[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 131 (Monday, July 11, 2005)]
[Notices]
[Pages 39767-39769]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-13563]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[OPPT-2005-0037; FRL-7724-7]


Endocrine Disruptor Methods Validation Advisory Committee 
(EDMVAC); Notice of Public Meeting

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: There will be a meeting, via teleconference, of the Endocrine 
Disruptor Methods Validation Advisory Committe (EDMVAC) on August 2, 
2005, in Washington, DC. This meeting, as with all EDMVAC meetings, is 
open to the public. Due to limited phone lines, we encourage all local 
participants to join us at RESOLVE. Seating will be on a first-come 
basis. The purpose of the meeting is to receive advice and input from 
the EDMVAC on the 15-Day Intact Adult Male Assay.

DATES: The teleconference meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 2, 
2005, from noon to 2 p.m. eastern daylight time.
    Requests to participate in the meeting must be received by EPA on 
or before July 25, 2005. To ensure proper receipt by EPA, it is 
imperative that you identify docket identification (ID) number OPPT-
2005-0037 in the subject line on the first page of your request.
    Individuals requiring special accommodations at the meeting, 
including wheelchair access, should contact the person listed underFOR 
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT at least 5 business days prior to the 
meeting.

ADDRESSES: The teleconference meeting will originate at RESOLVE, 1255 
23rd St., NW., Suite 275, Washington, DC 20037.
    Requests to participate in the meeting may be submitted by e-mail, 
telephone, fax, or through hand delivery/courier. Follow the detailed 
instructions as provided in Unit I. of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
    Comments may be submitted electronically, by fax, or through hand 
delivery/courier. Follow the detailed instructions as provided in Unit 
I. of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jane Smith, Designated Federal 
Official (DFO), Office of Science Coordination and Policy (7203M), 
Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances (OPPTS), 
Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., 
Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (202) 564-8476; fax 
number: (202) 564-8482; e-mail address: smith.jane-scott@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. General Information

A. Does this Action Apply to Me?

    This action is directed to the public in general. This action may, 
however, be of interest if you produce, manufacture, use, consume, work 
with, or import pesticide chemicals and other substances. To determine 
whether you or your business may have an interest in this notice you 
should carefully examine section 408(p) of the Federal Food, Drug, and 
Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), as amended by the Food Quality Protection Act 
(FQPA) of 1996 (Public Law 104-170), 21 U.S.C. 346a(p), and amendments 
to the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) (Public Law 104-182), 42 U.S.C. 
300j-17. Since other entities may also be interested, the Agency has 
not attempted to describe all the specific entities that may be 
interested in this action. If you have any questions regarding this 
action, consult the person listed underFOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

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

    1. Docket. EPA has established an official public docket for this 
action under docket identification (ID) number OPPT-2005-0037. The 
official public docket consists of the documents specifically 
referenced in this action, any public comments received, and other 
related information. Although a part of the official docket, the public 
docket does not include Confidential Business Information (CBI) or 
other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. The 
official public docket is the collection of materials that are 
available for public viewing at the EPA Docket Center, Rm. B102-Reading 
Room, EPA West, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. The EPA 
Docket Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through 
Friday, excluding legal holidays. The EPA Docket Center Reading Room 
telephone number is (202) 566-1744, and the telephone number for the 
OPPT Docket, which is located in the EPA Docket Center, is (202) 566-
0282.
    2. Electronic access. You may access this Federal Register document 
electronically through the EPA Internet under the ``Federal Register'' 
listings athttp://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/. A meeting agenda, a list of 
EDMVAC members and information from previous EDMVS and EDMVAC meetings 
are available electronically, from the EPA Internet Home Page athttp://
www.epa.gov/scipoly/oscpendo/.

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    An electronic version of the public docket is available through 
EPA's electronic public docket and comment system, EPA Dockets. You may 
use EPA Dockets at http://www.epa.gov/edocket/ to submit or view public 
comments, access the index listing of the contents of the official 
public docket, and to access those documents in the public docket that 
are available electronically. Once in the system, select ``search,'' 
then key in the appropriate docket ID number.

