[Federal Register Volume 62, Number 231 (Tuesday, December 2, 1997)]
[Pages 63730-63731]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 97-31518]



Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB 
Review; Comment Request

AGENCY: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

ACTION: Notice of the OMB review of information collection and 
solicitation of public comment.


SUMMARY: The NRC has recently submitted to OMB for review the following 
proposal for the collection of information under the provisions of the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). The NRC hereby 
informs potential respondents that an agency may not conduct or 
sponsor, and that a person is not required to respond to, a collection 
of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
    1. Type of submission, new, revision, or extension: New.
    2. The title of the information collection: Joint NRC/EPA Survey of 
Sewage Sludge/Ash.
    3. The form number if applicable: None.
    4. How often the collection is required: This is a one-time 
    5. Who will be required or asked to report: Selected publicly owned 
treatment works (POTWs), and Agreement States.
    6. An estimate of the number of responses: 600 POTWs for the 
questionnaire and 300 POTWs for sample collection, plus 30 Agreement 
States for reporting of licensees associated with Zip Codes.
    7. An estimate of the total number of hours needed annually to 
complete the requirement or request: An average of 1 hour per 
respondent for questionnaire and 6 hours each for selected respondents 
for collecting samples, plus 8 hours each for 30 Agreement States. The 
total burden is 2,640 hours.
    8. An indication of whether Section 3507(d), Pub. L. 104-13 
applies: Not applicable.
    9. Abstract: The survey will obtain national estimates of high 
probability occurrences of elevated levels of radioactive materials in 
sludge and ash at POTWs, estimate the extent to which radioactive 
contamination comes from either NRC/Agreement State licensees or from 
naturally-occurring radioactivity, and support possible rulemaking 
decisions by NRC and EPA. NRC and EPA will send questionnaires to 
selected POTWs. Based on the results of that survey, NRC and EPA will 
identify approximately 300 POTWs from which samples of sewage sludge/
ash will be taken and analyzed. Results of the full survey will be 
published for use by

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Federal agencies, States, POTWs, local POTW officials and other 
interested parties.
    A copy of the draft supporting statement may be viewed free of 
charge at the NRC Public Document Room, 2120 L Street NW (lower level), 
Washington, DC. OMB clearance packages are available at the NRC 
worldwide web site (http://www.nrc.gov) under the FedWorld collection 
link on the home page tool bar. The document will be available on the 
NRC home page site for 60 days after the signature date of this notice.
    Comments and questions should be directed to the OMB reviewer by 
January 2, 1998. Norma Gonzales, Office of Information and Regulatory 
Affairs (3150-      ) NEOB-10202, Office of Management and Budget, 
Washington, DC 20503.
    Comments can also be submitted by telephone at (202) 395-3087.
    The NRC Clearance Officer is Brenda Jo Shelton, (301) 415-7233.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 24th day of November 1997.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Brenda Jo. Shelton,
NRC Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 97-31518 Filed 12-1-97; 8:45 am]