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Vol. 77

Monday,

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June 11, 2012

Part III





Environmental Protection Agency





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Seventieth Report of the TSCA Interagency Testing Committee to the 
Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency; Receipt of Report 
and Request for Comments; Notice

Federal Register / Vol. 77 , No. 112 / Monday, June 11, 2012 / 
Notices

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ-OPPT-2012-0298; FRL-9349-9]


Seventieth Report of the TSCA Interagency Testing Committee to 
the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency; Receipt of 
Report and Request for Comments

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Interagency Testing 
Committee (ITC) transmitted its 70th ITC Report to the EPA 
Administrator on May 3, 2012. Under TSCA, the ITC is required to 
prepare and submit a report to the EPA Administrator every 6 months 
even if there are no changes to the TSCA section 4(e) Priority Testing 
List. In the 70th ITC Report, which is included with this notice, the 
ITC is not making any changes to the TSCA section 4(e) Priority Testing 
List.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before July 11, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification 
(ID) number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2012-0298, by one of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
     Mail: Document Control Office (7407M), Office of Pollution 
Prevention and Toxics (OPPT), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 
Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001.
     Hand Delivery: OPPT Document Control Office (DCO), EPA 
East Bldg., Rm. 6428, 1201 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. 
Attention: Docket ID Number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2012-0298. 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. Such deliveries are 
only accepted during the DCO's normal hours of operation, and special 
arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information.
    Instructions: Direct your comments to docket ID number EPA-HQ-OPPT-
2012-0298. EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included 
in the docket without change and may be made available online at http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, 
unless the comment includes information claimed to be Confidential 
Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is 
restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to 
be CBI or otherwise protected through regulations.gov or email. The 
regulations.gov Web site is an ``anonymous access'' system, which means 
EPA will not know your identity or contact information unless you 
provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an email comment 
directly to EPA without going through regulations.gov, your email 
address will be automatically captured and included as part of the 
comment that is placed in the docket and made available on the 
Internet. If you submit an electronic comment, EPA recommends that you 
include your name and other contact information in the body of your 
comment and with any disk or CD-ROM you submit. If EPA cannot read your 
comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for 
clarification, EPA may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic 
files should avoid the use of special characters, any form of 
encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses.
    Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the docket index 
available at http://www.regulations.gov. Although listed in the index, 
some information is not publicly available, e.g., CBI or other 
information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other 
material, such as copyrighted material, will be publicly available only 
in hard copy. Publicly available docket materials are available 
electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, or, if only available in 
hard copy, at the OPPT Docket. The OPPT Docket is located in the EPA 
Docket Center (EPA/DC) at Rm. 3334, EPA West Bldg., 1301 Constitution 
Ave., NW., Washington, DC. The EPA/DC Public Reading Room hours of 
operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding 
legal holidays. The telephone number of the EPA/DC Public Reading Room 
is (202) 566-1744, and the telephone number for the OPPT Docket is 
(202) 566-0280. Docket visitors are required to show photographic 
identification, pass through a metal detector, and sign the EPA visitor 
log. All visitor bags are processed through an X-ray machine and 
subject to search. Visitors will be provided an EPA/DC badge that must 
be visible at all times in the building and returned upon departure.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For technical information contact: Dr. 
John D. Walker, Interagency Testing Committee (7401M), Office of 
Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 
Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: 
(202) 564-7527; fax number: (202) 564-7528; email address: 
walker.johnd@epa.gov.
    For general information contact: The TSCA-Hotline, ABVI-Goodwill, 
422 South Clinton Ave., Rochester, NY 14620; telephone number: (202) 
554-1404; email address: TSCA-Hotline@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. General Information

A. Does this Action Apply to Me?

    This notice is directed to the public in general. It may, however, 
be of particular interest to you if you manufacture (defined by statute 
to include import) and/or process TSCA-covered chemicals and you may be 
identified by the North American Industrial Classification System 
(NAICS) codes 325 and 32411. Because this notice is directed to the 
general public and 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 the 
applicability of this action to a particular entity, consult the 
technical person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

