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Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements Regarding the Sulfur Content of Motor Vehicle Gasoline Under the Tier 2 Rule (Renewal)

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).




The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements Regarding the Sulfur Content of Motor Vehicle Gasoline under the Tier 2 Rule, to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). Before doing so, EPA is soliciting public comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below. This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through January 31, 2013. 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.


Comments must be submitted on or before February 3, 2014.


Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2010-0258, online using (our preferred method), or by mail to: EPA Docket Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460.

EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes profanity, threats, information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute.

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Geanetta Heard, Fuels Compliance Center 6406J, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 202-343-9017; fax number: 202-565-2085; email address:

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Supporting documents which explain in detail the information that the EPA will be collecting are available in the public docket for this ICR. The docket can be viewed online at or in person at the EPA Docket Center, WJC West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC. The telephone number for the Docket Center is 202-566-1744. For additional information about EPA's public docket, visit​dockets.

Pursuant to section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), EPA is soliciting 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. EPA will consider the comments received and amend the ICR as appropriate. The final ICR package Start Printed Page 72676will then be submitted to OMB for review and approval. At that time, EPA will issue another Federal Register notice to announce the submission of the ICR to OMB and the opportunity to submit additional comments to OMB.

Abstract: With this ICR renewal, EPA is seeking permission to continue recordkeeping and reporting requirements for refiners and importers as they relate to gasoline sulfur content of motor vehicles under Section 211(e)(1) of the Clean Air Act and 40 CFR part 80, subpart H, and to provide a compliance option whereby a refiner or importer may demonstrate compliance with the gasoline sulfur control requirement via test results. These provisions, which have been in effect since 2006, are designed to grant compliance flexibility.

Respondents/affected entities: Gasoline Refiners, Importers, Gasoline Terminals, Pipelines, Truckers and Users of Research and Development Gasoline.

Respondent's obligation to respond: Mandatory.

Estimated number of respondents: 1,380 (total).

Frequency of response: On occasion, monthly and annually.

Total estimated burden: 38,498 hours (per year). Burden is defined at 5 CFR 1320.03(b).

Total estimated cost: $3,158,065 (per year), which includes no annualized capital or operation & maintenance costs.

Changes in Estimates: This collection has 1,380 respondents. The total annual hourly burden and cost for this ICR is estimated to be 38,571 hours and $3,158,065, respectively. The total number of responses for this ICR is estimated to be 37,665. The cost of this ICR compared with the currently approved OMB collection increased by $584,111 due to better numbers used to calculate burden. The number of respondents, responses and hours has not changed in this renewal.

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Dated: November 21, 2013.

Byron Bunker,

Director, Compliance Division.

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[FR Doc. 2013-28957 Filed 12-2-13; 8:45 am]