FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Rescheduled Public Meeting, 39292-39294 [E8-15440]

Download as PDF 39292 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 132 / Wednesday, July 9, 2008 / Notices List of Subjects Environmental protection, Pesticides and pests. Dated: June 30, 2008. Gary E. Timm, Acting Director, Office of Science Coordination and Policy. [FR Doc. E8–15360 Filed 7–8–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–S ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OPP–2008–0274; FRL–8373–5] FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Rescheduled Public Meeting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: There will now be a 3–day meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) to consider and review the Agency’s Evaluation of the Toxicity Profile of Chlorpyrifos. This meeting was originally scheduled for July 15–18, 2008. SUMMARY: The meeting will be held on September 16–18, 2008, from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m, Eastern Time. Comments. The Agency encourages that written comments be submitted by September 9, 2008 and requests for oral comments be submitted by September 11, 2008. However, written comments and requests to make oral comments may be submitted until the date of the meeting. Anyone submitting written comments after September 9, 2008 should contact the Designated Federal Official (DFO) listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. For additional instructions, see Unit I.C. of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Nominations. Nominations of candidates to serve as ad hoc members of the FIFRA SAP for this meeting were previously solicited by the Agency on April 18, 2008 (73 FR 21125) (FRL 8360–8). Additional nominations of candidates to serve as ad hoc members of the FIFRA SAP for this meeting should be provided on or before July 23, 2008. Special accommodations. For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, and to request accommodation of a disability, please contact the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT at least 10 days prior to the meeting to give EPA jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES DATES: VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:15 Jul 08, 2008 Jkt 214001 as much time as possible to process your request. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at Holiday Inn – Rosslyn at Key Bridge, 1900 North Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22209. Telephone: (703) 807– 2000. Comments. Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA–HQ–OPP–2008–0274, by one of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: https:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) Regulatory Public Docket (7502P), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460–0001. • Delivery: OPP Regulatory Public Docket (7502P), Environmental Protection Agency, Rm. S–4400, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA. Deliveries are only accepted during the Docket’s normal hours of operation (8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays). Special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information. The Docket Facility telephone number is (703) 305–5805. Instructions. Direct your comments to docket ID number EPA–HQ–OPP–2008– 0274. If your comments contain any information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected, please contact the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT to obtain special instructions before submitting your comments. EPA’s policy is that all comments received will be included in the docket without change and may be made available on-line at https:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through regulations.gov or email. The regulations.gov website is an ‘‘anonymous access’’ system, which means EPA will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an e-mail comment directly to EPA without going through regulations.gov, your e-mail address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the docket and made available on the Internet. If you submit an electronic comment, EPA recommends that you include your name and other contact information in the body of your PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 comment and with any disk or CD-ROM you submit. If EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, EPA may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid the use of special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses. Docket. All documents in the docket are listed in a docket index available in regulations.gov. To access the electronic docket, go to https:// www.regulations.gov, select ‘‘Advanced Search,’’ then ‘‘Docket Search.’’ Insert the docket ID number where indicated and select the ‘‘Submit’’ button. Follow the instructions on the regulations.gov website to view the docket index or access available documents. Although listed in a docket index, some information is not publicly available, e.g., CBI or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, is not placed on the Internet and will be publicly available only in hard copy form. Publicly available docket materials are available in the electronic docket at https://www.regulations.gov, or, if only available in hard copy, at the 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. Nominations, requests to present oral comments, and requests for special accommodations. Submit nominations to serve as an ad hoc member of the FIFRA SAP, requests for special seating accommodations, or requests to present oral comments to the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sharlene R. Matten, DFO, Office of Science Coordination and Policy (7201M), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460–0001; telephone number: 202–564–0130; fax number: 202–564–8382; e-mail addresses: matten.sharlene@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 interest to persons who are or may be required to conduct testing of chemical substances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), FIFRA, and the Food Quality Protection E:\FR\FM\09JYN1.SGM 09JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 132 / Wednesday, July 9, 2008 / Notices Act of 1996 (FQPA). Since 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 DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES B. What Should I Consider as I Prepare My Comments for EPA? When submitting comments, remember to: 1. Identify the document by docket ID number and other identifying information (subject heading, Federal Register date and page number). 2. Follow directions. The Agency may ask you to respond to specific questions or organize comments by referencing a Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part or section number. 3. Explain why you agree or disagree; suggest alternatives and substitute language for your requested changes. 4. Describe any assumptions and provide any technical information and/ or data that you used. 5. If you estimate potential costs or burdens, explain how you arrived at your estimate in sufficient detail to allow for it to be reproduced. 6. Provide specific examples to illustrate your concerns and suggest alternatives. 7. Explain your views as clearly as possible, avoiding the use of profanity or personal threats. 8. Make sure to submit your comments by the comment period deadline identified. C. How May I Participate in this Meeting? You may participate in this meeting by following the instructions in this unit. To ensure proper receipt by EPA, it is imperative that you identify docket ID number EPA–HQ–OPP–2008–0274 in the subject line on the first page of your request. 1. Written comments. The Agency encourages that written comments be submitted, using the instructions in ADDRESSES, no later than September 9, 2008, to provide FIFRA SAP the time necessary to consider and review the written comments. However, written comments are accepted until the date of the meeting. Persons wishing to submit written comments at the meeting should contact the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT and submit 30 copies. Anyone submitting written comments after September 9, 2008 should contact the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. There is no limit on the extent VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:15 Jul 08, 2008 Jkt 214001 of written comments for consideration by FIFRA SAP. 2. Oral comments. The Agency encourages that each individual or group wishing to make brief oral comments to FIFRA SAP submit their request to the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT no later than September 11, 2008, in order to be included on the meeting agenda. Requests to present oral comments will be accepted until the date of the meeting and, to the extent that time permits, the Chair of the FIFRA SAP may permit the presentation of oral comments at the meeting by interested persons who have not previously requested time. The request should identify the name of the individual making the presentation, the organization (if any) the individual will represent, and any requirements for audiovisual equipment (e.g., overhead projector, 35 mm projector, chalkboard). Oral comments before FIFRA SAP are limited to approximately 5 minutes unless prior arrangements have been made. In addition, each speaker should bring 30 copies of his or her comments and presentation slides for distribution to the FIFRA SAP at the meeting. 3. Seating at the meeting. Seating at the meeting will be on a first-come basis. 