Eleventh Meeting of the World Trade Center Expert Technical Review Panel To Continue Evaluation on Issues Relating to Impacts of the Collapse of the World Trade Center Towers, 37841-37842 [05-12943]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 125 / Thursday, June 30, 2005 / Notices made available in EPA’s electronic public docket. iii. Disk or CD ROM. You may submit comments on a disk or CD ROM that you mail to the mailing address identified in Unit I.B.2. These electronic submissions will be accepted in WordPerfect or ASCII file format. Avoid the use of special characters and any form of encryption. 2. By Mail. Send your comments to: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ORD Docket, EPA Docket Center (EPA/ DC), Mailcode: 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC, 20460, Attention Docket ID No. ORD–2005–0020. 3. By Hand Delivery or Courier. Deliver your comments to: EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), Room B102, EPA West Building, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC, Attention Docket ID No. ORD–2005–0020 (note: this is not a mailing address). Such deliveries are only accepted during the docket’s normal hours of operation as identified in Unit I.A.1. Dated: June 23, 2005. Kevin Y. Teichman, Director, Office of Science Policy. [FR Doc. 05–12944 Filed 6–29–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL–7930–4] Eleventh Meeting of the World Trade Center Expert Technical Review Panel To Continue Evaluation on Issues Relating to Impacts of the Collapse of the World Trade Center Towers Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice of meeting. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The World Trade Center Expert Technical Review Panel (or WTC Expert Panel) will hold its eleventh meeting intended to provide for greater input on continuing efforts to monitor the situation for New York residents and workers impacted by the collapse of the World Trade Center (WTC). The panel members will help guide the EPA’s use of the available exposure and health surveillance databases and registries to characterize any remaining exposures and risks, identify unmet public health needs, and recommend any steps to further minimize the risks associated with the aftermath of the WTC attacks. Panel meetings will be open to the public, except where the public interest requires otherwise. Information on the panel meeting agendas, documents VerDate jul<14>2003 16:26 Jun 29, 2005 Jkt 205001 (except where the public interest requires otherwise), and public registration to attend the meetings will be available from an Internet web site. EPA has established an official public docket for this action under Docket ID No. ORD–2004–0003. DATES: The eleventh meeting of the WTC Expert Panel will be held on Tuesday, July 12, 2005, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Eastern Daylight Savings Time. On-site registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. ADDRESSES: The WTC Expert Panel meeting will be held at St. John’s University, 101 Murray Street, New York, NY in Room 123. A governmentissued identification (e.g., driver’s license) is required for entry. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For meeting information, registration and logistics, please see the panel’s Web site http://www.epa.gov/wtc/panel or contact ERG at (781) 674–7374. The meeting agenda and logistical information will be posted on the Web site and will also be available in hard copy. For further information regarding the WTC Expert Panel, contact Ms. Lisa Matthews, EPA Office of the Science Advisor, telephone (202) 564–6669 or email: matthews.lisa@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. WTC Expert Panel Meeting Information Eastern Research Group, Inc., (ERG), an EPA contractor, will coordinate the WTC Expert Panel meeting. To attend the panel meeting as an observer, please register by visiting the Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/wtc/panel. You may also register for the meeting by calling ERG’s conference registration line between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. e.s.t. at (781) 674–7374 or toll free at 1–800–803–2833, or by faxing a registration request to (781) 674–2906 (include full address and contact information). Pre-registration is strongly recommended as space is limited, and registrations are accepted on a firstcome, first-served basis. The deadline for pre-registration is July 7, 2005. Registrations will continue to be accepted after this date, including onsite registration, if space allows. There will be a limited time at the meeting for oral comments from the public. Oral comments will be limited to five (5) minutes each. If you wish to make a statement during the observer comment period, please check the appropriate box when you register at the Web site. Please bring a copy of your comments to the meeting for the record or submit them electronically via e-mail to meetings@erg.com, subject line: WTC. PO 00000 Frm 00097 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 37841 II. Background Information Immediately following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack on New York City’s World Trade Center, many federal agencies, including the EPA, were called upon to focus their technical and scientific expertise on the national emergency. EPA, other federal agencies, New York City and New York State public health and environmental authorities focused on numerous cleanup, dust collection and ambient air monitoring activities to ameliorate and better understand the human health impacts of the disaster. Detailed information concerning the environmental monitoring activities that were conducted as part of this response is available at the EPA Response to 9– 11 Web site at http://www.epa.gov/wtc/. In addition to environmental monitoring, EPA efforts also included toxicity testing of the dust, as well as the development of a human exposure and health risk assessment. This risk assessment document, Exposure and Human Health Evaluation of Airborne Pollution from the World Trade Center Disaster, is available on the Web at http://www.epa.gov/ncea/wtc.htm). Numerous additional studies by other Federal and State agencies, universities and other organizations have documented impacts to both the outdoor and indoor