[Federal Register Volume 65, Number 96 (Wednesday, May 17, 2000)]
[Notices]
[Pages 31310-31311]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 00-12378]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[OPP-00660; FRL-6559-6]


FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Public Meeting

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: There will be a 2-day meeting of the Federal Insecticide, 
Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and Food Quality Protection Act 
(FQPA) Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) to review the following set of 
scientific issues being considered by the Agency pertaining to 
Consultation: National Drinking Water Survey Design for Assessing 
Chronic Exposure and Mammalian Toxicity Assessment Guidelines for 
Protein Plant-Pesticides. The meeting is open to the public. Seating at 
the meeting will be on a first-come basis. Individuals requiring 
special accommodations at this meeting, including wheelchair access, 
should contact Larry Dorsey or Paul Lewis at the address listed under 
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT at least 5 business days prior to the 
meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

DATES: The meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 6 and Wednesday, June 
7, 2000, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at Sheraton Crystal City Hotel, 
1800 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA. The telephone number for 
the Sheraton hotel is: (703) 486-1111.
    Requests to participate may be submitted by mail, electronically, 
or in person. Please follow the detailed instructions for each method 
as provided in Unit III. of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. To ensure 
proper receipt by EPA, your request must identify docket control number 
OPP-00660 in the subject line on the first page of your response.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Larry Dorsey or Paul Lewis, Designated 
Federal Officials, FIFRA SAP (7101C), Office of Science Coordination 
and Policy, Environmental Protection Agency, Ariel Rios Bldg., 1200 
Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (703) 
305-5369; fax number: (703) 605-0656; e-mail address: dorsey.larry or 
lewis.paul@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Does this Action Apply to Me?

    This action is directed to the public in general. This action may, 
however, be of interest to those persons who are or may be required to 
conduct testing of chemical substances under the Food Quality 
Protection Act (FQPA) 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 under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. This 2-day meeting 
concerns several scientific issues undergoing consideration within the 
EPA Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP). The topics to be discussed are 
the following:
    Session 1--Under the FQPA, drinking water is considered in 
aggregate exposure asssesements for pesticide tolerance reassessments. 
Since targeted monitoring data are needed for refined exposure 
assessments, OPP has proposed a design framework for assessing annual 
average pesticide concentrations in surface waters used as drinking 
water. Details of survey design issues and options will be presented on 
OPP's proposed design framework and on an independently proposed design 
framework.
    Session 2--For this session, the Agency is soliciting guidance from 
the Panel on the assessment of the potential mammalian toxicity of 
proteins expressed as plant-pesticides. Questions will be presented on 
the use of animo acid homology with known toxins, in-vitro 
digestibility, dietary exposure, mechanisms of toxicity and other 
topics regarding the assessment of introduced proteins for potential 
mammalian toxicity.

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    Copies of the Panel's report of their recommendations will be 
available approximately 45 working days after the meeting and will be 
posted on the FIFRA SAP web site. Or, copies may be obtained by 
contacting the Public Information and Records Integrity Branch (PIRIB) 
at the address and telephone number listed below in Unit II-2.

II. How Can I Get Additional Information, Including Copies of this 
Document and Other Related Documents?

    1. Electronically. A meeting agenda is available at present and 
copies of EPA background documents for the meeting will be available by 
middle May, 2000. You may obtain electronic copies of these documents, 
and certain other related documents that might be available 
electronically, from the FIFRA/SAP Internet Home Page at http://
www.epa.gov/scipoly/sap/. To access this document, on the Home Page, 
select ``Federal Register Notice Announcing This Meeting.'' You can 
also go directly to the Federal Register listings at http://
www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/.
    2. In person. The Agency has established an administrative record 
for this meeting under docket control number OPP-00660. The 
administrative record consists of the documents specifically referenced 
in this notice, any public comments received during an applicable 
comment period, and other information related to the session topics 
listed under Unit I of SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION, including any 
information claimed as Confidential Business Information (CBI). This 
administraive record includes the documents that are physically located 
in the docket, as well as the documents that are referenced in those 
documents. The public version of the administrative record, which 
includes printed, paper versions of any electronic comments that may be 
submitted during an applicable comment period, is available for 
inspection in the Public Information and Records Integrity Branch 
(PIRIB), Rm. 119, Crystal Mall #2, 1921 Jefferson Davis Hwy., 
Arlington, VA, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, 
excluding legal holidays. The PIRIB telephone number is (703) 305-5805.

III. How Can I Request to Participate in this Meeting?

    You may submit a request to participate in this meeting through the 
mail, in person, or electronically. Do not submit any information in 
your request that is considered CBI. To ensure proper receipt by EPA, 
it is imperative that you identify docket control number OPP-00660 in 
the subject line on the first page of your request. Members of the 
public wishing to submit comments should contact the persons listed 
above in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT to confirm that the meeting 
date and the agenda have not been modified or changed.
    Interested persons are permitted to file written statements before 
the meeting. To the extent that time permits, and upon advanced written 
request to the persons listed above in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT, 
interested persons may be permitted by the Chair of the FIFRA SAP to 
present oral statements at the meeting. The request should identify the 
name of the individual making the presentation, the organization (if 
any) the individual will represent, and any requirements for 
audiovisual equipment (e.g., overhead projector, 35mm projector, 
chalkboard, etc.) There is no limit on the length of written comments 
for consideration by the Panel, but oral statements before the Panel 
are limited to approximately 5 minutes. The Agency also urges the 
public to submit written comments in lieu of oral presentations. 
Persons wishing to make oral or written statements at the meeting 
should contact the persons listed above in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 
CONTACT and submit 30 copies of their presentation and/or remarks to 
the Panel. The Agency encourages that written statements be submitted 
before the meeting to provide Panel Members the time necessary to 
consider and review the comments.
    1. By mail. You may submit a request to: Public Information and 
Records Integrity Branch (PIRIB), Information Resources and Services 
Division (7502C), Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP), Environmental 
Protection Agency, Ariel Rios Bldg., 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., 
Washington, DC 20460.
    2. In person or by courier. Public Information and Records 
Integrity Branch (PIRIB), Information Resources and Services Division 
(7502C), Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP), Environmental Protection 
Agency, Rm. 119, Crystal Mall #2, 1921 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Arlington, 
VA. The PIRIB is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, 
excluding legal holidays. The PIRIB telephone number is (703) 305-5805.
    3. Electronically. You may submit your request electronically by e-
mail to: ``opp-docket@epa.gov.'' Do not submit any information 
electronically that you consider to be CBI. Use WordPerfect 6.1/8.0 or 
ASCII file format and avoid the use of special characters and any form 
of encryption. Be sure to identify by docket control number OPP-00660. 
You may also file a request online at many Federal Depository 
Libraries.

List of Subjects

    Environmental protection.

    Dated: May 11, 2000.
Martha Shimkin,
Acting Director, Office of Science Coordination and Policy.
[FR Doc. 00-12378 Filed 5-16-00; 8:45 am]
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