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Hazardous Materials: Incorporation of Exemptions Into Regulations; Notice of Information Collection Approval

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AGENCY:

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), DOT.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

This final rule notice announces Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval of information collection request (ICR) OMB No. 2137-0620, “Inspection and Testing of Meter Provers.” This information collection has been approved by OMB until May 31, 2008. This notice also makes appropriate revisions to regulations concerning the Paperwork Reduction Act to incorporate this new information collection approval under OMB Control No. 2137-0620.

DATES:

The effective date of this final rule is March 25, 2005. This ICR expires on May 31, 2008.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Deborah Boothe or T. Glenn Foster, Office of Hazardous Materials Standards (PHH-11), Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Room 8422, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590-0001, Telephone (202) 366-8553.

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ADDRESSES:

Requests for a copy of an information collection should be directed to Deborah Boothe or T. Glenn Foster, Office of Hazardous Materials Standards (PHH-11), Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Room 8422, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590-0001.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

On January 24, 2005, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA, we) published a final rule to enhance the safety of hazardous materials transported in commerce (70 FR 3302). In this final rule, we incorporated into the regulations the provisions of certain widely-used exemptions that have an established safety history and that may be converted into regulations for general use. We also made minor revisions to the requirements for use of packagings authorized under exemptions. The Start Printed Page 33379revisions provide wider access to the benefits of the provisions granted in these exemptions and eliminate the need for the current exemption holders to reapply for renewal of the exemption, thus reducing paperwork burdens and facilitating commerce while maintaining an acceptable level of safety. The effective date of this final rule is March 25, 2005.

On May 5, 2005, OMB approved an information collection for the inspection and testing of meter provers, OMB No. 2137-0620, “Inspection and Testing of Meter Provers,” until May 31, 2008. Because OMB approved the information collection after publication of the January 24, 2005 final rule, we are announcing the OMB approval and incorporating this new information collection approval into § 171.6, “Control numbers under the Paperwork Reduction Act,” under OMB Control No 2137-0620.

OMB regulations (5 CFR 1320) implementing provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13) require that interested members of the public and affected agencies have an opportunity to comment on information collection and recordkeeping activities (see 5 CFR 1320.8(s)) and specify that no person is required to respond to an information collection unless it displays a valid OMB control number. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, PHMSA has received OMB approval of the following ICR and § 171.6(b)(2) is revised by incorporating the following information collection:

OMB Control Number: 2137-0620.

Title: Inspection and Testing of Meter Provers.

This information collection approval expires on May 31, 2008. This information collection request was approved by OMB on May 5, 2005.

II. Summary of Regulatory Changes

Section 171.6

We are revising the table in paragraph (b)(2) to incorporate a new information collection, OMB No. 2137-0620, “Inspection and Testing of Meter Provers.”

III. Regulatory Analyses and Notices

A. Executive Order 12866 and DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures

This final rule is not considered a significant regulatory action under section 3(f) and was not reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This final rule is not considered a significant rule under the Regulatory Policies and Procedures order issued by the Department of Transportation [44 FR 11034]. The costs and benefits of this final rule are considered to be so minimal as to not warrant preparation of a regulatory impact analysis or a regulatory evaluation. The provisions of this final rule provide a relaxation of the regulations and, as such, impose little or no additional costs to affected industry.

B. Executive Order 13132

This final rule has been analyzed in accordance with the principles and criteria in Executive Order 13132 (“Federalism”). This final rule does not propose any regulation that: (1) Has substantial direct effects on the States, the relationship between the National Government and the States, or the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government; (2) imposes substantial direct compliance costs on State and local governments; or (3) preempts State law. Therefore, the consultation and funding requirements of Executive Order 13132 do not apply. PHMSA is not aware of any State, local, or Indian tribe requirements that would be preempted by correcting editorial errors and making minor regulatory changes. This final rule does not have sufficient federalism impacts to warrant the preparation of a federalism assessment.

C. Executive Order 13175

This final rule has been analyzed in accordance with the principles and criteria contained in Executive Order 13175 (“Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments”). Because this final rule does not have tribal implications, does not impose substantial direct compliance costs on Indian tribal governments, and does not preempt tribal law, the funding and consultation requirements of Executive Order 13175 do not apply, and a tribal summary impact statement is not required.

D. Regulatory Flexibility Act, Executive Order 13272, and DOT Procedures and Policies

I certify that this final rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. This rule makes minor editorial changes which will not impose any new requirements on persons subject to the HMR; thus, there are no direct or indirect adverse economic impacts for small units of government, businesses or other organizations.

E. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995

This final rule does not impose unfunded mandates under the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995. It does not result in costs of $120.7 million or more to either State, local, or tribal governments, in the aggregate, or to the private sector, and is the least burdensome alternative that achieves the objective of the rule.

F. Paperwork Reduction Act

There are no new information collection requirements in this final rule. This final rule announces the approval of information collection OMB No. 2137-0620 “Inspection and Testing of Meter Provers,” and incorporates this new OMB Control Number, Title, and Affected Sections into the Section 171.6 (b)(2) table in the HMR.

G. Regulation Identifier Number (RIN)

A regulation identifier number (RIN) is assigned to each regulatory action listed in the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulations. The Regulatory Information Service Center publishes the Unified Agenda in April and October of each year. The RIN number contained in the heading of this document can be used to cross-reference this action with the Unified Agenda.

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List of Subjects in 49 CFR Part 171

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In consideration of the foregoing, 49 CFR Chapter I is amended as follows:

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PART 171—GENERAL INFORMATION, REGULATIONS, AND DEFINITIONS

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1. The authority citation for part 171 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 49 U.S.C. 5101-5127, 44701; 49 CFR 1.45 and 1.53; Pub. L. 101-410 section 4 (28 U.S.C. 2461 note); Pub. L. 104-134 section 31001.

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2. In § 171.6, the table in paragraph (b)(2) is amended to add a new entry “OMB No. 2137-0620” in numeric order, to read as follows:

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Control numbers under the Paperwork Reduction Act.
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Current OMB Control No.TitleTitle 49 CFR part or section where identified and described
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2137-0620Inspection and Testing of Meter ProversPart 173, Subpart A, § 173.5a.
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Issued in Washington, DC, on June 2, 2005.

Susan Gorsky,

Acting Director, Office of Hazardous Materials Standards.

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[FR Doc. 05-11399 Filed 6-7-05; 8:45 am]

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