Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Renewal of an Existing Collection (EPA ICR No. 2446.03 and OMB Control No. 2070-0185); Comment Request

Published date28 January 2020
Citation85 FR 4980
Record Number2020-01344
CourtEnvironmental Protection Agency
Federal Register, Volume 85 Issue 18 (Tuesday, January 28, 2020)
[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 18 (Tuesday, January 28, 2020)]
                [Pages 4980-4981]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
                [FR Doc No: 2020-01344]
                [EPA-HQ-OPPT-2019-0456; FRL-10003-42]
                Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Renewal of an
                Existing Collection (EPA ICR No. 2446.03 and OMB Control No. 2070-
                0185); Comment Request
                AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
                ACTION: Notice.
                SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), this
                document announces that EPA is planning to submit an Information
                Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
                The ICR, entitled: ``Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products
                Act'' and identified by EPA ICR No. 2446.03 and OMB Control No. 2070-
                0185, represents the renewal of an existing ICR that is scheduled to
                expire on June 30, 2020. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review
                and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the
                proposed information collection that is summarized in this document.
                The ICR and accompanying material are available in the docket for
                public review and comment.
                DATES: Comments must be received on or before March 30, 2020.
                ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OPPT-
                2019-0456 by one of the following methods:
                 Federal eRulemaking Portal:
                Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Do not submit
                electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business
                Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted
                by statute.
                 Mail: Document Control Office (7407M), Office of Pollution
                Prevention and Toxics (OPPT), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200
                Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460-0001.
                 Hand Delivery: To make special arrangements for hand
                delivery or delivery of boxed information, please follow the
                instructions at
                FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Todd Coleman, National Program
                Chemicals Division, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics,
                Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington,
                DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (202) 564-1208; email address:
                [email protected].
                I. What information is EPA particularly interested in?
                 Pursuant to PRA section 3506(c)(2)(A) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)),
                EPA specifically solicits comments and information to enable it to:
                 1. 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.
                 2. Evaluate the accuracy of the Agency's estimates of the burden of
                the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the
                methodology and assumptions used.
                 3. Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to
                be collected.
                 4. 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. In particular, EPA is requesting comments from
                very small businesses (those that employ less than 25) on examples of
                specific additional efforts that EPA could make to reduce the paperwork
                burden for very small businesses affected by this collection.
                II. What information collection activity or ICR does this action apply
                 Title: Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act.
                 EPA ICR number: EPA ICR No. 2446.03.
                 OMB control number: OMB Control No. 2070-0185.
                 ICR status: This ICR is currently approved through June 30, 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. The OMB control numbers for EPA regulations
                in title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) are displayed
                either by publication in the Federal Register or by other appropriate
                means, such as on the related collection
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                instrument or form, if applicable. The display of OMB control numbers
                for certain EPA regulations is consolidated in 40 CFR part 9.
                 Abstract: This ICR renewal covers the recordkeeping and reporting
                requirements for all aspects of the TSCA Title VI implementing
                regulations and regulations relating to accreditation bodies (ABs) and
                third-party certifiers (TPCs) that wish to participate in this third-
                party certification program. As part of maintaining recognition in the
                TSCA Title VI program, these ABs and TPCs must submit initial
                applications for recognition and update those applications every three
                and two years respectively using the Agency's Central Data Exchange
                (CDX) system. In addition, ABs and TPCs must submit annual reports
                which relay certain information to the Agency on the TSCA Title VI
                certification and testing activities both ABs and TPCs have performed
                over the last year. Through the CDX, Product ABs are responsible for
                reporting various notifications and annual reports pursuant to 40 CFR
                770.7(a) and Laboratory ABs are responsible for reporting various
                notifications and annual reports pursuant to 40 CFR 770.7(b). Should an
                AB conduct both product and laboratory AB services for any of its TPCs,
                that AB would be responsible for satisfying the reporting obligations
                for both Product and Laboratory AB roles.
                 TPCs are responsible for the certification of regulated composite
                wood products at the mill level through the oversight of panel
                producers, routine quarterly testing of composite wood products, and
                physical inspections of the panel production facilities. Through the
                Agency's CDX, TPCs are responsible for reporting information including
                various notifications and annual reports pursuant to 40 CFR 770.7(c).
                TPCs are also responsible for notifying the Agency of any approval of a
                no-added formaldehyde limited exemption or an ultra-low emitting
                formaldehyde exemption of reduced testing approval which they issue to
                the mills they certify after submitting the required information to the
                 Panel producers are responsible for communicating routine testing
                documentation to their respective TPC pursuant to their
                responsibilities under 40 CFR 770.20 and 40 CFR 770.40. Panel producers
                are also responsible for providing certain records to downstream
                entities and purchasers of regulated composite wood products as well as
                the Agency, upon request.
                 Importers, fabricators, distributors, and retailers are responsible
                for maintaining records pursuant to 40 CFR 770.30 and 40 CFR 770.40(d).
                 Burden statement: The annual public reporting and recordkeeping
                burden for this collection of information is estimated to average
                84,793 hours (per year). Burden is defined in 5 CFR 1320.3(b).
                 The ICR, which is available in the docket along with other related
                materials, provides a detailed explanation of the collection activities
                and the burden estimate that is only briefly summarized here:
                 Respondents/affected entities: Panel producers, fabricators,
                distributors, retailers, TPCs, and ABs.
                 Respondent's obligation to respond: Mandatory (15 U.S.C. 2697).
                 Estimated total number of potential respondents: 990,269 firms
                 Frequency of response: On occasion.
                 Estimated total annual burden: 84,793 hours (per year). Burden is
                defined at 5 CFR 1320.03(b).
                 Estimated total annual costs: $19,638,018 (per year), with no
                annualized capital or operation and maintenance costs.
                III. Are there changes in the estimates from the last approval?
                 There is an overall decrease of 1,396,732 hours in the total
                estimated combined respondent burden compared with the ICR currently
                approved by OMB. This decrease is due to adjustments in EPA's estimates
                of the burden, reflecting activities that only had one-time burdens
                associated with the initial implementation of the rule, and revisions
                to the estimated number of respondents based on the actual number of
                participants in the TSCA Title VI program. This change is an
                IV. What is the next step in the process for this ICR?
                 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 pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.12. EPA will issue another
                Federal Register document pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.5(a)(1)(iv) to
                announce the submission of the ICR to OMB and the opportunity to submit
                additional comments to OMB. If you have any questions about this ICR or
                the approval process, please contact the person listed under FOR
                 Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.
                 Dated: January 17, 2020.
                Alexandra Dapolito Dunn,
                Assistant Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution
                [FR Doc. 2020-01344 Filed 1-27-20; 8:45 am]
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