4. Request for nominations to serve as ad hoc members of the FIFRA SAP for this meeting. As part of a broader process for developing a pool of candidates for each meeting, the FIFRA SAP staff routinely solicits the stakeholder community for nominations of prospective candidates for service as ad hoc members of the FIFRA SAP. Any interested person or organization may nominate qualified individuals to be considered as prospective candidates for a specific meeting. Individuals nominated for this meeting should have expertise in one or more of the following areas: 1. Organophosphate pesticides, 2. Acetylcholinesterase inhibition, 3. Chlorpyrifos metabolism including paraoxonase 1 (PON 1) expression and activity, 4. Cholinergic and non-cholinergic modes/mechanisms of toxicity, 5. Developmental neurotoxicity, 6. Physiologically-based pharmacokinetic modeling, 7. Interpretation of metabolite data from human samples, 8. Mode of action framework, 9. Human relevance framework, 10. Human health risk assessment, 11. Epidemiology, and 12. IPSC WHO Guidance on Chemical Specific Adjustment Factors. Nominees should be scientists who have sufficient professional PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 39293 qualifications, including training and experience, to be capable of providing expert comments on the scientific issues for this meeting. Nominees should be identified by name, occupation, position, address, and telephone number. Nominations should be provided to the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT on or before July 23, 2008. The Agency will consider all nominations of prospective candidates for this meeting that are received on or before this date. However, final selection of ad hoc members for this meeting is a discretionary function of the Agency. The selection of scientists to serve on the FIFRA SAP is based on the function of the panel and the expertise needed to address the Agency’s charge to the panel. No interested scientists shall be ineligible to serve by reason of their membership on any other advisory committee to a Federal department or agency or their employment by a Federal department or agency except the EPA. Other factors considered during the selection process include availability of the potential panel member to fully participate in the panel’s reviews, absence of any conflicts of interest or appearance of lack of impartiality, independence with respect to the matters under review, and lack of bias. Although financial conflicts of interest, the appearance of lack of impartiality, lack of independence, and bias may result in disqualification, the absence of such concerns does not assure that a candidate will be selected to serve on the FIFRA SAP. Numerous qualified candidates are identified for each panel. Therefore, selection decisions involve carefully weighing a number of factors including the candidates’ areas of expertise and professional qualifications and achieving an overall balance of different scientific perspectives on the panel. In order to have the collective breadth of experience needed to address the Agency’s charge for this meeting, the Agency anticipates selecting approximately 15 to 20 ad hoc scientists. FIFRA SAP members are subject to the provisions of 5 CFR part 2634, Executive Branch Financial Disclosure, as supplemented by the EPA in 5 CFR part 6401. In anticipation of this requirement, prospective candidates for service on the FIFRA SAP will be asked to submit confidential financial information which shall fully disclose, among other financial interests, the candidate’s employment, stocks and bonds, and where applicable, sources of research support. The EPA will evaluate the candidates financial disclosure form to E:\FR\FM\09JYN1.SGM 09JYN1 39294 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 132 / Wednesday, July 9, 2008 / Notices assess whether there are financial conflicts of interest, appearance of a lack of impartiality or any prior involvement with the development of the documents under consideration (including previous scientific peer review) before the candidate is considered further for service on the FIFRA SAP. Those who are selected from the pool of prospective candidates will be asked to attend the public meetings and to participate in the discussion of key issues and assumptions at these meetings. In addition, they will be asked to review and to help finalize the meeting minutes. The list of FIFRA SAP members participating at this meeting will be posted on the FIFRA SAP website at https://epa.gov/scipoly/sap or may be obtained from the OPP Regulatory Public Docket at https:// www.regulations.gov. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES II. Background A. Purpose of the FIFRA SAP The FIFRA SAP serves as the primary scientific peer review mechanism of EPA’s Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances (OPPTS) and is structured to provide scientific advice, information and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on pesticides and pesticide-related issues as to the impact of regulatory actions on health and the environment. The FIFRA SAP is a Federal advisory committee established in 1975 under FIFRA that operates in accordance with requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The FIFRA SAP is composed of a permanent panel consisting of seven members who are appointed by the EPA Administrator from nominees provided by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. FIFRA, as amended by FQPA, established a Science Review Board consisting of at least 