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Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission of EPA ICR No. 1803.04 (OMB No. 2040-0185) to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request

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AGENCY:

Environmental Protection Agency.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

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: Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program. This ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its estimated burden and cost.

DATES:

Additional comments may be submitted on or before June 18, 2003.

ADDRESSES:

Follow the detailed instructions in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Vinh Nguyen, DWPD, OGWDW, OW, Mail Code 4606M, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 202-564-4631; fax number: 202-564-3757; e-mail address: nguyen.vinh@epa.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

EPA has submitted the following ICR to OMB for review and approval according to the procedures prescribed in 5 CFR 1320.12. On December 30, 2002 (67 FR 79604), EPA sought comments on this ICR pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.8(d). EPA received no comment.

EPA has established a public docket for this ICR under Docket ID No. OW-2002-0059, which is available for public viewing at the Water Docket in the EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), EPA West, Room B102, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. The EPA Docket Center Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Reading Room is (202) 566-1744, and the telephone number for the Water Docket is (202) 566-2426. An electronic version of the public docket is available through EPA Dockets (EDOCKET) at http://www.epa.gov/​edocket. Use EDOCKET to submit or view public comments, access the index listing of the contents of the 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 ID number identified above.

Any comments related to this ICR should be submitted to OMB and EPA within 30 days of this notice, and according to the following detailed instructions: (1) Mail your comments to OMB at: Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Attention: Desk Officer for EPA, 725 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503, and (2) Submit your comments to EPA online using EDOCKET (our preferred method), by e-mail to OW-Docket@epa.gov, or by mail to: EPA Docket Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Water Docket (Mail Code 4101T), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460.

EPA's policy is that public comments, whether submitted electronically or in paper, will be made available for public viewing in EDOCKET as EPA receives them and without change, unless the comment contains copyrighted material, CBI, or other information whose public 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 EDOCKET. The entire printed comment, including the copyrighted material, will be available in the public docket. Although identified as an item in the official docket, information claimed as CBI, or whose disclosure is otherwise restricted by statute, is not included in the official public docket, and will not be available for public viewing in Start Printed Page 27071EDOCKET. For further information about the electronic docket, see EPA's Federal Register notice describing the electronic docket at 67 FR 38102 (May 31, 2002), or go to www.epa.gov/​edocket.

Title: Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program (OMB Control Number 2040-0185, EPA ICR Number 1803.04). This is a request to renew an existing approved collection that is scheduled to expire on June 30, 2003. Under OMB regulations, the Agency may continue to conduct or sponsor the collection of information while this submission is pending at OMB.

Abstract: The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) Amendments of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-182) authorize the creation of Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) programs in each State and Puerto Rico to assist public water systems to finance the costs of infrastructure needed to achieve or maintain compliance with SDWA requirements and to protect public health. Section 1452 authorizes the Administrator of EPA to award capitalization grants to the States and Puerto Rico which, in turn, provide low-cost loans and other types of assistance to eligible drinking water systems (i.e., local respondents).

The information collection activities will occur primarily at the program level through the Capitalization Grant Application and Agreement/State Intended Use Plan, Biennial Report, Annual Audit, and Assistance Application Review. Information from these sources may be used for input into the DWSRF National Information Management System.

In order to receive a grant, the State must prepare a Capitalization Grant Application that includes an Intended Use Plan (IUP) outlining in detail how it will use funds in the program. The Capitalization Grant Agreement is the principal instrument by which the State commits to manage its revolving fund program in conformity with the requirements of the SDWA.

The State must agree to complete and submit a Biennial Report on the uses of the capitalization grant. The Biennial Report indicates how the State has met its goals and objectives of the previous two fiscal years as stated in the grant agreement, and more specifically in the IUP. The report provides information on loan recipients, loan amounts, loan terms, project categories of eligible costs, and similar data on other forms of assistance.

A State must comply with the provisions of the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996. Best management practices suggest and EPA recommends that a State conduct an annual independent audit of its DWSRF program (including set-asides), which contains an opinion on the financial condition of the DWSRF program, a report on its internal controls, and a report on compliance with applicable laws and the SDWA.

Because States provide assistance to local applicants, States assist local applicants in preparing DWSRF loan applications and verify that proposed projects will comply with applicable Federal and State requirements.

EPA will use the Capitalization Grant Application/State Intended Use Plan, Biennial Report, Annual Audit, and DWSRF National Information Management System to help conduct its oversight responsibilities as mandated by the SDWA.

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, and are identified on the form and/or instrument, if applicable.

Burden Statement: The annual public reporting and recordkeeping burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 1,652 hours per State and 80 hours per local respondent (including Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Tribes) annually. 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: State and local governments and local respondents.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,428.

Frequency of Response: Annually and biennially.

Estimated Total Annual Hour Burden: 194,395.

Estimated Total Annual Cost: $6,898,416, includes $0 annualized capital or O&M costs.

Changes in the Estimates: There is an increase of 1,445 hours in the total estimated burden currently identified in the OMB Inventory of Approved ICR Burdens. This increase is attributed to the increase in the estimated number of respondents participating in the DWSRF program. The increase in the number of respondents reflects the stabilizing of activities in the DWSRF program. The previous ICR included lower estimates for the earlier years to compensate for the program's early start-up phase.

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Dated: May 6, 2003.

Doreen Sterling,

Acting Director, Collection Strategies Division.

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[FR Doc. 03-12479 Filed 5-16-03; 8:45 am]

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