environments and to human health. While these monitoring and assessment activities were ongoing and the cleanup at Ground Zero itself was occurring, EPA began planning for a program to clean and monitor residential apartments. From June until December 2002, residents impacted by WTC dust and debris in an area of about 1 mile by 1 mile south of Canal Street were eligible to request either federallyfunded cleaning and monitoring for airborne asbestos or monitoring of their residences. The cleanup continued into the summer of 2003 by which time the EPA had cleaned and monitored 3,400 apartments and monitored 800 apartments. Detailed information on this portion of the EPA response is also available at http://www.epa.gov/wtc/. A critical component of understanding long-term human health impacts is the establishment of health registries. The WTC Health Registry is a comprehensive and confidential health survey of those most directly exposed to the contamination resulting from the collapse of the WTC towers. It is intended to give health professionals a better picture of the health consequences of 9/11. It was established by the Agency for Toxic Substances and E:\FR\FM\30JNN1.SGM 30JNN1 37842 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 125 / Thursday, June 30, 2005 / Notices Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDHMH) in cooperation with a number of academic institutions, public agencies and community groups. Detailed information about the registry can be obtained from the registry Web site at: http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/wtc/ index.html. In order to obtain individual advice on the effectiveness of these programs, unmet needs and data gaps, the EPA has convened a technical panel of experts who have been involved with WTC assessment activities. Mr. E. Timothy Oppelt, EPA Acting Assistant Administrator for Research and Development, is serving as Interim Panel Chair. Dr. Paul Lioy, Professor of Environmental and Community Medicine at the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School-UMDNJ and Rutgers University, serves as Vice Chair. A full list of the panel members, a charge statement and operating principles for the panel are available from the panel Web site listed above. Panel meetings typically will be one- or two-day meetings, and they will occur over the course of approximately a two-year period. Panel members will provide individual advice on issues the panel addresses. These meetings will occur in New York City and nearby locations. All of the meetings will be announced on the Web site and by a Federal Register Notice, and they will be open to the public for attendance and brief oral comments. The focus of the eleventh meeting of the WTC Expert Panel is to discuss EPA’s Final Draft Proposed Sampling Program to Determine Extent of World Trade Center Impacts to the Indoor Environment, review results from the WTC signature validation study, continue discussion of remaining issues associated with the WTC Health Registry, and have opportunity for public comment. The sampling plan and additional information on meetings will be made available on the panel Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/wtc/panel. III. How To Get Information on EDOCKET EPA has established an official public docket for this action under Docket ID No. ORD–2004–0003. The official public docket consists of the documents specifically referenced in this action, any public comments received, and other information related to this action. Although a part of the official docket, the public docket does not include Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is VerDate jul<14>2003 16:26 Jun 29, 2005 Jkt 205001 restricted by statute. The official public docket is the collection of materials that is available for public viewing at the Office of Environmental Information (OEI) Docket in the Headquarters EPA Docket Center, (EPA/DC) EPA West Building, Room B102, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460. The EPA Docket Center Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is (202) 566–1744, and the telephone number for the OEI Docket is (202) 566–1752; facsimile: (202) 566–1753; or e-mail: ORD.Docket@epa.gov. An electronic version of the public docket is available through EPA’s electronic public docket and comment system, EPA Dockets. You may use EPA Dockets at http://www.epa.gov/edocket/ to submit or view public comments, access the index listing of the contents of the official public docket, and to access those documents in the public docket that are available electronically. Once in the system, select ‘‘search,’’ then key in the appropriate docket identification number. Dated: June 23, 2005. E. Timothy Oppelt, Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Research and Development. [FR Doc. 05–12943 Filed 6–29–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [OPP–2005–0150; FRL–7721–4] Sethoxydim Risk Assessments; Notice of Availability Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice announces the availability of EPA’s risk assessments and related documents for the cyclohexenone herbicide sethoxydim, and opens a public comment period on these documents. The public also is encouraged to suggest risk management ideas or proposals to address the risks identified. EPA is developing a Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED), for sethoxydim through a modified, 4–Phase public participation process that the Agency uses to involve the public in developing pesticide reregistration and tolerance reassessment decisions. Through these programs, EPA is ensuring that all pesticides meet current health and safety standards. PO 00000 Frm 00098 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number OPP–2005– 0150, must be received on or before August 29, 2005. ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted electronically, by mail, or through hand delivery/courier. Follow the detailed instructions as provided in Unit I. of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. 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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 125 (Thursday, June 30, 2005)]
[Notices]
[Pages 37841-37842]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-12943]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[FRL-7930-4]


