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EPA has established a public docket for this ICR under Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2009-0911, which is available for online viewing at
Pursuant to section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA, EPA specifically solicits 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. In particular, EPA is requesting comments from very small businesses (those that employ less than 25) on examples of specific additional efforts that EPA could make to reduce the paperwork burden for very small businesses affected by this collection.
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Since the program's inception in 1994, SNAP has reviewed over 400 new chemicals and alternative manufacturing processes for a wide range of consumer, industrial, space exploration, and national security applications. Roughly 90% of alternatives submitted to EPA for review have been listed as acceptable for a specific use, typically with some condition or limit to minimize risks to human health and the environment.
Regulations promulgated under SNAP require that Motor Vehicle Air Conditioners (MVACs) retrofitted to use a SNAP substitute refrigerant include basic information on a label to be affixed to the air conditioner. The label includes the name of the substitute refrigerant, when and by whom the retrofit was performed, environmental and safety information about the substitute refrigerant, and other information. This information is needed so that subsequent technicians working on the MVAC system will be able to service the equipment properly, decreasing the likelihood of significant refrigerant cross-contamination and potential failure of air conditioning systems and recovery/recycling equipment.
The ICR provides a detailed explanation of the Agency's estimate, which is only briefly summarized here:
The U.S. Department of Labor statistics indicated from the most current available data that there are approximately 650,000 automotive service technicians and mechanics (SOC Code Number 49-3023) in the US. Data from the Motor Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide, estimated that the mobile air conditioning service industry has over 170,000 service providers and over 600,000 technicians (MACS, 2008). EPA estimated that approximately 1% of the total automotive service technicians, or 6,500, would be responsible for retrofitting the estimated 100,000 MVACs over the three-year term of this ICR.
EPA estimated the time to complete and apply the label at 5 minutes per MVAC, making the total burden 4500 hours over three years (1,500 hours per year). At an estimated average labor rate of $70 per hour, the overall cost associated with the burden hours is $315,000 over three years ($105,000 per year). The cost for designing, typesetting, printing and distributing 55,000 labels is estimated at $0.10 per label to be $5,500 ($1,833.33 per year). Adding the labor and capital costs together yields a total cost burden of $320,500 ($106,833.33 per year).
The Agency welcomes public comment on the number of CFC-12 MVACs that will undergo a retrofit, the number of MVAC service technicians performing such service, the average labor rate of MVAC service technicians from 2007 to 2010 and any other relevant information.
Based on the decline of CFC-12 MVACs in service today EPA estimates a continued reduction in the number of CFC-12 MVACs retrofits that will occur during the next three years. EPA estimated that the total percent of CFC-12 MVACs retrofitted in 2003 was 1.5%, which equals an estimated 500,000 CFC-12 MVACs retrofitted to R-134a. EPA observed from MACS survey data that for each year, starting from 2003, an approximate decrease of 1% of retrofits occurred. Therefore, every three years, the amount of retrofits decreases approximately 3%. Based on this trend analysis, EPA estimated that the total percent CFC-12 MVACs retrofits for 2006, 2009, and 2012 are 0.5%, 0.2%, and a 0.1%, for an estimate of 62,000, 7,000 and 700, respectively. These reductions are due to the decrease of CFC-12 MVACs available on the road for retrofitting.
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 pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.12. At that time, EPA will issue another