Agency Information Collection Extension, 59518-59520 [2020-20870]

Download as PDF 59518 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 184 / Tuesday, September 22, 2020 / Notices Type of Review: An extension of a currently approved information collection. Respondents/Affected Public: State, Local and Tribal Organizations. Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 9,861. Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 447,089. Abstract: The Department is requesting an extension of the approval for the Generic Application Package that numerous ED discretionary grant programs use to provide to applicants the forms and information needed to apply for new grants under those grant program competitions. The Department will use this Generic Application package for discretionary grant programs that: (1) Use the standard ED or Federal-wide grant applications forms that have been cleared separately through OMB under the terms of this generic clearance as approved by OMB and (2) use selection criteria from the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR); selection criteria that reflect statutory or regulatory provisions that have been developed under 34 CFR 75.209, 75.210, or a combination of EDGAR, statutory or ‘‘approved’’ regulatory criteria or other provisions, as authorized under 34 CFR 75.200, 75.209 and 75.210. The use of the standard ED grant application forms and the use of EDGAR and/or criteria developed under §§ 75.200 and 75.209, and 75.210 promotes the standardization and streamlining of ED discretionary grant application packages. Dated: September 17, 2020. Stephanie Valentine, PRA Coordinator, Strategic Collections and Clearance, Governance and Strategy Division, Office of Chief Data Officer, Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development. [FR Doc. 2020–20897 Filed 9–21–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Extension of Comment Period, Draft Waste Incidental to Reprocessing Evaluation for Vitrified Low-Activity Waste Disposed Onsite at the Hanford Site, Washington Department of Energy. Extension of comment period. AGENCY: ACTION: On May 26, 2020, the U.S. Department of Energy (‘‘DOE’’) published in the Federal Register a Notice of Availability of the Draft Waste Incidental to Reprocessing Evaluation for Vitrified Low-Activity Waste SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:01 Sep 21, 2020 Jkt 250001 Disposed Onsite at the Hanford Site, Washington (Draft WIR Evaluation). The original comment period began on May 26, 2020 and ended on September 26, 2020. This notice announces an extension of the comment period on the Draft WIR Evaluation until November 27, 2020; any comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practical. DATES: The comment period in the Notice of Availability, published on May 26, 2020 (85 FR 31479), is extended until November 27, 2020. Any comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practical. ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted by email to ILAWDraftWIR@ rl.gov. Alternately, written comments may also be sent by mail to: Jennifer Colburn, U.S. Department of Energy, P.O. Box 450, MSIN H6–60, Richland, WA 99354. The Draft WIR Evaluation is available on the internet at https:// www.hanford.gov/page.cfm/Vitrified LowActivityWaste and will be publicly available for review at the following locations once these facilities re-open following resolution of public health concerns associated with the coronavirus: U.S. DOE Public Reading Room, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585, phone: (202) 586–5955, or fax: (202) 586–0575; and U.S. DOE Public Reading Room located at 2770 University Drive, Consolidated Information Center (CIC), Room 101L, Richland, WA 99354, phone: (509) 372– 7303. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Gary L. Pyles by email at gary.pyles@ rl.doe.gov, by mail at U.S. Department of Energy, Richland Operations Office, 2420 Stevens Center Place H520, Richland, WA 99354, or by phone at (509) 376–2670. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On May 26, 2020, DOE published in the Federal Register a notice of availability of the Draft WIR Evaluation for comment by States, Tribal Nations, stakeholders and the public (85 FR 31479). The original comment period began on May 26, 2020 and ended on September 26, 2020. In response to requests to extend the comment period, DOE is extending the comment period by 60 days, until November 27, 2020. DOE will consider comments received after that date to the extent practical. After carefully considering comments received, consulting with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and performing any necessary revisions of analyses and technical documents, DOE plans to issue a final WIR Evaluation. Based on the final WIR Evaluation, DOE may determine, in a future WIR PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Determination, whether the VLAW is incidental to reprocessing, is non-HLW, and may be managed (disposed of onsite at the Integrated Disposal Facility) as low-level radioactive waste. Signing Authority This document of the Department of Energy was signed on September 15, 2020, by Elizabeth A. Connell, Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Regulatory and Policy Affairs, pursuant to delegated authority from the Secretary of Energy. That document with the original signature and date is maintained by DOE. For administrative purposes only, and in compliance with requirements of the Office of the Federal Register, the undersigned DOE Federal Register Liaison Officer has been authorized to sign and submit the document in electronic format for publication, as an official document of the Department of Energy. This administrative process in no way alters the legal effect of this document upon publication in the Federal Register. Signed in Washington, DC, on September 17, 2020. Treena V. Garrett, Federal Register Liaison Officer, U.S. Department of Energy. [FR Doc. 2020–20910 Filed 9–21–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Energy Information Administration Agency Information Collection Extension U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), Department of Energy (DOE). ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: EIA invites public comment on the proposed three-year extension, with changes, to the Uranium Data Program (UDP) as required under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The UDP consists of three surveys: Form EIA–851A Domestic Uranium Production Report (Annual), which collects annual data from the U.S. uranium industry on uranium milling and processing, uranium feed sources, uranium mining, employment, drilling, expenditures, and uranium reserves; Form EIA–851Q Domestic Uranium Production Report (Quarterly), which collects monthly data that is reported on a quarterly basis, on uranium production on a quarterly basis; and Form EIA–858 Uranium Marketing Annual Survey, which collects annual SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\22SEN1.SGM 22SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 184 / Tuesday, September 22, 2020 / Notices data from the U.S. uranium market on uranium contracts and deliveries, inventories, enrichment services purchased, uranium in fuel assemblies, feed deliveries to enrichers, and unfilled market requirements for the current year and the following ten years. DATES: EIA must receive all comments on this proposed information collection no later than November 23, 2020. If you anticipate any difficulties in submitting your comments by the deadline, contact the person listed in ADDRESSES section of this notice as soon as possible. ADDRESSES: Send comments to Tim Shear by email to Uranium2021@ eia.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tim Shear, U.S. Energy Information Administration, telephone (202) 586– 0403, email Tim.Shear@eia.gov. The draft forms and instructions are available at https://www.eia.gov/survey/ changes/uranium/2020/. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This information collection request contains: (1) OMB No.: 1905–0160; (2) Information Collection Request Title: Uranium Data Program; (3) Type of Request: Three-year extension with changes; (4) Purpose: Uranium Data Program collects data on domestic uranium supply and demand activities, including production, exploration and development, trade, purchases and sales available to the U.S. The users of these data include Congress, Executive Branch agencies, the nuclear and uranium industry, electric power industry, and the public. Form EIA– 851A data is published in EIA’s Domestic Uranium Production Report— Annual, at http://www.eia.gov/uranium/ production/annual/. Form EIA–851Q data is published in EIA’s Domestic Uranium Production Report—Quarterly at http://www.eia.gov/uranium/ production/quarterly/. Form EIA–858 data is published in EIA’s Uranium Marketing Annual Report at http:// www.eia.gov/uranium/marketing/ and Domestic Uranium Production Report— Annual at http://www.eia.gov/uranium/ production/annual/; (4a) Proposed change to information collection: EIA will no longer protect information reported on Form EIA– 851A and EIA–851Q under the Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act of 2018 (CIPSEA). Information reported on Form EIA–858 will continue to be protected under CIPSEA. EIA proposes to apply exemptions under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to protect information reported on Forms EIA–851A and EIA–851Q VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:01 Sep 21, 2020 Jkt 250001 except for production data. Production data will be considered public and may be publicly released in an identifiable form. For the past six years, the items ‘‘Respondent and Contact Identification’’, ‘‘Company Name’’, and all of ‘‘Item 1: Facility Information’’ on Forms EIA–851Q and EIA–851A are considered public information and are publicly released in company or individually identifiable form on EIA’s website. Data protection methods will continue to be applied to the statistical information reported on Forms EIA– 851A and EIA–851Q, except for production data. The data protection statement in the instructions to Forms EIA–851A and EIA–851Q will state: The ‘Respondent and Contact Identification’ (Company Name), ‘Item 1: Facility Information’, and production data reported on Form EIA–851Q/A are considered public information and may be released in company identifiable form. Additional information reported on this form may be protected and may not be disclosed to the public to the extent that it satisfies the criteria for exemption