[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 205 (Wednesday, October 22, 2008)]
[Notices]
[Page 62995]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-25109]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

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)

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

    Time and Date: 11 a.m.-5 p.m., November 6, 2008.
    Place: Audio Conference Call via FTS Conferencing. The USA toll 
free dial in number is 1-866-659-0537 with a pass code of 9933701.
    Status: Open to the public, but without a public comment period.
    Background: The Advisory Board was established under the Energy 
Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program 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, most recently, August 3, 
2007, 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, advising 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 agenda for the conference call 
includes: SEC Petition Status Updates; Status of Board 
Recommendation on Connecticut Aircraft Nuclear Engine Laboratory 
(CANEL) SEC Petition; Blockson Chemical SEC Petition (Work Group 
Update); Updates from the Subcommittee on Dose Reconstruction and 
Work Groups; Board Response to Congressional Letter from Senator 
Charles Schumer, Senator Hillary Clinton, and Representative Louise 
Slaughter; New GAO Evaluation; Update on Board Technical Support 
Contractor Activities; Update on Selection of the Board's 
Contractor; Future Plans.
    The agenda is subject to change as priorities dictate. Because 
there is not a public comment period, written comments may be 
submitted. Any written comments received will be included in the 
official record of the meeting and should be submitted to the 
contact person below well in advance of the meeting.
    Contact Person for More Information: Theodore M. Katz, M.P.A., 
Executive Secretary, NIOSH, CDC, 1600 Clifton Rd., NE., Mailstop: E-
20, Atlanta, GA 30333, Telephone 513-533-6800, Toll Free 1-800-CDC-
INFO, E-mail [email protected].
    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: October 15, 2008.
Elaine L. Baker,
Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, Centers for Disease 
Control and Prevention.
[FR Doc. E8-25109 Filed 10-21-08; 8:45 am]
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