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Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; 30 CFR 550, Subpart C, Pollution Prevention and Control

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Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Interior.


Notice of information collection; request for comment.


In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is proposing to renew an information collection with revisions.


Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before March 1, 2018.


Send written comments on this information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget's Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior by email at; or via facsimile to 202-395-5806. Please provide a copy of your comments to the BOEM Information Collection Clearance Officer, Anna Atkinson, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, 45600 Woodland Road, Sterling, Virginia 20166; or by email to Please reference Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Control Number 1010-0057 in the subject line of your comments.

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To request additional information about this ICR, contact Anna Atkinson by email, or by telephone at 703-787-1025. You may also view the ICR at​public/​do/​PRAMain.

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In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we provide the general public and other Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on new, proposed, revised, and continuing collections of information. This helps us assess the impact of our information collection requirements and minimize the public's reporting burden. It also helps the public understand our information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format.

A Federal Register notice with a 60-day public comment period soliciting comments on this collection of information was published on October 25, 2017 (82 FR 49418). No comments were received.

We are again soliciting comments on the proposed ICR that is described below. We are especially interested in public comment addressing the following issues: (1) Is the collection necessary to the proper functions of BOEM? (2) will this information be processed and used in a timely manner? (3) is the estimate of burden accurate? (4) how might BOEM enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected? and (5) how might BOEM minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, including through the use of information technology?

Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of public record. 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.

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.

Section 1334(a)(8) requires that regulations prescribed by the Secretary include provisions “for compliance with the national ambient air quality standards pursuant to the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.), to the extent that activities authorized under this subchapter significantly affect the air quality of any State.” This information collection renewal concerns information that is submitted in response to regulatory requirements, such as the regulations at 30 CFR part 550, subpart C, Pollution Prevention and Control that implement section 1334(a)(8). It also covers the related Notices to Lessees and Operators (NTLs) that BOEM issues to clarify and provide additional guidance on some aspects of these regulations. BOEM uses the information to inform its decisions on plan approval, to ensure operations are conducted according to all applicable regulations and plan conditions of approval, and to inform State and regional planning organizations modeling efforts.

Title of Collection: 30 CFR 550, subpart C, Pollution Prevention and Control.

OMB Control Number: 1010-0057.

Form Number: None.

Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection.

Respondents/Affected Public: Potential respondents comprise Federal OCS oil, gas, and sulphur lessees and states.

Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 2,394 responses.

Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 105,028 hours.

Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory, and voluntary.

Frequency of Collection: On occasion, monthly, or annually.

Total Estimated Annual Nonhour Burden Cost: None.

Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden: We expect the burden estimate for the renewal will be 105,028 hours, which reflects a decrease of 7,083 hours. In calculating the burdens, the burden hours decreased from the previous OMB request, because the number of facilities decreased as reported by the Gulfwide Offshore Activity Data System. We also removed from the burden breakdown table the requirement of submitting copy of State-required Emergency Action Plan for the Pacific OCS Region. This information is not collected by BOEM, because it falls under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.

The following table details the individual BOEM components and respective hour burden estimates of this ICR. We assumed that the respondents perform certain activities in the normal course of their business that also satisfy certain requirements under subpart C. Start Printed Page 4268We consider these to be usual and customary and took that into account in estimating the burden.

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
303Submit, 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); and related NTLCollect and report (in manner specified) air 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 modeling44 hours per facility2,381 facilities104,764
303(l); 304(h)Collect and submit (in manner specified) meteorological data (not routinely collected—minimal burden); emission data for existing facilities to a State818
Existing Facilities
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 inventory16580
304(e)(2)Submit compliance schedule for application of best available control technology (BACT)40140
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 required16116
303-304General departure and alternative compliance requests not specifically covered elsewhere in subpart C regulations245120
Total Burden2,394105,028

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.

We protect proprietary information according to the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552) and the Department of the Interior's 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 inspection.”

The authority for this action is the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.).

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Dated: January 24, 2018.

Deanna Meyer-Pietruszka,

Chief, Office of Policy, Regulation and Analysis.

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[FR Doc. 2018-01668 Filed 1-29-18; 8:45 am]