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NIOSH News: Respirator Leakage Comment Period Extended Until Sept. 30th
August 9, 2010, 2:20 pm
Filed under: Advocacy, News

NIOSH Docket Number 137:
Total inward leakage requirements for half-mask air-purifying particulate respirators
 
  The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) proposes to establish total inward leakage (TIL) requirements under 42 CFR Part 84 for half-mask air-purifying particulate respirators, including both elastomeric facepiece and filtering facepiece types. The proposed new requirements specify TIL minimum performance requirements and testing to be conducted by NIOSH and respirator manufacturers to demonstrate that these respirators, when selected and used correctly, provide effective respiratory protection to intended users against toxic dusts, mists, fumes, fibers, and biological and infectious aerosols (e.g. influenza A(H5N1), severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) corona virus, and Mycobacterium tuberculosis).

NIOSH published a proposed rule on total inward leakage requirements for respirators on October 30, 2009 and requested comments on this proposed rule on or before December 29, 2009 (74 FR 56141). On November 18, 2009, NIOSH announced a public meeting on the proposed rule to be held on December 3, 2009 (74 FR 59501). In response to requests for an extension to allow interested parties additional time for comments, the comment period was extended by 90 days, from December 29, 2009, as established in the proposed rule of October 30, 2009 (74 FR 56141) to March 29, 2010. Prior to the close of the comment period on March 29, 2010, two commenters requested the comment period be extended for up to one additional year. Due to the fact that the proposed rule contains only one new performance requirement, and the comment period has already been extended once, CDC has determined that an additional reopening of the comment period to September 30, 2010 provides sufficient time to allow for public comment (75 FR 20546).

This docket collects the public comments related to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. Information submitted to the docket will be considered in the context of developing a Final Rule to establish TIL requirements for half-mask respirators approved under Subpart K of 42 CFR Part 84.

Information on the development of concepts that led to this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking can be found in NIOSH Docket number 036 .

To comment, go to http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docket/default.html



EPA Releases Rulemaking Guidance on Environmental Justice
August 9, 2010, 1:40 pm
Filed under: Advocacy, News

Release date: 07/26/2010
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing an interim guidance document to help agency staff incorporate environmental justice into the agency’s rulemaking process. The rulemaking guidance is an important and positive step toward meeting EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson’s priority to work for environmental justice and protect the health and safety of communities who have been disproportionally impacted by pollution.
“Historically, the low-income and minority communities that carry the greatest environmental burdens haven’t had a voice in our policy development or rulemaking. We want to expand the conversation to the places where EPA’s work can make a real difference for health and the economy,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “This plan is part of my ongoing commitment to give all communities a seat at the decision-making table. Making environmental justice a consideration in our rulemaking changes both the perception and practice of how we work with overburdened communities, and opens this conversation up to new voices.”
The document, Interim Guidance on Considering Environmental Justice During the Development of an Action, seeks to advance environmental justice for low-income, minority and indigenous communities and tribal governments who have been historically underrepresented in the regulatory decision-making process. The guidance also outlines the multiple steps that every EPA program office can take to incorporate the needs of overburdened neighborhoods into the agency’s decision-making, scientific analysis, and rule development. EPA staff is encouraged to become familiar with environmental justice concepts and the many ways they should inform agency decision-making.
EPA is seeking public feedback on how to best implement and improve the guide for agency staff to further advance efforts toward environmental justice.
To view the interim guidance and submit feedback: http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/resources/policy/ej-rulemaking.html
More information on environmental justice: http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/index.html



Campaign for Safe Cosmetics: Watch “The Story of Cosmetics:
July 21, 2010, 10:27 am
Filed under: Advocacy, News

Learn, share and help give the beauty industry a makeover:  Watch The Story of Cosmetics, a 7-minute film exposing the ugly truth about personal care products – brought to you by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, Annie Leonard’s Story of Stuff Project and Free Range Studios.

Find the film at http://storyofstuff.org/cosmetics/.

Learn about The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 at http://safecosmetics.org/section.php?id=74.



