[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 80 (Wednesday, April 25, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 24714-24715]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-9913]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES


Meeting of the National Toxicology Program (NTP) Board of 
Scientific Counselors

AGENCY: National Toxicology Program (NTP), National Institute of 
Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institutes of Health, 
HHS.

ACTION: Meeting announcement and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to Public Law 92-463, notice is hereby given of a 
meeting of the NTP Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC). The BSC is a 
federally chartered, external advisory group composed of scientists 
from the public and private sectors that provides primary scientific 
oversight to the NTP and evaluates the scientific merit of the NTP's 
intramural and collaborative programs.

DATES: The BSC meeting will be held on June 21 and 22, 2012. The 
deadline for submission of written comments is June 7, 2012, and for 
pre-registration to attend the meeting, including registering to 
present oral comments, is June 14, 2012. Individuals with disabilities 
who need accommodation to participate in this event should contact Dr. 
Lori White at voice telephone: 919-541-9834 or email: 
whiteld@niehs.nih.gov. TTY users should contact the Federal TTY Relay 
Service at 800-877-8339. Requests should be made at least 5 business 
days in advance of the event.

ADDRESSES: The BSC meeting will be held in the Rodbell Auditorium, Rall 
Building at the NIEHS, 111 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle 
Park, NC 27709. Public comments on all agenda topics and any other 
correspondence should be submitted to Dr. Lori White, Designated 
Federal Officer for the BSC, Office of Liaison, Policy and Review, 
Division of NTP, NIEHS, P.O. Box 12233, K2-03, Research Triangle Park, 
NC 27709; telephone: 919-541-9834; fax: 919-541-0295; 
whiteld@niehs.nih.gov. Courier address: NIEHS, 530 Davis Drive, Room 
K2136, Morrisville, NC 27560.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Lori White (telephone: 919-541-
9834 or whiteld@niehs.nih.gov).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Preliminary Agenda and Other Meeting Information

    The BSC will provide input to the NTP on programmatic activities 
and issues. A preliminary agenda, roster of BSC members, background 
materials, public comments, and any additional information, when 
available, will be posted on the BSC meeting Web site (http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/go/165) or may be requested in hardcopy from the 
Designated Federal Officer for the BSC (see ADDRESSES above). Following 
the meeting, summary minutes will be prepared and made available on the 
BSC meeting Web site.

Attendance and Registration

    The meeting is scheduled for June 21 and 22, 2012, beginning at 
8:30 a.m. EDT and continuing to approximately 4:30 p.m. on June 21 and 
until

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adjournment on June 22. This meeting is open to the public with 
attendance limited only by the space available. Individuals who plan to 
attend are encouraged to register online at the BSC meeting Web site 
(http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/go/165) by June 14, 2012, to facilitate 
planning for the meeting. Registered attendees are encouraged to access 
this Web site to stay abreast of the most current information regarding 
the meeting. The NTP is making plans to videocast the meeting through 
the Internet at http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/video/live.

Request for Comments

    Written comments submitted in response to this notice should be 
received by June 7, 2012. Comments will be posted on the BSC meeting 
Web site and persons submitting them will be identified by their name 
and affiliation and/or sponsoring organization, if applicable. Persons 
submitting written comments should include their name, affiliation (if 
applicable), phone, email, and sponsoring organization (if any) with 
the document.
    Time will be allotted during the meeting for the public to present 
oral comments to the BSC on the agenda topics. In addition to in-person 
oral comments at the meeting at the NIEHS, public comments can be 
presented by teleconference line. There will be 50 lines for this call; 
availability will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The available 
lines will be open from 8:30 a.m. until adjournment, although public 
comments will be received only during the formal public comment 
periods, which are indicated on the preliminary agenda. Each 
organization is allowed one time slot per agenda topic. At least 7 
minutes will be allotted to each speaker, and if time permits, may be 
extended to 10 minutes at the discretion of the BSC chair. Persons 
wishing to present oral comments are encouraged to pre-register on the 
NTP meeting Web site, indicate whether they will present comments in-
person or via the teleconference line, and list the topic(s) on which 
they plan to comment. The access number for the teleconference line 
will be provided to registrants by email prior to the meeting. 
Registration for oral comments will also be available on both meeting 
days, although time allowed for presentation by these registrants may 
be less than that for pre-registered speakers and will be determined by 
the number of persons who register at the meeting.
    Persons registering to make oral comments are asked to send a copy 
of their statement or PowerPoint slides to the Designated Federal 
Officer for the BSC (see ADDRESSES above) by June 14, 2012. Written 
statements can supplement and may expand upon the oral presentation. If 
registering on-site and reading from written text, please bring 40 
copies of the statement for distribution to the BSC and NTP staff and 
to supplement the record.

Background Information on the NTP BSC

    The BSC is a technical advisory body comprised of scientists from 
the public and private sectors that provides primary scientific 
oversight to the NTP. Specifically, the BSC advises the NTP on matters 
of scientific program content, both present and future, and conducts 
periodic review of the program for the purpose of determining and 
advising on the scientific merit of its activities and their overall 
scientific quality. Its members are selected from recognized 
authorities knowledgeable in fields such as toxicology, pharmacology, 
pathology, biochemistry, epidemiology, risk assessment, carcinogenesis, 
mutagenesis, molecular biology, behavioral toxicology, neurotoxicology, 
immunotoxicology, reproductive toxicology or teratology, and 
biostatistics. Members serve overlapping terms of up to four years. The 
BSC usually meets biannually.

    Dated: April 11, 2012.
John R. Bucher,
Associate Director, National Toxicology Program.
[FR Doc. 2012-9913 Filed 4-24-12; 8:45 am]
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