[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 134 (Thursday, July 12, 2012)]
[Pages 41185-41186]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-17027]




Notification of Public Teleconferences of the Science Advisory 
Board Animal Feeding Operations Emission Review Panel

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science 
Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces two public teleconferences 
of the SAB Animal Feeding Operations Emission Review Panel (AFO Panel) 
to discuss additional EPA data and the Panel's draft advisory report 
regarding EPA draft methodologies for estimating emissions from animal 
feeding operations.

DATES: The SAB AFO Panel public teleconference will be held on August 
13, 2012, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time). The follow-up 
public teleconference of the SAB AFO Panel will be held on October 24, 
2012, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).

ADDRESSES: The public teleconferences will be conducted by telephone 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing 
further information regarding the public teleconferences may contact 
Mr. Edward Hanlon, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), SAB Staff Office, 
by telephone/voice mail at (202) 564-2134 or via email 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 AFO Panel will hold a public teleconference to review 
additional data and a public teleconference to discuss the Panel's 
draft advisory report regarding the EPA documents, ``Draft--Development 
of Emissions Estimating Methodologies for Broiler Animal Feeding 
Operations'' and ``Draft--Development of Emissions Estimating 
Methodologies for Lagoons and Basins at Swine and Dairy Animal Feeding 
Operations'' (February 2012 draft). The SAB Panel will provide advice 
through the chartered SAB and will comply with the provisions of FACA 
and all appropriate SAB Staff Office procedural policies.
    Background information about this SAB review can be found on the 
SAB Web site at: http://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/0/AE6639DD6B79360E852579A4004E5529?OpenDocument. The SAB AFO Panel 
previously held a public meeting on March 14, 15 and 16, 2012 to 
discuss its review comments on the EPA Animal Feeding Operations 
emissions documents.
    Technical Contacts: For technical questions and information 
concerning EPA's air emission estimating methodologies for animal 
feeding operations, please contact Mr. Larry Elmore of EPA's Office of 
Air Quality Planning and Standards by phone at (919) 541-5433, or via 
email at [email protected].
    Availability of the Review Materials: The agenda and material in 
support of these teleconference calls will be accessible through the 
calendar link on the blue navigation bar at http://www.epa.gov/sab.
    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

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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 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 DFO directly.
    Oral Statements: In general, individuals or groups requesting an 
oral presentation will be limited to three minutes per speaker. 
Interested parties should contact Mr. Edward Hanlon, DFO, in writing 
(preferably via email), at the contact information noted above, by 
August 6, 2012 to be placed on the list of public speakers for the 
August 13, 2012 teleconference, and by October 17, 2012 to be placed on 
the list of public speakers for the October 24, 2012 teleconference. 
Written Statements: Written statements should be received in the SAB 
Staff Office by August 6, 2012 for the August 13, 2012 teleconference, 
and by October 17, 2012 for the October 24, 2012 teleconference, so 
that the information may be made available to the Panel members for 
their consideration. Written statements should be supplied to the DFO 
in electronic format via email (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 Mr. Edward Hanlon at 
(202) 564-2134 or via email at [email protected], preferably at 
least ten days prior to the public teleconference(s) to give EPA as 
much time as possible to process your request.

    Dated: July 3, 2012.
Vanessa T. Vu,
Director, EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office.
[FR Doc. 2012-17027 Filed 7-11-12; 8:45 am]