Environmental Justice Community Outreach Call 7/29 from 2-3 EST
July 21, 2010, 10:14 am
Filed under: Advocacy, News

When: Thursday, July 29, 2010, Time: 2:00 to 3:00 PM EST
Conference Line: 1-866-951-1151, Access code: 9371668#
Purpose: Earlier this year, EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson made Expanding the Conversation on Environmentalism and Working for Environmental Justice one of EPA’s top priorities. As part of EPA’s efforts to achieve this goal, EPA is committing to enhance its outreach efforts and work more closely with communities. Consistent with these goals, EPA will host this teleconference to discuss the following subjects. This teleconference is open to the public.  
• Follow-up from Strengthening Environmental Justice Research and Decision Making: A Symposium on the Science of Disproportionate Environmental Health Impacts. At the conclusion of the Symposium, EPA pledged to report back to the participants within 100 days on the Agency’s plan to utilize recommendations made by those participants on how to improve science and decision-making to eliminate disparities in environmental health and achieve environmental justice. On June, 28, 2010, EPA provided an update on its pledge. This call will:
  provide an overview of the recommendations received as a result of the Symposium;
  outline EPA’s plan to review and incorporate the recommendations;
  reaffirm EPA’s commitment to work with community groups and the public to strengthen local environmental and human health outcomes; and
  provide participants with an opportunity to ask additional questions on the summary recommendations and submit additional recommendations.
Written comments and questions regarding this topic can be submitted prior to the call at: http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/multimedia/albums/epa/disproportionate-impacts-symposium.html. If you intend on submitting comments or questions, please submit them no later than Tuesday, July 27, 2010. There will be a question and answer session at the end of the presentation.
• Update on other EPA activities



EPA Schedules Public Hearings on Proposed Coal Ash Regulations
July 21, 2010, 9:49 am
Filed under: Advocacy, News

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is hosting five public hearings on the Agency’s June 21, 2010 proposal to regulate the disposal and management of coal ash from coal-fired power plants. EPA’s proposal is the first-ever national effort to ensure the safe disposal and management of coal ash from coal-fired power plants.
EPA invites the public to provide written comments on the proposal until September 21, 2010. Each hearing will begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 9 p.m., local time or later if necessary. The public is encouraged to preregister to speak at the hearings, to help the Agency plan for attendance at the hearings. Walk-ins and written comments will be accepted at each hearing as well. The proceedings of each hearing will be transcribed by a court reporter for the official record. The Agency will consider all significant comments in its final decision.
• August 30: Hyatt Regency, 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202, Phone: (703) 418-1234, www.crystalcity.hyatt.com.
• September 2: Grand Hyatt, 1750 Welton Street, Denver, CO 80202, Phone: (303) 295-1234, www.granddenver.hyatt.com.
• September 8: Hyatt Regency Dallas, 300 Reunion Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75207, Phone: (214) 651-1234, www.dallasregency.hyatt.com.
• September 14: Holiday Inn Charlotte (Airport), 2707 Little Rock Road, Charlotte, NC 28214, Phone: (704) 394-4301, www.hicharlotteairport.com.
• September 16: Hilton Chicago, 720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605, Phone: (312) 922-4400, http://www.chicagohilton.com/hotels_hiltonchicago.aspx.
To preregister to speak at the hearings, please visit: www.epa.gov/epawaste/nonhaz/industrial/special/fossil/ccr-rule/ccr-form.htm or call 703-308-8429



EnviRN: FDA Issues Draft Guidance on the Judicious Use of Medically Important Antimicrobials in Food-Producing Animals
July 14, 2010, 10:03 am
Filed under: Advocacy, News

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued draft guidance intended to help reduce the development of resistance to medically important antimicrobial drugs used in food-producing animals.
This draft guidance outlines the FDAs current thinking on strategies to assure that antimicrobial drugs that are important for therapeutic use in humans are used judiciously in animal agriculture. The FDA acknowledges the efforts to date by various veterinary and animal producer organizations to institute guidelines for the judicious use of antimicrobial drugs, but the agency believes additional steps are needed.

Read the draft guidance at http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm217464.htm?sms_ss=email



OEC: What’s In The Air?
July 14, 2010, 9:48 am
Filed under: Advocacy, Education and Grant Opportunities, Events, News

Join us for “Air Pollution & the Capital City: A discussion on ozone pollution.”

Watch the acclaimed film, Air: The Search for One Clean Breath, and participate in a panel discussion with health experts, community leaders, and environmental experts about the air quality in central Ohio.

Have your questions answered and learn what you can do to reduce air pollution for you and your family. Each session is free (RSVP required).

Panelists include representatives from the Ohio Environmental Council, MORPC, Clean Fuels Ohio, Timothy Buckley, Ph.D., CID (OSU School for Public Health), and other health advocates.

WHEN
First Session: Monday, July 19, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Second Session: Monday, July 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

WHERE
Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission
111 Liberty Street, Columbus, OH 43215

RSVP to Lisa Estrella at OEC@theOEC.org or (614) 487-7506.

Questions?
David R. Celebrezze, David@theOEC.org or (614) 487-7506.

For agenda and more information, visit www.theOEC.org.
 
Presented by the Ohio Environmental Council and the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission.