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Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; EPA's Light-Duty In-Use Vehicle and Engine Testing Program (Renewal)

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Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; EPA's Light-Duty In-Use Vehicle and Engine Testing Program (Renewal)

Courtney Kerwin
Environmental Protection Agency
29 May 2018

[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 103 (Tuesday, May 29, 2018)]
[Page 24471]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-11448]

[[Page 24471]]



[EPA-HQ-OAR-2010-0690; FRL-9978-69-OEI]

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for 
Review and Approval; Comment Request; EPA's Light-Duty In-Use Vehicle 
and Engine Testing Program (Renewal)

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an 
information collection request (ICR)--EPA's Light-Duty In-Use Vehicle 
and Engine Testing Program (Renewal), EPA ICR number 0222.11, OMB 
Control Number 2060-0086--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 May 31, 2018. Public comments were previously requested via the 
Federal Register on December 8, 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: Comments must be submitted on or before June 28, 2018.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-
2010-0690, to (1) EPA online using www.regulations.gov (our preferred 
method) or by mail to: EPA Docket Center, Environmental Protection 
Agency, Mailcode 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 
20460, and (2) OMB by mail to: Office of Information and Regulatory 
Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Attention: Desk Officer 
for EPA, 725 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20503.
    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: Lynn Sohacki, Compliance Division, 
Office of Transportation and Air Quality, U.S. Environmental Protection 
Agency, 2000 Traverwood, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105; telephone number: 
734-214-4851; fax number: 734-214-4869; 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.
    Abstract: The Clean Air Act directs EPA to ensure that motor 
vehicles comply with emissions requirements throughout their useful 
lives. EPA's ``in-use'' program evaluates the emissions performance of 
light-duty motor vehicles (i.e., passenger cars and light trucks) after 
they have been introduced into commerce. This program operates in 
conjunction with other motor vehicle emissions testing programs 
conducted by the Agency and the light-duty motor vehicle manufacturers. 
These other test programs include confirmatory certification testing of 
prototype vehicles by manufacturers and EPA and the mandatory 
manufacturer in-use verification program (IUVP). The primary purpose of 
EPA's in-use program is information gathering. Nevertheless, EPA can 
require a recall if it receives information, from whatever source, 
including in-use testing, that a ``substantial number'' of any class or 
category of vehicles or engines, although properly maintained and used, 
do not conform to the emission standards, when in actual use throughout 
their useful life.
    The EPA in-use program can be broken down into three closely-
related components. The first component involves the selection of 
approximately 40 classes of passenger cars and light trucks, totaling 
approximately 125 vehicles, for surveillance testing at EPA's National 
Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory (NVFEL). In some cases, 
surveillance testing may be followed by confirmatory testing to develop 
additional information related to test failures observed in a class 
during surveillance testing. Confirmatory testing involves the 
selection of approximately one or two classes of 10 passenger cars and 
light trucks, averaging approximately 14 vehicles, for further testing, 
at EPA's NVFE. While the emissions tests that are conducted are the 
same for surveillance and confirmatory testing, confirmatory testing 
differs from surveillance testing in that the vehicles must meet 
stricter maintenance and use criteria. The second program component 
involves the testing of a subset of vehicles from the surveillance 
recruitment for operation of on-board diagnostics (OBD) systems. EPA 
does not currently recruit vehicles for OBD testing but includes the 
testing in this ICR in the event that OBD testing is resumed. The third 
component involves the special investigation of vehicles to address 
specific issues. This information request does not ask for approval of 
the information burden corresponding to such vehicles because the 
vehicles for this program have not been procured from the public 
recently and, therefore, there is no information collection burden 
associated with this testing.
    Form numbers: 5900-304, 5900-305, 5900-306, 5900-307, 5900-308, 
    Frequency of response: On Occasion.
    Respondents/affected entities: Vehicle Owners identified from state 
vehicle registration records that are willing to participate in the 
    Respondent's obligation to respond: Voluntary.
    Estimated number of respondents: 140.
    Total estimated burden: 302 hours (per year). Burden is defined at 
5 CFR 1320.03(b).
    Total estimated cost: $7,206 (per year). This includes an estimated 
burden cost of $7,206 and an estimated cost of $0 for capital 
investment or maintenance and operational costs.
    Changes in estimates: There is a decrease of 2,291 responses and 
204 hours in the total estimated respondent burden compared with that 
identified in the ICR currently approved by OMB. This change is due to 
a decrease in the number of responses returned to EPA by potential 

Courtney Kerwin,
Director, Regulatory Support Division.
[FR Doc. 2018-11448 Filed 5-25-18; 8:45 am]

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