[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 69 (Tuesday, April 11, 2006)]
[Page 18327]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E6-5327]




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 committee 
report and initial committee work on application of methods for valuing 
the protection of ecological systems and services.

DATES: A public meeting of the C-VPESS will be held from 9 a.m. to 5:30 
p.m (Eastern Time) on May 9, 2006 and from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
(Eastern Time) on May 10, 2006.

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.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The SAB was established by 42 U.S.C. 4365 to 
provide independent scientific and technical advice, consultation, and 
recommendations to the EPA Administrator on the technical basis for 
Agency positions and regulations. The SAB is a Federal advisory 
committee chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as 
amended, 5 U.S.C., App. The SAB will comply with the provisions of FACA 
and all appropriate SAB Staff Office procedural policies.
    Background: Background on the SAB C-VPESS and its charge was 
provided in 68 FR 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 application of methods for valuing the protection of 
ecological systems and services.
    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 Meeting Materials: Materials in support of this 
meeting will be placed on the SAB Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/sab/ 
in advance of this meeting.
    Procedures for Providing Public Input: Interested members of the 
public may submit relevant written or oral information for the SAB to 
consider during the advisory process. Oral Statements: In general, 
individuals or groups requesting an oral presentation at a public 
meeting will be limited to five minutes per speaker, with no more than 
a total of one hour for all speakers. Interested parties should contact 
Dr. Nugent, DFO, at the contact information noted above, by April 30, 
2006, to be placed on the public speaker list for the May 9-10, 2006 
meeting. Written Statements: Written statements should be received in 
the SAB Staff Office by April 30, 2006, so that the information may be 
made available to the SAB for their consideration prior to this 
meeting. Written statements should be supplied to the DFO in the 
following formats: one hard copy with original signature, and one 
electronic copy via e-mail (acceptable file format: Adobe Acrobat PDF, 
WordPerfect, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, 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. Angela Nugent at 
(202) 343-9981 or nugent.angela@epa.gov. 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: April 3, 2006.
Anthony Maciorowski,
Associate Director for Science, EPA Science Advisory Board Staff 
[FR Doc. E6-5327 Filed 4-10-06; 8:45 am]