Hazardous Materials: Information Collection Activities

Federal Register, Volume 84 Issue 228 (Tuesday, November 26, 2019)
[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 228 (Tuesday, November 26, 2019)]
[Pages 65213-65214]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-25567]
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
[Docket No. PHMSA-2019-0195 (Notice No. 2019-11)]
Hazardous Materials: Information Collection Activities
AGENCY: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA),
ACTION: Notice and request for comments.
SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, PHMSA
invites comments on a revision to the information collection pertaining
to hazardous materials public sector training and planning grants for
which PHMSA intends to request a renewal with revision from the Office
of Management and Budget.
DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before
January 27, 2020.
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by the Docket Number
PHMSA-2019-0195 (Notice No. 2019-11) by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Fax: 1-202-493-2251.
     Mail: Docket Management System; U.S. Department of
Transportation, West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Routing
Symbol M-30, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590.
     Hand Delivery: To the Docket Management System; Room W12-
140 on the ground floor of the West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue
SE, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through
Friday, except Federal holidays.
    Instructions: All submissions must include the agency name and
Docket Number (PHMSA-2019-0195) for this notice at the beginning of the
comment. To avoid duplication, please use only one of these four
methods. All comments received will be posted without change to the
Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) and will include any personal
information you provide.
    Requests for a copy of an information collection should be directed
to Steven Andrews or Shelby Geller, (202) 366-8553, U.S. Department of
Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration,
Standards and Rulemaking Division, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE,
Washington, DC 20590-0001.
    Docket: For access to the dockets to read background documents or
comments received, go to http://www.regulations.gov or DOT's Docket
Operations Office (see ADDRESSES).
    Privacy Act: In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits
comments from the public to better inform its rulemaking process. DOT
posts these comments, without edit, including any personal information
the commenter provides, to www.regulations.gov, as described in the
system of records notice (DOT/ALL-14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steven Andrews or Shelby Geller, (202)
366-8553, U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous
Materials Safety Administration, Standards and Rulemaking Division,
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 1320.8 (d), title 5, Code of Federal
Regulations (CFR) requires PHMSA to provide interested members of the
public and affected agencies an opportunity to comment on information
collection and recordkeeping requests. This notice identifies an
information collection request that PHMSA will be submitting to the
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for revision. Specifically, PHMSA
is notifying the public of its intent to seek additional information in
hazardous materials planning grant applications. This information
collection is contained in 49 CFR 171.6 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 a proposed revision to this information
collection. The following information is provided for this information
collection: (1) Title of the information collection, including former
title if a change is being made; (2) OMB control number; (3) summary of
the information collection activity; (4) description of affected
public; (5) estimate of total annual reporting and recordkeeping
burden; and (6) frequency of collection. PHMSA will request a 3-year
term of approval for this information collection activity and will
publish a notice in the Federal Register upon OMB's approval.
    On February 28, 2019, PHMSA published a final rule titled
``Hazardous Materials: Oil Spill Response Plans and Information Sharing
for High-Hazard Flammable Trains (FAST Act)'' [HM-251B; 84 FR 6910]
which revised and clarified requirements for Comprehensive Oil Spill
Response Plans (COSRPs) and expanded their applicability based on
petroleum oil thresholds that apply to an entire train consist. The
final rule also required a railroad to share information about high-
hazard flammable train (HHFT) operations with each State emergency
response commissions (SERC, Tribal Emergency Response, Commission
(TERC), or other appropriate State-delegated agency in each State
through which it operates to improve community preparedness. At a
minimum, railroads must provide: (1) A reasonable estimate of the
number of HHFTs that the railroad expects to operate each week, through
each county within the State or through each tribal jurisdiction; (2)
the routes over which the HHFTs will operate; (3) a description of the
hazardous materials being transported and all applicable emergency
response information required by the shipping papers and emergency
response information requirements of the HMR; (4) an HHFT point of
contact; and (5) a description of the response zones (including
counties and states) and the contact information for the qualified
individual and alternate as specified under Sec.  130.120(c) if a route
identified above is additionally subject to the comprehensive spill
plan requirements. In addition, the HHFT notification must be
maintained and transmitted in accordance with the following: (1)
Railroads must update the notifications for changes in volume greater
than 25%; (2) notifications and updates may be transmitted
electronically or by hard copy; (3) if the disclosure includes
information that a railroad believes is security sensitive or
proprietary and exempt from public disclosure, the railroad should
indicate that in the notification; (4) each point of contact must be
clearly identified by name or title, and contact role (e.g., qualified
individual, HHFT point of contact) in association with the telephone
number. One point of contact may fulfill multiple roles; and (5) copies
of the railroad's notifications must be made
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available to the Department of Transportation upon request.
    Following an audit conducted by the General Accounting Office
(GAO), PHMSA received a recommendation (GAO-17-91) to develop a process
for regularly collecting information from SERCs on the distribution of
the railroad-provided hazardous materials shipping information to local
planning entities. In response to this recommendation, PHMSA is seeking
to have grant applicants declare if SERCs have received copies of the
railroad-provided information detailed above. In addition, PHMSA is
seeking to determine if the SERCs are disseminating this information to
local planning entities. PHMSA expects that requesting grantees to
provide this additional information will add approximately 2 minutes of
burden time per respondent. For 62 grantees, this is appropriately
2.067 additional burden hours (62 grantees x 2 minutes).
    The time to complete each component of an HMEP grantee application,
including the additional information-sharing compliance questions, is
as follows:
                                                   Responses per     Number of       Hours per     Total burden
         Question/topic             Respondents     respondent       responses       response          hours
General Grantee and Sub-grantee               62               1              62              16             992
Information on LEPCs............              62               1              62              16             992
Assessment of Potential Chemical              62               1              62               8             496
Assessment of Response                        62               1              62               8             496
 Capabilities for Accidents/
HMEP Planning and Training Grant              62               1              62               7             434
HMEP Planning Goals and                       62               1              62               7             434
HMEP Training and Planning                    62               1              62               7             434
Hazmat Transportation Fees......              62               1              62            3.23          200.26
Grant Applicant is NIMS                       62               1              62             5.5             341
 Compliant/Grant Application Is
 Reviewed By SERC...............
HMEP Grant Program                            62               1              62             5.5             341
HHFT Information-Sharing                      62               1              62           0.033           2.067
 Compliance Questions...........
    Title: Hazardous Materials Public Sector Training and Planning
    OMB Control Number: 2137-0586.
    Summary: Part 110 of 49 CFR sets forth the procedures for
reimbursable grants for public sector planning and training in support
of the emergency planning and training 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 regarding
the application for grants, the monitoring of expenditures, and the
reporting and requesting of modifications.
                                                                 Total annual      Hours per       Total annual
           Information collection               Respondents       responses         response       burden hours
Hazardous Materials Grants Applications.....              62               62            83.26            5,162
    Affected Public: State and local governments, Indian tribes.
    Increase in Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Burden:
    Increase in Annual Respondents: 0.
    Increase in Annual Responses: 0.
    Increase in Annual Burden Hours: 2.
    Frequency of collection: On occasion.
    Issued in Washington, DC on November 20, 2019.
William S. Schoonover,
Associate Administrator of Hazardous Materials Safety, Pipeline and
Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.
[FR Doc. 2019-25567 Filed 11-25-19; 8:45 am]