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Upon Written Request, Copies Available From: Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Filings and Information Services, Washington, DC 20549.

Extension: Rule 58 and Form U-9C-3; SEC File No. 270-400; OMB Control No. 3235-0457.

Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget for extension of the previously approved collection of information discussed below.

Rule 58 [17 CFR 250.58], under the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935 (“Act”), as amended (15 U.S.C. 79 et seq.) allows registered holding companies and their subsidiaries to acquire energy-related and gas-related companies. Under that rule, acquisitions are made, within certain limits, without prior Commission approval under section 10 of the Act. To monitor compliance, the rule requires that within sixty days after the end of the first calendar quarter in which any exempt acquisition is made, and each calendar quarter thereafter, the registered holding company is required to file with the Commission a Certificate of Notification on Form U-9C-3 containing the information prescribed by that form. The information collection by the Commission is required by rule 58. The Commission uses this information to determine the existence of financial detriment, regarding the acquisition of certain energy-related companies, to the interests the Act is designed to protect. The Commission estimates that the total annual reporting burden is 464 annual burden hours to comply with these requirements, i.e., 29 respondents × 16 = 464 burden hours.

The estimates of average burden hours are made for the purposes of the Paperwork Reduction Act and are not derived from a comprehensive or even a representative survey or study of the costs of Commission rules and forms.

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 control number.

Please direct general comments regarding the above information to the following persons: (i) Desk Officer for the Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10102, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503 or e-mail to David_Rostker@omb.eop.gov; and (ii) R. Corey Booth, Director/Chief Information Officer, Office of Information Technology, Securities and Exchange Commission, 450 5th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20549. Comments must be submitted to OMB within 30 days of this notice.

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Dated: November 2, 2004.

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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[FR Doc. E4-3036 Filed 11-5-04; 8:45 am]

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