Integrated Science Assessment for Oxides of Nitrogen-Health Criteria, 39960-39961 [E8-15726]

Download as PDF 39960 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 134 / Friday, July 11, 2008 / Notices Summary: EPA continues to have environmental concerns about impaired waterbody and forested wetland impacts. EIS No. 20080183, ERP No. F–FHW– F40429–00, US–131 Improvement Study, from the Indiana Toll Road (1– 80/90) to a Point One Mile North of Cowling Road, U.S. Army COE Section 404 Permit, St. Joseph County, MI and Elkhart County, IN. Summary: While EPA has no objection to the proposed action, EPA recommended that the ROD discuss monitoring wetland hydrology and coordinate seasonal restrictions on activities in the St. Joseph River riparian corridor. EIS No. 20080196, ERP No. F–NRC– H06006–KS, GENERIC—License Renewal of Nuclear Plants Regarding Wolf Creek Generating Station, (WCGS) Unit 1. Supplement 32 to NUREG 1437, Implementation, Coffey Country, KS. Summary: While EPA has no objections to the proposed action, EPA recommends close coordination with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding the viability of John Redmond reservoir to supply future make-up water needs. EIS No. 20080208, ERP No. F–NRC– G09805–OK, Sequoyah Fuels Corporation Site, Proposed Reclamation Activities for the 243hectare (600 acre) Site, (NUREG– 1888) in Gore, OK. Summary: No formal comment letter was sent to the preparing agency. EIS No. 20080212, ERP No. F–BIA– L60108–WA, Cowlitz Indian Tribe Trust Acquisition and Casino Project, Take 151.87 Acres into Federal Trust and Issuing of Reservation Proclamation, and Approving the Gaming Development and Management Contract, Clack County, WA. pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES Summary: EPA’s previous issues have been resolved; therefore, EPA has no objection to the proposed action. EIS No. 20080216, ERP No. F–BPA– J08028–MT, Libby (FP-1) to Troy Section of BPA’s Libby to Bonner Ferry 115-kilovolt Transmission Line Project, Rebuilding Transmission Line between Libby and Troy, Lincoln County, MT. Summary: EPA expressed environmental concerns about water quality and ground disturbance impacts. VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:19 Jul 10, 2008 Jkt 214001 Dated: July 8, 2008. Ken Mittelholtz, Environmental Protection Specialist, Office of Federal Activities. [FR Doc. E8–15842 Filed 7–10–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL–8689–9] Integrated Science Assessment for Oxides of Nitrogen—Health Criteria Environmental Protection Agency. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of a final document entitled ‘‘Integrated Science Assessment for Oxides of Nitrogen—Health Criteria’’ (EPA/600/R–08/071). The document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment within EPA’s Office of Research and Development as part of the review of the primary (health-based) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for oxides of nitrogen. DATES: The document will be available on July 11, 2008. ADDRESSES: The ‘‘Integrated Science Assessment for Oxides of Nitrogen— Health Criteria’’ will be available primarily via the Internet on the National Center for Environmental Assessment’s home page under the Recent Additions and Publications menus at https://www.epa.gov/ncea. A limited number of CD–ROM or paper copies will be available. Contact Ms. Ellen Lorang by phone (919–541–2771), fax (919–541–5078), or e-mail (lorang.ellen@epa.gov) to request either of these, and please provide your name, your mailing address, and the document title, ‘‘Integrated Science Assessment for Oxides of Nitrogen—Health Criteria’’ (EPA/600/R–08/071), to facilitate processing of your request. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For technical information, contact Dennis Kotchmar, M.D., NCEA; telephone: 919– 541–4158; facsimile: 919–541–5078; or e-mail: kotchmar.dennis@epa.gov or Thomas Luben, PhD, NCEA; telephone: 919–541–5762; or e-mail: luben.tom@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 108(a) of the Clean Air Act directs the Administrator to identify certain pollutants that ‘‘may reasonably be anticipated to endanger public health and welfare’’ and to issue air quality criteria for them. These air quality PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 criteria are to ‘‘accurately reflect the latest scientific knowledge useful in indicating the kind and extent of all identifiable effects on public health or welfare which may be expected from the presence of [a] pollutant in the ambient air * * *.’’ Under section 109 of the Act, EPA is then to establish national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for each pollutant for which EPA has issued criteria. Section 109(d) of the Act requires subsequent periodic review and, if appropriate, revision of existing air quality criteria to reflect advances in scientific knowledge on the effects of the pollutant on public health and welfare. EPA is also to revise the NAAQS, if appropriate, based on the revised air quality criteria. Oxides of nitrogen are one of six principal (or ‘‘criteria’’) pollutants for which EPA has issued air quality criteria. National ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) based on those criteria have been established for nitrogen dioxide (NO2), an indicator for gaseous nitrogen oxides. Periodically, EPA reviews the scientific basis for these standards by preparing an Integrated Science Assessment (ISA) and supplementary annexes, formerly called an Air Quality Criteria Document (AQCD). The ISA and supplementary annexes, in conjunction with additional technical and policy assessments, provide the scientific basis for EPA decisions on the adequacy of a current NAAQS and the appropriateness of new or revised standards. The Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC), an independent science advisory committee mandated by the Clean Air Act and part of the EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB), is charged with independent, expert scientific review of EPA’s draft ISAs. On December 9, 2005 (70 FR 73236), EPA formally initiated its current review of the criteria for Oxides of Nitrogen, requesting the submission of recent scientific information on specified topics. A draft of EPA’s ‘‘Integrated Review Plan for the Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Nitrogen Dioxide’’ was made available in February 2007 for public comment and was discussed by the Clean Air Science Advisory Committee (CASAC) via a publicly accessible teleconference consultation on May 11, 2007 (72 FR 20336). In February 2007 (72 FR 6238), a workshop was held to discuss, with invited scientific experts, initial draft materials prepared in the development of the ISA and supplementary annexes for oxides of nitrogen. The first external review draft of this ISA was released for public comment and review by the CASAC on E:\FR\FM\11JYN1.SGM 11JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 134 / Friday, July 11, 2008 / Notices August 31, 2007 (72 FR 50107), and was reviewed by CASAC at a public meeting held on October 24–25, 2007. The second draft of this ISA was released for public comment and review by the CASAC in March 2008 (73 FR 11916), and was reviewed by CASAC at a public meeting held on May 1–2, 2008. EPA has considered comments by CASAC and the public in preparing this final ISA. Dated: July 1, 2008. Rebecca M. Clark, Acting Director, National Center for Environmental Assessment. [FR Doc. E8–15726 Filed 7–10–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL–8690–9] EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Public Teleconference Meeting of the Chartered Science Advisory Board Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference meeting of the chartered SAB to: (1) Conduct its quality review of the SAB draft report SAB Advisory on the EPA Ecological Research Program Multi-year Plan; (2) have follow-up discussions of EPA’s strategic research directions; and (3) complete its discussions of science that supports EPA’s disaster response programs. The meeting date is Monday, July 28, 2008, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern Time). Location: The meeting will be conducted by telephone only. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing to obtain general information concerning this public teleconference meeting should contact Mr. Thomas O. Miller, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board (1400F), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; via telephone/voice mail: (202) 343–9982; fax: (202) 233–0643; or e-mail at miller.tom@epa.gov. General information concerning the EPA Science Advisory Board can be found on the SAB Web site at: https://www.epa.gov/ sab. pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES DATES: The SAB was established by 42 U.S.C. 4365 to provide independent scientific and SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:19 Jul 10, 2008 Jkt 214001 technical advice to the Administrator on the technical basis for Agency positions and regulations. The SAB is a Federal advisory committee chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended, 5 U.S.C., App. The SAB will comply with the provisions of FACA and all appropriate SAB Staff Office procedural policies. Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92–463, notice is hereby given that the EPA SAB will hold a public teleconference meeting to discuss several issues and to conduct a quality review of the SAB Panel’s draft Advisory on the EPA Ecological Research Program Multi-year Plan. Background: (a) SAB Quality Review of the Draft SAB Report Advisory on the EPA Ecological Research Program Multiyear Plan. The Chartered Science Advisory Board will conduct a quality review of the draft SAB committee report on EPA’s Ecological Research Multi-Year Plan prepared by the SAB’s Ecological Processes and Effects Committee (EPEC). The draft report is in response to an EPA Office of Research and Development (ORD) request that the SAB review the Agency’s proposed Research Program Strategy and Multiyear Plan that focuses on research issues related to ecosystems and ecosystem services. The draft report is available on the SAB Web Site at: https:// yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/0/ EE66B20E1A20BBA18525734D 005E6665?OpenDocument. (b) EPA Strategic Research Directions: The Science Advisory Board engaged with EPA in a continuing dialogue to evaluate and provide advice on the strategic directions for EPA’s research program for the next five to fifteen years. This activity complements the annual SAB review of EPA’s research budget, and permits a more critical evaluation of research programs than is possible during those research budget reviews. The SAB will continue its discussions at its July 28, 2008 meeting. Additional information on past discussions (e.g., October 3–5, 2007 meeting; see 72 FR 50105–50107) and other relevant information can be found on the EPA SAB Web site at: https:// yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/ 36a1ca3f683ae57a85256ce9006a32d0/ 54b1d2e5f6dbb2b38525730c 00624a96!OpenDocument). (c) Environmental Disasters. The SAB is formulating advice to EPA aimed at strengthening science underlying EPA’s preparation for and response to environmental disasters. The SAB previously discussed this topic at its meetings on December 12–14, 2006 (see 71 FR 67566), June 19–20, 2007 (see 72 FR 27308) and October 3–5, 2007 (see PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 39961 72 FR 50105–50107). The SAB has drafted an advisory to the Administrator as a result of these discussions. Discussions of those comments will be completed during the SAB meeting on July 28, 2008. Additional information about this topic is available on the SAB Web site at: https://yosemite.epa.gov/ sab/sabproduct.nsf/02ad90b136fc21ef 85256eba00436459/75e560f8a 00949fa8525714c 00454e95!OpenDocument. Availability of Meeting Materials: The agenda and other materials in support of this meeting will be placed on the SAB Web site at https://www.epa.gov/sab in advance of this meeting. Procedures for Providing Public Input: Interested members of the public may submit relevant written or oral information for the SAB to consider during this teleconference. Oral Statements: In general, individuals or groups requesting time to make an oral presentation at a public SAB teleconference will be limited to three minutes, with no more than onehalf hour for all speakers. At face-to-face meetings, presentations will be limited to five minutes, with no more than a total of one hour for all speakers. To be placed on the public speaker list, interested parties should contact Mr. Thomas Miller, DFO, in writing (preferably by e-mail), by July 21, 2008 at the contact information provided above. Written Statements: Written statements should be received in the SAB Staff Office by July 21, 2008, so that the information may be made available to the SAB for their consideration prior to this teleconference meeting. Written statements should be supplied to the DFO via e-mail to miller.tom@epa.gov (acceptable file format: Adobe Acrobat PDF, WordPerfect, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, or Rich Text files in IBMPC/Windows 98/2000/XP format). Accessibility: For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, please contact Mr. Thomas Miller at (202) 343–9982 or miller.tom@epa.gov. To request accommodation of a disability, please contact Mr. Miller, preferably at least 10 days prior to the meeting, to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request. Dated: July 8, 2008. Anthony F. Maciorowski, Deputy Director, EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office. [FR Doc. E8–15798 Filed 7–10–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P E:\FR\FM\11JYN1.SGM 11JYN1

