[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 150 (Thursday, August 4, 2011)]
[Pages 47181-47182]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-19805]




Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Public 
Teleconference of the Chartered Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a 
public teleconference of the Chartered Clean Air Scientific Advisory 
Committee (CASAC) on August 29, 2011 to conduct a quality review of a 
draft CASAC report, Review of EPA's Photochemical Assessment Monitoring 
Stations (PAMS) Network Re-engineering project.

DATES: The public teleconference will be held on August 29, 2011 from 9 
a.m. to 11 a.m. (Eastern Daylight Time).

ADDRESSES: The public teleconference will be conducted by telephone 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing to 
obtain general information concerning the public teleconference may 
contact Dr. Holly Stallworth, Designated Federal Officer (DFO). Dr. 
Stallworth 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) 564-2073; fax 
at (202) 565-2098; or e-mail at [email protected]. General 
information concerning the EPA CASAC can be found on the EPA Web site 
at http://www.epa.gov/casac.

    Background: The CASAC was established pursuant to the Clean Air Act 
(CAA) Amendments of 1977, codified at 42 U.S.C. 7409D(d)(2), to provide 
advice, information, and recommendations to the Administrator on the 
scientific and technical aspects of issues related to the criteria for 
air quality standards, research related to air quality, sources of air 
pollution, and the strategies to attain and maintain air quality 
standards and to prevent significant deterioration of air quality. The 
CASAC 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 CASAC will hold a public 
teleconference to conduct a quality review of a CASAC draft report 
entitled Review of EPA's Photochemical Assessment Monitoring Stations 
(PAMS) Network Re-engineering project. The CASAC will comply with the 
provisions of FACA and all appropriate SAB Staff Office procedural 
    EPA's Office of Air and Radiation (OAR) designed the PAMS network 
in the 1990's to provide comprehensive monitoring data in areas not in 
attainment for ozone. The PAMS Network monitors for ozone and its 
precursors, such as oxides of nitrogen and volatile organic compounds 
and tracks progress for ozone control strategies. Since the 
promulgation of the PAMS network, there have been changes to the ozone 
National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). OAR requested CASAC 
advice on options and ideas being considered to potentially revise and 
improve the scientific and technical aspects of EPA's PAMS program in 
the context of the most recently revised ozone NAAQS. The CASAC Air 
Monitoring and Methods Subcommittee (AMMS) has considered OAR's request 
and prepared an advisory report that will undergo quality review by the 
chartered CASAC.
    The AMMS held three public teleconference calls on May 16, May 17, 
and July 18, 2011 to review EPA's draft plans for PAMS Network Re-
engineering and discuss its draft peer review report. [Federal Register 
Notices dated April 15, 2011 (76 FR 21345-21346) and July 5, 2011 (76 
FR 39103-39104)]. Materials from these teleconference calls are posted 
on the CASAC Web site at http://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/bf498bd32a1c7fdf85257242006dd6cb/6a62b0219d19df358525785c0064e71b!OpenDocument&Date=2011-05-16, http://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/bf498bd32a1c7fdf85257242006dd6cb/6abbc18d956a2b768525785c00663487!OpenDocument&Date=2011-05-17, and 
Background information about the CASAC advisory activity can be found 
on the CASAC Web site at http://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/fedrgstr_activites/PAMS%20Re-engineering?OpenDocument.
    Availability of Meeting Materials: The agenda and other materials 
in support of the teleconference will be placed on the CASAC Web site 
at http://www.epa.gov/casac in advance of the teleconference.
    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 CASAC will 
have the most impact if it provides specific scientific or technical 
information or analysis for CASAC 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.
    Oral Statements: In general, individuals or groups requesting an 

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presentation at a teleconference will be limited to three minutes. 
Those interested in being placed on the public speakers list for the 
August 29, 2011 teleconference should contact Dr. Stallworth at the 
contact information provided above no later than August 22, 2011.
    Written Statements: Written statements should be supplied to the 
DFO via e-mail at the contact information noted above by August 22, 
2011 for the teleconference so that the information may be made 
available to the CASAC members 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/Windows 98/2000/XP format. It is the SAB Staff Office general 
policy to post public 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. Stallworth at (202) 
564-2073 or [email protected]. To request accommodation of a 
disability, please contact Dr. Stallworth preferably at least ten days 
prior to the teleconference to give EPA as much time as possible to 
process your request.

    Dated: July 28, 2011.
Vanessa T. Vu,
Director, EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office.
[FR Doc. 2011-19805 Filed 8-3-11; 8:45 am]