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Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Registration of Fuels and Fuel Additives--Requirements for Manufacturers

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Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Registration of Fuels and Fuel Additives--Requirements for Manufacturers

Byron J. Bunker
Environmental Protection Agency
23 May 2016

[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 99 (Monday, May 23, 2016)]
[Pages 32326-32327]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-12105]



[EPA-HQ-OAR-2006-0894; FRL-9946-71-OAR]

Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; 
Registration of Fuels and Fuel Additives--Requirements for 

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to 
submit an information collection request (ICR) ``Registration of Fuels 
and Fuel Additives--Requirements for Manufacturers'' (EPA ICR No. 
0309.15, OMB Control No. 2060-0150) to the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork 
Reduction Act (PRA) (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. This is a proposed extension 
of the ICR, which is currently approved through October 31, 2016. 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 July 22, 2016.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-
2006-0894, 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. 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 6405A, 
Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., 
Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 343-9303; fax number: 
(202) 343-2800; email address: caldwell.jim@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Supporting documents which explain in detail 
the information that 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

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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 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: In accordance with the regulations at 40 CFR part 79, 
subparts A, B, C, and D, Registration of Fuels and Fuel Additives, 
manufacturers (including importers) of motor-vehicle gasoline, motor-
vehicle diesel fuel, and additives to those fuels, are required to have 
these products registered by EPA prior to their introduction into 
commerce. Registration involves providing a chemical description of the 
fuel or additive, and certain technical, marketing, and health-effects 
information. The development of health-effects data, as required by 40 
CFR part 79, subpart F, is covered by a separate information collection 
(EPA ICR No. 1696.08, OMB Control No. 2060-0297). Manufacturers are 
also required to submit periodic reports (annually for additives, 
quarterly and annually for fuels) on production volume and related 
information. The information is used to identify products whose 
evaporative or combustion emissions may pose an unreasonable risk to 
public health, thus meriting further investigation and potential 
regulation. The information is also used to ensure that fuel additives 
comply with EPA requirements for protecting catalytic converters and 
other automotive emission controls. The data have been used to 
construct a comprehensive data base on fuel and additive composition. 
The Mine Safety and Health Administration of the Department of Labor 
restricts the use of diesel additives in underground coal mines to 
those registered by EPA. Most of the information has been claimed by 
the manufacturers as CBI.
    Form Numbers: EPA Forms 3520-12, 3520-12A, 3520-12Q, 3520-13, 3520-
13A, and 3520-13B.
    Respondents/Affected Entities: Manufacturers and importers of 
motor-vehicle gasoline, motor-vehicle diesel fuel, and additives to 
those fuels.
    Respondents Obligation to Respond: Mandatory per 40 CFR part 79.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 1950.
    Frequency of Response: On occasion, quarterly, annually.
    Total Estimated Burden: 21,000 hours per year. Burden is defined at 
5 CFR 1320.03(b).
    Total Estimated Cost: $1.9 million per year, includes $50,000 
annualized capital or operation & maintenance costs.
    Changes in Estimates: There is an increase of 400 hours in the 
total estimated respondent burden compared with the ICR currently 
approved by OMB. This increase is due to an increase in the number of 
registered fuels and fuel additives for which periodic reports are 

    Dated: May 16, 2016.
Byron J. Bunker,
Director, Compliance Division, Office of Transportation and Air 
Quality, Office of Air and Radiation.
[FR Doc. 2016-12105 Filed 5-20-16; 8:45 am]

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