Hazardous Materials: Information Collection Activities

Cited as:85 FR 73128
Court:Pipeline And Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
Publication Date:16 Nov 2020
Record Number:2020-25168
Federal Register, Volume 85 Issue 221 (Monday, November 16, 2020)
[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 221 (Monday, November 16, 2020)]
                [Notices]
                [Pages 73128-73129]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
                [FR Doc No: 2020-25168]
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                DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
                Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
                [Docket No. PHMSA-2018-0025 (Notice No. 2020-09)]
                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, PHMSA
                invites comments on an Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control
                number pertaining to hazardous materials transportation. This notice
                follows the publication of a PHMSA final rule titled ``Hazardous
                Materials: Liquefied Natural Gas by Rail'' [HM-264, 85 FR 44994]
                authorizing the transportation of liquefied natural gas by rail.
                Following publication of this notice, PHMSA intends to request a
                renewal with change of currently approved OMB control number 2137-0612,
                ``Hazardous Materials Security Plans.''
                DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before
                December 16, 2020.
                ADDRESSES: Written comments and recommendations for the proposed
                information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of
                this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. Find this particular
                information collection by selecting ``Currently under 30-day Review--
                Open for Public Comments'' or by using the search function.
                 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.
                FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steven Andrews or Shelby Geller,
                Standards and Rulemaking Division, (202) 366-8553, Pipeline and
                Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, U.S. Department of
                Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
                SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On July 24, 2020, PHMSA, in coordination
                with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), published a final rule
                titled ``Hazardous Materials: Liquefied Natural Gas by Rail'' [HM-264,
                85 FR 44994], to allow for the bulk transport of ``Methane,
                refrigerated liquid,'' commonly known as liquefied natural gas (LNG),
                in rail tank cars. In this final rule, PHMSA amended the Hazardous
                Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) parts
                171-180) to require any rail carrier transporting a tank car quantity
                of UN1972 (Methane, refrigerated liquid (cryogenic liquid) or Natural
                gas, refrigerated liquid (cryogenic liquid)) to comply with the
                additional safety and security planning requirements for transportation
                by rail. PHMSA currently accounts for the burden associated with safety
                and security planning requirements in Office of Management and Budget
                (OMB) Control Number 2137-0612, ``Hazardous Materials Security Plans.''
                 OMB regulations require PHMSA to provide interested members of the
                public and affected agencies an opportunity to comment on information
                collection and recordkeeping requests. 5 CFR 1320.8d. Under the
                Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 96-511), no person is required
                to respond to an information collection unless it has been approved by
                OMB and displays a valid OMB control number. As the HM-264 final rule
                contains revisions that
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                were not proposed in the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) [October
                24, 2019; 84 FR 56964], PHMSA published a 60-day notice [85 FR 46220]
                and is subsequently publishing this 30-day notice to provide an
                opportunity for public comment on the estimated increase in burden. The
                estimated increase in burden hours is reflected in ``Section VI.G.
                Paperwork Reduction Act'' of the preamble to the final rule, with a
                minor adjustment due to a rounding error.
                 As mentioned, on July 31, 2020, PHMSA published a 60-day notice to
                request comments on the revision to OMB Control Number 2137-0612. PHMSA
                received four sets of comments to the 60-day notice. None of these
                comments were specifically related to the change in the information
                collection burden. Therefore, PHMSA is revising OMB Control Number
                2137-0612 as follows:
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                 Increase in Increase in Increase in Increase in
                 total number total number Burden hours total burden Salary cost total salary
                 of railroads of routes per route hours per hour cost
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                Class I Railroads....................................... 0 2 80 160 $60.83 $9,733
                Class II Railroads...................................... 0 1 80 80 60.83 4,866
                Class III Railroads..................................... 0 1 40 40 60.83 2,433
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                 Total Increase in Primary Route Analysis............ .............. 4 .............. 280 .............. 17,032
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                 Increase in Increase in Increase in Increase in
                 total number total number Burden hours total burden Salary cost total salary
                 of railroads of routes per route hours per hour cost
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                Class I Railroads....................................... 0 2 120 240 $60.83 $14,599
                Class II Railroads...................................... 0 1 120 120 60.83 7,300
                Class III Railroads..................................... 0 1 40 40 60.83 2,433
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                 Total Increase in Alternate Route Analysis.......... .............. 4 .............. 400 .............. 24,332
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                 Annual Increase in Number of Respondents: 0.
                 Annual Increase in Number of Responses: 8.
                 Annual Increase in Burden Hours: 680.
                 Annual Increase in Salary Costs: $41,364.
                 Issued in Washington, DC on November 9, 2020, under authority
                delegated in 49 CFR 1.97.
                William A. Quade,
                Deputy Associate Administrator of Hazardous Materials Safety, Pipeline
                and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.
                [FR Doc. 2020-25168 Filed 11-13-20; 8:45 am]
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