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ENVIRO-NEWS  January 2004

ENVIRO-NEWS January 2004

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Meetings of the Drinking Water Contaminant Candidate List Classif ication Process Work Group of the National Drinking Water Advisory Counci l

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-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Wednesday, December 31, 2003 11:17 AM
To: EPA-WATER
Subject: [epa-water] Meetings of the Drinking Water Contaminant Candidate

http://www.epa.gov/fedreg/EPA-WATER/2003/December/Day-31/index.html
http://www.epa.gov/fedreg/
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[Federal Register: December 31, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 250)]
[Notices]
[Page 75503]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:fr31de03-69]

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
[FRL-7605-1]

Meetings of the Drinking Water Contaminant Candidate List
Classification Process Work Group of the National Drinking Water
Advisory Council

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.
ACTION: Notice of public meetings.

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SUMMARY: Under section 10(a)(2) of Public Law 92-423, ``The Federal
Advisory Committee Act,'' notice is hereby given of the forthcoming
meetings of the Drinking Water Contaminant Candidate List (CCL)
Classification Process Work Group of the National Drinking Water
Advisory Council (NDWAC), established under the Safe Drinking Water
Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 300f et seq.).

DATES: The dates for the NDWAC CCL Work Group meetings will be as
follows: January 22-23, 2004; and March 4-5, 2004. All meetings will be
held from 9 a.m.--5 p.m., eastern time on the first day, and 8 a.m.--
3:30 p.m., eastern time on the second day.

ADDRESSES: All meetings of the CCL Work Group will be held at RESOLVE
Inc., 1255 23rd Street, NW., Suite 275, Washington, DC.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For more information on the location
and times of these meetings, or general background information, please
contact the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (phone: (800) 426-4791 or (703)
412-3330; e-mail: <A
HREF="mailto:[log in to unmask]">[log in to unmask]</A>).
    Notice will be given for any date change, or if additional meetings
will be needed beyond the March meeting, as the Work Group proceeds
through the year. Please contact RESOLVE at (202) 944-2300 if you plan
to attend any of the meetings listed. Any person needing special
accommodations at any of these meetings, including wheelchair access,
should also contact RESOLVE at least five business days before the
meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made. For technical
information, please contact Dr. Jitendra Saxena, Designated Federal
Officer, CCL Classification Process Work Group, U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water (4607M),
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460 (e-mail:
<A HREF="mailto:[log in to unmask]">[log in to unmask]</A>; phone:
(202) 564-5243).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The CCL serves as the primary source of
priority contaminants for research and regulatory evaluations for the
Agency's drinking water program. The CCL list is comprised of both
chemical and microbial contaminants that are known or anticipated to
occur in public water systems, that may have adverse health effects,
and which, at the time of publication, are not subject to any proposed
or promulgated national primary drinking water regulations. EPA has
formed a CCL Classification Process Work Group of the National Drinking
Water Advisory Council (NDWAC) to help the Agency in developing a new
risk based priority setting process based on the recommendations made
by the National Research Council (NRC) in its 2001 report.
    The Work Group is comprised of 21 recognized technical experts who
represent an array of backgrounds and perspectives and who are as
impartial and objective as possible. The Work Group is charged with
discussing, evaluating, and providing advice on methodologies,
activities, and analysis needed to implement the NRC recommendations on
an expanded approach for the CCL listing process. This may include
advice on developing and identifying (1) an overall implementation
strategy; (2) prototype classification methodology, classification
attributes and criteria that should be used; (3) pilot projects to
validate new classification approaches; (4) demonstration studies that
explore the feasibility of the VFAR (Virulance-Factor Activity
Relationships) approach; (5) risk communication issues; and (6)
additional issues not addressed in the NRC report.
    The Work Group has held eight meetings thus far: September 18-19,
2002; December 16-17, 2002; February 5-6, 2003; March 27-28, 2003; May
12-13, 2003; July 16-17, 2003; September 17-18, 2003; and November 13-
14, 2003. The September 2002 meeting was devoted to gaining
understanding of the NRC recommendations from the invited members of
the NRC panel; identifying questions, issues and technical expertise
needed to fulfill its charge; and, planning next steps. During
subsequent meetings, the Work Group formed activity groups for small
group discussions, with each group containing four to eight members;
the activity groups then report back to the plenary Work Group. Each
activity group holds several conference calls for more detailed group
discussions in between the meetings on issues that the plenary Work
Group is addressing. The Work Group has discussed methods applicable to
contaminant classification and prioritization, occurrence and health
effects data needed for this purpose, sources and quality of data
needed, and the use of QSAR (Quantitative Structure Activity
Relationships) models for providing data when experimental data is
unavailable. In addition, the Work Group has held discussions about the
VFAR concept and how the concept can be used for identifying high
priority microbial contaminants. The Work Group has developed the
groups's guiding principles, project work plan, and a tentative final
report outline.
    The meetings are open to the public for observation purposes only.
Statements from the public will be allowed at the close of each meeting
day. EPA is not soliciting written comments and is not planning to
formally respond to comments.

Nanci E. Gelb,
Acting Director, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water.
[FR Doc. 03-32216 Filed 12-30-03; 8:45 am]
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