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Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Emissions Certification and Compliance Requirements for Nonroad Compression-Ignition Engines and On-Highway Heavy Duty Engines

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Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Emissions Certification and Compliance Requirements for Nonroad Compression-Ignition Engines and On-Highway Heavy Duty Engines

Spencer Clark
Environmental Protection Agency
August 27, 2014


[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 166 (Wednesday, August 27, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 51151-51152]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-20285]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ-OAR-2007-1182; FRL-9915-89-OEI]


Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and 
Approval; Comment Request; Emissions Certification and Compliance 
Requirements for Nonroad Compression-Ignition Engines and On-Highway 
Heavy Duty Engines

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an 
information collection request (ICR) ``Emissions Certification and 
Compliance Requirements for Nonroad Compression-ignition Engines and 
On-highway Heavy Duty Engines'' (EPA ICR No. 1684.18, OMB Control No. 
2060-0287), 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.). This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently 
approved through August 31, 2014. Public comments were previously 
requested via the Federal Register (79 FR 21916) on April 18, 2014 
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 26, 
2014.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID Number Docket ID 
No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2007-1182, to (1) EPA online using www.regulations.gov, 
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 with any personal information provided, 
unless the comment includes profanity, threats, information claimed to 
be CBI or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute.

[[Page 51152]]


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nydia Yanira Reyes-Morales, EPA, 1200 
Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Mail Code 6405J, Washington, DC 20460; 
telephone number: 202-343-9264; email address: reyes-morales.nydia@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 at 
www.regulations.gov or 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 further information, visit 
http://www.epa.gov/dockets.
    Abstract: EPA collects information regarding heavy-duty on-highway 
engines and vehicles, nonroad compression-ignition engines, and 
categories 1 and 2 marine compression-ignition engines (collectively 
referred to as ``engines''). Title II of the Clean Air Act, (42 U.S.C. 
7521 et seq.; CAA), charges EPA with issuing certificates of conformity 
for those engines that comply with applicable emission standards. Such 
a certificate must be issued before engines may be legally introduced 
into commerce. The information collected is necessary to (1) issue 
certificates of compliance with emissions standards and requirements; 
and (2) verify compliance with various programs and regulatory 
provisions. To apply for a certificate of conformity, manufacturers are 
required to submit descriptions of their planned production engines, 
including detailed descriptions of emission control systems and test 
data.
    The emission values achieved during certification testing may also 
be used in the Averaging, Banking, and Trading (ABT) Program, which 
allows engine manufacturers to bank credits for engine families that 
emit below the standard and use the credits to certify engine families 
that emit above the standard and trade banked credits with other 
manufacturers. Participation in the ABT program is voluntary.
    The CAA also mandates EPA to verify that manufacturers have 
successfully translated their certified prototypes into mass produced 
engines; and that these engines comply with emission standards 
throughout their useful lives. EPA verifies this through `Compliance 
Programs' which include Production Line Testing (PLT), In-use Testing 
and Selected Enforcement Audits (SEAs). PLT, which only applies to 
marine engines, is a self-audit program that allows engine 
manufacturers to monitor their products' emissions profile with 
statistical certainty and minimize the cost of correcting errors 
through early detection. In-use testing allows manufacturers and EPA to 
verify compliance with emission standards throughout an engine family's 
useful life. Through SEAs, EPA verifies that test data submitted by 
engine manufacturers is reliable and testing is performed according to 
EPA regulations.
    The Transition Program for Equipment Manufacturers (TPEM) ICR 
(2060-0369) was incorporated into this ICR, to consolidate compliance 
information requirements for nonroad compression ignition engines and 
equipment under a single ICR. Under TPEM, nonroad equipment 
manufacturers are allowed to delay compliance with Tier 4 standards for 
up to seven years if they comply with certain limitations, easing the 
impact of new emission standards on equipment manufacturers. This is 
achieved by allowing additional time for equipment manufacturers to 
redesign their products in response to changes in engine designs. 
Participation in the program is voluntary requires to keep records and 
submit annual reports.
    Manufacturers may assert a claim of confidentiality over 
information provided to EPA, which is granted in accordance with the 
FOIA and EPA regulations at 40 CFR Part 2.
    Form Numbers: HD/NR Engine Manufacturer Annual Production Report, 
5900-90; AB&T Report for Heavy-duty On-highway Engines, 5900-134; AB&T 
Report for Nonroad Compression Ignition Engines, 5900-125; AB&T Report 
for Marine Compression-ignition Engines, Number in process; PLT Report 
for Marine CI CumSum, 5900-297; PLT Report for Marine CI Non-CumSum, 
5900-298; TPEM Equipment Manufacturer Notification, 5900-242; TPEM 
Equipment Manufacturer Report, 5900-240; TPEM Engine Manufacturer 
Report, 5900-241; TPEM Bond Worksheet, 5900-239; Marine CI Application 
for Certification, 5900-124
    Respondents/affected entities: Manufacturers of nonroad compression 
ignition (CI) engines and equipment, manufacturers and owners of marine 
CI engines and on-highway heavy-duty engines; owners of heavy-duty 
truck fleets.
    Respondent's obligation to respond: Mandatory if engine 
manufactures wish to sell their products in the U.S. (42 U.S.C. 7521). 
Participation in ABT is voluntary, but participants must submit 
required information. Participation in TPEM is voluntary, but 
participants must submit required notifications and annual reports (40 
CFR 1039.625 and 1039.626). If applicable to a particular engine 
family, compliance programs reporting is mandatory.
    Estimated number of respondents: 2,528 (total).
    Frequency of response: Quarterly, Annually, On Occasion, depending 
on the type of response.
    Total estimated burden: 201,033 hours per year. Burden is defined 
at 5 CFR 1320.03(b).
    Total estimated cost: $33,457,421 (per year), includes $17,371,995 
annualized capital or maintenance and operational costs.
    Changes in the estimates: There is an increase of 64,720 hours in 
the total estimated burden from the burden currently identified in the 
OMB Inventory of Approved ICR Burdens for the previous renewal.

Spencer Clark,
Acting Director, Collection Strategies Division.
[FR Doc. 2014-20285 Filed 8-26-14; 8:45 am]
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