[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 27 (Thursday, February 9, 2012)]
[Page 6796]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-3011]




Notification of Three Public Teleconferences of a Work Group of 
the Chartered Science Advisory Board

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces 
three public teleconferences of a work group of the Chartered Science 
Advisory Board to discuss the President's FY 2013 Budget Request for 
the EPA Office of Research and Development.

DATES: The teleconference dates and times are March 1, 2012, from 1 
p.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time); March 2, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
(Eastern Time); and March 8, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Eastern 

ADDRESSES: The public teleconferences will be held by telephone only.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing to 
obtain general information concerning this public meeting should 
contact Dr. Angela Nugent, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA 
Science Advisory Board (1400R), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, 
DC 20460; via telephone/voice mail: (202) 564-2218; fax: (202) 565-
2098; or email at [email protected]. General information concerning 
the EPA Science Advisory Board can be found on the SAB Web site at 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 SAB 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 a work group of the chartered SAB will hold three 
public teleconferences to discuss the President's requested Fiscal Year 
2013 Budget to support EPA research needs. The SAB work group and the 
SAB will comply with the provisions of FACA and all appropriate SAB 
Staff Office procedural policies.
    Background: The chartered SAB has conducted a review of the EPA 
research budget annually and provides written comments to the EPA 
Administrator and to Congress, as requested, on the adequacy of EPA's 
requested research budget. At the teleconference on March 1, 2012, a 
work group of the chartered SAB will receive briefings on the requested 
research budget for Fiscal Year 2012. At the teleconference on March 2, 
2012, the work group will develop review comments. At the 
teleconference on March 8, 2012, the work group will discuss a draft 
report that will receive additional review by the full chartered SAB at 
a date to be announced in the Federal Register.
    Availability of Meeting Materials: The agenda and other materials 
in support of the meeting will be placed on the SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab in advance.
    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 pertaining to EPA's charge, meeting 
materials and/or the group conducting the activity. They should send 
their comments directly to the DFO for the relevant advisory committee. 
Oral Statements: In general, individuals or groups requesting an oral 
presentation at a public teleconference will be limited to three 
minutes per speaker. Interested parties should contact Dr. Nugent, DFO, 
in writing (preferably via email) at the contact information noted 
above by February 24, 2012 to be placed on a list of public speakers 
for the meeting. Written Statements: Written statements should be 
received in the SAB Staff Office by February 24, 2012 so that the 
information may be made available to the chartered SAB members for 
their consideration and placed on the SAB Web site for public 
information. Written statements should be supplied to the DFO in the 
following formats: one hard copy with original signature, and one 
electronic copy via email (acceptable file format: Adobe Acrobat PDF, 
WordPerfect, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, or Rich Text files in IBM-PC/
Windows 98/2000/XP format). Submitters are asked to provide versions of 
each document submitted with and without signatures, because the SAB 
Staff Office does not publish documents with signatures on its Web 
    Accessibility: For information on access or services for 
individuals with disabilities, please contact Dr. Angela Nugent at 
(202) 564-2218, or [email protected]. To request accommodation of a 
disability, please contact Dr. Nugent, preferably at least 10 days 
prior to the meeting, to give EPA as much time as possible to process 
your request.

    Dated: January 31, 2012.
Thomas H. Brennan,
Deputy Director, EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office.
[FR Doc. 2012-3011 Filed 2-8-12; 8:45 am]