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

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

Byron J. Bunker
Environmental Protection Agency
18 March 2019

[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 52 (Monday, March 18, 2019)]
[Pages 9772-9773]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-05031]



[EPA-HQ-OAR-2015-0202; FRL-9991-03-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 2408.05, OMB Control 
No. 2060-0675) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review 
and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. 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, 
2019. 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 17, 2019.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-
2015-0202, 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, 6405A, 
Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, 
DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 343-9303; fax number: (202) 343-2802; 
email address: caldwell.jim@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

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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 
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, EPA granted partial waivers that 
allow gasoline containing greater than 10 volume percent ethanol and up 
to 15 volume percent ethanol (E15) to be introduced into commerce for 
use in model year 2001 and newer light-duty motor vehicles, subject to 
certain conditions. EPA issued a final rule establishing several 
measures to deter the use of E15 in ineligible vehicles and equipment 
(misfueling). The rule (1) prohibits the use of gasoline containing 
more than 10 volume percent ethanol in vehicles and equipment that are 
not covered by the partial waiver decisions, (2) requires all E15 
dispensers to have a specific label indicating eligible vehicles, (3) 
requires E15 and related product transfer documents to contain certain 
information, and (4) requires ethanol producers, gasoline refiners, 
blenders, and related parties to conduct a survey of retail stations to 
monitor compliance with these requirements and submit periodic reports. 
In addition, to comply with conditions in the partial waivers, each 
survey party must implement a misfueling mitigation plan. This ICR 
covers the associated recordkeeping and reporting requirements.
    Form Numbers: None.
    Respondents/affected entities: Ethanol producers and importers, 
gasoline refiners, importers, terminals, distributors, retailers, and 
wholesale purchaser-consumers.
    Respondent's obligation to respond: Mandatory (40 CFR part 80).
    Estimated number of respondents: 2,604 (total).
    Frequency of response: On occasion, quarterly, annually.
    Total estimated burden: 14,770 hours (per year). Burden is defined 
at 5 CFR 1320.03(b).
    Total estimated cost: $1,841,445 (per year), includes $128,125 in 
annualized capital or operation & maintenance costs.
    Changes in estimates: There is an increase of 1,500 hours in the 
total estimated respondent burden compared with the ICR currently 
approved by OMB. This increase is due to an adjustment to an hourly 
estimate and the addition of some burdens not addressed in the current 

    Dated: March 12, 2019.
Byron J. Bunker,
Director, Compliance Division, Office of Transportation and Air 
Quality, Office of Air and Radiation.
[FR Doc. 2019-05031 Filed 3-15-19; 8:45 am]

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