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The GLWQA calls for the two nations to define ‘‘the threat to human health from critical pollutants’’ found in the Great Lakes basin. This notice announces the availability of the report entitled ‘‘ATSDR Studies on Chemical Releases in the Great Lakes Region’’. This report summarizes previously-published public health assessment products and chemical release information for the 26 U.S. AOCs and 54 counties that are in close geographic proximity to those AOCs. This is a descriptive report that does not make associations between health outcomes and chemical exposures. The compilation of environmental data, gathered by ATSDR and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is intended to help decisionmakers set future priorities. ADDRESSES: Address all comments concerning this notice to Ms. Olga Dawkins, ATSDR, Division of Toxicology and Environmental Medicine, 1600 Clifton Road, NE., MS F–32, Atlanta, Georgia 30333. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bruce Fowler, PhD, Division of Toxicology and Environmental Medicine, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Mailstop F–32, 1600 Clifton Road, NE., Atlanta, Georgia 30333, telephone (770) 488–7250. Electronic access to these documents is also available at the ATSDR Web site: http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The geographic focus of this report is a set PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 4751 of 26 ‘‘Areas of Concern’’ (AOCs) along Great Lakes streams, rivers, and lakes. These AOCs are defined under the Agreement as ecologically degraded geographic areas requiring remediation. Much of the available data pertain to counties, and not to AOCs. Some AOCs occupy small parts of a single county, while others may reach across more than one county. The data come from publicly available data sets provided by ATSDR and the U.S. EPA. The GLWQA defines ‘‘critical pollutants’’ as substances that persist in the environment, bioaccumulate in fish and wildlife, and are toxic to humans and animals. There are 12 categories of critical pollutants. This report emphasizes the critical pollutants (within the constraints imposed by using existing data) but also presents information on other pollutants, when such information is available and relevant. This report compiles and presents previously collected environmental data from four sources: • Data on hazardous waste sites in AOC counties, from evaluations prepared by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR); • Chemical release data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Toxic Release Inventory (TRI); • Data on pollutant discharges into water, from EPA’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES); • Data on ‘‘beneficial use impairments’’ such as wildlife and drinking water advisories, from each of the Great Lakes states. These data are presented in three ways: In text, in tables, and in Geographic Information System-based (GIS) maps created by ATSDR for each of the 26 U.S. AOCs. This is a descriptive report that does not make associations between health outcomes and chemical exposures. The compilation of environmental data, gathered by ATSDR and EPA, is intended to help decision-makers set future priorities. Dated: January 20, 2009. Ken Rose, Director, Office of Policy, Planning, and Evaluation National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. [FR Doc. E9–1597 Filed 1–26–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4163–70–P E:\FR\FM\27JAN1.SGM 27JAN1

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

[ATSDR-251]


Availability of the Report ``ATSDR Studies on Chemical Releases 
in the Great Lakes Region''

AGENCY: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), 
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

ACTION: Notification of publication.

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SUMMARY: This report responds to a request from the International Joint 
Commission (IJC), the binational organization that works to implement 
the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA) between the U.S. and 
Canada. The GLWQA calls for the two nations to define ``the threat to 
human health from critical pollutants'' found in the Great Lakes basin.
    This notice announces the availability of the report entitled 
``ATSDR Studies on Chemical Releases in the Great Lakes Region''. This 
report summarizes previously-published public health assessment 
products and chemical release information for the 26 U.S. AOCs and 54 
counties that are in close geographic proximity to those AOCs. This is 
a descriptive report that does not make associations between health 
outcomes and chemical exposures. The compilation of environmental data, 
gathered by ATSDR and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is 
intended to help decision-makers set future priorities.

ADDRESSES: Address all comments concerning this notice to Ms. Olga 
Dawkins, ATSDR, Division of Toxicology and Environmental Medicine, 1600 
Clifton Road, NE., MS F-32, Atlanta, Georgia 30333.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bruce Fowler, PhD, Division of 
Toxicology and Environmental Medicine, Agency for Toxic Substances and 
Disease Registry, Mailstop F-32, 1600 Clifton Road, NE., Atlanta, 
Georgia 30333, telephone (770) 488-7250. Electronic access to these 
documents is also available at the ATSDR Web site: http://
www.atsdr.cdc.gov/.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The geographic focus of this report is a set 
of 26 ``Areas of Concern'' (AOCs) along Great Lakes streams, rivers, 
and lakes. These AOCs are defined under the Agreement as ecologically 
degraded geographic areas requiring remediation. Much of the available 
data pertain to counties, and not to AOCs. Some AOCs occupy small parts 
of a single county, while others may reach across more than one county. 
The data come from publicly available data sets provided by ATSDR and 
the U.S. EPA.
    The GLWQA defines ``critical pollutants'' as substances that 
persist in the environment, bioaccumulate in fish and wildlife, and are 
toxic to humans and animals. There are 12 categories of critical 
pollutants. This report emphasizes the critical pollutants (within the 
constraints imposed by using existing data) but also presents 
information on other pollutants, when such information is available and 
relevant.
    This report compiles and presents previously collected 
environmental data from four sources:
     Data on hazardous waste sites in AOC counties, from 
evaluations prepared by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease 
Registry (ATSDR);
     Chemical release data from the U.S. Environmental 
Protection Agency's (EPA) Toxic Release Inventory (TRI);
     Data on pollutant discharges into water, from EPA's 
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES);
     Data on ``beneficial use impairments'' such as wildlife 
and drinking water advisories, from each of the Great Lakes states.
    These data are presented in three ways: In text, in tables, and in 
Geographic Information System-based (GIS) maps created by ATSDR for 
each of the 26 U.S. AOCs.
    This is a descriptive report that does not make associations 
between health outcomes and chemical exposures. The compilation of 
environmental data, gathered by ATSDR and EPA, is intended to help 
decision-makers set future priorities.

    Dated: January 20, 2009.
Ken Rose,
Director, Office of Policy, Planning, and Evaluation National Center 
for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease 
Registry.
 [FR Doc. E9-1597 Filed 1-26-09; 8:45 am]
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