[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 56 (Monday, March 24, 2014)]
[Pages 15993-15994]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-06234]



[EPA-HQ-OAR-2010-0258; FRL 9908-56-OEI]

Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and 
Approval; Comment Request; Alternative Affirmative Defense Requirements 
for Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel (Renewal)

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


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SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an 
information collection request (ICR), ``Alternative Affirmative Defense 
Requirements for Ultra-low Sulfur Diesel'' (EPA ICR No. 2364.04, OMB 
Control No. 2060-0639) 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 March 31, 2014. Public comments were 
previously requested via the Federal Register (78 FR 78953) on December 
27, 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 23, 

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID Number EPA-HQ-
OAR-2010-0258, to (1) EPA online using www.regulations.gov (our 
preferred method), 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: Geanetta Heard, Fuel Compliance 
Center, 6406J, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. 
NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 202-343-9017; fax number: 
202-565-2085; 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 highway diesel program regulations require motor 
vehicle (highway) diesel fuel sold at retail stations to contain 15 
parts per million (ppm) of sulfur or less. Under the highway diesel 
fuel regulations, where a violation of the 15 ppm sulfur standard is 
identified at a retail outlet, the retailer responsible for dispensing 
the noncompliant fuel is deemed liable, as well as the refiner(s), 
importer(s) and distributor(s) of such fuel. The highway diesel 
regulations further provide, however, that any person deemed liable can 
rebut this presumption by establishing an affirmative defense that 
includes, among other things, showing that it conducted a quality 
assurance sampling and testing program as prescribed by the 
    Form Numbers: None.
    Respondents/affected entities: 5.
    Respondent's obligation to respond: Mandatory.
    Estimated number of respondents: 5 (total).
    Frequency of response: On occasion.
    Total estimated burden: 80 hours (per year). Burden is defined at 5 
CFR 1320.03(b).
    Total estimated cost: $9,200 (per year), which includes $0 
annualized capital or operation & maintenance costs.
    Changes in Estimates: There is a decrease of 240 hours in the total 
estimated respondent burden compared with the ICR currently approved by 
OMB. There is no change in the burden per response. Instead, the 
respondent universe and responses have decreased from 20 to five due to 
a higher than expected compliance rate. There was in increase in cost 
to the industry per response of $704 due to more accurate numbers used 
to calculate the industry burden and to account for inflation.

Richard T. Westlund,
Acting Director, Collection Strategies Division.
[FR Doc. 2014-06234 Filed 3-21-14; 8:45 am]