60 scientists who are available to the Scientific Advisory Panel on an ad hoc basis to assist in reviews conducted by the Scientific Advisory Panel. As a peer review mechanism, the FIFRA SAP provides comments, evaluations and recommendations to improve the effectiveness and quality of analyses made by Agency scientists. Members of the FIFRA SAP are scientists who have sufficient professional qualifications, including training and experience, to provide expert advice and recommendation to the Agency. B. Public Meeting In the last decade, there has been a substantial amount of research on the human health effects of chlorpyrifos. VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:15 Jul 08, 2008 Jkt 214001 The Agency is currently updating the hazard identification and hazard characterization for chlorpyrifos, in part, by evaluating aspects of this research. The Agency is particularly focusing on studies that evaluate the effects of chlorpyrifos on infants and children from in utero and/or post-natal exposures and on studies that evaluate population variability with respect to response to chlorpyrifos. This review will encompass selected human epidemiological data, in vivo data in laboratory animals and in vitro studies. The Agency will be seeking comments from the SAP on the following areas: 1. Interpretation of recent epidemiological studies associating in utero and/or post-natal chlorpyrifos exposure with health outcomes; 2. Aspects of chlorpyrifos metabolism, such as differences in paraoxonase 1 (PON 1) expression and activity, which affects population variability with respect to the effects of chlorpyrifos and its oxon metabolite; 3. Cholinergic and non-cholinergic modes/mechanisms of toxicity relevant to evaluating hazard and risk to infants and children. As part of this review, the Agency is evaluating the relevance of animal studies conducted by different routes of administration (e.g., gavage or subcutaneous injection) for conducting human health risk assessment to different age groups and by different exposure pathways. C. FIFRA SAP Documents and Meeting Minutes EPA’s background paper, related supporting materials, charge/questions to the FIFRA SAP, FIFRA SAP composition (i.e., members and ad hoc members for this meeting), and the meeting agenda will be available by mid-August 2008. In addition, the Agency may provide additional background documents as the materials become available. You may obtain electronic copies of these documents, and certain other related documents that might be available electronically, at https://www.regulations.gov and the FIFRA SAP homepage at https:// www.epa.gov/scipoly/sap. The FIFRA SAP will prepare meeting minutes summarizing its recommendations to the Agency approximately 90 days after the meeting. The meeting minutes will be posted on the FIFRA SAP website or may be obtained from the OPP Regulatory Public Docket at https:// www.regulations.gov. PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 List of Subjects Environmental protection, Pesticides and pests. Dated: June 30, 2008. Gary E. Timm, Acting Director, Office of Science Coordination and Policy. [FR Doc. E8–15440 Filed 7–8–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–S ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OPP–2008–0263; FRL–8371–8] Fenvalerate; Product Cancellation Order Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice announces EPA’s order for the cancellations, voluntarily requested by the registrants and accepted by the Agency, of products containing the pesticide fenvalerate, pursuant to section 6(f)(1) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended. This cancellation order follows an April 30, 2008 Federal Register Notice of Receipt of Requests from the fenvalerate registrants to voluntarily cancel all their fenvalerate product registrations. Fenvalerate is a synthetic pyrethroid insecticide which is used to control insects and related organisms, mollusks, fouling organisms and miscellaneous invertebrates on agricultural, pet care, domestic home and garden (domestic), and commercial/industrial/food and non-food/mosquito abatement (commercial) sites. These are the last fenvalerate products registered for use in the United States. In the April 30, 2008 notice, EPA indicated that it would issue an order implementing the cancellations unless the Agency received substantive comments within the 30 day comment period that would merit its further review of these requests, or unless the registrants withdrew their requests within this period. The Agency did not receive any comments on the notice. Further, the registrants did not withdraw their requests. Accordingly, EPA hereby issues in this notice a cancellation order granting the requested cancellations. Any distribution, sale, or use of the fenvalerate products subject to this cancellation order is permitted only in accordance with the terms of this order, including any existing stocks provisions. DATES: The cancellations are effective July 9, 2008. E:\FR\FM\09JYN1.SGM 09JYN1

