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Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Regulation of Fuels and Fuel Additives: Gasoline Volatility (Renewal)

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Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Regulation of Fuels and Fuel Additives: Gasoline Volatility (Renewal)

Courtney Kerwin
Environmental Protection Agency
29 August 2017

[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 166 (Tuesday, August 29, 2017)]
[Pages 41022-41023]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-18296]



[EPA-HQ-OAR-2007-0478, FRL- 9967-03-OEI]

Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and 
Approval; Comment Request; Regulation of Fuels and Fuel Additives: 
Gasoline Volatility (Renewal)

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an 
information collection request (ICR), Regulation of Fuels and Fuel 
Additives: Gasoline Volatility (EPA ICR No. 1367.12, OMB Control No. 
2060-0178) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and 
approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). This is 
a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through 
August 31, 2017. Public comments were previously requested via the 
Federal Register (82 FR 29548) on June 29, 2017 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 September 28, 

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-
2007-0478, online using https://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, and (2) OMB via email to 
oira_submission@omb.eop.gov. Address comments to OMB Desk Officer for 
    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.

Division, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, Mail Code 6406J, 
Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., 
Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 343-9303; fax number: 
(202) 343-2801; email address: caldwell.jim@epa.gov.

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 https://www.regulations.gov or in person at the EPA Docket Center, EPA 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: Gasoline volatility, as measured by Reid Vapor Pressure 
(RVP) in pounds per square inch (psi), is controlled in the spring and 
summer in order to minimize evaporative hydrocarbon emissions from 
motor vehicles. RVP is subject to a Federal standard of 7.8 psi or 9.0 
psi, depending on location. The addition of ethanol to gasoline 
increases the RVP by about 1 psi. Gasoline that contains 9 volume 
percent to 10 volume percent ethanol is subject to a standard that is 
1.0 psi greater. As an aid to industry compliance and EPA enforcement, 
the product transfer document, which is prepared by the producer or 
importer and which accompanies a shipment of gasoline containing 
ethanol, is required by regulation to contain a legible and conspicuous 
statement that the gasoline contains ethanol and the percentage 
concentration of ethanol. This is intended to deter the mixing within 
the distribution system, particularly in retail storage tanks, of 
gasoline which contains ethanol in the 9 to 10 percent range with 
gasoline which does not contain ethanol in that range. Such mixing 
would likely result in a gasoline which is in violation of its RVP 
standard. Also, a party wishing a testing exemption, for research on 
gasoline that is not in compliance with the applicable volatility 
standard, must submit certain information to EPA.
    Form Numbers: None.
    Respondents/affected entities: Entities potentially affected by 
this action are those who produce or import gasoline containing 
ethanol, or who wish to obtain a testing exemption.
    Respondent's obligation to respond: Mandatory per 40 CFR 80.27(d) 
and (e).
    Estimated number of respondents: 2,000.
    Frequency of response: On occasion.
    Total estimated burden: 12,330 hours per year. Burden is defined at 
5 CFR 1320.03(b).

[[Page 41023]]

    Total estimated cost: $1.1 million, includes $20 annualized capital 
or operation & maintenance costs.
    Changes in estimates: There is no change in the hours in the total 
estimated respondent burden compared with the ICR currently approved by 
OMB. The use of ethanol in gasoline has increased slightly, but that 
has been offset by a slight decrease in gasoline consumption.

Courtney Kerwin,
Director, Regulatory Support Division.
[FR Doc. 2017-18296 Filed 8-28-17; 8:45 am]

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