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Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Recordkeeping for Institutional Dual Use Research of Concern (iDURC) Policy Compliance

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).




The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), “Recordkeeping for Institutional Dual Use Research of Concern (iDURC) Policy Compliance” (EPA ICR No. 2530.02, OMB Control No. 2080-0082) 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 request for extension of the ICR currently approved through September 30, 2016. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (81 FR 33530) on May 26, 2016 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 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.


Additional comments may be submitted on or before October 28, 2016.


Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID Number EPA-HQ-ORD-2016-0010, to (1) EPA online using (our preferred method), 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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Brendan Doyle, Office of Research and Development, Mail Code: 8801R, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 202-564-4584; 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: To comply with the U.S. Government Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern (Policy) (​s3/​dualuse/​Pages/​default.aspx), EPA must ensure that the institutions that are subject to the Policy train their laboratory personnel and maintain records of that training. This training is specific to “dual use research of concern,” and should include Start Printed Page 66659information on how to properly identify DURC and appropriate methods for ensuring research that is determined to be DURC is conducted and communicated responsibly.

Form Numbers: None.

Respondents/affected entities: Private sector and the federal-owned/contractor-operated labs.

Respondent's obligation to respond: Mandatory (per EPA Order 1000.19: Policy and Procedures for Managing Dual Use Research of Concern).

Estimated number of respondents: 24 (total).

Frequency of response: Only once and/or as necessary.

Total estimated burden: 72 hours (per year over three years). Burden is defined at 5 CFR 1320.03(b).

Total estimated cost: $4,320 (per year over three years), includes $0 annualized capital or operation & maintenance costs.

Changes in the Estimates: There is no increase or decrease of hours in the total estimated respondent burden compared with the emergency ICR currently approved by OMB. This burden is expected to stay the same due to the same number of estimated respondents and research projects.

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Courtney Kerwin,

Director, Regulatory Support Division.

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[FR Doc. 2016-23385 Filed 9-27-16; 8:45 am]