Fifty-Seventh Report of the TSCA Interagency Testing Committee to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency; Receipt of Report and Request for Comments

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
[EPA-HQ-OPPT-2005-0062; FRL-7751-8]

Fifty-Seventh Report of the TSCA Interagency Testing Committee to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency; Receipt of Report and Request for Comments

Agency

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Action

Notice.

Summary

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Interagency Testing Committee (ITC) transmitted its Fifty-Seventh Report to the Administrator of EPA on November 22, 2005. In the 57 th ITC Report, which is included with this notice, there are no changes to the TSCA section 4(e) Priority Testing List published in the 56 th ITC Report in theFederal Registerof October 24, 2005. As stated in the 56 th ITC Report, it was the ITC's intention to provide in this 57 th ITC Report a data-availability study of the high production volume (HPV) chemicals in the 2002 Inventory Update Rule (IUR). The study of the HPV chemicals in the 2002 IUR may be made available after the ITC has had an opportunity to review comments received on the study of the HPV chemicals described in the 56 th ITC Report. In addition, the ITC needs additional time to review information submitted from the International Tungsten Industry Association, the Indium Corporation of America, and the Vanadium Producers and Reclaimers Association, as well as data on tungsten, indium, and vanadium compounds submitted in response to TSCA section 8(a) Preliminary Assessment Information Reporting (PAIR) rules.

Dates

Comments must be received on or before January 23, 2006.

Addresses

Comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2005-0062, may be submitted electronically, by mail, or through hand delivery/courier. Follow the detailed instructions as provided in Unit I. of theSUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

For Further Information Contact

Colby Lintner, Regulatory Coordinator, Environmental Assistance Division (7408M), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (202) 554-1404; e-mail address: TSCA-Hotline@epa.gov.

Supplementary Information

I. General Information

A. Does this Action Apply to Me?

This notice is directed to the public in general. It may, however, be of particular interest to you if you manufacture (defined by statute to include import) and/or process TSCA-covered chemicals and you may be identified by the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) codes 325 and 32411. Because this notice is directed to the general public and other entities may also be interested, the Agency has not attempted to describe all the specific entities that may be interested in this action. If you have any questions regarding the applicability of this action to a particular entity, consult the person listed underFOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

B. How Can I Get Copies of this Document and Other Related Information?

1. Docket. EPA has established an official public docket for this action under docket ID number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2005-0062. The official public docket consists of the documents specifically referenced in this action, any public comments received, and other information related to this action. Although a part of the official docket, the public docket does not include Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. The official public docket is the collection of materials that is available for public viewing at the EPA Docket Center, Rm. B102-Reading Room, EPA West, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. The EPA Docket Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The EPA Docket Center Reading Room telephone number is (202) 566-1744, and the telephone number for the OPPT Docket, which is located in EPA Docket Center, is (202) 566-0280.

2. Electronic access. You may access thisFederal Registerdocument electronically through the EPA Internet under the “Federal Register” listings at http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/. You may also access additional information about the ITC at http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/itc/ or through the web site for the Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances (OPPTS) at http://www.epa.gov/opptsfrs/home/opptsim.htm/.

EDOCKET, EPA's electronic public docket and comment system was replaced on November 25, 2005, by an enhanced federal-wide electronic docket management and comment system located at http://www.regulations.gov/. Follow the on-line instructions.

An electronic version of the public docket is available through EPA's electronic public docket and comment system, EPA Dockets. You may use EPA Dockets at http://www.epa.gov/edocket/ to submit or view public comments, access the index listing of the contents of the official public docket, and to access those documents in the public docket that are available electronically. Although not all docket materials may be available electronically, you may still access any of the publicly available docket materials through the docket facility identified in Unit I.B.1. Once in the system, select “search,” then key in the appropriate docket ID number.

