Availability of the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) Assessment Plan for Uranium, 4479-4480 [2018-01915]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 21 / Wednesday, January 31, 2018 / Notices Changes in Estimates: There is a decrease of 1,731 hours and $134,284 in the total estimated respondent burden compared with the ICR currently approved by OMB. This decrease is due to a reduced number of laboratories (45 to 43), re-evaluation of hours for tasks, and an improved demonstration of capability by the laboratories. Courtney Kerwin, Director, Regulatory Support Division. [FR Doc. 2018–01899 Filed 1–30–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–ORD–2017–0474; FRL–9973–13– ORD] Availability of the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) Assessment Plan for Uranium Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice of public comment period. AGENCY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a 30-day public comment period associated with release of the draft IRIS Assessment Plan for Uranium. This document communicates information on the scoping needs identified by EPA program and regional offices and the IRIS Program’s initial problem formulation activities. Specifically, the assessment plan outlines the objectives for each assessment and the type of evidence considered most pertinent to address the scoping needs. EPA is releasing this draft IRIS Assessment Plan for public comment at least 60 days in advance of a public science webinar planned on March 22, 2018. DATES: The 30-day public comment period begins January 31, 2018, and ends March 2, 2018. Comments must be received on or before March 2, 2018. ADDRESSES: The IRIS Assessment Plan for Uranium, will be available via the internet on IRIS’ website at https:// cfpub.epa.gov/ncea/iris2/chemical Landing.cfm?substance_nmbr=259 and in the public docket at https:// www.regulations.gov, Docket ID: EPA– HQ–ORD–2017–0474. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the public comment period, contact the ORD Docket at the EPA Headquarters Docket Center; telephone: 202–566–1752; facsimile: 202–566–9744; or email: Docket_ORD@ epa.gov. For technical information on the draft IRIS Assessment Plan for Uranium, sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:36 Jan 30, 2018 Jkt 244001 contact Dr. James Avery, NCEA; telephone: 202–564–1494; or email: avery.james@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background Information on IRIS Assessment Plans EPA’s IRIS Program is a human health assessment program that evaluates quantitative and qualitative risk information on effects that may result from exposure to chemicals found in the environment. Through the IRIS Program, EPA provides the highest quality science-based human health assessments to support the Agency’s regulatory activities and decisions to protect public health. As part of scoping and initial problem formulation activities prior to the development of a draft assessment, the IRIS Program carries out a broad, preliminary literature survey to assist in identifying health effects that have been studied in relation to the chemical or substance of interest, as well as science issues that may need to be considered when evaluating toxicity. This information, in conjunction with scoping needs identified by EPA program and regional offices, is used to inform the development of an IRIS Assessment Plan (IAP). The IAP communicates the plan for developing each individual chemical assessment to the public and includes summary information on the IRIS Program’s scoping and initial problem formulation, objectives and specific aims for the assessment, and a PECO (Populations, Exposures, Comparators, and Outcomes) for the systematic review. The PECO provides the framework for developing literature search strategies and inclusion/ exclusion criteria, particularly with respect to evidence stream (i.e., human, animal, mechanistic), exposure measures and outcome measures. The IAP serves to inform the subsequent development of chemical-specific systematic review protocols, which will be made publicly available. II. Public Webinar In order to allow for public input, EPA is convening a public webinar to discuss the draft IRIS Assessment Plan for Uranium March 22, 2018. Specific teleconference and webinar information regarding this public meeting will be provided through the IRIS website (https://www.epa.gov/iris) and via EPA’s Human Health Risk Assessment (HHRA) and IRIS listservs. To register for the HHRA or IRIS listserv, visit the IRIS website (https://www.epa.gov/iris) or visit https://www.epa.gov/iris/forms/ PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 4479 staying-connected-integrated-riskinformation-system#connect. III. How To Submit Technical Comments to the Docket at http:// www.regulations.gov Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–ORD–2017– 0474 for uranium, by one of the following methods: • www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments. • Email: Docket_ORD@epa.gov. • Fax: 202–566–9744. • Mail: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Docket Center (ORD Docket), Mail Code: 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460. The phone number is 202– 566–1752. • Hand Delivery: The ORD Docket is located in the EPA Headquarters Docket Center, EPA West Building, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20229. The EPA Docket Center 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. Deliveries are only accepted during the docket’s normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information. If you provide comments by mail or hand delivery, please submit three copies of the comments. For attachments, provide an index, number pages consecutively with the comments, and submit an unbound original and three copies. Instructions: Direct your comments to docket number EPA–HQ–ORD–2017– 0474 for uranium. Please ensure that your comments are submitted within the specified comment period. Comments received after the closing date will be marked ‘‘late,’’ and may only be considered if time permits. It is EPA’s policy to include all comments it receives in the public docket without change and to make the comments available online at www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, unless a comment includes information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information for which disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information through www.regulations.gov or email that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected. The www.