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[Federal Register: December 22, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 246)]
[Notices]              
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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
[FRL-8260-3; Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2006-0838]

Draft Toxicological Reviews of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers
(PBDEs): In support of the Summary Information in the Integrated Risk
Information System (IRIS)

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
ACTION: Notice of External Peer-Review Panel Meeting and Public Comment
Period.

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SUMMARY: EPA is announcing that the Oak Ridge Institute of Science and
Education (ORISE), under an Interagency agreement between the
Department of Energy and EPA, will convene an independent panel of
experts and organize and conduct an external peer-review workshop to
review the external review draft documents titled, ``Toxicological
Review of TetraBDE (BDE-47): In Support of Summary Information in the
Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)'' (NCEA-S-2537);
``Toxicological Review of PentaBDE (BDE-99): In Support of Summary
Information in the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)'' (NCEA-S-
2538); ``Toxicological Review of HexaBDE (BDE-153): In Support of
Summary Information in the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)''
(NCEA-S-2539); and ``Toxicological Review of DecaBDE (BDE-209): In
Support of Summary Information in the Integrated Risk Information
System (IRIS)'' (NCEA-S-2540). The EPA also is announcing a public
comment period for the external review draft documents.
    The public comment period and the external peer-review workshop are
separate processes that provide opportunities for all interested
parties to comment on the document. In addition to consideration by
EPA, all public comments submitted in accordance with this notice will
also be forwarded to ORISE for consideration by the external peer-
review panel prior to the workshop.
    EPA is releasing these draft documents solely for the purpose of
pre-dissemination peer review under applicable information quality
guidelines. These documents have not been formally disseminated by EPA.
They do not represent and should not be construed to represent any
Agency policy or determination. ORISE invites the public to register to
attend this workshop as observers. In addition, ORISE invites the
public to give brief

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oral comments at the workshop regarding the draft documents under
review. The draft documents and EPA's peer-review charge are available
via the Internet on NCEA's home page under the Recent Additions and the
Publications menus at <A HREF="http://www.epa.gov/ncea";>http://www.epa.gov/ncea</A>. When finalizing the
draft documents, EPA will consider ORISE's report of the comments and
recommendations from the external peer-review workshop and any public
comments that EPA receives in accordance with this notice.

DATES: The external peer-review panel workshop will begin on February
22, 2007, at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. The public comment period begins
December 22, 2006 and ends February 5, 2007. Technical comments should
be in writing and must be received by EPA by February 5, 2007. Comments
from the public received by this date will be submitted to the external
peer-review panel prior to the workshop.

ADDRESSES: The external peer-review workshop will be held at The
American Geophysical Union, 2000 Florida Avenue NW., Washington, DC,
20009-1277. ORISE is organizing, convening, and conducting the peer-
review workshop. To attend the workshop, register by February 8, 2007,
via the Internet at <A HREF="http://www.orau.gov/pbde";>http://www.orau.gov/pbde</A>. You may also register by
calling ORISE at 865-576-2922, sending a facsimile to 865-241-3168, or
sending an e-mail to Margaret Lyday at <A HREF="mailto:lydaym@orau.gov";>lydaym@orau.gov</A>. You must
register by February 8, 2007, if you wish to provide brief oral
comments at the workshop.
    The draft documents, Toxicological Review of TetraBDE (BDE-47): In
Support of Summary Information in the Integrated Risk Information
System (IRIS); PentaBDE (BDE-99): In Support of Summary Information in
the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS); HexaBDE (BDE-153): In
Support of Summary Information in the Integrated Risk Information
System (IRIS); and DecaBDE (BDE-209): In Support of Summary Information
in the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS), are available via the
Internet on the National Center for Environmental Assessment's (NCEA)
home page under the Recent Additions and the Publications menus at
<A HREF="http://www.epa.gov/ncea";>http://www.epa.gov/ncea</A>. A limited number of paper copies are available
from NCEA's Technical Information Staff. Please contact the Technical
Information Staff by telephone at 202-564-3261 or by facsimile at 202-
565-0050. If you are requesting a paper copy, please provide your name,
mailing address, and the document title. Copies are not available from
ORISE.
    Comments may be submitted electronically via <A HREF="http://www.regulations.gov";>http://www.regulations.gov</A>,
by mail, by facsimile, or by hand delivery/courier. Please follow the
detailed instructions as provided in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
section of this notice.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the peer review
workshop, contact Margaret Lyday, ORISE, by mail at P.O. Box 117, MS
17, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-0117; by phone at 865-576-2922; by facsimile at
865-241-3168; or by e-mail at <A HREF="mailto:lydaym@orau.gov";>lydaym@orau.gov</A>.
    For information on the public comment period, contact the Office of
Environmental Information Docket; by phone at 202-566-1752; by
facsimile at 202-566-1753; or by e-mail at <A HREF="mailto:ORD.Docket@epa.gov";>ORD.Docket@epa.gov</A>.
    If you have questions about the document, contact Samantha J.
Jones, IRIS Staff, National Center for Environmental Assessment, by
mail at U.S. EPA (8601D), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC
20460; by phone at 202-564-2060; by facsimile at 202-565-0075; or by e-
mail at <A HREF="mailto:jones.samantha@epa.gov";>jones.samantha@epa.gov</A>.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Summary of Information About the Integrated Risk Information System
(IRIS)

