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Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NSPS for Calciners and Dryers in Mineral Industries (Renewal)

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).




The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), “NSPS for Calciners and Dryers in Mineral Industries (40 CFR part 60, subpart UUU) (Renewal)” (EPA ICR No. 0746.09, OMB Control No. 2060-0251), to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq). This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through February 28, 2015. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (79 FR 30117) on May 27, 2014, during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. An Agency may neither conduct nor sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a Start Printed Page 10083collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.


Additional comments may be submitted on or before March 27, 2015.


Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID Number EPA-HQ-OECA-2014-0028, to: (1) EPA online using (our preferred method), or by email to, or by mail to: EPA Docket Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; and (2) OMB via email to Address comments to OMB Desk Officer for EPA.

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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Patrick Yellin, Monitoring, Assistance, and Media Programs Division, Office of Compliance, Mail Code 2227A, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 564-2970; fax number: (202) 564-0050; 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.

Abstract: Respondents are owners or operators of calciners and dryers at mineral processing plants that either process or produce any of the following minerals and their concentrates or any mixture of which the majority is any of the following minerals or a combination of these minerals: Alumina, ball clay, bentonite, diatomite, feldspar, fire clay, fuller's earth, gypsum, industrial sand, kaolin, lightweight aggregate, magnesium compounds, perlite, roofing granules, talc, titanium dioxide, and vermiculite. Particulate matter is the pollutant regulated under this subpart. Feed and product conveyors are not considered part of the affected facility. Facilities subject to NSPS Subpart LL, Metallic Mineral Processing Plants, are not subject to these standards. There are additional processes and process units at mineral processing plants listed at section 60.730(b) which are not subject to the provisions of this subpart.

In general, all NSPS standards require initial notification reports, performance tests, and periodic reports by the owners/operators of the affected facilities. They are also required to maintain records of the occurrence and duration of any startup, shutdown, or malfunction in the operation of an affected facility, or any period during which the monitoring system is inoperative. These notifications, reports, and records are essential in determining compliance, and are required of all affected facilities subject to NSPS. Any owner/operator subject to the provisions of this part shall maintain a file of these measurements, and retain the file for at least two years following the date of such measurements, maintenance reports, and records.

Form Numbers: None.

Respondents/affected entities: Owners or operators of calciners and dryers at mineral processing plants.

Respondent's obligation to respond: Mandatory (40 CFR part 60, subpart UUU).

Estimated number of respondents: 167 (total).

Frequency of response: Initially, occasionally and semiannually.

Total estimated burden: 6,436 hours (per year). Burden is defined at 5 CFR 1320.3(b).

Total estimated cost: $738,649 (per year), which includes $108,550 in either annualized capital or operation & maintenance costs or both.

Changes in the Estimates: There is an increase of two hours in the total estimated burden as currently identified in the OMB Inventory of Approved ICR Burdens. This increase is not due to any program changes. In the previous ICR, the burden associated with writing the “notification of physical or operation change” was incorrectly calculated with zero respondents. In this ICR, it was corrected to one respondent.

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Courtney Kerwin,

Acting-Director, Collection Strategies Division.

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[FR Doc. 2015-03866 Filed 2-24-15; 8:45 am]