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Proposed Information Collection Request Renewal; Comment Request; Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements Regarding the Sulfur Content of Motor Vehicle Gasoline, Gasoline Additives, Denatured Fuel Ethanol and Other Oxygenates, Certified Ethanol Denaturant, and Blender-Grade Pentane

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American Government Topics:  Gasoline

Proposed Information Collection Request Renewal; Comment Request; Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements Regarding the Sulfur Content of Motor Vehicle Gasoline, Gasoline Additives, Denatured Fuel Ethanol and Other Oxygenates, Certified Ethanol Denaturant, and Blender-Grade Pentane

Byron Bunker
Environmental Protection Agency
10 April 2018


[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 69 (Tuesday, April 10, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 15388-15389]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-07361]



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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ-OAR-2011-0135; FRL-9976-25-OAR]


Proposed Information Collection Request Renewal; Comment Request; 
Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements Regarding the Sulfur Content 
of Motor Vehicle Gasoline, Gasoline Additives, Denatured Fuel Ethanol 
and Other Oxygenates, Certified Ethanol Denaturant, and Blender-Grade 
Pentane

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to 
submit an information collection request (ICR), ``Recordkeeping and 
Reporting Requirements Regarding the Sulfur Content of Motor Vehicle 
Gasoline, Gasoline Additives, Denatured Fuel Ethanol and Other 
Oxygenates, Certified Ethanol Denaturant, and Blender-Grade Pentane'' 
(EPA ICR No.1907.07, OMB Control No. 2060-0437) to the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with 
the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). Before 
doing so, EPA is soliciting public comments on specific aspects of the 
proposed information collection as described below. This is a proposed 
extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through May 31, 2018. 
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: Comments must be submitted on or before June 11, 2018.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-
2011-0135, online using www.regulations.gov (our preferred method), or 
by mail to: EPA Docket Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail 
Code 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460.
    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: Thomas Boylan, Fuels Compliance Policy 
Center, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 
6405A, Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 202-564-1075; fax 
number: 202-565-2085; email address: boylan.thomas@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.
    Pursuant to section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA, EPA is soliciting 
comments and information to enable it to: (i) Evaluate whether the 
proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper 
performance of the functions of the Agency, including whether the 
information will have practical utility; (ii) evaluate the accuracy of 
the Agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of 
information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions 
used; (iii) enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and (iv) minimize the burden of the 
collection of information on those who are to respond, including 
through the use of appropriate automated electronic, mechanical, or 
other technological collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. EPA 
will consider the comments received and amend the ICR as appropriate. 
The final ICR package will then be submitted to OMB for review and 
approval. At that time, EPA will issue another Federal Register notice 
to announce the submission of the ICR to OMB and the opportunity to 
submit additional comments to OMB.
    Abstract: The requirements covered under this ICR are included in 
the Tier 3 Final Rule (79 FR 23414, April 28, 2014). The scope of the 
recordkeeping and reporting requirements for each party in the 
gasoline, gasoline additive, oxygenate, certified ethanol denaturant, 
and blender-grade pentane distribution systems, and therefore the cost 
to that party, reflects the party's opportunity to create, control or 
alter the product's sulfur content. As a result, petroleum refiners/
importers, gasoline additive producers/importers, oxygenate producers/
importers, certified ethanol denaturant producers/importers, and 
blender-grade pentane producers and importers have more significant 
requirements, which are necessary both for their own tracking and that 
of downstream parties, and for EPA enforcement. The Tier 3 program 
contains recordkeeping and reporting requirements that apply to 
gasoline additive manufacturers, oxygenate producers/importers, 
blender-grade pentane producers/importers, and producers/importers of 
certified ethanol denaturants that are used to produce denatured fuel 
ethanol. In large part these requirements are consistent with common 
business practices.

Form Numbers

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             OMB control No.                EPA form ID    EPA form No.
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2060-0437...............................         GSF0302        5900-312
2060-0437...............................         GSF0402        5900-321
2060-0437...............................         RFG1800        5900-345
2060-0437...............................         RFG1900        5900-346
2060-0437...............................         RFG2600        5900-347
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    Respondents/affected entities: Gasoline Refiners/Importers, 
Oxygenate Producers, Oxygenate Blenders, Gasoline Additive 
Manufacturers, Certified Ethanol Denaturant Producers, Butane and 
Pentane Manufacturers.
    Respondent's obligation to respond: Mandatory.
    Estimated number of respondents: 3,953 (total).
    Frequency of response: Annually, monthly, and on occasion.
    Total estimated burden: 55,656 hours (per year). Burden is defined 
at 5 CFR 1320.03(b).
    Total estimated cost: $4,354,200 (per year), includes no annualized 
capital or operation & maintenance costs.
    Changes in Estimates: There is an increase from approximately 
60,000 responses to approximately 520,000 due to a more comprehensive 
understanding of the scale of the oxygenate production

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and importation industry. Despite this growth in responses, total 
burden hours decreased from 65,000 to 56,000 and costs increased only 
slightly from $4.30 million to $4.35 million due to Agency experience 
in implementing the Tier 3 gasoline sulfur program and updated industry 
wage data, respectively.

    Dated: March 23, 2018.
Byron J. Bunker,
Director, Compliance Division, Office of Transportation and Air 
Quality, Office of Air and Radiation.
[FR Doc. 2018-07361 Filed 4-9-18; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 6560-50-P

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