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Download as PDF mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES 74486 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 236 / Monday, December 8, 2008 / Notices Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is (202) 566–1744, and the telephone number for the Office of Air and Radiation Docket is (202) 566–1742. 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/. Under section 108(a) of the Clean Air Act (CAA), the Administrator identifies and lists certain pollutants which ‘‘cause or contribute to air pollution which may reasonably be anticipated to endanger public health or welfare.’’ The EPA then issues air quality criteria for listed pollutants, which are commonly referred to as ‘‘criteria pollutants.’’ The 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, in varying quantities.’’ Under section 109 of the CAA, EPA establishes national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for each listed pollutant, with the NAAQS based on the air quality criteria. Section 109(d) of the CAA requires periodic review and, if appropriate, revision of existing air quality criteria. The revised air quality criteria reflect advances in scientific knowledge on the effects of the pollutant on public health or welfare. The EPA is also required to periodically review and revise the NAAQS, if appropriate, based on the revised criteria. Air quality criteria have been established for the nitrogen oxides (NOX) and NAAQS have been established for nitrogen dioxide (NO2), an indicator for gaseous NOX. Presently, EPA is in the process of reviewing the NAAQS for NO2. As part of its review of the NAAQS, EPA prepared an assessment of exposures and health risks associated with ambient NO2. A draft plan describing the proposed approaches to assessing exposures and risks is described in the draft document, Nitrogen Dioxide Health Assessment Plan: Scope and Methods for Exposure and Risk Assessment. This document was released for public review and comment in September, 2007 and was the subject of a consultation with the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) on October 24 and 25, 2007. Comments received from that consultation were considered in developing the document titled, Risk and Exposure Assessment to Support the Review of the NO2 Primary National VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:32 Dec 05, 2008 Jkt 217001 Ambient Air Quality Standard: First Draft, which was released for public review and comment in April 2008. This document was the subject of a CASAC review on May 1 and 2, 2008. Comments received from that review were considered in developing the document titled, Risk and Exposure Assessment to Support the Review of the NO2 Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard: Second Draft, which was released for public review and comment in two parts, the first in August, 2008 and the second in October, 2008. This document was the subject of CASAC reviews on May 1 and 2, 2008 and on October 22, 2008. In preparing the final risk and exposure assessment report, EPA has considered comments received from the CASAC and the public at those meetings. This final report has two primary purposes. The first is to convey the approaches taken to characterize human exposures and health risks associated with ambient NO2 and to present the results of these analyses. The second is to present a discussion of the NO2 scientific evidence and the exposureand risk-based information specifically as it relates to the current and potential alternative NO2 standards. This final document is available online at: https:// www.epa.gov/ttn/naaqs/standards/nox/ s_nox_cr_rea.html. Dated: December 1, 2008. Mary E. Henigin, Acting Director, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards. [FR Doc. E8–28984 Filed 12–5–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–ORD–2008–0629; FRL–8748–8] Human Studies Review Board (HSRB); Notification of a Public Teleconference To Review Its Draft Report From the October 21–22, 2008 HSRB Meeting AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: The EPA Human Studies Review Board (HSRB) announces a public teleconference meeting to discuss its draft HSRB report from the October 21–22, 2008 HSRB meeting. DATES: The teleconference will be held on December 18, 2008, from 2–5 p.m. (Eastern Time). Location: The meeting will take place via telephone only. Meeting Access: For information on access or services for individuals with PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 disabilities, please contact Paul Lewis prior to the meeting using the information under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT, so that appropriate arrangements can be made. Procedures for Providing Public Input: Interested members of the public may submit relevant written or oral comments for the HSRB to consider during the advisory process. Additional information concerning submission of relevant written or oral comments is provided in Unit I.D. of this notice. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Members of the public who wish to obtain the call-in number and access code to participate in the telephone conference, request a current draft copy of the Board’s report or who wish further information may contact Paul Lewis, EPA, Office of the Science Advisor (8105), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; or via telephone/voice mail at (202) 564–8381 or via e-mail at lewis.paul@epa.gov. General information concerning the EPA HSRB can be on the EPA Web site at https:// www.epa.gov/osa/hsrb/. ADDRESSES: Submit your written comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–ORD–2008–0629, by one of the following methods: https:// www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments. E-mail: ORD.Docket@epa.gov. Mail: ORD Docket, Environmental Protection Agency, Mailcode: 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460. Hand Delivery: EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), Public Reading Room, Infoterra Room (Room Number 3334), EPA West Building, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460, Attention Docket ID No. EPA–ORD– 2008–0629. Deliveries are only accepted from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. Special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information. Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–ORD–2008– 0629. EPA’s policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online 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 https:// E:\FR\FM\08DEN1.SGM 08DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 236 / Monday, December 8, 2008 / Notices www.regulations.gov or e-mail. The https://www.regulations.gov Web site 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 https:// www.regulations.gov, your e-mail address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public 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. 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 conduct or assess human studies on substances regulated by EPA or to persons who are or may be required to conduct testing of chemical substances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) or the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). 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 person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES B. How Can I Access Electronic Copies of This Document and Other Related Information? In addition to using regulations.gov, you may access this Federal Register document electronically through the EPA Internet under the Federal Register listings at https://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/. Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the index under the docket number. Even though it will be listed by title in the index, some information is not publicly available, e.g., CBI or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Copyright material will be publicly available only in hard copy. Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically in https:// www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:32 Dec 05, 2008 Jkt 217001 the ORD Docket, EPA/DC, Public Reading Room, Infoterra Room (Room Number 3334), 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. The Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is (202) 566–1744, and the telephone number for the ORD Docket is (202) 566–1752. C. What Should I Consider as I Prepare My Comments for EPA? You may find the following suggestions helpful for preparing your comments: 1. Explain your views as clearly as possible. 