[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 172 (Tuesday, September 7, 2010)]
[Pages 54338-54339]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-22193]



[EPA-HQ-OECA-2010-0291; FRL-9196-8]

Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for 
Review and Approval; State Review Framework; EPA ICR Number 2185.04; 
OMB Control No. 2020-0031

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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 to renew an 
existing approved 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 October 7, 

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-
OECA-2010-0291, by one of the following methods:
     http://www.regulations.gov: (our preferred method) Follow 
the on-line instructions for submitting comments.
     E-mail: [email protected].
     Fax: 202-564-0027.
     Mail: Enforcement and Compliance Docket, Environmental 
Protection Agency, Mailcode: 2201T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., 
Washington, DC 20460.
     Hand Delivery: 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 Enforcement and Compliance Docket is 
(202) 566-1752. Such deliveries are only accepted during the Docket's 
normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for 
deliveries of boxed information.

Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, Office of Compliance, MC: 2221A, 
Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., 
Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 202-566-2351; fax number: 202-
564-0027; 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 April 14, 2010 (75 FR 19384), EPA sought comments on this 
ICR pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.8(d). EPA received no comments. 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-OECA-2010-0291, which is available 
for online viewing at http://www.regulations.gov or in person viewing 
at the Enforcement and Compliance 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 
Enforcement and Compliance Docket is 202-566-1752. 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 on paper, 
will be made available for public viewing at http://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.

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    Title: State Review Framework.
    ICR numbers: EPA ICR No. 2185.04, OMB Control No. 2020-0031.
    ICR status: This ICR is scheduled to expire on April 30, 2011. 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: The State Review Framework (``Framework'') is an 
oversight tool designed to assess state performance in enforcement and 
compliance assurance. The Framework's goal is to evaluate state 
performance by examining existing data to provide a consistent level of 
oversight and develop a uniform mechanism by which EPA Regions, working 
collaboratively with their states, can ensure that state environmental 
agencies are consistently implementing the national compliance and 
enforcement program in order to meet agreed-upon goals. Furthermore, 
the Framework is designed to foster dialogue on enforcement and 
compliance performance between the states that will enhance 
relationships and increase feedback, which will in turn lead to 
consistent program management and improved environmental results. The 
Framework is described in the April 26, 2005, Federal Register Notice 
(79 FR 21408) [http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/pdf/05-8320.pdf]. 
This amendment will allow OECA to collect information from enforcement 
and compliance files reviewed during routine on-site visits of state or 
local agency offices that will assist in the evaluation of the State 
Review Framework implementation from FY 2011 to the end of FY 2013. 
This request will allow EPA to make inquiries to assess the State 
Review Framework process, including the consistency achieved among the 
EPA Regions and states, the resources required to conduct the reviews, 
and the overall effectiveness of the program.
    Burden Statement: The annual public reporting and recordkeeping 
burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 612 
hours per response. 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: 54.
    Frequency of response: Once every four years.
    Estimated total average number of responses for each respondent: 
    Estimated total annual burden hours: 11,016 hours.
    Estimated total annual costs: $393,343. This includes an estimated 
burden cost of $0 for capital investment or maintenance and operational 
    Changes in the Estimates: There has been no increase in the hours 
in the total estimated respondent burden compared with that identified 
in the ICR currently approved by OMB. There has been an increase in the 
cost in the total estimated respondent burden based on rates from the 
Office of Personnel Management (OPM) ``2010 General Schedule.''

    Dated: August 26, 2010.
John Moses,
Director, Collection Strategies Division.
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