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EPA Submits ICR Request to OMB (11/10/09)

In conformance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, EPA announced in today’s Federal Register that an information collection request (ICR) has been sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval.  Approval of this ICR is being sought by EPA to provide the information necessary for the Agency to undertake a maximum achievable control technology (MACT) rulemaking for electric generating units (EGUs).  EPA has established a public docket for this ICR under Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2009-0234, which is available online at http://www.regulations.gov/.  The docket should contain comments that EPA received during the July 2009 public comment period, the Agency’s response to those comments, and additional EPA supporting materials.    This is a two-part ICR with the first part being a survey of all coal- and oil-fired EGUs.  EPA plans to allow owner/operators 3 months to respond to the survey.  The second part is a major emission testing program focused on determining the level of performance of the top performing 12 percent of similar EGUs.  According to the Federal Register notice, owner/operators will have 6 to 8 months to accomplish the required emission testing.  EPA’s total estimated cost of this ICR is approximately $96.5 million with about $6 million to complete the survey and $90.5 million to conduct the emission testing.  Today’s Federal Register notice initiates a 30-day comment period; comments must be in to OMB no later than December 10, 2009.

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