[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 132 (Monday, July 11, 2011)]
[Pages 40726-40727]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-17351]




Notification of Public Teleconferences of the Science Advisory 
Board Radiation Advisory Committee Augmented With Additional Experts 
for a Consultation on Revisions to the Multi-Agency Radiation Survey 
and Site Investigation Manual

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Science Advisory Board 
Staff Office.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces 
two teleconferences of the Radiation Advisory Committee (RAC) augmented 
for a consultation on the revisions to the Multi-Agency Radiation 
Survey and Site Investigation Manual (MARSSIM).

DATES: The public teleconferences will be conducted on Tuesday, July 
26, and Wednesday, July 27, 2011, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern 
Daylight Time) on each day.

ADDRESSES: The public teleconferences will be conducted by telephone 
    Purpose of the Teleconferences and Meeting: The purpose of the July 
26 and 27, 2011 teleconferences is to discuss proposed revisions that 
may be needed to update the current MARSSIM manual, dated August, 2001.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing 
further information regarding this Notice may contact Dr. K. Jack 
Kooyoomjian, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), SAB Staff Office 
(1400R), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; or by 
telephone/voice mail at (202)-564-2064, or via email at 
[email protected]. General information concerning the EPA 
Science Advisory Board can be found at the EPA SAB Web site at http//
    Technical Contact: Technical background information pertaining to 
the MARSSIM document can be found at http://epa.gov/radiation/marssim. 
The MARSSIM provides information on planning, conducting, evaluating, 
and documenting building surface and surface soil final status 
radiological surveys for demonstrating compliance with dose or risk-
based regulations or standards. For questions concerning the technical 
aspects of this topic, please contact Dr. Mary E. Clark of the U.S. 
EPA, ORIA by telephone at (202) 343-9348, or via e-mail at 
[email protected].

    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 peer review advice, consultation and recommendations to the 
EPA Administrator on the technical basis for Agency actions, positions 
and regulations. As a Federal Advisory Committee, the SAB conducts 
business in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) 
(5 U.S.C. App. 2) and related regulations. Pursuant to FACA and EPA 
policy, notice is hereby given that the SAB will hold two public 
teleconferences. The SAB will comply with the provisions of FACA and 
all appropriate EPA and SAB Staff Office procedural policies.
    The MARSSIM is the official multi-agency (U.S EPA, U.S. Nuclear 
Regulatory Commission, U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of 
Defense) consensus document on planning, coordinating, evaluating and 
documenting environmental radiological surveys prepared by those 
federal agencies having authority and control over radioactive 
materials. These four federal agencies also comprise the MARSSIM 
Workgroup, which developed the first MARSSIM. The current MARSSIM 
document describes a consistent approach for planning, performing, and 
assessing building surface and surface soil final status surveys to 
meet established dose or risk-based release criteria, while at the same 
time encouraging an effective use of resources.
    The MARSSIM document was first published in 1997, with errata and 
addenda pages published in 1998 and 1999. Revision 1 to MARSSIM was 
published in 2000, and additional errata and addenda pages were 
published as Attachment A in 2001. It provides guidance to federal 
agencies and other parties, including states, site owners, contractors 
and private entities on how to demonstrate that their site is in 
compliance with a radiation dose or risk-based regulation, otherwise 
known as a release criterion. The MARSSIM Workgroup is seeking SAB 
advice regarding proposed future revisions to the MARSSIM which is 
available at http://www.epa.gov/radiation/marssim/obtain.html. 
Background information about the consultation can be found on the SAB 
Web site at http://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/fedrgstr_activites/MARSSIM%20Revisions?OpenDocument.
    Availability of Meeting Materials: The Agenda, roster of the 
augmented RAC,

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the charge to the SAB for the consultation, and other supplemental 
materials in support of the two-session public teleconference will be 
placed on the SAB Web site at http//: www.epa.gov/sab in advance of the 
teleconference and meeting.
    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 or technical 
information or analysis for SAB 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 directly at the contact information provided.
    Oral Statements: In general, individuals or groups requesting an 
oral presentation at a teleconference will be limited to three minutes. 
Those interested in being placed on the public speakers list for the 
July 26 and 27, 2011 teleconference should contact Dr. Kooyoomjian at 
the contact information provided above no later than noon on July 22 
2011. Written Statements: Written statements should be supplied to the 
DFO via e-mail at the contact information noted by noon July 22, 2011 
for the teleconference, so that the information may be made available 
to the members of the augmented RAC for their consideration. Written 
statements should be supplied in one of the following electronic 
formats: Adobe Acrobat PDF, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, or Rich Text files 
in IBM-PC/Windows98/2000/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. Kooyoomjian at (202) 
564-2064, or e-mail [email protected]. To request accommodation 
of a disability, please contact Dr. Kooyoomjian preferably at least ten 
days prior to the teleconference or meeting to give as much time as 
possible to process your request.

    Dated: July 1, 2011.
Vanessa T. Vu,
Director, EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office.
[FR Doc. 2011-17351 Filed 7-8-11; 8:45 am]