[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 98 (Tuesday, May 20, 2008)]
[Pages 29134-29135]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-11132]




EPA's 2008 Report on the Environment

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice of Availability.


SUMMARY: EPA is announcing the availability of a final report titled, 
``EPA's 2008 Report on the Environment'' (EPA/600/R-07/045F), which was 
prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) 
within EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD) with significant 
input from partners across EPA and other federal agencies.
    EPA's 2008 Report on the Environment (2008 EPA ROE) compiles the 
most reliable indicators available to help understand important trends 
in the environment and human health. The indicators are supported by 
data that are as current as possible (data included in the 2008 EPA ROE 
are as recent as October 2007). Additionally, the report identifies key 
limitations of these indicators and gaps where reliable indicators do 
not yet exist. These gaps and limitations highlight the disparity 
between the current state of knowledge and the goal of full, reliable, 
and insightful representation of environmental conditions and trends, 
and provide direction for future research and monitoring efforts.

DATES: This document will be available on or about May 20, 2008.

ADDRESSES: The document will be available electronically through the 
NCEA Web site at http://www.epa.gov/ncea. The main distribution method 
for this report will be via the Internet. A limited number of paper 
copies and compact disks, however, will be available from the EPA's 
National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP), P.O. 
Box 42419, Cincinnati, OH 45242; telephone: 1-800-490-9198; facsimile: 
301-604-3408; e-mail: lmit.com">[email protected]lmit.com. Please provide your name, 
your mailing address, and the title and EPA number of the requested 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Information Management Team, 
National Center for Environmental Assessment (8601P), U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., 
Washington, DC 20460. Telephone: 703-347-8561; fax: 703-347-8691; e-
mail: [email protected].

    To accomplish its mission to protect human health and the 
environment, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must pay 
close attention to trends in the condition of the nation's air, water, 
and land, as well as related trends in human health and ecological 
systems. To meet this need, EPA embarked on a bold initiative in 2001 
to assemble, for the first time, the most reliable available indicators 
of national environmental and health conditions and trends that are 
important to EPA's mission. EPA initially presented these

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indicators in its Draft Report on the Environment (ROE) Technical 
Document (TD), and its publicly oriented companion document, the Draft 
Report on the Environment (ROE), both released in 2003. For the 2008 
EPA ROE, both the proposed indicators included in the report and the 
complete draft document were subjected to rigorous, independent, and 
external peer review, as well as public comment. Complete documentation 
of the peer review process and responses are available at http://www.epa.gov/ncea.roe. Thus, EPA has revised, updated, and refined the 
2003 draft ROE in response to scientific developments, as well as 
feedback from EPA's Science Advisory Board and stakeholders. As a 
result, the 2008 EPA ROE provides both an update and an improvement 
over the 2003 draft edition.
    EPA is also producing a Highlights of Conditions and Trends 
document, which summarizes the findings of the 2008 EPA ROE in an 
easier-to-understand format. The Highlights Document is expected to be 
publicly available later in the year.
    EPA is committed to releasing periodic updates of the ROE so that 
information on environmental conditions and trends can be provided to 
interested members of the public.

    Dated: May 13, 2008.
George Gray,
Assistant Administrator, Office of Research and Development.
[FR Doc. E8-11132 Filed 5-19-08; 8:45 am]