under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552, the Department of Energy (DOE) regulations, 10 CFR 1004, implementing the FOIA, and the Trade Secrets Act, 18 U.S.C. 1905. The Federal Energy Administration Act requires EIA to provide company-specific data to other Federal agencies when requested for official use. The information reported on this form may also be made available, upon request, to another component of the Department of Energy (DOE); to any Committee of Congress, the Government Accountability Office, or other Federal agencies authorized by law to receive such information. A court of competent jurisdiction may obtain this information in response to an order. The information may be used for any non-statistical purposes such as administrative, regulatory, law enforcement, or adjudicatory purposes. Data protection methods are applied to the statistical information reported on Forms EIA–851A and EIA–851Q, except for production data. The reason EIA is proposing this change in the data protection for Forms EIA–851A and EIA–851Q is due to a material change in circumstances that occurred over the past 15 years in the domestic uranium production markets that was unforeseen when EIA initially placed these surveys under CIPSEA protection in 2004. Domestic uranium production has significantly decreased from a recent high of 4,891 thousand pounds U3O8 in 2014 to 174 thousand pounds U3O8 in 2019. Over 90% of the uranium purchased by owners and operators of U.S. civilian nuclear power reactors in 2018 and 2019 was from uranium imports of foreign origin. The number of respondents reporting PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 59519 domestic production has steadily declined over the past 15 years as imports of uranium dominate U.S. uranium markets and domestic firms either cease operations or merge with other companies. As fewer respondents contribute to the published aggregates, EIA needs to withhold from publication all of the data at the state and regional level. The practical utility of the information collected is undermined by EIA withholding most of the data it collects on these survey forms. Cognitive research showed that the majority of the respondents to Forms EIA–851A and EIA–851Q are not concerned if informed users infer reported values from published statistical aggregates in data tables. The main reason survey respondents provided was that the information reported on Forms EIA–851A and EIA– 851Q is already publicly available. In addition, since 2016, the current instructions to Forms EIA–851A and EIA–851Q have stated the name and address of the respondent are considered public information. (5) Annual Estimated Number of Respondents: 102; (6) Annual Estimated Number of Total Responses: 135; (7) Annual Estimated Number of Burden Hours: 1098; (8) Annual Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Cost Burden: EIA estimates that there are no capital and start-up costs associated with this data collection. The information is maintained during the normal course of business. The cost of the burden hours is estimated to be $87,993.72 (1,098 burden hours times $80.14 per hour). Other than the cost of burden hours, EIA estimates that there are no additional costs for generating, maintaining, and providing this information. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information has practical utility; (b) 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; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Statutory Authority: Section 13(b) of the Federal Energy Administration Act of 1974, Pub. L. 93–275, codified as 15 U.S.C. 772(b) and the DOE Organization Act of 1977, Pub. L. 95–91, codified at 42 U.S.C. 7101. E:\FR\FM\22SEN1.SGM 22SEN1 59520 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 184 / Tuesday, September 22, 2020 / Notices Signed in Washington, DC, on September 16, 2020. Thomas Leckey, Assistant Administrator for Energy Statistics, U.S. Energy Information Administration. [FR Doc. 2020–20870 Filed 9–21–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Combined Notice of Filings #1 Take notice that the Commission received the following electric corporate filings: Docket Numbers: EC20–102–000. Applicants: Terra-Gen Power Holdings II, LLC, Golden NA Power Holdings LLC, Energy Capital Partners III, LLC. Description: Application for Authorization Under Section 203 of the Federal Power Act, et al. of Terra-Gen Power Holdings II, LLC, et al. Filed Date: 9/15/20. Accession Number: 20200915–5141. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 10/6/20. Take notice that the Commission received the following exempt wholesale generator filings: Docket Numbers: EG20–245–000. Applicants: Townsite Solar, LLC. Description: Notice of SelfCertification of Exempt Wholesale Generator Status of Townsite Solar, LLC. Filed Date: 9/15/20. Accession Number: 20200915–5041. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 10/6/20. Take notice that the Commission received the following electric rate filings: Docket Numbers: ER11–2154–011. Applicants: Twin Eagle Resource Management, LLC. Description: Second Amendment to March 30, 2020 and April 2, 2020 Notice of Change in Status of Twin Eagle Resource Management, LLC. Filed Date: 8/20/20. Accession Number: 20200820–5149. