Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals


Federal Register: December 24, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 248)


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EPA-HQ-OPPT-2008-0816; FRL-8390-3

Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection;

Comment Request; Voluntary Children's Chemical Evaluation Program

(VCCEP); EPA ICR No. 2055.03, OMB Control No. 2070-0165

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44

U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that EPA is planning to submit a request to renew an existing approved Information Collection

Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This ICR, entitled: ``Voluntary Children's Chemical Evaluation Program (VCCEP)'' and identified by EPA ICR No. 2055.03 and OMB Control No. 2070-0165, is scheduled to expire on July 31, 2009. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, EPA is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before February 23, 2009.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification

(ID) number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2008-0816, by one of the following methods:

Federal eRulemaking Portal:

Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.

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: OPPT Document Control Office (DCO), EPA

East, Rm. 6428, 1201 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. Attention:

Docket ID Number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2008-0816. The DCO is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the DCO is (202) 564-8930. Such deliveries are only accepted during the DCO's normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information.

Instructions: Direct your comments to docket ID number EPA-HQ-OPPT- 2008-0816. EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available on-line at, including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes information claimed to be

Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through or e- mail. The website is an ``anonymous access'' system, which means EPA will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an e- mail comment directly to EPA without going through, your e-mail address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet. If you submit an electronic comment, EPA recommends that you include your name and other contact information in the body of your comment and with any disk or CD-ROM you submit. If EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, EPA may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid the use of special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses. For additional information about EPA's public docket, visit the EPA Docket Center homepage at

Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the docket index available at Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, e.g., CBI or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, will be publicly available only in hard copy. Publicly available docket materials are available electronically at, or, if only available in hard copy, at the OPPT Docket. The OPPT Docket is located in the EPA

Docket Center (EPA/DC) at Rm. 3334, EPA West Bldg., 1301 Constitution

Ave., NW., Washington, DC. The EPA/DC Public Reading Room hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding

Federal holidays. The telephone number of the EPA/DC Public Reading

Room is (202) 566-1744, and the telephone number for the OPPT Docket is

(202) 566-0280. Docket visitors are required to show photographic identification, pass through a metal detector, and sign the EPA visitor log. All visitor bags are processed through an X-ray machine and subject to search. Visitors will be provided an EPA/DC badge that must be visible at all times in the building and returned upon departure.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general information contact: Colby

Lintner, Regulatory Coordinator, Environmental Assistance Division

(7408M), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Environmental

Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460- 0001; telephone number: (202) 554-1404; e-mail address: TSCA-

For technical information contact: Catherine Roman, Chemical

Control Division (7405M), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics,

Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.,

Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (202) 564-8172; fax number: (202) 564-4755; e-mail address:


  1. What Information is EPA Particularly Interested in?

    Pursuant to section 3506(c)(2)(A) of PRA, 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.

  2. What Should I Consider when I Prepare My Comments for EPA?

    You may find the following suggestions helpful for preparing your comments: 1. Explain your views as clearly as possible and provide specific examples. 2. Describe any assumptions that you used. 3. Provide copies of any technical information and/or data you used that support your views.

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    4. If you estimate potential burden or costs, explain how you arrived at the estimate that you provide. 5. Provide specific examples to illustrate your concerns. 6. Offer alternative ways to improve the collection activity. 7. Make sure to submit your comments by the deadline identified under DATES. 8. To ensure proper receipt by EPA, be sure to identify the docket

    ID number assigned to this action in the subject line on the first page of your response. You may also provide the name, date, and Federal

    Register citation.

  3. What Information Collection Activity or ICR Does this Action Apply to?

    Affected entities: Entities potentially affected by this ICR are manufacturers or importers of certain chemicals who have volunteered to sponsor chemicals in the VCCEP.

    Title: Voluntary Children's Chemical Evaluation Program (VCCEP).

    ICR numbers: EPA ICR No. 2055.03, OMB Control No. 2070-0165.

    ICR status: This ICR is currently scheduled to expire on July 31, 2009. 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's regulations in title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), after appearing in the Federal Register when approved, are listed in 40 CFR part 9, are displayed either by publication in the Federal Register or by other appropriate means, such as on the related collection instrument or form, if applicable. The display of OMB control numbers for certain EPA regulations is consolidated in 40 CFR part 9.

    Abstract: VCCEP is a voluntary program intended to provide data to enable the public to understand the potential health risks to children associated with certain chemical exposures. EPA has asked companies that manufacture and/or import 20 chemicals that have been found in human tissues and the environment to volunteer to sponsor their evaluation in VCCEP. VCCEP consists of three tiers that a sponsor may commit to separately. As part of their sponsorship, companies submit commitment letters, collect and/or develop health effects and exposure information on their chemical(s), integrate that information in a risk assessment, and develop a ``Data Needs Assessment.'' The Data Needs

    Assessment discusses the need for additional data, which could be provided by the next tier, to fully characterize the risks the chemical may pose to children.

    The information submitted by the sponsor will be evaluated by a group of scientific experts with extensive, relevant experience in toxicity testing and exposure evaluations, a Peer Consultation Group.

    This group will forward its opinions to EPA and the sponsor(s) concerning the adequacy of the assessments and the need for development of any additional information to fully assess risks to children. EPA will consider the opinions of the Peer Consultation Group and announce whether additional higher tier information is needed. Sponsors and the public will have an opportunity to comment on EPA's decision concerning data needs. EPA will consider these comments and issue a final decision. If the final decision is that additional information is needed, sponsors will be asked to volunteer to provide the next tier of information. If additional information is not needed, the risk communication and, if necessary, risk management phases of the program will be initiated.

    Responses to the collection of information are voluntary.

    Respondents may claim all or part of a notice confidential. EPA will disclose information that is covered by a claim of confidentiality only to the extent permitted by, and in accordance with, the procedures in the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) section 14 and 40 CFR part 2.

    Burden statement: The annual public reporting and recordkeeping burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 225 hours per response. Burden means the total time, effort, or financial resources expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, or disclose or provide information to or for a Federal agency. This includes the time needed to review instructions; develop, acquire, install, and utilize technology and systems for the purposes of collecting, validating, and verifying information, processing and maintaining information, and disclosing and providing information; adjust the existing ways to comply with any previously applicable instructions and requirements which have subsequently changed; train personnel to be able to respond to a collection of information; search data sources; complete and review the collection of information; and transmit or otherwise disclose the information.

    The ICR provides a detailed explanation of this estimate, which is only briefly summarized here:

    Estimated total number of potential respondents: 32.

    Frequency of response: On occasion.

    Estimated total average number of responses for each respondent: 2.5.

    Estimated total annual burden hours: 112,456 hours.

    Estimated total annual costs: $10,900,000. This includes an estimated burden cost of $10,900,000 and an estimated cost of $0 for capital investment or maintenance and operational costs.

  4. Are There Changes in the Estimates from the Last Approval?

    There is an increase of 6,200 hours in the total estimated respondent burden compared with that identified in the ICR currently approved by OMB. This increase reflects EPA's changes in estimates and assumptions made since the previous VCCEP ICR due to the inclusion of

    Chemical Assessment and Management Program (ChAMP) chemicals in the program as well as the recent inclusion of VCCEP participant surveys.

    The change is an adjustment.

  5. 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 notice 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 technical person listed under


    List of Subjects

    Environmental protection, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

    Dated: December 15, 2008.

    James B. Gulliford,

    Assistant Administrator, Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic


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