[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 167 (Tuesday, August 28, 2012)]
[Page 52024]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-21254]




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 to conduct quality reviews 
of: (1) An SAB draft review report on EPA's Toxicological Review of 
Libby Amphibole Asbestos and (2) an SAB draft report regarding EPA's 
Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards for FY2012.

DATES: The public teleconference will be held on September 25, 2012 
from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The public teleconference will be conducted by telephone 

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee 
Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C., App. 2, notice is hereby given that the EPA 
Science Advisory Board will hold a public teleconference to conduct 
quality reviews of two SAB draft reports. The SAB was established 
pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 4365 to provide independent scientific and 
technical advice to the Administrator on the technical basis for Agency 
positions and regulations. The SAB is a Federal Advisory Committee 
under FACA. The SAB will comply with the provisions of FACA and all 
appropriate SAB Staff Office procedural policies.


    Quality review is a key function of the chartered SAB. Draft 
reports prepared by SAB committees, panels, or work groups must be 
reviewed and approved by the chartered SAB before transmittal to the 
EPA Administrator. The chartered SAB makes a determination in a public 
meeting consistent with FACA about the quality of all draft reports and 
determines whether the report is ready to be transmitted to the EPA 
    Quality review of an SAB draft report reviewing EPA's Toxicological 
Review of Libby Amphibole Asbestos. The chartered SAB will conduct a 
quality review of a draft SAB report reviewing the EPA's draft 
assessment entitled ``Toxicological Review of Libby Amphibole 
Asbestos.'' The EPA's draft assessment evaluates cancer and noncancer 
health hazards and exposure-response of Libby amphibole asbestos. 
Background information about this advisory activity can be found on the 
SAB Web site at http://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/fedrgstr_activites/Libby%20Cancer%20Assessment?OpenDocument.
    Quality review of an SAB draft STAA report. The chartered SAB will 
also conduct a quality review of a draft SAB report entitled ``SAB 
Recommendations for EPA's FY2012 Scientific and Technological 
Achievement Awards'' (August 13, 2012 Draft). These awards are 
established to honor and recognize EPA employees who have made 
outstanding contributions in the advancement of science and technology 
through their publications in peer-reviewed literature. Background 
information about this advisory activity can be found on the SAB Web 
site at http://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/fedrgstr_activites/2012%20STAA%20Review?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 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 pertaining to the 
group providing advice, EPA's charge questions and EPA review or 
background documents. 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 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 
for the relevant advisory committee directly. Oral Statements: In 
general, individuals or groups requesting time to make an oral 
presentation at a public SAB teleconference will be limited to three 
minutes. Those interested in being placed on the public speakers list 
for the September 25, 2012 teleconference should contact Dr. Nugent at 
the contact information provided above by September 18, 2012. Written 
Statements: Written statements should be supplied to the DFO via email 
to [email protected] by September 18, 2012. Written statements 
should be supplied in one of the following acceptable file 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 teleconferences. 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, as 
appropriate at the contact information provided above. To request 
accommodation of a disability, please contact Dr. Nugent preferably at 
least 10 days prior to the teleconference, to give EPA as much time as 
possible to process your request.

    Dated: August 16, 2012.
Thomas H. Brennan,
Deputy Director, EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office.
[FR Doc. 2012-21254 Filed 8-27-12; 8:45 am]