[Federal Register Volume 67, Number 199 (Tuesday, October 15, 2002)]
[Notices]
[Page 63657]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 02-26176]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[OEI-2002-0008; FRL6724-5]


Guidelines for Ensuring and Maximizing the Quality, Objectivity, 
Utility, and Integrity of Information Disseminated by the Environmental 
Protection Agency

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency, EPA.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed 
final Guidelines for Ensuring and Maximizing the Quality, Objectivity, 
Utility, and Integrity of Information Disseminated by the Environmental 
Protection Agency (herein after referred to as Information Quality 
Guidelines), in response to final Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
information quality guidelines directing all federal agencies to 
develop and implement their own guidelines by October 1, 2002 (67 FR 
8451, February 22, 2002). The EPA Information Quality Guidelines build 
upon on-going efforts to improve the quality of the data and analyses 
that support Agency policy and regulatory decisions and programs. EPA 
is announcing the availability of the Agency's final Information 
Quality Guidelines at the EPA Web site, www.epa.gov/oei/qualityguidelines. As described in the new Information Quality 
Guidelines, EPA is also introducing a Request for Correction process to 
allow affected persons to seek and obtain correction of information 
that EPA disseminates that they believe does not meet the EPA 
Information Quality Guidelines or the OMB information quality 
guidelines (67 FR 8451, February 22, 2002). Please read the Information 
Quality Guidelines to learn more about this new Request for Correction 
process including where and how to submit a request for correction.

DATES: The EPA final Information Quality Guidelines were made available 
on October 2, 2002.

ADDRESSES: The Information Quality Guidelines can be found at the EPA 
Web site at http://www.epa.gov/oei/qualityguidelines. To obtain a 
written copy of the Information Quality Guidelines, you may contact: 
Ms. Evangeline Tsibris Cummings, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 
Office of Environmental Information, Mail Code 2842T, 1200 Pennsylvania 
Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; Telephone: 202-566-0621; or e-mail: 
cummings.evangeline@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with the OMB information 
quality guidelines, EPA published a notice in the Federal Register on 
April 30, 2002 (67 FR 21234) announcing the availability of EPA's draft 
Information Quality Guidelines and soliciting public comment by May 31, 
2002. EPA extended the comment period to June 21, 2002 (67 FR 42254). 
After considering the extensive public comment, EPA revised its 
Information Quality Guidelines and submitted the revised draft to OMB 
in accordance with OMB's guidelines so OMB could review the draft 
Information Quality Guidelines for consistency with OMB's information 
quality guidelines. OMB completed its review and approved of the final 
EPA Information Quality Guidelines. EPA's general discussion of and 
responses to the public comments appears in Appendix A of EPA's 
Information Quality Guidelines.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Evangeline Tsibris Cummings, 
Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Environmental Information, 
Mail Code 2842T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460. 
Telephone: 202-566-0621; e-mail: cummings.evangeline@epa.gov.

Elaine Stanley,
Director, Office of Information Analysis and Access, Office of 
Environmental Information, EPA.
[FR Doc. 02-26176 Filed 10-11-02; 8:45 am]
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