2018-12163. Proposed Agency Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Servicing of Motor Vehicle Air Conditioners (Renewal)  

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    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).




    The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), “Servicing of Motor Vehicle Air Conditioners (Renewal)” (EPA ICR No. 1617.09, OMB Control No. 2060-0247) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. 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 December 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.


    Comments must be submitted on or before August 6, 2018.


    Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2018-0118, online using www.regulations.gov (our preferred method), by email to a-and-r-docket@epa.gov, 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.

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    Christina Thompson, Stratospheric Protection Division, Office of Atmospheric Programs (Mail Code 6205T), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 564-0983; fax number: (202) 343-2362; email address: thompson.christina@epa.gov.

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    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: Section 609 of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 (Act) provides general guidelines for the servicing of motor vehicle air conditioners (MVACs). It states that “no person repairing or servicing motor vehicles for consideration may perform any service on a motor vehicle air conditioner involving the refrigerant for such air conditioner without properly using approved refrigerant recycling equipment and no such person may perform such service unless such person has been properly trained and certified.” In 1992, EPA developed regulations under section 609 that were published in 57 FR 31240, and codified at 40 CFR Subpart B (Section 82.30 et seq.). The information required to be collected under the section 609 regulations is: Approved refrigerant handling equipment; approved independent standards testing organizations; technician training and certification; and certification, reporting and recordkeeping.

    Form Numbers: None.

    Respondents/affected entities: The following is a list of NAICS codes for organizations potentially affected by the information requirements covered under this ICR. It is meant to include any establishment that may service or maintain motor vehicle air conditioners.

    4411 Automobile Dealers

    4413 Automotive Parts, Accessories, and Tire Stores

    44711 Gasoline Stations with Convenience Stores

    8111 Automotive Repair and Maintenance

    811198 All Other Automotive Repair and Maintenance

    Other affected groups include independent standards testing organizations and organizations with technician certification programs.

    Respondent's obligation to respond: Mandatory (40 CFR 82.36, 82.38, 82.40, 82.42).

    Estimated number of respondents: 45,902 (per year).

    Frequency of response: On occasion, biennially, only once.

    Total estimated burden: 4,130 hours (per year). Burden is defined at 5 CFR 1320.03(b).

    Total estimated cost: $218,009 (per year), includes $0 annualized capital or operation & maintenance costs.

    Changes in Estimates: There is a decrease of 34 hours in the total estimated respondent burden compared with the ICR currently approved by Start Printed Page 26284OMB. This decrease is due in part to a decrease in the number of new technician certifications and the time allotted for maintenance of the technician certification records. In this ICR EPA estimates the number of new technician certifications to be 40,000 per year, a decrease from the 50,000 estimated in the previous ICR, based on information provided by the largest technician certification program. The maintenance of these records is estimated to require 0.067 clerical work hours per certification, a decrease from 0.08 hours in the previous ICR, recognizing the move towards electronic recordkeeping which may be more efficient. Another reason for the burden decrease is a decrease in the market for small containers of CFC-12 refrigerant. In this ICR, EPA estimates that the number of purchases for resale only by uncertified purchasers of small cans will be 50% less than in the previous ICR, or approximately 69 purchases, because EPA estimates that there has been at least a 50% reduction in the CFC-12 vehicle fleet since 2015.

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    Dated: May 23, 2018.

    Cynthia A. Newberg,

    Director, Stratospheric Protection Division.

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    [FR Doc. 2018-12163 Filed 6-5-18; 8:45 am]

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Document Information

Environmental Protection Agency
Document Number:
Comments must be submitted on or before August 6, 2018.
26283-26284 (2 pages)
Docket Numbers:
EPA-HQ-OAR-2018-0118, FRL-9978-96-OAR
PDF File:
Supporting Documents:
» Supporting Statement for Servicing of Motor Vehicle Air Conditioners ICR No. 1617.09