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

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In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), announces the following meeting of the aforementioned committee:

Board Meeting Times and Dates: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., April 7, 2008. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., April 8, 2008. 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., April 9, 2008.

Public Comment Times and Dates: 5 p.m.-6 p.m., April 7, 2008. 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., April 8, 2008.

Place: Crowne Plaza Tampa East, 10221 Princess Palm Avenue, Tampa, FL 33610, Telephone (813) 623-6363, Fax (813) 246-7113.

Status: Open to the public, limited only by the space available. The meeting space accommodates approximately 75 to 100 people.

Background: The Advisory Board was established under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program (EEOICP) Act of 2000 to advise the President on a variety of policy and technical functions required to implement and effectively manage the new compensation program. Key functions of the Advisory Board include providing advice on the development of probability of causation guidelines which have been promulgated by the Department of Health and Human Services (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 Advisory 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, renewed at appropriate intervals, and will expire on August 3, 2009.

Purpose: This Advisory 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, advise 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 Start Printed Page 14823on whether there is reasonable likelihood that such radiation doses may have endangered the health of members of this class.

Matters to be Discussed: The topics for the Subcommittee meeting will include a Review of Individual Dose Reconstructions and future Subcommittee Plans and Actions. The agenda for the Advisory Board meeting includes: NIOSH Program Status Report Update; Special Exposure Class (SEC) Petition Evaluation Reports for: Texas City Chemicals, Inc., SAM Laboratories, Kellex/Pierpont, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Area IV of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, Horizons, Inc., and NUMEC Parks; Quality assurance and quality control processes by NIOSH; Ethics training for Board members; Procedures Work Group: summary report and full presentation on new matrix format; SEC Petition Status Updates: Sandia National Laboratory-Livermore, Chapman Valve, Hanford, Blockson, Bethlehem Steel; Department of Labor (DOL) Update; Department of Energy (DOE) Update; Work Group reports; Subcommittee on Dose Reconstruction Report; Board Future Plans and Schedules.

The agenda is subject to change as priorities dictate.

In the event an individual cannot attend, written comments may be submitted according the policy provided below. 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.

Policy on Redaction of Board Meeting Transcripts (Public Comment), (1) If a person making a comment gives his or her name, no attempt will be made to redact that name. (2) NIOSH will take reasonable steps to ensure that individuals making public comment are aware of the fact that their comments (including their name, if provided) will appear in a transcript of the meeting posted on a public Web site. Such reasonable steps include: (a) A statement read at the start of each public comment period stating that transcripts will be posted and names of speakers will not be redacted; (b) A printed copy of the statement mentioned in (a) above will be displayed on the table where individuals sign up to make public comment; (c) A statement such as outlined in (a) above will also appear with the agenda for a Board Meeting when it is posted on the NIOSH Web site; (d) A statement such as in (a) above will appear in the Federal Register Notice that announces Board and Subcommittee meetings. (3) If an individual in making a statement reveals personal information (e.g., medical information) about themselves that information will not usually be redacted. The NIOSH FOIA coordinator will, however, review such revelations in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act and the Federal Advisory Committee Act and if deemed appropriate, will redact such information. (4) All disclosures of information concerning third parties will be redacted. (5) If it comes to the attention of the DFO that an individual wishes to share information with the Board but objects to doing so in a public forum, the DFO will work with that individual, in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, to find a way that the Board can hear such comments.

Contact Person for More Information: Christine Branche, PhD, Executive Secretary, NIOSH, CDC, 395 E Street, SW., Suite 9200, Washington, DC 20201, Telephone (513) 533-6800, Toll Free 1-(800) 35-NIOSH, E-mail ocas@cdc.gov.

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 CDC and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

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Dated: March 12, 2008.

Elaine L. Baker,

Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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[FR Doc. E8-5496 Filed 3-18-08; 8:45 am]

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