[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 212 (Thursday, November 3, 2005)]
[Pages 66835-66836]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-21939]



[E-Docket No. ORD-2005-0026; FRL-7993-4]

Draft All-Ages Lead Model

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice of extension of public comment period.


SUMMARY: The EPA Office of Research and Development's National Center 
for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) is extending the public comment 
period by 45 days for an external review draft of the newly developed 
All-Ages Lead Model (AALM) Version 1.05.
    On September 27, 2005, EPA published a Federal Register notice (70 
FR 56447) announcing: (1) the public availability of the draft model 
and (2) the beginning of a 30-day public comment period. EPA is 
extending the public comment period to December 12, 2005, in response 
to requests for extension of the comment period. As previously stated 
in 70 FR 56447, EPA is releasing this draft model solely for the 
purpose of pre-dissemination peer review under applicable information 
quality guidelines. This model has not been formally disseminated by 
EPA. It does not represent and should not be construed to represent any 
Agency policy or determination.

DATES: The period for submission of comments on the external review 
draft of the AALM now ends on December 12, 2005. Technical comments 
should be in writing and must be received by EPA by close of business 
December 12, 2005.

ADDRESSES: The draft AALM is 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. The 
EPA numbers are: EPA/600/C-05/013 for the model and EPA/600/R-05/102 
for the user's guide. A limited number of CD-ROM copies are available. 
For information on copies of the draft documents, contact Ms. Diane Ray 
by phone (919-541-3637), facsimile (919-541-1818), or e-mail 
([email protected]) to request a CD-ROM copy. Please provide the 
draft's title, All-Ages Lead Model (AALM) Version 1.05, the EPA 
numbers, EPA/600/C-05/013 and EPA/600/R-05/102, and your name and 
address to facilitate processing of your request. Public comments on 
the external review draft of the AALM may be submitted electronically, 
by mail, by facsimile, or by hand delivery/courier. Please follow the 
detailed instructions as provided in the section of this notice 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For details on the period for 
submission of comments from the public, contact the Office of 
Environmental Information Docket; telephone: 202-566-1752; facsimile: 
202-566-1753; or e-mail: [email protected].
    For technical information, contact Robert Elias, PhD., NCEA, 
facsimile: 919-541-1818, or e-mail: [email protected].


I. Information About the Document

    As discussed in the September 27, 2005, Federal Register notice, 
the AALM represents EPA's latest efforts to develop tools to model 
human lead exposure, and it builds on EPA's prior experience in lead 
modeling. See that notice for further background information.
    As announced in a Federal Register notice on October 14, 2005 (70 
FR 60077), EPA will present the external review draft of the All-Ages 
Lead Model (AALM) Version 1.05, at a public meeting for review by EPA's 
Science Advisory Board (SAB) Ad Hoc All-Ages Lead Model (AALM) Review 
Panel. Public comments received during the external review comment 
period will be provided to the SAB review panel.

II. How To Submit Technical Comments to EPA's E-Docket

    EPA has established an official public docket for information 
pertaining to the external review draft of the AALM, Docket ID No. ORD-
2005-0026. The official public docket is the collection of materials, 
excluding Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information 
whose disclosure is restricted by statute that is available for public 
viewing at the Office of Environmental Information (OEI) Docket in the 
Headquarters EPA Docket Center, EPA West Building, Room B102, 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, and the telephone number for the OEI 
Docket is 202-566-1752; facsimile: 202-566-1753; or e-mail: 
[email protected].
    An electronic version of the official public docket is available 
through EPA's electronic public docket and comment system, E-Docket. 
You may use E-Docket at http://www.epa.gov/edocket/ to submit or view 
public comments, to access the index listing of the contents of the 
official public docket, and to view

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those documents in the public docket that are available electronically. 
Once in the system, select ``search,'' then key in the appropriate 
docket identification number.
    Certain types of information will not be placed in E-Docket. 
Information claimed as CBI and other information with disclosure 
restricted by statute, also not included in the official public docket, 
will not be available for public viewing in E-Docket. Copyrighted 
material also will not be placed in E-Docket but will be referenced 
there and available as printed material in the official public docket.
    Persons submitting public comments should note that EPA's policy 
makes the information available as received and at no charge for public 
viewing at the EPA Docket Center or in E-Docket. This policy applies to 
information submitted electronically or in paper form, except where 
restricted by copyright, CBI, or statute.
    Unless restricted as above, public comments submitted on computer 
disks that are mailed or delivered to the docket will be transferred to 
E-Docket. Physical objects will be photographed, where practical, and 
the photograph will be placed in E-Docket along with a brief 
description written by the docket staff.
    You may submit public comments electronically, by mail, by 
facsimile, or by hand delivery/courier. To ensure proper receipt by 
EPA, include the appropriate docket identification number with your 
submission. Please adhere to the specified submitting period. Public 
comments received or submitted past the closing date will be marked 
``late'' and may only be considered if time permits.
    If you submit public comments electronically, EPA recommends that 
you include your name, mailing address, and an e-mail address or other 
details for contacting you. Also include these contact details 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 person submitting the public comments and allows EPA 
to contact you in case the Agency cannot read what you submit due to 
technical difficulties or needs to clarify issues raised by what you 
submit. If EPA cannot read what you submit due to technical 
difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, it may delay or 
prohibit the Agency's consideration of the public comments.
    To access EPA's electronic public docket from the EPA Internet Home 
Page, select ``Information Sources,'' ``Dockets,'' and ``EPA Dockets.'' 
Once in the system, select ``search,'' and key in Docket ID No. ORD-
2005-0026. The system is an ``anonymous access'' system, which means 
EPA will not know your identity, e-mail address, or other contact 
details unless you provide it in the body of your comment.
    Public comments may be sent by electronic mail (e-mail) to 
[email protected], Attention Docket ID No. ORD-2005-0026. 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 directly to the 
docket without going through EPA's E-Docket, EPA's e-mail system 
automatically captures your e-mail address, and it becomes part of the 
information in the official public docket and is made available in 
EPA's E-Docket.
    You may submit public comments on a disk or CD-ROM mailed to the 
OEI Docket mailing address. Files will be accepted in WordPerfect, 
Word, or PDF file format. Avoid the use of special characters and any 
form of encryption.
    If you provide public comments in writing, please submit one 
unbound original, with pages numbered consecutively, and three copies. 
For attachments, provide an index, number pages consecutively with the 
main text, and submit an unbound original and three copies.

    Dated: October 28, 2005.
George Alapas,
Director, National Center for Environmental Assessment
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