Webinar Workshop To Review Initial Draft Materials for the Ozone Integrated Science Assessment (ISA) for Health and Welfare Effects, 53472-53473 [2018-23126]

Download as PDF khammond on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES 53472 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 205 / Tuesday, October 23, 2018 / Notices NAAQS review process, see https:// www.epa.gov/criteria-air-pollutants/ process-reviewing-national-ambient-airquality-standards). Particulate matter is one of six criteria pollutants for which EPA has established NAAQS. Periodically, EPA reviews the scientific basis for these standards by preparing an ISA (formerly called an Air Quality Criteria Document). The ISA, in conjunction with additional technical and policy assessments, provides the scientific basis for EPA’s decisions on the adequacy of the current NAAQS and the appropriateness of possible alternative standards. The CASAC, an independent science advisory committee whose review and advisory functions are mandated by Section 109(d)(2) of the Clean Air Act, is charged (among other things) with independent scientific review of the EPA’s air quality criteria. On December 3, 2014 (79 FR 71764), EPA formally initiated its current review of the air quality criteria for the health and welfare effects of particulate matter and the primary (health-based) and secondary (welfare-based) NAAQS, requesting the submission of recent scientific information on specified topics. EPA conducted a workshop from February 9 through 11, 2015 to gather input from invited scientific experts, both internal and external to EPA, as well as from the public, regarding key science and policy issues relevant to the review of the primary and secondary NAAQS (79 FR 71764). These science and policy issues were incorporated into EPA’s ‘‘Draft Integrated Review Plan for the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter,’’ which was available for public comment (81 FR 22977) and discussion by the CASAC via publicly accessible teleconference consultation (81 FR 13362). The ‘‘Final Integrated Review Plan for the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter’’ was released December 6, 2016 (81 FR 87933). Subsequent webinar workshops were held on June 9th, 13th, 20th, and 22nd, 2016, to discuss initial draft materials prepared in the development of the particulate matter ISA with invited EPA and external scientific experts (81 FR 29262, May 11, 2016). The input received during these webinar workshops aided in the development of the materials presented in the ‘‘Integrated Science Assessment for Particulate Matter (External Review Draft).’’ The ‘‘Integrated Science Assessment for Particulate Matter (External Review Draft)’’ will be discussed at a public meeting for review by CASAC. In VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:20 Oct 22, 2018 Jkt 247001 addition to the public comment period announced in this notice, the public will have an opportunity to address CASAC at this meeting. A separate Federal Register notice will inform the public of the exact date and time of the CASAC meeting and of the procedures for public participation. II. How To Submit Technical Comments to the Docket at www.regulations.gov Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–ORD–2014– 0859, by one of the following methods: • www.regulations.gov: Follow the online 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 20004. 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 phone number for the Public Reading Room is 202–566–1744. 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Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically on www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the ORD Docket in the EPA Headquarters Docket Center. Dated: October 16, 2018. James Avery, Acting Deputy Director, National Center for Environmental Assessment. [FR Doc. 2018–23125 Filed 10–22–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–ORD–2018–0274; FRL–9985–64– ORD] Webinar Workshop To Review Initial Draft Materials for the Ozone Integrated Science Assessment (ISA) for Health and Welfare Effects Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice of workshop. AGENCY: As part of the review of the air quality criteria and the primary (health-based) and secondary (welfarebased) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a webinar workshop to SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\23OCN1.SGM 23OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 205 / Tuesday, October 23, 2018 / Notices evaluate initial draft materials for the Integrated Science Assessment (ISA) for ozone, which is being organized by EPA’s National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within the Office of Research and Development. The workshop will be held over four days: October 29th, 31st, November 1st, and 5th, 2018. The workshop will be open to webinar attendance by interested public observers on a first-come, first-served basis. The workshop will be held on Monday, October 29, 2018; Wednesday, October 31, 2018; Thursday, November 1, 2018; and Monday, November 5, 2018. DATES: The workshop will be held by teleconference and webinar. The callin number and website information for the webinar are available to registered participants. Please register by going to https://epa-naaqs-isaozone.eventbrite.com. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Please direct questions regarding workshop registration or logistics to Ms. Canden Byrd at EPA_NAAQS_ Workshop@icf.com or by phone at 919– 293–1660. Questions regarding the scientific and technical aspects of the workshop should be directed to Ms. Rebecca Daniels; telephone: 919–541– 5734; email: daniels.rebecca@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: khammond on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES I. Summary of Information About the Workshop Section 109(d)(1) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) requires the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to periodically review, and if appropriate, revise, the air quality criteria for each air pollutant listed under section 108 of the Act. Under the same provision, EPA is also to periodically review, and if appropriate, revise the NAAQS, based on the revised air quality criteria. As part of these reviews, NCEA assesses newly available scientific information and develops ISA documents that provide the scientific basis for the reviews of the NAAQS. NCEA is holding this webinar workshop to inform EPA’s evaluation of the scientific evidence for the review of the primary and secondary NAAQS for ozone. Section 109(b)(1) of the CAA defines primary NAAQS as standards ‘‘the attainment and maintenance of which in the judgment of the Administrator, based on such [air quality] criteria and allowing an adequate margin of safety, are requisite to protect the public health.’’ Under section 109(b)(2) of the CAA a VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:20 Oct 22, 2018 Jkt 247001 53473 secondary standard must ‘‘specify a level of air quality the attainment and maintenance of which in the judgment of the Administrator, based on such criteria, is requisite to protect the public welfare from any known or anticipated adverse effects associated with the presence of [the] pollutant in the ambient air.’’ The purpose of the webinar workshop is to obtain review and discuss the scientific content of initial draft written materials prepared for the draft ozone ISA for health and welfare effects to help ensure that the ISA is up-to-date and focuses on the key evidence to inform the scientific understanding for the review of the primary and secondary NAAQS for ozone. Workshop sessions will include review and discussion of preliminary draft written materials on the atmospheric chemistry and background sources of ozone, welfare effects of ozone, human exposure to ozone and animal toxicological studies, and the health effects evidence from human clinical and epidemiological studies. In addition, roundtable discussions will help identify key studies or concepts within each discipline to assist EPA in integrating relevant literature within and across disciplines. These preliminary materials are not being released to the public as external review drafts, but they will be used to guide workshop discussions. EPA is planning to release an external review draft ISA for health and welfare effects of ozone for review by the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) and the public in 2019. FEDERAL ACCOUNTING STANDARDS ADVISORY BOARD II. Workshop Information Dated: October 15, 2018. Wendy M. Payne, Executive Director. Members of the public may attend the webinar as observers. Space in the webinar may be limited, and reservations will be accepted on a firstcome, first-served basis. Registration for the workshop is available online at https://epa-naaqs-isaozone.eventbrite.com. Dated: October 12, 2018. James Avery, Acting Deputy Director, National Center for Environmental Assessment. [FR Doc. 2018–23126 Filed 10–22–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P PO 00000 Notice of Request for Comment on the Exposure Draft of a Proposed Statement of Federal Financial Accounting Concepts, Materiality Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Pursuant to 31 U.S.C. 3511(d), the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92–463), as amended, and the FASAB Rules Of Procedure, as amended in October 2010, notice is hereby given that the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB) has released an exposure draft of a proposed Statement of Federal Financial Accounting Concepts (SFFAC), Materiality, for public comment. The proposed SFFAC is available on the FASAB website at http:// www.fasab.gov/documents-forcomment/. Copies can be obtained by contacting FASAB at (202) 512–7350. Respondents are encouraged to comment on any part of the exposure draft and to provide the reasons for their positions. Written comments are requested by January 23, 2019, and should be sent to fasab@fasab.gov or Wendy M. Payne, Executive Director, Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board, 441 G Street NW, Suite 1155, Washington, DC 20548. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Wendy M. Payne, Executive Director, 441 G Street NW, Suite 1155, Washington, DC 20548, or call (202) 512–7350. 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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 205 (Tuesday, October 23, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 53472-53473]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-23126]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ-ORD-2018-0274; FRL-9985-64-ORD]


Webinar Workshop To Review Initial Draft Materials for the Ozone 
Integrated Science Assessment (ISA) for Health and Welfare Effects

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice of workshop.