2. Describe any assumptions that you used. 3. Provide copies of any technical information and/or data you use that support your views. 4. Provide specific examples to illustrate your concerns and suggest alternatives. 5. To ensure proper receipt by EPA, be sure to identify the docket ID number assigned to this action in the subject line on the first page of your response. You may also provide the name, date and Federal Register citation. D. How May I Participate in This Meeting? You may participate in this meeting by following the instructions in this section. To ensure proper receipt by EPA, it is imperative that you identify docket ID number EPA–HQ–ORD–2008– 0629 in the subject line on the first page of your request. 1. Oral comments. To the extent that time permits, interested persons who have not pre-registered may be permitted by the Chair of the HSRB to present oral comments at the meeting. Each individual or group wishing to make brief oral comments to the HSRB is strongly advised to submit their request (preferably via e-mail) to Paul Lewis listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in order to be included on the meeting agenda and to provide sufficient time for the HSRB Chair and HSRB DFO to review the meeting agenda to provide an appropriate public comment period. The request should identify the name of the individual making the presentation and the organization (if any) the individual will represent. Oral comments before the HSRB are limited to 5 minutes per individual or organization. Please note that this includes all individuals appearing either as part of, or on behalf of an organization. While it is our intent to PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 74487 hear a full range of oral comments on the science and ethics issues under discussion, it is not our intent to permit organizations to expand the time limitations by having numerous individuals sign up separately to speak on their behalf. If additional time is available, there may be flexibility in time for public comments. 2. Written comments. Please submit your comments using the instructions in Unit 1.C. of this notice. In addition, the Agency also requests that person(s) submitting comments directly to the docket also provide a copy of their comments to Paul Lewis listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. There is no limit on the length of written comments for consideration by the HSRB. E. Background The EPA Human Studies Review Board will be reviewing and approving its draft report from the October 21–22, 2008, HSRB meeting. The October 2008 meeting reviewed six proposed protocols submitted by the Agricultural Handlers’ Exposure Task Force (AHETF) that would collect data on the exposures received by handlers who apply liquid pesticides using airblast equipment with open- or closed-cab vehicles. The AHETF indicated that they were planning to conduct research associated with these protocols during the 2009 growing season. In order to allow EPA adequate time to consider the HSRB’s advice and to work with the AHETF to make any necessary revisions to the protocols prior to their execution, the Agency asked the HSRB to provide a final report as soon as possible. Thus, based on these expedited and time critical circumstances, the Agency is announcing this teleconference with less than 15 calendar days public notice. Background on the October 21–22, 2008, HSRB meeting can be found at Federal Register 73 180, 53422 (September 16, 2008) and at the HSRB Web site https://www.epa.gov/osa/hsrb/. The October 21–22, 2008, meeting draft report is now available. You may obtain electronic copies of this document, and certain other related documents that might be available electronically, from https://www.regulations.gov Web site and the HSRB Internet Home Page at https://www.epa.gov/osa/hsrb/. For questions on document availability or if you do not have access to the Internet, consult the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION. Finally, the Board may also discuss planning for future HSRB meetings. E:\FR\FM\08DEN1.SGM 08DEN1 74488 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 236 / Monday, December 8, 2008 / Notices Dated: December 2, 2008. George Gray, EPA Science Advisor. [FR Doc. E8–28983 Filed 12–5–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OPPT–2008–0758; FRL–8393–6] U.S. Government’s Process for Obtaining Stakeholder Information for Chemicals Proposed for Addition to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES SUMMARY: On behalf of the U.S. government agencies comprising the Interagency Working Group (IWG) on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) (hereafter USG), EPA is issuing this notice to promote transparency, increase awareness of the proposals concerning chemicals for addition to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (hereafter Convention), to make interested persons aware of the process for adding chemicals to the Convention, to indicate at which steps receiving comments or information from interested persons would be useful to the interagency process, and to indicate for those steps the type of information to be submitted and the due date. EPA is issuing this notice to ensure that the process for the review of chemicals proposed for addition to the Convention allows sufficient time for the submission and consideration of public comments on chemicals proposed for addition to the Convention. EPA, on behalf of USG, intends to issue future notices that alert interested persons to additional chemicals proposed for addition to the Convention and for which the approach to commenting described in this notice will be applied. EPA’s responsibility with respect to this process will be to ensure that comments received are considered by the Agency as part of its internal process and to ensure that comments received are made available to USG for their consideration. DATES: All comments must be received no later than November 30, 2009. However, specific due dates for earlier responses can be found in Unit II.G. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA–HQ–OPPT–2008–0758, by one of the following methods: VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:32 Dec 05, 2008 Jkt 217001 • Federal eRulemaking Portal: https:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: Document Control Office (7407M), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460– 0001. • Hand Delivery: OPPT Document Control Office (DCO), EPA East Bldg., Rm. 6428, 1201 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. Attention: Docket ID Number EPA–HQ–OPPT–2008–0758. The DCO is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the DCO is (202) 564–8930. Such deliveries are only accepted during the DCO’s normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information. Instructions: Direct your comments to docket ID number EPA–HQ–OPPT– 2008–0758. 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 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. For additional information about EPA’s public docket, visit the EPA Docket Center homepage at https:// www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm. Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the docket index available at https://www.regulations.gov. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, e.g., CBI or other PO 00000 Frm 00037 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 either in the electronic docket 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 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general information contact: Colby Lintner, Regulatory Coordinator, Environmental Assistance Division (7408M), 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: Amy Breedlove, 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– 9823; e-mail address: breedlove.amy@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. General Information A. Does this Action Apply to Me? This action is directed to the public in general, and may be of particular interest to chemical substance and pesticide manufacturers, importers, and processors. 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 technical person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. E:\FR\FM\08DEN1.SGM 08DEN1

