[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 64 (Tuesday, April 3, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 20022-20023]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-7975]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

[ATSDR-275; Regulations.gov Docket: ATSDR-2012-0001]


Substances To Be Evaluated for Set 26 Toxicological Profiles

AGENCY: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), 
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

ACTION: Request for comments on the proposed substances to be evaluated 
for Set 26 toxicological profiles.

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SUMMARY: The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and 
Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA or Superfund), as amended by the 
Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA), requires 
the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), located 
within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), to prepare 
and to periodically revise toxicological profiles on hazardous 
substances. ATSDR is initiating the development of its 26th set of 
toxicological profiles (CERCLA Set 26). This notice announces the list 
of substances that will be evaluated for CERCLA Set 26 toxicological 
profile development. ATSDR's Division of Toxicology and Human Health 
Sciences (proposed) is soliciting public nominations from the list of 
substances to be evaluated for toxicological profile development. ATSDR 
also will consider the nomination of any additional substances that are 
not included on this list that may have public health implications, on 
the basis of ATSDR's authority to prepare toxicological profiles for 
substances not found at sites on the National Priorities List. The 
agency will do so in order to ``* * * establish and maintain inventory 
of literature, research, and studies on the health effects of toxic 
substances'' under CERCLA Section 104(i)(1)(B), to respond to requests 
for consultation under section 104(i)(4), and to support the site-
specific response actions conducted by ATSDR, as otherwise necessary.

DATES: Nominations from the substance priority list and/or additional

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substances must be submitted within 30 days of the publication of this 
notice.

ADDRESSES: You may submit nominations, identified by Docket No. ATSDR-
2012-0001, by any of the following methods:
     Internet: Access the Federal eRulemaking portal at http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Mail: Division of Toxicology and Human Health Sciences 
(proposed), 1600 Clifton Rd. NE., MS F-62, Atlanta, Georgia 30333.
    Instructions: All submissions must include the agency name and 
docket number for this notice. All relevant comments will be posted 
without change. This means that no confidential business information or 
other confidential information should be submitted in response to this 
notice. Refer to the section Submission of Nominations (below) for the 
specific information required.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information, please 
contact CDR Jessilynn Taylor, Division of Toxicology and Human Health 
Sciences (proposed), 1600 Clifton Rd. NE., MS F-62, Atlanta, Georgia 
30333, Email: tpcandidatecomments@cdc.gov; phone: 1-800-232-4636.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization 
Act of 1986 (SARA) [42 U.S.C. 9601 et seq.] amended the Comprehensive 
Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA 
or Superfund) [42 U.S.C. 9601 et seq.] by establishing certain 
requirements for ATSDR and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 
(EPA) with regard to hazardous substances most commonly found at 
facilities on the CERCLA National Priorities List (NPL). Among these 
statutory requirements is a mandate for the Administrator of ATSDR to 
prepare toxicological profiles for each substance included on the 
Priority List of Hazardous Substances (also called the Substance 
Priority List). This list identifies 275 hazardous substances that 
ATSDR (in cooperation with EPA) have determined pose the most 
significant potential threat to human health. The availability of the 
revised list of the 275 priority substances was announced in the 
Federal Register on November 3rd, 2011 (76 FR 68193). For prior 
versions of the list of substances, see Federal Register notices dated 
December 7, 2005 (70 FR 70284); and March 6, 2008 (73 FR 12178).

Substances To Be Evaluated for Set 26 Toxicological Profiles

    Each year, ATSDR develops a list of substances to be considered for 
toxicological profile development. The Set 26 nomination process 
includes consideration of all substances on the ATSDR's Substance 
Priority List (SPL) as well as other substances nominated by the 
public. The 275 substances on the list will be considered for Set 26 
Toxicological Profile development. This list may be found at the 
following Web site: www.atsdr.cdc.gov/SPL, and in the docket at 
www.regulations.gov.
    Submission of Nominations for the evaluation of Set 26 Substances: 
Today's notice invites voluntary public nominations for substances 
included on the SPL and for substances not listed on the SPL. All 
nominations should include full name of the nominator, affiliation, and 
email address. When nominating a non-SPL substance, please include the 
rationale for the nomination. Please note, email addresses will not be 
posted on regulations.gov.
    ATSDR will evaluate all data and information associated with 
nominated substances and will determine the final list of substances to 
be chosen for toxicological profile development. Substances will be 
chosen according to ATSDR's specific guidelines for selection. These 
guidelines can be found in the Selection Criteria announced in the 
Federal Register on May 7, 1993 (58FR27286-27287). A hard copy of the 
Selection Criteria is available upon request or may be accessed at: 
http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxprofiles/guidance/criteria_for_selecting_tp_support.pdf.
    Please ensure that your comments are submitted within the specified 
nomination period. Nominations received after the closing date will be 
marked as late and may be considered only if time and resources permit.

    Dated: March 28, 2012.
Ken Rose,
Director, Office of Policy, Planning and Evaluation, National Center 
for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease 
Registry.
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