[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 118 (Wednesday, June 19, 2013)]
[Pages 36774-36775]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-14634]

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[EPA-HQ-OPP-2013-0287; FRL-9385-7]

Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; 
Comment Request; Pesticide Registration Fees Program

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), this 
document announces that EPA is planning to submit an Information 
Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). 
The ICR, entitled, ``Pesticide Registration Fees Program'' and 
identified by EPA ICR No. 2330.02 and OMB Control No. 2070-0179, 
represents a renewal of an existing ICR that is scheduled to expire on 
February 28, 2014. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and 
approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the 
proposed information collection that is summarized in this document. 
The ICR and accompanying material are available in the docket for 
public review and comment.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before August 19, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification 
(ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2013-0287, by one of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Do not submit 
electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business 
Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted 
by statute.
     Mail: OPP Docket, Environmental Protection Agency Docket 
Center (EPA/DC), (28221T), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 
     Hand Delivery: To make special arrangements for hand 
delivery or delivery of boxed information, please follow the 
instructions at http://www.epa.gov/dockets/contacts.htm.
    Additional instructions on commenting or visiting the docket, along 
with more information about dockets generally, is available at http://www.epa.gov/dockets.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cameo Smoot, Field and External 
Affairs Division (7506P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental 
Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-
0001; telephone number: (703) 305-5454; fax number: (703) 305-5884; 
email address: [email protected].


I. What information is EPA particularly interested in?

    Pursuant to PRA section 3506(c)(2)(A) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), 
EPA specifically solicits comments and information to enable it to:
    1. 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.
    2. Evaluate the accuracy of the Agency's estimates of the burden of 
the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used.
    3. Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to 
be collected.
    4. 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. In particular, EPA is requesting comments from 
very small businesses (those that employ less than 25) on examples of 
specific additional efforts that EPA could make to reduce the paperwork 
burden for very small businesses affected by this collection.

II. What information collection activity or ICR does this action apply 

    Title: Pesticide Registration Fees Program.
    ICR number: EPA ICR No. 2330.02.
    OMB control number: OMB Control No. 2070-0179.
    ICR status: This is a renewal for a currently approved ICR. This 
ICR is currently scheduled to expire on February 28, 2014. 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 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), after appearing in the 
Federal Register when approved, are listed in 40 CFR part 9, 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 for certain EPA 
regulations is consolidated in 40 CFR part 9.
    Abstract: Pesticide registrants are required by statute to pay an 
annual registration maintenance fee for all products registered under 
Sections 3 and 24(c) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and 
Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). In addition, the Pesticide Registration 
Improvement Act (PRIA) amended FIFRA in 2004 to create a registration 
service fee system for applications for specific pesticide 
registration, amended registration, and associated tolerance actions 
(Section 33). This ICR specifically covers the activities related to 
the collection of the annual registration maintenance fees, the 
registration service fees and the burden associated with the submission 
of requests for fees to be waived.
    Burden statement: The annual public reporting and recordkeeping 
burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 1.14 
hours per respondent for the Pesticide Product Registration Maintenance 
Fee Program and 12, 27, and 37 hours per response for the three 
different types of applications for Pesticide Registration Service Fee 
Waivers. Burden is defined in 5 CFR 1320.3(b).
    The ICR, which is available in the docket along with other related 
materials, provides a detailed explanation of the collection activities 
and the burden estimate that is only briefly summarized here:
    Respondents/Affected Entities: 1744.
    Estimated total number of potential respondents: 1744.
    Frequency of response: Annual and on occasion.
    Estimated total average number of responses for each respondent: 
1.14 for Pesticide Product Maintenance fees and a range from 12-37 
hours for the types of Pesticide Registration Service Fee Waivers.
    Estimated total annual burden hours: 7,907 hours.
    Estimated total annual costs: $535,728 for both programs.

III. Are there changes in the estimates from the last approval?

    The total annual respondent burden increased by 342 hours for the 
Pesticide Product Maintenance fees program and also increased 303 hours 
for the Pesticide Registration Service Fee waivers compared with that 
identified in the ICR currently approved by OMB. This increase reflects 
a slight increase in the number of requests submitted to the agency. 
This change is an adjustment.

IV. 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 

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and approval pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.12. EPA will issue another Federal 
Register document 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 person listed under FOR FURTHER 

List of Subjects

    Environmental protection, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

    Dated: June 7, 2013.
James Jones,
Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution 
[FR Doc. 2013-14634 Filed 6-18-13; 8:45 am]