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ-ORD-2008-0629; FRL-8748-8]


Human Studies Review Board (HSRB); Notification of a Public 
Teleconference To Review Its Draft Report From the October 21-22, 2008 
HSRB Meeting

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The EPA Human Studies Review Board (HSRB) announces a public 
teleconference meeting to discuss its draft HSRB report from the 
October 21-22, 2008 HSRB meeting.

DATES: The teleconference will be held on December 18, 2008, from 2-5 
p.m. (Eastern Time).
    Location: The meeting will take place via telephone only.
    Meeting Access: For information on access or services for 
individuals with disabilities, please contact Paul Lewis prior to the 
meeting using the information under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT, so 
that appropriate arrangements can be made.
    Procedures for Providing Public Input: Interested members of the 
public may submit relevant written or oral comments for the HSRB to 
consider during the advisory process. Additional information concerning 
submission of relevant written or oral comments is provided in Unit 
I.D. of this notice.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Members of the public who wish to 
obtain the call-in number and access code to participate in the 
telephone conference, request a current draft copy of the Board's 
report or who wish further information may contact Paul Lewis, EPA, 
Office of the Science Advisor (8105), Environmental Protection Agency, 
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; or via telephone/
voice mail at (202) 564-8381 or via e-mail at lewis.paul@epa.gov. 
General information concerning the EPA HSRB can be on the EPA Web site 
at https://www.epa.gov/osa/hsrb/.

ADDRESSES: Submit your written comments, identified by Docket ID No. 
EPA-HQ-ORD-2008-0629, by one of the following methods: https://
www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line instructions for submitting 
comments.
    E-mail: ORD.Docket@epa.gov.
    Mail: ORD Docket, Environmental Protection Agency, Mailcode: 
28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460.
    Hand Delivery: EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), Public Reading Room, 
Infoterra Room (Room Number 3334), EPA West Building, 1301 Constitution 
Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-ORD-
2008-0629. Deliveries are only accepted from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. Special arrangements 
should be made for deliveries of boxed information.
    Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-
2008-0629. EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included 
in the public docket without change and may be made available online 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 https://

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www.regulations.gov or e-mail. The https://www.regulations.gov Web site 
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 https://www.regulations.gov, your e-mail address will be 
automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is 
placed in the public 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.

