Information Collection Activities; Comment Request, 8037-8038 [2021-02208]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 21 / Wednesday, February 3, 2021 / Notices Management Division, Policy and Planning Staff, Two Constitution Square, 145 N Street NE, 3E.405A, Washington, DC 20530. Dated: January 28, 2021. Melody Braswell, Department Clearance Officer for PRA, U.S. Department of Justice. [FR Doc. 2021–02192 Filed 2–2–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410–FY–P DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Notice of Lodging of Proposed Consent Decree Under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act On January 20, 2021, the Department of Justice lodged a proposed consent decree with the United States District Court for the District of Utah in the lawsuit entitled United States of America v. Magnesium Corporation of America, et al., Civil Action No. 2:01CV0040B. If approved by the court, the consent decree would resolve the claims of the United States against US Magnesium LLC (‘‘USM’’), the Renco Group, Inc. (‘‘Group’’), the Ira Leon Rennert Revocable Trusts (‘‘Trusts’’), and Mr. Ira Leon Rennert (‘‘Rennert’’), collectively Defendants, for injunctive relief and civil penalties for alleged violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (‘‘RCRA’’) at USM’s magnesium production facility in Rowley, Utah. The consent decree would require USM to: (1) Make extensive process modifications at the facility, including construction of a filtration plant to treat all wastewaters, that will reduce the environmental impacts from its production operations and ensure greater protection for its workers; (2) establish appropriate financial assurance for closure or corrective action of certain waste management areas in the operating areas of the facility; (3) pay a civil penalty of $250,000; and (4) perform the CERCLA Response Action, which includes construction of a barrier wall around 1700 acres of the operating portions of the facility to prevent leaks or breaches of hazardous materials to the Great Salt Lake, and the payment of EPA costs incurred in connection with the CERCLA Response Action. The United States and the Settling Defendants also would implement the 2019 bankruptcy settlement that resolved claims between the United States and USM’s predecessors. In return for the Settling Defendants’ compliance with these requirements, the consent decree would resolve past RCRA violations at the Rowley facility VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:21 Feb 02, 2021 Jkt 253001 that the United States’ complaint alleges. Provided that the Settling Defendants remain in compliance with the consent decree’s requirements, including payment of EPA CERCLA Response Action costs, the United States would covenant not to sue the Settling Defendants under CERCLA for the CERCLA Response Action and EPA’s CERCLA Response Action costs. The publication of this notice opens a period for public comment on the proposed consent decree. Comments should be addressed to the Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division, and should refer to United States of America v. Magnesium Corporation of America, et al., D.J. Ref. No. 90–7–1–06980. All comments must be submitted no later than thirty (30) days after the publication date of this notice. Comments may be submitted either by email or by mail: To submit comments: Send them to: By email ....... pubcommentees.enrd@usdoj.gov. Assistant Attorney General, U.S. DOJ—ENRD, P.O. Box 7611, Washington, D.C. 20044–7611. By mail ......... During the public comment period, the consent decree may be examined and downloaded at this Justice Department website: http:// www.justice.gov/enrd/consent-decrees. We will provide a paper copy of the consent decree upon written request and payment of reproduction costs. Please mail your request and payment to: Consent Decree Library, U.S. DOJ— ENRD, P.O. Box 7611, Washington, DC 20044–7611. Please enclose a check or money order for $101.00 (25 cents per page reproduction cost) payable to the United States Treasury. For a paper copy without the Appendices and signature pages, the cost is $20.00. Jeffrey Sands, Assistant Section Chief, Environmental Enforcement Section, Environment and Natural Resources Division. [FR Doc. 2021–02216 Filed 2–2–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410–15–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Bureau of Labor Statistics Information Collection Activities; Comment Request Bureau of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00049 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 8037 Notice of information collection; request for comment. ACTION: The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a pre-clearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is soliciting comments concerning the proposed new information collection of the ‘‘QCEW Business Supplement.’’ A copy of the proposed information collection request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the individual listed below in the ADDRESSES section of this notice. DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice on or before April 5, 2021. ADDRESSES: Send comments to Carol Rowan, BLS Clearance Officer, Division of Management Systems, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Room 4080, 2 Massachusetts Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20212. Written comments also may be transmitted by email to BLS_PRA_ Public@bls.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carol Rowan, BLS Clearance Officer, at 202–691–7628 (this is not a toll free number). (See ADDRESSES section.) SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: I. Background The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) intends to implement a new collection for a QCEW Business Supplement (QBS). Through the QBS, the BLS will be able to capture information on the US economy in a more efficient and timely manner than is currently possible. The QBS is intended to be a versatile collection instrument that will allow BLS to quickly collect and publish information so that stakeholders and data users can understand the impact of specific events on the US economy as they occur, improving the relevancy of the data. The QBS is designed to incorporate new questionnaires as the need arises based on topics of relevance. BLS initially published a notice requesting comments on this collection in 85 FR E:\FR\FM\03FEN1.SGM 03FEN1 8038 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 21 / Wednesday, February 3, 2021 / Notices 3426, on January 21, 2020, but the collection was postponed so the BLS could collect the Business Response Survey (BRS). The initial collection under the QBS will be a follow-up to the BRS, conducted in 2020, which captured information about changes to businesses operations, employment and workforce flexibilities, and benefits that occurred as a result of the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic. The BRS was a one-time collection which provided critical information on the U.S. business response to the Coronavirus pandemic to help provide policy makers and data users with additional information to help inform decisions. This follow-up survey to the BRS, under the QBS collection, will collect information on how establishments are coping with the transition from the height of the pandemic into a period of economic recovery. