[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 118 (Tuesday, June 19, 2012)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-14776]
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
[FRL-9689-3; Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2011-0050]
Third External Review Draft Integrated Science Assessment for
Ozone and Related Photochemical Oxidants
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
ACTION: Notice of public comment period.
SUMMARY: EPA is announcing the availability of the third external
review draft of a document titled, ``Third External Review Draft
Integrated Science Assessment for Ozone and Related Photochemical
Oxidants'' (EPA/600/R-10/076C). The document was prepared by the
National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within EPA's Office
of Research and Development as part of the review of the National
Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone.
EPA is releasing this draft document to seek review by the Clean
Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) and the public (meeting date
and location to be specified in a separate Federal Register notice).
The draft document does not represent and should not be construed to
any final EPA policy, viewpoint, or determination. EPA will consider
any public comments submitted in response to this notice when revising
DATES: The public comment period begins, June 19, 2012, and ends August
20, 2012. Comments must be received on or before August 20, 2012.
ADDRESSES: The ``Third External Review Draft Integrated Science
Assessment for Ozone and Related Photochemical Oxidants'' will be
available primarily via the Internet on the National Center for
Environmental Assessment's home page under the Recent Additions and
Publications menus at http://www.epa.gov/ncea. A limited number of CD-
ROM or paper copies will be available. Contact Ms. Marieka Boyd by
phone (919-541-0031), fax (919-541-5078), or email
(email@example.com) to request either of these, and please provide
your name, your mailing address, and the document title, ``Third
External Review Draft Integrated Science Assessment for Ozone and
Related Photochemical Oxidants'' (EPA/600/R-10/076C) to facilitate
processing of your request.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For technical information, contact Dr.
James Brown, NCEA; telephone: 919-541-0765; facsimile: 919-541-1818; or
I. Information About the Document
Section 108 (a) of the Clean Air Act directs the Administrator to
identify certain pollutants which, among other things, ``cause or
contribute to air pollution which may reasonably be anticipated to
endanger public health or welfare'' and to issue air quality criteria
for them. 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 [a] pollutant in the ambient air. * * *''
Under section 109 of the Act, EPA is then to establish 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 or welfare.
EPA is also to periodically review and, if appropriate, revise the
NAAQS, based on the revised air quality criteria.
Ozone (O3) is one of six principal (or ``criteria'')
pollutants for which EPA has established NAAQS. Periodically, EPA
reviews the scientific basis for these standards by preparing an
Integrated Science Assessment (ISA) (formerly called an Air Quality
Criteria Document). The ISA, in conjunction with additional technical
and policy assessments, provide the scientific basis for EPA decisions
on the adequacy of the current NAAQS and the appropriateness of
possible alternative standards. The CASAC, an independent science
advisory committee whose existence and whose review and advisory
functions are mandated by Section 109(d)(2) of the Clean Air Act, is
charged (among other things) with independent scientific review of
EPA's air quality criteria.
On September 29, 2008 (73 FR 56581), EPA formally initiated its
current review of the air quality criteria for ozone, requesting the
submission of recent scientific information on specified topics. A
draft of EPA's ``Integrated Review Plan for the Ozone National Ambient
Air Quality Standards Review'' (EPA/452/P-09/001) was made available in
September 2009 for public comment and was discussed by the CASAC via a
publicly accessible teleconference consultation on November 13, 2009
(74 FR 54562). In August 2010, EPA held a workshop to discuss, with
invited scientific experts, initial draft materials prepared in the
development of the ISA (75 FR 42085). The first external review draft
ISA for Ozone and Related Photochemical Oxidants was released on March
4, 2011 (http://cfpub.epa.gov/ncea/isa/recordisplay.cfm?deid=217463).
The CASAC panel met at a public meeting on May 19, 2011, to review the
draft ISA (76 FR 23809). Subsequently, on August 10, 2011, the CASAC
panel provided a consensus letter for their review to the Administrator
of the EPA (http://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/
$File/EPA-CASAC-11-009-unsigned.pdf). The second external review draft
ISA for Ozone and Related Photochemical Oxidants was released on
September 30, 2011 (http://cfpub.epa.gov/ncea/isa/recordisplay.cfm?deid=226363). The CASAC panel met at a public meeting
on January 9, 2012, to review the draft ISA (76 FR 76725).
Subsequently, on March 13, 2012, the CASAC panel provided a consensus
letter for their review to the Administrator of the EPA (http://
The third external review draft ISA for Ozone and Related
Photochemical Oxidants will be discussed at a public meeting for review
by CASAC, and public comments received will be provided to the CASAC
review panel. A future Federal Register notice will inform the public
of the exact date and time of that CASAC meeting.
II. How to Submit Technical Comments to the Docket at
Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2011-
0050 by one of the following methods:
www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line instructions for
Mail: Office of Environmental Information (OEI) Docket
(Mail Code: 28221T), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200
Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460. The phone number is 202-
Hand Delivery: The OEI Docket is located in the EPA
Headquarters Docket Center, EPA West Building, Room 3334, 1301
Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC. The EPA Docket Center Public
Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through
Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public
Reading Room is 202-566-1744. Such deliveries are only accepted during
the docket's normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should
be made for deliveries of boxed information. If you provide comments by
mail or hand delivery, please submit three copies of the comments. For
attachments, provide an index, number pages consecutively with the
comments, and submit an unbound original and three copies.
Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-
2011-0050. Please ensure that your comments are submitted within the
specified comment period. Comments received after the closing date will
be marked ``late,'' and may only be considered if time permits. It is
EPA's policy to include all comments it receives in the public docket
without change and to make the comments available online at
www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided,
unless a comment includes information claimed to be Confidential
Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is
restricted by statute. Do not submit information through
www.regulations.gov or email that you consider to be CBI or otherwise
protected. The www.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
www.regulations.gov, your email address will be automatically captured
and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public 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. For additional information about EPA's public docket visit the
EPA Docket Center home page at www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm.
Docket: Documents in the docket are listed in the
www.regulations.gov index. 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 materials,
such as copyrighted material, are publicly available only in hard copy.
Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically
in www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the OEI Docket in the EPA
Headquarters Docket Center.
Dated: June 7, 2012.
Acting Director, National Center for Environmental Assessment.
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