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0274; FRL-8373-5]


FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Rescheduled Public 
Meeting

 AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

 ACTION: Notice.

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 SUMMARY: There will now be a 3-day meeting of the Federal Insecticide, 
Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) to 
consider and review the Agency's Evaluation of the Toxicity Profile of 
Chlorpyrifos. This meeting was originally scheduled for July 15-18, 
2008.

 DATES: The meeting will be held on September 16-18, 2008, from 
approximately 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m, Eastern Time.
    Comments. The Agency encourages that written comments be submitted 
by September 9, 2008 and requests for oral comments be submitted by 
September 11, 2008. However, written comments and requests to make oral 
comments may be submitted until the date of the meeting. Anyone 
submitting written comments after September 9, 2008 should contact the 
Designated Federal Official (DFO) listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 
CONTACT. For additional instructions, see Unit I.C. of the 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
    Nominations. Nominations of candidates to serve as ad hoc members 
of the FIFRA SAP for this meeting were previously solicited by the 
Agency on April 18, 2008 (73 FR 21125) (FRL 8360-8). Additional 
nominations of candidates to serve as ad hoc members of the FIFRA SAP 
for this meeting should be provided on or before July 23, 2008.
    Special accommodations. For information on access or services for 
individuals with disabilities, and to request accommodation of a 
disability, please contact the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 
CONTACT 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 Holiday Inn - Rosslyn at Key 
Bridge, 1900 North Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22209. 
Telephone: (703) 807-2000.
    Comments. Submit your comments, identified by docket identification 
(ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0274, by one of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: https://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.
     Mail: Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) Regulatory Public 
Docket (7502P), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania 
Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001.
     Delivery: OPP Regulatory Public Docket (7502P), 
Environmental Protection Agency, Rm. S-4400, One Potomac Yard (South 
Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA. Deliveries are only 
accepted during the Docket's normal hours of operation (8:30 a.m. to 4 
p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays). Special 
arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information. The 
Docket Facility telephone number is (703) 305-5805.
    Instructions. Direct your comments to docket ID number EPA-HQ-OPP-
2008-0274. If your comments contain any information that you consider 
to be CBI or otherwise protected, please contact the DFO listed under 
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT to obtain special instructions before 
submitting your comments. EPA's policy is that all comments received 
will be included in the docket without change and may be made available 
on-line at https://www.regulations.gov, including any personal 
information provided, unless the comment includes information claimed 
to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information 
whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information 
that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through 
regulations.gov or e-mail. The regulations.gov website is an 
``anonymous access'' system, which means EPA will not know your 
identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of 
your comment. If you send an e-mail comment directly to EPA without 
going through regulations.gov, your e-mail address will be 
automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is 
placed in the docket and made available on the Internet. If you submit 
an electronic comment, EPA recommends that you include your name and 
other contact information in the body of your comment and with any disk 
or CD-ROM you submit. If EPA cannot read your comment due to technical 
difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, EPA may not be 
able to consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid the use of 
special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects 
or viruses.
    Docket. All documents in the docket are listed in a docket index 
available in regulations.gov. To access the electronic docket, go to 
https://www.regulations.gov, select ``Advanced Search,'' then ``Docket 
Search.'' Insert the docket ID number where indicated and select the 
``Submit'' button. Follow the instructions on the regulations.gov 
website to view the docket index or access available documents. 
Although listed in a docket index, some information is not publicly 
available, e.g., CBI or other information whose disclosure is 
restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted 
material, is not placed on the Internet and will be publicly available 
only in hard copy form. Publicly available docket materials are 
available in the electronic docket at https://www.regulations.gov, or, 
if only available in hard copy, at the 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.
    Nominations, requests to present oral comments, and requests for 
special accommodations. Submit nominations to serve as an ad hoc member 
of the FIFRA SAP, requests for special seating accommodations, or 
requests to present oral comments to the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT.

 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sharlene R. Matten, DFO, Office of 
Science Coordination and Policy (7201M), Environmental Protection 
Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; 
telephone number: 202-564-0130; fax number: 202-564-8382; e-mail 
addresses: matten.sharlene@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 interest to persons who are or may be required to 
conduct testing of chemical substances under the Federal Food, Drug, 
and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), FIFRA, and the Food Quality Protection

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Act of 1996 (FQPA). Since 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 DFO 
listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

 B. What Should I Consider as I Prepare My Comments for EPA?

    When submitting comments, remember to:
    1. Identify the document by docket ID number and other identifying 
information (subject heading, Federal Register date and page number).
    2. Follow directions. The Agency may ask you to respond to specific 
questions or organize comments by referencing a Code of Federal 
Regulations (CFR) part or section number.
    3. Explain why you agree or disagree; suggest alternatives and 
substitute language for your requested changes.
    4. Describe any assumptions and provide any technical information 
and/or data that you used.
    5. If you estimate potential costs or burdens, explain how you 
arrived at your estimate in sufficient detail to allow for it to be 
reproduced.
    6. Provide specific examples to illustrate your concerns and 
suggest alternatives.
    7. Explain your views as clearly as possible, avoiding the use of 
profanity or personal threats.
    8. Make sure to submit your comments by the comment period deadline 
identified.

