[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 95 (Wednesday, May 17, 2006)]
[Pages 28702-28703]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E6-7478]



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Proposed Data Collections Submitted for Public Comment and 

    In compliance with the requirement of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 for

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opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects, 
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will publish 
periodic summaries of proposed projects. To request more information on 
the proposed projects or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans 
and instruments, call 404-639-5960 and send comments to Seleda 
Perryman, CDC Assistant Reports Clearance Officer, 1600 Clifton Road, 
MS-D74, Atlanta, GA 30333 or send an e-mail to [email protected].
    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the agency, including whether the information shall have practical 
utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, 
utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways 
to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, 
including through the use of automated collection techniques or other 
forms of information technology. Written comments should be received 
within 60 days of this notice.

Proposed Project

    National Coal Workers Autopsy Study (42 CFR 37.204)--Extension 
(0920-0021)--National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health 
(NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Background and Brief Description

    Under the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1977, PL 91-
173 (amended the Federal Coal Mine and Safety Act of 1969), the Public 
Health Service has developed a nationwide autopsy program for 
underground coal miners, the National Coal Workers Autopsy Study 
(NCWAS). The consent release and history form is primarily used to 
obtain written authorization from the next-of-kin to perform an autopsy 
on the deceased miner. The basic reason for the post-mortem examination 
is both epidemiological and clinical research. A minimum of essential 
information is collected regarding the deceased miners, including 
occupational history and smoking history. The data collected will be 
used by the staff at NIOSH for research purposes in defining the 
diagnostic criteria for coal workers' pneumoconiosis (black lung 
disease) and pathologic changes and will be correlated with x-ray 
    It is estimated that only 5 minutes is required for the pathologist 
to generate a statement on the invoice affirming that no other 
compensation is received for the autopsy. The consent release and 
history form takes the next-of-kin approximately 15 minutes to 
complete. Since an autopsy report is routinely completed by a 
pathologist, the only additional burden is the specific request of 
abstract of terminal illness and final diagnosis relating to 
pneumoconiosis. Therefore, only 5 minutes of additional burden is 
estimated for the autopsy report. There are no costs to the 
respondents, other than their time.

                                        Estimated Annualized Burden Hours
                                                     Number of       Number of      burden per     Total burden
                   Respondents                      respondents    responses per   response (in        hours
                                                                    respondent         hrs.)
Pathologist Invoice.............................              50               1            5/60               4
Pathologist Report..............................              50               1            5/60               4
Next-of-Kin.....................................              50               1           15/60              13
    Total.......................................  ..............  ..............  ..............              21

    Dated: May 10, 2006.
Joan F. Karr,
Acting Reports Clearance Officer, Centers for Disease Control and 
[FR Doc. E6-7478 Filed 5-16-06; 8:45 am]