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Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Data Reporting Requirements for State and Local Vehicle Emission Inspection and Maintenance (I/M) Programs

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Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Data Reporting Requirements for State and Local Vehicle Emission Inspection and Maintenance (I/M) Programs

Karl Simon
Environmental Protection Agency
May 15, 2015

[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 94 (Friday, May 15, 2015)]
[Pages 27949-27950]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-11802]



[EPA-HQ-OAR-2008-0707; FRL--9927-78-OAR]

Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Data 
Reporting Requirements for State and Local Vehicle Emission Inspection 
and Maintenance (I/M) Programs

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to submit an

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information collection request (ICR), ``Data Reporting Requirements for 
State and Local Vehicle Emission Inspection and Maintenance (I/M) 
Programs'' (EPA ICR No.1613.05, OMB Control No. 2060-0252) 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.). 
Before doing so, EPA is soliciting public comments on specific aspects 
of the proposed information collection as described below. This is a 
proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through 
November 30, 2015. 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: Comments must be submitted on or before July 14, 2015.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-
2008-0707, 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.
    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: Dave Sosnowski, Transportation and 
Climate Division, State Measures and Transportation Planning Center, 
Office of Transportation and Air Quality, U.S. Environmental Protection 
Agency, 2000 Traverwood, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105; telephone 
number:734-214-4823; fax number: 734-214-4052; email address: 

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.
    Pursuant to section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA, EPA is soliciting 
comments and information to enable it to: (i) 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; (ii) evaluate the accuracy of 
the Agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of 
information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions 
used; (iii) enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and (iv) 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. 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. At that time, EPA will issue another Federal Register notice 
to announce the submission of the ICR to OMB and the opportunity to 
submit additional comments to OMB.
    Abstract: Clean Air Act section 182 and EPA's regulations (40 CFR 
part 51, subpart S) establish the requirements for state and local I/M 
programs that are included in state implementation plans (SIPs). To 
provide general oversight and support to these programs, the U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency requires that state agencies with basic 
and enhanced I/M programs collect two varieties of reports for 
submission to EPA:
     An annual report providing general program operating data 
and summary statistics, addressing the program's current design and 
coverage, a summary of testing data, enforcement program efforts, 
quality assurance and quality control efforts, and other miscellaneous 
information allowing for an assessment of the program's relative 
effectiveness; and
     A biennial report on any changes to the program over the 
two-year period and the impact of such changes, including any 
weaknesses discovered and corrections made or planned.
    General program effectiveness is determined by the degree to which 
a program misses, meets, or exceeds the emission reductions committed 
to in the state's approved SIP, which, in turn, must meet or exceed the 
minimum emission reductions expected from the relevant performance 
standard, as promulgated under EPA's revisions to 40 CFR, part 51, 
subpart S, in response to requirements established in section 182 of 
the Clean Air Act. This information is used by EPA to determine a 
program's progress toward meeting requirements under 40 CFR, part 51, 
subpart S, and to provide background information in support of program 
evaluations. Additional information regarding the current renewal of 
this ICR as well as previous renewals can be found in Docket ID No. 
    Form Numbers: None.
    Respondents/affected entities: state I/M program managers.
    Respondent's obligation to respond: mandatory (40 CFR 51.366).
    Estimated number of respondents: 28 state air quality agencies 
    Frequency of response: annual and biennial.
    Total estimated burden: 2,408 hours (per year). Burden is defined 
at 5 CFR 1320.03(b)
    Total estimated cost: $147,462 (per year), includes $0 annualized 
capital or operation & maintenance costs.
    Changes in Estimates: There is no change in the total estimated 
respondent burden compared with the ICR currently approved by OMB.

    Dated: May 6, 2015.
Karl Simon,
Director, Transportation and Climate Division, Office of Transportation 
and Air Quality.
[FR Doc. 2015-11802 Filed 5-14-15; 8:45 am]

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