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Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Standards of Performance for Petroleum Refineries

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).




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 Start Printed Page 48176forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval: Standards of Performance for Petroleum Refineries; OMB Number 2060-0022, expiration date August 31, 2002. The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its expected burden and cost; where appropriate, it includes the actual data collection instrument.


Comments must be submitted on or before August 22, 2002.


Send comments, referencing EPA ICR No. 1054.08 and OMB Control No. 2060-0022, to the following addresses: Susan Auby, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Collection Strategies Division (Mail Code 2822T), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; and the 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 Susan Auby at EPA by phone at (202) 566-1672, by e-mail at, or download off the Internet at​icr and refer to EPA ICR No. 1054.08. For technical questions about the ICR contact Dan Chadwick of the Office of Compliance at (202) 564-7054 or via e-mail at

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Title: Standards of Performance for Petroleum Refineries, (OMB Control No. 2060-0022; EPA ICR No. 1054.08, expiring August 31, 2002. This is a request for extension of a currently approved collection.

Abstract: New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) published at 40 CFR part 60, subpart J were proposed on June 11, 1973, and promulgated on March 8, 1974. These standards apply to the following affected facilities in petroleum refineries: fluid catalytic cracking unit catalyst regenerators, fuel gas combustion devices, and Claus sulfur recovery plants of more than 20 long tons per day commencing construction, modification, or reconstruction after the date of proposal. The pollutants regulated under this Subpart are particulate matter, carbon monoxide, and sulfur oxides. This information is being collected to assure compliance with 40 CFR part 60, subpart J. In general, all NSPS standards require initial notifications, performance tests, and periodic reports. Owners or operators are also required to maintain records of the occurrence and duration of any start-up, shutdown, or malfunction in the operation of an affected facility, or any period during which the monitoring system is inoperative. These notifications, reports, and records are essential in determining compliance, and are required of all sources subject to NSPS.

Any owner or operator subject to the provisions of this part shall maintain a file of these records, and retain the file for at least two years following the date of such occurrences, maintenance reports, and records. All reports are sent to the delegated State or local authority. In the event that there is no such delegated authority, the reports are sent directly to the EPA Regional Office.

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 1320.8(d), soliciting comments on this collection of information, was published on January 30, 2002 (67 FR 4421). No comments were received.

Burden Statement: The annual public reporting and recordkeeping burden for this collection of information is estimated to average approximately 100 hours 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: Owners and Operators of Petroleum Refineries.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 130.

Frequency of Response: Quarterly, Semi-Annually.

Estimated Total Annual Hour Burden: 17,359 hours.

Estimated Total Annualized Capital and Operating & Maintenance Cost Burden: $91,000.

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. 1054.08 and OMB Control No. 2060-0022 in any correspondence.

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Dated: July 12, 2002.

Oscar Morales,

Director, Collection Strategies Division.

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[FR Doc. 02-18577 Filed 7-22-02; 8:45 am]