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

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Integrated Science Assessment for Oxides of Nitrogen--Health 
Criteria

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing 
the availability of a final document entitled ``Integrated Science 
Assessment for Oxides of Nitrogen--Health Criteria'' (EPA/600/R-08/
071). The document was prepared by the National Center for 
Environmental Assessment within EPA's Office of Research and 
Development as part of the review of the primary (health-based) 
national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for oxides of nitrogen.

DATES: The document will be available on July 11, 2008.

ADDRESSES: The ``Integrated Science Assessment for Oxides of Nitrogen--
Health Criteria'' will be available primarily via the Internet on the 
National Center for Environmental Assessment's home page under the 
Recent Additions and Publications menus at https://www.epa.gov/ncea. A 
limited number of CD-ROM or paper copies will be available. Contact Ms. 
Ellen Lorang by phone (919-541-2771), fax (919-541-5078), or e-mail 
(lorang.ellen@epa.gov) to request either of these, and please provide 
your name, your mailing address, and the document title, ``Integrated 
Science Assessment for Oxides of Nitrogen--Health Criteria'' (EPA/600/
R-08/071), to facilitate processing of your request.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For technical information, contact 
Dennis Kotchmar, M.D., NCEA; telephone: 919-541-4158; facsimile: 919-
541-5078; or e-mail: kotchmar.dennis@epa.gov or Thomas Luben, PhD, 
NCEA; telephone: 919-541-5762; or e-mail: luben.tom@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 108(a) of the Clean Air Act directs 
the Administrator to identify certain pollutants that ``may reasonably 
be anticipated to endanger public health and welfare'' and to issue air 
quality criteria for them. These air quality criteria are to 
``accurately reflect the latest scientific knowledge useful in 
indicating the kind and extent of all identifiable effects on public 
health or welfare which may be expected from the presence of [a] 
pollutant in the ambient air * * *.'' Under section 109 of the Act, EPA 
is then to establish national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for 
each pollutant for which EPA has issued criteria. Section 109(d) of the 
Act requires subsequent periodic review and, if appropriate, revision 
of existing air quality criteria to reflect advances in scientific 
knowledge on the effects of the pollutant on public health and welfare. 
EPA is also to revise the NAAQS, if appropriate, based on the revised 
air quality criteria.
    Oxides of nitrogen are one of six principal (or ``criteria'') 
pollutants for which EPA has issued air quality criteria. National 
ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) based on those criteria have been 
established for nitrogen dioxide (NO2), an indicator for 
gaseous nitrogen oxides. Periodically, EPA reviews the scientific basis 
for these standards by preparing an Integrated Science Assessment (ISA) 
and supplementary annexes, formerly called an Air Quality Criteria 
Document (AQCD). The ISA and supplementary annexes, in conjunction with 
additional technical and policy assessments, provide the scientific 
basis for EPA decisions on the adequacy of a current NAAQS and the 
appropriateness of new or revised standards. The Clean Air Scientific 
Advisory Committee (CASAC), an independent science advisory committee 
mandated by the Clean Air Act and part of the EPA's Science Advisory 
Board (SAB), is charged with independent, expert scientific review of 
EPA's draft ISAs.
    On December 9, 2005 (70 FR 73236), EPA formally initiated its 
current review of the criteria for Oxides of Nitrogen, requesting the 
submission of recent scientific information on specified topics. A 
draft of EPA's ``Integrated Review Plan for the Primary National 
Ambient Air Quality Standard for Nitrogen Dioxide'' was made available 
in February 2007 for public comment and was discussed by the Clean Air 
Science Advisory Committee (CASAC) via a publicly accessible 
teleconference consultation on May 11, 2007 (72 FR 20336). In February 
2007 (72 FR 6238), a workshop was held to discuss, with invited 
scientific experts, initial draft materials prepared in the development 
of the ISA and supplementary annexes for oxides of nitrogen. The first 
external review draft of this ISA was released for public comment and 
review by the CASAC on

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August 31, 2007 (72 FR 50107), and was reviewed by CASAC at a public 
meeting held on October 24-25, 2007. The second draft of this ISA was 
released for public comment and review by the CASAC in March 2008 (73 
FR 11916), and was reviewed by CASAC at a public meeting held on May 1-
2, 2008. EPA has considered comments by CASAC and the public in 
preparing this final ISA.

    Dated: July 1, 2008.
Rebecca M. Clark,
Acting Director, National Center for Environmental Assessment.
[FR Doc. E8-15726 Filed 7-10-08; 8:45 am]
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