[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 47 (Tuesday, March 11, 2014)]
[Pages 13649-13650]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-05217]



[EPA-HQ-OECA-2013-0350; FRL-9907-44-OEI]

Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and 
Approval; Comment Request; The Consolidated Air Rule (CAR) for the 
Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturing Industry (SOCMI) (Renewal)

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an 
information collection request (ICR), ``The Consolidated Air Rule (CAR) 
for the Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturing Industry (SOCMI) 
(Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 1854.09, OMB Control No. 2060-0443), to the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in 
accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq). 
This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved 
through April 30, 2014. Public comments were previously requested via 
the Federal Register (78 FR 35023) on June 11, 2013 during a 60-day 
comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public 
comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its 
estimated burden and cost to the public. 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.

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

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID Number EPA-HQ-
OECA-2013-0350, to: (1) EPA online using www.regulations.gov (our 
preferred method), or by email to [email protected], or by mail to: 
EPA Docket Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 28221T, 
1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460, and (2) OMB via email 
to [email protected]. Address comments to OMB Desk Officer 
for EPA.
    EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the 
public docket without change including any personal information 
provided, unless the comment includes profanity, threats, information 
claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other 
information whose disclosure is restricted by statute.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Learia Williams, Monitoring, 
Assistance, and Media Programs Division, Office of Compliance, Mail 
Code 2227A, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. 
NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 564-4113; fax 
number: (202) 564-0050; email address: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Supporting documents which explain in detail 
the information that the EPA will be collecting are available in the 
public docket for this ICR. The docket can be viewed online at 
www.regulations.gov or in person at the EPA Docket Center, WJC West, 
Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC. The telephone 
number for the Docket Center is 202-566-1744. For additional 
information about EPA's public docket, visit: http://www.epa.gov/dockets.
    Abstract: The synthetic organic chemical manufacturing industry 
(SOCMI) is regulated by both the New Source Performance Standards 
(NSPS) and National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants 
(NESHAP) standards. The affected entities are

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subject to the General Provisions of the NSPS at 40 CFR part 60, 
subpart A, and any changes or additions to the Provisions specified at 
40 CFR part 60, subparts Ka, Kb, VV, VVa, DDD, III, NNN and RRR. The 
affected entities are also subject to the General Provisions of the 
NESHAP at 40 CFR part 63, subpart A, and any changes, or additions to 
the Provisions specified at 40 CFR part 63, subparts BB, Y, V, F, G, H 
and I. As an alternative, SOCMI sources may choose to comply with the 
above standards under the consolidated air rule (CAR) at 40 CFR part 65 
as promulgated December 14, 2000. Synthetic organic chemical 
manufacturing facilities subject to NSPS requirements must notify EPA 
of construction, modification, startups, shutdowns, date and results of 
initial performance test and excess emissions. Semiannual reports are 
also required. Synthetic organic chemical manufacturing facilities 
subject to NESHAP requirements must submit one-time-only reports of any 
physical or operational changes and the results of initial performance 
tests. Owners or operators are also required to maintain records of the 
occurrence and duration of any startup, shutdown, or malfunction in the 
operation of an affected facility, or any period during which the 
monitoring system is inoperative. Periodic reports are also required 
semiannually at a minimum.
    Form Numbers: None.
    Respondents/affected entities: Owners or operators of synthetic 
organic chemical manufacturing facilities.
    Respondent's obligation to respond: Mandatory (40 CFR part 60, 
subpart A, Ka, Kb, VV, VVa, DDD, III, NNN and RRR; and 40 CFR part 63, 
subpart A, BB, Y, V, F, G, H and I).
    Estimated number of respondents: 4,618 (total).
    Frequency of response: Initially, occasionally, semiannually and 
    Total estimated burden: 2,130,669 hours (per year). ``Burden'' is 
defined at 5 CFR 1320.3(b).
    Total estimated cost: $309,692,801 (per year), which includes 
$101,277,000 in annualized capital/startup and/or operation & 
maintenance costs.
    Changes in the Estimates: There is an increase in the total 
estimated respondent labor burden and associated labor, capital/
startup, and O&M costs. Overall, the change in burden from the most 
recently approved ICR is due to an increase in the number of sources 
subject to the standard, and is not due to any program changes. The 
number of sources has been increased to reflect industry growth, which 
in turn increased the cost of those subparts where growth is expected.
    There is a further overall increase in respondent burden costs from 
the most recently approved ICR due to the use of updated labor rates. 
This ICR references labor rates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to 
calculate respondent burden costs. Note that this ICR also references 
labor rates from OPM to calculate Agency costs; however, the update did 
not affect Agency costs since the rates are identical between this and 
the most recently-approved ICR.

Richard T. Westlund,
Acting Director, Collection Strategies Division.
[FR Doc. 2014-05217 Filed 3-10-14; 8:45 am]