B. What Should I Consider as I Prepare My Comments for EPA?

    1. Submitting CBI. Do not submit this information to EPA through 
regulations.gov or email. Clearly mark the part or all of the 
information that you claim to be CBI. For CBI information in a disk or 
CD-ROM that you mail to EPA, mark the outside of the disk or CD-DOM as 
CBI and then identify electronically within the disk or CD-ROM the 
specific information that is claimed as CBI. In addition to one 
complete version of the comment that includes information claimed as 
CBI, a copy of the comment that does not contain the information 
claimed as CBI must be submitted for inclusion in the public docket. 
Information so marked will not be disclosed except in accordance with 
procedures set forth in 40 CFR part 2.
    2. Tips for preparing your comments. When submitting comments, 
remember to:
    i. Identify the document by docket ID number and other identifying 
information (subject heading, Federal Register date and page number).
    ii. Follow directions. The Agency may ask you to respond to 
specific questions or organize comments by referencing a Code of 
Federal Regulations (CFR) part or section number.
    iii. Explain why you agree or disagree; suggest alternatives and 
substitute language for your requested changes.

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    iv. Describe any assumptions and provide any technical information 
and/or data that you used.
    v. If you estimate potential costs or burdens, explain how you 
arrived at your estimate in sufficient detail to allow for it to be 
reproduced.
    vi. Provide specific examples to illustrate your concerns and 
suggest alternatives.
    vii. Explain your views as clearly as possible, avoiding the use of 
profanity or personal threats.
    viii. Make sure to submit your comments by the comment period 
deadline identified.

II. Background

    The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) (15 U.S.C. 260l et seq.) 
authorizes the EPA Administrator to promulgate regulations under TSCA 
section 4(a) requiring testing of chemicals and chemical groups in 
order to develop data relevant to determining the risks that such 
chemicals and chemical groups may present to health or the environment. 
Section 4(e) of TSCA established the ITC to recommend chemicals and 
chemical groups to the EPA Administrator for priority testing 
consideration. Section 4(e) of TSCA directs the ITC to revise the TSCA 
section 4(e) Priority Testing List at least every 6 months.
    You may access additional information about the ITC at http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/itc.

A. The 70th ITC Report

    The ITC is not making any changes to the TSCA section 4(e) Priority 
Testing List.

B. Status of the Priority Testing List

    The Priority Testing List includes 2 alkylphenols; 16 chemicals 
with insufficient dermal absorption rate data, and 164 High Production 
Volume (HPV) Challenge Program orphan chemicals; a category of cadmium 
compounds including any unique chemical substance that contains cadmium 
as part of that chemical's structure; 6 non-phthalate plasticizers; 25 
phosphate ester flame retardants; 2 other flame retardants; 9 chemicals 
to which children living near hazardous waste sites may be exposed; and 
a category of 69 diisocyanates and related compounds (including 14 
Action Plan chemicals and 55 related compounds).

List of Subjects

    Environmental protection, Chemicals, Hazardous substances.

    Dated: June 1, 2012.
Wendy C. Hamnett,
Director, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics.

Seventieth Report of the TSCA Interagency Testing Committee to the 
Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

Table of Contents

Summary
I. Background
II. ITC's Activities During this Reporting Period (December 2011 to 
May 2012)
III. The TSCA Interagency Testing Committee

Summary

    The ITC is not making any changes to the Toxic Substances Control 
Act (TSCA) section 4(e) Priority Testing List.
    The TSCA section 4(e) Priority Testing List is Table 1 of this 
unit.

