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Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request for the Nonferrous Metals Surveys (30 Forms)

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U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Interior.


Notice of a revision of a currently approved information collection (1028-0053).


We (the U.S. Geological Survey) will ask the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve the information collection request (IC) described below. This collection consists of 30 forms. The revision includes adding the following forms: USGS Form 9-4054-M and USGS Form 9-4061-A; and removing the following form: USGS Form 4128-A. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, and as part of our continuing efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, we invite the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on this IC. This collection is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2012.


To ensure that your comments on this IC are considered, we must receive them on or before October 24, 2011.


Please submit a copy of your comments to Shari Baloch, Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Mail Stop 807, Reston, VA 20192 (mail); 703-648-7174 (telephone); 703-648-7199 (fax); or (e-mail). Reference Information Collection 1028-0053 in the subject line.

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Carleen Kostick at 703-648-7940 (telephone); (e-mail); or by mail at U.S. Geological Survey, 985 National Center, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20192.

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I. Abstract

Respondents will use these forms to supply the USGS with domestic production and consumption data of nonferrous and related nonfuel mineral commodities, some of which are considered strategic and critical. This information will be published as chapters in Minerals Yearbook, monthly Mineral Industry Surveys, annual Mineral Commodity Summaries, and special publications, for use by Government agencies, industry, education programs, and the general public.

II. Data

OMB Control Number: 1028-0053.

Form Number: Various (30 forms).

Title: Nonferrous Metals Surveys.

Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection.

Affected Public: Private sector: U.S. nonfuel minerals producers of nonferrous and related metals.

Respondent Obligation: Voluntary.

Frequency of Collection: Monthly, quarterly, and annually.

Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 4,971.

Annual Burden Hours: 3,683 hours. We expect to receive 4,971 annual responses. We estimate an average of 20 minutes to 2 hours per response.

Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping “Non-Hour Cost” Burden: We have not identified any “non-hour cost” burdens associated with this collection of information.

III. Request for Comments

We invite comments concerning this IC on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the agency to perform its duties, including whether the information is Start Printed Page 52687useful; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) how to enhance the quality, usefulness, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) how to minimize the burden on the respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

Please note that the comments submitted in response to this notice are a matter of public record. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail 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 OMB in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that it will be done.

USGS Information Collection Clearance Officer: Shari Baloch (703-648-7174).

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Dated: August 16, 2011.

John H. DeYoung, Jr.,

Director, National Minerals Information Center, U.S. Geological Survey.

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[FR Doc. 2011-21479 Filed 8-22-11; 8:45 am]