[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 72 (Thursday, April 14, 2022)]
[Pages 22208-22209]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2022-07964]



[EPA-HQ-ORD-2010-0396; FRL-9705-01-ORD]

Availability of the Draft IRIS Toxicological Review of 
Formaldehyde (Inhalation)

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice of public comment period.


SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a 60-
day public comment period associated with release of the draft 
Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) Toxicological Review of 
Formaldehyde (Inhalation). The draft document was prepared by the 
Center for Public Health and Environmental Assessment (CPHEA) within 
EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD). EPA is releasing this 
draft IRIS assessment for public comment in advance of an external peer 
review conducted by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and 
Medicine (NASEM). Public comments received will be provided to the 
external peer reviewers. NASEM, a contractor to EPA, will convene a 
public meeting to discuss the draft report with the public during Step 
4 of the IRIS Process. The external peer reviewers will consider public 
comments submitted in response to this notice and provided at the 
public meeting when reviewing this document. EPA will consider all 
comments received when revising the document post-peer review. This 
draft assessment is not final as described in EPA's information quality 
guidelines, and it does not represent, and should not be construed to 
represent Agency policy or views.

DATES: The 60-day public comment period begins April 14, 2022 and ends 
June 13, 2022. Comments must be received on or before June 13, 2022.

ADDRESSES: The IRIS Toxicological Review of Formaldehyde (Inhalation) 
will be available via the internet on the IRIS website at https://www.epa.gov/iris/iris-recent-additions and in the public docket at 
http://www.regulations.gov, Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2010-0396.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the public comment 
period, contact the ORD Docket at the EPA Headquarters Docket Center; 
telephone: 202-566-1752; facsimile: 202-566-9744; or email: 
[email protected].
    For technical information on the IRIS Toxicological Review of 

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(Inhalation) contact Dr. Andrew Kraft, CPHEA; telephone: 202-564-0286; 
or email: [email protected]. The IRIS Program will provide updates 
through the IRIS website (https://www.epa.gov/iris) and via EPA's IRIS 
listserv. To register for the IRIS listserv, visit the IRIS website 
(https://www.epa.gov/iris) or visit https://www.epa.gov/iris/forms/staying-connected-integrated-risk-information-system#connect.
    For information about the peer review, please visit the NASEM 
Review of EPA's 2021 Draft Formaldehyde Assessment website: https://www.nationalacademies.org/our-work/review-of-epas-2021-draft-formaldehyde-assessment.

    I. How to Submit Technical Comments to the Docket at https://www.regulations.gov. Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. 
EPA-HQ-ORD-2010-0396 for the Formaldehyde (Inhalation) IRIS Assessment, 
by one of the following methods:
     www.regulations.gov: Follow the on-line instructions for 
submitting comments.
     Email: [email protected].
     Fax: 202-566-9744. Due to COVID-19, there may be a delay 
in processing comments submitted by fax.
     Mail: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Docket 
Center (ORD Docket), Mail Code: 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, 
Washington, DC 20460. The phone number is 202-566-1752. Due to COVID-
19, there may be a delay in processing comments submitted by mail.
    For information on visiting the EPA Docket Center Public Reading 
Room, visit https://www.epa.gov/dockets. Due to public health concerns 
related to COVID-19, the EPA Docket Center and Reading Room may be 
closed to the public with limited exceptions. The telephone number for 
the Public Reading Room is 202-566-1744. The public can submit comments 
via www.regulations.gov or email.
    Instructions: Direct your comments to docket number EPA-HQ-ORD-
2010-0396 for IRIS Toxicological Review of Formaldehyde (Inhalation). 
Please ensure that your comments are submitted within the specified 
comment period. Comments received after the closing date will be marked 
``late,'' and may only be considered if time permits. It is EPA's 
policy to include all comments it receives in the public docket without 
change and to make the comments available online at 
www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, 
unless a comment includes information claimed to be Confidential 
Business Information (CBI) or other information for which disclosure is 
restricted by statute. Do not submit information through 
www.regulations.gov or email that you consider to be CBI or otherwise 
protected. The www.regulations.gov website 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 email comment directly to EPA without going through 
www.regulations.gov, your email 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 www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm.
    Docket: Documents in the docket are listed in the 
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 materials, 
such as copyrighted material, are publicly available only in hard copy. 
Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically 
in www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the ORD Docket in the EPA 
Headquarters Docket Center.

Wayne Cascio,
Director, Center for Public Health & Environmental Assessment.
[FR Doc. 2022-07964 Filed 4-13-22; 8:45 am]