Agency Forms Undergoing Paperwork Reduction Act Review

CourtAgency For Toxic Substances And Disease Registry,Health And Human Services Department
Citation87 FR 11441
Published date01 March 2022
Record Number2022-04189
Federal Register, Volume 87 Issue 40 (Tuesday, March 1, 2022)
[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 40 (Tuesday, March 1, 2022)]
                [Notices]
                [Pages 11441-11442]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
                [FR Doc No: 2022-04189]
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                DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
                Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
                [30Day-22-0048]
                Agency Forms Undergoing Paperwork Reduction Act Review
                 In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Agency
                for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has submitted the
                information collection request titled ``ATSDR Exposure Investigations
                (EIs)'' to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and
                approval. ATSDR previously published a ``Proposed Data Collection
                Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations'' notice on August 13,
                2021 to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies. ATSDR
                did not receive comments related to the previous notice. This notice
                serves to allow an additional 30 days for public and affected agency
                comments.
                 ATSDR will accept all comments for this proposed information
                collection project. The Office of Management and Budget is particularly
                interested in comments that:
                 (a) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is
                necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency,
                including whether the information will have practical utility;
                 (b) Evaluate the accuracy of the agencies estimate of the burden of
                the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the
                methodology and assumptions used;
                 (c) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to
                be collected;
                 (d) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those
                who are to respond, including, through the use of appropriate
                automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection
                techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting
                electronic submission of responses; and
                 (e) Assess information collection costs.
                 To request additional information on the proposed project or to
                obtain a copy of the information collection plan and instruments, call
                (404) 639-7570. Comments and recommendations for the proposed
                information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of
                this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. Find this particular
                information collection by selecting ``Currently under 30-day Review--
                Open for Public Comments'' or by using the search function. Direct
                written comments and/or suggestions regarding the items contained in
                this notice to the Attention: CDC Desk Officer, Office of Management
                and Budget, 725 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20503 or by fax to (202)
                395-5806. Provide written comments within 30 days of notice
                publication.
                Proposed Project
                 ATSDR Exposure Investigations (EIs) (OMB Control No. 0923-0048,
                Exp. 04/30/2022)--Extension--Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease
                Registry (ATSDR).
                Background and Brief Description
                 The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) is
                requesting a three-year extension of ``ATSDR Exposure Investigations
                (EIs)'' (OMB Control No. 0923-0048, Exp. 04/30/2022). This generic
                clearance allows the agency to conduct EIs, through methods developed
                by ATSDR. After a chemical release or suspected release into the
                environment, EIs are usually requested by officials of a state health
                agency, county health departments, the Environmental Protection Agency
                (EPA), the general public, and ATSDR staff. EI results are used by
                public health professionals, environmental risk managers, and other
                decision makers to determine if current conditions warrant intervention
                strategies to minimize or eliminate human exposure.
                 During the past three years, no EIs were completed. Instead, the
                ATSDR Office of Community Health and Hazard Assessment (OCHHA), using
                EI methods, completed eight Per- or Polyfluoroalkyl Substances Exposure
                Assessments (PFAS EAs) (OMB Control No. 0923-0059, Exp. 06/30/2022) at
                communities near U.S. military installations that used Aqueous Film
                Forming Foam (AFFF). The PFAS from the AFFF entered groundwater and
                impacted the drinking water in the nearby communities. In 2022,
                however, ATSDR is conducting a follow-up EI under this generic
                clearance ICR to supplement the PFAS EAs. This EI generic information
                collection (GenIC) will evaluate additional non-drinking water sources
                of environmental PFAS exposure in two of the former EA communities.
                 The general EI methods are further described below. All of ATSDR's
                targeted biological assessments (e.g., urine, blood) and some of the
                environmental investigations (e.g., air, water, soil, or food sampling)
                involve participants to determine whether they are or have been exposed
                to unusual levels of pollutants at specific locations (e.g., where
                people live, spend leisure time, or anywhere they might come into
                contact with contaminants under investigation).
                 Questionnaires, appropriate to the specific contaminant, are
                generally needed in about half of the EIs (at most, approximately 12
                per year) to assist in interpreting the biological or environmental
                sampling results. ATSDR collects contact information (e.g., name,
                address, phone number) to provide the participant with their individual
                results. ATSDR also collects information on other possible confounding
                sources of chemical(s) exposure such as medicines taken, foods eaten,
                hobbies, jobs, etc. In addition, ATSDR asks questions on recreational
                or occupational activities that could increase a participant's exposure
                potential. That information represents an individual's exposure
                history.
                 The number of questions can vary depending on the number of
                chemicals being investigated, the route of exposure (e.g., breathing,
                eating, touching), and number of other sources of the chemical(s)
                (e.g., products used, jobs). We use approximately 12-20 questions about
                the pertinent environmental exposures per investigation. Typically, the
                number of participants in an individual EI ranges from 10 to 100.
                 Participation is completely voluntary, and there are no costs to
                participants
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                other than their time. Based on a maximum of 12 EIs per year and 100
                participants each, the total estimated annualized burden hours are 600.
                 Estimated Annualized Burden Hours
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                 Average
                 Number of Number of burden per
                 Type of respondents Form name respondents responses per response (in
                 respondent hours)
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                Exposure Investigation Participants... Chemical Exposure 1,200 1 30/60
                 Questions.
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                Jeffrey M. Zirger,
                Lead, Information Collection Review Office, Office of Scientific
                Integrity, Office of Science, Centers for Disease Control and
                Prevention.
                [FR Doc. 2022-04189 Filed 2-28-22; 8:45 am]
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