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Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; National Volatile Organic Compound Emission Standards for Automobile Refinish Coatings

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).




The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), “National Volatile Organic Compound Emission Standards for Automobile Refinish Coatings” (EPA ICR No. 1765.09, OMB Control No. 2060-0353) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). Before doing so, the EPA is soliciting public comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below. This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through January 31, 2020. 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.


Comments must be submitted on or before May 17, 2019.


Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2003-0120, online using (our preferred method), by email to, or by mail to: EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460.

The 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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Ms. Kim Teal, Office of Air and Radiation, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Mail Code D243-04, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711; telephone number: (919) 541-5580; fax number: (919) 541-4991; 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/DC), EPA WJC West Building, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC. The telephone number for the Docket Center is (202) 566-1744. For additional information about the EPA's public docket, visit​dockets.

Pursuant to section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA, the EPA is soliciting comments and information to enable it to: (i) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (ii) evaluate the accuracy of the Agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (iii) enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (iv) minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. The EPA will consider the comments received and amend the ICR as appropriate. The final ICR package will then be submitted to OMB for review and approval. At that time, the EPA will issue another Federal Register notice to announce the submission of the ICR to OMB and the opportunity to submit additional comments to OMB.Start Printed Page 9774

Abstract: The EPA is required under section 183(e) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) to regulate volatile organic compound emissions from the use of consumer and commercial products. Pursuant to CAA section 183(e)(3), the EPA published a list of consumer and commercial products and a schedule for their regulation (60 FR 15264). Automobile refinish coatings were included on the list, and the standards for such coatings are codified at 40 CFR part 59, subpart B. The reports required under the standards enable the EPA to identify all coating and coating component manufacturers and importers in the United States and to determine which coatings and coating components are subject to the standards, based on dates of manufacture.

Form numbers: None.

Respondents/affected entities: Entities potentially affected by this action as respondents are manufacturers and importers of automobile refinish coatings and coating components. Manufacturers of automobile refinish coatings and coating components fall within standard industrial classification (SIC) 2851, “Paints, Varnishes, Lacquers, Enamels, and Allied Products,” and North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code 325510, “Paint and Coating Manufacturing.” Importers of automobile refinish coatings and coating components fall within SIC 5198, “Wholesale Trade: Paints, Varnishes, and Supplies,” NAICS code 422950, “Paint, Varnish, and Supplies Wholesalers,” and NAICS code 444120, “Paint and Wallpaper Stores.”

Respondent's obligation to respond: Mandatory, 40 CFR part 59, subpart B.

Estimated number of respondents: 4 (total).

Frequency of response: On occasion.

Total estimated burden: 14 hours (per year). Burden is defined at 5 CFR 1320.03(b).

Total estimated cost: $924 (per year), includes $0 annualized capital or operation and maintenance costs.

Changes in estimates: There is no increase in hours in the total estimated respondent burden compared with the ICR currently approved by OMB.

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Dated: March 8, 2019.

David Cozzie,

Acting Director, Sector Policies and Programs Division, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards.

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[FR Doc. 2019-04982 Filed 3-15-19; 8:45 am]