[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 158 (Tuesday, August 16, 2011)]
[Pages 50729-50730]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-20825]




Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Public 
Teleconference of the Chartered Science Advisory Board

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a 
public teleconference of the Chartered SAB on September 7, 2011 to 
conduct a quality review of a draft SAB report, Peer Review of EPA's 
Draft National-Scale Mercury Risk Assessment (08/04/11) Draft.

DATES: The public teleconference will be held on September 7, 2011 from 
12 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time).

ADDRESSES: The public teleconference will be conducted by telephone 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing to 
obtain general information concerning the public teleconference may 
contact Dr. Angela Nugent, Designated Federal Officer (DFO). Dr. Nugent 
may be contacted at the EPA Science Advisory Board (1400R), U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., 
Washington, DC 20460; or by telephone/voice mail at (202) 564-2218; fax 
at (202) 565-2098; or e-mail at [email protected]. General 
information concerning the EPA Science Advisory Board can be found on 
the EPA Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The SAB was established pursuant to the 
Environmental Research, Development, and Demonstration Authorization 
Act (ERDAA), codified at 42 U.S.C. 4365, to provide independent 
scientific and technical advice to the EPA Administrator on the 
technical basis for Agency positions and regulations. The SAB is a 
Federal Advisory Committee chartered under the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C., App. 2. Pursuant to FACA and EPA 
policy, notice is hereby given that the SAB will hold a public 
teleconference to conduct a quality review of an SAB draft report 
entitled Peer Review of EPA's Draft National-Scale Mercury Risk 
Assessment (08/04/1 Draft). The SAB will comply with the provisions of 
FACA and all appropriate SAB Staff Office procedural policies.
    Background: EPA is considering regulating the emissions of 
hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) released from coal-burning electric 
generating units in the United States (U.S. EGUs) under Section 
112(n)(1)(A) of the Clean Air Act (CAA). EPA developed a draft risk 
assessment for mercury, entitled Technical Support Document: National-
scale Mercury Risk Assessment. The draft assessment considers the 
nature and magnitude of the potential risk to public health posed by 
current U.S. EGU mercury emissions and the nature and magnitude of the 
potential risk posed by U.S. EGU mercury in the future, once all 
anticipated CAA-related regulations potentially reducing mercury from 
U.S. EGUs are in place. EPA's Office of Air and Radiation requested 
peer review of this draft document. The SAB Mercury Review Panel has 
prepared a review report on EPA's draft technical document. The Charted 
SAB will conduct a quality view of the SAB Panel's draft review report.
    Background information about the SAB advisory activity can be found 
on the SAB Web site at http://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/fedrgstr_activites/Oil%20Spill%20Research%20Strategy?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

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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 comments for a federal advisory committee to consider 
as it develops advice for EPA. Input from the public to the SAB will 
have the most impact if it provides specific scientific or technical 
information or analysis for SAB panels 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 Designated Federal 
Officer directly. Oral Statements: In general, individuals or groups 
requesting an oral presentation at a teleconference will be limited to 
three minutes. Those interested in being placed on the public speakers 
list for the September 7, 2011 teleconference should contact Dr. Nugent 
at the contact information provided above no later than September 1, 
2011. Written Statements: Written statements should be supplied to the 
DFO via e-mail at the contact information noted above by September 1, 
2011 for the teleconference so that the information may be made 
available to the Panel members for their consideration. Written 
statements should be supplied in one of the following electronic 
formats: 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 teleconference. 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 (202) 564-2218 
or [email protected]. To request accommodation of a disability, 
please contact Dr. Nugent preferably at least ten days prior to the 
teleconference to give EPA as much time as possible to process your 

    Dated: August 9, 2011.
Vanessa T. Vu,
 Director, EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office.
[FR Doc. 2011-20825 Filed 8-15-11; 8:45 am]