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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

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Access to Confidential Business Information by Enrollees Under the Senior Environmental Employment Program

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
ACTION: Notice.
SUMMARY: EPA has authorized grantee organizations under the Senior EnvironmentalEmployment (SEE) Program and their enrollees access to information which has beensubmitted to EPA under the environmental statutes administered by the Agency. Some of thisinformation may be claimed or determined to be confidential business information (CBI).
DATES: Comments concerning CBI access will be accepted on or before September 4, 2012.
ADDRESSES: Comments should be submitted to: Susan Street, National Program Manager,Senior Environmental Employment Program (MC 3600M), U.S. Environmental ProtectionAgency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Susan Street (202) 564-0410.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Senior Environmental Employment (SEE)program is authorized by the Environmental Programs Assistance Act of 1984 (Pub. L. 98-313),which provides that the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency may “makegrants to, or enter into cooperative agreements with,” specified private, nonprofit organizationsfor the purpose of “providing technical assistance to Federal, State and local environmentalagencies for projects of pollution prevention, abatement, and control.” Cooperative agreementsunder the SEE Program provide support for many functions in the Agency, including clericalsupport, staffing hot lines, providing support to Agency enforcement activities, providing libraryservices, compiling data, and providing support in scientific, engineering, financial and otherareas.

In performing these tasks, grantees and cooperators under the SEE Program and theirenrollees may have access to potentially all documents submitted under the Clean Air Act(CAA), the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), the ResourceConservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and RodenticideAct (FIFRA), the Emergency Planning Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), the FederalFood, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) and the Comprehensive Environmental Response,Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), to the extent that these statues allow disclosure ofconfidential information to “authorized representatives of the United States” or to “contractors.”Some of these documents may contain information claimed as confidential.

EPA provides confidential information to enrollees working under the followingcooperative agreements:

Cooperative Agreement No. Organization National Association for Hispanic Elderly (NAHE) QS-833757 NAHE Q-834244 NAHE Q-834373 NAHE Q-834621 NAHE Q-834687 NAHE QS-836112 NAHE National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) QS-833692 NAPCA Q-834156 NAPCA Q-834311 NAPCA Q-834312 NAPCA Q-834313 NAPCA Q-834314 NAPCA Q-834315 NAPCA Q-834372 NAPCA Q-834607 NAPCA Q-835153 NAPCA Q-835159 NAPCA Q-835160 NAPCA Q-835185 NAPCA Q-835231 NAPCA National Caucus and Center on Black Aged, Inc. (NCBA) Q-832975 NCBA Q-833567 NCBA Q-833568 NCBA Q-833570 NCBA Q-833572 NCBA Q-834211 NCBA Q-834212 NCBA Q-834374 NCBA Q-834432 NCBA Q-834433 NCBA Q-834434 NCBA Q-834569 NCBA Q-834571 NCBA Q-834680 NCBA Q-835016 NCBA Q-835017 NCBA Q-835018 NCBA Q-835020 NCBA Q-835021 NCBA Q-835052 NCBA Q-835053 NCBA Q-835154 NCBA Q-835362 NCBA Q-835363 NCBA National Council on the Aging, Inc. (NCOA) QS-833832 NCOA Q-834129 NCOA Q-834130 NCOA Q-834157 NCOA Q-834266 NCOA Q-834351 NCOA Q-834773 NCOA Q-835094 NCOA Q-835207 NCOA Q-835353 NCOA National Older Worker Career Center, Inc. (NOWCC) Q-833890 NOWCC Q-833982 NOWCC Q-833983 NOWCC Q-833987 NOWCC Q-834011 NOWCC Q-834038 NOWCC Q-834039 NOWCC Q-834095 NOWCC Q-834096 NOWCC Q-834112 NOWCC Q-834119 NOWCC Q-834122 NOWCC Q-834124 NOWCC Q-834355 NOWCC Q-834375 NOWCC Q-835004 NOWCC Q-835005 NOWCC Q-835006 NOWCC Q-835007 NOWCC Q-835026 NOWCC Q-835027 NOWCC Q-835028 NOWCC Q-835029 NOWCC Q-835030 NOWCC Q-835045 NOWCC Q-835046 NOWCC Q-835047 NOWCC Q-835101 NOWCC Q-836111 NOWCC Senior Service America, Inc. (SSAI) Q-833884 SSAI Q-834162 SSAI Q-834243 SSAI Q-834245 SSAI Q-834370 SSAI Q-834570 SSAI Q-834779 SSAI Q-834888 SSAI Q-834983 SSAI Q-835049 SSAI Q-835092 SSAI Q-835100 SSAI Q-835229 SSAI

Among the procedures established by EPA confidentiality regulations for granting accessto confidential business information is notification to the submitters of CBI that SEE-granteeorganizations and their enrollees will have access to this information. See 40 CFR2.301(h)(2)(iii) for informationsubmitted under the CAA, 40 CFR 350.23 for EPCRA, andcorresponding provisions of 40 CFR 2.302-2.311, for other statutes listed above. This documentis intended to fulfill that requirement.

The grantee organizations are required by the cooperative agreements to protectconfidential information. SEE enrollees are required to sign confidentiality agreements and toadhere to the same security procedures as Federal employees.

Dated: August 22, 2012. Susan Street, SEE Program Manager.