[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 34 (Tuesday, February 21, 2006)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Page 8808]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 06-1588]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

42 CFR Part 83


Procedure for Designating Classes of Employees as Members of the 
Special Exposure Cohort Under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness 
Compensation Program Act of 2000

AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services.

ACTION: Interim final rule; extension of comment period.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is 
extending the comment period for the interim final rule making 
amendments to procedures for designating classes of employees as 
members of the Special Exposure Cohort under the Energy Employees 
Occupational Illness Program Act (EEOICPA), which was published in the 
Federal Register on Thursday, December 22, 2005.

DATES: Any public written comments on the interim final rule published 
on December 22, 2005 (70 FR 75949) must be received on or before March 
23, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Address written comments on the notice of proposed 
rulemaking to the NIOSH Docket Officer electronically by e-mail to: 
NIOCINDOCKET@CDC.GOV. Alternatively, submit printed comments to NIOSH 
Docket Office, Robert A. Taft Laboratories, MS-C34, 4676 Columbia 
Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45226.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Larry Elliott, Director, Office of 
Compensation Analysis and Support, National Institute for Occupational 
Safety and Health, 4676 Columbia Parkway, MS-C-46, Cincinnati, Ohio 
45226, Telephone 513-533-6800 (this is not a toll-free number). 
Information requests may also be submitted by e-mail to OCAS@CDC.GOV.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On December 22, 2005, HHS published an 
interim final rule with request for comments amending the procedures 
for designating classes of employees as members of the Special Exposure 
Cohort under EEOICPA, [See FR Vol. 70, No. 245, 75949]. The rule 
included a public comment period that was to end on February 21, 2006. 
On January 26, 2006, the Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health 
initiated its review of the interim final rule. The Board requested 
that the comment period be extended by 30 days, for a total of 90 days, 
to provide the Board with adequate time to complete its review and 
submit comments to HHS. HHS would appreciate the comments of the Board 
and is now providing for a 90-day comment period to accommodate the 
Board's request. This extension of the comment period may also assist 
any members of the public who require additional time to comment on the 
rule.

    Dated: February 15, 2006.
Michael O. Leavitt,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 06-1588 Filed 2-17-06; 8:45 am]
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