[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 216 (Tuesday, November 10, 2009)]
[Pages 58012-58013]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-27047]



[EPA-HQ-OAR-2009-0234; FRL-8979-6]

Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for 
Review and Approval; Comment Request; Information Collection Effort for 
New and Existing Coal- and Oil-fired Electric Utility Steam Generating 
Units; EPA ICR No. 2362.01, OMB Control No. 2060-New

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

[[Page 58013]]

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA)(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 for a new collection. 
The ICR, which is abstracted below, describes the nature of the 
information collection and its estimated burden and cost.

DATES: Additional comments may be submitted on or before December 10, 

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-
2009-0234, to (1) EPA online using http://www.regulations.gov (our 
preferred method), by e-mail to [email protected], or by mail to: 
EPA Docket Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Air and Radiation 
Docket and Information Center, Mailcode: 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania 
Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460, and (2) OMB by mail to: 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: William Maxwell, Energy Strategies 
Group, Sector Policies and Program Division, D243-01, Environmental 
Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711; 
telephone number: (919) 541-5430; fax number: (919) 541-5450; 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 
1320.10. On July 2, 2009 (74 FR 31725), EPA sought comments on a draft 
of this ICR pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.8(d). EPA received 53 comments 
during the comment period and revised this ICR in response to the 
comments. Comments received on the July 2, 2009 draft of this ICR and 
EPA's responses to those comments may be found in the public docket. 
Any additional comments on this ICR should be submitted to EPA and OMB 
within 30 days of this notice.
    EPA has established a public docket for this ICR under Docket ID 
No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2009-0234, which is available for online viewing at 
http://www.regulations.gov, or in person viewing at the Air and 
Radiation Docket in the EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), EPA West, Room 
3334, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. The EPA/DC 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 and 
Radiation Docket is 202-566-1742.
    Use EPA's electronic docket and comment system at http://www.regulations.gov to submit or view public comments, access the index 
listing of the contents of the docket, and to access those documents in 
the docket that are available electronically. Once in the system, 
select ``docket 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 at 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 http://www.regulations.gov.
    Title: Information Collection Effort for Coal- and Oil-fired 
Electric Utility Steam Generating Units.
    ICR numbers: EPA ICR No. 2362.01, OMB Control No. 2060-New.
    ICR Status: This ICR is for a new information collection activity. 
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, and are displayed either 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: This information collection will be conducted by EPA's 
Office of Air and Radiation (OAR) to assist the Administrator of EPA to 
determine the current population of affected coal- and oil-fired 
electric utility steam generating units and to develop emission 
standards for this source category as required by Clean Air Act (CAA) 
section 112(d).
    To obtain the information necessary to identify and categorize all 
coal- and oil-fired electric utility steam generating units potentially 
affected by the CAA section 112(d) standard, this ICR will solicit 
information from all potentially affected units under authority of CAA 
section 114. EPA intends to provide the survey in electronic format; 
however, written responses will also be accepted. The survey will be 
submitted to all facilities identified as being coal- or oil-fired 
electric utility steam generating units through data bases available to 
the Agency. EPA envisions allowing recipients 3 months to respond to 
the survey. To further define the emission level being achieved by the 
top performing 12 percent of similar sources for the existing 
population, this ICR requires that certain units conduct emission 
testing concurrent with the survey. EPA envisions allowing recipients 6 
to 8 months to respond to the emission testing requirement.
    Burden Statement: The total burden for the coal- and oil-fired 
electric utility steam generating units' data gathering effort is 
estimated to be 86,881 hours and $96,541,879 (74 hours and $106,726 per 
respondent for approximately 1,334 units). 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 which have subsequently 
changed; 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: Respondents affected by this action 
may be owners/operators of coal- and oil-fired electric utility steam 
generating units as defined under CAA section 112(a)(8).
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 531.
    Frequency of Response: One time.
    Estimated Total Annual Hour Burden: 86,881.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost: $96,541,879. This includes an 
estimated cost of $5,904,197 for the electronic survey component and an 
estimated cost for the stack testing component of $90,637,682. There 
are no capital or O&M costs.

    Dated: November 3, 2009.
John Moses,
Director, Collection Strategies Division.
[FR Doc. E9-27047 Filed 11-9-09; 8:45 am]