[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 132 (Monday, July 11, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 40728-40729]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-17353]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[FRL-9435-4]


Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC); Request for Nominations 
for 2011 Clean Air Excellence Awards Program

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Request for nominations for Clean Air Excellence Awards.

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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 2011 
program.

DATES: All submissions of entries for the Clean Air Excellence Awards 
Program must be postmarked by August 24th, 2011.

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.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 2011 
``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. (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 Excellence Awards Web site at http://www.epa.gov/air/cleanairawards/index.html 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 2011 Entry 
Package.

    Dated: July 6, 2011.
Patrick Childers,
Designated Federal Official for Clean Air Act Advisory Committee.
[FR Doc. 2011-17353 Filed 7-8-11; 8:45 am]
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