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

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AGENCY:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

ACTION:

Notice of meeting.

SUMMARY:

In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the CDC, announces the following meeting of the Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health (ABRWH). This meeting is open to the public, limited only by the space available. The meeting space accommodates approximately 150 people and the audio conference line has 150 ports for callers. The public is welcome to submit written comments in advance of the meeting, to the contact person below. Written comments received in advance of the meeting will be included in the official record of the meeting. The public is also welcome to listen to the meeting by joining the teleconference (information below).

DATES:

The meeting will be held on August 22, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., EDT, and August 23, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., EDT. A public comment session will be held on August 22, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. and conclude at 6:00 p.m. or following the final call for public comment, whichever comes first.

ADDRESSES:

Hilton Providence, 21 Atwells Avenue, Providence, RI 02903; Phone: (401)-831-3900, Fax: (401)-274-1562 and audio conference call via FTS Conferencing. The USA toll-free dial-in number is 1-866-659-0537; the pass code is 9933701. Web conference by Skype: meeting CONNECTION: https://webconf.cdc.gov/​zab6/​yzdq02pl?​sl=​1.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Theodore Katz, MPA, Designated Federal Officer, NIOSH, CDC, 1600 Clifton Road, Mailstop E-20, Atlanta, Georgia 30333, Telephone (513) 533-6800, Toll Free 1 (800) CDC-INFO, Email ocas@cdc.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background: The Advisory Board was established under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program 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, rechartered under Executive Order 13811 on February 12, 2018, and will terminate on September 30, 2019.

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, 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 Considered: The agenda will include discussions on the following: NIOSH Program Update; Department of Labor Program Update; Department of Energy Program Update; SEC Petitions Update; possible discussion of a site profile review (dose reconstruction methods for Feed Materials Production Center (Fernald, Ohio); SEC Petitions for: Sandia National Laboratory (Albuquerque, New Mexico), Metals and Controls Corporation (Attleboro, Massachusetts, Idaho National Laboratory (Scoville, Idaho), and DeSoto Facility (Los Angeles, California); continued review of dose reconstruction methods associated with estimating skin doses; and a Board Work Session. Agenda items are subject to change as priorities dictate.

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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Sherri A. Berger,

Chief Operating Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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[FR Doc. 2018-14929 Filed 7-11-18; 8:45 am]

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