[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 179 (Monday, September 17, 2007)]
[Pages 52875-52876]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E7-18261]




Adaptation for Climate-Sensitive Ecosystems and Resources 
Advisory Committee (ACSERAC)

AGENCY: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA).

ACTION: Notice of Meeting of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 
Adaptation for Climate-Sensitive Resources Advisory Committee on 
October 22 and 23, 2007, in Bethesda, Maryland.


SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-
463, as amended (5 U.S.C., App. 2), notification is hereby given that 
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and 
Development (ORD) will hold a public meeting of the ACSERAC.

DATES: The meeting will be held on October 22 and 23, 2007. The meeting 
will begin at 9 a.m. on October 22 and October 23, and adjourn on 
October 23 at 3 p.m. (Eastern Time).

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda, One 
Bethesda Metro Center, Bethesda, Maryland 20814. The hotel is 
accessible on the Metrorail's Red Line at the Bethesda Metro Station.
    Public Participation: Members of the public may attend the meeting 
as observers, and there will be a limited time for comments from the 
public in the afternoon. Please contact Joanna Foellmer, Designated 
Federal Official, ACSERAC, no later than October 12 if you wish to make 
oral comments during the meeting. Requests to make oral

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comments must be in writing (via e-mail, fax or ground mail) and 
received no later than one week prior to the meeting. Space is limited, 
and reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. 
Please send a copy of your presentation by October 15 to 
[email protected] or express mail to Joanna Foellmer, Charles 
Glover Building, 808 17th Street, NW., 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20006. 
Regular mail should be addressed to: Joanna Foellmer, Mail Code 8601D, 
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., 
Washington, DC 20460.
    Agenda: This notice announces a meeting of the ACSERAC (Adaptation 
for Climate-Sensitive Ecosystems and Resources Advisory Committee) in 
the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. The proposed agenda for the 
face-to-face meeting includes, but is not limited to, presentations by 
the SAP 4.4 report's Lead authors and the chapter Lead Authors on 
adaptation options for selected climate-sensitive ecosystems and 
resources. In addition, there will be extensive discussion by the 
ACSERAC with respect to their individual and collective assessment of 
the SAP 4.4 report. Finally, the ACSERAC will evaluate the external 
comments received during the public comment period.
    The meeting is open to the public. Information on services for the 
disabled may be obtained by contacting Joanna Foellmer at 202-564-3208. 
Similarly, a draft agenda may be obtained by an e-mail request to 
Joanna Foellmer at [email protected] or fax to Joanna Foellmer at 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The ACSERAC supports the U.S. Environmental 
Protection Agency (EPA) in its participation in the interagency U.S. 
Climate Change Science Program (CCSP), specifically in implementation 
of Goal 4 of the Strategic Plan for the CCSP. Goal 4 is to understand 
``the sensitivity and adaptability of different natural and managed 
ecosystems and human systems to climate and related global changes.'' 
EPA also helps the CCSP satisfy their requirement to conduct periodic 
assessments of climate change and variability, as set forth in the 
Global Change Research Act of 1990. The ACSERAC supports EPA in 
performing its duties and responsibilities.
    The primary responsibility of the ACSERAC is to conduct an expert 
peer review of the external review draft report entitled: ``Synthesis 
and Assessment Product 4.4: Preliminary Review of Adaptation Options 
for Climate-Sensitive Ecosystems and Resources,'' (SAP 4.4). The 
ACSERAC will provide advice to the EPA Administrator on the conduct of 
this study, and within the context of the basic study plan, the ACSERAC 
will advise on: (1) The specific issues to be addressed; (2) 
appropriate technical approaches; (3) the usefulness of information 
provided to decision makers; (4) the quality of the content of the 
final report; (5) compliance with the Information Quality Act; and (6) 
other matters important to the successful achievement of the objectives 
of the study. Additionally, once the Agency completes all responses to 
comments received from the ACSERAC and the public, the ACSERAC will 
review the Agency's responses.
    EPA has already released the external draft SAP 4.4 report for 
public review. The Federal Register notice (FR72 46610) announcing a 
forty-five day public comment period was posted on the U.S. Climate 
Change Science Program (CCSP) Web site (http://www.climatescience.gov) 
on August 21, 2007. This report is accessible at http://www.epa.gov/ncea under Recent Additions and is linked to the CCSP Web site.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions regarding information, 
registration, and logistics for the ACSERAC should be directed to 
Joanna Foellmer, telephone: 202-564-3208, e-mail: 
[email protected], or mailed to: Joanna Foellmer, Mail Code 
8601D, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, 
NW., Washington, DC 20460. Express mail should be sent to: Joanna 
Foellmer, Charles Glover Building, 808 17th Street, NW., 4th Floor, 
Washington, DC 20006.

     Dated: September 11, 2007.
Peter W. Preuss,
Director, National Center for Environmental Assessment, Office of 
Research and Development.
 [FR Doc. E7-18261 Filed 9-14-07; 8:45 am]