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Access to Confidential Business Information by Enrollees Under the Senior Environmental Employment Program

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).




EPA has authorized grantee organizations under the Senior Environmental Employment (SEE) Program, and their enrollees; access to information which has been submitted to EPA under the environmental statutes administered by the Agency. Some of this information may be claimed or determined to be confidential business information (CBI).


Comments concerning CBI access will be accepted five days from the date of publication of this document.


Comments should be submitted to: Susan Street, National Program Director, Senior Environmental Employment Program (MC 3650A), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Ariel Rios Building, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460. (Telephone (202) 564-0410).

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The Senior Environmental Employment (SEE) program is authorized by the Environmental Programs Assistance Act of 1984 (Pub. L. 98-313), which provides that the Administrator may “make grants or enter into cooperative agreements” for the purpose of “providing technical assistance to: Federal, State, and local environmental agencies for projects of pollution prevention, abatement, and control.” Cooperative agreements under the SEE program provide support for many functions in the Agency, including clerical support, staffing hot lines, providing support to Agency enforcement activities, providing library services, compiling data, and support in scientific, engineering, financial, and other areas.

In performing these tasks, grantees and cooperators under the SEE program and their enrollees may have access to potentially all documents submitted under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Clean Air Act (CAA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), Emergency Planning And Community Rights to Know Act (EPCRA) and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), to the extent that these statutes allow disclosure of confidential information to authorized representatives of the United States (or to “contractors” under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act). Some of these documents may contain information claimed as confidential.

EPA provides confidential information to enrollees working under the following cooperative agreements:

Cooperative agreement numberOrganization
N ational A ssociation for H ispanic E lderly
CQ-830600   NAHE
CQ-830835   NAHE
N ational A sian P acific C enter on A ging
CQ-830804   NAPCA
N ational C aucus and Center on B lack A ged, Inc.
CQ-830940   NCBA
CQ-830977   NCBA
CQ-830978   NCBA
CQ-830979   NCBA
CQ-830981   NCBA
CQ-831052   NCBA
N ational C ouncil O n the A ging, Inc.
N ational O lder W orker C areer C enter
CQ-829511   NOWCC
CQ-830915   NOWCC
CQ-830916   NOWCC
CQ-830917   NOWCC
CQ-830919   NOWCC
CQ-830920   NOWCC
CQ-830967   NOWCC
CQ-830968   NOWCC
S enior S ervice A merica, I nc.
CQ-829805   SSAI
CQ-830406   SSAI
CQ-830407   SSAI
CQ-831290   SSAI

Among the procedures established by EPA confidentiality regulations for granting access is notification to the submitters of confidential data that SEE grantee organizations and their enrollees will have access. 40 CFR 2.201(h)(2)(iii). This document is intended to fulfill that requirement.

The grantee organizations are required by the cooperative agreements to protect confidential information. SEE enrollees are required to sign confidentiality agreements and to adhere to the same security procedures as Federal employees.

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Dated: August 19, 2003.

Noel R. Jamison,

Director, Human Resources Staff #1.

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[FR Doc. 03-22161 Filed 8-28-03; 8:45 am]