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E8–3917 Filed 2–28–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OAR–2008–0142; FRL–8535–5] Consumer Products Environmental Partnerships Program—Public Meeting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice of Public Meeting. AGENCY: SUMMARY: EPA will convene a public meeting to discuss opportunities for industry-government partnerships to foster greater public awareness of the environmental attributes of household and institutional consumer products and help make consumers aware of efforts on the part of consumer product manufacturers to improve the environmental performance of their products and production facilities. The primary purpose of this initial meeting is to establish a dialog among government, industry, and public stakeholders leading to formation of a Consumer Products Environmental Partnerships Working Group. Once formed, the working group will identify and develop possible partnership approaches such as product labeling, consumer education programs, environmental information Web sites, product stewardship programs, and manufacturer recognition programs. DATES: The meeting will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, March 17 and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, 2008. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in Building C of the EPA campus at 109 E:\FR\FM\29FEN1.SGM 29FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 41 / Friday, February 29, 2008 / Notices Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information concerning the Consumer Products Environmental Partnerships Program, contact Mr. Bruce Moore, U.S. EPA, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Sector Policies and Programs Division, Natural Resources and Commerce Group (E143–03), Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711, telephone number: (919) 541–5460, fax number (919) 541–3470, e-mail address: moore.bruce@epa.gov. If you plan to attend the meeting, please submit your name and affiliation by e-mail or by telephone to Mr. Moore no later than Thursday, March 13, 2008. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. General Information Docket. EPA has established a docket for this program under Docket ID Number EPA–HQ–OAR–2008–0142. Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically through www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the EPA Docket Center, Public Reading Room, EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. The 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 Air Docket is (202) 566–1742. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES II. Background EPA envisions that the consumer products of interest to the working group will encompass a wide array of personal care products, household cleaners, automotive aftermarket chemicals, non-agricultural pesticides, non-industrial adhesives and sealants, aerosol spray paints, architectural coatings, and other formulated products. These products are used by consumers in and around homes, offices, schools, and in a variety of other settings. These important products can enhance the quality of life of consumers, make household chores easier, and have beneficial health functions through control of household pests and pathogens in and around living spaces. However, as these products are used, stored, and are disposed of, some or all of their ingredients evaporate and enter the air. One concern that has been raised is the effect of household and institutional consumer product use on indoor air quality. In addition to personal exposure during use, consumer products also contribute to ground-level ozone formation, have solid waste and groundwater impacts due to disposal of VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:22 Feb 28, 2008 Jkt 214001 spent packaging, are sources of fine particulate matter through secondary aerosol formation, and in some cases can contribute to stratospheric ozone depletion and global warming. Furthermore, increased use of nanomaterials in consumer products is an emerging issue. With such potential multimedia and multipollutant impacts, consumer products are ripe for additional environmental attention. Since the late 1980s, a substantial segment of these products (e.g., architectural coatings, aerosol coatings, and many categories of household and institutional consumer products) have been regulated intensely by EPA and several States for purposes of controlling ground-level ozone formation through limits placed on the volatile organic compound content of the products. We commend the States and the consumer products and coatings industries for their cooperative efforts to reduce ozone formation resulting from use of these products. Furthermore, some manufacturers voluntarily have improved the environmental performance of their products over the years. However, other potential environmental effects generally have not been addressed. The EPA believes that consumer choice in the marketplace can be an effective means of bringing about change in the environmental performance of household and institutional products. Key elements of such a market-based approach include educating consumers and making information available concerning the environmental attributes of the products they use. We also believe that reliable information concerning the degree of environmental stewardship exhibited by consumer products and coatings manufacturers should play a role in consumers’ purchasing decisions. For this information to be useful, manufacturers who are good environmental stewards should be recognized in a manner that is readily apparent to the consumer in the marketplace. III. Structure of the Meeting The EPA envisions this meeting to consist of three major phases: (1) Presentation of background information on consumer products, existing stewardship programs, constraints on environmental marketing claims, and EPA’s initial thoughts on a few possible partnership approaches; (2) several concurrent breakout sessions to explore these approaches; and (3) formation of the Consumer Products Partnerships Working Group, including subgroups for specific approaches. PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 11113 Dated: February 26, 2008. Jennifer N. Edmonds, Acting Director, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards. [FR Doc. E8–3936 Filed 2–28–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL–8535–6] Science Advisory Board Staff Office; EPA Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC); Notification of Public Advisory Committee Meeting (Teleconference) of the Ambient Air Monitoring & Methods (AAMM) Subcommittee Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of the Ambient Air Monitoring & Methods (AAMM) Subcommittee of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) to conduct a consultation concerning ambient air monitoring issues related to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for lead, including issues associated with alternative lead indicators. DATES: The teleconference meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 25, 2008, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern Time). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public who wishes to obtain the teleconference call-in number and access code; submit a written or brief oral statement (three minutes or less); or receive further information concerning this teleconference meeting, must contact Mr. Fred Butterfield, Designated Federal Officer (DFO). Mr. Butterfield may be contacted at the EPA Science Advisory Board (1400F), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; or via telephone/voice mail: (202) 343–9994; fax: (202) 233–0643; or e-mail at: butterfield.fred@epa.gov. General information concerning the CASAC or the EPA SAB can be found on the EPA Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/casac or http://www.epa.gov/sab, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background: The CASAC, which is comprised of seven members appointed by the EPA Administrator, was established under section 109(d)(2) of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) (42 U.S.C. 7409) as an independent E:\FR\FM\29FEN1.SGM 29FEN1

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ-OAR-2008-0142; FRL-8535-5]


Consumer Products Environmental Partnerships Program--Public 
Meeting

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice of Public Meeting.

