[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 151 (Tuesday, August 5, 2008)]
[Pages 45436-45437]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-17927]



[EPA-HQ-OAR-2004-0081; FRL-8700-9]

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for 
Review and Approval; Comment Request; Prevention of Significant 
Deterioration and Non-Attainment Area New Source Review (Renewal), EPA 
ICR Number 1230.23, OMB Control Number 2060-0003

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 
et seq.), this document announces that an Information Collection 
Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) for review and approval. This is a request to renew an existing 
approved collection. This ICR is scheduled to expire on October 31, 
2008. Under OMB regulations, the Agency may continue to conduct or 
sponsor the collection of information while this submission is pending 
at OMB. This ICR describes the nature of the information collection and 
its estimated burden and cost.

DATES: Additional comments may be submitted on or before September 4, 

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing docket ID number EPA-HQ-
OAR-2004-0081, to (1) EPA on-line at www.regulations.gov, or by mail 
to: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Docket Center, Air and 
Radiation Docket and Information Center, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., 
Mail Code 2822T, Washington, DC 20460, and (2) OMB at: Office of 
Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB), Attention: Desk Officer for EPA, 725 17th Street, NW., 
Washington, DC 20503.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carrie Wheeler, Office of Air Quality 
Planning and Standards, Air Quality Policy Division (C504-05), U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; 
telephone number: (919) 541-9771; fax number: (919) 541-5509; e-mail 
address: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: EPA has submitted the following ICR to OMB 
for review and approval according to the procedures prescribed in 5 CFR 
1320.12. On November 30, 2007 (72 FR 67720), EPA sought comments on 
this ICR pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.8(d). EPA received no comments. EPA 
completed an active consultation with the National Association of Clean 
Air Agencies (NACAA) in January, 2008. Three comments were received and 
EPA has addressed the comments.
    EPA has established a public docket for this ICR under Docket ID 
No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2004-0081, which is available for online viewing at 
www.regulations.gov, or in-person viewing at the Air and Radiation 
Docket and Information Center in the EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), EPA 
West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC. The EPA 
Docket Center Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number 
for the Reading Room is (202) 566-1744, and the telephone number for 
the Air Docket is (202) 566-1742.
    Use EPA's electronic docket and comment system at 
www.regulations.gov to submit or view public comments, access the index 
listing of the contents of the public docket, and to access those 
documents in the public docket that are available electronically. Once 
in the system, select ``search,'' then key in the docket ID number 
identified above. Please note that EPA's policy is that public 
comments, whether submitted electronically or in paper, will be made 
available for public viewing in www.regulations.gov as EPA receives 
them and without change, unless the comment contains copyrighted 
material, confidential business information (CBI), or other information 
whose public disclosure is restricted by statute. For further 
information about the electronic docket, go to www.regulations.gov.
    Title: Prevention of Significant Deterioration and Non-Attainment 
Area New Source Review (Renewal).
    ICR Numbers: EPA ICR No. 1230.23, OMB Control No. 2060-0003.
    ICR Status: This ICR is scheduled to expire on October 31, 2008. 
Under OMB regulations, the Agency may continue to conduct or sponsor 
the collection of information while this submission is pending at OMB. 
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 
in title 40 of the CFR, after appearing in the Federal Register when 
approved, are listed in 40 CFR part 9, are displayed by publication in 
the Federal Register or by other appropriate means, such as on the 
related collection instrument or form, if applicable. The display of 
OMB control numbers in certain EPA regulations is consolidated in 40 
CFR part 9.
    Abstract: Part C of the Clean Air Act (Act)--``Prevention of 
Significant Deterioration,'' and Part D--``Plan Requirements for 
Nonattainment Areas,'' require all States to adopt preconstruction 
review programs for new or modified stationary sources of air 
pollution. In addition, the provisions of Section 110 of the Act 
include a requirement for States to have a preconstruction review 
program to manage the emissions from the construction and modification 
of any stationary source of air pollution to assure that the National 
Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) are achieved and maintained. 
Implementing regulations for these three programs are promulgated at 40 
CFR 51.160 through 51.166 to Part 51 and 40 CFR 52.21 and 52.24.
    In order to receive a construction permit for a major new source or 
major modification, the applicant must

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conduct the necessary research, perform the appropriate analyses and 
prepare the permit application with documentation to demonstrate that 
their project meets all applicable statutory and regulatory NSR 
requirements. Specific activities and requirements are listed and 
described in the Supporting Statement for the ICR.
    Reviewing authorities review the permit application, provide for 
public review of the proposed project, and issue the permit based on 
its consideration of all technical factors and public input. The EPA, 
more broadly, reviews a fraction of the total applications and audits 
the state and local programs for their effectiveness. Consequently, 
information prepared and submitted by the source is essential for the 
source to receive a permit, and for Federal, state and local 
environmental agencies to adequately review the permit application and 
thereby properly administer and manage the NSR programs.
    Burden Statement: The annual public reporting and recordkeeping 
burden for this collection of information is estimated to be broken 
down as follows:

                      Type of permit action                          Major PSD     Major Part D        Minor
Number of sources...............................................             282             519          74,591
Burden Hours per Response:
    Industry....................................................             866             642              40
    Permitting Agencies.........................................             301             127              30

    Burden means the total time, effort, or financial resources 
expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, or disclose or 
provide information to or for a Federal agency. This 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.
    Respondents/Affected Entities: Industrial plants, state and local 
permitting agencies.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 150,821.
    Frequency of Response: 1 per respondent.
    Estimated Total Annual Hour Burden: 5,951,068 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost: $486,452,000, which includes 
$475,056,000 annual labor costs and $11,396,000 annual capital/startup 
and O&M costs.
    Changes in the Estimates: There is an increase of 44,960 in the 
total estimated burden currently identified in the OMB Inventory of 
Approved ICR Burdens. The number of respondents has increased by 51 due 
to the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC. Circuit to 
vacate the Clean Units and Pollution Control Project Exclusion 
provisions of the NSR program. In addition, the burden per permit for 
Part C major NSR permit applications increased based on active 
consultation with NACAA, conducted in January 2008.

    Dated: July 29, 2008.
Sara Hisel-McCoy,
 Director, Collections Strategies Division.
[FR Doc. E8-17927 Filed 8-4-08; 8:45 am]