Modification of the Voluntary Children's Chemical Evaluation Program; Notice of Public Meeting, 36512-36514 [E8-14528]

Download as PDF 36512 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 125 / Friday, June 27, 2008 / Notices Publicly available docket materials are available either in the electronic docket at https://www.regulations.gov, or, if only available in hard copy, at the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) Regulatory Public Docket in Rm. S–4400, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA. The hours of operation of this Docket Facility are from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The Docket Facility telephone number is (703) 305–5805. 2. Electronic access. You may access this Federal Register document electronically through the EPA Internet under the ‘‘Federal Register’’ listings at https://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr. II. Background On a triannual interval, an Exposure Modeling Public Meeting will be held for presentation and discussion of current issues in modeling pesticide fate, transport, and exposure in support of risk assessment in a regulatory context. Meeting dates and abstract requests are announced through the ‘‘empmlist’’ forum on the LYRIS list server at https://lists.epa.gov/read/ all_forums/. III. How Can I Request to Participate in this Meeting? You may submit a request to participate in this meeting to the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Do not submit any information in your request that is considered CBI. Requests to participate in the meeting, identified by docket ID number EPA– HQ–OPP–2008–0102, must be received on or before July 14, 2008. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES IV. Tentative Topics for the Meeting 1. General Theme: Terrestrial Modeling 2. Specific Topics: a. Discussion of PlantEX Model b. Overview of T-REX and T-HERPES c. TIM Model (Avian Probabilistic Model) d. Chloropicrin Manufacturing Task Force Presentation on Chain 2-D Model e. Riparian Ecosystem Management Model (REMM) and Runoff Study to Validate Model f. Fumigant Emission Physical Factors and Measures for Mitigating Exposure Incidences List of Subjects Environmental protection, Modeling, Monitoring, Pesticides, Pest. VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:47 Jun 26, 2008 Jkt 214001 Dated: June 17, 2008. Arthur Jean Williams, Acting Director, Environmental Fate and Effects Division, Office of Pesticide Programs. [FR Doc. E8–14514 Filed 6–26–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–S ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OPPT–2006–0341; FRL–8370–4] Modification of the Voluntary Children’s Chemical Evaluation Program; Notice of Public Meeting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: EPA will hold a public meeting to give the stakeholders in the Voluntary Childrens Chemical Evaluation Program (VCCEP) and interested members of the public an opportunity to comment on the modifications the Agency intends to make to VCCEP. The modifications are based on the responses the Agency received to its request for comment on the implementation of the VCCEP pilot. The modifications will primarily address the timeliness and efficiency issues of the program in order to increase its productivity and ability to provide information to the public on the potential risks to children of exposure to certain chemicals. The meeting will also provide the public with an opportunity to comment on the use of the modified VCCEP approach to address certain data and assessment needs identified in EPA’s review of high production volume (HPV) and mid production volume (MPV) chemicals under its Chemical Assessment and Management Program (ChAMP). DATES: The meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 22, 2008, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Requests to participate in the meeting must be received on or before July 17, 2008. To request accommodation of a disability, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATON CONTACT, preferably at least 10 days prior to the meeting, to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Environmental Protection Agency, 1201 Constitution Ave., NW., Rm. 1153, Washington, DC 20460. Requests to participate in the meeting, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA–HQ–OPPT–2006–0341, may be submitted to the technical PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. For general information contact: Colby Lintner, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460–0001; telephone number: (202) 554–1404; e-mail address: TSCA-Hotline@epa.gov. For technical information contact: Catherine Roman, Chemical Control Division (7405M), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460– 0001; telephone number: (202) 564– 8157; e-mail address: roman.catherine@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: I. General Information A. Does this Action Apply to Me? This action is directed to the public in general. This action may, however, be of particular interest to those chemical manufacturers (including importers) who produce or import chemical substances that are subject to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), in particular those chemical manufacturers (including importers) that are sponsoring chemicals in VCCEP, individuals or groups concerned with chemical testing and childrens health, and animal welfare groups. Because other entities may also be interested, the Agency has not attempted to describe all the specific entities that may be affected by this action. If you have any questions regarding the applicability of this action to a particular entity, consult the technical person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. B. How Can I Get Copies of this Document and Other Related Information? 1. Docket. EPA has established a docket for this action under docket ID number EPA–HQ–OPPT–2006–0341. All documents in the docket are listed in the docket’s index available at https:// www.regulations.gov. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, e.g., Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, will be publicly available only in hard copy. Publicly available docket materials are available electronically at https://www.regulations.gov, or, if only available in hard copy, at the OPPT Docket. The OPPT Docket is located in the EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC) at Rm. 3334, EPA West Bldg., 1301 E:\FR\FM\27JNN1.SGM 27JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 125 / Friday, June 27, 2008 / Notices jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. The EPA/DC Public Reading Room hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding Federal holidays. The telephone number of the EPA/DC Public Reading Room is (202) 566–1744, and the telephone number for the OPPT Docket is (202) 566–0280. Docket visitors are required to show photographic identification, pass through a metal detector, and sign the EPA visitor log. All visitor bags are processed through an X-ray machine and subject to search. Visitors will be provided an EPA/DC badge that must be visible at all times in the building and returned upon departure. 