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Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NESHAP for Refractory Products Manufacturing (Renewal)

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).




The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), NESHAP for Refractory Products Manufacturing (EPA ICR Number 2040.07, OMB Control Number 2060-0515), 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 March 31, 2019. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register on Start Printed Page 9780May 30, 2018 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 April 17, 2019.


Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID Number EPA-HQ-OECA-2014-0088, 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, 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: The National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Refractory Products Manufacturing (40 CFR part 63, subpart SSSSS) apply to each refractory products manufacturing facility which produces refractory bricks, refractory shapes, monolithics, kiln furniture, crucibles, and other materials used as linings for boilers, kilns, and other processing units and equipment where extreme temperature, corrosions, and abrasion would destroy other materials. These regulations apply to existing facilities and new facilities that manufacture refractory products and use organic hazardous air pollutant (HAP), chromium refractory, and clay refractory products. New facilities include those that commenced construction, modification or reconstruction after the date of proposal. In general, all NESHAP standards require initial notifications, performance tests, and periodic reports by the owners/operators of the affected facilities. They 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. These notifications, reports, and records are essential in determining compliance, and are required of all affected facilities subject to NESHAP. This information is being collected to assure compliance with 40 CFR part 63, subpart SSSSS.

Form Numbers: None.

Respondents/affected entities: Refractory products manufacturing facilities.

Respondent's obligation to respond:

Estimated number of respondents: 8 (total).

Frequency of response: Initially, occasionally and semiannually.

Total estimated burden: 306 hours (per year). Burden is defined at 5 CFR 1320.3(b).

Total estimated cost: $37,800 (per year), includes $3,040 in annualized capital/startup and/or operation & maintenance costs.

Changes in the Estimates: The decrease in burden from the most-recently approved ICR is not due to any program changes. The decrease in burden is due to correction of a mathematical error in the prior ICR, which inadvertently double-counted the burden for respondents to read and re-familiarize themselves with the rule requirements annually. This ICR updates the burden estimate for this requirement from 4.5 hours to 0.5 hours per respondent. The overall result is a decrease in the burden hours. There was no change in the capital/startup and O&M costs.

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Courtney Kerwin,

Director, Regulatory Support Division.

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[FR Doc. 2019-05010 Filed 3-15-19; 8:45 am]