Hazardous Materials: Information Collection Activities

 
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Federal Register, Volume 84 Issue 91 (Friday, May 10, 2019)
[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 91 (Friday, May 10, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 20699-20701]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-09624]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
[Docket No. PHMSA-2018-0114; Notice No. 2019-04]
Hazardous Materials: Information Collection Activities
AGENCY: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA),
Department of Transportation (DOT).
ACTION: Notice and request for comments.
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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this
notice announces that the Information Collection Requests (ICRs)
discussed below will be forwarded to the Office of Management and
Budget (OMB) for renewal and extension. These ICRs describe the nature
of the information collections and their expected burdens. A Federal
Register notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on
these ICRs was published in the Federal Register on February 25, 2019
under Docket No. PHMSA-2018-0114 (Notice No. 2018-24). PHMSA received
two comments in response to the February 25, 2019 notice. One comment
from Bruce Grimm was supportive of PHMSA continuing to collect
information related to subsidiary hazards under OMB control number
2137-0613. The other comment was outside the scope of this notice.
DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on, or before
June 10, 2019.
ADDRESSES: Send comments regarding the burden estimate, including
suggestions for reducing the burden, by mail to the Office of
Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget,
Attention: Desk Officer for DOT-PHMSA, 725 17th Street NW, Washington,
DC 20503, by fax, 202-395-5806, or by email, to
[email protected]. Comments should refer to the information
collection by title and/or OMB Control Number.
    We invite comments on: (1) Whether the proposed collection of
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of
the Department, including whether the information will have practical
utility; (2) the accuracy of the Department's estimate of the burden of
the proposed information collection; (3) ways to enhance the quality,
utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways
to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents,
including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of
information technology.
    Docket: For access to the dockets to read background documents or
comments received, go to http://www.regulations.gov.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steven Andrews or Shelby Geller,
Standards and Rulemaking Division (PHH-10), U.S. Department of
Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration,
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, East Building, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC
20590-0001, Telephone (202) 366-8553.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 1320.8 (d), Title 5, Code of Federal
Regulations requires Federal agencies to provide interested members of
the public and affected agencies an opportunity to comment on
information collection and recordkeeping requests. This notice
identifies information collection requests that PHMSA will be
submitting to OMB for renewal and extension. These information
collections are contained in 49 CFR parts 110, 172, and 173 of the
Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR parts 171-180). PHMSA has
revised burden estimates, where appropriate, to reflect current
reporting levels or adjustments based on changes in proposed or final
rules published since the information collections were last approved.
The following information is provided for each information collection:
(1) Title of the information collection, including former title if a
change is being made; (2) OMB Control Number; (3) abstract of the
information collection activity; (4) description of affected persons;
(5) estimate of total annual reporting and recordkeeping burden; and
(6) frequency of collection. PHMSA will request a three-year term of
approval for each information collection activity and, when approved by
OMB, publish notice of the approvals in the Federal Register.
    PHMSA requests comments on the following information collections:
    Title: Radioactive (RAM) Transportation Requirements.
    OMB Control Number: 2137-0510.
    Summary: This information collection consolidates and describes the
information collection provisions in the HMR involving the
transportation of radioactive materials in commerce. Information
collection requirements for RAM include: Documenting testing and
engineering evaluations for packages, documentation for DOT 7A
packages, revalidation of foreign competent authority certifications,
providing specific written instruction of exclusive use shipment
controls, providing
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written instructions for exclusive use shipment controls, obtaining
U.S. competent authority for package design, registering with U.S.
competent authority as user of a package, and request for a U.S.
competent authority for special form. The following information
collections and their burdens are associated with this OMB Control
Number:
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                                                                   Total annual      Hours per     Total annual
             Information collection                 Respondents      responses       response      burden hours
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Document Test and Engineering Evaluation or                   50             100              40           4,000
 Comparative Data for Packaging--Reporting......
DOT Specification 7A Package Documentation--                  50             100              80           8,000
 Reporting......................................
DOT Specification 7A Package Documentation--                  50             500          0.0833           41.67
 Recordkeeping..................................
