[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 59 (Tuesday, March 29, 2005)]
[Page 15855]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-6192]




Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of an Upcoming 
Meeting of the Science Advisory Board Ecological Processes and Effects 

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a 
public teleconference of the SAB Ecological Processes and Effects 

DATES: April 21, 2005. The public teleconference will be held on April 
21, 2005, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. (eastern time).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the Public wishing to 
obtain the teleconference call-in number and access code to participate 
in the teleconference may contact Dr. Thomas Armitage, Designated 
Federal Officer (DFO), U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board by telephone/
voice mail at (202) 343-9995, or via e-mail at armitage.thomas@epa.gov. 
The SAB Mailing address is: U.S. EPA, Science Advisory Board (1400F), 
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460. General 
information about the SAB may be found in the SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background: Ecological risk assessments have 
been conducted since the 1980's, and EPA's Guidelines for Ecological 
Risk Assessment (document number: EPA/630/R095/002F available at http://cfpub.epa.gov/ncea/cfm/recordisplay.cfm?deid=12460) were published in 
1998. Since 1998, the practice of ecological risk assessment has 
continued to advance. The SAB Ecological Processes and Effects 
Committee (EPEC) has proposed a project to evaluate the current state 
of the practice of ecological risk assessment. The proposed project is 
intended to address scientific aspects of ecological risk assessment 
including, but not limited to, approaches for toxic chemicals, habitat 
modification, multiple stressors, and landscape level assessments. The 
EPEC will meet by teleconference to discuss the proposed project. The 
teleconference agenda will be posted on the SAB website prior to the 
    Procedures for Providing Public Comment: It is the policy of the 
EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office to accept written public 
comments of any length, and to accommodate oral public comments 
whenever possible. The EPA SAB Staff Office expects that public 
statements presented at the Ecological Processes and Effects Committee 
teleconference will not be repetitive of previously submitted oral or 
written statements. Oral Comments: In general, each individual or group 
requesting an oral presentation at a conference call meeting will be 
limited to no more than three minutes per speaker and no more than 
fifteen minutes total. Interested parties should contact the DFO in 
writing via e-mail at least one week prior to the teleconference in 
order to be placed on the public speaker list. Written Comments: 
Although written comments are accepted until the date of the 
teleconference (unless otherwise stated), written comments should be 
received in the SAB Staff Office at least one week prior to the 
teleconference date so that the comments may be made available to the 
committee or panel for their consideration. Comments should be supplied 
to the DFO at the address/contact information above in the following 
formats: one hard copy with original signature, and one electronic copy 
via e-mail (acceptable file format: Adobe Acrobat, WordPerfect, Word, 
or Rich Text files (in IBM-PC/Windows 98/2000/XP format).
    Meeting Accommodations: Individuals requiring special accommodation 
to access the teleconference, should contact the relevant DFO at least 
five business days prior to the meeting so that appropriate 
arrangements can be made.

    Dated: March 22, 2005.
Vanessa T. Vu,
Director, EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office.
[FR Doc. 05-6192 Filed 3-28-05; 8:45 am]