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SUMMARY: EPA will convene a public meeting to discuss opportunities for 
industry-government partnerships to foster greater public awareness of 
the environmental attributes of household and institutional consumer 
products and help make consumers aware of efforts on the part of 
consumer product manufacturers to improve the environmental performance 
of their products and production facilities. The primary purpose of 
this initial meeting is to establish a dialog among government, 
industry, and public stakeholders leading to formation of a Consumer 
Products Environmental Partnerships Working Group. Once formed, the 
working group will identify and develop possible partnership approaches 
such as product labeling, consumer education programs, environmental 
information Web sites, product stewardship programs, and manufacturer 
recognition programs.

DATES: The meeting will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, March 
17 and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, 2008.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in Building C of the EPA campus at 
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Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information concerning the 
Consumer Products Environmental Partnerships Program, contact Mr. Bruce 
Moore, U.S. EPA, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Sector 
Policies and Programs Division, Natural Resources and Commerce Group 
(E143-03), Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711, telephone 
number: (919) 541-5460, fax number (919) 541-3470, e-mail address: 
moore.bruce@epa.gov. If you plan to attend the meeting, please submit 
your name and affiliation by e-mail or by telephone to Mr. Moore no 
later than Thursday, March 13, 2008.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. General Information

    Docket. EPA has established a docket for this program under Docket 
ID Number EPA-HQ-OAR-2008-0142. Publicly available docket materials are 
available either electronically through www.regulations.gov or in hard 
copy at the EPA Docket Center, Public Reading Room, EPA West, Room 
3334, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. The 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 Air Docket is 
(202) 566-1742.

II. Background

    EPA envisions that the consumer products of interest to the working 
group will encompass a wide array of personal care products, household 
cleaners, automotive aftermarket chemicals, non-agricultural 
pesticides, non-industrial adhesives and sealants, aerosol spray 
paints, architectural coatings, and other formulated products. These 
products are used by consumers in and around homes, offices, schools, 
and in a variety of other settings. These important products can 
enhance the quality of life of consumers, make household chores easier, 
and have beneficial health functions through control of household pests 
and pathogens in and around living spaces.
    However, as these products are used, stored, and are disposed of, 
some or all of their ingredients evaporate and enter the air. One 
concern that has been raised is the effect of household and 
institutional consumer product use on indoor air quality. In addition 
to personal exposure during use, consumer products also contribute to 
ground-level ozone formation, have solid waste and groundwater impacts 
due to disposal of spent packaging, are sources of fine particulate 
matter through secondary aerosol formation, and in some cases can 
contribute to stratospheric ozone depletion and global warming. 
Furthermore, increased use of nanomaterials in consumer products is an 
emerging issue. With such potential multimedia and multipollutant 
impacts, consumer products are ripe for additional environmental 
attention.
    Since the late 1980s, a substantial segment of these products 
(e.g., architectural coatings, aerosol coatings, and many categories of 
household and institutional consumer products) have been regulated 
intensely by EPA and several States for purposes of controlling ground-
level ozone formation through limits placed on the volatile organic 
compound content of the products. We commend the States and the 
consumer products and coatings industries for their cooperative efforts 
to reduce ozone formation resulting from use of these products. 
Furthermore, some manufacturers voluntarily have improved the 
environmental performance of their products over the years. However, 
other potential environmental effects generally have not been 
addressed.
    The EPA believes that consumer choice in the marketplace can be an 
effective means of bringing about change in the environmental 
performance of household and institutional products. Key elements of 
such a market-based approach include educating consumers and making 
information available concerning the environmental attributes of the 
products they use. We also believe that reliable information concerning 
the degree of environmental stewardship exhibited by consumer products 
and coatings manufacturers should play a role in consumers' purchasing 
decisions. For this information to be useful, manufacturers who are 
good environmental stewards should be recognized in a manner that is 
readily apparent to the consumer in the marketplace.

III. Structure of the Meeting

    The EPA envisions this meeting to consist of three major phases: 
(1) Presentation of background information on consumer products, 
existing stewardship programs, constraints on environmental marketing 
claims, and EPA's initial thoughts on a few possible partnership 
approaches; (2) several concurrent breakout sessions to explore these 
approaches; and (3) formation of the Consumer Products Partnerships 
Working Group, including subgroups for specific approaches.

    Dated: February 26, 2008.
Jennifer N. Edmonds,
Acting Director, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards.
[FR Doc. E8-3936 Filed 2-28-08; 8:45 am]
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