[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 191 (Monday, October 3, 2011)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-25406]
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Notification of a Public Meeting of the Science Advisory Board
Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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
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,
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]
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