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EPA Records Schedule 455

Status: (to be superseded) Final, 04/30/2011

Title: Health and Environmental Assessment Program Files

Program: Research and Development

Applicability: Headquarters

Function: 316-258 - Applied Science

NARA Disposal Authority:

This schedule authorizes the disposition of the record copy in any media (media neutral), excluding any records already in electronic form. Records designated for permanent retention must be transferred to the National Archives in accordance with NARA standards at the time of transfer.


Includes documentation related to the development of health, risk, and exposure assessments; risk assessment guidelines; and air and water quality criteria documents used in assessing the risk of exposure to hazardous pollutants. Assessment and criteria documents support regulatory and enforcement decisions under the several acts governing EPA (e.g., Clean Air Act; Clean Water Act; Safe Drinking Water Act; Superfund Act; Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act; and Toxic Substances Control Act).

Documentation relates to the health and environmental effects of exposure to various chemical substances including carcinogenic, mutagenic, teratogenic, reproductive, and other chronic effects. Records consist of program office requests; scientific and technical evaluations; unit risk calculations and other data compilations related to scientific assessments; references, studies, and other literature search materials; document drafts; clearance records; peer review comments by expert scientists and EPA reviewers; public comments; EPA science Advisory Board and Scientific Advisory Panel reviews, meeting transcripts, and closure letters; EPA staff and issue papers; published scientific reports, articles and papers; expert witness testimony and hearing transcripts, and other related records and supporting documents.

Disposition Instructions:

Item a(1): Record copy - Nonelectronic

Item a(2): Record copy - Electronic

Item a(3): Electronic copy of records transferred to the National Archives

Item b: (Reserved)


Records containing sensitive information must be shredded or otherwise definitively destroyed to protect confidentiality.

Reasons for Disposition:

The disposition instructions have been rewritten as media neutral to allow for maintaining the record copy in EPA's electronic recordkeeping system. The retention has not changed.

The following changes were made in the 01/31/2008 version:

The following items were deleted 08/21/2006:


Office of Research and Development

Related Schedules:

Previous NARA Disposal Authority:


Entry: 02/24/1993

EPA Approval: 08/27/2007

NARA Approval: 06/22/2008

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