This action is directed to the public in general. This action may, however, be of interest to persons who conduct or assess human studies on substances regulated by EPA or to persons who are or may be required to conduct testing of chemical substances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) or the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Since other entities may also be interested, the Agency has not attempted to describe all the specific entities that may be affected by this action. If you have any questions regarding the applicability of this action to a particular entity, consult the person listed underFOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.B. How Can I Access Electronic Copies of This Document and Other Related Information?
In addition to using regulations.gov, you may access thisFederal Registerdocument electronically through the EPA Internet under theFederal Registerlistings athttp://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/.
Docket:All documents in the docket are listed in the index under the docket number. Even though it will be listed by title in the index, some information is not publicly available, e.g., CBI or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Copyright material will be publicly available only in hard copy. Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically inhttp://www.regulations.govor in hard copy at the ORD Docket, EPA/DC, Public Reading Room, Infoterra Room (Room Number 3334), 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. The 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, and the telephone number for the ORD Docket is (202) 566-1752.C. What Should I Consider as I Prepare My Comments for EPA?
You may find the following suggestions helpful for preparing your comments:
1. Explain your views as clearly as possible.
2. Describe any assumptions that you used.
3. Provide copies of any technical information and/or data you use that support your views.
4. Provide specific examples to illustrate your concerns and suggest alternatives.
5. To ensure proper receipt by EPA, be sure to identify the docket ID number assigned to this action in the subject line on the first page of your response. You may also provide the name, date andFederal Registercitation.D. How May I Participate in This Meeting?
You may participate in this meeting by following the instructions in this section. To ensure proper receipt by EPA, it is imperative that you identify docket ID number EPA-HQ-ORD-2008-0629 in the subject line on the first page of your request.
1.Oral comments. To the extent that time permits, interested persons who have not pre-registered may be permitted by the Chair of the HSRB to present oral comments at the meeting. Each individual or group wishing to make brief oral comments to the HSRB is strongly advised to submit their request (preferably via e-mail) to Paul Lewis listed underFOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACTin order to be included on the meeting agenda and to provide sufficient time for the HSRB Chair and HSRB DFO to review the meeting agenda to provide an appropriate public comment period. The request should identify the name of the individual making the presentation and the organization (if any) the individual will represent. Oral comments before the HSRB are limited to 5 minutes per individual or organization. Please note that this includes all individuals appearing either as part of, or on behalf of an organization. While it is our intent to hear a full range of oral comments on the science and ethics issues under discussion, it is not our intent to permit organizations to expand the time limitations by having numerous individuals sign up separately to speak on their behalf. If additional time is available, there may be flexibility in time for public comments.
2.Written comments. Please submit your comments using the instructions in Unit 1.C. of this notice. In addition, the Agency also requests that person(s) submitting comments directly to the docket also provide a copy of their comments to Paul Lewis listed underFOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. There is no limit on the length of written comments for consideration by the HSRB.E. Background
The EPA Human Studies Review Board will be reviewing and approving its draft report from the October 21-22, 2008, HSRB meeting. The October 2008 meeting reviewed six proposed protocols submitted by the Agricultural Handlers' Exposure Task Force (AHETF) that would collect data on the exposures received by handlers who apply liquid pesticides using airblast equipment with open- or closed-cab vehicles. The AHETF indicated that they were planning to conduct research associated with these protocols during the 2009 growing season. In order to allow EPA adequate time to consider the HSRB's advice and to work with the AHETF to make any necessary revisions to the protocols prior to their execution, the Agency asked the HSRB to provide a final report as soon as possible. Thus, based on these expedited and time critical circumstances, the Agency is announcing this teleconference with less than 15 calendar days public notice.
Background on the October 21-22, 2008, HSRB meeting can be found atFederal Register73 180, 53422 (September 16, 2008) and at the HSRB Web sitehttp://www.epa.gov/osa/hsrb/. The October 21-22, 2008, meeting draft report is now available. You may obtain electronic copies of this document, and certain other related documents that might be available electronically, fromhttp://www.regulations.govWeb site and the HSRB Internet Home Page athttp://www.epa.gov/osa/hsrb/. For questions on document availability or if you do not have access to the Internet, consult the person listed underFOR FURTHER INFORMATION. Finally, the Board may also discuss planning for future HSRB meetings.