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EPA's Persistent Bioaccumulative toxicant draft strategy
- Subject: EPA's Persistent Bioaccumulative toxicant draft strategy
- From: "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Wed, 18 Nov 1998 11:59:24 -0500 (EST)
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[Federal Register: November 17, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 221)]
>From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Multimedia Strategy for Priority Persistent, Bioaccumulative, and
Toxic Pollutants; Notice of Availability and Solicitation of Public
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
ACTION: Notice of availability and solicitation of public comments.
SUMMARY: EPA is making available for public review and comment the
draft Multimedia Strategy for Priority Persistent, Bioaccumulative, and
Toxic (PBT) Pollutants. This document outlines the Agency's
comprehensive approach to identify and take action to reduce releases
of and exposures to PBT pollutants. Also available for public review
and comment in connection with this document is the draft EPA Action
Plan for Mercury. Interested parties may request copies of these
documents as set forth in the ``ADDRESSES'' unit of this notice.
DATES: Comments must be received by February 16, 1999.
ADDRESSES: Each comment must bear the docket control number OPPTS-
00255. All comments should be sent in triplicate to: OPPT Document
Control Officer (7407), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics,
Environmental Protection Agency, 401 M St., SW., Rm. G-099, East Tower,
Washington, DC 20460.
Comments and data may also be submitted electronically to: oppt.
email@example.com. Follow the instructions under Unit IV. of this document.
No Confidential Business Information (CBI) should be submitted through
All comments which contain information claimed as CBI must be
clearly marked as such. Three sanitized copies of any comments
containing information claimed as CBI must also be submitted and will
be placed in the public record for this notice. Persons submitting
information on any portion of which they believe is entitled to
treatment as CBI by EPA must assert a business confidentiality claim in
accordance with 40 CFR 2.203(b) for each such portion. This claim must
be made at the time that the information is submitted to EPA. If a
submitter does not assert a confidentiality claim at the time of
submission, EPA will consider this as a waiver of any confidentiality
claim and the information may be made available to the public by EPA
without further notice to the submitter.
To obtain copies of the draft Multimedia Strategy for Priority PBT
Pollutants and the draft EPA Action Plan for Mercury contact: Pollution
Prevention Information Clearinghouse (7409), Environmental Protection
Agency, 401 M St., SW., Washington, DC 20460, telephone number: 202-
260-1023, facsimile number: 202-260-0178, e-mail: PPIC@epa.gov.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sam K. Sasnett, Pollution Prevention
Division (7407), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics,
Environmental Protection Agency, 401 M St., SW., Washington, DC 20460,
telephone number: 202-260-8020, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I. Electronic Availability
Electronic copies of the draft Multimedia Strategy for Priority PBT
Pollutants and the draft EPA Action Plan for Mercury are available from
the EPA Home Page at the Federal Register - Environmental Documents
entry for these documents under ``Laws and Regulations'' (http://
www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/). Copies are also available electronically from
the EPA Home Page (http://www.epa.gov/pbt/) under ``Strategy.''
For Fax-on-Demand, use a faxphone to call 202-401-0527 and select
item 4045 for a copy of the draft Multimedia Strategy for Priority PBT
Pollutants and item 4046 for the draft EPA Action Plan for Mercury.
This Federal Register notice announces the availability of and
requests comment on the draft Multimedia Strategy for Priority PBT
Pollutants and the draft EPA Action Plan for Mercury.
EPA has developed this draft national strategy to overcome the
remaining challenges in addressing priority PBT pollutants. These
pollutants pose risks because they are toxic, persist in ecosystems,
and accumulate in fish and other animals further up the food chain.
Consumption of fish is a significant exposure pathway for humans. These
pollutants travel long distances, transfer rather easily among air,
water, and land and linger for generations, making EPA's traditional
single-statute approaches less than the full solution to reducing risks
from PBTs. The fetus and young child may be at particular risk for
This strategy fortifies and builds on existing EPA commitments
related to priority PBTs, such as the 1997 Canada-U.S. Binational
Toxics Strategy (BNS), the North American Agreement on Environmental
Cooperation, and the recently released Clean Water Action Plan. EPA is
forging a new approach to reduce risks from and exposures to priority
PBT pollutants through increased coordination among EPA national and
regional programs. This approach also requires the significant
involvement of stakeholders, including international, state, local, and
tribal organizations, the regulated community, environmental groups,
and private citizens.
A primary function of the strategy is to establish and implement
national action plans on priority PBT pollutants. The PBT strategy
targets for immediate focus the 12 PBT substances included in the
Canada-U.S. Binational Toxics Strategy Level 1 list. As they are
developed, these national action plans will be appended to the
strategy. In this manner the strategy will continue to be a living
document. One such draft action on mercury is also being made available
for review and public comment at this time. It illustrates an action
plan that is national and even international in scope and describes the
kinds of actions EPA may take to reduce risks posed by other priority
PBT pollutants. Each substance or group of substances will present its
own set of action opportunities.
EPA's strategy realizes that the 12 Binational Toxics Strategy
Level 1 substances are not the only PBTs we need to be concerned about.
The strategy calls for developing a process to select additional
pollutants of concern. Once these pollutants are selected, action plans
will be developed to address environmental and human health problems
associated with them. Other activities include preventing the
introduction of new PBTs into commerce, identifying research needs for
priority PBTs, and measuring the results of PBT reduction activities,
preferably in terms of environmental and human health impacts.
EPA is requesting comment on the overall approach of the strategy
and its proposed individual components, including the development and
implementation of national action plans, the 12 initial pollutants for
which EPA intends to develop such plans, the process for selection of
additional PBT substances for national action plans, approaches for the
prevention of the introduction (and reintroduction) of new PBT
substances, and means of measuring progress in the reduction of PBTs in
the environment. EPA is particularly interested in whether the strategy
clearly articulates its goals and is comprehensive enough, whether
there are major activities or approaches not articulated, and whether
the directions outlined in the strategy are appropriate.
EPA also is requesting comment on the Mercury Action Plan. EPA is
interested in comments on its overall approach to reducing exposure to
mercury. EPA also invites comments on the applicability of the approach
outlined for mercury to other PBT pollutants and the usefulness of the
Mercury Action Plan as a model for other action plans that may be
developed under the PBT Initiative.
IV. Public Record and Electronic Submissions
The official record for this notice, as well as the public version,
has been established for this notice under docket control number OPPTS-
00255 (including comments and data submitted electronically as
described below). A public version of this record, including printed,
paper versions of electronic comments, which does not include any
information claimed as CBI, is available for inspection from 12 noon to
4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The official
record is located in the TSCA Nonconfidential Information Center, Rm.
NE-B607, 401 M St., SW., Washington, DC.
Electronic comments can be sent directly to EPA at:
Electronic comments must be submitted as an ASCII file avoiding the
use of special characters and any form of encryption. Comments and data
will also be accepted on disks in WordPerfect 5.1/6.1 or ASCII file
format. All comments and data in electronic form must be identified by
the docket control number OPPTS-00255. Electronic comments on this
notice may be filed online at many Federal Depository Libraries.
List of Subjects
Dated: November 9, 1998.
Lynn R. Goldman,
Assistant Administrator for Prevention Pesticides and Toxic Substances.
[FR Doc. 98-30719 Filed 11-16-98; 8:45 am]
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