[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 222 (Friday, November 16, 2012)]
[Page 68769]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-27861]



[EPA-HQ-OPPT-2003-0004; FRL-9367-8]

Access to Confidential Business Information by Abt Associates, 

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: EPA has authorized its contractor, Abt Associates, Inc. (Abt) 
of Cambridge, MA, to access information which has been submitted to EPA 
under section 8 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Some of the 
information may be claimed or determined to be Confidential Business 
Information (CBI).

DATES: Access to the confidential data occurred on or about October 11, 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For technical information contact: 
Timothy Kiely, Office of Chemical Safety & Pollution Prevention, Office 
of Pesticide Programs (7503P), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 
Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: 
(703) 308-8112; fax number: (703) 308-8189; email address: 
[email protected].
    For general information contact: The TSCA-Hotline, ABVI-Goodwill, 
422 South Clinton Ave., Rochester, NY 14620; telephone number: (202) 
554-1404; email address: [email protected].


I. General Information

A. Does this notice apply to me?

    This action is directed to the public in general. This action may, 
however, be of interest to all who manufacture, process, or distribute 
industrial chemicals. Since other entities may also be interested, the 
Agency has not attempted to describe all the specific entities that may 
be affected by 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. How can I get copies of this document and other related information?

    EPA has established a docket for this action under docket 
identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2003-0004. 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.

II. What action is the agency taking?

    Under EPA Contract Number EP-W-12-001, contractor Abt of 55 Wheeler 
Street, Cambridge, MA is assisting the EPA in developing public 
information products for the 2012 Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) data. 
These products shall include individual fact sheets; a natural report 
with various descriptions of the data resulting from data queries and 
associated program analyses; trend analysis and other items.
    In accordance with 40 CFR 2.306(j), EPA has determined that under 
EPA Contract Number EP-W-12-001, Abt requires access to CBI submitted 
to EPA under section 8 of TSCA to perform successfully the duties 
specified under the contract. Abt's personnel were given access to 
information submitted to EPA under section 8 of TSCA. Some of the 
information may be claimed or determined to be CBI.
    EPA is issuing this notice to inform all submitters of information 
under section 8 of TSCA that EPA is providing Abt access to these CBI 
materials on a need-to-know basis only. All access to TSCA CBI under 
this contract will take place at EPA Headquarters and Abt's Bethesda, 
MD and Cambridge, MA sites, in accordance with EPA's TSCA CBI 
Protection Manual.
    Access to TSCA data, including CBI, will continue until November 
30, 2016. If the contract is extended, this access will also continue 
for the duration of the extended contract without further notice.
    Abt's personnel were required to sign nondisclosure agreements and 
were briefed on appropriate security procedures before they were 
permitted access to TSCA CBI.

List of Subjects

    Environmental protection, Confidential business information.

    Dated: October 24, 2012.
Matthew G. Leopard,
Director, Information Management Division, Office of Pollution 
Prevention and Toxics.
[FR Doc. 2012-27861 Filed 11-15-12; 8:45 am]