[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 24 (Monday, February 6, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 5797-5798]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-2512]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[FRL-9627-2; EPA-HQ-ORD-2011-0738]


Draft Toxicological Review of Vanadium Pentoxide: In Support of 
Summary Information on the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice of peer review meeting.

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SUMMARY: EPA is announcing that Versar, Inc., an EPA contractor for 
external scientific peer review, will convene an independent panel of 
experts and organize and conduct an external peer review meeting to 
review the draft human health assessment titled, ``Toxicological Review 
of Vanadium Pentoxide: In Support of Summary Information on the 
Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)'' (EPA/635/R-11/004A). The 
draft assessment

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was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) 
within the EPA Office of Research and Development.
    EPA is releasing this draft assessment for the purposes of public 
comment and peer review. This draft assessment is not final as 
described in EPA's information quality guidelines, and it does not 
represent and should not be construed to represent Agency policy or 
views.
    Versar invites the public to register to attend this meeting as 
observers. In addition, Versar invites the public to give brief oral 
comments and/or provide written comments at the meeting regarding the 
draft assessment under review. Space is limited, and reservations will 
be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. In preparing a final 
report, EPA will consider Versar's report of the comments and 
recommendations from the external peer review meeting and any written 
public comments that EPA received in accordance with the announcements 
of the public comment period for the vanadium pentoxide assessment in 
Federal Register Notices published September 30, 2011, (76 FR 60827) 
and November 9, 2011 (76 FR 69736).

DATES: The peer review panel meeting on the draft assessment for 
Vanadium Pentoxide will be held on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, beginning 
at 9:00 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

ADDRESSES: The draft ``Toxicological Review of Vanadium Pentoxide: In 
Support of Summary Information on the Integrated Risk Information 
System (IRIS)'' is available primarily via the Internet on the NCEA 
home page under the Recent Additions and Publications menus at http://www.epa.gov/ncea. A limited number of paper copies are available from 
the Information Management Team (Address: Information Management Team, 
National Center for Environmental Assessment [Mail Code: 8601P], U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20460; telephone: (703) 347-8561; facsimile: (703) 347-
8691). If you request a paper copy, please provide your name, mailing 
address, and the draft assessment title.
    The peer review meeting on the draft Vanadium Pentoxide assessment 
will be held at Hyatt Regency Crystal City, 2799 Jefferson Davis 
Highway, Arlington, Virginia 22202. To attend the meeting, register no 
later than Wednesday, February 29, 2012, by calling Versar at: (703) 
750-3000, extension 737, or calling toll free: 1-(800) 2-VERSAR, 
sending a facsimile to: (703) 642-6809, or sending an email to: 
ssarraino@versar.com. Space is limited, and reservations will be 
accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be a limited 
time at the peer review meeting for comments from the public. Please 
inform Versar if you wish to make comments during the meeting.
    Information on Services for Individuals with Disabilities: EPA 
welcomes public attendance at the ``Vanadium Pentoxide Peer Review 
Meeting'' and will make every effort to accommodate persons with 
disabilities. For information on access or services for individuals 
with disabilities, contact: Stephanie Sarraino, by phone: (703) 750-
3000, extension 737, or email: ssarraino@versar.com.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: For information on registration, access or 
services for individuals with disabilities, or logistics for the 
external peer review meeting, please contact Versar by calling (703) 
750-3000, extension 737, or calling Toll free: 1-(800) 2-VERSAR, 
sending a facsimile to: (703) 642-6809, or sending an email to: 
ssarraino@versar.com.
    For information on the draft assessment, please contact Maureen 
Gwinn, National Center for Environmental Assessment (Mail Code: 8601P), 
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20460; telephone: (703) 347-8565; facsimile: (703) 347-
8689; or email: FRN_Questions@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Information About IRIS

    EPA's IRIS is a human health assessment program that evaluates 
quantitative and qualitative risk information on effects that may 
result from exposure to chemical substances found in the environment. 
Through the IRIS Program, EPA provides the highest quality science-
based human health assessments to support the Agency's regulatory 
activities. The IRIS database contains information for more than 550 
chemical substances that can be used to support the first two steps 
(hazard identification and dose-response evaluation) of the risk 
assessment process. When supported by available data, IRIS provides 
oral reference doses (RfDs) and inhalation reference concentrations 
(RfCs) for chronic noncancer health effects and cancer assessments. 
Combined with specific exposure information, government and private 
entities use IRIS to help characterize public health risks of chemical 
substances in a site-specific situation and thereby support risk 
management decisions designed to protect public health.

    Dated: January 30, 2012.
Darrell A. Winner,
Acting Director, National Center for Environmental Assessment.
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