Abstract:The Hazardous Waste Report Instructions and Forms booklet is updated every two years, to comply with the statutory mandate that EPA conduct a survey of hazardous waste generation at least every two years. The report, known as the “Biennial Report,” has been conducted since 1989, every odd-numbered year, known as the data collection year. The even-numbered years are known as the reporting years. The ICR has been renewed every data collection year, and the forms have been made available to respondents at the beginning of the reporting year. However, EPA is amending the current ICR this year so that the booklet for the next cycle, the 2013 cycle, will be available at the beginning of the data collection year. This change is in response to many requests by States.
The proposed changes to the 2013 booklet include: (1) Some management method codes will be consolidated in order to ease reporting, (2) the waste minimization codes will be revised in order to assist filers with reporting their waste minimization activities, and (3) editorial changes will be made to the description of some source codes in order to improve clarity for filers.
This amendment will not affect the Notification booklet or the Part A Permit Application booklet, which are both part of this ICR.
Form Numbers:8700-13 A/B.
Respondents/affected entities:Business or other for-profit as well as State, Local, or Tribal governments.
Respondent's obligation to respond:mandatory (RCRA sections 3002 and 3004).
Estimated number of respondents:56,672.
Frequency of response:Biennially.
Total estimated burden:432,903 hours per year. Burden is defined at 5 CFR 1320.03(b).
Total estimated cost:$18,404,963 (per year), includes $18,153,496 annualized labor and $251,467 annualized capital or operation & maintenance costs.
Changes in the Estimates:There is a decrease of 7,341 hours in the total estimated respondent burden compared with the ICR currently approved by OMB. This decrease is due to changes in the waste minimization data reported in Form GM (i.e., use of a revised set of waste minimization codes for which the requirement to submit comments is optional).
Director, Collection Strategies Division.