[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 208 (Friday, October 26, 2018)]
[Pages 54104-54105]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-23426]



[EPA-HQ-OPP-2017-0619; FRL-9983-97-OEI]

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submitted to OMB for 
Review and Approval; Comment Request; Pesticide Program Public Sector 
Collections (FIFRA Sections 18 & 24(c)) (Renewal)

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted the 
following information collection request (ICR) to the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with 
the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA): Pesticide Program Public Sector 
Collections (FIFRA Sections 18 & 24(c)) (EPA ICR Number 2311.03 and OMB 
Control Number 2070-0182). 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 in this document. This is a request to renew the approval of 
an existing ICR, which is currently approved through October 31, 2018. 
EPA did not receive any comments in response to the previously provided 
public review opportunity issued in the Federal Register on May 18, 
2018. With this submission, EPA is providing an additional 30 days for 
public review.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before November 26, 2018.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification 
(ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2017-0619, to both EPA and OMB as follows:
     To EPA online using http://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.
     To OMB via email to oira_submission@omb.eop.gov. Address 
comments to OMB Desk Officer for EPA.
    EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the 
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. Do not submit electronically any 
information you consider to be CBI or other information whose 
disclosure is restricted by statute.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Connie Hernandez, Field and External 
Affairs Division (7506P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental 
Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460-
0001; telephone number: (703) 305-5190; email address: 

    Docket: Supporting documents, including the ICR that explains in 
detail the information collection activities and the related burden and 
cost estimates that are summarized in this document, are available in 
the docket for this ICR. The docket can be viewed online at

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http://www.regulations.gov or in person at the EPA Docket Center, West 
William Jefferson Clinton Bldg., Rm. 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 
    ICR status: This ICR is currently scheduled to expire on October 
31, 2018. Under OMB regulations, the Agency may continue to conduct or 
sponsor the collection of information while this submission is pending 
at OMB. EPA did not receive any comments in response to the previously 
provided public review opportunity issued in the Federal Register on 
May 18, 2018 (83 FR 23274).
    Under PRA, 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq., 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. 
The OMB control numbers 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: This ICR covers the paperwork burden associated with two 
types of pesticide registration requests made by states, U.S. 
Territories, or Federal agencies under the Federal Insecticide, 
Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), 7 U.S.C. 136a et seq.: (1) 
Emergency exemption requests under FIFRA section 18, which allow for an 
unregistered use pesticide; and (2) Requests by states to register a 
pesticide use to meet a special local need (SLN) under FIFRA section 
    FIFRA section 18 allows EPA to grant emergency exemptions to 
states, U.S. Territories, and Federal agencies to allow an unregistered 
pesticide for a limited time if EPA determines that emergency 
conditions exists. FIFRA section 18 requests include unregistered 
pesticide use exemptions for specific agricultural, public health and 
quarantine purposes. FIFRA section 24(c) allows EPA to grant permission 
to a particular state to register additional uses of a federally 
registered pesticide for distribution and use within that state to meet 
a SLN.
    Respondents/Affected Entities: Pesticides registrants, which may be 
identified by North American Classification System (NAICS) codes 325320 
(pesticide and other agricultural chemical manufacturing), and 9241 
(governments that administer environmental quality programs).
    Respondent's obligation to respond: Mandatory (FIFRA Sections 3 & 
    Estimated total number of potential respondents: 283.
    Frequency of response: On occasion.
    Estimated total burden: 25,753 hours. Burden is defined at 5 CFR 
    Estimated total costs: $1,829,103, includes $0 annualized capital 
investment or maintenance and operational costs.
    Changes in the estimates: There is an overall estimated decrease of 
8,422 hours in the total estimated respondent burden compared with that 
identified in the ICR currently approved by OMB. This change 
corresponds with a decrease in the estimated average annual number of 
submissions that the Agency has projected it might receive in the 
future, i.e., the projection for the estimated number of annual FIFRA 
section 18 submissions decreased from 185 to 143 (burden decrease of 
4,158 hours), and the projection for the estimated number of annual 
FIFRA section 24(c) submissions decreased from about 305 to 223 (burden 
decrease of 4,264 hours). This change is an adjustment.

Courtney Kerwin,
Director, Collection Strategies Division.
[FR Doc. 2018-23426 Filed 10-25-18; 8:45 am]