[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 189 (Friday, September 30, 2005)]
[Page 57293]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-19624]




Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of an Upcoming 
Meeting of the Science Advisory Board Committee on Valuing the 
Protection of Ecological Systems and Services (C-VPESS)

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a 
public meeting of the SAB Committee on Valuing the Protection of 
Ecological Systems and Services (C-VPESS) to discuss a draft advisory 
and initial committee work on methods for valuing the protection of 
ecological systems and services.

DATES: October 25-26, 2005. A public meeting of the C-VPESS will be 
held from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (eastern time) on October 25, 2005 and 
from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (eastern time) on October 26, 2005.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will take place at the SAB Conference Center, 
1025 F Street, NW., Suite 3700, Washington, DC 20004.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Members of the public wishing further 
information regarding the SAB C-VPESS meeting may contact Dr. Angela 
Nugent, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), via telephone at: 202-343-
9981 or e-mail at: nugent.angela@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, as well 
as any updates concerning the meetings announced in this notice, may be 
found in the SAB Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/sab.



    Background on the SAB C-VPESS and its charge was provided in 68 
Fed. Reg. 11082 (March 7, 2003). The purpose of the meeting is for the 
SAB C-VPESS to discuss a draft advisory report calling for expanded and 
integrated approach for valuing the protection of ecological systems 
and services. The Committee will also discuss initial work on 
describing and assessing methods for such valuation, a topic that the 
Committee plans to address in a separate advisory report. These 
activities are related to the Committee's overall charge: to assess 
Agency needs and the state of the art and science of valuing protection 
of ecological systems and services and to identify key areas for 
improving knowledge, methodologies, practice, and research.

Availability of Review Material for the Meetings

    The Agenda and materials for this meeting will be available from 
the SAB Staff Office Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/sab/agendas.htm.

Procedures for Providing Public Comment

    It is the policy of the EPA SAB Staff Office to accept written 
public comments of any length, and to accommodate oral public comments 
whenever possible. Requests to provide oral comments at the October 25-
26th meeting must be made in writing (by mail, e-mail, or fax) and 
received by Dr. Nugent no later than October 18, 2005.
    Oral Comments: Each individual or group requesting an oral 
presentation at this meeting will be limited to a total time of ten 
minutes. Speakers should bring at least 35 copies of their comments and 
presentation slides for distribution to the participants and public at 
the meeting.
    Written Comments: Written comments should be received in the SAB 
Staff Office by October 18, 2005 so that the comments may be made 
available to the committee for their consideration. Comments should be 
supplied to the DFO at the address noted 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)). Those 
providing written comments and who attend the meeting are asked to 
bring 35 copies of their comments for public distribution.

Meeting Accommodations

    For information on access or services for individuals with 
disabilities, please contact Dr. Nugent at the e-mail and phone number 
above. To request accommodation of a disability, please contact Dr. 
Nugent, preferably at least 10 days prior to the meeting, to give EPA 
as much time as possible to process your request.

    Dated: September 26, 2005.
Anthony Maciorowski,
Associate Director for Science, EPA Science Advisory Board Staff 
[FR Doc. 05-19624 Filed 9-29-05; 8:45 am]