[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 30 (Thursday, February 13, 2014)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-03116]
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
40 CFR Part 50
[FRL-9906-45-ORD; Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2013-0620 and Docket ID No.
Notice of Workshop in Support of the Review of the Secondary
National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Oxides of Nitrogen and
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
ACTION: Notice of workshop.
SUMMARY: EPA is announcing a ``Workshop to Discuss Policy-Relevant
Science to Inform EPA's Review of the Secondary National Ambient Air
Quality Standards (NAAQS) for Oxides of Nitrogen and Sulfur.'' This
workshop is being organized by EPA's Office of Research and
Development's, National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) and
the Office of Air and Radiation's, Office of Air Quality Planning and
Standards (OAQPS). The workshop will be held March 4-6, 2014, in
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, and it will be open to
attendance by interested public observers on a first-come, first-served
basis up to the limits of available space.
DATES: The workshop will be held March 4-6, 2014. The pre-registration
deadline is February 28, 2014.
ADDRESSES: The workshop will be held at U.S. EPA, 109 T.W. Alexander
Drive, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. An EPA contractor, ICF
International, is providing logistical support for the workshop. Please
register by going to: https://sites.google.com/site/soxnoxkickoffworkshop/.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Please direct questions regarding
workshop registration or logistics to Courtney Skuce at: EPA_NAAQS_Workshop@icfi.com or by phone at: 919-293-1660. For technical
information, contact Tara Greaver, Ph.D., NCEA; telephone: 919-541-
2435; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Ginger Tennant, OAQPS;
telephone: 919-541-4072; or email: email@example.com.
I. Information About the Workshop
Section 108(a) of the Clean Air Act directs the Administrator to
issue ``air quality criteria'' for certain air pollutants. These air
quality criteria are to ``accurately reflect the latest scientific
knowledge useful in indicating the kind and extent of all identifiable
effects on public health or welfare, which may be expected from the
presence of such pollutant in the ambient air. . . .'' Under section
109 of the Act, EPA is then to establish National Ambient Air Quality
Standards (NAAQS) for each pollutant for which EPA has issued criteria.
Section 109(d) of the Act subsequently requires periodic review and, if
appropriate, revision of existing air quality criteria to reflect
advances in scientific knowledge on the effects of the pollutant on
public health and welfare. EPA is also to revise the NAAQS, if
appropriate, based on the revised air quality criteria.
NOX and SOX are two of six ``criteria''
pollutants for which EPA has established NAAQS. Periodically, EPA
reviews the scientific basis for these standards by preparing an
Integrated Science Assessment (ISA). The ISA, along with additional
technical and policy assessments conducted by OAQPS, form the basis for
EPA decisions on the adequacy of existing NAAQS and the appropriateness
of new or revised standards.
This workshop is designed to inform the planning for EPA's recently
initiated review of the secondary (welfare-based) NAAQS for Oxides of
Nitrogen and Sulfur. The Federal Register notice issuing EPA's call for
information for the recently initiated review is available at: http://www.epa.gov/ttn/naaqs/standards/no2so2sec/2013_fr.html. Consistent
with the NAAQS review process, the workshop will provide an opportunity
for those attending to highlight key science issues that they consider
relevant to EPA's review of the standards (referred to as ``policy-
relevant issues''). More information on the NAAQS review process is
provided at: http://www.epa.gov/ttn/naaqs/. In workshop discussions,
scientific experts will be expected to highlight significant new and
emerging research on oxides of nitrogen and sulfur and make
recommendations to the Agency regarding the design and scope of this
review. The goal of the workshop is to ensure that EPA focuses on the
key issues relevant to EPA's review of the NAAQS and considers the most
meaningful new science to inform our understanding of these issues.
Workshop discussions will provide important input as EPA considers the
appropriate design and scope of major elements of the review that will
inform the Agency's policy assessment. These elements include an
integrated review plan (IRP) identifying the key policy-relevant
issues; an integrated science assessment (ISA); and a risk and exposure
assessment (REA). We intend that workshop discussions will build upon
the following three publications:
Secondary National Ambient Air Quality Standards for
Nitrogen Dioxide; Final Rule (40 CFR part 50 [EPA-HQ-OAR-2007-1145],
April 3, 2012). The preamble to the final rule included detailed
discussions of policy-relevant issues central to the last review.
Integrated Science Assessment for Oxides of Nitrogen and
Sulfur--Ecological Criteria (EPA 600/R-08/082F, December 2008).
Risk and Exposure Assessment to Support the Review of the
NO2 Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard (EPA 452/
R-09/008a, September 2009).
You can obtain copies of these and other related documents at:
Drawing from the workshop discussions, EPA will develop a draft
IRP. The IRP, in addition to summarizing the schedule and process for
the review, will present approaches for evaluating the relevant
scientific information; assessing risks to the environment; and
addressing the key policy-relevant issues. The Clean Air Scientific
Advisory Committee (CASAC) will be asked to review the draft IRP, and
the public will have the opportunity to comment on it as well. The
final IRP will be used as a framework to guide the review.
Dated: February 4, 2014.
Abdel Razak M. Kadry,
Acting Deputy Director, National Center for Environmental Assessment.
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