[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 247 (Friday, December 23, 2011)]
[Page 80368]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-33000]




Notification of a Public Meeting of the Science Advisory Board 
Libby Amphibole Asbestos 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 face-to-face 
meeting of an SAB Panel to review EPA's draft Toxicological Review of 
Libby Amphibole Asbestos (August 2011).

DATES: The meeting will be held on February 6, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 
p.m., February 7, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on February 8, 
2012 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time).

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Westin Alexandria Hotel at 
400 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, VA 22314.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing 
further information regarding this meeting may contact Dr. Diana Wong, 
Designated Federal Officer (DFO), SAB Staff Office, by telephone/voice 
mail at (202) 564-2049 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://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 peer review, advice, consultation, and recommendations to the 
EPA Administrator on the technical basis for EPA actions. 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 an SAB Panel will hold a public meeting to review EPA's draft 
Toxicological Review of Libby Amphibole Asbestos (August 2011). The SAB 
panel will comply with the provisions of FACA and all appropriate SAB 
Staff Office procedural policies.
    The EPA's National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) 
within the Office of Research and Development (ORD) has requested SAB 
to review EPA's Draft Toxicological Review of Libby Amphibole Asbestos 
in Support of Summary Information on the Integrated Risk Information 
System (IRIS) (August, 2011). The SAB Staff Office previously requested 
public nominations of experts to serve on a SAB review panel on May 27, 
2011 (76 FR 30939-30940). Information about the formation of the Libby 
Amphibole Asbestos Review Panel can be found on the SAB Web site at 
    Availability of the review materials: The agenda and materials in 
support of this meeting will be available at the URL above. For 
technical questions and information concerning EPA's review document, 
please contact Dr. Danielle DeVoney, of EPA's National Center for 
Environmental Assessment (NCEA), by phone (703) 347-8558, or via email 
at [email protected]; or Dr. Bob Benson, of EPA Region 8, by phone 
(303) 312-7070, or via email at [email protected].
    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 relevant comments pertaining EPA's 
charge or meeting materials. Input from the public to the SAB will have 
the most impact if it consists of comments that provide specific 
scientific or technical information or analysis for the SAB panel to 
consider or if it relates to the clarity or accuracy of the technical 
    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 five 
minutes per speaker. Interested parties should contact Dr. Diana Wong, 
DFO, in writing (preferably via email), at the contact information 
noted above, by January 27, 2012 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 January 27, 2012 so that the 
information may be made available to the SAB Panel for their 
consideration. Written statements should be supplied to the DFO in 
electronic format via email (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. Diana Wong at the 
phone number or email 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: December 16, 2011.
Vanessa T. Vu,
Director, EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office.
[FR Doc. 2011-33000 Filed 12-22-11; 8:45 am]