[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 202 (Thursday, October 18, 2012)]
[Pages 64113-64114]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-25669]




National Drinking Water Advisory Council: Request for Nominations

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Request for Nominations.


SUMMARY: The EPA invites nominations of qualified candidates to be 
considered for a three-year appointment to the National Drinking Water 
Advisory Council (Council). The 15 member Council was established by 
the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) to provide practical and independent 
advice, consultation and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on 
the activities, functions, policies, and regulations required by the 
SDWA. This notice solicits nominations to fill four new vacancies 
through December 15, 2015. To maintain the representation required by 
statute, nominees will be selected to represent: State and local 
agencies (two vacancies) and the general public (two vacancies).

DATES: Nominations should be submitted on or before November 19, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Submit nominations to Roy Simon, Designated Federal Officer 
(DFO), The National Drinking Water Advisory Council, U.S. Environmental 
Protection Agency, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water (Mail Code 
4601-M), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460. You may 
also email nominations with the subject line NDWACResume2012 to 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Email your questions to Roy Simon or 
call him at 202-564-3868, or to Jacquelyn Springer, at 
springer.jacquelyn@epa.gov or call her at 202-564-9904.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: National Drinking Water Advisory Council: 
The Council was created by Congress on December 16, 1974, as part of 
the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974, Public Law 93-523, 42 U.S.C. 300j-
5 and is operated in accordance with the provisions of the Federal 
Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C. App.2. The Council consists of 
15 members, including a Chairperson, appointed by EPA's Administrator. 
Five members represent the general public; five members represent 
appropriate State and local agencies concerned with water hygiene and 
public water supply; and five members represent private organizations 
or groups demonstrating an active interest in the field of water 
hygiene and public water supply, of which two members shall represent 
small, rural public water systems. The current list of members is 
available on the EPA Web site at: http://water.epa.gov/drink/ndwac/.
    The Council meets face-to-face at least once each year and likely a 
second meeting by conference call/webinar, generally in the spring and 
fall. Additionally, members may be asked to participate in ad hoc 
workgroups to develop policy recommendations, advice letters and 
reports to address specific program issues.
    Member Nominations: Any interested person and/or organization may 
nominate qualified individuals for membership. The EPA values and 
welcomes diversity. In an effort to obtain nominations of diverse 
candidates, the agency encourages nominations of women and men of all 
racial and ethnic groups.
    All nominations will be fully considered, but applicants need to be 
aware of the specific representation required by the SDWA for the 
current vacancies: State and local agencies concerned with public water 
supply (two vacancies), and the general public (two vacancies). Other 
criteria used to evaluate nominees will include:
     Demonstrated experience with drinking water issues at the 
national, State or local level;
     Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication 
and consensus-building skills;
     Willingness to commit time to the Council and demonstrated 
ability to work constructively on committees;
     Absence of financial conflicts of interest;

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     Absence of appearance of a lack of impartiality; and
     Background and experiences that would help members 
contribute to the diversity of perspectives on the Council, e.g., 
geographic, economic, social, cultural, educational backgrounds, 
professional affiliations, and other considerations.
    Nominations must include a resume, which provides the nominee's 
background, experience and educational qualifications, as well as a 
brief statement (one page or less) describing the nominee's interest in 
serving on the Council and addressing the other criteria described 
above. Nominees should be identified by name, occupation, position, 
current business address, and email and telephone number. Interested 
candidates may self-nominate.
    The DFO will acknowledge receipt of nominations. Nominees are 
encouraged to provide any additional information that they feel would 
be useful for consideration, such as: availability to participate as a 
member of the Council; how the nominee's background, skills and 
experience would contribute to the diversity of the Council; and any 
concerns the nominee has regarding membership.
    Persons selected for membership will receive compensation for 
travel and a nominal daily compensation (if appropriate) while 
attending meetings. Additionally, selected candidates will be required 
to fill out the ``Confidential Financial Disclosure Form for EPA 
Special Government Employees'' [EPA Form 3310-48]. This confidential 
form allows EPA to determine whether there is a statutory conflict 
between that person's public responsibilities as a Special Government 
Employee and private interests and activities, or the appearance of a 
lack of impartiality, as defined by Federal regulation. The form may be 
viewed and downloaded through the ``Ethics Requirements for Advisors'' 
link on the OGWDW NDWAC Web site, http://water.epa.gov/drink/ndwac/fact.cfm.
    Other sources, in addition to this Federal Register notice, may 
also be utilized in the solicitation of nominees.
    To help the EPA in evaluating the effectiveness of its outreach 
efforts, please tell us how you learned of this opportunity.

    Dated: October 11, 2012.
Pamela S. Barr,
Acting Director, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water.
[FR Doc. 2012-25669 Filed 10-17-12; 8:45 am]