2. Electronic access. You may access this Federal Register document electronically through the EPA Internet under the ‘‘Federal Register’’ listings at https://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr. II. Background VCCEP was designed to collect health effects, exposure, and risk information on chemicals to which children are likely to be exposed, and to make that information available to the public so the public may better understand the potential health risks to children associated with certain chemical exposures, and to allow EPA and others to evaluate the risks of these chemicals so that mitigation measures may be taken as appropriate. EPA announced VCCEP in December 2000 (Ref. 1) and requested chemical manufacturers and importers to participate in a pilot of the program by voluntarily sponsoring their chemical if it were among those selected by EPA. The pilot began in 2001 when companies volunteered to sponsor their chemicals in response to EPAs request. In 2006, at what was approximately the midpoint in the implementation of the pilot phase of VCCEP, EPA sought to evaluate how well the pilot was meeting the objectives of VCCEP. To that end, EPA requested that the public submit comments on their experience with the pilot phase of VCCEP and its opinions on the progress of the pilot phase to date (Ref. 2). Additionally, EPA developed a list of questions in order to focus comments on certain features of the VCCEP pilot on which the Agency particularly wanted input. The comments EPA received were summarized and made available to the public on the VCCEP website (https:// www.epa.gov/oppt/vccep). Some of the main comments concerned the timeliness and efficiency of the program, the chemicals selected for the pilot program, the use of a tiered approach to testing, and the use of a Peer Consultation process to review chemical assessments. Based on those VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:47 Jun 26, 2008 Jkt 214001 comments and also internal Agency discussions, EPA has developed a list of modifications that it believes will improve the future performance of VCCEP. Although the VCCEP program will continue to operate primarily as described in the Federal Register notice launching the program (Ref. 1), certain modifications to address the main concerns of the Agency, stakeholders and the public are being contemplated by EPA. EPA wants to share and discuss the contemplated modifications with the VCCEP stakeholders and the public and listen to any additional comments. Therefore, EPA will hold a public meeting on July 22, 2008, at EPA headquarters in Washington, DC. The modifications which will be the basis for the discussions at the public meeting are as follows: 1. Chemical selection. To address the concern that the chemicals covered in the VCCEP Pilot were a set of particularly well-studied chemicals for which, in most cases, little additional assessment was needed, future VCCEP chemicals will primarily be selected from chemicals that, when assessed as part of ChAMP, are identified as being of special concern and as presenting hazard/exposure data needs that are relevant to characterizing risks to children. (A more detailed description of ChAMP is provided in this unit as well as at (https://www.epa.gov/ChAMP). Chemicals that also meet the original VCCEP chemical selection criteria which were evidence of presence in human tissues and in relevant environmental media (e.g., indoor air, drinking water, and food) will be a particular focus of future VCCEP activity. 2. Changes to the assessment approach. • To ensure timely completion of chemical assessments, specific due dates for sponsor assessment submissions and peer consultations will be established in sponsor commitments, including timelines for responding to follow-up actions/requests. • To bring concerns for potential chemical risks to prompt resolution, EPA will indicate in its Tier 1 Data Needs Decision when it believes it is reasonable to combine Tiers 2 and 3 as used in the VCCEP Pilot into a single tier. EPA recognizes that a three tier approach may be acceptable when the sponsor can demonstrate that it is sound scientifically and that a delay in the public availability of Tier 3 data would not have potential public health impacts. 3.Peer consultation modifications. Under the modified approach envisioned by EPA, the following points PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 36513 would be agreed to in advance by EPA and the sponsoring company or the VCCEP approach will not be used for purposes of obtaining needed information. • The peer consultation process will remain the mechanism to review sponsor-generated assessments and the sponsor will be responsible for contracting with an independent third party to manage the peer consultation and will bear the associated financial burdens. • Distinguishing between ‘‘data needs’’ and ‘‘data gaps,’’ which was a useful outcome of the VCCEP Pilot, will be used in VCCEP peer consultations. • So that sponsors can better address concerns identified in the peer consultation before EPA develops a Data Needs Decision, the sponsor will promptly develop revised assessments that respond to issues identified in the Peer Consultation Meeting Report and make them publicly available. The sponsor will amend its assessments within 90 days after the Peer Consultation Meeting Report is made available to them. EPA will use the amended assessments and the Peer Consultation Meeting Report to make its Data Needs Decision within 90 days of receipt of the revised assessments. The sponsor will then have 4 months after the receipt of the Data Needs Decision, as is current practice in the VCCEP Pilot, to decide whether to commit to the next tier of assessment, if necessary. The meeting on July 22, 2008, will also provide the public with an opportunity to comment on the use of the modified VCCEP approach to address certain data and assessment needs identified in EPA’s review of HPV and MPV chemicals under ChAMP, including environmental toxicity, environmental fate, and aspects that may go beyond mammalian