[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 59 (Thursday, March 27, 2014)]
[Pages 17144-17145]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-06867]



[EPA-HQ-OAR-2004-0093; FRL-9908-85-OAR]

Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; 
Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements for Clean Air Act Tribal 
Authority (Renewal)

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to 
submit an information collection request (ICR), ``Reporting and 
Recordkeeping Requirements for Clean Air Act Tribal Authority'' (EPA 
ICR No. 1676.05, OMB Control No. 2060-0306) 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.). Before doing so, EPA 
is soliciting public comments on specific aspects of the proposed 
information collection as described below. This is a proposed extension 
of the ICR, which is currently approved through August 31, 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.

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before May 27, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-
2004-0093 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.
    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: Pat Childers, Office of Air and 
Radiation, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., 
Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 202-564-1082; fax number: 202-
564-0394 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.
    Pursuant to section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA, EPA is soliciting 
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

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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. 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. At that time, EPA will issue another Federal Register notice 
to announce the submission of the ICR to OMB and the opportunity to 
submit additional comments to OMB.
    Abstract: This Information Collection Request (ICR) seeks 
authorization for tribes to demonstrate their eligibility to be treated 
in the same manner as states under the Clean Air Act (CAA) and to 
submit applications to implement a CAA program. This ICR extends the 
collection period of information for determining eligibility, which 
expires August 31, 2014. The ICR maintains the estimates of burden 
costs for tribes in completing a CAA application.
    The program regulation provides for Indian tribes, if they so 
choose, to assume responsibility for the development and implementation 
of CAA programs. The regulation, Indian Tribes: Air Quality Planning 
and Management (Tribal Authority Rule [TAR] 40 CFR parts 9, 35, 49, 50 
and 81) sets forth how tribes may seek authority to implement their own 
air quality planning and management programs. The rule establishes: (1) 
Which CAA provisions Indian tribes may seek authority to implement, (2) 
what requirements the tribes must meet when seeking such authorization, 
and (3) what Federal financial assistance may be available to help 
tribes establish and manage their air quality programs. The TAR 
provides tribes the authority to administer air quality programs over 
all air resources, including non-Indian owned fee lands, within the 
exterior boundaries of a reservation and other areas over which the 
tribe can demonstrate jurisdiction. An Indian tribe that takes 
responsibility for a CAA program would essentially be treated in the 
same way as a state would be treated for that program.
    Respondents/affected entities: States, locals, Indian tribes.
    Respondent's obligation to respond: Voluntary, required to obtain 
or retain a benefit (Tribal Authority Rule [TAR] 40 CFR parts 9, 35, 
49, 50 and 81).
    Estimated number of respondents: 8.
    Frequency of response: One time applications.
    Total estimated burden: 320 hours (per year). Burden is defined at 
5 CFR 1320.03(b).
    Total estimated cost: $18,896.00 (per year), includes $0 annualized 
capital or operation & maintenance costs.
    Changes in Estimates: There is no change of hours in the total 
estimated respondent burden compared with the ICR currently approved by 

    Dated: March 20, 2014.
Pat Childers,
Tribal Program Coordinator, Office of Air and Radiation.
[FR Doc. 2014-06867 Filed 3-26-14; 8:45 am]