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Access to Confidential Business Information by Eastern Research Group

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).




EPA has authorized its contractor Eastern Research Group (ERG), of Lexington, MA and Chantilly, VA; and its subcontractors, AH Environmental Consultants of Newport News,VA and ETI Professionals, Inc., of Lakewood, CO, 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 will occur no sooner than February 23, 2005.

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Colby Lintner, Regulatory Coordinator, Environmental Assistance Division (7408M), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 554-1404; 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 and Other Related Documents?

1. Docket. EPA has established an official public docket for this action under docket identification (ID) number OPPT-2003-0004. 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 through 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 the 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 Contract Number EP-W-05-014, ERG of 110 Hartwell Ave., Lexington, MA and 14555 Avion Parkway, Suite 200, Chantilly, VA; AH Environmental Consultants of 804 Omni Boulevard, Suite 201, Newport News, VA; and ETI Professionals, Inc. of 555 Zany St., Suite 104, Lakewood, CO, will assist EPA in preparing exposure and release assessments for EPA's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) new and existing chemical review programs; provide support for regulatory efforts such as the TSCA Inventory Update Rule Amendments; and preparing various technical analyses to support OPPT activities under all sections of TSCA.

In accordance with 40 CFR 2.306(j), EPA has determined that under Contract Number EP-W-05-014, ERG, AH Environmental Consultants, and ETI Professionals, Inc., will require access to CBI submitted to EPA under all sections of TSCA, to perform successfully the duties specified under the contract.

ERG, AH Environmental Consultants, and ETI Professionals, Inc. personnel will be given information submitted to EPA under all sections of TSCA. Some of the information may be claimed or determined to be CBI.

EPA is issuing this notice to inform all submitters of information under all sections of TSCA, that the Agency may provide ERG, AH Environmental Consultants, and ETI Professionals, Inc. access to these CBI materials on a need-to-know basis only. All access to TSCA CBI under this contract will take place at EPA Headquarters and ERG's Lexington, MA and Chantilly, VA sites.

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Clearance for access to TSCA CBI under Contract Number EP-W-05-014 may continue until January 31, 2010. Access will commence no sooner than February 23, 2005.

ERG, AH Environmental Consultants, and ETI Professionals, Inc. personnel have signed non-disclosure agreements and will be briefed on appropriate security procedures before they are permitted access to TSCA CBI.

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List of Subjects

  • Environmental protection
  • Confidential business information
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Dated: February 7, 2005.

Vicki A. Simons

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

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[FR Doc. 05-2980 Filed 2-15-05; 8:45 am]