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Download as PDF 45437 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 151 / Tuesday, August 5, 2008 / Notices conduct the necessary research, perform the appropriate analyses and prepare the permit application with documentation to demonstrate that their project meets all applicable statutory and regulatory NSR requirements. Specific activities and requirements are listed and described in the Supporting Statement for the ICR. Reviewing authorities review the permit application, provide for public review of the proposed project, and issue the permit based on its consideration of all technical factors and public input. The EPA, more broadly, reviews a fraction of the total applications and audits the state and local programs for their effectiveness. 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Burden means the total time, effort, or financial resources expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, or disclose or provide information to or for a Federal agency. This includes the time needed to review instructions; develop, acquire, install, and utilize technology and systems for the purposes of collecting, validating, and verifying information, processing and maintaining information, and disclosing and providing information; adjust the existing ways to comply with any previously applicable instructions and requirements; train personnel to be able to respond to a collection of information; search data sources; complete and review the collection of information; and transmit or otherwise disclose the information. Respondents/Affected Entities: Industrial plants, state and local permitting agencies. Estimated Number of Respondents: 150,821. Frequency of Response: 1 per respondent. Estimated Total Annual Hour Burden: 5,951,068 hours. 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E8–17927 Filed 8–4–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL–8700–8; Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–ORD 2007–0983] Interim Report of the U.S. EPA Global Change Research Program Assessment of the Impacts of Global Change on Regional U.S. Air Quality: A Preliminary Synthesis of Climate Change Impacts on O3 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice of Peer-Review Workshop. AGENCY: SUMMARY: EPA is announcing that Versar, Inc., an EPA contractor for external scientific peer review, will convene an independent panel of experts and organize and conduct an external peer-review workshop to review the external review draft document titled, ‘‘Interim Report of the U.S. EPA Global Change Research Program Assessment of the Impacts of Global Change on Regional U.S. Air Quality: A Preliminary Synthesis of Climate Change Impacts on O3’’ (EPA/ 600/R–07/094). The draft document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within EPA’s Office of Research and Development. The public comment period, announced in (73 FR 39695), and the external peer-review workshop are separate processes that provide opportunities for all interested parties to comment on the document. EPA has released this draft document solely for PO 00000 Frm 00047 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Major Part D Minor 282 519 74,591 866 301 642 127 40 30 the purpose of pre-dissemination peer review under applicable information quality guidelines. This document has not been formally disseminated by EPA. It does not represent and should not be construed to represent any Agency policy or determination. EPA invites the public to register to attend this workshop as observers. In addition, EPA invites the public to give oral and/or provide written comments at the workshop regarding the draft document under review. The draft document and EPA’s peer-review charge are available primarily via the Internet on NCEA’s home page under the Recent Additions and the Data and Publications menus at www.epa.gov/ncea. In preparing a final report, EPA will consider the Versar, Inc. report of the comments and recommendations from the external peer-review workshop and any public comments that EPA receives in accordance with this notice. DATES: The peer-review panel workshop will begin on August 26, 2008, at 8:30 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. on the same day. ADDRESSES: The peer-review workshop will be held at the U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park Campus, 109 TW Alexander Drive, Durham, NC 27709. The EPA contractor, Versar Inc., is organizing, convening, and conducting the peer-review workshop. To attend the workshop, register by August 19, 2008, preferably via the Internet at https:// epa.versar.com/ climatechangeimpactsonozone, or via the following means: by calling Versar, Inc. at 703–750–3000, extension 737 or 211; sending a facsimile to Attn: Malikah Moore at 703–642–6954, or; sending an e-mail to mmoore@versar.com and dsinkowski@versar.com. The draft ‘‘Interim Report of the U.S. EPA Global Change Research Program Assessment of the Impacts of Global Change on Regional U.S. Air Quality: A E:\FR\FM\05AUN1.SGM 05AUN1 45438 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 151 / Tuesday, August 5, 2008 / Notices dwashington3 on PRODPC61 with NOTICES Preliminary Synthesis of Climate Change Impacts on O3’’ is available primarily via the Internet on the National Center for Environmental Assessment’s home page under the Recent Additions and the Data and Publications menus at www.epa.gov/ ncea. A limited number of paper copies are available from the Information Management Team, NCEA; telephone: 703–347–8561; facsimile: 703–347– 8691. If you are requesting a paper copy, please provide your name, mailing address, and the document title. Copies are not available from Versar, Inc. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions regarding information, registration, access or services for individuals with disabilities, or logistics for the external peer-review workshop should be directed to Versar, Inc., 6850 Versar Center, Springfield, VA 22151; telephone: 703–750–3000, extension 737 or 211; facsimile: Attn.: Malikah Moore at 703–642–6954; e-mail: mmoore@versar.com and dsinkowski@versar.com. To request accommodation of a disability, please contact Malikah Moore at mmoore@versar.com or 703–750–3000, ext. 211, preferably at least 10 days prior to the meeting, to give as much time as possible to process your request. If you need technical information about the document, please contact Brooke L. Hemming, Ph.D., National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA); telephone: 919–541–5668; facsimile: 919–541–7885; e-mail: hemming.brooke@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Summary of Information About the Project/Document The ‘‘Interim Report of the U.S. EPA Global Change Research Program Assessment of the Impacts of Global Change on Regional U.S. Air Quality: A Preliminary Synthesis of Climate Change Impacts on O3’’ is intended to provide air quality managers and scientists a summary and synthesis of the scientific results that have emerged from the EPA ORD Global Change Research Program (ORD GCRP) assessment of the impact of global change on U.S. regional air quality. The report discusses the studies that have focused on the sensitivity of U.S. air quality to meteorological changes associated with a warming climate in large regions within the continental U.S. The EPA recognizes that climate-air quality interactions occur at multiple scales (both spatial and temporal), and that an understanding of these interactions demands contributions from several scientific disciplines. The VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:19 Aug 04, 2008 Jkt 214001 EPA ORD GCRP developed a research and assessment program that combines the resources and expertise of the ORD labs and centers toward the goal of developing the necessary scientific underpinnings. The ultimate goal of the Program is to provide air quality managers with the scientific information and tools needed to evaluate the implications of global change and to enhance their ability to consider global change in their decisions. The ‘‘Interim Report of the U.S. EPA Global Change Research Program Assessment of the Impacts of Global Change on Regional U.S. Air Quality: A Preliminary Synthesis of Climate Change Impacts on O3’’ is a preliminary step in that direction. This report provides an update of the progress that has been made in applying climate and atmospheric chemistry models to investigate potential future meteorological effects on air quality. It does not include changes in air pollutant emissions other than those that are explicitly linked to meteorological variables and incorporated within the models (e.g., biogenic VOC emissions). In addition, it provides a preliminary interpretation of what this improved scientific understanding means for air quality management. Future assessment reports will cover the combined impacts of changing climate and air pollutant emissions on air quality. The program also plans to develop additional reports that focus on additional pollutants, including PM and mercury. NCEA worked collaboratively with the EPA Office of Air and Radiation (OAR), and ORD’s National Risk Management Research Laboratory (NRMRL), National Exposure Research Laboratory (NERL) and National Center for Environmental Research (NCER) on this report. II. Workshop Information Members of the public may attend the workshop as observers, and there will be a limited time for comments from the public in the afternoon. Please let Versar, Inc. know if you wish to make comments during the workshop. Space is limited, and reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Dated: July 25, 2008. Rebecca Clark, Deputy Director, National Center for Environmental Assessment. [FR Doc. E8–17925 Filed 8–4–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P PO 00000 Frm 00048 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OPP–2008–0545; FRL–8375–9] Pesticides; Revised Fee Schedule for Registration Applications Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: EPA is publishing a revised list of pesticide registration service fees applicable to specified pesticide applications and tolerance actions. Under the Pesticide Registration Improvement Renewal Act, the registration service fees for covered pesticide registration applications received on or after October 1, 2008, increase by 5% rounding up to the nearest dollar from the fees published for fiscal year 2008, and certain decision review periods have been reduced. The new fees and decision review periods become effective on October 1, 2008. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elizabeth Leovey (7501P), Immediate Office, Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460–0001; telephone number: (703) 305–7328; fax number: (703) 308– 4776; e-mail address: leovey.elizabeth@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. General Information A. Does this Action Apply to Me? 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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[FRL-8700-8; Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD 2007-0983]


