[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 35 (Thursday, February 21, 2013)]
[Pages 12056-12057]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-03978]




National Environmental Justice Advisory Council

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Request for Nominations to the National Environmental Justice 
Advisory Council (NEJAC).


SUMMARY: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites 
nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be 
considered for appointment to its National Environmental Justice 
Advisory Council (NEJAC). The NEJAC was chartered to provide advice 
regarding broad, crosscutting issues related to environmental justice. 
This notice solicits nominations to fill approximately seven (7) new 
vacancies for terms through June 15, 2016. To maintain the 
representation outlined by the charter, nominees will be selected to 
represent: Academia (2 vacancies); grassroots community-based 
organizations (1 vacancy); non-governmental/environmental organizations 
(2 vacancies); State government agencies (1 vacancy); and indigenous 
community-based organizations (1 vacancy). Vacancies are anticipated to 
be filled by May 2013. Sources in addition to this Federal Register 
Notice also may be utilized in the solicitation of nominees.

DATES: Nominations should be submitted in time to arrive no later than 
February 22, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Submit nominations electronically with the subject line 
NEJAC Membership 2013 to olp.kevin@epa.gov. You also may submit 
nominations by mail to: Kevin Olp, NEJAC Membership Outreach 
Coordinator, Office of Environmental Justice, U.S. Environmental 
Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., (MC 2201A), 
Washington, DC 20460. Non-electronic submissions must follow the same 
format and contain the same information. The Office of Environmental 
Justice will acknowledge receipt of nominations.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kevin Olp, Membership Outreach 
Coordinator for the NEJAC, U.S. EPA; telephone (202) 564-5423; fax: 
(202) 564-1624.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The NEJAC is a federal advisory committee 
chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), Public Law 
92-463. EPA established the NEJAC in 1993 to provide independent 
consensus advice to the EPA Administrator about a broad range of 
environmental issues related to environmental justice. The NEJAC 
conducts business in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act 
(FACA) (5 U.S.C. App. 2) and related regulations.
    The Council consists of 26 members (including a Chairperson) 
appointed by EPA's Administrator. Members serve as non-federal 
stakeholders representing: four (4) from academia, three (3) from 
business and industry; six (6) from community based organizations; six 
(6) from non-governmental/environmental organizations; four (4) from 
state and local governments; and three (3) from tribal governments and 
indigenous organizations, of which one member serves as a liaison to 
the National Tribal Caucus. Members are appointed for three (3)-year 
terms with the possibility of reappointment to a second term.
    The NEJAC usually meets face-to-face twice a year, generally in the 
Spring and the Fall. Additionally, members may be asked to participate 
in teleconference meetings or serve on Work Groups to develop 
recommendations, advice letters, and reports to address specific policy 
issues. The average workload for members is approximately 5 to 8 hours 
per month. EPA provides reimbursement for travel and other incidental 
expenses associated with official government business.
    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 sought as outlined in 
the Summary above. In addition, EPA is seeking nominees with knowledge 
in community sustainability, public health and health disparities, 
climate change adaptation, land use and equitable development, 
environmental sociology and social science, and environmental 
    Other criteria used to evaluate nominees will include

 The background and experience that would help members 
contribute to the diversity of perspectives on the committee (e.g., 
geographic, economic, social, cultural, educational background, 
professional affiliations, and other considerations
 Demonstrated experience with environmental justice and 
community sustainability issues at the national, state, or local level;
 Excellent interpersonal and consensus-building skills
 Ability to volunteer time to attend meetings 2-3 times a year, 
participate in teleconference meetings, attend listening sessions with 
the Administrator or other senior-level officials, develop policy 
recommendations to the Administrator, and prepare reports and advice 
 Willingness to commit time to the committee and demonstrated 
ability to work constructively and effectively on committees
    How to Submit Nominations: Any interested person or organization 
may nominate qualified persons to be considered for appointment to this 
advisory committee. Individuals are encouraged to self-nominate. 
Nominations can be submitted in electronic format (preferred) following 
the template available at http://epa.gov/environmentaljustice/nejac/index.html#Membership. To be considered, all nominations should 

 Current contact information for the nominee, including the 
nominee's name, organization (and position within that organization), 
current business address, email address, and daytime telephone number.
 Brief Statement describing the nominees interest in serving on 
 R[eacute]sum[eacute] and a short biography (no more than 2 
paragraphs) describing the professional and educational qualifications 
of the nominee, including a list of relevant activities, and any 
current or previous service on advisory committees
 Letter[s] of recommendation from a third party supporting the 
nomination. Letter[s] should describe how the nominee's experience and 
knowledge will bring value to the work of the NEJAC.
    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: February 13, 2013.
Victoria J. Robinson,
Designated Federal Officer, Office of Environmental Justice, U.S. EPA.
[FR Doc. 2013-03978 Filed 2-20-13; 8:45 am]