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Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NSPS for Synthetic Fiber Production Facilities (Renewal), EPA ICR Number 1156.10, OMB Control Number 2060-0059

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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 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. The ICR which is abstracted below describes the nature of the collection and the estimated burden and cost.


Additional comments may be submitted on or before August 10, 2006.


Submit your comments, referencing docket ID number EPA-HQ-OECA-2005-0068, to (1) EPA online using (our preferred method), or by e-mail to, or by mail to: EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), Environmental Protection Agency, Enforcement and Compliance Docket and Information Center, 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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Learia Williams, Compliance Assessment and Media Programs Division (CAMPD), Office of Compliance, (Mail Code 2223A), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 564-4113; 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 September 21, 2005 (70 FR 55368), EPA sought comments on this ICR pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.8(d). EPA received no comments. Any additional comments on this ICR should be Start Printed Page 39107submitted to EPA and OMB within 30 days of this notice.

EPA has established a public docket for this ICR under docket ID number EPA-HQ-OECA-2005-0068, which is available for public viewing online at, or in person viewing at the Enforcement and Compliance Docket 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 is (202) 566-1752.

Use EPA's electronic docket and comment system at, to submit or view public comments, access the index listing of the contents of the docket, and to access those documents in the docket that are available electronically. Once in the system, select “docket search,” then key in the docket ID number identified above. Please note that EPA's policy is that public comments, whether submitted electronically or in paper, will be made available for public viewing at, 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. For further information about the electronic docket, go to

Title: NSPS for Synthetic Fiber Production Facilities.

ICR Numbers: EPA ICR Number 1156.10, OMB Control Number 2060-0059.

ICR Status: This ICR is scheduled to expire on June 30, 2006. Under OMB regulations, the Agency may continue to conduct or sponsor the collection of information while this submission is pending at OMB. 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 title 40 of the CFR, after appearing in the Federal Register when approved, are listed in 40 CFR part 9, and displayed either by publication in the Federal Register or by other appropriate means, such as on the related collection instrument or form, if applicable. The display of OMB control numbers in certain EPA regulations is consolidated in 40 CFR part 9.

Abstract: The New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for Synthetic Fiber Production Facilities were proposed on November 23, 1982, promulgated on April 5, 1984, and amended on October, 17, 2000 (65 FR 61768). These standards apply to affected facilities at synthetic fiber production plants including: Each solvent-spun synthetic fiber process that produces more than 500 megagrams of five per year and that commenced construction or reconstruction after November 23, 1982. The provisions of this subpart do not apply to any facility that uses the reaction spinning process to produce spandex fiber or the viscose process to produce rayon fiber, or facilities that commence modification but not reconstruction after November 23, 1982. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are the pollutants regulated under this subpart. This information is being collected to assure compliance with 40 CFR part 60, subpart HHH.

Owners or operators of the affected facilities must make a one-time-only initial notifications, and reports on the results of the initial performance tests. Respondents must also maintain records of the occurrence and duration of any startup, shutdown, or malfunction in the operation of an affected facility, or any period during which the monitoring system is inoperative. Monitoring requirements specific to synthetic fiber production facilities provide information on VOC emissions. Respondents are required to install, calibrate, maintain, and operate a continuous monitoring system for the measurement of makeup solvent and solvent feed. These values shall be used in calculating monthly VOC emissions. Section 60.603(b)(1) provides three options for determining solvent feed. Each owner or operator calculates VOC emissions every month from the amount of solvent feed and makeup solvent used in each affected facility. These values are used to calculate compliance with the emission limitations on a six-month rolling average basis. Semiannual reports and quarterly reports of instances of excess emissions are required.

Any owner or operator subject to the provisions of this part must maintain a file of these measurements, and retain the file for at least two years following the collection of such measurements, maintenance reports, and records. All reports are sent to the delegated state or local authority. In the event that there is no such delegated authority, the reports are sent directly to the EPA regional office.

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 34 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 which have subsequently changed; 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: Synthetic fiber production facilities.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 22.

Frequency of Response: Initially, on occasion, quarterly, and semiannually.

Estimated Total Annual Hour Burden: 1,859.

Estimated Total Annual Cost: $315,119 which includes $0 annualized capital startup costs, $165,000 annual O&M costs, and $150,119 annual labor costs.

Changes in the Estimates: There is an increase of 21 hours in the total estimated burden currently identified in the OMB Inventory of Approved ICR Burdens. The increase in burden from the most recently approved ICR is due to the fact that we are accounting for technical person-hours and management and clerical person-hours.

There is a decrease in the capital/startup and operations and maintenance (O&M) costs associated with this ICR. This is due to a decrease of three sources as compared with the previous ICR.

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Dated: June 23, 2006.

Oscar Morales,

Director, Collection Strategies Division.

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[FR Doc. E6-10845 Filed 7-10-06; 8:45 am]