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Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Partial Update of the TSCA Section 8(b) Inventory Data Base, Production and Site Reports; EPA ICR No. 1884.04, OMB Control No. 2070-0162

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).




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 Supporting Statement, Partial Update of the TSCA Section 8(b) Inventory Data Base, Production and Site Reports. The ICR, which is abstracted below, describes the nature of the information collection activity and its expected burden and costs.


Additional comments may be submitted on or before June 11, 2009.


Submit your comments, referencing docket ID Number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2008-0504 to (1) EPA online using (our preferred method), by e-mail to or by mail to: Document Control Office (DCO), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT), Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code: 7407T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., 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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Barbara Cunningham, Director, Environmental Assistance Division, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Environmental Protection Agency, Mailcode: 7408-M, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 202-554-1404; 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 5, 2008 (73 FR 51805), EPA sought comments on this renewal ICR pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.8(d). EPA received two comments during the comment period, which are addressed in the Supporting Statement. Any comments related to this ICR should be submitted to EPA and OMB within 30 days of this notice.

EPA has established a public docket for this ICR under Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OPPT-2008-0504, which is available for online viewing at, or in person inspection at the OPPT Docket in the EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. The EPA/DC 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 Pollution Prevention and Toxics Docket is 202-566-0280.

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Title: Partial Update of the TSCA Section 8(b) Inventory Data Base, Production and Site Reports.

ICR Numbers: EPA ICR No. 1884.04, OMB Control No. 2070-0162.

ICR Status: This ICR is currently scheduled to expire on May 31, 2009. 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, are 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 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requires EPA to compile and keep current a complete list of chemical substances manufactured or processed in the United States. EPA updates this inventory of chemicals every five years by requiring manufacturers, processors and importers to provide production volume, plant site information and site-limited status information. This information allows EPA to identify what chemicals are or are not currently in commerce and to take appropriate regulatory action as necessary. EPA also uses the information for screening chemicals for risks to human health or the environment, for priority-setting efforts, and for exposure estimates. This ICR addresses the collection of inventory-related information.

Responses to the collection of information are mandatory (see 40 CFR part 710). Respondents may claim all or part of a notice confidential. EPA will disclose information that is covered by a claim of confidentiality only to the extent permitted by, and in accordance with, the procedures in TSCA section 14 and 40 CFR part 2.

Burden Statement: The annual public reporting and recordkeeping burden for this collection of information is estimated to average about 31.5 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; 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: Entities potentially affected by this action are companies that manufacture, process or import chemical substances, mixtures or categories.

Frequency of Collection: Once every five years.

Estimated average number of responses for each respondent: 15.56.

Estimated No. of Respondents: 4,190.

Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 410,485 hours.

Estimated Total Annual Costs: $22,628,227.

Changes in Burden Estimates: There is a decrease of 3,090 hours (from 413,575 hours to 410,485 hours) in the total estimated respondent burden compared with that currently in the OMB inventory. This decrease reflects a regulatory change such that respondents (including importers) of inorganic chemicals must complete full reports, rather than partial reports as was the case in the past, when the site-specific production volume is 300,000 pounds or more. This increase is offset by a change in reporting requirements such that respondents must provide information once every five years versus once every four years previously. These changes are program changes. The burden decrease also reflects an increase of EPA's current estimate of the number of sites that will respond to this collection of information, offset by a decrease in the estimated burden for rule familiarization. These changes are adjustments. The Supporting Statement provides additional detail concerning the changes in burden estimates.

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Dated: May 6, 2009.

John Moses,

Acting Director, Collection Strategies Division.

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[FR Doc. E9-11101 Filed 5-11-09; 8:45 am]