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Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NSPS for Equipment Leaks of VOC in Petroleum Refineries (Renewal)

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).




The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), “NSPS for Equipment Leaks of VOC in Petroleum Refineries, to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through June 30, 2017. Public comments were requested previously via the Federal Register on May 3, 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 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 July 27, 2017.


Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID Number EPA-HQ-OECA-2013-0303, 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 for this ICR (“NSPS for Equipment Leaks of VOC in Petroleum Refineries (40 CFR part 60, subparts GGG and GGGa) (Renewal); EPA ICR No. 0983.15; OMB Control No. 2060-0067), 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: Owners or operators of the affected facilities described must make one-time only notifications and 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. Monitoring requirements specific to Equipment Leaks of VOC in Petroleum Refineries provide information on which components are leaking VOCs. NSPS subpart GGG references the compliance requirements of NSPS subpart VV; and NSPS subpart GGGa references the compliance requirements of NSPS subpart VVa. Periodically, owners or operators are required to record information identifying leaking equipment, repair methods used to stop the leaks, and dates of repair. The time period for this recordkeeping varies and depends on equipment type and leak history. Semiannual reports are required to measure compliance with the standards of NSPS subparts VV and VVa, as referenced by NSPS subparts GGG and GGGa. These notifications, reports, and records are essential in determining compliance and in general, are required of all sources subject to NSPS. Any owner or 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: Petroleum Refineries.

Respondent's obligation to respond: Mandatory (40 CFR part 60, subparts GGG and GGGa).

Estimated number of respondents: 116 (total).

Frequency of response: Initially and semiannually.

Total estimated burden: 183,000 hours (per year). Burden is defined at 5 CFR 1320.3(b).

Total estimated cost: $18,900,000 (per year); there are neither annualized capital/startup nor operation & maintenance costs in this ICR.

Changes in the Estimates: The increase in burden from the most-recently approved ICR is due to adjustments in Agency's estimates. The burden has increased due to more accurate estimates for recording operation parameters and semiannual work practice reports. The most-recently approved ICR underestimated the effort required to record operating parameters and develop semiannual reports. Updated estimates for these burden items increased the total respondent burden for subpart GGG from 18,800 to 130,000 hours and for subpart GGGa from 6,120 to 53,400 hours. This ICR takes into account estimates provided by consultations with industry trade associations.

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Courtney Kerwin,

Director, Regulatory Support Division.

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[FR Doc. 2017-13374 Filed 6-26-17; 8:45 am]