[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 208 (Wednesday, October 28, 2015)]
[Pages 66000-66001]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-27470]



[EPA-HQ-OPPT-2015-0435; FRL-9935-79]

Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Renewal of the 
Collection under OMB Control No. 2070-0030, EPA ICR No. 0795.15; 
Comment Request

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), this 
document announces that EPA is planning to submit an Information 
Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). 
The ICR, entitled: ``Notification of Chemical Exports--TSCA Section 
12(b)'' and identified by EPA ICR No. 0795.15 and OMB Control No. 2070-
0030, represents the renewal of an existing ICR that is scheduled to 
expire on August 31, 2016. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review 
and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the 
proposed information collection that is summarized in this document. 
The ICR and accompanying material are available in the docket for 
public review and comment.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before December 28, 2015.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification 
(ID) number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2015-0435, by one of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Do not submit 
electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business 
Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted 
by statute.
     Mail: Document Control Office (7407M), Office of Pollution 
Prevention and Toxics (OPPT), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 
Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001.
     Hand Delivery: To make special arrangements for hand 
delivery or delivery of boxed information, please follow the 
instructions at http://www.epa.gov/dockets/contacts.html.
    Additional instructions on commenting or visiting the docket, along 
with more information about dockets generally, is available at http://www.epa.gov/dockets.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For technical information contact: 
Mike Mattheisen, Chemical Control Division (7405-M), Office of 
Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 
Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: 
(202) 564-3077; email address: [email protected].
    For general information contact: The TSCA-Hotline, ABVI-Goodwill, 
422 South Clinton Ave., Rochester, NY 14620; telephone number: (202) 
554-1404; email address: [email protected].


I. What information is EPA particularly interested in?

    Pursuant to Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) section 3506(c)(2)(A) (44 
U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), EPA specifically solicits comments and 
information to enable it to:
    1. 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.
    2. Evaluate the accuracy of the Agency's estimates of the burden of 
the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used.

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    3. Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to 
be collected.
    4. 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. In particular, EPA is requesting comments from 
very small businesses (those that employ less than 25) on examples of 
specific additional efforts that EPA could make to reduce the paperwork 
burden for very small businesses affected by this collection.

II. What information collection activity or ICR does this action apply 

    Title: Notification of Chemical Exports--TSCA Section 12(b).
    ICR number: EPA ICR No. 0795.15.
    OMB control number: OMB Control No. 2070-0030.
    ICR status: This ICR is currently scheduled to expire on August 31, 
2016. The 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. The OMB control numbers for EPA's 
regulations in title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), after 
appearing in the Federal Register when approved, are listed in 40 CFR 
part 9, are displayed either by publication in the Federal Register or 
by other appropriate means, such as on the related collection 
instrument or form, if applicable. The display of OMB control numbers 
for certain EPA regulations is consolidated in 40 CFR part 9.
    Abstract: Section 12(b) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) 
requires any person who exports or intends to export a chemical 
substance or mixture that is regulated under TSCA sections 4, 5, 6 and/
or 7 to notify EPA of such export or intent to export. This requirement 
is described in more detail at 40 CFR part 707, subpart D. Upon receipt 
of notification, EPA advises the government of the importing country of 
the U.S. regulatory action that required the notification with respect 
to that substance. EPA uses the information obtained from the submitter 
via this collection to advise the government of the importing country. 
This information collection addresses the burden associated with 
industry reporting of export notifications.
    Responses to the collection of information are mandatory (see 40 
CFR part 707, subpart D). Respondents may claim all or part of a notice 
confidential. EPA will disclose information that is covered by a claim 
of confidentiality only to the extent permitted by, and in accordance 
with, the procedures in TSCA section 14 and 40 CFR part 2.
    Burden statement: The annual public reporting and recordkeeping 
burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 1.3 
hours per response. Burden is defined in 5 CFR 1320.3(b).
    The ICR, which is available in the docket along with other related 
materials, provides a detailed explanation of the collection activities 
and the burden estimate that is only briefly summarized here:
    Respondents/Affected Entities: Entities potentially affected by 
this ICR are companies that export chemical substances or mixtures from 
the United States to foreign countries.
    Estimated total number of potential respondents: 240.
    Frequency of response: On occasion.
    Estimated total average number of responses for each respondent: 
    Estimated total annual burden hours: 4,032 hours.
    Estimated total annual costs: $278,118. This includes an estimated 
burden cost of $278,118 and an estimated cost of $0 for capital 
investment or maintenance and operational costs.

III. Are there changes in the estimates from the last approval?

    There is an increase of 7 hours in the total estimated respondent 
burden compared with that identified in the ICR currently approved by 
OMB. This increase reflects EPA's correction of errors in the previous 
submission. This change is an adjustment.

IV. What is the next step in the process for this ICR?

    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 pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.12. EPA will issue another 
Federal Register document pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.5(a)(1)(iv) to 
announce the submission of the ICR to OMB and the opportunity to submit 
additional comments to OMB. If you have any questions about this ICR or 
the approval process, please contact the technical person listed under 

    Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.

    Dated: October 19, 2015.
James Jones,
Assistant Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution 
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