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:\FR\FM\31JAN1.SGM 31JAN1 4480 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 21 / Wednesday, January 31, 2018 / Notices email comment directly to EPA without going through www.regulations.gov, your email 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. For additional information about EPA’s public docket visit the EPA Docket Center homepage at www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm. Docket: Documents in the docket are listed in the www.regulations.gov index. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, e.g., CBI or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other materials, such as copyrighted material, are publicly available only in hard copy. Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically in www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the ORD Docket in the EPA Headquarters Docket Center. Dated: January 8, 2018. Tina Bahadori, Director, National Center for Environmental Assessment. [FR Doc. 2018–01915 Filed 1–30–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–ORD–2017–0497; FRL–9973–15– ORD] Availability of the Systematic Review Protocol for the Chloroform Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) Assessment. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice of public comment period. AGENCY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a 30-day public comment period associated with the Systematic Review Protocol for the IRIS Chloroform Assessment. The protocol describes the systematic review procedures and other methodology planned for use in developing the chloroform assessment. EPA is making sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:36 Jan 30, 2018 Jkt 244001 this Protocol available to the public via the docket and the IRIS website. These documents were prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD). DATES: The 30-day public comment period begins January 31, 2018, and ends March 2, 2018. Comments must be received on or before March 2, 2018. The Systematic Review Protocol for chloroform can also be found on the chemical landing page on the IRIS website (https://cfpub.epa.gov/ncea/ iris2/chemicalLanding.cfm?substance_ nmbr=25). ADDRESSES: The Systematic Review Protocol for the chloroform IRIS assessment, will be available via the internet on IRIS website at https:// cfpub.epa.gov/ncea/iris2/chemical Landing.cfm?substance_nmbr=25 and in the public docket at http:// www.regulations.gov, Docket ID: EPA– HQ–ORD–2017–0497. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the docket, contact the ORD Docket at the EPA Headquarters Docket Center; telephone: 202–566– 1752; facsimile: 202–566–9744; or email: Docket_ORD@epa.gov. For technical information on the protocol, contact Dr. James Avery, NCEA; telephone: 202–564–1494; or email: avery.james@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background Information on the IRIS Program and Systematic Review Protocols EPA’s IRIS Program is a human health assessment program that evaluates quantitative and qualitative risk information on effects that may result from exposure to chemicals found in the environment. Through the IRIS Program, EPA provides the highest quality science-based human health assessments to support the Agency’s regulatory activities and decisions to protect public health. As part of developing a draft IRIS assessment, EPA presents a methods document, referred to as the protocol, for conducting a chemical-specific systematic review of the available scientific literature. Protocols include strategies for literature searches, criteria for study inclusion or exclusion, considerations for evaluating study methods, information management for extracting data, approaches for synthesis within and across lines of evidence, and methods for derivation of toxicity values. The protocol serves to inform the subsequent development of the draft assessment and is made available to the public. EPA may update the protocol PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 based on the evaluation of the literature and any updates will be posted to the docket and on the IRIS website. II. How To Submit Technical Comments to the Docket at http:// www.regulations.gov Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–ORD–2017– 0497 for chloroform, by one of the following methods: • http://www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments. • Email: Docket_ORD@epa.gov. • Fax: 202–566–9744. • Mail: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Docket Center (ORD Docket), Mail Code: 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460. The phone number is 202– 566–1752. • Hand Delivery: The ORD Docket is located in the EPA Headquarters Docket Center, EPA West Building, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20229. The EPA Docket Center 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. Deliveries are only accepted during the docket’s normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information. If you provide comments by mail or hand delivery, please submit three copies of the comments. For attachments, provide an index, number pages consecutively with the comments, and submit an unbound original and three copies. Instructions: Direct your comments to EPA–HQ–ORD–2017–0497 for chloroform. Please ensure that your comments are submitted within the specified comment period. Comments received after the closing date will be marked ‘‘late,’’ and may only be considered if time permits. It is EPA’s policy to include all comments it receives in the public docket without change and to make the comments available online at https:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, unless a comment includes information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information for which disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information through https:// www.regulations.gov or email that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected. The https:// www.regulations.gov website is an ‘‘anonymous access’’ system, which means EPA will not know your identity or contact information unless you E:\FR\FM\31JAN1.SGM 31JAN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 21 (Wednesday, January 31, 2018)]
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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ-ORD-2017-0474; FRL-9973-13-ORD]


