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68136 Federal Register / Vol. 67, No.

217 / Friday, November 8, 2002 / Notices

Management Specialist, Division of technology. Send comments to Seleda sclerosis and possible associations with
Health Assessment and Consultation, Perryman , CDC Assistant Reports hazardous waste sites. This research
ATSDR, 1600 Clifton Road, NE M/S E– Clearance Officer, 1600 Clifton Road, was conducted to establish
32, Atlanta, Georgia 30333, telephone 1– MS–D24, Atlanta, GA 30333. Written methodologies for estimating MS
888–42–ATSDR (28737), fax 404/498– comments should be received within 60 prevalence and to determine the
1744. days of this notice. prevalence rates for this disease in three
The Director, Management Analysis Proposed Project: Case-Control Study geographic areas near source(s) of
and Services Office, has been delegated of Environmental Exposures and hazardous waste: Lorain County, Ohio;
the authority to sign Federal Register Genetic Susceptibility in Individuals the cities of Independence and Sugar
notices pertaining to announcements of with Multiple Sclerosis in Three Creek, Missouri; and a 19-county area
meetings and other committee Geographic Areas—New—The Agency surrounding Lubbock, Texas. Medical
management activities, for both the for Toxic Substances and Disease records of individuals from
Centers for Disease Control and Registry (ATSDR) is mandated pursuant neurologists’ offices were used to
Prevention and the Agency for Toxic to the 1980 Comprehensive ascertain cases and a consulting
Substances and Disease Registry. Environmental Response, neurologist for each geographic area
Dated: October 31, 2002. Compensation, and Liability Act reviewed the clinical and laboratory
John Burckhardt,
(CERCLA) and its 1986 Amendments, data available in the patient’s medical
the Superfund Amendments and Re- record to verify diagnosis. No patients
Acting Director, Management Analysis and
Services Office, Centers for Disease Control
authorization Act (SARA), to serve the were contacted in this study.
and Prevention. public by using the best science, taking
responsive public health actions, and ATSDR is currently proposing a case-
[FR Doc. 02–28453 Filed 11–7–02; 8:45 am] control study that will examine specific
providing trusted health information to
BILLING CODE 4163–18–P environmental exposures that affect the
prevent harmful exposures and disease
related to toxic substances. This immune system as well as specific genes
legislation was, in part, in response to that are associated with an immune
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND
the lack of scientific information about response. Cases will include individuals
HUMAN SERVICES
potential adverse health effects resulting who have been diagnosed with MS and
Centers for Disease Control and from exposure of a general population to were identified through the prevalence
Prevention hazardous substances. study conducted in Ohio, Missouri and
Citizens across the nation living near Texas. Controls will be selected from
[60 Day–03–11] hazardous waste sites have expressed patients who attended the same
concern about a perceived increase of neurologists’ office from which the
Proposed Data Collections Submitted
multiple sclerosis (MS) in their cases arose and who meet eligibility
for Public Comment and
communities and many believe this requirements. Study participants will be
Recommendations
occurrence is directly linked to asked to complete a questionnaire to
In compliance with the requirement exposure to hazardous substances. ascertain exposure to heavy metals and
of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Evidence indicates that multiple other toxic chemicals either through
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 for sclerosis is a complex disease with a occupational exposures, hobbies or
opportunity for public comment on multifactorial etiology determined by lifestyle activities, or due to residential
proposed data collection projects, the both environmental factors and genetic proximity to industry or hazardous
Centers for Disease Control and susceptibility. Although the specific waste sites. Participants will also be
Prevention (CDC) will publish periodic biological mechanism of MS is asked to provide a blood sample to test
summaries of proposed projects. To unknown, one possibility is that an for exposure to possible infectious
request more information on the environmental exposure triggers an agents and to evaluate specific
proposed projects or to obtain a copy of inappropriate type of immune response candidate genes as potential risk factors
the data collection plans and where the T-lymphocytes become of disease.
instruments, call the CDC Reports sensitized to myelin which slows or
To reduce the amount of time
Clearance Officer on (404) 498–1210. blocks signals transmitted to the central
required by the respondents, Computer
Comments are invited on: (a) Whether nervous system. Unfortunately, basic
the proposed collection of information epidemiologic data does not exist Assisted Telephone Interviews (CATI)
is necessary for the proper performance regarding the number of people affected will be conducted. Following
of the functions of the agency, including with this disease, but estimates range completion of all respondent interviews,
whether the information shall have from 250,000 to 400,000 people in the the data will be tabulated and analyzed,
practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Unites States. MS differentially affects comparing high versus low exposed
agency’s estimate of the burden of the women, people in the 30 to 60 year-old participants. The information collected
proposed collection of information; (c) age group, and Caucasians. in this proposed study will provide
ways to enhance the quality, utility, and Recently, ATSDR collaborated with information on the potential role of
clarity of the information to be researchers from the Texas Department environmental exposures and genetic
collected; and (d) ways to minimize the of Health, the Ohio Department of factors in the development of multiple
burden of the collection of information Health, and the Jackson County sclerosis.
on respondents, including through the Missouri Health Department to conduct There is no cost to respondents other
use of automated collection techniques a prevalence study in order to respond than their time to participate in the
or other forms of information to community concerns of multiple study.

