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Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Microbial Rules ICR

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In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that the following Information Collection Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval: Microbial ICR, OMB control Number 2040-0205 expiring November, 30, 2001. The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its expected burden and cost; where appropriate, it includes the actual data collection instrument.

 

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Comments must be submitted on or before November 5, 2001.

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Send comments, referencing EPA ICR No. 1895.02 and OMB Control No. 2040-0205, to the following addresses: Sandy Farmer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Collection Strategies Division (Mail Code 2822), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; and 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.

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For a copy of the ICR contact Sandy Farmer at EPA by phone at (202) 260-2740, by E-mail at Farmer.sandy@epamail.epa.gov, or download off the Internet at http://www.epa.gov/icr and refer to EPA ICR No. 1895.02. For technical questions about the ICR contact Lisa Christ at (202) 260-3967 of the Office of Ground Water Drinking Water (OGWDW).

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Title: Microbial (OMB Control No. 2040-0205: EPA ICR No. 1895.02) expiring November 30, 2001. This is a request for extension of a currently approved ICR.

Abstract: The Microbial ICR is the result of a consolidation of activities covered in the 1998 Interim Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule ICR, some rules and activities covered in the 1993 Public Water System Supervision ICR and activities and rules previously covered in other OGWDW standalone ICRs. The Microbial ICR will include: Surface Water Treatment Rule (all components except disinfectant residual monitoring) (OMB Control Number 2040-0090, EPA ICR Number 0270.39), Total Coliform Rule (OMB Control Number 2040-0090, EPA ICR Number 0270.39), Interim Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule (OMB Control Number 2040-0205, EPA ICR number 1895.01), and the Laboratory Quality Assurance Evaluation Program for Analysis of Cryptosporidium in Water. Filter Backwash Recycle Rule (OMB Control Number 2040-0224, EPA ICR Number 1928.02) will be added via an Information Correction Worksheet upon approval. The Microbial ICR requires information collection of data such as: turbidity measures, raw water coliform data, coliform bacteria levels in distribution systems, E. coli and fecal coliform data as necessary, data regarding results of sanitary surveys and backwash recycle practice and flow information. The regulatory initiatives discussed in this document are intended to protect public health and welfare from microbial contaminants. The Lab Quality Assurance Program, which collects data from laboratories for laboratory certification or approval are not mandatory, but laboratories must provide it in order to obtain or retain a benefit. All of the data collected from Public Water Systems and States are mandatory (40 CFR part 141 and 40 CFR part 142). Monitoring, reporting and record keeping are required at both the system and State levels under the National Primary Drinking Water Regulations (NPDWRs). EPA has chosen to require the least frequent collection that remains consistent with overall public health preservation objectives. Data collected allow States to identify in a timely fashion significant contaminant concentrations which might threaten the health and safety of drinking water consumers. The information collected in this ICR is used to aid in understanding the quality of drinking water, protect public health and welfare from microbial contaminants, make regulatory enforcement decisions and to oversee State programs. Primary users of the data collected under this ICR are the Office of Ground Water Drinking Water (OGWDW), Office of Enforcement Compliance Assurance (OECA), Public Water System managers and primacy agencies, which include State regulators, Indian Tribes and occasionally Regional Administrators. 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. The OMB control numbers for EPA's regulations are listed in 40 CFR part 9 and 48 CFR chapter 15. The Federal Register document required under 5 CFR 320.8(d), soliciting comments on this collection of information was published on June 1, 2001 and no comments were received.

Burden Statement: The annual public reporting and record keeping burden for this collection of information is estimated to average less than a half hour per response. Burden means the total time, effort, or financial resources expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, or disclose or provide information to or for a Federal agency. This includes the time needed to review instructions; develop, acquire, install, and utilize technology and systems for the purposes of collecting, validating, and verifying information, processing and maintaining information, and disclosing and providing information; adjust the existing ways to comply with any previously applicable instructions and requirements; train personnel to be able to respond to a collection of information; search data sources; complete and review the collection of information; and transmit or otherwise disclose the information.

Respondents/Affected Entities: Existing PWSs, Laboratories and Primacy Agencies.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 167,954.

Frequency of Response: Varies by requirement (e.g. monthly, quarterly, annually).

Estimated Total Annual Hour Burden: 8,198,417 hours.

Estimated Total Annualized Capital, OM Cost Burden:$82,707,000.

Send comments on the Agency's need for this information, the accuracy of the provided burden estimates, and any suggested methods for minimizing respondent burden, including through the use of automated collection techniques to the addresses listed above. Please refer to EPA ICR No. 1895.02 and OMB Control No. 2040-0205 in any correspondence.

Dated: September 26, 2001.

Oscar Morales,

Director, Collection Strategies Division.

[FR Doc. 01-25010 Filed 10-4-01; 8:45 am]

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