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Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NESHAP for Flexible Polyurethane Foam Product (Renewal)

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).




The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), NESHAP for Flexible Polyurethane Foam Product (EPA ICR No. 1783.09, OMB Control No. 2060-0357), 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. Public comments were previously requested, via the Federal Register, on June 29, 2017 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 March 13, 2019.


Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID Number EPA-HQ-OECA-2012-0668, 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: The National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Flexible Polyurethane Foam Product (40 CFR part 63, subpart III) apply to owners or operators of both new and existing facilities that engage in the manufacture of flexible polyurethane foam products which emit hazardous air pollutants (HAPs). This includes facilities making slabstock flexible polyurethane foam (slabstock foam), rebond flexible polyurethane foam (rebond foam), and/or molded flexible polyurethane foam (molded foam). In general, all NESHAP standards require initial notifications, performance tests, and periodic reports by the owners/operators of the affected facilities. Owners or operators of flexible polyurethane foam production facilities to which this rule is applicable must choose one of the compliance options described in these standards or reduce HAP emissions to below the compliance level. Specifically, the rule requirements for slabstock foam producers include an initial notification, notification of compliance status, semiannual reports and annual compliance certifications. The rule requirements for molded and rebond foam producers include a notification of compliance status report and an annual compliance certification. These notifications, reports, and records are essential in determining compliance with 40 CFR part 63, subpart III.

Form Numbers: None.

Respondents/affected entities: Manufacturers of flexible polyurethane foam products.

Respondent's obligation to respond: Mandatory (40 CFR part 63, subpart III).

Estimated number of respondents: 12 (total).

Frequency of response: Initially, annually, and semiannually.

Total estimated burden: 869 hours (per year). Burden is defined at 5 CFR 1320.3(b).

Total estimated cost: $94,700 (per year), includes which $0 for annualized capital/startup and/or operation & maintenance costs.

Changes in the Estimates: There is an adjustment decrease in the total estimated burden as currently identified in the OMB Inventory of Approved Burdens. The decrease is not due to any program changes. The change in burden hours and number of responses is a result of removing burden for reconstructed sources as no Start Printed Page 3155reconstructed sources are expected to occur during this ICR renewal period.

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Courtney Kerwin,

Director, Regulatory Support Division.

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[FR Doc. 2019-01846 Filed 2-8-19; 8:45 am]