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Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Mobile Air Conditioner Retrofitting Program (Renewal)

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Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Mobile Air Conditioner Retrofitting Program (Renewal)

John Moses
Environmental Protection Agency
October 23, 2013

[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 205 (Wednesday, October 23, 2013)]
[Pages 63183-63184]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-24790]



[EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0402; FRL-9901-89-OEI]

Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and 
Approval; Comment Request; Mobile Air Conditioner Retrofitting Program 

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an 
information collection request (ICR), Mobile Air Conditioner 
Retrofitting Program (EPA ICR No. 1774.06, OMB Control No. 2060-0450), 
to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in 
accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). 
This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved 
through October 31, 2013. Public comments were previously requested via 
the Federal Register (78 FR 37220) on June 20, 2013 during a 60-day 
comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public 
comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its 
estimated burden and cost to the public. 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.

DATES: Additional comments may be submitted on or before November 22, 

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-
2013-0402, online using www.regulations.gov (our preferred method), by 
email to a-and-r-docket@epa.gov, or by mail to: EPA Docket Center, 
Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania 
Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460, and (2) OMB via email to oira_submission@omb.eop.gov. Address comments to OMB Desk Officer for EPA.
    EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the 
public docket without change including any personal information 
provided, unless the comment includes profanity, threats, information 
claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other 
information whose disclosure is restricted by statute.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rebecca von dem Hagen, Environmental 
Protection Agency, Stratospheric Protection Division, Office of 
Atmospheric Programs, MC 6205J, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 
Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 
343-9445; fax number: (202) 343-2362; email address: 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Supporting documents, which explain in 
detail the information that the EPA will be collecting, are available 
in the public docket for this ICR. The docket can be viewed online at 
www.regulations.gov or in person at the EPA Docket Center, WJC Federal 
Building West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC. 
The telephone number for the Docket Center is 202-566-1744. For further 
information about EPA's public docket, visit http://www.epa.gov/dockets.
    Abstract: EPA's Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program 
implements Section 612 of the 1990 Clean Air Act (CAA) Amendments, 
which authorized the Agency to establish regulatory requirements to 
ensure that ozone-depleting substances (ODS) are replaced by 
alternatives that reduce overall risks to human health and the 
environment, and to promote an expedited transition to safe 
substitutes. To promote this transition, CAA specified that EPA 
establish an information clearinghouse of available alternatives, and 
coordinate with other Federal agencies and the public on research, 
procurement practices, and information and technology transfers.
    Since the program's inception in 1994, SNAP has reviewed over 400 
new chemicals and alternative manufacturing processes for a wide range 
of consumer, industrial, space exploration, and national security 
applications. Roughly 90% of alternatives submitted to EPA for review 
have been listed as acceptable for a specific use, typically with some 
condition or limit to minimize risks to human health and the 
    Regulations promulgated under SNAP require that Motor Vehicle Air 
Conditioners (MVACs) retrofitted to use a SNAP substitute refrigerant 
include basic information on a label to be affixed to the air 
conditioner. The label includes the name of the substitute refrigerant, 
when and by whom the retrofit was performed, environmental and safety 
information about the substitute refrigerant, and other information. 
This information is needed so that subsequent technicians working on 
the MVAC system will be able to service the equipment properly, 
decreasing the likelihood of significant refrigerant cross-
contamination and potential failure of air conditioning systems and 
recovery/recycling equipment.
    Form Numbers: None.
    Respondents/affected entities: New and used car dealers, gas 
service stations, top and body repair shops, general automotive repair 
shops, automotive repair shops not elsewhere classified, including air 
conditioning and radiator specialty shops.
    Respondent's obligation to respond: Mandatory under 40 CFR part 82, 
subpart G.
    Estimated number of respondents: 294 (total).
    Frequency of response: Once per retrofit of a motor vehicle air 
    Total estimated burden: 8 hours (per year). Burden is defined at 5 
CFR 1320.3(b).
    Total estimated cost: $570 (per year), which includes $10 (per 
year) annualized capital or operation & maintenance costs.

[[Page 63184]]

    Changes in Estimates: There is decrease of 1,492 hours in the total 
estimated respondent burden compared with the ICR currently approved by 
OMB (per year). This decrease is based on the decline of CFC-12 MVACs 
in service today. EPA estimated that the total percent of CFC-12 MVACs 
retrofitted in 2003 was 1.5%, which equals an estimated 500,000 CFC-12 
MVACs retrofitted to R-134a. The number of MVACs originally designed to 
use CFC-12 as well as the number of those retrofitted to R-134a has 
been decreasing every year and EPA estimates a continued reduction in 
the number of CFC-12 MVACs retrofits will occur during the next three 
years. EPA estimates that currently, in 2013, there are 330,000 MVACs 
originally designed to use CFC-12 operating in the U.S. EPA estimates 
that in 2014, 2015 and 2016 the number of cars originally designed to 
use CFC-12 will decrease to 170,000, 84,000 and 40,000, respectively. 
Of these, EPA estimates that 0.1% will be retrofitted annually to use 
alternative refrigerants between October 2013 and September 2016. 
Therefore, EPA estimates that in 2014, 2015 and 2016 the numbers of 
MVACs to be retrofitted are 170, 84 and 40, respectively; resulting in 
a total of 294 MVAC retrofits over the three years of this ICR. These 
reductions are due to the decrease of CFC-12 MVACs available on the 
road for retrofitting.

John Moses,
Director, Collection Strategies Division.
[FR Doc. 2013-24790 Filed 10-22-13; 8:45 am]

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