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March 27, 2014
EPA is announcing a redesigned and updated Report on the Environment (ROE 2014) website created as a new fully integrated online experience. The ROE is a comprehensive source of scientific indicators that describe the trends in the nation's environmental and human health condition. The deadline for comments is April 27, 2014. [Federal Register Notice March 27, 2014].
March 26, 2014
EPA is confirming the dates for the Formaldehyde Workshop to be held April 30 - May 1, 2014. The workshop is part of EPA's efforts in revising its Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) toxicological assessment of formaldehyde. This assessment addresses both noncancer and cancer human health effects that may result from chronic inhalation exposure to formaldehyde. To facilitate discussion of several scientific issues pertinent to the assessment, EPA will convene a public state-of-the-science workshop and webinar to discuss these issues.

March 25, 2014
EPA's SAB staff office has announced two meetings of the SAB Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee (CAAC), augmented for the review of the draft IRIS assessment of ammonia; a public teleconference on June 2, 2014 and face-to-face meeting July 14-16, 2014. See the SAB website for additional information regarding these meetings. [Federal Register Notice March 25, 2014]
March 25, 2014
EPA's SAB staff office has announced two meetings of the SAB Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee (CAAC), augmented for the review of the draft IRIS assessment of trimethylbenzenes; a public teleconference on May 22, 2014 and face-to-face meeting June 17-19, 2014. See the SAB website for additional information regarding these meetings. [Federal Register Notice March 25, 2014]
March 21, 2014
EPA is announcing the availability of two new documents related to comments received from the public on the review of the Bristol Bay Assessment (BBA). The first document, EPA's Response to Public Comments document (Apr 2013 BBA Draft), presents EPA's response to the public comments from the April 2013 draft, the second document contains the comments received from the May 2012 revised draft of the assessment.
March 13, 2014
EPA announced the availablity of a "General Comments" docket for the IRIS Program. This docket will be used to accept public comments that have broad applicability to the IRIS Program, which may include comments on general scientific issues that apply to all assessments and/or other non-chemical-specific comments about the IRIS Program. This docket does not replace the IRIS Hotline, but rather provides another avenue to submit feedback to the IRIS Program. This docket will remain open indefinitely (or until otherwise annouced that it will be closing) and is accessible from the IRIS home page.
March 06, 2014
EPA announced the availability of preliminary materials (literature search and search strategy, evidence tables, and exposure-response figures) for development of the draft Toxicological Review of Diethyl Phthalate (DEP) and Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) for public review and comment. This announcement comes with a special message from the IRIS Program. These materials will be discussed at the IRIS bimonthly public meeting scheduled for April 23-24th in Arlington, Virginia, and the public is invited to register to attend or to speak on the key issues outlined under each chemical.
February 26, 2014
At this upcoming meeting, the IRIS Program will explore a new format intended to promote public discussion of key issues for several assessments under development. The Program is being responsive to public comments heard at the December 2013 bimonthly public meeting and reflects continuing evolution in response to public comments and peer review advice.
February 20, 2014
EPA is planning to host a workshop from April 29-30, 2014, to discuss several scientific issues related to its draft Integrated Risk Information System assessment of formaldehyde (inhalation exposure). The workshop will focus on three areas: (1) Epidemiological research examining the potential association between formaldehyde exposure and lymphohematopoietic cancers (leukemia and lymphomas); (2) Mechanistic evidence relevant to formaldehyde inhalation exposure and these types of cancers; and (3) Evidence pertaining to the influence of formaldehyde that is produced endogenously (by the body during normal biological processes) on the toxicity of inhaled formaldehyde, and implications for the health assessment. We will confirm the workshop dates in the very near future.
February 13, 2014
EPA is announcing a workshop to discuss policy-relevant science to Inform EPA's "Review of the Secondary National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for Oxides of Nitrogen and Sulfur" report. The workshop is being organized by EPA's Office of Research and Development's, National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) in conjunction with the Office of Air and Radiation's, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS). The workshop will be held March 4-6, 2014, in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, and it will be open to attendance by interested public observers on a first-come, first-served basis up to the limits of available space.
February 12, 2014
To provide the public with additional time to prepare, EPA is rescheduling the February 18-20, 2014, meeting of the Science Advisory Board (SAB) Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee (CAAC). The purpose of this public meeting is for the SAB CAAC to peer review the draft IRIS assessments of ammonia and trimethylbenzenes (1,2,3-, 1,2,4- and 1,3,5-trimethylbenzene) to provide advice to the Agency through the chartered SAB. Rescheduling the meeting is responsive to stakeholder requests, will provide the public with additional time to prepare for the meeting, and is consistent with the IRIS Program's practice of providing approximately two months advance notice of its public meetings and the SAB's commitment to provide at least 45 days advanced notice of meetings. The EPA SAB staff office will reschedule the peer reviews of these draft assessments. Additional information will be provided in the near future.
January 30, 2014
EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces three public meetings. The SAB Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee (CAAC) and additional experts will meet in a plenary session to learn about new enhancements to the EPA's process for IRIS health assessments for chemicals. [Federal Register Notice Jan 31, 2014]
January 29, 2014
EPA announced a request for nominations for experts to augment the SAB CAAC committee to forma panel for the review of the EPA's draft IRIS Assessment of Benzo[a]pyrene. [Federal Register Notice Jan 28, 2014].
January 15, 2014
Cover of the Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment Final Report EPA is announcing the release of the final report, An Assessment of Potential Mining Impacts on Salmon Ecosystems of Bristol Bay, Alaska. This report assesses potential impacts of large-scale mining development on fish habitat and populations and resulting effects on wildlife and indigenous cultures within the Nushagak and Kvichak River watersheds of Bristol Bay, Alaska. Its purpose is to provide a characterization of the biological and mineral resources of the Bristol Bay watershed, increase understanding of the potential impacts of large-scale mining on the region's fish resources, and inform future government decisions related to protecting and maintaining the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the watershed. It will also serve as a technical resource for the public, tribes, and governments who must consider how best to address the challenges of mining and ecological protection in the Bristol Bay watershed. [Federal Register Notice Jan 21, 2014]
January 07, 2014
EPA hosted a Bimonthly IRIS public meeting on December 12-13, 2013 to provide an opportunity for the public to give input and participate in an open discussion regarding preliminary materials that were prepared for IRIS chemicals prior to the development of the draft assessment. This included the following chemicals: ethyl tert-butyl ether (ETBE), tert-butyl alcohol (tert-butanol), and hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine (RDX). This meeting was also an opportunity for the public to provide input and discussion on draft assessments and draft charges to the peer review panel prior to external peer review for the following chemicals: ethylene oxide (EtO) and benzo[a]pyrene (BaP). A few weeks after the meeting, EPA posted the presentations that were given during the meeting and general session.

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