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Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Regulation of Fuels and Fuel Additives: 2011 Renewable Fuel Standards--Petition for International Aggregate Compliance Approach

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Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Regulation of Fuels and Fuel Additives: 2011 Renewable Fuel Standards--Petition for International Aggregate Compliance Approach

Richard T. Westlund
Environmental Protection Agency
February 27, 2014


[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 39 (Thursday, February 27, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 11101-11102]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-04275]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ-OAR-2010-0133; FRL-9907-03-OEI]


Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and 
Approval; Comment Request; Regulation of Fuels and Fuel Additives: 2011 
Renewable Fuel Standards--Petition for International Aggregate 
Compliance Approach

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an 
information collection request (ICR), ``Regulation of Fuels and Fuel 
Additives: 2011 Renewable Fuel Standards--Petition for International 
Aggregate Compliance Approach'' (EPA ICR No. 2398.03, OMB Control No. 
2060-0655) 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 February 28, 2014. Public comments were previously 
requested via the Federal Register (78 FR 30428) on December 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 March 31, 
2014.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID Number EPA-HQ-
OAR-2010-0133, to (1) EPA 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: Geanetta Heard, Fuel Compliance 
Center, 6406J, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. 
NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 202-343-9017 fax number: 
202-565-2085 email address: heard.geanetta@epa.gov.

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 West, 
Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC. The telephone 
number for the Docket Center is 202-566-1744. For additional 
information about EPA's public docket, visit http://www.epa.gov/dockets.
    Abstract: This regulation has a provision that EPA will use to 
authorize renewable fuel producers using certain foreign-grown 
feedstocks to use an aggregate approach to comply with the renewable 
biomass verification

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provisions, akin to that applicable to producers using crops and crop 
residue grown in the United States. For this authorization, foreign 
based entities may petition EPA for approval of the aggregate 
compliance approach for specified renewable fuel feedstocks either in a 
foreign country as a whole or in a specified geographical area. This 
petition request for the aggregate compliance approach for foreign-
grown crops and crop residue is voluntary, though, if approved by EPA, 
will offer the benefit that certain renewable biomass produced in a 
foreign country or geographical area can be counted as feedstock to 
make renewable fuel for credit under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) 
program.
    Form Numbers: None
    Respondents/affected entities: 15.
    Respondent's obligation to respond: Voluntary.
    Estimated number of respondents: 15 (total).
    Frequency of response: On occasion.
    Total estimated burden: 600 hours (per year). Burden is defined at 
5 CFR 1320.03(b).
    Total estimated cost: $ 68,400 (per year), includes $0 annualized 
capital or operation & maintenance costs.
    Changes in Estimates: There is an increase of hours in the total 
estimated respondent burden compared with the ICR currently approved by 
OMB. The total hours increased by 400 due to a more accurate account of 
hours needed for foreign producers to complete the petition for 
approval that will offer the benefit that certain renewable biomass 
produced in a foreign country or geographical area can be counted as 
feedstock to make renewable fuel for credit under the Renewable Fuel 
Standard (RFS2). This change in burden hours increased the cost of this 
collection by $54,204 per year. The respondent universe and responses 
remained the same in this collection.

Richard T. Westlund,
Acting Director, Collection Strategies Division.
[FR Doc. 2014-04275 Filed 2-26-14; 8:45 am]
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