Revalidation of Foreign Competent Authority                   25              25              80           2,000
 Certification--Reporting.......................
Offeror Providing Specific Written Instruction               100           2,000             0.5           1,000
 of Exclusive Use Shipment Controls to the
 Carrier--Reporting.............................
Offeror Obtaining U.S. Competent Authority for                10              40               2              80
 Package Design--Reporting......................
Register with U.S. Competent Authority as User                25              50             0.5              25
 of a Package--Reporting........................
Request for a U.S. Competent Authority as                     10             100               2             200
 Required by the IAEA Regulations for Special
 Form--Reporting................................
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    Affected Public: Shippers and carriers of radioactive materials in
commerce.
    Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Burden:
    Number of Respondents: 320.
    Total Annual Responses: 2,915.
    Total Annual Burden Hours: 15,347.
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion.
    Title: Hazardous Materials Public Sector Training and Planning
Grants.
    OMB Control Number: 2137-0586.
    Summary: 49 CFR part 110 sets forth the procedures for reimbursable
grants for planning and training in support of the emergency
preparedness efforts of States, Indian tribes, and local communities to
manage hazardous materials emergencies, particularly those involving
transportation. Sections in this part address information collection
and recordkeeping with regard to applying for grants, monitoring
expenditures, and reporting and requesting modifications. The following
information collection and burden is associated with this OMB Control
Number:
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                                                                 Total annual      Hours per       Total annual
           Information collection               Respondents       responses         response       burden hours
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Hazardous Materials Grants Applications.....              62               62            83.23            5,160
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    Affected Public: State and local governments, Indian tribes.
    Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Burden:
    Annual Respondents: 62.
    Annual Responses: 62.
    Annual Burden Hours: 5,160.
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion.
    Title: Subsidiary Hazard Class and Number/Type of Packagings.
    OMB Control Number: 2137-0613.
    Summary: The HMR require that shipping papers and emergency
response information accompany each shipment of hazardous materials in
commerce. In addition to the basic shipping description information, we
also require the subsidiary hazard class or subsidiary division
number(s) to be entered in parentheses following the primary hazard
class or division number on shipping papers. This requirement was
originally required only by transportation by vessel. However, the lack
of such a requirement posed problems for motor carriers with regard to
complying with segregation, separation, and placarding requirements, as
well as posing a safety hazard. For example, in the event the motor
vehicle becomes involved in an accident, when the hazardous materials
being transported include a subsidiary hazard such as ``dangerous when
wet'' or a subsidiary hazard requiring more stringent requirements than
the primary hazard, there is no indication of the subsidiary hazards on
the shipping papers and no indication of the subsidiary risks on
placards. Under circumstances such as motor vehicles being loaded at a
dock, labels are not enough to alert hazardous materials employees
loading the vehicles, nor are they enough to alert emergency responders
of the subsidiary risks contained on the vehicles. Therefore, we
require the subsidiary hazard class or subsidiary division number(s) to
be entered on the shipping paper, for purposes of enhancing safety and
international harmonization.
    Shipping papers serve as a principal means of identifying hazardous
materials during transportation emergencies. Firefighters, police, and
other emergency response personnel are trained to obtain the DOT
shipping papers and emergency response information when responding to
hazardous materials transportation emergencies. The availability of
accurate information concerning hazardous materials being transported
significantly improves response efforts in these types of emergencies.
The additional information would aid emergency responders by more
clearly identifying the hazard.
    The following information collection and burden is associated with
this OMB Control Number:
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                                                                 Total annual     Seconds per      Total annual
           Information collection               Respondents       responses         response       burden hours
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Subsidiary Hazard Class on Shipping Papers..         260,000       43,810,000                2           24,339
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    Affected Public: Shippers and carriers of hazardous materials in
commerce.
    Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Burden:
    Number of Respondents: 260,000.
    Total Annual Responses: 43,810,000.
    Total Annual Burden Hours: 24,339.
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion.
    Issued in Washington, DC, on May 6, 2019.
William S. Schoonover,
Associate Administrator of Hazard Materials Safety, Pipeline and
Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.
[FR Doc. 2019-09624 Filed 5-9-19; 8:45 am]
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