 C. How May I Participate in this Meeting?

    You may participate in this meeting by following the instructions 
in this unit. To ensure proper receipt by EPA, it is imperative that 
you identify docket ID number EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0274 in the subject line 
on the first page of your request.
    1. Written comments. The Agency encourages that written comments be 
submitted, using the instructions in ADDRESSES, no later than September 
9, 2008, to provide FIFRA SAP the time necessary to consider and review 
the written comments. However, written comments are accepted until the 
date of the meeting. Persons wishing to submit written comments at the 
meeting should contact the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 
CONTACT and submit 30 copies. Anyone submitting written comments after 
September 9, 2008 should contact the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT. There is no limit on the extent of written 
comments for consideration by FIFRA SAP.
    2. Oral comments. The Agency encourages that each individual or 
group wishing to make brief oral comments to FIFRA SAP submit their 
request to the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT no 
later than September 11, 2008, in order to be included on the meeting 
agenda. Requests to present oral comments will be accepted until the 
date of the meeting and, to the extent that time permits, the Chair of 
the FIFRA SAP may permit the presentation of oral comments at the 
meeting by interested persons who have not previously requested time. 
The request should identify the name of the individual making the 
presentation, the organization (if any) the individual will represent, 
and any requirements for audiovisual equipment (e.g., overhead 
projector, 35 mm projector, chalkboard). Oral comments before FIFRA SAP 
are limited to approximately 5 minutes unless prior arrangements have 
been made. In addition, each speaker should bring 30 copies of his or 
her comments and presentation slides for distribution to the FIFRA SAP 
at the meeting.
    3. Seating at the meeting. Seating at the meeting will be on a 
first-come basis.
    4. Request for nominations to serve as ad hoc members of the FIFRA 
SAP for this meeting. As part of a broader process for developing a 
pool of candidates for each meeting, the FIFRA SAP staff routinely 
solicits the stakeholder community for nominations of prospective 
candidates for service as ad hoc members of the FIFRA SAP. Any 
interested person or organization may nominate qualified individuals to 
be considered as prospective candidates for a specific meeting. 
Individuals nominated for this meeting should have expertise in one or 
more of the following areas:
1. Organophosphate pesticides,
2. Acetylcholinesterase inhibition,
3. Chlorpyrifos metabolism including paraoxonase 1 (PON 1) expression 
and activity,
4. Cholinergic and non-cholinergic modes/mechanisms of toxicity,
5. Developmental neurotoxicity,
6. Physiologically-based pharmacokinetic modeling,
7. Interpretation of metabolite data from human samples,
8. Mode of action framework,
9. Human relevance framework,
10. Human health risk assessment,
11. Epidemiology, and
12. IPSC WHO Guidance on Chemical Specific Adjustment Factors.
    Nominees should be scientists who have sufficient professional 
qualifications, including training and experience, to be capable of 
providing expert comments on the scientific issues for this meeting. 
Nominees should be identified by name, occupation, position, address, 
and telephone number. Nominations should be provided to the DFO listed 
under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT on or before July 23, 2008. The 
Agency will consider all nominations of prospective candidates for this 
meeting that are received on or before this date. However, final 
selection of ad hoc members for this meeting is a discretionary 
function of the Agency.
    The selection of scientists to serve on the FIFRA SAP is based on 
the function of the panel and the expertise needed to address the 
Agency's charge to the panel. No interested scientists shall be 
ineligible to serve by reason of their membership on any other advisory 
committee to a Federal department or agency or their employment by a 
Federal department or agency except the EPA. Other factors considered 
during the selection process include availability of the potential 
panel member to fully participate in the panel's reviews, absence of 
any conflicts of interest or appearance of lack of impartiality, 
independence with respect to the matters under review, and lack of 
bias. Although financial conflicts of interest, the appearance of lack 
of impartiality, lack of independence, and bias may result in 
disqualification, the absence of such concerns does not assure that a 
candidate will be selected to serve on the FIFRA SAP. Numerous 
qualified candidates are identified for each panel. Therefore, 
selection decisions involve carefully weighing a number of factors 
including the candidates' areas of expertise and professional 
qualifications and achieving an overall balance of different scientific 
perspectives on the panel.
    In order to have the collective breadth of experience needed to 
address the Agency's charge for this meeting, the Agency anticipates 
selecting approximately 15 to 20 ad hoc scientists. FIFRA SAP members 
are subject to the provisions of 5 CFR part 2634, Executive Branch 
Financial Disclosure, as supplemented by the EPA in 5 CFR part 6401. In 
anticipation of this requirement, prospective candidates for service on 
the FIFRA SAP will be asked to submit confidential financial 
information which shall fully disclose, among other financial 
interests, the candidate's employment, stocks and bonds, and where 
applicable, sources of research support. The EPA will evaluate the 
candidates financial disclosure form to

