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Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Servicing of Motor Vehicle Air Conditioners (Renewal)

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Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Servicing of Motor Vehicle Air Conditioners (Renewal)

Courtney Kerwin
Environmental Protection Agency
31 October 2018


[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 211 (Wednesday, October 31, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 54749-54750]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-23750]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ-OAR-2018-0118; FRL-9985-42-OEI]


Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and 
Approval; Comment Request; Servicing of Motor Vehicle Air Conditioners 
(Renewal)

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an 
information collection request (ICR), Servicing of Motor Vehicle Air 
Conditioners (EPA ICR No. 1617.09, OMB Control No. 2060-0247) to the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in 
accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. This is a proposed 
extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through December 31, 
2018. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal 
Register on June 6, 2018 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: Comments must be submitted on or before November 30, 2018.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-
2018-0118, to (1) EPA 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, and (2) 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 
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: Christina Thompson, Stratospheric 
Protection Division, Office of Atmospheric Programs (Mail Code 6205T), 
Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, 
DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 564-0983; fax number: (202) 343-2362; 
email address: thompson.christina@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 
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: Section 609 of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 (Act) 
provides general guidelines for the servicing of motor vehicle air 
conditioners (MVACs). 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 recycling 
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 
31242, and codified

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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 recordkeeping.
    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 
conditioners.
4411 Automobile Dealers
4413 Automotive Parts, Accessories, and Tire Stores
44711 Gasoline Stations with Convenience Stores
8111 Automotive Repair and Maintenance
811198 All Other Automotive Repair and Maintenance
Other affected groups include independent standards testing 
organizations and 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: 45,902 (per year).
    Frequency of response: On occasion, biennially, only once.
    Total estimated burden: 4,130 hours (per year). Burden is defined 
at 5 CFR 1320.03(b).
    Total estimated cost: $218,009 (per year), includes $0 annualized 
capital or operation & maintenance costs.
    Changes in estimates: There is a decrease of 33 hours in the total 
estimated respondent burden compared with the ICR currently approved by 
OMB. This decrease is due in part to a decrease in the number of new 
technician certifications and the time allotted for maintenance of the 
technician certification records. The time associated with the 
maintenance of these records has decreased, recognizing the move 
towards electronic recordkeeping which may be more efficient. 
Additionally, a decrease in the market for small containers of CFC-12 
refrigerant has also decreased the burden.

Courtney Kerwin,
Director, Regulatory Support Division.
[FR Doc. 2018-23750 Filed 10-30-18; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 6560-50-P45

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