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Announcement of a Public Comment Period Public Comments on the Final Draft Guidance for Assessing Exposures and Health Risks at Existing and Proposed School Sites
The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) of the California Environmental Protection Agency is making available for review and comment the Final Draft Report “GUIDANCE FOR SCHOOL SITE RISK ASSESSMENT PURSUANT TO HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE SECTION 901(f): GUIDANCE FOR ASSESSING EXPOSURES AND HEALTH RISKS AT EXISTING AND PROPOSED SCHOOL SITES.” Health and Safety Code Section 901(f) requires OEHHA to develop and publish a guidance document for use by the Department of Toxic Substances Control and other state and local environmental and public health agencies to assess exposures and health risks at existing and proposed school sites. It specifically requires that the guidance include consideration of child-specific routes of exposure unique to the school environment, in addition to those routes in existing exposure models. The final draft report will be posted on the OEHHA Web site on November 7, 2003.
OEHHA is following the requirements set forth in Health and Safety Code Section 57003 for receiving public input. This public review and comment period follows an earlier public workshop and comment period on this document. Previous responses to comments received are incorporated in this final draft report. OEHHA requests comments on this final draft report be delivered to OEHHA by 5:00 p.m. December 8, 2003. Comments received by that date will be will be considered during preparation of the final version of the guidance document. The responses to significant comments from the public will be available on the OEHHA Web site upon publication of the final guidance document.
If you would like to receive further information on this announcement or have questions, please contact our office at (916) 324-2829 or the address below. Written requests or comments should be addressed to:
Mr. Leon Surgeon
Integrated Risk Assessment Section
Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
P.O. Box 4010
1001 I Street
Sacramento, California 95812-4010
FAX: (916) 322-9705
Follow this link to download a copy of the document: Guidance for Assessing Exposures and Health Risks at Existing and Proposed School Sites Pursuant to Health and Safety Code § 901(f) (Draft - document updated on 2/06/04)
The algorithms and equations in the Guidelines for Assessment of Exposure and Risk at Existing and Proposed School Sites (Guidelines) have been incorporated into an Excel spreadsheet. The spreadsheet also contains toxicological data for approximately 370 chemicals an physical chemical data for approximately 90 chemicals. Soil vapor and human milk exposure pathways cannot be evaluated for chemicals with incomplete databases. The user is responsible for data added to the spreadsheet. The authors believe the algorithms to be an accurate reflection of the Guidelines.
The Workbook and all sheets are protected to avoid inadvertent changes. No passwork is required to unprotect the sheets or the workbook.
This spreadsheet is a work in progress. As significant data are added or changes made, new versions will be released.