[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 137 (Monday, July 18, 2011)]
[Pages 42124-42125]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-18003]




Availability of the Incident Waste Management Planning and 
Response Tool

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

ACTION: Notice of Availability: External Peer Review Meeting.


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SUMMARY: EPA has responsibilities for decontamination and waste 
disposal activities following a biological incident. The Incident Waste 
Management Planning and Response Tool ``IWMPRT'' was developed partly 
to satisfy requirements assigned under Homeland Security Presidential 
Directive 10 (HSPD-10), Biodefense in the 21st Century HSPD-10. In 
addition, HSPD-9 requires that, ``the Administrator of the 
Environmental Protection Agency, shall enhance recovery systems that 
are able to stabilize agriculture production, the food supply, and the 
economy, rapidly remove and effectively dispose of contaminated 
agriculture and food products or infected plants and animals, and 
decontaminate premises.''
    EPA is announcing the availability of an upcoming meeting where the 
public will be invited to attend and comment on the IWMPRT. The tool is 
available at: http://www2.ergweb.com/bdrtool/login.asp. In addition, a 
symposium paper describing updates to the IWMPRT is mentioned and made 
available through this notice.
    Time and Dates: August 17 and 18, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Place: The meeting will be held at the Marriott Courtyard Arlington 
Crystal City, 2899 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA.
    Status: Parts of this meeting will be open to the public on August 
17th from 9a.m. to 4 p.m. An open discussion period for public comment 
will be held from 3 p.m. to 3:30. The rest of the meeting is closed to 
the public. Seating is limited. The deadline to register is August 12, 
2011. If you are interested in attending the public session on August 
17, 2011, please register on-line at http://iwmprt.eventbrite.com/.

    Technical Information: To obtain access to the IWMPRT or any 
technical questions, please contact Dr. Paul Lemieux, 919-541-0962;
    Logistical Information: For logistical related questions or to 
submit written comments, please contact Eletha Brady-Roberts. Public 
review comments should be submitted by August 12, 2011 either via e-
mail at [email protected] or mail to Eletha Brady-Roberts, 
National Homeland Security Research Center, Office of Research and 
Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (NG16), 26 West 
Martin Luther King Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45268. Telephone number: 
513-569-7662; Fax number: 513-487-2555.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Unique challenges exist for the handling, 
transport, and disposal of debris resulting from homeland security 
incidents, natural disasters or other national emergencies. Access to 
guidance for facilitating decision making in the safe and timely 
disposal of waste and debris is critical to helping restore a 
contaminated area and to prevent further contamination or spread of 
disease. The IWMPRT is a suite of decision support tools developed by 
the US EPA, in collaboration with other Federal and state Agencies as 
well as members of the private sector, which provides a quick reference 
to technical data, regulations, and other information that assists 
decision makers in guiding disposal decisions that are important for 
the protection of public health, and the environment. Moreover, the 
IWMPRT provides a waste quantity estimation tool and information on 
the: (1) types and quantities of materials and contaminants involved 
and (2) unique issues or challenges faced with ensuring public and 
worker safety in the safe and efficient removal, transport, and 
disposal of debris from an incident.
    Symposium paper is available on--

    Dated: July 6, 2011.
Jonathan G. Herrmann,
Director, National Homeland Security Research Center, Office of 
Research and Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
[FR Doc. 2011-18003 Filed 7-15-11; 8:45 am]