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Proposed Agency Information Collection Request: Comment Request; Servicing of Motor Vehicle Air Conditioners, EPA ICR Number 1617.08, OMB Control Number 2060-0247

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Proposed Agency Information Collection Request: Comment Request; Servicing of Motor Vehicle Air Conditioners, EPA ICR Number 1617.08, OMB Control Number 2060-0247

Sarah Dunham
Environmental Protection Agency
August 13, 2015

[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 156 (Thursday, August 13, 2015)]
[Pages 48529-48530]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-20032]



[EPA-HQ-OAR-2015-0533; FRL-9932-31-OAR ]

Proposed Agency Information Collection Request: Comment Request; 
Servicing of Motor Vehicle Air Conditioners, EPA ICR Number 1617.08, 
OMB Control Number 2060-0247

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to 
submit an information collection request (ICR), ``Servicing of Motor 
Vehicle Air Conditioners'' (EPA ICR No. 1617.08, OMB Control No. 2060-
0247) 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 October 31, 2015. An Agency may not conduct or sponsor 
and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information 
unless it

[[Page 48530]]

displays a currently valid OMB control number.

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before October 13, 2015.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-
2015-0533, online using www.regulations.gov (our preferred method), by 
email to a-and-r-docket@epa.gov, 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: Rebecca von dem Hagen, Environmental 
Protection Agency, Stratospheric Protection Division, Office of 
Atmospheric Programs, MC 6205J, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 
Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 
343-9445; fax number: (202) 343-2362; 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: Section 609 of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 (Act) 
provides general guidelines for the recovery and recycling of motor 
vehicle air conditioners. It states that ``no person repairing or 
servicing motor vehicles for consideration may perform any service on a 
motor vehicle air conditioner involving the refrigerant for such air 
conditioner without properly using approved refrigerant recovery and/or 
recovery and recycling equipment (hereafter referred to as 
``refrigerant handling equipment'') and no such person may perform such 
service unless such person has been properly trained and certified.'' 
In 1992, EPA developed regulations under section 609 that were 
published in 57 FR 31240, and codified at 40 CFR Subpart B (Section 
82.30 et seq.). The information required to be collected under the 
Section 609 regulations is: Approved refrigerant handling equipment; 
approved independent standards testing organizations; technician 
training and certification; and certification, reporting and 
    Form Numbers: None.
    Respondents/affected entities: The following is a list of NAICS 
codes for organizations potentially affected by the information 
requirements covered under this ICR. It is meant to include any 
establishment that may service or maintain motor vehicle air 

4411 Automobile Dealers
4413 Automotive Parts, Accessories, and Tire Stores
44711 Gasoline Stations with Convenience Stores
45299 All Other General Merchandise Stores
811198 All Other Automotive Repair and Maintenance
    Other affected groups include:

--Independent Standards Testing Organizations
--Organizations with Technician Certification Programs

    Respondent's obligation to respond: Mandatory (40 CFR 82.36, 82.38, 
82.40, 82.42).
    Estimated number of respondents: 52,616 per year.
    Frequency of response: On occasion.
    Total estimated burden: 4,523 hours per year. Burden is defined at 
5 CFR 1320.03(b).
    Total estimated cost: $208,307.40 per year, includes $0 annualized 
capital or operation & maintenance costs.
    Changes in Estimates: The Agency anticipates that the total 
estimated respondent burden will stay substantially the same, or 
decrease compared with the ICR currently approved by OMB. The Agency 
anticipates a decrease in the respondent burden for new equipment 
certifications due to adjustments in the calculation to estimate the 
burden resulting from required submissions. The Agency also anticipates 
the respondent burden for updates to certification programs to increase 
slightly, while the number of new technician certification programs 
compiling documents for submission to EPA for verification of the 
program is expected to stay the same.

    Dated: August 5, 2015.
Sarah Dunham,
Director, Office of Atmospheric Programs.
[FR Doc. 2015-20032 Filed 8-12-15; 8:45 am]

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