Interim Report of the U.S. EPA Global Change Research Program 
Assessment of the Impacts of Global Change on Regional U.S. Air 
Quality: A Preliminary Synthesis of Climate Change Impacts on O3

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice of Peer-Review Workshop.

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SUMMARY: EPA is announcing that Versar, Inc., an EPA contractor for 
external scientific peer review, will convene an independent panel of 
experts and organize and conduct an external peer-review workshop to 
review the external review draft document titled, ``Interim Report of 
the U.S. EPA Global Change Research Program Assessment of the Impacts 
of Global Change on Regional U.S. Air Quality: A Preliminary Synthesis 
of Climate Change Impacts on O3'' (EPA/600/R-07/094). The 
draft document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental 
Assessment (NCEA) within EPA's Office of Research and Development.
    The public comment period, announced in (73 FR 39695), and the 
external peer-review workshop are separate processes that provide 
opportunities for all interested parties to comment on the document. 
EPA has released this draft document solely for the purpose of pre-
dissemination peer review under applicable information quality 
guidelines. This document has not been formally disseminated by EPA. It 
does not represent and should not be construed to represent any Agency 
policy or determination.
    EPA invites the public to register to attend this workshop as 
observers. In addition, EPA invites the public to give oral and/or 
provide written comments at the workshop regarding the draft document 
under review. The draft document and EPA's peer-review charge are 
available primarily via the Internet on NCEA's home page under the 
Recent Additions and the Data and Publications menus at www.epa.gov/
ncea. In preparing a final report, EPA will consider the Versar, Inc. 
report of the comments and recommendations from the external peer-
review workshop and any public comments that EPA receives in accordance 
with this notice.

