[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 199 (Thursday, October 15, 2015)]
[Pages 62071-62072]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-26231]



[EPA-HQ-OAR-2003-0052; FRL-9935-45-OEI]

Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and 
Approval; Comment Request; Risk Management Program Requirements and 
Petitions To Modify the List of Regulated Substances (Renewal)

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an 
information collection request (ICR), ``Risk Management Program 
Requirements and Petitions to Modify the List of Regulated Substances 
under section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act (CAA)'' (EPA ICR No. 1656.15, 
OMB Control No. 2050-0144) 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 December 31, 2015. Public comments 
were previously requested via the Federal Register (80 FR 33518) on 
June 12, 2015 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 November 16, 

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-
2003-0052, to (1) EPA 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, 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.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: James Belke, Office of Emergency 
Management, Mail Code 5104A, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 
Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 202-564-
8023; fax number: 202-564-2625; 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 1990 CAA Amendments added section 112(r) to provide 
for the prevention and mitigation of accidental releases. Section 
112(r) mandates that EPA promulgate a list of ``regulated substances'' 
with threshold quantities and establish procedures for the addition and 
deletion of substances from the list of regulated substances. Processes 
at stationary sources that contain more than a threshold quantity of a 
regulated substance are subject to accidental release prevention 
regulations promulgated under CAA section 112(r)(7). These two rules 
are codified as 40 CFR part 68. Part 68 requires that sources with more 
than a threshold quantity of a regulated substance in a process develop 
and implement a risk management program and submit a risk management 
plan to EPA. The compliance schedule for the Part 68 requirements, 
established by rule on June 20, 1996, requires the implementation of 
the source risk management programs and the submission of initial Risk 
Management Plans (RMPs) by June 21, 1999, and at least every five years 
after the initial submission. Sources must resubmit earlier than their 
next five-year deadline if they undergo certain changes to their 
covered processes as specified in Part 68. Therefore, after the initial 
submission, some sources re-submitted their RMPs prior to the next 5-
year deadline because they had process changes that required an earlier 
update. These sources were then assigned a new five-year resubmission 
deadline based on the date of their revised plan submission. Most 
covered sources had no significant changes to their covered processes 
and therefore resubmitted their updated RMP on June 21, 2004. This same 
pattern continued through the next two submission cycles--some sources 
updated and resubmitted their RMP prior to their next five-year 
deadline and were assigned a new (off-cycle) five-year deadline, but a 
majority of sources submitted their updated RMP on or near the next 
scheduled five-year resubmission deadlines (June 2009 and June 2014). 
Similarly, while most sources' next submission is due in June 2019, 
because of off-cycle resubmission deadlines assigned to sources who 
have resubmitted RMPs prior to their next 5-year resubmission date, 
only a portion of the RMP-regulated universe has a submission deadline 
occurring in June 2019.
    Other than the costs for gathering information and filling out the 
on-line RMP form, the regulations require sources to maintain on-site 
documentation, perform a compliance audit every three years, provide 
refresher training to employees, perform a hazard analysis at least 
every five years, etc. Some of these activities are expected to occur 
annually or are on-going. Some are required every three years or every 
five years, unless there are changes at the facility. Therefore, the 
burden and costs incurred by sources vary from ICR to ICR. The five-
year resubmission deadline set by the regulations or assigned by EPA 
based on the latest RMP resubmission also will cause the burden to vary 
from ICR to ICR.
    Form Numbers: 8700-25, 8700-27, 8700-28.
    Respondents/affected entities: Chemical manufacturers, petroleum 
refineries, water treatment systems, agricultural chemical 
distributors, refrigerated warehouses, chemical distributors, non-
chemical manufacturers, wholesale fuel distributors, energy generation 
facilities, etc.
    Respondent's obligation to respond: Mandatory (40 CFR part 68).
    Estimated number of respondents: 13,396 (total).
    Frequency of response: On occasion.
    Total estimated burden: 54,000 hours (per year). Burden is defined 
at 5 CFR 1320.03(b)
    Total estimated cost: $6,680,625 (per year), includes $0 annualized 
capital or operation & maintenance costs.
    Changes in the estimates: There is a decrease of 26,546 hours in 
the total estimated respondent burden compared with the ICR currently 
approved by OMB. The reason for this decrease is because this ICR 
period does not include a major filing deadline year and the previous 
ICR did include a major filing deadline. Second, the number of sources 
subject to the regulations fluctuates regularly, and is lower in this 
ICR period than in the previous ICR.

Courtney Kerwin,
Acting Director, Collection Strategies Division.
[FR Doc. 2015-26231 Filed 10-14-15; 8:45 am]