[Federal Register Volume 60, Number 189 (Friday, September 29, 1995)]
[Pages 50574-50575]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 95-24276]



Agency Information Collection Activities

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 
et seq.), this notice announces that EPA is planning to submit the 
following proposed and/or continuing Information Collection Requests 
(ICRs) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Before submitting 
the ICRs to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on 
specific aspects of the proposed information collections as described 

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DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before November 28, 1995.

ADDRESSES: Chemical Emergency Preparedness and Prevention Office, 
Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, U.S. Environmental 
Protection Agency, 401 M Street SW., Washington DC 20460.

Vanessa Rodriguez, Chemical Emergency Preparedness and Prevention 
Office. (202) 260-7913.

    Affected entities: Entities potentially affected by this action are 
those which may petition EPA to modify, by addition or deletion, the 
list of regulated substances under section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act 
of 1990 as Amended (CAA or the Act). Any person may petition EPA to 
modify, by addition or deletion, the list of regulated substances. 
Potential petitioners are likely to include environmental groups, 
industries producing, using, or storing listed regulated substances, 
and state and local agencies.
    Title: Information Requirements For Petitions to Modify The List of 
Regulated Substances Under Section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act, as 
    Abstract: This information collection addresses the requirements 
for submitting petitions to modify the list of regulated substances 
under section 112(r) of the CAA. CAA section 112(r) requires EPA to 
promulgate a list of at least 100 substances (``regulated substances'') 
that are known to cause, or may be reasonably anticipated to cause, 
death, injury, or serious adverse effects to human health or the 
environment. EPA is also required to set threshold quantities for each 
listed substance. The list and threshold quantities will determine the 
need for owners and operators of facilities to comply with subsequent 
regulations addressing the prevention and detection of accidental 
releases. The act also requires the Agency to develop procedures for 
the addition and deletion of substances from the list. Accordingly, EPA 
has published a list of regulated substances and threshold quantities 
and also the requirements for the petition process that will be used to 
add or delete chemicals from the final list.
    The listing rule requires the petitioner to submit information in 
support of a petition to modify the list of regulated substances. The 
petitioner must provide EPA with sufficient information to specifically 
support the request to add or delete a substance from the list of 
regulated substances. The Agency will use this information in making 
the decision to grant or deny a petition. The information collection 
addresses the burden of collecting and submitting supporting 
information in accordance with EPA's proposed petition process. 
Information will be collected on a voluntary basis, and all the 
information collected requesting modification of the substance listings 
will be stored in a docket created for that purpose.
    This information collection is authorized under CAA section 112(r), 
42 U.S.C. 7412(r). CAA section 112(r)(3) states, in relevant part, 
``The Administrator shall establish procedures for the addition and 
deletion of substances from the list established under this paragraph 
consistent with those applicable to the list in subsection (b).'' The 
information collected during the petition process will provide the 
primary basis for EPA to determine if it is appropriate to add or 
delete the substance from the list. To be consistent with the petition 
process under CAA section 112(b), EPA is required to consider and 
respond to petitions to modify the list of regulated substances for 
accidental release prevention within 18 months of submission of the 
petition; complete data supporting the petition are necessary to allow 
EPA to complete its review within that time period. An Agency may not 
conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a 
collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB 
control number. The OMB control numbers for EPA's regulations are 
listed in 40 CFR Part 9.
    The EPA would like to solicit comments 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.
    Burden Statement: Public reporting for this collection of 
information in the petition process is estimated to be approximately 
138 hours per response, including time for reviewing instructions, 
searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data 
needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. EPA 
estimates that there will be an average of 11 petitions per year. The 
total annual burden is estimated to be 1,518 hours, (138 hours x 11 
petitions). This estimate includes the time needed to review 
instructions; develop, acquire, install, and utilize technology and 
systems for the purposes of collecting, validating, and verifying 
information, processing and maintaining information, and disclosing and 
providing information; adjust the existing ways to comply with any 
previously applicable instructions and requirements; train personnel to 
be able to respond to a collection of information; search data sources; 
complete and review the collection of information; and transmit or 
otherwise disclose the information.

    Dated: September 25, 1995.
James Makris,
Director, Chemical Emergency Preparedness and Prevention Office.
[FR Doc. 95-24276 Filed 9-28-95; 8:45 am]