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES II. Method of Collection The BLS will use the Annual Refiling Survey (ARS) as a platform for conducting the QBS. Each year, the BLS Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) Program conducts the ARS by reaching out to approximately 1.2 million establishments requesting verification of their main business activity, and their mailing and physical location addresses. The fully web-based ARS allows for an accelerated timeframe for collection and provides a low-cost platform for conducting the quick, short surveys of the QBS. The QBSs accompanying the ARS will have little data collection overhead, leveraging the respondent contact process undertaken as part of the production ARS. QBS Respondents already logged into the ARS secure website will be directed to a QBS and asked to answer a limited number of additional survey questions after completing the ARS. II. Current Action Office of Management and Budget clearance is being sought for the QCEW Business Supplement (QBS). The QBS, based on the ARS data collection platform, will allow BLS to leverage the multitude of information already known about the sample units to allow for targeted sampling. It also will permit BLS to target only the units meeting the specific set of characteristics desired allowing BLS to delve into specific areas of economic interest without burdening establishments which do not meet the specific targeted features. The QBS is designed to encourage a fast response and minimize respondent burden on the public by limiting the number of questions on each survey and VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:21 Feb 02, 2021 Jkt 253001 by asking questions that respondents should be able to answer without research or referring to records. In this manner, BLS can provide information that is needed quickly and is not collected elsewhere. The QBS is designed to incorporate new questionnaires as the need for data arises, as frequently as twice a year. The BLS plans to conduct multiple small surveys under the QBS clearance. The initial survey will focus on how establishments are coping with the current status of the Coronavirus pandemic and the transition period that they are currently experiencing. Questions will cover a range of establishment topics including changes in telework, paid sick leave, demand for products and services, changes in products or services ordered, rehiring activities, recruitment activities, mandated closures, and government assistance. III. Desired Focus of Comments The Bureau of Labor Statistics is particularly interested in comments that: • 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. • 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. • Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected. • 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 submissions of responses. Title of Collection: QCEW Business Supplement. OMB Number: 1220–NEW. Type of Review: New Collection. Agency: Bureau of Labor Statistics. Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit institutions, not-for-profit institutions, and farms. Total Respondents: 150,000. Frequency: One time. Total Responses: 150,000. Average Time per Response: 10 minutes. Estimated Total Burden Hours: 25,000 hours. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or PO 00000 Frm 00050 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 included in the request for Office of Management and Budget approval of the information collection request; they also will become a matter of public record. Signed at Washington, DC, January 28, 2021. Mark Staniorski, Chief, Division of Management Systems. [FR Doc. 2021–02208 Filed 2–2–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–24–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Occupational Safety and Health Administration [Docket No. OSHA–2020–0002] National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH); Notice of Membership Appointments Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor. ACTION: Notice of NACOSH membership appointments. AGENCY: On January 14, 2020, the Secretary of Labor appointed four members to serve on NACOSH. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For press inquiries: Mr. Francis Meilinger, Director, OSHA Office of Communications, U.S. Department of Labor; telephone (202) 693–1999, TTY (877–889–5627); email meilinger.francis2@dol.gov. For general information: Ms. Amy Agro Wangdahl, Director, OSHA Office of Maritime and Agriculture, Directorate of Standards and Guidance, U.S. Department of Labor; telephone (202) 693–2066, TTY (877–889–5627); email wangdahl.amy@dol.gov. For copies of this Federal Register Notice: Electronic copies of this Federal Register notice are available at http:// www.regulations.gov. This notice, as well as news releases and other relevant information, are also available at OSHA’s web page at www.osha.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: I. Background The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) (29 U.S.C. 651, 656) established NACOSH to advise, consult with and make recommendations to the Secretary of Labor and the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) on matters relating to the administration of the OSH Act. NACOSH is a continuing advisory committee of indefinite duration. NACOSH operates in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act E:\FR\FM\03FEN1.SGM 03FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 21 (Wednesday, February 3, 2021)]
[Notices]
[Pages 8037-8038]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-02208]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Bureau of Labor Statistics