    IRIS is a database that contains potential adverse human health
effects information that may result from chronic (or lifetime) exposure
to specific chemical substances found in the environment. The database
(available on the Internet at <A HREF="http://www.epa.gov/iris";>http://www.epa.gov/iris</A>) contains
qualitative and quantitative health effects information for more than
500 chemical substances that may be used to support the first two steps
(hazard identification and dose-response evaluation) of a risk
assessment process. When supported by available data, the database
provides oral reference doses (RfDs) and inhalation reference
concentrations (RfCs) for chronic health effects, and oral slope
factors and inhalation unit risks for carcinogenic effects. Combined
with specific exposure information, government and private entities can
use IRIS to help characterize public health risks of chemical
substances in a site-specific situation and thereby support risk
management decisions designed to protect public health.

II. Workshop Information

    Members of the public may attend the workshop as observers, and
there will be a limited time for comments from the public. Please let
ORISE know if you wish to make oral comments during the workshop prior
to the meeting. Space is limited, and reservations will be accepted on
a first-come, first-served basis.

III. How to Submit Technical Comments to the Docket at
<A HREF="http://www.regulations.gov";>http://www.regulations.gov</A>
    Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD 2006-
0838 by one of the following methods:
    ? <A HREF="http://www.regulations.gov";>http://www.regulations.gov</A>: Follow the on-line
instructions for submitting comments.
    ? E-mail: <A HREF="mailto:ORD.Docket@epa.gov";>ORD.Docket@epa.gov</A>.
    ? Fax: 202-566-1753.
    ? Mail: Office of Environmental Information (OEI) Docket
(Mail Code: 2822T), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200
Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460. The phone number is 202-
566-1752.
    ? Hand Delivery: The OEI Docket is located in the EPA
Headquarters Docket Center, EPA West Building, Room 3334, 1301
Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. The EPA Docket Center Public
Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through
Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public
Reading Room is 202-566-1744. Such deliveries are only accepted during
the Docket's normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should
be made for deliveries of boxed information. Consult EPA's Web site at
<A HREF="http://www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm";>http://www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm</A> for current
information on docket operations, locations and telephone numbers.
    If you provide comments by mail or hand delivery, please submit one
unbound original with pages numbered consecutively, and three copies of
the comments. For attachments, provide an index, number pages
consecutively with the comments, and submit an unbound original and
three copies.
    Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-
2006-0838. Please ensure that your comments are submitted within the
specified comment period. Comments received after the closing date will
be marked ``late,'' and may only be considered if time permits. It is
EPA's policy to include all comments it receives in the public docket
without change and to make the comments available online at <A HREF="http://www.regulations.gov";>
http://www.regulations.gov</A>, including any personal information provided,
unless a comment includes information claimed to be Confidential
Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is
restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you

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consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through <A HREF="http://www.regulations.gov";>http://www.regulations.gov</A>
or e-mail. The <A HREF="http://www.regulations.gov";>http://www.regulations.gov</A> Web site is an ``anonymous access''
system, which means EPA will not know your identity or contact
information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you
send an e-mail comment directly to EPA without going through
<A HREF="http://www.regulations.gov";>http://www.regulations.gov</A>, your e-mail address will be automatically captured
and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public docket
and made available on the Internet. If you submit an electronic
comment, EPA recommends that you include your name and other contact
information in the body of your comment and with any disk or CD-ROM you
submit. If EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties
and cannot contact you for clarification, EPA may not be able to
consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid the use of special
characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects or
viruses. For additional information about EPA's public docket visit the
EPA Docket Center homepage at <A HREF="http://www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm";>http://www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm</A>.
    Docket: Documents in the docket are listed in the
<A HREF="http://www.regulations.gov";>http://www.regulations.gov</A> index. Although listed in the index, some
information is not publicly available, e.g. CBI or other information
whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other materials,
such as copyrighted material, are publicly available only in hard copy.
Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically
in <A HREF="http://www.regulations.gov";>http://www.regulations.gov</A> or in hard copy at the OEI Docket in the EPA
Headquarters Docket Center.

    Dated: December 14, 2006.
George Alapas,
Deputy Director, National Center for Environmental Assessment.
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