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Request for Public Comments on the Interim List of Peer Reviewers

EPA invites public comments on the interim list of candidates being considered as peer reviewers for the contractor-managed external peer review of the draft documents entitled ‘‘Health Effects Document for Perfluorooctanoic Acid’’ and ‘‘Health Effects Document for Perfluorooctane Sulfonate.’’ Ahead of developing this interim list, a public nomination period was held from February 24, 2014 to March 21, 2014, during which members of the public were able to nominate scientific experts with knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas: (1) epidemiology, (2) toxicology (liver effects, immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity, developmental and reproductive toxicology, etc.), (3) membrane transport, (4) human health risk assessment, (5) pharmacokinetic models, and (6) mode-of-action for cancer and noncancer effects. Versar also conducted an independent search for scientific experts to augment the list of publically-nominated candidates. In total, Versar evaluated 29 candidates that were nominated during the public nomination period and identified by Versar.

Versar considered and screened all candidates against the selection criteria described in the Federal Register dated February 24, 2014, which included having demonstrated expertise in the areas described above, being free of any conflict of interest, and being available to participate in-person in a two-day peer review meeting in the Washington, DC area (exact date to be determined). Following the screening process, Versar narrowed the list of potential reviewers to 15 candidates.

The public is requested to provide relevant information or documentation on the experts that Versar should consider in evaluating these candidates. Once the public comments on the interim list of candidates have been reviewed and considered, Versar will select the final six to seven peer reviewers.

Interim List of Peer Reviewers

Provided below are the names, professional affiliations, and expertise of the 15 candidates being considered for the external peer review of the draft PFOA and PFOS Health Effects documents. Additional information on the candidates, including their education history and professional experience, can be found in the Federal Register notice released on April 30, 2014.

1. John C. Bailar III, M.D., Ph.D., University of Chicago (Emeritus)
Expertise: Epidemiology and Human Health Risk Assessment

2. James V. Bruckner, Ph.D., University of Georgia
Expertise: Toxicology (liver effects, neurotoxicology, and developmental/reproductive) and Human Health Risk Assessment

3. Deborah A. Cory-Slechta, Ph.D., University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Expertise: Toxicology (neurotoxicology and developmental/reproductive) and Human Health Risk Assessment

4. Jamie C. DeWitt, Ph.D., East Carolina University
Expertise: Toxicology (immunotoxicology, neurotoxicology, and developmental)

5. Neeraja K. Erraguntla, Ph.D., DABT, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Expertise: Human Health Risk Assessment and Toxicology (liver effects, neurotoxicology, immunotoxicology, and developmental/reproductive)

6. Penelope A. Fenner-Crisp, Ph.D., DABT, Independent Consultant
Expertise: Human Health Risk Assessment and Mode-of-Action

7. Jeffrey W. Fisher, Ph.D., U.S. Food & Drug Administration
Expertise: Pharmacokinetic Models, Toxicology (developmental/reproductive), and Human Health Risk Assessment

8. William L. Hayton, Ph.D., The Ohio State University
Expertise: Membrane Transport, Pharmacokinetic Models, and Mode-of-Action

9. Matthew P. Longnecker, Sc.D, M.D., National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Expertise: Epidemiology and Pharmacokinetic Models

10. Julie Melia, Ph.D., DABT, SRC, Inc.
Expertise: Toxicology (neurotoxicology, developmental/reproductive, and liver effects), Human Health Risk Assessment, and Mode-of-Action

11. Andy L. Nong, Ph.D., Health Canada
Expertise: Pharmacokinetic Models

12. Stephen M. Roberts, Ph.D., University of Florida
Expertise: Toxicology (liver effects and immunotoxicology) and Human Health Risk Assessment

13. Angela L. Slitt, Ph.D., University of Rhode Island
Expertise: Toxicology (liver effects) and Membrane Transport

14. Calvin C. Willhite, Ph.D., Risk Sciences International and McLaughlin Centre for Population Health Risk Assessment
Expertise: Toxicology (developmental/reproductive) and Human Health Risk Assessment

15. Raymond G. York, Ph.D., DABT, Fellow-ATS, RG York and Associates, LLC
Expertise: Toxicology (developmental/reproductive and neurotoxicology)

Deadline for Public Comments on Interim List

The public comment period on the interim list of peer reviewers begins on April 30, 2014 and ends on May 21, 2014. Comments are being accepted online through this internet website, email, U.S. Postal mail, or by overnight/priority mail. Please follow the instructions below for additional information.

Please be advised that public comments are subject to release under the Freedom of Information Act.

How to Submit Public Comments on the Interim List of Peer Reviewers

The public comment period on the interim list of peer reviewers is NOW CLOSED.


Questions

If you have any questions regarding the comment process or website, please contact:

Versar, Inc.
6850 Versar Center
Springfield, VA 22151
Telephone: (703) 642-6727
Email: peerreview@versar.com (subject line: PFOA/PFOS Peer Review)