[Federal Register: June 23, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 121)]
[Page 36131-36132]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Information Collection Renewal To Be Sent to the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) for Approval Under the Paperwork Reduction 
Act; OMB Control Number 1018-0067; Approval Procedures for Nontoxic 
Shot and Shot Coatings (50 CFR 20.134)

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


SUMMARY: We (Fish and Wildlife Service) will ask OMB to renew approval 
for our information collection associated with applications for 
designation of shot material as nontoxic for hunting waterfowl and 
coots. The current OMB control number for this information collection 
is 1018-0067, which expires on December 31, 2006. We will request that 
OMB renew approval of this information collection for a 3-year term. As 
required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and as part of our 
continuing efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, we invite 
the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity 
to comment on this information collection.

DATES: You must submit comments on or before August 22, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Send your comments on the information collection to Hope 
Grey, Information Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife 
Service, MS 222-ARLSQ, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203 
(mail); hope_grey@fws.gov (e-mail); or (703) 358-2269 (fax).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information 
about this information collection request, contact Hope Grey at one of 
the addresses above or by telephone at (703) 358-2482.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: OMB regulations at 5 CFR part 1320, which 
implement provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 
3501 et seq.), require that interested members of the public and 
affected agencies have an opportunity to comment on information 
collection and recordkeeping activities (see 5 CFR 1320.8(d)). Federal 
agencies may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to 
respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently 
valid OMB control number.
    This information collection is associated with regulations 
implementing the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) (16 U.S.C. 703 et 
seq.). The MBTA prohibits the unauthorized take of migratory birds and 
authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to regulate take of migratory 
birds in the United States. Under this authority, we control the 
hunting of migratory game birds through regulations in 50 CFR part 20. 
On January 1, 1991, lead shot was banned for hunting waterfowl and 
coots in the United States. At that time, only steel shot was available 
as a nontoxic alternative to lead shot. Over the years, we have 
encouraged manufacturers to develop types of shot for waterfowl hunting 
that are not toxic to migratory birds or other wildlife when ingested 
and are not harmful to the environment.
    The regulations at 50 CFR 20.134 outline the application and 
approval process for new types of nontoxic shot. When considering 
approval of a candidate material as nontoxic, we must ensure that it is 
not hazardous in the environment and that secondary exposure (ingestion 
of spent shot or its components) is not a hazard to migratory birds. To 
make that decision, we require each applicant to collect information 
about the solubility and toxicity of the candidate material. 
Additionally, for law enforcement purposes, a noninvasive field 
detection device must be available to distinguish candidate shot from 
lead shot. This information constitutes the bulk of an application for 
approval of nontoxic shot.
    Title: Approval Procedures for Nontoxic Shot and Shot Coatings (50 
CFR 20.134).
    OMB Control Number: 1018-0067.
    Service Form Number: None.
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion.
    Description of Respondents: Businesses that produce and/or market 
shot or shot coatings.

                                                                                         Dollar value of total
                                       response                                             $20.00 per hour
                    1                  3,200 hours                        3,200                      64,000

    We invite comments concerning this information collection on: (1) 
Whether or not the collection of information is necessary, including 
whether or not the information will have practical utility; (2) the 
accuracy of our estimate of the burden for this collection of 
information; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of 
the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of 
the collection of information on respondents. Comments submitted in 
response to this notice are a matter of public record. We will include 
and/or summarize each comment in our request to OMB to renew approval 
for this information collection.

    Dated: June 8, 2006.
Hope Grey,
Information Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service.
 [FR Doc. E6-9926 Filed 6-22-06; 8:45 am]