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Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NESHAP for Phosphoric Acid Manufacturing and Phosphate Fertilizers Production (Renewal)

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).




The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), “NESHAP for Phosphoric Acid Manufacturing and Phosphate Fertilizers Production (40 CFR part 63, subparts AA and BB) (Renewal)” (EPA ICR No. 1790.08, OMB Control No. 2060-0361), 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 July 31, 2016. Public comments were requested previously via the Federal Register (80 FR 32116) on June 5, 2015, 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 collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.


Additional comments may be submitted on or before August 22, 2016.


Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID Number EPA-HQ-OECA-2012-0676, 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, EPA 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: Owners and operators of affected facilities are required to comply with reporting and record-keeping Start Printed Page 47801requirements for the General Provisions (40 CFR part 63, subpart A), as well as for the specific requirements at 40 CFR part 63 subparts AA and BB. This includes submitting initial notifications, performance tests and periodic reports and results, and maintaining 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 reports are used by EPA to determine compliance with the standards.

Form Numbers: None.

Respondents/affected entities: Phosphoric acid manufacturing and phosphate fertilizer production facilities.

Respondent's obligation to respond: Mandatory (40 CFR part 63, subparts AA and BB).

Estimated number of respondents: 13 (total).

Frequency of response: Initially, occasionally, quarterly, semiannually and annually.

Total estimated burden: 2,200 hours (per year). Burden is defined at 5 CFR 1320.3(b).

Total estimated cost: $413,000 (per year), which includes $186,000 in either annualized capital/startup or operation & maintenance costs.

Changes in the Estimates: There is an adjustment increase in the total estimated cost, burden, number of responses, and capital and O&M costs as currently identified in the OMB Inventory of Approved Burdens. The change in burden for the new and existing facilities is due primarily to a program change in the regulation requiring: (1) Mercury testing and total fluoride (TF) testing of phosphate rock calciners; and (2) TF testing of oxidation reactors. The Residual Risk and Technology Review (RTR) associated with this program change estimated 12 phosphoric acid units and 11 phosphate fertilizer units (a total of 23 process units) located at 13 facilities.

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Courtney Kerwin,

Acting Director, Collection Strategies Division.

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[FR Doc. 2016-17283 Filed 7-21-16; 8:45 am]