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assess whether there are financial conflicts of interest, appearance of 
a lack of impartiality or any prior involvement with the development of 
the documents under consideration (including previous scientific peer 
review) before the candidate is considered further for service on the 
FIFRA SAP. Those who are selected from the pool of prospective 
candidates will be asked to attend the public meetings and to 
participate in the discussion of key issues and assumptions at these 
meetings. In addition, they will be asked to review and to help 
finalize the meeting minutes. The list of FIFRA SAP members 
participating at this meeting will be posted on the FIFRA SAP website 
at https://epa.gov/scipoly/sap or may be obtained from the OPP 
Regulatory Public Docket at https://www.regulations.gov.

 II. Background

 A. Purpose of the FIFRA SAP

    The FIFRA SAP serves as the primary scientific peer review 
mechanism of EPA's Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic 
Substances (OPPTS) and is structured to provide scientific advice, 
information and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on pesticides 
and pesticide-related issues as to the impact of regulatory actions on 
health and the environment. The FIFRA SAP is a Federal advisory 
committee established in 1975 under FIFRA that operates in accordance 
with requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The FIFRA SAP 
is composed of a permanent panel consisting of seven members who are 
appointed by the EPA Administrator from nominees provided by the 
National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. 
FIFRA, as amended by FQPA, established a Science Review Board 
consisting of at least 60 scientists who are available to the 
Scientific Advisory Panel on an ad hoc basis to assist in reviews 
conducted by the Scientific Advisory Panel. As a peer review mechanism, 
the FIFRA SAP provides comments, evaluations and recommendations to 
improve the effectiveness and quality of analyses made by Agency 
scientists. Members of the FIFRA SAP are scientists who have sufficient 
professional qualifications, including training and experience, to 
provide expert advice and recommendation to the Agency.

 B. Public Meeting

    In the last decade, there has been a substantial amount of research 
on the human health effects of chlorpyrifos. The Agency is currently 
updating the hazard identification and hazard characterization for 
chlorpyrifos, in part, by evaluating aspects of this research. The 
Agency is particularly focusing on studies that evaluate the effects of 
chlorpyrifos on infants and children from in utero and/or post-natal 
exposures and on studies that evaluate population variability with 
respect to response to chlorpyrifos. This review will encompass 
selected human epidemiological data, in vivo data in laboratory animals 
and in vitro studies. The Agency will be seeking comments from the SAP 
on the following areas:
1. Interpretation of recent epidemiological studies associating in 
utero and/or post-natal chlorpyrifos exposure with health outcomes;
2. Aspects of chlorpyrifos metabolism, such as differences in 
paraoxonase 1 (PON 1) expression and activity, which affects population 
variability with respect to the effects of chlorpyrifos and its oxon 
metabolite;
3. Cholinergic and non-cholinergic modes/mechanisms of toxicity 
relevant to evaluating hazard and risk to infants and children.
    As part of this review, the Agency is evaluating the relevance of 
animal studies conducted by different routes of administration (e.g., 
gavage or subcutaneous injection) for conducting human health risk 
assessment to different age groups and by different exposure pathways.

C. FIFRA SAP Documents and Meeting Minutes

    EPA's background paper, related supporting materials, charge/
questions to the FIFRA SAP, FIFRA SAP composition (i.e., members and ad 
hoc members for this meeting), and the meeting agenda will be available 
by mid-August 2008. In addition, the Agency may provide additional 
background documents as the materials become available. You may obtain 
electronic copies of these documents, and certain other related 
documents that might be available electronically, at https://
www.regulations.gov and the FIFRA SAP homepage at https://www.epa.gov/
scipoly/sap.
    The FIFRA SAP will prepare meeting minutes summarizing its 
recommendations to the Agency approximately 90 days after the meeting. 
The meeting minutes will be posted on the FIFRA SAP website or may be 
obtained from the OPP Regulatory Public Docket at https://
www.regulations.gov.

List of Subjects

    Environmental protection, Pesticides and pests.

    Dated: June 30, 2008.
Gary E. Timm,
Acting Director, Office of Science Coordination and Policy.
[FR Doc. E8-15440 Filed 7-8-08; 8:45 am]
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