toxicity. ChAMP was established by EPA as a mechanism to partially address the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) commitments announced by the United States, Canada, and Mexico in Montebello, Canada in August 2007. These commitments included a number of national and regional commitments to trilateral cooperation in the assessment and management of chemicals in North America. The United States has committed, by 2012, to assess and initiate needed actions on chemicals produced above 25,000 pounds per year (lb./yr.) in the country. High production volume (HPV) chemicals are manufactured and imported in quantities greater than 1,000,000 lb./yr. and moderate production volume (MPV) chemicals are manufactured and imported in quantities greater than E:\FR\FM\27JNN1.SGM 27JNN1 36514 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 125 / Friday, June 27, 2008 / Notices 25,000 lb./yr. but less than 1,000,000 lb./yr. EPA’s ongoing efforts under ChAMP to screen and prioritize the risks of chemicals will be a major component of EPA’s efforts to meet its SPP commitments. EPA believes that an adaptation of the modified VCCEP approach could provide a flexible framework to further evaluate certain chemicals identified by EPA in its ChAMP screening-level assessments as presenting special concerns and associated follow-up action involving hazard/exposure data development or assessment. EPA believes that in most instances, the detailed evaluation of SPP follow-up cases under the modified VCCEP approach should generally begin at Tier 1. Sponsor-developed assessments should build on EPA’s SPP screeninglevel assessments, consider EPA recommended follow-up actions (including conducting higher tier tests specifically identified as priorities by EPA on the basis of its initial assessment), and include a more highly developed quantification of exposures. III. How Can I Request to Participate in this Meeting? You may submit a request to participate in this meeting to the technical person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Do not submit any information in your request that is considered CBI. Requests to participate in the meeting, identified by docket ID number EPA–HQ–OPPT– 2006–0341, must be received on or before July 17, 2008. FARM CREDIT ADMINISTRATION Farm Credit Administration Board; Amendment to Sunshine Act Meeting Farm Credit Administration. Pursuant to the Government in the Sunshine Act (5 U.S.C. 552b(e)(3)), the Farm Credit Administration gave notice on June 24, 2008 (73 FR 35687) of the regular meeting of the Farm Credit Administration Board (Board) scheduled for July 10, 2008. This notice is to amend the agenda by adding an item to the open session of that meeting. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Roland E. Smith, Secretary to the Farm Credit Administration Board, (703) 883– 4009, TTY (703) 883–4056. ADDRESSES: Farm Credit Administration, 1501 Farm Credit Drive, McLean, Virginia 22102–5090. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This meeting of the Board was open to the public (limited space available). In order to increase the accessibility to Board meetings, persons requiring assistance should make arrangements in advance. The agenda for July 10, 2008, is amended by adding the following item to the open session as follows: AGENCY: SUMMARY: Open Session A. Reports • Effects of the Midwest Flooding Dated: June 20, 2008. Roland E. Smith, Secretary, Farm Credit Administration Board. [FR Doc. 08–1396 Filed 6–25–08; 12:47pm] BILLING CODE 6705–01–P IV. References 1. EPA. Voluntary Children’s Chemical Evaluation Program; Notice. Federal Register (65 FR 81699, December 26, 2000) (FRL–6758–5). Available on-line at: https:// www.epa.gov/fedrgstr. 2. EPA. Implementation of the Pilot Voluntary Children’s ChemicalEvaluation Program; Request for Comment; Notice. Federal Register (71 FR 67121, November 20, 2006) (FRL–8057–1). Available on-line at: https://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr. List of Subjects jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Environmental protection, Chemicals, Child Health. Dated: June 20, 2008. James B. Gulliford Assistant Administrator, Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances [FR Doc. E8–14528 Filed 6–26–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–S VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:47 Jun 26, 2008 Jkt 214001 FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION Notice of Public Information Collection(s) Being Reviewed by the Federal Communications Commission, Comments Requested June 23, 2008. SUMMARY: The Federal Communications Commission, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork burdens, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to (PRA) of 1995 (PRA), Public Law No. 104–13. An agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid control number. Subject to the PRA, no person shall be subject to any penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information that does not display a valid control number. Comments are requested concerning (a) whether the proposed collection of PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Commission, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Commission’s burden estimate; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on the respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. DATES: Written PRA comments should be submitted on or before August 26, 2008. If you anticipate that you will be submitting comments, but find it difficult to do so within the period of time allowed by this notice, you should advise the contact listed below as soon as possible. ADDRESSES: Interested parties may submit all PRA comments by e-mail or U.S. post mail. To submit your comments by e-mail, send them to PRA@fcc.gov and/or Cathy.Williams@fcc.gov. To submit your comments by U.S. mail, mark them to the attention of Cathy Williams, Federal Communications Commission, Room 1–C823, 445 12th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20554. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information about the information collection(s), contact Cathy Williams at (202) 418–2918 or send an e-mail to PRA@fcc.gov and/or Cathy.Williams@fcc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: OMB Control Number: 3060–0061. Title: Annual Report of Cable Television Systems. Form Number: FCC Form 325. Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection. Respondents: Business and other forprofit. 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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ-OPPT-2006-0341; FRL-8370-4]


