[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 142 (Monday, July 26, 2010)]
[Pages 43520-43522]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-18232]



[EPA-HQ-OAR-2010-0469; FRL-9179-7

Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; 
Comment Request; Information Request for National Emission Standards 
for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Secondary Aluminum Production 
Residual Risk and Technology Review (RTR); EPA ICR No. 2400.01

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 
U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this action announces that EPA is planning to 
submit a request for a new Information Collection Request (ICR) to the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Before submitting the ICR to OMB 
for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on the proposed 
information collection as described below.

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before September 24, 2010.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-
OAR-2010-0469, by one of the following methods:
     www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line instructions for 
submitting comments.
     E-mail: [email protected].
     Fax: (202) 566-1741.
     Mail: Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center, 
Environmental Protection Agency, Mailcode: 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania 
Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460.
     Hand Delivery: Air and Radiation Docket and Information 
Center, U.S. EPA, Room 3334, EPA West Building, 1301 Constitution 
Avenue, NW., Washington, DC. Such deliveries are only accepted during 
the Docket's normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should 
be made for deliveries of boxed information.
    Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-
2010-0469. EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included 
in the public docket without change and may be made available online at 
www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, 
unless the comment includes information claimed to be Confidential 
Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is 
restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to 
be CBI or otherwise protected through www.regulations.gov or e-mail. 
The www.regulations.gov Web site is an ``anonymous access'' system, 
which means EPA will not know your identity or contact information 
unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an e-
mail comment directly to EPA without going through www.regulations.gov 
your e-mail address will be automatically captured and included as part 
of the comment that is placed in the public docket and made available 
on the Internet. If you submit an electronic comment, EPA recommends 
that you include your name and other contact information in the body of 
your comment and with any disk or CD-ROM you submit. If EPA cannot read 
your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for 
clarification, EPA may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic 
files should avoid the use of special characters, any form of 
encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses. For additional 
information about EPA's public docket, visit the EPA Docket Center 
homepage at http://www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rochelle Boyd, Sector Policies and 
Program Division, (D243-02), Environmental Protection Agency, Research 
Triangle Park, NC 27711; telephone number: (919) 541-1390; fax number: 
(919) 541-3207; e-mail address: [email protected].


How can I access the docket and/or submit comments?

    EPA has established a public docket for this ICR under Docket ID 
No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2010-0469, which is available for online viewing at 
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-
    Use www.regulations.gov to obtain a copy of the draft collection of 
information, submit or view public comments, access the index listing 
of the contents of the 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 in this 

What information is EPA particularly interested in?

    Pursuant to PRA section 3506(c)(2)(A), EPA specifically solicits 
comments and information to enable it 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).

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What should I consider when I prepare my comments for EPA?

    You may find the following suggestions helpful for preparing your 
    1. Explain your views as clearly as possible and provide specific 
    2. Describe any assumptions that you used.
    3. Provide copies of any technical information and/or data you used 
that support your views.
    4. If you estimate potential burden or costs, explain how you 
arrived at the estimate that you provide.
    5. Offer alternative ways to improve the collection activity.
    6. Make sure to submit your comments by the deadline identified 
under DATES.
    7. To ensure proper receipt by EPA, be sure to identify the docket 
ID number assigned to this action in the subject line on the first page 
of your response. You may also provide the name, date, and Federal 
Register citation.

What information collection activity or ICR does this apply to?

    Affected entities: Respondents affected by this action are owners/
operators of secondary aluminum production facilities. The secondary 
aluminum production source category includes any establishment using 
clean charge, aluminum scrap, or dross from aluminum production, as the 
raw material and performing one or more of the following processes: 
Scrap shredding, scrap drying/delacquering/decoating, thermal chip 
drying, furnace operations (i.e., melting, holding, sweating, refining, 
fluxing, or alloying), recovery of aluminum from dross, in-line 
fluxing, or dross cooling. A secondary aluminum production facility may 
be independent or part of a primary aluminum production facility. For 
purposes of this subpart, aluminum die casting facilities, aluminum 
foundries, and aluminum extrusion facilities are not considered to be 
secondary aluminum production facilities if the only materials they 
melt are clean charge, customer returns, or internal scrap, and if they 
do not operate sweat furnaces, thermal chip dryers, or scrap dryers/
delacquering kilns/decoating kilns. The federal emission standard that 
is the subject of this information collection is National Emission 
Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Secondary Aluminum 
Production (40 CFR part 63, subpart RRR).
    The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes for 
respondents affected by the information collection are listed in the 
following table.

         Category                   Description             NAICS code
Industry.................  Secondary Smelting and                 331314
                            Alloying of Aluminum.
                           Primary Aluminum Production..          331312
                           Aluminum Sheet, Plate and              331315
                            Foil Manufacturing
                           Aluminum Extruded Product              331316
                            Manufacturing Facilities.
                           Other Aluminum Rolling and             331319
                            Drawing Facilities.
                           Aluminum Die Casting                   331521
                           Aluminum Foundry Facilities..          331524

