Agency information collection activities; proposals, submissions, and approvals,

 
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[Federal Register: June 1, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 104)]

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Minerals Management Service

Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request

AGENCY: Minerals Management Service (MMS), Interior.

ACTION: Notice of extension of an information collection (1010-0057).

SUMMARY: To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), MMS is inviting comments on a collection of information that we will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The information collection request (ICR) concerns the paperwork requirements in the regulations under 30 CFR 250, Subpart C, ``Pollution Prevention and Control.''

DATES: Submit written comments by August 1, 2005.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods listed below. Please use the Information Collection Number 1010-0057 as an identifier in your message.

Public Connect on-line commenting system, https://ocsconnect.mms.gov. Follow the instructions on the Web site for

submitting comments.

E-mail MMS at rules.comments@mms.gov. Identify with Information Collection Number 1010-0057 in the subject line.

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Fax: 703-787-1093. Identify with Information Collection Number 1010-0057.

Mail or hand-carry comments to the Department of the Interior; Minerals Management Service; Attention: Rules Process Team (RPT); 381 Elden Street, MS-4024; Herndon, Virginia 20170-4817. Please reference ``Information Collection 1010-0057'' in your comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cheryl Blundon, Rules Processing Team at (703) 787-1600. You may also contact Cheryl Blundon to obtain a copy, at no cost, of the regulations that require the subject collection of information.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Title: 30 CFR Part 250, Subpart C, Pollution Prevention and Control.

OMB Control Number: 1010-0057.

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 administer leasing of the OCS. Such rules and regulations will apply to all operations conducted under a lease. Operations on the OCS must preserve, protect, and develop oil and natural gas resources in a manner which is consistent with the need to make such resources available to meet the Nation's energy needs as rapidly as possible; to balance orderly energy resource development with protection of human, marine, and coastal environments; to ensure the public a fair and equitable return on the resources of the OCS; and to preserve and maintain free enterprise competition.

Section 1332(6) states that ``operations in the [O]uter Continental Shelf should be conducted in a safe manner by well-trained personnel using technology, precautions, and techniques sufficient to prevent or minimize the likelihood of blowouts, loss of well control, fires, spillages, physical obstruction to other users of the waters or subsoil and seabed, or other occurrences which may cause damage to the environment or to property, or endanger life or health.'' 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 Act significantly affect the air quality of any State.'' Section 1843(b) calls for ``regulations requiring all materials, equipment, tools, containers, and all other items used on the Outer Continental Shelf to be properly color coded, stamped, or labeled, wherever practicable, with the owner's identification prior to actual use.''

This is a routine information collection request (ICR) concerning the regulations at 30 CFR part 250, subpart C, Pollution Prevention and Control. It also covers the related Notices to Lessees and Operators (NTLs) that the Minerals Management Service (MMS) issues to clarify and provide additional guidance on some aspects of the regulations.

We will protect information from respondents considered proprietary under the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552) and its implementing regulations (43 CFR part 2) and under regulations at 30 CFR 250.196, ``Data and information to be made available to the public.'' No items of a sensitive nature are collected. Responses are mandatory.

Frequency: On occasion, monthly, or annually, daily for inspection recordkeeping; varies by section.

Estimated Number and Description of Respondents: Approximately 130 Federal OCS oil and gas or sulphur lessees and 17 states.

Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping ``Hour'' Burden: The currently approved annual reporting burden for this collection is 159,913 hours. The following chart details the individual components and respective hour burden estimates of this ICR. In calculating the burdens, we assumed that respondents perform certain requirements in the normal course of their activities. We consider these to be usual and customary and took that into account in estimating the burden.

