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Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review and Approval; Comment Request; NESHAP for Ferroalloys Production: Ferromanganese and Silicomanganese (Renewal), ICR Number 1831.03, OMB Number 2060-0391

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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 December 30, 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 January 24, 2005.


Submit your comments, referencing docket ID number OECA-2004-0004, to (1) EPA online using EDOCKET (our preferred method), by email 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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María Malavé, 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) 564-7027; 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 No. OECA-2004-0004, 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 the 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: NESHAP for Ferroalloys Production: Ferromanganese and Silicomanganese (40 CFR part 63, subpart XXX) (Renewal).

Abstract: The national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) using maximum achievable Start Printed Page 76941control technology (MACT) were proposed on August 4, 1998, promulgated on May 20, 1999, and amended most recently on March 22, 2001. The rule applies to ferroalloy production facilities that manufacture ferromanganese and silicomanganese that are major sources of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) or are co-located at major sources of HAPs.

In general, all NESHAP (MACT) standards require initial notifications, performance tests, and periodic reports. Respondents that are not required to conduct an initial performance test are required to notify the Administrator of the initial compliance status of the source. Sources are also required to monitor and maintain records of its operations including: (1) Process or control device parameters; (2) bag leak detention systems; (3) maintenance plan for air pollution control devices (e.g., capture system and venturi scrubbers); (4) certification that monitoring devices are accurate; and (5) the implementation and corrective actions taken related to the startup, and shutdown and malfunction plan and the fugitive dust control plan. The types of periodic reports required by this regulation include: opacity-related reports; performance test results reports; immediate and periodic startup/shutdown/malfunction reports, quarterly emissions reports; capture hood inspection reports; fugitive dust operations reports; annual compliance status reports. These notifications, reports, and records are essential in determining compliance, and are required of all sources subject to NESHAP (MACT) standards.

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 83 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: Ferroalloy production facilities that manufacture ferromanganese and silicomanganese and are major sources of HAPs or are co-located at major sources of HAPs.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 1.

Frequency of Response: Initial, quarterly, semiannual and annual.

Estimated Total Annual Hour Burden: 584 hours.

Estimated Total Annual Costs: $37,261, which includes $0 annualized capital/startup costs, $0 annual O&M costs, and $37,261 annual labor costs.

Changes in the Estimates: There is decrease of 162 hours in the total estimated burden currently identified in the OMB Inventory of Approved ICR Burdens. This decrease in labor hours is due to the following assumptions: (1) The source has complied with the initial notification requirements and the initial compliance demonstration requirements since the effective date of the rule has passed; and (2) the source has already developed its record system including the startup, shutdown and malfunction plan; the fugitive dust plan; and the control equipment/maintenance plan.

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Dated: December 14, 2004.

Oscar Morales,

Director, Collection Strategies Division.

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[FR Doc. 04-28093 Filed 12-22-04; 8:45 am]