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SUMMARY: As part of the review of the air quality criteria and the 
primary (health-based) and secondary (welfare-based) National Ambient 
Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone, Environmental Protection 
Agency (EPA) is announcing a webinar workshop to

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evaluate initial draft materials for the Integrated Science Assessment 
(ISA) for ozone, which is being organized by EPA's National Center for 
Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within the Office of Research and 
Development. The workshop will be held over four days: October 29th, 
31st, November 1st, and 5th, 2018. The workshop will be open to webinar 
attendance by interested public observers on a first-come, first-served 
basis.

DATES: The workshop will be held on Monday, October 29, 2018; 
Wednesday, October 31, 2018; Thursday, November 1, 2018; and Monday, 
November 5, 2018.

ADDRESSES: The workshop will be held by teleconference and webinar. The 
call-in number and website information for the webinar are available to 
registered participants. Please register by going to https://epa-naaqs-isa-ozone.eventbrite.com.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Please direct questions regarding 
workshop registration or logistics to Ms. Canden Byrd at 
[email protected] or by phone at 919-293-1660. Questions 
regarding the scientific and technical aspects of the workshop should 
be directed to Ms. Rebecca Daniels; telephone: 919-541-5734; email: 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Summary of Information About the Workshop

    Section 109(d)(1) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) requires the U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to periodically review, and if 
appropriate, revise, the air quality criteria for each air pollutant 
listed under section 108 of the Act. Under the same provision, EPA is 
also to periodically review, and if appropriate, revise the NAAQS, 
based on the revised air quality criteria. As part of these reviews, 
NCEA assesses newly available scientific information and develops ISA 
documents that provide the scientific basis for the reviews of the 
NAAQS.
    NCEA is holding this webinar workshop to inform EPA's evaluation of 
the scientific evidence for the review of the primary and secondary 
NAAQS for ozone. Section 109(b)(1) of the CAA defines primary NAAQS as 
standards ``the attainment and maintenance of which in the judgment of 
the Administrator, based on such [air quality] criteria and allowing an 
adequate margin of safety, are requisite to protect the public 
health.'' Under section 109(b)(2) of the CAA a secondary standard must 
``specify a level of air quality the attainment and maintenance of 
which in the judgment of the Administrator, based on such criteria, is 
requisite to protect the public welfare from any known or anticipated 
adverse effects associated with the presence of [the] pollutant in the 
ambient air.''
    The purpose of the webinar workshop is to obtain review and discuss 
the scientific content of initial draft written materials prepared for 
the draft ozone ISA for health and welfare effects to help ensure that 
the ISA is up-to-date and focuses on the key evidence to inform the 
scientific understanding for the review of the primary and secondary 
NAAQS for ozone. Workshop sessions will include review and discussion 
of preliminary draft written materials on the atmospheric chemistry and 
background sources of ozone, welfare effects of ozone, human exposure 
to ozone and animal toxicological studies, and the health effects 
evidence from human clinical and epidemiological studies.
    In addition, roundtable discussions will help identify key studies 
or concepts within each discipline to assist EPA in integrating 
relevant literature within and across disciplines. These preliminary 
materials are not being released to the public as external review 
drafts, but they will be used to guide workshop discussions. EPA is 
planning to release an external review draft ISA for health and welfare 
effects of ozone for review by the Clean Air Scientific Advisory 
Committee (CASAC) and the public in 2019.

II. Workshop Information

    Members of the public may attend the webinar as observers. Space in 
the webinar may be limited, and reservations will be accepted on a 
first-come, first-served basis. Registration for the workshop is 
available online at https://epa-naaqs-isa-ozone.eventbrite.com.

    Dated: October 12, 2018.
 James Avery,
Acting Deputy Director, National Center for Environmental Assessment.
[FR Doc. 2018-23126 Filed 10-22-18; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 6560-50-P