[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 32 (Thursday, February 19, 2009)]
[Notices]
[Pages 7688-7689]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-3497]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

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Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Public 
Meeting of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC); 
Particulate Matter Review Panel

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory 
Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting of the Clean Air 
Scientific Advisory Particulate Matter Review Panel to peer review 
EPA's Integrated Science Assessment for Particulate Matter: First 
External Review Draft and conduct a consultation on EPA's draft plans 
for Particulate Matter National Ambient Air Quality Standards: Scope 
and Methods Plan for Health Risk and Exposure Assessment and 
Particulate Matter National Ambient Air Quality Standards: Scope and 
Methods Plan for Urban Visibility Impact Assessment.

DATES: The public meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 1, 2009 from 
8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. (Eastern Time) and Thursday, April 2, 2009 from 
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Eastern Time).
    Location: The meeting will be held at the Carolina Inn, 211 
Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public who wants 
further information concerning the teleconference meeting may contact 
Dr. Holly Stallworth, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science 
Advisory Board (1400F), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 
Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; via telephone/voice 
mail (202) 343-9867; fax (202) 233-0643; or e-mail at 
[email protected]. General information concerning the CASAC can 
be found on the EPA Web site at http://www.epa.gov/casac.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background: The Clean Air Scientific 
Advisory Committee (CASAC) was established under section 109(d)(2) of 
the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) (42 U.S.C. 7409) as an independent 
scientific advisory committee. CASAC provides advice, information and 
recommendations on the scientific and technical aspects of air quality 
criteria and national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) under 
sections 108 and 109 of the Act. The CASAC is a Federal advisory 
committee chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as 
amended, 5 U.S.C., App. The Panel will comply with the provisions of 
FACA and all appropriate SAB Staff Office procedural policies. Section 
109(d)(1) of the CAA requires that the Agency periodically review and 
revise, as appropriate, the air quality criteria and the National 
Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for the six ``criteria'' air 
pollutants, including particulate matter (PM). EPA conducts scientific 
assessments to determine both primary (health-based) and secondary 
(welfare-based) standards for each of these pollutants. As part of that 
process, EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD) has completed a 
draft document, Integrated Science Assessment for Particulate Matter 
(First External Review Draft, December 2008) and requested that CASAC 
peer review the document. EPA's Office of Air and Radiation (OAR) will 
also release two planning documents entitled Particulate Matter 
National Ambient Air Quality Standards: Scope and Methods Plan for 
Health Risk and Exposure Assessment and Particulate Matter National 
Ambient Air Quality Standards: Scope and Methods Plan for Urban 
Visibility Impact Assessment (February 2009). OAR has requested that 
the CASAC review these plans.
    The purpose of the April 1-2, 2009 meeting is to review these three 
documents. Background information about the formation of the CASAC 
Particulate Matter Review Panel was published in the Federal Register 
on March 8, 2007 (72 FR 10527-10528). The Panel previously held a 
public teleconference on November 30, 2007 (announced in 72 FR 63177-
63178) to provide consultative advice on EPA's draft Integrated Review 
Plan for the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate 
Matter, the first document in this review of the PM NAAQS.
    Technical Contacts: Any questions concerning EPA's Integrated 
Science Assessment for Particulate Matter should be directed to Dr. 
Lindsay Stanek at [email protected] or 919-541-7792. Any questions 
concerning EPA's Particulate Matter National Ambient Air Quality 
Standard: Scope and Methods Plan for Health Risk and Exposure 
Assessment should be directed to Ms. Beth Hassett-Sipple at [email protected] or 919-541-4605. Any questions concerning 
Particulate Matter National Ambient Air Quality Standards: Scope and 
Methods Plan for Urban Visibility Impact Assessment (February 2009) 
should be directed to Ms. Vicki Sandiford at [email protected] or 
919-541-2629.
    Availability of Meeting Materials: A meeting agenda, charge 
questions and other materials for the meeting will be placed on the 
CASAC Web site at http://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabpeople.nsf/WebCommitteesSubcommittees/CASAC%20Particulate%20Matter%20Review%20Panel (see links to ``Current 
Advisory Activities''). The Integrated Science Assessment for 
Particulate Matter: First External Review Draft (December 2008) is 
available at http://cfpub.epa.gov/ncea/cfm/recordisplay.cfm?deid=201805. Both of the PM NAAQS Scope and Methods 
Plans (February 2009) will be available at http://www.epa.gov/ttn/naaqs/standards/pm/s_pm_2007_pd.html.
    Procedures for Providing Public Input: Interested members of the 
public may submit relevant written or oral information for 
consideration on the topics included in this advisory activity. Oral 
Statements: To be placed on the public speaker list for the April 1-2, 
2009 meeting, interested parties should notify Dr. Holly Stallworth, 
DFO, by e-mail no later than March 24, 2009. Individuals making oral 
statements will be limited to three minutes per speaker. Written 
Statements: Written statements for the April 1-2, 2009 meeting should 
be received in the SAB Staff Office by March 24, 2009, so that the 
information may be made available to the CASAC Panel for its 
consideration prior to this meeting. Written statements should be 
supplied to the DFO in the following formats: one hard copy with 
original signature and one electronic copy via e-mail (acceptable file 
format: Adobe Acrobat PDF, MS Word, WordPerfect, MS PowerPoint, or Rich 
Text files in IBM-PC/Windows 98/2000/XP format). Submitters are asked 
to provide versions of each document submitted with and without 
signatures, because the SAB Staff Office does not publish documents 
with signatures on its Web sites.
    Accessibility: For information on access or services for 
individuals with disabilities, please contact Dr. Stallworth at the 
phone number or e-mail address noted above, preferably at least ten 
days prior to the

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teleconference, to give EPA as much time as possible to process your 
request.

    Dated: February 11, 2009.
Anthony F. Maciorowski,
Deputy Director, EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office.
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