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 9/28/20. Docket Numbers: ER17–104–006; ER17–105–006. Applicants: Broadview Energy JN, LLC, Broadview Energy KW, LLC. Description: Notice of Change in Status of Broadview Energy JN, LLC, et al. Filed Date: 9/15/20. Accession Number: 20200915–5119. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 10/6/20. Docket Numbers: ER18–1247–001. Applicants: Entergy Arkansas, Inc. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:01 Sep 21, 2020 Jkt 250001 Description: Report Filing: EAL Refund Report (ER18–1247–001) to be effective N/A. Filed Date: 9/16/20. Accession Number: 20200916–5056. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 10/7/20. Docket Numbers: ER18–1639–007. Applicants: Constellation Mystic Power, LLC. Description: Compliance filing: Revised Mystic Agreement Compliance Filing to be effective 6/1/2022. Filed Date: 9/15/20. Accession Number: 20200915–5070. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 10/6/20. Docket Numbers: ER20–1958–001. Applicants: Puget Sound Energy, Inc. Description: Compliance filing: Order 864 Amended Compliance Filing to be effective 1/27/2020. Filed Date: 9/15/20. Accession Number: 20200915–5064. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 10/6/20. Docket Numbers: ER20–2005–001. Applicants: Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. Description: Tariff Amendment: 2020–09–16_Deficiency Response to Intermittent Resource Deliverability Filing to be effective 8/19/2020. Filed Date: 9/16/20. Accession Number: 20200916–5083. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 10/7/20. Docket Numbers: ER20–2878–001. Applicants: Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Description: Tariff Amendment: First Amendment to Wholesale Distribution Tariff Rate Case 2020 (WDT3), CCSF to be effective 11/15/2020. Filed Date: 9/16/20. Accession Number: 20200916–5057. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 10/7/20. Docket Numbers: ER20–2878–002. Applicants: Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Description: Tariff Amendment: Second Amendment to Wholesale Distribution Tariff Rate Case 2020 (WDT3), Port to be effective 11/15/2020. Filed Date: 9/16/20. Accession Number: 20200916–5069. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 10/7/20. Docket Numbers: ER20–2887–000. Applicants: New York Independent System Operator, Inc., Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation. Description: § 205(d) Rate Filing: Joint NYISO & NMPC 205 filing re: SGIA SA2544 Pattersonville Solar Facility, LLC to be effective 9/3/2020. Filed Date: 9/16/20. Accession Number: 20200916–5010. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 10/7/20. Docket Numbers: ER20–2888–000. Applicants: Townsite Solar, LLC. Description: Baseline eTariff Filing: Townsite Solar, LLC MBR Tariff to be effective 9/17/2020. PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Filed Date: 9/16/20. Accession Number: 20200916–5043. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 10/7/20. Docket Numbers: ER20–2889–000. Applicants: Alabama Power Company. Description: § 205(d) Rate Filing: Swallowtail Solar LGIA Filing to be effective 9/1/2020. Filed Date: 9/16/20. Accession Number: 20200916–5044. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 10/7/20. Docket Numbers: ER20–2890–000. Applicants: California Independent System Operator Corporation. Description: § 205(d) Rate Filing: 2020–09–16 Hybrid Resources to be effective 12/1/2020. Filed Date: 9/16/20. Accession Number: 20200916–5055. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 10/7/20. Docket Numbers: ER20–2891–000. Applicants: PJM Interconnection, L.L.C. Description: § 205(d) Rate Filing: Original WMPA, Service Agreement No. 5759; Queue No. AF2–277 to be effective 8/18/2020. Filed Date: 9/16/20. Accession Number: 20200916–5070. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 10/7/20. Docket Numbers: ER20–2892–000. Applicants: Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. Description: § 205(d) Rate Filing: 2020–09–16_SA 2974 Termination of Missouri Basin-Marshall Cogen GIA (J391) to be effective 4/19/2020. Filed Date: 9/16/20. Accession Number: 20200916–5073. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 10/7/20. Docket Numbers: ER20–2893–000. Applicants: PJM Interconnection, L.L.C. Description: § 205(d) Rate Filing: Original WMPA, Service Agreement No. 5760; Queue No. AF2–278 to be effective 8/18/2020. Filed Date: 9/16/20. Accession Number: 20200916–5076. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 10/7/20. Docket Numbers: ER20–2894–000. Applicants: PJM Interconnection, L.L.C. Description: § 205(d) Rate Filing: Original WMPA, Service Agreement No. 5761; Queue No. AF2–279 to be effective 8/18/2020. Filed Date: 9/16/20. Accession Number: 20200916–5081. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 10/7/20. Docket Numbers: ER20–2896–000. Applicants: New England Power Company. Description: Notice of Cancellation of Large Generator Interconnection Agreement (First Revised Service E:\FR\FM\22SEN1.SGM 22SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 184 (Tuesday, September 22, 2020)]
[Notices]
[Pages 59518-59520]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-20870]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Energy Information Administration


