[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 51 (Thursday, March 15, 2012)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 15335-15336]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-6049]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

40 CFR Parts 141 and 142

[FRL-9645-8 ]


Notice of Public Meetings: Arsenic Small Systems Compliance and 
Alternative Affordability Criteria Working Group

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice of Public Meetings.

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SUMMARY: EPA is holding three meetings of the Arsenic Small Systems 
Working Group to discuss barriers to the use of arsenic treatment 
technologies and alternative affordability criteria. The first and 
second of these meetings will be held via Webcast. The third meeting 
will be held in Arlington, Virginia. Interested members of the public 
may participate in the two Webcasts via the Internet and may attend the 
third meeting in person.

DATES: The Working Group Webcast meetings will be held on March 20, 
2012 (11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time (ET)), and March 22, 2012 (1 
p.m. to 5 p.m. ET). The third meeting will be held on April 4, 2012, at 
9 a.m. ET and conclude on April 5, 2012, at 4 p.m. ET.

ADDRESSES: The first two meetings will be held via the Internet using a 
Webcast and teleconference. Persons wishing to participate in the 
Webcasts must register in advance as described in the SUPPLEMENTARY 
INFORMATION section. Registrants will receive an Internet access link 
and dial in number upon registration for the Webcast. The third meeting 
will be held at Potomac Yards South, first floor conference room 
located at 2777 South Crystal Drive Arlington, VA 22202. A government 
issued photo ID is required to obtain access to the building.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions about these specific 
meetings, contact Russ Perkinson, Office of Ground Water and Drinking 
Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; telephone (202) 564-4901 
or by email to perkinson.russ@epa.govmailto:.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Congressional language contained in the 
Conference Report (H.R. 2055) accompanying the Consolidated 
Appropriations Act of 2012 directs the Environmental Protection Agency 
to convene an Arsenic Small Systems Working Group composed of 
representatives from States, small publicly owned water systems, local 
public health officials, drinking water consumers and treatment 
manufacturers to provide individual input and recommendations on 
barriers to the use of point-of-use and point-of-entry treatment units, 
package plant, and modular units, as well as alternative affordability 
criteria that give extra weight to small, rural, and lower income 
communities. Based upon input from the working group, the EPA will 
submit to Congress a report on actions to make alternative compliance 
methods more accessible to water systems and a report on alternative 
affordability criteria.
    To participate in the Webcasts, you must register in advance at the 
following Web address: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/127876830 
for the March 20 Webcast on barriers to the use of arsenic treatment 
technologies; and https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/796765574 for 
the March 22 Webcast on alternative affordability criteria. The number 
of connections available for the Webcast is limited and will be 
available on a first come, first served basis. To participate in the 
April 4 through 5 meeting, you must register in advance no later than 5 
p.m. ET on April 2, 2012, by email to perkinson.russ@epa.gov or phone 
at (202) 564-4901. Seating for the public is limited and will be 
available on a first come, first served basis for those persons 
registered. During the Webcasts and meetings, a public comment period 
will be held for those wishing to speak who have registered in advance. 
Individual comments should be limited to no more than three minutes and 
we ask that only one person present the statement on behalf of a group 
or organization. Individuals wishing to speak during the public comment 
period or individuals without Internet access seeking alternative means 
to participate in the Webcasts must contact Russ Perkinson at (202) 
564-4901 or by email to perkinson.russ@epa.gov no later than 5 p.m. two 
business days prior to the meeting. Please specify the date of the 
meeting(s) to which the request applies.

Special Accommodations

    To request special accommodations for individuals with 
disabilities, please contact Russ Perkinson at (202) 564-4910 or by 
email to perkinson.russ@epa.gov. Please allow at least five business 
days prior to the meeting to allow time to process your request.


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    Dated: March 8, 2012.
Cynthia C. Dougherty,
Director, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water.
[FR Doc. 2012-6049 Filed 3-14-12; 8:45 am]
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