[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 81 (Friday, April 25, 2008)]
[Pages 22363-22365]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-9132]



[EPA-HQ-OAR-2006-0922; FRL-8558-8]

Draft Risk and Exposure Assessment Reports for Nitrogen Dioxide 

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice of extension of comment period.


SUMMARY: The EPA is announcing an extension of the public comment 
period on the Draft Risk and Exposure Assessment Reports for Nitrogen 
Dioxide (NO2) (73 FR 20045; April 14, 2008). The EPA is extending the 
comment period that originally ends on May 1, 2008. The extended 
comment period will close on May 30, 2008. The EPA is extending the 
comment period to provide stakeholders and the public with adequate 
time to conduct appropriate analysis and prepare meaningful comments.

DATES: Comments on the above reports must be received on or before May 
30, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-
OAR-2006-0922, by one of the following methods:
     http://www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line 
instructions for submitting comments.
     E-mail: Comments may be sent by electronic mail (e-mail) 
to [email protected], Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2006-
     Fax: Fax your comments to 202-566-9744, Attention Docket 
ID. No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2006-0922.

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     Mail: Send your comments to: Air and Radiation Docket and 
Information Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mailcode: 2822T, 
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460, Attention Docket ID 
No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2006-0922.
     Hand Delivery or Courier: Deliver your comments to: EPA 
Docket Center, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Room 3334, Washington, DC. 
Such deliveries are only accepted during the Docket's normal hours of 
operation, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of 
boxed information.
    Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-
2006-0922. The EPA's policy is that all comments received will be 
included in the public docket without change and may be made available 
online at http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal 
information provided, unless the comment includes information claimed 
to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information 
whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information 
that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through http://www.regulations.gov or e-mail. The http://www.regulations.gov Web site 
is an ``anonymous access'' system, which means EPA will not know your 
identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of 
your comment. If you send an e-mail comment directly to EPA without 
going through http://www.regulations.gov your e-mail address will be 
automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is 
placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet. If you 
submit an electronic comment, EPA recommends that you include your name 
and other contact information in the body of your comment and with any 
disk or CD-ROM you submit. 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. Electronic files should avoid 
the use of special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of 
any defects or viruses. For additional information about EPA's public 
docket visit the EPA Docket Center homepage at http://www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm.
    Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the http://www.regulations.gov index. Although listed in the index, some 
information is not publicly available, e.g., CBI or other information 
whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such 
as copyrighted material, will be publicly available only in hard copy. 
Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically 
in http://www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the Air Docket in the 
EPA Docket Center, EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., 
Washington, DC. This Docket Facility is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 
p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The Docket 
telephone number is 202-566-1742; fax 202-566-9744.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Scott Jenkins, Office of Air 
Quality Planning and Standards (Mailcode C504-06), U.S. Environmental 
Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; e-mail: 
[email protected]; telephone: 919-541-1167; fax: 919-541-0237.

General Information

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

    1. Submitting CBI. Do not submit this information to EPA through 
http://www.regulations.gov or e-mail. Clearly mark the part or all of 
the information that you claim to be CBI. For CBI information in a disk 
or CD-ROM that you mail to EPA, 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 claimed as CBI. In addition to one 
complete version of the comment that includes 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. 
Information so marked will not be disclosed except in accordance with 
procedures set forth in 40 CFR part 2.
    2. Tips for Preparing Your Comments. When submitting comments, 
remember to:
     Identify the rulemaking by docket number and other 
identifying information (subject heading, Federal Register date and 
page number).
     Follow directions--The agency may ask you to respond to 
specific questions or organize comments by referencing a Code of 
Federal Regulations (CFR) part or section number.
     Explain why you agree or disagree; suggest alternatives 
and substitute language for your requested changes.
     Describe any assumptions and provide any technical 
information and/or data that you used.
     If you estimate potential costs or burdens, explain how 
you arrived at your estimate in sufficient detail to allow for it to be 
     Provide specific examples to illustrate your concerns, and 
suggest alternatives.
     Explain your views as clearly as possible, avoiding the 
use of profanity or personal threats.
     Make sure to submit your comments by the comment period 
deadline identified.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under section 108(a) of the Clean Air Act 
(CAA), the Administrator identifies and lists certain pollutants which 
``cause or contribute to air pollution which may reasonably be 
anticipated to endanger public health or welfare.'' The EPA then issues 
air quality criteria for listed pollutants, which are commonly referred 
to as ``criteria pollutants.'' The air quality criteria are to 
``accurately reflect the latest scientific knowledge useful in 
indicating the kind and extent of all identifiable effects on public 
health or welfare which may be expected from the presence of [a] 
pollutant in the ambient air, in varying quantities.'' Under section 
109 of the CAA, EPA establishes NAAQS for each listed pollutant, with 
the NAAQS based on the air quality criteria. Section 109(d) of the CAA 
requires periodic review and, if appropriate, revision of existing air 
quality criteria. The revised air quality criteria reflect advances in 
scientific knowledge on the effects of the pollutant on public health 
or welfare. The EPA is also required to periodically review and revise 
the NAAQS, if appropriate, based on the revised criteria.
    Air quality criteria have been established for the nitrogen oxides 
(NOX) and NAAQS have been established for nitrogen dioxide 
(NO2), an indicator for NOX. Presently, EPA is 
reviewing the air quality criteria for NOX and the NAAQS for 
NO2. As part of its review of the NAAQS, EPA is preparing an 
assessment of exposures and health risks associated with ambient 
NO2. A draft plan describing the proposed approaches to 
assessing exposures and risks is described in the draft document, 
Nitrogen Dioxide Health Assessment Plan: Scope and Methods for Exposure 
and Risk Assessment. This document was released for public review and 
comment in September 2007 and was the subject of a consultation with 
the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) on October 24 and 
25, 2007. Comments received from that consultation have been considered 
in developing the draft risk and exposure assessment documents being 
released at this time.
    The draft documents convey the approach taken to assess exposures 
to ambient NO2 and to characterize associated health risks, 
as well as to present the results of those assessments.

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These draft documents will be available online at: http://www.epa.gov/ttn/naaqs/standards/nox/s_nox_cr_rea.html.
    The EPA is soliciting advice and recommendations from the CASAC by 
means of a review on the draft documents at an upcoming public meeting 
of the CASAC. A Federal Register notice will inform the public of the 
date and location of that meeting. Following the CASAC meeting, EPA 
will consider comments received from the CASAC and the public in 
preparing a second draft risk and exposure assessment report. The 
release of the second draft report will be followed by another CASAC 
meeting and ultimately by a final risk and exposure assessment report.

    Dated: April 18, 2008.
Stephen D. Page,
Director, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards.
 [FR Doc. E8-9132 Filed 4-24-08; 8:45 am]