Abstract:40 CFR part 60, subparts T, U, V, W, and X, applies to owners and operators of each phosphate fertilizer production and storage facility. The provisions of this subpart apply to wet-process phosphoric acid plants having a design capacity of more than 15 tons of equivalent phosphorous pentoxide (P2O5) feed per calendar day. The affected facility includes any combination of: reactors, filters, evaporators, and hot wells. Any facility that commences construction or modification after October 22, 1974 is subject to the requirements. Owners and operators must conduct an initial performance test, record amounts of feed material and storage, record pressure drop across control devices, and comply with a total fluoride emission standard. In addition to the monitoring, recordkeeping and reporting requirements listed in the General Provisions (40 CFR part 60), the phosphate fertilizer industry is required to meet the specific requirements at 40 CFR part 60, subparts T, U, V, W, and X to determine if compliance has been achieved.
Burden Statement:The annual public reporting and recordkeeping burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 46 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 which have subsequently changed; 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:Phosphate fertilizer plants.
Estimated Number of Respondents:13.
Frequency of Response:Initially, occasionally, and semiannually.
Estimated Total Annual Hour Burden:1,194.
Estimated Total Annual Cost:$437,702, which includes $117,512 in labor costs, no annualized capital/startup costs and $320,190 in operation and maintenance (OM) costs.
Changes in the Estimates:There is no change in the labor hours in this ICR compared to the previous ICR. This is due to two considerations. First, theregulations have not changed over the past three years and are not anticipated to change over the next three years. Secondly, the growth rate for respondents is very low, negative, or non-existent. Therefore, the labor hours in the previous ICR reflect the current burden to the respondents and are reiterated in this ICR. There is a minor change to the cost figures because the previous ICR used a technical labor rate only. The updated labor categories and associated rates result in an increase to total labor cost. In addition, the previous ICR rounded to the nearest $1,000; this ICR presents cost figures which differ by less than $500 from the previous ICR due to using exact figures instead of rounding.
Dated: November 16, 2009.
Director, Collection Strategies Division.