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Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health: Meeting

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In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), the Centers for Disease Start Printed Page 14663 Control and Prevention (CDC) announces the following committee meeting.

Name: Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health (ABRWH).

Time and Date: 2 p.m.-5 p.m., March 28, 2003.

Place: Teleconference call will originate at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Atlanta, Georgia. Please see “Supplementary Information” for details on accessing the teleconference.

Status: Open to the public, teleconference access limited only by the ports available.

Background: The Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health (“the Board”) was established under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000 to advise the President, through the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), on a variety of policy and technical functions required to implement and effectively manage the new compensation program. Key functions of the Board include providing advice on the development of probability of causation guidelines which have been promulgated by HHS as a Final Rule, advice on methods of dose reconstruction which have also been promulgated as a Final Rule, evaluation of the scientific validity and quality of dose reconstructions conducted by NIOSH for qualified cancer claimants, and advice on the addition of classes of workers to the Special Exposure Cohort.

In December 2000, the President delegated responsibility for funding, staffing, and operating the Board to HHS, which subsequently delegated this authority to CDC. NIOSH implements this responsibility for CDC. The charter was signed on August 3, 2001, and in November 2001, the President completed the appointment of members to the Board. The initial tasks of the Board have been to review and provide advice on the proposed, interim, and final rules of HHS.

Purpose: This board is charged with (a) providing advice to the Secretary, HHS, on the development of guidelines under Executive Order 13179; (b) providing advice to the Secretary, HHS, on the scientific validity and quality of dose reconstruction efforts performed for this Program; and (c) upon request by the Secretary, HHS, advise the Secretary on whether there is a class of employees at any Department of Energy facility who were exposed to radiation but for whom it is not feasible to estimate their radiation dose, and on whether there is reasonable likelihood that such radiation doses may have endangered the health of members of this class.

Matters to be Discussed: The agenda for this meeting will focus on the continuation of discussion and finalization of recommendations regarding the Special Exposure Cohort Notice of Proposed Rule Making.

Agenda items are subject to change as priorities dictate.

Supplementary Information: This conference call is scheduled for 2 p.m. Eastern Time. To access the teleconference you must dial 1-800-311-3437. To be automatically connected to the call, you will need to provide the operator with the participant code “943833,” and you will be connected to the call.

This meeting is being published late as the meeting date and time was not confirmed until March 14th, which did not allow the notice to be published in the Federal Register at least 15 days before the date of the meeting.

Contact Person for More Information: Larry Elliott, Executive Secretary, ABRWH, NIOSH, CDC, 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226, telephone 513/841-4498, fax 513/458-7125.

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 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

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Dated: March 20, 2003.

Alvin Hall,

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

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[FR Doc. 03-7182 Filed 3-25-03; 8:45 am]