[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 44 (Wednesday, March 6, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 14536-14537]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-05251]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[FRL-9787-2 ]


Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Chartered Science 
Advisory Board

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a 
public teleconference of the chartered SAB to conduct a quality review 
of an SAB draft report on approaches to derive a maximum contaminant 
level goal for perchlorate.

DATES: The public teleconference will be held on March 29, 2013, from 
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The public teleconference will be conducted by telephone 
only.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing to 
obtain general information regarding the quality review teleconference 
should contact Dr. Angela Nugent, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA 
Science Advisory Board (1400R), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20460; via telephone/voice mail (202) 564-2218; fax 
(202) 565-2098 or via email at nugent.angela@epa.gov. General 
information concerning the EPA Science Advisory Board can be found on 
the SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee 
Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C., App. 2, notice is hereby given that the EPA 
Science Advisory Board will hold a public teleconference to conduct a 
quality review of an SAB draft report. The SAB was established pursuant 
to 42 U.S.C. 4365 to provide independent scientific and technical 
advice to the Administrator on the technical basis for Agency positions 
and regulations. The SAB is a Federal Advisory Committee under FACA. 
The SAB will comply with the provisions of FACA and all appropriate SAB 
Staff Office procedural policies.

Background

    Quality review is a key function of the chartered SAB. Draft 
reports prepared by SAB committees, panels, or work groups must be 
reviewed and approved by the chartered SAB before transmittal to the 
EPA Administrator. The chartered SAB makes a determination in a public 
meeting consistent with FACA about the quality of all draft reports and 
determines whether the report is ready to be transmitted to the EPA 
Administrator.
    The Safe Drinking Water Act requires the EPA to request comments 
from the SAB prior to proposal of a maximum contaminant level goal 
(MCLG) and national primary drinking water regulation. The chartered 
SAB will conduct a quality review of a draft SAB report reviewing the 
scientific and technical bases for the approaches EPA is considering 
for the MCLG for perchlorate, as described in a draft white paper 
entitled ``Life Stage Considerations and Interpretation of Recent 
Epidemiological Evidence to Develop a Maximum Contaminant Level Goal 
for Perchlorate.'' Background information about this advisory activity 
can be found on the SAB Web site at http://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/fedrgstr_activites/Perchlorate%20MCLG%20Approaches?OpenDocument.
    Availability of Meeting Materials: The agenda and other materials 
in support of the teleconference will be placed on the SAB Web site at 
http://www.epa.gov/sab in advance of the teleconference.
    Procedures for Providing Public Input: Public comment for 
consideration by EPA's federal advisory committees and panels has a 
different purpose from public comment provided to EPA program offices. 
Therefore, the process for submitting comments to a federal advisory 
committee is different from the process used to submit comments to an 
EPA program office. Federal advisory committees and panels, including 
scientific advisory committees, provide independent advice to EPA. 
Members of the public can submit relevant comments pertaining to the 
group providing advice, EPA's charge questions and EPA review or 
background documents. Input from the public to the SAB will have the 
most impact if it consists of comments that provide specific scientific 
or technical information or analysis for the SAB to consider or if it 
relates to the clarity or accuracy of the technical information. 
Members of the public wishing to provide comment should contact the DFO 
for the relevant advisory committee directly. Oral Statements: In 
general, individuals or groups requesting time to make an oral 
presentation at a public SAB teleconference will be limited to three 
minutes. Those interested in being

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placed on the public speakers list for the March 29, 2013 
teleconference should contact Dr. Nugent at the contact information 
provided above by March 22, 2013. Written Statements: Written 
statements should be supplied to the DFO via email to 
nugent.angela@epa.gov by March 22, 2013. Written statements should be 
supplied in one of the following acceptable file format: Adobe Acrobat 
PDF, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, or Rich Text files in IBM-PC/Windows 98/
2000/XP format). It is the SAB Staff Office general policy to post 
written comments on the Web page for the advisory meeting or 
teleconferences. Submitters are requested to provide an unsigned 
version of each document because the SAB Staff Office does not publish 
documents with signatures on its web sites. Members of the public 
should be aware that their personal contact information, if included in 
any written comments, may be posted to the SAB Web site. Copyrighted 
material will not be posted without explicit permission of the 
copyright holder.
    Accessibility: For information on access or services for 
individuals with disabilities, please contact Dr. Nugent, as 
appropriate at the contact information provided above. To request 
accommodation of a disability, please contact Dr. Nugent preferably at 
least 10 days prior to the teleconference, to give EPA as much time as 
possible to process your request.

    Dated: February 21, 2013.
Thomas H. Brennan,
 Deputy Director, EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office.
[FR Doc. 2013-05251 Filed 3-5-13; 8:45 am]
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