[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 123 (Thursday, June 26, 2014)]
[Pages 36314-36315]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-14901]



[EPA-HQ-OPP-2013-0494; FRL 9912-34-OEI]

Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and 
Approval; Comment Request; Plant Incorporated Protectants; CBI 
Substantiation and Adverse Effects Reporting (Renewal)

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: EPA has submitted the following information collection request 
(ICR) 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.): Plant Incorporated Protectants; CBI Substantiation and 
Adverse Effects Reporting (EPA ICR No. 1693.08, OMB Control No. 2070-
0142). EPA did not receive any comments in response to the previously 
provided public review opportunity issued in the Federal Register on 
September 25, 2013 (78 FR 59014). With this submission, EPA is 
providing an additional 30 days for public comments. 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 July 28, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID Number EPA-HQ-
OPP-2013-0494, to (1) EPA online using http://www.regulations.gov (our 
preferred method), 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: Scott Drewes, Field and External 
Affairs Division, 7506P, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 
Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (703) 
347-0107; email address: [email protected].

    Docket: The ICR, which explains in detail the information 
collection activities and the related burden and cost estimates, is 
summarized in this document and is available in the docket for this 
ICR. The docket can be viewed online at http://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 
docket, visit http://www.epa.gov/dockets.
    ICR Title: Plant Incorporated Protectants; CBI Substantiation and 
Adverse Effects Reporting.
    ICR numbers: EPA ICR No. 1693.08, OMB Control No. 2070-0142.
    ICR status: The current OMB approval for this ICR is scheduled to 
expire on June 30, 2014. Under OMB regulations, the Agency may continue 
to conduct or sponsor the collection of information while this 
submission is pending at OMB.
    Abstract: This ICR addresses the two information collection 

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described in regulations pertaining to pesticidal substances that are 
produced by plants (plant-incorporated protectants) and which are 
codified in 40 CFR part 174. A plant-incorporated protectant is defined 
as ``the pesticidal substance that is intended to be produced and used 
in a living plant and the genetic material necessary for the production 
of such a substance.'' Many, but not all, plant-incorporated 
protectants are exempt from registration requirements under the Federal 
Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Registrants 
sometimes include in a submission to EPA for registration of plant-
incorporated protectants information that they claim to be confidential 
business information (CBI). CBI is protected by FIFRA and generally 
cannot be released to the public. Under 40 CFR part 174, whenever a 
registrant claims that information submitted to EPA in support of a 
registration application for plant-incorporated protectants contains 
CBI, the registrant must substantiate such claims when they are made, 
rather than provide it later upon request by EPA. In addition, 
manufacturers of plant-incorporated protectants that are otherwise 
exempted from the requirements of registration must report adverse 
effects of the plant-incorporated protectant to the Agency. Such 
reporting will allow the Agency to determine whether further action is 
needed to prevent unreasonable adverse effects to the environment.
    Form Numbers: None.
    Respondents/affected entities: Entities potentially affected by 
this ICR include producers and importers of Plant Incorporated 
Protectants (PIPs). The North American Industrial Classification System 
(NAICS) codes for respondents under this ICR include: 325320 (Pesticide 
and other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing), 325414 (Biological 
Products (except Diagnostic) Manufacturing), 422910 (Farm Supplies 
Wholesalers), 422930 (Flower, Nursery Stock, and Florists's Suppliers), 
541710 (Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life 
Sciences), and 611310 (Colleges, Universities, and Professional 
    Respondent's obligation to respond: Mandatory.
    Estimated number of respondents: 20.
    Frequency of response: On occasion.
    Total estimated burden: 432 hours (per year). Burden is defined at 
5 CFR 1320.3(b).
    Total estimated cost: $31,371 (per year). There are no annualized 
capital or operation & maintenance costs associated with this ICR.
    Changes in the Estimates: There is increase of 43 hours in the 
total estimated respondent burden compared with the ICR currently 
approved by OMB. This increase reflects EPA's updating of burden 
estimates for this collection based upon historical information on the 
number of CBI substantiations per year. Based upon revised estimates, 
the number of CBI substantiations per year has increased from 18 to 20, 
with a corresponding increase in the associated burden. This change is 
an adjustment.

Spencer W. Clark,
Acting Director, Collection Strategies Division.
[FR Doc. 2014-14901 Filed 6-25-14; 8:45 am]