Abstract:Section 126(f) of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA) requires EPA to set worker protection standards for State and local employees engaged in hazardous waste operations and emergency response in the 27 States that do not have Occupational Safety and Health Administration approved State plans. The EPA coverage, required to be identical to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards, extends to three categories of employees: Those engaged in clean-ups at uncontrolled hazardous waste sites, including corrective actions at Treatment, Storage and Disposal (TSD) facilities regulated under the Resource Conservation and recovery Act (RCRA); employees working at routine hazardous waste operations at RCRA TSD facilities, and employees involved in emergency response operations without regard to location. This ICR renews existing mandatory record keeping collection of ongoing activities including monitoring of any potential employee exposure at uncontrolled hazardous waste sites, maintaining records of employee training, refresher training, medical exams and reviewing emergency response plans.
Burden Statement:The annual public reporting and recordkeeping burden for this collection is estimated to average 10.69 hours per response. Burden means the total time, effort, or financial resources expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, 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:State and local employees engaged in hazardous waste operations and emergency response in the 27 States that do not have OSHA approved State plans.
Estimated Number of Respondents:23,900.
Frequency of Response:Annually.
Estimated Total Average Number of Responses for Each Respondent:1.
Estimated Total Annual Hour Burden:255,477 hours.
Estimated Total Annual Cost:$3,525,588, includes $0 annualized capital or O&M costs.
Changes in the Estimates: There is a decrease of 56,203 hours in the total estimated burden currently identified in the OMB Inventory of Approved ICR Burdens. This is due to an adjustment accounting for improved computer programs for recordkeeping.
Director, Collection Strategies Division.