Modification of the Voluntary Children's Chemical Evaluation 
Program; Notice of Public Meeting

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: EPA will hold a public meeting to give the stakeholders in the 
Voluntary Childrens Chemical Evaluation Program (VCCEP) and interested 
members of the public an opportunity to comment on the modifications 
the Agency intends to make to VCCEP. The modifications are based on the 
responses the Agency received to its request for comment on the 
implementation of the VCCEP pilot. The modifications will primarily 
address the timeliness and efficiency issues of the program in order to 
increase its productivity and ability to provide information to the 
public on the potential risks to children of exposure to certain 
chemicals. The meeting will also provide the public with an opportunity 
to comment on the use of the modified VCCEP approach to address certain 
data and assessment needs identified in EPA's review of high production 
volume (HPV) and mid production volume (MPV) chemicals under its 
Chemical Assessment and Management Program (ChAMP).

DATES: The meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 22, 2008, from 9 a.m. 
to 11 a.m.
    Requests to participate in the meeting must be received on or 
before July 17, 2008.
    To request accommodation of a disability, please contact the person 
listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATON CONTACT, preferably at least 10 
days prior to the meeting, to give EPA as much time as possible to 
process your request.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Environmental Protection 
Agency, 1201 Constitution Ave., NW., Rm. 1153, Washington, DC 20460.
    Requests to participate in the meeting, identified by docket 
identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2006-0341, may be submitted to 
the technical person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general information contact: Colby 
Lintner, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Environmental 
Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-
0001; telephone number: (202) 554-1404; e-mail address: TSCA-
Hotline@epa.gov.
    For technical information contact: Catherine Roman, Chemical 
Control Division (7405M), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, 
Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., 
Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (202) 564-8157; e-mail 
address: roman.catherine@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. General Information

A. Does this Action Apply to Me?

    This action is directed to the public in general. This action may, 
however, be of particular interest to those chemical manufacturers 
(including importers) who produce or import chemical substances that 
are subject to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), in particular 
those chemical manufacturers (including importers) that are sponsoring 
chemicals in VCCEP, individuals or groups concerned with chemical 
testing and childrens health, and animal welfare groups. Because other 
entities may also be interested, the Agency has not attempted to 
describe all the specific entities that may be affected by this action. 
If you have any questions regarding the applicability of this action to 
a particular entity, consult the technical person listed under FOR 
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