Agency Information Collection Extension

AGENCY: U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), Department of 
Energy (DOE).

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: EIA invites public comment on the proposed three-year 
extension, with changes, to the Uranium Data Program (UDP) as required 
under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The UDP consists of three 
surveys: Form EIA-851A Domestic Uranium Production Report (Annual), 
which collects annual data from the U.S. uranium industry on uranium 
milling and processing, uranium feed sources, uranium mining, 
employment, drilling, expenditures, and uranium reserves; Form EIA-851Q 
Domestic Uranium Production Report (Quarterly), which collects monthly 
data that is reported on a quarterly basis, on uranium production on a 
quarterly basis; and Form EIA-858 Uranium Marketing Annual Survey, 
which collects annual

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data from the U.S. uranium market on uranium contracts and deliveries, 
inventories, enrichment services purchased, uranium in fuel assemblies, 
feed deliveries to enrichers, and unfilled market requirements for the 
current year and the following ten years.

DATES: EIA must receive all comments on this proposed information 
collection no later than November 23, 2020. If you anticipate any 
difficulties in submitting your comments by the deadline, contact the 
person listed in ADDRESSES section of this notice as soon as possible.

ADDRESSES: Send comments to Tim Shear by email to [email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tim Shear, U.S. Energy Information 
Administration, telephone (202) 586-0403, email [email protected]. The 
draft forms and instructions are available at https://www.eia.gov/survey/changes/uranium/2020/.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This information collection request 
contains:
    (1) OMB No.: 1905-0160;
    (2) Information Collection Request Title: Uranium Data Program;
    (3) Type of Request: Three-year extension with changes;
    (4) Purpose: Uranium Data Program collects data on domestic uranium 
supply and demand activities, including production, exploration and 
development, trade, purchases and sales available to the U.S. The users 
of these data include Congress, Executive Branch agencies, the nuclear 
and uranium industry, electric power industry, and the public. Form 
EIA-851A data is published in EIA's Domestic Uranium Production 
Report--Annual, at http://www.eia.gov/uranium/production/annual/. Form 
EIA-851Q data is published in EIA's Domestic Uranium Production 
Report--Quarterly at http://www.eia.gov/uranium/production/quarterly/. 
Form EIA-858 data is published in EIA's Uranium Marketing Annual Report 
at http://www.eia.gov/uranium/marketing/ and Domestic Uranium 
Production Report--Annual at http://www.eia.gov/uranium/production/annual/;
    (4a) Proposed change to information collection: EIA will no longer 
protect information reported on Form EIA-851A and EIA-851Q under the 
Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act of 
2018 (CIPSEA). Information reported on Form EIA-858 will continue to be 
protected under CIPSEA.
    EIA proposes to apply exemptions under the Freedom of Information 
Act (FOIA) to protect information reported on Forms EIA-851A and EIA-
851Q except for production data. Production data will be considered 
public and may be publicly released in an identifiable form. For the 
past six years, the items ``Respondent and Contact Identification'', 
``Company Name'', and all of ``Item 1: Facility Information'' on Forms 
EIA-851Q and EIA-851A are considered public information and are 
publicly released in company or individually identifiable form on EIA's 
website. Data protection methods will continue to be applied to the 
statistical information reported on Forms EIA-851A and EIA-851Q, except 
for production data.
    The data protection statement in the instructions to Forms EIA-851A 
and EIA-851Q will state:

