[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 170 (Thursday, September 1, 2011)]
[Page 54463]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-22439]




Notification of a Joint Public Teleconference of the Chartered 
Science Advisory Board and Board of Scientific Counselors

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice of meeting.


SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory 
Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a joint public teleconference of the 
Chartered SAB and Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) to discuss a 
draft report providing advice on Office of Research and Development's 
(ORD's) new strategic directions for research.

DATES: The public teleconference will be held on Monday, September 19, 
2011 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time).

ADDRESSES: The public teleconference will be conducted by telephone 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public who wishes 
further information concerning the teleconference may contact Dr. 
Angela Nugent, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA Science Advisory 
Board (1400R), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania 
Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; via telephone/voice mail (202) 564-
2218, fax (202) 565-2098; or e-mail at [email protected]. General 
information concerning the SAB can be found on the EPA Web site at 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 Administrator on the 
technical basis for Agency positions and regulations. The BOSC was 
established by the EPA to provide advice, information, and 
recommendations regarding the ORD research program. The SAB and BOSC 
are Federal Advisory Committees 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 and BOSC will hold a joint 
public teleconference to discuss a draft report providing advice on 
Office of Research and Development's (ORD's) new strategic directions 
for research. The SAB and BOSC will comply with the provisions of FACA 
and all appropriate SAB Staff Office procedural policies.
    The Office of Research and Development is restructuring its 
research programs for FY 2012 to better understand environmental 
problems and inform sustainable solutions to meet EPA's strategic 
goals. The SAB and BOSC held a public meeting on June 29-30, 2011 to 
receive briefings and discuss draft research frameworks for ORD's six 
major research programs (76 FR 32198-32199). The SAB and BOSC will hold 
a public teleconference on September 19, 2011 to discuss their draft 
joint advisory report. Additional information about SAB and BOSC advice 
on new ORD strategic research directions can be found on the SAB Web 
site at http://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/fedrgstr_activites/Strategic%20Research%20Directions?OpenDocument.
    Availability of Meeting Materials: A meeting agenda and other 
materials for the meeting will be placed on the SAB Web site at http://epa.gov/sab.
    Procedures for Providing Public Input: Interested members of the 
public may submit relevant written or oral information for 
consideration on the topics included in this advisory activity. Oral 
Statements: To be placed on the public speaker list for the September 
19, 2011 meeting, interested parties should notify Dr. Angela Nugent, 
DFO, by e-mail no later than September 15, 2011. Individuals making 
oral statements will be limited to five minutes per speaker. Written 
Statements: Written statements for the September 19, 2011 meeting 
should be received in the SAB Staff Office by September 15, 2011, so 
that the information may be made available to the SAB and BOSC for 
their consideration prior to this meeting. Written statements should be 
supplied to the DFO in the following formats: one hard copy with 
original signature and one electronic copy via e-mail (acceptable file 
format: Adobe Acrobat PDF, MS Word, WordPerfect, MS PowerPoint, or Rich 
Text files in IBM-PC/Windows 98/2000/XP format). Submitters are asked 
to provide electronic versions of each document submitted with and 
without signatures, because the SAB Staff Office does not publish 
documents with signatures on its Web sites.
    Accessibility: For information on access or services for 
individuals with disabilities, please contact Dr. 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: August 26, 2011.
Vanessa T. Vu,
 Director, EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office.
[FR Doc. 2011-22439 Filed 8-31-11; 8:45 am]