COMMENT REQUEST

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                    Federal  Register/Vol. 69, No.  205/Monday, October 25, 2004/Notices
[OW-2003-0017, FRL-7830-2]

Agency Information Collection
Activities: Proposed Collection;
Comment Request; Underground
Injection Control (UIC) Program; EPA
ICR No. 0370.18; OMB Control No.

AGENCY: Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA).
ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: In compliance with the
Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C.
3501 et seq.}, this notice announces that
EPA is planning to submit the following
continuing Information Collection
Request (ICR) to the Office of
Management and Budget (OMB):
Underground Injection Control Program,
EPA ICR No. 0370.18, OMB No. 2040-
0042 which  is scheduled to expire on
January 31, 2005. Before submitting the
ICR to OMB for review and approval,
EPA is soliciting comments on specific
aspects of the proposed information
collection as described below.
DATES: Comments must be submitted on
or before December 27, 2004.
ADDRESSES: Submit your comments,
referencing docket ID number OW-
2003-0017, to EPA online using
EDOCKET (our preferred method), by e-
mail to Oiy-Docfcef@epo.gov, or by mail
to: EPA Docket Center, Environmental
Protection Agency, Water Docket, MC
4101T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue,
NW.,  Washington, DC 20460.
Robert E. Smith, Office of Ground Water
and Drinking Water's Drinking Water
Protection Division/Underground
Injection Control Program,
Environmental Protection Agency, 1200
Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.,
Washington, DC 20460; Telephone:
202-564-3895, fax number: 202-564-
3756, e-mail address: Smith.Robert-
established a public docket for this ICR
under Docket ID number OW-2003-
0017, which is available for public
viewing at the Water Docket in the EPA
Docket Center (EPA/DC), EPA West,
Room B102, 1301 Constitution Ave.,
NW.,  Washington, DC. The EPA Docket
Center Public Reading Room is open
from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday
through Friday, excluding legal
holidays. The telephone number for the
Reading Room is (202) 566-1744, and
the telephone number for the Water
Docket is (202) 566-2426. An electronic
version of the public docket is available
through EPA Dockets (EDOCKET) at
http://\wiiv.epa.gov/edocket. Use
EDOCKET to obtain a copy of the draft
collection of information, submit or
view public comments, access the index
listing of the contents of the public
docket, and to access those documents
in the public docket that are available
electronically. Once in the system,
select "search," then key in the docket
ID number  identified above. Any
comments related to this ICR should be
submitted to EPA within 60 days of this
notice. EPA's policy is that public
comments,  whether submitted
electronically or in paper, will be made
available for public viewing in
EDOCKET as EPA receives  them and
without change, unless the comment
contains copyrighted material, CBI, or
other information whose public
disclosure is restricted by statute. When
EPA identifies a comment containing
copyrighted material, EPA will provide
a reference to that material  in the
version of the comment that is placed in
EDOCKET. The entire printed comment,.
including the copyrighted material, will
be available in the public docket.
Although identified as an item in the
official docket, information claimed as
CBI, or whose disclosure is otherwise
restricted by statute, is not  included in
the official  public docket, and will not
be available for public viewing in
EDOCKET. For  further information
about the electronic docket, see EPA's
Federal Register notice describing the
electronic docket at 67 FR 38102 (May
31, 2002), or go to http://www.epa.gov/
  Affected entities: Entities potentially
affected by this  action are owners and
operators of underground injection
wells, State Underground Injection
Control (UIC) primacy Agencies, and, in
some instances, U.S. EPA Regional
Offices and Staff.
   Title: Underground Injection Control
Program (OMB Control No. 2040-0042;
EPA ICR No. 0370.18.)
  Abstract: The Underground Injection
Control (UIC) Program under the Safe
Drinking Water Act established a
Federal and State regulatory system to
protect underground sources  of drinking
water (USDWs) from contamination by
injected fluids,  Owners/operators of
underground injection wells must
obtain permits,  conduct environmental
monitoring, maintain records, and
report results to EPA or the State UIC
primacy agency. States must report to
EPA on permittee compliance and
related information, The mandatory
information is reported using
standardized forms, and the regulations
are codified at 40 CFR Parts 144 through
148. The data are used to ensure the
protection of underground sources of
drinking water from UIC authorities.
  EPA expects that the total burden for
the continuing Program ICR for the
period 2005-2007 will exceed the
reporting burden estimated in the
previous ICR. EPA estimates that the
total annual burden will increase by
100,566 hours, and the total cost will
increase by $16.8 million. The projected
increase over the approved ICR period
is primarily due to the following factors:
(1) There will be a significant increase
in activities related to the 1999 Class V
Rule as the regulatory deadlines related
to closure of large-capacity cesspools or
closure/permitting of motor vehicle
waste disposal wells will occur; (2)
There will be increased cost to operators
associated with quarterly wastewater
testing and annual sludge sampling
required under the Class V Rule; and (3)
The labor rates for all well classes
reflect Bureau of Labor Statistics
Occupational Employment Statistics for
2003, which are higher than labor
estimates for 2001. The Agency has
continued to explore burden and cost
reduction as required by the Paperwork
Reduction Act of 1995. Specifically,
EPA is examining how the UIC program
could reduce the reporting burden on
the States via electronic reporting forms.
The Agency will continue work with
States on this effort as we finalize the
2005-2007 ICR renewal. Any
recommendations from the underground
injection control regulated community
and the general public on this issue will
also be given consideration by the
Agency. 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. The OMB control
numbers for EPA's regulations are listed
in 40 CFR Part 9 and 48 CFR Chapter
  EPA would like to solicit comments
  (i) Evaluate whether the proposed
collection of information is necessary
for 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 automatic  electronic,
mechanical, or other technological
collection techniques or other forms of


