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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publishes a list of information collection requests under review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). To request a copy of these requests, call the CDC Reports Clearance Officer at (404) 639-7090. Send written comments to CDC, Desk Officer; Human Resources and Housing Branch, New Executive Office Building, Room 10235; Washington, DC 20503. Written comments should be received within 30 days of this notice.

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National Exposure Registry—Extension—(OMB No. 0923-0006) Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) is mandated pursuant to the 1980 Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and its 1986 Amendments, the Superfund Amendments and Re-authorization Act (SARA), to establish and maintain a national registry of persons who have been exposed to hazardous substances in the environment and a national registry of persons with illnesses or health problems resulting from such exposure. ATSDR created the National Exposure Registry (NER) as a result of this legislation in an effort to provide scientific information about potential adverse health effects people develop as a result of low-level, long-term exposure to hazardous substances.

The National Exposure Registry is a program that collects, maintains, and analyzes information obtained from participants (called registrants) whose exposure to selected toxic substances at specific geographic areas in the United States was documented. Relevant health data and demographic information are also included in the NER database. The NER databases furnish the information needed to generate appropriate and valid hypothesis for future activities such as epidemiologic studies. The NER also serves as a mechanism for longitudinal health investigations that follow registrants over time to ascertain Start Printed Page 35248adverse health effects and latency periods.

The NER is currently composed of four sub-registries of persons known to have been exposed to specific chemicals: 1,1,1,-Trichloroethane (TCA), Trichloroethylene (TCE), 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (dioxin), and benzene. In 2001, the NER will establish a new asbestos subregistry.

Participants in each subregistry are interviewed initially with a baseline questionnaire. An identical follow-up telephone questionnaire is administered to participants every three years until the criteria for terminating a specific subregistry have been met. The annual number of participants varies greatly from year to year. Two factors influencing the number of respondents per year are the number of subregistry updates that are scheduled and whether a new subregistry will be established. The addition of the new asbestos subregistry is expected to add approximately 6,000 persons to the NER. This increase is reflected in the following estimated burden table.

The following table is annualized to reflect one new subregistry (asbestos) and five updates for the requested three-year extension of OMB No. 0923-0006. The estimated annualized burden is 3,053 hours.

RespondentsNumber of responsesResponses per respondentAvg. burden per response (in hours)
One New Subregistry2,000130/60
Five Updates4,927125/60
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Dated: June 25, 2001.

Nancy Cheal,

Acting Associate Director for Policy, Planning, and Evaluation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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[FR Doc. 01-16627 Filed 7-2-01; 8:45 am]

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