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Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Recordkeeping and Reporting Related to E15 (Renewal)

American Government Topics:  Ethanol

Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Recordkeeping and Reporting Related to E15 (Renewal)

Byron Bunker
Environmental Protection Agency
March 24, 2015

[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 56 (Tuesday, March 24, 2015)]
[Pages 15595-15596]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-06769]



[EPA-HQ-OAR-2015-0202; FRL-9925-05-OAR]

Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; 
Recordkeeping and Reporting Related to E15 (Renewal)

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to 
submit an information collection request (ICR), ``Recordkeeping and 
Reporting Related to E15 (Renewal)'' (EPA ICR No. 2408.03, OMB Control 
No. 2060-0675) 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. 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 May 26, 2015.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-
2015-0202, online using www.regulations.gov (our preferred method), 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: Geanetta Heard, Fuels Compliance 
Center, (6405A) Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. 
NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 343-9017; fax 
number: (202) 343-2800; email address: heard.geanetta@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.
    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

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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: Under the Clean Air Act (CAA), EPA granted partial 
waivers that allow gasoline containing greater than 10 volume percent 
(vol%) ethanol up to 15 vol% ethanol (E15) to be introduced into 
commerce for use in model year (MY) 2001 and newer light-duty motor 
vehicles, subject to certain conditions. EPA issued final rule 
establishing several measures to mitigate misfueling of other vehicles, 
engines and equipment with E15 and the potential emissions consequences 
of misfueling. The rule prohibits the use of gasoline containing more 
than 10 vol% ethanol in vehicles, engines and equipment that are not 
covered by the partial waiver decisions. The rule also requires all E15 
gasoline fuel dispensers to have a specific label when a retail station 
or wholesale-purchaser consumer chooses to sell E15. In addition, the 
rule requires that product transfer documents (PTDs) specifying ethanol 
content and Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) accompany the transfer of 
gasoline blended with ethanol, and a survey of retail stations to 
ensure compliance with these requirements. The rule also modifies the 
Reformulated Gasoline (RFG) program by updating the Complex Model to 
allow fuel manufacturers to certify batches of gasoline containing up 
to 15 vol% ethanol. This ICR supporting statement addresses associated 
recordkeeping and reporting items.
    Form Numbers: None.
    Respondent's obligation to respond: Mandatory (40 CFR part 80).
    Estimated number of respondents: 2,103 (total).
    Frequency of response: On occasion.
    Total estimated burden: 13,270 hours (per year). Burden is defined 
at 5 CFR 1320.03(b).
    Total estimated cost: $1,340,292. $0 in annualized capital or 
operation & maintenance costs.
    Changes in estimates: We expect there will be a decrease in the 
total estimated respondents, responses and cost to the industry 
compared to the ICR currently approved by OMB. This change in burden is 
due to no longer requiring the programing of product transfer codes in 
this collection. The respondent universe decreased from 6,211 to 2,103, 
a difference of 4,108 members. The number of responses declined from 
44,010,211 to 44,000,103, a difference of 10,108 reports. This reduced 
the industry burden hours from 37,350 to 13,270. A contributing factor 
to the lowering of the industry cost was the salaries quoted in the 
``Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2013 National Industry-Specific 
Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, mean wages.'' The salaries 
that assisted in calculating the cost mix had slightly declined. This 
change has caused a decrease in the cost per report in this collection 
from $110 per report to $101 per report. The total estimated cost to 
industry is $1,340,292 a year, the difference of $2,762,234 calculated 
from the prior collection approved by OMB.

    Dated: March 16, 2015.
Byron Bunker,
Director, Compliance Division, Office of Transportation and Air 
Quality, Office of Air and Radiation.
[FR Doc. 2015-06769 Filed 3-23-15; 8:45 am]

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