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Persistent Bioaccumulative Toxic Chemicals - EPA Public Meeting



[Federal Register: January 26, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 16)]
[Notices]
[Page 3941-3942]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:fr26ja99-81]

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[OPPTS-400138; FRL-6058-5]


Persistent Bioaccumulative Toxic Chemicals; Toxic Chemical
Release Reporting; Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know;
Multimedia Strategy for Persistent Bioaccumulative Toxic Pollutants;
Notice of Public Meetings

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice of public meetings.

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SUMMARY: EPA will hold three public meetings to obtain public comment
on two specific draft documents developed as part of the Agency's
Persistent Bioaccumulative Toxic (PBT) Pollutant strategy. The two
draft documents are ``A Multimedia Strategy for Priority Persistent,
Bioaccumulative, and Toxic (PBT) Pollutants'' and ``EPA Action Plan For
Mercury.'' EPA will also hold three public meetings to obtain public
comment on the Agency's proposal and options: (1) To add certain PBT
chemicals to the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act
(EPCRA) of 1986 section 313 list of toxic chemicals and (2) to lower
reporting thresholds for certain PBT chemicals subject to EPCRA section
313 and section 6607 of the Pollution Prevention Act (PPA). The Agency
is also requesting comment on the persistence and bioaccumulation
criteria presented in the proposed rule.

DATES: The first meeting on EPA's PBT pollutant strategy will take
place in Washington, DC on February 16, 1999, at 9 a.m. and adjourn by
noon. The second meeting on EPA's PBT pollutant strategy will take
place in Chicago, IL on February 23, 1999, at 9 a.m. and adjourn at
noon. The third meeting on EPA's PBT pollutant strategy will take place
in San Francisco, CA on March 5, 1999, at 9 a.m. and adjourn at noon.
    The first meeting on the EPCRA section 313/PPA section 6607
proposed rulemaking will take place in Washington, DC on February 16,
1999, at 1 p.m. and adjourn by 4 p.m. The second meeting on the EPCRA
section 313/PPA section 6607 proposed rulemaking will take place in
Chicago, IL on February 23, 1999, at 1 p.m. and adjourn at 4 p.m. The
third meeting on the EPCRA section 313/PPA section 6607 proposed
rulemaking will take place in San Francisco, CA on March 5, 1999, at 1
p.m. and adjourn at 4 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The meetings in Washington, DC will be held at the
Environmental Protection Agency, Auditorium, Education Center, 401 M
St., SW., Washington, DC. The meetings in Chicago, IL will be held at
the Environmental Protection Agency, Room 328, 77 West Jackson
Boulevard, Chicago, IL. The meetings in San Francisco will be held at
the Environmental Protection Agency, California Room, 75 Hawthorne St.,
San Francisco, CA.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To sign up to speak at the meeting
contact the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Hotline,
Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 5101, 401 M St., SW.,
Washington, DC 20460, Toll free: 1-800-535-0202, in Virginia and
Alaska: 703-412-9877 or Toll free TDD: 1-800-553-7672. For further
information on the EPCRA section 313/PPA section 6607 proposed
rulemaking contact Daniel R. Bushman, 202-260-3882, e-mail:
bushman.daniel@epamail.epa.gov. For further information on the Agency's
PBT pollutant strategy, contact Sam Sasnett, 202-260-8020, e-mail:
sasnett.sam@epamail.epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. EPA's Persistent Bioaccumulative Toxic (PBT) Pollutants Strategy

    In the Federal Register of November 17, 1998 (63 FR 63926) (FRL-
6045-2), EPA published a Notice announcing the availability of a draft
strategy for affecting reductions in the releases and exposures to
persistent, bioaccumulative toxic (PBT) pollutants, including a
specific draft action plan for mercury. That notice requested the
submission of written comments by February 16, 1999.

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II. EPCRA Section 313/PPA Section 6607 Proposed Rulemaking

    In 1986, Congress enacted the Emergency Planning and Community
Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). In 1990, Congress passed the Pollution
Prevention Act. Section 313 of EPCRA and section 6607 of PPA require
certain businesses to submit reports each year on the amounts of toxic
chemicals their facilities release and otherwise manage as waste. The
purpose of these requirements is to inform the public, government
officials, and industry about releases and other quantities managed as
waste in their communities.
    Currently, the EPCRA section 313 reporting thresholds are 25,000
pounds for the ``manufacture'' or ``processing'' of a toxic chemical
and 10,000 pounds for the ``otherwise use'' of a toxic chemical. On
January 5, 1999 (64 FR 688) (FRL-6032-3), EPA proposed: (1) To lower
the reporting thresholds for certain PBT chemicals that are subject to
EPCRA section 313 and PPA section 6607; (2) to lower the reporting
thresholds for dioxin and dioxin-like compounds, which were previously
proposed for addition to the EPCRA section 313 list of toxic chemicals;
and (3) to add certain PBT chemicals to the EPCRA section 313 list of
toxic chemicals. The Agency also presented persistence and
bioaccumulation criteria in the proposed rule. These public meetings
are being scheduled in order to provide a forum for dialog to be shared
by EPA, potentially affected industry groups, and the public about the
basis of EPA's proposed action, options provided, and potential impacts
and benefits.

III. Notice of Public Meeting

    This Notice announces the Agency's intention to hold six public
meetings to receive comments on both the PBT Strategy (including the
Mercury Action Plan) and the EPCRA section 313 proposed rule. EPA
planned these public meetings to cover these related actions because it
believes that the same individuals are likely to want to comment on
both. Therefore the public meetings have been scheduled such that
comment on the PBT Strategy may be provided in the morning and comment
on the EPCRA section 313 proposed rule may be provided in the
afternoon. Oral statements will be scheduled on a first-come first-
serve basis by calling the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-
Know Hotline at the numbers listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
CONTACT. All statements will be part of the public record.

List of Subjects

    Environmental protection, Community right-to-know.

    Dated: January 19, 1999.
William H. Sanders III,
Director, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics.
[FR Doc. 99-1749 Filed 1-25-99; 8:45 am]
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