[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 117 (Tuesday, June 18, 2013)]
[Pages 36546-36547]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-14499]




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 Science Advisory Board Panel to 
receive agency briefings on science topics and complete Board 
discussions of planned actions identified in the agency's regulatory 
agenda and their supporting science.

DATES: The public teleconference will be held on Friday, July 19, 2013 
from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).
    Location: The public teleconference will be conducted by telephone 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing to 
obtain information concerning the public meeting may contact Dr. Angela 
Nugent, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory Board 
Staff Office (1400R), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 
Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; by telephone/voice mail 
at (202) 564-2218 or at [email protected]. General information 
about the SAB as well as any updates concerning the meeting announced 
in this notice may be found on the EPA Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 advice to the Administrator on the technical 
basis for Agency positions and regulations. The SAB is a Federal 
Advisory Committee chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act 
(FACA), 5 U.S.C., App. 2. The SAB will comply with the provisions of 
FACA and all appropriate SAB Staff Office procedural policies. Pursuant 
to FACA and EPA policy, notice is hereby given that the SAB will hold a 
public meeting to discuss and deliberate on the topics below.
    As noted in the Federal Register Notice announcing a meeting of the 
chartered SAB on March 7-8, 2013 (78 FR 9689-9690), the EPA has 
recently underscored the need to routinely inform the SAB about 
proposed and planned agency actions that have a scientific or technical 
basis. Accordingly, the agency provided notice to the SAB that the 
Office of Management and Budget published the ``Unified (Regulatory) 
Agenda'' on the Web on December 21, 2012 (http://www.reginfo.gov/public). On March 7-8, 2013, the Chartered SAB discussed whether it 
should provide advice and comment on the adequacy of the scientific and 
technical basis for EPA actions included in the Unified (Regulatory) 
Agenda. The chartered SAB identified three planned actions for 
additional fact-finding [Effluent Guidelines and Standards for 
Unconventional Oil and Gas Extraction Including Coalbed Methane and 
Shale Gas Extraction (2040 AF35); Revised Regulations for Environmental 
Radiation Protection Standards for Nuclear Power Plant Operations (2060 
AR12), and Petroleum Refinery Sector Risk and Technology Review (RTR) 
and New Source Performance Standards (2060 AQ75), which EPA plans to 
jointly propose with Petroleum Refinery Sector for Flares (2060-AR69)]. 
The chartered SAB discussed information gathered relating to these 
planned actions at a public teleconference on June 5, 2013 (78 FR 
27964-27965). On July 19, 2013, the chartered SAB will conclude its 
discussion of the Petroleum Refinery Sector Risk and Technology Review 
(RTR) and New Source Performance Standards (2060 AQ75) and Petroleum 
Refinery Sector for Flares (2060-AR69) and receive briefings on science 
topics associated with those actions.
    Availability of Meeting Materials: Agendas and materials in support 
of this meeting will be placed on the EPA Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab in advance of the meeting.
    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 comments for a federal advisory committee to consider 
as it develops advice for EPA. Input from the public to the SAB will 
have the most impact if it provides specific scientific or technical 
information or analysis for SAB panels 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 directly. Oral Statements: In general, individuals or groups 
requesting an oral presentation at a teleconference will be limited to 
three minutes. Each person making an oral statement should consider 
providing written comments as well as their oral statement so that the 
points presented orally can be expanded upon in writing. Interested 
parties should contact Dr. Angela Nugent, DFO, in writing (preferably 
via email) at the contact information noted above by July 12, 2013 for 
the teleconference, to be placed on the list of public speakers.
    Written Statements: Written statements should be supplied to the 
DFO via email at the contact information noted above by July 12, 2013 
for the teleconference so that the information may be made available to 
the Panel members for their consideration. Written statements should be 
supplied in one of the following electronic 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 teleconference. 
Submitters are requested to provide an unsigned version of each 
document because the SAB Staff Office does not publish documents with

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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. Angela Nugent at 
(202) 564-2218 or [email protected]. To request accommodation of a 
disability, please contact Dr. Nugent preferably at least ten days 
prior to the teleconference to give EPA as much time as possible to 
process your request.

    Dated: June 12, 2013.
Thomas H. Brennan,
Deputy Director, EPA Science Advisory Staff Office.
[FR Doc. 2013-14499 Filed 6-17-13; 8:45 am]