Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program: Proposed Amendments and Confidentiality Determinations for Subpart I; Comment Period Extension

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
40 CFR Part 98
[EPA-HQ-OAR-2011-0028; FRL-9753-2]

Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program: Proposed Amendments and Confidentiality Determinations for Subpart I

Agency

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Action

Notice; Extension of public comment period.

Summary

The EPA is announcing an extension of the public comment period for the proposed rule titled “Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program: Proposed Amendments and Confidentiality Determinations for Subpart I.” In addition, the EPA is notifying the public that additional documentation related to this proposed rule was entered into the docket on November 8, 2012.

Dates

The public comment period started on October 16, 2012 (77 FR 63538). This document announces the extension of the deadline for public comment from December 17, 2012 to January 16, 2013. Comments must be received on or before January 16, 2013.

Addresses

You may submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2011-0028 by any of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
  • Email: GHGReportingRule@epa.gov. Include Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2011-0028 in the subject line of the message.
  • Fax: (202) 566-9744.
  • Mail: Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), Mail Code 28221T, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2011-0028, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460.
  • Hand/Courier Delivery: EPA Docket Center, Public Reading Room, EPA West Building, Room 3334, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2011-0028, 1301 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20004. Such deliveries are only accepted during the docket's normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information.

Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2011-0028. EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online at http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes information claimed to be confidential business information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through http://www.regulations.gov or email. The http://www.regulations.gov Web site is an “anonymous access” system, which means the EPA will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an email comment directly to the EPA without going through http://www.regulations.gov your email address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet. If you submit an electronic comment, the EPA recommends that you include your name and other contact information in the body of your comment and with any disk or CD-ROM you submit. If the EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, the EPA may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid the use of special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses.

Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the http://www.regulations.gov index. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, e.g., CBI or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, will be publicly available for viewing at the EPA Docket Center. Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically in http://www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the EPA Docket Center, EPA/DC, EPA West Building, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC. This Docket Facility is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is (202) 566-1744, and the telephone number for the Air Docket is (202) 566-1742.

For Further Information Contact

Carole Cook, Climate Change Division, Office of Atmospheric Programs (MC-6207J), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 343-9263; fax number: (202) 343-2342; email address: GHGReportingRule@epa.gov. For technical questions, please see theGreenhouse Gas Reporting Program Web site http://www.epa.gov/ghgreporting/index.html. To submit a question, select Help Center, followed by Contact Us.

Supplementary Information

Worldwide Web (WWW)

In addition to being available in the docket, an electronic copy of today's notice will also be available through the WWW. Following signature, a copy of this action will be posted on the EPA's greenhouse gas reporting rule Web site at http://www.epa.gov/ghgreporting/index.html.

Additional Information on Submitting Comments

To expedite review of your comments by Agency staff, you are encouraged to send a separate copy of your comments, in addition to the copy you submit to the official docket, to Carole Cook, U.S. EPA, Office of Atmospheric Programs, Climate Change Division, Mail Code 6207-J, Washington, DC 20460, telephone (202) 343-9263, email address: GHGReportingRule@epa.gov.

Background on Today's Action

In this action, the EPA is providing notice that it is extending the comment period on the proposed rule titled “Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program: Proposed Amendments and Confidentiality Determinations for Subpart I” which was published on October 16, 2012. The previous deadline for submitting public comment on that rule was December 17, 2012. The EPA is extending that deadline to January 16, 2013. This extension will provide the general public additional time for participation and comments.

In addition, the EPA is notifying the public that additional documentation related to this proposed rule was entered into the docket on November 8, 2012 and is available for public review. This documentation summarizes a call between the Semiconductor Industry Association and the EPA held on October 24, 2012 and provides additional information in response to questions raised on that call, including additional information regarding the calculation of the “Tier 2a” emission factors that appear in Tables I-11 and I-12 of the proposed rule and regarding the identification of an error in those calculations. The two new documents added to the docket to provide this information are “EPA SIA Call Summary from October 24 2012” and “Tier 2a NF3 and C2F6 Emission Factor Calculations”. The EPA encourages the public to review these documents when considering comments on this proposed rule.

List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 98

Environmental protection, Administrative practice and procedure, Greenhouse gases, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

Dated: November 13, 2012.
Sarah Dunham,
Director, Office of Atmospheric Programs.
[FR Doc. 2012-28220 Filed 11-19-12; 8:45 am]
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Date Posted: Nov 20, 2012
RIN: 2060-AQ70
CFR: 40 CFR Part 98
Federal Register Number: 2012-28220
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