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Number of re- Average bur-


Number of re- Total burden
Respondents sponses/re- den/response
spondents (in hours)
spondents (in hours)

Cases ............................................................................................................... 500 1 1 500


Controls ............................................................................................................ 1,000 1 1 1,000

Total .......................................................................................................... 1,500

Dated: October 30, 2002. Farming (OMB No. 0920–0501)— Field research from the project, which
Kathy Cahill, REVISION—National Institute for applied these two types of imagery, has
Associate Director for Policy, Planning and Occupational Safety and Health shown that farmers who received an
Evaluation, Centers for Disease Control and (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control Alert containing goal attainment
Prevention. and Prevention (CDC). imagery found the Alert easier to
[FR Doc. 02–28454 Filed 11–7–02; 8:45 am]
The mission of the National Institute visualize, stronger, more convincing and
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for Occupational Safety and Health more attention getting than a standard
(NIOSH) is to promote ‘‘safety and Alert. Farmers who received an Alert
with goal attainment imagery reported
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND health at work for all people through
heightened perceptions of risk
HUMAN SERVICES research and prevention.’’ Alerts are
awareness and more positive attitudes
some of the primary publications by
toward engaging in safety
Centers for Disease Control and which NIOSH communicates health and
recommendations. In addition, they
Prevention safety recommendations to at-risk
reported that they would be more likely
workers. Each Alert is mailed to workers
[60 Day–03–13] to pass the information on to other
affected by a particular health or safety
farmers. No differences were found
hazard and contains information about
Proposed Data Collections Submitted between farmers who received Alerts
the nature of the hazard, as well as
for Public Comment and containing risk imagery and farmers
Recommendations recommendations for avoiding or
who received a standard Alert.
controlling it. Despite the important role
Therefore, goal attainment imagery
In compliance with the requirement of Alerts in conveying health and safety
seemed to have the strongest effect
of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the information to workers, these when included in the Alerts.
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 for publications have not been routinely
opportunity for public comment on The original OMB-approved protocol
pretested and evaluated for
proposed data collection projects, the proposed that a national mail-out survey
effectiveness. Therefore, it is important
Centers for Disease Control and would be conducted in order to test the
to continue research that examines the
Prevention (CDC) will publish periodic generalizability of the data collected in
degree to which the NIOSH Alerts
summaries of proposed projects. To the field. Farmers would receive an
produce risk awareness, as well as
request more information on the experimental (high imagery) or a
comprehension, acceptance and use of
proposed projects or to obtain a copy of standard version of an Alert along with
the recommended health and safety
the data collection plans and a survey to complete and return to
measures.
instruments, call the CDC Reports NIOSH. However, based on results from
Clearance Officer on (404) 498–1210. The OMB-approved project, ‘‘A similar projects, we have learned that
Comments are invited on: (a) Whether Research Program to Develop Optimal mail surveys generate low response
the proposed collection of information NIOSH Alerts in Farming’’ (0920–0501), rates. We propose changing the data
is necessary for the proper performance applied theoretical advances in collection format from a mail survey to
of the functions of the agency, including communication research to the a telephone survey. Farmers would
whether the information shall have development of NIOSH Alerts to ensure receive an experimental version of the
practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the maximal effectiveness in conveying Alert and then be contacted
agency’s estimate of the burden of the health and safety information to approximately two weeks later to
proposed collection of information; (c) workers. This project applied complete a telephone survey.
ways to enhance the quality, utility, and psychology and communication theories This change to the data collection
clarity of the information to be to experimentally manipulate features of format would serve three purposes. It is
collected; and (d) ways to minimize the the NIOSH Alerts and examine the expected that the response rate for the
burden of the collection of information effects of these manipulations on the telephone survey would be considerably
on respondents, including through the effectiveness of the Alert. To design higher than the response rate for the
use of automated collection techniques these theory-based Alerts, the concepts mail survey. Also, surveying a national
or other forms of information of goal attainment imagery and risk sample of farmers would allow us to
technology. Send comments to Seleda imagery were applied. Goal attainment generalize the results to the broader
Perryman , CDC Assistant Reports imagery asks the readers to imagine population of farmers. Finally, the
Clearance Officer, 1600 Clifton Road, themselves carrying out the safety distribution of the experimental Alerts
MS–D24, Atlanta, GA 30333. Written recommendations provided in the Alert, is similar to the way in which NIOSH
comments should be received within 60 while risk imagery asks the readers to Alerts are distributed to at risk workers
days of this notice. imagine themselves in a high risk and would present an opportunity to
Proposed Project: A Research Program situation where the safety test the effectiveness of this distribution
to Develop Optimal NIOSH Alerts in recommendations are not followed. method. There is no cost to respondents.

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