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Agency Information Collection Activities: Continuing Collection; Comment Request; General Hazardous Waste Facility Standards

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AGENCY:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that EPA is planning to submit the following continuing Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB): General Hazardous Waste Facility Standards, EPA ICR # 1571.07, OMB Control Number 2050-0120, expires December 31, 2002. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below.

DATES:

Comments must be submitted on or before October 15, 2002.

ADDRESSES:

Comments may be submitted by mail, through hand delivery/courier, or electronically. Follow the detailed instructions as provided in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section.

The mailing address, referencing Docket ID No. RCRA-1999-0027, is: RCRA Docket Information Center, Office of Solid Waste (5305G), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460-001. Hand deliveries of comments should be made to the Arlington, Virginia address below. Comments may also be submitted electronically through the Internet to: rcra-docket@epa.gov. Comments in electronic format should also be identified by the Docket ID No. RCRA-1999-0027. All electronic comments must be submitted as an ASCII file avoiding the use of special characters and any form of encryption.

Commenters should not submit any confidential business information (CBI) electronically. An original and two copies of CBI must be submitted under separate cover to: RCRA CBI Document Control Officer, Office of Solid Waste (5303W), U.S. EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington DC 20460-001.

Hand deliveries must be brought to the RCRA Information Center (RIC), located at Crystal Gateway I, First Floor, 1235 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA. The RIC is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

David Eberly by phone at (703) 308-8645, by mail at the Office of Solid Waste (5303W), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460-001, or by e-mail at eberly.david@epa.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. How Can I Get Copies of the ICR Supporting Statement and Other Related Information?

1. Docket. EPA has established an official public docket for this ICR under Docket ID No. RCRA-1999-0027. The official public docket consists of the documents specifically referenced in the ICR, any public comments received, and other information related to this ICR. Although a part of the official docket, the public docket does not include Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. The official public docket is the collection of materials that is available for public viewing at the RCRA Information Center (see ADDRESSES above). This Docket Facility is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays. It is recommended that the public make an appointment by calling (703) 603-9230. The public may copy a maximum of 100 pages from any regulatory docket at no charge. Additional copies are $0.15/page

2. Electronic Access. You may access this Federal Register document electronically through the EPA Internet under the “Federal Register” listings at http://www.epa.gov/​fedrgstr/​.

You may use EPA Dockets at http://www.epa.gov/​edocket/​ to submit or view public comments, access the index listing of the contents of the official public docket, and to access those documents in the public docket that are available electronically. Once in the system, select “search,” then key in the docket identification number.

Certain types of information will not be placed in the EPA Dockets. Information claimed as CBI, and other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute, which is not included in the official public docket, will not be available for public viewing in EPA's electronic public docket. EPA's policy is that copyrighted material will not be placed in EPA's electronic public docket but will be available only in printed, paper form in the official public docket. To the extent feasible, publicly available docket materials will be made available in EPA's electronic public docket. When a document is selected from the index list in EPA Dockets, the system will identify whether the document is available for viewing in EPA's electronic public docket. Although not all docket materials may be available electronically, you may still access any of the publicly available docket materials through the docket facility identified in A.1 above.

For public commenters, it is important to note that EPA's policy is that public comments, whether submitted electronically or in paper, will be made available for public viewing in EPA's electronic public docket as EPA receives them and without change, unless the comment contains copyrighted material, CBI, or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. When EPA identifies a comment containing copyrighted material, EPA will provide a reference to that material in the version of the comment that is placed in EPA's electronic public docket. The entire printed comment, including the copyrighted material, will be available in the public docket.

Public comments submitted on computer disks that are mailed or delivered to the docket will be transferred to EPA's electronic public docket. Public comments that are mailed or delivered to the Docket will be scanned and placed in EPA's electronic public docket. Where practical, physical objects will be photographed, and the photograph will be placed in EPA's electronic public docket along with a brief description written by the docket staff.

B. How and to Whom Do I Submit Comments?

You may submit comments electronically, by mail, or through hand delivery/courier. To ensure proper receipt by EPA, identify the appropriate docket identification number in the subject line on the first page of your comment. Please ensure that your comments are submitted within the specified comment period. Comments received after the close of the comment period will be marked “late.” EPA is not required to consider these late comments in formulating a final decision.

