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Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review and Approval: Comment Request; NSPS for Incinerators (40 CFR Part 60, Subpart E) (Renewal), ICR Number 1058.08, OMB Number 2060-0040

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).




In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, this document announces that an Information Collection Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. This is a request to renew an existing approved collection. This ICR is scheduled to expire on October 31, 2004. Under OMB regulations, the Agency may continue to conduct or sponsor the collection of information while this submission is pending at OMB. This ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its estimated burden and cost.


Additional comments may be submitted on or before September 23, 2004.


Submit your comments, referencing docket ID number OECA-2004-0009, to (1) EPA online using EDOCKET (our preferred method), by e-mail to, or by mail to: Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), Enforcement and Compliance Docket and Information Center, EPA West, Mail Code 2201T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460, and (2) 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.

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Learia Williams, Compliance Assessment and Media Programs Division (Mail Code 2223A), Office of Compliance, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 564-4113; fax number: (202) 564-0050; e-mail address:

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EPA has submitted the following ICR to OMB for review and approval according to the procedures prescribed in 5 CFR 1320.12. On May 25, 2004 (69 FR 29718), EPA sought comments on this ICR pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.8(d). EPA received no comments.

EPA has established a public docket for this ICR under Docket ID Number OECA-2004-0009, which is available for public viewing at the Enforcement and Compliance Docket and Information Center in the EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), EPA West, Room B102, 1301 Constitution Avenue, 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 Enforcement and Compliance Docket and Information Center Docket is: (202) 566-1752. An electronic version of the public docket is available through EPA Dockets (EDOCKET) at​edocket. Use EDOCKET to submit or view public comments, access the index listing of Start Printed Page 52008the contents of the public docket, and to access those documents in the public docket that are available electronically. When in the system, select “search,” then key in the docket ID number identified above.

Any comments related to this ICR should be submitted to EPA and OMB within 30 days of this notice. 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, Confidential Business Information (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 EDOCKET. 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​edocket.

Title: NSPS for Incinerators (40 CFR part 60, subpart E) (Renewal).

Abstract: The New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for Incinerators were promulgated on December 23, 1971 (36 FR 24877). These standards apply to incinerators that charge more than 45 metric tons per day rate (50 tons per day) of solid waste, for the purpose of reducing the volume of the waste after promulgation of NSPS subpart E in 1971. Solid waste is defined as refuse that is more than 50 percent municipal type wastes. This information is being collected to assure compliance with 40 CFR part 60 subpart E.

Owners or operators of the affected facilities described must make one-time-only notifications including: (1) Notification of any physical or operational change to an existing facility which may increase the regulated pollutant emission rate; (2) notification of the initial performance test, including information necessary to determine the conditions of the performance test; and (3) performance test measurements and results. Owners or operators are also required to maintain records of the occurrence and duration of any startup, shutdown, or malfunction in the operation of an affected facility, or any period during which the monitoring system is inoperative. Monitoring requirements specific to NSPS subpart E provide information on daily charging rates and hours of operation.

The control of emissions of particulate matter from municipal incinerators requires not only the installation of properly designed equipment, but also the operation and maintenance of that equipment. Certain records and reports are necessary to enable the Administrator to: (1) Identify existing, new, and reconstructed sources subject to the standards; (2) determine a source's initial capability to comply with the emission standard; and (3) ensure that the standards are being achieved. Affected facilities must also submit semiannual reports. These records and reports are required under subpart E and the General Provisions of 40 CFR part 60.

Owners or operators of affected facilities must provide certain notifications and reports on startup and initial performance. Owners or operators of affected facilities also must record certain operation and maintenance activities and retain files with this information for at least two years following the date of such measurements, maintenance reports, and records.

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 51 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/operators of incinerators.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 82.

Frequency of Response: Initially.

Estimated Total Annual Hour Burden: 8,393 hours.

Estimated Total Annual Costs: $735,926, which includes $0 annualized capital/startup costs, $205,000 annual O&M costs, and $530,926 annual labor costs.

Changes in the Estimates: There is a decrease of 151 hours in the total estimated burden currently identified in the OMB Inventory of Approved ICR Burdens. This decrease in the hourly burden from the most recently approved ICR is due in part to a decrease in the number of sources.

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Dated: August 11, 2004.

Oscar Morales,

Director, Collection Strategies Division.

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[FR Doc. 04-19342 Filed 8-23-04; 8:45 am]