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 conduct or assess human studies 
on substances regulated by EPA or to persons who are or may be required 
to conduct testing of chemical substances under the Federal Food, Drug, 
and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) or the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and 
Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). 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 person 
listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

B. How Can I Access Electronic Copies of This Document and Other 
Related Information?

    In addition to using regulations.gov, you may access this Federal 
Register document electronically through the EPA Internet under the 
Federal Register listings at https://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/.
    Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the index under 
the docket number. Even though it will be listed by title in the index, 
some information is not publicly available, e.g., CBI or other 
information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Copyright 
material will be publicly available only in hard copy. Publicly 
available docket materials are available either electronically in 
https://www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the ORD Docket, EPA/DC, 
Public Reading Room, Infoterra Room (Room Number 3334), 1301 
Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. The Public Reading Room is open 
from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal 
holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is (202) 
566-1744, and the telephone number for the ORD Docket is (202) 566-
1752.

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

    You may find the following suggestions helpful for preparing your 
comments:
    1. Explain your views as clearly as possible.
    2. Describe any assumptions that you used.
    3. Provide copies of any technical information and/or data you use 
that support your views.
    4. Provide specific examples to illustrate your concerns and 
suggest alternatives.
    5. To ensure proper receipt by EPA, be sure to identify the docket 
ID number assigned to this action in the subject line on the first page 
of your response. You may also provide the name, date and Federal 
Register citation.

D. How May I Participate in This Meeting?

    You may participate in this meeting by following the instructions 
in this section. To ensure proper receipt by EPA, it is imperative that 
you identify docket ID number EPA-HQ-ORD-2008-0629 in the subject line 
on the first page of your request.
    1. Oral comments. To the extent that time permits, interested 
persons who have not pre-registered may be permitted by the Chair of 
the HSRB to present oral comments at the meeting. Each individual or 
group wishing to make brief oral comments to the HSRB is strongly 
advised to submit their request (preferably via e-mail) to Paul Lewis 
listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in order to be included on 
the meeting agenda and to provide sufficient time for the HSRB Chair 
and HSRB DFO to review the meeting agenda to provide an appropriate 
public comment period. The request should identify the name of the 
individual making the presentation and the organization (if any) the 
individual will represent. Oral comments before the HSRB are limited to 
5 minutes per individual or organization. Please note that this 
includes all individuals appearing either as part of, or on behalf of 
an organization. While it is our intent to hear a full range of oral 
comments on the science and ethics issues under discussion, it is not 
our intent to permit organizations to expand the time limitations by 
having numerous individuals sign up separately to speak on their 
behalf. If additional time is available, there may be flexibility in 
time for public comments.
    2. Written comments. Please submit your comments using the 
instructions in Unit 1.C. of this notice. In addition, the Agency also 
requests that person(s) submitting comments directly to the docket also 
provide a copy of their comments to Paul Lewis listed under FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT. There is no limit on the length of written 
comments for consideration by the HSRB.

E. Background

    The EPA Human Studies Review Board will be reviewing and approving 
its draft report from the October 21-22, 2008, HSRB meeting. The 
October 2008 meeting reviewed six proposed protocols submitted by the 
Agricultural Handlers' Exposure Task Force (AHETF) that would collect 
data on the exposures received by handlers who apply liquid pesticides 
using airblast equipment with open- or closed-cab vehicles. The AHETF 
indicated that they were planning to conduct research associated with 
these protocols during the 2009 growing season. In order to allow EPA 
adequate time to consider the HSRB's advice and to work with the AHETF 
to make any necessary revisions to the protocols prior to their 
execution, the Agency asked the HSRB to provide a final report as soon 
as possible. Thus, based on these expedited and time critical 
circumstances, the Agency is announcing this teleconference with less 
than 15 calendar days public notice.
    Background on the October 21-22, 2008, HSRB meeting can be found at 
Federal Register 73 180, 53422 (September 16, 2008) and at the HSRB Web 
site https://www.epa.gov/osa/hsrb/. The October 21-22, 2008, meeting 
draft report is now available. You may obtain electronic copies of this 
document, and certain other related documents that might be available 
electronically, from https://www.regulations.gov Web site and the HSRB 
Internet Home Page at https://www.epa.gov/osa/hsrb/. For questions on 
document availability or if you do not have access to the Internet, 
consult the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION. Finally, the 
Board may also discuss planning for future HSRB meetings.


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    Dated: December 2, 2008.
George Gray,
EPA Science Advisor.
[FR Doc. E8-28983 Filed 12-5-08; 8:45 am]
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