[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 128 (Tuesday, July 5, 2011)]
[Pages 39102-39103]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-16730]




Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Public 
Teleconference of the SAB Mercury Review Panel

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science 
Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public teleconference of 
the Mercury Review Panel.

DATES: The teleconference will be held on July 20, 2011, from 1 to 4 
p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time)

ADDRESSES: The public teleconference will be conducted by telephone 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Members of the public who wish to 
obtain further information regarding this meeting must contact Dr. 
Angela Nugent, Designated Federal Officer (DFO). Dr. Nugent may be 
contacted at the EPA Science Advisory Board (1400R), U.S. Environmental 
Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; 
or by telephone/voice mail at (202) 564-2218; fax at (202) 565-2098; or 
e-mail at [email protected]. General information concerning the SAB 
can be found at the EPA SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab.

    Background: The SAB was established pursuant to the Environmental 
Research, Development, and Demonstration Authorization Act (ERDAA), 
codified at 42 U.S.C. 4365, to provide independent scientific and 
technical advice 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), 5 
U.S.C., App. 2. Pursuant to FACA and EPA policy, notice is hereby given 
that the SAB Mercury Review Panel will hold a public teleconference to 
discuss a draft advisory report Review of EPA's Draft Technical Support 
Document: National-Scale Mercury Risk Assessment Supporting the 
Appropriate and Necessary Finding for Coal and Oil-Fired Electric 
Generating Units--March 2011. The Panel will comply with the provisions 
of FACA and all appropriate SAB Staff Office procedural policies.
    EPA is considering regulating the emissions of hazardous air 
pollutants (HAPs) released from coal-burning electric generating units 
in the United States (U.S. EGUs) under Section 112(n)(1)(A) of the 
Clean Air Act (CAA). EPA developed a draft risk assessment for mercury, 
entitled Technical Support Document: National-scale Mercury Risk 
Assessment. This draft assessment considers the nature and magnitude of 
the potential risk to public health posed by current U.S. EGU mercury 
emissions and the nature and magnitude of the potential risk posed by 
U.S. EGU mercury emissions in the future, once all anticipated CAA-
related regulations potentially reducing mercury from U.S. EGUs are in-
place. EPA's Office of Air and Radiation requested peer review of this 
draft document. To conduct this review, the SAB Mercury Review Panel 
met on June 15-17, 2011 (76 FR 29746-29747) to review the draft 
Technical Support Document. The purpose of the July 21 2011, 
teleconference is to discuss the panel's draft report, Review of EPA's 
Draft Technical Support Document: National-Scale Mercury Risk 
Assessment Supporting the Appropriate and Necessary Finding for Coal 
and Oil-Fired Electric Generating Units--March 2011.
    Availability of Meeting Materials: The agenda, the draft panel 
report, and other meeting materials will be available on the SAB Web 
site at http://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/fedrgstr_activites/A%26N%20Hg%20Risk%20Assessment%20TSD?OpenDocument in advance of the 
    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. Input from the public to the SAB will 
have the most impact if it provides specific scientific

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or technical information or analysis for panels to consider or if it 
relates to the clarity or accuracy of the technical information. 
Members of the public wishing to provide comment should contact the 
Designated Federal Officer for the relevant advisory committee 
directly. Oral Statements: In general, individuals or groups requesting 
an oral presentation at this public meeting will be limited to three 
minutes per speaker. Interested parties should contact Dr. Angela 
Nugent, DFO, in writing (preferably via e-mail) at the contact 
information noted above by July 18, 2011, to be placed on the list of 
public speakers for the meeting. Written Statements: Written statements 
should be received in the SAB Staff Office by July 18, 2011, so that 
the information can be made available to the Panel for their 
consideration. Written statements should be supplied to the DFO in 
electronic format via e-mail (acceptable file formats: Adobe Acrobat 
PDF, WordPerfect, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, or Rich Text files in IBM-PC/
Windows 98/2000/XP format). It is the SAB Staff Office general policy 
to post written comments on the Web page for the advisory meeting or 
teleconference. Submitters are requested to provide an unsigned version 
of each document because the SAB Staff Office does not publish 
documents with signatures on its Web sites. Members of the public 
should be aware that their personal contact information, if included in 
any written comments, may be posted to the SAB Web site. Copyrighted 
material will not be posted without explicit permission of the 
copyright holder.
    Accessibility: For information on access or services for 
individuals with disabilities, please contact Dr. Angela Nugent at the 
phone number or e-mail address noted above, preferably at least ten 
days prior to the meeting, to give EPA as much time as possible to 
process your request.

    Dated: June 27, 2011.
Anthony F. Maciorowski,
Deputy Director, EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office.
[FR Doc. 2011-16730 Filed 7-1-11; 8:45 am]