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Proposed Collection; Comment Request-Notification Requirements for Coal and Woodburning Appliances

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Consumer Product Safety Commission.




The information collection requirements in a Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC or Commission) coal and woodburning appliance rule have been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under OMB control number 3041-0040. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), the Commission now requests comments on a proposed extension of approval of those information collection requirements for a period of three years from the date of approval by the OMB.

The rule, codified at 16 CFR Part 1406, requires manufacturers and importers of certain coal and woodburning appliances to provide safety information to consumers on labels and instructions and an explanation of how certain clearance distances in those labels and instructions were determined. The requirements to provide copies of labels and instructions to the Commission have been in effect for stoves manufactured or imported since October 17, 1983, or May 16, 1984, for stoves introduced into United States commerce after May 16, 1984, regardless of the date of manufacture. For this reason, the information burden imposed by this rule is limited to manufacturers and importers introducing new products or models, or making changes to labels, instructions, or information previously provided to the Commission. The purposes of the reporting requirements in Part 1406 are to reduce risks of injuries from fires associated with the installation, operation, and maintenance of the appliances that are subject to the rule, and to assist the Commission in determining the extent to which manufacturers and importers comply with the requirements in Part 1406. The Commission will consider all comments received in response to this notice before requesting approval of this collection of information from the Office of Management and Budget.


Written comments must be received by the Office of the Secretary not later than September 2, 2008.


Written comments should be captioned “Notification Requirements for Coal and Wood Burning Stoves” and e-mailed to the Office of the Secretary at Comments may also be sent by facsimile to (301) 504-0127, or by mail to the Office of the Secretary, Consumer Product Safety Commission, 4330 East West Highway, Bethesda, Maryland 20814.

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For information about the proposed collection of information call or write Linda Glatz, Division of Policy and Planning, Office of Information Technology and Technology Services, Consumer Product Safety Commission, 4330 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814; telephone: (301) 504-7671 or by e-mail to

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A. Estimated Burden

The CPSC staff estimates that existing manufacturers who are subject to the information collection requirements may introduce up to 15 new models between August 2005 and August 2008, or approximately 5 new models per year. No new manufacturers are expected to begin marketing in the United States. The staff further estimates that the average number of hours per respondent is three hours per year, for a total of about 15 hours of annual burden for all respondents (5 × 3 = 15). The estimated annual cost to respondents is approximately $77.34 for each new model introduced based on a mean hourly wage of $25.78 for a first Start Printed Page 38188line office manager (based on NAICS 33520 Household Appliance Manufacturing, Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2007) ($25.78 × 3 hours). The total annual cost to respondents is approximately $387 for 5 new models ($77.34 × 5).

B. Request for Comments

The Commission solicits written comments from all interested persons about the proposed collection of information. The Commission specifically solicits information relevant to the following topics:

—Whether the collection of information described above is necessary for the proper performance of the Commission's functions, including whether the information would have practical utility;

—Whether the estimated burden of the proposed collection of information is accurate;

—Whether the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected could be enhanced; and

—Whether the burden imposed by the collection of information could be minimized by use of automated, electronic or other technological collection techniques, or other forms of information technology.

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Dated: June 27, 2008.

Todd A. Stevenson,

Secretary, Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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[FR Doc. E8-15171 Filed 7-2-08; 8:45 am]