Citation 30 CFR 250 subpart C and NTL(s)

Reporting and recordkeeping requirement

Hour burden

Reporting Requirement

300(b)(1), (2)......................................... Obtain approval to add petroleum-based

  1. substance to drilling mud system or approval for method of disposal of drill cuttings, sand, & other well solids, including those containing naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM). 300(c)................................................. Mark items that could snag or damage fishing \1/2\. devices. 300(d)................................................. Report items lost overboard.................. 1. 303(a) thru (d), (i), (j); 304(a), (f)................. Submit, modify, or revise Exploration Plans Burden covered under 1010-0049. and Development and Production Plans; submit information required under 30 CFR 250, subpart B. 303(k); 304(g)......................................... If requested, submit additional or follow-up 8. monitoring information for year 2000 study of selected sites in the BNWA area. 303(k); 304(a), (g).................................... If requested, submit additional or follow-up 4. monitoring information for year 2000 study of selected sites in the western/central GOM area on ozone and regional haze air quality. 303(k); 304(a), (g).................................... Monitor air quality emissions and submit data 2 hours per month x 12 months = 24. to MMS or to a State (new 1-year study of sites in the western/central GOM area on ozone and regional haze air quality; data collection in 2005; report submitted in 2006). 303(l); 304(h)......................................... Collect and submit meteoro-logical data (not None planned in the next 3 years. routinely collected). 304(a), (f)............................................ Affected State may submit request to MMS for 4. basic emission data from existing facilities to update State's emission inventory. 304(e)(2).............................................. Submit compliance schedule for application of 40. best available control technology (BACT).

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304(e)(2) Apply for suspension of operations........... Burden covered under 1010-0114............... 304(f)................................................. Submit information to demonstrate that exempt 8. facility is not significantly affecting air quality of onshore area of a State. 300-304................................................ General departure and alternative compliance 2. requests not specifically covered elsewhere in subpart C regulations.

Recordkeeping Requirement

300(d)................................................. Record items lost overboard.................. 1. 301(a)................................................. Inspect drilling/production facilities daily \1/4\ hour/day x 365 days = 91.25. for pollution; maintain inspection/repair records 2 years.

Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping ``Non-Hour Cost'' Burden: We have identified no cost burdens for this collection.

Public Disclosure Statement: The PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.) provides that an agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. Until OMB approves a collection of information, you are not obligated to respond.

Comments: Before submitting an ICR to OMB, PRA section 3506(c)(2)(A) requires each agency'' * * * to provide notice * * * and otherwise consult with members of the public and affected agencies concerning each proposed collection of information * * *''. Agencies must specifically solicit comments to: (a) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the agency to perform its duties, including whether the information is useful; (b) evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) enhance the quality, usefulness, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) minimize the burden on the respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

Agencies must also estimate the ``non-hour cost'' burdens to respondents or recordkeepers resulting from the collection of information. Therefore, if you have costs to generate, maintain, and disclose this information, you should comment and provide your total capital and startup cost components or annual operation, maintenance, and purchase of service components. You should describe the methods you use to estimate major cost factors, including system and technology acquisition, expected useful life of capital equipment, discount rate(s), and the period over which you incur costs. Capital and startup costs include, among other items, computers and software you purchase to prepare for collecting information, monitoring, and record storage facilities. You should not include estimates for equipment or services purchased: (i) Before October 1, 1995; (ii) to comply with requirements not associated with the information collection; (iii) for reasons other than to provide information or keep records for the Government; or (iv) as part of customary and usual business or private practices.

We will summarize written responses to this notice and address them in our submission for OMB approval. As a result of your comments, we will make any necessary adjustments to the burden in our submission to OMB.

Public Comment Procedure: MMS's practice is to make comments, including names and addresses of respondents, available for public review. If you wish your name and/or address to be withheld, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comment. MMS will honor this request to the extent allowable by law; however, anonymous comments will not be considered. All submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be made available for public inspection in their entirety.

MMS Information Collection Clearance Officer: Arlene Bajusz (202) 208-7744.

Dated: May 25, 2005. E.P. Danenberger, Chief, Office of Offshore Regulatory Programs.

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