C. How Can I Request to Participate in the Meeting or Submit Comments?

    You may submit a request to participate in the meeting through e-
mail, telephone, fax, or hand delivery/courier. We would normally 
accept requests by mail, but in this time of delays in delivery of 
government mail due to health and security concerns, we cannot assure 
your request would arrive in a timely manner. Do not submit any 
information in your request that is considered CBI. Your request must 
be received by EPA on or before July 25, 2005. To ensure proper receipt 
by EPA, it is imperative that you identify docket ID number OPPT-2005-
0037 in the subject line on the first page of your request.
    In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), the 
public is encouraged to submit written comments on the topic of this 
meeting. The EDMVAC will have a period available during the meeting for 
public comment. It is the policy of the EDMVAC to accept written public 
comments of any length, and to accommodate oral public comments 
whenever possible. The EDMVAC expects that public statements presented 
at its meeting will be on the meeting topic and not be repetitive of 
previously submitted oral or written statements.
    1. Electronically. If you submit an electronic request to 
participate in the meeting or comments as prescribed in this unit, EPA 
recommends that you include your name, mailing address, and an e-mail 
address or other contact information in the body of your request or 
comment. Also include this contact information on the outside of any 
disk or CD ROM you submit, and in any cover letter accompanying the 
disk or CD ROM. This ensures that you can be identified as the 
submitter of the request or comment and allows EPA to contact you in 
case EPA cannot read your request or comment due to technical 
difficulties or needs further information on the substance of your 
request or comment. EPA's policy is that EPA will not edit your request 
or comment, and any identifying or contact information provided in the 
body of a request or comment will be included as part of the request or 
comment that is placed in the official public docket, and made 
available in EPA's electronic public docket. If EPA cannot read your 
request or comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you 
for clarification, EPA may not be able to consider your request or 
comment.
    i. EPA Docket. You may use EPA's electronic public dockethttp://
www.epa.gov/edocket/, and follow the online instructions for submitting 
materials. Once in the system, select ``search,'' and then key in 
docket ID number OPPT-2005-0037. The system is an ``anonymous access'' 
system, which means EPA will not know your identity, e-mail address, or 
other contact information unless you provide it in the body of your 
request.
    ii. E-mail. Requests to participate in the meeting or comments may 
be sent by e-mail to oppt.ncic@epa.gov, Attention: Docket ID Number 
OPPT-2005-0037. In contrast to EPA's electronic public docket, EPA's e-
mail system is not an ``anonymous access'' system. If you send an e-
mail request directly to the docket without going through EPA's 
electronic public docket, EPA's e-mail system automatically captures 
your e-mail address. E-mail addresses that are automatically captured 
by EPA's e-mail system are included as part of the request that is 
placed in the official public docket, and made available in EPA's 
electronic public docket.
    iii. Disk or CD ROM. You may submit comments on a disk or CD ROM by 
hand delivery, courier, or package service, such as Federal Express, to 
the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. These 
electronic submissions will be accepted in WordPerfect or ASCII file 
format. Avoid the use of special characters and any form of encryption. 
Do not submit any disk or CD ROM through the mail. Disks and CD ROMs 
risk being destroyed when handled as Federal Government mail.
    2. Telephone or fax. Telephone or fax your request to participate 
in the meeting to the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 
CONTACT.
    3. By hand delivery or courier. Deliver your comments to: OPPT 
Document Control Office (DCO) in EPA East Bldg., Rm. 6428, 1201 
Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. Attention: Docket ID Number 
OPPT-2005-0037. The DCO is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through 
Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the DCO is 
(202) 564-8930.

II. Background

    In 1996, through enactment of FQPA, which amended the FFDCA, 
Congress directed EPA to develop a screening program, using appropriate 
validated test systems and other scientifically relevant information, 
to determine whether certain substances may have hormonal effects in 
humans or such other endocrine effects. In 1996, EPA chartered a 
scientific advisory committee, the Endocrine Disruptor Screening and 
Testing Advisory Committee (EDSTAC), under the authority of FACA, to 
advise it on establishing a program to carry out Congress' directive. 
EDSTAC recommended a multi-step approach including a series of screens 
(Tier 1 screens) and tests (Tier 2 tests) for determining whether a 
chemical substance may have an effect similar to that produced by 
naturally occurring hormones. EPA adopted almost all of EDSTAC's 
recommendations in the program that it developed, the Endocrine 
Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP), to carry out Congress' directive.
    EPA is in the process of developing and validating the screens and 
tests that EDSTAC recommended for inclusion in the EDSP. In carrying 
out this validation exercise, EPA is working closely with the 
Interagency Coordinating Committee for the Validation of Alternate 
Methods (ICCVAM). EPA also is working closely with the Organization for 
Economic Cooperation and Development's (OECD) Endocrine Testing and 
Assessment Task Force to validate and harmonize endocrine screening 
tests of international interest.
    Finally, to ensure that EPA has the best and most up-to-date advice 
available regarding the validation of the screens and tests in the 
EDSP, EPA chartered the Endocrine Disruptor Methods Validation 
Subcommmittee (EDMVS) of the National Advisory Council for 
Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT). The EDMVS convened nine 
meetings between October 2001 and December 2003. In 2003, NACEPT 
recommended EDMVS become an Agency level 1 FACA Committee due to the 
complexity of the recommendations. The EDMVAC was chartered in 2004. 
The EDMVAC provides independent advice and counsel to the Agency on 
scientific and technical issues related to validation of the EDSP Tier 
1 screens and Tier 2 tests, including advice on methods for reducing 
animal use, refining procedures involving animals to make them less 
stressful, and replacing animals where scientifically appropriate. 
EDMVAC and previous

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EDMVS meeting information and corresponding docket numbers are 
available electronically, from the EPA Internet Home Page athttp://
www.epa.gov/scipoly/oscpendo/. You may also go to the EPA Docket 
athttp://www.epa.gov/edocket/, and follow the online instructions for 
submitting materials.

III. Meeting Objective for the August 2, 2005 Teleconference Meeting

    The objective for the August 2, 2005 teleconference meeting (docket 
ID number OPPT-2005-0037) is to discuss the 15-Day Intact Adult Male 
Assay.
    A list of the EDMVAC members and meeting materials are available 
athttp://www.epa.gov/scipoly/oscpendo/ and in the public docket.

List of Subjects

    Environmental protection, Endocrine disruptors, Hazardous 
substances, Health, Safety.


    Dated: June 30, 2005.
Clifford Gabriel,
Director, Office of Science Coordination and Policy.

[FR Doc. 05-13563 Filed 7-8-05; 8:45 am]
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