[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 43 (Tuesday, March 5, 2013)]
[Pages 14299-14300]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-05106]




Notification of a Public Meeting of the Science Advisory Board 
Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or agency) Science 
Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting of the SAB 
Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee (CAAC) to receive a briefing 
about the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program and 
enhancements to the process for developing IRIS toxicological reviews 
for chemicals.

DATES: The SAB CAAC meeting dates are Tuesday April 2, 2013 from 9 a.m. 
to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) and Wednesday April 3, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. 
to 1:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Washington Marriott Hotel, 
1221 22nd Street, Washington, DC 20037.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Members of the public who wish to 
obtain further information regarding this announcement may contact Dr. 
Suhair Shallal, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), SAB Staff Office, by 
telephone/voice mail at (202) 564-2057 or via email at 
[email protected]. General information concerning the EPA SAB can 
be found at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    Background: The SAB was established pursuant to the Environmental 
Research, Development, and Demonstration Authorization Act (ERDDAA) 
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 Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee (CAAC) will hold a 
public meeting to learn about the EPA's Office of Research and 
Development (ORD) Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program and 
the development of toxicological reviews for chemicals. The SAB 
committee will comply with the provisions of FACA and all appropriate 
SAB Staff Office procedural policies.
    EPA's ORD has requested that the SAB conduct peer reviews of 
selected IRIS chemical toxicological reviews. The SAB CAAC will be 
augmented, as needed, with additional subject matter experts to provide 
advice regarding IRIS toxicological reviews through the chartered SAB. 
Prior to the beginning of their peer review activities, the CAAC is 
meeting to learn more about the IRIS program and the process for 
developing IRIS toxicological reviews for chemicals. The SAB Staff 
Office previously requested public nominations of experts to serve on 
the SAB committee in two Federal Register notices published on November 
18, 2011 and August 29, 2012 (76 FR 223 pp. 71561-62; 77 FR 168 pp. 
52330-31, respectively). Information about the formation of this SAB 
committee can be found on the SAB Web site at http://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/WebAll/nominationcommittee?OpenDocument.
    Availability of the review materials: Information about this public 
meeting will be available on the SAB Web site (http://www.epa.gov/sab) 
prior to the meeting. Meeting materials can be accessed by using the 
``calendar'' link in the blue navigation sidebar and then clicking on 
the date corresponding to the meeting date.
    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 
committee's charge, meeting materials and/or the group conducting the 
activity. 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 committee 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 
Designated Federal Officer for the relevant advisory committee 
    Oral Statements: In general, individuals or groups requesting an 
oral presentation will be limited to five minutes per speaker. 
Interested parties should contact Dr. Suhair Shallal, DFO, in writing 
(preferably via email), at the contact information noted above, by

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March 25, 2013 to be placed on the list of public speakers for the 
    Written Statements: Written statements should be received in the 
SAB Staff Office by March 25, 2013 so that the information may be made 
available to the SAB Committee for 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 Dr. Suhair Shallal at the 
phone number or email address noted above, preferably at least ten days 
prior to the meeting, to give EPA as much time as possible to process 
your request.

    Dated: February 21, 2013.
Thomas H. Brennan,
 Deputy Director, EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office.
[FR Doc. 2013-05106 Filed 3-4-13; 8:45 am]