Eleventh Meeting of the World Trade Center Expert Technical 
Review Panel To Continue Evaluation on Issues Relating to Impacts of 
the Collapse of the World Trade Center Towers

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice of meeting.

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SUMMARY: The World Trade Center Expert Technical Review Panel (or WTC 
Expert Panel) will hold its eleventh meeting intended to provide for 
greater input on continuing efforts to monitor the situation for New 
York residents and workers impacted by the collapse of the World Trade 
Center (WTC). The panel members will help guide the EPA's use of the 
available exposure and health surveillance databases and registries to 
characterize any remaining exposures and risks, identify unmet public 
health needs, and recommend any steps to further minimize the risks 
associated with the aftermath of the WTC attacks. Panel meetings will 
be open to the public, except where the public interest requires 
otherwise. Information on the panel meeting agendas, documents (except 
where the public interest requires otherwise), and public registration 
to attend the meetings will be available from an Internet web site. EPA 
has established an official public docket for this action under Docket 
ID No. ORD-2004-0003.

DATES: The eleventh meeting of the WTC Expert Panel will be held on 
Tuesday, July 12, 2005, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Eastern Daylight Savings 
Time. On-site registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.

ADDRESSES: The WTC Expert Panel meeting will be held at St. John's 
University, 101 Murray Street, New York, NY in Room 123. A government-
issued identification (e.g., driver's license) is required for entry.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For meeting information, registration 
and logistics, please see the panel's Web site http://www.epa.gov/wtc/
panel or contact ERG at (781) 674-7374. The meeting agenda and 
logistical information will be posted on the Web site and will also be 
available in hard copy. For further information regarding the WTC 
Expert Panel, contact Ms. Lisa Matthews, EPA Office of the Science 
Advisor, telephone (202) 564-6669 or e-mail: matthews.lisa@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. WTC Expert Panel Meeting Information

    Eastern Research Group, Inc., (ERG), an EPA contractor, will 
coordinate the WTC Expert Panel meeting. To attend the panel meeting as 
an observer, please register by visiting the Web site at: http://
www.epa.gov/wtc/panel. You may also register for the meeting by calling 
ERG's conference registration line between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5:30 
p.m. e.s.t. at (781) 674-7374 or toll free at 1-800-803-2833, or by 
faxing a registration request to (781) 674-2906 (include full address 
and contact information). Pre-registration is strongly recommended as 
space is limited, and registrations are accepted on a first-come, 
first-served basis. The deadline for pre-registration is July 7, 2005. 
Registrations will continue to be accepted after this date, including 
on-site registration, if space allows. There will be a limited time at 
the meeting for oral comments from the public. Oral comments will be 
limited to five (5) minutes each. If you wish to make a statement 
during the observer comment period, please check the appropriate box 
when you register at the Web site. Please bring a copy of your comments 
to the meeting for the record or submit them electronically via e-mail 
to meetings@erg.com, subject line: WTC.

