[Date Prev][Date Next][Date Index]

E-M:/ ATSDR report on areas of concern



-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>
-------------------------------------------------------------------------

today's federal register....

[Federal Register: May 2, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 86)]
[Notices]              
[Page 24290-24291]
 From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:fr02my08-87]                        

=======================================================================
-----------------------------------------------------------------------

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
[ATSDR-244]

Availability of the Draft Report ``Selected Information on
Chemical Releases Within Great Lakes Counties Containing Areas of
Concern (AOC) (Public Comment Draft 2008)''

AGENCY: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR),
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
ACTION: Request for comment.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

SUMMARY: This report responds to a request from the International Joint
Commission (IJC), the binational organization that works to implement
the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA) between the U.S. and
Canada. The GLWQA calls for the two nations to define ``the threat to
human health from critical pollutants'' found in the Great Lakes basin.
    This notice announces the availability of the draft report entitled
``Selected Information on Chemical Releases Within Great Lakes Counties
Containing Areas of Concern (AOC) (Public Comment Draft 2008)''. This
report summarizes previously-published public health assessment
products and chemical release information for the 26 U.S. AOCs and 54
counties that are in close geographic proximity to those AOCs. This is
a descriptive report that does not make associations between health
outcomes and chemical exposures. The compilation of environmental data,
gathered by ATSDR and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is
intended to help decision-makers set future priorities.

DATES: The agency must receive comments on or before June 30, 2008.
Comments can be sent via e-mail box <A HREF="mailto:greatlakes@cdc.gov";>greatlakes@cdc.gov</A>. Comments
received after close of the public comment period will be considered at
the discretion of ATSDR on the basis of what is deemed to be in the
best interest of the general public.

ADDRESSES: Address all comments concerning this notice to Ms. Olga
Dawkins, ATSDR, Division of Toxicology and Environmental Medicine, 1600
Clifton Road, NE., MS F-32, Atlanta, Georgia 30333.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bruce Fowler, Ph.D., Division of
Toxicology and Environmental Medicine, Agency for Toxic Substances and
Disease Registry, Mailstop F-32, 1600 Clifton Road, NE., Atlanta,
Georgia 30333, telephone (770) 488-7250. Electronic access to these
documents is also available at the ATSDR Web site: <A HREF="http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/";>
http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/</A>.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The geographic focus of this report is a set
of 26 ``Areas of Concern'' (AOCs) along Great Lakes streams, rivers,
and lakes. These AOCs are defined under the Agreement as ecologically
degraded geographic areas requiring remediation. In response to the IJC
request, this report presents previously published public health
assessment products and chemical release information for the 54
counties in geographic proximity to one or more of the 26 U.S. AOC.
Much of the available data pertain to counties, and not to AOCs. Some
AOCs occupy small parts of a single county, while others may reach
across more than one county. The data come from publicly available data
sets provided by ATSDR and the U.S. EPA.
    The GLWQA defines ``critical pollutants'' as substances that
persist in the environment, bioaccumulate in fish and wildlife, and are
toxic to humans and animals. There are 12 categories of critical
pollutants. This report emphasizes the critical pollutants (within the
constraints imposed by using existing data) but also presents information
on other pollutants, when such information is available and relevant.
    This report compiles and presents previously collected
environmental data from four sources:
    ? Data on hazardous waste sites in AOC counties, from evaluations
prepared by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR);
    ? Chemical release data from the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency's (EPA) Toxic Release Inventory (TRI);
    ? Data on pollutant discharges into water, from EPA's
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES);
    ? Data on ``beneficial use impairments'' such as wildlife
and drinking water advisories, from each of the Great Lakes states.
These data are presented in three ways: In text, in tables, and in
Geographic Information System-based (GIS) maps created by ATSDR for
each of the 26 U.S. AOCs.
    This is a descriptive report that does not make associations
between health outcomes and chemical exposures. The compilation of
environmental data, gathered by ATSDR and EPA, is intended to help
decision-makers set future priorities.
    The report is available at the ATSDR Web site, <A HREF="http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov";>
http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov</A>,

[[Page 24291]]

along with a notice of a 60-day public comment period for the report.
Following the close of the comment period, comments will be addressed
and, where appropriate, changes will be incorporated into the report.
The public comments and other data submitted in response to the Federal
Register notice will bear the docket control number of ATSDR-244 and
can be sent via e-mail box <A HREF="mailto:greatlakes@cdc.gov";>greatlakes@cdc.gov</A>. This material is
available for public inspection in the Record Room for the Agency for
Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, 4770 Buford Highway, Building
106, Atlanta, Georgia 30341 (not a mailing address) between 8 a.m. and
4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on legal holidays.

    Dated: April 29, 2008.
Ken Rose,
Director, Office of Policy, Planning, and Evaluation, National Center for
Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.
[FR Doc. E8-9742 Filed 5-1-08; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4163-70-P

------------------------------------------



==========================================
Alex J. Sagady & Associates        http://www.sagady.com

Environmental Enforcement, Permit/Technical Review, Public Policy, 
Expert Witness Review and Litigation Investigation on Air, Water and 
Waste/Community Environmental and Resource Protection
Prospectus at:  http://www.sagady.com/sagady.pdf 

657 Spartan Avenue,  East Lansing, MI  48823  
(517) 332-6971; ajs@sagady.com
==========================================  


==============================================================
ENVIRO-MICH:  Internet List and Forum for Michigan Environmental
and Conservation Issues and Michigan-based Citizen Action.   Archives at
http://www.great-lakes.net/lists/enviro-mich/

Postings to:  enviro-mich@great-lakes.net      For info, send email to
majordomo@great-lakes.net  with a one-line message body of  "info enviro-mich"
==============================================================