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Notice and request for comments.


The Department of the Treasury, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). Currently, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms within the Department of the Treasury is soliciting comments concerning the Environmental Information and Supplemental Information on Water Quality Considerations Under 33 U.S.C. 1341 (a).


Written comments should be received on or before May 20, 2002 to be assured of consideration.


Direct all written comments to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Linda Barnes, 650 Massachusetts Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20226, (202) 927-8930.

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Requests for additional information or copies of the form(s) and instructions should be directed to Linda Wade-Chapman, Regulations Division, 650 Massachusetts Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20226, (202) 927-8181.

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Title: Environmental Information and Supplemental Information on Water Quality Considerations Under 33 U.S.C. 1341 (a).

OMB Number: 1512-0100.

Form Number: ATF F 5000.29 and ATF F 5000.30.

Abstract: The environmental forms are necessary in order to comply with the provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act, 42 U.S.C. 4332 (ATF F 5000.29) and the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. 1341 (a) (ATF F 5000.30). Information regarding solid and liquid waste, air pollution, noise, etc. as collected on ATF F 5000.29 is evaluated to determine if a formal environmental impact statement or an environmental permit is necessary for a proposed operation. The environmental type information is collected from manufacturers, namely distilled spirits plants, wineries, breweries, and tobacco products factories. ATF F 5000.30 is also submitted by manufacturers but only those who discharge a solid or liquid effluent into navigable waters. Applicants are required to describe any biological, chemical, thermal, or other characteristic of the discharge as well as any methods or equipment used to monitor the condition of the discharge. Based upon this data, ATF makes a determination as to whether a certification or waiver by the applicable State water quality agency is required. Should a manufacturer be required to submit both forms (ATF F 5000.29 and ATF F 5000.30) they may incorporate by reference any redundant information especially regarding solid and waste. The record retention period for this information collection is 15 years after discontinuance of business for distilled spirits plants having production facilities. All others, 4 years after discontinuance of business.

Current Actions: There are no changes to this information collection and it is being submitted for extension purposes only.

Type of Review: Extension.

Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 8,000.

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 4,400.

Request for comments: Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and (e) estimates of capital or start-up costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information.

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Dated: March 8, 2002.

William T. Earle,

Assistant Director (Management) CFO.

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[FR Doc. 02-6586 Filed 3-18-02; 8:45 am]