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Science Advisory Board Staff Office EPA Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC); Notification of a Public Advisory Committee Meeting of the CASAC Lead Review Panel for the Review of the Lead National Ambient Air Quality Standards

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AGENCY:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) Lead Review Panel (CASAC Panel) to conduct a peer review of the Agency's Lead Human Exposure and Health Risk Assessments for Selected Case Studies, Draft Report (2nd Draft Lead Exposure and Risk Assessments, July 2007), as part of the Panel's ongoing participation in the Agency's current review of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for Lead.

DATES:

The meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m. (Eastern Time) on Tuesday, August 28, 2007, through 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Wednesday, August 29, 2007.

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ADDRESSES:

The meetings will take place at the Marriott at Research Triangle Park, 4700 Guardian Drive, Durham, NC 27703, phone: 919-941-6200.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Any member of the public who wishes to submit a written or brief oral statement (five minutes or less) or wants further information concerning these meetings must contact Mr. Fred Butterfield, Designated Federal Officer (DFO). Mr. Butterfield may be contacted at the EPA Science Advisory Board (1400F), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; or via telephone/voice mail: 202-343-9994; fax: 202-233-0643; or e-mail at: butterfield.fred@epa.gov. General information concerning the CASAC or the EPA SAB can be found on the EPA Web site at http://www.epa.gov/​sab.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background: The CASAC, which is comprised of seven members appointed by the EPA Administrator, was established under section 109(d)(2) of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) (42 U.S.C. 7409) as an independent scientific advisory committee. The CASAC provides advice, information and recommendations on the scientific and technical aspects of issues related to air quality criteria and NAAQS under sections 108 and 109 of the Act. The CASAC is chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended, 5 U.S.C., App. The CASAC Lead Review Panel consists of the seven CASAC members supplemented by subject-matter-experts. The CASAC Lead Review Panel provides advice and recommendations to EPA concerning lead in ambient air. The Panel complies with the provisions of FACA and all appropriate SAB Staff Office procedural policies.

Section 109(d)(1) of the CAA requires that the Agency periodically review and revise, as appropriate, the air quality criteria and the NAAQS for the six “criteria” air pollutants, including Lead. In December 2006, EPA's Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS), within the Office of Air and Radiation (OAR), released the 1st Draft Lead Staff Paper and the Draft Lead Exposure and Risk Assessments technical support document as part of its review of the Lead NAAQS. The purpose of the 1st Draft Lead Staff Paper was to evaluate the policy implications of the key scientific and technical information contained in the Agency's Final AQCD for Lead and to identify critical elements that EPA staff believes should be considered in its review of the Lead NAAQS. The Draft Lead Exposure and Risk Assessments technical support document described the methodology and presents the results of the pilot phase human exposure and health risk assessments and ecological risk assessments for a number of case studies. In February 2007, the CASAC Panel held a public advisory meeting to review the 1st Draft Lead Staff Paper and the Draft Lead Exposure and Risk Assessments technical support document. The CASAC's letter/report to the Administrator concerning this review (EPA-CASAC-07-003, dated March 27, 2007) is posted on the SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/​sab/​pdf/​casac-07-003.pdf.

Technical Contacts: Any questions concerning the Agency's 2nd Draft Lead Exposure and Risk Assessments document can be directed to Dr. Zachary Pekar, OAQPS, at phone: 919-541-3704, or e-mail: pekar.zachary@epa.gov.

Availability of Meeting Materials: On or about July 31, 2007, the 2nd Draft Lead Exposure and Risk Assessments document will be posted on the Agency's Technology Transfer Network (TTN) Web site at URL http://www.epa.gov/​ttn/​naaqs/​standards/​pb/​s_​pb_​index.html, in the “Documents from Current Review” section under “Technical Documents.” A copy of the draft agenda and other materials for these CASAC meetings will be posted on the SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/​sab/​panels/​casacorpanel.html prior to the meetings.

Procedures for Providing Public Input: Interested members of the public may submit relevant written or oral information for the CASAC Lead Review Panel to consider during the advisory process. Oral Statements: In general, individuals or groups requesting an oral presentation at a public meeting will be limited to five minutes per speaker, with no more than a total of one hour for all speakers. Interested parties should contact Mr. Butterfield, DFO, in writing (preferably via e-mail), by August 21, 2007, at the contact information noted above, to be placed on the list of public speakers for these meetings. Written Statements: Written statements should be received in the SAB Staff Office by Friday, August 24, 2007, so that the information may be made available to the CASAC Panel for their consideration prior to these meetings. Written statements should be supplied to the DFO in the following formats: One hard copy with original signature (optional), and one electronic copy via e-mail (acceptable file format: Adobe Acrobat PDF, WordPerfect, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, or Rich Text files in IBM-PC/Windows 98/2000/XP format).

Accessibility: For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, please contact Mr. Butterfield at the phone number or e-mail address noted above, preferably at least ten days prior to the first meeting, to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.

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Dated: July 16, 2007.

Anthony F. Maciorowski,

Deputy Director, EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office.

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[FR Doc. E7-14172 Filed 7-20-07; 8:45 am]

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