[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 195 (Friday, October 8, 2010)]
[Notices]
[Pages 62386-62387]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-25452]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[FRL-9212-5]


Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of Two Public 
Teleconferences of the Science Advisory Board Ecological Processes and 
Effects Committee Augmented for Ballast Water

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces 
two public teleconferences of the Science Advisory Board Ecological 
Processes and Effects Committee, augmented, to discuss its advice on 
the effectiveness of shipboard ballast water treatment processes and 
ways to improve future assessments of ballast water treatment systems 
to minimize the impacts of invasive species in vessel ballast water 
discharge.

DATES: The teleconference dates are October 26, 2010, from 2 p.m. to 6 
p.m.

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(Eastern Time) and November 4, 2010, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Eastern 
Time).

ADDRESSES: The teleconferences will be conducted by telephone only.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing to 
obtain general information concerning this public teleconference should 
contact Ms. Iris Goodman, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science 
Advisory Board (1400F), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 
20460; via telephone/voice mail: (202) 564-2164; fax: (202) 565-2098; 
or e-mail at goodman.iris@epa.gov. General information concerning the 
EPA Science Advisory Board can be found on 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 to the 
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 2. 
The SAB will comply with the provisions of FACA and all appropriate SAB 
Staff Office procedural policies. Pursuant to the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, notice is hereby given that the 
augmented SAB Ecological Processes and Effects Committee will hold two 
public teleconferences to discuss their preliminary advice.
    Background: The augmented SAB Ecological Processes and Effects 
Committee held a face-to-face meeting on July 29 and 30, 2010 to 
receive EPA briefings and to initiate its review of EPA's Office of 
Water's white paper that summarized performance data for selected 
existing ballast water technologies (75 FR 37793-3779400, June 30, 
2010). Specifically, the Committee has been asked to evaluate: (1) The 
performance of shipboard ballast water treatment processes, based on 
available effluent testing data; (2) the potential for future improved 
performance of shipboard ballast water treatment systems; and (3) how 
to develop reliable information to use in future assessments of ballast 
water treatment technologies and systems. The purpose of these 
teleconferences is to discuss the preliminary advice of the Committee's 
subgroups addressing these issues. Background information on this 
advisory activity is available on the SAB Web site at http://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/fedrgstr_activites/BW%20discharge?OpenDocument.
    Availability of Meeting Materials: The agendas and other materials 
in support of the teleconferences will be placed on the SAB Web site at 
http://www.epa.gov/sab in advance of each teleconference.
    Procedures for Providing Public Input: Public comment for 
consideration by EPA's federal advisory committees and panels has a 
different purpose from public comment provided to EPA program offices. 
Therefore, the process for submitting comments to a federal advisory 
committee is different from the process used to submit comments to an 
EPA program office. Federal advisory committees and panels, including 
scientific advisory committees, provide independent advice to EPA. 
Members of the public can submit comments for a federal advisory 
committee to consider as it develops advice for EPA. Interested members 
of the public may submit relevant written or oral information for the 
SAB to consider on the topics included in this advisory activity. Oral 
Statements: In general, individuals or groups requesting an oral 
presentation at a public teleconference will be limited to three 
minutes per speaker, with no more than a total of one-half hour for all 
speakers. Each person making an oral statement should consider 
providing written comments so that the points presented orally can be 
expanded upon in writing. Interested individuals should contact Ms. 
Goodman, DFO, in writing (preferably via e-mail) at the contact 
information noted above by October 20, 2010, to be placed on a list of 
public speakers for the for the October 26, 2010 teleconference. 
Written Statements: Written statements for the October 26, 2010 
teleconference should be supplied to the DFO via email at the contact 
information noted above, by October 20, 2010, so that the information 
may be made available to the SAB Committee members for their 
consideration and placed on the SAB Web site for public information. 
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). Submitters are asked to provide versions of each document 
submitted with and without signatures, because the SAB Staff Office 
does not publish documents with signatures on its Web sites.
    Accessibility: For information on access or services for 
individuals with disabilities, please contact Ms. Iris Goodman at (202) 
564-2164 or goodman.iris@epa.gov. To request accommodation of a 
disability, please contact Ms. Goodman, preferably at least 10 days 
prior to the meeting, to give EPA as much time as possible to process 
your request.

    Dated: September 30, 2010.
Anthony F. Maciorowski,
 Deputy Director, EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office.
[FR Doc. 2010-25452 Filed 10-7-10; 8:45 am]
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