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Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC); Notification of a Public Advisory Committee Meeting of the CASAC Oxides of Nitrogen (NOX

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AGENCY:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee's (CASAC) Oxides of Nitrogen (NOX) and Sulfur Oxides (SOx) Primary NAAQS Review Panel (Panel) to conduct a peer review of EPA's Integrated Science Assessment for Oxides of Nitrogen—Health Criteria (First External Review Draft) (EPA/600/R-07/093, August 2007) and to conduct a consultation on the EPA's Nitrogen Dioxide Health Assessment Plan: Scope and Methods for Exposure and Risk Assessment.

DATES:

The meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time) on Wednesday, October 24, 2007 through 4 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) on Thursday, October 25, 2007.

Location: The meeting will take place at the Marriott at Research Triangle Park, 4700 Guardian Drive, Durham, NC, 27703, telephone: (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 this meeting must contact Dr. Angela Nugent, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board (1400F), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; via telephone/voice mail: (202) 343-9981; fax: (202) 233-0643; or e-mail at: nugent.angela@epa.gov. General information concerning the CASAC or the EPA Science Advisory Board can be found on the EPA Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/​sab.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

EPA is in the process of reviewing the primary National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for nitrogen oxides (NOX). Under the Clean Air Act, EPA is required to carry out a periodic review and revision, as appropriate, of the air quality criteria and the NAAQS for six criteria air pollutants, which include NOX. Primary standards set limits to protect public health, including the health of “sensitive” populations such as asthmatics, children, and the elderly.

As part of that process, EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD) has completed a draft document, Integrated Science Assessment for Oxides of Nitrogen—Health Criteria (First External Review Draft) (EPA/600/R-07/093, August 2007, 72 FR 50107) and has requested that CASAC peer review the document. EPA's Office of Air and Radiation (OAR) has also completed a document entitled Nitrogen Dioxide Health Assessment Plan: Scope and Methods for Exposure and Risk Assessment and has requested that the CASAC provide consultative advice to assist the Agency in developing human exposure and health risk assessments for nitrogen dioxide (NO2). EPA has released an integrated plan for all aspects of this review of the primary NO2 standard, Integrated Review Plan for the Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Nitrogen Dioxide (August 2007), which reflects advice provided by the CASAC panel through a consultation on a draft of that document, Draft Plan for Review of the Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Nitrogen Dioxide (February 2007). Background information about the CASAC NOX review activities and about formation of the CASAC Panel was published in the Federal Register on August 7, 2006 (71 FR 44695-44696).

Technical Contact: Any questions concerning EPA's Integrated Science Assessment for Oxides of Nitrogen—Health Criteria (First External Review Draft) should be directed to Dr. Dennis Kotchmar, ORD (by telephone: 919-541-4158, or e-mail: kotchmar.dennis@epa.gov). Any questions concerning EPA's Nitrogen Dioxide Health Assessment Plan: Scope and Methods for Exposure and Risk Assessment should be directed to Dr. Scott Jenkins, OAR (by telephone: 919-541-1167, or e-mail: jenkins.scott@epa.gov).

Availability of Meeting Materials: EPA-ORD's Integrated Science Assessment for Oxides of Nitrogen—Health Criteria (First External Review Draft) can be accessed on EPA's National Center for Environmental Assessment Web site at: http://cfpub.epa.gov/​ncea/​cfm/​recordisplay.cfm?​deid=​181712. EPA-OAR's Nitrogen Dioxide Health Assessment Plan: Scope and Methods for Exposure and Risk Assessment will be accessible via the Agency's Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/​ttn/​naaqs/​standards/​nox/​s_​nox_​cr_​pd.html. Agendas and materials in support of meeting will be placed on the SAB Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/​sab in advance of the meeting.

Procedures for Providing Public Input: Interested members of the public may submit relevant written or oral information for the CASAC 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 Dr. Nugent, DFO, in writing (preferably via e-mail) by October 19, 2007 at the contact information noted above, to be placed on the public speaker list for this meeting. Written Statements: Written statements should be received in the SAB Staff Office by October 19, 2007, so that the information may be made available to the Panel for their consideration prior to this meeting. 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 Dr. Nugent at the phone number or e-mail address noted above, preferably at least ten days prior to the meeting, to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.

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Dated: September 28, 2007.

Anthony F. Maciorowski,

Deputy Director, EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office.

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[FR Doc. E7-19815 Filed 10-5-07; 8:45 am]

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