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In the July 1, 2011, Federal Register, the EPA announced a two-week extension of the public comment period for the first external review draft of a document titled, First External Review Draft Integrated Science Assessment for Lead. The original Federal Register notice announcing the public comment period was published on May 6, 2011, and gave the public and interested parties until Tuesday, July 5, to comment. That has been extended until July 19.
The document could lead to significant changes in the level to which the agency chooses to control lead emissions.
The agency also decided to extend its comment period for NESHAPs that apply to secondary lead smelters, originally proposed on May 19, 2011. That comment period has been extended 21 days to July 26, 2011.
The EPA received a request for these extensions from the Association of Battery Recyclers (ABR). The ABR requested an extension in order to analyze data and review the proposed amendments. The EPA said it finds this request to be reasonable due to the significant changes the proposal would make to the current rule.
The assessment document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within EPA's Office of Research and Development as part of the review of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for Lead.
Science Assessment: Federal Register
Lead Smelters: Federal Register