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MMS Information Collection Activities: 1010-0091, Facilities Located Seaward of the Coast Line; Proposed Collection; Comment Request

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AGENCY:

Minerals Management Service (MMS), Interior.

ACTION:

Notice of extension of an information collection (1010-0091).

SUMMARY:

To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), MMS is inviting comments on a collection of information that we will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The information collection request (ICR) concerns the paperwork requirements in the regulations under 30 CFR 254, Oil-Spill Response Requirements for Facilities Located Seaward of the Coast Line.

DATES:

Submit written comments by June 30, 2009.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Cheryl Blundon, Regulations and Standards Branch at (703) 787-1607. You may also contact Cheryl Blundon to obtain a copy, at no cost, of the regulation that requires the subject collection of information.

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ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments by either of the following methods listed below.

  • Electronically: go to http://www.regulations.gov. Under the tab More Search Options, click Advanced Docket Search, then select Minerals Management Service from the agency drop-down menu, then click submit. In the Docket ID column, select MMS-2009-OMM-0006 to submit public comments and to view supporting and related materials available. Information on using Regulations.gov, including instructions for accessing documents, submitting comments, and viewing the docket after the close of the comment period, is available through the site's User Tips link. The MMS will post all comments.
  • Mail or hand-carry comments to the Department of the Interior; Minerals Management Service; Attention: Cheryl Blundon; 381 Elden Street, MS-4024; Herndon, Virginia 20170-4817. Please reference Information Collection 1010-0091 in your subject line and mark your message for return receipt. Include your name and return address in your message text.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Cheryl Blundon, Regulations and Standards Branch at (703) 787-1607. You may also contact Cheryl Blundon to obtain a copy, at no cost, of the regulations that require the subject collection of information.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Title: 30 CFR Part 254, Oil-Spill Response Requirements for Facilities Located Seaward of the Coast Line.

OMB Control Number: 1010-0091.

Abstract: The Federal Water Pollution Control Act, as amended by the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA), requires that a spill-response plan be submitted for offshore facilities prior to February 18, 1993. The OPA specifies that after that date, an offshore facility may not handle, store, or transport oil unless a plan has been submitted. This authority and responsibility have been delegated to the Minerals Management Service (MMS). Regulations at 30 CFR 254 establish requirements for spill-response plans for oil-handling facilities seaward of the coast line, including associated pipelines.

The MMS uses the information collected under 30 CFR part 254 to determine compliance with OPA by owners/operators. Specifically, MMS needs the information to:

  • Determine effectiveness of the spill-response capability of owners/operators;
  • Review plans prepared under the regulations of a State and submitted to MMS to satisfy our requirements that they meet minimum requirements of OPA;
  • Verify that personnel involved in oil-spill response are properly trained and familiar with the requirements of the spill-response plans and to witness spill-response exercises;
  • Assess the sufficiency and availability of contractor equipment and materials;
  • Verify that sufficient quantities of equipment are available and in working order;
  • Oversee spill-response efforts and maintain official records of pollution events; and
  • Assess the efforts of owners/operators to prevent oil spills or prevent substantial threats of such discharges.

We will protect information from respondents considered proprietary under the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552) and its implementing regulations (43 CFR part 2) and under regulations at 30 CFR part 251. Responses are mandatory or are required to obtain or retain a benefit.

Frequency: Varies, but mostly on occasion.

Estimated Number and Description of Respondents: Approximately 197 owners or operators of facilities and/or oil-spill response companies located in both State and Federal waters seaward of the coast line.

Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden: The currently approved annual reporting burden for this collection is 35,070 hours. The following chart details the individual components and respective hour burden estimates of this ICR. In calculating the burdens, we assumed that respondents perform certain requirements in the normal course of their activities. We consider these to be usual and customary and took that into account in estimating the burden.

Citation 30 CFR 254 and related NTLsReporting and/or requirementHour burden
1(a) thru (d); 2(a); 3 thru 5; 7; 20 thru 29; 44(b)Submit spill response plan for OCS facilities and related documents120
1(e)Request MMS jurisdiction over facility landward of coast line (no recent request received)0.5
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2(b)Submit certification of capability to respond to worst case discharge or substantial threat of such15
2(c); 30Submit revised spill response plan for OCS facilities at least every 2 years; notify MMS of no change36 (revision) 1 (no change)
2(c)Request deadline extension for submission of revised plan4
8Appeal MMS orders or decisions (exempt under 5 CFR 1320.4)0
40Make records of all OSRO-provided services, equipment, personnel available to MMS5
41Conduct annual training; retain training records for 2 years25
42(a) thru (e)Conduct triennial response plan exercise; retain exercise records for 3 years110
42(f)Inform MMS of the date of any exercise (triennial)1
43Inspect response equipment monthly; retain inspection & maintenance records for 2 years3.5
46(a)Notify NRC of all oil spills from owner/operator facility (burden would be included in NRC inventory)0
46(b) NTLNotify MMS of oil spills of one barrel or more from owner/operator facility; submit follow-up report2
46(c) NTLNotify MMS & responsible party of oil spills from operations at another facility2
50; 51Submit response plan for facility in State waters by modifying existing OCS plan42
50; 52Submit response plan for facility in State waters following format for OCS plan100
50; 53Submit response plan for facility in State waters developed under State requirements89
54Submit description of oil-spill prevention procedures5

Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Non-Hour Cost Burden: We have identified no non-hour paperwork cost burdens for this collection.

Public Disclosure Statement: The PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.) provides that an agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. Until OMB approves a collection of information, you are not obligated to respond.

Comments: Before submitting an ICR to OMB, PRA section 3506(c)(2)(A) requires each agency “* * * to provide notice * * * and otherwise consult with members of the public and affected agencies concerning each proposed collection of information * * *”. Agencies must specifically solicit comments to: (a) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the agency to perform its duties, including whether the information is useful; (b) evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) enhance the quality, usefulness, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) minimize the burden on the respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

Agencies must also estimate the non-hour paperwork cost burdens to respondents or recordkeepers resulting from the collection of information. Therefore, if you have costs to generate, maintain, and disclose this information, you should comment and provide your total capital and startup cost components or annual operation, maintenance, and purchase of service components. You should describe the methods you use to estimate major cost factors, including system and technology acquisition, expected useful life of capital equipment, discount rate(s), and the period over which you incur costs. Capital and startup costs include, among other items, computers and software you purchase to prepare for collecting information, monitoring, and record storage facilities. You should not include estimates for equipment or services purchased: (i) Before October 1, 1995; (ii) to comply with requirements not associated with the information collection; (iii) for reasons other than to provide information or keep records for the Government; or (iv) as part of customary and usual business or private practices.

We will summarize written responses to this notice and address them in our submission for OMB approval. As a result of your comments, we will make any necessary adjustments to the burden in our submission to OMB.

Public Comment Procedures: Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

MMS Information Collection Clearance Officer: Arlene Bajusz (202) 208-7744.

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Dated: April 27, 2009.

E.P. Danenberger,

Chief, Office of Offshore Regulatory Programs.

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[FR Doc. E9-10087 Filed 4-30-09; 8:45 am]

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