[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 210 (Friday, October 30, 2015)]
[Pages 66898-66899]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-27691]



[EPA-HQ-OAR-2012-0103; FRL-9936-39-OEI]

Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and 
Approval; Comment Request; Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) Rebate 
Program (Renewal)

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an 
information collection request (ICR), ``Diesel Emissions Reduction Act 
(DERA) Rebate Program'' (EPA ICR No. 2461.02, OMB Control No. 2060-
0686) 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 October 31, 2015. Public comments were previously 
requested via the Federal Register on August 25, 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 30, 

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID Number EPA-HQ-
OAR-2012-0103, to (1) EPA online using www.regulations.gov (our 
preferred method), by email to [email protected], 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: Tyler Cooley, Office of Transportation 
and Air Quality, (Mail Code: 6406A),

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Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., 
Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 415-972-3937; fax number: 202-
343-2803; 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 Diesel Emissions Reduction Act program (DERA) is 
authorized by Title VII, Subtitle G (Sections 791 to 797) of the Energy 
Policy Act of 2005 (Pub. L. 109-58), as amended by the Diesel Emissions 
Reduction Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111-364), codified at 42 U.S.C. 16131 et 
seq. DERA provides the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the 
authority to award grants, rebates or low-cost revolving loans on a 
competitive basis to eligible entities to fund the costs of projects 
that significantly reduce diesel emissions from mobile sources through 
implementation of a certified engine configuration, verified 
technology, or emerging technology. Eligible mobile sources include 
buses (including school buses), medium heavy-duty or heavy heavy-duty 
diesel trucks, marine engines, locomotives, or nonroad engines or 
diesel vehicles or equipment used in construction, handling of cargo 
(including at ports or airports), agriculture, mining, or energy 
production. In addition, eligible entities may also use funds awarded 
for programs or projects to reduce long-duration idling using verified 
technology involving a vehicle or equipment described above. The 
objective of the assistance under this program is to achieve 
significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of 
pollution produced and reductions in diesel emissions exposure, 
particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the 
Administrator as poor air quality areas.
    EPA uses approved procedures and forms to collect necessary 
information to operate its grant and rebate programs as authorized by 
Congress under the DERA program. EPA collects information from 
applicants to the DERA rebate program. Information collected is used to 
ensure eligibility of applicants and engines to receive funds under 
DERA, and to calculate estimated and actual emissions benefits that 
result from activities funded with rebates as required in DERA's 
authorizing legislation.
    Form Numbers: 2060-0686.
    Respondents/affected entities: Entities interested in applying for 
a rebate under EPA's Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) Rebate 
Program and include but are not limited to the following NAICS (North 
American Industry Classification System) codes: 23 Construction; 482 
Rail Transportation; 483 Water Transportation; 484 Truck 
Transportation; 485 Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation; 48831 
Port and Harbor Operations; 61111 Elementary and Secondary Schools; 
61131 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools; 9211 Executive, 
Legislative, and Other Government Support; and 9221 Justice, Public 
Order, and Safety Activities.
    Respondent's obligation to respond: Voluntary.
    Estimated number of respondents: 500-1,000 (total).
    Frequency of response: Voluntary as needed.
    Total estimated burden: 2,827 hours (per year). Burden is defined 
at 5 CFR 1320.03(b).
    Total estimated cost: $100,592.58 (per year), includes $0 
annualized capital or operation & maintenance costs.
    Changes in the Estimates: There is an increase of 1,933 hours in 
the total estimated respondent burden compared with the ICR currently 
approved by OMB. This increase is due to a higher level of interest in 
the rebate program than originally anticipated. The revised burden of 
2,827 hours reflects an updated estimate of 771 applicants 
(respondents) and is based on the number of applications submitted 
under previous rebate funding opportunities. In the ICR currently 
approved by OMB, EPA estimated an annual burden of 894 hours for 120 
applicants. EPA received over 1,000 applications for the 2012 pilot 
program and over 500 applications for the 2014 funding opportunity.

Courtney Kerwin,
Acting Director, Collection Strategies Division.
[FR Doc. 2015-27691 Filed 10-29-15; 8:45 am]