[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 153 (Tuesday, August 11, 2009)]
[Page 40186]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-19192]




Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC); Request for Nominations 
for 2009 Clean Air Excellence Awards Program

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Request for nominations for Clean Air Excellence Awards.


SUMMARY: EPA established the Clean Air Excellence Awards Program in 
February, 2000. This is an annual awards program to recognize 
outstanding and innovative efforts that support progress in achieving 
clean air. This notice announces the competition for the Year 2009 

DATES: All submissions of entries for the Clean Air Excellence Awards 
Program must be postmarked by September 25, 2009.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Concerning the Clean Air Excellence 
Awards Program please use the CAAAC Web site and click on awards 
program or contact Mr. Pat Childers, U.S. EPA at 202-564-1082 or 202-
564-1352 (Fax), mailing address: Office of Air and Radiation (6102A), 
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20004.

    Awards Program Notice: Pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 7403(a)(1) and (2) and 
sections 103(a)(1) and (2) of the Clean Air Act (CAA), notice is hereby 
given that the EPA's Office of Air and Radiation (OAR) announces the 
opening of competition for the Year 2009 ``Clean Air Excellence Awards 
Program'' (CAEAP). The intent of the program is to recognize and honor 
outstanding, innovative efforts that help to make progress in achieving 
cleaner air. The CAEAP is open to both public and private entities. 
Entries are limited to the United States. There are five general award 
categories: (1) Clean Air Technology; (2) Community Action; (3) 
Education/Outreach; (4) Regulatory/Policy Innovations; (5) 
Transportation Efficiency Innovations; and two special awards 
categories: (1) Thomas W. Zosel Outstanding Individual Achievement 
Award; and (2) Gregg Cooke Visionary Program Award. Awards are given on 
an annual basis and are for recognition only.
    Entry Requirements: All applicants are asked to submit their entry 
on a CAEAP entry form, contained in the CAEAP Entry Package, which may 
be obtained from the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC) Web site 
at http://www.epa.gov/oar/caaac by clicking on Awards Program or by 
contacting Mr. Pat Childers, U.S. EPA at 202-564-1082 or 202-564-1352 
Fax, mailing address: Office of Air and Radiation (6102A), 1200 
Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20004. The entry form is a 
simple, three-part form asking for general information on the applicant 
and the proposed entry; asking for a description of why the entry is 
deserving of an award; and requiring information from three (3) 
independent references for the proposed entry. Applicants should also 
submit the entry form electronically (cd preferred) and additional 
supporting documentation as necessary. Specific directions and 
information on filing an entry form are included in the Entry Package.
    Judging and Award Criteria: Judging will be accomplished through a 
screening process conducted by EPA staff, with input from outside 
subject experts, as needed. Members of the CAAAC will provide advice to 
EPA on the entries. The final award decisions will be made by the EPA 
Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation. Entries will be judged 
using both general criteria and criteria specific to each individual 
category. There are four (4) general criteria: (1) The entry directly 
or indirectly (i.e., by encouraging actions) reduces emissions of 
criteria pollutants or hazardous/toxic air pollutants; (2) The entry 
demonstrates innovation and uniqueness; (3) The entry provides a model 
for others to follow (i.e., it is replicable); and (4) The positive 
outcomes from the entry are continuing/sustainable. Although not 
required to win an award, the following general criteria will also be 
considered in the judging process: (1) The entry has positive effects 
on other environmental media in addition to air; (2) The entry 
Demonstrates effective collaboration and partnerships; and (3) The 
individual or organization submitting the entry has effectively 
measured/evaluated the outcomes of the project, program, technology, 
etc. As previously mentioned, additional criteria will be used for each 
individual award category. These criteria are listed in the 2009 Entry 

    Dated: August 5, 2009.
Patrick Childers,
Designated Federal Official for Clean Air Act Advisory Committee.
[FR Doc. E9-19192 Filed 8-10-09; 8:45 am]