Abstract:The Acid Rain Program was established under Title IV of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. The program calls for major reductions of the pollutants that cause acid rain while establishing a new approach to environmental management. This information collection is necessary to implement the Acid Rain Program. It includes burden hours associated with developing and modifying permits, transferring allowances, obtaining allowances from the conservation and renewable energy reserve, monitoring emissions, participating in the annual auctions, completing annual compliance certifications, participating in the Opt-in program, and complying with NOXpermitting requirements.
Form Numbers:7610-1, 7610-5, 7610-6, 7610-7A, 7610-8, 7610-11, 7610-16, 7610-19, 7610-20, 7610-26, 7610-27, 7610-28, 7610-29, 7620-4, 7620-8, 7620-9, 7620-10, and 5900-172.
Respondents/affected entities:Electric utilities, Industrial sources, and other persons.
Respondent's obligation to respond:Mandatory and voluntary under provisions of Title IV of the Clean Air Act Amendments that cover:
• Allowance tracking and transfers (section 403);
• Permits (section 408);
• Emissions monitoring (section 412);
• Auctions (section 416);
• Opt-in (section 410 a-g); and
• NOXpermitting (section 407).
Estimated number of respondents:1700.
Frequency of response:On occasion, quarterly, and annually.
Total estimated burden:2,123,405 hours (per year). Burden is defined at 5 CFR 1320.03(b).
Total estimated cost:$302,368,573.05 (per year), includes $152,015,161 annualized capital or operation & maintenance costs.
Changes in the Estimates:There is an increase of 66,459 hours in the total estimated respondent burden compared with the ICR currently approved by OMB. Most of the change in burden for this collection is due to adjustments. Adjustments stem from actions outside the Agency's control. Adjustments include changes to the number of responses and the time it takes to respond to a particular activity. Some new estimates for the number of responses are based on queries of EPA databases for activities reported in recent years. In addition to adjustments, a portion of the overall increase is due to the incorporation of ARP affection portion of the Protocol Gas Verification Program and Air Emissions Protocol Testing Body ICR requirements from the EPA ICR Number 2203.04, OMB Control Number 2060-0626.
Director, Collection Strategies Division.