Certain types of information will not be placed in the EPA Dockets. Information claimed as CBI and other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute, which is not included in the official public docket, will not be available for public viewing in EPA's electronic public docket. EPA's policy is that copyrighted material will not be placed in EPA's electronic public docket but will be available only in printed, paper form in the official public docket. To the extent feasible, publicly available docket materials will be made available in EPA's electronic public docket. When a document is selected from the index list in EPA Dockets, the system will identify whether the document is available for viewing in EPA's electronic public docket. Although not all docket materials may be available electronically, you may still access any of the publicly available docket materials through the docket facility identified in Unit I.B.1. EPA intends to work towards providing electronic access to all of the publicly available docket materials through EPA's electronic public docket.

For public commenters, it is important to note that EPA's policy is that public comments, whether submitted electronically or in paper, will be made available for public viewing in EPA's electronic public docket as EPA receives them and without change, unless the comment contains copyrighted material, CBI, or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. When EPA identifies a comment containing copyrighted material, EPA will provide a reference to that material in the version of the comment that is placed in EPA's electronic public docket. The entire printed comment, including the copyrighted material, will be available in the public docket.

Public comments submitted on computer disks that are mailed ordelivered to the docket will be transferred to EPA's electronic public docket. Public comments that are mailed or delivered to the docket will be scanned and placed in EPA's electronic public docket. Where practical, physical objects will be photographed, and the photograph will be placed in EPA's electronic public docket along with a brief description written by the docket staff.

C. How and to Whom Do I Submit Comments?

You may submit comments electronically, by mail, or through hand delivery/courier. To ensure proper receipt by EPA, identify the appropriate docket ID number in the subject line on the first page of your comment. Please ensure that your comments are submitted within the specified comment period. Comments received after the close of the comment period will be marked “late.” EPA is not required to consider these late comments. If you wish to submit CBI or information that is otherwise protected by statute, please follow the instructions in Unit I.D. Do not use EPA Dockets or e-mail to submit CBI or information protected by statute.

1. Electronically. If you submit an electronic comment as prescribed in this unit, EPA recommends that you include your name, mailing address, and an e-mail address or other contact information in the body of your comment. Also include this contact information on the outside of any disk or CD ROM you submit, and in any cover letter accompanying the disk or CD ROM. This ensures that you can be identified as the submitter of the comment and allows EPA to contact you in case EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties or needs further information on the substance of your comment. EPA's policy is that EPA will not edit your comment, and any identifying or contact information provided in the body of a comment will be included as part of the comment that is placed in the official public docket, and made available in EPA's electronic public docket. 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.

i. EPA Dockets. Your use of EPA's electronic public docket to submit comments to EPA electronically is EPA's preferred method for receiving comments. Go directly to EPA Dockets at http://www.epa.gov/edocket/, and follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Once in the system, select “search,” and then key in docket ID number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2005-0062. The system is an “anonymous access” system, which means EPA will not know your identity, e-mail address, or other contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment.

ii. E-mail. Comments may be sent by e-mail to oppt.ncic@epa.gov, Attention: Docket ID Number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2005-0062. In contrast to EPA's electronic public docket, EPA's e-mail system is not an “anonymous access” system. If you send an e-mail comment directly to the docket without going through EPA's electronic public docket, EPA's e-mail system automatically captures your e-mail address. E-mail addresses that are automatically captured by EPA's e-mail system are included as part of the comment that is placed in the official public docket, and made available in EPA's electronic public docket.

iii. Disk or CD ROM. You may submit comments on a disk or CD ROM that you mail to the mailing address identified in Unit I.C.2. These electronic submissions will be accepted in WordPerfect or ASCII file format. Avoid the use of special characters and any form of encryption.

2. By mail. Send your comments to: Document Control Office (7407M), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001.

3. By hand delivery or courier. Deliver your comments to: OPPT Document Control Office (DCO), EPA East Bldg., Rm. 6428, 1201 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. Attention: Docket ID Number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2005-0062. The DCO is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the DCO is (202) 564-8930.

D. How Should I Submit CBI to the Agency?

Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI electronically through EPA's electronic public docket or by e-mail. You may claim information that you submit to EPA as CBI by marking any part or all of that information as CBI (if you submit CBI on disk or CD ROM, mark the outside of the disk or CD ROM as CBI and then identify electronically within the disk or CD ROM the specific information that is CBI). Information so marked will not be disclosed except in accordance with procedures set forth in 40 CFR part 2.

