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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Establishing No-Discharge Zones Under Clean Water Act Section 312; EPA ICR No.1791.08, OMB Control No. 2040-0187

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Environmental Protection Agency.




In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit a request to renew an existing approved Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This ICR is scheduled to expire on June 30, 2008. 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 May 27, 2008.


Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2008-0150, by the following methods:

  • Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.
  • E-mail:
  • Mail: Water Docket, Environmental Protection Agency, Mailcode: 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460.
  • Hand Delivery: EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC. Such deliveries are only accepted during the Docket's normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information.

Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2008-0150. EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online at:, including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through or e-mail. The Web site is an “anonymous access” system, which means EPA will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an e-mail comment directly to EPA without going through, your e-mail address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet. If you submit an electronic comment, EPA recommends that you include your name and other contact information in the body of your comment and with any disk or CD-ROM you submit. If EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, EPA may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid the use of special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses. For additional information about EPA's public docket visit the EPA Docket Center homepage at:​epahome/​dockets.htm.

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Chris Laabs, Oceans and Coastal Protection Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 4504T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone 202-566-1223; fax number: 202-566-1546; e-mail address:

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How Can I Access the Docket and/or Submit Comments?

EPA has established a public docket for this ICR under Docket ID no. EPA-HQ-OW-2008-0150, which is available for online viewing at the Water Docket in the EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC. The EPA Docket Center Public Reading Room is open from 8 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 Docket is (202) 566-2426.

Use to obtain a copy of the draft collection of information, 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.

What Information is EPA Particularly Interested in?

Pursuant to section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA, EPA specifically solicits comments and information to enable it 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 validity of 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. In particular, EPA is requesting comments from very small businesses (those that employ less than 25) on examples of specific additional efforts that EPA could make to reduce the paperwork burden for very small businesses affected by this collection.

What Should I Consider when I Prepare My Comments for EPA?

You may find the following suggestions helpful for preparing your comments:

1. Explain your views as clearly as possible and provide specific examples.

2. Describe any assumptions that you used.

3. Provide copies of any technical information and/or data you used that support your views.

4. If you estimate potential burden or costs, explain how you arrived at the estimate that you provide.

5. Offer alternative ways to improve the collection activity.

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7. To ensure proper receipt by EPA, be sure to identify the docket ID number assigned to this action in the subject line on the first page of your response. You may also provide the name, date, and Federal Register citation.

What Information Collection Activity or ICR Does This Apply to?

Affected Entities: Entities potentially affected by this action are State, local, and tribal governments.

Title: Establishing No-Discharge Zones Under Clean Water Act section 312.

ICR Numbers: EPA ICR No. 1791.05, OMB Control No. 2040-0187.

ICR Status: This ICR is scheduled to expire on June 30, 2008.

Abstract: (A) Sewage No-discharge Zones: The need for EPA to obtain information for the establishment of no-discharge zones (NDZs) for vessel sewage in State waters stems from CWA sections 312(f)(3), (f)(4)(A), and (f)(4)(B), and subsequent regulations at 40 CFR 140.4(a)-(c). No-discharge zones are established to provide State and local governments with additional protection of waters from treated or untreated vessel sewage. There are three ways in which NDZs for vessel sewage can be established. This ICR discusses the information requirements associated with the establishment of NDZs for vessel sewage. The responses to this collection of information are required to obtain the benefit of a sewage NDZ (see 33 U.S.C. 1322). The information collection activities discussed in this ICR do not require the submission of any confidential information.

(B) UNDS No-discharge Zones: Under section 312(n) of the Clean Water Act (“Uniform National Discharge Standards for Vessels of the Armed Forces” or “UNDS”) no-discharge zones (“NDZs”) for discharges from Armed Forces vessels may be established by either State prohibition or EPA prohibition following the procedures in 40 CFR Part 1700. UNDS also provides that the Governor of any State may petition EPA and the Secretary of Defense to review any determination or standard promulgated under the UNDS program if there is significant new information that could reasonably result in a change to the determination or standard. This ICR discusses the information that will be required from a State if it decides to establish a NDZ by State prohibition or apply for a NDZ by EPA prohibition, and the information that will be required from a State if it decides to submit a petition for review. The responses to this collection of information are required to obtain the benefit of an UNDS NDZ or a review of an UNDS determination or standard (see 33 U.S.C. 1322(n)). The information collection activities discussed in this ICR do not require the submission of any confidential information.

Burden Statement: The annual public reporting and recordkeeping burden for this collection of information is estimated to be 127 hours per response. The estimates include time for gathering information, and preparing and submitting requests. 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.

The ICR provides a detailed explanation of the Agency's estimate, which is captured in the following charts.

Table 1.—Sewage NDZ Total Estimated Respondent (State Agency) Burden and Cost Summary

Number of respondentsNumber of activities per yearTotal number of hours per yearTotal labor cost per year ($)Total annual capital cost ($)Total annual O&M costs ($)
Sewage NDZ by State Prohibition [40 CFR 140.4(a)]88106447,0580.001,200
Sewage NDZ by EPA Prohibition [40 CFR 140.4(b)]1.33431,8880.0050
Drinking water NDZs [40 CFR 140.4(c)]111436,3690.00150

Table 2.—UNDS Total Estimated Respondent (State Agency) Burden and Cost Summary

Number of respondentsNumber of activitiesTotal number of hoursTotal labor cost per ($)Total annual capital ($)Total annual O&M costs ($)
No-discharge Zone by State Prohibition 40 CFR 1700.9; Table 4]4471732,4080600
No-discharge Zone by EPA Prohibition [40 CFR 1700.10; Table 5]11194.258,8210150
Petition for Review [40 CFR 1700.12; Table 6]1146.251,9760150

Table 3. Total CWA Section 312 Estimated Respondent (State Agency) Burden and Cost Summary

Number of respondentsNumber of activities per yearTotal number of hours perTotal labor cost per year ($)Total annual capital ($)Total annual O&M costs ($)
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Are There Changes in the Estimates From the Last Approval?

Estimates have been updated with current state and federal labor costs.

What Is the Next Step in the Process for This ICR?

EPA will consider the comments received and amend the ICR as appropriate. The final ICR package will then be submitted to OMB for review and approval pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.12. At that time, EPA will issue another Federal Register notice pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.5(a)(1)(iv) to announce the submission of the ICR to OMB and the opportunity to submit additional comments to OMB. If you have any questions about this ICR or the approval process, please contact the technical person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

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Dated: March 19, 2008.

Craig E. Hooks,

Director, Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds.

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[FR Doc. E8-6002 Filed 3-24-08; 8:45 am]