                           Table 1--TSCA Section 4(e) Priority Testing List (May 2012)
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          ITC Report                   Date                 Chemical name/group                  Action
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31...........................  January 1993.......  2 chemicals with insufficient       Designated.
                                                     dermal absorption rate data,
                                                     methylcyclohexane and
                                                     cyclopentane.
32...........................  May 1993...........  10 chemicals with insufficient      Designated.
                                                     dermal absorption rate data.
35...........................  November 1994......  4 chemicals with insufficient       Designated.
                                                     dermal absorption rate data,
                                                     cyclopentadiene, formamide, 1,2,3-
                                                     trichloropropane, and m-
                                                     nitrotoluene.
37...........................  November 1995......  Branched 4-nonylphenol (mixed       Recommended.
                                                     isomers).
41...........................  November 1997......  Phenol, 4-(1,1,3,3-                 Recommended.
                                                     tetramethylbutyl)-.
55...........................  December 2004......  161 High Production Volume (HPV)    Recommended.
                                                     Challenge Program orphan
                                                     chemicals.
56...........................  August 2005........  3 HPV Challenge Program orphan      Recommended.
                                                     chemicals.
68...........................  May 2011...........  Cadmium...........................  Recommended.
69...........................  November 2011......  Cadmium compounds.................  Recommended.
69...........................  November 2011......  6 non-phthalate plasticizers......  Recommended.
69...........................  November 2011......  25 phosphate ester flame            Recommended.
                                                     retardants.
69...........................  November 2011......  2 other flame retardants..........  Recommended.
69...........................  November 2011......  9 chemicals to which children       Recommended.
                                                     living near hazardous waste sites
                                                     may be exposed.
69...........................  November 2011......  69 diisocyanates and related        Recommended.
                                                     compounds.
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I. Background

    The ITC was established by section 4(e) of TSCA ``to make 
recommendations to the Administrator respecting the chemical substances 
and mixtures to which the Administrator should give priority 
consideration for the promulgation of rules for testing under section 
4(a). * * * At least every six months * * *, the Committee shall make 
such revisions to the Priority Testing List as it determines to be 
necessary and transmit them to the Administrator together with the 
Committee's reasons for the revisions'' (Public Law 94-469, 90 Stat. 
2003 et seq., 15 U.S.C. 2601 et seq.). ITC reports are available from 
the ITC's Web site (http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/itc) within a few days 
of submission to the EPA Administrator and from regulations.gov (http://www.regulations.gov) after publication in the Federal Register. The 
ITC produces its revisions to the Priority Testing List with 
administrative and technical support from the ITC staff, ITC members, 
and their U.S. Government organizations, and contract support provided 
by EPA. ITC members and staff are listed at the end of this report.

II. ITC's Activities During this Reporting Period (December 2011 to May 
2012)

    During this reporting period, the ITC discussed actions taken 
during previous reporting periods.

III. The TSCA Interagency Testing Committee

Statutory Organizations with Representatives

Department of Commerce
National Institute of Standards and Technology, Dianne L. Poster, 
Alternate

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Environmental Protection Agency
Robert W. Jones, Member
John E. Schaeffer, Alternate
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Nigel Walker, Member
Scott Masten, Alternate
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Gayle DeBord, Member
Dennis W. Lynch, Alternate
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Janet Carter, Member
Thomas Nerad, Alternate

Liaison Organizations with Representatives

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
Glenn D. Todd, Member
Consumer Product Safety Commission
Dominique Johnson, Member
Department of Agriculture
Clifford P. Rice, Member
Cathleen J. Hapeman, Alternate
Department of Defense
Laurie E. Roszell, Member
Department of the Interior
Barnett A. Rattner, Member
Food and Drug Administration
Kirk Arvidson, Member
Ronald F. Chanderbhan, Alternate

ITC Staff

John D. Walker, Director
Carol Savage, Administrative Assistant (NOWCC Employee)
    TSCA Interagency Testing Committee (7401M), Office of Pollution 
Prevention and Toxics, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 
Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; email address: 
savage.carol@epa.gov; url: http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/itc.

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