Information Collection Activities; Comment Request

AGENCY: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor.

ACTION: Notice of information collection; request for comment.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to 
reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a pre-clearance 
consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies 
with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing 
collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995. This program helps to ensure that requested data can be 
provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial 
resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, 
and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be 
properly assessed. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is soliciting 
comments concerning the proposed new information collection of the 
``QCEW Business Supplement.'' A copy of the proposed information 
collection request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the individual 
listed below in the ADDRESSES section of this notice.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the 
ADDRESSES section of this notice on or before April 5, 2021.

ADDRESSES: Send comments to Carol Rowan, BLS Clearance Officer, 
Division of Management Systems, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Room 4080, 
2 Massachusetts Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20212. Written comments also 
may be transmitted by email to [email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carol Rowan, BLS Clearance Officer, at 
202-691-7628 (this is not a toll free number). (See Addresses section.)

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) intends to implement a new 
collection for a QCEW Business Supplement (QBS). Through the QBS, the 
BLS will be able to capture information on the US economy in a more 
efficient and timely manner than is currently possible. The QBS is 
intended to be a versatile collection instrument that will allow BLS to 
quickly collect and publish information so that stakeholders and data 
users can understand the impact of specific events on the US economy as 
they occur, improving the relevancy of the data.
    The QBS is designed to incorporate new questionnaires as the need 
arises based on topics of relevance. BLS initially published a notice 
requesting comments on this collection in 85 FR

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3426, on January 21, 2020, but the collection was postponed so the BLS 
could collect the Business Response Survey (BRS). The initial 
collection under the QBS will be a follow-up to the BRS, conducted in 
2020, which captured information about changes to businesses 
operations, employment and workforce flexibilities, and benefits that 
occurred as a result of the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic. The BRS 
was a one-time collection which provided critical information on the 
U.S. business response to the Coronavirus pandemic to help provide 
policy makers and data users with additional information to help inform 
decisions. This follow-up survey to the BRS, under the QBS collection, 
will collect information on how establishments are coping with the 
transition from the height of the pandemic into a period of economic 
recovery.

II. Method of Collection

    The BLS will use the Annual Refiling Survey (ARS) as a platform for 
conducting the QBS. Each year, the BLS Quarterly Census of Employment 
and Wages (QCEW) Program conducts the ARS by reaching out to 
approximately 1.2 million establishments requesting verification of 
their main business activity, and their mailing and physical location 
addresses. The fully web-based ARS allows for an accelerated timeframe 
for collection and provides a low-cost platform for conducting the 
quick, short surveys of the QBS. The QBSs accompanying the ARS will 
have little data collection overhead, leveraging the respondent contact 
process undertaken as part of the production ARS. QBS Respondents 
already logged into the ARS secure website will be directed to a QBS 
and asked to answer a limited number of additional survey questions 
after completing the ARS.

II. Current Action

    Office of Management and Budget clearance is being sought for the 
QCEW Business Supplement (QBS).
    The QBS, based on the ARS data collection platform, will allow BLS 
to leverage the multitude of information already known about the sample 
units to allow for targeted sampling. It also will permit BLS to target 
only the units meeting the specific set of characteristics desired 
allowing BLS to delve into specific areas of economic interest without 
burdening establishments which do not meet the specific targeted 
features.
    The QBS is designed to encourage a fast response and minimize 
respondent burden on the public by limiting the number of questions on 
each survey and by asking questions that respondents should be able to 
answer without research or referring to records. In this manner, BLS 
can provide information that is needed quickly and is not collected 
elsewhere.
    The QBS is designed to incorporate new questionnaires as the need 
for data arises, as frequently as twice a year. The BLS plans to 
conduct multiple small surveys under the QBS clearance. The initial 
survey will focus on how establishments are coping with the current 
status of the Coronavirus pandemic and the transition period that they 
are currently experiencing. Questions will cover a range of 
establishment topics including changes in telework, paid sick leave, 
demand for products and services, changes in products or services 
ordered, rehiring activities, recruitment activities, mandated 
closures, and government assistance.

III. Desired Focus of Comments

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics is particularly interested in 
comments that:
     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.
     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.
     Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected.
     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 submissions of responses.
    Title of Collection: QCEW Business Supplement.
    OMB Number: 1220-NEW.
    Type of Review: New Collection.
    Agency: Bureau of Labor Statistics.
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit institutions, not-
for-profit institutions, and farms.
    Total Respondents: 150,000.
    Frequency: One time.
    Total Responses: 150,000.
    Average Time per Response: 10 minutes.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 25,000 hours.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the request for Office of Management and Budget 
approval of the information collection request; they also will become a 
matter of public record.

    Signed at Washington, DC, January 28, 2021.
Mark Staniorski,
Chief, Division of Management Systems.
[FR Doc. 2021-02208 Filed 2-2-21; 8:45 am]
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