[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 48 (Monday, March 12, 2012)]
[Pages 14564-14565]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-5878]



Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R9-MB-2012-N0059; FF09M21200-123-FXMB1231099BPP0L2]

Information Collection Request Sent to the Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB) for Approval; Approval Procedures for Nontoxic Shot 
and Shot Coatings

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


SUMMARY: We (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) have sent an Information 
Collection Request (ICR) to OMB for review and approval. We summarize 
the ICR below and describe the nature of the collection and the 
estimated burden and cost. This information collection is scheduled to 
expire on April 30, 2012. 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 submit comments on or before April 11, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Send your comments and suggestions on this information 
collection to the Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior at 
OMB-OIRA at (202) 395-5806 (fax) or OIRA_DOCKET@OMB.eop.gov (email).

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Please provide a copy of your comments to the Service Information 
Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS 2042-
PDM, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203 (mail), or 
INFOCOL@fws.gov (email). Please include ``1018-0067'' in the subject 
line of your comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information 
about this ICR, contact Hope Grey at INFOCOL@fws.gov (email) or 703-
358-2482 (telephone). You may review the ICR online at http://www.reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to review Department of the 
Interior collections under review by OMB.

    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.
    Description of Respondents: 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.
    Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 1.
    Completion Time per Response: 3,200 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 3,200 hours.
    Estimated 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 September 26, 2011, we published in the Federal 
Register (76 FR 59421) a notice of our intent to request that OMB renew 
approval for this information collection. In that notice, we solicited 
comments for 60 days, ending on November 25, 2011. We received one 
comment. The commenter opposed expending funds to support the approval 
of nontoxic shot, and stated that a survey is not needed. This 
information collection is not a survey. It consists of risk 
assessments, toxicity tests, and background information that an 
applicant must submit in order for us to determine whether or not a 
proposed shot is nontoxic. We did not make any changes to our 
information collection requirements.
    We again invite comments concerning this information collection on:
     Whether or not the collection of information is necessary, 
including whether or not the information will have practical utility;
     The accuracy of our estimate of the burden for this 
collection of information;
     Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
     Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of 
information on respondents.
    Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of 
public record. Before including your address, phone number, email 
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: March 6, 2012.
Tina A. Campbell,
Chief, Division of Policy and Directives Management, U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-5878 Filed 3-9-12; 8:45 am]