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information technology, e.g., permitting
electronic submission of responses.
  Burden Statement.-The public
reporting and record-keeping burden for
this collection of information is
estimated to average 2.90 hours, or
$203.50 per response annually.
  Estimated Number of Likely
Respondents: 41,141.
  Frequency of Response: Varies.
  Estimated Total Annual Hour Burden:
1,192,512 hours.
  Estimated Total Annualized Cost
Burden: $83,678,101.
  Burden means the total time, effort, or
financial resources expended by persons
to generate, maintain, retain, or disclose
or provide information to or for a
Federal agency. This includes the time
needed to review instructions; develop,
acquire, install, and utilize technology
and systems for the purposes of
collecting, validating, and verifying
information, processing and
maintaining information, and disclosing
and providing information; adjust the
existing ways to comply with any
previously applicable instructions and
requirements; train personnel to be able
to respond to a collection of
information; search data sources;
complete and review the collection of
information; and transmit or  otherwise
disclose the information.
  Dated: October 18, 2004.
Cynthia C. Dougherty,
Director, Office of Ground Water and Drinking
[FR Doc. 04-23838 Filed 10-22-04; 8:45 am]

Guide To Analyzing Environmental
AGENCY: Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA).
ACTION: Notice on guide to analyze
environmental innovations.

SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency's National Center for
Environmental Innovation (NCEI)
promotes the use of innovative
approaches to environmental problem-
solving efforts that deliver improved
environmental results. As part of this
process, the Evaluation Support
Division (ESD) within NCEI promotes
and conducts rigorous evaluations to
determine whether innovations deliver
environmental results that surpass the
traditional way of doing business and to
identify lessons that can be applied
                  more broadly. To guide its efforts and
                  ensure consistency, NCEI developed a
                  set of evaluation modules that outline
                  core questions to be answered as part of
                  any evaluation, either within EPA or
                  outside the Agency. Because the field of
                  environmental evaluation is fairly
                  young, and EPA did not have one
                  comprehensive method for evaluating
                  innovation projects, ESD produced a
                  "Companion User's Guide" and
                  corresponding questions in a modular
                  format called, "Modular Approach to
                  Analyzing Environmental Innovation,"
                  to help innovation practitioners analyze
                  environmental innovations. The
                  analysis modules include a series of
                  questions that encourage critical
                  thinking and assessment of successes,
                  obstacles and lessons learned . The
                  modules can be applied in a variety of
                  scenarios, including developing an
                  innovative project, informing future
                  evaluation efforts, assessing
                  environmental outcomes, and
                  evaluating the potential transferability
                  of an innovation. The following six
                  modules are currently being tested on
                  innovative projects: Background
                  Information on the Innovation gathers
                  information on project goals, purpose,
                  focus, stakeholders, tools used, and
                  legal/regul atory/programmatic issues;
                  Environmental Outcomes evaluates
                  measurement approach and project
                  results and both qualitative and
                  quantitative data; Costs and Cost-
                  Effectiveness examines costs to the
                  regulators, costs to other stakeholders,
                  unintended costs, benefits of the project,
                  resulting economic activity, cost
                  analysis for future projects, and relative
                  cost advantage; Compliance Assistance
                  looks at reporting requirements,
                  accountability, enforceability, and
                  effectiveness compared to the
                  traditional regulatory approaches;
                  Transferability looks at the issue of
                  whether the innovation could easily be
                  transferred to other contexts and
                  projects; and Public Involvement
                  analyzes the degree to which the public
                  was involved in the innovation, and the
                  associated successes and lessons
                  learned. The module questions were
                  developed to be flexible enough to fit a
                  variety of innovative experiments that
                  are conducted both inside and outside
                  EPA. The modules and user's guide are
                  available for review at http://
                  www.epa.gov/evaluate. If you do not
                  have Internet access, please contact
                  Sugantbi Simon at 202-566-2199 or by
                  mail, to receive hardcopies of the

                  DATES: We must receive your comments
                  on or before November 30, 2004,
ADDRESSES: Address all comments about
the innovation analysis modules to
Suganthi Simon, U.S. EPA, 1200
Pennsylvania Avenue, MC 1807T,
Washington, DC 20460. If you prefer to
send your comments by email, use the
following address:
simon ,s ugan thi@epa .go v.
Suganthi Simon at (202) 566-2199.

Invitation To Comment
  We invite you to submit comments
regarding the draft guide to analyzing
environmental innovations and module
questions. Comments on whether or not
you think this tool could be widely
applied and is flexible enough to meet
performance measurement and
analytical needs of a variety of
environmental innovations are
welcome. Please note that this notice
does not  solicit applications nor
mandates the use  of the guide or module
questions in innovative projects and
  Dated: October IS, 2004.
Elizabeth A. Shaw,
Director, Office of Environmental Policy
|FR Doc. 04-23839 Filed 10-22-04; 8:45 am]

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