DATES: The peer-review panel workshop will begin on August 26, 2008, at 
8:30 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. on the same day.

ADDRESSES: The peer-review workshop will be held at the U.S. EPA, 
Research Triangle Park Campus, 109 TW Alexander Drive, Durham, NC 
27709. The EPA contractor, Versar Inc., is organizing, convening, and 
conducting the peer-review workshop. To attend the workshop, register 
by August 19, 2008, preferably via the Internet at https://
epa.versar.com/climatechangeimpactsonozone, or via the following means: 
by calling Versar, Inc. at 703-750-3000, extension 737 or 211; sending 
a facsimile to Attn: Malikah Moore at 703-642-6954, or; sending an e-
mail to mmoore@versar.com and dsinkowski@versar.com. The draft 
``Interim Report of the U.S. EPA Global Change Research Program 
Assessment of the Impacts of Global Change on Regional U.S. Air 
Quality: A

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Preliminary Synthesis of Climate Change Impacts on O3'' is 
available primarily via the Internet on the National Center for 
Environmental Assessment's home page under the Recent Additions and the 
Data and Publications menus at www.epa.gov/ncea. A limited number of 
paper copies are available from the Information Management Team, NCEA; 
telephone: 703-347-8561; facsimile: 703-347-8691. If you are requesting 
a paper copy, please provide your name, mailing address, and the 
document title. Copies are not available from Versar, Inc.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions regarding information, 
registration, access or services for individuals with disabilities, or 
logistics for the external peer-review workshop should be directed to 
Versar, Inc., 6850 Versar Center, Springfield, VA 22151; telephone: 
703-750-3000, extension 737 or 211; facsimile: Attn.: Malikah Moore at 
703-642-6954; e-mail: mmoore@versar.com and dsinkowski@versar.com. To 
request accommodation of a disability, please contact Malikah Moore at 
mmoore@versar.com or 703-750-3000, ext. 211, preferably at least 10 
days prior to the meeting, to give as much time as possible to process 
your request.
    If you need technical information about the document, please 
contact Brooke L. Hemming, Ph.D., National Center for Environmental 
Assessment (NCEA); telephone: 919-541-5668; facsimile: 919-541-7885; e-
mail: hemming.brooke@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Summary of Information About the Project/Document

    The ``Interim Report of the U.S. EPA Global Change Research Program 
Assessment of the Impacts of Global Change on Regional U.S. Air 
Quality: A Preliminary Synthesis of Climate Change Impacts on 
O3'' is intended to provide air quality managers and 
scientists a summary and synthesis of the scientific results that have 
emerged from the EPA ORD Global Change Research Program (ORD GCRP) 
assessment of the impact of global change on U.S. regional air quality. 
The report discusses the studies that have focused on the sensitivity 
of U.S. air quality to meteorological changes associated with a warming 
climate in large regions within the continental U.S. The EPA recognizes 
that climate-air quality interactions occur at multiple scales (both 
spatial and temporal), and that an understanding of these interactions 
demands contributions from several scientific disciplines. The EPA ORD 
GCRP developed a research and assessment program that combines the 
resources and expertise of the ORD labs and centers toward the goal of 
developing the necessary scientific underpinnings. The ultimate goal of 
the Program is to provide air quality managers with the scientific 
information and tools needed to evaluate the implications of global 
change and to enhance their ability to consider global change in their 
decisions. The ``Interim Report of the U.S. EPA Global Change Research 
Program Assessment of the Impacts of Global Change on Regional U.S. Air 
Quality: A Preliminary Synthesis of Climate Change Impacts on 
O3'' is a preliminary step in that direction. This report 
provides an update of the progress that has been made in applying 
climate and atmospheric chemistry models to investigate potential 
future meteorological effects on air quality. It does not include 
changes in air pollutant emissions other than those that are explicitly 
linked to meteorological variables and incorporated within the models 
(e.g., biogenic VOC emissions). In addition, it provides a preliminary 
interpretation of what this improved scientific understanding means for 
air quality management. Future assessment reports will cover the 
combined impacts of changing climate and air pollutant emissions on air 
quality. The program also plans to develop additional reports that 
focus on additional pollutants, including PM and mercury. NCEA worked 
collaboratively with the EPA Office of Air and Radiation (OAR), and 
ORD's National Risk Management Research Laboratory (NRMRL), National 
Exposure Research Laboratory (NERL) and National Center for 
Environmental Research (NCER) on this report.

II. Workshop Information

    Members of the public may attend the workshop as observers, and 
there will be a limited time for comments from the public in the 
afternoon. Please let Versar, Inc. know if you wish to make comments 
during the workshop. Space is limited, and reservations will be 
accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Dated: July 25, 2008.
Rebecca Clark,
Deputy Director, National Center for Environmental Assessment.
[FR Doc. E8-17925 Filed 8-4-08; 8:45 am]
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