[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 243 (Wednesday, December 19, 2007)]
[Pages 71914-71915]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E7-24644]



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health (ABRWH or Advisory 
Board), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), 
and Subcommittee for Dose Reconstruction Reviews (SDRR)

    In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), the CDC announces the following meeting 
of the aforementioned committee and subcommittee:

Subcommittee Meeting Time and Date

10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., January 8, 2008

Advisory Board Meeting Times and Dates

1 p.m.-4:30 p.m., January 8, 2008
9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., January 9, 2008
8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., January 10, 2008

Public Comment Times and Dates

5 p.m.-6 p.m., January 8, 2008
7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., January 9, 2008

    Place: Suncoast Hotel and Casino, 9090 Alta Drive, Las Vegas, NV 
89145. Phone 702.636.7111, Fax 702.636.7050.
    Status: Open to the public, limited only by the space available. 
The meeting space accommodates approximately 75 to 100 people.
    Background: The Advisory Board was established under the Energy 
Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program (EEOICP) Act of 
2000 to advise the President on a variety of policy and technical 
functions required to implement and effectively manage the new 
compensation program. Key functions of the Advisory Board include 
providing advice on the development of probability of causation 
guidelines which have been promulgated by the Department of Health and 
Human Services (HHS) as a final rule, advice on methods of dose 
reconstruction which have also been promulgated by HHS as a final rule, 
advice on the scientific validity and quality of dose estimation and 
reconstruction efforts being performed for purposes of the compensation 
program, and advice on petitions to add classes of workers to the 
Special Exposure Cohort (SEC).
    In December 2000, the President delegated responsibility for 
funding, staffing, and operating the Advisory Board to HHS, which 
subsequently delegated this authority to the CDC. NIOSH implements this 
responsibility for CDC. The charter was issued on August 3, 2001, 
renewed at appropriate intervals, and will expire on August 3, 2009.
    Purpose: This Advisory Board is charged with (a) providing advice 
to the Secretary, HHS, on the development of guidelines under Executive 
Order 13179; (b) providing advice to the Secretary, HHS, on the 
scientific validity and quality of dose reconstruction efforts 
performed for this program; and (c) upon request by the Secretary, HHS, 
advise the Secretary on whether there is a class of employees at any 
Department of Energy facility who were exposed to radiation but for 
whom it is not feasible to estimate their radiation dose, and on 
whether there is reasonable likelihood that such radiation doses may 
have endangered the health of members of this class.
    Matters to be Discussed: The topics for the Subcommittee meeting 
will include a Review of Individual Dose Reconstructions and future 
Subcommittee Plans and Actions. The agenda for the Advisory Board 
meeting includes: NIOSH Program Status Report; Redaction of Board 
Transcripts and SEC Petition for Texas City Chemicals, Inc.; SEC 
Petition for Nevada Test Site; SEC Petition for Mound; SEC Petition for 
Combustion Engineering; SEC Petition for Lawrence Livermore National 
Laboratory; SEC Petition Updates: Bethlehem Steel, Blockson, Chapman 
Valve, Dow Chemical, Fernald, and Sandia; Science Issues Update; 
Department of Labor Update; Department of Energy Update; FY08 Tasks for 
Sanford Cohen & Associates; Update on selection of board support 
contractor; NIOSH Program Update; Board Future Plans and Schedules; 
Working Group Reports; and a Subcommittee for Dose Reconstruction 
Reviews Report. The agenda is subject to change as priorities dictate.
    In the event an individual cannot attend, written comments may be 
submitted according the policy provided below. Any written comments 
received will be provided at the meeting and should be submitted to the 
contact person below well in advance of the meeting.

Policy on Redaction of Board Meeting Transcripts (Public Comment)

    (1) If a person making a comment gives his or her name, no attempt 
will be made to redact that name. (2) NIOSH will take reasonable steps 
to ensure that individuals making public comment are aware of the fact 
that their comments (including their name, if provided) will appear in 
a transcript of the meeting posted on a public website. Such reasonable 
steps include: (a) A statement read at the start of each public comment 
period stating that transcripts will be posted and names of speakers 
will not be redacted; (b) A printed copy of the statement mentioned in 
(a) above will be displayed on the table where individuals sign up to 
make public comment; (c) A statement such as outlined in (a) above will 
also appear with the agenda for a Board Meeting when it is posted on 
the NIOSH Web site; (d) A statement such as in (a) above will appear in 
the Federal Register Notice that announces Board and Subcommittee 
meetings. (3) If an individual in making a statement reveals personal 
information (e.g., medical information) about themselves that 
information will not usually be redacted. The NIOSH FOIA coordinator 
will, however, review such revelations in accordance with the Freedom 
of Information Act and the Federal

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Advisory Committee Act and if deemed appropriate, will redact such 
information. (4) All disclosures of information concerning third 
parties will be redacted. (5) If it comes to the attention of the DFO 
that an individual wishes to share information with the Board but 
objects to doing so in a public forum, the DFO will work with that 
individual, in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, to 
find a way that the Board can hear such comments.
    Contact Person for More Information: Dr. Lewis V. Wade, Executive 
Secretary, NIOSH, CDC, 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226, 
Phone 513.533.6825, Fax 513.533.6826.
    The Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, has been 
delegated the authority to sign Federal Register notices pertaining to 
announcements of meetings and other committee management activities, 
for both CDC and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

    Dated: December 12, 2007.
Elaine L. Baker,
Director, Management Analysis and Services Office,Centers for Disease 
Control and Prevention.
[FR Doc. E7-24644 Filed 12-18-07; 8:45 am]