[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 128 (Wednesday, July 6, 2005)]
[Notices]
[Pages 38908-38909]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-13277]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[FRL-7933-4]


EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Request for Nomination 
of Candidates for the EPA Science Advisory Board Committees

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Science Advisory 
Board (SAB) Staff Office is soliciting nominations for consideration of 
membership on three SAB standing committees. Nominees in response to 
this request for nominations will be considered for membership on the 
SAB Drinking Water, Ecological Processes and Effects, and Radiation 
Advisory Committees. This process supplements other efforts to identify 
qualified candidates.

DATES: Nominations should be submitted in time to arrive no later than 
August 5, 2005.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To submit a hard copy of the form 
noted below (for those unable to submit the information in electronic 
form), please contact Ms. Patricia L. Thomas, U.S. EPA SAB Staff Office 
(Mail Code 1400F), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460 
(FedEx/Courier address: U.S. EPA SAB, Suite 3600, 1025 F Street, NW., 
Washington DC 20004), (202) 343-9974 (telephone), (202) 233-0643 (fax), 
or via email at thomas.patricial@epa.gov. Inquiries regarding general 
scientific work of the SAB may be directed to Dr. Anthony F. 
Maciorowski, Associate Director for Science, U.S. EPA SAB Staff Office, 
(202) 343-9983 (telephone), or via email at 
maciorowski.anthony@epa.gov. Specific inquiries regarding the 
scientific work of the SAB Drinking Water Committee may be directed to 
Dr. Suhair Shallal, Designated Federal Officer, U.S. EPA SAB Staff 
Office, (202) 343-9977 (telephone), or via email at 
shallal,suhair@epa.gov. Specific inquiries regarding the scientific 
work of the SAB Ecological Processes and Effects Committee may be 
directed to Dr. Thomas Armitage, Designated Federal Officer, U.S. EPA 
SAB Staff Office, (202) 343-9995 (telephone), or via email at 
armitage,thomas@epa.gov. Specific inquiries regarding the scientific 
work of the SAB Radiation Advisory Committee may be directed to Dr. 
Jack Kooyoomjian, Designated Federal Officer, U.S. EPA SAB Staff 
Office, (202) 343-9984 (telephone), or via email at 
kooyoomjiam.jack@epa.gov.
    Background: The U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB or the Board) 
is a chartered Federal Advisory Committee. The SAB was established by 
statute (42 U.S.C. 4365) to provide independent scientific peer review, 
advice, and recommendations on the scientific bases of EPA actions as 
may be requested by the Administrator. As a Federal Advisory Committee, 
SAB business is conducted in accordance with the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act (FACA) (5 U.S.C. App. C) and related regulations. 
Accordingly, the Board announces its meetings in the Federal Register, 
conducts its business in public view, and provides opportunities for 
public input during its deliberations.
    Members of the Board and its standing committees constitute a 
distinguished body of non-EPA scientists, engineers, economists, and 
social scientists who are recognized experts in their respective 
fields. The Board and its standing committees review a wide variety of 
EPA science activities. Generally, the Board and its standing 
committees function as technical peer review panels that critically 
examine Agency science activities and provide advice and 
recommendations regarding their technical merit. SAB standing 
committees have historically conducted most Science Advisory Board 
work. This notice requests nominations specifically for three SAB 
standing committees including: The Drinking Water Committee (DWC); the 
Ecological Processes and Effects Committee (EPEC); and the Radiation 
Advisory Committee (RAC). Typical subject matter for standing committee 
review may include research strategies, multi-year research plans, 
science initiatives, risk assessments, or agency guidance corresponding 
to specific subject matter designated by the standing committee title. 
Additional information about the SAB, and its standing committees can 
be accessed at the SAB Web site http://www.epa.gov/sab.
    Expertise Sought: The SAB Staff Office is seeking nominations of 
nationally and internationally recognized non-EPA scientists for 
consideration of membership on the SAB Committees. The desired 
expertise for each committee is described below.
    The Drinking Water Committee provides independent advice to the EPA 
Administrator, through the chartered SAB, on scientific aspects of 
EPA's national drinking water criteria and standards program. Ideal 
nominees for the SAB Drinking Water Committee will demonstrate 
nationally recognized

