A Federal Register Notice announcing EPA’s intent to submit the e-Manifest ICR to OMB for review and approval was published on February 8, 2019 (Go to Regulations.gov at https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA_FRDOC_0001-23405 to view). The FRN provides an overview of the manifest program and proposes estimates of the time and cost for the public to respond to the collection of information required under EPA’s e-Manifest One Year and User Fee Rules and e-Manifest system.
Additionally, the FRN proposes amendments to the manifest forms (both paper and electronic). Specifically, the FRN requests comment on how to:
- Improve the precision of waste quantities and units of measure reported in Items 11 and 12 of the hazardous waste manifest, respectively;
- Enhance the quality of international shipment data reported on the manifest; and
- Assist EPA with integrating e-Manifest and biennial reporting (BR) requirements.
The FRN provides a 60-day comment period ending April 9, 2019. The ICR supporting document, which explains in detail the information that EPA will be collecting will be available soon in the public docket for this ICR. The docket can be viewed online at www.regulations.gov (Use the link above) or in person at the EPA Docket Center, WJC West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC. The telephone number for the Docket Center is 202-566-1744. Submit your comments, referencing by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OLEM-2018-0756, online using www.regulations.gov (our preferred method), by email to email@example.com, or by mail to: EPA Docket Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460.
The ICR must be submitted to OMB by May 31, 2019 so EPA does not have much time to evaluate public comments. Therefore, if strong comment support exists for certain proposed amendments and they are easily implementable for both the paper forms and e-Manifest system, EPA will attempt to incorporate them in the ICR package for OMB approval.