[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 90 (Thursday, May 10, 2007)]
[Pages 26629-26631]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E7-9022]



[FRL-8312-1; Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2007-0198]

Draft EPA's 2007 Report on the Environment: Science Report

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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ACTION: Notice of Public Comment Period.


SUMMARY: EPA is announcing a 45-day public comment period for the draft 
document titled, ``EPA's 2007 Report on the Environment: Science 
Report'' (ROE SR) (EPA/600/R-07/045). This public comment period is to 
precede the formal, public, scientific peer review of the draft 
document by EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) on July 10-12, 2007. 
Notice of the SAB review will be provided via a separate Federal 
Register Notice.
    The draft ``EPA's 2007 Report on the Environment: Science Report'' 
was prepared by EPA Program and Regional Offices, the Office of 
Research and Development (ORD), the Office of Environmental Information 
(OEI), the Office of Policy Economics and Innovation (OPEI), and the 
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO), with coordination by the 
National Center for Environmental Assessment within EPA's ORD.
    EPA is releasing this draft document solely for the purpose of pre-
dissemination peer review under applicable information quality 
guidelines. This document has not been formally disseminated by EPA. It 
does not represent and should not be construed to represent any Agency 
policy or determination. EPA will consider any public comments 
submitted in accordance with this notice when revising the document.

DATES: The 45-day public comment period begins May 10, 2007, and ends 
June 25, 2007. Technical comments should be in writing and must be 
received by EPA by June 25, 2007.

ADDRESSES: The draft ``EPA's 2007 Report on the Environment: Science 
Report'' is available primarily via the Internet on the National Center 
for Environmental Assessment's home page under the Recent Additions and 
the Data and Publications menus at http://www.epa.gov/ncea. A limited 
number of CDs or paper copies are available from the Technical 
Information Staff, NCEA-W; telephone: 202-564-3261; facsimile: 202-565-
0050. If you are requesting a CD or paper copy, please provide your 
name, your mailing address, and the document title, ``EPA's 2007 Report 
on the Environment: Science Report.''
    Comments may be submitted electronically via http://www.regulations.gov, by mail, by facsimile, or by hand delivery/
courier. Please follow the detailed instructions provided in the 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the public comment 
period, contact the Office of Environmental Information Docket; 
telephone: 202-566-1752; facsimile: 202-566-1753; or e-mail: 
    For technical information, contact Denice Shaw, NCEA; telephone: 
202-564-3234; facsimile: 202-565-0065; or e-mail: shaw.denice@epa.gov.


I. Information About the Project/Document

    The purpose of EPA's Report on the Environment: Science Report (ROE 
SR) is to compile the most reliable indicators currently available that 
help answer a series of questions about trends in the environment and 
human health that EPA believes are of critical importance to its 
mission and to the national interest. Additionally, the report 
identifies key limitations of these indicators and gaps where reliable 
indicators do not yet exist. These gaps and limitations inform 
strategic planning and decision making at EPA and highlight the 
disparity between the current state of knowledge and the goal of full, 
reliable, and insightful representation of environmental conditions and 
    The indicators for EPA's 2007 ROE SR that comprise the main content 
of the report underwent independent scientific peer review as well as 
public review and comment in the summer and fall of 2005 and are 
available at http://www.epa.gov/roeindicators.

II. How To Submit Technical Comments to the Docket at 

    Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD 2007-
0198, by one of the following methods:
     www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line instructions for 
submitting comments.
     E-mail: ORD.Docket@epa.gov.
     Fax: 202-566-1753.
     Mail: Office of Environmental Information (OEI) Docket 
(Mail Code: 2822T), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 
Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460. The phone number is 202-
     Hand Delivery: The OEI Docket is located in the EPA 
Headquarters Docket Center, Room 3334 EPA West Building, 1301 
Constitution Ave., 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-
2007-0198. 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 http://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 that you consider to 
be CBI or otherwise protected through www.regulations.gov or e-mail. 
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 e-
mail comment directly to EPA without going through www.regulations.gov, 
your e-mail 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 
homepage at http://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 http://www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at

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the OEI Docket in the EPA Headquarters Docket Center.

    Dated: May 4, 2007.
Peter W. Preuss,
Director, National Center for Environmental Assessment.
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