Availability of the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) 
Assessment Plan for Uranium

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice of public comment period.

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SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a 30-
day public comment period associated with release of the draft IRIS 
Assessment Plan for Uranium. This document communicates information on 
the scoping needs identified by EPA program and regional offices and 
the IRIS Program's initial problem formulation activities. 
Specifically, the assessment plan outlines the objectives for each 
assessment and the type of evidence considered most pertinent to 
address the scoping needs. EPA is releasing this draft IRIS Assessment 
Plan for public comment at least 60 days in advance of a public science 
webinar planned on March 22, 2018.

DATES: The 30-day public comment period begins January 31, 2018, and 
ends March 2, 2018. Comments must be received on or before March 2, 
2018.

ADDRESSES: The IRIS Assessment Plan for Uranium, will be available via 
the internet on IRIS' website at https://cfpub.epa.gov/ncea/iris2/chemicalLanding.cfm?substance_nmbr=259 and in the public docket at 
https://www.regulations.gov, Docket ID: EPA-HQ-ORD-2017-0474.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the public comment 
period, contact the ORD Docket at the EPA Headquarters Docket Center; 
telephone: 202-566-1752; facsimile: 202-566-9744; or email: 
[email protected].
    For technical information on the draft IRIS Assessment Plan for 
Uranium, contact Dr. James Avery, NCEA; telephone: 202-564-1494; or 
email: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background Information on IRIS Assessment Plans

    EPA's IRIS Program is a human health assessment program that 
evaluates quantitative and qualitative risk information on effects that 
may result from exposure to chemicals found in the environment. Through 
the IRIS Program, EPA provides the highest quality science-based human 
health assessments to support the Agency's regulatory activities and 
decisions to protect public health. As part of scoping and initial 
problem formulation activities prior to the development of a draft 
assessment, the IRIS Program carries out a broad, preliminary 
literature survey to assist in identifying health effects that have 
been studied in relation to the chemical or substance of interest, as 
well as science issues that may need to be considered when evaluating 
toxicity. This information, in conjunction with scoping needs 
identified by EPA program and regional offices, is used to inform the 
development of an IRIS Assessment Plan (IAP).
    The IAP communicates the plan for developing each individual 
chemical assessment to the public and includes summary information on 
the IRIS Program's scoping and initial problem formulation, objectives 
and specific aims for the assessment, and a PECO (Populations, 
Exposures, Comparators, and Outcomes) for the systematic review. The 
PECO provides the framework for developing literature search strategies 
and inclusion/exclusion criteria, particularly with respect to evidence 
stream (i.e., human, animal, mechanistic), exposure measures and 
outcome measures. The IAP serves to inform the subsequent development 
of chemical-specific systematic review protocols, which will be made 
publicly available.

II. Public Webinar

    In order to allow for public input, EPA is convening a public 
webinar to discuss the draft IRIS Assessment Plan for Uranium March 22, 
2018. Specific teleconference and webinar information regarding this 
public meeting will be provided through the IRIS website (https://www.epa.gov/iris) and via EPA's Human Health Risk Assessment (HHRA) and 
IRIS listservs. To register for the HHRA or IRIS listserv, visit the 
IRIS website (https://www.epa.gov/iris) or visit https://www.epa.gov/iris/forms/staying-connected-integrated-risk-information-system#connect.

III. How To Submit Technical Comments to the Docket at http://www.regulations.gov

    Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2017-
0474 for uranium, by one of the following methods:
     www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line instructions for 
submitting comments.
     Email: [email protected].
     Fax: 202-566-9744.
     Mail: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Docket 
Center (ORD Docket), Mail Code: 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, 
Washington, DC 20460. The phone number is 202-566-1752.
     Hand Delivery: The ORD Docket is located in the EPA 
Headquarters Docket Center, EPA West Building, Room 3334, 1301 
Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20229.
    The EPA Docket Center 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. 
Deliveries are only accepted during the docket's normal hours of 
operation, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of 
boxed information. If you provide comments by mail or hand delivery, 
please submit three copies of the comments. For attachments, provide an 
index, number pages consecutively with the comments, and submit an 
unbound original and three copies.
    Instructions: Direct your comments to docket number EPA-HQ-ORD-
2017-0474 for uranium. Please ensure that your comments are submitted 
within the specified comment period. Comments received after the 
closing date will be marked ``late,'' and may only be considered if 
time permits. It is EPA's policy to include all comments it receives in 
the public docket without change and to make the comments available 
online at www.regulations.gov, including any personal information 
provided, unless a comment includes information claimed to be 
Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information for which 
disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information through 
www.regulations.gov or email that you consider to be CBI or otherwise 
protected. The www.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

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email comment directly to EPA without going through 
www.regulations.gov, your email 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. For additional information about EPA's public docket visit the 
EPA Docket Center homepage at www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm.
    Docket: Documents in the docket are listed in the 
www.regulations.gov index. Although listed in the index, some 
information is not publicly available, e.g., CBI or other information 
whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other materials, 
such as copyrighted material, are publicly available only in hard copy. 
Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically 
in www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the ORD Docket in the EPA 
Headquarters Docket Center.

    Dated: January 8, 2018.
Tina Bahadori,
Director, National Center for Environmental Assessment.
[FR Doc. 2018-01915 Filed 1-30-18; 8:45 am]
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