Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Notification of Chemical Exports--TSCA Section 12(b); EPA ICR No. 0795.12, OMB No. 2070-0030

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Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Notification of Chemical Exports—TSCA Section 12(b); EPA ICR No. 0795.12, OMB No. 2070-0030


Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).




In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document announces that the following Information Collection Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval: Notification of Chemical Exports—TSCA Section 12(b); EPA ICR No. 0795.12, OMB No. 2070-0030. The ICR, which is abstracted below, describes the nature of the information collection activity and its expected burden and costs.


Additional comments may be submitted on or before August 21, 2006.


Submit your comments, referencing docket ID Number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2005-0050 to (1) EPA online using (our preferred method), by email to or by mail to: Document Control Office (DCO), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT), Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code: 7407T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460, and (2) OMB at: Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Attention: Desk Officer for EPA, 725 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503.

For Further Information Contact

Barbara Cunningham, Acting Director, Environmental Assistance Division, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Environmental Protection Agency, Mailcode: 7408-M, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 202-554-1404; e-mail address:

Supplementary Information

EPA has submitted the following ICR to OMB for review and approval according to the procedures prescribed in 5 CFR 1320.12. On November 8, 2005 (70 FR 67697), EPA sought comments on this renewal ICR. EPA sought comments on this ICR pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.8(d). EPA received one comment during the comment period, which is addressed in the Supporting Statement of the ICR. Any comments related to this ICR should be submitted to EPA and OMB within 30 days of this notice.

EPA has established a public docket for this ICR under Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OPPT-2005-0050, which is available for online viewing at, or in person inspection at the OPPT 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 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 Pollution Prevention and Toxics Docket is 202-566-0280. Use to 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, key in the docket ID number identified above, then click on the “submit” button.

EPA's policy is that public comments, whether submitted electronically or in paper, will be made available for public viewing in 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 The entire printed comment, including the copyrighted material, will be available in the public docket. Although identified as an item in the officialdocket, 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 For further information about the electronic docket, go to

Title: Notification of Chemical Exports—TSCA Section 12(b).

ICR Numbers: EPA ICR Number 0795.12, OMB Control Number 2070-0030.

ICR Status: This is a request to renew an existing approved collection. This ICR is scheduled to expire on August 31, 2006. Under OMB regulations, the Agency may continue to conduct or sponsor the collection of information while this submission is pending at OMB.

Abstract: Section 12(b)(2) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requires that any person who exports or intends to export to a foreign country a chemical substance or mixture that is regulated under TSCA sections 4, 5, 6 and/or 7 submit to EPA notification of such export or intent to export. Upon receipt of notification, EPA will advise the government of the importing country of the U.S. regulatory action with respect to that substance. EPA uses the information obtained from the submitter via this collection to advise the government of the importing country.

Responses to the collection of information are mandatory (see 40 CFR part 707). Respondents may claim all or part of a notice as CBI. EPA will disclose information that is covered by a CBI claim only to the extent permitted by, and in accordance with, the procedures in 40 CFR part 2.

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 in title 40 of the CFR, after appearing in theFederal Register, are listed in 40 CFR part 9 and included on the related collection instrument or form, if applicable.

Burden Statement: The annual public reporting and recordkeeping burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 0.878 hours per response. 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.

Respondents/Affected Entities: Entities potentially affected by this action are companies that export from the United States to foreign countries, or that engage in wholesale sales of, chemical substances or mixtures.

Frequency of Collection: Annual.

Estimated Average Number of Responses for Each Respondent: 25.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 350.

Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 7,550 hours.

Estimated Total Annual Costs:$382,130.

Changes in Burden Estimates: This request reflects an increase of 100 hours (from 7,450 hours to 7,550 hours) in the total estimated respondent burden from that currently in the OMB inventory. This increase represents the net effect of an increase in the estimated number of notices sent to EPA and a decrease in the number of firms sending notices, based on EPA's recent experiences with TSCA section 12(b) notices. This increase is an adjustment.

Dated: July 11, 2006.
Sara Hisel McCoy,
Acting Director, Collection Strategies Division.
[FR Doc. E6-11608 Filed 7-20-06; 8:45 am]
Comment Period Closed
Aug 21 2006, at 11:59 PM ET
ID: EPA-HQ-OPPT-2005-0050-0004
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Date Posted: Jul 21, 2006
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