II. Background Information

    Immediately following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack on 
New York City's World Trade Center, many federal agencies, including 
the EPA, were called upon to focus their technical and scientific 
expertise on the national emergency. EPA, other federal agencies, New 
York City and New York State public health and environmental 
authorities focused on numerous cleanup, dust collection and ambient 
air monitoring activities to ameliorate and better understand the human 
health impacts of the disaster. Detailed information concerning the 
environmental monitoring activities that were conducted as part of this 
response is available at the EPA Response to 9-11 Web site at http://
www.epa.gov/wtc/.
    In addition to environmental monitoring, EPA efforts also included 
toxicity testing of the dust, as well as the development of a human 
exposure and health risk assessment. This risk assessment document, 
Exposure and Human Health Evaluation of Airborne Pollution from the 
World Trade Center Disaster, is available on the Web at http://
www.epa.gov/ncea/wtc.htm). Numerous additional studies by other Federal 
and State agencies, universities and other organizations have 
documented impacts to both the outdoor and indoor environments and to 
human health.
    While these monitoring and assessment activities were ongoing and 
the cleanup at Ground Zero itself was occurring, EPA began planning for 
a program to clean and monitor residential apartments. From June until 
December 2002, residents impacted by WTC dust and debris in an area of 
about 1 mile by 1 mile south of Canal Street were eligible to request 
either federally-funded cleaning and monitoring for airborne asbestos 
or monitoring of their residences. The cleanup continued into the 
summer of 2003 by which time the EPA had cleaned and monitored 3,400 
apartments and monitored 800 apartments. Detailed information on this 
portion of the EPA response is also available at http://www.epa.gov/
wtc/.
    A critical component of understanding long-term human health 
impacts is the establishment of health registries. The WTC Health 
Registry is a comprehensive and confidential health survey of those 
most directly exposed to the contamination resulting from the collapse 
of the WTC towers. It is intended to give health professionals a better 
picture of the health consequences of 9/11. It was established by the 
Agency for Toxic Substances and

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Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the New York City Department of Health and 
Mental Hygiene (NYCDHMH) in cooperation with a number of academic 
institutions, public agencies and community groups. Detailed 
information about the registry can be obtained from the registry Web 
site at: http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/wtc/index.html.
    In order to obtain individual advice on the effectiveness of these 
programs, unmet needs and data gaps, the EPA has convened a technical 
panel of experts who have been involved with WTC assessment activities. 
Mr. E. Timothy Oppelt, EPA Acting Assistant Administrator for Research 
and Development, is serving as Interim Panel Chair. Dr. Paul Lioy, 
Professor of Environmental and Community Medicine at the Environmental 
and Occupational Health Sciences Institute of the Robert Wood Johnson 
Medical School-UMDNJ and Rutgers University, serves as Vice Chair. A 
full list of the panel members, a charge statement and operating 
principles for the panel are available from the panel Web site listed 
above. Panel meetings typically will be one- or two-day meetings, and 
they will occur over the course of approximately a two-year period. 
Panel members will provide individual advice on issues the panel 
addresses. These meetings will occur in New York City and nearby 
locations. All of the meetings will be announced on the Web site and by 
a Federal Register Notice, and they will be open to the public for 
attendance and brief oral comments.
    The focus of the eleventh meeting of the WTC Expert Panel is to 
discuss EPA's Final Draft Proposed Sampling Program to Determine Extent 
of World Trade Center Impacts to the Indoor Environment, review results 
from the WTC signature validation study, continue discussion of 
remaining issues associated with the WTC Health Registry, and have 
opportunity for public comment. The sampling plan and additional 
information on meetings will be made available on the panel Web site 
at: http://www.epa.gov/wtc/panel.

III. How To Get Information on E-DOCKET

    EPA has established an official public docket for this action under 
Docket ID No. ORD-2004-0003. The official public docket consists of the 
documents specifically referenced in this action, any public comments 
received, and other information related to this action. Although a part 
of the official docket, the public docket does not include Confidential 
Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is 
restricted by statute. The official public docket is the collection of 
materials that is available for public viewing at the Office of 
Environmental Information (OEI) Docket in the Headquarters EPA Docket 
Center, (EPA/DC) EPA West Building, Room B102, 1301 Constitution 
Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460. The EPA Docket Center Public Reading 
Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, 
excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading 
Room is (202) 566-1744, and the telephone number for the OEI Docket is 
(202) 566-1752; facsimile: (202) 566-1753; or e-mail: 
ORD.Docket@epa.gov.
    An electronic version of the public docket is available through 
EPA's electronic public docket and comment system, EPA Dockets. You may 
use EPA Dockets at http://www.epa.gov/edocket/ to submit or view public 
comments, access the index listing of the contents of the official 
public docket, and to access those documents in the public docket that 
are available electronically. Once in the system, select ``search,'' 
then key in the appropriate docket identification number.

    Dated: June 23, 2005.
E. Timothy Oppelt,
Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Research and Development.
[FR Doc. 05-12943 Filed 6-29-05; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 6560-50-P