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Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Palos Verdes Shelf Seafood Consumption Survey

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).




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 for a new Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). 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 October 12, 2010.


Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-R9- SFUND-2010-0506 by one of the following methods:

  • Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.
  • E-mail:
  • Fax: 1-415-947-3526.
  • Mail: Palos Verdes Shelf Seafood Consumption Survey, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Mailcode: SFD-8-2, 75 Hawthorne St., San Francisco, CA 94105.
  • Hand Delivery: EPA Region 9 Reception Office, 75 Hawthorne St., San Francisco, CA 94105. The Reception Office is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Such deliveries are only accepted during normal hours of operation, and special arrangements Start Printed Page 48324should be made for deliveries of boxed information.

Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-R9-SFUND-2010-0506. 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​dockets.

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Carmen White, Region 9 Superfund Division, SFD-8-2, Environmental Protection Agency, 75 Hawthorne St., San Francisco, CA 94105; telephone number: 415-972-3010 fax number: 415-947-3526 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-R9-SFUND-2010-0506, which is available for online viewing at, or in person viewing at the Superfund Records Circulation Desk, 95 Hawthorne St., Room 405, San Francisco, CA 94105. The Superfund Records Center Circulation Desk is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Circulation Desk is 415-820-4700.

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 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 in this document.

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.

6. Make sure to submit your comments by the deadline identified under DATES.

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 anglers who fish in the Palos Verdes Shelf vicinity.

Title: Palos Verdes Shelf Seafood Consumption Survey.

ICR numbers: EPA ICR No. 2399.01, OMB Control No. 2009-NEW.

ICR status: This ICR is for a new information collection activity. 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 Palos Verdes Shelf Superfund site (PV Shelf) is a large sediment deposit off the coast of Los Angeles that contains approximately 110 tons of DDT and 10 tons of PCBs. The contaminants are in sediment too deep for direct human contact; however, fish in the PV Shelf area bioaccumulate the contaminants, exposing people who consume them to these hazardous substances. The objective of this information collection request (ICR) is to gather quantitative data that will provide estimates of angler seafood consumption in the PV Shelf area that can be used in EPA's outreach and education program and in human health risk assessments. The survey will (1) determine the fish species that are being caught and consumed at the highest rates, (2) identify demographic and ethnic subgroups within the general fishing population of the PV Shelf area that may be consuming large quantities of contaminants through selection, quantity, and/or cooking method of fish species, (3) gather quantitative data that can be used to characterize exposures of the general fishing population of the PV Shelf area to DDTs and PCBs from consumption of fish and shellfish caught in the PV Shelf area, and (4) Start Printed Page 48325gather sufficient information to determine whether the existing human health risk assessment needs to be revised before its use in a final Record of Decision. Anglers will be asked to answer about a dozen questions regarding their fishing habits. Participation is voluntary and confidential. Demographic data will be collected; however, no personal identification information will be collected.

Burden Statement: The annual public reporting and recordkeeping burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 15 minutes 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.

The ICR provides a detailed explanation of the Agency's estimate, which is only briefly summarized here:

Estimated total number of potential respondents: 2396.

Frequency of response: One time.

Estimated total average number of responses for each respondent: One.

Estimated total annual burden hours: 119 hours.

Estimated total annual costs: $104,939.00. This includes an estimated burden cost of $0 and an estimated cost of $0 for capital investment or maintenance and operational 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: July 26, 2010

Jane Diamond,

Director, Region IX Superfund Division.

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