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30-day notice.


To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is notifying the public that we have submitted an information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The ICR pertains to the paperwork requirements in the regulations under 30 CFR Part 550, Subpart C, Pollution Prevention and Control. This notice provides the public a second opportunity to comment on the paperwork burden of this collection.


Submit written comments by November 19, 2014.


Submit comments on this ICR to the Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior at OMB-OIRA at (202) 395-5806 (fax) or (email). Please provide a copy of your comments to the BOEM Information Collection Clearance Officer, Arlene Bajusz, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, 381 Elden Street, Start Printed Page 62669HM-3127, Herndon, Virginia 20170 (mail) or (email). Please reference ICR 1010-0057 in your comment and include your name and return address.

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Arlene Bajusz, Office of Policy, Regulations, and Analysis at (email) or (703) 787-1025 (phone). You may review the ICR online at Follow the instructions to review Department of the Interior collections under review by OMB.

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OMB Control Number: 1010-0057.

Title: 30 CFR Part 550, Subpart C, Pollution Prevention and Control.

Abstract: The Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Lands Act, as amended (43 U.S.C. 1331 et seq., and 43 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.), authorizes the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) to prescribe rules and regulations to manage the mineral resources of the OCS. Such rules and regulations apply to all operations conducted under a lease, right-of-use and easement, and pipeline right-of-way. Operations on the OCS must preserve, protect, and develop oil and natural gas resources in a manner that is consistent with the need to make such resources available to meet the Nation's energy needs as rapidly as possible; to balance orderly energy resource development with protection of human, marine, and coastal environments; to ensure the public a fair and equitable return on the resources of the OCS; and to preserve and maintain free enterprise competition.

Section 1332(6) states that “operations in the [O]uter Continental Shelf should be conducted in a safe manner by well-trained personnel using technology, precautions, and techniques sufficient to prevent or minimize . . . occurrences which may cause damage to the environment or to property, or endanger life or health.” Section 1334(a)(8) requires that regulations prescribed by the Secretary include provisions “for compliance with the national ambient air quality standards [NAAQS] pursuant to the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.), to the extent that activities authorized under this Act significantly affect the air quality of any State.” This information collection renewal concerns the regulations at 30 CFR Part 550, Subpart C, Pollution Prevention and Control. It also covers the related Notices to Lessees and Operators (NTLs) that BOEM issues to clarify and provide additional guidance on some aspects of the regulations. BOEM uses the information to ensure operations are conducted according to all applicable regulations and permit conditions and in a manner that minimizes air pollution.

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 550.197, “Data and information to be made available to the public or for limited release.” No items of a sensitive nature are collected. Responses are mandatory.

Frequency: On occasion, monthly, or annually.

Description of Respondents: Potential respondents comprise Federal OCS oil and gas or sulphur lessees and States.

Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden: We estimate the burden for this collection to be about 112,111 hours. The following table 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. This submission also removes the requirements and burdens that were transferred to the responsibility of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement under Secretarial Order No. 3299, May 19, 2010.

Burden Breakdown

Citation 30 CFR 550 subpart C and related NTL(s)Reporting and recordkeeping requirementHour burdenAverage number of annual responsesAnnual burden hours
Facilities described in new or revised EP or DPP
303; 304(a), (f)Submit, modify, or revise Exploration Plans and Development and Production Plans; submit information required under 30 CFR Part 550, Subpart BBurden covered under 1010-0151 (30 CFR Part 550, Subpart B).0
303(k); 304(a), (g)Collect and report (in manner specified) air quality emissions related data (such as facility, equipment, fuel usage, and other activity information) during each specified calendar year for input into State and regional planning organizations modeling through specified software1 442 2,546112,024
303(l); 304(b); 304(h)Collect and submit (in manner specified) meteorological data (not routinely collected—minimal burden); emission data for existing facilities to a State. (None submitted during renewal cycle.)12 11
Existing Facilities
304; related NTLSubmit copy of State-required Emergency Action Plan (EAP) containing test abatement plans (Pacific OCS Region)13 11
304(a), (f)Affected State may submit request with required information to BOEM for basic emission data from existing facilities to update State's emission inventory44 520
304(e)(2)Submit compliance schedule for application of best available control technology (BACT). (None submitted during renewal cycle.)405 140
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304(e)(2)Apply for suspension of operationsBurden covered under BSEE 1014-0022 (30 CFR 250.174).0
304(f)Submit information to demonstrate that exempt facility is not significantly affecting air quality of onshore area of a State. Submit additional information, as required. (None submitted during renewal cycle.)152 115
303-304General departure and alternative compliance requests not specifically covered elsewhere in subpart C regulations24 510
Subtotal4 510
Total Burden2,560112,111
1 Hours per emission source.
2 Submissions.
3 Copy.
4 Requests.
5 Schedule.

Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Non-Hour Cost Burden: We have not identified any non-hour 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: We invite comments concerning this information collection on:

  • Whether or not the collection of information is necessary, including whether or not the information will have practical utility;
  • The accuracy of our burden estimates;
  • Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and
  • Ways to minimize the burden on respondents.

To comply with the public consultation process, on May 29, 2014, BOEM published a Federal Register notice (79 FR 30874) announcing that we would submit this ICR to OMB for approval. This notice provided the required 60-day comment period. We received no comments in response.

Public Availability of Comments: 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.

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Dated: August 14, 2014.

Deanna Meyer-Pietruszka,

Chief, Office of Policy, Regulations, and Analysis.

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[FR Doc. 2014-24865 Filed 10-17-14; 8:45 am]