In addition to one complete version of the comment that includes any information claimed as CBI, a copy of the comment that does not contain the information claimed as CBI must be submitted for inclusion in the public docket and EPA's electronic public docket. If you submit the copy that does not contain CBI on disk or CD ROM, mark the outside of the disk or CD ROM clearly that it does not contain CBI. Information not marked as CBI will be included in the public docket and EPA's electronic public docket without prior notice. If you have any questions about CBI or the procedures for claiming CBI, please consult the person listed underFOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

E. What Should I Consider as I Prepare My Comments for EPA?

We invite you to provide your views and comments on the 57 th ITC Report. You may find the following suggestions helpful for preparing your comments:

1. Explain your views as clearly as possible.

2. Describe any assumptions that you used.

3. Provide copies of any technical information and/or data you used that support your views.

4. Provide specific examples to illustrate your concerns.

5. Make sure to submit your comments by the deadline in this notice.

6. To ensure proper receipt by EPA, be sure to identify the docket ID number assigned to this action in the subject line on the first page of your response. You may also provide the name, date, andFederal Registercitation.

II. Background

TSCA (15 U.S.C. 260l et seq.) authorizes the Administrator of EPA to promulgate regulations under TSCA section 4(a) requiring testing of chemicals and chemical groups in order to develop data relevant to determining the risks that such chemicals and chemical groups may present to health or the environment. Section 4(e) of TSCA established the ITC to recommend chemicals and chemical groups to the Administrator of EPA for priority testing consideration. Section 4(e) of TSCA directs the ITC to revise the TSCA section 4(e) Priority Testing List at least every 6 months.

A. The ITC's 57

In this 57 th ITC Report to the Administrator of EPA, there are no changes to the TSCA section 4(e) Priority Testing List published in the 56 th ITC Report in theFederal Registerof October 24, 2005 (70 FR 61520) (FRL-7739-9) (http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/EPA-TOX/2005/October/Day-24/t21197.htm). As stated in the 56 th ITC Report, it was the ITC's intention toprovide in this 57 th ITC Report a data-availability study of HPV chemicals in the 2002 IUR. The study of the HPV chemicals in the 2002 IUR may be made available after the ITC has had an opportunity to review comments received on the study of the HPV chemicals described in the 56 th ITC Report. In addition, the ITC needs additional time to review information submitted from the International Tungsten Industry Association, the Indium Corporation of America, and the Vanadium Producers and Reclaimers Association, as well as data on tungsten, indium, and vanadium compounds submitted in response to TSCA section 8(a) PAIR rules.

B. Status of the Priority Testing List

There are no changes to the TSCA section 4(e) Priority Testing List published in the 56 th ITC Report.

List of Subjects

Environmental protection, Chemicals, Hazardous substances.

Dated: December 16, 2005.
Wendy C. Hamnett,
Acting Director, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics.

Fifty-Seventh Report of the TSCA Interagency Testing Committee to the Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

In this 57 th Interagency Testing Committee (ITC) Report to the Administrator of EPA, there are no changes to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) section 4(e) Priority Testing List published in the 56 th ITC Report in theFederal Registerof October 24, 2005 (70 FR 61520) (FRL-7739-9) (http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/EPA-TOX/2005/October/Day-24/t21197.htm). As stated in the 56 th ITC Report, it was the ITC's intention to provide in this 57 th ITC Report a data-availability study of the high production volume (HPV) chemicals in the 2002 Inventory Update Rule (IUR). The study of the HPV chemicals in the 2002 IUR may be made available after the ITC has had an opportunity to review comments received on the study of the HPV chemicals described in the 56 th ITC Report. In addition, the ITC needs additional time to review information submitted from the International Tungsten Industry Association, the Indium Corporation of America, and the Vanadium Producers and Reclaimers Association, as well as data on tungsten, indium, and vanadium compounds submitted in response to TSCA section 8(a) Preliminary Assessment Information Reporting (PAIR) rules.

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