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Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Pollution Prevention Compliance Alternative; Transportation Equipment Cleaning (TEC) Point Source Category (Renewal), EPA ICR Number 2018.02, OMB Control Number 2040-0235

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).




In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), 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 January 31, 2005. 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 February 9, 2005.

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Submit your comments, referencing docket ID number OW-2004-0029, to (1) EPA online using EDOCKET (our preferred method), by e-mail to, or by mail to: EPA Docket Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Water Docket, Mail Code 4101T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., 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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Jack Faulk, Office of Wastewater Management, Mail Code 4203M, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 202-564-0768; fax number: 202-564-6431; e-mail address: faulk.jack@

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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 August 30, 2004 (69 FR 52883), 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. OW-2004-0029, 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​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 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, 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: Pollution Prevention Compliance Alternative; Transportation Equipment Cleaning (TEC) Point Source Category (Renewal).

Abstract: EPA issued a final guideline for the TEC point source category on August 14, 2000. This final rule, codified in 40 CFR part 442, included a regulatory compliance option which allows certain facilities to develop a Pollutant Management Plan (PMP) in lieu of meeting numeric standards. Facilities have the option to develop this plan if it would be more beneficial compliance alternative. The PMP is only available for Pretreatment Standards for Existing Sources and Pretreatment Standards for New Sources in subparts A and B of the TEC regulation, representing a potential 336 facilities.

The PMP includes requirements for recordkeeping and paperwork that were not previously included in the burden estimate for the TEC industry. This ICR presents estimates of the burden hours and costs to the regulated community and pretreatment authorities for data collection and recordkeeping associated with implementing the pollution prevention compliance option.

The PMP is an effective alternative method of reducing pollutant discharges from indirect dischargers in subparts A and B (facilities that clean tank trucks, intermodal tank containers, and rail tank cars transporting chemical and petroleum cargos). The PMP contains 10 components that must be considered and addressed when developing the Plan. These components require facilities to identify and segregate incompatible waste streams which may include heels, prerinse or prestream wastewater, and spent cleaning solutions from wastewater discharged to a publicly owned treatment works (POTW). The PMP also requires provisions for recycling or reuse of incompatible waste streams and for minimizing the use of toxic cleaning agents. Data collection and recordkeeping requirements under the pollution prevention compliance option include preparing the PMP and maintaining records to demonstrate compliance with the procedures and provisions of the PMP. Records will be stored on site, and there are no reporting requirements.

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 in 40 CFR are listed in 40 CFR part 9 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 240 hours per new respondent per year and 209 hours per existing respondent per year. Pretreatment control authority burden is estimated to average 5 hours per respondent per year. 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: Indirect discharge facilities from 40 CFR part 442, subparts A and B (facilities that clean tank trucks, intermodal tank containers, and rail tank cars transporting chemical and petroleum cargos), that choose the pollution prevention compliance option to reduce pollutant discharges.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 183.

Frequency of Response: Varies.

Estimated Total Annual Hour Burden: 17,869 hours.

Estimated Total Annual Cost: $559,000, includes $0 annualized capital or O&M costs.

Changes in the Estimates: There is a decrease of 1,275 hours in the total estimated burden currently identified in the OMB Inventory of Approved ICR Burdens. This decrease is the result of adjustments to the numbers of new facilities covered by these requirements.

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Dated: December 20, 2004.

Oscar Morales,

Director, Collection Strategies Division.

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[FR Doc. 05-426 Filed 1-7-04; 8:45 am]