B. How Can I Get Copies of this Document and Other Related Information?

    1. Docket. EPA has established a docket for this action under 
docket ID number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2006-0341. All documents in the docket are 
listed in the docket's index available at https://www.regulations.gov. 
Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly 
available, e.g., Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other 
information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other 
material, such as copyrighted material, will be publicly available only 
in hard copy. Publicly available docket materials are available 
electronically at https://www.regulations.gov, or, if only available in 
hard copy, at the OPPT Docket. The OPPT Docket is located in the EPA 
Docket Center (EPA/DC) at Rm. 3334, EPA West Bldg., 1301

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Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. The EPA/DC Public Reading Room 
hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, 
excluding Federal holidays. The telephone number of the EPA/DC Public 
Reading Room is (202) 566-1744, and the telephone number for the OPPT 
Docket is (202) 566-0280. Docket visitors are required to show 
photographic identification, pass through a metal detector, and sign 
the EPA visitor log. All visitor bags are processed through an X-ray 
machine and subject to search. Visitors will be provided an EPA/DC 
badge that must be visible at all times in the building and returned 
upon departure.
    2. Electronic access. You may access this Federal Register document 
electronically through the EPA Internet under the ``Federal Register'' 
listings at https://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr.

II. Background

    VCCEP was designed to collect health effects, exposure, and risk 
information on chemicals to which children are likely to be exposed, 
and to make that information available to the public so the public may 
better understand the potential health risks to children associated 
with certain chemical exposures, and to allow EPA and others to 
evaluate the risks of these chemicals so that mitigation measures may 
be taken as appropriate. EPA announced VCCEP in December 2000 (Ref. 1) 
and requested chemical manufacturers and importers to participate in a 
pilot of the program by voluntarily sponsoring their chemical if it 
were among those selected by EPA. The pilot began in 2001 when 
companies volunteered to sponsor their chemicals in response to EPAs 
request.
    In 2006, at what was approximately the midpoint in the 
implementation of the pilot phase of VCCEP, EPA sought to evaluate how 
well the pilot was meeting the objectives of VCCEP. To that end, EPA 
requested that the public submit comments on their experience with the 
pilot phase of VCCEP and its opinions on the progress of the pilot 
phase to date (Ref. 2). Additionally, EPA developed a list of questions 
in order to focus comments on certain features of the VCCEP pilot on 
which the Agency particularly wanted input. The comments EPA received 
were summarized and made available to the public on the VCCEP website 
(https://www.epa.gov/oppt/vccep). Some of the main comments concerned 
the timeliness and efficiency of the program, the chemicals selected 
for the pilot program, the use of a tiered approach to testing, and the 
use of a Peer Consultation process to review chemical assessments. 
Based on those comments and also internal Agency discussions, EPA has 
developed a list of modifications that it believes will improve the 
future performance of VCCEP. Although the VCCEP program will continue 
to operate primarily as described in the Federal Register notice 
launching the program (Ref. 1), certain modifications to address the 
main concerns of the Agency, stakeholders and the public are being 
contemplated by EPA. EPA wants to share and discuss the contemplated 
modifications with the VCCEP stakeholders and the public and listen to 
any additional comments. Therefore, EPA will hold a public meeting on 
July 22, 2008, at EPA headquarters in Washington, DC. The modifications 
which will be the basis for the discussions at the public meeting are 
as follows:
    1. Chemical selection. To address the concern that the chemicals 
covered in the VCCEP Pilot were a set of particularly well-studied 
chemicals for which, in most cases, little additional assessment was 
needed, future VCCEP chemicals will primarily be selected from 
chemicals that, when assessed as part of ChAMP, are identified as being 
of special concern and as presenting hazard/exposure data needs that 
are relevant to characterizing risks to children. (A more detailed 
description of ChAMP is provided in this unit as well as at (https://
www.epa.gov/ChAMP). Chemicals that also meet the original VCCEP 
chemical selection criteria which were evidence of presence in human 
tissues and in relevant environmental media (e.g., indoor air, drinking 
water, and food) will be a particular focus of future VCCEP activity.
    2. Changes to the assessment approach.
     To ensure timely completion of chemical assessments, 
specific due dates for sponsor assessment submissions and peer 
consultations will be established in sponsor commitments, including 
timelines for responding to follow-up actions/requests.
     To bring concerns for potential chemical risks to prompt 
resolution, EPA will indicate in its Tier 1 Data Needs Decision when it 
believes it is reasonable to combine Tiers 2 and 3 as used in the VCCEP 
Pilot into a single tier. EPA recognizes that a three tier approach may 
be acceptable when the sponsor can demonstrate that it is sound 
scientifically and that a delay in the public availability of Tier 3 
data would not have potential public health impacts.
    3.Peer consultation modifications. Under the modified approach 
envisioned by EPA, the following points would be agreed to in advance 
by EPA and the sponsoring company or the VCCEP approach will not be 
used for purposes of obtaining needed information.
     The peer consultation process will remain the mechanism to 
review sponsor-generated assessments and the sponsor will be 
responsible for contracting with an independent third party to manage 
the peer consultation and will bear the associated financial burdens.
     Distinguishing between ``data needs'' and ``data gaps,'' 
which was a useful outcome of the VCCEP Pilot, will be used in VCCEP 
peer consultations.
     So that sponsors can better address concerns identified in 
the peer consultation before EPA develops a Data Needs Decision, the 
sponsor will promptly develop revised assessments that respond to 
issues identified in the Peer Consultation Meeting Report and make them 
publicly available. The sponsor will amend its assessments within 90 
days after the Peer Consultation Meeting Report is made available to 
them. EPA will use the amended assessments and the Peer Consultation 
Meeting Report to make its Data Needs Decision within 90 days of 
receipt of the revised assessments. The sponsor will then have 4 months 
after the receipt of the Data Needs Decision, as is current practice in 
the VCCEP Pilot, to decide whether to commit to the next tier of 
assessment, if necessary.
    The meeting on July 22, 2008, will also provide the public with an 
opportunity to comment on the use of the modified VCCEP approach to 
address certain data and assessment needs identified in EPA's review of 
HPV and MPV chemicals under ChAMP, including environmental toxicity, 
environmental fate, and aspects that may go beyond mammalian toxicity. 
ChAMP was established by EPA as a mechanism to partially address the 
Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) commitments announced by the 
United States, Canada, and Mexico in Montebello, Canada in August 2007. 
These commitments included a number of national and regional 
commitments to trilateral cooperation in the assessment and management 
of chemicals in North America. The United States has committed, by 
2012, to assess and initiate needed actions on chemicals produced above 
25,000 pounds per year (lb./yr.) in the country. High production volume 
(HPV) chemicals are manufactured and imported in quantities greater 
than 1,000,000 lb./yr. and moderate production volume (MPV) chemicals 
are manufactured and imported in quantities greater than

