[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 103 (Tuesday, May 31, 2005)]
[Page 30948]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-10768]




Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of Advisory 
Meeting of the Science Advisory Board; Regulatory Environmental 
Modeling (REM) Guidance Review Panel

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Science Advisory Board (SAB) Regulatory Environmental 
Modeling (REM) Guidance Review Panel will hold a public teleconference 
to discuss its draft peer review report of the Agency's draft guidance 
entitled, ``Draft Guidance on the Development, Evaluation, and 
Application of Regulatory Environmental Models,'' dated November 2003 
(referred to here also as the Draft Guidance), and the ``Models 
Knowledge Base'' related to modeling activity within the EPA.

DATES: June 16, 2005, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

ADDRESSES: The public teleconference will take place via telephone 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public who wishes 
to: Obtain the teleconference call-in number and access code; would 
like to submit written or brief oral comments (3 minutes or less for 
this public teleconference), or who wants further information 
concerning this public teleconference should contact Dr. Jack 
Kooyoomjian, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA SAB, 1200 
Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., (MC 1400F), Washington, DC 20460; via 
telephone/voice mail: (202) 343-9984; fax: (202) 233-0643; or e-mail 
at: kooyoomjian.jack@epa.gov. General information concerning the SAB 
can be found on the SAB Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/sab.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background: The EPA's Council for Regulatory 
Environmental Modeling (CREM) has requested that the SAB review the 
Agency's ``Draft Guidance and Models Knowledge Base''. The ``Draft 
Guidance'' was prepared by the CREM in response to the EPA 
Administrator's request to help continue to strengthen EPA's 
development, evaluation and use of models in the Agency. The CREM 
``Models Knowledge Base'' provides public internet-accessible access to 
information on some of EPA's most frequently used models. The ``Draft 
Guidance and the Models Knowledge Base'' are currently being reviewed 
by the SAB's REM Guidance Review Panel, and are the subject of this 
conference call. Additional background information on this review 
activity, including all previous announcements (68 FR 46602, August 6, 
2003; 70 FR 1243, January 6, 2005; 70 FR 12477, March 14, 2005), 
meeting agendas, review and background materials can be found at the 
SAB Web site. The purpose of this meeting is for the SAB Panel to 
review the working draft report.
    Availability of Meeting Materials: Copies of the meeting agenda, 
the roster of the SAB's REM Guidance Review Panel, and the latest 
working draft report of the REM Guidance Advisory Panel will be posted 
on the SAB Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/sab/panels/cremgacpanel.html 
prior to the meeting.
    Persons who wish to obtain copies of the Agency's Draft Guidance, 
the Models Knowledge Base or other materials pertinent to this advisory 
activity may obtain these materials at: http://www.epa.gov/crem, or 
http://www.epa.gov/crem/sab. For further information regarding the 
Agency's Draft Guidance or Models Knowledge Base or other relevant 
background materials, please contact Mr. Pasky Pascual of the U.S. EPA, 
Office of Science Policy, Office of Research & Development (Mail Code 
8102), by telephone/voice mail at (202) 564-2259, by fax at (202) 565-
2925; or via e-mail at pascual.pasky@epa.gov.
    Providing Oral or Written Comments at SAB Meetings: It is the 
policy of the SAB Staff Office to accept written public comments of any 
length, and to accommodate oral public comments wherever possible. The 
SAB Staff Office expects the public statements presented at its 
meetings will not be repetitive of previously-submitted oral or written 
    Oral Comments: In general, each individual or group requesting an 
oral presentation at a public teleconference will be limited to a total 
time of three minutes (unless otherwise indicated). Requests to provide 
oral comments must be in writing (e-mail, fax, or mail) and received by 
the DFO no later than noon Eastern Time five business days prior to the 
meeting in order to reserve time on the meeting agenda.
    Written Comments: Although the SAB Staff Office accepts written 
comments until the date of the meeting (unless otherwise stated), 
written comments should be received in the SAB Staff Office no later 
than noon Eastern Time five business days prior to the meeting so that 
the comments may be made available to the Panelists for their 
consideration. Comments should be supplied to the DFO (preferably by e-
mail) at the address/contact information noted above in the following 
formats: one hard copy with original signature, and one electronic copy 
via e-mail (acceptable file format: Adobe Acrobat PDF, WordPerfect, 
Word, or Rich Text files (in IBM-PC/Windows 98/2000/XP format)).

    Dated: May 24, 2005.
Vanessa T. Vu,
Director, EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office.
[FR Doc. 05-10768 Filed 5-27-05; 8:45 am]