[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 211 (Thursday, October 30, 2008)]
[Page 64616]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-25907]




Electronic Report on the Environment

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice of availability.


SUMMARY: EPA is announcing the availability of the electronic Report on 
the Environment (eROE or ROE), an online site that provides access to 
the environmental and human health information contained in the EPA's 
2008 Report on the Environment (EPA/600/R-07/045F), released May 20, 
2008, and in the EPA's 2008 Report on the Environment: Highlights of 
National Trends, released September 24, 2008, in one location and in a 
searchable format. The ROE asks important questions about the condition 
of our nation's environment and human health over time and provides 
answers to those questions in the form of indicators. The site also 
includes the methodology, references, and sources of additional 
information behind the indicators that form the foundation of the 
reports. Indicators will be updated periodically on the ROE Web site so 
the most up-to-date information on environmental and human health 
condition is available to the public in a searchable format. The Web 
site was developed by EPA's National Center for Environmental 
Assessment, within the Office of Research and Development, and the 
Office of Environmental Information.

ADDRESSES: The Web site URL is http://www.epa.gov/roe.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Information Management Team, 
National Center for Environmental Assessment (8601P), U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency,1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., 
Washington, DC 20460. Telephone: 703-347-8561; fax: 703-347-8691; e-
mail: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: To accomplish its mission to protect human 
health and the environment, EPA must pay close attention to status and 
trends in the nation's air, water, and land, as well as related trends 
in human health and ecological systems. To help meet this need, EPA 
embarked on an initiative in 2001 to assemble the most reliable 
indicators of national environmental and health conditions that are 
important to EPA's mission. EPA initially presented these indicators in 
its Draft Report on the Environment Technical Document and its publicly 
oriented companion document, the Draft Report on the Environment, both 
released in 2003. Since then, EPA has revised, updated, and refined the 
ROE in response to scientific developments and feedback from EPA's 
Science Advisory Board and other stakeholders. As a result, the EPA's 
2008 Report on the Environment (EPA/600/R-07/045F), released May 20, 
2008 (73 FR 29134), provides both an update and an improvement over the 
2003 draft edition. In addition, EPA's Office of Environmental 
Information produced the companion document, EPA's 2008 Report on the 
Environment: Highlights of National Trends (ROE Highlights), released 
September 24, 2008, which presents the key findings of the ROE in a 
format intended for the general public and without the technical 
    In an effort to make the content of both ROE documents widely 
available, EPA has created a dynamic Web site--the electronic Report on 
the Environment (eROE)--which has all the ROE information in a 
searchable format. In addition to the indicator findings and charts, it 
includes the methodology, references and sources of additional 
information behind the indicators in the report. The ROE Highlights 
document has an accompanying Web site with links to the ROE-wide site. 
Both reports are available for download from the ROE front page and the 
online topics are linked together to make navigation seamless. 
Furthermore, EPA plans to update indicator information online as new 
data become available so the public has access to the most current 

    Dated: October 22, 2008.
Rebecca Clark,
Acting Director, National Center for Environmental Assessment.
[FR Doc. E8-25907 Filed 10-29-08; 8:45 am]