[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 47 (Thursday, March 10, 2011)]
[Pages 13180-13181]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-5537]




National Environmental Justice Advisory Council; Notification of 
Public Teleconference Meeting and Public Comment

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

ACTION: Notification of public teleconference meeting and public 


SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), Public 
Law 92-463, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hereby 
provides notice that the National Environmental Justice Advisory 
Council (NEJAC) will host a public teleconference meeting on Thursday, 
March 31, 2011, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Eastern Time. The primary topic 
of discussion will be EPA's charge to the NEJAC on ensuring long-term 
engagement of communities in Gulf Coast eco-system restoration efforts. 
This NEJAC public teleconference meeting is open to the public. There 
will be a public comment period from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Eastern Time. 
Members of the public are encouraged to provide comments relevant to 
the topic of the meeting. Specifically, comments should respond to how 
best to:
    1. Engage minority, low-income, and tribal/indigenous communities 
for input into decisions about Gulf Coast restoration plans, 
particularly for the impacts of such plans on permitting and how best 
to facilitate the participation of immigrant populations and 
communities with potential language barriers.
    2. Consider indigenous, cultural, and historical concerns during 
restoration and recovery.
    3. Identify any regulatory and policy hurdles that impede, 
complicate, or discourage sustained community engagement in decisions 
about restoration and recovery.
    For additional information about registering to attend the meeting 
or to provide public comment, please see the ``REGISTRATION'' and 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION sections below. Due to a limited number of 
telephone lines, attendance will be on a first-come, first-served 
basis. There is no fee to attend, but pre-registration is required. 
Registration for the teleconference meeting closes at 11 a.m., Eastern 
Time, on Wednesday, March 23, 2011. The deadline to sign-up for public 
comment, or to submit written public comments, is also March 23, 2011.

DATES: The NEJAC teleconference meeting on March 31, 2011, will begin 
promptly at 1 p.m., Eastern Time.
    Registration: To register by e-mail, send an e-mail to 
March2011NEJACMeeting@AlwaysPursuingExcellence.com with ``Register for 
the March-NEJAC Teleconference'' in the subject line. Please provide 
your name, organization, city and state, e-mail address, and telephone 
number for follow-up. To register by Phone or Fax, send a fax (please 
print) or leave a voice message, with your name, organization, city and 
state, e-mail address, and telephone number to 877-773-1489. Please 
specify which meeting you are registering to attend (e.g., NEJAC-March 
teleconference). Please also state whether you would like to be put on 
the list to provide public comment, and whether you are submitting 
written comments before the March 23 deadline. Non-English speaking 
attendees wishing to arrange for a foreign language interpreter may 
also make appropriate arrangements using the email address or 
telephone/fax number.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions or correspondence concerning 
the teleconference meeting should be directed to Mr. Aaron Bell, U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency, by mail at 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, 
NW., (MC2201A), Washington, DC 20460; by telephone at 202-564-1044; via 
e-mail at Bell.Aaron@epa.gov; or by fax at 202-564-1624. Additional 
information about the NEJAC and upcoming meetings is available on the 
following Web site: http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/nejac/meetings.html.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Charter of the NEJAC states that the 
advisory committee shall provide independent advice to the 
Administrator on areas that may include, among other things, ``advice 
about broad, cross-cutting issues related to environmental justice, 
including environment-related strategic, scientific, technological, 
regulatory, and economic issues related to environmental justice.''
    A. Public Comment: Members of the public who wish to attend the 
March 31, 2011, public teleconference meeting or to provide public 
comment must pre-register by 11 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, March 
23. Individuals or groups making remarks during the public comment 
period will be limited to five minutes. To accommodate the large number 
of people who want to address the NEJAC, only one representative of a 
community, organization, or group will be allowed to speak. Written 
comments also can be submitted for the record. The suggested format for 
individuals providing public comments is as follows: A brief 
description of the concern and what you want the NEJAC to advise EPA to 
do; Name of Speaker; Name of Organization/Community; City and State; 
and E-mail address. Written comments received by 11 a.m. Eastern Time 
on Wednesday, March 23, 2011, will be included in the materials 
distributed to the members of the

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NEJAC prior to the teleconference. Written comments received after that 
time will be provided to the NEJAC as time allows. All written comments 
should be sent to EPA's support contractor, APEX Direct, Inc., via e-
mail or fax as listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section 
    B. Information about Services for Individuals with Disabilities: 
For information about access or services for individuals with 
disabilities, please contact Ms. Estela Rosas, EPA Contractor, APEX 
Direct, Inc., at 877-773-1489 or via e-mail at 
March2011NEJACmeeting@AlwaysPursuingExcellence.com. To request special 
accommodations for a disability, please contact Ms. Rosas at least 7 
working days prior to the meeting, to give EPA sufficient time to 
process your request. All requests should be sent to the address, e-
mail, or phone/fax number listed in the ``REGISTRATION'' section above.

    Dated: March 4, 2011.
Victoria Robinson,
Designated Federal Officer, National Environmental Justice Advisory 
[FR Doc. 2011-5537 Filed 3-9-11; 8:45 am]