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25,000 lb./yr. but less than 1,000,000 lb./yr. EPA's ongoing efforts 
under ChAMP to screen and prioritize the risks of chemicals will be a 
major component of EPA's efforts to meet its SPP commitments.
    EPA believes that an adaptation of the modified VCCEP approach 
could provide a flexible framework to further evaluate certain 
chemicals identified by EPA in its ChAMP screening-level assessments as 
presenting special concerns and associated follow-up action involving 
hazard/exposure data development or assessment.
    EPA believes that in most instances, the detailed evaluation of SPP 
follow-up cases under the modified VCCEP approach should generally 
begin at Tier 1. Sponsor-developed assessments should build on EPA's 
SPP screening-level assessments, consider EPA recommended follow-up 
actions (including conducting higher tier tests specifically identified 
as priorities by EPA on the basis of its initial assessment), and 
include a more highly developed quantification of exposures.

III. How Can I Request to Participate in this Meeting?

    You may submit a request to participate in this meeting to the 
technical person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Do not 
submit any information in your request that is considered CBI. Requests 
to participate in the meeting, identified by docket ID number EPA-HQ-
OPPT-2006-0341, must be received on or before July 17, 2008.

IV. References

    1. EPA. Voluntary Children's Chemical Evaluation Program; Notice. 
Federal Register (65 FR 81699, December 26, 2000) (FRL-6758-5). 
Available on-line at: https://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr.
    2. EPA. Implementation of the Pilot Voluntary Children's 
ChemicalEvaluation Program; Request for Comment; Notice. Federal 
Register (71 FR 67121, November 20, 2006) (FRL-8057-1). Available on-
line at: https://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr.

List of Subjects

    Environmental protection, Chemicals, Child Health.

    Dated: June 20, 2008.
James B. Gulliford
Assistant Administrator, Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic 
Substances
[FR Doc. E8-14528 Filed 6-26-08; 8:45 am]
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