[Federal Register: February 10, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 26)]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R9-MB-2009-N0031; 91200-1231-9BPP-L2]

Information Collection Sent to the Office of Management and
Budget (OMB) for Approval; OMB Control Number 1018-0067; Approval
Procedures for Nontoxic Shot and Shot Coatings

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


SUMMARY: We (Fish and Wildlife Service) have sent an Information
Collection Request (ICR) to OMB for review and approval. The ICR, which
is summarized below, describes the nature of the collection and the
estimated burden and cost. This ICR is scheduled to expire on February
28, 2009. We 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. However, under OMB regulations, we may
continue to conduct or sponsor this information collection while it is
pending at OMB.

DATES: You must send comments on or before [March 12, 2009 Federal

ADDRESSES: Send your comments and suggestions on this ICR to the Desk
Officer for the Department of the Interior at OMB-OIRA at (202) 395-
6566 (fax) or OIRA_DOCKET@OMB.eop.gov (e-mail). Please provide a copy
of your comments to Hope Grey, Information Collection Clearance
Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service, MS 222-ARLSQ, 4401 North Fairfax
Drive, Arlington, VA 22203 (mail) or hope_grey@fws.gov (e-mail).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information
about this ICR, contact Hope Grey by mail or e-mail (see ADDRESSES) or
by telephone at (703) 358-2482.

    OMB Control Number: 1018-0067.
    Title: Approval Procedures for Nontoxic Shot and Shot Coatings, 50
CFR 20.134.
    Service Form Number(s): None.
    Type of Request: Extension of currently approved collection.
    Affected Public: Businesses that produce and/or market approved
nontoxic shot types or nontoxic shot coatings.
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain or retain a benefit.
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion.
    Total Annual Number of Responses: 1.
    Completion Time per Response: 3,200 hours.
    Total Annual Burden Hours: 3,200 hours.
    Total Annual Nonhour Cost Burden: $25,000.
    Abstract: The Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) (16 U.S.C. 703 et
seq.) 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, we banned lead shot for hunting waterfowl and coots in the
United States.
    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 provide 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. The Director uses the data in the
application to decide whether or not to approve a material as nontoxic.
    Comments: On August 15, 2008, we published in the Federal Register
(73 FR 47963) a notice of our intent to request that OMB renew this
ICR. In that notice, we solicited comments for 60 days, ending on
October 14, 2008. We did not receive any comments in response to that
    We again invite comments concerning this information collection on:
    (1) Whether or not the collection of information is necessary,

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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
    Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of
public record. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail
address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you
should be aware that your entire comment, including your personal
identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time.
While you can ask OMB in your comment to withhold your personal
identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that it
will be done.

    Dated: January 30, 2009
Hope Grey,
Information Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. E9-2710 Filed 2-9-09; 8:45 am]