1. Electronically. If you submit an electronic comment as prescribed Start Printed Page 52719below, EPA recommends that you include your name, mailing address, and an e-mail address or other contact information in the body of your comment. Also include this contact information on the outside of any disk or CD ROM you submit, and in any cover letter accompanying the disk or CD ROM. This ensures that you can be identified as the submitter of the comment and allows EPA to contact you in case EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties or needs further information on the substance of your comment. EPA's policy is that EPA will not edit your comment, and any identifying or contact information provided in the body of a comment will be included as part of the comment that is placed in the official public docket, and made available in EPA's electronic public docket. If EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, EPA may not be able to consider your comment.

i. EPA Dockets. Your use of EPA's electronic public docket to submit comments to EPA electronically is EPA's preferred method for receiving comments. Go directly to EPA Dockets at http://www.epa.gov/​edocket, and follow the online instructions for submitting comments. To access EPA's electronic public docket from the EPA Internet Home Page, select “Information Sources,” “Dockets,” and “EPA Dockets.” Once in the system, select “search,” and then key in Docket ID No. RCRA-1999-0027. The system is an “anonymous access” system, which means EPA will not know your identity, e-mail address, or other contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment.

ii. E-mail. Comments may be sent by electronic mail (e-mail) to rcra-docket@epa.gov, Attention Docket ID No. RCRA-1999-0027. In contrast to EPA's electronic public docket, EPA's e-mail system is not an “anonymous access” system. If you send an e-mail comment directly to the Docket without going through EPA's electronic public docket, EPA's e-mail system automatically captures your e-mail address. E-mail addresses that are automatically captured by EPA's e-mail system are included as part of the comment that is placed in the official public docket, and made available in EPA's electronic public docket.

iii. Disk or CD ROM. You may submit comments on a disk or CD ROM that you mail to the mailing address identified in ADDRESSES. These electronic submissions will be accepted in WordPerfect or ASCII file format. Avoid the use of special characters and any form of encryption.

2. By Mail. Send an original and two copies of their comments, referencing Docket ID No. RCRA-1999-0027, to: RCRA Docket Information Center, Office of Solid Waste (5305G), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460-001.

3. By Hand Delivery or Courier. Deliver your comments to: RCRA Information Center (RIC), located at Crystal Gateway I, First Floor, 1235 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA, Attention Docket ID No. RCRA-1999-0027. Such deliveries are only accepted during the Docket's normal hours of operation, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays.

C. How Should I Submit CBI to the Agency?

Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI electronically through EPA's electronic public docket or by e-mail. Send or deliver information identified as CBI only to: RCRA CBI Document Control Officer, Office of Solid Waste (5303W), U.S. EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington DC 20460-001, Attention Docket ID No. RCRA-1999-0027. You may claim information that you submit to EPA as CBI by marking any part or all of that information as CBI (if you submit CBI on disk or CD ROM, mark the outside of the disk or CD ROM as CBI and then identify electronically within the disk or CD ROM the specific information that is CBI). Information so marked will not be disclosed except in accordance with procedures set forth in 40 CFR part 2.

In addition to one complete version of the comment that includes any information claimed as CBI, a copy of the comment that does not contain the information claimed as CBI must be submitted for inclusion in the public docket and EPA's electronic public docket. If you submit the copy that does not contain CBI on disk or CD ROM, mark the outside of the disk or CD ROM clearly that it does not contain CBI. Information not marked as CBI will be included in the public docket and EPA's electronic public docket without prior notice. If you have any questions about CBI or the procedures for claiming CBI, please consult the person identified in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section.

D. What Information Is EPA Particularly Interested in?

Pursuant to section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA, EPA specifically solicits comments and information to enable it to:

1. Evaluate whether the proposed collections of information are necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including whether the information will have practical utility.

2. Evaluate the accuracy of the Agency's estimates of the burdens of the proposed collections of information. In particular, for this ICR, EPA is soliciting information on the estimates for performing waste analyses as required in 40 CFR 264.13(a)(1) and 40 CFR 265.13(a)(1).

3. Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected.

4. Minimize the burden of the collections of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated or electronic collection technologies or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses.

Affected entities: Entities potentially affected by this action are owners and operators of hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities.

Title: General Hazardous Waste Facility Standards, EPA ICR # 1571.07, OMB Control Number 2050-0120, expires on December 31, 2002.

Abstract: Section 3004 of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), as amended, requires that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) develop standards for hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs) as may be necessary to protect human health and the environment. Subsections 3004(a)(1), (3), (4), (5), and (6) specify that these standards include, but not be limited to, the following requirements:

  • Maintaining records of all hazardous wastes identified or listed under subtitle C that are treated, stored, or disposed of, and the manner in which such wastes were treated, stored, or disposed of;
  • Operating methods, techniques, and practices for treatment, storage, or disposal of hazardous waste;
  • Location, design, and construction of such hazardous waste treatment, disposal, or storage facilities;
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  • Maintaining or operating such facilities and requiring such additional qualifications as to ownership, continuity of operation, training for personnel, and financial responsibility as may be necessary or desirable.

The regulations implementing these requirements are codified in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 40, parts 264 and 265. The collection of this information enables EPA to properly determine whether owners/operators or hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities meet the requirements of Section 3004(a) of RCRA. 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.

Burden Statement: This proposed ICR is an estimate of the total respondent burden for all activities related to general facility operating requirements, record keeping requirements, contingency plan and emergency reporting requirements, releases from solid waste management units, closure/post-closure requirements, financial requirements, corrective action management unit requirements, and conditions applicable to all permits.

The total burden to respondents as estimated in the proposed ICR for “General Facility Standards (#1571.07)” is 719,059 hours per year, at a cost of $45,380,950 per year. This estimate was based on owners and operators of hazardous waste management facilities complying with the information collection requirements set forth in 40 CFR parts 264 and 265, subparts B-H and by using an average hourly respondent labor cost (including overhead) of $108.00 for legal staff, $77.00 for managerial staff, $57.00 for technical staff, and $29.00 for clerical staff. EPA estimates the total number of respondents per year to be 2,724, which includes both permitted and interim status facilities. The number of respondents varies depending upon the category of each facility and the required activity.

The annual public reporting burden and record keeping burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 319 hours per respondent.

For general facility operating standards, there is no associated reporting. The record keeping burden for general facility operating standards is estimated to average 119 hours per respondent per year. This estimate includes time for reading the regulations, preparing and submitting notices, collecting and documenting waste analysis data, and developing a waste analysis plan, inspection schedule, personnel training schedule, and construction quality assurance plan.

For operating record requirements, the record keeping burden is estimated to average 131 hours per year. This burden includes time to collect and file information in the operating record. There is no associated reporting burden for these requirements.

For contingency plan and emergency procedure requirements, there is no associated reporting burden. The record keeping burden is estimated to average one hour per respondent per year.

For requirements covering releases from solid waste management units, the public reporting burden is estimated to average 1 hour per respondent per year. This estimate includes time to read the regulations and prepare and submit demonstrations. There is no associated record keeping burden for these requirements.

For closure and post-closure requirements, the public reporting burden is estimated to average 45 hours per respondent per year. This estimate includes time to read the regulations; prepare and submit plans, notices, demonstrations, certifications, and records; and make modifications to plans. The record keeping burden is estimated to average 1 hour per respondent per year.

For financial requirements, the public reporting burden is estimated to average 16 hours per respondent per year. This estimate includes time to read the regulations and prepare and submit financial and liability assurance documentation. There is no associated record keeping burden for these requirements.

For permit condition requirements, the public reporting burden is estimated to average 6 hours per respondent per year. This estimate includes time to read the regulations, and prepare and submit information requested by EPA, required by the permit, or required as a result of an incident that occurs at the facility. There is no associated record keeping burden for these requirements.

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.

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Dated: August 2, 2002.

Elizabeth A. Cotsworth,

Director, Office of Solid Waste.

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[FR Doc. 02-20453 Filed 8-12-02; 8:45 am]

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