[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 135 (Friday, July 15, 2005)]
[Page 41008]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-13981]




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to discuss its draft peer review report of the Agency's Draft Guidance 
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Draft Guidance), and the Models Knowledge Base related to modeling 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: August 17, 2005, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (est).

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.

    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(CREM) has requested that the SAB review the Agency's Draft Guidance 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 The Draft Guidance was prepared by the CREM 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 continue to 
strengthen EPA's development, evaluation and use of models in the 
Agency. The CREM Models Knowledge Base provides public internet access 
to information on some of EPA's most frequently used models. The Draft 
Guidance and Models Knowledge Base are currently under review by the 
SAB's REM Guidance Review Panel, and are the subject of this conference 
call. Additional background information on this review and all previous 
announcements (68 FR 46602, August 6, 2003; 70 FR 1243, January 6, 
2005; 70 FR 12477, March 14, 2005; and 70 FR 30948, May 31, 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.
    Copies of the Agency's Draft Guidance and Models Knowledge Base and 
other background materials pertinent to this advisory activity may be 
obtained at: http://www.epa.gov/crem, or http://www.epa.gov/crem/sab. 
For further information regarding the Agency's Draft Guidance and 
Models Knowledge Base or other 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 
    Providing Oral or Written Comments at SAB Meetings: The SAB Staff 
Office accepts written public comments of any length, and will 
accommodate oral public comments wherever possible. The SAB Staff 
Office expects that public statements presented at its meetings will 
not repeat previously-submitted oral or written statements.
    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)).
    Meeting Access: Individuals requiring special accommodation for 
this teleconference meeting should contact the DFO at the phone number 
or e-mail address noted above at least five business days prior to the 
meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

    Dated: July 11, 2005.
Anthony F. Maciorowski,
Acting Director, EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office.
[FR Doc. 05-13981 Filed 7-14-05; 8:45 am]