    The `Respondent and Contact Identification' (Company Name), 
`Item 1: Facility Information', and production data reported on Form 
EIA-851Q/A are considered public information and may be released in 
company identifiable form. Additional information reported on this 
form may be protected and may not be disclosed to the public to the 
extent that it satisfies the criteria for exemption under the 
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552, the Department of 
Energy (DOE) regulations, 10 CFR 1004, implementing the FOIA, and 
the Trade Secrets Act, 18 U.S.C. 1905.
    The Federal Energy Administration Act requires EIA to provide 
company-specific data to other Federal agencies when requested for 
official use. The information reported on this form may also be made 
available, upon request, to another component of the Department of 
Energy (DOE); to any Committee of Congress, the Government 
Accountability Office, or other Federal agencies authorized by law 
to receive such information. A court of competent jurisdiction may 
obtain this information in response to an order. The information may 
be used for any non-statistical purposes such as administrative, 
regulatory, law enforcement, or adjudicatory purposes.
    Data protection methods are applied to the statistical 
information reported on Forms EIA-851A and EIA-851Q, except for 
production data.

    The reason EIA is proposing this change in the data protection for 
Forms EIA-851A and EIA-851Q is due to a material change in 
circumstances that occurred over the past 15 years in the domestic 
uranium production markets that was unforeseen when EIA initially 
placed these surveys under CIPSEA protection in 2004. Domestic uranium 
production has significantly decreased from a recent high of 4,891 
thousand pounds U3O8 in 2014 to 174 thousand pounds U3O8 in 2019. Over 
90% of the uranium purchased by owners and operators of U.S. civilian 
nuclear power reactors in 2018 and 2019 was from uranium imports of 
foreign origin. The number of respondents reporting domestic production 
has steadily declined over the past 15 years as imports of uranium 
dominate U.S. uranium markets and domestic firms either cease 
operations or merge with other companies. As fewer respondents 
contribute to the published aggregates, EIA needs to withhold from 
publication all of the data at the state and regional level. The 
practical utility of the information collected is undermined by EIA 
withholding most of the data it collects on these survey forms. 
Cognitive research showed that the majority of the respondents to Forms 
EIA-851A and EIA-851Q are not concerned if informed users infer 
reported values from published statistical aggregates in data tables. 
The main reason survey respondents provided was that the information 
reported on Forms EIA-851A and EIA-851Q is already publicly available. 
In addition, since 2016, the current instructions to Forms EIA-851A and 
EIA-851Q have stated the name and address of the respondent are 
considered public information.
    (5) Annual Estimated Number of Respondents: 102;
    (6) Annual Estimated Number of Total Responses: 135;
    (7) Annual Estimated Number of Burden Hours: 1098;
    (8) Annual Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Cost Burden: EIA 
estimates that there are no capital and start-up costs associated with 
this data collection. The information is maintained during the normal 
course of business. The cost of the burden hours is estimated to be 
$87,993.72 (1,098 burden hours times $80.14 per hour). Other than the 
cost of burden hours, EIA estimates that there are no additional costs 
for generating, maintaining, and providing this information.
    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the agency, including whether the information has practical utility; 
(b) 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; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and 
clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize 
the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including 
through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of 
information technology.

    Statutory Authority:  Section 13(b) of the Federal Energy 
Administration Act of 1974, Pub. L. 93-275, codified as 15 U.S.C. 
772(b) and the DOE Organization Act of 1977, Pub. L. 95-91, codified 
at 42 U.S.C. 7101.


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    Signed in Washington, DC, on September 16, 2020.
Thomas Leckey,
Assistant Administrator for Energy Statistics, U.S. Energy Information 
Administration.
[FR Doc. 2020-20870 Filed 9-21-20; 8:45 am]
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