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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Information Request for National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants From Plating and Polishing Operations, EPA ICR Number 2186.01

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Environmental Protection Agency.




In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to submit a proposed Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This is a request for a new collection. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below.


Comments must be submitted on or before September 27, 2005.


Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID number OAR-2005-0084, to EPA online using EDOCKET (our preferred method), by e-mail to, or by mail to: EPA Docket Center, EPA, Air and Radiation Docket, Mailcode 6102T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460.

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Susan Auby, Collection Strategies Division, Environmental Protection Agency (2822T), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 566-1672; fax number: (202) 566-1639; e-mail address: Start Printed Page 43866

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The EPA has established a public docket for this ICR under Docket ID number OAR-2005-0084, which is available for public viewing at the Air and Radiation Docket in the EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), EPA West, Room B102, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460. 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 Public Reading Room is (202) 566-1744, and the telephone number for the Air and Radiation Docket is (202) 566-1742. An electronic version of the public docket is available through EPA Dockets (EDOCKET) at​edocket. Use EDOCKET to obtain a copy of the draft collection of information, submit or view public comments, access the index listing 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 within 60 days of this notice. The EPA's policy is that public comments, whether submitted electronically or on 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 information, 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 at 67 FR 38102 (May 31, 2002), or go to​edocket.

Affected entities: Entities potentially affected by this action are establishments primarily engaged in all types of electroplating, electroless plating, metal spraying, anodizing, coloring, and finishing of metals and formed products for the trade. Also potentially affected by this action are establishments which perform these types of activities, on their own account, on purchased metals or formed products. The standard industrial classification (SIC) code for this industry is primarily 3471, Electroplating, Plating, Polishing, Anodizing, and Coloring; the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code is 332813, Electroplating, Plating, Polishing, Anodizing, and Coloring.

Title: Information Request for National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) from Plating and Polishing Operations.

Abstract: The proposed ICR will collect information and data from 930 existing plating and polishing facilities. Facilities will be requested to complete a simple paper questionnaire on general facility information (location, description, processes, electroplating finishes applied, technical contact), hazardous air pollutant (HAP) emissions and permit data, permit conditions, emission tests data, processes and equipment, HAP-containing material data, local ventilation system information, and HAP emission control/reduction measures. The questionnaire may be completed from readily available information; no additional emission testing or monitoring will be required.

The EPA will use the collected information and data to evaluate the need for area source NESHAP required under section 112(k) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the Plating and Polishing Area Source Category. If the area source NESHAP are developed, the collected information will be used to evaluate the types of provisions needed to limit HAP emissions from plating and polishing operations and to estimate the impacts of regulatory options.

This collection of information is mandatory under section 114 of the CAA (42 U.S.C 7414). All information submitted to EPA pursuant to this ICR for which a claim of confidentiality is made is safeguarded according to Agency policies in 40 CFR part 2, subpart B. 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. OMB control numbers for EPA's regulations in 40 CFR are listed in 40 CFR part 9.

The EPA would like to solicit comments to:

(i) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including whether the information will have practical utility;

(ii) Evaluate the accuracy of the Agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the methodology and assumptions used;

(iii) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and

(iv) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses.

Burden Statement: The projected cost and hour burden for this one-time collection is $720,000 and 11,400 hours. This burden is based on an estimated 930 likely respondents and an average annual respondent burden of 12 hours at a cost of $770 per facility. 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.

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Dated: July 20, 2005.

Sally L. Shaver,

Director, Emission Standards Division, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards.

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[FR Doc. 05-15057 Filed 7-28-05; 8:45 am]