Climate change vulnerability report open for public comment

Aug. 23, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC, Aug. 23, 2010 -- EPA is announcing a 45-day public comment period for the draft document titled, "Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment: Four Case Studies of Water Utility Practices''...

WASHINGTON, DC, Aug. 23, 2010 -- EPA is announcing a 45-day public comment period for the draft document titled, "Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment: Four Case Studies of Water Utility Practices'' (EPA/600/R-10/077a). The document was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment within EPA's Office of Research and Development.

This draft report presents a series of case studies describing the approaches currently being taken by four water utilities to assess their vulnerability to future climate change. The report is intended to illustrate the types of analyses, models, and climate change information being developed and used by selected utilities that are leaders in climate adaptation to understand and respond to climate risk.

The public comment period and the external peer-review workshop, which will be scheduled at a later date and announced in the Federal Register, are separate processes that provide opportunities for all interested parties to comment on the document. EPA intends to forward the public comments that are submitted in accordance with this notice to the external peer-review panel prior to the meeting for their consideration. When finalizing the draft document, EPA intends to consider any public comments that EPA receives in accordance with this notice.

EPA is releasing this draft document solely for the purpose of pre- dissemination peer review under applicable information quality guidelines. This document has not been formally disseminated by EPA. It does not represent and should not be construed to represent any Agency policy or determination.

The draft document and EPA's peer-review charge are available via the Internet on the NCEA home page under the Recent Additions and the Data and Publications menus at http://www.epa.gov/ncea.

DATES: The 45-day public comment period begins August 23, 2010, and ends October 7, 2010. Technical comments should be in writing and must be received by EPA by October 7, 2010.

ADDRESSES: The draft "Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment: Four Case Studies of Water Utility Practices'' is available primarily via the Internet on the National Center for Environmental Assessments home page under the Recent Additions and the Data and Publications menus at http://www.epa.gov/ncea. A limited number of paper copies are available from the Information Management Team, NCEA; telephone: 703-347-8561; facsimile: 703-347-8691.

If you are requesting a paper copy, please provide your name, your mailing address, and the document title, "Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment: Four Case Studies of Water Utility Practices.'' The EPA's National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP), P.O. Box 42419, Cincinnati, OH 45242; telephone: 1-800-490-9198; facsimile: 301-604-3408; e-mail: [email protected]. Please provide your name, your mailing address, the title, and the EPA number of the requested publication.

Comments may be submitted electronically via http://www.regulations.gov, by mail, by facsimile, or by hand delivery/ courier. Please follow the detailed instructions provided in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice as posted in the Federal Register.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the public comment period, contact the Office of Environmental Information Docket; telephone: 202-566-1752; facsimile: 202-566-1753; or e-mail: [email protected].

For technical information, contact Thomas Johnson, NCEA; telephone: 703-347-8618; facsimile: 703-347-8694; or e-mail: [email protected].

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