[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 168 (Wednesday, August 29, 2012)]
[Pages 52328-52329]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-21343]




National Environmental Justice Advisory Council; Notification of 
Public Teleconference Meeting and Public Comment

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice of public teleconference meeting and public comment.


SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), Public 
Law 92-463, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hereby 
provides notice that the National Environmental Justice Advisory 
Council (NEJAC) will host a public teleconference meeting on Friday, 
September 21, 2012, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Time. The primary 
topic of discussion will be proposed recommendations about how the 
Agency should develop processes and policy for addressing tribal and 
indigenous peoples environmental justice issues and concerns. There 
will be a public comment period from 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Time,. 
during which members of the public are encouraged to provide comments 
relevant to the topic of the meeting. Specifically, comments should 
respond to:
    1. What activities and mechanisms should EPA conduct and develop to 
work collaboratively with indigenous

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community-based/grassroots organizations to identify and address 
environmental justice concerns?
    2. What organizational, regulatory, or policy hurdles exist that 
impede, complicate, or discourage tribal governments and indigenous 
organizations from effectively working together to address 
environmental and public health concerns.
    3. What are the recommended means and mechanisms for EPA to 
coordinate and collaborate with other federal agencies to effectively 
provide environmental justice for indigenous people?
    For additional information about registering to attend the meeting 
or to provide public comment, please see the ``Registration'' and 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION sections below. Due to a limited number of 
telephone lines, attendance will be on a first-come, first-served 
basis. Pre-registration is required. Registration for the 
teleconference meeting closes at 11 a.m. Eastern Time on Monday, 
September 17, 2012. The deadline to sign up for public comment, or to 
submit written public comments, is also Monday, September 17, 2012.

DATES: The NEJAC teleconference meeting on Friday, September 21, 2012, 
will begin promptly at 1 p.m. Eastern Time.
    Registration: To register by email, send an email to 
NEJACTeleconSept2012@AlwaysPursuingExcellence.com with ``Register for 
the NEJAC September 2012 Teleconference'' in the subject line. Please 
provide your name, organization, city and state, email address, and 
telephone number for follow-up. To register by phone or fax, send a fax 
(please print) or leave a voice message with your name, organization, 
city and state, email address, and telephone number at 877-773-1489. 
Please specify which meeting you are registering to attend (e.g., NEJAC 
September 2012 Teleconference). Please also state whether you would 
like to be put on the list to provide public comment, and whether you 
are submitting written comments before the Monday, September 17, 2012, 
deadline. Non-English speaking attendees wishing to arrange for a 
foreign language interpreter may also make appropriate arrangements 
using the email address or telephone/fax number.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions or correspondence concerning 
the teleconference meeting should be directed to Mr. Aaron Bell, U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency, by mail at 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue 
NW. (MC2201A), Washington, DC 20460; by telephone at 202-564-1044; via 
email at Bell.Aaron@epa.gov; or by fax at 202-564-1624. Additional 
information about the NEJAC and upcoming meetings is available on the 
following Web site: http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/nejac.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Charter of the NEJAC states that the 
advisory committee shall provide independent advice to the 
Administrator on areas that may include, among other things, ``advice 
about broad, cross-cutting issues related to environmental justice, 
including environment-related strategic, scientific, technological, 
regulatory, and economic issues related to environmental justice.''
    A. Public Comment: Members of the public who wish to attend the 
Friday, September 21, 2012, public teleconference or provide public 
comment must pre-register by 11 a.m. Eastern Time on Monday, September 
17, 2012. Individuals or groups making remarks during the public 
comment period will be limited to five minutes. To accommodate the 
large number of people who want to address the NEJAC, only one 
representative of a particular community, organization, or group will 
be allowed to speak. Written comments also can be submitted for the 
record. The suggested format for individuals providing public comments 
is as follows: name of speaker; name of organization/community; city 
and state; and email address; brief description of the concern, and 
what you want the NEJAC to advise EPA to do. Written comments received 
by 11 a.m. Eastern Time on Monday, September 17, 2012, will be included 
in the materials distributed to the members of the NEJAC prior to the 
teleconference. Written comments received after that time will be 
provided to the NEJAC as time allows. All written comments should be 
sent to EPA's support contractor, APEX Direct, Inc., via email or fax 
as listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section above.
    B. Information about Services for Individuals with Disabilities: 
For information about access or services for individuals with 
disabilities, please contact Ms. Estela Rosas, EPA Contractor, APEX 
Direct, Inc., at 877-773-1489 or via email at 
NEJACTeleconSept2012@AlwaysPursuingExcellence.com. To request special 
accommodations for a disability, please contact Ms. Rosas at least 
seven working days prior to the meeting, to give EPA sufficient time to 
process your request. All requests should be sent to the address, 
email, or phone/fax number listed in the ``Registration'' section 

    Dated: August 22, 2012.
Victoria Robinson,
Designated Federal Officer, National Environmental Justice Advisory 
[FR Doc. 2012-21343 Filed 8-28-12; 8:45 am]