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Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; The Agricultural Health Study: A Prospective Cohort Study of Cancer and Other Disease Among Men and Women in Agriculture (NCI)

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Under the provisions of Section 3507(a)(1)(D) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve the information collection listed below. This proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on April 30, 2008 (Vol. 73, No. 84, p. 23473), and allowed 60 days for public comment. No public comments or questions were received. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comment. The National Institutes of Health may not conduct or sponsor, and the respondent is not required to respond to, an Start Printed Page 38228information collection that has been extended, revised, or implemented on or after October 1, 1995, unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

Proposed Collection: Title: The Agricultural Health Study: A Prospective Cohort Study of Cancer and Other Disease Among Men and Women in Agriculture (NCI) (OMB#: 0925-0406). Type of Information Collection Request: Renewal. Need and Use of Information Collection: The purpose of this information collection is to continue and complete updating the occupational and environmental exposure information as well as medical history information for respondents enrolled in the Agriculture Health Study. This represents a request to continue and complete phase III (2005-2008) of the study. Due to reduced annual budgets for research, a delay in data collection has resulted and there has not been enough time to complete the data collection on the number of respondents that had been originally requested in the 2005 OMB submission. The primary objectives of the study are to determine the health effects resulting from occupational and environmental exposures in the agricultural environment. The data will be collected by using a computer assisted telephone interview (CATI) system. A small percentage of the respondents will also be asked to participate in a buccal cell collection which is a sample of loose cells from the respondent's mouth. The findings will provide valuable information concerning the potential link between agricultural exposures and cancer and other chronic diseases among agricultural Health Study cohort members, and this information may be generalized to the entire agricultural community. Frequency of Response: Once. Affected Public: Private sector, farms. Type of Respondents: Licensed pesticide applicators and their spouses. The annual reporting burden is as follows:

Estimates of Annual Burden Hours

Type of respondentInstrumentEstimated number of respondentsFrequency of responseAverage time per response (Minutes/hour)Annual burden hours
Private ApplicatorsInterview Only2,9201.0035/601,703.33
Interview & buccal cells831.0060/6083.00
SpousesInterview Only2,6801.0035/601,563.33
Interview & buccal cells1651.0060/60165.00
Commercial ApplicatorsInterview Only9301.0035/60542.50
Interview & buccal cells831.0060/6083.00

The annualized cost to respondents is estimated at $109,652, which amount to a total cost of $1,348,000 over three years. There are no capital costs, operating costs, and/or maintenance costs to report.

Request for Comments: Written comments and/or suggestions from the public and affected agencies are invited on one or more of the following points: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the function of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) The accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

Direct Comments to OMB: Written comments and/or suggestions regarding the item(s) contained in this notice, especially regarding the estimated public burden and associated response time, should be directed to the Attention: NIH Desk Officer, Office of Management and Budget, at or by fax to 202-395-6974. To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments, contact Michael Alavanja, Dr.P.H, Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Executive Plaza South, Room 8000, 6120 Executive Blvd., Rockville, MD 20892 or call 301-496-9093 or e-mail your request, including your address to:

Comments Due Date: Comments regarding this information collection are best assured of having their full effect if received within 30 days of the date of this publication.

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Dated: June 25, 2008.

Vivian Horovitch-Kelley,

NCI Project Clearance Liaison Office, National Institutes of Health.

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[FR Doc. E8-15072 Filed 7-2-08; 8:45 am]