[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 191 (Monday, October 3, 2011)]
[Pages 61100-61101]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-25406]




Notification of a Public Meeting of the Science Advisory Board 
Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science 
Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public face-to-face 
meeting of the SAB Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel to review EPA's 
draft Accounting Framework for Biogenic CO2 Emissions from 
Stationary Sources (September 2011).

DATES: The meeting will be held on October 25, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 
p.m., October 26, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on October 27, 2011 
from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Eastern Time).

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency at 400 New 
Jersey Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20001.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing 
further information regarding this meeting may contact Dr. Holly 
Stallworth, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), SAB Staff Office, by 
telephone/voice mail at (202) 564-2073 or via e-mail at 
[email protected]. General information concerning the EPA 
Science Advisory Board can be found at the EPA SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    Background: 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 peer review, advice, consultation, and recommendations to the 
EPA Administrator on the technical basis for EPA actions. As a Federal 
Advisory Committee, the SAB conducts business in accordance with the 
Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (5 U.S.C. App. 2) and related 
regulations. Pursuant to FACA and EPA policy, notice is hereby given 
that the SAB Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel will hold a public meeting 
to review EPA's draft Accounting Framework for Biogenic CO2 
Emissions from Stationary Sources (September 2011). The SAB will comply 
with the provisions of FACA and all appropriate SAB Staff Office 
procedural policies.
    EPA's Office of Atmospheric Programs (OAP) in EPA's Office of Air 
and Radiation has requested SAB review of the draft report and 
accounting framework. The SAB Staff Office requested public nominations 
of experts to serve on a review panel to advise the Agency on April 27, 
2011 (76 FR 23587-23588). The SAB Staff Office sought nominations of 
nationally and internationally recognized scientists and experts with 
demonstrated expertise in forestry, agriculture, measurement and carbon 
accounting methodologies, land use economics, climate change,

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engineering and monitoring and accounting approaches for agriculture, 
land use, land-use change and forestry. On June 23, 2011, the SAB Staff 
Office posted a notice on the SAB website inviting public comments on 
candidates for the panel by July 15, 2011. Information about formation 
of the panel can be found at http://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/fedrgstr_activites/Accounting%20for%20biogenic%20CO2?OpenDocument. The purpose of the 
October 25-27, 2011, meeting is for the Panel to review and provide 
advice on EPA's draft Accounting Framework for Biogenic CO2 
Emissions from Stationary Sources (September 2011).
    Availability of the review materials: EPA's review document and 
charge to the Panel Agenda and other meeting materials will be made 
available at the URL above. For questions concerning EPA's draft 
Accounting Framework for Biogenic CO2 Emissions from 
Stationary Sources (September 2011), please contact Dr. Jennifer 
Jenkins, Climate Change Division, at [email protected] or 202-
343-9361 or Sara Ohrel at [email protected] or 202-343-9712.
    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 for a federal 
advisory committee to consider pertaining to EPA's charge to the panel. 
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 panel 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 for the relevant advisory committee 
directly. Oral Statements: In general, individuals or groups requesting 
an oral presentation at this public meeting will be limited to five 
minutes per speaker. Interested parties should contact Dr. Holly 
Stallworth, DFO, in writing (preferably via e-mail), at the contact 
information noted above, by October 18, 2011 to be placed on the list 
of public speakers for the meeting.
    Written Statements: Written statements should be received in the 
SAB Staff Office by October 18, 2011 so that the information may be 
made available to the SAB Panel for their consideration. Written 
statements should be supplied to the DFO in electronic format via e-
mail (acceptable file formats: Adobe Acrobat PDF, WordPerfect, 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. Holly Stallworth at 
the phone number or e-mail address noted above, preferably at least ten 
days prior to the meeting, to give EPA as much time as possible to 
process your request.

    Dated: September 27, 2011.
Vanessa T. Vu,
Director, EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office.
[FR Doc. 2011-25406 Filed 9-30-11; 8:45 am]