[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 60 (Wednesday, March 28, 2012)]
[Page 18808]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-7494]




Notification of Two Public Teleconferences 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 two public teleconferences 
of the SAB Libby Amphibole Asbestos Panel to discuss the Panel's draft 
review report of EPA's Toxicological Review of Libby Amphibole Asbestos 
(August 2011 Draft).

DATES: The SAB Libby Amphibole Asbestos Review Panel will conduct 
public teleconferences on May 1, 2012 and May 8, 2012. The 
teleconferences on these dates will begin at 1 p.m. and end at 4 p.m. 
(Eastern Daylight Time).

ADDRESSES: The public teleconferences will be conducted by telephone 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing 
further information concerning the public teleconferences 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.

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 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 the SAB Libby Amphibole Asbestos Panel will 
hold two public teleconferences to discuss its draft review report of 
EPA's draft Toxicological Review of Libby Amphibole Asbestos (August 
2011). The SAB 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). The draft assessment evaluates cancer and noncancer 
health hazards and exposure-response of Libby amphibole asbestos. The 
SAB Libby Amphibole Asbestos Review Panel previously held a face-to-
face meeting on February 6-8, 2012 to discuss its review comments on 
EPA's draft Toxicological Review of Libby Amphibole Asbestos (August 
2011). Background information about this SAB review can be found on the 
SAB Web site at http://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/fedrgstr_activites/Libby%20Cancer%20Assessment?OpenDocument.
    The purpose of the upcoming teleconferences is for the SAB Libby 
Amphibole Asbestos Review Panel to discuss its draft review report.
    Availability of the review materials: Agendas and materials in 
support of the teleconferences will be placed on the SAB Web site at 
http://www.epa.gov/sab in advance of the teleconferences. For technical 
questions and information concerning EPA's Draft Toxicological Review 
of Libby Amphibole Asbestos (August 2011), 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 comments for a federal advisory 
committee to consider as it develops advice for EPA. 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 information.
    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. Diana Wong, 
DFO, in writing (preferably via email), at the contact information 
noted above, by April 24, 2012 to be placed on the list of public 
speakers for the May 1, 2012 public teleconference. Written Statements: 
Written statements should be received in the SAB Staff Office by April 
24, 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: March 21, 2012.
 Thomas H. Brennan,
 Deputy Director, EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office.
[FR Doc. 2012-7494 Filed 3-27-12; 8:45 am]