    In addition to the source categories listed in the table above, 
operations with sweat furnaces are also affected by this information 
collection request and can be included in additional NAICS codes, 
562920, 493110, 811490, 423320, 423930, 423120, 423140, 339999, 488410, 
    Title: Information Collection Request for the National Emission 
Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Secondary Aluminum 
Production Risk and Technology Review.
    ICR numbers: EPA ICR No. 2400.01.
    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 ICR is being conducted by EPA's Office of Air and 
Radiation to assist the EPA Administrator, as required by sections 
112(d)(6) and 112(f) of the Clean Air Act (CAA), as amended, to 
determine the current affected population of secondary aluminum 
production processes and to reevaluate emission standards for this 
source category. This one-time collection will solicit information 
under authority of CAA section 114. EPA intends to provide the survey 
in electronic format. The survey will be sent to all companies 
identified as owning or operating secondary aluminum production 
facilities through information available to the Agency. EPA envisions 
allowing recipients 60 days to respond to the survey. Non-confidential 
information from this ICR would be made available to the public. The 
existing subpart RRR NESHAP regulates major sources of hazardous air 
pollutants (HAP) emissions from aluminum scrap shredders, thermal chip 
dryers, scrap dryers/delacquering kilns/decoating kilns, group 2 
furnaces, sweat furnaces, dross only furnaces, rotary dross coolers, 
and secondary aluminum processing units (SAPU). SPAU include group 1 
furnaces and in-line fluxers. Area sources of HAP are regulated only 
with respect to emissions of dioxins/furans from thermal chip dryers, 
scrap dryers/delacquering kilns/decoating kilns, sweat furnaces, and 
    Section 112(f)(2) of the CAA directs EPA to conduct risk 
assessments on each source category subject to maximum achievable 
control technology (MACT) standards and determine if additional 
standards are needed to reduce residual risks. The section 112(f)(2) 
residual risk review is to be done within 8 years after promulgation. 
Section 112(d)(6) of the CAA requires EPA to review and revise the MACT 
standards, as necessary, taking into account developments in practices, 
processes, and control technologies. The section 112(d)(6) technology 
review is to be done at least every 8 years. The NESHAP for Secondary 
Aluminum Production (40 CFR part 63, subpart RRR) was first promulgated 
in 2000. In light of the statutory requirements for reviewing emission 
standards under CAA section 112, the Agency has concluded that 
obtaining updated information is important to inform its decisions on 
the secondary aluminum production NESHAP RTR.
    Additional facility-specific information is needed to better 
characterize emission sources, refine the risk analysis, and develop 
revisions to the NESHAP, as appropriate. An update

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of the 2005 National-Scale Air Toxics Assessment/National Emissions 
Inventory (NATA/NEI) data sets and more specific information needed for 
further rulemaking would be derived from the ICR. Information collected 
directly from companies owning or operating secondary aluminum 
production facilities will have the greatest practical utility for 
purposes of performing the RTR as information from the affected 
industry will contain the most up-to-date, accurate, and reliable 
equipment and operational data for each facility.
    It is essential for the EPA to have an updated database reflecting 
the post-MACT configurations of secondary aluminum manufacturing 
affected sources and air pollution control systems to use in the 
regulatory analyses required under CAA sections 112(d) and (f).
    The data collected will be used to update facility information and 
equipment configuration, develop new estimates of the population of 
affected units, and identify the control measures and emission limits 
being used for compliance with the existing NESHAP. This information, 
along with existing permitted emission limits will be used to establish 
a baseline for purposes of the regulatory reviews. The emissions test 
data collected will be used to verify the performance of existing 
control measures, examine variability in emissions, evaluate emission 
limits, and to determine the performance of superior control measures 
that may be considered for purposes of reducing residual risk. 
Emissions data may also be used along with process and emission unit 
details to consider subcategories for further regulation and to 
estimate the environmental and cost impacts associated with any 
regulatory options considered.
    In addition to informing the RTR regulatory analyses for the 
secondary aluminum production industry, it is EPA's intent that the 
NATA/NEI updates supplied through this information collection be used 
in future versions of the NATA/NEI and its successor, the Emissions 
Inventory System. The NEI is used by EPA, States, and the public for a 
variety of purposes including tracking of national trends in emissions 
of criteria and hazardous air pollutants. More information in the NEI 
can be found at http://www.epa.gov/air/data/neidb.html.
    This collection of information is mandatory under CAA section 114 
(42 U.S.C. 7414). All information submitted to EPA pursuant to this ICR 
for which a claim of confidentiality is made is safeguarded according 
to Agency policies in 40 CFR part 2, subpart B.
    Burden Statement: The projected cost and hour burden for industry 
for this one-time collection of information is $3,430,000 and 36,248 
hours. This burden is based on an estimated 400 respondents to the 
survey. This ICR does not include any requirements that would cause the 
respondents to incur either capital or start-up costs. Operation and 
maintenance costs of $1200 are estimated for postage to mail in the 
survey response to EPA. 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.
    The ICR provides a detailed explanation of the Agency's estimate, 
which is only briefly summarized here.
    Estimated total number of potential respondents: 400.
    Frequency of response: One time.
    Estimated total average number of responses for each respondent: 1.
    Estimated total annual burden hours: 36,248.
    Estimated total annual burden costs: $3,430,000.

What is the next step in the process for this ICR?

    EPA will consider the comments received and amend the ICR as 
appropriate. The final ICR package will then be submitted to OMB for 
review and approval pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.12. At that time, EPA will 
issue another Federal Register notice pursuant to 5 CFR 
1320.5(a)(1)(iv) to announce the submission of the ICR to OMB and the 
opportunity to submit additional comments to OMB.
    If you have any questions about this ICR or the approval process, 
please contact the technical person listed under FOR FURTHER 

    Dated: July 6, 2010.
Peter Tsirigotis,
Director, Sector Policies and Programs Division.
[FR Doc. 2010-18232 Filed 7-23-10; 8:45 am]