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Access to Confidential Business Information by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).




EPA has authorized the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) access to information which has been submitted to EPA under all sections of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Some of the information may be claimed or determined to be confidential business information (CBI).


Access to the confidential data submitted to EPA under all sections of TSCA occurred as a result of an on-going Memorandum of Understanding between CPSC and the U.S. EPA dated September 23, 1986, which granted Start Printed Page 8893CPSC immediate access to all sections of TSCA CBI.

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Barbara A. Cunningham, Acting Director, Environmental Assistance Division (7408M), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 564-8940; e-mail address:

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I. General Information

A. Does this Notice Apply to Me?

This action is directed to the public in general. This action may, however, be of interest to “those persons who are or may be required to conduct testing of chemical substances under TSCA.” Since other entities may also be interested, the Agency has not attempted to describe all the specific entities that may be affected by this action. If you have any questions regarding the applicability of this action to a particular entity, consult the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

B. How Can I Get Copies of this Document or Other Related Information?

1. Docket. EPA has established an official docket for this action under docket identification (ID) number OPPT-2002-0057. The official public docket consists of the documents specifically referenced in this action, any public comments received, and other information related to this action. Although a part of the official docket, the public docket does not include CBI or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. The official public docket is the collection of materials that is available for public viewing at the EPA Docket Center, Rm. B102-Reading Room, EPA West, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. The EPA Docket Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday thrugh Friday, excluding legal holidays. The EPA Docket Center Reading Room telephone number is (202) 566-1744 and the telephone number for the OPPT Docket, which is located in EPA Docket Center, is (202) 566-0280.

2. Electronic access. You may access this Federal Register document electronically through the EPA Internet under the “Federal Register” listings at​fedrgstr/​.

An electronic version of the public docket is available through EPA's electronic public docket and comment system, EPA Dockets. You may use EPA Dockets at​edocket/​ to submit or view public comments, access the index listing of the contents of the official public docket, and to access those documents in the public docket that are available electronically. Although not all docket materials may be available electronically, you may still access any of the publicly available docket materials through the docket facility identified in Unit I.B.1. Once in the system, select “search,” then key in the appropriate docket ID number.

II. What Action is the Agency Taking?

Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) dated September 23, 1986, the CPSC agreed to EPA procedures governing access to CBI submitted to EPA under TSCA.

In accordance with 40 CFR 2.306(h), EPA has determined that CPSC requires access to CBI submitted to EPA under all sections of TSCA, to perform successfully their responsibilities under the Consumer Product Safety Act and TSCA.

CPSC's personnel are given access to information submitted to EPA under all sections of TSCA. Some of the information is claimed or determined to be CBI. Under the terms of the MOU, CPSC is not required to renew its access to TSCA CBI. EPA publishes this notice to the public from time to time to reiterate and confirm that access to TSCA CBI has been granted to this other federal agency. In a previous notice published in the Federal Register of December 9, 1997 (62 FR 64829) (FRL-5757-8), EPA confirmed that CPSC continues to have access to CBI under all sections of TSCA. EPA is issuing this notice to once again confirm that CPSC maintains access under the existing MOU.

EPA issues this notice to inform all submitters of information under all sections of TSCA, that the Agency provides the CPSC access to these CBI materials on a need-to-know basis only. All access to TSCA CBI under this MOU will take place at EPA Headquarters and CPSC's 4330 East West Highway, Bethesda, Maryland site.

CPSC is required to adhere to all provisions of EPA's TSCA Confidential Business Information Security Manual.

CPSC personnel are required to sign nondisclosure agreements and are briefed on appropriate security procedures before they are permitted access to TSCA CBI.

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  • Environmental protection
  • Confidential business information
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Dated: February 10, 2003.

Allan S. Abramson,

Director, Information Management Division, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics.

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[FR Doc. 03-4249 Filed 2-25-03; 8:45 am]