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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health

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In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. app. section 10(a), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announces the following committee meeting:

Name: Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health (ABRWH), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

Place: Teleconference call will originate at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes for Occupational Safety and Health, Atlanta, Georgia. Please see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for details on accessing the teleconference.

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

Background: The ABRWH was established under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) of 2000 to advise the President, delegated to 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 by HHS as a final rule, advice on the scientific validity and quality of dose estimation and reconstruction efforts being performed for purposes of the compensation program, and advice on petitions to add classes of workers to the Special Exposure Cohort (SEC).

In December 2000 the President delegated responsibility for funding, staffing, and operating the Board to HHS, which subsequently delegated this authority to the CDC. NIOSH implements this responsibility for CDC. The charter was issued on August 3, 2001, and renewed on august 3, 2003.

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, advising 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: Agenda for this meeting will focus on Status of Activities concerning Iowa Army Ammunition Plant and Mallinckrodt Downtown Site; Special Exposure Cohort Task for SC&A, Inc.; and review of Draft, Agenda for the upcoming meeting.

The agenda is subject to change as priorities dictate.

In the event an individual cannot attend, written comments may be submitted. Any written comments received will be provided at the meeting and should be submitted to the contact person below well in advance of the meeting.

Supplementary Information: This conference call is scheduled for April 11, 2005 and set to begin at 8 a.m. eastern time and run through 11:30 a.m. eastern standard time. To access the teleconference you must dial 1-888-324-8504. You will need to provide the passcode 22906 to be connected to the call.

In accordance with 41 CFR 102-3.150b, this notice is being published less than 15 days prior to the meeting due to the unexpected urgency of the topics that will be discussed.

Contact Person for More Information: Lew Wade, Senior Science Advisor, NIOSH, CDC, 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226, telephone (513) 533-6825, fax (513) 533-6826.

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: April 6, 2005.

John Howard,

Director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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[FR Doc. 05-7263 Filed 4-8-05; 8:45 am]

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