[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 153 (Friday, August 8, 2014)]
[Page 46437]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-18823]

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[EPA-HQ-OW-2014-0359; FRL-9914-82-OW]

Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; 
Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to submit an 
information collection request (ICR), ``Underground Injection Control 
Program'' (EPA ICR No. 0370.25, OMB Control No. 2040-0042) 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 
November 30, 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 October 7, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-
2014-0359 online using 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.
    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: Robert E. Smith, Office of Ground 
Water and Drinking Water/Drinking Water Protection Division, 4606M, 
Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., 
Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 202-564-3895; fax number: 202-
564-3756; 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 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: The Underground Injection Control (UIC) program under The 
Safe Drinking Water Act established a Federal and State regulatory 
system to protect underground sources of drinking water (USDWs) from 
contamination by injected fluids. Injected fluids include trillions of 
gallons of various types of fluids each year such as hazardous waste; 
oil field brines or produced water; mineral processing fluids; various 
types of industrial fluids; automotive, sanitary and other wastes; and 
carbon dioxide injected for geological sequestration. Owners or 
operators of underground injection wells must obtain permits, conduct 
environmental monitoring, maintain records and report results to the 
EPA or the State UIC primacy (primary enforcement) agency. States must 
report to EPA on permittee compliance and related information. The 
mandatory information is reported using standardized forms and annual 
reports; applicable regulations are codified in the Code of Federal 
Regulations (CFR) at 40 CFR Parts 144 through 148. The data are used by 
UIC authorities to ensure the protection of underground sources of 
drinking water.
    Form Numbers: The forms are 7520-1, 7520-2A, 7520-2B, 7520-3, 7520-
4, 7520-6, 7520-7, 7520-8, 7520-9, 7520-10, 7520-11, 7520-12, 7520-14, 
7520-16, and 7520-17.
    Respondents/affected entities: Owners or operators of underground 
injection wells and State UIC primacy agencies.
    Respondent's obligation to respond: Mandatory (40 CFR Parts 144 
through 148).
    Estimated number of respondents: 53,772 (total).
    Frequency of response: Annual, semi-annual and quarterly.
    Total estimated burden: 1,304,027 hours (per year). Burden is 
defined at 5 CFR 1320.03(b).
    Total estimated cost: $194,842,061 (per year), includes 
$140,457,959 annualized capital or operation and maintenance costs.
    Changes in Estimates: Possible increases in the total estimated 
respondent burden will be evaluated along with any public comments 
received on this notice.

    Dated: July 30, 2014.
Peter Grevatt,
Director, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water.
[FR Doc. 2014-18823 Filed 8-7-14; 8:45 am]