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Study Team for the Los Alamos Historical Document Retrieval and Assessment Project

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) announce the following meeting.

Name: Public Meeting of the Study Team for the Los Alamos Historical Document Retrieval and Assessment Project.

Time and Date: 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday, March 8, 2000.

Place: Taos Convention Center, El Taoseno Room, 120 Civic Plaza Drive, Taos, New Mexico, telephone 505/758-5792.

Status: Open to the public, limited only by space available. The meeting room accommodates approximately 100 people.

Background: Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed in December 1990 with Department of Energy (DOE) and replaced by an MOU signed in 1996, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was given the responsibility and resources for conducting analytic epidemiologic investigations of residents of communities in the vicinity of DOE facilities, workers at DOE facilities, and other persons potentially exposed to radiation or to potential hazards from non-nuclear energy production use. HHS delegated program responsibility to CDC.

In addition, an MOU was signed in October 1990 and renewed in November 1992 between ATSDR and DOE. The Start Printed Page 9273MOU delineates the responsibilities and procedures for ATSDR's public health activities at DOE sites required under sections 104, 105, 107, and 120 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund). These activities include health consultations and public health assessments at DOE sites listed on, or proposed for, the Superfund National Priorities List and at sites that are the subject of petitions from the public; and other health-related activities such as epidemiologic studies, health surveillance, exposure and disease registries, health education, substance-specific applied research, emergency response, and preparation of toxicological profiles.

Purpose: This Study Team is charged with locating, evaluating, cataloging, and copying documents that contain information about historical chemical or radionuclide releases from facilities at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) since its inception. The purpose of this meeting is to review the goals, methods, and schedule of the project; discuss the key role of interviews with current and former LANL employees; provide a forum for community interaction; and serve as a vehicle for members of the public to express concerns to CDC.

Matters to Be Discussed: Agenda items include a presentation from the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), CDC, and/or its contractor, regarding the information-gathering project that recently began, and plans and methods for conducting interviews with active and retired employees. There will be time for public input, questions, and comments.

Agenda items are subject to change as priorities dictate.

Contact Person for Additional Information: Paul G. Renard, Radiation Studies Branch, Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects, NCEH, CDC, 1600 Clifton Road, N.E., Atlanta, Georgia 30333, telephone 404/639-2550, fax 404/639 -2575.

The Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, has been delegated the authority to sign Federal Register notices pertaining to announcements of meetings and other committee management activities for both CDC and ATSDR.

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Dated: February 17, 2000.

Carolyn J. Russell,

Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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[FR Doc. 00-4335 Filed 2-23-00; 8:45 am]