control No. 2040–0295), which is currently approved through February 29, 2020. An Agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before January 27, 2020. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA–HQ– OW–2019–0566, 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. The 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: Lauren Kasparek, Oceans, Wetlands, and Communities Division, Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds, (MC 4504T), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 564–3351; email address: cwa401@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. Pursuant to section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA, the 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., electronic submission of responses. E:\FR\FM\27NON1.SGM 27NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 229 / Wednesday, November 27, 2019 / Notices The 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, the 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 describes the cost and burden associated with 40 CFR 121, the regulations that implement Clean Water Act (CWA) section 401. Under section 401, a federal agency may not issue a permit or license that may result in any discharge into waters of the United States unless the certifying authority where the discharge would originate issues a section 401 water quality certification verifying that the discharge will comply with certain water quality requirements or waives the certification requirement. CWA section 401 requires project proponents to submit project specific information to certifying authorities. Certifying authorities may act on project specific information by either granting, granting with conditions, denying, or waiving section 401 certification. CWA section 401 requires certifying authorities to submit information to the relevant federal licensing or permitting agency to indicate the action taken on a request for certification. The EPA is also responsible for coordinating input from certain neighboring or downstream states and tribes affected by a discharge from a federally licensed or permitted project under section 401(a)(2). Information collected directly collected by the EPA under section 401 in support of the section 402 permit program is already captured under an existing ICR (OMB Control Number 2040–0004, EPA ICR Number 0229.22) and therefore is not included in this analysis. Form Numbers: None. Respondents/affected entities: Applicants for certain federal licenses and permits; certifying authorities including states, territories, and authorized tribes. Respondent’s obligation to respond: Project Proponents: required to obtain or retain a benefit (33 U.S.C. 1341). Certifying Authorities: Not mandatory. Estimated number of respondents: 41,119 (total). Frequency of response: Per Federal Application. Total estimated burden: 328,000 hours (per year). Burden is defined at 5 CFR 1320.03(b). Total estimated cost: $18,000,000 (per year), includes $0 annualized capital or operation & maintenance costs. Changes in Estimates: There is a change in the total estimated respondent VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:21 Nov 26, 2019 Jkt 250001 burden, number of respondents, and number of responses compared with the ICR currently approved by OMB (OMB Control No. 2040–0295) due to refinements in how the estimates are calculated. See the Supporting Statement in the docket for more information on the changes in estimates. Dated: November 21, 2019. John Goodin, Director, Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds, Office of Water, Environmental Protection Agency. [FR Doc. 2019–25693 Filed 11–26–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OAR–2003–0120; FRL–10002–67– OMS] Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; National Volatile Organic Compound Emission Standards for Automobile Refinish Coatings (Renewal) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an Information Collection Request (ICR), National Volatile Organic Compound Emission Standards for Automobile Refinish Coatings (EPA ICR Number 1765.09, OMB Control Number 2060– 0353) 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 January 31, 2020. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register on March 18, 2019, 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 must be submitted on or before December 27, 2019. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA–HQ– OAR–2003–0120, to (1) the EPA online using https://www.regulations.gov/ (our preferred method), by email to a-and-rdocket@epa.gov, or by mail to: EPA SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 65391 Docket Center, U.S. 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 the EPA. The 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: Ms. Kim Teal, Sector Policies and Programs Division (D243–04), Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711; telephone number: (919) 541– 5580; fax number: (919) 541–4991; email address: teal.kim@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 https:// www.regulations.gov/ or in person at the EPA Docket Center, EPA WJC West Building, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC. The telephone number for the Docket Center is (202) 566–1744. For additional information about the EPA’s public docket, visit https://www.epa.gov/ dockets. Abstract: The EPA is required under section 183(e) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) to regulate volatile organic compound emissions from the use of consumer and commercial products. Pursuant to CAA section 183(e)(3), the EPA published a list of consumer and commercial products and a schedule for their regulation (60 FR 15264). Automobile refinish coatings were included on the list, and the standards for such coatings are codified at 40 CFR part 59, subpart B. The reports required under the standards enable the EPA to identify all coating and coating component manufacturers and importers in the United States and to determine which coatings and coating components are subject to the standards, based on dates of manufacture. Form numbers: None. Respondents/affected entities: Manufacturers and importers of automobile refinish coatings and coating components. Respondent’s obligation to respond: Mandatory, 40 CFR part 59, subpart B. Estimated number of respondents: 30 (total). 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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 229 (Wednesday, November 27, 2019)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ-OW-2019-0566; FRL-10002-29-OW]


Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Water 
Quality Certification Regulations

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to submit an 
information collection request (ICR), Water Quality Certification 
Regulations (EPA ICR No. 2603.03, OMB Control No. 2040-0295), to the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in 
accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). Before doing so, EPA 
is soliciting public comments on specific aspects of the proposed 
information collection as described below. This is a proposed revision 
of an ICR (OMB Control No. 2040-0295), which is currently approved 
through February 29, 2020. 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 January 27, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-
2019-0566, 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.
    The 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: Lauren Kasparek, Oceans, Wetlands, and 
Communities Division, Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds, (MC 
4504T), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 
Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 564-3351; 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.
    Pursuant to section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA, the 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., electronic submission of responses.

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The 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, the 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 describes the cost and burden associated with 40 
CFR 121, the regulations that implement Clean Water Act (CWA) section 
401. Under section 401, a federal agency may not issue a permit or 
license that may result in any discharge into waters of the United 
States unless the certifying authority where the discharge would 
originate issues a section 401 water quality certification verifying 
that the discharge will comply with certain water quality requirements 
or waives the certification requirement. CWA section 401 requires 
project proponents to submit project specific information to certifying 
authorities. Certifying authorities may act on project specific 
information by either granting, granting with conditions, denying, or 
waiving section 401 certification. CWA section 401 requires certifying 
authorities to submit information to the relevant federal licensing or 
permitting agency to indicate the action taken on a request for 
certification. The EPA is also responsible for coordinating input from 
certain neighboring or downstream states and tribes affected by a 
discharge from a federally licensed or permitted project under section 
401(a)(2). Information collected directly collected by the EPA under 
section 401 in support of the section 402 permit program is already 
captured under an existing ICR (OMB Control Number 2040-0004, EPA ICR 
Number 0229.22) and therefore is not included in this analysis.
    Form Numbers: None.
    Respondents/affected entities: Applicants for certain federal 
licenses and permits; certifying authorities including states, 
territories, and authorized tribes.
    Respondent's obligation to respond: Project Proponents: required to 
obtain or retain a benefit (33 U.S.C. 1341).
    Certifying Authorities: Not mandatory.
    Estimated number of respondents: 41,119 (total).
    Frequency of response: Per Federal Application.
    Total estimated burden: 328,000 hours (per year). Burden is defined 
at 5 CFR 1320.03(b).
    Total estimated cost: $18,000,000 (per year), includes $0 
annualized capital or operation & maintenance costs.
    Changes in Estimates: There is a change in the total estimated 
respondent burden, number of respondents, and number of responses 
compared with the ICR currently approved by OMB (OMB Control No. 2040-
0295) due to refinements in how the estimates are calculated. See the 
Supporting Statement in the docket for more information on the changes 
in estimates.

    Dated: November 21, 2019.
John Goodin,
Director, Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds, Office of Water, 
Environmental Protection Agency.
[FR Doc. 2019-25693 Filed 11-26-19; 8:45 am]
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