[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 181 (Friday, September 18, 2015)]
[Notices]
[Pages 56465-56466]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-23476]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ-OW-2004-0013; FRL-9934-37-OW]


Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; EPA 
Strategic Plan Information on Source Water Protection

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to 
submit an information collection request (ICR), ``EPA Strategic Plan 
Information on Source Water Protection'' (EPA ICR No. 1816.06, OMB 
Control No. 2040-0197) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for 
review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act 
(PRA) (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 in this renewal notice. This is a proposed 
extension of the existing ICR, which is approved through December 31, 
2015. 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 November 17, 2015.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-
2004-0013, on-line using www.regulations.gov (our preferred method), by 
email to the OW Docket at [email protected] or by mail to the Water 
Docket, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), 
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 profanities, threats, information 
claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other 
information whose disclosure is restricted by statute.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Beth Hall, Drinking Water Protection 
Division--Prevention Branch, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water 
(MC 4606M), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. 
NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 202-564-3883; fax number: 
202-564-3756; email address: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Supporting documents that explain in detail 
the information that EPA will be collecting are available in the public 
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 public docket, visit http://www.epa.gov/dockets.
    Pursuant to section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA, EPA specifically 
solicits 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. 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: EPA is collecting, on a voluntary basis, data from the 
states on their progress toward substantial implementation of 
protection strategies for all community water systems (CWSs). The 
information to be collected will help states and EPA understand the 
progress toward the Agency's goal of increasing the number of CWSs (and 
the populations they serve) with minimized risk to public health 
through development and implementation of source water protection 
strategies for source water areas. In April of 2015, the National Water 
Program published guidance for meeting the water-related goals in the 
FY 2014-2018 EPA Strategic Plan. In keeping with this guidance, EPA 
specifically tracks the percentage of all CWSs that are implementing 
source water protection and the percentage of the total population 
which is served by those systems.
    Form Numbers: None.
    Respondents/affected entities: 51.
    Respondent's obligation to respond: Voluntary.
    Frequency of response: Annual.
    Total estimated burden: 342 hours. Burden is defined at 5 CFR 
1320.03(b).
    Total estimated cost: $14,853 (per year).
    Changes in Estimates: There is a decrease in the total estimated 
burden of 1,026 hours and a decrease in the total estimated cost of 
$130,416 from the existing ICR. This decrease is because source water 
protection programs are maturing. State databases are fully developed 
and tracking is routine compared to the burden and costs

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calculated for the existing ICR. The change in costs due to increased 
hourly labor charges is also factored into this estimate.

    Dated: September 14, 2015.
Peter Grevatt,
Director, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water.
[FR Doc. 2015-23476 Filed 9-17-15; 8:45 am]
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