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scientific expertise and research experience in one of the following 
areas: Clinical public health or clinical epidemiology of disease from 
pathogens, contaminants or mixtures of contaminants.
    The Ecological Processes and Effects Committee provides independent 
advice to the EPA Administrator, through the chartered SAB, on 
scientific issues related to EPA environmental programs and supporting 
science and research to protect, sustain and restore the integrity of 
ecosystems. Ideal nominees for the Ecological Processes and Effects 
Committee will demonstrate nationally recognized scientific expertise 
and research experience in one of the following areas: Water quality 
criteria development for the protection of aquatic life; ecological 
risk assessment; biological or ecological indicators; or landscape 
ecology.
    The Radiation Advisory Committee provides independent advice to the 
EPA Administrator, through the chartered SAB, on radiation protection, 
radiation science, and radiation risk assessment. Ideal nominees for 
the SAB Radiation Advisory Committee will demonstrate nationally 
recognized scientific expertise and research experience in one of the 
following areas: Health physics or biophysics with specialties in 
radiation dosimetry or radiation biology; or geochemistry, geology, 
hydrology or soil science with specialties in modeling, radioactive 
waste management, or radiation risk assessment.
    How to Submit Nominations: Any interested person or organization 
may nominate qualified persons to be considered for appointment to 
these SAB standing committees. Individuals may self-nominate. Qualified 
nominees will demonstrate appropriate scientific education, training, 
and experience to evaluate basic and applied science issues addressed 
by the standing committees. Successful nominees will have distinguished 
themselves professionally and be available to invest the time and 
effort in providing advice and recommendations on the development and 
application of science at EPA. Nominations should be submitted in 
electronic format (which is preferred over hard copy) through the Form 
for Nominating Individuals to Panels of the EPA Science Advisory Board 
provided on the SAB Web site. The form can be accessed through a link 
on the blue navigational bar on the SAB Web site at: http://
www.epa.gov/sab. To be considered, all nominations should include the 
information requested on that form.
    The nominating form requests contact information about: The person 
making the nomination; contact information about the nominee; the 
disciplinary and specific areas of expertise of the nominee; the 
nominee's resume; and a general biosketch of the nominee indicating 
current position, educational background; areas of expertise and 
research activities; and recent service on other advisory committees or 
with professional associations. Persons who are unable to submit 
nominations through the SAB Web site should contact Ms. Patricia L. 
Thomas, as indicated above in this notice. Non-electronic submissions 
must follow the same format and contain the same information as the 
electronic form. The SAB Staff Office will acknowledge receipt of 
nominations.
    The SAB Staff Office seeks nominees who possess the necessary 
domains of knowledge, and relevant scientific perspectives (which, 
among other factors, can be influenced by work history and affiliation) 
to adequately address scientific issues facing the Agency. General 
criteria for overall committee membership include the collective 
breadth and depth of scientific perspectives; a balance of scientific 
perspectives; continuity of knowledge and understanding of EPA missions 
and environmental programs, and diversity factors (e.g., geographical 
areas and professional affiliations). Specific criteria to be used in 
evaluating potential members include: (a) Scientific and/or technical 
expertise, knowledge, and experience (primary factors); (b) absence of 
financial conflicts of interest; (c) scientific credibility and 
impartiality; (d) availability and willingness to serve; and (e) 
ability to work constructively and effectively on committees.
    During the selection process, nominees will be required to submit 
the ``Confidential Financial Disclosure Form for Special Government 
Employees Serving on Federal Advisory Committees at the U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency'' (EPA Form 3110-48). This confidential 
form allows Government officials to determine whether there is a 
statutory conflict between that person's public responsibilities as a 
Special Government Employee and private interests and activities, or 
the appearance of a lack of impartiality, as defined by Federal 
regulation. The form may be viewed and downloaded from the following 
URL address: http://www.epa.gov/sab/pdf/epaform3110-48.pdf. This form 
should not be submitted as part of a nomination.

    Dated: June 28, 2005.
Anthony F. Maciorowski,
Acting Director, EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office.
[FR Doc. 05-13277 Filed 7-5-05; 8:45 am]
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