[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 167 (Tuesday, August 30, 2005)]
[Pages 51354-51355]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-17198]




Science Advisory Board Staff Office Notification of Advisory 
Meeting of the SAB Aquatic Life Criteria Guidelines Consultative Panel

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a 
public meeting of the SAB Aquatic Life Criteria Guidelines Consultative 

DATES: September 21, 2005: The SAB Aquatic Life Criteria Guidelines 
Consultative Panel will meet on Wednesday, September 21, 2005 at 8:30 
a.m., adjourning at approximately 5 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time).

ADDRESSES: The public meeting of the Panel will be held at the Science 
Advisory Board Conference Center located at 1025 F Street, NW., Suite 
3705, Washington, DC 20004.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing 
further information regarding the public meeting may contact Dr. Thomas 
Armitage, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), U.S. EPA Science Advisory 
Board by telephone/voice mail at (202) 343-9995, fax at (202) 233-0643, 
by e-mail at armitage.thomas@epa.gov, or by mail at U.S. EPA SAB 
(1400F), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC, 20460. General 
information about the SAB and the meeting location may be found on the 
SAB Web site, http://www.epa.sab.

    SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 
92-463, Notice is hereby given that the Panel will hold a public 
meeting to conduct a consultation with EPA on a proposed framework for 
revising the Aquatic Life Criteria Guidelines. The dates and times for 
the meeting are provided above.
    Background: Background on the meeting described in this notice was 
provided in a Federal Register Notice published on February 15, 2005 
(70 FR 7734-7735). EPA's recommended ambient water quality criteria for 
aquatic life provide guidance to states and tribes for adopting water 
quality standards which are the basis for controlling discharges or 
releases of pollutants. Currently, ambient water quality criteria for 
aquatic life protection are derived according to the Guidelines for 
Derivation of Ambient Water Quality Criteria for the Protection of 
Aquatic Life and Their Uses, published in 1985. EPA's Office of Water 
has assessed the need to update the Guidelines, identified issues to be 
addressed in the Guidelines revisions, and will review the state-of-
the-science and recommend new or improved approaches for deriving 
ambient water quality criteria. At the meeting, the SAB Aquatic Life 
Criteria Guidelines Panel will conduct a consultation with EPA on a 
proposed framework for improving the development of ambient water 
quality criteria. A roster of Panel members and their biosketches will 
be posted on the SAB website prior to the meeting.
    Availability of Meeting Materials: The meeting agenda and the 
charge to the SAB panel will be posted on the SAB website prior to the 
meeting. Meeting materials also include: (1) Four papers that provide 
an overview or framework of the approaches and methods being proposed 
for revising aquatic life water quality criteria; (2) an EPA report, 
Summary of Proposed Revisions to the Aquatic Life Criteria Guidelines; 
and (3) EPA's Guidelines for Ecological Risk Assessment. EPA's 
Guidelines for Ecological Risk Assessment are available at the 
following Web site: http://cfpub.epa.gov/ncea/raf/recordisplay.cfm?deid=12460. Copies of other materials may be obtained 
by contacting Dr. Tala Henry, EPA Office of Water, by telephone: 202-
566-1323, or e-mail: henry.tala@epa.gov.
    Procedures for Providing Public Comments: The SAB Staff Office 
accepts written public comments, and will accommodate oral public 
comments when possible. Written Comments: Written comments are 
preferred and should be submitted by e-mail to Dr. Thomas Armitage at 
armitage.thomas@epa.gov in Adobe Acrobat, WordPerfect, Word, or Rich 
Text files in IBM-PC/Windows 98/2000/XP format) by September 14, 2005. 
Those without access to e-mail may submit one signed hard copy of the

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comments to Dr. Armitage by mail or courier. Commenters planning to 
attend the meeting in person are asked to bring 35 copies of their 
comments for public distribution. Oral Comments: Requests to provide 
oral comments must be in writing (e-mail or fax) and received by Dr. 
Armitage no later than September 14, 2005 to reserve time on the 
meeting agenda. Presentation time for oral comment will typically be 
about five minutes per speaker, but may be reduced depending on time 
availability and the number of requests.
    Meeting Accommodations: Individuals requiring special accommodation 
to access the public meeting listed above should contact the DFO at 
least five business days prior to the meeting so that appropriate 
arrangements can be made.

    Dated: August 23, 2005.
Anthony Maciorowski,
Acting Director, EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office.
[FR Doc. 05-17198 Filed 8-29-05; 8:45 am]