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Request for Public Comment: Air Pollution and Children’s Health: Nomination Under Consideration by the Office of Health Assessment and Translation

Summary

NTP requests comments on the topic of Air Pollution and Children’s Health, which was nominated for possible evaluation by the Office of Health Assessment and Translation (OHAT). This nomination focuses on substances, mixtures, and exposure circumstances (collectively referred to as “substances”) related to traffic/near road air pollution and their association with emerging children’s health outcomes. Information provided will be used to refine the literature search strategy to propose for formal evaluation by OHAT and to identify experts in this field. This request for public comment is for planning purposes only and should not be construed as a funding opportunity or grant program. NTP welcome input from all stakeholders including lay public, environmental health researchers, healthcare professionals, educators, policy makers, relevant industries, and others with an interest in Air Pollution and Children’s Health. Please respond online at the Air Pollution and Children’s Health request for public comment webpage by August 24, 2012.

Information Requested

NTP requests public comment on the nomination of Air Pollution and Children’s Health that has been nominated for possible evaluation by the OHAT. Specifically, NTP requests information on following topics regarding this nomination: (1) current exposures and health outcomes considered in this nomination (see list below and the draft literature search strategy); (2) published, ongoing, or planned studies related to traffic/near road air pollution and children’s health; (3) scientific issues important for assessing emerging health outcomes in children associated with traffic/near road air pollution; and (4) names of scientists with expertise or knowledge about traffic/near road air pollution and children’s health. Please include any available bibliographic citations for the information. NTP will use this information for refining the draft literature search strategy of the nomination.

The exposures under consideration in the nomination of Air Pollution and Children’s Health include air pollution and its constituents, including: benzene, carbon monoxide, diesel, nitrogen oxides, ozone, particulate matter (PM10, PM2.5, coarse PM, and ultrafine PM), polyaromatic hydrocarbons, and sulfur oxides. The emerging children’s health outcomes under consideration include: incidence and exacerbation of asthma; incidence of allergic disease; compromised lung function, development, and growth; adverse birth outcomes (i.e., premature birth, small for gestational age birth weight, and congenital anomalies); respiratory infections in early life; pediatric cancer; neurodevelopment; and modifying risk of adult onset diseases (i.e., fetal basis of adult cardiovascular, metabolic or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Several important air contaminants (tobacco smoke, mercury, lead, arsenic, indoor aeroallergens, and indoor volatile organic compounds) are not included because they have been addressed in other comprehensive reviews such.

Responses

All responses to information requested within this request for public comments are optional. The information collected will be analyzed and considered for use in the further development of NTP and NIEHS research and testing programs on air pollution and children’s health. Although the NIH will provide safeguards to prevent the release of identifying information, there is no guarantee of confidentiality. The summarized data (without identifiers) may appear in future reports. This request for public comment is for planning purposes and shall not be construed as a solicitation for applications or as an obligation on the part of the Government. The Government will not pay for the preparation of any information submitted or for the Government’s use of that information. Respondents will not be notified of the Government’s assessment of the information received. No basis for claims against the Government shall arise as a result of responses to this request for public comment, or in the Government’s use of such information as part of its consideration of this nomination./

Responses to this request for public comment should be submitted by August 24, 2012.

Federal Register Notice (PDF  HTML) - 77 FR 135 July 13, 2012

Draft Literature Search Strategy

Comment period closed