[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 16 (Tuesday, January 26, 2016)]
[Pages 4295-4296]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-01482]



[EPA-HQ-SFUND-2010-0763; FRL-9941-70-OEI]

Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and 
Approval; Comment Request; Hazardous Chemical Reporting: Emergency and 
Hazardous Chemical Inventory Forms (Tier I and Tier II) (Renewal)

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an 
information collection request (ICR), ``Hazardous Chemical Reporting: 
Emergency and Hazardous Chemical Inventory Forms (Tier I and Tier II) 
(Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 2436.03, OMB Control No. 2050-0206) 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 March 31, 2016. Public comments were previously requested via 
the Federal Register (80 FR 62526) on October 16, 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 February 25, 

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID Number, EPA-HQ-
SFUND-2010-0763, 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: Sicy Jacob, Office of Emergency 
Management, Mail Code 5104A, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 
Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 
564-8019; fax number: (202) 564-2620; 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: Sections 311 and 312 of the Emergency Planning and 
Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) apply to the owner or operator of 
any facility that is required to prepare or have available a Material 
Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for a hazardous chemical under the 
Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and its implementing 
regulations. Under section 311 of EPCRA, these facilities are required 
to submit MSDS to the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), the 
Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), and the local fire 
department for each hazardous chemical stored on-site in a quantity 
greater than the reporting threshold. Section 312 of EPCRA requires 
owners and operators of facilities to annually report the inventories 
of those chemicals reported under section 311. EPA is required to 
publish two emergency and hazardous chemical inventory forms, ``Tier 
I'' and ``Tier II,'' for use by these facilities. On July 13, 2012, EPA 
further revised these forms to add some new data elements that would be 
useful for local emergency planners and responders. In ICR 2436.02, EPA 
estimated that after the initial reporting of the new data elements, it 
would only take 0.25 hours per facility to review the new data elements 
and revise if necessary. New data elements added to page one of the 
Tier II form included contact information for facility emergency 
coordinator; Tier II information; whether facility is manned or 
unmanned; if the facility is subject to EPCRA Section 302 or CAA 
Section 112(r) (Risk Management Program) etc.
    Form Numbers: 8700-29 and 8700-30.
    Respondents/affected entities: Facilities with hazardous chemicals

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above the reporting thresholds specified in the regulations at 40 CFR 
part 370.
    Respondent's obligation to respond: Mandatory (Section 312 of 
    Estimated number of respondents: 400,000 (total).
    Frequency of response: Annual.
    Total estimated burden: 100,000 hours (per year). Burden is defined 
at 5 CFR 1320.03(b).
    Total estimated cost: $3,760,400 (per year), includes $0 annualized 
capital or operation & maintenance costs.
    Changes in the Estimates: There is a decrease of 62,500 hours in 
the total estimated respondent burden compared with the ICR currently 
approved by OMB. This decrease is because the burden of reading the 
rule and modifying their software was only necessary at the onset of 
the rule.

Courtney Kerwin,
Acting Director, Collection Strategies Division.
[FR Doc. 2016-01482 Filed 1-25-16; 8:45 am]