[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 180 (Monday, September 19, 2005)]
[Pages 54923-54924]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-18577]




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 two public 
teleconferences 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Draft Guidance on the Development, Evaluation, and Application of 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also as the Draft Guidance), and the Models Knowledge Base related to 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: October 12, 2005, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and 
October 13, 2005, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

ADDRESSES: The public teleconferences 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, or who wants 
further information concerning these public teleconferences should 
contact Dr. K. 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(CREM) has requested that the SAB review the Agency's Draft Guidance 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 The Draft Guidance was prepared by the CREM 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 The Draft 
Guidance and Models Knowledge Base are currently under review by the 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 these 
conference calls. Additional background information on this review and 
all previous announcements [68 FR 46602, Aug. 6, 2003; 70 FR 1243, 
January 6, 2005; 70 FR 12477, March 14, 2005; and 70 FR 30948, May 31, 
2005, and 70 FR 41008, July 15, 2005], meeting agendas, review and 
background materials can be found at the SAB Web site. The purpose of 
these meetings is for the SAB Panel to review the working draft report. 
If the second conference call is not necessary, Dr. Kooyoomjian will 
announce this prior to adjournment of the October 12, 2005 meeting, and 
will be on the line for the first ten minutes commencing at 10 a.m. EST 
on October 13, 2005 to advise interested parties.
    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 meetings.
    Copies of the Agency's Draft Guidance and Models Knowledge Base and 
other background materials pertinent to this advisory activity may be 
obtained at: www.epa.gov/crem, or www.epa.gov/crem/sab. For further 
information regarding the Agency's Draft Guidance and Models Knowledge 
Base, contact Pasky Pascual, Office of Research & Development, National 
Center for Environmental Research (Mail Code 8701F), by telephone/voice 
mail at (202) 343-9710, by fax at (202) 233-0680; 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 Standard Time, October 4, 2005 in 
order to reserve time on the meeting agenda.

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    Written Comments: Written comments should be received in the SAB 
Staff Office no later than noon Eastern Standard Time October 4, 2005 
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: For information on access or services for 
individuals with disabilities, please contact Dr. K. Jack Kooyoomjian 
at 202-343-9984 or kooyoomjian.jack@epa.gov to request accommodation of 
a disability. Please contact Dr. Kooyoomjian, preferably by September 
27, 2005, to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request. 
Such accommodation is required by sections 504 and 508 of the 
Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. 794 and 794d, EPA's implementing 
regulations, 40 CFR Part 12, and the federal standards for ``Electronic 
and Information Technology Accessibility,'' 36 CFR Part 1194, which 
govern accessibility and accommodation in relation to EPA programs and 
activities, such as Federal Advisory Committee meetings.

    Dated: September 13, 2005.
Anthony F. Maciorowski,
Associate Director for Science, EPA Science Advisory Board Staff 
[FR Doc. 05-18577 Filed 9-16-05; 8:45 am]